Festivals & Events

FRIDAY JULY 25TH

 

Come Back Alice, Friday Fest, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

5 p.m. – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-953-3368
Join Van Wezel for the second Friday Fest of the 2014 season, with Come Back Alice, a Southern Gypsy Funk band. Soulful vocals, melodic guitars, baroque style violin and funky bass & drums make up the heart of CBA’s sound. Come Back Alice has played on a multitude of stages as opening acts for international artists, at festivals and as featured performers in many of the Southeast’s hottest clubs. Structured largely from improvisational influences, the band found its unique sound by allowing each member to artistically express his individual style(s). “Everyone said you couldn’t combine quirky classical stylings with funky drums and fiddles and still end up with an audience friendly genre”, says lead guitar and vocalist Tony Tyler, “…but it’s that unexpected combination that makes people quickly take notice and groove along with Come Back Alice.” Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Friday Fest takes place in rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to the Grand Foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food and drink from outside the Fest is prohibited; coolers and weapons of any kind are also prohibited.

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

 

ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers, The Ringling

10:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
ROAR! is The Ringling Art Library’s family storytime, designed to engage children ages 4-7 in activities that connect art with early literacy. Fine stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. Join us for storytime and an accompanying activity. This is a free event. Registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP via email at library@ringling.org or via phone at 941-359-5700, Ext. 2700.

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

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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. Thursday through Sunday evenings. 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 “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $28.50 per person

White Party Dance Event

7:00 PM – Premier Dance Studio, 6265 Lake Osprey Plaza, Sarasota – 941-373-6638
Dance party with the color theme white. Come, wear something white, and enjoy general dancing, open bar, and dance demonstrations. Admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple.

“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

Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village

5:00 – 9:00 pm – Downtown Historic Village Shops, 1861 Fruitville Rd. or 1844 4th St., Sarasota – 941-388-3700 -
Stroll the galleries, shops, and dining establishments in the Historic Downtown Village while enjoying live entertainment, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and wine. This month featuring B’s Cool Treats dessert truck, artist meet and greet, painting demonstration, intuitive readings, LED hoola hooper, children’s book signing, and more.

Kettle of Fish

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Kettle of Fish has always been a co-op of the best musicians in the area, with a rootsy blues rock with soul sound. $5

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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“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” (2007), Rated PG, 95 minutes. The compelling history of pioneering folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger is portrayed through archival footage, performances (including “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I had a Hammer”) and candid interviews with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Joan Baez, his children and wife Toshi Seeger, and the man himself. Live music performance by Matt Waldon & Friends. 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. $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.

Sarasota Singles Society Presents A “Bastille Day Celebration”

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota – 941-504-4064
Area singles are invited to celebrate Bastille Day in high style at the Sarasota Singles Society’s “Bastille Day Celebration,” Friday, July 25, 6 p.m., at the historic Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota. The evening features French-inspired hors d’oeuvres and desserts, festive Bastille Day décor, live music and dancing. The cost for the evening is $60 for SSS members; $80 for non-members, and includes gratuity and tax. Gentlemen who are not SSS members are invited to attend this event at the discounted member price of $60. Reservations need to be made by July 22. For more information, call 941-504-4064 or visit www.sarasotasinglessociety.com. $60 for members; $80 for non-members. Gentlemen who are not Sarasota Singles Society members can attend this event at the discounted member price of $60.

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Dr. Ruth Westheimer revisits her fascinating life after the death of her third husband. From her time as a young child in a Swiss orphanage to her time working as a celebrity sex therapist, Dr. Ruth approaches the chapters of her life with a charming sense of humor. A moving, funny portrayal of one woman’s determination to survive, thrive and keep learning. Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Buy tickets now or call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. 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

Parrot Head Party

6pm-9pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Join the Parrot Head Community for a party with live entertainment by Rich McGuire! Join us for drink specials and special menu items 6pm-9pm at the Wave Grill and Splash Pool Bar

Get Pop Cultured DC Comic Spectacular & Collectibles Weekend

See Description – Barnes and Noble Sarasota, 4010 South Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
COMIC SPECTACULAR Collectibles! Join Us, July 24rd – 27th as we Celebrate DC Comics Special Offers Limited edition collectibles and much more! Thursday July 24th 2pm Mask Making Be your own Hero. Friday 25th @ 6pm DC Trivia in Cafe. Saturday July 26th 2pm Who wants to be a Superhero Millionaire Phone a friend Justice league and Avengers! Photo Opps Available Prizes and giveaways Saturday July 26th 11am Dress in Costume as Hero or Villain Face painting Crafts Prizes and giveaways!

