Heartwood Music Fest VI: 5 p.m. today-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $15-$50. (heartwoodsoundstage.com) Heartwood Soundstage music festival featuring some of the venue’s favorite musicians to celebrate its birthday.
Playlist at The Point: 7 p.m. today, Celebration Point, Northwest corner of Interstate 75 And Archer Road. Free. (celebrationpoint.com) Cliff Dorsey will perform.
Gretchen Parlato: 7 and 9 p.m. today, UpStage at the Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $35-$50, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu) One of the most original voices in jazz, Gretchen Parlato has returned with her 2021 release, “Flor.”
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: 7 p.m. today, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $69.50-$100. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) With the release of their first album, “Sherry,” and 11 others, the original Jersey boy Frankie Valli, and his band, The Four Seasons, became one of the most popular pop rock groups in the world. Throughout the years they have topped the charts with their hit singles “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Rag Doll,” “Who Loves You” and more.
Celtic Thunder Ireland: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $39.50-$79.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) Celtic Thunder returns with a new show that revisits their most popular Irish and Celtic songs of the past decade and celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world.
University of Florida Gospel Choir: 8 p.m. Saturday, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (bit.ly/ufgospel22) Performance celebrating Black music.
Music at Holy Trinity Series: 4 p.m. Sunday, Holy Trinity Church. 100 NE First St. Free. (holytrinitygnv.org) Featuring organists John T. Lowe Jr., Seth Bott, Shawn Thomas and Pete Kinzie, and special guests the Holy Trinity Choir performing Louis Vierne’s “Messe Solennelle” for choir and two organs. A reception (wine and hors d’oeuvres) will follow.
Jake Owen: 7 p.m. Thursday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $39-$69. (904-209-0367, theamp.com) Multiple chart-topping singer/songwriter Jake Owen’s new single, “Made For You,” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts. With eight No. 1 songs to his name, “Made For You” follows Owen’s fastest-rising career No. 1 single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” and most recent No. 1 single, “Homemade.”
The Peking Acrobats: 7 p.m. Sunday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $29.50-$39.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) They set the world record for the human chair stack on Fox’s “Guinness Book Primetime” and have been featured in numerous television shows and movies, including “Oceans 11,” “Ellen DeGeneres’ Big, Really Big TV Show” and ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” Masters of agility and grace, and experts at tumbling, juggling, cycling tricks and so much more, the Peking Acrobats have been astonishing family audiences worldwide since 1986.
Dusty’s Ragtime Circus: 7 p.m. Thursday-March 4 plus 3 and 7 p.m. March 5, Gainesville Circus Center Inc., 1925 NW Second St., Suite B. Tickets: $8 adults on Thursday; free ages 11 and younger on Thursday; $15 in advance March 4-5; $20 at the door March 4-5; $12 military, seniors and first responders March 4-5. (gainesvillecircus.com) Professor Dusty Bottoms (Dustin Cottrell) brings pop music to life with ragtime interpretations, aerialists perform feats of acrobatic artistry and real-life sibling rivals Professor Dusty Bottoms and Boss Clown Corey Cheval vie for top billing in this cirque-style comedy.
“Pilobolus – The Big Five Oh!”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $25-$45, $10 UF students. (performingarts.ufl.edu, 392-2787) For this 50th anniversary celebration, modern dance company Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future – in a thoroughly engaging new way. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus – that feisty arts organism – puts the “Oh!” in “Big Five Oh!” and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.
“Pilobolus – The Big Five Oh!”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $27.50-$57.50. (floridatheatre.com, 904-355-5661) For this 50th anniversary celebration, modern dance company Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future – in a thoroughly engaging new way. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus – that feisty arts organism – puts the “Oh!” in “Big Five Oh!” and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.
Feel “D” Love: 6-11:30 p.m. today-Monday, Depot Park, 870 SE Fourth St. Free. (bit.ly/dlove22, 393-8533) Depot Park is filled with love featuring illuminated landscaping and park elements with romantic lighting themes.
Miles of Smiles: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Williston Municipal Airport, 1800 SW 19th Ave., Williston. Admission: $5, free ages 4 and younger with food donation; $2 parking. (bit.ly/smilemile22) A day of touch-a-truck fun with heavy equipment, tractors, race cars, airplanes, monster trucks, emergency vehicles and more. Food trucks will be on site as well as bounce houses, snow cones and popcorn.
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, [email protected]) 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. (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.
Mayhem Ranch Farm Day: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Mayhem Ranch, 17830 SE 40th St., Morriston. Tickets: $10, free ages 1 and younger. (bit.ly/farmday22b) Family friendly event featuring a hayride to feed cows, barrel train, petting farm, pig races and more.
Swamp Fest: Noon Saturday, Swamp Head Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave. Free entry. (bit.ly/swampfest22) Annual celebration in its 14th year featuring Swamp Head brews, food trucks, live music and more.
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. (bit.ly/beast22) Touring rodeo.
Stargazing at Paynes Prairie: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park-Hickory Ranch, 9300 SE CR 234, Micanopy. Cost: $10 per ticket; must be purchased in advance. (bit.ly/stargaze22a) Spend an evening under the stars and learn about stars and planets, thanks to the Alachua Astronomy Club. Event is weather-permitting. Park gates close at 6:30 p.m. There will be food and music, but bring your own chairs/blanket and beverages.
