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WILL ISERN EDITOR It’s happening. Or it’s starting to, anyway. For years local leaders have talked about spreading the downtown renaissance off Palafox. That transformational energy has to be pushed north and west, they’ve said. It’s taken a while, but it’s starting to happen. The Studer Community Institute building is filling up and already becoming a hub for civic engagement, just like Quint Studer hoped it would. Drive by any night of the week and you’re likely to see some group making use of the first-floor conference room. The building itself has never looked better. I know I look forward to catching a movie there soon in the new Pensacola Cinema Art space. Check them out at PensacolaCinemaArt.com. Taking a page from Studer’s playbook, local developer Chad Henderson has announced big plans for the two blocks of Garden Street surrounding Perfect Plain. He’s proposing new shops, restaurants and even a hotel aimed at drawing foot traffic north of Palafox. You can read about Henderson’s East Garden District project elsewhere in this issue. It looks to be transformational. Credit to Perfect Plain, though, for getting the ball rolling on that stretch of Garden.
Meanwhile, the Downtown Improvement Board is making strides to spruce up and activate the alleyway between Palafox and the Jefferson Street garage that we’ve all avoided for so long. You can read about that project in this issue, as well. Granted, it’s not really “off Palafox,” but again, it’s a start. With a little shade, it could be a nice place to have lunch one day. Have a look when you’re downtown this month.
Obviously Southtowne and the Bear Levin Studer YMCA have been brimming with activity since they opened and new homes are going up around downtown faster than towers in Fortnite.
My point here is that after years of talk, downtown seems to be turning a corner. Surely few of us could have predicted 10 years ago that downtown would become the vibrant entertainment hub that we all enjoy so much today. With projects like the East Garden District and Studer Community Institute, forthcoming plans for the city’s waterfront and Maritime Park and the massive potential of the former ECUA property, I suspect we’ll be surprised once again by our progress in the next decade.
5 Alleyway Makeover 6 East Garden Grandeur 9 Surviving Summer Downtown 10 Preserving Pensacola 12 Honeybeez Buzz Palafox 14 Mr. Tutu Competition 17 5 Questions with Creatives: Reema Eqab Cover photo by Guy Stevens
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Activating the Alleyway Forgotten space gets new life “
We hope to activate it with art and create a space out back where customers would want to sit and enjoy a hot dog or glass of wine.”
BY WILL ISERN
As downtown Pensacola has flourished, empty and forgotten spaces have been given new life. Old buildings have been repurposed. Vacant storefronts have transformed into fun shops. But one area that has always had potential has gone neglected, until now. Sandwiched between the Jefferson Street parking garage and the storefronts along Palafox, the alleyway stretching from Romana Street to the Wine Bar breezeway has long been avoided by visitors to downtown. Poorly lit, grimy and lacking in any amenity that might attract a visitor, the space has largely been reserved for delivery workers and taking out the trash. At night, the area could give off an unsafe feeling. Now, the Downtown Improvement Board is hoping to change that. The board is spending $30,000 to install new lighting, planters, trellises and paint. The alleyway is getting a makeover. “For years we thought this could be a really cool space so we put together this vision board of what other cities have done with their alleyways and the board agreed we should go for it,” said DIB executive director Lissa Dees. “We hope to activate it with art and create a space out back where customers would want to sit and enjoy a hot dog or glass of wine.” The improvements are aimed at turning the under-utilized thoroughfare into a fun and inviting space away from the hustle and bustle of Palafox
– a hidden gem off the main drag. The DIB will officially unveil the improvements later this month. The board will host a naming contest for the alleyway on their social media. The winning name could be installed on an archway above the Romana Street entrance. The board hopes to generate buy-in from Palafox Street businesses that could activate the space with outdoor seating, events and live music.
