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Volume 26 Number 49



20 EDITOR’S NOTE A second-grade assignment symbolizes how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go. p. 4 NEWS Safety experts warn that driving is not a contest. p. 7 BUZZ Forward Fernandina, Northeast Florida schools rewarded, Parvez Ahmed reappointed, JEA’s image, prosecutor’s pensions, a new baby giraffe. p. 8 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Mayor Alvin Brown’s Office, Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Gov. Rick Scott. p. 8 DEEMABLE TECH My kid stepped on my Kindle. Have I lost all the books I bought? Will Amazon replace it? p. 9 THE SPECKTATOR Promenading, people-watching and popcorn popping at Riverside Arts Market. p. 9 ON THE COVER Natural Life CEO found a niche market with her homegrown company. p. 10 SPORTSTALK WWE training territory swings through Northeast Florida. p. 13 OUR PICKS Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, “CutPaint-Draw,” “The Triangle Factory Fire Project,” Sister Hazel, Miranda Lambert, Kishi Bashi. p. 15 MOVIES “Oz the Great and Powerful”: The prequel places the wizard in the merry old land, but we know where this journey is going. p. 16

24 “Jack the Giant Slayer”: Retelling of “Beanstalk” fable crumbles under weight of its giant budget, lack of imagination and predictable plot. p. 17 MUSIC Folk-rock songstress Lisa Loeb hit it big in 1994 with ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ – and hasn’t dropped off since. p. 19

San Diego’s Pinback duo rejects categorization as well as critics’ push to evolve. p. 20 ARTS Ceramics, graphic art and illustrations focus on Picasso’s bullfighting obsession. p. 28

‘Screwtape’ creator says production proves entertaining regardless of background. p. 29 BITE-SIZED When in France – or at this French restaurant – savor the cuisine and save room for dessert. p. 36 BACKPAGE Let me count the ways that charter schools are not public schools. p. 47


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Editor’s Note


A second-grade assignment symbolizes how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go


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group of angry-looking men gather near a tree. Some look well dressed in hats and coats. Some carry clubs. From a rope tied to a branch hangs a limp, lifeless body, hands tied behind him. It’s a gruesome but familiar scene in United States history, and an important one to remember and teach. But imagine that scene depicted as a simplistic line drawing arriving home with your second-grader as a coloring assignment. That’s what happened during Black History Month at Atlantic Beach Elementary. “Any scene depicting a murder of any kind just seems inappropriate for coloring,” James Hill, the father of one of those second-graders, told The Florida Times-Union. Teresa Flores is the teacher of the class, but Hill said he doesn’t know if she was aware of the assignment, saying the pictures could have been handed out by an assistant. The pictures, including caricatures of minstrels and blackface in addition to the lynching, came from edHelper. com, a subscription website that provides supplemental lesson material for kindergarten through 12th grade. They’re part of 13 pages on slavery and Jim Crow laws that created government-sanctioned segregation in the South. According to, the materials are for eighth- and ninth-graders and are not a coloring assignment. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told the Times-Union an investigation should conclude this week and a recommendation will be made by the School Board’s April meeting. How did this happen? Who is to blame? An investigation should answer these questions, but there’s more to examine here beyond pointing the finger for this particular stupidity. Who would look at these pictures and deem them an appropriate coloring assignment — particularly an educator? That these images made it into the backpacks of second-graders shows a lack of sensitivity or understanding of the point of Black History Month. Young students should be taught the hard lessons of our troubled past. But surely there are better ways to accomplish this. One way is by visiting the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit running through April 28 at the Museum of Science and History. The exhibit explores race and racism through the lens of history, science and lived experience. Last week, Faye Harrison, a cultural anthropology professor at the University of Florida, gave a speech called “Race in the New Millennium & the Age of Obama” at MOSH. She asked whether race and racism are finally a thing of the past. Are we in a post-racial era? She noted that Tony Ruiz started a petition ( urging people to stop promoting the question

“What race are you?” in any capacity. His point is that reinforcing these categories contributes to scientific racism. Although Harrison agrees that race is not a biological fact but a cultural construction, she’s not willing to concede all racial identifiers. “I am a member of the human race and proud of it,” Harrison said. But she said she is part of a racialized history that invokes the baggage of 500 years. “Why should I deny that and pretend that I live in a utopia?” She recounted the painful confusion during her own childhood of being denied things that white people took for granted — trying on clothes or hats at the store, eating in certain restaurants, swimming at some pools or beaches, attending certain schools. Was there something about her that would poison the water or taint the clothes? She came of age when the meaning of race was being redefined. She asked questions and read books from the library. “I don’t remember it being part of the formal curriculum,” she said. I guess that’s one small step in the right direction. At least we’re trying to teach these lessons, even if the delivery in some cases might be misguided. Last week, Supreme Court justices debated whether certain parts of the Voting Rights Act are still necessary. The conservative members said even if the law once was badly needed, Congress could not justify continuing a measure that requires nine mostly southern states to seek clearance from Washington before changing their election laws. Chief Justice John Roberts asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, “Is it the government’s submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?” Justice Antonin Scalia suggested the law amounts to “racial entitlements.” Justice Stephen G. Breyer called racial discrimination in voting “an old disease” that is still not fully cured. “We’re just as segregated today on a de facto basis as during the Jim Crow era,” Harrison said. Although the structures of racial privilege still exist, they are subtler than the signs that once separated drinking fountains and bathrooms, such as the racial disparities in bank loans and mortgages. “They’re not really that subtle,” Harrison said. “They’re quite flagrant to some of us.” One thing the “RACE” exhibit illustrates is that race and racism were created to perpetuate power disparities. And although we’ve made great strides, those disparities still exist. It’s a painful enough lesson to learn — without having to color in a lynching.  Denise M. Reagan

Mail A New Point to Consider

I’d like to doff my hat to Greg Bell for his well-thought-out commentary on the Second Amendment [“The Second Amendment is Invalid,” Feb. 27]. I’ve been trying to slog through the madness surrounding the gun control debate, and this provided me with a new point of view and a different approach to consider. I applaud his bravery in writing the piece, to say nothing of Folio Weekly’s willingness to print it, particularly in light of the “’Murika, HELL YEAH!” mentality that pervades society today. Jacksonville remains a staunchly conservative area, to my deep regret, and I fear Mr. Bell will likely be horsewhipped (figuratively, I hope) for daring to speak aloud a view so out of step with his chosen place of residence. I wish him the best of luck, and hope to read more such well-written and thoughtful pieces in the future. Sean Thursby Jacksonville

