The Week Ahead in Gainesville and Alachua County Entertainment - Dec. 19-25

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  • Lionel Bart
    British writer and composer of pop music and musicals

HAPPENING NOW

Dance Alive National Ballet presents "The Nutcracker": 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, (352-392-ARTS, Phillips Center Box Office https://performingarts.ufl.edu/events/dance-alive-national-ballet-the-nutcracker/

Sally’s Dashing Revue with live music from Swing Theory!: 6:30 p.m. today, High Dive 210 SW 2nd Ave. Suite A. Tickets: $18 ADV, $25 DOS, $18 Live Stream. highdivegville@gmail.com 352-872-5949)

Lione Bart’s Oliver: Consider Yourself At Home: today, The Gainesville Community Playhouse (GCP), Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. (.gcplayhouse.org) GCP invites you to “Consider Yourself At Home” with Lionel Bart's classic musical, Oliver! Based on the novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.

Gainesville Modern Quilters: Now through Jan. 30, Hotel Indigo, Celebration Pointe, 4949 Celebration Pointe Ave. More than 20 quilts created by the members of the guild will be on display. Attendees will have the option to purchase some of the quilts. Gainesville Modern Quilters is the local chapter of the international Modern Quilt Guild. The group meets monthly to learn new skills, plan projects and events.

Sunday Assembly: 11 a.m., today, Pride Center at the Liberty Center, 3131 NW 13 St. in person and via Zoom,.Masks required if not fully vaccinated. (sagainesville.weebly.com SundayAssembly32601@gmail.com) Guest speaker Angela Betancourt., studying to become a Functional Health Coach and is a licensed Massage Therapist. The topic: “10 Ways to Boost Your Health and Happiness Released via Frenchkiss Records earlier this year and making a stop here in Gainesville for his North American tour.

NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS

Spark Wonder NYE: 5:30 -8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention, 811 South Main St. Cost: $15, adults; $13.50 adult members; $10 youth (ages 5-17) $ 9 Youth Members ages (5-17): free children (ages 0-4). ( https://www.cademuseum.org, (352) 371-8001) For a memorable New Year enjoyed with family and without the late-night hassles, the Cade Museum’s Spark Wonder celebration rings in ’22 safely with unique activities, food, drinks, fireworks, and glow-in-the-dark dancing for revelers of all ages. The Cade will screen a New Year’s celebration from another time zone so revelers can enjoy an energetic countdown to 2022 and little ones and early birds don’t have to struggle to stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Party: Starting at 9 p.m.. Rena's Ballroom, 720 NW 23rd Ave. Tickets: $25 per person/ $45 couple. Reserved table addl $15.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party at Celebration Pointe: 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., 4949 Celebration Pointe Blvd.

New Year’s Eve with FakksOnly: 9 p.m.Swap City Gallery Lounge, 716 North Main St. Featuring Hip-Hop artist FakksOnly.

Spark@Embers 2021 cocktail Bash Celebrate: 9 p.m.-midnight, Embers Wood Grille, 3535 SW 34th St. Charcuterie with house-cured meats and cheeses from around the world. Butler passed hors d’oeuvres including favorites such as lobster croquettes, prime beef, shrimp and grits. , Unlimited prosecco, 2 specialty cocktails, classic well drinks, wines by the glass and our draft beers. $100 per person pre-purchased with 20% gratuity included in $120 ticket price.

GNVpunk Pop Punk & Emo Night-New Year’s Eve Edition: 8 p.m. High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Suite A.Tickets $8 ADV, $10 DOS.highdivegville@gmail.com 352-872-5949)


LAST CHANCE

Between Heaven & Earth, The Paintings of Alyne Harris: Now through Jan. 15, 2022; part of the City of Gainesville’s Of This Place permanent art collection. This exhibit is a community cultural asset and features 200 paintings by Gainesville native Alyne Harris, who paints to express both her lived experiences and her profound spiritual life. Harris' work draws heavily from African-American traditions including jumping the broom in her wedding scenes. Her paintings call on viewers to travel the paths of their own recollections, an exchange that becomes part of the work itself. Her work reminds the viewer that revisiting the past can connect us with the present and the future.