Downtown Improvement worker hangs trellis in the alleyway behind Dog House Deli
The owners of Dog House Deli, whose back door opens to the middle of the alley, are on-board. Nate Holler, son of founder Jim Holler, said the restaurant has dealt with unsafe conditions in the alley in the past and looks forward to doing what it can to make the project a success. “It’s just always kind of been a dirty back alleyway, and we’ve had safety issues with people sleeping back here. With the growth and development that has happened, we think trying to make this a main thoroughfare is a great idea,” Holler said. “I think the vision here is to try to make this an event space. We would love to be able to have a band back here, more seating, something that’s going to give people an option to get off the main drag.”
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Developer plans next phase of downtown revival BY WILL ISERN
Chad Henderson made his name acquiring and developing properties across the nation. Now, he’s turned his sights back home. Henderson, a Pensacola native, unveiled ambitious plans in May to transform a two-block section of downtown Pensacola into an upscale entertainment district featuring shops, restaurants, residences and a hotel with rooftop bar. Taking inspiration from Pensacola’s historic streetscape, Henderson is calling the project the East Garden District. He’s hoping to grow the area into an urban living community similar to The Gulch in Nashville. The East Garden District is bounded by Palafox, Chase, Tarragona and Garden streets and spans Jefferson Street. Over the years, Henderson has acquired most of the property in both blocks.
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The project will see the former Reynold’s Music House building at the corner of Jefferson and Garden streets converted into a destination restaurant, a three-story mixed use building added to Jefferson Street, new shops and restaurants along Garden Street and, a 100-plus-room hotel on Chase Street. Henderson estimates the project will cost about $50 million. “We are focused on having a mix of uses that compliment one another and create a distinct with a sense of place,” said Henderson. “It’s important for us to reactivate the Garden Street retail corridor around Perfect Plain. I thought there was a big opportunity to create a destination restaurant that would serve as a gateway to the East Garden District.” Henderson began acquiring the properties that will comprise the East Garden District before conceiving the idea for the project.
As his healthcare real estate company, Catalyst HRE, was growing by leaps and bounds, Henderson purchased the Rhodes Building at 41 N. Jefferson St. from Quint Studer in 2015. Not long after, Henderson bought the 2 South Palafox Building next door. In the last 18 months, Henderson has purchased the Reynold’s Music House building as well the former Irby Engineering and Razor’s Edge Fitness buildings. “At that point I thought it was a really unique opportunity to create a district, so not to redevelop around one building but more about the opportunity to redevelop the whole block and turn it into a district,” he said. Henderson said redevelopment of the buildings on Garden Street will commence immediately, but that the hotel and mixed-use building are still in the design phase. “We’re looking to move this forward very quickly,” he said.
We think this ties in really nicely with what we’re all trying to do to create a more walkable, livable city.”
Henderson’s plan calls for a “road diet” for Jefferson street to create wider sidewalks, a pedestrian crosswalk and greenscaping similar to that on Intendencia Street between Southtowne and the YMCA. “We think this ties in really nicely with what we’re all trying to do to create a more walkable, livable city,” said Henderson. Making changes to Jefferson Street will require cooperation from City Hall, and Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said he’s exited to support
the project. Robinson said he’d like to see the above ground power lines in the district moved underground. “We’ve met with him and obviously the challenges and the details of what’s being discussed and what we can do will have to be worked out, but from a preliminary standpoint it’s great to see another block happening and the revitalization of that area,” said Robinson. “That’s a block on Garden that still has above-ground electrical and we’d love to get those underground.” Henderson said he hopes the East Garden District will help spread the
renaissance of downtown Pensacola beyond Palafox Street. Pulling foot traffic away from Palafox has proven to be challenge. One business that has succeeded is Perfect Plain Brewery on Garden Street. With plans for an outdoor beer garden and dedicated event space coming within the year, Perfect Plain will be central to the East Garden District. The brewery’s owners said they’re excited to see Henderson’s vision come to life. “We want to be nothing but supportive and helpful for the East Garden District,” said Perfect Plain co-owner
D.C. Reeves. “I think our goal as a company has always been to active the location we are in. We went into a block that, even to this day, there are businesses here, but it’s not bars and restaurants. It’s architecture firms and attorneys offices, which are great, but in terms of foot traffic and trying to bring that vibrancy off of Palafox, we’ve always kind of hoped for that and I think what Chad is proposing to do would exponentially increase and fit that goal.”
