A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave.
Sarasota Opera Guild presents its Summer Salon series, featuring Indian dancer Sudha Bhagwat, who with her brother, Arun, combines storytelling, music and dance to tell stories of Indian mythology.
'Skyway: A Contemporary Art Collaboration Reception'
5:30 p.m. at the Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bayshore Road
In this collaborative group show, which opens simultaneously at The Ringling, The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and the Tampa Museum of Art, work by 57 artists from the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area will celebrate contemporary art. At the Ringling, 11 contemporary artists will display work in sculpture, photography installation and more.
Sarasota Improv Festival
7 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Surrender to the thrill of the unknown. This annual festival boasts three days of nonstop improv comedy by troupes from across the country — and this year, the world. In its ninth year, the festival features performances and workshops. Runs through Saturday.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$15 to $19
A regular on the Blue Collar Network on Sirius/XM radio, Al Ernst returns to McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, which helped launch his career in 1991. Performs through Sunday.
Disney’s ‘My Son Pinocchio Jr.’
7 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W.
$15; $12 for children
This new musical offers a new twist on the classic story of Pinocchio, telling the tale from the woodcarver Geppetto’s perspective. It features both classic songs, like “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” as well as new music by Tony, Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz.
7 p.m. at The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail
Babyl, a high-energy melodic alt-rock band from Sarasota, performs.
FRIDAY, JULY 14
‘The Jersey Tenors’
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre John C. Court Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
The Jersey Tenors, an opera / rock mash-up act creates a blend of iconic music, from opera classics to pop artists such as Queen, ABBA, Frankie Vallie, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Springsteen and more. Runs through Sunday.
SATURDAY, JULY 15
‘Just for Laughs’ Florida Studio Theatre Children’s Theatre
11 a.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
FST Children’s Theatre presents a summertime improv and music extravaganza created on the spot from audience suggestions. Family friendly.
Food Truck Rally
5 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
Celebrate one year of food truck rallies with music by the Hydramatic as well as food trucks including BulGoGi Sarasota, Mouthole BBQ, Smokin' Bowls, Chefs2U Restaurant & Catering, out and about coffee, Baltimore Snowball Factory
Movie Night: 'National Lampoon's Vacation'
6 p.m. at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.
Mandeville Beer Garden presents an outdoor screening of "National Lampoon's Vacation," accompanied by food and drink specials.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
HD at the Opera House presents ‘Madama Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini
1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Puccini only reached a final version of "Madama Butterfly" in 1907 after producing five versions of the opera. In this movie, you’ll experience the first version, premiered at La Scala theater in Milan in 1904.
TUESDAY, JULY 18
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$15; $12 children
Bello Nock returns to the Sarasota stage with his world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil act and signature hairstyle. Runs through July 29.
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 friendship quickly turned into a band, performing traditional Americana-inspired storytelling tunes. With lush vocal harmonies and a lovable, theatrical stage presence, the Bettys are not to be missed. Runs through Aug. 20
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
Broadway in Black
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
$39.50; $22 for students and active military
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe salutes the world of Broadway musicals with this world premiere revue by Nate Jacobs. Runs through July 23.
‘The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey’
8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Keating Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
A 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears, and a small-town detective unravels the mystery, portraying more than a dozen characters along the way as the town’s residents realize the missing child’s impact after his disappearance. Runs through Aug. 6
Fifth Annual Summer Cabaret Festival
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
Venice Theatre offers this summertime showcase, in which area performers create their own cabaret-style performances in a variety of styles. Runs through Aug. 27
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