Friday, March 31, 2006

We can dance



Three students of The Florida Ballet Training Center have recently excelled.

Haley Buzbee, age 18, graduated from the Training Center last June and has been performing with The Florida Ballet Ensemble this season as an apprentice dancer. On March 18th the National Society of Arts and Letters held the district competition in dance. Haley won First Place! She will represent our district in the national competition at the end of May.

Korey Murray, age 18, will be graduating this June. He has been awarded a full merit scholarship from Boston Ballet to study at their training program this summer. Korey is from Camden County, Georgia. He has been commuting down to Florida Ballet to study for the past three years. This year he transferred his academic school to Douglas Anderson so that he could attend daily classes. His dedication produced results!

Emily Way, age 16, is another Camden County import. This spring Emily auditioned for the summer program at Lines in San Francisco. Lines is one of the leading contemporary ballet companies in the country. Only 180 students were chosen from auditions throughout the country and Emily was one of them! She will be spending 4 weeks in California studying with this unique faculty.

The Training Center program is specialized for students with professional ambitions. The intensive course of study is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. A generous grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation helps provide scholarships for those with a proven financial need.

Florida Ballet

GRIOT



Babara Williams and the Florida Community College at Jacksonville Present


GRIOT:
He WHO SPEAKS THE SWEET WORD





Written By: Al Letson with David Girard and Larry Knight Jr.



"Griot: He Who Speaks the Sweet Word" follows the tradition of storytelling from the ancient Mali Empire to Hip-Hop America. This hip-hop choreopoematic play starts in pre-colonial West Africa and follows the word in its many manifestations, compressing over three centuries of culture into 90 minutes.



Friday April 21st and Saturday April 22nd at 8 pm
@
Kent Campus Theatre
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville FL



General Admission $15 free for FCCJ Students

Thursday, March 30, 2006

RIVER JAM!!!!!!!!



Credits to Sarah G for the videography and quick version of this. We'll do something slicker later. There is TOOO much going on to stop and edit at this junk-ture.

Again, large thanks to Triclops I, Main Ingrediets Crew, Bryan Harris, Kidd Yzer, Snacks Blues Band, and all the folks that walked out of the house this fine day.

your pal,
biggie tea

Think of it as a RAMP



Tonight: TSI show. In the ad above they say come by and eat some paint, which I hope they mean hummus. Because their hummus is yummus

Tomorrow Night: seesaw

and

Italian Flare

more to come after the jump

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Selling lofts on the blog



photo sarah g

Lofts for sale soon. This project is getting fun. I figure people are spending like .80 to be on this blog.

Me First & the Shameless Plugs

CALL TO ARTEESTS



If you are an artist or know anyone who is an would like an opportunity to join the 2nd Annual Atlantic Beach, ART IN THE PARK, on May 6th, please contact Linda Ginsberg, Event Chair at the City of Atlantic Beach, Cultural Arts Committee at 904.247.5828 or email tjohnson@coab.us for your application.

The venue is outdoors and is only a block and a half from the ocean.

I know the gates has little do with it, know it all. But the orange sure matches no?

Monday, March 27, 2006

Is it Wednesday yet?



I'm going to hit the Farmers Market chair at the Riverplace Station and then hit this good cause stress reliever for Karen.

Body Moving



This is a VERY COOL possible development for JAX.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

DOUG E FRESH MARKET



For immediate release: March 23, 2006
Contact: Angela C. Mack, Marketing Director
Office: 904.634.0303, extension 222
Cell: 904.465.7994

Downtown Farmers’ Market increases focus on natural and organic products

Jacksonville, Fla.—The Hemming Plaza Farmers’ Market has added several new natural and organic product vendors to its Friday market mix. San Marco Health Foods, Common Ground Bakery and Tanjarhas International Cuisine will make their debut at the Farmers’ Market on Friday, March 24, 2006 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

San Marco Health Foods, a co-op specializing in fresh organically grown produce, will offer customers the ability to not only order fresh organic products in small, medium, or large packages but to pick up their purchases on a weekly basis. The parcels will include an assortment of fruits and vegetables.

Common Ground Bakery of Brunswick, Georgia will offer fresh loaves of whole grain bread made from organic stone ground flour. While their bread loaves feature honey as the sweetener, Common Ground pastries contain unrefined Brazilian muscavo brown sugar.

And finally, Tanjarhas International Cuisine, who specializes in naturally grown foods, will present lunch items such as, flat bread sandwiches, fruits and veggies, hummus, other vegetarian offerings, and freshly blended smoothies. The eatery buys local whenever possible.

In addition to these three new vendors, two veteran market vendors will continue to offer products and services that focus on health and wellness. Bianco Moon Soaps features all natural, home-made soaps, while massage therapist Si Bartholomew, offers soothing chair massages in one minute increments. Rounding out the health focus is Downtown newcomer Gold’s Gym located on 100 N. Laura Street, providing free nutritional assessments and body fat testing.

