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THE SPECKTATOR

In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend — and beyond — Around Town:

May 23

Jeans and Jazz: Teddy Washington's Signature Jazz Show

927 Events, 6 p.m.

May 23-May 26

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

May 23

Dylan Fest

Underbelly, 8 p.m.

May 24

"Off Jazz" With Brian McKnight and Avant

Florida Theatre, 7 p.m.

May 24-27

Michelob National Beach Paddle Tennis Tournament

Butler Beach, St. Augustine 

May 25

Moonlight Movies: "Iron Man"

Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach, 9 p.m. 

May 25

PB&J Pop Up Picnic

Your guess is as good as mine, 6:30 p.m.  

May 25

Jacksonville Dance Theatre

Episcopal School of Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.

May 25

Jacksonville Breeze vs. Baltimore Charm

Veterans Memorial Arena, 8 p.m. 

May 26

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Concert with Edie Brickell

St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 7 p.m.

May 28

Shakespeare for Dummies

WJCT Studios, 6 p.m. 

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:50 a.m. Tune in. Look out.   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect on WJCT this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend and beyond—Around Town!

Thursday, August 8

Clark Howard, 7 p.m., Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd.

Thursday, August 8–Sunday, August 11

Coco, the Colossal Colon, Hyatt Regency Riverfront 

Friday, August 9–Saturday, August 10

Tour de Pain, various locations 

Friday, August 9

Alabama in Concert, 7 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:30 p.m., EverBank Field

Saturday, August 10

Painting of the Pawprints, 8–11 a.m., Shipyards, parking lot X

Save the Ferry Bike Ride, 9 a.m., Mellow Mushroom, Jacksonville Beach

Clean Water Music Fest, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1–11 p.m.

3 Divas and a Guy Named Darryl, 7 p.m.,  Aurora Performance Hall

Sunday, August 11

China Cat Sunflower Festival, 4:20-8 p.m., Karpeles Manuscript Museum 

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:45 a.m. Tune in. Look out.   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect on WJCT this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend and beyond—Around Town!

Thursday, August 22–Saturday, August 24

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Amelia Community Theatre

Thursday, August 22–Sunday, August 25

Circus Spectacular, Morocco Shrine Auditorium 

Friday, August 23–Saturday, August 24

Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff, Amelia Island, Main Beach

**CORRECTION: On this morning's program, it was incorrectly stated that the entertainment headliner would be the Little River Band. The headliner is actually Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston. We regret the error.

Saturday, August 24

RAM-icon, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Riverside Arts Market

Saturday, August 24

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m., EverBank Field 

Sunday, August 25

Mick Foley, 8 p.m., Comedy Zone 

Monday, August 26

Backstreet Boys, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena 

Etc.

Tomorrow, Friday, August 23, is the final day to vote for Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2013. I know for a fact that Melissa Ross would not be upset if you voted for her for Best Radio Personality and First Coast Connect for Best Radio Show. Nor would I if you voted for The Specktator for Best Blog. 

And it's the final two weeks to vote in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. Forty-nine shelters, including the Jacksonville Humane Society, are participating. To vote, visit the 100K Challenge Facebook page.

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:45 a.m. Tune in. Look out.   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect on WJCT this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend and beyond—Around Town!

Thursday, October 10–Saturday, October 12 

Jacksonville Junior League's Holiday Market, Jacksonville Fairgrounds

Friday, October 11–Saturday, October 12

JAXtoberfest, Jacksonville Shipyards

Friday, October 11–Sunday, October 13 

75th anniversary of the Jacksonville Farmers Market, FREE

Friday, October 11–Sunday, October 13 

16th Annual Greek Festival, Francis Field, St. Augustine 

Saturday, October 12

Ferry Fest II, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., St. Johns River Ferry, Mayport, FREE

Saturday, October 12

Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller: Bolder & Fresher, 3 p.m., Times-Union Center

Saturday, October 12

River City Pride Parade, 4 p.m., Riverside/Avondale, FREE

Wednesday, October 16

Arc After Dark, 6–8 p.m., Hyatt Regency Riverfront 

Wednesday, October 16

Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2013 Party, 6–9 p.m., BlackFinn American Grill 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 .m. for Cher in concert May 14 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for Blue Man Group in concert January 21–26 at the Times-Union Center.

