Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.
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MOBILE MUSICAL: The Hippodrome Theatre has extended its production of "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical," the Florida premiere of the sequel to the summer 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 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35 , and available by calling 375-4477.
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FRENZIED FUNERAL: The High Springs Playhouse "Dearly Departed," a comedy co-authored by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. The play chronicles the Turpin family, a clan of Southerners whose dysfuntion threatens to ruin the funeral of the family patriarch, Bud. Performances begin Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11, $9 for seniors 55 and over, $8 for children 12 and younger, and are available at Highspringsplayhouse.com or at Pampered Paws in High Springs or The Framery in Lake City.
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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.
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MADCAP IMMIGRANT COMEDY:: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre stages the Larry Shue-penned play, "The Foreigner," through July 6. 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. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Wild Iris Books, D'Lites Emporium, or at the door half an hour before showtime.
ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONWRITER: Former Muscle Shoals Studios and Polygram/Universal staff songwriter and ASCAP Country Music Award-winner Pierce Pettis performs a solo-acoustic show at the Sandhill Stage at the Prairie Creek Lodge. Pierce has appeared on CBS News and Morning Edition, and his work has been performed by such luminaries as Garth Brooks and others. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday at 7204 SE County Road 234. Admission is $20 (cash or checks) with proceeds benefiting the nonprofits Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Seating is limited; for reservations call 317-7307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A VERY SPECIAL 'FREE FRIDAY'': As part of the "Free Fridays" concert series, friends, family and former bandmates of the late Bo Diddley will perform a musical celebration of Diddley on the fifth anniversary of the christening of Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Notable performers include his former guitarist (and current member of Original P Parliament Funkadelic and Fast Lane) Scott "Skyntyte" Free, as well as bassist Ron Haughrbook and many of Diddley's children and grandchildren. "Free Fridays" is the weekly summer concert series produced by the city of Gainesville. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at 111 E. University Avenue, and admission is free.
HUNDRED WATERS COME HOME TO HIGH DIVE: Gainesville-based indie band and Pitchfork "Best New Music" recipient Hundred Waters play a rare hometown show to celebrate the release of their new album, "The Moon Rang Like a Bell." The record is the band's first full-length offering since a self-titled LP in 2012 that brought international attention and acclaim, and Friday's show is the group's first since the new album's release. Also performing Friday are Gems and Sales. Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday, and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
SISTER HAZEL VETS AT CYMPLIFEST: Local coffee shop Cymplify presents a free festival Friday and Saturday featuring food trucks, ice cream and live music. Friday's headliner is the Philadelphia-born country artist Joe Bachman, while Saturday night will feature Ken Block and Drew Copeland of Gainesville's Sister Hazel. Other performers include Zach Myers with Justin Moore and Amy Gerhartz with Brian Fechino. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. both nights at 5408 NW Eighth Ave. A free shuttle will run to and from the festival every 10 minutes from the Burger King at 6123 W. Newberry Road.
FANFARE FOR THE FOURTH ON THE THIRD: The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications presents the annual pre-Fourth of July celebration "Fanfares & Fireworks" at the UF Bandshell at Flavet Field on July 3. Performers will include Richie Stano and Mindwalk and InCrisis Band along with the Gainesville Community Band. Also planned are a blood drive, a salute to the U.S. armed forces and a fireworks finale. No dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed. Music begins at 7 p.m., and the fireworks will light up the sky about 9:40 p.m.
PAYNES PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION: The City of Gainesville's "Free Fridays" series continues on the Fourth of July with its annual "All-American Paynes Prairie Home Companion," an Alachua County take on "A Prairie Home Companion," the popular program on National Public Radio. Hosted by Ron Thomas, the event will feature local-themed segments such as "The News from Lake Wauburgon"(nee Lake Wauburg), as well as comedy from the Paynes Players and music from the Waubergoners and more. The show runs from 8 p.m. until 10 at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza and admission is free.