Movie Monday: "Bessie"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:36pm

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. BESSIE also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Joss Whedon's "Firefly" Marathon

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:33pm

We will watch the first 5 episodes!

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things".[1]

The show explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the fringe of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today".[2]

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Monday Movie: "Rosewood"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:29pm

Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed blacks and destroyed their town, the film introduces fictional characters and changes from historic accounts. In a major change, it stars Ving Rhames as an outsider who comes into Rosewood and inspires residents to self-defense, wielding his pistols in a fight. The supporting cast includes Don Cheadle as Sylvester Carrier, a resident who was a witness, defender of his family and victim of the riot; and Jon Voight as a sympathetic white store owner who lives in a village near Rosewood. The three characters become entangled in an attempt to save people from racist whites attacking the blacks of Rosewood.

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Monday Movie: #BlackLivesMatter: A New Generation of Civil Rights Activists

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:27pm

BlackLivesMatter: A new generation of civil rights activists emerging from racism and violence in the USA.

Following Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, many Americans predicted the end of racial inequality in the United States. But as black communities continue to be torn apart by violence, America remains a country divided. Taking cues from their forefathers in the 1950s, a new generation of civil rights activists has emerged from the bloodshed, determined to have their voices heard in the fight for racial equality.

​"Witnesses say he was beaten from this side of the street all the way to that side. He was screaming for help, but none of those animals stopped"​,​ explains Tawanda Jones tearfully. Her brother Tyrone was killed by police, in what she says was a ​​"brutal murder". Tawanda believes her brother fell victim to a police force that routinely discriminates against black lives: ​​"There's no justice, it's just us. We need to stick together and dismantle this corrupt system"​​

The movement however is not just about changing policing: it is pursuing real reform in gang-tormented neighbourhoods, as often the most dangerous violence comes from within these communities. For example in the South Side of Chicago, brutal gang violence is a part of daily life: it is easier for many young black men to get a gun than a job, and on average someone is shot every three hours. Campaigners are fighting to provide an alternative to the epidemic of gang warfare, determined to stop the violence from within. ​​"They want to close down schools, they don't want kids to read, don't want them to learn...but that's what's going to curb the violence"​,​ explains one woman.

​​"I think what we're seeing is the birth of a mass movement."​

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 Sugessted Donation

History of Abortion and Birth Control

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:54pm

Celebrate Roe vs Wade Day!

Abortion and Birth Control are nothing new and have been present throughout history. Discover how women have been determining their own destinies since Ancient Greece and beyond. Methods, societal views, and more!

Our chapters executive board elections will also be held that evening. All members are encouraged to attend and vote.

With Whitney Mutch @ the CMC. Free to the public.111111

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Social Justice & Buddhism in the 21st Century Screening of "Milarepa"

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:32pm

In his directorial debut, Buddhist lama Neten Chokling vividly presents the captivating story of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet s greatest yogi and saint. In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet- a time of roaming sorcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend- a young Milarepa falls into a world of betrayal and hardships. The greed of others upturns his privileged life, dropping him into a void of despair, humiliation, pain and anger. He sets out to learn black magic- and exact revenge on his enemies- encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confronting the consequence of his quest for vengeance that he learns the most. Filmed on the breathtaking scenic Indo-Tibetan border, with Tibetan monks serving as most of the cast and crew, Milarepa glows with a unique visual and spiritual charge.

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Valentine's Eve Sweeties Start A Band Challenge & Benefit Show

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:28pm

Join us for an evening of romannnntic entertainment at the Civic Media Center as we challenge local lovers to start bands together. Participant paramours will have a couple months to write at least 2 originals and learn at least one cover which they will perform in a brief set on Valentine's Eve at a public concert inside the Civic Media Center.

