Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 16
FANCIFUL FLING: The Wooly screens the French film “Mood Indigo” tonight through Saturday night at 9 p.m. A romantic fantasy co-written and directed by Michel Gondry, who is perhaps best-known as the director of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and starring Audrey Tautou of “Amelie,” the film tells the surreal story of an eccentric and wealthy bachelor who falls for a woman with a strange medical condition. Admission is $5.
TODAY THROUGH SEPT> 7
FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s current temporary exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” has been extended through Sept. 7. The exhibit 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.
CHAMBER MUSIC TRIBUTE: The Fort Lauderdale-based Symphony of the Americas hosts a special chamber orchestra concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. The concert features a new piece dedicated to the centennial of the Panama Canal, composed by Panamanian oboist Juan Castillo and performed by the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome with conductor and Panama native James Brooks-Bruzzes. Tickets are $15 and are available at the box office, 392-2787, or online at performingarts.ufl.edu.
RECREATIONAL REGGAE: Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs continues its “Free Fridays” concert series Friday night 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. Friday 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 Friday night 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 along with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL, PANAMA: As part of UF’s Panama Canal Centennial Celebration, the Florida Museum of Natural History has opened a new gallery exhibition, “Panama: Tropical Ecosystem,” highlighting the region’s biodiversity. On Saturday, the museum hosts “Panama Zone Day,” a family-friendly event focusing on Panama’s natural environment and Panamanian culture. The event includes traditional polleras dancers, storytelling, art activities, Panamanian butterflies, family photo opportunities with Panama backdrops, a fossil identification activity and more. Admission is free to the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LIVING HISTORY: The Matheson Museum hosts its annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Gainesville on Saturday at 10 a.m. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the battle, which will be re-enacted at Sweetwater Park, just to the south of the museum and very near where the Union army is believed to have made their camp. About 100 participants will set up Union and Confederate camps at the park on Friday, providing visitors with an opportunity to observe Civil War camp life, before the battle commences on Saturday morning. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see www.mathesonmuseum.org.
ARTSPEAKS ANNIVERSARY: RichWorks and the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs are co-sponsoring an ARTSPEAKS anniversary celebration on Sunday at the Thomas Center. ARTSPEAKS is a quarterly showcase for local and regional poets hosted by poet Stan Richardson. Featured poets and spoken-word artists include Terrance King, David Maas, Herbert Dupree, Wendy Thornton, Logan Stallings, Jimmy Fishhawk, Elizabeth Renner, Bob McPeek, Kol-e, Judy Etzler, Charles Ely and John Hoffman, Carol Thomas, Rick Skinner, Jacque Moorer and G.M. Palmer. There will also be live music and a reception. This event is free, and begins at 6 p.m.
AUG. 19 THROUGH SEPT> 9
BRAZILIAN BARD: Brazilian musician Rafael Pondé begins his first tour of the U.S. on Tuesday in Gainesville. The guitarist and singer has enjoyed a lengthy career as a member of the bands Diamba and Curupira Band and as a solo artist. While in Gainesville, Pondé’s schedule includes performances and collaborations with local artists such as Wester Josef & Stereo Vudu, Alexander Crook, MSNRA, Macaxeira Reggae Samba, S-Connection Aerial Arts, Fair Winds, Jazzology, Rachel Hunt, Ulisses Rocha, Amo Damas, The Levitations, and Flores do Samba. A free reception featuring a live jam session is planned at Rockey’s Dueling Piano Bar on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., followed by a number of local and regional shows. For more information, visit www.sconnection.net.