Best bets for the week ahead: March 5-11



The Sarasota Jazz Festival continues this week with a performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall featuring Dick Hyman & Friends. The jazz great has played on more than 100 albums. His hits have been featured on film, TV and Broadway. Relive the 1950s all over again through this show.

The performance is at 8 p.m. today. Tickets are $35-$50. The venue is at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

For more information, call 953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org.


Two of the music industry’s most successful entertainers — Billy Joel and Elton John — have teamed up again, resurrecting their Face 2 Face tour. The tour will roll through the St. Pete Times Forum at 7:30 p.m. today. They will sing duets, play piano and perform several solo hits from the past.

The 1994, the Face 2 Face tour became one of the top 10 tours in United Statse history. Subsequent tours by the duo have sold out at many venues.

Don’t miss this exciting event. The venue is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $54.25-$179.75. For more information, call (813) 287-8844 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. FRIDAY


The next installment in the Moon Over Myakka concert series will be a performance by Wine and Alchemy at 7 p.m. Friday. The group is known for its world music — a mix of Greek, Celtic, Flamenco, Gypsy and Middle Eastern. Tickets are $8 and will be sold the day of the event. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Parking is also free. The park is at 13208 State Route 72, Sarasota. For more information, call 361-6511.


It’s that time again. Time for the monthly ArtWalk at the Village of the Arts. The event is every first Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening reception activities will be held Friday at Still Life in G Gallery, The Dancing Crane and the Baobab Tree Gallery and more. Grand opening celebrations include Studio 1411 Inner Visions Gallery and Yoga Arts, Divine Excess Folk Art and Other Needful Things and the Rawk Shop expansion. Live rock ’n’ roll and jazz will be presented. Refreshments will be served.

Other activities include the High School Emerging Artists Competition awards reception on the Village Green and a book signing by MC Coolidge at The Village Bookshop. Both events are at 6 p.m.

Also, more organic produce, baked goods and other items will be for sale at the market on the Village Green.

Village of the Arts is in downtown Bradenton. Look for the colorful village studios and shops in and around the intersection of 12th Street and 11th Avenue West.

For more information, visit www.villageofthearts.com.



In honor of the 90th anniversary of the American Legion, Kirby Stewart Post 24 will throw a Veterans Tribute car and motorcycle show 11 a.m. Saturday. The free event features more than 100 cars. There will be classics such as a 1932 Ford coupe, a 1929 Ford Model A rumble seat coupe and a 1969 Camaro Convertible SS. The event will be held rain or shine.

Area veterans are welcome to bring their vintage wheels. Registration fees are not required. Veterans who bring special interest vehicles will be recognized and given commemorative dash plaques. They also will be eligible for a nearly 50 percent discount on first-time membership with Post 24. The post is on 75th Street in west Bradenton.

Post 24 received its charter in 1919 and represents about 10,000 years of military service combined from its members.

For more information, call 792-7395.


Robin Williams is canceling his Tampa performance of his one-man comedy show, "Weapons of Self-Destruction," after recently experiencing shortness of breath.

The comedian says in a press release that doctors are evaluating him and recommended a week of rest. Williams had been scheduled to perform Saturday at the Sundome in Tampa.

The canceled show will be rescheduled, and tickets for that performance will be honored when the new date is announced.



Film and theater fans, this concert is for you. The Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart present a musical tribute to the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Pops will play music from award-winning shows and films, highlighting everything from the classic Hollywood era to the present. Read more about the concert in Sunday’s A&E section.

Tickets are $75-$180. The venue is at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

For more information, call 953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org.



American Stage will host its last production in its current building before moving into a new state-of-the-art theater. Its final play will be the classic Greek comedy “Lysistrata,” which opens for previews at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The story involves a plan of action by a group of women to stop a two-decade war — withhold sex. The play was first performed in 411 B.C. and has since been a hit many generations later.

“Lysistrata” continues various times through April 5. Tickets are $24-$39. The venue is at 211 Third St., St. Petersburg.

For more information, call (727) 823-7529.

— January Holmes