Gun violence; Milagros at MOCA Jacksonville; What's Good Wednesday
Gun violence targeted Mayor Lenny Curry’s office when his City Hall window was shot at earlier this week. As the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigated the incident, a banner that supports keeping Confederate monuments in public places was flown over Downtown. The group Save Southern Heritage Inc. flew the banner Tuesday, in addition to a similar banner flown over a Jaguars game at TIAA Bank Field on Nov. 27.
In Georgia,Sen. Raphael Warnock won his runoff race againstHerschel Walker on Tuesday. Warnock’s reelection gives Democrats a majority in the Senate, giving a boost to President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Milagros: Flutter Zone
MOCA Jax’s latest Project Atrium installation, Milagros: Flutter Zone, opens December 9, this Friday. An opening celebration this Friday is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit will be open to guests through April 9, 2023, in MOCA Jacksonville’s Atrium and first floor lobby space. Artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre of the Milagros collective are in town putting the finishing touches on their immersive multimedia experience.
What’s Good Wednesday
- Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello is thrilled to host "The Brown Wonder"at BABS’LAB on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m, with doors opening at 7:30. This multimedia audio and visual experience takes the hip-hop technique of sampling a record to create a different sounds and applies that to video. It is produced and presented by Willie Evans Jr. and supported by a 2021 Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.
- The 20th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 15,000 sweaters, jackets, and blankets during November for First Coast residents in need. The donations will be delivered to the City Rescue Mission and the Clara White Mission. The drive is presented by WJCT Public Media in collaboration with community partners. WJCT Public Media is one of many public media organizations across the nation that celebrates this annual event in honor of Fred Rogers.
- The LEGO® BrickUniverse tour will give Professional LEGO® artists from around the country a chance to have their awe-inspiring creations on display in Jacksonville this weekend. These LEGO® masters have spent the past year building incredible works of art and are looking forward to showing them off. Attendees will be able to meet each artist in-person and learn about their incredible creations. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and are expected to sell out fast.
- The Springfield Improvement Association & Archives, SPAR, presents their 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour. This year they’re featuring six unique historic homes built between 1901 and 1910. The tour is this weekend, December 9th and 10th from 5pm-9pm and will start at 210 W. 7th St. Tickets here.
- Noell and Daniel Jett build their St. Augustine dream home from the ground up themselves with millions of people watching the process unfold. In their new book Create Your Dream Home On a Budget: Practical Advice, Inspiration, and Projects, Noell and Daniel offer a comprehensive, accessible, step-by-step guide to creating your own affordable, creative, functional, and charming home. The couple will share their expert home construction, renovation, and design expertise at a workshop and book signing with San Marco Books at Aspire Church on Thursday, Dec. 8.
- Flagler College student and the Ximenez-Fatio House staff member Ryan Brennan has completed a journey he titled “Hiking Through History: Retracing a Minorcan Odyssey.” Over the course of four days at the end of November, Ryan hiked about 75 miles, up the Florida coastline from New Smyrna back to St. Augustine, following in the footsteps of Francisco Pellicer and the Minorcans who escaped from the Turnbull Plantation.