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Sarasota Ballet Presents A Trio Of Dance Performances

Weekend Events: Sarasota Ballet | Sarasota Bay Festival | Florida Music Food Initiative | Sarasota Medieval Fair | Sing-Out Louise

1. The Sarasota Ballet’s second program of the season will reveal all of their hard work on an intriguing performance with various dances.

Featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s prized Symphonic Variations, Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loves and Paul Taylor’s Company B, program two offers three unique styles of dance that are centered around one common theme – the many emotions within human relationships.

Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sarasota Opera House and 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 941-359-0099, ext. 101. or visit www.sarasotaballet.org.

2. The first-ever Sarasota Bay Water Festival will be Saturday at Ken Thompson Park. 

The event is set up by Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Triple 3 Marketing promoting the health and economic importance of Sarasota Bay.

The festival runs form 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features live music, local wildlife photographers, local food trucks, beer and win garden and exhibits including the first "iceberg" in Sarasota Bay thanks to New College of Florida's sculpting professor Richard Herzog. The Ski-A-Rees will perform at 4 p.m.

Get a stamp at the festival to gain free admission to Mote Marine Aquarium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Water taxis are available as well as a free bike and kayak valet.

For more information, visit sarasotabaywaterfestival.com

3. WSLR community radio is hosting the Florida Music Food Initiative CD release party at 7 pm. Saturday at 525 Kumquat Court. 

The CD features Florida songwriters and is being sold to raise money to support people and families experiencing hunger and homelessness through being donated to various organizations that serve those needs, according to WSLR. 

The event is free and includes live performances by James Hawkins, Mindy Simmons, Ishmael Katz, Carolyn Dunn, John French and more.

Food will also be available for sale. 

4. Come for the history, stay for the pageantry at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. The festival wraps up Saturday and Sunday at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., rain or shine. Single day admission for adults is $16.95; Students, seniors and active military tickets are $14.95, and tickets for children from ages 5 to 12 is $8.95. For information, including show times, www.sarasotamedievalfair.com.  

5. It's time for some song with sangria at Fresh Start Cafe's Sing-Out Louise!

The cafe hosts a piano bar singalong at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, doors opens at 6:30 p.m. Rochelle Seldin will sing with Gary Kuaffman on piano. Soloists are encouraged to join in on the fun. Wine, beer, sangria, champagne and snacks will be available for purchase.

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