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Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in "Brighton Beach Memoirs", Photos by Marcy Applelbaum

A Dual Critics Review Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on January 31, which continues during February 6 – 9, 2019.  The school campus is located in Jacksonville’s ; the show is in the. For tickets, visit www.datheatreboosters.org or call the Box Office at 904-346.5620 x 122. Simon, who died at age ninety-one last August, left behind a lifetime filled with productions for theatre, film, and television. Many of his stories were set in New York City, where he was born. Notable works include “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” and the Pulitzer …

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Sarah Crooks Chats About Decent; Dissent; Descend: Into the Springs of RED Pearl River at Jax Makerspace

Sarah Crooks, Photo by Natalie McCray

The turning of the New Year inspires rebirth, renewal and rediscovery through a cleansing of the spirit and affecting positive change. To get the year started off fresh, explore personal agency and the healing power of water with ecofeminist artist who will be hosting a creative engagement workshop Jan. 12 at the . Participants will create a personal narrative drawing in mixed media illustrating their own story using recycled materials. Crooks based the concept for the workshop on her own tapestry drawing entitled “Decent; Dissent; Descend: Into the Springs of RED Pearl River,” the fourth and final tapestry drawing of …

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Phantoms of the First Coast: The Faces Behind Northeast Florida’s Most Haunted Tours

Phantoms of the First Coast: The Faces Behind NE Florida’s Most Haunted Tours

With several thousand years of civilization under its belt, the First Coast has experienced its share of trials and tribulation. Ghosts are big business for the curious and thrill-seekers alike, and October’s reprieve from the oppressive heat puts many in the mood for a haunted history lesson. One need not look far to find a ghost tour. As you board a trolley or prepare to walk along darkened cobblestone streets, consider for a moment the storyteller’s tale. Four local haunted tour guides shared their story and personal experiences with EU Jacksonville. Whether you’re a supernatural enthusiast or a diehard skeptic, …

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Hop Aboard the St. Mary’s Halloween Express for a Fun Family Adventure

If you’re looking for a unique and kid-friendly Halloween excursion just an hour or so from Jacksonville, venture north to coastal Georgia for a memorable adventure on the St. Mary’s Railroad. There’s just one more weekend of Halloween Express excursions left, so don’t wait too long to book your seats. Guests load into three open-air cars for a journey through woodlands and over marshlands. Midway through the ride, the train stops so guests can vote for their favorite Halloween monster. Who will be the king or queen of the Monster Ball: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, or the Wicked Witch of …

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Tropical Depression: Composer Cory Driscoll Collaborates with Long Road Projects & Avant

Tropical Depression by Cory Driscoll

Friday, September 14 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Composer Cory Driscoll, impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2017, began writing an album that focused on the experiences of his youth into adulthood living in Florida, a tropical place known for its beaches, sun, and storms. As Hurricane Irma crashed onto the Florida coastline, he found himself without power and finishing the album. Tropical Depression, bookended by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, reflects Driscoll’s relationship with the beauty, power, and, at times, depression of living in Florida. Meteorologist Mike Buresh will give a short talk about the intersection between storms, weather, and …

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Military Museum of North Florida: Local Battle of Britain Survivor Weaves a Tale of Terror, Trials, and Triumph

Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Photo by Jennifer Melville

Had he been on that bus, he may have died. Chris Mayer, Executive Director of the Military Museum of North Florida, points to a powerful picture of a double-decker bus peering from the rubble of Balham High Street in London following a German air raid. “My aunt says she wanted to go to the zoo. And I said, “Yeah, I’d LOVE to go to the zoo,”’ Mayer reminisces in a thick Cockney accent. Despite the bombing, life continued in London during the Battle of Britain. “We got to the bus depot and there are these 8 buses out in front. …

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#EATUPJAX: El Jefe Comes to Murray Hill + Cantina Louie, V Pizza, and Maple Street Bakery Expand + June Foodie Events

El Jefe, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida, Photo by Kristen Penoyer

Cantina Louie is set to open more locations, at Nocatee, Monument Road, and on the Southside at Tinseltown. Old locations include St. Augustine, Atlantic, and Fernandina Beach. Expect some funky Day of the Dead mural action at all the locations–they were painted by local artist Moses Gazon, so you’ll have some Mexican art to go along with your Mexican food! Nocatee’s promise of development has been kick-started again, with some great restaurants nearby the moneyed individuals who live there. The line-up in the area is really starting to tempt me, and I think they might start attracting people from outside …

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Enrich their Break: Jacksonville’s 2018 Summer Camps for Kids

Arts and culture are for everyone, including our young ones. Often camps are their first glimpses into their future careers, hobbies, interests, and lifelong friendships. Here we highlight a selection of summer camps sure to enrich the long days.    PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS June 3–10 PRELUDE CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP From beginners to master musicians, different tracks of small ensembles (usually 3–4 in an ensemble) are organized based on instrument mix, skills, performance experience, maturity, and other important small-ensemble considerations. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or want to be placed, there’s always a spot for you. Complementary small ensembles are …

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Jacksonville Celebrates Earth Month!

EARTH EVENTS April 13-14 Environmental Challenge Weekend (St. Augustine) Two days of events begins with a reception on Friday at 5pm with refreshments and entertainment. This will be followed by an “Intergenerational Session“ where Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club will partner with students from the Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss the following topics :  Environmental Legislation Update, Non-Legislative Environmental Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the …

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Explore and Engage: Northeast Florida Public Art Week 2018

Public Art Week (PAW) is an annual, week-long initiative that celebrates Jacksonville’s public art and highlights the benefits that are created when investments are made in art that is accessible by all.  It is led by the to encourage residents and visitors to explore and engage with works of art that comprise Jacksonville’s rapidly developing artistic and creative landscape.  In addition to advancing the community’s awareness of and engagement with the City of Jacksonville’s official public art collection, PAW also showcases public art initiatives led by private entities and individuals. PAW supports the Cultural Council’s role of ensuring broad accessibility …

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