USRowing Youth Nationals 7:30 a.m. each day at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle Free Visit USRowing.org.
The USRowing Youth National Championships will hit Nathan Benderson Park for the fourth consecutive year. The best youth rowers in the country will compete, including competitors from local clubs like Sarasota Crew. Runs through Sunday. Parking is $10 per day.
Jazz Thursday at the SAM 5:30 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail Free-$20 Visit SarasotaArtMuseum.org.
Enjoy a performance by La Lucha on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and galleries remain open until 7. The Bistro opens at 5 p.m. and will serve a special evening menu that includes beer, wine and cocktails.
Reel Music celebrates the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century, with classics like “Singing in the Rain,” “Circle of Life” and “My Heart Will Go On.” This lively music revue reminds us why movies and music go hand in hand. Runs through June 25.
'8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s in Concert' 7:30 p.m. at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail $30 Visit ThePlayers.org.
It’s time to get up and boogie as The Players present a fast-paced musical romp of that much-maligned decade. Runs through June 18.
Squeaky Wheel Fringe Festival 8 p.m. at Cook Theatre at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Up to $12 per show Visit SqueakyWheelTheatre.org.
Sarasota’s first fringe festival shines a spotlight on affordable, no-holds-barred theater, dance, puppetry, music, visual arts and spoken word. From family-friendly to bawdy and burlesque, fringes do not curate or constrain the material or content used in participating shows. Runs through June 11.
‘Man of La Mancha’ 8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail $35 Visit AsoloRep.org.
Incoming Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs a modern-day version of the 1965 musical hit “Man of La Mancha,” starring Mauricio Martínez as the Don Quixote-inspired character pursuing his “Impossible Dream.” Runs through June 11.
Friday, June 9
Summer Circus Spectacular 2 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road $15-$20 Visit CircusArts.org.
Circus fans of all ages can experience the best of the bigtop at affordable prices, thanks to the ongoing partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. Master of Ceremonies Heidi Herriott presides over performances by hand balancers, clowns, jugglers and aerial rope artists, to name just a few genres. Runs through Aug. 12.
Keith Alberstadt 6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd. $25 Visit McCurdysComedy.com.
A native of Nashville, Keith Alberstadt couldn’t wait to move to New York City, where it didn’t take him long to land in the national spotlight. His credits include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Saturday Night Live” (writing) and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Runs through June 10.
In-Studio with Samantha Miller and Jordan Leonard 7 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300 From $20 Visit SarasotaContemporaryDance.org.
Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s In-Studio Series is an incubation platform for artists at varying stages in their careers. Conceived by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott to provide creators a nurturing cocoon, artists receive access to SCD’s home studio and its resources.
‘That Must be the Entrance to Heaven’ 7:30 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St. $39 Visit UrbaniteTheatre.com.
In this world premiere by Franky D. Gonzalez, four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies and the universe itself. Runs through July 9.
Sunday, June 10
Second Saturdays Open Studios 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Creative Liberties, 941B Apricot Ave. and 927 Lime Ave. Free creativeliberties.net
Creative Liberties joins other art galleries throughout the city for Second Saturdays, giving visitors an opportunity to meet artists and see them at work. For participating galleries, download a map from the Sarasota Studio Artists Association at srqartists.com/2nd-saturday-open-studios. During the off season, it's always advisable to call venues in advance.
St. Armands Circle Craft Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on St. Armands Circle Free Visit ArtFestival.com.
This two-day event will offer visitors a chance to enjoy the work of Florida's best crafters. A wide variety of crafts will be on display, including jewelry, pottery, plant holders, soaps. There will also an expansive green market with unique orchids and delicious dips and sauces. Continues Sunday.
Sunday, June 11
Les Vixens Burlesque 8 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd. $37 Visit McCurdysComedy.com.
Voted Orlando’s best burlesque troupe four years in a row, these sultry seductresses are ready to rock Sarasota’s world. Owned and operated by queer women, Les Vixens bills itself as the largest LGBTQ+ burlesque troupe in the USA.
From the group that brought you The Jersey Tenors comes a spirited tribute to the band credited for creating pop music’s iconic “California Sound.” Four Broadway veterans bring The Beach Boys’ biggest hits to life with classics like “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,” “Surfin’ USA" and many more. Runs through Aug. 13.
Wednesday, June 14
Behind the Curtain with Courtney Jones 1:15 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300 Free Visit SarasotaContemporaryDance.org.
Named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2012, professional dancer, educator and actress Courtney D. Jones began her professional career in Miami with the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre. She has since moved into theater, having performed in the cast of “Show Boat” at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and toured with Broadway’s first national road show of “Wicked.”