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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Today :08 transforms from one of Gainesville's most trafficked nightspots to the home of the first AM/FM Music Showcase. The About Music For Music Showcase is a music festival featuring acts by 13 of Gainesville best independent rock, folk, blues and hip-hop groups. 

"We are packing about four or five semesters of great live music into one day," says Jose Peruyero, one of the event coordinators, and singer and guitar player of local band Moodhosa

The event was created by Jose, Dante Lima and Marshal Patrick as an opportunity to give different genres of local music an outlet to present its talents to the community. With Gainesville's music scene focusing mostly on punk-rock, highlighted by events like The Fest and bands like Against Me!, AM/FM aims to bring attention to other genres, which Jose says don't have a real scene. "Living in Gainesville creates your music," Jose says. "We wanted to give all these hardworking musicians a place to showcase what they have been doing over the years." 

The festival has been in the works for about 4 months; when Haiti was devastated by earthquakes earlier this month, Jose, Dante and Marshal immediately decided to make the free showcase a benefit show, with any donations going to Haiti relief. "To me it was utterly shocking. Everyone was so receptive, none of bands were difficult to deal with, and they were so quick to give up money to Haitian relief," he says.  "With 13 bands, that's more than 30 to 40 people being selfless; not wanting any money and just wanting to be part of it."

The event will offer a forum for local bands, emerging musicians and fans to network and learn from each other. True to the festival's independent spirit, all the sponsorship is coming from local businesses such as Flaco's, Lipham Music, Mother's Pub & Grill, :08 and The Buzz

The music kicks off at 1pm and goes through 9pm with bands like Bang Bang Boom, D.P., The Footlights and Moodhosa. Jose says he's most looking forward to catching Michael Claytor & His Friends and The Haps. "If you love live music at all, if you love hanging out with people and supporting the community, this is the best place to see live music for free," Jose says. 

:08 is located at 201 W. University Ave. Admission to the all-day event is FREE. But take a few bucks for Haiti donations. For a complete lineup check out the event's Facebook page. 

-Stephanie Granada

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gators Gymnastics Link to Pink

On Friday, No. 4 Florida’s gymnastics team (3-1, 3-0 SEC) returned home to play host to No. 13 Louisiana State (3-3, 1-2 SEC) for the fourth annual Gators Link to Pink Gymnastics Meet in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The message behind Friday’s meet was to raise awareness about breast cancer. Each team set aside their team colors to wear different shades of pink. A crowd of 9,198, third largest in school history, came out in pink to watch the Gators win 196.725 – 195005. The Gators had individual wins in 3 of the 4 events: Alicia Goodwin posted a 9.925 in the Uneven Bars, Liz Green received a 9.825 on the Balance Beam, and Ashanee Dickson along with Maranda Smith tied for the win in the Floor Exercise.

--Rodney Rogers

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Mixing it Up at the Reitz: Whisky, Beer and Wine

Who ever said the Reitz Union wasn’t the cool place to be, or the best place to get drunk?? That’s right. Wednesday was night number two of my long-awaited bartending class, a course offered as part of UF’s leisure program.

Each semester, students scramble to secure a spot in this purely for fun, non-credit bartending class, where drinking is pretty much the assignment of the night. The class is offered on Tuesday or Wednesday nights from 7-9 pm in the Reitz Union basement. About 30 students come together to learn some slick bartending skills, how to mix cocktails and of course DRINK (the best part, obviously).

Last week was beer and wine. Our teacher, who goes by the name of Wonton, unveiled more beers than have ever touched the premises of the Reitz Union. Beers from Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Mexico were featured, and we had the opportunity to sample each of them. 

My favorite was Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Belgium. It tasted lighter than Blue Moon, with a crisp flavor. Too bad they don’t offer this in the bars at Midtown.

I wasn’t totally looking forward to last night because I am not a whisky fan, but I decided to be a little adventurous. It isn’t every day that you have the chance to try 45 different whiskeys. I couldn’t pass this up.

