Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do July 7-13

The Odd Couple Meets Pulp Fiction in The Roommate at FST; a Florida artists exhibit at Art Center Sarasota and more.

By Ilene Denton July 7, 2016

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 July 7-Aug. 12

Florida Flavors at Art Center Sarasota

The state of the visual arts in Florida is in good shape, indeed, judging from this fourth annual juried exhibition sponsored by Art Center Sarasota, taking place in all four galleries. Artists in a variety of media from across Florida are represented. Shown here, last year’s first place winner, "Entre Nosostros" (Between You and Me) by Jacqueline Roch. artsarasota.org

July 6-Aug. 7

The Roommate

Two fiftyish single women, one from Iowa, one from the Bronx, meet and learn to cohabitate in this play one reviewer praised for its “heart and humor” in its production at last year’s Humana Festival. Now it’s onstage July 6 through Aug. 7 at Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating. floridastudiotheatre.org

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 July 8-Oct. 9

The Ringling presents Graphicstudio: Collaborating Across Borders

Many of the top artists from the latter half of the 20th century to today have collaborated with USF Tampa’s acclaimed Graphicstudio printmaking atelier, including, since the late 1990s, artists from Latin America. Their works are center stage in this fascinating new Ringling Museum exhibition. ringling.org

July 7-Aug. 28

Venice Theatre Summer Cabaret Festival

Well-known local performers put on musical cabaret shows of their own devising in this annual summer-long event, taking their places in the spotlight in a cozy nightclub setting in VT’s Pinkerton Theatre. This weekend, Syreeta Banks presents “Broadway Soul,” featuring her favorite show tunes and songs from artists who’ve influenced her. For the complete Cabaret Festival line-up, visit venicestage.com.


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 July 13-Aug. 14

How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe takes a look at the legacy of the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a premiere production conceived by artistic director Nate Jacobs. Jacobs is also in the cast, along with WBTT favorites Tarra Conner jones, Earley Dean Wilson, Ariel Blue and others. westcoastblacktheatre.org