Festivals & Events

FRIDAY AUGUST 8TH

 

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Rays, Ed Smith Stadium

10 a.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball

Sarasota Slam

Check Itinerary – Marina Jacks, Two Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 941-907-4133 ITINERARY OF EVENTS Schedule subject to change. All events will take place at Marina Jack unless otherwise noted. Friday, August 8, 2014 Noon – 3:00pm Angler/Boat Registration 3:00pm – 4:00pm Captains Meeting 4:00pm Anglers Released to Fish 6:00pm – 7:00pm Sponsor Party 7:00pm – 11:00pm Texas Hold’em Tournament/Casino Night  Saturday, August 9, 2014 Noon – 6:00pm Silent Auction 3:00pm – 5:00pm Budweiser Hospitality Tent for Anglers 3:00pm – 5:00pm Weigh-In Immediately Following Wrap Party & Awards All times are subject to change. Two Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236(941) 955-9488 SARASOTA SLAM

Hermitage Artist Retreat Open House and Beach Reading, Manasota Key

6-8 p.m. – Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Manasota – 941-475-2098
The Hermitage Artist Retreat welcomes the general public to this free event. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can tour the site’s Old Florida–style studios, which are being occupied by Florida arts educators for four weeks this summer as part of the State Teachers Artist Residencies. Then bring your own chair and refreshments down to the beach at 7 p.m. to learn more about the resident artists’ work.

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

7 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up.

 

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music on Fridays

8:00 PM – 11:45 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music at Mattison’s City Grille by a local band of the week.

Mattison’s Forty-One Live Music by Debbie Keeton

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Live music by Debbie Keeton in the Piano Bar at Mattison’s Forty-One.

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended; call 941-358-3180. $5

Banyan Theater Company’s “Collected Stories”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruth’s student turned confidante turned competitor – for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion. “… sharply written and incisive dialogue.” —Hollywood Reporter “…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew.” —Village Voice 2:00 pm August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 8:00 pm August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 $28.50 per person

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of 11 compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $18

“Marvin Gaye, Prince of Soul,” Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

8 p.m. – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1343 Main Street, Ste 300B, Sarasota – 941-366-1505
“Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul” showcases 30 years of the life and music of Marvin Gaye, from the late 1950s, before his early days at Motown, and continues through the end of his solo career, which ended at the time of his untimely and tragic death in the mid-’80s. The musical play was written by WBTT’s Nate Jacobs with Sheldon Roden in mind for the lead, after watching him perform some of Gaye’s songs during the 2010 summer run of the Motown ’60s Revue. The inspiration turned into a trademark role for Roden. Not only did the 2011 portrayal prove to be a big hit with WBTT audiences, wherever and whenever Sheldon performs a Marvin Gaye song, as in last summer’s sold-out Soul Crooners at the National Black Theatre Festival, he receives great accolades as he seems to channel the amazing singer. The eight-member cast will include many of the original members who performed in 2011. Various times, July 16-Aug. 10. $29.50

RJ Howson Band @ Blue Rooster

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Fire-branded in the Chicago blues circuit, RJ Howson struts his finger-picking guitar style, backed up by a talented band.

Cabaret – Venice Theatre MainStage Summer Stock Musical

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage. – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115  July 31 – August 10, 2014 Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday matinees 2 p.m. also Saturday August 9th matinee 2 p.m. Book by Joe Masteroff ● Music by John Kander ● Lyrics by Fred Ebb Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood Winner of 12 Tony® Awards. Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. The two pursue a life of pleasure although the world outside the Klub begins to splinter as the Nazi Party takes hold of 1930s Berlin. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Tickets: Adult $28, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $15

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

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“Twenty Feet From Stardom,” Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(2013) Rated PG-13, 91 minutes. This 2014 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature pays homage to some of the unsung heroes of popular music – background vocalists. Featured artists include Darlene Love, Merry, Lisa Fischer, and the Waters Family, who have backed performers such as Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. Music Performance by The Glee Club. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11-Sept. 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase. Admission: $5 General Admission, $3 Member Admission. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, please call 941-746-4131, Ext. 0. Members, please register prior to purchase to receive your discounted price.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Guest Reader: Sherry Lord

10:30 am – 5:30pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
Psychic Intuitive & Trance Channel International Channel Sherry Lord can see angels, guides, and auras as well as channel loved ones who have crossed over. Sherry is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. *Deep Trance Channel sessions, in which Sherry allows Namara, a group of non-physical beings of pure love & light, to speak through her, are 50 minutes and charged at a higher rate. Pre-paid registration is required for guest readers. To register, please stop by Elysian Fields or call 361-3006. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted by phone. Readings are offered on a first come, first served basis and space may be limited. Cancellations: One week notice is required for refund of fee. 15 minutes $35 • 30 minutes $65 • 60 minutes $100 *Deep Trance Channel Sessions • 50 minutes $150

Full Moon Friday Happy Hour

5pm – 9pm – 1413 Main St. @ Five Points, 1413 Main St, Sarasota – 941-223-9159
We are excited for you to join us for the re-opening of the NEW & Improved Ivory Lounge. 1413 Main St @ Five Points. EVERY FRIDAY starting July 25th, Full Moon Promotions will be your host for the BEST & Latest HAPPY HOUR on Main St. From 5pm-9pm we’ll have LIVE music or a DJ spinning lounge beats (like we did at The Ritz “777″ :-) DJ Aaron LeSage from Tampa will kick us off A special Food menu is being created and will be provided by Cafe Americano. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot & Bulleit Bourbon to keep with FMP Orange theme, we’ll be offering $60 Bottles of Veuve!!!! Of course we’ll have a Full Moon Martini and many other drink specials to select from. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Karaoke Night with Bobby Lanza at the Wave Grill

6pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join Bobby “Diamond” Lanza as he kicks us off performing some songs by the talents of some of the greatest entertainers in the business such as Frank Sinatra. He plays music for all ages and then invites the crowd up to the stage to show their own talents. It’s fun for the whole family! Come out and enjoy food and drink specials all evening!