I tried the traditional whisky and sour, using Canadian Club Classic 12, a whisky with a similar taste to Crown Royal, but cheaper. Yes...shocking. A whisky better than Crown? Who knew? I have to say this is one of the perks of the class. You learn little secrets like how to save money on liquor, an extremely important fact to college students on a budget.

My favorite drink was the Bourbon Meyer (yes, for Urban Meyer). The Gatortastic recipe called for a shot of any type of whisky (we used Maker’s Mark) and sweet tea. It was delicious, especially if you are not a whisky lover.

As the clock struck 9pm, I was semi-buzzed and ready to rage at Gator City. Next week is going to be interesting because it’s vodka night, which could get kind of rowdy. Stay tuned.

--Brooke Aronoff

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Denim Dreams

                                              Pamela, UF anthropology and history student

Pamela strolled down Newell Road in this sweet denim outfit. Her knit sweater dress is perfect for winter and adds a great contrasting texture. Keep them guessing with faux denim leggings. They’re a special way to spice up jeans and fit perfectly underneath cute boots. Buckled, chocolate boots round out the outfit and pair nicely with the navy hue of the rest of the look. Pamela loves to mix trends and says she always wears wrist-fulls of bracelets to make any look stand out.

Jacket: Marshall’s, $30 
 Sweater Tunic: Hollister, $22 
 Faux Leggings: Hot Topic, $35 
 Boots: JCPenney, $45

-Brooke Johnson

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Party Like It's 1399

We’ve all heard the exploits of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Now, you’ll have the chance to experience medieval adventures firsthand at the 24th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

The Alachua County Fairgrounds comes alive with trumpets, minstrels and revelry Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 5-7, bringing the present-day grind to an authentic medieval pace. Armored knights will joust on horseback for the honor of their ladies, charging head-on with a shining lance and shield for a cheering crowd. Jugglers, musicians and dancers will perform on the streets or on one of the eight stages.

Faire Coordinator Linda Piper recommends arriving during the first 30 minutes of the faire, when the entertainers meet and greet the visitors. “It's one of the most exciting times of the day," she says. "And what a great opportunity to see all of the entertainers up close!"

Hoggetowne revives the forgotten arts of falconry, archery and puppetry, and guests can test their aim shooting arrows and hurling battle-axes. Tickets on Saturday and Sunday are $14 for adults, $7 for children 5-17 and free for children 4 and younger. Visit to or call (352) 334-ARTS.

—Zahara Zahav, with reporting by Edward Bowen; photo by Rodney Rogers

Check back tomorrow for INsite staffers Jon Silman and Sarah Hsu's fair report!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

February Issue Sneak Peek!

What's hot in the February issue? This month's features include:
  • Tons of Events. From free wine tastings to lavish gala fundraisers, there's a lot going on in February.
  • Plenty of VDay ideas. Don't get caught unprepared. We review three date-worthy restaurants, some great movies, a great gift idea for him or her, plus find some pretty cool one-of-a-kind Gainesville events.
  • Fashion & Beauty. Like what you see on our cover? We transformed four local reader models to give them easy-to-do romantic hair and sexy makeup and added jaw-dropping jewels and simple, easy dresses for 8 truly unique looks. We also break down the classic smoky idea to prevent miss-haps.
  • Celeb Interviews. We talk to Emily Blunt, who's been catching our eye since Devil Wears Prada. Her new movie looks pretty intense! Then, we chat with Dear John's romantic leads, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, about love and what makes this tearjerker stand out.
  • Too much more to list, like drink specials, Nightlife pics, music and movie reviews, the whole lot!

Check for the INsite February on stands next week. Can't wait? Go to for online-only extras.

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Sexy Snapshots

These ladies showed us exactly how they strut their stuff in their sexiest lingerie at a lingerie fashion show held at The Laboratory Tuesday night.

Make sure to check out our article on Rebecca Butler, pole-dancing instructor!

--Photos by Steven H. Keys

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Fresh Voice of Self-Help for teens to speak at University of Florida

Growing up, Josh Shipp was neglected, abused and abandoned. After growing up in a great foster home and learning from inspirational teachers and school programs, Josh developed a strong, positive attitude that is encouraging and relatable to teens. He will deliver his humorous yet profound life messages in the JWRU Rion Ballroom on January 29th. Doors open at 7pm and the show will begin at 8pm.

