Entertainment list in Ocala, Florida includes theater, music, ballet – Ocala

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This musical is onstage at the Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, through Sept.18. This feel-good country/pop musical is inspired by the 1997 documentary of the same name, directed by Jason Bartosic and choreographed by Greg Thompson. Tickets: $30 adults and $15 ages 18 and younger. For purchase and additional details, visit www.ocalacivictheatre.com or call 352-236-2274.
“Meet the Dancers” opens the first event of the ballet’s season on Sept. 16 at the NOMA Black Box in the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. Enjoy a family friendly evening of performances, food and a photo op with the dancers. Show begins at 6 p.m.; tickets $50. Tables available upon reservation. For more information, visit www.reillyartscenter.com or call 352-351-1606.
Because of injury, the legendary Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s performance at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, has been moved to 4 p.m. Feb. 5. All tickets have now been transferred to the new rescheduled date; if you are unable to attend and would prefer a refund, email info@reillyartscenter or call 352-351-1606 Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More at www.reillyartscenter.com.
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Join David Fritz conducts the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band at Marion Technical Institute, 1614 SE Fort King St., Ocala, as it presents “Who’s Your Hero” at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 3 p.m. Sept. 18. Free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, call 352-390-0491 or visit www.kingdomofthesunband.org
Elaine Wellhoner McCreary, local author and historian at The Centennial of the East Marion School, delivers a lecture at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the museum, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala, in Green Clover Hall. $5 admission fee for nonmembers. For more information, call 352-236-5245.
The Will McLean Foundation presents musician and songwriter Rod MacDonald at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon. Donations of $14 per person are gratefully accepted. More at www.willmclean.com.
Fans of the Pulitzer-winning and groundbreaking Broadway musical “Hamilton” may be interested in Robert Watson’s presentation, “Alexander Hamilton: Man, Myth, Musical,” at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19. This lecture 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 lecture 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.
Grab a cafe table seat at the new NOMA Black Box at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. for a rousing evening of piano detente, cocktails, and fun with friends. Guests will be seated at tables of 4 or 6. Shows begin at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $27 per person. More at www.reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.
In celebration of HIspanic Heritage Month, the College of Central Florida hosts a Hispanic Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free kid-friendly art activities, music and giveaways, community resources and vendors, food trucks. Museum admission will be free in connection with the Museum’s Free First Saturday program. Discounted memberships for festival attendees. More at visit www.cf.edu.
The Marion Cultural Alliance’s 15th annual Applaud the Arts presents “A Whimsical Wonderland” at NOMA Black Box in the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Enjoy an evening of tapas, cocktails, interactive art experiences and music while celebrating the MCA’s Cultural Grant and Arts Awards recipients. Cocktail attire requested; wonderland costumes and whimsical accessories encouraged. Tickets starting from $35; VIP tickets available at $85. More at 352-369-1500 or www.mcaocala.org.
Ocala Recreation and Parks Department presents the first “Legends of the Fort” from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9. Take a step back into history to meet the legend of Fort King’s past and enjoy a guided lantern tour. Old-fashioned games of horseshoes, checkers, cornhole and live music will round out the evening, and refreshments will also be available for purchase. Tours start every 10 minutes at Fort King National Historic Landmark, 3925 E. Fort King St., Ocala. More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517 and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
The 2022 Extreme Pressure Biennial of American Prints is an inaugural competitive national exhibition organized by the Webber Gallery of the College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. It will be up through Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Open to all forms of traditional printmaking, this exhibition presents a celebration and examination of contemporary printmaking by artists from across the United States. Admission is free. Call 352-854-2322, ext. 1664 for more information.
This art exhibit from Julijana Prest is up through Sept. 30 at Ocala City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. It is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Prest, a Florida-based visual artist, has shown her work in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. For more information: 352-629-8447, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
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, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
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, artinfo@ocalafl.org or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
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
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. More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517, and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.
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. 


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