Friday night Live Free Concert

- Centennial Park Venice, West Venice Avenue, Venice – 486-2626
Koko Ray will be performing in the next Friday concert in Centennial Park on the Venice island.

SATURDAY AUGUST 9TH

 

Sarasota Farmers Market, Downtown Sarasota

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota Farmers Market , Lemon Avenue & Main Street , Sarasota
The Sarasota Farmers Market offers 70-plus vendors selling produce, plants, prepared food, artisans and much more, centered at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The market is a nonprofit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota.

Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota – 941-726-4391
Join the growing food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

Venice Farmers Market

8:00 AM- Noon – Tampa Avenue, 200 Block of Tampa Ave., Venice, Florida 34285, Venice – 941-234-6321 Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. And you’re certain to find great unique handcrafted jewelry and amazing art.  The list goes on and there’s something new every week! It’s a great destination to start your weekend and discover new, fun things while enjoying the great Florida weather! We appreciate your continued support and have provided this website for you to learn about our vendors and information about becoming one. Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter so we can keep you up to date with all the new things that are always happening at the Venice Farmer’s Market.

Soul Trauma Healing Workshop with Elissa Bentsen of Forever Souls

9 am to – Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala, 1715 Stickney Pt Rd, Sarasota – 941-927-2278
Soul Trauma Healing is a process of channeling past lives to discover what, where, when and why souls experienced trauma in past lives and connecting those events to issues in current life. Are you feeling stuck, repeating patterns of behavior over and over again? Clear your life path and release negative energy. Speaker Elissa Bentsen is a Board Certified Hypnotist. $30

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Rays, Ed Smith Stadium

10 a.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball

Venice Arts and Crafts Show and Sale

10AM- 3PM (08/09/2014) – Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave, Venice – 239-823-3542 Lots of Vendors! Lots of Parking!  Free Entry!

Breakfast ‘Serial’ Book Club

10:30 – 11:45 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturdays starting July 5th. Breakfast  Serial Book Club. All summer long Bookstore1 staffers, Jennifer McPheeters and Kate Thomas, have very special Saturday morning plans for your kids. Starting at 10:30 am and ending at 11:00 am they’ll read aloud to your 3 to 6-year-olds from the finest of the picture book genre. From 11:15 until 11:45 it will be the older siblings’ turn with stories read aloud from chapter books your 7 to 9-year-olds are sure to love. More information at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or  941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 10:30 am. Picture Book Club. Bring your 3 – 6-year-olds to Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, at 10:30 for a special treat. Each Saturday morning, at that time, Jenn or Kate of the bookstore staff will read aloud a specially selected picture book, sure to please your little one. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or  941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 11:15 am. Breakfast “Serial” Book Club. Bookstore1Sarasota,  1359 Main Street. Your 7 to 10-year-old is sure to love hearing The Magic Tree House, Mary Pope Osborne’s delightful tale of time travel, read aloud by the bookstore’s staffers Jenn and Kate. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or  941-365-7900.

Intuitive Arts Fair

10:30 am – 5:30pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
We begin taking appointments at 10am on the day of the Fair* All Readings are 30 Minutes • $35 Astrology • Psychic • Tarot • & more! *No Appointments made by Phone First Come, First Served All Readings are 30 Minutes • $35

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

2 pm & 7 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up.

 

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Banyan Theater Company’s “Collected Stories”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruth’s student turned confidante turned competitor – for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion. “… sharply written and incisive dialogue.” —Hollywood Reporter “…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew.” —Village Voice 2:00 pm August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 8:00 pm August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 $28.50 per person

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of 11 compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $18

Reptiday Sarasota Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota – 888-502-2505
ReptiDay Sarasota is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Early Entry at 9:30am) Admission: Adults – $10, Children (5-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free / Visit our website for special offers on Early Entry VIP tickets See Description

“Marvin Gaye, Prince of Soul,” Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

8 p.m. – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1343 Main Street, Ste 300B, Sarasota – 941-366-1505
“Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul” showcases 30 years of the life and music of Marvin Gaye, from the late 1950s, before his early days at Motown, and continues through the end of his solo career, which ended at the time of his untimely and tragic death in the mid-’80s. The musical play was written by WBTT’s Nate Jacobs with Sheldon Roden in mind for the lead, after watching him perform some of Gaye’s songs during the 2010 summer run of the Motown ’60s Revue. The inspiration turned into a trademark role for Roden. Not only did the 2011 portrayal prove to be a big hit with WBTT audiences, wherever and whenever Sheldon performs a Marvin Gaye song, as in last summer’s sold-out Soul Crooners at the National Black Theatre Festival, he receives great accolades as he seems to channel the amazing singer. The eight-member cast will include many of the original members who performed in 2011. Various times, July 16-Aug. 10. $29.50

Jamie Eubanks Band @ Blue Rooster

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The Jamie Eubanks Band is a hard-charging blues band from Tallahassee, Florida. Comprised of three experienced and passionate musicians, they deliver a high-energy show like no other. $5

Cabaret – Venice Theatre MainStage Summer Stock Musical

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115 July 31 – August 10, 2014 Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday matinees 2 p.m. also Saturday August 9th matinee 2 p.m. Book by Joe Masteroff ● Music by John Kander ● Lyrics by Fred Ebb Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood Winner of 12 Tony® Awards. Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. The two pursue a life of pleasure although the world outside the Klub begins to splinter as the Nazi Party takes hold of 1930s Berlin. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Tickets: Adult $28, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $15

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Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

FST Improv: Out of Bounds Summer Match Up

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Two teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv actors will twist and turn them into something hilarious. Who will win the duel of fools? You get to decide as they battle it out. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 941-366-9000

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Join the Lemon Bay F.I.S.H. Project!

