Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
Astral beats: Keyboardist, percussionist and all-around multi-instrumentalist Bill Hutchinson accompanies a presentation of hubble satellite photos of deep space with bells, chimes, gongs, keyboards and other percussion in a performance to benefit the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. Admission is $20. Performances start at 8 p.m. today through Saturday at the center, 716 N. Main St.
Blues for ‘Papa': Javon Johnson's award-winning play “Blues for Papa,” about a man whose father was slain during the civil rights protest era of the '60s, runs through Oct. 28 at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. Performances start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are $12, $10 for studentss, seniors, educators and military personnel.
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.
Oct. 18-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. 18-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.
United downtown and a Relics redux: To celebrate the Gators homegames, United Downtown returns to Gainesville with an open festival around downtown featuring, music, food, and family fun. At the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, The Relics return from 8 to 10 p.m. after the group's most recent “Free Fridays” show (on Oct. 5) was dampened by rain. On Friday, Anna Marie and Friends perform an opening set at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Phantom footwork: Getting a world premiere at the Phillips Center is Dance Alive National Ballet's new work, “Phantom: A Tale of Obsession.” The production, created by Kim Tuttle and based on the Gaston Lereux novel, features Andre Valladon in the titular role. Tickets are $25-$35, $25 for seniors, $15 for ages 17 and younger, available by calling 392-2787. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
U.K.lele concert: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, considered one of the world's premier ukelele ensembles, brings a light-hearted set of songs spanning eras and genres to University Auditorium on Sunday. Founded in 1985, the group has performed on stages around the world. Tickets are $15-25, with $10 discounted admission for UF students.
Concert and woodshedding workshop: The Sandhill Stage at the Praire Creek Lodge hosts a concert by neo-folk guitarist and singer/songwriter Jacob Johnson with St. Augustine's Sam Pacetti on Sunday. The Sandhill Stage also hosts an acoustic guitar workshop/tutorial led by Johnson on Monday night. Admission to the 6:30 p.m. concert is $20, with proceeds benefiting Conservation Burial, Inc. and the Alachua Conservation Trust.
Unspectacular finale: The Tom Miller Unspectacular (an eclectic open mic/variety/et cetera show) ends its two-year run at the Laboratory in Gainesville with the venue's closing. The final show begins at 9:39 p.m. and will conclude with a slide-show retrospective of the past two years' events. Admission is free and open to the public.
Passionate performance: The critically-acclaimed, electro-infused indie group Passion Pit performs at the O'Connell Center on Wednesday. The band, which includes four members who attended the Berklee College of Music, hit No. 4 on Billboard's top album chart with its most recent album, “Gossamer,” and have remixed songs by a who's-who of contemporary-indie acts. Tickets are $28-$38, $15-$28 for UF students. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Alt-country in the o'connell center: Hailing from Concord, N.C., the alt-country ensemble The Avett Brothers bring their show to UF's O'Connell Center delivering a mix of roots, country and rock. With two Rick Rubin-produced CDs and a Top 10 record this year, the band's popularity has grown beyond the alt-country and indie folk circuit with a sound that crosses genres and mixes banjo, guitar, drums with standup bass and cello. Tickets are $40-$50. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Modern Dance Music: Since 1994, the New York-based dance troupe RIOULT has built a reputation for captivating interpretations of the musical works of Pascal Rioult. The 10-member company performs Oct. 25 at the Phillips Center. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $15 to $30, available by calling 392-2787.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.