Gainesville Entertainment Calendar: Fun things to do Jan. 21-27, 2022

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MUSIC

An Evening With Bruce Dickinson: 7:30 p.m. today, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $29.50-$59.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in Iron Maiden, Dickinson has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.

UF Carillon Recital: 1:55 p.m. Sunday, Century Tower Carillon, 375 Newell Drive. Free. (arts.ufl.edu) The UF Carillon Studio Concert Series offers a chance to hear the UF carillon performed in a 50-minute recital.

Music at Holy Trinity: 4 p.m. Sunday, Holy Trinity Church. 100 NE First St. Free. (holytrinitygnv.org) Concert by The Ben Rosenblum Trio, New York City jazz artists on tour. A reception (wine and hors d’oeuvres) will follow.

JD Simo and GA-20: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $21-$31. (pvconcerthall.com) JD Simo melds classic electric blues, the power of heralded British trios like Cream and the expansive sonic explorations of jazz and even The Grateful Dead into a vintage vibe that blurs the lines between genre and generations. GA-20 is a trio of two guitars, vocals and drums.

“Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band”: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $62.50-$92.50. (pvconcerthall.com) Based on and inspired by the acclaimed album “Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band,” this live show features Jaimoe (original member of the Allman Brothers Band) and stars Sammy Miller and The Congregation, with special guests Lamar Williams Jr. and Drew Smith.

Alan Parsons Live Project: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $49.50-$99.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) The Grammy Award winner will perform with special guest Carl Palmer.

Tommy Castro and Tinsley Ellis: 8 p.m. Thursday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $38-$54. (pvconcerthall.com) Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Since his “Alligator” debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero.

THEATER

“As You Like It”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays through Feb. 6, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $15-$42. (thehipp.org) Banished from court, Rosalind takes it upon herself to be the ruler of her own fate and to convince Orlando to fall in love with her.

“Jersey Boys”: 7 p.m. Saturday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$70. (performingarts.ufl.edu) They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

“C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert”: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $51-$101. (performingarts.ufl.edu) C.S. Lewis – author of “The Screwtape Letters” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” – comes to life on stage.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: Time Bubble Tour”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $35-$79.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) Join host Emily Connor and the world’s greatest — and only — movie riffing robots, Tom Servo , Crow and GPC as they take you on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the film “Making Contact,” imposed by Mad Scientist Mega-Synthia.

“Anne and Emmett”: 8 p.m. Thursday-Jan. 29, 4 p.m. Jan. 29-30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 students. (bit.ly/anneemmett22) An imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred.

DANCE

“Portraits 2”: Noon today and 5 p.m. Saturday, Pofahl Studios, 1325 NW Second St. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 students. (dancealive.org) Continuation of an original work premiered in 2021, starting from a blank slate, filled with each dancer’s unique sparkle and painted with choreographer Ani Collier’s artistic brush. Limited seating. Family friendly.

Tango Fire: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) Tango Fire is a global phenomenon serving up dance that sizzles with sensuality.

BENEFITS

Bats & Brews: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Swamp Head Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave. Free entrance; food and drinks for sale. (bit.ly/batbrews22) Meet some of Lubee's education animals and learn more about bats. Activities for all ages. Watch the Swamp Head Bat House emergence with bat experts. A portion of sales of the Sky Puppies NEIPA will go toward Lubee Bat Conservancy's conservation efforts.

ET CETERA

Arbor Day Tree Planting: 3 p.m. today, Easton Newberry Sports Complex, 24880 NW 16th Ave., Newberry. Free. (bit.ly/arbor22) All ages can celebrate Arbor Day by planting 15 new trees. Free trees will be available to anyone interested in planting new trees at home. Demonstrations and information will be provided for proper tree planting and care. Community leaders will help commemorate the celebration, and there will also be a special guest reading from “The Lorax.”

