5 Points Theatre to Re-Launch with New Ownership and Funding Campaign


An exciting development is taking place at the 5 Points Theatre. Local cinema director, Tim Massett and his wife, are in the planning stages of negotiating a new lease to take over and re-energize the theatre.

If he pulls it off, it would add a vital cultural spark to an eclectic collection of close-in neighborhoods that would welcome such a spruced-up amenity, Riverside Avondale Preservation founder Wayne Wood said.

The Plans: Think Alamo Draft House

Plans include a larger screen, improved sound and acoustics, theater seats with a bar running the length of each row, and full-on kitchen where food will be delivered to your seat.

It will provide a unique combination of movie theatre and dining, showing first-run and independent films while offering beverage and expanded concession service that includes a carefully selected menu of freshly prepared appetizers, sandwiches, and pizzas as well as a wide selection of handcrafted, local beers and great wines.

Tim’s has a background in re-developing theatres and turning them into successful businesses. He got his start at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, where he worked in 1997. The Alamo Drafthouse is quite possibly the most famous movie theatre in Texas and maybe the US.

You may know also Tim from his involvement in many local film projects which include running the San Marco Theatre, The Pit, The Brooklyn Microcinema and The Talkies.

Crowdsource the $$$! An Innovative Funding Model

The business plan that has been reviewed and approved by the Small Business Association office in Jacksonville, now they need to raise about $95,000. So, Tim is taking his cause to the people and using the crowd-funding site Ulule to help fund the project.

Learn more about innovative ways to fund your next project in a recent article I wrote for One Spark, a movement dedicated to highlighting and fostering innovation in Jacksonville. @BeOneSpark

It should be noted that Tim and his wife plan to invest $10,000 of their own money in the redevelopment.

Plans to raise the money mirror an NPR pledge drive. There are pre-defined contribution levels and each has a reward associated with it. If you choose to pledge, the money will not be removed from your bank account until the project reaches it’s goal. If the project does not reach it’s goal in a stated time frame, no money will change hands.

For example, the $100 pledge level includes twelve movie tickets and twelve popcorns. With the average cost of a movie ticket around $7.50 this contribution pays for itself.

The Urban Jacksonville Matching Challenge & Other Ways to Help Launch This Project

I will match up to $100 contributed by Urban Jacksonville readers. I believe this could help elevate Jacksonville culturally and improve our quality of life. If you think so too, I challenge you to contribute.

Once you have contributed, forward me a copy of your contribution conformation email from Ulule. If there is anyone else out there who is interested in providing a match grant, let me know and I will help facilitate. Let’s amplify our efforts!

Here are some other ways to help. If you can do two of the items below, that would be awesome.

  • Visit the project page, contribute and get some great rewards.
  • Write a blog post, feel free to use any of the content on this post.
  • Share the project page on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Convince a family member or friend to contribute.
  • Share this blog post with others.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts and comments if you have any. What do you think about this project?

Urban Jacksonville Mixtape #17


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Katy Garrison is a UX and identity designer for nGen Works, a digital agency in San Marco. She devotes her free time to illustration and typographic design, enjoying the company of good friends and discovering inventive new ways to break a limb or an iPhone.

Urban Jacksonville Mixtape #17 Playlist

  • Gucci Gucci (K.Flay Remix) – Kreayshawn
  • No Particular One – Theophilus London
  • Optimistic Captive – The KickDrums
  • Rose Mary Stretch – Pepper Rabbit
  • Pumped Up Kicks (The Hood Internet Remix feat. Hollywood Holt) – Foster The People
  • East West Funk – Jessica 6
  • Never Good Enough (The Killabits Remix) – Major Lazer
  • Secret Lover – That Work
  • Morning Thought – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • Julius (Strength remix) – Starfucker
  • Figure 8 (Discotech Remix) – Outasight
  • Tonight’s The Kind Of Night (RAC Mix_ – Noah and the Whale
  • Wildfire (Remix) – SBTRKT ft Little Dragon & Drake

I didn’t mix or create any of these tracks myself, they haveall been downloaded from various MP3 blogs. Thanks to all the MP3 blogs and artists who mixed these tracks*.

MP3 Blogs
The Hood Internet
Hype Machine
Palms Out Sounds
Fluo Kids
Gorilla vs. Bear
Mad Decent blog
Ruckus Roboticus
White Folks Get Crunk
versus-3.blogspot.com and more….

*If you want me to take down a track, just let me know. In case you missed it: Download Urban Jacksonville Mixtape #17

Joining Forces With One Spark To Develop Innovation In Jacksonville


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Exciting news to announce! I am now the Website Editor for One Spark, an organization focused on innovation in Jacksonville.

A Nutshell Explanation of What We’re Up To

One Spark is a group of influencers who want to develop a community, focused on encouraging idea generation and disruptive thinking in Jacksonville. We will reinforce the belief that “good” failure is okay, risk is a natural part of new ideas, and that keeping an idea quiet only increases the likelihood it will never launch.

Ultimately we will support the creation, relation, and execution of ideas.

