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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for May 25-31

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"The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" opens May 27 at the Sarasota Art Museum.
"The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" opens May 27 at the Sarasota Art Museum.
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Thursday, May 25

‘Reel Music’
6 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre’’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 that movies and music have always gone hand in hand. Runs through June 25.

Aaron De Jesus and Mauricio Martínez star in Asolo Rep's production of "Man of La Mancha."
Photo courtesy of Cliff Roles

‘Man of La Mancha’
8 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
From $35

Incoming Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs a modern-day version of the 1965 musical hit “Man of La Mancha,” based on the classic Cervantes novel about Don Quixote’s “Impossible Dream.” Runs through June 11.

‘Big Sexy: The Fats Waller Revue’
7:30 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave.

Nate Jacobs’ original tribute features Fats Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Runs through May 28.

Friday, May 26

‘Moved to Music: Violin on the Bay’’
6:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Terrace of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail

Hermitage Fellows Rebecca Crenshaw and Mazz Swift, two genre-bending violinists, share selections of their work and process at this iconic Sarasota venue.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents "In the Round," which allows selected choreographers chosen from across the country to get audience feedback, on Friday, May 26.
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‘In the Round’
7 p.m. at Sarasota Contemporary Dance Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300

“In The Round” is an opportunity for selected choreographers chosen from across the country to get feedback during the performance from audience members.

Saturday, May 27

St. Armands Fine Art Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Armands Circle

The visions and creative talents of artisans from throughout Florida and across America will transform St. Armands Circle into an extraordinary outdoor gallery of original art. Continues 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Stephanie J. Woods: 'my papa used to play checkers’
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
Included with $15 museum admission

In her first solo museum show, Stephenie J. Woods presents multidisciplinary works focusing on transatlantic cultural continuity and memories. There is an artist talk with Woods at 1 p.m. Runs through Sept. 17.

‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion’
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail
Included with $15 museum admission

“The New Black Vanguard” presents photographers whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Runs through Sept. 17.

Veg Head Music & Wine Festival
Noon to 6 p.m. at Parking Lot 4 of the Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota
$10; $5 in advance; kids under 18 free

The Veg Head Music and Wine Festival makes its debut as part of the Spring Indie Market at UTC. The outdoor event will feature veggie and vegan food trucks, love banks, wine sampling and a market featuring more than 60 artisans. Tickets include wine samples for those 21 and above. More than a dozen vegan, vegetarian and alternative diet food chefs will be on hand.

Sunday, May 28

Grand Marshal Michael Kanter, the owner of Lakewood Ranch Dental and a U.S. Army veteran, greets the crowd at the start of the 2022 Tribute to Heroes Parade.
Photo by Jay Heater

Tribute to Heroes Parade
6-8 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

The annual Tribute to Heroes Parade attracts thousands of fans to Main Street each year to honor the nation's military veterans and current soldiers along with first responders. The pre-parade party begins at 6 p.m. while the parade begins at 7 p.m. The pre-parade party features food and drinks, activities for kids, and more. The parade features more than 70 entries. The event benefits VFW Post 12055 Braden River and the Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters. Those who attend are welcome to bring chairs and pets (on a leash). No coolers or outside food and drink are allowed.

Monday, May 29

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade
10 a.m. on downtown Sarasota's Main Street

The annual Memorial Day Parade through downtown Sarasota will start from Main Street and Osprey Avenue and travel westward down Main Street, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at J.D. Hamel Park. The keynote speaker is retired Navy Capt. Richard Petrucci, who was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and is now Sarasota Military Academy’s first math and science department head.

Memorial Day Concert 
5 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park

The Sarasota Concert Band will honor all branches of the military with a patriotic concert and a special vocalist. The Nokomis Boy Scout Troop 1001 will present Colors. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks, or buy something from the vendors on site. 

Wednesday, May 31

Improv for Everyone
1-2 p.m. at The Paradise Center, 546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
$20; members $10
Call 383-6493.

Taught by Will Luera of the Florida Studio Theatre, this fun and fast-paced class will teach participants to think on their feet. The class will also help build confidence and boost creative thinking. Register by Monday, May 29.

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‘Shear Madness’
8 p.m. at FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
From $25

There’s been a murder in a local hair salon, and it’s up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. Runs through June 18.


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