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This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, May 16

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.

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‘Metal, Marble & More’

11 a.m. at Dabbert Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave.

Free admission

Call 955-1315.

Learn the wonders of several of the art world’s most interesting mediums in this exhibit, which features sculpture work by four award-winning gallery artists: Candace Knapp, Gert Olsen, George Paxton and James H. Smith. Runs through May 30 and gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Don’t Miss: ‘Uptown Views’

Art Uptown gallery is debuting six new artists at this dynamic exhibit. Enjoy original works by oil painter Peter Christ, nature-inspired contemporary artist Leigh O’Rourke, mixed-media artist Laura Reed, colorful painter Dan Reeves, abstract landscape artist Kathy Wright and realistic acrylic painter Marlane Wurzbach. Runs through May 24.

If You Go

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Noon to 5 p. m. Sunday

Where: Art Uptown, 1367 Main St.

Tickets: Free admission

Info: Call 955-5409.


Rob Shanahan Rock ‘n’ Roll Gallery Exhibition

11 a.m. at Stakenborg-Greenberg Fine Art, 1545 Main St.

Free admission

Call 487-8001.

Rob Shanahan knows rock ‘n’ roll up close and personal. As a musical artist photographer for icons such as Ringo Starr, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, this guy’s got some stories to tell. Enjoy this exhibition of his photos on display until Sept. 30. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


‘Wednesday’s Child’

8 p.m. at Gompertz Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.

From $25

Call 366-9000.

This world premiere play starts off with an issue familiar to many American couples: fertility. Susan and Martin Merrit hire Becca Connor to serve as a surrogate. It’s the perfect solution — until Becca is found dead. An explosive investigation ensues as detectives Valez and Dixon begin uncover secrets that change everything. Runs through May 24.



Third Friday Art Walk

5 p.m. at Towles Court Artist Colony, 1938 Adams Lane

Free admission

Call 266-7318.

Every third Friday, enjoy a stroll through the Towles Court Artist Colony for food, various types of art and live steel pan music.


Nik’s Pick: Honk! A Musical Tale of ‘The Ugly Duckling’

We’re not a fan of naming a duck Ugly, but stick with this story — it has an important message. Ugly looks much different than his brothers and sisters. The animals around him enjoy pointing this out, despite his mother’s protective nature. So Ugly does what any young oddball would — he goes on an adventure to find himself. Join him as he meets a bunch of other outcasts who help him embrace what makes him stand out. Runs through May 19.

If You Go

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

Tickets: $12-$22

Info: Call 488-1115.



The Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival

10 a.m. Five Points Park and Central Avenue, 1 Central Ave.

Free admission

Call 561-746-6615.

Browse the wide selection of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and more at this annual craft festival, which also boasts a green market for items like plants, handmade soaps and gourmet spices. Runs through Sunday.


Healy Guest House ‘Cocoon House’ Tours

1 p.m. at Cocoon House, 3575 Bayou Louise Lane

$40; members $30; students $20

Call 364-2199.

Sarasota is a hub of modern architecture, and one of the crown jewels is architects Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph of the Sarasota School’s 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as Cocoon House. Tour this masterpiece of the Sarasota School of Architecture on Siesta Key’s Bayou Louise Lane to explore the two bedrooms, one bathroom and the rest of the 760-square-foot cottage built as a guesthouse for Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Healy. Learn how the house got its name and much more on these new Sarasota Architectural Foundations tours.


Opening Reception: ‘HOME’

5 p.m. at GAZE Modern, 340 Central Ave.

Free admission

Call 400-0598.

Keith Crowley relocated to Ruskin’s Lone Pine RV Park in February 2015 after being hired at The Ringling. Much of his art from this period onward has been inspired by this transition and the unusual environment he came to call home. Learn the power of place in this series of oil paintings and watercolors utilizing layering of saturated, thin glazes or washes depicting snapshots of everyday life.


Monthly Sarasota Food Truck Rally at JDub’s Brewing Co.

5 p.m. at JDub’s Brewing Co. and Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave.

Free admission

Call 955-2739.

Join the food truck craze and head to this monthly event for live music and grub from local vendors such as Dulce Dough Food Truck.


‘Shrek Jr.’

7 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail


Call 365-2494.

He’s not so jolly, but this green giant sure made waves with his 2001 DreamWorks Pictures film, which then spurred three more movies. The Players Kids takes on this movie about love, kindness and what it’s like to be an outsider slowly realizing he doesn’t need to change who he is — the people who really matter will always accept him. Runs through Sunday.


FST Improv: FST Freestyle

7:30 p.m. at Bowne’s Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 First St.


Call 366-9000.

Join Florida Studio Theatre for the funniest night in town. A whole new style of show that moves quickly and promises to deliver more laughs per minute than any other show you’ve seen. With a mix of games, music and memorable scenes, FST Freestyle will be the most unique improv show you’ve ever been a part of. Runs through June 30.


‘The Last Dance: A Donna Summer Tribute Concert’

8 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton


Call 748-5875.

The Queen of Disco is reborn with this dazzling production conceived, written and produced by Katt Hefner (who’s performed everywhere from the Ringling International Arts Festival to Jazz in the Heritage Gardens festival in Moscow) and developed and directed by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs. Hefner will re-create Donna Summer’s iconic and energetic stage presence through performances of classics such as “I Feel Love,” “Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff” and more.


’70s Soul Party

8 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St.

$15-$45; parking $5

Call 893-6300.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe knows how to get a crowd up off their feet, and this performance will be no different. Watch as the beloved Soul Crooners hit it out of the park with their first large-scale outdoor performance in partnership with the Orioles’
Arts in the Ballpark series.



‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

2 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail

From $28.80

Call 351-8000.

Asolo Repertory Theatre takes on this winner of eight Tony Awards — a dark tale of love, murder and revenge in 19th-century London that continues to entertain audiences four decades after its premiere. Sweeney Todd is out for revenge on the judge who unjustly imprisoned him for 15 years, taking him from his wife and daughter. Todd’s need for vengeance becomes profitable when he teams up with meat pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her shop. Runs through June 1.



Poetry Night

7 p.m. at The Elixir Tea House, 1926 Hillview St.

Free admission

Call 373-1800.

You can enjoy your tea with a sprinkle of spoken word every Monday night at The Elixir Tea House. From 7-10 p.m., writers of all experience levels are encouraged to participate at this snap-filled event. Whether you’re a poet (and you didn’t even know it) or you just want to sit back, sip and listen, everyone is welcome.


Karaoke Mondays

8 p.m. at The Beach Club, 5151 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key

Free admission

Call 349-6311.

Every Monday night is karaoke night at Beach Club, and with Emcee Dallas behind the mic and The Reverend DJ Lalo offering a plethora of songs for your most Snapchat-able performance, there’s fun in store. Singers get a free mixed shot after their first song. Service industry employees also get 50% off all drinks.



Helen Keaney

7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.


Call 925-3869.

Life is hard — especially on Hump Day. So grab a drink, a seat and laugh off your stresses with an evening of stand-up comedy by Helen Keaney. Keaney is a veteran comic who’s been in sitcoms, stand-up sets and hosted on NBC, HBO, E!, Comedy Central and more. Runs through May 26.


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