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Downtown Crowd | November 2017

Editor’s Letter

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contents 7 CUBED but not Square 11 Back on the Blocks Returns 12 A Sky of Color 15 Barcation 17 Winterfestivities Approach 20 Music + Film 22 Events Calendar

Foo Foo Fest is always packed with great exhibits and shows, but I feel like this year they’ve outdone themselves! We’ve decided to devote most of our issue to Foo Foo related on goings this month, because just about everything we’re excited about in November now falls under the glorious cultural umbrella that is Foo Foo Fest. I can’t wait to watch artists gather in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza to paint gigantic cubes as part of the installation, CUBED. Illustrators, painters, drawers and photographers will adorn a side of one of the massive structures with the public watching in live time. We’ve got all the details on CUBED on page 8. Another event I’ve heard so much excitement about is the Umbrella Sky Project and Busker’s Festival. The Umbrella Sky Project will consist of an installation of umbrellas over an entire city street, allowing those walking on the street below a magical and colorful view as they’re shaded by hundreds of floating umbrellas. Once the umbrella installation is complete, a Busker’s Festival will be held on the street below. Head over to page 12 to hear the rest.

Owners Malcolm & Glenys Ballinger Executive Editor Kelly Oden Editor Hana Frenette Art Director Guy Stevens Graphic Design and Ad Coordination Carly Stone

Hana Frenette editor t’s November— a month that has become synonymous with Foo Foo Fest—the 12-day art, food, music and cultural festival that fills our city streets with color and life.

Publisher Malcolm Ballinger

In addition to the big events you’ve probably already heard mention of, we also highlighted some of our favorite smaller happenings—like STAMPED’s movie night, flash flower installations sponsored by Fiore, and a special writing workshop with humorist Craig Pittman. Once you’re Foo Foo’ed out, it’ll be time for that wonderful and carb filled holiday we know and love— Thanksgiving! It’s always nice to sit back and relax with family while shamelessly scooping second helpings onto your plate, but if you’re like me, you might get a little restless after the big dinner is over and you’ve reclined on the sofa for an hour or two. We put together a little list of bars you can escape to if the house gets too stuffy or the dinner table debate runs a little too long. It wouldn’t be a November issue without a little preview of the upcoming holiday favorite— Winterfest. Musical trolley tours take participants through a winter wonderland of festivities, from musical renditions of favorite movies, to meetings with Santa and the exciting chance to frolic in the snow. Cheers to you and all the amazing things our city has to offer this month!

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pensacola days of art and culture in our charming Gulf Coast City. Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival is for locals and vistors that seek to be inspired. Enjoy a vast range of Music, Dance, Traditional, Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts and much more. Join us for another big, bold and transformative Foo Foo Festival this fall.


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A word from Curt Morse, Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Board

We always have our great Palafox Market each weekend, but on November 4, the market will coincide with Foo Foo Fest and the corridor of the market will feature several large-scale, 8-foot tall cubes that are part of the live exhibition CUBED. Shoppers and people walking by will be able to watch as the artists paint on these giant cubes throughout the day.

Coast. Local and national celebrity chefs judge a variety of grilling, barbecuing and smoking categories throughout the fest. One of the judges had to cancel for Eggfest, so I will replace them as a guest judge and I am very much looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of Big Green Egg cooking and eating barbecue—two things I am confident I can do well. Eggfest will take place in the Pensacola Blue Wahoo’s Stadium and I know it will be a great time for everyone who comes out to sample the cooking.

I’m especially excited about the Umbrella Sky Project on Intendencia Street between Jefferson and Palafox Streets. This is the first Umbrella Sky Project installation in the southern United States. It originated in Portugal and has only been installed in Pittsburgh in the US. It’s really cool that a smaller place like Pensacola would be able to get this amazing public art project before other cities like Birmingham, St. Augustine, or Orlando.

Our office and many of our downtown retailers we’re excited to see the recent annual downtown edition of Northwest Florida’s Business Climate Magazine. The interview with Quint Studer is a must read, while the articles featuring news of the Downtown Ambassador program, the results of the Downtown Perception Survey and a discussion of a potential bike share program should keep every reader excited about the changes happening downtown.

In conjunction with the Umbrella Sky Project, we will also see the first annual Buskers Festival on Saturday, which will take place entirely under the colorful umbrella sky. There will be a performer every hour, on the hour. We’ll have musicians, magicians, jugglers, and every kind of street performer you can think of. There are so many wonderful events happening in conjunction with Foo Foo Fest this year, like the 45th Annual Great Gulfcoast Art Festival, a really beautiful Spanish Opera called Maria de Buenos Aires, and Pensacola’s Big Green Eggfest.

I traveled to Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina recently to meet with peer groups and—wow, lots of best practices to observe and learn from. These are cities that have used discipline to deliberately and carefully craft their downtown into a place people want to live and play. These are both wonderful, older cities that have maintained their authenticity, but have continued to grow residentially and commercially. These are all great and inspiring things to keep in mind as we continue to keep moving downtown forward and creating a place we are excited to call home.

The Eggfest features 40-50 teams of competing cooks in one of the biggest barbecue parties on the Gulf

-Curt Morse

We are officially into fall now and definitely have a lot of exciting things happening this month.


