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Your Top 5 Things to Do: Sept. 6-12

A tribute to the Queen of Soul, Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch and more.

By Ilene Denton September 6, 2018

Racing Koi, by Denny Beck

Selby Gardens 38th annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Sept. 9-30

See how the area’s best amateur and professional photographers capture the beauty of Selby Gardens in this 38th annual show. Here's a sneak peek

Naarai Jacobs

Salute to the Queen: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Sept. 11-15

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe pays respect to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in this special production. WBTT artists Naarai Jacobs and founding member Teresa Stanley, along with Nate Jacobs, Ariel Blue and Simone Hicks, will perform her most beloved songs.   

Hermitage House

Hermitage Artist Retreat historic tours

Sept. 7, 14, 21

Here’s your chance to tour the historic Hermitage Artist Retreat campus on Manasota Key, which is usually closed to the public in order to preserve the privacy of the hundreds of notable working artists from around the country—authors, playwrights, composers, musicians, painters and sculptors—who are invited to participate in residencies there.  (Yes, at one time it really was a nudist colony.) Free, but reservations are required; check it out here.

Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch

Sept. 7

Everybody’s invited to Lakewood Ranch Main Street for this free monthly street party, this time featuring the reggae and top 40 dance band Jah Movement.

A rehearsal photo from the Royal Shakespeare Company production of MacBeth.

Royal Shakespeare Company On Screen at The Ringling: MacBeth

Sept. 7

Something wicked this way comes in this sizzling contemporary production of the Shakespeare classic by the Royal Shakespeare Company, shown on film at the Ringling Museum’s Historic Asolo Theater. 

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Salute to the Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

$39 adults; $20 students and active military w/valid I.D. Westcoast Black Theatre

A Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production.

Special Events

Music on Main

Free Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Lakewood Ranch's monthly street party features Jah Movement.