“Florida Skies (Winter)”: 7-8 p.m. today, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $5-$6. (showpass.com/florida-skies-winter) Join James Albury, host of "The Sky Above Us" and former co-host of the PBS TV Show "Star Gazers," as he takes attendees on a personally guided tour of our night sky, using the planetarium’s GOTO Chronos Space Simulator.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Jan. 29-30 plus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28, 9409 SW Archer Road. Tickets Saturday-Sunday: $20 general admission, $17 military and seniors, $10 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and younger. Tickets Jan. 28: $10 general admission, $5 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and younger. (hoggetownemedfaire.com) Annual medieval event with live performances, vendors and activities.

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park Sinkhole Guided Walk: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Road. Cost: $4 per vehicle, $2 pedestrian or bicyclist. (bit.ly/devilsmill) Ask questions and learn about the area and its history while exploring the park with a ranger.

Guided Hike on Rim Ramble: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park North Entrance, 4801 Camp Ranch Road. Admission: $4 per vehicle. (bit.ly/rrhike21) This 1.5 mile trail meanders through a dense upland forest and sinkhole-rich topography. The terrain varies from level ground to gently rolling hills. This hike takes participants into areas of the park that are not open to the public. The walk originates at the La Chua Trail Horse Barn. Sign-up at the Interpretive Trailer located by the Horse Barn.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation Tour: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, 8528 E. County Road 225. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 ages 2-11, free ages 1 and younger; $45 motorized-vehicle tours. (carsonspringswildlife.org, 468-2827, contact@cswildlife.org) Take a tour — on foot or in a tour vehicle — of Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation with big-cat feeding demonstrations and up-close encounters with the animals.

Rooterville Animal Sanctuary Self-Guided Tours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, 5579 Darwood St., Melrose. Cost: Suggested $10 donation per person or $30 for a family of four. (rooterville.org) Take a map of the sanctuary at the gate to see highlights of Rooterville to help you find your way. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Historic Haile Homestead Tour: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Historic Haile Homestead, 8500 Archer Road. Entrance: $5 ages 13 and older, free ages 12 and younger. (hailehomestead.org) The Historic Haile Homestead is unique in the nation for its "Talking Walls.''

Horse Feeding: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Farm Retirement Home for Horses, 20307 NW CR 235A, Alachua. Entrance: Bag of carrots. (millcreekfarm.org) The Retirement Home for Horses provides lifetime care to elderly horses seized by law enforcement agencies, rescued by the SPCA or humane societies, as well as horses retired from government service such as police patrol or state and federal parks.

Two Hawk Hammock Happy Hour: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Two Hawk Hammock, 17950 NE 53rd Lane, Williston. Tickets: $5 ages 13 and older, free for ages 12 and younger. (twohawkhammock.com) Live music, food and drinks, barn animals and trapeze flights with Gainesville Circus Center.

Beat the Beast Southern Tour Rodeo: 5 p.m. Saturday, Rock Star Arena, 20751 NW 87th Ave. Road, Micanopy. Tickets: $12, free ages 5 and younger. (bit.ly/beast22) Touring rodeo.

Music 360: 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $5-$6. (showpass.com/polaris-space-submarine) An immersive journey of sight and sound with Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite “The Planets” and the planets of the solar system.

Gainesville Bromeliad Society: 2 p.m. Sunday, Entomology Building, 1881 Natural Area Drive. Free. (gainesvillebromeliad.org) Speaker Steve Byram will discuss his success growing bromeliads and other plants in the shade. He will offer plants for sale. Masks required.

FrogWatch USA Training Session: Online 6-9 p.m. Monday or Feb. 8, bit.ly/frogs22. Free; registration required. (bit.ly/frogs22) For those ages 10 and older who have a passion for learning about local frog populations and have the ability to regularly visit a local wetland within Alachua and Bradford counties for data collection February through August.

Sweetwater Wetlands Park Wednesday Bird Walks: 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesdays through May 25, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Road. Admission: $5 per vehicle; $2 for pedestrians, vans and bikes. (alachuaaudubon.org) Discover the rich diversity of birds at one of north central Florida's premier birding hotspots during a two- to three-hour guided walking tour. Birders of all levels welcome. Walks are led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society with assistance from Sweetwater Wetlands Park rangers.

PAGES

2022 Winter Reading Challenge: Read for a Better World: Ongoing through Jan. 31, aclib.beanstack.org. Free. (aclib.beanstack.org, aclib.us/winter) The Winter Reading Challenge returns with a new goal for the community – to read 600,000 minutes Jan. 1-31. Chances to win prizes and help the library district compete against libraries across the country.

