Scene Calendar: Musical performances, plays, family events and more

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Suwannee Spring Reunion: All day today-Sunday, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak. Tickets: Visit website for details. ( Fourth annual concert featuring performances by Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled By Turtles, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sierra Hull, Peter Rowan, Donna The Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Roy Book Binder, Jon Stickley Trio and more.

Chris Young: 7:30 p.m. today, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $44-$84. (904-209-0367, The multi-platinum global entertainer will perform.

Loudon Wainwright III: 8 p.m. today, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $32-$46. ( Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972.

The English Beat: 7 p.m. Saturday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. ( The Beat were all about inclusion rather than exclusion, and this shows in their personnel and their musical influences.

The Orchestra: 8 p.m. Saturday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $39-$79. (, 904-355-5661) Former ELO and ELO Part II members bring the greatest hits of the Electric Light Orchestra to the stage backed by a full Rock Symphony.

Chris Botti: 8 p.m. Sunday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $37.50-$75. (, 904-355-5661) Since becoming the largest-selling American instrumental artist after his critically acclaimed album “When I Fall in Love,” trumpeter Chris Botti has established a reputation as a versatile musician for his ability to fuse jazz and pop music.

The Maine: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $33-$36. ( Despite sharing their name with a northeastern state, the Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe, Arizona, a collegiate suburb of Phoenix.

Chris Botti: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $45-$75, $10 UF students. (, 392-2787) A dazzling trumpeter equally at home in pop, jazz and rock; a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine; and a born showman radiating irresistible delight at being onstage, Botti is the complete package.

Charley Crockett: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $30-$35. ( Charley Crockett has been a fairly remarkable artist to follow. He’s got a sound. He’s got something to say. He has a look. And there’s a gauzy veil of mystery surrounding him suggesting he knows more than he’s letting on.


“Living on Love”: 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through March 27, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $15-$42. ( When world-renowned soprano Raquel De Angelis’ husband, Vito, the larger-than-life maestro, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this hilarious comedy.

“Daughters of The Mock”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and 7 p.m. Sundays through March 27, Actors' Warehouse, 2512 NE First Blvd. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 students. ( Love can be complicated. This is a Southern Louisiana-set story about a mock curse that a Creole grandmother has passed down from generation to generation to protect the family's women from abuse. The women battle over tradition versus modern times.

“A Sweet Taste of Broadway”: 7:30 p.m. today, Glen Springs Elementary, 2826 NW 31st Ave. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 ages 16 and younger, $250 reserved table. ( This light theatrical show features songs from Broadway musicals, and is a highlight of the Gainesville Youth Chorus season. Desserts and coffee available from local vendors at intermission amid a dinner-theatre atmosphere.

“The Full Monty”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 seniors, military and students. ( Based on the book by Terrence McNally, a raucous, pop-rock-musical send-up of gender expectations and stereotypes that takes it all off.

“The Producers”: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 10, Gainesville Community Playhouse, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets: $23 general admission, $19 seniors, $12 students. ( A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!

“Living on Love” with actor talkback: 2 p.m. Sunday, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $15-$42. ( Stay after the show for a talkback with actors. When world-renowned soprano Raquel De Angelis’ husband, Vito, the larger-than-life maestro, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this hilarious comedy.

Last Podcast on the Left: 8 p.m. Thursday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $35-$50. (, 904-355-5661) Last Podcast on the Left barrels headlong into all-things horror as hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover dark subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes and more.


Stomp the Swamp: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, 121 Gale Lemerand Drive. Cost: Donations welcome. ( Impact Autism at UF’s annual event to benefit the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. CARD provides developmental and safety programs for people with autism and their families. Participants can run or walk as teams or individuals and can compete to win prizes.


Collected Stories: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, High Springs Branch Library, 23779 W. U.S. 27. Free. ( Part of “Celebrating History, Celebrating Art.” The Heart of High Springs’ exhibit of a sampling of collected stories will be on display in the public meeting room.

Cade After Dark 21+: 6-9 p.m. today, April 8 and May 20, Cade Museum, 811 N. Main St. Admission: $15. ( Adults 21 and older only will be admitted. Admission includes a drink ticket, redeemable at the Cade’s cash bar. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Also included is a free ticket to a raffle prize drawing.

