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Sweet In-Cline-ation

Bleu Chocolat Cafe1602 Walnut St.Jacksonville, FL 32206 View larger map story by BRENTLEY STEAD There’s a new chocolatier in town and she’s all about sustainable chocolate! Erika Cline’s new Bleu Chocolat Café has opened just in time for Valentine’s Day. This shop should be your first stop when gathering all the goodies to bribe … uh, honor your loved ones. One cool feature is the build your own box of bonbons; choose from several amazing flavors and fill that thing up. And the usual—or shall I say unusual—items are a-plenty, too. Like many folks who love food, Chef Erika grew …

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The Face of Pawfection

story by DAVI Being a dog has plenty of terrific perks. Rolling in smelly spots, snoozing anytime you want, and eating treats. In fact, “treat” is one of the most recognized words in the domestic canine lexicon. So it’s no wonder the dog treat market is booming. Folks want to treat their pets, and while canine crunchies aren’t just boring boxes of bone-shaped things on store shelves anymore, the reasons to reward Sherlock Bones with nutritious snacks are the same. Trying to give her dogs healthier treats propelled Amy Gorman to make them herself, so she’d know what her dogs …

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Stand Up Comedian of the Year Jo Koy Comes to the Florida Theatre

Jo Koy is finally getting the recognition he deserves. He’s sold out arenas, filmed a new Netflix special and was recently honored with the prestigious Stand Up Comedian of the Year award. But it’s the daily interactions with fans that alert Koy to his elevated celebrity status. On a cold Thursday in January while doing press in the carpool lane of an undisclosed highway somewhere in the continental US, a passing motorist trying to get his attention nearly ran him off the road. “It’s really weird. I’m just driving and he’s waving at me like a madman. I was going …

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Must-See Florida Locals at Miami’s III Points Festival

III Points 2019 will begin in Miami this weekend running from Friday, February 15th to Sunday, February 17th. The sixth edition of the ever growing south Florida music festival features big names like Beach House, James Blake, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, SZA and Tyler, the Creator. But since the beginning, the festival has always strived to have an almost 50/50 mix of local artists and national/international artists on its bill.  Here are a few must-see Florida locals that will be performing this weekend at Mana Wynwood during the III Points 2019. Rachel Tumada, aka Ms. Mada, is a linchpin in …

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Come Get Mis-carried Away with “Daily Show” Co-creator Lizz Winstead and her Lady Parts Justice League

Come Get Mis-carried Away with “Daily Show” Co-creator Lizz Winstead and her Lady Parts Justice League

For comedians, the best rule of thumb is to write what you know. For Lizz Winstead, her work is shaped by her perceptions, her experiences, and her role as a woman. She established Lady Parts Justice League to give women a louder voice and create a community for change. Laugh Lounge presents Lady Parts Justice League’s “You Should Smile More! And Other Man-Spirational Things” February 10th at , starring Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show” and featuring both Joyelle Johnson, of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and Jaye McBride, known for her work at the New York Comedy Festival. A …

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Drama, Gossip, and the Power (and Dangers) of Female Friendships - "The Women" Offers an Amusing Girl’s Night Out in Fleming Island, Photo by Jennifer Melville

Drama, Gossip, and the Power of Female Friendships – “The Women” Offers an Amusing Girl’s Night Out in Fleming Island

No need for reality TV or Desperate Housewives reruns if you’re in the mood for a good dose of gossip and drama. ’s presents The Women with an all-female cast that charms and delights the audience from beginning to end. Although male characters play a vital role in the plotline– they’re the much-discussed source of the characters’ heartache, misery, and security all in one—there are no male performers whatsoever. These ladies really pull it off! Lovely Mary Haines leads a charmed life: a husband who adores her, an enviable lifestyle, servants, and two sweet children who are her pride and …

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Michael Bolton

Florida Theatre128 East Forsyth St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map In the immortal words of Bob the Consultant, “For my money, I don’t know if it gets any better than when he sings ‘When a Man Loves a Woman.’” ___________________________________ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, The Florida Theatre, Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $35.50-$69.50.

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Winterland

Over-the-top Seattle rockers Thunderpussy headline the second edition of this two-day festival, which unfolds at participating venues all along the Five Points strip: Root Down, Rain Dogs, Rec Room and Hoptinger. ___________________________________ Friday & Saturday, Feb. 8 & 9, Five Points, winterlandpresents.com, $15.