“African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida”: Online 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Zoom. Free; registration required. (bit.ly/africanstudies22) Book launch for the first book to explore the creation and development of an African American Studies program at a major university.

ART

Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: “The Great Indoors” exhibit and the theme “Toys and Games” on display through Jan. 30. Discover the inspiration behind the games that changed the video game industry and meet the inventors who transported generations of gamers to fantastic realms. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. $12.50, $10 seniors and college students, $7.50 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and younger. 811 N. Main St. (371-8001, cademuseum.org)

Cedar Key Arts Center: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday Arts, Crafts and Fine Wine event; 9 a.m. Wednesday Boat Builders; 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday Shark Sewing Club; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday Watercolor Basics with Susan Donohoe; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday learn to play Ukulele with Jim. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 457 Second St., Cedar Key. (543-5801, cedarkeyartscenter.org)

Florida Museum of Natural History: “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies” extended through Feb. 20. The exhibit is $8 for adults; $7 for Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $5.50 for ages 3 to 17; and free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. “Tiny Titans” uses authentic specimens, lifelike models and realistic artwork to transform the area into a “Jurassic Park” day care and showcase the rarely seen world of dinosaur parenting. Standing exhibits include the “Our Changing Climate: Past and Present,” “Butterfly Rainforest,” “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land,” “Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife,” “South Florida People & Environments,” “Exploring Our World,” “Fossil Plant Garden” and “Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.” All standing exhibits are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit: $14 for adults ($12 for Florida residents and seniors) and $7 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3215 Hull Road. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu, 846-2000)

Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery: “Coming Home” and “Friends of Elementary Arts Musical Chairs Auction” on display Tuesday-Feb. 19; “Skin & Bricks: Celebrating The Art of Tattoos And Graffiti” on display Feb. 22-March 19. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 1314 S. Main St. (gainesvillefinearts.org, info@gainsevillefinearts.org)

Harn Museum of Art: “Tempus Fugit: Time Flies,” a reflection on time and its many meanings, on display through Sunday; “Plant Life: Exploring Vegetal Worlds in the Harn Museum Collection,” featuring 12 works that were chosen because something in them provokes critical reflection on the strange entanglements of humans and plants, on display through Feb. 20; “Shadow to Substance,” which creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs from the Harn and Smathers Library collections and through the lens of black photographers working today, on display through Feb. 27; “Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection,” drawn exclusively from the collection of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to foster cultural exchange and enrichment of the arts, on display through April 24; “Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection,” a celebration of global interconnectedness, on display through Sept. 25; “Florida Impressions: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers” includes celebrates the transformative gift to the Harn Museum of Art from Samuel and Roberta Vickers who formed one of the world’s most extensive collections of Florida-themed art; “Everyday to the Extraordinary: Highlights from the Korean Collection” includes objects from everyday life alongside exemplars of artistic production. Ceramics in the exhibition span nearly 2,500 years of history, from the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE–668 CE) to the present, while paintings date from the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) and into the 20th century. On display indefinitely; Ongoing exhibitions include “ClayCurvyCool,” “Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades,” “Highlights from the Asian Collection” and “Highlights from the Modern Collection. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 3259 Hull Road. Free. (392-9826)

Matheson History Museum: “We're Tired of Asking: Black Thursday and Civil Rights at the University of Florida,” which follows one slice of African American history in Gainesville, currently on display online with the physical exhibition opening at the museum Feb. 2; “When Johnny Came Marching Home: Some Gave All – All Gave Some,” remembering those who came home from war with both physical and mental wounds, on display outside; “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States, on display; “Lights of Conversation” on display outside; “McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” on display. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org)

ALTERNATIVE ART SPACES

Good News Arts Inc.: “Thank you for coming,” a celebration of local artists who have been crucial to Good News Arts in its first year, on display. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 23352 W. U.S. 27, Suite 80, High Springs. (goodnewsarts.com)

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Scene Calendar: Fun things to do Jan. 21-27, 2022

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