The Real Roots of Violence

In “Screening Jacksonville’s Violence” [Feb. 27], the article failed to focus on the real causes of violence in Jacksonville and throughout other urban areas as well. Briefly mentioned in one paragraph lies the real problem. It’s not poverty, and it’s not the “challenges” of public education. It is the breakdown of the family in the black communities. This is the reason young black males don’t graduate from high school. Being the “Homicide Capital of Florida” is nothing new for Jacksonville. Until the black community addresses and attempts to solve and control the real problem, the violence will continue no matter what new gun laws are implemented. It’s not the law-abiding citizens creating the carnage in urban areas — it’s the young, uneducated black males. Why is this fact so difficult for the media to recognize? Wes Niehaus Jacksonville

Teaching: An Act of Rebellion

The day of reckoning is near for educators in the Sunshine State. Fear is the instinctive response to the doom and uncertainty that are born inside of us the moment our students pick up their pencils or log onto their computers. No matter how administrators and educators try to game the system, they end up getting played by the system that appears to be designed to consign public schools to a status lower than the local brothel, with much less respect from the community. No amount of practice, preparation or previewing can ever promise success for our schools or students, because the system has already been crafted to demonize, degrade and denigrate men and women who care about students but live and work with targets on their backs. FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) is a monster, not because it was born that way. Originally intended to diagnose students’ needs in the classroom, FCAT has morphed into a handmaiden for elected and appointed officials to destroy what little joy there is in the teaching profession. Data and accountability are nice, but they are used far too often by the party in power in Tallahassee because they know that opposition is toothless, impotent or in hiding. Every Election Day that comes and goes further cements the lust for power that our so-called leaders place ahead

of truly serving our state and our future. It is only inevitable that schools have become testing factories in which district and school officials are reduced to being overseers who have no choice but to monitor and micromanage a chain gang busting rocks in unison for an ever-shrinking piece of hard bread and sip of tepid water. No matter what we educators do, it will never be enough, so why bother? It’s easier for suits to justify their jobs by telling us how horrible we are than it is to say that we truly are trying and need a break. Teaching may not be as bad as being in prison, but at least the average convict gets a fair trial. FCAT, however, is our judge, jury and executioner. John Louis Meeks Jr. Jacksonville

You Said It All

Thank you, Richard Danford, for that excellent Backpage Editorial about Jacksonville in Folio Weekly [“The Importance of Embracing Difference,” Feb. 13]. As one who has lived in this city since Calvin Coolidge was president, I can say you absolutely said it all. Such a great piece of writing but, more importantly, you know where we were in the past, and you did not overlook the people, living and dead, who forced the changes. Tears come to my old eyes as I wish so very much that Rutledge Pearson could somehow, someplace read what you have so eloquently written. At my age, I love to tell my grandchildren how bad it was in the 1930s, when my white father came home from the cigar plant with pneumonia and died in one week without medical attention. There was no Obamacare, no nothing for poor people in those days, but it was much worse for the poor black families. Those were not “the good ol’ days,” and much remains, even today, to make better days for thousands of poor black families in Jacksonville. I was glad, however, to see your upbeat ending which beautifully echoes Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. Clarence Sears Jacksonville

Pay for the Best Talent

I noted that the new chief of governmental affairs and community outreach position for Duval County Public Schools pays $110,000. I’m sure that that salary is justified by DCPS, in that it would be “difficult” to get a competent employee for that position for fewer dollars. Wouldn’t that same logic also apply to the hiring of teachers in our system? To get the most competent teachers in the classroom, a six-digit salary would surely help. But if there is not a connection between offering a desirable salary to find and hire the best people for any job, then why not put all district employees on the same pay scale as teachers — or put all teachers on the same pay scale as those of the elite executives?  Pat Lewis Jacksonville If you would like to respond to something that appeared in Folio Weekly, please send a signed letter (no anonymous or pseudonymous mail will be printed) along with address and phone number (for verification purposes only) to or THE MAIL, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.

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Rage at the Wheel

Safety experts warn that driving is not a contest


homas Eugene Schadowsky was on his way home to Yulee when he pulled his truck and trailer into a Jacksonville Gate station and got involved in a verbal altercation with another driver. Minutes later, the 46-year-old selfemployed handyman was shot dead, through the driver’s window into his left arm and chest. Police found Schadowsky slumped over the wheel where his truck and work trailer had crashed into some woods. Police called the Feb. 6 shooting death an apparent case of road rage — an all-toocommon occurrence on Northeast Florida streets, interstate highways and roadways. Police were unsure what happened before the fatal shooting and what prompted it. Isreal Kevin Williams, 41, has been charged with Schadowsky’s death and is being held without bond in the Duval County Jail on charges of murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Lt. Rob Schoonover said in a news conference that witnesses saw the two men arguing at the gas pumps. Williams finished pumping gasoline first, but waited for Schadowsky to pull out. Witnesses told police that in less than a minute, they heard gunfire. Schadowsky’s body was found a short time later. Police do not know what prompted the argument and there was no video surveillance at the gas station. Most drivers often see signs of aggressive driving. It’s easy to get frustrated when other drivers cut you off, ride on your bumper, run red lights and speed through neighborhoods. The extent of the problem is hard to define, because local and state law enforcement officers do not list road rage as a specific crime and don’t keep statistics on it. “I wouldn’t say road rage is a big problem in regard to noticeable trends, but in any case of this nature, it is certainly unsafe and unnecessary,” said Sgt. Dylan Bryan, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson. In Northeast Florida during 2012, Florida Highway Patrol statistics show that only 52 tickets were issued for reckless driving and only six of those listed aggressive driving as a factor. Violations were recorded in Duval, Baker, Clay, Flagler and St. Johns counties. In 14 cases, injuries and property damage were reported. The FHP isn’t the only agency issuing tickets. Local police and county sheriff ’s

deputies can also write tickets. “Since this isn’t an actual category of offenses, there is no way to know statistically” if the problem is growing, said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokesperson for Sheriff John Rutherford. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in its road rage brochure, states, “aggressive driving is a major concern of the American public and a real threat to the safety of all road users.” There’s a fine line between aggressive driving and road rage, said Bruce Hamilton, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s research and communications manager in Washington, D.C. Aggressive driving is defined as any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for human safety; road rage is defined as a violent criminal act involving an intention to cause physical harm, according to AAA Foundation. AAA Foundation’s study, conducted more than a decade ago, looked at 10,000 road-rage incidents over seven years and found they resulted in at least 218 murders and 12,610 injury cases. Hamilton said a new study on road-rage incidents has not been done recently, but the Foundation is considering conducting one in the future. The 2012 Florida Statutes define aggressive careless driving as committing two or more acts simultaneously or in succession. The acts include speeding, unsafely or improperly changing lanes, following another vehicle, failing to yield right-of-way, improperly passing, and violating traffic control and signal devices. AAA Foundation says those actions are a factor in as many as 56 percent of fatal crashes. Nationwide, 36,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2012. That’s up from 34,600 deaths in 2011. In Florida, 2,040 were killed on roadways in 2012, compared with 2,373 in 2011. “The big thing we are trying to push out is that it’s not worth the risk to engage in aggressive driving,” Hamilton said. The AAA Foundation’s 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index, issued in January, surveyed 3,896 U.S. residents ages 16 and older in September. The survey showed that 67.7 percent believed that aggressive driving is a much bigger problem or a somewhat bigger problem than it was three years ago. Another 48.6 percent felt aggressive driving

