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Bo Diddley Plaza Renovations Bring In New Era

By on February 25th, 2015 | Last updated: February 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville is closing Sunday for renovations. The renovations are expected to last one year and will include additions to the performance area, a new café, an informational kiosk and relocating an existing bus stop.

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Local Activists Bring Art Ventures To Gainesville

By on February 19th, 2015 | Last updated: February 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

A Peruvian artist’s scrap metal rooster inspired local community activists to start a downtown art movement. The creators hope it will attract more locals to Gainesville’s art scene.

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Traveling Exhibit Remembers Florida Blues History

By on February 17th, 2015 | Last updated: February 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Blues music has taken over Gainesville in the form of an exhibit at the Matheson History Museum. “Florida’s Got the Blues” runs through April 30 and showcases the history of blues music in North Central Florida.

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Local Artists Open Supply Store, Collaboration Hub

By on February 12th, 2015 | Last updated: February 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Two local artists opened the SoMa Art Media Hub, an art supply store, on Monday with the intent of making it a central art hub for other local artists. SoMa fills a void that was left when Central Florida Office Plus closed in 2014.

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Cosplayers Take Anti-bullying Initiative To Next Level

By on February 5th, 2015 | Last updated: February 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Longtime Gainesville cosplayer Erin McConnell is spearheading a Facebook initiative called “Heroes United Against Cosplay Bullying,” which encourages cosplayers — costume role-playes — to combat cyberbullying.

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Record Label Expands As Owners Share Company

By on January 30th, 2015 | Last updated: January 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

A local record label got its start relying on a bus that uses vegetable oil for fuel. Elestial Sound is now expanding into a warehouse in Waldo.

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Faire Characters Share Medieval Hoggetowne Tales

By on January 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: January 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will feature merchants and artisans beginning on Saturday to deliver what one man calls a truly magical and authentic experience. The Faire will take place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24 through 25 and Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

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Ocala Artisan’s Puppets Carved Up For Adoption at Medieval Fairs

By on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Local artisan Bob Walker plans to sell his lifelike puppets at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville on Saturday. He and his team, Midsummer Knight’s Dream, make and sell these “Woodbabies” at various fairs throughout the year.

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Fundraiser Drives Marion County Elementary School Students to Create License Plate Art

By on January 14th, 2015 | Last updated: January 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

By making art on license plates, elementary school students flex their creative muscles while raising money for their schools’ art programs.

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Local Nursery Helps People Connect Back to Home

By on January 1st, 2015 | Last updated: December 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

Edible Plant Project is a nursery in Gainesville that provides seeds and plants for people to grow. Some of their plants come from foreign countries. EPP most recently decided to provide cooking classes, so that people could learn about these plants and their special uses. EPP sells plants at the Union Street Farmers’ Market every second Wednesday of the month.

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