San Marco

The Subject Was Roses – theatre review

 presents Frank Gilroy’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning “,” on stage at 2032 San Marco Boulevard until March 8, 2014. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for information and reservations. This is a glowing and superbly acted revival of one of the best-written plays of all those which have been honored with a Tony. It beat out’s “” which gives you an idea of how well it was regarded. The play is set in 1946 and takes place over an extended weekend. Timmy Cleary has just returned home, safe and sound, after a wartime Army tour of duty. In the …

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Sebadoh at Jack Rabbits: Show Review

Perhaps  was the perfect venue for the show. It’s smaller size and lo-fi feel (and no sign outside the venue) seemed like exactly the kind of place that could have played twenty years ago. The wave of late-eighties to early-nineties indie nostalgia has been breaking across all the major music blogs, and the shores of Jacksonville on Sunday. Sebadoh is the notable band of  bassist . Opening acts included and . The latter really energized the crowd with their hazy jams. Their last track, “As Long As I Forget” featured lots of distortion and experimental riffs. As mentioned in the …

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Lou Barlow interview with ‘the godfather’ of the DIY indie aesthetic

 is humble. Often times when interviewed, the interviewer mention Barlow’s status as indie rock royalty; a title which he often shrugs off. But Lou Barlow is an important figure, often named ‘the godfather’ of the DIY indie aesthetic. Between his work with , , ,  as well as his own solo records, Barlow has pioneered some of the most influential music and recording techniques. Stephen Malkmus of Pavement is also credited with bolstering the importance and popularity of lo-fi recordings. Malkmus and Barlow could probably be considered contemporaries. But while Malkmus’ style of lyric writing was always sarcastic, Barlow often …

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Theatre Jacksonville’s Handle with Care

Theatre Jacksonville opened its final show of 2013 with Jason Odell Williams romantic comedy Handle With Care. This is the North Florida premier of this play and in fact the New York Off Broadway opening is in previews right now for a December 15th debut. Tony Award Winner Carol Lawrence (from West Side Story) is the featured actress for the NYC opening. The play is set in an older motel room, clean, but with dated furnishings and a steam radiator, in Goodview, Virginia, a suburb of Roanoke. The opening scene has a young Jewish Israeli woman, Ayelet, who speaks almost …

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Community Bicycle Couriers

Community Couriers, Ben Wilson

For all you folks with a busy lifestyle, there’s a new, sustainable way to get your groceries (and take-out). It’s called Community Couriers, and it serves Downtown, Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, San Marco and Murray Hill. Community Couriers is the brainchild of Benjamin Wilson. He’s a longtime resident of Riverside (since 1973) and a graduate of UNF. Before embarking on this endeavor, he worked for 12 years at a national grocery store chain. All deliveries are made on bicycle, so far by Wilson himself. Bicycling is something he loves, which he discovered while commuting by bike to work every day. …

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Grape & Grain Exchange

by REGINA HEFFINGTON As I walked down the sidewalk toward this new establishment, I noticed a couple of musical performers in the Balis Park gazebo, entertaining a small group of people. Later, I saw those talented individuals I refer to as “Pyrogyra” – performers specializing in fire. Very entertaining to watch! Entering Grape & Grain Exchange, there was a healthy crowd enjoying what the wine, liquor & beer establishment has to offer. Near the back of the room was the cooler section filled with beer, so I headed there directly, but slowly, as I was so full from my Maple …

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Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco

My grandmother made what I considered to be the best food–always from scratch. My mother has some recipes she developed herself, which I still think are fabulous, but we both know nothing compares to Grandmother’s cooking. Grandmother’s liver and onions, meatloaf and fried chicken still top my list of food for which I have not found an acceptable substitute. During the significant portions of my youth I spent living with Grandmother, I came to anticipate morning breakfasts of scrambled eggs, real bacon, toast and often her locally-famous biscuits and gravy. None of this was on my mind as I made …

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