This Week’s Calendar

July 16-22, 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 check back daily!)

Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday: Pine. Liberty Phoenix and Dan Stepp came together to create a folky sound with intimate harmonies supported with a string band. Pine is not named after the tree, but stands for pining, such as pining away for a lost love. With lovingly crafted melodies and lyrics, all of Pine’s songs are written by the band members. All Pine band members are locally based and highly regarded musicians who also play or have played in multiple bands. Liberty Phoenix (singer/songwriter) has sung with Papercranes, Funkiller and Venus and the Moon. Dan Stepp (guitar/singer/songwriter) has played in Hard Luck Society, Ramblin’ Mutts and Whiskey & Co. Brian Turk (standup bass) also plays with Wild Shiners, Wax Wings and Uncle Mosie. Andrew Cook (violin) is classically trained but also an award-winning old-time and bluegrass fiddler. He plays in Wild Shiners, Nook & Cranny and Hard Luck Society. Mark Archer (dobro) has played with Cook in myriad bands for more than 17 years, including in Archer’s the Thin Skins. All 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 stage. The 25-week Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.



(Photo by Rachel Jones)

The Bikinis: The original “Jersey Girls” — Jodi, Annie, Karla and Barbara — bring their sass, charm and talent to save the homes they grew up in from condo tycoons looking to make a profit. They’ve got big hearts, big hair and even bigger voices as they bring the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang down on the boardwalk of the Jersey Shore to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. The show features more than 30 tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Created by Ray Roderick & James Hindman. Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell and starring Kelly Atkins (pictured at left), Catherine Fries Vaughn, Melanie Souza and Wydetta Carter. 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. There are seven performances a week through July 29 (held over!). Tickets $32-$37 (discounted for students and seniors). For a preview of the production, including interviews with the director and cast, read our article: The Hipp Goes Nostalgic Again With ‘The Bikinis.’


(Photo by Keith E. McInnis)

Summer Shakespeare: Measure for Measure: Duke Vincentio leaves Angelo in charge of Vienna as he pretends to leave on a mission, but instead disguises himself as a lowly friar to walk unseen among his people. Angelo quickly enforces the letter of the law, closing all brothels and condemning the honorable Claudio to death for impregnating his fiance out of wedlock. Claudio’s sister, Isabella, intervenes on his behalf, only to find herself given a terrible ultimatum: give up her chastity to Angelo or see her brother die. Meanwhile, the Duke manipulates everyone to catapult the story to its hilarious conclusion while teaching a few lessons about mercy in the process. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Carolyne Salt. Performances Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. through July 29. Tickets $15 (discounted for seniors, students, veterans and active military.) For a preview of the show, including interviews with the director and cast members, read our article: “Measure for Measure” Simply a Guilty Pleasure.


(Photo by Steven H. Butler)

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train: The story of two inmates on New York’s Rikers Island jail, Angel Cruz, who is awaiting charges for murder, and Lucius Jenkins, a death-row inmate awaiting extradition to Florida for execution. Lucius is a convicted serial killer who has found God. Angel and Lucius volley their thoughts and ideas about God. Lucius is on a mission to help Angel see the Light, while Angel questions God’s existence and if He does exist, how can He help him at this point in his life. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed locally by Kevin O. Mack. Performances Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. through July 29. Tickets $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Look for our preview of the show later this week. For a preview of the show, including interviews with the director and cast members, read our article: AW Brings ‘A’ Game With Gritty Drama ”A’ Train.’

Music/Entertainment Venues

THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Tuesday: Heavy Metal Meltdown/Industry Night with DJ Margarudy, 10 p.m. No cover.
Wednesday: Ant Verdi’s Flirty Thirty (Anthony Verdi’s 30th birthday party), 9 p.m.
Thursday: Gouge Away (Deathwish, Inc.), Damage Done, Pyre, Machinist and Cursed Birth. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance (, $8 day of show.
Friday: Cryptodira (Long Island, N.Y.), Yashira, Stunner and Orbiter. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $6.
Saturday: The Forum, Arrows in Action, Babyblu and Dr/veaway. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets $7.
Sunday: The Rememberables (Washington, D.C.), Blacksage (New York), Final Option and Ossan. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $6.

