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Friday, April 30, 2010

April Art Walk

Gainesville Art Walk, also known as GAWK amongst frequenters, is one of our favorite parts of the month. Every last Friday downtown turns into an open gallery as art boutiques, restaurants and stores turn their shops into a museum display of local art. Tonight Art Walk is hosted at seven different venues with dozens of artists on display. Most of the venues offer hor dourves like cheese and crackers, fruit and wine making Art Walk a perfect start or end to your night.

Art Walk starts at 7pm tonight April 30 and goes through 10pm. Featured venues include Palomino, The Hippodrome, Alcove, Sweetwater Print Cooperative, Floating Island Gift Shop and Eleanor Blair Studio. Visit any of the locations for a GAWK map.

Above: Ted Lincoln art. On display at Alcove.

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Cover Model Contest Covers

This month, INsite announces the winner of our first ever cover model contest. Here is a sneak peek at all three possible cover options. Check stands next week to see who won, and turn to page 18 for our 3-page spread featuring all of the finalists in Gainesville summer hot-spots. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes coverage from the shoots.

Who do
you think it will be? Alex, Chris or Rachel?

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Review: Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

Sometimes when we’re at work, we look out the window and fantasize about our secret desire to be a “kept woman.” You know the kind—she gets paid to look good, be social, maybe play a game of tennis and look past a pot belly or bald spot. And in return, she receives lavish jewels, budget-less shopping sprees and the envy of all the other women.

Well, Jillian Lauren did that—sort of. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem is the memoir by Jillian of her formative years, 1.5 of which she spent as the guest at the Sultan of Brunei’s palace. Well, even better; she was one of 40 girlfriends of his younger, more handsome brother, Prince Jefri. And of course you’ve heard of the Sultan, as he was, until recently, literally the richest man in the world. Yeah. And if you’re wondering if harems still exist? They do.

Jillian’s book (which we read in one day) is entertaining, yet in addition to a hefty dose of shock and awe—Dolce & Gabbana!, surveillance tapes!, sex scenes!—she includes the gory details of a less-than-idyllic suburban New Jersey upbringing, complete with a physically abusive father, a bit of bulimia and stripping in college to make ends meet.

But alas, after her stint halfway across the world at 18, Jillian returned to the U.S. for good. These days, she’s the wife of Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and the mother of a young son. And what did she do with all those clothes? Let’s just say, the babysitter loves her. And is she afraid of repercussions at having revealed the less-than-graceful liaisons of the twice-married (at once) prince? No, in fact; it would seem he would be flattered. You’ve really got to read the book.

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, published by Plume, came out this week. Find out more about Jillian at


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Geek Chic

Larry Rosalez, 21, UF advertising student

Larry Rosalez was spotted at the Vault- Gainesville’s, this year’s host of Gainesville Fashion Week. Rosalez combines form-fitting sophistication with laid back style; making his attire just right for the week’s fashionable-yet-friendly events. Dressed-up shoes are complimented by a thin leather belt, but made to look less formal with his choice of a vibrant plaid shirt that left his look far from ordinary.

Shoes: Boutique in Georgia, $50

Jeans: Forever 21, $35
Shirt: JC Penney, $22

Glasses: Costume Shop, $8

- Hallie Wunsch

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wine of the Week

It may not be officially summer yet, but the temperatures keep on rising, and white before Labor Day is all the rage - white wine that is. Another fun California blend with a foxy label just made it on to the Gainesville scene: The Foxtail White Blend. Even though the back label reads a little like a drunken Aesop’s fable, the wine is light and refreshing at a great price.

Foxtail Non-Vintage White Table Wine gives no clues to the varietal blend on the label, though the aromas speak of Chardonnay and Viognier. When I looked at its website and found that Muscat is the Viognier substitute, it all made sense. There is floral quality to the nose that is common between these two varietals, though Muscat is often thought to make only sweet wines like Italy’s Moscato d’Asti or California’s dessert Orange Muscats. Muscat can be vinified dry, much like its fragrant cousin, Viognier. Viognier is more often part of the southern Rhone white blend, and gives complexity to the nose of classic dry varietals like Grenache Blanc, Roussane and Marsanne.

The Foxtail is not a dessert wine. The nose is deceptively sweeter than the palate reveals, which makes sense, since the rest of the varietals in the blend are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, known for their tart acidity.
I got honeysuckle and honeydew melon at the first whiff, and a palate of tart citrus with a little grapefruit pith on the finish.

The wine has a light viscosity, no doubt from the chardonnay, but it is not oak-driven and most likely is unoaked, to enhance the fresh and fruity qualities. The acids come across on the mid-palate and back-palate, which make it ideal for pairing with light appetizers, creamy seafood dishes or a souped-up mac-and-cheese. The complexity of the nose and the very reasonable price, about $9 per bottle, can make it a great choice on a hot afternoon by the pool.

- Daniel Eddy
, Manager at Gator Spirits, Westgate. Gainesville’s Wine Pairing Examiner

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Iconic Inspiration

Lady Lala, 21, UF botany student

We dug up this bold look from the Gainesville Fashion Week archives to bring you a modern, refreshing take on spring fashion. The creator of this ensemble calls herself “Lady Lala,” and was spotted at the Vault night club, where GFW was held. Lala describes her style as “David Bowie meets Freddy Mercury with a whole lot of Tinkerbell.” Shaped shoulders and vibrant hues make for a noticeably structural take on spring fashion, while leather-like leggings keep her look edgy and modern.

