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Volume 26 Number N umber 41
EDITOR’S NOTE It’s time to get past the rhetoric on immigration. p. 4
MUSIC Piano prophetess Marcia Ball stands out in the Cajun-fried crowd. p. 26
NEWS A Legal Aid attorney fights to keep alive a project that helps low-income immigrants. p. 7
New Orleans jam band Galactic blends everything the Big Easy has to offer into one danceable, intoxicating mix. p. 27
BUZZ A Duval County School Board member looks for a new job, a humpback whale sighting, Shands CEO heads to Tampa, and Duval County increases elementary schools’ security. p. 8
Unsung songwriter Don Williams brings his mellow gold to Northeast Florida. p. 28
BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Meteorologist Steve Letro, Gov. Rick Scott and Medals4Mettle’s Rose Bennett and Stephanie Nichols. p. 8
ARTS Iconic ’60s artist Peter Max now turns his brush toward the works of Degas, Monet and Picasso. p. 34 “Ring of Fire”: More than one performer needed to bring Man in Black to life. p. 35
SPORTSTALK Shad Khan’s general manager pick will reflect his vision and thought process. p. 10
BITE-SIZED Sweet Theory Baking Company brings the sweets with a natural twist. p. 44
ON THE COVER Yoga’s connection of body and mind is good medicine. p. 11 Poses for beginners and beyond. p. 14 A vocabulary lesson. p. 14 Yoga studio directory. p. 18
BACKPAGE We test children’s eyes and ears, but when do we evaluate their mental health? p. 55
OUR PICKS International Theatre Festival, Black Veil Brides, Winter Jam, Todd Snider, Ringling Bros. Circus and Tokyo String Quartet. p. 21 MOVIES “Meditation Creativity Peace”: Acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch hopes the world will give peace a chance through meditation. p. 22 “Zero Dark Thirty”: Director Bigelow’s new film recovers with a riveting finale. p. 23
MAIL p. 5 FILM LISTING p. 24 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 29 ARTS LISTING p. 36 HAPPENINGS p. 41 DINING GUIDE p. 45 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 50 I SAW U p. 51 CLASSIFIEDS p. 52 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 54 Cover design by Chad Smith Photo by Walter Coker Cover model: Andrea Pettit JANUARY 9-15, 2013 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 3
Reforming Hearts and Minds
It’s time to get past the rhetoric on immigration
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irst, it was health care. Then, it was the election. Or gun control. Or the fiscal cliff. For the last four years, despite many promises, Washington keeps getting sidetracked when it comes to immigration reform. And, really, it goes back much further than four years. We didn’t find ourselves with a woefully inadequate immigration system overnight. Now, everyone is ready to talk about immigration again. And this time they’re serious. Really. “I’ve said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority,” President Barack Obama said in an interview on “Meet the Press” Dec. 30. “I think we have talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also have said it will be a priority for 2013. After Obama won 71 percent of the Latino vote, compared to Mitt Romney’s 27 percent, in the November election, rhetoric-wielding Republicans might be ready to soften their approach. Even if most Republicans haven’t entirely changed their minds, they have to be aware of the numbers: Exit polls revealed that 10 percent of the 2012 electorate was Hispanic, hitting double digits for the first time. As reported on the Huffington Post, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a long-time advocate for a humane approach to immigration reform, said last week, “It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on health care, if they think you want to deport their grandmother.” As the Cuban-American senator’s profile rises around speculation of a 2016 presidential bid, his voice will likely be the one to follow for the GOP. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who could also run in 2016, has advocated for immigration reform and a dial-down on the rhetoric. But overall, the Republican Party’s tone on immigration remains out of whack, with some of the most vocal — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) — deemed by many to be extreme and offensive. Romney attacked fellow candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry for signing a bill to give some young undocumented immigrants in-state tuition. Romney also said undocumented immigration could be solved by “self-deportation.” To avoid a recalcitrant Congress, the president has used executive orders targeted to reform immigration. Last year, Obama’s directive allowed certain people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16 to apply for a two-year deferral of deportation. It could be seen as a step toward the long-languishing (since 2001) DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) proposed to provide an opportunity for residency to millions of immigrant children who graduated from U.S. high schools. On Jan. 2, the Obama Administration announced a directive allowing illegal immigrants who can demonstrate that their time away from American immediate family members would create “extreme hardship” to apply for visas without leaving the United States. Under the new rules, they would only have to leave the country briefly to pick up their visas in their native countries. The arcane law meant that many families were separated for up to a decade from immigrant spouses, children or parents who
were applying for the legal documents known as green cards. The Los Angeles Times reported the administration might expand the changes to include relatives of lawful permanent residents. This is another important step in dealing with the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States. Many of them are contributing members of society who would contribute more if there were a better path to legalizing their status. Many come here as children of parents fighting for a better life for their families. Some escape deplorable conditions in their home countries. Others are victims of human trafficking. Some enter the country illegally. Others overstay their original visas. It’s not practical, or even desirable, to simply kick all of these people out of the United States. Many are plugged into our economy and perform a wide variety of jobs. Some came to attend college, attaining advanced degrees they hoped to put to use at a job in the U.S. Those are skills we should want to retain. Obama has made a lot of promises about immigration reform, most of which he has not yet kept. It seems a large majority of the Latino population believed Obama was a better bet than Romney to accomplish their goals. But they haven’t had much proof to bolster their beliefs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record 410,000 people in the last fiscal year, compared with 397,000 the prior year. A record 1.59 million people were deported during the last four fiscal years. ICE reported that 55 percent of those removed were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors. The American Civil Liberties Union countered that “almost half ” of those deported had no criminal records. The Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office is one of two Florida agencies that have immigration enforcement agreements with the federal government. If you are arrested in Jacksonville, you will be asked two citizenship questions: Where were you born? Of what country are you a citizen? The ACLU says this practice causes racial profiling and fear and mistrust of police among immigrants. On Dec. 21, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decided to end local agency programs that use task-force tactics in the field to seek out aliens for deportation. Read the news story on page 7 about one attorney’s fight to keep alive the only program that provides no-cost legal services for immigrants, many of whom have committed no crimes, at the Baker County jail, the regional facility where they are detained long term. We need a comprehensive solution with a guest-worker program for future immigrants and a path for illegal immigrants already living here to legalize their status over time. Some Republicans will fight one or both of those reforms, so Boehner will need to be persuasive. The Huffington Post reported that because Boehner brought the fiscal cliff to the floor without majority support, breaking the socalled “Hastert Rule,” a Democratic aide had hope for the future of immigration reform in a Republican-controlled House. “He already did it with this fiscal issue, so I would not be surprised if, when it came down to it, he puts up a bill that he just allows to go through with a combination of Democratic and Republican votes, without worrying about a majority of the majority.” Denise M. Reagan firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/denisereagan
Two New Year’s Requests
As one year ends and a new one begins, I, as an historian of our city as well as a volunteer with considerable knowledge of our community, wish Mayor Alvin Brown much success in 2013. To that end, I especially hope his efforts toward downtown renewal proceed well, and his continued support for JCCI’s JAX2025 helps us to shape creative directions for our city and his administration. On top of that, I would like to recommend two initiatives. First, I urge Mayor Brown to put aside his Grover Norquist-type opposition to any new taxes. Jacksonville is the lowest-taxed major city in Florida. It can afford to support its library system, a day center for the homeless, police and fire services adequately. Other forward-looking cities do it. Newsweek recently applauded Oklahoma City for its successful downtown development supported by a onepenny sales tax increase approved by the voters. Earlier, The Atlantic, in an article on Ohio in the election campaign, reported approvingly of Columbus’ mayor raising taxes, with bipartisan and Chamber support, to maintain city services. In recent years, Miamians have taxed themselves to fund children’s programs. And in the 1990s, our own Mayor John Delaney persuaded voters to endorse a sale tax increase to fund the Better Jacksonville Plan, source of multiple achievements ranging from the Timucuan Preserve to downtown’s library, sports complex and city hall renovation. Our city cannot continue to scrimp in the hopes the costs of city government will decrease or property tax revenues will increase automatically. We must fund city pensions as modified, and we should open the homeless day center seven days a week providing appropriate services. We also should restore funding to our library, maintain our parks and spend where necessary to stimulate downtown’s development. The second issue for Mayor Brown to support is amending the human rights ordinance. His publicly sitting on the sidelines last summer, combined with the City Council voting the amendment down, gave Jacksonville a black eye nationally in our record on human rights. Most major cities nationally support such an ordinance. Locally, most major corporations, the Chamber, community leaders and others supported the amendment to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in jobs, housing and
public accommodations. This is not a gay marriage issue. It is a civil rights issue. Jacksonville is one of the few cities in the nation to oppose these rights for an important and talented segment of our population. We can do better and need to do better if we as a city want to achieve recognition as a progressive, cosmopolitan metropolis comparable to our urban rivals in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and across the nation. Thus, these two requests to Mayor Brown: Rethink taxation, as the city needs the resources, and rethink amending the human rights ordinance, because our city needs its lesbian and gay citizens to live, work and contribute to our city moving forward. Jim Crooks Jacksonville
Vietnam Veterans’ Low Priority
The 113th Congress is now seated. The 112th Congress failed to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War. House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629 to restore The Agent Orange Equity Act did not make it out of committee. In all probability, these bills are dead and must be reintroduced.
Our quality of life means little to our House and Senate. What is a veteran’s life worth after he honorably served country and flag? Freedom is not free. There are 439 members of the House of Representatives and 100 members of Senate. In the 112th assembly of both houses, only 126 representatives cosponsored the House bill and 14 senators cosponsored the Senate bill. What does this say about those legislators who ignored the bills? Veterans of the Vietnam War are a low priority. We have become a liability for budget dollars. Our quality of life means little to our House and Senate. What is a veteran’s life worth after he honorably served country and flag? Freedom is not free. Every day, another veteran falls ill to a disease attributed to the deadly herbicide agent
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orange. Every week, approximately 400 to 500 sick Vietnam veterans die. The legacy we leave behind is that our government does not care. We advocates for Vietnam veterans must start over to convince our legislators to do what is right. We are groups who volunteer our time to help sick veterans gather evidence required by Veterans Affairs for submission of claims. We do the legwork, we meet with members of the House and Senate in support of veterans. Our only reward is knowing we helped a veteran. What we do is not enough unless we have support from the House and Senate. We ask all Americans to urge our legislators to pass laws that will provide equitable VA health care and compensation for sick Vietnam veterans so they may realize a better quality of life. John J. Bury Media, Penn.
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Corrections Due to a reporting error, the year John Delaney and his wife, Gena, were married was wrong in “Delaney: Defender of Anti-Discrimination” in the Jan. 2 issue. They were married in 1980. Also, the age of their youngest child was incorrect. It is 16. If you would like to respond to something that appeared in Folio Weekly, please send a signed letter (no anonymous or pseudonymous mail will be printed) along with address and phone number (for verification purposes only) to themail@folioweekly. com or THE MAIL, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256. Letters may be edited for space and clarity. 6 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | JANUARY 9-15, 2013
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Karen Winston runs the Baker Defense Project, created to protect the rights of immigrants held in Baker County Detention Center. Photo: Walter Coker
Representing the Voiceless
A Legal Aid attorney fights to keep alive a project that helps low-income immigrants
any times she doesn’t speak their language, but Karen Winston is often the lone legal voice for hundreds of immigrants in the Baker County Detention Center in Macclenny. When immigrants arrive at this rural location about 30 miles west of Jacksonville, they are cast into a murky neverland, often without access to legal aid or knowledge about what options they have. Many times, they are placed on the “rocket docket,” and quickly deported. Winston, 34, founded and operates the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. Baker County Defense Project, which provides free legal services and direct representation for lowincome immigrants detained at the Baker County Jail in Macclenny. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, contracts with the Baker County Jail as an immigrant detention center. Sheriff Joey Dobson said ICE pays $84.72 per day for each inmate. The national average is $122 per day. The project is the only organization providing free legal representation to immigrants detained at Baker, and it might go away soon if Winston can’t raise the $60,000 needed to keep it afloat for the next year. The money goes for her salary and costs, including gas for frequent trips to Baker County and Orlando, where the federal immigration court is located, plus other office expenses. “This is a bargain or steal when you think about the cost of hiring a private attorney to do intensive litigation,” Winston said. “I work an average of 70 hours a week; often it’s much more.” Crime victims, asylum-seekers and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking will lose their only hope for justice if the program ends, she said. Consider the case of a woman from Central America who fears torture and death if she is deported. “She has been a great, great help for me,” said the woman, identified only as L.P. from Central America, about Winston’s legal work. The woman won her case to stay in the United States, but she remains behind the fences at the Baker County Detention Center because the U.S. government has appealed the decision. “My main concern is protecting my client and because of the nature of the case, I am unable to provide very much background information,” Winston said. The woman’s name, her country of origin
and details of her case are being withheld to protect her from deportation. She endured another holiday without seeing her sons, ages 18 and 19, saying they live far from Baker County. If they were able to see their mother, they could not hug or touch her. Visitations at the jail are by videoconference. Her sons are both U.S. citizens, Winston said. All the detainees with court cases appear before an Orlando immigration judge, also with a video hookup. “Miss Karen has been wonderful to me. Thanks to her, we won our case. She was able to fight my case,” said the woman, who has been in the United States for more than a decade. Winston, a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010, founded the Baker Defense Project through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship; The Florida Bar Foundation funded it through September 2012. Jacksonville Area Legal Aid foot the bill through the end of last year and early this year, but time and money are running out for the successful program, which could end in March. The Baker County Detention Center holds as many as 300 immigrants at any given time, both men and women, facing deportation from the United States. Immigrants do not have the right to an attorney to challenge their deportations at government expense because removal hearings are considered administrative and not criminal in nature. About 80 percent of those who pass through the detention facility don’t have an attorney, and most are forced to navigate complicated removal procedures without benefit of counsel. Most cannot afford to hire an attorney and must represent themselves, even if they are longtime residents of this country, have children who are U.S. citizens or face dangerous and/or extreme conditions in the country of deportation. “In many situations, they could be eligible for some type of relief, which would prevent their deportation,” Winston said. The project’s services provided onsite at BCDC to immigrants include “Know Your Rights” presentations, advocacy for improved living conditions and medical treatment, full and limited representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court and the Board of
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Immigration Appeals. While inside the walls of BCDC, Winston found immigrants living in conditions “worse than a prison,” even though some of them have not been convicted of any crime. According to Detention Watch Network, being in violation of immigration laws is not a crime, merely a civil violation. About half of the immigrants detained nationwide have no criminal record at all, though Sheriff Dobson said a large percentage of those in his facility are convicted criminals, who have already served time in jails and prisons and are awaiting deportation. Winston recently co-authored a report, “Expose and Close,” about the conditions at BCDC. The report, which named the Baker County Jail as one of the 10 worst immigration detention facilities in the United States, was part of a series of reports detailing chronic human rights violations occurring in immigration detention centers (bit.ly/ExposeClose). The major complaints about BCDC are that immigrants are confined 24 hours a day without being allowed outside, food is heavily peppered, and there’s a lack of hygiene products, especially for women. “It makes you kind of depressed. You can hear the rain, but you can’t see it. I have gone a long time without seeing the light from the sun or moon,” the Central American woman L.P. said. “The conditions for me, we are like a maximum security prison,” she said, adding that detainees are required to wear handcuffs when they go to the clinic. The sheriff defended his facility. “We’ve got 450 inmates and 450 different opinions,” Dobson said. “We don’t run a Holiday Inn. We house them, feed them and take care of their medical needs.” “There are always going to be complaints,” he added. “They don’t want to be there anyway, so they are going to complain.” Winston cited another case about a man she identified as E.M., who was transported to the United States with the promise of work at a luxury hotel. Instead, he was forced to work at a
meatpacking plant. Threats from the traffickers prevented his escape. “The factory was, like, horrible,” said E.M., who now works in sales and was salesman of the year where he works. Details on his name, case and country of origin were also being withheld because of threats to his family from traffickers in his home country. Winston said traffickers seized the man’s family home. He has nothing good to say about the detention center. “It was really, really bad. We didn’t see sunlight. The food was really horrible,” E.M. said. After a “Know Your Rights” session at Baker County Detention Center, Winston determined E.M. was the victim of labor trafficking. After hundreds of hours of work representing him before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, she was able to get him a T-Visa, which is a special visa for human trafficking victims. Only 557 were granted to trafficking survivors in 2011. He was released in 2011 after 10 months in detention. Winston is working to obtain a T-Visa for his young daughter, who plans to move to the U.S. soon. “Karen did a great job. Without her, I would not be in the United States,” E.M. said. In a Nov. 28 letter to President Barack Obama recommending the facility be shut down, Winston and people from about 300 other civil and human rights organizations wrote, “There is an ongoing crisis in the U.S. immigration detention system: Immigrants detained under the custody of the U.S. government are languishing in a system so massive and mismanaged that it led to rampant due process and human rights abuses. The system exacts a grim emotional, physical and financial toll on immigrant communities, at the taxpayers’ expense.” While acknowledging that there have been some efforts by ICE to improve the system, the problems continued. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to detain more than 400,000 immigrants a year in prisons and jails across the country where they are subject to punitive treatment, inadequate medical care,
Whale Sighting A humpback whale appeared off the coast of Amelia Island on Christmas Day, giving beachgoers a rare glimpse, as reported in the Fernandina Beach News-Leader. The marine mammal never ventured more than a half-mile from the beach, occasionally spouting a tall plume of vapor and displaying its dark snout and massive head and back. Four right whales, among the world’s most endangered, have also been sighted recently off the coast.
School Security Increases When elementary students returned to Duval County schools after the recent holiday break, they started seeing police resource officers more often. All the middle and high schools already have fulltime armed resource officers, DCPS spokesperson Jill Johnson said, and we can expect to see more officers at the district’s 104 elementary schools. There are no plans to add more at those schools, but the officers now on hand will be more visible, visiting schools more often. DCPS’ Police Department has about 75 officers.
Farewell to Shands CEO Bouquets to meteorologist Steve Letro, retiring after 35 years of government service as chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. During Letro’s career at NWS, Northeast Florida never had to endure a serious hurricane. The self-described “weather geek” (known as Mr. Weather) often shared his expertise with us from the National Hurricane Center; his duties included briefing the president on storm activity. The 60-year-old Letro plans to do some consulting and writing. Brickbats to Gov. Rick Scott for costing taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees. The latest legal bill is $190,000, rung up Dec. 28 when a federal court ruled Florida has to pay attorneys’ fees as Scott fights for the right to drug-test state workers. Last April, a federal court judge ruled drug testing violated the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable search and seizure. The governor is appealing that ruling. The Orlando Sentinel found that Scott has already cost taxpayers about $900,000 in fees, trying to pass his controversial legislation that includes drug-testing for welfare recipients and a 2011 law banning doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, among other items, hiking the tab to $1 million-plus. Bouquets to Rose Bennett and Stephanie Nichols, both of Fernandina Beach, for their work in Medals4Mettle, an organization that donates running medals to lift the spirits of sick children and adults. Bennett started a local chapter of the international organization four years ago and Nichols has become the chapter leader. An Indiana runner and surgeon began the organization in 2005 to boost morale among hospitalized children and adults battling debilitating illnesses. 8 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | JANUARY 9-15, 2013
Is there a pipeline for our business executives heading to Tampa? First JaxPort CEO Paul Anderson took the lead spot at Tampa Port Authority. Now Shands Medical Center President and CEO Jim Burkhart is leaving after a record of cost cutting, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. He’s been named CEO of Tampa General Hospital. Burkhart, who came to Shands as a consultant in 2001 to cut costs, was named president and CEO in ’03. He worked to balance the hospital’s bottom line against the rising costs of unpaid care and continued cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates and federal dollars to the hospital’s Level 1 trauma center. Plans for a new Northside hospital might have hit a snag — in December, a state administrative judge ruled Shands hadn’t demonstrated a need for that facility.
School Board Member Losing Job New Duval County School Board member Ashley Smith Juarez is looking for a new job. The Chartrand Foundation, where Juarez served as executive director, is combining its operations with The Community Foundation of Jacksonville this spring. The move puts Juarez and two other staff members out of a job. The foundation, founded in 2006, focuses on education.
vulnerable to rape and assault, and isolated from any access to legal assistance,” the groups wrote. Winston said she had not heard back from the president and she has serious doubts the Baker County center will be closed. The Baker Defense Project also provides some limited representation of detainees, especially in cases such as Haitian men and women facing abysmal conditions if they are returned to post-earthquake Haiti. Winston has secured the release of Haitian mothers and fathers with long-term U.S. residencies whose children, who were born in the United States, depend on them for support. She partnered with University of Miami’s School of Law and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which issued “precautionary measures” on behalf of Winston’s Haitian clients, who would be jailed indefinitely under horrifying conditions if deported to Haiti. Haiti has a policy of jailing returned immigrants, Winston said. The Baker Defense Project provides full representation in select cases, prioritized when the detainee is a survivor of domestic violence or human trafficking, is seeking asylum in the United States because of the harm they experienced in their home country or will likely experience if they are deported, or when the individual is a torture survivor and likely to be tortured if he or she is deported. In other cases, Winston tries to locate pro bono counsel to help some clients, or turns to the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the local Florida Coastal School of Law. Law students assist in the “Know Your Rights” programs at BCDC, and Winston and another attorney, Vanessa Bernadotte, supervise those students on a variety of cases. BCDC is one of six main detention centers in Florida that house a total of as many as 2,000 immigrants on a single day. In December, ICE announced it had adopted policies to ensure immigration laws are enforced in a way that best enhances public safety, border security and the integrity of the
immigration system. As part of that system, ICE said its enforcement resources are to be “focused on the identification and removal of those who have broken criminal laws, recently crossed borders, repeatedly violated immigration law or are fugitives from immigration courts.” In fiscal year 2012, ICE deported 409,849 people. About 96 percent of them fell into one of ICE’s enforcement priorities, a record high. Of those, 55 percent were convicted criminals. Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford said since 2009, 228 of the 1,514 people processed in Duval County for removal have been deported. Of those, 965 were arrested for misdemeanors, 549 for felonies. “If you have been arrested for a violent crime or a crime that poses a threat to the community, like DUI, then we’re going to process you, [and] we’re going to get you out of here,” he told The Florida Times-Union. Multiple calls and emails to public affairs officials at ICE in Miami, Tampa and Washington, D.C. about conditions at the Baker County Detention Center were not returned. Winston said time is running out for continued funding of the project. If enough money isn’t raised by March 31, the project will end. She is hoping a legal firm or foundation will agree to pay for its continuation. “JALA [Jacksonville Area Legal Aid] is currently employing me part-time, to afford the opportunity to raise the funds,” Winston said. “I see this as my baby.” Ron Word email@example.com
HOW YOU CAN HELP To donate to the project, write a check to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc., put “Baker Defense Project” on the memo line and mail it to 126 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Or donate online at jaxlegalaid.org and indicate “Baker Defense Project” in the comment section.
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Gene Leaves the Scene
Khan’s pick will reflect his vision and thought process
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henever personnel changes are made within the Jaguars organization, there tends to be a need to frame them as an improvement over the previous situation, just because a change was finally made. When Tom Coughlin was removed from his position a decade ago, for example, enthusiasm rang throughout the local media as Jack Del Rio appeared, pledging to end the era of “three yards and a cloud of dust” (ironic, given the offenses Del Rio brought to the viewing public). A similar burst of enthusiasm occurred when James “Shack” Harris resigned from his front office position as vice president of player personnel two days before Christmas 2008. Harris was the closest thing the front office had to a general manager. A troika — Harris, Del Rio and Gene Smith — collaborated to make decisions on players, an approach that illustrated the old cliché “too many cooks in the kitchen,” as ultimate accountability proved elusive, like a deep run in the playoffs. The troika approach was a reaction to the absolute power Coughlin wielded here and was designed to ensure that just one man wouldn’t hold that kind of control again. It was too much work for a single person, the geniuses said at the time. Harris was pilloried all over the media for questionable draft picks. Some of the criticism was merited. It wasn’t difficult to build a case then that some of the hate Harris elicited might have been based on his race, but by the time he’d finished six years here, some felt the team was ready for something new – an alternative to the process that brought in questionable picks, like Byron Leftwich, and players with questionable character, including Glimmer Twins Matt Jones and Reggie Williams. That something new was “Clean” Gene Smith, a “Jaguars original,” referring to his days as a college scout for the franchise in 1994. Smith worked his way up through the ranks, building a reputation as a keen observer of talent. Former owner Wayne Weaver rewarded that kind of loyalty and commitment, and there was positive reaction to Smith’s hiring. Seems folks expected him to put fewer “character risks” on the roster and be able to, somehow, return the team to its place during Coughlin’s glory days. That didn’t quite work out. Smith, fired on his 49th birthday, went 22-42 in four years, and there were those who’d been calling for
his ouster (especially me) since the end of the 2010 season. Maybe he would have been gone last year, if Weaver hadn’t insisted that Smith be retained when he sold the team to Shad Khan. Smith got a fourth chance to improve the roster, but tangible evidence of any improvement wasn’t seen on the field this year — the Jaguars were smacked around more weeks than not. Smith is a nice guy, but as a general manager, he made a number of dubious decisions that defy explanation even years later. Picking defensive tackle Tyson Alualu over local hero Tim Tebow was one. Not ensuring that Tebow came in from Denver last year was another. Picking a punter in the third round, when blue chip talent like current Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was still on the board, was another iffy move. It wasn’t all bad for Smith. Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon appear to be emergent stars at wide receiver. But there’s a reason the Jaguars are picking second in April — and that comes down to the lack of talent on the field, a constant theme this decade. As of this writing, it is impossible to predict who the Jags might pick as their next GM, though strong rumors suggest David Caldwell from the Atlanta organization will get the job and shape the franchise in his image. Whether or not Caldwell is the pick, however, it is evident that this is a great opportunity for a forward-thinking NFL manager. The second pick in the upcoming draft (even if it is one of the weaker drafts in memory), coupled with plenty of money in the free agent market, mean that for some lucky executive, the Jaguars are as much a blank slate as an expansion franchise. There are no sacred cows left. They’ve all been turned into Bubba Burgers. Perhaps Smith couldn’t get the job done. That’s OK. Khan can pick his own guy, a new face who won’t be beholden to the Weaver legacy, which had a lot more philanthropic achievements than pigskin victories. Nothing wrong with philanthropy, of course, but it isn’t a spectator sport. Khan’s pick will demonstrate his ownership vision, and it will give us real insight into his thought process. AG Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/aggancarski
fter years of being scoffed at as a silly hobby for mystics and hippies seeking peace, love and harmony, the ancient Indian practice of yoga is being embraced by millions of the same Americans who once dismissed it. Yoga studios now dot the urban landscape — nearly as many studios as cell phone stores — and the growing movement, or industry, shows no signs of slowing. In 2012, Yoga Journal reported that 20.4 million Americans regularly practice the discipline, a 29 percent increase since 2008. As these various people unfold their bodies and open their minds to yoga, each one discovers physical, mental and spiritual benefits unique to their particular circumstances. Ask those who have been to even a single class and they’ll confirm: It is about so much more than stretching or getting in shape. Yoga’s beauty and benefits come from the mind-body union to i off the h iindividual, di id l rather h than h adherence dh one specific physical ideal. Over the past several years, instructors and enthusiasts have developed techniques and routines for specific conditions, and niche classes have cropped up all over the country. Today, there are classes for cancer patients and survivors, multiple sclerosis patients, diabetics, expectant mothers, combat veterans, people with mental health issues, children with developmental disabilities and many, many more. Today’s practitioners are not all the svelte, perpetually dieting women many associate with the practice — though that demographic is certainly well-represented in most studios — grandmothers, soldiers, professional athletes, children and — yes — even men are getting down on the mat and up into Salamba Sarvasgasana, or the shoulder stand.
