This Week’s Calendar

September 17-23, 2018: 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 please check back daily! Also, let us know if we missed anything by sending an email to

Dance Alive Meet the Dancers Season Kickoff

Friday: Gainesville’s very own national ballet company provides a preview of its 53rd season with an evening of wine and champagne, hors d’oeuvres by Sweetwater Catering Co., decor by Unforgettable Events, and Ben Campen auctioning at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, 811 S. Main St. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For further info, call 352.371.2986.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday: Michael Claytor & His Friends: Enjoy an evening of original music ranging from Florida folk style compositions to western style cowboy ballads when Michael Claytor & His Friends perform during this week’s Free Fridays Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza. Various iterations of the band have been performing around Gainesville since 2006, and they always feature Claytor’s whimsical, story-centric songwriting. The band also highlights the harmony and sometimes lead vocal stylings of Sam Moss. Claytor’s latest project, The High Nooners, is a cowboy musical theater type of experience, and this week’s concert will incorporate several of those songs. “Expect high-energy Americana music mixed in with sweet melodic ballads, all rich with harmony and story,” Claytor said. The band includes Claytor (guitar/vocals), Moss (harmony and lead vocals/percussion), Chris Hillman (bass), Ryan Baker (piano/organ), David Borenstein (clarinet), Aaron Colverson (violin/vocals) and Jon Alexander (pedal steel guitar). Michael Claytor & His Friends have made two studio albums, “My Trespasses” and “We Have an Elephant,” both of which are available on their website: www.michaelclaytor.comAll Free Fridays concerts take place at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., from 8-10 p.m. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for viewing on the lawn in front of the stage. The 25-week Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

For the remaining Free Fridays schedule for 2018, click on Upcoming Events.



(Hippodrome photo by Michael Eaddy)

The Wolves: A hilarious yet unflinching depiction of a suburban girls soccer team, and a riveting slice-of-life portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls. Written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. The production is a collaboration between the Hippodrome Theatre and the UF School of Theatre + Dance. Starring Jordan Sison, Melanie Sholl, Marissa Toogood, Emma McAvoy, Gloria Halsell, MaRah Williams, Ariel Reich, Isabella Werber, Suzy Weller and Stephanie Lynge. Performances 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. (closing performance). Tickets $30-$35 (discounted for students and seniors). For further info, visit For a preview of the show, including interviews with the director and the cast, read our article: Hipp Crowds Should Get Kick Out of “The Wolves.”

For the complete 2018-19 Hippodrome mainstage shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.

Thursday: Hippodrome Jazz Series: UF Jazz Faculty with Scott Wilson and Clyde Connor, 7:30 p.m. (in the lower level). Tickets $5.


Sunset Village: What are dear old grandma and grandpa up to in their sprawling retirement community with all the fancy golf carts? Well, if you really knew, it might just shock you! Michael Presley Bobbitt’s locally written play takes an eye-opening yet warmhearted look at aging through the eyes of a recently widowed woman being introduced to the shenanigans going on in her new backyard. Directed by Tom Miller and starring Anna Marie Kirkpatrick, Shamrock McShane (left), Jan Cohen, Kristin Mercer, Cindy Weldon Lasley, Gay Hale, Ian Hales and Laura Beth Jackson. Performances Thursday (newly added) 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. (closing performance). Note: All shows are sold out except for Thursday’s added performance. Read about what’s happened with Sunset Village since it was performed at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in New York City in our article: Hot off Off-Broadway, “Sunset Village” Hits Home.

For the complete 2018-19 ART calendar of shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.


The Actors’ Warehouse is currently in rehearsals for its next stage production, Anna Ziegler’s BOY, opening Oct. 19. For the complete 2018-19 AW calendar of shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.

