Credit: Toni Smailagic, courtesy of @cre8jax

ARTS PICKS | Nov. 3-5

Published on November 1, 2023 at 9:54 am

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

Elks Club, Pigment print on rag paper, 2023


Lenny Foster: In the Spirit of Lincolnville 

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum | Historic St. Augustine

An exhibition of new work by St. Augustine-based photographer and gallerist Lenny Foster exploring the cultural heritage of Lincolnville – the Oldest City’s historic Black neighborhood – will be on view at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. On Friday, Foster will lead viewers on a walkthrough of the exhibition (5 p.m.), followed by an opening reception. The event is free and open to the public. Bonus: The event coincides with historic St. Augustine’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. More info.

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Friday & Saturday

Star Wars & More: The Music of John Williams 

Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Symphony returns to the work of John Williams with three performances that hone in on the Academy award-winning composer’s scores from a “galaxy far, far away,” as the symphony will tackle works from all three films from the original Star Wars trilogy. Two performances on Friday (11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and one on Saturday (7:30 p.m.). Tickets and more.

Credit: Toni Smailagic, courtesy of @cre8jax


Jacksonville PorchFest 

Various Addresses | Springfield 

The ninth annual Jacksonville PorchFest kicks off at noon on Saturday, with a dozen or so porches and a main stage in the historic Downtown-adjacent enclave of Springfield. New Orleans funk group Water Seed and Duval hip-hop collective L.O.V.E. Culture get top billing in a lineup of nearly two dozen local and regional acts. For a go-to source for PorchFest plotting, you can dig in on all the performances and after-hours programming with this interactive guide from the Jacksonville Music Experience – including artist previews and a map to plan your day.

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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