Arts & Culture

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Several airlines have now changed their active duty luggage policy after a YouTube video of two disgruntled soldiers went viral.

The video shows the duo visibly upset with Delta for charging them $200 for an extra bag.

The clip has one local Vietnam Veteran reflecting on his long trip home in 1966.

"I was proud, I was a second leuitenant," said Reid Oxley. 

He was just 22 years old when he was shipped out to Vietnam in 1965. After a 13 month deployment, he says they were on their own to get home.

"We bought out own ticket, with our own money and we were put on stand by. So we just had to sleep there until a flight became available," he said.  

 When he finally landed on US soil, Oxley says he had to change out of uniform because the anti-war sentiment was so strong.

"As veterans coming home we were held accountable for even serving over there," he said.

Art Institute of Jacksonville Awarded for Documentary Highlighting Florida's Film Industry History

The City of Jacksonville and The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission recently commended The Art Institute of Jacksonville for the film documentary, “Hollywood East: Florida’s Silent Film Legacy” with a Historic Preservation Award. The 30-minute documentary examines Northeast Florida’s brief but glorious stint as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.”

City of Jacksonville Announces the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce the 2011 inductees to the Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees are Bunky Green and The Honorable Bill Chappell, Jr.* The Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame serves to recognize those who have made significant contributions through music education and enthusiasm for jazz in Jacksonville.  The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, May 27 at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the Swingin’ Stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (Main and Monroe streets).

"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library

"Harry Potter's World" Exhibition Coming to Downtown Library

The traveling exhibition, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” based on the internationally known Harry Potter book and film series, opens at the Main Library on June 1. The exhibition will be on display through July 7 during regular library hours.

I Love Music Foundation Holds Benefit Concert in Support of High School Music Programs

The I Love Music Foundation will host a benefit concert on June 4, 2011 at the Jacksonville Landing. The event will start at 3pm and run until 8pm. The Concert will feature 10 recording artist and special performances from 5 of our local high school bands. The concert is headlined by recording artist JONRA.  JONRA is currently on tour with American Idol winner Fantasia.

First Wednesday Art Walk, Making Music

WHAT:  First Wednesday Art Walk, Making Music

WHERE: Downtown Jacksonville galleries and museums, as well as cultural venues, restaurants and businesses.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2011   5-9 p.m. Rain or Shine