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Midtown is the center of all things social during the week, and Gator City Sports Bar and Grill knows it. Head to Gator City to grab a beer and a burger and watch the game, or head down the hall and play pool with the best of them. Plus, if you’re in the mood for some dancing, Envy has the tunes right next door.

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Welcome back! Since 2008, INsite has provided an annual issue in which we focus solely on the famous, the heroic, the genius, the … most interesting people of Gainesville. It’s not an easy task. Not because it’s hard to find interesting people. In fact, it’s the opposite. In a town as fast-paced and innovative as this one, how do you narrow it down? That’s the reason why our “20 Most Interesting” series has sometimes inflated to 25 or even 28 Most, and this year’s no different. So enjoy reading about this year’s crop of Most Interestings, which includes athletes, musicians, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, artists, the mayor—well, just flip to page 32 and see for yourself. On a sadder note, I regret to inform you that for financial reasons this will be the last issue of INsite. After keeping Gainesville informed of the awesome events, restaurants and people in town for 21 years, INsite will be shutting its doors. Thank you for your dedication to INsite.








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Contributor Bios... Alyssa Fisher has only been freelancing for INsite for a few weeks, but the freshman from Cooper City, Fla., has already made a mark with her 20 Most Interesting profiles of Study Edge founder Ethan Fieldman and artist/actress Sara Morsey. With these profiles, she hopes for readers to appreciate Gainesville and all the opportunities it has to offer. Alyssa has always had a passion for writing, and she has a blog called “The Girl with the Purple Pen.” She also loves fashion and ballet. Hoping to make a career out of her passions, she wants to be a journalist in New York writing for a major magazine one day.


Hoping to one day grace the big and small screens with her stories, Aliza Bresnick is a third year English major with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. Originally from Oakton, Vir., she moved to Boca Raton seven years ago and enjoys spending her time cooking, reading and writing, while also indulging in visual arts such as photography, drawing and watching films. This month, Aliza wrote “The Roommate Test” and Most Interesting profiles for Kimberly Percuoco and Stephanie and Claire Browning. She enjoyed interviewing these individuals, who managed to turn their passions into success. From their stories, she hopes readers find the same motivation to make their own dreams come true.

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Mary Moore is an award-winning speaker, speech coach and writer, the owner of Aloha Pet Sitting & Dog Walking and also a stay-at-home mom of an 8-month-old boy and a 2-yearold girl. While balancing that alreadyhefty plate, the St. Augustine native freelances for us. This month she profiled Mayor Craig Lowe and Pastor Mike Patz, both influential leaders of the community. She hopes she has given readers a new, more personal perspective on them. For the future she hopes to sell her pet business and make speech writing a professional career, while indulging in her hobbies of reading, writing and playing with her kids on the beach.

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TO SUPPORT STUDENTS Creamy soups, warm soups, cold bisques and spicy broths—it’ll all be served up on Jan. 27 at the St. Francis Catholic High School’s Souper Fun Sunday, which runs from 1pm to 3:30pm. The event raises money for technology enhancement and development at the school. More than 30 local restaurants and caterers will put their reputations on the line for the approval of your taste buds and a panel of local celebrity judges. Judges this year include Big Stew from 103.7 The Gator, Sen. Steve Oelrich, Scott Costello from HOME magazine and Storm Roberts from 98.5 WKTK. This family friendly soup-off will have an awards ceremony for Best Soups, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Table. Last year the event drew more than 750 people—this year Heather Duiser, director of development for St. Francis, says she expects more than 1,000 attendees. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $7.50 for children. Family tickets can be bought for $45. They can be bought online at

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“Orlando has Disney World, and Gainesville has the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire,” says Linda Piper, events coordinator for the city of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs. The fair returns for its 27th year from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27 and Feb. 1 to Feb. 3 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. The fair runs 10am to 6pm on weekends. On Fridays it runs 9:30am to 3pm. Visitors will encounter juggling, dancing street performers, strumming minstrels, pony rides, a marketplace and more. Get to the gate at 9:45am and have the entire cast greet you, and then watch as they put on a show of dancing and music. And at this familyfriendly event, every child will be knighted by the royal king and queen. More than 160 artisans will demonstrate their skills in leatherworking, woodcarving, pottery and more. Don’t forget to catch the jousting show on the tournament field—knights joust twice daily. Visit the food court for the traditional turkey legs. Try the fried pickles, Oreos or green beans—you can get pretty much any food fried here. Craving something sweet? Head over to the Queen’s Buns or the King’s Nuts in the Sweets court. Get there early and plan to spend the day. Tickets can be bought online at the Gainesville Cultural Affairs website or you can buy advance tickets at a local Gator Domino’s pizza store. Follow the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on Facebook for chances to win tickets. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 17. Admission is free for children under 5 years old. Attend Feb. 1 for half-price tickets!


For 14 years, more than 1,000 volunteers have come together for the annual Air Potato Round-up to remove “air potatoes” from Morningside Nature Center. The family-friendly event is on Jan. 26. Times and clean-up areas will be assigned as people register. The air potato also known by its scientific name, Dioscorea bulbifera, is a non-native vine that jeopardizes Florida’s natural communities by engulfing native vegetation. It produces aerial tubers that fall to the ground in late fall and winter that produce new vines that sprout in the spring. Volunteers are tasked with gathering these aerial tubers. People should register as early as possible for the event because it often fills up fast, according to Merald Clark, a teacher at Morningside Nature Center. People can register online at This year’s T-shirt theme is “tuber-dioscorea-bulbifera-atrocious” based off of Mary Poppins’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Along with the free T-shirt, volunteers will receive a small lunch. There will be music and a raffle with gift cards and other items donated by local businesses. “It’s a great Gainesville tradition, and people look forward to it every year,” she says. Celebrate “geek” culture at the 2nd annual Swampcon. This multi-genre, free two-day convention features anime, gaming and science fiction themed events. The “eclectic” event runs Jan. 12 to Jan. 13 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union. On Saturday, the gaming runs 11am to midnight, and it will run from 11am to 8pm on Sunday. Last year, the convention was set up on only the second floor. But the event has grown so large that the whole building has been rented this year. Some main events include an original play based on the show Firefly, a Miku Miku Dance Hologram Concert (based on the holographic Tupac concert, according to events and anime coordinator Ciara Powell), and a Hunger Games Con-ucopia where “tributes” can learn the skills needed to survive the Hunger Games. Other events include a science fiction film contest, LARPing (live action role playing) and video games. The popular maid café, where servers play games with the guests, will return with more maids and butlers than before. Tons of artists and authors will make guest appearances, including Tiffany Grant who is best known for voicing Asuka from Evangelion, and the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! Martin Billany, also known as LittleKuriboh. More than 2,000 people attended last year. This year, Ciara expects from 4,000 to 6,000 people. Swampcon will be supporting three charities this year—Alachua County Forever, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity—with a charity raffle. Register online at, and buy an event T-shirt for $10. T-shirts are $15 at the event. “If people have never been to a convention before—it’s exotic,” she says. “It’s going to be a lot of weird and eccentric people. It’s cool.”


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Think you can find all of the University of Florida well known (and not-so-well known) landmarks? Test yourself at the Pledge 5 Foundation’s second-annual picture scavenger hunt Foto Frenzy. The hunt begins on Jan. 16 at 3:30pm at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Colonnade. Teams of up to five students will race around to find all the university’s landmarks. The group that uploads the most pictures before the two-hour time limit wins. There will be special “extra credit” photos that arise for points to make up for landmarks that a team did not find. The goal of the event is to create awareness about the Pledge 5 Gators Association, to familiarize students with UF’s landmarks and—of course—to have fun. Admission is free and only open to UF students. Teams must have a digital camera and a way to upload the pictures to the official Pledge 5 Gators Facebook page. Students need to pledge to complete one five-hour service social to register. Follow the Pledge 5 Foundation Facebook page for updates on how and when to register.

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New Years Day Scrabble Games at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 5:30pm-8:30pm Gentle Walk and Talk at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 9am

02 WEDNESDAY Gainesville Modern Quilters Club at Millhopper Branch Library, 6:30pm Lego Club at Alachua Branch Library, 3pm

03 THURSDAY Perpetual Joy Calendar at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 6:30pm Knitting in the Afternoon at Millhopper Branch Library, 2pm Morningstar Investment Database Webinar at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 12pm


Afterschool Gaming for Teens at Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm Newberry Walking Club at Alachua County Library Newberry, 11am

05 SATURDAY Gallery Talk: Dr. Silvio dos Santos, UF Assistant Professor of Musicology at Harn Museum of Art, 1pm 37th Annual Camellia Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 1pm-5pm Musikgarten at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 11am Art Classes with Patricia Wolfe at Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown, 10am ContARTE at Millhopper Branch, 10:30am Backpack with a Ranger at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 10am-12pm Family Birding at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 9am-11pm

06 SUNDAY 37th Annual Camellia Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 9am-4pm


Branch Library, 5:30pm Lego Club at Alachua Branch Library, 3pm

“Slavery by Another Name” at the Civic Media Center, 7pm Mobile Outreach Clinic at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6pm Yu-Gi-OH club at Alachua Branch Library, 4pm

08 TUESDAY Got Game? at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 4pm Bits and Spurs 4H Club of Alachua County at Saw Horse Farms, 6:30pm Teen Crocheting Class at Alachua County Library Newberry, 4pm

09 WEDNESDAY Baby Signs at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 10:30am Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Health at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library Mobile Outreach Clinic at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 1pm-4pm Gainesville Scrabble Club at Millhopper

CROUCHING GATOR, HIDDEN DRAGON! Come to the Harn Museum of Art for a night of Chinese art and culture (and maybe a little kung fu fighting) at the Crouching Gator, Hidden Dragon event. The event runs from 6pm to 9pm on Jan. 10. Master WeinWei Ou, a Chinese master calligrapher will be demonstrating the art of calligraphy. There will be music performances, free food and stations for people to make their own art. The event is free and sponsored by the University of South Florida Confucius Institute.

There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with one foot of water. January 2013


Last month at the Hippodrome Theatre, the theater wrapped up 2012 in the true holiday spirit of giving with not one but two holiday themed plays—the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” and the highin-demand comedy, “A Tuna Christmas.” Gainesville was given a traditional and alternative view on the holidays. To start off this year, the Hipp begins its season with “Venus in Fur,” a two-person play known for its portrayal of the dark side of the entertainment business. Hailed by the New York Times as, “Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun,” the Hipp’s production should be one of the sexiest and funniest shows around. “Venus in Fur” is about Vanda, a talented young actress who is determined to land the lead role in the new play based on the classic erotic novel “Venus in Furs.” During the auditions, the playwright Thomas is dissatisfied with the actresses trying out for the lead. However, at the last minute, Vanda bursts in and captivates him. Eventually,

the audition turns from a professional try-out into an electrifying cat-and-mouse game where power roles switch and the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and love and sex are all blurred. On the 21st, be sure to check out “BLINDSIDED”, a richly entertaining and moving story that will take you on a personal journey through actress and standup comic Jeannette Rizzi’s early life in Alachua where she struggled to overcome her friend Katie’s suicide. The inspiring solo show was written and will be performed by Jeannette. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Alachua County Crisis Center in honor of Katie. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Visual Art Gallery, which hosts Florida artists in eight exhibitions annually. It features photography, paintings, fine art photography, glass art, sculpture and other types of visual art. For more information contact

—Natalia Sieukaran

Museum Nights: Crouching Gator, Hidden Dragon! At Harn Museum of Art, 6pm-9pm Afterschool Gaming for Teens at Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm Gainesville Sports Commission’s 25th Anniversary at the UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, 6pm

11 FRIDAY Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow: Paintings by Elena Sisto at University Gallery, 10am-5pm Gainesville’s Historic Evergreen Cemetery: This Wondrous Place Opening Reception at the Thomas Center, 5pm-7pm GCO Chamber Concert with Evans Haile at Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Hall, 7:30pm

12 SATURDAY SwampCon at J. Wayne Reitz Union, 11am-noon Elvis Lives at Curtis M. Phillips Center, 1pm Collectors Day at Florida Museum of

EVENTS Natural History, 10am-3pm Start the New Year Off Right at Millhopper Branch Library, 1pm Art Classes with Patricia Wolfe at Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown, 10am Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 10am11am Bamboo Workshop at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 1:30pm-4:30pm Rim Ramble Hike at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 8am

13 SUNDAY SwampCon at J. Wayne Reitz Union, 11am-8pm Services for Seniors Series: Your Money Series part 1 at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 2pm

14 MONDAY Law in the Library: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Just the Facts, No Politics at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 6pm Mobile Outreach Clinic at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6pm

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15 TUESDAY SPOHP In the Delta: Year Five at Civic Media Center, 6pm Bear Necessities at Cone Park Branch, Alachua County Library District, 3:30pm Got Game? at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 4pm Scrabble Lovers Club at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 5:30pm Remembering Martin at Ignite Life Center, 6:30pm Science Café Topic: Fungus Among Us at Chef Brothers Custom Catering, 6:30pm-8pm Ribbon Cutting at Body of Boris, 5pm7pm

16 WEDNESDAY Discover Your Library at the Museum at Florida Museum of Natural History, 10:30am-11:30am Storytime at the Museum at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown “Appy” Hour at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 10:30am Four Shillings Short Musical Event at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6pm Mobile Outreach Clinic at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 1pm-4pm Pledge 5 Foto Frenzy at the University of Florida, 3:30pm Restoration of Rights Expunging & Sealing of Records Educational Workshop at Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, 6pm

17 THURSDAY Showcasing Student Art (K-12) at the Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery, 6:30pm-8pm David Figlio- Pitfalls and Promise of School Choice and Accountability at UF’s Levin College of Law Room 180 Afterschool Gaming for Teens at Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm MLK Cultural Brain Bowl & Spelling Bee at Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, 6pm Ribbon Cutting at The Gainesville CoWork, 3pm-8pm



4th Annual Youth Talent Extravaganza at Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center, 7pm School Holiday Camp: Birds of Prey at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 8am-5pm


Motionhouse: Scattered at UF’s Curtis

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COLLECTORS DAY Vintage cars, Beatles and Titanic memorabilia, alligator figurines—if people collect it then you’ll find it at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s 34th annual Collectors Day on Jan. 21. The event runs 10am to 3pm at the museum. The showing attracts collectors from across the southeast and more than 3,000 visitors every year. Collectors love to talk about their compilation, so come learn all about the history and context of their collections. Admission is free. Call 352-273-2061 for more information. M. Phillips Center, 7:30pm Irish Songs from Four Shillings Short at Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown, 2pm-4pm Madame-Psyche Tells Your Fortune at Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown, 2pm Art Classes with Patricia Wolfe at Alachua County Headquarters LibraryDowntown, 10am Game Day at Millhopper Branch Library, 2pm PIEC 2013 ECO-RUN 5K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser at UF’s Levin College of Law parking lot, 7:45pm Next Level Sports and Fitness Kids Fit Day at Kanapaha Park, 9am-11am

20 SUNDAY Specticast: The Merry Widow at UF’s Curtis M. Phillips, 3:30pm Nonprofit Expo 2013 at Hilton UF Conference Center, 1pm Community Empowerment Health at Millhopper Branch Library, 2pm Charity Softball Tournament and Home Run Derby at the Alachua Rec Center, 1pm

21 MONDAY Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Blindsided at the Hippodrome Theatre, 7pm Medieval Craft at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 3:30pm The Past is Prologue, a Panel Discussion in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act at Pugh Hall-Bob Graham Center, 6pm Bears in the Winter at Millhopper Branch Library, 3:30pm Teen Craft-Literary Sign Posts at Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm

EVENTS National Holiday Program at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 12pm MLK Annual Commemorative March at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 1pm



Remembering Coretta Observance Program at New Macedonia Baptist Church, 6pm

37TH ANNUAL CAMELLIA SHOW Camellias bloom white, red, pink, small and large. Some are fragrant and some are not. All can be found at the Gainesville Camellia Society’s 37th Annual Camellia Show at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens on Jan. 5 from 1pm to 5pm, and Jan. 6 from 9am to 4pm. This two-day show features blooms from southeastern growers, and will have judged exhibits of a variety of Camellias from japonicas to reticulatus. People are invited to come learn about the care, culture and appreciation of this flower. Camellia plants will be available for purchase. Admission is the regular price for the Kanapaha Gardens—$7 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 6 to 13. Children under 6 years old are free. Call 352-5953365 for more information.

23 WEDNESDAY Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Health at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6:30pm Living with Hearing Loss classes at Senior Recreation Center, 1pm-2:30pm Gainesville Scrabble Club at Millhopper Branch Library, 5:30pm



Momix: Botanica at UF’s Curtis M. Phillips Center, 7:30pm Life Skills for Teens: Show Me the Money at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 5pm Afterschool Gaming for Teens at

Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm Ribbon Cutting at the Institute for Workforce Innovation, 4:15pm-5:30pm

25 FRIDAY Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain at University Auditorium, 7:30pm ArtWalk Gainesville at Gainesville Downtown Community Plaza, 7pm Chasing Manet at Vam York Theatre, 8pm Spend the day with John Spence- A Fundraiser for United Way of North Central Florida at Best Western Plus Gateway Grand Hotel, 12pm American Sign Language at Millhopper Branch Library, 4pm

26 SATURDAY Titanoboa: Monster Snake Opening Day Activities at Florida Museum of Natural History, 10am-3pm Hoggetowne Medieval Faire at Alachua County Fairgrounds, 10am-6pm India’s 64th Republic Day at India Cultural & Education Center, 6pm-9:30pm Opinionated! An afternoon with author Brenda Jackson at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 3pm Chasing Manet at Vam York Theatre,

8pm Newnan’s Lake 15K at Earl P. Powers Park, 8:30pm-9:30pm 14th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up at Morningside Nature Center Titanoboa: Monster Snake Exhibit Public Opening at the Florida Museum of Natural History, 10am-3pm Early Bird Walk at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 8am

27 SUNDAY Auditions for The Musical 9 to 5 at Vam York Theatre, 7pm Hoggetowne Medieval Faire at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, 10am-6pm Souper Fun Sunday at St. Francis Catholic High School, 1pm-3:30pm Chasing Manet at Vam York Theatre, 2pm

28 MONDAY Auditions for The Musical 9 to 5 at Vam York Theatre, 6pm-7pm Vita Tax Preparation at Library Partnership Branch-Alachua County, 3:30pm Mobile Outreach Clinic at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6pm

Every 10 years, your body replaces all of its cells. January 2013


EVENTS Yu-Gi-OH Club at Alachua Branch Library, 4pm

29 TUESDAY Got Game? at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 4pm Bears in Winter at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 3:30pm Satchel’s Shakedown at Lightnin’ Salvage at Satchel’s Pizza, 7:30pm-9pm Scrabble Lovers Club at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 5:30pm Borrowing e-books from your Library Using OverDrive at Alachua Branch Library, 3pm Vilde Frang, Violin and Michail Lifts, Piano at Squitieri Studio Theatre, 7:30pm

30 WEDNESDAY Home Sweet Home Craft at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 3:30pm Master of Disguise at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 3:30pm Mobile Outreach Clinic at Alachua County Headquarters Library-Downtown, 1pm-4pm Living with Hearing Loss class at Senior Recreation Center, 1pm-2:30pm

31 THURSDAY LGBTQ Teen Movie Night at Tower Road Branch, Alachua County Library, 6pm Afterschool Gaming for Teens at Millhopper Branch Library, 4:30pm Toast to Business 2013 at the Hilton University and Conference Center, 1pm11pm


01 FRIDAY Spring Degree Applications deadline, at UF Docent Art Exhibition, at Harn Museum of Art, 11am Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, at Alachua County Fairgrounds, 9:30am-3pm

02 SATURDAY Listen to Your Heart 5K, at Northeast Park, 8am Backpack with a Ranger, at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 10am Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, at Alachua County Fairgrounds, 10am-6pm Back to the Future Gala, at Florida Museum of Natural History, 7pm-11pm


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03 SUNDAY Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, at Alachua County Fairgrounds, 10am-6pm

05 TUESDAY Career Showcase, at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, 9am to 3pm

06 WEDNESDAY Career Showcase, at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, 9am to 3pm

RECURRING EVENTS Gator Nights, every Friday Night at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Ballroom Dance Class Every Tuesday beginning Oct. 23, 7:45pm at Gainesville Dance Association

Swing and Hustle Dancing at Gainesville Dance Association, every Sunday night, 6pm-7pm Frogs and Friends Friday Program at Morningside Nature Center First Friday of every month, ends May 3; 2pm

ArtWalk Gainesville at Downtown Community Plaza, every last Friday of the month, 7pm-10pm Civic Media Center weekly volunteer meeting at the Civic Media Center every Thursday at 5:30pm Poetry Jam at the Civic Media Center every Thursday night at 9:30pm

Anarchademics, a monthly historical writings reading group, at the Civic Media Center every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm-9pm Sunday Local Market at Citizens Co-op, 2pm-5pm The Alachua County Farmers Market at the Alachua County Farmers Market, every Saturday 8:30am-1pm

Free Community Meditation Group at Sanctuary Yoga, Every Friday. All ages.

