In Flyte, A Tribute to the Music of The Byrds, will play at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct 11 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Mark Miale (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Tony McMahon (lead guitar/vocals), who last season presented Desperado, the “Free Fridays” tribute to the Eagles, have banded together again this year to organize a musical tribute to The Byrds.
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Contribute to the Making of a Masterpiece: Become an Art Sponsor for the Downtown Festival & Art Show
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Foster creativity in Alachua County by becoming an art sponsor at the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the nationally-recognized Downtown Festival & Art Show draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. As an art sponsor, you can make your name stand out among the crowd by pledging a minimum of $50 in advance toward the purchase of any piece of art. To request a pledge form, contact Festival Coordinator Linda Piper at 352-393-8536 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org
Art sponsors have the opportunity to choose their favorite artwork from a wide variety of original pieces. Once an art sponsor selects a favorite piece, the chosen artist proudly displays a ribbon and certificate personalized with the sponsor's name. Art sponsors are recognized throughout the festival during live announcements from the Plaza Stage.
During the Downtown Festival & Art Show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the historic streets of downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity, complete with live music, dance performances and a spectacular array of food. More than 250 artists will line the streets from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre to display their art. Visitors will marvel at vibrant paintings, decorative ceramics, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry and breathtaking photography.
While adults explore the booths filled with artwork, children can create their own works of art at the Imagination Station, which features a large selection of free, hands-on activities. They can design masks, create puppets, sculpt clay and paint pictures. The Imagination Station will also feature entertainment including magic shows, puppet shows and musical performances.
For music lovers, the festival features continuous, live entertainment on three stages by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. The weekend kicks off Friday, Nov 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza with a free Downtown Blues concert presented the North Florida Blues Society. Headlining the evening is Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini.
Since its creation, the Downtown Festival & Art Show has risen dramatically in national rankings. The Downtown Festival & Art Show jumped into the top ten in national art show rankings for the first time, from the No. 13 spot to No. 10 on Sunshine Artist magazine's "200 Best" list of top fine arts festivals in the nation.
Mark your calendar now for Nov. 16 and 17, 2013. You won't want to miss this incredible weekend of arts and entertainment at the Downtown Festival & Art Show, north central Florida's most beloved fine arts festival. For more information, call 352-334-ARTS or visit our website at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org
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Gilberto DePaz and Tropix to Play a Latin Night at "Free Fridays" on Sept. 27
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The City of Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series and the Latino Film Festival have partnered to bring the Gainesville community an incredible Latin night with “el Maestro de la salsa” Gilberto DePaz and Tropix on Friday, Sept. 7 from 8-10 p.m. The evening is part of the Latino Film Festival’s calendar of events and is called Noche en El Barrio (A Night in the Neighborhood).
Tropix is a tropical fusion band based in Gainesville, Fla. The band has its roots in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, and performs music from all over Latin America and Spain, along with American standards. From merengue and salsa, bachata and cumbia, to disco and ballads, Tropix will entertain you with a variety of Latin sounds. The band is composed of five core members, Gilberto DePaz, Waldemar Cabrera, Laura DePaz, Jose “Joe” Rivera Cepeda and Bruni DePaz.
The Gainesville Latino Film Festival (GLFF) is presented by the Latina Women’s League of Gainesville and is one of Gainesville’s biggest and most diverse international cultural events dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education. Imperative to the GLFF mission is to create a cultural dialogue amongst Latinos and non-Latinos to discuss universal, cross-cultural experiences.
The Gainesville Latino Film Festival showcases the diversity of political and social issues, as well as cultural practices in the Latin community. The lineup expresses these differences, and is also a great representation of the excellence of the Latino community’s art. All shows are free and open to the public. For more information on the film festival, visit www.latinawomensleague.org
or call 352-378-9787.
Founded in 2005, the Latina Women’s League is an all women, non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to contributing to the Latino/Hispanic culture and art in Gainesville. The Latina Women’s League is created as a forum for the discussion of the experiences of Latina women living in the United States.
