Downtown Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota is loaded with great dining, shopping and wonderful arts.  There are many wonderful sights to see and hear.  Here is some helpful information and pictures.  
Below is a link to many of the Downtown Sarasota restaurants.
Downtown Restaurants
Below are some links to the local performing arts theaters.  
Van Wezal Performing Art Hall
Sarasota Opera House
West Coast Black Theatre
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
Urbanite Theatre
The Players Centre for Performing Arts