Jacksonville’s Ritz Theatre and Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit, detailing 40 years of one of the first predominantly black ballet companies in the U.S. The exhibit about the Dance Theatre of Harlem runs from Saturday through the end of July at the Ritz, located in Lavilla.
Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with journalist Soledad O’Brien, who is holding a workshop for young women Saturday at WJCT and we heard on in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Morley.
What started out as a peaceful protest devolved into violence last week. On this episode of Redux, we’ll get you up to speed on the who, why and what exactly happened in Hemming Park. Then, the life and times of one of Jacksonville’s most infamous characters were brought to the stage last week — a portrait of serial killer Ottis Toole. Find out why these Jacksonville University academics decided to bring this story to the stage. And finally, we’ll bring you a story about the world’s oldest skate park.
Empty storefronts still line both sides of Main Street, which runs through the heart of one of Jacksonville’s historic districts. Many of them reminiscent of its heyday in the early 1900s. But some of the old haunts are now filled with sounds of construction as new businesses move into the Springfield neighborhood.
Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team, the Jumbo Shrimp , played Wednesday night’s season opener before a near record home crowd of more than 10,000 fans — that’s after many fans booed the team’s name change from the Jacksonville Suns last fall.
The rate of syphilis infection has risen 130 percent in Duval County over the past three years to the highest infection rate the county has seen in two decades. Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are also on the rise.
WJCT and the city of Jacksonville are hosting a traveling wall, commemorating American soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam. The Wall that Heals is a half-scale replica of the memorial wall in Washington D.C. The wall is open 24 hours a day until 3…
Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with former Jacksonville City Council President Eric Smith and retired long-time diplomat John Caulfield about an upcoming trade mission to Cuba. Black Commission president Diallo Sekou and vice president Lauren Cephus talked about Saturday’s Parent Education Support Workshop, and 5 and Dime Theatre executive director Lee Hamby and cast member Rodney Holmes previewed their upcoming performance “A New Brain.”
Former Jacksonville City Councilman Eric Smith is heading up a local delegation to Cuba next week, comprised of local business leaders seeking more trade with the island nation.