‘Beauty and the Beast’ tops list of weekend fun in Ocala, Florida

‘The beauty and the Beast’

This Disney musical is on stage until June 5 at the Ocala Civic Theater. “Based on the beloved 1991 Disney film, this ‘tale as old as time’ comes to life in a spectacular stage version of the classic fairy tale. All the songs from the film are here, plus half a dozen new hits written for the musical stage,” OCT said in a press release. More at (352) 236-2274 and www.ocalacivictheatre.com.

Reilly Noir – Global Jazz Collective

The sixth concert in the Reilly Noir series is with the Global Jazz Collective at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. The series is partnered with Scott Wilson, associate professor of jazz studies at the University of Florida School of Music, who will also perform. Joining Wilson is Latin Grammy Award winner Jose Valentino, professional bassist Nolan Koskela-Staples and producer/percussionist Derris Lee. Tickets $20 per person; VIP tables for four available for $150. For more information, visit www.reillyartscenter.com or call 352-351-1606.

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Greg Warren Band

Step out into the town square at Circle Square Commons, 8405 SW 80th St., Ocala, from 7-10 p.m. May 27 for an evening of dancing and live local music with the Greg Warren Band. Food trucks, vendors, kiosks, shopping and entertainment for adults and families. Free and open to the public, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.circlesquarecommons.com.

Family and friends concert

Derek Milton and the Lebanon Baptist Choir of Baker, Fla., join the St. Joseph AME Church Choir of DeFuniak Springs for an evening of uplifting gospel music and fellowship May 28 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul AME, 718 NW Seventh St., Ocala. Free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected]

fishing festival

Celebrate harvest and the start of summer at Red, White, and Blues Farm, 3250 NE 140th Ave., Williston, and enjoy a day of picking fresh blueberries and peaches with your family. Scavenger hunts, cornhole contests, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and other fun activities, plus live music with the Doc Adams Band and Big Jim Adam. The festival will take place on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door. To purchase or for more information, visit www.redwhiteandbluesfarm.com.

Orange Blossom Opry

Macey Mac takes the stage at the Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace, Weirsdale, with the OBOpry Band on May 28 at 7 p.m. for an evening of live music. Tickets from $16 to $25. For details, visit www.obopry.com.

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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 will be on view at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1552, or visit www.cf.edu.


The “Landmarks” exhibition, featuring works by members of Marion’s Cultural Alliance, is on view through May 28 at The Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Free entry. There are over 60 original works of art, including sculpture, photography, mixed media, oils, acrylics and pastels.

Steven Benson,

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. His 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.

‘Finding Beauty’

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 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 Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.

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