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A Good Time for the Complete History of America (Abridged) at Island Theater 

by Madeline DeLorie (photos by Rachel Pontarolo) The Island Theater has brought a comic and quick version of the history of America to its stage in this new comedy sure to have you laughing throughout its two hour run time.  You may even have the chance to participate in this fun show put on by the energetic cast. If you are unfamiliar with Abridged shows – you may not know what to expect. However, if you enjoy satire and take a joke – you will be entertained. The three players of the show include Liane Barkley, Cindy Baker and Tricia …

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Southern Coast Seafood, A Great Addition to Arlington, Snack and Jill

Southern Coast Seafood, A Great Addition to Arlington

With the news of closing in , a lot of people were pretty upset. Mudville has been a Jacksonville institution since 1994, so this felt like the end of an era (the location is still open, so don’t fret). Luckily, this sad news came with a nice silver lining. It was announced that the owners would transition Mudville into a new seafood concept, Southern Coast Seafood. They currently own , which is a commercial fishing business, so they will be serving their fresh catches in the restaurant. My husband and I visited on a Sunday night. We were seated and …

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27th Annual Great Guitar Gathering Returns to the Florida Theatre on February 28

This February will host The Great Guitar Gathering to raise funds to benefit the school’s guitar department. The fundraising concert spotlights the talented DA Guitar Orchestra and will present many of the most respected solo artists in classical, finger-style and jazz guitar. Many of the past guests are Grammy winners, National Finger-style Champions, and International competition winners. The 27th Annual celebrates the dynamic instrumentation and community support to benefit founder Don Casper’s prestigious guitar program Feb. 28 at (www.floridatheatre.org). Student musicians in the DA Guitar Orchestra, featuring 31 players from 9th to 12th grade, will open the concert followed by …

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A Fetching Smile

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND There are few things that make me happier than sticking my snout in a big bowl of kibble and gobbling down every last crumb. The problem? Bad breath. All that crunching without proper dental care can create a mouthful of problems. And let’s face it: nothing ruins a cuddle with your canine like a blast of bad breath. Doggie halitosis is one of the worst things a dog can have, and it is often a telltale sign of gum disease. That stench coming from your dog’s mouth means there’s a colony of disease-causing bacteria living …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 19. Sweet Sweet Feb. 21. Jimmy Beats, Billy King Feb. 22. Eric Alabiso Feb. 23. Joe King Feb. 25 SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Michelle Anders Feb. 22 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. The Macy’s Feb. 19. Joe King Feb. 21. Davis Turner Feb. 22   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE JAY LISTENING ROOM, 2457B S. Third St. Moors & McCumber Feb. 20 & 21. Noah Gundersen Feb. 22. Nikki Hill Feb. 23 GUSTO, 1266 Beach Blvd. …

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The Future Sounds Good

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 JASON PEOPLES Our youth are the future. In an increasingly complex world, it is more important than ever that we arm children and adolescents with the tools they need to succeed through a well-rounded education—one that includes arts education. Throughout the last several decades, fewer and fewer students have received substantial …

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The Water Calls

THE BLACK BEACH Runs through May 27. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Cathedral Arts Project, 207 N. Laura St., St. 300, capkids.org, Downtown, free Cathedral Arts Project207 N. Laura StreetJacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER “This is what it means to be an artist,” Malcolm Jackson said. We’re winding up a group conversation about art, design, fashion pop-ups, American Beach and what it means to make art in Jacksonville right now—how cross-platform, neighborhood and presentation models change and evolve and how art can exist at surprising and revelatory intersections. Dustin Harewood, Malcolm Jackson …

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Solite, So Low

story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG It was the summer of 2018, and the folks in Clay County’s Russell Landing had prevented Solite from selling its contaminated industrial land to a residential developer. They knew they had not won the war, of course, only a small battle. But they hoped the next one would wait in the distant future. They were wrong. In the early 1950s, billion-dollar corporation Northeast Solite purchased some 900 acres of pristine farmland in Green Cove Springs from a county commissioner’s family. The Solite plant dug clay and baked it in kilns to produce building and drainage …

