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The Truth Behind Mother’s Day

In this Millennial Moms: How Mother’s Day often puts more pressure on moms. Guys, let’s talk about Mother’s Day for a second because if I’m being truthful, I have a little bone to pick with it.    First and foremost, I wholeheartedly believe that mothers deserve to be appreciated and loved every single day of the year, and that appreciation and love shouldn’t just be showcased on one, solitary day. Second of all, I want to just throw this out there: let’s normalize Mother’s Day looking like whatever you want it to be.    Maybe you want it to look …

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What’s in a Name? A Lot.

The changing of Lee High School’s name will go to a vote this Spring. Robert E. Lee was an American general best known for leading the Confederate troops in the Civil War. During and after his surrender to the General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union armies, his name became synonymous with the Confederate cause, a symbol of Southern nostalgia.  Lee opposed the dedication of Confederate names and monuments, saying they would perpetuate the Civil War and hold the country back from reconciliation, but a statue was erected in his name in Virginia in 1883. The battle flags that the …

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The Anti-Aestheticist: Casey VanDyke

Never in my life have I had an interviewee ask for the camera during a video shoot, but halfway through filming with Casey VanDyke I found myself in front of the camera rather than behind it.  VanDyke is a visual artist living in Jacksonville Beach. His art transcends period movements as much as it does medium. Focusing on self-identity and introspection, his most recent series, “A Thought In My Head,” combines photographic self-portraits with paint and words from his journal to portray different aspects of his mental space. The series is about to go on view at the Atlantic Center …

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Old Southern Feeling or Old Southern Restrictions?

The many reasons Avondale is poplar today, mostly its past as a Covenant Community, is what still makes it exclusive.  Tucked away under a viridian canopy of live oak with a scenic backdrop of the St. Johns River rests Avondale, one of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhoods. Its streets are lined with charming bungalows and Mediterranean revivals, and though the area boasts plenty of waterfront mansions with sprawling yards, there’s still a sense of Southern humility and welcome in the air—or at least, it would seem. Spanish moss and despicable histories drape over the western stretch of St. Johns Avenue, a street …

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Bartender of the Month: Schuyler Smith

 For Schuyler Smith, mixing up refreshing cocktails and mingling with customers comes naturally. Currently, you can find our Bartender of the Month behind the counter of colorful watering hole and Murray Hill’s favorite bird, The Flamingo. The trendy coffee-shop-meets-wine-bar, where he began working within the last year, serves a wide variety of libations, ranging from canned local brewery goodies to a selection of sparkling wines. On weekends, the bar also plays host to the area’s favorite vegan-friendly hotdog stand Hotdog Party, home to novel frankfurters and crafty condiments. Their glizzies vary from tofu scramble franks covered in jalapeños to …

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April New Music Radar

Folio promotes local – and local music is no different. Each issue, our goal is to bring you a taste of the magic that is being made in Florida, and these new releases showcase the best of the scene. For our running list of the best releases, visit our Spotify playlist.  Sailor Goon / Way Down in Decatur  Between horns, hi-hats, and a skittering beat, Sailor Goon’s swanky flows, runs, and trills proves that she can hang, if not rule, with the best. The track quickly dives into explorations of sexuality, grandeur and bravado while traversing a lyrical map …

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In Conversation with Conduit

The singer-songwriter is searching for meaning from the void. The name Conduit conjures something. It’s a mode of transportation. A vessel, as much cosmic as it is engineered.  On her Only Human EP, Conduit stands in all white against a grassy background, her pink hair like a flame on her head. Perhaps here to deliver us, perhaps here to take. Conduits often flow both ways. Below is a condensed interview between John Aloszka and Conduit:  So what’s the story behind the name Conduit? So it’s kind of spiritual; I’m a spiritual person. I don’t know if you believe in energy. It also has …

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Patrick McGuinness – A Jacksonville Legal Legend

Jacksonville parts with a legal giant. “He was one-of-a-kind.” “There is nobody else like him.” “One of the best lawyers that ever walked the planet.” “There will never be another Pat McGuinness, that’s for sure.”  These are just a few of the comments made after members of the Northeast Florida legal community learned that longtime criminal defense attorney Patrick McGuinness passed away March 22, 2021. McGuinness, who turned 70 (on Christmas Day, of course!), suffered from a bone marrow disorder and had undergone a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic.  “We were so hoping it was going to go well …

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Stop. Collaborate. Listen.

