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Brendan Ragan and Betsy Helmer in Pilgrims.

Pilgrims

Aug. 4-Sept 10

A soldier and a teenage girl are quarantined in their ship’s cabin en route to a newly discovered planet. Urbanite Theatre presents the second-ever production of this futuristic survival tale, directed by Carl Forsman, who helmed Asolo Rep’s Glengarry Glen Ross a few seasons ago.  

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Katie Cunningham in Dog Days Theatre's Double Indemnity.

Image: John Revisky

Double Indemnity

Aug. 8-27

The film noir classic about an insurance agent and a dame who’s nosing around about her husband’s insurance coverage comes to life in the last play of FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training’s new Dog Days Theatre series. It’s billed as a “steamy tale of love and murder”—a perfect addition to Sarasota’s summer theater scene. 

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Very Merry Jerry Day at Fogartyville.

Very Merry Jerry Day at Fogartyville

Aug. 6

It’s time once again to get out the tie-dye for WSLR Community Radio’s annual musical tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, with the Michael Miller Band, Grass is Dead and The Schmitz Brothers performing Garcia’s crazy mix of folk and bluegrass. 

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Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati in the National Theatre Live production of Amadeus.

Image: Marc Brenner

National Theatre Live: Amadeus

Aug. 4

The Ringling Museum beams us up to London’s National Theatre, for a filmed performance of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus. Presented in the Historic Asolo Theater.

Woman's Exchange Annual August Sale

Aug. 4-5

If bargain shopping is your favorite form of entertainment, check out the big, big annual August sale at Woman’s Exchange—clothing, shoes, jewelry, linens and tons of household items starting at $1. Best of all, profits support the area’s nonprofit arts organizations and scholarships for local art students.

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Flamingos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

Image: Rick Morgan

Back-to-School Bash at Jungle Gardens

Aug. 5-6

School bells start ringing Aug. 14 for Sarasota County public schools, and Sarasota Jungle Gardens is celebrating with a back-to-school bash—for every full-price paid adult admission, up to three kids will be admitted free this Saturday and Sunday. Bird and reptile shows, here we come!

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Back to School Bash at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Editor’s Pick $17.99 for adults; $16.99 for seniors 65 and older. Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Garden’s “Back to School Bash” is the perfect way to have a little more fun time before school schedules take over.

Film

National Theatre Live: Amadeus

$20; $18 for Ringling Museum members Historic Asolo Theater

The Ringling presents Peter Shaffer's iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, in the Historic Asolo Theater.

Concerts

Very Merry Jerry Day at Fogartyville

Editor’s Pick $15 Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR’s annual celebration of Jerry Garcia.

Theater

Double Indemnity

Editor’s Pick Asolo Repertory Theatre

Introducing Dog Days Theatre, a new summer season of contemporary plays in Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre.

Theater

Pilgrims

Editor’s Pick Urbanite Theatre

Urbanite Theatre presents this futuristic survival tale.