At In The Pink, a nonprofi nonpro ofit boutique and salon for women living with cancer, canc ncer, the usual crowd starts shuffling in at about ut a quarter till 10 a.m. every Saturday. Some of the the women are the picture of health, glowing, radiant; radiaant; others can only walk with assistance and are obviously obviously sick. But inside the studio, they laugh and and joke and share the events from the week as if everything everrything is business as usual. Because for them, it is just just another day of their lives after — or, in many cases, casees, living with — cancer. Like Waples’ Lik many, Elaine El i W l ’ diagnosis di i off peritoneal cancer — an extremely rare form often categorized as ovarian cancer — left her distraught, afraid and confused. Unlike some, Waples had no time to take a step back and think things over. “Stage 3C means it’s metastatic, advanced, not what we’d think of as curable,” she said. “This is the unthinkable that happens to you.” Waples’ normal life quickly became a whirlwind of treatments. Six months after the initial round of chemotherapy, a small window opened in the darkness. “When I came out of the fog of chemotherapy, I started to want to do something, and yoga came into my mind,” she said. She started taking classes at In The Pink in July 2011 and was quickly welcomed into the group, as are all new students. “There’s a closeness we have with each other that I don’t think I’ve had anywhere
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“It’s not about being able to do that posture perfectly,” said In The Pink instructor Linda Altman. “It’s not about judging yourself and comparing yourself, it’s about accepting yourself as you are right here and now, because you can only live in the present moment.”
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else,” Waples said. Still undergoing medical procedures, today she credits yoga with helping her like her life and self as it is now — cancer and all. “There’s something about yoga that gives your mind inner peace,” Waples said. In The Pink yoga instructor Linda Altman was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010. Scared of both treatment and her ultimate fate — she lost her mother to the disease — she turned to Amrit Desai, her guru, for counsel. “I told [him that] I am going to go do this holistically and he said, ‘No, this is 9-1-1.’ He told me to eat organic and healthy, do my yoga as much as I could — the physical asanas — to do yoga nidra [a form of meditation] at least twice a day and to pray to God every single day, and I would combat cancer,” she said. Coupling her guru’s prescription with sound therapy, Altman survived — some might say thrived — through cancer treatment that included a double mastectomy. For her, it was not the horrific experience that many imagine when thinking of cancer treatment. Altman considers herself one of the lucky ones. “I really didn’t need a lot of pain medication,” she said. “The doctors were amazed at how quickly I was healing. As soon as they took the tubes out four days later [after surgery], I felt great.” Along with longtime friend and instructor Christina Phipps, In The Pink owner Jeri Millard, who has survived both cervical and breast cancer, began offering free yoga classes to cancer patients as soon as she opened. At the time, local medical professionals didn’t exactly embrace the idea. “When I opened my doors in 2009, all the hospitals and physicians, many of whom I knew from treatment, were like ‘Really, Jeri, you’re going to offer yoga? Why?’ And I said, ‘It will help them breathe, help them center themselves,’ and they looked at me like, ‘Really?’ ” Unlike yoga classes that focus primarily
In recent years, scientists have begun to study the benefits of yoga for cancer patients. Preliminary studies suggest what Altman and others already know: Yoga works. on technique, classes at In The Pink are more about feeling good and supporting one another. “It’s not about being able to do that posture perfectly. It’s not about judging yourself and comparing yourself, it’s about accepting yourself as you are right here and now, because you can only live in the present moment,” said Altman, a 500-hour instructor, who, like the other instructors at In The Pink’s classes around the city, has been certified to teach yoga to cancer patients by the Christina Phipps Foundation. The foundation, started by Phipps’ father in his daughter’s honor, offers specialized training in yoga for oncology (and other physically limited) patients for experienced yoga instructors. Millard said that Phipps credited yoga for the five years she was able to live with the disease that eventually claimed her life, teaching classes until a week before her death in 2010. Altman shared the story of a student who came to her crying after class. “I asked why [she was crying], and she said, ‘I wanted to thank you so much for giving me permission to love myself.’ She had been married for 50 years, and when she went into her bilateral mastectomy, her husband decided he didn’t want to be with a woman who didn’t have boobs, and he divorced her. I said, ‘I didn’t give you permission to love yourself; you gave yourself permission. Love yourself just as you are. The more you can love yourself, the more you can give love to others.’ ” That love is felt and shared in every class. “We have a couple of them who have had a
recurrence, so they have a huge support system when they go to yoga,” Millard said. “They are very comfortable talking about those things with their peers, like you would be with your best friend, but this is a large group of people.” In recent years, scientists have begun to study the benefits of yoga for cancer patients. Preliminary studies suggest what Altman and others already know: Yoga works. The American Cancer Society website states, “According to a report to the National Institutes of Health, there is some evidence to suggest yoga may be helpful when used with conventional medical treatment to help relieve some of the symptoms linked to cancer, asthma, diabetes, drug addiction, high blood pressure, heart disease and migraine headaches.” Three years after Phipps taught that first class, local medical professionals have come 180 degrees. Yoga has become an accepted, even celebrated, tool for people with cancer and other diseases to stay healthy and positive during and after treatment. Currently, many local hospitals and oncology clinics offer free yoga classes for cancer patients, including Baptist Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital, University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute and Hill Breast Center, to name a few. Like Altman’s guru said, no one suggests yoga as an alternative to treatment, but yoga is one more weapon a patient can put in the arsenal to fight cancer and other diseases. Most of Padma Senteno’s students aren’t seeking a firmer gluteus maximus — though it is a nice bonus — so much as a cleaner bill
of health. Some just want to be healthier, but many suffer from mental or physical ailments, including diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic anxiety, lymphedema, congestive heart failure or obesity; some are recovering from surgery or illness. Owner/instructor of Yoga Zensation, Senteno has 300 hours of yoga therapy training. Her therapeutic yoga classes focus more on wellness than exercise. “Yoga therapy … is a great way to get in touch with your body and heal,” she said. “It’s about the student finding something that gives you the healing that you need.” Senteno often works with students one-onone and develops programs specifically tailored for their circumstances. Not everyone can or should attempt advanced asanas, or postures, like the headstand (which is extremely dangerous for inexperienced practitioners); some are physically incapable of even basic asanas. Physical limitations don’t rule out participating in the practice, though. Yoga isn’t just about the physical body; in fact, only one of the eight “limbs” of the practice consists of the physical asanas. “Even without postures, there’s still breathing techniques you can do … also meditation,” Senteno said. Senteno often prescribes yoga nidra — a guided form of deep meditation — for the approximately one-third of her students who suffer from chronic anxiety. In a program called “iRest,” developed by yogic scholar Richard Miller, the Department of Defense & Veterans Affairs is using yoga nidra to treat combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related issues. iRest has been endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence and has been successful in treating symptoms of PTSD, including insomnia, panic, lethargy and the sense of losing control of one’s daily life. While deployed on the front lines of Iraq where he treated soldiers for the emotional and psychological effects of war, U.S. Army veteran Cheyenne Forsythe twice survived IED attacks. Like many, he returned with wounds that no one could see but everyone, especially Forsythe, could feel. “[I was] experiencing a lot of panic attacks, experiencing a lot of tension within myself and with other people. It was difficult to get along and it was difficult to trust other people,” he said. Fed up with feeling like a stranger in his own life, he decided to get help. While being treated for PTSD at Broward County VA Outpatient Clinic, Forsythe became interested in yoga. He soon found that yoga gave him a sense of control and peace he’d been lacking since he’d returned from war. “You’re kind of unsure of yourself — you’re a new person — you’re trying to find peace with that new person. That’s what yoga enables you to do. Soldiers need that; they need to become familiar with themselves again,” he said. Forsythe believes that yoga could help any soldier who struggles to readjust to life after war. “I know I can do something for myself that can bring peace to myself at any point and time during the day,” he said. “[Before], anything would set me off, and I needed to find a quiet place in my mind.” Another local instructor blazing the trail to provide a type of therapeutic yoga is Mary Lyn Jenkins, owner and instructor at Big Fish Yoga. Last fall, Jenkins’ studio offered its first six-week yoga course for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Going into the project, which was funded by the North Florida Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society and her studio, she didn’t
really know what to expect. The course was so successful — every class had a wait list — she plans to double the number of students in the next series, beginning this month. “Yoga can be a huge possibility in the life of these people with MS,” she said. Jenkins describes students being able to feel their bodies for the first time in years, experiencing improvements in coordination and strength that some had thought were permanently out of reach. According to MS ActiveSource (msactivesource.com),
intellectual disabilities, such as autism and Down syndrome. Santiago, who discovered the practice “73 pounds ago,” also teaches several yoga classes for adults, which in part inspired her to bring yoga into the classroom and afterschool programs she’s involved with at North Florida School. She finds herself continually amazed at how yoga is helping transform her students. “Besides developing flexibility and strength, stamina, agility, balance, even cardiovascular fitness and coordination, besides that, it’s
“Yoga therapy … is a great way to get in touch with your body and heal, it’s about the student finding something that gives you the healing that you need.” strength, balance, coordination, fatigue, mood, range of motion and spasticity can all be improved by the practice. Jenkins does not shy away from challenging herself to bring yoga to new and perhaps unexpected students. For the past year, she has been volunteering to teach yoga at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville. To date, as many as 75 students have shown up for a single class, including football players, cheerleaders and teachers. The experience has impacted Jenkins as much as the students. “It’s like you’re giving these kids the world,” she said. “It’s changing my life.” Stacy Santiago is another local teacher bringing yoga to some very enthusiastic and perhaps unexpected students. The special education teacher at North Florida School of Special Education teaches children ages 13 to 15 who have a variety of mild to moderate
promoting mental strengths, a positive attitude not just toward exercise but toward their bodies, toward their self-esteem. I know it’s promoting concentration and self-discipline,” she said. She shares a story of two students on the autism spectrum who have become friends. One is also diagnosed with obsessivecompulsive disorder, a frequent companion to autism, and the other is particularly selfcentered, a common characteristic of autistic individuals. One day, the first student was locked in a ritual, repeating it over and over until he felt satisfied, when his friend turned to him and said, “You don’t have to be perfect. God loves and respects you the way you are.” “That’s yoga at its best,” Santiago said. Mike Ryan, head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been incorporating yoga into the team’s workout regimen for years — initially
camouflaging it as “flexibility classes” so as not to offend the machismo of NFL football players. But in recent years, the practice has become so popular that players — even big, burly offensive linemen — have started asking for it by name. “A lot of the players have found it’s a great way to accelerate their [injury] recovery and maintain their core strength and flexibility,” he said. An accomplished endurance athlete himself (he’s participated in six Ironman Triathlons, three Escape From Alcatraz Triathlons and the 2002 World Championship Duathlon), Ryan pointed out that the versatility of yoga sets it apart from most fitness regimens. “From the stiffest athlete to the most limber, they all can fit in,” he said. “It’s hard to get people at many levels to do the same thing in the same room, [but] yoga is very adaptable to people on all levels.” So if you’re an athlete, an expectant mother, the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, or struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, even cancer, there’s a form of yoga you can try. Even if you never say, “Yoga saved my life,” like Altman, it could change yours. Namasté. Claire Goforth email@example.com
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ASHTANGA What is it? Ashtanga yoga is a strenuous exercise that involves moving through six pose sequences repeatedly. Why do it? To lose weight, get in rockin’ shape and improve cardiovascular health.
BIKRAM What is it? Bikram yoga involves doing 26 basic postures, each twice, in a room that is heated to a balmy 105 degrees. Why do it? If you’re looking to lose weight, get in shape and don’t mind doing yoga in a puddle. Caution, the heat can be dangerous, especially for beginners. Bring water!
HATHA What is it? Hatha yoga literally encompasses all yoga classes because “hatha” refers to the physical asanas, which is only one of the eight limbs of yoga. Today, most hatha yoga classes refer to a basic course for beginners. Why do it? You are new to the practice or just want to take a class without any props or stifling heat.
FORWARD BEND Begin standing with your legs straight out in front, knees straight but not locked. and hands resting on upper thighs. With a deep breath, reach straight up over your head. As you exhale, bend forward as far as you can comfortably, placing the hands on the feet, ankles, or floor. Keep the spine and neck as straight as possible. With each exhale, relax deeper into the stretch, bringing the chest closer to the legs. Hold at least 15 seconds, gradually increasing to two minutes.
IYENGAR What is it? Iyengar yoga is a purist form of slowmoving yoga that incorporates props like blocks, straps and harnesses to achieve perfect form. Why do it? It’s good if you’re a patient person looking for a calm routine who likes to get something right but not necessarily get it fast.
What is it? This cardiovascular-boosting workout is like aerobics for the yoga mat. Similar in form to ashtanga yoga, power or vinyasa yoga does not stick with the same sequence, so if you’re the type who becomes bored with the same routine, power yoga might be the way to go. (Note: Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is performed in a room heated to 90 degrees.) Why do it? Why else? To get into a shape resembling more a tree than a bush.
Begin lying face down on the mat, arms to the sides. Bend arms and place hands flat on the floor next to the shoulders with elbows elevated. Take a deep breath as you push your torso off the mat, keeping the pelvis on the ground, elbows up and stretching the spine. Bring the head back as far as possible and hold 15 to 30 seconds.
What is it? Prenatal yoga is specifically designed © 2013 with the pregnant belly and body in mind. Tends to be more gentle and skips poses that put pressure on the abdomen. Why do it? If you have to ask, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
RESTORATIVE What is it? Restorative yoga is like hatha yoga in slow motion: basic and relaxing. Why do it? If you’re recovering from an injury or illness, or just want to relax into the postures rather than rush through them.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG Begin on your elbows and knees, with knees and arms shoulder-width apart and hands flat on the floor. Inhale, then and as you exhale, push up onto the hands and feet until your legs and arms are straight, making the buttocks the highest point, with your head in line with your arms. Hold up to three minutes.
THERAPEUTIC What is it? Therapeutic yoga routines are designed to help people with various medical, physical and mental ailments. Why do it? If you’re in recovery for surgery or © 2013 other illnesses, have physical limitations that make typical yoga classes unsuitable, or you need help to overcome a particular condition or affliction. Source: Women’s Health magazine
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SPINAL TWIST Begin sitting with legs straight out in front of you. Lift one foot and place it on the floor on the opposite side of the other leg. Inhale, raise the same arm as the leg that is bent, and twist, placing the palm flat on the floor behind you, fingers pointing backwards. Try to keep both buttocks on the floor. With the other hand, grab the elevated knee and gently pull it towards your body, training your eyes on a point behind you. Hold for five to 10 breaths. Breath should be shallow but steady. Repeat on other side. Be careful: This pose is suitable for most beginners, but donâ€™t force your body into it.
CHAIR POSE Begin standing with feet together. With a deep breath, bring your arms up beside your head, palms facing ears. Exhale and bend your knees, bringing arms straight out in front, palms facing down. Hold for as long as comfortable, up to one minute. Donâ€™t forget to breathe! Claire Goforth firstname.lastname@example.org
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ADVANCED UPWARD TORTOISE Begin sitting Indian-style. Lift one leg up behind the same-side shoulder, and place foot behind your neck. Repeat with the other leg, flexing the feet so your ankles are crossed and stable. Place both hands on the floor, palms down, in front of the outside of your hips. Push up onto your hands and lift your spine to the sky until your body is parallel to the floor. Lock arms then slowly bend them, bringing your body to the floor until your forehead touches the floor without heels touching the ground. Wrap your hands around your back and clasp them together.
WHEEL (VARIATION) Stand with your feet a little wider than hipwidth apart, hands chest-level in prayer position. Lift your arms, keeping hands in prayer position. Take a deep breath in, push your hips forward and slowly bend your body backward, (to protect the lower spine, keep legs locked and butt contracted). Once fingertips barely touch the floor, grab one ankle and then the other and push your stomach toward the sky.
FULL COBRA Lie on your stomach, arms straight out in front. Bring arms out into the shape of a “V.” Do the same “V” shape with your legs, toes pointed. Contract your thighs and butt, take a deep breath in and bring your upper body up off the floor, bringing the arms behind you so they are over your legs. Try to keep your hips on the floor, so that you are creating more of a backbend in the spine. Make sure your legs stay on the floor, keep contracting. Bring your hands down and grab the outside of your knees, and then bend your legs and bring your feet to your face.
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HANDSTAND SCORPION Stand with feet side-by-side, bend forward and place hands shoulder-width apart on the ground. Lift one leg and push with your standing leg up into a handstand with legs side-by-side, toes pointed up. Bring your feet forward and slowly bring your head up, bending your spine into a backbend. When feet are past your head, bend knees and bring feet to your head.
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TIGER Begin sitting on knees with elbows on the floor (a bit closer than shoulder-width), clasping fingers with palms open toward your body. Bend forward and place the top of your head on the floor, palms on the back of your head, supporting your head with your fingers. Bring your butt up, straighten legs and walk feet as close to your body as possible. Then, squeeze your butt and legs, contracting stomach and lifting legs up together, toes pointed, until feet and legs are over your head (because of risk of neck injury). Unlace fingers and place both hands on the floor next to your head, palms down, fingers spread. Slowly lift your head and simultaneously bring the feet forward past your head, keeping your legs straight.
WARNINGS • When practicing yoga, breathe in and out of your nose, no mouth-breathing. This way, you can keep your body and mind calm and focused, as well as keep your heart rate regulated. • The way you get out of all these poses is by doing the exact OPPOSITE of what you did to get into them; no more, no less. This way, you slowly take your body out of what you just put it into, helping to avoid injury or misalignment in the body. • To avoid serious injury, do not attempt advanced poses unless you are an experienced yoga practitioner. And NEVER go into advanced poses without properly warming up. It is highly recommended that you attempt advanced poses only under the instruction of a certified yoga teacher. Andrea Pettit email@example.com
Pettit has been practicing Bikram yoga for three years. A former gymnast and cheerleader, she credits muscle memory with enabling her to become highly advanced in the practice so quickly. On Jan. 6, she competed and won Second Place at the Florida Regional USA Yoga Asana Championship. On March 2 and 3, she competes in the National USA Yoga Asana Championship in New York City.
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ANANDA KULA, 4150 & 4154 Herschel St., Riverside, 680-7344, ananda-kula.com Ananda Kula specializes in ashtanga and vinyasa yoga, with an emphasis on proper breathing, yoga anatomy and intelligent alignment. Home to the Kula Yoga School and Kula Yoga College, Ananda Kula also offers 200-hour and advanced 500-hour teacher training programs. Classes are held daily. ARTOGA, 477-0400, firstname.lastname@example.org Artoga Yoga, Art & Theater offers classes for kids and teens, ages 3-16, as well as holiday and summer camps, in-school programs and birthday parties, and workshops for parents and teachers. Artoga is a holistic program combining yoga and the arts, including visual arts, theater, dance and music. BACK TO BALANCE AYURVEDA, 1807 Penman Road, Neptune Beach, 372-3543, backtobalanceayurveda.com Ayurveda, “The Science of Life,” is India’s ancient method of holistic care. By utilizing simple, practical and affordable methods such as diet, routine, oils, meditation and yoga, healing can begin to prevent imbalances. BIG FISH POWER YOGA, 484 Osceola Ave., Jax Beach, 372-0601, bigfishpoweryoga.com All classes are taught in the Baptiste power vinyasa yoga style, including intro series to power yoga, all levels of flow and power vinyasa. Classes are held daily; for schedules, and fees, visit the website. BIKRAM YOGA JACKSONVILLE, 1388 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 714-5750 Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises done in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent humidity. This aids the body in the healing process, restoring systems to healthy working order as nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health and a sense of well-being follow. BIKRAM YOGA ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, 700-A Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 819-6900 1440 U.S. 1 N., Palencia, 819-6900 Bikram Yoga’s program is demanding and effective. All levels are challenging and will receive equal benefit from the 26 ordered postures and breathing exercises. A flexible schedule of daily classes ensures many opportunities to get in shape. The brand-new U.S. 1 studio is now open. BITTERSWEET STUDIOS, 3738 Southside Blvd., Ste. 105, Southside, 451-2627, bittersweetfitstudios.com Classes are designed to increase core strength, range of motion and flexibility, an ideal blend of body weight strength training, core awareness and deep stretching that will recover, balance and stretch sore, tight and weak muscles. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. BLISS YOGA, 1615 Thacker Ave., San Marco, 514-0097, blissyogashala.com
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Bliss Yoga offers classes daily with some of the area’s most experienced instructors, as well as teacher certification and workshops. Bliss Yoga is an open-hearted yoga community in San Marco, dedicated to the study and practice of yoga as a path toward personal growth and self-realization. Classes include power, gentle flow, warriors flow and athletic yoga. THE BODHI TREE, 1817 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 472-4312, bodhitreejax.com The Bodhi Tree offers positive instruction to help students develop a pure mind and body practicing yoga and meditation, building self-awareness and self-acceptance while creating balance, strength and flexibility. Peaceful yoga is ideal for seniors, beginners and those ready for a gentle flow. Active yoga features a steady flow of moderate to advanced work with longer recovery at the end; some experience is helpful. Classes are held Monday through Saturday; for details, visit the website. BRENDA STAR WALKER, 699-5172, email@example.com Brenda Star Walker, LMT, CYI, is a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist catering to all ages and abilities. For 17 years, she has offered free yoga classes for all ages and abilities 11 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at Memorial Park, located on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville. Walker also teaches yoga one-on-one at your location. CITY YOGA-DOLCE SPA, 2225 A1A S., Ste. B8, St. Augustine, 671-2860, dolcemindbodyspa.com City Yoga offers an integration of styles and lineages rooted in the ancient art, philosophy and science of yoga, with classes for beginners through advanced, held in a safe, non-competitive environment. Styles include ashtanga, hatha, power, restorative, kripalu and lakulish. COMMUNITY YOGA, 120 N. Second St., Amelia Island, 613-6345, yoga-amelia.com Yoga teacher Lisa Waas offers the Iyengar method of instruction, featuring a safe, systematic progression of poses with an emphasis on alignment, with a modification for injury, illness, inflexibility or size. Small classes are held Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays; for details and fees, go to the website. CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT YOGA, 426 West Town Place, Ste. 120, St. Augustine, 525-4050, consciousmovementyoga.com Professional instruction is offered in a friendly, welcoming environment, to help tone the body, quiet the mind and cultivate awareness. Classes are held morning and evening, Monday through Friday. DISCOVERY YOGA, 3 Davis St., St. Augustine, 824-7454, discoveryyoga.com Discovery Yoga aims to be a tool for self-empowerment and personal growth by improving relaxation, flexibility, strength and endurance. Daily classes include kripalu, yin, vinyasa and meditative flow; herbal and spiritual counseling, workshops, onsite student housing, a Yoga Basics course for beginners and yoga teacher certification are also offered. 8 LIMBS YOGA, 804-D Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, 434-3099, 8limbsyogastaug.com This cozy yoga studio offers a variety of classes in ashtanga yoga, with classes offered at all levels from beginner to
advanced. 8 Limbs welcomes all comers, from athletes to surfers to Boomers and more. EXPERIENCE YOGA, 13364 Beach Blvd., Ste. 324, Southside, 534-8546, experienceyoga.yolasite.com El Grabar offers private and/ or group sessions for restorative relaxation yoga, basic fundamentals and functional movement therapy. The classes, focused on releasing stress and chronic pain through relaxation, breathing and stretching healthy movements, are held Monday through Saturday; go to the website for details. Certified, experienced instruction for all levels. GO YOGA AMELIA ISLAND, 708 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 335-0539, goyogaamelia.com Go Yoga is an eco-friendly green yoga studio, with a boutique. A total of 22 classes include gentle hatha, hatha vinyasa and hot power yoga (Baptiste) classes are held daily; workshops, standup paddle yoga and belly dancing are featured. For a schedule and fees, visit the website. JACKSONVILLE YOGA, 391 Third Ave. S., Jax Beach, 249-1111, jaxyoga.com Jax Yoga Studio offers yoga classes Monday through Saturday, taught by Joyce Savitz, ERYT, MT, the only certified anusara teacher in Northeast Florida. Private reliable instruction, therapeutic yoga and massage therapy are available by appointment. Savitz, with more than 25 years of experience, offers a relaxing atmosphere in her yoga studio, with bamboo floors and high ceilings. JAX PRENATAL YOGA, First Coast Center for the Arts, 725 Atlantic Blvd, Ste. 20, Atlantic beach, 716-3207, jaxprenatalyoga.com Women at all stages of pregnancy can safely work on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance while practicing relaxation and birthing techniques to aid in an easier birth. Class is held 7-8 p.m. every Monday. KATIE MINICH, Solar Building, Granary Whole Foods, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 428-3743 Minich is an independent instructor offering classes in the Kripalu tradition, suitable for all levels from beginner to more experienced students, 6:30-7:45 p.m. every Thursday. Emphasis is placed on body awareness, the individual, compassion and breath to deepen the practice. As part of the Yoga Freedom Project, Minich holds a donation-based yoga class 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 followed by a healing circle for human-trafficking victims and QiGong breath empowerment, led by Stephanie Tindal. Proceeds benefit The Somaly Mam Foundation (somaly.org). LIFE’S JOURNEY YOGA & WELLNESS, 2301 Park Ave., Ste. 302, Orange Park, 276-3116, lifesjourneywellness.com This studio offers an environment where one can feel calm, connected and empowered, featuring a variety of classes and workshops, including Pilates, Yogalates, mind/body and heated power classes. LOTUS YOGA, 869 Stockton St., Ste. 7, Jacksonville, 891-6537, lotusyogajax.com Lotus Yoga is a community-based yoga studio located
upstairs on Stockton Street in the heart of Avondale. Classes offered include ashtanga, karma, vinyasa, restorative and kundalini workshops. M BODY YOGA, 3807-A Southside Blvd., Southside, 565-1005, mbodyyoga.com 217 First St., Neptune Beach, 565-1005 1533 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 748-9642 MBody Yoga is a Baptiste power vinyasa yoga-affiliated studio, practicing an athletic style of hot yoga, offering daily classes and several workshops year round, with an emphasis on variation to meet individual levels of skill. MINDFUL MOTION YOGA, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Ste. 119, Southside, 996-2500, mindfulmotion-yoga.com This studio offers a variety of daily classes, including power, basic hatha, gentle hatha, yin yoga and restorative yoga to gain strength, cultivate peace, release tension and build flexibility. Many classes are open-level, allowing those of differing abilities to grow together. Yoga teacher training program starts Jan 26. OUT THE BOX FITNESS, YOGA & MORE, 636 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 385-0384, otbfit.com Classes for all skill levels are held daily in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, tailored to an individual’s needs. Pilates and tai chi are also offered. THE PERFORMERS ACADEMY, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 322-7672, theperformersacademy.com Classes of power vinyasa yoga are held three times a week in Studio C. PILATES ON THIRD, 319 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, (917) 664-2972, pilatesonthird.com Yoga classes include gentle flow and slower, passive stretching. Strength of mind and body is the focus of the classes, held daily. Check website for details. POWER YOGA SAN MARCO SOUTH, 3825 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 655-4642, yoga-power.com Serving the area for more than 10 years, Power Yoga features vinyasa yoga, which heats the body internally and builds strength, increases cardiovascular endurance and calms convenient. The studio offers classes on a first-come, firstserved basis. RADIANCE BIKRAM YOGA, 1225 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 619-2237, radiancebikramyoga.com Bikram yoga is a demanding routine of 26 strengthening and toning postures, practiced in the detoxifying calm of a heated 105-degree studio in a clean, modern facility. Several classes are held each day, at varying rates; check the website for details. Radiance Bikram Yoga won our 2012 Best of Jax readers’ poll for Best Yoga Studio. RADIANT WELLNESS CENTER LTD., 1183 Salt Marsh Circle, Ponte Vedra, 280-4628, rwyogatherapy.com Joan Ryan, RYT, IYT, and husband James, CHT, RYT, are certified instructors in yoga therapy and modified kripalu, offering private and semi-private lessons to meet individual needs and abilities, as well as hypnosis, meditation, reiki and ayurveda. Group classes are offered, as well as corporate and conference lessons and workshops.