Monday: Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Tuesday: Backyard Trivia, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Gainesville Shuffle (2005-14): a three-hour video compilation of more than 1,000 ten-second clips of different music performances filmed by Andrew Chadwick in Gainesville during that time. 10 p.m. No cover.
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: Golden Pelicans (Orlando), Gino & the Goons (Tampa), Curleys and EW. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
Sunday: Cinemadrome Presents Cinematic Universe: Superdrome Alpha! During this event, teams will create a super-powered character to be featured in a film within the CCU, 6 p.m.

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 Eli Tragash at 4 p.m., Stephan the Cello man at 5 and the INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie Morone, 6-7 p.m. Free.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: Pine (folk), 8-10 p.m. Free.

BOXCAR WINE & BEER GARDEN in Depot Park (201 SE Depot Ave.)
Thursday: Casual Karaoke, 7 p.m.

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.

Monday: Film Night: Human Flow presented by Gainesville Humanist Society. An epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Discussion to follow. Free (donations appreciated).
Tuesday: Queer Movie Night and Vegan Potluck: Tangerine. After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a hooker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson (2015 comedy/drama). Directed by Sean Baker. Movie begins at 7 p.m. (Donations appreciated). Vegan-only potluck begins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Now YOU Talk communication skills workshop focusing on listening skills, 6-8 p.m. (Donations appreciated.)
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.
Saturday: Weekly Community Meditation, 9 a.m. Free.
Sunday: CMC Celebrates 501(c)3 status with Sunday Brunch, 11 a.m. Food and drink provided, but more offerings are welcome.
Sunday: Connect the Dots Live Show featuring Articles, Poblano, Canvas Kid and Callout, 9:30 p.m.

Friday: Jazz Bandits, 7-9 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon.
Saturday: Food Truck Rally Kickoff benefiting UF Campaign for Charities, 3-9 p.m.

DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street)
Monday: Swing Dancing Lessons, 7 p.m.
Friday: Game On! (board games and other activities), 6-8 p.m.
Saturday: Family-Friendly Bicycle Ride sponsored by Gainesville Cycling Club (6- and 9-mile round-trips along Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail), 9 a.m.
Saturday: Game On! (board games and other activities), 6-8 p.m.

Saturday: Jazz Night, 7-9:30 p.m.

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Trivia Night, 9 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.
Wednesday: Brenda Bayne Trio, 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Film Night: Ghostbusters on the big screen, 8-10 p.m. Free.
Friday: Archaeology On Tap: The Past and Future of Florida’s Springs with Dr. Jason O’Donoughue, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday: Colombia Independence Day Festival, 2-6 p.m.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with Shane, 1 p.m. $5 fee.

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

HARDBACK CAFE (211 W. University Ave.)
Wednesday: Trivia, 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday: The Reverend Angeldust’s Tabernacle of Hedonism with host Tom Miller, 9 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Heavy Metal-Death Metal Night with Unidentified, Soul Survival, Elusion, Nibiru and The Pine Drape. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Sunday: Palomino Blond (Miami), Bothering Dennis, winded and Articles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7. $7 cover.

HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
Friday: Robbie Litt (Jacksonville) and the Litt Family Band Album Release. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 in advance (, $20 day of show.

HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Wednesday: Chris Webby Raw Thoughts Tour along with Saint Tellah, Traos, Prophet of What?, Prayze and Jade Koth. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $17.50 in advance (, $20 day of show.
United Nations Comedy Tour featuring Nadeem Awad, Ciro Dobric, Randy Vega, Brian Coronado and Phil Isme along with local guests Spencer Acree, Breanda Davis, Harry Snover, Aimee Sinclair and host Barry Yuille, Jr. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30. Tickets $6 in advance (, $8 day of show.
Friday: Demun Jones, Austin Hunter, One Arm Bandit and more. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $15 in advance (, $18 day of show.
Saturday: We the Generation, Shadow the Earth, Purely Red and Angela Simmons Morgan. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $6 in advance (, $8 day of show.