9:30 am – 11:30 am – Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood – 941-861-5000 -
Calling all F.I.S.H. – Folks Interested in Submerged Habitats! Get a little wet, have a little fun and learn a lot! Join American Littoral Society Biologist Chuck Idelberger Saturday, August 9 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am on a search for marine life in Lemon Bay. Using hand and seine nets, you will search shallow waters and seagrass beds, observing, collecting, and discussing the natural history of some of the many interesting fishes and other animals that inhabit the bay. Space for this walk is unlimited. To register for this event, please call Chuck Idelberger directly at 941-488-8998 or Kenya Leonard at 941-915-1244. To register for this free event, please call Chuck Idelberger directly at 941-488-8998 or Kenya Leonard at 941-915-1244.

Get Pop Cultured with Page to Screen Weekend- Game Night Teens and Adults: TFIOS, Hunger Games and more!

7Pm – Barnes and Noble, 4010 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Game Night Featuring TFIOS, The Hunger Games, Divergents and others….Trivia! Test your Pop Culture knowledge! Raffles, Prizes and giveaways! Cafe treats with a twist from the movies will be available for Purchase. Wow this will be FUN!!

Sarasota Slam

Check Itinerary – Marina Jacks, Two Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 941-907-4133 – ITINERARY OF EVENTS Schedule subject to change. All events will take place at Marina Jack unless otherwise noted. Friday, August 8, 2014 Noon – 3:00pm Angler/Boat Registration 3:00pm – 4:00pm Captains Meeting 4:00pm Anglers Released to Fish 6:00pm – 7:00pm Sponsor Party 7:00pm – 11:00pm Texas Hold’em Tournament/Casino Night Saturday,August 9, 2014 Noon – 6:00pm Silent Auction 3:00pm – 5:00pm Budweiser Hospitality Tent for Anglers 3:00pm – 5:00pm Weigh-In Immediately Following Wrap Party & Awards All times are subject to change. Two Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236(941) 955-9488 SARASOTA SLAM

80′s Dance Party at the Wave Grill

6pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join Hilton Family Entertainment DJs as they get “Into The Groove” playing all the hits from the 80′s. They will keep you dancing “All Night Long” with this evening that will surely be a blast from the past! Dress in your 80′s Best for our costume contest and best dressed wins! Retro Drink and Food Specials all night! So “Get On Your Feet” and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”

SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH

 

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

2 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up

 

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. The crowd may include street performers, whirling dancers and spectacular fire jugglers.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

2 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of eleven compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. $18

“Marvin Gaye, Prince of Soul,” Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

2 p.m. – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1343 Main Street, Ste 300B, Sarasota – 941-366-1505
“Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul” showcases 30 years of the life and music of Marvin Gaye, from the late 1950s, before his early days at Motown, and continues through the end of his solo career, which ended at the time of his untimely and tragic death in the mid-’80s. The musical play was written by WBTT’s Nate Jacobs with Sheldon Roden in mind for the lead, after watching him perform some of Gaye’s songs during the 2010 summer run of the Motown ’60s Revue. The inspiration turned into a trademark role for Roden. Not only did the 2011 portrayal prove to be a big hit with WBTT audiences, wherever and whenever Sheldon performs a Marvin Gaye song, as in last summer’s sold-out Soul Crooners at the National Black Theatre Festival, he receives great accolades as he seems to channel the amazing singer. The eight-member cast will include many of the original members who performed in 2011. Various times, July 16-Aug. 10. $29.50

Sunday Gospel Brunch

11:30 am-2:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy an authentic Southern comfort food buffet brunch while listening to live gospel music. $24.95/adults $12/kids 12 and under free/kids 5 and under

Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam

7:00-10:00 – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam is the perfect place to meet friends, make new contacts, and enjoy an evening of great music.

Cabaret – Venice Theatre MainStage Summer Stock Musical

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115  July 31 – August 10, 2014 Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m. & Sunday matinees 2 p.m. also Saturday August 9th matinee 2 p.m. Book by Joe Masteroff ● Music by John Kander ● Lyrics by Fred Ebb Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood Winner of 12 Tony® Awards. Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. The two pursue a life of pleasure although the world outside the Klub begins to splinter as the Nazi Party takes hold of 1930s Berlin. Sally and Cliff are faced with a choice: abandon themselves to pleasures promised by the cabaret, or open their eyes and face the coming storm. Tickets: Adult $28, Child (pre-K to 12th) $10, Student (Full-time college) $15

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

RPM by the Pool at the Wave Grill

5pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join Randy and Mark at the Wave Grill Splash Pool Bar for a musical duo of vocals, guitar and bass. Come out and chill with us while RPM plays Jimmy Buffet Style Music to relax your Sunday afternoon. Join us for Happy Hour 4pm-6pm! We would love to see you there!

MONDAY AUGUST 11TH

 

Learn to Lawn Bowl

May 1- Oct 31 M-W-F 9am-11am. Nov 1- April 30 M-W-F 1pm – 3pm Unlimited play all year around for Members – Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, 809 North Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41), Sarasota – 941-316-1123
Free Lessons at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. Club and League Play throughout the year. Home of the US Open November 12-19 2016 & 2017. Free Lessons Summer Membership Now through October 31, 2014 only $50.00 for unlimited play Annual Memberships start November 1 only $196.00 Tournaments throughout the year

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Red Sox, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage. – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

Summer Choir Camp with Sarasota Young Voices

9:00 am to noon – Church of the Palms – Music building, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota – 941-724-4592
Sarasota Young Voices Choir Camp Aug 11-15, 9am to noon A fun and educational day camp for kids who like to sing! Open to students in grades 2-12, they’ll be amazed how much they can learn in 5 short days. Songs that are learned will be performed for parents on the last day of camp. visit www.facebook.com/sarasotayoungvoices for details and registration information. Tuition is $125 for the week

TUESDAY AUGUST 12TH

Summer Beach Runs – Siesta

5:30 PM – Siesta Beach Park, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota – 941-861-5000
The weekly one mile races are sponsored by Sarasota County Parks & Recreation & New Balance. Kids who complete four races get a free t-shirt. There is a onetime fee of $1 $1 onetime fee

Cellar Wine Night, Crow’s Nest, Venice

5-10 p.m. – Crow’s Nest, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice – 941-484-9551
Every Tuesday, from June through September, is Cellar Wine Night at the Crow’s Nest, when the 1200-plus wines on the restaurant’s Wine Spectator “Best of Award Excellence-”winning cellar list will be on sale 25 percent off. It’s an opportunity to try some great wines at great prices, and Florida law allows you to take home what you don’t finish.

