Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, blogger Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and David Cawton from the Daily Record (01:07). We spoke with Volunteers in Medicine co-founder Dr. Jim Burt (34:15). Artist Rashaad Newsome (40:22) told us about his new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and WJCT music director David Luckin (44:22) talked about the new music program “Hotsy Totsy.”
Our panel discussed reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The calling of a special session by the Florida legislature. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, calling for more emphasis on helping opioid addicted babies and news that charges against two of the so-called “Hemming Park Five” and the other three have accepted plea deals of reduced charges.
Dr. Jim Burt
Next week, Burt will be awarded the Excellence in Medicine Award in Chicago by the American Medical Association. Burt co-founded Jacksonville’s Volunteers in Medicine, which provides free treatment to the working poor that doesn’t have access to healthcare coverage.
Newsome works in video, performance and collage, and remixes seemingly chaotic expressions of street culture into rigorously formal compositions. He mashes together American hip-hop culture and the European heraldic tradition as a way to celebrate African-American culture. Newsome’s in Jacksonville to debut his new video installation “The Conductor.” It opens Saturday at MOCA and runs through Sept. 3.
It’s a brand new summer music show on 89.9 FM. “Hotsy Totsy” is popular music from the 1920s and 30s, played on the original 78-speed records. Luckin hosts the show airing Sunday nights at 9 p.m. until August.