Feeling Lucky in Depot: 6-11:30 p.m. nightly through March 31, Depot Park, 870 SE Fourth St. Free. ( Depot Park is decorated with shamrocks, clover and all things green. Restrooms close at 8:30 p.m.

“Grandmothers”: Online 7 p.m. today, Free; registration required. ( In Celebration of Women’s History Month, the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center will host a YouTube video premiere where viewers can hear about the lives of eight women who lived in the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras in the Deep South. There will be a post-viewing Q&A Zoom featuring Vivian File and Dr. Zoharah Simmons.

Alachua Movie in the Park: 8 p.m. today, Legacy Park, 15100 Main St., Alachua. Free. ( Bring a blanket, chair or bean bag and enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. Free food and beverages will be served while supplies last. No pets. No smoking.

Family Day at the Dairy Farm: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, University of Florida Dairy Unit, 13515 County Road 237, Alachua. Free. ( Watch cows being milked, tour barn facilities, visit calves, make butter, and learn how UF/IFAS Dairy Research and Extension help the state’s dairy farmers produce better milk at lower cost, while keeping cows comfortable and healthy and protecting the environment.

Kanapaha Botanical Spring Garden Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 3-13, $8 Kanapaha members. Cash only. ( Annual event featuring 125 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and food. Also featured are a children's activities area, live entertainment and live auctions.

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. ( 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. ( 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. (, 468-2827, 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.

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. ( The Historic Haile Homestead is unique in the nation for its "Talking Walls.''

Gator Fly In and Armed Services Appreciation Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, University Air Center, 4701 NE 40th Terrace. Free. ( Aviation event with military and civilian aircraft on display, helicopter and airplane rides, vendors, food trucks and classic cars.

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. ( 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.

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. ( 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.

High Springs Art Walk: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, downtown High Springs. Free entry. ( Seasonal monthly event featuring local artists gracing sidewalks and storefronts with some locations featuring live painting and demonstrations. Future dates are April 16, May 21, June 18, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

Beat the Beast Southern Tour Rodeo: 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 30; 7 p.m. April 9, Rock Star Arena, 20751 NW 87th Ave. Road, Micanopy. Tickets: $12, free ages 5 and younger. ( Touring rodeo.

“Public Art as Monuments to History”: 2 p.m. Saturday, High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 W. U.S. 27. Free. ( Part of the city’s seasonal monthly Art Walk. Local artists Jessica Caldas and Doug Hancock will explain how communities have honored their descendants using public art.

Spring Festival and Farm Tour: 2:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Frog Song Organics, 4317 NE U.S. 301, Hawthorne. Free. ( You-pick strawberries, live music by Maggie Clifford, bring your own instrument to participate in a community jam, tour the farm, Chancho King food truck.

“Plein Air Art”: 4 p.m. Saturday, High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 W. U.S. 27. Free. ( Part of “Celebrating History, Celebrating Art.” Local artist Tina Corbett will host. Join local artists from the annual Springs Plein Air and hear their stories of painting in the natural environment of High Springs and its surrounding waterfronts with a visual and verbal presentation of how art has saved our past and protects our future. Renowned Gainesville artist Eleanor Blair will do a demonstration during the event.

Sunday Assembly: 11 a.m. Sunday, Pride Center located in the Liberty Center, 3131 NW 13th St. Free. (, Sunday Assembly will host guest speaker Donna Waller, a retired professor from Santa Fe College, where she taught for 26 years. She taught courses in American political history and honors classes, and she has continued to teach there and at other venues. She also is active in the League of Women Voters. The title of her talk will be “What Tallahassee Said: The 2022 Legislative Session.” There will be time for discussion following the presentation. Music will be provided by Sunday Assembly musicians with the opportunity to sing along. Masks are encouraged and recommended. It also is possible to attend via Zoom.

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. ( 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.

Heritage Farm Festival: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-March 26, Sugar Camp Ranch, 387 SW Cumorah Hill St., Fort White. Admission: $10 general admission, $7 military, police, first responders and ages 65-plus with ID, free ages 1 and younger. ( Family friendly event featuring hayrides, corn maze, obstacle course, interactive critter corral, horse rides, miniature cow rides, giant slingshots and more.

“From Game On to Game Over”: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Florida Gym, Alligator Alley, Room 105, UF campus; limited number of parking places have been reserved in the parking lot northeast of the O'Connell Center. Free. ( The University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance will host Tom Farrey speaking about what he has learned since writing the book “Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children,” both as a sports parent and thought leader who has tried to help build a better sport ecosystem for young people.


