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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.

 

Apr
3
Sun
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From collectivecon.com

Meet Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin from “Gotham”), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules from “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Candice Patton (Iris West from “The Flash”) and many others!

Collective Con offers three days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, cosplayers, artists, writers, Q&As, anime, video gaming, costume contests, vendors, live music, parties and more!

FUN FACT: Taylor met his husband on an audition for a Frito-Lay commercial.

Jun
7
Tue
Screening of ‘Purple Rain’ & Prince Tribute @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
Screening of 'Purple Rain' & Prince Tribute @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Sure, the folks at Sun-Ray Cinema could have started showing “Purple Rain” mere days after Prince died like so many other movie theaters. But Sun-Ray is not any mother movie theater. Instead, they are hosting a celebration event on His Royal Purpleness’ birthday. In addition to a screening of the film (which, I do admit, is pretty awful), there will be a Prince pre-show from Everything Is Terrible and other stuff. I’m also told there’s something really big in the works, but Tim is a tease and won’t tell me. Not even a clue … except that it’s not Morris Day and the Time.

Seating is limited, and it will sell out. Know that.

Buy tickets NOW!

FUN FACT: The motorcycle Prince rides in “Purple Rain” is a customized Hondamatic Honda CB400A.

Aug
20
Sat
Retrorama Collectibles Presents FAN Lexicon @ Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am
Retrorama Collectibles Presents FAN Lexicon @ Lexington Hotel & Conference Center  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook.com

 

This two-day event features celebrity guests, video game tournaments, events, panels, screenings, displays and artist’s alley.

Special guests include George Lowe (voice of Space Ghost), Samantha Newark (Jem from Jem and the Holograms), Mike Toth (animator), Doug Hobart (actor/SFX artist) and Pikabellechu (Pokemon Cosplay star).

 

Aug
21
Sun
Retrorama Collectibles Presents FAN Lexicon @ Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am
Retrorama Collectibles Presents FAN Lexicon @ Lexington Hotel & Conference Center  | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook.com

 

This two-day event features celebrity guests, video game tournaments, events, panels, screenings, displays and artist’s alley.

Special guests include George Lowe (voice of Space Ghost), Samantha Newark (Jem from Jem and the Holograms), Mike Toth (animator), Doug Hobart (actor/SFX artist) and Pikabellechu (Pokemon Cosplay star).

 

Jan
11
Thu
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies @ Sun-Ray Cinema | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook:

Exclusive advanced screening of the award winning film ATTACK OF THE SOUTHERN FRIED ZOMBIES, live Q&A with actor Moses Mosely (Walking Dead) and Executive Producer Daniel Wood.

The kudzu covered hills of Charleston, Mississippi, notable as Morgan Freeman hometown, is ground zero for GloboBioTech testing of their experimental herbicide Quadoxin, which goes horribly wrong. In the tradition of overly ambitious B movies and those classic drive-in late night horror flix from back in the day, Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies delivers featuring plant based zombies and excitingly fresh kills. Winner of “Goriest Film” and “Best Multi Zombie Kill” AotSFS will surely be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!!!

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
10
Sat
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.

Mar
17
Sat
Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm
Leprechaun-O-thon @ Keg & Coin | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From Facebook

Celebrate St.Patty’s day with Keg & Coin and your favorite evil Leprechaun. We will be showing Leprechaun movies all night. In the hood and in space,all of them. Specials on Irish beer. I Wanna Know Where The Gold At!!!!

Mar
23
Fri
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 23 all-day
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From CollectiveCon.com

North Florida’s Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns for a 4th huge year! Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun with Celebrity Guests, Voice Actors from some of your Favorite Anime/Video Game, Vendors, Fan Panels, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contests, After Parties and more.

Admission is free for children 10 and younger.

Mar
24
Sat
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 24 all-day
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From CollectiveCon.com

North Florida’s Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns for a 4th huge year! Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun with Celebrity Guests, Voice Actors from some of your Favorite Anime/Video Game, Vendors, Fan Panels, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contests, After Parties and more.

Admission is free for children 10 and younger.

Mar
25
Sun
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center
Mar 25 all-day
Collective Con @ Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

From CollectiveCon.com

North Florida’s Premier Anime, Comic Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, & Pop Culture Event returns for a 4th huge year! Don’t miss out on this weekend of fun with Celebrity Guests, Voice Actors from some of your Favorite Anime/Video Game, Vendors, Fan Panels, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contests, After Parties and more.

Admission is free for children 10 and younger.

Oct
8
Mon
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 8 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
9
Tue
‘A Star Is Born’ at Sun-Ray Cinema @ Sun-Ray Cinema
Oct 9 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.
TAPPED-OUT TUESDAY PRICING = $5.35 all shows

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
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.