Josh uses his personal story of triumph over tragedy to inspire youth to overcome life’s struggles and live life to the fullest. After serving as State DECA President and on the School-to-Work student advisory committee, Josh committed his life to helping others achieve their goals. Josh has spoken to audiences of up to 27,000 and shared the stage with comedians such as Bill Cosby. He has also recently hosted a reality show called “Prom Date.” In addition to writing his own book, Josh coauthored three teen leadership books: “The Best of Success for Teens,” “The Making of an Unshakable Character,” and “Forty Voices.” He has also been the focus of various articles, interviews and a subject for other authors.

For more information, call ACCENT at (352) 273-4429. Visit our website at or e-mail ACCENT at

--Jason H. Attermann

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Oedipus Complex

The University of Florida’s School of Theatre and Dance kicks off the New Year with a story from years past. The school will start its spring season with performances of the classic Greek drama Oedipus the King at the Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre. Written by Sophocles, this tragedy chronicles the life of Oedipus, who unknowingly slays his father and marries his mother. The play is directed by Yanci Bukovec and will be performed Jan. 29 through 30 and Feb. 2 through 6. Showtimes are at 7:30pm, and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets start at $13 and can be purchased at the University Box Office. Call 352-273-0500.

—Michelle Profis

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Euro Street

Matt impressed us in this funky yet stylish look outside of Weimer Hall. His grey, acid-wash skinny jeans are an unexpected way to switch up monotonous denim and add a unique and memorable touch to an otherwise casual outfit. His lace-up motorcycle boots were seen in similar styles all across every major designer’s winter lines, and are an instantly fashionable item that every guy should consider owning. Pair these special extras with a simple thermal to maintain balance throughout the outfit. So what’s Matt’s secret to a “look of the day” worthy outfit? A girlfriend with a good sense of style and whatever’s clean in the morning.

Jeans: Social Collision, $30
Shirt: Gift, $0
Boots: Doc Martins, $98
Studded Belt: Hot Topic, $20

-Brooke Johnson

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gainesville Singer/Song Writer Returns to the Swamp for EP Release Party

Looking for a place where you can let loose this week?

Head to
1982 Thursday (Jan. 27) night for singer/songwriter Kellen Malloy’s EP Release party. Let your hair down and jam to the relaxed rhythms of acoustic guitar mixed with percussion, harmonica, and original, feel-good lyrics, all with the general theme of, you guessed it, letting loose.

Doors open at 9 pm, with Malloy taking the stage around midnight after another local act with a true one-man-band performance showcasing his newest work.

"I've always wanted to shock people when they come to see me live,” Malloy said. “Just playing the guitar and singing wasn't enough for me, I really want people to leave and feel like they saw something fresh.”

Malloy, a former University of Florida and Santa Fe College student, became famous for his musical talents as a freshman living in Graham Hall at UF. His ability to transform vulgar rap songs into music that carried a different tune with his “rap gone acoustic” covers landed him a gig as a 2005 Gator Growl performer, where he made his public debut in front of 50,000 people.

Doors open at 9 pm Thursday, and there’s a $6 cover.

--Nicole Orr

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Piano Gold Metalist Visits Phillips Center

Add some zest to your musical repertoire; 19-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang, the gold medalist of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (and the youngest participant in the 2009 competition), visits the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. “It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see someone of this caliber perform,” says Amy Douglas, director of marketing at the Phillips Center. “It’s an incredibly prestigious event.”

Haochen debuted his musical abilities at the age of five at Shanghai Music Hall and has continued to astound audiences. The Van Cliburn competition, held once every four years, has become known for discovering the world’s finest young pianists. “We originally had one event scheduled, but because of the demand we’ve added a second performance,” Amy says. Haochen’s performances will be Jan. 28 and 29 at 7:30pm at the Squitieri Studio, 315 Hull Road. Tickets are $34 and can be purchased online.

—Michelle Profis

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Making Strikes for Miracles tonight!

