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EDITOR’S NOTE Building a love for creative writing. p. 4 NEWS Should teenagers put away their devices before they get behind the wheel? p. 7 BUZZ Stork saviors, a sign at the beach, a CEO’s raise, $10,000 degrees, electronic billboards, JaxPort CEO search, a charter school denial and the Johnny Winter quiz answers. p. 8 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS J.P. Morgan and the Fleming Island Mellow Mushroom staff, Jeanette Forrester of Peb’s Books, Flash Foods and the Nassau County Commission, history teacher Daniel Flint. p. 8 DEEMABLE TECH Apple TV or Roku Box: Which one is better? p. 8 THE SPECKTATOR Who does Gov. Rick Scott follow on Twitter? p. 8 SPORTSTALK U.S. women’s soccer team ready to show off talent – young and old – in soccer friendly vs. Scotland. p. 10 ON THE COVER Don’t worry if you can’t sing – there are professionals for that. p. 12 BOOK OF LOVE p. 14 WEDDING PLANNER p. 20 OUR PICKS Equality Fest, Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell, Murder by Death, “Driving Miss Daisy,” Traces of Blue and Kenny Rogers. p. 33 MOVIES “Bullet to the Head”: Action adventure pairs


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good with bad, borrows from ’80s flicks. p. 34 “A Royal Affair”: Even at 137 minutes, director Arcel’s film keeps a brisk pace, avoiding the stuffy costume drama stigma. p. 35 MUSIC SoCal funk-punk-ska pioneers Fishbone continue down a musical road that’s much less traveled. p. 38 Fifty years after picking up the guitar, classicrock icon Steve Miller is still riding high. p. 39 ARTS Art lovers and foodies join forces for a feast for the eyes and taste buds. p. 46 The winners of a poetry contest for students in the United Way of Northeast Florida Achievers for Life program. p. 47 BITE-SIZED Hightide Burrito Co. boasts homemade menu items. p. 56 BACKPAGE “When are you two going to get married?” p. 63 MAIL p. 5 MOVIE LISTING p. 36 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 41 ARTS LISTING p. 48 HAPPENINGS p. 51 DINING GUIDE p. 53 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 58 I SAW U p. 59 CLASSIFIEDS p. 60 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 62 Cover design by Elaine Damasco Photo by Walter Coker

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Editor’s Note Eben Britton shared lunch with poetry contest winner Pierson Bracy at Northwestern Middle School Feb. 1.

Starting the Fire

The United Way and a Jaguar stoke kids’ creativity and school achievement


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few years ago, when Pierson Bracy was entering sixth grade at Northwestern Middle School, he was like many students at that age — facing a new school, a new locker, a new principal, new classmates and a daunting new schedule of classes. It’s scary stuff for kids and a critical transition time for students. Many fall behind, and middle school retention is a key risk factor for those who may later drop out of school. Fortunately, Bracy’s mother got him involved in the United Way of Northeast Florida’s Achievers For Life program. AFL focuses on dropout prevention, targeting sixth-grade students at risk for academic failure. AFL surrounds students with services such as mentoring, counseling, family support and parent training to increase families’ engagement at school. The program tackles challenges that might derail students from graduating. The program is meaningful to Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Eben Britton, the team’s United Way representative. He said the key is letting young people know that adults actually care about what they do — they’re “not just people who bark at them and tell them what to do.” “We work with them in elementary and middle school, so when they get to high school, they’re much more inspired.” Although he wasn’t an at-risk student, he said he wasn’t a high-achiever growing up in Burbank, Calif. “I always felt like I was a terrible student,” Britton said. “I wasn’t an avid reader. I didn’t get into reading until high school.” When he was 16 or 17, he read Bret Easton Ellis’ novel “Less Than Zero,” and a light switched on. Britton learned that Ellis had written the first drafts of the novel as a high school student and published it while he was still in college. “It really struck me how honest he was.” Britton read Ellis’ other novels, then moved on to other authors who inspired him, like Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller. “I realized that I didn’t have to read ‘Moby Dick’ and ‘The Scarlet Letter.’ They’re incredible novels, and people should read them, but they don’t touch everyone the same way; not everyone appreciates them in the same way.” He was also a strong athlete and started playing football as a high school freshman. When college football scholarship offers arrived, he narrowed schools down by which ones had strong creative writing programs. “I had fallen in love with writing,” Britton said. “It was a great way to express myself and my heartbroken teenage misery that I was going through in high school.” During a visit to the University of Arizona in Tucson, he learned that its creative writing program was in the country’s top 10.

“I committed the next day.” In his work with the United Way, Britton wanted to help inspire students like he’d been inspired. He thought a poetry contest would be a great way to get kids thinking creatively. AFL students from Northwestern, Highlands, Eugene Butler and Matthew Gilbert middle schools entered their work on the theme “What Makes Me Happy.” United Way volunteers identified the top 10 poems, and Britton selected the fi nal winners. Bracy, now an eighth grader, wrote this: What makes me happy? To see my mom wake up every day. To know my brother is in a better place. To have another step in life. To wake and see the sunlight. “I thought poetry was a good way for me to express my feelings,” Bracy said. “My big brother had passed, and I didn’t want my mom to pass. I wanted her to see me grow up, and I wanted her to see how I would turn out in life.” Since the death of his older brother in 2010, Bracy has been the big brother to his younger sister and brother. It’s a lot of responsibility. He said AFL helped him focus on academics, improve his speaking and gain self-confidence. He had done some narrative and expository writing in school, but not much poetry before he entered the contest. His mom was impressed. “She said she didn’t know I could write like that.” The submissions also impressed Britton. “All the poems that the kids entered were — maybe not surprisingly — incredibly profound,” Britton said. “What they wrote was heartbreaking in some cases.” Britton doesn’t get to write as much as he’d like to, especially during football season. “Football is so draining, when I get home I’m a vegetable.” But he does have a creative outlet. “The Number 73” airs 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WJCT 89.9-FM. Britton blends an eclectic music playlist with readings from poetry, novels, short stories and even random newspaper clippings. “Occasionally, I read my own writing. I try not to let anybody know that it’s mine. If I don’t cite a name, it’s probably mine.” Now Bracy and his family will get to hear Britton read the eighth-grader’s firstplace poem on the Feb. 13 show. Britton will read the other winning poems on shows throughout February. You can read them all on page 47. Bracy was looking forward to having lunch with writer-athlete Britton at Northwestern on Feb. 1. He had a lot of questions ready to ask. “I want to hear how he got into writing. I want him to read some of his poems to me.”  Denise M. Reagan


Real Reasons to Own Guns

A letter from one of your frequently printed readers, Rick Mansfield, stated that “the mad rush to buy as many assault rifles as possible before the government bans such weapons is a clear indication that this country has more mental health issues than we realize” [The Mail, Jan. 23]. He then sums up the issue by assuming that the only “clear-thinking, sane individuals” who desire these weapons are “crazies watching too much Rambo.” Fantastic example of civil discourse, Mr. Mansfield. You aren’t being condescending in the slightest. I fail to see the connection between Americans who are interested in owning weapons and mental health issues. To me, the real crazies are the ones who don’t mind the gradual road to complete civilian disarmament we appear to be traveling on. Some of the most despicable tyrants in history were quite keen on gun control, for good reason. A people that cannot defend itself from tyranny can be tread upon, pushed around and forced into whatever their overlords’ whims may be. Now, before the Obama worshippers begin foaming at the mouth and accusing me of heresy, let me make it known that I am not comparing our president to Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin or Mussolini. I don’t think the government is all of a sudden going to become an evil machine bent on subversion and inspiring fear in the American people, but I cannot say I think it’s impossible. In the early ’70s, I bet a lot of Cambodians thought the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge were something that could not happen in their civilized world in that day and age. They were wrong. Stability is not indefinite. For someone to think that the U.S. is the exception to the adage that history repeats itself is what I see as the real insanity. Another motivation behind Americans’ intent on arming themselves is the possibility of national or global economic slowdown or collapse. In such a scenario, the ability to defend oneself and one’s family would be of paramount importance. Though this may seem far-fetched to Mr. Mansfield in the secluded enclave of Ponte Vedra, it too is a possibility. Not likely, but possible. What would Americans do if the supermarket suddenly had bare shelves? Chaos would ensue after about three hours. Maybe four. It’s happened in real life. America isn’t immune. Read a history book, dude. I’m proud to own a gun, and I strongly cherish my right to. That hardly makes me part of a far-right fringe group or mentally ill. It makes me an American who values my freedom and safety. Elliott Greenberg Jacksonville Beach

What Defines an Assault Weapon?

Does the average American know what an assault rifle is? The answer is “no.” There are five features that classify a rifle as an assault weapon, one of which is automatic fire, which none of the rifles used in the killings of recent months had. I don’t think it’s legal to own an automatic weapon such as the Tommy Gun used in gangster movies and such. People like Rick Mansfield [The Mail, Jan. 23], who accuses gun addicts as having little or no education, fail to show that they are superior in the education department. They don’t know that a law forbidding assault weapons is already on the books, so no new laws banning them are necessary. One feature (of the five) that makes a rifle an assault weapon is that it has to have a place to secure a bayonet. This makes about as much sense as having a telescoping stock, which is also one of the five. Not one of the features that make a rifle an assault weapon does anything to suppress the lethality of the weapon. Punishment is far too lenient for the use of a firearm, so we have unabated use of firearms for robbery, road rage, etc. A thorough background check, tough punishment for the use of a firearm in a crime and a longer waiting period to pick up the purchase of a firearm is the way to go if you want to suppress the use of firearms — not taking them away entirely. Art Cape Jacksonville

More Reasons for Revisiting Permanent Alimony

My husband’s ex-wife left their marriage when she came out of the closet as a lesbian. She was rewarded with $4,000 a month in lifetime alimony [“Paying It Forward and Forward and Forward,” Jan. 23]. She is a college graduate summa cum laude and able to support herself if she were required to. We request alimony reform modification that will address our particular unique situation. In a case similar to my husband’s, a man paying lifetime alimony to his lesbian exwife had the alimony award overturned. A Minnesota court held that the “defendant’s post-decree lesbianism is a material change in circumstances which justifies the termination of alimony.” The case is Anonymous v. Anonymous, 5 Fam.L Rptr. (BNA) 2127 (Minn.Dist.Ct.15 Nov 1978). We request this key point be addressed in proposed alimony reform legislation. Expanding the definition of “change in circumstances” beyond the financial to include a change in sexual orientation or gender will make the criteria more relevant to today. While the contemporary picture of marriage may be changing, here in Florida, marriage remains between a man and a

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woman. Currently, sexual reassignment surgeries are becoming more commonplace. Why should a spouse who believed they were marrying someone of the opposite sex, have to support that spouse who changes gender or sexual orientation and redefines the marriage? The traditional marriage is broken through no fault of the other spouse. This isn’t like a couple who fall out of love or have grown tired of each other. Florida lawmakers should take into consideration this new reality and the changing landscape of marriage and reasons for divorce. Granting lifetime alimony to a spouse who changed sexual orientation or gender is absolutely an injustice. This needs to be stopped and such previous judgments overturned. A YouTube video about our case is posted on the FAR (Florida Alimony Reform) website ( Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue.  Elvina Bergmann Kallett St. Pete Beach

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Leslie Schemer, 16, agrees that texting and driving should be outlawed for minors, but disagrees with the part of a new bill that would restrict the number of passengers who can ride with a driver younger than 18. “I think if you are a responsible driver and use what you have learned, carpooling shouldn’t be a danger to teens.” Photo: Casey Griffin

A Major Distraction for Minor Drivers Should teenagers put away their devices before they get behind the wheel?


eslie Schemer leads the life of a typical 16-year-old sophomore at Ponte Vedra High School. She cheerleads, spends time with friends, and now, much to the worry of her parents — she drives. As with many teens, Leslie’s cellphone usually stays within reach, if not in her grasp, to keep her both connected and entertained. And that’s the problem: the troublesome combination of an inexperienced driver and an experienced texter. This sets up a twist on an age-old tale: Teen gets license, teen develops newfound sense of freedom, teen loses license for texting while driving. That could be the case if state Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, has anything to say about it. And he does. Altman has been at it for a while. For years, he and a handful of other Florida lawmakers have been pushing to ban cellphone use behind the wheel. He said he and his supporters hope 2013 could be the year. Altman said that minors are inexperienced behind the wheel; for this reason, laws should be made to encourage them to focus. “We should protect the most at-risk group, and that’s our youth,” Altman said. “Sixteenand 17-year-olds are inexperienced and are just learning to drive. Setting this standard

may create good habits for a lifetime.” If passed, Altman’s Senate Bill 152 would prohibit minors from using a cellphone or other wireless communication devices while driving. Violations would bring a stiff, 30-day license suspension. As if limiting teens’ calls and Facebook updates weren’t enough, the bill would also restrict the number of minors allowed to ride with 16- and 17-year-old drivers to three, unless accompanied by a 21-year-old. It’s billed as the Minor Traffic Safety Act. Kim Schemer, Leslie’s mother, supports Altman’s proposed legislation. “I rank texting while driving right up there with drinking and driving,” Schemer said. “It’s very dangerous and there are already enough distractions and difficulties inexperienced drivers face.” Her suspicions regarding the dangers of texting and driving are accurate. Texting while driving is, in fact, more dangerous than drinking and driving, according to a study done by Car and Driver magazine. The same study also found that cellphone users are five times more likely to get in accidents than undistracted drivers. According to the National Highway

Here are the answers. The winner of tickets to the Feb. 14 show can be found at on Feb. 6. 1. What is the name of the 1977 album Johnny Winter recorded with Muddy Waters and members of Waters’ band that marked his move from rock-pop into blues? c. “Nothin’ But the Blues” 2. Between 1984 and 1986, Johnny Winter cranked out three albums for what independent blues label? a. Alligator Records 3. What is Johnny Winter’s highest-charting album?

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News Traffic Safety Administration, 11 teens die in texting-related accidents every day. The National Safety Council found that 1.6 million accidents are caused every year by drivers typing out text messages; that’s nearly a quarter of all accidents. Sen. Altman said that his personal attachment to this bill has kept him motivated. “This has been a very big priority of mine on a personal level,” Altman said. “Car accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. It’s touched me and just about every person I know in some way or another personally.” Florida wouldn’t be the first place where a law like this one has been passed. Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky have laws forbidding drivers younger than 18 from using their cellphones while on the road. The numbers clearly reflect the dangers of using our cellphones while driving, so why just focus on those younger than 18? State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, said in an email interview that he supports the bill, noting there is a difference between legislating for children versus adults. “As a father of three boys, one who is currently licensed to drive, it does concern my wife and me that distracted driving accident rates are highest amongst teenage drivers,” Bean said. “As for it being a stepping stone to make it illegal to use cellphones, as adults we have to be responsible for our own behavior and know when it is appropriate to use a cellphone when driving.” Bean also said he’s glad the issue is being brought up for discussion and that it’s the legislators’ responsibility to protect our society, but not to a point where micromanagement of individual behavior begins. According to a poll conducted in 2011 by the Jacksonville-born firm of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, 71 percent of Florida voters supported a potential ban on driving while texting. The poll found that 77 percent of senior citizens were in favor, while 62 percent of voters 18 to 34 were in support. The 16-year-old Schemer agrees with the portion of the bill that would outlaw texting and driving for minors, but disagrees with restricting the number of passengers.

“I think if you are a responsible driver and use what you have learned, carpooling shouldn’t be a danger to teens,” Schemer said. “Of course, it all depends on the driver and their focus.” A study done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Maryland found that the risk of injury nearly triples for a teenager when he or she has three or more passengers. Amanda Rhyne, 17-year-old senior at Englewood High School, said the proposed law is unfair and stereotypes teens. “Not everyone my age is an irresponsible driver,” Rhyne said. “It’s an unfair generalization that all minors are dangerous and distracted when driving.” Exceptions to Altman’s bill are that it wouldn’t apply to calls in case of emergency. The bill’s restriction on the number of passengers wouldn’t apply to family members. Altman’s proposal was postponed until early February to be heard by the transportation committee. During this year’s legislative session, Altman and supporters will push to add Florida to the list of 39 other states that have already placed some sort of ban on using wireless devices while driving. Others will oppose the legislation, claiming that the law will infringe upon individual rights. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, opposes Altman’s legislation. He and others who have opposed similar bills in the Senate over the years have not voiced a particular disdain for the ban, but rather an aversion to additional government imposition in general. “I’m voting ‘no’ again,” Negron said in a story for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “We already have a law on the books against careless driving. If a driver is texting and not operating their vehicle in a safe and prudent manner, that’s already against the law.” Florida House Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, said he looks forward to discussing this proposed policy in the upcoming weeks. “I believe the parents have the ultimate authority and responsibility in this area,” Davis said. 

What $10,000 Will Get You Florida Community College at Jacksonville and St. Johns River State College have agreed to join all of Florida’s other state colleges and accept Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge of developing bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less. SJRSC President Joe Pickens said he was committed to offering a $10,000 degree starting in fall 2014. FSCJ’s Interim President Will Holcombe said the college is still developing a logistics degree for less than $10,000. FSCJ still needs the state education board’s approval.

Stork Saviors An exposed power line and a retention pond proved too much for young endangered wood storks learning to fly, but the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and JEA had some novel ideas to prevent them from electrocution, according to a JEA news release. At first, the JEA thought the best solution was to bury the power line, but quickly realized it would take too long. Instead, it installed flight diverters. A JEA senior environmental scientist said the diverters are like a little dartboard with a reflector in the center. They’re designed to make the power line visible to young wood storks. The zoo planted a heritage long-leaf pine forest in a part of the new parking overflow lot, to make the pond less attractive to the birds. The wild birds have used the zoo as a rookery since arriving in 1999.

Apple TV or Roku Box? Q: I’ve been considering getting an Apple TV or a Roku Box. Which one is better? A: Both are great devices that are simple to set up and use, have a lot of good content on them and are around the same price, $89 to $99. The Roku Box is backwards compatible with older TVs, whereas you must get an adapter for the Apple TV if you don’t have HDMI, which costs at least $30. All of the music, photos and videos on your iTunes account can be played on an Apple TV. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can control your Apple TV and show anything on them on your TV with AirPlay Mirroring. Both boxes have YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vimeo, NHL, NBA and MLB, but the Roku Box also has Amazon Instant Video and Pandora. The Roku box has a USB reader for video, music and photos. In the end, it’s all about personal preference. If you’re invested in iTunes, you may want Apple TV. If you have an older TV or you want to watch Amazon Instant Video, you might want the Roku Box.

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Bouquets & Brickbats Bouquets to J.P. Morgan and the staff at Mellow Mushroom on Fleming Island for making a soldier’s birthday wish for his wife a rousing success. Shawn Fulker, who’s deployed in Afghanistan, went to the Mellow Mushroom website to order a pizza and a gift card for his wife’s birthday. He promised to call back with credit card information. Fulker’s wife sent him an email saying that Mellow Mushroom had just delivered a special heart-shaped pizza, along with a $50 gift card and some balloons and flowers. Later, Fulker received an email from Morgan saying, “We got you, bro.” Fulker posted a message on Facebook, and it went viral. Bouquets to Jeanette Forrester of Peb’s Books for keeping much of Jacksonville in the read since 1971. City Councilmember John Crescimbeni has called her Arlington store a neighborhood institution. She’s working to liquidate some 100,000 volumes of new, used and rare books before she moves to rural South Carolina for much-deserved rest and relaxation. Brickbats to Flash Foods and the Nassau County Commission for the destruction of ancient oak trees along A1A on Amelia Island. Flash Foods plans to expand its building to add a sandwich shop and parking lot. To make room, some 100-year-old oaks were knocked down. While apparently perfectly legal, the loss of these majestic oaks should result in the county revisiting its tree ordinance. Bouquets to history teacher Daniel Flint for requiring his students at A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology to know the personalities behind the historical figures. For two years, Flint has won the Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 8 | | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013


Gov. Scott’s Twitter Faux Pas

Sign of a Community’s Life Visitors to Jax Beach driving on South A1A will see a new, modern welcoming sign. The best part? It didn’t cost the city too much. The attractive new sign was placed near Paradise Key South Beach development, where HGTV is building its Smart Home. Architect Thomas J. Mnich designed the sign with 36-inch letters, but Jacksonville Beach City Council didn’t have the funds for the $10,000 fee. According to the Planning Commission’s Terry DeLoach, locals bought letters for the sign at about $621 each. The City Council bought three letters; two letters are still up for grabs. Harbinger Sign placed all the letters. If you want to pay for a letter, call DeLoach at 651-1673.

JaxPort CEO Search Begins The Jacksonville Port Authority’s board of directors is paying a Chicago-based search firm $99,000 plus expenses to hire a new chief executive officer. Heidrick & Struggles, chosen from a pool of 11 applicants, said it will try to find a replacement for Paul Anderson by the end of April. Anderson resigned the JaxPort post in November to be CEO at the Port of Tampa.

In the Twitterverse, it’s all about numbers, and Gov. Rick Scott’s following of nearly 34,000 is certainly respectable in relation to the state’s population (New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for example, has 73,391 followers; Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn, 21,563). What’s strange about Scott’s Twitter account, though, is the number and types of people, businesses and organizations he follows. Cuomo and Quinn follow fewer than 375 – Scott boasts 25,163 (as of press time), ranging from the predictable (Lou Dobbs, Team Romney) to the bizarre (multiple colon-cleansing companies and a “panda that wants to be a turtle”), but the most shocking – and disturbing – of all is his following of a teen porn website. What does the governor’s office have to say about his connection to such a site, as well as his other surprising follows? Check out The Specktator blog on

Read the Specktator Blog Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events around the First Coast and beyond. She’s also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she’s got that going for her. Contact her at


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Electronic Billboard Hubbub A Jacksonville lawyer is involved in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a 2007 memorandum allowing digital billboards along federal highways. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 23 in Washington, D.C., after petitioning the Federal Highway Administration for three years and receiving no official response. Attorney Bill Brinton, with Rogers Towers P.A. on the Northbank, is advising Scenic America, is a nonprofit membership group seeking to protect the nation’s roadways from billboard blight.

Three months after saying it was not the right economic climate to boost his pay, the Jacksonville Airport Authority has given CEO Steve Grossman a 3 percent pay hike. Apparently, the economy’s improved. The increase boosts his salary from $280,000 to $288,400. In October, a board committee rated Grossman’s job performance as outstanding, but postponed a salary increase until January. City Councilmember John Crescimbeni, who’s been critical of executive pay levels at the city’s independent authorities, was critical of the pay hike, but said it’s more in line than some of the bigger raises and bonuses for other executives, The Florida Times-Union reported.

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or local diehard fans of women’s soccer, this week’s U.S. vs. Scotland exhibition match is an unprecedented opportunity to see the American team — stars both old and new. With 29 players on the American roster, it’s hard to tell exactly how long any given player will be on the field; the smart money is on a rotation of talent. Returning to the pitch for the American side, after more than a year-long layoff: defender Ali Krieger. Krieger, a 28-year-old alumna of the Penn State Nittany Lions, tore knee ligaments in an Olympic qualifier match against the Dominican Republic last year. She’d spent the better part of the last five years overseas playing in Germany, but has decided to spend the next stretch of her career Stateside. A big driver of that decision, as you would expect, is her involvement with the U.S. National Team. “They really kept me motivated to want to get back, but also my younger fans and actually just my fans in general,” Krieger told NWSL News. “They were amazing throughout my entire process of rehab, and I couldn’t thank them enough. But little did they know they inspired me so much to want to get back. I received letters from all across the world saying how much I inspired them to want to be better and be good players. You know, you don’t realize that until someone writes you, so having the support of the fans, the National Team and U.S. Soccer was unreal. I was so thankful and grateful for them.” There are many athletes on many levels who derive strength from their fanbases. This seems especially true with female athletes, perhaps due to the barriers that have kept women’s sports from being considered equal to men’s, barriers rooted in patriarchal constructions that extend well beyond the metaphorical arena of sport. In men’s sports, there’s often the tacit understanding that the athlete is an antihero. Think Jack Tatum, crippling people in the ’70s as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Think of Charles Barkley, who famously said, “A million guys can dunk a basketball in jail; should they be role models?” Male athletes are often expected

to have, and are lionized for, their “edge.” In women’s sports, we often see a predictable double standard. Consider the case of Hope Solo, one of my favorite athletes in the world. Hope Solo has been the national soccer team goalkeeper for a long time and it seems that, throughout her career, the “mercurial” goalkeeper has drawn controversy. Of course, the great ones always do. In 2007, for example, Solo had been the starting goalie during four games of the Women’s World Cup, in which she gave up two goals. Her reward? Being benched in the semifinal against Brazil, replaced by Briana Scurry, who looked every bit of her 36 years as she gave up four goals against Brazil’s kinetic squad. After the match, Solo scored a blow for the team’s necessary infusion of new blood with this jarring riposte: “[Benching me] was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is it’s not 2004 anymore. It’s not 2004. And it’s 2007, and I think you have to live in the present. And you can’t live by big names. You can’t live in the past. It doesn’t matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold medal game in the Olympics three years ago. Now is what matters, and that’s what I think.” Now it’s 2013, of course, and Solo (currently involved in a tempestuous marriage with former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens) is getting some tread on her own tires, and facing heavy competition. The U.S. roster will feature five goalkeepers. With the development of the women’s game and a new coach, competition for the team slots will be fierce. That’s good for the game, good for the team and good for America. Until recently, February has been kind of a blah month for local sports events. Between the just-concluded Davis Cup and this, however, we are witnessing sports on a world stage. Don’t miss it.  AG Gancarski

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Love Songs

Don’t worry if you can’t sing — there are professionals for that Story by Kara Pound Photos by Walter Coker Kristin Barone, owner of Merry Melodies Singing Telegrams in Orange Park, and one of her singers, Matthew Hartley, will personalize just about any song for a romantic delivery.


n July 1933, a Western Union operator named Lucille Lipps delivered the first singing telegram, a birthday message sent by a star-struck fan to the famous crooner Rudy Vallee on his 32nd birthday.

George P. Oslin, Western Union’s public relations director, decided to capitalize on transforming the telegram, which had up until then been mainly associated with delivering death notices and other tragic news, into a more fun and humorous form of communication. Fast-forward eight decades later, and although singing telegrams aren’t anywhere near their height of popularity (that would be the 1950s), they’re still a viable form of saying “Happy Birthday,” “Congratulations!” or “I Love You.” After the telephone ran it into near extinction, Western Union suspended its singing telegram service in 1974, but independent telegram companies have kept up the tradition. Meet Kristin Barone, owner of Merry Melodies Singing Telegrams in Orange Park. The company promises “A Song for Any Occasion” and offers everything from a Beer Bottle Silly-Gram to a Classy Tuxedo-Gram to children-friendly characters like Fairy Godmother and Mermaid Princess delivering the messages. Merry Melodies’ songs range from Big Band selections to today’s pop, personalized with the recipient’s name throughout. “Our singing styles range from Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli to Lady Gaga, Faith Hill and Jason Mraz, to name a few,” Barone said. “We take requests anytime, which are usually a couple’s personal ‘love song.’” 12 | | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013

Barone, who is a performer, actor and singer, said her company averages about seven singing telegrams per week — a number that increases on Valentine’s Day — with a total staff of 10 performers who work as independent contractors. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” said Barone, who opened her singing telegram business on Valentine’s Day 2008 while living in California. She said the romance aspect of her business is “a ton of fun.”

Thomson. The Thomsons were married in July 1982 in Toronto. For the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, husband Chris went the singing telegram route. “I had already done the usual things like flowers and jewelry and was looking for something different and memorable,” he said. “Someone at my office suggested a bouquet of balloons. I found the costumed balloon bouquet delivery service by browsing the Yellow Pages (there was no Internet then).

“We take requests anytime, which are usually a couple’s personal ‘love song.’ ” “I just love that rush of playing cupid. What’s better than a guy in a tuxedo crooning a song for you with your name throughout?” Barone relocated to Jacksonville in 2009 and brought her singing telegram business with her. Originally from Fernandina Beach, Barone is no newbie to the industry. She worked for now-defunct Monkey Business Singing Telegrams while studying music at Jacksonville University. Barone has performed as a singer-danceractress all over the world at theme parks, on cruise ships, in regional theaters like Alhambra Theatre & Dining, and with national musical theater tours. Certain clients who have used Merry Melodies Singing Telegrams’ services stick out in Barone’s mind — like Chris and Anita

“Anita was working at a local bank branch office, so I had to arrange special permission for the delivery with the branch manager — they generally don’t like people in full gorilla costume walking into the bank. She was surprised, embarrassed and delighted when the gorilla arrived.” This past July, Chris was once again trying to come up with a unique gift for Anita for their 30th wedding anniversary. The year before, he had sent an edible arrangement several days early with a card that said, “Happy 28 years, 11 months, 27 days Anniversary.” Someone at his office asked what other ways he’d gifted his wife in the past. This sparked Chris’ memory. He immediately did a quick Internet search and

Brittany Smith sent her boyfriend, Josh Harman, a singing-heart telegram last Valentine’s Day. He was working as a certified nursing assistant at Baptist Medical Center Beaches. “I kind of wanted to embarrass him because he’s shy. He ended up being totally shocked and thought it was awesome.” Photos: Walter Coker

found Merry Melodies to deliver a GorillaGram and sing their song, “Endless Love.” “Once again, she was surprised, embarrassed and delighted when she was called down to the reception area and saw the gorilla.” Not all singing telegrams have happy endings. Barone remembers a female customer who sent a tuxedo-gram to greet her thenboyfriend at a local Carrabba’s Italian Grill to sing the song “Marry Me” and propose to him. “I just got off the phone with her to see if she’d be interested in being interviewed,” Barone said. “Apparently, it didn’t work out.” Barone describes another telegram greeting gone wrong. “One woman who works at a large corporate building here in Jacksonville did not accept her Tuxedo-Gram singing telegram very well. As the whole office, who were expecting his arrival, cheered him on, she ran into her office, hid in the corner as if he was there to attack her, with her hands in front of her face.” Then there’s the soldier who contacted Barone while he was stationed at a military base in Afghanistan.

“Anita was working at a local bank branch office, so I had to arrange special permission for the delivery with the branch manager — they generally don’t like people in full gorilla costume walking into the bank. She was surprised, embarrassed and delighted when the gorilla arrived.” “It was very romantic,” Barone said of the 2011 Valentine’s Day singing heart telegram. “He told me many times how much he loved her and wished he could be with her while he was ordering. She and her coworkers were astounded by such a romantic act. Everybody was laughing and crying. These things provoke a lot of emotions.”

In late 2011, Western Union attempted to re-launch its singing telegrams. Instead of a gorilla wearing a coconut brassiere or a dancing whoopee cushion, Western Union elevated it to the 21st century by offering personalized songs delivered via email. And instead of Western Union employees doing the delivering, consumers could choose professionals like Snoop Dogg/Lion and Timbaland. We couldn’t even get the site to launch, so apparently it has not taken off. Maybe, for once, we should stick to the old school — even if that involves complete workplace embarrassment and failed marriage proposals. “What is old is new again,” Barone said. “It’s so out that it’s in.” Merry Melodies Singing Telegrams isn’t the only racket in town. Jim Thomas is the owner and founder of Jacksonville Singing Telegrams. Thomas, a standup comedian who has performed at The Comedy Zone, Gypsy Comedy Club in St. Augustine and Gainesville’s Coconuts Comedy Club, is the go-to singing telegram performer for his company. “Our most popular telegram for Valentine’s Day is the big red heart that gets a lot of action,” Thomas said. “Our clients range from hospitals to the fire department to the tax office and other workplaces. I’m a comedian, so I like to make them as funny as we can.” Merry Melodies’ clients Brittany Smith and Josh Harman, both 24, claimed their own singing heart telegram last Valentine’s Day. “I like to do stuff that’s a little different,” Smith said of sending the telegram to her boyfriend, Harman, while he was working as a certified nursing assistant at Baptist Medical Center Beaches. “I kind of wanted to embarrass him because he’s shy. He ended up being totally shocked and thought it was awesome.” Barone remembers these two clients well. “She was waiting outside the hospital to greet me, where she pulled some strings to let me in and help me to my way up the side staircase to his wing. Dressed as a heart, I headed up the staircase and down several wings of patients to get to the love of her life!” 

