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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for May 23-29

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The Funky Bones make their debut May 24 at Joyland Live.
The Funky Bones make their debut May 24 at Joyland Live.
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Thursday, May 23

'Clowns Like Me'
7 p.m. at the Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Catch a sneak peek of Scott Ehrenpreis' one-man show about his struggles with mental illness before "Clowns Like Me" moves to an Off Broadway theater for a New York run from June 21 to Aug. 18. The show, directed by Florida Studio Theatre veteran Jason Cannon, has been updated since its May 2023 run at the Cook Theatre. Runs through Sunday.

Tom Rhodes
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

International touring comedy star Tom Rhodes has an impressive list of credits that includes the NBC sitcom “Mr. Rhodes,” “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “The Artie Lange Show,” to name just a few. Runs through Sunday.

‘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. The quirky show features arrangements by Jim Prosser. Runs through June 16.

"Desire Makes Everything Blossom" by Isabelle Klauder, will be on display at Art Center Sarasota's May 23 opening reception for "Beyond Comfort," its annual juried regional show.
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'Beyond Comfort' art opening
6 p.m. at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Come celebrate the opening of Art Center Sarasota’s annual juried regional show, “Beyond Comfort.” The juror is Sarasota Art Museum Executive Director Virginia Shearer. In “Beyond Comfort,” artists express their idea of beauty or the grotesque in contemporary art and society. The exhibition runs through July 27.

‘Twelve Angry Men: A New Musical’
7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Asolo Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs an innovative musical adaptation of the classic courtroom drama by playwright David Simpatico and Michael Holland. Rothstein first directed “Twelve Angry Men: A New Musical” at Theatre Latté Da in Minneapolis, where it made its world premiere in 2022. Runs through June 9.

Sarasota's Matthew Frost Band plays Fogartyville on Thursday, May 23.
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Matthew Frost Band
8 p.m. at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

Sarasota quartet Matthew Frost Band plays alternative blues, soul rock and fusion with Frost on keyboards and vocals, Barry Williams on bass, Josh Nelms on guitar and Michael Finley on drums.

Friday, May 24

Hot Tonic Orchestra kicks off the Van Wezel's Friday Fest series of free outdoor concerts on May 24.
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Friday Fest: Hot Tonic Orchestra
5 p.m. on the lawn and terrace of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall kicks off its free Friday Fest series of outdoor concerts with Hot Tonic Orchestra. Led by band leader Victoria Woods, Hot Tonic plays swing, Latin Jazz and its own interpretations of popular songs designed to get people up on their feet. Bring your dancing shoes as long as they don’t have heels, which are apt to get stuck in the Van Wezel 's lawn.

The Funky Bones
8 p.m. at Joyland Live, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

The Funky Bones make their debut appearance at Joyland Live. The bank will play soulful melodies from artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa in a performance that promises to be a musical tour of the decades.

Saturday, May 25

St. Armands Fine Art Festival 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park, 1 St Armands Circle

Artisans from throughout the state and country will display their fine arts and crafts in an outdoor gallery of original art including sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, metalwork, fiber art and woodworking. Artists will be available to discuss their training and inspiration while answering questions about how specific pieces were made. Continues Sunday.

Sunday, May 26

Jazz on the Water
3 p.m. at The Marina Jack II, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

Set sail with Jazz Club of Sarasota, who presents Suzanne Lucas & The Hot Boyz. Boarding begins at 2:30 p.m.

United We Stand: A Memorial Day Concert
4 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
$30-$60; students $5

Come see Choral Artists of Sarasota before they head off to France to participate in the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D Day, when Allied troops invaded Normandy to liberate France from the Nazis. Choral Artists wraps its 45th season with “United We Stand,” a Memorial Day tribute to the military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Performing with Choral Artists is the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble, conducted by Joe Martinez.

Tribute to Heroes Parade
5 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Join thousands who line the streets at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch to honor our military veterans and first responders. The event, presented by Veteran Air and Tommy's Express Car Wash, begins with a block party that features entertainment, food and drinks, kids activities and more. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29

Ranch Nite Wednesdays
6-9 p.m. at Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Lakewood Ranch

The weekly event includes food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and a recreational cornhole league. No outside food or beverage is allowed. Kettle of Fish will perform.


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