EAGLES take FLIGHT
Join the Eagles at the St. Pete Times Forum at 8 p.m. today for the Long Road Out of Eden tour. The Grammy award-winning group has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. Their “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has been noted as the best-selling album of all time. Hear the group perform a number of classic hits as well as newer hits such as “How Long” and “Busy Being Fabulous.”
Tickets are $47.75-$187.75. The venue is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. For more information, call (727) 898-2100.
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The Sarasota Ballet will present three dances for its January program beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Featured will be the romantic “Les Sylphides,” “The Rake’s Progress,” and an encore performance of last season’s “Façade.”
Highlighting the program is Ninette de Valois’ “Rake’s Progress,” which is based on the famous engravings by William Hogarth — each engraving comes to life on stage — and was last performed in the United States in 1948. The ballet will be set in the 1800s, telling the story of a son who throws away his fortune on the fanciful sins of life.
Additional performances are 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
The venue is at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information or ticket prices, call 351-8000 or visit www.sarasotaballet.org.
Circus Sarasota begins a new season of dazzling thrills with its newest star attraction — Bello Nock, known as America’s Best Clown. The international comic daredevil will entertain all ages during his run with the circus, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Join Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr. along with other headliners such as aerialists Dolly Jacobs and Yuri Rjkov, the amazing Russian quick-changers, Caroline Williams and her trained horses and many more. The circus, which runs through Feb. 22, will be held in the big tent adjacent to Ed Smith stadium at 1500 Stringfield Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $10-$47. For more information, call 355-9805 or visit www.circussarasota.org. SATURDAY
ST. ARMANDS ART FEST
The St. Armands Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday featuring a vast amount of colorful art for sale. Works from 200 top artists from across the nation will be available. Works include paintings, photos, glass, wood, collage, ceramics and much more. Prices range from $25-$20,000. This is the perfect event if you’re looking to add to your art collection or to simply spend the day browsing. The event is free to the public. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.artfestival.com.
A SOUTHERN GOSPEL AFFAIR
Bill Bailey’s 2009 Winter Gospel Music Convention begins its week-long event at 7 p.m. Monday at the Manatee Convention Center. Hear gospel greats such as The Down East Boys, The Perrys, The Mark Trammell Trio, The Collingsworth Family, Gold City, Greater Vision, Kingsmen and more. The music and ministry begins at 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday. Tickets are $15 per night, $80 for a six-night pass, $120 for VIP six-night pass and $5 at the door for children ages 3-11. Chapel services will be held at 10 a.m. every day of the music convention in the Longboat Key Room of the convention center with a fellowship hour/breakfast at 9 a.m. There is no admission for the service, though an offering will be collected. The room will also host matinee concerts from 2-4 p.m. daily. The special concerts, which include The Perrys, Singing Echoes, Les Bealey and others, are also free. The venue is at One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Bill Bailey is the pastor of Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton. For more information, call 759-6942 or visit www.billbaileyconcerts.com.
The Broadway touring production of “A Chorus Line” comes to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Known as the longest running musical on Broadway, the show follows 17 dancers as they audition for the roles they’ve always dreamed of. Hear them express their deepest desires during the course of this show, see many of them not make the cut and experience the joy with those who do.
Additional performances are at various times through Feb. 8. A post-show talk-back will be held shortly after Wednesday’s performance.
Tickets are $38.50 and up. The venue is at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa.
For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.tbpac.org.
AN EVENING WITH GARRISON KEILLOR
National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to entertain at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The best-selling author’s familiar voice has been on the radio airwaves for years, telling vivid tales of the ever-popular and fictional Lake Wobegon.
The Grammy Award-winning Keillor will delight all.
Tickets are $45-$60. The venue is at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
For more information, call 953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org.
— January Holmes