Cat Power is canceling some North American concert dates — including her scheduled performance June 16 at the Florida Theatre.
The singer-songwriter’s management indicated she needs the extra time to prepare for her European Tour, but she intends to make up the concert. The makeup date has yet to be determined.
The Florida Theatre posted June 4 on its Facebook page: “We have received word from Cat Power that she will not be able to play the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville and the show schedule for June 16 has been canceled. Cat Power sincerely regrets this development and she hopes to make up our date and others. In the meantime, please seek a ticketing refund at your point of purchase.”
The announcement comes days after news that she was added to The Weezer Cruise, coincidentally departing from Jacksonville for a four-night cruise Feb. 13-17, 2014, on the Carnival Fascination.
In addition to Weezer and Cat Power, the lineup includes Toro y Moi, Diiv, The Cribs, Ash and Holy F*ck.
In 2012, the singer-songwriter postponed her European tour, announcing via Instagram that it was “due to bankruptcy & my health struggle with Angioedema.”
Angioedema is “a swelling that is similar to hives, but the swelling is under the skin instead of on the surface,” according to the National Institutes of Health. It can be caused by an allergic reaction.
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is a WWE wrestler and former reality TV star who was born in Parma, Ohio.
Not only has he been a WWE Champion, but he is also a Triple Crown Champion, a title given to wrestlers who have been the World Heavyweight Champion, World Tag Team Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion. He was also on MTV’s "The Real World: Back to New York" and multiple "The Real World" spin-off challenge shows.
He said he is thankful for the opportunity to be on those shows, because they put him in position to become a WWE wrestler. He was raised in the Cleveland area and is a diehard Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan.
The Miz is a Tim Tebow fan and thinks the Jacksonvile Jaguars should give him a chance. He loves heavy metal music and spoke highly of Bullet for My Valentine and Five Finger Death Punch. However, if you ever run into The Miz in public, don't ask him about LeBron James.
The Miz will be part of the WWE Live event June 9 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, headlined by John Cena defending his title against “The Unstoppable” Ryback in a Tables Match.
The Miz will be part of a trio called “The Viper,” along with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, and will fight a trio from “The Shield” — Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Other notable wrestlers on the card, which is subject to change, are R-Truth, Fandango, Zack Ryder, Antonio Cesaro, Tons of Funk, Team Rhodes Scholars and the Divas.
Folio Weekly: When did you just know you wanted to be a wrestler?
The Miz: When you are a kid, you don’t think you could ever do something like that because the superstars are larger than life. When I realized this is something I can actually do and pursue, it was actually after I got on “The Real World,” because when you grow up in Parma, Ohio, you kind of go to college. After college, you go back to where you live and you get a job and a family. …
For some, the thought of the '70s conjures images of bell-bottom pants from a far-away wonderland full of polyester and neon velvet paintings.
From that dreamscape spills the unmistakable sounds of ABBA.
Northeast Florida residents will soon be able to revisit this place in time forever captured in the musical “Mamma Mia!” The tour makes its stop for three performances Oct 18-19 at The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. Folio Weekly spoke by phone with Florida native Gabrielle Mirabella, who plays the vivacious cougar, Tanya.
“It's about remembering things lost,” Mirabella said. “It's about being a part of a place in time.”
The story behind the musical revolves around a young bride-to-be, Sophie, searching for her real father told to the hits of Swedish pop band ABBA.
It has enjoyed amazing success with performances all over the world, including London and China. Mirabella’s character, Tanya, is a wealthy divorcée.
“It’s a fun character,” Mirabella said. “It's great when you can see those tough cookies crack and see this woman be a young girl again. And dancing with really young guys doesn’t hurt.”
Mirabella has experience in opera and a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her background helps ease the stress of the nine-month long “Mamma Mia!” tour and countless renditions of pop songs.
“It is so important to have a technical background,” Mirabella said. “You can figure out how to sing anything in a healthy way. “
For her, this musical strikes a personal chord. As a kid, she grew up with this story and often went to see it with her mother. The news that she got the role as Tanya actually came on her mother’s birthday.
“There is a scene where Sophie turns to her mother Donna and says ‘I’m so proud of you,’ ” Mirabella said. “I understand that now. My mom helped make me who I am.”
