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MOCA Jacksonville is reopening on a limited basis.
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MOCA Jacksonville’s management has taken a slow, cautious approach to its reopening, which kicks off Tuesday, August 11.

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The Florida Theatre's management has decided the perfect time to get some renovation work out of the way is now, while it is closed due to COVID-19.

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The new president of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has been on the job for 100 days now.

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MOCA Jacksonville’s new Project Atrium installation by artist Evan Roth is called Since You Were Born. And, it’s larger than life.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Florida Times-Union photojournalist Bob Self is getting a grant to print and frame pictures he took in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood before its mostly-black residents were displaced and most of its historic buildings were bulldozed in the mid-90s.

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A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


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Thirty four years ago, Jacksonville police arrested Springfield resident Ottis Toole for arson. In the months that followed, Toole confessed to being one half of a murderous duo responsible for more than 100 brutal slayings across the Southeast.

Though Toole’s involvement in some crimes was confirmed, others were called into question as the years wore on.

Now, the mystery surrounding one of the city’s most notorious serial killers is being adapted as a stage play after a Jacksonville professor turned it into a novel.  The “Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic” runs through Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


PLAYERS Championship Leadership

We broadcast live from the third day of the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.

Matt Rapp, executive director of The PLAYERS, and Michele McManamon, tournament chairman, join us with a look at what's new this year and everything that goes into making the tournament happen.


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For the first time, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is handing over its instruments to amateurs for a “Civic Orchestra” show premiering Saturday.

One of those lucky “civilian musicians” is Nathan Perriello.


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Bridge Eight is a literary magazine published in Jacksonville. It’s picking up a following as its second-ever issue hits stands this month. The magazine is part of a growing literary movement springing up from a Riverside writers’ community.


Cathedral Arts Project

Jacksonville’s Cathedral Arts Project has won a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative partners with Duval County Schools and several private organizations to provide arts education in public schools.

The Collective Impact Grant is one of eight awarded nationwide.

In her grant application video, Cathedral Arts President Kimberly Hyatt touted the program’s success since it began in 2013.

FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau
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Florida State College at Jacksonville is marking its 50th anniversary this year, as well as the first year of the school's new president, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. We speak with Bioteau about what's in store for FSCJ, and get her reaction to President Barack Obama's recent call for two years of free community college for American students.

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A statue that has resided in St. Augustine for more than 150 years may help shed light on the history of some of the First Coast’s earliest residents, and why some believe the area tends to stay unscathed by hurricanes.

Street art, medical marijuana, Springfield, and Hemming Plaza were among our top stories this week.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The mystery artist behind local utility box graffiti fashioned after the late artist Keith Haring has been unmasked and arrested.

Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office nabbed Kevin "Chip" Southworth for allegedly tagging nearly a dozen boxes throughout the city with the bright, faceless images made famous by Haring.

Between August 15 and December 29 of 2013, 11 different traffic control boxes owned and maintained by the city were spray painted with graffiti, incurring more than $1,100 in property damage, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas Anderson Schools of the Arts

It's a best of the best showcase—some of the most talented teens in town will show off their skills this weekend at Extravaganza, the annual student showcase from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

"Everything from song and dance, to visual arts, to spoken word and more is part of the show," said Jeff Clayton, Douglas Anderson Vocal Chair.  

This annual showcase is a signature event for the school. It's set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Times-Union Center's Moran Theater.

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has a new executive director.

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The nonprofit Patrons of the Hearts was founded after a First Coast couple came back from a medical mission trip to Kenya back in 2005.

It was an eye-opening experience into the lack of access many of the world’s children suffer when it comes to medical care.

Jacksonville physician Dr. Jose Ettedgui decided that rather than taking pediatric cardiology to the world’s kids his family would bring the world’s kids to Jacksonville. 

There aren't universal laws of war when it comes to video games. Players can disregard the rules of the Geneva Convention without encountering any consequences. The International Committee of the Red Cross wants to change that.

ICRC spokesman Bernard Barrett says that for the past two years, a special unit of the Red Cross has been working with video game producers to help them simulate real-world sanctions for virtual war crimes.

Song, dance, fútbol, beer, and Bavaria are all on tap this weekend on the First Coast.

At Georgetown University this week, an outdoor religious display looks more like a public art installation than a commandment from the Torah, Judaism's holy book.

First, the basics: It's called a sukkah, a temporary dwelling — translated from Hebrew as a "booth" — where observant Jews traditionally eat and sleep during the weeklong harvest holiday of Sukkot.

The holiday, which began the night of Sept. 18, also pays homage to the 40 years during which the Israelites wandered in the desert, living in temporary structures.

Awards shows aren't easy. That's partly because they're fundamentally unsympathetic affairs in which rich pretty people give each other trophies, and partly because there are only a few real things on which they can be judged: the opening by the host, the montages and features, the speeches, the assorted intangibles and — oh, right — who wins.

By almost any of these measures, Sunday night's Emmy Awards were not only merely bad but really most sincerely bad, or at best (particularly in the case of winners) a bag that's very much mixed.

'Don't Know'? Just Admit It

Sep 18, 2013

We've all faked our way through conversations before — whether about books we haven't read, movies we haven't seen or concepts we don't understand. In her new book, I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't), Leah Hager Cohen explores moments in history and everyday life when "I don't know" can have a big impact.

St. Augustine businesses are giving mixed reviews following last weekend’s Gentlemen of the Road music festival tour stop in the city.

"It could have been me. It could have been me."

These were the words uttered by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was deeply shaken after he heard the story of a black graffiti artist who was beaten to death by New York City police. Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), not only to commemorate the young man's death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces.

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If you’re headed to this weekend’s Mumford & Sons concert in St. Augustine, the wireless service providers in the area want you to know they’ve got you covered. 

Some 25,000 people are expected to converge on the nation’s oldest city for the two-day music festival.

25,000 very excited people, says AT&T’s Rosie Montalvo.

“Yeah, social network is what everyone likes to do now. They want to share where they’re at and what they’re doing…and they want to do it instantly.”

Our September edition of Heavy Rotation features an African legend, an indie-folk orchestra from Portland, and a French band ready to catch on in America. But first, our panelists:

  • David Dye, host of WXPN's World Cafe
  • Anne Litt, a host on KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Kevin Cole, program director at KEXP in Seattle

Last week, Sony Corporation announced a new line of high-end audio components that promise to deliver a better online audio experience. The announcement comes amid growing evidence that music fans are tired of the crappy sound they hear on their portable music players. Case in point is the success of Cookie Marenco's business of selling super high-definition music downloads.

Alhambra Theatre

It’s been 12 years since the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon;  some were too young to understand or remember them.

In Jacksonville, a local actor and stage manager has written a one-man show of about Sept. 11, 2001, in which he plays multiple characters to give the audience an several perspectives of the day. 

WJCT's Michelle Corum spoke with Alhambra Theatre’s Jason Nettle about "9/11 We Will Never Forget."

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