PROFESSIONAL THEATER

SARASOTA

“THE COTTAGE”: Sandy Rustin’s contemporary comedy inspired by the witty style of Noel Coward is set in a 1923 English cottage where various infidelities are revealed in a production that tries too hard to be funny, though it features some clever lines and a strong performance from leading lady Hanley Smith. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 24. Florida Studio Theatre, Gompertz Theatre, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“FST IMPROV: COMEDY LOTTERY”: FST Improv brings back this weekly improv show that rotates a range of interactive games and sketches. Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 23. Florida Studio Theatre, Bowne’s Lab, John C. Court Cabaret, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

“HARBOR”: Chad Beguelin’s comic drama starts out like a pleasant, jokey sitcom about a gay couple enjoying an idyllic life, but it builds a stronger connection in the more emotional second half as the couple deals with the prospect of adoption. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 25. Dog Days Theatre at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-351-8000; asolorep.org

“SCORCH”: Amber McNew delivers a riveting performance in Stacey Gregg’s thought-provoking and involving play about a gender-nonconforming teenager who falls for a young woman online and faces criminal consequences after they meet. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 25. Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St. 941-321-1397; urbanitetheatre.com

“THE SWINGAROOS: HOLLYWOOD SERENADE”: Kimberly Hawkey leads a jazzy music revue that pays tribute to the iconic music of Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway and Fred Astaire and Hollywood films. Through Aug. 30. Florida Studio Theatre, John C. Court Cabaret, 1247 First St. 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

TAMPA BAY

“FUN HOME”: Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir, a musical about a young girl discovering her sexuality while navigating a difficult relationship with her father, and growing up to reflect on how her childhood shaped her adult identity. Through Aug. 18. American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529; americanstage.org

COMMUNITY THEATER

SARASOTA

“THE ODD COUPLE”: Neil Simon’s classic comedy about a pair of new, divorced roommates, one a neat freak and the other a complete mess, adjusting to each other’s company in close quarters. Through Aug. 25. The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-365-2494; theplayers.org

MANATEE

“WEST SIDE STORY”: More than 60 years after it debuted on Broadway, this Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent musical about rival gangs in New York remains timely and relevant in Rick Kerby’s vibrant production that features strong voices and a powerful dance ensemble. (Reviewed by Jay Handelman.) Through Aug. 25. Manatee Performing Arts Center, Stone Hall, 502 Third Ave. W. 941-748-5875; manateeperformintartscenter.org

VENICE

“VENICE THEATRE CABARET FESTIVAL”: The annual cabaret festival returns with a variety of local acts: “An Evening with Beneva” featuring Berry Ayers, Aug. 15 &17; “Rhythm and Speed” starring Joel Broome, Aug. 16; “Some Enchanted Evening” with Stephen Ditchfield, Aug. 18 & 25; “Leftcoast Sunset,” Aug. 22; “Two for the Money” starring Michelle Kasanofsky and George Mancini, Aug. 23-24; “Raindrops on Roses and Other Favorite Things,” with Liz Pascoe-Broome, Aug. 24. Venice Theatre, Pinkerton Stage, 140 Tampa Ave. 941-488-1115; venicetheatre.org

OPERA

COMING UP

“HD AT THE OPERA SERIES”:Throughout the summer, the Sarasota Opera will offer screenings of opera and ballet productions from some of the world’s most famous venues and companies: the Royal Opera’s “Die Walküre,” Aug. 25. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. 941-328-1300; sarasotaopera.org

GALLERIES / ART EVENTS

NEW & SEASONAL

SARASOTA

ART CENTER SARASOTA: Through Aug. 23: “Spirit of America” exhibit of photography-based watercolor paintings by Judy Saltzman; “#FloridaCollective” Instagram photography exhibition featuring 16 artists from across the state; “Imprint” summer invitational exhibition of printmaking works; “Natural Selection” open juried exhibition. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-365-2032; artsarasota.org

ART UPTOWN: Through Aug. 30, the gallery’s annual community art show, Dog Days of Summer juried exhibition, including Mary Grandpre’s top prize-winning entry for 2D works. / Featured this week, mixed media abstract paintings by Jill Krasner and dream-like figurative paintings by Jana Millstone. First Fri. ArtWalk events, 6-9 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.; and 12-5 p.m. Sun. 1367 Main St. 941-955-5409; artuptown.com

