Entertainment suggestions for the coming days.
TODAY THROUGH AUG. 26
AMERICAN DREAMS: The Star Center kicks off its 2018-2019 season on Thursday, Aug. 16, with the Tony Award-winning play penned by Lorraine Hansberry “A Raisin in the Sun,” which centers on the lives of the Youngers, an African-American family living in a one-bedroom apartment on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. Following the death of the family‚Äôs patriarch, members of the family debate on how best to use the insurance payment they’ll soon receive. While the pious mother seeks to purchase a house in a white neighborhood, other family members have their own ideas. In particular, her son wants to invest the money into a liquor store in order to free the family of its financial troubles, to which his mother vehemently opposes. Others, meanwhile, want to use some of the money for education or to look toward the past and the family‚Äôs homeland ‚ÄĒ all variations on personal dreams and, of course, the seemingly ambiguous American Dream. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. Tickets, which can be purchased by calling 378-3311, are $18, $12 for seniors and students.
HEARTBREAKER HOMAGE: Free Fridays fan favorites Heavy Petty return to the Bo Diddley stage this Friday to do what they do best ‚ÄĒ pay tribute to the late hometown rock star Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers. The band, which also performs original music under the name Hedges, has been performing Petty tributes since 2010 when they performed their first such set at High Dive, then called Common Grounds. The band prides itself in playing Petty songs with attention paid to strict interpretation, while also freeing themselves to rock out and enjoy audience participation. Hedges will also perform original numbers during the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. at 111 E. University Ave. The concert series continues through Oct. 20 with free performances every Friday from 8-10 p.m. at 111 E. University Ave. Organizers encourage concert-goers to to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
AUG. 17 THROUGH SEPT. 2
CAT‚ÄôS PAJAMAS: In another season opener, the Actors’ Warehouse kicks off its 2018-2019 season on Friday with the Tony Award-winning musical revue “Ain‚Äôt Misbehavin‚Äô.” The musical features the music of various composers and lyricists, which pays tribute to the African-American music of the ‚Äô20s and ‚Äô30s that shaped the Harlem Renaissance ‚ÄĒ a period of intellectual, social and artistic activity and expression that defined Harlem as a center of black culture. Though the musical isn‚Äôt a biography, it does pay some tribute to Thomas “Fats” Waller, a jazz pianist and comic entertainer who performed in the Harlem stride style and who wrote the score from which the musical‚Äôs title was taken. The show does, however, bring to life the world that Waller lived in as five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy and humorous song that provides a window into an bustling era of cultural expression. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Actors‚Äô Warehouse, 619 NE First St. Tickets, which can be purchased by calling www.actorswarehouse.org, are $20 and $15 for seniors and students, though discounted $10 admission is available on Thursdays.
PAPER FACES: In addition to opening its newest play, the Actors‚Äô Warehouse is also hosting its annual gala Midsummer Night 2018 ‚ÄĒ Purple Passion, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This masquerade gala promises an evening of dancing to music provided by DJ E-Lo in addition to other live entertainment. Unique appetizers and beverages will be served, and raffles will be held for a variety of items. Eventgoers are asked to dress in casual-chic attire, with party masks required, for which a contest for best mask will be held. The gala is being held at Actors‚Äô Warehouse, 619 NE First St., and tickets are $35-$45 for single tickets, and $60-$70 for paired tickets. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.actorswarehouse.org or call 376-8561.
TARBABY TRIBUTE: The Heartwood Soundstage is hosting and evening of Jackson Browne tributes featuring some of Gainesville‚Äôs best-known musicians. The concert, which begins at 8 p.m. at 619 S. Main St., features local act the Mick Marino All-Stars along with other area musicians, who will pay tribute to one of the country‚Äôs greatest songwriters in a recorded concert. The show is slated to open with an acoustic set by Greg Doles and Jim Evans, while Marino‚Äôs All-Stars, which comprises Mark Miale, Tony McMahon, Brad Bangstad, Jana Horton, Frank Varosi and Bob Kelly, will perform an electric set in which the band puts their own stamp on songs such as ‚ÄúThese Days,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDoctor My Eyes‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRunning on Empty.‚ÄĚ Tickets, which can be purchased by visiting www.heartwoodsoundstage.com, are $5-$20.