This Week’s Calendar

May 21-27: Our suggestions for entertainment, nightlife and other events this week in and around downtown Gainesville. (We will continue to update these listings throughout the week, so check back daily!)


Friday: Enjoy a self-guided tour of downtown area galleries and other art spaces on the last Friday of each month. Artwalk hours are 7-10 p.m. (unless noted). Some of the venues feature live music or performance art. Many offer some refreshments. For further info, visit the Artwalk Gainesville website. For a list of participating venues and activities in May, scroll to the bottom of This Week’s Calendar.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday: Gainesville Big Band. Directed by Marco Thomas, the Gainesville Big Band began as the Gainesville Community Jazz Band. Since 2007, the band has brought big-band jazz to Gainesville and the surrounding areas. They are an 18-piece jazz band that plays a wide range of big band styles, such as traditional swing, dance, Latin and contemporary jazz. Under the direction of Marco Thomas, along with the sultry vocal sounds of Pattie Glenn, the band delivers a rich full sound from Basie to Ellington, Gershwin to Miller, Porter to Mercer, Vegas to Broadway, favorite ‘60s television soundtracks and top 40 hits. At Bo Diddley Plaza, 8-10 p.m. Free. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for viewing in front of stage. The 25-week Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.



The Effect: Psychology student Connie Hall (Kate Osbron) and class clown Tristan Frey (Justin Clement) sign up to participate in a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant. They become amorous fairly quickly but can’t be sure if it’s love or just their elevated dopamine levels. The trial’s organizers, psychiatrist Dr. Lorna James (Mandy Fugate) and drug developer Dr. Toby Sealey (Jorge DeJesus), have trouble keeping the drug-crossed lovers compliant. Written by Lucy Prebble and directed by Bradley T. Hicks. Performances Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. (through June 3). Tickets $20 ($15 for students and seniors). For a preview of the play, see our article: “The Effect” is a Potent Dose of Good Theater.


The Hippodrome Theater is currently in rehearsals for its summer musical, The Bikinis, opening June 1.


The Acrosstown Repertory Theater is currently in rehearsals for its next production, This is War, opening May 30.

Music/Entertainment Venues

THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Monday: B.S. Trivia & Karaoke with DJ YurgieBear. Team sign-in starts at 8:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 9 p.m., followed by karaoke until 1 a.m.
Friday: Rot in Coffins and Cyclopean Blood Temple (EP releases) along with Wage Slave and Twine. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Criaturas (Texas), Eskizo (Georgia), Antifaces (Miami) and BiteMarks. Doors open at 9 p.m. $8 cover.

Monday: Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Tuesday: Backyard Trivia, 8 p.m.
Thursday: Backyard Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights Dance Party with DJ Malibu Darby. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Summer Blowout Indie Dance Party with DJ Cam, 10 p.m. $3 cover.

No events announced this week.

BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (111 E. University Ave.)
Monday: Yoga with Kate Motto, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Tuesday: Yoga with Andrea, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. with live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage featuring Brad Heron at 5:15 and The INspiration at 6:15.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie Morone, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: Gainesville Big Band, 8-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with Instructor Samurai from Capoeira Academy of Gainesville, 11:30 a.m.

BOXCAR WINE & BEER GARDEN in Depot Park (201 SE Depot Ave.)
 Casual Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Friday: ROFL House: Stand Up Comedy Night hosted by Nestor Garcia and featuring Barry Yuille, Jennifer Vito, Stephen Mitchell, Chris Wims, Gregory Allison, Harry Snover, Adam Brown, Giles Chickering, Spencer Acree and Joe Chlapowski, 8 p.m

THE BULL (18 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: The Last Mandisa Mondays Open Mic, 8:30 p.m.
Jazzology, 10 p.m.
Friday: Artwalk, 7-10 p.m.

Monday: Film Night: I Am: A 2010 documentary by Tom Shadyac, director of Bruce Almighty and Nutty Professor, on his endeavor of getting answers to life’s most hard-hitting questions: What’s wrong with the world and what can we do about it? He interviews Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Elisabet Sahtouris, Howard Zinn and many other inspirational thinkers. Screening starts at 7 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Wednesday: Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women free educational workshop and night of action to advocate for women in prison , 6:30-8 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Thursday: Weekly Poetry Jam: All styles of poetry, spoken word, acoustic music and a cappella singing, performance art and more, 8 p.m. $3-$5 suggested donation.
Friday: Artwalk: “Weird Latin Night,” 7-10 p.m.
Saturday: Weekly Community Meditation, 9 a.m. Free.
Saturday: Connect the Dots IWOC Benefit featuring The Co-Pilots, Sports Reference, Articles and Some Dogs (Virginia). Doors open at 8 p.m. $5-$20 suggested donation.

