Wednesday, November 30, 2005

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - THURSDAY DEC 1




biggie tea spins a rare live set downtown Thursday, December 1 at TSI downtown. TSI is on Bay Street, next to Eclate. biggie tea starts at 10pm and will rock until shut down. It is biggie tea's first Bay Street spin and is a special engagement. Don't miss this show.

What?

Saturday, November 26, 2005

MOFRO LIVE

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This is the second clip from the recording last night. The mid-show fireworks matched the Mofro/JSO set perfectly. What a great night in JAX. Sorry for the sound quality. Hopefully this will motivate you to get out and buy that MOFRO album...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!





If I don't see you at the Light Parade, I'll see you at Mofro at the Symphony. I WON'T see you at the Burrito because we are going to be closed Thursday through Sunday. We're re-doing the floors. You'll love it.

Don't forget to give thanks before you head to the mall.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Downtown Entertainment District



This is directly from the public record found at:
http://www.coj.net/City+Council/D04+Current+Issues+-+Downtown+Entertainment+District.htm


City Council Member Suzanne Jenkins, District 4, Announces Recommendations of the Downtown Entertainment District Community Review Committee

Monday, August 01, 2005 Jacksonville, Fla.
(Jacksonville, FL) - Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins announced today the recommendations of the Downtown Entertainment District Community Review Committee regarding bill number 2005-0467, now pending before the Jacksonville City Council.

Pending Ordinance 2005-0467, introduced by Councilwoman Jenkins, would create a downtown entertainment district and permit alcoholic beverages to be sold and served from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day (two hours later than the normal 2:00 a.m. cutoff time) within that district. The purpose of the bill is to promote the vitality of the downtown area and encourage the location of bars and restaurants within the new downtown entertainment district, while at the same time, promoting public safety by confining those establishments that serve alcohol during early morning hours to one concentrated area more easily patrolled by law enforcement.

The Downtown Entertainment District Community Review Committee was asked to study the pending legislation and present its finding and recommendations to Councilwoman Jenkins. The members include: Audrey McKibbin Moran (Chair), president of Moran Mediation and Litigation Group; Frank Mackesy, Undersheriff; Ju'Coby Pittman, president of the Clara White Mission; Bob Rhodes, chair of the Downtown Development Authority; and Jim Bailey, president of Bailey Publishing.

After careful review of pending ordinance 2005-0467, the committee has recommended a sunset provision, a reduction in the size of the entertainment district, strict permitting requirements, and a limit on the days of the week that alcohol sales are extended. The permitting requirements recommended by the committee are similar to those used by the City of Miami for nightclubs and late night entertainment establishments, such as background checks of operators (including penal history, license history to include review of revoked or suspended licenses, and any additional facts relevant to general personal history of the operator) and Bar, Restaurant or Nightclub Business Operation Information (including a Business Plan, Parking Plan, Security Plan, Traffic Circulation Plan, Sanitation Plan and Noise Attenuation Plan.)

"I want to thank the committee and our attorney, Dylan Reingold, for all their hard work and commitment of time and energy to the review of this legislation," said Councilwoman Jenkins. "The committee has pointed us in the right direction, and as the City Council works on this bill, we can flesh out these recommendations."

Contact: City Council Member Suzanne Jenkins, District 4 (904/630-1394)
Shirley Dasher, Executive Council Assistant (904/630-1394)

Monday, November 21, 2005

Downtown Visions








Here are some pics I took the other day walking from my studio on Bay Street back to the Burrito Gallery. I especially like slowing down enough to see some things. There is such a great aesthetic downtown that is so overlooked. We have excellent architecture, brilliant bridges, and interesting people on the street. I'm starting to sound like the chamber of commerce. out

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Its your birthday. Go see the Perceptionist show tonite!




It is really my birthday. Clever blog headlines are tough. WOrk with me. I would have lead in with "Where are the weapons of mass destruction?", but it seemed too obvious today. Easy Dad, its a Perceptionist joint (which means song!).

The Asamov, X:144, SPS, Perceptionists show is the first ever Perceptionist show in FLORIDA! So come on out thee Imperial tonight for the jam. You all may remember Biggie Tea's gold exchange at thee Imperial. No you DON'T! (not if you were there joke here)

Speaking of djs, DJ Razr Ramone and my good friend Kidd Yzer will (of course) be on the ones and twos and probably the threes and fours. Triclops I is our host of course and even though its called Hip Hop Hell, its not that scary. Triclops also calls it the "worst in Jacksonville hip hop", I think mostly as a disclaimer. These litigious times.

Its my birthday so I'm going to unplug and relax. Things may be swinging tonight on Bay Street as well. The AIGA party is at 121 E Bay, and their after party will be TSI (next to eclate). I heard good things about the Burrito Gallery too. Hit it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blogging from the New Main Library








Ok. Ok. I know i'm not the first to do it, but I had to. Just to re-check the wifi and get some photos for those of you who read the blog outside of JAX. Again, photos won't do it justice but when you come to town, I'll definitely give you a ride to the skyway, which will in turn give you a ride to the new main.

