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Water, our Greatest Asset and Our Greatest LIABILITY

 

On Friday, Sept. 15, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville hosted photographers Gideon Mendel and Bob Self to discuss their work as it directly relates to Hurricane Irma.

Mendel is an internationally known and lauded photographer who has documented (among other projects) the late 1990s AIDS epidemic and violence in South Africa. His current project, Drowning World, is the photographer’s attempt to “photograph the human reality of floods,” said museum director Caitlin Doherty, who counts him as a personal friend.

Self is easily one of Jacksonville’s leading photojournalists. He’s worked at the Florida Times-Union for 33 years, and is driven by his curiosity and love of this place to document the city and the region. “Covering a storm is different when it is in your own backyard,” he said.

The lecture, Stop Press: Gideon Mendel in Conversation was hastily put together in the wakes of hurricanes Irma and Hugo. Mendel was already en route to Jacksonville when Doherty called to invite him to speak. She explained that she was “struck with the need for immediacy […] how does/can/should a museum respond to the only idea that is [currently] relevant to this community, Irma?”

“I’ve got a flight in the morning; do you have a place I could sleep?” Mendel replied.

Drowning World, said Mendel, is his attempt to do something very visceral, to “look people in the eye.” His images, for which he has three categories, Floodlines, Watermarks, and Submerged Portraits, examine distinct facets of the disaster experience: The portraits are images of people directly impacted by flood—they stand in water that's often cloudy with filth, and gaze directly back at the viewer. “I can’t bring very much to them, but a sense that their predicament has been seen and witnessed.”

Floodlines is as it seems, images of spaces that have been destroyed by …   More

Reflections on the collaborative installation Solar-Powered Spacesuit

Solar-Powered Spacesuit is the collaborative effort of the Blessyourheartcrew (BYHC), a collective that includes a combination of fine artists, public artists, street artists, graphic designers and an arts educator. The exhibition opened on Sept. 19 and is on display in Kent Campus Gallery at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Contributing artists include Matthew Abercrombie “Dstryr,” Mark “Cent” Ferreira, Christy Frazier, Dustin Harewood, John O’Brian and Shaun Thurston.

BYHC prepared for the exhibit in the Phoenix Art District, a series of warehouse buildings owned by Frazier in the industrial section of Springfield. Materials were reclaimed from the three-building campus and used to form many of the works on display. Natural materials found outside were also used in the creation of several of the pieces. This use of repurposed and natural materials illustrates the artists’ connection to Phoenix Art District and the influence life in Northeast Florida has on their work.

Some of the members in the BYHC cut their teeth as artists by working and developing their skills in the fringes of Jacksonville’s art scene. Present in their collective pieces are elements of mysticism as well as darker tones that portray their alter egos as quasi-anti-hero personalities. This is most present in the multi-panel work positioned as the centerpiece in the gallery.

Artists’ individual personalities shine through in their solo pieces. Thurston’s deep interest in earth science, the cosmos, and the duality of worldly life and the spiritual realm are present in his pieces, which incorporate organic forms and a color palette that can be found in nature. Thurston’s works can be contrasted to the works of Ferreira, who admits that as an artist, he's a product of the 1980s. The gridded patterns present in Ferreira’s work are reminiscent of 8-bit games for the Nintendo Entertainment System; 1984’s …   More

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You'll FLOAT, too … right on down to the movie theater

After lurking in the shadows of our minds for 27 years, Stephen King’s IT reaches the light, as the story is once again brought to life through film.

Though many people think the 1990 TV show is “the” cinematic telling of the story, comparing the new to the old does a bit of a disservice to both versions. Even if collective nostalgic tendencies pull in a certain ’90s direction, it's probably best to look at the two films as separate entities. If a comparison is needed, compare the new film to the true source: the book.

