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Who knew breaking a bone as a kid could be career-making karma? When San Diego native E.N. Young broke his arm at 12, he was gifted a set of drums as a form of physical therapy, unleashing his innate talent as a roots musician. After performing with bands like Stranger, Don Carlos, and Slightly Stoopid, Young started dubbing with Tribal Seeds in 2011 and helped produce their world famous EP, Soundwaves. Young writes and performs his own material too, as portrayed in his album Luck & Chance No More that hones in on Young’s faith and self-awareness in the roots music realm.


Kick it Old School Style with Ancient City Con

If you happen to be around the Prime Osborne Convention Center this weekend, you may see ninjas, Mario, and Captain America. Fear not: it’s Ancient City Con, not the end of the world. This Jacksonville con includes all things sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and everything in between. If you want to play it ancient without the thousand-dollar costume, head over to Aardwolf for a Day of Reckoning. Again, not the end of the world—just a Belgian dark strong beer. You can’t get much more ancient than the beverage that’s been fermenting since the BC era.

If beer is a little too medieval for you, check out Tapas Old World. This weekend, Old World will have a pasta el pesto con shrimp. The majority of Old World’s dishes are old recipes from Spain, though there are a few traditional French and Italian dishes. No alcohol here, but you’re welcome to bring your own wine for a $10 corking fee. Try mixing your wine with Old World’s non-alcoholic sangria for a zesty, ancient treat. While you’re there, check out the homemade paella, Old World’s traditional rice and seafood recipe. For dessert, have a Nutella cheesecake and the weekend specialty Spanish churros. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

People have been fishing since the good ol’ days of Zeus and Homer. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament finishes up this weekend over on the north side. Swing by Chowder Ted’s on the way to the Kingfish Tournament on Hecksher Drive and get some of Ted’s famous chowder and the fish sandwich of the day. Maybe you’ll get a kingfish. Chowder Ted’s has been everybody’s favorite seafood joint since 1500 BC. Erm, we mean the 1990’s. If you go, say hello to Ted and Carole. Or, as the Romans would say, “Salve!”

It’s an all-around ancient weekend.


Where's Rebecca going next? You can catch up with her …   More

It’s hard to believe that it’s been only seven years since Angela Corey was elected State Attorney — time sure does fly when you’re poking fun!

Over the years, Angela Corey has given us innumerable reasons to laugh, cry and shake our heads. Media outlets will shed bitter tears of disappointment if she loses her re-election bid to her chummy-coworker-turned-bitter-enemy, former Assistant State Attorney Wes White, in 2016.

She’s like Jacksonville’s very own Donald Trump. Who else will give us the bizarre press conferences, the scandalous firings and suspensions, the allegedly unethical professional conduct, the rants, the strongly worded letters, the voicemail tangents, the rumors, the lawsuits? Who?!?

In honor of her incumbency thus far, Folio Weekly presents our seven favorite moments of Angela Corey’s career:

1.     When she was fired by her predecessor Harry Shorstein in 2006. In an article in which one of her “supporters” referred to her as Atilla the Hun, Corey told The Florida Times-Union that she was fired for refusing to write letters of apology to an intern and the intern’s professor. She reportedly said, “Listen, you can't be a tough prosecutor and not offend someone." Making interns cry? Just part of the game for Corey.

2.     When she almost ran alongside Rick Scott. Corey has long been a supporter of Gov. Scott. Not only did she endorse Scott in 2010, she reportedly was asked if she’d consider being his running mate. *Shiver*

3.     That time in 2011 when she charged 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez, as an adult, with first-degree murder. (He later pled guilty to manslaughter and aggravated battery as a juvenile.) If he’d been convicted, Fernandez would have been the youngest person in the United States to have been convicted of a capital offense.

4.     When she allegedly …   More


Last week, Florida took a small step toward full-legalization of marijuana (its coming people, get over it) as twenty-four commercial plant nurseries applied for state licenses to grow non-euphoric marijuana in the Sunshine state, and one local business – Loops Nursery in St. Johns County – announced a licensing agreement with the Stanley Brothers to bring the Colorado company’s high cannabidiol strand of hemp, “Charlotte’s Web” to Florida. Before you get too high on the news though, as the Sun Sentinal put it, this merely means the companies who win the bid, “will be committed to growing a plant they’ve never grown and processing a medicine they’ve never made, to sell to a market no one has clearly defined.”

Sorry, I spaced after the legalization part.


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What better way to beat the summer heat than to stay in your garage and do nothing? And nothing beats some boss, primo Garage Rock to keep your body cool and your mind blank, as the Alien Abductors intended.

