Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
Blazing banjo: Virtuoso banjoist and 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck and fellow banjoist Abigail Washburn (also Fleck's wife) take the stage at the Phillips Center tonight playing traditional and original songs. They will be joined by Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Del McCoury and his band. Tickets are $25-$50, $10 for UF students. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Dizzy dining: The Hippodrome Theatre presents its newest play “Don't Dress for Dinner.” The madcap comedy, a sequel to “Boeing-Boeing” (staged at the Hipp in 2010), follows Bernard as he ducks his wife and fetes his mistress with the help of Robert in the French countryside. Showtimes are Thursdays and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For tickets, which range from $15 to $35, call 375-4477.
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 Sunday and at the UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26.
Sept. 12-Jan. 20:
Tubular tour stop: On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , the Florida Museum of Natural History hosts a Surfing Celebration featuring a Robo-surfer surfing simulator, interactive bioluminescence exhibits and tables staffed by organizations both on- and off-campus. The free event celebrates two new exhibits at the museum: “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife,” which examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf, and “Surfing Florida — A Photographic History,” which celebrates the history of surfing in Florida and around the world with interactive exhibits. Admission to both exhibits is $4 for 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.
Beatle bash: On Friday, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents The Impostors, a Gainesville-based band performing hits of the Fab Four, courtesy of the city of Gainesville Department 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.
Paint Kanapaha: Gainesville's Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts its annual Paint Out, a plein air event Friday through Sunday with artists painting scenery throughout the gardens. The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7, $3.50 for ages 6-13, free for ages 5 and younger. A special reception and sale of works from the event is set in the Summer House Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19. Reception admission is free.
Double 'Dog' play: The Spirit of Soul Repertory Theater at the Actors Warehouse presents “Topdog/Underdog,” Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitizer prize-winning play about two African-American brothers' struggle to survive, as its first production of the 2013-2014 season. The production depicts the competitive relationship between the brothers against the backdrop of their involvement in the street con game, Three Card Monte. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 22.
Chili chow-down: The Hampton Veterans Memorial Fund hosts its annual Chili Festival on Saturday at the Thunder Music Park, 9057 U.S. 301, Hampton. The event features musical performances from Tropical Whiskey, Steel Rockin' and Psychedelic Sunburn. Admission is free. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. and judging for the chili cook-off starts at 2 p.m.
Hale and hearty harmonies: The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus stages two performances of a new production at the Thomas Center on Sunday. Called “Sunday with Your Sweeties,” the production features vocal performances as well as comedic skits between numbers. Performances begin at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Brevard busk blowout: The Brevard Busking Coalition makes a rare venture to Alachua County for a special performance on Monday at 1982. Featuring acoustic instruments and irreverent songs, the group was invited by Tom Miller to perform at his open-mic variety show, The Reverend Angeldust's Tabernacle of Hedonism, after he shared the stage with them during a previous event in Brevard County. Admission is $3-$5, doors open at 9 p.m.