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The annual “Aquarian” magazine provides an opportunity for Jacksonville University students to get their original works recognized and published. 

The first section is for creative writing, including works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays and play scripts.

The second section is visual arts, including drawing, painting, mixed media, film, animation, ceramics and metalworking. 

Visual and writen forms come together on some pages. Juan Pablo Calvo's digital photography piece accompanies Jacob Schuman’s poem “Dancer.”

Ali Pordeli created the 2013 cover and designed the magazine. 

The staff of this year’s 118-page “Aquarian” was comprised of JU students and faculty advisor Sarah Murphy, associate professor of English. 

Kyla Wade, part of the editorial staff, thanks Murphy in the acknowledgements: “… you always bring such a fun and cheerful atmosphere to our meetings while guiding us to be the best we can be.”

“Aquarian” publishes every spring and is distributed for free on Jacksonville University’s campus. The magazine is also online at    More


The lights dimmed to black. A near sell-out crowd went silent as a video started to play. The introduction set the tone for a night of chuckles and bursts of laughter.

An upbeat classic rock song began as the lights rose on a dancing Peter Story. The highly energetic “resident Martian” captured the audience from the start with his quick wit and punny humor. Story attempted to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between men and women.

Story described a date night to which many couples could relate. He mimed through the preparation process humming the "Mission Impossible" theme song. Their night at the opera included a comment that one of the largest women he had ever seen seemed to be singing “the Olive Garden menu,” which earned him a jab in the ribs from his wife. 

Story described the scene at dinner where he excitedly caught the last few seconds of the Oklahoma City Thunder game at the bar. His wife was not happy. “I’m glad you can have more fun with a stranger than me,” Story mocked in a female voice. 

Story asked the audience who all had been married for 10, 20 and 30 years by rounds of applause. The clapping grew fainter with each level.

Picking on a couple in the first row who had been married for 33 years, Story re-enacted their 10th anniversary — one in which the husband “probably forgot.” He described what is known as “guilt charades” when your spouse is upset, but you have no idea why, so a game of charades ensues. 

"I forgot my own 10-year anniversary, which wasn’t a big deal,” Story said. “But my wife remember.” 

He then showed a video by John Gray, author of the book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," showing the chemical aspect of men and women’s brains through hilarious animations. 

Relating to the book on several occasions, Story spoke about the four words that describe what men and women need. …   More


One putt separated first and second place at the Junior Amateur Golf Association Jacksonville City Junior Championship for the boys 15-18 division held at Deerwood Country Club June 17-18, according to a press release following the tournament.

First Tee member Jake Nelson won the boys 15-18 division, gaining him a place in the Tour Championship in November. Nelson earned his spot as the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour allowed three exemptions for First Tee players.

Nelson had a one-shot lead over Chase Berlin through 14 holes on the second day, but was level with Berlin after a par at the 16th by Nelson was beaten by a birdie.

More drama ensued as the 17th hole saw Nelson go up yet again after Berlin made his par putt and Nelson birdied.

All the action led to the 18th where Berlin made things very interesting by sinking his lengthy birdie putt. Berlin would end on an even par with a total score of 144.

However, after a brilliant second shot from Nelson that put him only three feet from the hole, a victory was nearly certain. Nelson tapped in his birdie to secure the win and a spot in not only the Tour Championship, but a Florida Junior Tour event as well.

Kathleen Duperval won the girls 15-18 division; she shot 3-over-par for the tournament, winning by four strokes.

Duperval went into the second day down by two strokes but battled back against Nagisa Miura of Bradenton, Fla. Miura shot a 78 on the second day as her seven birdie total of the tournament was not enough to help her overall score of 7-over-par.

Ponte Vedra native George Eubank Jr. won the boys 11-14 division with an even par score of 144.

An impressive first day gave Eubank Jr. a score of 68. However, the second day was a hard finish for the young golfer with a 76.

