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, braunsmetals.com
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

- See more at: http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/#sthash.O0f4NJcJ.dpuf

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. duwamishtribe.org/give.html"

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

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
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