The Hemming Plaza Farmers’ Market is held every Friday at Hemming Plaza and features fresh cut flowers, arts and crafts, jewelry, unique gift items, and catered lunches. Some of the Farmers’ Market vendors can also be seen showcasing their products at the First Wednesday Art Walk, Community Artist Bazaar held at Hemming Plaza the first Wednesday of every month.

Vendors and entertainers interested in participating in the Hemming Plaza Farmers’ Market should contact Ed Jenkins, market manager in person from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. during the Friday or Wednesday Markets. Interested parties can also leave a message at 904.634.0303, extension 229. Please provide a sample or photo of product.

About Downtown Vision
Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown community and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, play, and visit.

Founded in 2000, DVI is dedicated to promoting the Downtown area, building a neighborhood Downtown, serving as a one-stop shop for information on Downtown and advocating the interests of local businesses and property owners.

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Come to Art Walk on the 5th or you're just an


photo Sarah G

This is your city. If you don't belong to the Downtown Council or one of the groups below, here is a chance to sample a lot of great orgs and clubs. And when we are done downtown you can join me at GHOSTFACE KILLAH at Fuel.
Here is the info for the Downtown Council Happy Hour.
Many thanks and hope to see you there.



EXPAND YOUR NETWORK and Membership!



APRIL 5th @ Mark’s – Downtown

315 East Bay Street

For Happy Hour 5 -6:30 PM





The Downtown Council of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking to infuse your networking circle with some new faces by inviting you and your group to mix-it-up with us and others from IMPACTJax, JCCI Forward, Young Lawyers, Up & Cummers, Thursday Night Drinking Club, Metro Jacksonville, Pioneers4Jax, and others at the newest venue in Downtown.



Our next event is on April 5th, 2006 at MARK’S DOWNTOWN. Join us for a free beverage, fresh networking, and membership recruiting. Then continue the fun with First Wednesday Art Walk, the official Jacksonville Jazz Festival Pre-Party! After all that, visit Twisted Martini’s for the after- party!



MARK’S DOWNTOWN is located on East Bay Street, across the street from the Duval County Courthouse. There are lots of on-street parking spaces and parking lots behind the courthouse and on Forsyth Street. Consider parking at The Landing or near Hemming Plaza and enjoy the many cultural sights, sounds, and people you’ll encounter on the streets associated with First Wednesday Art Walk.



For more information about First Wednesday Art Walk, visit www.downtownjacksonvile.org.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

This is worth doing on like 5 levels.




Downtown Vision Inc. employee Karen Barnes is raising money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and competing in her first triathlon in June. To raise money, she’s come up with two projects. First, “Downtown Turnaround,” a makeover auctioned off on e-bay and second, Martini Massages — $10 gets you a 5-10 minute massage and a drink at Twisted Martini March 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

JCCI Forward!




Upcoming events



What: Spring Forward Social

When: April 4, 5:30 – 7:30

5200 Belfort Rd. #100

Gresham, Smith & Partners

Free beer, wine, food & music!

Sneak preview of the Creative Communities Issue Forum findings.



What: Issue Forum Streetscape to Skyline: Do we need higher design standards?

Speakers: Suzanne Jenkins and Ron Barton

When: Thursdays, March 23, 5:30 to 7pm, at JCCI

Not too late to join us! Open to all who are interested in learning more about Downtown Jacksonville’s revitalization.



What: Consensus and Facilitation with Skip Cramer

Date & Time: March 28, 5:30 to 7 pm

Where: JCCI Conference Room

Learn about consensus building and the art of facilitation.

One of the two core trainings for community leadership.

What: Effective Meetings with Skip Cramer

Date & Time: Monday, April 10, 5:30 to 7 pm

Where: JCCI Conference Room

Learn how to plan, conduct, and complete a great meeting the JCCI way.

If you are interested in joining the Forward leadership team, this is one of our core leadership trainings.



For full calendar of events please visit http://www.jcci.org/calendar.aspx



All RSVPs to Esther 396- 3052 or esther@jcci.org

Events and trainings are free to members of JCCI Forward

For non-members, $50 includes one-year JCCI membership

Ben Harper Web Sightings








I found these cool photos at Ben Harper's site. They are from the camera of Evil Vince. If you missed that show, you should definitely jump on that next time.

That last one is of the dressing room of the Florida Theatre which is directly across the alley from my moms glass studio. I wonder if she saw the man.

SOFT LAUNCH



For those of you that have become tired of the old slide show, coming soon page at The Urban Core, rest your weary head on this. We're not TOTALLY done, but we're close. I'm sure you'll help me find all the bugs.

peace and grease

biggie tea

Monday, March 20, 2006

ART AFTER DARK - Meet the arteeests!


For Immediate Release
March 20, 2006


Contact: Lorie Strange
904.355.5661
Tickets: 904.355.2787

ARTISTS SELECTED FOR
The Tenth Annual
ART AFTER DARK !