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threatened their personal safety. Nearly nine of 10 respondents said they believed aggressive drivers were a “somewhat” or very serious threat to their personal safety. Americans value safe travel and desire a greater level of safety “and generally support laws that would improve traffic safety by restricting driver behavior, even when such laws would restrict behaviors they admit to engaging in themselves,” the survey found. There have been several cases of road rage in Northeast Florida in the past few years, some with deadly consequences. On March 19, 2012, Kahron Ali Warnke, 33, was shot and killed in an apparent road-rage incident on the Westside of Jacksonville. Brad Andrew Lippincott, 30, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and discharging a firearm in public from a vehicle. He is being held on $175,000 bond in the Duval County Jail. On Nov. 13, 2005, a 24-year-old mother of twin toddlers was killed in a road-rage incident. In a plea agreement, Mayo Clinic Florida physician Salim Ghazi pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless driving and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 150 hours of community service in the death of Kierra Shore. Authorities said the incident began when Ghazi tailgated Shore in the fast lane on Hodges Boulevard. When he tried to get around her, she sped up and the two raced side-by-side, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was able to get his SUV in front of her vehicle and hit the brakes. She lost control of her car as he drove away, the FHP reported.

Shore was not wearing a seatbelt, and she was killed when she was partially ejected from her car. Ghazi was allowed to maintain his innocence as part of the plea agreement and adjudication was withheld. Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea agreement because Shore was also involved in the incident. According to the Florida Department of Health, Ghazi is still practicing medicine at Mayo Clinic. “Dr. Ghazi continues to care for patients at Mayo. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Kierra Shore for their loss,” said Kevin Punsky, a Mayo Clinic spokesperson. Insurance Information Institute’s Lynne McChristian urged drivers to avoid being the victim or perpetrator of road rage. “Keeping your cool while on the road pays off in a number of ways. The most obvious is accident avoidance. The other is that if your aggressive driving causes a car crash, there is a real possibility that your auto insurance carries an exemption for accidents related to your road rage,” she said. Hamilton had some recommendations for those caught in an escalating situation. “We always advocate getting away from the situation, avoid eye contact, putting as much separation between your vehicle and the aggressor’s, and even going to a police station or calling 911 may all be necessary to handle such a case,” Hamilton said. “Of course, drivers should never stop or get out of their vehicles to confront other motorists or settle things ‘man to man.’ ”  Ron Word

HOW TO AVOID ROAD RAGE Here are three guiding principles to avoid being the victim of an aggressive driver, according to the AAA Foundation.

Don’t offend: A few specific behaviors seem likely to enrage other drivers, including cutting another driver off, driving slowly in the fast lane, tailgating and making obscene gestures. Don’t engage: Give angry drivers a lot of room, avoid eye contact, call the police on your

cellphone, drive to the nearest police station or use your horn to get the attention of other drivers. Adjust your attitude: Don’t treat driving like a contest. Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes. Seek out an anger-management course or read self-help books on the subject.

Bouquets & Brickbats Brickbats to Mayor Alvin Brown’s Office for blaming Bill Cosby for banning the media from his visit to Raines High School or any other schools Cosby asked to visit. Aleizha Batson, a spokesperson for Brown, told The Florida Times-Union, “Those of us on the ground didn’t have a problem with it [media access], but Dr. Crosby said absolutely not.” But Cosby’s camp read a blog on and quickly called the mayor’s office to say Cosby had no issue with media coverage. David DeCamp, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, said it was the result of a misunderstanding and the city was responsible. Cosby came here for the city’s education summit. Bouquets to Congresswoman Corrine Brown for her continued support of the Voting Rights Act, being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Brown filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida over the state’s decision to cut the number of early-voting days. “It is critical to make it easier for people to register and to vote, not to erect barriers,” Brown said in a statement. Brickbats to Gov. Rick Scott for continuing to appeal Florida’s welfare drug-testing rule. A federal appeals court has upheld the temporary ban on Florida’s law, saying an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the state has a good chance of succeeding. Scott, who vowed to fight the ruling all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, “The court’s ruling today is disturbing.” Justice Rosemary Barkett, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote, “The only known and shared characteristic of the individuals who would be subjected to Florida’s mandatory drug testing program is that they are financially needy families and children.” 8 | | MARCH 6-12, 2013

Big Baby Duke and Luna, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens residents, have a new son, who was 6 feet, 2 inches and 150 pounds when he was born Feb. 21. The baby is the fifth giraffe born at the zoo in the past two-and-a-half years. The zoo has 11 giraffes, which typically live about 25 years. Zoo officials said he stood within an hour of birth and has begun nursing. He’s at home in the giraffe barn with mom Luna. Zoo officials said the little (!) fella won’t be named until mid-April.

Forward Fernandina Goes Backward The Fernandina Beach City Commission has voted 3-2 to quash the Forward Fernandina plan and return $1 million of an $1.88 million loan given in 2011 to improve downtown infrastructure. However, the commission decided to keep the $460,000 it received for renovations to the Nassau County Library local branch, according to the News Leader. The Forward Fernandina loan was controversial from the start – it was never put to a public vote.

Ahmed Reappointed By a 13-6 vote, the Jacksonville City Council has reappointed Parvez Ahmed to a second three-year term to the city’s Human Rights Commission. Ahmed, a University of North Florida finance professor, was first appointed in 2010. He didn’t attend the Council meeting where those supporting and opposing his reappointment spoke. His Muslim religion had been an issue with some groups, and he survived an effort by Councilmember Clay Yarborough to cut panel membership from 20 to 11. Opposing his reappointment were Doyle Carter, Ray Holt, Robin Lumb, Don Redman, Matt Schellenberg and Clay Yarborough.

JEA’S Image Paul McElroy, JEA’s managing director and CEO, said at a local business club meeting that the electric water utility has a greater focus on customer service and has no plans to increase rates or build new generating or water treatment plants. McElroy made his remarks Feb. 25, at the Rotary Club of Jacksonville’s gathering. “We lost the relationship with our customers. We are moving forward on customers and community. We’ll become more competitive, while preserving our operating excellence,” said McElroy, quoted in Financial News & Daily Record.

