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May 23rd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

While we’re remembering those who died for our country, let’s also remember the only truly American-born form of music. Yes, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns this Memorial Day weekend, May 22 -25 to Downtown Jacksonville.

The new jazz festival footprint includes stages along Bay Street near Newnan Street, near Marsh Street at the Shipyards and at the Jacksonville Landing. Click here for a festival map.

Hours for the festival – which is mostly free – are Friday, May 23, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 25, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Performers include the Just Jazz Quartet, Jazz Jam with Lisa Kelly, Al Jarreau, the Average White Band, Marcus Johnson and many more. Visit the festival website for a complete schedule of performers.

If theater is more your thing, check out ”Bay at the Moon,” a down-home comedy at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre on May 23-25 by hometown success story Ian Mairs.

Mairs, who will be in town from New York, will direct the show, which explores the ties that bind siblings and the boundaries they set to maintain some semblance of sanity.

Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit the theater website for tickets at $15 each.

Finally, for some visual art this weekend, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Downtown Jacksonville throughout the summer, including this weekend, for an exhibit of New York Times Magazine photographs.

The exhibit runs until Aug. 24, showcasing 30 years of NYT Magazine images, focusing primarily on the past 15 years.

The exhibit is included with the price of museum admission. For more information, visit the MOCA website at mocajacksonville.org.

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