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What’s Happening in Gainesville the Week of March 27th

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As IF you needed more reasons to come stay at Sweetwater, we’ve adding a brand new section to our website dedicated to this city we love so much, the events and fun happenings going on here, and of course, dedicated to our loyal guests!

Bookmark this link: https://sweetwaterinn.com/welcome/gainesville/ to keep up-to-date with the happenings around Gainesville! 

Michael Lewin, Piano – Guest Artist Recital
Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm.
University of Florida Music Building-Room 101 (MUB 101)- 435 Newell Dr. 352-392-0223. PRICE: Free and open to the public. Join UF School of Music for a guest artist recital with Michael Lewin, Piano, on March 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Building, Room 101 (MUB 101). www.arts.ufl.edu

Yoga with Janke
Monday, March 27, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30pm.
HealthStreet-2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608. PRICE: FREE!! Did you know? Yoga is proven to reduce stress, increase flexibility and increase mindfulness. UF HealthStreet is hosting FREE yoga courses with our wonderful and certified instructor, Stop by earlier to learn about all of the wonderful resources HealthStreet can provide for you and your family’s health. To let us know you’re coming, please call (352) 294-4880. www.healthstreet.program.ufl.edu

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30 – 9pm.
Gators Den in the Best Western-4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Come join us for trivia with Tom Collett! Extended happy hour until 9pm and other great specials. We also have great prizes. First, second and third will receive prizes! See you at the Den! www.gatorsdensportsgrill.com

The Variety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9pm.
The Hardback Cafe, 211 W. University Ave, Gainesville. (352) 317-1997. PRICE: Free If you like to play music or make comedy or watch people who do, this is the place for you.

Wine Tasting
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:15 – 7:30pm.
Downtown Wine and Cheese-113 N Main Street. Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 222-1348. PRICE: $15. Join us every Thursday evening with a different themed tasting. Taste wines and cheeses plus other foods corresponding to that night’s theme. Happy Hour following!

Visiting Artist Lecture with Adam Brown
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6 – 8pm.
Fine Arts Building B, Room 103-400 SW 13th ST, Gainesville, FL 32611. PRICE: Free and open to the public. The School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida is proud to present visiting artist Adam Brown as part of the Spring 2017 Visiting Artists Lecture Series on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6 pm in Fine Arts Building B, Room 103 (FAB 103). Brown is an internationally recognized intermedia artist and researcher whose work incorporates art and science hybrids including living and biological systems, robotics, molecular chemistry and emerging technologies that take the form of installation, interactive objects, video, performance and photography. www.arts.ufl.edu

Opera Goes to the Movies
Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30pm.
University Auditorium-333 Newell Drive, Gainesville. Join the UF Opera Theatre and Ocala Symphony Orchestra for this multimedia event featuring film clips and fully costumed / staged scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (The Shawshank Redemption), The Tales of Hoffmann (Life is Beautiful), La Bohème (Moonstruck), and many, many more… It is truly an evening of entertainment for both the music and film lover alike. www.arts.ufl.edu

Guided Tour
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10am – 12pm.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens- 4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608. PRICE: $8 adults, $4 children. Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. Regular admission price for non-members and members are admitted free of charge. www.kanapaha.org

Family Day at the Dairy Farm
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12 – 4pm.
The Hare Krishna Farm, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua, FL 32615. PRICE: Admission Free. Parking $10. The 5th annual Holi Festival of Colors is an all-ages family-friendly outdoor music and arts festival that brings people together in celebration of Spring and unity. Live bands will be playing kirtan, folk, pop, rock, soul and EDM. Color throws every half hour, dancing, singing and vegetarian food. Children’s activity tent. Crafts vendors. Free Admission. Parking $10. 386-462-2017.

NCAA Women’s Regional Collegiate Gymnastics Championships
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 4 – 7pm.
Exactech Arena at the Stephen C O’Connell Center-250 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611. PRICE: $7 General Admission, $5 12 & Under, $5 Seniors. NCAA Gainesville Regional competition. Gymnastics Regional includes Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, Penn State and North Carolina. www.floridagators.com