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A Behind the Scenes look at Romeo & Juliet, Players By The Sea Presents a Powerful All Female Cast in Romeo & Juliet

Players By The Sea Presents a Powerful All Female Cast in Romeo & Juliet

When the now-defunct announced it was closing its doors with an unrealized production of an all-female production of Romeo & Juliet in the works, it took the spirit of collaboration to help bring the story to life Players by the Sea partnered with , artistic director of Self Produced Theatre, Romeo & Juliet Director Amy Canning Love and Assistant Director to create a space for this groundbreaking production. Romeo & Juliet will be staged Feb. 20-23 at in (www.playersbythesea.org). “I knew the directors and the leads were passionate about the project, so I never had doubts that they were going …

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Scotty Briggs Art

What’s Next for Scotty Briggs’ Art? Show Up, Create, & Savor the Whole Human Experience

It’s not hard to understand why ’ paintings are in such high demand. With subject matter as diverse as neon dive-bar brands, Hindu deities and Catholic saints, run-on catch phrase sentences, pop culture portraits, and under-water vignettes, Briggs has created a niche for himself that defies all definitions of the word ‘niche’. His style extends beyond the reach of any singular mode of painting because he is continually experimenting with his craft, and has become quite comfortable in the all-encompassing art land of what next?  Over the past three years, Briggs has made his presence known more so as a …

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Rob Clove Talks Bandstand: The Musical, Presented by FSCJ Artist Series

EU Talks with Bandstand’s Rob Clove Before each performance of the award-winning Bandstand: The Musical, Rob Clove takes pause to tap into the struggles facing young African American men returning home from war in 1945. He digs deep into the pressures of working hard to rise above the societal pressures and make a meaningful mark on the world. Clove found inspiration in his character, Jimmy Campbell who discovers music as a way to  cope with the horrors of war in his generation. “I have a ritual. At the beginning of each show, I just take a moment to myself and …

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Bambino Scoops, A Little Taste of Europe in Jacksonville

Jacksonville has quite a few ice cream and frozen custard shops, but there is only one place serving delicious, homemade gelato. Bambino Scoops is located in the Cobblestone shopping plaza in East , at the intersection of Monument and McCormick. Owners Maria Gallo and Manuel Ponce have been operating the shop since June of 2019, after buying the name from the previous owner. The inside of the shop is very whimsical with various posters and action figures throughout. “We brought our favorite characters,” Manuel explained. He collects figures from The Simpsons and various other comics, so they wanted to incorporate …

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Scotty Briggs Art, mural

Keeping Company at Orange Park Community Theater

Company, a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships and is not for young audiences (cautions on language and subject matter).  To quote Sondheim, “Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems.  These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”  The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six. Returning to …

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3rd Annual Lincolnville Porchfest

BY LIZA MITCHELL The 3rd annual Lincolnville Porchfest returns to the historic St. Augustine neighborhood Feb. 15 with 38 local and regional performers on nine stages. Porch pickin’ isn’t inherently native to Florida but it’s a tradition as familiar and comforting as a jar of sun-sweetened tea. Unfortunately, hurricanes are also a well-documented part of our history that can dampen even the liveliest of porch parties. Such was the case in November, 2016 when Hurricane Matthew roared along the coastline, flooding parts of St. Augustine and sinking plans for the first annual Lincolnville Porchfest. The event was rescheduled and later …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 12. Sam McDonald Feb. 13. Kevin Ski Feb. 14. Shawn Layne, Rob Peck Feb. 15. Joe King, Amy Vickery Feb. 16. Travis Harden Feb. 18 SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Kevin Ski Feb. 15 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. Hupp Huppman Feb. 12. Sam McDonald Feb. 14. Justin Spivey Feb. 15 THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BEACHES MUSEUM, 381 Beach Blvd. Jack Broadbent Feb. 17 BLUE JAY LISTENING ROOM, 2457B S. Third St. Shawn Mullins Feb. 12. Laura …