Wednesday: Hump Day Happy Hour Free Yoga, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brick Room, noon.
Saturday: Live Music: Middleground featuring Barbara Paul Armbrecht and Mark Ambrecht, 6-9 p.m.

DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street)
Thursday: Make Music in the Park Live Pop-up, 5-7 p.m. (musicians play non-amplified music in various locations throughout Depot Park leading up to Gainesville’s Make Music Day on June 21).
Saturday: Kids Create! (in the Depot Event Space) presented by The Wooly. Ages 3-5: 9-10 a.m. Ages 6-10: 10:30-11:30 a.m. $5 fee goes toward materials.

Thursday: Rosé All Day Wine Tasting, 6:15 p.m. $15 per person.

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Trivia Night, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Hump Day Karaoke, 10 p.m.

EIGHT SECONDS SALOON (201 W. University Ave.)
No special events announced this week.

Monday: Jazz and Tapas, 7 p.m.
Brenda Bayne Trio (jazz), 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Artwalk, 6-9 p.m. Music by Tabajara Belo.
Saturday: History Bike Gainesville: Memorial Day Cemetery Tour, 3-4 p.m. The only stop will be the Evergreen Cemetery. $5 suggested donation. (Check in by 2:30 p.m.)
Saturday: Brewery Tour, 4 p.m.
Saturday: Dusty’s Ragtime & Novelties cabaret along with aerialists and acrobats from Gainesville Circus Center, 8 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance (, $12 at the door.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with Jenna, 1 p.m.

FLORIDA THEATER (233 W. University Ave.)
Closed for renovations.

HARDBACK CAFE (211 W. University Ave.)
Wednesday: The Reverend Angeldust’s Tabernacle of Hedonism with host Tom Miller, 9 p.m. No cover.
Friday: Sally B’s “Noobie” Revue New Performer Showcase burlesque show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $10.

HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
Friday: Jody Beggs CD Release Party. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $12 in advance (heartwoodsoundstage

HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Wednesday: Buckethead (guitar master). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $22 in advance ($25 at the door.
Thursday: Big Sam’s Funky Nation (New Orleans) along with Savants of Soul. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $12 in advance ($14 at the door.
Friday: Arts Market Family free art show, 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday: Comedian Eric Schwartz along with Lunchbox and Barry Yuille, Jr. Doors open at 10 p.m., show starts at 10:30. Tickets $10-$20 (
Saturday: The Frazier Nation Memorial Tribute show with Locochino, SYZYGY and The Funky Miracle. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. $5-$10 suggested donation at the door.

LEONARDO’S 706 (706 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Hot Club de Ville, 7 p.m.
Marty Liquori’s Jazztet, 7-10 p.m. No cover.

LOOSEY’S (120 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron, 9 p.m.
Sunday: Piss Test, Twin Strike (Brooklyn) and Cartridge Carnage, 9 p.m.

MADRINA’S (9 W. University Ave.)
No special events announced this week.

MAUDE’S SIDE CAR BAR (101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)
No special events announced this week.

THE MIDNIGHT (223 S. Main St.)
Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
 Tuesday Stand-Up Comedy Showcase. Sign up to perform by 8:30 p.m. (spots are limited). Comedy show starts at 9.

Wednesday: Comedy Boom! 8 p.m.
Nightly dueling piano show featuring Brad Heron, house drummer Dee Collins and guests.

Closed temporarily for renovations

No special events announced this week.

THOMAS CENTER (302 NE 6th Ave.)
No special events announced this week.

Magick The Gathering 2: Art Exhibition & DJ Showcase. A family-friendly celebration of all things enchanted and magical. Free before 9 p.m., $8 cover after 9.

THE WAREHOUSE (502 S. Main St.)
No special events announced this week.

THE WOOLY (20 N. Main St.)
No special events announced this week.


THE HIPPODROME (25 SE 2nd Place)

RBG: An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. Showtimes Tuesday 6 p.m., Wednesday 8:15 p.m., Friday 6 p.m., Saturday noon, Sunday 4 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m. $9 after 6 p.m.

