Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.
Classroom scene: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is staging “Outburst,” an original 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. Final performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
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.
Music at Bo Diddley: As part of the city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series, local music acts 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 Boulware Band, Mick Marino All-Stars and Nook and Cranny. Admission is free to the performance, which will run from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Community Plaza.
May 17- June 2:
Comedy of a classic: The Gainesville Community Playhouse presents “Moonlight and Magnolias” starting Friday. The comedy details the feverish week in 1939 that producer David O. Selznick, “script-doctor” Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming spent locked in Selznick’s office, subsisting on peanuts and bananas, while hammering out a suitable screenplay for “Gone with the Wind.” Performances are planned the Vam York Theater Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16.
Moonlight mile (and a quarter): The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts a Moonlight Walk on Saturday. Coinciding with the full moon, attendees are invited to walk along a trail lined with about 2,000 luminaries, enjoy music from Strings for Things and to take in the night sky with telescopes provided by the Alachua Astronomy Club. Admission is $12. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m.
Benefit banquet: The GRU Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship holds its third annual benefit banquet at the Hilton of UF Conference Center. Appearing as host is 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.
Jammin’: The group that a young Bob Marley joined and later the band that backed him to stardom, The Wailers, performs at The Jam on Wednesday. The lineup features guitarist Al Anderson, who first joined the band in 1974 and is featured on some of Marley’s best-known songs. Also performing is the Gainesville group, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu. Admission is $16 advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Dry dialogue: The Actors’ Warehouse theater opens a new production of “A Raisin in the Sun” on May 23. The 1959 play, penned by Lorraine Hansberry, tells the story of a black family living in a white neighborhood in Chicago. Performances are planned Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Big band at Bo Diddley: Planned at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the city’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series is a performance by the Gainesville Community Jazz Band. The 17-piece outfit performs jazz classics, modern standards, Broadway favorites and new interpretations of classic TV soundtracks. Admission is free and open to the public. The show is slated to begin at 8 and run through 10 p.m.
61st Annual Folk Fest: The Florida Folk Festival returns for its 61st celebration of traditional music, down home cooking and a celebration of Florida’s diverse heritage at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. Adult admission is $25 daily or $50 for the weekend advance; $30 daily or $60 for the weekend at the gate; $5 for ages 6-16 all three days, free for ages 5 and younger. See www.floridafolkfestival.com for more information.