Between musicians, storytellers, yoga instructors and more, Gainesville is bursting at the seams with events of all kinds for January. Although some of these events get covered extensively each week within Avenue, there are many more that deserve some attention. Here’s a handful of must-see shows, talks and other events set for the second half of this month.

Thursday, January 18: Story Summit at Heartwood Soundstage

In an event that’s slightly unique from the norm, Heartwood Soundstage will host its Story Summit on Thursday. Some of Gainesville’s best storytellers will come out to share personal narratives. Gail Johnson, a local woman running for Gainesville City Commission At Large Seat 1, will also be there to tell a story of her own. Tickets are available at for $15 and for $20 on the day of the show.

Wednesday, January 24: BUKU and YOGA at Plaza of the Americas

For the music and yoga lovers (and those on a budget), UF student Krista Kingsbury is hosting a free Vinyasa-style yoga class on campus next Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event also serves as a precursor to Buku Music + Art Project, a vibrant New Orleans-based music festival that will take place on March 9 and 10, which conveniently falls during UF’s spring break. Attendees can practice their skills and hear music from Buku performers throughout the class.

Friday, January 26: Flipturn, Arrows in Action and more at The Atlantic

Local indie rockers and Swamp Records band Flipturn will bring their talents to The Atlantic on Friday along with Arrows in Action and more. Florida music festival Okeechobee announced last week that Flipturn earned a spot to perform at March’s four-day event, and the band will no doubt be riding high from that news at the show. Tickets are available for $8 at and $12 at the door the night of the show.

Friday, January 26: Blunts & Blondes at Simon’s

Rising Tampa-based producer Blunts & Blondes will hit Simon’s Nightclub next Friday as a part of Lucid Nightlife’s “Hometown Heroes” Concert Series. In addition to opening for artists known around the world, Blunts & Blondes has performed at festivals across the southeast such as Okeechobee Music Festival and Imagine Music Festival. With a heavily bass-influenced sound, the artist is sure to bring the energy for local electronic lovers and more. Tickets are available at for $12 to $23.