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BROADWAY CABARET: THE JEWISH LEGACY Starring MITCHELL WOHL

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The  presented “” on November 11, 2017. The production, starring Mitchell Wohl, was an event staged during Discover Culture – a Jewish Literary, Film, and Arts Festival and was designed for all ages. The performance opened with an introduction by , JCA’s Director of Theatre & Dance Programming. is a well known local actor who first appeared in musicals as a child on JCA’s stage. He appeared in three musicals at Paxon School for Advanced Studies and graduated from the in 2014. Recent appearances have included “City of Angels” at , “The Hot L Baltimore” at …

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From Ohio To Jacksonville: Whit’s Frozen Custard Is Catching On

As far as sweet treats are concerned, there are few things as totally satisfying as fresh frozen custard made according to the original recipe of Chuck Whitman from Granville, Ohio. Unless, of course, you consider the vast variety of decadent toppings, from pineapple and shaved coconut to chocolate chip cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, available at Whit’s Frozen Custard. A glimpse into the history available on the Whit’s website details how “Chuck Whitman, working in his father’s food service business, spent 21 years calling on restaurants, including popular soft-serve businesses throughout the Midwest. During this time, he also purchased …

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Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My! “THE WIZARD OF OZ”

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY The Northeast Florida Conservatory opened the tenth production of its series of outstanding musical theater shows with “The Wizard of Oz” on August 11, 2017. It will run through August 20. You have probably seen one or more versions of what has become one of America’s most popular family musicals, enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. When L. Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful World of Oz,” a children’s novel first published in 1900, he could not possibly have envisioned its future success as an enduring classic capturing both the hearts and …

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Dog Wash At Native Sun Benefits First Coast No More Homeless Pets

The local retailer will host its Fifth Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The dog wash will be held at all three Native Sun locations from noon-2 p.m. June 17. Jacksonville dog owners are invited to bring their dogs for a bath, with all proceeds going directly to . Native Sun team members and volunteers from First Coast No More Homeless Pets will be soaping up the dogs with all natural shampoo courtesy of Ark Naturals. Local pet vendors, including Jacksonville’s own Pawfection, will offer samples at the event, and Native Sun will give …

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Have an Old-Fashioned Grand Old Time! “HELLO DOLLY!”

Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre Review A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Do you want to have an old-fashioned grand old time? Then be sure to catch ’s production of ’s “” which opened on April 21 and will remain on stage until April 30, 2017. This is pure escapist fun in an exuberant revival of one of the greatest shows in musical theatre history. The conservatory is located at 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200, in Jacksonville, Florida. For additional information and tickets, call (904) 374-8639, or visit www.nfconservcatory.org. NFC also has a Facebook page. Founder …

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Native Sun Celebrates 20 Years as Jacksonville’s Homegrown Organic Grocer

Twenty years ago, Jacksonville didn’t provide many options for people looking for organic and natural foods. A husband and wife team saw an opportunity to fill that void by launching a business that would become a homegrown success story. Jacksonville’s leading chain of locally owned and operated natural foods stores, , celebrates its 20th Anniversary at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18 at its , , and locations Owners opened the original Native Sun Natural Foods Market at 10000 San Jose Blvd in February of 1997. As a Jacksonville native, Aaron recognized the city’s need for natural and organic foods, turning …

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Marcus Kenney is Abstractly Political: Florida Mining Gallery’s Dope Fix on the Future 

Marcus Kenney in his studio

As a child, artist suffered the loss of his family home and all of the objects within as the result of a tragic fire. Since then, Kenney often memorializes found objects in his multi-media artwork to fill the void and create something to pass on to his children. The hosts Kenney’s new exhibition Dope January 20-March 13, 2017. An opening reception will be held Friday from 7-9pm January 20. Kenney will host a talk prior to the reception from 6-6:30pm (www.floridamininggallery.com). “Marcus is one of the biggest names we work with, and it’s one of the major goals of Florida …

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JOSEPH and the AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre Review The opened the popular family-friendly musical “” on July 29th, 2016. Performances continue August 5th -7th in Jacksonville, Florida at 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200. Call (904) 374-8639 or visit nfconservatory.org for tickets and additional information. “Joseph,” by (lyrics) and (music), is truly a show that the entire family, including small children, can enjoy. Many musicals have first acts of an hour or longer, but not so for Joseph; the first act is just over half an hour. The show zips along so …

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Pablo Francisco talks to EU: Aug.18-20 at the Comedy Zone

Interviewing comedians is serious business. It requires control and skill to stay on task because often, the comedy can often derail the conversation. Comedian is known for bringing an arsenal of celebrity impressions and off the wall characters into his act and doing press is no exception. During a recent interview with EU Jacksonville, at least half a dozen characters showed up from Stallone to the entire cast of presidential nominees. If the 15-minute phone call was any indication of Francisco’s level of stage intensity, his show is off the charts. Francisco will appear Aug.18-20 at the and promises to …

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STETSON KENNEDY SONGWRITER RESIDENCY AT BELUTHAHATCHEE PARK

In the upper corners of Northwest St. Johns County, something very special is brewing. The Stetson Kennedy Songwriter Residency is building. The Stetson Kennedy Songwriter Residency is a partnership with the Stetson Kennedy Foundation and the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with the Jacksonville Songwriter Residency that aims to activate a vital part of Northwest Florida’s cultural history and a landmark of national significance to create a Songwriter Residency. This historic songwriter residency program will take place at Beluthahatchee Park located at 1523 State Road 13 North in St. Johns, Florida. Beluthahatchee Park has been designated …

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