Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
Bookstore1Sarasota: Meg Lowman
Longtime botanist and conservationist Lowman (also known as “Canopy Meg”) launches her most recent book, The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us with a Zoom talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday. One of the world’s first tree-top scientists, Lowman will take viewers along on her journey high above the ground. There is no charge, but an optional fee of $7 will help defray the cost to the bookstore. Find out more at sarasotabooks.com/events or by calling (941) 365-7900. And read more here.
The Players Centre New Play Festival
Take in five different readings, of five different plays, from the comfort of your home via Zoom during this year's virtual fest. On tap: new works The Mantle, O.U.T., Spiritual Bliss, Locked Inside and Just Like Stealing. You can watch each play for $10, but you can also get 3 for $24 and all five for $35. Learn more at theplayers.org or by calling (941) 365-2494.
Identity in Art
Three visual artists—textile artist Diedrick Brackens, interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight and figurative artist Robert Pruitt—talk about their creative process in this program at 6:30 p.m. at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. It’s the first event this season in a collaboration between the retreat and Art Center Sarasota, and it’s free with a $5 per person registration fee at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Venice Summer Cabaret Festival
Aug. 5 and 6; Aug. 7 and 8
The festival winds up with performances of My Favorite Things, starring singer Alana Opie (Thursday and Friday) and Distinctive Divas, a Tribute to the Ladies (Saturday and Sunday), with Michelle Kasanofsky and friends paying homage to the likes of Cher, Adele and Ella Fitzgerald. Get your tickets by calling (941) 488-1115 or visiting venicetheatre.org.
AMI Privateers: Return to Tortuga
Pirates are invading up on Anna Maria Island, but with the best of intentions: to raise money for the Privateers’ scholarship programs and other children-focused activities. On the schedule of mayhem: A Bilge Rat Derby, island pub crawl, scavenger hunt and much more. To get all the schedule and ticket details, set your sails for amiprivateers.org.
Sarasota Opera House Summer Movies
Aug. 7 and 8
Get two very different filmgoing experiences with this weekend’s offerings. First, there’s the Rock Hudson-Doris Day comedy Pillow Talk, on Saturday; then, there’s Milan’s Teatro alla Scala’s production of Orphee et Eurydice on the screen Sunday. Check online at sarasotaopera.org or call (941) 328-1300.
CoolToday Park Summer Movies
And while we’re on the subject, how about taking the kids to a fun summer movie Wednesday night? The animated Tom and Jerry is next up on the schedule at 6 p.m., and tickets are free for those 3 and under, $3 for ages 4-9, and $7 for 10 and above. Call (941) 413-5004 for info or stop by the box office.