Arts & Culture

All current and former notable arts & culture news

Buy Chocolate, Help a Child

By Haley Weaver If you’ve ever wandered around the mall at the end of April, you’ve probably seen the Pensacola Chocolate Fest; different tables and booths scattered throughout, offering the best chocolate and deserts from chocolatiers in the area. For the 14th year in a row, Cordova Mall will be hosting the Pensacola Chocolate Fest …
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Who’s Your Crawdaddy?

By Haley Weaver Spring has finally sprung, and that means a Pensacola tradition is once again starting to boil up. From Friday, April 28 until Sunday, April 30, the 33rd annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will be held at Bartram Park. Starting in 1984 as a small gathering, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival has blossomed into a …
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Asking Yoni Wolf, Why?

By Tanner Yea Life has many mysteries and unanswerable questions. What is good? What is evil? How did the universe begin, and will it end? Why? Many of these may never be answered, but on Friday, April 7 we may figure out one, as the alternative rock band WHY? takes the stage at Vinyl Music …
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A Sunshine State of Mind

By Haley Weaver When asked about her latest collection of essays, “Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard notes that she was familiar with Pensacola. “My childhood best frie nd lives there and I used to visit a lot – she would surf, and we never surfed in Tampa Bay, we just don’t have waves there.” “Sunshine State” …
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Anne Waldman: An Outrider’s Perspective on Poetry

By John Baradell Interviewing Anne Waldman is likely daunting for any writer. Waldman is one of the living legends of literature, a major American poet, an intellectual of the arts and communications, a committed feminist and activist, a spiritualist, and an inspiration for all. She has magically combined her extraordinary talents into musically-inclined performance art …
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Ciclovia: Takin’ It to the Streets

By Tanner Yea Among the hills and valleys of Colombia’s capital city of Bogotá, people bike, skateboard, rollerskate, and walk car-less streets every Sunday in an event called Ciclovía. Meaning ‘cycleway’ in Spanish, Ciclovía is an event that started in 1974 in Bogotá to allow people to enjoy activities, exercise and more in the wide …
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Darren Knight to Perform at Saenger Theatre

By Hana Frenette Comedian and YouTube video star Darren Knight will make a stop in Pensacola on part of his “Southern Momma,” tour. Knight gained recognition for his southern mom character after uploading a humorous cell phone video of himself imitating a mother getting her kids ready for school. Lines like, “Come here to me!” …
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Coffee Centric Pensacola

By Dawn Gresko Some like it hot… Others prefer cold brew. Know what we’re talking about? Then you might just be one of many coffee-centric Pensacolians who understands the value of knowing the distance from where you are to where’s the nearest spot to grab the perfect cup o’ Joe. Perfect by your standards, of …
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Make Way for Broadway

By Dawn Gresko Forget about New York City: you don’t need to travel to the birthplace of Broadway to enjoy a season full of musicals because the Saenger Theatre is hosting four of the most popular Broadway musicals right here in Pensacola: from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Chicago the Musical to Once and Mamma …
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Catching Up with Dweezil Zappa

By Hana Frenette Dweezil Zappa, acclaimed guitarist and son of rock legend Frank Zappa, was born in California in the fall of 1969. Dweezil, his brother and two sisters grew up in a small two-bedroom home nestled in the Hollywood hills. The house wasn’t grand or regularly filled with celebrities, but there were always instruments …
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Brewin’ & Tastin’

By Hana Frenette Each month, members of the Escambia Bay Homebrewers gather inside neighborhood restaurants, backyards, and American Legion halls to taste the monthly brews, talk fermentation and plan for their annual beer fest. Small kegs and repurposed bottles can be found lining tables and walls at each meeting, with members milling from one sample …
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Uncovering the Layers: The Pensacola Graffiti Bridge Project

By Dawn Gresko Layer by layer, photographer Rachael Pongetti captures the ever-changing surface of the Pensacola Graffiti Bridge as well as the subculture surrounding the local icon with her new novel, Uncovering the Layers.  You might have already heard about Pongetti’s journey of photographing the Bridge, an undertaking that became more popularly known as the …
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Makin’ Bacon

