Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.
Josephine Lounge Series: The Covenant
Josephine | Avondale
Avondale eatery and impromptu jazz club Josephine hosts another installment of its popular Lounge Series with The Covenant. Led by standout Duval-bred jazz drummer John Lumpkin and featuring Joshua Bowlus, Thomas Milovac, Nick Russell, Tori Peoples and DeAndre Lettsome, The Covenant plays the third of three Lounge Series gigs on Friday night, beginning at 9 p.m. Reserve your seat.
Friday & Saturday
Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel
Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville
Founder and artistic director of the Cleveland-based Baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell conducts the Jacksonville Symphony in a concert with works by Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel on Friday and Saturday. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
The Lost Weekend
Gallery 725 | Atlantic Beach
In 1973, May Pang began an 18-month affair with John Lennon, the uber-famous musician and husband of uber-famous pioneering Fluxus artist Yoko Ono, with whom Pang had been working as a personal assistant. The affair, which was apparently encouraged by Ono and was, for a period of time, the stuff of tabloid fodder, came to be referred to as Lennon’s Lost Weekend. Candid photos taken by Pang from this period (which has been revisited of late via the 2022 documentary The Lost Weekend: A Love Story) have not been lost, and will actually be on view at Gallery 725, beginning with an opening reception on Friday from 6-8 p.m. RSVP required for the opening reception. The gallery is then open Saturday from noon-8 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. More info here.
Seawalk Pavilion | Jacksonville Beach
More than 200 local creative entrepreneurs are popping up to 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” event. From humble beginnings inside the locally founded soft-goods maker 8103 Clothing’s flagship store, the 904 PopUp 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.