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Red Sox, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115  Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

HandHeld Tuesdays at Libby’s Cafe + Bar

Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Early Dining Value Menu: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily Dinner: 3:30 p.m. – close daily Weekend Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bar from 11:30 a.m. Happy Hour: 4 – 7 p.m. daily – Libbys’s Cafe + Bar, 1917 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota – 941-487-7300  Handheld Tuesdays are back by popular demand at Libby’s Cafe + Bar! Starting on July 15th, join us each Tuesday for the next 6 weeks as we present unique sandwiches paired with craft beer and a side. Don’t you just love summertime!

Bring your School Age Children to Urfer Family Park and Become a “Little Naturalist”

10 – 11 AM – Urfer Family Park, 4000 Honore Avenue, Sarasota – 941-861-5000
“Looking for an alternative to the typical playground?” Then bring your school age child to connect with nature in fun, creative ways at Sarasota County Government’s nature program, The Little Naturalist. The Little Naturalist, for children ages 5 – 10, is from 10 – 11 AM on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Urfer Family Park in Sarasota. This program includes a short guided nature walk, a variety of hands-on nature themed activities, a snack and story. All participating children must be registered and accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the right. Register each participating child’s first and last name separately, not your name, along with the child’s age in the notes section of the registration form.

Summer Choir Camp with Sarasota Young Voices

9:00 am to noon – Church of the Palms – Music building, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota – 941-724-4592
Sarasota Young Voices Choir Camp Aug 11-15, 9am to noon A fun and educational day camp for kids who like to sing! Open to students in grades 2-12, they’ll be amazed how much they can learn in 5 short days. Songs that are learned will be performed for parents on the last day of camp. visit www.facebook.com/sarasotayoungvoices for details and registration information. Tuition is $125 for the week

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13TH

 

Enjoy a Shore Walk at Lemon Bay Park

9 – 11 am – Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood – 941-861-5000
Join Sarasota County volunteers and Florida Native Plant Society members Denny Girard and Al Squires on Wednesday, August 13 from 9 – 11 am as they lead you on a shore walk at Englewood’s Lemon Bay Park. As you hike you will enjoy pine and scrubby flatwoods, a black mangrove forest and a mangrove fringe with wonderful views of Lemon Bay. You may also encounter native plants and animals like; a variety of shore birds, such as anhinga and snowy egret; and birds of prey, like bald eagle and osprey. Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click “Calendar” on the right. Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click “Calendar” on the right.

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

International Folk Dances, Bayfront Community Center

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-379-6302  International Folk Dancing–music and dance from a variety of countries such as Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Israel, Turkey, Croatia, and others. Also line dances that are typically from the U.S. Most of the dances are done in a circle or line; therefore, no partner is required. The dances are appropriate for and enjoyed by both males and females, younger and older. The schedule each Wednesday night is “Instruction” or “Taught Dances” and “Easy Dances” from 7 to 8 PM, followed by “Request Dances” from 8 to 9:30 PM. Wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes that allow you to maneuver easily. $6.00

Banyan Theater Company’s “Collected Stories”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruth’s student turned confidante turned competitor – for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion. “… sharply written and incisive dialogue.” —Hollywood Reporter “…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew.” —Village Voice 2:00 pm August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 8:00 pm August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 $28.50 per person

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare?

Summer Beach Runs – Venice

5:30 PM – Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Blvd, Venice – 941-861-5000
The weekly one mile races is sponsored by Sarasota County Parks & Recreation & New Balance. There is a onetime fee of $1. Kids who complete four races get a free t-shirt. onetime fee of $1

Jazz Ed @ Blue Rooster

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Jazz Ed is a Sarasota-based jazz quintet comprised of super-talented musicians, each with an impressive resume of musical experience.

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281  Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Red Sox, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000  A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

Jack Dusty Presents: A Night at La Florida

7:30 – 10:00 PM – The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2401
Dust off your fedora, press your linen, and shake out your beaded shift for a night at La Florida, the 197 year old Cuban bar that was the birthplace of The Daiquiri. Jack Dusty’s beautiful veranda will be transformed into La Floridita in all of its Pre-Prohibition glory with access only granted by a whispered secret password. The Classic Daiquiri is the drink that inspired Ingi, Jack’s lead mixologist, to become the master cocktail creator and connoisseur he is today. Ingi will be shaking 2 varietals of daiquiris while sharing his knowledge of the creation and culture of this infamous Cuban drink. Rum tastings will also be offered for further exploration of the Caribbean’s most touted spirit. Chef Caleb Taylor will prepare appetizers to enjoy while sipping on rum. Tropical speakeasy attire is strongly encouraged for this steamy event that is the first in a series of monthly, cocktail immersion events. Space is limited. Reservations are $60 a person and your password will be provided then.

