Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
HISTORICAL SONG IN THE SOLARIUMS: The a cappella group Singers of the Reformation, which specializes in medieval and renaissance songs, performs their regular repertoire (as well as some modern holiday favorites) at the Headquarters Library in downtown Gainesville. Admission is free. The performance begins at 3 p.m. today.
WINTRY WONDERLAND: The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs hosts the final days of its annual Festival of Lights featuring more than 5 million lights adorning the historic museum, tower and grounds. The festival runs through Friday with park hours extended to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.
TUBULAR TOUR STOP: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two new exhibits through the first of the year: "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 (closed today for Thanksgiving) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibits continue through Jan. 20.
ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MINERAL: The Matheson Museum's current exhibit, "Flora and Fauna of Florida: Symbols of Alachua County," features photographs of rare and vulnerable plants and wildlife native to the sunshine state from a number of area photographers. Admission is free. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Matheson is located at 513 E. University Ave.
PICKIN' AND GRININ' CANADIAN BLUEGRASS: Lauded Nova Scotian bluegrass duo The Spinney Brothers will perform "Grandpa's Way of Life" and other favorites at Gallery 26 in Melrose on Saturday at night. Backed by their bassist and mandolin player, the duo will play at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
CEDAR KEY COUTURE: The Cedar Key Arts Center hosts the Wearable Art Project, which features wearable works by area artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. An opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 tonight. Admission is free.
FLEET-FINGERED FOLK: Celebrated folk singer/songwriter and virtuoso finger-style guitarist Jack Williams returns to the area for a performance at Unity of Gainesville on Sunday. A renowned performer who's appeared at the Newport Folk Festival with the likes of Bob Dylan and others, Williams combines jazz and blues with traditional folk influences. Admission for the 7 p.m. performance is $15 to $20. Unity of Gainesville is at 8801 NW 39th Ave.
ARENA ROCK IN THE PHILLIPS CENTER: The Broadway jukebox musical "Rock of Ages" brings its national tour to the Phillips Center to kick off the 2014 performance season. The play tells the story of a runaway and the rock star she falls for via the biggest hits by AOR and hair-metal acts of the '80s. Tickets, which are $45-$65, $20 for UF students, are available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.
THE LATEST SHOW ON EARTH: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into Gainesville for four shows of one-ring circus performances next weekend. The production, "Super Circus Heroes," focuses on superheroes, with performers undertaking traditional circus stunts and tricks. Performances are planned at 7 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 11; and 1 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets range from $14 to $53, and are available by calling 392-1653 or through Ticketmaster.com.
PREMIERE PICKIN': The acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke, one of the most groundbreaking and respected fingerstyle soloists, will perform at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall on Jan. 11 as part of the school's Master Artists Series. The performances begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seats and $12 for balcony seats, with seats available for $9 for Santa Fe students and staff; available by calling 395-4181 or online at www.sfcollege.edu/finearts.
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