Free English Classes- Open Enrollment Classes meet Tuesdays at Millhopper Alachua County Library, 6pm-7:30pm Trinity United Methodist Art Show At Trinity United Methodist Church; runs though Jan. 6, 2013; Monday thru Thursday 8am-8pm; Fridays 8am-5pm; Sundays 8am-noon

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & GARDENS Florida Museum of Natural History: Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature, Sept. 29-Jan 2 Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions, Sept. 29-Jan 2 Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the

Americas, open through Nov. 2013 Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates—The Backbone of Life in the Sea, open through April 14, 2013 Butterfly Plant Sale, Monday-Saturday, 10am; Sundays, 1pm

Highlights from the Modern Collection, ongoing

Focus Gallery: 352-273-3000 HOT Clay—Ceramics Exhibition, Jan 9-Feb 1 Grinter Gallery: 352-273-3044 Traces of the Brush and Ink: Calligraphy of Ruth and Peter Sheng, Jan. 9 – Feb. 1 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 352-3724981 Guided Tours Oct. 6 and the first Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm Camellia Show, Jan. 5 from 1pm-5pm; Jan. 6, 9am-4pm Bamboo Sale, Runs from Jan. through Feb. Presidents Hall: 352-395-5464 SF Gallery: 352-395-5464 Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art: 352392-9826 Photography from Europe and America Between the Wars, through Jan. 6 Things That Go Bump in the Night, through March 15 Contemporary Art From the Harn Collection, through Aug. 4, 2013 Souvenirs of Modern Asia: The Prints of Paul Jacoulet, ends Feb. 3 Anne Noggle: Reality and the Blind Eye of Truth, ends March 10, 2013 Highlights from the Asian Collection, ongoing A Sense of Place: African Interiors, ongoing

The Thomas Center Galleries: 352-3938532 Celebrate Design (American Institute of Architects), runs to Jan. 5 Gainesville’s Historic Evergreen Cemetery: This Wondrous Place, Jan. 11-March 23 Showcasing Student Art (K-12), Jan. 11Feb. 16 University Gallery: 352-273-3000 Main Gallery: 352-393-8532 The Championship Seasons: Through the Lens the Gainesville Sun, through Jan 5; 8am-5pm The Doris: 352-505-5062 Cindy Capehart exhibit, Jan. 11- Jan. 27th Hippodrome Gallery: 352-375-4477 Morning Side Nature Center: Living History Days Saturdays from September to May: 9am-4:30pm Barnyard Buddies Every Wednesday from September to May, 3pm Frogs and Friends Friday First Friday of every month from September to May, 2pm

THEATERS & FILM Acrosstown Repertory Theatre: 352538-5516 The Star Spangled Girl, Jan. 18- Feb. 3

Squitieri Studio Theatre (UF Campus): 352-392-1653 You Say TOMATO, I say SHUT UP!, Jan. 8, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 at 7:30pm; Jan. 12 at 2pm and 7:30pm Constans Theatre: 352-392-1653 The Servant To Two Masters, Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre (UF Campus): 352-392-1653 Gainesville Community Playhouse: 352-376-4949 Chasing Manet, Jan. 25-Feb 10 Hippodrome Theatre: 352-375-4477 Venus in Fur, Jan. 9-Feb. 3 Blindsided, Jan. 21, 7pm Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall GCO Chamber Concert with Evans Haile, Jan. 11



Hot Mess at the U.C. Mug Night Monday at Fubar. Burger night at Copper Monkey. Pour Till You Score at Sweet Mel’s/ Naughty Mel’s. Jazz at Emiliano’s Café, 6:30pm. Hospitality night at Tall Paul’s Brew House.


HOB appreciation night at Gainesville House of Beer. MNF at Gator City. Piloxing at the Millhopper Branch Library, 7:30pm. Team Trivia at Loosey’s Longshot, 7:30pm. Trivia at The Midnight, 9pm. Service Night at Boca Fiesta. Mug Night at EndZone.


$5 AUCD Video DJ-JD at Grog House. Reggae Revival Tuesdays at High Dive. Trivia Tuesdays at Gator City. Brewery Pint Night at Gainesville House of Beer. Koozie Toozday at Fubar. Twitch! at the U.C. $2 Tuesdays at Mother’s Pub. Trivia at Sweet Mel’s/Naughty Mel’s, 7;30pm. Gainesville Comedy Showcase at 1982. PBR Night at Sweet Mel’s/Naughty Mel’s. Tipsy Tuesday AUCD at Tall Paul’s Brew House. Wine classes at Half Cork’d, last Tuesday of every month. Karaoke with DJ Wolfman at Rockey’s Piano Bar. Hospitality night at Gainesville House of Beer. $2 island Tuesdays at EndZone. Rock ‘n’ Roll Vinyl Night at Loosey’s Longshot. Tankard Tuesdays at The Midnight.

Dragonflies have legs, but they can’t walk. They can only land. 2013 January



WEDNESDAY Farmers market at Downtown Community

Plaza, 4pm. Comedy Showcase at Mother’s Pub. Wheel Wednesdays at Fubar. Retro night at the Dirty Bar. Wine Down Wednesday at Tall Paul’s Brew House. Jazz at Emiliano’s Café. Guy’s Night at EndZone. Ladies night at Copper Monkey. Ladies night at Gator City. Ladies night at Grog House. 2-4-1 wells for ladies at Sweet Mel’s/ Naughty Mel’s. National stand-up comedians at Rockey’s Dueling Piano Bar. Live acoustic music at Loosey’s Longshot. Martini night at Liquid Ginger. Test and Tune at the Gainesville Raceway. Randall Nights at Gainesville House of Beer. Whiskey Wednesdays at EndZone. Wino Wednesday at The Midnight. Ladies’ Night at Cantina 101. Blue Leopard at 2nd Street Speakeasy.

THURSDAY Volunteer meeting at the Civic Media

Center, 6pm. Randall Nights at Gainesville House of Beer. Trivia at Alley Gatorz, 7pm. Dirty Talk Ladies Night at FUBAR. Ladies Night at Dirty Bar.



Planetarium Show at the SF Kika Silva Planetarium, 7pm. Beat the Clock Fridays at Grog House. TGIFubar Friday at Fubar. Tailgate Fridays at :08. Dueling Pianos at Rockeys Piano Bar. DJ Malibu Darby at The Backyard at Boca Fiesta. Live music at the Fat Tuscan. Hot hula fitness at the Okito America Family Fun Center. Latin Fridays at Costa Lounge. Live Music at Dirty Bar, Thornebrook Village. Live Music at Tall Paul’s Brew House. ‘80s Night with DJ B-Rad at Gator City. Black Fridays at EndZone. Free Fridays downtown.


Farmers Market at Hawthorne, 8am. Haile Village farmer’s market, 8:30am. Haile Historic Homestead tours, 10am.

Docent-Led tours at the Harn Museum of Art, 2pm. Music 360 at the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Gainesville Comedy Showcase at the Clarion Inn, 9pm. Seven Deadly Sins Saturday at Fubar. Karaoke with DJ Wolfman at Loosey’s Longshot, 9pm. Country night at :08. AUCD at EndZone. Dueling pianos at Rockeys Piano Bar. Electro Saturdays at Costa Lounge. 3-2-1 GO! Saturdays at FUBAR. Ladies’ Night at End Zone. Live Music at Dirty Bar, Thornebrook Village. Live Music or DJ at Naughty Mel’s. Neon Liger at Spannk.


Haile Historic Homestead Tours, 12pm. Hoola Hoop Jam at Westside Park, 2pm. Docent-Lead tours at the Harn Museum of Art, 2pm. Reggae jazz at Reggae Shack Cafe. S.I.N. Sunday at Fubar. Traditional German brunch at Stubbies & Steins. Potluck: The Gathering at 1982. Hair o’ the Dog Sundays at Loosey’s Longshot. Drink, Draw & Jam at The Midnight. Dirty Bingo at FUBAR. Sunday Soiree at the Doris. Sunday Local Market at Citizens CO-op, 2pm.


Jan. 4 vs. Ball State, 7pm Jan. 18 vs. Missouri, 7pm Jan. 25 Gators Link to Pink vs. Auburn, 7pm

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 6 vs. LSU, 2pm Jan. 13 vs. Tennessee, 11:30am Jan. 20 vs. South Carolina, 1pm Jan. 24 vs. Ole Miss, 7pm


Jan. 9 vs. Georgia, 7pm Jan. 19 vs. Missouri, 2pm Jan. 30 vs. South Carolina, 8pm


Jan. 17 Gator Invitational


Jan. 19 vs. Miami, 1pm Jan. 23 vs. UCF, 5pm Jan. 26 vs. St. John’s (ITA kick-off weekend), 10am


Jan. 29 vs. South Florida, 3pm Jan. 30 vs. UCF, 3pm


Jan. 19 vs. Florida Atlantic, 1pm For more information and a complete listing of all UF sports, visit




4-Person pool league at Palomino Pool Hall. College night at :08. Thirsty Thursday AUCD at Tall Paul’s Brew House. Free wells for ladies at Sweet Mel’s/ Naughty Mel’s. Dueling Pianos at Rockeys Piano Bar. Thirsty Thursdays at EndZone. Martini Madness at Emiliano’s Cafe. Thirsty Thursdays at The Midnight.


ometimes, we must sit down and discuss, nay, debate things that are of a serious nature. This month is such a time. The question must be asked.

What video game character is the roughest, toughest beast of them all? MIKE HAGGAR, Final Fight – It would be hard to find a scarier dude than this. As a former professional wrestler and Metro City mayor, this gang-kicking monster doesn’t need to hire a police force to stop criminals. He stomps through the streets pile driving evildoers without a shirt on. If his rippling muscles don’t frighten his opponents, his massive hands (and mustache) surely will. KAZUYA MISHIMA, Tekken series – This goodguy-gone-bad not only thrashes opponents with powerful kicks and punches, but he sports one serious gravity-defying hairdo. The son of the powerful Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya knew he had the strength to conquer anything when he survived being tossed off a cliff—at the age of 5—by his father. While it didn’t do anything to help his parental issues, it did provide him with a wealth of ambition to defeat his dad-of-the-year, toss him off a cliff in revenge and take over his company. WAR, Darksider – Atop his flaming horse, Ruin, War vanquishes angels and demons alike in his quest to redeem himself after accidentally helping to destroy the human race. He wields the

impossibly large sword Chaoseater, rips enemies in two, punches monsters the size of Century Tower in the face—and generally looks like one intimidating dude. KIRBY, Kirby video games – Though he may look like something you’d give your niece on her third birthday, Kirby is one of the most powerful beings ever imagined. He first entered the video game scene in 1992 in a cute game where he would roam the landscape eating his enemies. Yes, eating them. He sucks them up like a pink vacuum and swallows them whole, absorbing their powers. If you have a death ray, Kirby will eat you and wield your death ray. Have a pet dragon? Lock it up tight, because Kirby will gobble him up and breathe his fire. We put these four into a bracket, forced them into the wrestling cages we keep in the employee lounge and sat back while the carnage unfolded. WAR VS. KIRBY: Truly a match for the ages. War rode Ruin straight at the pink puffball, fearing nothing as he swung Chaoseater in a fierce downward arc. Kirby didn’t waste any time, sucking Ruin into his gullet and absorbing his powers. War sought to avenge his noble steed by slicing Kirby in two. Blow after powerful blow fell upon the Nintendo cutie, weakening him to the point of collapse. Just when it looked like War would have his revenge, Kirby inhaled War faster than a Jimmy John’s delivery, leaving only a pair of oversized boots and a gaggle of game developers wondering how they were going to

—Brad McKay

finish the Darksider series. HAGGAR VS. KAZUYA: This battle was supposed to be a match of brawn that the staff imagined would take hours to finish. One massive piledriver later and it was over. Haggar stood in the center of the ring without so much as a broken nail, while Kazuya lay completely broken. Lesson learned. FINAL BATTLE, HAGGAR VS. KIRBY: Haggar had an aura of confidence about him, seeing nothing to fear in the pink marshmallow man in front of him. Kirby looked hungry. Not a second after the bell rang, Kirby began to inhale Haggar, but failed to realize how large Haggar truly was. The wrestling behemoth wasted no time, immediately snatching Kirby off of his size 16s and bear hugging the little guy until he was a pile of mush. Kirby re-inflated himself and launched himself at Haggar again, this time floating above his head and turning into a rock. The force of the move slammed the ex-mayor on the floor. As Kirby attempted the same move again, Haggar locked him into position for one of his signature pile drives. There’s no way he can piledrive a rock, is there? As it turns out, yes, yes he can. With such a display of power, perseverance, and an addiction to pile driving things, INsite declared Mike Haggar the baddest brawler in all of gaming. If you think you can name a character that has the skill to beat Haggar in a match, tweet your fighter to @INsiteMagazine.

Cleopatra lived closer to the first moon landing than to the construction of the pyramids. January 2013




NEW AMERICAN CENTURY The Young Hookers ★★★★

New American Century is a great name for a concept album, and while it represents just a five-track EP as the latest release from the Young Hookers, it is still a great title—even though the new century is already 13 percent complete by my calculations. In a sense, Century is a throwback album. It emulates the hard-rock sound of the 1970s—which is not exactly metal and certainly is not pop, easy listening or soft rock—while also running tracks together implying a major theme. You know, like rock ‘n’ rollers often did back-in-the-day, before the digital era brought an end to listening to whole albums in one sitting. The album begins with an old advertisement from Gulf Oil—another throwback device from the days of yore. An additional old oil ad appears later on the album that sounds sincerely concerned that the American public learn the amazing truth about the wonder-fluid that is changing society for the better. As the ads set the backdrop, lead vocalist George Sanchez sometimes sounds like Brian Johnson of AC/DC, sometimes a little like Nirvana’s Curt Cobain, but more than anyone else, he scratchily howls like a banshee version of Nazereth’s Dan McCafferty, while leading his boys in some old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. The band, consisting of George on vocals, Ross Papitto on guitar, Alex Cordova on bass and David Bell on drums (who also was the main producer of the record), plays tight and inspired, sounding as if they have been together for years. The title track leads off the album, which is filled with heavy-yet-catchy guitar riffs, driving bass and rhythmic, pulsating percussion throughout, while George makes you think when he asks, “Does that sound OK in this day and age?” “Blonde Ambition,” an obvious play on the phrase “blind ambition,” shows what happens when a man goes after a maneating woman purely for the sexual experience. Perhaps the best track on the album, besides “New American Century” itself, is the hook-filled “Industry Breakdown.” It’s a well-timed danceable rocker with witty lyrics that could be a single—if the expletives were cleaned up a bit. Throughout the record, George’s vocals work well wailing lines like “Everyone I love is pushing me away” in “Streets,” and interspersed with the straight-ahead rock-sound reminiscent of the music that you could find across the FM-dial during the mid- to late-1970s. If you are driving down the road and want to hear something heavy and thought provoking, but not overbearing, New American Century certainly fits the bill.

MUSIC ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By Wade Powell





The first time I heard Green Day’s crudely titled 1994 album Dookie, my relationship with music changed forever. Its adolescent lyrics and punk-tinged power-pop made it more relatable than anything else I’d heard as an awkward teenager. After Dookie, Green Day hit a maturity streak, penning the accidental graduation ceremony hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and two successful rockoperas. But the kid in me still got a little excited to hear that Green Day were returning to their punk roots in 2012 with not one, not two, but three different albums. The third installment ¡Tré! seems to merely add to the series rather than finish it. That is to say, the trilogy doesn’t feel any more complete than it did before. ¡Uno! drew obvious influences from the Clash and the Who, and ¡Dos! was more of the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. ¡Tré! settles comfortably in-between. Despite the album’s lack of identity, these songs aren’t complete duds. Skeptics need not worry:

Green Day really did have three albums worth of good music to release. ¡Tré! kicks off steadily with “Brutal Love,” a slow-dance number that distinctly recalls Sam Cooke’s Motown-era hit “Bring It On Home to Me.” Green Day sound like they haven’t aged at all on “Missing You” and “8th Avenue Serenade.” Political fervor, not unlike that of American Idiot, comes alive on “99 Revolutions.” The band nears a sense of closure on the piano-driven ballad “The Forgotten,” but it’s not enough to give a greater purpose to the Green Day trilogy’s final installment.



Is there pressure in being Beyoncé’s little sister? Look at Solange Knowles’ career over the last 12 years or so. Solange entered the recording industry with the help of her father and released “Solo Star,” a typical spin-off the music Beyoncé had been doing for years. 2008 brought us the entirely different, critically acclaimed Motown tribute “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams,” only for Solange to shun the success and ditch her major label deal. It became clear that Solange was again going a different route, this time recording independently. After a couple years of recording that involved a personal breakdown, Solange returns to the game with her expectedly different True EP, an emotional work of pop completely drenched in New Wave-style production. Just as she traded in modern R&B for Motown soul on Sol-Angel, she’s traded the latter in for

’80s drum pads, bass slaps and synthesizers. True is being released on the indie label Terrible, and it definitely sounds like a product of the current ’80s-praising indie music scene. The production actually sounds anti-mainstream with understated and outdated drum patterns, muddy bass lines and complex hooks. Solange’s subtly beautiful voice shines in the forefront, tying the music together very nicely, especially on tracks like “Losing You” and “Locked in Closets.” It’s a great fit for Solange, but I have to ask: Will it stick?