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RESTORATIVE YOGA THERAPY, UNF DCE, University of North Florida Division of Continuing Education, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, 620-4255, ce.unf.edu This course, held 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 10-Feb. 7, offers an opportunity to learn how to release inner-body tension and strengthen these core muscles through a guided sequence of stretches, balancing core support system for flexibility and movement. Registration fee is $79. Check website for additional yoga instruction. RIVER HOUSE, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine, 209-3700, coasjc.com The St. Johns County Council on Aging offers Laughter Yoga, a series of laughter exercises combined with yoga breathing techniques, 10 a.m. Mondays at River House; free for members; $3 for nonmembers. Intermediate yoga is held 8 a.m. Tuesdays; $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers. SUSAN LEE YOGA, 887-4661, yogasblee.com Lee offers yoga classes for relaxation and self-nurturing, throughout East Arlington. Flow into poses encouraged to cultivate healing energy and self-acceptance. With each pose, tired muscles, old injuries and worn joints begin to relax and rejuvenate. Private lessons by appointment are also available. SYNERGY STUDIO, 3576 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-9355, synergypilatespt.com Group classes are taught by licensed medical professionals who are also certified Polestar Pilates instructors. Pilates is similar to yoga emphasizing strengthening and stretching the body while focusing the mind. Centering mentally and physically, breathing fully and exploring while respecting the body’s limits are integral principles in the classes. THRIVE, AN INSPIRED LIVING STUDIO, 106-C Canal Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 373-8335, thrivecomealive.com Classes are based on kripalu yoga to create a balanced body, a compassionate heart and an expressive spirit. Classes, which include Yogalates and YogAromatherpay, are held Monday through Saturday; check website for details. TITANUP FITNESS, 673 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 246-5326, titanupfitness.com Power vinyasa classes focus on breath, flow and strength. Held
in a warm room, with a blend of movements and meditation, the program is a supplement to training to clear the mind and reform the body. YOGA DEN STUDIO AND BOUTIQUE, 2929 Plummer Cove Road, Mandarin, 268-8330, yoga-den.com Yoga Den offers a variety of classes and workshops for all fitness levels, including power yoga, restorative, mind/body, hatha, pregnancy, Pilates and Yogalates. Private lessons, corporate packages and gift certificates are available.
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YOGA LIFE STUDIO, 9948 Old Baymeadows Road, Southside, 564-1660, yogalifejax.com Located in Deerwood Village, Yoga Life offers serenity, Kripalu, Ashtanga, power Vinyasa, peaceful flow, serenity and prenatal yoga in an inviting, supportive atmosphere. Private lessons, workshops and teacher certification are available. YOGA MIX, 1112 Third St., Ste. 11 & 12, Neptune Beach, 626-0003, yoga-mix.com Yoga Mix features a blend of styles set to fun, inspirational music, which is believed to move the soul and the body. Trained instructors offer daily classes for all levels; check the website for schedule and fees YOGA THERAPY OF JACKSONVILLE, 305-7935, betterfly.com/yoga4you Anastasia Brazhnykova offers yoga basics, therapy for all ages, nidra, advanced asana and kriya, as well as chakra balancing and meditation techniques. Classes held daily; for schedule and fees, visit the website. Y YOGA INC., 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 201E, Amelia Island, 415-9642, yyoga.com Classes integrate traditional hatha yoga styles for all ages and fitness levels, promoting stress relief, weight loss, athletic conditioning, general wellness and rehabilitation, designed to enhance strength, flexibility and balance through breathing (pranayama) and physical awareness techniques (asanas). YOGA ZENSATION, 1188 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, 622-8613, yogazensation.com This therapeutic yoga center’s environment allows students to progress at their own pace. Each class offers an understanding of physical alignment in postures, greater muscle awareness and attention to breathing techniques.
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Reasons to leave the house this week FAMILY RINGLING BROS. &
BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
Aerial athletes from the Tower Tumblers, a comedic animal act and whirling unicyclists facing off in a fiery game of basketball are some of the featured acts in the “Built to Amaze!” circus spectacular. Three rings can’t contain these performers, including Tabayara (pictured), with his 13 exotic big cats, a high-wire balancing act, an animal menagerie and, if you go for this sort of thing, a young woman shot out of a canon. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 & 18, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 20 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. 630-3900. jaxevents.com
AMERICANA TODD SNIDER
The singer-songwriter melds Americana, folk and alt-country into a sound that’s got us all singing the chorus of “Pissin’ in the Wind.” Last year, Snider released two albums in April, “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables” along with a tribute album, “Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.” Past albums, including “Peace Queer,” had already cemented Snider’s rep as a troubadour who doesn’t mind shaking up listeners. Country-blues singer-songwriter Shannon McNally opens. 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. $20-$27. 342-2187. thestandardfl.com
CHRISTIAN POP WINTER JAM W
Five-time Grammy-winner TobyMac (pictured) headlines the 44-city tour landing in Northeast Florida, along with RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor. TobyMac’s 2012 album, “Eye On It,” a mix of hip-hop, pop and rock he calls “schizophrenic pop,” became the first Christian album to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s charts in 15 years. 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. $10. 630-3900. jamtour.com
CLASSICAL TOKYO STRING QUARTET
The renowned quartet, producer of complete cycles of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartok, brings its farewell tour to Northeast Florida. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote concisely: “No praise is enough” for violinist Martin Beaver (from left), violist Kazuhide Isomura, violinist Kikuei Ikeda and cellist Clive Greensmith. The seven-time Grammy-nominated foursome joins the UNF Chamber String Masterclass and Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein, respectively, in two free concerts. Chamber String Masterclass: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, Lazzara Hall, Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Goldstein: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach. 270-1771. beachesfinearts.org Photo: Marco Borggreve
THEATER INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
A conversation between a successful novelist and his maid of 28 years is surprising, funny and moving in “On a First Name Basis,” by Canada’s most prolific playwright, Norm Foster (pictured), who’s also starring. “The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer,” a one-woman comedy written by and starring Máire Clerkin, is a British/Irish misfit’s story of sex, pubs and rock ‘n’ roll. Actress Linda Purl’s “Tsunami Tales” offers accounts of Japan’s devastating coastal disaster in 2011. “On a First Name Basis,” 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20. “The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer,” 4 p.m. Jan. 19 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20. $20 for each performance or $30 for both. “Tsunami Tales,” 2 p.m. Jan. 19; admission is free with American Red Cross donations. Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-4425. theatrejax.com
DARK METAL BLACK VEIL BRIDES
The melodic Los Angeles metal band is psyched about this month’s release of their third CD. Black Veil Brides calls the concept album “Wretched and Divine,” the story of a dystopian future, a production made with a “grand feeling” and “the soundtrack to a film that’s our own movie.” William Control and Anatomy of Hate open. 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd., Arlington. $18; $80 for VIP. 223-9850. brewstersmegaplex.com JANUARY 9-15, 2013 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 21
In 2005, director David Lynch invested $400,000 of his fortune to launch the Transcendental Meditation-inspired David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-based Education and World Peace. His goal is to propagate world peace through this silent discipline. Photo: Adam Bordow
MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE 7 p.m. Jan. 14 Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points Admission is free 359-0047, sunraycinema.com davidlynchfoundation.org
avid Lynch is known for exploring hidden realms. Since the late ’70s, the celebrated filmmaker has blended film noir and a shadowfueled surrealism to create a visual language © 2011 with films including “Blue Velvet” (1986), “Wild at Heart” (1990) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001). In the early ’90s, Lynch reinvented drama on the small screen with the popular detective series “Twin Peaks,” nominated for 14 Emmys. The American auteur says his creative vision stems from his interior discoveries experienced during the practice of Transcendental Meditation, or TM. The 66-year-old Lynch has been an adherent since 1973 and claims he experienced immediate results from this mantra-based meditation. In 1968, The Beatles famously traveled to India, where they learned TM from the movement’s founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008). Notable TM practitioners include ’60s folk-rock icon Donovan, music mogul Russell Simmons, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey. The TM organization claims the nonsectarian technique, centered on sitting quietly while focusing one’s thoughts on a mantra, or “sound syllable,” can alleviate stress, sharpen mental focus and improve overall health. Lynch wants to pump up the power of what he calls the “radiant bliss” experienced from TM. He’s certainly put his money where his mouth is: In 2005, he took $400,000 of his personal fortune and launched the TM-inspired David Lynch Foundation for Consciousnessbased Education and World Peace. Lynch raised $1 million in donations and has since devoted much of his life and energy toward the ultimate goal of propagating world peace through this silent practice. From 2007 to ’09, Lynch traveled through 16 countries to speak about meditation’s influence on his art and explain his foundation’s ongoing work, which includes offering TM to schools, at-risk youth, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress,
the incarcerated and the homeless. A documentary about those travels, “Meditation, Creativity, Peace,” is screened at Sun-Ray Cinema on Jan. 14. A local representative of the TM organization will be on hand to talk about the technique. In an exclusive interview, David Lynch spoke with Folio Weekly about some of his foundation’s goals and his personal views on meditation.
FolioWeekly Folio Weekly: It seems like a lot of your
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current energy is geared toward promoting Consciousness-based Education in schools. Could you explain how that teaching method works? David Lynch: Sure. Consciousness-based Education is basically giving Transcendental Meditation to the students, staff, teachers and principals so that they have a technique to “dive within” and experience pure consciousness within, a treasury within, the source — you know there are so many names for this field, the Unified Field, within every human being. And, you know, education now is fact-based, and it’s primarily to get people a job. There’s nothing really done for the “knower,” the student, the knower of the knowledge. And so you add this TM to the curriculum, in the morning and the afternoon at school, and always it happens: Grades go up, comprehension improves, relationships improve ... and the students get happy, more self-assured, more self-sufficient, they’re not as tired, they can focus, they get a lot more energy and a lot more creativity, because it’s something being done for the “knower.”
F.W.: After decades of practicing TM, have you encountered any misconceptions or even prejudices about meditation? D.L.: The misconceptions were always that this was some kind of Eastern religion or some kind of cult. Somebody told different people with certain religious groups that this [meditation] was not a good thing and this is absolutely not true. People from all religions practice TM. It’s not against any religion and it’s not a religion. You don’t have to even “believe it” and it will still work. I always say, “It’s good to be skeptical unless skepticism keeps you from something good.” Now there’s so much research
on the health benefits of “diving within,” and it brings nothing but benefits to the human being. More and more people are starting to wake up to this and starting to meditate and seeing their lives improve. F.W.: In the film, you say directly that TM is “not a sect — it’s a technique.” Yet you also quote some Vedanta-based sources and describe that what scientists call the Unified Field as the Atma, a Vedic term. When you meditate, do you feel like you’re touching on a more secular-viewed, fundamental force of the universe or are you having a spiritual, Godconscious experience? D.L.: It’s all of the above. Atma means the “Self,” with a capital “S.” And there’s a line, “Know Thyself.” And also “That Thou Art”; that same field is also known as Brahman, which is totality. And it’s the Tao, the Kingdom of Heaven — it is a thing that has always and forever been there. The Unified Field is eternal, unbounded, infinite, immutable and immortal. It has always been there. People have been sitting in meditation throughout time and they do it for a reason: to unfold their full potential and enjoy life. They say, “Mankind was not made to suffer — bliss is our nature.” F.W.: You describe your own meditation experience as a “lively silence” that combines emotion and intellect and provides you with ideas. As an artist who meditates, how have you learned to differentiate between mental chatter and true inspiration? D.L.: I use this analogy: It’s like, how do you tell when you’re in love with a girl? There are lots and lots of girls out there, and you could be going down the street and passing by many, many girls. But one comes along and — boom! — you fall in love. You know when you’re in love; it’s a euphoric feeling and a beautiful thing. Ideas come all the time, little chattering ideas and big ideas, but then some come along that you fall in love with. And I always say that I fall in love with cinema ideas for two reasons: one, the idea itself, and the second reason is the way cinema could say that idea. Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission of Minutiae
Director Bigelow’s new film recovers with a riveting finale ZERO DARK THIRTY ***@
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ust because the search for Osama bin Laden took 10 years doesn’t mean “Zero Dark Thirty” has to feel like it takes 10 years to watch. Overlong at 157 minutes, but nonetheless an effective drama, director Kathryn Bigelow’s first film since her Oscar-winner “The Hurt Locker” (2008) will strike a chord with American audiences, even though it drags for long stretches, often getting bogged down in drama and detail that are not entirely relevant. The focus is on CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain), who’s stationed in the Middle East and charged with tracking down the 9/11 mastermind. She and fellow operatives Dan (Jason Clarke), Jessica (Jennifer Ehle) and others interrogate detainees to extract information, using whatever means necessary, including waterboarding. (For those unfamiliar with that process: A person is tied down, his or her mouth is propped open, a mask is placed over the head and water is poured into the mouth, causing the sensation of drowning.) The current real-life acting director of the CIA, Michael Morell, has spoken out about the inaccuracies of the movie, specifically the “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., waterboarding) that led to information that was key to finding bin Laden. In the film, a series of dead ends cause a redirection of the CIA’s priorities, but Maya stays on the case with admirable determination. Chastain is solid as Maya, but the Oscar buzz surrounding her performance is perplexing, considering how relatively straightforward the role is. She’s a woman in a man’s world, hunting down the most-wanted terrorist in American history. Chastain is gutsy and necessarily feisty,
but this performance is one-dimensional and not worthy of an Academy Award. Ultimately, the clues lead to bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed, whom they follow to bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. At this point, with roughly a half-hour left in the film, the now-famous Navy Seal Team Six appears, led by Patrick (Joel Edgerton) and Justin (Chris Pratt). So, to be clear, even though we already know how it ends, Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal give us two hours of ups and downs in the search for bin Laden, then show us how the mission went down. Here’s the rub: There are only so many detours and CIA bigwig meetings that we should have to endure when we already know how the story plays out. Of course, it wasn’t an easy process or a foregone conclusion to the final decision, especially when no one could be sure bin Laden was there — but that doesn’t mean all the little details and 15 minutes of “should we do this?” are justified. The payoff is worth it, though. The execution — pun intended — of the mission, from planning to helicopter ride to finding bin Laden to extraction, is perfectly paced by Bigelow, who certainly knows how to generate suspense in her action scenes. It’s a riveting sequence that provides a highlight in the finale and therefore a strong lasting impression of the film. Anything related to 9/11, particularly bin Laden’s death, will strike a personal chord with American audiences. Perhaps Bigelow and Boal felt viewers would want as complete a story as possible, requiring all the minutiae involved in the search. “Zero Dark Thirty” is always intriguing, but this is a case of too much of a good thing detracting from the finished product. Dan Hudak email@example.com
Stationed at a covert base overseas, CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) is a member of an elite team of spies and military operatives who devote themselves to finding Osama bin Laden, in the thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film opens Jan. 11. Photo: Columbia Pictures
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Found Footage Festival hosts Nick Prueher (left) of “The Colbert Report” and Joe Pickett of “The Onion” screen a program of strange videos – including a Waffle House training video discovered last year at a flea market between here and Gainesville – Jan. 15 at Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points. Photo by Joshua Hertz
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D ***@ Not Rated • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. Crafted for fans of the renowned circus, the Cirque du Soleil film uses elements from seven Cirque productions in the story of a young couple must journey through dreamlike worlds to find each other. The lack of a standard film narrative might frustrate those new to Cirque. DJANGO UNCHAINED ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema Disturbing and provocative – yet undeniably entertaining – the film blends action, comedy and drama with sterling performances by Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington. It has the distinction of being the most violent mainstream movie of the year. The big-screen project liberally uses the “N” word, uttered more than 100 times. It’s distinctly Tarantino-esque, stamped with a recognizable personal style we love – or love to hate. GANGSTER SQUAD ***@ Rated R • Opens Jan. 11 Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs 1949 Los Angeles, from drugs and guns to prostitutes and gambling. He has the protection of his own goons, politicians and the police, except for a small LAPD crew led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who are trying to take their city back. The drama, directed by Ruben Fleischer, also stars Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Emma Stone. THE GUILT TRIP *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Inventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is forced to take his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), on a road trip to sell his latest invention. The mother-son comedy breaks down with corny jokes and a predictable plot. A HAUNTED HOUSE **G@ Rated R • Opens Jan. 11 In a spoof of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, “The Devil Inside” and other found-footage flicks, a young couple (Marlon Wayans as Malcolm, Essence Atkins as Kisha) moves into their dream house. Turns out, the house isn’t haunted; Kisha is possessed by a demon, but Malcolm is determined not to let the spirit ruin his relationship or his sex life.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach, WGHF IMAX Theatre Set before the events of “The Lord of the Rings,” Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and goes on an adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Joining him are 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. On the way, Bilbo meets Gollum and takes possession of the twisted creature’s “precious,” the golden ring that figures prominently in Frodo’s adventure in the LOTR’s trilogy. THE IMPOSSIBLE ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This drama is based on the true story of a family fighting to survive in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami. When the natural disaster strikes, the family is divided: Maria (Naomi Watts) and Lucas (Tom Holland) negotiate the waves together and are rescued by locals, who take them to a nearby hospital. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and the other boys are sheltered at a refugee camp. Maria’s story, highlighted by a great performance from Watts, is the most compelling. JACK REACHER ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach The story opens as a gunman opens fire in a Midwestern city (Pittsburgh replaces the Indiana locale of the book), killing five people. Within hours, the police follow an evidence trail to a former military sniper and make an arrest. Suspect James Barr (Joseph Sikora) doesn’t confess; instead he asks for Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). None of the individual action sequences is groundbreaking, but taken as a whole the movie delivers a nifty combination of action and humor. LES MISERABLES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach, San Marco Theatre This big, lavish Hollywood version of an equally extravagant Broadway musical is phenomenal. Anne Hathaway’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is probably enough to win her a supporting actress Oscar. Sometimes, the best move a director can make is to get out of the way, so kudos to Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) for letting Hathaway shine. LIFE OF PI ***G Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. A family from Pondicherry, India, hitches a ride on a freighter. Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son, survives an ocean disaster, then forms a surprising and wondrous connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger – who
AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike 7, 1132 S. 14th St., Fernanddina Beach,261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS Sun-Ray Cinema@5Points, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay Theatre, 326 Walnut St., 284-9012 NORTHSIDE Hollywood 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880
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ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-3101
goes by the name Richard Parker. Surviving on a 26-foot lifeboat, Pi continues his journey in the magical adventure film directed by Ang Lee and based on the novel by Yann Martel. LINCOLN ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Daniel DayLewis immerses himself in his characters; this is the latest of successful transformations. “Lincoln” doesn’t try to capture the president’s entire life; instead, it focuses on the final four months of his administration as he struggles to end the Civil War and cement the concept of permanent freedom for slaves he began with the Emancipation Proclamation. The great cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, James Spader and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. MONSTERS, INC. ***G Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The 2001 Pixar film about blue behemoth Sully (John Goodman) and one-eyed green guy Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) gets the 3D treatment. The story of monsters collecting kids' screams sets up a sequel. NOT FADE AWAY *G@@ Rated R • AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown We wonder how a drama about a New Jersey garage band got its title from a song by Lubbock, Texas’s, favorite son Buddy Holly, but whatevs. The ’60s were a pivotal time: Drugs were for fun, music genres were clearly defined – soul, rock, pop, folk, acid (oh, wait, that’s drugs), chick, surfer – and kids were forced to interact face to face. The soundtrack alone is worth the ticket price: heavy on The Rolling Stones, with some Rascals, Small Faces, Lead Belly, Bob Dylan and even the Hazelwood/Sinatra (no, Nancy) duet “Some Velvet Morning.” Cast includes Jack Magaro, Jack Huston (Walter’s great-grandson), Bella Heathcote and James Gandolfini. Created by David Chase of “The Sopranos.” PARENTAL GUIDANCE **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Old-school Artie (Billy Crystal) and his wife Diane (Bette Midler) look after their three grandkids. The family film elicits a little humor from the supposed generational clash, with a few touching moments. PROMISED LAND ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Matt Damon and Frances McDormand play Steve and Sue, reps for a natural gas corporation tasked with going into a small suburban town and getting as many people as possible to sign their property away. All is well until the high school science teacher (Hal Holbrook) asks probing questions at a town meeting, setting off a chain of events that lead to a vote on whether to allow the company in the town. Environmentalist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) arrives and starts rallying folks against drilling for natural gas. Director Gus Van Sant’s drama sizzles due to a great cast and an intelligent story. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The animated Dreamworks movie features a League of Extraordinary Mythical Characters, reinventing those classic characters in its vision of old friends as a group of mythical avengers. It quickly jumps into the fray as they battle Pitch Black. Kids like this, but think twice about taking ones 4 and younger. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After eight months in a mental institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaves under dubious circumstances. He was there after his wife’s adultery sent him over the edge, but he’s determined to fix the marriage. Problem is, he isn’t allowed to contact her. And he knows his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) are keeping something from him, which makes him more unstable. He meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a reformed slut who claims she’ll get a message to Pat’s wife in exchange for a favor: She wants Pat to take dance lessons with her. He resists, then acquiesces, as writer/director David O. Russell’s predictable story plays on. SKYFALL **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. “Skyfall” jumps off with a rip-roaring opening gambit. Enjoy it while it lasts – it’s the lone highlight. Bond, an aging, beat-up
agent who may no longer be up to the task, is missing and presumed dead after getting shot during a failed mission. TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Leatherface is back for another round in 3D, sure to excite horror fanatics wanting to see him wreaking another massacre. This time, a young woman seeks her inheritance in Texas, but the chainsaw-wielding maniac awaits. Of course! THIS IS 40 **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Clay Theatre, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This “sort-of” sequel bears little connection to “Knocked Up,” following Pete (Paul Rudd) and Deb (Leslie Mann) as they deal with their two daughters, financial struggles and their fathers. The dramedy, directed by Judd Apatow (Mann’s husband), delivers many big laughs, but the dramatic segments boil down to Pete and Deb yelling at each other. TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues The franchise ends on a high note. It’s still full of lame dialog, wooden acting, illogical plotlines and cheesy visual effects, but darn if this action-packed finale doesn’t find a way to work. The action is up-tempo and reasonably well done, even if the wolves still look fake. The picture also looks cleaner than in the past; colors pop, and some nifty post-production editing using slow motion, dissolves and visual effects make it a pleasant experience on the eyes. WRECK-IT RALPH ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues Typecast as the villain, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has reason to feel unappreciated. He’s still smarting from 30 years of being dropped off a building into the mud by Fix-It Felix. Ralph just wants to be the hero. Director Rich Moore balances gamer cool and kid-friendly fun. ZERO DARK THIRTY ***@ Rated R • Opens Jan. 11 Reviewed in this issue.
