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“Careful, man, there’s a beverage here!” Painter Joe Forkan unveils “The Lebowski Cycle” at MOCA Jax. p. 29 In the eye of Newt: St. Augustine print shop owner gets stiffed for the cost of Gingrich signs. p. 7

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EDITOR’S NOTE A dam shame. p. 4 MAIL Readers weigh in on Cristian Fernandez, farmworker rights and drinking at Gregg Allman shows. p. 6 NEWS A St. Augustine print shop owner gets stiffed for the cost of Newt Gingrich signs. p. 7 A Jacksonville resident pushes for a statewide do-over of the election of Gov. Rick Scott. p. 10 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS How does FW prepare for dodgeball combat? Beer, of course. Plus St. Augustine youth activists plan the granddaddy of all protest marches. p. 7 SPORTSTALK It’s time to rethink the value of high school sports in purely economic terms. p. 13 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 15 MOVIES Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds prove home is where the “hurt” is in the spy action yarn “Safe House.” p. 16


Bad taste, amnesia and an unbelievable storyline meet in the forgettable drama of “The Vow.” p. 17 MUSIC Portland folkie six-piece Blind Pilot enjoy the view from atop the indie rock scene. p. 21 Evan Dando returns to Northeast Florida to perform his ’90s rock opus. p. 22 ON THE COVER/ARTS Edgy, gender-bending director and actor John Cameron Mitchell brings his sexual revolution to 5 Points. p. 28 Painter Joe Forkan really ties the room together with “The Lebowski Cycle.” p. 29 BACKPAGE The echoes of slavery still reverberate on Chain Gang Road. p. 47 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 12 HAPPENINGS p. 33 DINING GUIDE p. 37 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 42 I SAW U p. 43 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 44 CLASSIFIEDS p. 45

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What Lies Beneath

A lesson in rivers: past, present and future


he ravaged former shores of the Ocklawaha River are on rare display right now, during the scheduled drawdown of the Rodman Reservoir. It’s a once every three-or-four-year glimpse of what was, and what remains, since the state dammed the river and flooded a 15-mile-long, 9,500-acre strand of forest to create the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal. The canal, begun in 1964 and stopped by court order in 1971, aimed to literally cut the state in two, from Jacksonville to the Gulf of Mexico. Though never finished, the project was about a third completed, with the biggest single component being the construction of the reservoir and dam. It remains one of the great environmental boondoggles in a state full of them (Disney World, DDT, the Everglades), having destroyed miles of idyllic waterways and acres of wildlife habitat. But as harsh an example as it is of environmental failure, it’s also a kind of trophy, proof that bad projects, even once underway, can be stopped. Reversing the damage is another matter entirely. Although the Cross Florida Barge Canal was deauthorized in 1971 and officially cancelled 20 years after that, the pin-straight lines of the existing canal remain intact, along with the massive reservoir and dam. Named

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for the lawmaker who became its biggest champion, the Sen. George Kirkpatrick Dam today looms as large as the man it was named for, a Gainesville-based politician who used his power over appropriations to threaten and intimidate state agencies into keeping the dam in place. Environmental scientists have for years sought to dismantle the dam and restore the natural flow to the Ocklawaha River, and for a time, it seemed likely that would happen. But the effort was derailed by Kirkpatrick and a coalition of recreational fishermen, tourist

interests and Putman County politicians. “It’s a major economic benefit to Putnam County,” said Putnam County Administrator Gary Adams in 1996. “If we lose that, we lose a tremendous asset.” As it happens, Putnam County is home to another river-despoiling special interest — the Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill — which claims economic justification for its abuse of the St. Johns River ecosystem. Indeed, the flow of money in Florida — whether via industry or development — is the biggest threat to any of its rivers. But where the state once provided some degree of regulatory safeguard, that cushion is gone. Between cuts by the legislature and “reorganizations” by the governor, Florida’s wild places are more exposed than ever. If any proof were needed, the St. Johns River Water Management District last week released a much-anticipated report on the impact of water withdrawals in the southern part of the St. Johns on the river’s ecosystem. The conclusion? Whatever water is removed by Orlando-area utilities will be more than made up for by rising sea levels and the increase in stormwater runoff as new development paves over the state. The idea that the agency whose mission it is to preserve Florida’s water resources is treating stormwater runoff and the effects of climate change as substitutes for natural river flow would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic. The Water Management District, never perfect, is now a shell of itself. Its budget was slashed by Gov. Scott this year by a third (a move that saved the average homeowner about 10 bucks a year) and the resulting layoffs claimed 130 jobs. The governor also appointed the district’s new board chair, Lad Daniels, whose former job was head of the polluting industry lobbyist group, the First Coast Manufacturers Association. To say the district is cowed, toothless and broke is an understatement. It’s not that nobody saw this coming (http:// But the reality is as sobering as the sight of the drowned forests of the Ocklawaha. Perhaps it is not too late to stop the ruination of the state’s rivers. But reversing the damage will be another matter entirely.  Anne Schindler

Cash Cats

The letter from the man defending the Jaguars and the economic impact they have on Jacksonville (Mail, Jan. 31) was right on the mark except their player payroll is well over $100 million annually, not $60 million. And that doesn’t even include coaches, staff and other personnel. I would venture to say that next to the Navy, the Jaguars are one of our biggest resources. Anybody downplaying their economic impact on Jacksonville is sadly mistaken. John Reinheimer Orange Park via email

Drink It In

RE: Teresa Sopp’s letter about the crowd at The Florida Theatre (Mail, Jan. 31), the only thing I think I can say to your qualms about your evening at the Gregg Allman concert is … consider the source. And/or be a bit more lenient to the way things go in this day and age. Judge if you want, but I enjoy a little buzz before I see one of my favorite bands. Not that I need it, but it makes everything relatable. I guess if you require a slow-down, boring evening, the symphony is hiring. Jessie Hillyer Via email

Corey’s Circus

I read your article in your last issue in regard to Christian Fernandez, the kid charged with murder tried as an adult (Cover Story, Jan. 31). I was so angry it kept me awake from the few hours of sleep I would [have] gotten. He is a child and children beat each other and hurt each other in anger. With his history, he should not have been babysitting anyway. There was nothing in your article in regard to counseling after his stepfather was killed, or when he was being abused as a child. He got the shit kicked out of him and he did die. He learned from the best abusers, adults. State Attorney Angela Corey is grandstanding and her office is bigoted. This is her circus. This country is going through hell right now. There are a lot of crazies out there and unsolved murders with a hidden agenda. This country is not what it used to be. Felicia J. McKenzie

After reading your article, I was inspired to write Angela Corey. Here is my letter to her. Dear Angela Corey, I have worked as a teacher at a juvenile detention facility and at a school for troubled youth. I have also raised four children and understand where children are developmentally. I am distraught to hear about the child Cristian in solitary confinement and consideration in trying him as an adult. I do not know Cristian, but I am writing to you because I care strongly

about the youth of this community. Please consider my following points in order to help this child: 1. Cristian is not a threat to public safety, he is only a threat to his poor little siblings left unattended. He does not have a violent school record and was a straight A student. Yes, he does not have coping skills in regard to anger. He definitely needs mental health treatment. 2. At a juvenile treatment facility, there are armed guards supervising every move those kids make. Even if he wanted to, he would not physically be able to harm someone in there. You should spend a few weeks in there as a counselor or teacher so you can see for yourself what goes on and how strict they are. 3. Cristian is a baby. He has a child’s brain and he was violent but did not intentionally murder his little brother. [While] raising four of my own kids, I intervened in several battles between my children on many occasions. Had I not had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mother at the time, these battles could have been fatal. Children left unattended can be dangerous to their siblings. 4. At his age, when he abused his little brother, he was growing hormonally. Without proper guidance, male hormones can lead to dangerous anger. While I was working at a private school for troubled teens on North Pearl Street, the boys and even some of the middle school girls were dangerously fighting. On a daily basis, they could have easily killed one another. The bishop there was very effective in handling the fights; however, they needed a class on effective coping skills and anger management for prevention because they did not have educated role models at home that exemplified appropriate skills. 5. His mother should not be charged because she was young and uneducated. She did not intentionally fail her children. Please consider a “correction” for Cristian that would help this child change to become a

While I was working at a private school for troubled teens on North Pearl Street, the boys and even some of the middle school girls were dangerously fighting. On a daily basis, they could have easily killed one another. productive member of society. After all, isn’t that your main goal? To “correct” and “rehabilitate” inmates through education and mental training to help make Jacksonville a safe place to live. Punishment and solitary confinement will severely damage this child. Shari Riepe Via email

Fruit of Our Labor

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first Florida store, the grocery chain made a decision to no longer ignore the demands of farmworkers, but rather work with them. Not only was this the first Trader Joe’s, this store is located just 30 minutes away from the tomato fields of Immokalee. This had seemed like an almost intentional form of taunting — letting the workers know that the newest guy in town is also one of your biggest enemies. This victory was the result of a long and hard struggle by the Coalition of Immokalee

As far as Publix goes, it is a shame that the largest private corporation in Florida, which posted profits of $6.4 billion just a few months ago, up 5.5 percent from last year, can’t find it in their hearts to pay workers who help make their outstanding profits just a few pennies more. Workers and its supporters. For over a year, Trader Joe’s has refused to pay farm workers one penny more per pound of tomatoes. While this seems like a small amount, it nearly doubles workers’ average rate of pay by bringing wages up from 50 cents per 32 pounds of tomatoes to 82 cents per pound. Consumers have repeatedly voiced their support for this program. Fair Food Jacksonville has been collecting pennies as a down payment on their contribution to the cause. They have already collected $100 in pennies, or enough to cover 10,000 pounds of tomatoes. As far as Publix goes, it is a shame that the largest private corporation in Florida, which posted profits of $6.4 billion just a few months ago, up 5.5 percent from last year, can’t find it in their hearts to pay workers who help make their outstanding profits just a few pennies more. Rightfully the CIW has decided to now focus all of their energy on Publix. On March 5, farmworkers and their allies will begin a six-day fast. On March 10, they will be met in Lakeland by thousands of supporters from across the state to put pressure on Publix once again.  James W. Taylor Fair Food Jacksonville Via email

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A Newt Dawn Stem to Stamen

Ball Busters! Just one more week until the first-ever NewsroomStreetFight, a battle to the death among local newsrooms, including Folio Weekly. Which means there’s not much time left to train, or acquire additional long-term disability insurance. Just sayin’, people. The event, which will feature the asthmatic stylings of news outlets like Jacksonville Magazine, WOKV, WJCT and First Coast News, benefits the Police Athletic League. To contribute to FW’s team, or to get your own fabulous Folio Weekly Deathstyles logo T-shirt, email with DEATHSTYLES in the subject line. Or hop on the Craft Beer Tour Bus, a five-hour, $50 journey that benefits PAL and visits such beer-lover landmarks as Intuition Ale Works and Engine 15. Check out the ad on page 6 for more info.

Not the Brightest Bulbs In Fernandina Beach, even twinkling tree lights can become politicized. Last year, the city removed string lights from the large trees along Centre Street in the city’s historic downtown and replaced them with $44,000 worth of ambient LED lighting. But the string lights had been a feature of downtown for 20 years, and residents complained downtown ambience was ruined. After much heated discussion at a recent City Commission meeting, commissioners decided to put one 345-bulb string of 1,200-volt LED lights in one tree as a trial and seek public comment. The initiative will cost $700.

Hair Apparent Eight packages of hair weave. — What was stolen during an armed robbery at a beauty supply store on Jan. 9. According to police, Monique Hibbert, 20, entered Amy’s Beauty Supply at 955 University Blvd., brandishing a knife, leaving with only the packages of weave. Hibbert was arrested on Feb. 1 and charged with armed robbery. Her hair, unfortunately, didn’t reflect the theft, prompting hundreds of coif-related insults on JSO’s Facebook site.

A small print shop takes it in the Fannie (Mae) after the Gingrich campaign blows out of town with unpaid bills in its wake


n the heady days leading up to the Florida Republican primary, as campaign money swirled throughout Northeast Florida, Rob DePiazza thought his business stood to get a nice boost. As owner of Screen Arts, a 35-year-old printing business with a fair amount of experience in the political arena, DePiazza welcomed the work for the Newt Gingrich campaign. But 10,000 bumper stickers and 650 yard signs later, DePiazza is out some $3,174.40, and feeling badly used by the political operatives that brought him the work. “I’m a small business guy who in good faith produced official Newt Gingrich campaign material in short order, putting aside other customers’ work to do it,” says DePiazza. “I’m not going to sit back and get screwed.” The job began on Jan. 23 when DePiazza was contacted by Newt supporter Robert Smith, a St. Johns County resident whom DePiazza knew from several previous local campaigns. He put his Screen Arts crew to work overtime to get the job to Smith before the Jan. 31 primary. But several days out, as it became clear that Newt didn’t stand a chance of winning, DePiazza began to worry. If Newt’s political fortunes were weak, his fundraising efforts would be anemic. And “if they weren’t raising money,” DePiazza reasoned, “they wouldn’t have money” to pay their bill. He kept a close eye on both state polls and his bank account, where he’d deposited Smith’s check. On the day of the primary, it bounced. While the rubber check wasn’t a complete surprise, the reaction of Newt’s state campaign teams was. When DePiazza was unable to reach Smith by email, text or cell phone, he emailed the Gingrich campaign and demanded they pay the bill. He also called Newt’s national campaign operations manager, Roberto Coquis. “I just wanted him to be aware that I’m not some yahoo, some small-town sign maker just bumbling along sniffing ink fumes and making signs for any yahoo who walks through the door,” says DePiazza. According to DePiazza, Smith’s request for signs and stickers appeared to come straight from Gingrich headquarters. For instance, Smith forwarded him a chain of emails from people inside the Gingrich campaign, with campaign artwork attached, including the one that he used for the yard signs, with the notification, “Paid for by Newt 2012.” “My interpretation was that the campaign essentially sanctioned this order by communicating with this person in getting the official Gingrich artwork to us,” DePiazza says. But national campaign operations manager Coquis told DePiazza the signs weren’t

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A literal feast of flowers (edible ones, prepared by a chef), or a trip down the Suwannee River in a handmade kayak. — Just two of the incentives Jacksonville artist Jim Draper is offering donors who help fund the design of a web-book for his show, “Pascua de Florida” (Feast of Flowers), which will be exhibited at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens from Dec. 18, 2012 to April 7, 2013. The exhibit will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. As of Feb. 14, Draper had raised $6,130 through the crowdsourced fundraising site Kickstarter. If he doesn’t raise the full $10,000 by Feb. 29, all pledges will be cancelled. Check out a video Draper made about the project on the Kickstarter site at

official campaign purchases, that Smith wasn’t a campaign official and that the Gingrich campaign would not pay the printing bill. Other Gingrich staff who were part of the email chain, including Jamie Miller, Gingrich’s senior advisor in Florida, and Dan Abel, chair of Gingrich’s St. Johns County campaign, said the same thing. “Bob is a fan of Newt’s and he wanted to get some [yard signs and bumper stickers] printed,” Abel tells Folio Weekly, but he was not working for the campaign. His decision to make the signs was personal. Neither Coquis nor Newt’s Florida campaign chair Ruben Arias returned

Turning over a Newt leaf: Print shop owner Rob DePiazza holds up some of the “Paid for by Newt 2012” material that wasn’t, in fact, paid for at all.

For his part, Smith says that the Gingrich campaign had nothing to do with the print job, even though the yard signs say, “Paid for by Newt 2012” and the artwork DePiazza used came from the printer in South Carolina that printed Newt’s official campaign materials. (Smith says he gave DePiazza a yard sign to copy that had that disclaimer on it.) “Those folks don’t have anything to do with it.” Smith acknowledges owing DePiazza money. He emailed DePiazza on Feb. 2 and promised to make good on the check. But by Feb. 14, he still hadn’t come through, and his litany of reasons

“I’m a small business guy who in good faith produced official Newt Gingrich campaign material in short order, putting aside other customers’ work to do it,” says DePiazza. “I’m not going to sit back and get screwed.” calls from Folio Weekly. John Hogue, a paid campaign staffer based in Nassau County, hung up after Folio Weekly identified itself. John Libby, a Newt volunteer and contact for Newt’s Jacksonville headquarters, did answer questions about the matter, but insists the campaign is not responsible for Smith’s expenditures at Screen Arts. He says the bumper stickers were Smith’s own design (which makes sense, considering the unfortunate imagery that the phrase “Newter Obama” evokes). Libby acknowledges the campaign needed both yard signs and bumper stickers in Florida, but insists they had no money to have more printed. He said they didn’t even have enough money to buy drinks and pizza for campaign workers. The yard signs they did get were left over from the South Carolina primary. Some were sent from campaign headquarters in Atlanta, and some were brought by Newt volunteers who came from South Carolina. “[Smith] may have been frustrated by the limited number of signs we had,” Libby speculates. “But I’d be surprised if he got authorization to do it.”

was growing. His car broke down. He’d been on vacation. He’d been sick with bronchitis and strep throat. The person he’d asked to deposit campaign donations tried to cash at least one, he says, and then fled the state. Folio Weekly attempted to call Smith several times, but was unable was unable to leave a message because his voice mailbox was full. When Smith returned a call on Feb. 14, he explained that he’d been unable to answer his cell phone because “it’s in the hands of authorities.” Neither the St. Augustine Police Department nor the St. Johns County Sheriff ’s Office has received a report from Smith on the stolen donation checks, but Smith says that’s because the issue involves interstate bank fraud, and he isn’t allowed to talk about it or say who is investigating. “The authorities have asked me not to discuss this because we don’t want them to know they are being looked for. I want them to catch the perpetrators.” DePiazza says that when he first told St. Johns County Commissioner Mark Miner about the bad check, Miner suggested he might see if FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012 | Folio wEEklY | 7

he could get the Romney campaign to pay for it — a way for Romney to look good and shame the opposition at the same time. But Miner, who is the chair of Mitt Romney’s campaign in St. Johns County, didn’t mention it again and may have cooled to the idea. He didn’t return several calls from Folio Weekly. Phones at Romney’s Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa were not answered, and the voice mailbox was full and not accepting messages. Smith promises he’ll get the money to DePiazza, now that he has recovered from his illness and his car is back in service. After he

makes good on the bill, he says, he’ll also be reporting $2,000 of it as a campaign donation, the maximum individual limit. The rest, he claims, is a private enterprise of his — selling the Newter Obama bumper stickers. “I’m really upset about the whole thing,” says Smith. “I don’t know what else to say except it’s unfortunate and there are bad people out there. Rob was the last guy in line, and I’m going to try to make it right.”  Susan Cooper Eastman

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Brickbats to Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church for inviting a registered sex offender with a history of sexual impropriety to lead their flock. The Rev. Darrell Gilyard, former pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church on West Beaver Street, was released from prison in December after serving three years for molesting one teen parishioner at the church and sending scores of lewd texts to another. Gilyard, who once led Victory Baptist Church in Texas, left there in the early 1990s amid accusations of sexual impropriety. Court records indicate Shiloh quietly settled a sexual misconduct allegation against him in 1996, and in 2009 settled another lawsuit filed by a woman who said Gilyard raped and impregnated her during a 2004 counseling session. Bouquets to Open Road Bicycles on Hendricks Avenue for helping promote the “Jacksonville Walk/Bike to School Day.” Last week’s event, in which students and their parents walked or biked to Julia Landon College Preparatory Middle School on Thacker Avenue, was organized in conjunction with a visit from the organization “Ride American for Safe Routes,” a group biking from Key West to San Francisco to raise awareness of bike safety issues. The team stopped in Jacksonville to bike with students before resuming their 5,000-mile trip. Brickbats to longtime St. Johns County Republican Randy Brunson for playing spoiler in the fall County Commission election. Although Brunson is an established member of the GOP, running as a Republican for an open commission seat in 2010 and listing his political views as “Republican” on his Facebook page, he filed as an independent candidate in the race against incumbent Republican Commissioner Ken Bryan. With only Republicans vying for Bryan’s seat, the primary would have been open to both Republican and Democratic voters. But Brunson’s entry into the race closed the primary, ensuring that only GOP voices will be heard in the county election. 8 | folio weekly | feBRUARy 21-27, 2012

NewsBuzz Tryta Kappa Buzz University of North Florida indefinitely suspended fraternity Pi Kappa Phi after campus police said the frat required a pledge to steal UNF property, and then offered him marijuana. The fraternity, whose motto is “Nothing shall ever tear us asunder,” was also suspended by its national affiliate.

