This Week’s Calendar

OCT. 16-23: 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!)

Special Events


Saturday through Wednesday, Oct. 25: More than 500,000 items — including books from all categories, posters, comic books, manga, albums, CDs, DVDs, games and artwork — will be available for sale at the FOL Bookhouse, 430B N. Main St. Most items are priced between 25 cents and $4. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, everything is half-off marked prices. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, all remaining items will sell for 10 cents each. The first four days of the book sale features a Collectors’ Corner of rare books, signed books and special collections. Admission is free.


Saturday: Gainesville Pride Day Parade and Festival: Sponsored by the Pride Community Center of North Cental Florida, the parade begins at noon at West University Avenue and 7th Street and proceeds east along University Avenue past Main Street to Bo Diddley Plaza. Anyone supporting LGBTQ rights is encouraged to participate or view the parade. All afternoon, the pride festival will feature ongoing live music and entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage and more than 100 vendors set up on the streets surrounding Bo Diddley Plaza. A Kids Space will also be available. The event, co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs, continues into the evening and is free and open to the public.

Sunday: Gainesville Pride Brunch: The Gainesville Community Alliance and PCCNCF co-host the annual brunch at Emiliano’s Cafe, 7 SE 1st St. starting at 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are $23.50 per person (including tax and gratuity) and must be purchased by Oct 16.

For further info on Gainesville Pride Days 2017, visit the Pride Community Center website.



Mark Chambers, left, and Jon Kovach star in The Legend of Georgia McBride.

The Legend of Georgia McBride: A struggling Elvis impersonator in the Florida Panhandle reluctantly trades in his blue suede shoes for stilettos in this laugh-out-loud comedy written by Matthew Lopez. The production taps into the question of character and identity in a Southern town not too far from our own. Directed and choreographed by Stephanie Lynge, the production stars Jon Kovach (Casey/Georgia McBride), Mark Chambers (Miss Tracy Mills/Bobby), Caroline Strang (Jo), Kevin Kantor (Rexy/Jason) and Charlie Mitchell (Eddie). Perfomances Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eight performances a week through Nov. 5. Tickets $30-$35. Discounted tickets available for students and seniors. There will be a $10 Tuesday performance on Oct. 17 and $15 Pride Night on Oct. 27. For further info, visit the Hippodrome website. For a preview of the production, including interviews with the director and cast, please read our article: ‘Hippodrome Hits Stride with ‘Georgia McBride.’


The theater’s next stage production, The Rocky Horror Show, is in rehearsals and opens Oct. 27. NOTE: The production has been postponed by one week and now will continue through Nov. 12.


The theater’s next stage production, Steal Away, opens Dec. 1.

Music/Entertainment Venues

THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Monday: Vägra, Drugcharge (Raleigh, N.C.), Skemäta (Long Island) and Stunner. Doors open at 9 p.m. $6 cover.
Tuesday: Igor & the Red Elvises (Venice Beach, Calif.), The Mermers and Parallel. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
Thursday: Fever Pitch Thursday (along with Arcade Bar), 10 p.m.
Saturday: Stranger Things Costume Dance Party Part II (along with Arcade Bar) with DJs Tierney, Cameron Gregory and Blonde Ambition. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover at the Atlantic (free at Arcade Bar).
Monday, Oct. 23: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Show and Silent Auction hosted by Amy Medina and featuring Post Teens, Bite Marks, Stunner and Heat Rash. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7-$10 sliding scale.

Monday: Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Tuesday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Prison Warder (Miami), Bite Marks, Curleys and Mildew. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
Thursday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Thursday: Night Shapes (Oakland, Calif.), Lilac Angel and Reels (St. Augustine) with video-projection art. Doors open and video projections begin at 9 p.m., music starts at 10. Sliding scale $5-$15. (Proceeds go to Topos México, a nonprofit rescue brigade.)
Friday: Malibu Nights Dance Party, 9:30 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Trivia competition, 5 p.m.
Saturday: Bad Magic (Richmond, Va.), Pumps, Demo and Marriage. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
Monday, Oct. 23: Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Friday: Latin Night with Elio Piedra, 10 p.m.

BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (111 E. University Ave.)
Monday: Lunchtime Mix, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free Yoga with Kate Motto, 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday: Lunchtime Mix, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. with live music on the Bo Diddley Stage by Aine Weber at 4 p.m., Anna Marie at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Lunchtime Mix, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Friday: Lunchtime Mix: All the Hits, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series — UF World Music Ensembles: Jacare Brazil, Agbedidi Africa, Sunshines Steelers and a guest appearance by internationally renowned Brazilian percussionist Renato Martins, 8-10 p.m.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with instructor Samurai, hosted by Gainesville Capoeira Academy, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday: Second annual Night of Dance hosted by UF HealthStreet. Local dance performers will offer dance sessions on the Bo Diddley Stage, including popular styles such as West African, Nia, Hip Hop and Break Dance. 4-7 p.m. Free.

No events announced this week.

THE BULL (18 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Mandisa Mondays Open Mic, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Jazzology, 10 p.m.
Wednesday: LL Cool Jamz, 9 p.m.
Thursday: First-ever Sing-a-Long with Camille Jackson and Chuck Martin, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Paul Elliott, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: Eli Tragash, 9:30 p.m.

Monday: Film Screening: Pride: In the politically volatile and culturally hostile environment of the UK in the 1980s, a group of lesbian and gay activists decides to organize in solidarity with National Union of Mineworkers miners, who are facing violent government repression and socio-political backlash for their strike against mine closures. At first, queer activists’ nascent organization, which eventually becomes the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), is rejected and viewed with suspicion by the union and the mining communities it supports. But thanks to the persistence of LGSM organizers, the two groups get to know each other and forge bonds of solidarity through struggle. 7 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Tuesday: World Financial Group Budget and Debt Management Workshop: Do you have too much month at the end of your paycheck? Do you have challenges paying your bills? Do you wonder where all your money went? If so, attend this free budget and debt presentation. World Financial Group Gainesville is hosting a free financial education presentation focusing on financial basics. 6:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Thursday: Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: Civic Media Center 24th Anniversary Celebration: Event will take place at the Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave., with longtime community activist Carol Thomas as featured speaker. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30. Suggested donations of $25-50 per person. Advance ticket donations can be made through PayPal or the CMC website.
Monday, Oct. 23: Film Screening: 13thDirector Ava Duvernay’s award-winning documentary explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Presented by the Gainesville Humanist Society, IWOC and Fight Toxic Prisons. The film’s title refers to the exception left in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which allegedly outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” Duvernay details the history of the phrase’s use as a legal justification for various modes of the re-enslavement of black people in the U.S., from Jim Crow convict leasing to the war on drugs and the prison industrial complex. 7 p.m. Free (donations accepted).

No events announced this week.

DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave.)
Thursday: Hatha Yoga with Sanity Gurus on the hill, 6:30 p.m. $5 fee.
Saturday: Gainesville Grinds Total Boot Camp Class on the hill, 10-11 a.m. $5 fee.
Saturday: Vinyasa Yoga with Maggie Rucker, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 8 a.m.

Bordeaux Wine Class with certified French wine instructor Kate Moulinneuf, 7 p.m. $30 (RSVP 352.222.1348).

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Halloween Trivia, 9:30 p.m.
 Guerrilla Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Thursday: Durty Bingo, 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 23: Halloween Trivia, 9:30 p.m.

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

Jazz and Tapas with Nick DeCarlis (cornet) and Ali Che’ree (guitar), 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday: Brenda Bayne Trio (jazz), 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Running Tabs Wednesday Run, 6-9 p.m.
Friday: A Night with the Prestage Brothers Band, 7-10 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Tom Petty: A Celebration, featuring local musicians and artists paying tribute to the man who went from Gainesville to Dreamville. Noon-6 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Brewery Tour, 4-4:45 p.m.
Saturday: Charity Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament hosted by Shadow Health benefiting Keira Grace Foundation, 6 p.m. Tickets $20.