Tonight, Dance Marathon 2010 at UF will host its annual bowling competition, Making Strikes for Miracles, from 6-9pm at Alley Gatorz bowling alley. Everyone is invited to come out to support participating student organizations while partaking in a variety of fun activities including poker, karaoke and board games. All proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network at Shands Children's Hospital at UF. A portion of the concession proceeds from the night will also benefit Dance Marathon.

This is the first year Making Strikes for Miracles will be held at Alley Gatorz bowling alley, as well as the first year alternate activities will be provided.

At the event, Sweet Dreams Homemade Ice Cream of Gainesville will provide free sorbet pops. Additionally, awards will be given for the winning team, the best team costume, highest individual score and best form.

For more information, please visit or contact the Public Relations Overall Chair, Tracy Flack, at or (305) 401‐5010.

--Tracy Flack

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Meghan McCain to speak at UF

Meghan McCain was driven into politics and the national spotlight at an early age as the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain. Meghan’s exposure to American politics gave her the opportunity to hear voters debate on the most controversial issues first-hand, which encouraged her to launch a national movement to redefine Republican stereotypes and values. On Wednesday, January 27th in Pugh Hall at the University of Florida, Meghan McCain will be speaking about these values in addition to the impact of her father’s campaign trail on her life. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. ACCENT is co-sponsoring this event with the Graham Center for Public Service, Student Government External Affairs and Women’s Leadership Council.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, McCain graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Art History. She completed internships with both Newsweek and Saturday Night Live before joining her father’s 2008 presidential campaign. With that, Meghan became a columnist, author and award-winning blogger.

For more information, call ACCENT at (352) 273-4429. Visit the website at or e-mail ACCENT at

—Jason H. Attermann, ACCENT Chairman

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Another victory in Women's Basketball

The Gators returned to the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, along with 2,053 Gator fans Sunday and edged South Carolina, 59-56 for the win. Florida went out to an early lead 20-7, but South Carolina closed in. By intermission the teams were tied 27-27. The second half was a back-and-forth battle with the Gators showing resilience to stay in the game. With 18 seconds left, Trumae Lucas hit a jumper. With mere seconds left, South Carolina shot and missed. Sharielle Smith pulled down the rebound, and was fouled. Smith hit both free throws for a 59-56 win. Trumae Lucas and Sharielle Smith lead the Gators with 11 points apiece. Steffi Sorensen, Lonnika Thompson, and Azania Stewart each added 8 points. Head coach, Amanda Butler said "I'm obviously elated. It was a huge win. We won today because of our toughness".

--Rodney Rogers

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Distinguished Surgeon Ben Carson to Speak at UF

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s remarkable journey from tough, inner-city youth to history-making neurosurgeon celebrates and illustrates the power we all have to excel and influence others. Dr. Carson will be speaking for free in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom today, Tuesday, January 26th. Doors open at 6 pm, and the show will start at 7 pm.

Dr. Carson’s childhood dream was to become a physician. Now, Dr. Benjamin Carson holds more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees and has been named by CNN and Time magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. Carson grew up in a single parent home faced with challenges of poverty, poor grades, low self-esteem and a quick temper. His mother, with only a third-grade education, pushed her son toward success and achievement. Driven by a passion for science and helping those less fortunate, Carson pursued medicine and would ultimately become one of the most revered neurosurgeons in the world.

Today, Carson is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Children’s Center for more than a quarter decade.

—Jason H. Attermann

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Sugar & Spice

Kirsten, 19, UF anthropology sophomore  

We caught Kirsten leaving an anthropology class in Turlington looking 80s fierce and earthy hippie at the same time. Her denim jacket, wordly necklace and printed canvas bag scream flower child, while her knee-high boots and leather jacket point to a darker side. We love the way she can pull off cute and tough at the same time, and her fiery red hair is the icing on the cake. Kirsten describes her look as sloppy but put together. Her next investment will be really high boots. "I know this is really high already, but I want them even higher," she says. She chooses her outfit based on her moods and gets giddy over a good bargain. "I love my cheaper stuff more than a lot of my more expensive stuff," she says. 

