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Learning the Trade

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Inside a classroom at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, students are greeted by their instructor—and a ferret named Joey. The teacher’s pet is really a pet, and afternoon snacks are gobbled not by the students but by guinea pigs. It’s all part of the veterinary assistant program, an initiative supported by Duval County Schools Career and Technical Education, where the standard curriculum is supplemented with special academic courses and instruction in a small-animal lab.The indoor lab is full of rabbits, gerbils, turtles and snakes, and then there’s an outdoor space for goats, chickens and …

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Oral Solutions

story by SHELTON HULL The black box on my doorstep had come up from Gainesville, land of Tim Tebow, Tom Petty and the iconic “Gainesville Green,” which was the strain of choice for two generations of stoners in Northeast Florida. The package had been mailed a couple days earlier by one John Montague, the CEO of Maku, which is a leading figure of the (literally) growing cannabis scene in Alachua County. Like all savvy cannabisseurs, Montague has been reading this column for a while now, and he thought I might be interested in hearing about what his company is working …

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Vote for Change

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected] Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by ALEXANDRA PLAZAS ROCHA Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, imposing a ban on abortion referrals as well as a military transgender ban, failing to pass gun safety laws, and seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act are some of the harmful policies that the administration of President Donald Trump has implemented in …

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A Resilient Effort

story by MALLORY HOPKINS After seven years, the City of Jacksonville is finally getting a Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO) to coordinate efforts to mitigate climate change and rising sea levels. City Councilmember Matt Carlucci made the announcement at a Feb. 27 meeting of the Special Committee on Resiliency.The path to getting a CRO was not without its hurdles, but Carlucci says the city is now in the implementation stage. Jacksonville will include $300,000 in next year’s budget for the CRO and one or two staff members. The budget will be presented on Oct. 1, after the end of the fiscal …

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From Broadway to the Bold City

HAMILTON 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 300 Water St., Downtown, fscjartistseries.org, $99-$399. 300 Water St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW For many, learning about the United States’ founding fathers was part of growing up in the public school system. Nothing special, it was just another topic to study. Even for those students who were fortunate to receive more than a superficial lesson, interest often ended at the classroom door. That was until 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda disrupted Broadway with a musical six years in the making. Hamilton has changed the way theatre …

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“CHARLEY’S AUNT” BY ACT II PLAYERS   

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM The Dual Critics traveled to Jacksonville’s Mandarin area on March 7 to see the first recent North Florida production of “Charley’s Aunt,” which was staged at the Mandarin United Methodist Church (11270 San Jose Blvd.) by the newly formed Act II Players. The group evolved as a theatre troupe of the Fine Arts Conservatory, and is filled with energetic talented members. This farce by British author Brandon Thomas was first performed on an English stage in 1882 and made it to Broadway in 1893; long runs followed.  The play still …

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THE SECRET OF LIFE

A Science Play Series presented by Actors Collective in partnership with MOSH and sponsored by STAGE Fund Actors Collective presents THREE PLAYS, performed reader’s theatre style, to complement and expand on the themes presented in Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, MOSH’s exhibition that examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago.   The Past – PHOTOGRAPH 51 A play by ANNA ZIEGLER and directed by CARYL BUTTERLEY. A …

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The Bread & Board Restaurant To Expand Into Downtown at VyStar Headquarters

Plans include restaurant and specialty marketplace – Bread & Board Provisions  The Bread & Board continues to branch out from its Five Points neighborhood roots. The restaurant, best known for its baked in-house artisan breads and meats served as sandwiches or sandwich boards, is adding a location at VyStar Credit Union’s headquarters campus in Downtown Jacksonville. More than a restaurant, the 7,200 sq. ft., ground-level space, at 100 W. Bay St., will include a specialty marketplace – Bread & Board Provisions – stocked with top culinary offerings and local retailers. “We are excited to have been approached by VyStar about …

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River & Post Rooftop Lounge isn’t Just for Drinks Anymore

With wonderful views of the St John’s River, the rooftop lounge of River & Post is a nice, serene place to enjoy happy hour after a long day at the office. Recently, Chef Steve Thurston was hired on from the German Schnitzel Haus, where he worked for the past 5 years. Chef Steve has been at River & Post for less than a year, but he has already accomplished quite a feat, opening a brand new kitchen to serve the rooftop bar. Before this, any food ordered would have to come from the first floor kitchen, which as you can …

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5 Reasons Why Brits Love Florida

Around 700,000 British expats live in the U.S., and a huge chunk of that population has chosen to reside in Florida. By the estimates of the British consulate in Orlando, approximately 400,000 British expats are in the state. But what makes Florida so attractive to the Brits? Brit-Friendly Culture A Florida retirement has become somewhat of a tradition in the UK. Much of this is because local Floridian culture offers a lot to retiring Brits. Home to the La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, Miami’s version of soccer replaces the traditional green field with sand. For soccer fans, the new …

