Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.
Pixel play: The Hippodrome presents its latest play “Leveling Up,” written by Deborah Zoe Laufer (playwright of past Hippodrome production “Sirens”) and directed by Lauren Caldwell. Telling the story of a group of video-gamed addled friends dreaming of a way to get paid to play. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays, and 5 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. For tickets, call 375-4477.
March 6-Sept. 1:
Fine furry four-legged friends: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s latest temporary exhibit is “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” an exhibition billed as the largest yet on the subject of dogs and canids. The exhibit chronicles dogs’ relatives, the process of selective breeding, the evolution of wolves into domestic dogs and dogs’ relationship with humans. Admission is $7 for Adults, $6 for UF students, Florida residents and seniors and $4.50 for children ages 3-17.
Danscompany annual winter 'Wiz': Danscompany hosts two performances of “The Wiz and Spring Concert” featuring dancers from Duval and Rawlings elementaries at the Phillips Center as part of the dance company’s annual spring production. Students from Rawlings will perform at 1:30 p.m. and students from Duval will perform at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and available by calling 371-0761.
Elite chamber ensemble: The acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet performs a program including Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1 on Sunday at the University Auditorium. Tickets for the 2 p.m. performance are $20-$30, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-2787.
Kosher culture: The Gainesville Jewish Film Festival returns for its fourth annual film program at the Hippodrome Cinema. The fest begins with a children’s event on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Gary Gersen Lecture Series and various UF institutions. Screenings will include “Hunting Elephants” on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., “Bethlehem” on Monday at 7 p.m., “Wild West Hebron” on Tuesday at 7 p.m., “Mamele” and “Fill The Void” March 16 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively, “Aftermath” on March 17 at 7 p.m., and “HaMashgikhim” on March 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is $7, or $18 for three screenings, $36 for 7.
Francosymposium: The University of Florida hosts a symposium on French Music and Literature on Tuesday to coincide with the 18th International Festival of Women Composers. The event features a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and presentations and keynote speakers Wednesday from 10:40 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 101 of the Music Building.
Intimate, acoustic: To accommodate overwhelming interest, singer-songwriter Mark Stuart, originally slated for a Duck Pond house show, will perform at The Library at Market Street bar on March 14. A former sideman with Freddy Fender, Joan Baez, Steve Earle and others, Stuart will regale his audience with anecdotes between performances of his original songs. The show is slated to run from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $12.
Classic Controversy: The critically acclaimed play “Corpus Christi,” which tells the story of a young man named Joshua and his 12 followers in modern day Texas, opens March 14 at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.
Country classics: The Desert Rose band, the Grammy-nominated and chart-topping country-rock group, will perform at the University Auditorium on March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Helmed by founding Byrd Chris Hillman, the group has won three CMA awards and had a series of charting country singles in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Tickets are $20-$35, $10 for UF students, and available by calling 392-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.com
Festive feats of feet: Gainesville’s Dance Alive National Ballet performs “Bolero!” a new production highlighting Latin-works including Arturo Marquez’ “Danzon” and Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” at the Phillips Center on March 15. The UF Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raymond Chobaz and solo pianist Kevin Sharpe provide musical accompaniment. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $15-$40. “Bolero Fiesta!” an event with Latin cuisine and sangria in the Fackler Foyer, starts at 6 p.m., with admission available for $50. For tickets, call 392-2787 or see Ticketmaster.com.