Weekend Picks July 19-21

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    Various times at theaters throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

    'The Conjuring' starring Sarasotan Shanley Caswell

    Watch Sarasota native Shanley Caswell on the big screen in this scary movie opening nationwide today. The frightening film also stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, recent Sarasota Film Festival honoree Lili Taylor (who plays Caswell’s mom) and Ron Livingston. Read our interview with Caswell.

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    8:30 p.m. Friday; The Blue Rooster; 1525 4th St., Sarasota; $5; 388-7539; blueroostersrq.com

    Beth McKee

    She has toured with Jimmy Buffett, released two albums on major label MCA Nashville and appears on the final record by Louisiana songwriter legend Bobby Charles. Witness singer-songwriter-keyboardist Beth McKee perform an intimate set with her husband drummer and bassist. Read our interview with McKee.

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    .10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton; 746-4131; southfloridamuseum.org

    Snooty's 65th Birthday Bash

    Snooty, the oldest known manatee in the world, will celebrate his 65th birthday with another free bash in the Spanish Plaza in front of the South Florida Museum. There will be children's games and art activities, free cookies and drinks for the children and a display of Snooty's birthday cards submitted for the card contest.

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    5 p.m. Friday, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; free; 953-3368; vanwezel.org

    Van Wezel Friday Fest

    Enjoy a gorgeous sunset over Sarasota Bay while noshing on food from local vendors and listening to a performance by highly recommended neoclassic rock band Kettle of Fish, which is led by Dana Lawrence (pictured).

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    6 p.m. Sunday; Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton; 748-5875; manateeplayers.com

    Music & Movies at Manatee Performing Arts Center

    The free Music & Movies series debuts Sunday with a 6 p.m. performance by Manatee County bluegrass quintet The Wirebeaters followed at 7 p.m. with a screening of the classic 1991 drama-comedy “Fried Green Tomatoes,” which stars Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Jessica Tandy, who earned as Oscar nomination for her performance. Food and libations are available for purchase.

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    7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $16-$19; 925-3869; mccurdyscomedy.com

    Josh Blue at McCurdy's

    Josh Blue shot to fame in the summer of 2006 with his weekly appearances on NBC’s reality show “Last Comic Standing,” which he won. Most recently, the comedian, who has cerebral palsy and often makes self-deprecating jokes about his disability, debuted a new special, “Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue.” He has been lauded for using wit and humor to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities.

  • Christmas in July Venice

    10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 101 W. Venice Ave., Venice; 484-6722; venicemainstreet.com

    Christmas in July

    While Santa lounges on the beach Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes and making it snow at this event in downtown Venice featuring more than 55 merchants and restaurants celebrating “the non season.”