As you surely know, finals week is here. This means lots of time studying, right? Or it means lots of time spent thinking about studying, texting your friends about how you don’t know anything and, in the end, seeking alcohol. Well if the latter is the case, we have you covered.
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If you’re graduating this semester, and you’re like me, you’re starting to panic about leaving behind everything Gainesville has to offer. Coming back from Spring Break made that impending diploma seem way too real, and now you may be looking to pack in everything you’ve wanted to do over the last four years into the last six weeks. Lucky for you, I’m here to round up all of the must-do activities you need to check off your bucket list before the end of April.
What a ride we are on for this season with Bachelor Nick Viall. What started out with some very dull episodes, minus, of course, villain Corinne Olympios and her nanny Raquel, has suddenly picked up speed in the last few weeks. Nick, on his fourth appearance with the franchise, is desperate to find love and, yet, kicks off any girl who professes her love for him. He spends a lot of time crying, and I spend a lot of time wondering if this 36-year-old aspiring model is actually a catch. Now that we’re down to the final four and already know Rachel Lindsay is our next Bachelorette, you may need a few drinks to get you through the remaining episodes, so here’s the drinking game you’ve been waiting for all season long.
The best Sunday of the year is finally here, and whether you’re a football fan, a beer fan or a fan of good commercials, you know you’ll be watching the game. If you’re looking to get off your couch but still watch the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons, there’s a lot of places around Gainesville joining the celebration. Here are some of the best spots:
Swamp Head Brewery: A local favorite for craft beer fans, Swamp Head Brewery, located at 3650 SW 42nd Ave., is known for its creative brews and is at its peak in fall, when it offers tons of special-edition drinks to accompany the colder weather. Check these out:
“Stranger Things”: It’s the hottest thing on TV right now. It’s almost guaranteed that all of your friends will disappear for a day or two to binge this eight-episode Netflix series, and with Halloween coming up, it’s sure to keep growing in popularity. For those who haven’t watched the science-fiction hit yet, it follows the disappearance of 12-year-old Will and his family’s journey to get him back from supernatural forces, along with the help of a telekinetic girl with a buzz cut. There are plenty of monsters, teen romance and ‘80s vibes, so there’s basically something for everyone. If you haven’t watched it yet, a hurricane is coming and now is the ideal time. So grab a drink and follow along (spoiler-free, of course).
When it comes to Bill Burr’s stand-up routine, nothing is off limits.
We all know the routine: You have a few hours to kill between classes, or you’re on campus late at night and need to grab a bite to eat. You’re tired of dropping the same $8 or $9 at Chipotle or Chick-fil-A, so you’re looking for something that will satisfy both your wallet and your taste buds. I understand the struggle, and I have your back on this one, so here are Gainesville’s best bang-for-your-buck local food joints: no chain restaurants, no guilt for spending too much and none of the same old options.
Have a late final and hanging around the ‘ville this weekend? Before you head home for the last bit of summer, here are some things to check out around town this weekend, from food to music to.
For those looking to explore music with a darker tone, Gainesville band GAUL is worth a listen. The band, which describes its sound as “blackened doom” and is composed of Derek (guitar/vox), Chris Hencher (bass) and Chris Vigilante (drums), is playing at the Atlantic this weekend. I sat down with Hencher to talk about the band’s experience.
Looking for something to keep you busy as you wish away the Saturdays until football season? The Avenue is here to help you out with the best places to get drinks, hear local music and get artistic this weekend.
New to Gainesville’s music scene is Just Neighbors, a rock band composed of Justice Diamond (guitar/bass), Dan Lohr (guitar), Jarrett Haines (keyboard/guitar/bass) and Reid Casey (drums). While they are new, the band is quickly making an impression on locals and are becoming regulars at clubs and bars around town. I sat down with Diamond to talk music and what’s next.
Christina Holder, known by her performance persona The Leonine Queen, is one of Gainesville’s top jazz singers and known for her range of musical styles. Formerly of popular Gainesville band Savants of Soul, Holder recently broke out on her own to do solo jazz shows all across town. I sat down with her to talk her upbringing in classical music and her solo debut.
A Grammy-nominated singer makes a stop in Gainesville this weekend as part of her 2016 tour.
Over the last three years, “Ken Eats Gainesville” has become the go-to blog in town for local food reviews and information. Ken Peng launched the site with a Facebook page, now with more than 17,000 likes, and still uses the social media page heavily. I sat down with Peng to talk food, the site and the must-eat places for Gainesville newcomers.
Need some activities to keep you busy this weekend? From drinks and ice cream to music and Pokemon, the Avenue has you covered.
Southpaw is a band relatively new to Gainesville’s music scene, releasing its first demo record this month. The emo/punk band, with Joshua Galarneau on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Jason Hubner on lead guitar, Bo Coker on bass/backing vocals and Kenneth Noble on drums, will play the Hardback Cafe on July 16 to debut the demo. I sat down with Galarneau to talk about the band’s start and its increasing success.
Downtown Gainesville will transform into an outdoor block party Sunday, with an electronic soundtrack and live art.
Ever watched one of your favorite shows, seen actors your own age and wondered where they went to school? Well if your favorite show is “Bloodline,” one of the show’s stars has been walking around the UF campus with you all along. Taylor Rouviere, 19, plays Jane Rayburn in the hit Netflix show and is going into her third year at UF as a biology and psychology double major. I sat down with her to talk about living in Gainesville and working on an acclaimed TV show as a college student.