FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
In The Heights, The Star Center, 11 NE 23rd Ave. The Star Center Theatre of Gainesville is partnering with the Gainesville Latina Women's League to present the Tony Award winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS. This event featuring local artists will be a part of the Gainesville Latino Film Festival. In the Heights is a diverse show set in Washington Heights, New York City, conceived by the creator of Hamilton. Thurs, - Sat, 5:30, Sunday 3 - 5:30. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:00: RockPaperScissors | Playing with Material Change, Opening Night, Thomas Center Gallery Exhibit, 302 NE 6th Ave., Downtown. Opening reception, an evening of the arts as part of Artwalk Gainesville. Curated by Anne E. Gilroy, RockPaperScissors – Playing with Material Change explores what happens when artists are inspired by the very materials they hold, stitch, carve, fold, print, cut, weave or shape. The event includes a musical performance by blues and soul band The Ramblin' Mutts.
7:00: Ramblin' Mutts Blues Band | Artwalk Concert, Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave., Downtown. The R. Mutt Blues Band, two-time International Blues Challenge participants are fronted by Dan Stepp on lead vocals, keyboards and slide guitar, and on lead guitar is Paul Goble. Filling out the rhythm section is Richard Heipp on bass, joined by Patrick on drums.
7:00: Artwalk Gainesville, Downtown Gainesville. a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Held the last Friday of each month venues hours may vary with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating,
7:30: An Evening With Mitch McKay, SF Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Santa Fe College associate professor Mitch McKay will be performing musical pieces including Mozart's Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 332, Grieg's, Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song in G minor, Op. 24, and many more selections. Members of Dance Theatre Santa Fe, as well as SF music scholarship students, DeVon Gainey are included in the program. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Tropix, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. "Free Fridays" Concert Series and the Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) have partnered to present Latin night with "el Maestro de la salsa" Gilberto de Paz and Tropix. Tropix is a tropical fusion band based in Gainesville. The band has its roots in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, and performs music from all over Latin America and Spain, along with American standards.
8:00: LPT, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. LPT is a 10-piece orchestra delivering salsa and Afro-Cuban music with their high-energy live shows. LPT is becoming the new ambassadors of Salsa music in the Southeast.
8:30: Morningside Plant Sale, Morningside Nature Park, 3540 E University Ave. Take advantage of a wide offering of native north Florida plants during the 2018 Fall Native Plant Sale. Open to the public native plants are adapted to drought and the heat of summer, which helps reduce water consumption from irrigation, require less upkeep and help save money. Free nature walks starting from the Pavilion will be available.
10:00: Life Before Dinosaurs, EXHIBIT OPENING DAY, Florida Museum of Natural History, UF Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road. The Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs exhibit explores the world before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Meet paleontologists and geologists who work every day to uncover the secrets these ancient remains reveal about past life on Earth. FREE, fun-for-all-ages event with hands-on activities, fossil displays and a dig pit. Bring your objects for identification and talk to members of Florida fossil clubs to learn what specimens can be found around the state as an early celebration of National Fossil Day.
11:00: Nutritious and Delicious in Florida, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street. Garreth Smoak, local cookbook author and certified health coach, will demonstrate a seasonal recipe and discuss nutrition. Garreth has been an Exercise Specialist in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice, intricately involved with the Physicians' Choice for Weight Loss (PCWL). The recipes used in her book, Nutritious and Delicious in Florida are utilized in PCWL and have a proven track record of changing people's lives for the better.
3:00: The Great Catastrophe, Harn Musuem, UF Cultural Plaza, 3259 Hull Road. A Harn Museum Collector Talk with Robert Sanchez discussing his experiences as an art collector, including his collection of vintage posters and prints on view in the exhibition, which he co-curated. Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez collect 20th century photographs, prints and other works on paper. Selections from their photography collection were included in the 2018 exhibition State of Excellence—Treasures from Florida Private Collections at the Orlando Museum of Art.
3:00: Broadway on Parade, Gainesville Community Band, SF Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St. Come join us for our opening concert of the season as we play some of Broadway's finest hits, including Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Hamilton, Cats and more! We will also be celebrating the memories of William Dishman and Charles Dean. There is a $5 donation request at the door.