Jacksonville, FL – The Tenth Annual Art After Dark will feature 12 emerging local artists working in various mediums. The AAD artist committee is proud to present Kenneth Balser, Elaine Emery Bedell, Cris Coleman, Sherri Ebert, Clair Hartmann, Amanda Holloway, Niris, Brenda Kato, Lance Sanford & Josh Bergesen of Lucid Vision, Linda Olsen, Carl Petersen and Joy Swindell as the most exceptional and exciting visual artists. Biographies and contact information are attached.

Please join The Tenth Annual Art After Dark Committee as we visit with the artists for a venue walk through on Monday, March 20 at 6 PM. This is an opportunity to interview and get to know the artists before the night of the event.
Press passes for the event will also be available.

The Florida Theatre will host the season’s most original event - Art After Dark on Friday, April 21 at 7 PM. For one evening each year, Jacksonville’s premier live performance venue transforms into a showcase for the works of our community’s most exceptional visual artists.

The evening also features a sensational silent auction on the Florida Theatre stage, live music in several locations in and around the theatre, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Grace Catering with a Latin Extravaganza in the alley until Midnight. Exceptional student artwork will also be exhibited from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, University of North Florida and Jacksonville University.


For tickets or performance information please call the Florida Theatre Box Office at (904) 355-2787 or visit us at www.floridatheatre.com. Tickets are $17.50. The Florida Theatre is conveniently located at 128 East Forsyth Street in Downtown Jacksonville. Tickets are also available through TicketMaster.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Top of the morning to ya!



Downtown will be seriously fun tonight. The London Bridge, the Burrito Gallery, Mudville Grille, Twisted, and all of the other great bars and restaurant will have a night you won't, check that, might, forget! Get a babysitter! Book a room! Do a jig!

see below. We plan on showing the Ireland v. Germany game on the GIGANTASCREEN. Here is a secret, the boys from the emerald isle don't lose this one.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Happy O' Friday a lil early, eh?



Mention to me that you saw my blog on St Patty's tomorrow and I'll buy you a miller lite OR I'll tell you what our unofficial name for our St Patty's party is. For those of you who are worldly, we'll be playing a Ireland v. Germany match on the GIGANTASCREEN after dark.

By the way, if we're a not Irish enough for ya there is a pub caddy corner for ya. I'm typing Irishly, if you're reading it more Canadianish, its your own fault, no?

Like, Erin go Bragh, man!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ides of March




Beware. Breathe in Julius Caesar today.

Speaking of Italy, here is something fun, up and coming. The pic is from the last party I was at (fashion show, djing with Catharsis) at the Cummer. That party sold out and they had to turn away people at the door. People were trying to slip hundreds to the door man. What can I say? People want to see biggie tea.

Here is the info:
AN EVENING OF ITALIAN DESIGN

BENEFITTING THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS
HOSTED BY
THE UP & CUMMERS AND JACKSONVILLE MAGAZINE
AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT NEW TO JACKSONVILLE.

MARCH 31, 2006 • 7-11PM

THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS

TICKETS $75 • LIMITED AVAILABILITY
ATTIRE: COCKTAIL CHIC

JOIN US FOR
A NIGHT OF ELEGANCE
FEATURING GOURMET FARE,
DECADENT INDULGENCES
AND DESIGNER GOODS THAT
REPRESENT THE FINEST
TRADITIONS & CULTURE OF ITALY.
TO LEARN MORE, LOG ON TO
WWW.CUMMER.ORG
WWW.JACKSONVILLEMAG.COM

A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS
Italian
Food
Wine
Fashion
Art
Music
Design
FOR TICKETS
CALL (904) 899-6038
OR EMAIL MJENSEN@CUMMER.ORG

Contributors Include:
ALLOUT PRODUCTIONS • AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT •
• ARMOR • BANFI WINE • CARLA SHOES •
• CECIL VIGNUTTI STUDIO FOR HAIR •
• COSTCO • CRUSH • FUNARI’S ITALIAN CREAMERY •
• GIOVANNI’S • THE GRAPE • THE GROTTO •
• HAYDEN’S HABERDASHERY • KARL’S CLOTHIERS •
• LET THEM EAT CAKE • LUNA • MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY •
• MATTHEW’S • MUSIC BY CATHARSIS OF
WWW.SOULSUPPORTRECORDINGS.COM • NONIE’S •
• PINEAPPLE POST • PIZZA PALACE • PROCYON •
• THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND •
• RIVERSIDE LIQUORS & VILLAGE WINE SHOP •
• SHIRK THOMPSON FINE SHOES • STERLING’S OF AVONDALE •
• A UNIQUE ENTERTAINMENT, INC. •
• UNF OPERA ENSEMBLE DIRECTED BY KRZYSZTOF BIERNACKI •
• VESPA • VILLA VITA ITALIAN HOME FURNISHINGS •
An Evening of Italian Style


Beware. Buy your tickets early. It will sell out.

