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The Miss Firecracker Contest – theatre review

St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre opened the month of March with a bang with its revival production of ‘s “.” Henley is best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning play, “,” a play written in 1978 that is still widely done by community theatres all over the country. Ms. Henley has written almost twenty plays, with the first six set in the South. She is also a successful screenwriter, and was the author of the film adaptations for the plays mentioned above. This show was done in the Jacksonville area in 1985 at River City Playhouse. The cast included , , …

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Grow your own – March 2014 – Florida-Friendly gardeners

Are you (or do you wish to be) a Florida-Friendly gardener? If so, the  invites you to have a  visit your yard. This team of volunteer Master Gardeners will not only confirm your successful practices; they will also suggest how you can make your outdoor environment even more Florida-Friendly. If you aren’t familiar with the Florida-Friendly concept, go to http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ to see what is involved. You may be surprised to know you probably already employ some or even all nine Florida-Friendly practices: 1. Select plants that do well in our area and place them in a location where they will …

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Best Buddies – Fiesta For Finding Friends

On Monday March 10, 2014  invites local community leaders, community supporters, sponsors, Best Buddies participants and board members to gather at  (11892 Atlantic Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32224) from 6-8pm to enjoy an evening celebrating friendship and to learn more about the 2014 Friendship Walk. Come for an opportunity to win prizes, sign-up your walk teams, and enjoy listening to how Best Buddies is making a difference in the lives of people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a free and family-friendly event with a taco buffet. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk will be held at the  on …

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Tennesee Queer – film review

The film opens up with the infamous high school gym wall, where gossip spreads about homosexual students, and their subsequent gay bashing. A painful place. The film’s director, Mark Jones is a Tennessee native who spent many years working on LGBT parade committees, as well as making several films about the struggles of being gay in the South. Jones was actually inspired to make this film by a Memphis mayor who refused to speak in favor of the LGBT rights for city workers. After experiencing such struggles, Jones hopes that one day Memphis will have a mayor willing to walk …

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Festival Feed-Back

With the Spring festival season rapidly approaching, we reached out to some locals who know a thing or two about the circuit to get their thoughts and feelings on some of their favorite festival experiences. Here’s what they had to say…  (Avid Concertgoer) What has been your favorite festival?  2012 (Austin) What made it so great? The number of stages and the variety of the lineup. There’s always something good to see, including stand-up comedy! Favorite festival performance? Toss up between LCD Soundsystem at 2010 (Chicago) and Trail of Dead at Fun Fun Fun Fest. If you threw your own …

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What’s Brewing – March 2014 – party month

This Irish toast is so fitting for the month of March, the de facto “party month” where almost everything is allowed, expected, and forgiven on and around St. Patrick’s Day. “A keg of does not an Irish bar make” – that’s one of mine. It takes more than an Irish stout and a few pictures on a wall to really have true Irish bar ambiance. Everybody knows that, too. This is the month for trying Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers ‘n Mash, Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef ‘n Cabbage and Fish ‘n Chips (best with Malt Vinegar sprinkled on top). In the …

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Art of Living Well – Your Life on Autopilot

What if you could respond differently to challenging situations? If you no longer had to feel impatient in a slow check-out line, or get angry when your boss is rude to you? We’ve all had those moments of intense reaction; it’s just part of being alive. But, where do those automatic responses come from, and can they be changed? Whether you like it or not, the majority of your life is controlled by habitual responses. Many of these response patterns are extremely adaptive, like walking, eating and driving. They require little attention because the process is committed to memory. That’s …

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Give’m Hell – Hellzapoppin’

by Kristen Birden, performer Mark Twain once said, “You go to Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company.” He must have been talking about Jacksonville. It’s with great pride that this peculiar group of oddities calls this spectacular city their home base. Of course, it hasn’t always been this way. There haven’t always been packed venues, welcoming arms, and a supportive community standing behind . A vision, some street smarts, and a whole lot of determination gave way to the birth of Hellzapoppin. While  sat back to admire his life’s greatest work, some influential and very persuasive Texans …

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One Spark Returns

Last year’s  festival was rife with innovative ideas, incredible local talent and nearly transformational excitement for Jacksonville culture. One Spark was founded in 2011 to connect ideas with resources and has managed to make the concept of crowdfunding into a fun and important event that gives festival-goers the opportunity to profoundly craft their community. We spoke with , One Spark’s Executive Director, about this year’s events–and he left us well beyond excited. Though it was certainly a success, Sampson says they learned from the inaugural fest. Based on feedback from last year’s attendees, creators, venues and volunteers “we condensed the …

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On the River: St. Johns River Cleanup & Celebration

There is something intriguing about participating in an activity at the same exact moment hundreds of other people are doing the same thing. Recently, the unveiling of a lighted waterfall in New York required residents to turn off their lights at the same time in order to fully experience the splendor in darkness. The waterfall installation was a glowing success, a spectacle that would not have happened without support from the city and the participation of the community. The City of Jacksonville is looking to do the same thing. It isn’t new. In fact, this is the 19th annual, and …

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