Game has been promising us classic albums since Dr. Dre and 50 Cent discovered the Compton rapper and ushered him into the industry as the next big thing. Despite his fallout with Fitty―and Dre, apparently―Game has clung to their original endorsements over the years, releasing selfproclaimed “classics” every few years. Game has plenty of talent and appeal, but as far as recording the next Illmatic (which he claims he’s done with Jesus Piece), it might take miracle. Game is taking some extra steps with Jesus Piece, piecing together a conceptual album exploring heaven and hell in almost every song. Meanwhile, the outrageous album art features a stained glass illustration of Jesus wearing a gangster bandana and gold chain. Despite Game’s defense of the cover, it still seems like a distraction from an album

that’s actually pretty good. The album kicks off heavy with Game firing shots at his enemies and instilling the fear of God over church bells on “Scared Now.” Kendrick Lamar’s philosophical oratory is well placed on “See No Evil,” on which Game drops the chilling line “You lucky if you make it out of Compton, ask Andre Young.” Party single “Celebration” awkwardly closes Jesus Piece, although it should have ended with the victory lap “Freedom,” sending listeners out to “be who you think you are.”

Local DJ: Tom Miller

—Compiled by Greg Allard

—Greg Allard

MADE POSSIBLE THE BAD PLUS Defying all convention by taking jazz into the future in a spaceship made out of punk, Made Possible stretches the stretched into something akin to scientific string-theory mixed with a hard dose of kickass. Imagine Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” meets New Orleans swing joint—they’ve already done it.

A ASS POCKET OF WHISKEY R. L. BURNSIDE So raw you gotta look up to see the bottom of grunge. R. L. Burnside puts down smokechoked drunken rants that make Tom Waits sound like Frank Sinatra on Quaaludes. Last of the electric lowdown real-deal Blues. Listen with Q-tips. Dirty.

We're Not Worthy! Damn Good! Not Bad! It’s Got Its Moments It Rocks! - NOT!






JANUARY 7 David Bronson Story

JANUARY 8 Broadcast The Berberian Sound Studio




★★★★ ★★★ ★★ ★

Yo La Tengo Fade Out

JANUARY 22 Bad Religion True North Nightlands Oak Island Ra Ra Riot Beta Love Say Anything All My Friends Are Enemies: The Early Rarities This Town Needs Guns Toro y Moi Anything In Return

JANUARY 28 J. Cole Born Sinner

JANUARY 29 Ducktails The Flower Lane Local Natives Hummingbird Mice Parade Candela Tegan and Sara Heartthrob

TOM MILLER is a Gainesville

THING-FISH FRANK ZAPPA Thing-Fish is full of Broadway culture clash, ethical insanity, scientific immorality; a pastiche of ingeniously melded musical styles to delight and offend in equal measure. ThingFish is a rare find in any format and a big investment for a pristine copy, but worth every penny. Topics of discussion include AIDS, woman’s liberation, religion and a sex doll.

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musician with more than 50 solo albums. Tom has also played in notable bands as an electric bass player since 1984 including Plastic Age, The Screaming Helens, NDolphin, The Space Masons, The Bill Perry Orchestra, V.S.O.P., Vini and the Demons, The Righteous Kind, and is currently a member of Charles Martin’s Genius Boy Music Collective. He is a fan of Paul McCartney, whiskey, cigarettes and lobster.

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By John Davisson

THE WHO The Who began a new tour with a pair of shows in Florida to promote their recently released box set of the band’s classic double album, Quadrophenia, with two discs of unreleased demos. Quadrophenia has long been one of my favorite albums. Although there is a story connecting the songs, it is not the story that connects with me. Certain themes in the songs connect with me, and the songs empower me. The lyrics are universal, but with lush details that make them seem personal. Every time I hear the songs, I dream, I am invincible and I feel anything can happen. Hearing the songs live with several thousand Who fans is different. I think the classic line “My fried egg makes me sick first thing in the morning” is about me. But I’m not the only one thinking that at the show. I think “I’m One,” but I’m not the only one. I think nobody can “See The Real Me,” but there are plenty of misunderstood people filling the Amway Center in Orlando for the concert. John Entwistle took the bass to a new place on the Quadrophenia album and on

the 1996 Quadrophenia tour. Later Who tours showcased the dynamics between Pete and John exquisitely on “5:15” and the song was always a highlight of Who concerts. In 2012, we can remember John, who passed away in 2002, as he plays his solo (recorded at a prior concert) on the giant video screen while we (and the band) watch in amazement. Keith Moon is also remembered similarly during “Bell Boy” as he sings verses from the video screen. The entire Quadrophenia production was nice—a giant video screen behind the band and three circular video screens above showed iconic images of the era and video from the show. The sound was crisp; three keyboard players and a horn section added to the sound. Pino Palladino on bass, Zak Starkey on drums and Simon Townshend on guitar help Roger and Pete recreate the Who sound they created 39 years ago on the original album. Quadrophenia was a wonderful evening of Who music, but for the finale they added classic Who songs and ended the show with “Tea and Theatre” from their most recent album.

AVETT BROTHERS The concert was billed as “An Evening With The Avett Brothers” and that is exactly what fans received. There was no opening group, so when the Avett Brothers took the stage to a resounding welcome, they got to play for a couple of hours, hitting 24 songs and then a 4-song encore. Despite their arena-headlining status, the production was fairly subdued and the lights not very bright except when they flashed several bright banks of lighting on the stage floor behind them. The staging looked like an old theater with large red curtains framing a backdrop of painted roses. Band members Scott and Seth Avett were joined by Bob Crawford on bass, Joe Kwon on cello and Jacob Edwards on drums. Sometimes they stripped the line-up down to just one or two Avetts, or turned the band into a six-man dynamic

with the addition of a keyboard player. They played their signature rock-induced folk and Appalachian-derived music, which has earned them a large following over the past decade. The setlist encompassed the breadth of their career, from 2003’s “Love Like The Movies” and 2004’s “At The Beach” through six tracks from the latest album The Carpenter (half the album) and six songs from their last album I and Love and You. The encore was the most interesting segment of the show, as they began with a cover of the Randy Travis song “Forever and Ever Amen.” For the last three songs, the entire band played in a tight semicircle around a microphone with just a lone light shining from behind them. It was not the usual bombastic ending one expects at an arena show, but it worked for the Avett Brothers.

HUNDRED WATERS The Standard is a new state-of-the-art club in St. Augustine. Hundred Waters is a new state-ofthe-art band from Gainesville. It was a perfect match for a grand opening last month. Hundred Waters is Gainesville’s latest sensation. I first saw them opening for Tycho at High Dive (then Double Down), their second show ever, in January for a review in INsite, and then a month later and further up the bill at the Backyard for another review. Then they hit the road in search of fame and fortune. Last week they returned to Florida somewhat more famous, with a national buzz and an EP and LP on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Lush harmonies and pastoral textures swirl around, with electronic sounds merging with guitar, bass, percussion and flute to create subdued rhythmic paintings. The band is so fresh that they have not yet saturated the web with


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interviews and reviews, but their profile is quickly growing. Gainesville has given birth to many different musical trends, and Hundred Waters is Gainesville’s newest musical ambassador. Their music began, as with many other buzz bands, with simple home recordings. As blogs picked up on the music, they became a live band as well. Their stage presentation is still simple. Zach Tetreault plays drums on the back of the stage while Sam Moss, Nicole Miglis, Trevor Trayon, and Paul Giese line the front on keyboards and percussion. Nicole handles the lead vocals and flute with harmonies from Sam and Zach. Trevor and Paul are both on electronic instruments, sometimes switching to bass and guitar. Electronic music is the future, so expect to hear more from Hundred Waters in the next year. Their journey is just beginning.


Hot Tickets

Jan. 23 – Englebert Humperdinck Jan. 26 – Ron White Feb. 9 – Franki Valli Feb. 13 – Steve Miller Band Feb. 14 – Sheryl Crow Feb. 22 – Dave Mason Mar. 1 – Los Lobos Mar. 10 – Celtic Crossroads Mar. 14, 15, 16 – Helen Reddy Mar. 22 – Roger Hodgson Mar. 24 – Chick Corea and Bela Fleck Apr. 3 – Diana Krall Apr. 17 – Mike Tyson Apr. 27 – Chris Botti Jun. 8 – Scoobie Doo

CURTIS M. PHILLIPS CENTER (Gainesville) Jan. 12 – Elvis Lives Jan. 24 – MOMIX Feb. 8 – The King’s Singers Feb. 9 – Merle Haggard Feb. 10 – The Chieftains Feb. 13 – Vienna Boys Choir Feb. 17 – John McCutcheon Feb. 22 – Dark Star Orchestra Mar. 20 – Bela Fleck and Chick Corea Apr. 20 – Al Stewart FLORIDA THEATRE (Gainesville) Jan. 18 – Hot Water Music, La Dispute, The Menzingers Jan. 25 – Jeff Mangum HIGH DIVE (Gainesville)

Jan. 9 – Forgetters Jan. 12 – Passafire, Sidereal Jan. 13 – Tea Leaf Green, Benny Cannon & Friends Jan. 19 – D.P. Birthday Bash, Big Lo Jan. 22 – Badfish Feb. 1 – Thomas Wynn & the Believers Feb. 13 – Jonathan Richman Feb. 18 – Lindsey Stirling Feb. 22 – Toasters, Mrs Skanatto Apr. 28 – Red Elvises


Jan. 5 – Bruised Grass, Southern Feather Band Jan. 11 – The Devil Makes Three Jan. 12 – Zach Deputy Jan. 17 – Galactic (featuring Corey Glover from Living Colour) Jan. 18 – Dirty Shannon, Charlie Walker, Split Tone, Built To Be Broken Jan. 20 – Yonder Mountain String Band Jan. 26 – Candlebox Jan. 31 – G Love & Special Sauce Feb. 1 – G Love & Special Sauce Feb. 23 – Lotus, Moon Hooch Feb. 24 – Dark Star Orchestra Mar. 4 – Excision, Paper Diamond, Vaski

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Jan. 25 – Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen Jan. 26 – Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line Feb. 24 – Pink Feb. 25 – Muse Feb. 26 – Sarah Brightman Mar. 7 – Andre Rieu Mar. 30 – Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Owl City Apr. 11, 12 – Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran


(Jax) Jan. 11 – Winter Jam with Tobymac, Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace and more Feb. 7 – Jimmy Buffett Mar. 13 – Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Kari Jobe Mar. 26 – Eric Clapton Apr. 1 – Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Owl City Apr. 20 – Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes

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Jan. 19 – Jerry Seinfeld Jan. 30 – Robin Williams

THE HARD ROCK LIVE (Orlando) Jan. 11 – The Darkness Jan. 17 – Ellie Goulding Jan. 25 – Ron White Jan. 31 – Penn & Teller Mar. 1 – 38 Special

G Love


(Orlando) Jan. 18 – Big Head Todd & the Monsters Jan. 23 – Jackyl Jan. 27 – Gino Vannelli Feb. 2 – Allstar Weekend, Cute is What We Aim For, Tiffany Alvord Feb. 11 – Flogging Molly Feb. 17 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Feb. 21 – Ziggy Marley Feb. 23 – Dark Star Orchestra Mar. 1 – Excision Mar. 2 – Dropkick Murphys Mar. 7 – Coheed & Cambria


Jan. 10 – Delta Rae Jan. 28 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Feb. 1 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Feb. 2 – Arlo Guthrie Feb. 8 – Leon Redbone Feb. 19 – Travis Tritt Feb. 23 – The Irish Rovers Feb. 28 – Loudon Wainwright III Mar. 1 – Bruce Cockburn Mar. 19 – Jake Shimabukuro

RUTH ECKERD HALL (Clearwater) Jan. 5 – BB King Jan. 11 – David Bromburg Jan. 18 – Natalie Merchant Jan. 19 – Kansas

(Ponte Vedra) Jan. 10 – Tom Rush Jan. 12 – Marcia Ball Jan. 17 – Sonny Landreth Jan. 22 – Richard Thompson Jan. 25 – Marshall Crenshaw Feb. 1 – Ed Kowalczyk Feb. 7 – Leon Redbone Feb. 17 – Carolina Chocolate Drops Feb. 24 – Leo Kottke Feb. 27 – Jesse Cook Mar. 1 – Loudon Wainwright III Mar. 2 – Keb’ Mo’ Mar. 3 – Bruce Cockburn Mar. 7 – Judy Collins Mar. 19 – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra Apr. 19 – David Benoit & Brian Culbertson


The xx

Mar. 17 – Matchbox Twenty Mar. 22 – Yo Gabba Gabba Live Apr. 14 – Third Day, Colton Dixon, Josh Wilson May. 17 – Alan Jackson, Gloriana

TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM (Tampa) Jan. 12 – Winter Jam with TobyMac, Red, Matthew West, Jamie Grace and more Feb. 23 – Muse Feb. 24 – Sarah Brightman Feb. 27 – Pink, The Hives Mar. 1 – Bon Jovi Mar. 8 – Andre Rieu Mar. 13 – Lady Gaga, Zedd, Lady Starlight Apr. 19 – Rihanna, A$ap Rocky Apr. 20 – Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Jun. 7 – Fleetwood Mac THE RITZ (Tampa) Feb. 5 – Take action Tour with the Used, We Came as Romans, Crown the Empire, Mindflow Feb. 7 – The xx Feb. 20 – Lotus, Moon Hooch Mar. 3 – Excision, Paper Diamond, Vaski Mar. 15 – Queensryche

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Backstage with the Band



aptain Lovely is a new funk band in Gainesville with a fertile imagination. That imagination has led to some great music (not yet on CD), but they are a little confusing as to how their band started. We recently got a chance to talk to band members Quintana “Q” Crawford (vocals), Joe C. Revelli (keys), Chris Pearce (bass), Josh Hintermister (drums), Jon Bon Josephson (guitar) and Meg Taylor (sax) about the true origins of Captain Lovely. —Greg Allard

How did the band start?

Chris: Joe and I were playing together once with a mutual friend on St. Paddy’s Day. We really enjoyed it but the band (Jon, Josh, Joe and I) didn’t get a chance to play together until about four or five months later. One night, Q was walking by and heard us playing, and enticed by the funky melodies, she snuck inside the back door and expressed her interest in joining forces. Q then enlisted Meg, and that is how the current lineup formed. Jon: My interpretation, in my somehow-functioning brain after the years of raging intoxication, is that after about an 18-month hibernation period, I randomly bumped into an old drummer buddy (Josh) in Gainesville and we decided to throw back a few jams for old times’ sake. About a week later, in the same park, Joe and I crossed paths. We discussed the nature of existence, his keyboarding skills, and our mutual desire to jam out to good grooves. He joined Josh and I in our upcoming jam, where the three of us locked in like nobody’s business. Q overheard us, said she really liked our sound and asked if we needed a singer. Having seen her perform in Gainesville with such soulful finesse, I was honored that she wanted to join our musical entourage. She suggested that her sax friend, Meg, jump on board, and now we have a musical entity called Captain Lovely. Joe: Hmm. Weird. I’m not saying you guys are wrong, but I remember it being a little more like this… It was the future and the war against organically produced music was raging


into its 750th year. There had been some reports of funkings in our area and the authorities were on-edge. One night, there was a report of some particularly nasty funk and a cop came and beat down the door around 2am. “Hey, are you listening to some bass in there?” he accused me. Naturally, I had been, but of course I denied it. He didn’t buy into my story and he took me into the space station. It was there where I first saw Jon, Josh and Chris. Apparently they had some sort of witness, and they lined us up and harassed us from behind some two-way mirror. They pretended they were going to let us go, but they ended up planting some bogus disco grooves on us so we weren’t more than 10 feet from the door when some alarm started sounding. There were some hover-bikes left unattended by a space bar on the corner, so we jumped on them and made a break for it. We ducked into an alleyway, but we could hear the patrols looking for us all over the city. We ditched the bikes and climbed a fence and slipped into the woods. After a short while, we began to see some lights in the distance and felt the ground shaking from some thumping bass. We instinctively walked toward the light, the four of us together, and the music got louder and louder. Before long, we could start to make out some tasty grooves and we began to walk faster as the lights got brighter and danced off the trees. We approached a clearing through some brush and there it was: the Mothership! We timidly made our way toward it and a stairway descended from the ship. We climbed aboard. I was the first to see Quintana. Apparently, she and Meg had escaped from a Russian gulag a few days before and had similarly made their way to the starship. Q explained that the ship seemed to have crash-landed here and would not fly again because it had low funk levels, probably from flying through the poisonous atmosphere. It seemed like as good as place as any to hide out until morning, so we set up shop. When Chris started playing some funky bass, suddenly the ship came alive. “Welcome, Captain Lovely” said a computerized voice. “Chris, keep playing!” Jon shouted. “The funk levels are increasing!” Q reported. “Please enter password verification,” beeped the ship.

At that moment, Meg pulled out her Barry sax and crooned the sexiest “careless whisper” riff you ever heard. “Welcome, Captain Lovely,” repeated the ship. “Your mission,” the ship continued, “is to travel the universe in search of enlightenment and to bring your nasty grooves to all you encounter.” Josh: I think Joe nailed it. Quintana: Haha. Like Chris said, I heard funky sounds coming from the jam, went in, and found Joe, Josh, Chris and Jon playing. I sat and listened for a few and was moved. I had been looking for a funky musician to start a funky band, and lo and behold. I asked if they were a band and they just got up and started jamming again. I didn’t want to step on anyone to join forces. Then, we built a spaceship and I asked Meg to bring her funkiness aboard.

Wow – that’s far out, man. I believe most of this story, but how did you guys really get your name Captain Lovely?

Quintana: Well, umm, the band name was officially announced at our first show at the Gainesville Pride Festival. It’s what Jon calls his dog.

THINK FAST Favorite place to eat in Gainesville: Meg: Karma Cream Favorite band in Gainesville: Joe: Stereo Vudu Greatest musical influence: Chris: Bootsy Collins and Doc Watson Favorite movie this year: Quintana: World Atlas Food Staple: Chris: Hot Pockets, Quintana: Ramen Noodles, Jon: Pizza, Joe: Peanut Butter, Meg: Chocolate

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Every day, more money is printed for “Monopoly” thanJfor the U.S. Treasury. anuary 2013


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Men can read smaller print better than women; women haveJbetter hearing. anuary 2013



By Bradley Osburn

A DARK TRUTH R (Action, Thriller) Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Kevin Durand


This is a pretty heavy movie to start the year, but it has an interesting premise. Andy Garcia plays a former CIA agent/political talk show host hired by whistleblower Eva Longoria to investigate her company for covering up the slaughter of a South American village. This movie addresses environmental degradation, water depletion, and whether corporations should be held to higher standards in a world running out of food, resources and compassion.

JANUARY 4 Texas Chainsaw R (Horror) Alexandra, Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde

JANUARY 11 A Haunted House R (Comedy) Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins

GANGSTER SQUAD R (Drama) Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin



Broken City R (Suspense) Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine ZetaJones

In this flick about the LAPD in the ’40s, Josh Brolin leads a special unit of cops outside the law to try to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the City of Angels. Sean Penn, not known for villainous roles, looks absolutely menacing as the Mafia boss, while Brolin, Ryan Gosling and relative newcomer Anthony Mackie form the heart of a hardcore thug-killing cop team. I think the tagline for the film says it best: No names. No badges. No mercy. It’s going to be sexy, violent and loud, and hopefully comedy director Ruben Fleischer can pull off something great.

