Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
Music in the museum: As a celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Citrus County Historical Society at the The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness hosts a performance by Cathy DeWitt and Friends as part of the Jazz at the Museum Series. DeWitt and her trio, featuring Gainesville Friends of Jazz pianist Frank Sullivan, bassist and former Herbie Hancock and Frank Sinatra collaborator Terry Plumeri, and drummer and member of six Gainesville groups Rob Rothschild, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $25. Refreshments will be able available for purchase.
April 18-May 5:
Knights, tunics and tunes: The newest play at the Hippodrome Theatre, “Robin Hood,” is onstage through May 5 at the theater, where children can get in free with donation of three or more non-perishable food items through April 24 (up to two free children per paying adult). Written by Greg Banks and directed by Lauren Caldwell, this 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.
April 18-May 5:
High Springs whodunit: Onstage at the High Springs Community Theater is the Neil Simon comedy, “Rumors,” about a high society dinner party gone wrong, complete with a dead deputy mayor and missing hostess. The production runs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through May 5. Tickets are $11 with discounted $9 admission for seniors on Sundays.
Force be with him: Creator/actor Charlie Ross performs his “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” show through Saturday at the Phillips Center's Squitieri Studio Theatre. Ross, a devoted fan of the sci-fi film-franchise since childhood, has won rave reviews for his 75-minute , one-man show in which he re-enacts scenes, interprets characters and performs pieces of the soundtrack a cappella. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling the box office 392-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Boot-scootin' hullabaloo at the Bo Diddley: On Friday, rock 'n' roll dance band The Shambles storm the stage at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville as a part of the city's “Free Fridays” concert series. The octet performs uptempo favorites by bands from the ‘60s to today with nods to country, ‘60s rock, new wave, blues, folk and alt rock. The concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Fundie farce: In a production ripped from the headlines, the Civic Media Center hosts the new play, “Dove World War,” scripted by Shamrock McShane and directed by his son Michael McShane. Inspired by the international brouhaha surrounding Terry Jones and Dove World International, the play imagines a farcical world in which the principals of the scandal, local civic leaders and religious figures make war on each other. The multimedia production, described as a “playmovieeventment” will be filmed and will involve audience participation in both performance and post-production, while featuring performances from local thespians Shamrock McShane, Gregg Jones, Sara Morsey, Tom Miller, Scot Davis, Josh Lederman, Arturo Escamilla, Carolyne Salt and Chanterelle Davis. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $5-$20 on a sliding scale.
Brahms oratorio: On Saturday at the Phillips Center, the University of Florida Concert Choir, Gainesville Civic Chorus and the UF Symphony Orchestra perform “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms. Nicholas Pallesen, a UF School of Music alumnus who appears with the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, returns for the oratorio performance. Tickets, which are $20, $15 for seniors and free for UF Students, are available by calling 392-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Songs a la Al Stewart: Glaswegian singer-songwriter Al Stewart, perhaps best known in the US for his chart-topping late-'70s hits, “Time Passages” and “Year of the Cat,” performs at the University Auditorium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Stewart, who has collaborated with Jimmy Page and Richard Thompson among others, and released his first full-length album in 1967, will perform songs from his near half-century career. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students.
Fearless feats of fancy: Gainesville's outdoor family cultural series in April, Jest Fest! returns Saturday for a third event. This week jugglers, a magician and a “one-man band” descend upon downtown's Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Comedian/illusionist Magical Mystical Michael, known for his self-described “cool magic,” will allegedly stop the flow of water and levitate a volunteer while the local Jongleur Jugglers will throw things into the air and catch them in a systematized fashion. Also appearing will be the solo-ensemble stylings of Marc Dobson, One Man Band, and Fort Clarke Middle School's Fresh Trash Percussion Group, which will greet revelers at the entrance beginning 30 minutes before showtime. The free event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
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