Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
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 Sunday. 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 8 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The production is billed as being for mature audiences. Call 375-4477 for tickets, which are $30-$35, $25 for senior citizens and $15 for students.
Mississippi musical: The Gainesville Community Playhouse’s current production, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” has final performances today through Sunday. The play, a musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel about a boy’s adventures on the Mississippi River, is directed by Dan Christophy with performances starting today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and children.
Aug. 1-Sept. 7:
Blues bash: The Thomas Center ‘s current exhibition, “Blues Pioneers and Their Progeny,” features folk-art style portraits of nationally known blues musicians, historic and contemporary, in the Mezzanine Gallery. 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.
Aug. 1-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. They are on display at the Shands Cancer Center through Aug. 17, the Harn Museum of Art through Sept. 15 and at the UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26.
Blues storm brewing: Slated for a performance in the city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” summer outdoor concert series on Friday is Little Mike and the Tornadoes, featuring blues harpist Little Mike Markowitz. Music runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Saluting a season: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s Annual Celebration and Fundraising Gala features preview scenes of productions in the upcoming 2013-2014 season and an opportunity to meet ARTiS educators with a cash bar and refreshments provided by The Top. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St. Tickets are $5, which includes two free soda drinks, or $10, which includes two servings of beer or wine.
Saluting scales: On Saturday, the Civic Media Center’s tribute to Charlie Scales features such area musicians as The Bill Perry Orchestra, Jim McKay from the Root Doctors, Rob Dark from Big Oil and Chuck Martin from dblWiDE in a musical salute to the Gainesville guitarist, who died July 2 from a heart attack at age 59. The event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the center, 433 S. Main St.
Poesy in the Spanish Court: Gainesville’s Thomas Center hosts ARTSPEAKS, a new quarterly arts series featuring area poets, on Sunday. The event will feature readings of verse in the museum’s Spanish Court , followed by a reception featuring live music and refreshments. The event begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Local notable: Gainesville native Chris McCarty performs at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Aug. 9 as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series. McCarty is known to audiences across the state and has been featured on the music documentary, “Beautiful Noise,” and the soundtrack to “The Sims 2.” The free performance runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Judicial drama: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre kicks off its 2013-2014 season with the courtroom drama “12 Angry Jurors.” Adapted from Reginald Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men,” the play focuses on a dozen jurors deliberating the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father. General admission tickets are $10.
French chills: The series of classic-film screenings presented by Video Rodeo at The Wooly continues Aug. 14 with “Diabolique,” the 1955 French thriller about a man whose body disappears after he is killed by his wife and mistress. The screening starts at 8 p.m. at The Wooly, 20 N. Main St. Admission is $3.