Music/Entertainment Venues

THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Wednesday: FEST Presents: Lovelorn (ex Creepoid from Philadelphia) and Perfect Strangers. Doors open at 9 p.m. No cover.
Thursday: ADULT., Plack Blague, TWINS and Deterritory. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
Friday: Retrolux, Wild Pines and Nicholas Roberts. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7 cover.
Saturday: ’80s vs. ’90s Dance Party with DJ Cameron Gregory, 10 p.m. No cover (21 and over).
Sunday: Karaoke with DJ Yurgie Bear. Doors open at 8 p.m. No cover.

Monday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Tuesday: Backyard Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Tight AF Tuesdays with DJ Hilt, 10 p.m. No cover.
Thursday: Backyard Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights Dance Party with the Viking Prince, DJ Malibu Darby and special guests. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Gainesville Cinemadrome 48-Hour Film Race Screenings, 9 p.m. Short films created by teams using an assigned prop, line of dialogue and action. No cover.

No special events announced this week.

BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (111 E. University Ave.)
Monday: Free Yoga with Kate Motto, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Free Yoga with Andrea, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. with live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage by Anna Marie at 4 p.m., Chuck Rogan at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie Morone, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: Michael Claytor & His Friends (folk, pop), 8-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Downtown Latino 2018: XV Hispanic Festival Gainesville with live music, dancing, food vendors, crafts and more, 1-9 p.m.

BOXCAR WINE & BEER GARDEN in Depot Park (201 SE Depot Ave.)
No special events announced this week.

THE BULL (18 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Kyle Keller’s Open Mic, 9 p.m.
Jazzology, 10 p.m.
Wednesday: Michael Claytor’s Don’t Quit Your Day Job happy hour, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday: Marjohn Alchemy, 10 p.m.
Saturday: Singer/Songwriter Night with Kyle Keller and TJ Washburn, 8:30 p.m.

Monday: Film Night: Inside the New People’s Army, a documentary about the current political climate in the Philippines, and Buhay Komunista 2, about living conditions in the Philippines and people’s resistance struggles, hosted by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. Screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion. Free (donations encouraged).
Tuesday: Queer Movie Night and Vegan Potluck featuring a screening of The Watermelon Woman.” The 1996 film follows a fictional Cheryl, a Philadelphia video store worker and aspiring filmmaker, who sets out to make a documentary about her search for a black actress featured in Plantation Memories, whose name in the credits is listed as “The Watermelon Woman.” The film was written by, directed by and starring Cheryl Dunye, a black lesbian filmmaker and film professor. Bring a dish to share for the vegan potluck starting at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Connect the Dots live show featuring Community Couch (St. Pete), Articles and Cartridge Carnage, 10 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Thursday: Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: Open Jam Art Show, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Weekly Community Meditation, 9 a.m.
Saturday: Divestment Art Build, 2 p.m.

Saturday: SoulMakes: Immersive Art Show featuring workshops, participatory art and a self-guided Art-Making Station, noon-4 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon.
Saturday: Florida at Tennessee football on the big screen, 7 p.m.

DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street)
Wednesday: Pirate Day, 6-6:30 p.m. (on the hill).
Saturday: Movie Night: The Muppets, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Kids Yoga with Jillian Goldstein, 9:30 a.m. (on the hill).

Thursday: Blind Wine Tasting, 6:15 p.m. $15 per person.
Jazz Night, 7-9:30 p.m.

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Tuesday: Trivia Night, 9 p.m.
Thursday: Durty Bingo, 10 p.m.

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

Monday: Jazz and Tapas, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Brenda Bayne Trio, 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: American Heart Association Fundraiser, 5-9 p.m.
Friday: Music is Medicine Fundraiser featuring live music by Exotic Breed, Crosseyed Cat, The Ringers and Nashville’s Rich Miller, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday: Oktoberfest 2018 featuring Oompah marching music by the Polka Bears (1-3 p.m.), Klezmer Kataz (4-6 p.m.) and the Impostors (7-10 p.m.) as well as German-style beer and food.
Saturday: UF at Tennessee football on the big screen, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with Gainesville Dance and Yoga, 1 p.m. $5 fee.

