Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
The party's over: Final performances of A.R. Gurney’s “The Perfect Party” at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre are today through Sunday. 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. Final showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $12, $10 for students, seniors, military personnel and educators.
June 27-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 start 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 27-July 21:
Fresh-mouthed felt: The Hippodrome’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” has been extended through July 21. The summer 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, which are $30-$35, $25 for senior citizens, $15 for students.
June 27-Sept. 7:
Blues bash: The Thomas Center hosts the current 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 27-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 through Sept. 15; at Shands Cancer Center through Aug. 17 and at the UF Engineering Building today through Sept. 26. A lecture is planned by the artists at 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Harn.
Iron lions from Zion: The Jacksonville reggae group De Lions of Jah performs Friday 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 dancehall influences. The performance runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Cymply super: The inaugural Cymplifest, a two-day festival offering music, games, food trucks and more at CYM Coffee Co., features performances by Javier Colon, the first season winner of “The Voice,” and Hannah Harper on Friday; and Sister Hazel’s Ken Block and Drew Copeland along with Amy Gerhartz and the band Idylwild on Saturday. Admission is free to the event, which runs 5-10 p.m. Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday at CYM Coffee Co., 5408 NW Eighth Ave. Admission is free; proceeds will benefit Haven Hospice to fund unreimbursed programs and services in Gainesville.
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 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.
Grab a seat: After a long hiatus, the celebrated Gainesville band The Chairs performs at 1982 on Saturday. The band, originally active from 1998 to 2000, recorded two albums and toured the Southeast with its eclectic acoustic sound. They will be joined by locals acoustic Company Man and math/indie trio Leela and the Rams. Doors open at 9 p.m. On Monday, the group performs a special second set as part of the Tom Miller Show variety show, for which doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $6.
Loud noises: On Wednesday, UF hosts its annual Fourth of July Celebration with “Fanfares & Fireworks” at the UF Bandshell at Flavet Field. Festivities include performances from the bands Richy Stano and Mindwalk, the Barstool Prophets and the Gainesville Community band with UF’s Billy Mitchell Drill Team Color Guard joining the band during a salute to armed forces. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The news from Lake Newnegone: As part of the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, a special Fourth of July edition of the “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series is planned for July 5. In years past, the Friday closest to the Fourth was devoted to the American songbook, highlighting American staples and traditionals from throughout the nation’s history, but this year “A Paynes Prairie Home Companion,” inspired by the Garrison Keillor-helmed radio variety show, is planned with musical performances, radio stories and mock commercials. Admission is free to the performance, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
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