Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
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.
Sept. 5-Jan. 20:
TUBULAR TOUR STOP: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two special exhibits on waves: “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife” examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf while “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
CINEMA VERDE BY VETS: Cinema Verde and Veterans for Peace present a special Verde event with today’s screening of the documentary “Dirty Wars” by journalist and author Jeremy Scahill. The screening begins at Gator Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the screening. Admission is $10-$12.
FULL-THROATED FUNDRAISER: As a fundraiser for the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church’s Delano Filer Senior scholarship, renowned opera singer Elizabeth Graham and pianist Kevin Sharpe perform a special recital at Gainesville’s historic Thomas Center on Friday. 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 play at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday. 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 comedy routines and bits 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 run Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
FLEET-FINGERED FOLK: Celebrated folk singer/songwriter and virtuoso finger-style guitarist Jack Williams will perform at the Sand Hill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge on Saturday to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Having performed at the Newport Folk Festival with the likes of Bob Dylan and others, Williams combines jazz and blues with traditional folk influences. Admission for the 8 p.m. performance is $20. Seating is limited, for reservations call 317-7307 or email email@example.com.
SIXTH JATHISWARA DANCE RECITAL: The Jathiswara School of Dance hosts its sixth annual dance recital on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Jathiswara students from Gainesville and Jacksonville will perform Bharathanatyam, an important classical Indian dance form, at the India Cultural and Education Center, 1115 SW 13th St. Admission is free.
CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE CHAPEL: The First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville hosts faculty members of the University of Florida School of Music on Sunday with a chamber music recital starting at 4 p.m. The musicians include Laura Ellis on Harpsichord, violinist Luis Fernandez. Jonathan Helton on saxophone, pianist Kevin Sharpe, flautist Kristen Stoner and cellist Steven Thomas. The ensemble will perfrom works by Bach, Hinchliff and Liang.
BEATLE BASH: On Sept. 13, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents The Imposters, a Gainesville-based band performing hits of the Fab Four, courtesy of the city of Gainesville Dpartment of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The sextet will perform hits from throughout The Beatles’ career along with covers of other ‘60s rock luminaries for good measure. Admission is free; the concert begins at 8 p.m.