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Pets Like Me: Oliver

story by DAVI These days, seeing a pig walking calmly on a leash isn’t strange. The mammals are smart and they’re fascinating members of the animal kingdom. As with all animals, pigs have reasons for why they do what they do. But we can’t read their minds, so some of their antics just look plain silly. On the upside, they can learn to shake a hoof as easily as they can master doors—fridge included.   DOGGO MEETS HOGGO Davi: Tell me something about yourself most people don’t know. Oliver: I blow my coat at least once a year. Just like …

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All Too Political

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO The move was as cynical as they come. Last week, in the run-up to a mayoral election, incumbent Lenny Curry settled a longstanding city real-estate stalemate. He bought off Toney Sleiman. He did so to his political advantage and at taxpayer cost, by buying Sleiman Enterprises out of The Jacksonville Landing for $15 million. For his part, Sleiman had been looking for an offramp—and a paycheck—for years. He hit city leaders for not obliging him, too. The two parties had been feuding in the courts and in the press for years. Sleiman’s company took control of …

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Persistence, Tenacity & Commitment

RESET THE TABLE Until April 13, Yellow House, yellowhouseart.org, free Yellow House577 King St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER As many as 80,000 American and Filipinx POWs were forced to take a 65-mile trek over five arduous days in penetrating heat, with death and unspeakable abuse raining down from their captors, the Imperial Army of Japan. The Bataan Death March is just one terrible incident in a war replete with atrocities. Alas, World War II memories continue to fade as the few surviving soldiers age into their 80s and 90s. That global conflict feels so …

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God of Hell, 5 & Dime, Jacksonville, Florida

‘The God of Hell’ Introduces Outstanding New Talent to the 5 & Dime Stage

A Dual Critics Review The 5 & Dime, Jacksonville’s theatre company, has opened Sam Shepard’s “The God of Hell,” which remains onstage through March 10, 2019. Of note, the theatre is now celebrating a third year at its permanent location at 112 East Adams Street. Additional information is available on the company’s Facebook page. For reservations, call (904) 637-5100 or visit www.The5andDime.org. The late Sam Shepard (1943 – 2017) was both an accomplished actor and acclaimed playwright. His “Buried Child” won a Pulitzer Prize. He wrote “The God of Hell” in 2004 in based on his view of the political …

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Mid Life! The Crisis Musical, Alhambra

‘Mid Life! The Crisis Musical’ is Funny & Fast Paced, at Alhambra through Mar 24

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre opened its second show of 2019 with the Jacksonville premier of “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” on February 20th, which remains onstage through March 24th. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit alhambrajax.com or call 904-641-1212 for reservations. This is a musical revue and is quite different than many of the musicals seen on this stage. It offers a humorous look at the slings and arrows – the inevitable midlife complaints and maladies — that men and women encounter as they reach their forties and fifties. The show, written …

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III Points, Miami, Florida, Nonotak Entrance

III Points Solidifies Itself As One of America’s Greatest Niche Festivals

This past weekend marked the sixth and most successful installment of Miami’s . Somewhat of a hike for Jacksonville natives, but nonetheless a road trip that was well worth the drive. The massive lineup featuring names like James Blake, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, SZA, Beach House and Herbie Hancock, connected all genres, fusing R&B, hip hop, jazz, neo-soul, funk and rock. Many performances blended all of these genres with electronic artists using these influences in their own performances and sets to create dance parties lasting all night long. Over the past 15 years I have attended Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, the …

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Lucas V Feb. 20. Davis Turner Feb. 21. Kevin Ski Feb. 22. Them Vagabonds, Matt Henderson Feb. 23. Jimmy Beats, Sam McDonald Feb. 24 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Pili Pili Feb. 20. Tad Jennings Feb. 21. Woodword Johnson Feb. 22. 7 Street Band Feb. 23. JCnMike Feb. 24. Mark O’Quinn Feb. 26 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Larry & the Backtracks Feb. 21   AVONDALE, ORTEGA CASBAH Café, 3628 St. Johns Ave. Goliath Flores every Wed. Jazz every Sun. Live music every Mon. Eclipse …

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Catapulting In

LP 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, pvconcerthall.com, $25-30 story by NICK McGREGOR You can look at Lauren “LP” Pergolizzi’s career in one of two lights. First, there’s the standard story: the frustrated artist unceremoniously dumped by record labels, pushed around by producers, and sapped of her greatest emotional strength by a pop songwriting machine concerned only with verse, chorus, bridge and beat. The alternate version, however, goes like this: LP spent more than a decade taking her music industry lumps while quietly figuring out exactly what kind of artist she wanted to be. The familiar narratives …

