Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Aug. 22-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. 22-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 Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 25 at that the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
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 Friday. 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.
Local legend: The Hippodrome Cinema hosts three nights of screenings of “Shooting for Home,” a documentary detailing the tumultuous path of Gainesville native and basketball whiz Kevin Bradshaw. The film, directed and produced by Gainesville native Greg Kappy, depicts Bradshaw's life from promising high school prospect to stigmatized and successful but troubled Bethune Cookman player, to homeless drop-out and troubled Navy sailor before finding unusual sports success in Israel. The film was the audience choice winner at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival and was scored by Ken Block of Sister Hazel. Screenings are planned Friday at 6 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Sandhill season starter: A new season of Sandhill Stage performances at the Prairie Creek Lodge begins Saturday 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 over 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing humor from Hammond: Comedian, SNL player and best-selling author Darrell Hammond will deliver a speech at Santa Fe College's Fine Arts Hall on Saturday to benefit Meridian Behavioral Healthcare. Known for his depictions of Sean Connery, Bill Clinton and other luminaries on “Saturday Night Live,” Hammond's 14 seasons make him the longest-running actor on the storied late-night sketch show. Meridian serves 10 counties in North Central Florida, providing help with mental health, addiction and social issues. Tickets are $35, $75 and $125., available at www.mbhci.org. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall.
Wild Art at Waldo: The Waldo Farmers and Flea Market's Art Fest returns Saturday and Sunday. The event features arts and crafts by attending artists along with regular vendors and live music from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A second Art Fest is planned Sept. 28-29 to the Waldo Farmers and Flea Market, 17803 U.S. 301, Waldo.
Interstellar East-Germania at The Wooly: As the finale of Video Rodeo's bi-weekly noir and sci-fi film series, The Wooly hosts a special screening of “Interkosmos,” a 2006 retro-mockumentary about a mythical East-German space-program steeped in quirky Cold War nostalgia. Admission is $3. The film will be precede by a surprise short. The Wooly is located downtown at 20 N. Main St.
Bad Board at Bo's: As part of the city of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs' “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series, Crooked Counsel performs at the Bo Diddley Community Community Plaza on Aug. 30. The sextet has been performing covers as Crooked Counsel and as Santa Fe, as it was once known, around North Central Florida since 1994. The 8 p.m. performance coincides with fall's first “United Downtown,” a free downtown street festival that aims to raise funds for the United Way of North Central Florida and will include a 5K run and appearances from former UF athletic stars. Admission is free.