Entertainment suggestions for the coming days.

TODAY THROUGH JUNE 24

JERSEY GIRLS: Every summer, The Hippodrome presents a fun-filled musical, and this summer is no different. The Hipp invites theatergoers to an evening of song and dance with “The Bikinis,” which tells the story of a girl group from the sixties that once performed on the Jersey Shore boardwalk. After 20 years, the sassy-but-charming girls get back together to perform in order to raise money to save the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort from condo tycoons. Throughout the show, the women relive their heyday, beginning with the summer that the group got their name by winning the Belmar Beach Talent Contest in bikini attire. Numbers include “It’s in His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” and “Under the Boardwalk” among others. Showtimes at 25 SE Second Place are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, which can be purchased by calling 375-4477 or by visiting www.thehipp.org, are $35-$40 general admission, $28 for senior citizens and ages 30 and younger, and $18 for students and youths.

 

TODAY THROUGH JUNE 24

FANCY FARCE: The High Springs Playhouse, located at 130 NE First Ave., High Springs, presents its newest production “Rumors,” a farcical play penned by American playwright Neil Simon about a high society dinner party gone wrong. During a dinner party celebrating the 10-year wedding anniversary of the deputy mayor of New York and his wife, the deputy mayor lies bleeding from a flesh wound — the result of accidentally shooting himself. His wife is nowhere to be found, while the first guests to arrive, the deputy mayor’s lawyer and his wife, attempt to cover up what they believe actually took place before they arrived. As the rest of the guests show up, the story of what happened transforms as the guests become complicit in a cover-up based in confusion. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased by visiting www.highspringsplayhouse.com, are $16 and $11 for seniors and students.

 

JUNE 15

SHAKE IT UP: The city’s “Free Fridays” concert series continues its celebration of Gainesville’s African-American Music Appreciation Month with a performance by Gainesville blues and rock band The Shakedown on Friday. This five-piece outfit is composed of stage veterans seasoned in a variety of musical genres and is led by vocalist Michelle “Velvet” Banfield, whose powerful vocals are matched by a soulful, feeling quality. The Shakedown also features Sean Crowley on percussion, Frank Bougher on lead guitar, Keith Ladd on bass, and Randy Hensley on keys and rhythm guitar. The concert series continues through Oct. 20 with free performances every Friday from 8-10 p.m. at 111 E. University Ave. Organizers encourage concert-goers to to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

 

JUNE 15

SUMMER STORIES: Local storytelling group Guts & Glory GNV is partnering with Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave., as part of its newest offering, which features a summer theme. Seed & Spark — A Night of Summer Storytelling will feature multiple live storytellers offering tales that honor all things seed, garden and growth. Stories will feature themes of discovery, farming, and personal development. A food truck will be available, and drinks will be sold beginning at 5:30 p.m., while the event formally begins 7 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased by visiting www.gutsandglorygnv.com, are $12 general admission and $10 for students.

 

JUNE 16

HARMONIOUS HOMECOMING: The Thomas Center is hosting a special evening of live music and storytelling on Saturday performed by a well-known Gainesville emigrant returning home after 28 years living in Los Angeles. The event, titled "Start Making Sense: The Ballad of Gary Gordon," will feature Gordon who was known in the local music scene for being a member of the Archer Road Band, which was a locally popular band in the late ’70s and ’80s. Gordon left that band in 1978 to focus on his work as an anti-nuclear activist before winning a seat on the Gainesville City Commission in 1983 and serving as Mayor-Commissioner from 1985-86. Gordon continued to perform locally until moving to L.A. in 1991, where he worked as a writer, producer, and spoken word artist as well as a musician as part of The Gary Gordon Band. The homecoming show begins a 7:30 p.m. at 302 NE Sixth Ave., and tickets are $10 at the door.