8:00: The Velvet Sirens, Swingin' Rhapsody in Song, Story and Stardust, Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. Provocative live musical and storytelling performance that reaches back through the decades to uncover and celebrate the development of 20th Century American Popular Music focusing on jazz, swing and blues.
8:00: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. The songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band's old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Their wide appeal has seen them playing venues ranging from Gasparilla Music Fest to the Florida Folk Festival. Dinner available for purchase and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. Show Starts at 8:00 p.m. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
6:00: I, Tonya, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, Downtown, various days – times. Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Nancy Luca Band with Anna Marie, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. Taking guitar lessons from future Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and has been playing ever since. She was a mainstay playing at Gainesville's Dub's, Main St. Bar and frat parties in the late '70s and '80s. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles with her best friend, Anna Marie, and still lives there now. Anna Marie, who now lives in Gainesville, is locally-known for her band Anna Marie and Friends. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: WONDER, Tioga Free Movie night, Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th St. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks for this free showing based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
9:00: 2nd annual Blue Wilderness Hero Run, 10 CAN's AG Division site: GROW-HUB. Fundraising event for the nonprofit 10 CAN, Inc. raising money & awareness for wounded first responders. 10 CAN provides therapuetic retreats for Law Enforcement, Fire-Rescue, and EMS to promote health and morale for our hometown heroes. Enjoy a cross-country run through North Florida wilderness while supporting an amazing cause. Family friendly, even safe K9's are welcome. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: Windsor Zuchinni Festival, Windsor Fire Department, 1401 County Road 234. Annual event featuring fried zucchini, barbecue and other foods, Cook-A-Zuke and zucchini carving contests, 100 arts and craft vendors, a bake sale, plant sale, Zoin Coin Treasure Hunt for kids and more.
10:00: Kids Day Berry-Licious, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry. Tickets: $5 per vehicle. (472-1142) Event held monthly for children and parents featuring demonstrations, crafts, and old-fashioned games. This month features berry-themed games and activities and jam and preserve tastings.
2:30: K.E. Mullins, ACLIB Local Author Series, Meeting Room A, Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch. In the Company of Strangers is about Detective Anita Johnson along with her partner Chloe and boss, Tsuedo. They are close to capturing suspect Gabrielle, the alleged mastermind of a criminal operation, and her team of ruthless prospects. They will take you on the ride of your life as they weave in and out of scenarious avoiding the DEA, FBI, and the local police. Ms. Mullins currently works as a Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Instructor in Gainesville, Florida
4:00: Planned Parenthood Pie Contest, Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. Benefitting Planned Parenthood and hosted by Paradis Pies, the contest features pie tastings, drinks, music, games, kids events, a silent auction. Live music by Eli Tragash and Virginia Carr. Prizes will be awarded to winners. FOLLOW THIS LINK for registration and more information.
4:00: The Royal Opera House presents: Macbeth, ONE DAY ONLY, Hipp Cinema, Downtown. Verdi's opera on Shakespeare's tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with with cast including Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, and Lldebrando D' Arcangelo. Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored. Phyllida Lloyd's 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. Tickets come with a glass of wine & a small popcorn. A second screening is schedule for May 20, 1:00. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
5:30: Street Rods Cruise-In, Gainesville Street Rods, Springhill Publix, 9200 NW 39th Ave. Monthly cruise-in event open to all makes of vehicles with a $100 jackpot drawing for registered vehicles as well as a trophy for the Young Cruiser of the Month. Free for spectators; any legal street vehicle may be registered for a $5 donation.
12:30: The Royal Opera House presents: Bernstein Centenary, ONE DAY ONLY, Hipp Cinema, Downtown. New Wayne McGregor/The Age of Anxiety/New Christopher Wheeldon featuring collaborations with Edmund de Waal and Erdem Moralioglu,Three Royal Ballet choreographers honor the creative genius of Leonard Bernstein as part of the special worldwide centennial celebration of works created in response to his music. A second screening is scheduled May 19, 4:00. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
3:00: Mother's Day Concert, Gainesville Community Band, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. The band's its annual concert held in honor of mothers. The Band was founded in 1974 with eleven members. With a current a roster of about 80 members, the Band is made up of teachers, professors, scientists, business professionals, students, physicians, contractors, realtors, trades-persons, and retirees.
4:00: America's Got Roots, Annasemble, Haile Plantation Hall, 5100 SW 91st Terr. The Community String Orchestra will perform its annual free concert titled America's Got Music! featuring music with roots in the American culture. The program features music ranging from Dvorak's New World Symphony to Billy Joel's Piano Man. Other songs include Windmills of your Mind from the 1968 film The Crown Affair and the spiritual Wade in the Water among others. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.