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.
Thursday: Kari Lynch and The Walkers. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9:30. $3 cover.
Friday: Unidentified, Elusion and Mask. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: The Philosophical Idiots (Ocala), Born In June and Dancing With Ghosts. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. $5 cover.
Sunday: Vegas Lights (Detroit), Automatik Fit, Soul Survival, Lochness Monster and Shot D. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. $5 cover.

HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
Friday: Pierce Pettis (Nashville) & David Webb along with Elaine & Sam Mahon. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 in advance (, $20 day of show.
Saturday: The Artisanals along with The High Divers (duo). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 day of show.

HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Tuesday: Vinyl Theatre (Milwaukee) along with Royal Teeth (Louisiana), The Catching (New Jersey) and Flipturn. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Tickets $9 in advance (, $14 day of show.
Wednesday: An Evening with To Write Love on Her Arms along with Jamie Tworkowski, Sierra DeMulder and JP Saxe. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $10-$13 in advance (, $40 VIP.
Thursday: Twiddle (Vermont) and Tamayo. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $15 in advance (, $17 day of show.
Friday: The Grass is Dead and Funky Miracle. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30. Tickets $12 in advance (, $14 day of show.
Saturday: Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally and Free Concert benefiting Florida Diabetes Camp. Food truck rally begins in the parking lot at 5 p.m., live music begins inside High Dive at 6. Vote for your favorite food truck with a cash donation that will go to charity.
Sunday: Ghost Town Blues Band, Betty Fox Band and Bridget Kelly Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $20 (, $5 for students and military veterans.

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

LOOSEY’S (120 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters along with the Leaning Trees. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Saturday: UF at Tennessee on the big screen, 7 p.m.
Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron, 9 p.m.

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

MAI KAI KAVA BAR (17 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Open Mic Night. Sign-ups begins at 8 p.m., show starts at 9.

MAUDE’S SIDE CAR BAR (101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)
Friday: Downtown Drag & Burlesque, 11 p.m. $5 cover.

THE MIDNIGHT (223 S. Main St.)
Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Stand-Up Comedy Showcase hosted by Jennifer Vito, 8:30 p.m. (Comedy workshop starts at 8 p.m.)
Saturday: Cards Against Humanity Tournament, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Mellow Soul Open Mic & Art, 8 p.m.
Comedy Boom. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Nightly dueling piano show featuring Brad Heron, house drummer Dee Collins and guests.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (210 SE 2nd Place, Suite 110)
No special events announced this week.


A Conversation With An Angel with author Anne Maxwell Hanna, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Gainesville Playreaders, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Workshop:Introduction to Analog Lettering with Caroline Staniski, noon-2 p.m. Tickets $50.

THOMAS CENTER (302 NE 6th Ave.)
The Thomas Center Galleries feature “The View From Paradise | The Paintings of Alyne Harris” in the upstairs Doris Bardon Gallery. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Wednesday: Gainesville Latino Film Festival: La Camera Oscura I Camera Obscura (Argentina/France, 2008),7 p.m. Free.
Thursday: Gainesville Latino Film Festival: La Distancia Mas Larga I The Longest Distance (Venezuela/Spain, 2014), 7 p.m. Free.
Friday: Jewel Box Concert: An Evening with Verlon Thompson. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $20, $30 VIP seating (

No special events announced this week.

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

THE WOOLY (20 N. Main St.)
Friday: LAPêCHE (New York City), BiteMarks, Weak Weeks and Dave LeBleu. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:45. Tickets $6.


THE HIPPODROME (25 SE 2nd Place)

Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood: Having just been mustered out of the Marines Corps after the Second World War, Scotty Bowers comes to Hollywood in 1946. Strikingly handsome and personable, he immediately catches the eye of many of the town’s stars, who encounter him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty begins having sex with many of the key players in the movie colony and soon starts connecting many of them with his band of beautiful and promiscuous friends, most of them newly discharged from the military. Showtimes Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 2:15 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

Three Identical Strangers: Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation but also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions. Showtimes Tuesday 8:30 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. Tickets $9.

