What’s Good in Gainesville & Alachua County, July 25-29, 2019

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What’s good this weekend?
Plan your weekend with the official events guide from Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.

This weekend’s forecast calls for an abundance of art, music, theater, and dance. Breaking it down by the numbers: Artwalk Gainesville hosts new exhibits at 15 galleries, theatrical productions are spotlighted on 5 stages, dance is appreciated with 3 diverse celebrations, and live music is performed at over a dozen venues. Mix in the two-day High Springs Brewery grand opening, a free circus performance at Big Top Brewing, and live stand-up comedy at Cypress and Grove, and you have the perfect blend for a great weekend of fun and entertainment to enjoy.

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Art lovers at GFAA Gallery

Stroll Through Downtown Gainesville on a Self-Guided Art Tour During Artwalk Gainesville
Friday, July 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Multiple Venues in Gainesville

Discover over 15 local galleries and exhibit spaces during Artwalk Gainesville’s July event. Artwalk Gainesville is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. Be inspired by new artists and exhibit openings on this monthly self-guided art tour. Download the map here.

Free Fridays Concert Series
Captive Eddies band members

Rock, Reggae and Roots Music with Captive Eddies
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. ǀ Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

Dance under the stars with music inspired from classic rock, reggae, blues, folk, funk, classical bluegrass and jazz. Captive Eddies’ momentum has skyrocketed since the release of their debut album, “Simple Dream.” Their music is driven by a deep sense of community, and their members have performed at top venues from across the country. Rooted in love and a desire to give back, the group’s presence, music and sound reaches far beyond their audiences.

Celebration Pointe

Blues and Soul at Playlist at the Pointe with The Shakedown
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Celebration Pointe

Kick off your weekend and enjoy a summer evening with live music, dining, and a cold beverage at Celebration Pointe. The Shakedown is influenced by blues greats like Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole, and is led by powerhouse vocalist Michelle “Velvet” Banfield.

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2-Day Grand Opening Celebration at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, July 26, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Celebrate High Springs’ newest brewery with live music and food trucks on both days with ribbon cutting and free balloon making for the kids on Saturday. Teachers and first responders get 20% off their tab.

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The Diversity of Dance is on Display at Swamp Dance Fest!
Friday, July 26, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m. | G-6 Studio, McGuire Pavilion
1800 McCarty Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32603

The performances are the culmination of a transformative three-week dance intensive. Directed by dance faculty member Trent Williams, Jr., this summer’s guest artists include Davalois Fearon, critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and A’Keitha Carey, developer of the dance technique CaribFunk—a fusion of Afro‐Caribbean, ballet, modern, and fitness principles.

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Get Moving at The Electric Slide + Other Sacred Geometries, a National Dance Day Celebration
Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Bo Diddley Plaza
Downtown Gainesville

A day-long event is part of an ongoing project inspired by the diverse threads of American social dance. The Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, the Wobble, the Tootsie Roll, the Hustle, the Git Up and other classic line dances are a call to action, empowering Gainesville residents through movement and highlighting the importance of preventative care. Get out and groove, “It’s Electric!” Presented in part by The UF Center for Arts in Medicine and the City of Gainesville.

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Dance the Night Away at the Summer in the City Downtown Dance Party
Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a free family-friendly block party with DJ-spun music provided by Genius Entertainment for an evening of non-stop dancing in front of the Hippodrome Theatre. Revelers can enjoy refreshing snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale at onsite food trucks and also visit downtown bars and restaurants which will be serving full food and drink menus. Blocks of SE 2nd Place and SW 1st Street will be closed to traffic from 6-11 p.m. for the extravaganza. Sponsored by Gainesville Health & Fitness.

Lemon City Trio

Funk and Soul Music at Heartwood Soundstage with Lemon City Trio
Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Based in Miami, Lemon City Trio is a band formed out of the love for the tradition of organ trio music, perhaps best exemplified by the great New Orleans band the Meters, or reaching back further in time, Booker T and the MGs. With their first release, Welcome to the Neighborhood, the Lemon City Trio shows a taste for cinematic guitar textures, hip hop, and slinky Cajun beats. Though rooted in tradition, this adventurous trio takes its blend of jazz, funk, and soul to entirely new places, sharing the love and the fun with their fast growing fan base.


Eclectic Acoustic Music Museum of Oddities at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

American Roots Music from The Couch Messiahs at Tioga Town Center
Friday, July 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Chad Price/Yes Ma’am/Troy Perlman/Jason Guy Smiley at Loosey’s
Friday, July 26, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Silent Disco at Hippodrome Theatre
Friday, July 26, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Let’s Get Real Improv Show at the High Dive
Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Watch comedy unfold before your eyes while the audience guides the performers on stage with suggestions. Hailing from Sanford FL, Let’s Get Real performs long form improvisational theatre with a twist.

Majic Dust, Palimony at The Atlantic
Saturday, July, 27, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Bero Bero/Thrusters/James Wesson/Sangs at Hardback Café
Saturday, July 27, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Cult Status Burlesque at the High Dive
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 p.m.
Featuring burlesque and drag performances based on cult classic films, such as The Room, Sharknado, and more. Presented by Pistol Mercy & Check Meowt Productions.

Blues, Country and Rock with Shane Dwight/The Deviljays at High Dive
Sunday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Experience Funky Synth Rock Sounds from TWRP at High Dive
Monday, July 29, 8 p.m.


Wood Sign Painting at Island Grove Tasting House
Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Choose one of two signs to make! Have a unique outing enjoying wine, friends and making a fun sign all in one night.

See Acrobats, Dancers and Clowns Dusty’s Ragtime & Novelties
Big Top Brewing Company

Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This family-friendly event presented by the Gainesville Circus Center features pop music set to the magic of ragtime with acrobats, dancers and clowns! This show is free and open to the public.

