A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, MAY 4
10-Minute Play Festival
7:30 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$25 per day
Eight original plays compete for best play, plus a bonus screening of the winning play from Theatre Odyssey’s 2016 10-Minute Play Festival. Runs through Sunday.
8 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice
$27; $17 for students; $5 for children
August Wilson’s Tony-, Drama Desk- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences,” is among the playwright’s most famous dramas. The play, recently adapted for the silver screen featuring Denzel Washington, tells the story of a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues who clashes with his wife and football-player son when his past comes back to haunt him. Runs through May 21.
FRIDAY, MAY 5
6 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street
The Circus Arts Conservatory and Sailor Circus celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a free block party, filled with festive food and live music. Drink and novelty proceeds will benefit Sailor Circus students’ expenses to participate and perform this summer in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Well known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 to 2003, Chris Kattan performs through Saturday at McCurdy’s. Kattan is best known for his recurring SNL characters, including Mango, Mr. Peepers and his sketch adapted for the film “A Night at the Roxbury.”
Conservatory Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$30 to $50
The Sarasota Ballet Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, a full-time, pre-professional program designed to prepare 11- to 18-year-old students for a performing career in classical ballet, presents its spring showcase to highlight the students’ talents.
SATURDAY, MAY 6
Venice Seafood and Music Festival
10 a.m. at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice
The inaugural Venice Seafood and Music Festival features fresh food, prepared on-site by local restaurants and food purveyors and live music by area bands in the genres of R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean. Continues Sunday.
Noon at Big Top Brewing Co., 611 B Porter Way
Big Top Brewing Co. partners with the Circus Arts Conservatory to celebrate three years of operation with this two-day festival featuring entertainment, including Blake Wallenda walking the high wire, food and, of course, craft beer. Continues Sunday.
Dance: The Next Generation End-Of-Year Performance
1 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Dance: The Next Generation, an education component of The Sarasota Ballet, provides the opportunity for at-risk students to participate in a 10-year, full-scholarship program in dance, instilling self-discipline and academic success.
3 p.m. at Jack Dusty, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr.
Celebrating the 143rd Kentucky Derby in style. Grab a mint julep and watch the most exciting two minutes in sports.
5:30 p.m. at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd.
Big Cat Habitat hosts this fundraiser with live music, a silent auction, photo opportunities, food, wine and beer.
8:30 p.m. at the Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
$12 to $15
Inject some humor into your weekend with this laugh-out-loud performance from FST Improv.
SUNDAY, MAY 7
Noon at Mr. Beery's, 2645 Mall Drive
Mr. Beery’s hosts this regular food truck rally, featuring craft micro brews and local food vendors. This month’s lineup includes Mouthole BBQ, Busted Chef, Canopy Road Market and more.
TUESDAY, MAY 9
6:30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Turner Moore, creator of the Whiskey Obsession Festival, returns to Michael's On East to feature stand-out spirits from this year's event, which includes a special tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations recommended.