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What’s Good in Gainesville and Alachua County, November 21-24, 2019

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Holiday preparations are in full swing with festive lights and holiday events. Don’t miss our round up of holiday happenings in Gainesville and Alachua County. This weekend features the opening of the outrageous Scrooge in Rouge, a visit by National Book Award winner Ibram X Kendi, the opening reception for the unique Trashformations art exhibit, Jazz UpStage at the Phillips Center and much more.

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Read on for What’s Good this weekend, and get out there and have some fun!
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Actors on stage in costume for Scrooge in Rouge at the Hippodrome Theatre

Watch a Raucous Take on a Holiday Classic at the Opening Weekend for Scrooge in Rouge
Six performances a week through Sunday, December 22 | The Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, FL 32601

When the “Royal Music Hall Variety Players” come to perform, “A Christmas Carol”, a bad case of food poisoning leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance originally intended for a cast of twenty. This quick-witted, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic, done in the style of the British Music Hall, abounds in bad puns, bawdy humor, and witty songs.


Ibram X Kendi with book cover for How To Be An Antiracist. Author Series at Alachua County Library District

Discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New Book How To Be An Antiracist
Thursday, November 21, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Alachua County Library District Headquarters
401 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

National Book Award Winner Dr. Ibram Kendi of American University opens the latest Author Series with a return to Gainesville. He will discuss his newest book, the New York Times best seller “How to be an Antiracist.” In the evening, Dr. Kendi leads another discussion at 5:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center.


Artwork of a Blue Wave and Sunset made from trash

See Works of Art Made from Trash at the Opening Reception for “Trashformations”
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

See how Alachua County middle school, high school and college students transform “waste” into creative works of art. The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 21st annual Trashformations through Monday, Dec. 2.


Dancers on stage at Agbedidi

Experience a Fusion of Traditional African and Contemporary Dance Styles at Agbedidi
Friday, November 22 – Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Constans Theatre
1800 McCarty Dr., Gainesville, FL 32603


The School of Theatre and Dance presents the 25th annual production of Agbedidi. This dance spectacular celebrates the diaspora and fusion of African dance cultures and offers works featuring both traditional West African Dance and contemporary dance by African American choreographers.


Ivan Neville and members of Dumpsaphunk

Get Down with Dumpstaphunk from New Orleans
Friday, November 22, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. | High Dive
210 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move.

This is their ONLY NORTH FL show this Fall, and their first in Gainesville in 8 years!


Exterior of Cade Museum

Enjoy Free Admission at the Cade and Explore the Science of Food
Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Cade Museum
811 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

Food trucks and booths from local farms and producers will be on site for the Alachua County Farm Bureau Food and Agriculture Festival. Learn about the importance that agriculture plays at the local, state and national levels.


Fall leaves. Newberry Fall Festival

Celebrate the Season at the Newberry Fall Festival
Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Newberry Main Street
25435 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669

Arts and craft vendors line the street at this annual family-friendly festival. Grab a bite from food trucks, relax in the beer and wine garden and listen to live music.


Crowd enjoying themselves on Main Street Alachua

Stroll, Shop and Enjoy Live Music at Third Thursday on Main Street Alachua
Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Main Street Alachua
Downtown Alachua

Take in the sights and sounds, and savor delicious treats as you stroll the streets of downtown Alachua. Live country music from Crooked Counsel creates a festive atmosphere as you browse and shop from art and craft vendors with hand-made products; cool off with a treat from the snow cone booth; and take home beautiful produce from the Downtown Farmer’s Market. 


Jazz musician Bria Skonberg

Go Upstage with Sleek and Timeless Jazz from Bria Skonberg
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Bria’s bold trumpet melodies and smoky vocals are a force in the new generation of jazz. The main stage of the Phillips Center transforms into a jazz club with tables, chairs and a bar. The 7 p.m. performance includes heavy hors-d’oeuvres while the second performance at 9 p.m. includes light desserts.


Musican Sawyer Fredericks and musicians with acoustic instruments

Hear “Free Range Folk” from the Winner of NBC’s The Voice Season 8, Sawyer Fredericks
Sunday, November 24, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Heartwood Soundstage
619 S Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601

19 year old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His recent album Hide Your Ghost is considered one of the top ten Americana albums of 2018.


Bela Fleck and the Flecktones musicians

“Blu-Bop” Your Evening Away with Progressive Jazz Fusion from Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Tuesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Phillips Center
3201 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611

Banjoist Béla Fleck reassembles the original lineup for a 30th anniversary tour. The Grammy-winning quartet creates music spanning multiple genres, from Classical to Bluegrass to Jazz to World Music and beyond.


MUSIC & PERFORMANCE

Musician Mason Jennings

Folk-pop with Mason Jennings, Christina Carter at High Dive Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m.

Depeche Mode: Spirits in the Forest at Hippodrome Cinema
Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hair Metal Karaoke at The Atlantic
Thursday, November 21, 10 p.m.

