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Romancing the Stoner

story by SHELTON HULL For more 500 years, Valentine’s Dayhas been synonymous with love and the infinite number of ways it can be expressed. (It’s also my birthday, but that’s neither here nor there.) Folklore has it that more wedding proposals are made on Valentine’s Day than on Election Day and Christmas combined, and that will not likely change until the Jaguars win the Super Bowl. For as long as anyone can remember, our country has set aside Feb. 14 as citizens come forth in their finest finery, as capitalism chases after that carny carnality like Benny Hill chased Boots …

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Cannabinoid Contretemps

story by A.G. GANCARSKI It’s a new year and a new governor inTallahassee, but certain veteran legislators want to maintain the status quo—at least when it comes to medical cannabis. Exhibit A: the Senate Health Policy Committee chopped up, then grudgingly passed a medical cannabis bill introduced by Senator Jeff Brandes, a Republican, who may be one of the few lowercase-l libertarians left in politics. He’s been especially forward on the cannabis issue, and in this session, he advanced a simple piece of legislation. Namely, a bill that would allow medical cannabis patients to smoke the leaf. Right now, oils, …

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Love Grove

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 RICHARD A. CERIELLO The AIDS Memorial Project of NE Florida (AMP) is proud to announce the first of its ongoing projects to memorialize the almost 5,000 individuals lost to acquired immune deficiency syndrome in the last 35 years. Love Grove is a major tree-planting undertaking planned for Willowbranch Park. The project launches …

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Life’s What You Make It

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO This week we’reshowing our love for Northeast Florida’s makers, the folks who provide locally sourced, artisanal alternatives to homogenous mass culture. Why? Because we’re them and they’re us. You see, as an alt-weekly, we “make” something, too. We make a locally sourced, artisanal print magazine every week. And we’ve been doing it here in Northeast Florida for nearly 32 years. First, a brief history of “making.” Turns out, it’s nothing new. Ever since the Industrial Revolution spawned the machine, we humans have raged against it. Anticipating the counterculture by a good 100 years, British designer William …

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Make Love

story by TIM GILMORE, SHELTON HULL, TRISTAN KOMORNY, JOHNNY MASIULEWICZ & GEORGIO VALENTINO BOLD CITY BREWERY Makers come in all shapes and sizes. Founded in 2008, Bold City Brewery has become a big fish in Jax, but compared to the windmills it’s tilting against—multinational giants like Belgium’s AB InBev—this homegrown beer imprint is but a cottage industry. This week’s cover star, Alex Johnson, is one of a small handful of Bold City’s brewers. He had been crafting his own beer at home for eight years before joining the company in 2015. “I happened to be at the right place at …

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Lewis Black

Florida Theatre128 East Forsyth St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map The Daily Show alum’s new standup show, “The Joke’s on Us,” delivers dry comment on the current state of political affairs. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, The Florida Theatre, Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $39.50-$65.

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Robert Barlow Feb. 13. Davis Turner Feb. 14. Shawn Layne Feb. 15. Sam McDonald Feb. 16. Barrett Thomas, Amy Vickery Feb. 17 SJ BREWING Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Hupp & Ray Feb. 16 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Pili Pili Feb. 13. Tad Jennings Feb. 14. Hupp, Them Vagabonds Feb. 15. Charlotte P, Reggae SWAT Team Feb. 16. JCnMike Feb. 17. Mark O’Quinn Feb. 19 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Larry & the Backtracks Feb. 14   AVONDALE, ORTEGA CASBAH Café, 3628 …

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Classic Concentration

MURDER BY DEATH, J. RODDY WALSTON, JONNY FRITZ 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage, staugamphitheatre.com, $25-$28. St. Augustine Amphitheatre1340C A1A SouthSt. Augustine, FL 32080 View larger map story by NICK McGREGOR It’s impossible not to judge some books by their covers. Take Louisville gothic-folk band Murder by Death, for instance. That ominous moniker conjures up an unshakeable image taut with apocalyptic Southern noir. Singer Adam Turla’s Johnny Cash-like baritone cements the assumptions, as does a listen to the band’s eighth full-length, The Other Shore (2018). On this concept album about end times and a human population …

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The Sound of Africa

CROCODILE RIVER MUSIC 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Jacksonville Arts & Music School, 3315 N. Liberty St., avantcurious.org, $10-$20. Jacksonville Arts & Music School3315 N. Liberty St.Jacksonville, FL 32206 View larger map story by BRENDAN RIVERS Avant Arts and Jacksonville Arts & Music School (JAMS) are teaming up to give Northeast Florida a taste of African music, arts and culture in celebration of Black History Month. Those familiar with the local music scene will likely know of Avant. Founder and occasional Folio Weekly contributor Keith Marks has been sharing thoughtful and diverse musical experiences with Jacksonville’s stages and airwaves (through …

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Loving Life

DANCE LOVE LIFE GIVE 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 16, WJCT Studios, Northbank, eventbrite.com, $50. Bring your dancing shoes: DJ Nick Fresh spins at the afterparty and silent auction. WJCT Studios100 Festival Park Ave.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Little cat feet, that’s the phrase that leaps to mind as I sit in rehearsal watching the dancers of Jacksonville Dance Theatre perform a mirroring exercise. It feels deliberate and full of potential while visually operating across several levels. It’s like a sketchbook page, filled with partially completed drawings that point in the direction of evocative content, but …

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Trappist Tales

story by MARC WISDOM When any discussion of great beer gets going, you can be sure the topic of Trappist beer will come up. Beer brewed by Trappist monks is lauded as among the best beer in the world. Indeed, Westvleteren XII from the Belgian St. Sixtus monastery is often referred to as the best beer in the world. It also happens to be one of the most difficult to obtain. The beer brewed by monks in the 14 Trappist breweries around the globe is not only good, it’s a time-honored institution that goes back centuries. “Trappist” refers to monks …

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To Brie or Not to Brie

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON Not to offend (not true–don’t care–I’m a chef)don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be mean … but I’ve never met anyone named Brie who was even one iota as wonderful as the real Brie. For those of y’all out of the loop, Brie is not just another kind of cheese. Brie is considered by many to be “cheese royalty” and it’s not primogeniture, political intrigue or happy accident. Rather, Brie has earned an elevated status through its breathtakingly delectable, buttery flavor and its luscious, creamy, incomparable texture. I admit that, at times, I’ve …

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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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