WORD IS OUT This 1978 documentary regarding GLBT identity is screened 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points. Proceeds benefit a non-profit organization that supports GLBT needs. 359-0047. sunraycinema.com MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE A documentary on director David Lynch’s tour to speak about Transcendental Meditation is screened 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points. A local TM representative discusses the organization. Free. 359-0047, sunraycinema.com, davidlynchfoundation.org FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL A program of odd, hilarious videos salvaged from thrift stores across North America, including a Waffle House training video and exercise tapes including “The Sexy Treadmill Workout,” part of a 50-state tour, is led by Nick Prueher of “The Colbert Report” and Joe Pickett of “The Onion.” 9:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points. $10. sunraycinema.com, foundfootagefest.com WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is screened with “Deep Sea 3D” and “To The Arctic 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
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DREDD This dark, super-violent remake is more fun than Sly Stallone’s original, and it’s closer to the source material. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is all mouth under the iconic helmet serving as judge, jury and executioner. FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton’s black-and-white animated film pays warm-hearted homage to classic horror icons. Telling a story deeply rooted in sentimentality, the high-quality 3D stop-motion animation looks crisp and clear. It has some genuinely funny moments, and it’s a bit wicked in its own way. Horror fams will like it, and it’s kid-friendly, too. HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET In this thriller/horror film, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, who moves with mom Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) into their dream house. Elissa befriends Ryan (Max Theriot), the boy next door, whose sister years ago killed their parents then disappeared. As Elissa finds out, this neighborhood is still plenty dangerous.
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Pianist Marcia Ball learned to play the ivories from her aunt and her grandmother. “So besides learning scales, I was always drawn to copying the popular music that I heard,” she said. “That was a good way to train my ear as well as my fingers.” Photo: Mary Keating Bruton
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Piano prophetess Marcia Ball stands out in the Cajun-fried crowd MARCIA BALL & HER BAND with 77DS 8 p.m. Jan. 12 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach $50 for first six rows, $40 for all remaining rows 209-0399, pvconcerthall.com
arcia Ball knows how to stand out in a crowd. At more than 6 feet tall, this native of the musically scrumptious area around the Texas-Louisiana border can pound out a swamp-boogie rocker on the piano, belt out a mournful ballad with her Cajun-fried pipes and hold her own with soul and R&B legends like Irma Thomas, Fats Domino and Ray Charles. Ball’s recently released 15th album, “Roadside Attractions,” was also the first of her career to feature all original songs, a testament to 40 years of nonstop touring through juke joints, dive bars and theaters large and small.
Folio Weekly: The piano is your No. 1 calling card, Marcia. Was it the first instrument you learned to play? And what first inspired you to tickle the ivories? Marcia Ball: The piano was my first and only instrument. My grandmother played while I was growing up, and then my aunt inspired me by giving me my first piano and lessons. Those were about learning the fundamentals, but my grandmother and aunt played popular music of their day: really neat melodic Tin Pan Alley stuff from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. So besides learning scales, I was always drawn to copying the popular music that I heard. That was a good way to train my ear as well as my fingers. F.W.: What first drew you to the New Orleansstyle of music? M.B.: I grew up on the Texas-Louisiana state line — the right part of the country for that crossroads of Cajun, country, blues and soul. 26 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | JANUARY 9-15, 2013
And my grandmother lived in New Orleans, so I used to go to visit and listen to all her old records. F.W.: How hard was it for you to translate that love of regional music into a commercially successful career that includes multiple Grammy nominations? M.B.: Well, I’m not all the way past that struggle. [Laughs.] Everybody does a little bit of everything to cobble together a living and a career, and I feel fortunate that I can continue to support my band and myself. F.W.: On the flip side of that, how hard is it to translate music that’s so powerful live to the confines of a recording studio? M.B.: Everybody thinks their next record is going to be the best one. But over the course of 15 albums, I think I’ve captured what I do and what I’ve wanted to share with people both lyrically and musically. It’s a learning process that I’m fortunate enough to continue to grow into. F.W.: So even though you’re 63, you still feel like you’re gaining knowledge? M.B.: That’s universal in every field — especially the arts. You’re only as successful as your next creative product; the last thing you did was great, but what do you have to say now? It’s challenging to continue to translate experience into art. But success is managing to keep that energy going. F.W.: Hurricane Katrina really seemed to increase the energy of lifelong New Orleansinfluenced musicians like you. M.B.: My friend Irma Thomas always says that Katrina was a good booking agent. But that little positive effect has passed and the devastation still remains. People have put
together their lives, but there’s always the next crisis. F.W.: Your last album, “Roadside Attractions,” featured 100 percent original compositions. Do you have anything new in the works or did that effort tap you out? M.B.: What usually happens is, I start writing down lyrics and thinking of stories, which is happening now. Then, I start hearing music in my head, and I have to make myself sit down at the piano and put it all together. F.W.: So you’re not glued to the piano every day? M.B.: No. [Laughs.] It’s something I should do every day, but I’m sad to admit that I don’t. I encourage other musicians not to do what I do. Take care of your talent — practice your instrument and take vocal lessons! F.W.: What are your interests outside of music? M.B.: I’ve been blessed with a family and a wide circle of friends. I also like to write and study Spanish, and I have some charitable, social and political causes that I dedicate myself to. Here in Austin [Texas], we have the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, where we provide health care to musicians below a certain income level. We’re saving lives through that. F.W.: You’ve tour quite a bit here in Northeast Florida, right? M.B.: Yes, we’ve played the Jacksonville area several times, at both Theatre Jacksonville and The Florida Theatre. Tib Miller is a wonderful promoter and great guy. We’re also going on the Sandy Beaches Cruise 19, which is going to be great. What’s better than Florida in January? Nick McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
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t its core, New Orleans five-piece Galactic is a straight-up funk band, but trying to pigeonhole Ben Ellman (harps and horns), Robert Mercurio (bass), Stanton Moore (drums), Jeff Raines (guitars) and Rich Vogel (keyboards) is like trying to neatly demarcate The Big Easy’s intoxicating mélange of musical styles. One Galactic album features electronically processed beats and guest spots from 12 Crescent City rappers; another pays tribute to old-school legends like Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Walter “Wolfman” Washington; yet another celebrates the annual Mardi Gras cornucopia of bounce, samba, jazz and Zydeco. Galactic’s core duo of Mercurio and Raines may hail from buttoneddown Washington, D.C., but 18 years in the Delta has turned this band into a living, breathing representation of everything good about New Orleans. Folio Weekly chatted with Mercurio about touring with vocalist Corey Glover, loving Jacksonville Beach and going with the flow.
Folio Weekly: Galactic comes through Northeast Florida quite often. What’s the band’s connection to Jacksonville? Robert Mercurio: We try to tour Florida every January. To tell you the truth, it’s one of the first states we started touring about 18 years ago. So it’s always held a really special place in our hearts. As for Jacksonville, we’re good friends with JJ Grey & Mofro, so we’ve really come to love that place. And Judy [Van Zant], who owns Freebird Live, and her son Matt
spend a lot of time in New Orleans. So we have a strong connection with that club and that city. F.W.: Tell us about adding former Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover to the band in 2011. R.M.: I pinch myself a lot, like, “I can’t believe we have this guy touring with us.” He’s such an amazing talent who’s only gotten better as a singer. He’s also one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. I’ve dealt with way more pains in the ass that have reached way less success. [Laughs.] F.W.: Last year, Galactic released its first Mardi Gras-themed album, “Carnivale Electricos.” What prompted that idea? R.M.: The concept has been on our plate for at least 10-12 years, and it felt like the time was right. We’ve gotten better at production, and we know who in town we can collaborate with. Making a Carnival album could be extremely hokey and corny, but we really wanted to celebrate our city and one of our favorite times of year. I heard people cranking it all over Mardi Gras [in 2012], so I hope it’s an album that gets dusted off every year. F.W.: Your last three albums have revolved around a specific concept. What’s up next? R.M.: We’re maybe one-third of the way through our next album, but I think we’re not going to be as heavy-handed concept-wise and more heavy-handed vibe-wise. We want to have continuity in production and maybe narrow it down to not so many guests. F.W.: Galactic is famous for its far-flung collaborations, both on record and live. Did constantly having guests sit in come naturally for the band? R.M.: We’ve always relished collaborations, and
being a musician in New Orleans, you’re wellversed in going with the flow and changing gears when people sit in with you. Playing here has trained us to steer the boat toward any rocky waves that come at it. F.W.: You and Jeff Raines started Galactic after moving to New Orleans to attend college. Did you expect to dive so deeply into the city’s music scene? R.M.: We thought New Orleans would be a great town to go to college and still go to nightclubs and further our music career. I just didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy the music scene here. [Laughs.] But obviously we know we made the right choice. I don’t feel like anything was forced, either — or like we were given a hand. We worked hard for a long time, and that’s paying off organically. F.W.: So much of New Orleans changed after Hurricane Katrina. And seven years on, it still seems like a pertinent subject. R.M.: Believe it or not, this city has come back stronger and more beautiful since Katrina. There was an initial scare of what was going to happen, but the soul of the city is so strong that nobody was going to give up. The storm brought a love back to the city that maybe had been forgotten. Once something’s potentially lost, you realize how much you’re going to miss it. F.W.: Finally, are there untouched musical paths that Galactic still hopes to explore? R.M.: That’s a hard question to answer. We’ve gone down so many avenues, including the Brazilian stuff on the last album, that I never thought we’d do. I guess only time will tell. Nick McGregor email@example.com JANUARY 9-15, 2013 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | 27
Don Williams’ new album, “And So It Goes,” features appearances by Alison Krauss, Keith Urban and Vince Gill.
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Unsung songwriter brings mellow gold to Jacksonville DON WILLIAMS 8 p.m. Jan. 17 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $27-$45 355-5661, floridatheatre.com
ttempting to understand the life of a soul intent on penning lyrics can be as slippery and ephemeral as wordplay itself. It may be best to leave that task to the poets themselves. “Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley, “and makes familiar objects be as if they are not familiar.” The biography of the acclaimed 19th-century English Romantic never specifically mentions his favorite Victorian-era honky-tonk bar, but his prescient words easily describe the understated music of country legend Don Williams. Over the course of a career that now spans half a century, singer-songwriter Williams has attempted to articulate his musings on love, life, heartbreak and the rest of the “hidden beauty” in tunes that have fueled the minds of his fellow wordsmiths. Williams has produced 17 No. 1 hits and earned induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but if this soft-spoken troubadour has a legacy, it is one of gradual obscurity combined with an ongoing devotion of a disparate array of fellow musicians and songwriters. It’s an arrangement that has transformed the once-popular Williams into an accidental cult hero, which is all the more frustrating when one delves into the consistency of Williams’ work. The fact that Williams is at times reticent or even indifferent to the press deepens the disconnect between the power of his music and the general public’s awareness of an artist who has been namechecked by Johnny Cash and Kurt Cobain. Born in Floydada, Texas, in 1939, Williams first displayed his musical gifts at 3 years old, when he sang at a local talent contest and won first prize: an alarm clock. Williams wrote his first song, a tune called “Walk It Off,” when he was 14. “I’ve always tried to think of myself more as a writer than anything else,” Williams told British journalist Alan Cackett in 1995. “I guess you’d say it’s the most fulfilling thing I do.” Still in his teens, Williams began gigging around in various country and rock bands, while honoring that same self-gratification by honing his songwriting skills. It was as a member of the folk band The Pozo-Seco Singers in the mid-1960s that Williams first experienced success, with a tune called “Time.” When the band broke up in 1971, Williams ventured out as a solo artist, displaying an aptitude for interpreting other musicians’ tunes as well as harnessing his talents as a songsmith.
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Through the mid-’70s and early ’80s, Williams enjoyed commercial success with a string of hits like “I Recall a Gypsy Woman” (1973) “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” (1974), “Tulsa Time” (1978) and “I Believe in You” (1980). Williams’ sonorous voice, laid-back singing style and equally laconic stage demeanor attracted fans across the realms of country and pop. Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend are two of Williams’ followers from the rock scene. Clapton covered “Tulsa Time” on his “Backless” album, but it was The Who’s mastermind who helped demonstrate the subtle pleasures of Williams’ music. In 1977, Townshend and Ronnie Lane (formerly of The Faces) recorded “Till the Rivers All Run Dry” for their collaborative release “Rough Mix.” Williams’ three-chord opus “Rivers” features dreamy lyrics that border on the contemplative: “Till the rivers all run dry/ till the sun falls from the sky/ till life on Earth is through/ I’ll be needing you.” Williams’ version is innately powerful, but the Townshend-Lane rendition seems to magnify the ballad’s soft authority, trading the original’s swooping dobro guitar licks for choir-like layers of vocals that skim above the haziest kind of romantic music. The two British rockers turn the Texas folkie’s jukebox tune into a hymn that dips into the mystical, a testament to a great song made greater by those who remain devoted to its very creation. In the past 40 years, the music of Don Williams has been covered by an array of incredibly diverse talent: Lefty Frizzell, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson and alt-country sweethearts Lambchop. Even neo-prog rockers Tortoise performed a few of Williams’ songs. Williams’ most recent release, “And So It Goes,” continues his longstanding ability to attract greatness. Already praised by the critics, this 10-track affair features appearances by Alison Krauss, Keith Urban and Vince Gill, a trifecta of Grammy Award-winning artists genuflecting before this lesser-known poet of country music. The fact that it’s been released on an indie imprint (Sugar Hill) with little or no fanfare almost guarantees that the latest from the now-73-year-old Texan won’t be dominating the iTunes bestseller list. Local fans savvy enough to check out Williams’ upcoming appearance at The Florida Theatre can be certain of one thing: It’s their chance to witness a living legend deliver a set of no-frills, high-thrills country music that owes as much to the illumination of poetry as it does to a neon barroom light. Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
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AND WE WERE SAINTS, THE BLACKOUT HEIST, MILO, HEY MANDIBLE! Louisiana alternative rock, 9 p.m. Jan. 9, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, CORY CHISEL Solo acoustic, 7 p.m. Jan. 9, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, $22, 460-9311. THE DEWARS, THE NEW STRANGERS, COLIN ADKINS St. Augustine twinsâ€™ dark rock, Jan. 9, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067. ANOTHER LOST YEAR, SCREAMING FOR SILENCE Alternative rockers from Charlotte, 8 p.m. Jan. 9, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. TOM RUSH, BOB PATTERSON Folk and blues, 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, $24.50-$34.50, 209-0399. ROWAN CUNNINGHAM BAND Americana and folk, 8 p.m. Jan. 10, European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $13, 399-1740. THE ALMOST, ALL GET OUT, MAKESHIFT PRODIGY, THIS ARMISTICE, COMING THIS FALL, ADAM SAMS Christian rock, 6 p.m. Jan. 10, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, $16, 388-7807. MATH THE BAND, OPIATE EYES, BELLOWS Rhode Island electronic duo, 8 p.m. Jan. 10, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $7, 353-4686. Winter Jam: TOBY MAC, RED, MATTHEW WEST, JAMIE GRACE, SIDEWALK PROPHETS, ROYAL TAILOR Christian pop-rock, 7 p.m. Jan. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown, $10, 630-3900. THE WOOD BROTHERS, ASHLEIGH FLYNN Americana brothers, 7 p.m. Jan. 11, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, $22, 209-0399. THE DEVIL MAKES THREE, PHILLIP ROEBUCK Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $15, 246-2473. LE CASTLE VANIA, DJ WES REED, DJ APPLESAUCE, MASON MASTERS Atlanta DJ headlines electronic dance night, 7 p.m. Jan. 11, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $10, 342-2187. GHOST LIGHT ROAD, RACHEL WARFIELD, THE DOG APOLLO, DUDES ON A RUG, PILOTWAVE Jacksonville Americana, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. THE SNACKS BLUES BAND, RASHON MEDLOCK, CHOCOLATE THUNDERSTICK Jacksonville blues, 9 p.m. Jan. 11, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $10. HERD OF WATTS Jacksonville blues jam band, Jan. 11, The White Lion, 20 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 829-2388. JOSH MILLERâ€™S BLUE REVUE Blues, 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. MARCIA BALL & HER BAND, 77DS Piano blues, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, $40-$50, 209-0399. ZACH DEPUTY, CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY Island-infused singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $15, 246-2473. STEVE GILLETT & CINDY MANGSEN Guitar duo, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, European Street CafĂŠ, 550 Beach Blvd., Southside, $12, 399-1740. WORDS LIKE VINES, SEIZING THE FINAL VICTORY, BEWARE THE NEVERENDING, FROM WHAT REMAINS, DECIDED BY FATE Local progressive metalcore Words Like Vinesâ€™ CD release, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, $10, 388-7807.
The Best Live Music in St. Augustine!
â€œJoin us for Blues, Rock & Funkâ€? January 10 Billy Buchanan January 11 & 12 The Committee
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE PHILLIP ROEBUCK SATURDAY JANUARY 12
ZACH DEPUTY Christopher Hawley THURSDAY JANUARY 17
ALACTIC ART OFFICIAL FRIDAY JANUARY 18
Slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth (pictured) joins seven-piece country-surf indie rockers Honey Miller for a concert Jan. 17 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Photo: Brian Miller Richard TODD SNIDER, SHANNON McNALLY Alt-country singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $20-$27, 342-2187. PARKER URBAN BAND Jacksonville funk, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, free, 277-8010. DIRTY AUTOMATIC, HOMEMADE Jacksonville indie rockers, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. DYSTIL, PRIMITIVE HARD DRIVE, SOUTHERN FEATHER BAND, HANGMANS CROWN Stand up for Corey benefit show, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. 3 LEGGED FOX, UGLY LION, GULFSTER Pennsylvania indie rock, 8 p.m. Jan. 13, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496.
MUDTOWN, LARCENIST, BEAU & THE BURNERS Jacksonville hillbilly rock, 8 p.m. Jan. 13, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. NATIVE AMERICANS, XMAS Indie rockers, Jan. 14, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. WE ARE MONUMENTS, 3RD CALIBUR DISEASE, ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK North Carolina metalcore, 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. BLACK VEIL BRIDES, WILLIAM CONTROL, LIT UP Dark metal, 6 p.m. Jan. 15, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $18-$80, 223-9850. NICKI BLUHM & THE GRAMBLERS, ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR San Francisco singer-songwriter, 7 p.m. Jan. 15, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496.
DIRTY SHANNON/ CHARLIE WALKER SPLIT TONE/BUILT TO BE BROKEN SUNDAY JANUARY 20
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE SATURDAY JANUARY 26
Candlebox HORNIT/BLEEDING IN STEREO
THURSDAY JANUARY 31 & FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1
G-LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE
SWEAR AND SHAKE Mon-
Menâ€™s Night Out Beer Pong 9pm $1 Draft $5 Pitchers Free Pool DJ BG ALL U CAN EAT CRABLEGS Texas Hold â€™Em STARTS AT 7 P.M. HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT KIDS EAT FREE FROM 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. BUY 10 WINGS GET 10 WINGS FREE 1/2 PRICED APPETIZERS (BAR ONLY) 5 P.M.-CLOSE DJ BG Redneck Red Solo Cup Night! 1/2 PRICED DRINKS 10 P.M-12. A.M.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 6
SOUL ASYLUM AND GUESTS
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10
REEL BIG FISH
THE PILFERS/DAN P. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12
HATEBREED SHADOWS FALL
Sho Nuf 9:30pm 1/2 PRICE APPS-FRI (BAR ONLY) 4-7PM DECK MUSIC 5 P.M.-9 P.M.
Sho Nuf 9:30pm DECK MUSIC 5 P.M.-9 P.M.
Live Music 4pm-8pm
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23
MOON HOOCH UPCOMING SHOWS 2-24: Dark Star Orchestra 2-27: Every Time I Die/Acacia Strain/ Vanna 3-4: Excision/Paper Diamonds/Vaski 3-14: Pinback 3-25: Minus the Bear/Circa Survive 5-5: Donna the Buffalo
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DIRTY NAMES, BASTOGNE Maryland rock ‘n’ roll, 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. THE DEWARS, PRETTY TO THINK SO St. Augustine twins’ dark rock, 6 p.m. Jan. 16, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067.
