Entertainment suggestions for the coming days.


VIVID VISTAS: The Harn Museum’s newest exhibit “VAST: Sea, Salt, Sand, Sky” is a photographic examination of the vastness of landscapes such as those of the ocean, sky or desert. The exhibit features more than 70 photographs by acclaimed New York artist Joni Sternbach captured via various film media, such as cyanotype, platinum-palladium, gelatin silver and pigment prints, using various matrices camera sizes and lenses, including an 1840s Petzval Portrait lens. The exhibit also showcases Sternbach’s most celebrated series, “Surfland,” a collection of surfer portraits taken on beaches around the world and produced using a 19th century wet plate collodion process. Museum hours are today through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.



CHRISTMASTIME NOSTALGIA: The Gainesville Community Playhouse is getting into the holiday spirit with its newest production “GI Holiday Jukebox,” which takes theatergoers back in time to the ’40s when soldiers fighting World War II would blow off some steam while enjoying USO shows. In a show full of beloved pop standards, holiday music and comedy, four fictitious Hollywood stars — think Lucille Ball and Bob Hope — perform numerous songs for the troops, which in this case is the audience, while engaging in comedic onstage banter. Showtimes at the Vam York Theatre, 4039 NW 16th Blvd., are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased by visiting www.gcplayhouse.org or calling 376-4949, are $22, $18 for seniors, and $12 for students and children. The production continues through Friday, Dec. 22.


DEC. 9

A CAPPELLA CAROLS: The combined choruses of the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus and the Barbergators Chorus, a local barbershop-style a cappella group, are providing two holiday concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St., on Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The concert, now in its fifth year and aptly name Holiday Harmonies V, features holiday classics performed from each chorus as well as several quartets, including the Phabulous Phlegmtones, On The Edge Quartet and The Clique. Closing the show is a combined-chorus finale that should bring the house down. Tickets, which can be purchased by visiting http://bit.ly/2AsFHWb, are $15 for adults and $10 for children.


DEC. 10

YULETIDE YOUTH: After its performance as part of the Holiday Traditions Concert, which is held Sunday at 4 p.m. to benefit Stop Children’s Cancer, The Alachua County Youth Orchestra will return to the Phillips Center stage in its own annual Winter Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. This free performance features 103 middle- and high-school musicians performing under the direction of UF professor emeritus Gary Langford, former director of UF’s concert, marching and jazz bands. This year’s performance features music from the Disney film “Frozen” and “Polar Express,” classical compositions such as Dimitri Shostakovich’s Finale from Symphony No. 5, and, of course, holiday classics. For more information, call 392-2787.



MAKING MERRY: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” returns to The Hipp for its 40th run in a local adaptation penned by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon that was introduced in recent years. A cast of professional actors takes the stage alongside children from the area in this holiday classic, which features a timeless message of redemption, charity and goodwill. Tickets often sell out for the performances, which take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday running through Dec. 22 with additional performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $35, $25 for adults under 30 and seniors, and $15 for youths, and can be purchased by visiting www.thehipp.org or calling 375-4477.