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

2 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up

Elsie Souza’s Brioche and Books Club

9:00 – 10:00 am – Louie’s Modern Barista Bar, 1289 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Wednesday, August 13, 9:00 am. Elsie Souza’s Brioche and Books Club. Louie’s Modern Barista Bar, 1289 Palm Avenue. August’s selection is Raised from the Ground by José Saramago. This City of Lisbon Prize-winning novel documents the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family – poor, landless peasants living in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal, during a time of political strife. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 required for participation. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Purchase of Book

THURSDAY AUGUST 14TH

 

Spirit of ’45 Day Ceremony

11:00 AM – Marina Jack, Two Marina Plaza, Sarasota – 941-346-7245
The Military Order of the Purple Heart and local veterans are proud to sponsor and welcome the Spirit of ’45 Day Express as it rolls into Sarasota on Thursday, Aug. 14, to join the Spirit of ’45 Day ceremony at 11AM by the statue located at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Driven by Auston and Bonnie O’Neill, the Spirit of ’45 Day Express is traveling throughout America to help publicize Spirit of ’45 Day and promote interest in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015. The bus has traveled more than 25,000 miles since early February, visiting 40 states. This summer it will have several high-visibility stops culminating in an appearance in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. It is only fitting that Sarasota is one of its stops as it hosts the statue, “Unconditional Surrender,” known as, “The Kissing Sailor,” and as a lasting tribute of the end of the war. The local veterans will be offering a short, meaningful tribute to the end of WWII at the statue at 11AM, which will include a welcome to our traveling bugler. The event begins at 11AM and is open to the public. The bugler and his wife will also be on hand to greet people after the ceremony. Veterans, residents, and visitors are encouraged to attend with their families. Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! (www.Spiritof45.org) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots initiative that is bringing organizations and individuals together to promote public awareness and participation in the observance of Spirit of ’45 Day, the annual day that honors the men and women of the WWII generation on the second Sunday in August (aligning with the anniversary of the end of WWII on Aug. 14, 1945

Art After 5, Ringling Museum

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay by Ca’ d’Zan. Art After 5 special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussions. For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit www.ringling.org Adults $10; Children (6-17) $5; Children 5 & under free

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by The Venturas

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by The Venturas at Mattison’s City Grille on Thursdays.

Mattison’s Forty-One Live Music by Scotty MacFarland

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Live music by Scotty MacFarland in the Piano Bar at Mattison’s Forty-One.

Scottish Country Dancing

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM – John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-923-2431
All dances are taught. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. $5

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended, call 941-358-3180. $5

Banyan Theater Company’s “Collected Stories”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruth’s student turned confidante turned competitor – for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion. “… sharply written and incisive dialogue.” —Hollywood Reporter “…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew.” —Village Voice 2:00 pm August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 8:00 pm August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 $28.50 per person

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of 11 compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $18

AJC (American Jewish Committee) Summer Lunch & Learn Featuring Rabbi Noam Marans

11:30 AM – Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota – 941-366-0007
AJC will host a Lunch & Learn as the second part of its Summer Lunch & Learn Series on August 14, 2014 at 11:30 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, and his topic will be “Muslim-Jewish Relations.” He will explore whether there is a new era of Muslim-Jewish relations possible in the 21st century. This Series is generously sponsored by Williams Parker Law Firm. Cost of lecture is $25, which includes the lunch. Advance reservations are required; RSVP to 941-365-4955 or sarasota@ajc.org. $25 per lecture (includes lunch)

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Red Sox, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000  A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Art and a Movie: How do They Know It’s Authentic? The Ringling

5 p.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Museum tour and film discussion. Curators and conservators share an insider’s view on the science of art authentification. Plus, “Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” Documentary Feature, Picturehouse; Directed by Harry Moses, Rated PG-13; 74 minutes; 2007 She paid five bucks for it. Now she’s asking $50 million. A 73-year-old truck driver picks up a painting in a thrift shop that is later recognized as a possible work by Jackson Pollock and the way art is authenticated is changed forever. Allow 30-40 minutes to explore a designated behind-the-scenes tour prior to the film. Post-screening discussion lasts 10-20 minutes and is directed by museum staff. Pick up your movie ticket and tour guide at the Admissions counter beginning at 5:00 pm. Film begins at 6:30 pm. Free with Art After 5 admission. Adults $10; children 6-17 $5.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

Welcome back, Julie King!

10:30 am – 5:30pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings Friday, August 15th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Saturday, August 16th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Learn How to Use Your Sensitivity and Empathy Class with Julie King Thursday, August 14th • 7pm – 9pm Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings 30 minutes $55 • 60 minutes $100 Class with Julie King- $25

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

7 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up

FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH

 

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Rays, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Sunsets in Joseph’s Coat, The Ringling

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – John & Mable Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace — sunset, during the day, rain or shine — you will have a unique experience. Non-members $5, Ringling Members are Free Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. Yoga mats are encouraged, Dress for outdoor conditions. The program will last one hour. Capacity limited to 56 per evening. Advance reservations recommended, call 941-358-3180. $5

Banyan Theater Company’s “Collected Stories”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruth’s student turned confidante turned competitor – for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion. “… sharply written and incisive dialogue.” —Hollywood Reporter “…always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew.” —Village Voice 2:00 pm August 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 8:00 pm August 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 $28.50 per person

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of 11 compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $18

Live Jazz at Ziti Restaurant

6-9 p.m. – Ziti, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-706-1281
Evening of live jazz every Wednesday & Friday. Local jazz trio featuring the vocals of Shelly Torman. From Cab Calloway to Frank Sinatra, Torman is a class act and has performed at such local venues as The Jazz Club Of Sarasota, Ophelia’s On The Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Make your reservations today – limited seating! $20 minimum per person purchase for dining room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

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Live From Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk

6-10 pm – Towles Court Art District, 1938 Adams Ln., Sarasota – 941-374-1988 All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk, every third Friday from 6 – 10 pm. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. For directions and details visit our website. Parking available.

“The Last Waltz,” Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(1978) Rated PG, 117 minutes. Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the 1976 final performance of the legendary 1960s rock group The Band is at once a show featuring some of the greatest rock performers of their generation and a bittersweet look back at an era that was just beginning to fade. Appearances by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, an all-star tech crew and superb sound create what is considered to be of the best-looking and sounding rock films ever. Music Performance by The Billy Rice Band. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! On Fridays, July 11-Sept. 19 (excluding July 18), local musicians assembled by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation and sponsored by Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority will perform in the Bishop Planetarium theater at the South Florida Museum, followed by special screenings of great music documentaries. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase. Admission: $5; members $3.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366– Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 -
A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage. – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

Welcome back, Julie King!

