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SWAMP RADIO

by ALEX RENDON Northeast Florida is brimming with talented local artists, but oftentimes they lack the right platform to display their skills. Jacksonville native and playwright Ian Mairs hopes to change all that with Swamp Radio. This podcast/live performance show is a fulfillment of Mairs’ artistic vision. With this vaudevillian spectacle of sorts, Mairs, Swamp Radio‘s producer and creative director, hopes to shed light on all aspects of Jacksonville’s artistic merit. On Swamp Radio’s website (swampradiojax.com) he declares Swamp Radio’s mission statement: to give River City residents a “banquet table,” of “artist’s words and music” which, as he states “will …

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The Year of Magical Thinking

by DICK KEREKES AND LEISLA SANSOM Theatre Jacksonville’s Guerilla Show Series is a supplement to their regular season’s lineup and is usually presented twice each season during a weekend between their main stage shows. On January 17 and 18, Theatre Jacksonville will present The Year of Magical Thinking, a highly acclaimed and award-winning one-person show by Joan Didion. Coming to Jacksonville to perform is Broadway actress, film, and television star Linda Purl. Ms. Purl may be a familiar face to you if you are a television fan, having appeared in Matlock, HBO’s True Blood, and the CBS show Reckless, as …

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Best of 2013

Bostwick Building Saved The owners of the Bostwick building were met with a precedent-setting decision when they were not permitted to demolish one of the most historic buildings in Jacksonville, located at the base of the Main Street Bridge downtown. Maybe what’s left of Downtown’s history still has a viable chance for revival. Brooklyn Construction Projects After a decade of failed promises, the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn is in overdrive. Roughly $100 million in construction is underway in the form of 220 Riverside, Unity Plaza, The Brooklyn Riverside, Shoppes on Riverside, and the Winston Family YMCA. In less than one …

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Davis Leads Giants Past Blackhawks 135-106

by Mike Bonts First year player Brandon Davis scored 35 points to lead the Jacksonville Giants (14-0) to a 135-106 win over the Montgomery Blackhawks at the UNF Arena Saturday night. Davis was 10 of 16 from three point range and 12 of 19 from the field. He led the team with eight rebounds. “Brandon is a rookie from Lamar University. He is a big time shooter. He really helped us out with his hot shooting. I am very fortunate to have him on the team,” said Jacksonville head coach Kevin Waters said. Elijah Smith added 14. Travis Johnson and …

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The Art of Living Well in Jacksonville

by KRISTI LEE SCHATZ, M.A. Every day we hear about the latest and greatest secret for life success, from the newest self-help book, to the gimmicky sales pitch for the next quick fix. We all want to live peacefully, but if it were that easy, wouldn’t we all be doing it? The truth is that life is a unique art form. It takes time and regular practice to master your craft. Learning acceptance, patience, trust, surrender, and willpower can help you live more fully, but those qualities aren’t developed overnight. The art of living well requires you to consciously take …

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SAGITTARIUS: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 2014, it’s possible you’ll be given a cabbage farm, a petting zoo or some bequest that’s not in close alignment with your life’s purpose. But it’s more likely the legacies and dispensations you receive are quite useful. The general trend is that allies will make available a steady flow of useful things. Your ability to attract what you need will be high. In the next few months, I may have good reason to name you an honorary Scorpio. You may match those Great Manipulators’ proficiency at extracting the essence of what you want …

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VIRGO: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I predict you will commit no major acts of self-sabotage in 2014. Congrats! You’ll be exceptionally careful not to hurt or damage yourself. Hooray! More good news: You’re not as critical of yourself as you’ve been in the past. The judgmental little voice in your head won’t be nearly as active. Yay! Even negative emotions diminish in frequency and intensity. Hallelujah! Whoopee!

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LEO: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “In games there are rules,” writes science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, “but in life the rules keep changing.” This is always true, but I think it’s an especially poignant truth between now and your next birthday. During the next few months, you may sometimes feel as if every law, formula and corollary are mutating. In some cases, the new rules coming into play will be so different from the old ones, they may at first be hard to figure out. The happy ending: It may take a while, but you eventually see these …

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CANCER: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny CANCER (June 21-July 22): Big rivers don’t travel in straight lines. Their paths are curvy and complicated, with periodic turns and bends. In some places, they flow faster; in others, slower. The depth and width may vary along the way, too. Your destiny is like one of those big rivers. In some years, it meanders for long stretches, slowing as it wanders a crooked course. It may even get shallower and narrower, but in 2014, you’ll be moving faster than usual. You’ll be traveling a more direct route, wide and deep.

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GEMINI: Jan. 8-14

Rob Brezsny GEMINI (May 21-June 20): St. Peter’s Basilica is a very old church in Vatican City. It has a life-size bronze statue of St. Peter that’s at least 700 years old. Over the centuries, visitors have paid their respects by kissing and touching the figure’s feet. The metal of the right foot has been so worn down by this, the toes have disappeared, leaving a smooth surface. You have a similar kind of power in 2014. Little by little, with steady affection and relentless devotion, transform what’s rigid and hard.

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