Movie Monday: "Let the Fire Burn"

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:12pm

In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation


Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:09pm

Country Music Pioneers, The Paisley Fields, Refuse to be Fenced In

The Paisley Fields are taking their boundary-defying, Brooklyn brand of alt-country on the road in support of their new five song EP, Oh These Urban Fences...

Along with their award-winning original music, The Paisley Fields will play some classic country covers at their live shows.

The group is performing as trio, with Kentucky-based banjo player Willie Huston joining singer/pianist/songwriter James Wilson and singer Anna Volpe.

A gay man, Wilson is not the cowboy hat-wearing, good old boy one pictures when thinking about country music. He cuts a different kind of cowboy figure.

But Wilson, along with the rest of The Paisley Fields, is unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected.

Wilson may write about falling in love with men but the songs offer up classic country themes like loss and heartbreak.

“The Paisley Fields’ music is not only unique, but the lyrics are thoughtful and can strike a chord with any audience member,” singer Anna Volpe states.

The Urban Fences Tour is the fourth regional tour for the band in 2015.

See The Paisley Fields live and in person at Civic Media Center in Gainesville, FL on October 20th at 9:00PM with local acts, Telomures and Mourning Glories. Pre-sale for Oh These Urban Fences… begins October 2nd. Visit for a full list of dates. 

Joining the Paisley Fields will also be locals Telomeres and The Mourning Glories.

the Mourning Glories, who play traditional folk music, will be leading us in a gender non-conforming contra dance! 

Don't miss this night of queer country fun!

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:00pm
$5-10 suggested donation

Movie Monday: "Ten Years after Katrina: 'Resilience,' 'Recovery' & REALITY"

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:06pm

August 29, 2015 marks the tenth year since Hurricane Katrina became a platform for a “conservative recovery agenda” pushed by then President George W. Bush. This agenda spearheaded the privatization of public places and public services in New Orleans and the storm-damaged communities of the Gulf Coast Region. The inequities and unjust outcomes of this agenda are laid bare in the short film "Ten Years after Katrina: 'Resilience,' 'Recovery' & REALITY" produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable.

Who defines “recovery” and “resilience” in a region of the United States that is vulnerable to hurricanes, where communities are sacrificed to the petrochemical and tourism industries, and elected officials deny climate change? The vidoe documentary explores the answer to this question through the lived experiences of African American, Vietnamese American, and Latino community organizers defending human rights against a tide of disaster-profiteering and displacement. "Ten Years after Katrina: 'Resilience,' 'Recovery' & REALITY" reveals that Katrina is not simply the name of a hurricane, but a continuing moment in American life at the intersection of race, class, gender, privilege, power, and climate-induced disasters.


Joining us in discussion will be speaker Justin Hosbey, a PhD candidate, Teaching Associate at UF and the coordinator of the African American History Project at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

Justin Hosbey is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. His doctoral research interrogates the social consequences of the privatization of public schools and prisons in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Anniversary Fundraising Dinner at First Magnitude

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:00pm

The Civic Media Center will mark the start of its 22nd year on Saturday October 17th with a fundraising  event (it just doesn't stop!) at one of the coolest and most community-friendly spaces in town, First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch St.  This is located one block east of S. Main St. and a
block south of the Gainesville-Hawthorne bike trail, at the south edge of the soon-to-be Depot Park.

Our event will run from 5-8 pm, and includes dinner prepared from produce donated by various local farms including Frog Song Organics, Glades Ridge Dairy, Possum Hollow farm, Siembra Farm, Archer Market Garden and Farmer John as well as raffle and silent auction items from local supporters like John Moran, Civilization, Crane Ramen, Paramount Grill, Harmony Point Acupuncture, Palmstone Studio,  Whiskey House, Midnight, Frog Song Organics, North West Seafood and Loosey's. Great beer will of course be available from our hosts at First Mag.  Music and sound system by the Weeds of Eden with other performers that will be announced.

Dinner will be available to those who purchase a wristband by making a $25 donation, but those who just want to come and show support can attend as well for a suggested $10.  Please come, and if you can't, please consider a donation anyway.

Over the years the CMC has touched the hearts and minds of many people with the speakers it has brought to town, the numerous events it has organized, the books and other publications read, and bonds of friendship and solidarity formed among those who have met and worked together in this unique and valued community resource.  Due to a multiplicity of factors, this year has been a really hard one financially, so while we can celebrate the past, we need your help to rise to the challenges we face. Direct donations can be made to the CMC website via PayPal <>  or by the mail to 433 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601



Joe Courter


raffle/silent auction: 
Paramount Grill - 2 gift certificates
Harmony Point Acupuncture
Palmstone Studio

dinner:  Archer Market Garden

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 5:00pm

Movie Monday: "Concerning Violence"

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:59pm

Concerning Violence combines newly discovered archival material depicting some of the most daring moments in the confrontation with colonial power, accompanied by singer Lauryn Hill's searing narrative and drawn from psychologist/philosopher Frantz Fanon's seminal anticolonial text, The Wretched of the Earth.