By Dawn Gresko Ladies and gentlemen: swimsuit season is officially over. What does that mean? If you’re any thing like us pork-fat fiends, it means you’re beggin’ for bacon. Rest assured we’ve found several ways for you to stay greased up with bacon this month, which contains every foodie’s favorite holiday: Bacon Day (Dec. 30). …
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Favorite Things of 2016

Food Trucks at City Hall Some of us may remember that back in 2014, food trucks were featured at City Hall as a part of a six-month pilot program to see how the mobile meal businesses fared. While the debate over food trucks may not be over, we have to admit that one of our …
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Attorney Turned Artist: An Interview with Local Painter Patrick Slagle

By Dawn Gresko Patrick Slagle’s passion hasn’t always been his legal profession: the recent attorney-turned-artist is making the switch to full-time artist after discovering his penchant for painting in a contemporary abstract style. Downtown Crowd caught up with the self-taught painter to talk technique and discuss the inspiration behind his work. While you’re likely to …
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Abigail Spencer: Q&A with the Leading Lady

Abigail Spencer, star of such television hits as Timeless and Rectify and movies like This Is Where I Leave You and Oz the Great and Powerful, is a native of Gulf Breeze who has made it big time. With an infectious smile and a buoyancy that can only come from spending one’s formative years on …
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A Mural for the Masses

For a few years now, Ashton Howard and Evan Levin have been brainstorming on the perfect concept for an impactful, large-scale public mural. This month, as part of a special live painting event with the Foo Foo Festival, the creative duo are putting their minds and brushes together to complete a massive mural that will …
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November’s Film Trailer Reviews

ARRIVAL What I got from the preview: A renowned linguist is recruited by the military to help translate messages broadcast to UFOs throughout the world. She enters the objects once every 18 hours, attempting to build a relationship and understand their communications, even as more ships appear throughout the world and other countries threaten to …
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TV Time

It’s been called the Golden Age of Television, this period of prestige content being produced right now. Flip through the stations (or the streaming apps of your choice) and you’ll find antiheroes, superheroes, heroes of the working class and more. There’s people of color, trans people, gay people and more diversity than ever delivering dialogue …
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Dabble in VooDoo

There is arguably no better way to spend Halloween than by infusing yourself with the mysterious magic of Voodoo. No, we don’t mean that age-old practice involving shrunken heads, zombies and old chicken bones—we’re talking about the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, also called Voodoo Fest, one of the Gulf Coast’s most unique festivals that …
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An Interview with Jamey Jones, Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida

By Andrea Walker You’ve been Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida for two years now with one year remaining. How has this title affected you as a poet? It’s been an honor, first of all. I had the philosophy going into it that I would say yes to every opportunity that came up, not having any idea …
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Blues Traveler is Coming to Pensaocla

You probably know them from hits such as “Run-Around” and “Hook,” but back in the day, Blues Traveler was an iconic band that brought blues rock and jam bands to the mainstream. After the unfortunate death of a bandmate, an internal reinvention, and several labels, they are back on the road with their most jam-ready …
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There’s Some Cool Stuff Being Unearthed Downtown

It is no secret that Pensacola is rooted in a rich history dating back to the 19th century, when the city became one of the first U.S. Settlements. The Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida has been exploring the Native American, British, and Spanish origins of our Pensacola since the 1980s. The Archaeology …
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UWF Historic Trust unveils new Commanding Officer’s Compound

The University of West Florida Historic Trust hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 8 to celebrate the Fort of Pensacola’s Commanding Officer’s Compound, a new outdoor exhibit located in Museum Plaza behind the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum. This project marks the first major reinterpretation of a stop along the Colonial Archaeological Trail, highlighting the …
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The Soul of St. Michael’s

If eyes are windows to the soul, then it’s no stretch to say windows can offer a glimpse into the soul or history of a structure. This is especially true of the new and restored stained glass windows at St. Michael’s, completed by the Emil Frei Firm of St. Louis in spring 2016. The firm …
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First City Soundtrack

