Britney Broussard

The Ritz: Art Through Senses

The Ritz Theatre and Museum’s current feature exhibition, Through Our Eyes: Sensory Perception 2016, not only focuses on sight, but all sensory perception, in a collection of works from local African-American artists. As people walk in, they are taken through pieces of art that embody sensory perception in some form. Curator Lydia Stuart discussed the exhibition with me. “The inspiration behind this year’s exhibition was a result of a couple of things. One inspiration came from a couple of volunteers that were visually impaired taking visitors through the gallery and talking about the artwork. It showed me that we rely …

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5 F(x) Ice Cream and Taiyaki

  Tired of going to the grocery store and buying the same generic ice cream with a processed taste? Well, there is a local company here in Jacksonville named 5f(x) Ice Cream and Taiyaki where you can get your fix. What is 5f(x) you say? They produce the best kind of ice cream–homemade. Their ice cream is thicker, creamer and overall more delicious! 5f(x) was opened in March of 2012, originally named 3f(x) Ice Cream and Waffles. The company has four stores: two in Orlando and two in the Jacksonville area, at 9802 Baymeadows Rd #6 and at 10950 San …

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Holiday Shopping Ideas Out of the Box

BY LISA ACKER & BRITNEY BROUSSARD Every holiday season it seems we are challenged with finding the perfect gift to give that perfect someone. At EU Jacksonville we like to support locally owned small businesses that have unique selections and a variety of items you won’t find at a big box store. The Wardroom, Ltd. 1969 San Marco Boulevard (904) 396-1091 If given the task to sum up the Wardroom, in one word, that word would be delicious. Magical also comes to mind, but then that would be two. This is a warm and cozy collection of things you won’t …

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Now Boarding the Style High Club 747!

Welcome ladies and gentleman! I hope everyone is ready to take a fashion trip on the Style High Club 747. The date is Oct. 9, Friday and your destinations will be New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta. If anyone is afraid of flying don’t worry. You are not boarding a real plane but stepping into celebrating the 5 year anniversary of hosted by Yual and Emily B., celebrity stylist and shoe designer. was transformed into a runway with thirty white chairs on either side. The expected turnout was 100 people but there were closer to 150 people in attendance. …

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Raging Rappers – “Straight Outta Compton”

Straight Outta Compton By: Britney Broussard Grade: B+ Rated: R Run Time: 2hrs. 30mins. “Art is a reflection of reality,” spoken by Eazy E. In Compton, CA, 1986, five artists with paintbrushes as their voices and music as their canvas took their art and spread it around the world. Their art was unapologetic, rough, uncensored and held the truth. Who were these artists? Why they were the : a.ka. , a.ka. , a.k.a , a.ka. and a.ka. . Five friends who wanted nothing more to make it out of Compton through their group NWA, starting their own record label called …

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Anyone Can Be An Artist

The Story of Melody Taylor Melody Taylor is a self-taught artist. Before she picked up a paint brush, she didn’t have a degree and had never taken an art class before. “One day it was pouring down raining when I felt something speak to me. I had just moved to Jacksonville, and there was something divine that called me to . When I left, I had purchased a paintbrush, paint, and a single canvas, and started painting. Since that day I have not stopped painting,” says Taylor. Now, Taylor owns over 150 pieces of her own artwork. But this artist …

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SHAKE, RATTLE & DUCK! “SAN ANDREAS” ERUPTS

Picture this. You’re a father, your little girl is in college and you have a kick-ass job where you save lives for a living. But life is far from perfect. You and your wife are separated and you just learned that she wants a divorce and is moving in with her boyfriend, Daniel (: Fantastic Four). Welcome to Ray’s ( aka The Rock) reality. Now the San Andreas Fault along the coast of California is causing various earthquakes that haven’t been seen or active in 150 years! What do you do? You do what you do best. Save lives. That …

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Get in the Spirit as Elisha “Atlas” Parris Headlines the Jacksonville Jazz Festival

, a four-time veteran of , headlines it for the second time this year. He is a perfect fit for the festival’s stage. “I was born into music. My mother played piano, and my father played trombone, and I grew up in the church,” says Parris. He relates that both his father and mother encouraged him to pursue music, although the road to performing jazz wound through lots of gospel. “The group for me that made me feel like jazz was the right choice was the . They are my favorite jazz band of all time. If you listen to …

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Jazz Inspired: Adrian Pickett Jr.

Adrian Pickett is an artist who works in several different mediums, including charcoal, painting, watercolors, and soon sculpting. Adrian’s paintings seem to come to life, especially his charcoal pieces, which are full of vitality. What motivates Adrian to paint is jazz music. It calms him down and helps him focus while keeping him balanced. Some of his favorite jazz musicians are , , and . The musical inspiration currently has Pickett working on a signature piece called Jazz Man. However, the influence of jazz doesn’t stop there. He also has a selection of paintings of Miles Davis and currently is …

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The Pitches Are Back! PITCH PERFECT 2

Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 115 mins Grade: A+ The Barden Bellas are back Pitches!!! But this time they have gotten a little too comfortable and developed a bit of an ego. They are not the same underdogs that made us fall in love with them in the beginning as we watched them rise to Acapella stardom. These Barden Bellas are more concerned with the performance that leads them to lose who they are and their sound. And their performance for the on his birthday at the where Fat Amy () gives the whole world a view of her flower down …

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