Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.


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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will be in concert Jan. 27 at UF's Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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SOUTHWESTERN ART: The Florida Museum of Natural History's new exhibit, "Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art," highlights the role of butterflies in the belief system and art of contemporary Zuni people, Native Americans who live in the high desert of the American Southwest. Call 846-2000 or visit


'DEAD' IN THE WATER: Reality TV is taken to the extreme as the American public votes on how a contestant will die in "The Dead Guy," the first show of the new year at the Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place. Call the box office at 375-4477.

TODAY PEACE OUT: Long-time Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge brings his band Oteil & the Peacemakers to Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave., for a 9 p.m. show. Local funk/rock/bluesmen The Pullout will open. the show. Tickets are $10 advance, $12. day of the show.JAN. 19

NEIGHBORS FROM THE SOUTH: From Verdi to Rossini, Isaac Albeniz to Joaquin Rodrigo, Beethoven to Tchaikovsky, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico) excels in all corners of the classical-music world. The group comes to the Phillips Center for a 7:30 concert. Tickets are $30 to $45.


KOIZ IN THE HOOD: Hundreds of ornamental Japanese fish will be on display at the Florida Koi Show, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 S.W. 58th Drive. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-13.

JAN. 20

IF IT AIN'T BAROQUE...: They've played in Stockholm's Royal Palace, Leningrad's Belozelsky Hall, the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg and the Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan. Last year they made their U.S. debut right here in Gainesville. They're Interpreti Veneziani, and they're back for a repeat performance at University Auditorium. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 392-2787.

JAN. 22

ET TU, BRUTE?: Ambition, deception and betrayal take a front seat in William Shakespeare's epic tale of the rise and fall of one of history's most notorious leaders in Aquila Theatre Company's production of "Julius Caesar." Curtains rise at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. Tickets are $20 to $35.

JAN. 23

TALES FROM THE SOUTH: From smoldering soul ballads to gospel-fried funk to straight ahead rock 'n' roll, JJ Grey & Mofro use music to weave stories that come out of the Southern musical and literary tradition. The band will perform at The Venue, 233 West University Ave. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10.

JAN. 25

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: Paducah, Ken.-based threesome Teenage Rehab claim it is their mission is to "destroy the dime-a-dozen so-called punk bands that have ruined the good name of punk music." They'll be on the warpath at the Atlantic, 15 N. Main St., along with cutman, the attack, the new threat and Battle! Show starts at 10.

JAN. 25

HARD KNOCK LIFE: The original Broadway production of "Annie" won seven Tony Awards, ran for 2,377 performances and is one of the top 20 longest-running shows in Broadway history. See the classic at the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating is $35-$50. Call 392-ARTS for tickets.

JAN. 25

THROUGH FEB. 10GET IN THE 'SPIRIT': A novelist holds a séance in his home and unwittingly summons back the mischievous, outspoken ghost of his first wife in the stage comedy "Blithe Spirit," opening at the Vam York Theater. The show will run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.


COME HITHER, YE KNAVES AND WENCHES: Join King John, Queen Isabelle and Robin Hood and his Merry Men at the 22nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, coming to the Alachua County Fairgrounds. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. On Friday, Feb. 1, tickets are half price.

JAN. 27

HEAR THIS: Other than Tony Soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa may be the most famous soprano on the globe. The New Zealand-born opera star brings her "North American Farewell Tour" to the Phillips Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Pianist Warren Jones will accompany her. Reserved seating is $35-$65.

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