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THERE IS AN incessant buzz of ongoing and forthcoming large scale developments in and around Downtown. Whether it’s the YMCA or the potential of a certain huge swath of unused property, these types of projects involve huge investments and unfathomable scope to the average Joe strolling down the street. At this moment in Downtown’s growth, though, average Joes and Janes can make a big impact of their own. If Downtown is a work in progress that is gradually moving toward its heretofore unseen potential, there must be a multitude of efforts—big and small alike—to make that happen. In this issue we’re applauding some of the many Works in Progress that are currently moving Downtown forward with the efforts of the proverbial little guys. From aesthetic improvements to a long-awaited renovation, to

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the ways in which the community is getting energized and involved in civic enhancement, we love hearing the stories behind the sparks of momentum throughout Downtown. Speaking of sparks, the festival season is getting fired up this month with Jazz Fest, coming to Seville Square April 11-12. Tons of music and gorgeous weather will make for a pitch perfect weekend in the Historic District. The only thing missing is a sumptuous glass of wine, and for that you can head to the Bayfront Wine Festival for a pairing dinner on April 10 and a grand tasting event on April 11, all in Plaza de Luna overlooking the bay. This month also brings what many in our office consider to be the party of the year: Pensacola Little Theatre’s annual Cabaret. PLT pulls out all the stops on décor, entertainment, costumes and tasty fare to throw a themed extravaganza of extreme proportions. We give you a peek at what goes into this year’s event on page 14, but the only way to truly understand it is to experience it for yourself. Plus, it all supports the productions and outreach programs of PLT so join the party for a great cause! I’m dismayed to unfortunately be missing out on these incredible events, as I will be on a spring vacation exploring a few other downtowns. In Europe. For science. On my behalf, please enjoy the works in progress and April offerings that Downtown has on tap. Ciao!

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Downtown Improvement Board interests. Many children are in attendance in the early The popularity of Gallery Night is validated by results evening, dancing to some of the outdoor bands, eating from intercept surveys of attendees at the event. On snacks and occasionally gazing at the art. In addition to the average, 78 percent of people reported having a positive younger kids, we often notice groups of high school age experience at Gallery Night (by rating their experience as an kids in the early evening having date night. 8, 9 or 10 on a ten-point scale in an intercept survey at the Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while event). walking up and down the street enjoying the music and On a normal Gallery Night, Seville Quarter the art. The vast majority of these people enjoy their hosts roughly 80 artists and local vendors on alcoholic beverages responsibly and without drawing Government street, the DIB hosts 20 to 25 artists attention to themselves. If a disorderly situation were on the street, there are between four and six live to arise, there are adequate police officers on duty music acts, many of the merchants sponsor either Downtown prepared to manage it and keep an artist or music and there are six art galleries Gallery Night safe. open, including the Pensacola Museum of While Gallery Night is not necessarily a Art. good fit for everyone, it presents an invaluable What began 20 years ago as an opportunity for businesses to connect with opportunity for adults to sip free wine current and future visitors. while walking from gallery to gallery has Ron Butlin, Hosting Gallery Night is a huge financial now become a community-centered DIB Executive boost for Pensacola’s economy. For example, event for people of all ages and Director

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it is estimated that on Sept. 19, 2014, Gallery Night attendees contributed a total of $739,390 to the local economy. Excluding hotel rooms, gas and groceries for the out-of-town visitor, it is estimated that the event directly aided in $584,938 being spent in the local economy in one night. This does not include new clothes, a manicure, a haircut and other sundry things folks do to get ready to head out. Gallery Night is a unique event that appeals to a broad variety of people, ages, interests and appetites. I am thrilled to see the diversity of people enjoying Gallery Night. We estimated roughly 15,000 people came and enjoyed the March event; a real cause for celebration. For many of our neighborhood businesses, Gallery Night provides the financial fuel to keep our family, friends and neighbors employed. Thank you for your continued support. Email ronbutlin@downtownpensacola.com with any questions.


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PROGRESS BY EMILY ECHEVARRIA AND JOSH NEWBY Downtown has made incredible leaps forward in the last decade and several immense projects loom over the not-so-distant future. While some large and expensive developments have led the way, there is plenty of space—and a great need—for smaller groups and businesses and even individuals to get involved and fill in the gaps of the area’s true potential. These people and organizations see something that needs doing and work to tackle the issue and get others engaged with what makes Downtown Pensacola tick and move forward. On the following pages we ask that you please pardon (and applaud!) the progress being made by these movers and shakers.

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While Downtown has blossomed to life over the last few years, local lawyer Peter Mougey noticed one seemingly small detail that could use some serious improvement. As he looked down Palafox, he noticed the 29 raised, cement planters were in varying states of disrepair when they had the potential to improve the overall aesthetic of the neighborhood. Mougey envisioned pops of color in well maintained flowerbeds in each planter, and a metal fence protecting each bed from getting trampled. He sought the help of the local law community for funding and the talent of Fluid Metalworks and Executive Landscaping to bring the project to life. “To me it was the one thing that kind of stood out; everything else looks great,” Mougey says. “There must be a little something we can do to get the local law firms contributing back to Downtown, something we can give back as a group that would make a good sized contribution and then Jon at Fluid and Rene at Executive were kind enough to help make it feasible.” Contributing law firms: • Beggs & Lane, RLLP • Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC • Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse

In the initial planning phase, Mougey met with Jon Waldrop, owner of Fluid Metalworks, and discussed ideas for the fencing. After seeing several proposals, they settled on a unique style with visual interest and a rounded top. Installation is scheduled for mid-April, and the flowers provided by Executive will be switched out three times each year for seasonal changes. Executive and Fluid have generously donated their labor and are offering their services at cost, the funding for which has been secured from a variety of Downtown law offices. Mougey went to the offices individually to get them onboard with donating to the cause and he says the firms were generally happy to contribute to a Downtown improvement project. “I think it’s a little contagious right now. Everybody wants to do something and so it was not a difficult sell and I think everybody kind of felt the same way I did,” he says of the project. “It’s a small contribution to a huge project that’s really starting to take shape.” • • •