Party for the Planet
Saturday, April 1, 2017 & Sunday, April 2, 2017, 9am – 3pm.
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo-3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville, FL 32606. PRICE: $6 for adults; $5 for children (4-12), Seniors (60+) FREE for children 3 and under. Zoos all over the country are honoring Earth Day by hosting the annual Party for the Planet. This year, we are putting a spotlight on unique ecosystems from around the world and the animals that call them home. Enjoy educational activities and crafts focused on habitats from Florida wetlands to rainforests, and animals from all walks of life. Local conservation organizations will be here to teach fun ways we can all conserve and enjoy nature. This event is perfect for the whole family, offering unique opportunities to watch keeper talks and training demonstrations. Make sure to stop and meet some of our animal ambassadors and chat with our zookeepers. Don’t miss out on the wildest party of the year! www.sfcollege.edu

Holi Festival of Colors
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12 – 4pm.
The Hare Krishna Farm, 17306 NW 112th Blvd, Alachua, FL 32615. PRICE: Amission Free. Parking $10. The 5th annual Holi Festival of Colors is an all-ages family-friendly outdoor music and arts festival that brings people together in celebration of Spring and unity. Live bands will be playing kirtan, folk, pop, rock, soul and EDM. Color throws every half hour, dancing, singing and vegetarian food. Children’s activity tent. Crafts vendors. Free Admission. Parking $10. 386-462-2017. www.colorflorida.com



River of Dreams: The St. Johns and its Springs
January 21 – June 24, 2017
Matheson History Museum-513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. PRICE: Free. The Matheson History Museum’s new exhibition, “River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs,” runs from January 21 to June 24, 2017. This original exhibition examines Floridians’ past, present and future relationship with the St. Johns River and its springs. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public. The St. Johns is an ancient river that has been a source of food, water, transportation, indus-try, agriculture and recreation for Native Americans, European explorers, Crackers and present-day Floridians. In 1998, the St. Johns was declared an American Heritage River, the only one in Florida and one of only fourteen in the nation. Dr. Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies at the University of Florida, is the lead curator of the exhibi-tion. Guest curators include Dr. Whitney Sanford, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and Ms. Florence Turcotte, Literary Collections Archivist at George A. Smathers Libraries. University of Florida museum studies and sustainability graduate and undergraduate students assisted with exhibition research and installation.

‘Frogs! A Chorus of Colors’
Jan. 28-Sept. 4, 2017
Florida Museum of Natural History-3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors” Jan. 28. Explore the musical, multicolored world of frogs and gain a new appreciation for the vocal amphibians. While the exhibit has an entrance fee, museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, 352-846-2000.

“Meant to Be Shared” European Prints Exhibition
Jan. 31 to May 28, 2017
Harn Museum of Art-3259 Hull Road in Gainesville, Florida. PRICE: Free. The exhibition features nearly two hundred 18th- to 20th-century Italian, French and Spanish prints. Highlights of “Meant to Be Shared” include entire series of works by Francisco Goya, views of 18th-century and ancient Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Eugène Dela-croix’s illustrations of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Édouard Manet’s illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.” Other artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso.

Cuban Roots: Where My Story Begins, Artwork by Laura Adams Wilson
March 18 – April 1
Thornebrook Gallery-2441-6D NW 43 St. Gainesville, FL 32606. PRICE: Free. March 18 – April 1 at Thornebrook Gallery. For Laura Adams Wilson, growing up half Cuban meant frequent trips to Miami, where the smell of cafe con leche and guava paste filled the air of her grandmother’s house, red coral lips gave soft cheek kisses, and lots and lots of cousins. Laura has decided to revisit the Cuban theme in her new show, entitled “Cuban Roots: Where My Story Begins.” This set of work is a bit of a departure from her successful last show at Thornebrook Gallery in November, 2016. The juxtaposition between the beauty of Cuba and its tortured history has inspired a more textured ap-proach, involving thinner layers of her technique being built up over many pours. This show is a love letter to her Grandmother, Daisy, who was born in Cienfuegos in August 1928, while her parents were visiting family for the summer. Her parents had left Cuba in 1922 for the “American Dream” and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gustavo Perez and his four brothers built homes together in Ohio before Gustavo relocated to Miami for health reasons in the 1950’s. Trips to Cuba were a regular event in the Perez family, with Laura’s mother also having memories of the beaches outside Havana and the family farm in Cienfuegos. That all ended once the revolution began and the family farm was confiscated by the government.

Spring BFA Dance Showcase
March 29 – April 2, 2016
University of Florida-1800 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603. PRICE: $13-18. G-6 Studio. (McGuire Pavilion). More experimental than its fall counterpart, the Spring BFA Dance Showcase highlights culminating compositions by UF Senior dancers. Always bold, always fresh, this showcase offers the finest from the next generation of dance artists. www.arts.ufl.edu

Calendar courtesy for Visit Gainesville