Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:22 a.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,” has final performances today through Sunday 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 today and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call 375-4477.
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, military personnel and educators. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a special preview performance planned at 8 tonight to benefit Altrusa House.
‘Diary' on stage: In celebration of Women's History Month, the Actors' Warehouse presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” in a new production that opens Friday and runs through March 30. Adapted from Frank's internationally renowned diary, the play recounts two years from the girl's life, from 1942 to 1944, in which she and her Jewish family hid from German Nazis in Amsterdam. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, with a special preview performance at 8 tonight. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and are available two for the price for one on Thursday nights only. The production closes March 30 with a special matinee performance at 3 p.m. The Actors' Warehouse is at 608 N. Main St.
Subcontinental spectacular at santa fe: The India Cultural and Education Center presents India Fest & Health Fair 2013 at Santa Fe College on Saturday. The day's events include a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon, a cultural program from 2 to 5 p.m., interactive outdoor music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Indian food available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The health fair features free health screening and information, and basic blood tests will be performed for $62. Admission is $5 or free for children ages 5 and younger.
step into spring: On Saturday, 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, with conductor Raymond Chobaz and guest artist Elizabeth Graham. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillips Center with tickets available for $15 to $35. A public talk entitled “Modernism and the Dance of Death: Be Modern! Be Frightening!” featuring UF history professor Peter Bergmann, begins in the Fackler Foyer West at 6:45 p.m. The Rite of Spring Bacchanal, in the Fackler Foyer East, begins at 6 p.m. featuring a look at “Rite of Spring” from the perspective of conductor Chobaz, a talk by Abby Gould Burton, daughter of “Latin American Symphonette” composer Morton Gould, along with wine and a light buffet. Admission to the Rite of Spring Bacchanal is $50.
fresh air arts fest: The seventh annual Melrose spring arts festival, Open Air Arts, returns starting Saturday. 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.
Bluegrass at Bardon: The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center presents a special edition of its monthly Sunday Soiree with a Women's History Month and St. Patrick's day performance by the all-female bluegrass group, Patchwork. Admission to the show, the group's first in Gainesville this year, is free, but any optional donations will pay for refreshments and benefit the band. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
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 Sunday. The program features three Beethoven quartets — one each from his early, middle and late-career periods — that were selected in advance through an online poll on the UF Performing Arts website. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-2787.
Jewish film at the hipp: The Jewish Council of North Central Florida in collaboration with the UF's Pride and Jewish Student Unions presents the 2013 Gainesville Jewish Film Festival at the Hipp Cinema on Monday and Tuesday. Monday's film, which is sponsored by UF JSU, is “Pursued,” a documentary in which the film's director confronts the man who abused him 20 years previously at an ultra-Orthodox boy's school. Tuesday's film, sponsored by UF PSU, is “Bubble,” which details the overlapping lives of men and women, straight and gay, Jewish and Arab, in Tel Aviv. Both films begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Jazz fusing musing: Venerable jazz pianist Chick Corea and banjo-playing jam-circuit-fixture Béla Fleck, two musicians famed for their capacity to push the boundaries of their genres, perform together on Wednesday at the Phillips Center. The duo will perform some of the best-known examples of their extensive catalogs as well as songs from their Latin Grammy Award-winning collaborative album, “The Enchantment!” Tickets are $25-$50, with discounted $15 admission available to UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.