This Week’s Calendar

Nov. 11-17, 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

Downtown Festival & Art Show

Eleanor Blair’s painting that is this year’s poster art for the Downtown Festival & Art Show.

Saturday and Sunday: The streets of downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity, complete with live music, performing arts and a wide array of food, for the 38th annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. The festival features 240 local and national artists displaying work in every medium and competing for cash prizes. Meanwhile, children can create their own art at the Imagination Station, a free hands-on art activity area. There will also be continuous live entertainment on four stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The festival weekend kicks off on Friday night with a free Downtown Blues Concert from 7-11 p.m. presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society. For further info, including a list of artists and the entertainment schedule, visit the 38th annual Downtown Festival & Art Show website. Look for a preview of the show later this week at


Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.
A scene from The Ghosts on the Wall. (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

The Ghosts on the Wall: Curt and Regina Schonwald are trapped inside World War II Germany. The demoralizing directives from the Reich change their everyday lives, along with millions of others as they deal with ghettos, expulsion and, later, extermination. Curt and Regina correspond with their son Heinz over the course of several years with hopes of emigrating to America to be with him. Written by Christopher Maly, the drama is inspired by the Wald family letters. The show is directed by Chuck Lipsig and stars Ed Hunter, Claudia Senesac, Bo Broadwell and Croix Perkins. Performances Friday 8 p.m. (Opening Night), Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. followed by four performances a week through Nov. 24. Tickets $25 general admission, $20 seniors, $15 students. Note: All tickets for the Thursday, Nov. 21 performance are $10.

For a preview of the production, including interviews and photographs, read our article: “Ghosts on the Wall” Puts Real Faces on Events Surrounding the Holocaust.

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

Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place

The Hippodrome Theatre is currently in rehearsals for its two holiday productions, Scrooge in Rouge and A Christmas Carol, opening Nov. 22 and Nov. 30, respectively.

Monday: Hippodrome Jazz Series: Ethan Nguyen and Peter McCann (in the lower level), 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5 (

Friday: Threetles Benefit Concert (in the cinema), 8 p.m. Tickets $10 (

Friday: Late-Night Swing and Blues Dance hosted by the Florida Swing Dancing Club (in the lower level), 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets $10 (

For the complete 2019-20 Hippodrome 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, Exit Santa, opening Dec. 5.

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

Music/Entertainment Venues

The Atlantic, 15 N. Main St.

Wednesday: Quintron and Miss Pussycat (New Orleans), 3 Brained Robot (New Orleans) and EW, 9 p.m. $8 cover.
Thursday: Action Research #209: Curse (Baltimore), ISYA (St. Augustine), Ironing, Mass Control and Frog, 9 p.m. $6 cover.
Friday: Motown Showdown dance party with DJ Wax Atom, 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: ’80s Nite with DJ Cameron Gregory, 10 p.m. No 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.

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

Friday: All Request ’80s with DJ Donna: Strictly off the Record, 9 p.m. $2 cover.

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

Friday: HAARTS Fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. (Pets welcome on the outdoor patio area.)
Friday: Ethan Thompson, 8-11 p.m.
Florida vs. Missouri viewing party, noon

Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

Monday: Free Yoga with Sophia, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6:30 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 Beaux at 4 p.m., Penn at 4:30, Stava Mala at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Free Blues Concert featuring Liz Mandeville and The Blue Points, 441 South, and Brett Wellman & Stone Cold Blues hosted by the North Central Florida Blues Society, 7-11 p.m. Free.

Boxcar Wine & Beer Garden (at Depot Park)

No special events announced this week.