Endlessly shining with the tick of time


Shining Lives: A Musical


by Jessica Thebus and Andre Pluess 11/17-11/18 - 7:30pm and 11/19 - 2pm Pensacola Opera Center - 75 S Tarragona

Directed by BILLY BUFF Music Directed by TINA BURAN Choreography by LEXI LANGSTON

PenArts,Inc, a local non-profit that brings theatrical arts to Pensacola youth, is excited to present the southern premiere of Shining Lives: A Musical by Jessica Thebus and Andre Pluess! It is the true story of four Radium Girls who took their case to court and became influential in the creation of the OSHA laws that protect us today. **All proceeds will go to benefit PenArts, Inc., a 501(c)3, and a portion of each ticket is tax deductible.**


@penartsinc For tickets, please, visit: www.eventbrite.com/o/penartsinc-15172655295 6 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

NOVEMBER 2–5 and 9–12, 2017




It’s that time of year again— fall weather is finally in full force and Foo Foo Fest is filling the town with some of the most eclectic art and entertainment in the South, including large-scale art installations, live painting exhibitions, ballets, operas, culinary demonstrations, interactive stations and everything else in between. Foo Foo Fest, a 12-day festival encompassing art, food, music and

culture, takes place between November 2-13, with several installations and exhibits remaining on display for months after the initial festival dates. With so many different events and experiences slated for Foo Foo, it can be hard to decide what to check out or squeeze into your schedule. We’ve highlighted some of the events we’re most looking forward to this year—from

can’t-miss annual clasics like The Great Gulf Coast Art Festival and the BelmontDeVilliers celebration “Back on the Blocks,” to brand new, never before experienced exhibits like CUBED: a 12-day mural installation and the oh so whimsical Umbrella Sky Project. Take a look through our Foo Foo faves, but don’t forget there’s even more to choose from! For a complete list of all Foo Foo Fest activities, visit foofoofest.com. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 7

CUBED will remain on display for the duration of Foo Foo Fest/ Photo by CUBED

CUBED: a 12-day Mural Installation by Hana Frenette Public art takes on a new level of inspiration and interactivity as the Pensacola Museum of Art at the University of West Florida, along with artists and independent curators Evan Levin and Ashton Howard present CUBED, a 12-day mural installation and live painting event. “CUBED was conceived by Evan Levin and Ashton Howard, and we’re pleased to become part of the incubation of what CUBED will be this year and for future iterations to come,” said Felicia Gial, assistant curator at the PMA. “The process has been symbiotic, and we’ve enjoyed exchanging ideas with these two artists and curators.” Four enormous cubes will be placed in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, and participating artists will paint one of 16 sides of the cubes in real time. The audience will have the opportunity to watch the artists at work, see the progress, and talk to DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 8

them about their inspiration. CUBED brings art to everyone and inspires creativity and innovation in all spectators. Artists such as Poppy Garcia, Jarrod Goldman and Veronique Zayas will incorporate dynamic elements and interactive designs, perfect for photo opportunities. “When considering CUBED as a form of sitespecific, public art, we knew it was important to consider every detail within the calls for art,” Gial said. “We knew the location was important, and that this would be a project that could be accessible to all our communities in Pensacola. For us, the museum may also exist beyond the physical walls of 407 S. Jefferson St. CUBED was an excellent catalyst for working with local artist to achieve a national scope in representation.” Gial said the museum hopes that CUBED will offer an additional idea of what public art can be. “Public art is a vital ingredient to a vibrant

community,” she said. “All of us at PMA and the CUBED project want to see artists represented and offered spaces for expression with the support of the local arts institution to back them. Artists will always be an important part of every society, and it is our job as community members and stewards to help facilitate spaces for art in Pensacola.” Participating artist, Jarrod Goldman, said he plans to utlize his portion of the cube with a compilation of images that directly relates back to Pensacola as a community. “I’m making a mosaic of my favorite spots, including some of the most iconic places in town,” he said. “I’ll be trying to tile together our city’s greatest hits into a mural that’s very representative of the city and my isometric style.” The live painting will take place from Nov. 3-5, and the installation will remain on view in the plaza until Nov. 12. The event is free and open to the public and photography is enouraged.

Fiore Flower Flashes Put on by Fiore of Pensacola, one of the city’s most preeminent florists, the Fiore Flower Flashes will bring splashes of color to some of downtown Pensacola’s most iconic locations. Inspired by Lewis Miller of New York City, the ‘flower flashes’ will be installations of fresh flowers around the heart of the city. They will be done in the early morning across multiple locations, allowing the public to enjoy the brightness and fragrance of the beautiful blooms. Best of all, the art is biodegradable, allowing us to experience distinctive designs and fresh scents without impacting the environment. The locations are set to remain a secret, so keep your eyes peeled for those petals throughout the festival!

STAMPED Movie Night The Pensacola LGBT FilmFest and The Vineyard present a movie under the stars. Enjoy a great meal at the Vineyard during this fun classic movie: “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything,” by Julie Newmar. Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) impress regional judges in competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) — one of the losers that evening — the charmed Vida and Noxeema agree to take the hopeless youngster under their joined wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America and struggle to make it to Los Angeles in time.

Jazz For Justice In its third year, Jazz for Justice has expanded in size and talent. With additions such as a 12 band-lineup, two stages of live music and day time concerts featuring local and regional jazz artists at local bars, restaurants and hotel lobbies, this is an experience you do not want to miss. There is also an exclusive silent auction and VIP reception at Bodacious Olive from 5-9 pm. All proceeds provide no-cost civil legal representation to domestic violence victims, children, the elderly, the disabled, homeless, education support and unemployment and foreclosure defense. For more information visit www.jazzforjustice.org.


