A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27
Spring Fling: Down Through the Decades
7 p.m. at the SCF Outdoor Performance Pavilion, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$8; $4 for students and faculty
Music students at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will perform their annual outdoor Spring Fling concert, this year themed “Down Through the Decades.” Paying tribute to the college's 60th anniversary, concert choirs, the jazz big band and combo as well as the symphonic band and guitar ensemble will play popular music from 1957 to the present.
7 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 B Porter Way
Big Top Brewing and Stealth Mobile Laser Tag team up to transform the beer garden into an obstacle-filled laser-tag course, pitting two teams against one another in a beer-fueled battle.
8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Broadway’s high-heeled hit features songs by Cyndi Lauper, and the story of a man who will do whatever it takes to save his family shoe business. Runs through Sunday.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Carlos Mencia, known for his Comedy Central show, “Mind of Mencia,” shares new standup material at McCurdy's through Sunday.
Waltz with The Symphony to the Music of Vienna
7:30 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice
$22 to $37
The Venice Symphony closes its season with Strauss’s iconic “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” as well as “Invitation to the Dance,” by Von Weber, “Hungarian Dances” by Brahms and more. It marks the final concert led by Interim Music Director/Conductor Imre Palló.
‘de Valois, Balanchine and Robbins’
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House
$30 to $110
In the final program of its 2016-2017 season, the Sarasota Ballet presents Dame Ninette de Valois' “Checkmate,” along with “Valse Fantaisie” and “Tarantella” by George Balanchine and “Fancy Free” by Jerome Robbins. Runs through Sunday.
8 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$13 to $84
This musical, set in 1959 Greenwich Village, amidst upright bassists and turtlenecked poets, has its world premiere at Asolo Rep. Written by the team behind "Galavant," "School of Rock" and "Tangled." Runs through May 28.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29
39th Annual Siesta Fiesta
10 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key
Call (561) 746-6615.
Siesta Fiesta returns in its 39th year of fine art and handmade crafts from 200 artists and crafters from around the country, including sculptures, paintings, jewels, photography, ceramics and more. Continues Sunday.
11 a.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Celebrate art with music, food and brews at the ninth annual SARTQ Print Party. Bring an article of clothing for original screenprinting designs made by 10 artists.
11 a.m. at These Quiet Sounds, 6561 Superior Ave.
Fabian Manzano, a member of the band Boyce Avenue and owner of These Quiet Sounds, is launching a new portrait series to benefit the homeless in Sarasota. Before the painting begins, the initiative, Paradise Portraits, launches with a few custom T-shirts and designs for sale, also benefitting the cause.
Noon at Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave.
Calusa celebrates one year of craft brewing with food trucks, a special release of Russian imperial stout, Sworn to the Dark, on draft and in 22 oz. bottles, plus live music by Justin Layman, Babyl, Mike Weiss and Summer Survivors.
4 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer an Episcopal Church, 222 S. Palm Ave.
Key Chorale Chamber Singers presents this concert, titled "We Can Mend the Sky," featuring music highlighting themes of hope, healing and peace with works by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins and American composers Eric Barnum, Jake Runestad and Keith Hampton.
8 p.m. at Cock & Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road
$20; $25 at the door
Black Diamond Burlesque takes its act outdoors for a sideshow-inspired, all-new show.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30
2 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
The replica of Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House is leaving The Ringling. Join Sarasota Architectural Foundation for drinks and celebration.
7 p.m. at Yo! Sushi The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive
Yo! Sushi hosts an all-you-can-eat sushi fundraiser party to help kick off the eighth annual Harvey Milk Festival, which runs May 11 through 13 with music and art.
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Guided Art Collection and Backstage Tour
10 a.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Fine Arts Society of Sarasota hosts these regular tours of its permanent collection on exhibit in the Van Wezel. The collection includes paintings and sculptures of renowned Florida artists. The tour also offers a look at the Van Wezel's backstage workings.
3:30 p.m. at The Fountains of Hope, 2250 Jesus Way
Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's, in partnership with Key Chorale of Sarasota and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, showcases performers who use singing as a means of Parkinson's Disease therapy.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
Opening Reception: ‘Seen Along the Way’
5 p.m. at the Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County presents the fabric art of Isabel Becker, inspired by the cloth illustrations of a children’s book.
7 p.m. at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave.
Free; donations encouraged
The Cowboy Cabaret is a blend of poetry, comedy and music, in which each song in the repertoire is printed on a custom deck of cards and selected by the audience for a custom performance.