Cody Carroll, another local golfer, was tied with Eubank Jr. at 68 after the first day. He struggled the second day with an 81, putting him 9-over-par for the day.

The HJGT continues with tournaments …   More


Our special Fall Arts Preview issue comes out on Sept. 4. The season brings music, dance, theater, visual arts and more. To have your event considered for the preview, send the name of your event, the venue, its complete address, show dates and times, ticket prices, phone number, website, photos (with cutline and photo credit information) and contact information (phone number and email), in case we have any questions, to The deadline for submissions is Aug. 5.   More


“Oh, my wandering eyes, nothing’s gonna take me by surprise I know, nothings gonna take me by surprise,” Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon sing.

Starting with a bang, this “family” band consists of Kelsey Joy Kopecky (vocals, keyboard, bass), Gabe Simon (vocals, guitar, horns), Steven Holmes (guitar, lap steel guitar), David Krohn (drums), Markus Midkiff (cello, guitar, keyboards), and Corey Oxendine (bass, guitar, horns).

“Kids Raising Kids” is the band’s first full-length album after releasing three EPs — “Embraces,” “The Disaster” and “Of Epic Proportions,” between 2008 and 2010.

“Kids Raising Kids” opens up with “Wandering Eyes” as Kopecky and Simon catch your attention right away after a catchy guitar riff leads into their vocals.

Incorporating simple sounds like snapping fingers and whistling gives the band a down to earth feeling as “Heartbeat” opens with fingers snapping to an upbeat rhythm.

“I don’t know, no I don’t know what I can do for you,” Kopecky and Simon sing as clapping comes into the song.

All the sounds come together as the song continues with the full band jamming by the chorus.

Heavy drums begin “My Way,” as a softer guitar and keyboard comes in to join Kopecky’s gentle voice rolling on the beat.

The song picks up for the chorus however as Simon’s voice reaches its high pitch tone, singing “Why can’t you see it my way!” That's something reminiscent of the lead singer of indie pop band fun.

A smooth guitar riff starts “Are You Listening” as whistling is incorporated into the mix that will have you whistling along.

“Don’t be shy now my father said, if you’re honest, no one will complain or ask you are you listening,” Kopecky and Simon sing.

“Glow” begins in a similar fashion with a simple riff and gentle lyrics as the pace picks up toward the chorus.

The band shows its emotional side as “Change” is the halfway point of the …   More


University of North Florida sculpture professor Jenny Hager, musician and talent manager David “Brad” Lauretti, fine artist Joy Poulard-Leverette (aka Sister Feathertoe) and Neptune Beach playwright Ian Mairs were selected as inaugural Spark Grant recipients.

A privately raised pool of $61,000 will be split among the four projects to be implemented Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014, in the Spark District, according to a press release from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Hager’s project, “Art in Public Places,” will seek outdoor sculptures for lending from a national call to artists.

Lauretti’s “Jacksonville Songwriters’ Residency” program is designed to attract songwriters to live and perform in the Spark District — from Northbank Riverwalk to Duval Street, bordered on east and west by Liberty and Hogan streets.

Leverette’s “The Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts” will use four downtown storefronts to feature art of various disciplines.

Mairs’ “Swamp Radio Jax” — a quarterly variety show of local art, culture and history — will broadcast live within the Spark District.

The grant recipients were selected in a process involving art and community leaders, the city of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Committee and the Cultural Council’s Board of Directors.   More


“Toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today.” These vacation-lauding lyrics have found their liquid counterpart in LandShark’s island-style lager. Anheuser-Busch partnered with the Zac Brown Band to offer a series of limited-edition cans and accompanying exclusive video with band members.

The first can was released in May, the second in June and the third on Aug. 5. The three specialty cans are themed after the Zac Brown Band’s experiences. The first can celebrates pre-show routines, specifically the band’s “Eat & Greet” events. At these pre-concert Southern feasts, the band invites fans to join them in eating fried chicken. Guitars adorn the second can, which pays homage to the band’s performance. The third can’s design centers on the band’s post-show celebration.