Pop Culture Team Trivia at the Barnes and Noble Cafe

6pm – Barnes and Noble Sarasota, 4010 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Gather your Team and join us for Get Pop Cultured trivia in our Cafe! Prizes, giveaways and Fun! Special offers on all DC Comics & Graphic Novels get a sneak peak at our Special Offers Limited edition collectibles and much more!

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!

SATURDAY JULY 26TH

 

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

 

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.

4th Annual Mystic Faire, Municipal Auditorium

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-954-4165
This is the largest Psychic Fair in Southwest Florida. This year will be bigger than ever, with new psychics, healers and vendors, as well as the wonderful ones from years past. Come out and give yourself the gift of the energies of this amazing day! Bring a friend and spend the day with us. This event, Mystic Faire by Orchid Moon, happens once a year in beautiful Sarasota. A special day, indeed, filled with beautiful people happy to share their talents with you. There will be over 75 exhibitors. Over 25 wonderful psychics offering mini readings in mediumship, tarot, palmistry, astrology and more. Many are local and some come from other states to do this faire. There will be vendors selling unique crystals, jewelry, Goddess clothing, candles, flower essences, Angel art, body products, healing tools and so much more. Perfect for holiday gift giving. 11 to 7, July 26; 11 to 5, July 27 $7 for one day; $10 for both days.

Arts and Crafts Saturday, Mixon Fruit Farms

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton – 941-748-5829
Mixon will have arts, crafts and more the fourth Saturday of the month June through September. Mark your calendars and plan on enjoying locally crafted products, such as jewelry, wall hangings, pottery and candles. There’s plenty of room in their warehouse for 20 to 30 booths with authors, crafters, antiques and yummy treats! Don’t miss out.

Super Summer Saturdays, Selby Gardens

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-5731
Every Saturday the Great Lawn at Selby Gardens turns into a summer wonderland for kids with bounce house, lawn games & water slide fun! Aug. 2 – Lawn Games with Carolyn Rule July 26 – Water Slide July 19 – Bounce House July 12 – Water Slide July 5 – Bounce House June 28 – Lawn Games with Carolyn Rule June 21 – Water Slide Admission: Adults $19, Children (4-11) $6, Members free

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.

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.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by TC & the Troublemakers

7:30 PM – 11:45 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by TC & The Troublemakers “Straight from Macon” at Mattison’s City Grille on Saturdays.

Banyan Theater Company’s “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $28.50 per person

Summer Circus Spectacular, Historic Asolo Theater

Shows at 11 AM & 2 PM every Tuesday-Friday till August 2nd. On Saturdays, shows are 2 PM & 5 PM – Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Enjoy an hour of thrilling family fun, with the hilarious comic antics of Chris Allison, award-winning hand-balancer Christian Stoinev and his canine cohort Scooby, the quick-change magical transformation act of Olga & Vladimir Smirnov, the magnificent “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more! Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful – and affordable – summer entertainment for children of all ages. $15 adults; $12 for children 12 and under

2014 Players New Play Festival

7:30 p.m. – Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494
Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to witness the birth of a brand new play. Watch as regional playwrights compete each night to have their play produced on The Players main stage next season! $10; 3 for $24; 5 for $35

“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

Aura Photography with Susan Baden

10:30 am – 5:30 pm – Elysian Fields – Books & Gifts for Conscious Living, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006 AURA PHOTOGRAPHY!  Experience Aura Photography with Suzanne Baden using exciting new digital photo technology! The upgraded equipment creates amazing photos and videos of your Auric Field! Every person’s aura is their unique signature of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. With this revolutionary technology, you can see your aura in much the same way a clairvoyant person would. Enjoy these great new benefits: • Digital photos are more vivid and detailed than the older Polaroid photos. • See your aura on a computer screen and watch the colors shift as you hold a crystal or touch another person. • Take your photo home, and for just $5 more, you can also choose to have the digital image emailed to you. • Share your aura photo by email or on Facebook – even make it your desktop background! Don’t miss this chance to see yourself in bright, beautiful, digital color! The Aura Photographer will interpret your photo with a 5 minute mini reading. Saturday, July 26th • 10:30am – 5:30pm • $25

 

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.