THE SOUNDS OF THE CITY ARE MUSICAL, RHYTHMIC AND AS VARIED AS THE CITY’S STORIED HISTORY. FROM THEATER TO DIGITAL BEATS AND SO MUCH MORE, LET’S DISCOVER WHAT’S ON THE PENSACOLA PLAYLIST. BLUES ANGEL MUSIC Blues Angel Music is as distinctly Pensacola as its name suggests. Open for almost 20 years, they offer instrument sales like …
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A Voyage to the Comic Convention

The Pensacola Comic Convention is coming to the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds and Expo Hall Aug. 20 and 21. Fans of science fiction, horror, anime, gaming, fantasy, comic books, and much more can enjoy the exciting experience. The event will include workshops, screenings, demonstrations, events, costume contests, tournaments, gaming, and discussion panels. Fans can also expect …
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Saenger Classic Movie Series

Each year, the Saenger Theatre transports us back in time to the golden age of cinema. The theatre combines old-world brick and iron railings with state-of-the-art projection and sound for an experience that marries the best of yesteryear and the modern era. As you walk through the doors of the historic Saenger, last century’s penchant …
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Meeting the Maestro

Jerome Shannon has been conducting for the Pensacola Opera for fifteen years. In early 2015, he stepped in as the interim director. Jerome’s experience with the local company and leadership abilities made for a perfect fit in the role. He officially took his place as the new executive director of the Pensacola Opera in August …
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July’s Film Trailer Reviews

THE BFG What I got from the preview: A child wanders lonely orphanage halls before getting kidnapped by a friendly giant in this adaptation of the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl. The kindhearted giant whisks young Sophie away to giant land and immerses her in all the wonder, novelty and danger of his home. The …
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Raffle drawing to benefit Covenant Hospice

Life is a dance: just ask professional ballroom dancer, Tony Dovolani, who’s been Dancing with the Stars since the show’s second season kicked off in 2006. For 11 years, Dovolani has visited Pensacola to support Covenant Hospice’s annual Life’s a Dance events organized by Pensacola’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio. “Pensacola has become a home away from home because of the …
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Dancing Through Life

If you love dancing, music, and a live show, you will not want to miss this upcoming performance. From the tango to the two-step, the variety of dances performed during the show will make you want to celebrate. And that’s the idea behind the event—to celebrate life through dancing. The performance will benefit Covenant Care, …
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Brave New World

Two brave and subversive exhibits recently opened at the Pensacola Museum of Art: one a pioneering new medium that completely overturns the idea of what art is and can be, the other a more traditional channel that is ripe with subtext and hidden meaning. Stephen Knapp’s Lightpaintings have taken the art world by storm by …
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The Show Must Go On

Seville Quarter’s dueling piano show in Rosie O’Grady’s is a rollicking good time that starts at 8 pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show is built around performances by talented musicians who know how to work the crowd and probably know about a thousand songs between the four of them, by heart. Playing …
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Good Night Gallery Night

In the year of its 25th anniversary, the popular Downtown event Gallery Night is ending after ongoing difficulties with funding and complaints about the gradual departure from its original mission of spotlighting arts and culture. The news came on April 12 after the Downtown Improvement Board’s (DIB) monthly meeting. The DIB members present voted unanimously …
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May’s Film Trailer Reviews

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR What I got from the preview: After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and realizing they miiiiight just be liable for about a gajillion dollars worth of damage and thousands of lives being lost, the assembled Avengers split into two factions: one led by Iron Man who believes that their …
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Epic Expressions

Lovers of the spoken (and written) word rejoice: Pensacola is in prime poetic form, offering many outlets for you to hop on stage and share with the audience your wordsmithy and creativity. In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve explored the town to find out just where you can share your epic expressions in both …
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Reganomics

One of the country’s most prolific and quotable comedians, Brian Regan comes to the Saenger Theatre on April 22 at 8 pm. He chats with Downtown Crowd about keeping it fresh, finding the awkward in everyday life, and discovering new ways to reinvent the game over 30 years later. Tell me about the decision to live broadcast your …
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All the World’s a Stage

