Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Jazzy spring: The Santa Fe College Jazz/Big Band hosts a special seasonal concert titled “Jazz Up Spring” tonight at 7:30 at the school’s Fine Arts Hall. Under the direction of Gary Langford, the concert features a set of standards including “Beyond the Sea,” “Backrow Politics” and “Sway” among others. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seats, $12 for balcony seats, $9 for UF students, seniors and children, and free for Santa Fe students and employees.
Electro-pop dance duo: Columbia recording artist and dance-pop duo Cherub performs tonight at The Wooly event space in downtown Gainesville. The band will perform new songs including, “Doses & Mimosas,“ “Lifesaver” and others, in the run-up to the release of the duo’s debut full-length album. Cherub will be joined by openers Carousel and Future Unlimited. For free admission, send a RSVP to www.redbullsoundselect.com.
Drama with a message: Theater students at Santa Fe College are staging “Sticks & Stones,” a production addressing the subject of bullying, tonight through Saturday. Growing out of an honors class, the one-act play covers bullying, its causes, and its effects. Admission is free, but donations of toiletry items are requested. Performances begin in the Building E Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
April 17-May 4:
Summer Shakespeare: The Hippodrome Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in a new production featuring Sara Morsey as Prospera and directed by Lauren Caldwell. Showtimes of the Hipp’s spin on the fantastical romantic comedy of lovers shipwrecked and starcrossed are 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through May 4. For tickets, call 375-4477 or visit www.thehipp.org.
April 17-May 4:
Sanity in the equation: The High Springs Community Theater is staging a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof” through May 4. The play tells the story of a young woman coping with her feelings and fears following the death of her brilliant mathematician father. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays through May 4. Admission is $11 with $9 senior admission on Sundays.
April 17-Sept. 1:
Fine furry four-legged friends: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s current temporary exhibit is “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” an exhibition billed as the largest yet on the subject of dogs. 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.
Dark Nights return: As part of its Dark Nights series of performances between mainstage productions, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre stages George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” for the second of two weekends. Final performances of the comedy and tragedy, which recounts the story of Joan of Arc, begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door.
For the birds: The inaugural Gainesville Birding and Nature Festival is this weekend. The event, presented by Gainesville Ecotours and Visit Florida, Visit Gainesville and the Alachua County Audobon Society, is planned at the downtown Gainesville Hampton Inn and is meant to expand and emphasize wildlife, ecological and outdoor recreation tourism in the area. The event is Florida’s only International Migratory Bird Day event. Programs will include tours and trips in the area.
Jest Fest! continues: As part of a weekly series by the city, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts the city of Gainesville’s penultimate Jest Fest! event for 2014 at 6 p.m. Saturday. This week’s free event features film/Broadway star and silent clown Avner the Eccentric, one-man-band Marc Dobson and comedian/juggler Dan Raspyni.
Royal horse spotlight: The touring production Gala of the Royal Horses features some of the most celebrated royal horses of Europe in two shows Saturday at the O’Connell Center. As part of its inaugural tour of the U.S., the show spotlights the horses’ majestic maneuvers and their interaction with Spanish flamenco dancers. Performances begin at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $24-$60 and are available by calling 392-1653 or online through Ticketmaster.com.
African singing Easter Sunday: The University of Florida’s Pazeni Sauti Africa choir, a group of UF students and faculty performing African choral music, performs its Easter concert on Sunday at the University Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.