March 12-18: 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!)
Ripcord: Two newly paired roommates in a retirement home make a seemingly friendly wager that escalates into a no-holds-barred epic battle that includes an odd assortment of pranks and adventures — even a skydiving free-fall! A comedy written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Good People) and directed by V Craig Heidenreich makes its Florida premiere on the Hippodrome’s mainstage. The production stars Nell Page, Sara Morsey, Niall McGinty, Bryan Mercer, Logan Wolfe and Laura Shatkus. 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. and Sunday 2 p.m. (through March 25). Tickets $32-$37 (discounted for students and seniors). For a preview of the show, including interviews with the two leading actors, read our article: “Ripcord” Makes “Frenemies” of Hipp Acting Duo.
All’s Fair: Meet a young couple, Skylar and Axel, each in love with the opposite member of their closest couple-friends, Will and Terra. They hatch an Art of War-style plan to break up the other couple to further their own romantic interests — until greater forces intervene. Funny, dark and poignant, All’s Fair navigates the labyrinth of contemporary romance in a whole new way, exploring love, partnership and the consequence of choice in the modern age. Written by Sloane Henry for the 2017 Gainesville Homegrown Playwrights’ Showcase, the full two-act production is making its world premiere. Directed by Jennifer Hutton and starring Emma Grimm, Ryan Wicks, Aleksandr Wilde, Asia Zaffere and Wilfredo Gonzalez. There is a $5 discounted preview (cash only) Wednesday at 8 p.m. Opening Night is Thursday at 8 p.m. Additional performances Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. through March 25. Tickets $15 (discounted for students, seniors, veterans and active military). For a preview of the production, including interviews with the playwright and director, read our article: “All’s Fair” Offers Modern Take on Relationships.
Mud: Hopeful, hard-working Mae lives in bleak rural poverty, but she is going to school and plans to better her life through the refined magic of reading and arithmetic. Lloyd, who lives with Mae, spends his time caring a little too much for the farm animals; he scorns to learn from a book, and treats Mae with angry disrespect. When Lloyd becomes ill, Mae goes searching for a diagnosis, and brings their simple, yet eloquent, neighbor Henry home with her, in order to help her read the difficult medical language. The ensuing love/hate triangle creates a toxic environment. Written by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Carlos Asse and starring Lola Bond, Adam Lishawa and Michael Sorge. Opening Night is Friday at 8 p.m. Additional performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by four performances a week through March 31. Tickets $20 ($15 for students and seniors). For a preview of the production, including interviews with the director and cast members, read our article: AW’s “Mud” Paints Bleak Picture of Rural Poor.
THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Wednesday: Retro Video Dance Party, 10 p.m. No cover.
Friday: Flipturn, Glass House Point, The Hails and Retrolux. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $8 in advance (showclix.com)/$12 day of show.
Saturday: The Motor Room featuring Vi of Ascendants, Dunstan Wallace and Deitz, 10 p.m. Tickets $5.
Sunday: Suppression (Richmond, Va.), Minimum Rage (St. Augustine), Wage Slave and Lilac Angel. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets showclix.com.
THE BACKYARD AT BOCA FIESTA & PALOMINO (232 SE 1st. St.)
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.
Saturday: St. Paddy’s Day — The Disco Ball hosted by DJ P-Funk (throwback outfits and funk-inspired clothing encouraged), 9 p.m. $5 cover.
THE BANK BAR AND DUTTON’S VAULT (22 W. University Ave.)
No events announced this week.
BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (111 E. University Ave.)
Tuesday: Yoga with Andrea, 6 p.m. Free.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. with live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage by Don Austin at 4:15 p.m. and Hogan School of Irish Dance at 6 p.m. Note: The Farmers Market also has arts and crafts vendors set up in the courtyard of the Sun Center with live music on the stage near Amelia’s Restaurant by Ted Wright at 4:45 p.m.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie Morone, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Gainesville Spring Craft Vendor Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class from Capoeira Academy of Gainesville, 11:30 a.m.
BOXCAR WINE & BEER GARDEN in Depot Park (201 SE Depot Ave.)
Thursday: Casual Karaoke, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Guts & Glory GNV presents Pants on Fire: March Madness storytelling event, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12 ($10 for students).
Saturday: Kaleb Stewart, Jeff Brawer and Shae Krispinski, 2-6 p.m.
Sunday: Reggae Sundays with the Easy Crew, 2-8 p.m.
THE BULL (18 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Open Mic with Kyle Keller, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Jazzology, 10 p.m.
Wednesday: Kirk Fleta, 9:30 p.m.
Friday: Marjohn Alchemy, 10 p.m.
Saturday: All-Day St. Paddy’s Party, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
CIVIC MEDIA CENTER (433 S. Main St.)
