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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for June 8-14

The Players presents "8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s in Concert" from June 8-18.
The Players presents "8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s in Concert" from June 8-18.
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Thursday, June 8

USRowing Youth Nationals
7:30 a.m. each day at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

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

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’
6 p.m. at Florida StudioTheatre’s Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.

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

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

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

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

The Summer Circus Spectacular serves up affordable family fun from June 9 through Aug. 12 at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.
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Summer Circus Spectacular
2 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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

Keith Alberstadt
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

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

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Tuesday, June 13

The Surfer Boys brings the sounds of The Beach Boys to FST's Goldstein Cabaret through Aug. 13.
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The Surfer Boys
7:30 p.m. at FST’s Goldstein Cabaret,1265 First St.

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

Courtney Jones
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Behind the Curtain with Courtney Jones
1:15 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300

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.”


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