7:00: Artwalk Gainesville, Downtown. free monthly self-guided tour that combines visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Held the last Friday of each month with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating,
7:30: Working â€“ The Musical, SF College, Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. What do you do for a living? We stress, complain, love, hate, and sometimes take joy in this almost daily activity. The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974). Directed by Terry Klenk.
7:30: Ramblin Mutts, Thomas Center OPENING NIGHT reception, Downtown. Free concert during the opening night reception of The View From Paradise | The Paintings of Alyne Harris, taking place on Artwalk Gainesville. The exhibit will run from Friday, May 25 to Saturday, August 18, 2018. Downtown. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Breaking Legs, Gainesville Community Playhouse, OPENING NIGHT, 4039 NW 16th Blvd., various days â€“ times. English professor and playwright Terence O'Keefe is about to discover that there's no business like show business.... unless it's "the family business." Terence hopes Lou, will invest in his latest play. Although they are theater fans, "Break a Leg" means something entirely different to them.
8:00: 1945, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, Downtown, various days â€“ times. On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople â€“ suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.
8:00: Gainesville's Big Band Concert, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. The Gainesville Big Band kicks off the Memorial Day weekend at "Free Fridays" and the 18-piece jazz band that plays a wide range of big band styles, such as traditional swing, dance, Latin and contemporary jazz. Under the direction of Marco Thomas, along with the vocal sounds of Pattie Glenn, the band delivers a full sound from Basie to Ellington, Gershwin to Miller, Porter to Mercer, Vegas to Broadway, favorite '60s television soundtracks and top 40 hits. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Jody Beggs CD Release party, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Jody Beggs grew up in a musical family near Gainesville. Playing guitar and singing, his songwriting matured under the mentoring of Nashville writer Danny Mayo . Voted the #2 Florida band by Florida Monthly Jody has recorded and toured with his own 5-piece band, merging a Key West-ish laid back island vibe with classic country.
7:00: When Gospel Meets Jazz, Thomas Center, Downtown. Gospel Meets Jazz performances are musical celebrations featuring some of Gainesville's finest musicians including David Richardson II, Ray Minter, CJ Watts & CJ Washington. This jazz troupe performs a unique blend of gospel, jazz and rhythm & blues. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
9:00: Kids Create!, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Downtown. Led by local art enthusiasts in the Depot Park Event Space. The goal of this series is fostering the joy of creating and imagining through art and expression. $5 cost will go toward materials. Limited spots are available. All classes require adult supervision. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: MAME, Hipp Cinema Cocktails & Classics, Downtown, One Night Only. Legendary Lucille Ball heads an all-star cast in her final feature film appearance. This screen adaptation of the Broadway musical hit Auntie Mame continues the story of the eccentric Mame who believes that "life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Co-starring Oscar-nominee Robert Preston. Reception begins at 6:45 p.m. Catering by Mojo. Ticket comes with a specialty cocktail.
11:00: Memorial Day Ceremony, Forest Meadows Cemetery, 3700 S.E. Hawthorne Road. In case of inclement weather, the alternate location will be Trinity United Methodist Church (4000 N.W. 53rd Ave, Gainesville). The event begins at 11 a.m., and is free and open to the public. There is often a large crowd, and it is advised to come early and bring seating.