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Telling Stories for Change

ROOTS WEEKEND ROOTS WEEKEND: JACKSONVILLE • March 29-31, Yellow House and CoRK, Riverside, alternateroots.org, $25-$200 story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Telling stories matters. Telling stories that matter, matters. And telling stories that get to the truth of a thing (or person) may matter most of all—because it is in specificity that we approach the universal. In her essay “Hair,” writer Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams describes the experience of having her mother brush and braid her hair. Her writing is punctuated with specific details, from the smell of the hair grease (burned cough syrup) to the feel of the rattail comb on …

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Les Enfants Terribles

EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Sun-Ray Cinema, Five Points, sleepinggiantfest.com Sun-Ray Cinema1028 Park St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by RYAN RENO Music-lovers who came of age in the 1980s will tell you how important trading mix-tapes was to them when they were ‘finding themselves.’ They found some of their future favorite bands and songs hidden deep in a perfectly curated collection, handpicked for their ability to flow into each other to create a complete listening experience. At the same time, there was another type of “mix-tape” being created in basements and backrooms across the country: …

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Beer Batter

story by MARC WISDOM March 28 marks opening day for Major League Baseball (our minor league team Jumbo Shrimp’s first game this year is on April 4). It may be the earliest opening day in history, but fans can be assured of two things: All 30 teams will play that day, and beer will flow big-time at all the ballparks. Beer and baseball go together like a horse and carriage. The beverage is so entrenched in the game that its absence would be conspicuous. But the love affair between beer and baseball was not always so fervent. In the beginning, …

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Show Them the Money

story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER “Now is the time,” says Diane Brunet-Garcia, and everyone at the table nods. It’s a small group, just four of us, but we agree: Jacksonville artists need to be paid for the work they do. Brunet-Garcia, Lisa Goodrich and Joshua Taylor are speaking with Folio Weekly about the STAGE Fund. “It’s really hard to stay here if you can’t make a living,” noted Brunet-Garcia. And that’s true; here in Jacksonville, this city by the river, with so many sunny days we take them for granted, we have trouble as a community valuing here that which …

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Religious Bigotry should not be tolerated in any school receiving public funds, directly or indirectly

Do you support adding religion to the nondiscrimination rules in 1000.05 of the Florida statutes? Do you think the nondiscrimination rules in 1000.05 of the Florida statutes should apply to all schools receiving public funds, directly or indirectly? HB 741 passed the Education Committee with 17 Yeas and no NOs. But I feel strongly that this bill needs to be amended. Please ask Representative Fine (the bill’s sponsor) to amend HB 741 before it reaches the Judiciary committee of the Florida House of Representatives. HB 741 will add “religion” to the list in 1000.05 (2)(a). This is how 1000.05(2)(a) reads …

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Seeking Tzatziki

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON Many people associate tzatziki sauce with the Greeks, but I am of the opinion it’s actually the most popular sauce on the planet. My opinion is based on exhausting, extensive, unbiased, ultra-focused, scholarly research conducted with the utmost care. Yes, 100 percent accuracy has always been my goal when I delve into a topic. I’m just that good. Tzatziki is global, and that’s why it has many different names. I’ve been making tzatziki in one form or another for more years than I care to share. By definition, it’s a yogurt-based sauce of Greek origin, …

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Still on Top

story by SHELTON HULL As Northeast Florida’s food scene sizes ever upward, some constants have remained from day one. Pizza is one, and so is Mexican food. There are so many Mexican restaurants in Florida that we actually need more Mexicans, of course. (You can never have too many Mexicans in your life.) The various places are evenly spaced within our population centers; everyone has their favorites and their least favorites (and sometimes it’s the same place). But almost everyone loves “La Nop.” La Nopalera holds a special place in our hearts, and I’m not just talking about the arteries. …

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Not All Wanderers Are Lost

story by DAVI My mom and I were walking home after a long stroll along the river. We stopped at a crosswalk to wait for a green light. A jogger approached, with a dog on a leash. He asked if we could hold the leash while he tied his shoes. He finished with the laces, straightened up and, without another word, sprinted down the block and around the corner. Time passed. Finally, the dog looked at me and said, “It’s just as well. I’m a trail runner, anyway.” This odd encounter made me think. Dogs really do love to run, …