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DTC APRIL PAGE 7 Each year, the Pensacola Chamber selects 50 budding business leaders from a pool of 200 or so nominations to join its Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) class. Once selected, the team attends a series of leadership, team-building and communityoriented workshops to fully understand each other and the region they serve. Shortly thereafter, the team decides on an areaenhancing, long-lasting project to apply their newfound skills in a positive way. This year, that project furthers the revitalization and tourist-friendly aesthetic of Downtown by refurbishing the current wayfinding system. It is called Leap This Way. You may have noticed that the current Downtown signs that help orient visitors and locals alike are ragged, look aged and

When he took office in 2011, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward made neighborhood investment and restoration a priority of the City. Since that time and to that end, the Neighborhood Academy has been offered to citizens every year as a free eight-week hands-on, interactive introduction to the inner workings of the City of Pensacola and its departments. The 2015 Academy, which began March 3 and concludes April 28, features tours and demonstrations from 5:30 to 8 pm every Tuesday evening. There are no exams and no registration fees; in fact, dinner is provided to participants each Academy night. Each week, attendees visit various City departments and facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics and operations of city government. The maximum number of registrants is 30, a number that has been reached for the past several years. “This is a total learning experience,” said Tamara Fountain, chief operating officer. “We

are in some instances illegible. The new signs, which will be produced locally, will be attractive and inviting, with energetic colors consistent with the city’s waterfront and historic themes. The renovations, which will be complete by the summer of 2015, consist of a complete redesign and installation of all major components. Thirty to 35 signs—and 60 to 70 sign faces—will include Downtown maps and local attractions. The class will also create new parking signs and host a parking lot beautification day. LeaP class members hope that this initiative will serve the dual purpose of being both visually appealing and useful for those who don’t want to miss anything that Downtown has to offer. Cities with strong

provide up-close, hands-on access to the inner workings of City Government operations, as well as personal introduction to those responsible for oversight of the department’s functions.” As a result, these engaged citizens are made more aware of how change is effected and progress is made in our city. They tell their friends and family about the experience, leading to a more knowledgeable citizenship. This program has been shown to build neighborhood leadership, enhance awareness of and access to City services and create ambassadors for the city. “We hope the Academy will equip neighborhood leaders with key knowledge to interface with the City as they work to address issues that may arise in their neighborhoods and to make their neighborhoods more enjoyable,” said Fountain. “Some Academy graduates have gone on to form a neighborhood association.”

historic and creative characteristics, such as Houston and Savannah, have found that tourists who visit spend more time and money in a place with ready-made and easily accessible wayfinding systems. This project is just another step forward for Pensacola, whose committed citizens are continually working to make the area more marketable and reach outsiders with a message of contemporary culture and contagious energy. The project is supported through the generosity of donors, whom students approach with the idea in the hopes to procure funding. This year, donors included Baptist Health Care, Landrum Human Resources, Wells Fargo and more.

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One of the most iconic buildings of the Palafox strip has long been the REX Theatre, but for decades its brightly colored façade has belied its dilapidated interior. Many in the community wished to see it brought back to life, and in mid-2013 the team behind Harvest Church decided to make that dream a reality. “It seemed like just an idea that was never going to happen because we didn’t have the money to do it; we didn’t have the knowledge to make it happen. In my mind, we didn’t have anything at the time,” says pastor and operations director Josh Stewart. The task of coming up with the funds for the renovations necessary to make the space useable was daunting, but with the support of the congregation and financing through Smart Bank, the project was underway. On March 1, Harvest held its first services in the REX, and Stewart says they attracted about 100-150 more people than usual, many showing up to see the inside of the newly reopened theatre. While Harvest is a church, it’s definitely a more approachable variety, reaching out to people who perhaps wouldn’t feel comfortable in a more traditional church setting. It’s held services in the 8

Carmike Cinema and the Silver Screen in the past. The REX may be its new home, but Stewart says he doesn’t consider the REX itself to be a church. “The impetus behind what we do is of course, we are a church,” Stewart says. “The REX is not a church; the REX is a building, but Harvest, we are a church, so I guess one advantage we have coming into this is that this is not a business venture.” The renovations that were necessary to make the REX into a useable, comfortable space were extensive. The three layers of concrete that were in varying slants and levels in the main theater were demolished and removed; the third floor that had previously been attic space was turned into a mini theater with three smaller meeting rooms. While the nearly 15,000 square feet has been revamped, Stewart says they definitely wanted to keep some of the older aspects of the space that revealed its history and uniqueness. The exposed brick remains intact along the walls on each level, and the small platform that made up the original stage was built out to make the space able to accommodate smallscale performance. The main theater has 169 new fixed stadium seats and another 231 matching

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removable seats on the ground floor, and has a small balcony. The sign will be rewired and brought up to safety code. The REX will eventually be open for Harvest weekend services, community enrichment activities and events, and a select number of rentals. The facility won’t be open for official rentals until the details are hammered out in a rental agreement in May or soon after. While events held at the REX will not have to be religious, Stewart says they will develop guidelines for events at the venue to be family friendly. They also plan to participate in Gallery Night events once everything is up and running, and hopefully invite the public in for tours and concerts. “My vision for this facility, not even as a church really, is for it to be used seven days a week and for the lights to always be on for something cool happening here, to where anybody could just come down here and say, ‘hey, let’s go to fill-in-theblank at the REX’,” he says. “There’s already so many reasons to come down here, but to add to that, I guess, that would be our vision.” For updates and information about the REX, visit rexpensacola.com or harvestpensacola. com.

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BY JOSH NEWBY

THE 32ND ANNUAL FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE APRIL 11 AND 12 IN SEVILLE SQUARE.