Start a band, not a family! Or, if you have kids, family bands are also encouraged. Polyamorous trios, quartets, etc. are also welcomed (and intriguing!) You do not have to be a polished musician (or a musician at all) to participate, get creative! If you and your baby are already in a band, you must compose an original set for this event, no cheatin'! Don't have a honey to hum with? Well you've got from now till February to find your Yoko. To sign up with your sweetheart, send a message to Chelsea Carnes confirming your participation.

Hot chocolate will be available for donations and we'll have a cozy fire blazing in the courtyard. A suggested $5 entry fee will be accepted at the door, all proceeds will be split between Gainesville Girls Rock Camp and the Civic Media Center.

The Civic Media Center and Library is a reading room and library for alternative and non-corporate press, as well as a community activism center in Gainesville, Florida.

Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is a local music camp that uses music and performance as a platform to encourage self-esteem and self-expression in young girls.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 8:00pm
$5 suggested donation

CMC Benefit Show at the Poole Building with Ricky Kendal

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:26pm

Join us for a benefit for the Civic Media Center just a few blocks away at Power's Art Center (Poole Building)!

Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of indie/alt folk laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique. His innovative use of alternate tunings, partial capos and two-hand tapping techniques has been described as treating the guitar as ‘more than just an instrument, but an extension of himself.’ He has toured with John Gorka and David Wilcox, and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, and Darrell Scott. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, and Pat Donohue. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, was voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011.

“Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth’s] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.” – San Francisco Art Magazin

To be accompanied by local acts:

Ricky Kendall and Hard Luck Society!

Doors at 8pm!

Power's Art Center  (Poole Building)
721 SE 2nd St
Gainesville, Fl 32601

Entrance from Depot Ave

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:00pm
$8-15 sliding scale

Movie Monday: "Human the Movie" Part 2

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:21pm

Come join us for the second part of "Human the Movie", it is an exploration of life through story telling and emotional journeys. It is a 3 part Documentary and we will be showing the 3 different movies over a 3-month span showing "Human the Documentary" Every 1st Monay of the month.


What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? 

Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, Yann captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness. 

Watch the 3 volumes of the film and experience #WhatMakesUsHUMAN. 

Part 1 deals with the themes of love, women, work and poverty.

Part 2 deals with the themes of war, forgiving, homosexuality, family and life after death.

Part 3 deals with the themes of happiness, education, disability, immigration, corruption and the meaning of life.

All three parts will play automatically one after the other, but you can also skip to each part using the control buttons under the player.

5 years after the success of ‘Home’, seen by more than 600 million people, and following the ‘7 billion Others’ project, Yann Arthus-Bertrand designed this film as a unique feature film : HUMAN

Like every story, this one has a beginning. One day, in Mali, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was the victim of a helicopter breakdown. While waiting for the pilot, he spent the entire day in with a farmer who spoke to him, with great dignity and without complaint, of his daily life, his hopes, his fears and of his sole ambition: to feed his children. Yann remains deeply marked by this encounter, this man to whom he felt so close.

HUMAN aims to be a sensitive and loving portrait of who we are, as a community, a family but most importantly as individuals.

HUMAN shows the dark side of mankind but sheds light on the best of it, for we all have inside of us this will to live together. This is the message that this film tries to convey. Together, united, we can meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

HUMAN is part of an overall logic whose intention is to gather together initiatives and resources from the community scene and from the humanitarian, ecological or social sectors.

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Arts & Crafts Art Walk

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:19pm
Dana Robinson

Dana Robinson is a multimedia artist working predominantly with fibers, paint, and ink. She make clothing from recycled vintage under her brand Hot Dog Paradise.

Carolina Baca
- Bitchcrafts
Handmade bone and stone jewelry as well as hand mixed herbal perfumes, anointing oils, and other witchy blends.


Larry McCullough
- StateofMind Designz
A graphic designer and the creator and owner of Stateofmind Designz which is a graphic/print shop company.

Christine Pierre-Lys
- Flora Herbal Smokes

Flora herbal smokes are a tobacco-less alternative wild crafted & organic blend of herbal bliss!

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated
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