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Sex and This City

The ninth edition of River City Raunch has hit the streets, and that is cause for celebration. This Saturday, Oct. 27 at Rain Dogs in Five Points, the zine’s producers are throwing an all-day party whose proceeds will help fund the purchase of equipment for the all-new River City Raunch podcast. The event features some of the indie scene’s leading lights: DJs Ali Youngblood and Giani LaDavia in the front room, and Halloween-themed covers by bands like FFN, United Tylers of Tyler and the estimable Brothers Shuck (Charlie and Joe) in the listening room.

There will also be food, drink and a raffle ($2.50 a ticket) with prizes galore, courtesy of businesses including Mossfire, Wall Street, Sweet Theory and Sun-Ray Cinema. The event even boasts a kissing booth, the sign for which was custom-built by that luminous legend of local art, Jason Wright. The evening culminates in an “All Glam Revue” by the band Kisses Only. The project has evolved quite a bit since we last profiled its creator, but these new changes have brought with them exciting challenges. Folio Weekly spoke with Lindsay Anderson, auteur of the project. We asked her a few questions via email.

 

How long has the podcast idea been in development? What will it be about?

I was approached in May this year by a team of people who have podcast experience. They had the idea to create a podcast that highlights love and sex, and were told about my zine River City Raunch. We had a meeting and talked through the details of podcasts, which was an option I had never considered before. I explained in detail what RCR was and what is non-negotiable and, together, we decided to move forward to develop the idea. I was offered complete creative control because of my extreme protectiveness of the confessions that are given to me, and the podcast team would provide the equipment, recording space and editing needed to publish the podcast online.

My intention is to keep the main …   More

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Dog Days

Amendment 13, the ban on dog races, is on the Florida ballot for 2018.

According to the Florida Greyhound Association, Florida has 13 racing facilities, more than any other state.

Amendment supporters say it's an opportunity to end a business that is inhumane. Statistical evidence, they argue, supports their claims against the industry. Opponents, however, say the attacks on the dog racing industry are misguided and carried by selective statistics.

Organizations such as Grey2k USA are in full support of Amendment 13, because of the inhumane way they claim the dogs are treated. According to its website, “greyhounds are confined for 20-23 hours a day.”

Animal rescue group officials have enumerated several negative issues within the dog racing industry. State records reveal that in the last five years alone, 483 greyhounds died in the kennels or on the track.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported that there have been at least 758 greyhound deaths in the period from January 2008 to November 2014, due to the animals' involvement with the dog racing industry. The dogs either collapse or are euthanized after they suffer a serious injury.

In that time span, 16 “greyhounds tested positive for cocaine.” There were an additional 27 cases of neglect and cruelty reported, according to the ASPCA.

Sonia Stratemann, vice chair of the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign, said the amendment would stop breeders from breeding the sleek canines for racing. As a result, the greyhounds would not be forced to live a life of inevitable neglect and injury.

“It’s planned abandonment. They breed them knowing they’re going to get rid of them and dump them onto rescues as soon as they’re no longer making a profit for them,” Stratemann said.

Stratemann said her experiences within racing dog kennels revealed how greyhounds were being neglected and used, but Patti Strand, founder …   More

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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Names New Director:

Adam M. Levine, currently the deputy director and curator of ancient art for the Toledo Museum of Art, assumes his new role as the Cummer’s first George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. Until then, he plans to consult with the museum’s current leadership and serve as director designate as he relocates to Jacksonville.

 

“When I visited the Cummer Museum, I was overwhelmed by its potential,” said Levine. “The seasoned staff, the magnificent gardens, the strong collection, and the supportive board all suggested the museum could become a truly special institution. What enthused me about this opportunity in particular, is the civic pride Jacksonville residents feel for their city and the aspirations they shared for Northeast Florida. I cannot wait to build an institution that offers world-class artistic, programmatic, and educational offerings that are broadly relevant and engage the entire community.”

 

Levine earned a few Bachelor of Arts degrees at Dartmouth College in 2008. He triple-majored in anthropology, art history, mathematics and social sciences. Named a Rhodes Scholar in 2012, Levine then earned a Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Art from Oxford University. Levine has published and presented widely, and has enjoyed fellowships/residencies at the American Numismatic Society and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.

 

He has worked in management and curation for over ten years. In 2009 Levine co-founded Art Research Technologies in New York City. (The firm was later sold to a London-based finance firm). He has also consulted extensively with national and international arts organizations. As director, he will be the chief fundraiser for the Cummer.

 

In a 2013 interview with the Toledo City Paper, Levine said “I think that museums of the future will be more representative and global in their …   More

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Run, Eddie, Run

“I’m now in a forest, walking alone.”

It’s a strange thing Eddie Izzard said to me. It was the last thing he said before he hung up the phone. I don’t know if he meant it metaphorically or if he was literally walking in a forest the entire time we were talking.

