Mark Enting’s photography featured in the Hipp Art Gallery

Current Gallery Exhibit

Mark Enting’s Photography

By Natalia Veray

“I like to get in the backroads.” Mark Enting said, “A lot of times people are moving too fast and don’t notice the little things.”

Enting’s photographic work will be featured in the theatre’s art gallery beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11, in conjunction with the Hipp’s new Mainstage production “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” with an official opening on Friday, Oct. 13, along with the show. Enting will be present for opening, and the exhibit will be on display through Nov. 12, and featured for this month’s Art Walk on Oct. 27.

Enting’s work ranges from travel shots in Paris to old automobiles he stumbles upon. He hopes that audiences relate his work back to childhood memories.

Enting first began taking photographs back in high school and recalls the natural connection with his first camera. He remembers always having it in-hand, trying to isolate moments to freeze them in time. 

Enting collaborated with commercial photographers and studios before putting down his camera and to attend the University of Florida. About five years ago, Enting stumbled upon an old-camera and fell back in love with the art. Since then he’s been independently capturing everyday life, reveling in the freedom of pursuing his interests.

A freelance-photographer, Enting captures with a low-quality toy-camera to an HDR lens, switching his shooting-style to create an ethereal tone in his work.

“I’m working for myself again and it is incredibly freeing,” Enting said. “My work can be good or bad, but it’s all up to me.”


Jon Kovach is back on the Hipp Mainstage for “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

By Daniela Esteves

Lipstick, fake eyelashes and high heels were once foreign concepts to Jon Kovach. Now, with fake hips attached to his sides, he returns to the Hippodrome in eye shadow, dresses and glitter galore.

Kovach is thrilled to take on what he calls an “exciting feat,” starring in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” as Casey. By an unexpected turn of events, an Elvis impersonator finds himself introduced to the world of drag. This is Kovach’s first time donning drag, too.

The actor, who previously starred in the Hipp’s production of “Hand to God,” is glad to be back in Gainesville and working at a local theatre that isn’t afraid of doing daring, new work.  He believes this production reveals new aspects of drag that may help dissolve stereotypes and audiences’ phobias and discomfort.

Kovach’s passion for theatre and acting stems from his belief that theatre allows actors and audiences to experience the world through different lenses. 

Though he enjoys both film and live theatre, he thinks the beauty of theatre is that the actors and audience experience it together. Everyone “breathes the same air,” he said.

Kovach has worked with recognized film-makers and authors, including the legendary George Clooney. (Side note: Ryan Gosling once called him “buddy” on the set of “The Ides of March,” and this has all the interns at the Hipp fangirling). Kovach’s repertoire includes off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, as wells many roles in film and TV.

As an undeclared major at the Miami University of Ohio, he performed in plays for artistic expression and release, he said, but was told by counselors that, as a profession, it was useless. But, after a summer of touring with his then rock-band, Cabin Fever, Kovach knew he was an artist.

See Kovach take the Hippodrome Mainstage alongside a talented cast in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” opening this Friday, Oct. 13, and running through Nov. 5.

Click here for tickets or call the box office at 352-375-4477.


Trick or treat? The Hipp Cinema presents October screenings

The Hippodrome kicks off a month of spooky screenings
with new film “Super Dark Times”

The Hippodrome Cinema kicks off the first of several spooky films for the month of October, with the new film “Super Dark Times.”

 A harrowing, but meticulously observed, look at teenage lives in the era prior to the early 1990s, “Super Dark Times” marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film “Too Cool For School” premiered at the renowned Cannes Film Festival.

Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity.

When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating an evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil.

“This generations ‘Mean Creek’ or ‘Donnie Darko.'” – Brad Miska, “Bloody Disgusting”

Wednesday (10/11): 7:30 p.m.
Thursday (10/12): 5:30 p.m.

One-night only special screening of “Suspiria” on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

“Suspiria” is an absurd film in the most positive way. Here’s a summation of its value by film critic Neil Young:

“There have probably been weirder, artier, funnier and gorier horror films than ‘Susperia,’ but none have come anywhere near combining all of these elements to more dazzling effect than Argento’s masterpiece. But it isn’t enough to proclaim the movie as the best of its genre – this is a rare, possibly unique example of a genuine auteur remaining true to his own personal vision, while at the same time satisfying the demands of the commercial market. A major hit on both sides of the Atlantic on its initial release, ‘Suspiria’ has enjoyed a long afterlife as a video and DVD favorite. But abandon all notions that great cinema must mean ‘well-made’ movies: Argento doesn’t worry about plotting, characterization, acting, or making much sense, so neither should we.”

Friday (10/13): 7 p.m.


