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Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is a WWE wrestler and former reality TV star who was born in Parma, Ohio.

Not only has he been a WWE Champion, but he is also a Triple Crown Champion, a title given to wrestlers who have been the World Heavyweight Champion, World Tag Team Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion. He was also on MTV’s "The Real World: Back to New York" and multiple "The Real World" spin-off challenge shows.

He said he is thankful for the opportunity to be on those shows, because they put him in position to become a WWE wrestler. He was raised in the Cleveland area and is a diehard Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan.

The Miz is a Tim Tebow fan and thinks the Jacksonvile Jaguars should give him a chance. He loves heavy metal music and spoke highly of Bullet for My Valentine and Five Finger Death Punch. However, if you ever run into The Miz in public, don't ask him about LeBron James.

The Miz will be part of the WWE Live event June 9 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, headlined by John Cena defending his title against “The Unstoppable” Ryback in a Tables Match.

The Miz will be part of a trio called “The Viper,” along with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, and will fight a trio from “The Shield” — Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Other notable wrestlers on the card, which is subject to change, are R-Truth, Fandango, Zack Ryder, Antonio Cesaro, Tons of Funk, Team Rhodes Scholars and the Divas.

Folio Weekly: When did you just know you wanted to be a wrestler?

The Miz: When you are a kid, you don’t think you could ever do something like that because the superstars are larger than life. When I realized this is something I can actually do and pursue, it was actually after I got on “The Real World,” because when you grow up in Parma, Ohio, you kind of go to college. After college, you go back to where you live and you get a job and a family. …   More

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The animated American classic "Scooby-Doo" with the medling, mystery-solving gang of teenagers and their talking great dane comes to life in "Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries."

The cartoon originated in 1969 and is still in production today, a staple in children’s animated television. There may be some superpowers at work aiding the staying power of Scooby and the gang all these years, but whatever has been keeping audiences captivated is one mystery that doesn’t need solving.

Folio Weekly spoke to Cody Collier, a Springfield, Mo., native who plays Scooby-Doo, by phone about his experience on tour.

Folio Weekly: How long have you been performing and perfecting your craft?

Cody Collier: I was really shy as a child all the way up and through middle school, and it wasn’t until high school that I started doing these school plays. Then, it branched out to community theater and stuff like that, and then after graduation I moved to New York to study it — The New York Film Academy acting for film conservatory — and I decided to take dance classes and voice classes and stuff on the side while studying acting in New York for the past year. And after graduating there, I went to the Boston Conservatory and studied musical theater just to get back in the groove of singing and dancing, because I had been acting all year long. And then after I got back to New York, I auditioned for "Scooby-Doo." I’ve been at it for a short amount of time compared to other people.

F.W.: Did you think that you would land the role of Scooby when you auditioned?

C.C.: I wasn’t really sure because whenever I originally saw the casting notice for "Scooby-Doo," I submitted for Scooby, Shaggy and Fred — all three of the lead roles there, and I never heard anything back for a month or so. Then, I saw they had a second casting notice posted and they hadn’t found a Scooby-Doo yet. So I was like “OK, what the heck?” and I …   More

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Cat Power is canceling some North American concert dates — including her scheduled performance June 16 at the Florida Theatre.

The singer-songwriter’s management indicated she needs the extra time to prepare for her European Tour, but she intends to make up the concert. The makeup date has yet to be determined.

The Florida Theatre posted June 4 on its Facebook page: “We have received word from Cat Power that she will not be able to play the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville and the show schedule for June 16 has been canceled. Cat Power sincerely regrets this development and she hopes to make up our date and others. In the meantime, please seek a ticketing refund at your point of purchase.”

The announcement comes days after news that she was added to The Weezer Cruise, coincidentally departing from Jacksonville for a four-night cruise Feb. 13-17, 2014, on the Carnival Fascination.

In addition to Weezer and Cat Power, the lineup includes Toro y Moi, Diiv, The Cribs, Ash and Holy F*ck. 

In 2012, the singer-songwriter postponed her European tour, announcing via Instagram that it was “due to bankruptcy & my health struggle with Angioedema.”

Angioedema is “a swelling that is similar to hives, but the swelling is under the skin instead of on the surface,” according to the National Institutes of Health. It can be caused by an allergic reaction.   More

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The annual “Aquarian” magazine provides an opportunity for Jacksonville University students to get their original works recognized and published. 

The first section is for creative writing, including works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and play scripts.

The second section is visual arts, including drawing, painting, mixed media, film, animation, ceramics and metalworking. 

