Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.
Elusive Altman: The Wooly hosts a screening of Robert Altman’s rarely-screened 1974 film, “California Split,” which chronicles the misadventures of two down-on their-luck gamblers (Elliot Gould and George Segal). The theater and event space is screening a rare film print of the movie, which is unavailable on DVD or Blu-Ray. Admission is $3; the screening begins at 8:30 p.m.
Verdi viewing: The Hipp Cinema screens a recent performance of the Antoni Verdi opera “Nabucco,” performed this season by the Royal Opera Company, with a debut performance by Placido Domingo in the titular role. The opera tells the story of “Nabucco,” better known as Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king, his exile of the Hebrews and his own downfall and redemption. Admission is $20. Show starts at 7:30 tonight and at 2:30 on Sunday.
Folklore encore: A new play by local playwright Chuck Lipsig, “Refinery: A Modern Day Faery Tale,” is onstage for a full run at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre in cooperation with the Alachua County Rapscallions Theater. The play considers the role of fairy tales and tells the story of a humble family in a refinery town. Admission: $10. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through May 25.
May 15-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.
Troubadour 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 on Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 10 p.m.
Music for military: The Gainesville Pops performs their annual Armed Forces Salute Concert at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday with a mix of patriotic music and fan favorites. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Brazilian goodbye: UF’s Brazilian Music Institute marks the close of its 2014 event with a special farewell performance at the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre on Saturday. The show features Jorge Continentino, Alexander Crooker, Ulisses Rocha, Larry Crook, Welson Tremura and guests from the institute. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17, available by calling 392-2787.
Barbershop blow-out: Gainesville’s Barbergators men’s chorus hosts a special Spring Show on Saturday at the Grace Presbyterian Church. The ensemble will be joined by the Phabulous Phlegmtones, Primary Colors, On the Edge and special guests. Show starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Showtunes showtime: The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus hosts a special concert titled “Better Late Than Never” at the Gainesville Senior Center on Sunday. The singers will be joined by a trio of quartets, On the Edge, The Clique and the Phabulous Phlegmtones. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $5.
Blues buffet: South Carolina blues guitarist and former Muddy Waters protege Mac Arnold performs with his band, Plate Full O’ Blues, at High Dive. Rick Randlett opens the show, which is presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society, at 7 p.m. Admission is $15, $8 for blues society members.
Free fusion: As part of the city of Gainesville’s weekly summer outdoor concert series, local artist Wester Joseph and his band Stereo Vudu will perform next Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Joseph, a Miami-born Haitian-American, blends soul, rock, Afro-beat and Caribbean music to make what he calls “vudu rock” or “soulful rock magic.” Based in Gainesville, the group has made a name for themselves playing music festivals around the region. Admission is free, show starts at 8 p.m. and is slated to run until 10 p.m.