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29
Jun

Hippodrome Theatre to celebrate Fourth of July, honor veterans

Tickets will be $17.76

The Hippodrome will be red, white and Plaid this weekend through Tuesday as the theatre kicks off its Fourth of July celebrations.
The Hipp will observe the Fourth of July by once again extending a free ticket to the summer musical to first responders and those who have served in the military. To claim their free ticket to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. show, they can present a valid ID at the box office before the show or call (352)375-4477 to book over the phone. As a special patriotic tribute, the Plaids will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” immediately following the show.
Additionally, tickets to all Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday shows will be $17.76. The Hippodrome is proud to show its support for the courageous people who fight for our freedom.
About “Forever Plaid” at the Hipp:
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,” commenting on how much they love the four handsome crooners whose 1950s tunes make hearts smile. 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.
This fun summer musical will be on stage at the Hipp through July. Tickets can be purchased by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org.  
Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross

Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

FOREVER PLAID
Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

Directed by Steven Flaa

Starring: Matty Colonna, Nick Endsley, James Gish, Charles Logan

BAND Piano: Bryan Mercer Bass: Adam Lishawa

CREATIVE
Director and Choreographer Steven Flaa | Musical Director Bryan Mercer
Stage Manager Lizzi Nehls | Production Manager Robert P. Robins
Costume Designer Molly Demers | Lighting Designer Robert P. Robins
Scenic Designer Timothy J. Dygert | Sound Designer Amanda Yanes | Technical Director Michael A. Eaddy
Properties Designer Timothy J. Dygert
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About the Hippodrome: The Hippodrome is Gainesville’s cultural centerpiece offering live theatre, films, gallery exhibits, classes and special events over 340 days a year. The mission of the Hippodrome is to explore the truth of the human experience and the human spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work.
Press contact:
Ansley Pentz
26
Jun

“My Scientology Movie” at the Hipp Cinema

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO

This documentary is about Tom Cruise.

Kidding! He is the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Scientology, though, right? Although Mr. Cruise is a celebrity famous for being member of the scientology belief, this film is not about him.

“My Scientology Movie” follows the curious Louis Theroux and documents his investigation into what really goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology. Cool stuff, we know!

Theroux can teach a master class on eccentric, disagreeable and unexpected human behavior, so it is only natural that when his requests to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down, Theroux merely takes it as a suggestion. Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and featuring ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to recreate some situations people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a peculiar twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about our star.

This flick is a great mix of hilarity and moments worthy of a severe eyebrow raise. “My Scientology Movie” is stranger than fiction.

Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org/cinema or calling (352)375-4477.

22
Jun

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Hipp Cinema

By ALEXANDRA REGUEIRO 

The Hippodrome Cinema cordially invites you to an uneasy night at  Martha and George’s troubled home on Saturday, June 24…  As part of our Cocktails and Classics series, that is.

Outrageous behavior, scandal, Liz Taylor and the Hipp — what more could you ask for? Be a fly on Martha and George’s wall this weekend and peer into their evening of sadistic games, revealing  the couple’s deep, dark secrets.

You won’t want to miss this five-time Oscar-winning classic that still sends chills down its viewers’ spines, even 50 years after it hit theaters. Directed by Mike Nichols, who brought us “The Graduate,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” offers explosive performances and is deemed one of the most severely truthful American films of the century.

Get your tickets by visiting thehipp.org/cinema or calling (352)375-4477.

Overview of the evening:

Admission is $20 and includes one free specialty cocktail or soda with ticket, along with hors d’oeuvres from Dragonfly.

– Reception begins in the art gallery and bar at 6:45 p.m.

– Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begins at 7:30 p.m.

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.