8:00: Lone Star Spirits, Opening Night, Hippodrome Theater, Various day - times, Downtown. Lone Star Spirits is a fast-paced comedy that takes a hilarious and sympathetic look at family. The show opens officially on January 24 and will run until February 16.
6:00: Little Women. Hippodrome Cinema, Various days and times, through February 2, Downtown. Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. Nominated for a six Academy Award nominations. Watch this Little Women film clip. (134 minutes).
8:00: Blackbird Morning with Jordan Esker & the 100% and Wild Pines, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Blackbird Morning is an American rock band that formed in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The band is composed of vocalist Danielle De Cosmo and guitarist Tony Goodwin, with Vincent DeCosmo on drums and bassist Richard Jimenez. The band’s music blends rock, dream pop, post-rock influences, and it has evolved to include a variety of genres and a more open alternative sound. Radha’s Kitchen will be vending.
Friday - Sunday:
5:00: Sunshine State Book Festival Reception at the Matheson Musuem Friday Evening, Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, Saturday and Sunday. Florida has an amazing literary history dating back over two centuries, and Gainesville is a leading center of literary culture where over two hundred writers, novelists, playwrights, and poets call home. From naturalist William Bartram’s book Travels, penned in the 1770s, to bestselling authors of today, writers have succumbed to the charm of our area. The Sunshine State Book Festival will further an appreciation of reading and provide the opportunity for readers to meet and interact with authors.
10:00: Florda's Amazing Pollinators, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Take on the role of pollinators like bats, bees, beetles and butterflies in this immersive exhibit that highlights their benefits to Earth’s ecosystems and our food supply. The exhibit centerpiece is a colorful maze filled with different habitats from around the world. Visitors can become their favorite pollinators and embark on up to 48 short missions in environments like a desert, farm, rainforest, nocturnal room and more! Visit the game station outside the maze to play parlor games with a twist such as mason bee mancala and invasive species shuffleboard to learn more about pollination and citizen science opportunities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Daniels Lab will be showcasing LIVE butterflies and moths.
2:30: Author Rochelle Alers, Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch, Meeting Room A. Award-winning Romance novelist Rochelle Alers is a regular on the Waldenbooks, Borders, and Essence bestseller lists. She has written more than 60 titles and boasts almost two million copies of her books in print. Alers has won awards including Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. Her new book, The Bridal Suite, follows four friends on a romantic adventure to New Orleans. When Nydia Santiago arrives at the lovely Garden District estate that her friends are transforming into a luxury inn, she meets the sexy engineer in charge of the renovation. But the new sweethearts in the Big Easy soon learn love isn’t without obstacles. Ms. Alers's presentation is co-sponsored by the Opinionated Ladies Book Club,
7:30: Gainesville Orchestra presents: Honoring Dr Jackson Sasser, Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd Street. Concert with special quests and some of Sasser’s favorites from Puccini to Tchaikovsky.
8:00: Kyle Carey, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S. Main St., Downtown. Kyle Carey’s unique fusion of ‘Gaelic Americana’ music includes influences of the American Folk Anthology, the traditional music of Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, and the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill. Kyle spent her earliest years in the Alaskan Bush, where her parents were teachers, and where she found herself immersed in the Yupik language and its songs. As a young woman, Kyle traveled to Cape Breton on a Fulbright Fellowship to learn Scottish Gaelic. Afterwards, she spent a year on the Isle of Skye in Scotland—honing her skills in the Gaelic language and studying singing technique with Lewis-born singer Christine Primrose, before landing finally in Ireland—where she recorded her debut album Monongah. Kyle’s third and newest album, The Art of Forgetting, was produced by Dirk Powell, recorded in Louisiana, and features luminaries such as Rhiannon Giddens, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick. With vegan food from Radha’s Kitchen!
2:00: Crazy Horse Descendant to Speak at Library Head Quarters, Meeting Room A. The Crazy Horse family member Floyd Clown and author William Matson will be here to speak and sign their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy on Sunday Headquarters Branch in Meeting Room A at 2:00 p.m. The Crazy Horse family's oral history had not been told outside the family for over a century. Now it is ready to be told by Clown, who is the son of Edward Clown, who was the nephew to Crazy Horse and the keeper of the sacred bundle and pipe for the family after his mother Iron Cedar passed away. Their book includes what they know about one of Montana's biggest events, the battle of the Little Bighorn including who killed Custer, how he was killed, and what happened to his missing index finger.
5:00: 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Florida Trail Association, Swamp Head Brewery. For this outdoor screening, the unique program of environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty. They also show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. Climb the highest peaks and trek across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action. There will be 14 screened films, live music, guest speakers, exciting raffle items, beverages including a special one-night-only Florida Trail Ale (courtesy of Swamp Head Brewery) and food vendors. Folks will also have the chance to interact with organizations dedicated to supporting inclusive outdoor recreation and environmental conservation.
7:00: SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS, Rick Ryan Band, High Dive, Doors 7PM / Show 8PM. Tickets available online, at Hear Again Records ($1 FEE), and at the High Dive box office (NO FEES!). Chapel Hill’s southern fried surf / rockabilly party returns to High Dive. Southern Culture on the Skids has been consistently recording and touring around the world since its inception in 1983, when Rick Miller was a grad student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The current lineup (Dave Hartman – drums; Mary Huff – bass and vocals; Rick Miller – guitar and vocals) has been playing together for over 30 years. Their music has been featured in movies and TV, and used to sell everything from diamonds to pork sausage, and their legendary live shows are a testament to the therapeutic powers of foot-stomping, butt-shaking rock and roll. SCOTS’ DIY roots go all the way back to the days of making cassette demos in the dirt floor basement of the original band house. “It was a beat down house we found in the woods, covered in kudzu vines”, Rick recalls. “We hunkered down there and came up with the sound and ideas we’ve been refining and tweaking ever since; a blue plate special of musical genres, all mixed together to give up new flavors and combinations.”