Thursday, January 28, 2010

WHITE HOT POP, INDIE, TOP & BOTTOM 40, DUBSTEP, JANK, TONIGHT

Friday, January 22, 2010

Art You Can't Use/ The Leon Castelli Group/ Nullspace/ Tonight 7-10pm!

Lots to do tonight. I would definitely hit this show! I will be djing at lit, just down ocean st towards the river. 11 Ocean. Also Ian's freestyle massacre is tonight as well at TSI. There is also a great show at tallyrand. Really you just ought to check JaxScene. The core is pretty impresive tonight. If you are one to say there is nothing to do or this town is devoid of cultural activities I wish you would stick it.
 
Tonight!
"Art You Can't Use"
The Leon Castelli Group
nullspace gallery
7-10pm
nullspace, a new art gallery / studio has opened at 108 East Adams Street Jacksonville, FL, 32202. Curated by its owners, Mark Creegan, Kurt Polkey, and Jefree Shalev, the inaugural show, presented by the Leon Castelli Group and titled "Art You Can't Use", will take place on Friday, January 22, 2010 between the hours of 7 pm and 10 pm.  Show runs thru Feb 19th.


 
A brief description of the show: William Pope L is an iconoclastic performance artist whose themes include economics, race, disenfranchisement, and cultural values. Using Pope L's life and career as a jumping off point, Mark Creegan, Kurt Polkey and Jefree Shalev will bring drawing, performance art, installation and video together to create a cohesive jumble of ideas around those themes.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr., Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962.
 
That was just a few weeks after "I had a dream."
 
Must. Keep. Pushing.
 

 

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Recommendation: The Mike Bernos Band

I love memory lane. Going back in time, it seems like you only remember the good stuff and rarely the stress. I remember back in 1997 or so when Tammy and I lived in this awesome place on the river. It was a tiny apartment and it jutted out and faced south so you could see the St. Johns all the way to the Buckman Bridge and beyond. Every window was waterfront and we had a great front lawn. One year we had Thanksgiving out there. I will never forget that. 

Another memory from that place on Vernon Terrace was our neighbor upstairs. He had what sounded like a baby grand piano and he would play classical and jazz and blues tunes all the time. We would often times turn off the television and open the windows and just relax and listen to our atmospheric jams. Sometimes he would bang out Springsteen and really rock the spot. That neighbor is my friend Mike Bernos. Over time we both moved from the place. I kept up with him quite a bit as he is a public relations professional. He taught me a lot about how to approach and talk to the media. I caught up with him the other day at the Uptown Market and we talked about a new non-work project that he has been working on. I thought you would be interested. His new cd is perfect for relaxing with the family. It has flavor. I jammed it on a recent trip to Orlando, both ways. Driving old Florida with a folk rock album that supports migrant workers. Takes me back. Feels real. 

Tell me about your band, and how you hooked up with all of these guys including Rebecca Zapen (my fav):
Kenny  Levine produced the new CD, With These Hands and besides being a fabulous producer and arranger, he is a well respected musician who is networked with Jacksonville’s top artists. He knew the sound we were after and put together Mark Dennison, guitar, Lawrence Buckner, bass, Sam Rodriguez, Percussion, and Teri Levine, vocals. Linda Minke, cellist, had worked with me at the Grape and performed on the CD. When I play the February 18 Harvest of Hope benefit in Riverside at The Church of Good Shepherd  and the Harvest of Hope Festival in March these artists will be performing with me. They are phenomenal musicians.
 
I hear a lot of influences incuding folk and reggae and maybe even a bit of irish/celtic flavor, are these autobiographical for you or bent towards the theme of the album or both:
I think the sound of the CD reflects both my musical bias and alchemy. I like the economy of sound and liberating rhythm of reggae as well as the range its punctuated vocal structure allows me (Black and White, A different Day, Isn’t it Love). Acoustic rock lets me blend the timbre of cello and my tenor, (Believe and Let Her Go), with the elegiac themes of heartache. It’s a sound I’ve always wanted to explore. Being raised in New Orleans instilled a love for blues and the syncopated rhythms of the Meters and Professor Longhair. As you know, Tony, spend any time in New Orleans and the music saturates you like the humidity. You can’t go anywhere without your leg starting to shake. I must admit though, I can be a musical chameleon. Sometimes a sound will just surface within a song, like the Celtic  tones in Brown Skin.  
 
