A Comedy Worth Thinking About “CLYBOURNE PARK”

This summer’s collaboration between , a Theatre Company and will be Bruce Norris’s thought-provoking comedy , a play about race, real-estate and relationships.  Named for the fictional white neighborhood introduced in Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal play “A Raisin in the Sun,” Clybourne Park is a neighborhood twice transformed. Starting in 1959 we meet a Russ and Bev, a white middle-class couple packing for a move out of the neighborhood. Visits from their clergyman and their neighbors lead to a heated disagreement about the buyers for Russ and Bev’s home, a black family, and their worries about the impact on their property values. In …

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Deep River: The Cummer’s Striking New Exhibit

Suddenly it’s dark and cold. You’re surrounded on all sides by the flowing projections of water. Sounds of chirping birds and the current, ebbing and flowing, even sparkling, are all around. As your eyes slowly adjust to the sudden darkness, you begin to see a mound of soil take shape in front of you, filling the center of the room. The soil is strewn with everyday objects seemingly abandoned by past inhabitants of the space. Dozens of reclaimed wooden discs, each containing a portrait of a single figure, surround the mound of dirt and populate the installation. Together, these elements create a …

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Eco Relics: The Biggest Selection of Old Wood in Town

If reclaimed wood is your thing, well then partner, have I got some exciting news to share with you. The team at has recently salvaged a large load of heart pine beams from the historic building in downtown Jacksonville. The building, constructed in 1904, was the first skyscraper built in Jacksonville after the . The wood is estimated to be more than 200 years old and has an exquisite natural patina, echoing the many years of history that it’s witnessed. If you need a specific size, a craftsperson at Eco Relics will be glad to cut it for you. The …

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A Road-Map in Photos “In Time We Shall Know Ourselves”

PictureBooks, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves, Ray Smith, MOCA Jacksonville

In June 1974, a young man with a budding interest in documentary photography set out to drive an aging Volkswagen Beetle from New England through the South and into the Midwest, camping and photographing people and places along the way to California. The car only made it as far as Kansas City, but succeeded in taking hundreds of remarkable photographs along the way with his Rolleiflex and Minolta twin-lens cameras. “These photographs reflect subjects, places, and people encountered forty years ago during three months of travel covering half of the United States,” Smith explains. His intent during his travel around the …

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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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Owners of The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails Confirm Plans to Open New Restaurant

220 Riverside

The restaurant will open at 220 Riverside this fall Jacksonville, Fla. — May 6, 2015 — The owners of  have confirmed their plans to open a restaurant at  later this year. The restaurant name and concept are still being finalized.    and , the mother-daughter team behind , will again partner with  and , the husband-wife team behind  and  for this venture. The restaurant is expected to open this fall. “We are thrilled to expand our restaurant portfolio with our new venture at 220 Riverside,” said Jennifer Earnest, a co-owner of The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. “Being part of …

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Timuquana Country Club and the Florida Yacht Club: History of Ortega’s Private Clubs

Florida Yacht Club

Golf Clubs & Mainsails – Ortega’s Private Clubs In the early days of the 20th century, Jacksonville was a social and cultural hotspot. With a flourishing silent film industry and a warm climate, the city attracted wealthy families from all over the country for social events and recreational activities during the winter months. For these visitors, was ideally located, surrounded by water and an oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown. It’s no surprise that two of the city’s oldest institutions, the and , opened during this time. The oldest of these, the Florida Yacht Club, was founded in …

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Cummer Art: Rothko to Richter

, longtime Jacksonville arts patrons, have generously loaned 27 paintings from their private collection to the  in Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell. The exhibition is curated by , Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and will be on display at the Cummer through April 22. Spanning the years 1952 to 1990, this exhibit includes twenty-seven paintings by twenty-three different artists from one of the most fertile periods in the history of abstract painting. Although more than a century has passed since abstraction found its …

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Eco Relics: What’s New?

WHAT’S NEW? At Eco Relics the answer is both “Not Much” and “A Whole Lot”! Eco Relics blends the old and the new, in every way. The business is only one year old but operates inside a 1920s railroad depot overflowing with items dating over 150 years. The business may be new to town, but it knows history. Another way that Eco Relics overcomes its new kid on the block status is by enthusiastic partnerships with community organizations. Eco Relics worked with Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), sourcing appropriate lighting fixtures for their recent Buckland House restoration. In the home’s 100-year …

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Veg Fest – March 7 in Riverside Park

Veg Fest, Jacksonville, FL

There are lots of fun events and festivals going on in Jacksonville this spring, but make sure you add the Northeast Florida Veg Fest to your calendar. This festival is more than a great food and beer selection. Veg Fest, presented by , a Jacksonville-based nonprofit focused on animal, health and environmental issues, connects people to local businesses that prove profits and principles can go hand-in-hand. Come relax at the park and enjoy gourmet popsicles, innovative nachos, stonecore pizzas and Jamaican specialties from  out of Gainesville, Florida. Sit in the  beer garden and listen to live music from  and the …

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