Shirt: Armani Exchange, $55

Camisole: Victoria’s Secret, $20
Leggings: Wet Seal, $9
Shoes: American Eagle, $10

- Hallie Wunsch

Keep a look out this week for more bold Gainesville Fashion Week off-the-runway looks.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

West Coast Psychedlia

Shane Wolf, 22, musician

This local musician was spotted at The Laboratory performing during the location’s music contest, where anyone can enter to perform a song and win a cash prize. Shane, who is originally from California, shows off his appreciation for classic rock in a casual Rolling Stones T and fitted denim. Chuck Taylors are a perfect complement to the vintage-styled top, keeping his look cool, casual, and inspired on what he loves. Shane’s own band, called Happiness, performs regularly at Farmer’s Market, 1982 Bar, and Tim & Terry's; maybe they’ll have their own graphic T’s one day.

Shirt: Spencer’s, $18
Jeans: Dillard’s, $25
Shoes: Converse: $25

- Hallie Wunsch

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Feminine Charm

Jillian McLaughlin, 21, biochemistry student

Jillian was spotted in this easter-inspired ensemble at Gainesville’s Laboratory Café of Science on University and 8th. Jillian’s ruffled dress is the epitome of feminine charm and girly spring-wear. Her choice of pastels in purple green and blue are in keeping with this season’s trend toward a lighter color palette. But the most charming thing about it is its origin. Jillian borrowed this dress from a friend who was gifted with it by an elderly, ex-swing dancing neighbor. Minimalist earrings made of Costa Rican coins make it all the more delicate and unique, and let Jillian light up the room with an air of springtime pretty.

Earrings: Costa Rica, $1
Dress: gift, $0
Sandals: Gap, $6

-Hallie Wunsch

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Film Review: Waking Sleeping Beauty

You know that age in Disney animation when it seemed they released one major hit after another? Now-classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King were everywhere, from your 6th-grade classroom to your lunch at McDonald’s and your family trip to Broadway.

Well, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Fans of “A Whole New World” and “Hakuna Matata” will love this week’s Hipp movie, Waking Sleeping Beauty, which chronicles the good times and the bad at Disney animation studios, from Walt’s own reign (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) to the introduction of Pixar Studios and A Toy Story. Filmed in the style of home-video-turned documentary, the movie includes all that you never knew about the behind-the-scenes at this American powerhouse.

Revisit the classics by watching the fascinating Waking Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday (4/28) at 5:15 and 8pm, and on Thursday at 6:30 and 8:30pm.

*Win Tix! INsite's giving away a pair of tix to the Hipp Cinema. Follow us on Twitter to find out how to win.


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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Walkmen at the Ballroom

For those of us fortunate enough to catch The Walkmen rock the Rion Ballroom last night, it was the sonic equivalent of taking Valium underwater, but without the added hassle of having to breathe.

The last time the band came to Gainesville was 2008, when it played Common Grounds in support of its album You and Me. Since then, the band has toured with Kings of Leon and played a special NPR-sponsored show at South by Southwest.

The Walkmen were sans the usual horn section and keyboard player, opting instead for a lean and tight foursome. Watching this band in action is like watching Leonardo DiCaprio acting. The guys are strong, full, rythmic and magnetic. I can't help but feel that this band's next album may be the one to finally give these critical darlings the mainstream support they deserve.

If you're not familiar with the band, check it out now so you can say you knew them when.

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Happy 10-Year, Calzatura!

Calzatura Boutique celebrated its 10-year anniversary last night (4/22) with a wine and cupcake party. Dozens of locals fluttered through the shop between 7 and 10pm to take advantage of the 40 percent-off sale, score yummy snacks and meet three Gainesville Fashion Week celebrities.

The event was a spotlight on local talent. The store used the anniversary party to announce that the store is now stocking three local designers; BobbyK, Sironna Swimwear and Courtney Lee Designs. That means, among others things, that you can now find swimsuits downtown! Now if only somebody would start carrying shoes...

The three designers Bobby Kelley of BobbyK, Sandra Meza of Sironna and Courtney Kline of Courtney Lee Designs were all in attendance, mingling with guests and talking about their lines.We were happy to hear about the big plans the designers have for the future of their lines. A full BobbyK menswear line? Perhaps. Keep an eye out!

With miniature cupcakes from Yum Cupcakery, champagne, wine and 40 percent off the entire store, Calzatura showed it's appreciation to the community that has kept in in business with more than just words.

We are looking forward to seeing what else the boutique has in store for us this coming year. We got buzz of a Calzatura Girl contest the store will soon announce, and plans to make local art installations a monthly feature, rotating among the various talented artists in town.

In case you couldn't make the event, we scored a $25 Calzatura gift card for you. First person to comment or RT this story wins.

- SG, Photos by Sean Kelly

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90s Prom at Atlantic 's Gonna B Da Bomb

The 2000s were riddled with 80s-mania. Around the middle of the decade, just about every girl was dressing like Cyndi Lauper, and every band ripped off Prince or the Miami Vice soundtrack. By this point, the 90s are really overdue for a revival, and House Party Fridays are officially kicking it off tomorrow night with its first 90s Prom.

