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CONTEMPORARY & INTELLIGENT: “THE GOD GAME” at Theatre Jacksonville

THEATRE JACKSONVILLE REVIEW A BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM On March 3rd, 2017 opened “,” a contemporary drama which will run through March 19th at 2032 San Marco Boulevard. Call 904-396-4425 or visit theatrejax.com for additional information and reservations. Written by , this intelligent offering opened in 2014, two years before our last Presidential election. She has created a distinctive piece of theater which explores timely topics related to political and religious issues. The story takes place in Richmond, Virginia in the home of Tom and Lisa, who are preparing to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their marriage. Tom …

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Compassionate, Intimate, and Often Funny “4000 MILES” at ABET

Selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama,  explores the complex relationship between a grandmother and her grandson and how their individual journeys through grief and loss ultimately bring them closer together. Playwright crafted a compassionate, intimate – and often funny – play that examines the love of the family and the healing power of trust. Directed by , 4000 Miles opens Friday at the (www.abetttheatre.com). This marks Jackson’s first time directing at ABET. She previously served as assistant director for ABET’s  earlier this year and directed  and It’s Only Monday at . “I majored in Theatre …

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“THE GREAT WALL” Keeping Them Out, or Us In?

Release Date: February 17, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence Grade: B Directed By:  Yimou Zhang Screenplay: Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. The Great Wall is a fantasy, action-adventure movie filmed in Qingdao, China. The Chinese-US film is about a group of mercenaries searching for an elusive black powder in China. One night at a campfire, something mysterious attacks the group. One of the men, William, played by Matt Damon is able to sever a hand of the beast and save himself and …

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On the River: Activate the St. Johns River

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper The St. Johns River is huge. The biggest river in Florida, it drains nearly a sixth of the state. Most of us only know a small part of the river: the section right in front of us. This month, is working with partners from the headwaters to the mouth to create opportunities for you to explore this incredible river and get your feet wet somewhere new. The 2017 Save the St. Johns: Activate the River project highlights the local businesses and partners who are doing great work along the entire river. We …

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Saturiwa Trading Company: A Mobile Market

Imagine a market that pops up around town. Setting up fresh fruits and veggies, delicious local honey, and other great products…and then disappears. Only to be found again, at a new location, later that week. That dream is the reality of the , a mobile market that is the latest addition to Jacksonville’s local food scene. You’ll find at the head of this new venture, and if you haven’t met him you’re missing out. Stowers isn’t new to the food culture here in JAX. He’s been providing hard to find food items for 20 years for chefs in the city. …

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Christie and Michael Leach of Bee Friends Farm

Creative Spaces: Michael and Christie Leach of Bee Friends Farm

When he was sixteen years old, an employer advised beekeeper to quit his job every five years. “Incidentally, that’s what’s happened,” says Leach. Yet the bee business seems to stick. These days, he’s on his third year of the honey product development side of with his wife, Christie, and their three children. Bee Friends produces over a dozen unique varieties of honey. Their most commonly harvested products include gallberry honey, a berry native to Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, and wildflower honey. Over time, Christie has developed and perfected Bee Friends Farm’s spreadable creamed honey flavors, including Chocolate (destined for …

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Celebrating 16 years of the Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival!

On Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 4pm, will hold , and everyone is invited! Here are some of the details you need to know about the event: Why should I attend? This isn’t an easy one to answer, since there are so many great reasons to come to the Festival! Each year, Tree Hill welcomes local vendors who are selling lots of goodies, ranging from local honey and goat milk soap to jewelry and fairy wands! Local groups come out to spread the word on their work, ranging from solar energy and backyard chicken keeping to outdoor adventurers. Every …

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Cantina Laredo Tacos, photo by Francesco Salomoni

Best Tacos in Jacksonville

It’s not a surprise that I’m interested in good and delicious tacos. As I’m from Mexico, the mother country of tacos, getting tacos is one of my earliest memories. Wherever I live, I make sure I always find good tacos. They’re part of my survival kit. Eating tacos with friends and family is a necessity for me, it goes in the same group as drinking water and getting enough sleep. I can eat tacos every day, maybe even multiple times a day, for the rest of my life. Fortunately, my love for tacos seems to be an American obsession too. …

