Gainesville’s entertainment week ahead — Oct. 3-9 – Gainesville Sun


The Florida Museum of Natural History’s fall plant sale returns: 1-5 p.m. Oct 3, the Florida Museum of Natural History. can select from more than 100 species of edible, accent, host and nectar plants. This will be the first fully in-person plant sale since 2019. The sale is first come, first serve and prices range from $4 to $20, with proceeds benefiting the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit. Some of the species on sale are on display in the exhibit, such as the rattlesnake calathea and pink shasta begonia; while there are also new species available, including the common boneset and ovateleaf Indian plantain.

Homecoming Gator Growl Concert: 6 p.m., 5 p.m. doors open, Oct. 8, Stephen O’ Connell Center, West University Ave. Featuring the rapper Gunna, along with the band Neon Trees. Tickets start at $40.

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Free Fridays Concert Series: 8-10 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 8, Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza ( 393-8746)  LP3 featuring Dr. Neu, LP3 defines a new generation of musical mastery and versatility that transcends any one musical style. With deep roots in jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, metal, gospel, blues and classical music, the band is best described as improvisational music. After performing for over a decade with his father, Longineu Parsons II, LP3 was founded in 2019 by Longineu Parsons III and keyboardist Zac Chester. Longineu Parsons III is best known for his work as a drummer in the rock world with artists such as award winning platinum group Yellowcard, Adam Lambert and New Year’s Day. He is a multiple platinum recording artist, MTV video music award winner and international performing artist. Longineu Parsons II is Dr. Neu. . He has been hailed by critics internationally as being one of the world’s finest trumpet players. 

Americana/folk Matthew Fowler: Friday. Oct. 8., Heartwood  Soundstage.   Fowler is getting ready to hit the road following the release of his label debut, The Grief We Gave Our Mother. is an ode to growing up & chasing dreams. He wrote most of the album in his early & mid twenties, capturing the inevitable seasons of change in his life. .

The Color Purple: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 10, The Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. From Alice Walker’s bestseller and Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film comes a stage musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues.  Tickets:  $22 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students ( as “One of the greatest revivals ever!” by New York Magazine, “The Color Purple” is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is Celie. When Celie is forced by her overbearing father to marry a cruel farmer, called “Mister,” she is separated from all that she loves. With a soul-raising score, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy to anguish and then hope as she discovers the power of love. 

The Star Center Theatre celebrates 20 years: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, Star Center Theatre, 11 NW 23rd Ave. The evening will be capped off with a performance of the Multi-Tony Award Winning Musical- THE COLOR PURPLE.  Tickets can be purchased for $50.00. Visit 

Fall plant event:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9,  Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W Newberry Rd. (472-1142)  $5 admission. See the park while you are there. Featuring heritage plants from Dudley flower gardens and natives. 

Library District monthly reading suggestions: Anyone can subscribe at to receive a monthly email with book suggestions linking directly to the Alachua County Library District’s catalog, where patrons can reserve titles for pick up or check out digital books. Choose from 25-plus categories based on genre, age, or popularity, including general fiction, romance, mystery, teen, and New York Times Bestsellers. ACLD Reads suggests titles in all formats, including print, digital, and audiobooks.


GFAA GALLERY: Now through Nov. 20, the exhibition ‘SYNERGY’: an integrative exhibition with the Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG). ( Front Gallery will feature a Doug Dankel Photography Retrospective that runs September 21 – October 23.. Smaller original artworks for sale in our gift shop. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 1 – 6 pm  and Saturday 11 am – 4 pm. 1314 S. Main Street. 

Shadow to Substance: Now through Feb  2022, The Melvin and Lorna Rubin Gallery, The 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 Harn and Smathers Library collections 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 the First Avenue Centre, 23352 W HWY 27, Suite 80.


BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL at ACROSSTOWN THEATER in conjunction with Buchholz High School After Hour Players:  2 p.m. Oct. 3, 619 South Main St. in the historic Baird Center. Tickets are $20 for the general public with a discount for students, seniors and heroes. A limited number of tickets are also available at the door thirty minutes before showtime. Masks will be required for the audience.

Florida State Fiddlers Association’s 40th Annual Convention: Friday – Saturday, Oct. 8-9 , The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. in Live oak. (386-364-1683 ) Special guests include  Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness. Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post,  Hurt has fused several traditional old-time sayings to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style. Hurt was introduced to the instrument at age 11 in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, he has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and fiddle workshops at many venues across America and abroad.Convention entry fee is $40 per person or $75 per family. Concert tickets only are $10 each. Scholarships available. Members will have a registration station set up for ticket purchases.


Between Heaven & Earth, The Paintings of Alyne Harris: On exhibition through Jan. 15, 2022 are part of the City of Gainesville’s Of This Place permanent art collection. This exhibit is a community cultural asset and features 200 paintings by Gainesville native Alyne Harris, who paints to express both her lived experiences and her profound spiritual life. Harris’ work draws heavily from African-American traditions including jumping the broom in her wedding scenes. Her paintings call on viewers to travel the paths of their own recollections, an exchange that becomes part of the work itself. Her work reminds the viewer that revisiting the past can connect us with the present and the future. 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. or dusk today, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Admission, $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-13, free for children under 5 years old accompanied by parents. ( Dogs on a leash and up to date on vaccines with no history of aggression are allowed in the park. Garden hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, and Friday, closed Thursday. 9 a.m.-  7p.m. or dusk Saturday and Sunday. 

The Harn Museum of Art Store: Books for purchase: The catalogue for Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa and Lewis Carroll’s book “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” illustrated by Maggie Taylor and associated with the exhibition Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor Through the Looking-Glass. Purchase in the store or reserve your copy today via Store manager will contact you for payment and  arrange for shipping or pick up at your convenience. 

Afternoon Adventure Camp: 2 – 5 p.m.  Wednesdays at the Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St. This  mid-week opportunity will  focus on challenges that boost kids’ creativity and imagination. Cade Museum educators help children ages 5-11 engage in a broad range of hands-on STEAM experiments and activities. In the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab, children will explore and improve skills in 3D design, coding, robotics, and more. Cade’s educators will be available to help children in kindergarten through 5th-grade address homework challenges.   Registration is open. Members receive a discounted rate.  

Little Sparks ages 0-5: 12:15 -1 p.m. Saturday, Cade Museum, 811 S. Main St.  Children will receive a personal Little Sparks kit with all of their own supplies, plus make and takes that extend the fun and learning at home. Our BRAIN and Sweat Solution exhibits will also be open for Little Sparks noon – 5 p.m. 

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: noon – 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, general admission. (  You can schedule a group tour Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. 

Matheson Museum:  Covid-19 Community Archives on display online. This exhibition has been created with the help of  community members.  (378-2280,  Current exhibits in person and online include “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S.; McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida” on display online and in person.   Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave.Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 513 E. University Ave. ) 

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