Its not all about the Irish this week.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

GREEN MONSTER




The St. Johns River needs your help!

Please, help St. Johns Riverkeeper spread the word about River Friendly Yards

and this important television program.



The Green Monster is Coming!

The Green Monster: It Came from the River!

Thursday, March 16th

8 PM

WTLV 12 - NBC

Hosted by former Jacksonville Jaguar Jeff Lageman

with special appearances by local community leaders.

This important television special will discuss the massive green algae bloom of last summer, how runoff from our yards contributed to the bloom, and how we, as homeowners, can adopt simple and easy “river friendly” lawn maintenance practices that will help reduce our impact on the health of the river.

This program and River Friendly Yards is brought to you by St. Johns Riverkeeper with the generous support of CSX, JB Foundation, Helen Lane, Late Bloomers Garden Circle, The Haskell Company, PRC Digital Media, The Florida-Times Union, and EverBank.

To learn more, visit the St. Johns Riverkeeper website - www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org

...IF YOU DARE!

River Friendly Yards DVDs, brochures, and presentations available, soon.



JIMMY ORTH
Executive Director
St. Johns Riverkeeper
2800 University Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
904-256-7591

St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves as a full-time advocate for the St. Johns River, its watershed, and the communities that benefit from this tremendous resource. The mission of St. Johns Riverkeeper is to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity of the St. Johns River watershed for current users and future generations through advocacy and citizen action. Riverkeeper does not receive any government funding and must rely on the generous financial support of concerned citizens and businesses that recognize the value of our work. For more information about how you can help Riverkeeper, call 904-256-7591 or visit our website at www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Cyclones Win




Here is the latest on the BG Cyclones FC, formed 2003, from team mom, Paul Dillard

Congratulations to everyone on a great game yesterday! For those of you who weren’t able to be there, we beat the XMen 5-2. As Jonas said after the game, we were doing things that he hasn’t seen us do in a long time – making good passes, running to open spaces, playing smart. We got out of that last season, so it’s good to see that we’ve still got it in us.

As for the goals: the first goal was created when Mike Lake got taken down in the box. Jonas stepped up and proved that he’s money from the spot, as he converted yet another PK. The second and third goals were vintage Mike Lake. Welcome back Mike! His first two goals were scored within about a minute and a half of each other at the beginning of the second half. Kudos to Tony for the coaching call during halftime: “just kick the ball to Mike Lake.” And kudos to Bill for making a couple of really smart passes to spring him. Mike was bigger, stronger and faster than anything that the XMen had on defense. As for the third goal - it was a screamer. Even the guys on the other team were excited about it. The referee was even talking to us about it right after it happened before he realized that he had to get back into character. Rob got the assist on Mike’s last goal by being very tenacious and stealing the ball back from their defender and then finding Mike in open space. Dave almost got an assist by fighting for the ball in the corner and making a couple of nifty moves. Philip also carried the ball deep into the XMen’s half and sent a perfect pass over to Rob, and Rob was able to fight off the defender and put the ball in the net. Mike Kleinschmidt almost scored a goal off a great pass by Mike Lake that was only stopped by an outstanding play by the keeper.

Thanks to Doug for playing sweeper so that Jonas could move up to the midfield. Moving Jonas up really helped us to solidify the midfield. Kent was very strong in the back again. Also, Joe Lay stepped up and made some great saves whenever he was called on. Thanks Joe for playing keeper! Hopefully Joe Kaminski’s knee is okay because he was really causing trouble with his speed in the midfield before he left the game. Thanks also to Felipe for coming out and doing the lineup and running subs and giving instruction from the sidelines.

Great job by the new guys – Dwayne had some great plays in the midfield, and Roelf was very strong in midfield and at stopper. I think everyone will agree that they are both excellent additions to the team. I for one am very happy that we were lucky enough to sign them up.

Now, on to next week. We have a date with Team Xtreme Sunday at 8:30. Yeah, we’ve got our team party on Saturday at 4 p.m., try not to get too wasted. Ha! Who am I kidding – we are the Cyclones! Please bring your wives/girlfriends, which may actually cause some of you to behave for once. Of course, if you can trick the women into being your designated drivers…

I’m leaving town this afternoon and won’t have access to e-mail until I get back Wednesday night, although Felipe will still be watching the e-mails. However, I’ll respond to all e-mails Wednesday or Thursday.

Later,
Paul


Pumpkins Forever

This Job ain't nothing but WERK!




My friend Vic on Met Jax said that I was the "father" of the art walk. Not really. King, godfather, promulgator, mastermind behind (my personal favorite), architect, author, beginner, benefactor, builder, constructor, designer, establisher, forefather, framer, generator, initiator, institutor, inventor, maker, organizer, originator, patriarch, patron, planner, prime mover, sire, strategist. Ok nevermind. The art walk is better now anyway. And this next one KICKS OFF JAZZ FEST!

But it was a reminder that I AM actually a father and that people outside of Jacksonville actually read this blog for updates on the fam.