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THE UNIVERSE OF LOVE TO MY MOM I love my mom so much that if I loved my mom any more, I would explode into kisses for her. XXXXXXXXXXX P.S. I love you more. MTK TO THE ONE THAT HOLDS MY HEART (MTK) You are everything I could have hoped for and more. You bring sunshine to my days, and bright, beautiful stars to my nights. Your happiness is my everything. Thank you for being the amazing little person you are. I’d be nothing without you. Love you more! Mom HANDSOME ROB It keeps getting better! I’m so happy that we combined forces this past November. I love coming home to you every day, and sleeping next to you {almost} every night! I’m excited to see what else our future holds. Thank you for putting up with me. XOXOXXX, LBP1 BRINSKINATOR AND SHMELIABEDILIA Brinksi, you’re my favorite snuggle buddy. I cherish your sweet little face. I love you from your furs to your purrs. Amelia, your personality brings laughter to our home. Maybe one day you’ll let us pet you. Until then, your spirited neuroticism will have to be enough. Love, your CrazyCatLadyMama TO KIKI ON YEAR NO. 2 I barely knew what to say last year but I have the prefect words for this year: I love you. Andre

MY WONDERFUL WENDELL... ...I love you more every day, every hour, every minute. You are my heart and soul that I am unable to live without. I am happy every day because of you. I couldn’t love you any more than I do. Thank you for the stability you give me, your patience when I’m backseat driving, and your unconditional love. Happy Valentine’s Day! TO MOM FROM DAD Lu, the last year has been nothing short of spectacular, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have spent it with. I can’t wait to raise our perfect little daughter with you. I love you more than words could hope to convey. Andy MY FLAGSHIP ROMANCE Shawn Fisher. You are the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. Thank you for sharing your love, your laughs, your music and your life with me! I am forever thankful for you! You are my favorite, and I love you so. xXOo Your Favorite I LOVE YOU BG I love you. When I say love, I mean it in ways the word itself doesn’t quite convey. Sometimes, I think there aren’t enough letters in love for us. I think four doesn’t work and doesn’t have enough structure to hold the things I feel for you, and you feel for me. I love you and I know know that I always have. I love you BG! Love Always, your Ju-Ju!

MY FAVORITE BALL We have been though some hard times this past year, but I think it has only made us stronger. I love you, Clayton. I hope to have many more Valentine’s Days with you! xoxo Elise Marie

MR. DORTCH We loved with a love that was more than love. You came into our lives and showed us happiness that we never thought was possible, not only have you stolen my heart but my daughter’s as well and for this I will always love you. You mean the world to us both. Love always, Amy and Hannah xoooo

HEY TURKEY EYES, Maybe it wasn’t love at first sight, and maybe we weren’t supposed to talk, but I’m sure glad I took the risk. I never knew what love was until you said it to me. You will always be my Eternal Sunshine.

FOR MY BEAUTIFUL BABYGIRL To my precious Babygirl Raegan, Daddy loves you! And I promise you this: no matter who enters your life, I will love you more than any of them! Love Always, Daddy!

CORY Thank you for your love, patience and understanding. You mean the world to me, I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day! Alison

BLAIR CORBIN I love you more now than I did 10 years ago when we started dating. You make me so happy, I wouldn’t trade our love for anything in the world. Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband and best friend. I love you. Heather Corbin

LIL J, Happy 2 year anniversary, baby. We have seen our ups an d downs but I feel we are stronger than ever. Looking forward to another amazing year with your sexy, smart, crazy oops I mean lovely self :) Love. Big J SLICE + FLAT I love your face! Thanks for always being awesome (and for laughing at my jokes even when they aren’t that funny. But let’s be honest, they’re mostly funny...) We make a great team. DADDY-O Dear Daddy, thank you for being the best daddy ever. You teach me to skateboard and always play Legos with me. I love you so much! I like doing this and here is my name. I told Mommy what to type. Addison Mae xoxo YOU ARE THE MAN! PH — I totally hit the husband lottery the day I married you. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love (every chance I get) J

MY ANGEL & PRINCESS! Anna & Kylee, I love you to the moon and back and more! You are both the best thing that has been given to me and I couldn’t ask for more beautiful, caring and loving daughters! I love you my Angel and Princess! Love, Momma HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ROB! Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. You are the greatest. And we Love You! Happy Valentine’s Day, Baby! Kathy, Maui, Tubi and Boo I SAW YOU In my dreams and in my head In my writings and in my lovings You were wearing that dress I love so much We shared a smile that stretched across the ages I love you, whoever you are I miss you, wherever you are Don’t stay away too long

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TPMANN We go together like pb&j. You’re the best part of me and you can’t do better than me. All my love even when you annoy me. Happy VDay. SPMann

YOU KEEP IT SIMPLE Loving you has been so easy I don’t know why I try to make it hard. I want to come home to you for the rest of my life. Always remember, there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name. 1-12-14

MY NIGHT HAS BECOME A SUNNY DAWN BECAUSE OF YOU Thomas, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel blessed to be loved by you. Through all of the ups and downs, know that you can count on me to be there for you. As long as you’re trying, I’m staying right where I belong, with you. I love you babe! Allie

TO MY DREADED HEATHEN DARLIN’ We’ve turned from friends to lovers over beer and heavy metal. Now it’s been a year and you still make me smile. Here’s to a hefty grinning holiday.

PUPPY LOVE I am truly, madly & deeply in love with Italian greyhounds! They are my loving, loyal companions, my forever puppies & my heaters on chilly nights. Thank you to Diesel & Cambria for being in puppy love and making the most adorable babies ever! MI 4 MARIPOSAS To the 4 girls in my life. Wanda, Harlow, Majik and Maya. I 143 Mucho! Thanks 4 loving me back. Although one of you has not known me very long. I hope you love your Cuban abuelo some day. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you (Maya). 143 W.L.O. Abuelo TO MY PRINCE CHARMING: You walked into my life and swept me right off my feet! 3 months later I married my best friend and soul mate. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness my sweet Valentine. I love you <3 WEEKLY SEPARATION ANXIETY I miss spending time with the Wild Turkey and spending time with you. Seeing you on weekends just doesn’t cure my itch. The 90 miles between us, that simply will not do. I love you both so, so much and need a more frequent fix. DEAR ERNEST You came in my life many years ago. You watched me walking downtown every day going to work, as you waited to pick up your construction crew for work. Now, about eight years later, you and I married this past Easter Sunday (2012) at Friendship Fountain. Thanks for loving me the way you do. You make me happy. I love you! Rebecca, your wife SUPREME SWEETEST LOVE FOR YOU, TIMOTEA; MY HEART, Billions of burning stars fill up every night spent with you, my true love as this Earth turns through out the good years of our hot lives together. I always remember our words of aching love sworn by hearts vows to continue on through all our time so close together. Deeper feelings hold our lives, our minds and our union than can be expressed by my warm tongue. BITTERSWEET LOVE MESSAGE Joe, Alexis & Bryan, this year is a fantastic one with Alexis at UF & Bryan about to graduate! Congrats! I’m so proud of you! It is also bittersweet with all the changes. I want to say how much I love you three!! Though life may change, my love for you will stay the same. Love Always, Avis AKA Mom JS RULES MY HEART Josh, you are the coolest. Every day I wake up and think of how lucky I am to be with the best guy in the universe. You are an eagle amongst a flock of turkeys. I love you so very much. Forever yours, Kelly

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UNBREAKABLE Alejandro, you are my love and my life... You are my inspiration! I love you forever and always! Your Steven SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE A month after meeting you, I wrote a journal entrance saying, “I wonder what the future holds and am thoroughly enjoying the present.” Six years later, I could write the same thing, but I’m even more excited now because I know how wonderful it will be! I love you, Nick! TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD The past year has been a wonderful journey for me. Thank you for trusting me and challenging me to be a better man. You’re the woman of my dreams, the woman of my lifetime, a broom-shaped pleasure to my soul. I love learning the real you every day. ROBERT, ABIGAIL & WILLIAM, Another year gone by! I’m proud of all of you. Don’t have a wasted life. Make good choices. Now get back to work! Love y’all, Momma TO SHH BOOM SHH BOOMS, Thank you for always letting me sit by your fire and sweat in your living room. I love all who inhabit your space. Except the cats. I hate your cats. Love, The Seaward TO THE YUPPIE WHO STOLE MY HEART, From the moment I walked in at Bold City, I knew you had other ideas on your mind than just keeping me safe. You’ve proven to be so much more than just a boyfriend; you are an amazing friend, sidekick, adviser and the perfect foulmouthed gentleman. I cherish our time together and can’t wait to see what else you have behind your suspicious smile. Your Dharma BUFFY HAS NOTHING ON YOU... You’re a beautiful, powerful woman and are nowhere near the cusp of your potential as a woman. It has been great being a part of your life the last few months and seeing you overcome some deep battles. I look forward to a rewarding future with you, if I can keep my head out of the clouds long enough to keep you around! Thanks for all the encouragement, Beautiful. Let’s get some Gin & Tonics soon. Your Angry Capitalist MI AMOR If the length of a mustache defined my love for you, it would be a full-on, Kung Fu-wielding, 1970s, YMCA-worn Fu Manchu. Thanks for loving me, however much I tend to annoy, but more than anything, gracias for the gift of our 2-year-old little boy. Te Amo Mi Amor. C.J. O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN You are the cheese in my macaroni. I love you.

DEAREST DEBBIE, May your laughter, luster, loving and learning never end! Sam

BIG D, You’re my favorite of all time, I could never wrap my body around all that you give me every day.

ONION LEG In this world, is the destiny of our love controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of Cupid hovering above? At least it is true that I love you and I need you, like pouring rain.

MILITARY HUNK, You’re there for me through thick and thin. Glad to have you on my side of the line. We can do this together.

WITH MY WHOLE HEART FOR MY WHOLE LIFE You are my soul mate. I knew it from the moment we met. The best thing about me is you. My world is a better place with you in it. I will love you forever. You are my best friend. With you I am never alone. We were meant to be together forever. I LOVE YOU MORE (HA! NOW IT’S IN WRITING, BOO-YA!) Irish, you are the craziest and best adventure of my life. Our son is still amazingly awesome. I would do anything for you, even if that meant having to watch Black Dynamite again. Your morning breath is better, your snoring worse. My love for you will never cease. Twitch MY BEAUTIFUL, MY EVERYTHING “... So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink I could be the man who grows old with you I wanna grow old with you” Tracy Loving You Always, Paul T. Fenn A TOTO SONG FOR YOU You rock an amazing ’70s stache to amuse me. You share my love of food. You let me cry. You take me on adventures (and allow me to take you to Shep’s). You rarely judge my quirks which are many. You let me say yes. UMBRELLA CUDDLEBUDDY I would rather sit in the rain with you than walk in the sun with anyone else. TO MY SUNSHINE Jesus doesn’t love the little children as much as I love that dog. PAINLESS SUCKUBUS Ouch... OUCH! ... I love you so much it hurts. GATOR HATER Loving others is like drinking wine. I don’t have to do it, but I enjoy it. Loving you is like drinking water, pure and simple. I was made of you, to drink you, and I love it. HIGHROLLER I hope the person you make me is enough. I intend to pay you with all of it. SNOODLE POOKIE When Death comes for me, it will reach into my chest only to find nothing at all. And when he asks where it is, I will tell him you have it. COWABUNGA BABY I’ve tripped over many things in my life, but you are the only one I look forward to fall for, again and again and again. BOO BEAR You are my favorite of all time. When I am not with you, my cup runneth over. BABY HAIRY JESUS I love the feel of your breath on my neck in the morning. You are the sunshine that makes all of my dreams come true. SMURFFETTE Never give up, because the ones that love you are closer than you think.

BSG LOVE MUFFIN, Hey Starbuck, what do you hear? Nothing but the rain, sir. Then grab your gun and bring the cat in! I frakkin love you. SHOPAHOLIC, You can’t put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories. My credit card is off limits… DEAR BELIEVER, I believed that love was overrated until I found you. LAUGHAHOLIC, They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when I looked at yours, I was left speechless...

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VAUDEVILLE, You and me, baby. We’re like a kaleidoscope, our colors come alive when I am with you. ABRO, Let’s keep a secret… I won’t tell anyone that your voice is my favorite sound. JTB + KAK = LOVE Josh, I love you: For who you are, and who you aren’t. For what you do, and what you don’t. For all the ways — big and small — you make sure I know I’m loved. No one else has ever taken time to make me feel so special. Kathi PIXIE HIPSTER I’ll give you 12 roses, 11 real, and 1 fake. I’ll stop loving you when the last one dies. BOOK LOVER You are the best chapter in the story that is my life. RUMP LOVER I love you with all of my butt … I would say heart, but my butt is bigger. ROSS WOOD You’ve got a butt that won’t quit and this is why I love you. xo SOPHIA, THE TERRIER, You drive me crazy and have some mad farts, but you’re the best Boston Terrier a girl could have! FACEBABE: Thanks for making everything better. You’re the best. F’N PROBLEM I love you that’s my f’n problem! :) MY LOVE, It’s been five years since I last wrote a cute and funny Valentine’s note. Folio Weekly was where it was seen, Feelings as strong as when I was sixteen. We’ve been through cities, tours and great times This love keeps me spittin’ sic rhymes. Beside you I’ll forever proudly stand, ::squeeze:: ::squeeze:: squeeze::ing your loving, most gentlest hand Until next time, my handsome, I’ll do all I can To make you the happiest.. Love, Your No. 1 Fan 

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Valentine’s Day wine dine Buddha Thai Bistro

301 10th Ave. N., in Jax Beach 372-9149 | Buddha Thai Bistro cordially invites you to experience our Romance Dinner Package priced at $49 per couple. Your special dinner will include two salads, an appetizer, two entrées and a dessert. Choose from entrées like Stuffed Salmon with Red Curry, Royal Pad Thai Shrimp and Kahlua Ribs, just to name a few. Top off your

evening with Bittersweet Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Fried Banana with Sweet Coconut Forbidden Rice. For an additional $20, we’ll even pair each of the four courses with a gorgeous wine. Visit our website for details.

The Grotto

2012 San Marco Blvd., in San Marco 398-0726 | This Valentine’s Day, join us at the Grotto Wine and Tapas bar for a wine tasting featuring Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon, and a special tapas menu for two. Our Thursday evening wine tastings run from 6:00-8:00PM, but stay after to enjoy champagne and dessert with that special someone. With over 300 wines to choose from, the Grotto Wine and Tapas Bar is your Valentine’s Day destination. Check us out on Facebook for the latest news and specials!

Fusion Sushi

1550 University Blvd. W., in San Marco 636-8688 This Valentine’s Day, bring your loved one to Fusion Sushi. This new sushi restaurant is located at the corner of San Jose and University and has amazingly hip décor. You’ll find so many choices on the menu, you may need to try a few different rolls. From appetizers to dessert, Fusion Sushi will

make this Valentine’s Day one to remember! Reservations are preferred, as seating is limited. And if you wear red or pink, Fusion Sushi will take 20% off your check, plus complimentary Boba Milk Tea for the entire table… while supplies last!

Alhambra Theatre & Dining

12000 Beach Blvd., on the Southside 641-1212 |

If you haven’t been to the new Alhambra Theatre & Dining, you’ve been missing out on one of the best culinary experiences in town. Executive Chef DeJuan Roy creates an exciting new menu for every show, and now your meal is served to your table by the best waitstaff around. Visit the Library Lounge before or after the show, and you’ll swear you’re in a Carolina mountain lodge. A full bar and an eclectic wine list round out your evening. Your dining experience might just make you forget there’s a Broadway show! Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a night on the town, the new Alhambra is one of the most talked-about restaurants in town — and with dinner, a show and parking starting at just $46, one of the best entertainment values anywhere, too! Reservations required.

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Wedding Planner Bridal/Formalwear/ Tux Rental BLACK TIE FORMALS 420 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-9420 Black Tie Formals has wedding, bridesmaid and motherof-the-bride dresses in rich fabrics and flattering styles, as well as shoes, jewelry and gifts. Tuxedo rentals are available, along with same-day service, free groom’s tux package and delivery. BRIDALS & MORE 12226 Beach Blvd., Southside, 434-6627, Family-owned-and-operated with more than 20 years of alteration experience, this shop offers a full line of gowns for the wedding party. Veils, accessories and tuxedo rental are also featured.

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THE SNOB 1990 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-2249, The Snob is a designer clothing, shoes and accessories consignment boutique offering a low-cost alternative for women who want upscale fashion. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. TAG CUSTOM BRIDAL 998-9978, Owner Patricia Davis is committed to making custom gowns and bridesmaid dresses using only organic and natural fibers and offers free consultations.

THE BRIDAL SHOP AT THE AVENUES 9365 Philips Hwy., Southside, 519-9900 Established in 1968, The Bridal Shop offers quality gowns for the bride, the mother and bridesmaids. Designers include Maggie Sotero, Paloma Blanco, Allure Walters, Casablanca and Impressions.

THE TAILOR SHOP 3083 Southside Blvd., Ste. 104, Jacksonville, 642-7780 Gowns are custom-made from silks, laces and charmeuse and other luxurious fabrics at The Tailor Shop. Custom tuxedos and alterations are also available, along with bowties, cummerbunds and tuxedo shirts.

CONSIGNMENT COTTAGE 2037 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 744-9707 Located a half-mile south of Jacksonville University, Consignment Cottage carries new and gently worn bridal gowns, flower girls’ dresses, mothers’ dresses and other formals. Plus sizes are available, along with an extensive selection of veils, shoes, lingerie, handbags and jewelry.

THE WHITE MAGNOLIA BRIDAL COLLECTION 1716 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 352-3309, This boutique specializes in elegant, couture bridal gowns. Designers include Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Blush, Modern Trousseau, Judd Waddell and Anne Barge. Call to make an appointment.

DAVID’S BRIDAL 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Regency, 724-0909 9990 Southside Blvd., Shoppes at The Avenues, Jacksonville, 519-8933 With a large selection of gowns in a range of sizes, David’s Bridal offers formal wear for the entire wedding party.

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PARK AVENUE BRIDAL 9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Mandarin, 370-1021 Designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl, mother-of-bride or groom and destination dresses are offered at Park Avenue Bridal. Additional items include tuxedos, shoes and purses, gloves, jewelry, slips, garters, guest books, cake knives and servers, candles and pillows.

DREAM WEDDINGS & HONEYMOON AT THE WEDDING LOFT 3921 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 858-7006, This one-stop wedding resource and bridal boutique handles it all – full-service wedding planning, bridal gowns, decorations, photography, accessories, invitations and custom sashes. LINDA CUNNINGHAM DESIGNS 1049 Kings Ave., Southbank, 399-4864 Offering custom-designed wedding gowns, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride dresses and cocktail suits, Linda Cunningham also has a large selection of custom samples. LOVE A BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 434 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 242-9800 Upscale bridal fashions are featured, including designers like Augusta Jones, Essence of Australia, 2 Be Bride and Romona Keveza. Gowns, accessories and jewelry for the bride, attendants and flower girls are available. MICHAEL’S FORMAL WEAR & BRIDAL 1948 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 824-3673, 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 216, St. Johns Town Center, 645-3999 1910 Wells Rd., Orange Park Mall, 269-2213 1112 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-2226 13141 City Station Dr., Ste. 143, River City Marketplace, 751-3333 A full-service bridal shop, Michael’s has been in business for more than 40 years. Designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers’ dresses, and a variety of wedding accessories are available. Tuxedos and suits, with all the embellishments, are in stock for rent or purchase. MW TUX 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 101, St. Johns Town Center, 646-0966 4668 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 119, St. Johns Town Center, 565-9252 10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 230, Jacksonville, 363-8371 9501 Arlington Expwy., Ste. 310, Jacksonville, 725-5970 1939 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 264-9199 13141 City Station Dr., Ste. 101, Northside, 696-6162 Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo specialty department, MW Tux, offers an extensive selection of traditional and fashion tuxedos to rent or buy, like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole and Wilke-Rodriguez. An in-store consultant helps with the things the groom doesn’t even know he’s supposed to know: vests, shirts, shoes, cufflinks, suspenders, ties and cummerbunds.

Jewelry/Accessories ALLEN’S JEWELERS 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 31, Harbor Village, 221-9998 A full-service jeweler, Allen’s can custom-design rings. In addition to engagement and wedding rings, Allen’s has fine jewelry for the bride and bridal party, groomsmen’s gifts, watches and accessories to gift-wrap in the bride’s colors. CLASSIC JEWELERS 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 6, Jacksonville, 641-8999 Engagement rings, wedding bands and custom designs in platinum, 18K and 14K gold and designer jewelry from D’Oro are available and custom bands can be fi tted to existing rings. Engraving and gifts are also available. CREATIVE JEWELRY DESIGNS 607-8830, Consultant Laura Staley offers custom jewelry for brides and attendants for the wedding or special event. ESPLING JEWELERS 355 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Jax Beach, 280-7700 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 40, Mandarin, 268-7975 450 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 105, Fruit Cove, 287-0035 Family-owned-and-operated for 39 years, this full-service jewelry store carries a wide selection of gold and platinum wedding rings. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll create a custom design or special order one. HELZBERG DIAMONDS 10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1205, Avenues Mall, 363-8897 1910 Wells Rd., Orange Park Mall, 264-4322 9501 Arlington Expressway, Ste. 160, Regency Square Mall, 722-1425 With three Northeast Florida locations, Helzberg Diamonds offers wedding bands, cufflinks, watches, pearls, and bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts. HEMMING PLAZA JEWELERS 231 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 354-5959 This popular shop makes custom jewelry onsite and also features a wide array of designer styles, including distinct wedding sets. Jewelry is repaired and cleaned as well. HOPE JEWELERS 3582 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-6339 The full-service guild jewelry store specializes in platinum, 18-carat and 14-carat designer jewelry. Colored stones, pearls, antique and estate pieces are available, along with bridal jewelry. Hope Jewelers offers special ordering and custom design, and a graduate gemologist and a bench jeweler are onsite. JACOBS JEWELERS 204 Laura St., Downtown, 356-1655 Established in 1890, Jacobs’ bridal department offers fine china, silver, crystal, silverware, serving pieces and gifts for the newlyweds. Free gift wrapping and delivery are available.

LIA SOPHIA JEWELRY Jacksonville, 614-4152, How easy is this? A local representative comes to you, offering a variety of pieces for your wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and even your honeymoon. Host a party and get more bling.

BLUE SKY COLLECTION Blue Sky Collection is an online marketplace with unique, personalized options for wedding favors, wedding shower gifts, bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts and wedding reception decor.

PINEAPPLE POST 2403 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 249-7477, (800) 680-8018 For more than 37 years, Pineapple Post has offered a full range of engraved, thermographed and printed wedding invitations. Crane, William Arthur and many others are available, as well as an online bridal registry.

MIRIAM’S FINE JEWELRY 1966 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-7393 2400 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 339-0309 Miriam’s offers an eclectic array of estate pieces and fine jewelry, custom-made bridal jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands.

COTTAGE BY THE SEA 401 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-8411, This award-winning gift shop offers appropriate gifts and accessories for the couple.

STUDIO MULBERRY CREATIVE 1360 Prince Rd., St. Augustine, 451-9400, Specializing in hand-crafted stationery, this studio has a collaborative approach to keep your style the center of attention, from hand-painted details to custom embossing.

NEFF JEWELERS 7 Rohde Ave., St. Augustine, 829-5003 Specializing in custom designs in 14K, 18K and platinum, Neff Jewelers is the exclusive authorized Tacori retailer in St. Johns County. The jewelers also offer vintage estate rings. PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS 11481 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 403, Mandarin, 880-3292 Pickett Brothers carries a wide selection of fine jewelry including gold, gemstones, watches, pearls and diamonds. G.I.A. diamond-certified service is available to educate and assist you in making knowledgeable and informed purchases. SCOTT & SONS FINE JEWELRY 9900 Amelia Island Pkwy., Ste. 2, Fernandina Beach, 491-1550, This jewelry shop, located at the first traffic light on Amelia Island, has an extensive collection of bridal sets, engagement rinds and wedding bands, including designer brands like Neil Saunders, EDB, Lloyd & Co., Kwiat and more. UNDERWOOD’S 2044 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-9741 3617 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-5406 330 A1A N., Ste. 204, Shoppes of Ponte Vedra, 280-1202 10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1520A, Avenues Mall, 394-1390, In business more than 80 years, Underwood’s features a complete bridal registry and consistently wins Best Jewelry Store in our Best of Jax poll. In addition to brands like Hearts On Fire, Forevermark Diamonds, Ritan and Henri Daussi, Underwood’s carries many name-brand gift items like Lalique, Bacarrat and Waterford. Gift wrapping and free delivery are available.

Registry/Gifts AMIRO ART & FOUND 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460, Original, unique pieces of art by local artists are featured at this shop that offers easy gift registry. A variety of jewelry, mosaics, paintings, pottery, sculpture and collages are available, or order a personalized item. BATH JUNKIE 62 A Spanish St., St. Augustine, 810-2284 Having a hard time picking out the bridesmaids’ gifts? Treat them to a party at Bath Junkie, where the bride and attendants can choose a product, create a scent and pick the colors.

COTTAGE BY THE SEASIDE 208 Fourth Ave. S., Jax Beach, 635-8053 Sister shop to Cottage by the Sea, this store features jewelry crafted by local artisans, as well as gifts and bridal accessories. CREATIVE ENGRAVINGS 3414 Hickory Hammock Rd., Northside, 477-0252 Providing engraved gifts for the bridal party and guests, including glassware, pewter and specialty products, Creative Engravings offers affordable gifts with a personalized flair. LEGACIES & MEMORIES 5 Willard Dr., Ste. 644, St. Augustine, 460-0227, The Bride & Groom Love Story, written by professional biographers and printed in color booklets, can be a unique and cherished keepsake for the couple. SIDNEY CARDEL’S SHORE DECOR & FABULOUS FINDS 412 S. Second St., Jax Beach, 372-4000, This shop offers dinnerware, furniture, home decor, accessories, bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts. Invitations and one-of-a-kind knickknacks, too. Register here and receive a discounted session with Cara English Photography.

Invitations/Stationers CELEBRATED OCCASIONS 8640 Philips Hwy., Ste. 8, Southside, 504-7608 Celebrated Occasions creates custom invitations and stationery for the couple as well as other stationery items for the ceremony and reception, using exquisite papers with style. THE DEANE AGENCY 1351 13th Ave. S., Ste. 128, Jax Beach, 224-4890 Deane offers a wide selection of customized engagement announcements, bridal shower invitations, wedding and reception invitations and thank-you cards. E STREET PAPERIE 504-8199, This shop offers custom invitations, stationery and favors for weddings, receptions and other events. HIGHWAY PRESS 4810 Highway Ave., Riverside, 343-7006, Personalized letterpress wedding invitations and suites are custom-designed and printed on high-quality paper by the area’s only letterpress print shop.

THINGS VERY SPECIAL 5816 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 733-4820 In business since 1972, this shop carries invitations and personal stationery, using eco-friendly Crane 100 percent cotton papers, as well as Carlson Craft and Birchcraft Studios. Guest books and notes are also available.

Florists/Décor A FANTASY IN FLOWERS 110 Cumberland Park Dr., St. Augustine, 268-7022, This full-service florist offers personal consultations for wedding clients, as well as a range of products for delivery or purchase. BLOSSOMS & ACCENTS 2342 Park St., Riverside, 993-7677, This shop has lovely arrangements for the ceremony, reception and showers. Free consultation by appointment only. CELEBRATIONS FLOWERS, BALLOONS & GIFTS 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 6, Intracoastal West, 821-8646 Serving Jacksonville for 30 years, Celebrations offers wedding floral and elegant balloon décor for the wedding party, ceremony site and reception. Celebrations also offers baskets, confetti cannons, candies, candles, balloon decorations and balloon releases. FIRST COAST EVENTS 2220 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 108-510, St. Johns, 571-9064, 735-5275, This company, which also includes Y? Entertainment, Light Up My Party and Smiley Face Photo Booth, covers the full spectrum of event needs: venue décor, open air photo booth, mobile DJs, entertainers and lighting. Call for an appointment. FLOWER WORKS 510 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-7806 This full-service shop offers artistic floral designs with a natural flair. With the experience of providing flowers for more than 1,000 weddings, Flower Works uses specialty flowers from around the world to ensure each bride has her own unique floral arrangements and bouquets. GLENN CERTAIN FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN 2659 Park St., Riverside, 388-2001 Glenn Certain is a cutting-edge, custom floral design artists’ studio providing complete wedding-planning services and floral designs.

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Wedding Planner KUHN FLOWERS 3802 Beach Blvd., San Marco, 398-8601, (800) 458-5846 Serving Northeast Florida for more than 60 years, Kuhn Flowers provides flowers and arrangements, as well as gift items, for weddings large and small. Family-owned and operated, and with locations in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island, Kuhn Flowers’ staff can accommodate any preference. Kuhn Flowers is consistently voted Best Local Florist in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll. LIZ STEWART FLORAL DESIGN 1404 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-0016, LSFD offers a fresh approach to floral design and event décor for every occasion, inspired by their creativity and passion. SEAHORSE FLORIST 725 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-7533, In business for more than 30 years and named a top 100 florist in the U.S., Harry Schnabel’s shop carries fresh and silk flowers, plants and planters, and offers table sprays and unique bridal bouquets. Delivery is offered in Jacksonville and the Beaches area. Call for a free consultation.

Photography/Videography ALEX MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY, This innovative photographer is able to shoot your wedding any way you want: traditional, edgy, rustic, artsy or even photojournalism style. Licensed and insured, Alex Michéle can ensure professional results. AMANDA ORBICH PHOTOGRAPHY 716-3910, A University of North Florida graduate, with a degree in photography, Orbich has an in-depth knowledge of traditional, digital and alternative photography. Attention to fine detail is combined with an instinctive ability to catch people in the moment. ATLANTIC VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 1171 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-0600, Mitch Kaufmann has been shooting weddings in Jacksonville for more than 20 years. Packages include single-camera and multi-camera coverage of the wedding, rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. Cutting-edge editing and production techniques create a quality product. BAD GIRL BOUDOIR St. Augustine, 814-9766, Bad Girl Boudoir’s photographer Lindsay Pullen specializes in boudoir, pin-up and glam photography. For boudoir photos, the all-female staff (a photographer and a team of makeup artists and hair stylists) holds a completely private session.

