Liza Mitchell

4 Decades In Comedy: Sinbad Reminisces About Military, Bill Cosby & Donald Trump

In a lot of ways, Sinbad owes the success of his career to the United States military. Back in 1981 when the comedian, known then as David Atkins, was in the Air Force, he competed in a talent contest on base. He got some laughs, enough to keep getting back on the stage. But it was his failure to make the Air Force basketball team that prompted Sinbad to develop the style that would eventually frame his 30-plus year career in stand-up, television and film. “That was the first time I really got serious about comedy,” he says. “Up until …

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The Chris Thomas Band Is Sending Jazz To Europe

Big things are on the horizon for The Chris Thomas Band. Next month, the 19-piece jazz ensemble embarks on its first ever tour thousands of miles away in London. Everything is happening at warped speed and Thomas is juggling the logistics of touring overseas with a healthy appreciation for what’s in store.   The  will perform a hometown show July 22 at the Times-Union Center to help fund the travel expenses. Thomas says he hopes the benefit fundraiser will give the band the final push it needs to meet the final goal. The band also established a Go Fund Me …

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Petanque, Amelia Island, Downtown Fernandina Beach

The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina

Feeling a little French? Amelia Island is the home of largest pétanque club in the nation. Have some pastis then head to the pétanque courts in Downtown Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Boules Club holds pétanque pickup games Saturdays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 3:30pm at the Fernandina Beach pétanque courts at the south end of the downtown marina on Front Street and at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue between 11th Street and 14th Street. The French Provençal game of was virtually unknown in northeast Florida before Philippe Boets introduced the game to . Boets relocated his company Pétanque America from …

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Fresh Retelling of Cinderella Comes to Jacksonville

When Hayden Stanes first learned that Tatyana Lubov would be playing Ella to his Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, he did what any modern royal would do. He hit her up on Facebook. “I didn’t know her before going into the show. I connected with her on social media as you do. I messaged her on Facebook saying, ‘I found out some interesting news that we might be playing opposite each other,’ and I had no reply. I had no reply for a while and I was like, ‘Oh, did I make a mistake and assume something that …

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On The Road: KEVIN FARLEY Comes To The Jacksonville Comedy Club

No Matter How Lumpy The Bed Or Crappy The Food It’s mid afternoon on a Tuesday and we are under a tornado warning just as I am set to interview actor and comedian, Kevin Farley. I call the California number provided by his publicist but it goes straight to voicemail. I dial again and this time it rings, as thunder rattles the window frames. My dog whines as I try to leave a semi-professional message. I check the time, less than confident in my PT-to-ET conversion skills. But I’m right on time, so I call back again. This time, he …

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Smokin’! Tobacco Road at the 28th annual Great Atlantic Country Festival

For reasons that defy geography, there are two distinct camps when it comes to describing Florida culture: those who consider it the south and those who don’t.  “It’s definitely southern. Where I live, especially. If you go 20 minutes in any direction, you’re in the boonies,” says Tallahassee-bred singer and songwriter Eric Durrance. “The Panhandle in general, you can’t get more southern than that. Hunting, fishing, and cows and horses and tractors, everything. You go north, south, east, or west here and you’re in the country.” Durrance and his band Tobacco Road will perform at the 28th annual June 17 at …

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Hockey in Jacksonville: The IceMen Cometh

Attention, Jacksonville hockey fans. This fall, the IceMen Cometh. The Jacksonville Icemen make their local debut Oct. 14 against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena. The minor league hockey will join the East Coast Hockey League, playing 36 home games against south division teams from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Naples, Orlando, Gainesville, and Charleston. At the helm of the team’s bold relocation from Evansville, IN, to the winter-challenged state of Florida is , president of the . Selling the hockey experience to a southern market is what he does best. “I like a challenge,” says Ohrablo, who has sold …

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Jon Batiste, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Photo by Brandi Hill

The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Swings Thru Downtown May 25-27

When tradition is used as a guidebook, it leaves space for change and limitless growth potential. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day tradition that continues to evolve with the changing face of the Downtown area. As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, the 2017 brings the city streets to life May 25-27 with a vibrant street festival atmosphere. Experience the thrill of live music on three stages, local food, art, the Jazz Marketplace, and more, throughout 15 blocks of . This year, the Jazz Festival lineup include such legendary artists as , Chick Corea Trio, …

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Jon Batiste, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Photo by Brandi Hill

The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Swings Thru Downtown May 25-27

When tradition is used as a guidebook, it leaves space for change and limitless growth potential. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day tradition that continues to evolve with the changing face of the Downtown area. As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, the 2017 brings the city streets to life May 25-27 with a vibrant street festival atmosphere. Experience the thrill of live music on three stages, local food, art, the Jazz Marketplace, and more, throughout 15 blocks of . This year, the Jazz Festival lineup include such legendary artists as , Chick Corea Trio, …

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The Night Lights Up At Daily’s

There is a new addition to the that will complement the city’s skyline and boost the city’s profile as an entertainment destination. Daily’s Place Amphitheater is a 5,500-seat venue opening Memorial Day weekend at at the south end of the , creating a cohesive link between the two facilities. Grammy Award-winning artists – and Jacksonville residents – Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by and , perform the opening concert event May 27. The amphitheater is expected to be used year-round and will host an estimated 30-40 concerts per year. A concert will be staged the night before every Jaguars home game. …

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