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Local Artist Creates Treasure Hunt Mural for City’s 200th Anniversary

Local Artist Creates Treasure Hunt Mural for City’s 200th Anniversary Words By Kevin Cramer You may have seen the puzzling teasers around town—a cryptic message that says “JacksInJax.com.” From Downtown to 5 Points to Jax Beach, the phrase is popping up all over Duval County. Those of you who have been curious enough to visit the website learned it’s the home of First Coast’s First Treasure Hunt Mural. The JacksinJax project is the brainchild of Murray Hill resident and muralist Jason Tetlak. Recently while in Iowa painting the facade of a large theatre, Tetlak, who received international acclaim when his …

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Deck the Halls… Jacksonville Beach Style

Words by Molly Britt A look into the annual Deck the Chairs exhibit in Jacksonville Beach As a Floridian, I can tell you, I know how it feels to hope for the dreamy white Christmas. Snow falling, lights up around the house, and hot chocolate without sweating while we drink it because our families needed the heat on in 69 degree weather. Well, we may not have the ideal winter weather, but we definitely have lots of fun lights and hot chocolate – we just ignore the heat. Some of Northeast Florida’s greatest Christmas lights exhibits happen here, and thankfully, …

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Being the Elite

Austan Goolsbee meets the World Affairs Council Words by Shelton Hull   The World Affairs Council’s new season has just begun, and we’re here to give you a quick preview.    The Council as we know it began in 1995, when it joined the larger network of World Affairs Councils of America, which now include over 90 chapters in 40 states. Its roots, though, go back a decade earlier. The list of speakers they’ve hosted have included world leaders, iconic journalists and pioneering figures in numerous industries and disciplines with an emphasis on media, foreign policy and military affairs.   …

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In Pie We Crust

Words By Ambar Ramirez   Located behind a row of businesses in Riverside, through a path filled with greenery and florals, one will find the pie shop, Mixed Fillings. Though you may not see it immediately in passing, you’ll definitely be able to smell it. It’s as if Chef Natasha Burton places a freshly baked pie on the windowsill, allowing the aromas to attract hungry passer-byers.    It all started when Burton got an Easy-Bake-Oven for Christmas when she was just five years old. It was when the light blew out in the toy oven, that the light within turned …

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Bar Brawl

Words by Carmen Macri Spirits were high during the third quarter of the Bar Brawl at The Volstead downtown.  The bracket-style competition calls for the best bartenders in the city to show the people what they’re made of, only it comes with a twist. The bartenders are given a spirit and a list of secret ingredients… though, they aren’t allowed to choose freely. There is a Plinko-type board with unique ingredients at the bottom and the fate of the bartenders’ drinks being left to gravity. The broad spectrum of components ranges from fresh pineapple to carrot turmeric puree.  Two bartenders …

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Comedy Listings November 2022

Nov. 2 River City Showcase Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Improv Night With First Coast Comedy Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine thecolonialoakmusicpark.com   Nov. 3  Bryan Torresday featuring Levi White  Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club jackieknightscomedyclub.com   Nov. 3-5 Jon Reep Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Nov. 4 Crass & The Curious Comedy Show Case featuring Marcus Crespo with special guests Anna Lepeley,Marty Labbe and Brian Thomas Cafe Eleven originalcafe11.com   Nov. 4 First Coast Comedy: The Main Event  (7:30 p.m.) Full Disclosure: Adults Only (10 p.m.) First Coast Comedy firstcoastcomedy.com Nov. 4-5 Phatt Katz Comedy Presents Jenn Weeks, Double D and …

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The Season for Transition

An inside look into the agricultural community during the fall season Words by Molly Britt   The agricultural community in Northeast Florida is one of the most important parts of our community. They are the reason we get our fresh vegetables and gorgeous flowers. I especially love the tasty blueberries we get from so many wonderful local farms. We really do take it for granted. So, why not take a look into what goes on in the agricultural community during the fall season?   Haley Hopkins showed me just what the fall season entails for Congaree and Penn, where she …

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Wastefulness Does Not Look Good On You

Words By Ambar Ramirez   Imagine not knowing the next time you will eat, and living with consistent food shortages and hunger or food insecurity becomes the norm. Such a life is already a reality for millions of low-income households and for those living in developing nations. And if changes are not made now that life will become a reality for millions more.   In developing nations, the main reason for the hunger crisis stems from a lack of food production and scarcity of supplies. In America, though, the main reason we will face food hunger is due to inflation, …

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Lakesha Burton

Women’s Work Can Lakesha Burton seal the deal? MAYBE! Words by Shelton Hull   With more than 3,000 civilians, corrections officers and sworn officers, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the South, and Lakesha Burton knows the agency, backward and forward. “It’s a massive organization,” the retired JSO assistant chief/zone commander and current candidate for sheriff and one she is ready, willing and able to take on.   The run-off to the special election takes place Nov. 8. It is one of the most contentious contests in a midterm election cycle that is …

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Wasabi Con

WasabiCon is Wasabi Anime‘s convention for fans of cosplay, anime, gaming and pop culture. The events are designed to create an inclusive environment for fans to immerse themselves in the otaku culture and celebrate the energy and creativity that surrounds the fandom and everything “geek.” The two-day convention features celebrity guests, local artists, exhibitors, gaming, panels, contests and much more. Daytime programming and events are designed for all ages with content appropriate for adult attendees scheduled in the evening. Tom Croom is the mastermind behind WasabiCon and its producing company Green Mustard Entertainment. Folio’s Rob Nicholson chatted with Croom via …

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