Mini sombrero photo Indie Art South

‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros

I’m not surprised by messaging from some quarters about May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Gonzaga University, a place I usually associate with basketball, is warning students about the horrendous act of wearing a sombrero if you’re not Mexican. This holiday wasn’t well known in the US until the last decade or so. In Mexico, it’s not a major holiday either. 

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Image of St. Patrick from US Library of Congress with credit stated as “Merinsky, 1872”.

St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion

Many of us can claim Irish ancestry to some degree, and our official holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. Lots of people, regardless of ethnicity, culturally appropriate this holiday to join in the fun. It seems the celebration of this saint’s day grows more popular each year, and information from the National Retail Federation appears to confirm that. 

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Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.

Meet Mercy Otis Warren and celebrate her on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Many women’s contributions throughout history are just now beginning to surface. As civilization has advanced, our playing field has become more level in many countries. One woman whose name is probably not mentioned in most school classrooms is Mercy Otis Warren. It’s time to meet her. 

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Oscars announcement

Are awards shows like The Oscars declining because of politics, or something else?

Early reports on ratings for The Oscars are in, and it looks like those ratings won’t be good. It’s still a bit early—numbers will certainly be adjusted. Numbers aside, maybe it’s time to ask some questions about an event beloved by some and not-so-beloved by others. Are politics sinking viewership numbers for awards shows? Or is it something else? 

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Jamey Johnson announcement on Skynyrd

Jamey Johnson joins bevy of special guests for Skynyrd ‘Farewell’ tour

Jamey Johnson will join other special guests along the way as legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd conducts the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM. The first show kicks off on May 4 in West Palm Beach (FL). Skynyrd has performed for four decades, with more than 60 albums produced. Most working musicians encounter Skynyrd at live events, although not in the flesh.

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Florida Theatre

Jamey Johnson & Chris Hennessee in Jax: Christmas gift worth waiting for

Every year I face a dilemma. My husband is a hard man to buy a gift for. Making it more challenging, he is a fantastic gift giver. So this past Christmas when my daughter Rebecca suggested concert tickets for the Jamey Johnson show (opened by Chris Hennessee), I jumped right on it. I bought tickets for Rebecca and Jennifer too. These three love to go to concerts. I go sometimes, but rarely. I fretted a little. My husband would have to wait two months for his gift. Was it worth it? 

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NASA image Large Magellanic cloud

Boost your creativity with a journey to the stars

Have you ever been to a planetarium? If you haven’t, check one out. It just so happens that astronomy students from the University of North Florida are cooking up what amounts to an official journey to the stars launched right here in Jacksonville. If you want a creativity boost, this might be the perfect opportunity. What does it cost? 

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Photo via Americana Music Association; by Nathan Zucker.

Americana Music Association opens showcase submissions

Showcase submissions for AMERICANAFEST® 2018, Sept. 11-16 in Nashville, Tenn., are now open and will be accepted through Monday, March 26, 2018. Now in its 19th year as the Americana Music Association’s® annual fundraiser, the destination music festival and conference provides a community-driven platform for artists to showcase for the top Americana tastemakers and industry from around the world. There are two ways to submit for a showcase. 

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