Like many stories that have come from Stephen King, takes place in Derry, Maine—a fictional town that has ties to many of King’s literary works. For most of its history, Derry has been plagued by a series of strange cases of missing children that happen every 27 years. The children are never found and are seemingly forgotten as missing children posters are posted, one on top of the other.

In 1988, Derry is again struck with a string of unexplainable cases and thus begins the present story. Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott), little brother to the main character Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), vanishes one rainy day and Bill investigates what may have happened.

Time passes, and it's suddenly 1989 and school has been let out for the summer. As more children go missing, Bill and his friends (The Losers Club) begin to suspect that there may be something more sinister going on than first imagined.

An ancient and demonic entity has awakened from a 27-year slumber and has begun, once again, to prey upon the children of Derry. To spare the town from a fate to which so many others have already succumbed, The Losers Club must face the monster—along with their own personal demons.

IT is not only an effective piece of horror fiction, it's a beautiful and, at times, all too familiar, coming-of-age story. The familiar angst and nervousness of growing up is ever present as the characters …   More

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JaxDocFest: Social Commentary This Way Comes!

The second annual Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival is here again. Held in 5 Points, Jax Doc Fest presents a wide variety of social viewpoints on film from around the world.

Everything from the art of pole dancing to a Limp Bizkit concert in Russia will be showcased at this year's festival. Whatever your interests may be, the festival is sure to spark discussion throughout the Northeast Florida film-loving community.

Both American and international filmmakers will be showcasing their works this weekend. According to Elizabeth Lawrence, executive director and festival founder, the inclusion of an international voice will be an interesting and important element when adding to the film discussion.

For Lawrence, the festival's goals and purpose are to spark discussion in the local community as well as the documentary film community. "I think it is very important," said Lawrence. "It's the voice of the people. It creates discussion within the community."

This year's film topics cover a wide swath of the social palette, including politics, mental health, animal rights, adult education, disabilities, environmental issues and women's empowerment.

Some of the filmmakers are part of the discussion as they lead Q&A sessions after their films screen.

Filmmaker Michael Galinsky is returning to the festival this year with two of his newer films, All the Rage andWorking in Protest. In All the Rage, Galinsky is the main character in his own documentary, as he examines the almost-15-year-long battle with chronic pain he endures with the help of a radical pain specialist, Dr. John E. Sarno. The film explores not only the pain itself, but the connection the human body makes between emotional suppression and the actual sensation of feeling pain.

According to both Lawrence and Galinsky, Working in Protestis the more timely of the two because it chronicles Galinksy's almost-30-year journey into the world of protest. Starting in …   More

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UPDATE: Complaint Filed Against Gainesville "Hot Cop"

Yesterday, in an effort to bring y'all a desperately needed post-Irma chuckle, we posted a tongue-in-cheek story about the three night officers with the Gainesville Police Department whose picture went viral.

In the never-ending story of why we love/hate the internet, today the Gainesville Sun reported that GPD is investigating Officer Michael Hamill, who is pictured in the center of the photo, for reportedly making antisemitic statements on his personal Facebook page.

According to the Sun, a screenshot of an April 2013 post on Hamill's page reads: "Who knew that reading jewish jokes before I go to bed would not only make me feel better about myself but also help me to sleep better as well. Here is one for everybody, 'What’s the difference between boy scouts and jews?' Anybody know? Well it is because 'Boy scouts come back from their camps.'" [sic]

Another post the outlet allegedly received from a source shows Hamill posting in 2011: "so I find it funny that people will talk about how our government needs to do something about our economy and in reality it’s YOU who needs to stop taking advantage of our system and get a life and do something with your life. Gotta love reality when it hits you in the face. Stupid people annoy me. Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha."

Hamill reportedly was sworn in as an officer in 2016. GPD is investigating and did not provide the Sun with a comment about the complaint.   More

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Are Gainesville Hot Cops HOTTER Than Northeast Florida's Finest?