Writing on the Funny Side of Florida

Craig Pittman with cowokers at the PNJ in the 1980s

Presented by the West Florida Literary Federation, the Writing on the Funny Side of Florida series presents some of the best humorists in the country. The series includes readings and book signings, as well as workshops designed to foster a creative domain for literary expression. Craig Pittman will be the featured speaker of the event, a Pensacola native who has written for the Tampa Bay Times as an environmental reporter since 1998. His most recent book, “Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the County,” details the history of our home state while looking through a humorous lens. Other speakers include Leanna Conley of Pensacola, a public speaker, illustrator, novelist and comedienne who was worked with Second City along with big names like Chris Farley and Erik Deckers, a humorist,

creator of the syndicated “Laughing Stalk” column, and author-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House. The West Florida Literary Federation strives to nurture literary talent in Northwest Florida through its various programs, such as Writing on the Funny Side of Florida, open mic readings, and anthology releases of local writers. The event will feature humor-writing workshops from 2 to 5 pm, held at the Pensacola Cultural Center boardroom. Readings and signings will take place from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Artel Gallery. Poet Laureate Jamey Jones will emcee the Artel Gallery event, which will be hanging their “Cinco Banderas” showcase. Tickets for the event are $15, inexclusive and available online. For more information and to register for the event, visit wflf.org.

Peat and Pearls: A Celebration of Scotch and Oysters Pensacola, and the Gulf Coast in general, has a long tradition of sailors, fisherman and seafarers who’ve helped grow our economy off of trade and fishing. To best celebrate this heritage and history, Peat and Pearls is presenting a night of food and drink at the Barkley House. “Peat” refers to the whiskey tasting, as smoke from peat which is often used to treat the malt that eventually becomes the drink. Presented by Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, the whiskey on offer is from the William Grant & Sons distillery—specifically Glenfiddich scotch, which is the most awarded single malt Scotch whiskey in the world. As for “pearls,” those are the delicious Gulf oysters that you can find across Pensacola and the whole coast. They will 10 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

be coming from local farms like Panacea Oyster Co-Op, Point aux Pins Oysters, Pensacola Bay Oyster Co. and OysterMom. They will be wonderfully prepared in a variety of ways by local chefs such as Irv Miller, Martha Wiggins, Chris Sherrill and Frank Taylor. The event takes place on Sunday the 5th at 3 pm at the Barkley House, and will feature tasting flights, cocktails, live music, chefs’ demos, a cigar garden, designer pearls and delicious oysters. On Monday the 6th at 6 pm, there is also a VIP dinner featuring a four-course meal, cocktail pairings and live entertainment. Tickets for the Sunday event are $75, and tickets for the VIP dinner are $125. For more information, visit peatandpearls.com.

The Washington High School Band will perform in the streets for Back on the Blocks

BACK ON THE BLOCKS Pensacola’s position as the oldest settlement in the country gives it a unique background that stretches through the entire country’s history. Sadly, many parts of American history are overlooked, and that’s the reason behind this year’s Back on the Blocks Festival. Back on the Blocks is a festival designed to celebrate the art, music, film, food and heritage of Pensacola’s historic BelmontDeVilliers neighborhood. Now in its fourth year, the neighborhood will come alive as it celebrates the diversity and history of what’s been called the “Harlem of the South.” “It’s a celebration of heritage which climaxes into an infusion of history and education that infects the human consciousness,” said Kim Jennings, festival coordinator for Back on the Blocks. Belmont-DeVilliers was created as a

haven for African-American business, entertainment and culture during the regressive Jim Crow era. During that time, it became part of the “Chitlin Circuit,” the legendary blues tour circuit frequented by artists like Etta James, Muddy Waters and Ray Charles. Since then, it has seen a renaissance in both art and economic resurgence as businesses continue to spring up at the intersection between Belmont and DeVilliers Streets – the namesake “Blocks.”

and regional bands such as the Crystal Clear Band, Mr. Big & the Rhythm Sisters, Soul Station Band, the Washington High School Band and more will be performing Motown, R&B, soul and pop throughout the festival.

The festival opens on Friday with an appearance by the Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians from New Orleans, led by Big Chief Tyrone “Pie” Stevenson. Famous for their intricate and colorful costumes, Big Chief Stevenson and his troupe will perform a traditional Pow Wow and dance in celebration of African and Native American culture, combining the history of the Gulf Coast with that of the Seminole tribes.

The Soulful Shorts, Snip-Its and Mini Film viewing will feature some of the best films, videos, musicals and documentaries about African American culture, all displayed on the “Truth for Youth Big Screen.”

After that, the next two days are full of activity and culture for everyone. Local

“We’ll also have artists like Carter Gaston, Michael and Tina Ogden and Robert Atkins there, too,” said Jennings. There is also an AuthorTalk event with Debra Thompson, a prominent writer, singer and motivational speaker.