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Smooth, Smokin’ Sounds

story by SHELTON HULL Over the past hundred years or so, American cannabis culture has evolved on a parallel track with our emergent pop music industry. Indeed, the two have complimented each other at every step. Some of the greatest and most beloved songs in the history of the nation–and the world, for that matter–have been written and recorded in celebration of marijuana. In many cases, the artists were actively stoned at the time of recording, but that’s their business. I’ve been conducting research into the matter for most of my adult life, and herewith are some of my findings: …

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Casualties of War

story by A.G. GANCARSKI Melissa Nelson, State Attorney in Florida’sFourth Circuit, moved forward with a potentially precedent-setting murder charge in the case of a drug overdose this month. Deonte Wadley, 23 years old, was charged with first-degree murder for providing fatal doses of fentanyl to Timothy Sexton last year. Sexton, reported WJXT-TV, had just moved to Jacksonville two weeks prior to the overdose. The fact that he was so quickly able to find a source for this stuff is a clear indication of how pervasive the problem is. Wadley was arrested a month later. Frisked after a fight at Roosevelt …

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Failing Our Children

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 DEBORAH HANSEN The little boy slid a despairing look at me as he and I sat for our weekly tutoring session. His mother stood behind us. My heart ached for him as she ranted on, her voice getting louder and more strident, the angry words falling over him like jagged rocks as …

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Concentric: Flagship Romance Duo Celebrates New Album Release & Tour

After trading in palm trees and ocean waves for desert sunsets and mountain peaks, Flagship Romance is coming full circle with new music and two hometown shows to celebrate the release of their new album “Concentric.” The husband and wife duo and will perform two shows held March 22-23 at in before launching an 8-month tour in support of the record. And what better way to send new music out into the universe than sharing it with the family, friends and fans who helped make it all possible? “We are so excited we can’t even contain ourselves. We’ve only played …

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Suwannee Spring Reunion: A Festival Turned Reunion in the Spirit of Community

When Beth and Randy Judy stepped into the music festival business over 20 years ago, they hoped to build more than a just brand. They wanted to create a community. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is home to generations of families who have gathered year after year to experience that shared connection to the music and the commitment to the notion of something bigger than ourselves. “That was intentional from the beginning. We wanted an event that was like a lot of other events but we wanted a real community,” says Beth Judy. “When you have a community, …

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ABET, ELEEMOSYNARY, Photos by Caryl Butterley

‘Eleemosynary’ at All Beaches Theatre – Three Unique Women with Unconventional Life Stories

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The All Beaches Experimental Theatre is staging a play (March 17 – 31, 2019) with an unusual name which was written by Lee Blessing in 1985. “Eleemosynary” means “of or relating to charity” and is of special importance to the narrative, as that’s the word that Echo, the youngest of the characters, spells correctly to win the National Spelling Bee Competition. This thought-provoking script explores the vicissitudes of mother-daughter bonds among three generations of women. It is an intriguing study of the ties that bind mothers despite their strong personality differences. The action takes place on …

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA The GREEN TURTLE Tavern, 14 S. Third St. Buck Smith Thur. Dan Voll Fri. Yancy Clegg Sun. The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Hupp March 20. Kevin Ski March 22. Trev Barnes March 23. Barrett Thomas, Tom O’Conner March 24. Davis Turner every Thur. SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Ivey Brothers March 22. Them Vagabonds, Milltown Road March 23. 2 Dudes from Texas March 25. Pili Pili every Wed. Tad Jennings every Thur. Mark O’Quinn every Tue. SURF RESTAURANT, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. The Macys March 20. Kyle Freeman March 21 …

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Earthing the Midnight Riders

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND HISTORICAL MARKER CEREMONY 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2844 Riverside Ave., free. 2844 Riverside Ave.Jacksonville, FL 32205 View larger map story by DAVE GRANEY I’m writing these words from a long way away. In Melbourne, Australia to be exact. I’ve never been to Georgia or Florida, two of the states associated with The Allman Brothers Band. But I’ve been there through their songs. Music can do that: move you through time and space in an instant, fill your mind with feverish dreams, sometimes distorting and bending time, sometimes flashing scenes before your mind, scenes from other …