MAMA PG13 (Horror) Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier


Guillermo del Toro is producing this terribly unsettling horror flick, so we can immediately get excited. The story follows a young couple who must take in a pair of nieces after they are discovered having been abandoned in a forest for five years, and the supernatural ensues. As the tagline says, a mother’s love is forever―so how alone were they? Kids are creepy, and this movie is playing that up as much as possible. Check it out if you want a quality scare.


It’s hard to watch a trailer for a movie like this and try to describe it to someone, but here goes: an enormous cast of A-list celebrities got together with a slightly smaller list of directors and made a comedy about weird relationships, the horror of growing up, office life and several more intertwining stories featuring Gerard Butler as a foul-mouthed dwarf, Terrence Howard as a hilariously racist basketball coach and Liev Schreiber as an utterly strange homeschooling father. And that doesn’t even do it justice. We could do with more movies like this, so vote with your wallet and go see this one.



When Charlie and Annie (Shepard and Bell) decide to take their chances and leave small-town life for a job opportunity in Los Angeles, their problems are just beginning. Annie’s ex-boyfriend won’t stop pursuing Charlie, and when he finds out he was in a witness protection program, the road trip turns into a dangerous (and hilarious) adventure. THEIR TAKE: “Hit and Run is certainly hit and miss, but it had just about won me over by the time it ended.” —Roz Laws, Birmingham Post OUR TAKE: “We thought it was a fast-paced, comedic thrill ride.”


John Dies at the End R (Comedy, Horror) Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters PG13 (Fantasy) Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen

—Cathy Rockwell


R (Comedy) Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Joy Bryant


Parker R (Action, Thriller) Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis

MOVIE 43 R (Comedy) Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman, Anna Faris

The Last Stand NYR (Action, Thriller) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville

THE POSSESSION PG13 (Horror) Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport


SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS R (Comedy) Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson


Based on a true story, the film follows a family that must deal with the evil surrounding their daughter after she becomes obsessed with an antique wooden box. After her behavior starts to change for the worst, it becomes more apparent that unexplained change in her is due to a dislocated and unpredictable spirit that seeks to destroy its human host.

Struggling screenwriter Marty (Farrell) is trying to finish his latest project when he is suddenly involved in a case of dog theft. When Billy (Rockwell), an out-of-work actor and dog thief, joins Hans (Walken), all hell breaks loose as they kidnap the dog of a violent, psychopathic and unpredictable gangster, Charlie (Harrelson).

THEIR TAKE: “The first half of The Possession is suitably atmospheric and reasonably creepy.” —Stephanie Zacharek,

THEIR TAKE: “The kind of messy, absurdist movie that can lift you out of a crappy mood—at least for a while.” —David Denby, The New Yorker

OUR TAKE: “There is something extra creepy about any horror film that is based on true events. It’s a different take on the basic Christian exorcism film; this one is based on a Jewish exorcism.”

OUR TAKE: “Walken and Rockwell’s dark humor and scenestealing banter make up some of the best parts of the movie.”

The hummingbird is the only bird that can flyJbackwards. anuary 2013

A Grimm tale for



ooking nothing like the leather-clad vigilante in Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters, Gemma Arterton stopped by to chat about her role as Gretel and ended up talking about wit, acting strategy and tabloids that seem to focus on her “arse” more than her movies. Rather dazzling in snug black pants zippered at the ankles and mile-high sleek black boots, Gemma alternated between intense and bubbly. —Prairie Miller

STAR POWER You wear those stiletto boots well! Yes!

And you’re witty too.

Ha! No—although, yeah. But I was a real loser when I was younger!

You were a loser?

I wasn’t popular, or anything like that. I was quite bookish and geeky. When I was younger, I don’t think I was witty. I never really knew what to say. It was only when I left home and fended for myself that I kind of developed my wit. I had to—London is a big, bad, wolf place! Thank you for saying I’m witty. I love that.

So how do you feel about being a badass fairy tale character?

Yes, I am particularly violent in it. But it’s really good. It’s kind of like Tarantino- style Hansel and Gretel. And I play the heroine for once. Not just the sidekick.

What was it like working with Jeremy Renner as your brother Hansel? Oh, he’s brilliant. He’s so relaxed. And he’s the hardest worker ever. But at the same time, really, really grounded. So yeah, he’s just a phenomenal actor.

Do you care what the tabloids might say about you?

I never read reviews, but there was one that was out on the table. It was an interview. And they wrote about my arse practically the whole interview. That was frustrating for me. But that’s what happens, people talk about things like that. And you have to accept it. I guess at least it gets people interested.

What peeves you the most about making movies?

I’ve worked on films where they preview them or whatever. And then they’ll go ‘Oh, the audience wants them to kiss. We’d better change that relationship.’ Or, ‘The audience doesn’t like it when her hair is down. So we’d better put her hair up.’ And it’s a lack of confidence in the material.

You’ve done horror, and you’ve been in superhero movies. Are you developing a love or do you like trying all kinds of genres? I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing! I didn’t get into acting to have a strategy. I just like doing it. I’m interested in whatever interests me. And the films I’m doing next are (hopefully) so different. And that’s exciting for me. I hope it continues like that.

What is that like, changing character and genre so extremely? It’s interesting, because on the outside, the character always feels like a mask. And what I’m working at is the internal bit. The makeup artist and the costume people do that stuff. And then I just do the other bit.

Did you ever have a celebrity crush?

My first crush was Leonardo DiCaprio. I was twelve or thirteen, and had a poster of him on my wall. Titanic was out then, and it was huge.

Would you like to meet him?

Yeah, I’d probably drool or something. I think he’s an amazing actor as well. Because I was always into acting, my crush was always on actors. Oh, I wish I hadn’t told you that now! I’m going to get found out. Just say that I admire him. I’m married, and my husband would be really upset!

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MOST INTERESTING 20 “Radio has such an informative power,” says Bill Bryson, 46. He, alongside an everexpanding community of DJs and the like, are pushing forward with an innovative musical experience intended for open ears and Gainesville hearts. Enter Grow Radio, the live DJ experience intended to move you, shake you, get you involved and leave you needing more. “Consistent, quality radio that supports original local music and plays things otherwise unavailable on the air was always a missing component in the music scene,” Bill says. As a component of No. 9 Productions, a nonprofit creative organization Bill manages, Grow Radio is not alone in bringing the community together. MASS Visual Arts, an organization and arm of No. 9 Productions, is enriching the art community one large exhibition at a time. During the ’90s, several projects were built under Bill’s umbrella. In 1992, the Covered Dish forever changed the music scene in Gainesville. “I saw the potential for a great music scene to grow and thrive, as well as make Gainesville a regular destination for some of the best

touring talent in the country,” he says. Later, Covered Dish became Common Grounds, known as the best place in town for touring bands. Bill started Put It On a Cracker record label in 1994. In 1996, Causey Way was Bill’s ticket to his first band tour. “The irony is that I moved here to open [Covered Dish] in part because I thought I’d never be in a band. Then, four years later, I joined a band that actually toured and made records.” Grow Radio is doing just as it suggests: growing. Indie GO GO will be in full swing as the fundraising event to raise money for music and equipment for Grow. But Bill can’t stop there. He’s also working on a series titled “Loud in the Library,” filming artists as they play a short set in the station’s music library. Bill appreciates the ever-changing musical talent offered in Gainesville. There is something very special about this place,” he says. “I work to enhance that, by working to preserve the things that enrich life here, and by creating, encouraging and supporting things that invigorate life here,” he says. —Megan Alfaro

“It was definitely culture shock. Because I was going off small islands—some unhabituated, some with 150 people,” Rachel says. Then she stumbled into a city of roughly 16 million. Rachel says her education during this time was piecemealed homeschooling from her parents. When she reached high school, she took advantage of Florida Virtual School in the heart of a cramped city district, where, on weekends, she and her family would shuffle through aisles of sweaty street vendors and buy $2 bootleg movies. In total, Rachel spent about four years away from “normal social life”—and she doesn’t regret a single moment. She says she’ll travel her entire life. The feeling of being out in the open—being free—surpasses anything you might expect, she says. “On the boat, you jump off the back of the boat when you’re done with online schooling into a reef that people spend however much money on a cruise ship to go see for a day. And I was living there!” Rachel says. “It was great. I met a lot of interesting people. I saw a lot of interesting things.” —Zack Peterson

Rodney Rogers

Rachel Lucia cruised through middle school. Literally. At the age of 11, Rachel and her family sold their house and most of their possessions, boarded a 48-foot catamaran named “Serendipity,” and sailed the luxurious Caribbean for about two years. “I was a cruiser,” says Rachel, now a sophomore at UF. “That’s the word everyone uses.” Rachel says her dad always had an interest in sailing. To him, the trip had an expiration date. “I think he spent a lot of time talking my mom into it before we ever heard about it,” Rachel told us. “He figured if we waited for the time to be right, for the kids to be out of the house, it’d never happen.” So the whole family took to the sea, starting from Fort Myers. They scooted to the Bahamas, shot across to Turks and Caicos and traveled through the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the British, Spanish and Virgin Islands and even Venezuela. When the family sailed back to the States, they spent a month hard-docked. Then they traveled to Shanghai, where stepping off the boat was awe-inspiring.



He’s been called Van Wilder, Peter Pan and now one of Gainesville’s most interesting people. He’s the owner of two kangaroos, president of a premier promotional company, recipient of multiple degrees from the University of Florida and currently at work on his pilot’s license. Meet Joey Friedman, the 28-year-old business sensation who’s been showing Gainesville nightlife enthusiasts a good time for the last 10 years. As owner of Über Promotions, he’s responsible for promoting the city’s best events. So if you’ve ever been to an Estates pool party, danced to a cowbell jingle at 8 Seconds or earned your drinking legs at Grog House in the wee hours of the night, you’ve probably crossed paths. Joey’s usually on the clock at least four nights a week, roaming downtown and frequenting bars and clubs with his signature rum and Diet Coke. His job is making sure you have a good time. At all costs. Need evening entertainment to prove to your out-of-state friends that Gainesville’s happening? Joey’s your man. He’s in charge of making sure you’re informed,

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and he helps provide venue entertainment, transportation and high-quality access. Picture Jay Gatsby throwing swanky up-state New York soirees, milling among socialites and new faces and striking up conversation and laughing over drinks. Now bring him to Gainesville and you’ve got the right idea. The hectic scheduling makes him a 24-hour businessman, but Joey says he stays on top of everything because he was never much of a party fiend to begin with. “I really wasn’t into the whole party thing,” he says. “I was 17 when I got to college, so I couldn’t go out. I jumped into all the promoting and club stuff because that was my way in.” Going out is formality, a business necessity that successfully combines hobby and work. For Joey, it’s the perfect cocktail. He never knows what to expect, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s different people every night,” he says. “I go out, and I never know whom I’m going to see, whom I’m going to meet. I’ve met movie stars and rock stars, but what really motivates me is just the great and wonderful people I get to meet on a daily basis here in Gainesville.” —Zack Peterson




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Before Chastity Rose pulls on her skin-tight stockings, before makeup artists paint her lips ruby red, before her body is zipped into a dress that’s short and strappy and meant to drive the crowds crazy—she is a he. Though the 27-year-old classifies himself as a neo-pagan androgyne, Chastity isn’t too hung up on labels: As for pronouns, he jokingly suggests you use “the royal we.” In addition to being a drag queen, he’s a bartender, gothic princess and door whore who wants to tell everyone the story of being Gainesville’s most notorious bisexual. “Whether you want to know me or not,” he says, “you’re going to.” It all started in 2003, when 18-year-old Chastity moved to UF for college. As soon as his parents dropped him at his dorm, he started Googling “gay bars Gainesville.” He found the University Club, and he’s never really left. He has officially been working at the nightclub

for six years. “It went from part-time to all-the-time,” he says. “I kind of live in this building now.” Now, Chastity spends about 80 hours a week at the UC. When he’s not performing, he’s opening or closing the bar, doing security, checking IDs, bartending or cleaning. He even has keys to the place, says owner James Spangler, so Chastity can take over when he’s not there. James trusts him 100 percent, he says. Plus, “He’s the only one who can pick up a keg,” he says. Chastity is such an UC-staple that the bar serves a special drink, the Chaztini, in his honor. It’s made from Bacardi Razz vodka, Dekuyper Razzmatazz liqueur, and sweet and sour mix. “It’s a little sweet and very strong, just like me,” he told us. —Julia Glum

MIKE THOMPSON six counties within the circuit as a multi-drug task force. “We worked with the FBI, DEA, Customs, FDLE and other Drug Task Force Groups throughout the state,” he added. In 1977, Mike was exposed to his first homicide case: A 23-year-old hotel clerk—the same age as Mike—was shot and was killed for about $35 to $40 cash by a group doing hotel robberies. The sergeant looked at Mike and said, “You are going to see a lot of this stuff doing the job, so get used to it.” The CSI Academy opened its doors this year. The school is designed to prepare students for a career in crime scene investigation, including the use of blood evidence, blood spatter analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint collecting, ballistics with actual shooting demonstrations, interviews and interrogation techniques, sex crime investigation and death investigations. “We teach students the skills they will need to achieve their goals in becoming a CSI,” he says. Mike notes a clear difference between real-life cases and those portrayed on TV: “Cases don’t get solved in 45 minutes and you don’t drive around in a Humvee.” —Cathleen Rockwell

Elliott Doolittle

When you step inside the CSI Academy it is as exciting as walking onto an actual movie set for a murder mystery. There are rooms set up like crime scenes (minus the bodies) and there is even a blood splatter room. Standing at the end of the hall is the director of the CSI Academy of Florida and private investigator, Mike Thompson. Mike was born and raised in Gainesville. After graduating high school, he enrolled in the Lake City Community College Golf Course and Landscape operations Course. His original intent was to become a Landscape Architect. However, after being exposed to some of the best street cops around and seeing their dedication, this inspired Mike to think about going into law enforcement. He joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1976 and spent 28 years in the department as a lieutenant. During his law enforcement career, Mike was chosen to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. “Just to put it into perspective, one percent of Law Enforcement Officers got to experience this incredible opportunity,” he says. He also worked as a Special Operations Bureau lieutenant at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and was the director of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Special Investigations Unit, where he covered all

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Ethan Fieldman’s first venture was selling lost golf balls from a golf course off the side of the road for extra money. Now 31, he is an Empact 100 entrepreneur who rescues hundreds of students with his valued tutoring service, Study Edge. Ethan graduated with a 4.0 G.P.A. from the University of Florida in 2003 with a degree in finance and a minor in economics. As a job-seeking student at UF, Ethan began tutoring his friends in financial and managerial accounting. After more students asked for help, he printed out fliers advertising a review session for $5. More than 100 people attended his three-hour makeshift session, in which he rented out a ballroom and projected his self-made review sheet using an old projector and a sheet. In the next session, more than 300 people paid $10 to attend. And so it grew. Ethan knew how to appeal to the students. As a tutor at the University Athletic Association, he learned to make tutoring fun. Soon he began training tutors, eventually founding Study Edge, named for putting “an edge in people’s studying.” The program, which is only two years old, features recorded lectures of 27 courses available online through Facebook as well as a smart phone and tablet application. Ethan’s main goal in creating Study Edge was to create an environment where tutoring is more like peer review. “I don’t like the term ‘tutor,’” he says. “I prefer ‘study expert.’ It sounds a lot better. Tutor sounds like it’s for the rich or the dumb.”

Joking that he spends 50 percent of his time in Gainesville and the other 50 percent on an airplane—he was in Indiana at Purdue the day before—Ethan is constantly traveling to expand Study Edge and the two other divisions he created, Tutoring Matching Service and Group Interactive Network. “It’s a tough business,” Ethan says. “There are a lot of late nights. We can’t be sick for a week. Students’ grades rest on our shoulders.” Ethan has created a casual environment full of practical jokes and people happy to go to work every day. Sometimes, the study experts even dress up in costumes while taping the lectures to keep things interesting. “We only hire the best of the best,” Ethan told us. “That’s the biggest challenge, finding good people. We are also looking for people with personality. We hire people you would like to have a beer with.” While he knows one of his biggest accomplishments should be that he was part of Empact 100, where he was invited to the White House alongside the creators of Instagram and Pinterest, Ethan says he is more impressed that he went to three Gator national championships within a year. While he has already reached great success, his plan is to continue to expand the business. To him, a 40-hour workweek could fit into two days. His advice on how to do it all? “Talk fast, eat fast, drive fast.” —Alyssa Fisher

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SARA MORSEY A self-proclaimed outsider artist, Sara Morsey moved to Gainesville 18 years ago to be an associate artist at the Hippodrome Theatre. As a lover of the arts, she leads a creative life as an actress, director, painter and teacher. Born in Louisville, Ky., Sara always knew she was meant to be an artist. She vividly recalls painting in kindergarten and absolutely loving it. “I remember having one of the first Crayola boxes with turquoise in it,” she says. “I used the whole crayon.” Whether it was by painting or reading, Sara could always entertain herself as a child. She loved going to ballet class, where she would be shy until it started and then come to life. She always thought ballet would be her creative outlet. Believing dance to be the greatest art form, she thinks it’s what first brought her to the theater. She became a regular at the children’s theater, where she realized she had to be an actor. “[In the theater] I got the feeling most people get in church,” Sara says. “It was so special.” While she wasn’t sold on moving to try to make it in a big city, Sara never thought she would live in a town as small as Gainesville. But she views it as “livable and eclectic.” Even though it’s small, she’s satisfied with all the interesting art. “I just like working in the theater,” she says. “I could be anywhere. Even Alaska.”

