21
Jun

The Hipp presents “It Comes at Night”

By DANIELA ESTEVES

The Hippodrome Cinema has the perfect fix for those with an eye for horror.

The Hipp will premiere one of the newest films to terrorize the world, “It Comes at Night,” on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The post-apocalyptic film will run until June 29.

“It Comes at Night” is the second feature of award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults. The story follows the life of Paul, played by Joel Edgerton, and his family after an unnatural being threatens the world, but that’s the least of their problems upon the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge.

The Atlantic describes it best when it says it is “tightly focused on human torment.” With horrors and paranoia of the outside world creeping in, Paul discovers that protecting his family comes at a price: his soul.

The film will leave you wondering: Is the monster lurking in the darkness or is it hiding in the human heart? See the film Vulture says “is so thick with dread that nothing much needs to happen to make you sweat.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org.

20
Jun

Hippodrome + Atlantic: “Stop Making Sense,” Talking Heads Tribute

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are exhausting. Resisting the urge to be “basic” is exhausting. Keeping up with the Kardashians is exhausting. Living in 2017 is — you guessed it — EXHAUSTING.

Like a lot of people my age, I long  to live in a time where the hair was big, the shoulders were padded and the music was live. Yes, you’re right! I am describing the 1980s! See?! Those articles calling millennials “idiotic mooches” are so wrong. Look how fast you got that one. You’re so smart. I love you.

Where was I? Right — the ‘80s. If you’re like the people I was describing a few sentences ago, I have some fantastic news for you. On June 23, the Hippodrome Cinema presents Johnathan Demme’s “Stop Making Sense,” a Talking Heads concert movie to be followed by a dance party with Talking-Heads-inspired music at The Atlantic! (Talking Heads, in case you were wondering, is a rock band from the ‘80s, not actual talking heads from 30 years ago. You probably already knew that. Moving on.)

“Stop Making Sense” is an innovative concert documentary about the titular rock group, and it transports you back to one of their 1983 concerts with each individual member coming in at a different song.

So what’re the Talking Heads all about, you ask? Talking Heads was one of the most influential groups of the ‘80s that helped to generate a new wave of music inspired by pop, punk and avant-garde sounds paired with anxious lyrics written by its lead, David Bryne. To put it in simpler terms, Talking Heads was hipster heaven for your parents generation.

The general vibe throughout “Stop Making Sense” is definitely one of living life to the fullest and enjoying every single moment through music. There are a lot of reasons to see concert films — one being that you couldn’t afford a ticket or in this case, time travel, to 1983. But unlike the concert films of today, “Stop Making Sense” is about the music itself and what the band wants you to feel through each song. You don’t want to miss this fun, insiders’ look at what rock looked like in the past.

It is 10 p.m., the movie is over, your life just changed and you’re texting your friends that rehersal for your own era-defining band starts tomorrow. What’s next? Send a separate text to those same friends inviting them for a night of rock n’ roll fun at the Atlantic! The Atlantic will have a Talking Heads cover band (um, yes), special musical guests, a live DJ and a whole lot of soul.

So when your friends say they “don’t really feel like going out, plus they have work in the morning” scream “STOP MAKING SENSE, YA LOON” in their face and tell them that rock n’ roll is back from the dead for this one, special night. They will probably think you’re the loon and that you’re most definitely losing your mind and block you on Snapchat, but we get you and that is all that matters.

Oh, and did we mention that tickets are only $9, and $7 if you’re a student? This is the cheapest time travel you’ll ever find, folks. So come on down to this blast-from-the-past spectacular June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Hipp, where we keep things hip and fresh and aren’t afraid to rock out to the classics. Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org or calling (352)375-4477.

20
Jun

A Wrinkle In Time: A Kids’ Production at the Hippodrome

By VALENTINA HERRERA

There is such a thing as a tesseract.

Or, at least, there will be on the Hippodrome Mainstage. Local kids will be performing in this summer’s “A Wrinkle in Time” from June 20 to June 22.

The Summer Spectacular campers have been working hard during their three-week stay at the Hippodrome, and their dedication has paid off: The three productions of “A Wrinkle in Time” show the magic and mystery of youth, and explore the sci-fi genre in new and exciting ways.

Join the Hippodrome on this journey through time and space. Tickets are available by calling (352)375-4477.

