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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

New shows at Ringling College, a divine comedy at Venice Theatre, words and music from the Hermitage Artist Retreat and more.

By Kay Kipling August 26, 2021


An image from Deborah Rodriguez's exhibition at Ringling College, A Thousand Words.

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

Ringling College of Art and Design Exhibits

Aug. 30-Oct. 1

School is back in session, and so is the season of exhibits at the college’s galleries—a season dubbed Crossroads: Deconstructing Boundaries in America. Up first are shows featuring works by Deborah Rodriguez (A Thousand Words), the 2021 annual faculty and staff show (spreading over two galleries) and Tom Casmer’s Constructs. P.S. On-campus receptions take place later, on Sept. 3. Check it out at

An Act of God

Aug. 27-Sept. 5

Frequent Venice Theatre actor and director Brad Wages stars, well, as God in this play by Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, in which the Almighty answers some pressing questions about humankind’s greatest concerns. Debbi White and Patrick Mounce join Wages onstage, as archangels. Performances take place in the 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre, and guidelines for masking and other precautions, as well as ticket info, can be found at Or call (941) 488-1115.

Words and Music: Performance in Process

Aug. 27

The Hermitage Artist Retreat welcomes Hermitage Fellows mezzo soprano Thea Lobo and interdisciplinary artist Ni’Ja Whitson, who will share their words, voices and music starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, downtown. Free with a $5 per person registration fee; learn more and register at

St. Armands Family Day

Aug. 29

The last Sunday of the month is coming up, and that means another family-friendly day of activities, entertainment and more, outdoors with “Sol of the Circle” on St. Armands Circle. This time around, it’s a reading scavenger hunt including appearances from local children’s book authors. Find out more here.

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