Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
Folklore encore: A new play by local playwright Chuck Lipsig, “Refinery: A Modern Day Faery Tale,” returns to the stage at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre in cooperation with the Alachua County Rapscallions Theater starting Friday.. The play considers the role of fairy tales and tells the story of a humble family in a refinery town. Admission: $10. Regular performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25, with a special preview show at 8 tonight, for which admission is $5.
May 8-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: $7 adults, $6 for UF students, Florida residents and seniors; and $4.50 for children ages 3-17.
Reelin' in the hits: Gainesville's “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza continues Friday night with a special performance from local cover band, The Shambles, which will transform into a Steely Dan tribute band. The nontet will perform hits and favorites from all seven Steely Dan albums release before the jazz-rock band's initial breakup in 1981. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 10 p.m.
Gulf guitar, spicy strumming: Familial Florida folk group, The Currys, made up of brothers and a cousin, return to the Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge on Friday. Hailing from the Gulf Coast, the group has toured the nation and overseas performing in venues from oyster bars to festivals. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Admission: $20 to benefit the Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial Inc. Seating is limited; for reservations, call 317-7307 or email email@example.com.
Multimedia music: In its fifth such season-finale performance, the Gainesville Orchestra will perform along with projected visual accompaniment from the Springs Eternal Project for “Nature's Eden, A Pops Spectacular” concert at the Phillips Center. The concert will feature works ranging from the “1812 Overture” to “The Wizard of Oz Suite” featuring visuals curated by area artists. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35, $25 for seniors and $15 for students; available by calling 392-2787.
Community concert: The community instrumental ensemble Annasemble will perform its spring concert at the Haile Plantation Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The eclectic group, led by Annemieke Pronker-Coron and consisting mostly of string instruments, leans heavily on both the baroque and Americana traditions. Admission is free.
Opera for oncology: To benefit the Climb for Cancer Foundation, Santa Fe College will host a performance by opera soprano, “America's Got Talent” contestant and cancer survivor Barbara Padilla on Saturday night. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Hall. Tickets are $25-$150.
Poetry for peace: The Gainesville Unitarian Universalist Church will host a reception for the winners of the annual Alachua County Peace Poetry Contest. The contest, presented by Gainesville Veterans For Peace, seeks to celebrate anti-war verse. The event runs 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature readings by winners, live music from Bowfish and light refreshments.
King of Pop retrospective: Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a special tribute to the pop star will make a stop in Gainesville for two performances. The show, which feature's the company's trademark miming and acrobatics as well as live musical and dance performances, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission: $50-150. Tickets available at the O'Connell Center box office, 392-1653.
Troubador tribute: As part of the city's “Free Fridays” Concert Series, music scene mainstay Mick Marino has assembled a musical tribute to Bob Dylan featuring several groups next week at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 10.
Music for military: The Gainesville Pops performs their annual Armed Forces Salute concert at the First United Methodist Church next Saturday with a mix of patriotic music and fan favorites. The concert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free.