A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
New College Thesis Exhibition: ‘On the Precipice | Transitions & Threshold’
Noon at Isermann Gallery, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Road
This culmination of a year-long studio art research project will showcase the creative work of six New College seniors. From a series of charcoal figure drawings in the French Academic style to a multimedia installation approaching the topic of relationship violence and abuse, this exhibit covers a wide range of topics and mediums. Runs through May 11.
Art After 5
5 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Explore The Ringling’s art exhibition galleries and the Circus Museum at a discounted rate. Tickets required.
Nik's Pick: 2018 Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival
Experience fresh theatrical art at this vibrant Theatre Odyssey festival, which features eight original plays by playwrights from across the Gulf Coast. Writers will compete for the title of Best Play, which wins a $500 prize, and $300 for the runner-up. Runs through May 6.
If You Go
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Runs through May 6.
Where: Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Tickets: $25; students with ID $10
Info: Call 799-7224.
‘An Inspector Calls’
The Island Players
8 p.m. at Island Players Theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
The year is 1912, and the occasion is a dinner party at the home of a well-respected, wealthy English family. Inspector Goole interrupts festivities to perform what appears to be a routine inquiry in connection with the death of a young woman from the scruffy side of town. What he finds will change the Birling family dynamic forever. Runs through May 13.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Home Tour of the Agee Home with Guy Peterson
12:45 p.m. at Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 S. Orange Ave.
$65 members; $75 nonmembers
The 2018 Modern Show kicks off with this unique tour of one of Sarasota’s most highly regarded examples of modern architecture. Jump on the Center for Architecture Sarasota trolley and learn all about the property from architect Guy Peterson.
First Friday Special Art Exhibit
5 p.m. at Stakenborg-Greenberg Fine Art, 1545 Main St.
Transport yourself to the age of Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso and more by perusing five centuries of artwork at Stakenborg-Greenberg Fine Art Gallery. This month’s First Friday special exhibit features local contemporary impressionist Kevin Tobin.
Dance Collective Spring 2018 Showcase
6:30 p.m. at Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
The New College Dance Collective believes everyone has the right to bust a move onstage, regardless of skill level or body type. Celebrate student creativity through dance by checking out this free performance by New College students.
Don't Miss: ‘Star Wars’ Spectacular
May the Fourth Be With You is now a true holiday for “Star Wars” fans, so grab your lightsaber and head to a galaxy far, far away … otherwise known as Mr. Beery’s. Enjoy a costume contest, Mouthole BBQ, Imperial brews and “Star Wars” artwork at this ultimate gathering of nerds.
If You Go
When: 7 p.m. May 4
Where: Mr. Beery’s, 2645 Mall Drive
Tickets: Free admission
Info: Call 343-2854.
‘A Tribute to Music in Cinema’
7:30 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice
$25 to $42
You might want to sneak some popcorn in for this one. Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a concert of classic movie themes with The Venice Symphony. Enjoy compositions by several Oscar winners including John Williams and Henry Mancini. Runs through Saturday.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Venice Seafood and Music Festival
Paragon Festivals and Venice MainStreet
11 a.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice
This second annual festival offers a plethora of fresh, sustainable seafood from right here on the Gulf Coast. All food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) are prepared onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors. While sampling some of Florida’s best, enjoy the sounds of local R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean bands. Runs through Sunday.
Royal Ballet Live Cinema: Bernstein Centenary
6:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$20; Members $18
Celebrate the centenary of legendary composer Leonard Bernsteins’s birth with an all-Bernstein program from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet presents two world premieres and the first revival of Scarlett’s “The Age of Anxiety.”
’70s Music Video/Dance Party
7 p.m. at The Reserve, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Dust off the flare jeans in the back of your closet (or off the Goodwill rack) and warm up your disco-point finger for this celebration of ’70s music. This dance party is co-hosted by The Reserve. Knighttime Entertainment will project videos from all your ’70s favorites, including Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, David Bowie and more — and don’t overlook the happy hour specials.
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Travel across the Atlantic and beyond at this Sarasota Orchestra Discoveries 3 concert. Learn about the Parthenon’s destruction through Beethoven’s Overture to “The Ruins of Athens,” dance down sizzling Madrid streets in Boccherini’s Quintet in C Major and see the Big Apple through new eyes in excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s ballet “Fancy Free.”
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
$42; Students with ID and active military $20
African-American music faced a major revolution as the evolutionary acts of the 1960s Civil Rights movement unfolded. This world premiere musical revue by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs tells the story of what was once a genre known for Motown and how it expanded to include gospel and soul. Tap your toes along to iconic hits by stars such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Runs through May 26.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
Blind Tasting Wine Class
6:30 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Love wine? Love surprises? Then this evening is a match made in heaven. Come find out which wines will be offered at this blind tasting, complemented by a display of cheese and fruit, along with baskets of sliced French bread.