Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.
Petr Ginz, powerful film: The new documentary film, “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz,” is screened tonight at the Phillips Center and will be followed by a panel discussion on the film and its subject. Combining interviews and animation, the 53-minute film tells the story of Petr Ginz, who by 16 had published a magazine, written five novels and completed 170 drawings and paintings all while living in Nazi-occupied Prague and the Theresienstadt concentration camp before his death at Auschwitz. A pre-program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 7 p.m. A post-film panel discussion features UF professor and film co-director Churchill Roberts as well as Sydney Taussig, one of the few survivors of Ginz’ barracks who knew him and saved his work. Admission is free.
Veterans of former wars: The new multi-media stage production “Tales of Honor” is onstage at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. The play, drawn from real accounts of American veterans of wars from Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, was directed by Gregg Jones and features footage of interviews, live theater as well as music and dance. Tickets are $15, $5 for veterans and free for Santa Fe students. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. A reception and panel discussion follows Friday’s performance.
'Diary' on stage: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Actors’ Warehouse presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” with final performances today through Saturday. 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. today and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, available two for the price for one tonight only. The Actors’ Warehouse is at 608 N. Main St.
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 two 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. Final showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (An originally announced performance for Sunday has been dropped.)
March 28-Apr. 14:
Working stiff comedy at the Vam York: The Gainesville Community Playhouse is staging “9 to 5,” the Broadway play based on the hit 1980 comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. The musical tells the story of three put-upon women working in a hostile environment who turn the table on their despotic boss. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (except this Sunday, which is Easter). Tickets are $16, $10 for students and children. For tickets, call the box office at 376-4949.
March 29-Apr. 7:
Nice day for a red wedding: Starting Friday, the UF School of Theatre and Dance stages “Blood Wedding,” a drama by Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The play, inspired by a news story Lorca read, tells the story of a groom bound by a family vendetta whose betrothed leaves him for one of his enemy family. Staged in the Constans Theatre in the McGuire Pavilion, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday through April 6 with a 2 p.m. performance on April 7. Tickets are available by calling 392-1653.
See a little silhouetto of a band: The touring Queen tribute revue, One Night of Queen featuring Gary Mullen and The Works, makes a Gainesville stop on their U.S. tour at the Phillips Center on Saturday. The band performs the ’70s prog-pop band’s signature hits in full period costume, with Mullen sporting a mustache and wrestling boots a la Queen lead-singer Freddie Mercury. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $20-$35, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-7282.
Young concert artist paul huang: Young solo-violinist Paul Huang performs at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre as a part of UF Performing Arts’ Young Concert Artist series. The recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, Huang will perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy and Saint-SaŽns with accompaniment by pianist Jessica Osborne. Tickets are $30, $10 for UF students.
Astrophysics and other disciplines: Famed astrophysicist, science popularizer and Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Phillips Center. Known for his appearances on the Daily Show and other television programs, the Harvard-educated scientist has found acclaim as an advocate for Science education. Admission is free but tickets are required and will be distributed to UF students at the Phillips Center Box Office on Tuesday starting at noon. Any remaining tickets will be distributed to the general public on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Ebony, ivory, steel, Spruce: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Tift Merritt and prominent classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein perform at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre on April 5 at 8 p.m. in support of their new collaborative album, “Night.” which draws on folk, rock and classical music. Tickets are $30, $10 for UF students. The concert was originally slated to take place in the University Auditorium.
Get the blues: A special North Central Florida Blues Society event called “Everybody Gets the Blues” features headliners Little Mike & the Tornadoes and the Pete Karnes Blues Band along with the 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review, the R. Mutt Blues Band and others on April 7 at the Dirty Martini Bar, 2441 NW 43rd St. Admission for the event, which runs 3 to 10 p.m., is $10 advance, $15 at the door.
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