Kerry Speckman’s Weekly Rundown June 13th – June 18th

Tuesday, June 13 | Five-Course Dinner at South Kitchen & Spirits
South Kitchen & Spirits, 6:30 p.m.
WARNING: if you are watching your calories, please stop reading now. South hosts a belly-busting meal of full of comfort foods like fried popcorn shrimp, buttermilk fried chicken, banana pudding, triple chocolate parfait and ham, egg and pimiento cheese sliders. More Info

Tuesday, June 13 | The Klan in Jax, Its Repugnant Rise and Hysterical Collapse
Coniferous Cafe, 7 p.m.
FSCJ professor and prolific author Tim Gilmore kicks off his series “A People’s History of Jax” with a discussion of the KKK in Jacksonville. Expect to be educated—in ways you couldn’t imagine (and wouldn’t want to)—by activities occurring in the city since the 1920s, including “parades” through Downtown and lynchings. More Info

Wednesday, June 14 | Singer-songwriter Showcase
1904 Music Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Emily Kopp, Jackie Stranger, Ben Strok, J Collins and Kristen Campbell & John Rowland perform as part of this intimate show. Bonus: It’s a free event. More Info

Thursday, June 15 | FemArt Gallery Opening Exhibition
FemArt Gallery, 7 p.m.
Dedicated to promoting women artists through exhibitions and education, FemArt Gallery officially opens its doors to the public with a variety of pieces from a female perspective. The non-profit organization offers after-school art enrichment programs for young women in the inner city. More Info

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 | Coming Out Monologues 2017
WJCT, 7 p.m. (matinee on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.)
Described as “social activism through theater,” COM enables local residents to share artistic and moving monologues about their personal experiences coming out within the contest of LGBT their own lives and experiences. The event benefits JASMYN and PFLAG. BYOT: Bring Your Own Tissues. More Info

Friday, June 16 – Monday, June 19 | TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Opening Weekend
The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company, 8 p.m.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this dark comedy revolves around brothers Lincoln and Booth and how being named for a president and his assassin affects their relationship and struggles in life in an attempt to survive. Monday’s show is a “pay what you want” performance. Show runs weekends through July 2. More Info

Saturday, June 17 | The Second Floor Presents “Disco Made Me Do It”
The Second Floor, 9 p.m.
Music snobs may not consider disco as art, but MisterGirl Productions certainly does. The visual eye candy revolves around the dance floor (figuratively, that is … disco music alone is dizzying enough). The installation is paired with sounds by Lady Miaou. PSA: The Second Floor is 5 Points newest event space located directly over Hoptinger. A portion of proceeds benefit Jacksonville Dance Theatre. More Info

Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 | Miss Widow’s Dark Carnival 4
The Hourglass Pub, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Hourglass Pub celebrates its third anniversary with an evening of “twisted carnie types” including sword swallowers, creepy clowns, fire dancers and fire breathers. They had me at Creepy Clown Burly Babe and the Human Carousel. More Info

Sunday, June 18 | “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”—Father’s Day Edition
Sun-Ray Cinema, 2 p.m.
It’s not that Dad doesn’t appreciate the “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug or grill tools (the Hickory Farms gift basket was always my brother and my go-to-gift for Pops), but here’s an idea that’s fun for the whole family: Sun-Ray’s special screening of this 1981 classic that remains one of the highest-growling films ever made. PSA: Sun-Ray serves beer—and delicious pizza. More Info

Kerry is an award-winning writer and blogger, world record holder, trivia host, ordained minister, podcaster and the Official Selfie Queen of Jacksonville. A former resident of San Marco and Avondale now living in Riverside, she is Urban Core to the core and can’t believe she ever lived in Baymeadows. Also known as that chick with the pink hair. Photo by Renee Parenteau Photography.

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