The Atlantic will be decorated like a dance party straight out of your middle school cafeteria. Buck Knight, DJ Thomas, and Ernie Hotsauce will play nothing but the best music from the decade. Come dressed in your best 90s attire. The prize for the best 90s costume contest is a $25 bar tab (or cash if you're a youngin'). The party starts at 10pm, with $3 cover all night.

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Celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow!

Join the fun with the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art during the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24. Located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, this year’s celebration includes demonstrations and activities focused on the environment and conservation.

At the Florida Museum of Natural History visitors may create a bird seed mosaic and view the newest Galleria exhibit, “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast,” by Eric Zamora.

Appreciate the environment and join the Harn Museum of Art for outdoor painting activities for children and families, as well as demonstrations by plein air artists Frank Barone, Aliye Cullu, Tim Malles and Sam Saxon. The Harn will also offer docent-led tours of works in the museum focused on nature. The Kanapaha Celtic Trio will play traditional Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, celebrating nature and love for the land.

At the Harn Museum, visitors may also learn about the important role of honey bees in “Apiary Investigations.” Toward the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a film about a beekeeper titled “Ulee’s Gold.”

In honor of this special event, the Florida Museum will expand its weekend plant sale to include more than 50 species of native and butterfly-friendly plants. This extended selection is available 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and is a great opportunity to make a difference by gardening with plants perfect for local pollinators.

Admission to Earth Day activities is free. For more information visit or or call 352-846-2000 or 352-392-9826.

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Relaxed Fits

Katie McDuffie, UF interior design student, 24

Katie McDuffie was spotted outside of Walgreens, on NW 13th Street. Her laid-back beach style comes at just the right time, as we begin to feel the transition into summer swamp heat. Katie’s look reminds us that sometimes, we can take a break from our skinnies for a more comfortable, relaxed fitting denim. Her slightly loose top is paired perfectly with easy-fit jeans that seem to be worn effortlessly. Katie’s hat serves in both function and form, providing shade while making her style stand out. An extra-long, fringed vest and simple sandals make for easy fashion that’s perfect for running errands on a warmer day.

Hat: from a friend

Jeans: Rock & Republic, $135
Vest: Forever 21, $20

Shirt: Old Navy, $10

-Hallie Wunsch

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Girls Swoon for Pop-Punkers at The Venue

You first fell to the foot-tapping and head-bobbing impulses. The next step was mouthing the clever, smooth lyrics. When The Venue decided to treat Gainesville with the ideal pop-punk-rock culmination of Sing it Loud, A Rocket to the Moon, fun. and Motion City Soundtrack, they must have not known how addictive, infectious and commanding the bands would be

Nick Santino of A Rocket to the Moon

It spanned from slow tempo crescendos to energetic perfection. Even The Venue succumbed to timely precision, being so prompt in giving the audience what it wanted; I ended up missing Sing it Loud. From the girls’ looks, they were anything but disappointed.

A Rocket to the Moon continued the momentum, swooning the crowd even through minor mistakes. Singer Nick Santino bashfully admitted to messing up lyrics. “We’re not perfect,” he said laughing.

The audience soon forgot after the poignant “Like We Used To.” Nick’s youthful vocals complete the relationship-oriented lyrics (“Does he do all these things like I used to?”), resonating with the audience. Although the instruments are generic, such as in “If Only They Knew,” the simplicity blends into vigorous, upbeat anthems. After all, that’s why the crowd came to the show.

Nate Ruess of fun.

Expectations were set when fun. began to prepare its stage. With a name like that, there are standards; it met and surpassed all.

Girls in the front gave deafening cheers as singer Nate Ruess twirled the microphone, dancing along and including the audience any chance he got. Despite confusing Gainesville with Jacksonville, he won over everyone with his dominating pop vocals. It has tinges of rasp, giving a rawer feeling, but it’s still auditory silk. “All the Pretty Girls” and “Walking The Dog” became melodic sing-alongs, Nate leading the enthusiastic pack. Fun. is in a genre of its own, blending simple chords and positivity for a dynamic night.

Andrew Dost stole the show as well, pulling triple-musician-duty as backup vocalist, keyboardist and even trumpeter. His twinkling keys bordered classic play and pop, like in “The Gambler.”

Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack

When the roadies exited the stage and lights dimmed, the crowd immediately knew Motion City Soundtrack was about to come on. With mere steps onto the stage, singer Justin Pierre had all authority over the audience.

The pop-punk band went straight to it, wasting no time with gimmicks and stage props. Justin – on the tips of his toes – thrashed on his guitar, occasionally pausing to say “hey.” It left room for a full hour of brisk, invigorating hits, stopping in between to thank the audience.

Justin’s presence was like no other performers’. He had a sporadic vigor and animated faces that drew the crowd in. His soaring vocals are pop-punk ideal – one part nasal, the other flawless. Justin’s signature witty, ingenuous lyrics led the audience to flail their arms, mouthing and screaming the words.

For “Late Night,” Joshua slowed it down with a melodious, steady cadence – strumming with his thumb for a perfect rendition. Bassist Matt Taylor and drummer Tony Thaxton tied it all together for a tempo made from musical gods. Motion City Soundtrack abruptly left the stage, leaving the crowd chanting, “One more song.” A man even screamed, “Two more songs.”