Visual and writen forms come together on some pages. Juan Pablo Calvo's digital photography piece accompanies Jacob Schuman’s poem “Dancer.”

Ali Pordeli created the 2013 cover and designed the magazine. 

The staff of this year’s 118-page “Aquarian” was comprised of JU students and faculty advisor Sarah Murphy, associate professor of English. 

Kyla Wade, part of the editorial staff, thanks Murphy in the acknowledgements: “… you always bring such a fun and cheerful atmosphere to our meetings while guiding us to be the best we can be.”

“Aquarian” publishes every spring and is distributed for free on Jacksonville University’s campus. The magazine is also online at aquarian.ju.edu.    More

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The Jacksonville Axemen played the Baltimore Blues in their first game of the USA Rugby League season.

And they were singing everything but the blues at the end of it.

The Axemen, the defending national champions, routed the Blues 94-4 in front of a few hundred people at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium on June 1. The only other meeting between these teams was last year when the Axemen won 88-0.

The scoring started quickly and the Axemen already led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter. The Blues scored a try in the second quarter and missed the conversion, but the Axemen still scored 16 points to make the it 44-4 at halftime.

The second half continued in the same fashion with Jacksonville scoring on its first drive and possessing the ball nearly the rest of the game, outscoring the Blues 24-0 in the third quarter and 26-0 in the fourth quarter.

After the game, both teams were jovial and even posed for pictures together with the Axe Maidens, the cheerleaders for the Axemen. Raffle tickets were sold during the first half and the prizes were given out at halftime.

The Axemen were also selected to be on the cover of the 2013-'14 Yellow Pages and posed with a framed copy of the cover after the victory.

Jacksonville’s next game will be against the Philadelphia Fight on June 8 in Philadelphia. Baltimore’s next game will be against the Washington D.C. Slayers on June 8 in Washington, D.C. Both of those opponents played in the USA Rugby League playoffs last year and lost in the semifinals.

The Jacksonville Axemen can also be found on Twitter here.

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Bookstore owner Ron Chamblin received a birthday surprise any literature lover would enjoy.

For his April 26 birthday, Jennifer O’Donnell, Chamblin's girlfriend and Downtown store manager, teamed up with creative writing teacher Liz Flaisig to put together an anthology of poems and short stories created by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students.

All the profits from the $18 book will go to the school. 

“Liz and I talked about doing it back in August,” O’Donnell said. “We thought it would be fun to publish the kids' writing.”

O’Donnell said the book was made to thank Chamblin for his generosity.

The 71-year-old Chamblin seemed genuinely surprised.

“It was like ‘surprise,'” Chamblin said. “All of a sudden it was in front of me and now its moving into something bigger.”

Chamblin will begin publishing works of any local writers who are interested and whenever he can.

O’Donnell said the project has been snowballing for quite some time. 

“We would like to see Jacksonville become a literary hub,” she said. “New York is the one for the North; we could use one in the South.” 

Chamblin said local writing talent is abundant, so publishing will keep him busy in addition to running his stores.

“It’s a lot of work, I’m working seven days a week now,” Chamblin said.

O’Donnell said the anthology is an example of Chamblin's giving back to the community. But they have other plans as well.

“The adult illiteracy rate here is high, so we will also be offering tutoring and creative writing teaching for those interested,” O’Donnell said.

Working with Tim Gilmore of Florida State College at Jacksonville and writer Coe Douglas, O’Donnell plans to form a collective of professors and writing students to help educate adults.

The stores — Chamblin Bookmine (4551 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, 384-1685) and Chamblin's Uptown (215 N. Laura St., Downtown, 674-0868) …   More

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Mayport, Naval Air Station and Blount Island are where most of Jacksonville’s military personnel work, but this summer, three Northeast Florida museums are helping military families play.

More than 2,000 museums across the United States are collaborating with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day (Sept. 2).

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is offering miliatry families free admission to its three summer exhibits: Inside/Out, which includes the permanent collection, Project Atrium by Sarah Emerson, and "Traces" by Lari Gibbons, whose meticulous renderings reflect an engagement with the natural world. In addition, admission to MOCA is free to everyone on the first Wednesday of every month during Art Walk.

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is always free for visitors, but a special exhibition, "World War II in Mandarin," is on display through Labor Day. The exhibit is a snapshot of World War II and includes information on local residents who served and how the war affected those at home. The Mandarin Museum offers exhibits looking into the colorful history of the area and a rotating gallery that features both modern and past artists who lived or were inspired in the Mandarin area. Families with musicians are invited on select Sundays in June for “Music Under the Oaks,” an open jam in the front yard of the museum.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens extends free admission not only to active military families but to retired as well. With valid identification, families can enjoy full access to the museum and gardens, as well as the special exhibitions. This summer, the Cummer will have family-friendly movie nights in the lush gardens. Two exhibits are on display throughout the summer — "La Florida, which celebrates 500 years of Florida’s past, and "Future …   More

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The hundreds of football fans who came to watch the Jacksonville Breeze play the Baltimore Charm May 25 were not disappointed.

