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Weekend Events


7:00: GROUNDED, Star Theatre, 11 NE 23rd Ave. Broadway performance of George Brant's award winning drama, GROUNDED. Rhonda Wilson brings her NYC United Solo Festival performance to her hometown of Gainesville. In the 75 minute tour-de-force drama we live through the pilot's journey. The Pilot has been grounded from flying F-16's in combat to flying drones from a trailer in the desert. "No one ever comes back from the chair force" says the pilot.



7:00: BRAZILFEST, Heartwood Soundstage, 619. S. Main St. Celebrate the music and culture of Brazil with three artists: Cissa Paz, Rafael Pondé and Maca Reggae Samba. These musicians combine to showcase a variety of Brazilian music including influences from jazz, forro, bossa nova, samba and reggae. Brazilian food, vendors and art make this an immersive experience showcasing the talents of the Brazilian community in our area.



7:30: The Kennedys and Ordinary Elephant, Sandhill Stage, Prairie Creek Lodge, Alachua Conservation Trust, 7204 Co Rd 234. PETE AND MAURA KENNEDY both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades. The Kennedys have worked in the studio with many celebrated artists including Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn, Nils Lofgrin, Eric Ambel, Kelly Willis, and the Dixie Hummingbirds.



9:00: Family Friendly Bike Ride, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th St. Join the Gainesville Cycling Club for our monthly Family Friendly Ride from Depot Park down the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail to the Lake Alachua Overlook for a 9 mile round trip. A shorter option is to ride to the Sweetwater Overlook, which is a 6 mile round trip. Parents and helmets required. Tag-alongs and bike trailers welcome, but no training wheels. We will meet at the far end of the Depot Park parking lot. Don't forget your water bottles.



7:30: Special EFX, SFC Master Master Artist Series, SF Fine Arts Hall. Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX, featuring Emmy award-winning guitarist Chieli Minucci, will appear in concert. The newly formed SF Guitar Ensemble, directed by Guitar professor Richy Stano, will open the performance. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.


8:00: Mdou Moctar (Tuareg Guitarist), Heartwood Soundstage, 619. S. Main St. Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, a remote region steeped in religious tradition. In 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album Anar. A psychedelic reworking of the Tuareg sound, the electronic tracks featured innovative pitch bending synths, drum machines, and autotune. In 2015, he co-wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It, a Saharan remake of Prince's Purple Rain.



10:00: Sunday Morning Cartoons, Depot Park, 874 SE 4th St. Cartoon classics from the 1960s through 1980s will now be at The Depot Event Space for YOUR KIDS (and you) to enjoy. Popeye, Betty Boop, Scooby-Doo and Ultraman, to name a few, will be showing for one hour as you unwind from your busy weekend,



1:30: Living In The Flow, Applied Ayurveda with ChayaVeda, 117 NW 16th Ave. Learn about our elemental Ayurvedic constitution and tendencies, and how the effects of our inner and outer world, including our environment, circadian rhythms, yoga practice, diet and lifestyle choices impact our daily lives. In this wellness workshops Chaya will lead us through an interactive talk with short experiential components that include contemplative centering, group activities and yogic applications.



7:00: Southern Culture On The Skids, High Dive, 201 SW 2nd Ave. 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. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

ART & ABOUT: 'A Doll House Part 2'






It takes all kinds in this doll house

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I saw the comment from Chaya-Sharon Heller above before seeing the Hippodrome's production of Lucas Hnath's play A Doll's House Part 2.

I love a good thought-provoking play that leaves many questions floating around in my head.

HIPPdolsHmitchellThe interpretation of Hnath's screenplay by the director, University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance Professor, Charlie Mitchell, left me sitting on the proverbial fence. I was sympathizing with the protagonist Nora (Tess Hogan), whose needs and desires focused on being her own person/woman. Then again having been in several relationship break-ups, I easily empathized with the frustration and angst of Torvald (V Craig Heidenreich) in trying to understand what was happening: 

After 15 years, why in the world did Nora return to upset his life again?

The original story, you may recall, ended with Nora Helmer realizing, through a series of unfortunate events, that her marriage to her husband, Torvald, was an existential fraud. She walked out on him and their three young children and slammed the door behind her.  A Doll's House, Part flashes forward 15 years, and my, how things have — and haven't — changed.




In the opening of Part 2, Nora is knocking on the homestead's door for re-admittance Nora is looking prosperous, pleased with herself, albeit anxious.

The now liberated woman has become a successful "women's novelist" discovering contentment in living alone. Unfortunately she finds herself with grave legal problems, as Torvald never officially divorced her. She has returned to see him, reluctantly, in hopes of rectifying that omission.



Enter Emmy (MaRah Williams), the daughter Nora abandoned before Emmy could bond with her mother. Nora seeks Emmy's assistance in convincing her father to help in making this divorce process easy. In an exquisite juxtaposition, mother and daughter discuss their lives, each character mirroring the other in behaviors, realities, and most importantly perceptions about life.

What transpires for 90 minutes – with no intermission – is a debate on appropriate and inappropriate behavior dressed in 'What about me' discourse. This dialogue leaves the audience to arrive at who are the winners and losers in this existential mind bender.



Kudos to Set Designer, Stephanie Parks, and her perfect 'period piece'-decorated living room wall with the ominous door center stage. Thinking back, what a perfect opening was that loud knock-knock-knock from someone standing behind 'Exhibit A' in this trial of diametrically opposed familial ideas.