Mike Imbasciani & His BluezRockerz

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Mike Imbasciani is a blues/rock guitar prodigy and vocalist from Charlotte Harbor, FL. Backed by The BluezRockerz, he performs classic favorites from the genres of blues, rock, and rockabilly. $5

Fashion Dash: A Clothing Exchange and Fashion Show

11:00- 4: – Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota – 941-861-1130
A one-hour teen fashion show “Fashion Dash!” will begin at 1:00 pm hosted by Plato’s Closet. Forty models will walk the stage to music by DJ JoeyD. Musician Savannah Brady will be featured along with the Newtown Steppers. Bring 1-3 used clothing items, in good condition, to swap. A clothing exchange/swap is a great way to declutter your closet, spruce up your wardrobe and protect the environment. The clothing swap will run from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm and again at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Sax Appeal at the Wave Grill, Venice

6-10 p.m. – Wave Grill, Ramada Inn Venice, 425 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice – 941-308-7700
Sax Appeal plays smooth jazz and classic rock.

NRA First Steps Pistol Course

8:00am-12;30pm – AmericInn Hotel, 5931 Fruitville Road, Sarasota – 941-706-4358
This Course will be taught by local NRA Certified Instructors and cover the basics of safe gun handling and shooting. Course will emphasize the safe and proper handling and use of pistols. Participants will learn about firearm safety, parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, storage options and much more. This course meets the Florida training requirements for Concealed Carry Permit applicants. Non-residents are also eligible. For details on the course, contact Dr. Gerald Colbert at (941) 706-4358 or (941) 315-0152; drgeraldcolbert@gmail.com or www.ftisarasota.com AmericInn Hotel, RSVP one week before Course starts by phone: 941-706-4358 or 941-315-0152

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000 -
Dr. Ruth Westheimer revisits her fascinating life after the death of her third husband. From her time as a young child in a Swiss orphanage to her time working as a celebrity sex therapist, Dr. Ruth approaches the chapters of her life with a charming sense of humor. A moving, funny portrayal of one woman’s determination to survive, thrive and keep learning. Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Buy tickets now or call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

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

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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

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Mattison’s Forty-One Halter Ranch Vineyards Wine-Pairing Dinner

6:30pm – Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-921-3400
Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering in Sarasota, Florida, announces a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from Halter Ranch Vineyards in California on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 6:30pm in Mattison’s private catering room, “The Galleria”, at Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231. The five-course wine-pairing dinner features an extraordinary dinner menu by Chef Paul Mattison specifically created to compliment and pair with selections from Halter Ranch Vineyards. Gene Zimmerman, National Sales Director for Halter Ranch Vineyards, is Mattison’s special guest and wine expert who guides guests about the wines served. Mr. Zimmerman and Chef Paul Mattison are giving away prizes throughout the evening including the grand prize – a two night stay at the Vineyard’s private Victorian home built in the 1880s, plus a private cellar tour and barrel tasting at the 280 plus acre vineyards. Each wine-pairing dinner guest receives a chance to win. The wine dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited, tickets available online at mattisons.com or by calling 941.921.3400. Halter Ranch is located in the heart of California’s Central Coast and balances the traditional winemaking process with innovative techniques. The winery produces 100% estate-grown wines, specializing in Bordeaux and Rhône Valley varietals and blends and has earned California’s prestigious Sustainability in Practice Certification for its environmentally responsible viticultural and winemaking practices. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231 Telephone 941.921.3400 Web site mattisons.com $75

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

Get Pop Cultured DC Comic Spectacular & Collectibles Weekend

See Description – Barnes and Noble Sarasota, 4010 South Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
COMIC SPECTACULAR Collectibles! Join Us, July 24rd – 27th as we Celebrate DC Comics Special Offers Limited edition collectibles and much more! Thursday July 24th 2pm Mask Making Be your own Hero. Friday 25th @ 6pm DC Trivia in Cafe. Saturday July 26th 2pm Who wants to be a Superhero Millionaire Phone a friend Justice league and Avengers! Photo Opps Available Prizes and giveaways Saturday July 26th 11am Dress in Costume as Hero or Villain Face painting Crafts Prizes and giveaways!

Super Hero Story Time

(Barnes and Noble Sarasota, 4010 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Justice League are among the favorites of kids who love DC Comics! Join us for a fun filled Story time and Multiples fun activities and games. Feel Free to dress as your favorite Character it’s fun to Cosplay!

Justice League Faces Off with the Avengers!

2pm – Barnes and Noble, 4010 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Join us for some superhero fun while we play Who Wants to be a Superhero Millionaire – Phone a hero with characters from the Justice League and the Avengers! Photo Opps also available!

