Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The hiatus is back on. Sorry for the delayed posts but I've been a smidge under the weather even though we've had great weather.
The above photo (can you find me in it?) was taken at the Jacksonville Asian American Alliance Lunar New Year Party that I was honored to co-emcee. I know, I know, Allegretti is not your typical Korean name, but the theme for the night was East meets West and the org's tag line is Strength in Diversity. With more than 12 countries represented at the party Saturday night and a pasty white emcee, I think they stayed true to their mission. What a brilliant show, well behaved kids, and some of the most delicious foods from around the world.
Please check out the JAAA website for more details on this excellent group of people of which I am proud to be a member.
Happy Golden PIG!
Friday, February 23, 2007
OM: MIAMI 2007 SHOWCASE ON MARCH 22ND @ Y Ultralounge
Om Records presents OM:MIAMI 2007, The most superior, high profile and
press worthy event of the 2007 Winter Music Conference. The combined line up of world renowned DJ's and LIVE artists, each with their own
internationally recognized discography, truly embody the most credible and sought after talent on the dance/electronic music circuit. To compliment
this innovative line up, Y / Tottem / Tottem Gardens will feature four microenvironments of state of the art sound, video and lighting to
accommodate the LIVE artists / DJ's as well as event specific visuals.
Afronaught & Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic)
PC Synergy (Phil Green & Catharsis)
Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 10pm- 9am
Venue: Y Ultralounge / Tottem / Tottem Gardens (71 NW 14th St., Miami, FL
33136) DOWNTOWN MIAMI
Capacity 2500+, 6+ bars, 4 Microenvironments with State of the Art
Lighting, Video and Sound! A Sanctuary of Art and Entertainment
In case you haven't heard yet Byron King is curating a large national/international art show in Historic Springfield, May 12.
There will be a sneak peek sampler during the Springfield Heritage! events. We will also be doing something fun over at the adjacent 1951 Market lofts.
There are links to all the participating artists (lots of west coast cities in the house) at 9th and Liberty dot com.
Also here are some pics of a show in San Fransisco where one of our participants (Ramblin Worker) shows off a shirt he is making for Modest Mouse.
Turns out Ramblin grew up on Neptune Beach.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Click on over to Urban Jacksonville (not to be confused with Suburban Jacksonville) to see a story about a new blog in town, Jax Daily (Not to be confused with Jax Daily Record). I can't wait to see who bites me, The Urban Clone, the urban taco, the Suburban Core...I wonder if they've gotten any cease and desists from the Daily Baily.
I figured since I am still reigning champion of the Folio readers I would post my unique users above.
Actually I am tongue in cheek about my Best Blogger Alive title. It means a lot, yes. My plaque is next to my monitor, yes. But is staying on top the only thing I think about? No. Its not even number one!
I'm sure that my international appeal (Jax Daily's summary only includes Americans!) would throw me below Ricotta Park, Jaxoscorpion, Tomorrowland (which I believe is probably the international champ of DUVAL) and Flag or whatever they are calling that thing.
Anyway, welcome to the neighborhood. Good job Jax Daily.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I pretty much like the YouTube commercial revolution. The above is a Nike project(?) where they put a statue of Albert on The Ohio State University campus. It last 5 hours which (as deadspin points out) is longer than the OSU football team lasted.
The deadline for artist submissions for Art at the Met is March 2. The show will take place during the Jazz Festival at Metropolitan Park on April 13-15. I was hoping you could e-mail your artist group to remind them of the upcoming deadline. You can push them to our website for an application www.jaxjazzfest.com
Thanks so much for your help!
Tiffany Valla Hutto
City of Jacksonville
Office of Special Events
117 West Duval St., Ste. 280
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: (904) 630-1212 x 2101
Fax: (904) 630-3693
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Going out to find a King Cake today.
Source: Broven, South to Louisiana.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Actually buy the Chilled one. I just like the art for the one above.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
he must have read this
Jaxoplitan is off the hook today. Check out the play by play. Then scroll down to the disturbingly funny unofficial art walk video.