Prosecutors’ Pensions Pension upgrades for prosecutors working for State Attorney Angela Corey are in “a state of flux,” said a spokesperson for Corey’s office. The state agency responsible for state pensions says it has no record of Corey upgrading the pensions of her 17 prosecutors, something she said she’d done last week, according to The Florida Times-Union. Corey approved using taxpayer dollars to purchase pension upgrades for herself and her senior prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda. In total, the State Attorney’s Office paid $159,089 for Corey and $182,829 for de la Rionda. The upgrades add $8,300 per year for each of their pensions. It’s not clear how much Corey’s office will have to spend to upgrade pensions for others there, since the state has yet to calculate that amount. Corey said the process started in-house, by notifying eligible employees.

News THE SPECKTATOR DEEMABLE TECH MY KINDLE IS BURNT TOAST Q: My kid stepped on my Kindle, and now half the screen is completely destroyed. Have I lost all the books I bought? Is there any chance that Amazon will replace it? A: Sorry about your Kindle! Right now might not be the best time to mention it, but you should really consider getting a hard cover for your Kindle. Fortunately, your books are safe. All of them are waiting for you to re-download once you get a new Kindle. In the interim, you can read them on the Kindle app on any iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet, and you can even read them on the web at Depending on how long ago you bought the Kindle, Amazon might replace it for free. Go to and click “Contact Us” on the right-hand side. From there, you’re given an option to contact Amazon by email, phone or chat. If you’re lucky, they might give you a free replacement Kindle. They’ve also been known to occasionally replace them for half-price if you’re out of warranty.

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET What do you get when you cross a farmer’s market, gourmet food court, jewelry designers, photographers, folk artists, magicians, tarot card readers, jugglers and belly dancers? The award-winning Riverside Arts Market, of course. Dubbed the “coolest thing ever” by Folio Weekly, RAM reopened last weekend after a two-month hiatus, with a full-on parade, led by Stanton College Preparatory School Marching Band, and the “official declaration of reopening” from Mayor Alvin Brown. As always, I found the event to be particularly Specktacular, especially being in a parade (which I haven’t done since fourth grade), and gorging on kettle corn. While I truly appreciate seeing the city come together and support local businesses, artists and musicians, I think the best part of RAM is the people-watching. From small kids dressed as butterflies or sporting Spider-Man face-paint to adults pushing costumed dogs in strollers, RAM brings out the most colorful people in town. If you missed the opening, check out Riverside Arts Market (riversideartsmarket. com) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday under the Fuller Warren Bridge. And to see what you’re missing, check out my blog at

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CORRECTION “The Modern World” comic from Feb. 20 was repeated on Feb. 27. The Feb. 27 comic is above. The artist is taking a break this week. MARCH 6-12, 2013 | | 9

Natural Life CEO Patti Hughes found a niche market with her homegrown company Story by Kara Pound / Photos by Ryan Smolka ainted chip clips, colorful air fresheners, tie-dye handkerchief headbands and Bohemian pompom scarves — Natural Life, a Jacksonvillebased clothing and accessories company, has grown simple arts and crafts into a $20 million company. Started in the mid-1990s by Patti Hughes, a Ponte Vedra Beach wife and mother of three with a love for creating sentimental photo keepsakes, the company has evolved from a home-based business to commanding a 75,000-square-foot office space and warehouse on Fortune Parkway on the Southside. Hughes is Natural Life’s CEO and chief creative officer — overseeing about 70 local employees — with products sold from as close to home as her storefront in The Avenues mall and Aqua East Surf Shop locations to being packaged locally and shipped all over the world. “All of the product ideas come from my head,” Hughes explained of artisan collection trinket dishes, gypsy girl key clips, festival10 | | MARCH 6-12, 2013

braided headbands and coffee cozies. “As a kid, I was a shy, observing type of person, but I always had an opinion of what I thought was cool.” Born Patricia Hanna in 1963 in Tampa, she relocated with her family to Kansas City, Mo., when she was just 4. Her father worked in real estate marketing and development and her mom, an artist, started her own greeting card company. “I grew up with my mom making things in our basement all the time, and so I kind of got that same itch to do so,” Hughes said in a video posted on the company’s website describing how Natural Life got its start. “Almost everything she made had words on it. The business ended up getting up to about a million dollars.” Hughes credits her Middle America upbringing and going to public school with keeping her rooted in middle-class values, despite her current Ponte Vedra surroundings. “A lot of the time, I get inspired by things from my childhood,” she said of utilizing material like mattress ticking. After receiving a B.A. in marketing from Kansas State University, Hughes spent seven

years working for Hallmark Cards. In 1989, a year after starting with the company, she was transferred to Jacksonville where a friend set her up with her now-husband of nearly 20 years, Winder Hughes, who is an investor. The couple has three daughters: Madison, 16; Halle, 13; and Gracie, 11. “Sometimes I can’t tell when Natural Life ends and Patti Hughes begins,” the wife, mother and entrepreneur said. Hughes’ oldest daughter, Madison, is in boarding school at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. “I never realized until

now how impressive it was to form such a successful company out of very little to begin with,” the teenager wrote via email. “I really appreciate my mom’s drive and ambition for going after what she loves.” Madison, an aspiring musician, will be performing at Natural Life’s upcoming charity music event. The Natural Life Music Festival will feature musicians Martin Sexton, Lera Lynn, Field Report and Swear and Shake. The event benefits Children’s Home Society of Florida, an organization that helps orphans and neglected and abused children.

“As a kid, I was a shy, observing type of person, but I always had an opinion of what I thought was cool.”

“If we can have fun, maintain our core values and still create a successful business, what else would you need?”

“I love service and donating to charities, so I’m proud of Natural Life for giving back to the community,” Madison said. “The music festival is an awesome way to unite the Jacksonville folk for a day of crafts, food, music and fun.” Giving back has always been a central theme for Patti Hughes. In 2001, she started a smaller event, “Crafternoon,” held at Sunshine Park in Jacksonville Beach. “I just felt that I was living the American dream and wanted to give back to the community that helped make this all happen to me,” she said. “Crafternoon was Natural Life’s vision of a perfect day.” Crafternoon grew from a family-friendly event focused on arts and crafts to a fullblown music festival with food vendors, musical acts and — you guessed it — more crafts. The inaugural Natural Life Music Festival was held in November 2011 (no festival in 2012) at Metropolitan Park. It attracted about 3,000 revelers and raised nearly $20,000 for the Children’s Home Society of Florida through sample sales, vendor sales and craft tables. Admission to the 2013 festival is free. This year, Hughes says they expect a crowd of 5,000. As with a majority of American companies, it doesn’t make good business sense for Natural Life to produce its goods within the United States. Most people won’t pay $10 or $15 for an item that could potentially cost $5. This doesn’t mean that Hughes isn’t conscious of the fact that her products are made in China. Upward of 99 percent of Natural Life products — from key chains and journals to nightlights — are manufactured in three main factories located in Dongguan and Guangzhou, China. Hughes has visited the factories multiple times. “I struggle, because I know there are people here who need help,” Hughes said. “But because many of our products are handmade with embroidery and sequins, it’s not feasible to create them in America.” Hughes said that the factories Natural Life hires use non-transient labor — people who live and work in the community. “We are producing jobs and wonderful lifestyles through our products.” She said her company is consciously looking for opportunities to enlist U.S. labor to make clothing and

