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Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience

#whoiskesha, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, photos by Hurley Winkler

When she first conceived the idea for the Kesha exhibit, Arts and Culture Developer, Shawana Brooks recalls asking herself, “What would it take to showcase artists that lived here in Jacksonville and resource their abilities back to the community? What would it take to execute creative and collaborative art exhibitions that had a strong position on learning in all dimensions?” Through her curation of 14 black female artists, Brooks developed Kesha as a representation of the black female experience attached to one female name. She strives to explore society’s consistent erasure of the black female through “high quality contemporary work …

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At the Intersection of Art and Activism

Hope McMath with The Space Gallery Directors, Matthew and Laura Bennett // Photo by Francesco Salomoni

EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Explorations of Human Rights DATE: February 3 to February 28 VENUE: The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202) MORE INFO: Facebook Event When curator lifted A More Perfect Union from the as the title of her latest exhibition project, she knew exactly what she was doing. “As a nation,” says McMath, “we haven’t even met the baseline of what’s been defined as ‘a perfect union.’ But that baseline kind of sucked.” Through the Union of 25 mixed-medium artists at in downtown Jacksonville, McMath aims to highlight the post-election conversation surrounding universal human rights. …

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Duets for Valentine’s Day

On February 12, join at the (101 W State St) as they present their third annual “Duets for Valentine’s Day” concert. The dance company, founded only five years ago in 2012 to prevent “talent-flight,” has established a reputation for bringing exquisite contemporary dance to stages both in Jacksonville and across the country. Billed as a “unique, exciting alternative to the typical dinner and a movie option,” couples will be captivated by the intimate and theatrical performances. “We were inspired by a Chicago-based dance company that does a similar evening of duets around Valentine’s Day. JDT has a lot of duets …

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Creative Spaces: Bradley Akers, Director of ‘night, Mother at The 5 & Dime

5 & Dime, Downtown Jacksonville, Photo Francesco Salomoni

Event: ‘night, Mother Venue: The 5 & Dime, 112 E. Adams Street Dates: February 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5 Tickets: $15.00 Contact: http://www.the5anddime.org/projects/night-mother/ Directing a piece of theatre involves interaction with the actors, crew, and venue itself. In the case of ’ direction of ‘night, Mother with , the process involves interaction with venues—plural. The cast and crew of ‘night, Mother haven’t yet rehearsed in The 5 & Dime’s newly minted performance space, an updated storefront on East Adams Street in the of . There, they’ll hold their performances of the play, a drama about …

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It’s A Family Affair with Arlo Guthrie

In nature, some paths travel a straight line while others twist and turn. Sometimes, those roads converge to reach the same destination. In the Guthrie family, musical lineage is one of those lines traceable through the generations. “There seems to be a thread running through the generations of this family that links us musically. It’s not defined by any particular genre,” says Guthrie. “Sometimes, it’s humor or pathos that seeps into the family identity and emerges as individual expression. As for me, I especially love that we enjoy making music together.” Arlo Guthrie retraces the path through his catalog of …

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Save 50% – Mark Amerika

World-renowned visual artist will present a lecture this weekend in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at the  as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. The event had to be re-scheduled due to hurricane Matthew.   Seating is limited. Tickets are available that include a pre-reception artist meet or general admission to lecture only: https://markamerika.eventbrite.com/. SAVE 50% – click on link and enter code: eujax As an artist, theorist, novelist, and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Mark Amerika has exhibited his art in many venues including the Whitney Biennial, the Walker Art Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute …

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Take “A Good Trip” with Shane Mauss

EVENT: Comedian Shane Mauss LIVE stand-up tour, “A Good Trip” (Comedy + Science + Psychedelics) DATES/TIMES: Saturday, February 4th (two shows: 8pm & 10pm) VENUE: The Hourglass Pub, 345 E. Bay Street TICKETS: $15 prior to event, $20 at the door, http://m.bpt.me/event/2727243 CONTACT: Jacksonville Comedy Collective, [email protected] Sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Comedian Shane Mauss will bring his “A Good Trip” comedy tour to Jacksonville, featuring evocative stand-up comedy, hilarious anecdotes, and educational snippets on the theme of psychedelics. Mauss, a Wisconsin native, is a full-time headliner comedian with a passion for infusing science with comedy. …

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Let’s Get Rocked at Welcome To Rockville!

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WHAT: Welcome to Rockville 2017 WHERE: Metropolitan Park WHEN: April 29 & 30th TICKETS: available at welcometorockvillefestival.com It’s almost that time of year when rockers from all over town meet up at to throw their hands up, let their hair down, and rock out with 40 of the best artists in rock and metal at this years ! The lineup is spectacular, there are fun musical and energetic experiences to enjoy, delicious food to eat, along with tasty whiskey and cold beer to cool us off. Get ready Jacksonville! This is going to be one hell of a rock festival! …

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The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails Launches “Cocktail Artist Series” Program

Candy Apple, The Artist Series,

Restaurant will serve cocktails inspired by The FSCJ Artist Series productions “Our goal is to encourage guests of our restaurant and The FSCJ Artist Series to think of Downtown as a cohesive destination for entertainment and dining.” The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails, an award-winning restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville, today announced its new Cocktail Artist Series program. Through this program, the restaurant will serve cocktails inspired by select Broadway productions from The FSCJ Artist Series’ 2016-17 season. All Cocktail Artist Series drinks will be available during their corresponding show’s run dates. The Cocktail Artist Series for the current season includes: …

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Fundraising through Song at The New 5 & Dime

  For the first time, is raising a curtain of its own. The five-year-old theatre company has just announced its new permanent home on East Adams Street in , adjacent to the former and locations. Of the theatre company’s new home, Managing Director says, “we are extremely excited to fill a void in the Urban Core being a live theatre utilizing local talent from around Jacksonville and surrounding areas.” “We are extremely excited to fill a void in the Urban Core being a live theatre utilizing local talent from around Jacksonville and surrounding areas.” “Five and a half years ago, …

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