Radar: To Do in JAX 2.17-2.23

Nita Strauss. Photo from iconvsicon.com.

Soulful music concerts, beach art walks, paint parties, and more, Jacksonville is a busy place to be this week. There are several opportunities to enjoy positive, energetic experiences that will also be very fun, so it is time to get off the couch and enjoy the sun outside.


North Beaches Art Walk
Since its start in 2007, the North Beaches Art Walk has remained a consistently popular event for the beach dwellers.  Every third Thursday of the month, this Art Walk exposes the community to the talented, local artists in the Neptune Beach area. When JoAnne Adams, Alice Gartland, and Linda Steward birthed this event, their goal was to recreate the popular energy of art walks that take place downtown, and they have done it. At the Beaches Town Center, come check out the local artists, musicians, woodworkers, designers, and the alike, who are eager to showcase their creative masterpieces. 5-9 p.m. Free. Beaches Town Center: 0 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, FL; nbaw.org // @northbeachesartwalk


“Amour” Dinner & Performance
At the Picinich-Byrd Theatre, prepare for an engulfing performance of “Amour” this Friday evening, showcasing talented dancers who best represent a collection of romantic short stories through their intimate movements. For two weekends in a row, you can witness this entertaining production and also indulge in a four-course meal, catered by Biscottis. Guest Artist Principal Dancer, Myrna Kamara, will also make an appearance for the February 18, 19, and 20 showings. Various times. $125+. Picinich-Byrd Theatre, 10131 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL; floridaballet.org // @flballet


Jacksonville Holistic Healing Expo
This Saturday, at the World Golf Village, prepare to dive into the details of your health with over 50 like-minded holistic businesses in one space. Free to the public, these knowledgeable health experts will teach attendees about fitness, nutrition, sustainable living and much more. With free swag bags for the first 30 guests, I would recommend going early. Regardless, all guests will have access to free samples, demonstrations, assessments and giveaways. You can register for free tickets online. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Renaissance Resort World Golf Village: 500 S Legacy Trl., St. Augustine, FL; healthbydesignfl.com // @healthbydesignfl

Puff Puff Paint “Party & Paint”
With a DJ who will be creating an energetic atmosphere with plenty of hip hop and rap songs, and providing all attendees with a chance to really let loose, this “Party & Paint” event is not just an average opportunity to make something artistic. It is a full blown party with the paint crew and an opportunity to enjoy all of the amenities at Eva’s Sports Bar, which will be fully serviced, including on-site vendors, as well. Come enjoy yourself and give painting your best shot. 6:30- 9 p.m. $25. Eva’s Sports Bar and Grill: 736 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL; facebook.com/partynpainting // @partynpainting


Highland Cow & Sunflower Photoshoot
For anyone looking for a picturesque opportunity to get a candid family or couple photo, look no further than the Highland Cow & Sunflower Photoshoot. With a real life cow to join in the scene, farm-like decor, sunflowers, and more, this cheery setting is sure to result in a lovely photo. Plus, as an added perk, it is $20 off the first ten bookings, if you choose to do a package deal. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $48+. Location varies; wildartistryco.com // @wildartistryphotography


Team Trivia
At Island Wing Company Grill, there will be live trivia going down from 7 to 9 p.m. Island Wing has a delicious menu and drinks, so grab your friends and please your taste buds, while you work together to answer the trivia questions as knowledgeably as you can. The trivia is free to play, and there are prizes up for grabs. 7-9 p.m. Free to play. Menu costs. Island Wing Company Grill and Bar: 4409 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL; islandwing.com // @islandwingjacksonville

Nita Strauss
Most commonly recognized as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist for the past five years, Nita Strauss is now putting on a show of her own in Jacksonville. According to her website, her “skill, exuberant stage presence, and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry and endorsements.” If you are a rock and roll fan, then come see Strauss, who travels all across the world to perform at Underbelly in Jacksonville this week. 7 p.m. $22+. Underbelly: 113 E Bay St., Jacksonville, FL; nitastrauss.com // @hurricanenita


Donavon Frankenreiter
Starting as a professional surfer and now a traveling musician, Donavon Frankenreiter will be performing at 1904 Musical Hall this Wednesday. His musical style is laid back and soulful, with philosophical lyrics. He will be accompanied by Christina Holmes, another talented artist who pours her heart and soul into her music. Come check them and enjoy the positive energy that their music brings. 7 p/m. $25. 1904 Musical Hall: 19 Ocean St., Jacksonville, FL; donavonf.com // @donavon_frankenreiter

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