A comprehensive list of Gainesville-area entertainment events.


International Piano Festival: Today features a masterclass with Lucas Wong, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Guest Artist Faculty Recital with Gustavo Romero, Jasmin Arakawa and guest cellist Steven Thomas at 7:30 p.m., both in the UF Music Building, Room 101, University of Florida, 435 Newell Drive, Gainesville. Friday: Participants recital at noon, UF Shands Hospital, North Tower, 1515 Archer Road, Gainesville. Artist Division Competition at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the UF Music Building. Saturday: Pre-College Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Building, Room 101. al. Pre-College Competition. Visit arts.ufl.edu/pianofestival.

“Free Fridays” Concert Series: 8-10 p.m. Friday, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (393-8202) The Shakedown performs blues, soul and rock music.

Honky Tonkin Opry: 7 p.m. Friday, Triple Cross Ranch, 20736 NW 100th Avenue Road, Micanopy. Tickets: $10-$15. (615-492-8253) Live radio show recording featuring Cheyenne Rose, Judy McKibbin, Bruce Mosley and Leland Mitchell. Hosted by Norm Edwards and the The Jayc Harold Band. Also features comedy acts. Concessions onsite.

Connect The Dots Live Show: 9 p.m. Friday, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St., Gainesville. $5-$10. Call 373-0010 or email coordinators@civicmediacenter.org. Featuring: Pco Lipps, Shark Anatomy and Jane Eyre.

"Start Making Sense: The Ballad of Gary Gordon": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door (393-8539) An evening of original songs and some storytelling by Gordon, who returns to Gainesville after 28 years. In addition to his work as a musician, Gordon was a local political activist who served on the city's commission and as mayor in the '80s.

Chiappini’s Concert: 6 p.m. Saturday, Chiappini’s, 326 State Road 26, Melrose. Free. (475-9496) Country music musician Gary Pittman performs. Concert goers are urged to bring chairs, but no coolers or dogs are allowed.

I Love the 90s Tour: 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets: $67.50-$87.50. (904-209-0367, www.staugamphitheatre.com) Concert featuring popular ’90s hip-hop and R&B acts Salt N Pepa, Kid ‘n Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Thea Austin and C&C Music Factory.

Brit Floyd: 8 p.m. Sunday, Florida Theatre Jacksonville, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets: $35-$75. (904-355-2787, www.floridatheatre.com) The renowned touring Pink Floyd tribute show performs in a 45th Anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic "The Dark Side of the Moon."


“The Bikinis”: 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays; runs through June 24, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $35-$40, $28 for adults under 30 and seniors, and $18 for youths. (375-4477, thehipp.org) Musical by Ray Roderick and James Hindman about four Jersey girls who sing songs from '60s and '70s to raise money to save the mobile home beach resort they grew up in from being redeveloped.

“Rumors”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; runs through June 24, High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE First Ave., High Springs. Tickets: $16, $11 for seniors and students (www.highspringsplayhouse.com) A farcical play penned by American playwright Neil Simon about a high society dinner party gone wrong. As the deputy mayor lies bleeding from a flesh wound, the guests arrive and become complicit in a cover-up based in confusion.


World Blood Donor Day: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. today, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, 1221 NW 13th St. or 4039 W. Newberry Road. Admission is free with a blood donation (www.lifesouth.org) Celebration of the day dedicated to blood donors, this event features giveaways, prize drawings, treats, and food provided by Mia Apa Latin Café, Carrabba’s, Donut Connection and others. Donors must be 17 and older or 16 with parental permission and must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds while in good health. A photo ID is required.


Seed & Spark — A Night of Summer Storytelling: 7 p.m. Friday, Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. Tickets: $12, $10 for students (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3423638) Local storytelling group Guts & Glory GNV hosts this event with themes of summer. Prior to the event a food truck will be on hand selling food while event goers enjoy can also enjoy drinks. Storytellers will tell tales with themes of discovery, nature, farming and personal growth.

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami”: 10:30 p.m. Friday, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place, Gainesville. $9. Call 375-4477 or visit thehipp.com. Documentary on pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones.

