Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Party pooped: A new production of A.R. Gurney’s “The Perfect Party” is onstage at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. The madcap comedy tells the tale of a meticulous English professor whose perfectly planned soiree draws the attention of a New York City newspaper editor. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through June 30. General admission is $12, $10 for students, seniors, military personnel seniors and educators.
June 20-July 7:
Force of habit: The High Springs Community Theater performs “Nunsense” through July 7. The award-winning musical comedy follows the travails of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in their mission to raise funds for the burial of two sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent’s cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through July 7. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors on Sundays only, and $9 all seats for children 12 and younger.
June 20-July 21:
Fresh-mouthed felt: The Hippodrome’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” has been extended through July 21. The final production of the Gainesville theater’s 40th season features actors performing with puppet characters as young people navigating early adulthood in a fictionalized urban setting. Performances begin at 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. Call 375-4477 for tickets.
June 20-Sept. 7:
Blues bash: The Thomas Center hosts a new exhibition, “Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny,” in the center’s Mezzanine Gallery. The exhibit features portraits of nationally known blues musicians, historic and contemporary, in a folk-art style. And don’t forget your smartphone: Music by each of the artists can be heard while touring the exhibit via Grooveshark. Viewing is available during Thomas Center hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (open to 7 p.m. Tuesday) and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, through Sept. 7.
June 20-Sept. 26:
Quincentennial kites: A new installation of handmade silk kites titled “Winds of Change” is planned this summer at three locations on the University of Florida campus. The pieces, created by Gainesville artists Ruth Whiting and Tim Elverston, represent the sails of Spanish ships to commemorate Ponce de Leon’s arrival in the area that became known as Florida and will be on display at the Harn Museum of Art today through Sept. 15; at Shands Cancer Center from Monday through Aug. 17 and at the UF Engineering Building from June 27 through Sept. 26. A lecture is planned by the artists on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harn.
Life in the “Fast Lane”: The R&B band Fast Lane performs Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Leading the group is Scott “Skyntyte” Free, who has performed with such musical luminaries as Bo Diddley and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The performance, part of the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ “Free Fridays” Concert Series, is one of four shows in June celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month. Admission is free for the concert, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Full bill of blues: Local blues band and Gainesville fixtures Little Mike & the Tornadoes perform with guests including Ocala bluesman Willie Green and New York guitarist Tony O on Friday at Dos Mamas Eastside Eatery, 2017 NE 27th Ave. Music starts at 8 p.m.
R&B Benefit: Famed doo-wop and R&B vocal group The Drifters performs a special concert Saturday at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida. Since its formation in 1953 and through numerous incarnations, The Drifters have racked up 13 Top 30 hits, including “On Broadway” and “Up on the Roof,” and have sold millions of records. Tickets, which are $35-$75 with a $10 discount for seniors, are available through the box office, 395-4181, or online at www.sfcollege.edu/finearts. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Florida folk Family: The Port St. Joe acoustic trio The Currys performs Saturday at the Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge. The group, which features brothers Tommy and Jimmy Curry with cousin Galen Curry, combines multi-instrumental sounds and kinetic melodies for an energetic performance. Admission is $20, which benefits Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Seating is limited; for reservations call 317-7303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iron lions from zion: The Jacksonville reggae group De Lions of Jah performs June 28 at Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series to celebrate African-Music Appreciation Month. Led by Antiguan singer Dave “Da General” Philip, the group blends traditional reggae sounds with contemporary dance hall influences. The performance will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Peacebuild-a-thon: The Loga Springs Academy and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding host “Logala,” an open house benefiting the academy and celebrating National Forgiveness Day, on June 29. The festivities will include projects with the Repurpose Project, performances from S-Connection Aerial & Equestrian Arts, belly dancing and other performances and demonstrations. The event runs from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Loga Springs Academy, 931 NE 16th Ave. Admission is a suggested $5-$10 donation.