Fun with pyro


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 11:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 11:03 a.m.

The calender flips. July's here. The heat outside scorches your skin and turns your car into Hansel and Gretel's worst nightmare. You might as well grab yourself a nice Bic or Zippo and set something on fire.

It's reasonably legal to blow things up in public this Fourth of July weekend, so I suggest you take advantage of this rare opportunity to play with fire.

Check out some of the holiday festivities at the Williston Independence Day celebration on Saturday, including a parade, fireworks, food and music. If you're looking for something a little closer to campus, drive on over (while throwing snaps at pedestrians) to the UF Bandshell for "Fanfares and Fireworks," in honor of Independence Day with music, fireworks and more.

If you don't deal well in social settings, you can always pick up some fireworks of your own and entertain your friends and neighbors well into the wee hours of the morning. Bottle rockets just sound better at 4 a.m., you know. Please, remember to let go of the explosive after you light it. Good times don't include going to the emergency room to be reunited with any of your appendages.

For recovering pyros, there is still another, safer, option. Go see what professionals can do with a flame. "Art by Fire" presents blown glass by Sarah Hinds and Sky Campbell, as well as fine art and crafts made by local artists in stained glass, wood, clay, metal, fiber, paper, photography and more. This exhibit goes on all weekend, so go see it sometime in the midst of your fire-cracking, beer-guzzling weekend.

If you're not feeling the pyromania or patriotism (aka beer, barbeques and blowing things up) this weekend. Check out some of your alternatives around hot, sweltering, sizzling Gainesville:

Thursday

  • Art Exhibit: "For the Love of Bugs: Portraits of Select Insects" 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - photography by Andrei Sourakov Terra Nova Info, 378-7810

  • The UF Center for Jewish Studies presents "Careers as Killers: The Murder of the Handicapped in Nazi Germany" by Patricia Heberer. 7:30 p.m. Emerson Alumni Hall Room 209 Info, 392-9247

  • Art Exhibit: "Art by Fire" blown glass by Sarah Hinds and Sky Campbell, as well as fine art and fine crafts made by local artists in stained glass, wood, clay, metal, fiber, paper, photography and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception Sunday July 11 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Gainesville Artisans' Guild Info, 378-1383

  • Mr. Ainsworth and Quarter After at Eddie C's

    Friday

  • Art Exhibit: "For the Love of Bugs: Portraits of Select Insects" 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - photography by Andrei Sourakov Terra Nova Info, 378-7810

  • "Let's Go Downtown" Plaza Series presents Barry Sides Red White & Blues Band (Blues) 8 p.m. Gainesville Community Plaza Laural DeWild, 334-ARTS

  • "Bye Bye Birdie" - The plot revolves around rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie and his agent, Albert Peterson. 8 p.m. Gainesville Community Playhouse Info, 376-4949

  • Art Exhibit: "Art by Fire" blown glass by Sarah Hinds and Sky Campbell, as well as fine art and fine crafts made by local artists in stained glass, wood, clay, metal, fiber, paper, photography and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception Sunday July 11 from 1-3 pm Gainesville Artisans' Guild Info, 378-1383

  • Kumite, Behead The Romantic and One Breath Remains at Atlantic

  • SuperJudge, Root Doctors and Gettin Deep at Eddie C's

  • Bible of the Self, in this day and for daylight at The Shamrock

  • lipstick pickups, Carrie Nations , one reason and The Hot New Mexicans at Wayward Council

    Saturday

  • Williston Independence Day - music, parade, food, fireworks, watermelon & more. 5 p.m. in Williston Info,528-5552

  • "Fanfares & Fireworks - Independence Day eve celebration with music, fireworks and more. 6 p.m. at the UF Bandshell. Brent Williams, 392-5551

  • "Bye Bye Birdie" - The plot revolves around rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie and his agent, Albert Peterson. 8 p.m. Gainesville Community Playhouse Info, 376-4949

  • By The Light of the Moon- "Legends and Stories"- lively variety of talks, songs, hikes, fires, and fun! Explore legends and stories of night creatures and Florida's treasures. 8 p.m. Visit http://www.natureoperations.org. Alfred A.Ring Park Info, 334-2170

  • The Rosebuds and Tracy Shedd at Common Grounds

  • Unsung Zeros, Whole Wheat Bread, Neptune 66 and Starting Over at Market Street Pub

  • Cocytus, the boy and the knife and The ballad reversed at The Shamrock

  • V Six at UF - BandShell

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