Matthew Shaw
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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November 17, 2022

Arts Picks | Nov. 18-20

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday Randall Bramblett Blue Jay Listening Room | Jacksonville Beach Over the five decades of his career — which includes solo work and collaborations with Greg Allman, Levon Helm, Steve Winwood and others — singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett has pushed

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November 10, 2022

Arts Picks | Nov. 11-13

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday and Saturday  Brahms’ German Requiem and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville Jax Symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis and co. take on the tender melodies of two famous romantics, German composers Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler.

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November 2, 2022

Arts Picks | Nov. 4-6

Every week, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday & Saturday  The Paul Simon Songbook  Jacoby Symphony Hall | Downtown Jacksonville  Just slip out the back, Jack. And make a new plan, Stan, to take advantage of one of three opportunities to see the Jacksonville Symphony celebrate the music

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October 27, 2022

Arts Picks | Oct. 28-30

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Tonight Southern Soul Music Festival  Moran Theater | Downtown Jacksonville A showcase of celebrated soul, gospel and R&B acts hailing from the Southeastern U.S., including Tucka (Louisiana), Calvin Richardson (North Carolina) and more makes a stop at the Jacksonville Center for

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October 21, 2022

Arts Picks | Oct. 21-23

Every Friday, Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his top 3 arts and culture picks for the weekend. Friday, Oct. 21 W.I.T.C.H.  JME Soundstage | Downtown Jacksonville  In the 1970s, the band W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) was as big as The Beatles in their native Zambia. Pioneers of a sound that fuses American rock and

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August 31, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Eastside Jax ‘on the right path’

Photos and captions by Dennis Ho | Editing by Matthew Shaw | Intro by Jessica Palombo The Eastside, or Out East, as residents know it, is the poster community for “withintrification” in Jacksonville. The once-vibrant historically Black neighborhood has struggled economically, but residents say they don’t need outsiders to drive improvements. For Jacksonville Today, photographer Dennis Ho shares portraits of

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March 13, 2022

Public art in bloom — yes, even at the Duval Courthouse

The Duval County Courthouse is certainly a sight to behold. With its precast concrete and steel facade, the 800,000-square-foot, seven-story structure occupies two city blocks between Broad and Pearl streets in Downtown Jacksonville.  Since its completion in June of 2012, the courthouse has stuck out like a sore thumb, its massive scale and new-construction sheen offering a contrast to the

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February 16, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | The Skyway in Transit

As the pace of development in the city’s urban core continues to ramp up, Jacksonville’s Downtown is beginning to look different. Amid the relatively new arrival of cranes and swinging steel beams, it endures: 2.5 miles of concrete track we call the Jacksonville Skyway. Opened in 1989, the automated people mover has been a point of contention for nearly as

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January 26, 2022

Painter Richard Heipp forces us to see the world, and his art, anew

In Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, Julian Cadazio (a huckster of substantial means played by Adrien Brody) is trying to convince his rich uncle to back his latest scheme: investing in modern art.  Cadazio, while doing a stint in prison, has stumbled upon the work of Moses Rosenthaler, a hyper-macho, mentally ill and enormously talented artist played by

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December 16, 2021

How 4 Jacksonville artists made it to Miami Art Week

It’s just after 5 p.m. on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Artist and Professor Dustin Harewood dons a paint-splattered denim apron as he takes a seat atop a craft table inside his sprawling classroom at Florida State College of Jacksonville’s Kent Campus. Seated two tables over, fellow artist and FSCJ Professor Mark Creegan is using a fine-detail brush to apply finishing

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