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BRP PHOTO 3105 Sandhurst Rd. E., Arlington, 614-1090 BRP Photo is husband-and-wife team Bobby and Shannon Pickle, who specialize in weddings, engagement and family photos. BRP will capture your Trash the Dress event, too. CHRISTIAN OMNIMEDIA Jacksonville, 724-3331 Amelia Island, 277-3156, This company understands that a wedding video is one of the most cherished of keepsakes. Videographers Merrill and Mary Moore use advanced digital equipment to capture all the emotion of a wedding celebration. Call for an appointment. CHRISTY WHITEHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY 891-0359, Whitehead has a creative, journalistic photography style. Packages for any budget are available. DANA GOODSON PHOTOGRAPHY St. Augustine, 635-2276, Goodson works closely with the bride and groom to get timeless images with a modern spin, being sure to also capture the style of the festivities. DEANNE DUNLOP PHOTOGRAPHY 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 610-5669, Document the day with fresh, candid shots of the ceremony and the festivities after. Custom packages, engagement sessions and contemporary albums are available. DIGITAL CONCEPTS PHOTOGRAPHY 4523 Hanover Park Dr., Intracoastal West, 992-2062 Offering full-service wedding photography, Digital Concepts specializes in documentary photojournalism, a creative approach to capturing the special day. A free wedding portrait is available with each booking. DAN HARRIS PHOTOART 1124 Riviera St., San Marco, 398-7668 Photojournalist Harris specializes in wedding photography. Skilled in black-and-white and color photography, Harris allows clients to design their own photo packages. DEERWOOD FRAMEWORKS 9932 Old Baymeadows Rd., Deerwood, 642-3234 Deerwood Frameworks creates digital photo printing on canvas or photo paper and offers custom framing for your photos, invitations and other wedding memorabilia. ROB FUTRELL 294-6604,, This creative local photographer has his own style, resulting in memories capturing emotions of people and relationships. Part traditional, part unconventional, consistently striking imagery is Futrell’s talent. Competitive rates are available. HUSTON’S STUDIO ONE 3452 Secret Cove Place, Southside, 739-3452 Experienced wedding photographer Sam Huston works to ensure the special day is a treasured memory. Attention to detail is used for custom albums.


This is a copyright protected proo For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 020613 FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 PROMISE OF BENEFIT J. MOSLEY PHOTO 891-8164, J. Mosley specializes in wedding portraitures and events, serving all of Northeast Florida. JM VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 5353 Arlington Expressway, Ste. 10, Arlington, 642-6111 or 859-1398, In business since 1982, JM offers several wedding packages, including still photos of the couple from childhood to the wedding day. The wedding may be shot digitally and preserved on DVD. JM Video can also convert videos to DVD and a layaway plan is offered. Call John Malinka for an appointment. LINDA OLSEN PHOTOGRAPHY Neptune Beach, 241-8233, Award-winning professional photographer Olsen captures the romance of weddings, specializing in custom-designed wedding books. Call her for a free consultation. NORTH LIGHT STUDIO 3853 Hendricks Ave., Riverside, 398-2501 The basic wedding package includes a studio bridal sitting, a minimum of three hours photography on the wedding day and the portraits of your choice. ONE VOICE PRODUCTION 1589B Old Moultrie Rd., St. Augustine, 823-8865 One Voice is a one-stop wedding and event shop, providing photography and videography, as well as DJs and a fullservice party rental division with tents (and everything under them). Tuxedo rentals are available. PEGGY MCATEER PHOTOGRAPHY 1731 Penman Rd., Neptune Beach, 626-2700 With 28 years experience, master photographer McAteer provides a combination of journalistic and traditional style, in the studio or on location. A variety of wedding packages are available along with a variety of leather albums. PLUMB FUN PHOTOBOOTHS 2317 Herschel St., Riverside, 303-1570 A new twist on wedding photos: a photo booth. Plumb Fun rents booths where guests – and the bridal party – pose for six-picture strips. An on-site attendant and delivery are included in the fee and half the results are put into a photo booth wedding scrapbook. The other half guests keep. PUT IT ON CANVAS 301-B 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 252-3225 This shop offers a unique concept: Your wedding photos on quality art canvas, creating a lasting display of the special day. They can also print photos on high-quality photo paper, make posters, banners, custom wallpaper, murals and giclees. Call for a consultation. SHUTTERBOOTH JACKSONVILLE 154 South End St., St Augustine, 280-5623, This company adds a fun, personal touch to the reception for photographic memories to last a lifetime. TAKE ONE PRODUCTIONS 994-0652,, Take One produces emotional, unique, award-winning personal wedding films that will make you laugh, cry and show your children and grandchildren what your wedding day was really like. TONYA BEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY 382-6354, Jacksonville, Award-winning wedding and family photographer Beaver specializes in custom storybook albums, save-the-date magnets and postcards, thank you cards, and photo guestbooks. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; by appointment Sat. VOLLMER VIDEO 716-7113, Vollmer makes documentary-style films, suited to the taste of the bride and groom, concentrating on the moment.



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weddings, parties, military functions, funerals and corporate events and can assist in the selection of appropriate traditional Scottish and Irish tunes. BELLE FLEUR STRING QUARTET 783-0052, This family-run company features professional and experienced musicians – Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members – who help ensure the music is a worry-free, integral and beautiful part of any bride’s dream wedding. BREAD & BUTTER 994-3217, With more than 15 years of performing experience, Bread and Butter prides itself on versatility. Whether it’s soulful funk from the ’60s and ’70s, modern pop rock, jazz standards or light funk grooves, this band can keep the party going. BUSH DOCTORS Offering anything from a seven-piece band to a solo act featuring John Waters, performing a range of styles from island reggae to mellow jazz, Bush Doctors provide the music for the rehearsal dinner, shower or reception. CHRISTOPHER RAY MUSIC 5400 Collins Rd., Ste. 161, Ortega, 485-2487 Ray is a DJ, MC and classical guitarist who performs for ceremonies, receptions and cocktail gatherings. DJ CONNECTION 731-3535 or 349-3535, DJ Connection offers DJ, MC and coordination services for weddings and receptions. DJ HARMONY MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT 535-6708, DJ Harmony provides quality entertainment for the reception, as well as accommodations for the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, including a Notary Public on staff and customized background music. DJ ROC 277-8239, DJ Roc has been providing music for any occasion for more than 10 years, with the professionalism to lend your rehearsal dinner or reception just the right touch.

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DOWNTOWN SOUND BAND 2841 Selma St., Riverside, 384-5558 Downtown Sound has been providing musical entertainment since 1999. Live duo, trio or full band, professional DJ service, soloists, combos and a band/DJ combo are available for the ceremony or reception. THE DYNAMIC LES DEMERLE BAND 277-7942, This group of musicians can be any size, from a trio to a 17-piece band. The Les DeMerle Band plays a variety of styles: jazz, beach music, Motown and more. EVENT SOUND 9745 Touchton Rd., Ste. 926, Southside, 524-5825, This DJ company covers weddings, parties and corporate events. FEEDBACK ENTERTAINMENT DJS & EVENT CO. 904 Weybridge Lane, Ponte Vedra, 888-804-9566, This local event company, with more than 10 years experience, strives to make the big day as perfect as possible, offering DJ services, décor, lighting and professional photobooth rental.


FLORIDA JAZZ PLUS 287-5204, Florida Jazz Plus offers the 20-piece Florida Swing Orchestra and 10-piece mini-big band Sophisticated Swing, featuring vocalist Lisa Kelly, trumpeter J.B. Scott and director/ saxophonist Don Zentz. Available for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions.

AVALON LIVE MUSIC 471-9272, Barry Kelsey and Dale Blackwell perform jazz, big-band swing and Dixieland for wedding receptions and corporate parties. Additional musicians may be added, and a woodwind trio is available for wedding ceremonies.

JACKSONVILLE STRINGS 235-9154, Jacksonville Strings provides quality live music, offering string quartet, string trio, violin duo and solo violin services. The musicians assist in selecting, planning and coordinating the musical aspects of your event.

BAGPIPES BY MICHAEL THOMAS 502-2620, Michael Thomas is Pipe Sergeant of Jacksonville Pipes and Drums, Northeast Florida’s only pipe band. He’s played

LEE TURNER 4263 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 398-4429 Pianist Turner provides music – classical, waltzes, Broadway, gospel and sacred music – for rehearsal dinners, wedding

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ceremonies and receptions. And he’ll bring his electric piano, for an additional charge. LUCKYTUNES DJS 485-0976, A professional local DJ service, Luckytunes specializes in club-level, customized entertainment for the reception or party. Several packages are available. MAGNETIX ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 23634 Jacksonville FL 32241, 607-7111, Mike Gilbert has more than 15 years of MCing, making the reception fun and memorable for the newlyweds and their guests. GARY STARLING JAZZ BANDS 349-2134, The area’s choice for weddings, corporate events and parties, it’s music with melodic beauty, sophistication and taste. ROAD LESS TRAVELED 571-1065, This band’s style is a mix of folk-inspired songs with influences from bluegrass, Celtic, classical and original songs. Several instrumental options in duos and solos, as well as Celtic airs and waltzes and Renaissance melodies. SAM RODRIGUEZ MUSIC 120 Windsorville Ct., Intracoastal, 535-0667, Percussionist/drummer Rodriguez offers experience and talent, performing solo, in a duo, trio, quartet or with a full band. Styles to choose for your wedding event include blues, jazz, disco, Motown and rock, to name a few. SOUNDS GOOD ENTERTAINMENT 7205 Tahiti Rd., Southside, 722-8651 Tony Hofmann is a professional DJ with 27 years of experience. He does it all: set up, breakdown, lighting, confetti, props and YMCA hats included. Wait … YMCA hats? SPADE MCQUADE & THE ALLSTARS McQuade and his band perform authentic Irish music – traditional, rock, folk – ideal for the Irish-themed reception.


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Jimmy Buffett and strolling steel pan. Tropico Steel Band, a four-piece, rounds out the sound with two steel drummers, electric bass and drumset. WHO RESCUED WHO 626-5091,, This popular rock band (formerly The John Earle Band) blends rock and pop, performing original songs, covers – even TV theme songs. Available for private parties and receptions, WRW will accommodate the happy couples’ every musical taste.

Salons/Spas AJ’S HOUSE OF BEAUTY & STYLE 2429 University Blvd. W., Ste. 2, Lakewood, 737-4446 A full-service salon offers wedding and special-occasion packages for the bride and her bridal party. Owner Jodi Mattern specializes in Great Lengths – the application of 100 percent human hair extensions – and customized one-on-one service. ALPHA BEAUTY CLINIC 4131 Southside Blvd., Ste. 205, Jacksonville, 998-9977 An afternoon at the day spa experiencing a massage and facial can help ease pre-wedding jitters. The Alpha Beauty Clinic offers a number of bridal specialties, including a beauty package for bridal parties. Reservations two weeks in advance are recommended. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETOLOGY 1330 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 125, Orange Park, 213-1416, This cosmetology school offers a wedding special for hair and makeup for the bride and her attendants. Book five or more appointments and the bride’s is free. ANGEL AND ME INC. 3683 Crown Point Rd., Mandarin, 288-0100 This full-service hair salon offers up-do and formal hair styling, and has hair color specialists on staff. Natural or acrylic manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup application and waxing services are available. ANTHONY’S ET AL EUROPEAN DAY SPA & SALON 10092 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 6, Mandarin, 398-9777 Anthony’s Et Al European Day Spa offers hair care and styling (including up-do’s), massage therapy including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and hot stone waxing, salt scrub and cellulite treatments. Skin care treatments include facials for men and eye-lifting treatments. AUDACITY SALON & SPA 12226 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, Intracoastal West, 807-9808 This full-service hair salon and spa can calm the frantic bride

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with less-than-48-hours-to-go appointment reservations. AVANTE SALON AVONDALE 3574 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-4959, The Aveda Concept Salon specializes in award-winning color services and offers nail treatments, facials, massage, waxing and tanning. AVEDA INSTITUTE JACKSONVILLE 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 7, Mandarin, (877) 283-3235, This cosmetology school offers haircuts, hair color and nail services, using quality Aveda products and services, at discounted prices. Aveda Institutes are eco-friendly in their products, locations and services, using all-natural ingredients, often organically grown from sustainable resources. BAYMEADOWS JUNCTION DENTAL CARE 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 21, Southside, 448-6122 The dental offices of Tom Miller, DDS, and Renata Folstein, DDS, offers comprehensive general and cosmetic anxiety-free dentistry, including smile makeovers and Zoom! teeth whitening services. BELLA HAIR SPA 9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 11, Mandarin, 288-7703 Bella Hair Spa offers extension services, bride and bridesmaids styling, Brazilian blowout, and color and cutting services, onsite at the salon or at your location. BLOW OUT HAIR STUDIO 2222 Park St., Riverside, 384-5605 Blow Out Hair Studio creates styles for everyone. Located in historic Riverside, in a renovated 1905 home that reflects the salon’s styling philosophy: classic with a modern edge, blending urban sensibility with sophisticated attitude. CALLOWAY CENTER 6000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Ste. B-1, Ponte Vedra, 273-8280 Dr. Daniel Calloway’s Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery is also the home of Abanitio Salon & Day Spa. Calloway offers the latest proven technology in liposculpture, face and neck lifts, breast augmentation and lifts, tummy tucks and facial procedures. Scheduling can be immediate and most insurances are accepted. CASABLANCA BEAUTY, WELLNESS & DAY SPA 4209 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 389-5533 Casablanca is a total beauty, wellness and day spa in a new, state-of-the-art facility. The menu includes hair services, skin and nail care, body treatments and detox. The Day of Beauty package includes breakfast or lunch, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup.

Wedding Planner DR. CLAYMAN’S MIRACLE SPA 2 Shircliff Way, Ste. 200, Riverside, 208-2727 A Folio Weekly Best of Jax winner, Drs. Loren and Mark Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa offers trained estheticians, massage therapists and laser hair professionals. Spa services include facials, massages, inch-loss body wraps, teeth-whitening, hyperbaric oxygen chamber and medical-grade skin care. The Miracle Spa offers Botox, Juvederm, breast enlargement or reduction, face lifts, liposculpture, tummy tucks and laser hair removal. COASTAL COSMETIC CENTER 4147 Southpoint Dr. E., Southside, 332-6774 Costal Cosmetic Center, an on-site, state-licensed ambulatory surgery center managed by a team of professional plastic surgeons, offers cosmetic enhancements for the face and body, including makeup and laser treatments for removal of unwanted hair and blemishes. COMPLIMENTS BY SHERRY & CO. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 50, Intracoastal West, 221-7380 The professional stylists, estheticians, nail technicians and massage therapists attend training seminars and incorporate the latest techniques and products for hair, skin and nails. CORMIER HAIR STUDIO 229 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 277-2767, This customer-oriented salon offers hair cutting, styling, flat ironing, up-dos, color, perms and glazes; bride’s gifts and certificates, too. The staff works in the salon or at your site for hair and makeup. Manicures, pedicures, waxing and facials are also available. Products include Unite, Alterna and Joico. COSMETIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY CENTER 6867 Belfort Oaks Place, Southside, 296-2008 Dr. Michael Duffy, certified plastic surgeon, specializes in helping the bride achieve the perfect look for the perfect day, with an array of procedures including face, forehead and neck lifts, body contouring, tummy tucks, Botox and Restylane. DEBBIE’S DAY SPA AND SALON 403 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 825-0569 The Spa and Salon offer a wide range of massage therapies, custom skin-care treatments, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and hair-care services for relaxation, improved health and rejuvenation.

ELITE SALON & DAY SPA 4290 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-2554 Elite combines American and European spa philosophies, including pampering services for brides and grooms in an environment small enough for personalized attention. Disciplines include massotherapy, heliotherapy, aromatherapy and aesthetic refinement. Beauty services include hair care, body waxing, makeup, facials and nail care. ELLISON VEIN INSTITUTE 836 Prudential Dr., Ste. 1405, Southbank, 394-5347 Dr. Robert G. Ellison Jr. and the Ellison Vein Institute offer treatments for painful varicose and spider veins. Ellison, a vascular surgeon, specializes in treatment of venous diseases to help the patient achieve great legs with less pain. ENVY HAIR SALON 145 Hilden Rd., Ste. 107, Ponte Vedra, 808-8684 Envy Hair Salon can put together a special package for the bride and bridal party. Services offered include up-dos, hair styling and coloring. The salon can open early or stay open late to accommodate the wedding party. THE ESSENTIAL WELLNESS CENTER 13400 Sutton Park Dr. S., Ste. 1502, Intracoastal West, 223-6882 The Center offers relaxation and stress-relief massages including sound therapy and aromatherapy. Gift certificates are available. FUSION SALON 9810 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 619-8629, 683-3769 The staff has more than 30 years’ combined experience, offering precision cutting, Davines Mask coloring systems and FNLongLocks hair extensions. FRANGIPANI HAIR STUDIO 1257 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-1411 A full-service salon with expert Aveda colorists, Frangipani specializes in hair and skin care for the entire bridal party. Make reservations early for haircuts, styles, color, nail care and makeup application. HADLEY’S HAIR DESIGN & SKINCARE 2221 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 874-0118 This cozy salon has four experienced stylists, a skincare specialist and a massage therapist offering services in a relaxed atmosphere.

DIRTY BLONDE SALON 2409 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-4247 Bridal party and special-occasion hair specialists, Dirty Blonde offers the latest styles for the bride and her attendants. Advanced booking is required.

HAIR AT THE PLAZA 2683 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Southside, 997-1215 Services include hair, nail, waxing, facials and massage. Customized day-of-beauty packages are available. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.

ELECTROLYSIS & LASER CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE 9191 Skinner Pkwy., Ste. 801, Tinseltown, 363-9001 This laser hair removal and skin-care center has more than 15 years experience and a licensed, board-certified staff. Services include a wedding day of beauty, including microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, Botox, dermal fills, chemical peel, facials, waxing and photofacials.

HAIR PEACE 815 Lomax St., Riverside, 356-6856 Located in 5 Points, Hair Peace has been providing hair care for men, women and children since 1996, including the special-occasion hairstyle and makeup for the bridal party. The staff is up to date on styles, products and techniques.

HAMILTON & CO. TOTAL IMAGE SALON 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 4, Atlantic Beach, 241-1020 Hamilton & Co. offers up-to-the-minute hairstyling and coloring.

MIND BODY SPIRIT WELLNESS CENTER 13121 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 4, Intracoastal West, 220-6461 The full-service day spa specializing in hair, skin and nail care offers acupuncture, chiropractic and massage.

HANDS, FEET & BEYOND 9700 Philips Hwy., Ste. 107, Southside, 469-2432, Hand, foot and nail services by nail technicians and podiatrists. Skin care, massage and acupuncture,m too.

MONA LISA SPA 9315 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1, Mandarin, 322-7618, This spa offers hydrotherapy and aromatherapy sessions, as well as signature massages and facials. Group packages are available.

HAUTE HOUSE SALON 1650 San Pablo Rd. S., Ste. 11, Intracoastal, 221-2020 Haute House offers up-do hairstyles for special occasions, as well as pre-occasion preparation hair color and cuts. THE HONEYCOMB 4465 Woodmere St., Avondale, 619-1566 This boutique offers stylish cuts and fresh color. A wide range of products is offered, including Aquage, Biolage, Mop, Goldwell, Pacifica candles and handmade jewelry. JACKSONVILLE COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER 820 Prudential Dr., Ste. 702, Southbank, 399-5061, Board-certified Dr. A.H. Nezami offers plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation and reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck, face lift, eyelid work, Botox and Juvederm, and permanent makeup. JASON D. LEWIS DDS 130 Gateway Circle, St. Johns, 201-6000, Dr. Lewis offers teeth bleaching with take-home trays, as well as veneers. KATE ELIZABETH STYLE 234-1160, This fashion and beauty company offers personal wardrobe styling services and a mobile beauty bar for onsite spa services, ideal for the busy bride and bridal party. KIMTASHA MAKEUP ARTIST 1450 Flagler Ave., San Marco, 535-1755, Kimtasha offers professional makeup artistry and airbrush services for the wedding day, rehearsal dinners, events, engagement and bridal portraits, at your location. LONDON MEDICAL SPA 229 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 556-9593, Chemical peels, Botox, filler and leg vein treatments can be done before the big day. Gift certificates are available. MAKEUP & HAIR BY PAULINA PEREZ 786 Providence Island Ct., Intracoastal, 735-7499, This award-winning team of professionals pampers the bride and her party, with makeup application, hair styling, weaving and extensions. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. MAKEUP WORKS PERMANENT MAKEUP 5101 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 2, Southside, 396-1186 A certified dermatician with more than 15 years experience performs micro-pigmentation (permanent makeup) which includes lash-liner, eyeliner, eyebrow or lip enhancement. MASSAGE BLISS 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 8, Southside, 683-6530 Massage Bliss offers treatments, with rooms for large parties, including heated massage tables and a candlelit couples’ suite. Programs include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and prenatal massage. Waxing, body wraps, facials and bridal makeup applications are available. MEDISOLARE WELLNESS & COSMETIC CENTER 9770 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 117, 224-5000 Ths anti-aging and non-surgical cosmetic medical center offers a holistic approach to age management and beauty. Dr. Hardesh Garg specializes in bio-identical hormones, HGH, nutraceuticals, treatment of age spots, rosacea, spider veins, cellulite and wrinkles. MIKO SALON 317 St. Augustine Blvd., Jax Beach, 853-6229 This service-oriented salon, in South Jax Beach, pampers customers with the latest trends and a variety of services. Miko features up-dos, specialty styles, spa manicures and pedicures for brides and bridal parties, in a private courtyard. For a limited time, brides get a free up-do before the big day; call for details.

MONICA MIA ON SITE 2320 S. Third St., Ste. 1, Jax Beach, 242-9500 Monica Mia has more than 10 years experience as a makeup artist and aesthetician, and is a professional Pilates instructor. Monica offers professional, on-site makeup applications so the bride and her attendants look their best on the big day. NATURAL LOOK MEDICAL SPA 11512 Lake Mead Ave., Ste. 702, Baymeadows, 928-9400 Dr. David Mobley, board-certified plastic surgeon, treats acne, rosacea and sun damage in a state-of-the-art medical spa. Aesthetic services include photofacial, laser hair removal, electrolysis, clinical peels and massage. ONE OCEAN RESORT HOTEL & SPA 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402, Indulge in a fresh new look and let The Spa here pamper the bride and her attendants with a selection of marineinspired aromatherapy manicures, pedicures and nurturing hair treatments, massages, facials, scrubs and hair salon services. The Thai Massage and Seashell Massage are featured treatments for the weary bridal party. Cellulite treatment guarantees a reduction of 3-plus inches after one treatment, combining a soft brush massage with an ampoule of algae, ivy and vitamins and a warm clay body masque. ORTEGA MED SPA 4570 San Juan Ave., Ste. 2, Avondale, 388-8844 Onsite physician Wayne Houston, MD, and his staff offer SA Bodysculpture, an in-office mini-liposuction procedure, as well as VI Peel, DNA facials, Carbossi & Synergy, Botox, Dermal fillers, laser hair reduction, photofacials, massage, spider-vein treatments and consultations. PANACHE ON PARK AVENUE 1472 Park Ave., Park Central Plaza, Orange Park, 269-0666 Serving Northeast Florida since 1986, Panache offers pampering packages for the bride, mothers and the entire party (men, too). Single services available. PARADISE GROOMING FOR MEN SALON & SPA 1242 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 372-0642, It’s the men’s turn for pampering. Paradise offers haircuts, color and styling with tea tree shampoo and spiker hair gel, as well as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, body scrubs and massage. PARKWAY PLASTIC SURGERY 5101 Gate Pkwy. S., Ste. 2, Southside, 396-1186 Parkway specializes in popular surgical and cosmetic procedures, including Botox, fillers and facials. Dr. David Mobley and Dr. Rebecca Glasser, board-certified plastic surgeons, combine the latest technology and traditional methods to enhance and reshape the body. They also offer a full line of medical grade skin-care products. PEARSON FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY 1835 East West Pkwy., Ste. 19, Fleming Island, 215-7377, Specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the face, Dr. David C. Pearson is a fellowship-trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Prior to opening Pearson Facial Plastic Surgery in the fall of 2004, Dr. Pearson practiced at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville where he was a member of its teaching faculty. PICASSO DAY SPA & SALON 202 Second St. N., Jax Beach, 247-6670, This full service salon and spa can accommodate any special event, offering hair care and styling, skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, airbrush tanning and body wraps at the spa. Several packages are available. PLANET BEACH CONTEMPO SPA 13457 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Intracoastal, 221-0162 13740 Beach Blvd., Ste. 403, Intracoastal West, 821-8752 10915 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 108, 519-1826 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 209, Julington, 880-4826 11700 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Mandarin, 288-0826 Planet Beach offers a private spa experience in less time

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and for less money than traditional spas. Services include UV therapy with skin rejuvenation, stress reduction and relaxation, hydration, facials, spray sunless tanning and teeth whitening. LESLIE G. PLATOCK, DDS 700 Third St., Ste. 203, Neptune Beach, 247-3077 Dr. Platock offers Liquid Smile’s hydrogen peroxide professional whitening pen – easy to use, takes less than a minute and results in a beautiful smile.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, 277-1100 The spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers a complete menu of massages, exfoliations, hair care, nail care, body wraps, facials, and hand, feet and scalp treatments for men, women and groups.

PONTE VEDRA COSMETIC SURGERY 150 Professional Dr., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra, 285-5571 Dr. R. Gregory Smith offers a range of cosmetic surgical procedures and treatments with minimal downtime, including mini-facelifts, lip fillers, liposuction, body contouring, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, face and neck lifts, laser skin resurfacing and Botox. Procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art facility on an outpatient basis. Financing is available. PONTE VEDRA MEDSPA PLASTIC SURGERY & LASER CENTER 1030 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7202 Dr. John Harris offers everything a bride needs to look and feel her best. Laser cellulite therapy, Botox injections, Restylane, facelifts, liposuction, eyelifts, facials, hair removal and breast enhancement are available. L.A. QUINN M.D. THE FUSION OF SCIENCE & BEAUTY 484 Jacksonville Dr., Jax Beach, 595-5980, This medical practice specializes in laser and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Linda Quinn offers Smartlipo MPX, Fraxel, Fotofacial, Refirme, laser tattoo and hair removal, vein removal, sclerotherapy, fillers, Botox and hormone replacement. REJUVANENCE LIFESPA 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 209, Jacksonville, 996-7595 Plastic surgeons John Harris and Dr. Ankit Desai offer facials, massages, laser hair removal and a laser alternative to a facelift, as well as Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse and microdermabrasion. Bridal packages and free consultations are available.

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REVIVA MEDICAL SPA 700 Third St., Ste. 101, Neptune Beach, 694-0091, Reviva offers a range of spa treatments, including laser hair removal, skin care, massage, spray tanning and makeup in an inviting atmosphere.

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RIO HAIR STUDIO 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 8, Southside, 733-8495 Rio specializes in current looks for the bride and her party. Discount packages are available, and Rio can accommodate parties of 10 or more, either in the salon or on location.


ROSENTHAL PLASTIC SURGERY 3599 University Blvd. S., Ste. 403, Spring Park, 399-8255 In practice since 1971, Dr. Rosenthal specializes in cosmetic surgery and offers breast augmentation and lift, rhinoplasty, face lift, eyelid surgery, otoplasty and liposuction, as well as Botox injections. SALON 5 1433 Beach Blvd., Ste. 28, Intracoastal, 223-5445, The Redken-trained staff specializes in consultation, creative color, cuts and keratin treatments. The nail specialist is certified in reflexology pedicures, shellac manicures and nail art. Products include Redken, Pureology, Trend and Creative Nail. SALON BALANCE, A HAIR DESIGN STUDIO 85 Ava Way, St. Augustine, 429-7080, The trained creative staff works with the bride for a perfect look, in a clean, upscale environment, or they bring salon services to your site. Services include cut, style, up-do formal styling, color, color correction, perms and men’s treatments. Schedule a free consultation; packages available. SALON ON THE SQUARE 1936 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-9003 This Aveda salon features trained stylists performing a wide range of services including color, highlights, perms, straightening, massage therapy, facials and hair extensions. BARRY SCHWEIM, DDS, PA 7000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Ponte Vedra, 273-5111 Dr. Schweim offers Zoom!, an in-office bleaching and cosmetic dentistry procedure, to ensure a bright wedding day smile. SEVENTH WONDER DAY SPA 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 4, Ortega, 381-8686 Specializing in Jane Iredale mineral makeup and facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and spray-on tanning, Seventh Wonder offers makeup applications for the bride and her party with a 10 percent discount on makeup

products. Massages, skin care, nail care and waxing are also available. SMALL INDULGENCES EUROPEAN DAY SPA 9 Sanchez Ave., St. Augustine, 824-6220 This day spa offers an array of creative indulgences. The Full Day of Indulgence includes a European facial, eyebrow arch, full-body sea salt glow, one-hour Swedish massage, spa manicure/pedicure, shampoo and style, makeup application. Gift certificates and bridal packages are also available. THE SPA AT AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION 6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 432-2220, (877) 843-7722 Services for the bridal party include organic manicure, Polynesian pampered soles pedicure, up-do and makeup application and appetizers. Call for information regarding the many other pamperings offered and for appointments. THE SPA AT PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB 302 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-7700 Operating since 1987, The Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers more than 100 spa services in 22 treatment rooms and more than 30,000 square feet of space, including complete hair care, full body treatments, facials, La Stone therapy, manicures and pedicures. SUTRA SALON 320 Ninth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-9292, Sutra Salon employs a talented and diverse group of stylists who combine creativity and devotion to beauty to make anyone look and feel their best. The Bumble and Bumble exclusive salon offers Jane Iredale cosmetics, an all-natural mineral makeup. THERAPEUTIC SPA 2320 S. Third St., Ste. 1, Jax Beach, 242-9500 Aquilla Guest, LMT, and Jill Thunberg, BS, LMT, have more than 12 years experience in massage including prenatal, hot stone, medical neuromuscular therapies (NMT) and Swedish. Other services are microdermabrasion, facials, eyebrow design, chemical peels, body wraps and cellulite treatments. TROMPE L’OEIL SALON 1540 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-1520 Trompe L’Oeil offers salon specialties for the bridal party: manicures, pedicures, up-dos, hair extensions, makeup and full spa treatments, as well as spirit-lifting aromatherapy. All types of massage, including reflexology, are available. As an Aveda concept salon, Trompe L’Oeil provides a complete line of natural, aromatherapy-based products.

TROPICAL TRIM 721 A1A & B St., Ste. 8, St. Augustine Beach, 471-4520 Tropical Trim offers hairstyling designs including hair extensions and braids. Eyebrow waxing is also available. The salon provides hairstyling at the wedding site as well. TWO BLONDES AND A GUY SALON 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 104, Intracoastal West, 646-0970, The Redken signature salon offers a full menu of hair and nail services from a staff of professionals nominated for Salon of the Year in Modern Salon magazine. Gift certificates available. U ORGANIC TANNING 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 13, St. Johns Town Center, 374-2846, U Organic provides a seamless, full-body tan without harmful UV rays, offering FDA-approved, 100 percent natural tanning solutions. THE WIRED LOOK SALON 1980 Wells Rd., Ste. 7, Orange Park, 272-2526 This full-service salon and spa features Redken exclusively and offers monthly specials and customized spa packages. YOUTHFUL MEDICAL SPA 100 Professional Dr., Ste. 101, Ponte Vedra, 220-6565 Youthful Med Spa offers Thermage, a skin-tightening procedure for eyelids, faces, arms, tummies, thighs and buttocks. They also offer fractional skin resurfacing to reduce wrinkles, as well as Botox, Juvaderm, laser hair removal, photofacials, microdermabrasion, spray tanning and Jane Iredale makeup.

