Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.
Senior scenes: The Gainesville Community Playhouse has final performances of “Chasing Manet,” today through Sunday. Tina Howe’s stage comedy about Alzheimer’s and freedom as seen through the eyes of residents in an assisted-living facility. Directed by Jan Cohen, the play follows two elderly women who plot to escape and make their way to Paris. Tickets are $16. Performances are staged Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Shiny boots of leather: Final performances of the Hipp’s production of David Ives’ Broadway hit, “Venus In Fur,” are today through Sunday. The story recounts an apparently ineffective actress who does everything in her power to win a role in a stage adaptation of the novel being staged by a daunting playwright/director. Performances begin at 8 p.m. today and Friday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 375-4477 for tickets.
Song and dance: The King’s Singers and the Sean Curran Company join ranks for a special performance of works by composer Joby Talbot and others. Six members of the King’s Singers will sing the pieces, while members of Curran’s company will provide physical interpretations of the piece. Tickets are $20-$35, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Songwriting session at the sandhill stage: The historic Prairie Creek Lodge hosts a performance and songwriting workshop with Cosy Sheridan at their Sandhill Stage. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sheridan, known for her multiple songwriting personas exploring contemporary adult life, and songs infused with mythological allusion, performs a concert, while at 10 a.m. Saturday she conducts a songwriting workshop. Admission is $20 for the concert, and cost of the workshop is $35.
Feb. 8-Mar. 3:
not a piece of fruit: The High Springs Community Theater brings the classic Arthur Miller play, “Death of a Salesman,” to the stage for a string of performances. The Pullitzer-winning, 1949 play tells of the collapse of the Loman family as breadwinner Willy falters at his once successful career while losing the respect of his son as he prepares to leave the family home. The production is directed by Mike McShane and features his father Shamrock McShane as Willy. Performances begin Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Mozart mash-up: The UF Opera Theatre and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra present a performance of Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” on Saturday at University Auditorium. Both operatic standards are reimagined and recast as classics of the silver screen — complete with a new wardrobe inspired by the film “Casablanca” and a wisecracking, onstage audience. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and are available by calling 392-2787.
The Hag takes Hoggetown: Original outlaw country legend Merle Haggard performs at the Phillips Center on Saturday. Wildly hailed as one of country music’s few true greats, Haggard is a Grammy Award winner, a Kennedy Center honoree and Country Music Hall of Famer who has charted 40 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country singles chart. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36-$66, available by calling 392-2787.
Triumphant return at the Thomas Center: Longtime local folk favorites, The Gatorbone Band, play the Thomas Center, ending a Gainesville performance hiatus for the quartet. The concert, presented by the Shakerag Culture Center and the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Food will be available.
Eco-friendly film fest: Gainesville’s Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival returns for its fourth year, with more than 30 films showing for six days starting Saturday. This year’s professional selections include 25 films from across the globe, tackling a range of environmental topics, in addition to 15 student films. Screenings will be held at Jolie, 6 W. University Ave. The festival also includes art exhibits, workshops and tours. For the schedule of screenings and other information, see Cinemaverde. org.
Jazz journeyman: From the hit single “Angela,” the theme song from “Taxi” to Grammy-winning collaborations with guitarist Earl Klugh and David Sanborn, pianist Bob James has made a mark in jazz with a career that’s produced 58 albums over 50 years. On Tuesday, he performs at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in a performance also featuring guitarist Howard Paul. The concert, presented by the Gainesville Friends of Jazz, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for members and $10 for students.
Choral kids: Part of an ensemble whose traditions go back more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir performs at the Phillips Center on Feb. 13. The performing group, one of four choirs comprising 25 boys each between the ages of 10 and 14, will present choral selections by such composers as Schubert, Haydn, Schumann and others. Tickets are $20-$45, $10 with a UF student ID. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.