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THE BOOK OF MORMON REVIEW

The Book of Mormon Unlike Anything You Have Ever Seen Before The FSCJ Artist Series presents the national tour of the Tony award-winning musical, “The Book of Mormon,” part of the Broadway in Jacksonville Season, at the Times Union Center, 300 Water Street in downtown Jacksonville. For information and tickets, call 442-2929 or visit artistseriesjax.org. The satirical “” received nine Tony awards in 2011, which included Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The play was originally conceived in 2003 by and , the guys from the “” TV show, who later asked songwriter , famous for his work in …

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Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show

Sunday, February 8 is the Day of the Walking Dead in Jacksonville! It’s not the end of days but it may look like it on February 8, when the returns to the Ramada Convention Center in Mandarin at 3130 Hartley Road.  The Retrorama gang is planning their biggest event yet and a big part of that involves actor who played Axel on the hit television series, .  According to show promoter , “this will be the first time that an actor from the main cast of the series The Walking Dead has appeared at a show in North Florida and …

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Inside The Book of Mormon

THE BOOK OF MORMON Second National Tour Company - Photo: Joan Marcus, 2014

The distance from Shakespeare to “South Park” is all a matter of perspective. Both rely on the strength of the text to paint a picture, generate emotion, and breed delicious controversy. Only the most capable actor can build a bridge between the two by stepping back and letting the words do all the work.  was eager for the opportunity to test his comedic timing and vocal abilities as part of the national production of , but he knew he was in for a challenge. As a dramatic actor with extensive stage and small screen experience, he knew he would be …

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Photo Gallery: Merle Haggard at the Florida Theatre

Merle Haggard, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville 9/25/15

Country legends don’t come much bigger than , the man who practically invented the Bakersfield sound on classic hits like “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am,” “Mama Tried,” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” His rusty voice and incredible songwriting abilities came to  at the  on Sunday Jan. 25. EU’s photographer Fran Rulchalski was there to capture the event.  www.franruchalskiphotographer.com    

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SERVING FOR U: “Why Being There Matters”

Lt. Jeff Rigby (Right), a Jacksonville, Fla., native and the supply officer and Seaman Carli Krueger (Left), an Ogden, Utah, native, both stationed aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), stand by in preparation for an underway replenishment-at-sea with USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) Jan. 21, 2015. New York is a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. “Why Being There Matters” On our planet, …

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Preston Haskell Gives $5M to MOCA Jacksonville Endowment

He said he hopes to inspire others to support the Museum’s future , a cultural resource of the , announced Tuesday that  is giving $5 million to the Museum’s endowment. This historically significant gift validates the vital role the Museum plays in the community and lays a foundation to ensure MOCA Jacksonville continues to be a thriving resource for future generations. Cultural institutions play an important role in creating a vibrant and engaged community. For any organization to have a sustained impact, it must have a healthy and right-sized endowment. This gift is an inspiring vote of confidence and a first step toward MOCA Jacksonville achieving …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Wedding Ringer”

101 mins Rating: R Grade A+ Can you say Deja Vu? This movie reminds me of “I Love You Man” starring and . But even though the message is the same “” is still one of the funniest movies that I have seen in a while. Doug Harris (, Frozen) has the life every guy wants. He has a great job, nice car and he is marrying Gretchen Palmer (, Big Bang Theory) the girl of his dreams. What else does he need? A best man and seven groomsmen in seven days! Doug has no one to turn to until he meets …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Imitation Game”

Running Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade A+ We are going to break an unbreakable Nazi code and win the war. During World War II, British Commander Denniston interviews Alan Turing for a position at the top secret  in Bletchley Park. At first, Denniston finds that Turing is unsuitable for the job, but Turing’s confidence wins him the job. This confidence which borders on arrogance is frustrating for his team members in Hut 8 until fellow code breaker, Joan Clarke, teaches him that he will get farther if his team members ‘like’ him. With their help, Alan …

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Art on Unoccupied Structures Bill Passes Unanimously | Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Chip Southworth

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Art in Public Places Committee (APPC) and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (CCGJ) are proud to celebrate the passing of bill 2014-730 through City Council on Tuesday evening, allowing the solicitation and management of artistic projects on “unoccupied structures” in the Jacksonville urban core. “This has been a true example of collaboration between so many within the arts community, the redevelopment community and city government,” said , chairman of the  board. “It’s a significant step towards our goal of leveraging arts and culture to make downtown the dynamic core a great city deserves.” The change …

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MUSIC REVIEW: After Midnight…we’re gonna let it all hang out

After Midnight (A Clapton Experience) offers fans of music an opportunity that is not to be missed. Featuring a set list of classic Clapton hits that span his entire 52-year career,  skillfully delivers a variety of indelible blues, psychedelic and hard rock tempered with stirring acoustic ballads, sure to please lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike. The latest incarnation of brothers Keith and , After Midnight seeks to provide concert-goers with the thrill of a live Clapton show, minus the impersonal arena crowds and high costs of attendance, and their aim is true. Earlier this month I had the pleasure …

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