Summer: Kay Kipling's arts and entertainment calendar.
VENICE ART CENTER. Celebrate the Blues, tied to both the color blue and the music form, continues here through July 8; it's followed by the annual Summerfest exhibition, July 15 through Aug. 18. 485-7136.
JOHN & MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART. Continuing on view here through Sept. 25 is Exposure: Naked Before the Lens, presenting the many ways in which 20th- and 21st-century photographers have addressed the nude human body. Also through Sept. 25: Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art, presenting paintings, photography, videos, sculptures and installations considering the relationship between mind, body and soul. And in the Circus Museum here, Circus Celebrities: Portraiture in the American Circus Poster remains on view through Oct. 3. Opening July 7 to run through Oct. 9 is the exhibition Graphicstudio: Collaborating Across Borders, showing contemporary works produced at the University of South Florida studio. 359-5700.
ART CENTER SARASOTA. The all-subject, all-media juried Florida Flavor IV exhibition fills all galleries here, July 7 through Aug. 13. Coming up Aug. 25 through Sept. 30: The Sewn Portrait, printed fabric sculptures by Tasha Lewis; Snap!, a local photographers invitational, Project: Sarasota, focusing on art students; and the juried show Blurred Lines. 365-2032.
SARASOTA IMPROV FESTIVAL. Florida Studio Theatre's really big fest celebrating the art of improv returns July 14, 15 and 16, with 18 top improv groups performing at Bowne's Lab, the Goldstein Cabaret, the Keating Theatre and the Gompertz. A variety of pass and ticket options available; call 366-9000 or go to floridastudiotheatre.org.
HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE. The summer series of films offering opera, theater or ballet performances continues. Showing in July: Sleeping Beauty, Adventures of Pericles, Verdi's Requiem, Massenet's Werther and Millipied/Robbins/Balanchine. August brings Measure for Measure, Der Rosenkavalier, The Taming of the Shrew and Donizetti's La Favorita. And September ends the run with L'histoire de Manon and The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce. For complete info head to sarasotaopera.org.
SUMMER CIRCUS SPECTACULAR. The summer circus show continues through July 30 at the Historic Asolo Theater, in a collaboration between The Ringling and Circus Sarasota. Performers include Cuban juggler Rony Gomez, father-daughter hand balancers Sergey and Sasha Korolev, and Queen of the Air Dolly Jacobs. 360-7399.
GLORIA MUSICAE PATRIOTIC SPECTACULAR. The choral ensemble's annual Fourth of July celebration takes place at 4:30 p.m. July 4 at First United Methodist Church, gloriamusicae.org
FRIDAY FESTS ON THE BAY. Keep that relaxed summer vibe going with these free outdoor concerts on the Van Wezel's bayfront lawn. Coming up: reggae band Jah Movement, July 29; country band Rebelheart, Aug. 26; and rock-country-blues group Dr. Dave Band, Sept. 23. All concerts 5-9 p.m. 953-3368.
SARASOTA ORCHESTRA CHAMBER SERIES. The orchestra's "September Fest" presents two chamber concerts, the first Sept. 22 (works by Burkali, Crumb, Webern and Albert), the second Sept. 25 (compositions by Schwartz, Pinto-Correia, Bermal and Agocs). Both take place at Holley Hall. 953-3434.
SARASOTA POWERBOAT GRAND PRIX. The big boat festival winds up its 2016 run with a Boats on Main downtown block party July 1; P1 Superstock and Aqua X qualifying races at Lido Beach July 2, along with powerboat race class testing; and the exciting race events themselves, July 3, all capped by a bayfront fireworks spectacular July 4. sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org
BOOKSTORE1SARASOTA. Sarasota's Victor Hazan launches the new book Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market, filled with the late cookbook author Marcella Hazan's thoughts on selecting the best ingredients, with an appearance at 11 a.m. July 12 at the downtown store. 365-7900.
COME FLY WITH ME! THE SAMMY CAHN SONGBOOK. Prolific lyricist Cahn gets his due in this show that centers on his work with composers Jule Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen, through July 10 at Florida Studio Theatre's Court Cabaret. 366-9000.
