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Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 17-23

Battle of the Garage Bands at Historic Spanish Point, Ari and The Alibis plays Selby Gardens and more.

By Ilene Denton May 17, 2018

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Battle of the Garage Bands at Historic Spanish Point

May 19 

Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll when the usually placid Historic Spanish Point presents its inaugural Battle of the Garage Bands. Six local bands will thrash it out, each with a 40-minute performance, for the title, “Best Garage Band.” Food for purchase, a great sunset, and you can even bring your dog. 

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FST Improv presents "FST Freestyle"

May 19

Free-form improv—a “daring improv style with no rules or limits,” according to the folks at Florida Studio Theatre—takes center stage when FST Improv presents FST Freestyle  Saturday night, and every Saturday night through June 20, in the intimate Bowne’s Lab Theatre.   

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La Boheme

May 20

A screening of the stunning Royal Opera House production of Puccini’s La Bohème kicks off the Sarasota Opera’s HD at the Opera House summer series Sunday. The series brings us weekly screenings from some of the world’s best opera, ballet and theater companies all summer long. Get the complete schedule .

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Selby Gardens presents Ari and the Alibis

May 20

Next up in the popular outdoor Garden Music Series at Selby Gardens: the funk, jazz, samba, blues-soul and rock (whew!) sounds of Ari and The Alibis. Included in your paid admission to the Gardens. 

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Ragtime continues at the Asolo Rep

Thru May 27

Still time to catch the Asolo Rep’s fresh new production of the Broadway hit, Ragtime, but you’d better hurry—it closes May 27. (The show’s so popular, an extra 7:30 p.m. performance has just been added that evening.) Our own Kay Kipling calls the production, “compelling” and “imaginatively reconceived;” read her entire review here 

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Battle of the Garage Bands

$15 Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point presents a family-friendly Battle of the Garage Bands.


HD at the Opera House: La Boheme

$20; $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Opera opens its summer series with a screening of the Royal Opera production.


Ari and The Alibis at Selby Gardens

Free with paid admission to the Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Part of the monthly Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.


Asolo Rep presents "Ragtime"

Asolo Rep Theatre

The Tony Award-winning musical about immigrants to America at the turn of the 20th century.