I suppose most people would take that statement at face value, as it is fairly straightforward. However, after talking to Izzard—a dynamo standup comedian, deep-thinking author, maniac marathon runner and cross-dressing politico—I thought it might be possible that he may have been referring to his journey through this crazy world, or his upcoming tour (which hits Jacksonville on Oct. 10).

Izzard is an enigma in today’s instant gratification and fast satisfaction culture. He is a deep, deep thinker who peddles in theories about where we are going as a society, whilst his contemporaries smash watermelons and tell fart jokes (both great qualities in their own right). Izzard can wax poetic about the tract of human civilization as comfortably on a stage as a Cambridge professor. He could also run 27 marathons in 27 days as a salute to Nelson Mandela and his fight for freedom. Izzard, an accomplished author, actor, standup comedian and, potentially, future MP (Member of Parliament) recently took time away from, I guess, waltzing through the woods, to talk to us about his love for language, acting opposite Dame Judy Dench and the difference between Boy Mode and Girl Mode.

 

Folio Weekly: What about the world is funny right now?

Eddie Izzard: That’s an interest question because I don’t think I work that way. What I do is think about what's funny about the future and what's funny about the past. I tend not to go into right-this-very-moment, Trump-this and Boris Johnson-that. I don’t do that because I find it changes too often. I’m very driven and very lazy at the same time, which is kind of weird, but it seems to work for …   More

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A Night of Soulful High Energy

On Sunday, Sept. 30, Jacksonville welcomed two chart-topping musicians to Daily’s Place: Darius Rucker and Russell Dickerson. They were greeted by a sold-out crowd of all ages as they belted out their hits before an enthusiastic crowd.

As the sun went down, Dickerson kicked off the concert singing his mega-hits tunes, such as “Billions,” “Every Little Thing” and “Twenty Something.” His contagious energy fired up the music lovers as he went around the stage, slapping fans’ hands and throwing out guitar picks to a few ecstatic attendees.

As the new guy in country music, he had an eclectic mashup of rap, country and punk-rock, punctuated with his less-than-perfect dance moves and seemingly sincere efforts to please the ladies.

By the time headliner Darius Rucker (no, he is not Hootie) took the stage, Daily’s Place was packed and in a frenzy. He jumped right in, giving us what we wanted: “Homegrown Honey,” “Radio” and “Southern State of Mind.”

Rucker exhibited his amazing talents as he worked the crowd. The dude's got the ability to switch genres flawlessly, delighting all with one of his past hits, “Time,” a hit when he was the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. Rucker started his country music career in 2008. In just one year, he had the hit “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” which spent three weeks topping the country charts in 2009. Rucker has been delivering hit songs ever since and he definitely left a very good lasting impression on Northeast Florida concert-goers that night.

After the show, fan Jane Chefan, who attended with her husband Jeff, gushed, “Seeing Darius Rucker was a huge treat for us. We know and love his songs and he definitely didn’t disappoint! He and the band delivered a soulful yet high-energy and feel-good performance. The evening was truly outstanding.”

Sure, it's a little surreal to …   More

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Questions of Racial “Sensitivity” Cloud Selection of Interim Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

“If push comes to shove, we will go without an interim executive director,” said Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (CCGJ) Board Chair Ann Carey on Sept. 17. It was close to the end of a long and surprisingly painful meeting.

On June 15 CCGJ Executive Director Tony Allegretti resigned. Originally his plan was to remain with the organization until Dec. 28; three weeks ago, he moved his departure date up to Sept. 28. That put a lot of pressure on the board to find an interim director.

By the afternoon of Sept. 14, that person was looking to very likely be current City Council hopeful Michael Boylan, who is running to succeed term-limited Matt Schellenberg in District 6. As the former head of local NPR affiliate WJCT, he has the qualities, resume and connections the CCGJ is looking for. After Florida Politics reported that he was being considered for the position, the meeting was convened to discuss Boylan as possible interim CEO.

At that meeting, board member JaMario Stills raised concerns that in the past Boylan had made disparaging comments about women and people of color, comments that Stills said he would “rather not provide explicit quote because it is embarrassing.” Stills did say, however, that the statements he was privy to were “enough information to make me feel that this would be a very bad move,” he said.

Following that meeting, Boylan categorically denied the charges to Folio Weekly, saying, “I guess I’m at a loss, quite honestly as to what to say […] I don’t ever recall a specific situation...my frustration [is that] my actions speak louder than my words. I have a history of providing support to the women on my staff, to people of color not only in the organization but outside of it as well...so I just think it’s being unfortunately used as a means of impeding my opportunity to help…. And I don’t know what the real rationale for it is.”