Cakes/Catering A LA CARTE CATERING AND EVENT PLANNER 331 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 241-2005 Established in 1993, A La Carte offers full service catering and event planning in the Beaches area, featuring its own pastry chef, service attendants, bartenders, rental equipment and florists. A new economical menu is available. ANGIE’S WEDDING CAKES 1906 Parental Home Rd., Ste. 1, Spring Park, 724-2212, This wedding cake specialist creates made-to-order cakes for the rehearsal dinner or reception. Cake-tasting is offered daily. Angie’s specialty is her strawberry cake, and there are more than 20 fillings from which to choose. ANTHONY’S GOURMET CATERING 670 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 264-1338, This full-service caterer can stage a brunch, buffet reception, seated dinner or stand-up reception with a professional staff. Free semi-annual tasting events are held so the bride can sample Anthony’s fare. Anthony’s holds a current liquor license. BROUDY’S LIQUORS AND FINE WINES 353 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Jax Beach, 273-6119 35 N. Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine, 829-6909 516 W. Geoffrey St., St. Augustine, 417-2090 138 S.R. 13, Ste. 140, Julington Creek, 482-0955 5000 U.S. 17, Stes. 1 & 2, Fleming Island, 269-7029 Broudy’s is the place to find all the celebration libations on the wedding list. From small family functions to grand receptions, Broudy’s staff can help with selection and special orders. THE CAKE SHOP OF SAN JOSE 3911 Hendricks Ave., San Jose, 306-0303, Featuring custom wedding and other special-occasion cakes, this artisan bakery also has a variety of miniature desserts and pastries to sweeten afternoon teas, engagement parties, showers and rehearsal dinners.

goodies for the reception and shower. Consultations and tastings by appointment. CHOUX DESIGNER CAKES & PASTRIES 2540 Oak St., Riverside, 955-3398, This historic bakery offers world-class pastry and custom design, affordable pricing and personalized service, exclusively booking one wedding cake per weekend. Tasting parties are held twice a month. CINOTTI’S BAKERY 1523 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 246-1728, Four generations of the Cinotti family have been creating wedding cakes and groom’s cakes made of the freshest ingredients, for more than 65 years. Of traditional or up-todate styles, in vibrant colors and innovative designs, your wedding cake will be the centerpiece of the celebration. Cinotti’s also offers catering services, party trays and delivery and set-up. COOKIES BY DESIGN 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 203, Jacksonville, 296-3399, Make your celebration unforgettable with unique cookie centerpieces for bridal showers and wedding tables, wedding cookie favors and more. The wedding gifts and treats are available in a variety of sizes in a range of prices. CULINARY OUTFITTERS CATERING 9 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, 829-2727 This catering company offers services for any size wedding or party. An onsite facility accommodates up to 30 guests. The presentation, menu and attention to detail ensure a successful rehearsal dinner, reception or brunch. CUPCAKE GIRLS DESSERT COMPANY 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 2, Intracoastal West, 992-4979 Cupcake Girls offers wedding cakes, cupcakes, cupcake towers, favors, cookies and desserts. DAVOLI’S CATERING 738-5415, Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a large-scale production, Davoli’s can create the perfect celebration. The friendly staff offers gourmet cuisine and impeccable service, ensuring the freshest ingredients and nutritive value for every menu item. DESIGNED EVENTS INC. 3823 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-3299, This premier full-service catering and event planning company is celebrating 18 years of excellent service to Northeast Florida brides. D’VINE CUISINE INC. 2762 Park St., Riverside, 742-7353, With creative presentations using fresh ingredients, d’Vine provides customized catering for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, from a modest reception to a lavish sitdown dinner. Tea parties for bridal showers are also available. EDGEWOOD BAKERY 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, 389-8054, Since 1947, this bakery has designed wedding, groom’s and bridal shower cakes. Individual continental pastries and custom-designed cookies for wedding favors, too. Edgewood also has a 1,500-square-foot banquet hall with full catering services for receptions, showers or rehearsal dinners. E STREET EVENTS 318-9912, This company offers modern wedding and event styling and management to reflect the happy couple’s personal style. FLIPPIN’ GOOD COOKIES 3611 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Southside, 333-9753, This locally owned company offers made-from-scratch, hand-decorated wedding cookie favors, including photoimages on specialty cookies.

CHARDONNAY’S CATERING 3305 Parental Home Rd., Spring Park, 730-8081, Whether it’s a brunch, a casual afternoon event or an elegant black-tie formal reception, Chardonnay’s on-site wedding consultant works to suit any style. Chardonnay’s has several wedding packages and can create a customized menu.

KAKES BY KATIE 3491 Maiden Voyage Circle S., San Jose, 716-9915, Katie Gibbs-Dixon creates custom wedding cakes, baked to order, at reasonable rates to fit any budget. Call to schedule a consultation/tasting.

CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY COMPANY 1014 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 491-4663, Working with your colors and themes, Chez Lezan can create innovative wedding cakes and groom’s cakes, as well as

THE PERFECT PEAR CATERING CO. 3724 Southside Blvd., Southside, 270-2010, The full-service caterer specializes in fresh, innovative menus and lovely presentations by the friendly staff.

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Wedding Planner THE PHANTOM CHEF 2463 Tyson Lake Dr., Westside, 378-5335, This full-service boutique-style catering company specializes in quality, not quantity; it’s the ideal source for intimate gatherings. SIVADA’S CUPCAKERY 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 27, Avondale, 647-7586 All the cupcakes from Sivada’s Cupcakery are baked fresh daily, with the finest ingredients. There are more than 20 varieties, including specialty items like tiramisu, crème brûlée, and strawberry cheesecake, as well as Black Tie and coconut. STOVER’S CUSTOM CAKES 703-0245, Stover’s makes wedding cakes from scratch, customized to fit any taste and budget, or to accommodate dietary, allergy or religious restrictions. Call for an appointment.

Wedding Planners ELEGANT WEDDINGS BY LISA 268-1429, Elegant Weddings has specialty packages to fit any budget, ranging from just the ceremony to all-inclusive events including vow renewals, and featuring beach weddings. ENVIOUSLY GREEN WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING This wedding-planning service specializes in eco-friendly choices and full planning services, with free consultations. EXTRAORDINARY WEDDINGS & EVENTS BY CIE 708-5627, This full-service company does wedding and event consulting, encompassing planning, design and vendor coordination. FIRST COAST WEDDINGS & EVENTS 4237 Salisbury Rd. N., Ste. 209, Southside, 739-8003, Heather Canada at First Coast is an accredited master bridal consultant. For 10-plus years, First Coast has helped coordinate invitations, ceremonies and vendor selection, in addition to offering full-service wedding week coordination, to ensure a worry-free dream wedding. FLAIRE WEDDINGS & EVENTS 2762 Park St., Riverside, 352-1832, Flaire Weddings & Events is a Northeast Florida modern event design and planning firm, specializing in start-to-finish planning and event design. HAPPILY EVER AFTER WEDDINGS OF JACKSONVILLE 12935 Deep Lagoon Place E., Intracoastal West, 476-7536, Tonya Perry provides personalized event planning services to ensure your special day is perfect. Happily Ever After offers a variety of customizable packages as well as a la carte wedding services to suit your needs and budget. Call to schedule a free consultation. RIVERSIDE AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 2841 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 389-1751, Say your vows beneath the spectacular stained glass in this beautiful, historic church. SOUTHERN CHARM EVENTS 2720 Park St., Ste. 216, Riverside, 731-5978, The full-service wedding planning company has packages to fit any budget, to ensure the bride has a worry-free wedding day, bringing a family feel and a touch of Southern charm to the wedding process. TO-DOERS, INC. EVENT PLANNING 386-5662, To-Doers offers weddings made simple and stress-free, with wedding day coordination, consultations and full-wedding planning. Specializing in short engagements and destination weddings, To-Doers says there’s no detail too small, no request too big. THE WEDDING ASSISTANT 238-8092, Tabbatha Ronnekamp, a licensed and insured professional wedding planner, will help the bride with every detail of her wedding day while keeping to her budget. THE WEDDING AUTHORITY 75 King St., Ste. 114, St. Augustine, 826-0166 This full-service wedding designer and planner has been

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serving Northeast Florida since 1972, coordinating nuptial events of all sizes, ranging from small and intimate to a grand affair. The business is located in the Lightner Museum building overlooking the courtyard, which is available for ceremonies for up to 100 guests. WEDDING MAPPER This website offers a full suite of free wedding planning tools and resources for Northeast Florida couples.

Unique Celebration Sites AMORÉ WEDDING CHAPEL 75 King St., Ste. 116, St. Augustine, 826-0715 Located in the Lightner Museum and featuring a stained-glass windows, Amoré Chapel seats up to 50 guests and can supply an ordained minister or officiates, carriage services, consultants, photography and flower arrangements. CABANA BEACH CLUB 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-3403 Cabana Club features complete facilities for receptions and rehearsal dinners, including a pool deck that can accommodate 250 guests, and Florida casual indoor dining in 619 Ocean View restaurant, accommodating up to 80, with views of the ocean. CLUB CONTINENTAL 2143 Astor St., Orange Park, 264-6070 Club Continental provides a scenic St. Johns River view, amid gardens and live oaks. The Mediterranean-style clubhouse serves wedding parties and receptions, and the ceremony can be held on a patio by an Italian balustrade. There’s room for 25 to 125 guests seated; up to 300 standing, and there are 22 B&B guest rooms, some with Jacuzzis and fireplaces. DEERCREEK COUNTRY CLUB 7816 McLaurin Rd. N., Jacksonville, 363-1604 The elegant colonial-style Clubhouse is available for memorable, romantic indoor and outdoor weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers and sit-down receptions for up to 150 guests.

IN THE GARDEN 510 Shetter Ave., Jax Beach, 483-6769, Mediterranean-inspired In The Garden can accommodate an elegant garden wedding and events for up to 85 seated guests and 120 standing. Affordable pricing, a friendly staff and lovely surroundings are sure to make your day unforgettable. JACKSONVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 3985 Hunt Club Rd., Intracoastal West, 223-5555 ext. 4, The club provides full service catering and banquet facilities in an upscale country club atmosphere. Guests may enjoy the unique outdoor ceremony site on the lawn overlooking the golf course and lake. For the reception, the club seats 250 guests or 450 guests for cocktails. JACKSONVILLE ZOO & GARDENS 370 Zoo Pkwy., Northside, 757-4463 ext. 103 In-house certified caterers provide a broad range of menu options. The 7,000-square-foot open terrace overlooks the Aviary, or choose a safari themed private room. Weddings and receptions are fully customizable and can vary from casual to extravagant. After-hours access is given one hour after park closing, and customized packages are available for intimate gatherings to groups of up to 400. KATHRYN ABBEY HANNA PARK 500 Wonderwood Rd. (off Mayport Rd.), Jacksonville, 249-4700 Couples can have a romantic, salt-sprayed ceremony on the beach or in the hall in Dolphin Plaza, which accommodates up to 125 guests. All events require permit application, approval and advance notice, and are subject to availability as well as environmental impact — leave no trace, in other words. THE KEELER PROPERTY This 40-acre farm near I-10 and I-295 offers a rustic setting complete with covered bridge and barn.

EVERBANK FIELD 1 EverBank Field, Downtown, 633-6167, The perfect place for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception, Levy Restaurants and Home Field Events offer several rooms and event spaces that can accommodate 50 to 500 seated guests. Call for details.

LODGE & CLUB AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 607 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-9500 Framed by palm trees and sand dunes, The Lodge & Club features more than 11,000 square feet of flexible reception and banquet space for parties of 20 to 150 people. Services include floral decorations, ice sculptures and musical entertainment. Guest rooms feature fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ARCHAEOLOGY PARK 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, 829-3168, This waterfront setting, dating back to 1565, is situated on 15 acres of Old Florida charm. Historical-themed weddings are a specialty.

MANDARIN COMMUNITY CLUB 12447 Mandarin Rd., Jacksonville, 292-4338, The historic club interior has a seating capacity of up to 115 guests for small weddings and receptions. For an outdoor setting, the adjacent Billard Commemorative Park may be rented alone or in combination with the Club building and features a white gazebo.

THE GLEN 7703 Glen Nursery Rd., Glen St. Mary, 655-5941, This unique location offers rustic, casual, formal or vintage style settings for indoor or outdoor weddings and receptions, including two homes that are on the National Historic Register. HIDDEN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 3901 Monument Rd., Arlington, 641-8121 ext. 118 Hidden Hills’ full-service professional staff provides gourmet cuisine for wedding parties and receptions, from intimate celebrations to grand events. Non-members may rent the facility. The club accommodates up to 300 seated guests. The lovely outdoor garden may also be used for a wedding ceremony. HAMPTON INN JAX BEACH/OCEANFRONT 1515 First St. N., Jax Beach, 241-2311, 685-3009, This oceanfront inn specializes in wedding ceremonies and receptions. Professional onsite planners and staff guide you every step of the way to a memorable celebration. THE HILLTOP RESTAURANT 2030 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 272-5959 This Victorian mansion, nestled among the oaks, offers romantic ambiance complete with grand pianos, gardens, dance floors, fireplaces and a fountain. Ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, buffets and receptions can be accommodated. Reservations are taken one month to one year in advance.

MARSH CREEK COUNTRY CLUB 169 Marshside Dr., St. Augustine, 461-1101 Intracoastal marshland surrounds this club, a popular location for parties and receptions. Banquet menu choices range from cocktails to heavy hors d’oeuvres to full-course. The dining room seats up to 150 or 250 for cocktails. On-site wedding coordination is included and the formally attired, trained staff assists with the wedding cake, flowers and entertainment. MAVERICKS 2 Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, 356-1110 Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal afterparties and wedding receptions at the exclusive VIP Lounge in Miss Ellie’s Bardello. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062 ext. 240 MOSH offers several packages for celebrations big or small – The Rooftop has a capacity of up to 150 guests, The Wachovia Room accommodates up to 115 guests and individual floors accommodate as many as 400 guests per. PRIME F. OSBORN III CONVENTION CENTER 1000 Water St., Downtown, 630-4000 The convention center accommodates anywhere from 50 to 4,000 guests, with meeting rooms and a ballroom available. Reservations are taken six months to one year in advance. QUEEN’S HARBOUR YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB 1131 Queen’s Harbour Blvd., Intracoastal, 220-2118 Ceremonies and receptions by the marina and golf course

accommodate up to 300 standing guests and up to 200 seated. Onsite catering provides anything from hors d’oeuvres to buffets to dinners. Outdoor ceremonies may be performed in the classic gazebo. THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, 277-1100 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers several venues – including a brand new ballroom – for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, bridal showers and afternoon teas. Also offered: customized cuisine and florals, photography and limousine services, musical entertainment, wedding officiates, wedding planner and other vendor services. RIVER CRUISES 1840 Perry Place, San Marco, 306-2200 Have your reception cruising the St. Johns River on an authentic sternwheeler, the Lady St. Johns, which accommodates up to 300 guests, or the Annabelle Lee, accommodating up to 150 people. A wedding coordinator is available, and the captain can perform the ceremony. The staff can supply decorations, food and a DJ. A full bar is available, and there’s plenty of room to dance. RIVERHOUSE EVENTS 179 Marine St., St. Augustine, 826-6210, This wedding ceremony and reception venue has Old World charm, with a bayfront lawn and terraces for ceremonies with a lighthouse view. The grand ballroom, with a 32-foot-round dance floor, can accommodate up to 240 guests. A paneled library with a fireplace, private bridal suite and free parking are also available. ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM, ANASTASIA GALLERY 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 829-0745 ext. 207 The lighthouse’s front lawn offers natural beauty and privacy with magnificent live oak trees. The Anastasia Gallery has room for 80 seated guests or 125 for cocktails. (Located on the second floor, it is accessible by stairway only.) All proceeds from rentals support the programs and restoration efforts of the Lighthouse and Museum. SALA MENENDEZ 75 King St., Ste. 110, St. Augustine, 826-0166 This beautiful reception and entertainment room, located in the Lightner Museum Courtyard and accommodating up to 100 guests, overlooks the gardens and fountains of the museum grounds in historic St. Augustine. SELVA MARINA COUNTRY CLUB 1600 Selva Marina Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4827 ext. 25 The Dining Room overlooking the golf course accommodates up to 225 people and offers the elegance of a private country club. The south lawn, with lagoon views, is ideal for the ceremony, and full-service catering is available. THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550, Downtown, 791-9797 This restaurant and banquet venue, located at the top of the BankAmerica building with 360° panoramic views, offers space for most any size celebration. Call for rates and availability. TREE HILL NATURE CENTER 7152 Lone Star Rd., Arlington, 724-4646, Tree Hill Nature Center’s Strasser Amphitheater is a covered, open-air venue with three levels of informal seating that can accommodate 250 guests, around a central stage, surrounded by 50 acres of scenic, natural land and a lush nature trail. UNIVERSITY CLUB 1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor, Riverplace Tower, Southbank, 396-1687 Private dining rooms offer a panoramic view of downtown and the St. Johns River. Select from planned menus or create your own. The club accommodates up to 150 guests for seated dinners, 400 for stand-up receptions. WINDSOR PARKE 13823 Sutton Park Dr. N., Intracoastal West, 223-4971 ext. 3 Windsor Parke Golf Club offers banquet and dining facilities in a clubhouse setting. Weddings can be held at the private gazebo, and the reception in the elegant dining area that accommodates up to 150 guests. Menu selections are suitable for both large and intimate events.

Restaurants 13 GYPSIES 887 Stockton St., Riverside, 389-0330 This neighborhood bistro in Riverside is available for small (fewer than 20) wedding and reception parties as well as

Wedding Planner catering. Reservations are required for in-house parties. 13 Gypsies serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine.

catering, featuring an international cuisine menu that can be customized to suit your tastes.

A1A ALE WORKS 1 King St., St. Augustine, 829-2977 A1A Ale Works offers total catering services with on-site facilities accommodating 25-125 guests, with panoramic bayfront views and a verandah. A1A can put together seated dinners, buffet-style meals or a custom menu. Premium cocktail service, the brewery’s hand-crafted beers, an extensive wine selection and offsite catering are available.

KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 1766 S. Eighth St., Amelia Island, 277-8782 In addition to traditional Japanese fare, Kabuki serves steaks, chicken and seafood entrées, all available in a party package. Celebrate the wedding at a teppanyaki table or in a private dining room. Call owner Steve Wong for details.

BISTRO AIX 1440 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-1949 Bistro Aix’s private dining rooms are available for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons or receptions. Flexible seating, private rooms, custom-designed menus, personalized service, event planning and catering services make the special day worry-free. Call for a tour. BLUE BAMBOO 3820 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-1478, An East-West kitchen and bar, Blue Bamboo offers an ever-changing menu based on seasonal ingredients. Hold your rehearsal dinner at the Blue Bamboo, or they’ll bring the meal to you. CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-3322 This popular Mexican restaurant offers a banquet room that seats 40 for bridal showers, bachelor/ bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners. Reservations are required. Campeche Bay won Best Margarita in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax. CASA MARINA HOTEL 691 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-0025 The Casa Marina’s creative chefs design and serve New Beach cuisine, highlighting the best of local seafood, produce and specialty ingredients with a flair for international flavor. Celebrate in the dining area or up in the Penthouse Lounge, with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. THE CHART HOUSE 1501 River Place Blvd., Southbank, 398-3353 The Chart House accommodates up to 80 people for riverfront rehearsal dinners and receptions. The menu features steak, seafood and prime rib. DWIGHT’S BISTRO 1527 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 241-4496 The intimate bistro is ideal for rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions, for parties ranging from 12 to 60 guests. FARAH’S PITA STOP CAFÉ 3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, Jacksonville, 928-4322 Farah’s is available for private parties, accommodating up to 60 guests, and offers catering for as few as two or as many as 500. The menu features a variety of items, from appetizers to full dinners. THE FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-0397 Florida Cracker Cafe offers both on-and off-site catering for rehearsal dinners and receptions. The catering menu offers a wide variety of selections to choose from. On-site, the cafe accommodates wedding parties up to 100 people (weather permitting). GYPSY CAB COMPANY 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-8244 Gypsy Cab Company offers a banquet facility that accommodates up to 100 guests. Choose on-or off-site

MATTHEW’S ON SAN MARCO 2107 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-9922 Matthew’s elegant catering services feature a menu of an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. MEDITERRANIA 3877 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 731-2898 With a private banquet room that accommodates up to 70 guests, Mediterrania offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and cuisine prepared in the classic European tradition.

THE REEF 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A N., St. Augustine, 824-8008 Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Reef offers a banquet room with seating for up to 90 guests for dinners and receptions, as well as beach access for ceremonies, and two private balconies. SANGRIA HOUSE 4320 Deerwood Lake Pkwy., Ste. 203, Southside, 646-2977 Offering a menu of authentic Spanish cuisine, this restaurant can accommodate up to 50 guests for the reception or rehearsal dinner, or can be catered to your location. Call for reservations. TAVERNA 1430 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 683-2444 Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fi red pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. Beer and wine are served.

METRO DINER 3302 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3701 With facilities to accommodate up to 80 guests, the 1930s diner offers full-service catering for small receptions and rehearsal dinners, serving a complete menu (cold platters, hors d’oeuvres or dinners), which can be customized. They can bring the party to you.

T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6310 T-Ray’s offers catering off-premises or on-site, with seating for up to 30 guests for private parties. The menu offers Country American and seafood cuisine, as well as the best burgers on Amelia Island. Call for information regarding packages available. T-Ray’s has been voted Best Burger on Amelia Island in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll.

MEZZA LUNA 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Mezza Luna is ideal for rehearsal dinners or small intimate wedding receptions. Choose the formal dining room, the landscaped patio or the casual ambience at the bar.

WINE CELLAR 1314 Prudential Dr., Southbank, 398-8989 Wine Cellar has a seating capacity for 28 guests in the private reception room of the restaurant. The menu is prepared to your specifications to fit your budget.

95 CORDOVA & COBALT LOUNGE 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 819-6006 Fine dining within Casa Monica Hotel is offered. Catering and banquet facilities are available.

Bed & Breakfasts/Inn/Hotels

OCEAN 60 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Chef-owned-and-operated Ocean 60 is a beachside hotspot, hosting wedding receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners. Specializing in personalized menus, Ocean 60 has an in-house certified wine specialist. Private and semi-private rooms for groups of up to 55 guests, or a full restaurant buy-out for up to 100 are available, as is offsite catering. OLD CITY HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT 115 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 826-0113 Located in historic St. Augustine, Old City House offers full-service weddings and receptions for 25 to 100 guests. The Inn has seven elegant B&B rooms featuring four-poster beds and Jacuzzis. The ceremony, held in the walled courtyard, is followed with champagne cocktails and a reception in the restaurant. THE PIER CANTINA & SANDBAR 412 First St. N., Jax Beach, 246-6454 This new oceanfront restaurant has magnifi cent vistas that will make any celebration special. RAINTREE RESTAURANT 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-7211 Located in a renovated turn-of-the-century home, Raintree offers private dining rooms and a garden complete with a gazebo. Wedding showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions can be accommodated. The restaurant seats 150.

THE ADDISON ON AMELIA ISLAND 614 Ash St., Amelia Island, 277-1604, This 1870s antebellum home is ideal for an intimate celebration, featuring gardens, a fountain, a courtyard and private porches. Special touches, like a horse and carriage, are available; call for wedding package details. AMELIA ISLAND WILLIAMS HOUSE 103 S. Ninth St., Fernandina Beach, 277-2328, Old World charm and modern amenities are featured at Williams House in the heart of the area’s historic district. Packages range from elopement wedding and reception, intimate celebration for up to 20 guests, a fairytale event for up to 30 guests and an event package for up to 85 guests. Call for the details for each package. AUGUSTIN INN 29 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 823-9559, Located a half-block from the historic bayfront, the 1898 Augustin Inn offers whirlpool tubs, antique furnishings and two-course breakfasts. Wedding services and inclusive packages are available, along with the walled courtyard that can accommodate parties from two to 22. BAYFRONT MARIN HOUSE 142 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 824-4301 The historic buildings comprising the Bayfront Marin House are just part of the romantic setting for a honeymoon or anniversary getaway. Packages are available with several options. BAYFRONT WESTCOTT HOUSE 146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 825-4602 Bayfront Westcott House’s honeymoon packages include breakfast in bed and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Victorian-era mansion features suites (some with Jacuzzis). Located in the historic district, Westcott House is ideal for a romantic getaway after the ceremony. CARRIAGE WAY BED & BREAKFAST 70 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 829-2467 This traditional Victorian style home, located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, offers beautifully appointed rooms available in several packages for the bride and groom or the entire wedding party. Carriage Way was voted Best B&B in St. Augustine by Folio Weekly readers. CASA MARINA HOTEL 691 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-0025 Weddings and private parties are a specialty, with a majestic dining room and expansive beachfront courtyard. The 23 rooms and parlor impart a classic, timeless 1920s glamour. Facilities accommodate up to 150 guests inside, 250 outside on the verandah. A photographer, videographer, changing room, invitations and stationers are available.

CASA MONICA HOTEL 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 827-1888 This four-diamond hotel has an elaborate 4,000-square-foot deck for ceremonies or receptions. The grand ballroom seats up to 220 guests, the Flagler Ballroom seats 110. On-and off-premises catering, wedding packages, customized menus and bridal suites available. THE CEDAR HOUSE INN VICTORIAN BED & BREAKFAST 79 Cedar St., St. Augustine, 829-0079 This restored 1893 Victorian home, decorated with antiques, is located in the historic district. New owner Cynthia Humphrey offers small intimate weddings, a full gourmet breakfast and free on-premises parking. CROWNE PLAZA AIRPORT 14670 Duval Rd., Northside, 741-4404, The hotel has 8,000 square feet of flexible function space, including a grand ballroom and courtyard, accommodating up to 160 guests, as well as a pool, catering, award-winning chef and banquet facilities. Packages are available. CROWNE PLAZA RIVERFRONT 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank, 398-8800 The hotel has 12,000 square feet of flexible function space, accommodating up to 500 guests, as well as a pool deck for sit-down dinners and receptions. For overnight stays, there are 292 rooms and suites, with group discounts available. Amenities include an outdoor pool and fitness room. ELIZABETH POINTE LODGE 98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, 277-4851 The Pointe is a boutique hotel that sits directly on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Owners David and Susan Caples offer luxurious accommodations and can customize amenities to meet each couple’s expectations. Winner of Best B&B on Amelia Island in our Best of Jax poll. THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE 227 S. Seventh St., Amelia Island, 277-0500 Owners Bill and Theresa Hamilton welcome guests to an 1885 Italianate villa for a honeymoon or getaway. There are several private cottages and rooms with king-sized beds, Jacuzzis and fireplaces, plus wine, chocolates and lots of pampering. Packages range from two to seven nights and an Elopement Package is offered. HILTON GARDEN INN 45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-1661 Located at the entrance to the Tournament Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Hilton Garden Inn offers banquet facilities for rehearsal dinners, showers and receptions. An event coordinator is onsite to handle details, including wedding and honeymoon romance packages. HILTON HISTORIC BAYFRONT 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 829-2277 Located in St. Augustine’s historic district, the boutique-style hotel offers a ballroom, an intimate outdoor site and fine cuisine, for ceremonies, receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners. Luxurious accommodations, elegant settings and a detail-oriented staff ensure a memorable experience. The facility is 100 percent smoke-free. HOTEL INDIGO 9840 Tapestry Park Circle, Southside, 996-7199, This full-service boutique hotel is situated on a lake in the European-style village of Tapestry Park, a central location perfect for out-of-town guests on Jacksonville’s Southside. Group rates are available. HOYT HOUSE 804 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-4300, Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast Inn offers a variety of packages for the perfect wedding and reception. Among the amenities are a gazebo, cocktail reception area, guest rooms, pool and spa and gardens. The mansion itself is available for rental and extras can include catering, flowers and bar service. Call for the details of any package. HYATT REGENCY RIVERFRONT HOTEL 225 East Coast Line Dr., Northbank, 588-1234 Hyatt Regency offers full-service catering facilities for weddings up to 1,000 guests, including the 28,000-squarefoot Grand Ballroom, riverside rooms and private balconies overlooking the St. Johns River. Hyatt specializes in receptions, ceremonies bridal parties and showers, as well as accommodations for out-of-town guests. JACKSONVILLE MARRIOTT AT SOUTHPOINT 4670 Salisbury Rd., Southside, 296-2222 The Marriott accommodates rehearsal dinners and receptions for up to 400 guests, outdoors or in the ballroom. Bridal

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Wedding Planner suites are available. Group discounts are offered and reservations should be made several months in advance. THE LODGE & CLUB 607 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-9500 The Lodge & Club, a 66-room oceanfront hotel and private club, is popular for beach wedding ceremonies. With more than 10,000 square feet of reception and banquet space, The Lodge & Club is available for events for 20 to 150 guests. OMNI JACKSONVILLE HOTEL 245 Water St., Downtown, 355-6664 Downtown Jacksonville’s only four-diamond hotel, the Omni has than 14,000 square feet of elegant function space, along with intimate rooms for bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners. The Omni’s elegant fare includes kosher and ethnic menus. Sleeping rooms for out-of-town guests and a complimentary guest room, champagne and breakfast-in-bed for the bride and groom are available. Call for a consultation. ONE OCEAN RESORT HOTEL & SPA 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402, This Florida wedding destination features luxury oceanfront accommodations, upscale restaurant Azurea, more than 10,000 square feet of event space for up to 500 guests – with dramatic ballrooms and expansive verandas – and a world-class spa and fitness center. Docents arrange for golf outings and spa visits, and catering and wedding specialists help plan everything from oceanfront ceremonies to candlelit receptions. OUR HOUSE OF ST. AUGUSTINE 7 Cincinnati Ave., St. Augustine, 824-9204 Five romantic guestrooms for guests or the newly married couple are offered at Our House, as well as intimate garden ceremony space that accommodates from four to 30 guests. PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-1111 This 250-room award-winning oceanfront resort has been hosting events for more than 75 years. The resort and private club features more than 30,000 square feet of reception and banquet space in a variety of unique venues. The dining rooms accommodate gatherings from 10 to 450 people. QUALITY INN HISTORIC DISTRICT 1111 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-5554 The Quality Inn Historic, overlooking the San Sebastian River marsh, is close to all the historic sites and museums, restaurants and tours. A free continental breakfast and complementary USA Today are available, as well as an outdoor pool and hot tub. RAMADA INN MANDARIN 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin, 268-8080 Ramada Inn Mandarin offers complete facilities for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions for 10 to 300 guests. Ramada’s catering service provides anything from hors d’oeuvres to complete meals. A guest-services staff and reception planner are on hand. Group rates are available. RAMADA HISTORIC HOTEL 116 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-4352 Treat the wedding party to a Red Carpet welcome, including low rates and complimentary bar drinks at Ramada Historic, centrally located in the historic area of America’s Oldest City. The full-service hotel includes a restaurant, bar, heated pool and heated Jacuzzi, only a short walk from the sites, churches, fine dining, shopping and other St. Augustine attractions. THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, 277-1100 For true opulence, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers a selection of venues for the wedding ceremony and reception – customized cuisine and florals, photography and limousine services, musical entertainment, wedding officiates, wedding planner and a destination help create a memorable wedding. THE RIVERDALE INN 1521 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 354-5080 This historic Victorian mansion is an elegant setting for intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, and also offers elegant overnight accommodations. With an event coordinator on-site, packages can be tailored for large or small events. Riverdale Inn won Best B&B in Jax in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax poll. ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORIC INNS 88 Riberia St., Ste. 400, (866) 801-2991, The St. Johns County Visitor & Convention Bureau has information on more than 20 B&Bs, all within walking distance of historic downtown St. Augustine. In addition to breakfast, some inns offer other meals.

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SAWGRASS MARRIOTT RESORT & BEACH CLUB 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-7777 ext. 6400 The Resort offers reception accommodations for a range from 10 to 1,000, from a champagne reception to a multi-course dinner. There are several ceremony locations on-site, including a gazebo. Sawgrass offers packages including wedding coordination, theme decorations, cakes and honeymoons. Reservations recommended up to one year in advance. SHERATON JACKSONVILLE HOTEL 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside, 380-4136, The Sheraton has a brand-new ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 guests, as well as professional culinary and service teams who strive to make the wedding of your dreams a reality.

