This Week’s Calendar

Aug. 12-18, 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 Note: Only venues with announced events during the upcoming week are listed in This Week’s Calendar.

Free Fridays Concert Series

Friday: 50th Anniversary of Woodstock:
Fifty years ago, on Aug. 15-17, 1969, more than 400,000 music fans converged on a 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York, to celebrate “three days of peace and music.” This week, the Free Fridays Concert Series presents a Woodstock tribute concert from 8-10 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza. The concert is the brainchild of local musician Bob McPeek, who originally proposed the idea to Free Fridays coordinator David Ballard 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. For that concert, more than 3,000 attendees — many dressed in tie dye and other ’60s garb — joined the celebration. The 50th-anniversary edition has all of the band members from 10 years ago returning for an even bigger celebration. Said McPeek: “The first overnight trip I took without an adult or parent was to Woodstock. I was just 17. Seeing The Who play at dawn made me realize that I wanted to make music my life. … It is a privilege and delight to do this again with my good friends and a fabulous crowd. We invite everyone to join the Woodstock generation!” Joining McPeek (guitar and vocals) on stage are The Relics, who include Janet Rucker (guitar and vocals), who also attended the original Woodstock; Fagan Arouh (guitar and vocals); David Ottenberg (bass and vocals); Rob Rothschild (drums and percussion); Brad Bangstad (keyboards and vocals); Cathy DeWitt (piano and vocals); Dan Tampas (guitar and vocals); and Michelle Ott (vocals and percussion). Gregg Jones will serve as master of ceremonies and vocalist. This week’s concert is one of the select Free Fridays events sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5 and 107.9 FM). Fans are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs and/or blankets for best viewing on the lawn in front of the Bo Diddley Stage.

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


Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place

The Hippodrome Theatre, in conjunction with the UF School of Theatre + Dance, is currently in rehearsals for its next production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, opening Aug. 30 and continuing through Sept. 22.

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

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is currently in rehearsals for its next production, Jekyll & Hyde, opening Sept. 12. Meanwhile, the ART presents its
2019-20 Season Gala, featuring scenes from its upcoming season, on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at   Acrosstown Repertory Theatre website.

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

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.

Actors’ Warehouse is currently in rehearsals for its next production, God of Carnage, opening Sept. 6.

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: Leg Biters, Chico (Nashville) and Ceramicats. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Tuesday: Charles Irwin (Tampa), Even Less Friends (Fort Myers), Dutch Martins (Palm Coast) and Juntos. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Thursday: rickoLus (Jacksonville Beach), Heavy on the Ish, and Baer and the Lady. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Friday: The Next Episode: Hip-Hop Dance Party with DJ Lo Qieee, 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: ’80s vs. ’90s Dance Party with DJ Mike G, 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: Cinemadrome: Captain Asteroid (Season 2), 6 p.m.
Thursday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights dance party with DJ Viking Prince, 9 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Friendly Feud (game night) in the Backyard, 10 p.m. $3 cover.
Sunday: Evening Standards (Bloomington, Indiana), Curious Markings (St. Augustine) and Routines, 7 p.m. $6 cover.

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 this week with John Rhoades at 4 p.m., Bill Irwin at 5 and The INspiration at 6.
Thursday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6-7 p.m.
Friday: Free Fridays Concert Series: A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with Bob McPeek and The Relics, 8-10 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with Instructor Samurai, 11:30 a.m.
Sunday: Morning Movement Class, 10 a.m. Free.

The Bull, 18 SW 1st. Ave.

Monday: Marjohn Alchemy, 10 p.m.
Jazzology, 9:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Faith and Majesty (indie folk), 9 p.m.
Thursday: Paul Elliot, 9 p.m.
Friday: Marjohn Alchemy, 10 p.m.

Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

Monday: Journalism Workshop with Janna Jihad, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Free Grocery Store, 2:30-6 p.m.
IWOC General Meeting, 6 p.m.
Cell 411 Workshop, 6 p.m.
Volunteer Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Weekly Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Friday: Bluegrass & Oldtime Jam/Potluck, 6-9 p.m.
Community Meditation, 9 a.m.
Saturday: Yoga as Self-Care Saturday, 10 a.m.
Saturday: Free Store, 2-5 p.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: ThePairODocs and Friends Listening Room with Barb the Harpist and Damaged Daughters, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon

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: Bingo Night 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.
Friday: Stunner, Made Ready (South Georgia) and Völtage (Atlanta), 9 p.m. $5 cover.

