A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
‘Just for Laughs’
9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.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.
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party
6 p.m. at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.
Suncoast Charities for Children kicks off the 33rd annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival weekend with live music, an open bar, food stations, a silent auction and 50-50 raffle. All proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.
‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’
7 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$15 to $54
Take a plunge into the pages of Jules Verne’s classic science fiction story and get swept away in this dazzling multisensory experience. Runs through Saturday.
Summer Survivors Tour Kickoff
9 p.m. at Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
Summer Survivors, a local reggae and rock ‘n’ roll band with touches of ska and punk elements, heads out for its first national tour. Send the band off right at this concert that also features Tampa Bay-based alternative reggae band NoNeed.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Boats on Main
6 p.m. on Main Street Sarasota
Meet the race teams and see the Grand Prix powerboats up close at this annual downtown block party and parade, featuring food, drinks and live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Kevin Nealon, known for his dry wit and time as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and “Weeds,” performs his standup routine in Sarasota for a special show running Friday and Saturday nights only.
FST Improv: When X Meets Y
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
$12 to $15
To love together is to laugh together. Watch some of Sarasota’s best musical improvisers make up a romantic comedy musical on the spot. Your suggestions will inspire a love story that will take you from the first meeting to the kiss finale. The cast will sing solos, duets, and full chorus numbers in a variety of different styles and genres from Swing to Ska to Sondheim.
8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.
$29; $20 under age 40; $5 for students
Playwright Natalie Symons, who acted in Urbanite’s “Reborning,” returns with the world premiere of her play, directed by Daniel Kelly. “Naming True” follows Amy, a transgender teen from Seattle who finds herself in a Florida motel room with Nell, a dying woman from the streets of Detroit. Together, they plan to publish Nell’s memoirs. Runs through Sunday.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
5 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Free; $5 parking
Nathan Benderson Park hosts its first fireworks show, featuring music, games and food. Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
7:30 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
Florida Studio Theatre Improv hosts this weekly laugh-a-minute show that’s sure to brighten up your weekend.
SUNDAY, JULY 2
Powerboat and Aquax Races
9:15 a.m. at Lido Beach
Free; VIP viewing $100 per person at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Bring a chair and a towel and set up to watch the final races of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.
HD at the Opera House presents ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
1:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Enjoy the Stratford Festival’s production of “Macbeth,” starring Ian Lake.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
John Carfi got his start at the Comedy Store in California and has since performed around the country and on television shows.
MONDAY, JULY 3
8 p.m. at The Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
Performance features Black Diamond performers and special guests.
TUESDAY, JULY 4
Voices of Freedom
4:30 p.m. at First Church Sarasota, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
$30 in advance; $35 at the door
The Choral Artists of Sarasota salute Independence Day with rousing songs celebrating America, including “God Bless America,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “This is My Country,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and more. A new setting of the Gettysburg Address will be featured, as well as a salute to our armed forces. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of June LeBell.
All-American Cook Out
6 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave.
$10 to $35; $125 for VIP
Celebrate the Fourth of July with an evening of grilling, drinks, live music by SoulRCoaster and bayfront fireworks.
7 p.m. at Office Bar SRQ, 1989 Ringling Blvd.
Get a great view of several different fireworks displays at this rooftop party, featuring a small bar, food available for purchase and craft beer selections from The Beer Box, including Brew Life Brewing, Calusa Brewing and Big Top Brewing Co.
Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular
9 p.m. at Island Park
Enjoy a July 4 fireworks celebration at the Sarasota Bayfront.
Siesta Key Fireworks Display
9 p.m. at Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual fireworks show, right on the white quartz sand of Siesta Key Beach.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
The World Series of Comedy
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$15 to $19
McCurdy’s hosts this competition to find the best comics in the U.S. and Canada. Forty professional comics will compete for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas in September for the main event.
‘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