One of Pensacola’s most famous and wellattended 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 started 32 years ago when WUWF began facilitating the event as a way to spur local interest in the oft-forgotten genre. In 1999, The Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP) took over and presented it as a free gift to the city, with financial support coming from state grants, ACE Pensacola, and revenue from vendors. It costs about $40,000 to put on the festival, but former JSOP president Crystal Albert says the 5,000 people who attend make it worth every penny. “It started with musiclovers getting together and forming our society,” said Albert. “In a way, it is still about that. It’s a great opportunity for those who love jazz and those who have never heard it to enjoy it.” The fest attracts a wide array of people, most of them 20- to 50-year-olds and many with kids who will enjoy the kiddie jam session, which allows 10 April2015 2015downtowncrowd.com downtowncrowd.com 10 Apr

children to bang around on instruments while being led by a pro musician at 2 pm on Saturday. There’s also seven to eight food vendors who will provide attendees with a delicious plethora of cuisine to accompany the music floating through the Seville Square air. This year’s headliner is Dukes of Dixieland, a New Orleans group well known in jazz circles for their ability to play traditional standards, new classics and even gospel songs with a decidedly southern twist. “When you’ve been playing music for several decades, 300 nights a year, you like to keep it fresh,” said John Shoup, the Dukes’ manager. “We’re always reinventing ourselves. I tell the guys, ‘People get bored. Do something different. Write new material and rearrange it’.” The Dukes’ performance will be indicative of other performances during the fest, too, as jazz groups are known for bringing a unique energy to the stage and really engaging the audience. “Our tunes are catchy and our attitudes are infectious,” said Shoup. “We want people to enjoy themselves, so we try to really capture the audience.”

Other bands playing the fest include the Guffman Trio, Gino Rosaria, and Holly Shelton along with Steve Gilmore, John Pink, Brent Purcell and Chuck Schwartz. Jazz bands from area middle schools, high schools and universities will also be on hand, previewing the next generation of bebop masters. Ragtime enthusiasts from our area and even around the country count on the celebration to provide unparalleled entertainment and a chance to be with friends old and new, all during an ideal time of year to sit outside in historic Downtown. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and sit on the green while enjoying the best jazz this region has to offer. The festival is good for jazz and good for Pensacola. If this is your first or 32nd time enjoying the event, you’ll find it’s good for you too.

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By Dawn Gresko Campbell and Crumpton Printing Gallery and Studio, Inc., better known as CCP, moved from Gulf Breeze to Downtown Pensacola last year. CCP is run by business partners Marty Campbell and Charlie Crumpton, who decided to open CCP at its new Palafox Place location on Gallery Night, Nov. 21, 2014. CCP’s bottom floor is the gallery and shop for printed and painted works, and the second floor is a rentable studio where photo shoots and classes are held. On opening night, as it turned out, CCP was well received by Pensacola’s Downtown crowd. “When I got the call that The Leisure Club had moved from Palafox, we decided to take it because there was no foot traffic for our business in Gulf Breeze,” said Marty Campbell, photographer and part-owner of CCP. “Within 15 minutes we had more people visiting our Downtown store than we had in 15 months at Gulf Breeze.” The new CCP building is near the Saengar Theatre, and the size of the first-floor gallery and second-floor studio are roughly 2,100 square feet each. In the gallery, the artwork of 20 local artists is on display, and CCP is working toward having exclusive rights to all of the artists.

Artworks on the walls and stands in the gallery are available for purchase. On CCP’s shelves are a variety of wares including decorative wine glasses, pens, cutting boards and clipboards with images of Pensacola landmarks, such as the Pensacola Beach water tower. CCP showcases hand-made jewelry, as well, and each piece is uniquely designed and crafted by local jewelry artists. You’ll find sculptures, porcelain masks and other fine art at CCP, too. However, CCP specializes in preparing and printing pictures with dimensions up to 40 by 60 inches. Did I mention you can bring your old, or damaged, photos? CCP offers photo restoration services, too. “Anything you want your pictures on, we can do it,”

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said Marty. “We do canvas, photo paper and even aluminum. We also do custom frames.” Marty, who has been a photographer for 10 years, stays up to date on the latest photographic technology. Marty was eager to tell me about CCP’s newest addition, a virtual background machine, which he is optimistic about heightening the success of the business. “Recently we purchased a virtual background machine, which is similar to the ‘green screen’ in film making,” said Marty, describing the new equipment for producing digital photographs and backgrounds. “However, with the virtual background there’s no shadowing, no reflective background, and the machine is very, very portable. No one else has it, and that’s the best part.” At CCP classes are held in small groups of 10, sessions last two hours, and the cost is $35 per class. The second floor is where monthly photography and painting classes are conducted by

Jim McDade and Jan Rich. Jim McDade teaches basic photography and Photoshop classes using easy-tounderstand language. Bring your camera, whether an iPhone or DSLR, so you can learn about tools and settings to use to get the best quality for the pictures you want. To find out more on classes, visit CCP’s Facebook page. To RSVP call the gallery at 857.9730, or Jim McDade at 206.4884. During the weekend of April 10 through 12, three of the original Florida Highwaymen, who are known for their contemporary art portraying the natural landscapes and scenery of Florida, are expected to make an appearance at the CCP studio to talk and work

with others. “Pouring Wine & Watercolors” by Jan Rich is scheduled for Friday, April 10 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Wine is provided by CCP and the cost is included with the class fee of $35. Come enjoy the painting and have a cup of vino while you do. To sign up for any of the upcoming Wine & Watercolors classes with Jan Rich call the gallery at 857.9730. Next time you’re taking a stroll Downtown, pop in to CCP’s gallery to browse for creative additions to your home or office space, or browse online at martycampbellphotography.com.


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A Party Through The Ages* BY EMILY ECHEVARRIA

April 11th at 7 pm Throughout the year the Pensacola Little Theatre hosts an array of theatrical productions, acting classes and camps that enrich the community and the audience members that experience their artistry. Each spring, it also hosts one night of Cabaret, its popular annual fundraiser. Drawing on the considerable creative forces of its board and volunteers, Cabaret is an extravagant party as much as a fundraiser and it’s anything but a stuffy gala affair. The event adheres to a theme and utilizes multiple areas throughout the Cultural Center, each with its own take on the theme. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 11 from 7 pm to midnight and the theme is Timewarp: A Musical Journey Through Time. Each area will represent a decade with its décor, costumes, games, entertainment and especially its music. Guests are encouraged to get in on the themes with their attire, but the dress code is open to interpretation, says PLT marketing and PR director Mike Dinwiddie. “You can come dressed up in a tux, you can come casual or you can come in a variety of costumes from any decade whatsoever so this theme offers a lot of costume opportunity,” Dinwiddie says. This year Cabaret guests will enter the atrium, which will be transformed into a time machine

