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Celeb chef Kenny Gilbert does it again … and again

If you know me at all, you KNOW I love me some Kenny Gilbert. So imagine how excited I was to receive this email from his publicist. Chef Kenny Gilbert announces two new concepts opening early this winter—Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen & Bar and Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp. Both concepts will be located in […]

POST-humous: 10 things you didn’t know about Bill Harrell

Yesterday, Bill Harrell, well-known attorney and founder of Harrell & Harrell, died. I didn’t know him personally, but I did interview him many years ago. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about the man you’ve been seeing on billboards and TV commercials for more than 20 years imploring you: “Don’t settle for […]

Jax Doc Fest gets reel this weekend!

After last year’s highly successful debut, the Jax Doc Fest returns THIS WEEKEND with more than 20 international features and shorts focusing on documentary arts and innovation. The films represent subject matter as diverse as the struggle of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and one man’s quest to see his most hated band […]

They call it mental ILLNESS for a reason

As part of Mental Health Month, local non-profit Where Is the Sunshine? produced “This Is My Brave,” an event dedicated to ending mental illness stigma through storytelling. Anyone who knows me knows I struggle with depression (among other things) and am not ashamed to talk—or blog—about it. If you missed my speech, here it is in its entirety: minus the […]

Car-Free Week in Jacksonville Is May 15-19

Every May, Jacksonville’s Car-Free Week rolls around. And every year, I think of a hundred reasons why I can’t do it  … the most basic of which is I don’t own a bike. Also: I don’t want to crack my head open. I don’t like to sweat. I don’t want to break my arm. I’m allergic to pollen. […]

The Specktator suggests

If you missed First Coast Connect (or were brushing your teeth and couldn’t grab a pen fast enough), here are The Specktator’s event picks for this weekend. Thursday, May 11 • X 40th Anniversary Tour  St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Thursday, May 11–Sunday, May 14 • Spring Concert Lee High School auditorium, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11–Saturday, May 13 […]

Hats off to Corrine Brown!

There are many, many things former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown can be remembered for—good or bad. I prefer to think of her as the “Head of Hats of the United States.” While I haven’t a clue as to how many hats Brown owns, I can only assume she has a walk-in closet jam-packed with them. I […]

The Suns are now the Jumbo Shrimp: Feast on that!

It was not an April Fools Joke—four months late. Or a Saturday Night Live skit. Nor Ashton Kutcher did not jump out of a potted plant and yell, “Jacksonville, you got PUNKED!” The Jacksonville Suns are now officially the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. If you want to see the new logos or new uniforms or hear the story […]

I almost got myselfie arrested”: UPDATE

I could be sitting in the Duval County jail right now for taking this picture. Not because my disheveled pink hair and a crazed look in my eyes made me look a coked-up Muppet and, presumably, a threat to the safety of anyone at the Supervisor of Elections Office, but because … wait for it … I took a selfie. […]

Hurricane Matthew: The Bad

And just as there were many reasons to celebrate our fellow residents, businesses and agencies for their kindness, generosity and selflessness, there are few knuckleheads (as there always are) who earn a big, fat FAIL. The Bad 1. People who never lost electricity complaining about weather reports interrupting their favorite TV shows, their Xbox not working or having to […]