SUNDAY JULY 27TH

 

4th Annual Mystic Faire, Municipal Auditorium

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-954-4165
This is the largest Psychic Fair in Southwest Florida, this year with new psychics, healers and vendors as well as the wonderful ones from years past. Come out and give yourself the gift of the energies of this amazing day! Bring a friend and spend the day with us. This event, Mystic Faire by Orchid Moon, happens once a year in beautiful Sarasota. A special day indeed filled with beautiful people happy to share their talents with you. There will be over 75 exhibitors. Over 25 wonderful psychics offering mini readings in mediumship, tarot, palmistry, astrology and more. Many are local and some come from other states to do this faire. There will be vendors selling unique crystals, jewelry, Goddess clothing, candles, flower essences, Angel art, body products, healing tools and so much more. Perfect for holiday gift giving. $7

 

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.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet at Mattison’s City Grille on Sundays.

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.

“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

“Manon Lescaut,” HD at the Sarasota Opera

1:30 p.m. – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-8450 Production from the Royal Opera House. Jonas Kaufman, the leading tenor of today, with rising young star Kristine Opolais in a new production of Puccini’s classic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Also July 24 at 7 p.m. Now see opera, ballet and theater performances from around the world on the big screen at the Sarasota Opera House. Each presentation will be preceded by a 15-minute welcome and pre-show discussion. $20 and $25

Chakra Energy Sessions with Susan Baden

12:15 – 4:45 – Elysian Fields – Books & Gifts for Conscious Living, 1273 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota – 941-361-3006  Chakra Energy Sessions with Suzanne Baden Sunday, July 27th • 12:15pm – 4:45pm 30 minutes $45 • See your Chakra & Aura Colors change on the screen. • Discover how your colors shift when you hold certain crystals or stones. • See how energy from Suzanne’s hands affects your aura and chakras. Session includes a photo snapshot of full body chakras with a summary printout of chakra colors. Also available upon request – CD of your session for $10. 30 minutes $45

; members free ($2 coupon available at Visitor Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, and Sarasota)

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.

RPM by the Pool

5pm-8pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypasses North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Guitar and Vocal Duo

Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul

8:00 PM -Tuesday-Saturday, 2:00 PM Saturday-Sunday – WBTT Theatre, WBTT Theatre 1646 10th Way, Sarasota, Sarasota – 941-366-1505  The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents a new version of a favorite, hit show: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul. Sheldon Rodent, one of Sarasota’s favorite troupe members, is again starring as Marvin Gaye. This not-to-be-missed original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye’s career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-80s. Come see why Rolling Stone declared Gaye one of America’s greatest entertainers. And, why Sheldon receives great accolades whenever he sings one of Marvin’s songs. People say he seems to channel the amazing singer. $29.50

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Dr. Ruth Westheimer revisits her fascinating life after the death of her third husband. From her time as a young child in a Swiss orphanage to her time working as a celebrity sex therapist, Dr. Ruth approaches the chapters of her life with a charming sense of humor. A moving, funny portrayal of one woman’s determination to survive, thrive and keep learning. Single tickets range from $32 – $36. Buy tickets now or call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Taking Shakespeare

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Who appreciates Shakespeare anymore? Murphy 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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. 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 Collar, 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

Get Pop Cultured DC Comic Spectacular & Collectibles Weekend

See Description – Barnes and Noble Sarasota, 4010 South Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
COMIC SPECTACULAR Collectibles! Join Us, July 24rd – 27th as we Celebrate DC Comics Special Offers Limited edition collectibles and much more! Thursday July 24th 2pm Mask Making Be your own Hero. Friday 25th @ 6pm DC Trivia in Cafe. Saturday July 26th 2pm Who wants to be a Superhero Millionaire Phone a friend Justice league and Avengers! Photo Opps Available Prizes and giveaways Saturday July 26th 11am Dress in Costume as Hero or Villain Face painting Crafts Prizes and giveaways!

Auditions: The Rocky Horror Show – Venice Theatre Cabaret 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  Sunday, July 27th & Monday, July 28th at 7:30 pm Performance dates: October 10 – November 1, 2014 Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The all-time cult classic is back just in time for Halloween! Get ready to talk back and play along with your newspapers, noisemakers and boas. “Don’t dream it, be it.”

MONDAY JULY 28TH

 

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by Tropix

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by Tropix at Mattison’s City Grille on Mondays.

Learn to Lawn Bowl

May 1- Oct 31 M-W-F 9is-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.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

Auditions: The Rocky Horror Show – Venice Theatre Cabaret 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 Sunday, July 27th & Monday, July 28th at 7:30 pm Performance dates: October 10 – November 1, 2014 Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The all-time cult classic is back just in time for Halloween! Get ready to talk back and play along with your newspapers, noisemakers and boas. “Don’t dream it, be it.”

TUESDAY JULY 29TH

 

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

“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

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.

Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul

8:00 PM -Tuesday-Saturday – WBTT Theatre, WBTT Theatre 1646 10th Way, Sarasota, Sarasota – 941-366-1505 -
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents a new version of a favorite, hit show: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul. Sheldon Roden, one of Sarasota’s favorite troupe members, is again starring as Marvin Gaye. This not-to-be-missed original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye’s career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-80s. Come see why Rolling Stone declared Gaye one of America’s greatest entertainers. And, why Sheldon receives great accolades whenever he sings one of Marvin’s songs. People say he seems to channel the amazing singer. $29.50

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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. 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. – 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!

WEDNESDAY JULY 30TH

 

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

Mattison’s Forty-One Live Music by Rob Satori

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Rob Satori performs live music in the Piano Bar at Mattison’s Forty-One.

Banyan Theater Company’s “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $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?

Championship Ballroom Dancing

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2000 Please try to join us for the 42nd anniversary of the Florida State Dancesport Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton. If you had ever joined one of our Triple Crown Dance Events in the past, than please try to come to this get together for fun & friendship and join us in celebrating the last 42 years of dance.

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

“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

Rockin’ Jake @ Blue Rooster

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco.

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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. 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

THURSDAY JULY 31ST

 

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 – 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. Thursday through Sunday evenings. 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 “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $28.50 per person

Championship Ballroom Dancing

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2000 Please try to join us for the 42nd anniversary of the Florida State Dancesport Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton. If you had ever joined one of our Triple Crown Dance Events in the past, than please try to come to this get together for fun & friendship and join us in celebrating the last 42 years of dance.

“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

Serengeti @ Blue Rooster

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Serengeti is a high-energy band playing jazz, rock, soul, Motown, funk, reggae, and contemporary 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

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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. 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

FRIDAY AUGUST 1ST

ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers, The Ringling

10:30 a.m. – The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
ROAR! is The Ringling Art Library’s family storytime, designed to engage children ages 4-7 in activities that connect art with early literacy. Fine stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. Join us for storytime and an accompanying activity. This is a free event. Registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP via email at library@ringling.org or via phone at 941-359-5700, Ext. 2700.

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 – 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 “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $28.50 per person

Championship Ballroom Dancing

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2000 Please try to join us for the 42nd anniversary of the Florida State Dancesport Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton. If you had ever joined one of our Triple Crown Dance Events in the past, than please try to come to this get together for fun & friendship and join us in celebrating the last 42 years of dance.

Music on Main, Lakewood Ranch

6-9 p.m. Main Street Lakewood Ranch, 8131 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Lakewood Ranch – 941-907-9243
Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. for a free concert for the public. This event is hosted on the first Friday of each month. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, but please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash.

“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

Ari and The Alibis @ Blue Rooster

9:00 pm – - Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
Powerhouse Sarasota vocalist Ari McManus teams up with a tribe of fellow local players to put a new spin on her blues and jazz stylings.

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 dinning room seating with the band. No minimum purchase on bar or patio seating.

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“Muscle Shoals,” Music & Movies, Bishop Planetarium

6 p.m. – Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton – 941-746-4131
(2013) Rated PG, 111 minutes. Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Gregg Allman, Bono, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today. Music  performance by David Smash. 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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Greatness Beyond Measure Teen Summit

Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-587-8021
Hosted by Ringling College and with BMW Sarasota as the Presenting Sponsor, the 6th annual GREATNESS BEYOND MEASURE Teen Summit is all about teen and young adult empowerment. Workshops discuss entrepreneurship, character, and enhancing the genius within. A Bay Area job fair is a part of the event, as well as a celebrity lineup that includes Tyler Perry’s leading man LAMMAN RUCKER best known for “Why Did I Get Married? I & II” & phenomenal recording artists and YouTube sensations, THE CRAIG LEWIS BAND! Don’t miss the biggest teen event of the year! Register TODAY, (941) 587-8021, or TEXT (941) 275-1774. $5 Registration Fee. $5 for entrance to GBM Idol (Beatrice Friedman Center) and $5 for Basketball tournament (Booker High School Gym)

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

Frozen Friday – Cool Off with Olaf!

7pm – Barnes and Noble! 4010S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907 Join us for Frozen Friday Cool off with Olaf! Storytime Sing along crafts activities! Make snowflakes to keep Olaf Cool take pictures with our Olaf Standee! Maybe a surprise visit from Ella! Come dressed as favorite Frozen Character! Treats prizes and giveaways! Fun for everyone!!!!

“Big Fish Little Pond” cabaret show at Venice Theatre

8pm- 10pm – Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave, Venice – 941-488-1115
Be a fly on the recording studio wall as aspiring reality star Joey Panek produces an album of pop and Broadway tunes. With special guests Christine Alexander and Scotty Felsenfeld Part of The 2nd Annual Summer Cabaret Festival at Venice Theatre. Two performances: Tues, 7/22 and Fri 8/1, both at 8pm. $15

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
Bobby “Diamond” Lanza starts us off with an evening of Karaoke and music from all decades. Bobby sings some of the songs from the greats such as Frank Sinatra. Come out and join us for an evening of talent and fun. Drink specials all night! Show us what talent you got! Karaoke kicks off a 6pm and Karaoke kicks off at 7pm.

 

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!

U.S. Premiere Cuban National Ballet School

7:00 PM – Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota – 941-328-1300
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents an international experience. The world famous Ramona de Saa, teacher to the Cuban stars—bringing five of her premiere students from the Cuban National Ballet School. On Stage will premiere the National Ballet of Cuba’s most elite young artists performing variations from classical repertoires. These exceptional dancers, considered to be the finest in their country, will perform for the first time ever in the United States, right here in Sarasota. In addition, award winning student dancers from throughout the United States and international countries will perform – showcasing some of the best of the world’s emerging dance talent. A modern dance piece by the internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographer, Carlos dos Santos, to be performed by our Summer Intensive pre-professional students will also be premiered. The production is the capstone to Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s Summer Intensive program which features master classes with the legendary ballet Maestra, Ramona de Saa, internationally acknowledged as the designer of today’s classical dance teaching system in Cuba. Do not miss this! Tickets 941 328-1300

SATURDAY AUGUST 2ND

 

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

Intro to Beekeeping Mini-Seminar

9:30 to 2pm – Intro to Beekeeping Mini-Seminar, 725 45th Street, Sarasota – 941-726-8755
Sarasota Honey Company is proud to provide an Intro to Beekeeping Mini-Seminar. This mini-seminar is for anyone who is interested in learning more bees and urban beekeeping. Our instructors know how intimidating beekeeping can be from the beginner’s perspective, so we makes a big point of being friendly and accessible. Free Materials and Lunch Included. Registration: $45.00, Lunch included, Free Materials, portion of proceeds to benefit local beekeeping associations. To Register please visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-beekeeping-mini-seminar-tickets-11972119933 or mail a check with attendee name a

Super Summer Saturdays, Selby Gardens

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota – 941-366-5731
Every Saturday the Great Lawn at Selby Gardens turns into a summer wonderland for kids with bounce house, lawn games & water slide fun! Aug. 2 – Lawn Games with Carolyn Rule July 26 – Water Slide July 19 – Bounce House July 12 – Water Slide July 5 – Bounce House June 28 – Lawn Games with Carolyn Rule June 21 – Water Slide Admission: Adults $19, Children (4-11) $6, Members free

 

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.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by TC & the Troublemakers

7:30 PM – 11:45 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by TC & The Troublemakers “Straight from Macon” at Mattison’s City Grille on Saturdays.

Banyan Theater Company’s “The Sty of the Blind Pig”

Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-358-5330
The Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean The place is Chicago’s south side and the time the 1950s, just before the civil rights movement began to burgeon. Alberta, unmarried and in her thirties, shares an apartment with her mother Weedy, an old-fashioned black woman who finds solace for her troubles in religion. Their constant visitor is Weedy’s brother, a sporty, down-on-his-luck gambling man who is the despair of his strait-laced sister. Blind Jordan, a wandering street singer, shows up at their door searching for a woman he once knew. Alberta offers to help him in his quest, and when they are alone, all the emotional and sexual frustrations struggling within her bursts forth. Out of the unsettling nature of their encounter comes estrangement between mother and daughter, which subsides to an uneasy truce when Blind Jordan departs – leaving behind a disturbing awareness of much that has been lost or changed, and of much greater change still to come. The Sty of the Blind Pig won the Drama Desk and other awards when first produced in 1971. “… eloquent, powerful, moving and beautiful …” —Time Magazine 2:00 pm July 19, 20, 26, 27; August 2, 3 8:00 pm July 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31; August 1, 2 $28.50 per person

Summer Circus Spectacular, Historic Asolo Theater

Shows at 11 AM & 2 PM every Tuesday-Friday till August 2nd. On Saturdays, shows are 2 PM & 5 PM – Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota – 941-359-5700
Enjoy an hour of thrilling family fun, with the hilarious comic antics of Chris Allison, award-winning hand-balancer Christian Stoinev and his canine cohort Scooby, the quick-change magical transformation act of Olga & Vladimir Smirnov, the magnificent “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more! Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful – and affordable – summer entertainment for children of all ages. $15 adults; $12 for children 12 and under

Championship Ballroom Dancing

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2000 Please try to join us for the 42nd anniversary of the Florida State Dancesport Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton. If you had ever joined one of our Triple Crown Dance Events in the past, than please try to come to this get together for fun & friendship and join us in celebrating the last 42 years of dance.

