Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
TODAY THROUGH JULY 25
ROCK REBELS: The Wooly screens the Swedish film “We Are the Best!” tonight and Friday. An adaptation of a graphic novel about three young outcasts in 1980s Stockholm who decide to form an all-girl punk rock band, the film was praised by Rolling Stone as “an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock.” Both shows are at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp.
TODAY THROUGH JULY 27
A LIFE IN SONG: The Actors’ Warehouse presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a musical take on the life of Billie Holiday. Focusing on a performance in Philadelphia just before the singer’s death, the play stars Rhonda Wilson, founder of the Star Center Children’s Theatre and of the Actors’ Warehouse, as Holiday, performing a selection of her songs and telling stories about her life. The production has some adult language and themes and is not recommended for children 14 and younger. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 general admission, available at the door or in advance at www.actorswarehouse.org, and $10 for student and seniors 65 and older, available at the door only.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 3
MAKING MOVES: The University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance hosts a series of events as part of its ongoing summer dance intensive, Swamp Dance Fest. Public events include an open showing of work-in-progress by students and choreographers at 5 p.m. Friday, an open artist talk today at 7 tonight, and an open movement class at 11 a.m. Saturday, all of which are free and located in the G-6 Studio. Culminating premiere performances by this year’s visiting artists are planned in G-6 Studio July 31 through Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, $13 for UF students, faculty and staff and for senior citizens, and are available through the University Box Office at 392-1653 or at Ticketmaster.com.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 3
MOBILE MUSICAL: The Hippodrome Theatre has extended its production of “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” a final time, through Aug. 3. 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, the fictional mobile home community set in Starke. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35 and are available by calling 375-4477.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 10
DANCING DREAMS: The Gainesville Community Playhouse stages performances of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line” through Aug. 10. Recounting the auditioning process of a group of dancers hoping to be cast in a Broadway show, “A Chorus Line” features such memorable songs as “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love,” “The Music and the Mirror” and “One.” Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16, $12 for seniors, students and children, and are available at the box office by calling 376-4949.
TODAY THROUGH SEPT. 1
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s current temporary exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” chronicles dogs’ relatives, the process of selective breeding, the evolution of wolves into domestic dogs and dogs’ relationship with humans. Admission is $7 adults, $6 for Florida residents and seniors, $4.50 for ages 3-17, and free for UF students.
WIDESCREEN WEREWOLVES: The Florida Museum of Natural History screens “An American Werewolf in London” (R, 1981) at 7 p.m. Friday as part of its month-long series featuring werewolf-themed movies. The cult classic tells the story of a pair of American students who are attacked by a werewolf that locals will not admit exists. The museum will be open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m., with UF students also receiving free admission to the “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” exhibit. A Q-and-A panel discussion follows the screening. Admission is free.
SOUL SEARCHERS: As a part of Gainesville’s ongoing “Free Fridays” concert series, Ricky Kendall and the Healers perform Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The band, which notably features Michael Claytor on banjo, boasts a catalog ranging from gunfighter ballads to love songs. They will perform music from Kendall’s solo album, “Soul Searching,” blending country, folk, R&B and soul. The show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is free.
LIVE LOCAL LANDMARK: The Unified Training Center hosts a benefit Friday to help keep its doors open. The event includes a bake sale, and live music from local rock bands The Impostors and the Couch Messiahs. Currently, UTC is an all-purpose facility, home to various martial arts and dance programs, as well as parties and weddings. Over the years, it has been a landmark for local music — in the ‘60s, when it was known as “The Place,” artists such as Tom Petty and Don Felder played all-ages shows there. This event is BYOB, and donations are requested at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 at the Unified Training Center, 809 W. University Ave.
GENIUSES GONE WILD: On Friday at The Bull, Chuck Martin’s Genius Boy Music Show has the irrepressible singer/guitarist returning to host another edition of his faux TV show featuring live video, commercial breaks and musical guests. Joining Martin will Wax Wings, Harold Gertner; Mark, Scott & Dana from Nook & Cranny; and Chuck Martin & The Crazy Floridians. The show runs from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Bull, 18 SW First Ave.
PUPPET PLAYHOUSE: Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s “Dark Nights” series, which features smaller productions between full mainstage shows, returns this weekend. The featured performance is “Puppets!” with George O’Brien and Crew, which will play Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., followed by a puppet and marionette workshop for children on Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission to the shows is $10, and the workshop costs $5 per child. A note, the evening shows feature some strong language and adult situations, so parental guidance is suggested.