The guys approached the stage again, Justin saying, “You’re so sweet – thank you,” and commenced onto their encore. Shaky vocals seasoned battering drums and feral guitars and bass (compared to other tracks). That was only the climax. Motion City Soundtrack completed the show by ending with what got them started – “Everything is Alright.” Each member’s energy rivaled that of the crowd’s. They jumped, hopped and gave every side attention.

And while Justin still had the crowd drawn in, he left everything with a taste of his wisdom: “Be kind to one another. Go forth and do cool shit.”

- Photos and story by Nicole La Hoz

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All White, Black-Out

Black lights, white attire and a fired-up dance floor are what made the "End of Semester White Party" at Sharab Lounge a hit. The night also celebrated customer appreciation with free drinks until 11 pm.

Doors opened at 9 pm. to provide a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere before the party upstairs started. DJ Matt Mobley “MOB” kept a smooth, eclectic vibe to entertain a wide age range of people that were enjoying hookah and free drinks. Once the upstairs opened, a flock of white rushed up to hear the sizzling mixes of DJ BiG T that included Latin hits, reggaeton, top 40 and hip hop.

At the beginning of the night about 150 people were downstairs, but when it came time to dance, there was almost barely enough room to move. Sharab just had their capacity raised from 490 people to 790 by the City of Gainesville on Wednesday. With this raise, promoters of Fuego Entertainment were expecting about 400 to 600 people overall, and they reached that range. And while the drinks were free, a majority of people were really there for the DJs, who kept everyone going into the night.

- Photos and story by Mary Manchess

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Puddle of Mudd at The Venue

Puddle of Mudd has been collecting fans since its appearance in the post-grunge scene in 1992. With the band's heavy, mainstream-friendly sound, Puddle of Mudd is now touring with its fourth major release , Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate. On Friday, April 23, the band will play at The Venue with Adelita's Way and Gettendeep.

Puddle of Muddle at The Venue. Friday, April 23. Doors 8pm. Tickets $20/$23.

Check out our
interview with guitarist Paul Phillips.

We are giving away seven pairs (14 total) of tickets to the show! Keep up with us to win!

The band's newest video for its hit, "Spaceship."

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Fashion Party: Calzatura Celebrates Its 10 Year

Calzatura has had just the right touch to make it last in Gainesville for the past 10 years, but the store has been improving exponentially in the last few months. The price points, which have always been affordable have gotten even lower; and the clothes, which have always been cute, even more stylish. And now with the addition of carrying local designers that no one else is carrying, Calzatura is setting itself apart in the fashion community.

This is all fitting considering the store's logo change. What was once "Calzatura Chic Boutique," is now changed to "Calzatura Boutique: Chic, Unique and Affordable." The new slogan encapsules all the changes we have seen the store undergo.

Thursday, the store will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with Calzatura Cocktail Night, an event that promises food, art and deep discounts for all attendees. The cocktail night kicks off at 7pm, with everything in the store going at 40 percent off. That is a huge discount for a store that has all its merchandise priced under $100.

To help guests get into the celebratory mood, Calzatura will have cupcakes by the new gourmet cupcake store in town, Yum Cakery (which is amazingly yummy), and champagne.
"It is very important for us to support the local community," says Meghan Van Joosten, Calzatura's PR director. "There is a lot of great talent in the area, which everyone deserves to know about."

Aside from hosting treats from local vendors, Calzatura's Cocktail Night will also feature displayed artwork by Sergio Castro, a local artist with a lot of urban flair. The biggest local focus though comes from Calzatura's launching of three local lines, BobbyK, Courtney Lee Designs and Sironna. The three lines which are surprisingly affordable, establish Calzatura as a safe-haven for up-and-coming designers.

The selection of these designers points to Calzatura's motto of uniqueness, not only will the lines only be available at Calzatura, but they are also highly varied from each other. BobbyK is womenswear (and now also menswear), Courtney Lee Designs is a jewelry line, while Sironna is a swimwear line.
"We really want to show that every girl is a Calzatura girl, whether you are looking for something for a night on the town, day, the beach or even a cute new accessory, we got it," Meghan says. "The best thing is, we have it all at really affordable prices."

Calzatura Cocktail Night is on Thursday (4/22) from 7-10pm at Calzatura, 201 SE 2nd Ave.

- SG

Check back tomorrow to get the scoop on the store's revampment. We might even score a giveaway for you!

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Options, options, options

Whether you're lucky enough to be done with finals, or you just need a study break, Gainesville's got you hooked up tonight with some amazing events. Lets consider our options...

Motion City Soundtrack: Yes, please. This quirky fivesome has been in the pop-punk scene since 1997. We're getting a bit nostalgic right listening to "Everything is Alright," takes us right back to 10th grade. But, seriously these guys always put on a great show, and its high-energy performance might be just what you need today. Motion City Soundtrack plays at The Venue. Door are at 7pm and tickets are $17 in advance. Look out for our giveaway today.

