Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
READING THE CLUES: Onstage for a final weekend 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. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 130 NE First Ave. Tickets are $11, $9 for seniors on Sunday only, $8 for ages 12 and younger.
Oct. 24-Nov. 3:
UNDEAD ACTING: The Hippodrome Theatre’s current play, the stage mockumentary “Zombie Town,” continue its run through Nov. 3. The comedy depicts the fictional account of a zombie takeover as a theater troupe in Texas interviews survivors of a zombie invasion for a play. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.
Oct. 24-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.
GROOVES THAT GLEAM: Jazz pianist Kenny Barron is celebrating his 70th birthday by touring with his new Platinum Band. The group performs at 7:30 tonight 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.
PEACE AND LOVE: Multi-disciplinary artist Rassouli conducts a number of art events featuring his work this weekend. The self-described “master of Fusionart” will conduct a talk on creativity at the HPNP auditorium on the UF campus tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Friday night, his art will be on display in the Hippodrome Gallery as part of Artwalk Gainesville from 7 to 10 p,m. On Saturday he will present an all-day workshop and retreat at the Hippodrome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ROLLICKING RHYTHM: Local group the 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review performs Friday 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 to the 8 p.m. performance is free nd open to the public.
HALLOWEEN HORRORS AT THE HIPP: The Hippodrome’s Rusty Salling will conduct ghost tours of the historic downtown theater on Friday and Saturday. The building, which once served as a post office and jail, is almost 100 years old and has long been the reputed haunt of Gainesville ghouls. Tours begin at 10:15 p.m. on Friday and at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $13.
ECLECTIC ARRANGEMENTS: The eclectic and comedic music ensemble Mnozil Brass performs at UF’s University Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.
PUNCH BROTHER DOES BACH: Mandolin virtuoso and Punch Brothers member Chris Thile performs at University Auditorium on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thile will peform selections from his latest album, which features works of Bach. Through his work with Nickel Creek, the Punch Brothers and in a solo career, Thile has developed a reputation as a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and interpreter of a wide range of genres and styles. Tickets are $20-$35, $10 for UF Students.
COUNTRY ROCKER SALUTE: To celebrate the life and legacy of country-rock trailblazer and former Florida resident Gram Parsons, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts the annual GramFest featuring local artists performing some of Parsons’ best-known songs. This year’s slate will include Gram Parsons collaborator Ian Dunlop along with the Couch Messiahs, Quartermoon, Hals Shows & Curt MCKenzie and Karl Miller. Admission is free. The performance is scheduled to run from 8 to 10 p.m.