Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.
TODAY THROUGH JUNE 15
STORYBOOK SEND-UP: The Gainesville Community Playhouse stages final performances of “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 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday . Tickets are $16, $12 for students, available by calling 376-4949.
TODAY THROUGH JUNE 15
FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD HISTORY:: A University of Florida production of “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” Lynn Notage’s satirical play about a black woman’s efforts to break into Hollywood in the 1930s, opens tonight at the Black Box Theatre of the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on the UF campus. The fictionalized account draws on real experiences of pioneering African-American actresses up through the civil rights era and is directed by UF professor Tim Altmeyer. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. An additional run is planned July 9-12. Tickets are $17, $13 for UF students, faculty and staff and senior citizens.
TODAY THOUGHT 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. and 7. Tickets are $15-$35, and available by calling 375-4477.
TODAY THROUGH 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.
GETTING DOWN TO (BE-BOP/BLUES) BUSINESS: As part of the city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” outdoor concert series, the jazz-and-blues outfit Cool Corporate Cats will perform originals and a smattering of covers at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Consisting of four members coming from a variety of musical and geographical backgrounds, the group has recently recorded an album of originals written by singer/bassist Jim “BoeCat” Anderson. The concert is the second in a series of June performances celebrating national African-American Music Appreciation Month. The show begins at 8 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m.
JUNE 19 THROUGH JULY 6
MADCAP IMMIGRANT COMEDY: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre stages the Larry Shue-penned play “The Foreigner” starting June 19. The play tells the story of a visitor who arrives in a small Southern town and is touted as a foreigner who speaks no English, with chaotic results. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $10, with two-for-one admission available at the June 19 preview performance. Tickets may be purchased at Wild Iris Books, D’Lites Emporium, or at the door half an hour before showtime.
DE IRON LIONES: The Jacksonville reggae group De Lions of Jah performs at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on June 20 as part of “Free Fridays” and African-American Music Appreciation Month. Lead by Antiguan-born vocalist Dave “Da General” Philip, the group has made a name for themselves in their hometown scene in Jacksonville. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: The Alachua County Library District Cone Park Branch and Library Partnership, the Partnership for Strong Families and other organizations are coming together to host their annual Juneteenth Celebration. The holiday commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas and has come to celebrate emancipation of all slaves. The event will take place at the library at 2841-A University Ave. The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature a Juneteenth Idol Competition and musical performers.
R&B BENEFIT: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida hosts an encore benefit concert at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. The performers include Episode, formerly a manifestation of the classic R&B vocal group The Drifters along with local blues mainstays Little Jake & The Soul Searchers. Tickets range from $35 to $100, and are available by calling 395-4181 or online at sfcollege.edu/finearts. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
BLUE SKIES AND BLUEGRASS: The Thomas Center hosts a performance from award-winning bluegrass singer Russell Moore and the band 111rd Tyme Out on June 22. Admission is $20 advance, $25 day of show, and available by emailing email@example.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be available. The The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.