This Week’s Calendar

Dec. 18-24: 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!)

Onstage

HIPPODROME THEATRE (25 SE 2nd Place)

A Christmas Carol: For the 40th consecutive year, the classic Charles Dickens tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and redemption comes to life on the Hippodrome mainstage. Adapted by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon, this year’s production is directed by Niall McGinty and features Gregory Jones as Scrooge. Showtimes Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (sold out). Tickets $30-$35 ($25 for students and seniors, $15 for youths). Look back at four decades of the Hippodrome production in our feature article: Hippodrome Marks 40 Years of Timeless Classic.


Music/Entertainment Venues

THE ATLANTIC (15 N. Main St.)
Friday: ’80s-’90s Retro Video Dance Party, 10 p.m. Free.

THE BACKYARD AT BOCA FIESTA & PALOMINO (232 SE 1st. St.)
Monday: Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Tuesday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Thursday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights Dance Party with DJ Malibu Darby. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: Pajama Jam Part 2 X-Mas Edition with DJs Dita Pugz and Wax Atom, 10 p.m. Free. (Drink specials if you wear pajamas.)

THE BANK BAR AND DUTTON’S VAULT (22 W. University Ave.)
No events announced this week.

BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (111 E. University Ave.)
Monday: Yoga with Kate Motto, 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Yoga with Andrea, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. with live music on the Bo Diddley Stage. 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, 25 SE 2nd Place.
Thursday: Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m. Free.

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

THE BULL (18 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Open Mic Night hosted by Kyle Keller, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Jazzology, 10 p.m.
Wednesday: Michael Claytor’s Don’t Quit Your Day Job, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday: Eli Tragash, 9:30 p.m.
Friday: DJ Robzilla, 9:30 p.m.

CIVIC MEDIA CENTER (433 S. Main St.)
Monday: Film Screening: Monty Python’s Life of Brian: A political and religious satire that tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young Jewish man in Roman-occupied Judea who just happens to be born in a barn next door to the one in which Jesus of Nazareth is born. For the rest of his life, Brian is mistaken for the Messiah, with absurd and sometimes surreal comic results. The film makes sometimes-controversial fun of religion, left-wing politics and the history of the Middle East. 7 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 donations.

CYPRESS & GROVE BREWING CO. (1001 NW 4th St.)
Monday:
Holiday Wine Seminar, 6-8 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to gvillewineevents@gmail.com. Tickets $30.

DEPOT PARK (200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street)
Friday: Family Dance Party with DJ Billy Beats, 6-7:30 p.m.
Friday: Adult Capoeira Class with Professor Mico, 6:30 p.m. $5 fee.
Saturday: Gainesville Grinds: Total Boot Camp Class, 10 a.m. $5 fee.

DOWNTOWN WINE & CHEESE (113 N. Main St.)
No events announced this week.

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB (208 W. University Ave.)
Tuesday: Trivia, 8:45 p.m.
Thursday: Durty Bingo, 10 p.m.

EIGHT SECONDS SALOON (201 W. University Ave.)
Thursday: Ugly Sweater Party, 10 p.m.
Friday: Holiday Pajama Party, 10 p.m.
Saturday: Dress to Impress Christmas Party, 10 p.m.

EMILIANO’S CAFE (7 SE 1st Ave.)
Monday:
Jazz and Tapas, 7-10 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.
Thursday: Painting with a Twist, 6 p.m. Tickets $35 for class.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with Jenna, 1 p.m. Free (donations accepted).

FLORIDA THEATER (233 W. University Ave.)
No events announced this week.

HARDBACK CAFE (211 W. University Ave.)
Wednesday: Tom Miller’s Whoopee-Do Open Mic for music, poetry, stand-up and free speech, 9 p.m. No cover.
Thursday: Leaning Trees, Kyle Keller, Bill Martino and space-dot, 9:30 p.m.

HEARTWOOD SOUNDSTAGE (619 S. Main St., in the Baird Complex)
No events announced this week.