DABBERT GALLERY: Through Sept. 30, “Summer Showcase” exhibit featuring sculpture, print, paint, pastel and photography works by both local and international artists. Dabbert participates in First Friday gallery walks. 46 S. Palm Ave. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 941-955-1315; dabbertgallery.com

RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART: Through Sept. 8, “Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections”; through Sept. 29, “Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems;” through Oct. 7, “Hippos: A Truly Big Show;” through Oct. 13, “The Fabric of India”; through Feb. 16, Sun Xun’s “Time Spy.” Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Daily tours available. 5401 Bay Shore Road. 941-358-3180; ringling.org

SELBY GARDENS: Through Aug. 25, “In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens” second annual glass show featuring hand-blown glass by Duncan McClellan and other artists from his studio. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave. 941-366-5731; selby.org

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CENTER: Through Sept. 18, “Sights, Flights, Faces and Spaces,” a photography exhibit by the Sarasota Camera Club. Open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1888 Brother Geenen Way. 941-556-3214

MANATEE

DANCING CRANE GALLERY: Through August, the outdoor public art sculpture, “Auzra,” Goddess of Art & the Environment, made of recycled and repurposed materials. / Ongoing display of fine art and gifts. Call for summer hours. 1019 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts. 941-744-1333; dancing-crane.com

THE BISHOP MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & NATURE: Through Aug. 25, “Florida Feathers: Birds in Peril” exhibit of nature photography by Grant Jefferies. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 12-5 p.m. Sun. 201 10th St. W. 941-746-4131

ONGOING

SARASOTA

ALEXART INTERNATIONAL GALLERY: Ongoing display of works by Italian artist Massimo Meda who specializes in hyper-colorful 3D effect paintings. 25 N. Pineapple Ave. 813-465-1249; alexartinternational.com

ART AVENUE GALLERY: Exhibits of international works and pieces by local artists. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 12-6 p.m. Sun. Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. 440-227-4592; artavenueflorida.com

ART & FRAME OF SARASOTA: Quarterly community art shows are held in the store’s hallway. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 1055 S. Tamiami Trail. 941-366-2301; art-supplies-sarasota.com

ART INSIDE: Acrylic and oil paintings, fish prints, mixed media, collage, portrait painting and photography exhibits. There is also a rotating “spotlight artist” exhibit every month. The gallery participates in the monthly Palm Avenue First Friday Art Walks. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 30 S. Palm Ave. 941-364-8439; facebook.com/ARTInsideSRQ

ART NUVO GALLERY: Ongoing display of silver jewelry, flasks and silver overlay over glass, along with a collection of antique and vintage perfume bottles, decanters, vases, and other collectibles. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Suite 141A, 140 University Town Center Drive. 941-726-0352; artnuvogallery.com

THE ARTFUL GIRAFFE ART AND GIFT GALLERY: Whimsical art and coastal themes by predominantly Florida artists. Original paintings, fused and stained glass, metal sculpture, photography, wearable art, ceramics, handcrafted jewelry, soap, candles, gifts, and more. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 1861 Fruitville Road, Historic Downtown Village. 941-388-3700; theartfulgiraffe.com

CHASEN GALLERIES OF SARASOTA: Gallerist Andrew Chase features an ongoing display of art pieces including works by Picasso, Matisse, Robin Branham, Joanne Rafferty and more. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Suite 102, 1830 S. Osprey Ave. 941-260-5787; chasengalleries.com

DANSA DESIGNS STUDIO/GALLERY: Large format orchid photographs by Robert Connery, contemporary whimsical large decorative scrolls by Pamela Erickson and more. 1938 Adams Lane, #102 Towles Court. dansadesigns.com; conneryphotography.com

DEBBIE DANNHEISSER GALLERY: Rotating monthly exhibits. Open 12-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and by appointment. Located at the Elizabeth Stevens Gallery at 1911 Morrill St., Towles Court. 941-350-8839; debbiedannheisser.com

DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE & ESTATE SERVICES: “Multiple Expressions” varied collection of art pieces including oil painting, print, pottery, carving, mixed media, glass work, watercolor, tapestry, weaving, cast bronze, or floor standing sculpture. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. #101, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-366-5293; designingwomenboutique.org

GALLERIA SILECCHIA: Ongoing exhibitions of bronze sculptures of children by Glenda Goodacre and painted glass by Ulla Darni. 20 S. Palm Ave. 941-365-7414; galleriasilecchia.com