UPCOMING CONCERTS SONNY LANDRETH, HONEY MILLER Jan. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DON WILLIAMS Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre ASKMEIFICARE, THE LIGHT WITHIN, COME DOWN DENVER Jan. 17, Jack Rabbits JOE CROOKSTON Jan. 17, European Street Café San Marco GALACTIC, COREY GLOVER (of Living Colour), ART OFFICIAL Jan. 17, Freebird Live GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET Jan. 17, The Original Café Eleven RED RIVER BAND Jan. 17, The Standard EYE EMPIRE, MANNA ZEN Jan. 18, Brewster’s Roc Bar FLANNEL CHURCH Jan. 18, Dog Star Tavern DIRTY SHANNON, CHARLIE WALKER, SPLIT TONE, BUILT TO BE BROKEN Jan. 18, Freebird Live TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC Jan. 18, Mojo Kitchen HONEY MILLER Jan. 18, Underbelly SENTROPOLIS, PARKER URBAN BAND Jan. 18, Jack Rabbits THE HEAVY PETS, NU JUKE, THE HEAVY HUSTLE Jan. 18, 1904 Music Hall STEPHON WILLIAMS Jan. 18, Murray Hill Theatre YARN Jan. 18, The Standard EASTER ISLAND Jan. 19, Burro Bar SIMPLY SINATRA Jan. 19, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts ELVIS LIVES! Jan. 19, T-U Center FLAGSHIP ROMANCE, LU RUBINO, OSCAR MIKE Jan. 19, Jack Rabbits GERRY WILLIAMS BAND Jan. 19, Dog Star Tavern Duval Fest: SWORDZ, AL PETE, JERICO, ROB FRANCIS, CITY LIMITS, STRIFE, MOSES WEST, CELLO X5, DEZ NADO, VENNUM Jan. 19, Brewster’s Megaplex ERIC TAYLOR Jan. 19, European Street Café Southside
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JAMIE MESSER, JEREMIAH DALY Jan. 19, Murray Hill Theatre YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Jan. 20, Freebird Live THE COLOR MORALE, OUR LAST NIGHT, YOUR MEMORIAL, FOR ALL I AM, I AM ENDSEEKER, CADIENCE Jan. 20, Murray Hill Theatre IONIA, SAINT DIABLO Jan. 20, Brewster’s Megaplex DIRTY NAMES Jan. 20, The Standard CARNIVOROUS CARNIVAL, RHYTHM OF FEAR, CARLISLE, MIKE O., SONS OF SAM Jan. 20, Jack Rabbits RICHARD THOMPSON Jan. 22, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall HELIO SEQUENCE, SHABAZZ PALACES Jan. 22, The Original Café Eleven CHRIS McFARLAND Jan. 22, Jack Rabbits THE DEWARS, PLANETS AROUND THE SUN Jan. 23, Underbelly CANDLEBOX, HORNIT Jan. 24, Freebird Live PERSONAL BOY, SIGNS OF IRIS, JUICY PONY Jan. 24, 1904 Music Hall TWISTA, BEAST BOY Jan. 24, Brewster’s Megaplex RICHARD SMITH & JULIE ADAMS Jan. 24, European Street Café San Marco LINGO Jan. 24, Jack Rabbits RED RIVER BAND Jan. 24, The Standard MARSHALL CRENSHAW & THE BOTTLE ROCKETS Jan. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHROMA, ANTIQUE ANIMALS Jan. 25, Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach THE MALAH, SIR CHARLES Jan. 25, 1904 Music Hall BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY Jan. 25, Brewster’s Megaplex LONG MILES, SIDEREEL Jan. 25, The Standard CHRIS WEBBY Jan. 25, Jack Rabbits LINGO Jan. 25, Phoenix Taproom HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE, FJORD EXPLORER Jan. 25, Freebird Live JACKYL, NOVEMBER Jan. 26, Brewster’s Megaplex MISSY RAINES Jan. 26, European Street Café San Marco CANDLEBOX, HORNIT, BLEEDING IN STEREO Jan. 26, Freebird Live HERD OF WATTS Jan. 26, Dog Star Tavern JAMIE DEFRATES & SUSAN BROWN Jan. 26, European Street Café Southside A SILENT FILM, GOLD FIELDS Jan. 26, Jack Rabbits
Cooper McBean (from left), Pete Bernhard and Lucia Turino bring their Santa Cruz, Calif., bluegrass band The Devil Makes Three to Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach Jan. 11. Photo: Anthony Pidgeon
THIS IS HELL Jan. 26, Phoenix Taproom GINA PONTONI Jan. 26, The Standard POCKET VINYL, GARRETT ON ACOUSTIC, THE MONSTER FOOL Jan. 28, Burro Bar WRETCHED Jan. 29, Brewster’s Megaplex RED CITY RADIO, SILVER SNAKES Jan. 29, Phoenix Taproom BALLYHOO Jan. 29, The Original Café Eleven LOBO MARINO, ANTIQUE ANIMALS Jan. 30, Underbelly KREWELLA, SPEKTREM Jan. 30, Pure CHURCHILL Jan. 30, Jack Rabbits DEAR RABBIT Jan. 31, Burro Bar THE JAUNTEE Jan. 31, Dog Star Tavern RICKETT PASS, MUDTOWN, LOOKA LOOKA LOOKA Jan. 31, Phoenix Taproom THE JOHN THOMAS JAZZ GROUP Jan. 31, European Street Café San Marco RED RIVER BAND Jan. 31, The Standard G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, SWEAR AND SHAKE Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, Freebird Live ED KOWALCZYK Feb. 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PAT TRAVERS, REGI BLUE, KYMYSTRY, CHROME HEART, RIVER CITY KATS Feb. 1, Brewster’s Megaplex DUDE MAGNETS, RAGGEDY ZEUS Feb. 1, Burro Bar PUMPKIN, WARP 9 Feb. 1, 1904 Music Hall JOSH MILLER’S BLUES REVUE, KARL W. DAVIS Feb. 1, Dog Star Tavern TURK282, FOUR FAMILIES, UNIVERSAL GREEN Feb. 1, Underbelly 20WT, TASTEBUDS, SELF EMPLOYED Feb. 2, 1904 Music Hall PRE-INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONFERENCE Feb. 2, Burro Bar BEN “ONE MAN BAND” PRESTAGE Feb. 2, Dog Star Tavern CHARLIE HALL, DANIEL BASHTA, THE VESPERS Feb. 2, Murray Hill Theatre SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES Feb. 2, The Florida Theatre TURISAS, SKYLINER Feb. 2, Brewster’s Megaplex PAUL GEREMIA Feb. 2, European Street Café Southside CHARLIE HALL, DANIEL BASHTA, THE VESPERS Feb. 2, Murray Hill Theatre CHRIS YATES Feb. 2, Jack Rabbits THE XX Feb. 3, The Florida Theatre METH DAD, NETHERFRIENDS, AFTER THE BOMB, BABY! Feb. 3, Burro Bar TERROR Feb. 4, Phoenix Taproom ENGLISH BEAT Feb. 5, Jack Rabbits SOUL ASYLUM Feb. 6, Freebird Live WE CAME AS ROMANS, CROWN THE EMPIRE, ME & THE TRINITY, I AM THE WITNESS Feb. 6, Murray Hill Theatre JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND Feb. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena LEON REDBONE Feb. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALL-STARS Feb. 7, European Street Café San Marco WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY Feb. 8, The Florida Theatre VYIE, FOREIGN TRADE, RAGGEDY ZEUS Feb. 8, Burro Bar FREDDY’S FINEST Feb. 8 & 9, Dog Star Tavern HIGHER LEARNING, LUMA GROVE Feb. 9, 1904 Music Hall JAKE MILLER Feb. 9, Jack Rabbits
SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES (AC/DC tribute band) Feb. 9, Freebird Live CHRIS YOUNG, BRINLEY ADDINGTON Feb. 10, Mavericks CHRIS KAHL Feb. 10, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts REEL BIG FISH, THE PILFERS, DAN P. (of MU330) Feb. 10, Freebird Live RAPDRAGONS, UNIVERSAL GREEN Feb. 10, Burro Bar TORCHE Feb. 10, Jack Rabbits MURDER BY DEATH, MAN MAN Feb. 11, Jack Rabbits THE GHOSTWRITE, JON CREEDEN, BEAU CRUM Feb. 11, Burro Bar FULL ON ASSAULT, HUDSON FALCONS, GRABBAG Feb. 11, Phoenix Taproom HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, DYING FETUS, THE CONTORTIONIST Feb. 12, Freebird Live MURS, PROF & FASHAWN Feb. 12, Jack Rabbits GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS Feb. 13, The Florida Theatre FISHBONE, WHOLE WHEAT BREAD Feb. 13, The Standard EMANCIPATOR, RANDOM RAB, TOR Feb. 13, 1904 Music Hall BARB WIRE DOLLS Feb. 13, Jack Rabbits JOHNNY WINTER Feb. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall STEVE MILLER BAND Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre HOLOPAW Feb. 14, Nobby’s HARPETH RISING Feb. 14, European Street Café San Marco A LOSS FOR WORDS, ACOUSTIC BASEMENT, BRIAN MARQUIS Feb. 14, Phoenix Taproom SCOTT COULTER Feb. 15 & 16, Thrasher-Horne Center BATTLE OF THE BANDS Feb. 15, Fletcher High School Aura Music & Arts Festival: PAPADOSIO, CONSPIRATOR, PERPETUAL GROOVE, THE HEAVY PETS, DOPAPOD, RAQ, KUNG FU Feb. 15-17, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park KENNY ROGERS Feb. 16, The Florida Theatre DAN ZANES & FRIENDS, ELIZABETH MITCHELL, YOU ARE MY FLOWER Feb. 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall VINYL THIEF, ALEX VANS, THE HIDE AWAY, EMOTICON, GARRETT ON ACOUSTIC Feb. 16, 1904 Music Hall EVER ENDING KICKS Feb. 16, Burro Bar NIKKI TALLEY Feb. 16, European Street Café Southside BALANCE & COMPOSURE, THE JEALOUS SOUND, MAN Feb. 16, Phoenix Taproom DAYLIGHT, SACRED SUNS Feb. 16, Phoenix Taproom Music for Meows Benefit: LAUREN FINCHAM, ALL NIGHT WOLVES, DIXIE RODEO, SHONI, THE PINZ, FFN, STATUS FAUX, XGEEZER Feb. 16, Jack Rabbits BATTLE OF THE BANDS Feb. 16, St. Augustine High School JIM BRICKMAN Feb. 17, The Florida Theatre CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Feb. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Jacksonville Blues Festival: MILLIE JACKSON, MEL WAITERS, TK SOUL, LATIMORE, THEODIS EALEY Feb. 17, T-U Center JON SNODGRASS, CORY BRANAN Feb. 17, Underbelly WITH THE PUNCHES Feb. 19, Phoenix Taproom ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT Feb. 20, The Florida Theatre JE DOUBLE F Feb. 20, Burro Bar TOMMY EMMANUEL Feb. 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DAVID RUSSELL, JOHN PEYTON Feb. 21, European Street Café San Marco ANTIQUE ANIMALS, FOREIGN TRADE Feb. 21, 1904 Music Hall
TEENAGE BOTTLE ROCKET, THE QUEERS, MASKED INTRUDER Feb. 21, Jack Rabbits ROLAND DYENS Feb. 22, The Florida Theatre TRIP LEE Feb. 22, Murray Hill Theatre â€™60s Folk Reunion Festival: THE KINGSTON TRIO, THE LOVINâ€™ SPOONFUL, MELANIE SAFKA Feb. 22, T-U Center CARRIE NATION & SPEAKEASY Feb. 22, Dog Star Tavern COREY SMITH, ADAM EZRA GROUP Feb. 22, Mavericks CELTIC CROSSROADS Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre LOTUS, MOON HOOCH Feb. 23, Freebird Live SILENCE, BLUNT TRAUMA, DECISIONS, I AM THE WITNESS, FROM WHAT REMAINS, DECIDED BY FATE Feb. 23, Jack Rabbits DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Feb. 23, Murray Hill Theatre WILLIE â€œBIG TOEâ€? GREEN, LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES Feb. 23, European Street CafĂŠ Southside HONKY SUCKLE Feb. 23, Dog Star Tavern THE HIT MEN Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre LEO KOTTKE Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THAT ONE GUY, WOLFF Feb. 24, Jack Rabbits DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 24, Freebird Live CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY, EVERYMEN, RACHEL KATE Feb. 24, Burro Bar BAD RABBITS, AIR DUBAI Feb. 26, Jack Rabbits JESSE COOK Feb. 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall EVERYTIME I DIE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, VANNA, HUNDREDTH, NO BRAGGING RIGHTS Feb. 27, Freebird Live HONEY SUCKLE, MUD TOWN Feb. 27, Burro Bar MUSHROOMHEAD Feb. 27, Brewsterâ€™s Roc Bar COPE, THE MANTRAS Feb. 28, 1904 Music Hall SAM PACETTI Feb. 28, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III, TAMMERLIN March 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ED ROLAND & THE SWEET TEA PROJECT March 1, The Standard GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE March 1, Dog Star Tavern HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, THE WHISKEY GENTRY March 1, Burro Bar J BOOG, HOT RAIN March 1, Jack Rabbits KEBâ€™ MOâ€™ March 2, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GRANT PEEPLES, SARAH MAC March 2, European Street CafĂŠ Southside TATER FAMINE, MEMPHIBIANS March 2, Burro Bar COL. BRUCE HAMPTON March 2, Dog Star Tavern BRUCE COCKBURN March 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall POLYENSO, AUTHOR March 3, Jack Rabbits HEâ€™S MY BROTHER SHEâ€™S MY SISTER, PAPER BIRD, SHAKEY GRAVES, CANARY IN THE COALMINE March 3, Burro Bar EXCISION, PAPER DIAMOND, VASKI March 4, Freebird Live ENGLAND IN 1819 March 4, Burro Bar MOD SUN, CISCO ADLER, TAYYIB ALI March 4, Jack Rabbits THE CUSSES, CLOUDEATER March 7, Burro Bar JUDY COLLINS March 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DREW NELSON March 7, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco MOUNT MORIAH March 7, Jack Rabbits FREDDYâ€™S FINEST March 8 & 9, Dog Star Tavern 1964 (Beatles tribute) March 9, The Florida Theatre Natural Life Music Festival: MARTIN SEXTON, FIELD REPORT, SWEAR AND SHAKE, SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS, HENRY WAGONS March 10, Metropolitan Park THE HOWLING WIND March 10, Burro Bar KISHI BASHI, ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT March 12, Jack Rabbits GET THE LED OUT (Led Zeppelin tribute) March 13, The Florida Theatre CHRIS TOMLIN March 13, Veterans Memorial Arena WIL MARING, ROBERT BOWLIN March 14, European St. San Marco PINBACK March 14, Freebird Live LISA LOEB March 15, The Florida Theatre JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO THEATRE COMPANY March 15 & 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE FRITZ, LUCKY COSTELLO March 15, 1904 Music Hall MIRANDA LAMBERT & DIERKS BENTLEY, LEE BRICE March 16, Veterans Memorial Arena MATCHBOX TWENTY March 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA March 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 20, The Florida Theatre AMERICA March 21, The Florida Theatre PIERCE THE VEIL, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, LETLIVE, ISSUES March 21, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN: GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS March 22, The Florida Theatre JOHNNY MATHIS March 22, T-U Center BANG TANGO March 22, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex Americaâ€™s Got Talent Live: ALL STARS March 23, T-U Center THE WONDER YEARS March 23, Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex ERIC CLAPTON March 26, Veterans Memorial Arena LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS March 28, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, BRYNN MARIE March 29, The Florida Theatre
JUSTIN ACOUSTIC REUNION March 30, European Street Southside MAROON 5, NEON TREES, OWL CITY April 1, Veterans Memorial Arena THE STORY SO FAR April 1, Brewsterâ€™s Roc Bar YES April 3, The Florida Theatre RITA HOSKING April 4, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco TAMMERLIN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT April 6, European Street CafĂŠ Southside CHICAGO April 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SCHEMATIC, REKAPSE, ASKER, TREEHOUSE April 10, Jack Rabbits MURIEL ANDERSON April 11, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco TAB BENOIT April 13, Mojo Kitchen Jax Beach THIRD DAY April 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre WEIRD AL YANKOVIC April 16, The Florida Theatre TIM GRIMM April 18, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco DAVID BENOIT, BRIAN CULBERTSON April 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BIG FREEDIA April 19, Jack Rabbits CARRIE UNDERWOOD April 20, Veterans Memorial Arena MARY-LOU, TAMMERLIN April 20, European Street Southside FOURPLAY April 21, The Florida Theatre JB SCOTTâ€™S SWINGINâ€™ ALL-STARS April 25, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco SOILWORK, JEFF LOOMIS, BLACKGUARD, THE BROWNING, WRETCHED April 27, Jack Rabbits CELTIC WOMAN May 2, T-U Center Gamble Rogers Festival Kickoff: LARRY MANGUM, BOB PATTERSON, JIM CARRICK, CHARLIE SIMMONS May 2, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco DOUGLAS ANDERSON Guitar Student Recital May 4, European Street CafĂŠ Southside DONNA THE BUFFALO May 5, Freebird Live TERRI HENDRIX, LLOYD MAINES May 9, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco TIM AND MYLES THOMPSON May 11, European Street CafĂŠ Southside JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO May 16, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco ALAN JACKSON May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre Florida Folk Festival Kickoff: DEL SUGGS May 23, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco JB SCOTTâ€™S SWINGINâ€™ ALLSTARS
May 30, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco JUSTIN BIEBER Aug. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena BLUE SUEDE SHOES: THE ULTIMATE ELVIS BASH Aug. 10, The Florida Theatre
â€˘ CLUBS â€˘ AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH
CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Karl W. Davis Showcase 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Spade McQuade 9 p.m. Jan. 10. Josh Miller Blues Revue 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Parker Urban Band 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Karl W. Davis Showcase 8 p.m. every Wed. Spade McQuade every Thur. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GENNAROâ€™S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Live local bands for open mic night, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. Oâ€™KANEâ€™S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELDâ€™S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Buck Smith @ Saloon 9 p.m. every Tue. Wes Cobb 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffieldâ€™s every Thur. & Sat. DJ Anonymous in Sheffieldâ€™s every Fri. Schnockered in The Saloon every Sun. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night
AJâ€™S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTERS MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845
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University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Black Veil Brides, William Control and Lit Up 6 p.m. Jan. 15 Live music every Wed.-Sat. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. TONINO’S, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams every Fri. Dino Saliba every Sat.
BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke Dave Thrash Wed. DJ 151 spins Thur. DJ Catharsis first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry every Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Bay Street Band Jan. 11. Arvid Smith Jan. 12. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.
COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.
(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt Lanham 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 & 17. Slick Water 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Incognito 12:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Live music Wed.-Sun. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay
every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Permission Band 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Fear Buile Band 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. & Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Duvel Jan. 9. Chris C4Mann Jan. 10. Live music every Thur. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Songwriters every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb Thur. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 The Devil Makes Three and Phillip Roebuck 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Zach Deputy and Christopher Hawley 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Galactic, Corey Glover and Art Official Jan. 17. Yonder Mountain String Band 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Live music every weekend GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Will Pearsall Jan. 11. DiCarlo Thompson Jan. 12. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Mark O’Quinn Jan. 9. Doug McRae Jan. 10. Lance Neely Jan. 11. Billy Buchanan Jan. 12. Job Meiller Jan. 16. Live music every Wed.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Live music every Thur.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Nothing Short of Pure 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Dirty Pete Jan. 9 & 16. DJ Comp Jan. 10. Be Easy Jan. 11. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur.
Atlanta DJ/producer Le Castle Vania (pictured) headlines a night of EDM Jan. 11 at The Standard in St. Augustine.
MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show, Tiff Gin and Bill Pos 10 p.m. Jan. 17 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams Karaoke 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Cloud 9 at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Les B. Fine Jan. 10, 14 & 15. Barrett Jockers 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Domenic Jan. 12. Alex Affronti and TJ Brown Jan. 13. Aaron Kroener Jan. 16. Reggae on the deck every Thur. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Ron Perry 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Austin Sherril 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Tony Novelly 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Katie Fair every Wed. Javier Perez every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers Jan. 9. Smith & Dixon Jan. 10. Cloud 9 9 p.m. Jan. 11 & 12. Exit Jan. 13. Live music every Thur.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Open mic with Derek Maines Jan. 9. Jason Ivey Jan. 11. Chad & Sarah Jan. 12. Open mic with Paul Haftel Jan. 16
1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., 1904jax.com And We Were Saints, The Blackout Heist, Milo and Hey Mandible 9 p.m. Jan. 9. The Snacks Blues Band, Rashon Medlock and Chocolate Thunderstick 9 p.m. Jan. 11. Hip-hop every First Fri. Open mic every Mon. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Math the Band, Opiate Eyes and Bellows 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Dirty Automatic and Homemade 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Mudtown, Larcenist and Beau & the Burners 8 p.m. Jan. 13. Native Americans and Xmas 9 p.m. Jan. 14. Dirty Names and Bastogne 8 p.m. Jan. 16 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 New Strangers 10 p.m. Jan. 15. DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5 p.m., Brett Foster 9 p.m. Jan. 11. The Gootch 9 p.m. Jan. 12. Spade McQuade Jan. 17. Live music every weekend THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Live music 6-10 p.m. Jan. 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat. KALA, 331 E. Bay St., 356-6455 DJ Wes Reed Jan. 18. DJ Paten Locke spins for Audio Zoo every Wed. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house soulful, gospel, deep, acid, hip, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. DJ SwitchGear
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every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Live music every Fri. & Sat. UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 The Dewars, The New Strangers and Colin Adkins 9 p.m. Jan. 9. Juicy Pony and The Fuzz 8 p.m. Jan. 10. The Dewars and Pretty To Think So Jan. 16. Old Time Jam 7 p.m. every Tue. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Ritual ReUnion Thursday ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Michael Garrett Jan. 10. Pierce in Harmony Jan. 11. DJ BG Jan. 12. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Bad Assets 10 p.m. Jan. 11 & 12. DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145, 278-9421 Ernie & Debi Evans 9 p.m. Jan. 11 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke Jan. 9. DJ BG Jan. 10. Sho Nuff 9:30 p.m. Jan. 11 & 12. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m. every Sun.
BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford 6:30 p.m. every Sat. & Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Mr. Natural Jan. 11 & 12. River City Bluez Band 9 p.m. Jan. 16. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Top 40 music every Mon. & Tue. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri.
AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave every Wed. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7-9 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. RACK EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030 Live music, DJs, Karaoke and open mic
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG
BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, 282-1564 Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Cupids Alley 9 p.m. Jan. 11 & 12. Live music every Thur.-Sat.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Martini 6 p.m. Jan. 16. Kelly Richey 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Local talent every Wed. Live music every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.
PONTE VEDRA, PALM VALLEY
ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Aaron Kyle Jan. 9. John Austill Jan. 10. Job Meiller Jan. 11. Kevin Ski Jan. 12. Clayton Bush Jan. 16. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. Jan. 12. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun. SUN DOG BREWING CO., 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852 Billy Bowers 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Live music every Wed.-Sat.
HAPPY HOURS, 952 Lane Ave. N., 683-0065 Karaoke 4 p.m. every Sun. HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Live music every Taproom Tunesday KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., loftthursdays.com DJs Wes Reed and Josh Kemp spin for PBR Party every Thur. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM PIANO BAR, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins 10 p.m. Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 The Almost, All Get Out, Makeshift Prodigy, This Armistice, Coming This Fall and Kevin Briscoe 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Words Like Vines CD release with Seizing the Final Victory, Beware the Neverending, From What Remains and Decided By Fate 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Stephon Williams 8 p.m. Jan. 18 RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur.
A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Live music Jan. 10. The Committee Jan. 11 & 12. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Root of All 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Josh Catron 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Chillula 7-11 p.m. Jan. 11. Gary Douglas Campbell 2-5 p.m., Sentropolis 7-11 p.m. Jan. 12. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Jan. 13 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6-10 p.m. Jan. 16. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite, house band every Wed. Battle of the
DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Mike Hart Trio 9 p.m. Jan. 11 & 12. Colton McKenna 1 p.m. Jan. 13. Chad Allen till 9 p.m. every Wed. David Dowling till 9 p.m. every Thur. Katherine Archer till 9 p.m. every Mon. John Dickie till 9 p.m. every Tue. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 7th Street 10 p.m. Jan. 11. Sam Pacetti Trio 10 p.m. Jan. 12 NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. THE ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 Justin Townes Earle and Cory Chisel 7 p.m. Jan. 9 PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 4 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Chase Rideman 9 p.m. Jan. 9 & 16. Battle of the Bands 9 p.m. Jan. 10. Amy Vickery 4-8 p.m., Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue 9 p.m. Jan. 11. Ken McAnlis noon, Billy Bowers 4-8 p.m., Chillula 9 p.m. Jan. 12. Gary Campbell noon, Kaylee Rose 7 p.m. Jan. 13. Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Karaoke 9 p.m. every Mon. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Le Castle Vania, DJs Wes Reed, Applesauce and Mason Masters and Yarn 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Todd Snider and Shannon McNally 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Country every Thur. Reggae 7 p.m. every Sun. Indie, dance & electro every Tue. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Live music every Fri. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Sat. Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva and Chad Alger 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur. WHITE LION PUB, 20 Cuna St., 829-2388 Herd of Watts Jan. 11.
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat.
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 The Monster Fool 9 p.m. Jan. 12. Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Clarence Wears every Tue. Selwyn Toby every Wed. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Laree App 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby 8 p.m. every Fri. Barry O 4 p.m., Laree App 8 p.m. every Sat. Selwyn Toby 4 p.m., Laree App 7:30 p.m. every Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat.
JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Paul Haftel Jan. 9. Charlie Walker Jan. 10. Be Easy Jan. 11. Wes Cobb Jan. 12. Bryan Ripper Jan. 16. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Graham Funke and Stonerokk Jan. 12. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 David Bradley 7 p.m. Jan. 10. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Cowford County Band Jan. 11. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Wed.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Rowan Cunningham Band 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Jazz 8 p.m. every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Another Lost Year and Screaming for Silence 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Ghost Light Road, Rachel Warfield, The Dog Apollo, Dudes on a Rug and Pilotwave 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Dystil, Primitive Hard Drive, Southern Feather Band and Hangman’s Crown Jan. 12. 3 Legged Fox, Ugly Lion and Gulfster 8 p.m. Jan. 13. We Are Monuments, 3rd Calibur Disease and Zombie Kill of the Week 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and Roadkill Ghost Choir 7 p.m. Jan. 15 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance music for Are Friends Electric 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake every other Fri. DJs Rogue & Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.
BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Steve Gillett and Cindy Mangsen 8 p.m. Jan. 12. Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Clayton Bush Jan. 9. Bill Rice Jan. 10. Aaron Kyle Jan. 11. Jimmy Solari Jan. 12. Bryan Ripper Jan. 16. Live music every Thur.-Sat. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Pop Muzik 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Boogie Freaks 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. DJ Jeff Bell every Tue. VJ Ginsu every Sat. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri.
SHANTY TOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Live music every Twin Peaks Fri. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Al Poindexter for open mic 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Doug Vanderlaan 8 p.m. Jan. 11 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. TUCKERS HWY. 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
New York singer-songwriter Joe Crookston appears Jan. 17 at European Street Café in San Marco.
