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“MLK BOULEVARD” – Superb Performances by Phase Eight Theatre Company

PHASE EIGHT THEATRE COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The new presented a world premiere of “” in a readers theatre production during May 25-27, 2017. This dynamic ensemble theatrical company, which launched its inaugural season in January and does not have a permanent home as of this review, seeks out interesting venues for its shows. “MLK” was staged at the at 30 E. Adams Street, which many readers will remember was the for many years prior to being replaced by the new library across from . This play was written and directed by …

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The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Swings Thru Downtown May 25-27

Jon Batiste, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Photo by Brandi Hill

When tradition is used as a guidebook, it leaves space for change and limitless growth potential. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day tradition that continues to evolve with the changing face of the Downtown area. As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, the 2017 brings the city streets to life May 25-27 with a vibrant street festival atmosphere. Experience the thrill of live music on three stages, local food, art, the Jazz Marketplace, and more, throughout 15 blocks of . This year, the Jazz Festival lineup include such legendary artists as , Chick Corea Trio, …

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The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Swings Thru Downtown May 25-27

Jon Batiste, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Photo by Brandi Hill

When tradition is used as a guidebook, it leaves space for change and limitless growth potential. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day tradition that continues to evolve with the changing face of the Downtown area. As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, the 2017 brings the city streets to life May 25-27 with a vibrant street festival atmosphere. Experience the thrill of live music on three stages, local food, art, the Jazz Marketplace, and more, throughout 15 blocks of . This year, the Jazz Festival lineup include such legendary artists as , Chick Corea Trio, …

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Ron Shreve Brings “A NEW BRAIN” to the 5 & Dime

5 & DIME THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The  opened its very first musical in their new location at 122 Adams Street. The company and sponsors Rob & Donna Banks opened the Florida premier of the dynamic musical “A New Brain” on April 21, on stage until May 7, 2017. We wonder if anyone has written a book about where composers and playwrights find their subjects. If yes, the story of “,” which debuted in 1998, certainly would be included in that book. When composer experienced dizziness and partial paralysis in 1992 (the …

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‘night, Mother: 5 & Dime Theatre Review

'night Mother, The 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Downtown Jacksonville

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The 5 & Dime Theatre Company welcomed the theatre community to its new home and first permanent stage location with a dynamic production of Marsha Norman’s ‘night, Mother. The play opened on February 17 and will run through March 5, 2017 in at 112 E. Adams Street. The 5 & Dime is noted for its incendiary programming, beginning in 2011 with Fahrenheit 451 and continuing with cutting edge plays, many of which explore social issues. The company’s choice for launching their new season and production space is fitting; Kentucky playwright Marsha …

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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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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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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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Pink Martini: Get Shakin’, Not Stirred!

The mission statement is a simple one: bring people together. Part entertainment, part cultural outreach initiative, the band known as the “little orchestra” is a call for unity spoken through the universal language of music. Pink Martini represents the pulse of the world with a danceable beat. Founder described to how he channeled his early political aspirations in an artistic platform to create an all-inclusive sound from a social, political and global perspective. Pink Martini pushed against the boundaries of pop music and developed a multilingual repertoire reflected by its global fan base. “Creatively, the band itself is such a …

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