Sharab's "White Party":
Sharab Lounge's end-of-semester bash is just about forgetting about all your stresses and partying. With free drinks from 9 to 11pm, and $1 beers til the keg runs dry, it won't be long before this semester becomes a distant memory. To get you in the let-loose mood, Sharab is blacking out all the windows and loading the place up with black lights everywhere. So put on your favorite white
garb, whiten your teeth and prepare to glow. Tip: Wear all white to get in free and get there early, Sharab is expecting to be at capacity by midnight.

Neon Liger + Party Degree Dirty Disco Concert Series, featuring Designer Drugs: This one is going to be nuts. Desi
gner Drugs, the dance-music duo known for its sleezy, sweaty beats comes to Gainesville to help you celebrate the end of spring in the craziest way possible. To fit the overload of the event Neon Liger is transferring its act to The Vault Nightclub, the newest addition to the downtown scene with an 800-person capacity. 800 people, dirty dance beats and Designer Drugs? We are so there. Tickets are already on sale for this event, so get on it quick. Check out the FB event page to get tix.

Other funsies:

Modern Amusement at Lux Bar: $3 wells, $3 Casino shots, early-bird specials.
Wine tasting and art show at The Laboratory, 818 W University, Ste. C; 7 to 9pm.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall poolside at The Woodlands, 1055 SW 62nd Blvd.; 9pm
Grog House Reading Day: Free beer from 9:20 to 10pm at Grog House.
Klass Dismissed at Skyy Night Club, hosted by The Kappas $10 All you can drink.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Coachella Fashion Slideshow

Coachella is known for hours of the best music, celeb sightings, and the hottest (literally) fashion. INsite traveled to California for this world-renowned music festival to catch up on new music and the form-meets-function of festival fashion. We saw everything from Indian headdresses to pasties to the singer of Deer Tick in a sundress and green, glitter cowboy hat.

Major trends included high-waisted shorts, floppy hats, flat lace-up boots and captain’s hats for girls; and bandanas, frat tanks and ’80s gear for boys. And of course, there were an abundance of glow sticks, glitter and paint-adorned bodies. If this doesn’t give you an idea of what to wear for upcoming festivals, stay tuned for a music festival fashion guide.

—Ashley McCredie

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Motion City Soundtrack at The Venue

Pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack, who rose to fame with their song "Everything is Alright," will be playing at The Venue on Wednesday at 7pm. They will be playing with A Rocket to the Moon, Sing it Loud, and Fun (with one of the members of The Format). Tickets are $17 in advance. This will definitely be a high-energy show that will be lots of fun, just like the band's name suggests.

Check out our interview with guitar player Joshua Cain!

We got free tickets to the show. Keep up with us on Twitter to win.

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Friday, April 16, 2010


Kira, 22, UF Anthropology Major

Kira was seen relaxing on the grass with friends in front of Library West, putting a fresh spin on spring attire. Kira’s look was inspired by the new collection at For Love- Forever 21’s accessory store, found at the Oaks Mall on Newberry Road. Kira’s feminine floral dress uses layers to create a silhouette nothing short of charming, while a metallic belt makes way for excess in accessories. Pearl strands are topped with a chunky gold heart that works to balance the bold belt. An oversized black-bow headband gives Kira girly flair and leaves her style striking. Black ballet flats tone down the look, making this outfit perfect for a beautiful day on campus.

Dress,: Express, $60
Belt: For Love, $6
Headband: For Love, $6
Shoes: Payless, $10
Necklace: For Love, $6

- Hallie Wunsch

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Around the World in 80 Days

Photo from The Hippodrome's website

The theater might cause some to stray away. Thoughts of yawning and boredom play across minds. But the Hippodrome’s Around the World in 80 Days is not typical theater.

The year is 1872. Train is the mode of travel. India is still British soil. Director Lauren Caldwell turns this into a bizarre setting – colorful drapes stream across the ceiling, adorned by Christmas lights and paper lanterns. Two small fish tanks outline the sides, representing travel by sea. Clocks tick in the background, glowing and spinning fast. This is a place where five actors play 39 characters, utilizing every aspect of the stage, including the audience.

Mark Brown’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel begins much the same: our protagonist, Phileas Fogg, places a wager at his Reform Club. He is a strict, precise man with a new servant: an ex-circus act Frenchman named Passepartout. Phileas rarely falls off schedule and gives Passepartout exact times and directions for when he should complete his duties. This stringency leads him to bet 20,000 pounds he can travel around the world in 80 days. Phileas’ cyclical life and plan begin to haze when it’s reported a gentleman bank robber is on the run; he’s the lead suspect.  A stubborn, clumsy Detective Fix, bearing much resemblance to Inspector Clouseau, follows the duo. He’s convinced by his “sixth sense” Phileas is the robber. His frivolous spending adds to suspicion, ensuring obstacles, missed trains and humorous detours.

Around the World’s comedy doesn’t necessarily come from the situations, but absurdity. Five actors play 39 riotous characters, meaning they quickly adapt their wardrobe on stage for each portrayal. Whether they switched hats or wear stereotypical clothing, laughing commenced. They’re not limited to humans, though. When in India, Sir Francis joins Detective Fix, Phileas and Passepartout. Their train cannot travel any further, so the three go by elephant. The costume? Each represents a different part of the elephant – flopping ears, legs and face. The play relies on audiences’ imaginations and ability to let loose. To represent traveling by train, the actors took out glowing cylinder frames and moved them in a chugging motion. They also hopped on trampolines to depict the shaking, delivering even more laughs.If it weren’t for the actors’ incredible ability to never break character, Around the World would not have been successful.

