A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, AUG. 24
Gallery Walk and Talk: ‘Fabulous Food’
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with $25 admission; ticket required
Perhaps no foods are more synonymous with summer than barbecue, watermelon and ice cream. Learn what summertime foods people enjoyed 500 years ago at this discussion.
Duane Betts and Friends
7 p.m. at Stottlemyer's Smokehouse, 19 East Road
Musician Duante Betts returns to perform alongside members of Dickey Betts and Great Southern and the Gregg Allman Band, as well as RJ Howson, Greg Poulos and other guests. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local volunteer charity, Mothers Helping Mothers.
7:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton
André, an 80-year-old former tap dancer, lives with his daughter Anne and her husband. Or does he? André wonders if he’s starting to lose control. Manatee Players Studio Series presents “The Father,” which runs through Sept. 10.
FRIDAY, AUG. 25
Friday Fest: Jah Movement
5 to 9 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Van Wezel's Friday Fest returns with live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band. Food trucks and drink stations available.
Louis Johnson Jr.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
$15 to $19
Louis Johnson Jr. has been a McCurdy's favorite for more than 20 years. He was voted Showtime's Funniest Person in America and has had specials on Showtime, Comedy Central, A&E and BET. Performs through Sunday.
Lip Sync Battle
7 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 B Porter Way
Big Top Brewing hosts this multi-brewery lip-sync showdown, benefitting All Faiths Food Bank. Competitors include Big Top Brewing Co., Darwin Brewing Co., Motorworks Brewing, Brew Life Brewing, JDub's Brewing Co., Naughty Monk Brewery, 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery and more.
‘Mammoth Bones:’ 2016 New Play Festival Winner
7:30 p.m. at the Players Centre for Performing Arts
The 2016 winner of the New Play Festival, "Mammoth Bones," by Connie Schindewolf, follows Robert, who has depression and anxiety. When he finds a mammoth bone in his yard, he starts to hear the sound of ancient mammoths. Is he communicating with spirits of the past, or is his medication playing tricks with his mind?
Classic Movies at the Opera House: 'Singin' in the Rain'
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
A 1920s silent-film star falls for a spunky chorus girl, much to the dismay of his diva-ish leading lady in this lighthearted musical spoof of the early days of Hollywood.
Auto Kania, Lesa Silvermore and Zen Seraphine Collective
9 p.m. at Growlers Pub. 2831 N. Tamiami Trail
Recently returned from tour supporting her debut LP "Dopplegänger," Lesa Silvermore headlines with her high-energy indie pop/ folk blues band. Also on the bill is Auto Kania, a psychedelic/acid rock trio and the ZEN Seraphine Collective, an ambient funk fusion band that melds smooth jazz vocals and ethereal electric violin.
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
Tales of a Lovable Thief
6 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$20 to $25
SaiNrityalaya School for Dance presents this showcase of tales of Krishna, a Hindu divinity.
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre
FST Improv presents a show that audiences help create on the spot.
Mandeville Beer Garden Movie Night
7:30 p.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Enjoy beer, food and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on a giant outdoor screen at Mandeville Beer Garden. Free popcorn and cotton candy, and a free koozie with the purchase of a $5 Lagunitas beer.
SUNDAY, AUG. 27
HD at the Opera House presents ‘Faust’ by Charles Gounod
1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Tamiami Trail
“Faust” is re-imagined with a giant black ring center-stage casting an ominous shadow over the singers. Director Stefano Poda moves the storyline to an abstract futuristic hall.