And scroll down here and support the cause below. Please and thank you.
The Decider at TSI is $1.50. I'll be ok.
Happy St. Baldrick's Day! There are a few reasons I'm posting this today.
One is that every good blog in town will be covering tonight's ART WALK, sure to be a blowout (like shot week).
Two is that a lot of people read my blog to catch up with me and the fam. Well, for both the FoA and my local do-gooders here is a really good cause and you can make a difference with a few clicks. It does not take long. I donated anonymously. You can make it any amount. It takes about a minute and is 3 pages of the typical online transaction. Please consider it. I am so proud of my sister, here is the text from her email (bold emphasis by me):
Friends and Family –
Greetings! I hope this email finds you all doing very well.
Several years ago a patient convinced me to donate
10” of my hair to help make a wig for a child undergoing cancer treatment.
At the time I didn’t even think twice about it – and of course, just as I
thought, my hair all grew back!
This time I have an opportunity to
lose all my hair (yes, I mean shaved) in order to raise money for cancer
research. I’m an official shavee participant for the St. Baldrick’s event
here in Austin, TX on March 15, 2007. Check out
About the St.
Baldrick’s Foundation (SBF):
- SBF provides grants to research organizations that meet stringent criteria and who share the foundation’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on
- The foundation supports cooperative research on a national scale to help doctors work together to develop the best treatments for all children with cancer. St
Baldrick’s research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at medical
institutions where children are treated for cancer, ensuring the finest care for every child.
- St Baldrick’s is an independent, IRS approved, 501(c)(3) organization, Federal ID # 20-1173824
How it all started:
- St Baldrick’s is a fusion of ‘St Patrick’s Day’ and ‘bald,’ as the original
head-shaving event took place on St. Patrick’s Day.
- St Baldrick’s began in 2000 when three reinsurance executives from New York City turned their annual St. Patrick’s Day party into a fundraiser; shaving their heads in solidarity with children who have cancer.
- They recruited volunteers to shave their heads in return for donations from friends and family for the cause of childhood cancer
- The first St Baldrick’s event was held on March 17, 2000 at Jim Brady’s pub in NYC with the initial goal of 17 people each raising $1k for a total of $17k. They
exceeded that goal; 20 volunteer shavees raised over $100k.
Worldwide 160,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year.
- Childhood cancer kills more U.S. children than any other disease – more than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies, combined.
- The SBF coordinates worldwide head-shaving events that raise money to support childhood cancer research.
- From 2000-2006 over 26,000 shavees – more than 2,000 women – have shaved their heads at 828 St Baldrick’s events, raising over $20 million
- In 2005, the SBF established the first St Baldrick’s fellowship to encourage promising new medical professionals to pursue pediatric cancer research as a specialty.
- St Baldrick’s celebrations have been held internationally in Argentina, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Poland and the U.K.
- Several celebrities have been barbers and shavees, including: Michael Douglas, Jay Leno, Damon Lusk, David Blaine, Eddie McGee, Jason Kidd and Aaron
Yes, I know my hair will grow back so I’m going to shave it –
but I want to raise as much money as possible. Shaving my lady locks would
hardly be worth it if I only came up with a few hundred dollars – so please,
give anything that you can AND then forward my email to your friends and
families. Share with them how you know me and the excitement for raising
money for childhood cancer research! You can donate money in my name by
following this link: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.html?ShaveeID=2691#
Be sure to donate in my name!
Because of childhood cancer research I have a career! In the U.S. three-quarters of the nearly 12,000 new diagnoses a year can expect to be cured! Because of childhood cancer research, new therapies have been developed and implemented. To date, more than 250,000 people in the U.S. have successfully been treated for childhood cancer.
These are the kids, adolescents and young adults who have the need for the
LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center – which is who graciously employs me!
donate a dollar if that is all you have – then pass this email on! Thanks
again. I know I can do this with your support.
