Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.
TRAVELING TROUBADOUR: Austin-by-way-of-Gainesville musician Mike McCarthy brings his catalog of folk and blues songs to two locations in his former home town tonight. First, he’ll be at the Jones B-Side at 6 p.m.; then he’ll head to the Jam for a second set at 9:30 p.m. McCarthy is supporting last year’s “From the Shadow of a Mountain” album, and is this year’s winner of the Blues Society of Northwest Florida’s regional competition in the solo/duo category.
MISSING MASTERPIECE: The Wooly hosts two showings of the documentary film “Persistence of Vision” tonight and Saturday night at 9 p.m. Winner of both Best Documentary and Best of Festival at the Buffalo International Film Festival last year, the film chronicles, through archival footage and interviews with peers, animator Richard Williams’ decades-long efforts to complete his would-be masterpiece, “The Thief and the Cobbler.” Admission is $5.
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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.
MUTT MUSIC: The city of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” concert series continues Friday with the R. Mutt Blues Band. The band has been twice nominated by the North Central Florida Blues Society to represent Gainesville in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for their driving take on blues classics, as well as original songs paying tribute to the genre. As always, the music gets started at 8 p.m. and goes until 10 at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Admission is free.
CINEMATIC PARTY: The Hipp Cinema Series “Cocktails & Classics” returns Saturday with a one-night screening of “West Side Story,” the 1961 musical starring Natalie Wood and set in New York City. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails starts the night at 7 p.m. followed by the screening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and patrons are invited to dress to impress. For tickets, call 375-4477 or see http://bit.ly/VzUvdW.
CRUISIN’ USA: Local car club the Gainesville Street Rods host their monthly Original Cruz-In on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the southeast corner of the Publix parking lot at NW 39th Avenue and I-75. The event boasts door prizes and the opportunity to admire and talk cars with other enthusiasts. More information is available at www.gainesvillestreetrods.com, or by calling 352-658-1477.
DRUG DOCUMENTARY: The Florida chapter of Food and Water Watch hosts a screening of the documentary film “Resistance” at the Hippodrome Cinema on Sunday. The film, which examines the development and consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections and considers the question of what comes next, begins at 7:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow. Admission is free.
RECREATIONAL REGGAE: Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs continues its “Free Fridays” concert series Aug. 15 with long-running roots reggae act The Irie Ones. Originally known as Iration, The Irie Ones have performed original compositions as well as classic songs by Toots and the Maytalls, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley since the 1990s. The band will play from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Admission is free.
SEASONAL CELEBRATION: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre holds its Community Celebration Fundraising Gala at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Thelma Boltin Center. Actors from the upcoming season’s mainstage productions — ”True West,” “Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” “Another Antigone,” “Kimberly Akimbo” and “A Piece of my Heart” — will treat patrons to scenes from the shows. The event also includes silent auctions and giveaways throughout the evening. Tickets are available on a sliding scale, starting at $5. The Thelma Boltin Center is located at 516 NE Second Ave. For more information, see www.acrosstown.org or call 234-6278.
SONGS AT THE SANDHILL STAGE: The Sandhill Stage concert series is back Aug. 15 with an evening of intimate performances by Brian Smalley and Larry Mangum. The series features local and national singer/songwriters in the rural setting of the Prairie Creek Lodge to benefit two nonprofits, Conservation Burial Inc. and Alachua Conservation Trust. Hailing from Jacksonville, Mangum has eight studio albums and two live albums to his credit as well as concert appearances with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Ray Price and Roger McGuinn. The Apopka-based Smalley’s album, “Chickens Pigs,” was named Best Florida Folk CD last year by the Florida Times-Union. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or check), and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Prairie Creek Lodge is located at 7204 SE County Road 234. Seating is limited. For advance reservations, call 352-317-7307 or email email@example.com.
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