Thursday: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox with the Savants of Soul. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $28 in advance (, $32 at the door.

HARDBACK CAFE (211 W. University Ave.)
Wednesday: Tom Miller’s Whoopee-Do Open Mic, 9 p.m. No cover.

HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
Thursday: An Exceptional Evening with David Beede, Janet Rucker, and Mark Billman, 7 p.m. Tickets $15.54 (discounted for students).
Friday: Tom Petty Tribute and Birthday Celebration featuring Heavy Petty. Doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 6. Free. (Reserve free tickets by going to
Saturday: Michael Claytor and the High Nooners, 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Monday: Obituary (Brandon, Fla.), Dust Bolt, Thundercalp and NIBIRU. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Tickets $16 in advance (, $18 at the door.
Tuesday: Rocky Horror Picture Show Live on Stage (live-action skits from local performers to accompany the cult-movie classic). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $7-$12 (
Wednesday: Peelander-Z (Japanese action comic punk band) along with Cartridge Carnage and Gleaming the Cube Band. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 at the door.
Thursday: The Lacs, Bass Man Rand Music, Danny Duke Music and Pristine Stringz. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $18 (, $68 VIP.
Friday: Morning Fatty (album-release show), Bells and Robes, The Orange Constant and Xenogenesis. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $8 in advance (, $12 at the door.
Saturday: Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally: Halloween Edition, benefiting Florida Diabetes Camp and featuring more than a dozen food trucks and live music inside. 5 p.m. Free.
Sunday: CloZee, music producer from Toulouse, France, with special guests TBA. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $10 in advance (, $18 at the door.

LEONARDO’S 706 (706 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Hot Club de Ville performs the music of Django Reinhardt known as gypsy jazz, 7-10 p.m. No cover.
Thursday: Jazztet with Marty Liquori (guitar), Vic Donnell (keyboards) and Dave Marsh (drums), 7-10 p.m. No cover.

LOOSEY’S (120 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Henrietta (Orlando), Kinder Than Wolves (Orlando), Alumine and DONKNG. Doors open at 8 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron. Sign-ups start at 9 p.m.
Sunday: Breakaway Burlesque Presents Myths and Madness (rescheduled from Sept. 10). Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $8 in advance/$10 at the door.
Monday, Oct. 23: Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m.

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

MAUDE’S SIDE CAR BAR (101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)
Tom Miller’s Tabernacle of Hedonism, featuring an exorcism of white nationalist Richard Spencer, 10:30 p.m. Free.

THE MIDNIGHT (223 S. Main St.)
Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Stand-Up Comedy Showcase, 9 p.m. (Comedy workshop begins at 8.) Free.

Wednesday: Comedy Boom featuring stand-up comics Rahn Hortman and CJ Hernandez. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9.
Thursday-Saturday: Dueling pianos featuring Brad Heron, drummer Dee Collins and guest pianists.

THOMAS CENTER (302 NE 6th Ave.)
Monday-Saturday: “Cross Creek Rising — The Consciousness of Land & Water,” juried art exhibit in the Mezzanine and Main galleries. Gallery hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. Free. (See further info below.)

THE WOOLY (20 N. Main St.)
Friday: Salsa Mundial’s 2-Year Anniversary Social. Salsa/bachata workshop with instructor Christian Sola, 9-10 p.m. followed by social at 10. Tickets $8 ($5 for students with ID).


CYCLOPS CINEMA (10 E. University Ave.)

Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk: Documentary spans more than 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman music collective. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, Turn It Around is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever. Showtimes Tuesday 8:15 p.m., Thursday 8:15 p.m. Saturday 8:15 p.m. Tickets $10.50.

Lucky: In his final film, Harry Dean Stanton stars as a 90-year-old atheist who has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries. As he comes to terms with his own mortality, he searches for ever-elusive enlightenment. Directed by John Carroll Lynch. Showtimes Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets $7.50.