And all the men and women merely players, like the performers at The Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company (SetsCo). SetsCo is the first Shakespearean contemporary teen acting company in the Gulf Coast area. Downtown Crowd  spoke with director Michelle Hancock about the company, which started in 2005 as an advanced acting class. Katie McHugh began with …
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Cabaret: Las Vegas

Pensacola, Cabaret is back in full force, and ready to turn the city upside down. The Pensacola Little Theatre, which aims to enrich, educate and entertain the community by providing a superior theatre experience through volunteer-driven performances and educational outreach, will host this year’s “Vegas” themed event. Tyler Kercher, executive director of the Pensacola Little …
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April’s Film Trailer Reviews

THE JUNGLE BOOK What I got from the preview: You know the story: an orphan boy is raised in the wild with the help of a pack of wolves, a bare-necessities bear, and a black panther. As he learns to become a man and survive the elements, he is thrown into the conflicts and politics …
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Return of the Con

For decades, it seemed, politicians and businesspeople ruled Pensacola. The weak served the strong. But there was a silent resistance growing in the town’s underbelly. In movie theaters, at LAN parties and comic book shops across the city, a passionate and energized minority was starting to stand up. There would be occasional but short-lived sparks …
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Putting the T in PLT

Tyler Kercher has been putting the T in PLT (Pensacola Little Theatre) since he joined the crew in May 2015. The executive director of PLT is a fellow Pensacolian and graduate of the University of West Florida and he is bringing his creative business mind to one of the oldest continually operating theatres in the …
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February’s Film Trailer Reviews

HAIL, CAESER! What I got from the preview: The preview opens with the old Universal Studios logo as contemporary scenes from an old, lavish 50s epic follow. We discover soon, of course, that these are scenes from the forthcoming movie-within-a-movie Hail, Caeser!, a Biblical epic on par with The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur. When the picture’s …
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EDS to Host Community STEaM Event for Families

Episcopal Day School of Christ Church Parish (EDS) in Pensacola, Fla. will welcome children, who are rising PreK3 through 8th graders, and their parents to the two EDS campuses to participate in fun-filled STEaM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) activities on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 am to 11:30 am. The event is …
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Art City

With numerous organizations and institutions focused on artistic expression, and countless more artists working everyday to tell their story through brushstrokes, poetry, dance and more, Pensacola is alive with art. Our story—and the nation’s story—is brought to gritty life on the graffiti bridge. In Brownsville, an entire neighborhood has been revitalized with art’s power. In …
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Palafox Market Artisans

Although you might think the farmers market is the place you go to thank your local farmer, the Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola is teeming with artistic talent that will have you thanking your local artists. Dozens of Palafox Market artists, or what some might call contemporary folk artists, are filling the heart of our …
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Molly Ringwald: The Jazz Singer

We all know Molly Ringwald as the red-headed darling of iconic 80s movies like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, but what you may not know is that Ringwald is also an accomplished author and jazz musician. Often regarded as the muse of the late, great director John Hughes, Ringwald was a …
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The Droids We’re Looking For

Now in its third year, Pensacon continues to dominate Pensacola’s fan, nerd and entertainment landscape each February with celebrity panels and guests, gaming tournaments, out-of-this-world vendors and partnering events happening across the city. Each year, lawyers, doctors, waiters and writers shake off the confines and limitations of their day jobs to become the Jedi, superheroes, …
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January’s Film Trailer Reviews

THE HATEFUL EIGHT What I got from the preview: In typical Tarantino fashion, well-spoken but blunt and grisly characters are forced together by fate and must confront the secrets and pasts that each are trying to hide as they attempt to survive the wintry evening in a cabin. This throwback to the golden age of cinema—with …
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Take Me to Church

Pensacola’s southern downtown gets most of the attention regarding historic significance, but toward the north of Palafox is a site rich in culture, religious history, and architectural wonder. The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel—more casually referred to as St. Michael’s church—has had an uninterrupted presence in Pensacola since 1781 and it is one of …
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Q + A with Raven Holloway

Prior to moving to Pensacola and finding her place at the Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA), Raven Holloway was assistant curator of education at the Mobile Museum of Art. Today, Raven is bringing all her art experience and expertise to the halls of PMA as the museum’s new executive director. How long have you been …
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Site of first multi-year European settlement in the U.S. identified by University of West Florida archaeology program