This is not the first collaboration between the Zac Brown Band and LandShark Lager; the two have worked together for three years. LandShark brand manager Michael Lourie explained the cans are just one aspect of the partnership in an email. LandShark Lager is also sponsoring the Southern Ground Music and Food Festivals, which will feature the Zac Brown Band as the main act. The two-day festivals will be held in Nashville at the end of September and Charleston in mid-October. The festivals will include Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson in Nashville and Band of Horses in Charleston. LandShark Lager is also a sponsor of the Zac Brown Band’s 2013 tour.

The Atlanta-based country band, created and led by vocalist Zac Brown, formed in 2002. Widespread national attention came when the band re-recorded and released their single “Chicken Fried” in 2008. Since then, the band has charted 10 hit singles, produced multiple platinum selling albums and toured all over the world.

Although many of their lyrics praise slowing down and enjoying a laid-back Southern lifestyle, the band has not had much time to sink their toes …   More


Congratulations to Arthur Moss for winning our drawing for two free VIP tickets to Folio Weekly’s Oktoberfest at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Oct. 19. Moss was selected randomly from the readers who posted a perfect score in Folio Weekly’s Fall Arts Preview Quiz. Here are the answers to the quiz:


1. What year did The Beatles perform at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville?

b. 1964


2. What was the first song Michael Jackson and his brothers performed on the first night (July 21, 1984) of the Victory Tour in Jacksonville?

b. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”


3. Who was the judge who warned Elvis Presley to tone down his act after his first show at The Florida Theatre in 1956?

a. Marion Gooding


4. Who painted the jaguar mural on the Bostwick Building in Downtown Jacksonville in 1995?

d. Jim Draper


5. What was the name of the Egyptian exhibit that came to the Prime Osborn Convention Center in 1986?

b. “Ramses II: The Pharaoh in His Time”


6. What are the six colorful statues outside Veterans Memorial Arena called?

d. “Talking Continents”


7. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as what organization?

c. Jacksonville Fine Arts Society


8. What is the most performed show in the history of Alhambra Theatre & Dining?

b. “Christmas Carole”


9. What is the full name for CEAM, Flagler College’s museum?

d. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum


10. What was the first Broadway show Artist Series brought to Jacksonville?

a. “Grease”




The annual event is held 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25-31 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers, 757-4463.


The classic is screened 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $20; $15 for members, 396-6674 ext. 226,


Jacksonville Historical Society has fixed up the place for a fundraiser, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 26 at 314 Palmetto St., Downtown. Live music, food, drinks, costume contests and Labyrinth of Terror are featured, $50, 665-0064,


Petting zoo, corn crib, live music, fish and wildlife exhibit, 2-7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. through Nov. 2, 2899 Wisteria Farms Rd., Green Cove Springs; $11 for ages 4 and older, 284-2949,


Young ghosts and goblins wander wild walkways and meet costumed animal-keepers with creepy creatures and candy 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31 at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd., $8 adults, kids 2-11 $6 for pass members; $9 adults, $7 for kids 2-11 nonmembers; 824-3337,


Apocalypse 3D Haunted House, dusk-11 p.m. through Nov. 2; Carnieville and Dark Fables, dusk-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 27, 30-31, dusk-11 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, prices vary; 246-4386,


A ghostly walking tour, 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting at Jacksonville Landing escalators. For reservations, call 827-1845; $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12;


11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 28, Mandarin; $20 Fri.-Sat., $18 Thur. and Sun., kids under 12 must be with an adult; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24, 27, 31; 7 p.m.-mid. Oct. 25-26, …   More


Have you seen this video Northeast Florida creative house Dripsblack created for TEDxJacksonville? Look for recognizable scenes of the Jacksonville area while you're inspired by its big message. The slick video received a lot of buzz at the Oct. 26 event.

TedX Jacksonville "Connecting Currents" from dripsblack on Vimeo.   More