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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for May 2-8

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Laylah Cortijo, Ginelle Swan and Yan Zheng at the Fabulous Arts Foundation's Be Fabulous festival on May 14, 2022.
Laylah Cortijo, Ginelle Swan and Yan Zheng at the Fabulous Arts Foundation's Be Fabulous festival on May 14, 2022.
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Thursday, May 2

Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens: ‘Sound and Silence’
6:30 p.m. at Historic Spanish Point, 401 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey

Hermitage Fellows Bill Bowers, a well-known mime and storyteller, and Kavita Shah, a multilingual singer, explore sound and silence in this collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Selby Gardens.

Voices: Rising Choreographers
7 p.m. at Jane B. Cook Theater, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The program presents new works by choreographers selected from Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s Summer 2023 Intensive Program by SCD Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. Runs through Sunday.

Pinky’s Players present ‘Hee Haw’
7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 150 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

Pinky’s Players, Venice Theatre’s community engagement program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, presents a show inspired by TV's “Hee Haw,” featuring humor and country music. Runs through Sunday. 

Friday, May 3

Jazz @ 2: Rodney Rojas Jazz Ensemble
2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalists of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Presented by Jazz Club of Sarasota, Rodney Rojas and his New Profiles in Jazz Ensemble will perform Big Band Jazz. 

Music on Main
6-9 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

The Heart tribute band Brigade is the featured performer for the monthly concert and block party series. The event features food vendors, beer trucks, sponsor booths and rides and activities for the kids. This month's event benefits the Camelot Community Care nonprofit. 

Robert Kelly
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Robert Kelly hosts the top-rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” found on iTunes and Patreon, as well as co-hosting “Calta and Kelly” with Mike Calta, and ”Bone To Pick” with Paul Virzi, both on iTunes and YouTube. Runs through Saturday.

Fresh Fridays: Vibe on Palm 
7-10 p.m. at Palm Avenue, adjacent to the Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

In this month's Fresh Fridays street party, enjoy bluesy rock by The Alan Grant Band, cool beverages and light bites. 

‘Bank Job’
7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

After two brothers pull off a bank heist, their perfect crime gets thwarted in a comic romp with a dash of romance thrown in. Runs through May 19.

Piano master Chuchito Valdés plays at Fogartyville Friday, May 3.
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Chuchito Valdés
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

The son of Chucho Valdés, piano master Chuchito Valdés and his band play a dynamic blend of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, bebop, Danzon, cha-cha-cha, Son Montuno and more.

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

“Sancocho” takes its name from the traditional stew served in many Latin American countries. It’s CreArte Latino’s second venture into theater projects. The bilingual performance explores generational and national boundaries that separate us but still have the power to unite. Runs through Saturday. 

The Sarasota Orchestra's Outdoor Pops series at Ed Smith Stadium attracts crowds.
Image courtesy of Peter Acker

Outdoor Pops: 'Back to the ’80s'
8 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota
From $20

Sarasota Orchestra turns back the clock to the decade known for big hair, shoulder pads and exposed underwear (if you were a follower of pop icon Madonna). The Material Girl’s hit of the same name will be just one of many No. 1 songs from the decade performed by three different vocalists during the outdoor concert. Others are Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News. Continues Saturday. 

Saturday, May 4

St. Armands Circle Art and Craft Festival 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Armands Circle, 1 St. Armands Circle

The event offers art from a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, and more. In addition to fine art, this festival will feature a craft marketplace on the street. Continues Sunday.

MeteorEYES members George Bikos and Shannon Fortner, executive director and founder of the Fabulous Arts Foundation, at the Be Fabulous Music & Arts Fest on May 14, 2023.
Photo by Ian Swaby

Be Fabulous Music & Arts Pride Fest
3 p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Started 14 years ago, this festival brings together a lineup of artists to support the LGBTQ+ community. This year features Gracie Cespedes, NowInColor, Brittany Zeff, Zeta The Babe, Summer Hoop and MeteorEYES. Also featured are Jay Moore as emcee and speaker Jules Rayne, a DJ, drag performances and vendors.

Julia King pours Patrón Tequila for Cedric Sullivan, Kyle Wilkinson, and Eduardo Stefonias on May 5, 2023, at Circo's street fest.
Photo by Ian Swaby

Circo De Mayo Street Festival 
4 p.m. to midnight at Circo: A Taco & Bourbon Joint, 1435 Second St., Sarasota
Free; VIP $35

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in the streets with the restaurant Circo while enjoying live music, tacos, drinks and games. VIP access includes unlimited chips and salsa, free and reduced-price offerings and swag bags for the first 50 tickets. Continues noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Recital
6 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents its end-of-the-year performance. The school was founded in 2011 by the Cuban-born husband-and-wife team of of Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernández, who trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba and performed internationally with Ballet de Camagüey and Ballet de Monterrey. 

Sunday, May 5

Big Tiki Lounge Cinco De Mayo Cornhole Tournament
Noon to 4 p.m. at Big Tiki Lounge, 5311 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Big Tiki Lounge with a cornhole tournament, as well as DJ Gigi and drink specials.

Spring Concert
2 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 E. S.R. 64., Lakewood Ranch
$10; students $5

The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble plays its annual Spring Concert. The concert will feature "Man with the Horn" Joe Maciariello Miller, the group's founder and music director, doing a solo on the trumpet. The concert also features music by John Philip Sousa, Robert Sheldon, Alfred Reed and Paul Hindemith.

Miró Quartet
4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St., Sarasota

One of America’s most celebrated string quartets, the Miró Quartet has appeared in sold-out performances since 1995. The first half of the program will be Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131, the piece on which the 2012 film “A Late Quartet” was based. In the second half of the program, violinist Sandy Yamamoto and pianist Julio Elizalde join the quartet to perform Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet.


Legendary saxophonist Kenny G comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sunday, May 5.
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Kenny G
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

In a career encompassing three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has created a unique sound by weaving together elements of R&B, pop and Latin music. 

Monday, May 6

Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret
7:30 p.m. at FST's John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St., Sarasota

Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Hot Club SRQ, made up of Keven Aland, Jon McLaughlin, Glenn Stevenson and Francois de Lima. The string ensemble plays what they call “Gypsy Jazz” inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Doors open at 6:30 for dinner and drinks. 


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