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What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?, Photo by Lance Asper

What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?

Some say Jacksonville is a diamond that wants to remain coal. What would it be like if Jacksonville were a city that didn’t hate itself… led by people who acknowledged its achievements? Here are a few things that possibly would have happened in New York, Rome, London Paris, Seattle, or San Francisco if the leaders that made them into Great Cities had been given our city and history. The Southern Music Hall of Fame would be open and full to capacity somewhere in downtown. , and The Allman Brothers would have exhibits there and all the music aficionados would know …

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‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ Another Outstanding Performance by Playwright, Poet, Journalist, Actor and Nationally Known Personality Al Letson

A Dual Critics Review On July 5th 2019 the Dual Critics attended an outstanding performance by playwright, poet, journalist, actor and nationally known personality at . He was smartly dressed in a red tee shirt with the letters “get smart” across the front. We won’t even try to list all the accomplishments of this forty-seven-year old renaissance man; that would require a separate review. He wrote The Centre Cannot Hold, a reflection on mob violence in modern life. And he appeared as himself, along with multiple other characters.  He has written several plays, many of which we have reviewed. The …

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Jax Poetry Fest Celebrates National Poetry Month in Downtown Jax for the 4th Year

It’s thought-provoking and inspiring, emotional and raw, connecting us all through the power of the written word. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Hope at Hand presents the 4th Annual Jax Poetry Fest with free community workshops and presentations by a collection of local poets, writers and spoken-word artists in . Jax Poetry Fest is an annual event produced by the North Florida nonprofit every April during National Poetry Month to inspire community-based poetry projects and engage the community. The inaugural Poetry Fest was held in 2016. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown in terms of both …

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New Voices: Players by the Sea Announces New Play Development Program

BY BRADLEY AKERS, PBTS Associate Director Producing new plays by local writers is part of Theatre’s mission, an initiative continued since its 1966 inception. Jacksonville is on the brink of experiencing a Renaissance in theatre, that which is highly sparked by New Play Development. Writers such as , , , , , and have presented their work on the Players by the Sea stage, elevating their artistic development and making Jacksonville an incubator for the new voice. The hottest American theatre started somewhere, whether it was a living room reading or a workshop production. Now, in its 50th Season, Players …

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Collective Con 2015

The Rash of Con – Collective Con Lands at Fairgrounds

Collective Con Brings Nationally Trending Nerd Culture to Jacksonville Nerd culture conventions are not just the fodder of late night talk show jokes anymore. The days of convention attendants being mocked for not having girlfriends is a thing of the past. In the last 5 years, the larger conventions, like San Diego’s famous , have grown so popular, you have to buy your tickets almost a year in advance or it’ll sellout before you even know what character you intend to go as.  in Atlanta has proven that this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to the west coast. Recently, Orlando’s  has even …

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14 Best Things of 2014

The 14 Best Things that Happened in Jacksonville in 2014

Now that it is possible to fully reflect on the year that was 2014 it is safe to say it was the most energized and productive 12 months seen in Jacksonville in decades! EU Jacksonville invites you to be inspired by our listing of the 14 Best Things of 2014. And by all means share your own opinion: if you think there is something monumental we overlooked, if you truly disagree that our choices are worthy or if you want to compliment us on our taste, please do so at our Facebook page. 14. Street Food Makes a Home in …

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TEDxJacksonville 2014

What: Lecture series WHEN: Saturday, Oct 25 (10am-8pm) Location: WJCT Studios, 1 Festival Dr. Contact: www.tedxjacksonville.com This year’s ’s theme explores (un)knowing and the “vastness of potential through conscious questioning of what we think we know.” If you’re interested in learning from your past and moving on, this year’s TEDx is for you. The 2014 TEDxJacksonville TED Talks include a wide array of local and international speakers who will fall into one of four quadrants of the event: (un)restricted, (un)charted, (un)bound and (un)rest.   This year’s topics are:  (Jacksonville, environmental lawyer) – “Belonging to the Universe”  (LA, documentary filmmaker and …

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Al Letson’s Comic Book Super Hero

The glossy super heroes reflected in comic book tales’ panels are often exaggerated versions of the heroes walking among us in real life. However, it was real life that inspired  to craft a new kind of super hero, one who pushes back against the same insecurities and body issues we all face during our most harrowing adolescent struggles. Letson, playwright, poet, radio host of  heard on , and self-proclaimed comic book nerd, is authoring the limited edition, four-part comic book series . A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise the $15,000 needed to complete the project. The campaign ends August …

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3×5 Classic Film Fest

When developing plans for the inaugural , sponsored by ,  approached the process to select a truly great film. By limiting the workshops, panels and other extraneous activities that often detract from the films at similar events, Luckin wants the films to have the space to speak for themselves. “We hope people appreciate the simplicity of it. We didn’t want the films to get lost,” Luckin says. “We want to bring art to the community, so I wanted to pick five films that were really at the top of the heap. These films are regarded as some of the best …

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