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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Comes to Players By The Sea Theatre

Life on the spectrum is difficult to navigate when the interruption of every day stimuli can create a break in the road. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time doesn’t focus on the limitations of living with autism rather it directs attention to the infinite possibilities of traversing the orbit of autism. The reality of autistic teenager Christopher is shaken with the discovery of the neighbor’s dead dog, setting off a chain of events that reveals more than just the cause of death. It changes the course of Christopher’s life. Directed by ,  opens April 20 at Players …

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Jacksonville Celebrates Earth Month!

EARTH EVENTS April 13-14 Environmental Challenge Weekend (St. Augustine) Two days of events begins with a reception on Friday at 5pm with refreshments and entertainment. This will be followed by an “Intergenerational Session“ where Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club will partner with students from the Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss the following topics :  Environmental Legislation Update, Non-Legislative Environmental Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the …

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On The River – April is Earth Month

BY KELLY PATTON, Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper CELEBRATE AND PROTECT CLEAN WATER Last month, the world celebrated World Water Day to highlight the importance of freshwater and advocate for sustainable management of this natural resource. In the Jacksonville area, we are fortunate to have water all around us. On average, 5.4 billion gallons of water are discharged from the mouth of the St. Johns River into the Atlantic Ocean every day. This vast network of water forming 310 miles upstream is a significant part of our identity as a River City. Let’s raise our voices for clean water. This …

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She’s The King of Serenade: The Carole King Musical

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people gonna treat you better. You’re gonna find, yes you will, that you’re beautiful as you feel.” Inspired by the true story of Carole King, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical follows King’s remarkable rise to stardom as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin and fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann prior to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, …

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The Little Sisters of the Allman Brothers: Larkin Poe at Springing The Blues

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe were raised the way good southern girls should be, singing the sweet, gospel harmonies of church hymns with a deep-rooted appreciation of bands like the Allman Brothers. Those early experiences served them well and show up in their music as distant strings tied to the past. Named for the girls’ three times great grandfather, are, in fact, distant descendants of the renowned author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. They discovered the connection in 2010 doing some digging into their family genealogy. “We didn’t find out that we …

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Forget Regrets! Being ‘Hungover’ Is The Cure Your Ears Have Been Waiting For

Interview with Marc Cortes As embarrassing as it is, I am no stranger to the effects of a wicked hangover. Whether it be an emotional headache or the need for blackout curtains due to too many beers on a girl night out. I also know that while contemplating every life decision you’ve ever made including that last lemon drop the night before, the hurt of that hangover can painfully open your eyes up to the harsh light of the real world. Something that the right powerful story and relate-able music has to power to reveal better than aspirin ever could. So …

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A big backyard party with 25,000 close friends -GODSMACK at Rockville

It’s been two decades since Godsmack crashed through the gates of the hard rock scene and the band is marking the occasion with new music. When Legends Rise drops April 27, the same day hits the stage at Welcome to Rockville. Drummer , who has lived in Florida for the last several years, says celebrating the release at an outdoor festival in his home state is like having a big backyard party with 25,000 of his closest friends. “It’s our record release party,” says Larkin. “We like to go big.” Godsmack performs on the same bill as Ozzy Osborne with …

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Explore and Engage: Northeast Florida Public Art Week 2018

Public Art Week (PAW) is an annual, week-long initiative that celebrates Jacksonville’s public art and highlights the benefits that are created when investments are made in art that is accessible by all.  It is led by the to encourage residents and visitors to explore and engage with works of art that comprise Jacksonville’s rapidly developing artistic and creative landscape.  In addition to advancing the community’s awareness of and engagement with the City of Jacksonville’s official public art collection, PAW also showcases public art initiatives led by private entities and individuals. PAW supports the Cultural Council’s role of ensuring broad accessibility …

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ALHAMBRA AFTER DARK: Buddy Holly & The Crickets Tribute

