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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St., 277-3811 Davis Turner Nov. 28. Amy Vickery Nov. 30. Sam McDonald Dec. 1. Trev Barnes Dec. 2 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee, 849-1654 Kevin Ski Dec. 1 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652 Pili Pili Nov. 28. Tad Jennings Nov. 29. Radio Love Nov. 30 7 Street Dec. 1. JCnMike Dec. 2. 2 Dudes from Texas Dec. 3. Mark O’Quinn Dec. 4 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher, 261-5711 Larry & the Backtracks Nov. 29. King Eddie & Pili Pili Nov. 30. Davis …

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Amanda Coogan

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville333 North Laura St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map MOCA Jacksonville’s atrium is usually reserved for site-specific installations. Now the contemporary art museum invites a performance artist as resident for the first time. Amanda Coogan, an Irish protégé of performance art pioneer Marina Abramovi, plans a series of in-situ interventions in collaboration with local art students and Phase Eight Theater Company.  ___________________________________ Noon Wednesday, Nov. 28; 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, MOCA Jacksonville, Downtown, mocajacksonville.unf.edu

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Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Elf - The Musical

Elf – The Musical: Holiday Favorite on the Big Stage at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW The Alhambra Theatre opened its annual Christmas holiday show with the Jacksonville premier of “Elf – The Musical” on December 21, 2018, which will remain on stage through December 24. “Elf” came to life in a movie released in 2003 and was a big hit. A musical version debuted on Broadway in 2010, and has remained a popular seasonal show throughout the country. The play opens with Santa (), who has been using his iPad to keep his naughty and nice lists updated, deciding to relate the story of Buddy the Elf. Buddy is not really …

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Alt-Droite

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO I know, I know. It’s Thanksgiving. I should be talking about Mom and apple pie. And I fully intended to. Really. I mean, we’ve risen to the occasion here at Folio Weekly, producing a hella ‘Murrican issue for this hella ’Murrican holiday. There’s football. There are cars. There’s country music. And my weekly editorial was to be a thing of bipartisan beauty. I planned to give thanks to our readers for the healthy dialogue (see Mail) and encourage even more engagement. Folio Weekly is, after all, the place for our community to express opinions of all …

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A Cult, a Kidnapping & Karma

story by PAT McLEOD Two new films on Netflix involve the supernatural, and both promise something new and original. Apostle (2018) is a Netflix Original and clearly the bigger-budgeted, starring Dan Stevens (Matthew, Downton Abbey). However, I Remember You (Iceland’s  less-expensive ’17 entry) is the one that will linger in your mind. Both movies have unusual, exotic settings (at least to Northeast Floridians’ eyes). Apostle takes place mostly on a remote island off the coast of 1905 England. It was actually filmed in Port Talbot, Wales, on a set that’s really rather convincing. Much activity in I Remember You centers …

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Conventional Wisdom

story by A.G. GANCARSKI One big wish-list item for Jacksonville city leaders: a new convention center. The arguments against the current spot at Prime Osborn are myriad and well-rehearsed. A new convention center, goes the debate, would bring new people to Jacksonville’s Downtown. It would serve as an argument for all the amenities here in the Bold New City of the South “Where Florida Begins,” and would show that, indeed, “It’s Easier Here.” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has been hearing about the need for a new convention center since before he took office. In 2015, his transition committee recommended a …

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Walls of Hope

story by JENNIFER MELVILLE Art has the power to be healing and transformative. For survivors of sexual assault, it can be a lifeline. The statistics are staggering. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. The perpetrator is often an intimate partner or acquaintance. Of the survivors, 81 percent of women and 35 percent of men report significant short-term and long-term effects, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s vitally important that survivors have a safe place to go for assistance, support and …