The Bookshop: In 1959 England, free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). Showtimes Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday 11:45 a.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.


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 hall is Gators & Beyond: A Sports History of Alachua County, curated by Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney. The exhibit examines the area’s lesser-known sports history, ranging from East Florida Seminary (pre-cursor to UF) to the Gainesville G-Men minor-league baseball team. The current exhibit in the Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall is 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.

Wednesday: Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache and His World. On “International Talk Like a Pirate Day,” hear about the fascinating life of Edward Thache, better known as Blackbeard. This year marks the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death. Maritime historian Baylus Brooks will discuss his book “Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache and His World,” and a book signing will follow his presentation. 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday: Son of Real Florida. Jeff Klinkenberg will speak about his love of Florida and why the state is still so special to him. In his latest book, “Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life,” Klinkenberg portrays Florida’s people, places, food and culture with a deep understanding that does not relegate them to cliché. He writes with warmth and authenticity of a state he still sees as wondrous in its own ways. Though some may think the real Florida is a thing of the past, he says, “Do not tell me Florida is no longer a paradise.”A book signing will follow his presentation. 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors to the museum have access to the new exhibit, Drifting Cabinets: A Curious Portable Collection of Gulf Biodiversity, The Sweat Solution exhibit explaining the history of Gatorade, the Idea Atelier and the Creativity and Fab Labs. Museum hours are 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. On most Saturdays, an Inventor of the Week is featured in the museum’s rotunda, with activities related to that theme.

The second-floor Doris Bardon Gallery features “The View from Paradise: The Paintings of Alyne Harris.” Harris is a Gainesville-based folk artist. Hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

GFAA GALLERY (1314 S. Main St.)
Featuring “Theme and Media” exhibit (through Friday) and other pieces by GFAA members. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

BLACK C ART GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 111)g
“Mostly Orange & Upside dowN,” featuring Ani Collier’s “new” old landscapes and collages. Gallery hours Tuesday through Friday noon-6 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m.

Featuring the work of Panhandle Slim. Gallery open during regular business hours and during evening events.

ARTISANS’ GUILD GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 113)
Featuring works of local artists. Gallery hours Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Presenting “Meditations” by Valerie Aslakson-Jennings. Gallery is open on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, or by appointment. (Call Stewart Thomas at 352.514.3838.)

Featuring TOTEMS, including masks conceptualized and handmade by Derek Schaper of Valdosta, Ga.

At the Library

HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY (401 E. University Ave.)

Monday: Teen Time at the Teen Space, 3:30 p.m.; Movies and Crafts: Marvel Mondays, 4 p.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:30 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 4:30 p.m.; Alachua County Genealogy Society Meeting, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m.; Bullet Journaling, noon; Teen Time at the Teen Space, 3:30 p.m.; Cosplay Club, 6 p.m.; Burn, Baby, Burn! Personal Training and Group Workouts, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Pirates of the Caribbean Film Festival, noon; Talk Like a Pirate Storytime, 3 p.m.; Teen Time at the Teen Space, 3:30 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4 p.m.; Creative Writing Workshop for Teens and Tweens, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30 a.m.; Teen Time at the Teen Space, 3:30 p.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 5:30 p.m.; Basic ESOL, 5:30 p.m.; Coloring for Families, 6 p.m.

Friday: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts for Adults: Making Art Pieces Using Oil Pastels, 10 a.m.; Lunch Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon; Teen Time at the Teen Space, 3:30 p.m.; LEGOspace, 4 p.m.

Saturday: Musikgarten, 11 a.m.; CREATEspace, 1 p.m.

Sunday: Children’s author Karen Porter, 2:30 p.m.

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