She has worked in regional theaters across the country, but she chose to stay in Gainesville because of all of the artistic opportunities. She shows her paintings at the Hippodrome, Wild Iris Books, Elan Hair Studio and Bellamy Road Gallery in Melrose, Fla. Sara even made a brief foray into the servicebusiness world, founding Gainesville Valet, an errand service. But she had to put that project on hold because her audition and performance schedules regularly take her out of town. She also has found work in the classroom, where she occasionally teaches courses such as Intro to Theater, Theater History, Oral Interpretation and various Shakespeare courses at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. Sara enjoys teaching about the arts, but as a professional actor, she is expected to be in the theater full-time and perform eight shows a week. For now, she has just finished directing A Christmas Carol at the Hippodrome for the 10th time. Every time, she thinks of herself when Scrooge is described as “secret, and selfcontained, and solitary as an oyster.” While it’s not necessarily a flattering line in-context, it’s just her. “I’m shy, introverted and self-sufficient,” she says. “That is until I get into the theater, which brings me out of my solitariness. It’s transformative.” —Alyssa Fisher

MIKE MYERS AND SARAH GOFF includes finding bags of new treasures on the doorstep and then sorting out all the new deliveries. But when they are not at the center, they both lead busy lives. Sarah, who moved to Gainesville two years ago, manages her time between her 4-monthold baby and her career as a web designer. She also teaches a creative workshop on Wednesday nights at the Repurpose Project on anything from decoupage to crochet VHS tapes. Mike first came to Gainesville in 1975, when he was employed as a stonemason to work on a building called the Magic Woodsman that used to be on University Avenue. When he’s not at the project, Mike deconstructs houses through his business, Bearded Brothers. Mike and Sarah hope to strengthen the Repurpose Project and help reduce landfills around the city by promoting recycling. “The response from the community has been really fortifying,” Mike says. “We get a lot of ‘Thank yous,’ which tells us ‘hey, we’re probably on the right track.’” The craft-covered tables for people to use the salvaged material and create something new demonstrate Mike and Sarah’s desire to produce a community space. Their goals for the future are to continue to increase foot traffic and keep expanding. “We have a lot of people drop things off,” Sarah says, “But to make the recycling loop complete, you have to think buying used before new.” —Danielle Peterson

Sujie Wu

In an old automotive garage on south Main Street is a place where every object you’ve ever lost could probably be found. However, it’s not magic or misfortune that brought the objects to the Repurpose Project at 519 S. Main St., it’s donors and a seemingly odd business duo, in the form of a web designer and a house deconstructor. The brains behind the Repurpose Project, Sarah Goff and Mike Myers, met when Sarah was in the process of building a tree house. The two realized they had similar ideas about reusing and by January of last year, they had acquired the old garage and started repurposing it into the space it is now. “It was a greasy mess when we got it,” Mike, 66, says. Although they opened in April with empty shelves, the project has quickly outgrown its 3,000 square foot space, and they want to get a warehouse as well. The shelves are lined with items ranging from fabrics to old trophies, earrings to textbooks, art supplies to stuffed animals, and they have received an abundance of used furniture. “We get anything normally thrown away,” Sarah, 35, says. “Things thrifts wouldn’t accept. If you give a thrift store a broken crayon or a cork, they’ll throw it away. But if you collect them and put them all together—100s of crayons—that’s enough for a whole class.” Volunteers run the space, and it is open weekdays from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm. A typical day for Mike and Sarah

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ANDREW NICHOLS to study hauntings and poltergeists—the first of its kind. The grant allowed him and others to travel around the world to investigate strange disturbances. His experiences are published in magazines, and his research has been published in scientific journals. He even wrote a book, “Ghost Detective: Adventures of a Parapsychologist,” in which he jokes about being a real-life “Ghost Buster.” “But I’m not Ghost Busters. I don’t always get the ghost and never get the girl,” his book reads. Andrew offers classes where people can develop what he calls their “PSI-Q”, a play on the concept of IQs. He believes that certain people are more susceptible to things beyond our world—people that are referred to sometimes as psychics. He also presents workshops on paranormal topics at colleges and conferences throughout the world. He has investigated supposed haunted places in Gainesville including the Hippodrome Theatre, the University of Florida’s Norman Hall and Gator City bar when it was called the Purple Porpoise. His verdict: There is evidence to support that the paranormal experiences people have had in these places are legitimate. He currently resides in Gainesville where he operates his practice and lives with his wife and two sons, who (he thinks) give their stamp of approval. “It’s always difficult to tell with teenagers because teenagers are generally ashamed of their parents,” he joked. “They don’t want to be seen with you as a rule. But I think they think it is interesting.” —Brittany Ann Morrisey

Elliott Doolittle

When Andrew Nichols was 12 years old, he saw his sister across the room. But it couldn’t have been her. She had died in a car accident months earlier. “When I was a kid I had many psychic experiences myself,” Andrew says. “I could see auras around animals, plants and people—I still can.” This spurred his life-long interest in the paranormal. Andrew, 56, is a parapsychologist who has investigated more than 600 cases of paranormal activity in his 30-year career. “I always wanted to be a scientist of some kind,” he says. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including “Unsolved Mysteries,” “48 Hours” and “Inside America’s Courts.” He is also a psychology professor at Santa Fe Community College, a trained hypnotist and an author. When Andrew attended college, he told his advisors he wanted to study the paranormal, and all advised against it. They feared he would be ostracized. “And from a professional stand-point, they were right,” he says. “I mean basically they said, ‘You are committing professional suicide by studying this because it’s not well accepted in academia.’” Because his area of study is considered a fringe part of science, funding is hard to come by. “You don’t make a lot of money as a parapsychologist, so it’s really a labor of love,” he says. However, in 1999 he was a co-recipient of a grant

NANCY MCLAMORE Cherishing memories, connecting citizens and supporting the sick through one upcycled tie—cut and sewn into an everlasting accessory—at a time is what owner of Luellabird, Nancy McLamore, does in addition to taking classes at Santa Fe and UF for the latter’s Communication and Leadership Program. When she enrolls in the program, she hopes to become an advisor for an outreach. Nancy does it all because she simply says, “I love helping people.” Luellabird started off as a break away from her public relations and business management endeavors and as way to pay homage to her grandma. Her grandma, Luella, had a penchant for all things crafty—and birds. When you look at Nancy’s jewelry, whether it’s on her online Etsy store or at local vendor like The Eclectic Co., you can tell each piece appears to be crafted with a modern circular precision, balanced out with printed material that brings a lovable and sweet quirkiness. When asked where these whimsical prints are found, she states, “I use vintage ties, scarves and garments in mint condition, but 75 percent are neckties and scarves that are found locally. So when I started selling at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, eventually people would donate it to me and I found a niche that no one was doing. It was a win-win.”


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When Nancy’s grandma passed away from breast cancer, she used the skills her grandma imparted on her to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her pink jewelry has become an October staple. “When I send these pink items, I donate a huge percentage of my sales, and I see it as helping someone else’s grandma,” she says. It seems Nancy is fashioning a community of support. Three years ago, her cousin and aunt were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. In June, she labors for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for its annual Walk in Indianapolis. This past November, Nancy was busy working on items for Movember USA, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer (and is responsible for starting the November mustache tradition). Nancy was inspired to create handle bar mustache rings and necklaces, so the non-bearded can wear their support. Alongside her charitable demeanor is an astute business mind. The designer makes microeconomic business decisions with long-term effects that will benefit local businesses. “It helps me practice what I’m learning. I love helping people and I love being involved in the community.” —Natalia Sieukaran


Arby’s - 1405 SW 13th St 378-6555 Beef ‘O Brady’s- 6500 SW Archer Rd location. 271-8085; 1999 NW 43rd St 338-7771 Burger King - 3905 SW Archer Rd 372-0031, 20 NW 16th Ave 376-2295, 6123 NW 8th Ave 331-0494, 9401 NW 39th Ave 336-7383 Copper Monkey Restaurant & Pub Casual dining and American food. Great burgers! Entrees from $5-$7.50. Happy hour all day with 2-4-1 single liquor drinks, $5 Yuengling pitchers. Mon-Thur 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight and Sun noon10pm. 1700 W University Ave 374-4984 Designer Greens - UF Plaza 1702 W University Ave Ste. E 352-672-6800

Whether you decide to stop by Mildred’s for lunch or dinner, you’ll leave more than satisfied. An ever-changing menu guarantees the freshest ingredients in your dish, be it the Quiche of the Day or something a bit fancier, like the Escargot Carbonara. Complete your meal with a glass of wine and end with dessert (we love the cake!).

AMERICAN Blue Gill Quality Food Check out their locally sourced southern-style favorites and seafood, with a full bar—including 20 tequilas and bourbons. Mon-Sat 11am-11pm. 1310 SW 13th St 872-5181. www.

End Zone – Love Gator sports as much as we do? Welcome to the most Gator-friendly restaurant on the planet! Enjoy a brew at the Tim Tebow bar, root on your favorite team on one of our 18+ TVs, or try to finish our famous two-pound Gator Cup Burger. During home games we transform into the largest tailgate party in Gainesville! Great food, great fun, great Gator times for everyone. 1209 West University Ave, corner of 12th Street, Gainesville, FL, Phone: (352) 519-5111, Gator City Sports Grille - Serving a wide variety of great wings, burgers, chicken sandwiches, subs and much more. Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri and nightly drink specials. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-9pm. Open Mon-Fri Sat 3:30pm-2am. Sun 3:30pm-11pm. 1728 W University Ave 377-7333 Grog House Bar & Grill - Go for the pool tables, drinks, and food. Located above Salty Dog, this is a great hangout for friends. Open 8pm-2am. 1718 W University Ave 378-7033 O!O Garden Grille - 1643 NW 1st Ave 352-505-3977

Honeybaked Ham Co. and Cafe - 618 NW 60 St 331-1253 International House of Pancakes Delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast from $4.99-$10.29, lunch from $4.99-$6.99 and dinner from $7.29-$11.50. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 3613 SW 13th St 336-1839

Kazbor's Grille - Three locations: 4860 NW 39th Ave 372-8181, 14209 W Newberry Rd 331-6161, 16135 NW 441 386-418-8078 Kentucky Fried Chicken - 1231 E University Ave 372-2984, 3525 SW Archer Rd 375-7899, 114 SW 34th St 372-4758, 7605 W Newberry Rd 332-1132 Krystal Restaurant - Two locations: 2659 NW 13th St 3779888, 7700 W Newberry Rd 332-8584. Lakeside Bar & Grill, Paramount Plaza Hotel - Serving the best in American cuisine, from hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches to mouth-watering steak, chicken, fish & pasta dishes, the Lakeside Bar & Grill is Gainesville’s best-kept dining secret! The on-site restaurant for the Paramount Plaza serves authentic southern cuisine, and you don’t have to stay with us to be our guest. Enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner in our lovely dining room or relax on the patio while enjoying spectacular views of Bivens Arm Lake. Everything is prepared fresh daily, using the finest of ingredients. And if you’re not familiar with our free three hot hors d’oeuvres happy hour, make us your next after-work stop and taste what you’ve been missing! Open 6:30a-9:00p weekdays, 6:30a-10:00p weekends. 2900 SW 13th Street, (352)377-4000. Mac’s Drive Thru - 129 NW 10th Ave 378-9842 McDonald's - Five locations: 6003 W Newberry Rd 3310864, 3570 SW Archer Rd 373-0515, 5110 NW 43rd St 3761965, 201 NW 13th St 376-3040 and 9260 NW 39th Ave 3379800 New Deal Cafe - 3445 W University Ave 371-4418. Perkins - Newberry Rd and I-75. 331-0388 The Pita Pit - 1702 W University Ave and 3841 Archer Rd 692-4400 Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits - 1412 N. Main Red Onion Neighborhood Grill - 3885 NW 24th Blvd. 352505-0088 St 377-1733

Relish Big Tasty Burgers, Downtown – Are your taste buds ready for the biggest, tastiest burgers in town, always made fresh-to-order with your choice of 39 fresh toppings and sauces? Better get ready, because Relish is now available downtown! Grab a quick lunch, or enjoy a late-night snack on our patio. Veggie burgers and chicken available for those who can manage to resist our delicious beef burgers. 201 SE 1st Street, by Starbucks, 225-3539, www. Sandy's Place - 5001 NW 34th St. 367-9993 Stonewood Grill & Tavern - 3812 W Newberry Rd 352-3795982. The Swamp - 1642 W University Ave 352-37-SWAMP The Top—Eclectic and casual, The Top’s a Gainesville must-do. The menu features world-famous sweet potato fries and corn nuggets as appetizers, fresh salads topped with blackened tofu or tuna, all natural steaks and burgers, a wide range of vegan and vegetarian meals, as well as homemade vegan and non-vegan desserts. Enjoy a beverage out on our patio, use our photobooth to capture the evening forever, or take a meal to-go to bring the party home. 30 North Main Street, Gainesville Fl (corner of North Main and Northwest 1st Ave), Phone: (352) 377-1188 Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers - Five locations: in the Oaks Mall 331-0820, 1711 N Main St 373-0770, 6700 W Newberry Rd 331-8878, 9225 NW 39th Ave 336-5615 and 3619 SW Archer Rd 375-7694 Nestled snugly in the heart of downtown on the corner of Main Street and University, Sweet Mel’s is fast becoming Gainesville’s favorite corner pub. Enjoy family-friendly favorites like mouthwatering Angus Burgers, tender pork chops and our famous lunchtime all-you-can-eat wing bar. If you’re really feeling hungry, try the Two-Foot Burger Challenge—finish it and get a t-shirt and your picture on the Wall of Fame, or else join all the others on the Wall of Shame. 1 West University Ave, Gainesville, Florida (corner of Main and University), Phone: 352.240.6644. Open Mon-Wed 11a-11p, Thu-Sat 11a-2a, Sun noon-9pm.

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GAINESVILLE GRUB Wing Stop - 4310 SW 20th Ave 692-2345. Zaxby's Restaurant - Two locations: 2424 NW 43rd St 376-8700 and 3710 SW Archer Rd 338-0555

BAGELS Bagels Unlimited - Delicious bagels, deli, sandwiches, full breakfast and muffins. Breakfast and lunch from 6 30am-3pm daily. Prices from $1.25-$6. 2124 SW 34th St 372-7006

Roly Poly - 4123 NW 16th Blvd, 352-372-1100 Schlotzsky’s Deli - 4720 NW 39th Ave. 372-DELI Sub Shop - 7249 NW 4th Blvd 332-1599 Subway - Multiple locations: 100 NW 13th St, 3316 SW 35th Blvd, 1805 SW 13th St, 7220 SW Archer Rd

DESSERTS Cold Stone Creamery - Two locations. 3822 W Newberry Rd 271-7437, 3443 Archer Rd across from the Butler Plaza. 377-7520 Midnight Cookies¬ ¬  ¬s¬¬37¬TH¬3T¬)NSIDE¬ California Chicken Grill.)

Bageland - 2441 NW 43rd St 371-3354 Bagel Bakery - 4113 Northwest 16th Boulevard Gainesville 352 384-9110

BARBECUE Adam’s Rib Co. - Putting the ribs back in BBQ. Fresh smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork and ribs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Sat 7am-9pm and Sun 3-8pm. 2111 NW 13th St (across from Taco Bell) 373-8882

Mochi Frozen Yogurt - 3841 SW Archer Rd 352-371-7575 Sweet Dreams Café - 3437 W University Ave, 378-0532, open Sun-Thurs 12-10pm and Fri and Sat 12-11pm


Caribbean Spice - 1121 W University Ave 377-2712 Reggae Shack Café - Come to the always fun and very friendly Reggae Shack Café for an authentic taste of Jamaica. From the traditional oxtail meal to vegan options and smoothies (plus delicious desserts like rum cake), this fun restaurant halfway between downtown and campus is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Now, also serving sandwiches like Jerk Burger and Currified Chicken. Open Every Day 11am-10pm, 619 W. University Ave., 377-5464. 619 W University Ave. 377-5464


Asian Buffet - 1116 N Main St next to Publix. 271-8666 China 88 - 4217 NW 16th Blvd, 377-7988 China I - 3720 NW 13th St 374-8886 China King - 3230 SW 35th Blvd 377-9237 China Star Chinese Takeout - 3307 W University Ave, 338-8282 China Wok - 5705 SW 75th St 379-8032 Chop Stix Cafe - 3500 SW 13th St 367-0003 Hot Wok - 3006 NW 13th St 271-8816 Mr. Han's Restaurant & Night Club - 6944 NW 10th Place, 331-6400 New Century Buffet - 6795 W Newberry Rd, 331-9868 New China Restaurant - 3423 SW Archer Rd 335-6684 New Wok - 421 NW 13th St, 336-6566 Saigon Legend Restaurant - 808 W University Ave, 374-0934 Taste of Saigon - 4860 NW 39th Ave, 372-0765 The China House - 1512 NE 8th Ave, 372-0765


Bay Island Coffee Company - 3270 SW 35th St, 372-5754 Coffee Culture – Open early 7 days a week. 2020 NW 13th St, 377-1700; 3822 Newberry Rd Maude’s Classic Cafe- 101 SE 2nd Place, Suite 101 3369646 Plaza Coffee Shop - 207 NE 16th Ave, 378-0600 Starbucks - 207 SE 1st St, 374-8227; 4780 NW 39th Ave, 379-7787; 3822; 6707 Newberry Rd, 332-9898; 1520 NW 13th St, 371-1375 Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate - 48 SW 2nd St, 271-4361


43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House - Two locations: 4401 NW 25th Place 373-2927 and 3483 SW Williston Rd 373-5656. Celebrations Cafe & Catering - 490 NE 23rd Ave Call 3770787 for catering and 377-0397 for the cafe. Court of Hero's - Dine-in Mon-Sat 11-2am and Sun 11am-11pm, delivery Sun 11-3am, Mon-Thur 11-3am and Fri-Sat 11-4am. 2028 SW 34th St. 374-8629 Phil-Nick’s - 37 N Main St 376-8269 Harvest Thyme Café & Catering Company - 2 W University Ave 384-9497 Heavenly Ham- 3832 W Newberry Rd. 375-8050 Hogan’s - NW 13th St. 376-6224 Jimmy John’s - 2220 SW Archer Rd 271-7600 and 1724 W University Ave 375-7222 McAlister’s Deli - Two locations: 618 NW 60th St 331-8900, 3262 SW 35th Blvd location, 373-6364 Quiznos - Two locations: Plaza Royale at 3822 Newberry Rd 379-0102, Union Street Station at 201 SE 1st St 338-1807


Stubbies & Steins – Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville since 2003, Stubbies & Steins is the only Australian/German pub in Gainesville, perhaps even the world! Enjoy traditional German sausages, schnitzel, and even unique vegetarian and gluten-free fare anytime from 4pm to closing Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 11pm on Sundays. Gainesville’s original beer pub has 24 draught selections and over 400 bottles of beer, wine and cider, so you’ll never run out of brews to explore. Open Mo-Sa 4p-2a, Sun 12n11p. 9 West University Ave, phone: (352) 384-1261,

Tropical Smoothie Cafe - SW 34th St 379-9988 TCBY - 3102 SW 34th St 379-9988.