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.
Tuesday: Farseek, off day, Southpaw, Sports Reference and Dogear. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. $5-$15 sliding-scale donation.
Tuesday: IWOC General Meeting, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Prisons: The ART of Resistance hosted by Baer and the Lady, 7-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted).
Thursday: Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Weekly Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: Bluegrass & Oldtime Jam and Potluck, 6-9 p.m.
Friday: Dream Defender SquaDD Social, 9-11:30 p.m.
Saturday: Free Meditation for Self-Care Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Saturday: Free Yoga, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday: Free Store, 2-5 p.m.
Saturday: Starhouse EP Release Extravaganza along with Cheap Plastic and Blueberry Season, 7-11 p.m.
Sunday: Community Gardening, 8-11 a.m.
Sunday: CMC Zine Meeting, noon.

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

Monday: YogaLoka, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Wednesday: ThePairODocs and Friends Listening Room with special guests AmusicA (Bill Hutchinson, Jenifer Johnson and John Netardus), 6-9 p.m.
Friday: Jazz Bandits, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon.
Saturday: Florida vs. Missouri football viewing party, noon.
Sunday: Sirens & Strings Fall Showcase, 4-6 p.m.

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

Tuesday: Full Moon Drum Circle, 7 p.m.
Depot Park parkrun, 7:30 a.m.
Sunday: Fitness Fest hosted by UF Diabetes Institute, 9 a.m.-noon.

DownTown Fats, 112 S. Main St.

No special events announced this week.

Downtown Wine & Cheese, 113 N. Main St.

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

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

Tuesday: Trivia, 9 p.m.
Wednesday: Hump Day Karaoke, 10 p.m.

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.
Thursday: Science on Tap: Sinkholes with guest speaker John M. Jaeger, associate professor at UF’s Department of Geological Sciences, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday: Florida White Beer Launch, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday: Florida vs. Missouri football viewing party, noon.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga, 1-2 p.m.

Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St.

Monday: Freakshow Showcase Festival. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. $10 cover.
Tuesday: TGTG (Positive Energy World Tour), Loose Xhange, 86Hope and Cheap Plastic. $5 cover.
Wednesday: Tabernacle of Hedonism with the Reverend Angeldust and hosted by Tom Miller, 9 p.m.
Radon, NoMore and Big Sad. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. $5 cover.

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

No special events announced this week.

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave.

Monday: Andrés, Patternist, The Real You and Escape the Ordinary. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 day of show.
Tuesday: Kero Kero Bonito (London) and Negative Gemini (Los Angeles). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30. Tickets $15 in advance (, $17 day of show.
Wednesday: Chris Renzema: The Boxer + The Bear Tour along with Saint Simon. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:45. Tickets $10 in advance (, $13 day of show.
Thursday: Titus Andronicus, Partner and Leg Biters. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $15 in advance (, $17 day of show.
Friday: AIAS Beaux Arts Ball. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets $10 for AIAS members, $15 for non-members.
Saturday: 4th annual Hoggetowne Burlesque & Drag Alliance Showcase featuring more than 20 performers to benefit Planned Parenthood. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $10 in advance (, $15 day of show.

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.

Saturday: Florida vs. Missouri football viewing party, noon.

Loosey’s, 120 SW 1st Ave.

Monday: Team trivia, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Bingo, 8:30 p.m.
Friday: Caustic Casanova (God How I Envy This Tour), Thunderclap and OOF. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party, 9 p.m.

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

Friday: Downtown Drag and Burlesque (on the patio), 10 p.m. $5 cover.

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, 8 p.m.

The Midnight, 223 S. Main St.

Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday Stand-Up Comedy & Open Mic. Sign up to perform 8-8:30 p.m. (spots limited). Show starts at 9:15.

Signal, 7 SW 1st St.

Tuesday: House & Tacos hosted by Over Easy Creative, 9 p.m.

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

Saturday: Florida vs. Missouri 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.
Saturday: Metal Enamel Pins with Glass Beads hosted by Yolanda C. Studio, 1-4 p.m.
Sunday: Selector Sundays, 4-8 p.m.

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

Saturday: Meet the Creators: Andre Frattino and Jesse Lee (“Simon Says”), 1-4 p.m.
Sunday: Meet the Author: Kaya Gravitter (“After She Said Yes”), 3-6 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.