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Jacksonville Symphony to Perform at JFK Center

Jacksonville Symphony to Perform March 23-29 for the Festival of American Orchestras at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.   The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins an elite group of musicians chosen to perform as part of the 3rd annual SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras in Washington, D.C. The prestigious event held March 23-29 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the identity and artistry of orchestras in our culture. This year, SHIFT will also feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Jacksonville Symphony …

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The Power of the State

story by CHRIS GUERRIERI State Rep. Jason Fischer’s auditing committee has again targeted a political opponent. In this case, it’s a consulting firm run by Ben Marcus, who is challenging Fischer’s re-election in District 16. Fischer claims it’s just a coincidence, but due to his history of weaponizing audits, people are rightfully skeptical. In 2017, after Duval County Public Schools was forced to dip into its reserves, Fischer called repeatedly for an audit of the district’s finances. The move was widely seen as payback after the school board joined a lawsuit against HB 7069, which dramatically expanded charter schools. Fischer …

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Look But Don’t Taste

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, and I happen to have a pertinent story to share. I was playing in my nana’s backyard when I came across some mushy yellow things. They smelled sour but looked good enough to eat, so I gave one a try—and then another. Before I could munch one more, however, my mom grabbed me and started freaking out, as she usually does when I’m doing something I probably shouldn’t be doing. She asked my nana what those things were, but nana didn’t know. I’m pretty sure they fell from a …

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The Grassroots or the Lawnmower

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected] Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by BEN MARCUS Florida parents are freaked out. Our school system struggles to support many of our kids, particularly minority students and those living in poverty, and the proposed solutions are not necessarily what they seem. The education policy debate in Florida is controlled by big-money special interests, ideologues and people so …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Jimmy Mowrey March 4 SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Mile Marker 13 March 7 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave Pili Pili every Wed. Tad Jennings every Thur. Joe & Josh every Sun. Mark O’Quinn every Mon. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. The Macy’s March 4. Savanna Leigh Bassett March 6 & 8. Shawn Layne, The Davis Turner Band March 7   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE JAY LISTENING ROOM, 2457B S. Third St. Snacks Blues Band March 5. Eryn & …

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Finding Her Voice

LESSONS WE WERE NEVER TAUGHT: A ONE WOMAN SHOW 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Babs’ Lab, 603 King St., Riverside, newwrites.com, $17 Babs’ Lab603 King St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by SHELTON HULL It is almost axiomatic that the creative class in Northeast Florida tends to keep itself busy across a wide variety of pursuits, and the career of Nikesha Elise Williams is a perfect example. Williams, 33, has made her name in several fields since moving here almost a decade ago, most notably as a producer, reporter and occasional pundit in local …

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The Fizz Biz

story by SHELTON HULL The great Vince McMahon said it best: “There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes and Randy Savage.” Well, it’s been nine years since the Macho Man’s tragic, premature death, and there has been no serious contender for the third spot in that eternal triumvirate. Until now. For as surely as death and taxes are a constant in our lives, so too are the consistent, persistent and insistent efforts of SweetWater Brewing Company to grow its signature “420” brand of beers and such. Note the phrase “and such,” which in this case refers to a …

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New Solutions for a New Age

story by JEN THORNTON Kids need a physical outlet. They need a healthy and constructive way to process their feelings and emotions without the fear of criticism or rejection. Kids are also dependent on technology; they’re constantly being entertained, inundated by sensory information that exhausts their senses, not to mention their minds and bodies. A lot of their excess energy is expended during play, but because so many kids have limited their “play” to sedentary, electronic activity, they aren’t receiving the physical exercise they need. Once set, these unhealthy habits are extremely difficult to reverse. And when energy can’t find …

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#EatUpJax: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

#EATUPJAX is a monthly column featuring restaurant openings, closings, new locations and other food news in the local Jacksonville food scene brought to you by GastroJax, Inc. Native Sun, Bread & Board, Pizza Cave and Pizza Vending Machine We were all sad to hear that our home-grown, green-conscious grocer Native Sun, shuttered their locations in August 2019. There’s some good news on that front, but first, a little on our grocery store situation and their history. Opening in the 19997, Native Sun filled a need–namely the desire for an organic, sustainable, large-scale grocer, and this being sprawling Jacksonville, they had …

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ROMEO & JULIET Presented by an All-Female Cast at PLAYERS BY THE SEA

