Weekend entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes the First Friday Art Walk

THIS WEEKEND

“Dracula”

This show is on stage until November 6 at Ocala Civic Theater, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The Count of the Carpathians returns once again, as always, to Victorian England, delivering infamous deeds and countless casualties. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for ages 18 and under. NOTE: The subject of this piece is not appropriate for children. More at 352-236-2274 or https://ocalacivictheatre.com/.

First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk will take place from 6-9 p.m. on November 4 in downtown Ocala. Hands-on arts activities, local artists selling their wares, participating businesses with extended hours, live music and entertainment including The Mudds Jazz and Blues Band.

Second Annual Ocala Food and Wine Festival

This festival will take place November 4-6 at the World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave., Ocala. Organizers describe it as a “celebrity chef-led celebration featuring three days of culinary competition, beer, wine and spirits training, and extraordinary cooking samples.” Ticket details and more at https://www.ocalafoodandwinefest.com/.

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Dixie Echoes

Marion County Christ Church, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, hosts the Dixie Echoes on the concert stage at 6:30 p.m. on November 4. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. More at 352-861-6182.

Block Party on Broadway

The Marion Cultural Alliance is hosting the Block Party on Broadway fundraiser at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala, November 4-26. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on November 4 with gallery hours from 7-9 p.m.; tickets $50 for MCA members and $55 for non-members. Exclusive VIP access available. More than www.mcaocala.org[email protected] or 352-369-1500.

1890s McIntosh Festival

This festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 5 in downtown McIntosh. Shopping, food, vendors, arts and crafts, antiques and more. More than https://mcintosh1890sfestival.com/.

Sun Kingdom Concert Band

The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band will perform their 11th annual “Veterans Light the Stars” concert at 7 p.m. on November 6 at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park, 2601 E. Fort King St., Ocala. Free and open to the public. Featuring a variety of musical selections, fireworks and a special appearance by Les and Marcia Muncaster. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; bleacher seats will be available. More information at (352) 390-0491 or https:/kingdomofthesunband.org.

COMING SOON

Exhibition “The best of the season”

The Visual Arts Society presents an exhibition at the CF Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, from November 7 to December 8. This annual favorite features a variety of styles and mediums. “Best of the Season” is one of two annual opportunities for society members to exhibit their work. Opening on Nov. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.

Screening of the film “Breaking Bread”

The College of Central Florida’s Ira Holmes international film series continues November 8 with this 2019 Israeli film, which explores Israel’s groundbreaking A-Sham festival. Note: May contain adult content. There will be two screenings: 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., and 7 p.m. at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road, Building 8, Room 110. Films on the CF Campus are free and Open to the public; Attendance at Appleton is free for museum and film series members; non-members pay admission to the museum. more at 352-854-2322, [email protected] or www.CF.edu.

‘Water’

The CF Wind Symphony and the CF Patriot Singers will perform “Water” at 7:30 p.m. on November 10 at the Dassance Center for Fine Arts on the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road. “This collaboration includes musical selections that celebrate our connection to water — from the Mississippi River at the bottom of Lake Superior to a home aquarium — that connect audiences to Earth’s most precious element,” the school said. in a press release. “‘Water will feature performances by guest composer Joshua Mazur. The CF Wind Symphony is conducted by Ash and the CF Patriot Singers are conducted by Dr. Jason Longtin.” More at CF.edu or 352-854-2322, ext. 1419.

Down East Boys

Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes the boys from Down East to the stage Nov. 11 for an evening of gospel and community music. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show is at 6:30 p.m. More at www.ccomc.org.

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

The Billboard charts return to the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, on November 11. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 at the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. More at www.reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.

Marion Civic Chorale Concert Series

The Marion Civic Chorale Community Choir performs Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 SW State Road 200, Ocala. All concerts are free and open to the public; donations to fund the annual Grat L. Rosazza Music Fellowship are gratefully accepted and greatly appreciated. More on www.marionchorale.com

Jewish choral music through the ages

The Shabbatones pour Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish favorites in a thrilling medley of new musical arrangements Nov. 13 at Highlands Presbyterian Community Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave., Ocala. The program features secular, religious and folk songs played and performed in unique ways. Performances invited by Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro of Congregation Schaarai Zedek of Tampa and conducted by Maestro Will Kesling. The show starts at 5 p.m. More at www.shabbatones.org.

IN PROGRESS

Brown & Brown Farms Fall Show

Brown & Brown Farms, 13940 US 301, Oxford, has recreated its traditional 8-acre corn maze. Also on the program: house/pumpkin patch, artisans, vendors, live music, food trucks, special events and activities for the whole family. The extravaganza runs every weekend until November 13. It is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket information at BrownandBrownfarms.com. More details at 352-615-4419 or [email protected]

Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art

Larger-than-life inflatable art has transformed the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and Museum Lobby at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This exhibition, through December 11, explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways in which artists use air as a tool to create large-scale sculpture, with work from eight renowned artists of the medium. Special events will be announced throughout the duration of this exhibition. More than www.appletonmuseum.org or 352-291-4455.

“Looking on the Bright Side”

This exhibit by Jennifer Weigel runs through Jan. 9 at the Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and the Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Free and open to the public. A city press release describes Weigel as “a multi-disciplinary, multi-media conceptual artist” whose work “uses a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fiber, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, video and writing.” More than www.jenniferweigelart.com352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.

“Colorful Pleasures”

This art exhibit by Christine Dozier runs through January 17 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the public. Ocala resident and Memphis native Dozier works in oil and acrylic. More than www.christinedozier.com352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.

“A floral retrospective”

This exhibition of Gregory Dirr’s work runs through December 9 at the Clerk’s Office at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Free and open to the public. Boca Raton-based Dirr is described in a City of Ocala press 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 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. More than www.gregorydirr.com352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.

‘Squares without dots’

This exhibit runs at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through January 12. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. More than www.ocalafl.org/recpark352-368-5517 and Ocala Rec Park on Facebook.

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. More at 352-291-4455 or 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 recent 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. More than www.appletonmuseum.org.

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