Thousands of students, parents, children and Gainesville residents gathered in Bo Diddley Plaza Oct. 22 for Gainesville Pride Festival’s grand return. The festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but attendees came back in full force — adorned in all colors of the rainbow and representing all sectors of the LGBTQ community.
Veronica Nocera is a third-year journalism major, history minor and The Avenue editor. She spent two semesters reporting arts and culture for The Alligator and also writes for Rowdy Magazine. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, journaling or taping random pictures to her wall. Also, she’ll probably be wearing yellow.
State Sen. Keith Perry, R-Ocala, released a statement after polls closed “regarding Alachua County Voter Suppression.” Multiple Alachua County precincts in both Newberry and High Springs went without Republican ballots for several hours, the statement read.
UF's Shakespeare in the Park Fall Selected Scenes showcase was a celebration of Shakespeare in popular culture. The performance on Dec. 4 and 5 featured notable scenes from adaptations of Shakespeare works alongside corresponding scenes from the original plays.
Sitting Swan hosted the "Better than Black Friday" market at 4th Ave Food Park Friday. More than 15 local vendors gathered in the outdoor area, selling art and thrifted clothing alongside the park’s existing food vendors.
Local arts project Figure on Diversity launched Figure Drawing in the Parks. The series started outside Bo Diddley Plaza at the Downtown Festival & Art Show Nov. 7 with a two-hour figure drawing session featuring two models.
Friends of the Library hosted its first in-person book sale since Fall 2019 Oct. 23, kicking off the five-day comeback event that will last until Oc. 27.
The Matheson History Museum and Civic Media Center are commemorating LBGT History Month with a series of film screenings. The screenings will take place between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 and feature several important films from LGBT history.
The Gainesville Reggae Festival took place, which took place at Heartwood Soundstage Sept. 25, was the first of its kind at the music venue. From 5 p.m. to nearly midnight, guests listened to live reggae music, indulged in Jamaican cuisine and browsed booths from local vendors.
After working on the crafts for close to a year, local artist Avery Bender is featuring handmade rugs at The AUK Market, a mixed-vendor marketplace located at Curia on the Drag. The exhibition opened Sept. 10 and will stay up through the beginning of October.