Long Walk To Freedom


A massive march on behalf of environmental, social and indigenous justice will take place between Crescent Beach and downtown St. Augustine on Sunday, March 4. The event, dubbed “March Forth,” is sponsored by the St. Augustine Environmental Youth Council in opposition to the Georgia-Pacific pipeline and in favor of increased participation in St. Augustine’s 450th celebration by indigenous cultures, among other concerns. Marchers will assemble for the 10-mile march at Crescent Beach’s main beach parking lot at 7 a.m. and begin walking north on A1A at 8 a.m. There will be two pickup points for less-hearty marchers — at the St. Augustine Beach sculpture garden at 2300 A1A South at about 11 a.m. and R.B. Hunt Elementary School, 125 Magnolia Drive (across the street from the Alligator Farm) at about 11:45 a.m. — before arriving at the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown St. Augustine at about 12:30 p.m. Speakers will address the crowd and live music will follow. For more information, go to

Folio Weekly’s Jan. 31 Cover Story, “Cristian Conversion” (, reported that New Hampshire-based juvenile justice advocate Melissa Higgins started a petition to remove State Attorney Angela Corey from office. She started a petition asking Corey to try Cristian in juvenile court instead of in adult court. The petition to remove Corey from office was started by Australian juvenile justice advocate Stuart Falks.

Clarification Last week’s news story, “Mad as Hell” ( identified six current and former employees of the State Attorney’s Office whose email records were searched at the request of the State Attorney. Folio Weekly does not claim and did not report that any of the employees named in the story were providing information on a confidential basis to this newspaper or any other. please For questions,

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Abel Harding — One of 10 people political junkies need to follow on Twitter, according to The Washington Post blog The Fix. Harding, a former T-U reporter and former spokesperson for Mayor Alvin Brown, tweets at @AbelHarding. Others on the list include Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo (@marcacaputo) and Tampa Bay Times reporter Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes).

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Hit the road, Jack: Gov. Rick Scott is just one Tea Party darling to angry up demands for a recall election.

Total Recall

A Jacksonville resident pushes for a statewide do-over of the election of Gov. Rick Scott



oger N. Thomas, 65, a retired Naval aviator and airline pilot from Jacksonville, authored the petition circulating online to establish the right-of-recall in Florida politics. Currently, the state constitution doesn’t allow for recalls, but it has proven a serious political tool in some places (California Gov. Gray Davis’ first term was cut short in 2004) and may yet in others (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces a recall election after some 1 million signatures were obtained in support of his ouster). As elsewhere, support for the idea of a recall is driven largely by voter dissatisfaction with the governor — Rick Scott. Thomas launched the petition in December, to a flurry of interest that has tapered somewhat. At this writing, the petition has 21,756 signatures, and around 70,000 people have viewed it online. An online petition is unofficial and non-binding, but Thomas thinks it’s an important first step. While 25,000 signatures is his initial goal — after which Thomas plans to deliver the petition to Tallahassee — he’d like 2012to see ultimately 600,000 people sign on. At that point, “then I have identified a group that will have enough interest and possibility of success to make a conventional petition work.” Of course, a legitimate ballot effort would be costly, and would draw opposition from a range of groups, particularly business and Republican-aligned interests. There’s a chance it could land on the November 2012 ballot, but Thomas, who’s lived in Florida since 1962, acknowledges, “The people at risk of losing their political positions are going to fight it just as hard as they can, [as they] are currently doing in Wisconsin.” Thomas recently took a few moments to answer some questions about himself and his effort.


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Roger Thomas: It is impossible to say what triggered my interest. My earliest awareness of politics was stumping for Sen. Hubert Humphrey with then-Rollins College government professor Frank Johnson, who later became president of JU. But I was far too young to know what was really at stake in that election. Other events are memories of my mother’s election as president of the Winter Park/Orlando League of Women Voters and all the various activities and contacts that brought about. My parents counted LeRoy Collins, Farris Bryant, Charlie Bennett and Earl Johnston among their friends. My parents instilled a service ethic in me by their personal example. F.W.: Why do you think Rick Scott should be recalled? R.T.: No single politician’s name is on the petition. This petition is about the right of Floridians to fix the government when politicians need to be removed. Politicians in deadlock that repeatedly push the government to the point of bankruptcy. Politicians that will not defend individual Americans that are too weak to protect themselves. Politicians that ignore the expressed will of the people as in the Fair district Constitutional Amendment and continue to gerrymander for the benefit of their cronies. Politicians that cannot understand scientific facts about the demonstrable nature of the universe. Politicians that are unresponsive to their constituents. Rick Scott is not my bogeyman. F.W.: Do you think he will actually be recalled? R.T.: The governor’s drive and convictions are typical of many successful politicians. He is a political neophyte in a position where we are best served by a master practitioner. We need insightful leadership from a governor, not one who decides after refusing $150

million of federal aid to education that he needs to cut other state programs to get $100 million for education. The only thing that keeps me from calling openly for this governor’s removal is that the lieutenant governor scares me a lot more. F.W.: What kind of feedback have you gotten from other politicians? R.T.: Most people that have seen my petition try to put it in frameworks they are familiar with. They ascribe the emotions they already have to me as my “reason” and thus they make it fit. But I have deliberately refrained from asking [lawmakers], other than my own two legislators, for support. No politician is going to do something that might get him fired nor something that will totally poison his “working relationships” with his fellow politicians. F.W.: Who do you think would be good candidates to replace Scott? R.T.: I am not willing to endorse any potential candidates at this time, nor am I willing to attack any person that has no chance to work through their hypothetical platform. F.W.: Do you have any concerns about professional or personal repercussions? R.T.: Personally I’m very sorry a few people I used to call friends would take that away from us. On the other hand, I have contacted some hundreds if not thousands of people that are likely candidates for more enduring friendship based on shared belief. Broader

“The only thing that keeps me from calling openly for this governor’s removal is that the lieutenant governor scares me a lot more.” repercussions range from people who say they are too physically afraid of their public officials to sign such a document to concerns that non-responsive politicians will drive our country into some sort of despotism. The repercussions of this action are less painful than the effects of inaction. F.W.: Was the recall petition your idea alone, or a collaborative effort? R.T.: The petition would not have been started by me without’s suddenly coming into my situational awareness. I believe it was the persistent call from Republicans for governmental accountability that convinced me that this idea’s time is at hand. F.W.: If you could speak to Rick Scott in person, what would you say? R.T.: If I were to ask Rick Scott for any one thing, it would be to get a better worldview. One that values each person’s spirit and quality of life versus money as the most worthy goal.  Shelton Hull

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hat’s up with you and this (heavy air quotations) “OSCARS” thing? I understand you need something to help pass the time, and pleasuring yourself for three straight hours might be a bit much — but the “OSCARS”? Seriously? For those in a self-induced coma, the Academy Awards is next Sunday, Feb. 26 (ABC, 8:30 p.m., red carpet 7 p.m.), and you’ll probably be attending an Oscar Party where you’ll eat cheese, swirl glasses of wine while laughing haughtily, and argue vociferously over why Demián Bichir deserves an award over Jean Dujardin. I’m obviously not invited to the party because I’d spend the whole night shooting heroin under my toenails and sleeping/vomiting in the crab dip. this is a copyright protected proof © AND I DIDN’T WANT TO COME ANYWAY. Because I hate the Academy Awards and they hate me, which is obvious at 260-9770. rUn dAte: 010312 because I’ve yet to receive one. Besides, why would any rational person give two donkey poots whether “War Horse” or “Extremely

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I’m obviously not invited to the party because I’d spend the whole night shooting heroin under my toenails and sleeping/ vomiting in the crab dip. Loud & Incredibly Close” is the better movie? They both suck chinchilla taint when compared to the greatest motion picture of all time: “Bulletproof,” starring Gary Busey (in which he calls all the bad guys “Butt Horn”). Second runner-up: Anything starring Lou Diamond Phillips. OK! Now that you know what I won’t be watching, here’s what I sure as shit WILL be watching: the post-Academy Awards edition of “Fashion Police” (E!, Monday, Feb. 27, 10 p.m.). Starring Joan Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos, this panel of fashion loudmouths cruelly (and truthfully) dissect the style of every celebrity egomaniac traipsing down the red carpet. Even if you don’t give a flying handshake about fancy pants-ies, it’s easy enough to ignore Kelly, George and Giuliana’s (you should especially ignore Giuliana) fashion critiques, and simply howl in glee at the hilariously catty one-liners squirting out of Joan Rivers’ yap. A small sampling of Joan’s best “Fashion Police” quips: On Natalie Portman’s dress at the Golden Globes: “This dress is like Jonah Hill. Even in a smaller size, it’s still terrible.” On Paula Abdul: “She has no taste. With all the voices in her head, you’d think one would be a gay guy going, ‘NO!!’” On Princess Beatrice at the Royal Wedding: “She’s so desperate to get married, but she’s wearing an I.U.D. on her head.” Again at the R.W., regarding Carol 12 | FOLIO WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012

Middleton: “Looks like Penny Marshall — but younger and female.” On Ryan Gosling: “I read that his greatest love is an 11-year-old dog, and in human years that’s about 78. So Ryan … guess who else is 78 and also likes it doggy style?” On Katy Perry: “Even hookers would say, ‘I’ll wear it, Mister, but I’m charging you extra.’” And on Nicole Kidman: “What the hell is she wearing? This is proof that Keith Urban isn’t gay, because no gay man would let their wife leave the house looking like this.” HAAAA!!! I love her so … much! In fact, the Oscars should present a special award to Joan: “Best performance by a septuagenarian who likes it doggy style.” (If they give this one out, wake me up. I’ll be asleep in the crab dip.)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 9:00 FOX NEW GIRL Schmidt’s new girlfriend is ashamed of him, but not as ashamed as I am for loving this show. 11:00 MTV IT GETS BETTER A special focusing on Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s “It Gets Better” project, aimed at reducing teen suicide. Recommended!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 10:00 NGC AMERICAN WEED Debut! A new reality series that looks at all sides of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry. (Note: This show is broadcast at 10 p.m., not 4:20.)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 8:30 NBC PARKS AND RECREATION Everyone forgets Jerry’s birthday, because … ugh! Jerry’s the worst! 9:00 NBC THE OFFICE It’s a grisly battle to the finish when Dwight and Todd Packer compete for the same job!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 9:00 FOX FRINGE A number of devastating events could bring an end to everything. (Is this a metaphor for poor ratings?)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 9:00 SYFY WITCHSLAYER GRETL (Movie) (2012) A grown up Hansel avenges the death of his sister Gretel (played by Shannon Doherty)! EEEEEEE!! 10:00 IFC INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS Just like the “Oscars” except everybody smokes pot. Seth Rogan hosts.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 8:30 ABC THE ACADEMY AWARDS Hosted by the waxen corpse of Billy Crystal. 9:00 AMC THE WALKING DEAD An outsider appears, which naturally means Rick wants to save it and Shane wants to kill it.

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Pay to Play? No Way!

Time to rethink the value of high school sports in purely economic terms


ere’s what we know about Duval County: It’s home to six of the 15 worst high schools in the state. Many of those who attend Duval County schools will never graduate, and those who do are often saddled with what was once called the soft bigotry of low expectations. If they do go to college, they will end up in remedial skills classes to try to close a gap that should never have opened in the first place. And often, these graduates of marginal schools wash out of higher ed after a week or two, or a term or two. There is, predictably enough, an economic impact from this institutional failure. In 2011, the Alliance for Excellent Education, a D.C. think tank, estimated that remedial education cost Florida $223 million a year — and these figures were for the 2007-’08, a lifetime ago, economically speaking. Forty-four percent of students at two-year institutions in Florida were enrolled in at least one remedial class. Have things gotten better since, in the era of text-messaging and Facebook status updates and other debasing of the public syntax? My sources say no. We know schools aren’t getting the results necessary to compete on a global scale. Perhaps this wouldn’t have been an issue during America’s Indispensable Nation era, but now? The world is increasingly multipolar. Our students lag behind those of dozens of nations — in math, science, critical thinking, even English in many cases. No longer can we just bomb a country into submission, or pay off a Mubarak to enforce U.S. dicta. Our kids need to be smarter. But here in Duval County, home of those aforementioned Six Sick Schools, those who drive policy have greater priorities than meaningful education reform. They are concerned, as they are every year, with maintaining high school sports. Never mind that there are classrooms without textbooks, where teachers are forced to pay out of their own pockets for supplies or beg for the privilege of making photocopies even as those downtown get paid in full. No, the instructional conditions are incidental — compared to the important business of making sure we have high school sports like we did back when America was flush and everyone was, as The Beach Boys sang, true to their school. That was a different era, with different economic imperatives, and a way different

culture. Where we are now is struggling. And so proposals like the one from Duval County Athletic Director Jon Fox seem utterly removed from reality. The proposed plan, as of now, is to cover a $500K budget shortfall — any student not on free/reduced lunch pays a $75 participation fee. The problem is, of course, that more than 55 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch. So Pay to Play, as proposed, penalizes the middle class, imposing a disincentive on them to play sports, while a famously cash-strapped school district pays (and, it should be said, this comes at the expense of scions of middle-income families) for a full majority of students to play free. How is that a real “pay to play” plan, if most students will be exempt from it? By no means am I discounting the importance of sports. More important by far, however, is ensuring that all schools are aggressively moving toward making sure their students — rich, poor or otherwise — are moving toward the levels expected by the corporations of the 21st century. A big reason so many jobs are sourced overseas isn’t just that people over there work cheaper, but that they’re better prepared — despite cultural and geographical gaps — than American workers to deal with the demands of global economy. Playing wideout or point guard isn’t going to do much for most kids, except give them some experiences they might be able to write about in the aforementioned remedial college English classes. And in these times, maybe it’s time for public schools to get out of the sports business altogether. We see traveling teams in soccer, baseball and other sports; they’re sponsored and better outfitted and equipped than your typical high-school squad. Better coached, better prepared. Maybe instead of futzing around with pay-to-play, we should require that Duval County Schools seek outside funding, via public-private partnerships, for these schools. Corporate sponsorships are way better than soaking a minority of kids for the illusion of universal access. Or better still, let the private sector handle sports entirely, and make the schools citadels of education. If this can’t be done, then perhaps all parties involved should admit defeat and resign.  A.G. Gancarski

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Feel a tad strung out from electro pop, Celtic rap and Satanic reggae? Then hie yourself to the now-annual Great Guitar Gathering; this year’s lineup features the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Guitar Orchestra joining Grammy-winning guitarist-composer Andrew York (pictured) and Adam Rafferty. The Great Guitar Gathering is held on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $23.50. Proceeds benefit DASOTA music programs. 355-2787.


Nine-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera joins up with classical guitar shredders Brasil Guitar Duo for “Cuba Meets Brazil: Latin American Synergy” on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach. Afro-Cuban jazz legend D’Rivera first blew onto the music scene in the ’70s; he’s played with artists Dizzy Gillespie, Yo-Yo Ma, David Amram and the Turtle Island String Quartet. Young lions João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students. A dozen years later, the pair performs as the Brasil Guitar Duo, festival favorites adept at blazing Latintinged jazz and Bach sonatas. Ed Hall’s artwork is displayed during the performance. 270-1771.


“There’ll be no kirkin o’ the tartan ’til you’re off ye probation!” Spring’s almost here in Northeast Florida and that can mean only one thing for FW staffers: It’s time to knock back a few blackmarket antihistamines, quaff a coupla dozen pints of stout, don our traditional kilts and talk solely in beyond-annoying Sean Conneryspeak! So don’t be surprised if you see us staggering along in our quite-possibly-culturally-offensive best at the 17th annual Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 S.R. 16, Green Cove Springs. Traditional Scottish athletics and sports, Highland dancing and bagpipe music, a fiddle competition, whisky-tasting (holla!) and more than three dozen family clans are featured. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the gate. Saying “wee laddie” all day while wearing a tam o’shanter? Priceless. 725-5744.


The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to fulfill its founder’s vision that “dance is for everybody,” with a relentless touring schedule and world-renowned reputation for setting the standard of contemporary dance. Formed in Manhattan in 1958 by choreographer-activist Ailey (1931-’89), this celebrated group has performed before an estimated 21 million people in 48 states, and in 71 countries on six continents. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater appears on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the T-U Center for the Performing Art’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $41-$106. 632-3373.


