Art Center Sarasota. I Am Home, a celebration of where and how we live here in the Sunshine State, continues through July 3. It’s followed by Outside Looking In (Show Us What You’ve Got!), a multimedia members’ show running July 15 through Oct. 23, with a reception July 22. 365-2032.Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. Continuing at the gallery’s new Palm Avenue space through July 10 is a show featuring two artists: Linda Ging (Color Fields) and Peter Stephens (Homage to Atget). 366-2454Selby Gallery. David Budd: a 40-Year Retrospective of the sometime Sarasota artist’s paintings, continues through July 28. Coming up next: two traveling exhibitions, Treasures of the Frederic Remington Art Museum (presenting 20 bronzes, paintings and drawings of the American West) and Southern Graphics Council Exhibition (featuring prints by 39 SCG members), on view Aug. 13 (opening reception 5-7 p.m.) through Sept. 11. 359-7563.State of the Arts Gallery. Juxtaposition continues in July, with Off the Wall, featuring unconventional wall sculptures in media including found object assemblages, acrylic resin and exotic wood cross-hatch, taking its place in August and September. 955-2787.Museum of Fine Arts.
The St. Petersburg museum
continues to present Whistler, Hassam and the Etching Revival through Aug. 15. Also on view through that date: Turmoil and Triumph: American Works on Paper from the World War II Era, featuring works by such artists as Robert Gwathmey, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hart Benton. (727) 896-2667.
Ringling Museum of Art. Continuing on view at the museum through Sept. 6 is Heyday: Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier, a show that captures, well, the heyday of the circus. Also: The World Ransacked for All Its Wonders: P.T. Barnum and American Popular Culture, through Aug. 16, and Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia, through Jan. 30. You
can also take a look at 20th-Century Abstraction from the Ringling Collection, offering works by Kandinsky, Olitski, Nevelson, Calder and others. And the exhibition Yinka Shonibare MBE: Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play, blending historical styles with African visual motifs, is on view July 13 through Oct. 24. 359-5700.
Tampa Museum of Art. Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions continues here through Sept. 5, with other exhibitions including Leo Villareal: Recent Works through Jan. 3, Taking Shape: Works from the Bank of America Collection through Aug. 1, The Hidden City: Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, through Dec. 5, Life Captured: Garry Winogrand’s Women Are Beautiful through July 18, and From Life to Death in the Ancient World, through Jan. 30. Opening Sept. 24 to run through Jan. 3: The American Impressionists in the Garden, featuring 40 or so paintings by American Impressionist artists, including Childe Hassam and Ernest Lawson. (813) 274-8130.
Dabbert Gallery. Opening July 2 to run through Sept. 28 is the gallery’s Summer Showcase, featuring all of its fine artists and collector’s special pricing. 955-1315.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Keeping us laughing this summer are Frankie Paul (July 1-3), Dale Jones (July 7-11), Al Romas (July 14-18), and Valarie Storm (Aug. 4-8). 925-3869.
2010 Sarasota Improv Festival. Still looking for laughs? Try this two-day fest hosted by Florida Studio Theatre, with more than a dozen comedy troupes traveling from New York to Los Angeles to bring the funny to the Goldstein Cabaret. July 16-17; call 366-9000.
Fuzion Dance Artists Grooves and Sum-mer Brews Festival. The modern dance company offers interactive dance lessons (along with live music and beer tasting) in this fund raiser, set for 6 p.m. July 9 at Whole Foods Market. 955-8500 ext. 215.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling. On tap this summer: Shakespeare in Love, July 12; Grand Hotel, July 19; Out of Africa, July 26; Bridge on the River Kwai, Aug. 2; Casablanca, Aug. 9; Gandhi, Aug. 16; Mutiny on the Bounty, Aug. 23; and The Last Emperor, Aug. 30. All at 7 p.m. at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Circus, Cirque, Circo: A Family Tradition. Time to run away to the circus once more with this family-oriented show, playing at the Ringling Museum’s Historic Asolo Theater through Aug. 1. 360-7399.
St. Armands Boat Show. See the latest in nautical news, July 3 and 4 at St. Armands Circle Park. 388-1554.
Flag Fest. A new Fourth of July celebration, taking place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on that date on Hillview Street to benefit All Faiths Food Bank and featuring live entertainment, all-American foods, games, rides and more. Fireworks, too. 706-7605.
FridayFest on the Bay. The Van Wezel’s popular, free bayfront music series continues this summer with sounds from Black Swamp Gypsies (country), July 23; The Big Z Band (soul, Motown), Aug. 27; and Big Night Out (Latin, Caribbean), Sept. 24. From 5 to 9 p.m. each night; 953-3368 for more info.
A Spectacular Fourth. Choral ensemble Gloria Musicae celebrates Independence Day with a concert highlighting traditional patriotic favorites, at 4 p.m. July 4 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Vinyl Music Festival. Coming up July 15-18 is the second annual vinyl fest, the largest electronic music festival on the Gulf Coast of Florida. You can count on more than 50 DJs from around the country spinning their best in a dozen venues, from the opening night Thursday at Ceviche to a host of venues Friday, July 16 (main event at G.WIZ, but also downtown, along Hillview and in the Rosemary District), and Saturday (main event at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium; beach bash at Lido Beach Pavilion). For more info head to vinylfestival.com.