On September 10, the Gainesville Police Department night crew turned the temperature waaayyy up on Facebook by posting this: 

 

The internet went wild. Some of our favorite comments:

"...as if Florida wasn't already wet enough."

"I can't believe how many women are objectifying these poor, fine, young, strong, handsome, brave, sexy, delicious, virile, ovulation-inducing, mouth-watering, beefy..... I can't remember where I was going with this..."

"These guys really change the meaning of the song "F@ck the Police...""

"But who will protect these guys from an impending Cougar attack?"

A glorious time was had by all and GPD got deep into the fun. Whoever does their social media deserves a major award, cause this update had us at UP:

"UPDATE:

1. We are dying with the comments. You've actually made our chief blush with some of them.

2. MRS. Nordman and MRS. Hamill have also enjoyed knowing how millions of women are going crazy over their husbands.

3. We can confirm that Officer Rengering (far right with the amazing hair) IS SINGLE.

4. On another note, Officer Rengering is being placed into Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety.

5. Please do not call 9-1-1 and request this group respond to your "incident"

6. There WILL be a calendar."

But now, a question: Whose officers are hotter? Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has laid down some pretty stiff competition in this category.

Exhibit A, B, and C you tonight:

 

JSO Sergeant Billy Irvin, whom you may recall from a few months back, is dripping wet in this photo because he just legit SAVED A WOMAN'S LIFE in the St. Johns River.

We vote JSO--nothing against those fine young officers from Gainesville, but Irvin has that 'fresh from an act of heroism' thang we just can't resist. And he's a homer.

BUT we'd love to see more evidence.   More

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HILARIOUS Hurricane Irma Memes

Right now you're probably making plans to hunker down for serious as our state stares down the barrel at the monstrous Hurricane Irma that is poised to slam into our neighbors to the south. (We're all thinking of you, South Florida--but we know that, as Floridians, you are hard AF.)

To take your minds off the largest storm to ever come out of the Atlantic Ocean, here are some of the sharpest, funniest, most on point memes and such about Hurricane Irma we found floating around the internet.

 

IS THERE NOWHERE SAFE?

 

 

Now THAT is a graphic we understand. FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!! Peyton Manning's forehead is coming!!

 

 

Bye, Felicia.

 

 

We vote: USA! USA! USA!

 

 

Hey, it can't hurt, right? Right?!

 

 

 

 

Take Berkman II, but for the love of god, don't lay a finger on the Laura Street Trio. We've got big plans for the trio, big, huge, plans...

 

Them Key people are nuts, y'all. You gotta batter and fry them suckers up before you make a burrito!

 

 

Srsly, dude. If those Silver Springs monkeys show up, we're so outta here.

 

 

 

 

 

Welp, as long as we're hunkering, may as well enjoy it. Not like we'll have power until October, anyway.

Next time, don't get high BEFORE you evacuate. Wait until you get to grandma's and ask the old biddy for a sample of the edibles she's been getting down at Trulieve!

 

For real, though, stay safe, be smart and watch out for each other.   More

Playwright JENNIFER CHASE helps us Celebrate the Amazing Human Spirit

 

Talking to Jennifer Chase is like trying to pin the wind. The writer, playwright, singer and teacher seems always to be in motion, moving through time and space in multiple dimensions—like something Dali might paint. Maybe it is because with her long blond dreadlocks, cat-eye glasses and sweeping multi-layer printed panel dresses she seems to expand and contract, reacting to ideas and situations with action, music and wit.

 

Chase’s newest project, Renunciant, has been over a decade in the making. A solo show that showcases Chase’s range of storytelling abilities, the piece encapsulates some of the personal stories of survival that her English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students, refugees would tell her.

 

“One assumes that these people had just left, say, south Sudan, but in the case of one student, he had been out of his country [and trying to get to America] for ten years,” said Chase. “He had to cross the desert, get to Lybia, then on to Tunisia and Germany before he was able to make it here legally.”