GFAA GALLERY: Perfect for holiday gifts there are smaller original artworks for sale in the gift shop . Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1 - 6 pm and Saturday 11 am - 4 pm. 1314 S. Main Street.

UPCOMING

37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame Gala: 5:30 p.m. reception, dinner 6:30 p.m. Jan 9, Gateway Grand Hotel 4200 NW 97th Blvd. (Rodney J. Long @ 352-376-2442) Tickets, $100 each, must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Oscar Wilde’s"The Importance of Being Earnest": 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays., Jan 28 - Feb. 20, directed by Andrea Young. (carolyne@acrosstown.org, 352-275-7790).

Tools to Quit Tobacco group: 6-8 p.m., Dec. 21, Palms Medical Group – High Springs, virtual options available via computer or phone. Pre -registration required by calling 866-341-2730. Free. Receive tips on how to deal with triggers, withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse, and also receive up to 4 weeks of FREE nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. This group more than doubles your chance of quitting for good.

ONGOING

Florida Impressions" exhibition: New exhibit, Harm Museum or Art, 3259 Hull Road Hull Road. https://harn.ufl.edu/linkedfiles/pressrelease-floridaimpressions.pdf permanent exhibition includes more than 50 paintings depicting the state's environment, people and history, and celebrates the transformative gift of 1,200 works of art from Sam and Robbie Vickers; includes works by Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Moran and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

“Our Changing Climate: Past and Present”: available now is a permanent exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History; the free exhibit uses large-format graphs showing major historic events to present the story of Earth’s changing climate over geologic time. It also highlights how Earth’s climate fluctuates and what global trends are affecting life today. www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/our-changing-climate. Through a timeline, visitors can visualize and compare where dinosaurs, megalodon sharks, humans, ancient civilizations and more fit into Earth’s climate history. Originally opened , the exhibit has been relaunched to mark the release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, which addresses the most up-to-date climate change science, potential risks and options for the planet’s future.

The Harn Museum: Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection. The exhibition aims to advance cultural understanding and educational dialogue among Latin American artists and global audiences. Plural Domains will span both venues, with works on view at the Harn Museum of Art from now through April 24, 2022 and the University Galleries from now to Dec. 3, 2021.

Shadow to Substance: Now through Feb 2022, The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery, The Harn Museum, 3259 Hull Road. The exhibition 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.

Good News Arts: collaborates with local, regional, and national artists to provide creative education opportunities, exhibitions, and cultural programming to the community. Good News Arts serves as a community center, free and accessible to all. Located in High Springs at the First Avenue Center, 23352 W HWY 27, Suite 80.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. or dusk today, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Admission, $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-13, free for children under 5 years old accompanied by parents. (kanapaha.org) Dogs on a leash and up to date on vaccines with no history of aggression are allowed in the park. Garden hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, and Friday, closed Thursday. 9 a.m.- 7p.m. or dusk Saturday and Sunday.

Afternoon Adventure Camp: 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. This mid-week opportunity will focus on challenges that boost kids' creativity and imagination. Cade Museum educators help children ages 5-11 engage in a broad range of hands-on STEAM experiments and activities. In the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, children will explore and improve skills in 3D design, coding, robotics, and more. Cade’s educators will be available to help children in kindergarten through 5th-grade address homework challenges. Registration is open. Members receive a discounted rate.

Little Sparks ages 0-5: 12:15 -1 p.m. Saturday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. Children will receive a personal Little Sparks kit with all of their own supplies, plus make and takes that extend the fun and learning at home. Our BRAIN and Sweat Solution exhibits will also be open for Little Sparks noon – 5 p.m.

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: Noon - 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, general admission. (info@cademuseum.org) Schedule a group tour Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Matheson Museum: “When Johnny Came Marching Home: Outdoor exhibition, located on the westside of the main Matheson building behind the set of flags along Sweetwater Branch. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org)This sculpture was designed by Ken Mc Gurn and fabricated by Matthew Pollard. The exhibit honors all of those who served. McGurn served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1963- 1979. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1965 and Germany from 198-1970. Current exhibits in person and online include “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S.; McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida on display online and in person. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: The Week Ahead in Gainesville Entertainment — Dec. 19-25

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