Live theater, music and other entertainment in Ocala, Florida

The Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series

The Marion Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the City of Ocala, presents free, family-friendly outdoor concerts to the public Friday through July 1 from 7-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, 1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala. The series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, that funds and empowers communities to breathe new life into underused spaces. The performer on May 13 is expected to be The Byrne Brothers (Celtic.) For more information and concert schedule details, visit or call 352-629-8447.

‘The beauty and the Beast’

This Disney musical is on stage until June 5 at the Ocala Civic Theater. “Based on the beloved 1991 Disney film, this ‘tale as old as time’ comes to life in a spectacular stage version of the classic fairy tale. All the songs from the film are here, plus half a dozen new hits written for the musical stage,” OCT said in a press release. More at (352) 236-2274 and

Bakery during the day, dessert bar in the evening:Soleil Bakery & Social House opens in downtown Ocala

Where the locals eat:In Anthony, Papy’s is the place to have lunch and lunch

An oldie but a goodie:Ocala’s Barry Michaels has been on the air for 50 years and it counts

An evening of solos and choral music

The CF Wind Symphony performs at the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. More than 40 musicians, including students, alumni and community members, will perform a program of selections musicals, conducted by John Ash. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1419, or visit the events calendar at

Feel the whole concert series

The Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE Ninth St., Ocala, presents the Feel Whole Concert Series featuring Artrageous on May 14, uplifting body, mind, and spirit. Sponsored by AdventHealth Ocala, this event is family friendly for all ages and promotes the impact of music and art on health and sparks the imagination. This troupe of 12 artists, singers, dancers and musicians offers an energetic performance in interaction with movement and color. A portion of the tickets will be donated to health professionals and local associations.

Marion Civic Choir

The Marion Civic Chorale announces its spring concert series with “The Journey Home”, featuring the poetry of acclaimed American poet and Pulitzer winner Sara Teasdale. The show will take place at 3 p.m. on May 15 at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, 5646 SE 28th St., Ocala. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted to help fund the Grat L. Rosazza Music Fellowship. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Marion County Museum of History and Archeology

Presentation featuring MarthaLynne Allen discussing the ties between her grandfather Ross Allen and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at Green Clover Hall, 319 SE 26th Terrace, Ocala, May 15 at 2 p.m. The reception follows the program. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, call 352-263-5245.

Brian Smalley

Sunday Sample Series: Brian Smalley

The Will McLean Foundation’s Sunday Sampler Concert Series features folk singer Brian Smalley at 2 p.m. May 15 at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St., Dunnellon. $15 donation (cash preferred) at the door.

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The “Landmarks” exhibition, featuring works by members of Marion’s Cultural Alliance, is on view through May 28 at The Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Free entry. There are over 60 original works of art, including sculpture, photography, mixed media, oils, acrylics and pastels.

Photographs by Steven Benson

The Appleton Art Museum, 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. Her 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. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

‘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 production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This exhibit runs at the Appleton through winter 2022. The museum is located at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. For more details and admission fees, visit

“Horsemanship” by Walter Israel

The work of this German-American artist and Ocala resident has been exhibited in art galleries and publications around the world, and he is the recipient of the Western Art Rodeo Association’s “World Finals Dry Medium” competition. Horseback riding is on display through May 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation and Parks Administration Building, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-629-8447 or visit

“Encounter” by Tom Hundersmarck

A Gainesville-based abstract and landscape painter, Hundersmarck began painting as a child and worked extensively as a psychologist with veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public through July 19 at Ocala International Airport, 1770 SW 60th Ave., Suite 600, Ocala. For more information, contact the City of Ocala’s Division of Arts and Cultural Sciences at 352-629-8447 or visit

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