AUTUMN ARTFEST: The Live Oak Artists Guild invites the community to join the Autumn Artfest 2019. Artists, their guests and award sponsors gather from 5 to 7 tonight at the Suwannee River Regional Library for the fest’s free opening reception and awards ceremony. This is a juried art show, and this year’s judge will be Steven Walker, a full-time artist living in Valdosta, Georgia. A total of at least 12 awards will be presented, including Best of Show, Judge’s Choice, Photography, Painting, Drawing and Three-Dimensional Media. Following the opening reception, the award-winning artwork will be on display Sept. 23 through Oct. 4 during regular library hours. The Suwannee River Regional Library is at 1848 Ohio Ave. S. in Live Oak.
“GORILLAS IN THE MIST”: Florida Museum of Natural History visitors can take an up-close look at mountain gorillas in the “Gorillas in the Mist: Dian Fossey’s Legacy” exhibit. This gallery exhibition features 27 historic images by renowned nature photographer Bob Campbell. Campbell captured the first images of peaceful human-gorilla contact with conservationist Fossey in 1970 and 1971, which sparked public interest in their preservation. The exhibit also includes 3-D-printed gorilla skull models from the University of Florida’s department of anthropology, an interactive touch table with photos, videos and audio recordings of mountain gorillas as well as a panel with current conservation statistics. The museum is at 3215 Hull Road on the University of Florida campus. For more information, visit floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/gorillas or call 846-2000.
ARTSPEAKS: Listen to the creations of poets and spoken word artists from Alachua County and North Central Florida at 5 p.m. Sunday during the annual ARTSPEAKS event. Described as Gainesville's premier poetry event, ARTSPEAKS will be held at the Historic Thomas Center, located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. ARTSPEAKS is dedicated to promoting literacy, bringing awareness and expanding opportunity by providing a medium for expression through the art of poetry and spoken word. For more information, call 792-2846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK LAUNCH: The Alachua Branch Library hosts a free book launch for Sudye Cauthen’s “Florida’s Bellamy Road: A Place Remembered” featuring a panel discussion of award-winning authors and contributors to the book at 2 p.m. Sunday. The book chronicles the people and places of the region and features photography by Barbara B. Gibbs. It is a companion piece to Cauthen’s “Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place,” which won a Florida Book Award for nonfiction. Both books focus on Alachua’s town and countryside. The panel will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis, fifth-generation Bellamy Road resident Jeff Means, Cauthen and Gibbs. Copies of Cauthen’s book will be available for purchase. The Alachua Branch Library is at 14913 NW 140th St. in Alachua. For more information, visit aclib.us.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR: Ali Shaheed Muhammad — founding member of A Tribe Called Quest and super producer in his own right — and Adrian Younge — who has produced music for Jay-Z, Wu Tang Clan and Talib Kweli — began their work together in 2013. Their creative dynamic was crystallized in their 2018 album “The Midnight Hour,” which was released to rapturous acclaim. “The Midnight Hour” is an ode to the cultural sophistication of the Harlem Renaissance that occurred in New York in the 1920s. The two hip-hop producers will be in Gainesville at 8 p.m. Sunday, leading an eight-piece live band, brass and string ensemble while capturing the energy of the album live in front of the audience’s eyes and ears. Catch their performance at the Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit heartwoodsoundstage.com or call 258-8557.