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Known for his work in the 1960s counterculture, Peter Max has painted for six U.S. presidents, five Super Bowls, the Olympics and the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. Photos: Courtesy of Peter Max
Masters to Max
Iconic ’60s artist now turns his brush toward the works of Degas, Monet and Picasso PETER MAX MASTERS SERIES Jan. 12-20, with appearances by Peter Max 6-9 p.m. Jan. 19 and 1-4 p.m. Jan. 20. Avondale Artworks, 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale RSVP at 384-8797 or avondaleartworks.com
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ike a King Midas of the rainbow, everything Peter Max touches becomes part of a vibrant, psychedelic kingdom. Mostly known for iconic imagery and portraits influenced by pop culture, now the artist has fixed his brush on a daring new muse: the works of art legends including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas, in an exhibit aptly named the “Masters Series.” Since the 1960s, when he first burst onto the counterculture tableau with Day-Glo fluorescents and fantastical scenes forged with a decidedly cheerful, rainbow-hued imagination, Peter Max has painted for six U.S. presidents, five Super Bowls, the Olympics, the Grammy Awards (five years consecutively), the Woodstock Music & Art Fair and so much more. His work can be seen everywhere from art museums to presidential libraries, cruise ship hulls and college dorm room walls. “I have an amazing history to look back on, which to me is unbelievable,” he said. The playful whimsy of Max’s work belies the seriousness with which he approaches it. While studying under realist painter Frank Reilly at The Art Students League in Manhattan, Max immersed himself in his education, spending many of his waking hours practicing and studying technique. The rigorous work ethic he
developed then has stayed with him throughout his career, making him one of the most prolific artists to have walked the planet. Now touring more than ever, recently from Shanghai to Moscow to Jacksonville’s own Avondale Artworks, Max is often told by curators that his show is the largest their galleries have ever exhibited. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Peter Max hasn’t been distracted by vice or easy living (he maintains that he is a teetotaler); for him, art is drug enough. “I have a big studio, and all I do is draw and paint, draw and paint,” he said. “My main thing in life is to be creative.” With a career spanning more than five decades and counting, much can be and has been said about Peter Max. In addition to canvas, his work has graced cell phones, airplanes, postage stamps, U.S. border signs, advertisements, magazines and album covers, but not, as is commonly believed, The Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine.” In August 2012, he told Westchester Magazine that he worked with the band on the design but couldn’t stay in England for 17 months to complete the film because he and his wife had an infant son and another baby on the way, so he turned the project over to German artist Heinz Edelmann. (Edelmann has maintained that it was his alone.) First and probably still best known for his involvement in the ’60s counterculture, Max has shared meals and stories with scores of artists and musicians whose works have also stood the test of time. Over the years, he’s been seen in the company of Sir Paul McCartney,
Ringo Starr, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix (he once said, “We used to get breakfast” about the late guitarist), Elton John and Bob Dylan. Music serves as a backdrop to Max’s life; his work is infused and in part fueled by the songs and sounds he adores. “I love music tremendously; believe it or not, because I love it so much when I paint, I have a full-time DJ,” he said. A casual observer might find him scattered in a whirlwind of thought and inspiration, seemingly oblivious to units of time and convention; the larger picture reveals the grand, consistent design to his life and work. In life, Peter Max is surprisingly accessible yet subtly private, freely answering questions with the kindness he grants all life forms, without betraying the secrets of his soul. Long a staunch proponent of environmental, human and animal rights — much of his childhood was spent among Buddhists in Shanghai — Max is involved with several charities, including Humane USA, which promotes the ethical treatment of animals. “Every little animal you see — whether the smallest little bug or elephant — came from a mom and dad,” he said. The Masters Series, an installation of his interpretations of other artists’ works, will be displayed at Avondale Artworks alongside some of his well-known images, including “Statue of Liberty,” which he has painted annually since the bicentennial, his “Flag” pieces, “Cosmic Runner” and “Umbrella Man.” Claire Goforth firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight Ways to Cash
More than one performer is needed to bring the Man in Black to life in musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE JOHNNY CASH MUSICAL SHOW 6 p.m. Jan. 9-Feb. 3 with matinees Saturday and Sunday Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside Tickets: $46-$53 641-1212, alhambrajax.com
hen eight actors simultaneously enter the stage at the Alhambra for “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Music Show,” raised eyebrows greet them. Immediately, the four men and four women let the audience know that each one of them is Johnny Cash. Without worrying about casting one actor as Cash, “Ring of Fire” focuses on the music and from the actors and accompanying band. The Alhambra stage easily accommodates all eight performers. Throughout the show, the women dance and harmonize, and the men smile and play various stringed instruments. This musical revue showcases Cash favorites, instead of setting up a specific story arc around the legendary singer-songwriter’s life, leaving that to popular the 2005 film “Walk the Line.” And all for the better, really. This show’s more for music lovers, as opposed to fans of bio-pics who might happen to enjoy some classic country tunes — but fans of all kinds will enjoy the performances. “Ring of Fire” lets viewers fall back in love with Cash’s songs, allowing those that moved you long ago to move you once again. With the soulfulness of Chris Blisset’s voice and the quirkiness of Lisa Valdini’s onstage presence, the show prompts singin’, clappin’ and, for the right sort of person, some preachin’. The night opens with a telling of Cash’s family lineage. From this, the players perform highlights of Cash’s life to the tune of tracks that create adequate exposition. By the fifth number, “Five Feet High and Rising,” the artists — though seated — dance between playing Cash and other figures in the Man in Black’s life so well that an “a-ha” moment
The stage design in “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show” utilizes three projection screens for images and stock video, but it’s not necessary, considering the actors’ contagious joviality. Photo: Tiara Photography
occurs. The quest to pin down one actor as Cash is futile, and the realization that the eight of them will transition through various roles sets in. By the time “Daddy Sang Bass” sends the performers to the floor and the theatergoers their feet, it’s apparent that the show is more of a concert than a narrativedriven production. The eight singer-dancers might take center stage, but it’s not long before the show highlights four other key players. The accompanying band complements and highlights the main players’ performances. Particularly, Kelly McCarty plucking that upright bass merits all the head nods and grins that greet it. And Jesse Leach’s electric guitar subtly acts as its own narrative force. But their strong performances don’t compete for the spotlight with McCarty and Leach’s vocals, they accentuate it. After all, you can’t have Cash without those killer country bass lines. The four-piece band isn’t the only instrumentation in this show. Six of the eight actors strum the six acoustic guitars on stage during the opener, “Country Boy.” Throughout the show, Blisset reveals dexterous guitar skills, Sam Sherwood plays a heart-breaking mandolin and Ashlie Brooke Roberson provides some Southern-tinged fiddle. Blisset punctuates off that down-home feel with a
little harmonica. Among the performers, Blisset and Sherwood stand out as the group’s multiinstrumentalists, which, in turn, makes the show ignite brilliantly as its own ring of fire. The sparse stage design uses three projection screens for images and stock video — an unnecessary effect in a production where the players have such arresting faces and contagious joviality. Though many of the men’s outfits wouldn’t be inappropriate for a Saturday night gettogether, not all of the styling is tame. The more vivacious costumes debut during “Get Rhythm,” which presents the women in bright, ’60s-in-the-South dresses and a colorful, tucked-in look for the men. This is definitely a show for anyone who’s ever wanted to see Cash depicted as a Southern belle. The Alhambra’s nosh options match the theme of each show, so items such as the country-fried steak and the pecan bourbon pie excite the eye and the tastebuds. For those who pass up meat, the veggie quesadilla is delicious and filling. This is a production that sends you home to rest a needle on your most beloved Cash record and reminisce about that night you spent with the country legend. Ryan Thompson email@example.com
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PERFORMANCE RING OF FIRE The musical revue of Johnny Cash’s legacy is staged for evening and matinee performances Jan. 9-Feb. 3 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$59. 641-1212. alhambrajax.com FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE The musical, with music and lyrics by jazz great Louis Jordan, is staged Jan. 10-12 and 17-19 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. $25. 249-0289. playersbythesea.org ALMOST, MAINE The romantic comedy is staged Jan. 11-13, 18-20 and 24-26 at Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. 276-2599. opct.org THE SECRET Lee Weaver’s one-man show, about a Jewish man who escapes the Spanish Inquisition and lands in St. Augustine in the mid-16th century, is staged 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Pioneer Barn Theater at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $20. 824-8874. CINDERELLA The State Ballet Theatre of Russia dances the classic fairytale story 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $42-$82. 442-2929. artistseriesjax.org HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MARK TWAIN Robert Gill’s one-man show is staged as part of a dinner theater performance, beginning 6 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $40. 824-7211. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH The 5 & Dime promises explicit content and very loud rock ‘n’ roll in a staging of the rock musical 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. $10-$15. the5anddime.org GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL The comedy of heartbreak, happiness and karaoke hits the stage Jan. 17-20 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $50. 6323373. artistseriesjax.org MARY POPPINS The Artist Series presents the Broadway hit Jan. 22-27 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $37-$77. 632-3373. artistseriesjax.org LOST IN YONKERS Neil Simon’s play is performed Jan. 24-Feb. 17 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10-$25. 825-1164. limelight-theatre.org CLARINDA Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre presents the Scottish musical play Jan. 25-Feb. 10 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. $20. 249-7177. SHEN YUN The synchronized, classical Chinese dancers spin, flip and twirl performing many styles and traditions and drawing on the stories of Mulan, General Yue Fei and the Monkey King, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. $50-$150. 1-888-884-6707.
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YOUTH GROUP VOICE SESSIONS Group voice lessons with an emphasis on vocal health, breath control, blending, harmony and pitch are held 5:306:30 p.m. every Wed. and 1-2 p.m. every Sat. for 11 weeks, beginning Jan. 9, at KARMA Voice Studio, The Performer’s Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Southside. 257-5276. karmavoicestudio.com ART FUNDAMENTALS: ACRYLIC PAINTING Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginners and strengthens skills of intermediate painters on composition for landscape and still life, color theory and techniques in acrylics 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Ages 13 and older. $190. 355-0630. PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Gallery725 accepts submissions from Northeast Florida amateur and professional photographers for “Local Exposure,” an exhibit held in conjunction with PhotoJax 2013. Submissions, limited to three per entrant, are accepted noon-6 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 15 at Gallery725, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org THEATER AUDITIONS Jacksonville’s Dangerous Theatre auditions for actors, singers, musicians and improvisational performers noon-5 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at 951 Shetter Ave., Jax Beach. (386) 214-0515. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Children ages 3-5 and their favorite adult participate in “Art
for Two,” an infusion of art, movement, literature and music to develop new skills 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 23 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $15 per pair. 356-6857. HOTEL PONCE DE LEON CELEBRATION Flagler College celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon with tours and historic re-enactments 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. 823-3378, 819-6205. AUDITIONS FOR COLONIAL CREW REVUE St. Augustine’s Colonial Quarter seeks singers and actors with strong comedic timing and the ability to do stage combat as well as magic. Auditions, for four male and two female roles, are held noon Jan. 12 with call-backs the same day at St. Augustine Pirate Treasure Museum, 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. Production debuts in March. 877-467-5863. ACTORS’ WORKSHOP Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre offers workshops 5:308:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and every Sun. through March 3 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. $160 for eight-week session. abettheatre.com BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES FOR ADULTS Adult classes are held 7-8 p.m. every Mon., beginning Jan. 14 at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. The fee is $264 for the first 16-week session. 228-9931. jacksonville-dance.com IMPROV WORKSHOPS Mad Cowford Improv offers workshops for all levels 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and every Mon., at Arlington Congregational Church, 431 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $100 for six classes over seven weeks (one makeup session). madcowford.com/workshops.html BALLROOM PROGRAM FOR KIDS Progressive ballroom classes for children are held 4-4:45 p.m. every Mon. and Wed., Jan. 14-May 14 at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. Fee is $100 per child. 228-9931. jacksonville-dance.com ST. AUGUSTINE CHORUS AUDITIONS Chorus auditions for singers for “On Broadway! Act II” are held 6:50-9 p.m. Jan. 15 and every Tue. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. Music distributed during the first few weeks of rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Membership fee: $25. 808-1904. staugustinecommunitychorus.org ARTS AWARDS The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville seeks nominations for the 37th annual Arts Awards in corporate, educator, individual and innovator categories. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15. Winners are announced April 12 at the Main Library. For criteria and a nomination form, go to culturalcouncil.org. WINTER TEEN ART CONTEST Local artists, ages 12-18, may submit up to three pieces of visual art, including photography, mixed media and three-dimensional pieces in the Jacksonville Public Library Winter Teen Art Contest. Entries are judged on skill, originality and “wow” factor. Submissions, along with an entry form, are accepted through Jan. 15 at any Jacksonville library. The winner receives a $30 Reddi Arts gift certificate and a solo show in the Teen Department Gallery at the Main Library in March. 630-2665. jaxpubliclibrary.org/teens/teen-art-contest-winter2012.pdf ORANGE PARK WORKSHOP Orange Park Community Theatre offers a spring theater workshop for students in grades 2-8. Classes are held 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Mon.-Thur., Jan. 14-April 21. For more information, go to opct.org ECOLOGY-THEMED ART Eco Arts announces its second annual ecology-themed competition with six creative categories. A cash prize pool of $12,500 is awarded. The deadline for entries is Jan. 15. (828) 575-3979. ecoartsawards.com TALKS AND TEA Seated gallery lectures accompanied by afternoon tea are offered 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $6. Reservations required by Jan. 11. 899-6038. WATERCOLOR CLASSES A workshop focused on techniques and themes is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tue., Jan. 15-Feb. 19 at the Barn Studio, 3920 Sierra Madre Dr. S., Jacksonville. $200. For more information, call 739-0251 or email email@example.com. R.A.C.E. JURIED SHOW A juried art show, “Respecting Anybody’s Cultural Experience,” accepts entries through Jan. 17 in all media for art that best represents diversity in the world. The entry fee is $25, limit three. The opening reception for the exhibit, juried by Al Letson, is held 5-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Art Center Premiere Gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown. 355-1757. Application: bit.ly/YGLTln JACKSONVILLE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL A call to artists for a juried, outdoor fine arts festival, presented by Avondale Merchants Association and St.
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“Passion Flower” is among the pieces on display from Jim Draper’s series on the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida. A reception is held Jan. 15 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Riverside. The exhibit continues through April 7.
Vincent’s Healthcare, continues through Jan. 19. The festival — which includes works in painting, hand-wrought fine jewelry, art, photography, ceramics and sculpture — is held April 20 and 21 at Boone Park in Avondale. shoppesofavondale.com ART ADVENTURES Children ages 6-12 learn about painting, printmaking, collage and construction with projects completed within each class period 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 23 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $15. 356-6857. DISCOVERING THE LAYERS Artist Jim Draper leads a gallery discussion related to his exhibit, “Feast of Flowers,” 1 p.m. Jan. 20, Feb. 10 and March 24 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Admission: Regular museum ticket. Reservations required. 899-6038. CREATIVITY WORKSHOP The Art of Left Brain/Right Brain Creativity, a three-hour workshop led by Michael Frame, is designed to increase awareness of the left/right brain approach to art, 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 26 at The Art Center II, 229 N. Hogan St., Downtown. $20. 355-1757. tacjacksonville.org ART TOUR TO SAVANNAH The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and FOCUS Cummer are organizing an art tour to Savannah via motorcoach Jan. 31. All-inclusive price, including transportation, breakfast snacks, catered lunch, wine, admission to three museums and guided tours, is $125. Reservations with payment due by Jan. 15. 280-0614, ext. 202. WATERCOLOR CLASSES Jennie’s Gallery offers beginning and intermediate watercolor classes in January at 3915 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. 294-3135. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. artsjax.org
DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. thedanceshack.com K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672. email@example.com JAX CONTRA DANCE A live band and caller lead a night of folk dancing, starting at 8 and 11 p.m. every third Fri. of the month at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $7. 396-1997.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Bassist Lawrence Buckner and pianist Zac Chester perform jazz 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 9, pianist Jason Lamar plays 6:30-11 p.m. Jan. 10, pianist Jonathan Hooper plays 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, pianist Aaron Marshall appears 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 11, vocalist Jan Crawford joins pianist Josh Bowlus 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, the Juan Unzueta Duo is on 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 12, Chester performs 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Amy Hendrickson Duo performs 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and Chester appears 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA The big band plays 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center
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“Abstract with Red” by painter James Widerman is among the works displayed at an opening reception held Jan. 12 at Seventh Street Gallery in Fernandina Beach. The exhibit runs through January.
for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. $38.50. 632-3373. artistseriesjax.org THE PASSION OF BRAHMS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 8 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25-$70. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org JAZZ IN AVONDALE The Hot Shock Band goes on 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 11 and 7:30-11:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Brick, 3585 St. Johns Ave., Avondale. 387-0606. COVER THE TOWN WITH SOUND The Jacksonville Symphony Ensemble performs 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, St. Johns. Free. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org SPANISH BRASS A brass quintet performs 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $30. 797-2800. emmaconcerts.com TOKYO STRING QUARTET, UNF CHAMBER STRING MASTERCLASS The chamber ensemble goes on 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lazzara Performance Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 270-1771. ALON GOLDSTEIN The Israeli pianist performs for children’s after-school programs 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown, and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach. Free. 270-1771. beachesfinearts.org HEIDI LOUISE WILLIAMS The pianist tickles those ivories 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com I LOVE A PIANO II The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins pianist Rich Ridenour and trumpeter Brandon Ridenour 11 a.m. Jan. 18 and 8 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $16-$70. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org TOKYO STRING QUARTET WITH ALON GOLDSTEIN The chamber ensemble continues its farewell tour, joining the Israeli pianist at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Paul’s by-theSea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach. Free. 270-1771. beachesfinearts.org JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 240-1009. jazzlandcafe.com DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Rd., Arlington. 743-3848. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside. 388-9551. JAZZ IN MANDARIN Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 262-0006. UNF FACULTY VOICE RECITAL Baritone Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 270-1771.
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THE MAGICAL MUSIC OF DISNEY The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays music from early Disney classics to recent releases at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $16-$22. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org MY FAVORITE THINGS Vocalists Kathy Price and Reginald Bouknight join pianist Deidre Singleton for opera arias, duets and Broadway favorites 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach. $25. 277-2787. artsalivenassau.org IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE DREAM: WAR AND PEACE The Ritz Chamber Players perform 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. 354-5547. ritzchamberplayers.org OUTSTANDING YOUNG PIANISTS The pianists in grades 5-12 who auditioned in December now show their skills 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com SHOSTAKOVICH TRIUMPHANT The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25-$70. 354-5547. CHINA NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The symphony performs a program including works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, as well as “Earth Requiem” by Chinese composer Xia Guan, 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $35. 797-2800. emmaconcerts.com DOUGLAS ANDERSON PIANISTS The pianists perform under the direction of Vera Watson 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTO COMPETITION Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra’s top musicians play a final recital round at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. Free. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org LEONIDAS LIPOVETSKY Pianist Lipovetsky appears at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 270-1771. UNF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE The chamber concert is performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, UNF Fine Arts Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 270-1771. A BENNY GOODMAN TRIBUTE The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins clarinet player Dave Bennett at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $16-$26. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org CHRISTINE CLARK AND SCOTT WATKINS The pianists show their skill 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com NEW YORK CHAMBER SOLOISTS ORCHESTRA The orchestra performs with violinist Rachel Barton Pine 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $35. 797-2800. emmaconcerts.com FRANCESCO ATTESTI The pianist performs for the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. $25. Tickets available at Vystar
Credit Union and Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce. CONCERTO SHOWCASE CONCERT The concert is performed at 9 a.m. Feb. 5 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. KOGER/MATTESON JAZZ FESTIVAL The 25th annual festival is held at 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. CHAMBER MUSIC BY BRAHMS Jacksonville University faculty members perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $10. 256-7677. THE CLARINET AND ITS MUSIC Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Peter Wright II performs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com NEW DIRECTIONS VETERANS CHOIR The a cappella group sings soul, gospel and pop at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside. $25. 389-6222. VERDI’S GRAND OPERA – OTELLO The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra helps bring the Shakespearean tale to the opera stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $35-$95. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org PAUL JACOBS The young chair of the Juilliard Organ Department performs at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown. Free. 270-1771. beachesfinearts.org TRIO DI COLORE The University of North Florida’s Chamber Music Series event begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at UNF Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. KEVIN MAHOGANY The jazz vocalist plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. $8-$22. 620-2878. HADELICH PLAYS BEETHOVEN Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25-$70. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org TRIO DI COLORE The concert, featuring UNF clarinetist Guy Yehuda, is held at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com
ART WALKS, MARKETS, FESTIVALS FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk including 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks is held the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. An events map is available at downtownjacksonville.org/marketing FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held the first Fri. of every month with more than 15 galleries participating. 829-0065. MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music 3-6 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. every third Thur. of the month, at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. 353-1188. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386.
MUSEUMS AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor. CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork,
weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857. “Feast of Flowers,” Jim Draper’s newest series, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, continues through April 7; a reception is held 4-8 p.m. Jan. 15. “Cultural Fusion,” an exhibit of archival material about two vital community leaders, Eartha White and Ninah Cummer, runs through April 14. cummer.org FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The opening reception for the exhibit “Planning and Painting in Paradise,” celebrating the 125-year history of Hotel Ponce de Leon, is held 5-9 p.m. Jan. 11. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 22. flagler.edu/crispellert JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 256-7371. JU’s Biannual Faculty Exhibition opens with a reception held 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17. The exhibit runs through Feb. 6. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784. Exhibits for Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display as well as work by Mandarin artists. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911. Ian Bogost’s Project Atrium installation continues through March 10. “Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film” opens Jan. 26 and continues through April 7. PhotoJax and MOCA display photo and video submissions from a community-response art project 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Hemming Plaza, across from MOCA Jacksonville. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674. The exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” a traveling exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association tells the story of race through the frameworks of science, history and contemporary experiences. The exhibit opens Jan. 26 and continues through April 28. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555. “Through Our Eyes” celebrates 20 years of African-American art with the exhibit “20/20 Perfect Vision,” featuring works of 20 artists through June 30.
GALLERIES 233 WEST KING GALLERY 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 217-7470. St. Augustine sculptor C.W. Hooper’s work in wood, stone and clay is on display through the end of January. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757. “R.A.C.E. Respecting Anybody’s Cultural Experience,” an exhibit examining diversity in the world, opens Jan. 24 and continues through March 7. AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797. Peter Max unveils his new Masters series of interpretive works of Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Degas done in his signature style and colors, in exhibit previews beginning Jan. 12. Max appears 6-9 p.m. Jan. 19 and 1-4 p.m. Jan. 20. Reservations required; call 384-8797. avondaleartworks.com BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Riverside, 855-1181. “Chasing Nostalgia/Subconscious Assimilations,” an exhibit of works by Edison William, continues through Jan. 13. CALLAHAN DEPOT 45383 Dixie Ave., Callahan, 879-3406. The West Nassau Historical Society’s exhibit of work by Nassau County artists in oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, pastels, drawing and printmaking is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26. wnhsfl.org CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside. Featured PhotoJax exhibits open to the community at noon Jan. 26; a reception is held 6-10 p.m. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. “PROOF: Contemporary Prints,” an exhibit of collectible works, continues through Jan. 21. “Manifest: Select Photographs” opens as the kickoff party for PhotoJax 2013, a celebration of photography, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 24.
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GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. “Local Exposure,” an exhibit of photography by local amateurs and professionals, opens with a reception held 6-10 p.m. Jan. 24 in conjunction with PhotoJax 2013. The exhibit is on display through March 10. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., Northside, 741-3546. Works by Grant Ward are displayed in Connector Bridge cases, an exhibit of works by Robin Shepherd is in Haskell Gallery, and an exhibit of works by Jason John is in Concourse A & C display cases (after security), through Jan. 9. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. “Outside the Box,” a judged show, continues through January. islandart.org JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Lois Greenfield’s work is on display Feb. 11-April 6. thcenter.org LEE ADAMS FLORIDA ARTISTS GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Ellen Diamond’s work is on display Jan. 28-April 6. thcenter.org LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the 020508 RUN DATE: Express main lobby. METACUSP STUDIOS GALLERY 2650 Rosselle St., Riverside, (813) 223-6190. The exhibit “Twoby FingeredSales Turkeys” is on display by ms Checked Rep dl through Jan. 16. P.A.ST.A. GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. Barbara Lutton’s work of florals, abstracts and acrylics is on display through Jan. 31. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. This gallery and educational institution showcases students’ creative process, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. palenciafineartsacademy.com PLANTATION ARTISTS GUILD AND GALLERY Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 94 Village Circle, Amelia Island, 310-6106. The exhibit “Gallery Squared,” featuring 10-inch-by-10-inch wooden boxes painted in different
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mediums and styles by gallery artists, continues through Feb. 2. PLUM GALLERY 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. The exhibit “Plum Jam(med)” by assemblage artist Barbara J. Cornett, gourd artist Mindy Hawkins, glassblower Thomas Long, nontraditional painter Deedra Ludwig, figurative artist Sara Pedigo and photographer Theresa Segal continues through March 31. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330. “Visions Over Time,” an exhibit of works by painter and photographer James Widerman, opens with a reception held 5-8 p.m. Jan. 12. The exhibit is on display through January. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 292-9303. This working studio and gallery features works by Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain and Mark S. Zimmerman, through Jan. 31. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. “Mixed Messages,” an exhibit of works by Eileen Walsh, Austin Moule and EV Krebs, is on display at the UNF ArtSpace at the gallery through Feb. 1. Belton S. Wall’s recent work is on display through March 6 in the One Show Room. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “The Meanies,” an exhibit of art by Jordie Hudson, continues through Jan. 25. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. A Figure Portrait exhibit of gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits, busts and people in groups is on display through Jan. 30. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16thcentury artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items. WORLEY FAVER GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 3042310. The artist-owned studio shows pottery and works by Dena and Worley Faver. For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send info time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue., eight days before publication.
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY The Northeast Florida Coalition on Human Trafficking presents “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” an award-winning film exposing sex slavery in the U.S. and other countries, along with exhibits, 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Bryan Auditorium, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 1 Shircliff Way, Riverside. A panel discussion follows. Parental discretion for pre-teens is required. facebook.com/NEFHTC MAGNET MANIA SCHOOL CHOICE EXPO Duval County Public Schools present this expo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Admission and parking are free. 390-2082. HOTEL PONCE DE LEON CELEBRATION Flagler College celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon with tours and historic re-enactments 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine. 823-3378, 819-6205. COSMIC CONCERTS Shows are Laser Mania 7 p.m., Laser Beatles 8 p.m., Laser U2 9 p.m. and Laser Led Zeppelin 10 p.m. Jan. 11 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900. FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce, homemade chai tea, local honey and more are offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is held on the third Sat. each month. 607-9935. ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET An open-air farmers market held noon-4 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27 and every other Sun. at historic Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Rep. Charles McBurney discusses the upcoming legislative session 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members,
with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. Dave Anderson appears Jan. 16. 396-5559. AIFBY AWARDS DINNER The annual dinner is held 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Grand Pavilion, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Racquet Park, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation. Cocktail attire is requested. Admission for members is $75; $100 for nonmembers. 261-3248. SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING Cathy Hagan, Certified Business Analyst with University of North Florida’s Small Business Development Center, meets with business owners one-on-one to discuss business planning, marketing and cash flow management 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Admission is free. To schedule, call (800) 450-4624.
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KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY Author Roby discusses and signs copies of her new novel, “The Perfect Marriage,” 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Books-A-Milliion, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Regency. PARKER FRANCIS Local author Parker Francis (aka Vic DiGenti) signs copies of his new Quint Mitchell mystery, “Bring Down the Furies,” 1-4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 10280 Midtown Parkway, St. Johns Town Center. 928-2027. BARBARA ELIZABETH GREEN Local author Green discusses and signs copies of her new book, “The Heart of Exercise,” 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Dr., Southside. 645-7003. DANE BOGGS Local author and Reiki master Boggs discusses and signs copies of his book, “Reiki Awakening: A Spiritual Journey,” 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at The BookMark, 220 First Street, Neptune Beach. 241-9026. STEVE BERRY The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library kick off the new Book Talk Café with bestselling author Berry (“The Columbus Affair”) 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Berry discusses his work. University of North Florida professor Marcus Pactor reads from his short story collection “Vs. Death Noises” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Admission is free. friendspvlibrary.org WAREHOUSE BOOK SALE Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library offer a but-one-getone-free warehouse clearance book sale 4-6 p.m. Tue. and
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Thur. and 9 a.m.-noon on Sat. at University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds from FJPL book sales are used to supplement the Library budget. 630-2304. jpl.coj.net JAX YOUTH WRITERS Writers younger than 18 and their parents meet 7-8:45 p.m. Jan. 24 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. Free. 742-7359. FloridaYouthWriters.org CLAY COUNTY WRITERS’ GROUP The group meets 6:15-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Orange Park Public Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park. Free. 278-4750.
