IT HAPPENS NOW
37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame Gala: Reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. today, Gateway Grand Hotel, 4200 NW 97th Blvd. Tickets: $ 100 each; must be purchased in advance. (376-2442)
Cash Unchained: Tribute to Johnny Cash: 8 p.m. today, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $ 10 in advance, $ 13 at the door, pay what you can live. (highdivegville.veeps.com) With Rick Ryan and Frank Carson.
Ville Sounds – Local hip-hop and R&B showcase: 8 p.m. Thursday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $ 8 in advance, $ 10 at the door, pay-per-view live streaming. (highdivegville.veeps.com) With Jeremiah Ludicrous, Young Khaliq, Israel Jones, Sully Geez, Ayoleon and Hunter Ross.
Matcha, Spirit of the Dead and Lionel Jr alias Maalik: 8 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $ 8 in advance, $ 10 at the door, pay-per-view live streaming. (highdivegville.veeps.com)
Hotel Fiction, Driveaway and Estro: 8 p.m. Saturday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $ 12 in advance, $ 15 at the door, pay what you can live. (highdivegville.veeps.com)
Tiny Titans interactive exhibit: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies: Extended to February 20, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Tickets: $ 8 for adults; $ 7 for Florida residents, seniors, and University of Florida non-university students; $ 5.50 for ages 3 to 17; and free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/tiny-titans, 846-2000) Features over 150 dinosaur eggs, real dinosaur bones, reconstructed nests, hands-on exploration stations, and animated video presentations. There is a “petting zoo” featuring five different species of baby dinosaurs and their future parents. Creative dinosaur costumes are available for visitors to dress up and channel their own inner reptile while exploring the exhibit.
Todd Snider with guest Chicago Farmer: Thursday 8 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets: $ 32 to $ 46. (pvconcerthall.com/events/detail/todd-snider)
Gateway Council Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off: Now via traditional stands and online via the Digital Cookie online platform. (bit.ly/GSGCfindcookies, 904-387-2570)
GFAA Gallery: Ongoing, 1314 S. Main St. Perfect gifts and original small works of art for sale in the gift shop. Gallery opening hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Modern quilters from Gainesville: Until January 30, Hotel Indigo, 4949 Celebration Pointe Ave. Over 20 quilts created by guild members will be on display. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase some of the quilts. Gainesville Modern Quilters is the local chapter of the International Modern Quilting Guild. The group meets monthly to learn new skills, plan projects and events.
TO COME UP
“A healthy dose of comedic relief”: 11:00 a.m. Sunday Service, 1:00 p.m. concert Jan. 16, Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Tickets: $ 15 at the door (373-1030, unitygainesville.org) Guest speaker Greg Tamblyn, NCW (No Credentials Whatsoever), weaves together a sacred lesson experience with fun and award-winning songs, stories, meditation and powerful group meditation music. There will be a lot of music and laughter, and a deep experience of the sacred.
Sunday assembly: 11 a.m. on January 16, online via Zoom. (sagainesville.weebly.com, [email protected]) Guest speaker Heaven Campbell, Florida program director of Solar United Neighbors, a non-profit organization that helps educate people about solar energy. She will talk about Solar Energy 101 and how to advocate for solar views, followed by a discussion and music from South African musicians with opportunities to sing along.
King’s Memorial Walk: Noon January 17, MLK Memorial Gardens, 200 E. University Ave.,. at Citizen’s Field, 1100 NE 14th St. People will march carrying signs and singing freedom songs (376-2442) Masking and social distancing are encouraged.
National Day evangelization program: 2 p.m. Jan. 17, Citizen’s Field, 1100 NE 14th St. Free. (214-1044) With national gospel artist Helen Miller, who will perform her hit song “I Won’t Let You Fall”.
Music to the Holy Trinity Series: 4:00 p.m. Jan. 23, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE First Street. To free. (olytrinitygnv.org) Concert with the Ben Rosenblum Trio, New York jazz artist on tour.
National Ballet Dance Alive: “Don Juan in Loveland”February 12, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. (392-2787) This production is a blank slate; the performance is filled with each dancer’s unique sparkle and painted with the artistic brush of choreographer Ani Collier. Just as each dancer’s body is unique, so too is each creator’s point of view. The story has yet to be revealed. Limited places. Friendly and family. Talk to us after production.
“The Importance of Being Serious by Oscar Wilde”: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 28-Feb. 20, Acrosstown Repertory Theater, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $ 20 general admission, $ 15 for seniors, military and students. ([email protected], 352-275-7790) Directed by Andrea Young.
“Impressions of Florida” exhibition: New exhibition, Harm Museum or Art, 3259 Hull Road. (harn.ufl.edu/linkedfiles/pressrelease-floridaimpressions.pdf) The permanent exhibition features more than 50 paintings depicting the environment, people and history of the state, and celebrates the transformative gift of 1,200 works of art by Sam and Robbie Vickers; includes works by Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Moran and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
“Our climate change: past and present”: Permanent exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. To free. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/our-changing-climate) The exhibit uses large format graphics showing major historical events to present the story of Earth’s climate change over geological time. It highlights fluctuations in Earth’s climate and global trends that affect life today.
The Harn Museum: “Les Domaines Pluriels”: On display until April 24, Harn Museum, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. selected works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection. The exhibition aims to advance cultural understanding and educational dialogue between Latin American artists and the global audience.
Suggested monthly readings from the District of Libraries: Anyone can sign up at aclib.us/acldreads to receive a monthly email with suggested books that link directly to the Alachua County Library District Catalog, where customers can reserve titles for pickup or to consult digital books. Choose from over 25 categories. ACLD Reads suggests titles in all formats, including print, digital, and audio books.
“From shadow to substance”: Exhibited until February at the Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery, Harn Museum, 3259 Hull Road. The exhibition creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs from the collections of the Harn and Smathers Library and through the lens of black photographers working today.
Good News Arts: Collaborates with local, regional and national artists to provide creative education opportunities, exhibitions and cultural programming to the community. Good News Arts serves as a community center, free and accessible to all. Located in High Springs at First Avenue Center, 23352 WUS 27, Suite 80.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or dusk today, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Admission, $ 10 adults, $ 5 children aged 5 to 13, free for children under 5 accompanied by parents. (kanapaha.org) Dogs kept on a leash and up to date with their vaccines without a history of aggression are allowed in the park. Garden hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday, closed Thursday. 9 am-7pm or twilight Saturday-Sunday.
Afternoon adventure camp: 2 pm to 5 pm Wednesdays, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. This midweek opportunity will focus on challenges that stimulate children’s creativity and imaginations. Educators at the Cade Museum help children ages 5-11 participate in a wide range of hands-on STEAM experiences and activities. In the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, kids will explore and improve their skills in 3D design, coding, robotics and more. Cade educators will be available to help K-5 children with homework challenges. Registrations are open. Members benefit from a reduced rate.
Little sparks from 0 to 5 years old: 12:15 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. Kids will receive a personal Little Sparks kit with all of their own supplies, as well as crafts and holds that extend the fun and learning at home. The BRAIN and Sweat Solution exhibitions will also be open for Little Sparks.
Matheson Museum: “When Johnny came walking home: Outdoor exhibit, located on the west side of the Matheson Main Building behind the flag set along Sweetwater Branch Inn, 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org) This sculpture was designed by Ken McGurn and manufactured by Matthew Pollard. The exhibit pays homage to all who served. McGurn served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1963 to 1979. Current in-person and online exhibits include “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote in the United States, and “McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida.” Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Saturday.
This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Tribute to Johnny Cash, folk art, Girl Scouts, comedy, group meditation