Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 5:44 p.m.
STORIES AND MUSIC: The duo of four-time Grammy winner David Holt and acoustic musician Josh Goforth presents an evening of folk stories and music tonight at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre. The two salute Southern music and folklore in a performance using instruments ranging from slide guitar, mandolin and banjo to a jaw harp, spoons and a paper bag. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for UF students, and are available at the Phillps Center box office (392-2787) or through Ticketmaster.
HEY MR. TAMBOURINE PLAY: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s production of “Tambourines to Glory,” Langston Hughes’ gospel musical, continues as a stage-read/musical 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. Tickets are $12, $10 for students, seniors, military personnel and educators. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 31.
‘DIARY’ ON STAGE: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Actors’ Warehouse presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” 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. Tickets are $15 for general admission, 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.
FRESH AIR ARTS FEST: The seventh annual Melrose spring arts festival, Open Air Arts, closes with special events on Saturday. A Landscape Painting Exhibition is planned 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with regional artists’ work, refreshments and live music at Gallery 26, while the Melrose Bay Art Gallery and Bellamy Road Fine Arts host an art sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the festival’s Gala Reception planned from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring refreshments and live music.
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WORKING STIFF COMEDY AT THE VAM YORK: The Gainesville Community Playhouse at the Vam York Theatre stages “9 to 5,” the Broadway play based on the hit 1980 comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Opening Friday, the play tells the story of three put-upon women working in a hostile environment who turn the table on their despotic boss. Show times are Mondays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. (except March 31, which is Easter). Tickets are $16.
BEETHOVEN BY WAY OF BONN: The century-old Beethoven Orchestra Bonn upholds its vaunted legacy on Saturday with a performance at UF’s Phillips Center with a concert of rarely performed selections from the master’s canon. The orchestra, led by music director and conductor Stefan Blunier and joined by piano soloist Louis Lortie, will perform Beethoven’s Overture from “The Ruins of Athens” Opus 113, Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Opus 58, and Symphony No. 7 in A major Opus 92. Tickets are $25-$45, $10 for UF students, available by calling 392-2787.
EPHEMERALITY LIVE AT UNITY: The Erasables, a band of Gainesville music-scene vets with a heady legacy, performs Saturday at Unity of Gainesville. The set begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include cuts from the band’s album,“Heads in the Sand.” Admission is $15.
GCB SPRING FLING: The Gainesville Community Band’s annual Spring concert is planned Sunday at the Phillips Center. The program features a diverse selection of pieces from a suite by Pierre La Plante to music from “The Pirates of the Caribbean.” The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $6. The Gainesville Community Band is a non-profit, all-volunteer ensemble with members of all ages and backgrounds, conducted by Gerald Poe.
INAUGURAL IMPROV: Gainesville’s newest improv troupe, Much Ado About the Doris, presents its first full performance at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center on Sunday. The group, whose members range in age from 18 to 70 years old, performs ad-libbed prewritten scenarios and takes cues from the audience. The show runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation to help with the Doris’ regular upkeep and expenses. Snacks provided.