through which attendees will travel to the other decades throughout the Cultural Center. Outside will be a groovy sixties scene, complete with live entertainment from Not Quite Fab, a Beatles tribute group. Madrina Newcomb has been the room chairperson for the outside area for going on six years and says seeing the community’s support of the event with sponsorships and donations to Cabaret is one of the most rewarding parts of the work. Newcomb works with a committee to come up with ideas, and a prop builder to bring them to life. “We’re doing sixties so we’re doing Beatles and flower power and peace and tie dye style, so we have the initial ideas ourselves and then we go to our prop builder Fabadashery and they take it to a whole other level.” Her fellow Mystic Mafia krewe members also help as the 30-40 volunteers in just her area, all of whom come to work in costume. Look out for Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Sonny and Cher throughout the night. You can also expect poker, cigars, an oxygen bar, a body paint model and signature cocktails from Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. Elsewhere in the Cultural Center the Gallery will have all the big hair, neon colors, and over the top style and sounds of the eighties, while the adjoining Courtroom will represent the music and

glamour of the 1920s. The Rehearsal Hall will have a futuristic theme, and room chair Wayne Peacock says he’s been brainstorming with his committee and mining Pinterest for inspiration. He’s drawn some themes from recent futuristic films and says he’ll have a “faction selection” ticket activity based loosely on the movie Divergent in his room. As for costumes to fit the future theme, Peacock says guests can be creative. “I say if you have an idea of what apparel will be like in the future, go for it!” he says. “I see costumes ranging from Terminator to iRobot to Hunger Games.” Peacock says his favorite part is seeing patrons enjoying themselves during this night of revelry, but the good cause it all goes to support is the true star of Cabaret. “I think the most important thing for folks to know is that this event is all about raising money for our amazing theatre and we want everyone to come to have fun and be a part of an outstanding evening of great food, provided by our amazing room sponsors, and great entertainment,” he says. Tickets are $50 and unlimited bar wristbands are $25. Tickets and more information are available through pensacolalittletheatre.com.

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GALLERY NIGHT GUIDE Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Gallery Night Friday, April 17 from 5 to 9 pm, with Palafox and Government street closures continuing until midnight. With perfect spring weather and endless options for art, music and cuisine, this edition promises to be a radiant night in Downtown Pensacola. Stop in to the art galleries throughout Downtown and see what’s new on the walls. Take in the sounds of live music in the streets and maybe dance for a song or two. You can also find the work of plenty of local artists and makers on Government in front of Seville Quarter in Artists Row, as well as along Artist Alley at Plaza Ferdinand. Don’t forget to also pop by your favorite participating restaurants, bars and other retailers that help make Gallery Night a success. Street closures are sponsored by Stella Artois.

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FURIOUS 7 RELEASE DATE: April 3 CAST: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham THE LAST RIDE RELEASE DATE: April 10 CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda What I got from the preview: Bull-riding and forbidden romance, complete with every possible entendre the two themes can deliver, are at the center of this story by the brilliant Nicholas Sparks. You recognize him from the movies about forbidden love where one of the characters dies. Anyway, a former bull-rider falls for a recent art graduate, but their love can never be because, you see, they are from different worlds. Will an older man recalling the tale of his long-lost love inspire the two, and more importantly, will I be forced to see this? Most notable for: Schlocky, predictable romance has its place, I suppose, and that’s fine. That this is the tenth time its place will be raking in millions at the box office is perhaps less fine but quite notable. Unqualified critical observation: A Walk to Remember made an impression on me because it was the first Nicholas Sparks movie I saw. The Notebook was pretty good, but I was on to the formula at that point. After a handful of decent movies that would be perfectly at home on the Hallmark channel, it’s like they’re not even trying any more with these recycled tropes and unrecognizable talent.

UNFRIENDED RELEASE DATE: April 17 CAST: Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig What I got from the preview: I hate when Facebook/Twitter/Skype recommends friends I don’t know or don’t care to know. It’s even worse when it’s the ghost of a friend who killed herself one year ago today. I just don’t have time for that, and my feed is clogged enough as it is. Then the ghost starts revealing my darkest secrets, killing people off one by one, and it just gets to be too much, you know? Most notable for: This movie is notable for being the first at two things: being the first movie in the designated “cybernatural” genre, and being the first movie whose perspective is entirely contained to a young girl’s computer desktop(!). God I hope it’s the last too. Unqualified critical observation: Gosh, as if “found footage” wasn’t a transparently awful cash-grab enough already, we’re subjected to this lazy excuse for a horror movie. It won’t be good in a bad way, nor bad in a good way; it’ll be a terrible waste of time and $10. It’s also based on the true story of a girl who killed herself, which is tacky at best and terribly offensive at worst.

What I got from the preview: While the plot is never the point of these movies, I was able to gather that the brother of the now-deceased villain from Fast & Furious 6 is out to exact revenge against the Toretto/O’Conner family. The chase predictably occurs across various exotic locales and features American muscle cars, gun fights and the tragic uncertainty of when Paul Walker’s character will die. Most notable for: This series reinvented itself after the third entry, with less of an emphasis on streetcar races and a greater focus on shamelessly gleeful and frenetic

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action set pieces and ridiculous storylines. It is much better as a result. Unqualified critical observation: I notoriously dislike action movies, but this series pulls me in like no other. The industry’s best action stars embrace their inner 12-yearold boys and allow us to all be giddy children for two hours, marveling at the impressive stunts and special effects. If movies are made to the escape our problems, what better way to do so? I’ll be on the edge of my seat, and I predict you will be too.

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 RELEASE DATE: April 17 CAST: Kevin James What I got from the preview: Paul Blart is neither the hero we need nor the one we deserve, but that didn’t stop him from showing up for the sequel no one asked for. In this tale of Segway scooters and terrible puns, Blart goes to Vegas for a going-away party with his daughter before she heads to college in preparation of an actual non-mall career. While there, amongst the most monitored and secure private facilities in the world, something happens that apparently only a mall security cop can handle. Most notable for: It took four people to write this thing. Unqualified critical observation: Who is in this movie’s target demo? It’s produced by Happy Madison, whose usual crowd is teens and balding men. But surely this is too juvenile for them, especially when there’s cinematic caviar like Unfriended to consume. And I imagine kids take no more pleasure in watching James do pratfalls than anyone else, which returns me to my original question. Sometimes life’s greatest mysteries have no answers, and this movie’s dreadfulness is an enigma I’d rather not crack.

