Entertainment ideas for the near future.
CELEBRATE WOODSTOCK: Tonight’s special edition of the “Free Fridays” concert series, set for 8 to 10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza, will feature an ode to Woodstock by Bob McPeek and The Relics. The free concert series highlights a different act each week. Attendees are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to the downtown amphitheater to enjoy the concert under the stars. Fifty years ago, more than 400,000 members of the Woodstock generation gathered in upstate New York to celebrate three days of peace and music. The current, local concert is the brainchild of local musician McPeek, who originally proposed the idea 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. For that concert, more than 3,000 attendees — many dressed in tie dye and other '60s garb — joined the celebration. This 50th anniversary edition has all of the band members from 10 years ago returning for an even bigger celebration. Joining McPeek on stage will be The Relics, made up of an impressive cast of some of Gainesville’s finest musical talent. They include Fagan Arouh, Brad Bangstad, Cathy DeWitt, Michelle Ott, David Ottenberg, Rob Rothschild, Janet Rucker and Dan Tampas. Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. For more information, including a list of upcoming performances, visit gnvculturalseries.org/free-fridays-concert-series.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 18
FESTIVAL FLASHBACK: Take part in a nationwide effort to remember the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. Woodstock Revisited will feature regional touring and local favorite artists, a Woodstock memorabilia exhibit and food, drink and other vendors. It will be held rain or shine from 7 to 11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The festival is organized by the High Springs Lions Club and the United States Military Vets Motorcycle Club of Alachua County in collaboration with Musical Director Jesse Smith of the Jesse Smith Project. Today’s musical performances will be from Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts at 7 p.m., and Jesse Smith and the Woodstock Family Jam at 9 p.m. For a full listing of performers, driving directions and lodging information, visit woodstockrevisitedhslc.eventbrite.com. For other information, call 386-454-4521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No coolers or pets allowed. High Springs Lions Club is located at 26900 U.S. 27 in High Springs. Tickets cost $50 for a three-day pass, $30 for a single-day pass, and free for ages 15 and younger if accompanied by a paying adult.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 18
QUEEN OF MEAN: How far would you go to be queen bee? In the Star Center Theatre’s newest production, Paulina, the reigning popularity queen at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. The Off-Broadway hit “School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play” is a buoyant and biting comedy that explores the universal similarities — and glaring differences — facing teenage girls across the globe. Catch a showing at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Star Center Theatre, located at 11 NE 23rd Ave. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit starcenter.ticketleap.com/school-girls-or-the-african-mean-girls-play.
TODAY THROUGH JAN. 5, 2020
GET WILD!: The Florida Museum of Natural History is showcasing a wild exhibit that features both fossils and live animals with “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World,” which will continue through Jan. 5, 2020. Visitors can test their strength against a crocodile’s bite, learn to speak “croc” and make the water dance like alligators. An interactive map will showcase where crocodiles live around the world, and a mini-theater will play videos documenting conservationists’ efforts to save these creatures in the wild. Visitors can step into the shoes of a paleo-artist and create a 3-D animation of an extinct crocodile, as well as view the skull of one of the University of Florida’s last live mascots. The exhibit is set up to educate guests about crocodile diversity with model dioramas of four different crocodile species — including a life-size model of the saltwater crocodile Gomek, the largest crocodile ever exhibited in North America. The Florida Museum of Natural History is located at 3215 Hull Road on the University of Florida campus. Entrance to the exhibit is $8 for adults; $7 for Florida residents, seniors and college students; $5.50 for ages 3-17; and free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. For more information, call 846-2000.
MUSICAL SEASON PREMIERE: The 2019-20 season of the Music at Holy Trinity series begins with organist John Lowe in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. Hear Holy Trinity's director of music at the Visser-Rowland organ presenting works of Louis Vierne, Gabriel Rheinberger, Georg Bohm and more. The event is presented free of charge with a reception of wine and hors d'oeuvres following. Donations will be accepted for the Holy Trinity Music Fund. Holy Trinity Church is located at 100 NE First St. in downtown Gainesville. For more information about the concert, call 373-7018.