This Week’s Calendar

June 17-23, 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

Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday: The Shakedown: This week’s Free Fridays Concert Series event features a band specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. African-American Music Appreciation Month continues with The Shakedown, a five-piece, Gainesville-based band comprised of stage veterans well versed in a variety of musical genres but with a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. The band has some of its greatest influences from such blues greats as Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. The Shakedown includes Michelle “Velvet” Banfield (lead vocals), Keith Whitesel (percussion), Frank Bougher (lead guitar), Carlo Schuster (bass guitar) and Randy Hensley (keys/rhythm guitar). The Free Fridays concert takes place from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. For all Free Fridays concerts, fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for viewing on the lawn in front of the Bo Diddley Stage.

For a complete listing of this year’s Free Fridays concerts, visit Upcoming Events.


Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place
Cali Newman performs as Dyanne and Joe Boover as Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet. (Photograph by Lena Crane/Reflections of Light Photography)

Million Dollar Quartet: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley have one of the greatest jam sessions of all time in the Tony Award-winning musical inspired by a true event. The four iconic musicians play their hearts out live on stage as they weave a tale filled with broken promises, deception, betrayal and passion. The production features such legendary tunes as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire!” Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, directed by Hugh Hysell and starring Joe Boover (Elvis Presley), Sam C. Jones (Carl Perkins), Brian Michael Henry (Jerry Lee Lewis), Colin Barkell (Johnny Cash), Cali Newman (Dyanne), Hugh Hysell (Sam Phillips), Justin Bendel (Brother Jay) and Gainesville’s own Benny Cannon (Fluke). 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. (extended through July 21). Tickets $32-$37 (discounted for students and seniors) available through or at the box office. For a preview of the show, including interviews and photographs, read our article: Talk About Rock and Roll Heaven: “Million Dollar Quartet” Tops Chart.

For a look ahead at the Hippodrome’s 2019-20 mainstage season, read our article: Hippodrome’s 2019-20 Season Will Get Off to “Curious” Start in the Fall.

Tuesday: Swing Dance Lessons presented by the Florida Swing Dancing Club (in the lower level), 7-8 p.m. $5 fee.

Thursday: Open Mic Night (in the lower level). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Free.

Friday: Million Dollar Karaoke (in the lower level), 10 p.m. No cover.

Saturday: Sip & Stroll, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $15 (

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
Is the gun real? Is anything real?! (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

You Have the Right to Remain Dead: Welcome to the Deep South, where all is not what it seems. … Meet Fat Daddy, a rich but vindictive Southern gentleman with an equally conniving and scheming family. So you already know who’s going to die, right? Or do you?! And who will be the murderer? It’s up to you to figure out whodunit. Not only are you questioning the cast, but the cast is questioning you! This frantic and comedic murder-mystery will have audiences guessing until the last clue is dropped and the last ham overacts! Written by Pat Cook and directed by Aleksandr Wilde. Starring Zachary Simon, Anne Rupp Polo, Elizabeth Rossen, Holly Retzloff, Nicholas Smith, Nickolus Turner, Justin Clement, Jordan Corley and Nicole Mooradian. Performances Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. (closing performance). Tickets $15 (discounted for students, seniors and military). For a preview of the show, including an interview with the director and lots of photos, read our article: “You Have the Right to Remain Dead” Turns Audience Members into Sleuths.

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

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.
E. Stanley Richardson performs as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf. (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

Satchmo at the Waldorf: The great jazz trumpeter and singer reflects on his long musical career as well as his storied life following a 1971 performance in the Empire Room at New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The entire play takes place in Armstrong’s dressing room. One actor (E. Stanley Richardson) performs as Louis Armstrong as well as his white manager, Joe Glaser, and jazz musician Miles Davis, who admired Armstrong’s incredible talent but disliked his onstage mannerisms. Written by Terry Teachout and directed by Steven H. Butler. Credits also include Marival Parish (assistant director) and Chris Takashima (costume design). Performances Friday 8 p.m. (Opening Night), Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. followed by four performances a week through July 6. (No performance on July 4.) Tickets $20 ($15 for seniors and students). Note: June 27 is $10 Thursday. All tickets to the show are $10. For a preview of the show, including interviews with the actor and director, read our article: “Satchmo at the Waldorf” Sheds Light on Armstrong’s “Wonderful World.”

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

Music/Entertainment Venues

The Atlantic, 15 N. Main St.

Monday: Post Teens, Sensual World (Richmond, Va.) and Dead Feeling. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. $6 cover.
Friday: Motown Showdown with DJ Wax Atom, 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: WORK IT! Best of the 2000s Dance Party with DJ Drew Love, 10 p.m. No cover.
Sunday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.

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 Viking Prince, 9 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Stella Splendens, Supertwin and Lover’s Booth, 10 p.m. $5 cover.

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

No special events announced this week.

