Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.
Aug. 29-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. 29-Sept. 26:
QUINCENTENNIAL KITES: An installation of handmade silk kites titled “Winds of Change” continues at two locations into September 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 Harn Museum of Art through Sept. 15 and at the UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26.
UNITED INAUGURAL: To celebrate the kick off of the 2012-2013 UF football season and raise money for the United Way, downtown Gainesville hosts the year's first United Downtown event on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. Featuring music, vendors and a beer garden, the events will raise money for the United Way of North Central Florida on Fridays before home football games throughout football season. Friday's event coincides with the “Free Fridays” performance by Crooked Counsel as well as Artwalk, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in participating downtown galleries.
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 Plaza on Friday. The sextet, once known as Santa Fe, has performed 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.
Aug. 31-Jan. 20:
TUBULAR TOUR STOP: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two special touring exhibits on waves starting Saturday. “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife” examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf. “Surfing Florida — A Photographic History” celebrates the history of surfing in Florida and around the world with interactive exhibits. Admission to both exhibits is $4 adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and college students, $3 for children and free for UF students and museum
members. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibits will continue through Jan. 20, 2014
LABOR(LESS) DAY: Gainesville's third annual Labor Daze Fest celebrating Labor Day is set for Sunday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The event will feature live musical performances, speakers, vendors, food and more. Admission is free for the event, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
CINEMA VERDE BY VETS: Cinema Verde and Veterans for Peace presents a special Verde event with a screening of the documentary “Dirty Wars” by journalist and author Jeremy Scahill on Sept. 5. The screening begins at Gator Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. Admission is $10-$12.
FULL-THROATED FUNDRAISER: In order to raise money for the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church's Delano Filer Senior scholarship, renowned opera singer Elizabeth Graham and pianist Kevin Sharpe will perform a special recital at Gainesville's historic Thomas Center on Sept. 4. The duo will perform works by Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, Giuseppe Verdi and George Gershwin including selections from “Porgy and Bess” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefitting the scholarship fund. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with a reception immediately following.
SUMMER SET IN SEPTEMBER: As part of the City of Gainesville's free weekly concert series, Monica Leadon Cooper & The Y'all Stars will perform a “Free Fridays” set at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Sept. 6. The acoustic country-rock ensemble, led by the sister of Eagles and Flying Burrito Brothers veteran Bernie Leadon, will perform a mix of originals and old favorites from 8 to 10 p.m.
VARIETY REVUE: As part of its “Dark Nights” series of performances between plays, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre hosts three nights of “Just Like Candy — Last of the Red Hot Comedy.” The performance will feature six classic bits and routines including Johnny Carson's “Carnac The Magnificent,” W.C. Fields' “It Ain't A Fit Night Out” and Abbott and Costello's “Who's On First” among others. Performances are planned Sept. 6-8 starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.