THE AGE OF ADALINE RELEASE DATE: April 24 CAST: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman What I got from the preview: After a terrible accident, a beautiful young woman is made ageless by a spell or something. Forced to be forever young, she allows herself only a solitary existence in which she grows close to no one and keeps her secret hidden; that is, until a handsome young businessman ignites within her a passion and love that may be forever ruined if he discovers who she really is. Most notable for: Blake Lively has long been an undervalued actress, and with this movie, however trite, she is finally getting the leading role she deserves. Unqualified critical observation: It’s not my thing, but it looks well-made and earnest. This month, maybe that’s all I can ask for.

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BLUE TO BETTER

BY EMILY ECHEVARRIA

This month you might notice a new addition to Palafox Place. No, it’s not a new shop or restaurant—it’s the blue ribbons adorning the light posts that line the street. The bows are part of a larger regional campaign called From Blue to Better that is bringing awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month which occurs throughout April. The efforts are spearheaded by Gulf Coast Kid’s House, a non-profit organization that works to streamline services to victims of child abuse in one child-friendly location. The services are unfortunately necessary to deal with the problem in our local community. In Northwest Florida last year, 4,462 children were provided service for verified abuse or neglect. The organization works closely with other agencies like the FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview and the Department of Children & Families, and together those groups developed the From Blue to Better campaign four years ago. “This campaign just started as a collaborative effort and with it we try to turn the four county region blue in some way,” says GCKH executive director Stacy Kostevicki. “What we do here in Escambia County is every year we paint the graffiti bridge and we also will be doing the blue bows down Palafox Street.”

The entire community is invited to get involved with the movement and Kostevicki says they’re especially seeking out businesses and corporations that want to join the campaign. They can do that by purchasing From Blue to Better T-shirts for employees to wear on casual Fridays or even inviting GCKH representatives to come to the business for child abuse prevention training sessions. “We’d be happy to come in and provide education to any business that wants to educate their employees about child abuse prevention,” Kostevicki says. “We offer seminars monthly here at the Kid’s House but we also pride ourselves on doing customized training.” The month of awareness events will kick off with Mayor Ashton Hayward giving a proclamation that April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, and a slew of activities will follow. On April 17, they’ll team up with Joe Zarzaur’s law firm at Gallery Night, and the monthly Legal Graffiti event will offer spray paint in different shades of blue. Businesses and individuals

are encouraged to put a string of blue lights on their home or office, and elementary schools in the district will have pinwheel gardens made of pinwheels that the students decorate in support of the movement. Another April event that many enjoy supporting for the benefit of GCKH is Chocolatefest, which will take place April 25 at Cordova Mall from 12-3 pm. Tickets $10 in advance and give attendees access to a variety of tasty chocolate samples from dozens of vendors. Tickets can be purchased at pensacolachocolatefest.com, Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and the Cordova Mall Information Booth. There are plenty of other events and promotions going on throughout the month of April to join in and help these organizations shine a light on the issue of child abuse. From Blue to Better campaign is seeking to engage everyone to learn what steps can be taken to prevent abuse and neglect before a child is traumatized, to show support for local agencies that help struggling families, and to commit to take action to help a child or struggling family. For a full list of ways to get involved, visit frombluetobetter.org. “The goal of the campaign is to let everyone in the community know that we all have a part to play in keeping kids safe,” Kostevicki says.

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Saenger Celebrates 90th Birthday With Classic Movie Screening April 11

The Grand Dame of Palafox turns 90 on April 2—a historic date for a historic and integral part of Downtown Pensacola. In celebration of the Saenger’s birthday, the 1952 classic movie musical, Singin’ in the Rain will be shown, sponsored by the Friends of the Saenger. The screening is Saturday, April 11 at 7 pm. Consider the admission of only $5 a birthday gift to the Saenger Theatre because proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Great Saenger Pipe Organ Campaign. Tickets are available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office. As with all of the classic movies at the Saenger, seating is general admission.

FPAN Director Receives 2015 Senator Bob Williams Award

Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, received the 2015 Senator Bob Williams Award on March 11, 2015 at the annual Florida Heritage Awards ceremony in Tallahassee for her contribution to exceptional historic preservation in Florida. Dr. Scott-Ireton has worked in Florida for the past 20 years, encouraging communities to value and preserve archaeological sites on land underwater and developing educational programs for divers. The 2015 Senator Bob Williams Award reflects the value of Dr. Scott-Ireton to both the local community and the archaeological community. For more information about FPAN visit flpublicarchaeology.org.

April Kicks Off Dog Bathe-Ins at the Pensacola Humane Society

The Pensacola Humane Society kicks off its 2015 Bathe-In season with the first event scheduled for Saturday, April 18. Bathe-Ins offer low-cost dog bathing, grooming, nail-clipping and flea dips during the warm weather season. Events are held the third Saturday of the month April through October from 9 am until 2 pm and, in addition to the April event, other Bathe-Ins are scheduled for May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Charges for baths and groomings are based on the dog’s weight. Groomings are done on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pensacola Humane Society is located at 5 North Q St. For more information visit pensacolahumane.org.

Grant Application Open For Foo Foo Fest 2015

One mega-grant up to $100,000 and additional grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to qualifying organizations by the Art, Culture and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE) marketing committee on the behalf of Foo Foo Festival. The funds are designed to help new and existing organizations create exceptional programming and content for the Foo Foo festival, held in Nov. 5-16 2015. Special consideration will be given to organizations whose goal supports increased tourism through their ideas, exhibits and performances. Notfor-profits and private collaborations with not-for-profits are encouraged to apply. Organizations interested in participating should download an application at acepensacola.org and submit in person to the Birdwell Agency at 125 W. Romana, Suite 222 or by email to curator@acepensacola.org by 4 pm on Monday, April 13.

