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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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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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