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year …
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Getting Graphic: PSC’s Graphic Arts Exhibit

Pensacola State College (PSC) graphic design students are displaying their senior exhibit entitled “70th Anniversary of the Ending of World War II” at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS Pensacola through Dec. 31. The theme for the exhibit is the “greatest generation” and it is part of the 70th year commemoration of WWII. The …
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Return of the King

Chris Thomas King, known as CTK or the King of 21st Century Blues, is a Louisiana-based blues musician and actor who gained recognition for his roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ray. He has sold over 10 million records in the US and his music has won “Album of the Year” at the …
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December’s Film Trailer Reviews

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS What I got from the preview: We journey back to a galaxy far, far away with characters old and new as John Williams’ score swells and signature Star Wars iconography flashes across the screen—the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, Lightsabers, and even the now-defunct helmet of Darth Vader. As our new heroes, …
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Painting Fallen Angels Into History

Imagine this: you’re spiraling through the air, leaving Cuban Eight contrail clouds in your wake, and the crowd below goes wild as you recover swiftly from a downward dive. The excitement of being a world-famous Blue Angel, a job that may sound like a dream come true for some dare devils and aspiring pilots, is …
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Pensacola’s downtown Winterfest celebration is named the top holiday attraction in Florida

For the second consecutive year, Pensacola’s Winterfest celebration has been named the top holiday event in the state of Florida. The recognition comes from florida.com, a website which covers attractions and events across the state. It praised Pensacola’s Christmas celebration for its winter wonderland of snow, holiday lights and “an adorable Elf Parade.” The parade …
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Back on the Blocks Fest

“The Blocks” has been a term of endearment referring to the Historic Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood in Downtown Pensacola, a culturally rich community that became the predominate area for African Americans to live, work, shop, eat, party, play and heal.   At the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood morphed into a music and entertainment mecca …
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The Art of Masters

There’s a new artist in town and chances are you’ve already spotted his work on the streets of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. The 56-year-old painter Jon Masters has been making waves in our area since he started selling his work on Pensacola Beach, Navy Boulevard, and the farmers market in Gulf Breeze. Originally from the …
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Foo Foo Fest

What’s a Foo Foo? After the roaring success of the last year’s festival of the same name, everyone surely knows by now (it’s a 19th-century shipping term to describe an impromptu musical celebration comprised of seamen). Foo Foo Fest is a smorgasbord of arts, culture, sports, cuisine, heritage and history to be on display for …
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Inside the Mind of Mencia

The popular Honduran-born comic of Mind of Mencia, Loco Slam and Three Amigos fame comes to Seville Quarter Nov. 4 at 8 pm. He previews the show with Josh Newby and talks political correctness, creating an audience dialogue and his frustrations with comedy. How has your comedy evolved since Mind of Mencia? TV is always different …
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Marshall Tucker Band Performing a Thank You Concert

Thank you to music festival supporters! As a thank you to all that supported the effort to bring back Springfest, a downtown music festival, a thank you concert is being hosted by Quint and Rishy Studer. The Marshall Tucker Band will perform on Thursday, October 29 at the Pensacola Blue Wahoo Stadium. The Marshall Tucker …
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November’s film trailer reviews

SPECTRE What I got from the preview: James Bond is hot on the trail to uncover the secrets of a shadowy organization that has been killing members of the secret service. Along the way, he discovers more about his own past, evades death, trades witty quips with villains, sleeps with beautiful women, and pilots an …
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Get Your Greek On

What does Mama Mia, the mythical King Stafylos, and Pensacola have in common? The Greek island Skopelos, of course. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is hosting the 56th annual Greek Fest, and this year’s theme is Skopelos. The Greek Fest is famous in the Gulf Coast for having amazing food, fun traditional music, and Greek …
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October’s film trailer reviews

STEVE JOBS What I got from the preview: My boy Michael Fassbender plays the complicated titular character in a way that is already receiving praise at film festivals. This movie traces Jobs’ life, from obsessive innovator to controversial public figure, with some of that top talent the industry has to offer. If the preview is …
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Margaret Biggs: Visions of the Gulf Coast