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

Friday: Tristan Harvey, 8 p.m.
Big Owl & Friends, 7 p.m.

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 by John Rhoades and Bill Irwin at 4 p.m., Don Austin at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: The Shakedown (contemporary blues/rock), 8-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with Instructor Samurai, 11:30 a.m.

Boxcar Wine & Becasual Karaoke, er Garden (at Depot Park)

Thursday: Casual Karaoke, 8 p.m.

The Bull, 18 SW 1st. Ave.

Monday: Kyle Keller’s Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Jazzology, 9:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Max Helgemo early show, 6:30-9 p.m.
Thursday: Songwriters Night with Austin, Kyle and Laurie, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Marjohn Alchemy, 10 p.m.
Saturday: Paul Elliot, 9 p.m.

Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

Wednesday: June Zine Night, 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Nonviolent Communication Beyond Basics Workshop, 6-8 p.m.
Thursday: Weekly Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: Potluck and Bluegrass Old-Time Jam, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday: Community Meditation, 9 a.m.
Saturday: Yoga as Self-Care Saturday, 10 a.m.
Sunday: CMC Zine Meeting, 3 p.m.

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

Wednesday: Trivia, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Yoga with Jillian, 5 p.m.
Thursday: Harn on Tap featuring live bluegrass by Katie Rogers, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday: Live Music: Local Voices singer/songwriter group featuring Austin Brockner, Kyle Keller and Eddie Rada, 6-9 p.m.

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

Saturday: Depot Park parkrun, 7:30 a.m.

Downtown Wine & Cheese, 113 N. Main St.

Thursday: Murder Mystery Wine Tasting, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance (at the shop or by calling 352.222.1348), $25 at the door.
Saturday: 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.

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 (classic jazz), 7-10 p.m.

First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Women’s World Cup: U.S. vs. Sweden on the big screen, 3 p.m.
Sunday: Brewery Yoga/Yogalates, 1-2 p.m.

Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St.

Wednesday: Tabernacle of Hedonism with host Tom Miller, 10 p.m.
Thursday: Supertwin, Orbiter, Sparrows (Canada), On the Cinder (Buffalo, N.Y.) and The Drowned God (Philadelphia). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. $6 cover.

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

Wednesday: TEDxGainesville Watch Party, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance (, $15 at the door.
Thursday: The Outliers featuring Trenton Klaz (keys/synth), Aaron Colverson (vocals/violin), Andrew Mankin (drums), Spencer Hoefert (guitar) and Nolan Koskela-Staples (bass). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 at the door.
Friday: Few Miles South (honky tonk) along with The Band Johnny Lee. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 in advance (, $20 at the door.
Saturday: Fodder Wing (Mike Boulware and Friends) performing their complete “Heroes and Harmonies” show shortened by lightning during Free Fridays on May 3. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $12 in advance (, $15 at the door.
Sunday: The Divebombers (performing the music of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Chet Atkins, Johnny Horton, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and non-fat Elvis). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 (, $10 students.

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave.

Wednesday: Stand-Up Comedy Show featuring Chris Priester (The Teacher) along with Jacob Wall, Joan Elizabeth, Samuel Rener, Kathryn Clinton, Curtis Elmore and host Spencer Acree. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $6 in advance (, $8 day of show.
Friday: Unlimited Devotion: Tribute to the Grateful Dead (two sets). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 day of show.
Saturday: Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues along with Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 (, $8 NCFBS members, $5 students and veterans.

Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave.

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

Lillian’s Music Store, 112 SE 1st St.

Wednesday: Karaoke, 10 p.m.

Loosey’s, 120 SW 1st Ave.

Monday: Team Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Reconciler (Atlanta), Debt Neglector (Orlando), Articles and Rockhill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets tbd.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party, 9 p.m.

Maude’s Side Car Bar, 101 SE 2nd Place (Suite 101)

No special events announced this week.

Mai Kai Kava Bar, 17 W. University Ave.

Monday: Open Mic. Sign-ups start at 8:08 p.m., show at 9.
Thursday: Tea with a Twist, 8 p.m.
Friday: Paint on Music hosted by Spark Art, 7 p.m.

The Midnight, 223 S. Main St.

Monday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday Stand-Up Comedy Show and Open Mic. Workshop begins at 8 p.m., sign-ups 8-8:30, show at 9:15.

Swamp City Gallery Lounge, 404 SE 2nd St.

Wednesday: Drum Classes with Amo Damas, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Game Night, 8 p.m.
Wednesday: Comedy Wednesdays presented by GainesvilleComedyShows, 8 p.m.
Friday: LoFi Chill HipHop & Beats To Study & Relax To, 8 p.m.
Saturday: GainesvilleComedyShowsPresents: Comedy All-Stars Showcase hosted by Daniel Biddle, 8 p.m. $3 donation.