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Intentional Boredom at the University of North Florida

EVENT: Series of Boring Events WHERE: University of North Florida (1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224) WHEN: March 1-3, March 15, April 3-7, April 20 is the first to admit that his latest art venture, Watching Paint Dry, began as a joke. When he first expressed his interest in hosting a Series of Boring Events to University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator , Draper replied, “You should just have students come into the gallery and watch paint dry.” Lunberry told Draper, “That’s a great idea.” The UNF Professor of English hosted the performance event as part of the …

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Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Courtney Lewis, EU Jacksonville, Performing Arts Guide, Classical Music

A Conversation with Courtney Lewis: The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Season Ahead

Classical music is a delicate balance of old and new with a respected history of great composers sharing the stage with exciting new artists. Now entering his third complete season as Music Director of the , strives to create a cohesive calendar that honors both the past and the present. “I personally want to introduce some new music that people don’t know because I think it’s very important for us to play the music of today as well as the past.” “We want to provide as rich a range of music as we can. Many different people in our audiences …

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North of the BORDER

FOLIO COMMUNITY story by BRENTLEY STEAD Roll up to Los Loros Mexican Restaurant for some American-style Mexican. The spacious place is ideal for large groups and can handle rowdy groups of kids, or adults, quite well. Lively Latin music plays in the background as you review the menu and, trust me, there are plenty of choices. A lovely waitress greets you with a smile and fresh salsa, which arrives at the table in a small carafe (I’d never seen one like this; it was extra-cute) along with a heaping portion of chips. Los Loros might seem like a national chain …

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Down the STREET

5 p.m. March 4Downtown at Ocean, Bay and Forsyth streets free1904musichall.com 1904 Music Hall19 Ocean St.Jacksonville, FL View larger map The Urban Core boasts one true indie rock and hip-hop club: 1904 Music Hall. Owner Jason Hunnicutt wants local music heads to party down at the club’s fifth anniversary celebration, featuring three stages and live music by more than 30 bands. including Roosevelt Collier (pictured) and Unlimited Devotion performing the music of The Grateful Dead, Parker Urban Band, MZG, Vlad the Inhaler, DJ Triclops I, Bryce Alastair Band, The Good Wood Band, Blackwater Grease, DJ Don McCon, Cry Havoc, Master …

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Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters

Lisa Rock is a living authority on The Carpenters. Performing with the show Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, she knows the music inside and out and has performed the songs almost as much as the original band in its prime.  She bristles at the notion that she’s part of a tribute act. Rock isn’t playing the part of the late superstar, rather she’s honoring the contributions of a woman who was ahead of her time and left the party far too soon. Rock and her six-piece band perform the music of The Carpenters in the production Close …

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Show Boat

Set Sail on the SHOW BOAT at the Alhambra

ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre & Dining opened the second show of its 50th year celebration with “Show Boat.” This classic musical will be on stage through April 2, 2017 at 12000 Beach Boulevard. Call 641-1212 or visit alhambrajax for reservations. “Show Boat” is a 1927 musical about the life and loves of the members of a Mississippi riverboat theatre troupe. The story, based on an Edna Ferber novel, is one filled with romance and interwoven with unforgettable music written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. …

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GOLD Finger

FOLIO A + E story by DAN HUDAK There’s no #Oscarssowhite controversy at this year’s Academy Awards, but there is plenty to talk about. Will La La Land waltz away with a record number of Oscars?** Will Denzel Washington win his third, and Meryl Streep her fourth? Will Matt Damon’s feud with host Jimmy Kimmel rear its ugly (and hilarious) head? This column focuses only on the “big six” categories, but those in Oscar pools can expect Zootopia to win Animated Feature, O.J.: Made in America to take Documentary Feature, The Jungle Book to win Visual Effects and The Salesman …