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Power Plants

story by DAVI A funny thing happens when I round thecorner and catch a whiff of fresh herbs from the neighborhood garden. I spring into action, sniffing every stem and licking each leaf with the kind of fervor I usually reserve for finagling a few treats. Turns out, there’s more to it than me just being nosey. Research shows the right herbs can make a fantastic, healthful addition to your dog’s diet. Many common herbs that could be growing in your backyard right now are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Lots of them are safe for pets to consume …

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Chief Champs

story by SHELTON HULL Whereas last week’s columoffered a brief overview of celebrities’ long, colorful history with the cannabis plant, this week we’ll meet some celebrities who have more recently attached their brands to the stuff. With marijuana being legalized for medical and/or recreational use from coast to coast, in pretty much every ballot proposition presented to voters, the doors of its public perception are swinging open so fast, you’d think no-knock warrants were being served. With these changing attitudes and legal boundaries being reconfigured daily, investment capital has come flooding into the industry. Corporate America and small business alike …

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Duval Divided

story by A.G. GANCARSKI Depending on who you ask, we are either at the halfway point or the terminus of the Lenny Curry era. Whether the mayor wins re-election in March (or in May) or opponent Anna Brosche capsizes him, Jacksonville faces an existential crossroads. Is unity possible after an especially elongated political season, one characterized by intrigue and rampant accusations of dishonesty from all sides about all sides? This is a different climate than other mayoral elections this decade. In 2011, Mike Hogan was defined by gaffes and derided as not working hard enough to win. Democrat Alvin Brown …

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Tie a Yellow Ribbon

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 KEVIN GAY As I contemplate the potential for the New Year, I have a vision for my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, and it’s big. Since being designated the Bold New City of the South after consolidation in 1968, Jacksonville’s character has drastically shifted. The era of segregation is over. We now live …

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Not Another Happy Ending

PETER PAN 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Theatre Jacksonville, San Marco, theatrejacksonville.org, $10-$20 Theatre Jacksonville2032 San Marco Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32207 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER The lure of the story of Peter Pan is the promise of adventure propped up with outlandish characters in a paradisiacal setting. (The rainbow slide is on the other side of the island, in case you were wondering). It’s the promise of a complete suspension of belief, in an utterly magical environment, and like all the best magic, there’s a little darkness there, too. Peter …

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Lady Parts Justice League

The 5 & Dime112 Adams St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map The touring comedy show, “You Should Smile More & Other Man-spirational Things,” stars The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, along with Joyelle Johnson and Jaye McBride. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, The 5 & Dime, Downtown, ladypartsjusticeleague.com, $20/$25.

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner Feb. 7 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Pili Pili Feb. 6. Tad Jennings Feb. 7. The Firewater Tent Revival Feb. 8. 7 Street Band Feb. 9. JCnMike Feb. 10. Mark O’Quinn Feb. 12 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Larry & the Backtracks Feb. 7   AVONDALE, ORTEGA CASBAH Café, 3628 St. Johns Ave. Goliath Flores every Wed. Jazz every Sun. Live music every Mon. Eclipse Nightclub, 4219 St. Johns Ave. KJ Free Tue. & Thur. Indie dance Wed. ’80s & ’90s dance music …

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The Beauty Is in the Details

RAYLAND BAXTER & HIS BAND, ILLITERATE LIGHT 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Murray Hill Theatre, murrayhilltheatre.com, $20. Murray Hill Theatre932 Edgewood Ave. SouthJacksonville, FL 32205 View larger map story by NICK McGREGOR Rayland Baxter has a thing for subtle detail. On “Strange American Dream,” the opening track of his 2018 album Wide Awake, the Nashville native sings of “Temporary devotion / With a picket fence and a rowdy crowd.” On “Angeline,” he’s a “captain in another wicked rain / A crew unordinary, beaten down by a hurricane.” And it’s only after the fourth or fifth listen to “Casanova,” Wide Awake’s …

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Kuumba Yeah

Kuumba Fest 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 1904 Music Hall, Downtown, 1904musichall.com, $15/$20 1904 Music Hall19 N. Ocean St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by JASON IRVIN Tired of the same old? Want some variety in your life? Then get ready for Kuumba Fest, which promises to be one of the most diverse events in NEFla. Organized by Jax concert promoter David Kennedy and musician E.J. Hervey, the unique shindig features more than a dozen musicians and visual artists. The concept is an extension of the Bughouse, Kennedy’s now-defunct DIY venue and home. A musician himself, Kennedy noticed that …