New Orleans is prevalent and even tracks that aren't directly about nola have some roux in them, tell me about that...
There is no better city than New Orleans to  be raised in if you have any musical talent. I just read Louis Armstrong’s autobiography, My Life in New Orleans, and I don’t think he could ever ascended to rank of greatness that he did had he not grew up in the cultural stew that was New Orleans at the turn of the century.  I grew up going to such great venues as Lu and Charlie’s, Tipitinas, Tyler’s Beer Garden and the Maple Leaf Bar, legendary joints where all of New Orleans great musicians played. I suppose my love of the city and its deep and diverse musical influences are expressed in my work both lyrically and musically. Its such an intimate musical community. I backed up Harry Connick, Jr. at a wedding of friends, I jammed with Wynton Marsalis back stage at Le Petit theater. I took piano lessons from blues pianist David Egan.  
I wrote Black and White both as a homage and ballad to New Orleans’ cultural diversity as a well as to its epic and tragic mythology as a city.
 
Where can someone hear you now and how does one find the cd available?
 I will be playing a Harvest of Hope Benefit February 18 at 7:15 at the Church of Good Shepherd in Riverside and at the Harvest of Hope Festival March 14. You can hear and download my new CD With These hands, at www.themikebernosband.com

TONY: Please! Go to this SHOW GOOD CAUSE! GREAT JAMS!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

LOCAL TASTE BETTER> FRAM WITH NO RAIN GUARANTY or FREE GIFT!

Dude where's my cabbage!?

RAIN SCHMAIN!

FRAM IS ON THIS SATURDAY 9am to NOON!

FREE COVERED ON SITE PARKING! TRACTORS & TOURS WELCOME!
 
Cloudy with a chance of zucchini bread is the forecast this weekend at the Riverside Arts Market site.

We will have plenty of food artists, hot locally roasted and Kenyan coffees, and the freshest in local produce.

Just a Sample of Highlights:
Magnolia Farms with goat cheese
Isaac's Bistro: zucchini bread made with local zucchini from Reed's Groves, Spiced Pear Bread, Sweet Potato Bread and Cheddar and Chive English muffin bread and other breads.


PLUS NEW FRAM SHIRTS! $1o CHEAP! They come in blueberry, zucchini bread, watermelon, and Florida lime.

Don't be scared of the rain! We have you covered, literally!
Park on site and walk over to our FRAMMERS Row.
 
If you get wet, we'll give you a FREE RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET INAUGURAL TOTE BAG!
Retail value $5. Street value: Local Hero Status. (if you don't get wet, we'll give you a bag with purchase). Limit one per hero. 

Think how much it will mean to our near frozen farms and food artists if you show up on Saturday to support our farmer growers and their delectable friends. IT WILL MEAN A LOT!

Everyone needs fresh farm food and we have it.

This weeks story:
I was talking with an elderly woman who said her cabbage from last weeks arctic FRAM, that she got from Down to Earth Farms, was most excellent. I asked her if it was the best she ever had. She stopped to think about all the cabbage she had in her life and she looked at me and said, yes. Then she said her real highlight was being able to ship citrus from Reeds Groves to Wisconsin. True story.

Send your reflections on RAM and if we use it, we'll buy you a bag of fruit!

But we like to make sure you come out and here is how we know you will:

Second ever FRAM Specials:
 
NEW NEWSLETTER! YES ITS WEEKLY! YES ITS AWESOME! pdf

Free RAM canvas tote bag with any purchase (while supplies last).
 
DJ Biggie Tea spins some beats to go with your beets.
 
At Noon: FRAMMY Hour at Birdie's (old Starlite): show your free tote bag and get
$ 2 Farm Fresh Bloody Marys or
$ 2 Florida Orange Mimosas

 

LOVE YOU ALL! SEE YOU UNDER THE BRRRRIDGE!
 

Tony & Brandy & Shannon & the Crew

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ARTS ON THE GO

JAXPARKS PRESENTS ARTS ON THE GO

Create your masterpiece with us!

