Summer Irish Dance Series

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:51pm

Irish Set dancing is social, playful, relaxed and prone to spirited self-expression. It is very popular in Irish communities around the world. It is danced in four couple square formation.

Sean nos (old style) Irish dance is a solo, improvised form of percussive dance that is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it


Wednesdays 7:30pm

Intro to Irish Set Dancing

June 10th, June 17th, June 24th


Intro to Sean nos Steps for Sets and Solors

July 8th, July 22nd and July 29th


Steps and Sets! 

August 5th and August 12th


$5 per class which goes directly to the CMC! 

Wear comfortable, smooth soled shoes and bring water bottle.

Next time:
Wed, 08/12/2015 - 7:30pm
Free, donations appreciated

Live Music: Ms. Charm Taylor and Baron Amato

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:38pm

Join us for a night of live music.  Ms. Charm Taylor's music will appeal to fans of THEESatisfaction, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and latter-day Erykah Badu and Baron Amato's music will appeal to fans of Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and latter-day OutKast.

"One part heaven one part earth. One part ancient one part future. Presently, the supernova, vocalist, song writer, and universe whisperer gifts us fresh melodic emcee energy and soul stirring content hovering somewhere between the collective essence of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, and the unknown. Ms. Charm Taylor was born a red rhythmic earth in St. Louis, Missouri. The former public school educator and founding member of New Orleans Rock-n-Soul band The Honorable South, is slated to release her first EP The Road Within, independently Spring 2015. Ms. Charm Taylor delivers with such fervor for love, higher -consciousness, and transformation that her musings feel like birthRight." - from Charm Taylor's website.

Also featuring local "vudu rawk" band, Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu!

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 9:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Examining Cultural Appropriation

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 3:37pm

How do you vaule culture in your life? What are your cultural influences? Where did these influences originate? Did you inherit these values from your family/community? Is your culture American culture? Pop culture? Do you just do what feels right?

Is your trend someone else's culture?

In this presentation we will examine the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation.

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Dezeray Lyn has been a long-time community organizer around issues of animal rights, houselessness, and economic injustice. After watching Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza during last year’s “Operation Protective Edge” which left thousands of Palestinians dead, many of them children, Dezeray co-founded Block the Boat Tampa, to contribute to the ongoing Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement making Israel pay an economic cost for its human rights violations, atrocities, and occupation of Palestine.  More Recently, Dezeray joined the International Women’s Peace Service and spent two months in the occupied West bank providing international accompaniment to Palestinian civilians, resisting house demolitions, documenting and intervening in human right abuses, telling the forgotten stories of Palestinian mothers and political prisoners, and supporting acts of non-violent resistance to end the illegal Israeli occupation. Dezeray will share her experiences of the profound suffering of life under occupation but also the courageous strength, perseverance, and resilience of everyday Palestinian people who continue daily to resist oppression. Finally, Dezeray will speak on what we, as allies, can do to help end this occupation and support freedom for all Palestinians.   

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

A Community of Calling In (Round 2)

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 6:19pm

How do we intervene when there is something terrible happening in our community that we cannot ignore?
How do we have difficult conversations with the ones we love?
How do we work on our communication skills so we are receptive to receiving some potentially harsh comments?
How do we build a community where we can "call in" on problematic behaviors that are negatively affecting our lives?

Join us friends for a night briefly exploring these options.
This month we will be having support from representatives of the Alachua County Victim Services And Rape Crisis Center. Details will be posted shortly!

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 6:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

ACLC Presents "Inequality for All"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:46pm

The Alachua County Labor Coalition will screen "Inequality for All".

In the wake of the 2007–08 financial crisis and the rise of the Occupy movement, the issue of income inequality has gained public awareness. Over the last thirty years, before the latest recession, the U.S. economy doubled. But, according to this documentary, these gains went to a very few: the top 1% of earners now take in more than 20% of all income—three times what they did in 1970. Inequality is even more extreme at the very top. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. While this level of inequality poses a serious risk to all Americans, regardless of income level, much of the rhetoric on this subject has been fueled by anger and resentment from a frustrated middle class who feel their birthright—the American Dream—has been taken away from them.

