Weekend entertainment in Ocala, Florida includes movies and live music

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piano duel

Take a seat at the new NOMA Black Box table at the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala. for a lively evening of piano relaxation, cocktails and fun with friends. Guests will be seated at tables of four or six. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on September 23. Tickets are $27 per person. More at www.reillyartscenter.com or 352-351-1606.

Riley Harrison Clark Concert

Marion County Church of Christ, 6768 SW 80th St., Ocala, welcomes Riley Harrison Clark to the concert stage at 6:30 p.m. on September 23. This concert is free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted. More at www.ccomc.org or 352-861-6182.

Ocala Main Street Night Cruise

In preparation for the NPD Classic Car Show and Beerfest, Ocala Main Street invites the community to come downtown at 7 p.m. on September 23 and show off your classic rides! Everyone is encouraged to visit the Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, and enjoy the legendary film “American Graffiti” to kick off the weekend’s event. Free and open to the public, but you must reserve your place. Registration pick-up will be in the lobby from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; tickets for the September Auto Show will be available for purchase. More information at www.mariontheatre.org or at the Reilly box office, 352-351-1606.

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Brunch & Movie – ‘Frida’

Join the Marion Cultural Alliance and NOMA Gallery on September 25 at 2 p.m. for a Mexican-inspired brunch, photo op, and screening of Oscar-winning “Frida” with Salma Hayek. Organized by the Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $30 for brunch and the movie and $5 for the movie screening only. More information at www.mariontheatre.org.

Coming soon

Hispanic Heritage Festival

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the College of Central Florida is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1 at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Free art activities for children, music and giveaways, community resources and vendors, food trucks. Admission to the Museum will be free as part of the Museum’s Free First Saturday program. Subscriptions at reduced prices for festival-goers. More information at www.cf.edu.

Sensory Saturdays at the Marion Theater

The films included in this series are screened below with adequate lighting and at a safe volume for all sense-sensitive guests, who are encouraged to feel comfortable standing, walking around, dancing, singing and take the necessary breaks during the film. These films are scheduled throughout the year on certain dates, which can be supplemented or modified. The Oct. 1 screening of the groundbreaking “Encanto,” featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Theater, 50 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door, online at www.mariontheatre.org or by calling Reilly’s box office at 352-351-1606. Snacks, drinks and full bar available.

“Next text”

This exhibition, showcasing visual arts featuring words, will be held at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery from October 3-27. “The collection of works by multicultural artists from across the country will present an intriguing presentation of storytelling through the use of text in the visual arts. The exhibit was curated by CF Art Instructor Tyrus Clutter and Sheila Goloborotko, associate professor of printmaking at the University of North Florida,” CF said in a press release. The community is invited to an opening reception on October 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the CF Ocala campus, 3001 SW College Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Free entry. More at 352-854-2322, ext. 1664.

A whimsical wonderland

Marion Cultural Alliance’s 15th Annual Applaud the Arts presents “A Whimsical Wonderland” at the NOMA Black Box in the Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, at 7 p.m. on October 8. Enjoy an evening of tapas, cocktails and interactive art experiments and music while celebrating the recipients of MCA cultural and artistic grants. Cocktail attire requested; Wonderland costumes and whimsical props encouraged. Tickets starting at $35; VIP tickets available at $85. More information at 352-369-1500 or www.mcaocala.org.

Blow Up II – Inflatable Contemporary Art

Larger-than-life inflatable art will transform the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and Museum Lobby from October 8 through December 11 at the Appleton Museum, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This exhibition explores the imaginative and often whimsical ways in which artists use air as a tool to create large-scale sculpture, with the work of eight renowned artists of the medium. . Special events will be announced throughout the duration of this exhibition. More at www.appletonmuseum.org or 352-291-4455.

Legends of the Fort

The Ocala Recreation and Parks Department presents the first “Legends of the Fort” from 4-8 p.m. October 8-9. Take a step back in history to encounter the legend of Fort King’s past and enjoy a guided lantern tour. Old-fashioned games of horseshoes, checkers, cornhole and live music will complete the evening, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tours depart every 10 minutes at Fort King National Historic Site, 3925 E. Fort King St., Ocala. More at www.ocalafl.org/recpark, 352-368-5517 and @OcalaRecPark on Facebook.

In progress:

“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 at www.jenniferweigelart.com, 352-629-8447, [email protected] or www.ocalafl.org/artincityspaces

“Moments of transition in the landscape of nature”

This art exhibit by Julijana Perst runs through September 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 through Friday. Perst, a Florida-based visual artist, has shown her work in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. More information at 352-629-8447, [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 at www.christinedozier.com, 352-629-8447, [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 at www.gregorydirr.com, 352-629-8447, [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 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 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 information 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 information at www.appletonmuseum.org.

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