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Bayfront Wine Festival April 10-11 Come sip, savor and find your new favorite spirit at the Bayfront Wine Festival, April 10 and 11. Held right on Pensacola Bayfront in Plaza de Luna, this two-day wine festival is showcasing 60 plus exceptional wines, beers, and craft spirits and also offers an inimitable opportunity to learn about the finest designations. Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille is the presenting sponsor for the festival. An exclusive five-course wine paired dinner on April 10 from 6-9 pm is combined with wine tasting, a craft spirits tent, and beer garden on Saturday, April 11 from 1-5 pm. A commemorative complimentary wine tasting glass is also included will supplies last. Tickets are on sale for $30 at bayfrontwinefestival.com. Also, look out for additional news and updates. Blue Angels Practice April 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 The Blue Angels will perform practice air shows over Pensacola Naval Air Station most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting in March at 11:30 am, with autograph sessions with the pilots inside the National Naval Aviation Museum on most Wednesdays. Admission to the Blue Angel practices is free and open to the public. The viewing area for the Blue Angels practice is located behind the National Naval Aviation Museum. Bleachers are available for seating about 1,000 people. Viewers can also bring their own lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen and water. For more information, visit blueangels.navy.mil.

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ABC Beverage Tasting at Atlas Oyster House April 2 Atlas Oyster House presents the next installment of Atlas Beverage Classes (A.B.C.). This semester will feature will feature a presenter discussing the highlighted beverages, each paired with small plates. Classes are held on the Deck Bar the first Thursday of the month and will feature a presenter for four tastings. Classes begin at 6 pm and cost is $20 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The April 2 class will feature “A Lesson in Liqueurs.” Reservations are required. Call 516.2324 to reserve a seat. Blue Wahoos Home Games The fourth season of Blue Wahoos baseball kicks off this month! Take yourself out to the ballgame to cheer on Pensacola’s newest home team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at the glorious Maritime Park baseball field. Home games for this month are listed below. For more information and time for games, check out bluewahoos.com. April 9-13 vs. Biloxi Shuckers April 25-29 vs. Biloxi Shuckers

New Exhibit at the T.T. Wentworth Museum: Your Florida Archaeology Through April The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and UWF Historic Trust have opened a new exhibition on the third floor of the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum titled Your Florida Archaeology. The exhibit will be open through June 12. The exhibit is in celebration of Florida Archaeology Month and FPAN’s ten year anniversary and features information about Florida Archaeology Month, the creation of FPAN, and information and artifacts recovered from several different types of archaeological sites by faculty and graduate students in the University of West Florida Department of Anthropology and Archaeology over the past few years. For more information visit historicpensacola.org. The Wentworth Museum is part of UWF Historic Trust. Admission to the complex is $6 for adults, $5 for AAA, seniors 65+, Active Military and Dependents, and $3 for children 3-15. Tickets are good for one week.


Dateline Downtown IHMC Evening Lecture Series Presents Nutrigenomics, Epigenetics, and Stress Tolerance: A New Heuristic for Lifestyle Strategy April 8 Join the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition for the latest edition of its evening lecture series on the second Thursday of each month. On April 8 Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D. assistant scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, will speak on the topic Nutrigenomics, Epigenetics, and Stress Tolerance: A New Heuristic for Lifestyle Strategy. The talk is free but reservations are recommended. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the lecture begins at 6 pm. The IHMC is located at 40 S. Alcaniz St. For reservations call 202.4462. 16th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic April 11 Come to Plaza de Luna Park April 11 from 9 am to noon for the 16th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic. All children between ages 4 and 14 are welcome (must be accompanied by an adult). Participants who complete Saturday’s clinic will receive a free t-shirt, rod and reel, tackle box and bucket, while supplies last. There is no charge for the event and food and drinks will be available for attendees. The children will visit stations and learn how to tie knots, cast a rod and reel, handle fish, and how not to pollute the water. The older kids will also get the opportunity to learn some tips on fly fishing and cast net throwing. After going to each station the children will get their rods and reels and go fishing. Bait will be provided. For more information call 384.7512. PlayPensacola Touch a Truck Event at the Maritime Park April 18 At PlayPensacola’s Touch a Truck event, children of all ages get to be behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes at the Community Maritime Park April 18 from 10 am to 2 pm! Climb on and explore fire engines, police cars and construction trucks. Learn about and explore public safety equipment like rescue helicopters, ambulances, and more. You can also help Cram the Van with Summer Camp supplies (balls, markers, construction paper, board games) and enjoy raffles, games, a DJ, mascots and costumed characters, plus learn all about PlayPensacola Summer Camps and more excitement throughout the day!

Earth Day Festival in Bayview Park April 18 Join the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day! This year will be one of the most exciting years in environmental history; the year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. The annual Earth Day Pensacola festival draws thousands to our region to celebrate green technology, and to promote green lifestyles. The Earth Day Pensacola 2015 celebration will be held at Bayview Park (2001 East Lloyd Street) on April 18. Earth Day Pensacola is an annual event where the people of Northwest Florida get together to celebrate the Earth in a fun, family friendly atmosphere. There will be live music, a sustainable art show, food vendors, an expanded children’s area and many different information booths on how members of the Pensacola community can live more sustainably. There will be stations for free recycling of old cell phones, mp3 players, automotive and marine batteries, or any other electronic devices. The public is invited to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more victories and successes into Earth Day history. Participants can discover energy they didn’t even know they had, and channel it into building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations to come. For more information visit earthdaypensacola.org. Cooking with Chef Irv April 25 Enjoy a Cooking Demonstration and Wine Pairing at Jackson’s Steakhouse with Chef Irv Miller. For the April 25 demonstration Chef Irv will present “Simple & Southern.” Tickets are $45 and there will be two seatings at 5 pm - 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm - 9 pm. For reservations call 217.2347.

Mint Jubilee Party at the Barkley House April 30 Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council’s spring celebration, a prederby party celebrating citizen diplomacy and the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program! Join the Mint Jubilee Party at the Barkley House April 30 from 6-9 pm. There will be international visitors joining as guests mingle and enjoy dinner to the sounds of live bluegrass. Dress for the theme, because the party will also include celebrating with a hat contest for the ladies and a prize for the “gent most ready for the races.” RSVP by April 23 to Jena Melancon at 595.0817 or jena@ gulfcoastdiplomacy.org. Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Series 2015 Lineup The Community Maritime Park Associates, Blues Angel Music, and the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce the 2015 Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series Lineup. May 3: Modern Eldorados May 10: Reunion Band May 31: Still Standing, Elton John Tribute June 14: Crowned Jewelz June 28: Big Muddy and the King Sized Boogie Men July 5: Knee Deep Band July 19: Downbeat Jazz Orchestra August 2: John Hart Project August 16: Not Quite Fab….50th Anniversary Shea Stadium Concert

March for Babies Walk April 25 Get ready to walk at the March of Dimes March for Babies at the Community Maritime Park April 25 from 98 to 10 am. The event promises to be a fun day out with people who share a passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends – it’s a great feeling knowing we’re all helping real families. Join the event and walk to raise money for babies right here in our community! There is no fee to participate but donations are encouraged. Register at pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com.