Allegretti, RN, CPNP
LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center
1410 N. IH-35, Ste
Austin, Texas 78701
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Art Walk Downtown
February 7, 2007 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Don’t forget to stop by and join the excitement of:
Target FREE Wednesday at MOCA Jacksonville
Scroll down to view more information on the Museum’s current exhibition
Spring Cinema Starts Tomorrow at Art Walk!
RED, WHITE AND BLACK
African American Cinema Pioneers
February 7 – February 28, 2007
Body and Soul (1924)
Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Tomorrow, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Between 1919 and 1940, the black pioneer of American movies, Oscar Micheaux, wrote, directed, produced and distributed close to 30 feature films, exhibiting tenacity unparalleled in American independent cinema. His 1924 silent Body and Soul stars the legendary Paul Robeson in his first film. Robeson plays two roles, a young woman's respectable fiancé and a vicious ex-convict who poses as a clergyman and commits rape and murder. A complex and ambiguous work, the 1924 theatrical version was altered from the original because of objections from all-white censorship boards. A newly reconstructed version includes the lost scenes of this rare silent gem from the godfather of black independent filmmaking.
Tickets at the Door: $8 non-member/$6 member
The spring film series is held inside MOCA Jacksonville’s Underground Cinema and provides an eclectic sampling of riveting art and independent films from across the globe. Save the date for these wonderful films.
February 14th: Buck and the Preacher (1972)
February 21st: To Sleep With Anger (1990)
February 28th: Get On the Bus (1996)
For more information contact 366-6911 x 207 or visit http://www.mocajacksonville.org/.
Canvas of Sound II
February 17, 2007 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Save the date for a fabulous night downtown at the second annual MOCA Jacksonville Warehouse Party featuring DJ’s Phil Green, Catharsis, and Odyssey as well as the soothing sounds of Electro Lounge’s David Luckin and Michael Muttillo in the Museum Atrium.
Tickets at the Door: $15 non-members/$10 members (21 and up)
Full Cash Bar
For more information please contact 366-6911 x 210 or visit http://www.mocajacksonville.org/.
The Latest Buzz at MOCA!
Four New Exhibitions
Friday January 26, 2007 – April 7, 2007
What all the buzz about you ask? Just visit these links and see what people are saying about the new exhibition!
Entertaining U Newspaper - Jacksonville
Florida Times Union - Jacksonville
SECOND SKINS – Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos By Nick Cave
ATHLETE/WARRIOR – Photographs By Anderson & Low
First Coast Portfolio – a juried exhibition of area art educators
OTHER WORLDS – The Landscape in Contemporary Art
Featuring nationally recognized artists such as Katy Stone, Kurt Lightner, Ati Maier and Cristina Rodriguez
Call 366-6911 x 214 for more information or visit http://www.mocajacksonville.org/.
Travel with MOCA Guild!
Join Director George Kinghorn for an Art Trip to Atlanta
March 5 – March 7, 2007
MOCA Director George Kinghorn leads a two night, action packed trip to Atlanta, Georgia. Highlights of the trip include a guided tour of the newly expanded wings of the spectacular High Museum of Art, an exclusive wine and cheese reception at one of Atlanta’s hottest commercial galleries, a visit to an artist’s studio and a breathtaking tour of the cities’ newest attraction, the Georgia Aquarium. Enjoy an evening on your own to shop, dine at a favorite restaurant or take in a performance.
For information on pricing and registration, contact Mary Sandifer at (904) 448-0542
Monday, February 05, 2007
5-9 p.m.Love all the different arts you will find bringing the streets of Downtown Jacksonville alive. Besides the Artist Bazaar in Hemming Plaza, look for belly dancers, live bands, a drum circle, martial artists, acrobatics, break dancing and a live marching band!
Bring your hole punched passport to the BellSouth Tower to register for the drawing of a framed, matted and signed original photograph, “The Olive Press” by Roberta M. Knapik.
Turn in your passport to the Twisted Martini door host for a complimentary premium cocktail, bottle or draft beer, glass of house wine or the martini of the day.
