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Innocence Stolen, Fear on the Rise: Mass Shooting Anxiety Marks a generation

Words by Mallory Pace Not even a full month into the year and there have been three school shootings across the country. The Gun Violence Archive has documented 32 mass shootings up until January 28th, with more coming in every day. With that math we’re on track for at least one shooting a day. Twenty-seven days into the year and at least 54 victims have been killed from gun violence, even more injured. Three killed outside an apartment complex in North Carolina; six bodies found near a highway in California; a block party in Katy, Texas left three dead; in one …

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Ride Down(town) to HADESTOWN for a Helluva Show

Words by Cessy Newmon What a way to go to hell and back.  The first of Anaïs Mitchell’s stage endeavors, HADESTOWN intertwines two tales from Greek mythology:  Hades & Persephone and Orpheus & Eurydice.  It’s a very different approach to a tragic end to the love between two young adults versus the often-done Shakespearian Romeo and Juliet.  And Virgil’s Orpheus precedes Romeo by about 1500 years. HADESTOWN is unique from the opening.  One can’t really pinpoint a location, although the sense is that it is a tavern-style setting.  Although Ms. Mitchell is considered an Indie folk singer/songwriter, much of the …

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Valentine’s Day Inspired Bevs

Words by Briana Pereira    Valentine’s Day can look different for everyone, whether you’re Insta-official, in a situationship that seems to get messier by the day (relatable), or enjoying that single freedom – having a bev in hand can make the day more enjoyable (or tolerable) for everyone.    So whether you’re toasting to love this Valentine’s Day, have a hot date, spending it with the girls, or chugging away some sorrows, here’s a list of 12 fun, love-themed cocktails – or mocktails – for you to enjoy this February 14th.  Cosmopolitan   Photo and Recipe Credit: umamigirl.com in a …

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Seeing St. Augustine, One Bar at a Time

Words by Briana Pereira   Who doesn’t love a good bar crawl? Especially in a city where there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of the breweries or love a fancy cocktail, St. Augustine has it all. For my crawl I stuck to the historic district and tried to hit some of the spots that caught my eye, but there are plenty of others that didn’t make it on my list this visit that will be mentioned below.   I tried to make my visit to the city as easy as possible by following what one may call a  …

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Neighborhood Picasso

Words by Kelila Ritchie Chris Clark has been painting his way through the neighborhoods of Jacksonville, bringing the most vibrant colors to communities people often deem the opposite of aesthetically pleasing. Clark is not new to the art community and has spent many years perfecting his craft. A “jack of all trades” he calls himself. His ability to create in different mediums, sometimes at the same time is mindblowing. During Black History Month especially, it is important to highlight Black art and its impact. Clark’s artwork has brought people out of their homes and given them a new sense of …

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Are Relationships Taking a Turn for the Robot? 

  By: Jillian Lombardo   I was confused when I heard Artificial Intelligence was entering the dating pool. I have used ChatGPT and Bard in various aspects, but I couldn’t see how conversations there could lead to a relationship. That’s when I met Replika, an artificial chatbot you can create to be whatever you want. Not only can you personalize and dress the bot, but you can also call, send photos, and even change the voice and personality to fit your “type.” I was blown away when I began to use the website. While I was not in a position …

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What The Singles Are Watching This Season.

By: Jillian Lombardo   I do not know your plans for this Valentine’s season, but I plan on being in bed with my cat and a tall glass of red wine. Accompanying me is a stack of DVDs I plan to watch to get me through this wretched season. I am kidding – I do not own DVDs.  Luckily, most of these movies are free on either Hulu, Prime Video or Netflix. Whether you’re looking for a good break-up movie, a realistic depiction of the darker sides of love, or a reminder to hang out with your girlfriends, these movies …

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The couple’s guide to Valentine’s Day

Words by Mallory Pace   Valentine’s Day — you love it or you hate it. If you happen to love this holiday, you’re most likely in a committed relationship and looking forward to showering your significant other with kisses and chocolate. Or perhaps you are single but still love to celebrate love for what it is. Love is a strange thing: It’s found in strange places, you feel it differently with each person in your life, and it can make  you do crazy things. It’s a scary, freeing and beautiful feeling and if there’s one thing that each person on …

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Jacksonville Jaguars : A Season in Review