I’ve developed a content strategy that we will execute in the next few months, beginning today. Our first post is called 5 Ways to Help Spark Innovation in Jacksonville. In this post we define our vision of what the One Spark website will be. We also issue a call for connectors, video directors, content producers, designers and event producers who want to join our team:

We’re creating something that not only inspires, but informs. Call it what you want: an online tv station, a magazine, a innovation portal, whatever. It’s all those things and we want to shine a spotlight on smart people and inspire others to do what they’re passionate about.

What Does This Mean for Urban Jacksonville

I am currently working on a website redesign and I will be relaunching with a focus on features and less daily posting. I anticipate more in-depth posts, videos galleries and podcasts coming your way soon.

What Is One Spark?

One Spark: Starting, Building & Scaling New Ideas In Jacksonville

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A couple friends of mine started this movement and I’m very intrigued. These people hold weight and follow through well, so I can see some positive things coming our way from One Spark.

One Spark is a faction of innovators focused on encouraging idea generation and disruptive thinking in Jacksonville, FL. Learn more about One Spark at beonespark.com.

If you want to learn, One Spark will hosting a very informal Q&A on Wednesday, June 1st from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the atrium at 5 West Forsyth Street. Stay tuned to the movement on Twitter and Facebook.

Be One Spark Teaser

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Awesome: Del The Funky Homosapian playing a free show at Lomax Lodge


Jacksonville is blessed. My first Del album.

The world famous Oakland, Ca. based rapper Del The Funky Homosapian has added a Jacksonville, Fl. date to his “Del Funk for Free” tour scheduled to stop at Lomax Lodge in 5 points on Saturday May 7th 2001.

Over his 15 year plus illustrious career Del has found success and acclaim as a member of Hieroglyphics, Deltron 3030 (with Dan The Automater), and most recently the multi platinum super group The Gorillaz.

The most amazing thing about this tour is Del is doing the shows for essentially free to the public! There will be a $5 cover for those 18-20, however anyone over 21 can attend simply by leaving a cash donation with the door man. It could be $1 or $100- the customer chooses to pay what its worth to them.

Lomax Lodge’s capacity is 165, so this show will definitely sell out. Doors are at 9pm sharp and we are highly recommending everyone gets there early.

Thanks to Ian and HIP HOP HELL for bringing this show to Riverside

Del The Funky Homosapian
performing live with
Bukue 1, Project Lotus, D.A.R.Y.L., and the $BIG BUCKS$ DJ crew
Saturday May 7th 2011
at Lomax Lodge
822 Lomax St. (5 Points)
Jacksonville, Fl. 32204

A little Del in a movie I made for the Riverside Trolley

So Long Wingard Creative


Christopher Ball, Crystal Jones, Joey Marchy, David Wingard, Caitlin Robinson and Katie Riffle accepting the Cultural Council’s 2011 Small Business of the Year award.

Today we announced I’m leaving Wingard Creative (wing-ard) to take a job with Beeline. It’s a happy-sad day for me. Sad I’m leaving a creative agency I love and believe in. Happy I’ll be able provide my family with more opportunities.

It’s All Good

Many times when a high-profile member of a company leaves, everyone’s first inclination is to think “there must be something wrong”, but I can assure you, Wingard Creative is stronger and better than ever. In fact, I don’t want to leave. It’s such a fun place to work and the people are amazing.

In the past two years at Wingard, we’ve accomplished a lot. We built an interactive department from the ground up and in the process won quite a few awards including the Cultural Council’s Small Business of the Year in 2011.

We organized Creative Company to help small businesses learn to market their services online and work with creative agencies, it was a blast. We launched a beer brand and helped protect the St. John’s River in more ways than one.

We made friends on Facebook and Twitter and then we showed our clients how to do it. All along we developed a high level of customer service, which we promote as a feature of working with us.

Then End …?

One end is a new beginning and I don’t see us stopping here. I have a feeling Wingard and I will be involved for a long while after I leave. If we’re not already connected on Linked In or Facebook, lets do that now. Onward!

Left to right: Christopher Ball (business), David Wingard (principle), Caitlin Robinson (design), Katie Riffle (design), Crystal Jones (interactive/design).

#jaxmayor Episode #6 – Bringing A Tank To A Knife Fight

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“what she said” Wow! Audrey Moran brought a tank to a knife fight. The other guys sound like they’re lost sticking to the script. -Tweeted by @KevinF photo credit: KB35

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In This Episode

We recap Monday’s debate from the University club where the fists start flying between Moran and Mullaney.

Early voting is happening now
The election is March 22 (2 weeks away)

ThinkVoteJax Debates
ThinkVoteJax – stream all the debates at http://www.wjct.tv
Thursday 3/3 at 8pm The role of government in Growth/the Environment
Sunday 3/6 at 10am School Matters Special: Mayoral Forum on Education
Monday 3/7 at 8pm Debate #2 The role of government in Economic Development
Thursday 3/17 at 8 Debate #3: The role of government in Public Health & Safety


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Monday’s Channel 4 Debate

Mayoral candidate Warren Lee was fired for soliciting petitions


First attack ad in Jacksonville mayoral race runs early by mistake


Rival mocks Rick Mullaney’s 34-point plan: “Point 35 is ‘When desperate, go negative


TU Editorial Board Endorsement of Audrey Moran


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