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Memorial Day Weekend Tradition, Jacksonville Jazz Festival Features Big Names, Festival Veterans and Young, Emerging Artists

Downtown Jacksonville does more than just set the stage for the . It becomes the stage! A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 39th annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival features a lineup of big names, festival veterans and young, emerging artists on two stages at the courthouse lawn and . The legendary Gladys Knight is the 2019 festival headliner. Other artists include Brian Culbertson, Monty Alexander, The Noel Freidline Quartet with Maria Howell, Ledisi, Kirk Whalum, Jazmin Ghent, Moonchild, Avery Sunshine, Alfredo Rodriguez, Terence Blanchard & the E Collective, Camila Meza Quartet, Norman Brown, Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, Amina Scott, …

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Musicians at the Florida Folk Festival

So Much More Than Folk Music—The Florida Folk Festival Offers a True Floridian Experience Over Memorial Day Weekend

Hang out beneath the pine trees, majestic Live Oak, and flowering Magnolias along the banks of the meandering Suwanee River while you take in all Florida has to offer. The largest art, music, and culture festival in the state is just around the corner and you’re invited. The 67th Annual , a three-day celebration spanning Memorial Day weekend, highlights the best of the state’s music, dance, stories, crafts, and food. With more than 300 scheduled performances and over 50 acres of festivities, this family-friendly event offers plenty of adventure. Come out for the music and stay for cultural experiences, great …

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Attack of the Swamp Punks

Taco Mouth, FFN, Concrete Criminals, The Wastedist, River City Sound System 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Surfer the Bar, Jax Beach, surferthebar.com, free. Surfer the Bar200 First St. N.Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 View larger map story by SCOTT GAILLARD Palatka, Florida, is the “Gem City on the St. Johns River” and the “Bass Capital of the World.” It’s home to Ravine Gardens State Park, built by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal in the early 1930s and includes a stone tower dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. None of this meant a hill of beans to J.R. Nowhere, …

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Adjacent Concept

Wood Fired Up Pizza1050 Edgewood Ave. S.Jacksonville, FL 32205 View larger map story by GEORGIO VALENTINO Larry’s Giant Subs has been a Jacksonville institution since 1982, when brothers Larry and Mitch Raikes opened their first sandwich shop. The local favorite soon became an interstate franchise with dozens of locations up the I-95 and I-75 corridors and beyond. Now the Raikes brothers are expanding in an unexpected direction. They’re adding pizza to the menu—at least at one brand-new hybrid location. Their Wood Fired Up Pizza launched in Murray Hill on May 1, and it’s operated by a new generation of Raikes …

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Seize the Saison

story by MARC WISDOM As we near the end of spring and roll into the hazy, hot days of another Florida summer, the traditional season for saisons, or farmhouse ales, arrives. Before the days of refrigeration, brewers made certain beers in the cooler months of the year and stored them to enjoy in the warmer months. This method required the beers to be hearty enough to survive months in casks, but not so strong that customers could drink them only in moderation. After all, saisons—the word directly translates to “season” in French—were thirst-quenchers, not barn-burning party brews. As is the …

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Bob White’s Wild Call

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON I’m proud of myself for sticking to my guns and not being tempted to pump out a holiday-themed column. That doesn’t mean, however, that I can resist the temptation to follow current trends because, hey, I’m trennnnndy, and though I’m usually apolitical, I do enjoy the entertainment value of some of our politicians. Especially those who become the butt of multiple jokes, such as former Vice President Joe Biden—he’s always good for a few hilarious memes. He reminds me of my other favorite political comedian—former Vice President Dan Quail. For those of you too young …

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Pets Like Me: Burton

story by DAVI A routine interview with a mouser went wildly viral when Grumpy Cat told a journalist that catnip was boring.  You just never know what’s going to come out of a cat’s mouth. So when I scored an interview with Burton—who spent eight years with Folio Weekly editor Georgio Valentino—it seemed like the perfect chance for the two of us, as different as night and day, to have a friendly tête-à-tête. The man who would be editor adopted Burton as a kitten from a family in Wavre, on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. He was the runt, small …

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Through the Wire

story by SHELTON HULL Up there in Baltimore, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s efforts to purge some 4,790 marijuana convictions from Maryland’s rolls has met what she and others hope is only a temporary roadblock. She began this process on Jan. 30, announcing that day she would also cease prosecution of all marijuana possession cases, regardless of the amount seized. “Prosecuting these cases has no public safety value,” she wrote, “disproportionately impacts communities of color and erodes public trust, and is a costly and counterproductive use of limited resources.” The arguments she makes are familiar to activists around the country, who’ve …

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Democracy Autopsy

story by A.G. GANCARSKI An article in The Florida Times-Union the other day noted that right after Mother’s Day, the homicide rate was at 59. One assumes that whatever it was the Duval Democratic Party had done since the beginning of January doesn’t factor into that number. It’s hard to imagine a more botched cycle. It’s hard to imagine more squandered promise after a triumphant November. But for the next four years, there will be plenty of time to hem and haw and fume about how it all went wrong. The Dems didn’t run a mayoral candidate or a candidate …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA GREEN TURTLE, 14 S. Third St. Buck Smith Thur. Dan Voll Fri. Yancy Clegg every Sun. SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner May 23 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Shawn Layne June 1 SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Brian Ernst May 23. Hupp, Lauren Marie Band May 24. Paul Ivey, 7 Street Band May 25. Shotgun & Luke, Ivey Brothers May 26. Joe King May 27. King Eddie & Pili Pili every Wed. The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. JC Hornsby May 24. Katfish Reggie Lee, Davis Turner …

