A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, AUG. 3
Art After 5
5 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Explore The Ringling's exhibition galleries and the Circus Museum. Tickets required.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$15 to $19
April Macie was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and is a regular guest on the Howard Stern show and will appear in a Showtime stand-up special called "Vegas Is My Oyster." Performs through Aug. 6.
8 p.m. at The Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
It's risqué business at this performance, featuring Black Diamond Burlesque performers and special guests.
FRIDAY, AUG. 4
Music on Main
6 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street
The Klick Band plays this monthly music showcase and block party, performing classic rock. Event benefits the Tiny Hands Foundation.
PH_ashion 121 Closing Reception
6 p.m. at the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, Ringling College, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail
PH_ashion 121 is an exhibition of photographs created last fall by Ringling students studying fashion photography and portraiture with Tom Winchester. Students worked alongside models, stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists.
Palm Avenue Art Walk
6 p.m. at ART Inside Gallery, 32 S. Palm Ave.
Celebrate first Friday with this art walk, which showcases featured artists and offers refreshments.
National Theatre Live: ‘Amadeus’
6:30 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$20; $18 for members
Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.
$29; $20 younger than 40; $5 for students
Relationships don’t get much more improbable than a soldier and a teenage girl quarantined on a luxury spaceship en route to colonize a newly discovered planet.
In “Pilgrims,” these two characters and their antiquated robot companion cut through small talk and are forced to confront their painful pasts.
Fans of the dystopian anthology series “Black Mirror”will enjoy a similar look at the perks and pitfalls of technology in this regional premiere.
Runs through Sept. 10.
'Let Me Entertain You'
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W.
Sinning Sirens Burlesque offers a unique twist on the art of the tease, including live singing in a variety of vintage styles. Continues Saturday at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
At FST Improv, audiences can enjoy an impromptu performance of sketches, songs and other improv routines.
SUNDAY, AUG. 6
HD at the Opera House presents ‘Otello’ by Giuseppe Verdi
1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
This production from the Royal Opera, London features conductor Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.
Fourth Annual Sustainable Seafood Dinner
5:30 p.m. at Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave.
$125 to $150
Join 11 of Sarasota’s most respected chefs for this fourth annual sustainable seafood dinner, which showcases invasive, aquafarmed, underutilized and sustainably caught seafood species. Tickets include local craft beer, wine, five chef stations during cocktail hour, a six-course seated dinner and a Tervis tumbler!
Very Merry Jerry Day
4 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court
Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR’s annual celebration of Jerry Garcia. Musicians honoring the Dead this year will include the Michael Miller Band, Grass is Dead, and The Schmitz Brothers.
TUESDAY, AUG. 8
11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 E. Ave.
Brad Williams, principal trombonist with the Sarasota Orchestra, along with his brother, Jamie, Principal Trombonist of Deutsches Opera Berlin, will present an extraordinary program of Bach, Beethoven and beyond.
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$25 to $35
Dog Days Theatre presents this stage adaptation of the crime novel and film of the same name and a staple of film noir. Leaming and Jesse Joi direct this story of love, murder and a highly suspicious life-insurance policy. Runs through August 27.
Blue Eyed Bettys
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Folk trio The Blue Eyed Bettys got its start in a Florida Studio Theatre cabaret production. Their Americana-inspired storytelling tunes, with lush vocal harmonies and a lovable, theatrical stage presence, are not to be missed. Runs through Aug. 20.
A previous article incorrectly listed ticket prices. Tickets are $36 to $39.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9
Gallery Walk and Talk: ‘Portraits’
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Free with $25 admission; Ticket required
The Ringling photography collection features artists including Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon. Museum staff introduces participants to these artists and their subjects.
Join the Neighborhood! Our 100% local content helps strengthen our communities by delivering news and information that is relevant to our readers. Support independent local journalism by joining the Observer's new membership program — The Newsies — a group of like-minded community citizens, like you. Be a Newsie.