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July 14-16

Sarasota Improv Festival

Eighteen top comedy troupes from across the country (including Sarasota’s own FST Improv) take over Florida Studio Theatre for three days of quick-thinking comedy improv. We’re especially excited about Impro Theatre of Los Angeles and its evening of improvised Twilight Zone; that’s right, audience members will throw out random ideas, and the acclaimed troupe will turn them into something straight out of the Rod Serling TV classic. For those of us old enough to remember: “You have now entered the Twilight Zone…” floridastudiotheatre.org

July 15

School of Rock

Next up in the Music Compound’s summer series of music-inspired family films is its screening of the Jack Black comedy, School of Rock. Just $15 for the whole family, including popcorn. musiccompound.com 

July 17

Claire Lynch Band at Fogartyville

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Claire Lynch, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year, brings her band to the Fogartyville Community Center. Find out for yourself why Dolly Parton says Lynch has “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." sarasotapeacenter.org

July 19-Aug. 21

FST presents The Card Shark

Sleight-of-hand wizard Jason Michaels is “The Card Shark” in FST’s newest production. Michaels has performed at casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, and in this interactive, audience participation show, he’ll draw back the curtain on the tricks of the illusion trade. floridastudiotheatre.org

July 19

Full Moon Cruise on LeBarge

Here’s a great way to enjoy Tuesday night’s full moon: LeBarge, the sightseeing boat with the palm tree on its upper deck, hosts a full-moon cruise with live music by the popular local band, Kettle of Fish. It leaves from the docks at Marina Jack at 7 p.m. lebargetropicalcruises.com

July 14-17

Strange Bedfellows

The Starlite Players are at it again, with four new short comedies that explore the funny side of unlikely attractions. Four performances at The Starlite Room on Cocoanut Avenue. starliteplayers.com 

July 16

Splashin’ Saturday at Selby Gardens

Parents, take note: It’s the final weekend for this summer’s Splashin’ Saturdays at Selby Gardens. They’ll bring out the water slide and other activities for one final time from 10 to noon. selby.org