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Meet the Neighbors

LINCOLNVILLE PORCH FEST Noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Lincolnville, St. Augustine, lincolnvilleporchfest.org, free. story by GEORGIO VALENTINO Once an expanse of orange groves fringing the periphery of St. Augustine proper, Lincolnville became a haven for freedmen after the Civil War. Indeed, the neighborhood is named after President Abraham Lincoln, he who decreed the end of the peculiar institution. It later became a hub of activity during the civil rights era, serving as a beachhead for Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, Lincolnville retains its historic character, although it has also become a popular and (relatively) affordable place for the Ancient City’s …

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Garrett’s Ganja Gambit

story by SHELTON HULL This week’s Garrett Dennis profile touched on a number of topics, but our meeting ended with a discussion of the councilmember’s efforts to decriminalize cannabis in Jacksonville. “I don’t participate in marijuana,” he said, but he sees no value in locking up those who do. Bill 2019-0330 would have reduced the penalty for possession of 20 grams of cannabis or less to a $100 fine or 10 hours of community service. A UNF PORL poll from June 2019 puts local support for decriminalization at 84 percent, making it about the lowest-hanging fruit you can find in …

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Search No More

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND In a day and age where scroll-through, swipe-left dating has killed romance, it’s good to know there’s one Valentine’s date that will be delighted to spend the whole day by your side. As it turns out, one in five people prefer spending Valentine’s Day with their pets rather than their partners. Here’s the lowdown on why dogs make a better date this Valentine’s Day. Dogs won’t leave you hanging. It might not text you back, but your pooch is not likely to stand you up. Chances are it will patiently wait for you at home, …

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No Days Off

story by SHELTON HULL The fourth floor of Jacksonville City Hall was essentially a ghost town when “the Folio crew” (as the receptionist dubbed us) met with city Councilmember Garrett Dennis. It was the first Monday of February, balmy and beautiful, definitely not the kind of day you’d want to spend at work—but there he was, working. It seems like he’s always working. The 45-year-old father of two has been working in some form or fashion since he was a precocious pre-teen; his mother became disabled, and he became the man of the house. After shooting photos in Hemming Park, …

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The Power of Song

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 MINDY WADLEY There are some who say the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” But what if sadness is the thing you need to be cured from? Tears are certainly a wonderful expression of sadness, but they do little to heal it at the source. Then …

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Tallahassee End Run

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 SUSAN AERTKER State Rep. Jason Fischer’s HB 1079 (formerly local bill J-1) has been slowly congealing into law, with the objective of stripping our elected Duval County School Board of the power to scout and appoint the best possible superintendent—and its authority to keep that appointee accountable on the job. The …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 5. Travis Harden Feb. 6. Justin Spivey Feb. 7. Eric Alabiso, Amy Vickery Feb. 8. Hupp & Ray Feb. 9. Jimmy Mowrey Feb. 11 SJ BREWING COMPANY, 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Jory Lyle Feb. 8 THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. The Macy’s Feb. 5. Savanna Leigh Bassett Feb. 7. Sam McDonald Feb. 8 STORY & SONG BOOKSTORE, 1430 Park Ave. Rev. Todd Glacy Feb. 7   THE BEACHES (All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BLUE JAY LISTENING ROOM, 2457B S. …

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Everyone Needs a Little Help

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Even a capable canine columnist like me can find it difficult to make ends meet. So, I depend on my mom for most things: filling my bowl with kibble, taking me to the vet for regular exams, and replacing my old squeaky squirrel with a new squeaky hedgehog. But not every pet is as fortunate. Hundreds of pets—from dogs and cats to birds and ferrets (and let’s not get started on reptiles)—end up abandoned on the streets, surrendered at shelters, or put into homeless situations when pet owners find caring for them difficult or impossible. …

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Not-So-Summer Festival

WINTERLAND III 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9, Five Points, winterlandpresents.com, $30-$60. story by TRISTAN KOMORNY Riverside will be the focal point of Jacksonville’s vibrant music community, this weekend, as local record label Winterland presents the third edition of its eponymous music festival. Each annual outing has been an opportunity to serve the city’s artists and audience, according to Winterland co-founder Glenn Van Dyke. “We started Winterland as a way to help usher in a new era of music culture in Jacksonville,” Van Dyke told Folio Weekly. “We want to expand on the growing scene and make it exciting to be …

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