Jacket: Forever 21, $35

Denim shirt: Thrift store, $0.25

Necklace: Lucky Brand, $30

Bag: Lucky Brand, $60

Belt: Thrift store, $2.50

Shorts: BCBG outlet, $9

Boots: Aldo, $85

-Stephanie Granada

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Awards for the kids, refreshments for you

Sunset in the Garden,” Marianna Mancuso, tempera paint, crayon, black ink, pencil and charcoal, Archer Community School, 3rd grade

Tonight, a free public reception and awards ceremony for the Alachua County Elementary School art exhibition will be held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Thomas Center Mezzanine Gallery. Awards will be given at 7pm followed by refreshments. Go and check out the work of the young artists in Alachua County! The exhibition will continue until the end of the month.

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The Orthopaedic Institute on a mission in Haiti

The team leaving to Haiti on a UF charter plane

A medical team from The Orthopaedic Institute left yesterday morning for Haiti on a mission. The goal? To provide medical support to the injured people in the area of Port-au-Prince Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010.

Once the medical team arrives in Haiti, the southern command has offered to assist with transportation to the areas in need of medical assistance. The group plans to meet up with civilian and military surgeons, who are already engaged in the relief efforts.

Dr. Maxey says “the ability to use our surgical skills to help relieve the suffering of the injured is a great privilege and this is an excellent opportunity to give back to those in dire need.”

An out-pouring of community support from The Orthopaedic Institute, Orthopaedic Surgery Center, North Florida Regional Medical Center and Shands has provided many of the need¬ed medical supplies in Haiti, such as:
• Gloves
• Masks
• Sani-Cloths
• Marcaine (numbing medicine)
• Hand Sanitizer
• Suture Sets
• Surgical Instruments
• Durable Medical Equipment (leg and arm immobilizers)
• Casting and Splinting materials
• Basic OR supplies
• Surgical masks
• Gigli Saws (for amputations)

They plan to provide medical services for 7 to 10 days.

Dr. Rosenberg says, “fire fighters, police and military are the true heroes and always the ones running in when others are running away. This is a unique way for doctors to contrib¬ute in the same manner.”

To check the updates on The Orthopaedic Institute’s medical team’s mission in Haiti please visit The Orthopaedic Institute plans to make a monetary donation on behalf of the followers of the Twitter site.

--Kari Brill

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Free Weezer Concert in Tally

Twice this week we have been reminded of the importance of voting. The first time was the surprising victory over socialism of Scott Brown, a Republican in an overwhelmingly democratic state. The second was the Weezer concert in Tallahassee.

Florida State University won the T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ Challenge through votes on Facebook, winning a free Weezer concert, and more than $10,000.

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo returned to the stage one month after a tour bus accident forced the band to cancel their remaining Raditude tour dates. Rivers broke 5 ribs. He seemed healthy onstage, although he occasionally limped.

It was an awesome concert with all of the Weezer hits, and a few surprises. One song featured a Van-Halen guitar solo, while another had a couple of verses from Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” (with Rivers sporting a blonde wig). They even covered a Pink Floyd song. Rivers played “Island in the Sun” solo, but with the musical quality of a full band. First he looped a drumbeat, then bass and guitar. As he played along with his loops, the crowd sang the “hip hip” backing vocals.

For “Say It Ain’t So,” Hayley Williams from Paramore joined the band onstage for a duet. Could this be rock music’s new couple? Watch out Gwen and Gavin. A second duet followed as Jermaine Dupri came down from Atlanta to join the band for “Can’t Stop Partying” (which Dupri wrote for Cuomo’s second solo album Alone II). As if that weren’t enough, 3 fans were pulled onstage to help sing a song.

Weezer is taking a break from the road for a few months. Maybe they’ll return to Florida later this year.

--John Davisson

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Cute as a Button

Monica, UF Anthropology student

Monica stands out from the crowd near Turlington Hall in this delightfully vibrant winter look. Her cute, bright blue coat has special details, big buttons, a side overlap and trendy front pockets, which make it a memorable must-have for the chilly season. Her super-slick, “wet” leggings balance out the volume of the jacket and are an easy way to add a little edge. Ankle booties look great with leggings like Monica has done here, but also with jeans, skirts or dresses. Monica says she loves all kinds of boots for winter, and does whatever she can to stay comfy while looking stylish.

