Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Eighth annual improv extravaganza: Returning for its eighth year, the Gainesville Improv Festival features improv troupes from around the country as well as performances featuring members of UF's own Theatre Strike Force. Performances are planned today at High Dive Live and at the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Improv workshops with members of the national troupes also are planned for Saturday, with admission available for $30. See Gainesvilleimprov.com for more information.
Feb. 21-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 performances through March 3 . The Pulitzer Prize-winning, 1949 drama 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.
Feb. 21-Mar. 17:
Pazinski passion play: Tom Dudzick's play about a blue-collar Catholic family and the social upheaval of the 1960s, “King o' the Moon,” opens Friday at the Hippodrome. The play, a follow-up to last year's production of Dudzick's “Over the Tavern,” follows members of the Pazinski family as they navigate adolescence and middle age on the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Tonight's reduced-price preview begins at 7, followed by Friday's opening-night performance at 8 p.m. Performances continue Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7. For tickets, call 375-4477.
Gainesville downtown artwalk: The last Friday of the month brings with it the Gainesville downtown Artwalk from 7 to 10 p.m. This month's edition takes its name, “Artwalk Starts at the Doris,” to heart, as the Doris Bardon Center hosts “Intention: An Invitational Print Show,” featuring works from local printmakers and UF and Santa Fe Students. More works in a variety of media also will be on display in galleries, cafes, bars and other businesses in the vicinity of downtown Gainesville in addition to live music at Tierra Libre, “The Doris,” Starbucks, Gelato and the Lunch Box.
Double-header at the Doris: The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosts two stage productions on Saturday as fundraisers for the center. The night's program begins at 7:30 p.m. with half hour of comedy from the Much Ado About Doris Improv Company, to be followed with performances of scenes from the play “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard. Both performances are directed by Sidney Homan. Admission is a $10-$20 donation. Light refreshments will be available.
Musical benefit: Rwanda Sustainable Families hosts a Benefit Music Concert on Saturday at The Atlantic featuring Danielle DeCosmo, Perfessor Eddy, Lance Howell (acoustic) and Big Shoals. Music . Admission is a $6 donation. The event runs from 8 to 11 p.m., followed by DJ music for dancing.
Prestigious pipe playing: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of C.B. Fisk organ Opus 119 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Olivier Lantry, the organist at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, performs a concert on the organ at the church at 4 p.m. Sunday. The performance includes works by Marchand, Couperin, Bach and others. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Good kid, g.a.a.tor city: Rising hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar, hot on the heels of the platinum-selling single “Swimming Pools” and his critically acclaimed album “good kid, M.A.A.D. city,” performs at the O'Connell Center at 8 p.m. Monday. The rapper last performed in Gainesville as support for Drake at the O'Connell Center last February. Tickets are $15-$25 general admission, $10-$20 for UF students. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Cross-Caribbean choir: Performing at the Phillips Center on Tuesday is the Creole Choir of Cuba. The 10-member group, founded in the town of Camagüey, Cuba, in 1994, taps into the tradition and culture of the Creole community, which dates back to the early 19th century. Tickets are $15-$25, $10 for UF students, available by calling 392-2787.
Praised poet performs: As part of the University of Florida's Black History Month programming, acclaimed poet, author, civil rights leader, composer, actress and screenwriter Maya Angelou presents a reading at the Phillips Center on Wednesday. The reading, organized by the Accent Speakers' Bureau, is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed at the Phillips Center at 7 p.m., with the reading starting at 8 p.m.
Southern-fried signing: Award-winning bluegrass artist Russell Moore and his band IIIrd Tyme Out will sign autographs and make a brief performance at Cracker Barrel, 4001 SW 43rd St., on March 1. The group will perform selections from its latest album, the Billboard No. 1 bestselling Bluegrass album, “Timeless Hits From the Past Bluegrassed,” which is only available at Cracker Barrel. Later that evening, the group performs at the Dixieland Music Park Spring Festival in Waldo.