Imported Folio

LESS TEST STRESS

Julie Delegal On April 9, the Florida Legislature 
 quickly and quietly passed an 
 educational testing reform bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday — a significant victory for advocates and educators. But — except for the Duval County PTA — advocates don’t appear to be taking credit for its passage. HB 7069 reduces duplicative testing, eliminates periodic progress-monitoring tests, and lets schools off the hook for negative consequences related to school grades this year, all while calling for a study on the validity of the new, Common-Core-based Florida Standards Assessment. And, by reducing the percentage …

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BIKE RIDES, STICKY FLOORS, AND LOVE ADVICE

Kara Pound My fondest memory of the now-defunct Pot Belly’s Cinema Plus (simply known as Pot Belly’s to the locals) was seeing the original Sex in the City movie in 2008. A friend and I rode bikes to the theater from Lincolnville in downtown St. Augustine. We were both single and childless, so had no obligations to stay home on a weeknight. We parked (and locked) our beach cruisers just outside of Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, conveniently located next door to Pot Belly’s, and headed in a few minutes before showtime to get a pitcher of whatever light beer was on …

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SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER

John E. Citrone Last week, having released my CD and in the midst of very visible One Spark preparations, I began to wonder about an artist’s responsibility when it comes to crowdsourcing. A while ago, I penned an article asking how much is too much to request when mounting a Kickstarter campaign, but I never really thought about how that money is spent or who keeps track of it. Millions of dollars are donated to thousands of projects every year – where exactly does all that no-strings-attached money go? I funded my project myself, so I was beholden to no …

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REMEMBERING THE LISTENING ROOM

Arvid Smith “Yeah, I saw Chuck Leavell with the Stones in Atlanta last year, but you know, three months later, there he was loading his own equipment into Applejack’s.” So went a memorable quotation from a person I can’t recall but, if anything, sums up the reality of the musician as well as the high esteem in which musicians of all levels and genres held the still-missed-to-this-day venue on San Marco Boulevard: Applejacks. The club was a sign post of sorts for two things. One, it was a venue where the names played and, two, if a local snag a …

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GOT MILK BAR?

AG Gancarski The most memorable urinal I ever saw was in the men’s room at the Milk Bar on Adams Street in Downtown Jacksonville. The trough urinal adds a communitarian element to the act of pissing, something that doesn’t seem quite logical, until you’re three beers deep and you proverbially shrug, “What the fuck.” Ultimately, a great nightclub creates that sense — the suspension of disbelief or the altered reality that allows people to  forget. Forget about the telemarketing or the tech support job. Forget about that classy Mandarin or Ponte Vedra girl who just dumped you. Forget about that lame-ass, …

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SAY IT LOUD (POOR RICHARDS ARE PUNK AND PROUD)

POOR RICHARDS, THE SWEATERS and RUSHMORE 9 p.m. April 10 at Across the Street, 948 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 683-4182 J. Scott Gaillard The first general order for Poor Richards is fun. These guys love surfing, skating and raising hell. The band — singer-guitarist Cousin Matt (aka “Throat”), bassist Sean Piper (“Sean Pee”) and drummer Jimbo Slice — honors those passions in its high voltage tunes. On “Old School Night,” Cousin Matt growls about shredding down the snake run at Arlington’s Kona Skatepark. “Blue Ribbon Passion,” dedicated to cheap beer, includes a warning to avoid “Buffarillos,” particularly those found …

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PAPER FLOW: ANGELA GLAJCAR AT PROJECT ATRIUM

PROJECT ATRIUM: ANGELA GLAJCAR Exhibit runs through June 28 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Downtown, mocajacksonville.org Kara Pound One wouldn’t think that a bunch of 
 sheets of paper strung together would 
 make anything more interesting than a notebook … or a book … or a journal. That’s not the case when it comes to sculptor Angela Glajcar, however. Born in Mainz, Germany, Glajcar has shown her paper-produced works everywhere from Mexico to Milan to Miami. The artist’s latest effort in her long-running Terforation series, which she began in 2005, brings the quadragenarian to Northeast Florida for the Museum …

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EVERY STORY BEGGED TO BE TOLD

Tricia Booker “So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 My husband and I arrived in Jacksonville on a decent February afternoon, pulling a U-Haul trailer into the Holiday Inn on Baymeadows. We parked next to a NASCAR …

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EMBRACE YOUR INNER WEIRDO

Matthew B. Shaw It’s a topic of contention to some, but I hold that our fairly new ability to consume media in such a gluttonous way (i.e., Netflix, HULU, HBO Go, Spotify) is advantageous for a range of lifestyles. Whether overworked or unemployed, for anyone seeking to be entertained, the immediacy of access we enjoy in 2015 is one of the benefits of being a current-era-human. Lately, I’ve been using this 21st century advantage to get caught up on the HBO mini-series Foo Fighters: Sonice Highway. To those unfamiliar, Sonic Highways follows multi-platinum rock band Foo Fighters as they traverse the …

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THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL

AG Gancarski Fun fact: I was offered the opportunity to endorse candidates by Jeffrey Billman when he assigned my attempt at an election preview guide before the first election last month. Thought it over. Didn’t do it. It’s not that I don’t have preferences. Of course I do. There’s an old adage, a mother loves all her children equally. That expression isn’t applicable to a political reporter and his subjects. You don’t love all candidates. You might like some more than others. You’ll definitely feel that way about their operatives. When it comes down to it, though, they’re all politicians. …

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