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Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate April 23-26 Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits the Pensacola Bay Center April 23-26. It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Tickets are $16-$53 and are available at pensacolabaycenter.com. PMA Presents OBJECT: Sculptures, Prints & Drawings by Michael Boles Through April 18 The works in this exhibition include sculptures, ink-jet prints, and drawings by Michael Boles spanning the past ten years. Boles has been a prolific and active member of Pensacola’s art community since 1980. He is a Professor of Art at Pensacola State College’s Switzer Center for Visual Arts and has won numerous local and regional awards. Additionally, his works are on display in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe. For more information visit pensacolamuseum.org. Spring Chamber Music Concerts at Old Christ Church April 1 The University of West Florida Department of Music will present an afternoon of chamber music April 1 at 12 pm in the Old Christ Church (405 26 April 2015 downtowncrowd.com

South Adams St.) in historic Downtown Pensacola. On Wednesday, April 1, the UWF Chamber Music Class will present “Fun With Music on April’s Fool Day. The final concert of the semester is filled with funny music and fun-loving performers. Members of the UWF Chamber Music Class prepared some musical surprises – involving the audience. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 474.2147.

Improvable Cause April 4 Improvable Cause is Pensacola’s best (and only) improvisational comedy troupe performing the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 pm in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre at the Pensacola Little Theatre. Improv is unscripted theatre where dialogue is created instantaneously. Tickets are $7 available at the PLT box office prior to shows. For more information visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.

RadioLive April 2 WUWF’s RadioLive is back for the first Thursday of each month at the Museum of Commerce at 201 E. Zaragoza St. Concerts start at 6 pm. This concert will feature The Jonathan Byrd Band, Pierce Pettis, and Patchouli. Admission is free, but please bring canned food or money to donate to Manna Food Bank. For more information visit wuwf.org.

The Underground Kings of Comedy at the Saenger April 4 Join The Underground Kings of Comedy for a night of hilarity at the Saenger Theatre Saturday, April 4. This evening of laughter will include comedic performances by Steve Brown, Jeremiah “JJ” Williamson, Ray Lipowski, Doo Doo Brown and Double D. These rising stars will have audiences in stitches starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 general admission. For more information visit Pensacolasaenger.com.


Ar t · Music · Theatre Memphis at the Saenger Theatre April 13 The Saenger Theatre is bringing to its stage the musical Memphis, on April 13 at 7:30 pm. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Tickets start at $48 and are available at the Saenger box office and pensacolasaenger.com. Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary at the Saenger April 14 Global music sensation, Celtic Woman, brings their 10th Anniversary Celebration to Pensacola! The enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, with an unforgettable signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women – three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist--along with a full band, The Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers. Tickets are $42-$102 and are available at the Saenger box office and pensacolasaenger.com. PLT Presents G.I. Jukebox April 17-19; 23-26 During WWII, Hollywood stars and starlets made it their duty to entertain “the boys.” G.I. Jukebox is a night at the Stage Door Canteen. Harmonies straight from the big band and swing era are the backbone of this nostalgic retrospective of an America we’ll never see again. Step back in time on this musical journey at the Pensacola Little Theatre Mainstage April 17-19 and 23-16. Tickets are $14-$30 and are available at the PLT Box Office, at pensacolalittletheatre.com or by calling 432.2042.

Pensacola Civic Band – Return of John Williams at the Saenger April 17 John Williams is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history and the Pensacola Civic Band is returning to the music of John Williams at the Saenger on April 10. Join the Pensacola Civic Band for a night filled with beautiful music that will take you places beyond space and time. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Saenger box office and pensacolasaenger.com. Jazz Gumbo at Phineas Phogg’s April 20 The Jazz Society of Pensacola presents its monthly edition of Jazz Gumbo held the third Monday of each month at Seville Quarter in Phineas Phogg’s. This month will feature jazz bands from Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the concert begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 for JSOP members, $15 for nonmembers, $5 for students and free for military members in uniform. For more information visit jazzpensacola.com. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra – Organ Symphony April 25 Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for Organ Symphony at the Saenger Theatre at 8 pm, April 25. This concert will feature composer Kenneth Fuchs. Musical selections will include Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Kenneth Fuchs’ Atlantic Riband and Saint Saens’ Organ Symphony. Tickets range from $22-$84 and are available at pensacolasaenger.com. Slipknot: Prepare for Hell Tour at the Pensacola Bay Center April 29 The next North American leg of the Grammy® Award-winning rock juggernaut Slipknot’s phenomenally successful “Prepare For Hell” world tour featuring special guests Hatebreed will head to Pensacola Bay Center on April 29 at 8 pm. Tickets are $41.50 and $52 and are available at the Pensacola Bay Center Rodizio Grill Box Office or at pensacolabaycenter.com. downtowncrowd.com April 2015

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PMA Presents Between the Layers April 17 - June 13 The Pensacola Museum of Art, in partnership with First City Arts Center, presents a dual exhibition that explores the imagery of artist, Rachael Pongetti, and her creation of the “Pensacola Graffiti Bridge Project.” A 2011 photographic chronicle of the constantly evolving local landmark, the Graffiti Bridge, located at the 17th avenue train trestle. Photographs include the change of the bridge to artistically abstracted images that convey the order in the midst of chaos between the graffiti. This dual exhibit will feature a variety of events including live graffiti demonstrations, artist-led gallery talks, and more at both the museum and First City Art Center. Pongetti is an MFA photography graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and former instructor at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. She is currently completing a book on the Graffiti Bridge Project following a recently successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $25,000 for publishing. An opening reception will be held April 17 at the museum during Gallery Night from 5:30-7 pm and an artist talk will be held April 23 at 6 pm. For more information visit pensacolamuseum.org.