GOURMET Albert’s Restaurant - 1714 SW 34th Street. 384-3420 Bistro 1245 - 1245 W University Ave 376-0000 Iveys Grill - 3303 W University Ave 371-4839 Leonardo’s 706 - 706 W University Ave 378-2001

Bono’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q - 6760 W Newberry Rd 331-3112 David’s Real Pit BBQ - 5121 NW 39th Ave 373-2002 Sonny's BBQ- Three locations: 2700 NE Waldo Rd 3785161, 3635 SW Archer Rd 375-6667 and 9213 NW 39th Ave 381-7333

Radha Indian Market - 125 NW 23rd Ave 378-2955

Mildred’s Big City Food - 3445 W University Ave, 371-1711. 101 downtown – Union Street Plaza, 201 SE 2nd Ave, Suite 101 Panache at the Wine and Cheese Gallery - 113 N Main St 372-8446 Paramount Grill - 12 SW 1st Ave 378-3398 Stonewood Tavern & Grill - 3812 Newberry Rd 379-5982 Terranova Catering & Market - 14 SW 1st Ave 378-7810 Upper Crust - 4118 Nw 16th Blvd 376-7187

HEALTH FOODS Nature’s Table - 6253 W Newberry Rd 331-6025 Red Mango - 3333 SW 34th St. Tropical Smoothie Cafe - 3345 SW 34th St 379-9988

HOME COOKIN’ The Clock Restaurant - 2010 N Main St 375-1411 The Cracker Barrel - 4001 SW 43rd St 375-2424 Phil-Nicks – Located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, Phil-Nicks offers a culinary experience that truly stands out. They pride themselves on variety, specializing in African American soul food, Italian and Cuban cuisine. Everything they serve is homemade, every day. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and has everything from eggs and delicious maple bacon to homemade hash browns and salmon cakes. Lunch starts at 11am and includes everything from pizza and the best ribs in town to a variety of subs, salads and sandwiches. They’re even vegan and vegetarian friendly! Phil-Nicks has something for everyone. 37 North Main Street, Phone: 352-376-8269. www. Open 6:30am-3:00pm, M-F. Piccadilly Cafeteria - 2620 NW 13th St 378-7422 Waffle House - Three locations in Gainesville: Archer Rd & I-75 376-6746, 2120 SW 13th St 376-7208, Newberry Rd, and I-75, 332-5666

INTERNATIONAL 101 downtown – Union Street Plaza, 201 SE 2nd Ave, Suite 101 Alan’s Cubana - 1712 W University Ave 375-6969. Bahn Thai Restaurant - 1902 SW 13th St 335-1204. Balaji Indian Cuisine - 125 NW 23rd Ave 378-2955 Indian Cuisine - 3314 SW 35th Blvd 271-1190 Liquid Ginger Asian Grille & Teahouse - Enjoy traditional and modern Asian cuisine in a soothing atmosphere downtown. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri and noon-5pm on Sun, dinner 5pm-10pm Mon-Sun. 101 SE 2nd Place, Ste 118, 371-2323 Maui Teriyaki has been around since 1995 and continues to uphold their standard of quality, freshness, and generous portions while being sensitive to your wallet in today’s economy. Enjoy the spacious and Hawaiian themed ambiance. Bring the whole family, meet your friends, watch the games on our big screen TV, or set up a meeting with a business client. Along with the usual favorites—powerbowls, chicken, steak and pork bowls—they’ve added the 6oz Salmon Teriyaki meal and the 1/3 lb Maui Angus Burger. Remember, every time you hear yourself saying “me so hungry,” you know it’s Maui Teriyaki time! 3105 SW 34th Street, Open Mon-Thur 9am9:45pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-3pm 264-0262,

Tim’s Thai Restaurant- 501 NW 23rd Ave 372-5424


Amelia’s - 235 S Main St. 373-1919 Big Lou’s Pizza - 5 SE 2nd Ave, 335-7123 Cacciatore Pizza- 9130 SW 51st Rd 692-0905 Carrabba’s Italian Grill - 3021 SW 34th St 692-0083 CiCi’s Pizza - 3246 SW 35th Blvd 692-1260

Momoyaki - 3100 SW 34th St. 352-384-3733 Rolls n’ Bowls - 3117 SW 34th St, 271-1011 Sawamura Japanese Steakhouse - 1624 SW 13th St 3731076. Sushi-Matsuri Japanese Restaurant - 3418 SW Archer Rd. 335-1875 Yamato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - 526 NW 60th St 332-4466

LATIN Emiliano’s Café - Offering some of the best in innovative and traditional Latin American cuisine. Specialties are paella (rice and seafood) and veggie dishes. Take advantage of indoor seating or the outdoor patio. Lunch entrees from $6.95-$8.95. Dinner entrees from $9.95-$21.95. Lunch: Tues-Sat 1130am4pm, Dinner: Tues-Thur 5 30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5 30-10 30pm and Sun 5 30-9pm, Brunch Sun 11am-3pm. 7 SE 1st Ave 375-7381 Flaco’s Cuban Bakery - 200 W University Ave 371-2000 Fritanga Latin Grill - 1702 W University Ave, Suite F2 371-4554

Domino’s - For quality pizza, great variety and prompt service, choose Domino’s! 2106 SW 13th St: 377-2337. 3311 W University Ave: 3774992. 14300 W Newberry Rd: 333-3333. 25 NW 16th Ave: 373-5555. 4620 NW 39th Ave: 692-2222. With eight locations, nobody can serve you better. Place and track your order @ Five-Star Pizza - Three locations: 210 SW 2nd Ave 3755600, 600 NW 75th St 333-7979, and 4014 NW 22nd Drive. 378-9606 Godfather's Pizza - 1405 NW 23rd Ave 377-0000 Gumby’s Pizza - 2028 SW 34th St. 374-8629 Hungry Howie’s - Three locations. 105 SW 34th Rd, 3358444. 1310 NW 23rd Ave, 374-6600. 39th Ave, 372-1112 Italian Gator Pizza - 1728 W University Ave 367-4600 Leonardo’s By the Slice - University Ave and 13th St. 375-2007 Leonardo’s Millhopper - 4131 NW 16th Blvd. 376-2001 Manuel’s Vintage Room - Come enjoy great Italian food at reasonable prices right in the heart of downtown Gainesville. Operated by the former owner of Daniela’s, Manuel’s is sure to appeal to any appetite. Dinner $10-$20. Open Tues-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 5-9pm 6 S Main St. 375-7372 Napolitanos - 606 NW 75th St 372-6671 Olive Garden - 3440 SW Archer Rd 335-5354 Papa John’s Pizza - Three locations: 1800 W University Ave  0!0!¬ ¬¬37¬!RCHER¬2D¬ 0!0! ¬¬.7¬ 16th Blvd, 375-PAPA Pazza Bistro - 3841 Archer Rd 352-505-6977 Pizza Hut - Two locations: 3515 SW Archer Rd 374-4440 and 2320 NW 43rd St 373-6699 Rocco’s New York Style Pizza - 125 NW 23rd Ave 378-2955 Roma’s Pizza - 2320 SW Archer Rd. 335-6661 Romano’s Macaroni Grill - 6419 W Newberry Rd 331-0638 Satchel's Pizza - 1800 NE 23rd Ave 335-7272


Bento Cafe - 3832 W Newberry Rd 377-8686 Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company Inc. - 201 SE 2nd Ave in suite 103. 371-3359 Fuji Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar - 3720 NW 13th St. Suite 1, 352-337-0038 Ichiban Sushi - Two locations: 4401 NW 25th Place 3758880 and 15 SE 1st Ave. 376-8220 Miraku Japanese Steakhouse, Seafood and Sushi Bar 4005 SW 40 Blvd 336-3188 Miya Sushi - 3222 SW 35th Blvd 335-3030

LOCAL We’re not just Gelato (though our Gelato IS amazing—and lower in fat & calories than ice cream!)—here you can get succulent savory or sweet crepes, sandwiches, salads, paninis, cheesesteak, all-day breakfast and so much more! Need to study? Use our FREE Wi-Fi. Need to recover after a night bar-hopping? We serve food till 3am Thursday-Saturday. Just want a tasty, satisfying meal on a budget? Definitely come see us! 11 SE 1st Avenue, Gainesville (between Emiliano’s and Ichiban), Phone: 352-373-3153, The Midnight - Your cozy corner pub featuring affordable, quality, homemade comfort food like sloppy joes, chili con carne, vegan chili, grilled sandwiches, and quarter-pound hot dogs! In addition to serving food from 5pm - 1:30am seven days a week, The Midnight features over 140 bottled beers, constantly rotating drafts, wine, coffee, board games, outdoor seating and great specials throughout the week! 223 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL (opposite the new courthouse), Phone: 352-672-6113, Mildred’s Big City Food - If you’re looking for the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a delicious lunch, try Mildred’s. A Gainesville staple, Mildred’s offers bistro dining at its finest. Executive Chef Bert Gill and his staff prepare each dish from scratch using locally grown seasonal organic produce, fresh local farm products, and fresh Florida seafood. And the desserts are amazing. Mildred’s is just one mile from campus in the Westgate Shopping Center, which offers ample parking. 3445 W. University Ave. M-Th 11am-3:30pm, 5-9pm. Fri-Sat 11am-3:30pm, 5-10pm. Sun noon-3pm, 4-8pm., 352-371-1711.

New Deal Café - If you love gourmet burgers and fresh, locally grown food, you’ll love the New Deal. Each burger starts with locally grown, naturally aged beef, then is given a special twist, such as the Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger or the Mushroom, Swiss and Grilled Onion Burger. We also offer delicious flatbreads, tasty salads, hot paninis and full entrees. 3445 W. University Ave. Mon-Th 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 352371-4418. ZUZU - 352.377.9468,

MEDITERRANEAN Falafel King - 3252 SW 35th Blvd 375-6342 Gyro Plus - 1011 W University Ave 336-5323


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If you’re near the blue-and-white striped awning in downtown Gainesville, look no further. You’ve found where you’ll have your next meal. Twenty-five years ago, Emiliano’s helped rebirth the downtown area, turning it into an atmosphere where art, great food and jazz music coexist for a perfect date night, girls night or even casual lunch.



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MEXICAN Boca Fiesta – We serve our full menu with full bar seven days a week, MondaySaturday till 2am.We’ll probably go swimming afterwards! Mexican food with an eclectic menu, the best margaritas in town and the freshest tacos and burritos you’ve ever tasted… We like to hang out! 232 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL (just west of the Hipp), Phone: 352-336-8226, www. Burrito Brothers Taco Co. - 16 NW 13th St 378-5948 Chipotle - 1432 W University Ave, 372-5330


Cedar River Seafood & Oyster Bar - Two locaions: 5847

Outback Steakhouse - 3536 SW Archer Rd 373-9499

SW 75th St 376-0351 and 2320 NW 43rd St 371-4848

Applebee's Restaurant - 1005 NW 13th St 335-0150.

Texas Roadhouse - 3830 SW Archer Rd 377-2820

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille - 110 SE 1st St., 372-1555

Banyan’s Restaurant - 7417 W Newberry Rd. 332-7500

J & L Seafood Shack - 922 SE Williston Rd

Clubhouse Grill - 5112 NW 34th St 376-9500



This eclectic new café has unique sandwiches, hoagies, smoothies, desserts, beer and more to satisfy your inner cravings. Enjoy a quick lunch, or stay and indulge in food and conversation that are delicious and nutritious. Feed your mind, fill your stomach, soothe your soul! 211 West University, Gainesville Fl (between :08 & FUBAR), FREE Parking till 9pm across the street at The Vault, Phone: (352) 3363733,

El Norteno - 516 NW 75th St, 332-5502 La Fiesta - 332-0878

Gainesville Ale House & Raw Bar - 3950 SW Archer Rd.

La Tienda Latina Restaurante Market - SW 13th St


367-0022 Las Magaritas - 4401 NW 25th Pl 374-6699 Millhopper Cafe - 5200 NW 43rd St 373-2550 Moe’s - Three locations. 3832 Newberry Rd, 337-2850. 3443 SW Archer Rd., 384-3700. 7770 W. Newberry Rd, 332-7606 Taco Bell - Two locations: 826 W University Ave 373-2949 and 7410 W Newberry Rd 332-1238 Tijuana Flats - 1720 W University Ave, 692-3093

Northwest Grille - 5115 NW 39th Ave 376-0500 Red Lobster - 6910 W Newberry Rd 331-2670 Rosa’s Crab Shack - 104 NE Waldo Rd. 376-0101

Bahn Thai - 1902 SW 13th St 335-1204 Tim’s Thai Restaurant - 501 NW 23rd Ave 372-5424



Saigon Cafe and Sushi 2 Go - 808 W University Ave.

Mark's US Prime - 201 SE 2nd Ave. 336-0077

Taste of Saigon II - 4860 NW 39th Blvd, Suite C 372-8686



Bar338-4445 food with Gator’s Dockside - 3842 Loosey’s Newberry–Rd. attitude. Loosey’s focuses on quality over a big menu or speed. If you are looking for good food, great company and a great variety of beer and wine and have some time to sit and enjoy yourself, Loosey’s is definitely the place. In addition to great food, Loosey’s offers a full liquor bar specializing in handcrafted and small-batch brands, twenty draught beers including local and regional microbrews like Swamphead and Florida Beer, a surprising array of excellent wine at boxed wine prices, pool tables, steeltipped dart boards and patio seating. Located downtown in the old Market Street Pub, 120 SW 1st Street. Loosey’s-- laid back and casual, never a line, never a cover. Open Su-Mo 4p-11p, Tu-Sa 4p-2a, serving food til 9 Sun & Mo, 11p the rest of the week, 352.672.6465

Panera Bread - 3443 SW Archer Rd, 380-0380 Planet Smoothie - 1620 W University Ave 381-8851

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Willy’s Mexicana Grill on Archer Road – Famous for their awardwinning signature burritos, Willy’s has a wide variety of fast, fresh and fun TexMex menu items sure to please every palate. You won’t find a freezer or a microwave at Willy’s. They shred their own cheese daily, and flash-fry whole, peeled garlic cloves to bring out that mellow, roasted flavor. Each and every day they bake madefrom-scratch cookies, make four types of salsa/ guacamole and trim, marinate and chargrill their neverfrozen meats. Test your smarts on Trivia Night Thursdays… or damage a few brain cells with $1 drafts every day, all day! 3617 SW Archer Road, Gainesville FL (between Wendy’s and Chik-Fil-A, half a mile off I-75), Phone: (352) 336-8040,

Long John Silver’s - 17 NW 60th St 331-3474

Ruby Tuesday - Located in the Oaks Mall. 331-0033

SEAFOOD Ballyhoo Grill - 3700 W. University Ave., 352-373-0059 Blue Water Bay - 319 State Road 26, 475-1928 Bonefish Grill - 3237 SW 35th Blvd. 377-8383 Captain D’s - 3610 SW Archer Rd 375-4892

Willy thought he knew good burritos until he made a trip out West. Now, he has brought that Mexicana flavor to the East Coast, and those of us in Gainesville are quite happy about it. Try the top-quality, always-fresh ingredients at Willy’s for lunch or dinner and know what it means to be a burrito head.

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Banana Pudding





Tuesday - Friday

The Best






Bagels and Sandwiches






Blue Gill Quality Foods 352-872-5181

Fried Okra, Chicken Liver, Seafood

Soup & Salad, Sandwiches, Fried Fish

Homemade Ice Cream, Fried Pie, Lemon Bars





Boca Fiesta 352-336-8226

Burritos! Burritos! Burritos!

Tacos! Tacos! Tacos!

Dessert Nachos





Copper Monkey 352-374-4984

Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches

Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches






Specialty Pizza, Oven-baked Sandwiches

$5 Lunch Menu

Chocolate Lava Cake, Cinnastix





Chimichangas, Burritos

Nachos, Tacos






Emiliano’s 352-375-7381

Paella, Seafood, Chicken

Tapas, Sandwiches, Salads

Cakes and Pies





End Zone 352 519-5111

Wings, Surf & Turf, Veggie Philly Steak

2 lb Gator Cup Burger, Deep Fried Hot Dog

Oreo Pie, Towering Milky Way





Flashbacks Café 352-336-3733

A Shroom with a View Wrap, Whole Hog Sandwich

The No Whey Jose Hoagie, Mediterranean Salad

local cakes, pies & more—changes daily





Gator City 352-377-7333

Burgers, Fish

Wings, Nachos

Banana Foster Bites





The Gelato Company 352-373-3153

Jersey Cheesesteak, All-day Breakfast

pollo panini, great great salad, tropical mango sandwich

10+ flavors of GELATO, Crepes





IHOP 352-336-1839

Chicken Breast, Steaks

Burgers, Sandwiches

Fried Banana Cheesecake





Lakeside Grill 377-4000 ext. 3

Artichoke Bowl, Seafood Sampler, Wings

Plaza Burger, Philly Cheesesteak, Lobster Roll and 13th Street Club

Mike's Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Lovin' Spoon Cake





Liquid Ginger 352-371-2323

Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

Exotic Ice Creams, Cheesecake





Loosey's 352-672-6465

Pork Carbonara, Truffled Fries


Dessert Martinis





Manuel’s 352-375-7372

Pasta, Chicken, Steak


Specialty desserts change every day





The Midnight 352-672-6113

Best Grilled Cheese, Chili, Sloppy Joes, ¼ lb Hot Dogs

We’re still getting ready; come for dinner!

Grilled Nutella and Peanut Butter Sandwich





Mildred's Big City Food 352-371-1711

Farm Market

Fresh Casual

Fresh Cakes Made On-Site





New Deal Café 352-371-4418

Gourmet Burgers, Paninis

Flatbreads, Soups & Salads

Award-Winning Desserts





Phil-Nicks 352-376-8269

Come for Breakfast!

Homemade Beef Stew, Subs, Salads

Homemade Flan, Pound Cake, Sweet Potato Pie





Reggae Shack Café 352-377-5464

Oxtail, Vegan Steak, Jerk Chicken

Fresh Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches

Dessert Festivals





Relish 352-225-3539

Burgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers

Grab ‘n Go Pita Wraps, Burgers






Stubbies & Steins 352-384-1261

Schnitzel, Vegetarian Bratwurst, Salads

Come back for dinner

Strudel, Profiteroles





Sweet Mel's 352-240-6644

Sweet Mel Burger, Pork Chops

Wing Bar, Hell Fries

Desserts: Deep-fried Oreos





The Top 352-337-1188

Pesto Gnocci, Pecan-encrusted Tofu, Corn Nuggets

We’re taking a siesta. Come back for dinner!

Our home-made desserts change daily.





Willy’s Mexicana Grill 352-336-8040

Chicken, Pork or Steak Burritos (or bowls!)

Vegetarian Fare, Salads, Tacos

Delicious Chocolate Chip and Macademia Cookies









Adam’s Rib Co. 352-514-8692

Ribs, Southern BBQ

Burgers, BBQ Sandwiches

Amelia's FIne Italian Cuisine 352-373-1919

Fine Italian Fare

Bagels Unlimited 352-372-7006

Domino's El Indio

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The only Australian/German pub in Gainesville, perhaps even the world offers late-night food specials ($3 bratwurst or all beef franks, 10pm – close!) and an outrageous selection of beer, wine & cider—24 draughts and over 400 bottles. 352-384-1261 • 9 W University Ave


We like to hang out late as much as you do, serving full menu with full bar seven days a week, Monday-Saturday till 2am. We’ll probably go swimming afterwards. 352-336-8226 •, 232 SE 1st Street


Late night pizza delivery until 4am 13th St. FRE-BEER (373-2337) University/34th St. 377-4992 Hot, fresh, delicious pizza, chicken, oven baked sandwiches, and penne pasta.


The Most Gator-Friendly Restaurant on the Planet has the best latenight munchies! Fat, meaty wings, deep-fried hot dogs and so much more, plus our amazing $5.95 daily specials. Plenty of awesome free parking! Serving food till at least midnight every night—sometimes later! 1209 W Univ Ave. corner of 12th St 352-519-5111.


Nestled downtown between :08 and FUBAR, Flashback’s Cafe and Lounge satisfied your late-night cravings till 1am Thu-Sat (other days till 7pm). Sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, desserts, kombucha and more, with a full bar upstairs! Great times await! 336-3733,


Nestled snugly in the heart of downtown on the corner of Main Street and University, Sweet Mel’s is fast becoming Gainesville’s favorite corner pub. 1 West University Ave, Gainesville, Florida (corner of Main and University), Phone: 352.240.6644. Open Mon-Wed 11a-11p, Thu-Sat 11a2a, Sun 11a-6pm.


