Week Ahead: Spring Arts Fest, music for a good cause, blues award winner, fossils on tap

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Week Ahead

April 3-9

Thornebrook Spring Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Shoppes at Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd St. (artshowthornebrook@gmail.com) More than 50 artists will be exhibiting throughout the park-like setting. Art on display includes painting, sculpture, photography, glass works, fiber arts, wood carvings, pottery, jewelry and more.

Blues Award Winner Terry Hanck: 6:30 p.m. today, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 North Central Florida Blues Society members. (871-0676, ncfblues.org) Hanck and his California-based band that includes Johnny Soubrand (the sizzling master guitarist celebrating his 18-year anniversary in the band), and the tight all-star rhythm section of long-time drummer Butch Cousins (younger brother to Robert Cray bassist Richard Cousins) and bassist Tim Wagar. Presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society.

Henry Rollins: Good to See You 2022: 8 p.m. Monday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $39 in advance, $44 day of show. (highdivegainesville.com)

Late Night Losers, The Forum, GOLDPARK and Brendan Abernathy: 9 p.m. Wednesday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

Truth Value, Infinite Eights, Glass House Points and Bambii Lamb: 9 p.m. Thursday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave; livestream begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 day of show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

George Hinchliffe’s Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20-$40, $10 students. (392-2787)

Xenogenesis, Now Leaving Space and QO Baby: 8:40 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Livestream begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 day of show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

Celebration of The Arts from Africa and Beyond: 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. Tickets: $25, adults, $10 youths. (starcenter.ticketleap.com/celebrating-the-arts) The showcase will include drama, storytelling, dance, vocal and instrumental music. All proceeds will benefit youth performing arts programs in Alachua County. Presented by the Star Center Children's Theatre, Caring and Sharing Learning School, Alachua County Youth Orchestra, Expressive Dance and Rawlings Elementary Youth.

The Mischievous Madams Ninth Anniversary Burlesque Show: 8 p.m. Saturday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show. (highdivegainesville.com)

Alachua County Library District's New Hours: Open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Headquarters Library, Millhopper and Tower Road branches. (rcook@aclib.us, 334-3909) All Alachua County Library District branches are open for browsing, computer use, study room use, meeting room reservations, printing services and programs. Library District hours will be as follows: Headquarters Library and Millhopper and Tower Road branches: Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.; Alachua, High Springs, Hawthorne and Newberry branches: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.; Cone Park and Library Partnership branches: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday; Archer, Micanopy and Waldo branches: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday

EASTER

Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 3250 NE 140 Ave., Williston. Admission: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Various age groups and 18-plus. Photos with Easter Bunny, egg relay race, Easter stories and more.

Easter Extravaganza: 1-4 p.m. April 10, Butler Town Center. Free. Family friendly fun a with a whimsical twist on Alice in Wonderland. Embark on a fantastical journey down the rabbit hole and enter the magical wonderland brought to life by Keith Watson Events. Performances include DancINK by Davis, Danscompany of Gainesville, Southern Rhythm Cloggers, IndepenDANCE Studio, Sun Country Gymnastics, Celebration Suzuki Strings and Gainesville Big Band. A Secret Garden will be set up for attendees to take photos with the famous characters from the Mad Hatter Tea Party. There also will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and festive decor.

UPCOMING

Sun Country Dance Theatre 14th Annual Spring Youth Concert: 2:30 p.m. April 10, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $15 general admission, free ages 11 and younger when purchased through the box office (not online). Featuring Little Red Riding Hood.

51st Anniversary Celebration of Black Thursday: 7:15 p.m. April 14, University of Florida campus. (eventbrite.com/e/black-thursdayanniversary-tickets-307032190547) Featuring the Matheson History Museum’s newest exhibit, “We’re Tired of Asking: Black Thursday and Civil Rights at the University of Florida.” Remarks by curator Alana Gomez, triple-Gator and retired lecturer Dr. Betty Stewart-Fullwood, African American Studies Program Director Dr. David Canton, and Poet Laureate of Alachua County E. Stanley Richardson will be live streamed via Zoom. Register for livestream at us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M-Sk_114T8yoV4ZrtNY98w.

Head Over Heels: 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 21-May 1, Buchholz High School Auditorium, 5510 NW 27th Ave. Tickets: $15, general admission, $12 students and seniors, $10 groups of 10 or more. (buchholzdrama.com/hoh) Bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Avenue Q" and "Spring Awakening." Student director Brooke Belcher. A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love that follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction — only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.

Tools to Quit Tobacco group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 21, Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, 3131 NW 13th St. Virtual options available. Registration required. (866-341-2730) Tips on how to deal with triggers, withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse. Participants receive up to four weeks of free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.

EXHIBITS

"Science Up Close: Fantastic Fossils": Open now, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $7 adults; $6.50 Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $4.50 ages 3-17; free to museum members, children ages 2 and younger and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/plan, floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/fantastic-fossils, 846-2000) The exhibition is a collaborative endeavor linking the museum’s exhibits and collections staff, giving people a look at never-before-seen specimens and real fossils. Researchers from the vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology and paleobotany collections will be in the exhibit as part of its working lab, providing a glimpse into the daily life of curators, collection managers, students and volunteers.

"She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China": On display through March 24, 2024. (harn.ufl.edu/exhibitions/current) Exhibition unravels the intersecting roles women played as subjects, artists and consumers of art in traditional, modern and contemporary China. Features a wide range of works -- paintings, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics, bronzes, photographs and lacquer and silver wares -- some of which have never been on view before.

“Unapologetic!”: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through 2022, Cotton Club, 837 SE Seventh Ave. (cottonclubmuseum.com/events) Exhibition of the the work of local artist Yvonne Ferguson featuring images of cultural and human rights icons as well as notable and groundbreaking musicians.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Week Ahead: Celebrating African dance, theater, Easter fashion,