 

In 2003 when Chase began teaching, she said that her main goal was to create a safe place for her students. “How well will they learn English if they don’t trust the people they are studying with,” she asked rhetorically.

 

She also said that the trust-building she aimed for in the classroom helped many of her students deal with the loneliness that comes with living in a place where you know no one and life is hard, “…and they don’t feel like they are justified, like they have the right to complain,” she said of people who still have ties to a homeland, but because they “made it out” they feel as if grousing about their situation—even if they work long hours and take multiple busses to get through their days—feels like it devalues the sacrifices family and friends made to help them get …   More

The Prettiest Sunset That Ever Was and not a Nazi in Sight

Does a sunset look lovelier when it is setting behind the statue of the Confederate soldier in Hemming Park, sans the sounds of goose-stepping or lumbering as seems to be the case with American Nazis—feet?

The rumblings started over the weekend: Art Walk was canceled; Mal Jones of the Lyricist Hour was told he couldn’t perform; Art Walk was being overrun by Nazis; Art Walk was being held “indoors.”

As it turns out, a portion of the information was correct. The Lyricist Hour was relocated to the Museum of Science and History, and Art Walk—or whatever was left of it—was held indoors, and Nazis were expected in the city center. The event normally draws a crowd of about 8,000, but last night the streets were appreciably empty. People seemed to be roaming around aimlessly...it certainly was a return to the days of a deserted downtown—except now there’s no place to sit in Hemming Park—but we digress.

Yesterday, Folio Weekly got a tip that in defiance of the possible Nazi occupation of Hemming Park to protest the proposed removal of the monument, a group of artists was quietly mobilizing. The plan: act as individuals, bring paper and pencil, and draw through the protest (or whatever the correct term is for a bunch of angry white folk trying to hold a historical line against racism and hate).

As of our arrival, there were about 11 artists quietly perched around the monument, and nary a white hood or Valknut in obvious site.

When we asked a police officer if there were more than the standard number of police units on hand, he said “no.”

According to the Daily Record, Jake Gordon, the CEO of the nonprofit organization, Downtown Vision Inc., which organizes the walk, said the move indoors was made because of safety concerns and business opportunities for the artists, only partially because of “political demonstrations.”

Which of course raises important questions like who …   More

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THREE to GET READY

 

The days are long gone when jazz music was the dominant cultural influence in America, and this city was a hub for legendary touring bands that came through regularly during the early 20th century. Jazz has been officially a niche market for the last 40 or 50 years, dating back to the birth of rock ’n' roll and the death of John Coltrane. But that niche market boasts high incomes, education and, above all else, loyalty to the product. The continual big crowds for our jazz festival for 35 years is a case in point.

In the summer of 2017, a renaissance of sorts in the city’s long-dormant jazz scene emerged, with a number of high-profile public events, bookended by Chick Corea’s headlining performance at the festival in May, the instant-classic set by Kumasi Washington that preceded it that weekend, and Marcus Printup’s gig at The Parlour in August, which occasioned a mini-reunion of UNF Jazz program alumni. So, with the numbers ticking steadily upward among the musicians and their fans, it makes perfect sense that the summer would also include the appearance of a couple new jazz venues in town—but three?

Yeah, four. Now, the concept of a functioning full-time jazz club might seem anachronistic these days, especially in Jacksonville, where such a thing is considerably more unusual than usual. But that has not always been the case, and in 2017, it seems to be the case no longer.

 

Breezy Jazz Club opened its doors Downtown the weekend of June 30. It’s at 119 W. Adams St., between Hogan and Laura, situated on a block historic for its centrality to the city’s live music scene, across the street from De Real Ting Café, which used to be the Milk Bar, and less than a block down from what once was the mythical Moto Lounge. (Right next door stands The Volstead, which nearly shuttered before a last-minute intervention by investors, ensuring its continued primacy within the scene.) Owner Thea …   More