Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:24 a.m.
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. 17-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.
PALIMPSEST OF PLUCKERY: The local all-female folk ensemble Patchwork performs Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville as part of the “Free Fridays” concert series. The quintet plays largely originals and features instrumentalists who also sing. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. Admission is free.
CELEBRATING ART: The UF School of Art and Art History presents Art Bash 2013, its annual celebration of the visual arts and open-house event, on Friday. Along with projects by UF art and history students, the event features Visiting Emerging Alumni Artist Jason Mitcham, who worked on the Avett Brothers’ “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” music video; large-scale inflatable artworks from the students of WARP, HOT Clay’s “Pot Bowling” and live music by the Oak Hall High School band Blues Rebellion and the R. Mutt Blues Band, recent repeat winners of the 2013 North Central Florida Blue Society’s Blues Challenge. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the UF Fine Arts Complex, Southwest Fourth Avenue and Southwest 14th Street. Admission is free.
OVERSIZED ARACHNID: Gator Cinemas hosts, on Friday only, a screening of “Big Ass Spider,” a campy tribute to B-movies of yesteryear. The film tells the story of a giant alien spider which, having escaped from a military installation, wreaks havoc in downtown Los Angeles. The screening begins at 10 p.m. Admission is $7.
QUARTET AND GUITAR: Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals is joined onstage Sunday by Cuban classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco for a night of classical music at UF’s University Auditorium. The Madrid-based ensemble was founded in 1997 and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Barrueco has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has been nominated for a Grammy. Their 7:30 p.m. performance will include pieces by Eduardo Toldra, Claude Debussy, Luigi Bocchierini. The concert, which features their first-ever appearance with Barrueco, also will feature the world premiere of “Fantasia,” a new work by Roberto Sierra. Tickets are available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
THAT’LL BE THE PLAY: The Phillips Center and UF Performing Arts hosts a performance of “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” which dramatizes the Texas rock ‘n’ roll singer’s life and career and features performances of his biggest hits. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 for reserved seats , $15 for UF students.
MUPPET MUSIC: Returning to Gainesville for two performances starting Wednesday is Sesame Street Live, which will perform the stage show, “Can’t Stop Singing” at the O’Connell Center. The musical features original songs by all of the Sesame Street favorites. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Tickets range from $18 to $55.
GROOVES THAT GLEAM: Jazz pianist Kenny Barron is celebrating his 70th birthday by touring with his Platinum Band. The group performs Oct. 24 at the Phillips Center. The NEA jazz master and nine-time Grammy Award nominee is famed for his dazzling technical ability and eclectic set lists. Tickets are $25-$50, $10 for UF students.
ROLLICKING RHYTHM: Local group the 6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review will perform at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the City of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series. The septet’s set will include standards from several decades skewed towards dance numbers. Admission is free and open to the public.
ECLECTIC ARRANGEMENTS: The eclectic and comedic music ensemble Mnozil Brass will perform at UF’s University Auditorium on Oct. 27. Described as the “Monty Pythons of music” due to their use of absurd choreography and arrangements, the group was featured on the soundtrack of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students.