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  • Writer's pictureSusannah Peddie

Things to do in Gainesville: Weekend of March 15-17

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Bulla Cubana will be going on throughout the month of March, with a variety of exhibitions, performances and events.  Tonight at the Thomas Center artist Eduardo Sarmiento will be speaking at 7:30 PM, followed by Cuban dancing and live music by Elio Piedro and his band.  Admission is free and there will be light snacks and drinks for sale. More information is available at

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention has a special exhibit on  “Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor”. Through videos, photographs and objects, the exhibit highlights the innovations and inventions of necessity of the Cuban people.

The Junior League of Gainesville is holding its annual Tour of Kitchen on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It is a self-guided tour of residential kitchens and outdoor entertainment areas, with tasting from local restaurants at each stop.  Proceeds from the event support Junior League programs and Food4Kids Backpack Program.  Maps and ticket information are available

“Can You Dig It?” is an interactive event at the Florida Museum of Natural History on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The activities and demonstrations will provide visitors with a better understanding of the earth’s foundations and the role its materials play in our lives. The Butterfly Plant Sale continues at the Museum on Fridays and Saturdays. Fifteen plants will be featured each week to attract butterflies to your garden and volunteers will be available to help you learn about those that work best in your landscape. The Florida Museum is also showcasing images of nature photographer John Moran, showing the effects of algae blooms on Florida waters and beaches  In addition, you can step back into deep time when you enter the Museum’s special exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs”. 

At the Harn Museum of Art you can view a new exhibit called “Art of Inquiry: Juried Exhibition”.  It features the work of 52 well-know and emerging artists with ties to Gainesville and will be on display until the beginning of July.  Another new exhibit at the Harn, “Sparking Creativity”, showcases the works of the Museum’s Docents.   I have four large scale photographs in the exhibit and hope that you will come by to see them, as well as the creations of a number of very talented Docents.

The Santa Fe Galleries current exhibit is “SciArt Showcase”, featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics, film and photography from events hosted during the past year.  Museum hours are Monday -  Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

The current production at the Hippodrome Theater, a comedy by Tom Dudzick, continues through March 24th, with evening performances and a Sunday matinee.  “A Miracle on South Division Street” takes the audience on “a roller coaster of emotions” while they watch the interactions of a Buffalo family dealing with change, as the truth of their family history is revealed.

The Jewish Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Congregation B’nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd. The festival will offer for purchase authentic Jewish deli foods and have a host of festivities to celebrate Purim, including a bounce house, face painting, carnival games, live music and a costume contest.

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