Ceremony/ Reception Venues AETNA RIVERFRONT WEDDINGS & EVENTS 841 Prudential Dr., Southbank, 591-9591, This riverfront venue can stage garden ceremonies and indoor receptions. It features two grand staircases, catering, coordinators, full bar service, striking décor and entertainment. AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION 6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 261-6161 Say “I do” with the sound of soothing waves, seagulls and the sunset as a backdrop, or hold a more intimate ceremony amid ancient mossy oaks and marshlands. Whatever the setting, Amelia Island Plantation caters to every need. For wedding packages, call the Wedding & Social Events Department. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 4840 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, 345-3466, From intimate to large wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bachelorette parties and more, BlackFinn can provide an ideal special event, accommodating 25-200 guests. Catering is also available. COUNTRY CLUB OF ORANGE PARK 2525 Country Club Blvd., Orange Park, 276-7660, 458-1049, This stately, Southern-style mansion offers personalized event planning and has several dining rooms that can accommodate 50-200 guests. FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM 7900 Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast, 687-8082, (386) 446-7630, A lovely lakeside wedding site is available, along with Gov. Caldwell’s dairy barn (5,000 square feet) for the reception, with tables and chairs to seat up to 170 guests. Packages, which include consultation services, dressing area, rustic bar set up and tractor-pulled transportation to the ceremony and reception sites, are available. HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 880-3040 Hold rehearsal dinners and receptions at this site offering a full bar, staff, kitchen, DJ and band with room rental. The venue is available every Monday-Saturday until 5 p.m.; any time Sunday. THE KEELER PROPERTY Normandy Boulevard, Westside, 535-0709, This new rustic wedding and event venue is a 40-acre farm-like area featuring a covered bridge, barn and springfed pond. The sites can accommodate 300 guests each. THE MANSION 15888 C.R. 108, Hilliard, 707-8111, This special mansion offers seating for 200 guests. Choose your own vendors and planners. THE RENAISSANCE RESORT 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, 940-8635, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village offers assistance with rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and guestrooms – and a complementary honeymoon suite – in a beautiful setting.

RIVERSIDE HOUSE 2165 Park St., Riverside, 387-9927 The Junior League of Jacksonville’s Riverside House includes a board room, auditorium, audio/PA system, reception hall and kitchen at affordable rates. Originally a church, this historic property is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and meetings for 125 seated guests. ST. JOHNS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 205 St. Johns Golf Dr., St. Augustine, 940-3200 The elegant clubhouse and facilities overlook the ninth and 18th greens. The club can accommodate from 50 to 300, and up to 170 on the covered patio. Catering chefs and a professional staff work to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed. TPC SAWGRASS 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra, 273-3344, TPC Sawgrass is a Mediterranean Revival-style clubhouse with an array of elegant banquet halls ideal for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and groom’s golf outings. The event lawn and gardens, overlooking The Players Stadium and Dye’s Valley Courses, are perfect settings for the ceremony or intimate cocktail hour, with hospitality, service and cuisine to match. THE WINE BAR 200 Wharfside Way, Southbank, 346-0605, The Wine Bar on Wyndam Hotel’s property, adjacent to the Chart House, offers a unique venue for any wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party. Self-service wine machines, a new menu and 130 wines by the glass or by the bottle are featured. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME One World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-4000 The Hall of Fame seats 200 guests and is available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners, with several event spaces from which to choose. Deluxe accommodations, spas, world-class golf courses and restaurants are nearby.

Transportation/Limos AA SUSIE’S LIMO 6261 Powers Ave., Lakewood, 731-5466, Susie’s has the hottest exotic rides – stretch sedans and SUVs, land yachts, Lincolns, even a stretch PT Cruiser – and multiple trips, large groups (8 to 30 passengers) and multiple locations are no problem. CAREY LIMOUSINE 14125 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 221-5466 Carey’s fleet has a variety of new vehicles for wedding parties and guests up to eight passengers. Packages are available. Choose from stretch limos, luxury sedans, deluxe vans and mini buses. COACH & CARRIAGE LIMOUSINE 6261 Powers Ave., Lakewood, 268-3555, In business for more than 20 years, Coach & Carriage offers vehicles in every size and style – Jags, Lexus, Charger, stretch SUVs, Rolls Royce – for that all-important ride. DANA’S LIMOUSINES 10220 New Berlin Rd., Ste. 100, Northside, 744-3333 Dana’s offers limos, vans, sedans and mini-busses to seat up to 33 passengers. Packages are available, which include black or white cars, all of which are non-smoking. Dana’s encourages couples to see the fleet before selecting a car. LIGHTHOUSE LIMOUSINE & SEDAN SERVICE St. Augustine Airport, Main Terminal (866) 230-1003, 827-1003 Locally owned and operated, Lighthouse offers chauffeured luxury for the wedding party in all non-smoking vehicles with courteous and professional chauffeurs. OLD CITY HELICOPTERS, LLC 4900 U.S. 1, Ste. 400, St. Augustine Airport, 824-5506 Old City Helicopter offers flights for proposals, honeymoons, weddings, wedding arrivals and departures, and wedding drops of flower petals. Call for information about sunset flights and other details. ST. AUGUSTINE TRANSFER COMPANY 829-2391, Established in 1877, St. Augustine Transfer offers a deluxe horse-drawn wedding carriage and tuxedoed drivers to get you to and from the church in style.

Rentals ANDY’S TAYLOR RENTAL CENTER 1005 Pope Rd., St. Augustine, 471-2991 All you need is the happy couple – Andy’s provides the rest: tents, canopies, tables, linens, place settings, accessories, bars and dance floors. Planning services are available. COASTAL CELEBRATIONS 900-F Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, 501-9020, This award-winning event company offers unique, custom décor pieces for special events, like frames, table numbers, tables and trunks. Officiant packages are available. FLAIRE EVENT RENTALS 2762 Park St., Riverside, 352-1832, This boutique event rental company offers mahogany Chiavari chairs, specialty linens and event lighting, with affordable delivery and set-up rates. And there are no weekend overtime charges. HANDMADE RENTALS 705-2686, Rental décor options for weddings include vintage props, lighted cocktail bar, classic cars and arbor arches. KIRBY RENTALS, LLC 8051 Bayberry Rd., Baymeadows, 739-1312, Kirby Rentals has everything you’ll need for the reception or party, including a variety of tent styles, tables, chairs, linens, china and flatware, catering equipment, podiums, chandeliers, stages and platforms.

Officiants CREATIVE WEDDING CEREMONIES 1401 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 2013, Southbank, 843-422-1292, Experienced officiant Maureen Cockburn creates a personal ceremony – non-denominational, religious – your choice. CUSTOM WEDDING OFFICIANT 2800 N. Sixth St., Ste. 261, St. Augustine, 982-2210, Notary public John Reardon can help create a romantic, personalized ceremony to cherish forever. JAXNOTARY.COM 327-4066 Michael Scaliatine has provided notary public wedding officiant services all over Northeast Florida for more than eight years. KAREN ROUMILLAT 1519 S.R. 13, St. Johns, 707-5207, The ordained minister and wedding officiant will travel to perform ceremonies from Amelia Island to St. Augustine. And wedding party yoga is available. WHIRLWIND WEDDINGS 9526 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. B2-425, Jacksonville, 850-420-6039 The Rev. Lydia Sanford is a wedding officiant and certified wedding specialist, offering small, short-notice ceremonies at your location (some limitations apply).

Miscellaneous JACKSONVILLE BRIDAL CONNECTION More than 100 local vendors are on hand at this bridal show, held from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. Exhibitors include bakers, caterers, consultants, florists, stationers, musical entertainment, travel agents, photographers, hotels, and a fashion show for the entire wedding party. KATHLEEN F. TRIEBWASSER 8833 Perimeter Park Blvd., Ste. 1001, Southside, 641-4600, Triebwasser is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing premarital counseling, a one-on-one four-hour program, which includes a discount on a marriage license.’ A TASTE OF BRIDAL BLISS One Ocean Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402, This annual event is held noon-4 p.m. Feb. 24. Area wedding vendors – planners, photographers, floral

Wedding Planner designers, jewelers, wedding attire boutiques and more – are on hand. A runway wedding fashion show, bridal luncheon, food samples – including cakes by One Ocean’s pastry team of and raffles are featured. Admission is $25.

Travel Agents COLEMAN TRAVEL 645-5106, Honeymoons, getaways, cruises, ski trips and tours – Coleman gets you there. Sandals, Couples, Carnival, Princess, Holland, Norwegian and Seafoam are among the companies Coleman can book for your trip. RIVERSIDE TOURS & TRAVEL 2720 Park St., Ste. 216, Riverside, 731-5978, What follows the perfect wedding? The perfect honeymoon. This company is a honeymoon and destination wedding specialist. Riverside is a preferred Sandals Agency and specializes in travel in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. By appointment only; email and call from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. TRAVEL LEADERS 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 9, Jacksonville, 642-6909, Travel Leaders is a full-service travel agency, specializing in honeymoons, cruises and vacation packages, including Sandals and Beaches. They handle the details, you handle the fun.

Dance Instructors/Studios DANCE TRANCE FITNESS 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, 246-4600 1515 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 390-0939 The studios offer a variety of classes with state-of-the-art sound and light effects. Free diet and nutrition counseling is available. SALSA CALIENTE DANCE STUDIOS 9751 Mining Dr., Southside, 370-1199, Salsa Caliente’s lessons help the happy couple take the right steps for their first dance. Packages include salsa, mambo, cha-cha and bachatta. Professional dancers are available for reception entertainment. Free consultations are offered. VIP WOMEN’S DANCE 2419 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 487-9938, For women only, VIP offers classes, parties and events in a private setting for pole fi tness, chair dance, belly dance and burlesque tease dancing, just the thing for bachelorette parties. THE WEDDING DANCE STUDIO 3837 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, Jacksonville, 998-3939, Couples learn to dance confidently for the first dance at the reception. The first lesson is free.

Showers & Bachelor(ette) Party Ideas ASHES BOUTIQUE & TEA GARDEN 332 S. Second St., Jax Beach, 270-0220, The friendly staff at this new spot help plan showers, teas and parties. DOING DISHES PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY STUDIO 5619 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood, 730-3729 1026 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 388-7088 Perfect for bridal showers and bachelorette parties, Doing Dishes is the place to create unique wedding gifts. POTTERY WORKS 4375 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-3009 Guests create their own pottery in an open, user-friendly area. An alternative to a traditional bridal shower or bachelorette party, Pottery Works is also a source for design ideas for custom art to get and give. 

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What are the kids listening to these days? If you’re asking about the tiniest of tots, the answer is Dan Zanes. The wild-haired Grammywinning guitarist joins children’s folk musician Elizabeth Mitchell for this benefit celebrating the North Florida School of Special Education’s 20th anniversary. The NFSSE assists students ages 6-22 with intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. An art show is featured. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $20-$30. 209-0399.


One is a four-time Emmy-winner and star of “The Waltons.” The other stars in HBO’s “Treme” and played the preacher in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Michael Learned is Daisy Werthan, and Lance Nichols pictured is chauffeur Hoke Colburn in “Driving Miss Daisy,” a Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner in 1988 and a 1989 Oscar winner for Best Picture. Feb. 6-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-28 and March 1-3, 5-10, 12-17 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $46-$59. 641-1212.


If you tear up every time you hear “Lady,” then you believe in the power of country icon Kenny Rogers – and we know a lot of folks who do. The three-time Grammy winner is on a U.S. tour with more than 20 stops through May. The Country Music Cruise just announced that Rogers joins veteran headliners Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Jo Dee Messina and more on its inaugural trip in 2014. First, The Gambler comes to Northeast Florida. 8 p.m. Feb. 16, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $50-$65. 355-2787.


Embrace Jax presents a family-friendly festival to bring awareness to “the fact that Jacksonville does not view all citizens equally.” EqualityFest features Al Letson, host of NPR’s “State of the Re-Union,” and the city’s Director of Downtown Engagement Tony Allegretti, who discuss local efforts being made to protect the LGBT community. Mama Blue, Real Job, Ritual Union, Shawn Lightfoot, Tough Junkie and Tropic of Cancer perform. Proceeds benefit JASMYN, a nonprofit youth services agency for LGBTQ. Intuition Ale Works’ special Equality Ale, Taste Buds Express Food Truck and kids’ activities are featured. 3-10 p.m. Feb. 9 at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King St., Riverside, free. 683-7720.

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This jazz-influenced Howard University a cappella group of 10 singers mixes gospel, hip-hop, pop and R&B. Competing as the group Afro Blue, they finished fourth on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” The group conducts a Master Class, then takes the stage for a concert. Master Class: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, $10; concert: 8 p.m. Feb. 9, $16, at The Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown. 632-5555.,


The five-piece Indiana band delivers what it calls a fusion of “anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock.” Murder By Death bassist Matt Armstrong (from left), multi-instrumentalist Scott Brackett, baritone voice Adam Turla, cellist Sarah Balliet and drummer Dagan Thogersen got upbeat reviews for their 2012 album, “Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon,” from Paste Magazine and the AV Club. It was the fourth-highest funded music project in Kickstarter history, according to the website. The band hits town with support from Man Man. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15. 398-7496. FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013 | | 33

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New Orleans hitman Jimmy Bonomo (Sylvester Stallone) fends off bad guy Keegan (Jimmy Momoa) in “Bullet to the Head,” directed by Walter Hill. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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s Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra would say, “Bullet to the Head” is déjà vu all over again. Watching Sylvester Stallone’s latest action adventure, I felt like I’d seen it before, in large part because I’d seen a lot of it before — in other movies. This isn’t simply a throwback to ’80s action movies; it’s more of a remake picking and choosing scenes from different films. The plot has veteran, professional hitman Jimmy Bonomo (Stallone) teaming with naïve, young Washington, D.C., detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) for a common agenda: to find the men who ordered the execution of a former D.C. police officer and then ordered the deaths of his killers, Bonomo and his partner. They failed to kill Bonomo, who simply wants revenge for his partner’s death; Kwon wants to arrest the men at the top of the criminal conspiracy. This good-guy/bad-guy pairing is reminiscent of the dynamic between Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in “48 Hours,” and 2013 it’s not surprising that both films were directed by veteran action filmmaker Walter Hill (“Red Heat,” “Another 48 Hours”). Hill has included several familiar scenes, including a bathhouse fight, crashing a party at the bad guys’ lair, a narrow escape as a building is shot to pieces and an extended shoot-out/fight sequence in an abandoned warehouse. Stereotypes abound in “Bullet”: crooked cops, a crooked lawyer (Christian Slater), crooked politicians, a seemingly indestructible henchman and a kidnapped daughter. And the plot has holes you could drive a truck through. If this all sounds incredibly familiar, it’s because it is. About the only thing separating it from the ’80s films it emulates are some shades of gray in Stallone’s hair and a running gag about Kwon’s extensive use of his cellphone to instantly acquire information. Bonomo prefers to beat information out of people. For all its many flaws, “Bullet” somehow manages to avoid becoming an outright bad movie. It’s certainly not the worst Stallone action film, since it’s better than such jewels as “Cobra,” “The Specialist” and “Judge Dredd.”


Stallone fans should enjoy the high-octane romp, with Sly in an all-too-familiar role of monosyllabic tough guy who beats up, blows up or shoots whoever gets in his way, while delivering a seemingly never-ending series of grunted one-liners. Action movie fans won’t put it on a greatest hits list, but they’ll deem it acceptable, entertaining action fare.  John Hoogesteger

SLY ALTERNATIVES If you’re looking for some Sylvester Stallone action, but want to spare yourself the clichéridden “Bullet to the Head,” try these classics: “Cliffhanger” (1993): Stallone stars as a

park ranger who goes mano-a-mano with a group of high-end thieves who’ve crash-landed in the park and are trying to recover their millions from a mountain in a snowstorm. It’s Stallone’s “Die Hard.”

“Nighthawks” (1981): An underrated movie

that holds up well with age, starring Stallone and Billy Dee Williams as two New York City cops chasing a terrorist. “Tango and Cash” (1989): OK, this isn’t a

great film, admittedly. But if you can get with its tongue-in-cheek tone, it’s still fun to watch Stallone and Kurt Russell cavort in the over-the-top buddy/ action flick. “First Blood” (1982): The first and by far the best of the four John Rambo movies has Stallone squaring off with a bunch of small-town cops and National Guardsmen who severely underestimate what the exSpecial Forces operative is capable of doing.


Dr. Johann Struensee’s (Mads Mikkelsen) affair with Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) shakes a nation in “A Royal Affair,” directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The film is Denmark’s entry in the Academy Awards’ foreign film category. Photo: Magnolia Pictures

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here is a scene early in “A Royal Affair” in which Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) first meets Dr. Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen, “Casino Royale”), a man who later becomes the king’s physician, as well as his close, trusted friend. The king has angrily rejected all the other physicians he’s interviewed up to this point, and there is good reason to believe Struensee will be no exception. The interviews are due to a belief the king’s handlers have that the king is mentally ill and needs care. The two men hit it off, however, after the king quotes Shakespeare and the learned doctor is able to quote The Bard back to the monarch. This pleases Christian VII, which offers Struensee some insight into his mental illness. Is the king’s behavior and acting out the result of insanity, or is he an actor at heart, frustrated by the shackles of fate that force him to be a king? It’s also fitting that the two cite Shakespeare, that well-known writer of tragedies — one in particular about a king of Denmark. Even if we don’t know Danish history, “A Royal Affair” gives us clues up front that this story will not end well for the protagonists. In addition to being a doctor and knowing Shakespeare, Struensee is a man of the Enlightenment. The year is 1766, and thoughts about one’s individuality and freedom were scandalous. The papacy and the hierarchy controlled Europe, and they wanted to make sure things stayed that way. The fact that Struensee is so close to the king means that he can affect changes for the greater good of

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the people and put some of his Enlightenment ideals into real practice. All of those efforts may would have gone smoothly if not for Struensee’s affair with Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander, “Anna Karenina”). In true Shakespearean tragedy form, their secret becomes known, and power plays ensue for a takeover of the throne. “A Royal Affair” moves briskly at 137 minutes long, and director Nikolaj Arcel has a gift for shot composition and pacing that keep this from being a stuffy costume drama. The film brims with the real lives and passions of the people portrayed on screen. It also helps that the film looks amazing. The set and costume design serve well to create the period. There were times when I found my eyes drifting away from the subtitles and just admiring the architecture, such as a wonderfully carved piece of marble in the background. Say what you will about European aristocracy, they knew a good-looking piece of stone when they saw it. The three main actors all do a fine job, but a special credit needs to be given to Følsgaard for his portrayal of King Christian VII. On the surface, the king’s outbursts — and disinterest in his royal duties and the trappings of the monarchy — seem like the behavior of a madman. As we see more of him, though, we see the layers beneath all the so-called insanity. Følsgaard shows amazing skill and control in allowing the subtleties of each layer unfold until we can see the king for the sad, gullible, unfulfilled court puppet he is. Shakespeare himself could not have written a fate more tragic.  Andrew Hudak FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013 | | 35


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Theater, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hellbent on retribution. They don’t know they’ve become the hunted – up against an evil far greater than any ol’ witch … their own past.


A HAUNTED HOUSE **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues 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.


ARGO ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Ben Affleck’s Oscar-nominated film is re-released. Affleck directs and stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez, acknowledged as the agency’s top agent when it comes to “exfiltration,” the art of extracting people caught in places they cannot escape. “Argo” succeeds because director Affleck focuses on the journey, not the outcome, to create a taut political thriller. Many familiar faces – John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber – deliver strong performances in a film that’s really an ensemble effort. BROKEN CITY *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. Ex-cop-turned-private-eye Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by New York City mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to spy on his cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Billy is courting disaster when he realizes he’s involved in a much larger scandal. BULLET TO THE HEAD **@@ 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. Reviewed in this issue. DJANGO UNCHAINED ***G 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. Disturbing and provocative – yet undeniably entertaining – Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning film blends action, comedy and drama with sterling performances by Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington. The most violent mainstream movie of the year, the big-screen project liberally uses the “N” word, uttered more than 100 times. GANGSTER SQUAD *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Set in Los Angeles, 1949: Gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has cops, judges and other powers-that-be in his back pocket. Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte) has had enough, so he empowers detective John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to go outside the law and take Cohen down. O’Mara’s team includes Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who’s having an affair with Cohen’s girlfriend, Grace (Emma Stone); streetsmart Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie); and sharpshooter Max Kennard (Robert Patrick). Director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) leads an amazing cast through an uninspired, predictable film. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. 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. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON **G@ Rated R • Carmike Amelia Island, Sun-Ray Cinema “Hyde Park,” directed by Roger Michell (“Venus,” “Notting Hill”) concerns a narrow slice of history that hasn’t been given much attention. It’s 1939, and the whole world is watching to see what the ascendant Hitler will do next. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelts’ estate, Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first time ever that a reigning English monarch has visited America. IDENTITY THIEF Rated R • Opens Feb. 8 Unlimited funds allow Diana (Melissa McCarthy) to live the good life in Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one problem: The ID she’s using to finance this lifestyle reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson,” an account rep (Jason Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. The real Sandy has a week to hunt down the con artist before his life comes crashing down around him. THE IMPOSSIBLE ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, 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 A gunman opens fire in a Midwestern city, 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 homicide detective Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). Individual action sequences aren’t groundbreaking, but taken as a

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

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City Center Blvd., 757-9880 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

Account rep Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) chases down Diana (Melissa McCarthy), a con artist who stole his identity in “Identity Thief,” directed by Seth Gordon. Photo: Universal Studios whole, the movie’s a nifty combination of action and humor. THE LAST STAND ***@ Rated R • AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a former LAPD cop who’s retreated to the sleepy town of Sommerton Junction after a botched job left him feeling like a failure. When an escaped drug kingpin and his gang are headed straight for Sommerton, the reluctant sheriff and a small group of law enforcement types fight for their town. LES MISERABLES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. 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, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. A family from India hitches a ride on a freighter. Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son, survives an ocean disaster, then forms a surprising, wondrous connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger – named 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 Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Daniel Day-Lewis immerses himself in his characters; this is the latest of successful transformations. “Lincoln” focuses on the last four months of the president’s administration as he struggles to end the Civil War and ensure permanent freedom for slaves. The great cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. MAMA **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. After vanishing from a neighborhood, young sisters Victoria and Lilly are found alive in a rickety cabin five years later. The kids are placed with their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj CosterWaldau) and girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Annabel tries to help them live a normal life, but she feels that an evil presence has followed the girls from the cabin.

Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Directed and produced by Peter Farrelly (among 11 others), this series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet for the most banned movie in the world. With outrageous humor – not for the easily offended – the dramedy is carried by an able ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Seth McFarlane, Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Jack McBrayer, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Duhamel and Halle Berry, among a slew of Hollywood stars. PARENTAL GUIDANCE **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, 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. PARKER **@@ 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. Professional thief Parker (Jason Statham) has a unique code of ethics. He’s double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside (Jennifer Lopez), he’s out to steal the slag his former colleagues just stole. Wait … what? QUARTET ***@ Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 8 In this dramedy, directed by Dustin Hoffman, former theater director Cedric (Michael Gambon) is working on an upcoming gala at Beecham House, a retirement home in England. Retired musicians Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly), Reginald Page (Tom Courtenay) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) are surprised when their former singer partner, the diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), joins them at Beecham. Reggie takes it particularly hard, as he never got over their failed marriage. Meanwhile, the benefit concert must go on to keep the retirement home open. Jean wants Reggie’s forgiveness but is refusing to sing again. Riiiight. RACE 2 **@@ Rated R • AMC Regency In this sequel to Indian thriller “Race,” Ranvir treads the dangerous world of the Indian mafia in Turkey, hoping to avenge the death of his lover and partner in crime, Sonia. A ROYAL AFFAIR ***G Rated R • Opens Feb. 8, Sun-Ray Cinema Reviewed in this issue.

MONSTERS, INC. ***G Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Blue behemoth Sully (John Goodman) and one-eyed green guy Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) get the 3D treatment. The story of monsters collecting kids’ screams sets up a sequel.

SIDE EFFECTS ***@ Rated R • Opens Feb. 8 New York City couple Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum) find their successful lives falling apart when a new anxiety drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) has unexpected side effects.

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic

Movies Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre It’s earned eight Oscar nods and already won several other awards. After months in a mental institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaves under dubious circumstances. He was there after flipping over his wife’s adultery, but he means 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 secrets. 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. SKYFALL **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square “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. STAND UP GUYS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving 28 years for refusing to rat on one of his close criminal associates. Best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and they team up with another old con artist, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). But one of the trio is keeping a dangerous secret – a former mob boss has put him in an impossible quandary, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. The crime-comedy is directed by Fisher Stevens. THIS IS 40 **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square This “sort-of” sequel follows Pete (Paul Rudd) and Deb (Leslie Mann) as they deal with daughters, financial struggles and fathers. The dramedy, directed by Judd Apatow (Mann’s husband), delivers big laughs, but the dramatic segments boil down to Pete and Deb yelling at each other. TOP GUN: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE ***@ Rated PG • Opens Feb. 7, WGHoF IMAX The re-release of Tony Scott’s 1986 blockbuster is equal parts action and drama as Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) competes with Tom “Ice Man” Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the prized Top Gun award, and vies for attention from civilian consultant Charlotte (Kelly McGillis) when not in the air. This time, it’s all in screamin’ 3D. WARM BODIES **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human, setting off an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to transform other zombies – maybe even the whole lifeless world. WRECK-IT RALPH ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Typecast as a 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 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Overlong at 157 minutes but still an effective drama, director Kathryn Bigelow’s film will strike a chord with American audiences but notably drags for long stretches, often getting bogged down in drama and detail that’s 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. 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.

A zombie forms an unlikely bond with Julie and begins to be a little less undead in “Warm Bodies,” directed by Jonathan Levine. Photo: Summit Entertainment

OTHER FILMS THIS TIME TOMORROW Taylor Steele’s surfing film, “This Time Tomorrow,” featuring Dave Rastovich and Craig Anderson, is screened 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Green Room Brewing, 228 Third St. N., Jax Beach. Free. 201-9283. OSCAR NOMINATED: ANIMATED SHORTS The Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short are “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head Over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare” and “Paperman,” screening as one program Feb. 6-13 at Sun-Ray Cinema, Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047,, and Feb. 16-17 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., 277-2202, OSCAR NOMINATED: LIVE-ACTION SHORTS The Academy Award nominees for Best Live-action Short are “ASAD,” “Buzkashi Boys,” “Curfew,” “Death of a Shadow” and “Henry,” screening as one program Feb. 6-13 at Sun-Ray Cinema; Feb. 15-17 at Fernandina Little Theatre. OSCAR NOMINATED: DOCUMENTARY SHORTS The Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Short are “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine,” “Open Heart” and “Redemption,” screening as one program Feb. 15-17 at Fernandina Little Theatre. BEST PICTURE SHOWCASE AMC Orange Park and AMC Regency Square offer a showcase of all nine fi lms nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. “Amour,” “Les Miserables,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained” screen 10 a.m. Feb. 16. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” screen 10 a.m. Feb. 23. A marathon of all nine starts 10 a.m. on Feb. 23. A two-day pass is $60, available only at the box offi ce. One-day pass for Feb. 16 is $30. One-day pass for Feb. 23 is $40. Marathon pass for Feb. 16 is $60. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Master,” “Searching for Sugar Man” and “Rust and Bone” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience” opens Feb. 7. “Flight of the Butterflies” is screened along with “Deep Sea 3D,” “Hubble 3D,” “Galapagos 3D,” “Under the Sea 3D,” “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” and “To The Arctic 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX.

LAUREL & HARDY FILMS The local chapter of The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society (aka Sons of the Desert) screens L&H films at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pablo Creek Branch Library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Southside. Free. 314-5801. MOVIES ON THE HOUSE Denis Côté’s “Curling” (2010) takes a keen look at the unusual private life of a father and his daughter. Between boring jobs, Jean-François Blain devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne. Set on society’s fringe in a remote countryside, the fragile balance of their relationship is jeopardized by dreary circumstances. 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. SUN-RAY CINEMA The Non-Essentials Series screens director William Grefe’s “Impulse” (1974), featuring a leisure-suit-clad William Shatner, 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points. Ed Tucker leads a discussion with Grefe and producer Doug Hobart. $10. 359-0047. Sun-Ray screens Disney classic “The Lion King” as the theater’s first film in 3D, 1 p.m. Feb. 23, $15. Proceeds benefit Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, which provides safe homes for endangered big cats. 359-0047.


ALEX CROSS Tyler Perry does a respectable job as Cross, hero of James Patterson’s 19 best-selling thrillers. Cross matches wits with Picasso, a skillful paid assassin killing a corporation’s top brass. Cross’ first meeting with Picasso, in a Detroit office tower, is a solid action sequence, but it’s standard cop fare after that. FLIGHT The crash occurs early on here, and it’s riveting. When a jet malfunctions, Denzel Washington’s Capt. Whip Whitaker wakes from a nap and does an amazing job of bringing the plane down with limited loss of life. However, “Flight” is not a movie about flying or about crashing. It’s a movie about alcoholism. This engaging drama satisfies, but the Hollywood ending takes away from the overall impact. HERE COMES THE BOOM Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) begins moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school’s music program and save the job of a fellow teacher (Henry Winkler). James’ charm and the inspirational tale are fine, but the plot’s predictable. 

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Music Fishbone – Norwood Fisher (from left), Jay Armant, Dre Gipson, John Steward, Rocky George, “Dirty” Walt Kibby and Angelo Moore – perform songs that strike a chord with the frustration of the Occupy movement, even if they were written before the movement began, Fisher says. Photo: Silverback Music

An American Original

Southern California funk-punk-ska pioneers Fishbone continue down the musical road much less traveled FISHBONE with WHOLE WHEAT BREAD 8 p.m. Feb. 13 The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine Tickets: $15 & $20 342-2187,


n this wild, multihued 21st century, few musical absolutes exist. But here’s one: No band on Earth is like Fishbone. Formed in the early ’80s by six black Los Angeles-area teenagers, Fishbone merged elements of punk, ska, funk and hardcore at a time when none of those genres existed within the American mainstream. Yet Norwood and Philip r questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 020508 Fisher, Angelo Moore, “Dirty” Walt Kibby, X YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Kendall Jones and Chris Dowd still rocketed to underground PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by ms Checked by Salesfame, Rep thanks dl to socially conscious lyrics, innovative instrumentation and a madcap live show. Fishbone had trouble achieving conventional success, however. Some chalk it up to the band’s democratic decision-making approach, which led to half the original members quitting between 1993 and 1998. Some chalk it up to American audiences’ inability to appreciate Fishbone’s lunatic creativity. And some chalk it up to each band member’s outlandish individual personalities. All of these storylines are on full display in “Everyday Sunshine,” a 2010 feature-length documentary that’s equal parts fascinating and depressing. Thirty years later, however, Fishbone is still touring the world, staying true to its oddball art and trying to discover a groove that hasn’t been danced to yet. If you have two or more of these problems, chances are you have a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the most common endocrinopathy known – it is Folio Weekly: What’s new with caused by the excessive production of male hormone by the ovaries. Until male hormone proFishbone, Norwood? duction is controlled, recurrent dark hair growth, acne, and weight loss are likely to be Norwood Fisher: We’re embarking on this problematic. Apart from cosmetic issues - individuals with PCOS are at risk for long term winter tour and engaging in the regular medical problems, especially diabetes and heart disease. shenanigans: rocking, rolling and having as The Center for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the first private practice of its kind, much fun as possible. Beyond that, we’re in focusing on the total health concerns of the PCOS patient. Kevin L. Winslow, M.D., Daniel M. the long, beginning stages of writing for a fullDuffy, M.D., and Michael L. Freeman, M.D. are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, length record. We have five songs in the can, Gynecologists who have gone on to do three more years of training in the area of and our intention is to release those as an EP. gynecological endocrine problems – they are uniquely qualified to deal with the medical F.W.: When Fishbone tours, do you mix up needs of the PCOS patient. The center has a Registered that new material with old favorites? Dietitian as well as an experienced N.F.: We try to present a career retrospective Laser Hair Removal Technician. and give the hardcore, old-school fans what satisfies them. But it’s really important for us to present the band as current as possible, too.




