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Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone “Twitter is the postcards in my head.” It’s difficult, if not impossible, to predict what will happen when Paula Poundstone takes the stage April 12 at the Florida Theatre. It all depends on what she’s in the mood for and the atmosphere in the room but one thing is certain. You will laugh. Hard. “There should be no injuries if all goes well,” Poundstone says. While no two shows are ever the same, Poundstone has an arsenal of material at the ready. She talks of raising a houseful of kids and animals. She touches on topical issues that …

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38th Humana Festival of New American Plays

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville attended the final week of the annual Humana Festival 2014 at Actors Theatre of Louisville, in Kentucky, which began February 26th and ended April 6th. This was the 38th consecutive year for the festival, which has introduced almost 450 new plays to American and international audiences, and has been made possible by a generous grant from the Humana Foundation. This year was extra special for a couple of reasons. First, it marks the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s presence as the foremost theatre in Louisville. In addition, the festival hosted the 2014 conference of …

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The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume

A Showcase of Jacksonville Hottest Musicians – The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume In a breaking One Spark development, The Elbow media manager Grant Neilson revealed to EU the first public announcement of “The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume 1,” Jacksonville’s first local music compilation in over ten years. The submission process just recently came to an end. Over 50 groups submitted songs that showcase some of the best up-and-comers in Duval’s burgeoning music scene. Congratulations to Antique Animals, Dr. Sirbrother, On Guard, Sidereal, Universal Green, Joshua Worden, Mortal Mirror, Whetherman, JacksonVegas, ND 20/20, Navigateur, The Embraced, Scott T, Herd Of Watts, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Canary in the Coalmine, Pilotwave, Inspection 12 (official), Marion Crane and DarkHorse Saloon for …

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WHAT’S BREWING

Feel that? It’s the feeling of spring. Forget the fact we had some bone-chilling weather in late March–it’s time to look forward to springtime beers! This is an exciting season for craft beer lovers. It’s much like legendary Hall of Fame baseball player, Rogers Hornsby, said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring”. Saisons, sours and lambics are traditionally featured during the spring and are the source for a lot of excitement. The anticipation of warmer months and these styles …

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Grow your own – April 2014

Spring is finally here! If you’re like many gardeners, you lost some of your tender or tropical plants to the freezing weather in January and February. If you have some space in your garden for new plants, why not select trees that provide delicious fruits you and your family can enjoy? When purchasing a fruit tree it pays to do your homework up front. Many years ago after we first moved to Florida, I bought a peach tree for our yard. I visualized a lovely tree teeming with scented blossoms in the spring, followed by delicious juicy peaches in early …

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One Spark Creator Music Stage at the Jacksonville Landing

Thursday, April 10 4:00 Joseph Cartolano 5:20 Jacob Creel 6:20 B.A.S.H. 6:40 101 At Peace Through Music 7:00 Mondo Mike and the Po Boys with Spice 2014 College Tour 7:20 Mama Blue 7:40 The Dog Apollo 8:00 Bread & Circus 8:20 Northe 8:40 The Big Band Project 9:00 Dalton Stanley Friday, April 11 6:00 Alexis Rhode 6:20 Uncle Nard of Tal-Kin Trees 6:40 Mil0 7:00 Chieforia 7:20 Oscar Mike 7:40 Civil Brute 8:00 Grandpa’s Cough Medicine 8:20 Stacey Bennett 8:40 Mike King Records and Releases LP Personal Legend 9:00 Ruffians 9:20 RYVLS 9:40 A Call for Kylie Saturday, April 12 …

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Downtown, In Focus

In the immortal words of former Jacksonville Mayor , “As your Downtown goes, so goes your city.” So then, how are things Downtown going today? The number of Downtown residents is the highest it’s been in decades, and residential properties are more than 90% occupied. Downtown office vacancy rates continue to drop each year. Crime in Downtown accounts for only 2% of serious crime in the entire City of Jacksonville. And, Downtown has more parking than , not including . Downtown champions are hard at work. The  has created a Spark Grant program for Downtown revitalization through the arts. , …

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Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Night Of Fire

Just as Downtown continues to go through a renaissance, so is the  ’s leadership, as it is sparking the fire and turning Downtown into a hot flame of the arts and cultural activity-–the phoenix is rising. The evolution of Downtown is intertwined with that of the Cultural Council, both integral and symbiotic parts of the economic engine focused on re-defining  as a vital place to live, work, and play. The iconic , the nexus of the now infamous , will soon come alive inside and out with, respectively, the ticketed Council’s 38th Annual Arts Celebration dinner inside, followed by a …

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Spark District Grants

The  is reinventing itself into a mature and multi-level central organization for the arts, which supports the art and cultural events in NE Florida. The  is just one major initiative. An artist can participate in the grant process for funding, too. The first round of Spark District grants was implemented last year with the following: : Art in Empty Storefronts by performing artist and educator  by long-time Jacksonville playwright  Jacksonville Songwriter Residency by , Musician in Residence (special thanks to the Omni for participating in this project) Sculpture Walk in Main Street Park by Professor , UNF Jenny Hager, well …

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