May 19-June 25
Art and technology collide at Art Center Sarasota’s newest exhibition, #postdigital. Twenty-five regional artists who incorporate technology into their works—paintings, sculptures, prints and immersive video and sound installations—will be showcased, including Eric Voorhis, whose still from a GIF animation of an interactive video is shown here. artsarasota.org
The Hermitage Artist Retreat opens its Gulf-front Manasota Key campus to the public Friday evening for a free sunset beach reading with visiting poet Kiki Petrosino and writer Carmen Gimenez Smith. The evening starts with an exhibition of smoke paintings and talk by visual artist Rob Tarbell. hermitageartistretreat.org
Head on up to lively Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach for the second annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival, with internationally acclaimed blues guitarist Sarasota Slim, craft beers from Motorworks Brewery and barbecue from Island Time Bar & Grill. Admission is $5 at the gate (kids free).
The fund raising continues to upgrade architect Victor Lundy’s South Gate Community Center with a Pool Moon party at the iconic 1956 community center Saturday evening—live music around the pool, appetizers and an open bar all for $60 in advance; $75 at the door.
The Starlite Players return to The Starlite Room on Cocoanut Avenue with four short comedies centering around the theme, Mind Games.
WBTT up-and-comer Alyssa White shows off her vocal talents in the final Young Artists Program of the season. White won first place for two consecutive weeks at NYC’s Apollo Theatre’s amateur night in 2011, and also appeared in its Best of the Best show. She has performed with WBTT in ’50s Jukebox Revue, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha, Dynamic Duets of the ’70s and Bubbling Brown Sugar.
Through May 28
Alabama Story, a provocative civil rights era-play inspired by the true story of a children’s picture book with a perceived positive message about racial intermarriage and the battle between a segregationist state senator and the state’s chief librarian to have it banned, continues through next Saturday, May 28, at Florida Studio Theatre. Read our own Kay Kipling’s review here.
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