5:30 pm: A Hard Day's Night – Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times. Opening in September 1964, this film was a problematic entry in a disreputable form: the rock 'n' roll musical. The Beatles were already a publicity phenomenon (70 million viewers watched them on "The Ed Sullivan Show"), but they were not yet cultural icons. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
7:30: Dance Party, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Drive. Free family friendly dance party with DJ Billy Beats. He gets everybody moving to the beat. Bring your friends and make new ones too. There's something for everyone to dance to.
8:00 pm: Savants of Soul, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza. This nine-piece Motown soul band built on a foundation of blues, soul, jazz, rock 'n' roll, punk, and ska has shared the stage with acts such as Charles Bradley, The Original Wailers, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and Selwyn Birchwood. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:30 & 10:00: The LEGO Batman movie, Tioga Movie Night, Town of Tioga, 105 SW 128th St. In this Animated Action and Adventure film, Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, but Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and, maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Kika Silva Pla Shows (suitable grade levels)
> Fri 7:00 pm – Florida Skies: Summer
9:00 pm Music 360: Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here
> Sat 3:00 pm Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
5:00 pm Eclipse
6:00 pm Eclipse
7:00 pm Music 360: Holst's The Planets
9:00 pm Music 360: Sounds of the Underground
9:00: Selwyn Birchwood Band, North Florida Blues Society, High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Influenced by Buddy Guy and mentored by Sonny Rhodes, Birchwood's high-octane blues, deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute, are played with passion and honest emotion. You will clearly see and hear why he's one of the young guns making a big splash in the blues, a genre often associated with older performers.
9:00: Gainesville Street Rods Meet, Springhill Commons, 9200 NW 39th Ave. Monthly event features cars, trucks, and motorcycles along with 50s and 60s music and DJ. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
1-4 pm: 'There goes the sun', Ask a Scientist, Florida Museum, 3215 Hull Road. Prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse! Bring any burning questions you may have to be answered by the illuminating and illustrous James Albury, co-host of the PBS "Star Gazers" program and director of Santa Fe's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium
2:00: Summer Wedding Expo, Santa Fe River Ranch, North of Gainesville. Wedding vendors, prize giveaways, show specials, discounts, reception table designs, local food trucks, and cake tasting. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.