John M. Phillips in conversation with Vanilla Ice. In an era where people are quick to generalize about others, it’s easy to place the performer known as Vanilla Ice in certain boxes or judge him based on their own misconceptions. And he’s heard it all. White rapper with an emphasis on “white”? One-hit wonder? People even throw the word “misappropriation” around. But after spending almost 90 minutes on the phone with Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice), I was so surprised by our conversation, it changed the entire angle of the article. Originally intended to be a fairly simple piece …

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The Trailblazing Women of JFRD

“They’re not asking me to do anything other than what she’s done. So I can do it too.” Since Mayor Lenny Curry appointed Keith Powers to be the permanent Director/Fire Chief in 2019, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) has taken on a different face.  Powers believes it’s vital for the make-up of department personnel to mirror the community in which it serves. With this prioritization, new community members have stepped up to join forces against one of the most destructive forces on Earth.  Historically, firefighting is a male-dominated industry, but women are becoming a keystone of firefighting, especially …

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Undead: Goth’s Mystery and History Lives On in Jacksonville

A dark saga developed over hundreds of years, creating an expansive cultural network. We spoke with key figures in the local scene on how the goth subculture lives on in Northeast Florida. It’s Resurgence Goth Night at 1904. Occult symbols project onto dark walls and absinthe drips from cups. A pulse creeps into a creaking bass and a guitar melody, summoning a sea of black cloth to the dance floor. Bodies in intricate layers of corsets and capes, adorned with silver, sway together to the ominous tones. A heavy echo on every note, a voice enters the mix three minutes …

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Analogue Lives on Forever, on TikTok.

Brian Lester brings vinyl to the masses with his TikTok tutorials. Think of collecting vinyl like you would curating your Instagram or Pinterest feed—your collection tells people more than just what type of music you like: It hints at who you are or who you want to be. It appeals to the psychological need to be an individual. From Brahms to Beyonce, giving a tour of your collection is the new “want to come up for a drink?”  It makes sense then, in an age of individualism where genres are blurred and every decade is represented in the fashion choices …

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The River is Calling

DOWNTOWN STAKEHOLDERS ASSEMBLE A CONCERT SERIES THAT CELEBRATES JACKSONVILLE–AND ITS RIVER.  Downtown has been on the cusp of a renaissance for decades, but revitalization plans never panned out as planned. However, with stakeholders and city leaders on the same page, Downtown Jacksonville has been steadily improving its key statistics—mainly, those who live and work in the core—for years. Even COVID-19 couldn’t slow residential growth.  There are multiple key drivers for this growth, but one thing is for certain: access to the river is finally being seen as a priority, not an afterthought.  The demolition of the Landing has opened the …

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New Blood Against Old School Rules

In a male dominated industry, a fresh Generation of female tattooers is shaking up gender norms in Jacksonville. In the early 1900s, American tattooing began to take off, canvassing curious and daring bodies, seditious to the rigid status quo of Victorian life and fashion. As the medium’s artistry broadened through the 20th century, so did its audience. From well-travelled sailors to decorated war veterans, emboldened pinups to the blossoming out-crowd, by the early ‘70s, the industry had made its impression.  Jacksonville became home to some of the best shops in the world—and it still is. The River City welcomed revolutionary …

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New Music Radar

Folio promotes local – and local music is no different. Each issue, our goal is to bring you a taste of the magic that is being made in Florida, and these new releases showcase the best of the scene. Driveaway / Summer Song Much like how Lorde captured the genesis of a relationship with 2017’s Melodrama standout “The Louvre,” Driveaway finds the other side of a passionate summer destined to end in sadness with Summer Song. The production borders on 2010’s pop, providing even more nostalgia to a season most closely associated with blasting radio hits with the windows down. …

