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===== Whether it’s a contestant from Jacksonville on “American Idol” (is that thing still on?) or comedian Katt Williams’ riffing on Washington Heights and Eureka Gardens in a Netflix special, I love when our fair city gets randomly mentioned on a TV show (good or bad), probably because I feel like half of the country still doesn’t even know Jacksonville exists … which brings me to one of the greatest Jacksonville pop culture references of all time. (It’s a couple months old, but give me a break; I don’t have cable.) The show: “The Oval,” a presidential drama about the …

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Words by Kerry Speckman                   It’s that time of year again! Time to make promises to yourself, proclaim them on social media, publicly swear you’re going to stick to them … only to give up by National Pizza Week*. My point here, dear friends, is not to lecture you about sticking to your goals or even make them in the first place. Instead, I wanted share the five most popular resolutions, as reported in a new Forbes Health survey, so you remember you are not alone in your endeavors.  Improved fitness  Improved …

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Words by Kerry Speckman Shout out to River City Pride and anyone and everyone who make Pride Month such a beautiful success. A personal highlight was seeing Mayor Donna Deegan serve as grand marshal of the Pride parade. It should be a requirement for all future mayors. If you thought you were in a Taylor Swift/Travis Kelce-free zone, you are mistaken as this Traylor Swelce tale involves little ol’ Jacksonville. Turns out Travis was shopping at a Kansas City boutique called Fetch looking for a vintage Kansas City Chiefs jacket for Tay-Tay and spied a prayer candle with her likeness …

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Words by Kerry Speckman   One of my all-time favorite nuggets of Jax trivia is that it’s the birthplace — and final resting place — of actress Alice Nunn. Never heard of her? Well, if you missed her as Passenger with Dog in “Airport 75,” Lady With Wallet in “Petticoat Junction” or Woman Customer at Quickie Mart on “Simon & Simon,” maybe you caught her scene-stealing turn as Large Marge in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” The folks at Sun-Ray Cinema obviously appreciate Ms. Nunn’s stellar performance in the latter as they have planned a unique movie experience that involves a …

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Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Pete Davidson scheduled a last-minute date for two shows at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall late last month. I, for one, was not willing to spend a car payment to see him, which is a relief since I saw some very mixed reviews on FB (from “great show” to “cringy misogyny”). Turns out, I could have seen Davidson the day before had I been at Don’s Barbershop in Ponte Vedra. In a Specktator exclusive, I spoke to stylist Khristina Himes who gave the comedian a quick trim around the ears and neck. “He was super …

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