Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
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. Final performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5-$20 on a sliding scale.
Apr. 25-May 5:
Knights, tunics and tunes: The newest play at the Hippodrome Theatre, “Robin Hood,” is onstage through May 5 at the theater. 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.
Apr. 25-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.
Apr. 25-May 29:
Dreamscape: At the Sweetwater Print Collective is an exhibition of works by Pat Wolfe titled “Pat Wolfe: What Your Brain is Doing While Your Mind is Away,” which features altered photographs along the theme of dreams. To celebrate the opening, a reception is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday as part of Artwalk.
Hot nights and hot jazz: The local Gypsy jazz combo Hot Club de Ville takes the stage Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” concert series. Hot Club de Ville features jazz guitarist Marty Liquori and performs the Hot Club de Paris school of French-Gypsy jazz a la Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Admission is free for the concert, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Jest Fest finale: The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreations and Cultural Affairs’ new April event series, Jest Fest! ends its inaugural run with another outdoor festival on Saturday at the Bo Diddley Plaza. The program features a performance by the world-renowned circus family, The Flying Wallendas, which features high-wire feats, juggling and clowning. Local performers will include the Greenwood Morris Dancers, the clown Magic Mike, and puppetry and masks from the Santa Fe College Theatre, the Rainbow Tiger Circus, Alachua County Public Schools art students, Moxie Puppets and the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences. Admission is free, and the event is scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m.
Afro-cuban communion: In support of the 2011 Album “Ninety Miles,” the jazz trio performing under the same name will take the University Auditorium stage on Saturday. Vibrophonist Stefon Harris and saxophonist David Sanchez recorded the album in Havana in 2010 with a Cuban rhythm section, giving their American jazz a distinctly Latin/Afro-Cuban feel. The album won praise from NPR and was named an album of the year. In 2012, Nicholas Payton replaced Christian Scott, the trumpeter on the album, in the touring group. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25, $10 for UF students.
Acoustic in utero: The fusion-folk duo HuDost performs an acoustic set at Sanctuary Yoga in Gainesville on Saturday as part of its “In Utero Tour” (member Moksha Sommer is expecting). The group, known for its frequent Gainesville performances, is promoting its new album, “4th Way Folk,” with a show co-organized by the Shake Rag Culture Center and Sanctuary Yoga. Admission is $20 or $15 in advance. Music is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
Seasonal recital: The Alachua County Youth Orchestra, featuring musicians from Alachua County public schools, will perform its Spring Concert at the University Auditorium on Sunday as a celebration of the musicians’ achievements and progress over the course of the school year. The performance, which will feature award-winning solo pianist Bailey Collins, will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and tickets will be distributed at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Classroom scene: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre will stage “Outburst,” a new play by playwright Leroy Clark about a real-life incident in which a Missouri high school teacher came out as gay to his class in 1994 as part of a discussion on the Holocaust. Clark uses this is as a jumping-off point for the rest of the play. The production opens May 3 with performances planned Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 19.