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The best things to do around Sarasota for Sept. 1-7

Fine art, block parties and standup comedy highlight the mid-summer schedule on the Sarasota arts scene.
by: Spencer Fordin A+E Editor


Rob Little
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Don't confuse this comedian with Rich Little. Rob Little, a big act in the world of comedy, has been working standup clubs around the country for more than 20 years, and he made his way into the living rooms of people all across America with his work on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."



Fresh Fridays
7-10 p.m. at North Palm Avenue by Art Ovation Hotel

Tampa-based band Southbound 75 will be the musical guests for this outdoor block party in the downtown arts district, and the theme will be Americana covers and originals. You'll hear a little bit of blues, rock, country and pop, but perhaps most importantly, you'll have an opportunity to party and to partake in food and beverages from multiple vendors.

Music on Main
6-9 p.m. at Lakewood Main Street

Lakewood Ranch sees your downtown block party and raises you with Music on Main. Frequency M will be the featured band at the Lakewood Ranch block party, and this month's philanthropic beneficiary will be Birds of Paradise Sanctuary. Get your groove on and leave some room for food vendors, beer trucks and sponsor booths.

Highlights Tour
11:15 a.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
Free with museum admission

Did you ever wish that you could tour an art museum with a curator? Wish no more. The Sarasota Art Museum leads guided tours of its exhibitions twice a week, and you have a chance to tag along on Wednesdays and Fridays. You'll learn about the themes and concepts that guide each exhibit, and you'll learn about the ties that bind them together. But most importantly, you'll have a chance to interact with art and you'll have a knowledgable guide to answer every question.



Cora Marshall: In and Out of Time
2-4 p.m. at Arts Advocates Gallery, Crossings at Siesta Key Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail
Free with museum admission

Cora Marshall, an artist and educator who earned a doctorate at New York University, will be displaying her work from Sept. 3 through Sept. 24 at the Arts Advocates Gallery. Marshall, whose work centers on contemporary African American artists, has shown her body of work all over the country and even as far away as Ghana.

‘New York State of Mind’: All the Hits of Billy Joel with the Uptown Boys
6 p.m. at FST's John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.

Don't call them The Piano Men. Sergi Robles, Michael Fasano and Hank Kolnitz bring you the beloved songs of Long Island's patron saint, Billy Joel, in their interpretation of his classic songbook. You'll hear "Only the Good Die Young" and "For the Longest Time," among others, in this triumphant show imagined by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini. And you'll have plenty of time to see it, as it runs through Oct. 9.



Steven and William Ladd's "Purple Maquette" will be part of their exhibition. (Courtesy photo)

Gallery Talk: Steven and William Ladd
1 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
Free for members, $20 nonmembers

They're brothers who have turned their family memories into a collaborative art exercise. Come down to the Sarasota Art Museum and listen as Steven and William Ladd talk about their "Lead With a Laugh" exhibit. The Ladds build their art around a three-pronged discipline that encourages them to collaborate, to be focused and to do what they love. The Ladds' exhibit will run at the museum from Sept. 4 all the way through February 5 of 2023, so you'll have time to see it.

Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1561 Lakefront Drive

Shop local. Eat local. Waterside Place is the stage for a group of more than 90 vendors selling organic produce, flowers, speciality spices and rubs, honey, bread and much more. There will be food trucks if you're not just shopping for ingredients to cook at home, and you'll find products that you won't find stocked on the shelves at supermarkets.



Free Mondays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

Come see the great artistic treasury that the Ringling Museum has to offer; and leave your wallet in your pocket. The Ringling opens the doors to both its art museum and to Bayfront Gardens free of charge every Monday, allowing you to take in the museum's latest exhibitions. But if you want to visit Ca' d'Zan, that will still require an admission price.


Shirley Rush Dean's "Birds of a Feather" will be part of her exhibition at Island Gallery West, and you can meet the artist on Sept. 7. (Courtesy photo)


Meet the Artist: Shirley Rush Dean
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

Shirley Rush Dean is Island Gallery West's Featured Artist for September, and you'll be able to view her work all month. But if you want the opportunity to meet the artist and ask her questions, you'll have a great chance to do that on Sept. 7. Dean, a former professor at the University of Maryland, mainly works in acrylics, and she's a signature member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ArtCenterManatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

ArtCenter Manatee's open show "Create" will be on display through the end of the month, and the first-place winner will be awarded a $1,500 prize. Rachel Stewart, a visual artist and educator, will serve as the juror. The exhibit will have an official opening reception on Sept. 8 between 5 and 7 p.m.

Andy Hendrickson
7 p.m. at McCurdys Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

Give this Underachiever a break. Hendrickson, who built his career as a comedian and actor in New York, is now based in Los Angeles and bringing his brand of funny to audiences all around the country. His comedy CD, "Underachiever," was released in 2012 and includes his signature takes on not just wine tastings but also Starbucks and Tootsie Pops.

'Mr. Yunioshi'
7:30 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second S.
$25-$39; students $5

Urbanite Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with a limited special engagement. The work, written and performed by J. Elijah Cho, explores the infamous yellowface performance of Mickey Rooney in "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." Urbanite co-founder Brendan Ragan describes the production as "quite a poignant comedy, but it is a comedy." Runs through Sept. 11.

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Spencer Fordin, the Observer's A+E editor, hails from New York and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1999. Fordin previously worked as a sportswriter for for 16 seasons and as a features reporter for The

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