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Event Calendar


european_street_cafe_logo_medThe 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 or a $pon$ored feature, send the pertinent information to whatsup@thespecktator.com.

And by the way, be sure to change the view from “month” to “stream” below. Unless you like being really annoyed.

 

Jan
14
Sun
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.

 

Jan
15
Mon
Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But none, not one single one, has The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions (she’s particularly fascinated with Guinness World Records), Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe.

Jan
18
Thu
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
19
Fri
“DUVAL VS. ALL Y’ALL” Jaguars Celebration
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 The Jacksonville Jaguars are one win away from becoming AFC conference champions and heading to Super Bowl LII. Jacksonville Jaguars fans are invited to rally behind the home team once again for a celebration of the Jaguars’ continued success, and to share their team spirit in a show of support ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the New England Patriots. From 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., fans can stop by City Hall to celebrate with Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council members, Jaxson de Ville, THE ROAR of the Jaguars and Jax Pack. All citizens are encouraged to wear Jaguars gear Friday to demonstrate their pride and support for our home team.

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
20
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project will invite every neighborhood organization and cleanup group in the city of Jacksonville to come together for LaVilla. If you’ve been asked to host this event, please accept it and help spread the word. We need as much help as we can get.

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project and the Fight Blight crew will provide enough trash bags, gloves, and tools for everyone, but feel free to bring your own.

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s amazing staff has Volunteered to help out on their day off! (((ROUND OF APPLAUSE))) I* will post photos of problem areas leading up to the event with a location so feel free to prepare for those specific areas (some need shovels and rakes) or just bring yourself, and we’ll tell you where to go.

From 9 AM – 4 PM every group in the DIA will meet at Lavilla’s United Voice at 311 W. Ashley St. From there we will focus on rehabilitating State and Union St and moving to adjacent designated neighborhoods. There are thousands of pounds of trash that needs to be removed. Together, it’s nothing.

In fact, I* bet we can move at least 2,500 pounds of trash in one Saturday.

===

* Not sure who this “I” is. It’s not me.

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
21
Sun
Hyperion + Chill – Chili Cook Off @ Hyperion Brewing Company
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Sundays are for Hyperion + Chill.

Join us for our weekly Sunday ritual where we unwind and relax together. This event we’ll be hosting a chili cook off starting at Noon; more details below. Instead of an evening movie we’ll be showing the NFL Play Off Game after the cook off in the Helios Beer Garden. Cuz honestly, what’s better than having a beer, some chili and watching football on a cold, January day?

CHILI COOK OFF
Chili Participants Set Up: 11:00am – 11:45am
Tasting Event: 12pm – 2pm
Final Judging and Announced Winner: 2pm

CHILI PARTICIPANTS
Showcase your amazing family recipe (we won’t ask you to reveal the secrets!). No ticket or entry price to participate, just bring us your best!

Top Winner chosen by our Celebrity Judges and Top Winner of our Crowd Favorite (voted on by the general public) will each win a chance to brew a beer with Hyperion Brewing Company through our Helios Brewer’s Experience. ($350 retail value)

Sign up here to participate: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4faaab28a3fc1-chili

CHILI TASTERS
Do you like chili? Are you free on Sunday? Then you count as a Chili Taster.

$10 ticket to taste a plethora of amazing chilis. Ticket includes one token for a beer of your choice. Pick your top three favorite chili’s on-site. Ticket can be purchased on-site, day of the event.

CHILI CELEBRITY JUDGES
Michael McKinney, Executive Chef Restaurant Orsay

Michael Gass, Head of Culinary Arts at Fernandina Beach High School. Former Chef Greyfield Inn, 29 South

Dino Ferri, Owner Hotter Than El Handcrafted Hot Sauces

LIVE MUSIC
Justin Rogers will be jamming from 1pm – 5pm in the beer garden.

“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

Starting Sunday November 12th Dos Gatos and Creative Veins Performing Arts are bringing you hilarious original comedy from across the country! The show is free so get there early.

 

Jan
22
Mon
Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But none, not one single one, has The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions (she’s particularly fascinated with Guinness World Records), Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe.

Jan
24
Wed
Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Jacksonville Icemen vs South Carolina Stingrays.

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Watch: ECHL.TV

Promotion:
Enjoy $2 beer and wine along with food specials

Jan
25
Thu
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
26
Fri
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” @ Theatre Jacksonville
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm
"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" @ Theatre Jacksonville | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Theatre Jacksonville:

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley for Christmas vacation. Will Boo succeed in snaring Peachy Weil, a member of one of the finest Jewish families in the South? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

​Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.

Jan
27
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizer:

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project will invite every neighborhood organization and cleanup group in the city of Jacksonville to come together for LaVilla. If you’ve been asked to host this event, please accept it and help spread the word. We need as much help as we can get.

The Downtown Community Cleanup Project and the Fight Blight crew will provide enough trash bags, gloves, and tools for everyone, but feel free to bring your own.

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s amazing staff has Volunteered to help out on their day off! (((ROUND OF APPLAUSE))) I* will post photos of problem areas leading up to the event with a location so feel free to prepare for those specific areas (some need shovels and rakes) or just bring yourself, and we’ll tell you where to go.

From 9 AM – 4 PM every group in the DIA will meet at Lavilla’s United Voice at 311 W. Ashley St. From there we will focus on rehabilitating State and Union St and moving to adjacent designated neighborhoods. There are thousands of pounds of trash that needs to be removed. Together, it’s nothing.

In fact, I* bet we can move at least 2,500 pounds of trash in one Saturday.

===

* Not sure who this “I” is. It’s not me.