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F.W.: For years, critics have said that the Fishbone live show is far superior to the Fishbone album. Do you feel that’s true? N.F.: The stage is still the place where we’re most creative — where we get a real interaction with our audience. It’s in-your-face reality, everybody’s blood, sweat and tears mingling in the air. F.W.: Are the band’s political and socially conscious viewpoints still present? N.F.: A bit, but really, today there’s a lot more introspection and self-inquest. There are some

songs that, although they were written before the Occupy movement, do voice opinions in line with that frustration. It’s not particularly political, but it all adds up to about the same thing, right? F.W.: Your and Angelo Moore’s dynamic in “Everyday Sunshine” was fascinating. One minute, you’re bickering like a married couple; the next, you’re keeping the Fishbone flame alive. N.F.: It gets better, and then it gets worse. Right when you think everything is about to smooth out, you’ve got new obstacles. But we make sure that the music doesn’t suffer for it. F.W.: Did Fishbone ever make an effort to fit in with any scene or musical genre? N.F.: Our mission was always to absolutely be our own band. We did what came naturally and then migrated toward where we fit in after the fact. Overall, I guess ska was probably the thing that we honed in on the hardest. It was aggressive dance music, so as teenagers, it worked. We liked punk rock and being in the pit, but ska had its roots in Jamaica and spoke to us a little differently. F.W.: How do you think Fishbone has influenced younger African-American musicians? N.F.: Some younger ones have taken a cue from what Fishbone did and then injected it into their own music; probably one of the biggest is Outkast. But some have been more underground than others, and you feel that influence in different people’s individuality. F.W.: How about Jacksonville band Whole Wheat Bread, which will open for you in Florida? N.F.: Definitely. It’s important to me that they stick in there and influence a couple more generations of kids, too. They’re doing it their own way — they don’t sound like Fishbone at all! That’s the beauty of it. F.W.: Much has been said about how Fishbone never achieved massive commercial success. Do you have any regrets about that? N.F.: Maybe it’s hindered my ability to buy my mother a house. But artistically, I wouldn’t change a thing. If we did something that wasn’t honest to ourselves, maybe we’d be in a different place financially. Deep down, I probably wouldn’t be as satisfied, though. F.W.: What does the future hold for Fishbone? N.F.: The mystery of the ever-unfolding now is a wonderful thing. So we’re just going to keep making music, keep pushing boundaries, and keep trying to figure out if it’s possible to create a groove that hasn’t been danced to yet. If we fail? So what?  Nick McGregor


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In recent years, rock icon Steve Miller (front, center) has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and taught at the USC Thornton School of Music.

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Fifty years after picking up the guitar, classic-rock icon Steve Miller is still riding high STEVE MILLER BAND 8 p.m. Feb. 14 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $51-$91 355-2787,


f all the ’70s classic-rock musicians who populate FM radio and permeate our popular consciousness, none has enjoyed the staying power of Steve Miller. Simply singling out No. 1 hits “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Jungle Love” neglects Miller’s lifetime of shrewd industry moves, accidental twists of fate and brilliant musical moments. Whether learning from the Chicago blues masters, ingratiating himself with the San Francisco psychedelic-rock scene or building a wildly successful business and brand, Steve Miller is one rock ’n’ roller we can all learn from, dance to and marvel at. When Miller was growing up in the ’50s, his parents weren’t just music fans — they were lifelong friends with electric-guitar virtuoso Les Paul, who encouraged young Steve’s musical proclivities. Sonny Miller, a world-renowned pathologist, was a recording hobbyist, inviting pioneers like T-Bone Walker and Thelonious Monk over to lay down tracks in the family living room while young Steve watched in wonder. Throughout primary school in Dallas and college in Wisconsin, Steve Miller helmed several hard-working blues bands, but it wasn’t until he dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved to Chicago that his career truly took off. He fell in with blues legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield, but after three years in the cutthroat Chicago scene, Miller packed up his Volkswagen bus for the magical journey west to San Francisco. Miller’s arrival in 1966 quickly turned into a tale of epic proportions, too. His old friend Butterfield was headlining at the Winterland Ballroom with Jefferson Airplane the very night he hit town. Miller spent his last $5 on a ticket, was invited onstage, told the crowd he was starting a new blues band and, urban legend has it, received a standing ovation. Further turns of good fortune befell the hastily arranged Steve Miller Band. A backing gig for Chuck Berry at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1967 resulted in an electrifying live album. Capitol Records signed the band to a seven-record deal with a $500,000 advance and unlimited creative freedom. A few of Miller’s goofy personae — The Gangster of Love, Space Cowboy and Maurice — became career-long calling cards. A late-night London recording session in 1968 even yielded a one-

off collaboration with Paul McCartney. Amazingly, these achievements marked but the tip of Steve Miller’s iceberg. He was an early favorite of the new upstart FM rock stations. His 1973 album “The Joker” and its zany but immensely catchy title track zoomed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Financially buoyed by that success, Miller spent 1974-’75 holed up at home in Northern California, where he churned out two more platinumselling albums, “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Book of Dreams,” and five more indelible hits, “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’n Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jet Liner” and “Jungle Love.” By the end of the ’70s, The Steve Miller Band was co-headlining stadium tours with The Eagles and watching its “Greatest Hits 1974-78” album generate millions of dollars in sales. Rather than burning out on the excesses of stardom, however, Miller adjusted well to a life of comfort, reaping the rewards of countless smart business decisions along the way. With the exception of 1982’s “Abracadabra,” however, Miller’s subsequent work was nowhere near as commercially successful as his ’70s material. Yet the rise of classic-rock radio and baby-boomer nostalgia positioned Miller to capitalize again on his peak of creativity; “The Joker” even reached No. 1 on the charts a second time in 1990 after it was featured in a Levi’s commercial. And when Miller did finally enter the studio again in 2010 after 17 years, he emerged with two full-length albums of obscure blues covers, paying tribute to his humble beginnings and to fallen Steve Miller Band members Norton Buffalo, John King and James Cooke, who all died between 2009-2011. Anyone who thinks Miller is a washedup classic rocker resting on his laurels is in for a rude awakening, however. In recent years, he’s performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, headlined the grand opening of the new Austin City Limits, and taught classes at the USC Thornton School of Music. He also devotes time to offering music lessons at California’s Kids Rock Free, saying he still doesn’t take his career — or his success — for granted. “At my age, I don’t want to screw around,” he told in 2010. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the guy on the radio that you can’t move. I look at people who are 76 years old and [think], ‘Wow, I wonder how much longer I will be able to do this.’ [But] right now, I feel great. I’m having the greatest time in the world.”  Nick McGregor


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SOUL ASYLUM, MILES NIELSON & THE RUSTED HEARTS Alternative and pop rock, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $20, 246-2473. WE CAME AS ROMANS, CROWN THE EMPIRE, ME & THE TRINITY, I AM THE WITNESS Metal and hard-core rock, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $17, 388-7807. GHOST FIELDS, DJ RITUAL UNION, EUGLOSSINE Indie dance music, 10 p.m. Feb. 7, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $3, 353-6067. BITCH PLEASE Electro and house music, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND Classic soft beach rock, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., $41-$146, 630-3900. LEON REDBONE Blues and jazz guitarist, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $35, 209-0399. JB SCOTTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWINGINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALL-STARS Locals play Chicago swing and Nawlins-style jazz, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $10, 399-1740. UP UNTIL NOW, HIGHER LEARNING, VLAD THE INHALER, LUMAGROVE, THE FUZZ, KEVIN VELARDE, DUB THEORIST Electro and rock, 9 p.m. Feb. 7, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $15. DOC MOCASSIN, MINE ALL MINE Southern rock out of Middleburg, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY Country music singer-songwriter legend, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $48-$64, 355-2787. VYIE, FOREIGN TRADE, RAGGEDY ZEUS Indie bands, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. BEEBS & HER MONEY MAKERS, GRAVY Orlando pop ska band, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $5, 246-2473. BLAIR CRIMMINS & THE HOOKERS Atlanta swing band, Feb. 8, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, free, 353-6067. BROWN BAG SPECIAL Jacksonville jam band, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, free, 277-8010. MAS APPEAL, MAL JONES, ARSUN F!ST, CZAR BLACK, STILLWATER, NAMELESS, AL PETE, DIALECTABLE BEATS A Tribute to J Dilla, 10 p.m. Feb. 8, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $10. AF THE NAYSAYER, SEA CYCLES, WHOM DO YOU WORK FOR?, BEASTCOAST New Orleans electro rapper, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. JAKE MILLER, VERS, SWEET LU Hip hop artist from Weston, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES AC/DC tribute band, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473. ALEXIS RHODE, BETHANY STOCKDALE, JACOB HUDSON Jacksonville indie and folk artists, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $10, 388-7807. HERD OF WATTS Local blues rock, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, free, 277-8010. LARRY MANGUM, JOEY KERR, WOODIE BERLIN Local artist known for folk and Americana, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside, $10, 399-1740. TRACES OF BLUE Jazz a cappella group that competed on NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sing-Off,â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Feb. 9, Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, $16, 632-5555. CHRIS YOUNG, BRINLEY ADDINGTON Country singersongwriters, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Mavericks, 2 Independent Dr., The Landing, Downtown, $26.50, 356-1110.


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The instrumental indie rock band Pan takes the stage Feb. 12 at Burro Bar in Downtown Jacksonville. CHRIS KAHL Country and acoustic, 3 p.m. Feb. 10, ThrasherHorne Center for the Arts, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, $15, 276-6815. REEL BIG FISH, THE PILFERS, DAN P. (OF MU330) California ska-punk, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $20, 246-2473. RAPDRAGONS, UNIVERSAL GREEN, J-VILLAINS Hip hop duo from Baltimore, 9 p.m. Feb. 10, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, free, 353-4686. TORCHE, DARKHORSE SALOON Hard indie rock, 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $12, 398-7496. DAVID WILCOX Acoustic folk guitarist from Asheville, 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Original CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, $18, 460-9311. SET FREE, RFUGE, DEBTOR, WITHIN LEVIATHAN Punk and hardcore, 6 p.m. Feb. 10, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $8, 388-7807.

MURDER BY DEATH, MAN MAN Indie rock band from Indiana, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $15, 398-7496. THE GHOSTWRITE, JON CREEDEN, BEAU CRUM Acoustic punk, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. BURNS SISTERS, SAM PACETTI Folk trio and local musician, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $12, 342-2187. FULL ON ASSAULT, HUDSON FALCONS, GRABBAG Death metal and punk, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, $6, 798-8222. HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, DYING FETUS, THE CONTORTIONIST Metal core and thrash metal, 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $20, 246-2473. MURS, PROF & FASHAWN Los Angeles rapper, 8 p.m. Feb. 12, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $12, 398-7496.




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PAN Instrumental indie rockers, 8 p.m. Feb. 12, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 353-4686. GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS Vermont rock band with lead vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Potter, 8 p.m. Feb. 13, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $31-$43, 355-2787. FISHBONE, WHOLE WHEAT BREAD California ska-funk, 8 p.m. Feb. 13, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $15-$20, 342-2187. SCOTT H. BIRAM One-man band from Texas, Feb. 13, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067. EMANCIPATOR, RANDOM RAB, TOR Electronic trip-hop, 9 p.m. Feb. 13, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $20. BARB WIRE DOLLS, ASKMEIFICARE Politically charged punk band, 8 p.m. Feb. 13, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496.


JOHNNY WINTER Feb. 14, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall VALENTINE’S DANCE PARTY: DJ RITUAL UNION Feb. 14, Underbelly STEVE MILLER BAND Feb. 14, The Florida Theatre HOLOPAW, TELEPATHIC LINES Feb. 14, The Floridian KUNG FU, THE MAIN SQUEEZE, CHROMA Feb. 14, 1904 Music Hall HARPETH RISING Feb. 14, European Street Café San Marco HOLOPAW, TELEPATHIC LINES Feb. 14, The Floridian GEOFF RICKLY, VINNIE CARUANA, MATT ARSENAULT, BRIAN MARQUIS Feb. 14, Phoenix Taproom PETER STEIN Feb. 14, Dog Star Tavern 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 NORTHE, DIREWOLVES, THE DOG APOLLO, ON GUARD Feb. 15, Freebird Live LOVE CHUNK Feb. 15, Mojo Kitchen JESSTA JAMES Feb. 15, Jack Rabbits SOUL GRAVY Feb. 15, Dog Star Tavern RUBY BEACH Feb. 16, Mojo Kitchen

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Nameless (pictured) joins Mas Appeal, Mal Jones, Arsun F!st, Czar Black, Stillwater, DJ Al Pete and Dialectable Beats for the third annual Dilla Day, a tribute to J Dilla, Feb. 8 at 1904 Music Hall in Downtown Jacksonville. TOMMY EMMANUEL Feb. 21, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DAVID RUSSELL, JOHN PEYTON Feb. 21, European Street Café San Marco THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS Feb. 21, Mojo Kitchen ANTIQUE ANIMALS, FOREIGN TRADE, OPIATE EYES, HOMEMADE Feb. 21, 1904 Music Hall TEENAGE BOTTLE ROCKET, THE QUEERS, MASKED INTRUDER Feb. 21, Jack Rabbits WHETHERMAN Feb. 21, Dog Star Tavern NOTHING BUT WOLVES, DEAD CHANNELS, HURRICANE GUN, PAWN TAKES KING Feb. 21, Burro Bar AARON PARKER Feb. 21, The Standard PETER MULVEY Feb. 21, Original Café Eleven ROLAND DYENS Feb. 22, The Florida Theatre TRIP LEE Feb. 22, Murray Hill Theatre ’60S FOLK REUNION FESTIVAL: THE KINGSTON TRIO, THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL, MELANIE SAFKA Feb. 22, T-U Center CARRIE NATION & SPEAKEASY Feb. 22, Dog Star Tavern COREY SMITH, ADAM EZRA GROUP Feb. 22, Mavericks ALLELE, NERVER Feb. 22, Freebird Live EVERGREEN TERRACE, JUST LIKE GENTLEMAN, VICES, FROM WHAT REMAINS, BLOW IT UP Feb. 22, Jack Rabbits PROFESSOR KILMURE Feb. 22, Burro Bar CELTIC CROSSROADS Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre PAPERCUTT, HORNIT Feb. 23, The Standard 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 “BIG TOE” GREEN, LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES Feb. 23, European Street Café Southside KILO-KAHN, DENIED TIL DEATH, RUNNING RAMPANT, RULE NO. 6, ZYNC, ALL THINGS DONE Feb. 23, 1904 Music Hall CLOUD 9 BAND Feb. 23, Culhane’s Irish Pub AFROMAN Feb. 23, Brewster’s Roc Bar HONKY SUCKLE Feb. 23, Dog Star Tavern 7TH STREET BAND Feb. 23, Mojo Kitchen FOREIGN TRADE, THE DEWARS Feb. 23, Burro Bar THE HIT MEN Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre CONSIDER THE SOURCE, S.P.O.R.E. Feb. 24, 1904 Music Hall BADFISH (Sublime tribute), THE SHEFFIELD CREW Feb. 24, The Standard LEO KOTTKE Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THAT ONE GUY, WOLFF Feb. 24, Jack Rabbits DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 24, Freebird Live STRAIGHT LINE STITCH Feb. 24, Brewster’s Roc Bar CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY, EVERYMEN, RACHEL KATE Feb. 24, Burro Bar ROCKVILLE RUMBLE 2013: HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE Feb. 24, Jack Rabbits BAD RABBITS, AIR DUBAI Feb. 26, Jack Rabbits JESSE COOK Feb. 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall EVERY TIME I DIE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, VANNA, HUNDREDTH, NO BRAGGING RIGHTS Feb. 27, Freebird Live MIDNIGHT SPIN, JASON CONNELLY Feb. 27, 1904 Music Hall HANK & CUPCAKES, THE DOG APOLLO, OPIATE EYES Feb. 27, Jack Rabbits THE AGGROLITES Feb. 27, Original Café 11 HONEY SUCKLE, MUDTOWN Feb. 27, Burro Bar MUSHROOMHEAD Feb. 27, Brewster’s Roc Bar ZOOGMA, SIR CHARLES Feb. 28, Freebird Live COPE, THE MANTRAS Feb. 28, 1904 Music Hall SAM PACETTI Feb. 28, European Street Café San Marco WHETHERMAN Feb. 28, Mellow Mushroom Southside

UNIVERSAL GREEN, CHOP, WILLIE EVANS JR. Feb. 28, Underbelly LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III, TAMMERLIN March 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ED ROLAND & THE SWEET TEA PROJECT March 1, The Standard THE NEW DIVIDE March 1, Murray Hill Theatre GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE March 1, Dog Star Tavern HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, THE WHISKEY GENTRY, GHOST LIGHT ROAD, BEAU CRUM March 1, Burro Bar J BOOG, HOT RAIN March 1, Jack Rabbits SWORN IN March 1, Phoenix Taproom HALL & OATES March 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KEB’ MO’ March 2, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GRANT PEEPLES, SARAH MAC March 2, European Street Café Southside TATER FAMINE, MEMPHIBIANS March 2, Burro Bar COL. BRUCE HAMPTON March 2, Dog Star Tavern GREEN JELLY March 2, Brewster’s Roc Bar WHETHERMAN March 2, Green Room Brewing KALIYL, SONS NOT BEGGARS, CAPTIVE March 2, Murray Hill Theatre BRUCE COCKBURN March 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall POLYENSO, AUTHOR March 3, Jack Rabbits BLOWFLY, GOLD PELICANS, TEENAGE LOBOTOMY, DJ DOTS March 3, Nobby’s HE’S MY BROTHER SHE’S MY SISTER, PAPER BIRD, SHAKEY GRAVES, CANARY IN THE COALMINE March 3, Burro Bar BENJAMIN DUNN & THE ANIMAL ORCHESTRA, BLACK CANVAS, FOLSOM KIMBALL March 3, Murray Hill Theatre EXCISION, PAPER DIAMOND, VASKI March 4, Freebird Live ENGLAND IN 1819, JUNGOL March 4, Burro Bar MOD SUN, CISCO ADLER, TAYYIB ALI, PAT BROWN March 4, Jack Rabbits DWIGHT YOAKAM March 5, The Florida Theatre ANDY D, MECHANICAL RIVER March 5, Burro Bar TRAPT March 6, Brewster’s Roc Bar SMALL HOUSES, PSEUDO KIDS March 6, Burro Bar THE CUSSES, CLOUDEATER March 7, Burro Bar JUDY COLLINS, LEDFOOT March 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DREW NELSON March 7, European Street Café San Marco MOUNT MORIAH, CHELSEA SADDLER March 7, Jack Rabbits BEEBS & HER MONEYMAKERS, FUSEBOX FUNK March 7, Original Café 11 THE CANDY HEARTS, ALLISON WEISS, PENTIMENTO March 7, Phoenix Taproom STELLAR KART, ABANDON, 7EVENTH TIME DOWN March 8, Murray Hill Theatre SISTER HAZEL March 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall FREDDY’S FINEST March 8 & 9, Dog Star Tavern 1964 (BEATLES TRIBUTE) March 9, The Florida Theatre EXTREMELY ROTTEN ALBUM RELEASE March 9, Burro Bar 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 PALE FIRE March 11, Burro Bar KISHI BASHI, ELIZABETH & the CATAPULT March 12, Jack Rabbits ORGY, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE, DAVEY SUICIDE March 12, Brewster’s Roc Bar VICES March 12, Burro Bar GET THE LED OUT (tribute) March 13, The Florida Theatre CHRIS TOMLIN March 13, Veterans Memorial Arena WIL MARING, ROBERT BOWLIN March 14, European St.

Live Music San Marco PINBACK March 14, Freebird Live AARON CARTER, JENNI REID March 14, Jack Rabbits YOUR 33 BLACK ANGELS, THE VELDT March 14, Burro Bar LISA LOEB March 15, The Florida Theatre JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO THEATRE COMPANY March 15 & 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SOUL GRAVY March 15, Dog Star Tavern TAKE ONE CAR March 15, Burro Bar THE FRITZ, LUCKY COSTELLO March 15, 1904 Music Hall CONVALESCE, ME & THE TRINITY, REFUGE, XHONORX, AFTER ME THE FLOOD, SKYBURNER March 15, Murray Hill Theatre MIRANDA LAMBERT, DIERKS BENTLEY, LEE BRICE March 16, Veterans Memorial Arena LOOK RIGHT PENNY, MALAYA March 16, 1904 Music Hall YANKEE SLICKERS March 16, Dog Star Tavern AWOLNATION March 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MATCHBOX TWENTY March 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JOE BROOKS, CHELSEA SADDLER March 18, Jack Rabbits ADRENALINE MOB, NOTHING MORE March 18, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s STICK TO YOUR GUNS, ROTTING OUT March 18, Phoenix Taproom BACKWOODS PAYBACK, WHISKEY DICK March 18, Burro Bar OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA March 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PEACH KELLI POP, WET NURSE, QUEEN BEEF, MENTAL BOY March 19, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PEACH KELLI POP, PILLOWFIGHT, SUPER SECRET BAND March 19, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RADICAL SOMETHING March 19, Jack Rabbits CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, BURIED IN VERONA, WITHIN THE RUINS March 19, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar HONOR SOCIETY March 20, Jack Rabbits AVOLXBLUE, STEREO TELESCOPE, ANDRE March 20, Underbelly FAMILY THIEF March 20, Burro Bar NATTY VIBES March 20, Freebird Live JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 20, The Florida Theatre CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!, HANDGUNS, STATE CHAMPS, CITY LIGHTS March 20, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar PIERCE THE VEIL, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, LETLIVE, ISSUES March 21, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megaplex KING OF PRUSSIA March 21, Burro Bar ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN: GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS March 22, The Florida Theatre JOHNNY MATHIS March 22, T-U Center WATSKY, DUMBFOUNDED March 22, Jack Rabbits HOUSE OF HEROES, THIS ARMISTICE, STEALING VANITY March 22, Murray Hill Theatre BANG TANGO March 22, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megaplex SENTROPOLIS March 22, Dog Star Tavern HEY OCEAN! March 22, Phoenix Taproom HAR-DI-HAR March 22, Burro Bar Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent Live: ALL STARS March 23, T-U Center THE WONDER YEARS March 23, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar THE FRITZ March 23, Dog Star Tavern BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE, CITY IN PERIL, SHALLOW ADDICTION March 23, Murray Hill Theatre CHUCK RAGAN, ROCKY VOTOLATO, JENNY OWEN YOUNGS March 23, Jack Rabbits TONY FURTADO March 24, Original CafĂŠ 11 EMPEROR X March 24, Burro Bar MINUS THE BEAR, CIRCA SURVIVE March 25, Freebird Live ERIC CLAPTON March 26, Veterans Memorial Arena INDIGO GIRLS March 28, The Florida Theatre LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS March 28, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, BRYNN MARIE March 29, The Florida Theatre JACKSONVEGAS, WILLIE RANDOLF March 29, Underbelly ADEMA, NERVER March 29, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar TRIBAL SEEDS, STICK FIGURE, THE MAAD T-RAY March 29, Freebird Live JUSTIN ACOUSTIC REUNION March 30, European Street Southside DR. DAN MATRAZZO & THE LOOTERS March 30, Dog Star Tavern BUBBA SPARXXX March 30, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar VAMPIRATES, SELF EMPLOYED, 1322 March 31, Burro Bar MAROON 5, NEON TREES, OWL CITY April 1, Veterans Memorial Arena JOSIAH LEMING, ONE LOVE, JENNI REID April 1, 1904 Music Hall THE STORY SO FAR, MAN OVERBOARD April 1, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HAWK NELSON, THE WRECKING, HYLAND April 2, Murray Hill Theatre YES April 3, The Florida Theatre RITA HOSKING April 4, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco DEFUNK April 5, Dog Star Tavern TAMMERLIN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT April 6, European Street CafĂŠ Southside MANAFEST, TRICIA BROCK, JEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;KOB, DAVID DUNN April 6, Murray Hill Theatre CHICAGO April 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre EL TEN ELEVEN April 7, Original CafĂŠ Eleven

THE VILE IMPURITY, BYLETH April 8, Burro Bar SCHEMATIC, REKAPSE, ASKER, TREEHOUSE April 10, Jack Rabbits HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, RADIOLUCENT April 10, Burro Bar UMPHREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MCGEE, BREAK SCIENCE April 11, Freebird Live MATT MAHER, CHRIS AUGUST, BELLARIVE April 11, Murray Hill Theatre MURIEL ANDERSON April 11, European Street San Marco FOREVER CAME CALLING, HEART TO HEART, TROUBLED COAST April 12, Phoenix Taproom TAB BENOIT April 13, Mojo Kitchen Jax Beach THIRD DAY, COLTON DIXON April 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre WEIRD AL YANKOVIC April 16, The Florida Theatre Wanee Music Festival: ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, WIDESPREAD PANIC, TEDESCHI-TRUCKS BAND, GOVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MULE, LEON RUSSELL, MACEO PARKER, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND April 18-20, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWINGINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALL-STARS April 25, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco SOILWORK, JEFF LOOMIS, BLACKGUARD, THE BROWNING, WRETCHED April 27, Jack Rabbits GREEN SUNSHINE April 27, Dog Star Tavern ALICE IN CHAINS, LIMP BIZKIT, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, 3 DOORS DOWN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, THREE DAYS GRACE, PAPA ROACH, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, HALESTORM, BUCKCHERRY April 27 & 28, Metropolitan Park AN EVENING WITH JANIS IAN May 1, P.V. Concert Hall 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 DEAD CONFEDERATE, ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR May 4, Burro Bar

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 Southside JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO May 16, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco CROSBY, STILLS & NASH May 17, The Florida Theatre THE STEREOFIDELICS May 17, Dog Star Tavern ALAN JACKSON May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL KICKOFF: DEL SUGGS May 23, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, EDIE BRICKELL May 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JB SCOTTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWINGINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALLSTARS May 30, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco ROSANNE CASH May 31, The Florida Theatre JUSTIN BIEBER Aug. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena BLUE SUEDE SHOES: THE ULTIMATE ELVIS BASH Aug. 10, The Florida Theatre VICTORIA JUSTICE Aug. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre


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 Brown Bag Special 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Herd of Watts 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. General Tsoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fury, Antler Annihilation, Thirteentwentytwo, Poor Richards, Gross evolution and Simplex 1 Feb. 10. Karl W. Davis Invitational 8 p.m. every Wed. Spade McQuade every Thur. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GENNAROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 HAMMERHEAD BEACH BAR, 2045 S. Fletcher Rd., 491-7783 Buck Smith and Jim Barcaro every Thur. 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.

Wednesday Billy Bowers Thursday Lyons Friday& Saturday Little Mike and the Tornadoes Sunday Billy Barren Atlantic Blvd. at the Ocean "UMBOUJD#FBDIr FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013 | | 43

O’KANE’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, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb 9 p.m. every Wed. DJs every Fri. & Sat. Schnockered 9 p.m. every Sun. Buck Smith Project Band 9 p.m. every Tue. 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 THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 DJ Roc 5 p.m. every Wed. Richard Smith every Fri. Live music Tue.-Sun.


AJ’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 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 X-Fest Gen XX 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Roc Bar. 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 8 p.m. 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 9 p.m. every Fri. DJs SuZi-Rok, 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 7th Street Band 10 p.m. Feb. 8. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Pop

Muzik 7 p.m. Feb. 8. 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) ADELE GRAGE CENTER, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828 Songwriters Night at Bull Park 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10 BIKINI BEACH, 2840 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 241-5454 What About Me 10 p.m. Feb. 11 BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Incognito 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. 4Play 6 p.m. Feb. 8. Slickwater 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Kurt Lanham 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10. 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 Ruby Beach 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every Tue. 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 Live music every Thur. EVA’S GRILL & BAR, 610 S. Third St., 372-9484 Steve Scarborough 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8 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 Soul Asylum, Miles Nielson & The Rusted Hearts and Solid Gold Thunder 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Beebs & Her Money Makers and Gravy Feb.

Pennsylvania post-hardcore indie rock band Balance & Composure (pictured) headlines a concert with The Jealous Sound, Daylight and Sacred Suns, Feb. 16 at the Phoenix Taproom in Downtown Jacksonville. 8. Shot Down in Flames (AC/DC tribute) 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Reel Big Fish, The Pilfers and Dan P. 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus and The Contortionist 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Live music every weekend GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 DiCarlo Thompson Feb. 9. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Jr. Fites Feb. 6. D-Lo Thompson Feb. 7. Matt Collins Feb. 8. John Austill Feb. 9. 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 Blistur Feb. 8 & 9. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Sun. Mikee Magners & Dirty Pete 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 Feb. 6. Be Easy Feb. 7. Jonnie Morgan Feb. 8. Wes Cobb Feb. 9. Mark O’Quinn Feb. 10. 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. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Bread & Butter 10 p.m. Feb. 8 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 Feb. 6. Les B. Fine Feb. 7, 11 & 12. Whetherman Feb. 8. Domenic Feb. 9. Alex Affronti & Braxton Adamson Feb. 10. Aaron Kroener Feb. 13. Reggae on the deck every Thur. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music Thur.-Sat. 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 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Lyons Feb. 7. Little Mike & the Tornadoes Feb. 8 & 9. Billy Barren Feb. 10. Live music every Thur.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Open mic with Cody Nixx Feb. 6. Job Meiller Feb. 8. Steve Gogan Feb. 9. Open mic with Derek Maines Feb. 13


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Sammy Witness Feb. 6. Up Until Now, Higher Learning, Vlad the Inhaler, Lumagrove, The Fuzz, Kevin Velarde and Dub Theorist 9 p.m. Feb. 7. Nameless, Mas Appeal, Mal Jones, Arsun F!st, Czar Black, Stillwater, DJ Al Pete and Dialectable Beats for Dilla Day Feb. 8. Higher Learning and Lumagrove Feb. 9. Emancipator, Random Rab and Tor 9 p.m. Feb. 13. Hip-hop every First Fri. Open mic every Mon. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Vyie, Foreign Trade and Raggedy Zeus 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Af the Naysayer, Sea Cycles, Whom Do You Work For? and Beastcoast 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Rapdragons, Universal Green and J-Villains 9 p.m. Feb. 10. The Ghostwrite, Jon Creeden and Beau Crum 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

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Pan 8 p.m. Feb. 12 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 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 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6. Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m. and Something Distant 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Feb. 8. Spade McQuade 1-5 p.m., Chuck Nash Band 8 p.m.-mid. Feb. 9. Live music every weekend JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Dalton Cyr & Full Court Press, Mr. Natural 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 9 KALA, 331 E. Bay St., 356-6455 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 Chris Young and Brinley Addington 7 p.m. Feb. 10. 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 every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Full On Assault, Hudson Falcons, Grabbag 8 p.m. Feb. 11 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Ghost Fields, DJ Ritual Union and Euglossine 10 p.m. Feb. 7. Blair Crimmins & the Hookers Feb. 8. Scott H. Biram 8 p.m. Feb. 13. 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 Chris Dudley Feb. 7. Slickwater Feb. 8. Jay Decosta Feb. 9. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Schnockered 10 p.m. Feb. 8 & 9. 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 Ace Winn 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 8 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 DJ BG Feb. 7. Boogie Freaks 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Yankee Slickers 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. 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 Exit Band Feb. 6. Yankee Slickers 8 p.m. Feb. 8 & 9. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Top 40 music every Mon. & Tue. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Skytrain Feb. 9. Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri. SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402 Live guitar music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. & Sat.