8 p.m.Downtown 101 – a one-hour course on Downtown Jacksonville history beginning outside the Main Library.
9 p.m.The official Art Walk After Party at the Twisted Martini, sponsored by Five Rivers wine. Must be 21 and over with proper ID and attire.
HEADQUARTERS*1. Jacksonville Bank Building – 100 N. Laura – Curated by Steller’s Gallery of Ponte Vedra featuring a juried exhibition by the Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists. Music by DJ Catharsis and PC Synergy. Hospitality provided by Lifestyles Realtors.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS*2. Gallery 11E – Featuring purses made of cigar boxes by Rio Chatman and the works of noted local artists.
CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL VENUES
MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE VENUES12. Boomtown – 8 p.m. is the Mad Cowford Comedy Improv Troupe and join the YouTube music video contest as part of the Boomsong Sing-a-Long from 8:30 – 10 p.m.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES22. BB&T – Artists Susan Taylor will present her works. Enjoy wine and refreshments.*
The First Wednesday Art Walk is sponsored by Downtown Vision, Inc., City of Jacksonville, WJCT, Folio Weekly, JMOMA, 102.9 The Point, the Twisted Martini, Bonterra wine, Art Institute of Jacksonville and Clearwire. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904.634.0303, ext. 230.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Task force members and Community participants: M.G. Orender (Chair), Tony Allegretti, Charles Appleby, Ron Barton, Danny Berenberg, Melody Bishop, Juan Diaz, Pam Edwards-Roine, Bruce Ferguson, Randy Goodwin, John Haley, Amy Harrell, Annette Hastings, Donald Harris, Bob Johnson, Kish Kanji, Millie Kanyar, Scott Kim, Bruce McKenzie, Kelly Madden, Karen Mathis, Don McClure, Mike Miller, Medardo Monzon, Michael Munz, Ted Pappas, Dennis Pate, David Potts, Fred Pozin, Jim Pritchard, John Reyes, A.D. Roberts, Toney Sleiman, Michael Stewart, Scott Stuckey, Arnold Tritt, Phil Tufano, Tri Vu, Robert White, Anthony Williams, Mark Wood, and Tony Wynn
Staff – Mickee Brown, Skip Cramer, John Reyes
** [Staff note: Please advise staff if your name is not listed above. Also, the phrase “study participants” as used below refers jointly to task force members and community participants.]
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Speakers: The Honorable Michael Corrigan, City Council President
R. William Crowe, City of Jacksonville Assistant General Counsel
Purpose: Orientation for study participants on roles and processes
Discussion: Task force chair M. G. Orender opened the meeting by introducing the evening’s agenda and asking City Council President Michael Corrigan to provide study participants with an overview of why it is important for the community to have an open dialogue about the future of the convention center at this time.
Though many studies have been conducted in the past, Jacksonville is in a unique position right now to plan what happens next with its convention center due to tremendous community growth. As a community, Jacksonville must decide if pursuing more convention business and/or a larger facility is a worthwhile investment and if so what can be done to maximize the chance for success.
JCCI was chosen as a third party facilitator for this exercise because the organization has a history of being fair and inclusive. Everyone will not agree with the final results, but everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the process.
Later M. G. introduced members of the Convention Center steering committee and members of the subcommittees they will helm as follows:
· Kelly Madden, Business Demand
· Phil Tufano, Marketing Support and Infrastructure
· Charles Appleby, Site Selection
· Mark Wood, Finance
· Don McClure, Facility Operation
· Ron Townsend, Community ROI
[Staff note: A full list of members per subcommittee is available upon request.]
Each subcommittee meeting will be announced in advance to allow all task force members to participate in the process as fully as his or her time will allow. That information will be made available at each meeting, via the JCCI web, and on request.
JCCI Executive Director Skip Cramer reviewed the roles of the steering committee, the task force, community participants, and JCCI.
Steering committee: Along with influencing the design and content of the study, each steering committee member will helm a subcommittee examining one critical area of the study (see above).