Sunday Assembly: 11 a.m. Sunday, Center for Innovation & Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave. Free. (sagainesville.weebly.com) The secular community group presents guest speaker Donna Waller, professor emerita of History and Political Science at Santa Fe College, whose talk is titled “The Constitutional Revision Commission.” Event will also feature music and discussion with a potluck following the event.

"Freedom On My Mind": 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $9, $7 for seniors and students. (375-4477) Screening of the film about the Mississippi voter registration project from 1961-1964 as part of The Hipp's "Black Films Matter" series.

Weaving for Kids: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Road. Tickets: $5 per vehicle (472-1142) This workshop offers children a hands-on weaving lesson through weaving projects.


Gainesville Poets & Writers: Group meetings are 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Lucky’s Market Community Room, 1459 NW 23rd Ave.

Weekly Poetry Jam: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. Cost: Free; $3-$5 donations appreciated. (373-0010, www.CivicMediaCenter.org) Gainesville's longest-running open poetry reading.

Word Weavers Writing Group: 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month, Crone’s Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 Place, Citra. Writing group for women. Each meeting begins with a potluck dinner followed by writing, reading, discussion and sharing.


​Fourth Annual Tri-County Talent Show: Auditions for the show are being held on Saturday, June 16, from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 19, from 7-9 p.m. at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland. The Suwannee Valley Players are hosting the show, which has as its theme “Back to Broadway,” on Aug. 4. There are two divisions -- ages 6-17 and ages 18 and up. Entry fees are required. Participation is open to all those who live or work in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. For more information call Diana Child at 352-210-8792.

34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook: Organizers are currently accepting applications for the fine art and crafts show, which features 120 artists and is being held Oct. 13-14. The deadline to apply is postmarked by June 30. Applications along with a list of rules and regulations can be found by visiting www.artfestivalthornebrook.com

HVMF Chili Cookoff: The Hampton Veterans Memorial Fund is looking for participants for its annual juried chili cook-off event held at Howlin Wolf, 1700 State Road 11, Melrose, to benefit its fund. The event is being held on Oct. 13 with cooking to begin at 8 a.m. and judging to take place at noon. Trophies are to be handed out, and rock band Evil Monkey is slated to perform from 7-9 p.m. Those interested should contact Herb Hilderbrand at 904-704-5501. 


Artisans' Guild Gallery: Seasonal jewelry and apparel on sale through June. The gallery features handmade fine arts and crafts from 50 regional artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Union Street Station, 201 SE Second Place, Suite 113. (378-1383, www.artisansguildgallery.com)

Black C Art: "Antarctica" photography exhibit runs through June. Gallery and performance space featuring the work of dancer, photographer and visual artist Ani Collier. Gallery hours: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. 111 SE Second Place. (www.blackcgallery.com)

Florida Museum Of Natural History: As part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, the museum is offering free admission to all fee-based exhibits for active-duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 3. “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats” exhibit focusing on Florida’s native bat species and offering insight into bats through lifelike models and interactive elements opens on Saturday and runs through Sept. 16 with admission being $6.50 for Florida residents; $5 for youths. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 3215 Hull Road. Free. (846-2000)

Gainesville Fine Arts Association Gallery: Photography & Digital Art exhibit featuring the original works by members continues through June 23. The gallery features original artwork created by members and a boutique; all work for sale. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1314 S. Main St. (info@gainsevillefinearts.org)

Harn Museum Of Art: Museum Nights from 6-10 p.m. today features "Humans of the Harn," with a look at people and environments in a variety of media as well as a Gallery Talk by Curator of Photography Carol McCusker in the "Portraits of Faces|Places" photography exhibition at 6:30 p.m.; “ABC — Art by the Letter” showcases the Harn’s diverse collecting areas through an alphabetical exploration of subject matter, medium and formal elements through Sunday; "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" exhibition featuring the art and architecture of Donald Judd on display through Sunday, June 24; “Poetic and Political” features works by African and African-American who combine the poetic with a focus on history and politics through July 8. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 3259 Hull Road. Free. (392-9826)

Hawthorne Historical Museum And Cultural Center: Paintings by Francis Moore along with a historic memory map of "old" Hawthorne; other exhibits spotlight the turpentine industry along with artifacts of Magnesia Springs, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, 7225 SE 221, Hawthorne. (481-4491)

