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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for May 9-15

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Kyshona performs Thursday, May 9, at Fogartyville.
Kyshona performs Thursday, May 9, at Fogartyville.
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Thursday, May 9

7 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Trained as a musical therapist, Kyshona gives voice to those who feel overlooked or abandoned and has become an active member of the Nashville creative community.

Jim McCue
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Jim McCue started his comedy career in Boston performing with iconic comedians like Bill Burr and Joe Rogan. He went viral with his DryBar special “Nothing Personal,” which racked up over 4 million views. Runs through Saturday.

"The Flip Side" runs through June 16 at FST's Court Cabaret.
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‘The Flip Side’
7:30 p.m. at FST’s Court Cabaret, 1265 First St., Sarasota

With songs like “The Ballad of Sigmund Freud” and “Killed by a Coconut,” the latest cabaret creation of Richard and Rebecca Hopkins tips its musical hat to comic songwriters. Runs through June 16.

‘The Immigrant’ 
7:30 p.m. at The Sarasota Players, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Studio 1130, Sarasota

Directed by Gus Kaikkonen, Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant” tells the story of a Russian-Jewish newcomer who makes his way in a devout Christian community in Texas. Runs through Sunday.

‘Kiss Me Kate’
7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

Winner of the first Tony Award for Best Musical, “Kiss Me Kate” tells the story of an estranged showbiz couple playing Petruchio and Kate in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Runs through Saturday.

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'Parisian Refraction'
7:30 p.m. at The Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bayshore Road, Sarasota

The salute to the City of Light begins with ”Soloists and Sinfoniettas,” led by Maurice Cohn, assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Program 2 consists of a solo recital by pianist Conor Hanick, who will perform Otte’s “Book of Sounds.” Program 3 showcases enSRQ co-founder Samantha Bennett on violin and soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, who perform Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments.” The festival closes with “Plucked and Struck,” a program led by enSRQ co-founder George Nickson, a percussionist, featuring the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez. Runs through Saturday.

Friday, May 10

Movie in the Park
7 p.m. at Waterside Park, 7301 Island Cove Terrace, Lakewood Ranch

The monthly movie series sponsored by Grace Community Church continues with a showing of "The Super Mario Bros. Movie." We B’ Poppin Popcorn and Kettle Corn will sell concessions. 

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
7:30 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

Born Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone, the lead singer of Herman’s Hermits achieved worldwide fame with such hits of the 1960s as “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Telling You Now.”

"Troubadour" plays at FST's Gompertz Theatre through May 19.
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8 p.m. at FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St., Sarasota

Featuring music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, “Troubadour’ tells the story of a country music legend’s son in the 1950s who is trying to carry on his father’s legacy. When he joins forces with unlikely allies, the world of country music is changed forever. Runs through May 19.

Saturday, May 11

Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament
Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
$96-$125 per team

Dig the Beach comes to Siesta Key Beach for a weekend of volleyball. Divisions include open amateur coed adults, amateur, semi-pro and professional, as well as various youth divisions. Continues Sunday.

Siesta Con 
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
$10; VIP $50; tournaments $40

At this comic, anime toy and game convention, exhibitors including The Dark Side Comics and Games, Bat City Comic Professionals, cosplay artists, special guests including comic artists, voice actors and game artists and custom vehicles.

'Treat Yourself like a Queen' Women's Expo
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota

This event, catered just for women, features more than 40 exhibitors from the health, beauty and fashion industries and others. There will be live entertainment, dance performances, fashion shows, a mother-daughter look-a-like contest, raffle prizes and giveaways.

Signature Artists at The Bay: Urban Bush Women 
1-2 p.m. at The Oval, 1055 Blvd. of the Arts
Free; registration required.

Join Urban Bush Women (Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, Kentoria Earle, Love Muwwakkill, Mikaila Ware), the 2024 artists in residence of the Sarasota Performing Artist Foundation, as they perform an excerpt from "Haint Blu," followed by a collaborative performance developed with community artists from Sarasota Contemporary Dance, CreArte Latino, and others. Urban Bush Women is a dance troupe that seeks to promote equity and tell untold and under-told stories through dance. The performance is followed by a special Dance for Every Body Workshop.

Celebrate Broadway! Spring Musical Show
2 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

Manatee Performing Arts Center celebrates Broadway and honors 75 years of the Manatee Players with a revue of student performances from “42nd Street,” “In the Woods,” “The Lion King” and others.

Guest conductor David Alan Miller will lead the Sarasota Orchestra's May 11 Discoveries program, "Becoming Tchaikovsky."
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'Becoming Tchaikovsky'
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
From $35

Under the direction of guest conductor David Alan Miller, the Sarasota Orchestra imagines Tchaikovsky’s playlist. The program includes pieces by the composer’s musical heroes, including Bizet, Grieg, Schumann and Mozart. The program concludes with virtuoso cellist Zlatomir Fung performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless “Rococo” Variations.

Student 10-Minute Playwriting Festival
FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Theatre Odyssey presents the student rendition of its popular 10-Minute Playwriting Festival. Readers selected the top eight plays from 53 10-minute plays submitted from nine area high schools. The festival’s best play will be determined by a panel of judges and receive the $1,000 Verna Safran Prize. The festival continues Sunday.

Sunday, May 12

The Brothers Doobie
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The Brothers Doobie
2 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, I Indian Ave. Building 5, Venice

Come hear this Doobie Brothers tribute band performing the hits of both the Johnston and McDonald eras, including “China Grove,” “What a Fool Believes,” “Long Train Runnin’” and others.

Curtis on Tour 2023-24 String Sextet
7:30 p.m. at SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

A sextet of faculty and alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music will perform Richard Strauss’s sextet from his final opera “Capriccio,” Berg’s Piano Sonata in B minor, Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2 in G major, and a new work by Alyssa Weinberg commissioned for this tour.

Monday, May 13

Long Time Gone
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'Long Time Gone: The Music of Crosby, Stills & Nash'
7:30 p.m. at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

This CSN tribute band is dedicated to recreating the special tunings, keys and sounds of the group’s songs of peace and love.

Tuesday, May 14

Trio Gaia
7:30 p.m. at State College of Florida, 5840 26th Street W., Bldg. 11, Bradenton

Artists Series Concerts presents New England Conservatory’s graduate piano trio in residence performing music inspired by folk tunes as well as Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio. The chamber group includes violinist Grant Houston, cellist Yi-Mei Templeman and pianist Andrew Barnwell.

Wednesday, May 15

Watch Parrty: 'Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones'
1 p.m. at The Paradise Center, 546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key

"Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones" is a documentary series that takes viewers around the world to investigate the diet, behavior, and lifestyles of the people living the longest and happiest lives. The series explores how we might live longer by following such examples.


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