Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.
May 29-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.
May 29-June 15:
Storybook send-up: The Gainesville Community Playhouse is staging “Into the Woods.” Directed by Margery Pierson, the Stephen Sondheim musical brings together classic fairy tale characters from “Little Red Riding Hood” to “Cinderella.” Showtimes are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 15. Tickets are $16, $12 for students, available by calling 376-4949.
May 29-June 22:
Mobile musical: For its summer production, the Hippodrome Theatre stages the Florida premiere of “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 on Friday, and a discounted preview performance is planned at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets for the preview 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. The Gainesville 10-piece band, fronted by singer-percussionist Omi Ajamu, will perform favorites from throughout the legendary singer’s career. Admission is free with the show slated to run from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bahia bash: Gainesville’s The Jam hosts a concert celebrating the musical culture of Brazil. The event, dubbed “Fly with Us to Bahia,” pays tribute to the music of the South American nation with performances by musicians working in a number of genres. Performers include Macaxeira Reggae Samba, Wester Joseph’s Stereo Vudu, McIntyre-Crook, Jaime Hinckson and acrobatics by S-Connection Aerial Arts. Admission is $8; doors open at 7 p.m.
Santa Fe danspace: Santa Fe College’s annual student-choreographed and student-produced summer production, “Room to Dance,” is performed by Dance Theatre of Santa Fe on Friday and Saturday in the Fine Arts Hall. Students oversee all aspects of the production from inception to realization for the performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 for orchestra; $12 balcony; $9 UF students, seniors and children under 12; and free for Santa Fe students and employees.
Synchro swim: The nonprofit Gainesville-based synchronized swimming team Synchro Gainesville hosts a fundraiser/demonstration on Saturday to fund its trip to the national championship in Seattle. The team will perform a tribute to the film “Frozen,” as choreographed by Olympic Gold Medalist Becky Lancer. The performance will take place at the Westside Pool at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for children ages 3 to 12, $10 for ages 13 and older. A pasta dinner will be available for an additional $5 at 5:30 p.m.
Barbecue bash: The Gainesville Woman’s Club hosts a festival/barbecue to raise funds and celebrate Florida’s Cracker past. Titled “Cracker Magic,” the festival will feature a number of historic Cracker activities and demonstrations, with food from Hill’s Bar-B-Que and local brew from Swamphead Brewery. Other featured performers will include the Cracker cowboy and square dancers. Also slated is an antique car show and old fashioned cake bake-off showcasing classic Cracker cooking. Admission is $25 for adults or $15 for children, with a portion of proceeds also benefiting The Home Van. The festival is planned at 2809 W. University Ave. Entrants to the bake-off are invited to call 376-3901 to enter.
Curtain call: Jazz-reggae pianist Jaime Hinckson makes his final, local performance on Sunday at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar before relocating to Los Angeles. The Jamaican-born, Gainesville resident takes the stage at 5 p.m. for “In Flight: Route 66,” a musical journey and ode to Gainesville featuring reggae favorites performed with jazzy flavor. Caribbean food will be provided by Reggae Shack Cafe, and the event continues until 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
Free friday fanfare: Soul stalwart and Gainesville music legend Little Jake Mitchell and his band the Soul Searchers perform at next week’s “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The event, in part a celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month, puts the spotlight on a musician who has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in soul and R&B. Admission is free. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Gainesville dad jam: The Gainesville Community Jazz Band presents a special concert commemorating Father’s Day on June 8. The event will feature interpretations of songs by Goodwin, Curnow, Mantooth and Nestico and will be held at the Grace at Ft. Clarke Methodist Church at 2 p.m.