St. Johns Avenue for Amplified AvondaleSt. Johns Avenue for Amplified Avondale
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ARTS PICKS | Aug. 25-27

Published on August 23, 2023 at 1:36 pm

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


Art Show and Story Slam 

CoRK Arts District | Riverside 

Babs’ Lab, the CoRK Arts District space of master of the narrative Barbara Colaciello, is the place to be on Friday, as multimedia artist Kimberly Luft presents DreamSTATE / CITYscape, a new series of abstract works on the Heartbeat Walls of Babs’ Lab. The opening reception for DreamSTATE / CITYscape (5 p.m. -7 p.m.) leads into the first of a new season of Colaciello’s popular story slam series, in which willing participants from the audience tell five-minute stories based on the evening’s theme: To dream or not to dream. Story slam starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. The exhibit opening is free. More info.

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Amplified Avondale 

St. Johns Avenue | Historic Avondale 

On Friday, businesses along Avondale’s main drag, St. Johns Avenue, host a lineup of local musicians and pop-up art experiences for the ever-expanding Amplified Avondale Micro Music and Art Festival. The work of 12 local artists, including Paula Jo Lentz, Olivia Gonzalez, Teresa Cook, Christianna Louise White Fletcher and Michele D. Lee will be on view. Among other scheduled performances, jazz act Heitmeister plays at Tucker Cycles, acoustic-rock outfit Sparks in the Garden perform at Brick Restaurant, and world-music connoisseur DJ Papi Disco spins at the Casbah Cafe. Meanwhile, over at Josephine, Duval jazz great, the drummer Jon Lumpkin kicks off the reservation-only Lounge Series. The micro festival is held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. It’s free to attend, but why not stay to eat and drink at the venues? More info.

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904 Pop Up

Seawalk Pavilion | Jacksonville Beach 

On Sunday, more than 200 local creative entrepreneurs will showcase and sell their wares just a few yards from the sand at the Atlantic Ocean-adjacent Seawalk Pavilion for what’s described as the city’s “largest curated pop-up” event. From humble beginnings inside the locally founded soft-goods maker 8103 Clothing’s flagship store, the 904 Pop Up has swelled in recent years, and it’s yet another reason to hit the beach this weekend. The event is held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. More info.

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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