Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 6:52 p.m.

"LET'S GO DOWNTOWN:" Local and regional bands perform under the stars, 8-10 p.m. Fridays, through October, Downtown Community Plaza, SE First Street and University Avenue. Free. The Imposters, a Beatles Tribute Band, play Friday. (393-7520)

MICHAEL BURKHARDT HYMN FESTIVAL: "With People of Every Time and Place" on the pipe organ, 7 p.m. Sunday, University Auditorium. Free. (273-3181)

PIANIST KAMA RASMUSSEN: Concert featuring works of Bach, Beethoven and more, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church. (378-1527)

GAINESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. Friday, GHS, 1900 NW 13th St. (955-6707)

SPRING BAND CONCERT: Featuring Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oak View Middle School, 1203 SW 250th St. (472-1102)

PIANO RECITAL: 6 p.m. Friday, The Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. (334-5064)

LYRA VOCAL GROUP: International a cappella group performs Russian folk music, 7 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First St. Free. "THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:" Comedy about a family whose pursuit of happiness is counter-productive, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 11, Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place. Tickets: $25-$35. (375-HIPP)

"42ND STREET:" Broadway musical performed with a 17-piece orchestra, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center at P.K. Yonge, 1080 SW 11th St. Tickets: $15 general; $10 students. (392-1850)

"THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III:" Directed by Kevin Mack, 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

"THE SOUND OF MUSIC:" Star Center Theatre performance, 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, Alachua Women's Club, 14656 S. Main St., Alachua. Tickets: $10 general; $6 children younger than 12. (386-462-4001)

"RIVER OF RHYTHM - CARIBBEAN CURRENTS:" A whirlwind trip through the music and culture of the Caribbean featuring students of Oak Hall School, 7:30 p.m. today, OHS, 8009 SW 14th Ave. Free. (339-3609)CONTRA DANCE: Dance contras, circles, squares and waltzes to live music by Wind that Shakes the Barley, 4 p.m. Sunday, Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE Second Ave. $7 general; $5 for ages younger than 21. (371-2342)

MAY DAY CELEBRATION: Hosted by Greenwood Morris Dancers, 5:45 a.m. today, Baughman Center, 982 Museum Road. Free. (294-0049)

MOSTLY SWING DANCE: Open swing dancing, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thelma Boltin Center, 513 Ne Second Ave. $5. (334-2189) TOUR THE HIPPODROME: Tour the historic 1911 Federal Building at the Hippodrome, 10 a.m. Saturday, 25 SE Second Place. $5. (375-4477)

"INSIDE AFRICA:" Interactive exhibit of Africa's natural and cultural history and artifacts, through Sept. 7, Florida Museum of Natural History. Tickets: $5.50 general; $4 children ages 3-12. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (846-2000)

COMIC BOOK DAY: Free comics, face painting, super-hero costume contest and more, 10 a.m. Saturday, All Star Sportscards & Comics, 4310 NW 23rd Ave. (372-2700 or

GALLERY TALK: Artist Evon Streetman discusses her currently featured works in the museum's Photography Collection, 3 p.m. Sunday, Harn Museum. (392-9826)

CIVIC MEDIA CENTER FILMS: "Venezuela Bolivarian," documentary examines the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, 8 p.m. Monday, CMC, 1021 W. University Ave. Free. (373-0010)

WILLISTON REGIONAL ART PROMOTION: Juried art show with 15 artists, food and activities, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Williston Women's Club, 1049 NE Sixth Blvd. (528-3350)

PLANNING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Hands-on educational seminar for those caring for special needs children, 11:30 a.m. today, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, 9905 SW 44th Ave. Free. (

WOMEN'S DINNER AND A MOVIE: 5 p.m. Sunday, Pride Community Center, 3131 NW 13th St. $5. (377-8915)

KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM: Southern Nights, 7 p.m. Fridays; Children's matinee, 3 p.m. Saturdays; Black Holes, 5 p.m. Saturdays; Night Spirits, 7 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $4 general; $3 children and seniors at the door, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St. (395-5381 or

COSMIC CONCERTS: "Sounds of the Underground," cosmic video featuring techno, dance, club and rave styles on the dome of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $10. (

MORNINGSIDE NATURE CENTER: Living History Days: A slice of life from 1870, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Animals fed 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily; Barnyard Buddies: Youngsters meet animals, 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sundays; Feed-A-Frog Fridays: 2 p.m. first Fridays, Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave. Free. (334-3326) HEADQUARTERS BRANCH LIBRARY: "An Afternoon Reading," with Michelle Tea, author of four memoirs, 2 p.m. Sunday, 401 E. University.

