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Women Honored for Contributions in Arts

The St. Johns Cultural Council honors women in the community for making significant contributions in the arts with its fifth annual Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts (ROWITA) ceremony at 6 p.m. March 10 in the Black Box of the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine.

These women will be honored and recognized during the program followed by a reception. The keynote speaker is Jean Rahner, co-founder of Limelight. The 2013 winners are Diane Bradley, Debbie McDade, Patti Rang, Mary Siess and Wendy Tatter.

Bradley is an educator of the arts and a visual artist who is passionate about youth involvement in the art world. For the past eight years, Bradley has jointly presented the Annual All-County High School and Middle School Arts Show alongside the St. Johns County Schools. Bradley also led to the creation of the annual Tactile Show for the blind and visually impaired, which is now in its 12th year. Bradley continues to donate her time and efforts to the St. Augustine Art Association by managing their biggest fundraiser, the annual Spring and Fall Art and Craft Festivals and the Nature and Wildlife Exhibition.

McDade is a jazz singer who went to New York as a teenager to pursue her career. McDade is listed in the Encyclopedia of Jazz, and she adopted the stage name Debby Moore, which was given to her by Louis Armstrong. McDade released her record, My Kind of Blues in 1959. McDade sang alongside American jazz pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines and has also starred in movies while working in Japan. McDade is active in community efforts, while serving a board member of Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center and the Foot Soldiers Memorial Project.

Rang has been a cultural advocate and re-enactor in the creation and organization of events to celebrate the colonial life of St. Augustine for more than 30 years. She is a leader and contributing member of the East Florida Rangers and the 60th Regiment of Foot in local and regional events. Rang wrote a cookbook …   More


Lineup Announced for 2013 Jazz Festival

Three days of activities will mark the 2013 Jazz Festival in Downtown Jacksonville May 23-26. Among the performers are BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whatum and Norman Brown, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez and the Yellowjackets.

In addition to the music on three stages, there will be Art in the Heart Downtown, an art show and sale, the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, jazz brunch, exhibits and display. Most of the activities are free and open to the public.

For additional information, go the website or follow the festival on Twitter or Facebook.   More

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Cultural Council Announces Award Winners

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville selected dance instructor Claudia Kuendig-Williams and sculptor David Engdahl as winners of the 37th annual Arts & Culture Awards with a celebration to be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Main Library Downtown.

Kuendig-Williams, an instructor at Brentwood Elementary School for the Arts, Riverside Presbyterian Day School and the Cathedral Arts Project, will be honored with the Arts Educator Award, according to a statement from the Cultural Council.

Engdahl, retired chief architect for the Haskell Company, will be honored with the Innovator Award for his work with the Museum of Science & History, the CoRK Arts District and the Northeast Florida Sculptors.

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will receive the Business Arts Award for its volunteer work on MOSH’s “Jacksonville by Design” exhibit as well as work with City Beautiful Jax, the University of North Florida and Florida A&M University.

Each award winner will receive a custom piece from Ponte Vedra sculptor Lucy Clark. The event will feature work by local artist Jeff Whipple.

Tickets to the event are $75. For more information, go to   More

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St. Augustine Artist Exhibits Work in New York

St. Augustine artist Martha Rose Cardot-Greiner is participating in the group exhibit “The Power of Perception” at Raw Art Space next month in New York. The exhibit is on display from March 1-15 with a reception 6-9 p.m. March 7.

Cardot-Greiner captures moments in everyday life that are often overlooked by applying meticulous detail through various mediums.

She grew up on a farm in a small town in Pennsylvania and learned to appreciate the simplicity and beauty in the natural world. Cardot-Greiner aims to educate her viewers while also providing an enriching aesthetic experience.

A local artist based in St. Augustine with her own studio and boutique, Cardot-Greiner specializes in colored-pencil, graphite and lead drawings, oil paintings and handmade jewelry. She incorporates real gems from all over the world into her artwork paired with other components to make each piece unique. Cardot-Greiner’s art takes stagnant objects and suggests movement. She also applies India Inks to her art for vibrant colors to make the subject stand out.   More

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Katt Williams' Event Canceled

Katt Williams' show tonight (Feb. 8), planned for Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, was canceled due to weather conditions, according to a news release from SMG.

