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Selby Waterfall, by John Zeiss.

Selby Gardens’ Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Aug. 12-Sept. 10

Experience Marie Selby Botanical Gardens from the perspective of the region’s best photographers when the annual Juried Photographic Exhibition opens Saturday. Shown here, the Best of Show image from last year's exhibition, Selby Waterfall, by John Zeiss.

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Alana Opie in Classic Country Cabaret.

Classic Country Cabaret

Aug. 12-13

Venice Theatre audience fave Alana Opie comes to the theater’s summer cabaret series with the classic country songs made famous by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. Expect righteous renditions of “Stand By Your Man,” “Jolene” and more. And mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 13, when Ann Morrison presents her new cabaret show, My Furniture Set, at Venice Theatre. Morrison, who starred in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, was a standout in the Asolo Rep's recent Beatsville.

Sarasota Y Splash Bash

Aug. 12

Celebrate the end of summer at the Sarasota Y’s annual back-to-school Splash Bash at its wonderful Evalyn Sadlier Jones Aquatic Center—lots of water activities, face painting, entertainment and food for purchase. It’s free, and you don’t have to be a Y member to come, although if you join that day, they’ll waive the joiner’s fee. 

ETHEL Violist Ralph Farris performs at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

Aug. 11

The acclaimed New York-based string quartet, ETHEL, has performed from Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House, and last year was in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. Now violist and artistic director Ralph Farris is back to give a free sunset beach performance Friday—a real treat for fans of contemporary music. On the program will be works by Philip Glass, Richard Einhorn and J.S. Bach.

Manatee Players presents The Producers

Aug. 10-27

Max and Leo and Ulla and Roger and the worst play ever to hit Broadway are back in the Mel Brooks megahit musical, kicking off the 2017-18 Manatee Players season in the Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall. Everybody, now: “Springtime for Hitler and Germany…”

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Concerts

Hermitage Artist Retreat presents ETHEL violist Ralph Farris

Editor’s Pick Free Hermitage Artist Retreat

In a free sunset beach performance.

Family

Sarasota Y Splash Bash

Free Sarasota YMCA Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch

Celebrate the end of summer at this free, open to the public water park party at the Y's Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch.

Concerts

Venice Theatre Cabaret: Alana Opie

$20 Venice Theatre

Venice Theatre's summer cabaret series continues with Alana Opie: Classic Country Cabaret.

Special Events

Selby Gardens 37th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

10:00 AM Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Selby Garden's annual photography event.

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