Scene's 10-Day Forecast

“Galileo of Gainesville” features Shamrock McShane through Jan. 29 at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. (Max Reed/Correspondent)

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

TODAY: Santa Fe Faculty Art Show: The Santa Fe Gallery at Santa Fe College’s northwest campus is hosting its annual SFC Faculty Showcase, featuring new works from the school’s visual arts department’s faculty. The exhibit features 60 new works in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, oil, acrylics and more. The gallery is open from noon until 4 p.m. on weekdays except for school holidays. Admission is free.

TODAY THROUGH JAN. 29: Local labor of love: The product of more than 4 years in the making, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s new play “Galileo of Gainesville” follows a fictional UF astronomy professor who echoes the life of Galileo Galilei. The play, whose authors spent two years writing and brainstorming the play and held a staged reading in conjunction with the UF Astronomy department in 2009, runs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 29. Tickets are available for purchase at Book Gallery West and at the door a half-hour before performances.

TODAY THROUGH FEB. 5: Siren song: The Hippodrome Theatre kicks off 2012 with “Sirens,” a new comedy drawing on contemporary life and mythological allusions. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer (author of last year’s “End Days”), the play tells of Sam and Rose who travel to the Aegean to rekindle their 25-year marriage and encounter a new set of obstacles. Performances run Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $27-$32 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students.

JAN. 20: Archeological outing: The Florida Museum of Natural History is holding a one-day children’s camp, “Archeology Adventure” on Friday, a school holiday. The event, aimed at students in grades K-5, will take students to local archeological sites to meet researchers in order to learn not only archeological methods but about the people and cultures represented at these sites. Cost is $86 for non-members, $77 for members. The program runs from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

JAN. 20-21: Sandhill stage: The Sandhill Stage concert series presents an evening of folk music from Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen and Penny Nichols with Elaine Mahon and David Beede. Gillette & Mangsen have performed originals and interpretations of standards for years as a folk duo while Gillette’s songs have been performed and recorded by John Denver, Linda Ronstandt, Tammy Wynette and others. Sandhill Stage concerts, which benefit Conservation Burial, Inc. and the Alachua Conservation Trust, are held at the Prairie Creek Lodge at 7204 SE County Road 234. Admission is $20. Nichols also will conduct a vocal workshop on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tickets at $30; and Gillette & Mangsen will hold a songwriting workshop on the same day from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission for that event is $35.

JAN. 20-21: Post-Columbian concert: The Gainesville Chamber Orchestra performs its “Music from the New World” concert on Friday and Saturday at the University of Florida and at Santa Fe College respectively. The concerts will feature performances from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.” Friday’s performance, which also will feature artist Eleanor Blair painting onstage, starts at 7:30 p.m. at the University Auditorium with tickets at $30, $20 for seniors, $18 for students and children. The SFC concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts Hall. Admission for that performance ranges from $5 to $30.

JAN. 22: Dressed up jokes: Comedy veterans Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek have joined forces and hit the road as “Women Fully Clothed,” for which an additional performance has been added at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre on Sunday at 2 p.m. (previously scheduled 7:30 p.m. performances on Saturday and Sunday have sold out). The live sketch comedy event delivers the performers’ humorous takes on motherhood, sisterhood and womanhood in America. The show contains adult content unsuitable for children. Tickets are $45.

performing their dance cycle: Ani Collier’s new piece of solo dance theater, “The Nightingale and the Rose,” will be performed at the Hippodrome Theatre on Monday. The piece, described as a “movement poem” inspired by the romantic era, reflects on love, the fallability of memory and the mutability of life. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

JAN. 27: A singer's songwriter: The award-winning singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform tunes from her songbook representing decades of experience at the University Auditorium. Bonoff has penned songs for Wynonna Judd, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstandt and Aaron Neville and has charted as a solo artist as well. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$30, student tickets are $12.

JAN. 28: It’s not a trick, Michael: Illusionist and the 2006 winner of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Acitivities Performing Artist of the Year award Jason Bishop brings his arsenal of illusions, including the Double Levitation trick, to the Levy Performing Arts center in Lake City. Tickets are $15, $10 for FGC students and staff. The Levy Performing Arts center is located at 149 SE College Place, Lake City.

JAN 28: THROUGH FEB. 5: All's Faire at Hoggetowne: The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire returns to Gainesville for the 26th year. The sights and sounds will include jousting, live period music, glass-blowing, food and merchants offering jewelry, leathergood and more. The event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Jan. 28-29 and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 4-5. General admission is $14, $7 for ages 5-17.


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