In this potent, arresting, and surprisingly emotional film, Olsson artfully elucidates Fanon's psychiatric and psychological analysis of the dehumanizing effects of colonization on the individual and the nation. Concerning Violence makes accessible Fanon's theory that the violence of colonialism must be met with greater violence to be defeated, as well as his vision and plea to reject the lust for colonial power and instead embrace a more creative and humane society. As a result, Olsson's powerful documentary makes an accurate, timely, and vital contribution toward building a better world for the future.

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Capitalism 101 Presented by UF Radical Student Alliance

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:52pm

To kick off our Fall programming here at the Civic Media Center focusing on challenging oppressive systems, UF Radical Student Alliance will bring us a teach in on Capitalism 101. 

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Movie Monday: Resistencia! The Fight for the Aguan Valley

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:47pm

“When a 21st century coup d'état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations. With no plans to ever give them back.”

After being shown at festivals worldwide, this groundbreaking documentary on the resistance to the 2009 Honduran coup d'état will be shown at the Civic Media Center.


“Freeston’s extensive footage from post-coup Aguan transmits the collective excitement that comes with reclaiming the right to a dignified existence.” - Belén Fernández, Warscapes

For more reviews see:


June 28th 2009, the first coup d'état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born, which takes inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to take over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country's largest landowner, and a key player in the coup. Filmed over four years beginning with the coup itself, 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley' follows three key members of the farmers' resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime.

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Birthday Celebration for Cathy DeWitt, Stetson Kennedy

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:39pm

The Civic Media Center will host a free event honoring Florida folklorist/author/activist Stetson Kennedy and local singer/songwriter, Cathy DeWitt.  The Stetson Kennedy Foundation earlier this year awarded Cathy with the 2015 "Fellow Man and Mother Earth Award" recognizing her outstanding achievement in promoting environmental kinship, human rights, and the preservation of traditional culture.  The upcoming event offers the community a chance to recognize Cathy, and has the added bonus of being a birthday party for both her and Stetson - born just a day apart. 


The CMC is the home of the Stetson Kennedy Library, where his personal library of 2,000+ books found a home after he died in August 2011.  The author of nearly a dozen books, Stetson used his brave heart, curious mind and sharp pen to effect change, infiltrating and exposing the KKK in the late '40s.  Stetson's widow Sandra Parks-Kennedy will present this important award to Cathy.  Past winners include Frank Thomas, Pete Gallagher, and Jeanie Fitchen.


Cathy has contributed her music to the Gainesville community for decade, hosting the NPR affiliate radio show Across the Prairie, composing songs, and playing in benefits to support the environment, arts, and human rights. 


Cathy's band "Patchwork" will perform at the event and will speakers and testimonials celebrating the achievements of both Stetson and Cathy - on their birthdays!  Refreshments will be served.

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Travis Fristoe Zine Library Naming Celebration

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:33pm

Travis worked tirelessly to build, grow, and promote zines and zine culture in Gainesville. As a founder and major worker/contributor to the zine library at the Civic Media Center, he helped to preserve zines of the past and inspire others to create their own.

In his passing, his memory will live on through the people he loved and what he created. Naming the zine library the “Travis Fristoe Zine Library” is in respect to his hard work, and in the hopes that the community can pick up where he left off.

Come share the space in his memory. There will be coffee, snacks, his zines as well as many others, and an opportunity for zinesters and people associated with the library to share words and read some of his writing.

Directly after this event, there is the Travis Fristoe Memorial/ Mixtape Swap/ Show

The Travis Fristoe Zine Library is a permanent part of the Civic Media Center. Beyond this event, everyone is encouraged to visit the library and browse the collection. The zines are reference material (can't be checked out). If you would like to search the zine collection online, visit

Anyone wishing to donate zines (or funds), volunteer to work on the zine library or the space in general should contact the Civic Media Center at 352 373-0010.

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Loudd Conversations: "There Goes the Neighborhood -- Gentrification"

Published Christine Pierre-Lys - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 5:19pm

Join Loudd Conversations for a discussion on gentrification.

We'll be starting the night off with "Chocolate City."

In this 45 minute-long documentary film-makers Sam Wild and Ellie Walton address the issue of gentrification of Washington, DC. Through the experiences of a number of largely black residents the film explores how the city is being altered as property prices rise and local communities are forced out of their communities.

This is happening or is in progress right here in Gainesville especially in the Porters community and 5th Avenue. We all need to be there... Save our Neighborhoods, our Community, our History, and our Heritage.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 7:30pm
Free, donations appreciated
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