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Street Life

ALEXIS PERAMAS, THE FORUM, DL IS OK, DAD’S DAY OFF 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Sarbez, St. Augustine, sarbezstaugustine.com, $5 Sarbez!115 Anastasia Blvd.St. Augustine, FL 32080 View larger map story by TRISTAN KOMORNY St. Augustine musician and artist Alexis Peramas wields a passionate voice and a mean six-string. His lyrics are meaningful, his performances masterful. Peramas’ latest EP, Magic Beach, recorded under the moniker Cheap Suits, breathes new life into tired genres, namely new wave, soul and psychedelia. To wit, this is much more than just an homage to David Bowie and Michael Jackson. Peramas spoke with Folio Weekly about …

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Angels Sing

Riverside Fine Arts presents DEANNA WITKOWSKI TRIO 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., riversidefinearts.org, $25 Riverside Fine Arts1100 Stockton St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map story by JASON IRVIN Lo! Jazz has flexed its spiritual wings and married the hymn. Pianist Deanna Witkowski, leader of the eponymous Deanna Witkowski Trio, fused the two integrating liturgical music with several other styles, including Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. For those of us familiar with the Northeast Florida music scene and its laurels, the Great American Jazz Competition is a BFD. Witkowski won it in …

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More to Life Than Nine-to-Five

On the Fringe: Blurred Lines of Florida Folk Through May, Main Library’s Makerspace Gallery, Downtown, free Main Library303 N. Laura St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Painter Christopher Clark’s newest works evoke images from Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi’s young adult novel. The story is written as a tale is told, unfolding with moments of brilliance and hope–moments that are then undercut by brutality and pain. But the ideas of agency and transformation runs through it all. So, too, are Clark’s works rife with possibility, endurance and elegant linework. An autodidact–he laughingly admitted …

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Lackluster Blockbuster

story by DAN HUDAK Five years ago, The LEGO Movie was a breath of animated fresh air, a self-aware surprise appealing to both kids and adults. After mixed results and reviews for two spinoffs (both The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie dropped in 2017), here comes The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, a sequel as vacuous and uninspired as its title. Set five years after the original, the Warner Animation Group film follows evil invaders of the Systar System who’ve destroyed hero Emmet’s (voice of Chris Pratt) home of Bricksburg. It’s so desolate, it looks like …

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Hangover Hogwash

story by MARC WISDOM It’s an expression oft heard at American frat parties, tailgate parties and bars: “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” But in the United Kingdom, the phrase, “beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer,” is just as common. Is either phrase accurate? No, I’m sorry to say, neither one is correct. There are many hangover factors that gang up on the hapless drinker and bestow a morning-after whammy that makes so many pray to the porcelain gods. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, gastrointestinal distress, …

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Don’t Celery This One Short

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON Celery … have I ever written about celery? I don’t mean just mentioning celery as part of a mire poix, or diced in a shrimp salad. No, I’m actually wondering if I’ve ever focused my intense, brilliant, insightful intellect sharing the joys of celery with you, my faithful readers. Let me remind y’all I have a memory like a colander. Short of looking through my vast store of previously published literary treasures, I’m just going to go for it! And by that, I mean an entire prose on the virtues of celery. You must be …

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Going Green

House of Leaf & Bean14474 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32250 View larger map story by JANET HARPER Although she owns House of Leaf & Bean, a (mostly) vegan restaurant on Beach Boulevard, green entrepreneur Wen Raiti is not here to spread the vegan gospel. “I’m not vegan by any means,” she explained to Folio Weekly. “But I want to be more vegan, and I want to help educate people to be more vegan.” Raiti has joined the growing number of American “flexitarians.” That means that yes, she chooses plant-based meals most of the time, but she also eats meat and dairy …

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Hello Kitty

story by DAVI If you’re a die-hard feline fancier, you’ve most likely been to a cat show. Between the elaborately decorated cages and the perfectly groomed Persians and Siamese, you may have left the scene wanting one of these gorgeous creatures—or a dose of Benadryl, wondering how these juried competitions work. Cat shows, like cats themselves, are a bit of a mystery to most people. I caught up with cat show judge Rene Knapp (and not just any cat show; she’s approved for all breeds for The International Cat Association), to find out what it’s really like to step into …

