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Back in the Saddle

Duval Day Festival 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, 345-5760, 1904musichall.com, $9.04/$15. 1904 Music Hall19 N. Ocean St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by SHELTON HULL It’s drizzling in the dark in Riverside on a Tuesday in late August, but the members of the band Whole Wheat Bread are damp with perspiration, cashing in on the sweat equity accrued in their nearly 20 years together as a band. It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since they had last played together, but they’re joining forces again for a show at 1904 Music Hall. …

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Slow Making & Time

MUSING WOMEN Through Sept. 19, FSCJ’s South Campus Gallery, 11901 Beach Blvd., fscj.edu/art-galleries, free FSCJ South Campus Gallery11901 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32246 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Shedding skin and transforming theself are the themes at the heart of visual artist Dimelza Broche’s works. They’re ideas which she has been working through for a long time but, within the last two years, they’ve taken on greater urgency and personal application. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s MFA program, the Jacksonville-based artist combines painting, casting, ceramics and embroidery to evoke lyric moments of reflection … and …

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Minimalism at the Beach

RESTAURANT DORO 106 First St., Neptune Beach, 853-6943, restaurantdoro.com Restaurant Doro106 1st StNeptune Beach, FL 32266 View larger map story by BRENTLEY STEAD Clean lines. Polished tiles. Sparkling glasses. The interior of Restaurant Doro might be intimidating, if it weren’t for its chef and owner, Christopher Polidoro. He brings a comforting sense of warmth and relaxation to the space. His restaurant is a fine-dining destination, but Polidoro says, “Cooking is what I like to do; it’s not pretentious.” Nor is the spirit of the place. The focus here is squarely on the ingredients of the dishes presented to the guests. …

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Life’s a Trip

story by DAVI I’ve never really flown in an airplane. The only thing I know of flying is what I’ve seen in movies. I can only imagine the joy of pressing my snout against a tiny window and getting lost in the view. I have a feeling the airline people would disapprove. For many people, flying is far from a pleasant experience. Schedules are delayed, security lines are long, and travelers are often grumpy. But what if you were walking down one of the many corridors, and suddenly locked eyes with a fluffy pup? Airports across America are trying to …

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Last Conquistadors, Ep. 2

story by JIM MINION Read Episode 1 Episode 2.1: Drop Day (W.E. Orbiter Bronco one hour ago) “Good mornin’, Chief,” Commander Leani Liu chirped from behind her pouch of coffee. “What’s so good?” Nguyen mumbled. “Drop Day!” trumpeted Liu with a less-than-commanding ebullience. “In a hurry to leave, Commander?” bellowed Maeve Marius Nguyen, her head inside a service hatch. Her body floated parallel to the deck out into the corridor, halting Liu’s morning walk. Liu stopped and turned toward the hatch where Nguyen sprouted, “I wouldn’t call waiting 14 years of my life ’in a hurry.’ Everything OK?” “Well, the …

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A Council’s Contempt

story by TERRY D. BORK According to Lexico, empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” It’s not city government’s strong suit. Last week, at a dramatic meeting, Jacksonville City Council rebuffed public pressure to place Duval County Public Schools’ infrastructure-tax referendum on a ballot for voters to decide. Hundreds of referendum supporters were in attendance. Most of them were African Americans from Northwest Jacksonville. However, after only two supporters were allowed to speak, Council President Scott Wilson ordered police to throw them out of the room. There had been some booing from the audience, and …

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Budget Buster

story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG Numerous watchdog groups scrutinize anddocument the “pork-barrel” spending of government agencies across the nation. To facilitate some watchdogging of our own, Folio Weekly examined the spending habits of scandal-ridden Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels, who has recently requested a $10.2 million increase to supplement his present $58 million budget. We have identified a few instances in which the sheriff’s spending appears excessive. Perhaps the Clay County taxpayer should keep that $10 mil.   CARS FOR CUTIES Readers who have followed the sheriff’s sexcapades won’t be surprised to learn that Daniels likes to bend the rules …

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Tell the city council: Let us vote in 2019 so the repairs can begin in 2020

I hope the school board hangs tough and doesn’t succumb to the extortion tactics of the city council. The school board members were elected in some cases by more people than elected the city council members. I have head that several parents of kids who attend classes in dilapidated school buildings and in portable structures are suing the city council to force the city council to let the people vote in 2019 so the repairs can begin in 2020. Florida Statute 212.055 is what authorizes the school board to levy the sales tax upon approval of the voters. ​A friend …

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The Boss, Ms. Ross

story by SHELTON HULL Melissa Ross pulls back from the microphone and strides out of the studio and into her office at WJCT Public Media. The city’s chief interrogator is sitting down to answer a few questions from me. This week marks 10 years since her arrival as the host of First Coast Connect and, by extension, the on-air centerpiece of a rebooted and revitalized public broadcasting institution. In that time, she’s done probably 3,000 hours of live radio, plus a few special projects, in addition to hosting forums, panels, parties, debates and pretty much any conceivable format. The occasion …

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