Southside

Pre-Trial Expressionism: Sentenced To Art

Cathedral Arts Project, County Missives, Tony Rodrigues

Artist has been teaching art to juvenile inmates since the late 1990s. Lately, he’s noticed a major change in his classroom. He’s had a core group of the same eight students for the past several months. Consistency is scarce in a pre-trial detention facility, especially when teaching visual art. “To have the same group together through all the disciplinary actions, lockdown dorms, aging out of the program, resolved cases, transfers to different prisons—it’s very rare,” says Rodrigues. He’s taken advantage of this surge of steadiness by curating an exhibit that runs through the end of June at the University of …

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Intentional Boredom at the University of North Florida

EVENT: Series of Boring Events WHERE: University of North Florida (1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224) WHEN: March 1-3, March 15, April 3-7, April 20 is the first to admit that his latest art venture, Watching Paint Dry, began as a joke. When he first expressed his interest in hosting a Series of Boring Events to University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator , Draper replied, “You should just have students come into the gallery and watch paint dry.” Lunberry told Draper, “That’s a great idea.” The UNF Professor of English hosted the performance event as part of the …

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Native Sun Celebrates 20 Years as Jacksonville’s Homegrown Organic Grocer

Twenty years ago, Jacksonville didn’t provide many options for people looking for organic and natural foods. A husband and wife team saw an opportunity to fill that void by launching a business that would become a homegrown success story. Jacksonville’s leading chain of locally owned and operated natural foods stores, , celebrates its 20th Anniversary at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18 at its , , and locations Owners opened the original Native Sun Natural Foods Market at 10000 San Jose Blvd in February of 1997. As a Jacksonville native, Aaron recognized the city’s need for natural and organic foods, turning …

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST SHAWN MULLINS TO PLAY ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING

Grammy®-nominated Singer/Songwriter will play a gig in the music series at Jacksonville’s iconic .  Mullins, nominated for a Grammy Award for his breakout song, “Lullaby,” is touring North America to promote My Stupid Heart, his new album available now on Rounder Sugar Hill. Originally from Clarkston, GA, Mullins’ critical breakthrough came in 1998 when his song “Lullaby,” from the album Soul’s Core, became a radio and video hit.  Also from Soul’s Core, “All in My Head,” was featured on the hit television sitcom Scrubs. Another hit single, “Shimmer,” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show Dawson’s Creek. “Shimmer” …

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A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s continues its 50th year celebration by bringing back country music singer , one of the most popular artists to ever grace the Alhambra stage. She is appearing in “,” her trademark production, and is once again playing to sold-out crowds. If you want to participate in a lively walk with Patsy, we suggest calling 904-642-1212 for reservations. The show runs through February 19th, 2017 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. When the Alhambra first booked Gail Bliss some twenty years ago, she was a relatively unknown …

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COME BLOW YOUR HORN – Back To Alhambra’s Beginning

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The  is celebrating its birthday throughout 2017. This cherished Jacksonville venue is now fifty years old, and the owners are making the January opening of the year-long celebration special by staging ’s “,” the theatre’s opening show in 1967. And to make it even more special, they are offering unheard of pricing for this limited showing running through January 27. You can purchase two tickets for the show for only $50.00 — and ’s wonderful table service three-course meal is included! Neil Simon is one …

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The Alhambra Theatre & Dining New Year’s Gala

TRADITON! The Alhambra is celebrating fifty years of being the place for North Florida residents and visitors to celebrate life’s special occasions or alternately, to just spend a few hours enjoying excellent professional theatre. The Alhambra recently launched another tradition: a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring fine food, music, and dancing in the big band style we would find in cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Previously, the Alhambra’s New Year’s Eve show featured the stage play or musical scheduled for after the holidays. When Craig Smith and his partners bought the theatre several years ago, they experimented with …

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Reindeer Games

The start and finish line for this year’s race is at The Aloft Hotel on Southside Boulevard. Ultimate Racing has designed the race route and will provide official timing services for the 5K. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be on duty throughout the course to ensure the safety of all runners. Veterans United Brewery will be serving up ice cold craft beer at the finish line to all participants who are 21 or older. The 325 runners received a Finisher’s Medal.  This custom medal also doubles as a holiday ornament complete with a flashing red nose! Official “Reindeer Games” will take …

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50 Years of Memories: Spotlight on the Alhambra Dinner Theatre

Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

In late July of 1967, a single table set for two was situated on an empty lot on Beach Boulevard. The table was covered by an elegant lace cloth and adorned with matching napkins, silverware, stylish china plates and coffee cups, and tall crystal glasses. An elegant candelabra holding five candles stood in the center of the table. It was an unlikely way for and to present their concept for a combination of fine dining and live theatre. Dinner theaters were once a popular attraction for families to experience dinner and a show. At one point in history, more than 100 …

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A New Addition to the Jacksonville Theatre Scene: Phase Eight Theatre Company debuts “HOT L BALTIMORE”

PHASE EIGHT THEATER COMPANY REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville Florida’s newest addition to the theatre scene, , an ensemble based company, staged a two-performance run of “” during December 10-11, 2016 in their performance space at 3674 Beach Boulevard. If the production is any indication of the quality of the work by this new group, theatre fans are in for an interesting year. This play by debuted over forty years ago, before most of the audience members on opening night were even born. The production received both the 1973 Obie Award and the …

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