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Build It and They Will Come

Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission. The crew building the Flossie DIY Skatepark in Springfield shows us why.  When The Block Skate Shop first discovered the empty space, they knew just the guy for the job. They dropped a pin for Cam McEachin, and he threw a few obstacles in to test the water. Since then, it’s blossomed into something truly beautiful. What was a dilapidated tennis court has now been turned into a skate plaza that is already churning out the skaters of tomorrow. Starting in the dog days of 2020 when pandemic anxiety was …

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The LOL Jax Film Fest Returns

The LOL Jax Film Fest, North Florida’s premier comedy event, takes place August 14th and 15th. Filmmakers, stand-up comedians and skit actors bring their best material to see who can fill the MOSH Planetarium with the most laughter. Organizers Monique and Adam Madrid are returning with their event for the fifth year and are more excited than ever. The festival has become a staple for Jax jesters after sweeping Folio’s Best of Jax the past three years.  It’s an atomic collider for creatives, fostering an environment of growth and partnership. Not only is the festival a great place to receive …

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Where do we go from here?

Omarosa Manigault Newman A week after the Capitol Riot, I packed my bags and prepared to travel to was to Washington, D.C. for my 7th inauguration. Unlike previous inaugurations, everything had changed. With the county sluggish from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the events of January 6th made our path forward more precarious.  As I arrived at JAX and said goodbye to my husband, I had no idea what I would encounter in the next 10 days. The first sign that things had changed was at the gate of my JAX to DCA flight. Stationed at the entrance to …

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Eating Away Again in Margaritaville

  John M. Phillips A wise city planner once said, you can never have enough places to dine on the water. A city with a river, ocean and intracoastal waterway should have many options. Lighthouse Grille was a landmark as one reached “the ditch” and then it was ditched for condos. A few less than ideal places came and went at the Landing from American Cafe to Hooters. Neither saw updates in decades. That same bullseye (and need of some renovation) is now on the River City Brewing. There are certainly lesser known waterways with good food- namely Julington Creek and …

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Dear Dumbs: Polyamorous Son

DEAR DUMBS, I’m a single mother to a 14 year old boy. I do my best to answer all his questions, however there are many I can’t handle. For example: He hasn’t had a girlfriend. Still too young for that. However he informed me that a lot of girls think that he’s nice and helpful. He says he loves every one of them and because of that, he believes he won’t be able to love only one girl when he gets older. What are your thoughts? VICTORIA, JACKSONVILLE BEACH  Reply:  TERRY: That sounds about right. SHARI: Victoria, you have yourself a …

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Conquer and Divide

Vincent Dalessio Society is fragile right now, but times of healing are the most opportune to inflict change, like how doctors reset bones promptly after fracture. But it is during the most delicate periods of healing that there is the most opportunity to affect positive change. Jacksonville, like many other cities around the world, experienced a great deal of turmoil in 2020. From Black Lives Matter rallies to multiculturalism initiatives, local residents proved our city has the potential to be a role model in civil rights and cultural integration. Unfortunately, there is an unset bone holding the city back: Consolidation. …

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(The) Sex (Industry) Sells

Paige Garcia On a recent episode of my favorite unguilty, guilty pleasure, The Bachelor, a rumor swirled about a contestant who was “entertaining men for money.” The other women, conventionally attractive and in their 20s, ate it up, making assumptions and passing judgment—all while donning attire themselves that might best be described as “sex-worker chic.” The problem of the conversation is, the debate never boiled down to the central and most important issue: The sex industry has set and defined generation after generation of trends in fashion, yet the stigma of being a sex worker allows for others to don …

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Can You Pickle That?

