Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.
By knife or fork?: The University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance presents “Miss Witherspoon” a hit play written by Tony-winning scribe Christopher Durang. The play tells the story of Veronica, who, after committing suicide must relive her life over and over again. Final performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the McGuire Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $13-$17.
Quincentennial kites: An installation of handmade silk kites titled “Winds of Change” continues at the UF Engineering Building through today. 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.
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 tonight at the Thomas Center. The performance, billed as “A Paynes Prairie Home Companion,” was inspired by the Garrison Keillor-helmed radio variety show and features musical performances, radio stories and mock commercials. Admission is $5, with the performance running from 8 to 10 p.m.
Sept. 26-Jan. 20:
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.
Latin film fest ‘Free Friday’: To coincide with Gainesville’s annual Latin Film Festival, Gilberto de Paz and Latin fusion group Tropix perform Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series. The group performs such Latin American traditions as salsa, bachata, cumbia as well as disco, ballads and more. Admission is free. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m.
Voluminous 'Voice': Singer/songwriter/musician Naia Kete, a former contestant on the NBC show “The Voice,” headlines Santa Fe College’s inaugural SantaFEST celebration scholarship fundraiser when she performs Saturday in the Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $12 to $15, $9 for Santa Fe students and staff. Kete also will direct a workshop as part of the school’s Master Artists Series to mentor Santa Fe artists and performers.
Greenery Galore: Morningside Nature Center hosts its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday featuring the largest offering of native plants in North Florida. The event also features plant advice from the Florida Native Plant Society, complementary Park-A-Plant service and a naturalist-led wildflower walk. Members of the Friends of Nature Parks and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society can attend the sale on Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s public event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1:
Gobi Grooves: The popular Inner Mongolian music ensemble AnDa Union returns to the Phillips Center for three performances starting Sunday. The group features 14 musicians from different ethnic groups combining Mongolian and Chinese traditions. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. General admission tickets are $30, $10 for UF students.
Science snack: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts another installment of its “Science Cafe” food and lecture series on Monday. This time, the event is planned for Sabore in Tioga Town Center, and the talk, titled “The Beauty and Complexity of Insects, Fungi and Microbes Under (and on) Your Feet,” will be delivered by UF’s Andrew Lucky, assistant research scientist for the Department of Entomology and Nematology, and by Jiri Hulcr, assistant professor of Forest Resources and Conservation. The restaurant, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129, opens at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. A limited menu will be available for attendees.
Friday-night flashback: On Oct. 4, the “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents The Relics, a local band performing music of the Woodstock era, at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The nine-piece group has performed the last four years at the series and features members who themselves attended the storied New York festival. This year, the group also will perform a musical tribute to Charlie Scales as well as songs by The Erasables, a local group sharing members with The Relics. Admission is free. The concert runs from 8 p.m. to 10.