Creativity & Cuisine Friday Night! 6-9

jpl.coj.net

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Christian Pierre




She is certainly one of the most prolific visual artists in Jacksonville. She has a small retail space in the shops of Avondale with whimsically appropriate paintings bursting color out of the almost-always-closed storefront. She has had more Arbus covers that any other artist. She has had her own bottled water design at JMOMA. She's done numerous book covers for educational print conglomerates. And she has sold work for years here in JAX and across the globe. And her finale and "closing" party (we never had an opening for Chrissy) will be December 16th at the Burrito Gallery.

www.christianpierre.com

If there is a piece that tickles your fancy (only work currently at the Burrito Gallery) email me at allegretti@comcast.net and Chrissy and I will discount that piece 50%! You MUST mention my blog and make the transaction in person. This offer is good until December 16th. Shhhh....

Saturday, November 12, 2005

WOW! Take the Skyway to the MAIN BRANCH!




It would take me a long time to blog how great the new Main Library is. That would be crazy, because even I couldn't do it justice. Here is a tease: TONS OF JAZZ CDs!

You must go. www.jpl.coj.net

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

MAJIGEEN HELD OVER



Do something worthwhile this weekend. See Majigeen at Kent Campus. About the play, which features some of our city's most creative minds in theatre, poetry, music, and history..

Majigeen is a musical- drama of historical fiction based on the life of Anta Majigeen Njaay, a young teenager torn from her home in Senegal in the early 19th Century and sold into slavery in Spanish owned Florida. Her story is told through the fictitious character of Mamadou Seck, griot to the Njaay family and narrator of this tale. He recounts for us Anta's fascinating life from her baptism as a young Muslim, to her capture and shackled departure from Senegal through the Doorway of No Return, to her marriage to plantation and slave owner Zephania Kingsley and through her adult years as a mother, plantation owner, slave owner, activist and grandmother. We meet along the way African kings and warriors, her family members, Zephania's other wives as well as Zephania himself. We hear through each character's song her own unique perspective on such things as polygamy, motherhood, slavery, marriage, Christianity & Islam, betrayal, greed and love and loss. We see, through the wisdom and humor of the omniscient griot, many similarities between the issues that are on the social forefront today and those thousands of miles away 200 years ago. Issues that remind us all of our membership in the same race, the human race.

www.majgeen.com - Study guide available!

Monday, November 07, 2005

QUALITY OF LIFE - Parade




I think I'll start a tradition of pointing out things that are just excellent about living in Jacksonville. One of those things is the excellent walkable neighborhoods that make our city great. I live on the edge of Riverside and Avondale, two of the best hoods of the city. I was on my way home the other day to pick up my laptop cord and there were cops everywhere. I was worried. Only to drive around the block and see that there was a PARADE coming down my street in the middle of the day. How sweet is that? Turns out it was homecoming for Lee High School, right around the corner. I tried to get a couple photos as they turned the corner.

I've been trying to find out if they won the game to no avail. If you are a Lee alumn, let me know!

Friday, November 04, 2005

ONLY 10 SEATS LEFT!



Why all the exclamation points? Read below. Plus, itts Friday darn it. Anyway, out with one program in with another. Must be present to win! Here are some details:

LIQUID HISTORY TOURS
of Downtown Jacksonville
Thursday 10th of November, 8pm-Midnight
Leaving from the location of your choice

Check out some of the swankiest Downtown watering holes
as you are transported in time…

Your ticket includes:
Transportation to/from your location
One beverage at each venue (gratuity included)
Historical tour of Downtown Jacksonville
The opportunity to mingle with neighbors, friends, co-workers

Ticket cost: $25

Contact Karen Barnes:
Karen@DowntownJacksonville.org or 634-0303 x230
For more information

ITS FRIDAY!





Ok this is a big Friday for me personally. Its the first since June 3rd where I didn't have to get up and drag massive stereo equipment down to the river the next day. Good news indeed. Ok, the downside is that we won't have Take Me to the River as an event until/if we bring it back in the Spring. Here is my synopsis of the event:
Take Me to the River

Quick Fact Sheet
Prepared by Allegretti Consulting

Launched June 4th, 2005 Take Me to the River featured:

21 weeks of consistent downtown content on the newly opened Northbank Riverwalk Park, every Saturday.

More than 50,000 visitors (est.) mostly from Jacksonville, but also from around the world including Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, Brazil, and a good number of hurricane evacuees from all of the Florida storms.

More than 60 diverse vendors, including handmade jewelry, pottery, glass art, fresh cut flowers, fresh produce, paintings, photography, handmade clothing, and locally prepared food.

More than 20 entertainers with a focus on jazz bands, jazz singers, and jazz DJs. We also featured Hispanic bands, hip hop DJs and MCs with break dancing.