That’s only the beginning of the celebration, though. On Saturday, the Blocks break open with their “Blockparty,” a massive celebration of food, family, fun and heritage that lasts from noon to 7 pm. The Young Artist Contest will feature the best local young artists expressing

by Tanner Yea

their creativity and heritage through an artistic medium. And though the party ends on Saturday, the spirit will continue into Sunday, as the Latino Festival takes place on Belmont-DeVilliers, this time celebrating the history of Pensacola’s Latino population. All the proceeds from the vendors go towards Truth for Youth, a non-profit youth advocate for Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and the surrounding areas. Their mission statement says that their programs “are designed to challenge at-risk youth to engage in wholesome activities by providing healthy and creative opportunities for education, social exchange and personal development.” The Back on the Blocks Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 3rd from noon to 9 pm, and Saturday, Nov. 4th from noon to 7 pm. All events are free and open to the public, though pictures with the Monogram Hunters have a small fee. For more information, visit backontheblocks. com or call 850-393-0332. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 11

Photograph taken in Portugal by Francisco Goncalves

The Umbrella Sky Project + Buskers Festival by Taylor purvee Foo Foo Fest is bringing color and whimsy to downtown Pensacola with an art installation called the Umbrella Sky Project. On Nov. 3 Intendencia Street will be bombarded by a colorful canopy of umbrellas overhead for a threemonth run of the enchanting pop-up art installation.

brings color to the grey places in cities and hopefully a moment of happiness.”

The Umbrella Sky Project was first exhibited in Agueda, Portugal, in 2012 and was pioneered by Sextafeira Productions. They have installed the Umbrealla Sky Project in over 50 cities after the debut in Portugal was so successful. Each installation utilizes hundreds of colorful umbrellas made from a special sturdy material subject to environmental factors.

Cunha stated the team is “hoping to create real moments of happiness that will be shared through social media and lots of smiles in downtown Pensacola. That is our main goal.”

Patrícia Cunha, Creative Director of Sextafeira Productions, spoke of the inspiration behind the whole project and said it was, “Mary Poppins and her flying umbrella. We were trying to create a kind of enchanted scene by using the formulas we think are effective in creating a real impact: object repetitions, lots of color, and unusual objects in unreasonable places. It DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 12

Foo Foo Fest, Friends of Downtown, and the Downtown Improvement Board felt the need to get Pensacola in on this magical experience. With Foo Foo’s artistic appeal, this seemed to be a perfect contribution to the creative caliber of the festival.

Sextafeira Productions and Cunha worked with Lissa Dees, secretary and event coordinator of Friends of Downtown and executive assistant for DIB, and decided this specific Umbrella Sky Project would need to be very colorful to represent Foo Foo Fest correctly. Though they offer many different designs of lights and colors, Cunha assured they will be using bright, vibrant colors to honor the festival’s boldness and celebrate its arrival. As visitors walk the covered block from Palafox to

Jefferson under the shade of hundreds of floating umbrellas, they will also be able to experience the three-day Buskers Festival on Nov. 3-5. Busking is simply street performance for money or gratuities of some kind. Downtown Pensacola sees a lot of busking, but this event will feature unique entertainment from all across the country. Attendees will be able to witness these diverse street performers known for their unusual acts—musicians, artists, comedians, magicians and more. Lissa Dees stated, “Visitors can expect a lot of street performers, that’s what this festival is all about. Some of these artists will be singing, some will be juggling— they are all there to entertain in their own, different ways.” Shopping, dining and more will be available as guests experience and observe talents of all different sorts while they gather under the spotlight for this familyfriendly event. Buskers will be performing from 5:30 pm to 9 pm on Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 12 pm to 2 pm on Sunday and entry will be free.

clean energy fest Pensacola’s third annual Clean Energy Fest and Future of Energy Art Exhibition is bringing renewable energy and environmental smarts to the table through music, hands-on displays, art, electric cars and food. This energy smart event exemplifies solar, wind, and people-power for the 21st century. Local and regional entertainment Sassafras, Belmont Youth Band, GRASS! and DansArtery will be at the event along with Hilton Kelley, a Goldman Prize-winning Poet; singer-songwriter, AudiYo; and PLANTBOT Genetics. There will be multiple activities at Clean Energy Fest, including an interactive area for kids where they can participate in science experiments, create art and cook S’mores on a solar oven. There will also be electric cars, solar demos and Rolling Embers Pizza as well as other food vendors. A special digital “deep dive” of national juried art exhibition, Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Energy, will be at the festival as well. This piece features works by artists from all over the region, in all genres to give artistic expression to a clean energy future. PSC students also built a tiny house that will demonstrate innovative design and building small but living large. Clean Energy Fest will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 11 am to 5 pm and will be located at UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza 120 Church Street.

THe Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is one of the most popular art festivals in the United States, in fact, Sunshine Artist Magazine ranked the festival #30 in the nation. Now in it’s 45th year, this three-day art show rallies some of the country’s best painters, potters, sculptors and graphic artists together for a weekend full of art, performance, music and food. There will also be over 10 musicians performing varieties of genres ranging from bluegrass to classical on the mainstage throughout each day of the festival. This festival will have other forms of entertainment as well— the Parrish Performing Arts Stage will showcase dances including folk, ballet and more from performing companies, dance schools, community groups and area folk groups. Of course food, beverages and cocktails will be available at the festival; from traditional treats to local favorites and regional festival fare, there is something for everyone at the festival. GGAF will be open from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

