Visit an art studio, comedy theatre, line dancing and more


Upcoming week: July 10 to 16, 2022

IT HAPPENS NOW

Smooth Flava Line Dance class: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Bo Diddley Plaza, downtown. Everyone is welcome to come dance and have fun. Bring your launch chairs and join the fun.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” live: 8 p.m. Wednesday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $13 seated in advance, $15 seated day of show in advance, $10 standing in advance, $13 day of show.

Matt Maeson and 1-800-brennan-collect: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 the day of the show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

“The Monty Python Spamalot”: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday-August 7, Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets: $23 general admission, $19 seniors, $12 students. (gcplayhouse.org) Musical comedy that elevates silliness to an art form and features a host of beautiful show girls, a cow and killer bunnies. Based on the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

Visit of the GFAA artist studio: Preview Friday 5-9 p.m., full tour 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, select studios. (gfaastudiotour.org) Free; Items for sale. Visitors to the tour can see artists at work and view and purchase a wide range of original artwork directly from the artist.

Gainesville Big Band: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Bo Diddley Plaza, downtown Gainesville. Play jazz and swing. Series of free Friday concerts.

Still Ozzy and M99: 8 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show. (highdivegville.veeps.com) Tribute to Ozzie Osborne.

Gainesville Girls Rock Camp Showcase: 4 p.m. Saturday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show. (gighdivegville.veeps.com, [email protected])

Swing/Boogie Woogie/Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance Party: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, 837 SE Seventh Ave. Tickets: $20 single ticket, $30 two tickets. (cottonclubmuseum.com/events) Fundraiser for a dance party for the museum featuring music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, plus refreshments and dance prizes. Mandatory masks.

COMING

Sunday assembly: 11 a.m. July 17, Liberty Center, 3131 NW 13th St., or via Zoom. Free (sagainesville.weebly.com, [email protected]) Guest speaker Tom Kay, lawyer and president of Gulf Coast Land Conservation Trusts. The title of his lecture will be “Nature for all: the case for land conservation and uncertain times”. Music by SA musicians.

The blues meets the girl: 6:30 p.m. July 17, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $15 general admission, $8 North Central Florida Blues Society members. (ncfblues.org) Blues Meets Girl is a collaboration between British blues veteran Mr. Downchild and Texas singer/songwriter Kasimira Vogel. Opening the show will be The Blues Art Form, a Gainesville/Micanopy act.

EXHIBITIONS

Natural Beauty Salon: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 5, Santa Fe College Art Gallery, Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd St. Featuring painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and sculpture by local artists including John Moran, Wendy Free, Deb Lindberg, Vicki Santello , Veronica Villasenor and others. The exhibit is a partnership between SF Art Gallery and SF Teaching Zoo.

“Speechless: Text and Image in Global Culture”: To discover until December 30, Harn Museum of Art, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. A fascinating look at how words, aesthetics and materials have supported religious, political and socio-cultural agendas for millennia.

“Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades”: Current exhibition, James G. and Caroline Julier Richardson Gallery, Harn Museum of Art, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. Masks from the mid-20th century to the beginning of the 21st century show the continuity of masking but also present new directions in masquerades. Although much of the exhibit focuses on the spiritual and religious underpinnings of masking, it also explores the aesthetics of masking by looking at the dazzling costumes, music, and dance.

“On the first draft”: Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. (cademuseum.org) The permanent exhibit explores the history of the invention of toilets and how they made modern cities possible. He questions the science of soap and introduces visitors to NASA’s Zero-G toilets, which help astronauts boldly go where no human has gone before.

“Science up close: fantastic fossils”: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $7 adults; $6.50 Florida residents, seniors, and non-University of Florida students; $4.50 from 3 to 17 years old; free for museum members, children 2 and under, and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/plan, floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/fantastic-fossils, 846-2000) The exhibit is a collaborative venture linking museum exhibits and collections staff, giving people a peek on never before- seen specimens and real fossils. Researchers from the Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections will be present in the exhibition as part of its working laboratory, offering insight into the daily life of curators, collection managers, students and volunteers.

“She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China”: On view through March 24, 2024, David A. Cofrin Asian Wing. (harn.ufl.edu/exhibitions/current) The exhibition uncovers the intersecting roles played by women as subjects, artists, and art consumers in traditional, modern, and contemporary China. Features a wide range of works – paintings, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics, bronzes, photographs, lacquerware and silverware, some of which have never been exhibited before. Organized around four themes – “Representing Femininity”, “Anonymous Beauty”, “Female Artists” and “Beyond the Boudoir” – this exhibition not only achieves a full spectrum, but also offers a more nuanced view of the dynamic engagements of women with and contributions to the arts of China throughout history.

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