Words by Carson Rich The rebuild of the Jacksonville Jaguars continues. North Florida’s home team showed much improvement this year, but fell short at the very end, leaving fans questioning where it all went wrong. After such a promising start to the season, they had the league thinking there was a new force to be reckoned with in the AFC, but the downfall in the second half of the season turned out to leave a blemish on what could have been.    Season after season, the question still remains…what now?   The 2023 offseason gave the entire city of Jacksonville …

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Folio’s Ins & Outs for 2024

  In: making lists of what’s in and out.  Out: Comparing your lifestyle to others’.   The buzzing trend on TikTok these days is people’s lists of what’s “In and Out” for the year ahead. It’s more than predicting trends, fashion statements or pop culture (although it can be). It’s also about determining the habits and hobbies you want to practice or leave behind; ways you want to carry yourself and ways you’re outgrowing. The beauty in them is they are curated to the individual, so what may be “in” for one, may be completely ‘out’ for the other. They …

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‘Not Your Mothers’ Mean Girls Review

‘Not Your Mothers’ Mean Girls Review Words by Mallory Pace   I went into the new “Mean Girls” movie (a movie musical based on the Broadway musical based on the non-musical original film) with an open heart and mind. As someone who has seen “Mean Girls” (2004) a dozen times, while also being part of the generation this newest Mean Girls film is supposed to appeal to, I have certain mixed feelings. However, I’ll preface— I did love it. I will say that I personally love musical theater, showtunes, singing, dancing, all that jazz, and I think that contributes to …

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In the Name of Love

By Amy Love Matchmaker and founder of Honey and Flame, a hands-on matchmaking agency Is it a bad idea to invite someone out for a Valentine’s date that you’ve only known for a few weeks? Ah, the age-old dance of uncertainty and curiosity in matters of the heart! Is it a rash venture to extend an invitation for a Valentine’s soiree to someone freshly woven into the tapestry of your life? Let us embark on this exploration with the directness of a sharpened arrow. In matters of the heart, logic and self-discovery form the steps to a dance upon which …

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Read It and Weep

By: Kelila Ritchie   In honor of Black History month and Valentine’s Day coinciding with one another, I bring you an article surrounding black love and all it could be. According to an article by TheRoot.com, black love is described as “the ideal of unity and togetherness.” It’s something magical.    Yet, almost always, the issue lies in the representation of black love and all it has to offer in its glory. We are taught that experiencing a form of tough love and being a “ride or die” are the only ways we will ever experience love that is displayed …

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A League of Vibrant Energies: Breaking the Glass Ceiling One Kismet Track at a Time

Words by Amiyah Golden   A League of Vibrant Energies (more commonly known as “L.O.V.E Culture”) is a fitting acronym for a local artist collective  of five brilliant individuals who have come together to produce music laced with intention and vigor — EASYin2D, Flash the Samurai, DJ Larry Love, Spirit XIII, Ch́e, and Rob Mari.     “1827 N Pearl” was the project by L.O.V.E. Culture that I streamed as soon as I left James Weldon Johnson Park’s Hip Hop Festival a couple years back. I whipped out my Spotify (because that’s the only acceptable streaming platform) and added every song …

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“Nothing beats a failure but a try” Dr. Shaun Powell and the Ritz Writers 

Words by Mallory Pace   “Nothing beats a failure but a try,” echoed the words of Shaun Powell throughout the lobby of the Ritz Theatre and Museum. She had just finished giving me a grand tour of the intricate museum halls, backstage, VIP areas and all, providing historical and detailed information about each sector as we walked.    “What’s funny is,” Powell said over her shoulder, “I don’t even work here! I just kept showing up until they gave me a desk.”    Powell earned her doctorate from St. Thomas Christian University in Christian counseling, but one of her passions …

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Brics & Bouqs

Brick  To Jury Duty Scammmers. Be aware:  Most often the scam caller pretends to be a law enforcement officer, state attorney, court official, or a deputy clerk saying that an individual failed to appear for jury duty or some other court obligation. Sometimes the callers are even sophisticated enough to use the name of an actual judge or public official. The Court, the Clerk’s Office and law enforcement officers do not call or email residents to request payment for missing jury duty or other court obligations. Any communication from their offices related to a legal matter will always be in …

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Cliff Dorsey: Small-Town Hero With A Southern Heart

Words by Carson Rich High Springs, Florida, known for its charming small-town atmosphere, is now becoming a hotbed for musical talent as an ambitious young country singer/songwriter aims to make it big in the heart of the country music scene. Meet Cliff Dorsey, a rising star with a voice that echoes the soul of the South and lyrics that tell tales of life, love and everything in between.   Born into a family with deep roots in the town, Dorsey discovered his love for country music at a young age, listening to the timeless classics that echoed throughout family gatherings. …