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The Parent TRAP

FOLIO COMMUNITY story by JULIE DELEGAL Chris Page and Kathrin Lancelle spent a long time finding the right school for their son. Exasperated with magnet school lotteries and waiting lists, they turned to Duval Charter School at Baymeadows. And while they have been pleased with their son’s academic performance there, they were alarmed to hear that, on Feb. 23, the school will host a talk by controversial parenting “expert” and author, John Rosemond. Rosemond, a licensed, master’s-level psychologist who lives in New Bern, North Carolina, has written 14 books, including Parenting by the Book, described as a biblical approach to …

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Colin Hay

Interview with Colin Hay: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Feb 22

A MAN AT WORK Colin Hay is a lucky man. As an 80’s staple, he helped introduce plucky, calypso rhythms and Vegemite sandwiches to the original MTV generation as the voice of Men at Work. But while many of his counterparts faded into obscurity or boarded the nostalgia train, Hay forged ahead unapologetically with his solo material. Much of it was well-received, some less so. Regardless of Billboard numbers, Hay kept it business as usual, partly because he enjoys it and does it well, but mostly to keep from doing anything else. “I suppose I reject all those ideas about …

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'night Mother, The 5 & Dime Theatre Company, Downtown Jacksonville

‘night, Mother: 5 & Dime Theatre Review

A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom The 5 & Dime Theatre Company welcomed the theatre community to its new home and first permanent stage location with a dynamic production of Marsha Norman’s ‘night, Mother. The play opened on February 17 and will run through March 5, 2017 in at 112 E. Adams Street. The 5 & Dime is noted for its incendiary programming, beginning in 2011 with Fahrenheit 451 and continuing with cutting edge plays, many of which explore social issues. The company’s choice for launching their new season and production space is fitting; Kentucky playwright Marsha …

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Telling it Like IT IS

>n>FOLIO A + E MATT PRYORwith DAN ANDRIANO7:30 p.m. Feb. 161904 Music HallDowntown$12.50-$161904musichall.com 1904 Music Hall19 N. Ocean St.Jacksonville, FL View larger map story by NICK McGREGOR Matt Pryor, one of emo punk’s most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, has fronted many different bands: Secret Encoder Ring, The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams. In the late ’90s, he helped James Dewees get cult synth-pop act Reggie & The Full Effect off the ground; in the mid-2000s, distraught over missing out on his daughter’s childhood, Pryor took a break from touring and wrote two charming children’s albums under the name The Terrible …

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Real GONE, Man!

FOLIO EVENTS Ramona Pavillion Ballroom7166 Ramona BlvdJacksonville, FL View larger map Criminally minded 15th-century poet and Cordell Jackson fan François Villon is rumored to have written, “’Tis better to have one’s billy rocked than to sip the gruel of parochial teen rhumbas.” Villon and all-the-way-gone cats and kits are sure to dig the third annual Rockabilly Prom. This year’s theme is Rockin’ Luau, with live music by Beau & the Burners, Elvis tribute artist Victor Trevino Jr., fire-spinning by Inferno Inc., dancing with DJ Jason Provost, and dinner. ____________________ 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 18, Ramona Pavilion Ballroom, Westside, $55-$450; all …

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Limelight Theatre celebrates 25 years of community theatre in St. Augustine

Limelight Theatre is celebrating 25 years of community theatre in St. Augustine and St. Johns County during its 2016-17 season, which opened in September with the musical Oklahoma!, and continues with six more month-long productions on two stages. A Florida premier of Hedda Gabler is on stage through Feb 19. Other shows on stage during the 25th season are The Mystery of Irma Vep, I Ought To Be In Pictures (“the very first play presented by Limelight 25 years ago,” says Scott Bartosch, the President of Limelight’s Board of Directors), The Nance, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. …

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“CITY OF ANGELS” real-life and reel-life stories

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM in Jacksonville Beach Florida opened its first show of 2017 with “,” a musical which will be on their main stage through February 25th. Call (904) 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for reservations. “City of Angels,” with book by and music by opened on Broadway in 1989, ran for 879 performances, and received 11 Tony nominations, winning Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. London productions also garnered awards. But the only production locally was in 1993 at Theatre Jacksonville. So why hasn’t it been …

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Experience a Taste of Scotland in Northeast Florida