 

Adults: $7 | Kids: $5

Performance days: June 20, 21, 22

June 20

Teens Directed by Matt Lindsay: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (actors ages 13 – 17)

Daniela Castro Cast: 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

Nick Htrukay Cast: 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

 

June 21

Teens Directed by Matt Lindsay: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (actors ages 13 – 17)

Nick Htrukay Cast: 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

Daniela Castro Cast: 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

 

June 22

Teens Directed by Matt Lindsay: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (actors ages 13 – 17)

Daniela Castro Cast : 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

Nick Htrukay Cast: 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. (actors ages 7 – 12)

 

Teen acts are by James Sie, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.

Kids’ acts are by Morgan Gould, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle.

15
Jun

Held over by popular demand: “Forever Plaid”

The Plaids are here to stay! The Hippodrome Theatre’s charming quartet has been stealing hearts with their rockin’ dance moves and perfect harmonies this summer, and now they’ll continue to entertain audiences through July.

Forever Plaid’s run at the Hipp has been extended due to popular demand. Additional show times have been added until July 30, and tickets are on sale now online and at the box office.

Audiences have been gleaming with excitement for “Forever Plaid.” Don’t miss out on your chance to see four handsome crooners rock out to classics from the 1950s. This family-friendly musical is a nostalgic joy ride down memory lane and a delightful treat for all ages.  

“Forever Plaid” tells the story of Frankie, Jinx, Sparky and Smudge, also known as “The Plaids,” a quartet of male singers who take a detour to heaven on the way to their first big show. They’re getting their final shot at the concert they never gave.

See this bee-boppin’ summer musical to find out if they pull it off. Tickets can be purchased by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org.  

15
Jun

4 Reasons to Watch “I, Daniel Blake” at the Hipp

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

“I, Daniel Blake” is the tale of one man’s journey to rise up and win at life despite his circumstances. Yes, you read that correctly — “I, Daniel Blake” NOT “Hamilton” is playing at the Hippodrome Cinema!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s be a little more specific: “I, Daniel Blake” is the story about Daniel Blake, “a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code,” writes IFC Films. When a heart attack steals away Daniel’s independence, he unwittingly changes the lives of a struggling single mom and her two kids. “Graced with humor and heart,” IFC Films says, “‘I, Daniel Blake’ is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.”

We at the Hippodrome are so happy to have it warming Gainesvillian’s hearts from Friday, June 16 to Thursday, June 22. Here are four reasons to watch “I, Daniel Blake” during its run at the Hipp!

1. Its story is relatable AF

We can all relate to something not going our way — probably all too well, amirite? What makes “I, Daniel Blake” so great is that it not only makes it so easy to put ourselves in the lead’s shoes, it also teaches us to stand up for what is right and use our voice to make a difference. KEEP DOING YOU, DANIEL BLAKE.

2. It features a realistic love story

Love usually finds us when we least expect it and “I, Daniel Blake” is the perfect example of this. Just when things are going wrong, Daniel meets Katie, a single mother who has fallen into the same bureaucratic situation at social services as him. Love blossoms from Daniel’s efforts of protecting Katie and although it is not exactly a fairytale, our hearts still melt.

3. It will teach you to be more empathetic

Nothing will teach you to be empathic more than looking at life through someone else’s lenses. In “I, Daniel Blake” Daniel faces hardships while being denied employment and support allowance and is seriously going through some tough times. After watching this indie film, the compassion will flood through you and you’ll be better at seeing things from a different person’s perspective. Unless you’re an evil monster, then nevermind.

4. You’ll want to hug the main character

“I WANT TO FIX ALL YOUR PROBLEMS I’M SO SORRY YOU’RE GOING THROUGH THIS” is what we would tell Daniel Blake if we had the chance. It is easy to  empathize with this character because we could so easily see ourselves falling into his situation at any given moment. Come see what we’re talking about! Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org or calling (352)375-4477.

13
Jun

4 Reasons to See “Saving Banksy” at the Hipp

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

Recognize that cheeky socialist rat painted on a wall with a thought-provoking message from your Tumblr feed? Of course you do, you reblogged it! The artist of that rat is Banksy, an anonymous (and by default, mysterious) street artist whose art happens to piss off a lot of people.

“Saving Banksy” is a documentary centered on an art collector’s attempt to save Banksy’s famous “Haight Street Rat” from being auctioned off. Faced with threats from city officials and outrageous offers, this art collector has to decide whether this fight to protect Banksy’s art is worth giving up for some serious cash. “Saving Banksy” is a rare, insider look at the mysterious world of street art and graffiti. Here are four reasons to watch it during its run at the Hipp — on June 12 and June 19!

