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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 […]

Hurricane Matthew: The Good

Hurricane Matthew brought out the best and worst of First Coast residents. That said, I present to you the best and worst things that happened in Jacksonville as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The Best       1. Mayor Lenny Curry, the City of Jacksonville and EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for keeping us safe—even […]

Home + Patio Cooking Stage schedule

Twice a year, some of the best chefs in the city take the stage at the Home + Patio Show to showcase their culinary talents, share tricks of the trade, answer questions and—let’s face it, the best part—pass out samples. This year’s group features some of my personal favorites Dennis Chan of Blue Bamboo, Sam Efron […]

“Another Round” Ep. 27: Noreen Young

Renowned beauty expert Noreen Young takes times between speaking engagements in New York and Las Vegas and TV appearances on “The Chat” on First Coast News to share her wisdom on all things beauty and more double entendres than you can shake a (lip)stick at (ex. “What goes under your arms and between your legs […]

“Another Round” Ep. 26: J. Dash

WARNING: Adult Language (mostly mine) Future Grammy winner J. Dash strides into E. Street to chat about having a platinum single (“WOP”), being followed on Twitter by Miley Cyrus and alternatives for using the “N-word” in his songs.` FUN FACT: The first song he ever played on the piano (when was 5)was “Beethoven’s 5th.” COME […]

“Another Round” Ep. 25: Nancy Hogshead-Makar

Four-time Olympic medalist in swimming (including three gold medals), civil rights activist and CEO of Champion Women Nancy Hogshead-Makar takes a dip into the treacherous waters of “Another Round.” She answers important questions about what it’s like to take seven sandwiches to school for lunch every day, back shaving parties and how to tactfully redirect a certain […]