Corner pub serving budget-friendly, quality comfort food from 5:00 pm till 1:30 am seven days a week—enjoy homemade chili, sloppy joes and what just may be the best grilled cheese you ever had. Veggie options, too! 223 S Main St., 352-672-6113,



Serving great food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 336-1839 • 3613 SW 13th St



GATOR CITY SPORTSGRILLE Serving delicious wings, sandwiches and much more SALOON until late. 1728 W Univ Ave. 377-7333 BILLIARDS LOOSEY’S

If you are looking for good food, great company and a great variety of beer and wine, Loosey’s is your place. Mon-Sat 4pm - 2am, food from 4pm - 11pm. 352-672-6465 120 SW 1st St (In the old Market Street Pub)


Some of the best burgers in town and other great food served until late. 374-4984 1700 W Univ Ave


Whether you’re looking for a post-bar snack or just want a cool place to eat and drink after midnight, Gelato’s got you covered. Open till 3 am ThursdaySaturday, 11 pm M-W and 10p Sundays.


Food, beer, wine and laser tag 7 days a week until 2 am! What more could you want?! 239 W. University Ave. 352-672-6440 Sun & Mon 8pm-2am, Tue-Sat 4pm-2am


Late-night food doesn’t mean garbage food—enjoy unique New American cuisine in an eclectic setting, or just relax at our huge horseshoe bar or on our patio for great food, great times and great people. We take to-go orders: 352-337-1188


Big, fresh, tasty burgers, made to order with your choice of 39 fresh toppings and sauces—what could be better late at night? 201 SE 1st Street, 352-225-3539

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Restaurant Locations By Zone




















Zone 1 - Downtown

Zone 2 - Campus

Zone 5 - Northwest

Area surrounding Main St & University Ave. Approximately a

Areas in and around the University of Florida Campus, including

Area north of 8th Ave. From I-75 to Main St. Includes the SFCC

10-block radius.

34th St, 13th St, University Ave & Archer Rd within 1 mile of

campus area and most of NW Gainesville not covered by other zones.

Boca Fiesta - 232 SE 1st St 352-336-8226; F6

Campus boundaries.

Adam’s Rib Co. – 2111 NW 13th St 373-8882; E5

Blue Gill Quality Food - 1310 SW 13th St 872-5181; F6

Bagels Unlimited – 2124 SW 34th St 372-7006; D7

Domino’s – 25 NW 16th Ave 373-5555; F5

Caribbean Queen - 507 NW 5th Ave 374-8111; F6

Copper Monkey Restaurant & Pub – 1700 W Univ. Ave 374-4984; E6

Domino’s – 4620 NW 39th Ave 692-2222; B4

Emiliano's Café - 7 SE 1st Ave 375-7381; F6

Domino’s – 2106 SW 13th St 373-2337; E6

El Indio – 5011 NW 34th St 336-4441; D3

End Zone Bar & Grill - 1209 W Univ Ave 519-5111; F6

Domino’s – 34th & University 37-PIZZA; D6

Flashbacks Café - 211 West University Ave 336-3733; F6

El Indio – 407 NW 13th St 377-5828; E6

Zone 6 - Outskirts

The Gelato Company - 11 SE 1st Ave 352-373-3153; F6

EndZone – 1209 W Univ Ave 352-519-1111; F6

Area includes anything not in any zone pictured on the map. Mostly

Phil-Nicks – 37 North Main St 352-376-8269; F6

Gator City Sports Grille – 1728 W University Ave 377-7333; E6

areas just outside of town, such as Haile Plantation or N 441.

Liquid Ginger – 101 SE 2nd Pl 371-2323; F6

Grog House Bar & Grille – 1718 W University Ave 378-7033; E6

Domino's – 14300 W Newberry Rd 333-3333; A6

Loosey's – 120 SW 1st St 352-672-6465; F6

International House of Pancakes – 3625 SW 13th St 336-1839; E8

Domino's – 5750 SW 75th Ct 373-8888; 9C

Manuel's Vintage Room – 6 S Main St 375-7372; F6

Lakeside Grill - 2900 SW 13th St 377-4000; E8

Mars Pub & Laser Tag - 239 W. University Ave. 352-672-6440; F6

Mildred's Big City Food – 3445 W University Ave 352-371-1711; C6

The Midnight - 223 S Main St 672-6113; F6

New Deal Cafe – 3445 W University Ave 352-371-4418; C6

Reggae Shack Cafe - 619 W University Ave 377-5464; F6 Relish - 201 SE 1st St 225-3539; F6

Zone 3 - SW Archer Rd

Stubbies & Steins – 9 W University Ave 352-384-1261; F6

Area along Archer Rd from 34th St to I-75 and surrounding areas,

Sweet Mel's – 1 W University Ave 352-240-6644; F6

excluding Archer Rd area covered by Zone 2 - Campus.

The Top – 30 North Main Street 337-1188; F6

Willy’s Mexicana Grill – 3617 SW Archer Rd 336-8040; C8



People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport. January 2013





mother was offered a record deal when she was eighteen, and her father worked at a karaoke bar—as well as artists such as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston and Cassidee Pope, a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. Kim and Cassidee worked together at Radio Disney in middle school with Kim regularly opening up for Cassidee’s band. Outside of singing, Kim is very involved with her sorority Phi Mu, likes going to the gym, and really enjoys working at Hollister Co., where she’s worked for five years. At this stage of the game, Kim is looking to the future. She’s currently an English, Pre-Law major, but is determined to take a shot at her dreams before anything else. After graduation she’s planning on moving to Nashville and meeting with some friends of the family. “It’s a shot in the dark to be perfectly honest, but a shot’s a shot and the fact that they already even are considering just talking to me is an honor itself. So I’m going to move there, and do what everyone does in Nashville, pursue music.” More immediately, Kim recently won Splitz Bowling Alley’s Karaoke Contest. Kim is aware of the challenges that may stand between her and her aspirations, but says her favorite part of singing isn’t what stage she’s on, or if she’s on a stage at all. “I like the moment when you’re singing and you forget that you’re in the place that you’re in,” she says. “That’s my favorite part about singing and that’s why I do it.” —Aliza Bresnick

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It was pitch black as she stepped onstage to sing the national anthem at Gator Growl 2012. She couldn’t see anything or anyone, just flashing cameras. Kimberly Percuoco, 22, knew that was going to be “the most amazing moment I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Singing the national anthem before a crowd wasn’t new for Kim, having done it for seven years at Roger Dean Stadium in her hometown, Jupiter. However, she says auditioning for Gator Growl was still very nerve-racking. “I’ve done so many auditions, I can’t even begin to count, and so many national anthem auditions, and been rejected.” But Kim has always used temporary disappointment as an impetus to improve. Her persistence paid off when she made it into the top two at Talent Night, won first place and was bestowed with the honor of performing at Gator Growl. Singing has been Kim’s passion since age three, immersing herself as much as possible. Aside from joining chorus, Kim explains, “I would sing in the car; I would sing in my room. I didn’t have lessons or anything—I just really liked to sing.” Kim also taught herself how to play guitar about four years ago. She laughs, “I’m not fantastic but I manage.” She holds an appreciation for eclectic music. Some of her favorite songs to sing are “The Sky is Crying” by Etta James and “Benny and the Jets” by Elton John. Kim draws inspiration from her parents, who had musical backgrounds of their own—her


TERRI RUNNELS When Terri Runnels was a young girl living on her parent’s farm in Live Oak, she would have never guessed she’d soon launch a jet-set lifestyle in the World of Wrestling. But she did know she’d be doing something exciting. “I knew whatever I did had to be with an exclamation point!” Terri says. Terri, now 46, is retired from her days of WWF management and the occasional ring appearance as the snotty wrestler, Alexandra York. But how did the farm girl become a WWE Diva? The year was 1986, and CNN was in need of a makeup assistant. Terri soon found herself surrounded by princes, presidents and Larry King. The position was glamorous, and with her relocation to Atlanta, Ga., Terri began makeup on weekends with the National Wrestling Alliance. However, juggling both lifestyles would prove strenuous, as 12-hour days and jet lag took a toll on the country girl. Hospitalized for exhaustion, she knew she had to slow down. “I remember a wrestling taping in Alabama where they said, ‘Watch her, I don’t think she’s going to make it,’” she says.

Leaving CNN behind, the world of wrestling became her calling. A position as a wrestling manager opened and she began managing Gold Dust, her husband. “Managing was a blast, unless he was hurt,” Terri says. In 1990, Terri became a Diva, although in the WWE the term takes on a whole new meaning. Pitted against The Kat, the two ladies had one of the first rivalries for WWE Divas. Being a mother, however, presented some difficulties. “I had to go to school PTA meetings knowing the other mothers may have seen me in as little clothing as possible,” she says. From down-to-earth farm beginnings to wrestling blows, Terri has now changed paths again. The loving mother has dedicated her time to children in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and has something in-theworks for women and children victims of domestic violence. “Yes, there are things that I miss, because there are so many wonderful fans everywhere,” she says, “but at the same time I’m happy to not be on a plane.” —Megan Alfaro


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video games and any sport (his first love was baseball). But basketball’s SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year makes sure to reserve time for studies. “It does get tough to balance the two [basketball and studies], but what I’ve realized is that you must decide what you want to be early on in college,” he says. He says society has glorified the athlete and created the stereotype that student-athletes don’t care about the “student” part of their title. He preaches empathy to understand. “Try to walk in the shoes of a student-athlete and see how hard it is to balance pleasing your coach and doing well in school,” he says. He hopes to continue playing basketball after college, but says he would enjoy a career as a sports analyst or anchorman—or even hosting his own show. “I don’t know what my future holds,” he says, “but I do know who holds it.” —Rachel Rakoczy

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Don’t tell him he’s tall. “It’s not like I just woke up one random day and became 6’9”,” says Patric Young. Patric stands tall both on the court, where he’s a center for the UF men’s basketball team and NBA prospect, as well as in the classroom, where the junior is studying telecommunications. But he doesn’t let his college town celebrity status affect him, and he says he has his faith to thank. “By constantly reminding myself that whatever I do is not about myself, but about honoring that specific thing to Him, I find the motivation to give it my all,” he says. Patric spent the past summer with teammate and close friend Will Yeguete, and other Athletes in Action on a mission trip to Africa. “The trip just gave me a heart to serve,” he says. Outside of church and the basketball court, Patric likes fishing, listening to music, playing

TRISH RILEY It took Trish Riley a couple years to make her mark in Gainesville—she was busy writing four books when she first moved here. That was six years ago. But the freelance writer, environmentalist, public speaker, Go Green Nation and Cinema Verde founder, and mother is used to multitasking. “I have always felt like one of those circus people with plates on a stick,” she jokes. Trish, who grew up with the cornfields and woods of the Midwest in her backyard, started off as a writer, freelancing for different environmental and travel publications. But when she moved to Gainesville, she found another way to spread the “go green” mantra. At a book signing, she asked the crowd what everyone was involved in to promote being environmentally conscious. To her surprise, no one knew about the other’s projects. In response, she created Go Green Nation, a website that serves as a forum for people to talk about their projects and collaborate as a community. She heard about Green Drinks, a networking opportunity for environmentalists, and brought it to Gainesville. “The business model of the last 60 years

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is ‘profit at all costs,’ and it’s incredibly damaging to the environment,” she says of the importance of being environmentally savvy. “We’re not saving the planet, we’re saving ourselves.” In addition to Go Green Nation and Green Drinks, Trish started Cinema Verde, a week-long festival featuring environmental documentaries and art. This year, she was invited to bring a miniature version to the Philippines and Belize. She’d love to expand to more countries around the world, but plans to keep the base in Gainesville. This year’s festival will be in February. “We want to turn it into the kind of festival people come from all around the world to attend,” she says. As a travel writer, Trish went to many exotic locations, including Costa Rica and Glacier National Park in Montana. But, as she sits on her porch with birds chirping in the background, she tells us Gainesville is a treasure, too. “I’m the luckiest person alive,” she says of her home, situated both near the woods and 10 minutes from anywhere in town. “It’s idyllic.” —Rachel Rakoczy



STEPHANIE AND CLAIRE BROWNING Picture two little twin girls standing in a kitchen, concocting something that may or may not have been appetizing or edible. That’s the kind of “kitchen-wise mischief” that Sarkara Sweets and Ingenue Avenue owners, Stephanie and Claire Browning, 27, used to stir up. However, having eaten their cupcakes nowadays, it’s hard to believe that these two ever created anything less than delicious. Baking is part of both of their personalities, but in different ways. Stephanie laughingly says, “I don’t like to pay for something if I can make it, so I was always like, ‘well, let’s figure out how to make whatever dessert it was.’” As for Claire, she’s always been, “just as interested in the science and very basic chemistry that goes on behind it.” Since UF didn’t have a culinary program, Stephanie and Claire majored in classics and anthropology, respectively. Claire says, “I tried to slant all of my classwork toward an academic interest in food. Any way we could make it pertain to food, we did.” During their senior year, they had a few options: continue their education at graduate school, work for someone else or open their own business. Stephanie explains, “We always like to try a few things, and then obviously decided against grad school or working for somebody else and went with option number three.” With numerous family members who have started small businesses, it didn’t seem so out-of-reach to follow their own dream. With food trends in mind, the twins began planning for a customizable cupcake shop. Starting out as “Yum Bakery,”

they quickly learned what aspects of their business were and weren’t working. Moving from their original location to downtown Gainesville, the twins expanded and revamped their shop, adding alcohol, changing flavors and going vegan. They also changed the name to “Sarkara Sweets,” which derives from a slight mispronunciation of a Sanskrit word loosely translated to “rough sugarcane.” As far as running Sarkara Sweets and Ingenue Avenue, their clothing and cosmetics store next door, they both admit that it would be impossible to do without one another. Though their interests and skillsets may differ, “what we see as success and accomplishment is the same,” explains Claire. When they actually have free time (which admittedly isn’t often), Stephanie enjoys sewing, knitting and other craft-related activities. Claire spends her time planning for her upcoming wedding in April, cooking at home, reading and writing, and expanding her antique cookbook collection. More than anything else, both Stephanie and Claire want people to know how much they care. “A lot of people think we’re a franchise. No; it’s just a small business where we really care. So if you’re unhappy we do care,” Stephanie says. She provides an example. “I have probably seen some of my regulars at 3am at Super Wal-Mart when I’m running out for ingredients and they wave and call out ‘cupcake people,’” she says. “We realize that we have to be responsible to them for what we’re selling.” —Aliza Bresnick



discipleship trip to Israel. At the time, Israel was unstable, surrounded by many opposing nations and in a seemingly perpetual warzone. “As a few of us met together for prayer this evening, I realized how much deeper my passion was for peace in the Middle East when I am in the middle east. While a missile was aimed at a city I am staying in. … Somehow I found myself praying as if I believed my requests just might accomplish something.” Aside from mission trips, Mike works to rescue child sex slaves in foreign countries. Mike leads his church to give to Project Rescue, a non-profit organization that buys women and child sex-trafficking victims out of the sex slave trade and places them in orphanages. Within the safe homes, women and children are fed, clothed and begin to heal from the abuse. When Mike is not giving sermons, he is either with his family and friends, spending time with God, doing good deeds or enjoying Gator football. *Quotes are excerpted from Mike Patz’s blog,, written while he was overseas. —Mary Moore

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“Wild times in Israel. I have almost no time to write this and no chance to edit but here it goes…17 of us find ourselves here in Jerusalem in the midst of what I hope does not escalate into a war. God only knows. For all of our faith family, rest assured, we feel safe.” * Pastor Mike Patz is a UF alum, a husband and a parent of seven children with one on the way. His church, First Assembly of God, is one of the largest in Gainesville. But at one time, he was a UF student with the goal of becoming a very wealthy attorney. A few hours before a party, he was driving around town when he became unusually aware of the “brokenness” of his life. He got out of his car and began a conversation with God that made the journey from his brain to his heart. This conversation took place behind First Assembly of God Church. The following night, two sophomores asked if he was interested in joining them for church the next morning. Mike asked the name of their church. First Assembly of God—crazy coincidence? That was in August of 1990, and he’s been with the church ever since. In November of 2012, Mike took a

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CHUCK MARTIN Chuck “The Colonel” Martin has always pursued science as an art. Perhaps that partly explains his talent in both chemistry and music. But there’s more to this very intriguing person—whom you might see on the University of Florida campus or performing with one of his bands downtown—than meets the eye. Chuck, 59, was the first person in his family to graduate college. Born in the bluecollar city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1953, Chuck cites his father as the primary reason he aspired after a higher education—first getting his bachelors degree at Centre College in Kentucky in 1975, getting his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Arizona, and then following it up with post-doctoral studies at the University of Texas. “Among blue collar people there’s a force that brings you down,” Chuck says, “Unless there’s something pushing you, like my father, it’s hard.” Chuck, now a chemistry professor at UF, is one of only 70 professors out of a faculty of more than 5,000 who holds the title of distinguished professor. In the mid’80s, Chuck excelled in the evolving field of nanoscience by developing a synthetic strategy for making small particles via rods and tubes that is now used all over the world. Although he didn’t profit from it (he said it was ahead of its time), he was credited with its creation. Among the classes Chuck teaches at UF is freshman chemistry—a class of 300 students (mostly teenagers) who Chuck has to keep occupied with not only the facts of atoms and molecules, but with performance and showmanship as well. And coming from a family with five generations of performers and musicians, Chuck finds that part natural. So natural, in fact, that he has appeared on stage many times in town under the auspices of band monikers like dblWiDE—a


rockabilly-influenced group with 1950s inspirations, and the Righteous Kind—a ’60s-esque band that emulates the songwriting style of John Lennon. When Chuck first saw Ricky Nelson perform on The Ozzie and Harriet Show, Chuck thought, “I want to do that.” Then, when he saw the Beatles hit the Ed Sullivan show a few years later and witnessed all the girls screaming, he thought, “I really want to do that.” His new project, the Chuck Martin Genius Boy Music Show, is part comedy, part talent, part musical-extravaganza that incorporates both the ‘50s and ‘60s influences of his previous bands with the pre-rock, post-big band short-lived music era that emerged in America after World War II—all rolled up into a variety show of which Chuck is the host. His eyes light up as he describes his new band, which incorporates the usual four-piece rock group of lead, rhythm and bass guitars with drums, along with piano, sax and a male/ female vocal combo. He has about 30 songs to choose from to cut his upcoming album. And where does he get his energy? Chuck attributes most of his current success and happiness to his wife, Amy. Although he claims not to believe in astrology, he says that when he lived in Colorado in the late 1990s, he could see Scorpio, his birth-sign constellation, every night across a lake he lived on. “Night after night, it said to me, ‘You must go South.’” So, South he went in 1999 to accept a position at UF in Gainesville, where he met Amy. “My wife is my muse,” he says. “Before I met her, I was an angry young man. I had two failed marriages, and I had wanderlust. Then I found Amy and she healed me.” —Greg Allard

IRENE SALLEY When Iréne Salley, 66, touches her brush to her canvas, she is not simply replicating nature. Exalted by the beauty of her own garden, she is expressing the personality of the Earth surrounding her through the eyes of the nature within herself. “If my style is described as spontaneous and emotional, it is simply because I want to grasp the essence of what I see and feel in a landscape,” Iréne says. After spending all of her youth in Guadeloupe, Irene, then a woman on a mission to be moved by life, relocated to Paris. With the ’70s changing the tide, Irene was just in time for lessons in the art of female empowerment. “We were supposed to be pretty, married and live an ever-happy life,” Irene says. “We wanted more, so we worked hard to get it.” Although her creations can be found locally, much of the inspiration comes from her time in the city of love. Within the air of a gender revolution, the aesthetic of Paris became the gateway to a life of expression. Iréne immersed herself in museums, gardens and theater while juggling design, fashion, real estate and taking care of her children. Like many a creative soul, Iréne is inspired by everything around her. Masters of art such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Maurice de Vlaminck invoke personality into each of her pieces. Her travels and thoughts flow and evolve into swirls of color as the details are ignored in order to paint the true mood of her surroundings. After the ’70s wave of art history, struggle, success and French wonders, Iréne ventured to Gainesville. Over time, Irene became a master of North Florida landscapes and began showing her work in Gainesville, with her most recent exhibit located within Leonardo’s 706 Restaurant. In the beginning, Iréne aimed to copy nature in strict detail, however as her mind expands her strokes follow suit. “Today, I only want the essential” she says. —Megan Alfaro ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional marriage Januaryproposal. 2013




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With roles in hit shows like Bones, General Hospital, Private Practice and 24, DaJuan Johnson has come far from days of performing “Hamlet” at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. DaJuan’s Gainesville connection is much more than just attending school. He starred not only in a play at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre but also at the Hippodrome and the Thomas Center. After college, his television career started out small, with roles like a room service personnel on Criminal Minds, that later led to reoccurring performances on shows such as General Hospital. He landed a guest star role on Bones, which recently aired. DaJuan was recently on-set for a commercial that is airing during the Super Bowl. He is also excited for the pilot to air of a show he worked on. But as for his favorite project so far, DaJuan isn’t quite sure. “I enjoyed working on 24 when it was on the air,” he says. It was one of those shows that I watched a lot and I ended up working on it. General Hospital you grew up watching it there in

Innovating East Gainesville, developing nature parks and meeting with officials of the Middle East—it’s all in a day’s work for Craig Lowe, now in his second term as mayor of Gainesville. “This is currently a very exciting time to be in Gainesville, and especially to be mayor,” he says. “We’ve long sought for a great feeling of vitality in the downtown area. Also, development that would connect UF with downtown and see quality development in East Gainesville take hold.” Growing up, it didn’t seem that Craig was headed on the politician’s path. He attended public schools in Atlanta, Ga., and went on to pursue a degree in Soil Conservation and Morphology at the University of Georgia. He then moved to Gainesville, Fla., and went to UF to receive his Master of Science degree in Zoology. The mayor is a big fan of plants and animals. As such, he has worked to improve recreational opportunities like Cone Park, Possum Creek Park and other nature parks around the city.

