Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.
Indie rock doc: Legendary Kentucky indie rock band Slint, which recorded one classic album before breaking up and settling into semi-obscurity in 1992, have their story told in a new documentary, “Breadcrumb Trail,” by filmmaker Lance Bangs screened tonight and Saturday at the Wooly. The event features archival footage from the band and musician/actor Will Oldham, as well as interviews with underground luminaries including Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow and James Murphy. Screenings begin at 9 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5, with portion of proceeds benefiting Grow Radio.
Debutante darlings: Pearl Cleage's comedy set during the civil rights era in Alabama, “The Nacirema Society,” has final performances today through Saturday at the Actors' Warehouse. The play centers on a family's preparation for the 100th anniversary ball of the Nacirema Society. Performances begin at 8 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors.
Folklore encore: An original play by local playwright Chuck Lipsig, “Refinery: A Modern Day Faery Tale,” has final performances this weekend at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. The play, presented in cooperation with the Alachua County Rapscallions Theater, considers the role of fairy tales and tells the story of a humble family in a refinery town. Admission is $10. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
May 22-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.
Free fusion: As part of the city of Gainesville's weekly summer outdoor concert series, local artist Wester Joseph and his band Stereo Vudu perform 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 itself playing music festivals around the region. Admission is free; the performance starts at 8 p.m. and is slated to run until 10 p.m.
Suwannee sing-along: The Florida Folk Festival returns for the 62nd year at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. This year's lineup includes JJ Grey & Mofro, Ben Prestage, Albert Castiglia, Willie Green, Gypsy Star, Mark Johnson and Emory Lester in addition to hundreds of other acts. Advance tickets are available for $25 a day or $50 for the weekend, or $30 for the day at the gate or $60 for the weekend. Weekend admission for children 6 to 16 is $5. The concert opens Friday at 6 p.m.
May 23-June 15:
Storybook Send-up: The Gainesville Community Playhouse presents its new production, “Into the Woods” opening Friday. Directed by Margery Pierson, the Stephen Sondheim musical brings together classic fairy tale characters. Showtimes are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p,m, and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 15. Tickets are $16, $12 for students. Tickets for tonight's preview performance are $5.
Liberation day benefit: To celebrate the 51st African Liberation Day and benefit midwifery and student support, Sanctuary Yoga Studio hosts a fundraiser on Saturday. The event, celebrating the first Congress of Independent African States, will feature lectures, music and poetry. Admission is a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting Porters Youth Center and Teonia Burton's midwifery license. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at 503 N. Main St.
May 28-June 22:
Mobile musical: For its summer production, the Hippodrome Theatre debuts “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical,” a sequel to the enduring favorite, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” The play picks up where the original left off to tell an age old tale of avarice and generosity in the holiday season in Armadillo Acres, North Central Florida's pre-eminent mobile home community. Showtimes are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m., 7. The production premieres with a special reception May 30, and discounted preview performances are planned Wednesday and May 29. Tickets for the previews are $18 general admission or $15 for students and seniors; tickets are $15-35 for the rest of the run.
Reggae tribute: As part of Gainesville's weekly “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series, Urban Renewal will perform a tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on May 30 from 7-10 p.m.
Santa Fe Danspace: Santa Fe's annual student-choreographed and student-produced summer dance show. Students oversee all aspects of performance and production from inception to realization. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. both days. Admission is $15 for orchestra; $12 balcony; $9 UF students, seniors and children under 12; and free for Santa Fe students and employees.