DRY LAND. This Ruby Rae Spiegel play following an unlikely friendship between two Florida teens continues through July 24 at Urbanite Theatre. 321-1397.
THE ROOMMATE. A regional premiere of a Jen Silverman play about a recently divorced Iowa woman in her 50s, who finds a "sensible" roommate to live with her--but can the two very different women learn to get along? Playing July 6 through Aug. 7 at FST's Keating Theatre. 366-9000.
VENICE THEATRE SUMMER CABARET FESTIVAL. Area performers bring a personal and creative mix of cabaret-style songs to VT's Pinkerton Theatre, July 7 through Aug. 28.488-1115.
HOW I GOT OVER: A TRIBUTE TO MAHALIA JACKSON. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe salutes the late great gospel singer in a premiere created by artistic director Nate Jacobs, playing July 13 through Aug. 14. 366-1505.
CYRANO DE BURGERSHACK. A contemporary musical take on the tale of Rostand's Cyrano, with the hero playing Cupid for his beloved Roxanne with his burger shack's new burger flipper, Christian. Onstage July 13-17 and 21-24 at the Players. 365-2494.
THE CARDSHARK. An interactive sleight-of-hand show with illusionist Jason Michaels, onstage July 19 through Aug. 14 in FST's Court Cabaret. 366-9000.
THE GOD OF ISAAC. James Sherman's play centered on young Jew Isaac, who questions his spiritual identity in the wake of a threatened neo-Nazi march, returns to town in a production at FST's Gompertz Theatre, Aug. 3-28. It's funnier than it sounds. 366-9000.
BELL, BOOK & CANDLE. In this John van Druten piece, a modern-day witch casts a spell on a publisher but finds herself falling for him as much as he does for her--which could cause her to lose her powers. Onstage Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 18-21 at the Players. 365-2494.
42ND STREET. The Manatee Players kick off the 2016-17 season with this classic "the show must go on" musical, Aug. 11-28 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. 748-5875.
BREADCRUMBS. Another regional premiere from Urbanite Theatre, this play by Jennifer Haley concerns a reclusive writer facing dementia and the troubled young caretaker helping her to finish her autobiography. Onstage Aug. 12 through Sept. 18. 321-1397.
THE GIGIS. This all-female trio sings hits by such stars as Carole King, Wilson Phillips and Meghan Trainor, Aug. 23 through Sept. 18 in FST's Court Cabaret. 366-9000.
WHY CANT I BE YOU? Llywelyn Jones, winner of last year's Players New Play Festival, gets a full production of his work about a rock star who finds a stalker in his bedroom, Aug. 23-28. 365-2494.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. The Two Chairs Theatre Company presents Tennessee Williams' tragedy of Blanche DuBois on the Players stage, Sept. 1-11. 365-2494.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. This adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis story is a Venice Theatre Generations production, onstage Sept. 8-18. 488-1115.
SYLVIA. A.R. Gurney's charmer about a man whose marriage may be ruined by his affection for his dog takes the stage Sept. 15 through Oct. 2 at the Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, Manatee Performing Arts Center. 748-5875.
MY FAIR LADY. Henry Higgins meets his match once more with Eliza Doolittle in the Manatee Players' production of the Lerner-Loewe hit. Onstage Sept. 22 through Oct. 9. 748-5875.
THE SUNSHINE BOYS. The perennial Neil Simon hit about feuding vaudevillians making a comeback--if they can avoid killing each other--opens Venice Theatre's mainstage season, Sept. 27 through Oct. 16. 488-1115.
GYPSY. Sing out, Louise ... the big Broadway musical about young Gypsy Rose Lee and her stage mother officially opens the Players season, Sept. 28 through Oct. 16. 365-2494.
THE TOXIC AVENGER. An area premiere for this Joe DiPietro-David Bryan off-Broadway musical about an unlikely hero, his girlfriend, a corrupt mayor and an eclectic cast of other characters. Onstage at Venice Theatre's Pinkerton Sept. 30 through Oct. 23.488-1115.