A look at our favorite events this week
THURSDAY, JAN. 14
Noon at World of Beer Main Street, 1888 Main St.
Check out the release of the third core beer by JDub's Brewing Co. Passion Wheat is a mango-flavored wheat ale with a 4.2% ABV and will be available exclusively at World of Beer Sarasota locations.
6 to 7:30 p.m. at Alfstad & Contemporary, 1419 5th St.
This opening features gallery tours with artist Marsha Kazarinov-Owett, who will travel from New York City to discuss her nature photography and her exhibition, "Blowing in the Wind." Runs through Jan. 22.
6 to 9 p.m. at Libby's L-Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave.
LDG Productions presents an evening of live music by local performer, Jamie Z, who will perform a solo act of originals and cover favorites in a speakeasy setting.
FRIDAY, JAN. 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road
$25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $5 for children
Runs through April 17.
Re-live the era of the Japanese samurai warriors with this exhibit featuring more than 80 rare objects from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, — one of the largest private samurai collections outside Japan. Get an up-close look at intricate suits of armor, helmets, swords and saddles, and learn about the daily rituals and personal life of samurai.
7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Gator Club, 1490 Main St.
Get a taste of the tease that Black Diamond Burlesque has come to be known for. If a burlesque show isn't tantalizing enough, the evening also doubles as a vodka night, featuring Zu Bison Grass Vodka cocktails and Imperia Vodka samples.
7:30 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail
$25, or $12 for students younger than 24
The Players presents the second installment in its new Sing-Along series, featuring a screening of the film "Grease." Dress as your favorite character for the pre-show costume contest and help raise money for the Players Student Scholarship Program.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown Sarasota, 801 Gulf Stream Ave.
Hosted by the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the fourth annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival returns, offering art for home, office or commission. Local, regional and national artists will sell paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Festival continues Sunday.
8 p.m. at the Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road
New Music New College, a five-concert series in its 17th season, brings innovative performers to the school. Kicking off this season is the JACK Quartet, a string group that's earned national accolades for its contemporary virtuosic stylings.
SUNDAY, JAN. 17
1:30 p.m. at Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.
Free; donations encouraged.
The Sailor Circus Academy and Windjammers Unlimited present the Windjammers Unlimited, a group of musicians from around the country, who perform circus music. Concert will benefit Sailor Circus Academy.
5 p.m. at Cock & Bull Pub, 975 Cattlemen Road
Newlywed Sarasota rock duo, Teach Me Equals, celebrates their nuptuals in true rock ’n’ roll fashion with a concert. Acts include John Lichtenstein and drummers, Bryan Beardsley, Brian Yoder, RedRumsey, Teach Me Equals, Sparta Philharmonic, Not A Planet, PLEASURES, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children and MeteorEYES.
MONDAY, JAN. 18
6:30 p.m. at The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Brandeton
Jorge Rosobal and Matt Cornelius, of Darwin Brewing Co. present this inaugural beer dinner, featuring a four-course meal paired with specialty beer from Darwin Brewing Co.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19
8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way
$38 for adults, or $27 for students or active military
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe continues its commitment to produce every play by August Wilson. "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" examines 20th century African American life. The play follows fiery blues legend Gertrude “Ma” Rainey as she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians and a tight-fisted white producer. Runs through Feb. 20.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
8 p.m. at the Asolo repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$24 to $81
Set in New England, Eugene O'Neill's comedic play looks back to an idyllic age of goodness and honesty. The playwright, best known for his tragic stories, takes on a lighter genre, beautifully portraying American family life in this coming-of-age story.