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre & Dining has been rocking March 28 — April 1, 2018, with “That’ll Be The Day — A Tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets” with Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons. The production was a two-hour journey down a memory lane packed with over thirty songs that rocked the music world in the fifties and sixties, mixed with surprises along the way. These fantastic performers dressed in conservative suits, with white shirts and the skinny neckties that were so snazzy in bygone days. Their exuberant rendering of Buddy’s great songs soon had the …

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Go Janglers! Pacific Rim: Uprising Movie Review

The war that we thought we finished is just beginning. Several years following the end of the Battle of the Breach, the Pan Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) have kept their Jaeger Program alive in the event that the Kaiju find another way to open a portal. Jake Pentecost, son of late General Stacker Pentecost, has dropped out of the Jaeger Program to survive on his own by stealing jaeger parts to sell on the black market. As he is attempting to make a deal, he finds out that another orphan named Amara Namani has beat him to the punch in …

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The Impossible Burger at German Schnitzel Haus, Photo by Nate Mayo, Vegan

An Unlikely Vegan Ally: The German Schnitzel Haus

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to The German Schnitzel Haus, a few years to be exact. What put them back on the radar for me was the Impossible Burger. It’s a burger that is plant-based, but it smells and tastes like meat. It even bleeds red. But that’s not all they do at GSH. They have killer house-made pretzels, beef stroganoff, schnitzel, German pulled pork fries and even a whole Vegan menu. I sat down with Chef Steve and Lisa Thurston, the husband and wife duo behind GSH two talk all things food. Chef Steve didn’t go to culinary …

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Tomb Raider: Her Adventure Returns

Release Date:  March 16, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade B– You shouldn’t have come here but I’m glad that you did. Lara Croft mourns her father’s disappearance seven years.  She works as a bicycle courier and trains at a martial arts gym, even though she can’t afford the monthly dues. Ironically, a business empire awaits Lara if she will only sign documents stating that her father, Lord Richard Croft, is deceased.  After a brush with the law and encouragement from her father’s business partner, Ana Miller, Lara agrees to meet and sign the documents.  …

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“ANNIE” is Delightful at The Island Theater in Fleming Island

Directed by Tricia Williams, Choreographed by Javier Fernandez Annie was delightful. After a long week at the office, I enjoyed the entire production.  I think most everyone is familiar with the rags to riches story of orphan Annie, so I will concentrate my review on the actual play. The lights went down on cue at 7:30 p.m. and after a brief introduction by director Tricia Williams, the show began with a trumpet playing solo with more instruments chiming in to the music of Tomorrow.  It opens with most of the orphans sleeping in their beds and some trying to fall asleep. …

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GastroFest, Friendship Fountain, Museum of Science and History, MOSH, Jacksonville, Florida, Food Festival

GastroFest Partners with MOSH to Bring Jax’s Favorite Food Festival to Friendship Fountain

DELICOUSLY DUVAL The recipe for a successful food festival is simple. Never run out of food. Obvious food pun aside, producing an event centered around food is more than just a matter of taste and now in its fourth year, has proven to be more than a spread of local cuisine. It’s a carefully curated offering of vendors including food trucks, restaurants, mobile stand-alones, and caterers alongside free and ticketed workshops and tastings, catering to every palette from simple to sophisticated. It’s also vegan-friendly, offering a “food map” to direct vegans to specific vendors and events that meet their culinary …

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One Night Only: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis

It’s one of the most iconic images in music history. The black and white photograph of four young artists gathered around a recording studio piano, each knocking at the door of superstardom, but on Dec. 4, 1956, the million-dollar quartet was just four men sharing a love of music. The Tony award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet provides a narrative of that singular moment in rock ’n roll told through the songs of the legendary artists Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The story takes place at Sun Studios in Memphis where, recognizing the weight of …

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MAN OF LA MANCHA: Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre Review