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The Storyteller

GAMBLE ROGERS: A TROUBADOUR’S LIFE Author appearances: Bruce Horovitz, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Rd. 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, 3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach story by MARLENE DRYDEN The state of Florida is known for many things—some kitschy, some historical, some just plain shameful (hanging chads, anyone?)—but it’s safe to say that the Sunshine State can claim a certain form of music as its own. It’s part Americana, part folk, part rock, part island escape, part troubadour-ish. The style of music that Gamble Rogers played throughout the state and around …

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Cruising Memory Lane

Jacksonville on Wheels: A Car Culture Retrospective Dorothy K. Fletcher book signings, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 23, San Marco Bookstore, Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 24, The BookMark, Neptune Beach, free story by GEORGIO VALENTINO The gateway to Florida, Jacksonville has long served as a transit hub. Steamships, railroads and trucks have all made their mark on the history and culture of the city. In the boom years following the Second World War, however, the car was king. A new book by local author Dorothy K. Fletcher documents those halcyon days. Indeed, Jacksonville on Wheels: A Car Culture Retrospective (published by The History …

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The Melanin Market

Buster Ford Checkerboard Park804 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32206 View larger map The Melanin Market’s Real Black Friday Market is an opportunity to support artists and crafters of color right here in NEFLa. From homewares and jewelry to fine art and surprising trinkets, this is another chance to reject the corporate dross of big-box stores and support the quirky, curious makers in our own community. ___________________________________ 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, Buster Ford Checkerboard Park, Springfield, facebook.com/ourmelaninmarket

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Feast Fit for a King of Beasts

story by DAVI Dear Davi, I’ve heard terrifying tales of danger for dogs lurking around and under the dinner table. How can I stop myself from retching over something exceedingly unpleasant on Thanksgiving Day? Bernie the Bassett Hound   Dear Worried Bernie, It’s no secret that dogs have voracious appetites and, quite frankly, low standards when it comes to food. I wouldn’t have a problem eating a month-old cracker from under the couch cushion or nibbling on an old sock, so it’s no wonder I’m always up for sharing whatever is on my human’s plate, especially during the holidays. If …

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Fractured Fables

story by DAN HUDAK There are few filmmakers better than the Coen Bros. at their best (Fargo). There are also few more frustrating filmmakers than the Coen Bros. at their most mediocre (Inside Llewyn Davis). The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is thoroughly mediocre. Netflix is hedging its bets with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by releasing it online and in select theaters at the same time, and understandably so: It lacks the bite, sharp writing and social commentary that usually comprise the brothers’ best work. And because it’s composed of six unconnected vignettes set in the Old West, it also …

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St., 277-3811 Robbie Litt Nov. 23. Travis Harden Nov. 24. Kevin Ski Nov. 25 SJ Brewing Co., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee, 849-1654 Kevin Ski Nov. 24. SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652 Pili Pili Nov. 21. Tad Jennings Nov. 22. Woodward Johnson Nov. 23. Michael Hulett Nov. 24. JCnMike Nov. 25. Mark O’Quinn Nov. 27 The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher, 261-5711 Larry & the Backtracks Nov. 22. Davis Turner Nov. 24   AVONDALE, ORTEGA CASBAH Café, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. …

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Love the Lahmacun

EPHESUS MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & PIZZA 9527 Regency Square Blvd., Arlington, 337-1666, ephesusjax.com Ephesus Mediterranean Grill & Pizza9527 Regency Square Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32225 View larger map story by BRENTLEY STEAD It always seems like I find the best food at out-of-the-way places, like Ephesus Mediterranean Grill & Pizza. It’s in an odd spot, near Regency Target and AMC Theater, but it’s well worth the detour. Two words: Turkish pizza. Ephesus specializes in classic and innovative Turkish and Mediterranean fare. The menu has the usuals, like moussaka, as well as an unexpected–but not unwelcome–selection of pizzas. I mean, they already have the equipment …

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Thank-less-giving

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON Have you noticed? Thanksgiving week is in full swing right now! Yeah, baby! If you’re the poor soul responsible for preparing the annual feast, God bless you! For hotel industry culinarians, the two weeks leading up to Turkey Day are definitely the most challenging of the year. There are oceans of turkey stock to produce and transform into gravy,  nearly impossible efforts to find extra refrigeration space for hundreds of turkeys arriving daily on the loading dock, and the tonnage of Idaho potatoes stacked on every inch of shelf space in the place. Don’t forget that …

