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HQ Trivia hosts gone wild!

What in the name of Reggie the dandelion-eating bear just happened on HQ Trivia? Matt Richards telling viewers to hold on to their buttholes? Anna Roisman calling viewers “bitches”?  If you are a fan of HQ Trivia, you must watch this video of an out-of-nowhere game that I got an alert on my phone about […]

A roaring good time at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Words by Jennifer EssickPhotos by Jennifer Essick and Kerry Speckman Located near the Northside of Jacksonville, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing place that gives homes to exotic big cats in need. The sanctuary houses lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats and more all obtained from individuals who had illegal ownership or kept them […]

Tapped Out Tuesdays

As if I needed another reason to love Sun-Ray Cinema, Tim and Shana have introduced TAPPED OUT TUESDAYS where all regular screenings, all day, every Tuesday are only $5 (technically, $5.35 with tax). That’s a savings of up to 55 percent off regular-price, evening screenings (at least that’s what Siri told me … I suck at math). With […]

Dirty Trivia | Thursday, June 14 | 1904 Music Hall

Penis. Clitoris. Ejaculation. Fisting. Queef. If you are wincing just from reading these words, please do NOT come to 1904 Music Hall on Thursday, June 14 because PB&J Jacksonville is holding its first-ever Dirty Trivia where these words—and many more colorful ones—will be the subject of the night. It’s definitely not your typical fundraiser, says […]

POINTLESS POLL: What’s on your phone’s home screen?

The Specktator Institute for Unscientific Research conducted a poll via Facebook with more than 100 respondents sharing photos of what appears on their phone’s home/lock screen. My assistant Siri and I crunched the numbers and found out some surprising and not so surprising results. Not surprising is the percentage of people with photos of their […]

FLASHBACK: Getting to know Jordyn Jackson

These days, singer/songwriter Jordyn Jackson is one-half of the duo Flagship Romance. (Her husband Shawn Fisher being the other.) But when I first chatted with Jordyn in 2011, it was about her burgeoning solo career. Matter of fact, I don’t think she even knew Shawn (formerly of Son of a Badman) at the time. Fast […]

Game show ‘cases’ Jax for contestants

For the first time in its six-season history, Deal or No Deal, the blockbuster game show hosted by Howie Mandel and set to air on CNBC, will hold an open call for contestants in Jacksonville. The event will take place Wednesday, May 16,  2-7 p.m., at River City Brewing Company. And the show’s producers are […]

Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights: April 11-15

Baseball’s never been tartar! (“Tartar,” as in “tartar sauce,” as in stuff you dip shrimp in … hey, I’m writing this at 6:12 in the morning, so cut me some slack). The Jacksonville Shrimp home opener is Wednesday, April 11 and is followed by four games against the Mobile BayBears. But I don’t know the […]

Music Monday: American Glutton

Every Monday, Richie Evans introduces you to a local band/musician. You may already be a fan—in which case, great—maybe you’ll learn something you didn’t know about them. If you’ve never even  heard of them, even better. #listenlocal For all intents and purposes, American Glutton is a metal band. But guitarist Tommy Harrison describes their sound […]