Begorrah, brah! Irish rock sensations The Saw Doctors have carved out a name for themselves in their homeland with 18 Top 30 singles, including 1990’s “I Useta Lover,” which holds the record for all-time biggest-selling single on the Emerald Isle. Formed in County Galway in 1986, The Saw Doctors claim more than a dozen releases, enjoying a rabid global following that’s been compared to the red-eyed loyalists of The Grateful Dead (making their fans “Sawheads”?) And this five-piece is blessed with the legendary luck of the Irish: In 1993, keyboardist-accordion player Tony Lambert won $1 million Euros in the national lottery. That kinda dough can buy a whole lotta pints and/or new saw blades! The Saw Doctors perform on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $22. 209-0399.


Attention, weirdo lovers of snakes and tarantulas! Folio Weekly is proud … nay, overjoyed to announce the return of Repticon to Northeast Florida! This annual roving convention features reptiles and exotic pets, live music, demonstrations and various and sundry reptile themed-merchandise that’ll make even the most jaded amateur herpetologist (“A hot pink boa constrictor? Bo-ring!”) tremble in scaly delight. Repticon is held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $10; $5 for kids (5-12). Advance two-day passes are $12; $15 at the door. For a schedule and to score tix, go to (863) 268-4273.


The colorful rapper known as Yelawolf first sank his teeth into Atlanta’s hip-hop scene running with a pack that included Missy Elliot, Big Boi and crunkmaster Lil’ Jon. In the past two years, the 32-year-old Yelawolf (born Michael Wayne Atha) has released a few dope joints like the singles “Pop the Trunk,” “Hard White (Up in the Club)” and last year’s “Let’s Roll” with Kid Rock. Yelawolf unleashed his album “Radioactive” last year on Eminem’s Shady Records imprint, with hip-hop magazines The Source and XXL praising the Southern-bred, mad-dog rapper for having a bark that equals his bite. Yelawolf performs with Drummer vs. DJ (featuring Jon Wilkes of RJA), Gadjet and Breeze Danvinci on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $21. 246-2473. FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012 | Folio wEEklY | 15

Shadow Conspiracy: Ryan Reynolds stars as a CIA operative in the espionage thriller “Safe House.”

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eremy Renner of “The Hurt Locker” and the latest “Mission Impossible” may be playing the lead in the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy,” but it’s not the same character Matt Damon portrayed in the original Bourne trilogy. In “Safe House,” however, Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds seem to compete over who’d make the better Jason Bourne. Denzel wins, of course — he’s the real heavyweight of the two. Still, Reynolds makes a decent sparring partner for the two-time Oscar winner. Written by newcomer David Guggenheim, “Safe House” takes absolutely no chances in terms of plot or characters. The shadow of the Bourne films hangs heavily over the goings-on; the first big difference we see is the location. Instead of the European glitz and glamour through which Bourne raced and wreaked havoc, “Safe House” has the warrens and urban wastelands of South Africa. Excepting some minimal plot differences and the bifurcation of one stalwart hero into two, that’s about it. “Safe House” is actually “Bourne Revisited” before “The Bourne Legacy” arrives this summer. Ryan Reynolds plays novice CIA operative Matt Weston, who’s undergoing his initiation into the organization by tending a “safe house” in South Africa. Safe houses are places where the CIA keeps captives or fugitives until the big boys can get to them to take them away. There’s absolutely nothing going on in this particular safe house that would seem to further Weston’s ambition for a position in the Paris office. He’s confined to his boring job in this hellhole, like Steve McQueen stuck solitary in “The Great Escape.” Like Mr. Cool before him, all Matt can do is literally bounce a ball against the wall. A terrific career opportunity soon presents itself, however, in the person of Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), a muchvaunted renegade from the CIA who’s just been captured. Tobin is placed in Matt’s safe house until he’s officially whisked away to Langley AFB. Tobin is accompanied by a

small contingent of shock troops commanded by Daniel Kiefer (Robert Patrick, the shiftchanging assassin in “Terminator 2”). However, the bad guys after Tobin are tougher and meaner in their assault on the miniAlamo, so Matt is forced to go on the run, with Tobin in cuffs. During a series of car chases, fistfights, gun brawls and assorted other mayhem, the two men grow to respect each other. By the end of the film, of course, Matt discovers that there’s a traitor in high places who’s been orchestrating the deadly cat-and-mouse game all along. Now it’s time for a showdown. Recruited from his native Sweden, director Daniel Espinosa follows safely in the frenetic style of director Paul Greengrass, probably the most imitated director of action thrillers today. In the second and third Bourne films, Greengrass created the template of the shaky hand-held camera recording dizzying chases and frenzied fight sequences. In an effort to be ultra-realistic, though, the technique can lead to confusion for the viewers, as happens a bit in “Safe House.” It’s not always clear who’s shooting at whom. It’s also true that confusion of loyalties (as in the Bourne trilogy) is a deliberate element of the storyline, and in this regard, “Safe House” employs a seasoned cast of usual suspects, including Sam Shepard as the agency director, and Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson as his underlings. Unfortunately, only the most naïve and inexperienced of moviegoers will be unable to spot the real villain. Such are the pitfalls of casting, even when the performers are good. As for the film’s two stars, each performs about as expected. Radiating charisma and danger, Denzel Washington is doing a riff on the character he played in “Training Day.” In effect, Tobin Frost is a good badass who hasn’t turned completely to the Dark Side. Ryan Reynolds is certainly competent enough, but he’s always operating under Washington’s considerable shadow. Straining credibility while struggling for realism, “Safe House” breaks lots of heads but no new ground while delivering an accustomed fix for the avid action junkies among us.  Pat McLeod

The Film That Talent Forgot

Bad taste, amnesia and an unbelievable storyline meet in the forgettable drama “The Vow” The Vow

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urns out, the most awesome thing ever to happen to sappy romantic flicks may be brain damage. It makes sense — these pictures are already brain-dead 95 percent of time anyway. They’re “for women,” and Hollywood thinks women are morons to be taken in by the sappiest crap it can come up with as long as it features a cute, sensitive guy who likes to cuddle, go to film festivals and wear a goofy hat. Of course I’m not suggesting there aren’t perfectly amazing real-life guys who like to cuddle, go to film festivals and wear goofy hats. Why, some of my best friends meet those criteria. I’m suggesting that this is Hollywood cartoon shorthand for pandering to women, so there’s no need to make this character a real man. Let him be merely a phony “dreamboat,” as if that’s the least bit interesting. I frankly don’t understand how Channing Tatum comes into this, because he seems like a slightly dim bulb to me. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but he doesn’t even have that effortless sweetness some low-wattage types have. Tatum appears dull, never fully present and lacking an inner life, and what’s romantic about that? Sure, smart women do sometimes see these sorts of movies because what else are you gonna watch if you want a little bit of romance at the movies? But I digress! Here we have every idiotic romantic-movie cliché sexed up with … that’s right … brain damage. Manic pixie dream girl? Oh, she’s much more manic, and much more “trouble” if she’s been in an accident, now has amnesia and can’t even remember her wacky, fun-filled and unconventional romantic adventures! Want cute? Wait ’till you see these cutie-pie scenes when Leo (Tatum) attempts to make his now brain-damaged wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) remember how totally awesome they were together by repeating things they did

before her accident, to jog her memory. It’s like that bit in “Groundhog Day” when Bill Murray tries to recapture the spontaneous wonder of one glorious day with Andie MacDowell, but she doesn’t realize they’re doing reruns and is totally creeped out. Except here, it works with the cinematic magic of a head injury! Ah, romance! After all, nothing says “I love you” like a concussion. Paige — who’s lost all memory of her life with Leo — might go to second base with this eager “mysterious” stranger. It might make you wanna throw up a little to hear Leo romantically voiceover-philosophizing about “moments of impact” that change our lives and see that juxtaposed with his wife going slo-mo through an automobile windshield. But hey, ladies, are you feeling like your husbands aren’t paying attention to you like they used to? Need to rekindle that romance? Why not try coma-induced, brain-damage amnesia? Maybe then your dreamboat will go all Channing Tatum on you! Despite the best efforts of McAdams to put some thought into her performance, “The Vow” plays like it was written by an utterly naïve 12-year-old (instead of the five presumably adult screenwriters that penned this dreck). Sure, a person’s personality can change dramatically after a brain injury, but Paige’s personality shift on that level happened before she even met Leo, when she abandoned sweater sets, law school and snooty country-club pals for a bohemian existence in an apartment in “the city,” art school and funky vintage clothes. Her accident erases five years of memories, and so she forgets that abandonment and rewinds to her previous privileged life. To me, this suggests she’s a phony, faking it in every aspect of her life, either during the country-club phase or the artsy-fartsy-school phase. The good news? Lest we forget, after viewing mindless drivel like “The Vow,” filmgoers have the right to engage in a little selective amnesia and wipe it from their collective memory. Done.  Mary Ann Johanson

Kiss of Lameness: Rachel McAdams prepares to lay a lip-lock on Channing Tatum in the snoozefest “The Vow.”

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ACT OF VALOR **G@ Rated R • Opens on Friday, Feb. 24 This action film tells the story of Bandito Platoon, an elite team of Navy SEALs sent on a global manhunt to topple a deadly terrorist plot and save a CIA operative who’s been kidnapped. Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano and actual Navy SEALs star in this patriotic thriller. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIP-WRECKED **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency The vacation plans of Dave Seville (Jason Lee) and those nutty little Chipmunks (voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney) are sunk when they (and the Chipettes!) are marooned on a deserted island. THE ARTIST ***@ Rated PG-13 • Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Pot Belly’s, Regal Beach Blvd. An Oscar favorite, “The Artist” is director Michel Hazanavicius’ expertly rendered tale of 1927 silent film star George Valentin’s (Jean Dujardin) personal and professional life, played out at the advent of “talkies.” Fate, metaphor and romance are explored with supporting efforts from Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, John Goodman and Missi Pyle. Shot entirely in black-and-white with no dialogue, “The Artist” reminds movies lovers why we still fall in love with stories told on the silver screen. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST **@@ Rated G • AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues Disney’s 1991 animated Oscar-winner in 3-D. An evil enchantress turns a young prince (voiced by Robby Benson) into the Beast and only the love of innocent Belle (Paige O’Hara) can change him back. BIG MIRACLE **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This family-geared rom-com (based on a true story) stars John Krasinski, Ted Danson and Drew Barrymore star in about a newsman and environmentalist who try to form an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to help save a group of endangered whales.

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CHRONICLE ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This unique sci-fi film from writer-director Josh Trank and cowriter Max Landis follows the misadventures of a trio of teens (Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan) documentarystyle, with “found” footage allegedly retrieved from their video cameras. After they develop telekinetic powers, the laughs die down and the body count rises when the troubled Andrew (DeHaan) decides to use his powers for darker purposes.

CONTRABAND **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in the action film about ex-smuggler Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) called out of retirement after his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) burns drug dealer Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). Chris realizes revenge is ultimately a family affair, so he gets brother Sebastian (Ben Foster) and wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) to smuggle counterfeit greenbacks from Panama and settle the score. THE DESCENDANTS **** Rated R • Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach The latest from writer-director Alexander Payne (“About Schmidt,” “Sideways”) features Oscar-worthy performances from George Clooney and Shailene Woodley in the story of a reluctant patriarch and his quirky family who are troubled in paradise and find real family values in Hawaii. EK MAIN AUR EKK TU **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square This Bollywood rom-com stars Imran Khan as an unemployed architect who wakes up hungover and married to a hairstylist (Kareena Kapoor) after a delightful night of drinking. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE **@@ Rated PG-13 • Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This drama from director Stephen Daldry follows Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), a nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile and pacifist, as he scours the streets of Manhattan looking for the elusive lock to a key left by his father Thomas (Tom Hanks), who died on Sept. 11. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” also stars Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and Max von Sydow. GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE **@@ 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. Fear not, movie fans! Nicolas Cage is fulfilling his “a movie a month” quota with this sequel to ’07’s comic book-inspired action flick. Exiled in Eastern Europe, Johnny Blaze (Cage), aka Ghost Rider, takes on a mission to retrieve the missing boy Danny (Fergus Riordan) and return him to the priest Moreau (Idris Elba). The only catch? Satan (Ciarán Hinds) is also looking for the AWOL tyke and this time, naturally, it’s personal! THE GREY ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Liam Neeson stars in this thriller about a group of refinery workers who try to survive the frigid Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes in an arctic no-man’s land. Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo co-star in writer-director Joe Carnahan’s inventive take on Man vs. Nature. HUGO **** Rated PG • Cinemark Tinseltown Based on Brian Selznick’s book about a young boy’s magical adventures in a 1930s Paris train station, “Hugo” is director Martin Scorsese’s first foray into fantasy filmmaking, with impressive technical wizardry, especially its 3-D. Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee and Sacha Baron Cohen co-star.


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THE IRON LADY ***@ Rated PG-13 • Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Pot Belly’s Meryl Streep stars in the critically acclaimed historical drama about Margaret Thatcher and her journey from a grocer’s daughter to prime minister of the United Kingdom for nearly a dozen years which earned her the nickname “The Iron Lady” for her hard-line, conservative policies. Jim Broadbent co-stars. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Luiz Guzman and Michael “I needed the money, mate” Caine star in this family-geared film about a teenager’s adventure on a remote island in the South Pacific. JOYFUL NOISE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star as two members of a small-town church choir who are having a devil of a time trying to see past their differences and win a national competition. MAN ON A LEDGE **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues The so-so crime thriller toes the line between good cop flick and predictable big-screen fare. When ex-cop-turned-fugitive Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”) is trapped on a rooftop in midtown Manhattan, cop crisis counselor Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) wonders if she’s dealing with a suicide attempt or a large-scale criminal caper. Ed Harris and Jamie Bell co-star. ONE FOR THE MONEY **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues When brassy Jersey girl Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is hired as a recovery agent for a bail-bondsman, she puts her skills to the test to capture bail-jumper Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara), a former vice cop and murder suspect. He’s also her old high school boyfriend. John Leguizamo co-stars in this rom-com crime flick. PUSS IN BOOTS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square The animated family film from the “Shrek”-meisters, with Antonio Banderas voicing Puss and Zach Galifinakis in for Humpty Dumpty, also features Salma Hayek, Amy Sedaris and Guillermo del Toro, in a paint-by-the-numbers fur-filled fantasy that never rises to the level of humor or inventiveness of the original “Shrek” movies. RED TAILS **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. The WWII-era drama, starring Terrence Howard, Anna Levine and Cuba Gooding Jr., chronicles the true story of 13 AfricanAmerican cadets training to be fighter pilots, who became known as the heroic Tuskegee Airmen. SAFE HOUSE ***@ 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., San Marco Theater Reviewed in this issue. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This animated family fare features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and David Henrie. Arrietty (Mendler) and her family are tiny beings who live in the recesses of a suburban home — and “borrow” items … like that spool of thread you swear you left on the table. When she befriends the 12-year-old human boy Shawn (Henrie), the pair fear that their new relationship could spell trouble for the smaller inhabitants. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park Director Guy Ritchie’s cinematic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary tale has Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and pal Dr. Watson (Jude Law) match wits with the evil Prof. Moriarty (Jared Harris). Kelly Reilly and Stephen Fry co-star. STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE 3-D **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood

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River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. George Lucas’ rarely seen little indie sci-fi film gets the deluxe 3D IMAX treatment, which gives filmgoers another chance to hate Jar Jar Binks — this time in 3-D! Liam Neeson and Ewan MacGregor star in this prequel to the “Star Wars” saga. THIS MEANS WAR **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Chris Pine and Chris Tucker play two CIA operatives who are such best friends that nothing could ever come between them. When they both fall for the hottie Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), they turn their deadly skills and hi-tech weaponry into an allout war for her affections in this goofy, spy-geared rom-com. UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues In the latest installment of the popular “fang banger” series, badass vampire warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awakens after a decade of captivity. She discovers most of her vampires are destroyed; now she has to fight a genetically engineered Lycan (that’s “werewolf” to us simple, alt-weekly-readin’ folk!). Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy and Theo James co-star in this biting action flick.

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Daniel Radcliffe makes his adult role debut in this chilling remake of BBC TV’s ’89 movie. When recently widowed attorney Arthur (Radcliffe) goes to a remote British village to settle a dead woman’s account, he encounters the eccentric locals and meets a murderous spirit known as The Woman in Black. Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer and Misha Handley co-star in director James Watkins’ certifiably spooky picture.


HOME OF THE BRAVE This film, honoring white Civil Rights activist Viola Liuzzo, is screened at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Palatka Main Library, 601 College Road, Palatka. Liuzzo was killed in 1965 during the historic Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. 692-2031. AMELIA ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL The fourth annual Festival features various films and shorts screenings, animation, and workshops and panels Feb. 23, 24, 25 and 26 at various venues around Fernandina Beach. For a schedule and tickets, go to 335-1110.

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FREE WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES “Lagoons for Laypeople” screens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity” is screened at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at University of North Florida’s English Language Program Auditorium; Bldg. 14E/1700, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. A Q&A with the producers follows. Admission is free. SUN-RAY CINEMA Oscar-nominated shorts are screened daily through Feb. 23 at Sun-Ray Cinema@5 Points, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. Call 359-0047 for showtimes. LATITUDE 30 CINEGRILLE “War Horse” is currently running at Latitude 30’s new movie theater CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555. BUSTER KEATON FILM GROUP “The General” (1926) runs at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 314-5801. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Artist,” “The Ides of March,” “Iron Lady,” “J. Edgar,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “The Sitter” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2D” is screened along with “Forces of Nature,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Rescue 3D,” “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” “Born To Be Wild 3D” and “Hubble 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX.