Spaghetti Dinner and Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing: 6 p.m. Saturday, Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE First St. Tickets: $20. (372-4721) Dinner includes appetizers, spaghetti (meatless option available), salad, bread, dessert, tea and beer/wine. Dinner is followed by an old-fashioned hymn sing. Make your hymn requests when purchasing your tickets. As many requests will be honored as time permits.
Gainesville Bromeliad Society: 2 p.m. Sunday, University of Florida Entomology Building, 1881 Natural Area Drive. Free. (gainesvillebromeliad.org) Speaker Mike McMahonie will discuss growing Tillandsias in Gainesville. There will be a plant raffle and plants for sale. Masks required.
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.
Miss UF Pageant: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $20. (performingarts.ufl.edu, 392-2787) Presented by Florida Blue Key.
Black History Month Reading Challenge: Online through Monday, aclib.beanstack.org/reader365. Free. (aclib.us/celebrate-black-history, aclib.beanstack.org/reader365) Alachua County resident card holders have unlimited eBook access to the listed titles throughout February. Links to these eBooks are available within the “Read” activity badge. Log your reading and activities to earn badges all month long.
American Legion Flea Market: $15 booth fee for 16×16 space. (481-4483) Flea market with pancake-and-sausage breakfasts, lunches and a raffle. Event will run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at American Legion Auxiliary Post 230, 20370 E. Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne.
Art at the Depot Festival: Artists, crafters, food vendors, youth groups, businesses and faith-based communities invited to set up booths, $40 booth fee for 12×12 space. (374-8240, archerhistoricalsociety.org, [email protected]) The Archer Historical Society will celebrate its sixth annual family friendly Art at the Depot Festival on March 12 at the Historical Archer Depot railroad station, 16994 SW 134th Ave.
Artisans’ Guild Gallery: 6-10 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring the Moonlit Market on the Porch with landscapes, dreamscapes and abstract images, quilted pieces and more — all related to love of nature. Live music by Sound Weavers. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 224 NW Second Ave. (378-1383, artisansguildgallery.com)
Black C Art Gallery: 7-10 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring the unveiling of a new art installation featuring invisible piano artist Morine French. Conceived by Tom Miller and Ani Collier. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 111 SE Second Place. (blackcproduction.com)
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. 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: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today open studio for Plein Air/Sketch and Play with Clay; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday open studio for Play with Clay; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday open studio for Play with Clay; 2-4 p.m. Tuesday Poets; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday Watercolor Tea with Sandi Allen; 9 a.m. Wednesday Boat Builders; 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday Shark Sewing Club; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday Acrylic Creative Energy Painting with Judi Cain. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 457 Second St., Cedar Key. (543-5801, cedarkeyartscenter.org)
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. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and by appointment for schools and other groups. 837 SE Seventh Ave. (226-8321, [email protected])
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. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu, 846-2000)
Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery: 6-9 p.m. Friday Artwalk opening reception and awards ceremony for “Process,” on display through 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, [email protected])
Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center: 7-8 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring “Chickens, Hellfire, Funerals & Folk,” a talk on the works of Alyne Harris by Dr. Porchia Moore. Harris is a Gainesville native, a self-taught artist who has been making art for more than 40 years. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 302 NE Sixth Ave. (393-8532, gvlculturalaffairs.org)
Harn Museum of Art: “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 Sunday; “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; “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 Tuesday-March 24, 2024. 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)
Hippodrome Gallery: 7-10 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring live theater, films and art for pleasure. Gallery hours are noon-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. (thehipp.org)
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; “Lights of Conversation” on display outside. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org)
Melrose Bay Art Gallery: “Abstracting Color and Light,” featuring work by Alfred Phillips, on display through March 20. 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, melrosebayartgallery.com)
Sweetwater Print Cooperative: 7-9 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring the opening of “A Menagerie of Words: Zoomorphs and other Calligrams,” calligraphy in various languages by Joon Thomas in the forms of animals, on display through March 23. Masks required, social distancing appreciated. Gallery hours: By appointment. 117 S. Main St. (514-3838)
University Galleries: “Ligature 31” juried exhibition on display through Tuesday at the Gary R. Libby Gallery in Fine Arts Building C. Ligature 31 is the University of Florida’s annual graphic design symposium featuring internationally recognized designers who lead lectures, workshops, and a juried exhibition of graphic design students’ work; “UF International Center Global Culture Photography” exhibition on display through March 4. The competition encourages the UF community to think and act globally. Photo entries portray a global theme that enhances the university’s ability to pursue and develop international activities; 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. (arts.ufl.edu/university-galleries)
ALTERNATIVE ART SPACES
Civic Media Center: 7-10 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring Gainesville organizer and CMC Coordinator JoJo Sacks and their sewing and embroidery work, fabric snax. Sacks works primarily with denim and collages with fabric to create pieces for all individuals to feel affirmed as they wear them. Their project is to highlight how we build community through the garments we wear, and focuses on sharing sewing skills with others so that they may mend and alter their own clothes. Clothing and other items for sale. 433 S. Main St. (373-0100, civicmediacenter.org)
First Magnitude Brewing Co.: 7-10 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring a varied array of artists and fun, the atmosphere of a local craft brewery with indoor and outdoor displays of artwork and music, plus food trucks and beverages to meet a variety of tastes. 1220 SE Veitch St.
Gainesville Circus Center: 7-9 p.m. Friday Artwalk event featuring open practice and works-in-progress presentations. 1925 NW Second St., Suite B.
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