For 39 years now the Sarasota Music Festival has been enlivening our summers with chamber music and hearty student/faculty exchanges; this year’s concerts include Artist Showcase events at Holley Hall, June 5, 12 and 19; free student concerts, also at Holley, June 8, 12, 14, 19 and 20; and performances at the Opera House June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Among the plethora of works on the program: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 84, Brahms’ Quartet in C, Op. 60, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 in Eb, along with pieces from Rossini, Elgar, Bach, Boccherini, and Ravel. For ticket info call 953-3434.
If you haven’t yet stopped by the Museum of Asian Art to see Focus: Asia-An Exhibition of Important 19th-Century Photographs, you still have a chance throughout the summer. The works of early European photographers including Captain Linnaeus Tripe, Felice Beato, Charles Scowen and Milton Miller are on display, representing the emergence of that new art form and revelations from the worlds of Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and China, previously unseen by Western eyes. For more information on the exhibit, call 954-7117.
ArtCenter Sarasota. Continuing through June 14: the Spring Members Show. Information: 365-2032.
Museum of Fine Arts. The Power and Passion of Dance: The Carol Halsted Dance Photography Collection ends at the St. Petersburg museum June 15. Information: (727) 896-2667.
Venice Art Center. The Winner’s Circle exhibition winds up June 18. Information: 485-7136.
Apple & Carpenter Galleries. On view through June 30: A Century of Artistic Inspiration, featuring American and European Paintings dating from 1850-1950. Information: 951-2314.
Galleria Silecchia. On exhibit through June 30: works by glass artist Joseph Rossano and metal sculptures by David Gerstein. Information: 365-7414.
Selby Gardens Museum. The 22nd Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition presents nature photography through June 30. Information: 366-5731.
Tampa Museum of Art. Continuing through July 6: Modern Art in Florida, a look at Surrealist, abstract, collage, pop and realist works by artists who traveled between Sarasota and the Hamptons over several decades. Information: (813) 274-8130.
Ringling Museum of Art. Continuing through Aug. 10 in the West Galleries: Sacred Treasures: Early Italian Paintings from Southern Collections. The exhibition features approximately 50 paintings on wood panels, dating from 1285-1510. Information: 359-5700.
Museum of Asian Art. Continuing on view through Sept. 5: Focus: Asia. Information: 954-7117.
Palm Avenue Gallery. The gallery’s new artist, William Hanlin, presents watercolor and graphite paintings on tumble marble, which are then mounted on slate tiles. On view June 1-30. Information: 953-5757.
Selby Gallery. Multiple Visions IV: The History of Art Making in Sarasota brings us up to the present in works beginning in 1975. Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. June 27; continues through July 25. Information: 359-7563.
Bid for Bachelors. "Born to be Wild" is the theme for this year’s annual dinner/auction to benefit United Cerebral Palsy, set for June 21 at Michael’s On East, so get your bids together, girls. Information: 957-3599.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Providing the laughs this month: Michael Winslow, June 6 and 7; Jeff Cesario, June 13 and 14; Leo Dufore, June 18-22; "Dr. Dirty" (John Valby), June 24; and Janet Williams, The Tennessee Tramp, June 25-29. Information: 925-3869.
St. Armands Summer Sidewalk Sale and Craft Festival. The two events overlap, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 14 and 15 on the Circle. Information: 388-1554.
Re-Joyce! Bloomsday in Sarasota. Get ready to celebrate the world of James Joyce with this event, which brings together music, movies, refreshments (naturally) and a reading called The Intimate James Joyce by actor Dan Bredemann. Scholar-singer Zack Bowen entertains June 15 at the Bird Key Yacht Club; Ewan McGregor stars as the young Joyce in Nora at Burns Court Cinema, June 16; Selby Library offers A Joyce Songbook, also June 16; and several eateries offer merriment on the 99th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s big day in Dublin. For up-to-the-minute details, log on to www.bloomsdayinsarasota.org.
Olivia Newton-John. Back on the performing circuit with a new album, Newton-John arrives at the Van Wezel at 8 p.m. June 14. Information: 953-3368.
Gospel Awards.A first-of-its-kind event locally, to benefit cancer research. In the process the achievements of choirs, musicians and directors in recordings, radio, television, film and the community will be honored. At 8 p.m. June 21 at the Players Theatre; for ticket info visit www.thegospelawards.com.
Sarasota Folk Club. The club offers an Old Time Folk Jam, 7:30 p.m. June 19 at 1625 Vereda Verde; and its monthly Folk Club concert at the Sailing Squadron, 8:30 p.m. June 30, featuring POOKA. Information: 377-9256.
Sarasota Red Sox. Florida State League baseball play continues throughout the month at Ed Smith Stadium. Information: 365-4460.
Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix. The big boats don’t really start racing their engines until next month for this annual event, but a golf tournament and kickoff party (the latter at Robarts Arena) are set for June 28, with the World’s Largest Offshore Party, Bed Races, Powerboats by the Bay and the Grand Prix itself coming up the first week of July. For complete info call 371-2827.
The Next Marilyn. Lynne Kaufman’s play about a young starlet set to become a screen goddess continues through June 7 at Florida Studio Theatre. Information: 366-9000.
Parallel Lives. American Stage in St. Petersburg continues this world premiere based on essays by journalist Bill Maxwell and novelist Beverly Coyle through June 15. Information: (727) 823-PLAY.
No, No, Nanette. Take Tea for Two in this ’20s musical comedy, through June 29 at the Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. Information: 366-5454.
One Mo’ Time. The Vernel Bagneris hit that re-creates a New Orleans jazz revue, including music from the likes of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, takes to the Theatre Works stage June 6-22 in a co-production between Theatre Works and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Information: 952-9170.
TBA. A summer season production at Florida Studio Theatre opens June 10; for more info call 366-9000.
Twelfth Night. The Island Players continue their recent custom of offering a Shakespeare comedy during the summer; this time around it’s the one about twins Viola and Sebastian and their love lives after a shipwreck. Onstage June 24-28. Information: 778-5755.
On Golden Pond. Ernest Thompson’s perennially popular look at Norman and Ethel Thayer, daughter Chelsea, and aging and reconciliation. At the Lemon Bay Playhouse, June 25-July 13. Information: 475-6756.
The World of Sholom Aleichem. A look at the work of the writer who created Tevye, at 8 p.m. June 26, 27, 28 and July 3 and 5; 2 p.m. June 29 and July 6, at the Players of Sarasota. Information: 365-2494.
Hedda Gabler. The Banyan Theatre Company tackles Ibsen’s dark work about scheming, unhappy Hedda and the people in her orbit, June 27-July 13 at the Sainer Pavilion on the New College campus. Information: 358-5330.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The first Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice Bible hit, July 1 through Aug. 31 at the Golden Apple in Sarasota. Information: 366-5454.