Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.
Dizzy dining: The Hippodrome Theatre stages final performances of its fall season opener, “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 8 p.m. today and Friday, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, which range from $15 to $35, call 375-4477.
Double ‘Dog’ play: The Spirit of Soul Repertory Theater at the Actors Warehouse presents “Topdog/Underdog,” Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer 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. Final performances begin at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Quincentennial kites: An installation of handmade silk kites titled “Winds of Change” continues at one location 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 UF Engineering Building through Sept. 26.
Tubular tour stop: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts 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 continue through Jan. 20, 2014.
Tom tribute: Local Tom Petty tribute-band Heavy Petty performs its signature take on the Gainesville-bred singer/songwriter on Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the city’s “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series. Featuring members drawn from the Gainesville rock and folk scene, the group has performed locally since playing its first gig on Valentines Day, 2010. Admission is free. The concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Season-opening concert: At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Gainesville Community Band opens its 2013-2014 season with the Charles Dean Memorial Concert at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. As part of the performance, a deserving middle school student from Alachua County will receive a new trumpet. Admission to the concert is a $6 donation.
British blues: Award-winning British blues singer guitarist Matt Schofield performs at Gainesville’s High Dive on Sunday, courtesy of the North Central Florida Blues Society. Local acoustic duo Middleground will open the show. Admission is $5-12. Doors open at 6 p.m., Middleground’s set begins at 7 p.m.
Feminine folk: Local all-female folk quintet Patchwork performs at the Sandhill stage at Prairie Creek Lodge on Sunday to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. The Gainesville group play a blend of different American traditional music and has been together for 15 years. Jacksonville singer/songwriter Larry Mangum opens. Admission is $20.
Focus on photos: Gainesville’s Matheson Museum opens a new exhibit featuring historical photographs from the past hundred years of Gainesville history. Entitled “Twentieth Century Gainesville: Through The Decades,” the collection features posters for the Bo Diddley Community Plaza from the 1970s and ‘80s as well as photographs from the Mark V. Barrow Archives documenting downtown Gainesville in the first half of the century. A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit is planned Monday at 6 p.m. Regular museum hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is free.
The news from Lake Newnegone: A special edition of the “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series originally scheduled for July 5 but delayed because of rain is now set for the Thomas Center on Sept. 26. In years past, the July Fourth “Free Friday” show was devoted to the “All-American Song Fest.” This year’s show, “A Paynes Prairie Home Companion,” was inspired by the Garrison Keillor-helmed radio variety show, however, and features musical performances, radio stories and mock commercials. Admission is $5, with the performance running from 8 to 10 p.m.
Latin film fest ‘Free Friday’: To coincide with Gainesville’s annual Latin Film Festival, Gilberto de Paz and Latin fusion group Tropix will perform at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in the “Free Fridays” concert on Sept. 27. The group performs such Latin American traditions as salsa, bachata, cumbia as well as disco, ballads and more. Admission is free. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.