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Weekend Picks July 12-14

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  • Dig_the_Beach_2012_Horizontal

    8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (July 13-14); Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key; free; (561) 504-2001; digthebeach.com

    Beach Volleyball

    They’re back! Hundreds of teams are again expected to compete on Siesta Beach as part of the popular Dig the Beach volleyball series, with top professional players battling for thousands of dollars in prize purses. While it costs $70-$100 to participate, the events are free and open to the public.

  • AprilMacie1

    7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $11-$15; 925-3869; mccurdyscomedy.com

    April Macie at McCurdy's

    She won Howard Stern's "Funniest, Hottest Comedienne" contest a few years back and before that appeared on the fourth season of NBC's reality series "Last Comic Standing." April Macie,  who was born and raised in Pennsylvania before attending the University of Florida,  also recently teamed with porn stars Jesse Jane and Asa Akira to host the 30th annual adult movie awards from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It has been airing regularly on Showtime, including the part where Macie gets kissed, big time, by Ms. Jane. When not headlining comedy clubs like McCurdy's in Sarasota, where she will be performing today through Sunday, she spends time with comic boyfriend Shane Mauss, who co-hosts their podcast "Double Date." Staff writer Wade Tatangelo talked to Macie by phone on a recent afternoon while she stood on a sidewalk in New York City.

  • Pub Eighty Eight_1

    Pub Eighty Eight, 12th St. W., Bradenton; 896-8877

    Pub Eighty Eight grand opening

    The Grand opening starts Friday with entertainment from 6-10 p.m. by pianist/vocalist Pat Walsh on Friday, followed by Matt & Tonya on Saturday during the same time slot with special guest Chad Conte. It will be “happy hour” all day and night with various drink specials. Read staff writer Wade Tatangelo's story about the wine/piano bar.

  • Christine Alexander and Joey Panek of Lazy Fairy Improv at the Sarasota Improv Festival. STAFF PHOTO/JAY HANDELMAN

    6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, FST’s Goldstein Cabaret, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota; $10 (single tickets); $59 (weekend pass); 366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org

    Sarasota Improv Festival

    Have fun at Florida Studio Theatre’s Sarasota Improv Festival, which features two-nights of comedy with 10 of the top groups on the national improv scene. Improvised Shakespeare Company, based at Chicago’s iO Improv theater, is among the troupes performing, making its local debut as a special attraction at the close of the two-day Sarasota Improv Festival. Read more about the Improvised Shakespeare Company's upcoming appearance at FST.

  • Applebutter Express

    The Applebutter Express, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton; $5; 795-3886; aceslivemusic.com

    Applebutter Express at Aces

    The Applebutter Express, the jam-bluegrass band with local ties that played Bonnaroo last year, will be back in Bradenton Saturday playing songs off their wonderfully fun new album “One for the Home Team.” Read more.

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