This Week’s Calendar

Oct. 14-20, 2019

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! Also, let us know if we missed anything by sending an email to

Tom Petty Weekend

Thursday-Saturday: Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., is the epicenter for Tom Petty Nation with a lineup that includes The Bayjacks, featuring Tom Leadon (of Mudcrutch); Southern Accents, the acclaimed Tom Petty tribute band from Nashville; The Mudpies with Danny Roberts of Mudcrutch and Mike Boulware; and more than 25 other musical acts as well as authors Paul Zollo and Bob Kealing, storytellers and more. For details and ticket info, visit the Heartwood Soundstage website.

Tom Petty Birthday Bash

Friday-Sunday: A free rock and roll music festival in Depot Park, on South Main Street, celebrating the life and legacy of the late Tom Petty, Gainesville native and music legend. The event is organized and hosted by Gainesville-based Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band Heavy Petty, which will headline on Sunday. For further info, visit the Tom Petty Birthday Bash 2019 website.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Saturday through Oct. 23: More than a half-million items, including books, magazines, record albums, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, posters, paintings and prints will be available for sale during the five-day sale at the FOL Bookhouse, 430-B N. Main St. The Collector’s Corner, featuring rare books, signed books and books related to Florida, is open the first four days of the sale. For further info, visit the Friends of the Library website.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Savants of Soul

Friday: Savants of Soul: The Gainesville-based, nine-piece Motown soul band built on a foundation of blues, soul, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, punk and ska performs during this week’s Free Fridays Concert Series event from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza. In 2015, the band released the EP “Sunday Best,” which followed the release of 2014’s full-length LP “Downtown Sound.” The band has performed at such notable events as Suwannee Hulaween (2016), the Red Gorilla Festival at South by Southwest (2017) and the Gasparilla Festival this past March. The Savants of Soul have been featured alongside Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Benjamin Booker, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Original Wailers and Thomas Wynn & The Believers. Band members include Justin McKenzie (lead vocals), Will Campbell (guitar), John Gray Shermyen (bass), Zachary Emerson (keyboards), Alex Klausner (drums), Mandy Ferwerda (vocals, trumpet), Jacob Armstrong (trombone), Jordan Jones (tenor saxophone) and Ray Vigil (baritone saxophone). Music fans are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets for best viewing on the lawn in front of the Bo Diddley Stage.


Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place
Maryann Towne and Tim Altmeyer star in The Blameless. (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

The Blameless: The boisterous Garcia family has always tackled their days with warmth, humor and tough love. But today is no ordinary day. The man they’ve invited to dinner is the father of the person responsible for their own son’s murder. Written by Nick Gandiello, directed by Stephanie Lynge and starring Alberto Bonilla, Maryann Towne, Hannah Benitez, Maylin Castro, Tim Altmeyer and Oghenero Gbaje. Performances Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $42-$47 (discounted for students and seniors). Note: Tuesday is $10 Tuesday. All tickets for the performance will be available for $10 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wednesday is Mix & Mingle Night with the cast and crew at 8:30 p.m. in the gallery and bar. For a preview of the production, including interviews with the director and cast, read our article: “The Blameless” Asks Tough Question: Can We Forgive the Unforgivable?

Monday: The Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series (in the cinema): The Report, written and directed by Charlie Mitchell, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 (

Monday: Hippodrome Jazz Series: Bill Fote and Scott Wilson (in the lower level), 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5 (

Tuesday: The Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series (in the cinema): The Report, written and directed by Charlie Mitchell, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 (

Thursday: A Conversation with Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (author of “Muslim Cool”), in conjunction with the UF Center For Global Islamic Studies and the Dr Sayeed and Atiya Ahmed Lecture Series (in the cinema). 6-8 p.m. Reserve free tickets online at

> For the complete 2019-20 Hippodrome calendar of shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.
Rev. Barnes (George O’Brien) naps during Peggy’s funeral in  Sordid Lives. (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

Sordid Lives: When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in the small town of Winters, Texas. A dark comedy written by Del Shores, directed by Kathy Byrne, stage managed by Bo Broawell and starring America Gordon, Jacquie Garvey, Elyse Bois-Jobidon, Kristen Mercer, Anna Marie Kirkpatrick, Zackery Ryan, Jan Cohen, George O’Brien, Eddie Suggs, Cindy Lasley, Dalton Cotter and Charles Sanders Ekbladh. Performances Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. (through Oct. 27). Tickets $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Note: Thursday performances on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 are $10 Thursdays. For a preview of the production, including interviews with the director and cast members, read our article: “Sordid Lives” Travels Rocky Road to Very Heart of Dysfunction Junction.

> For the complete 2019-20 AW calendar of shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is currently in rehearsals for its next production, Florida Man by Michael Presley Bobbitt, opening Oct. 25.

