Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.
BETTIE PAGE BOMBSHELL PIN-UP: The Wooly screens the 2012 documentary “Bettie Page Reveals,” featuring the iconic model narrating and recounting her controversial professional and untold personal life. Admission is $5; doors open at 7:30 p.m. today and the screening begins at 8 p.m. The Wooly is at 20 N. Main St. For more information, call 278-1178.
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.
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SOUTHIE STRIVERS: The new Hippodrome play, “Good People,” kicks off 2014 with the story of a down-on-her-luck single mom in South Boston looking for solace with a successful high school ex-boyfriend. Final performances begin at 8 p.m. today and Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 375-4477.
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IMPROV AROUND TOWN: The Gainesville Improv Festival returns for its ninth-annual multi-day series at multiple venues. Featuring workshops and performances including UF’s Theater Strike Force, among others, the event aims to popularize, share and educate about the form for participants of all ages and levels of experience. Performances are planned at High Dive today at 8 and 10 p.m. ($6-$8 admission), and at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. ($8-$13 admission on Friday, $11-$15 on Saturday). For more information, see www.gainesvilleimprov.com/schedule.html.
KELLEY MCRAE IN MELROSE: Singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, formerly of New York and now based in the Nantahala Forest of North Carolina, performs in Melrose at Gallery 26 on Friday. Accompanied by her husband, Matt, McRae will perform her original Americana tunes, including tunes from her new album, “Brighter Than the Blues,” at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Gallery 26 is at 301 State Road 26, Melrose. For more information, call 475-3232.
NONCONFORMIST ORGANIST: Described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the rare musicians who changes the games of his instrument,” organist Cameron Carpenter has earned a reputation for expanding the boundaries of “organ music” to include jazz and pop along with classical sounds. Carpenter performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University Auditorium. Tickets are $20 to $35; available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
STARGAZING: The Paynes Prairie Preserve State park hosts a special Stargazing Event on Saturday night. The park staff and friends as well as the Alachua Astronomy Club will give visitors the opportunity to take in the heavens on powerful telescopes, take a hayride around Hickory Ranch and enjoy the mellow grooves of Finnish folk-duo Vellamo. Admission is $5 per person, free for children under 6 and park members. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors should use the entrance off Interstate 75, exit 374.
FOOTWORK FUSION: New York Times Critics Choice award winning dance company Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs at the Phillips Center on Saturday. Now in its 20th year, the New York-based company combines disparate methods, styles and cultural influences to remove barriers often associated with dance and is one of the most acclaimed today. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $25-$40, $10 for UF students; available by calling 392-2787.
SOUTH AFRICAN SONG: The South African vocal ensemble the Soweto Gospel Choir performs at the Phillips Center on Tuesday. Since their first album topped the Billboard World Music Charts in 2002, the group has become acclaimed around the world and has collaborated with U2, Peter Gabriel and other musical luminaries. Tickets are $20-$40, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
JAZZ ODYSSEY: Ground-breaking jazz and fusion guitarist and 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny performs Feb. 6 at the Phillips Center. He will be joined onstage by the Pat Metheny Unity Group, which features woodwind player Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Ben Williams and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi. Tickets are $30-$55, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
THOMAS CENTER TUNES: The Thomas Center hosts a special performance by local group the Gatorbone Band as well as special guests on Feb. 7. The group will be joined by Jason Thomas, Gabe Valla as well as Lis and Lon Williamson. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15. Dinner and light refreshments will be available for purchase.