Boylan also …   More

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Recombinant Flow

Released by Verve Records in late summer, 1999, Michael Brecker’s Time Is of the Essence was probably the last great jazz album of the 20th century. A leading figure in jazz fusion, Brecker (1949-2007) appeared on more than 700 albums, including sideman gigs with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell and Lou Reed. His sixth solo record included organist Larry Goldings, Pat Metheny on guitar and three different drummers: Bill Stewart, Jeff “Tain” Watts and the legendary Elvin Jones.

With his most famous album approaching its 20th anniversary, Brecker’s legacy is being celebrated anew by a quartet featuring fellow tenor Seamus Blake, in town for a mini-tour of the Southeast, bookended by spots at Jacksonville University–the school’s jazz education program is running interesting shows all week. Blake has played on nearly 100 albums in the last 25 years, including nearly two dozen recorded as a leader for really sweet boutique labels like Fresh Sound and Criss Cross Jazz; he even did a set for Smalls Live in 2009.

Blake is joined on this run by three of the region’s most decorated jazzmen. Guitarist Barry Greene has been playing and teaching all over the Southeast for decades, releasing seven albums while a professor at University of North Florida. His influence can be felt in two generations of working musicians, including his bandmates. Organist Scott Giddens and drummer Ben Adkins work together regularly as part of The Raisin Cake Orchestra, one of the best jazz groups anywhere in the world. A professor at JU, Giddens leads his own trio and has performed with people like “Sweets” Edison, Bunky Green, Diane Schuur and Joe Lovano. Adkins has logged sideman stints with Dave Douglas, Marcus Roberts, Marcus Printup and Wynton Marsalis. His award-nominated debut album, Salmagundi, was released last year, and the much-anticipated first Raisin Cake record is …   More

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VOTE in Best of Jax

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Better yet, one lucky voter will win $500 from yours truly! Who loves ya, baby?! We do!   More

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Going Uphill with Grace

“People don’t become highly successful accidentally,” said Michael Huyghue, former executive for the Jacksonville Jaguars, at the signing for his new book.

Huyghue (pronounced “hewg”) spoke at length about his new book Behind the Line of Scrimmage: Inside the Front Office of the NFL in the St. Johns Town Center Barnes & Noble on Aug. 28.

With his dream in tow, Huyghue walked readers through the path he took to where he is today. His story begins growing up in sports, but always eyeing something beyond the bright lights and adulating fans.

“I didn’t want to catch touchdowns, I wanted to be the one to hand the trophy over at the Super Bowl,” said Huyghue as he detailed his journey and shared behind-the-scenes details.

A receptive crowd listened as Huyghue explained not only that his dream differed from the goals of the children around him, but his journey was not a road often traveled by individuals who look like him.

He talked about the section in the book where he finally got into the NFL space. He could tell immediately he was something of an anomaly. He started out as a lawyer for the NFL and was the youngest and only African American individual in the office. As a result, he was handed the worst cases and worked out of a closet space. A small smile emerged as he told the captive audience that, rather than curse his circumstances, he took those cases and worked as hard as possible. Eventually, his hard work would be recognized and he began to make a name for himself.

The book is filled with other tiny victories like that, as well as failures along the way, that contributed to build Huyghue as a husband, father and overall individual. The theme of racism and classism is ever-pervasive throughout the book, but he doesn’t think race, though key, is the overlaying theme of the book.

“This isn’t a book about African Americans, it's a book about goals,” said Huyghue.

His …   More

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Water on the Brain

Northeast Florida made national news last September, as images of flooding from Hurricane Irma were a fixture of every network, and those pictures will feature prominently in the local narrative for years to come. A new exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville puts this damage in the broader context of climate change and decaying infrastructure, which is wreaking havoc across the planet. “Gideon Mendel: Drowning World” opens on Aug. 30 for members, and runs through Dec. 9.

Mendel began the project in 2007, with photos of floods that occurred in the United Kingdom and India that summer. According to the press release, “Deeply struck by the contrasting impacts of these floods and the vulnerability that united their victims, Mendel continued to visit and photograph flood zones throughout the world, including places such as Haiti, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.” And now, add Jacksonville to that list.

“The works that Gideon has produced from that time are powerful reminders of the human tragedy of flooding,” says MOCA Director Caitlin Doherty, “and place our community right at the heart of not only a global contemporary art project but, more significantly, at the heart of a contemporary dialogue about our changing climate, rising floodwaters and the environmental challenges that we are all charged with solving.” Seeing the visual evidence of last year’s hurricane season while in the midst of this year’s hurricane season creates a juxtaposition that is uncomfortable, but necessary.

Hosting this exhibit locally was a priority for Doherty, who took over as director in 2017, shortly before the start of hurricane season. “I first saw some of Gideon’s work on display as part of a group exhibition many years ago,” she says. “I curated an exhibition of his work at the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, while I was serving as senior curator …   More