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Bringing the House Down

ROCK THE RIVER: BREAKING THROUGH, BLOOD BATH & BEYOND, FILTH, PIECES LEFT, GENERATOR 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, jacksonvillelanding.com, free. The Jacksonville Landing2 W. Independent Dr.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by SCOTTIE BROWN Jacksonville has a diverse local music scene. It doesn’t matter the genre or the taste, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Breaking Through caters to the modern-rock audience with a guitar-driven sound that has earned the local five-piece opening slots for national headliners like Coheed and Cambria. They have also toured extensively, and even scored a chart hit in El Salvador. …

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You Can Know Who I Am

(RE)SET THE TABLE Until April 13, Yellow House, Riverside, yellowhouseart.org, free. Yellow House577 King St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by JENNIFER MELVILLE Around this table, are all welcome and everyone has a seat of honor. Art has not always been the most inclusive creative landscape. The halls of the great masters are markedly monochromatic, and finding success as an emerging artist may seem an impossible goal. Yellow House hopes to change this with a new exhibition that challenges public perception about art and artists. Welcome to (Re)Set the Table. Multicultural and empowering, Yellow House’s newest exhibition celebrates the …

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Take Two

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO On March 13, we published Dan Hudak’s tepid review of Captain Marvel. Then I had the chance to see the movie myself, and I decided we should offer another perspective on a fine film. To his credit, Hudak avoided the kinds of contentious, culture-war polemics that have raged on internet comment boards since before the movie was even screened. Yes, its hero is—gasp!—a woman. That fact alone has led a certain segment of the online commentariat to conclude that the film is so much cuck propaganda. Hudak, of course, did not see a Soros-funded conspiracy on …

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It’s No Sacrifice

story by MARC WISDOM The Catholic season of Lent is a period of introspection that symbolizes the 40 days Jesus Christ wandered the wilderness before his persecution and crucifixion on Good Friday. For some, it is also a time for fasting and denial to emulate Christ’s suffering. What does all this have to do with beer? As it happens, plenty. It seems that the German Paulaner monks at Munich’s Cloister Neudeck ob der Au took their fasting seriously during Lent. Indeed, they ate no solid food whatsoever during the Holy time. Instead of making bread with their grain, they brewed …

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Home Rule

I am VERY worried about all the preemption laws in the current state legislature. Miami Beach saw problems with earlier preemption laws when it tried to raise its minimum wage. Cities across the state are trying to close the gun show loophole to keep guns away from people unable to pass background checks but city council members and commissioners are fearing the consequence of another older preemption law. Cities across the state are trying to find ways to pay for the maintenance of the public buildings (libraries, neighborhood schools, etc) so as to enhance the beauty of our communities. What …

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How Do We Reduce Hate?

No tax money should be going to schools tolerating religious bigotry. HB 741 should apply to all schools receiving local, state and federal financial assistance. HB 741 adds religion to the list in 1000.05 of the Florida statutes. Please tell the sponsors of the bill to quit imposing regulations on public schools when they aren’t willing to apply the same rules to other schools receiving taxpayer money. IF the bill is a good one, then it should apply to all schools receiving taxpayer assistance. IF it isn’t a good rule, then why should it be imposed on the public schools? …

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Round & Flat

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON The other evening I was scrolling through a few old pics. As you might’ve guessed, these were pictures of food, specifically of dishes I had created and served from my restaurant at the culinary school where I used to teach. One of the plates that caught my attention was an appetizer: preserved lemon falafel in mini pita pockets. Wow! What a cool dish! (I gave you the falafel recipe last week, so you can guess where I’m headed.) Back in those days, my most difficult chore was finding enough projects to keep my students fully …

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A Feast for the Senses

GASTROFEST 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Friendship Fountain/MOSH, Southbank, gastrojax.com, free MOSH Museum of Science & History1025 Museum Cir.Jacksonville, FL 32207 View larger map story by BRENTLEY STEAD There are food people and then there are food people. Erin Thursby, executive director of GastroJax, falls under the latter category. As a writer and editor, Thursby has covered the local food scene since 2005. In 2014, she leveraged that experience and helped launch GastroJax, a nonprofit whose mission is to showcase and preserve the talent she was writing about. “I was in a unique position to see how quickly our …

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