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Urinetown, the Musical

by DICK KEREKES Players by the Sea’s final show of the 2008-2009 season opened last weekend and will be on stage at 106 Sixth Street North in Jacksonville Beach until June 20th. Urinetown, the Musical by Greg Kotis and Mark Holman, was nominated for ten Tony Awards and winner of three. It is probably the funniest musical done in this area in many a day, and if you love satirical comedy, you will love this show. Urinetown is narrated by Police Officer Lockstock played by David Sacks with his marvelous booming voice and menacing looks. His narration is assisted by …

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My Life in Ruins

by Rick GrantGrade: C- / PG-13 / 96 min Nia Vardalos is back from obscurity after her 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding made $350 million, making her a wealthy woman. Then, she tried to spin off that success with a TV show which bombed. Now, Vardalos, who lost so much weight she looks like a different person from her old chubby image, is making another bid for big screen success in this fluff piece, My Life in Ruins. Here’s the pitch: 40 something ancient history teacher, Georgia (Vardalos) loses her job and kefi, (loosely translated her mojo or …

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Mind Raft – Deradoorian

by Jack Diablo Release Date: May 5, 2009 on Lovepump United Mind Raft is the experimental solo project of Dirty Projector’s Angel Deradoorian. Recording under just her surname, this EP features freak-folk R&B from a mystical chanteuse with a truly enchanting voice. Whether it’s her dirge-like backing vocals to the trip-hop inspired and otherwise instrumental ‘Weed Jam’ or the full sampling of her vocal range on ‘You Carry the Deed,’ Deradoorian sets the mood for a quick chill-out or dimly lit smoking session. ‘High Road,’ with it’s dissonant staccato strings, begins dangerously close to a Swan Lake joint, but the …

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Rainwater Cassette Exchange – Deerhunter

by Jack Diablo Release Date: May 18, 2009 (digital), June 8, 2009 (CD/vinyl) on Kranky/4AD Deerhunter’s new EP opens with a bossa nova beat but it’s not a cover of ‘The Girl From Ipanema,’ it’s the title track from Rainwater Cassette Exchange. And it’s a tasty, groovy little number with some creepy lyrics about a deadly love at first sight encounter and reincarnation all squeezed into under two and a half minutes. The five song EP format has allowed Deerhunter to craft a tight album devoid of filler but with enough room to stretch their songwriting and stylistic abilities. The …

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Metal & Doom Crank Up Jack Rabbit's

by Jack Diablo Date: 6/2/09Venue: Jack Rabbits In order to continue my education in the infinitely perplexing and divergent realm of metal and its myriad styles, I made it out to Jack Rabbits on June 2 to check out a few doom-metal bands. Come to find out, doom is just as subdivided as metal itself. There’s traditional doom, which is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and features cleaner vocals all the way to funeral doom, black doom and sludge doom, to name a few. The opening act was a local band by the name of Hollow Leg. They succeeded in …

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Barbie Branded Indies

by Jack Diablo Date: 6/4/09Venue: Eclipse By: Jack Diablo Chances are if you go out to catch some live music you’re going to see something pretty standard. A few smaller, usually local bands will open for the touring headliner. The bands play their sets, you drink your beer, and although it’s more fun than sitting at the bar listening to the jukebox, it doesn’t mean there aren’t different ways of experiencing live entertainment. So when a show comes along to challenge the status quo and present something unique and entertaining, it is like a breath of fresh air. I recently …

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Dragonslayer – Sunset Rubdown

by Jack Diablo Release Date: June 23, 2009 on JagjaguwarBy: Jack Diablo Spencer Krug just may be the next king of indie rock, if he isn’t already. He is the voice of Wolf Parade, one third of the Canadian super-group Swan Lake, and the genius behind Sunset Rubdown. Each of his bands has their niche, although some elements most certainly overlap. Wolf Parade is the flagship group while Swan Lake is an assembling of Montreal’s indie rock dream team. Some might consider Sunset Rubdown a side project, relegated to appeasing the likes of only the most dedicated fans. But what …

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Adventure: EU Jacksonville goes to the Teva Mountain Games

Photos and write up by Daniel Goncalves, www.Fotobia.com Vail, Co – June 4-7: EU goes to the all amazing Teva Mountain Games. Atheletes, Art, Mountain, Music is the slogan for the games head at Vail Villiage. There was something for everyone. This is the country’s largest annual celebration of mountain sports. Outdoor adventure atheletes from around the world, professional and amateur gathered at the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines including: GNC Ultimate Mountain Challenge, x-country, freeride biking, slopestyle, 8-ball kayaking, extreme kayaking, World Cup bouldering, dog distance jumping and parasailing. There was …

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View from the Couch

on the tube Conan O’Brien returns to NBC beginning June 1st. The late night funnyman is taking over Jay Leno’s helm at The Tonight Show (don’t worry; Jay will be back in the fall). — USA unveils their promising new original series Royal Pains on June 4th. The show is about a former ER doctor who takes a job as an on-call physician for the social elite in the Hamptons. — New Showtime dramedy Nurse Jackie (June 8) stars Edie Falco as a strong-willed, drug-addicted nurse juggling the grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life. — …

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The Jock

by Tom Weppel NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION The match up for these NBA Finals is rather interesting. We have the ‘prime time’ L.A. Lakers, featuring superstar Kobe Bryant, and his band of mates, against the Orlando Magic, a team that has been considered ‘small market’ for a long time, even though Orlando is a tourist town, without question. And so, these Finals are being looked upon as being a ‘Big vs. Small’ series. And while fans in both cities are certainly jacked-up about their teams making it to the end here, they are certainly much more ecstatic in Orlando, simply because …

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