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave every Wed. Live music every Sat.

Live Music 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 SUNBURST STUDIOS, 126 San Jose Blvd., 485-0946 Merther Rising 8 p.m. Feb. 7


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. LIVE BAR & LOUNGE, 2223 C.R. 220, 290-1733 Open mic with Ernie & Debi Evans 7 p.m. every Tue. PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, 282-1564 Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Ozone Baby 9 p.m. Feb. 8 & 9. Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Lee Kelly Feb. 6. Local talent every Wed. Live music every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Acoustic Circle 2 p.m. every Sat. Blues jam 5 p.m. every Sun.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Clayton Bush Feb. 6. Ron Rodriguez Feb. 7. Lance Neely Feb. 8. Kevin Ski Feb. 9. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. Feb. 9. 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. Feb. 7. SunJammer Feb. 8 & 9. 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., 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 We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, Me & The Trinity, I Am the Witness 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Alexis Rhode, Bethany Stockdale, Jacob Hudson, Kevin Briscoe, MJ Baker 8 p.m.

Feb. 9. Set Free, Rfuge, Debtor, Within Leviathan 6 p.m. Feb. 10 RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Billy Buchanan Feb. 8. Christopher Dean Band Feb. 9. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Go Get Gone 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Root of All 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Open mic with Smokin’ Joe 7 p.m. every Tue. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Pili Pili 7-11 p.m. Feb. 8. Jim Asselta 2-5 p.m., Midlife Crisis 7-11 p.m. Feb. 9. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Feb. 10 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. Feb. 8 & 13. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco, 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 Wild Shiners 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Go Get Gone 9 p.m. Feb. 9. Colton McKenna 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Sam Pacetti 9 p.m. every Mon. Vinny Jacobs 9 p.m. every Tue. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Chad Mo Trio 10 p.m. Feb. 8. Crabgrass 10 p.m. Feb. 9 PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar 3-6 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Chase Rideman 9 p.m. Feb. 6 & 13. Humanzee 9 p.m. Feb. 7. Gentlemen of the Groove 9 p.m. Feb. 8. Ken McAnlis noon, Danka 9 p.m. Feb. 9. Gary Campbell noon Feb. 10. Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Karaoke 9 p.m. every Mon. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Burns Sisters and Sam Pacetti 8 p.m. Feb. 11. Fishbone and Whole Wheat Bread 8 p.m. Feb. 13. 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 Those Guys 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Feb. 8; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Feb. 9. Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Mon.-Wed. Open mic 5 p.m. every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick 5 p.m. 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 Band 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


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. THE ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 David Wilcox 8 p.m. Feb. 10


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music 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. 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., 3453466 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 Feb. 6. Charlie Walker Feb. 7. Be Easy 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Johnny Morgan Feb. 9. 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 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 A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Bobby Scott Feb. 8. Lyons Feb. 9. Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Wed.


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 JB Scott’s Swingin’ All-Stars 8 p.m. Feb. 7. 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 Bitch Please 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Doc Moccasin and Mine All Mine 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Jake Miller, Vers and Sweet Lu 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Torche and Darkhorse Saloon 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Murder By Death and Man Man 8 p.m. Feb. 11. Murs and Prof & Fashawn 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Barb Wire Dolls and Askmeificare 8 p.m. Feb. 13 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 Larry Mangum’s Songwriters’ Circle 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Billy Buchanan Feb. 6. Bryan Ripper Feb. 7. Aaron Kyle Feb. 8. Evan Michael Feb. 9. Live music every Thur.-Sat. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music 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. Feb. 7. Dixie Rodeo 7 p.m. Feb. 9 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. 

Scott H. Biram, a one-man band from Texas, arrives Feb. 13 to shake up Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville.

To get listed here, send the band name, time, date, venue location, street address, city, price, and a contact number to print, to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is at 4 p.m. Wed. before the next Wed. publication.

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Arts Artivores, held Feb. 23 at Florida Mining Gallery, is intended to be the first of many similar events that honor the mission of providing much-needed support and nourishment to local art education. Photo: Steve Williams

Devouring Art

Art lovers and foodies join forces for a feast for the eyes and taste buds ARTIVORES: PALETTE TO PLATE 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 Florida Mining Gallery, 5300 Shad Road, Southside Tickets: $195 Proceeds benefit MOCA’s education department 425-2845, 268-4681,


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he crème de le crème of creative efforts from local visual, video, theatrical and culinary arts are being mixed, cooked and served in a unique presentation for a worthy cause. The flagship offering from the Artivores, “Palette to Plate” is a conceptual art-dining experience initially cooked up by local visual artist Steve Williams. “We started planning a dinner in the gallery,” Williams said. “It was simple and was supposed to give attendees some lean toward collecting art and just an evening experiencing some of Jacksonville’s art talent.” The event at Williams’ Florida Mining Gallery features visual artists Jim Draper and Staci Bu Shea, video work by DVA, and a performance by The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company, with innovative libations and gourmet fare by Dig Foods and bb’s. Adding to the ambience is a site-specific presentation and table display by Glenn Certain Studio Floral Design Artists and Mark Grandin Events. The proceeds benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s education department, for programs such as the museum’s free weekly ArtFusion series, which allows children to make art with a parent or caregiver, as well as Rainbow Artists, an initiative created for children with autism spectrum disorders. “We like kids’ art programs, so that’s what we requested,” Williams said. “But it’s going into an overall fund that is distributed in different directions. But our philanthropic mission is to primarily help kids through programs that teach or instill creativity.” While the list of key players for “Palette to Plate” reads like a menu of local art and fine dining, the actual definition of what an Artivores event might be — and even what ticket-holding attendees are going to experience — is being kept somewhat under wraps. Social media addicts have surely noticed the appearance of DVA’s Facebook video teasers, which feature local artists like Mark George in their “native” environment, while a Jacques Cousteau-sounding narrator delivers a mockserious description. In George’s case, he is seen painting while enjoying olives and tequila. “The Artivores concept is basically a ‘new breed’ of people,” Williams wrote in an email, “those who like eating amazing food and participating, collecting and experiencing art.” Williams and company hope that the hype they have cooked up will pay off. “I can only tell you that they will experience an interactive art ‘experience/happening’ that will illustrate the span of man from past to the future,” Williams said. “So the concept has to

remain a bit secret.” Clandestine motivations aside, at $195 a ticket, some diners would certainly like to have something to whet their appetite prior to the Feb. 23 event. The Artivores did reveal to Folio Weekly that the event should play out something like this: During the cocktail hour, Draper and Bu Shea are collaborating with Dig Foods’ Chef Sean Sigmon. “It’s a communal experience, where each guest will create their own individual experience,” Bu Shea said of the reception area, which will feature a selection of appetizers with ingredients and food to be displayed like the composition of an abstract work of art, along with a “real-time” video projection of the proceedings. “As the chef chooses particular wholesome food and ingredients, guests will be able to gather and pair foods together and to discover, like a child, which combinations suit their taste buds individually.” Draper sees their contribution as a kind of gastronomic tribute in the way that modern art originally collected, gathered, adapted and reassigned different materials or, in this case, ingredients, to make new forms. “I think that in this exercise, the viewer [or participant] takes an active role toward creation while the artist [chef] in essence is more of a procurer or facilitator,” Draper wrote in an email. Draper and Bu Shea said they hope their hybrid art/food presentation with Sigmon will help kick off the vibe that Artivores hopes to achieve. “The meal becomes a metaphor for art, contemporary art in particular,” Draper said. After this introduction, guests will be led to another area to experience a dinner prepared by bb’s Chef Joshua Agan and watch a performance by The 5 & Dime, featuring members Ron Shreve, Brandon Mayes and Jill Poland. “The inspiration for the event is the evolution of man,” said the group’s co-director Lee Hamby. Though he doesn’t want to spoil any surprises for the guests, he indicated in an email that “The 5 & Dime is ‘in the clouds’ over this event (literally — wink!).” Williams said he intends to make this event the first of many similar happenings that honor the Artivores’ basic mission: to provide much-needed support and nourishment to local art education, specifically with programs geared toward those future artists and foodies of tomorrow — today’s children. While MOCA Jax will reap the inaugural rewards of this inventive blend of culinary and fine arts, Williams said that the Artivores are openly encouraging many local organizations to contact him about becoming the beneficiaries of future happenings. “The purpose for the organization is twofold: bringing interesting food and art events to Jacksonville in order to raise money for organizations that need it.”  Dan Brown


What Makes Me Happy?

These are the winners of the poetry contest for students in the United Way of Northeast Florida Achievers for Life program. Read more about the program on page 4.

FIRST PLACE Pierson Bracy Northwestern Middle School

What makes me happy? To see my mom wake up every day. To know my brother is in a better place. To have another step in life. To wake and see the sunlight. SECOND PLACE DeAngelo Jones Northwestern Middle School

I am the sun that shines so bright. I am the rain trying to grow something. When you see me, I shine in the lights. You see me, I see you, We both smile. Like a rose in a sky, I am someone inside of you that is trying to become perfect. But I am someone, And my name is DeAngelo Jones.

HONORABLE MENTION Kiara Singletary Northwestern Middle School

What makes me happy is my pet. He is green, He is small, He is not really all that tall. He is really sweet, And I like to tickle his feet. He has green eyes, He comforts me when I cry. Sometimes I wonder, “Can he cry?” He has red ears and a little beak. Even if he can’t speak Or hear or don’t have hair He is still there, sometimes everywhere. He has a tail that is really fragile. He loves shrimp that is dry, So please don’t fry. He lives in water – he is a water turtle. He has a shell; He carries it really well! He is really cool and loves to swim in my pool. He never acts the fool, But I think he needs a stool to jump in the pool. His name is Greeny/Sweety. He sometimes acts silly. He is my best friend to the end.

Brionna Johnson Northwestern Middle School

He is Greeny my best friend, That’s what makes me happy to the end, Greeny, my best friend.

To be able and wake up and see another day Mature people around me and the things they say My family, my new and old friends That are with me from the beginning to the end.

Camille Collins Eugene J. Butler Middle School


Some kids do not have the opportunity To be happy at least once in their life. At least I’m happy. I have a chance to be satisfied. Life is a gift to me and I find that a part Of being happy. People that inspire me; motivate me Make me happy. I see myself in the future achieving my goals. To see myself each and every day, Striving and reaching high to do my best makes me happy. Each and every day I try and do my best: The outcome of it is me being happy. I am Brionna. Forever I will stay happy. I have high self-esteem for myself And I set a lot of goals.


It’s not my long pretty hair, Or the clothes I wear — It’s the hot wings, mac & cheese and the collard greens That make me cheer and sing and do foolish things. It’s not about the shoes I have, But because Obama made four more years That makes my crazy friends and I scream “Hurray!” What makes me happy is slumber parties, hot fries and going to the Fair. I am happy when I’m baking cookies, brownies, cakes, And all those yummy treats. I am happy for God who opens my eyes And gives me another chance to smile and be unique. 

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DRIVING MISS DAISY The drama, starring Michael Learned of “The Waltons” and Lance Nichols of HBO’s “Treme,” is staged for evening and matinee performances Feb. 6-March 28 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$59. 641-1212. THE CAPITOL STEPS The satirical musical is performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-7, at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. $34-$46. 632-3373. THEATER OF THE MIND: STORYTELLING The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine perform “Enduring Love” and “Back in Tyme” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10. 829-8711. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING The production from A Classic Theatre, based on Joan Didion’s memoir of love and loss, is staged 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Pioneer Theater at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $20. 800-813-3208, 824-8874. ALMOST, MAINE The mythical town of Almost, Maine, is the site of nine tales of love in this romantic comedy, staged 8 p.m. Feb. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. $20. 261-6749. LOST IN YONKERS Neil Simon’s play is performed Feb. 7-10 and 14-17 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10-$25. 825-1164. CLARINDA Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre presents the Scottish musical play Feb. 8-10 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. $20. 249-7177. FENCES The play, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony awards, examines the evolution of race relations. “Fences” is staged Feb. 8-10 at Stage Aurora, 5164 Norwood Ave., Ste. A, Northside. 765-7372. CONVERSATIONS AFTER A BURIAL The comedic play is staged Feb. 7-16 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. $20. 249-0289. MURDER IN THE OLDE CITY This dinner theater whodunit of murder, scandal and love is staged 6 p.m. Feb. 10, 17 and 24 at The Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $39.95. 824-7211. PROFESSOR WHISKEY’S TRAVELING BIZARRE BAZAAR The professor takes on “Wonderland” in a bizarre adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic in a show of burlesque, singing and fire poi, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown. $12. 327-5768. EXTRAVAGANZA The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ show is staged 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. 346-5620 ext. 122.

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Pierre (David Gowan) and his wife Julienne (Holly Gutshall) try to embody “an appealing example of conjugal felicity” in the French comedy “Conversations After a Burial,” directed by Gutshall and Joe Schwarz and staged Feb. 7-10 and 14-16 at Players by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach. ART FUNDAMENTALS: WATERCOLOR Instructor Robert Leedy teaches a four-week session on techniques for painting watercolors from a studio still life or reference photo, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Ages 13 and older. $170. 355-0630. ADVENTURES IN ART Local artist Jan Bialka presents “Four Women Impressionists,” part of the Adventures in Art monthly series from FOCUS Cummer and Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library. The program examines the work of Marie Braquemond, Eva Gonzales, Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd. 273-3990. AMERICAN HISTORY SONG AND STORY “Heroes and Hard Times: American History Through Song and Story” features Sparky and Rhonda Rucker 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville. Free. 766-6785. BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION Spoken word, music and dancing are held at noon Feb. 14 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Rd., Jacksonville. Free. 766-6785. 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 Feb. 16 and March 23 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $15. 356-6857. ART AUCTION A gala art exhibition and auction are held 5:50 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Augustine Yacht Club, 442 Ocean Vista Ave., St. Augustine. $10. 687-5146. AUGUSTANA CHOIR CONCERT A choir of 70 students from Rockville, Ill., performs 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd., Jacksonville. Free. 733-8055. AUDITIONS FOR TEA AND SYMPATHY Auditions are held for eight male and two female roles for the drama “Tea and Sympathy,” 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. The show runs April 19-May 4. 396-4425. CULTURAL SERVICE GRANT INTENT Duval County arts and cultural organizations interested in applying to the 2013-’14 Cultural Service Grant Program must submit a letter of intent to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville by Feb. 28. 358-3600. Submit online at GREEN ART POSTER CONTEST Concert on the Green is calling all student artists for this year’s poster contest. The deadline for submissions is March 1. No entry fee. Apply online at PONTE VEDRA ART CLASSES The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers workshops in watercolor, acrylic and oils, for artists of all skill levels, with most class series running through late February or early March. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614 ext. 204. 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. through April 21. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Fees vary. 322-7672. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES Energetic art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W.



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. Feb. 6 and 13 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Ages 13 and older. $190. 355-0630. HOMESCHOOL ARTS PROGRAM The Arts League works with homeschool students in the Julington Creek area starting 6 p.m. Feb 7 at Hobby Lobby, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. $80 for six 2-hour weekly sessions. 677-2787. DANCING IN ARLINGTON Lessons for ballroom dancing are held 7:30 pm. Feb. 7, $6; bop, shag and swing, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, $10; and dancing with the Florida boppers 8 p.m. Feb. 9, $10, at Club Savoy, 6354 Arlington Road, Arlington. 745-7725. EXCURSIONS INTO THE WILD Artist and environmentalist Jim Draper leads a series of explorations into natural habitats with the first excursion held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Little Talbot Island State Park. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own lunch. $115. 355-0630. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN Children ages 3-5 and an adult participate in “Art for Two,” an infusion of art, movement, literature and music to develop new skills 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 9 and March 23 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $15 per pair. 356-6857. DISCOVERING THE LAYERS Artist Jim Draper leads a gallery discussion related to his exhibit, “Feast of Flowers,” 1 p.m. Feb. 10 and March 24 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Reservations required. 899-6038.

Forsyth St., Downtown, at a fee of $20 per class or $100 for six weeks. 568-2146. ART THERAPY CLASSES New art classes are held every Tue. 6-9 p.m. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown. $30 includes supplies. 586-2088, email MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. 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. BELLY DANCING “Belly Dance with Margarita” is offered 4 p.m. Thur. and 10:30 a.m. Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. 721-3399. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles of dance, for all ages and skill levels, every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside. 527-8694. 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., Spring Park. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672. JAX CONTRA DANCE A live band and caller lead 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. ST. AUGUSTINE CHORUS AUDITIONS Auditions for singers for “On Broadway! Act II” are held 6:50-9 p.m. every Tue. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. Music distributed during the first few weeks of rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Membership fee: $25. 808-1904.


KOGER/MATTESON JAZZ FESTIVAL The 25th annual festival is held 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at University of North Florida’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. ART WALK CONCERT Jacksonville University Chamber Strings perform 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Free. 630-2665. AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL WinterFest 2013 includes Hilary Hahn 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, and Julie Coucheron and Elizabeth Pridgen performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Palace Saloon, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Individual tickets: $29-$45; three-concert packages: $99-$149. 261-1779. 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

Arts performs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. 355-7584. NEW DIRECTIONS VETERANS CHOIR The a cappella group sings soul, gospel and pop, 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside. $25. 389-6222. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CONCERT The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus joins local university and church choirs in the fourth annual concert, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. through choral music, 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $15. 353-1636. THOMAS PANDOLFI The pianist performs 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $25. 797-2800. PAUL JACOBS The chair of the Juilliard Organ Department performs 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown. Free. 270-1771. WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR The children’s choir from Watoto, Africa, performs 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at SweetWater Community Club, 9039 Dell Webb Parkway, Southside; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Kingdom Impact Gospel Church, 1245 Arlington Road and 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 8264 Lone Star Road, Arlington. (813) 449-2927. TRIO DI COLORE The UNF Chamber Music Series event begins 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. KEVIN MAHOGANY The jazz vocalist plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at 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. TRIO DI COLORE The concert, featuring UNF clarinetist Guy Yehuda, is held 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. LENTEN EVENSONG Tim Tuller directs the Cathedral Choir 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown Jacksonville. 356-5507. JU VOICES Opera and music theater under the direction of Kimberly Beasley is performed 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. TATSUYA NAKATANI Pennsylvania-based percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, originally from Osaka, Japan, appears 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura Street, Downtown. $5. 366-6911. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Calendar 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. DINO SALIBA

Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Road, Arlington. 743-3848. 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.


FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held Feb. 6 and the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. An events map is available at ORANGE PARK FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Artists showcase their work in an open-air art gallery, displaying works of ceramics, metal, glass, painting, sculpture, photography and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, in Orange Park Mall’s parking lot, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park. 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 and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 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 and 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 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386.


AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. “Freedom Comes to Fernandina,” a black history exhibit running through March, highlights the achievements of African-Americans. 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. “Cultural Fusion,” an exhibit of archival material about two vital community leaders, Eartha White and Ninah Cummer, continues through April 14. The exhibit “200 Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs” continues through April 27. FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Planning and Painting in Paradise,” celebrating the 125-year history

Irma Hasanic’s pencil work (pictured) won first prize in the Jacksonville Public Library’s Winter Teen Art Contest and earned Hasanic, 16, a solo art show in the Teen Department Gallery at the Main Library in March. Lauren Barnhost’s photo art received second prize, Natalie Heathcoat’s acrylic painting placed third and Sage Wong’s watercolor work earned honorable mention. of Hotel Ponce de Leon, is on display through Feb. 22. 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 runs through Feb. 6. “Pulp Fiction,” an exhibit of work by paper artists Denise Bookwalter, Charles Clary and Lauren Clay, has an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21. The exhibit is on display through March 13. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992. “Nursery Rhymes,” an exhibit of original illustrations and manuscripts of classic nursery rhymes, is displayed through April 28. The nature photography of Carlos Rodriguez Carreon is displayed through Feb. 27. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784. Exhibits regarding 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” continues through April 7. “First Coast Portfolio: A Juried Art Educators Exhibition” features art from local educators in the First Coast community through March 31. 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 runs 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.


“Flamingo Oil,” by photographer Stephan R. Leimberg, is among the pieces on display in “The Amelia Flora and Fauna Series,” which opens with a reception Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 22 at Waterwheel Art Gallery in Fernandina Beach.

ART GUILD OF ORANGE PARK 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park, 278-4750.“Past Presidents” is on display through Feb. 28. 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, continues through March 7. AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY 3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797. Pierre H. Matisse, the grandson of legendary artist Henri Matisse, makes two

appearances – 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 17. Matisse presents his collection, including his linocut series as well as “Stars & Stripes Forever,” artwork housed in the George W. Bush Library & Museum, and pieces from past masters, including Henri Matisse. Reservations are required. CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside. “Duval’s Brokn Heartd Ball,” which includes a blacklight art show and live music in the CoRK-yard, is held 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. “I’m Board 5,” a large group show whose only requirement is artwork done on or with skateboards, is held 6 p.m. Feb. 16. “CutPaint-Draw,” an art exhibit featuring cut paper by Hiromi Moneyhun and the acrylic paintings of Sharla Valeski are paired with mixed media drawings by Bruce Musser. The opening reception is held 6-10 p.m. March 9. The exhibition is displayed through March 30. CYPRESS VILLAGE ART LEAGUE 4600 Middleton Park Circle, Southside, 223-6100. The exhibit “WOW,” featuring paintings by Atlanta’s Linda Copeland, opens with a reception held 2-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and continues through April 11. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. “Mermaid Magic II,” an exhibit of regional and national artists creating their visions of magical mermaids in painting, photography, clay, glass, metal and jewelry, continues through March 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. Artist Tony Rodrigues is the featured artist through February on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. “Local Exposure,” an exhibit of photography by local amateurs and professionals, continues through March 10. THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO 8780-100 Perimeter Park Ct., Southside, 642-6677. The gallery features painting, art glass, photography, wood crafts, pottery and sculpture. GEORGIA NICK GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348. The artistowned studio displays Georgia Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local work from oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The Nassau County high school students’ art show begins with a reception held 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10 and continues through February. The IAA members’ show “Colorful Island” opens with a reception held 5-8 p.m. March 9 and continues through March. 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.

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Arts JACKSONVILLE MAIN LIBRARY 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-1947. “North East Florida Scholastic Art Awards” exhibits 62 pieces and eight portfolios with gold key honors from more than 700 submissions from students in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24. 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 displayed through April 6. 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 Express youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the main lobby. METACUSP STUDIOS GALLERY 2650 Rosselle St., Riverside, (813) 223-6190. The exhibit “200 Nudes,” figure drawings from life by Jeff Whipple, continues through Feb. 12. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative process, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. PLANTATION ARTISTS GUILD AND GALLERY Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 94 Village Circle, Amelia Island, 310-6106. Mary O. Smith is the featured guest artist for February. Her oil and watercolor paintings are shown 7 p.m. Feb. 20, and the exhibit continues through March 9. “March into Spring” has an opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 15 and also continues through March 9. 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. The gallery features two CoRK Arts District artists: painter, photographer and author Joanelle Mulrain and designer and glass artist Helen Cowart. The opening reception is held 5-8 p.m. Feb. 9; the exhibit is displayed through February. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. “Altar Life: Altars that Alter” is a multidimensional assemblage project that offers a sense of place to question, say a prayer, contemplate, gain hope or ask for help. The exhibit is displayed through February. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. “Full Bloom,” an exhibit of work by Pam Zambetti, is on display during First Wednesday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 6. Belton S. Wall’s exhibit “Hearts” is on display through March 6 in the One Show Room. SOUTH GALLERY Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 646-2023. “Urban Core” is an exhibit of art inspired by the sights, sounds and textures of the urban environment. The exhibit features works in all media by Overstreet Ducasse, Clay Doran, Dustin Harewood, Chance Isbell, Morrison Pierce, Shaun Thurston and Mike Wilson through March 1. The opening reception is held

5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “Negro Y Blanco,” an exhibit of new work in black-and-white by Anthony Ausgang, is displayed through March 29. ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR CENTER 10 South Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 825-1000. ”Picasso Art & Arena,” an exhibit showcasing 39 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work from the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal in Málaga, Spain, is on display through May 11. “Hanging with Picasso” features select works of St. Johns County students hanging alongside Picasso’s work, through May. 11. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 4, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. An exhibit featuring the works of abstract painters Michelle Armas, Denise Choppin, Christina Foard and Shawn Meharg runs through Feb. 28. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 561-2146. The gallery’s permanent collection features work from members Jim Smith, Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain and Mark Zimmerman. The collages of Louise Freshman Brown are on display through March. A reception is held Feb. 6 at First Wednesday Art Walk. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. The Big Red Art Show is an open-media, open-subject celebration of the color red. From abstract to realism, the works convey a range of moods and meanings with any variation of the color red. The juried show is on display through Feb. 24. TAPA THAT 820 Lomax St., Riverside, 383-5650. “Local Artists Presents: An Artful Evening” features original artwork 6 p.m. Feb. 10. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY OF ART 1 UNF Dr., Building 2, Room 1001, Southside, 620-2534. “An Altering Role: Works by Cat Snapp & The Bump It Mafia,” a celebration of womanhood in printmaking that highlights the importance of camaraderie not just among women, but among artists of all backgrounds, is on display through Feb. 21. “Recent Acquisitions: Selections from the Wells Fargo Donation, Part 2” is on display through Feb. 21. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 819 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. Photographer Stephan R. Leimberg’s exhibit “The Amelia Flora and Fauna Series” opens with a reception held 4-7 p.m. Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 22. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to 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 Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue., eight days before publication.

“Fallen Axis” (pictured) by Clay Doran is on display in “Urban Core,” an exhibit that also features the works of Overstreet Ducasse, Dustin Harewood, Chance Isbell, Morrison Pierce, Shaun Thurston and Mike Wilson. “Urban Core” opens with a reception Feb. 7 and continues through March 1 at FSCJ’s South Gallery on the Southside.

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Happenings inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of Northeast Florida 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. Admission is free. 251-2320.


RECONSTRUCTION IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA Bobbie Fost discusses Reconstruction in the area noon Feb. 6 at Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. 261-7378. A WALK THROUGH HISTORY Duval County Retired Educators Association’s Cultural Affairs Council presents local notables who’ve contributed to area multicultural history, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Mary Singleton Community Center, 150 E. First St., Downtown. Admission is free. 396-4063. ONE TO GROW ON PARTY The One to Grow On Birthday Party and the 55-mile Ultra Marathon are held 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, honoring Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Live music by Dalton Cyr and kid band Full Court Press, kids’ activities and a one-mile fun run (1:30 p.m.) are featured. The Run 5 To Keep Kids Alive starts at 2 p.m. To donate to light a candle, go to EQUALITY FEST Embrace Jax presents this family-friendly festival held 3-10 p.m. Feb. 9 at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King St., Riverside. NPR’s Al Letson and local Downtown hero Tony Allegretti are the featured speakers. Kids activities, food trucks, and the new Equality Ale are featured. Performing live are the bands Mama Blue, Tropic of Cancer, Tough Junkie, Ritual Union, Shawn Lightfoot, Ritual Union, Real Job and more. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit JASMYN programs. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM Fort Mose Historic State Park celebrates the first free African settlement 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. Florida Living History re-enactors perform Colonial Spanish military drills and demonstrations of musket and cannon firing. A cooking demonstration and an exhibit on Native Indians are featured. Museum entry fee is $2. 823-2232. RUBEN STUDDARD AT BENEFIT The sixth annual Boys & Girls Club Benefit is held 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. “American Idol” winner Studdard performs and a silent auction is held. Tickets are $150 and include cocktails and dinner. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County programs. 261-8666. INTERNATIONAL CAR & TRUCK SHOW All manner of new vehicles are featured noon-9 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Hybrids, vans, cars, crossovers, trucks and sport utes are featured. Admission is $10 for adults; seniors 65-plus $8; kids ages 6-12 and military with I.D., $5. Kids younger than 6 get in free. 630-4000. POP CULTURE COLLECTIBLES SHOW Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe, Barbie — they’re all here. Dealers offer retro memorabilia, including comics, posters, records and toys, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Ramada Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Filmmaker William Grefe, actor Doug Hobart are on hand. Admission is $3; $1 younger than 12. 880-4281. SOLE TOUR Local musicians gather 2-6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pier Cantina & Sandbar, 412 N. First St., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit local musician Matt Still’s efforts to raise funds for homeless kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands to have shoes. 536-7750. FRONT PORCH SERIES Mandarin Museum & Historical Society presents longtime Mandarin resident Billy Barwald 2-3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the museum, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Barwald discusses the local citrus business during the time of Harriet Beecher Stowe, until the freeze of 1899. 268-0784. BOURBON STREET BASH The Beaches Exchange Club holds this fundraiser 6:3010:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Casa Marina Hotel, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. Food, beer, wine, a Cajun Mardi Gras band, and a live and silent auction are featured. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the club’s efforts to prevent child abuse. 329-0663, 270-0025. INTO THE WILD LIVE! FSCJ’s Artist Series presents Emmy-winner Jack Hanna as he trots various animals onstage 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. Tickets range from $27-$46. 632-3373. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser Mania 7 p.m., LaserOpolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m. and Laser Hypnotica 10 p.m. Feb. 8 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. FARMERS & ARTS MARKET This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635.


LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun. at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine. 824-2802. JEWISH ETHICS COURSE The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute offers the course “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” conducted by Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky of Chabad @ the Beaches. Sessions are held 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6 at The Aaron & Blanche Scharf Chabad Center, 521 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. The course challenges students to articulate their opinions, while providing practical Talmudic wisdom to help navigate through life’s ethical challenges. All JLI courses are open to the public; you needn’t be affiliated with any house of worship. 543-9301. OLD TIME JAM Mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels. Admission is free. JacksonvilleOldTimeJam SCRIPTURE STUDY Sessions for a free five-week study are held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hineni Messianic Fellowship, 1797 Old Moultrie Rd., Ste. 102, St. Augustine. 827-9731.


Billed as “America’s favorite zookeeper,” Jack Hanna brings his “Into the Wild Live!” to Northeast Florida, Feb. 8 at the Times-Union Center’s Jacoby Hall in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Rick A. Prebeg, World Class Images CHOCOLATE TOUR The tour departs 1:30 p.m. every Sat. through February from Old Town Trolley’s Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Stops include Aviles Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront, Raintree Restaurant and San Sebastian Winery. Reservations are required; call 829-3800. 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 is 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 the third Sat. 607-9935. ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET An open-air farmers market, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 10 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. 607-9935.


SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Historian Ron Radford discusses St. Augustine’s birthday 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. JAXUSA’s Jerry Mallot appears Feb. 13. 396-5559.


WESLEY MOODY Local author and FSCJ history professor Moody appears at Book Talk Café 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Moody discusses his book, “Demon of the Lost Cause,” about Yankee general and arsonist William Tecumseh Sherman, and “Diary of a Civil War Marine, Private Josiah Greg.” Admission is free. JAX YOUTH WRITERS Writers younger than 18 and their parents meet 7-8:45 p.m. on the fourth Thur. each month at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. 742-7359.


