Southbank

It’s Not Nice To Fool With Nature Unleashed

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stand inside a roaring tornado or how an underwater earthquake can trigger a deadly tsunami? The ’s newest traveling exhibit, , explores natural disasters through stunning displays, state-of-the-art animations, poignant, large-scale images and cultural artifacts that reveal the dynamic relationship we have with the Earth. The exhibit is on display through Jan 10, 2016. This month, is partnering with to offer the Kids Free November program, providing free admission for children ages 3 – 12 at participating cultural locations. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity that we are proud to be a part …

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The Elements Present: Science of Sound at MOSH

The Elements have been throwing some of the most unique parties this city has ever seen lately thanks to their access to the coolest venue in town, the Museum of Science and History. Past events have included such highlights as Super Smash Bros tournies in the Planetarium, up close and personal encounters with dinosaurs, liquid nitrogen ice cream and more. Always one to outdo themselves, the gang is now putting to use some of the museum’s best assets and bringing in some talented and innovative musicians to provide and audio-visual experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen! At Science of Sound …

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MOSH in the Year of the River

BY MELISSA BEAUDRY, Museum of Science & History Much of Jacksonville’s history revolves around the river, and for , the river acts a major teaching tool for natural science education. As the cultural current of our community, it is a major component to our identity and an aspect of our quality of life. With focusing on the for 2015, it created the avenue for cultural institutions across disciplines to come together in the spirit of collaboration to create innovative programming highlighting the critical health of our river, as well as its tributaries and springs. MOSH hosted exhibitions connected to the …

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Southbank Riverwalk Mural: Roux Art’s “Mirrored River” Inspires

A Dedication to Community and Our River The Renovated Southbank Riverwalk Gains the Newest Addition to the City Public Art Collection BY DANIEL AUSTIN, Communications Manager, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Here’s a bold new idea for Jacksonville: “We want to make this city a destination for mosaic art,” says , who, along with his wife , co-founded A business that focuses on creating “community mosaics,” Roux Art’s experience comes from Kate, a lifetime artist and a twenty-year Duval County Public School art teacher, and Kenny on the business side, who recently retired after 27 years with . For the …

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Restaurants: Southbank to San Marco Square

San Marco Dining, Jacksonville, FL

Satisfy your hankering for Thai food on the Southbank at this upscale Thai bistro and bar. 1004 Hendricks Ave, allurethaijax.com/ 674-0190 Soups, salads, and burgers, all hand-made fresh. 815 S Main St #105, appetitescafe.com 398-0984 Buzzing bistro serving innovative New American dishes and sweets from a dessert case amid chic digs. 1019 Hendricks Ave, bbsrestaurant.com 306-0100 This popular diner is one of four here in Jacksonville, serving breakfast and typical diner fare. 1965 San Marco Blvd, beachdiner.com /san-marco/ 399-1306 Bistro AIX reflects the dining style of the southern France with New American leanings. One of the top dining choices in …

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A New Look for the Southbank Riverwalk

Southbank Riverwalk Improvements, Photo by Fran Ruchalski

If you haven’t been to the Southbank Riverwalk in a while, it’s time to go back. The bright blue bricks in shades of aqua, teal, and baby blue may be your first indication that something has changed. That’s because the has just completed an 18-month, $17 million renovation project to make the area more pedestrian, bike, and family-friendly for the people of Jacksonville. In addition to the bricks, the walkway is wider and lined with benches for lounging, shady canopies for sunny days, and improved lighting to make nighttime strolling more safe and comfortable. At its center, the Naval Memorial …

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Treaty Oak: A History Rooted in Myth

Treaty Oak by Fran Ruchalski

It’s one of the most significant historical structures in Jacksonville, but no one knows how old it is and no one built it. While today the , a popular site for wedding photos and outdoor summer movie screenings, is one of Jacksonville’s most beloved locations and very likely the oldest living being in the city’s 874.6 consolidated square miles, it owes its continued existence to false prophecies, legends, and lies. In all the gorgeous gargantuan tree’s documented history, the supposed facts have often contradicted each other. Though Treaty Oak is featured as one of 17 trees in Jeffrey Meyer’s 2001 …

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The Day The Movies Died: Southbank’s Rich Film History

  In just the last handful of years, Jacksonville has permitted more than 400 film, television, and digital media productions. () called the city “a great asset” due to the diverse locations after shooting Lonely Hearts and Basic here. Film and television is on the rise in Jacksonville and is a growing source of employment and meaningful economic impact. As exciting as this growth is, Jacksonville is not unfamiliar with being a coveted destination of the movie industry. In the early 20th century, Northeast Florida carried the moniker, “Winter Film Capital of the World,” a far cry from ! Southbank …

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Crawdaddy’s: A look back!

Driving up to the front door, rustic wasn’t really the right word. It was old, seasoned barnwood and torn-off rusted whatevers nailed in every which way. It reminded me of a dilapidated tobacco warehouse you could find at the end of a country road in the Carolinas, yet evoked the essence of old Jacksonville. One of the most fascinating things about this space was the chicken coop full of chickens and roosters as one entered. started out as the place to be for fun, a relaxed country dining atmosphere on the river. Sure, there were no potatoes boiled in a …

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River City Brewing Company – Southbank Brewery & Restaurant with a View

River City Brewing Company, Southbank, Jacksonville, FL, Lee Holt

River City Brewing Company Jacksonville should rediscover a long-time brewery situated on the City’s snuggled between the and . River City Brewing Company features a nautical venue reflecting the maritime heritage of Jacksonville with expansive views of the city’s downtown skyline and the “river that runs north,” the St. Johns. Brewing is just a part of what they offer. On-site , , , and starts out a brew tasting with a view that’s hard to find. “We offer great riverfront dining,” says General Manager , a 14-year veteran of the restaurant, “and have hosted , , the Olsen twins and many …

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