Travel & Tourism

Lost in Paradise at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: Meet Artist Carlos Rolón

Lost in Paradise at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: Meet Artist Carlos Rolón

Drive along Downtown Jacksonville’s Riverside Avenue and it’s nearly impossible to miss the seven-foot-tall mosaic sculptures standing sentry in front of the . Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist Carlos Rolón’s sculpture collection Lost in Paradise hints at home yet draws inspiration from the natural landscapes, architecture, and the parallel histories of Puerto Rico and the American South. They beckon one to stop and stay a while, promising stories deeply riveting. “Lost in Paradise deals with Diaspora and cultural identity and I’m really interested in how that works within the institution,” Rolón says, “For this body of work, one that began with my …

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The Little Circus That Could: The Venardos Circus Kicks Off in St. Augustine Dec 19-Jan 27

The Venardos Circus arrives at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this holiday season to debut a brand-new show and kick off the 2019 season. But Kevin Venardos of never dreamed of running away to join the circus; he envisioned himself performing on Broadway. A New Jersey kid who loved to sing and dance, Venardos studied musical theater at school. “At 22 years old, I was in New York auditioning for everything people would pay me money to do,” he explains, “I happened upon this really incredible adventure just by chance or by fate. I got a job as a ringmaster when …

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Nomads Almanac: Lady Daisey & Batsauce Create Out-of-the-Box Art Around the World

Not everyone is wired for the nomadic lifestyle. It takes an adventurous nature, a gypsy soul, and, if you’re lucky, a travel companion who operates on the same global frequency. Britt and Daisey Traynham are kindred spirits fueled by a shared love of music and a desire to travel the world in search of beauty, culture, and good food. The pair, who record music as and , chronicled their 15-month journey through Southeast Asia in a kaleidoscopic series of photographs packaged as a complete sensory experience. Part yearbook, part love-note, part time capsule, Nomads Almanac Vol. 1 offers a stunning …

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Art Republic’s Two Weeks to Change the World

Art Republic, Dourone x David Petroni

Art and industry collide as Art Republic 2018, a communal celebration of public art changes the face of downtown Jacksonville again. is known for infusing the city with bold outdoor murals that define an area’s character. Exhibitions, which are curated by industry experts, showcase the top artists in their field of expertise to create a sense of place, spark global conversations, and inspire community engagement. Muralists for the 2018 collection include , Pastel, Chris Clark, Datastorm, Golden, Sipros and NEAN. Murals will be installed at various locations throughout the from November 1st-11th. This year, Art Republic also will include partnerships …

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Beyond Downtown Artwalk: Duval Mercantile Pop-Up Shop for the Holidays

Duval Mercantile, Art Walk pop-up, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete

A Jacksonville business owner is making it easier to shop local this holiday season. Emily Moody-Rosete, who operates the downtown Wolf & Cub boutique on Laura Street, is bringing a pop-up storefront to the space formerly occupied by La Cena restaurant. Located at 211 North Laura Street, Duval Mercantile will grace the historic Elks Building. Duval Mercantile will celebrate its grand opening November 7th during Artwalk and will remain open through the month of December. As the former owner the live music venue in the downtown core and Anomaly in the Five Points neighborhood, Emily Moody-Rosete knows how to create …

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Hop Aboard the St. Mary’s Halloween Express for a Fun Family Adventure

If you’re looking for a unique and kid-friendly Halloween excursion just an hour or so from Jacksonville, venture north to coastal Georgia for a memorable adventure on the St. Mary’s Railroad. There’s just one more weekend of Halloween Express excursions left, so don’t wait too long to book your seats. Guests load into three open-air cars for a journey through woodlands and over marshlands. Midway through the ride, the train stops so guests can vote for their favorite Halloween monster. Who will be the king or queen of the Monster Ball: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, or the Wicked Witch of …

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Get Spooked at Halloween Horror Nights 28 at Universal Orlando

Each fall for the last 28 years, Universal Orlando has been dishing up a heaping helping of fear with Halloween Horror Nights, a multi-night event that consists of terrifying houses, scream-inducing scarezones and stage shows that never cease to amaze. This year the creatives behind the event have upped the ante, giving horror fans a record-breaking ten haunts. For HHN 28, horror lovers are headed back to the 80s, with houses and scare zones that are either ripped directly from the time-period or evoke that feeling. Five of the houses are based on films and TV shows, and five are …

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HHN2018: Halloween Horror Nights is Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is Now Open, HHN2018, Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios

The world’s premier Halloween event, Halloween Horror Nights, is now open at Universal Orlando Resort – with more haunted houses and scares than ever before. With a total of 36 record-breaking nights through November 3, Halloween Horror Nights 2018 will be the most intense event in history. Cinematic greats, slasher films, cult classics and original nightmares inspired by the past will come to life as guests face 10 disturbingly-real haunted houses, five scare zones and one powerhouse live show. Guests will: Find themselves in the Upside Down where they will come face-to-face with the predatory Demogorgon from Netflix’s original series “Stranger …

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Drowning World at MOCA: Photographer Gideon Mendel Captures Hurricane Irma’s Aftermath in Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, © GIDEON MENDEL, Georgia Winegart, San Marco neighbourhood, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, September 2017. C-print, 27 ½ 27 ½ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will be hosting Drowning World from world-renowned photographer Gideon Mendel. The series features photographs he’s captured from around the world of floods and the people affected by them, including some from locals in Jacksonville and Middleburg after Hurricane Irma hit the First Coast, which he did as part of his winning the Jury Prize of the 2016 Greenpeace Photo Awards. I spoke to him to learn more about his work and his hopes for the reception of the exhibition. What led you to this photo series? Why did you choose flooding? The project emerged …

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Dishes of Fishes 🐟 Tasty Seafood From Restaurants in Jacksonville & The Beaches of Northeast Florida

Dishes of Fishes 🐟 Tasty Seafood Restaurants Around Jacksonville & The Beaches of Northeast Florida, Taverna, salmon, photo by Nate Mayo

Local Seafood Dishes Northeast Florida has a strong Southern food game, but we also shine when it comes to dishes from the water, sometimes from unexpected places. While places such as , , and others that specialize in seafood are local favorites, there are a number of from-the-water dishes that residents love, even in places that don’t have seafood front and center. At on the , there’s three dishes we recommend, depending on what you’re craving. For a lunch item we think their fish sandwich is a winner. It’s served in their bento box with their shoestring fries, which are …

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