accessories. The first products Hughes ever made under the Natural Life name were black-and-white keepsake photos of phrases like “I Love You” and “Believe” written in the sand. “I would take the picture right when the waves were coming up and wash the words away.” The trinkets are still made in-house in the enormous warehouse adjacent to Natural Life’s company headquarters. “I’m very involved in the business side of the business as well as the creative side,” Hughes said. Allison Hall Hillis, creative director at Natural Life, has been with the company for more than 14 years. “I joined when Natural Life had just turned 2,” she said. “I was an independent artist and worked closely with Patti. We came up with ideas for different products together, or she would come up with an idea, and I’d design something to bring it to life.” The company’s tagline — “give. love. laugh.” — is further explained in press materials as, “We make fun stuff girls love with a free spirit, style and love to inspire girls of all ages to live happy!” “We appeal to girls all over the world from 8 to 88,” Hughes said.

Natural Life makes roughly 1,000 new products each release, which is about twice a year, Hughes said. “I constantly look for new ideas and design concepts. I co-direct with Patti, our amazing in-house team of graphic designers,” Hillis said. “I also travel the globe for inspiration, often with Patti. We seek out unusual places because we’re always on the hunt for little gems — the diamonds in the rough that help us keep our line fresh and different.” Together, Hillis and Hughes have traveled to Guatemala, Thailand, India, Peru, Mexico, Turkey and Hong Kong. “We cover a lot of territory and always seek out places that are kind of off the grid,” Hillis said. “Inspiration could come from a color combination on a road sign to an open-air market to a lone street vendor. “While we were traveling through Rajasthan in India, on a road that shepherds were crossing with their flocks, we came across a street vendor selling car accessories — all of which were very cool and fun and artistic. We came home and decorated our cars and launched Natural Life’s car accessories line.”

“We appeal to girls all over the world from 8 to 88,” Patti Hughes says of the items sold at the Natural Life store in The Avenues mall or ordered online.

Patti Hughes, Jennifer Tutor and Jackie Robinson prepare for the upcoming Community First Natural Life Music Festival March 10.

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“I constantly look for new ideas and design concepts,” said Allison Hall Hillis, creative director at Natural Life. “I also travel the globe for inspiration, often with Patti. We seek out unusual places because we’re always on the hunt for little gems — the diamonds in the rough that help us keep our line fresh and different.”

Influenced and inspired by worldly cultures, Natural Life is an easily recognizable brand around Northeast Florida. In October 2012, Hughes and her team opened up a storefront at The Avenues, after waiting more than a decade to open a retail shop. “I like to do things slowly and organically,”

products, like the Peace Band and Power of Words bracelet, are donated to these causes. “I try to get involved in school as much as I can,” Madison said. “It can be very difficult at times being a leader and getting classmates motivated. It makes me understand even more how a person can really do anything

“I love service and donating to charities, so I’m proud of Natural Life for giving back to the community.”

she said. “We can’t believe the power of the brand when it’s all put together.” Natural Life is also sold in area Northeast Florida shops like Dragonflies Handcrafted Jewelry in downtown St. Augustine, Out Of Hand in Fernandina Beach, House Dressing in Sawgrass Village, Mos in Jacksonville Beach and both Aqua East Surf Shop locations. The brand also sponsors two local female surfers and consistently donates a portion of sales to nonprofits, including Nest, Taps. org, Guatemala Children’s Project, Pennies for Peace and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). About 3 to 5 percent of the sales of specific 12 | | MARCH 6-12, 2013

that person wants to do. She [my mother] has always told me growing up to never give up, and I still live by that motto.” “Our culture is really important to us,” Hughes said as she walked around the Natural Life creative department and break room. The office space is decked out in company flair. Inspiration flags hang in cubicles — spelling the name of each employee — and groups huddle together for Monday morning meetings. “If we can have fun, maintain our core values and still create a successful business, what else would you need?”  Kara Pound

MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 Benefitting Children’s Home Society of Florida 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 10 Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Downtown Free admission

HENRY WAGONS, 11 p.m. Named one of Melbourne, Australia’s, Top 100 Most Influential People, Wagons combines classic songwriting with outlaw country rock and old-school crooning.

LERA LYNN, 3 p.m. The Athens, Ga.-based songstress returns for her second year at the festival, still reeling from the buzz surrounding her 2011 debut solo album, “Have You Met Lera Lynn?”

SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS, 12:15 p.m. The collaborative effort between singersongwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup combines “a new sound into music with an old soul,” according to their website.

SWEAR AND SHAKE, 4:30 p.m. Featuring guitarist-vocalist Kari Spieler, guitarist-banjoist-vocalist Adam McHeffey, bassist Shaun Savage and drummer Tom Elefante, the Brooklyn, N.Y., quartet is a fusion of folk, pop, rock and indie.

FIELD REPORT, 1:45 p.m. Led by singer-songwriter Christopher Porterfield, who originally played with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Field Report is an American folk band that’s been featured in music media outlets from Rolling Stone to NPR to Pitchfork.

MARTIN SEXTON, 5:45 p.m. With nearly a dozen albums under his belt, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Sexton has spent more than two decades blending soul, gospel, country, rock and blues.


Who’s NXT?

WWE training territory swings through Northeast Florida


ince the death of the wrestling territories, such as the then-local Championship Wrestling from Florida in the late 1980s, national wrestling promoters have faced a conundrum: How can they give their talent the necessary ring work so they look polished before putting them on the main roster? For World Wrestling Entertainment — far and away the leading outfit on Earth — the solution has been farm leagues; it’s had them for the last couple of decades. Over the years, WWE has had arrangements with a variety of outfits, like Louisville’s Ohio Valley Wrestling and the United States Wrestling Association of Memphis. Those companies had plenty of success stories emerge from their bare-bones indie rasslin loops. Despite this, none of these solutions was permanent. This explains why WWE moved its training to Tampa, Florida, using the cryptically named NXT territory as its instruction base. Why Florida? Why Tampa? The simple obvious reason: Wrestlers gravitate to Tampa after retiring, and so a lot of those who could teach greenhorns the ins and outs of the game are there already. Plus, Tampa has traditionally been a hotbed for pro wrestling. It was the spiritual center of the CWF decades ago; more recently, it’s the spot from which all indie Florida wrestling emanates organically — again, due to the natural migration patterns of wrestlers, who enjoy the climate and the adult entertainment, to name two of the city’s main amenities. NXT has television — only in Tampa. But, as has happened historically with Tampa promotions, the company’s branching out, running shows throughout the state, as it did on Feb. 22 at the National Guard Armory on Normandy Boulevard. Now, this is deep Westside, way past I-295 — and the drainage reflected that. My subcompact car navigated a lot of standing water along the way. Local event promoters know that rain kills crowds. Not pro wrestling, though; not on the Westside. Perhaps the marks were drawn in by the promise of meeting former WWE superstar “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn before the show. Whatever the case, by the time I arrived — at the end of the first match — the room was full and the crowd was hyped. I approached the ticket table — an interview

