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Interview with Larry Stewart, of Restless Heart and The Frontmen

You may know these three vocalists from their separate careers, but if you haven’t seen them together as The Frontmen, you’re in for a country music experience like no other. Join The Frontmen of Country this Saturday, September 18 for this one-time performance of Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas, and Richie McDonald of Lonestar. Collectively, these artists have sold more than 30 million records and have 30 major hits among them. The Frontmen have thrilled audiences around the world, entertaining troops and performing at fairs, casinos and corporate events. Their television performance at the …

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Dear Dumbs: Marrying Mother Dearest

Dear Dumbs: I love advice columns. I read Dear Abby on a regular basis. I have to tell ya, Dear Dumbs is my favorite. Funny and honest. I love it and I love you. The latest Dear Abby really hit home for me because I’m going through the exact same thing. Her advice was helpful but I’m coming to you for a second opinion. My boyfriend of seven years wants to get married. I don’t want to because of something his mother did to me many years ago. Here’s the bullet points.  I’ve been friends with the family for a …

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You Can Always Talk to the Canvas

The Performers Academy gives students an outlet to create and cope.  The Performers Academy (TPA) is gearing up for a new school year and hoping to fill its enrollment roster for an after school program after coming off a whirlwind July. To start, they held the TPA Mural Festival to kick off the 10th anniversary of Camp Just Like Me, a three-week summer intensive that uses art as a tool for behavioral intervention for foster youth. Over the last 10 years the camp has served more than 500 Jacksonville teens in what has become the longest running partnership with Family …

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Virgo Season Horoscopes

For Virgo Season, this month comes bearing fruits of focus, routine, and service. Work on your health and clean out your refrigerator. Happy harvest everyone. VIRGO  An elusive character came and went with the summer sun. The departure’s part of a lesson you need to learn, something healthy, habitual and close to home. Surround yourself with as many flowers as you can afford.  LIBRA  There’s virtue in the way you speak, in the way you are. Time will open up for you to express yourself the way you’ve been wanting to. Think about what the message is before you say …

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Pop Up Punk

SCUM shows operate without a venue, policed by mutual respect and a sense of community. Of everything I heard while moshing at the last Bridge Show in Riverside, this one still rings in my ears. Kids were saying it, adults were saying it and I even found myself saying it: “This place is f*cking wonderland!” The I-95 amphitheater acoustics swallow fans in music and what better to be swallowed by than numbing bass, fast-paced riffs and screaming vocals; the presence under the bridge feels heavy.  These pop-up punk shows have been a hub for Jacksonville’s hardcore scene for over three …

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August Bartender of the Month: Blair Redington

Blair Redington is a staple at San Marco’s upscale watering hole, Town Hall. If Blair Redington were a drink, he’d be a whiskey neat: there’s a touch of redolence under the bite in his deadpan tone. His warm, straightforward service could only come from being the local barkeeper for as long as he has – when it comes to the neighborhood, he’s seen it all from behind the bar. Twenty years ago as a high school student at Bishop Kenny, Redington started bussing tables at a San Marco restaurant led by Chef Tom Gray. His family home was just a …

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“That Jacksonville Thing”: Katt Williams Coming Back to Jacksonville Next Friday (August 27)

   I love comedy. I love stand-up comedians. In a word that is so divisive and so contentious, laughing with strangers is so powerful. Since aquiring Folio, I have had the ability to interview Brian Regan, Bob Saget and, now, Katt Williams. Go see Katt Williams, Friday, August 27, 2021 at Vystar Veterans Arena. He sold out the Florida Theatre last time was here and filmed his hit special, giving Jacksonville worldwide attention, talking about Duuuval and diversity, our food and our culture. In the interview, he refers to Jacksonville as a hidden gem. He’s back to do it …

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Rights for the Environment?

Voters are getting philosophical and Tallahassee doesn’t like it.  The United Nations released its updated report on climate change, sounding the alarms and making it fairly clear: Humans are the root cause of climate change, and it may be too late to reverse the damage.  Each of the last four decades has been hotter than the last, warming at a rate that far surpasses what the natural rate of warming would be. According to the report, “the scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole and the present state of many aspects of the climate system are unprecedented …

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Ghost Town

Take a trip to Cassadaga, Florida’s portal to the other side.  Tucked away in between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of I-4, sits a sleepy little town of about 300 people. It was founded in the late 1800s by George Colby, who traveled to Central Florida—at the instruction of his spirit guide—to create a spiritualist center. Past the surface of its old Florida charm, in the Victorian homes’ entryway reading rooms, there are spirits floating alongside psychics, being summoned out of those who come seeking them.  The Spiritualist Camp is a small community in itself, originally created as a …

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