HIGH DIVE (210 SW 2nd Ave.)
Thursday: King Orange, Piss Test, Ceramicats and In Bed by Ten. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $6.
Friday: Sally B’s Dashing Revue: Classy and sassy burlesque show featuring performances by Aurora Natrix, Buttercup Sunset, Johnny Sparks, Rumor Hasset and Sally B. Dash hosted by Ramcat Jackson and featuring Becky Sinn and live music by Swing Theory. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $12 general admission.
Saturday:
 Midbrain (reunion show) and Kobefam. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $6 in advance (ticketfly.com)/$8 at the door.

LEONARDO’S 706 (706 W. University Ave.)
Monday: Hot Club de Ville welcomes back accordionist Nick Caputo to play gypsy jazz in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, 7-10 p.m. No cover.
Thursday: Marty Liquori’s Jazztet, 7-10 p.m. No cover.

LOOSEY’S (120 SW 1st Ave.)
Monday: Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Folk is People (Jacksonville) and Mama Trish, 9 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Gainesville Trivia Challenge ($100 first prize), 5 p.m.
Saturday: Ugly Sweater Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Wolftron, 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)
Monday:
Tom Miller’s Tabernacle of Hedonism FINAL SHOW, 10:30 p.m. Free.

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

ROCKEY’S DUELING PIANO BAR (112 S. Main St.)
Wednesday: Comedy Boom Christmas Blowout featuring Barry S. Naylor and CJ Hernandez. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8.
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.)
No events announced this week.

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. and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Free. (See further info below.)

Tuesday: Jewel Box Concerts presents The Currys Holiday Show. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $20 general admission (cash only at the door), $30 VIP. Dinner will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.

VISIONARY CROSSFIT (716 N. Main St.)
Tuesday: Sound Meditation and Winter Solstice Ritual with Frances Aiom, 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

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


Cinema

THE HIPPODROME (25 SE 2nd Place)

Loving Vincent: A 2017 biographical animated drama about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. 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 115 painters. Tuesday 6 p.m., Wednesday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., 8:15 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

The Breadwinner: Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family. Showtimes Tuesday 8 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m. Friday 5:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

Gremlins: Rule Breakers: The tale of a cute and furry Christmas gift that multiplies into many, many, many terrifying Christmas gifts. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents a movie party celebration of the hilarious and wickedly scary 1984 film featuring a special conversation with director Joe Dante that’ll take you behind the scenes of this all-time classic. Showtime Friday 7:30 p.m. Tickets $9.


Museums/Galleries

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. Museum hours Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

THOMAS CENTER GALLERIES (302 NE 6th Ave.)
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.)
“Still Life and Landscape” continues through Jan. 7.

BLACK C ART GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 111)
“Converging Perspectives: NYC,” a mix of cityscapes by artist and gallery owner Ani Collier, along with digital collages by Collier and Liliana Dvorianova.

HIPPODROME GALLERY (25 SE 2nd Place)
Hipp Staff & Friends Art Show featuring works by Sara Morsey, Celino Dimitroff, Daniel Perea, Lorelei Esser, Rachel Jones, Bryan Mercer, Marissa Toogood, Warren Goodwin and Taylor Petry.

ARTISANS’ GUILD GALLERY (201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 113)
A celebration of the holidays 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 & Crochet, 1 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 4 p.m.

Tuesday: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. (for ages 5-and-under); FOODIEspace: Holiday Pancakes, 3:30 p.m. (for ages 12-and-up); Diabetes Prevention Program, 6 p.m. (for ages 19-and-up).

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

Thursday: Baby Laptime, 10:30 a.m. (for age 1-and-under); Retro Video Gaming, 5 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 5:30 p.m. (for ages 12-and-up); Coloring for Families, 6 p.m. (for ages 3-11);

Friday: Holiday Ugly Sweater Coloring, 11 a.m.; LEGOspace, 4 p.m. (for ages 5-11).

Saturday: No events scheduled.

Sunday: Closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.


Do you have a downtown event to add to this list? Send us an email with all pertinent info to gainesvilledowntown@yahoo.com.