“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

March is upon us and while for some it means the spring is finally coming, we here at Sarasota, Florida can enjoy the warm weather all year long. Please find below some arts and culture tips for the month’s first weekend.

Friday March 3 – A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe

If you haven’t already seen the “A Feast for the Senses” exhibition at The Ringling, you’ll be in for a treat. The exhibition focuses on the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe (roughly 1300-1500), a time in which societal changes prompted a new interest in human experience, the enjoyment of nature and the pursuit of pleasure. As a result, the art of this period functioned in a rich sensory world that was integral to its appreciation. These works were not only seen, but also touched, smelled and heard. The exhibition will bring together sacred and secular art—including paintings, tapestries, metalwork, and manuscripts—to reveal the role of the senses in courtly ritual and religious practice.

Click here for more information and museum contact information.

Saturday March 4 – Blue + You Free Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets

The Community is invited to this free event and are welcome to bring blankets and chairs and invite neighbors, family members and friends to watch ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters. Free snacks and water will be provided. The event is with Sarasota Police Department in partnership with Culvers, Regal Cinemas, Sarasota Municipal Credit Unit and Ringling College of Art and Design.

The movie will start at 7 p.m. at the west end lawn of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The west end lawn will open at 6 p.m. Please click here for more information.

Sunday March 5 – The Sarasota / Manatee Bach Festival presents “Harpsichord Extravaganza.”

This once-in-a-lifetime experience features harpsichordists Mark Kroll, Ann Stephenson-Moe, Julane Rodgers, and Virginia Bray performing Bach’s Concerto for 4,3 & 2 Harspichords.

Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton. 7:30 PM – Tickets.