Anything: Deeply depressed after his wife’s death, a man moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles to live with this sister. While there, he forms a complicated and enriching relationship with a transgender sex worker. Showtimes Tuesday 8 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. Tickets $9.

I, Tonya: In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding became the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world came crashing down when her ex-husband conspired to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forced the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she’s forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history. Rated R. Showtimes Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m.. Tickets $9.

1945: On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople— suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning — expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Showtimes Friday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m. $9 after 6 p.m.

Mame: (Cocktails and Classics): Legendary Lucille Ball heads an all-star cast in her final feature film appearance. This lush screen adaptation of the Broadway musical hit “Auntie Mame” continues the story of the eccentric Mame, who believes that “life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Co-starring Oscar-nominee Robert Preston (Victor/Victoria) and TV’s “Golden Girl” Beatrice Arthur. Showtime Saturday 7:30 p.m. (one night only). Reception begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets $20 (includes specialty cocktail).


MATHESON HISTORY MUSEUM (513 E. University Ave.)
The museum preserves and interprets the history of Alachua County and its environs. The museum complex includes the museum in the former American Legion Hall, the 1867 Matheson House, the Tison Tool Barn, Sweetwater Park and the Matheson Library & Archives (in the former Melting Pot building). The current exhibit in the Main Exhibit Hall, Liberating Learning?: The Story of Desegregation in Alachua County Schools, examines Alachua County Schools’ experience with desegregation in the early 1970s. In the adjacent Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall is the exhibit Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters, based on Rick Kilby’s award-winning book. The exhibitions and all related programs are free and open to the public. Hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Visitors to the museum, which opened May 19, have access to The Robot Zoo exhibit, The Sweat Solution exhibit explaining the history of Gatorade, and the Creativity and Fab Labs. Museum hours are Tuesday 1-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 students and $7.50 for ages 5-17.

“Into the Light: The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak” in the first-floor main gallery. Free. Hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. (through Aug. 18). For further info, read our feature article: Artist Rediscovered in ‘Into the Light’ Exhibit. Meanwhile, the second-floor Doris Bardon Gallery currently exhibits the works of Alyne Harris, a Gainesville-based folk artist. The exhibit, “The View From Paradise,” will have an opening reception Friday night during Artwalk.

GFAA GALLERY (1314 S. Main St.)
“”Photography & Digital Art” exhibit by GFAA members opens this week. There is an opening reception on Friday during Artwalk, 6-9 p.m. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

BLACK C ART GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 111)
“Antarctica,” showcasing photographs from gallery owner Ani Collier’s recent trip to the White Continent. Opening reception on Friday during Artwalk, 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours Tuesday through Friday noon-6 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m.

“Folk and Art-in-the-Style-of-Folk Art.” Gallery open during regular business hours and during evening events.

ARTISANS’ GUILD GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 113)
Featuring the works of local artists since 1970. Gallery hours Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m.

At the Library

HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY (401 E. University Ave.)

Monday: Third Monday Knit & Crochet, 1 p.m.; Movies & Crafts: Marvel Mondays, 4 p.m.; Hearthstone Fireside Gathering, 4:45 p.m.; Alachua County Genealogical Society General Meeting, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Healthcare Marketplace Navigator, 1-5 p.m.; Advanced English Conversation Class, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4 p.m.; Intro to Portraits, 6 p.m.; Gainesville Equality Youth Meeting, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30 a.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:45 p.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5 p.m.; Magic: The Gathering Play Session, 5 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 5:30 p.m.; Basic ESOL, 5:30 p.m.; Coloring for Families, 6 p.m.

Friday: Lunch-Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon; LEGOspace, 4 p.m.

Saturday: Musikgarten, 11 a.m.


Friday: Following is a list of participating venues for May and what to expect:

GFAA Gallery (1314 S. Main St.): Opening reception for the new juried exhibit “Photography & Digital Art” from members of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. The exhibition runs through June 21. Note: Artwalk hours 6-9 p.m. GFAA Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. (For further info, visit the gallery’s website at

First Magnitude Brewing Company (1220 SE Veitch St.): Hosting a variety of artists and fun, including a Climb for Cancer fundraiser. Featured artists include Salina Cardias, Bobby Foxx Designs, Lyssa Bowen, Jenna Horner, Mitch Walters, Amber Rohlman, Sean Mcgee, Laura Adams, Molly Kempson, Earth Tonix, Samm Epstein, Eileen Westwood and Violeta Lizama. Live music provided by Tabajara Belo. Also enjoy the atmosphere of a local craft brewery. Food trucks and beverages available. Note: Artwalk hours 6-9 p.m.