Diverse art experiences including live paintings, sidewalk chalk art contests (w/ SWAT), and Take Me to the River official wood cut print making.

Free Yoga classes provided by the YMCA

Dissemination of a great deal Downtown Jacksonville information through the Downtown Ambassadors

Dissemination of more than 200 fact sheets on the green algae blooms.

Access for all demographic of citizenry including the homeless without incident.

Good participation despite constant above 80 degree temps and high humidity.

Conclusion:

With a limited grassroots budget and the stated goal to provide a consistent quality downtown experience, Take Me to the River exceeded expectations of its participants quite possibly because of the simple beauty of its namesake. Even in the dead of summer and in the middle of numerous rain showers one could find smiling shoppers and energized river-walkers. Take Me to the River was also a good example of Jacksonville hospitality and tolerance, highlighting our diverse city with “feel-good” programming where everyone wins.

See you at the MALL!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

SkateJax.com




We all know that Jacksonville is getting more cool by the minute. But we've been on the international skate scene for a long time. www.SkateJax.com is will wake you up to this fact. Watch the films. Unbelievable. Big thanks to my friend Walter for showing me this site.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

ART WALK TODAY!




Yes yes. Its already November, and its time to celebrate two years of ART WALK. I know thats 24 walks, I can hardly believe it. The event keeps changing for the better and with decent weather predicted today we should see some solid crowds. Crowds are fun but don't let the weather stop you. Art Walk is most fun with a little rain, because it means only the hard core CULTURATI are out. We need you to join that group. Membership is free. Here's what you get for joining:

November 2nd First Wednesday Art Walk

Join Downtown Vision, Inc. and Suddath for the First Wednesday Art Walk! The First Wednesday Art Walk runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and is free to the public. The art walk is a self-guided tour. Maps are available at Headquarters, 100 N. Laura Street, or at any art walk venue.


Umbrella Escorts provided by Downtown Ambassadors.
Trolley schedules available at Headquarters.



Choose your own route to the following Art Walk venues, or begin at Headquarters 100 N. Laura St in Downtown Jacksonville:



HEADQUARTERS
Jacksonville Bank - Curated by Stellars Gallery, hospitality provided by Lifestyles Realtors, music by PC Synergy.



GALLERIES/MUSEUMS
Community Artist Bazaar – community artists display their work.
Gallery L - First Coast Pleinair Painters presents “Scenes of Florida.”
JMOMA - 30th Parallel exhibit: A convergence of Contemporary Painting. Through studio visits conducted throughout the Southeast, Chief Curator George Kinghorn brings together eleven artists that reflect the continued viability of painting as a rich means of expression. International Underground Cinema at 7:00 p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (outer loop trolley stop)
Push 2 Gallery
Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum (outer loop trolley stop)



CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL VENUES
11 E Forsyth - a community artist collective.
City Hall at St. James - VSA Arts reception from 6:00-7:00 (remarks at 6:30).
Florida Theatre
FCCJ Downtown Campus - art from around the world, student exhibits (outer loop trolley stop)
Times Union Center for the Performing Arts



DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
AmSouth - LSS Second Harvest Food Bank and AmSouth Bank present hand crafted bowls from local artists and information on this years’ Empty Bowls event.
BellSouth Tower-- 4 Artz Gallery
Daniel James Salon
Eclate
Hemming Plaza Jewelers – Jimmy Johnson, Jessica Riebing.
Hudson Books - complimentary books for all Art Walk attendees!
ImprovJacksonville Comedy Theatre
Jacobs Jeweler
The Omni Hotel
Tiara
ttv Architects



CULINARY ARTS
Burrito Gallery
Casa Dora Italian Ristorante
Chunky Chef
London Bridge Eatery & Pub
Magnificat Cafe
Mongo’s Flat Hot Grill
Mudville Grill
Starbucks-- Jeanne Theriault
Twisted Martini
Zodiac Grill



AFTER PARTY: Tiffany Rose Lounge in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel
HISTORICAL TOURS: beginning at 7:30 in Hemming Plaza, across from JMOMA

I TOLD Ya'll its getting better... Must be present to WIN!

HOT HOT HOT!




This is a great way to GET OFF YOUR COUCH and get involved. And if you got BAM! You might walk away with a lot of dough. Contact my bud (and one of the best PR guys on the first coast) Eric, below to get involved.
Tony;
I am on the 11th Annual Mandarin Chili Cook-Off committee again this year. We need folks to come out and cook Chili on Saturday, 11/12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverplace Shopping Center, 11111 San Jose Blvd in front of Panera Bread.

$750 is up for grabs for FIRST PLACE this year; $250 for Second Place and $100 for THIRD PLACE.

Help us spread the word.....In honor of each winner, we give the same amount of their cash prize to a nonprofit of their choosing.

Peace,
Eric Cravey
www.craveycommunications.com
Public Relations & Marketing
(904)298-3030