Dozing off or texting away isn’t an option during Around the World. The unconventional use of imagination brings roars of laughter as the actors walk through the tightly packed aisles, up wooden stair rails and shoot water. It’s a tale of adventure and romance, but most of all, lightheartedness. The play opens today and runs through May 9 at the Hippodrome. Tickets range from $25-30 for general audiences and $12 for students.

- Nicole La Hoz

First person to comment or retweet this wins free tickets to opening night tonight 4/16 at 8pm. 

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Modern Intellectual

Kaela Kennedy, 25, Pratt Grad student

Kaela came from Brooklyn, NY to visit friends here in Gainesville, and was spotted lunching outdoors with them at Steamers in mid-town. Kaela mixes new, high-end pieces with vintage finds for a casual-classic style that has its own cultured appeal. Her earth-toned, printed frock is fitted with a woven brown belt that’s perfect for this season. A burgundy sweater and black tights give the look an almost-poetic posture, evoking thoughts of literary tradition. The look is made complete with oxford flats- a style that gives an air of humble sophistication to any outfit.

Dress: vintage store in Williamsburg, $20
Cardigan: Uniqlo, $40
Shoes: Steve Madden, $60
Belt: vintage, $15
Tights: CVS, $6

- Hallie Wunsch

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Posehn & gang impress at CGs

"You can take off your thinking caps. It's time for Dumb Dumb, The Giant Retard."
This sparkling prose was uttered by none other than Brian Posehn himself last night at Common Grounds, where he performed his stand up act for a capacity crowd.

Opening the show was the also bearded Kyle Kinane, a thoughtful yet angry man who opened his set with the line, "beards are mohawks for 30-year-olds," and ended with a hilarious account of drunkenly ordering the worlds biggest pizza, but forgetting about it until the next day when it's actually delivered, and you have to pay for it.

The warm up act was local comedian Rudy Mendoza. He told a story about hand sanitizer that I cannot in good conscience repeat, but go see him in town if you get the chance.

Pat Lavery, owner of Glory Days Presents! is responsible for bringing Posehn to town. This is the first time he's brought a national comedian to Gainesville, and he was excited about the turnout.

Glory Days is planning big things in the next few weeks, like Motion City Soundtrack on April 21 and Puddle of Mudd on April 23. Keep checking back at our blog for updates and your chance to win tickets.

-Jon Silman

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Democracy Redefined

See, think and imagine with Kerry Oliver-Smith, the Harn Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art, on Sunday, April 18 as she offers an engaging look at the relationship of art and democracy in Europe at the exhibition Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)Possible. Smith’s gallery talk at 3pm at the Harn Museum will discuss the controversial worldwide impact of the West, Europe and the United States through the use of video art, wall paintings, photographs, cell phones and more. The Harn offers viewers a new way to experience the art, by allowing them to gain more information about individual pieces through their cell phones.

“This exhibition will provide an opportunity for Americans to reconsider and reinvigorate their understanding of democracy at home,” says Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn Museum of Art.

Photo courtesy of Baker Botts L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Commedia Voyages of Sinbad

Ahoy there ye mateys… prepare yourself to sail the seven seas with Sinbad the Sailor! The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is inaugurating the Thomas Center Theatre for Young Audiences. The first production will be “The Commedia Voyages of Sinbad" by celebrated young audiences’ playwright Lane Riosley. It will take place outdoors at the Thomas Center’s Grace and Sidney Knight Garden Theatre.

The play is a creative version of Sinbad’s seven voyages with tumbling, mock combat, puppetry, masks and clowning that the players will use to bring to life a giant fish, the monstrous roc bird, the King of the Skeletons, Zughub the Ogre, the Old Man of the Sea, the Elephant King and more! Opening on Thursday, April 15, the play will run on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. through Saturday, May 15. This free event is recommended for all ages, ideally suited for families to enjoy together!

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Brian Posehn Plays CGs

It takes some comedic chops to keep up with Sarah Silverman, but Brian Posehn is up for the challenge. Brian, who got his big break as mail clerk Kevin Liotta on NBC's "Just Shoot Me!," now has a long list of hilarious roles under his belt, most recently as a cast member and writer on HBO's "Mr. Show," and playing Brian Spukowski, Sarah's gay neighbor, on Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program." Throughout the '90s he appeared as a guest star on "Friends," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Seinfeld." You might also recognize him from roles in movies like The Devil's Rejects, The Wedding Singer and Dumb and Dumberer.

Brian will perform at Common Grounds on Wednesday, April 14. But before then, he took the time to talk to INsite about fame, pranks and why the "Friends" cast is not cool.

Read on to win tickets to the show!

What does it feel like to be on stage and tell jokes?

It's hard for me to comment on that that because I been doing it for so long. There are certain nights where I'm more aware how weird it is talking about my wiener to strangers. Occasionally I'll become aware of how strange my job really is. That people pay money to sit down and watch a stranger talk about himself for 45 minutes is a weird thing, but I don't usually think about that much when I'm up there.

Have you ever used fame to hook up with hot chicks?

