Spring plant sale, cultural arts festival, book sale, etc.

Upcoming week: April 24-30


42nd Annual Fifth Avenue Arts Festival: Noon to 5 p.m. today, Northwest Sixth Street between Third Avenue and Seventh Avenue. FREE ENTRANCE; food and items for sale. (372-0216) Entertainment, painters and artisans, food trucks and more. A celebration of African American history and culture with top notch art, great music, dancing, kids activities, great food, vendors, lots of socializing and fun.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale: Noon-6 p.m. today-Wednesday, Book House, 430 N. Main St. (folacld.org) Tuesday everything will be half price and Wednesday everything will be 10 cents. The book sale features more than 500,000 books and other gently used items in 64 categories.

Sale of spring plants: 1-5 p.m. today, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road, in the parking lot and lawns in front of the museum. One of the biggest sales of the year with over 100 species of Florida- and pollinator-friendly plants. Proceeds from the sale of the plants benefit the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit. Pay by cash, credit or debit card at the museum’s collectors shop or at a cash desk next to the plant sale outside.

The Sacred Concert of Duke Ellington: 4 p.m. today, Cade Museum of Creativity and Innovation, 811 S. Main St. Free. ([email protected]) Live jazz music with an ensemble. Bring your own chair.

Cade Museum Little Sparks: 12:15 p.m. Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. Singing, dancing and crafts for children ages 0-5.

“Crazy in Love”: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 1, Buchholz High School Auditorium, 5510 NW 27th Ave. Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 students and seniors, $10 groups of 10 or more. (buchholzdrama.com/hoh) Bold new musical from the visionaries who rocked Broadway with ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Spring Awakening’. Student Principal Brooke Belcher. A hilarious and exuberant celebration of love that follows the escapades of a royal family on a scandalous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction – only to discover that the key to their kingdom’s survival lies in each of their their hearts.

MIHALI, Crazy and Magnada: 8 p.m. Thursday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets, $15 in advance, $17 day of show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

“The good life”: 7 p.m. Friday, Black C Art Gallery, 201 SE Second Place. Free. The latest installation from Ani Collier and the creatives at Black C Art as part of Artwalk Gainesville.

“Gospel Evening at the Museum” 7 p.m. Friday, Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, 837 SE Seventh Ave. Free ; donations appreciated. Annual “Sing Unto the Lord a New Song” Gospel Night featuring Joy Banks, Lanard Perry, Greater Love & Faith Male Chorus, Mt. Olive AME Church Gospel Choir, Showers of Blessings Men of Blessings Male Choir and more. Mandatory masks.

PARROT FISH, Matcha and Red Letter Day: 8 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show. (highdivegville.veeps.com)

Britney Spears and Taylor Swift Pop Bops Night Dance Party: 9 p.m. Saturday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $11 in advance, $15 the day of the show. (872-5949, [email protected])


Next Generation Mother’s Day Concert: 4:06 May, Eastside School Theatre, 1201 SE 43rd St. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children at Pofahl Studios and at the door. (371-2986, [email protected], pofahldancestudio.com/works) Works include neo-classical ballet, traditional ballet, jazz, contemporary works, tap and musical theater works with music by Strauss to RedOne – “Dream Girls” to “Hairspray.” The choreography includes new work from DANB principal dancers Rachel Ridley and Tales Ribeiro with additional work directed by DANB principals Jessie Dominguez and Andre Valladon. A work, “Desposito”, will be performed in honor of his dear friend the Ukrainian ballerina Oksana Maslova.

Alonzo Felder, Reverend ASJ Allen Gainesville Book Launch: 7 p.m. May 23, location to be determined. Free. ([email protected]) The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will co-sponsor the book launch with the A. Quinn Jones Museum and the City of Gainesville. The event supports Alonzo Felder’s new book, “Discovering ASJ Allen: A Story of Skinfolk, Kinfolk, and Village Folk,” published by the Florida Historical Society Press.


“On the first draft”: 12pm-5pm Thursday to Friday; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. (Cademuseum.org) Permanent exhibit explores the history of the invention of toilets and how they made modern cities possible. He questions the science of soap and introduces visitors to NASA’s Zero-G toilets, which help astronauts boldly go where no human has gone before.

“Science up close: fantastic fossils”: On display now, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $7 adults; $6.50 Florida residents, seniors, and non-University of Florida students; $4.50 from 3 to 17 years old; free for museum members, children 2 and under, and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/plan, floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/fantastic-fossils, 846-2000) The exhibit is a collaborative venture linking museum exhibits and collections staff, giving people a peek on never before- seen specimens and real fossils. Researchers from the Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections will be present in the exhibition as part of its working laboratory, offering insight into the daily lives of curators, collection managers, students and volunteers.

“She/Her/Hers: Women in the Arts of China”: On view through March 24, 2024, David A. Cofrin Asian Wing. (harn.ufl.edu/exhibitions/current) The exhibition uncovers the intersecting roles played by women as subjects, artists, and art consumers in traditional, modern, and contemporary China. Features a wide range of works – paintings, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics, bronzes, photographs, lacquerware and silverware, some of which have never been exhibited before. Organized around four themes – “Representing Femininity”, “Anonymous Beauty”, “Female Artists” and “Beyond the Boudoir” – this exhibition not only achieves a full spectrum, but also offers a more nuanced view of the dynamic engagements of women with and contributions to the arts of China throughout history.

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