MIKE SPEENBERG Speenberg appears 8 p.m. Jan. 9, 10 and 11 and 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $10 and $12. Comedy Zone All Stars 8 p.m. Jan. 15. 292-4242. comedyzone.com THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB Sid Davis and Matt Ray appear 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843. TYRONE DAVIS Funnyman Davis appears 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555. MAD COWFORD IMPROV The local comedy troupe performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451. email@example.com THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Sales Repvarious nv comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Brian Foley hosts Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 306-9004.
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JU BASKETBALL Jacksonville University Dolphins battle the Kennesaw State Owls 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15.35 for adults, $10.20 for children. The Lady Dolphins women’s team is up against Mercer University Lady Bears at 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Arena. The men’s team takes on Mercer’s men’s team at 3:15 p.m. judolphins.com TIE THE KNOT A park ranger discusses the history of knots and how to tie some of the basic knots that everyone should know, 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. Admission is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland GUANA TOLOMATO RESERVE EVENTS GTM Research Reserve volunteer Ron Ceryak leads a Trail Walk at River to Sea Preserve 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 along a mile-and-half trail through wooded coastal hammock to Matanzas River. Meet in the parking lot of River to Sea Preserve, A1A, south end of Marineland. Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandtrail. eventbrite.com. The Second Saturday Trail Hike is held 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 12; a 1.5-mile guided walk through Guana Trails. Meet at GTMRR’s Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam. $3 per vehicle parking fee. RSVP
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gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com. Marineland Outdoor Adventure Beach Walk is held 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 . RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com. The monthly Marineland lecture is held 10-11 a.m. Jan. 15; GTM Research Reserve biologist Wendy Eash discusses “Long Term Effects of Invasive Species and Parasites on Native Mud Crabs,” how non-native mud crabs compete with native species for habitat and food. GTM Research Reserve west of A1A at Ocean Shore Blvd., south Marineland. RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com. 823-4500. FUN RUN/WALK REGISTRATION Registration is open for a Fun Run/Walk held Jan. 19 at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns. Registration is $15 for ages 13 and older. This is a benefit fundraiser for the restoration of the interior of the turn-of-the-century house located on the park property. To register, go to mayomedia.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
BUNNICULA Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre ANNUAL ML KING BREAKFAST Jan. 18, Prime Osborn Center JERRY SEINFELD Jan. 18, T-U Center HARRIET TUBMAN & THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Jan. 30, The Florida Theatre JOHN EDWARD Feb. 1, The Florida Theatre STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE AND THE DOODLEBOPS Feb. 7, The Florida Theatre HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 1, Veterans Memorial Arena
CHILDREN’S DRAMA WORKSHOP Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre offers various kids’ workshops starting Jan. 11 for grades 1-7 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. For schedule and fees, go to abettheatre.com LEGO COMPETITION The fourth annual Lego Competition for kids in grades K-9 is held 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. 396-6674. themosh.org WINTERFEST An Alpine snow village, outdoor ice-skating rink, a 130-foot ice slide, Santa visits, cookie decorating, carnival, crafts, Santa’s workshop (and photo op), s’more roasting, reindeer games, teddy bear factory and a nightly snowfall through Jan. 13. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit Seamark Ranch, a home for kids in crisis. Pricing by attraction; call for details. 246-4386. jaxwinterfest.com
OLD TIME JAM Real mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels, as well as anyone who just wants to come and listen. Sung and played on a variety of instruments including the fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass and other acoustic instruments, this music genre is the main foundation for bluegrass. Admission is free. facebook.com/JacksonvilleOldTimeJam
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SPIRITUAL DISCUSSION A Transcendental Meditation introductory talk is held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 375-9517. For registration, send an email to jacksonville@TM.org. VETERAN WOMEN The V-WISE (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) training program is held Jan. 10-12 at Omni Hotel, 245 Water St., Downtown. Women veterans, active duty and female spouses/partners of military personnel discuss entrepreneurship and small business management. Admission is $75. (315) 443-4629. whitman.syr.edu/vwise HUMANA CHALLENGE The World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic, Jan. 17-20 at 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. WGHOF screens the tournament in the Bob Hope Theater that also features the exhibit “Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory.” Visitors can also participate in a Bob Hope scavenger hunt in the museum for a chance to win a Humana Challenge Prize pack (no purchase necessary to enter). Active and retired military receive free admission to Museum, and St. Johns County residents receive 30% off admission. worldgolfhalloffame.org FIT FOR FIFTY The first session of this new fitness program series, featuring entry-level bicycling lectures and rides designed to teach basic bicycle maintenance, road safety, bike fitting and nutrition, is held 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at LakeShore Bicycles, 2108 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville. 384-7945. lakeshorebicycles.com YOUNG ADULT MIX’N’MINGLE The Jewish Federation holds a mixer for young adult Jews between ages 25-45 for fun, food, drinks and socializing 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bonefish Grill, 10950 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. jewishjacksonville.org SCRIPTURE STUDY Sessions for a free five-week study are held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 11 at Hineni Messianic Fellowship, 1797 Old Moultrie Rd., Ste. 102, St. Augustine. The sessions feature a DVD story of a first-century rabbi and his disciples. 827-9731. hinenimessiah.com SIERRA CLUB Sierra Club, Northeast Group gathers 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville. Allen Tilley discusses “Planning for a Changing Climate.” Bring your own cup to reduce landfill waste. Free. 247-1876. CHILDREN’S COMMISSION SEEKING SEASONAL STAFF The Jacksonville Children’s Commission seeks seasonal temporary staff to help provide meal service assistance for organizations participating in the Summer Food Service Program, June 10-Aug. 9. Positions include Site Aide ($7.99 an hour), Site Supervisor ($9 an hour), Site Monitor ($10.14 an hour) and Admin Aide ($9.61 an hour). Applicants must pass background screening on a local, state and federal level, as required by the state of Florida and must be 18 years of age or older. Must have reliable transportation and a Florida Class E driver’s license; must meet standards required to obtain a city of Jacksonville driver’s certification. An online application is required. For detailed position descriptions and online application requirements, go to coj.net. 630-2489.
CLASSES & GROUPS
DEBTORS ANONYMOUS Debtors Anonymous 12-Step meetings are held at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010. BEER APPRECIATION CLASS Beer history, the brewing process and tastings are featured 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan 10, 17 and 24 at Herbert University Center, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Registration fee is $79; must be 21 years old or older. Materials fee is $25. ce.unf.edu LIFEGUARD ORIENTATION & TRYOUTS St. Johns County Fire Rescue holds orientation meetings 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Marine Rescue Office, 366 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. Tryouts are held 10 a.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine. The Marine Rescue Academy is held 6-10 p.m. Feb. 4-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 2628, and at 9 a.m. Feb. 10, 17 and 24 and March 2 at Marine Rescue Beach Office. For details, call 209-0366 or go to co.st-johns.fl.us/BCCFire_Rescue RETIREMENT WORKSHOP SERIES Chris Draughon, First Coast Financial Advisors, offers the workshop “The Key to a RICHER Retirement Strategy” 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. For reservations, call 209-3655. JAX BEACH LIFEGUARDS The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps holds its winter class orientation 9 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Station, at the foot of Beach Boulevard at the ocean, Jax Beach. The
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Hear the music of yesteryear performed by today’s talented musicians, 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville. ARC Corps features free lifesaving course, free American Red Cross certifications, a competition team and summer employment opportunities with Jax Beach Ocean Rescue. For details, call 249-9141. COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298. YOUNG SURVIVORS Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email mail@ womenscenterofjax.org FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452. MARINE VETERANS GROUP The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. on first Tue. of the month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. 461-0139. mclfl383.org VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. alcoholicanonymous.org NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040. To have your events or club meetings listed here, email time, date, location (street address and city), admission price and contact number to print to events@folioweekly. com or click the link in our Happenings section at folioweekly.com. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next Wednesday publication.
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’ve never met a sweet I didn’t like. At Sweet Theory Baking Company, I have yet to meet a sweet I don’t love. This place is super-cool (I’d say “sweet,” but perhaps that pun is going overboard?). While there’s only room for about 12 diners, the vintage décor, chalk art and ephemera, together with a collection of blasts from the past like Alf and the California Raisins, make it seem as 2012 though it’s been in the neighborhood forever. Sweet Theory whips up fluffy doughnuts in every flavor imaginable — egg nog, chai, French toast, cinnamon sugar, pink lemonade, chocolate peppermint, strawberry, lemon poppy, root beer, SunButter (a creamy sunflower seed alternative to peanut butter) and jelly and more. Orange creamsicle — my flavor of choice — melts in your mouth. If you’re feeling extra gluttonous, go for a doughnut sundae, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, cookie crumbs and coconut whipped cream. Owner Katie Riehm emphasizes quality ingredients and ensures there’s something for everyone, even those with food allergies. Her concoctions are peanut-free, dairy-free, eggfree and soy-free, thus making items vegan.
And, while I feel a bit like Dr. Oz writing this, the doughnuts are even fried in heart-healthy organic, cold-pressed coconut oil — but if I didn’t know that, I’d never guess. There are no refined sugars in sight, just organic whole cane sugar and all-natural agave nectar. While the prices are steep — $3 for one donut, not a dozen — quality ingredients go a long way. Sweet Theory also serves local Bold Bean Coffee Roasters brews and hand-crafted Brooklyn egg cream sodas made using nondairy cream, chocolate syrup and seltzer water. Some days, there are cookies, cupcakes, shortbread cookies and whoopee pies. On one of many recent visits, I had the delightful banana-maple whoopee pie: two moist cake-like bookends stuffed with creamy goodness. It was banana-bread-meets-a-cupcake-in-heaven. For those with gluten allergies, there are several gluten-free offerings daily: sea-salt-andcaramel-brownie bites and coconut milk vanilla cupcakes with banana and caramel frosting are two popular choices. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sweet Theory also takes custom orders. Who doesn’t want access to handcrafted small-batch delights every day? Caron Streibich Folio Weekly’s Bite Club Host email@example.com
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BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. Daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE The brand-new fine dining restaurant offers Dover sole, Maine lobster, steaks and seafood, served in an upscale atmosphere by an attentive waitstaff. FB. D, nightly. 802 Ash St. 310-6049. $$$$ 8TH STREET DINER F Familiar diner fare and specialties, including Italian Wedding Soup, teriyaki chicken wrap and The Best BLT. CM, D. 17 S. Eighth St. 491-0330. $$ FLORIDA HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT Southern-style fare features fried chicken, shrimp ’n’ grits, burgers and salads, served in this 1850s house in the historic district. CM. FB. L, Thur.-Sun. 22 S. Third St. 491-7251. $$ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker F Owners John and Bretta Walker offer sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ F Favorite items include a pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a casual, laidback atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F The casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, and hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Teppanyaki masters create your meal. 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S at the THOMPSON HOUSE F Innovative lunch menu offers po’boys, seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., Br. Sun. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, offering specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $
THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar offers an extensive menu offers vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! The cozy venue offers an innovative, PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax ’12 winner. Elegant dining features a menu offering local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL Chef T.J. Pelletier F The cozy new spot offers waterfront views. Local seafood and produce create signature dishes, like broiled oysters and oyster po’boys. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12 N. Front St. 277-3811. $$-$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Fresh fish, shrimp, steaks and nightly specials. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK F The casual seafood place features local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The favorite local spot serves grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$
CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F Locally owned and operated, Cleota’s offers authentic, homestyle Southern cuisine, like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese. Gourmet desserts. L & D, Tue.-Sun. TO. 2111 University Blvd. N. 800-2102. $ THE STEAKHOUSE @ GOLD CLUB Chef Gregg Rothang F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Steakhouse offers daily lunch and dinner specials, wings, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood; happy hour buffets Thur. and Fri. FB. L & D, daily. 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr. 645-5500. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Friendly service in a nautical setting. Fresh fish, oysters, clams, specialty pastas. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Sq. Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $
BAGEL LOVE F This spot serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, salads, gluten-free baked goods, freshsqueezed orange juice. CM. B & L, daily. 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121. 634-7253. $ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, espresso, cappuccino. Daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR F Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna
India’s Restaurant is a perennial Best of Jax readers poll winner, serving a menu of authentic Indian cuisine and an ever-popular lunch buffet (pictured), on Jacksonville’s Baymeadows Road. Photo: Walter Coker tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Middle Eastern dishes – ryders, a variety of pita choices and wraps – are served in a friendly atmosphere. Hookahs available. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET F Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2012 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR New at Shoppes of Avondale. See Riverside. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ ANCIENT CITY SUBS F Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, now in Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows Rd.). 446-9988. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ INDIA’S RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F Best of Jax winner. With shops all over the area, Larry’s piles subs with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$
MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012. See Intracoastal West. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. $ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. L & D, daily. 8133 Point Meadows Dr. 519-0509. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $
(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Al’s has been serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones, salads and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Subs are made-to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BAGEL WORLD F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This cozy little place offers a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese) and a variety of cream cheeses, coffees and juices. B & L, daily. 2202 S. Third St. 246-9988. $ THE BEACH RESTAURANT F Shrimp, fresh fish, chicken, burgers, burritos, Chicago-style pizza are served at this new oceanfront place. L & D, daily. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ BEACHES WINGS & GRILL F New casual sportsbar serves wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps. Kids eat free Mon. FB, CM. L & D daily. 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107. 853-5004. $$ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s
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Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE F Local coffee shop café has fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee, espresso, and freshly-baked-in-house muffins, breads, scones and cakes. Breakfast, lunch and vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO Owner/Chef Guy Boonsanong F Buddha Thai Bistro serves an authentic Thai menu offering dishes made with fresh ingredients, using tried-and-true recipes. Curries, kra pow, prix pow and Kalua ribs. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and killer cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F Gastropub fare includes soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Innovative craft beers made onsite. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFE F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ EVA’S GRILL & BAR Locally owned eatery Eva’s serves a varied menu of Greek, Italian, French, Cajun/Creole and Old Southern-style cuisine, made from all original, classic recipes. CM. FB. L & D, Tue.-Fri.; D, Sat. 610 S. Third St. 372-9484. $$ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Call for hours and menu. D, Thur.-Sat.; L, Sat.; Br., Sun. 177 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. $$ HOT DOG HUT F All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Cuban cuisine, including ropa vieja, picadillo and lechon asada … and mojitos. FB, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 311 N. Third St., Ste. 103. 853-6360. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 1534 Third St. N. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar, like pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s Uncle has been serving locals and visitors pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NEW SIAM THAI & WINE This new restaurant serves authentic Thai fare, including pad Thai, prog pow and ram Thai delight, along with an extensive wine selection. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; L & D, daily. 798 S. Third St. 372-4328. $$ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Chef O’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the waterfront tiki deck. FB, CM. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$
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NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2012 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50-plus beers, craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet burgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS F Locally owned and operated. Creative tapas selections: warm prosciutto dates, balsamic glaze; pork & black bean empanadas, salsa fresco. 200+ wines, 15 rotating draft microbrew beers. D, Mon.-Sat. 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach. 372-0052. $-$$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, wings, steak, prime rib and surf n turf. L & D, daily. FB. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Riverside. 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0906. $ SUN DELI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Classic deli fare and a build-your-own menu: corned beef, salami, pastrami, turkey and liverwurst, and signature creations like the Radical Side. 1101 S. Third St. Mon.-Sat. 270-1040. $ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This innovative casual place has moved down the street to the former Homestead site – but it’s still serving fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, plus fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp, and tacos: royale, brisket and verde chicken. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$
(Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Continental cuisine features fresh fish, lobster, crab, chops, Midwestern beef. Signature dishes include chef’s tuna, Benny’s crab cake, rack of lamb. Dine inside or on the riverview patio. CM, FB. L & D daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 175. 301-1014. $$$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CASA DORA ITALIAN RESTAURANT F For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Chef Sam Hamidi have served genuine Italian fare: veal, ribeye steaks, seafood, pizza, sandwiches. Homemade-style salad dressing is a specialty. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. 108 E. Forsyth St. 356-8282. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE This casual spot serves an authentic Caribbean lunch buffet as well as a variety of favorite dishes inspired by the Islands. Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $$ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Best of Jax 2012 winner. Casual dining with an uptown Irish flair. Fish & chips, Guinness beef stew, black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $
OLIO MARKET F Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées. In Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY American cuisine includes a breakfast buffet, made-to-order omelet station, a la carte items. Signature entrees: grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood, steaks. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coast Line Dr. 634-4540. $$$ ZODIAC GRILL F This spot serves busy Downtowners a variety of Mediterranean cuisine choices and American favorites, as well as a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, Mon.Fri. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ TAPS BAR & GRILL F See Julington. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145. 278-9421. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. And you can get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon The new restaurant offers a menu of authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and a variety of traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO F Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. Buffet features familiar faves. B, L & D, daily. 14035 Beach Blvd. 992-9294. $ GUMBO YAYA’S This locally owned casual restaurant offers New Orleans/Cajun-style fare, including a variety of po’boys, muffuletta, jambalaya, gumbo and beignets. Low country crab and shrimp boil on weekends; prepared items to go, too. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 101. 223-0202. $$ iPHO This new, family-owned spot offers curry dishes, noodle bowls and rare beef salad. Everything’s homemade-style. L & D, Thur.-Tue. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 330-0309. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE European cuisine: lamb, beef, chicken dishes, pizza, wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA This popular spot offers a variety of dishes with the authentic taste of Cuba: tostones, empanadas, palomilla, pollo al ajillo, lechon asado, zarzuela de Mariscos, plus wraps, pizzas, sandwiches and specialty baked goods. L & D, daily. 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9. 374-2046. $$ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual spot has been serving a variety of hot dogs since 1968. Toppings include onion sauce, chili, slaw and sauerkraut. Personal pizzas, fries and drinks, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3. 551-3661. $ SHANE’S RIB SHACK Shane’s serves Southern barbecue: ribs,
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NAME: William F. Wright RESTAURANT: Eva’s Grill & Bar, 610 S. Third St., Jax Beach BIRTHPLACE: Collierville, Tenn.; lived in Italy and Greece YEARS IN THE BIZ: 20-plus as a family FAVORITE RESTAURANT (besides mine): La Bella Donna, Sicily FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Greek FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Olive oil, lemon and garlic IDEAL MEAL: Porterhouse steak with portabella mushrooms and barolo reduction, Greek roasted potatoes, feta cheese and bread WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Fermented shark INSIDER’S SECRET: No shortcuts. Use the freshest ingredients possible. CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT EVA’S: Tom Coughlin, Shannon Miller CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Snickers and peperoncinis
chopped pork, beef brisket, chicken tenders – all made fresh daily. Sides, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 992-0130. $$ THAI ORCHID Authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$
JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS
BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ TAPS BAR & GRILL F Taps’ chefs prepare every dish: beef, chicken and shrimp, with the freshest ingredients. Large selection of premium beers on tap. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Johns. 819-1554. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F With four locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ ANATOLIA GRILL & BAR F This Turkish restaurant serves authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, including flatbread items, calzones, pasta dishes, shishkabobs, seafood, wraps and salads. Musakka, falafel and lamb shank are house specialties. BW. CM. L & D, daily. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 329-1336. $$ AW SHUCKS The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE F Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$
ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Family-owned, Enza’s offers fine Italian dining, featuring veal and seafood dishes. Daily specials. FB, CM, TO. D, Tue.-Sun. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing. 268-4458. $$$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL See Intracoastal. 11470 San Jose. 886-9699. HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS F American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ LeGRAND’S THE STEAK & SEAFOOD PLACE F Locally owned and operated, LeGrand’s offers aged beef cured onsite in the dry aging room and cut in-house, as well as seafood, chicken and a variety of sides. FB, CM. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-3663. $$$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA See Orange Park. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Outback Plaza. 503-2230. $$ RACK ’EM UP SPORTS BAR This cigar & hookah lounge offers bar food and more than 200 beers, imported and domestic. D, nightly. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 262-4030. $ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL F This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q F Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$
ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family place has served wings, ribs, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$
GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 582 Blanding Blvd. 272-0755. $ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a hit. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18˝x26˝ of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR Family-owned-and-operated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, popular lunches. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Authentic traditional Thai fare made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty items include crispy duck, pra-ram, pad Thai, seafood. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. & Sun. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$
PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. Open daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine: fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The new Irish gastropub, at Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP This intimate restaurant, owned by the Groshells, is the real deal – local seafood served by a professional crew, right on the Intracoastal Waterway. Popular items are the shrimp & grits, blackened mahi with tasso gravy and bread pudding. BW. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 299 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-3200. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks include Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch; fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ TABLE 1 This new upscale, casual restaurant has a variety of items, from appetizers to entrées to salads, as well as a wine bar featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$$
RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT Orsay’s sister restaurant serves new American favorites with a Southern twist, made with locally sourced ingredients. Rooftop bar. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 1534 Park St. 355-3793. $$$ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chef Adam Burnett F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery offers pizza by
the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Sun. Br. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ COZY TEA CAFÉ It’s moved down a few spots, and is again serving weekend Indian dinners, along with weekday lunches. 1023 Park St. 329-3964. $$ DERBY ON PARK New owners, new space and new menu. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; Br. Sun. 1068 Park St. 379-3343. $$ EDGEWOOD BAKERY F Best of Jax 2012 winner. For nearly 65 years, the espresso and pastry café has served fresh breakfast pastries, petit fours and pies, sandwiches, smoothies and soups. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill. 389-8054. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET Deli Supervisor Nicole Gurgiolo F Organic and natural market with juice & smoothie bar. Wide selection of organic produce, gourmet cheeses, humanely raised meats. Grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips – plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this innovative restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern (Hawaiian!) twist. CM, FB, TO. L & D, daily; Br., weekend. 2665 Park St. 232-8545. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual place offers good-for-you soups, sandwiches and salads without the usual fat and salt – hot and cold gourmet seafood and meat dishes, vegetarian, vegan dishes. Take-out fresh/frozen soups. L & D, daily. 1526 King St. 387-9394. $ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, California roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ F A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT This place puts a modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, using locally/organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ 13 GYPSIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. The intimate bistro serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine, specializing in tapas, blackened octopus, risotto of the day and coconut mango curry chicken. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $
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TRES LECHES Owner/Chef Irene Mattos-Sweda F The bakery/café offers quiches, arepas, empanadas, cachitos, eggplant lasagna, omelets, sandwiches, and specialty desserts, cakes, pies, tarts and coffee cakes, served in a casual environment. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 551-4375. $$
A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AL’S PIZZA F New location offering a balcony view overlooking Matanzas Bay. See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 1 St. George St. 824-4383. $ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE Irish bar and pub in historic district has burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30-plus years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive. 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats & cheeses, salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR *Bite Club Certified! Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, twostory house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE F Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB & SEAFOOD HOUSE F This pub, just south of the old fort, offers burgers, traditional pub fare, seafood and a raw bar, along with signature dishes including steak O’Shay’s, Dubliner chicken and Irish Benedict. CM. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. & Sun. 20 Avenida Menendez. 810-1923. $$$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Aug institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ MOJO OLD CITY BBQ F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. FB. L & D, daily. 5 Cordova St. 342-5264. $$ MOJO’S TACOS F This cozy, casual spot serves doubledecker tacos, burritos and salads; they’re known for fresh mahi and shrimp tacos. Beer. L & D, daily. 551 Anastasia Blvd. 829-1665. $ PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO Chef Mas F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, artfully crafted sushi, sashimi and classic rolls. Best Chef Mas Liu creates authentic sushi – Crazy Girl (shrimp tempura, asparagus, salmon); Mango Tango (salmon, crab, tuna, flying fish egg, mango sauce). Traditional dishes, too. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 159 Palencia Village Dr., Ste. 111. 808-1818. $$-$$$ PIZZALLEY’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh,
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prepared onsite, gourmet pizza is offered by the pie or the slice at this restaurant in the historic district. Hot subs, wings and salads, too. L & D, daily. BW. 117 St. George St. 825-2627. $$ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes – all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ RAINTREE In a Victorian home, Raintree offers fare with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ SARA’S CREPE CAFE Crêpes, both traditional European style and with innovative twists, are served along with Belgian waffles in the historic district. Dine indoors or out in the openair courtyard. B, L & D, daily. 100 St. George St. 810-5800. $$ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh – never frozen – Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$ YOGURT MOTION This brand-new spot offers a healthful, nutritional cool treat in a non-dairy frozen yogurt (with no table sugar, lactose, chemicals or preservatives) in a variety of flavors. Open daily. 163 Palencia Village, Ste. 102. 610-2220. $
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S. 461-0102. $$ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-7332. $$$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access). 461-1077. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd. 471-3424. $ ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pearberry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Familyowned-and-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6. 461-1250. $$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers are made with fresh ground beef; wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, and
Chef Paul Maley (far right) and his staff offer a variety of tasty, healthful items at The Mustard Seed Cafe organic eatery and juice bar, inside Nassau Health Foods on Amelia Island. Photo: Walter Coker third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional chicken, duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes, plus vegetarian plates and gluten-free selections. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 137. 641-3392. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F New location. See Riverside. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 996-2288. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Authentic cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$
ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Thai cuisine at Basil Thai includes pad Thai, a variety of curry dishes and sushi, served in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ bb’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F The varied menu features French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Dine indoors or out. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-
Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Wine by the glass. The innovative tapas-style menu at The Grotto offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta and chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie and Greek salad, along with daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE Dino F All of the Pizza Palace locations feature a variety of homemade dishes made from Mama’s award-winning recipes, including spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas and coffees; 30 smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt and granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax winner. Serving Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $
AROMAS BEER HOUSE Faves include ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining – fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai.
Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes are served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd. 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER F Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. New location: 7159 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 337-0007. $ GREEK ISLES CAFE Authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs. Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving housebaked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies, vegetarian choices for specialty pizzas, hoagies, calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Ct. 997-1955. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ See Riverside. 10771 Beach Blvd. 996-7900. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Serving sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu and soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This gastropub serves Southern-style fare; dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft , IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$
TAVERNA YAMAS Best of Jax 2012 winner. *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven – the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Calzones, soups, salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses, Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local organic produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit, as well as greenhouse and gardening supplies. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WATAMI ASIAN FUSION F AYCE sushi, as well as teppanyaki grill items. Rolls include the Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Serving teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$
BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves is served; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The familyowned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 7043 Normandy Blvd. 378-3688. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F Locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012. See Intracoastal West. 840 Nautica Dr., River City Marketplace, Ste. 125. 751-6006. $ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THE SAVANNAH BISTRO F The Bistro offers a varied menu featuring Low Country fare that’s Mediterranean and French inspired, including crab cakes, New York strip steak, she crab soup and mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. Crowne Plaza Airport. 741-4404. $-$$$ THREE LAYERS CAFE F This cozy place serves lunch, bagels, desserts. Adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ UPTOWN MARKET *Bite Club Certified! F At corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$
WINE TASTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLACK HORSE WINERY 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 2-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sun. 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30 p.m. every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 THE GIFTED CORK Daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GROTTO 6 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 OCEAN 60 6 p.m. every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m. every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517
ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINES & TAPAS 5 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri. 296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, 372-0052 THE TASTING ROOM 6 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TIM’S WINE MARKET 5-7 p.m. every Fri., noon-5 every Sat. 278 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, 686-1741 128 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0060 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 THE WINE BAR 6 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 W90+ 5 p.m. every Thur. 1112 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 413-0027 1 p.m. every Sat. 9210 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 4, Mandarin, 503-2348 5 p.m. every Fri. 3548 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 413-0025
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Writing at io9. com, Charlie Jane Anders offers “10 Signs You Could Be the Chosen Savior,” including: 1. “How often does someone approach you on the street, point at you, gibber something inarticulate and run away?” 2. “How many robot/clone duplicates of yourself have you seen?” 3. “Is there a blurry black-and-white photo or drawing from history that sort of looks like you?” 4. “Have you achieved weird feats no one could explain, which nobody else witnessed?” It’s a good time to take this test. Your astrological cycle’s dormant superpowers may finally be awakening – you may need to claim a role for which you haven’t been ready. (Read Anders’ article: tinyurl.com/AreYouChosen.)
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Rob the Astrologer: I have a big question. If I could get a time machine, where should I go? Is there a way to calculate the time and place where I could enjoy favorable astrological connections to bring out the best in me? – Curious Taurus.” Dear Curious: Here are some locations that may be a good fit: Athens in 459 B.C.; Constantinople in 1179; Florence in 1489; New York in 2037. You’d thrive wherever there are lots of bright people co-creating a lively culture offering maximum stimulation. You need to have your certainties challenged, your mind expanded and your sense of wonder piqued. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will archaeologists find definitive evidence of the magical lost continent Atlantis in 2013? Probably not. How about Shambhala, Central Asia’s mythical kingdom where the world’s greatest spiritual masters are said to live? Any chance it’ll be discovered by Indiana Jonesian fortune-hunters? Not likely, but there’s a good chance that in the next seven months, many Geminis discover places, situations and circumstances that are, for all intents and purposes, magical and mythical.
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): There’s a spot in the country of Panama where one can watch the sun rise in the east over the Pacific Ocean. At another Panamanian site, one can see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing weird’s involved, nothing twisted or unearthly. It’s just a geographical quirk. A similar situation is at work in your life. Things may seem out of place. Your sense of direction may be off-kilter, and your intuition may seem 2012 to be playing tricks. Don’t worry. Life is asking you to expand your understanding of “natural” and “normal.”
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Artists who painted images in caves 30,000 years ago did a good job showing the movements of four-legged animals like horses. In fact, they were more skilled than today’s artists. Even modern experts who illustrate animal anatomy textbooks don’t match the accuracy of the people who decorated cave walls millennia ago. So says a study reported in Livescience.com (tinyurl.com/CaveArtMagic). This is a useful metaphor to consider. There’s an important task the old you did better than the new you. It’s a great time to recapture lost magic. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After evaluating your upcoming astrological omens, I’ve decided Scorpios are 2013’s “Top Sinners of the Year.” It means I think your vices will be more inventive and more charming than the other signs’ vices. Your so-called violations may heal some debilitating habit. Your “sins” may not be immoral or wicked at all. They may actually be beautiful transgressions creatively transcending the status quo, imaginative improvements on the half-assed way things are done. To ensure you’re always ethical in outlaw behavior, commit to serving the greater good at least as much as your selfish interests. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Here’s the horoscope I hope I’ll write a year from now: “Your mind just kept opening further and further during these past 12 months, way beyond what I thought possible. Yay! Even as you made yourself more innocent and receptive than you’ve been in a long time, you were constantly getting smarter, sharpening your ability to see the raw truth of what was unfolding. Illusions and misleading fantasies didn’t appeal to you. Kudos!” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What does it mean when the dwarf planet Pluto impacts a key point in your horoscope? For Capricorn gymnast Gabby Douglas, it seemed profoundly empowering. When Pluto was close to her natal sun during the Summer Olympics, she won two gold medals. Luck had little to do with it. Hard work, self-discipline and persistence were key. I predict Pluto’s long cruise through Capricorn gives you a chance to earn a Gabbylike achievement in your sphere if you can summon the same level of willpower and determination she did. It’s a good time to formally commit to a glorious cause.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Metaphorically speaking, a pebble was in your shoe all last week. You kept thinking, “I’ve got to take a minute and get rid of that thing,” and yet you never did. Why? It wasn’t too painful, but it distracted you just enough to keep you from giving undivided attention to the important tasks at hand. News flash: The damn pebble’s still in your shoe. Can I persuade you to remove it?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock,” said humorist Will Rogers. Have you been taking care of the “nice doggie” part? Holding adversarial forces and questionable influences at bay? As for the rock: I predict you find it any minute now, maybe even within an hour of reading this. Remember, you don’t necessarily have to throw the rock for it to serve its purpose. Just brandishing it may be enough.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Even when you know just what you want, it’s sometimes crucial not to get it too fast. You may need to mature more before you can handle success. Or, if you got all your heart’s desire too quickly and easily, you won’t develop the willpower the quest was meant to help you forge. The importance of good timing can’t be underestimated: To take full advantage of your dreamcome-true, many factors must be in place, arranged just so. Here’s a prediction for 2013: A benevolent version of a perfect storm heads your way.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you know the word “cahoots”? Strictly speaking, it means to be in league with allies with the same intentions as yours; to scheme and dream with those whose interests overlap yours. Expand that and make it a central theme next week. For you, “cahoots” signifies: to conspire with like-minded companions as you make healthy mischief, whip up an interesting commotion or instigate a benevolent ruckus. Rob Brezsny email@example.com
MOONWALKING BY THE RIVER You: Beautiful blue-eyed blond dressed up like the Thriller video walking down by the river on Christmas day. Me: ’Stophee Davis’ trying to keep up with you and missing your angry mornings. Maybe you’ll let me be your breakfast king one last time? Omelets are waiting. When: Dec. 25. Where: San Marco. #1175-0109 CUTE CHEF You: Cute, short-haired, Spanish man with tattoo down one arm. Me: Leggy, long dark brown hair, with an hourglass body. I’ve jogged by your restaurant every afternoon and seen you a few times and wanted to tell you that though you are taken, you are SEXY. When: Oct. 2012. Where: Soups On @ Riverside. #1175-0109 GORGEOUS @ LSJH You: Stunning beautiful sandy blonde hair, lost trying to find the cafeteria for orientation. Me: Guy that helped you find your way and got you the packet of papers. Would love you to get lost again, in my arms? When: May 2012. Where: Lakeside Junior High. #1174-0109 YESTERDAY’S Open mic night on Thursday. You: Playing your guitar and singing the sweetest songs. Can’t get your voice out of my head! Me: Baby-faced nerd in the corner with too many pitchers deep to compliment you. You can serenade me any Thursday! When: Dec. 27. Where: Yesterday’s. #1173-0109 LIQUID COFFEE COURAGE I come in to your job for the joe, but stay hoping to catch your name. You: Bearded blue-eyed babe with a pony tail. Me: Red-haired honey latte drinker, with a friend who chatted with you about squash soap. I wish I was bolder, but I’m a shy bean. When: Dec. 29. Where: Bold Bean. #1172-0109 SUN IS SHINING DOWN Looked across to see those beautiful eyes wishing for a new day to see those again as they once were. You are the one and will always be. How many more days can you hold out? Let’s see those eyes again. When: Dec. 24. Where: Jerry’s. #1171-0109 GOOD LOOKIN’ AND BBQ COOKIN’ You: White coat, black sling backs, and a killer smile looking stylish while you ordered a 90% unsweet / 10% sweet tea. Ha. Me: Tall, curly and funny, with an extra jacket. We shared a laugh over a crazy bag lady. Maybe we can meet again for a 90/10? When: Dec. 14. Where: Bono’s @ Town Center. #1170-0109 PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE & FOLIO WEEKLY We sat at the same table and you said you were cold. I let you borrow my jacket and you warmed up. We ended up doing a crossword puzzle together and had a really good time. Maybe do some more sometime? When: Dec. 28. Where: Starbucks @ Southside & Atlantic. #1169-0109 CAUGHT MY EYE AT NEW TOWN CENTER LOOP You: Tall, dark haired, thirty-something guy dining alone on Christmas Eve. Me: Meeting a friend for dinner. We exchanged glances, but nothing more. You’ve got me wondering. When: Dec. 23. Where: The Loop @ Town Center. #1159-0102
ing Grand Buffet; came close to being human tunnel buddies. Too out of my mind to introduce myself; seemed you were, too. Coffee when we’re back down to earth? When: Dec. 9. Where: Underbelly. #1167-1218
every day thinking about you, my soulmate. You: Beautiful black hair, sweet arm tattoo, beautiful eyes, smile. Me: Tattooed, Screwed Sailor. When: Oct. 17. Where: Florida Club Blvd. #1160-1204
RETURNED MONEY I actually didn’t see you. When I returned from grocery shopping, you put a note in my window: “Found this by your door – guess it’s yours. Merry Christmas. :)” Inside was $40 that dropped from my pocket. Just when I thought there were no decent people left in the world, you restored my faith in humanity. Thank you. When: Dec. 8. Where: Publix @ Beach & San Pablo. #1165-1218
SHORT BUT STUDLY EMT You: EMT working for Liberty, picking up my hospice patient. Me: Blonde nurse who makes small talk with you. We’ve exchanged a few talks here and there but maybe coffee soon? When: Nov. 13. Where: Shands Hospital. #1159-1204
NY GIANT DECORATED CAR You: In a black car with 2 NY Giant decals on back window, front NY plate, NY head rest. Me: In white Hyundai Tiburon with NY front license plate cover, NY decal behind driver window. We exchanged grins of approval. Had to get to work; missed my chance. Maybe we can catch a G-men game. When: Dec. 5. Where: I-95. #1165-1211 COOL WHITE JEEP DRIVER Parked side by side at Marsh Landing Publix, did some groceries, met at the checkout lane. You were next to me again, and left at the same time. Your pants look adorable on you and I noticed you didn’t have a ring. Want to meet? Can’t wait :) When: Dec. 2. Where: Publix @ Marsh Landing. #1164-1211 YOU GAVE ME DANCE LESSONS Me: Blonde, tall and boots. You: Plaid shirt and boots and doing the electric slide. We chit-chatted and you taught me some dance steps. How about a private lesson??? When: Dec. 1. Where: Crazy Horse. #1163-1211 OWL EYES ON YOU You: Brunette working at Target. Me: Redhead in black glasses asking about Barnies coffee. Wish I would have had the courage to kiss you on the spot; maybe we will share a cup one morning. When: Nov. 27. Where: Target @ Beach & Hodges. #1162-1211 BEAUTIFUL BARBER I met you around this time and have loved you since. I know we had something special and hope you thought so, too. If you think you still have any spark left, please contact me through this service. We just both have to be the nice people we really are. When: 2008. Where: Riverside. #1161-1204 I HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL I was at my friend’s house playing video games in the corner like creepy kid. You stormed in, yelling. Your beauty, accent took my breath away. I whispered “Just keep talking.” You stared at me, smiled. Didn’t know what to do. I fall in love
TIJUANA... DON’T CHA WANNA You come in every Taco Tuesdaze with 3-4 others, always well dressed, you always drink Orange Fanta. You used to talk about my favorite show “Eastbound & Down.” I’m the one with a ponytail if you wanna PRACTICE making little Tobys. When: Nov. 13. Where: Tijuana Flats @ Old Baymeadows. #1158-1127 DUMB ME @ WINN-DIXIE We were in checkout line together, I was wearing an Allen Iverson T-shirt, we talked about you having been a military brat who moved around a lot. We separated to different lines. I should’ve gone with you but I wasn’t thinking. Care for lunch? When: Nov. 5. Where: Winn Dixie @ Beach & St. Johns Bluff. #1157-1127 BREATHTAKING You: Manly beer salesman, mesmerized. Me: New to town, amused. You said I was “breathtaking.” I still am. Let me take your breath away again. Find me? When: Sept. 9, 2011. Where: Whole Foods/San Jose. #1156-1127 IT’S UR LUV ISU, there, in our special place, on that special day. U, who are my sunshine, my rain. I want to be with you always for you are my dream come true. It’s ur luv, it just does something to me... You: Sexy, tattooed, bandana-wearing bad boy. Me: Hopelessly in luv <3 <3 When: Every day. Where: Willowbranch Park. #1155-1127 CUTIE WITH THE COFFEE COOZIE You: Cute guy with dark hair, bit of facial hair, coozie for your hot coffee. Me: Friendly, adorable girl with long reddish-brown hair. We bonded over the affordability of $1 coffee in the campus vending machine. You showed me the way to the lids! I was bummed you didn’t get my number. Let’s chat over coffee again, pretty please! When: Nov. 15. Where: UNF. #1154-1127 BLUE CIVIC BY THE CUMMER Girl in blue two-door Civic. We locked eyes while you were turning onto Post. I was on my bike in a blue sweatshirt. What was the stare for? You must’ve liked what you saw. Your smile was so noticeable behind that tint. Let’s chat it up sometime over a drink. When: Nov. 14. Where: The Cummer. #1153-1127 GIRL IN BLACK I saw you at Omni Parking lot on Bay Street. You wore a black shirt, held a gray flag that said 22D. Me: Wearing long-sleeved tan shirt. Our eyes locked a few times.
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Fragrance of War
• Updating “The Smell of Napalm in the Morning”: A cosmetics company in Gaza recently began selling a fragrance dedicated to victory over Israel, named for the signature M-75 missile Hamas fires across the border. “The fragrance is pleasant and attractive,” said the company owner, “like the missiles of the Palestinian resistance,” and comes in masculine and feminine choices, at premium prices (presumably more than ordinary Gazan fragrance prices). Sympathizers can splash on victory, he said, from anywhere in the world.
Government in Action
• The Philadelphia Traffic Court has been so infused with ticket-fixing since its founding 1938, a recent This is a copyright protectedinproof © Pennsylvania Supreme Court report on the practice seemed resigned to it, according to a November Philadelphia Inquirer item. One court employee was quoted ions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 111312 defending the favoritism as fair (as long as R PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 no money changed hands) on the grounds that anyone could get local politicians to call Produced by cs Checked by Sales Rep cj E OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION a judge for him. So, said the employee, “It was the [traffic] violator’s own fault if he or she didn’t know enough” to get help from a political connection. Traffic Judge Christine Solomon, elected in November 2011 after a career as a favor-dispensing “ward healer,” said the ticket-fixing was “just politics, that’s all.” • More than 200 California school districts have covered current expenses with “capital appreciation bonds,” which allow borrowers to forgo payments for years, but require enormous balloon payments at some time. A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed districts have borrowed about $3 billion, so they’re on the hook for more than $16 billion. “It’s the school district equivalent of a payday loan,” said California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a former school board member who said he’d fire anyone seeking such loans. Some loan defenders pointed to schools’ occasional need for immediate money to qualify for federal matching grants — which, to the districts, would be “free” money. • One of the principal recommendations after the Sept. 11 attacks was that emergency and rescue personnel have one secure radio frequency on which all agencies merged into the Department of Homeland Security could communicate. In November, the department’s inspector general revealed that, despite $430 million allotted to build and operate the frequency in the last nine years, it’s still almost useless to DHS’ 123,000 employees. The report surveyed 479 workers, finding only one who knew how to find the frequency; 72 percent didn’t even know it existed, and half the department’s radios couldn’t have accessed it even if folks knew where to look. • Remember Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere”?: In November, Anchorage Daily News reported the Army Corps of Engineers is building a harbor on the Aleutian native community’s island of Akutan, even though there’s no road away from it. Thus, reported KUCB Radio, the only way to get in or out of the harbor is by boat. Any connector road to the island’s only town is “likely years in the future,” according to the Daily News. Plus, there’s no assurance 54 | FOLIOWEEKLY.com | JANUARY 9-15, 2013
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• In October, Austrian artist Alexander Riegler put a one-way mirror in a Vienna café’s ladies’ room to let men’s room users peer in (in the name of “art”). Riegler said he wanted to start a “discussion of voyeurism and surveillance.” Men could see only faces of women standing at the sinks; Riegler said in January, he’ll flip the process, so women may see into men’s rooms. The café hung a sign advising restroom users they’d be part of an “art” project.
• Anthony Johnson, 49, was convicted in October in Hartford, Conn., of stealing an improbably large amount of money — as much as $70,000 a weekend, off and on for five years — by crawling on the floor of darkened theaters and lifting credit cards from purses movie-watching women had set down. The FBI said Johnson was careful to pick films likely to engross female viewers, so he could steal freely. He was often able to finish, leave the theater and make cash-advance withdrawals from ATMs before the movie ended. • Niles Gammons of Urbana, Ohio, must have partied hard on Saturday, Nov. 3 — he earned a rare DUI daily double. He was first arrested for DUI at 1:08 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 during daylight saving time, released “to an adult,” and then, 60 minutes later, he was again cited for DUI at 1:08 a.m. still Sunday, Nov. 4, after the changeover.
• Human rights activists have for years deplored the preferences for male offspring in India and other nations, ranging from cultures that marginalize female babies to some that practice discreet infanticide of girls. Increasingly, though, because of “advances” in science, Westerners can buy expensive in vitro fertilization procedures that use a laser to breach a fertilized embryo to determine whether it contains XY chromosome pairs (i.e., males) or larger XX ones so that only the desired-gender embryos are chosen. Noted Slate.com in September, such procedures are illegal in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom (except for bona fide medical reasons), but legal in the United States.
• This, the 1,300th edition of NOTW, marks our 25th birthday! What was going on in 1988 in that first batch of stories published by that first adventurous editor? Well, there was the Alton, Ill., woman who died with a will specifying her husband, a transvestite, was to get not a penny of her $82,000 cash estate — but all her dresses and accessories. There was Hal Warden, the Tennessee 16-year-old who was granted a divorce from his wife, 13. At age 12, Hal was married to a 14-year-old, who divorced the lad because, as she told the judge, “He was acting like a 10-year-old.” Happy Birthday to News of the Weird! Chuck Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential to Do Harm
We test children’s eyes and ears, but when do we evaluate their mental health?
n the days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., we have, as a country, struggled to make sense of it all. All parents thought of their own children that day and were grateful they were safe. Some were grateful for something else — that it wasn’t their child who perpetrated the violence. Others prayed that there is no child like Adam Lanza at their school — a ticking time bomb of potential violence. We do not know what happened to Adam Lanza that caused him to act so destructively, but we do know that he must have been disturbed in some way to exhibit such violence. It’s been said he was mentally unstable, but we will never know exactly what was going on inside. The mental health issue is unresolved and virtually unsupported in the United States. In the interest of keeping our children safe and ensuring that what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary will never happen again, we are faced with the challenge of how to identify and help the mentally ill in our society. What do you do if your child’s classmate exhibits violent tendencies? How do you get help for that child? How do you keep your own child safe? These are the challenges I have faced. Over the past couple months, a series of incidents have led me to the conclusion that one of my son’s classmates is violent, maybe even mentally ill. Taken individually, each incident seems just a case of a boy acting out a bit too aggressively. Collectively, however, the pattern of the incidents is troubling. My son is in third grade, and the boy, “Ron” for the purposes of this article, is in his class this year. He also lives in our apartment community, but before this year, we only saw Ron at the community pool or the bus stop. Ron and my son always had friction in their friendship; sometimes they would play together well, but more often they would fight. Typical kid stuff, I thought, nothing to worry about. At least, I wasn’t worried until this school year. It began with the calls from the school that my son kept getting in trouble. Every incident involved Ron as well. Their teacher said Ron was the instigator, but my son would join in. At first, it was goofy boy stuff, like making noise or silly jokes, but then the incidents evolved to more aggressive behavior, with Ron urging my son to tease another child, throw things and even hit. I was called to the school, the boys’ desks were moved farther apart, the bus driver changed their assigned seats and I avoided letting them play together. A pattern of violence began to develop, including violence toward animals, a lack of remorse and unwarranted aggression. During a Boy Scout camping trip which both boys attended, my son and his sister were
admiring a little frog. Ron came over and smashed the frog with his foot, even though my son frantically yelled “No!” At school, once the boys were separated, the situation really darkened. Ron started demonstrating bursts of aggression toward my son, randomly punching him, throwing pinecones or shouting expletives. These incidents always happened when Ron was less supervised, like at recess, in the hall or on the bus. My son wasn’t the only target: One day, my daughter ran off the bus crying, saying Ron had hit her and yelled bad words. When I confronted Ron, he just denied it and refused to apologize. As a parent, I struggled with how to address the situation. I decided I would try to talk to Ron directly. He said that my son had teased him. My son denied it. Regardless, there was clearly some resentment. I asked Ron to please stop hitting my son and to see if they could try to be friends. He agreed, and I felt that I had made progress. Not so fast. Later that week, my son told me he’d been playing with Ron at recess, and they wanted to continue the game after school. I agreed he could go over to Ron’s house after he finished his homework. He’d been gone only 20 minutes when he burst into the house, sobbing. Apparently, the invitation to come over was a ruse, and a group of boys from the neighborhood ganged up on my son, hitting him with sticks and chasing him into the woods. Though Ron wasn’t the ringleader in this incident, he had lured my son there. My son was bruised, not seriously injured, but his spirit was crushed. Once again, I was faced with the question of what to do. Obviously, my son won’t play with Ron or any of the other boys again, but there were no parents who witnessed the situation, and the other boys stuck together, blaming my son. One boy, however, who was not in the group, witnessed the incident and confirmed my son’s account. The incident’s ringleader was from a nearby neighborhood, so I didn’t even know whom to contact. I know Ron’s mother casually, so I called her and left a message. When I talked to her, I realized that she sees her child very differently from everyone else. Ron’s mom sees a sweet boy who acts out now and then, like all boys do. She doesn’t see the bursts of anger, the pattern of violence or the need for a psychological evaluation or even intervention. How do you tell a parent that her child might need professional help? There is no way you can. Of course, the violent tragedy at Sandy Hook has caused me to look at the incidents involving Ron a little more carefully. When I attended the class Christmas party, the possibility that this child would do harm became clear to me. I arrived at the Christmas party early to
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help out. When the kids came in, I looked for my son and saw he was crying. I asked him what was wrong, and he said Ron had punched him repeatedly at recess and in the hall. I asked him why he hadn’t stayed far away from him; he said he’d tried but Ron kept coming up to him. I then asked if the teachers did anything, and he said they just told him to stay away. I talked to his teacher about the situation. She seemed at a loss as to what to do. She said she tried to keep the boys separated and that my son had to make good choices to stay away. In the classroom, the teacher was nervous around Ron, as though he could act out at any moment. She kept trying to keep him away from my son. During the class, I had a chance to observe Ron. He was in his own world, full of nervous energy with an occasional twitch. He kept seeking my son’s attention, showing him what he was doing repeatedly. Then out of the blue, he came up and apologized for punching my son. While the apology was nice, it wasn’t enough. What I saw was a boy in trouble. At the very least, he had some serious anger management issues to resolve. At the most, he needed psychological treatment. From what I could tell from his mother, this was not going to happen anytime soon. His teacher confirmed my observation that Ron’s mother was not seeing the same boy we saw. We test children’s eyes and ears, but when do we evaluate their mental health? One might say Ron is just a bully and not mentally disturbed. My concern with Ron isn’t just the anger but the randomness of it, the fact that it seems to come from nowhere and then leave as quickly as it comes. One minute, he’s a sweet kid, and the next, he’s angry and unrepentant. The situation remains unresolved. Now that the kids are back in school, I will be vigilant. I do not fear a violent tragedy, but I don’t want my son to fall victim to more violent outbursts. If I have to, I will escalate the issue for my son’s safety, but the issue is much bigger than my son’s problems. I’m convinced this boy is a walking time bomb. I am not suggesting he’s another Adam Lanza, but that he has the potential to do harm. Over time, as he matures and has access to more things that can cause harm, that potential worsens. There is still time. How many children are like Ron, going to school, harboring anger that has no release? How do we identify and help these children before there is a tragedy? I’ve never had to ask myself these questions before now. It is only in asking that I realize that for now, there is no answer. Eliza Alys Young
Young is a creative professional with her own business, Design Intense, and the author of the blog Amor y Sabor (www.amorysabor.com).
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