Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Fresh-mouthed felt: The Hippodrome’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” has been held over through July 21. The summer production of the 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.
July 11-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.
July 11-Sept. 26:
Quincentennial kites: A new installation of handmade silk kites titled “Winds of Change” is on display at three locations this summer 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 are on display at Shands Cancer Center through Aug. 17; the Harn Museum of Art through Sept. 15; and at the UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26. A lecture is planned by the artists at 6:30 p.m. today at the Harn.
Brighton Beach boy: The UF School of Theatre and Dance’s second run of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” continues through Sunday at the Constans Theatre. The semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon tells the story of Eugene Jerome growing up in his immigrant family in the Jewish enclave of New York’s Brighton Beach on the brink of World War II. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. on July 14. Tickets for all shows are $15, available through the University Box Office at 392-1653 and Ticketmaster.com.
Dark days and spontaneous spiels: Continuing through Saturday at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is another edition of its recurring “Dark Nights” series. Held during off-weekends between plays, such events invite audience participation, showcase works in progress or otherwise share the process with the community. This round showcases improvisational theater, with performances from the Much Ado About Doris Improv Group today, from UF’s Theatre Strike Force on Friday and “In Heat,” four short plays written, directed, acted and performed within 24 hours by the Alachua County Rapscallions on Saturday. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission for each performance is $10.
Rise and shine: Gainesville psychedelic-indie rock band Morningbell performs Friday as part of the City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series. Featuring brothers Travis and Eric Atria on guitar and bass respectively, with Stacie Atria on keyboards and Chris Hillman on drums, the group has shared the stage with a who’s-who of alt-rock royalty and been featured on television spots and in national publications. Admission is free. The concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Swampfest: The University of Florida’s free summer concert, Swampfest, returns to Flavet Field on Friday with a slew of national recording acts. This year’s slate includes indie-pop duo Matt & Kim, critically acclaimed indie-pop band Cults and R&B YouTube sensation Ahmir performing in the UF Student Government-funded show. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine.
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