Here are some ongoing and scheduled events to look forward to in downtown Gainesville in the coming weeks and months. (We update this calendar on a regular basis, with your input!)
Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place
Through July 30: Forever Plaid
Sept. 1-24: 1984
Oct. 13-Nov. 5: The Legend of Georgia McBride
Nov. 24-Dec. 17: A Year with Frog and Toad
Nov. 25-Dec. 22: A Christmas Carol
(For further info, visit the Hippodrome website)
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
June 30-July 15: Much Ado About Nothing
(For further info, visit the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre website)
Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.
July 7-23: Me and Jezebel
(For further info, visit the Actors’ Warehouse website)
June 30: Numerous downtown venues, including galleries and other arts spaces, open their doors for the monthly self-guided tour. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Pick up a brochure at participating venues.
River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs
Through June 24: This original exhibition, examining Floridians’ past, present and future relationship with the St. Johns River and its springs, at the Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave. Dr. Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies at UF, is the lead curator of the exhibition.
Uncontainable |Urban Art From Vandalism to Movement
Through Sept. 9: On loan from the National Institute of Urban Art and from private collectors, this remarkable exhibition of the studio work of more than 25 urban artists will be on display in the Main Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave. Presented by the Thomas Center Galleries and the 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 1-4 p.m. Free.
Jewel Box Concerts
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Melrose-based Shake Rag Culture Center, presents a concert series that takes place on selected evenings throughout the year in the Spanish Court at the Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.
July 20: “Both Sides Now: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell” will feature some of Gainesville’s finest performers. The evening will be led by Cathy DeWitt and music director Richard Bassil. This will be a special evening dedicated to the biggest fan of Joni Mitchell, dearly departed Joseph Saccocci (1952 -2017). This concert will also be held in honor of his birthday. Admission is $20 (cash or check only) at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at www.evansmediasource.com or by calling 904.886.8378.
Free Fridays Concert Series
The City of Gainesville’s Free Fridays Concert Series continues weekly through Oct. 20. Each concert takes place from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza.
Here is this year’s remaining lineup:
June 30: De Lions of Jah (reggae)
July 7: The All-American Song Fest: The High Nooners (A Musical Tribute to the American West with Michael Claytor and Friends)
July 14: The Delta Troubadours (rock, blues rock, garage rock)
July 21: Wax Wings (jazz, folk)
July 28: Bridget Kelly Band (blues)
Aug. 4: The Irie Ones (reggae)
Aug. 11: The Savants of Soul (soul, blues, jazz, rock, punk, ska)
Aug. 18: Captive Eddies (original rock, reggae and roots)
Aug. 25: The Shambles (classic rock)
Sept. 1: Heavy Petty/Hedges (Tom Petty tribute and original rock)
Sept. 8: The Duppies (ska, reggae)
Sept. 15: The Impostors (Beatles tribute)
Sept. 22: Wild Blue Yonder (classic rock)
Sept. 29: Gilberto de Paz and Tropix (Latin Fusion), in partnership with the Latino Film Festival
Oct. 6: A Tribute to the Music of Eric Clapton and JJ Cale (Mark Miale, Tony McMahon and Friends)
Oct. 13: Gram Fest (Gram Parsons Tribute) with various artists
Oct. 20: UF World Music Ensembles with Agbedidi Africa, Jacare Brazil and more.
If you would like us to add an event to this list, please send an email with all pertinent info to firstname.lastname@example.org. (The event must be open to the general public.)