The Hipp Cinema presents three films from the American Genre Film Archives Collection:


“Calling ‘Re-animator’ a crucial gore movie is like saying that fire is hot.” – Zack Carlson, co-author of “Destroy All Movies”

H.P. Lovecraft and Lucio Fulci did not team up to make the most amazing gore-sex grotesquerie of 1985 — but thanks to “Re-animator,” they didn’t have to. Director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna’s joint debut feature, this epochal, awe-inspiring amalgam of “Frankenstein,” “The Beyond,” and “Revenge of the Nerds” is where science meets chaos to produce an hyperactive overdose of gruesome insanity.

Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a new Miskatonic University student who also moonlights as a mad scientist, intent on perfecting a serum that “re-animates” corpses. Soon, everyone wants a piece of the action, including an evil professor and his army of slime-covered deadites. With berserker theatrics, career-defining roles from horror icons Combs and Barbara Crampton, and a scene of two adults chasing an undead cat in a basement, “Re-animator” isn’t just a masterpiece of the horror genre — it’s a masterpiece of life.
Friday (10/20) : 8:30 p.m

Wednesday (10/25) : 8 p.m.


“Already a hero in the horror genre for producing films like “Re-animator” and “From Beyond,” Brian Yuzna unleashed the demons locked inside his warped mind with this spectacularly insane directorial debut. Billy Warlock (“Baywatch”)stars as a pampered Beverly Hills teen whose world is golden, until his sister’s ex

gives him an audiotape of what sounds like his family partaking in an incestuous, murderous orgy. Thus begins his journey down a gore-and-goo-lined rabbit hole into the shocking underbelly of ‘high society!’

“Society” encapsulates all that made the 1980s a halcyon age for horror; bursting with truly bizarre ideas, the film is a cavalcade of winking satire and social commentary, and culminates in an epicly grotesque twenty-minute finale (designed by legendary SFX artist Screaming Mad George) that remains one of the genre’s most out-there, boundary-pushing memorable endings — one you will run out and beg all of your friends to later witness.” — Josh Miller, The Cinefamily

Saturday (10/21): 9 p.m.

“The Crazies”

“After reinventing the zombie film with “Night of the Living Dead,” George Romero made his first color horror film “The Crazies,” another social commentary cloaked in exploitation trappings about a small Pennsylvania town decimated by the accidental release of a dangerous biochemical weapon in the water supply (thanks to a crashed truck.)

Though not an official part of Romero’s ongoing “Dead” series, “The Crazies” still fits in just fine thanks to its depictions of normalcy shedding apart from the inside and a ruthless but incompetent military ultimately driven by self-interest — themes which would reach their most crystallized version in “Day of the Dead.” — Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
Thursday (10/26) : 8 p.m.

The Hipp Cinema presents “The Shining”

The Hippodrome Cinema is proud to present Stanley Kubrick’s definitive horror classic “The Shining” to

celebrate the Halloween season. Frustrated  writer Jack  Torrance takes a job as

the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. When he arrives there with his wife and son, they learn that the previous caretaker had gone mad. Slowly Jack becomes possessed by the evil, demonic presence in the hotel.

Friday (10/27): 8:30 p.m.
Sunday (10/29): 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday (10/31): 7:30 p.m.

The Hipp and UF examine the expanse of “fake news”

In an invigorating discussion that would be considered “thought-crime” in George Orwell’s novel “1984,” the Hipp partnered with the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance (UF SOTD) on Monday night to explore the manipulation of circulating “fake news” and the consequential impacts it holds on the past, present and future.

Hosted by Jerry Dickey, chair of the UF SOTD, the panel featured UF journalism professors Mike Foley and Kim Walsh-Childers, and Andrew Selepak, Ph.D., director of the Master’s in mass communication at UF, as panelists for the discussion.

The Romans stabbed each other in the back literally and figuratively, Foley said; “fake news” has been going on since 33 B.C. With the expansion of social media today, wrong information is circulated regularly, by people of differing political ideologies. Regarding political figures, it’s like arguing over cartoon characters, Selepak said.

“Are the people in this room going to change things? Alone, no,” Walsh-Childers said. “It’s going to have to be little steps and lots of them to get us back from the brink.”

Colista Swartz, a participant, said, “They are all in their own little camps. It ultimately boils down to nobody wants to be wrong.”

Some participants said they remember reading the novel “1984” before the namesake year.

“There was a little trickle something like this could happen,” said participant Michelle Benoit.

She wondered if young people who read it now have a different impression. Eleanor Sommer, a participant, said she thought the  conversation is especially relevant to young people. “In 20 to 30 years they’re going to look back and say ‘I wish we had done something.'”

The play adaptation of “1984” is on the Hipp Mainstage through Sunday. You can get your tickets here.

“The concept is ancient, but the play is very modern,” Sommer said, “which is very frightening.”

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