Weekend entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes live music, art
Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band is ‘Out Of This World’
The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, now with David Fritz conducting, is presenting a concert, “Out Of This World,” at 2 p.m. July 16 and 3 p.m. July 17 at the Marion Technical Institute, 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala. Free and open to the public.
WIND-FM Tribute Concert Series
The sixth season of WIND-FM’s tribute series continues “Rockin’ the Reilly” through summer at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, with a Motley Crue tribute July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20-$31. To purchase or to find out more, visit www.reillyartscenter.com or call 352-566-0970.
Pietro Iannotti Piano Concert
Pietro Iannotti has performed in Norway, China, Spain, the United States and his native Italy, and has been teaching for over 20 years. Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6788 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes him to the stage July 17 at 3 p.m. for an evening of classical music, including selections from Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Doors open at 2 p.m. No admission free; donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call 352-861-6182 or visit www.ccomc.org.
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Chuck Hardwicke and the Hart Line Band
The Will McClean Foundation Sunday Sampler Concert features Chuck Hardwicke and the Hart Line Band at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon, at 2 p.m. July 17 for an afternoon of old-time swing, blues and traditional country music. $15 per person (cash preferred). For more information, visit www.facebook.com/willmcleanfestival/.
Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology Lecture Series
Joe Knetsch – historian, professor and author – lectures at 2 p.m. July 17 at the museum, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala, at 2 p.m. in Green Clover Hall. $5 admission fee for nonmembers. Topic: Knetsch’s latest book, “Cousin Bob,” which the museum website describes as the story of “a Jewish-American World War II hero, Robert Warren, (who was) ultimately attached to Patton’s Third Army coming across France after the Normandy breakout.” For more information, call 352-236-5245.
This art exhibit from Christine Dozier is up through Jan. 17 at the Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Dozier, an Ocala resident and Memphis native, works in oils and acrylics. More at www.christinedozier.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
‘A Floral Retrospective’
This exhibit of Gregory Dirr’s work is up through Dec. 9 at the Clerk’s Office in Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in an Ocala city news release as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his surroundings with a focus on environmental conservation.” The clerk’s office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More at www.gregorydirr.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
Spy Science Exhibit at Discovery Center
Discover the history, science and even the Hollywood connections within the spy industry with this new exhibit, which takes visitors inside the world of espionage. The exhibit is up at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, through Sept. 17. Admission is $8 per person and $28 per group of four. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org
Ocala Summer Hunter/Jumper Horse Show
The World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala, hosts the USEF sanctioned hunter/jumper competitions every weekend through Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://worldequestriancenter.com/event
‘Journey to My Soul: Landscapes of My Mind’
This art exhibit from Kelley Batson-Howard is up at the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., through Sept. 13. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. According to a city news release, Batson-Howard is “a contemporary painter creating abstract works” who moved to Central Florida in 1988. More at www.Kbatsonart.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
‘Squares Without Stitches’
This exhibit is up at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through Jan. 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. In 2021, during the annual Festival at Fort King at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, the City of Ocala’s Cultural Arts and Sciences Division hosted a booth for the Ocala Calligraphy Guild. “While waiting for their hand-lettering pieces to dry before adding flower embellishments, attendees were encouraged to help create a community quilt by drawing on a 6-ft. by 9-ft. canvas using fabric markers,” the city said in a news release. “Using nature-inspired stencils and the creativity of a few free-hand artists, participants took a modern approach to quilting by filling the fabric with a grid of colors.” More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
Summer Kids Film Series
The Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, is hosting a Summer Film Series for kids each Wednesday-Friday through Aug. 5. Showtimes are 10 and 11 a.m. Films include “Shrek,” “Aladdin,” “Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Sing 2.” Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12/under and include a summer Snack Pack. For showtimes, titles and to purchase tickets online, visit www.reillyartscenter.com/summer-kids-film-series or call 352-820-3049.
Summer Spotlight Exhibition
“Town and Country” is the theme for the Visual Artists’ Society Summer Spotlight, showcasing the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. The exhibit is up at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, through July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1552 or visit www.cf.edu.
Photographs by Steven Benson
The Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, presents “Invented Observations: Photographs by Steven Benson,” on exhibit through Nov. 6 in the Balcony Gallery for Florida Arts. Benson is a professor at Daytona State College and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Fellowship. His work has been displayed in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.
This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, along with a plethora of fabrics and video of the costume design process. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection, inspired the art and design for the Ocala Civic Theatre’s recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs through the winter of 2022. The museum is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For additional details and admission fees, visit www.appletonmuseum.org.
‘Encounter’ by Tom Hundersmarck
An abstract and landscape painter based in Gainesville, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and has worked extensively as a psychologist with combat 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 Cultural Arts and Sciences Division at 352-629-8447 or visit www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.