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perfecting the band

by jon bosworth Klob may be the only perfect band. I first caught up with Kip Kolb of the blues-rock outfit Klob to start this article back in the Spring. The band had just returned from Greenwich Village where they played a showcase at the Soul of the Blues festival at the Cornelia Street Café. Coming off a gig like that, you might think they’d be insistent on a certain caliber of venue, but before they had even been back in Jacksonville for a full day, here they were setup under a tent in the parking lot in front of …

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reclaiming "luxuries"

by kellie abrahamson As most are aware, recent budget cuts have crippled schools all over Florida, leaving kids without supplies for art, instruments for music or teachers for phys-ed. First Coast schools are no exception. Until the schools get more money for these “luxuries” it’s going to be up to us to supplement our children’s educations to ensure they become well-rounded adults. Thankfully there are still resources within the community to help us do just that. art Usually the first to get the axe come budget cut-time is art. This is particularly unfortunate since studies show that kids who are …

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dish update + events

by erin thursby Who says Irish pubs can’t be upscale? Certainly not the folks at the Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra. In the former Champs location V. Kelly has opened as what Jeff Kmiec, director of sales and marketing for Sawgrass describes as “a warm and friendly Irish tavern that fits beautifully into the luxury golf theme that plays out so prominently at Sawgrass.” Expect traditional Irish food, flat screen televisions, specialty drinks and more. Visit sawgrassmarriott.com for more information. The long awaited Orsay had its soft open last month and opens officially this month, so if you’re looking to …

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oldies-but-goldies

by rick grant We oldies-but-goldies (over 50) should know the value of exercise to stay healthy. Indeed, I’ve always believed in vigorous exercise for my entire life, especially now that I’m 67 years old. It keeps my heart muscle healthy, my blood flowing, my weight under control, and improves my quality of life. Whatever else I do to abuse my body, my daily exercise routine helps to balance the scale. Today with the excitement of the Olympic Games still fresh in our minds, everyone is thinking about a way to showoff their athletic abilities to perhaps gain some recognition. So …

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lazy bitches need not apply

When your house transforms into an island courtesy of the overflowing St. Johns River, you begin to re-evaluate your responsibilities and ask certain questions. Such as, do I really believe a termite and flea-infested house built in 1880 can withstand tropical storm winds? More importantly, if swept away by the river will child-sized flotation devices work just as effectively on two domestic short-haired cats? No matter what life hurls at you, there are always responsibilities to step up to. Embrace responsibility is this column’s mantra. The first type of responsibility you have is to yourself– to never give up, no …

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happy birthday wjct!

by kellie abrahamson WJCT is a First Coast institution. Throughout the years we’ve seen our local PBS affiliate grow from a small station with three staff members and borrowed equipment into an award-winning community resource that reaches tens of thousands of people through television, radio and the internet. On September 10th WJCT will celebrate the golden anniversary of its very first broadcast. This impressive milestone is one of many for the station. In the early 50s television was comprised of three channels and none of them gave the public a true voice. WJCT changed all that in 1958 when it …

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fall 08 television

by kellie abrahamson Fire up your TiVo! With schools starting and temperatures slowly dropping, at least by Florida standards, summer is officially coming to an end. While not great news for kiddies and sun-worshippers, TV fans everywhere are rejoicing because the all important fall season is upon us and that means quality programming will soon hit the airwaves. The 2008-2009 television season is actually shaping up to be an interesting one so fire up your TiVo and read on for a look at what’s coming to your TV in the coming months. what’s new ABC is, for the most part, …

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notes from the bachelor pad

by troy spurlin Okay, let’s recognize the “white elephant” in the room. That being, the “Unfavorite Things” article from an installment of NOTES FROM THE BACHELOR PAD a few months back . One of the hardest things we have to learn about being men is to recognize and acknowledge truth. And the truth is, that article smelled of ass. There, I said it! Happy dude? Kitchens are tough. They are not just about cooking food, although some of my “foodie” friends might disagree. But, if you are like me, you don’t really cook. I make coffee, I eat granola bars, …

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by erin thursby, photos by a.m. stewart Long before the first whiff of face powder and the spotlight shines on the stage there’s a beehive of activity that not only goes on backstage on opening night but also for weeks, and sometimes months. There’s a cadre of professionals and volunteers who design and build the sets, sew the costumes, fine tune the lighting and sound systems. But even before that, the show’s ringmaster is the producer who coordinates all the elements, selects the shows and manages the production. players by the sea and the road to sweeney todd Since 1966, …

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picturing florida

by erin thursby Looking for a coffee table book with style, local history and art? Then lay your hands on a copy of Picturing Florida. It is an exquisite portrait of Florida with dazzling lithographs. The book starts on a historical note, about some of Florida’s earliest artists such as Jacques Le Moyne, whose work was reproduced in engravings during the 1500s. These early works depict Native Americans and the exotic landscape of Florida. Later artists were attracted by everything from the weather to the fishing. A number of stunning depictions of the St. Johns River and classic Florida vistas …

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