with ring legend Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat had been scheduled. However, in the parlance of pro wrestling, a “swerve” was pulled immediately after I told him I was from Folio Weekly. “No interview — we thought you were with the mainstream media,” said the short, hypertensive, middle-aged man in an NXT polo shirt. Apparently, he isn’t aware of Folio Weekly’s broad readership. The wrestling itself? Fairly basic. A lot of muscular bouncer guys with tacky sleeve and back tats, who were still figuring out how to work and how to work smoothly. The names on the NXT level are deliberately kept generic; the idea being to “repackage” the wrestlers once they’re on the main roster. There were some highlights, though. The best “worker” on the show, by far, was a tall blonde named Summer Rae. She wasn’t in the ring too much during her tag match, but in the ring or on the apron, she was in perpetual motion, egging on crowd reactions and making even the most jaded fans in the audience want to see her get her comeuppance (except for me, of course, but I have a predilection for assertive women that bleeds over into my appreciation of the sport of kings). In addition to Gunn, there were a couple of other special attractions on the card. One was former WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel, who used to be subjected to a lot of harassment when he was on the road with the main roster. Finkel seemed off his game during the match he announced, as the mike turned off a couple of times during his spiel. Another special attraction: the daughter of Ric Flair — Ashley, who will eventually be known as “Charlotte” on the main roster. It’s harder than the viewing public may think for second-generation talent to break into the business, but from what I saw, Ashley was genuinely well-liked by her co-workers — a tribute to her legendary dad, to some degree, but also to her willingness to learn the business from the ground up. That’s the great thing about indie wrestling. Like indie rock, you never know who’ll be famous until years later, so the best practice is to see what you can when it’s available.  AG Gancarski MARCH 6-12, 2013 | | 13

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Our Picks Reasons to leave the house this week


For those who enjoy edgy entertainment, Hellzapoppin Circus promises a bed of nails, glasswalking, glass-eating and one stunt they call the “homemade lobotomy.” An acrobatic break-dancer, burlesque dancers and “The Human Dart Board” are featured. Touring magician Kardenni opens March 15, then local favorites Professor Whiskey’s Traveling Bizarre Bazaar and The Molotov Cocktail Party open March 16. 9 p.m. March 15 & 16 at Landshark Café, 1728 Third St. N., Jacksonville Beach, $15, 246-6024, Photo: Courtesy Hellzapoppin Circus


Grammy-winner Miranda Lambert’s most recent album, “Four the Record,” extended her streak of U.S. Country chart-topping albums to four and hit No. 3 overall on the Billboard 200. The country spitfire tested the waters on crossover appeal with appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2012, earning praise from Entertainment Weekly, and “Project Runway” last month. She joins Dierks Bentley, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter with his own country fanbase, on the Locked & Reloaded Tour. Lee Brice opens. 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, $25-$50, 630-3900,



Japanese-American indie pop artist Kishi Bashi – or, as friends call him, Kaoru Ishibashi – is known for “his thrilling live performances, looping and layering his violin and voice to create a symphony of sound,” according to National Public Radio. The multi-instrumentalist released his first full-length album, “151a,” a name noted for its connection to a Japanese term literally meaning “one time, one meeting.” Elizabeth & The Catapult and Four Families open. 8 p.m. March 12, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496,

More than a century later, Theatre Jacksonville retells the story of the fire that raged at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The 1911 disaster killed 146 young immigrant workers; fallout from those deaths forever changed the industrial labor movement. Written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans, the play is presented in partnership with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. 8 p.m. March 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2 p.m. March 10, and 7:30 p.m. March 7 & 14 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco $25, 396-4425, Photo: Courtesy Theatre Jacksonville


Three Northeast Florida artists showcase art that’s intricate, mysterious and sensual in “CutPaint-Draw.” Hiromi Moneyhun presents moth and moth-related imagery in cut paper, Sharla Valeski paints in two genres – portrait studies on linen (“Sharla Portrait,” pictured) and abstract works on canvas – and Bruce Musser combines drawing and mixed media to describe the pathos of life and “psycho-sensual experiences.” On March 31, the exhibit’s last day, visitors can see all the artists’ studios during CoRK Arts District’s open tour. Reception 6-10 p.m. March 9; displayed through March at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, 707-0030, Photo: Courtesy Sharla Valeski


The Gainesville-born band named in honor of Sister Hazel Williams, who organized rescue missions and homeless shelters, is known for fusing elements of Southern rock, alt and pop. Sister Hazel – Jett Beres, Drew Copeland, Ryan Newell, Ken Block and Mark Trojanowski – cited influences of Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd in an interview in the Red & Black, the University of Georgia’s student newspaper. The band’s now working to follow up its 2010 album “Heartland Highway.” 8 p.m. March 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $27.50 (SRO concert), 209-0399, MARCH 6-12, 2013 | | 15


Magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) must use his magical arts and ingenuity to become the great wizard he is expected to be in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi. Photo: Walt Disney Pictures


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wizard and heralded as a savior to mend the rift caused by three witches in a power struggle. As in the classic, our hero embarks on a journey along the yellow brick road, first to get to the Emerald City and then on a quest to kill the evil witch so he can be king. And, like Dorothy, he picks up an entourage along the way — including Finley the flying monkey (Zach Braff ) and China Girl (Joey King), literally a porcelain china doll — who mirror people from Kansas. Finley and China Girl are the most entertaining characters in the movie. Unlike Dorothy, Oz doesn’t particularly miss Kansas, where he was often chased out of town, and he sees this new land as a good place to continue his wayfaring, con-artist approach to life. But this new land will test him. Somehow, despite three battling witches, an army of evil flying baboons and a penultimate battle between the good people of Oz, led by their fake wizard, and the evil witch and her minions, the movie never really reaches the compelling heights we’d like. “Oz” is visually impressive. And it is a nice homage to the original, with a lot of little touches, such as an early scene where Oz’s true love, Annie (Williams, in a dual role), tells him that John Gale has proposed … and we realize she will be Dorothy’s mother. But as epic adventures go, “Oz” never becomes great or powerful. It’s more like Oz the acceptable and mild.  John Hoogesteger

JOURNEYS TO OZ Though we think of those who created the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” as the folks who brought L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series to motion pictures, there have been more than 20 Oz films, ranging from 1910’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” to the upcoming computer-animated “Dorothy of Oz.” Beyond the ’39 version, some of the more memorable efforts include: “Tin Man” (2007) This ambitious six-hour Syfy channel miniseries starring Zooey Deschanel, Neal McDonough and Alan Cumming offers an updated twist on the original. “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” (2005) As they have with other classics like “Treasure Island,” the Muppets offer their charming retelling.

