Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.
Eco doc: Santa Fe College screens the new documentary “Terra Blight” and follows with a discussion session today. The film examines the effects of mass consumption of consumer electronics on the world environment, particularly the effects of toxic chemicals and heavy metals produced as waste by-products. Screenings are at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Building E Auditorium. Admission is free.
Buchholz Veterans Day band bash: The Buchholz High School Band presents a Veterans’ Day Concert honoring military veterans tonight at the Phillips Center. The program also features performances from the Buchholz High School Golden Regiment, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and a dance by Aviance Dance Ensemble.
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.
Soldiering on: The UF School of Theatre and Dance stages “Ajax in Iraq,” Ellen McLaughlin’s drama that parallels the life of two characters in times of war: Ajax in the Trojan War and the American female soldier A.J. in Iraq. Performances in the McGuire Black Box Theatre are 7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday and Nov. 15-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 18. Tickets are $13-$17. available by calling 392-1653 or Ticketmaster.com.
FInal free friday: The 2012 season of “Free Fridays,” the City of Gainesville’s weekly outdoor summer concert series, closes Friday with a performance by The Shambles. The Gainesville rock ’n’ roll dance band performs a set of covers from artists as far afield as Wilco, Ray Charles, The Who, Merle Haggard and the Grateful Dead. Admission is free and open to the public, with the concert scheduled to run from 8 to 10 p.m.
Siberian strings: The Siberian Virtuosi, a string ensemble from the Russian district of Yakutia, performs at University auditorium on Sunday. The ensemble, comprised of 12 violinists and a pianist, was formed in 1994 and will perform selections of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini and other composers. Tickets are $15-25 with discounted $10 admission available for UF students. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz vocalist: The Gainesville Friends of Jazz presents the Kathy Kosins Quartet as its season-opening concert of 2012-2013. Kosins, an award-winning singer/songwriter who has toured throughout the United States and Europe, performs with pianist Jeff Phillips, bassist Charlie Silva and drummer Ed Metz Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St. Tickets are $20, $15 for members and $10 for students. For more information, call 379-0300 or see gnvfriendsofjazz.org.
Vodou vibe: Haitian singer-songwriter and author BélO performs at UF’s Squitieri Studio Theatre as part of the US Department of State’s Center Stages cultural initiative. BélO’s music has been described as ragganga, a style of music blending reggae, jazz, rock and traditional Haitian rara rhythms. In the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti, BélO has become an international spokesman and ambassador for the beleaguered Caribbean nation. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounted $10 admission available for UF students.
Trial by jury: Santa Fe College stages a production of famous 19th century dramatists Gilbert and Sullivan’s early one act comic opera ,“Trial by Jury,” beginning Wednesday and running through Nov. 17. The opera tells the story of an absurd divorce playing out in court. Performances begin in the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall nightly at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12-$15.
Charlie Albright, Ivory Tickler: As part of UF Performing Art’s Young Concert Artist performance series, pianist Charlie Albright appears at the Squitieri Studio Theatre. Albright, who has been hailed by the Washington Post and The New York Times and has collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will perform pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin and Schulz-Evler. Tickets are $30, $10 students.
Cross Creek Fest: The sixth annual Cross Creek Festival is planned Nov. 17 at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Park in Cross Creek from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features breakfast, vendors, a bake sale, a baking contest, a turkey shoot and more.