Coat: Delias, $59
Forever 21, $19
Boots and Bag:
Alloy, $46, $29

-Brooke Johnson

The Politics of Hair

Running now through March 14 at the Thomas Center Main Gallery is a new art exhibit, HAIRPOLITIC: Pomade in America. The exhibit, by artist Kenya Robinson, a Gainesville native now living in Brooklyn, is one that should not be missed. Kenya, who is also a writer, designer and professional muse, weaves items such as brushes, picks, synthetic hair, latex sheets and screws to create pieces that beyond just being beautiful also speak to the idea of what it is to be a black woman in America.

“In our collective memory, black women have expressed political points of view (sometimes unconsciously), social class, imagination and frustration, without saying a word," Kenya said in a press release. "Black hair seems to engage a silent dialogue amid the many visual cues that define and redefine blackness in the American context.”

On Feb. 12, from 5 to 8pm, the Thomas Center will host a free public reception in the Spanish Court as part of the Thomas Center's 100th Anniversary celebration. The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE 6th Ave.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gator Gymnastics

The No.8 Florida Gator gymnastics team didn't disappoint the crowd of 4,715 during its first home meet at the Stephen C O'Connell Friday night. Gator fans got to see the top-ranked freshman class for the first time as they walked away with a win over No.7 Arkansas 196.575-195.925.

"It was a definite improvement from last week," said Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) Head Coach Rhonda Faehn.

The all around title for the meet went to Gator Ashanee Dickerson. She was the winner in the Vault with a 9.925, and the Floor with a 9.9 with an All-Around score of 39.475.

--Rodney Rogers

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You Say Potatoe, I Say Potatoh

Get down and dirty at the 11th Annual Great Air Potato Roundup. On Jan. 30, volunteers will make a party of removing the air potato, an invasive exotic plant that is known to smother and harm natural vegetation. Following the roundup, a celebration will be held at 1pm at Citizens Park, 1100 block of NE 14th St., filled with food, entertainment, prize drawings and a guest speaker, who will discuss the importance of removing air potatoes. “This is not just a volunteer event, but also a family-friendly one that educates the public,” says Ludovica Weaver, the marketing technician at Morningside Nature Center. “The celebration is a way to thank the community for all of their hard work.”

Volunteers are asked to bring their own buckets for collecting the air potatoes and to dress appropriately for the outdoors. Upon registering, volunteers will be assigned to a site where they will gather air potatoes from 9am to 11am. Space is limited, so register quickly at Nature Operations. Call 352-334-3326 for more information.

- Michelle Profis

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Classic Turned Trendy

Jin Hyon, UF mass communications PhD student

Jin might be a master in mass comm., but we think she may also know a thing or two about making a traditionally cute outfit trendy and chic. Her luxurious trench coat not only keeps her warm and cozy; it instantly and effortlessly brings elegance to any outfit. Its flattering mid-thigh hemline and tie-waist help Jin flatter her best features, and keep the look girly.

Her suede, to-the-knee boots are the perfect compliment to a longer coat, and the gray hue of the boots really works to break up the two pieces and allows them to be admired individually and as a whole. Jin stresses the importance of knowing the right fit for your body type and dressing accordingly in order the look your absolute best.

Coat, bag, tights, jewelry all from boutiques in Korea
Rack Room Shoes, $45

-Brooke Johnson

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Celebrate creative science and art displays

Don Edler with his work of art titled "Energy"

Wondering what scientific research today’s undergraduates are pursuing? Want to view the next generation of artistic influence? Learn about the latest in both science and the arts at the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event from 11- 4 pm. Sunday, Jan. 24 at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza.

Undergraduate students from Emory University, Furman University, Louisiana State University, Morehouse College and the University of Florida will participate. The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art will feature scientific research posters from disciplines such as chemistry, biology and physics as well as two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. In addition to displaying science posters and art, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will host students presenting dance, theatrical and musical performances. Students will be available to discuss their work and answer questions during the event.