Maria de Buenos Aires

Maria de Buenos Aires is bringing passion, electricity and originality to Foo Foo Fest through tango opera. With the mixture of Astor Piazzolla’s ground-breaking Nuevo tango and Horacio Ferrer’s enthralling poetry, Maria de Buenos Aires tells—through dailogue rich in metaphor and an Argentine pulse—the spiritual journey of Maria as she fights for survival and freedom with fierce passion while striving to keep her independence at the forefront. This artistic performance is conveying heat and culture to Pensacola using captivating opera, dance, and orchestra and has been acclaimed “stunning” by many reviews from all over the country. The tango opera performance also includes original choreography by Richard Steinert (Artistic Director, Ballet Pensacola), scenic and lighting design by Lance Brannon (Ballet Pensacola), stage direction by Octavio Cardenas (Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Grand Rapids), with Cody Martin (Arizona Opera, Virginia Opera) conducting members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Photograph by Duane Tinkey for Des Moines Metro

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Everyone knows the holidays can be extremely stressful. Between all of the planning, the cooking, and cramming all of your relatives into one home, it’s a miracle in itself if you can make it through Thanksgiving alive and with your sanity partially intact. We’ve put together a list of some of the bars open on thanksgiving where you might be able to seek refuge from your visiting in-laws or nosey AUnt Nancy. but beware, some of these bars might provide a reunion of a different sort. BY Tanner Yea & Hana Frenette

1. Chizuko: Our local “hip” bar, chizuko will provide

enough punk and art attitude to make your annoying relatives think its too ‘extreme’, while in reality being one of the most relaxed spots in the city. Enjoy vegan-friendly beer, sake, and vegan snacks, and perhaps catch a local concert or dance party. Every night is different and interesting, which is more than you can say about your uncle’s political views.

2. Intermission: Sometimes you can’t beat the

classics, and Intermission is about as classic as you can get without being caught in a bust at the Sandshaker. Intermission has three bars, plenty of bar games, great liquor and lots of dance space. Be it just a night of gin and tonics or shooting pool with some of your cousins, Intermission offers a relaxed but authentic bar experience.


World of Beer: Thanksgiving is not only a time for gorging yourself on stuffing and green bean casserole, but also a time to get unreasonably excited

about football. World of Beer is your one stop location to burn off all that turkey by yelling a lot. A beer selection in the hundreds, great pub food fare and massive TVs will make sure you don’t miss a touchdown or slapshot while slowly forgetting your one-year-old niece’s refusal to eat macaroni and cheese for two hours.


Beach Bars: Nothing says “relatives visiting Florida” like your aunt from Illinois pestering you to go to the beach in 50 degree weather. Luckily, there is plenty of alcohol to counteract how they will complain about how windy it is. Bars like Casino Beach Bar & Grille, The Sandbar, Bamboo Willie’s and Paradise Bar & Grill provide tropical drinks, great seafood and an escape from the inevitable holiday beach traffic.


The Azalea: Once you’ve finally caved and can no longer make polite small talk, bask in the comforting red glow of the chandeliers and forget your worries with the stiffest drink in town. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 15

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Winterfestivities Ahead


f you listen closely, you might be able to hear Santa’s sleigh bells ringing on Palafox Street. As Florida wraps up the fall season and prepares for a not so brutal winter, Winterfest is just around the corner. Named the number one holiday attraction in all of Florida by Florida Travel + Life, this is an event the entire family will take delight in.

Every year the performers and contributors at Winterfest work extremely hard to create a unique and exciting experience for children, out-of-town visitors, and locals alike. This Christmas wonderland features musical performance tours of classic favorite movies such as Polar Express, The Grinch and The Peanuts; the Letters to Santa event; the Elf Parade and more. Denise Daughtry, volunteer and President of the Board of Directors of Winterfest, is passionate about the

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event, and strives to make it different from other Christmas activities in the area. “There is no other place like Winterfest, no place does what we do and that is part of what makes it so wonderful,” Daughtry said. Winterfest is truly unique, especially to this part of the country. With very little cold weather and no snow, sometimes it can be hard to get into the Christmas spirit; however, Daughtry said that Winterfest is sure to change that. “We have a story to tell and I think that is what brings the community together so well. Winterfest is about believing in the spirit of Christmas,” Daughtry said. “Christmas tree lights are great, but what we do is different and unique. There are a lot of elements you wouldn’t find

one of the most popular Winterfest activities—the performance tours. Daughtry explained that through small plays and musical dramas, Winterfest tells the story of the journey to Christmas. Each stop of the performance tour has a redemption story and is all about believing in the spirit of Christmas. “The people in these plays are professional actors with degrees from University of West Florida who have done a lot of performing in the community. They put their all into performing. Everyone will recognize them and I think people really like that.” There will also be two interactive mini tours for children that will take place the week before Christmas. One of the mini tours will be Polar Express themed; Daughtry said the

