Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TODAYTHROUGH AUG. 3TOO "H.O.T." TO TROT: This is your last chance to check out the "H.O.T. Summer H.O.T. Clay" ceramics exhibition at the Focus Gallery in the University of Florida School of Art and Art History. H.O.T. stands for Handbuilt or Thrown and refers to various ways of working with clay.TODAYTHROUGH AUG. 5ON STAGE: Director Ric Rose, says the new School of Theatre and Dance production "Vintage" challenges the audience to ponder the shadow aspects of beauty. Ponder it yourself at the Black Box Theatre at the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. Call 392-1653.TODAYTHROUGH SEPT. 3TOP ART: The 7th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition features the best 40 works of art by Florida artists in the annual competition. The works are currently on display at the Thomas Center Main Gallery, 302 NE 6th Ave.TODAYTHROUGH SEPT. 25PICTURE THIS: The exhibit "A Journey of Photographs - from the Precious Past to Present Places" features photographs from around the world and around the decades. Artists from around Gainesville have contributed works. At the Art Exhibition Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave.AUG. 3THROUGH SEPT. 2BEHIND THE LENS: Photographer Larry E. Santucci uses his camera to document the rich history, the beauty of and the cultural diversity of North Central Florida. His exhibit, "Now and Then: A Photographic Deviation" goes on display at the Hippodrome Gallery, 25 SE 2nd Place. AUG. 4WIN BIG: Gainesville Pet Rescue's Party for the Pets Auction & Casino Night offers the chance to gamble on roulette, poker and more, all the while contributing to the animal cause. At the Gateway Grand Best Western, 4200 NW 97th Blvd. There will be casino prizes as well as a live and silent auction. From 6 to 11:30 p.m.AUG. 4SILVER SPECIAL: The sounds of 19th century Lynchburg, Tenn., will be rockin' the house when Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band visits the Phillips Center to relive the music of that era. Tickets are $15-$25.AUG. 4THAT GHANAIAN FEELING: The art, culture and food of Ghana will be celebrated at Homowo, an annual festival and celebration. Among the performers will be the Kusun Dance Ensemble of Ghana. At Monteocha Community Center, 19024 NE 21st St. For more info, visit 4HEAR THIS: A celebration of gospel in all its forms and styles comes to Levy County with the 6th Annual Gospel Music Festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Williston Elementary School Auditorium, 801 S. Main Street. Soloists, ensembles, choirs, quartets, instrumentalists and more will perform. Free.AUG. 4HAMPTON HAPPENING: For the second year in a row, the town of Hampton will get together for the "For a Good Cause Music Fest," a day-long celebration with music and more. Featured acts include the Wildfire Band, the Dirt Road Band, Carport Critters, Steel Country and Flashback. Proceeds support the town's parks. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.AUG. 10WHO'S YOUR DOG DADDY: Country superstar Toby Keith brings his Big Dog Daddy Tour to the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa for a 7:30 p.m. show. Reigning American Country Music Top New Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert and Flynnville Train are also scheduled to perform. Tickets are $65-$20. Call TicketMaster.AUG. 10SING IT LOUD: Community singers and University of Florida music students will come together for the annual Summer Sing concert, directed by Dr. Will Kesling, director of choral activities. At Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St. Admission is free.AUG. 12DO YOU READ ME?: Best-selling, award-winning writer Janice Sims, author of 15 novels, has written in the mainstream, romance and paranormal genres and is working on a mystery series. A High Springs native, she will speak at High Springs Branch Library, 135 NW 1st Ave., at 12:30 p.m.

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