> For the complete 2019-20 ART calendar of shows and dates, click on Upcoming Events.

Music/Entertainment Venues

The Atlantic, 15 N. Main St.

Thursday: Horsewhip (St. Pete), Colonial Wound(Jacksonville), Cyclopean Blood Temple and Vorn, 9 p.m. $6 cover.
Friday: Motown Showdown with DJ Wax Atom, 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Juan Wauters (New York City), Las Nubes (Miami), No PDA (St. Augustine), and Velma & The Happy Campers, 9 p.m. $8 cover.
Sunday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.

The Backyard at Boca Fiesta & Palomino, 232 SE 1st St.

Monday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Tuesday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Thursday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights dance party with DJ Viking Prince, 9 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Routines, Gris Gris Boys and Wiek Wiek, 10 p.m. $6 cover.

The Bank Bar and Dutton’s Vault, 22 W. University Ave.

Friday: Latin Fiesta Night with Elio Piedra, 10 p.m.
Florida vs. South Carolina football viewing party, noon.

Big Top Brewing Co., 201 SE 2nd Ave. (Suite 101)

Thursday: The Dozenaires, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Oktoberfest starting at 11 a.m. and featuring beer releases, German-style food and competitions.
Florida vs. South Carolina football viewing party, noon.

Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

Monday: Free Yoga with Tan, 6-7 p.m.
Free Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. The weekly market features more than 60 local and regional vendors and live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage with Alli Wodar at 4 p.m., Danny Sohn at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: Savants of Soul, 8-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with Instructor Samurai, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: UF HealthStreet’s 4th annual Night of Dance, 4-7 p.m. Free with advance registration at
Sunday: Morning Movement Class, 9 a.m. Free.

Boxcar Wine & Beer Garden (at Depot Park)

Friday-Sunday: Tom Petty Birthday Bash music festival. Hours vary each day. Free. VIP packages available.

The Bull, 18 SW 1st. Ave.

Monday: Kyle Keller’s open mic, 8 p.m.
Jazzology, 9:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Joe Breidenstine jazz quartet, 9:30 p.m.

Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

Tuesday: Free Grocery Store and HIV Testing, 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Palestine 101: A Teach-In hosted by UF Students for Justice in Palestine, 6-8:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Thursday: Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Weekly Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: CMC Anniversary: The 26 Mix fundraiser featuring music by Purple Kloud and panel of activists, 6-9 p.m. Admission $10-$50 sliding scale donations.
Saturday: Free Meditation for Self-Care Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Saturday: Yoga as Self-Care Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday: Free Store, 2-4 p.m.
Saturday: Author Talk: “Young Revolutionary: A Teen’s Guide to Activism” with Chanice Lee co-sponsored by Third House Books, 6-8 p.m. Free (donations appreciated).
Sunday: Community Gardening, 8-11 a.m.
Sunday: CMC Zine Meeting, noon.

Cypress & Grove Brewing Co., 1001 NW 4th St.

Monday: Monday Night YogaLoka, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Trivia, 7 p.m.
Science on Tap: Sharks with guest speaker Tyler Bowling and hosted by Florida Museum of Natural History, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday: Jazz Bandits, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon.
Saturday: Florida vs. South Carolina football viewing party, noon.

Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave. at South Main Street

Friday-Sunday: Tom Petty Birthday Bash music festival. Hours vary each day. Free. VIP packages available.
Depot Park parkrun, 7:30 a.m.

Downtown Wine & Cheese, 113 N. Main St.

Thursday: Jurassic Park Wine Tasting, 6:15. Tickets $15 (
Jazz Night, 7-10:30 p.m.

Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, 208 W. University Ave.

Tuesday: Trivia, 9 p.m.
Hump-Day Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Thursday: Halloween Trivia, 9 p.m.
Saturday: Spirit and the Cosmic Heart (Winter Haven), Supertwin and Lover’s Booth, 10 p.m. No cover.

Eight Seconds Saloon, 201 W. University Ave.

No special events announced this week.

Emiliano’s Cafe, 7 SE 1st Ave.

Monday: Jazz & Tapas, 7-10 p.m.
Brenda Bayne Trio (smooth jazz), 7-9 p.m.

First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Yaymaker Plant Nite, 7 p.m. Tickets $46 (
Thursday: Spooktacular Films: Army of Darkness, 8 p.m. Free.
Friday: Likely Lovely (Americana/indie-folk), 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Tom Petty: A Celebration featuring themed beer releases and live music by Local Voices, Beartoe, Corwin and Friends, and Drew White, noon-11 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Florida vs. South Carolina football viewing party, noon.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga with AUXO Fitness, 1-2 p.m.

Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St.

