Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Lee Brice in Lake City: Country singer Lee Brice, a 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee, performs at Florida Gateway College in Lake City tonight at 7:30. Brice’s single “Hard to Love” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart and he has earned three nods for next month’s American Country Awards. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for FGC students. For tickets call 386-754-4340 or see www.fgcentertainment.com.
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 others. Tickets are $30, $10 for students; available by calling 392-2787 or Ticketmaster.com.
Soldiering on: The UF School of Theatre and Dance stages “Ajax in Iraq,” Ellen McLaughlin’s drama that parallels the lives of two characters in times of war: Ajax in the Trojan War and the American female soldier A.J. in Iraq. Final performances in the McGuire Black Box Theatre begin at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $17, $13 for UF students and staff, available by calling 392-1653 or Ticketmaster.com.
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,” today through Saturday. The opera tells the story of an absurd divorce playing out in court. Performances begin in Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Hall at 7:30 nightly. Tickets are $12-$15.
Nov. 15-Dec. 7:
Immigrant experience: An exhibit of UF art student Lu Cao’s master’s thesis, “Chinglish” is new at UF’s Focus Gallery with a public reception celebrating the exhibition Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit uses “Chinglish,” derisive slang for the accents of Chinese immigrants, as a metaphor for the complexities and difficulties of negotiating multiple identities faced by Chinese expatriates in America, particularly those of Chinese and Chinese-American students studying in the U.S. Hours for the gallery and exhibit are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 15-Dec. 7:
International photo show: UF’s Grinter Gallery hosts the “9th Annual International Photography Show,” showcasing work from UF student shooters from as far afield as Shannxi, China, and as close as the Florida Keys. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is being shown in conjunction with the other current exhibit, “Serialists.”
A picker’s picker: Known for his masterful bluegrass guitar. singer, sideman and instrumentalist Jim Hurst performs at the Sand Hill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge on Friday. Having shared the stage with such luminaries as Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood and others, Hurst will perform a solo set at Sand Hill, singing and playing guitar. Admission is $20, benefitting Conservation Burial Inc. and Alachua Conservation Trust. For reservations, call 317-7307 or email email@example.com.
Bluegrass songbird: Twice voted vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, singer /guitarist Claire Lynch performs an intimate show with her band on Saturday at Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Tickets for the performance, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $20. For tickets and/or directions, call 373-1030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross Creek Fest: The sixth annual Cross Creek Festival is planned Saturday at 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.
Nov. 17-Jan. 5:
Architectural Art: The American Institute of Architects biannual “Celebrate Design” exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 5 in the Thomas Center’s Mezzanine Gallery. The exhibition features projects from both AIA Gainesville and AIA Florida chapters. A reception and award ceremony on Tuesday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. features guest speaker John Zona, the architect of two winning AIA Florida 100 Buildings including the Baughman Center on the UF campus.
The Phillips Center is alive ... : The 1965 Julie Andrews classic musical, “The Sound of Music,” is screened with subtitles for a sing-along event at the Phillips Center on Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m.. Attendees are invited to don costumes and participate on stage. Admission is $15, $10 for children. For tickets, call 392-2787.
Nov. 23-Dec. 23:
Holiday plays at the Hipp: The Hippodrome kicks off the Christmas season with two plays, “A Tuna Christmas,” dramatizing the heated competition for the best Yuletide Lawn display in Tuna, Texas, returns to the stage Nov. 23 after a two-year hiatus, while Mary Hausch’s adaptation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” a yearly Gainesville tradition with Rusty Salling as Ebenezer Scrooge, returns Nov. 24. Performances run through Dec. 23 for “A Tuna Christmas” and through Dec. 23 for “A Christmas Carol.”