Isa Barrientos

November Horoscopes

SCORPIO You’ve come to feel comfortable in who you are, though you still identify as formless. It might seem that your partner is a loose cannon – remain as solid as you are. Supplement with affection and long conversations. SAGITTARIUS You will deal with everything going on beneath the surface. The aim to better yourself could be stifled by something in the workplace, if not by your hostile self-talk. Lean on your words and your money. CAPRICORN With a look in the mirror, you’ll find that you are more beautiful than ever. Your social life will come to the forefront, …

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Classic Beauty

Bursting with fantasy in glittering gowns, Jacksonville’s burlesque scene has made its post-pandemic comeback, leaving a trail of dropped jaws and feather boas. Sunny Parker went between the dressing room and the DJ booth as the crowd started trickling up to the second floor. A classic beauty in a satin robe with rhinestones peeking out from her chest, she was to host the launch of Shim Sham Burlesque, a new bimonthly cabaret show at the beaches. At 10 p.m. Parker cleared the center of the room. Ever so sexy and cool, she welcomed an eager audience and listed out the …

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Art Walk Returns

After an 18-month hiatus, Art Walk will return to Downtown Jacksonville on Oct. 6. The event, programmed by Downtown Vision in collaboration with local businesses, has occurred every first Wednesday of the month since 2003, drawing thousands of people into the wonder of the urban core. The organization took the time off as an opportunity to breathe new life into Art Walk. An updated layout features three hubs: James Weldon Johnson Park will host Downtown Vision’s programs, the Jessie Ball DuPont Center will curate local art and performers with a focus on equity and community, and the VyStar Breezeway will …

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Virgo Season Horoscopes

For Virgo Season, this month comes bearing fruits of focus, routine, and service. Work on your health and clean out your refrigerator. Happy harvest everyone. VIRGO  An elusive character came and went with the summer sun. The departure’s part of a lesson you need to learn, something healthy, habitual and close to home. Surround yourself with as many flowers as you can afford.  LIBRA  There’s virtue in the way you speak, in the way you are. Time will open up for you to express yourself the way you’ve been wanting to. Think about what the message is before you say …

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August Bartender of the Month: Blair Redington

Blair Redington is a staple at San Marco’s upscale watering hole, Town Hall. If Blair Redington were a drink, he’d be a whiskey neat: there’s a touch of redolence under the bite in his deadpan tone. His warm, straightforward service could only come from being the local barkeeper for as long as he has – when it comes to the neighborhood, he’s seen it all from behind the bar. Twenty years ago as a high school student at Bishop Kenny, Redington started bussing tables at a San Marco restaurant led by Chef Tom Gray. His family home was just a …

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Ghost Town

Take a trip to Cassadaga, Florida’s portal to the other side.  Tucked away in between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of I-4, sits a sleepy little town of about 300 people. It was founded in the late 1800s by George Colby, who traveled to Central Florida—at the instruction of his spirit guide—to create a spiritualist center. Past the surface of its old Florida charm, in the Victorian homes’ entryway reading rooms, there are spirits floating alongside psychics, being summoned out of those who come seeking them.  The Spiritualist Camp is a small community in itself, originally created as a …

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Celebration of Life

Artis Gilmore on his storied basketball careeer, growing up during Jim Crow and the death of his daughter. You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. At 7-foot-2 with size 18 feet, basketball legend Artis Gilmore has a stride that stands for itself. His footsteps are as light as air as he nods gracefully under each doorway. His presence is silent yet palpable. Gilmore was born in 1948 in the small town of Chipley on the Florida panhandle. He grew up poor, living in a three-room house with dirt floors that …

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An Emerald Unearthed

As downtown development moves from fantasy to reality, Groundwork Jacksonville is increasing park space and connecting neighborhoods.  The Emerald Trail broke ground earlier this month with an ecological restoration project at McCoys Creek. The greenway will link 16 neighborhoods in the urban core with about 30 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails. Groundwork Jacksonville raised private funds to build the trail’s masterplan in collaboration with the community and PATH Foundation. City Council adopted the plan in 2019, and last month they voted to double the gas tax and allocate $132 million in construction funds to the Emerald Trail. This took a cut …

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Living with History

Raymond Turknett creates models of American nostalgia and Jacksonville history.  Raymond Turknett’s roots in Jacksonville’s Westside go as deep as the 1700s. The end of the Wesconnett portmanteau is attributed to his family name; the neighborhood was made up of family farms until the Naval Air Station was built nearby.  By the time Turknett was born in the early 1950s, suburban sprawl was set in motion. Schools and subdivisions, parking lots and gas stations cropped up on what was once the rural land between Blanding Blvd. and the Ortega River.  This new landscape inspired much of what would become Turknett’s …

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Hit the Lights

An inside look at how Hit The Lights, one of Jacksonville’s newest full-service production studios, flipped the switch during 2020. If you were a regular at shows before the pandemic, you’ve probably experienced the sensory feast that is a show by Hit the Lights Productions. The production company worked mainly out of Mavericks for the first couple of years, and through the waves of the Landing closing, and 2020, turned into a one-stop-shop for artists from building records to rehearsing them to performing them live. Rob York is the mastermind behind the operation, which started as a lighting company (thus …

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