“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

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.

Thomas Wynn & the Believers @ Blue Rooster

9:00 pm – midnight – Blue Rooster, 1525 4th Street, Sarasota – 941-388-7539
The sibling-led quintet from Orlando personifies a new era that crosses generations with love, heartbreak, love again, and really, really good music. Musical influences Dylan, Redding, and CCR seep through The Believers’ tunes. $10

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.

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

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Greatness Beyond Measure Teen Summit

Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-587-8021
Hosted by Ringling College and with BMW Sarasota as the Presenting Sponsor, the 6th annual GREATNESS BEYOND MEASURE Teen Summit is all about teen and young adult empowerment. Workshops discuss entrepreneurship, character, and enhancing the genius within. A Bay Area job fair is a part of the event, as well as a celebrity lineup that includes Tyler Perry’s leading man LAMMAN RUCKER best known for “Why Did I Get Married? I & II” & phenomenal recording artists and YouTube sensations, THE CRAIG LEWIS BAND! Don’t miss the biggest teen event of the year! Register TODAY, (941) 587-8021, or TEXT (941) 275-1774. $5 Registration Fee. $5 for entrance to GBM Idol (Beatrice Friedman Center) and $5 for Basketball tournament (Booker High School Gym)

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

Marvel Day!

11am – Barnes and Noble, 4010 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Help us Honor Marvel’s 75th anniversary! Special stories, Activities, Games and giveaways Get your Spidey senses ready for a fun filled day! Photo opps with Spiderman!!!

Cruizin’ on Dearborn Cars & Oldies, Englewood

5-8 p.m. – Dearborn Street, West Dearborn Street, Englewood – 941-315-1248
Cruise on down to Dearborn Street in Englewood for some old cars and old tunes! On the first Saturday of the month, Dearborn Street turns into “Happy Days: where hundreds of old car enthusiasts and scores of old cars brighten up the street. Along with free admission, Cruizin’ on Dearborn offers a good time for car fanatics and their families. Most restaurants are open and ’50s music is spun by a DJ.

70′s Disco Party with Hilton Family Entertainment DJs at the Wave Grill

6pm-10pm – Wave Grill at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 US 41 Bypass North, Venice – 941-308-7700
Dress in your 70′s Best! Hilton Family Entertainment DJs providing over 20 years of entertainment experience are here to get you up and dancing to the music of the 70′s! Come out and join us for a fun night of food, fun and DISCO! You won’t want to miss this blast from the past! Join us for drink specials all night!

SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD

 

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.

Mattison’s City Grille Live Music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota
Live music by Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet at Mattison’s City Grille on Sundays.

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.

Championship Ballroom Dancing

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota – 941-309-2000 Please try to join us for the 42nd anniversary of the Florida State Dancesport Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton. If you had ever joined one of our Triple Crown Dance Events in the past, than please try to come to this get together for fun & friendship and join us in celebrating the last 42 years of dance.

“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.

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.

Clearly Invisible: Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000
Clearly Invisible… Magic Up Close with Carl Seiger combines illusion, jazz, and storytelling. While reminiscing about his life as a magician, Seiger invites audiences to find out what’s up his sleeves as he performs sleight of hand up close. There is magic, and then there is Magic. Interactive in every sense of the word, “Clearly Invisible” combines illusion, music, and humor to stretch the boundaries of conventional theatre. Single tickets are $32. Call the Box Office today (941) 366-9000.

Greatness Beyond Measure Teen Summit

Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-587-8021
Hosted by Ringling College and with BMW Sarasota as the Presenting Sponsor, the 6th annual GREATNESS BEYOND MEASURE Teen Summit is all about teen and young adult empowerment. Workshops discuss entrepreneurship, character, and enhancing the genius within. A Bay Area job fair is a part of the event, as well as a celebrity lineup that includes Tyler Perry’s leading man LAMMAN RUCKER best known for “Why Did I Get Married? I & II” & phenomenal recording artists and YouTube sensations, THE CRAIG LEWIS BAND! Don’t miss the biggest teen event of the year! Register TODAY, (941) 587-8021, or TEXT (941) 275-1774. $5 Registration Fee. $5 for entrance to GBM Idol (Beatrice Friedman Center) and $5 for Basketball tournament (Booker High School Gym)

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

Calling all James Patterson Fans!

