ACLIB Black History Month: Black History Month began as a weeklong celebration in the 1920s and was nationally recognized as a whole month in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. The Alachua County Library is thrilled to offer a variety of programs that will educate, entertain, and connect all ages. Before you dive into our calendar of events, consider bringing the celebration home by checking out movies and books that honor black achievements and creativity. We recommend movies such as The Great Debaters, Fruitvale Station, Selma,and Moonlight. For reading, we suggest The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
7:30: Artwalk, Downtown, Combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville. Artwalk Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Held the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm, (venues hours may vary) with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating, Artwalk is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer. It's a triple win for the community – a showcase for our artists, an attraction for area businesses, and a fun and accessible way for the community to learn about and experience art firsthand.
8:00: The Story Summit, Heartwood Soundstage, 619, S. Main St., Downtown. Story Summit is Gainesville’s best night of storytelling. You’ll hear some of the best storytellers from Self Narrate, Guts & Glory GNV, and The Conch-Gainesville’s True-storytelling Project at the intimate Heartwood Soundstage. Come be part of Gainesville’s growing storytelling community at Story Summit.
8:30: Coda, Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Pl, Downtown. The plot centers on a famous pianist (Stewart) at the twilight of his career who returns to the stage after a long absence and finds himself struggling with a severe case of stage fright. He meets a free-spirited music critic (Holmes) and travels to a remote village in the Swiss Alps, unwittingly embarking on a journey that will transform him. (96 minutes)
8:30: The Original Waffle House Burlesque & Variety Show, Hardback Cafe, 920 NW 2nd St., Do you like your entertainment scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, diced, peppered, capped, topped or country. Whether you love it, hate it, or just defer to the only restaurant open for your 3am munchies, the legacy of the Waffle House spans far and wide. Throughout the South, and ever expanding across the country, its warm glow welcomes all with the signature big yellow sign, original themed tunes on the jukebox, and familiar menu of breakfast staples prepared to your specifications. Hosted by the Biscuits & Gravy of Burlesque, Jenny Castle, this show features comedy, burlesque, live music, drag, parody, improv, poetry and more, including the Golden Waffle of Glory presentation to this year’s guest of honor.
!0:00: HAVANA NIGHTS: Salsa with ELIO', Wooley, Downtown. Bringing salsa back to The Wooly in 2020 every month. Bring your rhythm and party feet to the dance floor as DJ Elio Piedra brings the fiesta to The Wooly again. Vibrant dance floors and a specialty drink will be available to keep the party going all night long! Bring your friends and get ready to cha-cha-cha!
10:00: Guided Walk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr, Archer Rd. Kanapaha offers a guided tour of the Gardens the first Saturday of every month, starting at 10:00am. Regular admission price for non-members.
2:00: On Borrowed Time, High Springs Playhouse, High Springs, Various Days - Times. written by: Paul Osborn – directed by Steve Bates. Gramps is idolized by his young grandson, Pud, who models his every action after the old man. But Gramps’ salty expressions and rough behavior are frowned upon by both the strait-laced Aunt Demetria and Granny, so Aunt Demetria comes to live with them, hoping she can steer the boy in the right direction.
4:00: GREASE, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd., Various Days - Times. The rollicking musical, GREASE, will be performed at the Gainesville Community Playhouse from January 31 through February 16th. Performances are Thurs.-Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. FMI go to gcplayhouse.org or call 376-4949.