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February Horoscopes

Words by Ambar Ramirez & Carmen Macri   Aries Love is in the air, but not for you, Aries. And maybe that is a good thing. How many failed relationships or situationships can you take before you swear off having a partner for the rest of your life? It’s time to be your own partner.    Taurus February will be a good month for you, Taurus … that is, if you enjoy working. With Mars in Capricorn, you’ll be working harder than playing, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have no room for a little fun. It’s the season of love …

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Love Languages, What’s Yours?

  Words by Ambar Ramirez   I know you don’t need me to tell you this but relationships, platonic or more, require a lot of work. Everyone expresses love differently and those differences can either make or break a relationship. Which is where best-selling author Gary Chapman comes in. In 1992, Chapman first revealed the term “love language” in his book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.” Love languages is just a fancy term for how partners experience and express love. But it’s a term that’s truly changed how people navigate the complexities of …

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Sportsmanship and Sore Losers

Mallorie Aldrich   Sportsmanship is a life lesson many people are taught at a young age and learn to understand the meaning as they grow up and mature. Many people think that sportsmanship only relates to sports. For one thing, the word “sports” is part of the term. According to the Merriam-Webster, sportsmanship means “conduct becoming to one participating in a sport such as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing.” Even if someone has a very competitive nature, they still understand the meaning of sportsmanship when participating in sports. But there are a few outliers …

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New Music Releases This February

Feb. 2 Brittany Howard As lead singer for the Alabama Shakes, Howard needs no additional hype from me when it comes to the validity of her vocal abilities (just go listen to their song “Gimme All Your Love,” and I promise you will be hooked.) Holding place as one of my favorite bands, the Alabama Shakes delivers on the fading sound that is blues/rock. With the band taking a self-proclaimed hiatus in response to Howard focusing on her solo career, her latest project, “What Now,” is expected to highlight her epic song-writing talents along with her stellar voice and spunk. …

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The Hunt: Finding the Best Tiramisu In Jax

  Words by Ambar Ramirez & Carmen Macri   Let’s just start by saying we are tiramisu snobs. We had scoured high and low to find the best tiramisu in Jacksonville, so when the opportunity came to make this our Valentine’s Day Hunt, We already knew where to go.    Amaretti Desserts  She’s thick, she’s creamy, she’s CoverGirl.   Settled on the corner of Baymeadows and Old Saint Augustine Road, this family-owned shop has anything bakery item you could possibly want. Each baked good is made from scratch every morning with the finest natural ingredients, no preservatives, and a double …

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February Sports

FEB. 2 Jacksonville Icemen vs Atlanta Gladiators Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonvilleicemen.com   FEB. 3 FIS DONNA 5K  Everbank Stadium  Breastcancermarathon.com   DONNA Dash Everbank Stadium  Breastcancermarathon.com   2024 Jax Jam Invitational  JJVA Training Center Jjva.com   FEB. 4 DONNA National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer  Seawalk Pavilion Breastcancermarathon.com   DONNA National Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer  Seawalk Pavilion Breastcancermarathon.com   UNF Men’s Tennis vs Mercer UNF Tennis Complex Unfospreys.com   FEB. 7 JU’s Women’s Basketball vs Lipscomb Swisher Gymnasium Judolphins.com   UNF Women’s Basketball vs Austin Peay UNF Arena  Unfospreys.com   Jacksonville Icemen vs Orlando Solar Bears Vystar …

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Theater/Dance- February

Through Feb. 4 “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” Players by the Sea Theatre playersbythesea.org   Through Feb. 18 ‘Million Dollar Quartet” Alhambra Theatre & Dining alhambrajax.com   Feb. 1-10  “Back to the 80’s”  Amelia Music Playhouse, Fernandina Beach ameliamusicalplayhouse.com   Feb. 2-11  “Catch Me If You Can” The Island Theatre, Fleming Island theislandtheater.com   Feb. 3 Sasha Velour’s The Big Reveal Live Show! Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   “Tell Him It’s Jackie” Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts fscjartistseries.org   Winter Concert: Seeded Jacksonville Dance Theatre jacksonvilledancetheatre.org   Feb. 4  “Traces in the Wind” Theatre Jacksonville theatrejax.com   Feb. 6-11 “Hadestown” …