“We have a story to tell and I think that is what brings the community together so well” other places. I mean, it is snowing at Winterfest all the time and that doesn’t happen in Florida.” There will be events galore at Winterfest to check out including

children will listen to the story of The Polar Express, drink some delicious hot chocolate, ride in the train and do some singing before making their way back to the courthouse. On this mini tour, there will also be

a competition of who is wearing the best pajamas. The second mini tour will be Grinch themed and this tour will be going through ‘Whoville’ to look at the Grinch Christmas tree and the competition will be held for the child who is dressed as the best Whoville character. Another exciting event happening at Winterfest is Letters to Santa. Children will have the opportunity to drop off their Christmas letters when they meet Santa in his sleigh. He will pick his favorite letter and that lucky child will receive the first present of Christmas on Christmas Eve at 8 pm. Children can meet Santa for free and he will be at Winterfest every night of the performance tours, every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every afternoon Dec. 15-24. “This is the best Santa Clause within 100 miles or further. He loves his job and this is a beautiful setting,” Daughtry said. With musical elements on every stop of the tour, visitors can be sure that this event will put them in the Christmas spirit. There will also be some new elements coming to Winterfest in 2017 including Santa’s Puppy Party that will showcase puppies from the Escambia County Animal Shelter. These cuties will be up for adoption and free to play with, as puppies are what a lot of children ask for at Christmas. There will also be Christmas story time for children at Winter Wonderland, Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree lot, and Rudolph’s Revue with dancing Christmas trees. Liberty Church sponsor an event called Cajun Night Before Christmas, which is inspired by the children’s book Cajun Night Before Christmas and will be a stop on the performance tour where Papa Noel will hop on the trolley and read a poem. The nativity scene on Gregory Street will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church. Daughtry noted Winterfest would not be what it is without its employees, actors, volunteers and these churches that help make it so great. Visitors should reserve seats and buy tickets ahead of time because the events sell out quickly. To find out more information on Winterfest or to purchase tickets go to pensacolawinterfest.org or call 850.583.1365. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 17

Albums: What we’re listening to this month Wolf Parade Cry Cry Cry

st. vincent masseducation

by tanner yea – After a five-year hiatus, Canadian indie band Wolf Parade returns with their fourth album, Cry Cry Cry. Wolf Parade was another one of those bands I loved throughout high school. Their debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, still holds a place in my heart, and Expo 86 was a worthy successor (in my opinion, At Mount Zoomer does not exist). Cry Cry Cry returns showing that Wolf Parade is still able to emulate their neo-new wave sound after the hiatus. Though the synths and light guitar are still there, Cry Cry Cry takes a noticeably darker tone than past, more celebratory efforts. Songs like “Lazarus Online” and “Baby Blue” are slow and brooding, while “You’re Dreaming” and “Who Are Ya” come across as dance hits. Many of the songs are great, but there is something a bit lacking here; Cry Cry Cry feels like a bit of an obligation of an album. Many of the songs are good, but none have stuck with me like some older releases. That’s not to disparage the whole album—it has some great points, but it stays relatively same-y. Hopefully this is just shaking

by Carly Stone – I have a terrible secret to admit and it seems fitting that I should do so publicly: This is actually the first St. Vincent album that I have ever actively listened to. Blasphemy, I know. From that perspective, MASSEDUCATION acts as a sort of “Introduction to Annie Clark” class that I know I should have taken a long time ago and have somehow skated by in life without it. With that said, the opening track “Hang On Me” had me instantly hooked. A heavy, industrial beat pulses while Ms. Clark reassures the listener “You and me/we’re not meant for this world.” Alright, you get me Annie. Another standout track and the second single from the album, “Los Ageless,” has probably the coolest and most rough-hewn guitar riffs I’ve ever heard on a pop album. As a huge fan of Sonic Youth and all things less polished, color me impressed. It’s no secret that St. Vincent has spent a lot of time in the limelight and it suits her. Her previous involvement with other musical acts include The Polyphonic Spree, Sufjan Stevens and David Byrne to name a few. A dropout of the Berklee College

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the cobwebs off, because I’m glad Wolf Parade is back again.


You’re Dreaming Baby Blue Who Are Ya Am I An Alien Here

of Music in Boston, Clark was convinced that at “some point you have to learn all you can and then forget everything that you learned in order to actually start making music.” I, for one, won’t be forgetting this album anytime soon.


Hang On Me Los Ageless New York

Movie reviews (based solely on the trailer) BY TANNER YEA

Three billboards outside ebbing, Missouri november 10

Dark comedies are always a joy to me, because it makes me straddle the line between being highly uncomfortable and highly amused. Three Billboards is about a woman who buys space on three massive billboards in order to taunt the local police chief to investigate the death and rape of the woman’s daughter. A great tour de force with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage— and director Martin McDonagh has been behind other black comedies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. I expect violence, uncomfortably dry humor, and a general good time.


Justice league november 13

Justice League is a classic example of too-little-toolate. Disney’s work with the Marvel films has basically revolutionized superhero cinema into actually feeling like a comic book, but this effort by Zack Snyder looks like it is calling back to the early 2000s—the awful misguided days of edgy X-Men and pseudo-realistic Daredevil. DC is posed to once again lag behind Marvel as the bad costuming, awkward production team and late-start to the franchise will most likely cause it to be dead in the water. They should just give the whole thing back to Bruce Timm and let him handle it.