ABET opened “Man of La Mancha,” winner of five Tony Awards, on March 9, 2018, which will remain on stage though March 25. The musical was written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. For reservations call (904) 249-7177 or visit abettheatre.com. Two separate sets of people are reading this review. The first set includes all those who have never seen the 1965 musical, which ran for over 2,300 performances after making its way to Broadway. You need to know a bit about the plot. The musical is based on a novel by Miguel …

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On the River: Outstanding River Friendly Yard Award

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper Annually, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER and Florida Native Plant Society’s Ixia Chapter recognize individuals or businesses that have implemented River Friendly landscaping and maintenance practices to reduce their impact upon the health of the St. Johns River and our environment. Eligible candidates for the Outstanding River Friendly Yard Award help to protect our waterways by using low-maintenance native plants, preventing stormwater runoff, and minimizing the use of irrigation, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. You may nominate yourself, a neighbor, family member, or business via #riverfriendlyyardaward on social media (Facebook or Instagram). Submit a photo …

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Stay Healthy: One Expensive Truth Can Set You Free

In order to have a frank and honest discussion about personal healthcare, five axioms need to be understood: 1) Our state of health is our responsibility and choice. 2) Beyond healthy genetic endowments, there are no shortcuts to being healthy. 3) We need to want to be healthy. 4) We need to have some degree of belief that we can do something about it. 5) And finally, we need to know that our environments are often laden with toxicity. There is both toxicity from individuals causing undue stress, and from harmful chemicals in our air, food, and water that are …

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Science Fiction, Science Future Opens At MOSH

The Museum of Science and History’s newest exhibition engages both kids and adults, using highly interactive demo stations highlighting technology just beyond the horizon, using actual science and science fiction as the inspiration. All around the exhibition, you’ll find images from various sci-fi movies and franchises. You might not recognize them all, but Doctor Who fans will immediately spot the Cyberman at the lobby display, and there’s images in the main exhibit upstairs from Star Wars and Star Trek sprinkled around the main exhibit. Do make sure you hit up the lobby display before heading up to the main event, …

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A Shaman with an Adventurer’s Soul – Nahko Bear

Always trust the symphony in your head. It’s that call that artist followed back to his beginnings. On a crisp Pacific Northwest morning where it all began, he’s picking up vibrations with his ear to the ground. “Through our location, where we were born and raised, and how inevitably we return to those places, lends a lot of experience to our story,” he says. “To return after over 15 years of being away, it’s good to be back. It’s kind of healing in a way. It’s a new place to jump off.” Nahko and Medicine for the People perform March …

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Get Your Irish Shining: Celtic Woman Homecoming Tour

It’s a rare gift to be able to share where you come from in a rich pageantry of history and song. For the international sensations of , presenting a fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and the culture and spirit of modern Ireland means that no matter where they are in the world, home is never far away. Celtic Woman invites audiences along on the highly anticipated Homecoming Tour, March 13 at the . EU Jacksonville had the chance to chat with vocalist via email from the road about what it’s like to be on tour for months at a …

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Dual Critics Review: The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Players by the Sea

By popular demand, “” is back at in Jacksonville, Florida after an absence of seven years. This campy Off-Broadway musical by and will be on stage at Players through March 24, 2018. For reservations, visit playersbythesea.org or call 249-0289. These are hot tickets; the first two performances were sold out. The setting is a tacky trailer park in Starke, Florida. Yes, there is such town, located on Route 301 between Jacksonville and Gainesville. When Gator town’s Hippodrome did the show several years ago, it set new attendance records, probably because most of Starke’s residents showed up. Repeatedly. Warnings: this is …

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Historical Drama: “Wolf Hall” Opens at Theatre Jacksonville

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Theatre Jacksonville, now in its 98th season, has opened “Wolf Hall” for a run during March 2 – 18, 2018. Support for the production was provided by . The theatre is located at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. For reservations and additional information, call (904) 396-4425 or visit theatrejax.org. The drama is based on a historical novel by the same name written by English author , who has won numerous awards for her work, including Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009.   The BBC adapted the novel as a miniseries, which aired on PBS in 2015 and …