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Nightlife- February

Arlington Cliff’s Bar and Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com    Club Heaven  clubheavenjax.com   Beaches/Ponte Vedra Blue Jay Listening Room bluejayjax.com     The Brix Taphouse jacksonvillebeachbar.com    Culhane’s culhanesirishpub.com    Flask & Cannon facebook.com/flaskandcannon     Fly’s Tie Irish Pub facebook.com/flystieirishpub   Green Room Brewing greenroombrewing.com   Grey Matter Distillery greymatterdistillery.com    Gusto gustojax.com    Hoptinger Bier Garden + Sausage House hoptinger.com   Ink Factory Brewing inkfactorybrewing.com   Island Girl Cigar Bar islandgirlcigarbar.com   Jax Beach Kava Bar  kavajacksonville.com   Jekyll Brewing jekyllbrewing.com   Julep Palm Valley facebook.com/juleppalmvalley   Lemon Bar & Grille lemonbarjax.com   Lynch’s Irish Pub lynchsirishpub.com   Mango’s mangosjaxbeach.com   Mavi’s …

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Who We Saw, What We Thought 

Words by Briana Pereira   EASY HONEY AT JACK RABBITS LIVE    Easy Honey, a Charleston-based band, took the stage at Jack Rabbits Live recently, alongside bands Happy Landing and Rohna. Easy Honey entered the stage immediately bringing some quirkiness to the venue with one of their members taking the stage barefoot and another rocking suspenders. Very 2010 hipster, if you ask me.    Their music is the perfect fusion of surf rock and indie pop with a unique sound that captures the spirit of coastal living. As I listened to their set, the beats and lyrics from their songs …

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Art- February

The Art Center Cooperative  tacjacksonville.org     Beaches Museum beachesmuseum.org   Butterfield Garage Art Gallery Works by Amy Hemphill Dove, Nancy Hamlin–Vogle, Sydney McKenna, Jan Miller, Debra Mixon Holliday, Paula Pascucci, Ron Vellucci and Cindy Wilson butterfieldgarage.com   The Corner Gallery at The Jessie “Hiromi Moneyhun: Shibani,” through Feb. 7 facebook.com/movingthemargins   Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Black Artists in the Collection Tour, Feb. 11 and 26 “Fake News & Lying Pictures,” through April 29 Works on Paper from the Cummer Museum’s Collection, through Sept. 30 cummermuseum.org     FemArt Gallery femartgallery.org   First Coast Cultural Center firstcoastculturalcenter.org    Gallery 725 …

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Comedy- February

Feb. 1-3 Shaun Jones Comedy Zone comedyzone.com Feb. 2 A-Train Live! The Experience featuring Hank Denson WJCT Studios comedianatrain.com Feb. 3 Cam Bertrand Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com   Feb. 4 Demetri Martin Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Feb. 7 Jamie Lissow Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 9-10 Guy Torry Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 10 Mike Birbiglia Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com Comedians in Drag Doing Comedy Paper Root, St. Augustine eventbrite.com   Feb. 15-17 Zoltan Kaszas Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 17 Danny Johnson Murray Hill Theatre murrayhilltheatre.com   Feb. 18 Kerwin Claiborne Comedy Zone comedyzone.com   Feb. 23 …

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The Straight Man

Words by Shelton Hull  ‘My Show, Also My Life’ returns Jan. 29   It was mere days ago that I interviewed comedian Ted Brown, the writer, director, producer, editor and also the star of “My Show, Also My Life,” which has the unique distinction of being a show that is actually fresh, and actually new. True originality in our densely oversaturated media landscape is way harder than you think, but Brown has somehow managed to do so, almost entirely by chance.   The show, also his life, is unscripted. It basically involves Brown walking around as his own sort of …

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February Concerts

Feb. 1 Grace Potter Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   Matisyahu Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   Big Sky Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Cassie and Maggie Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com   Feb. 2 Terri Clark Florida Theatre floridatheatre.com   John Moreland with special guest Chris Staples Ponte Vedra Concert Hall pvconcerthall.com   JJ Grey & Mofro  Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Selwyn Birthwoood Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine originalcafe11.com   Feb. 2   Lorrie Morgan Thrasher-Horne Center, Orange Park thcenter.org   Feb. 2-3 The King, Queen & Prince Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts jaxsymphony.org   Feb. 3 Wednesday Jack Rabbits jaxlive.com   Feb. …

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