Bluegrass with Wild Shiners at Lightnin’ Salvage
Thursday, November 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Folk Music and Harmonies with BFF at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, November 22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Happy Hour featuring Talking Stick at Vine Sourdough Bakery
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Americana with Mr. Aullie at Lightnin’ Salvage
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Longtime Gainesville Musical Icons BFF at Heartwood Soundstage
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Dance Grooves with Chillula at Celebration Pointe
Friday, November 22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fall-la-la Cappella 2019 at UF J. Wayne Reitz Union
Friday, November 22, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Acoustic Americana with Kim LeCounteur on the Porch at Coffee N Cream
Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fall Market Music & Food Fest at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gypsy Jazz with Dean Johanesen at Lightnin’ Salvage
Saturday, November 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ramblin’ Mutts Featuring Willie Green at Heartwood Soundstage
Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Pop Punk & Emo Night of Gainesville at The Wooly
Saturday, November 23, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Block Party with DJ’s at The Atlantic & Arcade Bar
Saturday, November 23, 10 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Nerd Life Rap with MC CHRIS, Cartridge Carnage, Drew Love, Lunchbox at High Dive
Sunday, November 24, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz musicians. Hippodrome Jazz Series

Hipp Jazz Series with Brian Stevens and Paul Johnson
Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


ARTS & THEATRE

The Ghosts on the Wall at Actors’ Warehouse
On stage through Sunday, November 24

The Stronger at Black C Art Gallery
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Shakespeare Selected Scenes The Jester’s Circle at Reitz Union North Lawn
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m.

UF Center for Arts in Medicine presents Building the Wall at Civic Media Center
Friday, November 22 – Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m, Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Gainesville Community Playhouse
On stage 5 times a week through Sunday, December 8

Floridance, UF’s Student-run Dance Company Presents their Fall Showcase, “Stole the Show” at the Phillips Center
Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Improv Comedy Night at Hippodrome Cinema
Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Musicians on stage at Bo Diddley Plaza

Fall Music and Foodfest at Bo Diddley Plaza
Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fall Plant Sale at Wilmot Botanical Gardens
Friday, November 22, 11 a.m. – Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m.

Kids Art Projects and Santa at Green House Nursery
Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

2019 Holiday Open House at Secret Garden Bakery
Friday, November 22, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Newberry Lions Club Rodeo at Countryway TownSquare
Saturday, November 22 – Sunday, November 23, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Visit from Santa at Shoppes at Thornebrook
Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Kids Macrame Craft Class at The AUK Market
Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Fall Festival for Elephants at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, November 23, 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

[sold out] 2-day Blacksmithing Knife Class with Crooked Path Forge
Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24

Sundaze – Pop-Up at the Park
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Discuss Historic Cookbooks with Cindy Bertelsen at Local Author Series at Alachua County Library District Headquarters Sunday, November 24, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


CRAFT BREWERIES

Cassie Keenum at The High Springs Brewing Company
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Derivatives Live at Big Top Brewing Gainesville
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Dim Lights at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Panhandle Blues with Spearman Brewers at High Springs Brewing Company
Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Taps for Tortoises at Swamp Head Brewery
Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fall Festival for Elephants at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, November 23, 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Soccer: Copa Libertadores Final at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
Saturday, November 23, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

10th Annual Great Suwannee River Cleanup Celebration at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Saturday, November 23, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy All the Hits with Paul Elliott at Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
Saturday, November 23, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Minnow Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout Release 2019 at First Magnitude Brewing Company
Tuesday, November 26, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Gobble ‘Til Ya Wobble at Swamp Head Brewery
Wednesday, November 27, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.


BITES & BRUNCH

Pop the Bubble Wine Tasting at Downtown Wine and Cheese
Thursday, November 21, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Making Ravioli Cooking Class at The Fat Tuscan
Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m.

Friendsgiving with St. George Spirits and Chef Miles Burnett at Dorn’s Liquors
Friday, November 22, 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Gainesville One Bite at a Time with Gainesville Food Tour
Sunday, November 24, 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings at Uppercrust Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


U-PICKS & FARMER’S MARKETS

Thanksgiving Harvest Fresh Pick at Pastorale Farm
Tuesday, November 26, 9 a.m.

Newberry Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

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

One Love Café Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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

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


FOOTBALL, SPORTS & FANS

Gators Football Head Coach Dan Mullen. Gator Talk

Gator Talk featuring Dan Mullen at The Keys Grill and Piano Bar
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Indiana
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m.

Supercross and Motocross Racing at the 48th Thor Mini O’s at Gatorback Cycle Park
Sunday, November 24 – Saturday, November 30, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gators Women’s Basketball vs. Florida State
Tuesday, November 26, 6 p.m.

Gators Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Wednesday, November 27, 7 p.m.


PARKS & TRAILS

Birding Field Trip with Alachua Audubon Society at Kanapaha Prairie
Saturday, November 23, 8 a.m.

Nature Day at Little Orange Creek Nature Park
Saturday November 23, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday Bird Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Wednesday, November 27, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


RIVERS & SPRINGS

Scuba Swap Meet at Scuba Monkey Dive Center
Sunday, November 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Free Museum Admission at the Cade Museum
Saturday, November 23, 8 a.m.

Art Adventures Family Day at The Harn Museum of Art
Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

One Man’s Treasure at Oak Hall Gallery
Now through Monday, December 16

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center
Sundays, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Landscapes and Iconic Landmarks at The heART of Florida at GFAA Galllery
Now through November 23

Journey Into Our National Parks Exhibit at Coffee Culture
Now through November 30, 2019

School of Art + Art History 53rd Studio Faculty Art Exhibition at Harn Museum of Art
Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020
This exhibition recognizes and applauds UF’s art faculty as individual artists and as a collective of exemplary art educators.

Synchronica :: Framing Time at the Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center
Now through Saturday, 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.

Cuban Ingenuity: The Artistry of the Everyday Inventor at the Cade Museum
Now through Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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.

SAVE THE DATES, while you are making plans, take a look at these upcoming Fall and Winter crowd pleasers:

Spirit of the Horse Holiday Show, December 6
Craft Festival 2019, December 7-8
Dance Alive National Ballet presents The Nutcracker, December 21-22


For a complete list of events please visit www.visitgainesville.com/events

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