The “Free Fridays” Concert Series runs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday nights in 2013 from Friday, April 5 through Friday, Nov. 8. The Bo Diddley Community Plaza is located on the corner of Southeast First Street and East University Avenue. A complete listing of the “Free Fridays” entertainment schedule can be found at http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org
The Free Fridays Concert Series is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The Cultural Affairs Division is the designated local arts agency for Gainesville and Alachua County. For more information on “Free Fridays,” or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.
"The All-American Payne's Prairie Home Companion" Show Rescheduled at the Historic Thomas Center
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The rain-cancelled All-American Payne’s Prairie Home Companion show has been rescheduled at the Historic Thomas Center Thursday, Sept. 26 from 8-10 p.m. Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the show’s musicians. The performance was originally scheduled at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza as part of the “Free Fridays” Concert Series on Friday, July 5. It was slated to be this year’s version of the “All-American Song Fest,” held annually at “Free Fridays” since 2008 on the Friday closest to Independence Day.
This year, the songfest that traditionally celebrates American music, has a different focus. According to area musician Ron Thomas, who organizes the songfest, “While previous years have highlighted songs about America and American places, historical and cultural themes, American songwriters and the various genres of American music, this year the theme is a spoof on the popular radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’”
“A Prairie Home Companion” is the National Public Radio show hosted by Garrison Keillor. The local version will offer music, comedy, mock commercials for Gainesville institutions that no longer exist, and the “News from Lake Wauberg,” which parodies the popular “News from Lake Woebegone” sketch on the NPR show.
Musical acts will be Quartermoon with John and Raven Smith, and the New Prairie Dogs, an eclectic group of some of Gainesville’s finest musicians that includes Mike Boulware, Cathy DeWitt, Mick Marino, Rob Rothschild and Ron Thomas. Local actor and Santa Fe College theatre professor Gregg Jones will offer his inimitable vocalizations and serve as a comic foil, and as Ron Thomas says, “He will be the affable, self-deprecating host. A rollicking, informative and hygienic time is guaranteed for all.”
The Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. The concert is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The Cultural Affairs Division is the designated local arts agency for Gainesville and Alachua County.
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.
Embrace Artistic Excellence by Volunteering at Gainesville's Downtown Festival & Art Show
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mingle with nationally acclaimed artists and sample international cuisine as a volunteer at the 32nd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. This award-winning art festival, which is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, features 250 of the nation's finest artists, as well as three stages of live entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available Saturday, Nov. 16 or Sunday, Nov. 17, for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Information Booth, sell T-shirts and posters, booth sit for artists or help with the Children's Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
Volunteers will also have the chance to see downtown Gainesville transform into a hub of artistic culture and creativity. More than 100,000 visitors stroll through the streets to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork and marvel at original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Artisans compete for more than $18,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards. While they shop, festival visitors can explore booths showcasing the services and missions of more than 55 local nonprofit organizations. Food booths line the streets and give visitors the chance to indulge in gyros, bloomin' onions, sweet barbecue ribs, Mediterranean pitas, jambalaya and authentic pad Thai cuisine.
For music lovers, the Downtown Festival & Art Show features three stages with continuous, live entertainment by local bands, solo musicians and dance companies. The festival weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza with a free Downtown Blues Concert presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society. Headlining the evening is Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini.
The festival also includes musical performances, magic shows and puppet shows at the Children's Imagination Station. The Imagination Station offers a large selection of free, hands-on art activities. Children can draw with sidewalk chalk, design masks and hats, make puppets and buttons and sculpt clay.
The Downtown Festival & Art Show, a nationally-recognized event, has ranked among the top festivals in the nation since 1996 and has steadily climbed in rankings in recent years. The festival moved up another three positions this year, breaking its own placement records. The Downtown Festival & Art Show jumped into the top ten in national art show rankings for the first time, from the No. 13 spot to No. 10 on Sunshine Artist magazine's "200 Best" list of top fine arts festivals in the nation.
Celebrate a tradition of artistic excellence at the Downtown Festival & Art Show. If you would like to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers, please contact Linda Piper, Festival Coordinator, at 352-393-8536. Applications may be downloaded at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. We hope you can join us at this year's festival.