Civic Media Center (433 S. Main St.): Presenting “Weird Latin Night” featuring Latinx funky weird music and live art, including a bumpin’ dance party. Drinks available for donation.

Hippodrome Gallery (25 SE 2nd Place): Presenting Folk and Art-in-the-Style-of Folk exhibit, featuring 103 pieces of art contributed by 42 Gainesville community artists.

Maude’s Classic Café (101 SE 2nd Place): Presenting Laura North, who recently received her BFA with a concentration in painting from UF.

Black C Gallery (201 SE 2nd Place): Presenting “Antarctica,” showcasing photographs from gallery owner Ani Collier’s recent trip to the White Continent. Note: Artwalk hours 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday noon-6 p.m. (

Artisans’ Guild Gallery (201 SE 2nd Place): Hosting a Trunk Show featuring jewelry artist Jeanne Bunting and her one-of-a-kind vintage creations. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt. The winner receives a $25 gift certificate to the gallery. Offering the area’s largest selection of handmade fine arts and crafts from 50 regional artists. Gallery hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. (

Sweetwater Print Cooperative (117 S. Main St.): Presenting Clara Ortega: “Confronting Phrenology.” The show challenges elitism and racism in the art world by taking a comparative look at printmaking, a traditional art-making method, and street art, a contemporary method. Show continues through June 27. Gallery is open on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, or by appointment. (Call Stewart Thomas at 352.514.3838.)

Eleanor Blair Studio (113 S. Main St.): New oil paintings by Eleanor Blair and live music by the Weeds of Eden. (

The Bull (18 SW 1st St.): Presenting “About Face,” a portrait series by Josh Wilson. Live music to follow at 10 p.m.

Hardback Cafe (211 W. University Ave.): Featuring Diana Diaz (Feral Ursla), a mixed-media artist using the process for each piece as part of her therapeutic regimen. Each creation is an attempt to understand the human struggle and a vehicle for discussing mental health. Her abstract paintings sometimes include both random and deliberate images under organic materials such as plants, wood, and insects all sewn, glued, and textured together to create something that resonates with all of us. Imported cheeses and other complimentary snacks will be provided.

352Walls Parking Garage (105 SW 3rd St.): Gainesville’s Urban Art Initiative invites you to visit the new SW Garage Gallery. See new murals by Maria Delvs, Monty Welt, Alix Mathia and Alexander Venable. Live music by Pishima Calloway & DJ King Bada.

Florida Community Design Center (101 N. Main St.): Featuring artwork by Gainesville native Jim Funk. At age 30 he discovered the wonderful change in thinking one can experience when doing art. “We are all artists. Unfortunately our intuitive, holistic artistic thinking is hidden behind electronic screens and bowled over by the thin strait line of the written word,” Funk says.

The Vine (627 N. Main St.): Featuring painter and jeweler Peter Senesac. “For me, painting is a chance to explore alternate views of reality. My intention is not to paint a particular place but to create a mood, to encourage the viewer to daydream, to remember, to invent a story. The idea is to communicate a sensation of a beautiful or interesting place. Composition, light and shadow, color and texture all help to set the stage to tell the story.”

Cypress and Grove Brewing Company (1001 NW 4th St.): Presenting Christine Brundige works in watercolor, depicting mostly lush Florida flower and plant life, with some beach scenes as well. Capturing the beauty and calmness of the moment to share with the viewer. In
her more recent work she has been incorporating more bold, vivid color in the compositions.

Thomas Center Gallery (302 NE 6th Ave.): Presenting an evening of art and music:
6-7 p.m. The Art & Life of Eddy Mumma. A curator talk by Anne Gilroy in the Long Gallery. Doors open at 5:30; talk begins promptly at 6.
7-10 p.m. “The View from Paradise: The Paintings of Alyne Harris.” Upstairs in the Doris Bardon Gallery, with a reception honoring the artist.
All evening: “Into the Light – The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak,” downstairs in the Thomas Gallery. “The Art of Eddy Mumma,” upstairs in the Prosen Room.
7:30-10 p.m. Entertainment by The Ramblin’ Mutts, live soul and blues music.

For further info, visit the Artwalk Gainesville website.

If you have a downtown event that is open to the public that you want us to include in our Calendar, please send an email to with all pertinent information.