The Specktator is thrilled to have European Street Cafe as title sponsor of the online calendar!
As one of my favorite places to eat, drink and socialize in the the city, “E. Street” (as the cool kids call it) makes the perfect partner to help promote the best events happening in the city.
NOTE: This is a “curated calendar,” meaning I have personally reviewed each event and consider it to be of interest to the general public and/or something particularly compelling. It is important to know that businesses cannot buy a calendar entry. That said, if you have an event you would like considered for the calendar, send the pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.
The show formerly known as Amateur Night has a new name, but it’s still the same great show. Each month The Ritz Theatre has amazing performances and electrifying music by DJ Chill Will. And you never know what to expect from show host Rahman Johnson. The liveliest audience in the south can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. This isn’t just a talent show…it’s Puttin’ On the Ritz!
From event organizers:
Old Arlington, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects-Jacksonville Chapter will host the fifth annual Arlington Mod & More Home Tour Saturday, November 4. On the tour, nicknamed the Mini, Midi, Maxi Mod and More Tour, is a classic 1958 mid-mod home, recently featured in Jacksonville Magazine, restored to fit the hip mod lifestyle of today’s millennial generation and an iconic “butterfly-style” home designed by Robert Broward filled with furniture and accessories of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tour guests will also have the opportunity to see inside one of Arlington’s historic homes on the St. Johns, and peek into the country’s first LEED certified tiny home. Other tour sites include designs by Jacksonville architects Ted Pappas, Robert Broadfoot and George Fisher. Norman Silent Film Studios, Jacksonville’s newest National Historic Landmark, will also be open for touring.
Join Jacksonville-based foodie Nate (does anyone even know his last name?) of Nate Does Food and NomNomJax.com for a seven-course meal with (or without) beer pairings:
1) Amuse Bouche: Compressed melon, fig, goat cheese, pickled watermelon
Paired with Veteran’s United Buzzin’ Bee Honey Rye Wheat
2) Dueling Acorn squash and Ricotta Ravioli, sage cream, sauce beurre rouge, pistachios
Paired with Veteran’s United Raging Blonde
3) Garden Party Pizza: Tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, Kalamata olives, heirloom tomatoes, Red onion,
Roasted Eggplant, sopressata, Italian sausage, mozzarella
Paired with Aardwolf Belgian Pale Ale
4) Jerk Pork Pizza: House-made barbeque sauce, starfruit, kiwi, Fresh Mozzarella
Paired with Intuition I-10 IPA
5) Short Rib Bolognese Pizza: Short rib, natural jus, Pecorino-Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, dark chocolate
Paired with Intuition King Street Stout
6) S’mores Pizza – Sweetened crust, vanilla anglaise, chocolate ganache, house-made marshmallow, graham cracker crumble
Paired with Bold City Dukes Brown Ale
7) Apple Pie Pizza: Granny smith apples, crystalized ginger, crumb topping and vanilla gelato
Paired with Bold City Dukes Brown Ale
From event organizer:
Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.
Join us for a discussion featuring local chefs and food activists about how culture is expressed through cooking. Learn how we maintain traditions and culture through recipes, food sourcing, and meals. Culinary artists will discuss their cultural backgrounds, food histories and why they choose to live in Jacksonville.
This program complements the Living History exhibit located in the Jax Makerspace Gallery in the Main Library. This program is suitable for all ages and is free and open to the public.
From event organizers:
Join WJCT’s Melissa Ross for Cocktails, Connections & Inspiration at Everbank Field to celebrate the Jacksonville Chapter of She Is Fierce! Connect with female leaders and up-and-comers in Jacksonville and meet the night’s featured guest, Jacksonville Jaguars SVP & Chief Legal Officer Megha Parekh.
All She Is Fierce! events feature one inspiring woman sharing a little of the story of how she got to be who she is today – the failures and triumphs along the way and all the little moments in between.
From the organizers:
Going local has never tasted so good…
Held under sparkling lights, our area’s food and drink will shine with live music, produce shopping, beer from Engine 15, daiquiris from Island Oasis, local restaurants, and a culinary competition featuring the next generation of chefs. Trasca & Co. as well as Black Sheep, are among the restaurants that will be giving their time to mentor the students. There will also be cocktails from Manifest Distilling.
Tastes included are Black Sheep Restaurant, Blue Bamboo, Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine, German Schnitzel Haus, Magnolia’s Pub on Edgewood, The Pear, PIE 95 PIZZA, Rummies and Yummies, Seagull Bakery, and Sunshine Grindz.
Included in your ticket price of $35: 10 tastes from the food providers named, 5 tastes from the student competition. Unlimited cocktails from either Island Oasis or Manifest Distilling. Plus a voucher for one beer or wine. Tastes from the Farmers Market Vendors, however many of those that decide to cook and give out samples.
Not included– $2 extra per vote in the student competition. All proceeds of your vote go directly to the school’s culinary program.
A free, sustainable festival devoted to environmental awareness, animal advocacy, and of course, plant-based cuisine. Psychic readings also available.
This festival is not affiliated with the Northeast Florida Veg Fest, which is usually held yearly but was cancelled this year. We’re here to fill in the gap so no one misses out on a day we ourselves love so much.
From the event organizer:
Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacula rwith an action-packed day of free, family fun and musical performances!
Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience. The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more.
Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances and a show-stopping finale by headliner, Parmalee. The Main Stage is located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway.
For Holiday Spectacular’s grand finale, Santa will lead the crowd in an official countdown to light the dazzling 32-foot tree and kick off an energetic fireworks finale at 8 p.m. Santa will then be available at the Santa House in the Phase III wing near Nordstrom to hear holiday wish lists.
Additionally, St. Johns Town Center retailers will offer holiday shopping opportunities, in-store promotions and specials throughout the weekend.
Curtains, the murder mystery musical comedy, tells the story of a misguided Broadway show in its floundering out-of-town tryout, and the backstage mishaps that occur when its talentless leading lady is murdered during a curtain call, and the show itself is slaughtered by critics. Enter Lt. Frank Coiffi, a dedicated Boston detective, called upon to investigate the crime. But as the bodies begin piling up, Frank must act quick to solve the crime, all the while falling in love with a chorine, as well as with life in the theatre itself. With music and lyrics by the Tony-winning songwriters of Chicago and Cabaret, Curtains is a love letter to the Golden Age of the Broadway musical, and the firm belief that “putting on a musical has got to be one of the greatest things a person can do.”
From Theatre Jacksonville:
The hilarious and heartbreaking story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, once bright names on the social register who became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses.
The talented cast includes Amy Farmer, Laura Adkison, Daniel Austin, Kelly Wolfe, Justin Reynolds, Kevin Bodge, Kevin Turner, Tatum Matthews, and Cecilia Adkison under the direction of Michael Lipp. Musical direction by Ben Beck and Choreography by Curtis Williams.
As a side note, this musical was developed in a workshop at White Oak Plantation just north of Jacksonville as part of the Sundance Theatre Institute. Sarah Boone worked with composer Scott Frankel to cast two of our local students to appear in the workshop production. The show went on from workshop phase to Off-Broadway before opening on Broadway and winning multiple Tony Awards.