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Your Top 11 Things to Do: June 16-22

Louie Anderson at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, Summer Circus Spectacular, Maks & Val of Dancing with the Stars and more.

By Ilene Denton June 16, 2016

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Now through July 30

Summer Circus Spectacular

Circus Sarasota bursts onto the stage of the Ringling Museum’s intimate Historic Asolo Theater with a fast-paced, one-hour show geared for the whole family. Featured in the all-new 2016 production are Cuban speed juggler Rony Gomez, father-daughter hand balancing team Sergey and Sasha Korolev, world-famed aerialist Dolly Jacobs and lots more. All seats are just $10 through June 18. And here’s another tip: With every Circus Spectacular ticket you purchase, you can buy admission to the Ringling’s Circus Museum for just $5. ringling.org/events/summer-circus-spectacular

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June 17-18

Louie Anderson

Fresh on the heels of his brilliant, tragicomic turn as Zach Galifianakis’ mom (yes, you read that right) in the FX series, Baskets, earlier this spring, Louie Anderson takes the stage at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre for four shows Friday and Saturday nights. mccurdyscomedy.com

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June 16

Maks & Val at the Van Wezel

Dancing with the Stars fans, take note: Two of its stars, hunky brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, bring their live dance tour, “Maks & Val: Our Way,” to the Van Wezel for one steamy show.

June 19

Father’s Day Freebie at Mote Aquarium

Dads get in free this Sunday at Mote Aquarium, with the purchase of one accompanying child’s admission. Happy Father’s Day, everybody.

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June 18-July 30

Turtle Walks

And speaking of Mote, it’s sea turtle nesting season and the marine laboratory offers free guided turtle-watch walks this Saturday morning and every Saturday through July 30. Meet at the public beach access point at 4795 Gulf of Mexico Drive at 6:45 a.m. (Just so you’ll know, sea turtle hatchlings and their moms emerge at night, so participants in the early-morning turtle walks are much more likely to see their tracks.) Photo credit: Marc Ellis/H2O Pictures

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June 17-Sept. 25

Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art

This new Ringling Museum exhibition, organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, presents paintings, photography, videos, sculpture and installations by contemporary artists focused on the relationship between mind, body and soul. ringling.org

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June 17-Aug. 14

Batiks Botanicos

Colombian artist Angela Maria Isaza returns to Selby Gardens with an exhibit of her wonderfully detailed, colorfully rendered botanical batiks created from her inspiring walks through Selby. Meet the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Gardens’ Museum of Botany and the Arts. selby.org


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June 20


On June 20, theaters around the world will draw attention to important works by African-American playwrights by presenting them through the sixth annual Project1Voice/1Play/1Day. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s contribution is a staged reading of The Colored Museum by two-time Tony Award-winning playwright George C. Wolfe. Tickets are just $15. westcoastblacktheatre.org

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June 16-19

Sarasota Music Festival        

The esteemed teaching festival continues at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with an Artist Showcase concert featuring festival director Robert Levin and other faculty; a student/faculty chamber concert Friday evening; a symphonic concert Saturday evening, conducted by Hugh Wolff; and a student recital Sunday afternoon. Program details and tickets at sarasotaorchestra.org.

June 17-Aug. 21


The South Florida Museum invites you and your kids to explore the physics of sound waves, how music and sound affect our moods and even see how your screams measure up on a decibel meter in its new hands-on exhibit, NOISE! southfloridamuseum.org

June 18

Passerine CD Release Party

Popular local folk and bluegrass band Passerine celebrates the release of its new, full-length CD, Harbingers, with a party at Fogartyville Community Arts Center Saturday night before taking off on a summer tour to northern climes. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. sarasotapeacenter.org

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