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Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 2-8

Two new plays at FST and Urbanite Theatre, a YMCA Back to School Bash, Selby Library celebrates 20 years and more.

By Ilene Denton August 2, 2018

Colin Lane, Nehassaiu deGannes and Sam Mossler in Other People's Money.

Other People's Money

Opens Aug. 1

Florida Studio Theatre’s summer mainstage season comes to an end with this comedy about a fast-talking Wall Street shark who wants to take over a small-town business. When it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play in 1989, the L.A. Times called it, “very funny, and very human.” Through Aug. 19 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.

James FitzGerald

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Wakey, Wakey

Opens Aug. 3

Urbanite Theatre presents Will Eno’s “glowingly dark, profoundly moving” (New York Times) tragicomedy about confronting the inevitability of death. Through Sept. 2.

Robert Mirabal

Image: Kate Russell

"Brothers in Song," Ralph Farris and Robert Mirabal

Aug. 3

Lucky us: the nationally renowned artists chosen for residencies at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key each must present a free community program. This time, it’s Ralph Farris of the contemporary music quartet ETHEL teaming up with composer and musician Robert Mirabal to present “Brothers in Song," a Native-American-themed theatrical piece that will soon move into workshop.

Selby Library 20th Birthday Celebration

Live music, an art contest, karaoke and cake-- it's all to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Selby public Library, all starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.  

Sarasota YMCA Back to School Bash

Aug. 4

Hey parents, Sarasota County public schools open Monday, Aug. 13, and this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon the Sarasota YMCA is throwing a free Back to School Bash at its Berlin branch to celebrate—a bounce house, face painting, games, crafts and more.  

 Very Merry Jerry Day at Fogartyville

Aug. 5

Grab your tie-dye and head to Fogartyville for WSLR’s annual celebration of The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.  Musicians honoring the Dead this year are the Stumble Creek, the Al Fuller Band  and Ship of Fools, and Chef Richard’s Kumquat Kitchen will be on hand serving up refreshments.

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"Other People's Money"

Florida Studio Theatre

FST's summer season concludes with this romantic comedy.


"Wakey, Wakey"

$29; under 40, $20; students $5 with valid I.D. Urbanite Theatre

Urbanite Theatre presents the Will Eno play about confronting the inevitability of death.


Very Merry Jerry Day

$12 in advance; $15 at the door Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR’s annual celebration of Jerry Garcia.