1. Banksy’s secret identity is ~mystifying~

 

Don’t worry, we want an HBO series about Banksy’s real life, too. For now, though, we’re gonna have to deal with the fact that his or her life is an absolute mystery to us, which we’re also really into. P.S.  Banksy, if you’re reading this, we wouldn’t mind a certain rat on our beautiful building. P.P.S.: Just not on the limestone, please?

2. Its artist vs. “The Man” theme is so badass

 

Stick it to “The Man,” amiright? This documentary not only gives you an inside look at the street artist’s perspective but also “The Man.” Who is “The Man”, you ask? No, it’s not your parents, although it was so messed up that they didn’t let you go to that party that one time. “The Man” is essentially corporate America and the people who are only seeking financial gain from street art. “Saving Banksy” provokes you to ask yourself if you’re on the street artist’s side of this feud or if you’re lame and don’t appreciate street art for what it is.

3. There’s gonna be a live Q&A after the film with the executive producer of the film, Brian Greif

 

“‘Saving Banksy’ is not a movie about Banksy,” executive producer Brian Greif said. “It is a movie about the importance of the street art and graffiti movements. History will mark these as among the most important art movements.” We are beyond excited to welcome Brian to the Hipp on June 19, following our “Saving Banksy” screening. This is HUGE, y’all. Brian Greif is an art consultant and documentary film maker who has worked on a variety of projects including gallery exhibits and mural projects with some of the top names in street art and graffiti. Through his company 2:32 AM Projects, Greif has coordinated major murals by international artists: Rone, Herakut, Curiot, Above, Niels “Shoe”Meulman, Guido Van Helten, Jason Woodside, Ian Ross and more. TL;DR: Brian Greif is a really big deal, and you have the chance to meet him and ask him questions at the Hipp!

4. Poses the question: What would you do if someone offered you a small fortune for a painting the artist didn’t want sold?

 

Uh, sell it? KIDDING. Artistic integrity is a real thing, folks! It is so awesome to watch the artists  in this film who are so passionate about their craft that they don’t even care about getting money from their work. Bring your friends to watch “Saving Banksy” at the Hipp to see who ranks number one on the biggest-sell-out list. You get to judge your friends’ choices AND it’s fun! Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org or calling (352)375-4477.

5
Jun

5 Reasons to Watch “Graduation” at the Hipp

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

Ever complain about your nagging dad and the torture that is finals week? Not after this movie. “Graduation” is a story about Romeo Aldea, a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, where he has raised his daughter Eliza. Romeo has been telling Eliza that she will study abroad once she graduates, and it just so happens that Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. Sounds splendid, right? Wrong. Eliza has to pass her finals before her big move, and on the day before her first exam, she’s assaulted and left injured not knowing whether she can achieve her father’s dream. Romeo finds himself in some sticky situations that will really make you question how far you’d go for something you want. Here are five reasons to watch it during its run at the Hipp — from June 9 to June 11!

1. It’s v compelling

“Graduation” will have you on the edge of your seat, and like other Romanian films, “Graduation” seems to reflect a never-ending concern with the nation’s fate and people. ”Graduation” is an inside look at the complex moral compromises some people make when times get desperate and tough choices need to be made. This drama will bring you into the lead actors’ lives, and we know you’ll feel invested in the characters. WILL HE DO DO THE THING? WILL HE NOT? HOW DOES SHE FEEL? WHY DO I CARE SO MUCH?

2. You get to tell your friends you saw AND ENJOYED a foreign film

Pass up the opportunity to tell your friends that you’re more cultured and globally aware than they are? NOPE. If you’re going to brag to your pals about watching a foreign film, make it one worth watching. Watching “Graduation” at the Hipp allows you to expand your horizons AND enjoy yourself. *Cue “Best of Both Worlds” by Hannah Montana.*

3. It is all about a ~father’s love~

Bring your dad to the Hipp, and after watching “Graduation,” ask him if he would be as passionate as Romeo is about protecting his daughter’s future. Your old man would love an opportunity to hang out with you while simultaneously being interrogated about just how much he loves you. Bonus: Dads love to brag about watching a critically acclaimed film.

4. Its an 127-minute morality course

 

This film’s plot alone will make you question how far you’d go to ensure something that you’ve always dreamed of becomes a reality. The characters in “Graduation” are all very believable, making it so much easier to put yourself in their shoes. The film’s director, Cristian Mungiu, shows us characters that reflect everyday people’s looming questions and wouldn’t be a film your morality professor would be opposed to playing in class. Needless to say, “Graduation” offers some awesome material for a game of “What would you do?”

