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3/3/2107: Media Roundtable; Humanity-The Value of Life; Tyler Wiser; 'Show Boat'

Our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT business analyst John Burr. Artists Tracie Thornton, Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery told us about the exhibit “Humanity: The Value of a Life,” beginning Friday at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. HGTV star Tyler Wisler joined the program to discuss the Home and Patio show at the Prime Osborn Center and we met “Show Boat” cast members Billy Clark Taylor, Annabelle Fox and Peter Jackson. 

Media Roundtable

Our panel talked about the rumors that Mayor Lenny Curry is on Governor Rick Scott’s short list to become Florida’s next chief financial officer after current CFO Jeff Atwater steps down to take a position at Florida Atlantic University. They also discussed a suit filed this week attempting to overturn Jacksonville’s recently passed human rights ordinance expansion, the fight in Tallahassee over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida and the Jacksonville City Council approving funding for a police body camera pilot program.       

Humanity: The Value of a Life

The display presents the questions:“How do you define the value of life?” and “How would it be measured?”

The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculptures, digital works and films. It’s being produced by the group, The Creatives. The display opens 5 p.m. Friday and runs through April 27.         

Tyler Wisler

The Jacksonville Home Show is back this weekend at the Prime Osborn, and for the first time ever, the show has expanded to the upstairs level of the convention center. There will be many experts and celebrities on hand to give advice about designing and home improvement. Wisler stars in the HGTV show “Design Star.” He is appearing Friday evening. The event runs through Sunday.

Show Boat

With the beloved anthem “Old Man River,” the Broadway and film classic “Show Boat” is packing them in right now at the Alhambra Theatre.

First produced in 1927, the groundbreaking musical set over a 40 year period on a Mississippi River showboat dealt with the major social issues of the times, and many of the themes remain current today. It was the first musical to tie the music into the story line. Jackson, who plays Joe in the play, performed an acapella version of “Old Man River” live.  “Show Boat” runs through April 2.                

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.