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04-13-2016

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Jacksonville Documentary Festival premieres April 16

Film lovers unite (especially those who appreciate documentaries)! The Jax Doc Film Fest makes its debut this weekend in 5 Points with more than 30 shorts and feature-length films.

03-31-2016

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The Speckt8or Picks for March 31-April 3, 2015

My PERSONAL picks for what to do this weekend.

03-16-2016

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Clinton or Trump: Who would you vote for?

Another highly-unscientific poll brought to you by The Specktator

And for the record, I am not in the running.

Photo credit: the BRILLIANT Sen. Jeff Davis

02-28-2016

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March is National Love a Klutz Month

Did you know March is National Love a Klutz Month?

Doubt it since I just made it up ...

01-18-2016

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12 best things I swallowed in the last 12 months

I eat out. A lot.

Here are my faves from the last 12 months.

Photo by Kristen Penoyer, kristenpenoyer.com

Upcoming Jacksonville Events

Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
Apr 29 @ 7:05 pm Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Opponent: Mississippi Braves Promotions: NAPA Family Fireworks, Red Shirt Friday and First Responders Night
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm The Hourglass Pub & Coffeehouse
They said it best themselves so why reinvent the cow? “As entertainment, Mad Cowford improvised comedy is exciting and immediate. It is interactive between performer and audience. It is fun, and every single performance is[...]
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Ritz Theatre
From jaxevents.com With the purity and sensibility of one who spends much time basking in the glowing rays of the Sun, Colette Coward, also known as CC Sunchild, embodies everything her name suggests. Musically, she[...]
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsymphony.org Nathan Aspinall conducts “Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet” featuring principal dancers Yumelia Garcia and dancers from Jacksonville’s own First Coast Nutcracker. FUN FACT: The glass slipper is a regular ballet slipper.
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am Florida Theatre
From floridatheatre.com Since being fired from King Burger, Bon Qui Qui has worked many odd jobs and lost them all. In the search for her calling, the employee with no filter made it her life[...]
Apr 30 @ 11:00 am Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsymphony.org Nathan Aspinall conducts “Prokofiev’s Cinderella Ballet” featuring principal dancers Yumelia Garcia and dancers from Jacksonville’s own First Coast Nutcracker. FUN FACT: The glass slipper is a regular ballet slipper.
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
Apr 30 @ 6:05 pm Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Opponent: Mississippi Braves Promotion: Maverick’s Live Thirsty Thursday and Above Par Night
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
May 1 @ 1:00 pm Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
May 1 @ 3:05 pm Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Opponent: Mississippi Braves Promotions: Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday andSouthpaw’s Birthday Party
May 1 @ 5:00 pm Veterans Memorial Arena
From jaxevents.com Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including[...]
May 2 @ 7:05 pm Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Opponent: Mississippi Braves Promotion: Charity Begins at Home, Marlins Monday and Bark in the Park
May 4 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsymphony.org   It is well-known that during the Holocaust inmates wrote music while incarcerated in concentration camps. Much of it has since been recorded. At Theresienstadt, for instance – the infamous “Paradise Ghetto” –[...]
May 4 @ 8:00 pm The Comedy Zone
The Comedy Zone’s weekly-ish Comedy Showcase features Jacksonville’s best local comics. Judging from some of the open mic nights I’ve seen around town, they should pay me $10 to come.      
May 6 @ 7:30 pm The Hourglass Pub & Coffeehouse
They said it best themselves so why reinvent the cow? “As entertainment, Mad Cowford improvised comedy is exciting and immediate. It is interactive between performer and audience. It is fun, and every single performance is[...]
May 6 @ 7:30 pm Ritz Theatre & Museum
From jaxevents.com The show formerly known as “Amateur Night” has a new name, but it’s still the same great show! Introducing Puttin’ On The Ritz! Each month we’ll have amazing performances; electrifying music by DJ Chill Will; you[...]
May 6 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsyphony.org Nathan Aspinall conducts the Jacksonville Symphony for a celebration of the works of George Gershwin, including “Strike Up The Band,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Shall We Dance?,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Porgy and[...]
May 6 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From fscjartistseries.org MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical[...]
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm European Street Cafe—Riverside
From europeanstreet.com E. Street celebrates “the most exciting two minutes in sports” with an event fit for a Kentucky Colonel. Derby Day features special release beers on tap including: •Kentucky Breakfast Stout served with a[...]
May 7 @ 2:00 pm Times-Union Center
From fscjartistseries.org MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical[...]
May 7 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsyphony.org Nathan Aspinall conducts the Jacksonville Symphony for a celebration of the works of George Gershwin, including “Strike Up The Band,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Shall We Dance?,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Porgy and[...]
May 7 @ 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From fscjartistseries.org MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical[...]
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxevents.com Bill Burr is an American comedian or a comedian from the North American Union, depending on when you read this. He grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and did fairly poorly in school,[...]
May 9 @ 7:00 pm Times-Union Center
From jaxsyphony.org This showcase event includes more than 200 students from Jump Start Strings, Foundation Strings, Encore Strings and Premiere Strings for this community event. FUN FACT: Jump Start Strings, an afterschool program for low-income students,[...]
May 11 @ 8:00 pm The Comedy Zone
The Comedy Zone’s weekly-ish Comedy Showcase features Jacksonville’s best local comics. Judging from some of the open mic nights I’ve seen around town, they should pay me $10 to come.      
May 12 @ 5:00 pm Ritz Theatre & Museum
From jaxevents.com Do you have what it takes to win-it-all?! Here’s your opportunity to find out. Audition to be a contestant on the most popular stage in Jacksonville–Puttin’ On the Ritz! Participants under the age[...]
May 12 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails hosts a special viewing party local celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen appears on The Food Network’s popular show: Beat Bobby Flay.” We will have the TVs on at the upstairs[...]

Big thanks to my supportive peeps!