10-Day Forecast


“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” with Chris Shaw as Huckleberry Finn and Lauren Robinson as Widow Douglas, features some of Mark Twain’s most colorful characters through Aug. 4 at the Gainesville Community Playhouse.

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Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.

July 25-28:

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. Final performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 advance, $40 at the door; available by calling 222-3699.

July 25-Aug. 4:

Fresh-mouthed felt: The Hippodrome’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” has been held over a second time with performances now running through Aug. 4. 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 25-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. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and children.

July 25-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 25-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 26:

Summer sham-rock: Local traditional Irish folk trio An Triúr returns Friday to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as a part of this year’s “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series. The trio of award-winning traditional musicians, which perform across the country, applies a modern sensibility to Irish folk music. Admission is free. Music runs from 8 to 10 p.m.

July 26-28:

Music and art at The Doris: The group Middleground performs a mix of folk, ragtime, pop and blues on Friday at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center as part of Friday’s Artwalk, from 7 to 10 p.m. The featured exhibit at The Doris is “Art in Motion,” the third-annual exhibit showcasing art and creative expression by people with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Sunday’s closing reception for the exhibit runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Doris, 716 N. Main St.

July 27:

swamp cinema: As part of the Florida Museum’s free cryptozology-themed film series, “Trail of the Skunk Ape” closes the series Saturday. The hour-long, mock documentary, which includes scenes shot in Paynes Prairie, recounts a pursuit of the mythical beast, Florida’s answer to Big Foot. A panel of Florida Museum personnel including Exhibit Designer Ian Breheny, Mammalogy Collections Manager Candace McCaffery and Living Exhibit Specialist Mike Boulware examines the cultural and scientific significance of the movie in a post-film screening. The evening begins with an introduction at 7 p.m. followed by the screening at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 2:

Blues storm brewing: Planned for the city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series on Aug. 2 is a performance by Little Mike and the Tornadoes, featuring blues harpist Little Mike Markowitz. Music begins at 8 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.

Aug. 2:

Saluting a season: The annual Season Gala at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre features preview scenes of productions in the 2013-2014 season and an opportunity to meet ARTiS educators with a cash bar and refreshments provided by The Top. The free event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2 at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

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