Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
Knights, tunics and tunes: The Hippodrome Theatre’s production of “Robin Hood” has final performances Friday through Sunday. 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 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 375-4477.
High Springs whodunit: Onstage at the High Springs Community Theater through Sunday is the Neil Simon comedy, “Rumors,” about a high society dinner party gone wrong, complete with a dead deputy mayor and missing hostess. Final performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11 with discounted $9 admission for seniors on Sunday.
Classroom scene: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is staging “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 as a jumping-off point for the rest of the play. The production opens Friday with performances planned Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 19.
Free Friday fanfare: The R&B-inflected show band, Alley Cats, will perform a diverse set of favorites and standards Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The sextet’s repertoire includes songs by Tom Petty, Journey, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Miracles, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The concert is part of the city of Gainesville’s weekly outdoor concert series at the downtown plaza. The event is free and open to the public and runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Yeast fest: Gainesville’s Hogtown Brewers, a homebrewing club sanctioned by the American Homebrew Association, hosts its second annual Hogtown Craft Beer Festival on Saturday at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. Last year’s evet featured more than 35 craft breweries, while this year’s will feature breweries from Florida, the Southeast and across the country. Festival hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $55, which benefits Alachua Conservation Trust, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and the Climb for Cancer Foundation.
Eleventh annual jazz pals: The Gainesville Friends of Jazz hosts its 11th annual Gainesville Jazz Festival on Saturday. Festivities planned at Tioga Town Center include performances by Little Jake and the Soul Searchers, Gruv Therapy, Ben Champion Quartet, Zac Chester Quartet and Hot Club de Ville, featuring Gainesville Friends of Jazz board member and festival executive director Marty Liquori. Music runs from 6 to 11 p.m., with an after-hour jazz jam at World of Beer from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
They can show you the world (of Disney): For the closer of its 30th season, the Gainesville Orchestra holds a special concert highlighting the scores of popular Disney films on May 10 at the Phillips Center. The ensemble, conudcted by Evans Haile, will perform selections from the soundtracks of such films as “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules” and others. Tickets are $35, $25 for senios, $15 for students and children, available by calling 392-2787. The Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sandhill CD release: The Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge will host a release party and concert for Gainesville singer/songwriter Elaine Mahon to celebrate her new CD, “Rise.” Mahon will share the stage with fellow local favorites, The Gatorbone Band. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20, to benefit the Alachua Conservation Trust & Conservation Burial, Inc.
Blueberry bash: The annual Blueberry Festival returns to Island Grove, on Highway 301 between Hawthorne and Citra, on May 11. Featured from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a celebration of all things blueberry including pie, cake and other foods. Also offered will be arts and crafts, children’s activities and a baking contest. Admission is free; donations will benefit the Cross Creek, Island Grove and Lochloosa volunteer fire department.