Dr. Kimberly Voss: Online 4 p.m. Saturday, Free; registration required. (,, 378-2280) Author and journalist Dr. Kimberly Voss will discuss her latest book, “Newspaper Fashion Editors in the 1950s and 60s: Women Writers of the Runway.”


“August: Osage County”: 7 p.m. Sunday-Monday auditions, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. and online. (,, Performance dates: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays plus 2 p.m. Sundays May 13-29. Roles can be found online.


Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: “Fabric Frontiers — Textiles and Technology” on display through May 1; “Tech Tapestry — Threads of Invention” on display through May 1. $12.50, $10 seniors and college students, $7.50 ages 5-17, free ages 4 and younger. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 811 N. Main St. (371-8001,

Cedar Key Arts Center: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today Reclaimed Glass with Mary Prescott; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday Fabric Panel Workshop (Part 1 of 2); 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday Windchimes with Gloria Altonen; 9 a.m. Wednesday Boat Builders. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 457 Second St., Cedar Key. (543-5801,

Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center: “Unapologetic!” on display through August. The exhibit features works by local Gainesville artist Yvonne Ferguson with images of cultural and human rights icons as well as notable and groundbreaking musicians. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday plus by appointment for schools and other groups. 837 SE Seventh Ave. (226-8321,

Florida Museum of Natural History: 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. (, 846-2000)

Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery: “Process” on display through Saturday; “Mythologies” on display Tuesday-April 23; “Group MFA Exhibition — Kobe Elixson, Vincent Granela, Bary Birmingham” on display Tuesday-March 26, “Liminal — Brendhan Garland” and “Not My Place to S(t)ay — Caroline Crawford” on display March 29-April 2; “A New Americana — Stephanie Perez” and “A Moral Inventory — Sofia Isaac” on display April 5-9; “A Trick of the Light: A Collection of Curiosities — Jul Jankowski” on display April 12-16; “Beauty in the Cracks — Valeria Guanipa-Inciarte and Leilanee Taylor” on display April 19-23; “The Future: Conserving Our Earth” on display April 26-May 31. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 1314 S. Main St. (,

Harn Museum of Art: “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; “COPIA II,” celebrates new photographs that have entered the Harn Museum of Art’s collection in the last six years, with a few other photographs rarely or never shown before, on display Tuesday-Oct. 30; “Global Perspectives: Highlights from the Contemporary Collection,” a celebration of global interconnectedness, on display through Oct. 1, 2023; “She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China,” which unravels the intersecting roles women played as subjects, artists and consumers of art in traditional, modern and contemporary China, on display through March 24, 2024; “Speechless: Text and Image in Global Culture,” a fascinating look at how words, aesthetics and materials have supported religious, political and socio-cultural agendas for millennia, on display May 31–Dec. 30. 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. (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 and in person; “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. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280,

Melrose Bay Art Gallery: “Abstracting Color and Light,featuring work by Alfred Phillips, on display through Sunday; “2022 Open Air Arts,” featuring new work by 35 regional artists, set for March 25-May 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. 103 State Road 26, Melrose. (475-3866,

Sweetwater Print Cooperative: "A Menagerie of Words: Zoomorphs and other Calligrams," calligraphy in various languages by Joon Thomas in the forms of animals, on display through Tuesday. Masks required, social distancing appreciated. Gallery hours: By appointment. 117 S. Main St. (514-3838)

University Galleries: 5-7 p.m. today opening reception for “MFA Candidates Exhibition I.” “MFA Candidates Exhibition I” features unique groups of artists, projects and works. Each component unveils a remarkable series of commonalities among their presentations, how they approach their work and how they speak to one another. On display through April 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 400 SW 13th St. (


Good News Arts Inc.: “Blood Orange,” featuring work by artist Brittany Watkins, on display beginning today; reception 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Her brightly colored, laborious installations and performances examine contemporary society through a lens of psycho-analysis and social critique by deconstructing everyday objects, actions and experiences. These conceptual investigations reside somewhere between public and private space, reflecting a framework of larger social issues; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday workshop featuring the Cyanotype Process. Participants can register at Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 18555 Main St., High Springs. (

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Scene Calendar: Musical performances, plays, family events and more