Soccer mommy Collection

Knuckle Puck Shapeshifter

Self Released

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BY HALEY WEAVER – After cultivating a sizeable audience through Bandcamp EP’s, Sophie Allison, stage name Soccer Mommy, released a proper studio-borne mini album called Collection, combining some Bandcamp favorites as well as two previously unheard tracks. Personally, I’ve never heard an album that sounded more like disassociation than Soccer Mommy’s Collection. I can’t sleep, I can’t be productive, but I can lie on my bed and absorb the whole damn thing at once, while feeling nothing in particular. Collection sounds like every thought I’ve had in the last five years, combined into a steady hum; that seems miserable, but it’s actually comforting in a way. The songs are simple but sensitive and raw, like a slow bleed-out. “3 AM at a Party” speaks to anyone who’s ever thought about that person next to them, the one they know so well or maybe don’t, “pick me, love me, I’m right here, love me, please.” Even the more upbeat songs maintain their angst with a chill, beachy sound; upon first listen of the quiet obsession of “Try” and giddy lovesickness of “Benedryl Dreams,” I swear I could smell sunscreen. “Allison” feels the most personal, like a letter she wrote to herself as a reassur-

ance that it’s okay to love someone but leave them behind when you don’t want the same things. As much as these songs don’t have to mean something to me, as they serve the atmospheric purpose I need them to, they each do; I get the male frustration in “Out Worn” as much as I do the longing for something impossible to name in “Waiting for Cars.” Collection hits each part of my heart, even on my mentally unavailable days. .


Allison Waiting for Cars 3 AM at a Party Out Worn

by taylor purvee – I first heard Knuckle Puck at an insanely small show a few years ago and I remember not being entirely convinced of the hype they were getting. However, on October 13, Apple Music told me they released their new record, Shapeshifter, and that’s all I’ve been listening to this month. This album definitely has a cold-weather-vibe to it which is perfect since the heat has finally decided to subside. What I have noticed about this record, is it seems to go on a bit of a rollercoaster of sound throughout. The 10 song album starts with a minute and a half track, “Nervous Passenger,” which is softer than what the rest of the record seems to be. Half-way through, listeners are met with “Everyone Lies to Me,” which is a stark contrast to the very subtle intensity the album begins with. The last five songs seem to gradually slow back down, ending the album with reverie-filled, “Plastic Brains.” The lyrics are well thought out through the entirety of the album; every song is relatable and well-worded. Shapeshifter isn’t the best one to go to for a quick pick-me-up, but that doesn’t take away from the brilliance of the al-

bum. With several different sounds accompanied by a comfortable familiarity throughout the whole album, I definitely think it is worth giving a listen… and then religiously playing on repeat.


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I cried each time I watched this trailer. Not just a few tears, but like legitimate crying. I recognize that was probably the intention of the entire film, but damn. Wonder, another adaptation of a book I’ve yet to read in its entirety, tells the story of a boy born with body deformity in his first year of public school, fifth grade. It’s a precious, heart-rending look at learning how to be yourself in an atmosphere that rejects differences. It also has a notable cast, featuring Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, and Mandy Patinkon, but even that just feels like an unnecessary bonus; they aren’t the story, nor do they seem particularly crucial to its telling. I am genuinely excited for this movie, even though I’ll probably sob through most of it.

murder on the orient express November 10

I’m a sucker for murder mysteries and Agatha Christie, so I’m pretty excited about this. The legendary tale of Murder on the Orient Express is pretty self-explanatory: there’s been a murder on a train, one of the travelers is the culprit, and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to solve the case. The cast looks stellar, mostly big names and recognizable faces including Judi Dench, Willem DaFoe, Michelle Pfieffer, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, and Kenneth Branagh, who also serves as the director. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out adaptation inconsistencies, so I’ll go ahead and say Johnny Depp was definitely an old man in the book. No matter, I can usually trust Branagh to stay true in his storytelling to the original version. Time will tell, I suppose. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 19

Dateline D ow n t ow n Vinyl Music Hall

Vinyl Music Hall hosts a variety of events, and November features original artists, events and once-in-a-lifetime entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets for any of these events, visit vinylmusichall.com. November 1: Jamey Johnson & Chris Hennessee November 2: Soulfly Does Nailbomb- Performing Point Blaknk November 3: J$5 Local Showcase: Exformation, Serena’s Fire, Chemtrail, Storm Within November 4: Cannibal Corpse November 10: Everclear- So Much For The Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour November 11: Ekall November 12: Reckless Kelly November 13: Iration- Intergalactic Tour November 14: KRanium November 15: AJJ November 16: Edwin McCain November 17: Free Gallery Night Show w/ Nirvanna- Tribute to Nirvana November 18: Son Volt November 19: Secondhand Serenade- AWAKE: The Ten Year Anniversary Tour November 29: Curren$y- Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour

Saenger Theatre

The Saenger Theatre is one of the oldest performance halls in Pensacola, and every season they offer the best in music, comedy, theatre and performance. For more information and to purchase tickets for any of these events, visit pensacolasaenger.com. November 4: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Awakenings November 7: Escambia County All County Chorus November 8: Magic Men LIVE! November 9: Elf the Musical November 11: Pensacola Civic Band: Salute to Veterans November 13: The Illusionists 20 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

Present: Adam Trent November 16: Escambia County All County Band November 18: White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents: A Tribute to the Royalty of Rock

Pensacola Ice Flyers

Throughout November Come and cheer for our local team as the Pensacola Ice Flyers gear up for their 2017-2018 season. With a new coach and new energy, they are determined to continue their dominance in the Southern Professional Hockey League. All games listed below are home games. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pensacolaiceflyers.com. Nov. 10: vs. Fayetteville Marksmen Nov. 11: vs. Fayetteville Marksmen Nov. 18: vs. Huntsville Havoc Nov. 22: vs. Macon Mayhem Nov. 25: vs. Huntsville Havoc