Though an artist who is often in seclusion with her work, Margaret Biggs welcomed Pensacola Magazine to her studio to discuss her background and motivation behind her Gulf Coast inspired exhibit entitled Visions: Through Painting, Poetry and Prose, which will go on display at the Pensacola Museum of Art starting with an artist reception on …
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Downtown music festival to make return to Spring Street

The community spoke, believers listened and have been working behind the scenes to bring back a music festival centered around Spring Street in downtown Pensacola. This festival is for the community, by the community. The two-day event is tentatively set for May 13 and 14, 2016. To ensure the festival will take place, organizers have …
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September’s film trailer reviews

THE INTERN What I got from the preview: A widower played by Robert DeNiro is bored with retirement and decides to give his life some purpose and zest by interning at a fashion upstart, working for Anne Hathaway’s much younger character and bonding with his broish coworkers. Predictable fish-out-water premise aside, the trailer carries with …
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A way with pines

Solange Kelley is a Quebec native and self-taught artist with a unique medium—Florida pine needles. From baskets to vases, wine holders and hats, all of Solange’s Seminole-inspired art is created using long pine needles collected from her own backyard. Her work is on display at Blue Morning Gallery, where she has begun to host pine-needle …
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Art for a cause

On Sept. 18, Artel will host a series of unique structures made entirely from cans and created by local teams. Canstruction is a unique worldwide charity, which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the …
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Bluegrass on the beach

The Gulf Coast is home to several types of sea and dune grasses such as sea oats, bitter panicum, and beach cordgrass. Now we can add another type, Bluegrass; music, that is. The inaugural Bluegrass on the Beach festival, presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) in celebration of their 20th anniversary, will fill …
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August’s film trailer reviews

In which we unfairly judge upcoming attractions based solely on their trailers. REGRESSION What I got from the preview: Ethan Hawke plays a detective investigating the possible sexual assault of Emma Watson’s character, and stumbles into a vast religious conspiracy that may explain why the victim does not remember the fateful events of her attack. …
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Seaplane: An All-American Musical

A scrawny, unimpressive-looking man sits stern-faced watching the horizon with determined, hawk-like eyes. He sits behind a rudimentary contraption, an invention never before heard of, about to embark on a mile-long excursion across Hammondsport, New York. An audience has gathered to witness the feat; excitement bubbles through the air in ripples of anticipation and awe. …
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Not Quite Fab

Not Quite Fab is the only Beatles tribute band in Northwest Florida and they’ve been performing live in Beatles wigs, boots and suits since 2001. You might’ve seen the four at Evenings in Olde Seville this summer, or down at Bands on the Beach. There’s Dickie Williams as Paul McCartney, Jim DeStafney as George Harrison, …
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Faith Jess sings her diary and her heart out

A frequent performer at Gallery Night, Hemingways, and even notable locations in Nashville, Faith Jess is a buoyant 16-year-old songstress who sings her diary and her heart out with all the wit and charm you would expect from someone twice her age. She began writing songs in the fourth grade and picked up her first …
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Chris Staples

In an age of bombastic performances and perfectly glossed studio productions, Chris Staples is an understated talent who favors subdued sounds, delicate strums, and hushed, meaningful vocals. He has been playing music for 20 years, as part of musical groups Twothirtyeight, Father John Misty, and Telekinesis. After years of touring solo—and a critically acclaimed album, …
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Crab Cake Cook-off

The Arc Gateway Crab Cake Cook-off is one of Pensacola’s most iconic and well-attended fund-raisers of the year, and it’s right around the corner. Guests are given the chance to sample world-class crab cakes, sip wine and beer while surveying the silent auction, purchase local art made by Arc Gateway’s very own clients, and even …
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Pippi Longstocking

It’s no secret what children desire most. They want to stay up late, eat junk food, watch endless cartoons, never go to school and go wherever their imaginations lead them. While it might not have been possible in real life to grow up getting everything you wanted, ever wonder what it would be like if …
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The Lure of the Ocean

