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Tunesmiths Unite at Nocatee

The 5th Annual Roscolusa Songwriters Festival – April 23 The 5th Annual Roscolusa songwriters festival celebrates the creative world of songwriting with a unique event April 23 at Nocatee. A collection of singer/songwriters from Nashville and beyond, including Kim Paige, Whitney Duncan, Applegate Nace, Casee Allen, Christine Jamra, Rick Ferrell, Casey Black and Jesse Rice will create a cozy, intimate atmosphere for a night of original music. This year’s talent lineup will also feature songwriter Caitlyn Smith, who co-wrote the Meghan Trainor and John Legend single ‘Like I’m Going to Lose You.’ The event is free for general admission and …

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“OKLAHOMA!” a brilliant combination of music and theatre

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY REVIEW DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical, “” is on stage at , 11363 San Jose Boulevard, Building 200 in Jacksonville. The production opened on March 11, 2016, followed by three additional performances during the opening weekend. Future scheduled performances include March 18 at 8:00 pm, March 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and March 20 at 2:00 pm. For information and reservations, call 904-374-8639 or visit nfconservatory.org “Oklahoma” has been on stage in Jacksonville many times since its debut in 1943 but there have been no productions in recent years that we …

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Plug In! Native Sun Natural Foods Market Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Native Sun Natural Foods Market has recently completed installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at both its Mandarin and Southside store locations. The charging stations are part of the program and were made possible through grants initiated by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The goal of the ChargeWell program is to create an expanded network of charging stations that offer electric vehicle drivers more opportunities to charge up in the Jacksonville area. For Native Sun, the ChargeWell stations are part of the company’s continued efforts to support meaningful sustainability initiatives in the Jacksonville area. In addition, to raise …

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“South Pacific” A Great American Musical

Northeast Florida Conservatory Theatre Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] Jacksonville’s Theatre celebrated its first year of presenting the greatest American Musicals with the groundbreaking classic “,” by , with performances staged during November 19 – 22, 2015. The musical is based on “Tales of the South Pacific,” a collection of short stories written by based on his wartime experiences. The book, published in 1947, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. The musical adaptation, which opened in 1949, ran for 1,925 performances and also won a Pulitzer Prize, along with ten Tony Awards. While well …

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Lost & Found – “OLIVER”

NORTHEAST FLORIDA CONSERVATORY REVIEW Jacksonville’s presented a six-performance run of ’s Tony Award Winning musical “” during July 16-19, 2015. The Conservatory, established in 2010, has presented three previous musical theater classics at their facility in Mandarin, which included “,” “,” and “.” Lionel Bart, born in 1930, was a British composer, who, after achieving modest success as a pop song-writer during the fifties, wrote a couple of little-known musicals, followed in 1960 by “Oliver!” his only notable success, but a real blockbuster. The play had long runs in London and New York, with many successful revivals and tours, and …

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Hilarious Comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE THEATRE REVIEW The JCA presented a weekend run of the hilarious comedy “, on May 16 and 17 at 8505 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. This play was written by , , and , founding members of the . The show debuted at the in 1987 and since that time has been performed frequently throughout the world and has been especially popular in college and university settings. This fast-paced production covered 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in two acts and ran about two hours with an intermission. Act II is devoted entirely to “Hamlet.” The JCA …

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Dish Update, May 2015: Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Jacksonville

Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House opens in Jacksonville Beach

Food Editor Erin Thursby reports on where to eat, drink and be merry in the greater Jacksonville area. Thursby also serves as the Executive Director of , a non-profit organization that serves to foster and preserve local cuisine, educating the public about local food and beverage sources, local restaurants and North Florida dishes. Foodie News Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House since last year. It’s finally open at 333 1st St N in . Craft beer, full bar and a menu of sausages, brats, and, surprisingly, …

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Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show

Sunday, February 8 is the Day of the Walking Dead in Jacksonville! It’s not the end of days but it may look like it on February 8, when the returns to the Ramada Convention Center in Mandarin at 3130 Hartley Road.  The Retrorama gang is planning their biggest event yet and a big part of that involves actor who played Axel on the hit television series, .  According to show promoter , “this will be the first time that an actor from the main cast of the series The Walking Dead has appeared at a show in North Florida and …

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THEATRE REVIEW – “Music Man”

Jacksonville’s newest theatre presented its second show of 2014 during the weekend of November 14 -16 with Meredith Wilson’s affectionate slice of Americana, “The Music Man.” The production was a winning mix of nostalgic laughs, enthusiasm and delightful songs. , with his marvelous vibrato vocals and charmingly arrogant con man attitude is Professor Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who arrives in River City, Iowa in 1912 and persuades the townsfolk that their town is on the road to ruin because the local billiard parlor is installing a new pool table. To divert the youth of the town from this wickedness, …

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Paper Cutting An Art Form by Hiromi Moneyhun

Tiny cuts–-slivers taken out, piece by piece, yet the whole skeleton remains intact; the ancient Chinese practice of paper cutting is a unique art form, one that artist  has mastered. It elicits a gentle, quiet pause as we look at the beauty of each intricate piece. Hailing from , Moneyhun zeroes in on her three-dimensional pieces with a laser-like focus. Perhaps not being trained by a master of this particular art has its advantage; indeed, it must. The result of each piece cut diligently by Moneyhun is extraordinary, giving life to organic forms, such as a bonsai or volumes of …

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