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wellRED: From Dixie With Love​, Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester

wellRED: From Dixie With Love​ is comedy for those who love all people, but also blowing shit up

When one mentions intellectual comedy, it’s unlikely that your mind travels south of the Mason Dixon line. The comic trio of Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester are redrawing the boundaries of what it means to be smart and funny in the south. wellRED: From Dixie With Love​ is comedy for those who love all people, but also blowing shit up. It celebrates everything great about the South. It’s about loving your neighbor whether you have the same religion, skin color, or sexual preference, so long as they cheer for the same college football. It is about leaving behind …

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MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION Opens at Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts

DUAL CRITICS REVIEW “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” a social-issues play by George Bernard Shaw, opened on the Swisher Theatre Stage at Jacksonville University on February 15th, with additional shows scheduled February 22 and 24, at 7:30 PM.  The Irish playwright was a Nobel Prize winner, who wrote more than sixty plays during his lifetime. His best known works include “Man and Superman,” “Saint Joan,” “Major Barbara,” “Caesar and Cleopatra,” and “Pygmalion,” the basis for the ever- popular musical “My Fair Lady.” He died at age ninety-four, while in the process of writing still another play. “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” was written in …

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REVELATIONS: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Comes To Jacksonville For One Night Only

It’s early Sunday afternoon and Michael Jackson Jr. has just hopped in a cab on his way home from a short video shoot. In the morning, the dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begins a new tour. There is still much to do, and the energy is high, especially for Jackson. As the face of the 2018 tour, his image represents one of most distinguished brands in the world of dance. “It’s a mix of emotions to be honest. At first, I was definitely shocked. Along with happiness and excitement, there is a little bit of pressure. Ever …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

The Alhambra Theatre opened the 2nd show of its 51st season with the classic “Little Shop of Horrors” the l982 Off-Broadway musical by and which in turn was base on Roger Corman’s l960 movie. It has remained very popular over the years after running for five years in New York. This show run through March 25 20l8, call 641-1212 for reservations. is located at 12000 Beach Blvd in Jacksonville Florida. This is the story of a nebbish flower shop guy Seymour () who unknowingly cultivates an “unusual” new plant that brings him good fortune and wealth to the skid row …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: The Walls at 5 & Dime

The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s downtown theatre company, opened its first play of 2018 with “The Walls,” by Lisa Dillman. The production opened on February 16th and will remain on stage through March 4th. Playwright Dillman has written several plays; this is the first performed in Jacksonville. s staging is the second production of this play, which debuted in 2009 at Ms. Dillman’s homebase, the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. The play’s title refers to the walls around people with mental illness; sometimes it’s possible to break down the walls, often it’s not. The play has two stories than run …

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Tales of Home, Folklore, & “Fire Dreams” with J.D. Wilkes

Fire Dream Out Now! Interview with J.D Wilkes Everyone loves a good story. From “Once upon a time” to the ups and downs of a character’s journey to the either tragic ending or happily ever after, what makes a good story is the way the author or creator executes the tale. Whether it be a story of folklore or of the everyday person, each of us has as story to tell. Today, one of the most interesting storytellers of our time J.D. Wilkes is releasing a solo album titled “Fire Dream” and making a stop at Jacksonville’s next Saturday February …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: AIDA at Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University’s College of Fine Arts Performing Arts Series opened the pop-musical “Aida” at on their Arlington campus on February 16, 2018; additional performances are scheduled on February 17, 23 and 25. The musical is based on ’s opera of the same name, with music by and lyrics by . “Aida debuted in 2000 on Broadway and was not a favorite of New York critics. But the public loved it and it ran for 1,800 performances. “Every Story is a Love Story,” the opening song, informs us that “Aida” is a story of love that flourished in a time of …

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