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

Thursday: Gainesville Playreaders, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Meet the Author: Chris Gabbard (“Beyond Reason: A Father’s Memoir”), 7 p.m.

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 FAM, 716 N. Main St.

No special events announced this week.

The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

Friday: Never-Ending Solstice Dance Party with DJ Muñeca Bruja, 10 p.m. $5 cover.


Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

Walking on Water: Bulgarian director Andrey Paounov’s documentary chronicles famed environmental artist Christo’s first major project after the death of his wife and long-time collaborator, Jeanne-Claude. With the help of his logistics team, Christo overcomes numerous challenges to realize his 2016 masterpiece “The Floating Piers”: a surreal, yellow floating walkway on Italy’s Lake Iseo. Screenings Thursday 6 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sunday 3:30 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6

The Souvenir: A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. Rated R. Screenings Thursday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m.

Up in Smoke: The Hippodrome Cinema is partnering with GreenWise TV for a 40th-anniversary screening of Cheech & Chong’s debut film. The movie follows the comedic duo as they are deported to Mexico before making their way back to the U.S. in a van made entirely of marijuana — complete with many goofy misadventures along the way. Screening Friday 7 p.m. (one night only). Tickets $14.


A screenshot from The Flying Ace.
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 “Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor,” “Sweat Solution” and “Learning to Fly: Aviation,” as well as the Creativity and Fab Labs and the Idea Atelier. A temporary exhibit, “The Flying Ace,” examines Jacksonville’s silent-film industry and Norman Studios. On most Saturdays, the Cade offers a Meet the Inventor program in the Rotunda, featuring researchers and scientists and their creations. Museum hours are 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 Matheson History 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 contains “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters,” based on Rick Kilby’s award-winning book. Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays). Admission is free.

Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave.
Three pieces by Logan Marconi on display in “A Walk in the Park.”

Featuring “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 first-floor Main Gallery has held over the exhibit “Intimate States | Works on Paper” by Cuba-born artist Eduardo Sarmiento that includes intimate and exuberant portraits of family and friends. For a closer look at “A Walk in the Park,” read our article: “A Walk in the Park” Directs Attention to Gainesville’s Many Green Spaces.

Sweetwater Print Cooperative, 117 S. Main St (in the Tench Building)0.

Current exhibit: “Summer Dreamscapes” by Leslie Peebles. Gallery open Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and by appointment (call Stewart Thomas at 352. 514.3838).

Hippodrome Gallery, 25 SE 2nd Place

Current exhibit: Alex Ferrington’s “Rock Paper Stone: Guitar Designs,” an original designs take on the classic American cigar box guitar style. Gallery open during business hours and during evening and weekend events.

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

Featuring the artwork and crafts of dozens of local artists. Regular gallery hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

GFAA Gallery, 1314 S. Main St.

Featuring the members’ themed show “Photography and Digital Art.” Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Somewhere Along the Way, 201 SE 2nd Place (in Union Street Station)

Featuring quality artwork in all mediums from dozens of local, regional and national artists in a cozy coffeehouse and wine-bar setting.

The SL8, 10 E. University Ave.

Featuring the works of local and distant artists. Regular gallery hours vary.


Alachua County District Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.

Monday: Adult Summer Camp: Tips for a Joyful Life with Angela Betancourt, noon-12:45 p.m.; Third Monday Crafting Club, 1-2:30 p.m.; Movies and Crafts: Teen Movie Mondays, 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m.; ESOL Open Enrollment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Adult Summer Camp: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts, noon-1 p.m.; Read with a Dog, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Teen Crafts: Sew Simple for Teens, 4-6 p.m.; Between the Covers Romance Book Club: “The Proposal,” 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Puppet Show: “Rumpelstiltskin,” 11 a.m.-noon; Adult Summer Camp: Sewing with the MAKERspace Team, noon-1 p.m.; Wallaby Wednesdays: Afternoon Fun for Kids, 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4-5 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30-11 a.m.; Adult Summer Camp: Award-Winning Documentary Films, noon-2 p.m.; Retro Video Gaming, 5-7 p.m.; Basic ESOL Class, 5:30-7 p.m.; Coloring for Families, 6-6:45 p.m.; Amrit Yoga with Veda, 6-7 p.m.; Bringing on the H.E.A.T. (Health Education and Training Class), 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday: Elsa’s Arts and Crafts for Adults, 10-11 a.m.; Summer at the Library: Bats at the Library, 11 a.m.-noon; Lunch-Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon-12:45 p.m.; Cardboard Castle Construction, 2-5 p.m.; Artist Visit: Mitsuhiro Arita, 2-3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Genealogy Camp, 10-11:30 a.m.; Princess Storytime, 1-1:30 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 2-4 p.m.; Local Author: Jo Ann Lordahl (“Princess Ruth: Love and Tragedy in Hawaii”), 2-3 p.m.

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