Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:15 p.m.
Jammin': The group Bob Marley began his musical career and later fronted, The Wailers, bring their show to the High Dive (formerly Double Down Live) in Gainesville, playing some of the classic hits by Marley and the band. Supporting the group are local openers Morning Fatty, the Savants of Soul and the Crazy Carls. General admission $17. Concert begins at 8 p.m.
Wilcox wellness workshop: Singer/songwriter and storyteller David Wilcox performs tonight at UF and hosts an experiential workshop/seminar today at Unity of Gainesville. The workshop, titled “Musical Medicine,” focuses on the healing and therapeutic potential of music and runs from 9 a.m. to noon today at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. The evening lecture and performance starts at 7 p.m. at the HPNP Auditorium on the UF campus. Both events are free.
Oct. 4-Nov. 10:
Gainesville after hours: A new collection of Melanie Peter's paintings in the Thomas Center, “After Dark, More Night Paintings,” captures places in Gainesville as seen after sundown. A native of Gainesville, Peter's work has been shown in galleries and museums across Florida. The Thomas Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Psychedelic free friday: The Gainesville band The Relics, featuring a who's-who of local talent, performs Friday night at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville as this week's installment of this year's “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series. The band performs a set of canonical works by 1960s-era hippie luminaries — from American psychedelic sounds to British Invasion hits and more — starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Chili chow-wow: The Hampton Veteran's Memorial Fund hosts a benefit Chili Cook-Off on Saturday. The event also features performances of impersonators and tribute acts to such country music artists as Loretta Lynn Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Wynonna Judd as well as other acts. The event is planned for the Thunder Music Park, U.S. 301 in Hampton, and runs from 3 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free.
Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Rec Center Open House: To celebrate the expansion of the Union Academy/Rosa B. Williams Recreation Center, the center hosts an open house with information about services offered, as well as a bounce house, food, games and entertainment activities. The center offers arts education, tutoring, gym facilities and internet access for occupational and research purposes. Admission is free. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 6-Oct. 13:
Latino film festival at the Harn: The Latina Women's League and the Harn Museum of Art present the eighth annual Latino Film Festival, which features the 2007 Mexican/Chilean co-production film “El Brindis (To Life)” at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the 2001 Mexican family sports comedy “Atletico San Pancho” at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival, which coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, concludes Oct. 13 with the Panamanian film “Paraiso en Venta (Paraiso For Sale)” at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Screenings are held in the Chandler Auditorium at the Harn.
Oct. 10-Nov. 4:
Campy King: The Hippodrome Theatre's October/Halloween production this year is a new adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel and 1976 film “Carrie.” The production features a comedic twist, playing up the '70s period camp and with showstopping dance numbers and more. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m.
Gainesville Pops Fall Fete: The Gainesville Pops! concert band's fall performance, “Festive Musical Celebration of the Fall Season,” is just around with corner with a full slate and classics and standards at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. The program includes selections from “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett, “Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, “Tocatta for Band” by Frank Erickson, “Fanfare and Allegro” by Clifton Williams and some sounds for the Halloween season. The starts at 3 p.m., admission is free and open to the public.
Fluttering festival: The Florida Museum of Natural History's ButterflyFest returns Oct. 13 with butterfly releases, family activities, special presentations and a butterfly plant sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission for all ButterflyFest events. Admission to the Butterfly Rainforest is $10.50 adults, $9 for Florida residents, $6 for ages 3-17.
Art and the blues: The annual Downtown Festival & Art Show returns with two days of events Oct. 13 and 14 including works by more than 250 artists, food, children's activities and live entertainment on both days. The event also includes the Downtown Blues Concert on Oct. 13 at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza featuring The R. Mutt Blues Band, winners of the 2012 North Central Florida Blues Society Blues Challenge, and the Terraplane Blues Band starting at 7 p.m. Hours for the art festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in downtown Gainesville.
Annual Orchid Show: The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts the annual fall plant sale, orchid show and fall festival. Judges for the orchid show will be provided by the American Orchid Society and there will be complimentary tours of the grounds and facilities, Admission is free. The event also includes about 40 vendors selling a wide variety of plants and free admission. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Foor more information, see Kanapaha.org.