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

Gainesville Socialists

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:48pm

Gainesville Socialist will be meeting to discuss the first two sections of Black Against Empire.

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Trans Prisoner Day of Action

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:26pm

January 22, 2016 will be the first annual Trans Prisoner Day of Action: an international day of action in solidarity with trans prisoners.  Details TBA

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 2:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Benefit Show for CMC @ Hardback Cafe

Published kenziecooke - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:44pm

There will be a CMC benefit show at the newly re-opened Hardback Cafe featuring live music by The Throws and more local bands tba

The Civic Media Center is a crucial community hub for art/events, info, and many rad local group meetings & activities.
You can click here to donate to CMC online:

The New Hardback Cafe - 211 W. University Ave
$2.50 PBR and Rolling Rock, $4.50 Swamphead

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 9:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Folk show at the CMC!
Donations for the touring bands appreciated

The Hills and the Rivers -
Pittsburgh based melodic river folk

Ghost Town Gospel
Folk Ramblers from Oakland, CA

Samm Bones
Rambler From Seward, AK
Repped by Farmageddon Records

Plus Locals:


Virginia Carr (with Kellen)

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:00pm
$3-5 Sugessted Donation

Live Music; The Hills and The Rivers + TBA

Published kenziecooke - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:36pm

Touring act The Hills and The Rivers will be stopping in Gainesville.  More details TBA

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 9:00pm
Free, donations appreciated
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