Stand-Up Comedy at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Harry Potter Trivia at Blackadder Brewing Company
Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Attention all Witches & Wizards (Muggles, too)! Join Blackadder Brewing Company for a magical evening and test your Harry Potter knowledge (books & movies).

Potterhead Day at Swamphead
Wednesday, July 31, 4 p.m
It’s Harry’s 39th birthday! Enjoy brand new themed beer releases and much more. Costumes are highly encouraged so get your robes and wands ready.


An Evening of Chekov at the Hippodrome Lower Level
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.
The re-imagining of two Chekhov classics, The Bear and The Proposal.

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Fuddy Meers Opening at Actors’ Warehouse
Friday, July 26, 8 p.m., On stage through August 11
In this dark comedy of shady characters, Claire has a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. She encounters a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask. Then there’s her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish and a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet…and the list goes on.

Uncover a Sunny and Funny Tale with Mamma Mia! at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Now through August 4 with 5 performances a week.
ABBA’s hits tell the sunny and funny tale of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia!

Million Dollar Quartet at the Hippodrome Theatre
Held over through August 4 with 7 performances a week.
Get ready to laugh, dance and sing! Four legends, one night and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll! 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 “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Summer Shakes: Macbeth at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Now through August 12
Under Director Carolyne Salt’s deft hand, expect brilliantly entertaining cool chills on a hot summer’s night, and thought-provoking Shakespeare of a caliber rarely seen in even much larger cities, certain to excite neophytes and scholars alike.

Black Films Matter: Yomeddine at the Hippodrome Cinema
Thursday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.
Beshay – a man cured of leprosy – has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong

Million Dollar Cabaret at the Hippodrome
Sunday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Featuring live music by Justin Bendel, Joe Boover, Benny Cannon, Hugh Hysell, Sam C. Jones, James Penca, Cali Newman, and Brady Wease. Music will include original singer-songwriter numbers along with covers of hit songs and some of your favorite musical theatre tunes!

Wild Honey Tales the Musical at the Historic Thomas Center
Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
An emotional production of performance art, dance, and original music compositions that will visually and musically take the audience on Wild Honey’s adventures. Presented by LaQianya Thompson Huynh, author, playwright, romantic poet, performance artist, and executive producer.


Pizza Night at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Friday, July 26, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gourmet Artisan pizzas are only offered a few times a month. Do NOT forget to RSVP for this! Try the “Provençal” -loaded with garlic, olives, tomatoes, and onions and finished with Parmesan Reggiano and fresh thyme.


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Fest Wrestling: Xmas in July 3 at :08 Seconds
Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m.
Join the third annual festive summer celebration and find out which wrestlers are naughty or nice.


Superheroes for Hope at LifeSouth
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kids and adults alike can beat the summertime blues and mingle with some of their favorite superheroes. The Batmobile, The Hulk, The Mystery Machine and Iron Man armor will be available for epic photo ops. Saving lives can make you hungry, so super food trucks Ahar Indian Food, B’z Gelati, Charcoal Grill, Miller’s Funnel Cakes and Soup to Nuts will be on site.


Farmer's Market at One Love Cafe

Farmer’s Market at One Love Café
Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Find some fresh local produce, veggies, fruit, meat. goods and more while having brunch and mimosas at One Love Cafe!

Union Street Farmers Market at Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Alachua Farmers Market at Main Street Alachua
Thursdays, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Haile Farmers Market at Haile Village Center
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alachua County Farmers Market
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Discover Devils Millhopper
Thursday, July 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join a park interpreter and discover what makes this unique landmark so special. Junior Ranger activities will be available for kids.


Kulaqua River Ranch Community Day
Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On Community Days, Kulaqua’s River Ranch Park is open to the general public. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a family good time at this one of a kind venue. There’s something for everyone at the River Ranch, from the 600 ft. lazy river, to the huge water slide and the undulating wave pool. This is a great opportunity to get into the summer spirit!


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Red! Opening Reception at GFAA Gallery
Friday, July 26, 6 p.m.
This creative exhibit’s opening night will be memorable for sure. See for yourself what “red” means to these local artists in their pieces.

Travel Through History with Creative B Movie Series: Mr Peabody & Sherman at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Friday, July 26, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Explore the Museum after-hours at a free movie screening and explore the balance between science and art in partnership with Creative B. This year’s films incorporate a Leonardo Da Vinci theme in honor of the 500th anniversary of his death and include a discussion with our expert panel of scientists, artists and special effects experts. Parental discretion is advised.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through January 4, 2020
This exhibition of 150 photo portraits featuring and created by young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 captures a moment in time and place — Gainesville in 2019. Synchronica joins the current Walk in the Park exhibition at the Historic Thomas Center.

Lights, Camera, Action! at the Cade Museum
Now through August 18
Visit the Cade to learn all about Optics, Film, and Photography.

Norman Studios’ “The Flying Ace” at the Cade Museum
Now through August 18
A nostalgic journey back to the 1920s which dovetails with the Cade’s new museum-wide theme of Aviation and its Optics, Film & Photography theme. Learn how film and moviemaking began, and how this important art form has advanced over the past 100 years.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through December 31
Through videos, photographs, and objects collected for the Cade throughout Cuba, Cuban Ingenuity highlights the ingenious vision behind dozens of innovations and inventions of necessity.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Now through January 5, 2020
See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique exhibition educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles, realistic models and interactive elements.

Gainesville’s Modern Landmarks at the Matheson History Museum
Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every city has a period of time that defines its built environment and architectural character. For Gainesville, that moment was the mid-20th century. This exhibition highlights some of the outstanding examples of the Mid-Century style that are worthy of consideration for landmark status.

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