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Celebrity Smokesmen

story by SHELTON HULL A couple of weeks ago, this column took a brief look at some of the celebrities who’ve been rushing to get themselves fixed up in the reefer biz, and this week we shall return to that subject. Why not? It does seem to be a source of nearly unlimited potency (not unlike some of these newer strains, but that’s another subject). Whether we’re talking about medical or recreational use, the legalization of pot is now one of the very few sure-fire bets in electoral politics today. With the national cannabisseur caucus growing by the hundreds every …

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Oppo-calypse Now

story by A.G. GANCARSKI Decades back, those enfants terribles of Miami hip-hop, 2 Live Crew, presented us all with a choice: As CLEAN as they wanna be? Or … more tantalizingly … as NASTY as they want to be? For me, the choice was easy. I’m sure some people didn’t take the measures I did to get the nasty version—I came out of it with some extra trading stamps, I’ll say that much—but my teenage mind couldn’t fathom why anyone would want the clean version of an album. I think that holds true for political campaigns, too. The winning ones …

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Come As You Are

NATURAL NYWELE: A CELEBRATION OF NATURAL HAIR Through February, The Ritz Theatre & Museum, Downtown, ritzjacksonville.com, $5-$8 Ritz Theatre and Museum829 N. Davis St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by JENNIFER MELVILLE Aaron Mervin’s vibrant portraits come alive against an ebony backdrop. His models are young and … not as young. They’re not beauty queens, though their beauty is enough to take one’s breath away. His work is a celebration of hair, yet to say his art show is merely about hair would be to miss the point. His photographic exhibition, Natural Nywele: A Celebration of Natural Hair, challenges …

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MOSH, Backyard Adventures, food pond

MOSH’s New Backyard Adventures Inspires and Delights Young Scientists through May 12th

What’s in Your Backyard? When it comes to helping your child develop a passion for science, there’s no need to look farther than your own backyard. Though, perhaps it’s a bit more interesting to get started in a veritable garden of hands-on scientific experimentation and discovery at MOSH. Created by Australia’s Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Backyard Adventures opened January 19th and welcomes young scientists to learn about the exciting world of wonders awaiting discovery outside. The exhibit runs through May 12, 2019. “MOSH is very deliberate about the traveling exhibitions we choose to bring to Jacksonville, and in …

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A Murder Mystery That Captures Jacksonville: Duval The Musical

In a city with as much square footage as Jacksonville, “Duval The Musical,” needs to cover a lot of ground. But playwright Christavia “Tay” Dickinson wanted to create a murder mystery set in her hometown featuring characters who are easily relatable in any Duval neighborhood. “Duval The Musical” will be staged February 24th at 5pm at Friday Musicale in Riverside (www.duvalthemusical.com). Dickinson created the play as a nod to her hometown that would showcase her theatre chops for a program in Albany, NY. “I wanted to take something I had written, with my own music, to New York,” she says, …

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Florida's Exotic Fruit: Our Orange Legacy

Learning Florida: Our Orange Legacy at MOSH

Florida’s identity is wrapped up in one fruit: the orange. It’s an industry that’s changed with the times, that’s changed with scientific and agricultural advancement, and that will keep changing. For the last year, I’ve been writing Florida’s Oranges: A Colorful History. In it, I’ve given the reader snapshots of this 500 year history and the various places around the state where oranges have been cultivated. What I’ve found is that orange history is messy, interesting, and bound around unexpected things, things such as gay rights, privacy law, immigration, even voting rights and past KKK activity in the state. On …

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JU Senior Showcase by Christopher Mandel Razzled and Dazzled

JU Senior Showcase by Christopher Mandel Razzled and Dazzled

Jacksonville University student Christopher Mandel held his Senior Showcase in the Black Box Theatre on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Theatre majors are graded on their showcase performance, which is a final must-past test. Over the years, The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have attended and covered a number of showcase productions, but have also missed a number of them because we were reviewing stage plays, or just didn’t know about them. Of note, performances are free to students and the public. We have noted a recent twist: students are using Facebook to publicize their creation and announce time and place. …

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Los Lobos

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall1050 A1A N.Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 View larger map The California rock/Tex-Mex/country/zydeco/folk legends celebrate a career spanning nearly 50 years, including multiple Grammys and a chart-topping cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba.” Memphis blues rockers Southern Avenue open. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, pvconcerthall.com, $59-$69.

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Stomp!

Times-Union Center300 Water St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map The award-winning percussion spectacle comes to Northeast Florida, complete with pots, pans, broomsticks and garbage cans. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15; 4 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Times-Union Center, Downtown, fscjartistseries.org, $39-$106.50.

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