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Recovering Manhattan Beach: A Presentation & Pop-Up Exhibit 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Beaches Branch Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, beachesmuseum.org, free Beaches Branch Library600 Third St.Neptune Beach, FL 32266 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER What happens when an entire community forgets its history? What happens when only a few people have access to that forgotten knowledge? In the case of the beaches in Duval County, a bit of revisionism is taking place–because real history is hard and unyielding, and it’s easier to soften the edges. “There’s a perception [that I’ve heard] that at the beach, …

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Blast from the Past

story by DAN HUDAK We’ve seen plenty of World War I movies, but never one quite like They Shall Not Grow Old. Comprising archival footage, propaganda and photo stills, which have been digitally remastered and colorized in 3D, the documentary is a fascinating look at the experiences of soldiers during the Great War. Through interviews with British soldiers, whom we hear but never see, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson shows us the life of a grunt before, during and after the war. It took Jackson and his team roughly a year to catalogue more than 700 hours of footage …

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Big Bamboozle

story by MARC WISDOM Last week, an incredible story began to circulate about a person who just may be the all-time greatest con man associated with craft beer. Stephen Foster conned his way into head brewer jobs at nine breweries in six states—including Florida—and two countries. His luck held up for more than 12 years. In his wake, breweries were left in shambles. Some closed permanently. Who is the enigmatic Stephen Foster? The whole truth is still unknown, but what is known is convoluted and beyond bizarre. It began in 2007, at fledgling Bowling Green Brewing Company, Bowling Green, Kentucky. …

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Melting Point

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON As I was reading an online food magazine the other day (yes, I spend time immersed in food one way or the other), I saw a picture of a sandwich classic: the Patty Melt. Few dishes scream traditional dinner food more than a good-ol’ greasy, gooey, drizzle-down-your-arms, sloppy patty melt. So I decided to do a little research and maybe find out more about this retro treat. I, of course, employed my two favorite research assistants for this time-consuming, in-depth, exhaustive search; both of their names begin with “I” as in Intelligent, Introspective, Ingenious, Inventive …

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Farmer in the City

story by KATIE PARKER The hardest part of doing something new is simply getting started. In the wake of the New Year, many of us may feel that way about our freshly minted resolutions. Even if we’re inspired and excited about building new habits, there’s an undercurrent of expectation that can leave us overwhelmed. What we need is a shift in perspective and a compassionate voice. What we need is a cheerleader. Or, better yet, a man in overalls. Nathan Ballentine is that man, literally. The Jacksonville-based urban gardener, community organizer and entrepreneur officially operates under that moniker. As Man …

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Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in "Brighton Beach Memoirs", Photos by Marcy Applelbaum

Douglas Anderson Students Transport Audiences Back in Time in “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

A Dual Critics Review Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on January 31, which continues during February 6 – 9, 2019.  The school campus is located in Jacksonville’s ; the show is in the. For tickets, visit www.datheatreboosters.org or call the Box Office at 904-346.5620 x 122. Simon, who died at age ninety-one last August, left behind a lifetime filled with productions for theatre, film, and television. Many of his stories were set in New York City, where he was born. Notable works include “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” and the Pulitzer …

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Catch Some of the Area’s Best On-Stage Voices in “Bridges of Madison County” at Players by the Sea

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened its first production of 2019 with “The Bridges of Madison County” on January 25th, which runs through February 16th. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org. The musical is based on a novella of the same name by Robert James Waller, published in 1992.  Many theatre-goers will be familiar with the story. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for over three years, has sold over sixty million copies worldwide, and a 1995 film adaptation …

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John Edward

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center1515 Prudential Dr.Jacksonville, FL 32207 View larger map Even mystics need a break from the cold. Celebrity medium Edward kicks off a six-date Florida tour right here in J’Ville. The price ($100) might be a bit steep, but who else has a direct line to the other side? ___________________________________ 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Lexington Hotel & Conference Center, Southbank, johnedward.net, $100.

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Lara Hope’s Gold Hope Duo

Rain Dogs1045 Park St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map Rockabilly singer-guitarist Hope and bassist husband Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh bring their upbeat brand of New York “Merry-Cana” down South. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, Rain Dogs, facebook.com/raindogsjax, $6-$8. 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Prohibition Kitchen, St. Augustine, pkstaug.com, free.

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