No, because I've been with my girl for, God, 13 years. There was a time when we were still together when I was like, "Oh man, I could actually use this." Occasionally I'd be in bars and girls that would have never talked to me before, I was on cable made it incredibly easy, but no, I never was able to parlay my fame into free sex. And now I'm not allowed to by law.

What's the crappiest thing about being famous?
There really isn't anything. I mean anybody that complains about being famous is a douchebag, you know? If you don't wanna talk to people don't go outside. Occasionally somebody will catch me in a bad mood, and I'm in a bad mood most of my life, but I'm conscious of it, and I have to snap out of it because I don't want anybody to have a bad experience meeting me.

I know a couple of them have gotten away from me over the years, you know, I wasn't able to keep my grouchiness at bay. But I never wanna be that guy. I've had bad experiences with meeting people that are way more famous than me, and it changes you, and you think, I don't think I like that guy as much anymore.

Wanna name drop?
It's mostly rock bands, why talk about them, you know? I had Metallica be not cool to me. Chris Holmes from ('80s rock group) Wasp - I did a joke about how he was not cool to me. And then in more recent years, I did an episode of "Friends" and three of them were not very cool. It was like when they first started, it was their second season.

It's like, You're not that big of a star, and I was a guest star on the show, and I was hanging out for like a week and three of those cast members never talked to me. I walked away being a little bitter about that. Not so much bitter, but just sort of not understanding it because it doesn't take much to be human. It's really easy to be human to people. It takes more energy to be an asshole, you know? I just don't get why people wouldn't be cool to you when you're telling them you like what they do.

What is the most awkward thing that's ever happened to you while you were performing?
Patton Oswald and myself, we did the Comedians of Comedy tour, and we were in Philadelphia. We weren't aware that this was happening while we were on stage, but this woman comes up, and says she's a big fan of both of us. He and I are sitting right next to each other as she's telling us the story.

She says, "I love you guys, and I had to drag my boyfriend here." We look behind and there's this guy in a polo shirt or like an Ed Hardy thing, or whatever that just doesn't fit in with the rest of the crowd. Typical douchebag, and he comes up and says, "Yeah I never heard of you guys, but my girlfriend made me come. But the good thing was she gave me a (word deleted) while you were on stage." So this is after the woman had just shaken our hands. And both he and I were just sitting there so grossed out. And we had this moment where they were just being "real" with us, and we wanted to run to our van and get out of there as soon as possible. So she loves us but in order for her to get her boyfriend to stand there and listen to us talk about our weiners for 45 minutes, she had to (word deleted) him.

OK. Awkward or awesome?
Your wife tells you she's pregnant.

But it's not yours.
Uhhh awkward.

But she won the lottery.
But she's keeping the ticket and leaving you.

Brian Posehn will play at Common Grounds on April 14. Doors are at 8pm and tickets are $15.

- Jon Silman

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

GFW Day 4: BobbyK

Bobby K with models Senta Achee and Janice Erlacher

From the moment Bobby Kelley hit the stage for his pre-show speech, we knew we were facing a new man. He was calm and collected, the face of someone who knew there was nothing worry about. With three well-received shows under his belt, his grown-up, polished demeanor translated into the clothes as look after look showed a more sophisticated, in control woman.

The collection was cohesive with a palate of turquoise, brown, yellow, gold and pale neutrals. Before the show Bobby told us with this collection he was trying to dress a woman who wanted to look expensive without paying a lot. He came through with rich fabrics like gold lame and chocolate brown pleather. Bobby showed us shapes that were solid and structured, in the form of sleek, floor-sweeping Old-Hollywood gowns; high-waisted and wide legged trousers; voluminous skirts; retro-shift dresses; blouses, and sexy onesies.

After giving us a range of looks and shapes to remind us why we look forward to his shows, the BobbyK runway show seemed to come to an end. But we all sensed it was too calm to be true. After a video intermission, Bobby's girls came out reflecting the bold hems, saturated hues and out-there shapes we love him for.

He took it a step further with a more developed menswear component wrapping up the show. We got our first glimpse of BobbyK's menswear abilities last Gainesville Fashion Week , when he showcased two men's sweaters, but this time he took it further with swimwear, mid-thigh shorts, tees, hooded tanks, and our favorite: the men's harem pant, which was completely spring and surprisingly wearable. We hope Bobby will continue developing his menswear component. His flair and quirkiness is just what the men's department needs to take the "our choices are so limited" out of the equation.

Although Bobby's voice has evolved, the essence that makes him BobbyK still remains. He stays loyal to the basics: The Avant Garde hair team, which never fails to outfit with bold, wild-child hair. His love for Lady Gaga, which we saw sharply in his designs and crystal-encrusted glasses in his 2009 "Jack The Ripper" line, were also brought back last night, as a group performing a live rendition of "Bad Romance" kicked off the show. And his muses; the fiery redhead; the smart, bombshell blonde; and the saucy brunette, are still at the foundation of his line, showing that BobbyK is not just one person or look, but rather can fit all people at different times.