10:30 am – 5:00 pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings Friday, August 15th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Saturday, August 16th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Learn How to Use Your Sensitivity and Empathy Class with Julie King Thursday, August 14th • 7pm – 9pm Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings 30 minutes $55 • 60 minutes $100 Class with Julie King- $25

Full Moon Friday Happy Hour

5pm – 9pm – 1413 Main St. @ Five Points, 1413 Main St, Sarasota – 941-223-9159
We are excited for you to join us for the re-opening of the NEW & Improved Ivory Lounge. 1413 Main St @ Five Points. EVERY FRIDAY starting July 25th, Full Moon Promotions will be your host for the BEST & Latest HAPPY HOUR on Main St. From 5pm-9pm we’ll have LIVE music or a DJ spinning lounge beats (like we did at The Ritz “777″ :-) DJ Aaron LeSage from Tampa will kick us off A special Food menu is being created and will be provided by Cafe Americano. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot & Bulleit Bourbon to keep with FMP Orange theme, we’ll be offering $60 Bottles of Veuve!!!! Of course we’ll have a Full Moon Martini and many other drink specials to select from. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

7 p.m. – FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up.

Bandana Live at the Wave Grill

7pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
They are Back! Bandana performing in this area for over 20 years is back for another awesome evening of music. They play a variety of rock n’roll music! You will enjoy the entire evening! Come for dinner specials and drinks specials all evening.

SATURDAY AUGUST 16TH

 

Sarasota Farmers Market, Downtown Sarasota

7:00 AM – 1:00 – Sarasota Farmers Market , Lemon Avenue & Main Street , Sarasota
The Sarasota Farmers Market offers 70-plus vendors selling produce, plants, prepared food, artisans and much more, centered at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The market is a nonprofit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota.

Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota – 941-726-4391
Join the growing food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! The Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit www.centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

Venice Farmers Market

8:00 AM- Noon – Tampa Avenue, 200 Block of Tampa Ave., Venice, Florida 34285, Venice – 941-234-6321 - Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. And you’re certain to find great unique handcrafted jewelry and amazing art.  The list goes on and there’s something new every week! It’s a great destination to start your weekend and discover new, fun things while enjoying the great Florida weather! We appreciate your continued support and have provided this website for you to learn about our vendors and information about becoming one. Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter so we can keep you up to date with all the new things that are always happening at the Venice Farmer’s Market

 

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach Drum Circle

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Casey Key / Nokomis Beach, 201 South Casey Key Road, Osprey
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of 11 compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. $18

Breakfast ‘Serial’ Book Club

10:30 – 11:45 – Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, Sarasota – 941-365-7900
Saturdays starting July 5th. Breakfast Serial Book Club. All summer long Bookstore1 staffers, Jennifer McPheeters and Kate Thomas, have very special Saturday morning plans for your kids. Starting at 10:30 am and ending at 11:00 am they’ll read aloud to your 3 to 6-year-olds from the finest of the picture book genre. From 11:15 until 11:45 it will be the older siblings’ turn with stories read aloud from chapter books your 7 to 9-year-olds are sure to love. More information at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 10:30 am. Picture Book Club. Bring your 3 – 6-year-olds to Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street, at 10:30 for a special treat. Each Saturday morning, at that time, Jenn or Kate of the bookstore staff will read aloud a specially selected picture book, sure to please your little one. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900. Saturday, July 5, 11:15 am. Breakfast “Serial” Book Club. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main Street. Your 7 to 10-year-old is sure to love hearing The Magic Tree House, Mary Pope Osborne’s delightful tale of time travel, read aloud by the bookstore’s staffers Jenn and Kate. More event info at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 941-365-7900.

Orioles Gulf Coast League vs. Rays, Ed Smith Stadium

12 p.m. – Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota – 941-954-4101
The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) home games in Sarasota, June through August, are played at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and is located in the east lot. The GCL, which includes 14 teams in Florida, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

California Toe Jam, Venice Theatre Mainstage Concert

8 p.m. – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice – 941-488-1115
Venice Theatre Guild presents its Annual Concert Series with music and memories from the ’50s right through the ’80s. The Summer Oldies Concert Series is an annual tradition of the Venice Theatre Guild. Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio take to the MainStage on July 19. The concert series continues when California Toe Jam, a ’50s to ’80s rock band, takes the stage Aug. 16. The Goldtones return Sept. 13 with their sweet sounds of Doo-Wop from the 1950s, and the series wraps up on Oct. 13 with Lotela Gold, a show band featuring music of the ’50s and ’60s. $20; series of four concerts $60

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

FST Improv: Out of Bounds Summer Match Up

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Two teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv actors will twist and turn them into something hilarious. Who will win the duel of fools? You get to decide as they battle it out. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 941-366-9000

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 – A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115 Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

Yoga on the Terrace, Ca’ d’Zan, The Ringling

8:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Yoga on the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace at the Ringling Estate. Bring a mat, towel and water. Parking is available at the Ca’ d’Zan parking lot. This is a free event. After 10 a.m., standard admission to the museum applies. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

Welcome back, Julie King!

10:30 am – 5:30pm – Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006
Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings Friday, August 15th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Saturday, August 16th • 10:30am – 5:30pm Learn How to Use Your Sensitivity and Empathy Class with Julie King Thursday, August 14th • 7pm – 9pm Voyager Tarot & Intuitive Readings 30 minutes $55 • 60 minutes $100 Class with Julie King- $25

Morton’s Gourmet Market 2014 Celebration of Brewing

4-6:30 p.m. – Morton’s Gourmet Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota – 941-955-9856
Sample more than 50 beers from around the world along with beer-friendly cuisine. $20 in advance; $25 day of event. Buy at Morton’s or call 941-955-9856.

