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

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
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