Bill Dean's Top 5 Weekly Must List

Keith Joslin, left, and Shamrock McShane pose during a scene from Galileo of Gainesville, a play co-written by Dan Kahn and at least a dozen homeless, at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Gainesville, Fla. (Max Reed/Correspondent)

Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.

Musical and theatrical superlatives on this Friday the 13th should banish any thought of the heebie-jeebies. Humorous theater downtown along with music events will raise your spirits through the holiday on Monday.

1. ‘Sirens'

The Hipp's new comedy about a married couple keeping love alive despite the siren call of their respective muses opens today with an enlightening take on creativity and romance. Weekend times are 8 tonight, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

2. Beijing Guitar Duo

Guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang met while attending music school in Beijing but began their classical duo four years ago in the U.S. At 7:30 tonight at the Squitieri Studio Theatre, they will show how they've captivated audiences since.

3. ‘Galileo of Gainesville'

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre unveils a new work about a professor who's lost it all but learns from the homeless people around him. The theater used input from Gainesville's homeless in the play, which opens at 8 today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

4. The Relics

The area musicians who've turned outdoor shows at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza into mini-festivals saluting the ‘60s take their crowd-pleasing tunes to Melrose, where they'll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Shake Rag Art and Cultural Center.

5. Ritz Chamber Players

The Jacksonville-based ensemble will spotlight African-American composers with a concert the day before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at University Auditorium.

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