Monday: Film Night: The Gentleman Bank Robber: A portrait of revolutionary Rita Bo Brown, a white working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” in the 1970s for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. In her statement to the judge on Feb 7, 1977, before being sentenced to 25 years in prison, she stated “I am an anti-authoritarian lesbian feminist anarcho-communist. I am an urban guerrilla committed to give my white life if necessary.” 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
Tuesday: Anne Feeney solo performance, 8 p.m. Free ($15-$25 suggested donation).
Wednesday: How to Obtain Public Records for Success in Honor of Sunshine Week, by Marcy LaHart, 6-8 p.m.
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 donations.
Saturday: Weekly Community Meditation, 9 a.m. Free.
CYPRESS & GROVE BREWING CO. (1001 NW 4th St.)
Thursday: Salsa Salsa Salsa, 3-8 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brick Room, 12 noon. $10-$15 donation.
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Shindig featuring Williston School of Dance Irish Troupe (2:30 p.m.), Mourning Glories Band (6 p.m.) and The Dozenaires (8:45 p.m.) and Mayflower Cellars serving Irish-themed menu.
DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street)
Thursday: Hatha Yoga with Sanity Gurus, 5:30 p.m. $5 fee.
Saturday: 2nd Annual Dove and Sneaks 5k for Scholarship, 8 a.m.
Saturday: Lil Lucky Charms Scavenger Hunt in Children’s Play Area, 5-6 p.m.
DOWNTOWN WINE & CHEESE (113 N. Main St.)
No events announced this week.
DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Tuesday: Trivia Night, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Late Night with Scuttered the Bruce, 9:30 p.m.
EIGHT SECONDS SALOON (201 W. University Ave.)
No events announced this week
EMILIANO’S CAFE (7 SE 1st Ave.)
Monday: Jazz and Tapas, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Brenda Bayne Trio (jazz), 7-10 p.m.
FIRST MAGNITUDE BREWING CO. (1220 SE Veitch St.)
Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: TEDxUF: Art Showcase, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day & Clean Creek Revival! featuring Scuttered the Bruce 4-7 p.m., The Resonant Rogues 8-11 p.m. and Irish dancers.
Saturday: Brewery Tour, 4 p.m.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with Lauren Douma, 1 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
FLORIDA THEATER (233 W. University Ave.)
Closed for renovations.
HARDBACK CAFE (211 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Quinn Cicala (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Stress Fractures (Winnsboro, S.C.), Jet Carter and Mystery Expert. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30. $5 cover.
Wednesday: The Reverand Angeldust’s Tabernacle of Hedonism with host Tom Miller, 9 p.m. No cover.
Friday: Flowan, Dial Drive (Orlando) and Southpaw. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Dying Whale (Georgia), Gaffer Project (Virginia) and Necter (New York). Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. $5 cover.
HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
Tuesday: Gainesville Creators Night, 7 p.m.
Saturday: SOJA: Poetry in Motion 2018 Tour with special guests RDGLDGRN and Propaganjah. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $28 in advance (ticketfly.com)/$32 at the door. (Outdoor show, rain or shine.)
HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Monday: Andy McKee. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $18 in advance (ticketfly.com)/$20 at the door.
Wednesday: Artist Village: Open Mic and Soul Sessions featuring poets, musicians, singers and emcees. 8 p.m.-midnight. $5 cover.
Thursday: Lawlawpalooza Talent Show presented by the Association for Public Interest Law. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $10.
Friday: Arts Market Family Show, 6-9:30 p.m. Free
Friday: Smoke & Mirrors Local Rap Showcase featuring Saint Tellah, Burn Every Thing, Dashawn Watson, Cave, Saint Midas and Nofuxx. Doors open at 10 p.m, show starts at 10:15. Tickets $5 in advance (ticketfly.com)/$8 at the door.
Saturday: Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally and Free Concert — St. Paddy’s Day Edition benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free live music inside begins at 6 p.m.
LEONARDO’S 706 (706 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Hot Club de Ville, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Marty Liquori’s Jazztet, 7-10 p.m. No cover.
LOOSEY’S (120 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Radiation Risks (Buffalo, N.Y.), The Ned (Palm Beach), Weak Weeks and Palimony. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Friday: Tiki Party featuring The Mermers, Lifeguard, Duppies and Jason Guy Smiley. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7 cover.
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Matinee Show featuring Whiskey & Co., Matt Woods & the Natural Disasters and A.J. Gaither, 2-6 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron. Sign-ups begin at 9 p.m.
MADRINA’S (9 W. University Ave.)
No events announced this week.
MAUDE’S SIDE CAR BAR (101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)
Friday: Downtown Drag: St. Patrick’s Eve, 11 p.m. $5 cover.
THE MIDNIGHT (223 S. Main St.)
Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Tuesday Stand-Up Comedy Showcase. Sign up to perform by 8:30 p.m. (spots are limited).
Comedy show starts at 9.
ROCKEY’S DUELING PIANO BAR (112 S. Main St.)
Wednesday: Comedy Boom featuring stand-up comics, 8 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: Nightly dueling piano show featuring Brad Heron, house drummer Dee Collins and guests.