Last year’s showcase featured more than 150 art and science undergraduate projects with nearly 1,200 guests. More than 125 science entries and 50 art entries have been accepted for this year’s event.

Don Edler, a UF senior majoring in sculpture, submitted his work for the event. His oil painting, “Energy” depicts CERN’s particle accelerator.

“It seemed like a really good opportunity that meshed well with my work,” Edler said.

--Courtney Dell and Kelly Donovan

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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Messenger Delivers Real American Heroes

The Messenger, a contemporary war film debuting Friday, Jan. 15th at the Hippodrome, avoids the theatrics of war and politics to engage its characters on a more personal and less dogmatic level. The impressive directorial debut of scriptwriter Oren Moverman, The Messenger has already garnered international praise for its honest portrayal of soldiers on the home front and the families behind them.

Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, an injured war hero who returns stateside to assume his duties as a casualty notification officer for the Army. Partnered with callous and sleazy senior officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), Will must visit the families of the recently deceased to announce their loved one’s death. The frustration of discovering his ex-girlfriend (Jena Malone) already engaged and the pressures of his new job lead Will to seek the comfort of a soldier’s widow (Samantha Morton).

The film is hardly dedicated to dour contemplations on war and heroics, though. Using much of the same comic charisma he had in the recent Zombieland, Harrelson’s character in particular buoys the plot with his eccentric antics, maniacal gaze, and puerile humor. Gone are the stunts and splash of more testosterone-driven war films. Devoid of violence and bloodshed, the bare humanity of the soldiers in The Messenger alone is enough to make this film one of 2009’s best.

The Messenger is playing at the Hippodrome through Thursday, Jan. 21. You can check times and buy tickets online.

-- Allison Griner

We talked to lieutenant colonel Paul Sinor, who served as the film's army liaison. Check out why he loves the movie and how he changed Woody Harrelson's thoughts on war here.

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Ring Before Spring

Calling all brides-to-be! (Or aspiring models, party planners and cake-lovers!) Check out this month’s famous Gainesville Wedding Expo hosted by Jay’s Bridal on Jan. 17. More than 30 vendors will be on hand to help plan every detail, from sampling the treats of different caterers, to consulting the best florists and—of course—a wedding dress runway show. “Our expo is really meant for a ‘one day’ kind of shop,” says Amy Tillis, sales manager of Jay’s Bridal. “We have all the vendors at your fingertips, and we gear it so you can plan your entire wedding in a day.”

After you’ve had your share of wedding cake samples, take a break from the planning to watch the runway fashion show. “Usually, we have a lot of spring gowns,” Amy says. “It really helps our brides get an idea of what to expect.”

The Expo is from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday, Jan. 17, with the fashion show starting at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger, and can be purchased online., or by calling 352-377-9548.

—Michelle Profis

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

"The Lovely Bones" book review

"My name is Salmon, like the fish, first name: Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973.”

Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones has come from the bestseller list to the box office in a matter of seven years.

After being murdered a by a neighbor, Susie Salmon tells her story from a place between heaven and earth. But, childish and dimwitted are two terms Sebold strays away from as she makes Susie the narrator. Most notably, in the first chapter, Susie explains in full detail the grotesque actions of her murderer, Mr. Harvey, which might persuade readers to close the book. Nevertheless, the sassy and perseverant 14-year-old, who acts twice her age, eloquently exposes her heaven and hell in the in-between where she resides.

While Susie consistently describes the feelings of her distraught father and silence-in-suffering mother, Abigail, Susie also reveals what she experiences in her perfect world full of gazebos, animals, Kool-Aid and fashion magazines. However, this perfect world Susie lives in is also a slice of hell. Without the fire and gloom, Susie reveals how she keeps track of her murderers' whereabouts as he walks among the living.

But deep into the text of Sebold’s work can bring comfort to those who have lost a loved one. Not only does the novel portray how people grieve differently with the loss of a loved one, but also how the dead cope with watching their family and friends grow old.

Sebold’s excellent use of visual imagery and her strong character development, Abigail in particular, drives the story from one chapter to the next.