JAY PHILLIPS Funnyman Phillips appears 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 8, and 8 and 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $10-$17. Comedy Zone All Stars 8 p.m. Feb. 12. 292-4242.

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE Mr. Andy Pitz appears 8:34 p.m. Feb. 7, 8:04 p.m. Feb. 8 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. Feb. 9 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$15. 646-4277. THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB Roy Haber and Ryan DeNisco appear 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.


GOLF OUTING The 11th annual event is held noon Feb. 8 at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway. Prizes, food and drink and a silent auction are featured. Proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History. 261-7378. JETTY-2-JETTY ULTRAMARATHON The 13th annual Performance Jetty-2-Jetty Ultramarathon and Team Relay – the world’s longest – starts 8 a.m. Feb. 9 on the beach at the east end of Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, and ends at the St. Augustine Inlet, Vilano Beach. Proceeds benefit the Katie Caples Foundation’s organ and tissue education programs. 285-1552. AMATEUR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP The annual Julian Jackson tournament is held 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Police Athletic League’s facility at 3450 Monument Rd., Arlington. General admission tickets are $10; $15 for floor seats; $5 for non-competing boxers. Proceeds benefit PAL programs. Jackson, a PAL benefactor, died in 2011. 854-6555 ext. 203. ROLLER DERBY The season opener features New Jax City Rollers against DC All Stars 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Mandarin Skate Station, 3461 Kori Rd., Mandarin, followed by the River City Rat Pack against Alachua County Hunnies. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 399-3223. JAX GIANTS Don’t you just love the squeak of the shoes on the shiny court? The local ABA 2012 championship team takes on the Gainesville Heat 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Then it’s the Giants against the Albany Blazers (c’mon, named for a sports coat? We got this.) 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets range from $6-$100. 355-6531. TALBOT ISLANDS CRITTERS A park ranger discusses the many common species that

RAIN BARREL CLASS St. Johns County Cooperative Extension Service holds a rain barrel making class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 8 at SJC Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Ctr. Dr., St. Augustine. Supplies are provided. Space is limited. The class fee is $40. To register, call 209-0430. MEMORY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM Learn simple strategies that focus on cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. 729-9535. DEBTORS ANONYMOUS 12-Step meetings 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010. 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 (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 FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. each 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. 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. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS 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. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. NAR-A-NON This group meets 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168.  To have your events or club meetings listed here, send us the details: event title, time, date, location (street address and city), admission price and contact number to print to or click the link in our Happenings section at Deadline is 4 p.m. Wed. for the next Wednesday publication.

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The Mustard Seed Cafe

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, freerange chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Paul Maley’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141

Lulu’s at The Thompson House

Lulu’s owners, Brian and Melanie Grimley, offer an innovative lunch menu, including po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in the gardens of the historic Thompson House. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp is the focus every Thursday), and nightly specials. An extensive wine list and beer are available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations are recommended. 11 S. Seventh Street 904-432-8394

PLAE Restaurant & Lounge

Located in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE serves bistro style cuisine. The full bar lounge at PLAE has become an instant classic, with artistic décor and live entertainment nightly. Now you can PLAE during the day, too! Open for lunch Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132

Moon River Pizza

Moon River Pizza treats customers like family. Cooked in a brick oven, the pizza is custom-made by the slice (or, of course, by the pie). Set up like an Atlanta-style pizza joint, Moon River also offers an eclectic selection of wine and beers. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Dine in or take it with you. 925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400

The Surf

Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711

Halftime Sports Bar and Grill

The place to be on the island for sports TV — NCAA, MLB, NFL and all your favorites. Starters feature pulled pork cheese fries and soon-to-be-famous wings. The roster includes our famous All-star fish tacos, an impressive Angus burger and Gourmet quarter-pound hot dog. Try out our draft beer line-up of the best domestic and craft selections. Stop by, hang out & click 320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303

Cafe Karibo

Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub — the only one on the island — offers on-site beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269

29 South Eats

This chic, neighborhood bistro has it all — great ambience, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The eclectic menu offers traditional world cuisine with a modern whimsical twist and Chef Scotty Schwartz won Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s 2007 Best of Jax readers poll. Open for lunch Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thur., till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 29 S. Third Street 904-277-7919

Brett’s Waterway Café

Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660

T-Ray’s Burger Station

T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving Beer & Wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310

Jack & Diane’s

The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444

Sliders Seaside Grill

Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652

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Average Entrée Cost: $ = Less than $8 $$ = $8-$14 $$$ = $15-$22 $$$$ = $23 & up BW=Beer, Wine FB=Full Bar CM=Children’s Menu TO=Take Out B=Breakfast Br=Brunch L=Lunch D=Dinner F = Folio Weekly distribution point


BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT See Ponte Vedra. 960030 Gateway Blvd. 277-3700. $$-$$$ 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 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

The recently opened Black Sheep Restaurant features an innovative farm-to-table menu in its new building on Oak Street in Jacksonville’s Five Points neighborhood. Photo: Walter Coker 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 serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows). 446-9988. $ BOWL OF PHO The new spot’s varied menu of Vietnamese and Thai dishes has authentic ingredients, prepared fresh, including egg rolls, grilled pork and chicken, lotus root salad, and salted fish fried rice. Boba is also served. L & D, daily. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ 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. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F Best of Jax winner. All over town, Larry’s piles ’em high and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s have B & W and/or breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9, 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant has 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. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Al’s has been serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones, salads and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Subs are made-to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BAGEL WORLD F Best of Jax. Cozy spot has a breakfast special (eggs, ham & cheese) and a variety of cream cheese, coffee, juice. B & L, daily. 2202 S. Third St. 246-9988. $ THE BEACH RESTAURANT F Shrimp, fresh fish, chicken, burgers, burritos, Chicago-style pizza are served at this new oceanfront place. L & D, daily. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ 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. $$ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F Full fresh seafood market has seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoor or out. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s 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 The spot has fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee, espresso, fresh-bakedin-house muffins, breads, scones, cakes. Vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $

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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. 247-3641. $ 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. $$ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Chef O’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the waterfront tiki deck. FB, CM. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ 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

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with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50-plus beers, craft and area selections. Gourmet burgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ 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. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Daily. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(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. $$$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ 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. 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. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ 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. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA Popular spot offers a variety of dishes with an authentic Cuban taste: tostones, empanadas, palomilla, pollo al ajillo, lechon asado, zarzuela de Mariscos, plus wraps, pizzas, sandwiches, baked goods. L & D, daily. 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9. 374-2046. $$ 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. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual spot has been serving a variety of hot dogs since 1968. Toppings include onion sauce, chili, slaw and sauerkraut. Personal pizzas, fries and drinks, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3. 551-3661. $ SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Authentic, fresh Mexican fare prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. Daily specials. Dine indoors or on the large patio outside. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 992-8402. $$$ SHANE’S RIB SHACK Shane’s serves Southern barbecue: ribs, 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. $$


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.,

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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. $$

BIRTHPLACE: Hattiesburg, Mississippi YEARS IN THE BIZ: 15 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than mine): Cochon in New Orleans FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: French and Creole FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Pig, fresh seafood and seasonal produce IDEAL MEAL: Chicken wings WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Pig eyeballs CRAZIEST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: Working at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. INSIDER’S SECRET: Butter or Bourbon CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Chef John Besh CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Chips and salsa 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 flatbreads, calzones, pasta dishes, shishkabobs, seafood, wraps, 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 Casual, family-friendly eatery has pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials, 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. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family place has served wings, ribs, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ 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. $


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. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT Made-from-scratch, homestyle Southern fare features local seafood – especially crab cakes and she-crab soup. Meat loaf, pot roast, sandwiches and salads, too. L & D, daily. B, L & D, Sat. & Sun. FB, CM. 15 S. Roscoe Blvd. 280-7522. $$-$$$ 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. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The Irish gastropub at Hilton Garden Inn offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ 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 The 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. $$$


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. $$$ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chef Adam Burnett F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery has pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ 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 CAFE 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, gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips – plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ 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. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ THE SALTY FIG This brand-new Southern gastropub offers New American Southern fare, including shrimp & grits and bourbon fig glazed quail, made with locally sourced produce, meats, seafood. An extensive beer selection includes 10 local drafts. FB. L & D, daily. 901 King St. 337-0146. $$-$$$ 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. $ TRES LECHES Owner/Chef Irene Mattos-Sweda F The bakery and café offers quiches, arepas, empanadas, cachitos, eggplant lasagna, omelets, sandwiches, as well as specialty desserts, including cakes, pies, tarts and coffee cakes, served in a casual atmosphere. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 551-4375. $$

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Lupe’s famous Baja fish tacos are panko-crusted and lightly fried.

San Marco Mex

Hightide Burrito Co. boasts homemade-style menu items HIGHTIDE BURRITO CO. 1538 Hendricks Ave., Ste. 1, San Marco 683-7396,


hen I need to quiet my growling stomach, I head to a restaurant that has “Mex” as a prefix or suffix. Hightide Burrito Co. touts its “Beach Mex,” a vibe and flavors that lend themselves to Jacksonville’s ethnic and geographic diversity. The menu is inspired by owner Alejandro Juarez’s family recipes from Central Mexico. This family-friendly, seat-yourself, tworoom spot is clean and modern with an abundance of seating. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the menu’s straightforward and easy to read. Your toughest choice? Whether you’re up for a burrito (flour or wheat tortilla), burrito bowl, nachos, tacos (corn or flour), tortas or salad. Then determine if you’re in the mood for steak, ground beef, barbacoa, chicken, carnitas, fish, shrimp, roasted vegetables or beans and cheese. Salsas are made in-house, and everything tastes fresh. Queso seemed like a must to kick off our lunch. We found it to be full of flavor, thick and creamy, which nicely coated our bags of homemade tortilla chips. There are few things worse than runny queso. Beware: These triangular gems are beyond addicting — super-crunchy, warm and lightly salted. Perfection. I eyed the best-seller claim next to Lupe’s famous Baja fish tacos, and I knew what I’d be ordering. Best-seller? They must be delicious. And they were! Panko-breaded, lightly fried tilapia is generously topped with shreds of crunchy cabbage, then drizzled with a tangy white sauce and accompanied by a wedge of lime. I concurred with the claim. The fish was moist and cooked to perfection — each bite gave way to the perfect amount of crunch from the breading. I added a few generous dashes of the Peruvian sauce there on the table and some of the pico de gallo that came with my chips. I caught my boyfriend sneaking a bite on more than one occasion.

Hightide’s queso is thick and creamy, perfectly coating each homemade tortilla chip.

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Also intriguing were the made-to-order acai bowls. I opted for the beet bowl with a blend of frozen acai berry (deemed a superfood), ginger, beets, lime juice and apple juice, then topped with banana slices, strawberries and blueberries, granola, a sprinkling of bee pollen and swirl of honey. Each bite burst with delicious antioxidants. It was sweet, but in an I-just-worked-outand-went-to-yoga-and-now-I-need-a-treat sort of way. On my second visit, I ordered the spicy pig quesadillas: four thick triangles stuffed with carnitas, bacon, chipotle sauce and jalapeños, served with salsa and sour cream. While good, the bacon overpowered the other ingredients. Hightide offers daily specials. On Mondays, you can snag a Lupe’s famous Baja fish taco for just $2. On Taco Tuesdays, $6.25 gets you two tacos, chips and a drink. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Hightide’s best hours are 4-7 p.m. when drinks are two-for-one. Who doesn’t love a free drink? Try one of the local brews: Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Killer Whale Cream Ale from Bold City Brewery, Green Room Brewing’s Head High IPA and Intuition Ale Works’ I-10 IPA.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly’s Bite Club Host

The superfood acai beet bowl sprinkled with bee pollen and honey is healthful and surprisingly delicious.

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 double-decker 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, 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. $


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-and-operated 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. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd. 471-3424. $ ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-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. $$$


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 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. $$


The landmark Ragtime Tavern features live music, handcrafted beers and Cajun/Creole-influenced fare in Atlantic Beach where Atlantic Boulevard meets the ocean. Photo: Walter Coker 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. $$ SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F New location. See Riverside. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 996-2288. $$ 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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


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. $$ PIZZA PALACE Dino F All of the Pizza Palace locations feature a variety of homemade dishes made from Mama’s awardwinning recipes, including spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ 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 2012 winner. Ruth’s serves 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 Ctr. 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. 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 house-baked 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. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This gastropub serves Southern-style fare; dishes pair with international wines and beers, including a selection of craft , IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ 360° GRILL F Latitude 30’s 360° Grill 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. $$ TASTE FOOD STUDIO TASTE specializes in high-end, higher quality, scratch-made fare, creating upscale dishes with a TASTEfully new twist on global cuisine and American favorites. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Rd. 415-2992. $$$ 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. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven – the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Calzones, soups, salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses, Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ TOSSGREEN F The brand-new “fast-casual” restaurant offers custom salads, burritos or burrito bowls from fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables, 100% natural chicken breast and sirloin, shrimp, tofu, nuts, cheeses, dressings, sauces and salsas. Popular items include Sunshine Shrimp and Chopped Royale. Frozen yogurt, too. CM. L & D, daily. 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 12. 619-4356. $ URBAN ORGANICS Local organic co-op has seasonal fresh organic produce. 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. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Ctr. 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 varied menu features Mediterranean and French-inspired Low Country fare 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 5-7 p.m. every Winedown Wed. 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 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): “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible,” said poet Theodore Roethke. For the foreseeable future, you could and should be like that. Not saying you’ll always be a connoisseur of amazements, massager of miracles and magnet for unexpected beauty, but you can play those roles for the next few weeks. How many exotic explorations and unlikely discoveries can you cram in from now to March 1? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): North America’s most powerful, iconic waterfall is Niagara Falls, straddling the border between the U.S. and Canada. In 1969, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed to shut down the American side for a few months. They performed monumental magic, building a dam made with 27,800 tons of rocks. Why? To do research and maintenance on the stony foundation below. You could accomplish a metaphorical version of that in the weeks ahead: some awesome task allowing you to peer beneath the surface and make refinements to enhance long-time stability. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): National Geographic reports dung beetles have an intimate relationship with the Earth and stars. South African scientists found the bugs use the Milky Way Galaxy to orient themselves while rolling precious dung balls to a safe spot. The bright band of starlight is a navigational aid. The dung beetle is your power animal in the weeks ahead. It’s prime time to align movements and decisions with a bigger picture and higher power. (Read the research: CANCER (June 21-July 22): Go ahead and compare oranges and apples next week. Honey and butter, too: It’s OK to compare and contrast. Science and religion. Bulldogs and Siamese cats. Dew and thunderclaps. Create connections no one else is able to make … seek out seemingly improbable harmonies between unlikely partners … dream up interesting juxtapositions to generate fertile ideas. Your soul needs the delight and challenge of unexpected blending.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection includes the story “The Devil and His Grandmother.” In one scene, the devil’s grandmother is patting and rubbing her grandson’s 2012 head – at least that’s what English translations have. But the authors wrote in German, and in the original version, Grandma is in fact plucking lice from the devil’s hair. Your job next week is to ensure no one sanitizes earthy details like that. Be vigilant for subtle censorship. Keep watch for bits of suppressed truth. You need the raw feed straight from the source.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her book “Jung and Tarot,” Sallie Nichols notes the 16th card in most Tarot decks portrays lightning as hostile: “jagged, zigzag strokes that slash across the sky like angry teeth.” One deck, the Marseilles Tarot, suggests a kinder, gentler lightning. The yellow and red phenomenon descending from the heavens resembles a giant feather duster; it looks like it’d tickle and clean, not burn. You’ll be visited by a metaphorical version of the second kind of lightning soon. Prepare to be tickled and cleaned. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Years ago, “bastard” was a derisive term for a child born to unmarried parents. It reflected the conventional moral code, which saw “birth out of 58 | | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2013

wedlock” as scandalous. Now this old dogma has been officially retired. According to recent statistics compiled by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of kids born in the U.S. are to unmarried mothers. Just goes to show, not all forbidden acts are forbidden forever. What was once unthinkable or out of bounds may evolve into the norm. Divest yourself of a certain taboo no longer necessary or meaningful. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): While trekking Maine’s Mount Katahdin, naturalist Henry David Thoreau had a “mountain-top experience,” moving him to observe, “I stand in awe of my body.” You’re due for a similar splash of illumination. The time’s right to arrive at a reverent new appreciation for the prodigious feats your physical organism endlessly performs. What can you do to encourage that? How can you elevate your love for the flesh and blood that houses your divine spark? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): How do you like your caviar? Velvety and smooth, or full of strong, fishy taste? If it’s the first one, beluga caviar is your best option. If the second, sevruga should be your favorite. What? You never eat caviar? Even if you don’t, regard the choice between types of caviar as an apt metaphor for next week. You can have either velvety smoothness or a strong taste, but not both. Pick one. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Dear Astrology Guy: I have been reading your horoscopes since I was 19. For a while, I liked them. They were fun riddles that made me think. But now I’ve soured on them. I’m sick and tired of you asking me to transform myself. You just keep pushing and pushing, never satisfied, always saying it’s time to improve, get smarter or fix a bad habit. It’s too much! I can’t take it! Sometimes I just want to be idle and lazy. Your horoscopes piss me off! — Crabby Capricorn.” Dear Crabby: Good news! Next week, you’re completely excused from changing anything about you or your life. Stay exactly the same! Freeze in time. Don’t tinker. Take a vacation from life’s relentless command to evolve. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Young art student Andrzej Sobiepan sneaked into Poland’s National Museum with a painting he’d done and surreptitiously mounted it on a wall. It hung for a while before authorities saw it and took it down. “I decided I won’t wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this,” he said. “I want to benefit from them in the here and now.” This is the aggressive self-expression to summon in the weeks ahead. Don’t wait for the world to invite you to do what you want to do. Invite yourself. P.S. The Polish artist’s last name translates as “his own master.” How can you be more of your own master? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Before any system can leap to a higher level of organization, says poet Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, it has to undergo dissolution. “Unraveling or disintegrating is a vital, creative event making room for the new,” she declares. What time is it for the system we all know and love as YOU? Right: It’s a perfect moment to undo, dismantle and disperse … and unscramble, disentangle and disencumber. Be of good cheer! Have faith you’ll generate conditions needed for rebirth. “To change from one reality to another,” writes Wooldridge, “a thing first must turn into nothing.” (Her book is “Poemcrazy.”)  Rob Brezsny

YOU DON’T CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY ISU at Roosevelt Publix shopping with a little girl. I overheard you tell her you didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It made me a little sad. If you’re upset, I wish you wouldn’t be. You’re a pretty lady; you seem like a nice mom, too. I just wanted you to know that. When: Jan. 23. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt. #1383-0206 BLONDE STUD AT MARY’S You: Teal T-shirt and white sunglasses; hot chick with a birthday party crowd. Me: Sitting in the corner behind you with my girls. I was too shy to interrupt but maybe grab a drink and show at Mary’s soon?? When: Jan. 26. Where: Hamburger Mary’s. #1384-0206 SEXY MALE WITH A BROKEN WING ISU leaving weekly physical therapy appointment. You: Taller, grayish hair, driving a truck. Black sling on right arm/shoulder. I watch you come and go through my office window. Single? Love to meet for coffee or happy hour one day. Me: 30-ish, petite brunette, shapely. Admiring you from afar... When: Jan. 21, 23. Where: 5 Star Therapy. #1385-0206 RIDING YOUR MTB ON PHILIPS HWY. I was stuck in traffic and we kept passing each other, me in an SUV and you on a sweet hardtail Specialized mountain bike. I like your daring in riding down Philips Highway in rush hour. You obviously live dangerously. Bike ride sometime? When: Jan. 22. Where: Philips Hwy. #1182-0130 SECURITY CHECK-IN Long, dark hair, blue jeans, many bags. Beautiful face and smile. Think French speaking. Would love to talk. Disappointed I didn’t see you again. When: Jan. 13. Where: Geneva Airport. #1181-0130 BEAUTY HIDDEN IN THE FOLDS Saw you in the VIP section at Pure and walked up to you when we first locked eyes. I thought you were beautiful. Long-haired brunette dancing with her friends wearing a black dress. I asked you if you were with anyone twice and you told me no. When: Jan. 11. Where: Pure Night Club. #1179-0116 RED LIPS HOTTIE IN THE HARLEY SHIRT Hey girl, I saw you from afar eating that taco and disgusting beer; couldn’t help but wonder who you were. I’ve seen you around town. Maybe I’ll see you at the Terror, H2O show. I love Harley Davidson. When: Jan. 2. Where: Burrito Gallery Downtown. #1179-0116 STARBUCKS, LEATHER JACKET, BEAUTIFUL This is more of a saw you once, then had coffee. You: Wearing awesome black leather jacket, boots that could’ve laced up to your knee, and your hair down. I walked by once, forgot why I was there or who I was meeting. I introduced myself; we spent two hours walking and talking. Will you see me again? When: Jan. 7. Where: Starbucks @ Casa Monica. #1178-0116

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

I was with you. When: April 20. Where: Cummer Museum. #1168-1225 DAN DEACON CONCERT @ UNDERBELLY You: Comfortably dressed, short brunette. Me: Relatively tall, wearing a beanie and a gray shirt with cats on it. Made eye contact often during 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I ASKED IF YOUR CAT WAS YOUR DRIVER We were filling up; I saw a cute orange cat behind the wheel. You: Long blond hair, really cute smile. We wished each other a Merry Christmas before you left. Can’t get you off my mind. I’d like to see you again in 2013. When: Dec. 23. Where: Gate Gas Station. #1158-0102

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

BLUE SMURF! You: Wearing a suit, with piercing, twinkling blue eyes. Me: Coral dress with my twin. I couldn’t tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second, third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I saw you walking toward me and realized the world seemed to vanish when

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 At my friend’s house playing video games like creepy kid. You stormed in, yelling. Your beauty, accent took my breath away. I whispered “Just keep talking.” You stared, smiled. Didn’t know what to do. I fall in love 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 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 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 reddishbrown 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

D.R. 4 EVER 2008 I saw you in your snap on truck. You are the love of my life. When: January, 2013. Where: Southside. #1177-0116 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

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California activist Jonathan Frieman got his day in court in January, but a Marin County judge quickly rejected his argument that he’s entitled to use the state’s carpool lanes with only a stack of corporate papers in the passenger seat. (In the ’12 Republican primaries, Mitt Romney asserted a corporation’s right under the law to be treated as a “person.”) The judge decided the state legislature’s carpool law was intended to reduce traffic clutter; driving alone with papers was unrelated. Frieman said he’d been carrying papers for years, hoping to be challenged.

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The U.S. Congress may suffer dismal popularity ratings (less savory than head lice, according to a survey), but it’s saintly compared to India’s legislatures: six accused rapists at state level, two in national parliament; 36 local officials have been charged with sexual assault (according to India’s Association for Democratic Reforms). In December, the association reported 162 of the lower house of Parliament’s 552 members now face criminal charges. The problem’s compounded by India’s notoriously paralyzed justice system, practically ensuring the charges go unresolved for years, if not decades.

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According to a January Wall Street Journal item, many Japanese men reject smartphones for a low-tech 2002 Fujitsu cell, because it can help philanderers keep affairs from lovers’ prying eyes. The phones lack sophisticated tracking features — plus, a buried “privacy” mode gives off only stealth signals when lovers call and leaves no trace of calls, texts or emails. A Fujitsu senior executive said, “If Tiger Woods had [this phone], he wouldn’t have gotten in trouble.”

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China’s national legislature passed a law in December to establish people have a duty to visit aged parents at times. China’s rapid urbanization hasn’t developed nursing homes and the like to keep pace with the population. The law’s sponsors said it would give parents a legal right to sue their progeny for ignoring them.

Pastor’s Redemption for Pornographic Past

Newtown, Conn., officials at New York City’s P.S. 79 decided to do a full lockdown drill — with no warning. P.S. 79 is a high school, with about 300 students with special needs (autism, cerebral palsy, emotional disorders) who, with teachers, heard the morning loudspeaker, “Shooter [or, possibly, “intruder”], get out, get out, lockdown.” One adult said it took five minutes to realize it was a drill. Still, said another, “It was probably the worst feeling I ever had in my life.”

Teen Asbestos Crew?

In December, observers said an asbestosremoval “crew” at a former YWCA in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, consisted of volunteer teens, students at local religious Buckeye Education School. State regulations require asbestos (known to cause deadly respiratory illnesses) be handled only by certified contractors using hazs-mat gear. Buckeye and other officials, while emphasizing the students were volunteers, declined to say who authorized them to work.

Fastest on All Four

In November, Tokyo’s Kenichi Ito, 29, beat his own Guinness World Record by a full second (down to 17.47 seconds) in the 100-meter dash — on all fours. Ito runs like a Patas monkey, which he’s long admired and which (along with his self-described monkey-like face) inspired him nine years ago to take up “four-legged” running. He had trouble only once: Training in the mountains, he was shot at by a hunter who mistook him for a wild boar.

Blame the Lawyers

Usually, clients are accountable for their lawyers’ errors because lawyers are their “agents,” but death row inmates might get different treatment; they usually don’t select or pay for lawyers — and the stakes are so high. Alabama, though, sees the problem stoically, according to a January New York Times story. When an Alabama death row inmate misses an appeals-filing deadline only due to a lawyer’s error (in murder client Ronald Smith’s case, because lawyer C. Wade Johnson was an oftenincapacitated methamphetamine addict), the client forgoes the appeal. Smith’s case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Alabama’s still the only state where judges overrule juries and impose the death penalty instead of life in prison.

Senior pastor Claude Gilliland III was forced to admit to his flock at New Heart church in Cleburne, Texas, in January he’s a convicted sex offender and he and his ex-wife worked in the porno industry. Gilliland, 54, served four years in prison in the 1990s for sexually assaulting the ex; in January, his congregation stuck up for him. “If we believe in the redemptive work of Christ,” said one parishioner, “then this man is a miracle.” Gilliland thinks he needs no redemption for the assault — he was innocent of that — but he did other bad things then that did require redemption.

In December, the Illinois Times reported emergency workers were called to a Springfield church to rescue Father Tom Donovan, who said he’d been playing with handcuffs in the rectory and accidentally got stuck. He was also wearing “some sort of gag,” according to the police report. The church told reporters Donovan immediately went on administrative leave and was unable to answer questions.

God Kept Her Walking and Rolling

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In a January Internet broadcast, “Prophet” Cindy Jacobs said God has revealed Himself to her by removing critical shortages, like her car’s well-worn tires that just kept rolling. “I remember [once] I had a pair of shoes that I wore and wore and wore and wore and wore and it just — for years, these shoes did not wear out.”

Bad Time for a School Drill

Four days after the Sandy Hook massacre in

Oh, Father

Donald Blood III, 55, was charged with DUI in December in Dorset, Vt., after driving into a yard he thought was a parking lot. It’s actually historic property: the 1852 home in which Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was born. It’s “a place of sanctuary where people can come to give thanks to God for their new lives.”  Chuck Shepherd

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Jen Hand (left) and Michelle Ping look forward to the day when they can have a marriage recognized in Florida and the other 49 states.

Love and Marriage

‘If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well’


hen are you two going to get married?” The question always comes up when we are at a wedding. In 2012, a quiet year (we have a very large family), just two nieces married. So far in 2013, we have received three “save the dates“ for summer and fall weddings. The majority of our friends and siblings who are of marriage age have had their weddings. However, now it’s time for the next generation’s ceremonies, those of our nieces and nephews, first cousins once removed, and younger friends from our social circles. As we sit at these weddings trying not to get dragged onto the dance floor for yet another Chicken Dance or Electric Slide, our sisters and sisters-in-law and nieces delight in telling us about the parties and showers they’ll throw our way when we finally do take the plunge. In my best estimation, we have attended, declined, and been in the actual wedding party of more than 50 weddings throughout our lives. My girlfriend (she is not my “partner,” we do not own an accounting firm) and I have been together for nearly 20 years and have answered the marriage question in many, many ways, usually with the defense mechanism of sarcasm. “When the Jaguars win the Super Bowl,” we say. Or “When the moon is colonized.” It is not necessarily because we do not want to marry, though. The best stock, sincere answer I can come up with these days is “When our marriage is considered legal and recognized nationally.” When I do answer this way, most of the innocent and less-informed react with shock and vague, stammered replies like, “You mean it’s not legal there?” and “Oh, well you can just get married in New York City; it will be a blast!” Why would we get married in a state where it’s legal? Just to have a ceremony? To have our love publicly declared? For all the fabulous trappings a giant wedding would bring, like blenders and pilsner glasses and gravy boats? (A quick note to self: Vegans probably don’t need gravy boats; when the time comes, do not register for one.) The futility of marrying in a place where it is legal, only to return here to Florida and have nothing change except for adding

a new photo album to the Facebook page, is disheartening. Yeah, I’ll tell people, I’m married. But … If my wife is in an accident and I try to visit her in the hospital, the staff may (legally) not let me see her. And when she tries to add me as her wife to her health insurance plan, she won’t be able to. At tax time? We would not be eligible to file jointly as a married couple and take the advantages of lower federal tax rates that heterosexual married couples can when the individual income of the partners differs significantly, as our income does. Currently, in nine states and the District of Columbia, gay marriage is legal. However, most states do not recognize same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions from other states. Also, the state laws do not extend those benefits of marriage on the federal level. Here in Florida, civil unions and same-sex marriage were constitutionally banned in 2008, with 62 percent of the vote. Recent polls have shown a significant swing in public opinion on the subject since 15 years ago, though, and at this time, it seems many Americans do now support full marriage rights for all. Honestly, I was floored to hear President Barack Obama mention Stonewall (the touchstone moment in the modern gay rights movement) in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma in his second inaugural address. Just the alliteration was stunning! But when he added, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well,” I teared up. Strides are definitely being made in the march toward equal rights and marriage rights. In last fall’s elections, three states became the first to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. In March, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on California Proposition 8 and federal Defense of Marriage Act laws. But remember that last August, the Jacksonville City Council rejected the bill that would expand the city’s human rights ordinance to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. I guess we will not be marrying in Jacksonville any time soon

(ever). Or be protected from discrimination. Great job, guys! Thankfully, we live in St. Augustine, which did recently pass an ordinance protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation when it comes to renting or buying a home. It’s kind of a one step forward, half-step back process. With the ultimate Hallmark holiday looming, love will be on the minds of lots of folks here on the First Coast and nationwide. My mom and dad’s 44th anniversary is on Feb. 15. If I remember to, I will send them a card. As for the girlfriend and me, on Valentine’s Day we’ll probably celebrate by sharing a good home-cooked meal and a nice walk on the beach. No elaborate plans will be made, but not because we boycott the holiday per se. It’s more because we think that every day we should be sharing our love with each other in ways both subtle and not. For example, she knows it is my mostdreaded household task, so if I fold and put away the laundry, she knows I love her. And, in turn, when I get a quick “how are u” text from her during a busy day of giving her all to rehabbing orthopedic patients, I know she loves me. Are we activists? Not hardly. We are simply two chicks in love, living our best lives imaginable. We are in fantastic shape, have wonderful and accepting families and friends, and buy locally grown vegetables when at all possible. We probably aren’t affecting your life in any way as you go about your daily business. And you know what? Your life doesn’t affect us, either. I don’t say that in a mean way. I’m just not sure how our getting married would pose a “threat to justice and peace,” as the pope said a few weeks ago. In fact, were my girlfriend and I to marry tonight, I’ll betcha tomorrow morning old Benedict will still come down the Vatican’s stairs to his poached egg and whole wheat toast with marmalade and his life would go on. Unaffected. When will we get married? Maybe never. Maybe soon.  Jen Hand

Hand lives in St. Augustine with her girlfriend of 19¾ years. She does a bit of writing. Visit her on twitter @Jen_Hand.

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