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Experimental & Cool

BobbyK BOUTIQUE & Bark Boutique To open Nov. 23, 1711 Main St., Springfield, shopbobbyk.com. BobbyK’s couture dress displays through Jan. 24, Main Library story by MADELEINE PECK WAGNER Talking to Bobby Kelley at the bar at El Jefe (yes, we had beers; yes, we had chips and queso), I can’t help but think about Alexander McQueen. No, the Jax-based designer and entrepreneur behind the brand Bobbyk isn’t the kind of mercurial genius who would require a side (drug) room during an event. But Kelley definitely has the same sense of integrity and passion, as well as the commitment to the …

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Pursuit of Perfection

ATMOSPHERE, DEM ATLAS, THE LIONESS, DJ KEEZY 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 209-0399, pvconcerthall.com, $30-$35 Ponte Vedra Music Hall1050 A1A N.Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 View larger map story by NICK McGREGOR Fiery independence is a must for anyone serious about breaking into the hip hop game. But very few rap groups have achieved a level of DIY success like Minnesota’s Atmosphere. Long inured to being overlooked by the rap game’s bicoastal power structure, MC Sean “Slug” Daley and DJ/producer Anthony “Ant” Davis have released nearly 10 full-length albums in 20 years, including their latest, Mi …

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How Democrats Won Jacksonville

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 LUIS ZALDIVAR On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, Duval Countyflippedblue for the first time since 1986, officially putting Jacksonville on the map of Florida battlegrounds for 2020. With this election, we can also definitively turn the page on a long list of assumptions about the city—assumptions that those of us on the ground …

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News Bites: Rawls Well That Ends Well; Starship Enterprise; Sneak Peek

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO RAWLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL It would be an understatement to say that St. Augustine city authorities were concerned about Ron Rawls’ plan to lead a protest at the Nov. 17 Nights of Lights kick-off ceremony. The city even passed an 11th-hour ordinance to literally curb the pastor of Lincolnville’s St. Paul AME Church. (The ordinance limited the protest to the sidewalk.) As The St. Augustine Record’s Travis Gibson reported on Nov. 18, however, all went smoothly. Rawls did indeed make an appearance, along with 150 congregants opposed to the continuing presence of two Confederate memorials …

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Continental Drifting

story by SHELTON HULL As I sit here, typing this, our beloved Jacksonville Jaguars have just plucked defeat from the jaws of victory, coming back from a 12-point deficit against the Indianapolis Colts only to lose their chance for a game-tying field goal on a fumble in the last two minutes of the game. It’s been that kind of season for the team, which began the season in perhaps its best spirits in 20 years. Last year’s squad came within one bad call of a spot in Super Bowl LII, so players and fans alike were entirely justified in expecting …

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Roarin’

story by NICOLE CARROLL The Jacksonville Jaguars’ season is already at the halfway mark, and yet there’s still so much preparation for each game happening behind the scenes—both before the players step on TIAA Bank Field and after each game. Gear must be gathered, luxury vehicles must be gassed up, and each player must eventually get back to his home sweet home. Pro football players aren’t usually local men—most of them relocate to the Jacksonville area to play the game they love. And that’s where Kyle Bosworth and Jason Babin, of RedZone Realty Group, come in. Former football players themselves, …

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St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival

Francis Field25 W. Castillo Dr.St. Augustine, FL 32084 View larger map It’s all here, from bedazzled Santa figures and wooden reindeer to meticulously rendered images of notable local sites. It’s also a chance to stock up on handmade home goods like bowls, serving spoons and blankets. Bonus: food trucks and snacks. Craft = cozy; cozy = happy. ___________________________________ 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 & Sunday, Nov. 25, Francis Field, St. Augustine, staugustineartfestival.com