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Support Hemming Park

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest or concern. Send 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 JUAN MONTGOMERY Jacksonville is our city of pride, growth and potential. As residents, we need to appreciate the crown jewel at its epicenter. It’s one of the few outdoor spaces that can host an event for the few or for the many. It’s an ideal spot for live music. It has a …

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Something Is Rotten in St. Johns County

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO When Michelle O’Connell’s body wasfound on September 2, 2010, there was ample reason to suspect her boyfriend, St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Banks. The 24-year-old single mother had, after all, been killed in Banks’ St. Augustine home and with his service weapon. What’s more, Banks had allegedly been drinking that night, and O’Connell was reportedly preparing to break off their relationship. No matter. The deputy’s brothers-in-arms duly arrived, summoned by Banks himself to what he claimed was the scene of O’Connell’s suicide. After a perfunctory investigation, Sheriff David Shoar rubber-stamped the boyfriend’s version of events. …

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Room for Growth

Folio Weekly Presents: WALKING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, The Living Room, Downtown, strongerthanstigma.org, $10 film + $5 concert. Folio Weekly Presents: DORÉ, LUNA CRUISE, NICK MENDEZ & JACK EDMONDSON 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, The Living Room, Downtown, strongerthanstigma.org, $10 The Living Room211 N. Laura St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by SHELTON HULL “I need a nap!” It’s the second time she’s said it, but Gabrielle Magid will be getting no sleep any time soon. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, as the founder of Stronger Than Stigma …

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#EATUPJAX: More than a Few Buzz-worthy Restaurants to Try around Jacksonville

There are more than a few buzz-worthy restaurants to try scattered around Jacksonville. Sometimes we get caught up in staying in our own neighborhoods–I’d bet there are people in who haven’t left in years except for road-trips, vacations, and possibly their commutes. Here are three newer places you might not have been to, some of which are in less-trendy neighborhoods. Pink Salt Well-priced and delish, Pink Salt in the Lakewood neighborhood on St. Augustine Road, serves up an excellent breakfast and lots of Caribbean and Caribbean-inspired dishes, such as oxtail and Jamaican fruit cake, but they also serve a mix …

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Local Filmmakers Challenge Each Other with the 48 Hour Film Project

Filmmakers view life through a unique lens and the challenges participants to execute their vision for a short film in just two days. The winning film will compete against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2020 to win the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner. The 2019 event kicks off May 17 at  with music by DJ Jimmy Hustle, food trucks, and more. Participating teams choose from two randomly selected and produce a film that adheres to the elements of the genre selected. Categories in group one include action/adventure, …

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Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical Brings Nostalgia, Seduction, and Scandal to Jacksonville

The 90’s are making a comeback in a big way. What better way to celebrate the nostalgia of the era than revisiting the seduction and scandal of “Cruel Intentions,” the cult classic film that made household names of stars Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Philippe, Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Cruel Intentions: The 90’s Musical is a hilarious romp back in time with a killer score that includes such hits as Bittersweet Symphony, The Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears. The musical production is presented by the May 16-18 at the (www.artistseriesjax.com). Based on the …

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ABET, All Beaches Experimental Theatre, Alice in Wonderland, Photo by Susan Roche,

Alice in Wonderland is a Fantasy with Music at All Beaches Experimental Theatre

A DUAL CRITICS ABET THEATER REVIEW The opened Alice in Wonderland on May 10 at 544 Atlantic Boulevard in . The show, sponsored by The Mary E. Haverty Foundation and John and Beverly Johnson, runs through May 26, 2019. Visit abettheatre.com or call 249-7177 for additional information and reservations. The book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was written by Charles Dodson and published in 1865 under the pen name of Lewis Carroll. The book became a publishing sensation; Queen Victoria and Oscar Wilde were avid fans. It has never been out of print, has been published in over ninety languages, and continues …

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Pokémon Don’t Go

story by DAN HUDAK I  know nothing of the worldwide phenomenon known as “Pokémon.” I have no idea who Pikachu is. Truth is, I’ve never cared. The question is: Will I care after watching 104 minutes of Pokémon Detective Pikachu? Nope. Judging by the audience’s reaction at a promotional screening, Pokémon fans may appreciate the characters and in-jokes, but for someone heretofore oblivious to Pokémon, there’s little here. Director and co-writer Rob Letterman’s film is set in fictional Ryme City, where humans and Pokémons co-exist. Note: They do not co-exist anywhere else in the world besides Ryme City, due to the …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music Venues AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA EMERALD GOAT Irish Pub, 96110 Lofton Sq. DJ E.L. May 17 The GREEN TURTLE Tavern, 14 S. Third St. Buck Smith Thur. Dan Voll Fri. Yancy Clegg every Sun. The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Robert Barlow May 15. Davis Turner May 16. Brian Ernst May 17. Eric Alabiso, Amy Vickery May 18 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Hupp & Ray May 18 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Radio Love May 17. Charlotte, Reggae SWAT Team May 18. Lauren Marie, Alan & Terry May 19. Joe King …

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