Fest is one of our favorite weeks of the year-- not only to we get to serve bands and fans from around the world, it gives us a chance to bring in an amazing selection of guest coffees and espresso selections. This year we will be offering new coffees from:
-San Francisco's Linea Caffe
-Wisconsin's Ruby Roasters
-Victoria BC's Bows X Arrows
-New York's Toby's Estate
All over four days! The events actually start for us on 10/30 with the next reading from MFA@FLA, followed by three days of Fest. Look for extended Fest hours to be posted next week. We will not be able to hold a public cupping during the Fest weekend.
Volta will be open 9-6 on Saturday, 2 August, with a free coffee cupping/tasting at 11am, and open 9-5 on Sunday. We will be closed on Monday, 4 August, so we can install a new oven and reorganize the shop. Back to normal summer hours on Tuesday.
PechaKucha GNV, full speed ahead! The next PechaKucha Night in Gainesville will be held on January 24th, with a deadline of January 15th for submission of proposals to participate. More details from the PechaKucha website:
What is Pechakucha Night? "PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected -- unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different." If you have ideas, art, research, or projects that you'd like to present, please consider taking part! All you need are 20 images and a story to tell.
A quick head's up that we will not be holding a coffee cupping for the next two weeks. Volta is ground zero for Fest, a sprawling music festival that takes over downtown on the last weekend of October. We will be in prep mode next week, then in full-on Fest mode on the weekend of Oct 31-Nov. 2. Cuppings will resume the following week on November 9.
We are pleased to announce the return of the UF MFA Poetry and Fiction reading series for the fall semester. Readings begin at 8pm and generally last an hour:
9/12 Oliver Lee & Elaina Mercatoris
9/26 Victor Florence & Nini Berndt
10/10 Patrick May & Gentris Jointe
10/24 Ashley Keyser & Glen Lindquist
11/7 Alex Pickett & Tara Tatum
11/21 Erin Jones & Emma Smith-Stevens
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.