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THEATRE REVIEW: “THE MOUNTAINTOP”

 presented a three day run February 6-8 of “” at their performance hall in  in Jacksonville. The play was written by Memphis resident  in 2009. It made an interesting journey on its way to a Broadway 2011  opening starring  Samuel Jackson and Angela Bassett. It originally opened at a London England fringe theatre and was such a hit there and won the British equivalent of a Tony, The Olivier Award in 2010. The play is set in the modest  in Memphis Tennessee. It is the evening of April 3rd l968, the day before was shot on the motel’s balcony.       …

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Welcomes Brand New Baby Gorilla!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) proudly announces the first successful gorilla birth in its history. The adorable infant was born the morning of February 6 to mother Bulera, and father, Lash. The newborn will debut on exhibit with mom on Sunday, February 8, pending weather conditions. Our vet and animal staff are closely monitoring mother and baby, but will only offer assistance if needed. Bulera and Lash were recommended to breed by the  (SSP). The Gorilla SSP is a group of zoo professionals who cooperatively manage the gorilla population at zoos accredited by the (AZA). They are responsible for …

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boating to the Zoo

The Trout River flows past the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens just before joining the  on its way to the . Being located on the river’s edge provides unique opportunities for educational river experiences not found at most zoos. Visitors can arrive via water and enjoy exhibits, educational displays, and events along the river; soon the zoo will feature a manatee rescue center. Here are some more of the great things about having a riverfront zoo.Paddle to the Zoo  Did you know that you can access the Jacksonville Zoo from the water? Arrive in style to the Jacksonville Zoo via the …

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Jacksonville Artists Guild Zoo Fundraiser – LIONS, TIGERS, AND SQUARES

 developed a creative fundraiser for the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens’ 100-Year Anniversary called “,” which immediately raised more than $4,100 at the launch. JAG’s goal is to surpass the $10,000 mark through this effort to recognize the Zoo’s continued service to Jacksonville and the surrounding area. JAG artist members painted 105 small square paintings in celebration of the Zoo’s centenary year. Though some of the creative and often humorous paintings are already purchased, all will remain intact and on display at the  until September 1, giving the visiting children and families an opportunity to see and purchase a piece of …

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN theatre review

Jacksonville’s is presenting a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed 1959 play “.” The final two performances will be Saturday April 5th at 6:00 PM and Sunday April 6th at 3 PM. All shows are at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall, inside the Gateway Town Center at 5188 Norwood Avenue. For additional information, see stageaurora.org; for tickets, call (904) 765-7372 or see www.ticketleap.com. At the turn of the century in 2000, the 300 critics who made up the  voted for the 25 most significant American plays of the past century. “A Raisin in the Sun” was #7 on the list and …

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Shrek – The Musical

Stanton Troupe 3929 and The Multicultural Club presented “,” for three performances during March 13 – 15 at . While Stanton is nationally renowned for academic excellence, many theatre fans in the Jacksonville area know the school also has a fine theatre program that consistently produces and stages interesting and exciting events throughout the school year. was a very successful 2001 movie that as adapted into a stage musical by Pulitzer-prize winner , with music by . The musical debuted on Broadway in 2008, where it ran for twelve months. A road show version made a brief stop in Jacksonville …

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Stage Aurora’s The Amen Corner

Stage Aurora gives Jacksonville audiences a rare opportunity to see an early work by the great American writer James Baldwin. “The Amen Corner” will be on stage at 5188 Norwood Ave inside Gateway Town Center, until December 13. For tickets call (904) 756-7372 or visit ticketleap.com. Baldwin wrote only one other play, “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” and we cannot recall either being done locally. Of course, his many novels are available at the library and can be ordered at any bookstore. Baldwin is on several lists of the 100 Greatest African Americans. Baldwin also holds the distinction of being one …

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Jacksonville Farmers Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Florida’s growing season isn’t like any other state, and the Jacksonville Farmers Market isn’t like any other market. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Jacksonville Farmers Market is Florida’s oldest farmers market. It is located at 1810 West Beaver Street, just beyond the downtown urban core and north of Riverside/Avondale. Beaver Street, as it is affectionately called by those that visit the market regularly, is open from pre-dawn to dusk 365 days a year. That means you aren’t restricted to one day a week for operation. Shoppers can get produce and farm goods anytime this sun is out and …

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