Robert Reich, author, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, official in three administrations, including United States Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, narrates the film. Reich is a thinker on the topic of inequality, having spoken on the subject for nearly three decades.

Structurally, the film is organized around a central "spine", in which Reich speaks directly to the audience about key economic topics. As Reich elaborates on each sub-topic, the film cuts to newly shot footage of real people and real lives, as well as archival footage and experts that address the points of his lecture. Throughout the film are graphics that expound upon statistical data.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"Malcolm X: Make It Plain"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:31pm

"An engaging and subtly detailed portrait."
-- Newsweek

"A first-rate piece of journalism."
-- Entertainment Weekly

Political philosopher and visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and militant minister. In his lifetime, Malcolm X was many men. Born Malcolm Little, he later became "Detroit Red" and "New York Red" -- a hustler, drug pusher, pimp, con man and the head of a Boston robbery ring. After spending time in prison, he emerged as Minister Malcolm -- Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Finally, he became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, an internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples. He was both loved and despised, revered and feared-- until an assassin's bullet cut him down at age 39.

American Experience marks the 40th anniversary of his death with "Malcolm X --- Make It Plain." This in-depth film portrait goes straight to the heart, mind and message of one of the modern era's most complex figures. Actress Alfre Woodard narrates the special.

This film chronicles Malcolm X's remarkable journey from his birth on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. His compelling story is told through the memories of people who had close personal and working relationships with him: prominent figures such as Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis and Alex Haley; Nation of Islam associates, including Wallace D. Muhammad, the son of Elijah Muhammad; and family members, including his wife, Betty Shabazz, and his oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz. Included is extensive archival footage of Malcolm X, speaking in his own words at meetings and rallies, and in media interviews.

At a time when black civil rights leaders preached harmony and integration, Malcolm preached a militant gospel of self-defense and nationalism that terrified many whites and disturbed, yet also inspired, black Americans. After his travels to Africa and Mecca, he returned with a deeper understanding of Islam and a new willingness to accept white allies. "The white man and the black man have to be able to sit down at the same table," he said in his last year. "Then they can bring the issues that are under the rug out on top of the table and take an intelligent approach to getting the problem solved."

In 1965, under attack from the Nation of Islam and under surveillance by the FBI, Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a speech. Who killed him and why remains a mystery to this day, 40 years after his assassination.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"Gaze of the Beholder" Film Screening and Conversation with the Director

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:23pm

A special, one night, hometown screening on of the award-winning documentary, Gaze of Beholder written, directed and produced by Gainesville native and digital entertainment industry maven, Wadooah Wali.

 About the Film (Total Runtime: 75 mins)

Gaze of the Beholder, an award-winning documentary by first time filmmaker, Wali, spotlights conversations with men and women from all walks of life about the inherent human struggle with beauty and body image. Featuring commentary from radio and television personality, Carson Daly; Olympic athlete, Karina LeBlanc; actress-performer, Vanessa Villegas; as well as everyday women who’ve struggled with self-acceptance, the film unearths that getting to the “beautiful yoU” starts with the “be U.” Wali is also a digital media professional and corporate storyteller by day. In her ‘spare time’, she’s an inspiring content creator. She’s taken companies from start up to public, working to bridging digital tech with the entertainment industry and continues to uplift the people around her through all personal and professional hats she wears. Gaze of the Beholder is one of the many projects she’s proud of and hopes to continue spreading its positive messages to all who will listen.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:30pm
Free, donations appreciated

Riot or Uprising? Looking at Media Coverage of Rebellion in the U.S.

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:23pm
In lieu of our regular Monday documentary screening, we will be examining American mainstream media's coverage of the current situation in Baltimore and comparing that to a long history of bias reporting on "riots".
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"How to Survive a Plague"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:05pm
Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. - See more at:

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation
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