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Creative Spirit Rolls Along During Kinetic Derby

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The inaugural Menagerie in Motion event—one of only a handful in the United States—starts at the GRU Power District Warehouse on Saturday morning and follows a route around Depot Park.

Lorraine Duerden and her husband Raymond Rawls stand in front of the Shark Bike they created. It will be on display tonight at the GRU Warehouse.

Lorraine Duerden and her husband Raymond Rawls stand next to the Shark Bike they created.

Healthy relationships are based on, among other things, trust and communication.

Flo Turcotte, right, and Lorraine Duerden try to figure out how to best operate the "push-me, pull-me" bike.

Flo Turcotte, right, and Lorraine Duerden try to figure out how to best operate the “push-me, pull-me” bike.

That being the case, Flo Turcotte and Helen Warren will be putting their relationship to the test today during the inaugural Menagerie in Motion Kinetic Derby.

The Gainesville couple will be one of about 20 entries in the event that showcases human-powered (i.e. pedaled), custom-built vehicles. At 10 this morning, the Kinetic Derby will start at the GRU Power District Warehouse, 625 SE 5th Ave., and follow a 1.5-mile loop around Depot Park before returning to the warehouse for an awards ceremony.

Among the entries are five from Raymond Rawls in the form of animals—a shark, an elephant, a goldfish, an alligator and a horseshoe crab. Thus, the name Menagerie in Motion. However, entries were not required to have an animal theme.

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Bradley Concert Just the Beginning of Changeville

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Several downtown venues will participate in the music and comedy festival that is part of the annual frank gathering promoting social change.

Charles Bradley, on the cover of his Changes album.

Charles Bradley, on the cover of his Changes album.

Tonight, with a little music to keep you warm, Gainesville becomes Changeville.

Most everyone has already heard about the Charles Bradley concert that will mark the re-opening of Bo Diddley Community Plaza, but that event is only one part of a long evening of entertainment at a half-dozen venues throughout downtown Gainesville.

Once Bradley leaves the stage, events at High Dive, Market Street Pub and the Wooly shift into gear with live music and comedy. Meanwhile, the Hippodrome Cinema and Volta Coffee will already be participating with films and virtual-reality displays.

According to its organizers at the UF College of Journalism and Communications, Changeville is “a film, virtual reality, music and comedy festival where artists of purpose can connect.”

The night of events is the general public’s portion of the college’s annual gathering known as frank, a three-day conference at the Hippodrome designed to inspire social change through use of media. This year’s seventh frank conference, which continues through Friday, features about 340 attendees and more than 40 speakers.

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Bo Diddley Plaza Ready for Close-Up

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After a year of construction, the City of Gainesville is ready to unveil a new look and feel to its main downtown gathering space. Improvements include new buildings, landscaping, lighting, acoustics and a cool water wall illuminated with LED lights.

An artists rendering of the new "front porch" of the Bo Diddley Plaza.

An artist’s rendering of the new “front porch” of Bo Diddley Plaza, featuring four water walls (in blue).

Starting Thursday night, when soul singer Charles Bradley performs in concert, Bo Diddley Community Plaza will finally be a happening place again.

diddleyThe public square in the middle of downtown Gainesville has undergone more than a facelift during the past year—it has experienced a $1.8 million renaissance!

The entire north side of the plaza is new, including a decorative water wall, two new outbuildings and an expanded backstage area with large dressing rooms and new airport-style restrooms. The improvements extend around to the stage area, where new speakers and lighting will enhance the concertgoer experience.

“It’s a dramatic difference,” said Nathalie McCrate, a project manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City of Gainesville agency overseeing the project.

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SoMa Art Media Hub Turns 1 With Bash

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To commemorate the anniversary, the Gainesville Arts Market and Gainesville Art Scene are hosting an expanded event that will include local musicians, artists, crafts, vendors, food trucks and beer. 

Celino Dimitroff stands in front of the store he co-owns with Charley McWhorter. Photos by Gainesville Downtown

Celino Dimitroff stands in front of the arts supply store he co-owns with Charley McWhorter. (Photos by Gainesville Downtown)

Nothing pleases Celino Dimitroff more than seeing a steady stream of customers—typically UF architecture students and local artists—browsing his SoMa Art Media Hub and finding what they’re looking for.

