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Batter up: The Jumbo Shrimp are back!

By Richie Evans Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are in for an exciting new season, as team owner Ken Babby told attendees at a recent press conference. There will be plenty of theme nights, including Sunday Family FUNdays, Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Red Shirt Fridays, as well as military appreciation games, Bark in the Park Days […]

Return of Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator

It’s been almost six months since European Street Cafe—San Marco drowned as a result of Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, insurance covered the $650,000 in property damage, but I think we can all agree, NO amount of money can replace the hours of fellowship and knowledge we lost through the absence of Thursday Trivia With The Specktator. […]

Finding a date in the ‘modern’ world

More than a decade ago, I wrote an article about dating in Jacksonville where I tried various dating websites, speed dating and personal ads (it was the mid-2000s, people!). Last month, I decided to try it again but using dating apps. The experiences were very different. But the end result … the same.   Originally published […]

Concert Review: A Night With Zach Deputy and Come Back Alice 

By Richie Evans If you ask me, there truly isn’t anything better to do on a Friday night than to sing and dance with friends and other music lovers to great live music. And the Jan. 12, 2018 Zach Deputy  show at 1904 Music Hall reminded me of just that. I’ve already seen Zach in concert so […]

Chef Kenny Gilbert brings the heat to Jax Beach

By Richie Evans Few words can describe how lucky Jacksonville Beach is to have Chef Kenny Gilbert open two restaurants in one building—and how lucky I was to attend a preview before the restaurants opened to the public today. Located on the first floor of the former Seachasers restaurant, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp […]

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 […]

UPDATE: 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.  FUN FACT: […]

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. […]