5. Cristian Mungiu won ‘Best Director’ at Cannes for this picture

It’s tough not to be impressed with a filmmaker who so precisely analyzes the moral choices of Romeo and the society that he and his family live in. What is so interesting about Mungiu is that he himself is Romanian, and his willingness to interrogate his homeland is absolutely fearless. We hope he doesn’t stop making thought-provoking films and maybe — just maybe — could inspire America to be a little more introspective. Get your tickets by visiting http://thehipp.org/event/Graduation/ or calling (352)375-4477.

2
Jun

The Hipp welcomes a new collection into its art gallery

Art for a Purpose is a one-of-a-kind gallery and a one-of-a-kind nonprofit — all rolled into one.  

Unlike traditional, commercial galleries, Art for a Purpose is a nonprofit. And unlike other non- profits, it exists to assist other charitable organizations, rather than serving one specific constituency or group.   

The process is simple:  The gallery accepts art directly from donors, sells the pieces and distributes the proceeds to charities for their unrestricted use.  Donors receive acknowledgments of their donations at the time of their gifts (useful for individual tax purposes), and they may recommend charities to benefit from the sales of their donated works.  Any person may be a dono,r and any IRS-approved nonprofit may be a recipient of distributions.  

Advantages for charities:  Distributions of net proceeds of sales are made directly to other nonprofits.  No oversight is made for the charities’ use of the funds, i.e., the distributions are unrestricted and used by them for their own operations.  Charities benefit in a number of ways:   

  • They receive cash for donated art that they otherwise would not receive.
  • They realize great cost savings because they do not have to spend time and other resources on marketing and locating purchasers for donated art, nor for space and other requirements needed to protect and preserve art prior to its sale.  
  • They increase their potential for cash from sales by referring their members and constituents to the gallery to donate art and to purchase art that has been designated for that charity’s benefit.  

Advantages for donors:  

  • Donors receive tax benefits to whatever extent they may be entitled by IRS rules.   
  • They receive the satisfaction of knowing sales of their donated works will benefit others.
  • They may recommend specific charities to be recipients of the sales of their art.*

Advantages for purchasers:  

  • Purchasers of art from the gallery receive the usual satisfaction that comes from acquiring a special piece of art for enjoyment in their homes or businesses.  
  • They also have the unusual fulfillment of knowing that money spent for their acquisitions will benefit charitable organizations.  And,
  • In special situations, buyers may recommend nonprofits to share the benefits arising from their purchases.

As the gallery grows, an education mission will be added to bring to the community the knowledge and inspiration of innovative practicing artists.  Through a series of intimate conversations, over a multiple-day period, artists will answer thought-provoking questions about their methods, media, and the motivations driving their choices as artists.

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*All assets of the gallery, including gifts of art, are the sole responsibility and property of the gallery, which has sole and final authority regarding the investment, use, or disposition of the gallery’s assets.  All gifts of art to the gallery are irrevocable.

1
Jun

5 Reasons to Watch “Colossal” at the Hipp

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

Imagine being dumped by your boyfriend, failing at your career, having a slight drinking problem and moving back home. Your life is in ruins. Things couldn’t get worse, right? Wrong! On top of all of that, there is a possibility that a monster terrorizing Seoul (yes, as in Seoul, South Korea, located on the opposite side of the world) has a weird connection with you. Well, that happens to be Gloria’s dilemma. In the high-concept drama “Colossal,” Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman with a drinking/monster problem that she can only fix if she looks ~within~. Here are five reasons to watch it during its run at the Hipp — from June 2 to June 15!

1. Anne Hathaway plays the anti-princess

I know, I KNOW. Anne Hathaway will eternally be Mia Thermopolis Renaldi, PRINCESS of Genovia in our hearts, but TBH her character, Gloria, is pretty dang entertaining. Gloria has some obvious things she needs to deal with, like alcoholism, failure to commit and just generally being a crummy person (Get it together, Gloria. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD), but her journey through the film proves that she’s not ignorant of her train-wreck ways and does, in fact, want to change. Gloria’s character development is reason enough to watch “Colossal.”

2. Inner demons are, like, literal

Imagine how screwed we’d all be if each of our inner demons were terrorizing cities around the globe. Yeah, I don’t want to imagine that either. It’s no secret that the main idea of this movie is that Gloria’s inner demons and self-destructive ways manifest themselves into an actual, literal monster and force her to come to terms with how she lives her life. Is Gloria’s city-destroying monster her alcoholism? Or is it deeper rooted issues looking for an outlet to express itself? Or is it a reflection of sublimated traumas that only come out at her worst, darkest moments? We’ll let you come and watch to decide what the big scary monster that is Gloria’s flaws actually represents.