TALL PAUL’S BREW HOUSE (10 SE 2nd Ave.)
No events announced this week.
THIRD HOUSE BOOKS AND COFFEE SHOP (113 N. Main St.)
Thursday: Gainesville Playreaders, 7 p.m.
THOMAS CENTER (302 NE 6th Ave.)
Monday-Saturday: “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.
VISIONARY CROSSFIT (716 N. Main St.)
No events announced this week.
THE WAREHOUSE (502 S. Main St.)
No events announced this week.
THE WOOLY (20 N. Main St.)
Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day Music Showcase featuring UV-TV, Bugg (Bloomington, Ind.), UGG, Curleys, Bitemarks, Cave of Swimmers (Miami), Dozier, Reels (St. Augustine), DONKNG, EW, Early Disclaimers and Holographic Teeth. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:45 on two stages. Tickets $7 in advance (showclix.com)/$10 day of show.
Loving Vincent: A 2017 Oscar-nominated biographical drama about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh and, in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. Showtimes Tuesday 4:30 p.m., Thursday 4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 4:15 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.
The Boy Downstairs: Diana (Zosia Mamet) moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment for a fresh start. During the first night in her new home, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend lives in the apartment below hers. After an awkward reunion, Diana proclaims her intentions for a genuine friendship. But as old wounds are opened, both Diana and Ben (Matthew Shear) are forced to confront the true nature of their feelings. Showtimes Friday 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 6 p.m. Tickets $9.
Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2018 (Animated): Dear Basketball (winner), Negative Space, Garden Party, Revolting Rhymes and Lou. Showtime Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Tickets $7.
Eighth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival
Monday: 1945 (2017 drama from Hungary, 91 minutes), 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Menashe (2017 drama from the U.S., 82 minutes), 7 p.m.
Wednesday: The Invisibles (2017 drama from Germany, 100 minutes), 7 p.m.
Thursday: West of the Jordan River (2018 documentary from France and Israel, 84 minutes), 7 p.m.
Saturday: The Wedding Plan (2016 romantic comedy from Israel, 100 minutes), 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: Hagiga: The Story of Israeli Cinema (2016 documentary from Israel, 73 minutes), 7 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, Liberating Learning?: The Story of Desegregation in Alachua County Schools, examines Alachua County Schools’ experience with desegregation in the early 1970s. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public. Hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters with Rick Kilby. Juan Ponce de León reached the shores of Florida on April 2, 1513. Although historians have long debunked the myth of the conquistador’s search for the Fountain of Youth, his fabled quest remains inextricably tied to the image of the Sunshine State. Even today, Florida’s mythical, magical waters–some reputed to have healing powers–remain a potent part of the state’s appeal for tourists and residents alike. More than a collection of nostalgic kitsch, however, Kilby’s book also addresses the very real problem of protecting Florida’s fragile springs. These pristine waters — numbering more than 700 — were once revered by the Timucua and Calusa and celebrated by a variety of writers, including William Bartram and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The current exhibit in the Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall is based on this book and was donated by Kilby. Event begins at 4 p.m. and includes a book signing. Free.
THOMAS CENTER GALLERIES (302 NE 6th Ave.)
“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. For further info, read our feature article: Artist Rediscovered in ‘Into the Light’ Exhibit.
GFAA GALLERY (1314 S. Main St.)
Current members’ exhibit “Mixed Media” (through March 24). Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
BLACK C ART GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 111)
Current exhibit is titled “Cuba: Collier and Reyes” and features paintings by Cuban artist Nancy Reyes, along with digital collage works of Havana by gallery owner Ani Collier. Gallery hours Tuesday through Friday noon-6 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m.
HIPPODROME GALLERY (25 SE 2nd Place)
The works of Sherrie Pettigrew. 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
Monday: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Assistance, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 4:30 p.m.; Hearthstone Fireside Gathering, 4:45 p.m.; Parent Crafting Workshop, 6 p.m.
Tuesday: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Assistance, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.; AARP: Back to Work 50+, 1:30 p.m.; MAKERspace with Gainesville Cosplay Communuity, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Music and Movement, 10 a.m.; Tonewood Family Music, 1:30 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4 p.m.; Basic Spanish for Adults, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Babytime, 10:30 a.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:45 p.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5 p.m., Basic ESOL, 5:30 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 5:30 p.m.; Coloring for Families, 6 p.m.
Friday: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts for Adults, 10 a.m.; Lunch Break Yoga, noon; LEGOspace, 4 p.m.
Saturday: Sensory Storytime, 11 a.m.; St. Patrick’s Day with Williston School of Dance, 12:30 p.m.; Mandalas for All, 2 p.m.; MAKERspace: CREATEspace, 2 p.m.; Movie for Teens, 2 p.m.; Local Author Series: Wendy Thornton, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: MAKERspace: Show and Tech, 1 p.m.; Author Series: Linda Castillo, 2:30 p.m.
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