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 April 23 

Comedian Brian Regan at the Van Wezel

Stand-up comedian Brian Regan takes center stage at the Van Wezel Saturday night with his special brand of observational comedy. A veteran of The Late Show with David Letterman (he appeared on it 28 times) and two Comedy Central specials, Regan recently spoke with Sarasota about the best heckle he ever got. You can read the interview here

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 April 22 

Van Wezel presents Cirque Mechanics’ Pedal Punk

The creative, high-energy Cirque Mechanics troupe brings its Pedal Punk show to the Van Wezel Friday night. It’s a whirlwind acrobatic performance that’s fun for the whole family—think outrageous Steampunk-inspired machines that come to life. vanwezel.org 

April 23

Sarasota Film Festival Moonlight Movies presents Wall-E

A free outdoor screening of the touching Pixar animated film Wall-E takes place at sunset Saturday at Siesta Public Beach. It’s part of the Sarasota Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies series. Free popcorn! 

April 22-23

Poetry Life Weekend

Obama presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith headline this year’s Poetry Life Weekend, which takes place at Florida Studio Theatre with readings, workshops, conversations and even a community favorite poem reading event. Get the entire schedule of events at sarasotapoetry.com.

April 22-May 22

 The Drowning Girls

Urbanite Theatre presents a regional premiere of this play by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic, based on the true story of the infamous Brides in the Bath crimes of Edwardian England. Here, the three unlucky brides return from their watery graves to reveal what led up to their murderous marriages. 

April 23

SRQ’s First Food Truck Rally

Croz’s Surf Shack, Baja Boys, B’s Cool Treats and a half-dozen more food trucks converge on the parking lot of The Devyn event space at 7113 S. Tamiami Trail from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the SRQ Food Truck Alliance. The first 100 attendees get a $3 voucher.

April 24

The Stolen Idols at Fogartyville

Beatnik bongo jazz, anybody? The Stolen Idols bring their upbeat Latin sensibility to the Fogartyville Center Sunday evening. Angry Mike’s Fine Food truck will be there, too. 

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 April 24-25 

Millennial Fresh

The new sketch comedy troupe, Millennial Fresh, debuts Sunday and Monday nights at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe theater. Featuring several WBTT artists, the troupe skewers everything from student loans to modern romance. Tickets are on sale at westcoastblacktheatre.org.

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 April 27

Previews begin for Asolo Rep’s Josephine  

Be the first to catch the world premiere of Josephine Wednesday night at the Asolo Rep, when previews for the Josephine Baker musical starring R&B/pop star Deborah Cox begin. It’s directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award nominee Joey McKneely, who directed the Asolo Rep’s smash hit West Side Story last fall. Official opening night is May 6.