Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
Threesome recharged: To promote its ninth and latest album, Alkaline Trio performs at High Dive in Gainesville tonight. Founded in 1996, the group has pushed the envelope of its original punk sound but has returned to its roots with the three-piece's most recent albums. This show, the band's first in Gainesville in 12 years, also features a set from tour opener Bayside. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $23 at the door, available through Ticketweb.com.
Classroom scene: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is staging “Outburst,” a new play by 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. Performances continue Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through May 19.
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.
$3.20 Bash: The local band '64 Nickels performs Friday at Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs' “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series. Inspired by guitarist/singer Tom Wagner, who found several 1964 Nickels in his pocket, the group plays a setlist mostly drawn from 1964, but also performs songs recorded from the 1950s through the 1980s. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to run to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
They can show you the world (of Disney): For the closer of its 30th season, the Gainesville Orchestra performs a special concert highlighting the scores of popular Disney films on Friday at the Phillips Center. The ensemble, conducted 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 seniors, $15 for students and children, available by calling 392-2787. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sandhill CD release: The Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge hosts 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, with proceeds benefiting the Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc.
Panoply of patriotism: The Gainesville Civic Chorus and the UF Choral Union get together Saturday for a joint performance called “Spirit of America VII, A Salute in Song” in tribute to the United States. The concert is set for University Auditorium and begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Blueberry bash: The annual Blueberry Festival returns to Island Grove, on Highway 301 between Hawthorne and Citra, on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features a celebration of all things blueberry including pie, cake and other foods. Also featured will be arts and crafts, children's activities and a baking contest. Admission is free; donations benefit the Cross Creek, Island Grove and Lochloosa volunteer fire department.
Music from big pink at Bo Diddley: As part of the city of Gainesville's “Free Fridays” Concert Series, local music acts will perform a Tribute to The Band, the Canadian-American roots-rock group that collaborated with Bob Dylan and whose last performance was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's documentary “The Last Waltz.” Featured performers include the Tommy McCoy Band, Don David & Mike Bouleware Band, Mick Marino All-Stars and Nook and Cranny. Admission is free. The concert is scheduled to run from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Community Plaza.
Benefit banquet: The GRU Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship holds its third annual benefit banquet at the Hilton of UF Conference Center. The gala will be hosted by actor, author and philanthropist Hill Harper, who will announce local recipients of the scholarship. The event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is $50.