A limited number of tickets are still avaiilable for TEDx Jacksonville, October 26 at WJCT Studios. 

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:45 a.m. Tune in. Look out.

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For politicians, controversy goes with the territory. Just ask Jacksonville City Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels.

Before she was even elected to office, the District 1, at-large, representative came under fire for a colorful past that included drug addiction, drug dealing and prostitution. She's publicly spoken out about the sins of homosexuality, made anti-Semitic remarks and thanked God for slavery. And since taking office, Daniels, a "deliverance minster" who founded Spoken Word Ministries and Kimberly Daniels Ministries International, has been featured on the National Geographic Channel series "Taboo" for performing exorcisms.

Halloween is a particularly sensitive time for Councilwoman Daniels as she opines, among other things, that Halloween is "dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season." While Daniels has countless dedicated followers around the globe, others may find her beliefs to be somewhat extreme. In that spirit (pardon the pun), I invite you, dear readers, to take the following quiz:

"Things Kimberly Daniels Has Actually Said About Halloween or Fake ‘Quotes' I Made Up"

1. Decorating buildings with Halloween scenes, dressing up for parties, going door-to-door for candy, standing around bonfires and highlighting pumpkin patches ... are demonic and have occult roots.

2. Most of the candy sold during [Halloween] has been dedicated and prayed over by witches.

3. I am horrified at the thought of Halloween candy and its demonic intentions, but, at the same time, if you bite a candy corn just right, you can make it look like a tooth.

4. My nickname in high school was Twix. How weird is that?

5. During this season, witches are celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. They give praise to the gods for the demonic harvest. 

6. The most horrific and unspeakable movie I’ve ever seen is "Halloween." Just kidding ... it’s “Bio-Dome.” I mean, I love Pauly Shore, but even …   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend and beyond—Around Town!

June 13-22

"9 to 5 The Musical," Theatre Jacksonville

June 13-August 4

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," Alhambra Theatre & Dining

June 15

Seawalk Music Festival,  noon-10 p.m., Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach

 

World Juggling Day, 1 p.m., Ripley's Believe It or Not!, St. Augustine

"A Midnight Summer Night's Dream," 2 and 7:30 p.m., Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, St. Augustine

Newsroom Street Fight,  6 p.m., Police Athletic League gym, 3450 Monument Road

Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship, 6-10 p.m., Burrito Gallery

 

FATHER'S DAY FREEBIES

Animal adoptions, June 14-16, Jacksonville Humane Society

Miniature golf and water park admission, Adventure Landing

Admission to Jacksonville Zoo

Admission to World Golf Hall of Fame

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:50 a.m. Tune in. Look out.   More

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Between the non-stop Black Friday ads and premature Christmas displays, it's easy for folks who don't work at Hallmark shops to forget about Thanksgiving. While I try to avoid traditional holidays celebrations (which reminds me, check out my blog next week to read about my commemoration of America Recycles Day!), Thanksgiving is one of the few I even acknowledge.

Of course, there's the all day gorgefest that usually starts with eggs Benedict and home fries for breakfast and ends with a midnight trip to the kitchen for leftover turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but there's something to be said for a day that encourages us to be grateful.

I am most appreciative for my friends and family and my health. I am also thankful to call Jacksonville home. I dedicate this post to everyone who complains about living on the First Coast—and remind them that moving is always an option.

1. One of the biggest complaints about Jacksonville is there's nothing to do. Clearly, these people have never opened a Folio Weekly (have you seen our calendar of events?); visited Jax Events', Downtown Jacksonville's or Visit Jacksonville's websites; or (shameless plug alert!) listened to my weekly events wrap-up on WJCT's First Coast Connect. There's always something to do if folks would stop complaining and start paying attention.

2. How many times have you heard someone bitch about Jacksonville traffic? Clearly, these people have never been to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City or Boston. People in live in those cities know traffic. As a matter of comparison, D.C. commuters spend an average of 67 hours a year sitting in traffic, while Jacksonville drivers are idle for 11 hours a year. In fact, we are ranked 45th in traffic congestion in the country.

