A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
THURSDAY, NOV. 24
9 p.m. at Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, beer and live music by Hydramatic, an ecclectic, danceable local four-piece band that counts Al Green, Led Zeppelin, D'Angelo and Earth, Wind and Fire among its influences.
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
6 p.m. at the Five O'Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St.
Mike Kach and friends starts out the evening, followed by Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul, featuring the Hellacious Horns.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
$15 to $19
Comedian Ron Feingold combines comedy and acapella singing in his unique act. Performs through Sunday.
7:30 p.m. at the Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
The Players Centre for Performing Arts hosts this collection of 60 one-minute plays to raise money for cancer research and treatment. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Rob's Rescue Foundation and one of the Players' own employees, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Hymn For Her
8 p.m. at Café in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane
Enjoy an evening of the duo's signature guitar sliding, kick-drum stomping harmonica-playing music.
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
‘The Velveteen Rabbit’
11 a.m. at the Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.
$20 for a four-show subscription
Kicking off Florida Studio Theatre's inaugural Children's Theater series is this timeless tale of a toy rabbit that longs to become real. Designed to spark audiences' imaginations, the shows sees the actors and their simple props transform a variety of fantastical items. Additional performance Dec. 23.
3 p.m. at WSLR 96.5 Community Radio, 525 Kumquat Court
$10 to $15
Musician Justin Johnson has made a name for himself playing the cigar box guitar and other unusual homemade instruments, including guitars made from shovels. Known for his musicianship and dedication to roots music, Johnson will perform in Sarasota as part of this festival dedicated to cigar box guitars.
941 Food Truck Association Invades Calusa Brewing
5 p.m. at Calusa Brewing Co., 5701 Derek Ave.
Enjoy your meals on wheels? Head to Calusa Brewing Co., where food trucks, including Mouthhole BBQ, Mother Trucking Good, Create Bakery and Bulgogi Sarasota, will roll in to serve up their unique takes on street food.
7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
Comedian Daniel Tosh, host and producer of the Comedy Central television series "Tosh.0," will perform two sets at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as part of his sixth annual "Tosh Saves the World Charity Show" tour. Special guests include Todd Glass, Greg Hahn and Eddie Gossling.
SUNDAY, NOV. 27
4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave.
Key Chorale presents this holiday concert dedicated to music of the French Baroque and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. Although he composed more than 550 works, much of his material laid forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980s.
4 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$17 to $40
The Sarasota Russian School of Ballet presents this holiday classic, featuring international guest artists Prima Ballerina Olga Pavlova of The Bolshoi Ballet, Prima Ballerina Olga Golitsa and Principal Dancer Sergey Sidorsky of The National Opera of Ukraine.
7 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$66 to $91
Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, known for her hit songs "Come To My Window," "Like The Way I Do" and "I'm The Only One," brings her acoustic-rock act to Sarasota.
TUESDAY, NOV. 29
Collecting Recollections: 'We Came to America ... to Perform — Jeanette Williams'
10:30 a.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$5; free for members
This regular series features speakers who moved to the United States to pursue careers in the performing arts.
7 p.m. at JDub's Brewing Co., 1215 Mango Ave.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat Poppo's tacos in the JDub's taproom, as well as a one-off special beer release.