From 1983-1992, the "Back from the Grave" series unearthed and revived some of the greatest garage rock and protean punk tunes from the sixties.

This cut is featured on Vol. 5, which was released in 1985. In honor of this 30 year milestone, let us supplicate ourselves before some serious raunched out, dirty rock.


Taken from Blue Öyster Cult's 1972 eponymously titled debut,  "She's as Beautiful as a Foot" is undoubtedly one of the weirdest and most tripped out songs ever released on a major label, especially during an era when quite a few bands were hanging out in their fringe jackets, reading Kahil Gibran's "The Prophet."

BOC are mainly known for their '70's FM radio hard rock hit, "Godzilla," but if you dig deeper into their earlier catalog, you will discover some lesser-known gems that are flat-out heady, brutal rock.

And we imagine that the Butthole Surfers were surely familiar with the sultry, psych-drenched flamenco-style weirdness of this tune.


Make no mistake - Yoko was the coolest Beatle.


Brilliant, poetic, and smelly. Two out of three ain't bad.


A reminder that there's no justice in this world is the forever-overlooked career of Annette Peacock.

This cut, from her '72 album I'm the One, with it's killing groove, gurgling electronics, and Peacock's soulful delivery (filtered through even more electronics) is as radical today as it was 40+ years ago.

Dig in.


It seems that Duval County Chief Judge Mark Mahon (DCCJMM to his fans) has rather narrow views of precisely when and where the Constitution applies. On July 1, DCCJMM handed down Administrative Order 2015-3, banning filming in certain areas of the courthouse and forbidding protests on courthouse grounds that “degrade or call into question the integrity of the court or any of its judges.” Nope, that’s not a joke. We checked.

Chief Judge Mahon’s administrative order created a free-speech-less bubble around the courthouse, the Office of the State Attorney, their parking garages, the lawn, the Courthouse sidewalks, heck, maybe even the skies above and the grounds below and everywhere else that freedom lives. Individuals who penetrated the free-speech-less bubble with their vile protests of the judiciary were subject to criminal contempt of court.

Well, why stop at restricting freedom of the press, freedom to peaceable assembly and freedom of speech? Here are some suggestions for DCCJMM for his future administrative orders.

1.     Free speech areas. Possible locations: The Jacksonville Landing (no one goes there, anyway), Cleveland Arms Apartments (they’re already protesting there, so it’s convenient), and I-95 during rush hour (we’re pretty sure there’s a precedent for this).

2.     Judicial chambers should be renamed ‘Star Chambers.’ You’re the star, baby. Let it shine.

3.     On the subject of names, DCCJMM doesn’t have that certain je ne sais quoi that denotes power and commands respect. So how about Supreme Transcendental Overlord ofLaws? or All Shall Serve the Honorable Overlord of Law and Ennui.

4.     In absentia criminal trials. The government spends buckets of dough shuttling inmates back …   More


The temporal, fragile, and exacting nature of performance, but of dance specifically, extends to the viewer a kind of ascetic and athletic virtue that is removed from linear time. Or at least that is the feeling created by the recent performances of Rebecca Levy, Tiffany Fish, and Katie McCaughan's dance company, Jacksonville Dance Theatre.

Presented at the Munnerlyn Center for Worship and Fine Arts on the campus of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville on the evening of May 30, the company’s third annual concert was moving and varied. Transitioning between quiet and still works that carried an air of sanctity, to pieces like Thirst that thrummed with energy and vibrancy, the entire experience was one that reinforced the extraordinary nature of dance. It featured group works that sublimated the personal to an overarching form, and it also showed the power of one or two dancers works in unison and opposition.

Watching the duet, Finding an Opening was like bearing witness to private, sacred acts that somehow in their beauty affirm the very world itself. This work specifically, and The place of the end not imagined (which followed it), felt as if they occupy the spot in the world once held by sacred mysteries enacted with solemn ritual to ensure the continuity of the universe. As Opening began, a cloud hovered near the ceiling of the stage, and as it slowly dissipated, unwinding like a thread made of dandelion fuzz, two figures unfolded from the far (left) side of the stage. They moved through a series of motions that were at once playful and loaded, all of gravity and the essence of light. Watching it gave rise to the thought that if music is universal, and visual art and life intersect with life, then is dance not that sacred thing that can transmute into quiet or raucous spaces/stories and be made luminous flesh.

