JACKSONVILLE FOODFIGHT TAKES ON HUNGER
Arizona-based folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad find kindred spirits in Jacksonville
Northeast Florida restaurateurs step up for the city’s friendly food-related competition — sadly, not an actual foodfight — to raise funds for the Nourishment Network, which seeks to eradicate food insecurity locally. According to Foodfight organizers, one in six adults and one in four children in this area face going to bed hungry every night. The event, now in its 24th year, raised about $80,000 last year; it’s raised more than $1 million since 1989. 6:30-9 p.m. June 5 at Touchdown Club East, EverBank Field, Downtown, $60 in advance, $70 at the door, jacksonvillefoodfight.org.
48-HOUR FILM PROJECT KICK OFF
Filmmakers take on the challenge of creating a film in 48 hours from scratch. Don’t panic. Just caffeinate. Through some combination of creativity, nervous breakdowns, hard work, stimulants and skill, moviemakers compete to produce the best short film they can. Each team is randomly assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre. Films are screened at Sun-Ray Cinema in 5 Points (June 10-12), then those judged the best screen July 12 at The Florida Theatre. The winner of this year’s event, the eighth edition, goes up against winning films from 48-Hour competitions around the world. Kickoff is 6 p.m. June 6 at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, $175 late registration, 48hourfilm.com/en/Jacksonville.
ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD
Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad started as a duo 10 years ago in the hot, dry air of Phoenix. All of their hard work, tears and sweat paid off, and they built a cult following that responded by funding a new van on Kickstarter, helping make this tour possible. They’ve also gone full-band for this one, but are still anchored by singer-songwriter Sean Bonnette’s honest, personal, attachment-creating lyrics. Says keyboardist Preston Bryant, “I think that Arizona and Florida are kind of kindred spirits, because most of the time when our states are in the media, it’s for something really bad.” 8 p.m. June 5 at Jack Rabbits, San Marco, $12.
If you’re aiming to swap lead with a The Quick and the Dead-era Gene Hackman-type at high noon, any song off Gossamer Frontier’s nine-track rambler Anywhere from Everywhere will set the tone nicely. If you’re not, it’s still a great listen. Johnny Dealy coaxes innovative, moody riffs out of his Telecaster; they meander like tumbleweed, starting from elemental notes and building into climaxes. Vocalist Shannon Vaughn croons over that foundation with loose, Robert Plant-style swagger, singing about typical neo-Western subject matter (defunct relationships, old habits, missed opportunities) in a way that makes this material stand out. 8 p.m. June 9 at Burro Bar, Downtown, $5.
21ST ANNUAL BEACH BASH
It’s a fun, family-oriented outdoors event. (Parents, read: Get your kids tuckered out so you can finally enjoy some peace and quiet.) After a wide variety of activities, including sandcastle and sculpture contests, scavenger hunts and geo-caching events, you just might get time to grab a glass of chardonnay at the end of the day and catch an episode of Game of Thrones without wondering if adoption is still an option. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7 at Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, $2-$8, floridastateparks.org.
U.S. SOCCER SENDOFF
U.S. national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann isn’t soccer fans’ most beloved person these days, not after he cut the best U.S. player ever, Landon Donovan, who scored a hat trick the last time the team played here. While cutting Donovan shook the U.S. more than anything Congress did this year, the cacophonous crowd at EverBank Field for this U.S.-Nigeria match — the last friendly before the Americans fly off to the World Cup’s Group of Death in Brazil — will be busy cheering on the players anyway, with perhaps only a smattering of boos for Klinsmann. 6 p.m. June 7 at EverBank Field, Downtown, $30-$350.