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Imaginative Blue Guys Rule the Stage

FAMILY NIGHT FOR BLUE MAN GROUP Family Night pre-show: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 Times-Union Center Lobby, 300 Water St., Downtown Jacksonville Activities: Face painting, green screen photos in photo booth, arts and crafts and other activities sponsored by MOSH and MOCA. 442-2929, artistseriesjax.org PERFORMANCE BLUE MAN GROUP No one really knows what to expect when the Men in Blue take the stage. The fusion of performance art, percussion, pop culture and a whole lot more sometimes make sense, and it almost always draws raves. Of course, there was that one TripAdvisor reviewer who saw the Vegas act and argued that …

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Sounds Like a Nice Guy

Chuck Shepherd In November, Dave Wilson, a white conservative candidate for the Houston Community College System Board pulled off an astonishing victory over the African-American incumbent, by distributing campaign materials that made him — Wilson — appear to be black and thus the favorite of African-Americans. Wilson’s brochures depicting black “supporters” were all, he later said, copied from the Internet.

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All This and Free Beer!

Chuck Shepherd A government-subsidized, foundation-supported program for alcoholics in Amsterdam announced a “welfare”/”work” program, offering the city’s drunks about $14 a day — and five cans of free beer — for several hours of street-cleaning. Some beneficiaries told London’s The Independent, in a November item, that, of course, they intended to use the cash to buy even more beer.

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Not the Usual Modus Operandi

Chuck Shepherd The vandalism of Marion County High School in Jasper, Tenn., on the eve of a big football game in November was not, after all, the work of arch-rival South Pittsburg — notwithstanding the clues. The South Pittsburg markings were apparently made by Marion County teacher-coach Michael Schmitt, who was arrested. He told officers he was only trying to inspire the team, which lost anyway, 35-17.

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Do the Right Thing

Chuck Shepherd Betty Green was fired as clerk at the Speedway gas station in Lexington, Ky., in November when she “just said no” to an armed robber, who smiled and walked out. Company rules require employees always give up the money. Said Green, “I don’t think anybody knows what you are going to do until it happens to you.” o

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Jacksonville Giants over Jackson Showboats, 142-100

by Mike Bonts Last time the Giants and Showboats played Jacksonville came away with a ten point victory in Jackson, Miss. That wouldn’t be the case Saturday night as Jacksonville improved to 16-0. The Giants opened on an 11-0 run and never trailed in a 142-100 ABA victory over the Showboats (3-6) before record crowd of 5,290 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. “We had a great team effort tonight. Brandon Davis came up with some key three pointers in the first half and we were on our way. The Giants opened the game on an 11-0 run and never looked …

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BEEEHIVE-THE 60's MUSICAL

by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Players by the Sea started 2014 by staging a trip back in time with “Beehive,” a musical revue of the music of the 1960’s and the launching of “girl groups.” The title refers to the domed lacquered hairstyle of the era, a style forgotten in today’s fashion world. Do The Angels, The Chiffons, The Shangri-Las or The Supremes ring a bell in your vault of musical knowledge? How about names like Patti LaBelle, Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee, Petula Clark and Tina Turner? Got you humming? If you remember even a few of those names, …

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GOOD PEOPLE

by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre opened its first production of 2014 with the Tony Award nominated play “GOOD PEOPLE.” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, his work is not unfamiliar to North Florida audiences. Theatre Jacksonville produced the acclaimed “Rabbit Hole,” and Players by the Sea did the quirky “Fuddy Mears” a couple of seasons back.”Good People” will be on stage in downtown Gainesville through February 2. Call (352) 375-4477 for reservations or visit thehipp.org. The central character of this play is Margaret (SARA MORSEY) who is pushing fifty, and lives in Southie, the Boston …

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