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Boeing, Boeing for liftoff off at Alhambra

BOEING, BOEING, currently onstage at the Alhambra, is listed as the most performed French play in the Guinness book of world records.  Marc Camoletti’s play (translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans) is a farce: a comedy that seeks to entertain by being exaggerated, improbable and absurd.  The trick and challenge to producing a good farce is that the actors have to be believable in their unbelievable situation.  Timing and teamwork is everything. Perennial bachelor Bernard (Thad Walker), has the perfect life in 1960’s Paris, with no desire to settle down.  A beautiful apartment, his maid Berthe (Lisa Valdini Booth), …

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May Film Reviews

Words by Harry Moore Civil War A near-future United States is engulfed in a civil war after an authoritarian president begins a third term in office in this dystopian cautionary tale from writer-director Alex Garland. “Civil War” focuses on a small team of reporters — composed of a renowned war photographer Lee Smith (Kirsten Dunst), her journalist colleague Joel (Wagner Moura), her mentor Sammy (Stephen McKinley Henderson) and Jessie (Cailee Spaeny) an aspiring photojournalist who idolizes Lee — journeying across the war-torn states to follow a lead that promises the chance at an interview with the tyrannical president (Nick Offerman) …

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Bouquets and Brickbats

  Bouquets Sulzbacher Center for receiving the National APA Gold Award. The American Psychiatric Association recognized Sulzsbacher for its overwhelming success with its Mental Health Offenders Program (MHOP). In collaboration with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other community partners, MHOP seeks to break the cycle of repeated arrests for individuals with mental illness by providing wraparound support to reintegrate them into the community after release. The program helps them to obtain permanent housing and other assistance. As a result of the program, community costs dropped by more than half from previous years.  Brickbats  The State of Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis …

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Glamorizing mental illness: How social media sets a stage for self-diagnosis

Words by Mallory Pace   One night, as I was scrolling on TikTok into the late hours of the night, delusion and paranoia high, I switched over to Google, where I found a quiz: “Do I have OCD?.” Somehow, my TikTok feed algorithm had become flooded with videos on “signs you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),” and I started getting concerned that I was relating to so many of these videos. As I took the first quiz suggested on Google, I started thinking about the validity of what I was doing. Am I actually relating to these symptoms or am …

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Weird Wild Stuff,

Words by Shelton Hull   According to NASA, there are more than 25,000 pieces of man-made debris floating in space, each larger than a softball, and countless thousands more smaller objects, all of which can move faster than bullets. So it’s a big deal when anything falls to Earth, especially the nearly 2-pound chunk of metal that smashed through a man’s roof downstate in Naples last month. NASA later confirmed the chunk as being “jettisoned” from the International Space Station in 2021.   We find ourselves talking about bees often in Florida, which makes sense because of our huge agricultural …

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Folio Weed: Scheduling Conflict

Words by Shelton Hull   Tuesday, April 30 was perhaps the most important day yet in the ongoing push toward legalizing cannabis nationwide in the United States, as it was the day our country’s Drug Enforcement Administration, the infamous DEA, followed through on a previous recommendation by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I to Schedule III narcotic. It just so happened that I was sitting down to write the column you’re reading right now when the news broke that morning, timed so fortuitously for me to pivot, or rather circle back …

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4B Movement 

  Words and photos by Amiyah Golden    As a little girl, the dream of finding my own Prince Charming was a sentiment that was always encouraged … by firsthand accounts of my own family’s love for each other, Disney movies and covert societal influence.    It was an ideology sympathetic to my own altruism, the aspiration to love and be loved in the way the fairy tales depicted. It wasn’t a desire that seemed too far-fetched with love being an innate human trait after all — decidedly pure (until it isn’t) — as my own optimism struggled to accept …

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Dear Dumbs,

“I hate to call you “Dumb” because of your successful relationship and your funny wisdom. Even though I’m 70 years old, I think you can help me. As I said, I’m 70 and I’ve been married for 51 years. Let me just say it: I married an asshole, and I’ve known it for quite some time. He loves the swinger lifestyle and to appease him I’ve tried it a few times. I felt gross. Even though I told him it’s not for me, it’s all he wants and I’m over it. Would I look like a hypocritical jerk for kicking …

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The Clock is Ticking for TikTok in the U.S

  Words by Carmen Macri   Our favorite clock app is facing scrutiny within the U.S. Congress — again — and here is everything you need to know.   To put it bluntly, the U.S. Government is worried that a Chinese-owned company is accessing sensitive user data and promoting Chinese propaganda to its users. Personally, my For You Page (FYP) is mainly filled with mindless memes and new music—I haven’t come across any Chinese propaganda, but that’s not the main issue here. U.S. officials have repeatedly cautioned that TikTok poses a threat to national security because the Chinese government could …

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Chicks Love Charley

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    A seemingly harmless COVID project turned into a massive success story.    Back in 2020, Charley Harrold was facing difficulty finding work in the film industry as a grip which involves setting up, rigging and dismantling lighting equipment on set, a job he described as “problem-solving on set.” When job opportunities were scarce, Harrold turned his attention to projects around his 6-acre property in Baldwin. One day, he visited Tractor Supply Co. to pick up a part for a new project. While browsing the aisles, he noticed the chick pen. Without giving …

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