Task force: Each member of the task force has two primary roles; subcommittee member and general (task force) consensus member. As a member of a subcommittee, task force members will explore one topic in detail over a period of three weeks. Upon reconvening, the general task force will review the subcommittee’s work and through consensus reach agreement on the smaller group’s findings and recommendations.
Community participants: Are welcome to share their observations and give input at every subcommittee and task force meeting. Specific time will be set aside on every agenda for such inputs. Observations and comments are also welcome via the JCCI website, CCTF web log, and the comment cards to be distributed at every meeting – these are all avenues for the community to voice their opinions for the study record. However, community participants are not consensus members of the task force.
JCCI: In addition to neutral third party facilitator, JCCI is the study’s record keeper and administrator. Any material to be considered by the task force must be cleared in advance through JCCI. No materials may be distributed at meetings without this clearance.
Skip reminded all attendees that the study process is most successful when everyone leaves behind his or her professional and/or personal interest to represent the interests of Jacksonville’s citizens. He also asked that the meetings be governed by the following rules of engagement (JCCI’s Forum Decorum).
- Start and end on time - Turn all cell phones and pagers off
- Engage in active listening - Raise your hand to speak
- All ideas and opinions are debatable - Attack the person not the problem
- Stick to the topic - No filibustering
- Respect the process - Have a great time!
Skip reminded participants that all information pertaining to the task force (agendas, schedules, meeting summaries, notices, etc.) are available on the web (http://www.jcci.org/), by email request at email@example.com, or by contacting JCCI’s offices (396-3052).
M. G. also provided study participants with an update on the three contract studies that will influence the length of the study.
On December 15, 2006 steering committee members commissioned two studies; one to determine Jacksonville’s appeal as a tourist destination and another to clarify whether or not Jacksonville would become a sought-after destination for conventioneers if there were additional convention space. The results from both studies will be available at the end of February. The results from both studies will then inform the work of the Business Demand subcommittee beginning in March. If the task force then agrees the studies do not support expanding convention capacity, the task force will end its work.
On January 25, 2007 the steering committee met to discuss feasibility study proposals from five firms. The top ranking firm was Convention, Sports and Leisure (CSL) International, with offices in Dallas and Minneapolis. While the selected firm will be notified, the feasibility study contract will not be executed until the task force agrees that the outcomes of the destination and appeal studies support proceeding with that step. That decision is expected in March. The task force is scheduled to review the feasibility study results on June 28, 2007. If the cost vs. benefit is disproportionate (high cost/low benefit), then the task force’s work will cease.
Bill Crowe, Assistant General Counsel, gave the last presentation of the evening regarding Florida’s Sunshine law. The highlights of his presentation are listed below.
All Convention Center Task Force meetings are governed by Florida’s Sunshine law.
The Sunshine law requires that 1) meetings of boards or commissions must be open to the public; 2) reasonable notice of such meetings must be given, and 3) minutes of the meeting must be taken. Tell-tale signs of potential violations include, short meeting notice, lack of minutes, and whispering at meetings.
The Sunshine law applies to any gathering, whether formal or casual, of two or more members of the same board or commission to discuss some matter on which foreseeable action will be taken. Telephone conversations and chance meetings are also subject to Sunshine law.
Members of a public board are not prohibited under the Sunshine law from meeting together socially, provided that matters which may come before the board are not discussed at such gatherings.
Any material made or received by the board or committee to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge is considered public record, subject to Florida record retention requirements and Freedom of Information Act requests. All written documents, tapes, photographs, films and sound recordings are also considered public records and are subject to inspection.
To gather more information about Sunshine law contact Bill Crowe directly, review the packages of information distributed by Bill and the CVB, or visit the Florida Office of the Attorney General online (myfloridalegal.com)
For the purposes of the Convention Center Task Force all “master files” will be maintained by JCCI.
M.G. opened the floor to public comment from all in attendance, but none were offered.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:45pm.