Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: The Hippodrome Theatre reprises two of its most popular Christmas productions. “A Tuna Christmas” tells the stories of residents of the small town of Tuna, Texas, all played by two actors, in a tizzy over the annual Christmas contest. The Hipp's production of Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol,” starring Rusty Stalling, is a Gainesville institution. Tickets are $30-$35 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for children and students. The Hipp is offering a “2 for $20” admission to “A Tuna Christmas” through Sunday, and free admission to either play is offered to kids attending with a paying adult and a non-perishable food item or unwrapped new toy through Wednesday. Showtimes for “A Tuna Christmas” are Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 22. Showtimes for “A Christmas Carol” are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21.
RHYME TIME: The Gainesville Community Playhouse stages the Broadway musical “Seussical” featuring beloved Dr. Seuss characters for the holiday season. Performances begin Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and seniors.
CHRIST CAROL RE-IMAGINED: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre's holiday production is “Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula. The play offers a new spin on the Dickens' classic by imagining the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's former business partner of the original, mounting a behind-the-scenes campaign to save Ebenezer's soul. Performances begin Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.
MEMORY LANE: The group known for recreating a small-town band's days of yore in rural Tennessee, Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, performs Christmas favorites in an old-timey manner at UF's University Auditorium on Friday. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
ACOUSTIC FOR YOU: Cymplify Coffee hosts the three-day benefit Cymplifestivus, which features outdoor, acoustic sets by Sister Hazel on Friday, “The Voice” winner Javier Colon on Saturday, and Jamie Davis & Friends as part of a Countryfied Music and Barbecue Fest on Sunday. Gates opens at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon Sunday, at Cymplify, 5402 NW Eighth Ave. Tickets are $10 on Friday, $5 on Saturday, $3 on Sunday, or $15 for all three days. Ticket proceeds benefit Feed the Children. For more information, call 224-5101 or see Cymplifycentral.com.
ROCKIN' FOR A CAUSE: The annual Santa Jam, billed as the largest toy drive and musician showcase in the state, returns with six days of events in North Central Florida, starting with performances by area bands at Gainesville's Dirty Martini Bar on Friday, Hangar 7 in Lake City on Saturday, Spindrifter in Alachua on Sunday, and continuing with shows at Bunkers Sports Den in Jasper on Dec. 13, Backstage Lounge on Dec. 14 and the grand finale — an event at Hampton's Thunder Music Park headlined by David Ball on Dec. 15. Admission to each multi-band concert is free with one new unwrapped toy. For more information, see www.flarocks.com.
HOLIDAY HOMECOMING IN HIGH SPRINGS: The High Springs Community Theater is staging the popular, holiday play, “The Homecoming.” Based on the novel “Spencer's Mountain” (which inspired the TV show “The Waltons”), the play tells the story of the Spencer children who live in the Virginia mountains during the Great Depression, and of eldest daughter Mary's quest to find her father, who is forced to work away. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.
IF THE SHOE FITS ... : Danscompany of Gainesville performs “Cinderella” as its traditional holiday dance production at the Phillips Center on Saturday. Performances begin at 1:30 and at 7 p.m. Admission is $15, free for children 9 and younger with the donation of an unwrapped new toy or book.
POPPIN' OFF: The Gainesville Pops, a local group of professional musicians, educators and dedicated hobbyists dedicated to performing light favorites, performs its annual Christmas concert, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday. The group will perform “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Hall,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and more. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
GLOW, TANNENBAUM: The Thomas Center and the City of Gainesville hosts the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The free program features caroling from the Singers of the Reformation and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus with music on hammered dulcimer and autoharp by Jim and Joy Lillquist. Light refreshments will be served.
SONGWRITER SESSION AT SANDHILLl: Folksinger Buddy Mondlock performs Sunday at the Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge. The songwriter, whose tunes have been performed by Peter, Paul and Mary and Gene Clark, will present works from throughout his career and selections from his new CD “22 Days.” Admission is $20 to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.
BLUES BENEFIT FOR WOUNDED WARRIOR: The North Central Florida Blues Society presents a special concert to benefit Wounded Warrior, a charity for aiding combat veterans, at Dirty Bar on Sunday. The slate includes The Pete Karnes Blues Band, Cruz Blues, The Jacoby Brothers Band, Ole Skool, Bridget Kelly Band, Big Time Juke & the Joints, Root Redemption and headliners Little Mike and Sheba the Mississippi Queen. Admission is $10 or $5 for veterans. The event runs from 2 to 9:30 p.m.
TIMELY TUNES, TRADITIONALLY: The Musica Vera Consort, a local ensemble of musicians performing pieces on renaissance-era instruments, holds its annual holiday concert, featuring new arrangements of secular and sacred pieces from Christian, Jewish and Native American traditions with narration. The concert is set for Room 101 of the UF Music building (next to the University Auditorium) at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.