Theater, live music and more: Fun things to do this weekend in Ocala/Marion County

'Beauty and the Beast'

This Disney musical is onstage through June 5 at the Ocala Civic Theatre. "Based on the beloved 1991 Disney film, this 'tale as old as time' is brought to life in a spectacular stage version of the classic fairytale. All the songs from the movie are here, plus half a dozen new hits written for the stage musical," OCT said in a news release. More at (352) 236-2274 and

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

The Marion Cultural Alliance in partnership with the City of Ocala presents free, family friendly outdoor concerts to the public on Fridays through July 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which funds and empowers communities to inject new life into underused spaces. The June 3 performer is scheduled to be Reggae Force (reggae.) For more information and concert schedule details, visit or call 352-629-8447.

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'Music Moves' at The Brick

An opening reception for "Music Moves," a Marion Cultural Alliance member exhibit featuring a month-long, music-inspired art exhibit and multiple performances by musicians, will be held 5-7 p.m. June 3 at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Free admission. The exhibit is up through June 25. The performer on June 3 will be Evelyn of NOMA Records. For a full performance schedule for the month and more information: 352-369-1500 or

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Queen Flash - The Premiere Tribute to Queen

Queen Flash’s Larry Zatylyny carries on the musical tradition of the legendary Freddie Mercury with a high-energy, electrifying show that echoes the drama and theatrical flourish of the man himself and a band that transformed music and challenged standards. Zatylyny and the six-piece band take the stage at Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala, on June 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets from $28. For more details and to book tickets, visit

The Nelons
The Nelons

The Nelons

Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes The Nelons in concert at 6:30 p.m. June 4. The Dove Award-winning, Grammy nominated gospel family produces innovative music that embraces traditional roots. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. Doors open 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 352-861-6182.

WIND-FM Tribute Concert Series

The sixth season of WIND-FM’s tribute series will be “Rockin’ the Reilly" through summer and early fall, continuing June 4 at Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with “Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20-$31. To purchase or to find out more, visit or call 352-566-0970.

Becky Sinn
Becky Sinn

Jumpin’ June Swing Dance Social

Shine up your saddle shoes with Becky Sinn and Swing Theory at Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, for a celebration of Ocala history. The Jumpin’ June Swing Dance is a tribute to bygone days of the 1940s, when dances were a huge part of local culture. Fun photo ops, specialty themed cocktails, swing dance jam circle, featured dance performances, and vintage music. It all starts June 4 at 8 p.m. in Noma Black Box. Tickets $20. For more information, visit or call 352-351-1606.


Summer Kids Film Series

The Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, will host a Summer Film Series for kids each Wednesday-Friday beginning June 1 through Aug. 5. Showtimes are 10 and 11 a.m. Films include "Shrek," "Aladdin," "Madagascar," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Sing 2." Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12/under and include a summer Snack Pack. For showtimes, titles and to purchase tickets online, visit or call 352-820-3049.

Summer Spotlight Exhibition

“Town and Country” is the theme for the Visual Artists’ Society Summer Spotlight, showcasing the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. The exhibit will be on display at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1552 or visit

Steven Benson, “Under New Bridge,” Sandouping, China, 1999, Archival Pigment Print.
Steven Benson, “Under New Bridge,” Sandouping, China, 1999, Archival Pigment Print.

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on exhibit through Nov. 6 in the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. His work has been displayed in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

'Finding Beauty'

This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, along with a plethora of fabrics and video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design for the Ocala Civic Theatre’s production of "Beauty and the Beast." This exhibit runs through the winter of 2022. The museum is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For additional details and admission fees, visit

'Encounter' by Tom Hundersmarck

An abstract and landscape painter based in Gainesville, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and has worked extensively as a psychologist with combat veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447 or visit

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