No special events announced this week.

Visionary Athletics, 716 N. Main St.

No special events announced this week.

The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

Saturday: Pearl & The Oysters Farewell Party along with Room Thirteen (New Orleans), Edmondsons (Hollywood, FL) and The Dewars. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $7 in advance (, $10 at the door.


Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

Murderous Trance: Criminal investigator Anders Olsen begins to solve a case in which a bank robber shoots two bank clerks and runs into the streets of Copenhagen with the money. When arrested, he claims to have committed the crime alone. Some eyewitnesses say the robber seemed to have been in a trance, which makes the case even more complicated and peculiar. Olsen finds out that the accused has been in prison with the charismatic Björn Schow Nielsen and begins to suspect that Nielsen had hypnotized his fellow inmate to commit the crime for him. Psychological thriller based on a true story. Screenings Thursday 6 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality: As a young lawyer in the 1980s, Bryan Stevenson witnessed the complicity of the Supreme Court in accepting inherent and inevitable discrimination in the application of the death penalty. Tracing the trajectory of the Supreme Court since the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which ruled African Americans are not citizens of this country, the film shows how the Court sanctioned inequality, oppression and violence. In part, a narrative was created that told people it’s okay to bind them in chains; to sell them down the river; to auction them off; to say “separate, but equal”; to lynch them; to drag them through the streets; to criminalize them; to brutalize them — because those bodies are different. At the epicenter of this story is the opening of Equal Justice Initiative’s heart-wrenching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to the more than 4,400 victims of lynching. Screening Thursday 8 p.m. (one night only). Admission is free, but reservations are requested at

The Lighthouse: From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Screening Saturday 8 p.m. Tickets $9.


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 “Food Revolution,” “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.

Tuesday: Teen Maker Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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].” The Mary Ann Cofrin Exhibit Hall displays “Tom Petty’s Gainesville: Where Dreams Began.” Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays). Admission is free.

Thursday: Book Launch: “Disasters in Paradise: Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability and Development Decisions” with Dr. Amanda D. Concha-Holmes, Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, Dr. Sarah Cervone and Juan Concha-Holmes, 7 p.m. Free.

Saturday: Book Talk: “The Letters of George Long Brown: A Yankee Merchant on Florida’s Antebellum Frontier” with Dr. James Denham and Dr. Keith Huneycutt, 4 p.m. Free.

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 Mike Donovan and “Florida” (through Dec. 4). 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

Presenting “Form & Fantasy in Search of Name” interactive exhibit by Ani Collier.

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

Featuring husband-wife Frank DiGangi and Carol Worthington, guest artists for November. 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 “Gainesville: The heART of Florida” exhibition, part of Gainesville’s 150th anniversary celebration, featuring works by GFAA artists. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: Faux Tales: Miscast Cabaret: A night of switching and swapping musical madness as a cast of local musical theater artists performs their favorite gender-bent numbers. Showtimes at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both shows will be preceded by an art exhibit. Tickets $15 in advance (, $20 at the door. VIP packages also available for $30 individual, $50 couple.

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: Library closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m.; ESOL Open Enrollment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Teen Crafts: Sew Simple for Teens, 4-6 p.m.; Advanced English Conversation Class, 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Music and Movement, 10:30-11 a.m.; Tonewood Family Music, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Wallaby Wednesdays: Afternoon Fun for Kids, 3-3:30 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4-5 p.m.; Girls Who Code, 5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30-11 a.m.; Tabletop Gaming for Kids, 4-6 p.m.; Basic ESOL Class, 5:30-7 p.m.; My Favorite Crime Book Club: “Killer Clown,” 6-7:30 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, 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: SEWINGspace: Holiday Gifts, 1-3 p.m.; Kids’ Movie, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday: NaNoWriMo Write-In, 1-4 p.m.; Stitch and Chat: It’s Sew Fun, 1-4 p.m.