“The Secret Garden,” Sarasota Ballet

2 pm & 7 pm- FSU Performing Arts Hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0099
In a special and unique summer performance, the Sarasota Ballet will present Will Tuckett’s full-length production of “The Secret Garden.” Bringing to life Frances Hodgson Burnett’s popular children’s novel, this two-act dance-theatre production takes the stage of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, August 8-16 in nine performances. The entire Tampa Bay region will be given the opportunity to enjoy this light-hearted, family-friendly performance that not only features dancers, but showcases hand-crafted puppets and an on-stage actor who will narrate. In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ “Any Given Child” program and the curriculum department of Sarasota County schools, the Sarasota Ballet’s production of “The Secret Garden” includes a strong educational component, giving students the chance to learn through art. Prior to the August 14 performance, community members are invited to join The Sarasota Ballet for a pre-performance dinner event, Picnic and Play at The Sarasota Ballet. Hosted at the playground on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, patrons can join The Sarasota Ballet for dinner, catered by The Francis, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students, and all proceeds go to the Any Given Child Foundation. In preparation for the Aug. 8 opening, the ballet will also host a movie night Aug. 4 from 6-10 p.m., where audience members will watch the 1949 film adaptation of “The Secret Garden.” Tickets for this event at $10 and can be purchased through the ballet box office. For more information, call 941-359-0099 x 101. $25 and up.

Suncoast Skeptics Speaker Series: The ‘Evolution’ of the Creationist Agenda

1:30 – 4:00 – Selby Library – Geldbart Auditorium, 1331 1st St, Sarasota – 941-441-8615
The Suncoast Skeptics Speaker Series kicks off August 16 with a talk by Tyne Hopkins Venzeio. Mrs. Venzeio holds a degree in biology, works with manatees at South Florida Museum, and has a very personal interest in the teaching of science in public classrooms. Her talk will look at the ‘evolution’ of attempts to bring creationism into classrooms. There will be plenty of time for questions and open discussion. The event starts at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Library in downtown Sarasota. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

SUNDAY AUGUST 17TH

 

Dome Flea Market and Farmers Market, Venice

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Dome flea market and event center, 5115 S.R. 776, Venice
An eclectic blend of old and new, offering everything from A to Z. More than 300 booths & produce market. Open year-round.

Drum Circle, Siesta Key Beach

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach gathers every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, just south of the main beach pavilion, between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own. The crowd may include street performers, whirling dancers and spectacular fire jugglers.

Sarasota Zen Study Group meditation

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM – Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-702-1662 -
The Sarasota Zen Study Group meets every Sunday night at 7 pm in the Jefferson Room on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. All those who are interested – both beginners and experienced Zen practitioners – are invited to join the group and share their interests. The first part of each session is dedicated to the study of Zen; we read or listen to a tract by a famous Zen master and explore its importance. In the final half of the session we practice Zen (or meditation) and end with a chant of the heart Sutra. Drop in and drop out (no need to come to every session, if you’re otherwise engaged). We’re there every Sunday night to share with you what we’ve learned.

Englewood Pioneer Days

Englewood 58th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days! Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History.  2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1 HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!

“Talking With,” Players Theatre

2 p.m. Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
This winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award boasts an extraordinary series of monologues dealing with the personal ordeals of eleven compelling female characters. From the very comical to the intensely emotional, each scene features a unique and often inspiring perspective that is shared with great insight, sensitivity and joy! Also Aug. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. $18

Sunday Gospel Brunch

11:30 am-2:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Enjoy an authentic Southern comfort food buffet brunch while listening to live gospel music. $24.95/adults $12/kids 12 and under free/kids 5 and under

Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam

7:00-10:00 – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The Sarasota Sunday Blues Jam is the perfect place to meet friends, make new contacts, and enjoy an evening of great music.

Taking Shakespeare

- Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murph sure doesn’t, and seeks out an older Shakespeare scholar, to bring the Bard’s words to life. This enchanting, eccentric journey creates a beautiful dichotomy between Shakespeare’s verse and today’s language. Is it possible for this avid video-game lover to love Shakespeare? Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Somewhere Over the Rose: Tribute to Judy Garland & Bette Midler

Call Box Office for show times. 941 366-9000 – Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 A tribute to the songs, styles and stories of two iconic American women. Capturing the spirit of Judy Garland and style of Bette Midler, Halenda brings a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.” Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Summer Cabaret Festival – Venice Theatre Musicals in the Pinkerton

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm or anytime at www.venicestage.com – Venice Theatre, Venice Theatre, Venice – 941-488-1115  Friday, July 18th 8:00pm through Sunday, August 24th 8:00pm 21 different acts will be performing throughout the festival. To accommodate the increased number of entertainers, the theatre has added several Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances as well as late-night shows and Sunday evenings. After audiences embraced the inaugural festival last summer (overall, seats were filled at 89% capacity) Venice Theatre’s Producing Director, Allan Kollar, says he is excited to bring back the art of cabaret in its purest form. More information about each act will be available here. Single tickets for each show are $15

RPM by the Pool at the Wave Grill

5pm-8pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Musical Singing Duo Randy and Mark playing guitar and bass! Enjoy Jimmy Buffet Style music by the Pool! Enjoy Happy Hour 4pm-6pm!