Catch Everclear at Vinyl Music Hall on Nov. 10

Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women at Pensacola Museum of Art

September 8 – December 31 Women. Rebels. Artists. Rebels With a Cause presents a selection of works by female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries who rebelled against the conventions of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, September 1 – December 31 Despite living in different cen- receiving awards, and clearing turies, Francisco Goya’s (1746- a path for future artists. The 1828) and Federico Castellon’s collection of paintings embody (1914-1971) body of work often the early influence of French imdraws sharper relationships to pressionism and its precursor, one another than to their con- the Barbizon Style. For more temporaries in their attention information, visit pensacolamuto the darker and complex side seum.org. of the human condition. Many artists have been drawn to the Chamber Music dark and the fantastic, but few have probed the human condi- Recital tion with the insight and truth- Through December fulness found in these images. The University of West Florida For more information, visit pen- Department of Music will present an afternoon of chamber sacolamuseum.org music on Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 at noon at Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola, located at 405 South Adams St. November’s performance is “Upbeat –

Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castelo at Pensacola Museum of Art

Downbeat,” featuring a variety of pieces for voice, piano, harpsichord, percussions, flute and organ, as well as trumpet performances. Every performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CFPA Music Office at 850474-2147.

4th Annual Foo Foo Festival

Murder in Green Meadows

Nov. 2-5 Come to the Panhandle Community Theatre for Murder in Green Meadows, a psychological thriller of a play written by Douglas Post and directed by Bob Monson. A love triangle soon turns into a murderous plot, one full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Originally premiered in 1986 as a one-act teleplay, Murder in Green Meadows was nominated for six Emmys and was eventually adapated into this critically praised play. Tickets are $15 dollars, with shows beginning at 7:30 pm (2:30 pm on Sundays). For more information and to buy tickets, visit panhandlecommunitytheatre.com

November 2 – 13 Foo Foo Fest is overtaking the city with a 12-day celebration of culinary, musical, theatrical and creative events, all to further promote the culture and vibrant life of Pensacola. Events such as Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Great GulfCoast Arts Festival and the Pensacola Marathon offer something for everyone, whether you just like to observe The Great Pumpkin or get involved. There is far too Race much to cover here, so read our November 4 whole issue for the scoop on Starting at 12th Avenue and the events. For more informawinding through scenic East tion, visit foofoofest.com. Hill, the Great Pumpkin Race is a 5k that brings close to 1,200 participants. Beginning at 8 am, the race is open to all ages, with prizes for the top competitors and tons of food and door prizes

D a t el i n e D own t own to keep up morale. Registration is $20 to $25 depending on age and date of registry, and all proceeds go to the Sacred Heart Cathedral School to improve the buildings and grounds. For more information and to register, visit shcs.ptdiocese.org/ pumpkinrun.

Storyteller’s Circle: The Color of Courage

Nov. 5 Hosted by the University of West Florida’s African American Heritage and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Storyteller’s Circle provides a glimpse into our past. Join Mitch Capel and Sonny Kelly as they give a multimedia performance detailing the untold stories of African American soldiers during the Civil War. A performance featuring drama, song, poetry and a multi-media production, it will

be sure to both thrill and educate. Tickets are $15, or $7 with a student ID. For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit aahspensacola.org.

Annual Perdido Key Chamber Fall Golf Tournament

Heron Trot 5k

November 18 Runners and walkers alike are called to come to Big Lagoon Nov. 10 State Park for the Heron Trot 5k. Organized by the Perdido Bay Inspired by nature, the 5k winds An Evening with Golf Club, the annual fall golf through the natural beauty of Guitarist Gene tournament allows golfers to the state park, with all proceeds play for a cause. Featuring door going to Friends of Pensacola Bertoncini prizes, contests and more, you State Parks in order to further Nov. 10 One of the preeminent jazz gui- get to strut your putt” while fund in-park projects. After the tarists today, Gene Bertoncini being entertained by the local race, spend the day at Big Lawill bring his fluid playing and Perdido Business Showcase. A goon kayaking, doing yoga or lyricism to the Pensacola Op- portion of the proceeds for this just exploring the nature trails. era. Bertoncini has performed event will go to the Frank Brown Admission to the race is $20, with the likes of Benny Good- International Foundation for or $25 on the day of the event, man, Buddy Rich, Wayne Short- Music, which sends musicians and buys you water, a racing bib, er, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne to schools to be introduced to snacks and a t-shirt. For more and Vic Damone. Enjoy a great the wonders of songwriting. information and to register, call night of drinks and music as you Entry fees to play are $100 per 850-776-9747. enjoy an intimate performance player ($75 for military) or $400 by the man who has been called per team ($300 for military). For the “Segovia of jazz.” For more more information and to sign information and to purchase up, visit visitperdido.com. tickets, visit jazzpensacola. com.

Pensacola Winterfest

Nov. 24 – Dec. 24 The holiday season is almost here, and Pensacola is set to get into full swing with Pensacola Winterfest. Throughout the month long celebration, experience downtown Pensacola lit by over 400,000 lights, watch the Elf Parade, meet Santa, play Reineer Games and ride the Winterfest Trolley. Rated a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, get ready to jingle your bells and dash all the way downtown for memories you’ll never forget. For more information, visit pensacolawinterfest.org.

Winterfest Kicks off Nov. 24 and continues until Dec. 24


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November Downtown Crowd 2017  

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