J. EDGAR Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a solid performance in Clint Eastwood’s engaging biopic that chronicles the life, legacy and still-lingering controversy surrounding J. Edgar Hoover, the decades-long director of the FBI. TAKE SHELTER This favorite of critics and film festivals stars Michael Shannon as Curtis, a man in a small Ohio town who’s plagued with apocalyptic dreams. As his increasingly bizarre behavior begins to alienate his family (Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart), he decides to build a storm shelter in the backyard. When Curtis realizes his worst fantasy is coming true, he wonders if there’s any place to hide. ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN This Brazilian import action movie from writer-director José Padhila is a follow-up to his ’07 Latin American hit. Lt. Col. Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is caught in the crossfire of war among the Special Forces, the Public Safety Department, the governor and rogue militia groups. This edge-of-your-seat thrill ride was the highest grossing film in its homeland and has drawn comparison to the work of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.  The Amelia Island Film Festival is held Feb. 23-26 at various locations in Fernandina Beach and features films ranging from shorts, documentaries, foreign films and indie fare, including director Tara Johns’ coming-of-age tale, “The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom” (pictured), along with workshops and discussions. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit

When they aren’t pioneering the emerging “porchcore” music scene, the members of Blind Pilot are creating killer folk rock.

Flying High

Portland folkie six-piece Blind Pilot enjoy the view from atop the indie rock scene BLIND PILOT with COTTON JONES Monday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach Tickets are $12 460-9311


verhyped origin stories litter the indie music landscape, but Portland’s folk-pop group Blind Pilot just might have ’em all beat. Lead singer/guitarist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski first crossed paths while studying abroad in England, forming a bond busking on city streets. After graduating from the University of Oregon, the duo then hatched a half-baked plan to take a bike trip down the West Coast, an adventure that became Blind Pilot’s genesis. Sweetening the back-story deal, Nebeker and Dobrowski spent a summer recording and writing their ’08 debut album “3 Rounds and a Sound” in an abandoned cannery on the Oregon coast; the following winter, the entire building was washed into the sea. Since then, thank God, Blind Pilot has enjoyed much smoother sailing. They’ve expanded to a six-person lineup, headlined bigticket festivals like Sasquatch and Lollapalooza, and morphed into darlings of the NPR set — hell, they even performed on “The David Letterman Show” last month. Folio Weekly caught up with Nebeker to talk about the band’s rapid rise to success, its “pseudo-democratic” songwriting process and the similarities among Singapore, St. Augustine and Sasquatch.

Folio Weekly: Give us the lowdown on how Blind Pilot first came about. Israel Nebeker: Ryan [Dobrowski] and I did a

study abroad program in this surfing town called Newquay, which is a big vacation destination for young tourists, with lots of people playing music on the streets. We started busking there, but we didn’t play together again until we ran into each other in Portland after school. We were both playing in other bands, but for a summer project, we wanted to do a tour by bike. It started as just that, a bike trip, but we thought, “Hey, we could play music [along the route] — that way we wouldn’t have to save up a ton of money before we go.” The idea sounded better and better the more we thought about it, and that was the beginning of the band. F.W.: Was the trip a life-changing experience or what? I.N.: You said it all right there. I think it really solidified what we were trying to do with our music. We were playing in lots of out-of-theway places, meeting people that never had bands coming through their towns, so we made lots of personal connections that way. The music became more significant, too; when you’re constantly in motion every day, your whole life takes on this metaphorical value. You get up and pedal, and it’s liberating to look back at your trailer that has everything you need. You’re not sure what you’re going to see or do that day, but you’re moving forward. F.W.: Blind Pilot has toured in the past as a four-piece, a nine-piece and even an 11-piece unit. How do you determine who’s going to perform with you on any given night? I.N.: Really by whoever’s available. We had a lot of people record on the first album, so we

just invited everybody to play the CD release show. That went really well, so we said, “Let’s just keep playing with these 11 members in Portland.” When we started touring after that, only six of us could make it, and from that point, it’s been steady, the same six people. F.W.: On your debut album, you handled all the songwriting. Were things different on last year’s follow-up, “We Are the Tide”? I.N.: I still do all the songwriting, but it’s kind of a pseudo-democratic thing. Ryan and I still make the final calls, but we do things together as far as the instrumentation and orchestration of everything. With six people, sometimes you step on each other’s toes, so we sit down in the same room and find ways to help each other. F.W.: The band’s all over the map over the next few months: St. Augustine, Singapore, and then a ton of big festivals. Are you excited, looking forward to such touring variety? I.N.: I’m unbelievably stoked to go to Singapore; I’ve never been to that part of the world, and I can’t think of a better way to travel than through music. As for Florida, we’ve played in Orlando and Tampa, but we’ve never been to St. Augustine — I’ve wanted to go to that city for years. And then the festivals, Sasquatch especially … that’s such a beautiful spot out there, on the same river, the Columbia, that I grew up on. So, yeah, that feels very much like home.  Nick McGregor FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 21

Bittersweet Symphony

Evan Dando returns to Northeast Florida to perform his ’90s rock opus THE LEMONHEADS (performing the entire “It’s A Shame About Ray” album) with MEREDITH SHELDON, MEMPHIBIANS Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville Tickets are $15. 398-7496

worked at a coffee shop when I was a junior in high school. I had to get up at 4 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, when I should’ve been sleeping off some sort of Mad Dog-induced hangover. The only cassette tape I had in my mom’s car was The Lemonhead’s “It’s A Shame About Ray.” I would get pumped up and readied for six hours of slinging coffee and getting yelled at with “Alison’s Starting To Happen” every weekend morning. I listened to that album for six months straight, before Nirvana & Co. took command of my stereo. “Ray” was my favorite album. I didn’t dissect it and analyze it. It wasn’t pretentious or over-polished. It was just a great album. Fast-forward 20 years. Evan Dando is now some sort of suffering rocker. Riddled with well-documented bouts of drug abuse, possible mental illness and the innate ability to write one helluva pop song, Dando fits the mold of so many other troubled artists, rock or otherwise. And while Dando isn’t in the same league as Kurt Cobain or Ian Curtis, he probably thinks he is. Dando’s band, The Lemonheads, were a kind of pre-grunge, post-new wave dandies. Formed in Boston in 1986, they hit their pinnacle with the 1992 release of the aboveeulogized “Ray,” a collection of love songs and drug songs that strode the line between the up-and-coming flannel invasion from Seattle and the echoes of ’80s bands like The Pixies and The Replacements. Now Dando has The Lemonheads back together with a new lineup, featuring Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday) on bass and current Bad Brains drummer Chuck Treece. The trio is touring the country playing “Ray” in its entirety — the whole album, beginning to end, from the strum-heavy opener “Rockin’ Stroll” to their cover of “Frank Mills,” from the hippie-happy musical “Hair.” Dando has put four chords together as well as any of his peers, and songs

like “Confetti,” “My Drug Buddy” and the title track drip with pop-punk sentiment. Dando was at his best on this album. His songs are simple and catchy. The lyrics aren’t profound, but they hit home with anyone who likes a girl or boy. The ’08 reissue of “Ray” featured the addition of what is most likely The Lemonheads’ most popular song, a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.” Recorded in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the classic soundtrack of the film “The Graduate,” The Lemonheads’ take on “Mrs. Robinson” is what they usually wound up playing on late-night talk shows and at the end of sets at festivals. Dando isn’t a fan of playing it anymore, but the cover is fun. Take the time to check out the YouTube video of the band playing a gleeful “It’s A Shame About Ray” on “Late Night with David Letterman” ( hzZhsO). In the clip, Letterman says it was his idea for the band play something besides “Mrs. Robinson,” but I have a niggling feeling it was more likely Evan Dando’s idea. The Lemonheads rode high on the record’s success, peaking on the charts and playing to huge crowds. Around this time, Dando decided to throw it all away. He walked out in the middle of concerts. He half-assed it. He openly battled drug and alcohol issues, becoming a shattered celebrity of the grunge era almost by default. The Lemonheads never made it back to that level of success, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do some good work. Their follow-up album, “Come On Feel The Lemonheads,” is a good listen, as is their self-titled ’06 release. But none of it equals what they achieved with “Ray.” Nothing Dando has done on his own matches it, either. Dando lost focus at some point, and has never been able to put it together quite the same way. Dando’s no stranger to Northeast Florida. He and some previous incarnations of the band once played well-loved shows at EinsteinA-Go-Go in Jax Beach and at The Milk Bar downtown. We can only hope Dando will show up strong for this week’s appearance at Jack Rabbits and follow through on the killer music he delivered some 20 years ago.  Danny Kelly

Camera Shy: Alt-rocker Evan Dando brings his current lineup of The Lemonheads to Northeast Florida.

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RYAN STAR Singer-songwriter Star performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-7496. E. MOORE, T MINUS 9 The indie rock kicks off at 9 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. MIKE BERNOS BAND This blues band plays at 10 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS These local alt rock faves perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at CafÊ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $15. 460-9311. The band also performs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Prevatt’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg. Tickets are $15. 282-1564. THE SAW DOCTORS These Irish rock favorites appear at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $22. 209-0399. THE BOXING LESSON, E.L. WOOD The indie rock bands hit the stage at 9 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. SPECIAL CONSENSUS This bluegrass band plays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at European Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. ALEX SEIER Singer-songwriter Seier performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 374-1547. THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE This tribute act to Jake and Elwood Blues (from that movie!) begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $38.50-$58.50. 632-3373. YELAWOLF, DRUMMER VS. DJ (JON WILKES), GADJET, BREEZE DAVINCI Rapper Yelawolf appears at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $21. 246-2473. ELVIS TRIBUTE SHOW: ROGER HAWK & THE MYSTERY TRAIN BAND The King is gone but not forgotten; the tribute starts at 9:30

p.m. on Feb. 23 at Stage One Sports Bar & Dance Club, 96062 Victoria’s Place, Yulee. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door; $20 for ages 18-20. 583-9275. BREAD AND BUTTER Chroma’s all-covers alter ego performs at 10 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Mellow Mushroom, 1018 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 241-5600. The band also plays at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. BRAXTON ADAMSON, RATHKELTER AND ALBANNACH Adamson performs at 5 p.m.; Rathkelter and Albannach play at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 374-1547. THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, LINDA DAVIS, DESTINY HOTARD, STEFFANIE RENEE Country legends The Bellamy Brothers perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Tickets are $31.20 and $37.45. Proceeds benefit the Morocco Shrine Building Fund. 642-5200 ext. 11. CESAR CARDONA Singer-songwriter Cardona appears at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Three Layers CafÊ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. TNT (AC/DC TRIBUTE), ZERO-N, ROSCO CAINE, HALE MERRY The Los Angeles AC/DC tribute act is on stage at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. THE BRONX WANDERERS This five-piece vocal group performs classic Baby Boomer hits at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets are range from $14-$32. 276-6750. THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS, DONOVAN WOLFINGTON, JENNI REID The emo music starts at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-4273. CHROMA Local jam faves Chroma perform at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. THE RIDE The local rockers play at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. JOHN EARLE BAND This local band appears at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Square One,

1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004. ROCCO BLU Blues rockers Rocco Blu play at 10 on Feb. 24 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. SOUND & SPIRIT FESTIVAL: BROWN BAG SPECIAL, PAPA MILLION, OUIJA BROTHERS, AUGUST WEST Live music, hand drumming and psychedelic light shows start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 W. First St., Jacksonville. Donations are accepted. 356-2992. AGENT ORANGE, POOR RICHARDS, SIMPLEX 1, WHAT ABOUT ME, DOES IT MATTER, GROSS EVOLUTION SoCal HC legends Agent Orange perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. WHETHERMAN Singer-songwriter Nicholas “Whethermanâ€? Williams is on at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. HEART SHAPED BOX (Nirvana Tribute), IN WHISPERS Heart Shaped Box performs Nirvana faves at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-4273. THE LEMONHEADS, MEREDITH SHELDON, MEMPHIBIANS Alt-rockers The Lemonheads perform “It’s A Shame About Rayâ€? album in its entirety at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 398-7496. BOB PATTERSON, MICHAEL RENO HARRELL These singer-songwriters play at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. CAROLINE POND Snake Oil Medicine Show’s frontwoman and fiddler Pond performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Ananda Kula, 4154 Herschel St., Jacksonville. Bring a vegetarian dish to share for the veggie potluck dinner at 6 p.m. 680-7344. PABLO CRUISE ’70s soft rock masters Pablo Cruise appear at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $36.50 and $49.50. 209-0399. BAY STREET Local faves Bay Street perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 374-1547.


February 23 Henry & The Seahawks

February 24 & 25 Grandpa’s Cough Medicine



“Join us for Blues, Rock & Funk�

RJA with Gadjet of Kinda Major)

Breeze Davinci (w/Ivan) FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24



Heart Shaped Box

(a real NIRVANA tribute)


Doors at 5:30


Secondhand Serenade LATE SHOW:

Doors at 9pm





Roman Gianarthur / KISHI BASHI


The Best Live Music in St. Augustine!


Drummer Vs. DJ (Jon Wilkes of



Men’s Night Out Beer Pong 7pm $1 Draft $5 Pitchers Free Pool ALL U CAN EAT CRABLEGS


Texas Hold ’Em STARTS AT 7 P.M.





Supernatural- 9:30pm 1/2 PRICE APPS-FRI (BAR ONLY) 4-7PM DECK MUSIC 5 P.M.-9 P.M.


Supernatural - 9:30pm DECK MUSIC - 5P.M.-9P.M.

Sat/Sun- 7am Breakfast


reggae royalty



Frankenstein Brothers feat. BUCKETHEAD / THAT 1 GUY SATURDAY MARCH 24



Action Item/Electric Touch UPCOMING SHOWS

3-16: Young the Giant/Grouplove 3-29: Tornado Rider 3-30: Frontiers (Journey Tribute) 3-31: Breathe Carolina/The Ready Set 4-5: Cannibal Corpse/Exhumed 4-14: Tim Reynolds/Sons of Bill 4-18: GWAR/Ghoul/Kylessa 4-20: The Maine 4-21: Rockville Rumble Finals 4-25: Steel Pulse 5-9: Whitechapel/Miss May I

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DICK FOX’S GOLDEN BOYS: FRANKIE AVALON, FABIAN & BOBBY RYDELL The Golden Oldies hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at T-U Center’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $52-$107. 632-3373. R. KELLY R&B singer R. Kelly performs at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Pure Nightclub, 8206 Philips Hwy., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 318-5588. WHISKEYFACE Punkers Whiskeyface play at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 547-2188. MOLLY GENE ONE WHOAMAN BAND, REVEREND DEADEYE The rootsy indie rock kicks off at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. JOSH MILLER BLUES REVUE Bluesman Miller performs at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Dog Star

Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. RED AFTERNOON, CANARY IN THE COALMINE Local Americana band Red Afternoon is joined by Canary in the Coalmine at 10 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Admission is $5. 247-6636. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist Flores appears at 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. CANDY LEE Singer-songwriter Lee performs at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 at European Street Café, 992 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 399-1740. EXEMPLI GRATIA These hard rockers are on at 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 398-7496. BLIND PILOT, COTTON JONES Indie folkies Blind Pilot perform at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are

Food, fun and fiddlin’ about! Caroline Pond performs on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at Ananda Kula, 4154 Herschel St., Jacksonville. The fiddler for Snake Oil Medicine Show has shared the stage with Vassar Clements, Larry Keel and Yonder Mountain String Band. Bring a vegetarian dish to share for the veggie potluck dinner at 6 p.m. 680-7344.

$12. 460-9311. MANNA ZEN Local hard hitters Manna Zen play at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 398-7496. THE REAL NASTY This authentically filthy combo appears at 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. THE MAGISTRATE, BLEEDING IN STEREO, FIT FOR RIVALS Local hard rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 398-7496.


DARK STAR ORCHESTRA Feb. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHRISTOPHER PAUL STERLING, ROBIN RUTENBERG Feb. 29, Jack Rabbits GRETCHEN WILSON Feb. 29, Whisky River BOYCE AVENUE, SECONDHAND SERENADE March 2, Freebird MONICA, JOY DENNIS March 2, The Florida Theatre DAYS OF THE NEW March 2, Brewster’s Pit HANK WILLIAMS JR. March 3, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LOS VIGILANTES March 3, Nobby’s SALIVA, SIVA ADDICTION March 3, Brewster’s Pit HEAVY PETTY (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND) March 3, Freebird Live WYNTON MARSALIS March 4, The Florida Theatre JAPANTHER, LEN SOUTH ROCK, FILTHY SAVAGE, TEENAGE LOBOTOMY March 4, Nobby’s FASTER PUSSYCAT March 4, Brewster’s Pit LOTUS, THE MALAH March 6, Freebird Live OF MONTREAL, KISHI BASHI March 7, Freebird Live REBIRTH BRASS BAND, KUNG FU March 8, Freebird Live JAKE OWEN March 9, Mavericks TOOTS & THE MAYTALS March 9, Freebird Live DAVID ALLAN COE March 10, Brewster’s Pit BADFISH (SUBLIME TRIBUTE) March 10, Freebird Live BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS March 11, The Florida Theatre

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Country legends The Bellamy Brothers perform with Linda Davis, Destiny Hotard and Steffanie Renee on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. The Bellamy Brothers topped the country charts with No. 1 hits “Redneck Girl� (1982) and 1976’s “Let Your Love Flow.� Tickets are $31.20 and $37.45. Proceeds benefit the Morocco Shrine Building Fund. 642-5200 ext. 11. VAN HALEN, KOOL & THE GANG April 16, Veterans Memorial Arena GWAR, GHOUL, KYLESSA April 18, Freebird Live HUMAN NATURE April 20, T-U Center WANEE MUSIC FEST: ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, FURTHUR, GOV’T MULE, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND, BUDDY GUY, BRUCE HORNSBY, DEVON ALLMAN’S HONEYTRIBE April 20 & 21, Spirit of the Suwannee STEEL PULSE April 25, Freebird Live ELVIS COSTELLO & The IMPOSTERS April 27, Florida Theatre

RISE TO AGAINST, A DAY TO REMEMBER, TITLE FIGHT April 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE BEACH BOYS 50th ANNIVERSARY REUNION TOUR May 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE FRAY May 4, St. Augustine Amphitheatre EDDIE VEDDER, GLEN HANSARD May 8, T-U Center WHITECHAPEL, MISS MAY I May 9, Freebird Live OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR: LADY ANTEBELLUM, DARIUS RUCKER, THOMPSON SQUARE May 10, Veterans Memorial Arena CATIE CURTIS May 11, CafĂŠ Eleven EDGAR WINTER BAND May 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech, 277-3662 John Springer on Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph every Sun. CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Chroma on Feb. 24. Josh Miller Blues Revue on Feb. 25. The Real Nasty on Feb. 27. Live music every weekend GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess, Hupp & Rob every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music Tue.-Sun. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.


AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MEEHAN’S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076



Billy Bowers Thursday

Christopher Dean Band Friday & Saturday

Paul Lundgren Sunday

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Karaoke every Wed. Live music every Fri. Open mic every Wed. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LAVA, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri. STARBUCKS, 9301 Atlantic Blvd., 724-4554 Open mic with Starbucks Trio from 8-11 p.m. every other Fri. TONINO’S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae every Thur. Old school jams every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun.


BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fouth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition are in for Industry Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Mike Bernos Band on Feb. 21. Rocco Blu on Feb. 24. Bread & Butter on Feb. 25 TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.


THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Roy Luis spins new & vintage original house at

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9 p.m. every Thur. GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band at 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 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.


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt Lanham at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. 4Play at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24. Tony Novelly at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. Incognito at noon on Feb. 26 BLUES ROCK CAFE, 831 N. First St., 249-0007 Live music every weekend 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. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 247-9880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Indigo Blue on Feb. 21. Permission Band on Feb. 24. Fish Out of Water and Karaoke with Hal on Feb. 25. Dee Mac and Michael Funge on Feb. 26 DICK’S WINGS, 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107, 853-5004 Big Jeff at 8 p.m. every Thur. Live music at 9 p.m. every Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 992 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Candy Lee from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 26 FIONN MACCOOL’S, 333 N. First St., 242-9499 Live music every Thur.-Sat. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Yelawolf, Drummer vs DJ Jon Wilkes, Gadjet and Breeze Davinci on Feb. 23. Think Happy Thoughts, Donovan Wolfington and Jenni Reid on Feb. 24. Nirvana tribute band Heart Shaped Box on Feb. 25 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Nick Williams on Feb. 22. Mark O’Quinn on Feb. 23. Brady Reich on Feb. 24. Jimmy Solari on Feb. 25. D-Lo Thompson on Feb. 29 LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Blue Indigo on Feb. 25 LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Live music at 3 p.m. every Sun. Open mic at 5 p.m. every Wed. DJ Jason hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Saltwater Grass on Feb. 21. Bread & Butter on Feb. 23 MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Red Afternoon and Canary in the Coalmine on Feb. 25 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Live music nightly NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every weekend THE PIER RESTAURANT, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew and Johnny Flood at 7 p.m. every Thur. DJ Infader every Fri. Nate Holley every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Baystreet on Feb. 21. Billy Bowers on Feb. 22. Christopher Dean Band on Feb. 23. Paul Lundgren on Feb. 24 & 25. Ron Perry on Feb. 26 RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Billy & Trevor on Feb. 22. Chuck Nash on Feb. 23. Rick Arcusa Band on Feb. 24 & 25. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine on Feb. 26. Billy Bowers on Feb. 28. Live music every Tue.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 E. Moore and T Minus 9 on Feb. 21. The Boxing Lesson and E.L. Wood on Feb. 22. Molly Gene One Whoaman Band and Reverend Deadeye on Feb. 25. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Jazz at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Alex Seier at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. Braxton Adamson at 5 p.m., Rathkelter and Albannach at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24. Baystreet at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 DJs Al Pete & Gene Dot spin for The Glossary at 10 p.m. every Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Wits End on Feb. 23. Megan Diamond on Feb. 24. Rebecca Day CD Release Party at 2 p.m., Jason Ivey at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on Feb. 22. DJ BG on Feb. 23. Supernatural at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 & 25


BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 TNT AC/DC tribute, Zero-N, Rosco Caine and Hale Merry on Feb. 24. Agent Orange, Poor Richards, Simplex 1, What About Me, Does It Matter and Gross Evolution on Feb. 25 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 The Ride at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 & 25. DJ Jack spins for Karaoke dance party every Tue. & Sun. DJ Two3 spins for ladies nite every Wed. DJ Two4 spins every Thur. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music every Fri.


HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Live music at 6 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri-Sun. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Reggae with Les


SoCal HC legends Agent Orange (pictured) perform with Poor Richards, Simplex 1, What About Me, Does It Matter and Gross Evolution on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. The band was formed in 1979 and since then has been riding the wave of the surf punk sound they helped create. Tickets are $10. 223-9850.

B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Sat. & Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. last Wed. every month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. SUNBURST STUDIOS, 12641 San Jose Blvd., 485-0946 Open mic with My Friendz Band at 8:30 p.m. every Mon. Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. with DJ Tom Turner every Tue.


CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 The Whey on Feb. 23. Swerved on Feb. 24 & 25. Live music every Thur.-Sat. DJ Jason every Tue. DJ Israel every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Lee Kelly on Feb. 22. Ranger Donnie on Feb. 24. Mojo Chillin on Feb. 25. Local talent every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. Blues jam every Sun.


LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Braxton Adamson at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. Ivey Brothers at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24. Danny Kent at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25. Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.


FLA RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, 243 S. Edgewood Ave. DJ DreOne spins every Wed. for open mic nite HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Becoming the Archetype, Soul of Sirens, Words Like Vines and Levelers at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Manafest, Nine Lashes and Kiros on Feb. 25 PIZZA PALACE, 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 Jennifer Chase at 6:30 p.m. every Fri. YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 Rotating DJs spin for Pro Bono electronic music party from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sun.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Henry & the Seahawks on Feb. 23. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine on Feb. 24 & 25. AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 JK Wayne on Feb. 22. Bilge Rats on Feb. 24. John Dickie on Feb. 25 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on Feb. 22. Blind Pilot and Cotton Jones on Feb. 27 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Chuck Nash at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Kenny & Tony at 2 p.m., Mojo Roux at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25. Vinny Jacobs from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 26 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. 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 from noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at noon every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Scott & Michelle Dalziel on Feb. 24 & 25. Katherine Archer on Feb. 26. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 Whiskeyface on Feb. 25 THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. SANGRIAS WINE & TAPAS Piano Bar, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Live music every Thurs.-Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Billy Bowers on Feb. 25. Lil Blaze & DJ Alex are in for Karaoke every Mon. SIRENS, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 Live music every Fri. DJs spin every Sat. Live music from 3-6 p.m. every Biker Sunday SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every Fri.-Sun. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Red River Band at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 & 25. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.

AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 2-7 p.m. every Sun. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally from 7-9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Clayton Bush on Feb. 22. D-Lo Thompson on Feb. 23. Tim O’Shea on Feb. 24. Billy Buchanan on Feb. 25 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Ryan Crary on Feb. 22. Charlie Walker on Feb. 23. Nate Holley on Feb. 24 SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every 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. URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Gretchen Wilson at 7 p.m. on Feb. 29. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Ruckus on Feb. 24. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Mon.


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 CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Three Bari Band on Feb. 21. Special Consensus on Feb. 23. Doc Handy on Feb. 28. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 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 Ryan Star on Feb. 21. The Lemonheads, Meredith Sheldon and Memphibians on Feb. 25. Exempli Gratia on Feb. 26. Manna Zen on Feb. 27 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 John Earle Band on Feb. 24. Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula at 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom at 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin indie dance & electro at 9 p.m. every Wed. DJs Anonymous and Mickey Shadow every Sat.



BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. & every first Sun. Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. 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 Michael Reno Harrell and Bob Patterson on Feb. 25 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Backbeat Blvd. at 8:30 p.m., DJ Jun Bug at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Boogie Freaks at 8:30 p.m., VJ Josh Frazetta at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 PURE NIGHTCLUB, 8206 Philips Hwy., 318-5588 R. Kelly at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25


BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. with DJ Dave. Open mic every Wed. DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 DJ Steve at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. Ghost Radio at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24. Guitar Redd & the Redd Hotts on Feb. 25. Mr. Natural at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. 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. STAGE ONE SPORTS BAR, 96062 Victoria’s Place, Yulee, 675-6113 Elvis tribute show with Roger Hawk & the Mystery Train Band at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Cesar Cardona at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Nicholas Whetherman at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on Feb. 26 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. 

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Scene stealing, genre-jumping and bed-hopping: 1) A still from Mitchell’s film “Shortbus.” 2) John Cameron Mitchell 3) Mitchell as the titular transgender character in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

The Cult, The Wig, His Life & Some Lovers

Edgy, gender-bending director-actor John Cameron Mitchell brings his sexual revolution to Northeast Florida JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL “Shortbus” screens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 as part of The Talkies series with a commentary by director Mitchell and actors PJ Deboy and Paul Dawson; “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is screened at 10 p.m. Mitchell screens “Real Life” and “Badlands” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville Tickets are $20 for The Talkies; $10 for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Tickets for both “Real Life” and “Badlands” are $18; $10 for one film An all-event weekend pass is $40 359-0047,


f John Cameron Mitchell flies under Hollywood’s radar, it’s not by design. It’s because Hollywood needs a stronger tracking device. A teen actor of the ’80s — he starred in Paul Michael Glaser’s teen-rebellion flick “Band of the Hand” and appeared on TV’s “MacGyver” and “Head of the Class” — Mitchell is best known for his off-Broadway musical-turned-underground-celluloid-hit “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (2001). A glittery, disturbing, darkly humorous story about identity, sexuality, abandonment and rock-and-roll, “Hedwig” should have put Mitchell on the A-list. But Tinseltown doesn’t like controversy, and controversy attends Mitchell’s work like a handmaiden. He followed up his debut film with the even more heterodox “Shortbus” in 2006, virtually guaranteeing his position as a renegade artiste. Using explicit sex as a doorway into the lives of the film’s main characters, “Short Bus” is a frustrating and liberating look at relationships straight and gay, conflicted and obsessive, well-defined and nebulous. If you haven’t seen the film, you’re in the majority. It’s damn near impossible to get a domestic copy on DVD, and it showed only briefly in Northeast Florida upon its opening. (Variety dubbed it, “Unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the porn industry.”) 28 | folio weekly | feBRUARy 21-27, 2012

Enter Tim Massett, Jacksonville’s once and future champion of indie film, who formerly ran the underground theater The Pit and recently returned to the area to open Sun-Ray Cinema (in the old Five Points Theater). His aim is to bring to town the oddities of the film world (as he did last week with a rare performance by eccentric film star Crispin Hellion Glover), and the upcoming weekend with Mitchell (March 2 and 3) fits the bill. Mitchell will screen and discuss “Hedwig” and “Shortbus.” He’ll also host screenings of two of his favorite films, Albert Brooks’ “Real Life” (1979) and Terrence Malick’s 1973 “Badlands.” Folio Weekly recently spoke with Mitchell about sex, movies and, um, sex. Folio Weekly: What stoked your interest in theater and film? John Cameron Mitchell: God, that’s huge. How about just film? Theater came naturally. I was acting in films, and a big film buff, but I really didn’t think about making it for a long time, until “Hedwig” became a hit on stage.

They were doing “Lord of the Rings,” betting it all on “Lord of the Rings,” and letting me do [“Hedwig”] for a large amount of money with no stars, which wouldn’t happen today. F.W.: As I understand it, you workshopped “Hedwig” in a live club setting before staging it. J.C.M.: Yeah, we did it in rock clubs rather than theaters to keep the energy up, to keep it from getting too “Rent”-like, if you know what I mean. Keeping the rock-and-roll authentic. And learning my chops, ’cause I had never done drag, I’d never done rock. So I needed to learn those chops before we brought it into the theater. We did that for four years before we got it to off-Broadway [in ’98]. F.W.: You’ve said of “Shortbus” that you used explicit sex to take the mystery and power out of the sex itself, and to allow for deeper character development and exposure. J.C.M.: I always say that sex is a kind of universal language, like music, that can be

“Sex is a kind of universal language. We tend to see it only used for porn or in European art films. [But] as we know in our lives, sex is so much more complicated. Sex is so much funnier, so much odder.” Oddly, there was this opportunity — I was a director on stage, not for “Hedwig,” but for other things — and there was this strange opportunity, in the late ’90s when small films were doing well, for me to be able to direct the film [version of “Hedwig”]. One of the odd circumstances was that the head of New Line Cinema directed me in a teen comedy in the ’80s, so there was a very paternal “I’m gonna help you make this” [attitude]. My composer’s uncle worked there, so there was a strange family environment at New Line.

used in different ways. We tend to see it only used for porn, which has its own language and formula, almost like Hollywood. Or in European art films, which tend to emphasize the negative. Both can feel like clichés. As we know in our lives, sex is so much more complicated. Sex is so much funnier, so much odder than we are shown. So I figured, the way someone has sex tells you something about them that no other parts of their lives can reveal. It’s fascinating. How can sex not be fascinating, especially since it’s something

so hidden? Things aren’t interesting unless they’re hidden. F.W.: In the first two or three scenes, there’s very little dialogue, and it’s all explicit sex. But there is a range of emotional responses. J.C.M.: Yes. It’s all bad sex, too, when you think about it. F.W.: How much did the actors’ personal lives influence that aspect of the film? J.C.M.: We cast interesting people before we had a story. Their auditions and our workshops are what generated the content. It’s like taking elements of yourself and exaggerating them, pushing them in certain directions. Paul [Dawson] and PJ [Deboy], who were the gay couple — who will be at the [“Shortbus” screening] — are a couple [in real life], were a couple before the film, and elements of their lives came into the story. What happens when sex changes in a long-term relationship? How do you keep it alive? Is the three-way interesting? So [we were] taking things, focusing, exaggerating, manipulating. Luckily, these actors felt very safe with me, could veto things that felt odd or were too close to the bone. That was part of the process. That was why we were doing it. It’s not just the sex that’s intimate. It’s the details of these peoples’ lives that are more intimate. The emotional details were harder for the actors than the sex. F.W.: The ideas about sex expressed in “Short Bus” are sometimes dark, in some cases to the point of possession of one’s sexual partner — obsession and ownership. J.C.M.: That’s part of the tapestry. Sex and love are two different things, and when they come together, it’s fantastic. But to say that they must be present at the same time, at all times, is unrealistic. All of the characters [in “Shortbus”] are desperate for connection — connection with themselves and through others.  John E. Citrone

“You mark that frame an 8, and you’re entering a world of pain.” A piece from Joe Forkan’s series “The Lebowski Cycle” is “The Taking of Christ (After Caravaggio)” (2006-’09, oil on linen, 72"x40").

Apotheosis of The Dude

Painter Joe Forkan really ties the room together with “The Lebowski Cycle” UNF GALLERY AT MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, 333 N. LAURA ST., JACKSONVILLE Forkan is featured in a discussion about the series on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; a screening of “The Big Lebowski” follows in MOCA Theater The exhibit runs through April 1 366-6911


f imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, The Dude would be most pleased. When it was released in 1998, “The Big Lebowski” tanked at the box office, receiving mixed reviews at best. But Joel and Ethan Coen’s absurd comedy about the misadventures of a hapless stoner called The Dude also attracted a devoted (and growing) following. Loosely based on Raymond Chandler’s 1939 hardboiled detective story “The Big Sleep,” the film follows The Dude (Jeff Bridges) as he’s pulled into a realm of mistaken identity, kidnapping, extortion and a possible murder after his favorite rug is ruined. Since its release, “The Big Lebowski” has almost single-handedly revived the idea of a cult film, as fans around the globe celebrate the movie with midnight screenings, street parties and annual conventions honoring all things dude-like. The film’s dialogue has infiltrated popular culture — “The Dude” occupying a verbal Zen-like chaise longue — and in 2005, even an online religion and philosophy called “Dudeism” was formed to spread the film’s slacker gospel. Known as “The Church of the Latter-Day Dude,” this stoner-friendly sect has ordained more than 130,000 Dudeist priests. Artist Joe Forkan ( has expressed his supplication to The Dude with “The Lebowski Cycle,” a collection of 14 large-scale canvases that blend his knowledge of baroque and neoclassical paintings with scenes inspired by the film. Currently an associate professor of art at California State University, Fullerton, the 48-year-old devoted five years to creating the series. Working on large-scale linen canvases with traditional materials like rabbit skin glue and wet ground paints posed certain problems, but Forkan was more concerned with the

reaction of the film’s zealot-like fans. “I think that one of the really difficult challenges with these paintings was that there’s recognizable people and scenes,” Forkan tells Folio Weekly, speaking from his home in Santa Ana. While fans viewing his paintings are sure to recognize scenes inspired by the films, none of the images Forkan created ever really occurred onscreen. “Actually, none of the images in the paintings are directly from the film,” says Forkan. “They are all manipulated. A facial expression from one scene, an arm taken from another. I was trying to create a baroque compositional process.” Forkan’s own creative history is as funky and colorful as The Dude’s — albeit somewhat more disciplined. “It’s been pretty much nonstop,” says the artist, of his artistic drive, “but it’s taken on a lot of different flavors.” Forkan grew up in Tucson, eventually receiving his BFA in studio art from the University of Arizona in 1989, and his MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2002. “I was an illustrator, did video work, and was a cartoonist for years — I did the ‘Staggering Heights’ [strip] in alt weeklies

and skill in these old paintings that I really wanted to play around with.” Forkan was fueled by the classic technique of creating coats of underpainting as much as the film’s absurd combination of images. “What I love about that movie is that they play it like it’s a drama, yet it is completely absurd,” he says. One scene in particular — The Dude’s dream sequence — juxtaposes visuals, humor and music into a tripped-out tableaux. “It’s right out of Raymond Chandler, while Maude [Julianne Moore’s character] is pulled from Wagner,” Forkan laughs, “the song-and-dance routine is Busby Berkeley, all to the soundtrack of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition!” Forkan’s rendition is an eye-grabbing, 7-foot-by-12-foot canvas that honors both the classic fable-like pathos and the decidedly SoCal vibe of “The Big Lebowski.” “If someone approaches the work and they know all of the positions,” says Forkan of his blending of inspirations, “there’s this weird overlap that seems to occur.” While Forkan has yet to hear any feedback from the makers of the movie, his work is featured in an upcoming anthology chronicling the phenomenon of the film’s

“What I love about that movie is that they play it like it’s a drama, yet it is completely absurd.” for about eight years.” Forkan’s comic, which chronicled a group of barflies, ran until 9/11. “I dropped the strip because no one had a sense of humor anymore [after the attacks] and I just wanted to paint anyway. I’ve always been a painter.” Forkan does credit his love of “weirder, underground comics” with imbuing his work with a strong sense of narrative. Graduate studies with a focus on traditional techniques also made Forkan a bona fide scholar in neoclassical and baroque schools of painting. These combined influences of narrative, humor and a knowledge of applied painterly skill merged in “The Lebowski Series.” “There’s a transparency, opacity

ever-growing fanbase. Forkan believes “Lebowski” resonates with people for myriad reasons. “It’s a playful story that doesn’t insult your intelligence, and it’s a buddy film. But if you analyze it too much, you might lose something that’s really going on in the movie.” Forkan admits to seeing the film “a hundred times by now,” but he believes he’s finished his quest to blend the vision of Caravaggio with a movie that supplicates before Creedence Clearwater Revival. “It was a great experience and I have enough ideas for 15 more paintings,” admits Forkan, “but I think it’s time to let it go.”  Dan Brown FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012 | Folio wEEklY | 29

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER This celebrated dance ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the T-U Center for the Performing Art’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $41-$106. 632-3373. THREE DAYS OF RAIN Players by the Sea presents Richard Greenberg’s touching comedy-drama, about three adult siblings trying to understand their brilliant, recently deceased parents, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289. A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE Gail Bliss stars in a musical tribute to country great Patsy Cline at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-26, at 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. INTO THE WOODS Fairy tales come alive in Stephen Sondheim’s musical staged at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749. MAD COWFORD IMPROV This local comedy troupe peforms at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 206-2607. STILL I RISE: A LIVE BLACK HISTORY ENCOUNTER This faith-based production about the Civil Rights Movement is staged at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 at The Church Fellowship, 8808 Lem Turner Road, Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $5; $8 at the door. Due to strong images, this production may not be suitable to children under the age of 12. 924-0000. GALLERY ON SITE DANCE PERFORMANCE A special site-specific dance program is held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and noon on Feb. 24 at Jacksonville University’s Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery, 2800 N. University Blvd., Jacksonville. The piece is based on the current exhibit, “Skeleton in the Closet,” a collection of portraits by Fritz Leidtke that focuses on people struggling with anorexia and bulimia. 256-7371.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS ART RE-SQUARED Anastasia Island Branch Library seeks 100 artists for its “The Square Root of Library Art Is You!” project. Modeled after the Dolf James and Christina Foard “Imagination Squared” project, artists are invited to pick up a 5”x5”x1/8” canvas square from the library and create a piece of art in any style with any medium. All squares must be returned by March 24. The library is located at 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. 209-3730.

