Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
SCREAM THATER: A coalition of campus organizations brings SCREAM Theater to the University Auditorium tonight at 8 p.m. SCREAM (Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths) Theater is an improvisational theater group whose mission is to explore issues of interpersonal violence and to foster conversation about sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment and bullying, with an emphasis on empowering students to intervene and to prevent abusive behavior. The group will perform a 15-to-30-minute skit, followed by a Q-and-A session in character, and then a discussion between the audience and the performers out of character. Information on local resources also will be available to victims of interpersonal violence. The event begins at 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
AUG 28 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.
AUG 28 THROUGH SEPT. 7
STAGE SIBLINGS: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s new mainstage production is Sam Shepard’s “True West,” a family drama focusing on a seething sibling rivalry that was hailed by the New York Post as “Shepard’s masterwork.” Directed by Mike McShane, “True West” begins Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 through Sept. 7. Tickets are $10, and are available at the door 30 minutes before showtime, by calling 234-6278, at Wild Iris Books or D-Lites Emporium, or online at Acrosstown.org.
BRAZILIAN BLOWOUTt: The Jam hosts the fourth edition of Brazil Fest on Friday evening, this time with some help from the State of Bahia Department of Tourism, which has provided the funding to make it possible for Brazilian guitarist and singer Rafael Pondé to make his first tour of the U.S. He will be joined at Brazil Fest by Gainesville’s MSNRA, Fair Winds, Macaxeira Reggae Samba and the Levitations. The evening also includes original choreography by Flores Do Samba, S-Connection Aerial Dance and Brazilian drinks and cuisine. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $10. For more information, visit www.sconnection.net or call 316-6314.
CLASSIC ROCK COUNSELORS: Local classic rock purveyors Crooked Counsel take the stage at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Friday for their installment of Gainesville’s ongoing “Free Fridays” concert series, which continues through the fall. Originally known as Santa Fe, the band has been a staple of the local music community for 20 years and boasts a repertoire including favorites by AC/DC, ZZ Top, the Eagles and many others. The show starts at 8 p.m., and admission is, of course, free.
AUG. THROUGH SEPT. 14
AUSPICIOUS OPENING: The Actors’ Warehouse opens its new season Friday night, beginning with a run of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August Wilson play “Fences.” The drama stars noted local spoken-word artist Stan Richardson, along with Rhonda Wilson, who recently wrapped up a turn as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, “Fences” tells the story of a middle-aged ex-baseball player and ex-convict struggling to manage his guilt and anger while providing for his family in an atmosphere of segregation and racial prejudice. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.actorswarehouse.org for $15 , or $10 for seniors and students. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.
SKA/PUNK CELEBRATION: Gainesville’s Less Than Jake host their third annual “Wake and Bake Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday at High Dive. The well-known punk/ska band began the tradition in 2012 for their 20th anniversary. This year, the festivities include a football tailgate barbecue, Less Than Jake-themed drink specials and two nights of music headlined by the band. Saturday’s lineup also features the Duppies, UNRB, Teen Agers and the Bill Perry Orchestra, while Sunday’s openers are Mighty Mongo, Chilled Monkey Brains and General Tso’s Fury. Doors open at 6 p.m. both nights. Tickets to each night are $15 advance, $17 at the door. For more information, visit highdivelive.com.
COMMUNITY CARNIVAL: Many local musicians, vendors and community organizers will pool their talents to celebrate Labor Day at the fourth annual Labor Daze Fest on Sunday. The event focuses on providing entertainment as well as information and resources to area working class families. Also planned are food (including kid- and vegetarian-friendly options), a resume-redo tent, a free women’s interview clothes closet and much more, plus music from Boilin’ Oil, MSNRA, Flatland and others, a free rock wall and free massages. Visitors also have an opportunity to nominate local businesses to be recognized for good community citizenship and fair practices towards their employees. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza and runs to 10 p.m. rain or shine.
"JOE HILL'S LAST WILLll”: Folk music legend John McCutcheon brings a special performance of the one-man play “Joe Hill’s Last Will” to the Phillips Center’s Squitieri Studio Theatre on Wednesday night. McCutcheon portrays Joe Hill, the songwriter and labor activist who was executed in 1915 for murders he claimed not to have committed, on the eve of his execution, and performs a selection of his songs. Tickets for reserved seating are $35 and are available online at Performingarts.ufl.edu or by calling the box office at 352-392-2787. Student tickets are $10 and will be available Friday. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
SUPERGROUP SALUTE: Long-running Gainesville band Other Voices will perform a special set of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young covers Sept. 5 at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the ongoing “Free Fridays” concert series. The performance coincides with the 40th anniversary of CSNY’s legendary 1974 tour and a recently-released live album culled from recordings made at the time. The band will feature material from throughout CSNY’s career, as well as some solo material by individual band members. As always, this one gets started at 8 p.m., and there is no charge for admission.