Héctor Framing & Gallery: Artwork from Lennie Kesl, Diane Voyentzie, Peter Bodnar, David Driesbach, Hiram Williams, Myrna Baez, Michael Reeder, Nancy Reyes Suarez and others. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 702 W. University Ave. (271-4243, HectorFraming.com)

Lanza Gallery And Art Supplies: 2018 Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout exhibit continues through Wednesday with works for sale. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Friday. 23645 W. U.S. Highway 27, High Springs. (www.lanzagallery.com)

Malgorzata’s Gallery: Textile jewelry by Suzanne Bellows on display and for sale through June. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 2441 NW 43rd St., No. 9, Thornebrook Village. (215-8689, www.malgorzatas.com)

Matheson History Museum: Current exhibit “Liberating Learning?: The Story of Desegregation in Alachua County Schools” continues through Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. Free. (378-2280, www.mathesonmuseum.org)

Melrose Bay Art Gallery: "Earth Art" exhibit featuring artwork of environmental artist Cedar Wazelle continues through June. Gallery features new works by gallery artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. 103 State Road 26, Melrose (352-475-3866 or 352-318-3046, www.melrosebayartgallery.com)

Mossman Hall: Exhibit featuring the works of woodturner artist Bill Smith runs through June. 301 State Road 26. 301 State Road 26, Melrose. (262-6222, www.jennaweston.com)

Sweetwater Print Cooperative: "Confronting Phrenology" exhibit featuring the printmaking works of Clara Ortega runs through June 27. Exhibits can be seen Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and by appointment by calling 514-3838. 117 S. Main St. (514-3838)

Thomas Center Galleries: “The View from Paradise — The Paintings of Alyne Harris” featuring the works of native Gainesville painter Alyne Harris runs through Aug. 18; “Into The Light — The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak,” exhibit also continues through Aug. 18. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 302 NE Sixth Ave. (393-8532, www.gvlculturalaffairs.org)


Falcon Financial Management: “The Triple Threat” exhibit featuring works by Linda Pence, Karen LeMonnier and Nina Koelmeyer continues through June 30. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2631-B NW 41st St.

Oak Hammock Art Gallery: "Folk & Art in the Style of Folk Art" exhibit featuring juried works displayed in collaboration with the Hippodrome Theatre, the Harn Museum of Art, the Gainesville Art Association, the Thomas Center and Santa Fe College continues through July 6. Gallery is open to the public 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 5100 SW 25th Blvd. (548-1000, galleryexhibit.org)

Rum 138: "Underwater Comics" exhibit featuring the aquifer adventures by Margaret Ross Tolbert and other cartoonists from from the Sequential Artist Workshop runs through Monday; An art reception will be held for the 2018 Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout exhibit from 6- 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23; the exhibit runs through June 30. Permanent exhibit features photography by John Moran. 2070 SW County Road 138, Fort White. (386-454-4247)

Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard: “A Tribute to Volunteers” Gainesville Fine Arts Association exhibit through June. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 505 NW 13th St.


Make Music Day: 5-10 p.m. June 21, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. Free. (393-8510) The city of Gainesville invites area residents to participate in this celebration that is simultaneously taking place in more than 800 cities across 120 countries in promotion of music making regardless of ability. The event will feature multiple stage areas with instruments available for individuals and groups.

Big White Fundie: 8 p.m., June 22, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Tickets: $10-$30 (448-4849) Benefit concert being held for friend of Heartwood and musician Pat Koch. Special guests will perform Koch's music, including songs he wrote with the band the Big White Undies.

“Free Fridays” Concert Series: 8-10 p.m. June 22, Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (393-8202) Funk and soul group Fast Lane performs.


Summer Solstice Psychic Faire: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23, The Seraphim Center, 1409 NW Sixth St., Suite 110. Free; fees charged for services. (448-3633) Psychic faire featuring vendors, information tables, tarot readers and spiritual healing services.

Third annual Health Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 23, Archer Community Center, 16671 SW 137th Ave., Archer. (495-2880) Event featuring numerous healthcare providers who will provide information on a range of health issues. LifeSouth Community Blood Center bloodmobile will be on hand, and all donors will receive a recognition item and free cholesterol screening. All attendees will receive health care gifts.