Kitchen sink should be arriving soon


Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:42 a.m.

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get out and see all Gainesville has to offer, then you're in luck this weekend. We've got a little bit of everything going on, so there's no excuse for boredom this time around.

Shamrock McShane's play "Votive Pit" runs every Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. now through Jan. 29 at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. The play takes a hard look public schools, but don't take the kids to this one. Anyone under 17 needs an accompanying adult, which probably means the play is pretty accurate. McShane, who was named Teacher of the Year at Westwood Elementary School, wrote the play in order to shed light on the dark reality that is public education. Though there is some humor in the show, it's scary when you think back to your real-life experiences in school and realize, wait, this really did happen. and maybe it's not so funny. I think the play is great for anyone to see, even if your middle school days aren't that far behind you. Knowing that a real teacher wrote the play lets me know he really knows what he's talking about, and I know firsthand public school is no walk in the park, especially not middle school.

Also on Friday, pianist Christopher O'Riley will be at the University Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. His program is comprised of Radiohead and Shostakovich tunes. Initially, a weird idea, but apparently O'Riley's piano stylings of Radiohead have gotten him national notice. He has been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine for his outstanding talent, and has become known as a popular artist with Radiohead fans. O'Riley says Radiohead songs are well adapted to the piano, so find out for yourself if he's right. Even if you're not a huge classical music or even Radiohead fan, I think just the concept of the show is enough to make me want to attend. Tickets range from $15-$25. Call 392-2787 to purchase some, or for more information.

Then, of course, there are plenty of shows for you night owls. Common Grounds rarely disappoints, and this Friday is no exception. Fan favorite, and one of my favorites, One Drop will be there. I honestly cannot get enough of these guys, and I don't think I'm alone. Every show I go to with One Drop playing, their fan-base is there, as well as people who have heard the show is one not to be missed. The band has had a couple of line-up changes with some new faces joining the mix, but I hear the old sound is still intact. For those of you unfamiliar with One Drop's sound, it's hard to pin down. To me, they're like Incubus mixed with Bob Marley, if you can imagine that one. One Drop will be joined by Is What and Psyche Origami.

For those of you who prefer to escape from the downtown music scene, Rock 104's Locals Only will be at Eddie C's with Gettendeep, Blackwater and Under the Influence. Blackwater is self-described as "new classic rock," so being a fan of "old" classic rock, this idea intrigues me. Eddie C's traditionally books bands that know how to rock pretty hard, so I have no doubt that if nothing else, there will be plenty of head bashing and stomping around. And yes, that does sound like fun.

One of my personal favorites, Crazy Georg and the Cowboy Hotrods, will be at The Shamrock giving the audience plenty of rockabilly to get `em swinging. Crazy Georg, comprised of two members of Daughters of the Revolution and one member from the now-defunct (a silent tear rolls down my face) El Robot, is a veritable dream-team of a band. Georg and Jared from Daughters, and Morgan from El Robot, are all very talented musicians who skillfully combine rockabilly and rock `n' roll that is beautiful and entertaining.

And all that's just Friday.

Saturday night is jam-packed with acts for the folks who prefer their music loud, live and late. Crazy Georg and the Cowboy Hotrods will be back Saturday night, but this time at Tim and Terry's.

Eddie C's is playing host to local favorite Hollow Days, who proudly play hard rock music for all to hear. Hollow Days is akin to Black Sabbath and Stone Temple Pilots, but they are still uniquely their own music. Rockers Fick, The Jesi, Altrima, and Trajedy of Giving will all also be there, packing the night full of more rock for your money.

One final event, though not on the weekend, is sci-fi author Orson Scott Card's visit to our humble town on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Headquarters Library downtown. Card is the author of over 60 books for adults and young adults, and has won awards for his outstanding contributions to literature. He might be most well known for his book Ender's Game, which will be coming to the big screen in the near future. Even if you're not the biggest sci-fi fantasy fan, this is still a great opportunity to meet (for free) an international best-selling author, and maybe learn something from one smart guy.

And that's a wrap for this weekend.

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