3. Jason Sudeikis gives a ~colossal~ performance

Jason Sudeikis is a funny guy. We know him, we love with him, and we are completely impressed with his dramatic performance in this film. Sudeikis plays Oscar, a character who is flawed and is extremely realistic. He does a phenomenal job in playing a guy who you feel like you’ve known since high school, which Gloria does, and proves that his talent can be believably funny AND serious. A lesser flick would just make Oscar a bland, transparent character that’s essentially nothing more than the “nice guy” archetype, but Jason Sudeikis allows him to be a fully normal, everyday guy with a good and bad side. #SUDEIKIS4PREZ

4. It gives traditional sci-fi movies a run for their money

It’s funny to think that the plot of this movie hasn’t been worked on yet considering that it is so thought-provoking and in its own a way, a parody of movies like Godzilla and Frankenstein.The manifestation of one person’s fears and insecurities, rather than that of global anxieties is kind of wickedly funny. Why should this city in South Korea suffer a giant, horrifying thing that was created out of one privileged American’s hangups? The answer is found in the movie itself, but this horror-ish film has a deeper meaning than most of its genre and still manages to be devilishly funny in the meantime.

5. We haven’t seen a movie like this in years

Think hard: When was the last time we had two huge stars like Hathaway and Sudeikis play charismatic oddballs in a movie that’s not about their friendship turning into a cheesy, you-were-here-all-along love story? It’s been awhile, folks. In this film, the protagonist is dealing with her own, much bigger problems bigger than that of falling for the closest guy in proximity. The nature of the film itself is so uniquely different and truly unlike what we’re so used to seeing at the movie theatres nowadays. This movie is colossal (hahahahahaha); you have to see if for yourself. Get your tickets by visiting http://thehipp.org/event/Colossal/ or calling (352)375-4477.

31
May

6 reasons to see “Forever Plaid” at the Hipp

By DANIELA ESTEVES

“Good evening. We’re Forever Plaid. And we’re dead.” The sweet and quirky lads of the 1950s boy band, Forever Plaid, get one more chance to perform their swingin’ showtunes on earth — right here at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Gainesville! This fun, family-friendly comedy is full of cheeky humor and flawless choreography. Preview shows open May 31, and the show officially opens June 2. Here’s why you should see it:

1)      The Plaids, obviously!

Ladies, we all know there’s nothing better than a guy that sings. These handsome fellas will have you swooning in your seat. Sparky, Jinx, Frankie and Smudge are incredibly charming, and they can definitely carry a tune! (Photo by Michael A Eaddy)

2)      Boy bands are SOOO in right now

Whether you’re Team NSYNC or Team Backstreet, you know boy bands are the best thing that happened to the music world. The Plaids are the original boy-band quartet (One Direction, who?) you didn’t know you needed. They’ve got perfect harmonies and killer dance moves! If you want to stay hip (or Hipp, hahahahaha) and on trend, don’t miss out on fangirling over these good-lookin’ guys.

3)      Spinning plates, an accordionist, jugglers, a Viking lady and a talking mouse

That’s all in one scene. Need I say more? (Photo by Michael A Eaddy.)

4)      The throwbacks

Do you remember singing “Catch a Falling Star” while watching “The Princess Diaries” all those years ago? Of course you do! Because it was a 2000s hit song!!!! That’s only one of the many epic throwbacks in this bee-boppin’ musical. You’ll be riding the waves of nostalgia long after the show is over.

5)      It’ll bring out your inner nerd

These leading men are insanely quirky! Whether they’re plagued by nosebleeds, asthma or a lisp, they overcome their personal challenges to put together beautiful harmonies and rhythms. And they aren’t apologetic about it. They normalize what is stereotypically seen as weird and make it goofy and fun. You’ll be proud to let your freak flag fly after seeing this show. (Photo by Michael A Eaddy.)

6)      Everyone loves a second chance

At the beginning of the show, you learn the Plaids have died in a tragic accident, but they don’t let that stop them. They literally have the voices of angels! Their musical spirits live on as they get their final shot at the concert they never gave. Will they pull it off? Only way of finding out is by seeing this amazing summer musical. Call (352)375-4477 or visit thehipp.org for tickets.