Prior to becoming Gainesville’s mayor, he worked for UF as a lab manager in the botany department, and as a computer programmer at the Florida Center for library automation. Then he became city manager and now the mayor. Craig had the opportunity to represent Gainesville on a sister cities trip to the Middle East, meeting with officials of Israel and West Bank, including the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. For many, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. “I hope to do it again one day,” he says. His vision for East Gainesville is for it to become an integral part of innovation with more employers like Prioria, Silver Airways and UF Eastside Campus. As mayor, Craig has had plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people himself, such as President Obama and his wife, Jimmy Carter and Hank Aaron. “To the people of the city of Gainesville: It’s an honor to be your mayor,” he says. —Mary Moore

the peripheral.” In addition to his television roles, DaJuan has been in films, including Think of Me, Wrath of Cain and Between Kings & Queens. But stardom aside, he would still love to return to Gainesville and give back to the community. “I keep in touch with a lot of the teachers and faculty,” he says. “I would love to go back and teach.” His advice for any students wishing to follow in his footsteps is to take the leap. “It’s so scary to make that big leap,” he says. “You’re in a bubble in Gainesville. It’s an awesome, supportive environment, and it’s a little bit scary to venture out and go to New York or go to LA or wherever you want to pursue acting.” DaJuan’s question of “To be, or not to be?” he asked many times as the lead role in Hamlet has been answered. And he has chosen “to be.” —Kelsey Meany


CRAIG LOWE What does running through waist-deep mud, jumping over walls and through electrified wires have to do with the Bible? For Andy Farina, the two are inseparable. This area representative for The Navigators, an interdenominational Christian outreach group, and Adventure Race Training instructor at Gainesville Health & Fitness, believes that “the mind, body and soul are all integrated— what positively affects one, positively nourishes the others.” As a college student at USF, Andy was a selfdescribed “foul-mouthed, self-centered, bitter, abusive, party animal.” After reluctantly accepting the invitation to attend a bible-study group, he found that he “took a real liking” to the stories of Jesus and his disciples and began applying these lessons in his daily life. Although he was studying electrical engineering, he found himself called to minister to other students and for the past 30 years, he has done just that. He also discovered, or perhaps more accurately rediscovered, his ability to run. A back injury in the ’80s left Andy in crippling pain, and for 23 years he was told by doctors that he would have to give up strenuous physical activity. He continued to dream that he would one


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day be able to run again, and in 2006, decided to do stadiums at UF. He was later joined by a friend, and then another friend, and soon the group grew into a weekly celebration of “unity, health and wholeness.” One of these friends persuaded him to try running the annual Gator Gallop and, although he finished the race, he was in pain for a week. But he didn’t quit. The next year, he finished with a better time and less pain. Tackling the Gator Gallop gave Andy the courage to sign up for a Tough Mudder. It was during this muddy, obstacle-ridden challenge that he truly found his stride. “Life has mystery,” he says. “We cannot control much of what really matters. There are feargenerating obstacles to overcome, and we must maneuver that course.” And maneuver he has. In 2012, Andy completed his first marathon, his first ultra marathon, finished the 24-hour GoRuck Challenge, and, hopefully, qualified for World’s Toughest Mudder. He continues to mentor teens, college students, young professionals and families. When asked about his future plans, he told us, “Future plans? We are so enjoying life right now!” —Tony Federico

BENJI KURIAKOSE that, singer Cee Lo Green was sold and turned around his chair in approval. Benji was faced with a decision on The Voice. Who will he pick? Cee Lo or Adam? “I’ve been listening to Maroon 5 since they were Kara’s Flowers,” he says. “I’ve always been a fan of [Adam]. I’ve always been a fan of his voice and his music and how he communicated. And even though I like some of his older stuff more than his newer stuff, I still think he’s got a lot of swagger and I like him.” In later rounds, Benji was eventually ousted from the competition by fellow rocker Sam Adams in a killer duet battle singing “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. Benji thanks the show for allowing him to realize how much he enjoys singing. Guitar has always been his instrument of choice and he loves playing, but he finds something special in jumping around in the crowd and having fun as a singer. Not only has his confidence grown, but his fan base has as well. “To have a lot of people really validate you and say ‘Hey, you did a great job,’ I’m really thankful for that,” he says. “Like I was really, really encouraged hearing people say great job.” After Benji left the competition he said the surrounding environment was incredibly supportive. He attests Sam Adams and himself are still good friends. Now, Benji is working on more records and shows with his band. “I think the first thing is getting back and

playing shows like tonight,” he says. “The second is getting back into the studio and putting out new songs.” The Orlando native met his fellow band members, identical twins Tom and Tony George, in early childhood. They have been playing together since age 5, and have been band members since they were 13. The band released its first record in 2009, and then decided to go on tour. In December 2011, the band released an EP and received a management deal. Benji chose to drop out of college to move to California and pursue his passion instead of continuing his track of becoming a lawyer or doctor. “The thing that gives me the most joy is connecting with people through music,” he says. He is glad to be where he is, he says, not only to have some great story to tell his children, but because of the journey. He is proud that he has never given up on his sense of self. Many upcoming stars get to a point where they are asked to change themselves by a producer or manager, he says. “There is an opportunity that usually has some sort of compromise, saying ‘Hey, you can do this and this can make you successful. However, I need you to compromise on these values of whom you are and what you’ve chosen to carve your niche as,” he says. Essentially, his advice for anyone who plans to follow the path to stardom is, “Always be yourself.” —Kelsey Meany

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Standing on a well-lit stage, microphone in hand, Benji is about to sing for his blind audition, one of the first rounds of competition on The Voice in which performers attempt to impress judges and be selected for a team. His song of choice is “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” made famous by both Bob Dylan and Guns “N” Roses. Almost instantly after a few words of the song, Maroon 5 lead singer and judge on The Voice turns his seat around, showing that he wants Benji on his team. Benji Kuriakose, 24, is a Florida Gator turned rock star, originally from Orlando. He used to spend his days studying political science at UF, and spend his nights rocking out on stage with his band “Built To Be Broken.” Tonight, at the Backstage Lounge he has on his best rocker clothes—a long necklace, blazer, a white T-shirt and some incredibly trendy shades. Through the smoke and darkness of the lounge, he’ll play and sing his way to what turns into a great show in the Gainesville area. It’s a bit different from his time on the hit singing competition. “I remember that first stage rehearsal I was so nervous. And I never get nervous,” Benji says. Granted, anyone might be nervous performing in front of an estimated TV audience of 12.3 million people. But he wasn’t finished. The singer still had a big trick up his sleeve, which the judges eventually referred to as “The Scream.” Benji, mid-song belted out a mirror-shattering, earthshaking scream that America thought was only reserved for Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. After




Augi Lye is a certified nerd and a daring entrepreneur. From video games and music to programming and start-up companies, the 32-year-old has an impressive streak of exceptionally successful ventures, all in Gainesville. He is currently the CEO of Trendy Entertainment, the founder of Puppy Punch Productions, the inventor of ToneRite, the owner of Hackerspace and the new owner of the Alcove Bar (now The Cove). Augi, who is originally from Jacksonville, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in electrical and computer science engineering. After turning down multiple job offers with major corporations, he opted to stay in Gainesville and join forces with the UF grads who were then starting Prioria Robotics, an unmanned aerial vehicle systems company that produces

innovative UAVs for both civilian and commercial markets and the US military. “When I went to the Prioria office, it was a hole-in-the-wall full of electronics with just two engineers, and that’s where it hit me,” he says. “This is how all the big companies got started—two nerds in a lab hacking away. So I joined Prioria Robotics, and that’s when I became addicted to start-up companies.” Among his ventures, Augi is well known for being the CEO of Trendy Entertainment, a video game company he founded alongside Jeremy Stieglitz, the current development director at Trendy, in December 2009. After releasing its most popular game in 2010, Dungeon Defenders, the company received an $18.2 million investment in August 2012 from Insight Venture Management of New York City. Trendy is currently opening offices in New York City and San Francisco, but its headquarters will always be Gainesville, Augi says. Though he has had many successful endeavors, Augi says he will be remembered most for his first one―his ToneRite invention, which is now manufactured and sold around the world. After purchasing a new cello while he was in college, Augi found that he didn’t have the time to break in, or play-in, his new instrument. He invented ToneRite for his personal use, but after a few months of using the device, he was astonished at the improvement in the sound quality of his cello. “I remember taking in the cello to the guy I bought it from after a couple months of having it, and he was so surprised by how good it sounded,” Augi says. “He asked what I had done, and I told him about what I had made. His next words were, ‘Run to the patent.’” In-between turning Gainesville into the next Silicon Valley, he still has time to play his cello and violin, spend time cooking and go on drives in his Lamborghini and Lotus. Despite all of his prosperous undertakings, there’s still one thing Augi wants to do. “I want to make spaceships,” he says. “Does that sound crazy?” —Alexandria Ugarte


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Caleb’s influence is strong both on and off the field. With dreams of the NFL in sight, he has already experienced some of the accolades that become associated with professional-level fame. “I am humbled to think people see me as a role model. I just try to be a good example because I do think we are held to a higher standard and anything we do wrong will be in the papers the next day,” he says. Caleb is a recognizable face on-campus. One day, a family stopped Caleb to show him their young son’s phone background (a picture of Caleb). “I thought that was pretty cool because I am well aware that I will not be in this position for a long time.” To unwind, Caleb plays poker and other card games focusing on strategy, but admits there’s room for improvement. “As far as my poker face—I would say I could improve on that part of my game.” Even if the NFL isn’t in the cards for Caleb, he is prepared to make another career in banking. “I am going to try my hardest to make this dream a reality, but I am also aware there are only 32 kickers in the NFL,” he says. If football doesn’t work out, he hopes to use his experience working at an investment bank this past summer to get into banking. Both of these interests make for standout qualities in Caleb’s opinion of the most interesting people, whom he says are the famous businessman Donald Trump and, in Gainesville, [former UF kicker] David Lerner.* *David Lerner was featured in last year’s Most Interesting. Check it out online! —Alyssa Holcomb

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Kicker Caleb Sturgis has been crucial in Gator victories since 2008, recently setting a new school record for career field goals made and receiving numerous recognitions for both his athleticism and academics. But off the field, No. 19 keeps his studies and spirituality in check—as well as indulges in the occasional card game. The fourth in a family of six children, Caleb grew up a preacher’s son. Familial taunts from his older siblings helped the two-time Lou Groza Award recipient (given to the nation’s top placekicker) and thirdtime finalist in “learning to not let things bother me, [which] has really helped me kicking.” At press, he was a favorite to win the Lou Groza award this year as well. The redshirt senior earned his degree in sports management last year and is graduating with his Masters in the Science of Management. On keeping with his studies, Caleb explains “I felt the need to further my business background and that is why I chose to get a master in management. I have really enjoyed the program, meeting a lot of new friends and feel that I am much more prepared for a career once I leave the University.” But his attitude toward academics represents more than a career outside of school—it is a positive influence on his younger teammates. His additional degree has allowed him to mentor longer than usual: “I always want to be a positive influence on the younger guys,” he says. “They do a lot for the university and I want them to take advantage of the free education and the influence they have on the community.”

January 2013

Cameron McIntosh remembers coming home from basketball practice at Joliet Catholic Academy and studying for finals. He went to grab a snack and glanced at the TV. But he couldn’t see it. On Dec. 15, 2009, Cameron, now 22, began losing his sight. It took three months before he was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). “It became almost like a waiting game,” he says. “You know the other eye is going to follow.” LHON is a rare eye disease that causes sudden, severe loss of central vision. About 100 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year, according to In April of that year, Cameron stopped driving. He had already given up football and basketball, two sports he had played all his life. Though his plan had been to study physical therapy and try to walk on the UF football team, doctors told him not to exercise. Cameron got into UF, the school of his dreams. But his other dream didn’t seem like it would come true. Freshman year, he was introduced to the crew team. A sport where you’re not even facing the direction you’re rowing. You are, in essence, rowing blind. “I always wanted to be a UF athlete, and it came true that way,” he says. Cameron joined the rowing team for three years. Among other awards, his team won silver in 4-man rowing at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Championships last year. The sport gave him the teamwork and a competitive edge he missed. “When people see or hear of someone legally blind in a boat, not many people expect much of him,” he says. “I got to prove people wrong.” But for his senior year, Cameron chose not to row, instead focusing on a future in physical therapy school, participating in a gene therapy study based out of the University of Miami and helping at the Sidney Laniaer fitness program. “When I’m rowing, the only person I’m helping is myself,” he says. For the program, he puts kids with disabilities through a workout at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center twice a week. He appreciates being able to see the kid’s strength gains and muscle improvements and “just making a difference in people’s lives.” Over the summer, he also volunteered at a camp for blind and deaf children in Illinois, his hometown. “It just makes you take your life into perspective,” he told us. Sports are still prevalent in Cameron’s life. He enjoys going to football games with friends (he brings a radio—listening to Mick Hubert, whom he’s been listening to since he was a kid), and a future in physical therapy. But the meaning of sports has changed. “The score of the game doesn’t matter as much as people think,” he told us. “It’s so much more about being competitive and learning from it.” His attitude is simple. “What are you going to do to help people other than yourself?” —Rachel Rakoczy


get your GROUP ON or as long as people have been on this planet, we have been working out together. These workouts certainly had a purpose—building shelters, hunting game or going to war— but they were workouts all the same. Today, we no longer have to workout to survive, but we do have to stay fit if we want to thrive. Going it alone may work for some, but when it comes to intensity, accountability and affordability, group exercise is hard to beat.


—Tony Federico


Intensity is the most important factor when it comes to getting results. Group workouts encourage you to work more intensely because, like it or not, we are naturally competitive. Tell someone to run from point A to point B and they might do it, but put that same person in a race and they will give it all they got. For an INTENSE group exercise option: CrossFit Gainesville 1126 NW 2nd St. Go Primal Fitness 4650 NW 39th Place # A


Making a habit out of sitting on the couch and watching your favorite TV show is easy. Making a habit of working out isn’t. Group exercise helps to keep you accountable by adding a social element to your workout. While you might not think twice on bailing out on yourself, you’re far more likely to show up to the gym when you know a friend is waiting for you. For an ACCOUNTABLE group exercise option: Zumba with Natasha 1212 N. Main St. Sweat Life Boot Camp Haile Plantation Village Center 5206 SW 91st Terrace, Suite A


Working out with a Personal Trainer is a great option if you need intensity and accountability, but the cost can be prohibitive. A private session with a trainer typically costs anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour while a typical group exercise session ranges from $5 to $25 depending on the size of the group. Many fitness centers also offer group exercise as part of their standard membership price. For an AFFORDABLE group exercise option: Gainesville Health & Fitness Center 4820 W. Newberry Road YMCA 5201 NW 34th St. Tony is a University of Florida Fitness & Wellness graduate and an ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Specialist working in Orlando. In addition to his contributions to INsite, he also writes for (Orlando Gyms) as well as his FED blog (

an organized new year —Jennette Holzworth

ost resolutions can’t be reached without a healthy dose of time management and organization, so use these tips to get your 2013 headed in the right direction.


• MAKE A “TOP THREE.” If you find yourself reaching the end of the day without accomplishing the most important thing, start each day with a list of what’s most important. • WRITE IT DOWN. Using the space between your ears to keep track of life’s demands means something is bound to be forgotten. Whether you keep track with a fancy app or a simple paper and pen, having things inked gives the additional satisfaction of crossing things off when finished. • DO IT NOW. It may feel good for a short while, but procrastination translates into disordered living. Whether it’s putting the dirty dish in

the dishwasher or writing the paper when it’s assigned, taking immediate action keeps your To-Do list manageable. • ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION. If your space is anything like mine, it’s overflowing from all ends. You can introduce sanity to your New Year with the swift sweep of a trash bag. • LEARN TO SAY “NO.” Being pulled in all directions is a recipe for chaos and disorganization. When you say “No” to something that may not have true priority in your life, you’re able to say “Yes” to the things that really matter. Jennette Holzworth is an Advanced Level II Trainer at Gainesville Health and Fitness specializing in weight loss, strength training and nutrition coaching. She can be reached via e-mail at

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV. 2013 January



A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. January 2013



the roommate test

t’s that time of year again— the apartment hunt for next year begins. The question is: should you re-sign or release your roommate?




—Aliza Bresnick








ABSOLUTELY! You’re already living with your dream roommate. But if you both feel like you need a change, consider moving into a different sized apartment or new complex.





YEAH, WHY ROCK THE BOAT? Sure, you and your roommate have a few minor issues, but for the most part, you’re pretty good friends. It doesn’t seem worth it to try to find a new roommate.

EH...BETTER NOT. It could definitely be worse, but the awkward silence is getting old. Having a new roommate could potentially mean a new friend.

January 2013


DEFINITELY NOT! It’s time to ditch this nightmare of a roommate and find someone with a different lifestyle. Try checking out a roommate matching site or see if your complex will do it for you!


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