Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.
OCT. 3-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.
FRIDAY-NIGHT FLASHBACK: The “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents The Relics, a local band performing music of the Woodstock era, at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday. The nine-piece group has performed the last four years as part of 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 to 10 p.m. Friday.
READING THE CLUES: A mystery comedy with clever dialogue and fast-paced twists comes to the High Springs Community Theater on Friday in the form of “Murder by the Book,” about an author and critic who refuses to divorce his volatile wife. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays at the theater, 130 NE First Ave. Tickets are $11, $9 for seniors on Sundays only, $8 for ages 12 and younger.
POWERFUL IMPROV: Jazz pianist Billy Childs and his Jazz-Chamber Ensemble will be joined by vocalist Dianne Reeves and the Ying Quartet for a combined ensemble that boasts eight Grammys between them. The gorup will perform a fusion of jazz and other genres at Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, which are $25-$50, $10 for UF students, are available by calling 392-2787 or througth Ticketmaster.
BIG BAND BLOWOUT: The Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department presents its fall theatrical production, the musical revue “The All Night Strut!” Featuring the department’s scholarship students, the big band-era show touches on the topics of race, relationships and the power of music. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $12-$15, $9 for seniors and children 12 and younger, and free for Santa Fe students and staff.
BONNIE BALLET: The Scottish Ballet performs an interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ Pullitzer-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Oct. 10 at the Phillips Center. Using only dance, the award-winning company tells the story of Blanche DuBois’ attempts to escape her past. Tickets are $25-$50, $10 for UF students.
PICKIN' AND GRINNIN' IN PALATKA: Palatka’s Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch plays host to three days of world -class bluegrass at the town’s sixth annual Fall Bluegrass Festival. Performers will include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and past International Bluegrass Music Award winners Russell Moore and The Grascals along with other performers from as far afield as Nova Scotia. Performances runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Oct. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Daily admission runs from $15 to $35, while three-day tickets are $30 to $85.
SURPRISING SONG: Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay and Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet will perform their take on an eclectic collection of historic jazz and cabaret songs from the Weimar-era through the 1950s. Combining complex rhythmic techniques and innovative use of mallets, piano, strings and ukulele, the ensemble breath new life into classics. The performance is set for UF’s University Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30 or $10 for UF students.
TURN, TURN, TURN UP AT THE PLAZA: A sampling of Gainesville area musicians performs a tribute to the music of The Byrds, the top-selling folk and country-influenced rock band of the ’60s and ’70s. The event, called “In Flyte, A Tribute to the Music of The Byrds,” is part of the city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series and will take place at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza downtown. The band Farther Along, put together for this show, features Mark Miale, Tony McMahon, Ron Thomas and Rob Rothschild and will perform alongside Monica Leadon Cooper & Friends and Jana Horton and Another Fine Mess. Admission is free. The performance runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
ART FEST AT THORNEBROOK: The Gainesville Fine Arts Association presents the annual Thornebrook Art Festival. The event will feature two days of artists and vendors at the Thornebrook Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12-13. Admission is free.
EBONY, IVORY AND ORION WEISS: Celebrated concert pianist Orion Weiss performs a selection of works by Enrique Granados, a Spanish composer and famed pianist active in the 19th and early 20th centuries, next Sunday. Admission is $20-$30 and $10 for UF students. Concert will begin at 2 p.m.