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From the Jazz Jam photo collection on view at the Main Branch Public Library through late September | Felicia Bass

ARTS PICKS | Aug. 4-6

Published on August 3, 2023 at 11:46 am

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.

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Friday & Saturday

A Visual Testimony: The Jazz Jam Photography Collection

Main Branch Library | Downtown Jacksonville 

In the early days of the pandemic, when social-distancing was mandated, local photographer Felicia Bass trained her lens on the city’s music scene, capturing intimate moments of joy and levity during what were uncertain and heavy times. Bass’ series of black-and-white photos, the Jazz Jam Photography Collection, is currently on view in the gallery at Jacksonville’s Main Branch Public Library through Sept. 23. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. More info here.

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Artists in the House: A Conversation with Poets and Writers

Yellow House | Riverside 

Two local artists, writers and poets Niveah Glover and Reign Supreme, will be on hand for an artist talk in conjunction with the Yellow House’s latest exhibition, Freedom Ride: The Young Advocates for Racial Equality. The exhibit, which opened in late July, features the work of nine young Black poets and visual artists drawing inspiration from the Civil Rights movement. Friday’s artist talk is free but attendees are encouraged to RSVP, as space is limited. More info here.

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Saturday & Sunday 

LOL Jax Film Festival

WJCT Studios | Downtown Jacksonville 

The LOL Jax Film Festival, the annual all-local celebration of filmmaking and comedy, returns this weekend for its seventh installment. Night one on Saturday offers film screenings and stand-up comedy, plus an after-party with a live musical performance by Jeremy Ryan. The fest commences Sunday with more screenings, more stand up and an awards ceremony. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on both nights. Tickets and more info here.

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author image Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.

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