3. I've never understood why people grumble about the humidity in Florida. Sure, it's unpleasant to start sweating two seconds after you walk outside inthe summer, not to mention drive in a sauna on wheels. …   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect this morning, here’s what’s coming up this  …here’s what’s coming up this week — and beyond — Around Town:

May 9-10

San Augustin Sol Festival

May 9

YMCA After Partee With Jo Dee Messina

The Lot at TPC Sawgrass, 6 p.m.

THROUGH JUNE 9

Loretta Swit Stars in Alhambra Theatre & Dining

 

May 9-10

Golf & Garden Party

Winn-Dixie, Ponte Vedra Beach 

May 10

THE CUT Party Benefiting the Boselli Foundation

The Lot at TPC, 6 p.m. 

May 10-11

Funk Fest

Metropolitan Park 

May 11

Jax Cash Mob

Reddi-Arts, 11 a.m. 

May 11

Fancy Pants Party Benefiting Blessings in a Backpack

The Lot at TPC, 6 p.m. 

May 11

Bark After Dark

Club Continental, 6 p.m. 

May 14-15

American Idiot

Times-Union Center 

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:45 a.m. Tune in. Look out.   More

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I was sitting at the bar of a local .. well, bar ... and saw this cardboard coaster produced by Visit Jacksonville. At first glance, I thought it was cute and a fun way to promote the city and random factoids (in this case, the average age of residents is 35.5, the lowest in the state). Then, the guy sitting next me, pointed out something curious about the design: every one of the faces on the coaster is white, white as in, not black or Asian or Native American or Hispanic.

Sure, some of the smiling cartoon people could be of mixed races, but they look pretty Caucasian to me. I find this to be particularly funny since the idea behind the "Only in Jax" campaign is to promote facts that folks might not know about the city.

Obviously, Jacksonville's population is not 100 percent white. I know this, of course, because I can see. But just to be sure, I checked the most recent U.S. Census numbers, and lo and behold, just 55 percent of Jacksonvillians identify themselves as "white only" (i.e., not mixed). Here's the breakdown:

White: 55.1 percent

Black/African-American: 30.7 percent

Hispanic or Latino: 7.7 percent

Asian: 4.3 percent

American Indian or Alaska native: .4 percent

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: .1 percent

If Visit Jacksonville wanted to represent the city's population accurately, then 12 of the faces should have been white, seven black/African American, two Hispanic or Latino and one Asian. 

I can only assume that excluding non-white races was an oversight. But I still can't figure out what Ben Affleck's and Seth Rogan's mugs are doing on the coasters.

Check to photo gallery above to see which other celebrities you'll see "only in Jax (on a coaster)."   More

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In case you missed my ramblings on First Coast Connect on WJCT this morning, here’s what’s coming up this weekend and beyond—Around Town!

Thursday, Nov. 21

"Bad Seed," through Nov. 24, Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine 

The Kennedy Assassination at 50: The Enduring Mystery," 7 p.m., Mandarin Community Club 

Interfaith Thanksgiving, 6 p.m., Congregation Ahavath Chesed Temple 

Friday, Nov. 22

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, 8 p.m., Florida Theatre 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Zoolympics Run/Walk 5K, 8:30 a.m., Jacksonville Zoo 

Holiday Cookie Tour of Homes, noon–5 p.m., Amelia Island 

Intuition Ale Works Third Anniversary Celebration, noon–9 p.m., Intuition Ale Works

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 2 p.m., Microsoft Store, St. Johns Town Center (advance tickets required)

Riverside WineFest, 6–9 p.m., 5 Points

Cirque Dreams, 7:30 p.m., Florida Theatre

Misc.

Be a good neighbor and donate your gently-used sweaters, jackets and blankets to the Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive through Nov. 30.

Yours truly rocks the mic on WJCT's First Coast Connect every Thursday around 9:45 a.m. Tune in. Look out.

If you have an event you would like to be considered for inclusion, email pertinent information to kspeckman@folioweekly.com.   More

 
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