Mark your calendar

Published: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:51 p.m.

Gainesville's entertainment calendar is filling up fast, as area venues host award-winning acts, annual festivals, concerts, plays and more during the first half of the new year.

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The big-ticket events include the Broadway tours of "Chicago" and "Movin' Out," an O'Connell Center concert by Dierks Bentley and the appearance of a certain comedian whose TV show about "nothing" made him a star of the first magnitude.

The Dead Guy": The Hipp rings in the new year with this satirical look at reality telelvision, in which one lucky man gets $1 million and one week to spend it in. But there's a catch: At the end of the week, the audience gets to decide how he dies. Jan 11-Feb. 3, Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place; $10-$30.

Against Me! Benefit Concert For Harvest Of Hope: On the heels of releasing its nationally acclaimed album "New Wave" and touring the world, the Gainesville punk band returns home for a benefit concert. 8 p.m. Jan. 15; Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave.; $10.

Gainesville Chamber Orchestra's Gala Evening Concert: GCO celebrates 25 years of bringing music to the community with a special evening event. 4 p.m. Jan. 18; University Auditorium, UF campus.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire: Chivalrous knights fight for the honor of fair maidens, gypsies reveal fortunes, jugglers toss fire, magicians perform unbelievable feats and musicians provide a backdrop for this annual spectacle of old-world games, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays Jan 26-27 and Feb. 1-3; Alachua County Fairegrounds; $6-$12.

Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art From the Shey Collection: Nearly two decades in the making, the extraordinary art collection of Gainesville's Stephen and Carol Shey, includes 100 works by 75 artists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove. Feb. 10-May 18; Harn Museum of Art, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, UF campus; free.

Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the longest running jazz festival with this generation's biggest artists including Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Benny Green, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott and guest vocalist Nnenna Freelon. 7:30 p.m. Feb 14; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, UF campus; $25-$35.

Dierks Bentley: The country music chart topper headlines with opening acts "American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington and Luke Bryan. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, UF campus; $36.

Cirque Extravaganza: A grand show of circus daring that fuses strength, flexibility and technical skill. Children can come early to the Kids Carnivale to enjoy face painting and games. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; $35-$60.

Gordon Lightfoot: The accomplished Canadian singer/songwriter makes a stop in Hoggetown where he will perform his well-known hits "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Early Mornin' Rain." 8 p.m. Feb. 19; Phillips Center; $32.50-$55.

Jerry Seinfeld: One of America's favorite comedians is hitting the road in a return to his first love: stand-up comedy. He brings his best-loved material and some new jokes to Gainesville for two shows in one night. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22; Phillips Center; $63-$78 (sold out).

Dance Alive's "Robin Hood": Take a romp through Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood, his Merry Men and Maid Marian in Dance Alive's premiere of this favorite tale. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; $15-$30.

Harlem Globetrotters: Part athleticism, part entertainment, basketball's favorite funsters brings their team to the O'Connell Center. 7 p.m. Feb. 27; O'Connell Center; $18-$72.

"Movin' Out": More than 20 Billy Joel classics are brought to electrifying new life in this Broadway hit that tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. 7:30 p.m. March 3-5; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; $40-$60.

Blue Man Group: This blue-faced trio brings its theatrical act - which features a mix of rock 'n' roll, odd props, audience participation and large amounts of paper - to the Hogtown. 7:30 p.m. March 12; O'Connell Center; $20-$49.

"Hello Dolly": Gainesville Community Playhouse presents this Broadway classic about a meddlesome widow who strives to bring romance to several young couples and herself. March 21-April 13, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd.; $15.

The 6th Annual Gainesville Jazz Festival: Hosted by the Gainesville Friends of Jazz & Blues, March 28-29, Savannah Grande Reception Hall, 301 N. Main St.

Santa Fe Community College Spring Arts Festival: This spring tradition held in beautiful downtown features great art, music and more. April 5-6, NE 1st Street

"Chicago": Seductive nightclub dancer Roxie Hart finds that the road to fame can be a trail of blood in this Broadway musical hit that has brought home six Tony Awards and a Grammy. 7:30 p.m. April 11; Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; $40-$60.

Almost Alice: New Illustrations by Maggie Taylor: This collection of prints showcase Taylor's innovative mastery of digital image manipulation as they illustrate the fantastic world that is Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." July 15-Sept. 28; Harn Museum of Art; free.

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