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Florida’s First City Celebrates Downtown Renaissance BY KAITLYN PEACOCK
Pensacola’s efforts to preserve its historic sites alongside burgeoning redevelopment can be an example of preservation done well. Such was the theme at the 2019 Florida Trust Historic Preservation Conference, hosted in Pensacola last month Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson opened to conference by highlighting the importance of the city’s history as well as the present growth of Pensacola. “We want to continue to expand and grow, but do it in a way that compliments the history of this city,” Robinson said. “We are working diligently to tell everyone’s stories, because we have a rich culture in many ways.” The conference attendees included architects, preservationists and conservators from all over Florida. The conference included a walking tour of many of the city’s historic spaces, highlighting the immense work done to revitalize the downtown area. Ross Pristera, a historic preservationist with the University of West Florida Historic Trust, led the tour and said the uniqueness of Pensacola’s historic sites gave context to the importance of preservation work. “That’s how a preservationist conference should be,” Pristera said. “In the community, using historic buildings and being involved, so they got to see a lot of Pensacola. It’s really nice to show off our town and all the hard work we do. I think sometimes we forget what we’ve done until our colleagues come and give us the validation that we are doing it right.” The conference included an announcement of the top 11 historical sites to save in Florida. Among them included the Fidelis Community Center, located in Jay, the Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Alachua and the Panama City High 10 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM
School, which sustained damage during Hurricane Michael. In previous years, downtown Milton has been included on the list when it Pristera was under threat from an initiative to expand Highway 98 through the area, endangering several historical buildings and sites. The entire district was on the list for several years in a row and is still considered highly vulnerable now that the initiative has been brought up once again. “We can’t keep filling landfills with buildings,” Pristera said. “If you can salvage, salvage is another opportunity if you can’t
“We can’t keep
filling landfills with buildings” move, but a lot of the buildings can be saved,” Pristera said. District 6 City Councilwoman Ann Hill attended several sessions during the conference and was inspired to start building a new list of Pensacola buildings to save. With this list, conservationists and citizens can work to save threatened Pensacola landmarks before they are deemed the most threatened of the state or are torn down, as was the case for several iconic Pensacola buildings, such as the San Carlos Hotel and the John Sunday House. Hill’s list would not be the first of its kind, as the John Sunday Society also has a list of the 2019 “Seven to Save,” which includes the W.E. Plummer House and the Hygeia Bottling Works. Initiatives like this sparked from the conference may yet save parts of Pensacola’s long history taken for granted.
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There’s a plus-sized buzzzz coming to Pensacola this month. The Alabama State University Honeybeez, a plus-sized dance team, will appear as the featured artists at June’s “Dancing in the Streets” Gallery Night on June 21. The Honeybeez dance team was created by ASU band director James Oliver in 2004. As the ASU band has gained fame in arenas over the years, the Honeybeez have built a name for themselves as well. The team has become well-loved for promoting a positive self-image and self-esteem. The Honeybeez motto: “We are big, beautiful, energetic, self-confident ladies with a strong attitude. If you think we aren’t serious, watch out because you may just get stung!” Team coach Anna Marshae Williams said the Honeybeez are out to show that anyone can follow their dreams, even if they don’t fit the norm. “With the Honeybeez, we show that plus-size women can be fit, can be athletic,” said Williams. “A lot people don’t think they can be fit or that they have health issues, and that’s far from the truth. It doesn’t matter how you’re different from everyone else, you can do whatever you want and we’re an example of that.”
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The Honeybeez perform as part of the halftime show at ASU football games and make appearances at elementary schools to show young students that anyone can be a dancer and carry themselves with confidence, Williams said. The Honeybeez will visit Dixon School of the Arts while in Pensacola.
