CONCERT “FREE FRIDAYS”: Watch the next performance of the city’s popular “Free Fridays” concert series on September 30 from 7-9pm at the downtown Bo Diddley Plaza amphitheater, located at 111 E. University Ave. The free concert series highlights a different act each week, with RC and Showtime playing R&B and soul today. Visitors are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to Bo Diddley Plaza to enjoy the concert under the stars. For more information, including a list of upcoming gigs, visit bodiddleyplaza.com/upcoming-events. Future dates include The Last Waltz, a The Band tribute band, performing October 7; Morningbell with psychedelic rock and soul on October 14; and The Imposters, a tribute band to The Beatles, which will conclude this year’s series on October 21.
“ROCKY HORROR” LIVE: The local group “Rocky Horror Picture”, “Frankie and the Pretenders”, is fully vaccinated and ready to party! Celebrate this High Dive tradition with performances taking place on October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26 and November 2 at 8pm. The show features live-action skits from local players to accompany the cult movie classic — with audience participation. Tickets cost $13 in advance or $15 on the day of the show. According to rockyhorror.com, the official fan site of the film, the US premiere of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” took place in late September 1975. Although the film was set in a few test cities, the film was deemed a failure and was shelved. On April 1, 1976, a young 20th Century Fox advertising executive persuaded the Walter Reade Organization to replace the midnight show at the Waverly Theater with “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The Waverly was already a mecca for midnight movies and Denise Borden, the theater manager, was fascinated by the film. She started her own personal hype campaign, with box office photos and a phone recording in the theater that read, “This is a movie not to be missed.” It was thanks to her that the crowd started generating a party atmosphere and it turned into the cult classic for audience participation that it is today. Local production is for ages 18 and up unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a $3 under 21 fee will be charged at the door). Smoking is not allowed inside the hall, but it is allowed outside in the Beer Garden. High Dive is located at 210 SW Second Ave., Suite A. For more information, visit bit.ly/rockyfall22.
“CAMELLIAS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO LOCAL MEDICAL HISTORY”: Did you know that the American Camellia Society was founded in 1946 on the campus of the University of Florida? UF Associate Professor Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak will join the Matheson History Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, as well as online via Zoom, to share the fascinating history of the relationship between horticulture and medicine, particularly in Alachua County. Admission is free, but registration is required. For the safety of staff and attendees, the capacity is limited to 100 people and masks are required. Rhoton-Vlasak’s talk includes a discussion of the history of the American Camellia Society and its connection to local garden clubs, horticulture at UF, and medical history in Alachua County. A tract of land on the UF Health Medical Campus is now a therapeutic horticultural site – the Wilmot Botanical Gardens. It was established in 1950 in honor of the late Royal James “Roy” Wilmot, a UF horticulturist and authority on camellias. Rhoton-Vlasak will also draw attention to Dr. Harold Hume, former UF president and horticulturist; dr. Sarah Robb, Alachua County’s first female physician; and former deans of the UF Medical School Dr. George Harrell and Dr. Craig Tisher. Rhoton-Vlasak is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida, working in the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, followed by a medical degree from the University of Florida. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida, followed by fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. To register, visit bit.ly/camellias22 for in-person attendance or bit.ly/camellias22zoom to attend via Zoom. The Matheson History Museum is located at 513 E. University Ave.
TIOGA CONCERT NIGHT: Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a live music performance under the stars from 7-10pm on October 7 at the Tioga Town Center Amphitheater. This is a free open air concert. Don’t forget to visit the Tioga Town Center restaurants for dinner before the show, or takeout to enjoy during the concert. Parking is available near the Tioga Town Center, 33 SW 130th Way in Newberry. FutureTioga Concert Night performances are scheduled for October 21 and November 18.
JAZZ ON THE GREEN: Join Celebration Pointe for live music, food and drink, lawn games and more as live music is played on the stage in the boardwalk from 7-9pm. October 8. Spread out a blanket under the setting sun and listen to live music while the kids play games on the lawn. Celebration Pointe is located off Interstate 75 and Archer Road at Celebration Pointe Avenue. For more information, call 333-9333 or visit Celebrationpointe.com. Future Jazz on the Green events are scheduled for November 12 and December 10.