Now, about his Doll House cast of actors/characters:

zzGLOBbullet 011719MaHra2MaRah Williams is obviously a woman of attitude. That was my thought when I saw her in the Hipp's production of THE WOLVES. As Emmy, Williams's weary eye and unsettled thoughts of why this 'mother' had returned to her world are projected toward Nora. Keeping her distance with indifference toward her mother built a keen tension on the stage almost making me uncomfortable. Nice Job Ms. Williams.

zzGLOBbullet 011719HippvcraigV Craig Heldenreich's Torvald won my heart. I understood where this character was coming from. I felt his angst, frustration, lack of understanding as to why all of this was happening. Kudos Mr. Heldenreich.




zzGLOBbullet 011719HIPPsaraBSara Morsy's depiction of Anne Marie was a perfect way to start this performance. Ms. Morsy's confusion and disbelief of the return of Nora after 15 years set the stage for a then-and-now engagement of the minds while positioning Nora as the driver of this story.


zzGLOBbullet 011719HoganI'm thinking Tess Hogan liked the Nora character. I couldn't tell if she was acting or personally identifying with this living, 19th century, on-the-edge liberated character that was defying all social norms. Ms. Hogan easily projected the pain and anxiety Nora was going through and many of the anxieties she was reliving but able to stow away in her world of oneness. Exquisite performance Ms. Hogan.


When Torvald fell down on the floor toward the end I thought he died from frustration. That would have been a fitting end to this philosophical argument.
Not so theatre go-er.



There are so many issues, view points, frustrations, to discuss about the death of Torvald and his resigning to take the blame would have made this play too easy to absorb.

The GLOB Master's suggestion is find a partner and watch this thought-provoking show on personal engagement. Then you both can sort out your feelings on the me-myself-and-I paradigm.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to the Hipp's Rachel Jones for the DOLL HOUSE images. The Hippodrome's production of A Doll's House Part 2 continues through February 3 with shows on various days, times. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more DOLL HOUSE information.

2019 Restaurant News

Four new lunch stops and a secret, hidden gem of a Pho shop that was sequestered from the GLOB Master has sprouted over the Winter holidays. That means I am more than a little excited about checking out the three new Asian lunch stops and I am looking forward to experiencing the Big Dick Special!


Dick Mondell's opens near SW 4th. apts.

January 14, 2019: Dick's Mondell's Burgers and Fries recently opened on SW 4th Ave. in the slowly developing 4th Ave. Food Park area near the 2nd Avenue Centre apartments. With the featured entrée titled The Original Big Dick hamburger this walk-up, drive thru window lunch stop is a name dropping treat from their meatless Impossible Burger, to Joyce Farms humanely raised and antibiotic free chicken. Continuing a contemporary, environmentally correct approach to lunch DMBF also features Wainwright Dairy ice cream and milkshakes Joyce Farms Chicken Burgers, Deep River Kettle cooked potato chips, sweet potato tots, natural cut fries, and garden and grain salads and Opus Dark Star coffee. NOTE TO DICK: Open daily at 11:00 this lunch stop would be the PERFECT drive thru early morning breakfast drive thru . . .:)




Mother's P&G North moves into Sal's location

Mother's Pub & Grill North opens on NW 39th Ave. This long time popular Midtown brew pub has opened a second location behind Northwest Grill in the building that housed Sal's Sports Bar. With a varied menu that includes chicken wings, burgers, sliders, subs, sandwiches the Pub also has an impressive list of PUB FAVORITES including Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips, Mac & Cheese and Wisconsin Rolls. Mother's claims to be Gainesville's best sports bar. "If a game or match is on TV we will find it for you."




Poke & Bowl lunch stop opens in Midtown

Poke & Bowl Station has opened in the Stadium Club in Midtown across from the St. Augustine Catholic Church. It also serves a complete POKE, or bowl menu of Asian delights including the Land & Sea Bowl ( $12.95), and the Rain of Fire Bowl (12.95) that includes spicy tuna, spicy salmon, red onion, corn, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, sirarcha aioli, sesame oil, cherry tomato, avocado, onion crisps, wasabi peas, and chili pepper. WHOOO!




Asian street faire available on SW 34th St.

SOHAO Street Fare Café is now open at 3945 SW 34th St. in the University Towne Center. With a varied menu of Asian favorites including Bowls and rice plates SOHAO also presents several unique entrees including steamed and pan fried buns, flat bread burgers with stewed pork, spicy cumin, and soya tofu. 14 Asian appetizers and chicken wings are also on the menu.




The Vietnamese Grille in the Stadium Club

The GLOB Master is embarrassed this PHO lunch stop has been buried in the back of the Stadium Club building unnoticed by me. Serving a complete menu of appetizers, Grilled Bowls, Bahn Mi sandwiches, and Vietnamese coffee. The Vietnamese Grille is open every day from 10:00 to 9:00 pm.

A grain bowl full of delights

Most of the grain bowls that happen in my house are serendipitous. There are other times, though, when a grain bowl craving hits and the refrigerator is bare. That's when you need a recipe like this. Vegetable-forward yet cozy, it has a variety of textures and a lemony kick to keep things interesting bite after bite

As reported on the NEW YORK TIMES website with recipe - EAT MORE

Delicious isn't always pretty

O.K., fine. I do know why. I was just too embarrassed to admit it outright: I was jealous of the New Yorker food correspondent Helen Rosner's blow-dryer roast chicken. So I wanted to throw my hat into the ring. With a chicken recipe. Because everyone (besides vegetarians, I guess) likes chicken, right? I know that you can't make magic on demand (or at least I can't) and that it's impossible to predict what will take a recipe viral on the internet, but there do seem to be a few cardinal rules.

As reported on the NEW YORK TIMES website with recipe - COOK MORE

Gumbo is dead

This is an extraordinary time for the city's signature dish. Gumbo, long a fixture in restaurants here, has disappeared from many menus as new chefs arrive with different cuisines and ideas, catering to a population remade by the transplants who settled in the city after Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005.

As reported on the NEW YORK TIMES website with recipes - READ MORE

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