Weekend entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes live music, art
Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band is “Out Of This World”
The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, now led by David Fritz, presents a concert, “Out Of This World,” at 2 p.m. July 16 and 3 p.m. July 17 at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 E. Fort King St. , Ocala. Free and open to the public.
WIND-FM Tribute Concert Series
The sixth season of WIND-FM’s tribute series continues “Rockin’ the Reilly” throughout the summer at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with a Motley Crue tribute on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. . Tickets from $20 – $31. To purchase or learn more, visit www.reillyartscenter.com or call 352-566-0970.
Piano concert by Pietro Iannotti
Pietro Iannotti has performed in Norway, China, Spain, the United States and his native Italy, and has been teaching for over 20 years. Marion County Christ Church, 6788 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes him to the stage July 17 at 3 p.m. for an evening of classical music, including selections from Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. Doors open at 2 p.m. Free admission ; donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call 352-861-6182 or visit www.ccomc.org.
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Chuck Hardwicke and the Hart Line Band
The Will McClean Foundation Sunday Sampling Concert features Chuck Hardwicke and the Hart Line Band at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, at 2:00 p.m. July 17 for an afternoon old-school swing, blues and traditional country music. $15 per person (cash preferred). For more information, visit www.facebook.com/willmcleanfestival/.
Marion County Museum of History and Archeology Lecture Series
Joe Knetsch – historian, professor and author – lectures at 2 p.m. July 17 at the museum, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala, at 2 p.m. at Green Clover Hall. $5 admission fee for non-members. Subject: Knetsch’s latest book, “Cousin Bob,” which the museum’s website describes as the story of “a Jewish-American WWII hero, Robert Warren, (who was) eventually attached to the Third Army of Patton Passing Through France After the Escape to Normandy.” For more information, call 352-236-5245.
This art exhibit by Christine Dozier runs through January 17 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Ocala resident and Memphis native Dozier works in oil and acrylic. More at www.christinedozier.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
“A floral retrospective”
This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work runs through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office of Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation.” . The Clerk’s office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at www.gregorydirr.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
Spy Science Exhibit at the Discovery Center
Learn about the history, science and even Hollywood connections within the spy industry with this new exhibit, which takes visitors into the world of espionage. The exhibit is in place at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, through September 17. Admission is $8 per person and $28 per group of four. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org
Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show
The World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, hosts USEF-sanctioned hunter/jumper competitions every weekend through August 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information visit https://worldequestriancenter.com/event
“Journey to My Soul: The Landscapes of My Mind”
This art exhibit by Kelley Batson-Howard is held at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., until September 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. According to a city press release, Batson-Howard is “a contemporary painter creating abstract works” who moved to Central Florida in 1988. More information at www.Kbatsonart.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
‘Squares without dots’
This exhibit runs at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. In 2021, during the annual Fort King Festival at the Fort King National Historic Site, the City of Ocala Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth for the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. “While waiting for their hand lettering pieces to dry before adding floral embellishments, participants were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a 6ft by 9ft canvas using markers in fabric,” the city said in a statement. Release. “Using nature-inspired stencils and the creativity of a few freehand artists, participants took a modern approach to quilting by filling fabric with a grid of colors.” More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
Children’s Summer Film Series
The Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, is hosting a summer movie series for kids Wednesday through Friday through August 5. Sessions are 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Sing 2”. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and include a summer snack. For showtimes, titles and to purchase tickets online, visit www.reillyartscenter.com/summer-kids-film-series or call 352-820-3049.
Spotlight on Summer Exhibition
“Town and Country” is the theme for the Visual Artists’ Society’s Summer Spotlight, showcasing the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. The exhibit runs at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1552 or visit www.cf.edu.
Photographs by Steven Benson
The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on display through November 6 at the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.
This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, as well as a plethora of fabrics and a video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design of the Ocala Civic Theater’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs throughout the winter of 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For details and admission fees, visit www.appletonmuseum.org.
“Encounter” by Tom Hundersmarck
A Gainesville-based abstract and landscape painter, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and worked extensively as a psychologist with veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala’s Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.