Sarasota Music Festival
For nearly 50 years this chamber music festival has brought together top students, top faculty and appreciative audiences for concerts featuring works by legends of classical music, plus classes, lectures and more. Dates for major concerts are June 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, but the student recitals get raves, too. 953-3434
A Lesson from Aloes
The Banyan Theater Company opens its season with this 1978 Athol Fugard drama, set in South Africa during the apartheid era, as two longtime friends, one black, one white, struggle with issues of loyalty and their politically active pasts. Onstage at the Cook Theatre June 28 through July 15. 358-5330
Love, Loss and What I Wore
This funny/sad collection of tales relating to women’s experiences with their clothes, closets and significant people in their lives takes to the Asolo Rep mainstage June 22 through July 15. Written by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron (and based on a book by Ilene Beckerman). For tickets, call 351-8000.
In New York, Love, Loss and What I Wore has featured a rotating cast of such stars as Rosie O’Donnell, Tyne Daly, Kristin Chenoweth and Tovah Feldshuh. Here, Loretta Swit stars.
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix
The summer’s really big sports event gears up, with a packed week of parades, parties, car shows, poker tournaments, bikini contests and, of course, the powerboat race in the Gulf that climaxes it all. Runs from June 23 through July 1 to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. 371-8820
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week
Get your taste buds ready for this annual opportunity to sample the best Sarasota restaurants have to offer (at reduced prices) June 1-14. It’s good for them (drawing locals when tourists are fewer) and good for us (bargains at places we might not otherwise patronize). For a complete list of eateries serving three-course lunches ($15) and dinners ($25), head to savorsarasota.com.
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This article appears in the June 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine.