Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.
Benefit celebration: Tonight's special benefit at P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School offers visual art and musical performances by P.K. Yonge students along with a VIP reception and a ticket to the P.K. Yonge production of "In the Heights." The evening closes with a post-show cast party with desserts. The event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. today at the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center, 1080 SW 11th St. Cost is $100, with proceeds benefiting the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts program. For more information, call 392-1554.
Dynamic drums: The Japanese percussion ensemble Kodo performs at the Phillips Center as part of its “One Earth Tour 2013: Legend.” The group uses the large taiko drum, an important instrument in traditional Japanese music, in traditional garb, while drawing on a wide variety of musical traditions in its performance. Tickets are $20-$40, $10 for UF students, available by calling 392-2787. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 3:
Classic character: The High Springs Community Theater brings the classic Arthur Miller play, “Death of a Salesman,” to the stage for performances through Sunday. 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. Final performances begin Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 3:
Showstopping production: The production of “In the Heights” at P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School makes it one of the first high schools in the country to stage the Tony Award-winning musical about hopes and dreams in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. Final performances begin today and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center, 1080 SW 11th St. Tickets are $15, $10 students.
Feb. 28-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,” is onstage at the Hippodrome Theatre. The comedy, 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. Performances begin Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 375-4477.
Hiberno-jazz-fusion: The genre-bending Irish quintet, Lúnasa, performs Friday at University Auditorium. The critically acclaimed group finds the common ground between jazz and blues from America and the traditional sounds of Ireland, and performs it on stand-up bass, guitar, fiddle and traditional Irish pipes and tin whistle. Tickets are $15-$30 or $10 with a valid UF Student ID. Music begins at 7:30 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., at noon on Friday. 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.
Svenska Sångerskan: The Swedish-born Orlando-based singer/songwriter Sofia Talvik performs a special acoustic concert Friday at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville in collaboration with the Shake Rag. Her set will feature songs from her new album, “Owls Are Not What They Seem,” a recording inspired by her 2011 “Drivin' & Dreaming” tour that began in Melrose. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Discounted advance tickets are available for purchase at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.
New music festival: The inaugural Spring Fever Music Festival is set for Saturday at the Thunder Music Park in Hampton. The slate, headlined by the ex-Stranger frontman-fronted Greg Billings Band, also includes Aftershock, Wolfgang, Kings of Awesome, Dark Water Social, Sin Waggin, 5 Line Blind, Clark Hill, EFEN, Hollow Days and Kris Ritchie. General admission is $12 advance or $15 at the gate; VIP admission is $25 advance, $30 at the gate. Festival hours are 1 p.m. to midnight.
Revival roadshow: Billed as “the U.S.A.'s hottest baroque band” by Classic Music Magazine, Apollo's Fire brings its innovative touring show, “Come to the River,” to University Auditorium on Sunday. The performance, a variety show of sorts, features four singer/actors and musicians using traditional instruments to interpret the music of an old American revival of the Great Awakening and New England barn dances. The show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-S25, $10 for UF students.
Italian ensemble's incisive interpretations: Venetian chamber ensemble Interpreti Veneziani, known for its performances of baroque pieces on period instruments, returns for a performance on its latest tour at University Auditorium on Tuesday. This concert will be the Venice-based group's seventh performance in Gainesville and will include selections from Paganini, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $20-$35, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Water doc: Jill Heinerth's documentary, “We Are Water,” will be screened in High Springs on March 7. The film, recently featured at the Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival in Gainesville, aims to raise public awareness of issues concerning water conservation around the world. The High Springs screening is presented by the non-profit Save Our Suwanee foundation at the High Springs Civic Center at 7 p.m.