Emiliano’s Cafe, 7 SE 1st Ave.

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

First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Friday: Spark Friday Happy Hour hosted by Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday: Five-Year Anniversary Party with timed tappings starting at 1 p.m., food trucks and live music all day, headlined by Heavy Petty. Free. ($55 VIP package available at
Sunday: Brewery Yoga/Yogalates, 1-2 p.m.

Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St.

Monday: Dorms (Tallahassee), Dog Church (Orlando) and Baer & the Lady, 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Wednesday: Tabernacle of Hedonism with host Tom Miller, 10 p.m.
Saturday: Max Helgemo, Driveaway, Margot & The Toothless Hags, and EJ Hervey. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. $5 cover.

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

Saturday: The Shambles. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 day of show. (Free for Friends of Heartwood supporters.)

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave.

Wednesday: Drunken Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare with actors who are drunk!). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $8 in advance (, $10 day of show.
Thursday: Drunken Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare with actors who are drunk!). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $8 in advance (, $10 day of show.
Friday: SharpSpring Tech Charity Concert with bands from Gainesville tech companies performing to raise funds for GRACE Marketplace, Family Promise and Peaceful Paths. Doors open and show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 day of show.
Thunderclap, Electro Maggot and Heavy on the Ish. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30. All tickets $6 (

Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave.

Monday: Hot Club de Ville (gypsy jazz) featuring Marty Liquori and Erik Abernathy on guitars and Gary Christensen on double bass, 6:30-9:30 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: Teen Divorce, King of Summer, Virginity, Off Day and Leg Biters, 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Karaoke Dance Party, 9 p.m.

Maude’s Classic Cafe, 101 SE 2nd Place

Friday: Downtown Drag 4-Year Anniversary hosted by Nicki Mirage and Kitty LaTush, and featuring performances by Tamarra Love Dupree, Tiana Black, Rachel Boheme, Marisol Lords and Mx Bubbles. Show begins at 11 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.
Thursday: Tea with a Twist, 8 p.m.

The Midnight, 223 S. Main St.

Tuesday: Stand-Up Comedy and Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.

Somewhere Along the Way (201 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101)

Wednesday: Chess Night, 7-9 p.m.

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: Dunce Party, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Rashon Medlock Trio, 8 p.m.
Sunday: Selector Sundays with III Terror, 8 p.m.

The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

Thursday: Pants on Fire storytelling hosted by Guts & Glory GNV, 7 p.m. Tickets $15 (, $10 students.


Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

The Biggest Little Farm:
When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny Los Angeles apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they have chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek. Screenings Thursday 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets $9.


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 “Optics, Film and Photography,” 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, which produced “race films” for black audiences. 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].” 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.
Wall-to-wall photographs make up the “Synchronica :: Framing Time” exhibit. (Photograph by Gainesville Downtown)

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.

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 Pat Wolfe’s “Earth and Sky,” mixed media artworks about looking up and digging down. The gallery is open Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and by appointment (call Stewart Thomas at 352. 514.3838).

Hippodrome Gallery, 25 SE 2nd Place

Presenting “Mainstreet: Revisiting Historic Gainesville'” photographs of city landmarks through the eyes of the people who’ve lived it. Gallery is open during Hippodrome Theatre business hours and during evening and weekend events.

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

Featuring the annual Red Dot sale of artwork and crafts of dozens of local artists. This month’s featured artist is photographer Michelle Nagri. Regular gallery hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

GFAA Gallery, 1314 S. Main St.

This month featuring the members’ themed show “RED.” 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. A new exhibit, honoring Gainesville’s 150th anniversary, is a collection of artwork made of pieces that have been acquired from the gems of this town over years of expression and collection. 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.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m.; ESOL Open Enrollment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Advanced English Conversation Class, 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: UF Mobile Outreach Clinic, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Music and Movement, 10:30-11 a.m.; Tonewood Family Music, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Wallaby Wednesdays: Afternoon Fun for Kids, 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Kid Gaming, 4-5 p.m.; SEWINGspace: Sewing Machine Intro, 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 a.m.; Lunch-Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon-12:45 p.m.; Zoo at the Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; LEGOspace, 4-5 p.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Sensory Storytime, 11-11:30 a.m.; SEWINGspace: Sewing Machine Intro, 1-2:30 p.m.; Kid’s Movie, 2-4 p.m.

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