Levy, Fish, and McCaughan are all engaged in the Jacksonville dance community through teaching and choreographing, and this important …   More

Across the street from the Cleveland Arms apartment complex on Jacksonville’s Northside, at a corner shop called Li’l Albert Food Store, there was a protest event Monday evening in the wake of the police-involved shooting of Devanta Jones. Every prominent media outlet in Jacksonville was there – WJXT, First Coast News, Action News, and the Florida Times-Union. The protesters demanded answers – not just for the immediate incident (though that definitely was a primary motivator) but for larger, long-standing problems that have sabotaged the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

I spoke with Diallo Sekou of The Kemetic Empire, a black empowerment group that was central to bringing the protest together, who told me that incidents like the shooting of Devanta Jones were not “isolated” but “generational and systemic.”

Sekou and The Kemetic Empire have been at the forefront of the reactions to recent police-involved shootings, protesting events like those that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, but its main goal is not headline-grabbing protest, but community empowerment, creating a sustainable community-based model that does not rely on government grants for the uplift of the people (in the manner of Malcolm X). That said, such community empowerment will not happen without serious reform in the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office does business and, to that end, Sekou and his organization have specific demands.

One such demand: a federal investigation of this incident at Cleveland Arms and of other police-involved shootings. The Kemetic Empire also wants a civilian police review board with subpoena power – currently, JSO lacks such a mechanism, and its investigations are internal – and body cameras for JSO members – a non-starter for both of the remaining Sheriff’s candidates, and an issue that Florida Governor Rick Scott is, on the state level, taking a wait-and-see …   More


Heading into the mayoral election in May, the big hullabaloo currently shaking up Jacksonville’s political blogosphere is the recent TV attack ad by Republican Lenny Curry’s PAC peeps that aims to directly link the budget cuts and subsequent elimination of 147 police positions under incumbent Democrat Alvin Brown to an increase in the city’s crime rate, namely murder and rape. You’ve no doubt seen these omnipresent ads. They’re the ones that come on in between your Family Guy reruns, featuring spooky music and darkened imagery — basically likening 2015 J-ville to the alternate reality timeline in Back to the Future II wherein Marty McFly’s bully, Biff Tannen, is at the head of a morally corrupt, criminal-laden Hill Valley. The ad was blatant fear-mongering and, according to an investigation by First Coast News, riddled with factual inaccuracies and false interpretations (that’s media speak for “lies”). Murders and rapes did increase during Mayor Brown’s first term (though not at quite the astonishing rates indicated in the ad), but the overall crime rate went down. Mayor Brown did have something to do with the budget cuts (as did the cratering economy, but details), but he did not cut 147 officers; the final determination of the allocation of police force resources belonging to Dudley Do-Right (aka Sheriff John Rutherford), who also attributes the budget cuts to the rise in crime rates and is, conveniently, a supporter of Curry.

Of course, revealing the true figures and political motivations behind the manipulated statistics presented to us in the ad is all well and good but, from what I gather, every organization analyzing this ad seems to focus so much on the correlation that they are entirely ignoring the causation. Like conditions created by the hopelessness of unemployment and poverty. Like inadequately funded and staffed community youth outreach programs in high-risk neighborhoods. …   More


Earlier today, and only 13 days after his deadline (he could be a Folio Weekly writer!), Dr. Dr. Herbert M. Barber Jr. — the Jacksonville Port Task Force consultant whose rather … shall we say … colorful views on poor people, environmentalists, integration and Barack Obama being a terrorist are contained in a 2012 book he wrote that nobody in the city bothered to Google before signing on the dotted line — finally turned the draft report that was due Feb. 13. (In keeping with his anachronistic sensibilities, it seems, he only filed a hard copy and not a digital one; the city has promised to email me a copy of the report as soon as it’s digitized, probably tomorrow see below.) 

The city responded with a very polite “thanks and by the way your services are no longer needed”: 

“In accordance with Section 8 of the Contract and Section 3.23 of RFP, the City has elected to terminate the Contract for convenience. Accordingly, this letter shall serve as the City’s written notice of termination to Xicon. The Contract shall be deemed terminated effective immediately upon receipt of this notice.” 

Don’t be worrying about Dr. Dr. Barber, you guys. Dude’s still gonna get paid. Per the notice: “The City is hereby relieved of all further obligations other than payment for the amount of services actually performed to the date of termination. … Please provide the City with an invoice within 30 days of this notice for services completely up to the date of this notice of termination. The City greatly appreciates your cooperation on this matter.” 

Because Dr. Dr. Barber’s work was mostly completely by the time the city found out about his book (from me, natch) — his final report was due March 2, and he was to present to the task force March 11 — he can (and probably will, since he only hates government money when less deserving people get it) …   More