Menopause the Musical at the Saenger April 30 Now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “the change.” Tickets range from $33-$53 and are available at pensacolasaenger. com. Escambia Co. School District High School Art Show Quayside Gallery Through April Artists from Tate, West Florida, Escambia, and Pensacola high schools will participate in a special exhibit at Quayside Art Gallery this spring with a show through May 1. The student art selected is representative of the best art created by the talented young artists in the local school district’s art program. This district-wide exhibition will be followed by subsequent exhibitions throughout the year featuring individual high school art programs. There will be an opening reception April 23 from 6-8 pm. For more information visit quaysidegallery. com. 28 April 2015 downtowncrowd.com

Quayside Gallery Featured Artist Show: Artful Sisters Through May 2 Join Quayside Art Gallery for its newest exhibit Artful Sisters, on display through May 2. Three very different sisters with strong bonds: love of creating art and loving support of each other. Mary Lou is a professional artist in many mediums. Her latest artwork includes transparent water media pours. Joy is an accomplished stained and etched glass artist. She has recently expanded her talents to fused glass and drawing. Dixie Ferrer is an award-winning collage and mixed media artist as well as oil paintings and artful spirit dolls. For more information visit quaysidegallery.com. At Blue Morning Gallery This Month The gallery will feature an exhibition of work produced by 2015 UWF Scholarship Recipient Corey Frey March 29 - April 25 with a special reception, Friday, April 10. The reception is free and open to the public and Frey will be present. Frey is a BFA Candidate at the University of West Florida and is currently exploring different media, honing his skills in painting, sculpture, print making, etc., as well as studying Art History and Criticism, and working from a strong desire for concepts. Frey’s work is about questions. “I want to question the spiritual, popular culture trends, artistic trends, and ways of seeing.”

Art classes are offered on an on-going basis at Blue Morning Gallery. Please visit bluemorninggallery.com for an updated announcement of classes. Blue Morning Gallery is located at 21 Palafox Place. Hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 am - 8:30 pm; and Sunday 12:30-4 pm. For information, call 429.9100 or visit bluemorninggallery.com. PMA Presents Sketches of Spain by Nina Fritz Through April 18 The exhibition includes the oil-on-canvas paintings of local portrait artist, Nina Fritz. The paintings of oil and watercolor are inspired by Nina’s memories of travels to Spain, a region close to the artist’s heart because of her friend and Honorary Consult to Spain, Maria Davis. The exhibition takes viewers through a visual tour of beautiful Spanish landscapes, architecture and people. For more information visit pensacolamuseum.org.


Ar t · Music · Theatre Fish House Deck Bar Weekly Music Schedule Sunday: Regional acts at 8 pm. Monday: Open at 4 pm. Tuesday: Lucas Crutchfield from 6 - 10 pm Wednesday: Lucas Crutchfield 5 - 9 pm; at 9 pm a regional band will play until midnight. Regional bands are changed weekly Thursday: Lucas Crutchfield 6 - 10 pm Friday: Lucas Crutchfield 5 - 9 pm; regional band begins at 9 pm Saturday: Regional bands begin at 9 pm. At Seville Quarter This Month Seville Quarter hosts a variety of entertainment from a wide array of genres. For more information check out SevilleQuarter.com. Mondays: Monday Night Blues, Paper Street Soap Co. Tuesdays: Jazz Jam Wednesday-Saturday: Dueling Piano Show Sunday: Jazz Brunch April 3: The Molly Ringwalds Easter Weekend Concert April 3-4: Kategory 5 April 10-11: The Modern Eldorados, Bad Habits April 17-18: Grand Theft Audio, High Horse Band April 24-25: The Red Field At Vinyl Music Hall This Month Vinyl Music Hall hosts a huge variety of musical acts featuring many musical styles. For more information check out vinylmusichall.com. April 1: The Bright Light Social Hour, Migrant Kids April 2: Swans, Little Annie ft. Paul Walfisch on keyboards April 3: Dax Riggs, Pleasures April 4: Earl’s Killer Squirrel 21st Anniversary Local Showcase with Acorns, Dicks From Mars, JPegasus April 6: Tune Yards, Son Lux April 7: Steep Canyon Rangers April 8: Between the Buried & Me, The Atlas Moth, Raineys Revenge April 10: Coal Chamber, Filter, Combichrist, American Head Charge, Saint Ridley April 11: Saint Michael Rocks, Robb Bank$, Pouya April 12: J Boog, Innavision, Westafa, Morizen April 14: Aer, Jex Dior, Packy April 18: Waxahatchee, The Goodbye Party, Wet Nurse April 24: Hellyeah, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm April 25: ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience April 30: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Post Pluto At Hub Stacey’s This Month Come enjoy some food, drinks and live music in the heart of the Historic District at Hub Stacey’s. Various musical acts perform Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesdays: Jordan Richards Fridays: Blenders Saturdays: Krazy George Karaoke. Sundays: Ray Coley April 2: Frankie G From Tennessee April 9: Soul Sauce April 16: Johnny Barbato & Ken Smith April 23: James Adkins April 30: Greg Lyons downtowncrowd.com April 2015

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Fa c e s i n t h e C r o w d

At A Bark to Remember, March 28 Caitlin Newby, Jason & Regan Lisenbee

Mag & Susan Clark

Rick, Maureen and Boscoe

At Funky Bike Fest, March 28 Ukiah Myers and Summer

Christian Wagley

Oliver Govgen

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Prize: Tickets to PLT’s “G.I. Jukebox.” Deadline to enter is April 15. Answers may be emailed, faxed or mailed (no telephone entries). On the 10th of the month, the winner will be selected at random. The Rules: Employees and family members of Ballinger Publishing and the Downtown Improvement Board are ineligible for prizes. Ballinger Publishing is not responsible for restrictions of each prize. Winners are chosen at random from a pool of eligible respondents. Daytime phone number MUST be provided with submissions. Winners will be contacted by phone. Winners are ineligible to win again for a 6-month period. IMPORTANT: All entries MUST be sent by E-MAIL (emily@ballingerpublishing.com), FAX 435-9174, or MAIL (PO Box 12665, Pensacola, FL 32591). Entries must be in by the 15th by noon. NO TELEPHONE ENTRIES.

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