After all, that’s why Dimitroff and fellow artist Charley McWhorter decided to open their retail space at 601 S. Main St. one year ago this month.

“I think this is a wonderful store, and it’s something Gainesville has needed—a resource for arts supplies,” said Roz Miller, a longtime resident and abstract artist.

To mark the store’s first anniversary, SoMa Art Media Hub is throwing a party in the form of a larger-than-usual Gainesville Arts Market today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the shaded parking area behind the store. There will be live music from five acts, food trucks and more than 30 artists and vendors offering their work—from T-shirts and jewelry to visual art and Henna tats.

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Documentary Features Micanopy Wood Mill

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Goodwin Heart Pine, a company specializing in reclaiming timber from beneath Florida waterways, is spotlighted in one of the 40 films to be screened this weekend at the 7th annual Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival in downtown Gainesville.

Florida is well known for its swaying palm trees, but 150 years ago longleaf pines dominated the landscape. The tall evergreens covered an astounding 22 million acres — or almost six out of every 10 acres from the panhandle to well down the peninsula.

Today, there are only about 4,000 acres of old-growth longleaf heart pine left in the Sunshine State. Most of them are on protected land at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida.

“They literally cut it all down,” said Jeffrey Forbes, marketing coordinator for the Goodwin Heart Pine Company. The Micanopy firm specializes in recovering longleaf heart-pine logs from river bottoms and using them for architectural purposes.

The story of the longleaf heart pine—with Goodwin featured prominently—is told in a documentary titled Longleaf: The Heart of Pine. Directed by Rex Jones, the 54-minute film will be one of more than 40 movies presented during the 7th annual Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival beginning Thursday.

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Love is In the Air for Dance Alive Duo

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The Italian newlyweds Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini are living a fairytale on stage for Dance Alive National Ballet—and in real life. They will perform together this weekend in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini perform in "Romeo Juliet" in 2013.

Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini perform “Romeo and Juliet” in 2013 during a gala put on by singer Andrea Bocelli.

They are from Italy. They have dashing good looks. They fell madly in love as teenagers. They cannot live without each other. They even finish each other’s sentences. …

Ines and Walter on their wedding day in December.

Ines and Walter on their wedding day in December.

Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini (now, that’s Italian!) are quintessential lovebirds. Their similarities to a certain Shakespearean couple are downright eerie.

“In Italy, people on the street used to stop us and say, ‘You look like Romeo and Juliet!’”

Angelini giggled when he shared that story. Sitting across the table from him, Ines burst into laughter.

“It’s true!” she smiled. “We love each other sooo much! He’s my best friend.”

Angelini, 24, and Albertini, 25, could easily be mistaken for youthful-looking students in this college town. They dress casually. They hang out at Starbucks. Their smartphones are always within reach.

However, about the only thing they study in Gainesville is their dance moves. Angelini and Albertini are principal dancers for Dance Alive National Ballet.

On Saturday, the couple will be onstage at UF’s Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Dance Alive’s dazzling production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The curtains rise at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Art, Exercise Merge at Visionary CrossFit

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The artistic owners of the year-old gym on North Main Street are hosting an eye-opening exhibition during Artwalk Gainesville on Friday night.

Carrie Wachter Martinez and Jesus Martinez in front of the mural they worked on at High Dive.

Carrie Wachter Martinez and Jesus Martinez in front of the mural they worked on at High Dive. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown)

This has been a hectic week for Carrie Wachter Martinez and Jesus Martinez—all for the sake of art.

The Gainesville couple has been busy painting a mural on a wall at High Dive in time for the music venue’s monthly food-truck rally on Saturday. Meanwhile, they have been hustling to put together an impressive art exhibition they will host Friday night at their Visionary CrossFit studios at 716 N. Main St.

Titled “Expanded Visions” and featuring the work of seven artists, the show will be one of the featured stops during the first Artwalk Gainesville event of 2016.

Artwalk Gainesville is a monthly self-guided tour of downtown area galleries, art spaces and other arts-minded businesses. The event takes place from 7-10 p.m. at 21 venues.

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