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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 whatsup@thespecktator.com.

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

 

Feb
5
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But only a chosen few (three to be exact) have The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions, Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and, if you’re lucky, The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe. Extended happy hour for players (people playing trivia, that is). And ask your server about late-night happy hour.

Did we mention E. Street won Best Local Trivia in the Folio Weekly Best of Jacksonville Readers Poll in 2017? Because we did.

Feb
6
Tue
Civic Cinema – Do the Right Thing @ Florida Theatre
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm

Civic Cinema, a project of the Florida Theatre, presents classic issue-oriented Hollywood films exploring topics of interest to our community, followed by a panel discussion of local experts.

Directed by Spike Lee and starring Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and John Savage this pioneering movie takes place on hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the state of race relations in Jacksonville.

Feb
7
Wed
Diana Krall @ Florida Theatre
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer, Diana Krall is the only artist to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Album chart. She is touring in support of her latest release Turn Up The Quiet.

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word to buy tickets on Thursday, September 21 at 9am. General public tickets on Friday, September 22 at 10am .

Feb
9
Fri
Nature Reconstructed – Art Opening for Lana Shuttleworth @ The Beaches History Museum and Park
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Please join me for the opening reception for my new show!

The Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Nature Reconstructed” by artist Lana Shuttleworth. Her highly original art uses common plastic castoff materials, particularly traffic safety cones, to create lavish landscapes and sculptural figures that challenge the viewer’s comprehension. The Los Angeles Times said that in her work “you find yourself looking at these everyday plastic objects in a whole new way.”

Lana has exhibited throughout the West coast and the East coast, with reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, ArtScene, Florida Times-Union and nationwide Associated Press articles. Her artwork was also featured on the quiz show, Jeopardy. She was recently the cover artist for the prestigious art and literary journal, Cincinnati Review, which featured an eight-page spread of her work. The Beaches Museum is proud to showcase the thought-provoking work of this astonishing and talented artist.”

The exhibit will be on display February 9 – June 3. For more information please call 904-241-5657 or visit www.beachesmuseum.org.

Feb
10
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Feb 10 @ 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 APPLA– USE))) 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.

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

Family Movie Night – Moana @ Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Affordable family fun does not have to wait for baseball season at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will show a screening of Moana on Saturday, Feb. 10, on the high-definition video board at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Admission is just $1 per person at the gate.

Gates open at 6 p.m., with free kids activities including face painting, balloon twisting and pictures with Moana until 8 p.m. Admission is $1 per person at the home plate gate, while concession stands, Kids Zone inflatables and the Jumbo Shrimp souvenir store will be open. The movie screening will begin at 7 p.m.

Movie night attendees are welcome to bring blankets for seating on the field. However, no chairs will be allowed on the field.

Little River Band with special guest @ Florida Theatre
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Between them, classic rock hit makers Little River Band and Pablo Cruise have received three platinum records, eight gold records and have charted more than a dozen top-ten singles.

Little River Band returns to Florida Theatre to perform their chart-topping hits “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Help Is on Its Way,” and more!

Special Guest Pablo Cruise is known for such hits as “Whatcha Gonna Do?,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Cool Love,” “I Want You Tonight” and “I Go To Rio.”

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thrusday, August 17 at 9am. General Public tickets on sale Friday, August 18 at 10am.

The Langston Hughes Project @ Ritz Theatre and Museum
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

 The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

Feb
11
Sun
Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour @ Florida Theatre
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

Formed in 1987 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler began as part of a revival of the extended jamming style of ’60s and ’70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Bassist Tad Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson joined the band after the unfortunate death of the original bassist Bobby Sheehan in 1999.

The group’s first chart hit, “Run-Around,” became one of the biggest singles in 1995. The group’s other hits include “But Anyway,” “Crash and Burn,” “Hook,” and “Carolina Blues.”

The band’s music style covers a variety of genres, including blues rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock, soul and Southern rock and are best known among fans for their improvisational live shows.

A television favorite, they have been featured on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, VH1’s Behind the Music and they hold the record for most appearances of any artist on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Los Colognes will open

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy tickets now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9am. General Public on sale Friday, Oct. 13 at 10am.

Laugh Lounge @ Dos Gatos
Feb 11 @ 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.

 

Feb
12
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe—Riverside | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Lots of restaurants and bars have trivia. But only a chosen few (three to be exact) have The Specktator as host.

In addition to obscure questions, Trivia With The Specktator features musical interludes from local musicians and, if you’re lucky, The 30-Second Dance Party.

Top three teams win gift cards from European Street Cafe. Extended happy hour for players (people playing trivia, that is). And ask your server about late-night happy hour.

Did we mention E. Street won Best Local Trivia in the Folio Weekly Best of Jacksonville Readers Poll in 2017? Because we did.

Feb
13
Tue
The Hot Sardines @ Florida Theatre
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Eight-member jazz ensemble, The Hot Sardines play 1920s and 30s music influenced by swing and blues.  Their songs “Gramercy Sunset,” “Sweet Pea,”  and “Some of These Days” highlight the band’s brassy horn arrangements, piano melodies and sultry vocals.

Their self-titled album debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. Their latest release, French Fries and Champagne, features lyrics in both French and English, and a remake of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.”

Inspired by jazz greats Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, The Hot Sardines were formed in 2007 after lead singer/washboard player Miz Elizabeth met pianist Evan Palazzo. They grew into a full-fledged group after adding trumpeter Jason Prover, percussionist Alex Raderman, clarinetist/saxophonist Nick Myers, bassist/sousaphonist Evan Crane and tap dancer Edwin Francisco to line up.

The Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival and have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom.

 

Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble Level and above buy now. Eclub members use your code word on Thursday, June 1 at 9am.  General public one sale Friday, June 2 at 10am.

Feb
15
Thu
Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.

Feb
17
Sat
Downtown Community Cleanup @ Lavilla's United Voice
Feb 17 @ 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 APPLA– USE))) 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.

Aida Musical @ Swisher Theater
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

 Warring nations come together and forbidden love faces its ultimate challenge in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical that comes to JU’s Swisher Theater Feb. 15-25.

The tale of a bond between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends borders and has become known since its 2000 Broadway debut for its soaring ballads, rousing rock and choral numbers, and exuberant dancing. True devotion transcends cultural differences in this story of loyalty and betrayal in a love triangle involving Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.

“Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for a large cast. It even involves some time travel from the present back to 1100 BC,” said Director and acclaimed soprano Kimberly Beasley, Associate Professor of Voice in the College of Fine Arts’ Music Division.

Beasley has double-cast the show, with one cast of mostly seniors and the other made up of “very talented juniors.” All levels of students are cast in secondary roles and in the ensemble. Meanwhile, the orchestra pit features 13 musicians led by Music Director Ben Beck, a staff accompanist at JU, and choreography is by Victoria Miller ‘17.

“This is a dance- and music-heavy show, so it has lots of show-stopping numbers,” Beasley said. “The music is a balance of upbeat rock numbers as well as some beautiful, lyrical pieces. Our singers belt and sing legit in this show.”

The production has been entered for a review by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving thousands of students from more than 700 colleges and universities whose aim is to boost the quality of college theater in the United States.

Aida has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The Original Broadway Cast Recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The song “Written in the Stars.” recorded by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No. 2 on the Billboard U.S. adult contemporary music charts,

“The story is captivating, and we have spent most of January delving into the dramatic elements. The students do extensive dramaturgy to prepare their roles,” Beasley said.