Tomorrow (Jan. 15th),
The Lovely Bones, directed by Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, premieres nationwide. The cast is comprised of Stanley Tucci, from The Devil Wears Prada, as Susie’s killery. Mark Whalberg and Rachel Weisz play Susie’s parents. Saoirse Ronan, Oscar-nominated for her role in Atonement, plays lead Susie Salmon and Susan Sarandon is cast as Susie’s eccentric grandma, Lynn. However, with such a well-written book it will be interesting to see whether the CGI effects will take away from the magnificent and moving plot of this New York Times bestseller.

—Alisha Kinman

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bohemian Bliss

Amber Forrest, UF Public Relations student

Amber flaunts her cute, eclectic style in this multi-tiered outfit right outside of Weimer Hall. Her high-waist, denim pencil skirt brings a level of sophisticated-casual to the look, while her double scarf and knit cardigan add an interesting bohemian flair. Mix up your warm winter gear by wearing dark tights in unexpected colors like navy or plum, and of course, you can’t go wrong with a tweed blazer to polish off any ensemble. Where can we find some Amber’s top picks right here in Gainesville? American Apparel, Forever21, and Bebe.

Skirt: American Apparel, $54
Top & scarf:
American Apparel, $28
Urban Outfitters, $62
Steve Madden, $49
Nordstrom, $22
Urban Outfitters, $42

--Brooke Johnson

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Blacked-out Knock-out

Rebecca, UF marketing student

Rebecca makes all-black look like a bright idea near the Hub in this monochromatic outfit.  The volume of her double-buttoned overcoat is balanced out by her fitted skinny jeans and ankle booties; two of winter’s hottest trends.  It’s hard to get away with an all-black ensemble during any other season, so now’s the time to break out those dark hues.  If you’re really itching for some springtime pinks and yellows, opt for a piece of statement jewelry that will draw attention to your face. Rebecca takes fashion tips from big-city street style and designers, and we’re happy she’s sharing her edgy look with us right here in Gainesville.    

Coat: Express, $76 
Express, $48 
Ankle boots & sunglasses:
Urban Outfitters, $65, $18

- Brooke Johnson

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Photo courtesy of Marilyn Patrick 

CATS want to be treated the same way as you and I. After all, they can sing, dance and even perform magic tricks. This was the message the musical gave to the audience at the sold-out performance last night at the Phillips Center. 

The performers, dressed in full costumes complete with tails and fur, began the show by prowling into the audience with green, glowing cat eyes. The cats danced in aisles and one frisky cat even selected a woman to dance with him. When the cats came by, the costumes' intricacy was evident. Their elaborate face paint gave each cat its own style. The set, filled with hiding places and holes, such as a giant oven, for the cats to crawl in and out of, was mesmerizing. The effects - strobe lights, streamers and fog - was enthralling. 

The songs in the musical are from poems and introduce different cats by their names and titles, like Grizabella the glamour cat and Gus the theatre cat. Each cat has its own story displayed through song, dance and props including swords and singing beetles. Although the show is entirely music and song, the powerful voices and intricate choreography overshadow the lack of dialogue. The dancers are full of energy and each cat has its own personality and style of dancing. The details with the choreography, costume changes and transforming set make this classic show worth seeing live. 

- Lane Nieset

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Red Hot

Kelly, UF english student

Kelly schools us on how to wear a bright, red trench for winter on the first week of the semester. Her bold, knee-length coat is complete with a flattering empire waist that shows off her curves instead of adding bulk like some heavy jackets can. With such a vivid piece on top, it’s smart to pick a more neutral color, like Kelly’s dark brown accessories, to complement the outfit. Leather gloves and lace-up motorcycle boots are functional and adorable and are well worth the investment as wardrobe staples.  Kelly suggests layering to prepare for Florida’s uncertain weather, and we think that’s the most important lesson we’ve learned all week! 

Coat: Nordstrom, $96
Lace-up boots:
Nordstrom: $115
Leather bag:
Forever 21, $22
Gloves: Adobe East (Ocala boutique)

-Brooke Johnson