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“The Wiz” (1978) Diana Ross and Michael Jackson star in the film version of the successful Broadway show, billed as a black edition of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Zooey Deschanel in Tin Man Photo: The Sci-Fi Channel

“Journey Back to Oz” (1974) This low-budget animated sequel features a big-name voice cast including Liza Minnelli (Judy Garland’s daughter), Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Milton Berle and Ethel Merman.

“Return to Oz” (1985) Fairuza Balk stars as Dorothy, who’s returned to the land of Oz six months after her first visit. The movie was met with skepticism at the time, but it’s since become a cult classic.

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Elmont (Ewan McGregor, left) and farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult, right) go up the beanstalk to rescue Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) in “Jack the Giant Slayer,” director Bryan Singer’s adaptation of the fable. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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t’s fun to play along with “Jack the Giant Slayer” for a while, as it does have its charms as a slick and polished Hollywood reinterpretation of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fable. Then comes a scene that lets us safely check out about 45 minutes in: After learning that the giants will stop at nothing to once again rule the Earth, Stanley Tucci’s Roderick is surrounded by the large brutes. They’re so big — and they kill and eat humans so easily, without remorse — that mankind would have no defense against the gruesome ogres. Yet

magic beans that get wet and grow into a tall, tall beanstalk. In Jack’s beanstalk, as it rises high up into the clouds, is Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). On the ground, King Brahmwell sends Jack and guardians Elmont (Ewan McGregor), Crawe (Eddie Marsan), Roderick and others up the beanstalk to rescue Isabelle. In the clouds, they meet CGI-created giants General Fallon (Bill Nighy) and his minions Fee (Cornell John), Fye (Andrew Brooke), Foe (Angus Barnett) and Fumm (Ben Daniels, “House Of Cards”), all of whom want to reclaim the kingdom as their own. Tomlinson is a bit bland for a female lead, but more damaging is the storyline that noticeably deviates from the famous fable and yet it’s still 100 percent predictable. It never

It never ceases to amaze how movies that utilize such advanced technology for visual appeal can suck so royally in basic storytelling. Roderick is able to put on a crown that was forged in a special place, and all of a sudden, the giants bow to him and treat him like their king. Wait…what? If we’re supposed to believe the giants are desperate for world domination, it’s hard to swallow that they’ll let a silly headpiece get in their way. Here’s an idea: Flick Roderick away with your finger, take the crown and worship one of your own. This crown calamity is worth mentioning because it also factors into the unsatisfying ending, which is a shame, because some of the 3D action and visual effects sequences are impressive. What’s more, the 3D is crisp and clear, though it doesn’t offer much in terms of depth. If you go see this fantasy, regular 2D should be just fine. The story: A long time ago in a small English kingdom, teenage farm boy Jack (Nicholas “About a Boy” Hoult — yeah, the geeky kid’s all grown up!) happens upon some

ceases to amaze how movies that utilize such advanced technology for visual appeal can suck so royally in basic storytelling. It’s not asking much to keep things interesting while giants fling burning trees into a castle, or to give a star like McGregor more to do than be a third wheel. The film, shot in 2011, was first slated for release in June 2012. Warner Bros. pushed that up to March 1, because this time of year offers a similar platform to WB’s successful “Clash of the Titans” and “300” releases. Box-office tracking numbers suggest the opening weekend for “Jack the Giant Slayer” will be a weak $30 million or so (the budget was roughly $190 million), not a good sign for Singer, who started his career with “The Usual Suspects” and “X2,” but has recently given us drivel like this lemon and Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie.” Here’s hoping he returns to form soon.  Dan Hudak MARCH 6-12, 2013 | | 17

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21 AND OVER **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Straight-A college student Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) has his 21st birthday the night before his medical school interview. Chang’s two best friends turn what was supposed to be a time of sober study into an evening of debauchery he’ll never forget. AMOUR **** Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema In this Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Film, Georges (JeanLouis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are a married couple in their 80s, both retired music teachers, enjoying life together. Then, Anne has a stroke, and everything changes. She’s paralyzed on her right side and needs a wheelchair. Writer/director Michael Haneke stays away from histrionics and focuses on the love and care Georges shows for Anne. ARGO ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Beach Blvd. In this Best Picture winner at the Oscars, Ben Affleck directs and stars as CIA operative Tony Mendez, acknowledged as the agency’s top agent when it comes to “exfiltration,” the art of extracting people caught in places they cannot escape. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD **@@ Rated PG-13 • Carmike Amelia Island Young wild-child Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a girl who knows how to survive. She lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her sickly dad Wink (Dwight Henry), who abandons her for days at a time. The little girl strikes out from the Delta to find her mother, encountering new challenges along the way. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Young Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) wants to get out of his one-horse town, preferably with his new squeeze Lena (Alice Englert). There are some eerie secrets to reveal first, however. Co-starring Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum. DARK SKIES *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In this supernatural thriller, a suburban family witnesses some disturbing stuff that only gets worse. DAY OF THE FALCON *G@@ Rated R • AMC Regency Antonio Banderas stars in this drama about the exploitation of the discovery of oil in the Arab states circa 1930s. DEAD MAN DOWN Rated R • Opens March 8 Noomi Rapace stars as Beatrice, a woman seeking revenge on a New York City crime boss (Terrence Howard). The mobster’s right-hand man, Victor (Colin Farrell), also wants revenge on the guy when the boss’ order gets his wife and daughter killed. Beatrice blackmails Victor, and they bond over their desire for revenge. DJANGO UNCHAINED ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues Disturbing and provocative – yet undeniably entertaining – Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning film blends action, comedy and drama. Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington. ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 3D *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In this computer-animated adventure, Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is an astronaut who defends the alien planet Baab against the villainous Gen. Shanker (William Shatner).

