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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for Sept. 14-20

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Jade Griffin's "It's Time for the Show" and her other works will be on display at Fogartyville through Oct. 15.
Jade Griffin's "It's Time for the Show" and her other works will be on display at Fogartyville through Oct. 15.
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Thursday, Sept. 14

Artist Talk: Ry McCullough, Superpositions
5:30 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail

Tampa-based Ry McCullough is an assistant professor of Art and Design at the University of Tampa. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project. McCullough earned his BFA from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

The 17-piece Sarasota Jazz Project will perform at Sarasota Art Museum's Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza on Sept. 14.

Jazz Thursday at the SAM
5:30 p.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail

Gather on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza to hear the
Sarasota Jazz Project, a 17-piece jazz ensemble that plays both original compositions and familiar tunes all arranged in a Big Band style. Sip on refreshments and nibble on small bites from the Bistro. Galleries are open until 7 p.m.

Divas Three runs through Sept. 17 at FST's Court Theatre.

Divas Three
7:30 p.m. at FST’s Court Cabaret, 1265 First St.
$18 and up

Created by Nancy Allen Productions, three female vocalists present four decades of songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and other women who have won the coveted title of “Diva.” Runs through Sept. 17.

‘Songs for a New World’
7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

The Manatee Players transports the audience for "Songs for a New World" from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship to a New York penthouse with a rousing score that weaves together pop, gospel and jazz. Runs through Sept. 24.

Laughter on the Green
8 p.m. at The Green at UTC, near Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

UTC Sarasota hosts a clean comedy show featuring Julie Scoggins, a former trucker from North Carolina. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Saturday, Sept. 16

St. Armands Cars and Coffee
8-10 a.m. at Lynches Pub & Grub, 19 N. Blvd of Presidents, St. Armands Circle

Sip on free coffee from Lynches and peruse different cars or bring your car and show it off. No registration required. All models and makes are welcome. Continues every third Saturday of the month.

‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’
10 to noon at the Children’s Garden, 1670 10th Way
$10; children (3-12) $6

Aye, Matey, get your pirate on with stories by Pirate Pete, a visit to a pirate ship and a pirate tattoo parlor (don’t worry, they’re temporary) and a treasure hunt at the nonprofit Children’s Garden.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Morning Paddle: Kayaking with Mote
8:30 a.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island
$45; members $40.50

Start the day off right with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some sun and look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. Ages 12 and older. Participants 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by at least one registered adult/guardian participant.  Pre-registration is required.

Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Lakefront Drive in Waterside Place, Lakewood Ranch

The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch will run year-round every Sunday. Vendors will be offering seafood, eggs, meats, dairy products, pastas, bakery goods, jams and pickles among other items. Other features are children’s activities and live music.

Sundays at The Bay featuring Bri Rivera & Band
6-7 p.m. at Sarasota Garden Club, 1130 Blvd. of the Arts

Enjoy a performance by Bri Rivera & Band in this free, weekly music and performance program. Bri Rivera was raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and began playing the country's national instrument, the cuatro, at age 12.

Monday, Sept. 18

Music Bingo
7-9 p.m. at The Green at University Town Center, 125 N. Cattlemen Road

UTC hosts this twist on classic bingo every third Monday of the month. Become the first to yell "bingo" by guessing the songs' artists or titles, and win a prize.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

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Opening Reception for Jade Griffin Art Exhibition
5:30 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court

In the exhibition, “The First Theatre Production,” Jade Griffin explores themes of identity, politics and Black culture in her surreal, narrative-driven oil paintings. Runs through Oct. 15.

'One Pint at a Time' Screening
7 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Free with registration

Fogartyville is teaming up again with South Arts' Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to present a film series. The first documentary, “One Pint at a Time,” profiles Black brewers and influencers. The evening will include a pre-screening beer tasting with Tampa’s Bastet Brewing and a talkback with director Aaron Hosé and executive producer Brigitte Hosé.


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