LEONARDO’S 706 (706 W. University Ave.)
Thursday: 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

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

MAUDE’S SIDE CAR BAR (101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)
Downtown Drag and Burlesque with host Kitty LaTush, Tiana Black, Tamarra Love Dupree, Heavy Cream and special guest Sali De La Rosa. Burlesque by Formaldehyde Flower. Show begins at 11 p.m. $5 cover.

THE MIDNIGHT (223 S. Main St.)
Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Stand-Up Comedy Show, 9 p.m. (Comedy workshop starts at 8 p.m.)
Wednesday: Wednesday Wine Down, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Comedy Battle: The Midnight Staff vs. Local Professionals, 9 p.m.

Wednesday: Comedy Boom: Battle of the Mics: Serah Bennett vs. Benjamin Brainard, Spencer Acree vs. JennArchy, 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)
Saturday: Classical guitarist Christopher Mrofchak, 7-9 p.m. Free (limited seating).

No special events announced this week.

Gainesville Playreaders hosted by Y-Not Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Stars & Cards with Aliza, noon

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 and “INTO THE LIGHT: The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak” in the main-floor Thomas Gallery. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

No special events announced this week.

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)

Lean on Pete: Charley adjusts to his new life in Portland with his single father and finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two run away into the great unknown, journeying across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home. Showtime Tuesday 6 p.m. Tickets $9.

The Seagull: At a picturesque lakeside estate, a love triangle unfolds between the diva Irina, her lover Boris and the ingenue Nina. Showtimes Tuesday 8:30 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 8:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

El Inca: Tragic love story based on the life of the undefeated Edwin “El Inca” Valero, the greatest Latin American boxer and winner of 27 fights by knockout. Always accompanied by his wife, the charismatic boxer from the Venezuelan Andes, fights in rings around the world, gives great shows, and defeats all his rivals. As his professional life starts to rise, however, his personal life starts to stagger. Edwin establishes a relationship with another woman and gets trapped in his insecurities and a drug addiction, bringing him to his own destruction. Showtimes Wednesday 8 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. Tickets $9.

Dark Fortune: Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital to take care of Yves, an eight-year-old boy who has lost his parents and siblings in a car accident. Eliane is both shocked and curiously drawn to the traumatized boy. As time goes by, she loses the professional distance to the patient and, when Yves’ relatives begin a heavy dispute about the boy’s future, Eliane makes an unorthodox decision that throws her life off track. Showtimes Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

Royal Opera House Ballet: Swan Lake: The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane. (Running time: 3 hours.)  Showtimes Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. Tickets $20 (includes a drink and popcorn).


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 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 exhibition 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 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. Each Saturday an Inventor of the Week is featured in the museum’s rotunda, with activities related to that theme.

“Into the Light: The Rediscovered Paintings and Prints of Louise Leak” in the first-floor Thomas Gallery. 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. For further info, read our feature article: Artist Rediscovered in ‘Into the Light’ Exhibit.

GFAA GALLERY (1314 S. Main St.)
“Local Inspiration in North Florida” exhibit by GFAA members. 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. 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.

Presenting “Other Dimensions,” new work by Leslie Peebles in a show that “explores our beliefs and stories about the realities that lie just beyond our ken.” Gallery is open on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, or by appointment. (Call Stewart Thomas at 352.514.3838.)

At the Library

HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY (401 E. University Ave.)

Monday: Summer at the Library: Drumline Camp for Teens, 11 a.m.; Third Monday Knit and Crochet, 1 p.m.; Movies and Crafts/MARVEL Mondays, 4 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 4:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Music and Movement, 2:30 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4 p.m.; Creative Writing Workshop, 6 p.m.; Intermediate Spanish for Adults, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30 a.m.; Teen Book Club/Battle of the Books Prep, 4:45 p.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5 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 with Kate Motto, noon; MAKERspace, 4 p.m.; LEGOspace, 4 p.m.

Saturday: Sensory Storytime, 11 a.m.; CREATEspace, 1 p.m.; Board Games at the Library, 1 p.m.; Mandalas for All, 2 p.m.

Sunday: History of the Star Garage: Local History, 2 p.m.

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.