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TWO-DAY ACTING WORKSHOP The Meisner Technique Two-Day Intensive is held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 26 at Horton Actors Studio at the Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. The class offers warm-ups, acting technique, and script work. Fee is $175; $100 for one day. 322-7672. JAX CHILDREN’S CHORUS SEEKS VOCALISTS Jacksonville Children’s Chorus holds weekly auditions for male youth vocalists (grades 6-12) who have entered their voice expansion phase and wish to continue singing. 353-1636. COMING OUT MONOLOGUES SEEKS SUBMISSIONS “Coming Out Monologues,” a community-based theatrical production featuring spoken word, dramatic and musical performances, seeks submissions on “coming out,” from the perspective of an LGBT individual, friend or family member. Producers reserve the right to edit material for production. Deadline is March 1. For details, email YOUTH ARTISTS WANTED The Betty Griffin House 2013 “Day Without Violence” Calendar Art and Poetry Project seeks work by St. Johns County student artists and poets (ages 6-18) for its calendar. For entry forms and contest rules, call 808-9984 or email CALL TO ARTISTS Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival seeks original poster artwork for its festival held in Avondale’s Boone Park on March 24 and 25. The winning submission gets a free 10x10 exhibitor’s space. Send 300 dpi submissions, including name and media, to PAINT BOB ROSS STYLE Let’s Paint offers weekly classes featuring certified instructors teaching the Bob Ross wet-on-wet paint technique at AC Moore, 9515 Crosshill Blvd., Jacksonville and at Build a Dream, Fleming Island Plantation, 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Fleming Island. Class fees vary. 777-6490, 375-1544. NORTH FLORIDA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC This school invites musicians of all skill levels and any instrument to join the community orchestra every Mon. at 6:30 p.m. and concert band every Tue. at 6:30 p.m. at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 374-8639. HAND DRUMMING CLASSES Midnight Sun offers classes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. every Fri. at 1055 Park St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $10. 358-3869. CHEERLEADING/DANCE AUDITION WORKSHOPS Former NFL cheerleaders teach the fundamentals in choreography, interview skills, attire and the audition process from 12:30-3:30 p.m. every other Sat. 476-3721.

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Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 256-7677. RAY LOVE Jazz artist Love performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at The Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 249-1009. DOC HANDY promise of benefit Percussionist Doc Handy performs at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Live jazz is featured at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano, 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.

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MUSEUMS AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The exhibit “Great Women of Florida” is on display through March. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Photographer Mark Ruwedel’s exhibit “Shelter” is on display through Feb. 24. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. “Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art” is on display through May 6. “Richard Chamberlin: The Year of

The American Boychoir makes its only Northeast Florida appearance during its winter tour on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4171 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Based in Princeton, N.J. since 1950, this internationally acclaimed group has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis and at Carnegie Hall with Sir Paul McCartney. Tickets are $10. 737-8488.

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716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Painter Gary Mack’s Salesexhibit, Rep“Life dl Goes On,” runs through Feb. 29. ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY Jacksonville University, 2800 N. University Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-7371. The opening reception for “Skeleton in the Closet,” a collection of portraits by Fritz Leidtke that focuses on people struggling with anorexia and bulimia, is held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 23. The show runs through March 28. A special site-specific dance program is featured at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 and noon on Feb. 24. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The color-themed “Blue” show is on display through Feb. 28. THE ART CENTER II 229 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The exhibit “Figures” is on display through March 13. BEE GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, 419-8016. NYC-based photographer Carly Sioux’s exhibit, “Village East Vanishing,” is displayed through Feb.

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BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577. The show “Four Sculptors and a Painter,” featuring new works by Nofa Dixon, Mindy Hawkins, David Engdahl, Larry Wilson and Mary Lou Gibson, is on display through Feb. 29. CORK 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville, 612-5959. Jen Jones presents “The Art Stars of New Orleans” from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 24. Featured artists include Georges Schmidt, Frank Kelley, Jr., Steve Martin, Eileen O’Donnell, Tony Mose and David Sullivan with live music by Cyrus GQ. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The opening reception for “Waves,” featuring recent works by painter Beth Haizlip and glass artist Kyle Goodwin, is held from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 24. The exhibit is on display from Feb. 22 through April 2. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville. 535-7252. The show “Triple Threat,” featuring works by Matt Hebermehl, Michael Porten and Troy Wandzel, is on display through April. GALLERY 725 725-5 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 345-9320. The show “Explore the Heart,” featuring recent works by Tonsenia Yonn, Jay Shoots, Matthew Winghart, Gary Mack, Linda Olsen and Shayna Raymond, is on display through March. LUCY B. GOODING GALLERY The Bolles School, San Jose Campus, 7400 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 733-9292. Recent works by sculptors David Ponsler and Robert Noelke are on display through Feb. 24. THE GROTTO WINE BAR & SHOPPE 2012 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-0726. Recent paintings by Chip Southworth, Tony Rodrigues and Mico Fuentes are featured through March 11. PALATKA MAIN LIBRARY 601 College Road, Palatka, (386) 329-0126. An exhibit of Plein Air paintings by Joe Taylor, Charles Dickinson and Ernest Lee is featured through Feb. 29. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 438-4358. Larry Davis is the featured artist for Feb. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. The exhibit “Paper Chase,” by Atlanta-based arts collaborative duo TindelMichi, is on display through March 31. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100.The photographs of Ken Hercules are on display Feb. 24 through March 21.  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 Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Events are included on a space-available basis.


Jason Collins (left) and Joe Walz star as brothers Theo and Ned in “Three Days of Rain,” staged on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. at Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Richard Greenberg’s comedy-drama portrays three adult siblings and their attempts at deciphering a journal left behind by their late parents. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289.

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demonstrate tasks involved in the operation of a large plantation include cooking, spinning, weaving, dyeing with indigo, woodworking, and gardening. Admission is free. 251-3537. FLOWERING TREE SALE The 25th annual Greenscape flowering tree sale is held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the intersection of Emerson Street and Philips Highway, on Jacksonville’s Southside. Thousands of trees and shrubs are for sale at $10 each. Arborists and landscape architects are on hand to answer questions. 398-5757. Greenscape’s fifth annual Root Ball is held at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. 398-5757. MISS TEEN JACKSONVILLE The 11th annual Miss Jacksonville USA and Miss Jacksonville Teen USA pageants are held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 384-3578. V-DAY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE The University of North Florida Women’s Center and V-Day UNF 2012 present a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 in UNF’s Robinson Theater, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students with any valid UNF student ID. Deep Throat: The sixth annual World Sword Swallower’s Day is marked 620-2878. with free shows at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! FLORIDA FORUM LECTURE SERIES Odditorium, 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Proceeds benefit esophageal Chairman and editor-in-chief cancer research. 624-9349. of Forbes Media Steve Forbes speaks at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Times-Union Center, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Proceeds benefit the Freeman Behavioral Health Center at Wolfson Children’s FLAGLER FORUM The Flagler College Forum on Government Hospital. For tickets, call 202-2886. and Public Policy Series continues with L.A. Times columnist THE POWER OF RELIGION Dr. Diana Eck discusses “The Doyle McManus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Flagler College Power of Religion: Practical Pluralism in a World of Difference” Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at University of North Florida’s University 819-6400. Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free but LT. GOV. JENNIFER CARROLL African American Student Union reservations are required; go to at University of North Florida presents Lt. Gov. Carroll as the ticketing/eck.asp featured speaker for Black History Month from 4-5 p.m. on MIDWEEK MARKET Fresh produce, baked goods, handmade Feb. 24 in Bldg. 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704, soaps, organic produce, live music and more are featured from UNF, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free. 620-2689. 3-6 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, Atlantic Beach. GREAT WOMEN LECTURE SERIES The Amelia Island Museum Admission is free. 853-5364. of History presents Ambassador Nancy Soderberg at 4 p.m. LINCOLNVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET The weekly market, on Feb. 25 at Fernandina Beach Golf Club’s club house, 2800 held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sun. at 399 Riberia St., St. Bill Melton Road, Fernandina Beach. Soderberg is the former Augustine, offers local and organic produce, baked goods, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Pres. Bill Clinton, coffees, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts and jewelry at the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of North Florida south end of Lincolnville in Eddie Vickers Park. There’s a and president of the Connect U.S. Fund. 261-7378 ext. 102. community garden, too. SCOTTISH GAMES The 17th annual Scottish Games & Festival is held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (additional entertainment till 10 p.m.) on Feb. 25 at Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 S.R. 16 W., Green Cove Springs. More than 100 athletes will participate on Saturday, including — for the first time at the Northeast ETHICS COMMISSION The Nominating Subcommittee of the Florida event — a team of combat-injured veterans. Hurling, Jacksonville Ethics Commission meets at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 parade of tartans, battle axe throwing, Scottish foods and and Feb. 23 in the Don Davis Room, City Hall at St. James, 117 wares, sheep dog trials, kids’ games, falconry, traditional W. Duval St., Jacksonville. The purpose of this meeting is to Scottish music and archery are featured. Tickets are $10; $12 conduct interviews for the vacancy on the Ethics Commission. at the gate. The Ceilidh (Scottish musical evening) features 630-1680. Albannach, Rathkeltair and bagpiper Ron Davis. 725-5744. JAA DISCUSSION “Going Beyond the Daily: Up close with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority” is presented at 6 p.m. on HOPE BY DESIGN The Children’s Hope Alliance holds its Feb. 23 in the International Conference Room at Jacksonville seventh annual Hope by Design Fashion Show from 11 International Airport, 2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, Jacksonville. a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Deercreek Country Club, 7816 Admission is free for ImpactJAX members; $10 for nonMcLaurin Road N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $40. Proceeds members. To register, go to 741-2000. benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida. PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL Free, one-hour legal classes are 493-7738. presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 WHALE OF A SALE The Junior League of Jacksonville hosts and every Tue. at St. Johns Southeast Branch Library, 6670 its 21st annual garage sale from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. 827-6900. at Greater Jacksonville Fair & Expo Center, 510 Fairgrounds SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Sam Froio, Internal Place, Jacksonville. Admission is $2; parking is $5. 387-9927. Revenue Service, is the featured speaker at noon on Feb. 22 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. KINGSLEY HERITAGE CELEBRATION The 14th annual Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. Kingsley Heritage Celebration continues at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 LEGAL AID FREE CLINICS Jacksonville Area Legal Aid offers at Kingsley Plantation, 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville, free clinics, with no appointment necessary, at 126 W. Adams located off Heckscher Drive. A local re-enacting group portrays St., Jacksonville. Topics are: Bankruptcy at 5 p.m. on the first the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first all-black Thur. each month; Consumer Rights at 5 p.m. on the third regiment of the Civil War, on hand to discuss the experiences Wed. each month; Emancipation at 5 p.m. on the first Wed. of the USCT. Park rangers and volunteers in period costumes


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STORYTELLERS GATHER The Beaches League of Storytellers will host its fifth annual Gathering of Storytellers from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Admission is free. 285-1561. ROMANCE AUTHORS Ancient City Romance Authors present Kelly L. Stone, who discusses how to empower your muse, at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. ANNUAL BOOK SALE The annual sale is held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the lobby at Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. All books are new and are $5 each. 730-2100, ext. 223. FREE FINANCIAL SEMINARS Smart investing@your library, a series of seminars designed to help folks navigate common financial issues, is held through March 22 at libraries throughout the city. The program ends with an appearance by author Michelle Singletary at the Main Library on March 24 at noon. Seminars are free; registration is required. To register, call 630-2665 or go to WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP This group gathers from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first Tue. of the month at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville. Admission is free. 428-4681.


LATITUDE 30 COMEDY Comedian Mike Rivera appears at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 26 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Jacksonville. Tickets are $13. 365-5555. FRANKIE PAUL Allstars appear on Feb. 21. Frankie Paul appears at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, 23 and 24 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Feb. 25 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$12. 292-4242. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word at 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Luke Francis and Richie LaLa appear at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843.


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NASSAU NETS VS. HARLEM AMBASSADORS The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach hits the hardwood (against all odds) to take on the Harlem Ambassadors basketball team in an exhibition game at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger; kids younger than 4 are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Rotary’s service programs; concession proceeds benefit FBHS Interact Club. 556-4225. TURTLE TROT 5K & FUN RUN Osceola Elementary School teams up with Keepers of the Coast for the third annual Turtle Trot at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Mary Street beach entrance on St. Augustine Beach. A beach cleanup follows. THE OUTDOOR GOURMET AT TALBOT ISLANDS A park ranger discusses the art of preparing easy, delicious meals on your grill or camp stove at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the multi-use trail pavilion, south beach area on Little Talbot Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. 251-2320. ALUMNI FOOTBALL Teams from Jackson, Episcopal, Esprit de Corps, First Coast, First Coast Christian, and other area schools are forming now. Games are scheduled for March and April, but spots and game dates fill up fast. Go to gridironalumni. com to register. (530) 410-6396.


SALUTE TO VETERANS DANCE St. Johns Reads program (featuring “Unbroken: A WWII story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand) holds a dance from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Council on Aging River House, 180 Marine St., St. Augustine. Refreshments, a cash bar and dancing to WWII-era music provided by E.T. Swings the Thing are featured. 827-6925. FATHER-DAUGHTER BALL Faith Christian Academy holds its 12th annual Father-Daughter Ball from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 25 at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. Live music, professional photography, hors d’oeuvres and gift bags are featured. Tickets are $85, plus $40 for each additional daughter. 321-2137. BRAZILIAN DINNER BENEFIT The third annual dinner and silent auction is held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Espeto Brazilian Steak House, 4000 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. Cocktails, live music and entertainment are also featured. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets. 520-7902. BOWLING FUNDRAISER This fundraiser is held from noon-3


Sweet Relief: Sweet Pete’s Candy Workshop delves into the science of candy-making at this adults-only, hands-on activity at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $15 for the public, $10 for MOSH members. For reservations, call 396-6674, ext. 226.

Man About Town: Sen. George McGovern signs copies of his book, “What It Means to Be a Democrat” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. McGovern, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 1972, served in the House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 and in the Senate for 18 years. 241-9026.

p.m. on Feb. 25 at Lucky Strike Event Center 10850 Harts Road, Jacksonville. Admission is $20. Proceeds benefit Mentors of Tomorrow Athletic Association, a local non-profit whose mission is to teach, encourage and mentor youth while promoting education and athletics. 751-2888. HEALTH CARE COUNCIL The AIFBY Chamber’s new council meets at 8 a.m. on Feb. 28 at 961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101G, Amelia Island. The Chamber launches the council as a way to help health-related members develop personal and professional relationships and share information. Input at this organizational meeting will help set the council’s agenda. 261-3248. FREE COMMUNITY SHRED A mobile shred truck is onsite from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 29 at City of Jacksonville Victim Services, 403 W. 10th St., Jacksonville. Limit 50 boxes per person. 630-6309. TAX TRAINING PROGRAM Real$ense Prosperity Campaign offers free taxpayer training from 4-7 p.m. every Wed. (except on March 6 instead) at the Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., downtown. For details, call 632-0600 or go to WOMEN’S LUNCHEON The Athena Cafe Luncheon presents Empowering African American Women from noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at FSCJ’s Administrative Offices, 501 W. State St., Jacksonville. The panel of speakers includes Roxanna Ebanks, J. Dianne Tribble, Kimberly Way and Felicia Wright. Brownbaggers are welcome; an optional catered lunch is $10. For reservations, call 256-6987. NOCHE DE GALA The gala, celebrating the 493rd birthday of St. Augustine’s founder Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, is held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. Dinner, open bar, live music and entertainment are featured. Tickets are $75 for the cocktail reception; $195 for the dinner-dance. Attire is black tie or 16th century period dress. 824-2874. RETIREMENT INCOME LECTURE Certified financial planner Mark Dennis discusses “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Everyone Needs to Know to Maximize Retirement Income” from 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Cafe @ The Hamptons, 95742 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. 491-1889. Register online at ARTISTIC HERITAGE LECTURE Local historian and Spanish translator Elizabeth Gessner discusses cartography from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 23 at St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. Admission is free; however, reservations are required; call 824-2310. THE RABBI & THE CHEF Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, senior rabbi at Etz Chaim Synagogue, discusses what makes fish kosher at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Sandy Oasis prepares freshgrilled fish tacos. Admission is $2 for JCA members; $4 for non-members. 730-2100 ext. 221.


