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This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, April 7

A look at our favorite events taking place this week

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5 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2032.

Goodwill Manasota and Art Center Sarasota present the third annual MASHterpieces art exhibition, featuring pieces donated to Goodwill Manasota, selected by 30 area artists and transformed into new works of art. Exhibit runs through April 23, and proceeds from the sale of the pieces will benefit both organizations. The opening reception features a mashed-potato bar.



5:30 p.m. at Aloft Sarasota, 1401 Ringling Blvd.



G2H2 is working with the Sarasota Film Festival to host a special edition of this monthly happy hour, featuring a free film panel geared toward the LGBTQ community. Special guest director and producer Jason Benjamin, who recently released his directorial debut film, "Suited," will discuss the intricacies of making an LGBTQ film.


Studio Theater Live

7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

$12 at the door, or $10 in advance

Call 748-5875.

Independent Jones, an organization dedicated to forming a dedicated live music venue in Bradenton, hosts the second installment in a series of fundraising concerts that will run through May. Featured artists are the Burke Bros, of Have Gun, Will Travel, and Danny Wampole and Ben Bakker.

Ringling Underground

8 p.m. at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

$10 for adults; $5 for children younger than 17 and free for children younger than 5 and museum members

Call 359-5700.

Where else can you get a night of live music and high-quality art in a serene outdoor setting? Ringling Underground's monthly showcase returns with music by Young Ejecta, Little War Twins and Lesa Silvermore and art by Kim Anderson, Michael Bauman and Katina Bitsicus.


Shamrock Living Room Sessions

9 p.m. at Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd.


Call 952-1730.

Shamrock Pub kicks off the first of a series of monthly live-music showcases, featuring local and national acts. Both performers in the inaugural concert are originally from Sarasota. Kim Logan, a psychedelic swamp-rock act, is now based in Nashville, and The Yeah Tones, a gritty rock outfit fronted by Jake Pinto, is now based out of New York City. 



10 p.m. at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave.

$20; $15 for Film Festival badge holders and $10 for students with ID

Call 702-5613.

Get ready to groove at this unofficial film festival afterparty with EMEFE, a funky, genre-bending —and  highly danceable — band, who will play two sets. 



At Lunch With Olympia Dukakis

11:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd.


Call 366-6200.

Each year, the Sarasota Film Festival hosts a lunch and conversation with a special guest. This year, Olympia Dukakis, best known for her role in "Steel Magnolias," will be the guest of honor. Enjoy mimosas and lunch, and mingle with other filmmakers and actors before the conversation. 


Local Evolution Craft Market

5 p.m. at Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave. W. Bradenton


Local beer and local crafts are the focus of this recurring event and collaboration between Geraldson Community Farm and Darwin Brewing Company. Meet your local farmers and artisans and enjoy freshly prepared food, local music and craft beer in a beautiful brewery setting. Dogs welcome.


Cinema Tropicale

9 p.m. at Michael's On East, 1212 S. East Ave.


Call 366-0007.

Film, food and fashion collide at this annual Sarasota Film Festival event. Dance to live music, enjoy cuisine from Michael's On East and mingle with filmmakers, actors and other festival attendees.



Siesta Fiesta

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Siesta Keyt Village, 5124 Ocean Blvd.



Each spring, this two-day juried outdoor art festival showcases painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and other crafts from artists around the country.


My Hometown Fest

Noon at Premier Sports campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Bradenton

$50 at the gate, or $40 in advance


The inaugural My Hometown Fest features food, craft beer, music and activities from the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West Coast, designed to remind people of their hometowns. Proceeds support The Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, a nonprofit that helps children with speech, language and hearing needs.


Can Jam

3 p.m. at Keeton's, 817 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton


Call 747-2995.

3rd Annual CAN JAM - Graffiti Art Battle 

Watch eight area graffiti artists go head to head in a live graffiti competition. Watch the artists at work, spray paint on Keeton's community wall, listen to live music and stencil your own shirt at this third annual event.

Sarasota Film Festival Closing Night Film and Awards

5 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

$30 to $60

Call 366-6200.

The 18th annual Sarasota Film Festival comes to an end with "The Congressman." The event features a red carpet and an award ceremony for this year's films before the screening. 


Compound Board Shop Anniversary Party

6 p.m. at Compound Board Shop, 4063 Clark Road


Call 923-0430.

Celebrate 13 years of business at Compound Board Shop and help raise money for Mission Mexico, a children's refuge in Tapachula, Mexico. The board shop will throw a block party, featuring games, raffles, live music, auctions food and beer.


1137 Party

11:37 p.m. at World of Beer Main Street, 1888 Main St.


Call 343-2856.

You never know who you'll run into at the 1137 Party. This late-night party, named for its start time, celebrates the closing of the Sarasota Film Festival and has become known for its hip vibe, surprise guest appearances and high-profile attendees. Reggae group Jah Movement will perform live music.



Paint Nite at Servandos

5 p.m. at Servandos, 1525 4th St.


Call 954-7400.

Paint Nite invites guests to create art over cocktails with the guidance of a professional artist. Spend two hours drinking, socializing and painting. No experience or supplies necessary.



Play Reading: 'Picnic'

9:30 a.m. at the FSU Performing Arts Center, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 504-4729.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild Play Readers group meets monthly to present staged readings of plays, which are then discussed. 


Simply Sonatas at Sainer

5:30 p.m. at the Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road


Call 366-8450, Ext. 7

La Musica presents this concert, featuring works by Sergey Prokofiev, Johannes Brahms and Samuel Barber.




7:30 p.m. at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

$27 to $29

Call 351-8000.

This play, by Ingmar Bergman, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s "A Doll’s House,"is about a woman who discovers the crippling restrictions placed upon her, and upon all woman, by her culture. Runs through May 1.



Human Like Toys, Sha Sha Shaman and Empire Cinema

10 p.m. at the Gator Club, 1490 Main St.


Call 366-5969.

MOXIE Productions presents this regular music showcase, featuring Sha Sha Shaman, a live-built loop gritty pop act, local band Human Like Toys and Tampa-based Empire Cinema, which blends post-punk, alt-rock and indie-rock stylings.


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