While the mother-daughter relationship is pivotal in the story, Mirabella …
Four local music acts are competing for a chance to perform during the tournament and $5,000 in the Rock The Players contest.
The competition was open to musicians in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, but the four finalists all have Northeast Florida roots.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for Flagship Romance’s “Hit the Ground,” The Embraced’s “Let in the Light,” Stephen Carey’s “Love the Way You Love” or Billy Buchanan’s “Rock The Players” in voting Feb. 13-22.
"My co-writer, Michele Howe, and I are so honored to be chosen as finalists for the Rock The Players songwriting contest. We’re so thankful that The PGA Tour would give aspiring songwriters an opportunity like this,” Buchanan said, in a statement after the announcement Feb. 13.
In addition to the cash prize and opportunity to play before and during The Players Championship, the winning musicians’ song will become the unofficial “Song of The Players” and be featured in The Players’ excitement video.
A PGA Tour panel chose the finalists, and the tour announced them on Feb. 13.
Fans can watch the four music videos and vote via through the tour’s website at pgatour.com/rocktheplayers.
Starry Nights will return to Metropolitan Park with progressive rocker Chicago and five-time Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross joining the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for two concert events this spring.
Billed as Jacksonville’s edition of Saturday in the Park with a full orchestra, Chicago rocks out on its 1970s and ‘80s hits on May 31. Christopher Cross, best known for the album “Ride Like the Wind” and singles “Never Be the Same” and “Say You’ll Be Mine,” performs with the symphony on June 7.
The concerts are both set for 8:15 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. The concerts take place race or shine, unless conditions put the musicians or concertgoers in danger, symphony officials said during the official announcement on Thursday, March 6.
Subscriptions to both concerts are now available with table seating ranging from $70-$170 per seat and $500-$1,250 for full tables of six or eight. Lawn seating is available at $30 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
Single event tickets will go on sale Monday, April 7 — table seats at $35-$85 and full tables at $250-$550. Lawn seating is $15 for adults in advance, $20 at the gate (children are $5).
For more information or to buy tickets, call 354-5547 or visit the box office at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville.
In his first show at The Comedy Zone June 27, Keenen Ivory Wayans went straight for the jugular. From the moment he stepped on stage, he tore into Paula Deen's recent revelation that she had used racially charged languaged in the past.
Wayans sternly asked the crowd what they thought of Paula Deen and a few of the vocal fans yelled negative things about her.
Wayans beautifully played it off like it was going to turn into a heated debate, then knocked it out of the park with repeated hilarious jokes about racism.
Wayans never stayed on the same subject for long; he kept the audience laughing as he smoothly transitioned through every aspect of his life. He discussed up his five children and how his daughters have changed from the “Daddy’s little angels” they used to be. He said he thought he would be that kind of dad that would threaten boys to leave his daughters alone. Now he is practically trying to give his daughters away.
He talked about his marriage, divorce and dating as an older man. He recounted a time when he had a date and the day after woke up to 200 phone messages.
He joked that the messages start with "Hey, I'm thinking about you" and turned into "I know where you live!"
Jacksonville native Jeff Zenisek was the evening's host, and Josh Phillips was the opening comedian.
The Jacksonville Axemen played the Baltimore Blues in their first game of the USA Rugby League season.
And they were singing everything but the blues at the end of it.
The Axemen, the defending national champions, routed the Blues 94-4 in front of a few hundred people at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium on June 1. The only other meeting between these teams was last year when the Axemen won 88-0.
The scoring started quickly and the Axemen already led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter. The Blues scored a try in the second quarter and missed the conversion, but the Axemen still scored 16 points to make the it 44-4 at halftime.
The second half continued in the same fashion with Jacksonville scoring on its first drive and possessing the ball nearly the rest of the game, outscoring the Blues 24-0 in the third quarter and 26-0 in the fourth quarter.
After the game, both teams were jovial and even posed for pictures together with the Axe Maidens, the cheerleaders for the Axemen. Raffle tickets were sold during the first half and the prizes were given out at halftime.
The Axemen were also selected to be on the cover of the 2013-'14 Yellow Pages and posed with a framed copy of the cover after the victory.
