7:00: 'Color Theory', A Celebration of Color in Art! Opening Celebration, Oak Hall Cofrin Gallery, January 17 - February 21. Color is an essential element of creativity. It takes center stage in a personal way for each of us in the way we express ourselves. Color provides inspiration for creativity to many visual artists. Cover image: a working palette of Gary Bors. Come celebrate the love of color with at this unique and inspiring exhibition!This show will feature paintings, photographs and installations by these colorful artists:Gary Borse, Tyler Pierce Hale, Blake Harrison, Donna Drake, Yvonne Ferguson, Terrence Ho, Frank Barone, Robert Ponzio, Wendy James, Kate Würstlin.
8:00: Burning Kentucky, Hipp Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place, downtown. In the hazy mountains of eastern Kentucky, a young woman searches for the missing pieces of a mysterious event that killed her family. When the truth is revealed, she must choose between the love of a man... or avenging her blood. (91 minutes) Starring University of Florida student, Emilie Dhir along side acting legend, John Pyper-Ferguson. Also featuring Nick McCallum, Augie Duke, Nathan Sutton, Andy Umberger, and Charlie Bewley. This film runs through January 25.
8:00: Monk At Night Presents Don David, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. Don David is getting ready for his third show at Heartwood in a celebration of not only of his birthday but a set of new songs that will be satisfying to his loyal fans but to anyone who loves songs that appeal to the heart and soul. Don will be showcasing an evening of his original music which always has a groove that makes you want to get up and dance but have a message that sticks with you and makes you want to listen again and again.His eclectic and heartfelt songs will include old favorites and newly written material performed by his incredibly talented band. Musicians accompanying Don are: Mike Boulware, Dino Campbell, Michael Derry, Ron Thomas, Rob Rothschild, Brad Bangstad, and Aaron Colverson.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
Hoggetown Medieval Faire, Alachua County Fairgrounds. - For three magical weekends, a medieval village comes alive during festival season for the 34th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. The Faire showcases more than 160 talented artisans and craftspeople from all over the country, who arrive at Hoggetowne to display and sell a variety of goods. At the marketplace, visitors will find one-of-a-kind blacksmithing, jewelry, stone and wood carvings, weaving, hand-blown glassware, leather crafts, and period fashions. Master crafters will also show how they create their works of art. If walking through the market makes visitors hungry, they can head to the food court for a feast fit for a king. Tasty blooming onions, giant turkey legs, fresh-baked pastries, sweet potato fries and succulent ribs are just some of the foods available. Young lords and ladies can also be seen munching giant turkey legs.
10:00: Kanapha Gardens guided Tours, Kanapha Gardens, SW Archer Road (State Road 24) 1 mile west of Interstate 75 (exit #384), 4700 SW 58th Dr. Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. Regular admission price for non-members.
10:00: Historic Farm Tour, Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour, 18730 W Newberry Rd., Newberry. Discover an authentic working farm owned by the Dudleys from post Civil War to mid-1940s. Follow a park staff or docent in period clothing as they talk about the homestead consisting of eighteen restored buildings, farm animals, gardens and local history.
2:00: Hutch Hutchinson talk “An Environmental History of Eastern Alachua County”, Hawthorne Museum and Cultural Center, Hawthorne Area Historical Society, Hawthorne. Known affectionately as Hutch, he reports being “raised as a feral child on the shores of Pithlachocco,” graduating from Gainesville High School and Emory University “in the early 1970s,” and living in Windsor and Flamingo Hammock in eastern Alachua “ever since.” His biography is extensive and laudable. Besides being a county commissioner, Hutch’s work has included as a regional planner, energy analyst, land trust director, forest certifier, college faculty member and gravedigger. His charitable and volunteer work has been for a variety of groups and on numerous boards including the Community Foundation, the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the Environmental Film Festival. The museum is located at 7225 SE 221 St., Hawthorne. For further information please call 352-318-1265.
2:30: Author Series Welcomes Rochelle Alers, Headquarters Library, Downtown. 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.
8:00: Rising Appalachia, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently — a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country. Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence.
8:00: LPT, Heartwood Soundstage, 619 South Main St., Downtown. LPT is a 10-piece orchestra delivering salsa and Afro-Cuban music with their high-energy live shows. The group came together with the mission of keeping legit ‘Descarga’ salsa alive. Formed in 2013, the crew realized that playing salsa music was a way to share the diversity of the area with a new, young audience, while still giving the seasoned salsa veterans a taste of that old school. With vegan food from Radha’s Kitchen!