Pick A Pair: Gunnel and Tom of Edge City in 5 Points

Edge City, Tom and Gunnel

EU’s series on those who work to improve Jacksonville continues with two who are super-worthy of this recognition. Gunnel Humphreys and Tom McCleery are the intriguing faces behind the Jacksonville mainstay, Edge City. If you’re unfamiliar with these two, read on and you will quickly find yourself bee-lining it to to see what they are all about! Jacksonville became a better place in January 1976 when Tom McCleery got laid off from a job in the steel industry. That very same day, friend and founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, , came knocking on his door, encouraging him to buy a …

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Alhambra’s The King and I

The King and I at The Alhambra by

The Alhambra Theatre opened Rodgers and Hammerstein’s wonderful musical, The King and I, which has won many Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was later made into a film starring Yul Brynner which won several Academy Awards. The story is that of Anna, an English governess (Kelly Atkins) who is hired in the early 1860’s to educate the children of the King of Siam (Tony Romero) and prepare them for the modern world. This proves more of a job than she had expected, as she finds a domineering autocratic ruler whose intimidated and submissive subjects value tradition and fear change. …

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Alhambra’s The Pirates of Penzance

Alhambra's Pirates of Penzance

The fourth collaboration between the Alhambra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra delighted audiences for three performances on October 1,2,3 at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall with Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. It’s a light and frothy show about a pirate apprentice named Frederic (Wonderfully done in excellent voice by New York tenor Matt Morgan, who had the best styled hair of any Pirate I have ever seen). Frederic who on his 21st birthday has completed his indentured servitude and is free to join civilization and free society. This upsets his mild manner pirate friends, led …

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Dish Update

by erin thursby The Augustine Grille at Sawgrass Marriott just got the “Snail of Approval” award from the local chapter of Slow Food USA, which promotes equity and sustainability in food policy, production practices and market forces. They’re one of the very few places in the area that serves dry-aged steak, for which they have my seal of approval! Downtown’s Friday Market will be making the move from Hemming Plaza to The Landing this month. During bad weather they’ll have the option to move things inside. Mojo Barbecue is set to open a locale in Avondale. Don’t get your taste …

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Alhambra’s Amorous Crossing starring Loretta Swit

Alhambra Amorous Crossing Loretta Swit

Were you hoping to take a cruise this summer but for some reason just didn’t get around to booking it? No need for continued disappointment. You can take a three-hour “cruise” with the Alhambra Theatre, which we have officially dubbed the SS Alhambra for the next four weeks. You will be entertained by a top-notch cast led by actress Loretta Swit, who won two Emmy Awards for her role as the most famous nurse in television history: Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the long-running M*A*S*H series. This Mark Miller comedy/farce takes place on a cruise ship headed for the …

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Alhambra’s Cinderella

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Summertime is fun time and last weekend The Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened the magic musical Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a special treat for all ages. Summertime is also the time for temperatures in the nineties, but your family can enjoy two great hours of wonderful entertainment and dining in air-conditioned comfort while watching this ever-popular fairytale performed by an outstanding cast. The musical follows the traditional story of the lovely young lady who has been relegated to a life of unceasing toil as a household drudge by her cruel stepmother and her two vain and malicious stepsisters, until …

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JJ’s Liberty Bistro in Ponte Vedra

In hopes of an authentic French experience (as in owned and operated by a French expatriate) our quest lead us to  in . Although we’d passed  on Gate Parkway many times and had wanted to try it for a while, we thought it best to visit the Ponte Vedra restaurant first because it is the original and is where owner-operator JJ himself works. Most items on their lunch menu are under $10. JJ’s Bistro, which is far cuter on the inside than its strip mall location implies, goes beyond the scope of a regular restaurant. It doubles as a wine, …

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Alhambra’s The Foreigner

Alhambra The Foreigner

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining celebrated spring by opening its first non-musical since new ownership took over the reins of this legendary dinner theater. Their choice of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, a hysterical farce of grand proportions, could not have been better. The play ranks right up there as one of the best theatrical farces along with Noises Off, Rumors, Blithe Spirit and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We liked it because it is one of the best and is truly a farce with a heart. The comedy is set in a fishing lodge in Georgia …

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Dinner at the Alhambra

With all the changes at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, we thought a review of their food and new décor was in order. Dinner has improved, with Matthew Medure on board designing the menu. The Alhambra has been in a fixture in Jacksonville community for over 40 years. In ’84 it was bought by Tod Booth, who continued the proud tradition. By the late 2000s, Booth was relying heavily on out-of-town tickets, mainly from the Red Hat Society and other social clubs. But when the recession hit, this group shrunk considerably. The Alhambra was close to closing at the end of …

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What"s Going Down in May

If anyone questions the fact that there are plenty of things going on in downtown Jacksonville for everyone to enjoy, refer to this list of activities taking place just in the month of May. These events range from Broadway shows, wrestling, art and cultural shows to performances by national and local music stars of all genres. You can find more details on these events in the event listings throughout the various sections of this issue. May 1-6 May 1-2 World Of Nations Metropolitan Park May 1-2 Broadway Show Grease Times-Union Center May 1-3 Jacksonville Suns vs. Mississippi Braves Baseball Grounds …

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