Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 9:53 a.m.
Interstellar a cappella: The vocal ensemble comprised of “musical aliens,” Voca People, performs its unique brand of unaccompanied singing at the Phillips Center tonight. Combining beat-box sounds with unconventional a cappella, the octet performs songs by Madonna, Queen, Mozart and others in full makeup. Tickets are $20-$35, $10 for UF students, and are available at the box office (392-2787) or through Ticketmaster. The performance begin at 7:30 p.m.
Working stiff comedy: 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, through Sunday. The musical tells the story of three put-upon women working in a hostile environment who turn the table on their despotic boss. Final showtimes are 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and children. For tickets, call the box office at 376-4949.
April 11-May 5:
Knights, tunics and tunes: The newest play at the Hippodrome Theatre, “Robin Hood,” has a sneak-preview performance tonight and opens on Friday. Written by Greg Banks and directed by Lauren Caldwell, this new imagining of the beloved tale is appropriate for families and features choreographed swordplay with plenty of song and dance. Showtimes are 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.
Free Fridays phase: The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department presents an outdoor performance by local band Quartermoon on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The group brings together country rock and American roots music, performing songs by Gram Parsons, Bill Monroe and Merle Haggard among others, and has become a fixture at Magnolia Fest, Suwannee Spring Fest, the Florida Folk Fest and the Farm to Family Full Moon festivals. Admission is free and open to the public. The “Free Fridays” Concert Series continues with performances on Friday nights through early November.
Touring jazz tribute: As part of a tour commemorating the 55th anniversary of the first Monterrey Jazz Festival, the Monterrey Jazz Festival on Tour stops at the Phillips Center on Friday. The group, featuring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash and others looks forward and backwards, drawing on the rich tradition of jazz greats who have performed at the celebrated festival without succumbing to mere nostalgia. Tickets are $25-$35, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-2787. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
April 12-May 5:
High Springs whodunit: The High Springs Community Theatre is staging a production of renowned playwright Neil Simon’s comedy “Rumors,” a play about a high society dinner party gone wrong, complete with a dead deputy mayor and missing hostess. The production opens Friday and runs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through May 5. Tickets are $11 with discounted $9 admission for seniors to Sunday matinees performances.
Follie fest at downtown at Diddley: As part of the city of Gainesville’s new outdoor April cultural series “Jest Fest!” the Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts a number of eclectic entertainers Saturday. From 6 to 8 p.m., revelers can interact with “human statues” Barbara and Ina, enjoy interactive comedian Ken Silkie and watch French mime/magician and juggler Arsene Dupin do his thing. Admission is free and open to the public.
Audacious a cappella and all that jazz: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville hosts a double performance starting Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The female a cappella ensemble Audacious Women will perform classical, pop, and show tune standards while pianist Thomas Royal performs improvisational jazz. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, $5 for students.
Scots strings: Two-time winner of the Classic BRITs’ female artist of the year award, Alison Balsom performs with the Scottish Ensemble at UF’s University Auditorium. Balsom, a trumpet player, and the ensemble, Britain’s only professional string orchestra, collaborated on their 2010 album “Italian Concertos” and will perform pieces featured on that recording as well as works by Mendelsohn, MacMillan and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $15-$35, $10 for UF Students.
Folk pedigree at the prairie creek lodge: Folk-influenced singer/songwriter (and member of “folk’s first family”) Sloan Wainwright performs on the Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge as part of their concert series benefitting Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Performing in a style that draws on blues, jazz and funk in addition to the American folk singer/songwriter tradition, Wainwright has released eight studio albums. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc.