This Week’s Calendar

Jan. 20-26, 2020

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


Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place

Lone Star Spirits: A young woman brings her fiancé to her estranged father’s haunted liquor store in rural Texas. It’s supposed to be a quick business trip back to her hometown, but an ex-boyfriend trying to relive his glory days, a single mother on a solo girls’ night out and the ghost of the bear-wrestling town-founder make it difficult for her to outrun her past. Written by Josh Tobiessen and directed by Stephanie Lynge, the play stars Hippodrome Acting Company members Marissa Toogood, Bryan Mercer and Niall McGinty and Hipp newcomers Haulston Mann and Brooke Tyler Benson. Performances Friday 8 p.m. (Opening Night), Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m. followed by seven performances a week through Feb. 16. Tickets $42-$45 (discounted for students and seniors). Note: There are pay-what-you-can ($5 minimum) preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.

> For a preview of the production, including interviews and photos, read our article: Ghost of Marley (No, Not That One) Inhabits Lively “Lone Star Spirits.”

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

Other events happening at the Hipp this week:

Wednesday: Improv Comedy Night (in the lower level) featuring the comedy teams Duck Duck Truck, Fire Auntz and House of Glory. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $5 (

Sunday: Sip and Stroll Tour: A behind-the-scenes building tour of the Hippodrome, 4 p.m. Tickets $15 ( Admission includes one free drink from the bar.

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St.
Blake Matchett and Zach Simon as brothers in I Love You Because.

I Love You Because: A modern-day musical love story based on Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice.” He’s a greeting-card writer jilted by another and she’s a flighty photographer — and they’re all wrong for each other. This feel-good romantic comedy celebrates an unlikely love that flourishes because of differences, not in spite of them. The play features lyrics by Ryan Cunningham set to music by Joshua Salzman. Directed by Kaitie Graves, the ART production stars Zachary Simon, Andrea Young, Maria Herrera, Blake Matchett, Ian Hales and Jackie Collins. Performances Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. (through Feb. 2). Tickets $20 ($15 for students, seniors 55-plus, military and veterans).

> For a preview of the production, including interviews and photos, read our article: The ART Goes the Rom-Com Route in Quite Likable “I Love You Because”

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

Actors’ Warehouse, 619 NE 1st St.

Actors’ Warehouse is in rehearsals for its next production, Skeleton Crew, opening Jan. 31.

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

Music/Entertainment Venues

Arcade Bar, 6 E. University Ave.

Friday: Tah/Koh & DJ Young Turk , 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: Dunstan Wallace & DJ Young Turk, 10 p.m. No cover.

The Atlantic, 15 N. Main St.

Wednesday: Dark Thoughts (Philadelphia), Gimme and Stinger (Jacksonville). Doors open at 9 p.m. $6 cover.
Thursday: Goth Karaoke with Mister Obsidian, 10 p.m. No cover.
Friday: Work It: Back to the 2000s dance party with DJ Drew Love, 10 p.m. No cover.
Saturday: ’90s Video Dance 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.
Thursday: Trivia, 8 p.m.
Friday: Malibu Nights dance party, 10 p.m. No cover.
Sunday: On The Cinder (Buffalo), Curious Markings (St. Augustine) and Leg Biters. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (early show). No cover.

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

Wednesday: Indoor Farmers Market hosted by Tranquility Market, 4-8 p.m.

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

Friday: Latin Night with Elio Piedra, 8-11 p.m. No cover.

Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

Monday: Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Kick-off Program, noon-1 p.m. Commemorative march begins at 1 p.m. along East University Avenue to the MLK Multi-Purpose Center near Waldo Road.
Free Yoga with Sophia, 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Union Street Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. The weekly market features more than 50 local and regional vendors and live entertainment on the Bo Diddley Stage beginning at 4 p.m.
Thursday: Free Yoga with Jackie, 6 p.m.
Saturday: Free Capoeira Class with Instructor Samurai, 11:30 a.m.

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.
Thursday: Volunteer Meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Weekly Poetry Jam, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Free Meditation for Self-Care Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Saturday: Yoga as Self-Care Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Saturday: No New Planet: An Interactive Art Event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Monday: YogaLoka, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Friday: The Front Porch Backsteppers, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday: Yoga in the Brickroom, noon.
Saturday: Beer School 101 with Gary Heil, C&G owner and head brewer, 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets $35 (

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: Tipsy Trivia 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: Karaoke, 10 p.m.

First Magnitude Brewing Co., 1220 SE Veitch St.

Tuesday: Brainaholics Trivia, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Disrupt Gainesville 2.0 networking, 5-7:30 p.m. Speakers begin at 6:15 p.m. Tickets $15 (
Sunday: Brewery Yoga, 1-2 p.m.

Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St.

Monday: Sitting Chairs, Jo Death (Atlanta), Dead Neighbors (Atlanta) and Poems by Men. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Wednesday: Tabernacle of Hedonism featuring the Reverend Angeldust and hosted by Tom Miller, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: Ashes to Omens along with Fury in Few and Shadow the Earth. Show starts at 7 p.m. $5 cover.

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

Thursday: Creators Night and Book Release featuring special guest Travis Atria, who will read from his new book, “Better Days Will Come Again: The Life of Arthur Briggs,” 7 p.m. No cover.
Blackbird Morning (St. Petersburg). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $12 in advance (, $15 day of show.
Kyle Carey (Gaelic Americana). Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 in advance (, $20 day of show.

High Dive, 210 SW 2nd Ave.

Tuesday: Black Lips (Atlanta), The Walkers and The Amphetamines. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $18 in advance (, $20 day of show.
Wednesday: Black Flag (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) featuring Greg Ginn along with special guests The Line Cutters. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $22 in advance (, $25 day of show.
Thursday: Beach Fossils (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Surf Curse (Henderson, Nevada) and Negative Gemini (Los Angeles). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Tickets $20 in advance (, $22 day of show.
Friday: The Grass is Dead: Bluegrass Tribute to Grateful Dead, along with (V)owls. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $13 in advance (, $15 at the door.
Saturday: Blackfoot Gypsies (Nashville), Candlelight Cassia and Caleb Edens. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $8 in advance (, $10 day of show.
Sunday: Southern Culture on the Skids (Chapel Hill, N.C.) along with Rick Ryan Band. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8. Tickets $15 in advance (, $18 day of show.

Knockin’ Boots Saloon (formerly 8 Seconds), 201 W. University Ave.

No special events announced this week.

Leonardo’s 706, 706 W. University Ave.

Monday: Hot Club de Ville gypsy jazz featuring Marek Wojik and Marty Liquori, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Marty Liquori Jazztet, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Jazz with Barry Sides and Gary Morse, 6:30 p.m.

Loosey’s, 120 SW 1st Ave.

Monday: Team trivia, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday: Pet Detectives (’90s rock covers and alternative hits), 9 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday: Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Sunday: Breakaway Burlesque 4th Anniversary Show featuring Aqua Annette, Florenz Roselle , Labyrhina Dragon, Lola La Colombe, Kitty Kamikaze, Mx Bubblés and hostess Betty Shiraz. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. Tickets $10 in advance (, $12 at the door.

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

Sunday: “Scenes from the Cave Wall” Live on Stage featuring Shamrock McShane and Tom Miller, 7 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.
Thursday: GLX Six-Year Anniversary, 8 p.m.
Saturday: Free Show: Live DJs, MCs & Not Colton’s Birthday Party, 9 p.m.

Signal, 7 SW 1st St.

Saturday: Visionary FAM Presents Satalite 005 (dancehall and hip hop), 9 p.m. $5 cover.

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

Tuesday: Florida vs. LSU basketball watch party, 6 p.m.

Swamp City Gallery Lounge, 404 SE 2nd St.

Wednesday: N64 Tournament hosted by Black Galaxy Entertainment, 8 p.m.
Friday: Friday Night Lights RnB & Hip Hop Showcase featuring Marley the Messenger and Dorion James, Azazus, The Lyrical KingKong, Rashon Medlock and DJ Mellow Blendz. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 (
Saturday: AV_Klub with Video_Dread, 8 p.m.
Sunday: Sunday Sesh with DJ Hilt, 4 p.m.

