Poster for 'I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday' used with permission.

Godfrey’s ‘Kill’ film heads for world tour

After viewing Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday, I hoped those involved in promoting it would launch it to a wider audience. The premiere played to a sold-out crowd. Now there’s an encore in Jacksonville, and I highly recommend it. The Jax encore isn’t the only future this indie film has, though. 

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Jekyll Island Club, Jekyll Island, Georgia By.John Margolies; Roadside America photograph archive (1972-2008), Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Shrimp and Grits Festival dodges Florence, dishes up 32 acres of fun

If you live in the South, you probably know about the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival. If you don’t know about it, now’s the time to learn. Last year, Hurricane Irma forced what is arguably the largest festival of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard to cancel. This year, the festival on the Georgia coast dodged Hurricane Florence, and organizers have lined up 32 acres of food, music, crafts, presentations, and children’s activities for the more than 40,000 people interested or going.

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Actor Tim Dezarn stars in and co-produced the film 'Buckshot'.

‘Buckshot’ film hits on the great debate in country music

At present there’s an informal debate going around many country music sites and message boards. Bro country is all the rage, and there’s no denying pop has encroached on country in a way thought impossible a decade ago. Now the film Buckshot takes on the issue, and one thing is apparent just by watching the trailer. 

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National Hurricane Center; 8 a.m. Sept. 11, 2018.

Hurricane Florence poised to interrupt everything, including music

Hurricanes are the great interrupters, and if you have lived on the East coast of the US, you know the drill. Right now forecasters place North Carolina as Hurricane Florence’s most likely target, but wind and rain will affect many who are outside the direct hit area. Business takes a wallop, and consequently, so do working musicians. 

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Advocate and family friend Beth Cioffoletti (left) with Taylor Wells (center) and Taylor's mom. (Photo: Courtesy of Beth Cioffoletti)

Budding artist’s career and 8th Amendment derailed by a single night

I first ‘met’ Taylor Wells years ago. I came to know him well enough to accept his calls from a Florida prison. I came to know his advocate Beth Cioffoletti. Beth and I have since become cyber-friends who often disagree on politics but who are united in believing Wells should not serve more time for his role in a night of crime. Taylor is gifted in the arts, and that night not only derailed a potential career in the arts, but also the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution.

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Geoffrey Owens

Brouhaha takes actor from ‘Cosby Show’ to bagging groceries to new acting gig

Lots of us watched ‘The Cosby Show’ with our family, and we loved it. The Huxtable family was all-American. The messaging was pro-family. So when I saw news trending recently about actor Geoffrey Owens, I wondered what it was about. I found a brouhaha going, with a story Fox News did at the center. 

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radio image Indie Art South

Spotify ‘experiment’ shakes up the Big 3; opportunity for indie artists

Spotify has big record labels in a tizzy over a policy that may help indie artists. Before this new initiative, if you wanted to get to the top of the charts by traditional means, you had three options. Now it appears indie artists will have another potentially better option, and the labels who’ve controlled the industry are not too happy about it. 

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Photo of Rebecca Day courtesy of Joel Molotzak Photography.

What does philosophy have to do with music and art?

By Rebecca Day During a series of lectures on her style of fiction writing, Ayn Rand concluded, “Every writer is a moral philosopher.” I discovered this passage as part of that lecture series only recently in a book published posthumously, The Art of Fiction, a Guide for Writers and Readers.  If I’d read it a decade ago, my life might have taken a very different path. 

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Wes Goode, Rebecca Day, Jen Day-Thompson The Crazy Daysies

Helping up close and personal: Wee Pub South to host fundraiser

Imagine losing your husband, and then having to deal with cancer yourself. I’ve watched families go through crises like this, and sometimes, the challenges can seem overwhelming. St. Mary’s (GA) is a tightly knit community, and local restaurant Wee Pub South is going all out to help a woman who has a lot on her plate right now. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the pub will host a fundraiser. 

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Aldrin salutes flag on moon

‘First Man’ erases US flag from historic moment in space race

If you’re old enough to remember how things were when you were young, it’s easy to sometimes wonder how artists revise or omit key moments in history. I was young when the United States won the space race with what was then the Soviet Union. I remember the day the US landed humans on the moon, and I remember astronauts working to plant the US flag. Now ‘First Man’, a film about that accomplishment starring Ryan Gosling is drawing controversy for erasing the US flag from the account. 

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