 

Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 14, 2010 – First Coast families are invited to show their creativity at JaxParks’ next installment of the Arts on the Go series at Murray Hill Art Center. This free art event offers hands-on activities including drawing, painting and crafting. Art instructors will be on hand to assist. Participants are encouraged to take their creations home to display and enjoy. 

 

WHEN:           Friday, Jan. 29

6 – 8 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Murray Hill Art Center

                        4327 Kerle St. -- 32205

 

Arts on the Go is a two-hour program that travels monthly to parks and community centers throughout Duval County. The programs goal is to introduce families to various forms of art. It also provides an opportunity for families and neighbors to join for an evening of free entertainment and fun. Art instructors work with the participants to expand their experience and offer instruction.

 

For more information on events and activities hosted by JaxParks, call (904) 630-CITY or visit us at www.jaxparks.com.

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Dt

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

FRAM THIS SATURDAY! FREE PARKING ONSITE! FREE STUFF! FARM FRESH BLOODY MARY'S! WHAAAAAA?

FFFFFFRAM SATURDAY 9am to Noon!
PARK ON SITE!

BURRR May be an understatement!  
Close your eyes
 and remember back to our Grand Opening of RAM back in April. 

Clear blue skies, temperature under the bridge a breezy 72. Friendly people and dancing kids and sniffing dogs. The river glistening in the Spring sun. 

Well that ain't FRAM. 

But we bet you'll love it anyway.

Making an appearance at that kick off event in April showed your pride in the community and an affinity to the arts and local agriCULTURE

. It was also THE PLACE to be seen. We know this because everyone in Duval County was there.  

Now, think how much it will mean to our near frozen farms and food artists if you show up on Saturday to support our farmer growers and their delectable friends. IT WILL MEAN A LOT!

Everyone needs fresh farm food and we have great produce coming in despite the chilly temps. 

But we like to make sure you come out and here is how we know you will:

First FRAM Specials:

FREE FRAM NEWSLETTER WITH RECIPE (pdf) 

Free RAM canvas tote bag with any purchase (while supplies last).
 
DJ Juice Box spins some beats to go with your beets.
 
At Noon: FRAMMY Hour at Birdie's (old Starlite): show your free tote bag and get 
$ 2 Farm Fresh Bloody Marys or 
$ 2 Florida Orange Mimosas

Here are just some of the participating farms and vendors!
 
Reeds Groves will have honeybells, navels, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, and other farmed vegetables and maybe strawberries depending on the weather. 

Angeles Farm (lots of organics)
Four Hearts Farms
Go Green Produce

Depends on if they can pick: Twinn Bridges, and Down to Earth (Think warm thoughts for their crops, please!)
 
Josey's Honey will have a selection of honeys.
Bacon's Select Produce will have hydroponic greens.
Magnolia Farms is bringing goat cheese.
Isaac's Bistro is bringing sweet potato pecan bread, and banana nut bread and other specialty baked goods.
Olive Affairs will have oils and tapenades.
Dips 2 Go will have their exciting mixes and dips.
Mama Lou's Italian Spice will have fresh spices and mozzerella.
Jaxma will have their award winning Orchids, Angeles Farms, Four Hearts Farms, and Go Green Produce will be attending.

BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS WILL BE FEATURING RIVERKEEPER ROAST! AMONG OTHER AWESOME HOT BREWS!

ps. Hey FRAM Farmers and Food Artists!  Call Audrey at 859-7080, by Monday, January 11th, for advertising specials in the Riverside Avondale Preservation Community News.

LOVE YOU ALL! SEE YOU UNDER THE BRRRRIDGE!
 

Tony & Brandy & Shannon & the Crew


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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

ZINES LIKE YOU READ ABOUT

FROM THE FAMOUS MR. JOSH (or is it Cap't?):

I have a few events at coming up at the library. I hope you'll help me get the word out about them a little bit.

Pick one, two - or all of them to mention the media outlet of your choice.  =)

 
Thanks,
-Josh
 
1. Zine Machine program for kids.

The Children

s Department at the Main Library has a new program focused on writing and zine publication for kids. Here
'
s the scoop.

Zine Machine : Creative Writing and Publication for Kids!

Meet with 
Mr. Josh
 weekly for awesome creative writing and cartooning projects!

