Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.
Three-ring art reception: To celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions at the University of Florida, University Galleries host a reception at University Gallery featuring art, live music and refreshments. The exhibits include “Emergence & Structure,” featuring paintings and illustrations by 16 artists drawing inspiration from science, engineering and architecture; “Serialist or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Grid,” an exhibit at the Grinter Gallery featuring works by Jonathan Clyde Frey, Anna Kell, Matt Whitehead and Jason Kofke, using form, organization, repetition, and found objects to explore history, memory and modern society; and “Fragmentation” at the Focus Gallery, which showcases works by UF College of the Visual Arts graduate students Camille Demarinis and Donald Keefe. The reception runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today with music by The R. Mutt Blues Band. A panel discussion about “Emergence & Structure” precedes the reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Satirizing musical: The UF School of Theatre and Dance production of “Urinetown,” the hit Broadway musical satirizing corruption and greed in the future when water droughts have made flushing a luxury, has final performances today though Sunday at the McGuire Constans Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Oct. 11-Nov. 4:
Campy king: The Hippodrome Theatre's October/Halloween production this year is “Carrie, A Comedy,” a new adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel and 1976 film. The production features a comedic twist, playing up '70s period camp 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.
Oct. 11-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.
Musical diversity at bo diddley: As part of the city of Gainesville's “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series, the UF School of Music's student ensembles and invited guest performers perform Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, drawing on the musical traditons of Brazil, Ireland, Trinidad, West Africa and the United States. The slate includes Irish group Fear Buile, the UF Jazz combo, the Sunshine Steelers steel drum ensemble, Jacare Brazil and Agbedidi Africa, which features West African drumming and dance. The concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fangs for the memories: The High Springs Community Theater's production of “Dracula” draws from a new adaptation that casts Bram Stoker's classic novel in a Southern-gothic light during New Orleans' Jazz Age. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for Children 12 and younger, and $9 for seniors on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at the box-office before shows or at Pampered Paws in High Springs, the Framery in Lake City, or online.
Latino Film Festival at the Harn: The Latina Women's League eighth annual Latino Film Festival concludes Saturday with the Panamanian film “Paraiso en Venta (Paraiso For Sale)” at 2 p.m. at the Harn Museum of Art. Admission is free. The screening is set for the Chandler Auditorium in the Harn.
Gainesville Pops Fall Fete: The Gainesville Pops! concert band's upcoming performance, “Festive Musical Celebration of the Fall Season,” is just around the corner with a slate of 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 concert 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 and 14 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 singer John Németh 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.