Grab a cafe desk seat at the new NOMA Black Box on the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. for a rousing night of piano detente, cocktails and enjoyable with associates. Guests shall be seated at tables of 4 or six. Shows begin at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $27 per particular person. More at www.reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.
Riley Harrison Clark Concert
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes Riley Harrison Clark to the concert stage at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23. This live performance is free and open to the public, however donations are gratefully accepted. More at www.ccomc.org or 352-861-6182.
Ocala Main Street Cruise Night
In preparation for the NPD Classic Car Show and Beerfest, Ocala Main Street welcomes the neighborhood to cruise into downtown at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and exhibit your classic rides! Everyone is encouraged to go to the Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, and enjoy the legendary film “American Graffiti” as a kickoff to the weekend’s event. Free and open to the public, however you must reserve your spot. Registration pickup will be contained in the lobby from 6-9 p.m.; tickets for the September Car Show might be obtainable for buy. More at www.mariontheatre.org or the Reilly field office, 352-351-1606.
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Brunch & Film – ‘Frida’
Join the Marion Cultural Alliance and NOMA Gallery Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. for a Mexican-inspired brunch, photo opportunity and screening of the Academy Award-winning “Frida” starring Salma Hayek. Hosted by the Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $30 for brunch and movie and $5 for film screening only. More at www.mariontheatre.org.
Hispanic Heritage Festival
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 on the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free kid-friendly artwork activities, music and giveaways, group resources and distributors, food vans. Museum admission might be free in reference to the Museum’s Free First Saturday program. Discounted memberships for festival attendees. More at go to www.cf.edu.
Sensory-Friendly Saturdays at the Marion Theatre
Films included in this series are shown downstairs with enough lighting and at a safe quantity for all sensory-sensitive guests, who are encouraged to feel snug standing up, strolling round, dancing, singing, and taking any essential breaks during the movie. These movies are scheduled all year long at certain dates, which may be added to or changed. The Oct. 1 screening of the groundbreaking ‘Encanto,” featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, begins at 12:30 p.m. on the Marion Theatre, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $5 per particular person may be purchased at the door, on-line at www.mariontheatre.org or by calling the Reilly Box Office at 352-351-1606. Snacks, beverages and full bar out there.
This exhibition, featuring visual artwork that features phrases, shall be up on the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery Oct. 3-27. “The collection of work by multicultural artists from across the country will showcase an intriguing display of storytelling through the use of text in the visible arts. The exhibition was curated by CF Professor of Art Tyrus Clutter and Sheila Goloborotko, an associate professor of printmaking at University of North Florida,” CF mentioned in a news release. The group is invited to an opening reception on Oct. 6, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The gallery is positioned at the CF Ocala campus, 3001 SW College Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Admission is free. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.
A Whimsical Wonderland
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 a night of tapas, cocktails, interactive artwork experiences and music whereas celebrating the MCA’s Cultural Grant and Arts Awards recipients. Cocktail attire requested; wonderland costumes and eccentric accessories encouraged. Tickets ranging from $35; VIP tickets available at $85. More at 352-369-1500 or www.mcaocala.org.
Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art
Larger-than-life inflatable art will rework the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and museum foyer from Oct. 8 to Dec. 11 on the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and Sundays from midday to 5 p.m. This exhibition explores the imaginative and sometimes whimsical methods artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture, with work from eight renowned artists of the medium. Special occasions will be announced throughout the lifetime of this exhibit. More at www.appletonmuseum.org or 352-291-4455.
Legends of the Fort
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 historical past to satisfy the legend of Fort King’s previous and revel in a guided lantern tour. Old-fashioned games of horseshoes, checkers, cornhole and reside music will spherical out the evening, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tours begin 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.
‘Looking on the Brighter Side’
This exhibit from Jennifer Weigel is up via Jan. 9 at the Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration constructing, 828 NE Eighth Ave., and Eighth Avenue Adult Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday via Friday. Free and open to the public. A metropolis information release describes Weigel as “a multi-disciplinary mixed-media, conceptual artist” whose work “makes use of a variety of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, set up, jewelry, paint, efficiency, photography, video and writing.” More at www.jenniferweigelart.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
‘Transitional Moments in Nature’s Landscape’
This artwork exhibit from Julijana Prest is up via 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 visible artist, has shown her work in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. More at 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces.
This art exhibit from Christine Dozier is up by way of Jan. 17 on the Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600. Free and open to the basic public. Dozier, an Ocala resident and Memphis native, works in oils and acrylics. More at www.christinedozier.com, 352-629- 8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
‘A Floral Retrospective’
This exhibit of Gregory Dirr’s work is up through Dec. 9 on 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 information launch as “an interdisciplinary visual artist, creating work as a cathartic response to his environment with a concentrate on environmental conservation.” The clerk’s office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday via Friday. More at www.gregorydirr.com, 352-629- 8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces
‘Squares Without Stitches’
This exhibit is up at the Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave., Ocala, through Jan. 12. Hours are Monday by way of Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the basic public. More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517 and @OcalaRecPark 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 exhibit via 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 quite a few collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. More at 352-291-4455 or www.AppletonMuseum.org.
This exhibit features costumes, set photos, interactive experiences and sketches, along with a plethora of materials and video of the costume design course of. These objects, from the Appleton Museum’s everlasting collection, inspired the artwork and design for the Ocala Civic Theatre’s current production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs via the winter of 2022. The museum is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. More at www.appletonmuseum.org.