A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
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.
Cycle Seven Exhibitions
5 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Art Center Sarasota hosts an opening reception for four new exhibitions, including large-scale silverpoint drawings by Carol Prusa, Lowell Gilbertson’s small acrylic paintings and monotypes, black-and-white photographs by Giovanni Lunardi and an open, all-media peer-juried exhibit.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
Music on Main
6 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Lakewood Ranch Main Street continues its monthly music series and block party with music by The Oceans Eleven Big Band, playing tunes by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Buddy Rich and Quincy Jones.
National Theatre Live: ‘Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika’
6:30 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$20; $18 for members
Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott stages this new adaptation in this recurring series.
Classic Movies at the Opera House: 'Casablanca'
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
A cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications in this Oscar-winning classic. Now see it in the historic Sarasota Opera House.
Tucci, Apocalypse Blues Revue
8 p.m. at Kellys Live at Sarasota Sky Bar, 1927 Ringling Blvd.
Tucci and the Apocalypse Blues Revue, featuring former members of Godsmack, perform at Sarasota Sky Bar. Tucci releases its new album.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
9th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
10 a.m. in downtown Venice
Call (561) 746-6615.
Browse local, regional and national vendors for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items.
Beach Club 70th Anniversary Party
Noon at Beach Club Siesta Key, 5151 Ocean Blvd.
Beach Club Siesta Key turns 70. Celebrate with a cash cannon, Champagne fountain, beer tasting, live music, prizes, giveaways and more.
Pop's Fried Chicken Cook-Off
Noon at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 B Porter Way
$15 to $25
Taste and judge fried chicken recipes from local restaurants and amateur teams, plus enjoy live music and plenty of beer.
'When Pigs Fly' Bacon Festival
5 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
Food trucks on-site, including Solid Slab BBQ, Mobstah Lobstah, Mouthole BBQ, The Schnitzel Trailer and more, will offer up a variety of bacon dishes, plus live music by The Hydramatic.
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Audiences can enjoy sketches, songs and other improv routines.
Muphin Chuckrs, No Bueno
8 p.m. at Aces Live Music Bradenton, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton
Local favorites, Muphin Chuckrs, take the stage with No Bueno at this concert hosted by Independent Jones, a grassroots organization created to establish a live music venue in Bradenton.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 3
12:30 p.m. at 1525 Fourth St.
Start your Sunday off right with this down-home brunch, featuring all the Southern classics while enjoying the soulful sounds of Truality.
Black Diamond Burlesque Seventh Anniversary
8 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$35 to $50
Black Diamond Burlesque celebrates seven years of tantalizing performances. Diamonds and special guests, including Guinness World Record-holder sword-swallowing juggler Bill Berry and crowd favorite Kissa von Addams, will perform.