MILLHOPPER BRANCH LIBRARY: "Writing Your Life History," 3 p.m. today, 3145 NW 43rd St. (334-1272)

FRIENDS OF THE WILLISTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Book Fair, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Williston City Hall Community Center. (528-5972)

WRITERS' ROUNDTABLE: 6:30 Mondays, Books-A-Million, 6111 W. Newberry Road. (371-8420)

GAINESVILLE POETS AND WRITERS: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St. (376-6623)

JONESVILLE WRITERS' GROUP: 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Newberry Road, Jonesville. ( CALL FOR ARTISTS: For spaces at the Art Festival at Thornebrook, Oct. 4-5. Deadline: June 30. Contact Lyn White. (384-3642)

SEEKING EXHIBIT ENTRIES: The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild seek entries for the exhibit "Quilting Natural Florida II," planned for Spring 2010. Forms available at RIDE TO REMEMBER: Benefits the Alzheimer's Association. Registration begins 7 a.m. and ride begins 8 a.m. May 17, Boulware Springs Park, 3500 SE 15th St. Fee: $40; $35 if pre-registered. (

BATIZADO AND CHANGING OF THE CORDS: Event with cultural food, cash bar, dancing, performances and live music by Bahia Viva, benefits the Children of Gainesville; The Brazilian Cultural Arts Exchange; and Hoggetown Middle School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10, P.K. Yonge Gymnasium. Kids performance, 9 a.m.; Adults performance, 2 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door.

GAINESVILLE PET RESCUE'S BABY SHOWER: Help GPR fill their baby crib with supplies needed to care for homeless puppies and kittens, noon-4 p.m. May 17, GPR, 5403 SW Archer Road. (692-4773 or ARTISANS' GUILD GALLERY: "Colorworks," with jewelry by Katherine Swift; paintings by Harriet Huss; stained glass by Mike and Mary Ellen McIntyre; and pottery by Marcia Scheeter, through May, Millhopper Square, 4201 NW 16th Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Reception, 7-9 p.m. May 9. (378-1383)

ART GALLERY AT BOOKS, INC.: 505 NW 13th St. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. (374-4241)

BELLAMY ROAD ART GALLERY: 5910 Hampton St., Melrose. Gallery hours: noon-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. (475-3435)

CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 457 2nd St. (543-5801)

COFRIN GALLERY: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays, Oak Hall School, 8009 SW 14th Ave. (332-3609)

ELEANOR BLAIR STUDIO: Florida landscape paintings by Eleanor Blair, 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 113 S. Main St. (378-6006)

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: "Namibia -The Smile of Africa:" Artist Mary Jane Volkmann depicts life of native people of Namibia, opens today through July 12; "Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art:" Discover how butterflies have influenced Zuni Indian art, through 2008: "Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds:" Seven study paintings and a self-portrait, through Jan. 31, 2009, Florida Museum of Natural History. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (846-2000)

FOCUS GALLERY: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays, UF campus, Fine Arts Building C, 400 SW 13th St. (392-0201, ext. 229)

GALLERY UNDER THE OAKS: 207 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. (466-9229)

GRINTER GALLERY: "Visions of Bahia, Brazil in the Work of Jorge Amado and His Illustrators," 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through July, UF campus, Grinter Hall, 400 SW 13th St. (392-0201, ext. 229)

HARN MUSEUM OF ART: Through May 18: "Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection;" through June 30: "Highlights from the Photography Collection: University of Florida's Photographic Legacy;" through July 20: "Vision/Revision: Contemporary Art from the Harn Collection," SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (392-9826)

HAROLD'S FRAMES AND GALLERY: 101 SE 2nd Place, 1-5:30 p.m. Mondays; 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. Saturdays. (375-0260)

HAWTHORNE HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 7225 SE 221st St. (954-551-7692)

HECTOR FRAMING AND GALLERY: "Quintessential Kesl," through May 16, 702 W. University Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (271-4243 or

JIM WILSON'S STUDIO: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 1014 NW 4th St. (378-5528)

