Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:48 p.m.
Through Mar. 18:
Fifties fable: Tom Dudzick's critically-acclaimed play “Over the Tavern” at the Hipp is based on the playwright's early life in Buffalo, N.Y., in the 1950s, follows Rudy, played by local middle-schooler Paxton Sanchez, as he negotiates faith, school, family life and adolescence. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Regular admission is $12-$32, with special $12-$15 discounted preview admission tonight.
Through April 28"
Arts and sciences: The Thomas Center is hosting a new exhibition, “Region4: Transformation Through Imagination,” exploring the effects of the Cabot/Koppers EPA Superfund site and the fruit of collaborations between the artists and scientists familiar with the site. The works reflect the documentation, restoration, transformation, and commemoration of the site, using materials recovered from the site and drawing on data collected there. This exhibit was organized by the Superfund Art Project and the Protect Gainesville Citizens. A reception is planned Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Thomas Center. After the reception, Exhibition Curator Mallory O'Connor will give a talk, followed by a short environmental film presented by the Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival.
Musical chairs — with a twist: Doris Bardon Community Center is hosting a silent auction of chairs donated by Lincoln Middle School and painted and personalized by local artists. From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, The Musical Chairs Project will feature music from pianist Annie Johnson and local public elementary school students and benefits the Elementary Arts Programs Funds. Admission is free. For more information, see. www.fanofthearts.org.
Perfect harmony: The Gainesville Chamber Orchestra's largest fundraiser of the year, “Jason Graae, Perfect Harmony,” will feature actor/singer/dancer Graae performing his New York show on Friday at the Gainesville Woman's Club. Graae's performance will honor Broadway composer and lyricist, Jerry Herman, with whom Graae has had a long association including touring together in “Hello Jerry!” Tickets are $100 advance from www.GCOmusic.org or by calling 336-5448, or $125 at the door.
Soon on the Sandhill: As part of the Prairie Creek Lodge's Sandhill Stage concert series, the Ozark-based folk-fusion duo Still on the Hill perform at the lodge on Friday. The duo, consisting of Donn Stjerna and Kelly Mulhollan, has long been lauded for its mixture of bluegrass, folk, classical and mountain music as well as for their technical prowess. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with Melrose musician David Beebe opening. The Prairie Creek Lodge is located at 7204 SE County Road 234. Admission is $20 and benefits the Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc.
Local flavor: The Live Oak Chocolate Festival, in addition to 40 different chocolate and chocolate-related vendors, is hosting a number of Gainesville bands and musicians this year. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and the R. Mutt Blues Band takes the main stage from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by Cathy DeWitt and MoonDancer from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mar. 3 through Mar. 4:
Art fun: Thornebrook Village hosts its third annual “Where the Sidewalk Ends: Family Arts Festival.” The event will include art vendors, food and numerous free children's craft opportunities as well as a bounce houses, a petting zoo, face-painting, train rides and laser tag. In addition, Mayor Craig Lowe will read a proclamation declaring March “Youth Art Month.”
Mar. 3 through Mar. 30:
Mass visuals: Mass Visual Arts, a new, non-profit, artist-led arts organization; presents “Below the Belt,” a semi-annual arts exhibition highlighting artists south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The exhibit is being presented in the Top Secret Space at 28 N. Main St. The opening reception will be held Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. The gallery also will be open Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and every Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. The exhibition closes on March 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. as part of Artwalk.
Mar. 4 through Mar. 6:
Bone zone: Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting a series of “Ask a Paleontologist” events to give attendees a hands-on experience learning about Florida fossils with the manager of the museum's vertebrate paleontology collection and an opportunity to have fossils they have found identified by an expert. The specimens on hand will include the remains of giant ground sloths, enormous extinct relatives of the armadillo, as well as shark teeth. The events will be held on Sunday as well as April 15 and May 6. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
Jazz quartet: The Gainesville Friends of Jazz present the Allan Vache Quartet, a group featuring Vache on clarinet, on Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Along with Vache, a veteran of performances around the world who has worked with such greats as Pete Fountain, Benny Goodman and Herb Ellis, the quartet also pianist Jeff Phillips, bassist Charlie Silva and drummer Ed Metz Jr. Tickets are $20, $15 for Friends of Jazz Members and $10 for students. Call 379-0300 for more information.
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