11am – 1pm – Barnes and Noble, 4010 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – 941-923-9907
Celebrate America’s bestselling author with a special one-day only offers on adult, kids and Teen books by Patterson, Plus fan trivia. Join in the Fun and participate in a Patterson lookalike Contest and Fan tribute. and while here get a picture with your favorite Patterson book & our James Patterson Standee!!!

Very Merry Jerry Day

4 pm to 9 pm – Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota – 941-894-6469 -
Very Merry Jerry Day Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 4:00pm (941) 894-6469 525 Kumquat Ct. Sarasota Florida 34236 Get ready WSLR’s Sixth Annual Very Merry Jerry Day! Enjoy cool crafts, great food and talented performers like Michael Miller and the Heart Machine, Koko Ray and the Keepers, Mumbo Jumbo, and sTone Fish! $10

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
Come join Randy and Mark as they perform their bass and guitar duo! They bring us songs from many decades with their awesome vocal styling. Come and lounge at the bar and chill with us for Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm.

CONTINUING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

 

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

 

MUSEUM • GALLERIES • EXHIBITS

 

HERE COMES THE SUN – ART EXHIBIT AT STATE OF THE ARTS GALLERY

11 AM-4 PM TUES-FRI AND 9 AM-1 PM SATURDAY – STATE OF THE ARTS GALLERY, 1525 STATE STREET, Sarasota – 941-955-2787 AN EXHIBIT INCLUDING CIRCULAR FORMS, CITRUS COLORS, ABSTRACT HORIZONS AND AQUATIC IMPRESSIONS

 

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art presents “A Few Great, Big Pictures”

Tues. – Sat. 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 “A Few Great, Big Pictures,” May 16-July 28. The exhibit features large-scale works by Luisa Basnuevo, Dolores Coe, Leslie Lerner, Craig Rubadoux and Syd Solomon. For more information, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com. The gallery is located at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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)

Beth Lipman: Precarious Possessions, 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 still life has long been used in painting as a visual metaphor for considerations of materiality, the conspicuous consumption of wealth, and the fleeting nature of life. Beth Lipman (born 1971) uses the vocabulary of the still life, particularly the table setting with its various vessels, foods, and associated objects, in complex sculptures created in clear glass. For Lipman, the still life operates as a commentary on our current consumer culture. Precarious Possessions is an installation of life-sized Victorian furniture recreated in glass sculpture. Each of the three works, Crib, Cradle, and Sideboard with Blue China, represents a particular moment in our lifespan and reminds us of our ties to the objects which define us through societal conventions. 10 to 5 every day; also 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. 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.

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.

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily – Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton – 941-209-1236
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, contains over 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs and is the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo DaVinci. With over 60 machines on display, many of which are interactive, the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter and for the first time ever, the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. This exhibition presents over 60 models grouped in themes: War machines, Flying machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines, as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics. The interactive machines are a popular aspect of each exhibition as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. $15.95 Adults – $13.95 Seniors – $50.00 Family Pack (2 Adults and 3 Children)

SPORTS

 

TPC Prestancia Junior Golf Academy

TPC Prestancia, 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota – 941-924-1331 The TPC Prestancia Golf Academy is a week long summer camp for kids! We utilize the PGA curriculum of Get Golf Ready. Training includes: Finding your Stroke, Around the Greens, From the Short Grass, Tee It Up, and Hitting the Links. Camp starts at 8:30 am and ends at 12:30pm, we provide lunch. Ages 8-18 members, and non-members welcome. FIND YOUR STROKE-Learn about each club in your bag-Putting stroke distance and direction AROUND THE GREENS-Best ways to hold the club-Shots for short distance chipping, pitching and bunkers FROM THE SHORT GRASS-Getting the feel of a full swing-Iron play, learn to make solid contact and get the ball in the air TEE IT UP-Gain distance and height with your clubs-Helpful tips on ball position and swing path HITTING  THE LINKS-Gathering all that you have learned to play a few holes-Tips on having more fun on the golf course and golf etiquette Program progresses to individual levels   $230

Babe Ruth League 13-yr-old Southeast Regional Tournament

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Babe Ruth Park, 401 S. Pompano Ave (behind Fruitville Rd Boys and Girls Club), Sarasota – 941-323-4045  Tournament among All Star Teams representing 13-yr-old State Champions from Southeast U.S. Region (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Bahama) plus Host Team (Sarasota).

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