So basically I skipped Izzi's soccer game to throw a jam on the river this Saturday morning but I did get a pic and a play by play from Nona. Izzi was one of only two mini-cyclones left standing!

The BG Cylcones won on Sunday BTW.

Anyway, go Cyclones! And GO TONY's FAMILY for putting up with my jobs/projects!

Bannering the Springy




Urban Jacksonville loves the new banners and admits his mistakes..:)

Be there for the debut!

Tech Check




Trying to post a pic to be able to post it at Met Jax

St Johns River to people of Jacksonville: You Like me!



Thanks to all the folks that came out the Take Me to the River! It was awesome. The only things more common than dancing fools and $1 pints of strawberries were SMILES. The Walter Jones Park Jam with the Riverkeeper was equally bumpin'.

More info to come on all of the Jax Parks...get out there! successes!

Friday, March 10, 2006

BEN HARPER



If you weren't there I don't know what to say. I'll leave it to Vrabes. What a solid show. Jacksonville represented well too. Very lively crowd. You have nothing to complain about Duvalians. You can see me spin at the Pearl tonight and/or go to the Wilco show at the Florida Theatre. The Florida Theatre is ON FIRE! Kick Your television!

They are booking their ass off and I hope you are paying attention. G Love is at the Freebird tomorrow and Aerial Tribe is at the BG for the one year party. Roll up your pennies and come downtown for some flava in yer ear.

GRRRRREAAAT



photo by Sarah G, watch this space for a collaboration project with Sarah G soon...

Now I have Walgreens ads. Whatever. If I wasn't getting so rich off these google ads I'd drop em.

By the way I am DJing tonight at the PEARL

Late. On the back deck. There is a really, really good act (Tom) inside from like 8-10 that does dueling pianos, except he's just one guys with multiple personalities. Then they have some video dj gimmick. Come rock the Springy with me.

I'll have info about Take Me to the River (TOMORROW!) which will be awesome. Make it so.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

One Year Anniversary



You may not know that I am a minority owner of Gallery Restaurant Group which is the parent of Burrito Gallery. Burrito Gallery actually opened on Super Blow Thursday 2005. We're having a fun party this Saturday to celebrate making it more than a year downtown.

Thanks Downtown for a great first year!

Come and celebrate with us at our
One Year Anniversary Party
this Saturday March 11 from Noon on!
Live set that night from AERIAL TRIBE


Drink Specials
Celebrity Bartenders
Soccer Jersey Drawings
House and Guest DJs

THIS SATURDAY ALL DAY
River Run and Take Me to the River attire, OK!

PAYOLA




This will shock no one. How could you listen to the radio and not know its Payola? Vrabes was on the scene long ago. If you like music, you'll LOVE Jeff Vrabel.

Viva La Luckin

New Website




My friend Sharla has a new website. This portfolios.com looks pretty cool. Check it here.

BLUR Vs OASIS




Just thought it was a catchy title. Maybe we'll have cool Oasis ads or something. Anyway, here is the latest from Oasis, the theatre company. Quick note to Ian: Get a logo. Clip Art makes me think of old wore out community theatre, not the fresh new style.

Hit this show ya'll!

Dear Oasis friend,

Just a quick reminder you have two more chances to see James McClure's
delightfully rowdy LONE STAR this Thursday at JMOMA at 7:30 and March 23rd. Last week's enthusiastic crowd will tell you this show is a great way to
to get your weekend started. So let your VCR tape your favorite Thursday night show, come early for a glass of wine and get ready to grin.

I hope to see you there!

Ian

Litigious Society



What kind of case would I have been juror on? I have no idea. But this one would have been fun. Crazy lady couldn't pick a better company to sue. I don't want to stereotype but I bet there is some suing going on in Palm Beach County. Just seems all suey to me. Walgreens will settle at 4:30 in the afternoon I bet. Walgreens. Got to love them. I remember when they built the store at Park and King. The sign was up before the building and it said: "Pharmacy closing? Move your perscriptions here"

The inference was that Carter's Pharmacy just across the street wouldn't be able to hack it with a giant drug dealing neighbor. They weren't even planning on closing at all.

Walgreens needs to do something about the panhandling outside too. That was not a part of Park and King before they rocked the block.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jury Doody




The real reason people don't want to come downtown.


Because we've all been to jury duty. At least I have now. Been registered to vote since 1988 and this is my first call to action. I'll skip ahead to my main point and then tell you the ins and outs, play by play, if you will, in a moment. You can thank me later.

The main point: Whatever happened at 4 o'clock when they said "you can go home", whatever machination, whatever breakthrough (presumably a settlement), whatever chain of events, could and should have happened before 8:30 when myself and THREE HUNDRED other citizens were called in to do their civic duty. What I'm saying is that if parties don't have it worked out by the time you ask the citizens to miss work, find a sitter, whatever, you need to go to trial. We waste a ton of taxpayers money and take a huge economic hit (think about all those folks missing work and producing for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING) every week.