READ TO ROVER Elementary-aged children practice reading skills when they read to a real, live dog from 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 25 at St. Johns Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. St. Johns Reads program presents Anna Mae Belle and Fairytale Theatre, featuring traditional Japanese fairy tales in authentic Japanese costumes, at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25. 827-6900. MIGHTY TEETH DAY Free preventive fluoride treatment for

children ages 5-12 in Duval and Nassau counties is offered from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Dental Clinic, Bldg. A, Third Floor, FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children will receive oral hygiene instructions, enjoy oral health games and activities and are guaranteed a fun, positive dental experience. Reservations are required; call 766-6573.


CAREGIVING WORKSHOP A free workshop, “Caring for the Caregiver,” is held at 9 a.m. (8:30 a.m. registration) on Feb. 25 at the Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville. 8071287. RAISING CHICKENS The Duval County Extension Office/ UF IFAS holds a workshop on Raising Backyard Poultry at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. Breed selection, nutrition and feeding, changing city ordinance and petition update and general tips are discussed. To register, call 255-7450. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness support group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. of the month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 389-5556. EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR The Continental Group Residential Management company hosts an educational seminar for condominium board member certification. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the course begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. This free seminar is part of the statewide Continental Certified Educational Program Series and is open to any condominium board member. For reservations, call 509-9897 or visit DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP The DBSA support group meets from 5:30-7 p.m. every Wed. at River Point Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Building, 6300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 343-6511 or 964-9743. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 616-6264 or 294-5720. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna. org, NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. every Tue. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. 3786849. NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168.  To get your event included in this listing, email the time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to or click the link in our Happenings section at Events are included on a space-available basis.

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Flaming cheese. A belly dancer with a sword. Dancing on tables. Shots of ouzo. hat’s just a glimpse of the first Folio Weekly Bite Club tasting of 2012 — the February meal at Taverna Yamas in Tinseltown. Oh, and then there was the food: an amazing assortment of traditional Greek and Turkish fare. After a performance by one of Taverna Yamas’ expert belly dancers, guests started with cold “pikilia” (appetizers), including tzatziki (homemade yogurt, cucumber, garlic and dill), taramosalata (caviar spread), and melitzanoalata (roasted eggplant spread), along with hummus, pita and stuffed grape leaves. Since one can’t have cold appetizers without their warm counterparts, the next round was platters spanakopita, keftedes, calamari and lamb ribs. A surprise of flaming cheese (saganaki) was served on sizzling pans followed by towering plates of kebab, and a complimentary shot of ouzo: Greece’s famous anise-flavored aperitif. Opa! If you missed the fun, catch a video of the Taverna Yamas Bite Club gathering, at To learn more about Folio Weekly’s Bite Club, or to sign up for future free tastings, go to 




1. Lisa Martini, Ken Panganiban and Mike McAllister 2. Saganaki (flaming cheese with brandy) 3. Tim Czarkowski and Victoria Braddy 4. Stephanie Ortner and Devon Stiles 5. Bite Club host Caron Streibich and Mike Field 6. Bite Club members joining the Taverna Yamas belly dancer 7. Filet mignon and chicken kebabs, pork tenderloin, spinach and leek rice, and lemon potatoes 8. Erin Fitzsimmons and Alan Harris 9. Michelle Kalil Taylor and Jen Wills 10. Allen Anderson and Laura Townsend

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(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 At the Italian kitchen and wine bar, Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ 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. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F 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. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL F Sports bar fare includes onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. L & D, daily. BW. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drivethru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 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, juice bar. Extensive menu features vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR F Flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a modern atmosphere. Authentic Peruvian

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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 L = Lunch D = Dinner F = Folio Weekly distribution point Send changes to

cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. L & D tue sat. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2011 winner. Elegant dining featuring 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. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ 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. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F The name pretty much says it all. 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. $ Basil Thai and Sushi brings fans of both cuisines into an exotic Asian dining experience, at the north end of Hendricks Avenue near T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite the Southbank. local spot; Best of Jax 2011 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include Eighth St. 261-6310. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, spices, roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3572 MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F The Lebanese world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2011 winner. The French/American bistro khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.-Sat.; 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, ’town F Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & Ostrander bring farm-to-table to Northeast Florida, offering served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. FB. L & D, is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ 739-6633. $$ MEEHAN’S TAVERN F The Irish pub and restaurant serves ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Hot dogs with slaw, chili beef and Guinness stew, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, cheese, sauerkraut; and small pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 8380 AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 8060 traditional lamb stew, jalapeño poppers, in a comfy place. BW. Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. $ Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ L & D, Wed.-Sun. 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5. 551-7076. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-ownedNERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a &-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 brick-oven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ 519-8000. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd. 402-8084. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $ specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepbreakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: dish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $ A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional BISCOTTIS F Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ 641-4877. $$ B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. HalfFolio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Subs are made-toGATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Rd. 448-0500. $$ tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. Blvd. 246-2519. $ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F The family-owned place serves menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Middle Eastern marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. Peruvian nuggets), box lunches, gizzards, livers, 15 sides and daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s THE FOX RESTAURANT F The Fox has been a Jacksonville oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. landmark for 50-plus years. Owners Ian & Mary Chase serve outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. $ classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 444-8862. $$ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan





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NAME: Arthur White RESTAURANT: Savannah Bistro, 14670 Duval Road, Northside BIRTHPLACE: Yulee, Florida YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 30 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Texas de Brazil FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Mediterranean. FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and fresh seafood. IDEAL MEAL: A combination of fresh seafood and shellfish. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Sea slugs. INSIDER’S SECRET: Restaurants remember you for the good, the bad and the ugly. CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT SAVANNAH BISTRO: BeBe and CeCe Winans. CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Seven-layer chocolate cake with French vanilla ice cream.

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. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 Third St. N. 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. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. 3rd St. 372-9000. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ CYCLONES TEX-MEX CANTINA F The place has freshly made Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, tamales and taco salad. Lunch combos include Mexican rice and beans. FB. L & D, daily. 1222 Third St. S. 694-0488. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY 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. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Western-

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style seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 1534 Third St., Neptune Beach. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Great food, from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. FB. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO 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. $$$ OCEAN 60 A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ THE PIER RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The oceanfront restaurant offers fresh, local fare served on two floors — upstairs, it’s Chef’s Menu, with stuffed flounder, pork tenderloin, appetizers. Downstairs bar and patio offer casual items, daily drink specials. CM, FB. D, daily; L & D, weekends; brunch, Sun. 412 First St. N. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 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. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2011 winner. An array of specialty menu items, including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese,

bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ TROPICAL SMOOTHIE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. With 12 locations in Northeast Florida, Tropical Smoothie’s got us covered. Serving breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and smoothies — lowfat, fruity, coffees, supplements. CM. Open daily. 1230 Beach Blvd., 242-4940. 251 Third St., Neptune Beach, 247-8323. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches, AYCE wings buffet. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT New location. See Beaches. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2011 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY This American cuisine restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station and a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood and steaks. Wed. night Pastabilities. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coastline Dr. 634-4540. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F 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 Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the 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. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $


CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches, build-yourown burgers. Peanut butter pie is a favorite. Tea parties every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports restaurant offers wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids can choose from the Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ GOOD FOOD COMPANY The fine-dining restaurant and full-service catering company emphasizes using quality raw ingredients to create menus based on local, seasonal and organic products, served in an elegant atmosphere. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 13475 Atlantic Blvd. 329-2407. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ 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 2011 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. $ 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. $$ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ 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., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA Vino’s Pizza – with four Jacksonville locations – 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, including 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 Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New Yorkstyle pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ 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. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2011 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL Family-friendly place; legendary buffet featuring familiar favorites and new items. B, L & D, daily. 11470 San Jose Blvd. 886-9699. $$

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this is a copyright protected proo HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 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. $$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd. 683-2542. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, the barbecue place offers made-fromscratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$


ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. 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 F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features 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. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament

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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. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshlypromise prepared Caribbean of benefit cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS See St. Johns Town Center. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$


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AJ’S ON PARK STREET F AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ ALPHADOG GRILL F This brand-new fun place in Riverside features gourmet hot dogs — like Ragin’ Cajun (andouille sausage covered in jambalaya) and The Hippie (veggie dog) — and sausages, grilled chicken wraps, soups, salads, appetizers and wings. L & D, daily. BW. 2782 Park St. 374-8715. $ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ 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. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood hot spot serves pub favorites 20 hours a day, every day. The full bar has over 655 bottled beers, 84 on tap. Outdoor seating. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ 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. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F 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. $ PIZZA PALACE ON PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating.

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Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ 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. $ 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. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ 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. $$


Best of Jax award-winning wings are just part of the attraction at car racing-themed Whisky River, on Big Island Drive in the St. Johns Town Center. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ The café in Riverside Publix Plaza features a variety of sushi, including the popular Monster Roll and the Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ 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. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$


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. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ 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. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30 years, the family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ 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. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ 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. 4609311. B, $; L & D, $$ 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

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access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 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. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ 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. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie 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. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2011 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes — all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco

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. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ 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. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401, 996-6900. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ 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. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with 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. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F 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. $$$ MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ 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. $$$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ 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. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ STEAMERS CAFE F Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups,

steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE Best of Jax 2011 winner. St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offer chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS F Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F Best of Jax 2011 winner. A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, awardwinning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE 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. $ LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Mediterranean homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad, daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s award-winning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt, granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $

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AROMAS BEER HOUSE Offers customer favorites like ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F Bomba’s serves Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual El Potro has fresh, made-to-order fare. Daily specials, buffet most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SAKE SUSHI F The new restaurant offers sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi and noodle soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue and Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The stylish gastropub has Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner.

Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ THE THIRSTY IGUANA CANTINA TAQUERIA Classic Mexican promise of benefit fare includes quesadillas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas and fajitas, as well as some killer nacho choices, made with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. TO, FB, CM. 7605 Beach Blvd. 647-7947. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$

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THE AddISON ON AmElIA ISlANd The Addison is a disinctive historic property in the heart of Fernandina. The original 1870s antebellum house features sunny en-suite rooms, the majority overlooking a private fountain courtyard. Many have spacious whirlpools and several feature individual private porches. This intimate retreat caters to your every need, whether it be a gourmet breakfast, an individually prepared picnic or afternoon refreshment, or the simple luxury of allowing you to sit back, relax, and watch the world go by slowly on your own porch.

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Sri Lanka has, as an “unwritten symbol of pride and culture,” the world’s highest per-capita rate for eye-donation, according to a January Associated Press dispatch from Colombo. Underpinning this national purpose is the country’s Buddhist tradition celebrating afterlives. “He’s dead,” said an eye recipient’s relative about the donor, “but he’s still alive. His eye can still see the world.” Doctors report instances in which Sri Lankans consider giving up an eyeball while still alive as a measure of virtue. A new state-of-the-art clinic funded by Singaporean donors is expected to nearly double Sri Lanka’s eyeball exports.

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All-Seeing Eye from the Dead Guy

Melissa Torres was a passenger in an April 2011 car accident in Texas City, Texas, in which the five people involved were reported “uninjured” by police. Indeed, Torres was released from Mainland Medical Center’s emergency room after a routine evaluation (for which she was billed $4,850). In fact, records from April ’11 until September showed her balance as $4,850. However, in December, Mainland learned Torres had made an insurance claim against the driver and settled it for $30,000. The hospital quickly “updated” her balance to $20,211 and filed a claim against the settlement. Hospitals, of course, are obligated to render emergency care to anyone who needs it, even to undocumented immigrants and irrespective of ability to pay. However, various state laws, like New York’s, also prohibit hospitals from releasing a patient who has no safe place to go. A January New York Times item noted NYC hospitals currently house about 300 “continuing care” patients, with many in the five-year-long range; one patient’s in his 13th year. In some states, the laws’ wording allows “pop drops,” in which adult children leave “ailing” parents at a hospital when the kids feel they need a break. A November Comtel airlines charter flight from India to Birmingham, England, stopped in Vienna to refuel, but the pilots learned Comtel’s account was overdrawn and that the airport required about $31,000 for refueling and take-off charges, and thus, if the passengers were in a hurry, they needed to come up with the cash. After a six-hour standoff, many of the 180 passengers were let off the plane, one by one, to hit an ATM; eventually a settlement was reached.

Just Can’t Stop Himself

Paul Rothschild, 40, was facing a Dec. 9 court date in Lake County, Ill., on a charge of indecent solicitation of a minor — which could’ve sent him to prison for five years. Apparently oblivious of the imminent danger, Rothschild was arrested on Dec. 7 after a months-long campaign to entice another minor girl to engage in sex.

The Force Isn’t With You

In November, Rickie La Touche, 30, was convicted in England’s Preston Crown Court of killing his wife in a rage over her having allegedly destroyed the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker memorabilia he’d collected since childhood. In January, a judge in Portland, Ore., ordered a 45-day jail sentence, plus mental evaluation, for David Canterbury,

33, after he attacked Toys R Us customers with a lightsaber in each hand. In February in Brooklyn, N.Y., Flynn Michael expanded his search for his stolen $400 custom-made lightsaber. “I guess that’s the joke,” said Michael, self-pityingly. “Some Jedi I turned out to be.”

Names in the News

Recent Newsmakers: In a Christmas Eve alcohol-related car accident in Buffalo, N.Y., injured victims included Chad Beers; the man charged was Richard Booze Jr. In Burnett County, Wis., in Oct., Scott Martini, 51, was arrested for suspicion of DUI, his fourth offense. In Madison, Wis., in Jan., police filed weapons and drug charges against the 30-yearold man who’d legally changed his name to Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. In 2011, for the first time in 10 years, Jose was not the most popular baby name in Texas (it was Jacob), but more interesting were the outlier names from the birth register the Houston Press examined in December. Among ’11’s Houston babies were boys with the first names Aa’den, Z’yun, Goodness, Godswill, Handsome, Sir Genius and Dallas Cowboys. Girls’ names included Gorgeousg’zaiya, A’Miracle, Dae’Gorgeous and Praisegod. The newspaper previously combed the register of convicts in Harris County (Houston) and found Willie Nelson de Ochoa, Shi’tia Alford, Petrono Tum Pu, Charmin Crew and Anal Exceus.

People Different From Us

Bill Robinson, 66, of Decatur, Ga., was arrested on a misdemeanor firearm charge in December for gathering mistletoe in the “best way” he knew — shooting it out of a tree with a 12-gauge shotgun. The fact that the tree was in the North DeKalb Mall parking lot (filled with holiday shoppers) apparently totally escaped his attention. “Well,” said Robinson to WGCLTV, “about the time I did it, I got to thinking about it. … I guess I assumed … everybody knew what I was doing.”

Least Competent Criminals

Not Ready for Prime Time: Mostafa Hendi was charged with attempted robbery of the We Buy Gold store in Hendersonville, N.C., in December, but clerk Derek Mothershead stopped him. As Hendi reached for the cash, Mothershead punched him in the face, momentarily knocking him out cold. He held Hendi down with one hand and called 911 with the other. As they waited for police, Mothershead handed Hendi cleanser and paper towels and ordered him to clean his blood off the floor. Needed to Think It Through Better: Car salesman Frank Ready was showing his inventory to Pedro Prieto and Yordan Llauger at his lot in Austin, Texas, in December. They’d settled on a Nissan Maxima for about $9,000. “They asked if I took Visa,” Ready told KVUETV. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ ” The next day, Prieto and Llauger returned with 90 $100 Visa gift cards. Naturally, Ready called police, who later found at least 28 counterfeit credit cards on the men and charged them and a third person with fraud and identity theft.  Chuck Shepherd

BLACKJACKS BBQ BEAUTY You (girl) work at Blackjacks and have tattoos.. I (guy) eat at Blackjacks and have tattoos... so far we’re 2 for 2. When: Feb. 14, 2012. Where: Blackjacks Baymeadows. #1283-0221 MYSTERIOUS COAT AND CHEEKBONES I saw U at St. Bart’s, cooking something up in the lab. Mutual friend introduced us. You told me my life story just by observing the evidence. I believe my heart was stolen. Please take my case? You: Tall, dark-haired man in long coat and blue scarf. Me: Soldier with blonde hair who called you brilliant. When: Feb. 10, 2012. Where: St. Bart’s. #1282-0221 YOU HELD MY DOOR AT THE CAR Ok Joe you were a doll. Called me ma’am and I am. But still are you there? Bold City Thurs. nite 9:30 p.m. When: Feb. 9, 2012. Where: Bold City. #1281-0221 PUT A BIRD ON IT! Saw you on the corner of Forbes and Acosta in your faded bathrobe sitting on your porch drinking your morning brew. As soon as I got a whiff of your morning coffee breath, I knew you were the one for me. If you’re as interested as I am, meet me at Cool Moose at 8 am on V-day and we’ll both have some java to go with our morning breath. When: Feb. 9, 2012. Where: Forbes & Acosta. #1280-0221 EYE CONTACT ONLY I was out with a girlfriend, wasn’t sure if you were out with yours, so I never actually spoke to you. Your dark hair, glasses and almost hidden arm tattoo caught my attention almost as much as our eye contact. As soon as I left, I regretted not saying anything. If you’re single, I’d like to actually have that conversation! When: Feb. 9, 2012. Where: Salt Life/Mellow Mushroom. #1279-0221 RAMPS ON THE STOVE TOP You: the Officer that came to my parents’ rescue... Me: the one who was in scrubs and slightly embarrassed because my father offered you “Ramps”. Ever since then, you have been forever on my mind... would love to get to know you better. XOXO? When: Jan. 2011. Where: Ortega. #1278-0221 MY SUNSHINE I was driving along Atlantic Blvd., crossing at Hodges Blvd., when I saw you cruising in your V dub. Dark silk hair, hiding the fiery blonde underneath, your sexy dark shades resting above your little nose. It was love at first sight, but it was my first time seeing you sunshine. I’ll see you soon. When: April 11, 1984. Where: Atlantic Blvd. #1277-0214 LOST GIRL? U: brunette with brown eyes that shine like little stars, sitting on red couch at The Royal. Me: guy dressed in black, busy working and cleaning up. I really meant to catch your name? Hope I see you again one day. When: Feb. 4, 2012. Where: The Royal. #1276-0214 TETHERED TO BAR NEAR BATHROOMS Me: WAY too drunk, however, your beauty and energy is unforgettable. You and your dark-haired gentleman friend were tethered to the bar near the bathrooms. I would love love love to get to know you and see where it goes, if anywhere. When: Jan. 27, 2012. Where: Monkey’s Uncle Tavern – Mandarin. #1275-0214 SATURDAY AFTERNOON DELIGHT You: long curly brown hair, blue shirt, couldn’t catch your eye color thru those motorcycle goggles. Loved the cute gap between your teeth. Me: blonde blue-eyed girl in red sundress. You told me how attractive you thought I was at the Daily’s on Roosevelt. Didn’t know what to say at the time but suddenly the words have come to mind. When: Jan. 28, 2012. Where: Daily’s on Roosevelt & San Juan. #1274-0214 GEORGIEGIRL1313 Met you on Plenty of Fish. We messaged back and forth and then you were gone. Hope you find this. Secret Agent Doc... Take Care Cutie... When: Feb. 1, 2012. Where: Plenty of Fish. #1273-0214 I’M IN “MISERY” WITHOUT YOU You: Adam Levine look-alike, delivering my Southwest salad with a little extra spice, making it a little “harder to breathe.”

