Imported Folio

Road Trip

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman When Steven Johnson accepted 16 tons of free coal ash from JEA’s coal-powered Northside Generating Station more than two years ago, the agency assured him it was as “safe as sand.” So Johnson spread the pebbly white material liberally over the dirt roads of his 30-acre Black Water Farm in Middleburg. He paved a road through wetlands, a boat ramp into Black Creek, an area near his drinking water well and roads on his neighbor’s property. He says one JEA representative was so impressed with how he applied the material, which JEA markets as EZBase, …

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Tower of Babble Power

Written by Dan Brown JAAP BLONK Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art’s MOCA Theater, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville Admission is free; seating is limited 366-6911 Where does language end and sound begin? Since the early ’80s, composer, performance artist and sound poet Jaap Blonk has been exploring the answer, both on the concert stage and in studio recordings. The 58-year-old native of The Netherlands has been featured on dozens of releases, as a composer leading the orchestra Splinks, as the vocalist for the avant-rock trio BRAAXTAAL, and in collaboration with fellow improv heavyweights, like reeds …

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Eat, Play, Love

Written by Dan Brown Jennifer Chase has been telling tales again. And for Northeast Florida folks who enjoy a good story, this is a very good thing. In 2000, inspired by a trip to Senegal, Chase penned the musical drama “Majigeen,” which chronicled the true life of a 19th-century Senegalese teenaged slave who became the plantation owner Anna Kingsley (of Kinsley Plantation, Ft. George Island). A decade later, Chase wrote the drama “Handmaid” about a Latin American painter struggling to honor a delayed commission. Now the longtime area playwright, musician, author and educator (jennchase.com) has cooked up a blend of …

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Party Crasher

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman You could practically hear the bridges burning behind him. Last week, longtime Clay County Clerk of the Courts James Jett publicly revealed what he says is an ongoing FBI investigation into attempts by fellow Republicans to bribe him into not to running for Congress. Jett’s bombshell effectively alienated not just the leadership of the regional GOP (including his main opponent in the race, incumbent U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns [R-Ocala]) but potentially national Republicans as well, particularly House Speaker John Boehner, whom Jett says was involved in the matter. As Folio Weekly first reported last week …

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(No) Sympathy for the Devil

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman Brenda Kato has fought all her life to be free of what she calls the “beige people” in her hometown. For her, that’s shorthand for a certain kind of conservative Jacksonville Christian who is closed-minded, conformist and judgmental. As a visual artist and creative person, Kato regards beige people as a threat to her individuality and creativity — and they are a people she knows all too well. Growing up in the congregation of Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church in the 1980s, where her father was a deacon, Kato remembers how the church held sway over …

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Bad Medicine

Written by Tricia Booker Long before President Clinton coined the phrase don’t ask, don’t tell to reference gays in the military, it was an unspoken policy for most Catholic women of childbearing age. As early as the 1960s, Catholic women were quietly asking their doctors to prescribe birth control pills, and doctors — even Catholic doctors — complied. Many devout women took the extra step of shopping around for a priest who would give them permission to do so, telling him that they were ill, or going crazy, or both. While there has been some contention over a recent claim …

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THE PUNISHER

Written by Ron Word Crime is down in Northeast Florida. So is the number of arrests. But the Duval County Jail is bursting at the seams, its population higher than at any point in its history — about 45 percent above capacity. According to a new report by two University of North Florida criminologists, the reason for the disparity boils down to one thing: “prosecutorial style.” “While State Attorney Angela Corey lives up to every prosecutor’s mantra to be ‘tough on crime,’ ” the report asks, “is there a point where this becomes counter-productive?” In the study, “No Peace Dividend …

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Sticks and Stones

Written by Dan Brown The contemporary art scene is as susceptible to popular trends, ephemeral fashions and media-fed distractions as any other sphere of our attention-de cit culture. Yet two longtime Northeast Florida artists still find much satisfaction in working with materials as ancient as the techniques required to master them. On March 9, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College opens the exhibit “Form and Figure,” featuring works by local sculptors Enzo Torcoletti and Joe Segal. During the last few years, the museum has offered some decidedly cutting-edge events, from Warhol film screenings to the 21st-century flavor of multimedia artist …

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Sound Effects

Written by Dan Brown At first glance, it seems like any other industrial park warehouse. In daylight hours, Unit 21 is as anonymous and nondescript as the other blue-collar businesses along this stretch of Emerson Street. But after dark, it becomes a very different place. “It’s crazy — if you came here at night, there’s like 20 cars in the parking lot,” says Ryan Turk, owner of Warehouse Studios, which rents the space as well as an adjacent one. “It’s like a haven for artists.” Turk, 35, has spent the majority of his life — 20-plus years — seeking creative …

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National Defense

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman The green slime that coated the docks and waters of the St. Johns River seven years ago told one helluva story. It was a narrative of pollution, low water flow, high summer temperatures and insufficient protection. But the story came too late for the river. Which is why environmentalists have long objected to socalled “narrative” standards for water pollution. They require something to be visibly wrong with a lake or river — scum, film, algae blooms, fish kills — to constitute water quality violations. Numeric standards, by contrast, are based on simple data points: the …

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