The minutia:


Hustled down to the courthouse but had 3 extra minutes so picked up a capicola, egg, and cheese pita at Jax City Subs on the way. Its the only morning capicola I know about downtown. I LOVED it. The Jax City logo is sweet too (they have t-shirts on sale $10), if you're into those kind of things, they dropped their Larry's Giant deal. Subway, Firehouse, and Quiznos remain as the only non-landing chains currently downtown. I digress. Pita was great as I ate it walking down bay street.

The only draw back was the dead rat smell of all of the abandoned buildings. Used the side door of the courthouse too which smelled exaclty like homeless poop for what I'm going to go ahead and guess was homeless poop. Security at this door is easier than the front door. This courthouse is third-world meets Miami 1965. Great views of the parking lot on the river though.


Thank goodness I hauled ass because I was sent straight up to a room to wait for 4 hours. People coming in at 9, 9:30, what the hell? Glad I hurried. There was entertainment. This guy Mike (a baliff I guess), bragged about his Seminoles and took shots at Georgia Tech, and Florida sports while he went through the ins and outs of this important civic duty. Snooze. I was warned that I might not like the looks of the random sample of Duvalians but everyone seemed pretty cool at this early stage. Diverse, like you would imagine. Reminded me that there are more Dems than Repubs in this town. When was the last time you were reminded of that? Regardless of that we all galvanized against the system that made us wait there.

It gets worse. The judge. Judge Taylor comes out and asks if anyone needs to be dismissed (then says no to most excuses) and then goes on a 20 minute tirade about the elevators and the bathrooms, both of which we are conditioned ALL DAY to be scared of. He talks about how we should be in a nice new courthouse right now. He doesn't name the Mayor by name but its clear his scorn is meant for the administration. He has a captive audience. He has the mic. At the time I didn't have a problem with his tirade, but I was only minutes into his "system". Plus it did seem idiotic to be looking out over the St Johns and not be in a $480 per foot suite.

So, shows over with the judge and a mini video on jury selection sans Troy McClure. Everybody relax and prepare to get your wait on. I brought a book. A lot of people did not and started to talk and most of the conversations rallied around when to make a break for cigarettes.

Then it happened. They flipped the television to fox news. I'm thinking, I can't be the only one that is watching more fox news today than I have in my life. It is literally painful. You might ask, what did they cover, the war, the oscars, the enron trial? nope. The center of the news universe. The absolutely crucial piece of information that America needed, no, had to watch that day was the same 15 seconds of some dumbass kid in north carolina who ran over a dozen students in an SUV in a fit of MUSLIM RAGE. MUSLIM RAGE was thrown out there more than half dozen times. "We don't know if this is footage of him coming or going from the courtroom". Isn't there someone you could ask? Isn't this the news. It was four hours of this with a small break for the mummified brooklyn club bouncer kidnapping murder. I think they may have possibly broke for finding Natalie Holloway but that is about it.

No line item veto, no Moussaui, no Pat Tillman. Don't get me worng, my prayers go out to those folks who were hit, injured, and ALL released that day. Fox News Sucks and it was force-fed to me yesterday while I could have been working.

Wait, the bailiff is back, ya'll can go ahead and take a lunch break. Come back at 1. They ask if anyone needs directions to the Landing for lunch. There is only one place to eat downtown. The Landing.

Back at 1. No more fox news. We're getting serious. Everyone down to the courtroom.

They call names of 20 other citizens and myself and we are escorted up to judge Boyree's courtroom's long hallway of about 500 sqft. They put us in a hallway with chairs that face eachother. We are so close when people need to walk by, we have to move our feet in. Coughs and sneezes erupt. We are really close together, like when you share chair arms and you are like, if I give up the arm, will I get it back? Snores bounce off the wall as the clock ticks past 1:30, now, 2pm. Very immature jokes start to blurt out of older ladies mouth's that would have stayed quiet but couldn't take it any more. Clearly this was a highlight kind of day to them. Ms Jones hits downtown. Their trip downtown with narration. I think only a trial could have trumped what was happening for them here. Finally people were listening and laughing. The joke about a fire escape out the window a huge hit, used over and over. Bathroom breaks are at your own risk and one at a time becase there is one stall on this floor. If there were more potties you were on your own finding it. If you were not there when the bell tolled, deputies will track you down.

Stay focused. Read your book. Put your clostrophobia back in a quiet place in the back of your brain, where you blog. 2:15 a nice courthouse lady comes out. She knows we're desperate. Joke blurts out about escaping. Again. She says come back at 3. PILE into the elevator and hold your breath. I take a walk back to the office to check emails and let everyone know what a great time I am having with this branch of government. On the way back something is amiss. There are people on my team at the bus stop. Damn. Is it over I ask? Yes, they settled, or so we think. We aren't needed. I turn to go back to work having at least 30 minutes of my day left. I hear a yell from one of the grannies.

