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What to Do in Sarasota This Week

Babs Reingold Exhibition
The fragility of nature, and humanity’s role in perpetuating our besieged environment, are central to the mixed-media installations of Babs Reingold, a Venezuelan-American artist who lives across the bridge in St. Petersburg. Inspired in part by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Reingold switched her focus from painting to three-dimensional work incorporating glass, wax, silk and found plastics; strands of her own hair are a recurring motif. Her latest work opens Feb. 2 at SPAACES Contemporary Art Gallery, 2501 Princeton St., Sarasota, and runs through March 16. (941) 552-8298, spaaces.art.

The Lehman Trilogy
As the largest domino to fall in the subprime mortgage collapse, investment bank Lehman Brothers will go down in infamy as one of the major instigators of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. But hey, we can’t all stick the landing. The story of this influential firm, as presented by playwright Stefano Massini, traces back to 1844 and portrays three generations of the German businessmen turned American tycoons as they build an empire over 163 years—only to oversee its spectacular decline. See it now through March 24 at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-9000, floridastudiotheatre.org

Bird Photographer of the Year Exhibition
From a great grey owl feeding its young in China to a flamboyance of flamingos fluttering above a Kenyan archipelago, great bird photography often takes its artists to far-flung corners of the world. Images of these avians, in particular, were selected among the winners for this year’s global Bird Photographer of the Year competition. Catch them, alongside up to 80 other winning photographs of bird species spanning from penguins to hummingbirds, with a message of the importance of conservation often accompanying the majestic imagery. It runs through April 28 at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 746-4131, bishopscience.org

Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: Musical Moods
Two innovators in the storied tradition of the jazz trumpet will contribute to the usual chorus of cyclists, water sportsters and sandhill cranes for an evening of sonic exploration in one of Sarasota County’s most picturesque nature attractions. Hermitage Fellows Amir ElSaffar, an award-winning Chicago native celebrated for his cross-cultural approach to composition; and Chris Ryan Williams, an artist-educator with a deep-seated interest in trauma and transcendence in Black America, will create the brassy soundtrack for a blazing Gulf Coast sunset at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Park Circle, Sarasota. (941) 475-2098, hermitageartistretreat.org.

The Zone of Interest
Hannah Arendt’s famous quote about the banality of evil comes to mind when considering The Zone of Interest, a Holocaust movie unlike any other. Fresh off its three nominations for this year’s Academy Awards—including Best Picture—director Jonathan Glazer’s harrowing drama is set in the immaculate home and garden of real-life Nazi commandant Rudolf Höss, his wife Hedwig, and their five children, a space of idyllic domesticity that happens to border the Auschwitz concentration camp. As the couple weighs a promotion that will keep Höss away from his family, the sounds of gunfire and torture drift over the barbwire until they become a kind of white noise—out of sight and somehow out of mind. It opens Feb. 2 at Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Twisted Pine
The immediacy of Twisted Pine’s music is reflected in the title of the group’s sophomore album, Right Now, released like a balm of jubilance during the pandemic summer of 2020. The quartet, featuring fiddle, mandolin, bass and flute, once typified bluegrass music but has expanded into more eclectic corners, covering indie-folk jester Father John Misty and exploring such diverse palettes as funk, jazz and progressive rock—even credibly earning comparisons to Jethro Tull. Catch their spirited set at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Fogartyville Art Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; Simply Greek Food Truck will begin serving outside at 6 p.m. (941) 894-6469, wslr.org/events.

Drew Henderson
Guitar Sarasota’s monthly celebration of the classical stringed instrument continues with its second program of the season. Canadian guitarist Drew Henderson’s combination of virtuosic technique and showmanship has propelled significant notoriety in the niche market of classical guitar. He has accrued more than 65,000 YouTube subscribers for videos showcasing his specialty: arranging piano or organ compositions by Bach, Chopin, Schubert and others for his mellifluous instrument of choice. He’ll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. (941) 260-3306, guitarsarasota.org.

Death Talk: Demystifying the Death Industry
At the risk of dwelling on the morbid, death is the universal denominator, and until the billionaires manage to hack eternal life, we’re all going to confront it eventually. Never an institution to shy away from controversial topics, Fogartyville Art Center continues its ongoing Death Talk series with a free discussion about the future of our corporeal meat suits. Professionals in the end-of-life industry will discuss best practices, services provided and more. Part of Fogartyville’s Audience Engagement Series Initiative, it goes down at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Call (941) 894-6469 or visit wslr.org/events.

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