Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 8-14

Florida Studio Theatre and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens both offer two new shows, plus Venice Theatre's Young Frankenstein and more.

By Kay Kipling July 8, 2021


Royal Poinciana on the Indian River by Mary Ann Carroll, part of the new exhibit at Selby Gardens.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

We Dream a World

July 10-Sept. 26

This new exhibit at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, subtitled "African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, the Highwaymen," presents a selection of paintings in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition. Guest curator Radiah Harper, who will present a free virtual lecture on Wednesday, July 14, will introduce visitors to the work of painters who were able to break away from field labor jobs to earn money with their bright, bold landscapes. To register for the lecture, or just to learn more, visit

In Dialogue With Nature: Glass in the Gardens

July 10-Sept. 26

While we’re on the subject of exhibits at Selby Gardens, the fourth annual summer glass show opens there on Saturday, July 10, featuring nature-inspired glass pieces by artist Duncan McClellan, who owns a gallery also showing his work in St. Petersburg. His pieces will be displayed against the backdrop of the Tropical Conservatory and the lush greenery of the gardens; learn more at

Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé

Opens July 13

Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret offers Bublé bliss for lovers of the singer some consider “The Modern Sinatra.” Expect pleasing three-part harmonies, smooth moves and a swinging sophistication, along with songs like “Feeling Good” and “Moondance.” Tickets: (941) 366-9000 or

On the Road Again: Family Musical Roadtrip

July 11

FST also offers this free, family-friendly musical “on tour” to a number of locations, including Nathan Benderson Park, at 7 p.m. this Sunday, July 11. (Next Sunday, it’s at Phillippi Estate Park.) Expect America-inspired hits like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Outdoors at the parks; for more info, head to

Young Frankenstein

July 8-11 and 14-17

Venice Theatre’s family-oriented “Generations” program presents this Mel Brooks musical, based on his classic comedy film about the good doctor “Fronkensteen,” his faithful assistant Igor, a spooky castle in Transylvania and more. Who can forget that “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance number? In the Jervey Theatre; for tickets, call (941) 488-1115 or go to

Battles of the Boneless

Opens July 8

Bradenton’s Bishop Museum of Science and Nature explores the surprising stories behind the many varieties of spineless marine mollusks in comic book-themed fashion. Go beyond those pretty shells to find out the real powers of these creatures in the museum’s East Gallery. Check it out at


July 13

Award-winning folk singer and songwriter Mary Gauthier presents "Saved By a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting," at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Gauthier’s most recent release, Rifles & Rosary Beads, was nominated for a Grammy, and her songs have been recorded by artists including Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Kathy Mattea. Ticket price of $35 includes a copy of the book; register at or call (941) 365-7900.

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