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Winterfest

Adventure Landing1944 Beach Blvd.Jacksonville, FL 32250 View larger map ’Tis the season! Every year since 2011, Adventure Landing in Jax Beach has transformed itself into a winter wonderland, combining the cozy chalet ambiance of the Swiss Alps and the festive atmosphere of Germany’s famous Christmas markets. This eighth edition features the only real outdoor ice rink on the First Coast and an ice slide, not to mention nightly “snowfalls.” ___________________________________ Until Jan. 7, Adventure Landing, Jax Beach, jaxwinterfest.com

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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade

A NEFLa favorite: vessels of all shapes and sizes deck their hulls with illuminated décor then float along the St. Johns River’s north and south banks. It’s like a Viking funeral but with more eggnog and less human sacrifice. The evening culminates with a fireworks show off the Main Street and Acosta Bridges–since, in Jacksonville, nothing says “Seasons Greetings” quite like a big boom! ___________________________________ 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, St. Johns River, Downtown. We suggest watching from Riverwalk.

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Selwyn Birchwood

Blue Jay Listening Room2457 South 3rd St.Jacksonville, FL 32250 View larger map Florida’s own six-string virtuoso, Birchwood has been strumming since the tender age of 13. He quickly became known around the Sunshine State for his hot blues licks and raw, raspy vocals. Now a full-fledged maestro, Birchwood and his Tampa-based quintet are international tour sensations, playing to massive festival crowds around the world. ___________________________________ 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, Blue Jay Listening Room, Jax Beach, bluejayjax.com, $25

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, My Fair Lady, Marcy Appelbaum Photography

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Delivers Remarkable Chemistry in “My Fair Lady”

A  Dual Critics Review Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presented four performances of “My Fair Lady,” one of the best known and most beloved musicals of all time, during November 14 – 18, 2018. The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1965, won six Tony Awards, which included the Best Musical award. The wonderful classic music and songs were likely unknown to most of the DASOTA students, as the last time it was produced on a local stage was almost ten years ago. The story is based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” (written in 1912), with book and lyrics …

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Holiday Magic: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Comes to Jacksonville

Exploring the history and mystery behind Mannheim Steamroller is like a musical advent calendar. Behind every window is a new story, a different instrument, or an inspirational moment waiting to be discovered. Mannheim Steamroller delivers a special holiday performance one night only on November 20th at the Moran Theater (www.artistseriesjax.com). The program will include interpretations of holiday classics and a 20-minute segment of material from the beloved Fresh Aire series. EU Jacksonville had the opportunity to speak with creator Chip Davis from his home nestled deep in hilly, tree-lined Nebraska about finding joy in the little things and harnessing the …

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Nights of Lights

Prohibition Kitchen119 St. George St.St. Augustine, FL 32084 View larger map It’s the annual Nights of Lights kick-off event. Come for the tinkles in a magical setting, stay for for the Raisin Cake Orchestra’s toe-tappin’ performance at Prohibition Kitchen. The lighting takes place in the heart of the Old City (4 p.m.), and RCO take to the stage in the evening. ___________________________________ 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Prohibition Kitchen, 119 St. George St., St. Augustine, pkstaug.com

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CoRK Open Studio

CoRK Arts District2689 Rosselle St.Jacksonville, FL 32204 View larger map It is that time of year again, when the warehouse complex at the corner of King and Rosselle streets opens the doors to all of the studios inside. The result is a richly nuanced experience: everything from protest art to daub-y Impressionist efforts to intricate assemblages. ___________________________________ Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, corkartsdistrict.com

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Diavolo

Thrasher-Horne Center283 College Dr.Orange Park, FL 32065 View larger map Fresh off America’s Got Talent, the 26-year-old dance troupe comes to Clay County to perform Architecture in Motion. The spectacle explores movement against a backdrop of elaborately designed space, with performers pushing the limits of the human form. ___________________________________ 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, Thrasher-Horne Center, thcenter.org, $39

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