Fishing and ocean sports culture has fused seamlessly with the work of Guy Harvey, and for good reason: the conservationist-turned-artist is unique in the way he captures undersea life and respectful in how he seeks to raise awareness for the depths. Born in Jamaica in 1955, Harvey was surrounded by fish and wildlife and became …
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Make Your Voices Heard

Humans are story-telling creatures. We make sense of the world and those around us by the conversations we have and the interactions we share. As humans change, so too do our communications with each other. In Downtown Pensacola, through a partnership between the UWF Historic Trust and Gulf Power, there is finally a way to …
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Life’s A Dance

Fans of the tango, foxtrot and cha-cha may know a lot about the fancy footwork, graceful spins and complex movements that make up the art of dance. But even those with two left feet can appreciate the talent and showmanship that goes into a great dance performance. This month, dance lovers of all persuasions can …
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The Juan Sebastián de Elcano Returns

With warm weather beckoning more and more Pensacolians to the outdoors and of course to the many coastal areas of the city, this month brings a unique opportunity to take advantage of yet more seaside fun. From May 27 through June 1, the Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano will visit Pensacola and …
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Pensacola Jazz Fest

THE 32ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE APRIL 11 AND 12 IN SEVILLE SQUARE One of Pensacola’s most famous and well-attended community events, JazzFest, is back this year with lots of activities planned, including some big names scheduled to play, scholastic bands showcasing their talent, activities for kids and food vendors for adults. The Pensacola JazzFest …
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Going for Gold

STRETCHING JUST OVER three miles, which is about two and a half Irish miles, McGuire’s 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run will begin and end in front of the Irish pub on East Gregory Street. Although there isn’t a pot o’ gold waiting at the finish line, participants can still compete for the gold …
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V-Day Three Ways

THE SAPPY COUPLE Before the alternative, aloof couple convinces you that shunning the pervasive romantic holiday that is Valentine’s Day is cool, or the lone wolf tells you to spend time self-improving on this day as if they don’t already treat themselves every other day of the year, allow me to convince you of this …
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Pedal Trolley Patrol

A stroll through Downtown Pensacola is both a walk through the past and through a newly bustling yet charming streetscape, replete with remarkable architecture and historic landmarks, not to mention the many unique, local businesses that call this area home. But why stroll the streets when you can pedal, and why pedal a normal bicycle …
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Our Favorite Things Downtown 2014

PENSACON Personally, my favorite part of Pensacon was simply strolling through the Bay Center, checking out all the costumes and feeling the excitement of giddy fans, nerds, hobbyists and comic-lovers. Seeing this massive event come together so successfully because of organizers reaching out and being embraced by the community was a heartening show of how …
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Foo Foo Fest

A NEW KIND of festival is coming to Pensacola—one that combines previously established events with new concepts and is presented to residents and visitors under one exciting banner. The members of Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE), Inc. had the idea for a fall arts and culture festival that would last 12 days and celebrate the …
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Hot Piece of Glass

FEW THINGS SIGNAL the start of Florida’s transition from summer to fall like the sight of pumpkins. They can be seen for sale on the side of the road and as decoration in homes. Their taste can be noticed in everything from homemade pies to frequently purchased lattés. The pumpkin is such an integral part …
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Pensacola Cooks Kitchen

When husband and wife team Jacki and Mike Selby started designing and teaching cooking classes in 2006, they had little idea that it would lead them to where they are today. As the owners of Pensacola Cooks, the Selbys are making an impact offering unique culinary learning experiences, delicious food for the community, and a …
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Para Con 2014

MAKE SURE YOU start designing your outfit for the Pensacola Para Con because it is right around the corner. Para Con is an annual sci-fi convention that started in 2010. According to Ericka Boussarhane, promoter of the event, she brought it to Pensacola because there was nothing like it here. She wanted to start something …
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DTC Road Trip: Moogfest in Asheville, NC

One of the great things about having a burgeoning Downtown is traveling to other great downtowns and exploring what makes other citys’ hearts beat. This week, DTC will be feeling the beat of Asheville, NC for Moogfest, an annual celebration of art, music, technology and Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer and …
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