I was mezmorized by your doe-like eyes, i didn’t have a chance to look at your nametag. Me: strawberry blonde hair in a pink polo. Next time you wanna go to Panera and toss my salad? When: Feb. 2, 2012. Where: Crispers at the Town Center. #1272-0214 I SAW YOU WALKING DOWN THE STREET i saw you walking down the street and dang you are hot you’re so sexy you have dark black hair and very tan w/f holla at me if you see this. When: Feb. 1, 2012. Where: Bowden Road. #1271-0214 SEXY TRIVIA MAN You: muscular blonde trivia host. Me: short healthy brunette cutie. You can guess my answer anytime. When: Jan. 24, 2012. Where: Monkey’s Uncle Beaches. #1270-0214 MY LITTLE PICTURE MAN You: young buck with buzz cut taking photos of surfers on the Jax Beach Pier. You winked at me while I was walking my dog on the boardwalk, then quickly got into your blue Tacoma. Next time I’ll jump in the back and we can head two blocks to Bo’s Coral Reef. When: Jan. 25, 2012. Where: Jax Beach Pier. #1269-0207 YOU WERE HOTTER THAN MY BURRITO I Saw U at the hot sauce bar and noticed you liked it spicy! You were wearing a pink Hello Kitty shirt and thigh-high boots. I was the guy who knocked over the plastic cups. I think you should join me for spicy taco night at my place sometime. When: Jan. 27, 2012. Where: Tijuana Flats @ Bartram Park. #1268-0207 TO EACH THEIR OWN To the beautifully short tattooed brunette, I saw you yelling at a co-worker and I instantly fell in love. The anger in your eyes fueled the fire in my heart. You: Perfect. Me: Tall, Blue eyes, and exactly your type :) When: Jan. 15, 2012. Where: Crisper’s. #1267-0207 BEAUTY IN A BEAT UP TRUCK You: Rocking out in a red Chevy truck covered in bumper stickers. Thought nothing of it until you stepped out in a skirt with legs for days and a smile that make me want to get to know you. Your messy hair and Converse were a match made in my heaven! Me: 40ish chick with silver mohawk on my Harley. Don’t let the skinny fool you! Dinner? You made me hungry. When: Jan. 13, 2012. Where: Daily’s on Baymeadow’s. #1266-0207 PERFECT AT THE PEARL Saw you @ The Pearl with a girl all in black. Your hair was perfect! Made me wanna get ya in the sack. It was my first

time there, now I wanna go back. I can’t let you get away, because you I can’t lack. When: Jan. 27, 2012. Where: The Pearl. #1265-0207 TALKING HEADS GIRL Dynamic young blonde lady who put Talking Heads - “This Must Be The Place” on the box. Try Talking Heads - The Great Curve (Live in Rome 1980). They were in the zone. PS: Believe in yourself always... you’re amazing! When: Jan. 23, 2012. Where: Pete’s Bar. #1264-0207 SEXY DREAMY CASHIER U who stole my heart n soul, short, sweet, tiny, n sexy as all get out. Brown hair n eyes maybe attached not sure. Me: tall dark brown hair, blue eyes, would take care of u if given the chance. Maybe one day u would let me take u away from all this n take care of u forever n pamper u!! When: Dec. 5, 2011. Where: Nicklyn’s Cafe. #1263-0207 DADDY AND DAUGHTER GETTING SUBS Our kids were chatty, but I was too shy to say much. Star Wars, “one tomato”, you tried to steal my muffins! You and your daughter stopped to look at flowers on the way out. If the kids can hit it off, maybe we could too. Interested in a playdate? When: Jan. 21, 2012. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt/ San Juan. #1262-0131 INTRIGUING, INTELLIGENT AND DARING I rounded the corner of Starbucks, and saw you sitting. You’re so small and petite and have the cutest splash of freckles all over your cheeks and nose. You’re jaw-dropping beautiful and don’t even realize it. You’re regular raspberry iced green tea has become one of my favorites. When: Jan. 22, 2012. Where: Towncenter Starbucks. #1261-0131 OUTSPOKEN AT RENNA’S You: Curly, dark haired angel who ranted about Glenn Beck and Rick Santorum with the bus boy. Me: Bearded onlooker in the MasterCard shirt eating a large pizza alone. I’ll gladly share a slice if you would like to talk more about Glenn and Rick. When: Jan. 22, 2012. Where: Renna’s Pizza. #1260-0131 COUNTRY WARCRAFT KING SEEKS GODDESS You: Redheaded fox in slap-ya-mamma jeans. Me: Mustachio prince of your dreams. You looked like you were hitting the pavement pretty hard there… I’ve got something else you can hit if ya want. ;). When: Jan. 13, 2011. Where: Towncenter. #1259-0131 SPORTY BLONDE IN SWEATS You: Stunning blonde with long legs and brown eyes wearing Knight’s sweats in the Riverside Starbucks. Me: Baffled

by your undeniable beauty, wanting to buy your next tall regular coffee. You seemed anything but regular. Let’s java sometime? When: Dec. 13, 2011. Where: Starbucks. #1258-0131 GREEN EYED ANGEL You: Effortless beauty, always serving my favorite Golden Spiral, guessing close enough to my actual Mug club number. You make my heart flutter when I see you, and 3pm is never early enough. You said you don’t do boyfriends, but how about a date? Me: Brown hair, blue eyes, hoping to constantly SEE*U. When: Dec. 31, 2011. Where: Intuition. #1256-0124 BOY IN A CANDY SHOP You, sexy tall tan and knows how to handle his guns. Me, short cute and couldn’t take my eyes off you. At Shooters you were looking for a gun even though you knew exactly what you wanted but still played around like you were thinking of other options. Maybe next time you can show me how to shoot your gun at the range.... When: Dec. 2011. Where: Shooters. #1255-0124 PATRON SAINT OF SKIN ILLUSTRATIONS Friday 13th at Black Anchor Tattoo, you; insanely big eyes that looked right into my soul... me; heart pounding so hard you heard it, let’s ponder the mysteries of the universe and eat at the Y... I’ll be yours forever, you stole my fart sign!! When: Jan. 13, 2012. Where: Old Southside Tattoo. #1254-0124 GREG ALLMAN CONCERT Tall, Young and Handsome! You were my seat neighbor… the seats were so close I was practically in your lap... I wanted to touch you... I gave you gum... and thanked you for not being a drunken A******... like the busy bee crowd that could not sit still and enjoy the show... coffee with me perhaps?? Why not?? When: Jan. 13, 2012. Where: The Florida Theatre. #1253-0124 SEXY SILVER S2000 SPEEDING AWAY You: Driving a tiny convertible in Riverside, saw you in my rearview. Blue rims- do they match your eyes? Me: Darkhaired vixen vying for your time, white Volvo is what I drive. Maybe you’ll take me for a ride? When: Jan. 9, 2012. Where: Riverside. #1252-0124 MULTIPLE SIGHTINGS First saw you Oct. 15th at Kanki on Southside. Looked like you were celebrating with friends so I stayed away. Noticed you again at Warehouse 31 running from a clown. Now I keep seeing you getting a cherry coke from the Daily’s on Gate. You have piqued my interest. Let’s meet and talk over some cherry cokes. When: Oct. 15, 2011. Where: Daily’s on Gate. #1251-0124

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Identify all the things in your life you really don’t need any more: outdated gadgets, clothes that no longer feel like you, once-exciting music, books and art that no longer mean what they once did. Don’t stop there. Pinpoint those who’ve let you down, places that lower your vitality and activities that have become boring or artificial. Finally, figure out the traditions that no longer move you, behavior patterns that no longer serve you and compulsive thoughts that have a freaky life of their own. Got all that? Dump at least some of them. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you’re a woman, you could go to a department store perfume section and buy fragrances that would cause you to smell like Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Eva Longoria or Paris Hilton. If you’re a man, an hour from now you could be beaming an aroma that makes you resemble a celebrity like Antonio Banderas, Usher, David Beckham or Keith Urban. You could even mix and match, wearing Eva Longoria’s scent on your manly body or Usher on your female form. But I don’t recommend you do any of that. More than ever, you need to be yourself, your whole self and nothing but yourself. Trying to act like or be like anyone else should be taboo. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I try to take one day at a time,” says Ashleigh Brilliant, “but sometimes several days attack me all at once.” You may soon be able to say words to that effect — and that’s a good thing. Life will seem more concentrated and meaningful than usual. Events flow faster and your awareness will be extra-intense. As a result, you should have exceptional power to unleash transformations to create ripples lasting for months. Would you like each day to be the equivalent of nine days? Or are four enough? CANCER (June 21-July 22): When actor Ashton Kutcher is on the set of his TV show “Two and a Half Men,” he enjoys spacious digs. His trailer is two stories tall, with two bathrooms, a full kitchen and seven 60-inch TVs. As you embark on your journey to the far side of reality, it might be tempting to try to match that level of comfort. But what’s more important than material luxury will be psychological and spiritual aids to keep you attuned to your deepest understandings about life. Be sure you’re well-stocked with influences to keep your imagination vital and upbeat. Favorite symbols? Uplifting books? Photos of mentors? Magic objects? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Veterans of war who’ve been wounded by shrapnel often find that years later, some of the metal fragments eventually work their way to the surface and pop out of their skin. The moral of the story: The body may take a long time to purify itself of toxins. The same’s true about your psyche. It may not be able to easily and quickly get rid of the poisons it’s absorbed, but never give up hoping it’ll find a way. Judging by astrological omens, I think you’re close to such a climactic cleansing and catharsis. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Distilled water is a poor conductor of electricity. For H2O to have electroconductivity, it must contain impurities in the form of dissolved salts. I see a timely lesson here. If you focus too hard on being utterly clean and clear, some of life’s rather chaotic but fertile and invigorating energy may not be able to flow through you. So experiment with being at least a little impure and imperfect. Don’t just tolerate the messiness; learn from it, thrive on it, even exult in it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to my astrological omen-reading, you’re neither in a red-alert situation nor are you headed for one. A pink alert may be in effect, though. There’s no danger or emergency in the works. Shouting, bolting and leaping 44 | FOLIO WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 21-27, 2012

isn’t necessary. Rather, you may be called upon to have unexpected responses to unpredicted circumstances. Unscripted plot twists could prompt you to take actions you haven’t rehearsed. It actually may be kind of fun as long as you play with the perspective Shakespeare wrote in “As You Like It”: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Dear Rob: For months, I’ve had a recurring dream in which I own a pet snake. Here’s the problem: The only cage I have for the snake is sadly inadequate. It has widely spaced bars that the snake slips right through. In the dream, I’m constantly struggling to keep the snake in its cage, which is exhausting, since it’s impossible. Just this morning, after having the dream for the billionth time, I FINALLY asked myself, ‘What’s so terrible about letting the snake out of its cage?’ I gratefully wrote myself a permission note: ‘It is hereby allowed and perfectly acceptable to let my dreamsnake out of its cage to wander freely.’ — Scorpio Devotee.” Dear Devotee: You’ve provided fellow Scorpios with an excellent teaching story for the weeks ahead. Thanks! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For million of years, black kite raptors made nests with leaves, twigs, grass, mud, fur and feathers. In recent centuries, they’ve borrowed materials from humans, like cloth, string and paper. And in the last few decades, a new element has become popular: 82 percent of all black kite nest-builders now use white plastic as decoration. Take inspiration from these adaptable creatures. It’s an excellent time to add some wrinkles to the way you shape your home base. Departing from tradition may add significantly to your domestic bliss levels. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There are many examples of highly accomplished people whose early education was problematical. Thomas Edison’s first teacher called him “addled” — thereafter he was homeschooled by his mother. Winston Churchill did so poorly in school, he was punished. Benjamin Franklin had just two years of formal education. As for Einstein, he told his biographer, “My parents were worried because I started to talk comparatively late, and they consulted a doctor because of it.” What did these people have in common? They became brilliant at educating themselves according to their specific needs and timetable. Speaking of which: The weeks ahead are an excellent time to plot and design the contours of your future learning. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Nigeria has abundant petroleum deposits. Since 1974, oil companies have paid the country billions of dollars for the privilege of extracting its treasure. And yet the majority of Nigerians, more than 70 percent, live on less than a dollar a day. Where does the money go? That’s a long story, with the word “corruption” at its heart. I ask you: Is there a gap between the valuable things you have to offer and the rewards you receive? Are you being properly compensated for your natural riches? The weeks ahead are an excellent time to address this. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): notes that American politician John McCain tends to repeat himself — a lot. Researchers discovered he’s told the same joke at least 27 times in five years. (It’s such a feeble joke, it’s not worth re-telling.) In the week ahead, please please avoid any behavior that resembles this repetitive, habit-bound laziness. You simply can’t afford to be imitating who you used to be and what you used to do. As much as possible, reinvent yourself from scratch — and have maximum fun doing it.  Rob Brezsny


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ords have meanings. Ask me. I should know. I am in the fourth quarter of my life, and a beneficiary of longevity and with decades of hindsight, I have witnessed how words can be radioactive. Heck, I have been on the receiving end of some words that were so lethal I often debated if life was still worth living. If left unchecked, words can poison, harm and deliberately sabotage. Words can oppress an already fleeting spirit. Words can harden one’s sensitivity. Words can weaken. Ask me. I should know. Words can exploit. Words can make you forfeit your liberty. Words can give you justification for remaining close-minded. Words can sponsor violence. Words can cause a traffic jam in your heart and collide with unresolved feelings in your mind. Words can jockey with turmoil and confusion, and make cruelty spew from your lips. Ask me. I should know. However, words can also be a one-way ticket from misery. Ask me. I should know. The person who changed my life came along while I was in my 12th grade year. By then, I was the product of parents who married a total of 15 times. I lived in a dysfunctional home, was frequently abused and rarely had enough essentials, including food, love or self-esteem. My teacher wrote some words on my book reports that shattered any negative thoughts I had harbored about myself. She was convinced I had potential and represented the “talented 10th” of my race. Each morning, for the past 38 years, I begin my day by rereading her words. They have served as the fuel for me to work in the spirit of excellence. Mrs. Ruth Davis predicted that I would be successful, and she was right. I have had a prolific career in corporate America, own my consulting services and am considered a renowned motivational speaker and trainer. Imagine this much success coming from a broken-spirited girl who had internalized other people’s negative and defeating words. Will you agree that the symbolic effect of words is enormous? I am about to introduce you to some other

words. I am waging a courageous battle to fix an egregious wrong that exists in Sasser, Ga. Perhaps you’re unaware of a confrontational road sign, “Chain Gang Road,” that is prominently displayed in that community. Just imagine traveling on an extremely busy highway and you, along with thousands and thousands of other motorists, are digesting words that attempt to thwart your spirit and silence your soul. When I first saw that sign, a tsunami of feelings erupted within me. I could not believe that governmental officials or citizens would want to resurrect a powerful and shameful imagery that symbolically meant racial oppression and atrocities rendered to convict laborers who were primarily Southern AfricanAmerican men! Most Americans know that the phrase “chain gang” is a grim reminder and a throwback to the days of slavery and is akin to servitude and exploitation. Furthermore, as discussed earlier, words have meanings and the phrase “chain gang” to some could be a self-fulfilling prophecy or may psychologically damage a person’s psyche and sense of selfworth. Ask me. I should know. Recalling how my teacher’s positive words were instrumental in awakening my spirit, I launched an investigation into learning about the genesis of that sign. To add insult to injury, I learned that a majority of the residents who lived on that road are black and that the county has a majority black population. I questioned why the blacks were socially conditioned in the acceptance of a road sign that was despicable and did not reflect our rich heritage. Finally, I had to explore why Southern traditions and narrow-minded customs could run amok without being challenged. Needless to say, I found my answer. In November 2011, I wrote two letters to express my sentiments. The first letter went to Rev. Ezekiel Holley, president of the Terrell County NAACP. He immediately offered tactical advice and volunteered to assist in petitioning the elected officials in the removal of that sign. To date, he has contributed

endless hours on behalf of this cause and has been unwavering in his support. Rev. Holley’s solutions were also instrumental in avoiding any stonewalling, as he successfully collected the signatures of the African-American residents who currently reside on Chain Gang Road. They have given 110 percent support and enthusiastically want to replace that sign with something that is more befitting of their community. I salute his tenacity and the residents’ solidarity. The second letter was sent to the five Terrell County Commissioners — two black and three white. Trying to appeal to their better angels was useless. The white power structure and ruling class was vindictive and released their hatred on us and toward our request by poisoning the atmosphere, of course with words, and by further instigating racial hostility, racial overtones and racial dissent. They expertly used every trick in the Southern playbook to defeat this motion. Despite the outcome, the black commissioners are to be commended for their vote and vigorous fight. The struggle now has a high moral purpose. With a fierce determination, I plan to stick with this issue until it becomes a non-issue, but I need additional “take no prisoners” personas to help bring more attention to this matter. I am in need of others who are not afraid to expose and confront this issue. If that is you, please contact me at andrea@giggettsandassociates. com or (904) 742-6105. Recently, Rev. Holley honored me by comparing me to the late Rosa Parks. I thank him for his words.  Andrea Giggetts




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