The future of entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes book signings and concerts

“Little Man, Big Mouth”

Ocala Star-Banner and Ocala Style columnist Dave Schlenker explores the whimsy and humor of his 30-year career as a satirist and journalist, chronicled in his recently released retrospective book. Conference and dedication to Ocala Civic Theater, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact OCT at 352-236-2274.

“Hands on a Hardbody”

The live musical kicks off the 2022-23 season for Ocala Civic Theater, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The show runs from September 1-18. This upbeat country/pop musical is inspired by the 1997 documentary of the same name, directed by Jason Bartosic and choreographed by Greg Thompson. Tickets on sale now: $30 adults and $15 18 and under. To purchase and for additional details, visit www.ocalacivictheatre.com or call 352-236-2274.

First Friday Art Walk

The Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala on September 2 from 6-9 p.m. at the iconic Downtown Plaza. The event takes place every first Friday in May. Hands-on arts activities and demonstrations from local arts and culture organizations, extended hours, local artists and artwork, and live music throughout the evening. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk or contact the City of Ocala Arts Division at 352-629-8447 and [email protected]

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After Dark in the Park: “The Karate Kid”

The City of Ocala Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the “After Dark in the Park” movie series with the classic movie “The Karate Kid.” The film begins at 8 p.m. on September 9 at Tuscawilla Park Oak Grove, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/recpark.

Ira Holmes International Film Series

Films celebrating humor and the tireless perseverance of the human spirit take center stage at this year’s Festival at the College of Central Florida, which kicks off Sept. 13 with “Wild Men” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 2 p.m. matinee will be screened at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and the 7 p.m. screening is at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road, Building 8 / Room 110. All Movies on the CF campus are free and open to the public and free to all members of the museums and film series at the Appleton (non-members pay museum admission). Movies may contain mature content. To see the full list of this year’s films and for more details, visit cf.edu/filmseries.

An Evening with Judy Collins

The legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter takes the stage at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 7:30 p.m. on September 17. Tickets available at www.reillyartscenter.com, at the door, or call the box office at 352-351-1606.

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band.

Who is your hero?

Join David Fritz conducting the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band at Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala, as he performs “Who’s Your Hero” at 2 p.m. September 17 and 3 p.m. September 18. Free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information call 352-390-0491 or visit www.kingdomofthesunband.org

Stearns Lecture Series: Robert Watson on Alexander Hamilton

Fans of the Pulitzer-winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” might be interested in Robert Watson’s presentation, “Alexander Hamilton: Man, Myth, Musical,” at 12:30 p.m. September 19. This conference is the inaugural event of the College. of Central Florida Stearns Speaker Series, presented at the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Free and open to the public. Watson’s talk is followed by a 2 p.m. reception at the Clifford B. Stearns Learning Resources Center. More at CF.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1440.

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