We're turning 5 on Saturday, April 27. Seems like a good excuse for a party. We're starting off at 11 with a very special coffee cupping with the latest coffees from Intelligentsia, Toby's, Sightglass, and Bows & Arrows. Later, we'll fire up the smoker for hot dogs and cake on the patio. At some point Anthony will start churning out ice cream for a round of affogatos. At 2 pm we'll have a set by Ricky Kendall, and at 6:30 we'll have a performance by Sad Scout. Other guests musicians might be playing throughout the day.
All week long we're going to have our own version of an espresso festival, celebrating new single origin offerings and blends from some of our favorite roasters. 10 different espresso offerings over 6 days. We're bringing in two blends from London's Square Mile Roasters. A Colombian and a blend from Victoria BC's Bows & Arrows. A new Ethiopian espresso from Toby's Estate. New espressos from Sightglass and Intelligentsia. Each coffee will only be available for a limited time.
A rare concert at Volta: join us as we welcome Walter Salas-Humara back to Gainesville.
Who is Walter? From his bio: Chasing the punk prairie fire from Gainesville to New York just in time to sift through the ashes, Walter formed The Silos in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell, plugging the main cable of American rock idiom into the jerry-rigged soundboard of Velvets-era feral experimentalism. The unlikely result, as evidenced by About Her Steps (1986), the seminal Cuba (1987) and their RCA debut The Silos (i.e., The One with the Bird on the Cover, 1990) was a loose-limbed conceptual country-rock that in turn influenced (if not outright inspired) the alt-country No Depression movement just around the corner. The band was voted Best New American Band in Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics' Poll of 1987 and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990. He forged connections in Austin, another lost outpost tailor-made for his particular set of influences, where he formed the poor man’s supergroup the Setters with songwriters Michael Hall of the Wild Seeds and Alejandro Escovedo of the True Believers. Moving to Los Angeles, he recorded and toured with Tom Freund, Manny Verzosa, Jon Dee Graham, Gary Sunshine and Darren Hess. Those middle records – Hasta la Victoria! (1992), Susan Across the Ocean (1994), Heater (and its remixed mutant twin Cooler) (1998) validated the early acclaim and expanded Salas-Humara’s reputation as one of the finest songwriters working in the American vernacular.
Walter will be performing a solo show at Volta; cover is $5, show starts at 8pm.
The third installment of the MFA@FLA Fiction and Poetry Reading in this Thursday, March 14 at 8pm.
Vincent Poturica is a 2nd-year MFA candidate in fiction writing at the University of Florida. He grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles and has worked as a journalist in Minnesota and Sri Lanka. He is grateful to have health insurance right now.
Adam Stengel is a second-year MFA candidate in poetry from Conway, Arkansas. He was born during the Oxygen Event. He enjoys Purp and Pabst.
We will continue our MFA@FLA Fiction and Poetry reading series this Thursday with two new readers: Heather Peterson and Ezra Stewart-Silver.
Here is a little ditty about the readers.
Heather Peterson is a second-year in fiction at the MFA@FLA. She writes mostly short stories, one of which is called "The Last Sight of Land" and can be read online at Smokelong Quarterly. She is from the Boston area. She has also lived in England, Providence, and rural Vermont.
Ezra Stewart-Silver is a second-year MFA@FLA candidate. He was born in New Mexico, but considers Charlottesville, Virginia home. Before moving to Gainesville, he taught for a year at the University of Chiang Mai.
Hope to see you at Volta Thursday night!
Volta has a place open on our baking team. The position requires you to be creative, inspired, and self-managing. We have a very small kitchen (a bit like baking in a ship's galley), but we provide the best ingredients we can find and the freedom to improvise whatever you want to make on a daily basis. After the first few weeks, you set your own schedule as long as there are fresh scones in the morning. Between 20 and 40 hours a week. Previous professional baking experience preferred. Stop by the shop and fill out a baker's application if you are interested in the position.
Nice video report from The Tampa Bay Times on the first Tampa Bay Barista Jam, hosted by Buddy Brew Coffee. Anthony went down as a judge as is featured in the new report.
Cesar Antonio Evans spent years writing poetry as a form of personal catharsis. When he changed his name to Cesar last summer, he realized his poetry foreshadowed the change.
Volta has the pleasure of hosting the book release of Diagnosing Ghosts on Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Join Evans and the Volta family for a live reading and discussion about his published work.
If you’d like to read more about Cesar Antonio Evans and his work, you can visit his website
Taryn Gilbert will be opening with some of her original poetry followed by a fiction piece written by Jim Cooney.
Pair this literature with one of our soothing teas, a decadent hot chocolate or a homemade pastry, and you certainly won’t regret your evening.
More information about the MFA@FLA Poetry and Fiction reading series can be found on their Facebook page.
It's easy to get a little lost looking at our brewed coffee menu. That is why on Saturday mornings at 11 Volta staff hosts free coffee cuppings - think wine tasting, but with coffee - to help you understand what to look for in a coffee and how to better choose one.
By the end of the cupping, you will learn how to detect the flavor notes and other complexities of the coffee bean and about the cupping process. Every week we'll sample different coffees from roasters across the United States, and on special occassions, from around the world. If there is a particular bean our staff and customers enjoyed, we will bring it in to serve at the shop. Don't be intimidated. No prior knowledge of coffee (or wine) is necessary. We look forward to see you there!
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