Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.
Bonnie ballet: The Scottish Ballet performs an interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” today at the Phillips Center. Using only dance, the award-winning company tells the story of Blanche DuBois’ attempts to escape her past. Tickets , which are $25-$50, $10 for UF students, are available by calling 392-2787.
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 features music from the likes of Cab Calloway, George and Ira Gershwin, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington among others in a “fast-paced , gently nostalgic view of the Great American songbook,” says director Terry Klenk. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday 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. For tickets, call the box office at 395-4181 or see www.sfcollege.edu/finearts.
Pickin’ and grinnin’ in Palatka: The Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch hosts today through Saturday three days of world-class bluegrass at the town’s sixth annual Fall Bluegrass Festival. Performers 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. today, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Daily admission runs from $15 to $35, while three-day tickets are $30 to $85. For tickets, call 706-864-7203.
Reading the clues: Onstage at the High Springs Community Theater is “Murder by the Book,” a mystery comedy 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.
Oct. 10-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.
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 and Thornebrook: The Gainesville Fine Arts Association presents the annual Thornebrook Art Festival. The event will feature two days of artists and vendors Saturday and Sunday at the Thornebrook Village shopping center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
Ebony, ivory and Orion Weiss: On Sunday at University Auditorium, celebrated concert pianist Orion Weiss performs a program of selected sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti as well as “Los majos enamorados” by Enrique Granados, a Spanish composer and famed pianist active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students. The concert begins at 2 p.m.
Found sound: Hailing from Asheville, N.C., the Billy Jonas Trio has won over audiences with performances of Jonas’ percussion-based music played on traditional instruments as well as found objects including everything from buckets and broom handles to bottles and key chains. The group performs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE County Road 234. Admission is $20, with proceeds benefiting the Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial Inc. For reservations, call 317-7307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groundbreaking dance group: The Los Angles based experimental dance company Diavolo Dance Theater performs at the Phillips Center on Wednesday. The group features athletes, gymnasts and actors as well traditionally trained dancers. Tickets are $20 to $40, with tickets for UF students available for $10. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.