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Tonight's Downtown Countdown at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza rings in the new year with The Nasty Habits, which will perform a 50th-anniversary tribute to The Rolling Stones. (Courtesy photo)

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.

Counting down the New Year


What's Ahead

Global Peace Dance: New Year's Eve “Dances of Universal Peace” event features live music, singing and dancing, 7:30-10 p.m., United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW Fifth Ave. Cost: $10. (546-1345)
“Peanuts...Naturally”: Exhibit looks at the natural world through “Peanuts” characters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (final day), Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $3-$4.
“The Championship Seasons”: Photographs of UF's three championship football seasons featured through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (closes 7 p.m. on Tuesday), 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Free. (393-8532)
Perpetual Joy Calendar: Make a perpetual joy calendar in crafts event for adults and seniors, with markers, stickers, glue and pretty paper provided, 6:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Free. (334-3939)
UF Gymnastics: The Gators compete against Ball State, 7-9 p.m. Friday, O'Connell Center, 2020 W. University Ave. Admission: $4, free ages 17 and younger.
Sweetwater Preserve Hike: Land manager Sandra Vardaman leads trip to remove exotic ardesia, bring work gloves, 9 a.m. Saturday. For directions, email
Historic Haile Homestead: Regular tours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, 8500 Archer Road. Cost: $5, children 11 and younger free. (336-9096)

Tonight's Downtown Countdown at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza rings in the new year with The Nasty Habits, which will perform a 50th-anniversary tribute to The Rolling Stones, and The Irie Ones, which will start the show with a set of reggae sounds at 9 p.m. Noisemakers will be passed out at the free event for ringing in the New Year at midnight.

Downtown Countdown: 9 p.m. today, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free.


Renowned pianist Pnina Becher performs five sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti — each of which will be paired with a separate wine for tasting — in two performances of “Piano Reserva — A Scarlatti Soiree” today at the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre.

Pnina Becher, “Piano Reserva — A Scarlatti Soiree”: 2 and 5 p.m. today, Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $65 for table seating, $50 for theater-style gallery seating. (392-2787,

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“Blue Years Eve,” a blues-themed New Year's Eve celebration featuring dinner and music by the R. Mutt Blues Band and Middleground, is planned at Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery. The event includes dinner and a champagne toast at midnight.

“Blue Year's Eve”: Doors open at 7 p.m. today, music starts at 8:30 p.m., Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery, 2017 NE 27th Ave. Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple, includes dinner, music and champagne toast at midnight. (505-0369)


The annual Camellia Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens features prize-winning camellias of all sizes, shapes and colors on Saturday and Sunday. The event also features judged exhibits of japonicas, reticulatas, hybrids and species.

Camellia Show at Kanapaha: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Cost: $7, $3.50 children. (372-4981)


“I Got a Boy,” Girls' Generation

“America's Son,” No Justice

“Masters of Reality,” Masters Of Reality


“Cosmopolis,” thriller

“Frontline: Climate of Doubt,” documentary

“The Trouble With Bliss,” comedy, drama, romance

“War of the Dead,” adventure, horror


“Texas Chainsaw 3D,” horror


“The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green

“Empire and Honor,” W.E.B. Griffin

“Pretty Little Liars: Ali's Pretty Little Lies,” Sara Shepard

“Silence,” Becca Fitzpatrick

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