Jacksonville’s next game will be against the Philadelphia Fight on June 8 in Philadelphia. Baltimore’s next game will be against the Washington D.C. Slayers on June 8 in Washington, D.C. Both of those opponents played in the USA Rugby League playoffs last year and lost in the semifinals.
The Jacksonville Axemen can also be found on Twitter here.
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The University of North Florida rugby football club, the Deadbirds, placed second in a national sevens tournament June 1-2, held by the National Small College Rugby Organization in Philadelphia, Pa.
Eight schools were invited to participate after they won regional tournaments. The teams played three opponents, and four were picked by their records to be in the semi-finals.
The Deadbirds made the semi-finals after going to 2-1, with the lone loss being to Occidental College. They played New England College, which was the only team to go undefeated through that point of the tournament. The game was extremely close and was won on a last-second penalty drop kick. The Deadbirds won 15-14 in a grueling match.
In the finals against Occidental College, the Deadbirds scored first, but Occidental was too fast and talented. They took the lead and controlled the pace of the game until UNF scored two tries late in the game, but it was too late. Occidental won the game 28-15.
The Deadbirds were not disheartened by the loss because they knew how good Occidental was.
“There was definitely some wear-and-tear on our team, but also their coach was a USA Sevens Eagles player back in the day,” Deadbirds captain Steven Krueger said. “That definitely didn’t help our chances. They knew the game better than we did.”
Krueger said the Deadbirds were only practicing twice a week, sometimes only once, before they entered the qualifying tournament.
"I’m extremely proud,” Krueger said. “It was good going from getting 14 guys together to run around and play rugby, not to run drills, to going to second-place in the nation.”
Krueger said the 13-hour trip to Philadelphia was worth it for the Deadbirds and they wouldn’t have been able to make it without the help of their sponsors, Gate Petroleum Company and Republic Services.
Krueger also urged people to attend UNF Deadbirds games later this year when the season …
The lights are low, and the chairs frame a circular stage set by a ring of embroidered pillows on a wooden floor. As Zeina Salame walks in and positions herself center stage, a calm settles over the room. With just her words and a flowing black piece of fabric, Salame transports the audience through space and time to Iraq during the U.S.-led coalition invasion. Salame’s one-woman performance of nine different Iraqi women’s stories is transcendent.
As the characters share pieces of their lives with the audience, the desperation in their voices is palpable. A desire like winds that fan the fading embers of the soul emanates from each of these women. Their desire is not just to find freedom but to find peace. Salame loves with these women, she cries with these women, she becomes these women. Each story is her story. Despite language and custom barriers, the dialogue is honest and identifiable.
These women are the surviving remnants of a nation torn by war and unspeakable violence. Through each monologue, we begin to see a clearer picture of what it means to be an Iraqi woman. An artist, a doctor, a 9-year-old girl, a rugged street-woman and a mother are among those who lay out their lives for the world to see.
Recounts of torture, shame, confusion and hopelessness are woven together with themes of strength and love. There was laughter along with sorrow and resilience despite the helplessness.
In one of the most powerful scenes, Amal, the artist, is killed by a bombing of her house. Nanna, the rugged street-woman, salvages some of her paintings after the explosion. All of Amal — her beauty, her rebellion, her passion — is lost, except for her paintings. However, the value of her life is reduced to $2, the amount Nanna pleads with passersby to pay her for the artist’s work.
The 5 & Dime Theater Company’s production was accompanied by complimentary authentic Middle-eastern dishes of stuffed grape leaves, …
It's not everyday that you see a beaver, a dog, a tiger and turtle walking down the streets of Downtown Jacksonville.
But that's the adorable image Jacksonville musician and photographer Joshua Wicker assembled for his music video of "Royals," a cover of the song by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (aka Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor).
Wicker convinced four lanky dudes to don big mascot costume heads while hanging out on streets, parks and rooftops around town: Kyle Horton as the beaver, Reid Parrish as the dog, Blake Parrish as the tiger and Chandler Merritt as the turtle. In one scene, a couple of the cool creatures leap-frog on the Northbank Riverwalk.
The video popped up on Wicker's YouTube page on Oct. 17, and a photo by Cameron Korn was shared on igersjax's Instagram page the same day.
Check out the video for an amusing look at Jacksonville set to a seriously good soundtrack.