Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
May 23-June 2:
Comedy of a classic: The Gainesville Community Playhouse presents “Moonlight and Magnolias.” 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, to hammer out a new screenplay for “Gone With the Wind.” Performances at the Vam York Theater start at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16, $10 for students with ID and children.
May 23-June 2:
Dry dialogue: The Actors’ Warehouse theater opens a new production of “A Raisin in the Sun” today. 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, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. 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.
Sounds of Brazil: The University of Florida’s Brazilian Music Institute hosts a Brazilian Music concert on Friday featuring guest artists Jorge Continentino and Adriano Santos along with UF School of Music faculty members Ulisses Rocha, James Sain, Scott Wilson and Larry Crook. The free performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the UF School of Music building.
61st Annual Folk Fest: The annual Florida Folk Festival returns for its 61st celebration of traditional music and 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.
Under cover of darkness: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s ART Dark Nights performance series returns with a production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Geneva.” The political satire features six archetypal characters meeting in Switzerland the year before the outbreak of World War II. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $12, $10 for students, seniors, military personnel and seniors and are available at the door.
May 24-June 23:
Foul-mouthed felt: The multiple Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical “Avenue Q” gets the Hippodrome treatment in the final production of the Gainesville theater’s 40th season. The play combines real-life performers with puppet characters singing and interacting as young people navigating early adulthood and professional frustrations in a fictionalized urban setting. Sneak preview performances are planned Wednesday and May 30, and the production opens May 31. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays. The production is billed as being for mature audiences.
Blues bash: To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, “Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny,” the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs and The Thomas Center hosts a special performance by Ocala-based blues performer Willie Green and his band in the museum’s Spanish Court at 7:30 p.m. as part of the exhibit’s opening reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Mezzanine Gallery. The exhibition will feature portraits in a variety of media of trailblazer blues performers and is scheduled to run through September 7.
May 30-June 2:
Joust into june: The Patriot’s Ranch in Florahome hosts The Knights of Mayhem Ultimate Jousting Championship, a competition pitting the best of America’s competitive jousting scene against each other, from May 30 through June 2. The extreme sport league features riders jousting in 130-pound plate armor on 1500-2000 pound horses using 11-foot-long lances. Among the competitors will be Charlie Andrews, the founder of the league and the current Heavy Armored World Champion. The competition is planned for Patriot’s Ranch, 375 Tinsley Road, Florahome. One day admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children. Four day passes are $80 for adults, $40 for children. For information, call 231-9880 or see www.knightsofmayhemultimatejoust.com.
String kings, strings sing: As part of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series, Gainesville’s own String Kings perform a set of classic rock standards and favorites of the ’60s, ’70s and today on May 31 at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. A fixture of the local bar scene and surrounding areas, the String Kings impart unique interpretations of rock, country and blues. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance will run from 8 to 10 p.m.