"Son! You gotta go up there and Turn in your badge!"

Monday, March 06, 2006

Mark's Tonight




This may be the last or one of the last nights that Catharsis will spin on Mondays at Marks, which is my favorite night there. If you get a chance, come on down and check it out. I'm going to try to make it if Jury Duty doesn't take the wind out of me. Full Jury Duty story whenever I'm released.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Art Camp JMoMA Style




artcamp@jmoma THE ART CAMP THAT MAKES YOU SMART!!

Kids, grades 1st-6th, learn about modern and contemporary art and artists by exploring JMOMA’s galleries, talking about and making art, and investigating the ArtExplorium Loft. Each camp covers a broad topic or major element of art. Students will be exposed to a wide range of materials and artists each week.

There are several changes to this year’s camp in response to feedback from our previous campers. Extended care, for example, will consist of directed activities including children’s art films, visits to the Main Library, facilitated discussions, and writing activities about art. This year, campers will participate in creative movement exercises such as yoga, ballroom dancing, non-contact fencing, improvisational theatre, and non-contact martial arts. Students will also enjoy special visits from the Jacksonville Public Library for interactive storytelling. Finally, the parking garage on the corner of Main and Duval Streets is open. We are also developing a short term, drop-off/pick-up option as well.

Rolling Deadline: Registration open until the Friday before each session begins
Contact: Ashlie Johnson at 366-6911 x 207 or ajohnson@jmoma.org
Grades: 1st-6th (Ask about our Teen Teachers program for ages 13-18)
Class Size: 10 student minimum, 15 student maximum per class (2 classes per session)
Members: $130 per session/$114 per session (4 sessions or more)
Non-Members: $150 per session/$139 per session (4 sessions or more)
CAMP HOURS: 9am-4pm (Campers must bring their own snack and lunch)
EXTENDED HOURS: 8-9am and 4-5pm, $50 per week or $5 per hour—prorating available.

Scholarships are available for families in need of assistance. To apply for a JMOMA scholarship, please write or email Ashlie Johnson, JMOMA, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, ajohnson@jmoma.org, describing your child’s interest in art and your financial need. Limited funds available. First-come, first-served.

CAMP CURRICULUM
Students attending artcamp@jmoma do not need any previous experience, but should have an interest in art. Each session has specific educational objectives—please choose accordingly to ensure the best experience for your child. All camps open to students in grades 1-6. Enroll in one session or several.
First-come, first-served. Students will be divided into two age-appropriate groups determined by session enrollment.

Session 1 The Artist’s Palette: Basic Elements of Art May 30-June 2 (4 day camp: $104/$120)**
The basic language of art includes visual elements such as line, color, texture, and shape. Campers will examine art using these elements. **Reduced rate: Discounts do not apply.

Session 2 The Material World: Mixed Media in Modern Art June 5-June 9
This camp concentrates on the materials (paint, ink, clay, etc.) that artists use to create works of art. Students will experiment with a variety of materials to better understand the possibilities of art.

Session 3 Abstract Representation: Degrees of Expression June 12-June 16
Abstraction is the simplification of forms. Abstract Representation will teach students about why and how artists abstract the real world and use abstraction to express their thoughts and emotions.

Session 4 Lines & Drips: Drawing & Painting in Contemporary Art June 19-June 23
Contemporary artists are still using some of the oldest techniques in art. Students will learn the basics of painting and drawing while exploring new trends.

Session 5 The Color & Design Studio June 26-June 30
Our world is a colorful one! Color is a tool artists use to express a variety of ideas and emotions. Campers will learn about the fundamentals of color, as well as the principles of design.

Session 6 Found Objects & Sculpture July 3-July 7 (4 day camp: $104/$120)**
In modern art, everyday objects have become the subject and material of art. Students will learn that anything can be repurposed for artistic use in 2 or 3 dimensions. **Reduced rate: Discounts do not apply.

Session 7 The Printed Page: Art & Text July 10-July 14
Art is a form of communication. This camp will examine how art and text is used to compliment and further artistic visions. Papermaking, journal design, and sketchbooks will be addressed.

Session 8 Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes: The Human Figure in Art July 17-July 21
The human form has been the subject of art since the beginning of human existence. This camp will explore how and why modern artists continue to explore the human body. No nudity will be used.

Session 9 Portraits, Landscapes, Still Lifes & Other Subjects of Art July 24-July 28
Despite common stereotypes, modern art does not abandon subject matter. This camp will focus on people, places, and things depicted by contemporary artists.



JMOMA, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202, www.jmoma.org, 366.6911 x 207

Ritz Chamber in The Crisis




There is a great story on home town heros, the Ritz Chamber Players in The Crisis Magazine, the national publication for the NAACP. In 1910, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois founded THE CRISIS magazine as the premier crusading voice for civil rights. THE CRISIS, is one of the oldest black periodicals in America.