Kerry Speckman To the uninitiated, “pickleball” might sound some weird appetizer your grandmother brings to family picnics. Or a gala for gherkin lovers. What it actually is, however, is a sport. And not just any sport but one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the U.S. with almost 3.5 million regular players, a 650% increase since 2013. So how is it that a game made up in the ‘60s  by a couple of dads to entertain their bored kids become the biggest thing in sports in years, yet so many people have never even heard of it? Often described …

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The Clay County Fair is back

Isa Barrientos Starting April 1, the 10-day event will bring spring to life in rural Northeast Florida. Agriculture is at the heart of the fair with livestock and farm equipment exhibitions, a charming tractor-turned-duckslide, a pig race and a rabbit fashion show. Lucky visitors to the Little Red Barn may even see a goat giving birth. The Early Florida Village is the fair’s “hidden gem,” said General Manager Tasha Hyder. It’s home to a series of exhibits honoring rural culture and local history. An original jail and schoolhouse from Penney Farms are on display, as well as a 100-year-old commissary …

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February From the Publisher

John M. Phillips February marks a lot of personal and national anniversaries and celebrations. On February 2, we celebrate my oldest child’s 9th birthday. Nothing has changed my life more than his birth. My mother passed away just months before he was born and always promised, you won’t know love until you have a child of your own. She was never more right. It was also an amazing gift to me as my birthday is February 4th. My wife and I met at a charity bachelor/bachelorette auction for Child Cancer Society which coincided with Valentine’s Day. The spark carried to …

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BennY RevivaL’s Cycle of Sin and Repentance

Isa Barrientos The past decade gave rise to platforms in which artists create and promote their work independently of labels and managers. Truth exists online for its own sake, with each of us as individuals choosing to exhibit or evade identity, to take a profit or a loss. BennY RevivaL curated a cryptic persona that could only exist in a time of SoundCloud rap and Twitter virality. He poses in various locations in full costume or a sweatsuit and a mask. He’s a loner, he says, so most of these photographs are taken by strangers. Captions of eschatology and personal …

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Nate Monroe Didn’t Start the Fire

  John Aloszka Nate Monroe has had quite the year.  The Times-Union columnist has gotten engaged, set up shop in Neptune Beach and continued to report on the controversies that swirl around City Hall. His columns, which range from statewide news to block-specific local issues, have become must-read-material for the Jacksonville political sector. They say that all press is good press, but no one from City Hall wants to find themselves the subject of a Monroe column.  Interviewing Nate Monroe is like stepping back in time, a time before Twitter, the 24-hour news cycle or Qanon. I was expecting to …

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The Heavy Lift

Crafted with notes of blues and brass, peppered with hints of rag and rhythm, and an irresistible swing of soul: you may know it as jazz. As the one of the only true genres endemic to the USA, jazz also holds over a century’s worth of influence in Jacksonville. Historically, Downtown’s LaVilla neighborhood was home to many popular jazz venues in the early to mid- 20th century among Black musicians. During its hey-day, the night-life hub had gained so much traction it was referred to as the Harlem of the South and even played host to a young Ray Charles. …

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Sheer Force of Will: The EU Magazine will join the Folio Brand

by Shelton Hull By any appreciable standard, 2020 was, among other things, the worst year ever in the long, complex, storied history of print media in this country. Dozens of daily and weekly papers were closed, crippled or curtailed, from coast to coast, and Florida was no exception. Indeed, our community was hit harder than many with the shuttering of two long-standing pillars of print: Folio Weekly closed after publisher Sam Taylor retired, while EU finally ceased publication a couple years after the death of Will Henley, its publisher. In July 2020, Folio Weekly returned to the stands—as a monthly …

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Kids Free November

Bring the Whole Family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville Enjoy free entry all month long at Jacksonville’s top attractions! Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city’s top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long! Now tell us that isn’t something to get excited about, much less plan a trip for. Kids Free November Details Offer valid from November 1st – November 30th, 2020 Up to 5 children ages 12 and under get FREE admission* with a paying adult Let your kids explore, …

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