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RADICAL LOVE

Folio A&E Indigo Art Therapy Studio4282 HerschelJacksonville, FL 32250 View larger map Hosted by GeeXella, described as “A bleeding heart, rainbow-fueled, passionate nightingale,” the DJ, singer, rapper, educator and activist believes in personal freedom and the accessible process of zine-making. This workshop is a place to explore ideas of self-care and share stories in a safe space. _____________________6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, Indigo Art Therapy Studio, Riverside, indigoarttherapy.com, $35-$65.

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THE THINKS YOU’LL THINK

Folio A&E OP Community Theatre2900 Moody AveOrange Park, FL 32073 View larger map Quasi-charming, certainly cocky, sporting a tall red-and-white hat and, at his feet, minions Thing One and Thing Two: He’s the Cat in the Hat, here in NEFLa for a limited time indeed, with music, lyrics and book by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is staged this fall. ____________________________The witty kitty starts his reign of chaos 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Orange Park Community Theatre, opct.info, $25. The show is up through Sept 23.

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O BROTHERS, WHERE ART THOU?

Folio A&E story by PAT McLEOD Among the many siblings working today in film are Irish brothers Martin and John Michael McDonagh. Unlike most moviemaking family members—to name a few of at least 15 such examples: the Coens, the Farellys, the Wachowskis, and the Tavianis—the McDonaghs have worked independently of each other (like Ridley and Tony Scott), each with great success. Martin McDonagh’s best film so far is his third, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. His first two also received considerable acclaim—In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. John Michael’s two earlier films, The Guard and Calvary, created significant anticipation for a …

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SMASH MASH

Folio A& E Veterans Memorial Arena300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.Jacksonville, FL View larger map More than just a bunch of souped-up trucks (yet there are plenty of those), this is a chance to see some serious crowd faves all under one roof, including Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs, the famous Grave Digger and El Toro Loco! And rabid fans can vote for the winner in the dirt track race, the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions. _______________________________________________ 1 & 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., jaxarena.com, $15-$130.

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The Cutest Stoner on YouTube

FOLIO VOICES story by SHELTON HULL Though she’s a local, born and raised in St. Augustine, and a Duval resident for three years, Ellie Kitten’s real name is a trade secret. Given the nature of her work, the tendency to kayfabe is more than reasonable. After all, despite the rapid normalization of hostilities between opposing sides in regard to medical marijuana, one’s support for the cause is not necessarily dinner-table conversation. While only a few of her friends and family are aware of her current side-hustle, those who are have been very supportive, which makes sense, because she’s the kind …

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Some Like It Ruff

PET PARENTING story by DAVI Some of the greatest rewards in a dog’s life are belly rubs and rump scratches. Though some may scoff, massage therapy has gained popularity among pets and pet parents—with noticeable results. Licensed canine massage therapist Betty Bennett explains the ancient art of healing and how it can help rehabilitate aching hounds. Davi: Why is massage therapy beneficial to a pet?Betty Bennett: The benefits that pets get from massage are similar to the benefits bipeds get. There’s evidence that pet massage improves circulation, aids in healing, reduces anxiety, builds trust and provides overall wellness for animals. …

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

COVER STORY story by DANIEL A. BROWN As we speak, water is being pulled from the air. It seems fitting that Richard Borders asked to be interviewed at a sensory deprivation tank center. For a half-century-plus, he’s been a countercultural seeker. In the ’60s, Borders pioneered the creation of rock concert light shows. Using elements such as colored oils and lighting and overhead slide and film projectors, Borders and his cohorts provided a live visual dialogue between themselves and the performers at marathon rock shows by The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. So sitting …

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News Bites: This Commuter Life; Branding the Dirty ‘Dina; 100 Years of Ball

COMMUNITY NEWS story by SHELTON HULL THE ROADS MORE TRAVELED If you ask anyone what their favorite thing about living in Florida is, no one would say “the traffic.” Well, maybe some would, and those people should really be monitored more closely. “Whether it’s via Interstate 95, 295, 10 or another major thoroughfare,” writes Jay Schlichter of the Jacksonville Daily Record, “vehicles often crawl at a few miles per hour rather than travel at or above the posted speed limits, creating what looks like lengthy parking lots.” Schlichter’s article breaks down the internal mechanics of our stressful daily commutes, using …

