Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
Aug. 15-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. 15-Sept. 26:
Quincentennial kites: An 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 Saturday, the Harn Museum of Art through Sept. 15 and at the UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26.
Judicial drama: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre kicks off its 2013-2014 season with the courtroom drama “12 Angry Jurors.” Adapted from Reginald Rose’s 1950s work, “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. Showstimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Satrudays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 25 at that the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
Battle of Gainesville: The Matheson Museum presents a mini re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Gainesville with 70 re-enactors on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sweetwater Park. The re-enactment, which is planned in the park directly behind the museum, 513 E. University Ave., commemorates the Battle of Gainesville, which was fought on Aug. 17, 1864, on land near the park. The re-enactment is part of a series of events at the museum including the current exhibition, “War Torn Lives: The People of Civil War Gainesville.”
Woodsheddin’: As part of the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts a performance by local country/folk singer-songwriter Tom Shed as part of its “Free Fridays” summer concert series. With 30 years under his belt as a performer, Shed has performed around the world and will be joined onstage by such performers as Gainesville’s Cathy DeWitt and Rob Rothschild, Tampa’s Dan Peterson and Orlando’s Stan Geberer. The performance begins at 8 p.m. and continues through 10 p.m.
(Re)Union: A concert pairing St. Augustine folk fixture Sam Pacetti and fellow acoustic-guitar master Gabe Valla is planned Saturday at the Thomas Center. Titled ”The Union Reunion,” the concerts pairs the two artists who performed as a duo on the 2006 album ,“Union,” and also features Ricky Kendall in an opening set. The performance, a collaboration between the Gainesville Dpeartment of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Shake Rag Cultural Center, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20.
Anniversary art outreach: To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, the Doris Bardon Community Cultur Center hosts an exhibition of two works each by 60 artists as part of a fundraiser and celebration. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 9. Admission is $30 person or $50 per couple. The exhibition will be available for public exhibition through Sept. 5,Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and at ArtWalk on Aug. 30, admission to which is free.
The artists formerly known as "Iration": Local roots reggae band The Irie Ones (formerly Iration) performs at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the city of Gainesville’s weekly “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series on Aug. 23. The band, with a diverse lineup of musicians hailing from Jamaica, Montserrat and the U.S., performs originals in the vein of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots and the Maytals. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and continues to 10 p.m.
Sandhill season starter: A new season of Sandhill Stage performances at the Prairie Creek Lodge begins Aug. 24 with a double bill featuring Tammerlin and David Beede. The folk-roots act Tammerlin, which features husband-and-wife duo Arvid Smith and Lee Hunter, was called “One of the best-kept secrets in America” by Dirty Linen Magazine. Beede, a master dulcimer artist from Melrose, has won audiences up and down the East Coast with his mix of British Isle tunes and original instrumentals. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234. Admission is $20, with proceeds benefiting Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial Inc. For reservations, call 317-7307 or email email@example.com.
Wild Art at Waldo: The Waldo Farmers and Flea Market’s Art Fest returns Aug. 24-25. The event features arts and crafts by attending artists along along with regular vendors and live music from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Art Fest will return Sept. 28-29 to the Waldo Farmers and Flea Market, 17803 U.S. 301, Waldo.