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What’s Happening: Gainesville’s entertainment forecast for Jan. 14-23, 2022

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JAN. 19 THROUGH FEB. 6

“AS YOU LIKE IT”: William Shakespeare does it again with his age-old classic “As You Like It,” which is the newest offering from the Hippodrome Theatre. Director Charlie Mitchell brings this romantic comedy about the twists and turns of fate into modern times, reflecting the timelessness of love. The theater says this story will be sure to put you on the edge of your seat as you watch Rosalind and Orlando fall for one another in the most comedic and outlandish of ways. Banished from court, Rosalind takes it upon herself to be the ruler of her own fate and to convince Orlando to fall in love with her. Concealing her true identity to pass as a local shepherd, Rosalind flees to the forest only to find Orlando in hiding as well, wary of his brother’s plan to murder him. Still in disguise, she persuades Orlando to woo her as if she was his intended. Full of court politics, cross dressing and a group wedding, this quirky tale will make you swoon and laugh all in the same breath. Will Rosalind get her happily ever after? The will-they won’t-they tale promises to be a warmhearted adventure filled with laughter, love, and the pursuit of happiness against all odds. Catch this co-production with University of Florida, School of Theatre & Dance with previews at 7 p.m. Jan. 19-20 then 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 21 and running through Feb. 6 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets are $18 to $28 for the previews and $15 to $42 afterward. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit thehipp.org.

ONGOING THROUGH JAN. 31

READING CHALLENGE: The Winter Reading Challenge has returned with a new goal for the community — to read 600,000 minutes through Jan. 31. Registration is still open for the 2022 Winter Reading Challenge: Read for a Better World for chances to win prizes and help the library district compete against libraries across the country. Participants can sign up for the challenge at aclib.beanstack.org or using the Beanstack app. Log your time spent reading and activities completed in Beanstack to earn badges. Each badge earned is another entry in the prize drawing, and each minute logged helps the library district advance in the competition. All participants will have unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed eBooks for the duration of the challenge through the “Read for a Better World” activity badge. During the challenge, hundreds of libraries across the nation encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes or books and encourage readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy and action through literature. Top-performing libraries will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books and virtual author visits. In February, the library district was one of six public libraries nationwide to win the Winter Reading Challenge and received a virtual author visit and collection of books. For more information, visit aclib.us/winter. 

ONGOING THROUGH FEB. 20

BABY DINOS!: Florida Museum of Natural History visitors can step back in time to the age of dinosaurs in the new “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies” exhibit, extended through Feb. 20. “Tiny Titans” uses authentic specimens, lifelike models and realistic artwork to transform the area into a “Jurassic Park” day care and showcase the rarely seen world of dinosaur parenting. This interactive exhibition features more than 150 eggs as well as real dinosaur bones, reconstructed nests, hands-on exploration stations and animated video presentations. A “petting zoo” displays five species of juvenile dinosaurs, and creative costumes allow visitors to dress up and take pictures with a reconstructed nest. Stunning photographs and illustrations by renowned paleoartists Luis Rey and Mark Hallett bring this era to life while revealing the diversity and scale of the dinosaurs. Authentic models of embryos and hatchlings expose a rarely seen side to these ancient creatures. The exhibit has information on a variety of dinosaur groups spanning their nearly 200 million-year history, from ceratops and sauropods to ornithopods and theropods, as well as their parenting and nesting behavior. Also on display is the full story of “Baby Louie,” the first articulated theropod hatchling ever found, complete with a lifelike representation. Admission to “Tiny Titans” is $8 for adults; $7 for Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $5.50 for ages 3 to 17; and free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. Complete admission pricing is available online at floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/plan. The museum is located at 

ONGOING THROUGH MAY 25

BIRD WALKS: Discover the rich diversity of birds at one of north central Florida’s premier birding hotspots during a two- to three-hour guided walking tour at Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Road. Walks are free with the park admission fee of $5 per vehicle and are offered every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. through May 25. Expect a wide variety of birds, from wetland species like purple gallinule and limpkin to forest and grassland birds in the cypress domes and open prairie within the park’s diverse habitats. Rare birds are often recorded at this location, especially during the fall, winter and spring months. Fall bird migration will be in full swing in September and October, bringing unusual visitors through the area. Birders of all levels are welcome. Participants will meet at the entrance pavilion/restroom area next to the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Bird walks are led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society with assistance from Sweetwater Wetlands Park rangers. Coordinators suggest that participants bring hats, water, sunscreen, binoculars and walking shoes. For more information, visit alachuaaudubon.org.


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