10-Day Forecast

Little Mike and The Tornadoes will be joined by Willie Green on Friday at Dos Mamas. (COURTESY OF MIKE MARKOWITZ)

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

Dec. 27-30:

Festival of lights: The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs hosts the annual Festival of Lights featuring more than 5 million Christmas lights along with other decorations and activities. From dusk to 9 p.m. daily, visitors can take in the lights and enjoy s’more roasts, gingerbread, a train display and a candy cane forest. Admission is $2, free for children three and under. The event runs through Sunday.

Dec. 28:

Bluesmen team up: On Friday at Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery, Little Mike and the Tornadoes are joined by venerable blues singer/harmonica player Willie Green for a special performance. Music begins at 8 p.m. Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery, 2017 NE 27th Ave. Call 505-0369 to reserve a table.

Dec. 28:

Early rock ’n’ roll New Years ring-in: St. Augustine music fans have a chance to celebrate New Years on Friday with a full slate of local and nationally touring acts sharing the stage at Shanghai Nobby’s. Nashville punks Natural Child headline while Crescent Beach roots mutants Rivernecks celebrate the release of their first full-length album. Also performing are the all-female Orlando indie-pop trio Wet Nurse and St. Augustine “swamp-folk” trio Wetlands. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Shanghai Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Admission is $10. Call 904-547-2188 for more information.

Dec. 28-29:

Transcontinental Christmas express: The High Springs Leos and Lions Club present their “Holiday Celebration Around The World” event with lights and decorations from around the world along with a children’s train ride, Santa’s workshop and an opportunity to visit Santa and take photos. Activities run from dusk to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the High Springs Lions Club, 26900 U.S. 27, High Springs. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item in lieu of donation. For more information, call 386-262-4521.

Dec. 28-29:

Harry marathon at the Alachua County library: Over the span of four days the Alachua County Library will screen all Harry Potter films as a fun activity for teens home for winter break. Screenings run from noon to 5 p.m. and will conclude Dec. 29 with both parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Dec. 29-30:

Once upon an evening cheery: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is holding “An Edgar Allan Poe-etry Jam,” featuring recitation of works by Edgar Allan Poe. The event, for two days only, will include readings of selections from “The Raven,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and other Poe works by Jerry Rose and Karelisa Hartigan. Admission is $10. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Dec. 31:

A fine time with wine and dulcid chimes: On Monday at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre, “Piano Reserva — A Scarlatti Soirée“ features pianist Pnina Becher performing sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, each of which will be accompanied by a different wine from a different region that Scarlatti called home. Performances begin at 2 and 5 p.m. Tickets, which are $50 for gallery seating, $65 for table seating, include five glasses of wine and light refreshments. Call 392-2787 for tickets or more information.

Dec. 31:

Let the New Year’s times roll: On Monday, Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery hosts “Blue Years Eve,” a blues-themed New Year’s Eve celebration and dinner show featuring performances by the R. Mutt Blues Band and Middleground. The cost of $30 per person, $50 per couple, includes a prix fixe dinner and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 505-0369.

Dec. 31:

New Year’s blowout at the Plaza: The city of Gainesville’s New Year’s Eve celebration, Downtown Countdown, features musical performances from The Nasty Habits, performing a 50th-anniversary tribute to The Rolling Stones, and the reggae band The Irie Ones (formerly Iration). Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Monday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Admission is free.

Dec. 31:

2012 karaoke Closer: The High Dive nightclub on Monday hosts New Year’s Eve Karaoke to kick off the new year. The party begins at 8:30 p.m. and features a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is free.

Jan. 5:

Mechanical music: At the Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida anthropology professor Silvio dos Santos discusses the soundtrack of the art film, “Ballet Mecanique,” on Jan. 5. Titled “Hearing Ballet Mecanique: The Ultra Modern Music of George Antheil,” the discussion spotlights the soundtrack of the film, which is on display as part of the current Harn exhibition ,“The Modern Impulse.”

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