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Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform with the Del McCoury Band on Sept. 12 at the Phillips Center.

Courtesy of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

Welcome to “Welcome Back” — our special annual issue of Scene with more pages, more stories and more calendar listings about Gainesville’s arts and entertainment world that’s designed just for you.

Whether you’re arriving to attend the University of Florida or Santa Fe College for the first time or returning as a veteran student or faculty member, our introductory A-Z guide to Gainesville spells out places to go and things to do along with off-the-beaten-path treasures revered by natives and newcomers alike.

Also included is our “Season Planner” calendar, which features complete listings for 2013-2014 in music, theater, dance and the arts, whether its nationally known performers such as Béla Fleck — who kicks off the Phillips Center’s fall season on Sept. 12 — or such local entities with national reputations as the Hippodrome Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.

The Season Planner calendar also includes the year’s academic schedules for both UF and Santa Fe as well as a list of Dates to Remember, which includes such festivals as MagnoliaFest with Willie Nelson — and a list of concerts including a three- night stand by Gainesville’s Less Than Jake.

This edition also includes special articles on Gainesville’s music, theater and dance offerings, and you’ll also find our weekly Forecast and Scene Calendar of things to do this week. There’s also a story on “Shooting for Home,” a documentary about Gainesville native Kevin Bradshaw that premieres Friday at the Hipp Cinema.

So let this issue of Scene guide you through the week and keep it as a planner for the complete year in arts and entertainment. Welcome back!

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com, and follow on Twitter @SceneBill


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