Intermediate Irish Set Dancing & Sean Nos

Published Robbie - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 6:36pm

Irish Set dancing is social, playful, relaxed and prone to spirited self-expression. It is very popular in Irish communities around the world. It is danced in four couple square formation.

Sean nos (old style) Irish dance is a solo, improvised form of percussive dance that is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it

Intermediate Irish Set Dancing
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm
1. August 6 - Antrim Square Set
2. August 13 - Antrim Square Set & The Clare Lancers
3. August 20 - The Clare Lancers
Civic Media Center
433 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL
Bring $5 donation per class to support the CMC!

Next time:
Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:30pm
Cost: 
$5 suggested donation

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs"

Published Robbie - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:49pm

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.

The documentary film, "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, Feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

As it kinetically unfurls an evolving life, city, and philosophy, takes the viewer on a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing dialectical conversation, to propel societal change. (americanrevolutionaryfilm.com)

Runtime-82 minutes

When:
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Gainesville Socialists

Published Robbie - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:29pm

The  Gainesville Socialists is a bi-weekly reading and discussion group. Meetings are open to anyone who considers themselves a socialist, is interested in socialism, or is otherwise curious.

Last meeting, Gainesville Socialists decided to read Frederick Engels's The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State.
"Are the father-centered family, private property, and the state necessary and inevitable parts of all human societies? Engels says no. Engels demonstrates that these three institutions arose in the fairly recent history of the human race, as a way to establish the rule of the few over the many. And conversely, when these institutions are an obstacle to human progress, they can be dismantled."

The book will be split up over two (or maybe three) meetings. Hopefully there will also be time to include one or two modern feminist and anthropological works that discuss the limitations, blind spots, and flaws in Engels's (1884) analysis and data.

The reading for this meeting is chapters I through V:

"I. Stages of Prehistoric Culture"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch01.htm)

"II. The Family: 1. The First Stage of the Family"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch02.htm)

"II. The Family: 2. The Punaluan Family"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch02b.htm)

"II. The Family: 3. The Pairing Family"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch02c.htm)

"II. The Family: 4. The Monogamous Family"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch02d.htm)

"III. The Iroquois Gens"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch03.htm)

"IV. The Greek Gens"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch04.htm)

"V. The Rise of the Athenian State"
(http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/ch05.htm)

Next time:
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated

Weekly Poetry Jam

Published sparrina - Thu, 12/20/2012 - 4:21pm

Gainesville’s longest-running open poetry reading, every Thursday night since 1994. All styles of poetry, acoustic music and a cappella singing, spoken word, performance art and more! Bring your friends for a night of artistic expression. Signup starts at 9pm.

Next time:
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 donations appreciated

Coordinators Party

Published kenziecooke - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:45pm

Come say goodbye and thank you to Robbie and welcome Kenzie and Nailah as the new coordinators.

Food (potluck style), drinks, toasts, meet and greet and general celebration :)

When:
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated
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