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The best things to do in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat for May 30 to June 5

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"Never Records" is a pop-up recording studio by Ted Riederer that is part of the "Impact" exhibition at the Sarasota Art Museum. Riederer will conduct recording sessions for museum attendees from June 3-9.
"Never Records" is a pop-up recording studio by Ted Riederer that is part of the "Impact" exhibition at the Sarasota Art Museum. Riederer will conduct recording sessions for museum attendees from June 3-9.
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Thursday, May 30

'Voces de la Maternidad' (Voices of Motherhood)
8 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W, Bradenton

Angélica Castro and Marcela Vanegas unveil their latest directorial effort, "Voces de la Maternidad (Voices of Motherhood)," an exploration of motherhood within the Latino community in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Presented by CreArteLatino,the program consists of actors reading powerful narratives collected from conversations with community members. Runs through Sunday.

The musical revue "Rhinestone Cowgirls" runs July 28 at Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret.
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‘Rhinestone Cowgirls’
7:30 p.m. at FST’s Goldstein Cabaret, 1239 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

Created by Nancy Allen Productions, this country music tribute stars Samantha Duval, Charity Farrell and Gianna Maria. The revue features such country classics as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” and Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.” Runs through July 28. 

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

The jury meets jazz in Asolo Repertory Theatre's innovative musical adaptation of the classic courtroom drama. Director Peter Rothstein, Asolo Rep producing artistic director, 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.

Trezure Coles stars in "Oak," which runs through June 30 at Urbanite Theatre.
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8 p.m. at Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St., Sarasota

Urbanite Theatre wraps its 10th anniversary season with the Southern Gothic horror play “Oak.” Written by Terry Guest and directed by Mikael Burke, “Oak” is a National New Play Network rolling premiere. Runs through June 30.

Friday, May 31 

‘Guy Friends’
2:30 p.m. at Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota

When Jaime and her boyfriend break up, all of her guy friends simultaneously profess their secret love for her in “Guy Friends,” the fourth feature film from Sarasota native Jonathan Smith. 

Saturday, June 1

Public Turtle Walks
6:45 a.m. at 4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Join the Longboat Key Turtle Watch every Saturday in June and July at 4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Learn about protecting sea turtles. Participants will learn about turtle tracks and how volunteers scout the beaches for signs of turtle nesting. The walk will also provide information about keeping beaches safe for sea turtles. Please arrive by 6:45 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water and sunscreen. No unattended children please. In the event of severe weather, the walk may be canceled.

Schmidt Vocal Competition Semi-Finals
10 a.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
$15; students $10

The Sarasota Opera hosts the Schmidt Vocal Competition sponsored by Schmidt Vocal Arts. The contest is supported by the William E. Schmidt Foundation, whose aim is to create lasting change in communities through the arts, education and youth programs. Continues Sunday.

Ashley Pitzer performs as Britney Spears at the 2022 Grand Carnival.
Photo by Harry Sayer

The Grand Carnival
7 p.m. at The Circus Arts Conservatory, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota
$85; VIP $125

Project Pride SRQ kicks off Pride month with the return of its Grand Carnival fundraising gala. There will be an open bar and light bites. The gala is themed “Diamonds Are Forever.”

‘Director’s Cut’
7:30 p.m. at FST’s Bowne’s Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota

In this summer series, Florida Studio Theatre Improv asks audience members to take the director’s seat and decide which of the improv ensemble’s stories continue and which end up on the cutting room floor. Everyone wants to direct, right? Even if you don’t, it’s still fun to watch. Runs Saturdays through June 29.

Sunday, June 2

Yoga in the Park
9-10 a.m. at Waterside Park, 7301 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota

Start the morning off with gentle yoga with lake views. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Continues every Sunday.

‘New Beginnings’
4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Sarasota Music Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary with “New Beginnings,” a program that unites the past, present and future. Among the program's selections are Francois Couperin’s “Le Rossignol en amour,” featuring SMF Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on harpsichord and SMF alum Marianne Gedigian on flute. Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 is the anchor of the anniversary program. The festival continues through June 23.


Monday, June 3

Ted Riederer’s 'Never Records' recording session
10 a.m. at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Free with admission

As part of Sarasota Art Museum’s “Impact” collaboration with the Hermitage Artist Retreat, musician and artist Ted Riederer will lead two recording sessions each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., beginning on June 3, with a final morning session June 9. The sessions take place in the “Never Records” installation at SAM. At the end of each session, participants leave leave with a new vinyl record and a digital file of their music/performance, free of charge.

Jazz Jam SRQ
5:30 p.m. at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota

Jazz Club of Sarasota presents its bi-monthly open-mic Jazz Jam, where professional and amateur musicians and vocalists alike are invited to perform.

Tuesday, June 4

Dancer, actor and theater professional Jess Pope will deliver a talk June 4 at Arts Advocates on the power of movement.
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Art Talk: Jess Pope – The Transformative Power of Movement
4 p.m. at Arts Advocates Gallery, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 119, Sarasota

Jess Pope, adjunct faculty member at Ringling College of Art and Design, dancer and theater professional, delivers a lecture on “The Transformative Power of Movement.” 


Music Monday: Andy Aledort
7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Andy Aledort, guitarist and co-author of the New York Times best-selling “Texas Flood,” explores the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Dickey Betts. Aledort will be joined on stage by Sarasota’s Ramblin’ Rockers featuring RJ Howson, Mike Kach, Garret Dawson and Berry Oakley JR for an evening of sizzling blues and rock.

Squeaky Wheel Fringe Teaser
7 p.m. at Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Sample the smorgasbord of shows coming to the second annual Squeaky Wheel Fringe festival, which runs through June 9.


Wednesday, June 5

Classic Car Show
5-8 p.m. on Lakewood Main Street
Free admission; participation $10 per vehicle

Enjoy classic cars on Lakewood Main Street. Anyone with a classic car, truck or anything with wheels is welcome. The car show includes food, music and prizes.

Leah Verier-Dunn of Moving Ethos Dance performs "I'm Fine" June 5 and June 8 at the second annual Squeaky Wheel Fringe festival.
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Squeaky Wheel Fringe: ‘I’m Fine’
7 p.m. at Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Leah Verier-Dunn and Moving Ethos Dance bring their piece, “I’m Fine,” to the Squeaky Wheel Fringe festival. Dunn recently performed in “Florida Woman,” in The Ringling’s Art of Performance series. "I'm Fine" has an encore June 8.


Florida Studio Theatre's Kander and Ebb musical revue, "The World Goes 'Round," runs June 5-23 at FST's Gompertz Theatre.
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‘The World Goes ‘Round’
8 p.m. at FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St., Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Mainstage Series with “The World Goes ‘Round,” a musical revue celebrating the works of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show features memorable songs from hit Broadway shows such as “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and more. Runs through June 23.

Squeaky Wheel Fringe: ‘My Year of Saying No’
8:30 p.m. at Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota

Squeaky Wheel Fringe presents Janice Creneti of Palm Harbor in “My Year of Saying No,” a one-woman show that encourages audience members to find their “yes.” Based on a true story, the performance follows Creneti during a pandemic experiment where she decided to say “no” to anything that didn’t align with her values. The show has an encore June 8.


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