Wednesday: Tabernacle of Hedonism with the Reverend Angeldust and hosted by Tom Miller, 9 p.m.
Friday: Vetnough (Tampa), Off Day and Dogear. Doors open at 9 p.m., music starts at 10. $5 cover.
Saturday: The Forum, Faze Wave and Take Lead (Orlando), 7 p.m.
Sunday: Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son (New Jersey), Rx Fire, Causa and Penny’s Lookout, 8 p.m.

Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St. (in the Baird Complex)

Thursday-Saturday: Tom Petty Weekend music festival. Hours vary each day. Tickets and three-day passes available at

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave.

Tuesday: Pompeii’s Latin Night featuring local drag queens. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $5 (
Wednesday: The Soul Rebels (New Orleans) and Maha & the Lions. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $16 in advance (, $18 day of show.
Thursday: Rocky Horror Picture Show! Live on Stage (live-action skits from local players to accompany the cult movie classic). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $7.50-$12 (
Friday: Arts Market Family Art/Music Show showcasing local more than a dozen artists, 7-9:30 p.m. Free.
Friday: Thriller Night Halloween Costume Party benefiting Children’s Miracle Network. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and featuring more than a dozen food trucks in the parking lot starting at 5 p.m. and live music inside the venue starting at 6 p.m. with Dr John & the Medicine Show, Caleb Edens and Jason Shinn. Free.
Saturday: Gettin Jiggy: ’90s vs 2000s Video Dance Party with DJ Mellow Blendz. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Free.

Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave.

Monday: Hot Club de Ville gypsy jazz, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Thursday: Marty Liquori Jazztet, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

Lillian’s Music Store, 112 SE 1st St.

No special events announced this week.

Loosey’s, 120 SW 1st Ave.

Tuesday: Bryan McPherson (Boston), Jason Guy Smiley and Kyle Keller, 8 p.m. $5 cover.
Wednesday: Bingo, 9 p.m.
Friday: JP Harris (Nashville) and The Crunky Tonk Non Stars, 9 p.m. $7 cover.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party, 9 p.m.

Maude’s Classic Cafe and Side Car Bar, 101 SE 2nd Place

No special events announced this week.

Mai Kai Kava Bar, 17 W. University Ave.

Monday: Open Mic. Sign-ups begin at 8 p.m., show starts at 9.
Tuesday: Free Flow Art with Zach, 8 p.m.
Thursday: Who’s Your Harry Potter Character? hosted by Spark Art, 8 p.m.

The Midnight, 223 S. Main St.

Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday Stand-Up Comedy & Open Mic featuring touring comedians John J. Murray and Jon Silman along with Daniel Biddle, Alainna Whatley, Zachary Weidner and Allie Marie. Sign up to perform 8-8:30 p.m. (spots limited). Show starts at 9:15.

Signal, 7 SW 1st St.

Saturday: Over Easy & Friends Family Reunion featuring DRO (Miami), LEFO (Denver), Les Voss and Dunstan Wallace, 9 p.m.

Silver Q Billiards & Sports Bar, 225 W. University Ave.

Saturday: Florida vs. South Carolina football viewing party, noon.

Swamp City Gallery Lounge, 404 SE 2nd St.

Wednesday: Drum Classes with Amo Damas, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Game Night, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: N64 Tournament hosted by Black Galaxy Entertainment, 8 p.m.
Thursday: “Dillon’s Run” a Musical Journey with DJ Dillon Rose, 8 p.m.
Friday: Friday Night Lights RnB & Hip Hop Showcase, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Demo Days X featuring Kizmit Glass and music by DJ Joe Wolf, 2-8 p.m.
Saturday: Masala Mix up with DJ Ka$hMiracle, 8 p.m.
Sunday: Selector Sundays with DJ Stany, 8 p.m.

Third House Books and Coffee, 113 N. Main St.

Wednesday: Storytelling Meetup & “Braided Brook” Literary Journal Release hosted by Self Narrate, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday: Gainesville Playreaders, 7:30 p.m. Free registration through
Friday: Diverse Converse Book Club: “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Meet the Author: Leaf Seligman (“From the Midway: Unfolding Stories of Redemption and Belonging”), 5:30 p.m.

The Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.

No special events announced this week.

University Club, 18 E. University Ave.

No special events announced this week.

Vine Sourdough Bakery, 627 N. Main St.

Friday: The Prairie Chickens (Eli Tragash and Virginia Carr), 6-8 p.m.

Visionary Athletics, 716 N. Main St.

No special events announced this week.

The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

No special events announced this week.


Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night — a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for. Directed by Olivia Wilde. (Rated R.) Screenings Wednesday 6 p.m., Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 p.m.*, Sunday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m. *Note: The Saturday night screening will be preceded by a drag performance (as a double feature). Tickets for $25 can be purchased at Tickets for the movie alone will be sold only at the door prior to screening time.