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News AAND Notes: Owning It Edition

COMMUNITY NEWS -from STAFF VIRTUALLY UNBIASED Implicit bias has been the subject of well-deserved focus in recent years. Oregon’s Eugene Weekly reporter Amber Cecil had the opportunity to test an innovative use of tech to fight it: virtual reality implicit bias training. Upon donning a pair of VR goggles, Cecil found herself in a crowded middle-school classroom full of movement and diversity. The goal of the software created by startup Glimmer Technology, EW reports, is to manufacture a stressful classroom setting so teachers can work through the situation and learn how to reduce the effect of implicit bias on disciplinarian …

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Poison Place: The Showdown

COMMUNITY NEWS story by SUSAN CLARK ARMSTRONG For some, the last few months have been like a high-stakes poker game. On one side was a big corporation, a developer, and its consultant, all playing for big bucks. On the other side were rural residents, playing for their lives. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Life is not a matter of holding good cards but playing a poor hand well.” The big corporation and its associates initially seemed to hold all the good cards: money, inside knowledge, influence and time. But the neighborhood folks banded together, learned quickly and turned their poor hand …

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Mass Shooting: The Movie

FOLIO VOICES story by CLAIRE GOFORTH It is surreal when a mass shooting happens in your city. Like most American burgs, Jacksonville figured it was only a matter of time before it was us, yet it came as a terrible surprise when we heard the news on Sunday: three dead, including the shooter who committed suicide, nine injured by bullets and two in the panicked escape. Thus began the production that we’ve all seen too many times, only the scene was The Jacksonville Landing, rather than Marjory Stoneman, Mandalay Bay or Pulse. This is how the aftermath of a mass …

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Murder Was the Case

FOLIO VOICES story by A.G. GANCARSKI Back in 2015, when Lenny Curry defeatedAlvin Brown for Jacksonville mayor, arguably the most important factor was Curry’s ability to control the narrative. Curry’s take: Brown was weak on public safety. Proof? After Brown took office in 2011, the city lost 147 police officer positions and another 92 community service officer positions. That force attrition engendered the violent crime we were seeing on Jacksonville streets, specifically an uptick in the murder rate, per the argument. The contention percolated through the campaign, as Curry began to climb in the polls. Some people associated with the …

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Raising the Bar

FOLIO DINING story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON No one does bars like the Italians.Bars are literally everywhere in Italy, each unique yet each the same. Does that make sense? Of course not. It’s Italy! A bar in Italy is nothing like a NEFla bar. Italian bars are not places to drink copious amounts of alcohol; they’re really more like snack bars, but they serve alcohol, and lots of coffee. Here’s the deal on Italian bars: First, there’s at least one on every corner in every town. Second, there’s a bar at every single place one might pause, literally anywhere. For …

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Besties Banned from the Brewhouse

FOLIO DINING story by MARC WISDOM It’s a tradition at many local breweries to stop in with your best friend and have a beer. At least it was, if your best friend happens to be the four-legged kind. In a letter dated Aug. 13, the Duval County Florida Department of Health (FDOH) “reminded” local breweries that dogs are not allowed in taprooms. To many owners of breweries, taprooms and bar, this puts a serious crimp in their business. “I think we will see a change in overall business,” said Dennis Espinosa of Historic Springfield’s Main & Six Brewing Company. “People …

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Hurricane Party

Folio Music Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens829 Riverside AvenueJacksonville, FL View larger map story by GEORGIO VALENTINO In the last decade, Cory Driscoll’s music career has taken him from his native Jacksonville to Tallahassee to Los Angeles to Asheville and back home again. His current project centers on the River City and the perils it faces because of climate change. The indie singer spoke to Folio Weekly about his forthcoming concept album Tropical Depression. The eponymous pun may smack of Jimmy Buffett, but Alan Jackson beat him (and Driscoll) to it. The depression of which Jackson drawls on his …

