Son of Sham Press Presents Readings by ShamRock McShane: Hall of Fools

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 5:10pm

An hour long presentation that consists of a book reading and book signing with Shamrock McShane.


"Hall of Fools is the story of public education, seen through the prism of a thirty-year career teaching Language Arts in middle school. This searing first-hand account of writing in the trenches finds its literary kin in Hemingway, Proust, Marx, a noble heritage extending to the ancients, enlisted to battle in the war on ignorance. Race, politics, philosophy, aesthetics, religion, unions, sex, gender, violence, crime, love, hate, history, all must pass through the Hall of Fools. Hall of Fools is a nonfiction novel about American public education. If you want to know what it’s like to teach in a public school for one whole year – or thirty – or any number in between, if you want to know if your children are safe in school, or if they’re learning anything and who is teaching it to them, if you’re brave enough, enter the Hall of Fools."

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

#BlackExcellence Art Walk

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:30pm

Larry Rosalez-Lewis, local UF performing artist and dance instructor, will be our featured performer this ArtWalk. He specializes in West African dance. We will also be joined by live drummers, and local Black vendors selling food and African wares. Larry has taught UF students, adults and children at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College and various primary schools in Alachua County.

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Gainesville Socialists

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 4:20pm

At this week's meeting, Gainesville Socialists will be discussing the first part of Frantz Fanon's classic The Wretched of the Earth. Specifically, they will be discussing the section entitled "Concerning Violence."

Here's a description of the book:

The Wretched of the Earth is a psychological analysis of the dehumanizing effects of colonization on the individual--and the colonized nation as a whole--as well as an examination of the broader conditions necessary for establishing a movement for the decolonization of a person and of a people.

Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come even if they haven't read the book, though the conversation will revolve around the reading.

For help locating a copy of the book, please contact Gainesville Socialists at as soon as possible.

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Tue, 06/09/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Loudd Magazine & Burning 5

Published kenziecooke - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:29pm

1st Tuesday “IndieMinded “Meeting

An Independent Music Collaborative Discussion

Acquiring a fan base is one of the biggest challenges Indie artists face. Most Indie Artists find themselves asking these questions; what should I do to excite potential fans? What can I do to keep potential fans loyal?

Come join us for a discussion, and a short documentary “Independent Living “This documentary goes behind the scenes of the upcoming independent label. Funk Volume (Independent Hip Hop Group) came together, and they were able to capture the attention of 100s of thousands of fans around the world. The music industry is rapidly changing, as artists now have many ways to interact with, and get their music to their fans directly. Funk Volume has capitalized on these new developments and has grown an impressive fan base with no outside investor or major label assistance.

Food, Conversation, and Education

All Independent Artists from all Genres are welcome to attend.

This is a FREE EVENT!!!

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Hurricane Nostalgia Tour w/ Little Stike, Bora & more!

Published kenziecooke - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:10pm

Join us for a night of live music!

Little Strike (Philly) - Born in the Middle East, based in Philadelphia. Sounds like a collage, with a side of beat salad. Every live show is different. See you soon ! x

Bora (Miami) - Haunting and contemplative indie-folk/alternative country from Miami. Miami not being a particularly folky or country place.

H.R.Gertner - Americana Folk Singer-Songwriter

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Raise the Rent Artwalk!

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:08pm

This artwalk we will have art from Lexi Braun, live music from Josh Letterman and The Curl-up as well as Mexican food by donation!

Lexi Braun is a multimedia artist out of Gainesville, FL. She works in watercolor, draws comics, does performances, make music, and moonlights as a blacksmith and metal caster. 

She's also a member of a collaborative performance group called Glitter Chariot, which uses rock/pop/country covers and performance to explore themes of love, loss, heartbreak, and relationships in a gallery setting. 
You can learn more about her work and about Glitter Chariot at her website,
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"Hot Coffee"

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 5:44pm
Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.

“Eye-opening indictment of the way big business spins the media.”Variety

“Stunning debut … Sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.”Washington Post

“Entertaining, informative … vividly illuminating.”Hollywood Reporter

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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 5:16pm

For World Ocean Day, the Civic Media Center will screen "Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch".

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"War Made Easy"

Published kenziecooke - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 5:30pm

How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
Narrated by Sean Penn

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.


Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.


Approx. 72 minutes

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!"

Published kenziecooke - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:53pm

"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. Pinkwashing Exposed was made in Seattle, on Duwamish Land. The Duwamish are in a long fight for recognition by the US government. Right now they are trying to raise $100,000 to hire an expert witness to review 31,000 pages of documents provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as part of their fight for recognition. We can help by donating."

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation
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