Your participation is a MUST as we create fun text and images for our quarterly zine publication of your best work. Every child receives a copy of the group-published zine and the library catalogs the zine for it's collection! This program is for children ages 8-13 and starts January 19th at 4pm in the Children's Department at the Main Library Downtown. It will meet on a weekly basis. For more information call 630-2417.


2. A really great movie from us zinesters!

The Zine Collection Presents a Film - $100 and a T-Shirt

Join those wonderful people who brought you the Zine Collection for a free showing of the documentary film "$100 and a T-shirt."Experience the ups and downs in the zine publishing world as it was experienced by Joe Biel and the rest of the staff at Microcosm Publishing. Refreshments will be provided. Moon River Pizza and drinks until we run out!  Saturday, January 30th in the G4 Conference level room at 4:00.

3. Get your kids rockin!

Group Guitar Lessons for Kids at the Main Library!
Wednesday night classes start February.

Free guitar lessons for children 9-14. Four one-hour classes!
* Guitar ownership not mandatory, but highly recommended for practicing.
* Learn basic guitar technique, chords and more.
* Register at the children's desk at the main Library in person, or by calling 630-2417.
* Limit of ten children per session.


WE HAVE THE MOST AWESOME LIBRARY DOWNTOWN AND ITS BECAUSE OF MR. JOSH, MS. MARIE, MR. KIETH, ETC.!!!! I'M TALKING QUALITY OF LIFE HERE FOLKS! 

GET INVOLVED!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

RAM Video

More info, and some really amazing facts about RAM are available at the official website

Thought you folks could use a good warm up for tonight's Art Walk. Rumors of the Burrito Gallery pulling out of Art Walk tomorrow are FALSE. We are still your headquarters, pre and after party. Accept no substitute. 

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Do you really care about our historic neighborhoods? You can prove it today at 5pm. City Hall. Council Chambers.

Remember this building in the picture? Its the old Lampru Apartments, a Henrietta Dozier building in Springfield. Henrietta was one of the first female architects in the country. She used to go by Harry and dress in pants to not get lip from the construction workers. This building now sits as an unused vacant lot. Which is the immediate intended use of a historic structure in Avondale. Click here for the info from COJ

Here is the best part, The LUZ (land use and zoning) committee meets today at 5pm. This home will be the first thing on the agenda which means you do not have to wait through a bunch of other property use and zoning stuff. Please be more than a message board preservationist. Please support what history we have left.  

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Winnerz and LUZers

As you may know, the Greenwood Avenue appeal will go before LUZ this Tuesday. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. <strong>The JHPC denied the demolition and Bronson Lamb has appealed that decision to LUZ. Paul Harden is his attorney.</strong> This appeal is critical to the preservation of the historic district. At a minimum, please come to the meeting to simply fill out a blue card in opposition to the demolition. The bill number is 2009-0910. Do you care about sound historic structures in nationally registered historic neighborhoods?<em> I KNEW IT!</em> NO this isn't about the <em>NUM<strong>BER ONE COMEBACK</strong></em>, though that is the topic of tomorrow's First Coast Connect. Some Mayor guy is on today, right now, me, tomorrow. I feel bad for Mayor Peyton because its probably going to be a lot of jags questions he cannot answer and he has to go up agains Urban Jacksonville Weekly that is on in like 30 minutes. Also Los Angeles is following RAMdirector on twitter. I bet its because of my last tweet.

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Winners and LUZers


As you may know, the Greenwood Avenue appeal will go before LUZ this Tuesday. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. The JHPC denied the demolition and Bronson Lamb has appealed that decision to LUZ. Paul Harden is his attorney.

This appeal is critical to the preservation of the historic district. At a minimum, please come to the meeting to simply fill out a blue card in opposition to the demolition. The bill number is 2009-0910.

Do you care about sound historic structures in nationally registered historic neighborhoods? I KNEW IT!

NO this isn't about the NUMBER ONE COMEBACK, though that is the topic of tomorrow's First Coast Connect. Some Mayor guy is on today, right now, me, tomorrow. I feel bad for Mayor Peyton because its probably going to be a lot of jags questions he cannot answer and he has to go up agains Urban Jacksonville Weekly that is on in like 30 minutes. Also Los Angeles is following RAMdirector on twitter. I bet its because of my last tweet.