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Christina Sings Out Loud

Folio A&E St. Augustine Amphitheater1340 Highway A1A SouthSt. Augustine, FL View larger map story by JENNIFER MELVILLE With an unforgettable voice as huskily hypnotizing as a warm Southern summer evening, Jacksonville native Christina Wagner is a powerful presence in the NE Florida cultural scene. This pint-sized powerhouse knows how to draw a crowd. A singer and songwriter since childhood, Wagner’s first professional performance took place at Thee Imperial in Downtown Jacksonville 17 years ago, when a friend dared her to get up onstage and sing a song with him. Since then, she’s performed all over the First Coast and is …

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BOTH FOREIGN AND FAMILIAR

Folio A&E Crisp-Ellert Art Museum48 Sevilla St.St. Augustine, FL 32084Phone: (904) 826-8530 View larger map story by DANIEL A. BROWN There are certain forces at play in the works of Jiha Moon. The Korean-born artist creates pieces that bring to mind a sense of evolving iconography, pan-identity—even mysticism. Her work fuses classical Korean, Chinese and Japanese signifiers with contemporary icons. Ornately created mashups of Korean fans, emojis and art deco cherubs, corporate branding, Indian gods and flying dragons, all populate her work. The touring exhibit, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here features about 60 works, including 2D, 3D …

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Jacksonville Beach’s Community Theatre: Players By The Sea 2018 Pelican Awards

The Pelican Awards are presented annually by Players by the Sea, Jacksonville Beach’s community theatre to honor the many contributions of its actors, musicians, technical staff, and volunteers. The celebration and awards ceremony for the 2017-18 ceremony was staged for a packed house filled with friends and passionate supporters. This year’s party was Black Tie Optional, and many attendees dressed as though in a fashion show. Note: While this is a free event, demand is high and seats are limited – if you’re planning on attending next year, you will need a reservation. The evening began at 6:00 pm, when …

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Culhane's Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach, dingle fish pie

Dangle Your Line for Dingle Fish Pie at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach

Unorthodox Irish Pub Fare Makes Devout Fans When one considers seafood in an Irish pub, a proper piece of flaky, battered cod the size of a baby’s arm and a mound of “chips” (French fries to us Yanks) is usually what springs to mind. At in , they are putting a new spin on traditional Irish fare with elements sourced right at home. Mary Jane Culhane – one of the four Culhane sisters at the helm of the popular establishment tucked neatly between a credit union and a pet supermarket in a commercial strip center – says the family-run restaurant …

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Fish Oils: Are They Good For You?

How lucky are we that we live in a beautiful city that provides a variety of places in which to fish! Now, I find myself challenged on how I can relate fishing, something that I have yet to try, to health and wellness, one of my life’s greatest passions. I’m grateful to know someone who can give a first-person perspective on what fishing does to someone’s state of mind. My nephew tells me that fishing instantly whisks him away from the stresses of the day. The first tug on the line brings a variety of mystery and excitement. He claims …

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Dishes of Fishes 🐟 Tasty Seafood Restaurants Around Jacksonville & The Beaches of Northeast Florida, Taverna, salmon, photo by Nate Mayo

Dishes of Fishes 🐟 Tasty Seafood From Restaurants in Jacksonville & The Beaches of Northeast Florida

Local Seafood Dishes Northeast Florida has a strong Southern food game, but we also shine when it comes to dishes from the water, sometimes from unexpected places. While places such as , , and others that specialize in seafood are local favorites, there are a number of from-the-water dishes that residents love, even in places that don’t have seafood front and center. At on the , there’s three dishes we recommend, depending on what you’re craving. For a lunch item we think their fish sandwich is a winner. It’s served in their bento box with their shoestring fries, which are …

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Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise

10 Facts About Fishing in Florida

Florida is a killer place to cast a line. In addition to 4 million resident anglers, approximately 2 million people visit Florida to fish annually. Fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. From major tournaments to laid-back fishing along the , there’s a bit of something for every taste and talent. Here are 10 facts you should know before you catch fish in Florida. If you’re 16-65, you need a freshwater fishing license. For those under 16 or developmentally disabled, a license is not required. Florida residents 65+ qualify for a free Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. For those ages …