The Best of the ’60s. A nostalgia music fest courtesy DJ Jimmy Jay, July 17 on Venice Theatre’s mainstage. 488-1115.
Crosby, Stills & Nash. Get in line at the Van Wezel, CS&N fans, the veteran, off-and-on supergroup is playing there at 8 p.m. Sept. 28. It’s been a long time comin’… 953-3368.
Sarasota Orchestra Chamber Soiree. “Drum Roll” features works by Mackey, Ginastera and Haydn, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Holley Hall. A second soiree this month, “Summer Tempest,” presents pieces by Moravec, Plog, Barber and Beethoven, Sept. 30, also at Holley. 953-3434.
Bradenton Marauders. The minor league baseballers continue their summer season at McKechnie Field, through the beginning of September. 747-3031 ext. 4029.
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix.
The big annual boating showcase continues with a Festival Parade of Boats and Block Party, July 1; World Record Kilo Run, Powerboats by the Bay and World’s Largest Offshore Party, July 2; a Motorcycle “Speed Card” Ride July 3, and the Super Boat Grand Prix race itself, July 4, capped by a bayfront fireworks spectacular. 371-8820 ext. 1800.
Ghosts. Ibsen’s family drama of lies, misplaced duty and terrible consequences continues through July 11 in a Banyan Theater Company production at the Cook Theatre. 358-5330.
Family Secrets. This one-woman show (starring Carolyn Michel) about a Jewish family transplanted from the Bronx to Southern California continues at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre, through July 25. 366-9000.
The Merry Widow. The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre brings back its scaled-down version of the Lehar operetta, about a wealthy widow being courted by her bankrupt country as well as by an old flame. July 9 through Aug. 1. 366-5454.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Writer Alan Ball’s comic look at the bridesmaids at a Knoxville, Tennessee, wedding takes to the Players Theatre stage, July 15-18. 365-2494.
The Drawer Boy. Michael Healey’s play about two older men—one with a war-induced brain injury and the other his caregiver—runs July 15 through Aug. 1 in another Banyan production, also at the Cook. The production stars Kenneth Tigar and Dan Higgs. 358-5330.
The Play’s the Thing. The Players Theatre presents its annual play writing contest, in which at least six entries will compete in rehearsed readings for the chance of a fully staged production next summer. At 7:30 p.m. July 26-31; 365-2494.
Sylvia. A.R. Gurney’s popular play about a man, his wife, and the dog (played
by an actress) that almost comes between them takes to Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage July 29 through Aug. 22. 366-9000.
Annie, Get Your Gun. Venice Theatre’s summer stock cast presents the Irving Berlin hit about that sharpshooter and the man in her sights, Frank Butler,
July 29 through Aug. 7 on the mainstage. 488-1115.
Seussical, the Musical. The Broadway version of several Dr. Seuss tales brought together in one package, July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, in a kids’ company production. 748-5875.
Side Man. The Banyan Theater Company closes out its summer season with Warren Leight’s Tony Award winner, in which a young man looks back at life with his troubled parents, including his father, a longtime jazz musician. Onstage at the Cook Theatre Aug. 5-22. 358-5330.
I ♥ New York, Still. In the mood for an evening of songs about Manhattan? This revue may be your cup of tea, or java. It’s onstage Aug. 6-29 at the Golden Apple. 366-5454.
Every Girl Wants to be Annie. That’s “Annie” as in Little Orphan Annie, as teenage girls compete for the title role in a local production of the show—and we mean compete. Onstage Aug. 12-15 at the Players Theatre. 365-2494.
Evil Dead: The Musical. Five college kids, a cabin in the woods, an ancient evil force—and songs! This campfest plays Aug. 13-29 in a Venice Theatre cabaret production. 488-1115.
South Pacific. The Manatee Players kick off their season with the Rodgers-Hammerstein classic about Nurse Nellie Forbush, French planter Emile de Becque, and World War II servicemen looking for dames in the Pacific islands, Aug. 19 through Sept. 5. 748-5875.
Got a Minute? The 60-second play festival, which benefits Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, returns this summer with a bit of a twist: Half the plays are new and half are “the best of” from the last four years. The weekend kicks off with a performance and Chinese auction Aug. 27 and continues with more performances and Chinese auction action Aug. 28 and 29; there’s also an After Party on Aug. 28. Presented by the Eclectic Theatre Company and the Players Theatre, where the show is staged. 365-2494.
The Fantasticks. The perennial hit centered on two young lovers, their parents and a ragtag theater troupe opens the Players Theatre’s 81st season, with performances Sept. 16-26. 365-2494.
Sunday in the Park with George. The Manatee Players tackle a demanding—but rewarding—Stephen Sondheim vehicle, about pointillist painter George Seurat and his inspiration, a model named Dot. Onstage Sept. 23 through Oct. 10. 748-5875.
The Flying Dutchman and the Pirate’s Curse. Area playwright Ronald Krine Myroup’s latest, a swashbuckler about that legendary doomed Dutchman, takes to Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton stage Sept. 23 through Oct. 10. 488-1115.
Greater Tuna. As Venice Theatre’s season brochure delicately puts it, “the rednecks are back” in this Jaston Williams-Joe Sears-Ed Howard comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, where VT artistic director Murray Chase and producing director Allan Kollar once more play the entire population. Sept. 28 through Oct. 17 on the mainstage. 488-1115.