Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.
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.
Nice day for a red wedding: 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. Today through Saturday with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday. Tickets are available by calling 392-1653.
‘Free Fridays' first: The City of Gainesville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents the first concert of the 2013 “Free Fridays” Concert Series with a performance from Dreamcatcher, an ensemble of local musicians assembled specifically for this concert. The group, featuring members of bandleader Mike Boulware's family and Gainesville music scene luminaries, will play a set of covers gleaned from a who's who of ‘60s and ‘70s singer/songwriters and bands. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is scheduled to run from 8-10 p.m. The series will continue on Fridays through the end of summer.
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, and are available by calling 392-2787. The concert was originally slated to take place in the University Auditorium.
Downtown clowns: A new weekly event planned for Saturdays in April is Jest Fest! which will be presented by the City of Gainesvilles Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Saturday's kickoff event will feature fantastical wandering performers including Treeman (a living statue that is both a man and a tree) as well as Cirikli Stilt Birds (stilt-walkers made to look like people riding enormous flightless birds). Revelers also will be treated to an onstage sneak preview performance from the Hippodrome Theatre's upcoming production of “Robin Hood” as well as Todd Key's variety show, “Extravaganzapalooza,” which features jokes, juggling and all manner of delights. Admission is free and open to the public. Festivities are scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m.
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 Sunday 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.
Hirsute bohemians via broadway: UF Performing Arts hosts a performance of the nationally touring musical “Hair” at the Phillips Center on Monday. The original play attempted to capture the zeitgeist and upheaval of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a diverse cast of characters and an infectious songbook. This play is recommended for ages 13 years and older; parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $30-$50, $15 for UF students, available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
April 10-May 5:
Nights, tunics and tunes: The newest play at the Hippodrome Theatre, “Robin Hood,” kicks off its run with sneak-preview performances on Wednesday and April 11. Written by Greg Banks and directed by Lauren Caldwell, this new imagining of the beloved tale is appropriate for families and features choreographed swordplay, song and dance. Special discounted sneak preview performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. April 11. The production opens April 12 and continues 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.
interstellar a capella: A vocal ensemble comprised of “musical aliens,” Voca People, will perform their unique brand of unaccompanied singing at the Phillips Center on April 11. Combining beat-box with unconventional a cappella, the octet performs songs by Madonna, Queen, Mozart and others in full makeup. Tickets are $20-35 or $10 for UF students. The performance begin at 7:30 p.m.