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Local blues artist Willie Green performs. (Doug Engle/Staff photographer)

Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

The blues in art and song:

Thursday’s reception for “Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny,” a new exhibition of more than 40 folk-art illustrations of renowned blues figures at the Thomas Center, features a performance by Ocala bluesman Willie Green starting at 7:30 p.m. Gainesville’s R. Mutt Blues Band joins Green for a second set. Hours for the reception are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“Blues Pioneers and Their Projeny”: Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, live music starts at 7:30 p.m., Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Free.

MEMORIAL DAY:

Gainesville’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony includes a flag-folding ceremony, rifle salute and words from U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, Alachua County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson and Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy starting at 11 a.m. today. A free barbecue follows the event.

Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. today, Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road. Free, donations benefit the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. (378-2528)

THEATER:

The Actors’ Warehouse stages final performances of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play about an African-American family in a white neighborhood in Chicago in the ‘50s, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday.

“A Raisin in the Sun”: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday, The Actors’ Warehouse, 608 N. Main St. Tickets: $15. (222-3699, www.actorswarehouse.org)

MUSIC:

The String Kings perform classic and new rock, country and blues in this week’s “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

The String Kings: 8-10 p.m. Friday, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free.

AT THE MOVIES:

“After Earth”: sci-fi

“Now You See Me”: crime thriller

BOOK RELEASES:

“Deeply Odd”: Dean Koontz

“The Bookman’s Tale”: Charlie Lovett

“Zero Hour”: Clive Cussler

“A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher series)”: Lee Child

ALBUM RELEASES:

“Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962”: Dave Brubeck and Tony Bennett

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”: Alice In Chains

“Wrote a Song For Everyone”: John Fogerty

“I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker)”: Eliane Elias

DVD RELEASES:

“Dark Skies”: thriller

“Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part Two”: TV sci-fi

“The Numbers Station”: thriller

“Suits: Season Two”: TV comedy

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