Welcome to “Spazhouse” in Riverside, to the brilliant oddities of Roxanne Henkle, to a Venus de Milo worthy of Dadaism, to the sage advice of “the Pragmatic Villain,” to reminiscences of “the Hair Man,” to the
Don’t swim with the alligators. Avoid all contact with the soil. Avoid contact with water. Unless invited, stay away. Show your papers. You are not forgotten. This place is not what you think you see.
It’s the house Jacksonville’s greatest historic architect built for himself in 1908. It’s where he died poor and forgotten upstairs, 91 years old, in 1964. So no wonder Jefree Shalev and Carolyn Brass still feel Henry John Klutho here. They’re keeping him alive.
Poets and whiskey and late-night bonfires. Driftwood sculpture and taxidermy suspended in trees. A poetry lounge in an old bus. And Junah and Elby and Oliver. And Keri and Stephanie and Lindsey and Alex. And beggar’s tick weed taking over sculptures. A seasonal gathering. An art farm.
Jax by Jax is a literary festival at Park & King in the middle of Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Jax by Jax includes nine venues, 15 featured writers, almost 30 writers total, and three literary journals.
Eartha White lived in the Mission she founded on LaVilla’s West Ashley Street. She lived with the poor she helped, ate from the food she shared, and clothed herself from the donations she offered. Though she met with business leaders, mayors, governors, and presidents, she never separated herself from the poor it was her life’s purpose to help.
The Ocean Highway at Night is the story of Old A1A, a lost branch of a bypassed Florida highway, its communities of Summer Haven and Marineland, the world’s “first oceanarium,” the rock shelves of limestone coquina on the beaches, and the mysterious mayors of these coastal podunks.