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the mystic land of Scotland, but either don’t have the vacation budget and/or desire to leave the States? There’s an option for you. The Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival brings a “Wee Bit o’ Scotland” to the greater Jacksonville area the last Saturday in February, from 9am-10pm. The history of the Highland Games can be traced back for well over a thousand years. The biggest gatherings were those of the military where the commanding officers, like the Clan Chiefs of old, saw the advantages of encouraging sports and pastimes which kept their men fit, …

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50 Shades: Slip into Something a Shade Darker

MOVIE REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker Release Date: February 10, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity and language Grade: B Screenplay: Niall Leonard Directed By: James Foley After their break-up, Christian follows Ana to the art gallery where Jose is displaying photos of Ana. He buys all of the prints and asks Ana to go to dinner with him. Ana reluctantly agrees because she says she is hungry, but warns him that it is only dinner. The feelings that she has for him bubbles to the surface during their …

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“Jersey Boys” when the music snapped

The future reveals itself in many unexpected ways. For , it was a broken cell phone that first displayed a vision of forthcoming events. Jeacoma stars as in the national touring production of Jersey Boys, a dream role for the young actor. Jeacoma had seen the production six times before he finally got an audition. Every time he saw it, he felt himself drawn to the show, particularly the role of Gaudio, who wrote several hits for . Exactly a year before he was cast, he Jeacoma took his mom to see it, and the pair took a photo beneath …

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The LEGO Batman Movie is creative, hilarious, and a must-see

Release Date: February 10, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes Rated PG for rude humor and some action. Grade: B+ Directed By: Chris McKay “You like playing games do ya Batman? Save the city or come catch your greatest enemy?” When Batman saves Gotham City from the Joker, he goes to his Batcave to celebrate. While the citizens of Gotham City think that Batman is living la vida loca, Batman actually prefers the solitude of his cave. As he gazes upon his family photos, Alfred scolds him for avoiding the one thing that he craves the most: a …

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John Wick: Chapter 2

MOVIE REVIEW Release Date: February 10, 2017 Running Time: 2 hours and 2 minutes Rated R Grade: B Directed By: Chad Stalheski How good to see you again so soon Mr. Wick After doling out retribution for the loss of his 1969 Mustang and his puppy named Daisy, John Wick slides quietly back into retirement. The infamous assassin dubbed “The Boogeyman” spends his time with the pit bull that he rescued in the home that he and his deceased wife shared. Winston, the owner of the Continental, had warned him that if he had so much stuck his finger in the …

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CATS in a Dog Show?

FOLIO LIVING story by DAVI Dear Davi, Is it true that a non-dog will be competing at Westminster this year? Buckley the Borzoi____________________ Buckley, It’s true. For the first time in 140 years, the world-famous dog show will be adding a particularly rare breed to the mix — a cat. One Bengal cat has already caught the eye of onlookers. Don’t be fooled by her name: Jungletrax Abiding Ovation. Sounds like an electronic ska band with spots, but she’s kind of cute and looks like a leopard. Now — don’t raise your hackles yet. These cats won’t compete in the …

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Man and his MEASURE

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER with PHIL COOK and FLAGSHIP ROMANCE 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Jack Rabbits, San Marco, $16, jaxlive.com. Jack Rabbits1528 Hendricks Ave.Jacksonville, FL 32207 View larger map story by NICK McGREGOR Although he cultivates a low-key, often-gnomic presence, Michael “MC” Taylor has actually been operating in a consistent artistic vein for nearly 20 years. The LA native started off kicking out hardcore jams with Ex-Ignota before he began mining a deep well of alt-country and Americana in the late ‘90s with longtime friend Scott Hirsch as The Court & Spark. After that band burned out, Taylor decided in 2007 …

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Performing with a Jersey Boy from JERSEY BOYS The Musical

On Tuesday afternoon, a lucky group of high school drama students at had an opportunity to learn from an esteemed Broadway veteran. Frank Galasso, former  star, paid the students a visit and taught a scene work master class. The musical Jersey Boys documents the life of Frankie Valli and his 1960s success story with the rock ’n roll singing group The Four Seasons. Currently on its second national tour, Jersey Boys rolls through Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts from February 14 to 19. The jukebox musical includes The Four Seasons’ greatest hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” …

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