“It’s more than the clothes and the hair, it’s what you feel about yourself inside and that’s the thing we want to portray to the youth,” said Williams. The team was recently featured as part of a documentary series created by Nike called “Dream Crazier.” Gallery Night
It’s more than the clothes and the hair, it’s what you feel about yourself inside and that’s the thing we want to portray to the youth.”
BY WILL ISERN marketing manager Michelle Ortiz-Miguez said the Gallery Night board was inspired by the team’s positive message and wanted to bring that energy to Pensacola. “We do a lot of themes with visual arts, so with June we wanted to highlight the performing arts and dancing. We have a lot of great dance groups here in the Pensacola area and we wanted to highlight all forms of dance,” said OrtizMiguez. “So knowing we had a dance theme, we were very impressed with the Honeybeez, not only with their skill, but their attitude and positive message. We want to bring arts and culture to our community, but also positive messages and this group really brings that home and we want to share that.” The Honeybeez will perform at the intersection of Palafox and Romana streets at 7, 8 and 9 pm. Williams will teach a hip-hop dance class to the public at 6 pm. The Honeybeez will be available for autographs and photos at the Featured Artist tent.
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a’s l o c a s Pen t e l ser l i a Ba r d n l Fu a r u g u y at a Ina w n u eR ter Hits th r a u Q e Sevill A spotlight, a stage, music, perhaps a little to drink, and, most importantly, a tutu. And of course, grown men wearing said tutu. This is not your average dinner and a show. Ballet Pensacola has unveiled plans for their latest fundraiser, the Mr. Tutu Competition, to be held June 28, 7 pm, at Seville Quarter in Phineas Phogg’s. Approximately twenty competitors will strut their stuff down a runway while wearing, you guessed it, a pink tutu. Guests can donate on behalf of their favorite competitor, one of which will be crowned the 2019 Mr. Tutu. First born from a similar competition hosted in New Orleans called Mr. Legs, Ballet Pensacola’s Board President Michael Ellis said this new event was inspired by a need to do something a little unusual to match the style of the organization. While the event will be considerably less ris14 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM
What’s more entertaining than grown men walking around in a tutu?”
qué than the New Orleans style, Ellis hopes Mr. Tutu will become a staple evening out for supporters of the ballet, or people who just like to have a little fun. “We’ve been trying to come up with different ideas for fundraising from your traditional galas,” he said. “The art that our artistic director displays in his ballets, of course we have the more traditional ballets in The Nutcracker and, this year, we had Cinderella, but we have more avant-garde ballets like A Nightmare Before Christmas, Divas, We will Rock You, that appeal to a non-traditional ballet audience, utilizing the traditional ballet methods but also more of a cheeky atmosphere so to speak.”
more entertaining than grown men walking around in a tutu?” Competitors will be given a stage to walk down to the music of their choice, fashion show style, wearing the costume of their choice to go along with their tutus. Guests can donate to their favorite competitor via texts in the style of reality shows like So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol. The top five competitors with the highest donations will go before a panel of judges to answer some questions and the judges will decide who will win the crown of Mr. Tutu.
Considerably different from the typical fundraisers many of the other arts organizations in Pensacola present, the event will offer a completely unique experience to people who expect something a little more traditional from the increasingly non-traditional ballet. While a lot of people who participate in arts events in the city are largely the same for every organization, Ballet Pensacola has seen an influx of younger people interested in their shows and events.
Guests of the Mr. Tutu competition can look forward to seeing Bill Warren of the Naval Aviation and Training Command from NAS Pensacola, Mitchell Goldstein from Gulf Power, Dustin Fosness, the new CFO of West Florida Hospital and Dr. Peter Smith from Pensacola Physical Medicine and Medical Spa to name a few donning tutus for the cause. The twenty or so competitors will be announced by the ballet prior to the competition. Those interested can find short biographies of each competitor on the Pensacola Ballet website. When choosing competitors, it was important for the ballet to include a large range of community and business leaders to reflect the diverse audience of the ballet.