THE HIPPODROME (25 SE 2nd Place)

Super Dark Times: Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Director Kevin Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating an evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil. Showtimes Wednesday 5:30 p.m., Thursday 7:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste: From executive producer Anthony Bourdain, this documentary exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes — all of them delicious — to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. Showtimes Wednesday 8 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

AGFA Presents: Re-Animator: Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a new Miskatonic University student who also moonlights as a mad scientist, intent on perfecting a serum that “re-animates” corpses. Soon, everyone wants a piece of the action, including an evil professor and his army of slime-covered deadites. Shown in conjunction with the American Genre Film Archives. Showtime Friday 8:30 p.m. (premiere). Tickets $9.

AGFA Presents: Society: A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. Directed by Brian Yuzna (1992). Shown in conjunction with the American Genre Film Archives. Showtime Saturday 9 p.m. (premiere). Tickets $9.


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, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters, is based upon Rick Kilby’s award-winning book. The exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters. Hours Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.

Friday: Civic Media Center 24th Anniversary Celebration with longtime community activist Carol Thomas as featured speaker. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30. Suggested donations of $25-50 per person. Advance ticket donations can be made through PayPal on the CMC website.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Film Screening: An Outrage: A short documentary about lynching in the American South. The evening will also include a panel discussion with filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren of Field Studio and UF African American Studies lecturer, Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn. Space is limited for this free program. RSVP via Eventbrite. 6 p.m.


Silkworm Cocoon Shaped Vessel, by Sean Sexton.

Cross Creek Rising :: The Consciousness of Land & Water: An art exhibition celebrating North Florida as Muse. In tribute to the wilderness, land and water that inspired the artistic voice of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, this juried exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography has as its source of inspiration the natural environs of North Central Florida. The Main and Mezzanine galleries are dedicated to this expansive group exhibition. Gallery hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Free.

GFAA GALLERY (1314 S. Main St.)
“Black & White:” Juried exhibit features the work of Gainesville Fine Arts Association members. Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Mondays). Exhibit closes on Saturday.

BLACK C ART GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 111)
Current exhibit features new cityscapes by Ani Collier, along with digital collages by Collier and Liliana Dvorianova.

Photography of Mark Enting: Enting’s work ranges from travel shots in Paris to old automobiles he stumbles upon. He hopes that audiences relate his work back to childhood memories. “I like to get in the backroads. A lot of times people are moving too fast and don’t notice the little things,” Enting said. The exhibit coincides with the mainstage production of The Legend of Georgia McBride.

ARTISANS’ GUILD GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 113)
“Get Festive:” A celebration of the fall festival season featuring colorful fine arts and crafts by local artists. 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: Lunch Break Yoga, noon-12:45 p.m.; Third Monday Knit and Crochet, 1 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 4 p.m. (for ages 5-11); Alachua County Genealogical Society General Meeting, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. (for ages 1-3); Fairy Tales, Folktales and More, 3 p.m. (for ages 5-and-under); Dialogues on the Experience of War with historian Alice Freifeld, 6:30 p.m. (for ages 19-and-up); Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan with biologist Ryan Hamm, 6:30 p.m. (for all ages).

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wii Gaming for Kids, 4-5 p.m. (for ages 5-11).

Thursday: Baby Laptime, 10:30-11 a.m. (for infants); Retro Video Gaming, 5 p.m. (for all ages); Amrit Yoga with Veda, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (for ages 12-and-up); Basic Spanish for Adults, 6 p.m. (for ages 19-and-up; Coloring for Families, 6-6:45 p.m.

Friday: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts for Adults: Peacock, 10 a.m. (for ages 19-and-up); LEGOspace, 4-5 p.m. (for ages 5-11); Movie for Teens, 4-6 p.m. (for ages 12-18).

Saturday: Teen Fall Art Show (ages 12-15), 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Mandalas for All, 2 p.m. (for ages 12-and-up); Teddy Bear Sleepover, 2 p.m. (for ages 5-and-under); Author Series: Mike McIntire (“Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports”), 2:30 p.m. (for all ages).

Sunday: Local Author Series: Gene Cowell (“Bring Me the Gypsy”), 2:30 p.m. (for all ages).

Do you have a downtown event to add to this list? Send us an email with all pertinent info to