GRACE HOWL GALLERY: Ongoing exhibition of contemporary abstract art works by Grace Howl. 421 Central Ave., Rosemary District. 941-539-5302; gracehowl.com

JANET MISHNER CONTEMPORARY ART & GALLERY: Ongoing exhibition of large abstract, figurative paintings and works on paper by Janet Mishner in her working studio space. Call for appointment. 1748 Independence Blvd, C4. 941-224-3257; janetmishner.com

KAREN RICCARDI & ANNE IRELAND STUDIO: Contemporary landscapes of Maine and Florida in oil and acrylic by Anne Ireland. / Atmospheric landscapes and coastal scenes of Florida. Abstract and impressionistic oil paintings by Karin Riccardi. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 1938 Adams Lane, Towles Court. karinriccardi.clom / 941-323-8934; anneirelandart.com

KIRKELL SILK STUDIOS: Ongoing display of “Orchids and Irises,” an exhibition of hand-painted silk florals by Jamie Kirkell. Call for studio hours. 2737 Hyde Park St. 941-284-7277; kirkellsilkstudios.com

LISA L GALLERY STUDIO: Original abstract paintings created by Lisa L. Frechette are on display alongside their translation to a clothing line for women. Open 12-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.; and by appointment. 1975 Morrill Street, Towles Court. 941-313-2175; lisaldesigns.com

MADEBY GALLERY (RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN): Artwork and fine crafts by Ringling student and alumni. Ringling College of Art + Design, Ulla Searing Student Center Lobby, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-822-0442; madebygallery.com

MEG KRAKOWIAK ART GALLERY & STUDIO: Ongoing display of original contemporary acrylic paintings. 60 S. Palm Ave. First Fri. Gallery Walks, 6-9 p.m. 60 S. Palm Ave. 941-400-2478; megkrakowiakstudios.com

NONTANDO: Various art, gifts and decor from Africa, including Carrol Boyes Pewter Functional Art, Shona People Stone Carvings, Heidi Lange Batiks and more. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 6578 Gateway Ave., Gulf Gate Village. 941-929-7844; nontando.com

OPEN HOUSE ART GALLERY: This gallery features utilitarian ceramic wares and free form wall art, tiles and outdoor garden ceramic sculpture by local veterinarian Dr. Adam Cohen. Also featured are acrylic paintings by R.O. Woody and metal sculptures by Taylor Cohen. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 2642 Bee Ridge Road. 941-922-5800; openhouseartgallery.com

THE PAINTED LADY GIFT GALLERY: Colleen Cassidy’s gallery offers watercolor paintings, painted furniture, jewelry, pottery, mosaics, handbags, home accessories, more. 312 N. Osprey Ave. 941-924-1200; colleencassidy.com

PALM AVENUE FINE ART: This gallery features an exclusive collection of work by nationally and internationally recognized artists, with a focus on plein air work. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues. & Sat. and by appointment. 10 S. Palm Ave. 941-388-7526; palmavenuefineart.com

PHYLLIS NATHANS WATERCOLORIST: “Snippets of Sarasota” themed works featuring watercolors and limited edition prints. 1938 Adams Lane, Suite 203, Towles Court. 610-608-2295; phyllisnathans.com

RED DOOR ART GALLERY: Ongoing display of original abstract paintings, giclee prints, artisan jewelry by Sherrie Starowicz. Third Fri. Art Walks, 6-9 p.m. Towles Court, 1950 Adams Lane. 941-366-0891; reddoorartgallery.com

SALON FORTY ONE: Ongoing beauty and art exhibition featuring works by Tom Ruthz and John-Norman Tuck. 41 S. Palm Ave. 941-906-9468; salonfortyone.com

STAKENBORG-GREENBERG FINE ART: Ongoing display of art spanning five centuries, including etchings, lithographs and woodcuts by Rembrandt, Durer, Piranesi, Dali, Goltzius and others. Open House each first Fri., 5-8 p.m. 1545 Main St. 941-487-8001; stakenborgfineart.com

STUDIO 41 GALLERY & MUSEUM: Ongoing display of work by photographer Arnold Berns from his recent travels to India, Russia, Italy, Israel, Cuba and the Panama Canal. Also, a designated “Sarasota History” room with pictures, news articles and memorabilia. 1770 N. Tamiami Trail. 941-924-5224; studio41photography.com

