Arts & Culture

Sneak Peak at New Pirate Museum

Out the outside, it looks like a generic warehouse.

Inside this as-yet-undisclosed location in St. Augustine, pirate museum props are overflowing the shelves and peeking out of boxes. 

Pat Croce opened a squeaky door at the warehouse and said, "This is our secret bunker." He smiled a wry smile.

"I had to rent 6,000 feet to put all this paraphernalia and items we shipped up from Key West. Where was I going to put it? The museum's not ready for it"

Shelves are lined with trunks, real and fake swords, and rusty lanterns.

An unfinished mural of a pirate ship stretches across one wall of the warehouse.

The museum's creative director creates clouds and waves with every stroke of a paint brush.

Another man cleaned a cannon on the floor.

Croce bounced around the warehouse showing off the items inside and explaining how they will be used in his museum.

Flagler Professor Receives Funding From Pulitzer Center to Report in Cuba

Tracey Eaton, assistant professor of communication at Flagler College, spent part of his summer in Cuba writing for the Pulitzer Center.

The Pulitzer Center helps finance fieldwork in investigative journalism on issues that aren't reported by the mainstream media, and Eaton approached them with the idea of talking to dissidents and bloggers about their goals and views on U.S. policy toward Cuba.

"You have bloggers who are having a big impact on international opinion of what's going on in Cuba," said Eaton, who was Havana bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News from 2000 to early 2005. "The bloggers are giving their version of the story of what's going on in Cuba despite huge obstacles."

It was a busy trip for Eaton. While in Cuba, Fidel Castro resurfaced after his intestinal surgery, and the government announced the release of 50 political prisoners.

Eaton, who is bilingual, has a passion for Cuba and the Cuban people.

Flagler College Film Festival to begin screening on Sept. 30

Flagler College will unspool its first edition of the Flagler College Film Festival (FCFF) Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with 22 films from around the world and right next door.

Partially funded by the Arnold and Barbara Grevior Fund for Film Studies, FCFF will present films in five venues on campus and downtown St. Augustine.

The films will represent 11 countries.  Screenings will take place in the Flagler College Auditorium, Gamache-Koger Theater in the Student Center, The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, outdoors on the college's West Lawn and at the St Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St.

Tickets are $3 with a current Flagler College ID, $7 for seniors and other faculty and $9 general admission. Admission to the children's film is $1 per child and $3 for accompanying adults. For the environmental film, "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," tickets are just $3 for children. The Festival accepts all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.

New TV Season Brings New Hits and Duds

Highlights:

DOA. Every season brings a couple of clunkers. Last week brought four: Fox's Lone Star (4.1 million viewers) was the weakest of the bunch — and became the season's first casualty Tuesday, to be replaced by Lie to Me starting next week. But ABC's The Whole Truth and My Generation and NBC's Outlaw, in Friday's time-slot debut, are all on life support.

Artist Rodney Atkins to Play Free Show at Jacksonville Landing on October 8

Country music star Rodney Atkins is coming to Jacksonville, FL to perform a FREE show for the 99.9 Gator County Fall Concert Series on Friday, October 8.

Alhambra Actors to Join Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for "The Pirates of Penzance"

Actors from the nation’s longest running professional dinner theatre will take the stage with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for a special production of The Pirates of Penzance, set to invade Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 1-3. Conducted by Michael Butterman, a stellar cast from the new Alhambra Theatre & Dining under the direction of Tod Booth will sing and dance to live music by the Jacksonville Symphony in one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest comic operettas.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. Information and tickets are available through the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (904) 354-5547 or online at www.jaxsymphony.org. Ticket prices are $26, $31, $41, $56 and $66