Radar: To Do in JAX 5.25-5.29

Michael Menert. Photo courtesy of subject.

This weekend kicks off the first summer holiday of the year. Check out jazz festivals (yes, more than one!) and a celebration for National Wine Day. Try your hand at creating art using a new technique, vibe out to poetry and storytelling or laugh your way through yoga. Above all, Happy Memorial Day weekend. Note: Some descriptions courtesy of event hosts and edited for clarity.


Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2023
For over 40 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has brought music lovers together for an incredible weekend of food, drinks community and of course music! The Jacksonville Jazz Festival fills the streets of downtown Jacksonville and beyond with the sweet sounds of artists you love music you can groove to. Free. 7 p.m. 2 W Independent Dr. Jacksonville, FL; jacksonvillejazzfesr.com // @jaxjazzfest

National Wine Day at Legacy Ale Works
As if we needed a reason to celebrate, it’s National Wine Day. Celebrate with $1 off wines all day. We’ll also have $3 off cheese and charcuterie platters and a special wine and charcuterie pairing for the adventurous. Free. 5-10 p.m. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. Ste 129 Jacksonville, FL; legacyaleworks.com // @legacyale


Michal Menert at 1904 Music Hall
Menert’s reputation as a live performer continues to grow, as he brings his music to fans nationwide via both his septet and his 22-piece all-star ensemble. His collaborations have led to the formation of ongoing side projects including Manic Menert (with Manic Focus), Half Color (with Paul Basic) and Club Scouts (with Mux Mool). A dynamic and ideological producer, collaborating and working closely with a new generation of hip-hop and EDM producers, Menert is dedicated to bringing a new musical vision to life free from limitation. $15-$20. 7-11 p.m. 19 N Ocean St. Jacksonville, FL; 1904musichall.com // @1904_musichall

Rare Science with Ebony Payne-English at the MOSH
Join award-winning performance artist and poet Ebony Payne-English for an evening of storytelling and community celebration. In Rare Science, Ebony presents her interpretation of the human condition via an anthropological perspective. In this masterful weaving of rhyme, intricate storytelling, and performance art, she reveals the rigid conflict and riveting luminance of community, shared history and collective responsibility. $20. 7-9 p.m. 1025 Museum Cir. Jacksonville, FL; themosh.org // @moshjax


The Labrynth Mural Party at Bespoke House Jax
Join Bespoke House for The Labrynth Mural Party followed by an after-party. This exciting event showcases the talents of local artist Brian Barnard and aims to beautify our Bespoke House Campus. The Labyrinth Mural Party is all about guiding artisans through the labyrinth of the Bespoke Journey, providing inspiration, connection, and a stunning visual experience. Participate in the creation of a breathtaking mural that will become an iconic part of our creative space. $10. 2-10 p.m. 4624 Park St. Jacksonville, FL; bespokehousejax.com // @bespokehousejax

Papercutting Workshop with Hiromi Moneyhun at MOCA
In celebration of MOCA Jacksonville’s newest Project Atrium exhibition, “Hiromi Moneyhun: 幽 霊 Yūrei (Ghosts),” join for a unique opportunity to learn directly from the artist herself. In this workshop, students will learn the same techniques Moneyhun used to create her installation and make their own work to take home. $60-$80. 1-3:30 p.m. 333 N Laura St. Jacksonville, FL; mocajacksonville.edu // @mocajax


Jazz Fest After Dark: TimeWise at Underbelly
TimeWise is Jacksonville, Florida’s most recent contribution to the blossoming jazz and fusion scene in the southeast. Comprised of both current and alumni of UNF’s top-tier music program, TimeWise seeks to strike a chord between improvisation and composition, calling back to jazz and fusion greats such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, while embracing the new sounds brought by artists like Domi and JD Beck and Kamasi Washington. The quintet strives to bring intensity, vulnerability, rage, and intention every time they take the stage, and bring every ear along for the ride.” Free. 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.. 113 E. Bay St. Jacksonville, FL; downtownjacksonville.org // @jaxjazzfest

Laughter Yoga in the Gardens at Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
This class is an all-levels class, great for everyone. Come create balance and space in the mind, body and spirit. All harmony’s instructors are certified in yoga. $8. 11 a.m. 1445 Millcoe Rd. Jacksonville, FL; harmonywellness.org // @harmony_mbs_wellness

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