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We Will Rock You: The Music of Queen Comes to The Florida Theatre

We Will Rock You: The Music of Queen Comes to The Florida Theatre

There’s no other four words in rock music that carry as much weight as “We Will Rock You,” the foot-stomping anthem issued by Freddie Mercury. The musical by the name same celebrates the music of Queen and takes a unique approach to the role music plays in defining us as individuals. “We Will Rock You” is staged Nov. 3 at (www.floridatheatre.com).“It’s completely iconic. A lot of the music “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there is a lot of weight in that music for sure,” says cast member Karina Cox, who plays Aretha in the ensemble and is the understudy …

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The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger opens Friday October 25 on the Studio Stage at and runs through November 10. In partnership with the , the story follows an unlikely superhero who sets off on a mission to save New Jersey, end global warming and charm the town’s blind librarian.  If it sounds like an unconventional musical, it is. But the show’s message, clever one-liners and interesting character choices all point to the effects of pollution on the environment. It’s also the perfect show for Halloween. Melvin Ferd The Third is an Earth Science enthusiast, setting out to rescue New Jersey from the …

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2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular Returns to Jacksonville Beach This Weekend!, GEICO Skytypers Delta

Geico Skytypers: 2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular Returns to Jacksonville Beach This Weekend!

A Look at the Geico Skytypers Team It’s a skyward display of epic proportions as the 2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular returns to . The free, three-day event offers breathtaking demonstrations from many of the premiere flying teams including the . With the bringing the sleek, fast-flying maneuvers that make them a crowd favorite, the Geico Skytypers Team demonstration features WWII-era aircraft and combat tactics and maneuvers taught to the pilots that flew in WWII and the Korean War.  The Geico Skytypers will perform their 18-minute low-level precision flying demonstration utilizing six WWII-era SNJs on October 26-27 with a unique …

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Joseph A. Strasser

Documentary Honoring a Generous Supporter: The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser

For , life is a numbers game. The successful financier and philanthropist budgeted many years of his life to building a career in finance and public administration. He’s now the subject of a 13-minute documentary that details and preserves the legacy of an unusual life well-lived. Directed by Ana Paula Habib and Isaac Brown, “The Legacy of Joseph A. Strasser” recounts his story, beginning with his escape from the Holocaust and immigration to the United States as a small child. The film will be screened October 24 at the . The event will honor his life, surviving the hardship of …

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Lady Hater, Directed by Alexandra Barreto, TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Returns Nov 15-17

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Returns Nov 15-17

Jacksonville Film Festival will host the 2019 Jacksonville Film Festival Nov 15-17 at the . Organizers will celebrate the city’s colorful film history with the theme “First Hollywood” representing the city’s past as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.” For over a century, Jacksonville was home to 30 film studios and played a vital role in the country’s film history. The recalls Jacksonville’s past as a destination for the independent film community and future generations of filmmakers poised to utilize the city as their canvas. “By bringing the festival back to where the industry first began, our organization celebrates …

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Seances, Spiritualism, and Women's Rights: Tim Gilmore's Tale of Anna Fletcher, Anna Fletcher spiritualism history

Seances, Spiritualism, and Women’s Rights in Jacksonville: Tim Gilmore’s Tale of Anna Fletcher

Local author offers a fascinating look at the wife of former Florida Senator Duncan U. Fletcher in his new book “Channeling Anna Fletcher: On Seances and Women’s Rights.” Gilmore tells the story of the woman who struggled to reconcile the constraints and proprieties of a senator’s wife with her belief in Spiritualism. Gilmore will host a book launch will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the , 101 W. 1st Street, Jacksonville. The event will include a discussion on the convergence of early women’s rights activism and psychic investigation with live music by the Dead Shepard Sounds. “Anyone …

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Sarah Boone, Exectutive Director at Theatre Jacksonville, A Centennial Anniversary: Theatre Jacksonville in San Marco Celebrates 100 Years , Theatre Jax Little Theatre Playhouse

A Centennial Anniversary: Theatre Jacksonville in San Marco Celebrates 100 Years

It’s been a big year at . There is electricity in the air that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it only comes around every 100 years. The iconic cultural institution will mark its centennial anniversary in 2020 and the buzz leading up to this significant milestone is electric. “We’re very excited to actually get to the year. We’ve been talking about this for two or three years. We’ve put together a really great season and that was our first step. We’re also putting together an event in March to celebrate as well as launching our endowment campaign for the …

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Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year, Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year, Photo by Kim Reed

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Comes Back to Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross for its 22nd Year

It started with a few local pickers gathering in Dave Griffin’s Waycross backyard. Two years later, the collection of musicians evolved into an annual celebration of the life and music of Gram Parsons. By 2001, the event drew a bigger crowd than Griffin could comfortably accommodate. “My home has always been a welcome haven for music,” he says, “but after the ’01 tribute, I woke up the next morning to find dirty footprints in my bathtub and thought maybe it’s time for a change.” Today, the 22nd Annual is held September 26-28 at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds in Waycross, where Parsons …

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A Soulful Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road: The Wiz at Players by the Sea Theatre

A Soulful Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road: The Wiz at Players by the Sea Theatre

It’s a familiar story that has endeared families for decades. Based on the original book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by William F. Brown, The Wiz opens the 54th season at Sept. 20 with a soulful trip down the Yellow Brick Road. The musical features many of the same characters later reprised in the film The Wiz but with a decidedly 70’s urban twist. Directed by , The Wiz is an urban retelling of the classic children’s novel in the context of modern African-American culture featuring a funk, gospel and soulful score. A reimagining of L. Frank Baum‘s classic 1900 children’s …

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Former Lead Guitarist of the Eagles, Don Felder, to Stop at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Former Lead Guitarist of the Eagles, Don Felder, to Stop at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Interview with Don Felder, Performing at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sep 16 Throughout his career, Don Felder has witnessed the dawning of new eras in music but he still approaches writing and performing with the same unflinching passion as he did in the early years. As a former lead guitarist with who co-wrote “Hotel California,” it’s part of his story and a huge chunk of American rock history.  But Don “Fingers’ Felder still has something to say and he called on some of the biggest names in the industry to help share the message. Felder stops in the Jacksonville …

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