Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 4-10

Very Merry Jerry Day, Music on Main, Woman’s Exchange annual sale and more.

By Ilene Denton August 2, 2016

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Aug. 5

Summer Abstractions at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

Abstract paintings, prints and sculptures by acclaimed artists with links to Sarasota—John Chamberlain, Syd Solomon and John Henry among them—are the focus of Summer Abstractions, the newest exhibit at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. In conjunction with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, Friday night’s opening reception features a talk by acclaimed Tampa architect John Howey, author of the book, The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966. Shown here, Syd Solomon's Recallallyngallup.com

Through Aug. 21

The God of Isaac

Florida Studio Theatre winds up its summer mainstage season with this dramedy about a young Jewish man’s journey of self-discovery as a neo-Nazi group plans to stage a demonstration in the Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois. floridastudiotheatre.org  

Aug. 5-6

Woman’s Exchange Annual August Sale

Satisfy your inner thrift-shop diva at the Woman’s Exchange annual August sale, with many high-quality household odds and ends going for a dollar. (Gold jewelry and select Oriental rugs are half-off the usual low thrift-shop price.) Best of all, sales benefit the area’s nonprofit arts groups (this year alone, 22 of them large and small) and dozens of college scholarships for art students. sarasotawex.com

Aug. 5

Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch

This monthly free block party shakes up Lakewood Ranch Main Street with live music and plenty of food vendors, beer trucks and activities for kids. Friday night’s edition benefits the nonprofit Selah Freedom, which serves victims of sex trafficking in our community. lakewoodranch.com/musiconmain

Aug. 7

Very Merry Jerry Day

The Deadhead movement continues with WSLR Community Radio’s annual tribute to Jerry Garcia at Fogartyville Community Center Sunday afternoon. Musical tributes by Passerine, RJ Howson, Ship of Fools and the Schmitz Bros. Band are promised, starting at 4 p.m. Tickets just $10. sarasotapeacenter.org/fogartyville.html

Aug. 5-26

Dog Days of Summer at Art Uptown

Professional art cooperative Art Uptown hosts an opening reception Friday night for Dog Days of Summer, its annual juried exhibition of works by local guest artists. A portion of art sales will benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs. artuptown.com 

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