A look at our favorite events happening this week.
Thursday, June 7
Classic Movies at the Opera House presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’
6 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Transport yourself to the magical land of Oz with Sarasota Opera House’s screening of the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” Join Dorothy, a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion on their expedition to confront the Wicked Witch of the West and visit the Wizard of Oz. At 6 p.m., Sarasota Opera’s Da Capo Society will host a “Wizard of Oz” costume contest with prizes awarded to those who get the most creative prior to the film. Film starts at 7:30 p.m.
‘Incognito’ by Nick Payne
8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St.
From $5 to $18
Playwright Nick Payne’s mindblowing play includes a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales that explore the nature of identity. Come witness this cerebral journey through amnesia, neuroscience and the robbery of Albert Einstein’s brain. Runs through July 8.
Friday, June 8
8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Got end-of-season blues with the close of Sarasota Orchestra’s concerts for the season? Check out its summer program, Sarasota Music Festival, at this performance between soloists and ensemble. Enjoy music by the great Baroque masters J.S. Bach and Vivaldi, and witness Sarasota Music Festival Director Jeffrey Kahane conduct from the harpsichord for Bach’s sprightly “Keyboard Concerto.” The concert will conclude with faculty member Ani Kavafian’s recital of the famous “Summer” from Vivaldi’s iconic “The Four Seasons.”
Saturday, June 9
17th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival
10 a.m. at St. Armands Circle Park, 411 St. Armands Circle
Head to St. Armands to enjoy the St. Armands Circle Association’s annual craft festival. This event is suitable for craft enthusiasts of all ages. Come see some of America’s most talented artisans displaying one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, plant holders, soaps and more. Also included will be an expansive green market with unique orchids. Runs through Saturday.
Nik's Pick: ‘Real Life’ Hip Hopera Touring Show
This unique touring production was written and directed by — and, for this run, will star — occasional WBTT artist Joel P. E. King. His two-act “hip-hopera” utilizes captivating song and dance to tell a story with the tone of “Rent” and “In the Heights” mixed together. It’s a transformational exploration of place that explores the attitudes of urban living told through main character Ray, who is forced to choose his morality over a sensationalized street nature that could end his life.
If You Go
When: Through June 16
Where: Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way
Tickets: $29.50; $15 students and active military
Info: Call 366-1505.
— Niki Kottmann
7 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
From $17 to $45
Head into the jungle with Mowgli the Man-Cub, Baloo the Bear, Kaa the Snake and more in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s production of “Jungle Book.” Using immersive video and interactive technology, this production of “Jungle Book” reimagines Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the jungles of India. Runs through June 24.
FST FreeStyle Improv
7:30 p.m. at Bowne’s LabTheatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.
$12 to $15
These improv games have kept Sarasota smiling since 2001 — but now there’s a twist: no rules. This fast-paced, brand new style of FST improv is sure to keep audiences laughing with a mix of games, music and hilarious scenes.
Viva Cal Sextet
8 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center,
525 Kumquat Court
$15 in advance, $18 at the door
Let the music transport you to Latin America during this evening of Latin jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet. This dynamic concert features an all-star cast of musicians playing the music of Cal Tjader, Joe Cuba, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Ruben Blades. Bring your dancing shoes and show everyone what you’re made of the second you hit the dance floor. Kids 12 and under are free. Food will be served.
Sunday, June 10
HD at the Opera House presents ‘Eugene Onegin’
1:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Tchaikovsky’s opera based on the novel by Pushkin tells a tale of love lost in 1800s Russia. Young Tatyana is overcome by a sudden passion for her handsome new neighbor Eugene Onegin. She writes him a love letter, but he isn’t interested. Several years later upon his return, Onegin finds that Tatyana has married an aged prince, and tries to win her back. “Eugene Onegin,” is considered one of Tchaikovsky’s finest works, and is sung in Russian and told in three acts.
‘Rising Stars 1’
Sarasota Music Festival
3 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Talent knows no age, and that’s especially evident in the case of the Sarasota Music Festival students. No music fan should miss these student ensembles perform short chamber works and movements. The young musicians will be performing works written by Mozart, Stravinsky, Barber and many others.
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Need a good laugh to cheer you up? Robert Kelly’s standup is just the remedy. Kelly’s comedy is inspired from his own life experiences and is known to be honest, abrasively funny, and yet refreshingly vulnerable. He has been winning over audiences for years touring clubs, colleges and theaters. Kelly’s own hour-long special, “Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground,” recently debuted on Comedy Central and is now available on Netflix.
Monday, June 11
7:30 p.m. in front of Riviera Dunes Marina, 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto
$10 to $50
Get ready to be spooked at this one-of-a-kind circus event. This European-style mix of theater, circus and cabaret features monstrous creatures with secret talents that will shock, amaze and hypnotize audiences (except those under 18, who aren’t allowed at this R-rated show without adult supervision).
Tuesday, June 12
Summer Circus Spectacular 2018 — Preview Days
The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling Museum
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
Come one, come all and join The Circus Arts Conservatory for an hour of family fun. This onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides jaw-dropping summer entertainment for children of all ages. Runs through June 15.
Wednesday, June 13
7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts,
838 N. Tamiami Trail
“Crossing Delancey” is a story of pickles, romance and New York City. The play is centered around Isabelle Grossman’s quest for love in the Big Apple. This Players production tells a charming, sly and heartfelt story exploring the bonds of family and tradition. Runs through June 24.