Bobby Kelley with Bryan Sepp and Robert Barron from Avant Garde Salon

-Stephanie Granada, photos by Sarah Hsu

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GFW Day 4: Mikho Karajito; Pigskins & Ponytails

The designer with a model in his one-piece design

There is one word to describe Miguel Blanco's Mikho Karajito show: perfection. Upon entering the show guests were treated to chocolate cupcakes, "compliments of Mikho," presented along with a mini collection look book. Before his show began, a commercial video was projected on surrounding screens gearing the crowd for what was to come. As the screens went up, the show immediately began with a chiseled, male model standing in the dark, head of the runway. The music, a hard-bassed tribal soundtrack, thumped in guests hearts as models stomped on the stage with heavy strides, oiled-bodies, Avatar-length braids and barcode tattoos. The accessories done by Courtney Lee Designs provided just the right touch of worldly, ethnic accents with harsh, forward thinking edges.

The scene was all of a futuristic tribe, a complete contrast to the Sironna Swimwear line the night before. This line wasn't about flirtiness and fun, it was about structure and sensuality. Miguel's use of work-wear fabrics like wool and tweed patterns made for swimwear that is not so much meant to be swam in, but seen in. The men's swimwear cascaded in lengths from boy-short briefs, to low-waisted, mid-thigh designs and knee-length board-shorts, most young men are used to.

Surely Miguel's experience as an art director, helped make his first line, which he created entirely in three months, into the full-blown, loved spectacle that it was. We look forward to what he will come up with next, which although he confesses he hasn't had much time to think about, will probably be in the range out outerwear.


Pigskins & Ponytails took the stage to remind sports fans that you don't have to be tacky to be spirited. The line used different shades of orange and blue to create looks that were Gator-oriented without looking uniformy. "We want our customers to be fantastic in their own beauty," says Sarah Bess, vice president of the line. The motto "game day couture everyday," was reflected in the fun, sexy dresses that paraded down the runway. Blue was the headlining color of the collection, with accents, like bows and belts bringing forth the Gator orange. Because we're still not over sailor stripes, we love the line's use of navy-and-white striped dresses.

While the styles were cute and wearable, we really have to call attention to the quality of the clothes, which were all made to fit and flatter, a contrast to most game-day wear you find at bookstores and athletic shops. Rounding out the line's full game-day outfitting were accessories like gum-sized orange and blue crystal necklaces and bracelets. Here's to hoping we see more of these looks come this Gator football season.

- Stephanie Granada, photos by Sarah Hsu

Check back for our BobbyK review this afternoon!

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

GFW Day 3: Sironna, Mesh & Dahlia

The third night of Gainesville Fashion Week demonstrated the event's expansion with artists and designers coming from out of town (and out of the country) to partake in the event. The show began with a live performance by Indigovox from Atlanta, GA, followed by the Colombian swimwear line Sironna Swimwear; a new downtown boutique, Mesh; and closed by local favorite Dahlia.

Sironna Swimwear
Andrew Avila

In Colombia getting ready for the beach is like getting ready for the red carpet. The women come pre-toned and pre-tanned, with eccentric matching swimsuits, headgear and beach bags. Sironna Swimwear brought that attention to detail stateside with its collection of Caribbean-toned, hand-embellished swimsuits, headbands and shoulder bags.

The Sironna Colombian design team reminded us that the No. 1 tool for looking good and feeling good while wearing minimal coverage is confidence. And Sironna knows just how to offer that. Sironna uses fabrics and cuts that hit just at the right angles and cling just to the right places to make for the most flattering swimsuits. Add to that touches like ruffles on the bust to add volume to smaller chests; boleros along the waist to carve out a waistline and colorful weaving under the bustline of one-pieces to create the illusion of a longer torso, and you have a swimwear line that knows how a woman wants to look and feel. "We were really embracing hippie-chic with this collection," the designers said backstage. "We don't let any piece of fabric go to waste."

Andrew Avila

Last night we welcomed another newcomer into the Gainesville fashion scene, Mesh boutique. The downtown store pleased every woman in the audience as it showed a varied collection that offered something for Gainesville's diverse population. We can see the wide-leg pants being perfect for "Casual Fridays" at work, and the breezy onesies being sported by girls all over campus. Or take your pick from the strapless maxi dresses just right for running errands on hot days; a one-shoulder body-con, bandage, color-block dress for a sexy night on the town; or a DIY-style strapless dress for a day browsing the farmers' market. What it came down to at the Mesh show was functionality. From corseted tops for nights when you just want to feel flirty, to flowing shapes for days you want to sway with the summer breeze, Mesh presented pieces for every occasion and demographic.

Andrew Avila

Dahlia's arsenal comes from its store owner, Christy Morgan, being a true trend-sett
er herself. She dresses her girls not in what is conventionally sexy, or what the men will find hot, but instead chooses looks that are alluring for their intrinsic femininity and sophistication that makes the woman wearing it feel unique and in control.

She gave us flowing silks, with zippered accents for edge; American outlaw denim and leather vests over softer pieces; an array of prints ready for an art gallery storefront; and plenty of shine in the fashion of quiet metallic fabrics and not just splashes of color, but full on colorful looks highlighted by colorful accessories like hot pink and rainbow sparkle clutches. Along the lines of the more urban looks she showcased, we love the denim shorts, black tank and oversized, fringed sailor sweater-look a model sported with chunky booties. And who can forget the jewelry? An array of cascading crystals, and large chain-linked necklaces, which draped the models, further highlighting Dahlia's talent for style that is bold and tasteful.

-Stephanie Granada, photos by Andrew Avila and Andres Farfan

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