Downtown

Jazz Festival Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition has been a Jacksonville tradition for more than 20 years. Five finalists, chosen by a selection committee through “blind” judging, will compete for the honor of this award. The first-place winner will receive a prize of $3,500 and will perform at the 2009 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 23, at the Landing stage. General admission ticket prices for the competition are $10 plus applicable service charges. Tickets may be purchased at The Florida Theatre Box Office in person or by calling (904) 355-2787 …

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by rick grant This year, the Jax Jazz Festival is taking a giant step by moving from Metropolitan Park and throwing a free street festival in Downtown Jacksonville. It’s an exciting concept for different reasons, but first and foremost, it brings people together in the middle of Downtown to stroll around and enjoy the many different sounds, rhythms, and pungent aromas of cooking food. The festival includes burgeoning art and music in the Downtown quadrant. Throughout the event there will be wine tastings, the Generation Next Talent Competition, jazz brunches, exhibits, educational displays. And, it’s all free except the Jazz …

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Downtown Jacksonville Entertainment Venues

Many of Jacksonville’s most recognizable landmarks, including venues for all types of entertainment, are located in downtown Jacksonville. Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1000 Water St., 630-4000) When it was built in 1919, Jacksonville Terminal was the railroad gateway to Florida. Now it is completely restored and renovated and where the trains once ran on time, boat shows, conventions, trade shows, banquets, and meetings now run like clockwork. With 265,000 square feet of space, the Prime Osborn Convention Center is large enough and versatile enough to accommodate gatherings of virtually any size, small or large. The center was the …

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happening downtown in may

May 1: Taylor Swift Also performing, Kellie Pickle and newcomers Gloriana. Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., 7:30 pm, 630-3900 MAY 1-3: World of Nations Celebration Take a trip around the globe at the 17th Annual World of Nations Celebration. Celebrate the rich cultural traditions and unique heritage of people from around the world and experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far. Metropolitan Park, 630-3690 MAY 1-10: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz Long before that girl from Kansas arrived in Munchkinland, two girls met in the Land of Oz. See …

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Festival Season 09

It’s festival season once again. There are dozens of different events scheduled along the First Coast, beginning in March and going strong through the end of May. And though a few things have dropped off the list this year because of the dents in the economy, there is reason for excitement, especially for music lovers who will miss Langerado and Warped Tour. The void has been filled by the St. Augustine Harvest of Hope Festival. Best of all, the proceeds go to a good cause, help for migrant workers. Even if there isn’t anything you’d like to hear at that …

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dish update

by erin thursby Bungalow on the Park (2782 Park Street) closed near to the holidays, apparently for holiday parties. But on a local blog in December it was claimed that they were closed for good. Rumors of their business troubles surfaced. As of December mid-month, the owner claims that they will remain open. Since they were relatively well-priced, I thought they might survive the bumps and bruises of this economy. We’ll see how they fare in the New Year. Generally it’s the more expensive places that close when the marketplace takes a dive, as in the case of Pom’s (San …

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