Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
Poetic play: DanceCentral! and the By Ear Musician Studio of Music Instruction presents “For Colored Girls,” a “choreopoem” based on 20 poems by Ntozake Shange as told by eight female African-American characters. Performances begin today through Saturday at 8 p.m. with additional shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. May 2. Admission is $15 advance, $20 at the door. For more information, see Madearskidsworld.WebStarts.com
April 24-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 star-crossed 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 24-May 4:
Sanity in the equation: The High Springs Community Theater’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Proof” continues 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, and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $11, $9 for seniors on Sundays.
April 24-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.
A cappella closer: The UF female a vocal group The Sedoctaves perform their season-finale concert on Friday at the University Auditorium. The performance, titled “We Woke Up Like This,” takes its theme from social media trends and features a cappella interpretations of contemporary pop hits. Admission is $12; the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Florida student film fest: The Hippodrome Cinema hosts the first ever Cinevie Short Film Festival, which features eight short films by UF, UCF and FSU students. The event begins with a festival premiere party at 6:30 p.m. Friday followed by screenings. A encore screening of the films begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 on Friday, $7.50 on Saturday.
Jest Fest! finish: As part of a weekly series by the city of Gainesville, the Bo Diddley Community Plaza hosts the final Jest Fest! event for 2014 at 6 p.m. Saturday. This week’s free event features comedian and Cirque du Soleil veteran Cory Tabino, Walten’s Acrobatic and Performing Dog Show and puppets from various area companies including Theatre Santa Fe, the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences and others.
Canadian quartet concert: The Opus award-winning and Juno-nominated New Orford String Quartet performs a matinee concert at UF’s University Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert will feature string quartet works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Jacques Hétu and Maurice Ravel. Tickets are $20-$30, $10 for UF students, and are available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
First ‘Free Friday’ for ’14: The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs kicks off its weekly outdoor concert series at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on May 2 with a “Free Fridays” performance paying tribute to Eric Clapton. A special band assembled for the show will perform Clapton favorites from throughout his career including songs from the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominos and solo hits. Admission is free; the performance runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
Jazz Fest twelve at Tioga Town Center: The Gainesville Jazz Festival returns for another day of performances on May 3 at Tioga Town Center. With an emphasis on larger ensembles, this year’s concert features performances by Gary Langford EOS Big Band, Ulisses Rocha and Friends, Mindwalk and Little Jake & the Soul Searchers from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
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