The Breeze beat the Charm 27-12 in the second game of the season, after overwhelming the Atlanta Steam 48-0. After the March 30 blowout of the Steam, this game was a surprising defensive affair.

The Breeze scored on their first drive as Shelltrice Turner powered her way into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown and gave them a 7-0 lead.

After the Charm answered with a long touchdown pass from quarterback Holly Wilson to Ashley Helmstetter and missed the ensuing extra point, The Breeze only led 7-6.

That changed when Breeze quarterback KK Matheny connected with Bryn Renda on a four-yard touchdown to go up 14-6. Saige Steinmetz then rushed four yards on the next drive for the first of two touchdowns in the game making the score 21-6.

After halftime, the Charm immediately scored to make the score 21-12, but their momentum halted, and neither team scored for nearly the rest of the game.

After struggling on offense, but getting two interceptions from Adrian Purnell and an interception from Renda, Steinmetz ran for a one-yard touchdown to make it 27-12, which was the final score.

The win makes the Jacksonville Breeze 2-0, and the team is one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the Legends Football League. The Philadelphia Passion have not yet played a game.

The Jacksonville Breeze will play the Omaha Heart and Philadelphia Passion to finish the season.   More

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Have you ever gone to an art gallery and wanted to give the artist a piece of your mind? With “Chalk It Up,” that’s the whole point.

“Chalk It Up” at MOCA Jacksonville will allow viewers to interact with art. It is created and curated by five students who are in “The Gallery Space in Contemporary Society” class at the University of North Florida: Anastasia Arango, Xenia Davidoff, Rebecca Ladd, Danielle Micklos and Elizabeth Taber.

Visitors will be provided with chalk to add to the exhibit. It will be part of the regular programming on the museum floor, which is sponsored by Florida Blue. 

Allison Galloway, the director of education for MOCA, worked with the students to create the exhibit.

“There will be questions on the wall, and the viewers can answer them by drawing pictures or words on the walls,” Galloway said. “Every week, there is a different theme, and the question will really make the visitors think.”

Galloway said the exhibit will provide learning opportunities for the students involved and an understanding of both chalk art and interactive exhibits for the public. She said the themes will be entertaining yet mentally challenging.

The exhibit directly fits into the goals of the course.

“The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the core practices of operating a university art gallery, including gallery management, exhibition design and development, and collections management through various readings on contemporary art practice, research assignments and hands-on experience,” said Amanda McMann, the instructor of the course.

A June 9 reception will be a celebration of all of the students' work with some food and drinks.

Galloway said the exhibit will be an experience the UNF students could not get in a regular class. She said she hopes to create an environment that engages visitors and invites their feedback.    More

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In the past few years, reality shows have taken over television. With every channel change comes a different version of what “reality” is.

Luckily for Jacksonville, reality is pretty sweet.  

Sweet Pete’s, a natural canning and sweet treat shop located in the historic district of Springfield, will now be known for more than its delicious candies. CW 17 has decided to make a show called, "Sweet Pete’s: The Show." It will highlight the in and outs and ups and downs of building a small business, all while maintaining the entertainment factor with a colorful cast.

Pete Behringer, son of Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s founders and co-owner of Sweet Pete’s, said he owes the recent deal with CW 17 to another local show.

“We were featured on a local show over here in Jacksonville, and the executive producer spent the day … with us and she liked what we were doing and thought, ‘We need to have cameras over here in this place because you people are crazy.’ … The rest is history,” he said.

For most people, having cameras following them around would put them in a frenzy; constantly worrying about how their hair looked, if there was anything in their teeth or what mom would think. But for Behringer and the cast, it became part of their everyday life.

“At first, it’s very strange. It’s a very strange sensation. But it’s not long before that feeling goes away, and you’re just doing your business, you’re going about your daily routine, you’re not really thinking about it, at least, I wasn’t. … I think [for] most of the people here, it just got to be natural,” Behringer said.

So who are “the people?” The cast is made up of co-owners and spouses, Peter and Allison Behringer; business partner Dane Baird; candymaker Demetric Nathan; shop manager Ericka Woods and decorator Christopher Cahill.

Each of these characters …   More

 
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