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Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 24-30

Reggae at the Van Wezel, a chalk fest in Englewood, Singin’ in the Rain and more.

By Ilene Denton August 23, 2017

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Jah Movement.

Van Wezel Friday Fest 

Aug. 25

Everybody’s favorite free outdoor concert series continues Friday evening when the Van Wezel Friday Fest presents the popular reggae band Jah Movement and vocalist Shantal Norman. Bring your dancing shoes! 

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Englewood Chalk Fest

Englewood ChalkFest

Aug. 26

If you haven’t visited Englewood’s Dearborn Avenue shopping district lately, here’s a good reason: The sixth annual ChalkFest takes over the street Saturday with demonstrations by professional chalk artists, and you have the opportunity to create your own chalk-art masterpiece.  Sponsored by the Englewood Art Center, it’s part of Englewood Pioneer Days. 

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Singin' in the Rain to air Aug. 25 at the Sarasota Opera House.

Singing in the Rain at the Opera House

Aug. 25

The Sarasota Opera has a hit on its hands with its new Classic Movies at the Opera House series—last week’s screening of The Greatest Show on Earth drew 900 film lovers. On the big screen this Friday night is the unforgettable 1952 musical comedy, Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. 

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Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at The Ringling

Don’t forget to check out the monumental bronze Zodiac Heads by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist and social activist Ai Weiwei at the Ringling Museum. The Ringling scored big when it got the rights to exhibit them for the coming year. They’re now installed around the pond between the museum’s Center for Asian Art and Sarasota Bay.

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Katie Cunningham in Double Indemnity.

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Double Indemnity

Through Aug. 27

Last chance to see Dog Days Theatre’s production of the noir murder mystery, Double Indemnity, at the FSU Center’s Cook Theatre; it closes Sunday. “Lust, love, greed, murder, betrayal—Cain’s story has all that and more, and it’s perversely fun to watch it all unfold,” says our theater critic, Kay Kipling; read her review here.

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Friday Fest on the Bay: Jah Movement Reggae Band

Editor’s Pick Free Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Featuring Jah Movement Reggae Band.

Special Events

Englewood Chalk Fest

Editor’s Pick Free

Englewood’s ChalkFest will transform the Dearborn Street sidewalk into an oversized canvas for chalk-art masterpieces.


Singin' in the Rain

Editor’s Pick $10 Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Opera continues its Classic Movies at the Opera House series with this 1952 gem.

Visual Art

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Upcoming Exhibitions

10:00 AM Adult $25, Child 6-17 $5 John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Featuring the exhibition Portraits, including works by August Sanders and Andy Warhol.


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.