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On Saturday February 23, 2020, the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet was staged at Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea Theatre, and played to an appreciative almost full house. The play, first mounted in the late 1500’s, is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and most- produced plays. The production at Players included a twist: an all-female cast.  So how did they get to Players, and why an all-female cast? Tyler Lewis’s Self-Produced Theatre initially planned to stage the play in a venue in Springfield, but regrettably lost its space. Players by …

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LOVE QUEST at THEATRE JACKSONVILLE

A Romantic Comedy is part of the Historic Theatre’s 100th Season A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes and Leisla Sansom Theatre Jacksonville opened “Love Quest,” the third show of its 100th Season, on February 21, and will remain through March 8, 2020. This contemporary romance, which brings new insights into today’s tactics for seeking a mate, was written by Mary Maguire and Steven McGraw; both were in the audience on opening night. Theatre Jacksonville is a city treasure founded in 1919. Afterward, Philanthropist Carl S. Swisher donated land and financing for the construction of the company’s historic San Marco …

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Indie bands to watch out for in 2020, photo by Austin Neill

The Indie Bands to Watch Out for in 2020

Each new year brings new artists to discover and fresh soundtracks for the seasons, and 2020 is set to be no different – as a new group of indie bands are rising through the ranks to reach the mainstream. So, which bands should you be looking out for in the indie charts or festival line-ups this year? Here are our top five picks… Sports Team This preppy band have an image that harks back to some of the UK’s ’00s favourites, such as The Kooks and The Maccabees. However, don’t let looks deceive you – this band are serving up …

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS AT ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING

This show is filled with comedy and razzle dazzle numbers! A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes and Leisla Sansom The Alhambra Theatre opened “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on February 20th, 2020, which remains on stage through March 22nd.  This power house production, with songs and lyrics by Frank Loesser, debuted in 1961 and garnered seven Tony awards along with the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; a film adaptation was released in 1967. Director and producer Tod Booth has done a marvelous casting job in his selection of the twenty actors who bring the frenzied world …

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Pets Like Me: Gemma

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Let’s face it: All of us at one pointin our lives feel compelled to write about gerbils. It’s a rite of passage. With their rangy hind legs and furry tails—tails as long as their bodies—gerbils are sweet enough, in a rodenty sort of way, and so fascinating to watch. Seeing as how gerbils love to burrow, like dachshunds, I made an instant connection with this creature.   DIGGING GEMMA THE GERBIL   Davi: How did gerbils, of all the rodent species in the world, end up a popular pocket pet? Gemma: Gerbils are naturally clean, …

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Yankee, Go Home!

story by SHELTON HULL I have never been to Amsterdam,owing to a deathly fear of airplanes, but our esteemed editor Georgio Valentino is a frequent visitor, and he assures me this is big news. Indeed, recent developments in the Netherlands amount to a wholesale about-face on one of the fundamental aspects of the famously permissive country’s public brand—and these changes could have a butterfly effect on our own culture. For ages, long before the legalization of cannabis became a matter worthy of serious discussion, let alone something that could actually be implemented, libertarians and libertines in this country and many …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 26. Shawn Layne Feb. 27. Aaron Koerner Feb. 28. Sam McDonald, Kevin Ski Feb. 29 SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Robert Barlow Feb. 29 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave Hupp Huppmann, Radio Love Feb. 28. Shawn Layne, Lauren Marie Feb. 29. Pili Pili every Wed. Tad Jennings every Thur. Joe & Josh every Sun. Mark O’Quinn every Mon. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. Hupp Huppmann Feb. 26. Josh McGowan Feb. 28. Anton Laplume Feb. 29   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach …

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I’m With Cupid

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected] Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. CUPID’S UNDIE RUN Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside, cupids.org, $40. story by KEN LINKOUS Running in your underwear in public? For some, it sounds like a dream; for others, it’s straight out of a nightmare; and for a select few, well, it’s just Friday night. Now imagine …

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A Place of Bad Ideas

story by TERRY D. BORK Will Rogers once said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” The current session of the Florida Legislature is doing its best to prove the truth of these words. Let us consider several disastrous pieces of legislation our representatives are considering. First, there is Mandarin-based Rep. Jason Fischer’s HB 1079, which aims to make our school superintendent an elected position. This is an awful idea. The majority of school superintendents across the country are appointed rather than elected. The counties that elect their school superintendents tend to be …

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Safe Space

story by BRIANNA BOSTICK We seem to have forgotten that community is an essential element of a thriving society. And art is an essential outlet of expression and experience—one that we cultivate less and less. When we remember these things, and when they work together, the result is beautiful. This is the Yellow House approach to community engagement—through the vessel of art. Hope McMath, the gallery’s coordinator and creator, has been in the cultural sector for quite some time. Before founding Yellow House in 2017, she had spent 23 years at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. During her last …

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