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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.

 

Oct
10
Wed
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 10 all-day
'A Star Is Born' at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Showtimes: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The synopsis from Sun-Ray Cinema: In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer … until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

My take: I admit it’s Bradley Cooper that got me in the door. But it wasn’t his eyes and abs that kept me there (for two hours, I might add … an eternity for someone who isn’t a big fan of sitting in movie theaters). Turns out, Lady Gaga (who I was not a fan of when the film started) is a natural on the big screen. And in another pleasant surprise, my boyfriend can sing, play guitar and write songs (he also directed, produced and co-wrote the movie). I’m no movie reviewer (truth be told, I never saw any of the three previous versions of the movie, not even the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson one), so I’ll just give it my highest compliment: I didn’t look at my phone once. That and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, which is one of the best I’ve heard in forever, non-stop. Oh, and I’m now officially a fan of Lady Gaga’s.

NOTE: Obviously, “A Star Is Born” is playing at many theaters in town, but in my opinion, Sun-Ray is the best. And no fancy recliner chair is going to change that.

Oct
11
Thu
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 11 all-day
'A Star Is Born' at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Showtimes: 12:30, 3:15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The synopsis from Sun-Ray Cinema: In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer … until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

My take: I admit it’s Bradley Cooper that got me in the door. But it wasn’t his eyes and abs that kept me there (for two hours, I might add … an eternity for someone who isn’t a big fan of sitting in movie theaters). Turns out, Lady Gaga (who I was not a fan of when the film started) is a natural on the big screen. And in another pleasant surprise, my boyfriend can sing, play guitar and write songs (he also directed, produced and co-wrote the movie). I’m no movie reviewer (truth be told, I never saw any of the three previous versions of the movie, not even the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson one), so I’ll just give it my highest compliment: I didn’t look at my phone once. That and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, which is one of the best I’ve heard in forever, non-stop. Oh, and I’m now officially a fan of Lady Gaga’s.

NOTE: Obviously, “A Star Is Born” is playing at many theaters in town, but in my opinion, Sun-Ray is the best. And no fancy recliner chair is going to change that.

Oct
12
Fri
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a celebration of German cuisine, culture, games, activities and great beer.

Upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket or reserved table purchase. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family—kids 12 and under are FREE!

Roll out the Barrel and Bring in the Fun. Join the Games of Oktoberfest and test your skills at the stein hoisting, barrel rolling, brat eating contest or enter your wiener dog into the wiener dog races.

My two cents: Because Oktoberfest.

The Mosquitos @ River City Brewing Company
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 1:00 am
The Mosquitos @ River City Brewing Company | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From the band’s Facebook page: For over 20 years, The Mosquitos kept Jacksonville “buzzed” and partying hard. Led by crazy frontman John Tipton, who could often be seen swinging from the rafters and pouring tequila on the crowd, the band was the first out of the gate to play favorites from the 1980s.

Nowadays, the band is more-or-less retired, only playing the occasional reunion party gig. 

My two cents: In my younger days, I was a big fan of The Mosquitos. Legend has it I even used to cross the ditch to see them play. Since I haven’t seen them in at least 25 years (to be honest, I didn’t even know they were still alive until I got a Facebook invite), I can’t vouch for what they sound like. But the way I figure, if they stick to the ’80s jams, I’ll be happy.

Oct
13
Sat
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am
Making Strides of Jacksonville @ TIAA Bank Field -East Club Plaza | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It’s a day that shouldn’t be missed and won’t be forgotten.

NOTE: There is no fee to sign up or join. This is a fundraising walk to fund the life saving mission of the American Cancer Society. Please consider making a tax deductible donation.

Registration will be on site, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.

My two cents: My mom died of breast cancer in 1981. She was 41 years old. Considering about 12 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what my mom did. (A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.)

Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida
Oct 13 @ 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Oktoberfest Jacksonville @ pin Anheuser-Busch Florida  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From event organizers: Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a celebration of German cuisine, culture, games, activities and great beer.

Upgrade your experience with a VIP ticket or reserved table purchase. Oktoberfest Jacksonville is fun for the entire family—kids 12 and under are FREE!

Roll out the Barrel and Bring in the Fun. Join the Games of Oktoberfest and test your skills at the stein hoisting, barrel rolling, brat eating contest or enter your wiener dog into the wiener dog races.

My two cents: Because Oktoberfest.

The Naked Magicians @ Thrasher-Horne Center
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
The Naked Magicians @ Thrasher-Horne Center

From event organizers:  Seen on London’s West End, in 200+ cities around the world, and by over 50 million on TV – The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show!

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

NOTE: The Naked Magicians are for ages 18 and over only.  The show includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity… get ready to have some fun!

My two cents: I love magic, Australian accents and hot guys.

In other words … see you there.

Dec
7
Fri
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come take a look at the very heart of Springfield as we present the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour! Enjoy the magic of our 100+ year old homes, roam the beautiful interiors of these historic buildings, and listen to the walls whisper a welcome during this two night event that takes place Dec 7 & 8.

You can stroll the neighborhood by car, bike, or foot while enjoying gorgeous homes decked out for the holidays. Homemade cookies will be provided while supplies last!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on tour days. Also, held Dec. 8.

Dec
8
Sat
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour @ pin Springfield Improvement Association and Archives | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Come take a look at the very heart of Springfield as we present the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour! Enjoy the magic of our 100+ year old homes, roam the beautiful interiors of these historic buildings, and listen to the walls whisper a welcome during this two night event that takes place Dec 7 & 8.

You can stroll the neighborhood by car, bike, or foot while enjoying gorgeous homes decked out for the holidays. Homemade cookies will be provided while supplies last!

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on tour days. Also, held Dec. 8.

Apr
2
Tue
Tuesday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food (may I recommend the pizza?) and beverages and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have Crispy’s gift certificates for the the top three teams. As Crispy himself would say, “Make it happen!”

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)

Apr
4
Thu
Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food and cold beer and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have $70 in E. Street gift cards to split between the top three teams. For the rest of you, I got nothing.

Other than my undying gratitude for coming out to play.

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)

Apr
8
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe-Riverside
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe-Riverside

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food and cold beer and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have $70 in E. Street gift cards to split between the top three teams. For the rest of you, I got nothing. Other than my undying gratitude for coming out to play.

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)

Apr
9
Tue
Tuesday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ Crispy's Springfield Gallery

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food (may I recommend the pizza?) and beverages and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have Crispy’s gift certificates for the the top three teams. As Crispy himself would say, “Make it happen!”

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)

Apr
11
Thu
Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food and cold beer and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have $70 in E. Street gift cards to split between the top three teams. For the rest of you, I got nothing.

Other than my undying gratitude for coming out to play.

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)

Apr
15
Mon
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe-Riverside
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday Night Trivia With The Specktator @ European Street Cafe-Riverside

Me asking obscure questions and playing awesome music. You enjoying delicious food and cold beer and attempting to answer my obscure questions. What a combination!

I’ll have $70 in E. Street gift cards to split between the top three teams. For the rest of you, I got nothing. Other than my undying gratitude for coming out to play.

PRO TIP: Check my Facebook page the day-of for a free answer. (You still have to figure out the question.)