“We’ve identified a significantly younger audience, so we are trying an alternative fundraising mechanism that is more in tune with that younger audience. Not the sit-down, five-course dinner, we want it to be entertaining. And what’s
“We’re trying to have a diverse population,” Ellis said. “We try to do that with all the different fundraisers
The funds raised from donations to the competitors will go to Ballet Pensacola, a nonprofit that serves as Pensacola’s only residential professional ballet company. The organization serves around 300 students a year and maintains a company of 40 dancers from all around the world.
we have. We don’t want to try to focus on this one select group, we want to try to broaden our scope so that we can engage as much of the community as we can.” Ellis said they are hoping to raise about $20,000 from the competition, with an expectation of 300 guests to cheer on their favorite tutu-wearing competitor. For him, the competition marks a great opportunity to expand the ballet’s audience and show they are not afraid to be a little different from the other art centers in the city. “The highlight for me is raising money for the ballet,” he said. “But there’s also the excitement of a brand-new event unlike any other event that I’ve seen an arts organization do.” Tickets are $40 to see the show and can be purchased at the door or online at www.balletpensacola.org.
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How did you get into art? I had always been doing art. Noticing how much I was continuing to get better, I just really loved it and it was the one thing that I knew I was the best at. Where do you find inspiration? In a little bit of everything. Recently, my feelings. A couple years ago I was going through some things so art was the best way to express myself. Now I’m trying more to get into politics a little bit with my art, to bring awareness to certain causes. I want to make it in a way that teaches people how to be more kind to each other. So I’m trying to encapsulate all those feelings into my work. A lot of your work uses a diverse color palate. What is the reason behind your color choice? I just really love color, I really enjoy it. In high school I used to just use black and white, then I discovered Prismacolor (Pencils) and the way the pencil moves on the paper, it was just so smooth and the colors are just so vibrant. After that was when I really got into the color. I like how sometimes the content of my work is kind of noncolored, kind of sad, so the colors are so vibrant it captures you in them and you can really look at the meaning.
What are your favorite kind of pieces to do? I don’t really have a favorite. For me, it’s like I have a phase. For a couple weeks I’ll be doing one thing. Like right now I’m doing a mosaic and I can’t get myself to do any paintings or I can’t get myself to make earrings. For maybe a month or a couple weeks I’ll be doing this and then I get bored and I’ll do something else. That’s how it’s always been. Next I will probably work on a painting. I was just thinking about it today. Did you learn how to make jewelry by yourself or did someone teach you? I learned how to make it by myself. In high school, we had a project to make a mask and everyone was going to paint their masks. I had taken a jewelry class in there and they taught us very basic things, but I decided I wanted to bead the mask, so I learned how to do it myself. My teacher didn’t even know how to do it. I just went on YouTube and learned how to bead and embroider. Follow Reema on Instagram @convenientfeels for more beautiful pieces. To purchase some of her custom jewelry, shop at Shirley’s Cafe and Bakery in Pensacola.
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BY WILL ISERN Carly Rae Jepsen was never going to escape the legacy of the global phenomenon that was “Call Me Maybe,” but in the decade since that song had volleyball teams and frat bros everywhere racing to post their karaoke covers on Youtube, the Canadian singer has quietly built a catalog of near-perfect pop songs. The high water mark of Jepsen’s career was 2015’s Emotion, a top-10 pop album of the decade that turned the would-be one-hit-wonder into the indie darling of pop purists. Fans have waited on baited breath ever since for the album’s followup. It arrived last month with a sugardusted thud. It would be unfair to say Dedicated doesn’t live up to the polished perfection of Emotion. But it’s clear that the same budget afforded to bigger stars was not made available to Jepsen.