ONGOING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

 

MUSEUM • EXHIBITS • GALLERIES

 

Curiosity Exhibition, Circus Museum, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Ethnological congresses, menageries and side shows were among the attractions associated with the tented traveling circuses from their earliest days. While such curiosities did not rate as much advertising paper as the center ring stars, an astounding group of lithographs illustrate the importance of such secondary attractions to the advertising of American traveling shows. 10 to 5 every day; also 5-8 on Thursday night. Adult, $25; Senior 65+, $20; Student 18+ with ID, $5; Child 6-17: $5; Child 5 and under, free; members free ($2 coupon available at Visitor Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Thomas Chimes from the Permanent Collection, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
With the recent gift of important paintings and works on paper by Thomas Chimes, The Ringling now holds a significant collection of this American artist’s work. The Ringling and Thomas Chimes have had a long history together as the museum organized the first survey exhibition of his work in 1968. On view will be the impressive Ringling Mural measuring some 17 feet across accompanied by preparatory studies showing the artist’s working process, as well as a selection of characteristic portraits. Thomas Chimes (1921-2009) was born in Philadelphia to Greek parents. Chimes enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1939 and then in the Art Students League, New York, in 1941, where he studied with Frank Vincent Du Mond, the former teacher of John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe. The work of Thomas Chimes is included in many notable public and private collections throughout the United States. This exhibition is made possible by the gift of works of Thomas Chimes by Dawn Chimes. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation. Adult, $25; Senior 65+, $20; Student 18+ with ID, $5; Child 6-17: $5; Child 5 and under, free; members free.

Science and the Spectator Exhibition, Tibbals Learning Center, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
The mediums of performance and exhibition served a purpose above and beyond just that of popular entertainment for 19th century British society. Spectators at circuses, zoological gardens, and other public events were simultaneously amused and exposed to many of the scientific and industrial advances of the era. This exhibition displays works on paper that represent the significance of human and animal exhibition, as well as balloon flight — domains where this crossover between education and entertainment was most palpable. Created from highlights of the Tibbals European Collection, Science and the Spectator displays posters, advertising materials, and prints that illustrate the popularity and significance of human and animal exhibition as well as air balloon flight. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 -
Danny Lyon’s iconic book “The Bikeriders” is one of the most significant photo-documentary works of postwar America. Lyon, while still finishing college, began riding with and photographing motorcyclists in Chicago at races and “scrambles.” Soon, he had joined the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and was immersed in their culture, traveling the Midwest by bike for two years. “The Bikeriders,” published in 1968—the year before the release of the film “Easy Rider,” and just after Hunter S. Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels”—captured the end of the “golden age” of the outlaw bikers. His gripping, and often candid shots of bike life provide an insider’s perspective into a unique American counterculture. Lyon’s style of intensive reportage, what we might call “embedded” today, was unconventional in its time, and part of the emerging “New Journalism” of the 1960s and ’70s. This exhibition presents highlights from the Bikeriders portfolio that have been generously gifted by Sally Strauss and Andrew Tomback. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

Seeing the Unseen Exhibition, The Ringling

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. every Thursday) (08/15/2014) – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700 This exciting exhibition features photographic and video works by famous living Chinese artists. Reflecting art innovations of our media age, their works provide a fresh view of the changing cultural landscape in China. Unlike their predecessors, these new-generation artists are even bolder in applying new concepts and technology to record the inspiring moments veiled in daily life, and in creating startling and unexpected scenes. Performance and visual tricks are smartly incorporated into their works to create impressive visual and mental experiences, providing the opportunity for viewers to meditate on the invisible. The artists in the exhibition, including Cao Fei, Li Wei, Wang Qingsong, and Miao Xiaochun, explore their individual approaches, subjects, and styles, while mixing aesthetic ideas, cultural expressions, and commercial inspiration. Individually and as a group, they use art photography and video to tackle issues of identity and experience, youth culture and urban development, history and memory, and the conflicts of tradition and commercialization in contemporary China. Adult $25; Senior 65+ $23; Student 18+ with ID $5; Child 6-17 $5; Child 5 and under free; Florida teacher with ID $10; active military $10.

 

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents “Drawn From Nature”

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-2454
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Drawn From Nature,” featuring evocative and atmospheric works by noted landscape artists Jean Blackburn, Deborah Brown, Heidi Edwards, Joyce Ely-Walker, Michele Harvey, Nancy Hellebrand, Susan Klein, Andrew Kuziak and William Nichols, August 1-October 25. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

 

Florida Highwaymen Exhibition of Venice – Venice Art Center

Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm – Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave., S., Venice – 941-485-7136
The Venice Art Center’s Summerfest 2014 is featuring a lecture and book signing for Gary Monroe, author of The Highwaymen book series about a group of African American men during the 1960′s civil rights movement who sold their artwork at roadside stands in Florida. Their artwork will be shown at the Venice Art Center.

Journey into the Wild Frontier Exhibit – Venice Museum & Archives

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10am-4pm – Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, Venice – 941-486-2487 Journey into the Wild Frontier; Venice Area Early Settlers and Industries. Explore southwest Florida frontier life from 1867-1921 in this exhibit that runs through January 21, 2015. Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S, 486-2487; 10am-4pm Donations accepted.

Louis Cabot Photography Exhibit, Longboat Key Center for the Arts

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Dr. S., Longboat Key – 941-383-2345
Stop by to enjoy photographs of Longboat Key and beyond captured by photographer Louis Cabot. A recipient of LBKCA’s 2013 Ageless Creativity Award, Louis Cabot has been photographing his environment for most of his life. Bio Born and bred in Boston, Cabot’s career and commitments included running a multinational chemical company, chairing the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and participating in the governing boards of Harvard and MIT. He and his wife, Mabel (Muffie) now live on Longboat Key. They have, between them, 13 children and stepchildren and 22 grandchildren. Summers they spend mostly in Maine. Exhibit runs through December, with various hours.

 

PLANETARIUM

 

“Life: A Cosmic Story,” Planetarium, South Florida Museum

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton,
How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of “Life: A Cosmic Story,” the new all-digital Planetarium show at the South Florida Museum. This program was sponsored at the South Florida Museum by BMO Harris Bank, produced by the California Academy of Sciences and narrated by Jodie Foster. Showing daily at 1:30 pm in the South Florida Museum’s fully upgraded Bishop Planetarium, the program artfully utilizes the Museum’s state-of-the-art technology and brand new projection system (upgraded in October 2013). The Museum’s full schedule of Planetarium programs is included in regular daily admission. $18, Adults; $16, Seniors (65+); $14, Children (4-12), Children 3 & Under, Free

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