TOWLES COURT ARTIST COLONY: Visit galleries, view demonstrations, listen to music, visit restaurants. 5-9 p.m. third Fri. of each month. Adams Lane, west of U.S. 301 (south of Ringling Boulevard). towlescourt.com

TURTLE BEACH RESORT ART GALLERY: Abstract paintings, landscapes and more by Gail Rubinfeld. Turtle Beach Resort, 9049 Midnight Pass Road. 941-349-4554; turtlebeachresort.com

TWICE’S NICE: Piano key quilts handmade by Dr. Gail Davis with customizable classical composers’ faces and facts. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 1480 Fruitville Road. 941-366-2188; twicesnice.com

VALERIE STUDIO & GALLERY: Ongoing display of abstract paintings by Valerie Thompson. #202, 1301 Main St. 231-622-3434; valerieabstractart.com

MANATEE

AL’S STUDIO & ART GALLERY: Ongoing displays of work by international artists such as Rick Garcia, a Cuban-American commercial artist from Miami, Karen Beach, a painter from the Island, and Steve Nesius, a Tampa Bay area photographer. Also, wildlife photography printed on metal by Grant Jefferies, former chief photographer for the Bradenton Herald. 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island. 941-216-4131; annabelsgallery.com

ARTISTS GUILD OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND GALLERY: Ongoing display of works by local artists. ArtWalk events on second Fri. of each month. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 5414 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach Art District. 941-778-6694; amiartistsguildgallery.com

BAOBAB TREE GALLERY: Variety of whimsical art offerings with pieces from local artists, including Gordon Turner’s work. / ArtWalks are held on the first Friday evening of the month and the following Saturday afternoon. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat., and by appointment. 1113 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-447-3795; baobabtreegallery.wixsite.com

COMCENTER: The Lakewood Ranch Art Club has a permanent exhibit of original watercolor, oil, acrylic and sketch works. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. 941-782-1234

CROSS STITCH MAGIC: Stitched re-creations of works by Monet, Van Gogh and other masters by Glenda Tietjen. 1834 Tamiami Trail. 941-746-4163

DIVINE EXCESS FOLK ART GALLERY: “Southern Folk and Other Stories” exhibit of works by Missionary Mary Proctor, Eddie and Reverend Hugo Porcaro, plus 25 other local and regional folk artists. / ArtWalks are held on the first Friday evening of the month and the following Saturday afternoon. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 1125 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-747-1320; villageofthearts.com

JOAN PETERS GALLERY: Ongoing display of beach scenes, water scenes and various Plein Air works. / ArtWalks are held on the first Friday evening of the month and the following Saturday afternoon. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and by appointment. 1210 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts. 941-365-9960; joanpetersgallery.com

STILL LIFE IN G GALLERY: Works by Deborah McKeever, the Oiseaux Sisters, Ruby Williams and more. 1014 12th St. W., Village of the Arts. 941-932-1336; villageofthearts.com

10TH AVENUE WEST STUDIOS: Ongoing display of brightly enameled metal fish and sea life made from recycled tin roofing. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., and by appointment. 1102 10th Ave. W. 941-744-7484; 10thavenuewest.com

VENICE

CLYDE BUTCHER GALLERY: American landscape photographer Clyde Butcher presents a digital collection of wilderness areas. 237 Warfield Ave. 941-486-0811; clydebutcher.com

CREATIVE FRAMING & GIFT GALLERY: Featuring original art and fine crafts from local artists in shell décor, fused glass, metal/wood sculptures, pottery, mosaics, various types of handmade jewelry, and many other gift items. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 2357 S. Tamiami Trail. 941-493-2276; facebook.com/CreativeFramingGiftGalleryLLC

NOKOMIS

THE COTTAGE: Display of jewelry, pottery, paintings, metal sculpture, photography and much more in an old Florida cottage setting. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. 106 E. Pocono Trail. 941-275-0235; artinthecottage.com

BOCA GRANDE

SMART STUDIO: Ongoing “Venice and Beyond” exhibit of paintings of Italy by Wini Smart. 370 Park Ave. 941-964-0519; smart-studio.com

PLACIDA

THE ALBRITTON GALLERY: Artwork of tropical Florida by Margaret Albritton; paintings by Garry Albritton; wood carvings by Greg Albritton; photography by Chris Albritton; more. Ongoing. 13020 Fishery Road. 941-698-0603; thealbrittonartgallery.com