Kerry Speckman’s Weekly Rundown May 22 – May 28

Tuesday, May 23 | Truth or Consequences: Why the Media Still Matter
The Florida Times-Union, 5:30–8 p.m.
Local journalists including WJXT-TV-4 anchor Kent Justice, WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” host Melissa Ross and The Florida Times-Union editor Mary Kelli Palka discuss why our country’s trust in the media is at an all-time low and if—and how—the media can survive. More Info

Tuesday, May 23 | Culinary Connections: Turkey
Choban Grill, 6:30 p.m.
Experience a Turkish cultural evening without leaving the Core. GlobalJax and Choban Grill host this culinary tour and discussion of its cultural significance and the current state of the country and region. FUN FACT: “Coban” is a Turkish name meaning “shepherd.” More Info

Wednesday, May 24 | USGBC Green Carpet Film Screenings
Sun-Ray Cinema, 7 p.m.
Three short films addressing the effects of sea level rise and climate change will be screened. Note to those who don’t believe climate change exists: the films are documentaries, not fictional works of art. Please act accordingly. More Info

Wednesday, May 24 | Draw and Drink with Ethan Murrow
MOCA Jax, 7 p.m.
Ethan Murrow whose work is currently on exhibit as part of Project Atrium hosts an evening of hands-on art with light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages served. A cash bar will also be available for those wanting to channel their inner van Gogh or Toulouse-Lautrec. More Info

Thursday May 25 | 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition
Florida Theatre, 7 p.m.
Acoustic jazz pianists have been vying for the opportunity to perform on stage at the Jazz Festival for 30 years (and boy, are their fingers tired … sorry, I couldn’t resist). The competition is the official kick-off event for the four-day festival. More Info

Thursday, March 25–Sunday, March 28 | Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Speaking of the Jazz Fest. Considered one of the best festivals of its kind in the country, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival electrifies Downtown with four days of music including performances by Chick Corea, The Rippingtons, Kamasi Washington, and The Commodores (aka Lionel Richie’s former band) on three stages. Shop local vendors and enjoy food and drinks throughout 15 blocks. (Learn more about the festival experience and jazz culture from Jacksonville musician and producer John Lumpkin.) And check out Jazz Fest After Dark featuring local bands. More Info

Thursday, May 25 | Live Trivia With The Specktator
European Street Cafe—San Marco, 7:30 p.m.
Trivia nights at local bars and restaurants are a dime a dozen. But it’s unlikely you’ll find another with a 30-second dance party, original trivia haiku written from actual answers … and Monster German Wieners. More Info

Friday May 26 | River Jam Sunset Cruise
Friendship Park, 7:30–9:45 p.m.
Take a leisurely cruise down the St. Johns and watch the sun set over Downtown while enjoying live music from vocalist and ukulele player Kalani Rose. The one-hour excursion includes two drinks per adult, plus guests can bring other refreshments on board in small hand-held coolers. More Info

Friday, May 26 | Patriotic Pops Concert
Times-Union Center, 11 a.m.
Assistant Conductor Nathan leads the Jacksonville Symphony in a concert of music honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. This performance is part of the Coffee Concert Series (hence the 11 a.m. start time). More Info

Saturday, May 27 African Village Bazaar
Ritz Theatre and Museum, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Organized by African Village, one of the cultural organizations that helped create World of Nations, the free monthly bazaar enables guests to find unique items and culinary treats from local businesses. More Info

Sunday, May 28 | Memorial Concert & Picnic in The Park
Memorial Park, 6– 8 p.m.
Memorial Park Association, in conjunction with the City of Jacksonville, presents a free, two-hour concert paying tribute Americans who died while serving in the military. Performers include The U.S. Navy Band Southest and Don’t Miss a Beat All-Stars. BYOFCOB (Bring Your Own Folding Chairs Or Blankets). Meals are available for pre-order. 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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