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Antique Road Warrior

COMMUNITY NEWS story by JAKE GERKEN Somewhere in a Northeast Florida garage off I-95 are a couple mad men laboring under the oppressive summer heat to prepare a 107-year-old iron dynamo for a 3,400-mile ride. I speak, of course, of the mythical Reading Standard Model R-S Motorcycle and its rider, Norm Nelson. There it sat, like a muted phantom in the small workshop, its slender frame boasting a 30.45-cubic-inch side valve, single cylinder engine—one of the first of its kind—a serpentine belt-drive connected to the back wheel to deliver the engine’s antediluvian power, and a whole pantheon of esoteric rods …

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Strong, Smart & Capable

Folio A&E story by PAT McLEOD Scanning news on my iPhone recently, I read about two actresses and their unfortunate denouements. One story was of Veronica Lake, a striking blonde goddess (her trademark was her cascading hair, partially hiding her face) whose many hits in the ’40s included Sullivan’s Travels and This Gun for Hire. Lake died of alcohol-induced hepatitis at age 50; she’d been working as a New York City hotel maid.Margot Kidder’s career lasted longer; her roles were more varied. Her apex was as Lois Lane in the three Christopher Reeve Superman films. She also struggled with mental …

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Run, Taco, Run!

Folio A&E SeaWalk Pavilion75 N. First St.Jacksonville Beach, FL View larger map Run in anticipation for all the tacos you’re going to eat, or just run for the pure joy of it. Fun factoid: This is the continuation of a 50-year-old Beaches tradition. That’s right! The first Summer Beach Run was in 1965, starting in what would be K.A. Hanna Park two years later. In 2018, the five-miler has moved up the beach, with yummy incentives: tacos and free beer. _________ 5 p.m. Saturday (1 mile 5:05 p.m.), Aug. 25 at SeaWalk Pavilion, Jax Beach, 1stplacesports.com/races/sbr, $12-$35.

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The Nile of North America

Folio A&E Riverside Arts Market715 Riverside Ave.Jacksonville, FL View larger map Celebrate the jewel that winds its way northward through our lives. The St. Johns River needs a little help and Sweetwater Brewing Company is ready, willing and able, holding an all-day festival that exhorts us to do a better job caring for our magnificent waterway. Carnival games, SUP lessons, boat rides and a paddling flotilla (rent from Black Creek Outfitters or bring your own) are featured. _______________________________________ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at RAM, Riverside, ram.riversideavondale.org.

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Go Big or Go Home

Folio A&E Florida Theatre128 E Forsyth StreetJacksonville, FL 32205Phone: (904) 355-5661 View larger map In our June story on Jeff Dowd, he opined that what he thinks draws so many people to The Dude is the archetype of the Holy Fool. “‘The Holy Fool’ is a court jester subtly telling the king to f*ck off […] he’s liberated to be a free-thinker.” For NEFla free-thinkers, and those who consider themselves Achievers, the 20-year-old cult classic screens 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at The Florida Theatre, Downtown, floridatheatre.com, $7.50-$45.

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Preening Tough

Folio A&E Tattoos have undergone an almost total evolution: from marginal art (sometimes denigrated) to mainstream rite-of-passage (often praised). Purists and contrarians might gripe about the chrysalis of the art, collectors are thrilled to be alive in a time when seeing and acquiring refined tattoo work is possible. ________________________________The convention opens 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and runs through Aug. 26 at World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, setattoo.com, $20-$35.

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Contagious Energy

Folio A&E Breezy Jazz Club119 W Adams StJacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map With the vocal stylings of Bonnie Eisele, the quartet will get your heart a-pumpin’ and your jive a-jumpin.’ Master drummer DeMerle, beating the skins for more than 40 years, brings expertise and panache to the stage. He’s performed with David Sanborn, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Joe Williams— he founded the ever-popular Amelia Island Jazz Fest (held in October). _________________________The quartet appears 8:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Breezy Jazz Club, Downtown, $10.

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