Week Ahead Jan. 16- 22: Comedy, music, MLK march, dino egg exhibit, standup comedy on tap

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HAPPENING NOW

"A Healthy Dose of Comic Relief": 1 p.m. today, Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Tickets: $15 at the door. (373-1030, unitygainesville.org) Guest speaker Greg Tamblyn (No Credentials Whatsoever) weaves together a sacred lesson experience with funny, award-wining songs, stories, a meditation and powerful group meditation music. There will be plenty of music and laughter, and a profound experience of the sacred.

King Annual Celebration Commemorative March: Noon Monday, MLK Memorial Gardens, 200 E. University Ave., to Citizens Field, 1100 NE 14th St. (376-2442) Everyone is invited to march and remember Dr. King and others who risked to march for justice. Marchers will carry signs and sing freedom songs.

National Holiday Gospel Program: 2 p.m. Monday, Citizens Field, 1100 NE 14th St. Free. Featuring national recording artist Helen Miller, who will perform her chart-topping song "I Won't Let You Fall."

Tiny Titans: Extended to Feb. 20, Florida Museum of Natural History, Hull Road. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/tiny-titans, 846-2000) Features more than 150 dinosaur eggs, real dinosaur bones, reconstructed nests, hands-on exploration stations and animated video presentations. There is a “petting zoo” featuring five different species of baby dinosaurs and their onlooking parents. Creative dinosaur costumes are available so visitors can dress up and channel their own inner reptile while they explore the exhibit.

Boys and Girls Night Out!: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dayspring Missionary Baptist Church, 1945 NE Eighth Ave. Teens invited to participate in a panel conversation about teen gun violence in Gainesville and Alachua County.

Empowerment Revival Finale: 7 p.m. Friday, Dayspring Missionary Baptist Church, 1945 NE Eighth Ave. Featuring choirs, praise dances and mime teams.

Dunce Cat Comedy's January Standup Showcase: 9 p.m. Wednesday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets, $8 Ain advance, $10 at the door. (highdivegville.veeps.com) Live comedy.

Ward Davis and Josh Meloy: 8 p.m. Thursday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $20 in advance, $23 at door. (highdivegville.veeps.com) Musical performance.

POP Punk & EMO Nigh with DJRoXX Xxavage: 9 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at door. (highdivegville.veeps.com) Music and dancing.

Sunday Assembly: Online 11 a.m. today, Zoom. (sagainesville.weebly.com, SundayAssembly32601@gmail.com) Guest speaker Heaven Campbell, Florida program director of Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit that helps educate people about solar energy. She will speak about solar energy 101 and how to advocate for solar sights followed by a discussion and music by SA musicians with sing-along opportunities.

Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council Cookie Season Kick-off: Now through traditional booths and online via the Digital Cookie online platform. (bit.ly/GSGCfindcookies, 904-387-2570)

GFAA Gallery: Smaller original artworks for sale in the gift shop. Gallery Hours: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1314 S. Main St.

Gainesville Modern Quilters: Now through Jan. 30, Hotel Indigo, Celebration Pointe, 4949 Celebration Pointe Ave. More than 20 quilts created by the members of the guild will be on display. Attendees will have the option to purchase some of the quilts. Gainesville Modern Quilters is the local chapter of the international Modern Quilt Guild. The group meets monthly to learn new skills, plan projects and events.

UPCOMING

Music at Holy Trinity: 4 p.m. Jan. 23, Holy Trinity Church, 100 NE First St. Free. (holytrinitygnv.org) Concert featuring the Ben Rosenblum Trio, New York City jazz artist on tour.

Dance Alive National Ballet: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. (392-2787) This production is a blank slate, the performance is filled with each dancer’s unique sparkle, and painted with choreographer Ani Collier’s artistic brush. Just as each dancer’s body is unique, so is every creator’s point of view. The story, the images, is yet to be revealed. For the true dance lover, your opportunity to see dance and dancers up close! Family friendly. Talk back following the production.

"Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest": 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 28-Feb. 20, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. (carolyne@acrosstown.org, 275-7790) Directed by Andrea Young.

ONGOING

"Florida Impressions" exhibition: Harm Museum or Art, 3259 Hull Road. (harn.ufl.edu/linkedfiles/pressrelease-floridaimpressions.pdf) Permanent exhibition includes more than 50 paintings depicting the state's environment, people and history, and celebrates the transformative gift of 1,200 works of art from Sam and Robbie Vickers; includes works by Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Moran and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

“Our Changing Climate: Past and Present”: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Free. (floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/our-changing-climate) Exhibit uses large-format graphs showing major historic events to present the story of Earth’s changing climate over geologic time. It also highlights how Earth’s climate fluctuates and what global trends are affecting life today. Through a timeline, visitors can visualize and compare where dinosaurs, megalodon sharks, humans, ancient civilizations and more fit into Earth’s climate history. The exhibit has been relaunched to mark the release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, which addresses the most up-to-date climate change science, potential risks and options for the planet’s future.

"Plural Domains": Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road. Selected works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection. The exhibition aims to advance cultural understanding and educational dialogue among Latin American artists and global audiences. On view through April 24.

"Shadow to Substance": Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road. The exhibition creates a chronological arc from the past to the present into the future using historical photographs from the Harn and Smathers Library collections and through the lens of Black photographers working today. On view through February.

Good News Arts: 23352 W. U.S. 27, Suite 80, High Springs. Venue collaborates with local, regional and national artists to provide creative education opportunities, exhibitions and cultural programming to the community. Good News Arts serves as a community center, free and accessible to all.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. or dusk today, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Drive. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-13, free for children 4 and younger accompanied by parents. (kanapaha.org) Dogs on a leash and up to date on vaccines with no history of aggression are allowed in the park.

Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention: Noon-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. (info@cademuseum.org) Schedule a group tour Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Matheson History Museum: 513 E. University Ave. (378-2280, mathesonmuseum.org) “When Johnny Came Marching Home," outdoor exhibition located on the west side of the main Matheson building behind the set of flags along Sweetwater Branch. This sculpture was designed by Ken Mc Gurn and fabricated by Matthew Pollard. The exhibit honors all of those who served. Current exhibits in person and online include “Trailblazers: 150 Years of Alachua County Women,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Week Ahead: Jan. 16-22, 2022