A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, JULY 27
‘Just for Laughs’
9:45 a.m. at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Florida Studio Theatre’s Children’s Theatre presents an improv and music experience that’s completely made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions and participation. The cast will perform scenes and create impromptu songs that are appropriate for all ages. There’s even a chance to interact onstage with the performers.
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
Singer, songwriter and comedian Pat Godwin has worked for Philadelphia’s "Morning Zoo," "The Bob and Tom Show," and was a frequent guest and contributor to Howard Stern’s radio and TV shows. Performs through Sunday.
FRIDAY, JULY 28
7 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W.
$25; $14 for college students; $12 for children
Set in the 1950s, a pretty senior falls for the class bad boy. After crashing his motorcycle into a nuclear waste dump, he returns as a zombie, still determined to take her to the prom. Runs through Aug. 12
International Intensive Summer Showcase
7:30 p.m. at the FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$15 to $25
The Sarasota Ballet's International Intensive Summer Showcase is a pre-professional summer course that gives students the chance to study with guest teachers from The Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Elmhurst Ballet School and The Sarasota Ballet. Continues Saturday at 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 29
3 p.m. at 210 Tavern, 5045 Fruitville Road
210 Tavern spotlights five regional breweries with live music and food.
Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
7 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$25 to $50
This performance features selections from ballet classics as well as new works performed by national and international young dancers, including special guests Francois Llorente, former soloist of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Francisco Serrano of The Royal Ballet and Kalle Sascha Wigle of The Royal Swedish Ballet.
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Inject some humor into your weekend with this laugh-out-loud performance from FST Improv.
Passerine Summer Tour Kickoff
8 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court
Local Americana folk band Passerine kicks off its monthlong Germany tour with a sendoff show at Fogartyville. VIP packages and dinner party tickets available.
SUNDAY, JULY 30
HD at the Opera House presents Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labours Lost’
1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
A king and three friends swear off women to devote themselves to their studies just as a princess and three ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission. Shakespeare delivers a touching and funny coming-of-age story with a twist ending, beautifully told in this “vibrant” and “sublime” Stratford Festival production.
MONDAY, JULY 31
Happy Hour Blues
6 p.m. at Tavern on Main, 1507 Main St.
Blues guitarist extraordinaire Al Fuller brings live music back to Tavern on Main.
Sarasota Music Half Marathon Beer Run Series
6 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 Porter Way
Sarasota Music Half Marathon hosts a series of 5k beer runs at local hotspots that include live music, free registration, raffles, swag and more.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
$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 Florida Studio Theatre Gompertz Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
"Doublewide" is a heartfelt comedy about a blue-collar family’s elusive dreams, and just how far they will go to hold on to them. Runs through Aug. 20.