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Beginner’s Guide to Anime

Jay Mafela There’s a brand of media that’s making a steady rise into mainstream: anime. Anime is a genre of animation that’s received a major boom in popularity over the past few years. Originating from the Japanese word for “animation,” they are essentially Japanese cartoons. Most anime are adaptations of other forms of media, usually from manga comics or from novels. Occasionally, an anime will adapt a story from a video game or even a live-action show. What once started as a niche interest for nerds has hit mainstream like a freight train. Hollywood stars recognize and admit they like …

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May Film Reviews

Harry Moore The Northman From the director of The Lighthouse and The Witch comes an epic tale of revenge in the grim and violent age of the Vikings. When the king (Ethan Hawke) is murdered by his brother (Claes Bang), who also claimed the queen (Nicole Kidman) for his own, the young prince Amleth (Oscar Novak) vows to avenge his father’s death. After growing to be a powerful warrior (Alexander Skarsgård), Amleth pursues his bloody vengeance against his uncle.  With his previous releases, director Robert Eggers established himself as one of the most interesting visionaries working today, able to create …

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The Rich History of the Ritz

Jay Mafela Located in LaVilla, the Ritz Theatre and Museum is not only a gorgeous venue for concerts and theatrical productions but also serves as a tribute to the lives and contributions of local African-Americans. The Ritz stands on the same spot as the movie theater of the same name built in 1929. At the time, LaVilla was considered by many to be the “Harlem of the South,” attracting performers including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and a young Ray Charles. The original building was eventually torn down with the new Ritz opening in 1999. Today, it …

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Jazz Fest

Jay Mafela Jazz. The musical gateway to the soul. A testament to America’s culture. And there’s no better place to find it than the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns for its 42nd year May 26–29. Ever since starting in 1980 as the Mayport And All That Jazz Festival, the event grew until it became not only a core part of the city’s arts and culture, but one of the biggest jazz festivals in the country. The event is free to the public with VIP and preferred seating packages available for a fee. Those who purchase preferred seating …

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