Excerpt from the first issue of The Crisis, November 1910 -
"Opinion" by W.E.B. Du Bois

The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today toward colored people. It takes its name from the fact that the editors believe that this is a critical time in the history of the advancement of men. Catholicity and tolerance, reason and forbearance can today make the world-old dream of human brotherhood approach realization: while bigotry and prejudice, emphasized race consciousness and force can repeat the awful history of the contact of nations and groups in the past. We strive for this higher and broader vision of Peace and Good Will.

The policy of The Crisis will be simple and well defined: It will first and foremost be a newspaper: it will record important happenings and movements in the world which bear on the great problem of inter-racial relations, and especially those which affect the Negro-American.

Secondly, it will be a review of opinion and literature, recording briefly books, articles, and important expressions of opinion in the white and colored press on the race problem.

Thirdly, it will publish a few short articles.

Finally, its editorial page will stand for the right of men, irrespective of color or race, for the highest ideals of American democracy, and for reasonable but earnest and persistent attempt to gain these rights and realize these ideals. The Magazine will be the organ of no clique or party and will avoid personal rancor of all sorts. In the absence of proof to the contrary it will assume honesty of purpose on the part of all men, North and South, white and black. - W.E.B. Du Bois

If you would like a pdf of the article, just email me. T

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

FACING FUTURES



I got this message from Karen at DVI:
I wanted to invite you, your friends, and co-workers to an 80's Party at the Pearl on Friday.



As you may know, a friend of mine is traveling to Vietnam at his own cost to help perform cost free cosmetic surgery on low (read “no”) income children with severe facial disfiguration. This event is helping to raise funds to cover his costs. I will definitely be there at some point in the evening.



I have attached a flyer to post in your offices or distribute as appropriate.



Hope all is well!



Best,



Karen








Karen Barnes

Promotions Director

Downtown Vision

214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120

Jacksonville, Fl 32202

904.634.0303 x230

And then I grabbed the text from the flyer that I can't convert right now:
Friday, March 3, 2006
Friday, March 3, 2006
THE PEARL
Presents a Benefit for the
Facing Futures Foundation
Facing Futures Foundation
It’s an 80’s theme party! So break out
your acid washed jeans, jelly bracelets and
power suits and party in the time of
Mr. Roboto for a great cause!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
It’s going to be,
like, totally cool
for these kids!!!
H Doors at 8pm
H $7 Donation
at the Door
H All Proceeds
go to the Facing
Futures Foundation
H Hors d’oeuvres by
Fuel Coffeehouse
H Large Selection of
International Beers
& Wines
H Entertainment by
VJ Jaren, Spinning
the Best Dance
Music on the Video
Turntables Inside
H Live Music by
The Druids on
the Outside Patio
The Facing
Futures Foundation
is a Jacksonville based
non-profit group of
health practitioners
dedicated to the surgical
correction of facial
disorders caused by birth
defects found in children
from remote areas
of the world.
Sponsored By:
Rahaim, Watson, Dearing,
Berry & Moore, P.A.
Champion Brands, Inc.
Folio Weekly Street Team
Ashe Electric
Print Xtreme
1101 N. Main St.
Historic Springfield
(Corner of Main and 1st
in Downtown Jacksonville)
791.4499
For more info: www.myspace.com/
thepearlofspringfield

New Logo for the biz



The brand that built Milwaukee.

JTA FLA!



So I wanted to buy into this deal at the Kings Avenue Garage. Buy two months and get one free. PLUS, free skyway pass. That is a dern good deal. Here are some notes.

Warning: You cannot buy this deal online, NOR over the phone. You cannot pay with AMEX or any other card. All deals are cash or check. That is very annoying. Perhaps not annoying enough to not see what its all about.

Public Notice - Downtown Councilmember wants to hear from you!



In the words of the immortal Marvin Gay, Lets get it on

What's going on works too

Notice

February 21, 2006

Council Member Suzanne Jenkins will hold a meeting on Monday, March 6, 2006, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. The topic of this meeting is to discuss alternate ideas for Downtown Development. All interested parties are invited to attend. If you have any questions, please contact 630-7372.

LONE STAR



A note from our Adams Street friends at Oasis. Not that Oasis. By the way these shows are always worth checking out and are always sold out so make those resservations.

Dear Oasis friend,
Howdy! Spring is on the way. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and
it's time to put away those winter clothes and step outside for some fun.
To that end, I just wanted to remind you that James McClure’s rowdy and hysterical one act comedy Lone Star opens this week at JMOMA. Bill, Kevin and Michael are doing some really nice work .
This Thursday, we are treating the show as a preview performance and offering
tickets at a reduced rate (50%) for anyone who mentions this email when they call. We’ve had such a wonderful season here at JMOMA, all of our shows have been met with applause, accolades and attendance. So head down to Laura Street, arrive early to have a glass of whatever, stroll around, chat and get ready to chuckle.

I hope to see you there!

Ian Mairs, Director
p.s. Please call ahead for seats, we are known to fill up quickly. (904) 386 5675