Staying in the loop

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 10:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 10:52 a.m.

Ah Sundance, that very influential movie festival held about this time every year that impacts what movies will get either the media's hype or flak in the upcoming year long before we, the lowly consumer, can judge them for ourselves.


Five Eight plays at Market Street Pub on Saturday night.

Proving just how far out the loop we are here in Gainesville, we get a taste of Sundance a year late with the Hippodrome showings of two 2003 Sundance award winners, Capturing the Friedmans and The Station Agent.

Though the movies didn't bring in as much as the latest Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez flick (okay bad example), if Sundance said they're good, they must be good.

The Station Agent plays Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Capturing the Friedmans plays Friday at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Athens, Georgia the town that's home to the University of Georgia, but despite this misfortune has given birth to such great artists as the B-52's, Widespread Panic, and of course, R.E.M., gives us Five Eight this Saturday night at Market Street Pub. The concert, hosted by the UF Music Law Conference, will also have Soulfound and Amanda Garrigues on the bill.

Around since the 80s, Five Eight has had their share of setbacks, but are now going strong as they prepare to release a new album. The band's recent visit to Market Street in the fall left a lasting impression on the decent-sized crowd in attendance. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Looking for some intellectual stimulation? The University of Florida Center for Humanities will co-sponsor "Other Enlightenments: Gender and the Long Eighteenth Century" on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in UF's Dauer Hall, room 219. This symposium will include top scholars from UF and across the country discussing invigorating topics like history, English, French, religious studies and art history. The event is free and open to the public.

Did you know that Florida has a basketball squad that is among the tops in the SEC, has a roster full of young talent and is led by a dominating center? Of course the dominating center means we're not talking about the men's basketball team here, but rather the women's team.

Coming in with a solid 13-5 record after a very trying 9-19 effort last season, Coach Carolyn Peck seems to have quickly righted the ship. Led by All-American center Vanessa Hayden, the Gators host Alabama Thursday night at 7 p.m. Good seats are available just before tip-off, and with the men playing away this week, now's a great chance to check out this other very entertaining UF basketball team.

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