His travel arrangements from the West Coast to the East Coast were changed, preventing him from performing in Jacksonville.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase, according to the statement. For more information, contact the Veterans Memorial Arena at 630-3900.   More

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Johnny Winter Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tim Renshaw for winning our drawing for two tickets to the Johnny Winter concert on Feb. 14 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Renshaw was selected randomly among the readers who posted a perfect score on Folio Weekly's Johnny Winter quiz.   More

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Swindle Wins Elvis Tribute Contest in Live Oak

Elvis tribute performer Alex Swindle of Birmingham, Ala., won the eighth annual Ted McMullen I’ll Remember You Elvis tribute competition Jan. 25-26 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak.

Swindle had the hip gyrations and look necessary to advance to compete at the Images of the King Championship on Aug. 11-16 at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis.

Jeff Barnes of Evans, Ga., finished second, followed by Atlanta’s Matthew Spalding, Cote Deonath (of Dunnellon), Austin Irby (of Greenville, S.C.) and Tampa’s Jeff LaJess. Chad Hannum, 12, of Palm Coast, won the youth division. Deonath was the audience vote winner. Eighteen Elvis tribute artists competed.



Querrey saves U.S. at Davis Cup

Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Brazil in their Davis Cup match on Feb. 3 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The U.S. nearly squandered a 2-0 lead after losses by Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles on Feb. 2 and John Isner in reverse singles earlier Feb. 3.

The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in April.

Earlier Sunday afternoon, Isner extended his drought in five-set Davis Cup matches, losing to Thomaz Bellucci and allowing the Brazilians to level the matchup 2-2 against the United States. Bellucci beat Isner 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3.

Isner fell to 0-4 in Davis Cup matches pushed to five sets. He is recovering from a bone bruise in his right knee that he suffered in early January. Isner fell to 4-10 in five-set matches as a pro, according to USTA officials.   More


Brazil Beats Bryan Brothers at Davis Cup

After seizing a 2-0 lead on Day 1 at the Davis Cup, a U.S. victory seemed assured with prolific doubles pair Bob and Mike Bryan taking the court for an afternoon match on Feb. 2.

The Bryans, winners of a record 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, lost for only the third time in 23 Davis Cup matches. Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares staved off a late rally by the Bryans to win 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

"We're obviously disappointed," Bob Bryan said. "We would have loved to get the point for the U.S. I feel like we're capable of playing at a higher level. We'll get back to work and hopefully the guys will get it done on Sunday [Feb. 3], and we'll have another opportunity to make this right [in a Davis Cup semifinal later this year]."

The Bryans squandered three set points in the first-set tiebreaker, then rallied after a challenge reversal gave them new life in the second set.

There was a verbal exchange at the end of the second set between the doubles pairs.

"Yeah, Davis Cup is an emotional atmosphere. They got passionate after they thought they won the set [before the challenge]. I got passionate to them," Bob Bryan said. "There were some words said. You know, no hard feelings, no grudges. It's Davis Cup. This sort of stuff happens all the time."

Soares joked that he wasn't involved: "Marcelo could explain better. ... He's bigger and stronger than me, so I just ran away."

"Bob never did this before," Melo said. "I have him as a friend. In that moment, I [was] in shock. ... At the same time, I want to see the video again to see if he did it to me or to the crowd. If the guy do to the crowd, [it's] OK. It's not OK, but it's not words to say to another player."

Melo and Soares responded by breaking Mike Bryan twice — in the third and fifth sets. They improved to 3-1 all-time against the Bryans, considered by many to be the best men's doubles pair in tennis history.

In the match, the Bryans …   More


Isner gives U.S. 2-0 lead in Davis Cup

After claiming his first Davis Cup victory on U.S. soil Feb. 1, John Isner told tennis fans that he and Sam Querrey are happy to turn a 2-0 lead over to the Bryan brothers for their doubles match Saturday at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Isner finished off Thiago Alves with the Americans' second straight-set victory in a row on Day 1, beating the Brazilian 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3. He served 32 aces, the second most he's served in 11 Davis Cup matches.

"It was certainly choppy out there at times," Isner said. "I littered up the stat sheet for sure. I know I had a lot of aces. I had a lot of souvenirs into the crowd as well on my forehand."

Querrey beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first match to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Querrey's victory was also his first in Davis Cup play on U.S. soil.

Querrey only lost 12 service points the entire match, and the Americans didn't face a break point on the day until the second set of Isner's match. The 6-foot-9 Tampa resident saved the break point, then served it out to make it 3-3 in the second set.

Bob and Mike Bryan will face Marcelo Melo and Bruce Soares on Feb. 2. The Bryan brothers won the Australian Open last week for their record 13th Grand Slam title.

The official attendance for the Feb. 1 matches was 3,414.   More