Third House Books, 400 NW 10th Ave.

No special events announced this week.

The Historic Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.

Sunday: Sunshine State Book Festival: Robert Frost reading, 10-11 a.m. Free.

University Club, 18 E. University Ave.

No special events announced this week.

Vine Sourdough Bakery, 627 N. Main St.

Friday: Happy Hour featuring the Oak Hammock Fiddlers, 6-8 p.m.

Visionary Athletics, 716 N. Main St.

No special events announced this week.

The Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

Friday: The Shoddy Beatles. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10. Tickets $15 (
Saturday: 7th Annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Show & NWL Benefit featuring live music by Piss Test, Palimony, Vagileles and Faith & Majesty as well as a silent auction and guerilla theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission $10-$20 sliding-scale donation.


Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

Burning Kentucky: A sheriff’s son falls for a runaway bootlegger’s daughter in the woods. After discovering a dark family secret, he must choose between the girl or protecting his father’s good name. Screening Tuesday 6 p.m. Tickets $9 (

Little Women: In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together. Directed by Greta Gerwig. Academy Award Best Picture Nominee. Screenings Thursday 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets $7 before 6 p.m., $9 after 6 p.m. (

Citizen Kane: This month’s Cocktails and Classics film is the 1941 drama by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Screening Saturday 8 p.m. (one night only). Tickets $20 ( Note: The price of a ticket includes a 7 p.m. reception and specialty cocktail.


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 “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 curretly features the exhibit “Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks: Celebrating our Mid-Century Architectural Past (1945-1975).” On Jan. 28, the museum opens its first exhibition focusing on local LGBTQ+ history. McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida examines the persecution of the LGBTQ+ community both at UF and throughout the state from 1958-59. Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday: Sunshine State Book Festival Opening Reception: Meet-and-greet featuring authors and presenters, who will be introduced and will briefly describe their festival presentations, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Saturday: Matheson Antique, Vintage Floridiana, and Rare Book Sale: A unique selection of Floridiana, historic postcards, rare books, antiques and other memorabilia will be available to view and to purchase during the one-day event. The show opens at 9:30 a.m. for museum members and 10:30 a.m. for the general public. The sale ends at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Thomas Center Galleries, 302 NE 6th Ave.

Featuring works by local and regional artists in curated exhibits in the first-floor Main Gallery and the second-floor Doris Bardon Gallery. The exhibition “RBL GRL | Revolution Doesn’t Ask Permission” opens Feb. 8. Galleries are open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Sweetwater Print Co-operative, 117 S. Main St (in the Tench Building)

Presenting its annual holiday art show “OFF THE WALL” through Jan. 29. Gallery open Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and by appointment (call Stewart Thomas at 352. 514.3838).

Hippodrome Gallery, 25 SE 2nd Place

Showcasing art from the community in eight annual exhibitions. 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 and special guests. Hours vary.

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

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

GFAA Gallery, 1314 S. Main St.

Presenting “Somatic Shifts,” an exhibit of the human form by more than 40 Gainesville Fine Arts Association members. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The SL8, 10 E. University Ave.

Featuring works by local and distant artists. Gallery hours vary.


Alachua County District Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave.

Monday: Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday: Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m.; Homeschool Art Experience, 11 a.m.-noon; ESOL Open Enrollment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Homeschool STEAM Class, noon-1 p.m.; Read with a Dog, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Sew 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 Inheritance” by Rochelle Alers, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday: 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: Envelope Pillows, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Girls Who Code, 5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday: Babytime, 10:30-11 a.m.; Job Search and Resume Help Session, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; SWITCH 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: Lunch Break Yoga with Kate Motto, noon-12:45 p.m.; Lunar New Year, 3-4 p.m.; LEGOspace, 4-5 p.m.; Teen Book Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday: Princess Storytime, 1-1:30 p.m.; Movie for Kids, 2-4 p.m.; Author Series: Rochelle Alers (“The Innkeeper” Series), 2:30-4 p.m.

Sunday: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy, 2-4 p.m.; Family Yoga Storytime, 2-2:45 p.m.