Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 12:34 p.m.
Super second: The Gainesville club High Dive celebrates its second anniversary with special performances including Georgia rock stylist Col. Bruce Hampton with Captain Lovely tonight, Orlando reggae band The Supervillains on Friday and California alt-rock/reggae band Pacific Dub on Sunday. Saturday features the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally outside and a free concert by Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Company Man inside. High Dive is at 210 SW Second Ave.
Fresh-mouthed felt: The Hippodrome’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” has been held over through July 28. 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 18-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 18-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.
July 13-Aug. 4:
Mississippi musical: The Gainesville Community Playhouse at the Vam York Theater presents its newest production, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” a musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s comedic novel about a boy’s adventures on the Mississippi River. The play, written for children and families, is directed by Dan Christophy with performances starting Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is $16.
Just what the doctor ordered: The Gainesville-based R&B infused show band, Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream, performs at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday as part of the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series. The 11-piece ensemble features a horn section and covers popular songs from the ’60s through today. Admission is free. Music begins at 8 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.
Purple musical: Dancentral! Productions and the Star Center Theatre present a production of “The Color Purple,” based on the Alice Walker novel, which in turn inspired the hit film and Tony Award-nominated Broadway adaptation planned for the P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center. Set in rural Georgia during the Depression, the play follows the trials and tribulations of several characters including young Celie. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 28. 27, 2 p.m. on July 20 and 27, and 4 p.m. on July 21 and 28. Tickets are $25 advance, $40 at the door; available by calling 222-3699.
Summer science screening: Through July the Florida Museum of Natural History hosts a series of free, cryptozoology-themed films, accompanied by a lecture from a panel of experts. Saturday’s film is the 1954 monster-movie favorite, “Creature From the Black Lagoon.” A number of sequences were filmed at Wakulla Springs and Silver Springs. Following the film, special-effects artist and concept sculptor Tim Lawrence, Florida Museum Exhibit Designer Ian Breheny and Florida Museum Ichthyology Collections Manager Rob Robins discuss the significance and scientific implications of the film. Admission is free. An introduction begins at 7 p.m. with the screening set for 7:30 p.m.
‘Fantastic’ French: The series of classic-film screenings presented by Video Rodeo at The Wooly continues Wednesday with the animated French film, “Fantastic Planet,” a 1973 sci-fi tale set on a faraway planet where tiny humanoids are ruled by giants. The screening starts at 8 p.m. at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St. Admission is $3.
Summer sham-rock: Local traditional Irish folk trio An Triúr returns to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as a part of this year’s “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series. The trio of awarding-winning traditional musicians, which performed across the country, applies a modern sensibility to Irish folk music. Admission is free. Music begins at 8 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.