Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
TODAY THROUGH JULY 6
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.
TODAY THROUGH JULY 6
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.
TODAY THROUGH JULY 20
MOBILE MUSICALl: The Hippodrome Theatre has extended its production of “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” has been extended a second time, through July 20. The production is a sequel to the summer favorite, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” and 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.
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.
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 tonight. Performers include Richie Stano and Mindwalk and the 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. today and the fireworks will light up the sky about 9:40 p.m.
BRINGING THE PRAIRIE HOME: The City of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” series continues on the Fourth of July with the “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 to 10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza and admission is free.
BLAZING BLUEGRASS: Rising bluegrass star Chris Henry brings his band, The Hardcore Grass, to the Thomas Center on Sunday to perform songs from his several critically-acclaimed albums. Henry has been nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for Mandolin Player of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year, and Song of the Year, for “Walkin’ West to Memphis,” and carries a reputation for an intense and engaging live show. The music gets started at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door.
JAZZ PROFESSOR PERFORMS: Gainesville Friends of Jazz presents an evening of music with Gary Langford & the Jazz Project on Tuesday. Langford is accomplished both as a musician and an educator, having twice won Teacher of the Year at the University of Florida. The former director of the UF Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band will front a nine-piece group on the trumpet for this performance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4225 NW 34th St. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Gainesville Friends of Jazz members, and $10 for students.
July 9 Through July 12
FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD HISTORY: The 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, returns for a second engagement starting Wednesday at the McGuire Pavilion’s Black Box Theatre 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. Wednesday through July 12. Tickets are $17, $13 for UF students, faculty and staff and senior citizens.
HIGH SPRINGS HEARKEN NIGHT: The High Springs Playhouse presents its next “Hearken Night of Music” on July 11, this time featuring Gainesville singer/songwriter Hannah Harber. The show is the second in this series emphasizing artists performing new music in an intimate setting. Harber and special guests will play songs from a new album, and Gainesville’s Michael Claytor will open the show. Music runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Emporium in High Springs.
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