Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
Water doc: Jill Heinerth's documentary, “We Are Water,” will be screened in High Springs today. 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.
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.
Tune in Thomas Center: In a collaboration between the City of Gainesville's Department of Park, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the University of Florida's Center for European studies, the Thomas Center hosts a performance by British singer-songwriter Katy Carr on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Singing and playing piano, banjolele and ukelele, Carr has performed songs about World War II and its participants in Poland, the U.K. and France over the course of four full-length albums. The performance is part of the Center for European Studies' Wall Speaks Project, which honors and presents the stories of those who were affected by the Holocaust and the occupations and invasions of Poland during World War II. Admission is free.
Siberian experience: Werner Herzog's new documentary, “Happy People: A year in the Taiga,” opens Friday at the Hippodrome Cinema. The film compiles footage of the people living deep in the Taiga forest of Siberia, a place only accessible by helicopter or by boat in which the people live off the and trap game in extreme cold. The film is unrated.
Instrumental instrumentals: A rising star on the acoustic guitar circuit, Sam Pacetti, returns to Gainesville for a Sunday performance at the Prairie Creek Lodge. The virtuoso guitarist takes the lodges' Sandhill Stage at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20, which benefits the Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc.
Eclectic set: Electronic/industrial/pop band Awolnation performs at the Florida Theater of Gainesville on Wednesday. The group, which performs a mix of angst, rock instrumentation and Nine Inch Nails-style industrial electronic sounds, will be preceded onstage by opening band Mother Mother. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. 18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, $2 surcharge for under 21.
Trackademics: The acclaimed chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin the Fields performs at the Phillips Center on Wednesday. Founded in 1958, the orchestra now performs more than 100 nights a year and is the only orchestra to earn the Queen's Award for Export. Performing without a conductor, the Academy will be joined onstage by the Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning pianist Inon Barnatan and MacArthur Foundation Fellow cellist Alisa Weilerstein. They will perform selections by Britten, Haydn and Bach. Tickets are $30-$50, $15 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Hey Mr. Tambourine play: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre's production of “Tambourines to Glory,” Langston Hughes' gospel musical, opens Friday as a stage-read performance. The play tells the story of poor preacher women from the South who open a storefront church in Harlem and encounter a man claiming to be the devil. Admission is $12, $10 for students, seniors, veterans and educators. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a special preview performance planned on March 14 to benefit Altrusa House.
Step into spring: On March 16, Dance Alive National Ballet presents its annual spring production, “Rite of Spring.” The festivities include performances of “Latin American Symphonette,” “Tristan and Isolde” and “Rite of Spring” featuring the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, conductor Raymond Chobaz and guest artist Elizabeth Graham. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillips Center (admission $15-35), with a public talk entitled “Modernism and the Dance of Death: Be Modern! Be Frightening!” featuring UF professor of History Dr. Bergman at Fackler Foyer West at 6:45 p.m., and the Rite of Spring Bacchanal also in the Fackler Foyer at 6 p.m. featuring guest speakers Raymond Chobaz and Abby Burton (admission $50).
Fresh air arts fest: The seventh annual Melrose spring arts festival, Open Air Arts, returns starting March 16. The event features live painting demonstrations by local artists “en plein aire” (or outdoors) including in the Greathouse Butterfly Garden as well as offering pointers and tutorials on painting quickly and in the outdoors. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special reception including music and refreshments to be held at the Melrose Bay and Bellamy Road Fine Arts Galleries on March 23. Meanwhile, all art created during plein aire demonstrations will be on display at the galleries through April 21. Admission is free.
Viewers choice: Formed 20 years ago by the principals of the famed Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig String Quartet performs a special program at the University Auditorium on March 17. The quartet is asking attendees to choose one each from among six of Bach's early quartets, from among five of his middle quartets, and from among five of his late quartets on the concert's page on the UF Performing Arts website, www.performingarts.ufl.edu/events/2012/leipzig-string-quartet. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-2787.
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