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?: During the summer of 2017, a string of brutal killings of black men in the U.S. sent shock waves throughout the country. This black-and-white documentary by Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini attempts to offer a poetic snapshot of African-American life in the Deep South, centered around New Orleans. Screenings Wednesday 8:30 p.m., Friday 6 p.m., Sunday 3:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.


Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention, 811 S. Main St.

The museum’s exhibits, educational programs and Creativity Labs encourage learners of all ages to think like an inventor, meet an inventor, and be an inventor. Exhibits include “The Science and Inventions of Football,” “Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor” and “Sweat Solution,” as well as the Creativity and Fab Labs and the Idea Atelier. On most Saturdays, the Cade offers a Meet the Inventor program in the Rotunda, featuring researchers and scientists and their creations. Museum hours Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Tickets $12.50; $10 for students and ; seniors; $7.50 for children ages 5-17.

Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave.

The museum’s main exhibition gallery and Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall are housed in the former American Legion Hall, which was repurposed as a museum in 1994. The complex also includes the Matheson Library & Archives, the 1867 Matheson House, Tison Tool Barn and Sweetwater Park. The main exhibit hall displays “Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks: Celebrating our Mid-Century Architectural Past [1945-1975].” Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays). Admission is free.

Thursday: Tom Petty Symposium with panelists Mike Boulware, Bob Kealing, Danny Roberts, Jon Scott and Paul Zollo, and moderated by Dan Spiess, 11 a.m. Free, but all attendees will be required to register for a free ticket via

Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave.

Featuring “SYNCHRONICA :: Framing Time,” an exhibition of 150 photo/portraits by area youths, in the Main Gallery, and “A Walk in the Park,” an exhibit of nine local artists inspired by the City of Gainesville’s parks and public spaces, in the second-floor Doris Bardon Gallery. The galleries are open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

For a closer look at “SYNCHRONICA,” read our article: “Synchronica” Offers Snapshot of 2019 Through the Eyes of Local Teenagers. 

Sweetwater Print Cooperative, 117 S. Main St (in the Tench Building)

Presenting “Joanna Clark: New Work,” an exhibit of mixed-media drawings and small wall sculptures (through Oct. 23).  Gallery is open Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and by appointment (call Stewart Thomas at 352. 514.3838).

Hippodrome Gallery, 25 SE 2nd Place

Featuring artist Amy Richard’s “Paper Spirits,” complex paper forms to meditate on invisible structures exhibited in nature. Gallery open during business hours and during evening and weekend events.

Black C Art Gallery, 201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 111

Gallery and performance space featuring the work of dancer, photographer and visual artist Ani Collier along with select guest artists. The gallery is preparing for “Oedipus Redux” or “Which Man is That in My Bed?” on Oct. 23-24.

Artisans Guild Gallery, 201 SE 2nd Place (in Union Street Station)

Featuring guest artist Jay Winter Collins. Gallery features artwork and crafts of dozens of local and regional artists. Hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

GFAA Gallery, 1314 S. Main St.

Presenting “Mix It Up,” a themed exhibit by Gainesville Fine Arts Association members (through Saturday). Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The SL8, 10 E. University Ave.

Featuring the works of local and distant artists. Gallery hours vary.


Alachua County District Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.

Monday: Job Club Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Movies and Crafts: Teen Movie Mondays, 4-6 p.m.; The Time Traveler’s Guide to National Novel Writing Month Preparatory Workshop, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m.; ESOL Open Enrollment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Homeschool Art Experience, 11 a.m.-noon; Homeschool STEAM Class, noon-1 p.m.; Read with a Dog, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Sex X-tra: Cross Stitch Club, 4-5:45 p.m.; Advanced English Conversation Class, 6-7:30 p.m.; Between the Covers Romance Book Club: “The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics,” 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Music and Movement, 10:30-11 a.m.; Wallaby Wednesdays: Afternoon Fun for Kids, 3-3:30 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4-5 p.m.; SEWINGspace: Holiday Gifts, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Girls Who Code, 5:30-7 p.m.; Block Print Pumpkin Carving with the Wayfaring Painter, 6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30-11 a.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5-7 p.m.; Basic ESOL Class, 5:30-7 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 6-7 p.m.; Coloring for Families, 6-6:45 p.m.

Friday: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts for Adults: Making Art Pieces Using Oil Pastels, 10-11:30 a.m.; Lunch-Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon-12:45 p.m.; LEGOspace, 4-5 p.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Sensory Storytime, 11-11:30 a.m.; Fall Teen Art Show (ages 12-15), 1-4 p.m.; SEWINGspace: Holiday Gifts, 1-3 p.m.; Kids’ Movie, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday: Fall Teen Art Show (ages 12-15), 1-4 p.m.; MAKERspace: Introduction to Arduino, 1-3 p.m.; Stitch and Chat: It’s Sew Fun, 1-4 p.m.