The production on much of Dedicated is second-rate. The album’s highlights stand alongside Jepsen’s best work, but too many cuts here fall flat, even if they are pretty. Standout Tracks Now That I Found You Want You In My Room Too Much
BY WILL ISERN Seth Haley, better known by his goofy stage name, Com Truise, may not have invented synthwave b ut he is its modern champion. The genre takes inspiration from the synth-heavy soundtracks of 80s movies and video games and spins those ideas into a swirl of reverberated drums, shimmering synths and raw, stabbing bass lines. The resultant sound is one of driving a Lamborghini Countach through the neonsoaked streets of some coastal metropolis well after sunset. Haley emerged onto the scene in 2011 with his debut album Galactic Melt, right as audiences fresh from seeing Ryan Gosling’s Drive film were clamoring for more of the synthwave that featured heavily in the film. Three albums later, Haley’s sound has remained almost unchanged. It’s hard to blame him. He found what works and has stuck with it. His new
“mini-LP” Persuasion System sounds like everything else he’s ever released. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but audiences are starting to move on. It’s perhaps ironic that a sound that aims to emulate the past is itself starting to feel dated. Standout Tracks Persuasion System Gaussian Ultrafiche of You
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The Fish House will host the 6th annual Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, June 15, from 3 pm until 6 pm. The events will be feature over 50 different beers with a portion of the event proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. This is a 21-and-over event and will occur rain or shine. Tickets are available at the Fish House Tackle Shop or online at greatsouthernrestaurants.com/shop.
The Saenger Theatre will be hosting Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie June 16 at 7:30 pm. The Very Best of David Bowie live! Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live on Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses. Ticket prices start at $40. For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or contact the Saenger Theatre Box office at 595-3880.
Keeping families close every step of the way with our Firecracker 5K! Join the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida in Downtown Pensacola in your most patriotic attire to run or walk our Firecracker 5K, June 29. This family friendly 5K includes a free Kid’s Fun Run in beautiful Downtown Pensacola. For more information, visit https://www.raceentry.com/races/ ronald-mcdonald-house-firecracker-5k/2018/ register.
Film Screening: “They Shall Not Grow Old”
Pensacola International Billfish Tournament
Pensacola Cinema Art will host a showing of Peter Jackson’s World War I film, “They Shall Not Grow Old” at the Rex Theatre at 7:30 pm on June 19. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit PensacolaCinemaArt.com.
The annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament will take place June 26 through 29 at the Pensacola Yatch Club. For those who have not fished the Pensacola International Billfish tournament hosted by the PBGFC you are in for a treat. Our Tournament is during the hottest Billfish action of the season and we pride ourselves in a pure sportfishing community. For more information, visit https://www.pensacolayachtclub.org/.
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Guests will learn about how native plants were used in the past on the Florida’s Flora tour! This ticketed tour begins at 10:30 am, lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour and takes place along the boardwalk and nature trails of Arcadia Mill in Milton. Trail appropriate attire, bug spray, and sunscreen are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online or in the Visitor’s Center.
6th Annual Fish House Craft Beer Fest
The Blues on the Bay Concert Series will feature a concert this month at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park. Pack your coolers, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while some of the region’s best musical talents hit the stage. There will be two concerts in June, the first June 9 featuring Bring on the Benjamins and Classic June and the next June 23 featuring Civilized Natives, both beginning at 6 pm. Every concert in the series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cityofpensacola.com.
Ronald McDonald Firecracker 5K
June 26 through 29
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Florida’s Flora: Nature Tour of Arcadia Mill
June 9 and 23
Appraisal proceeds will help fund local middle school student exchanges with Pensacola’s Japanese sister city, Gero.
June will have two movie events at the Community Maritime Park. The next movie will be A Dog’s Way Home, scheduled for June 7 beginning at sunset, 7:50 pm and the next movie will be Ralph Breaks the Internet, schedule for June 21 also at sunset, 7:50 pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of family fun underneath the stars. Local food trucks will be at the event, so make sure to come ready to enjoy dinner and a show. Pets and glass containers are not allowed in the park. For more information, visit www.cityofpensacola.com.
Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie
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