MATHESON MUSEUM: Framed pieces commemorating UF's football and basketball championships, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280)

MCINTYRE STAINED GLASS STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 2441 NW 43rd St., Suite 11A. (372-2752)

MELROSE BAY ART GALLERY: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 103 State Road 26 at Centre Street. (475-3866)

PRESIDENTS GALLERY: "Time's Up," Clock faces and posters by students of the Graphic Design and Technology Department, through June 11, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St. Hours: noon-4 p.m. weekdays. (395-5979)

RANDY BATISTA GALLERY: "The Hidden Heart of Alachua County," photography by Mac Stone, through May 30, 21 SE Second Place. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. (375-1911)

SFCC PRESIDENT'S GALLERY: "Time's Up," Clock faces and posters by students of the Graphic Design and Technology Department, through June 11, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St. Hours: noon-4 p.m. weekdays. (395-5979)

SWEETWATER PRINT CO-OP GALLERY: 117 S. Main St. (375-0790)

THE CEDAR KEYHOLE GALLERY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 2nd Street, Cedar Key. (543-5801)

THOMAS CENTER GALLERIES: "Richard Heipp: Selected Work - 25 Years," through May 11, Main Gallery. "Beyond the Art Room: Those Who Can Teach Can Also Do," works by area art teachers, through May 18, Mezzanine Gallery, 302 NE 6th Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 1-4 p.m. weekends. (393-8532)

UNIVERSITY GALLERY: Fine Arts Building B, 400 SW 13th St. (392-0201) ALACHUA COUNTY STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Student work, opens Friday, through May 18, Harn Museum of Art, SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (392-9826)

"HAND-EYE COORDINATION:" Photography by Renee Hoffinger, runs through May 16, Advanced Massage Professionals, 4909 NW 27th Court. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. (377-6008)KANYE WEST: 7 p.m. Monday, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. Tickets: $30-$125 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

TIM McGRAW: 8 p.m. May 11, Amway Arena, Orlando. Tickets: $26-$56 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

THE POLICE: 7:30 p.m. May 16, Amway Arena, Orlando. Tickets: $50-$225 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

LESS THAN JAKE: 8 p.m. May 19, House of Blues, Orlando. Tickets: $18.50 advance; $20 day of show, at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

ALICIA KEYS WITH JORDIN SPARKS: 8 p.m. May 24, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Tickets: $39.50-$100 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

MARIO CANTONE: 8 p.m. June 7, Hard Rock Live, Orlando. Tickets: $35-$40 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

STEVIE NICKS: 7:30 p.m. June 8, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. Tickets: $25-$125 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

PEARL JAM: 7 p.m. June 12, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Tickets: $69.75 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

ROWDY FRYNDS: LYNYRD SKYNYRD AND HANK JR.: 7 p.m. June 14, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Jacksonville. Tickets: $41.50-$71.50 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

MELISSA ETHERIDGE: 8 p.m. June 19, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville. Tickets: $30-$100 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

TOBY KEITH: 7:30 p.m. June 28, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. Tickets: $30.25-$69.50 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: 7:30 p.m. July 16, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. Tickets: $55-$99.75 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)

YES: 8 p.m. July 31, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. Tickets: $35-$149.50 at Ticketmaster. (904-353-3309)FLORIDA SENIOR PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL: Three plays by winners of playwright competition: "The Specialist;" "Yard Sale;" and "A Dinner Party," 7 p.m. May 9-11, Hippodrome State Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place. Free. (375-HIPP)

MOTHER AND SON LUAU NIGHT: Hawaiian luau, 5-7:30 p.m. May 10, Thomas Center, 516 NE Second Ave. $28 per couple. (334-5069)

SINGING TALES: West African storyteller Papa Susso performs, 11 a.m.-noon May 10, Florida Museum of Natural History. Free. (846-2000)

WINDSOR ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL: Rides, arts and crafts, food and more, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10, 1401 SE Country Road 243, Gainesville. Benefits the Windsor Fire Station. (372-7814)

"BLUE:" 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays May 15-June 7, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. (375-1321)

"SEE HOW THEY RUN:" Comedy occurring in an English vicarage, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, May 15-June 1, Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. (376-4949)

ALICIA KEYS CONCERT: Alicia Keys performs with Jordin Sparks at 8 p.m. on May 24 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

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