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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In the fifth installment of the “Die Hard” series, badass cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) goes to Moscow because he thinks his son Jack needs his help. The father and son end up trying to stop bad guys from stealing nuclear weapons. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Regal Avenues After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hellbent on retribution. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON **G@ Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at FDR’s estate. IDENTITY THIEF *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Unlimited funds allow Diana (Melissa McCarthy) to live the good life in Miami. There’s only one problem: The ID she’s using to finance this lifestyle reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” (Jason Bateman), who lives halfway across the U.S. JACK THE GIANT SLAYER **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. KAI PO CHE! ***G Not Rated • AMC Regency Cricket is a very big deal in India, and three friends are ambitious enough to cash in on its popularity by starting a cricket school. Co-starring Amit Sadh, Susant Singh Rajput and Raj Kumar Yadav. In Hindi. THE LAST EXORCISM PART II *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In the first film, Nell (Ashley Bell) was exorcized of a demon and wound up the only surviving member of her family after the haunting events. Now Nell is left to pick up the pieces and move on — until the demon comes back, with bad intentions. LES MISERABLES ***G Rated PG-13 • Regal Avenues This big Hollywood version of an equally extravagant Broadway musical is phenomenal. Anne Hathaway’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” won her a Supporting Actress Oscar. LIFE OF PI ***G Rated PG • Regal Avenues Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son, survives an ocean disaster, then forms a wondrous connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger – named Richard Parker. Surviving on a 26-foot lifeboat, Pi continues his journey in the film by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and based on the novel by Yann Martel. LINCOLN ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis immerses himself in his characters; this is the latest of successful transformations. “Lincoln” focuses on the last four months of the president’s administration as he struggles to end the Civil War and ensure permanent freedom for slaves. The great cast includes Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader. MAMA **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Hollywood River City After vanishing from a neighborhood, young sisters Victoria and Lilly are found alive in a rickety cabin five years later. Annabel (Jessica Chastain) tries to help them live a normal life, but she feels an evil presence has followed the girls.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Rated PG • Opens March 8 Reviewed in this issue. PHANTOM *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Demi (Ed Harris) is captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who carries the fate of the human race while transporting a nuclear missile on a classified mission, which is challenged by Bruni (David Duchovny), leader of a rogue KGB group. Co-stars Johnathon Schaech and William Fichtner. QUARTET ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In this dramedy, retired musicians Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly), Reginald Page (Tom Courtenay) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) are surprised when their former singer partner, the diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), joins them at Beecham. SAFE HAVEN G@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This romantic thriller is the story of Katie (Julianne Hough), a mysterious young woman who moves to a small North Carolina town. She gradually builds a relationship with Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widowed store owner with two children, but dark secrets arise to threaten her new life. SIDE EFFECTS ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre A seemingly upwardly-mobile New York City couple, Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum), are starting to fall apart when Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law) prescribes a new drug for her mild anxiety. It’s not the drug itself that works untold wonders – it’s the damn side effects. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After months in a mental institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaves under dubious circumstances. He meets Tiffany (Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence), a reformed slut who says she’ll help him if he’ll take dance lessons with her. SNITCH **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. John Matthews’ (Dwayne Johnson) teenaged son, who’s been convicted of a drug-related crime he didn’t commit, faces a 10year sentence. To save his son from prison, John makes a deal with the DEA to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel. With Benjamin Bratt and Susan Sarandon. VEER! ***@ Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema Burned-out skateboarder Jesse Sorensen (Jesse Gay) discovers his 17-year-old niece Samantha (Corsica Wilson) is living with his grandmother and is headed down the same path of hard partying that led him astray. He’s faced with the responsibility of growing up, keeping the girl out of trouble and becoming a positive role model in his young son’s life.

WARM BODIES **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Clay Theatre, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival. WEST OF MEMPHIS **** Rated R • Opens March 8 at Regal Beach Blvd. The documentary explores the convictions of three men charged with the horrific 1993 murder of three little boys in Arkansas. Shoddy police procedure, sketchy evidence and community outrage were factors in the trial. The convicted men have since been freed in a decision based on DNA evidence. “West of Memphis” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. ZERO DARK THIRTY ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Overlong at 157 minutes but still an effective drama, director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning film has struck a chord with American audiences. The focus is on CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain), who’s stationed in the Middle East and charged with tracking down Osama Bin Laden.


POETIC VOICES OF THE MUSLIM WORLD Jacksonville Public Library, University of North Florida and Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville host Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, featuring the 2007 film “Prince Among Slaves” 7 p.m. March 7 at UNF’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. MOVIES ON THE HOUSE In Olivier Assayas’ “Demonlover” (2002), two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, screened 7 p.m. March 14 at UNF’s Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. LAUREL & HARDY FILMS The Leave ’Em Laughing Tent screens Laurel & Hardy movies 2-4 p.m. March 10 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission, light snacks and soda are free. 314-5801. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Master,” Oscar-winner “Searching for Sugar Man” and “Rust and Bone” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “Oz: The Great and Powerful: An IMAX 3D Experience” opens March 8. ”The Last Reef 3D,” “Flight of the Butterflies,” ”Forces of Nature,” “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” and “To The Arctic 3D” are screened at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. For fees and showtimes, call 940-IMAX.


RED DAWN Residents of Spokane wake up to enemy paratroopers dropping from the sky. A group of young patriots (including Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson) hide in the woods, evolving into badass freedom fighters. Other than pumped-up action sequences that benefit from improved special effects over the last 25 years, this remake of the ‘80s classic falls flat. WRECK-IT RALPH Typecast as the villain, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has good reason to feel unappreciated. He’s still smarting from 30 years of being dropped off a building and into the mud by Fix-It Felix. Ralph just wants to be the hero for once. Director Rich Moore balances gamer cool and kid-friendly fun. 

AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike 7, 1132 S. 14th St., Fernanddina Beach, 261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS Sun-Ray Cinema@5Points, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay Theatre, 326 Walnut St., 284-9012 NORTHSIDE Hollywood 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880

ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-310


Located in the heart of the historic district, The Blue Heron Inn is a beautifully restored three-story 1904 home offering six elegantly decorated and spacious guest rooms. Enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast on the front wrap-around porch or curl up in a rocker with your favorite book. Relax in the pool in the private, landscaped backyard, and enjoy daily complimentary “Adult Time Out” with afternoon refreshments. Fresh flowers, spa robes and gourmet coffees enhance your stay. Guests also enjoy complimentary fresh baked cookies, bicycles, beach chairs, and Wi-Fi. Romance, Girls’ Getaway, Honeymoon packages available. Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb’s Camp Lisa raises funds to send children to summer camp. Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Loeb

Staying Power

Folk-rock songstress Lisa Loeb hit it big in 1994 with ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ – and hasn’t dropped off since LISA LOEB & NINE STORIES 8 p.m. March 15 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $30 & $35 355-2787,


isa Loeb will forever be associated with the vulnerable, bookish woman in the music video for her 1994 smash hit, “Stay (I Missed You).” But unlike so many of her ’90s contemporaries, Loeb never renounced that image then moved on to something cooler. Instead, she’s still rocking her same quirky cat-eye glasses (she even has her own signature collection), still writing and recording intimate, catchy folk-rock tunes, and still navigating the dog-eat-dog creative world with smart, self-assured ease. Ever the polymath, Loeb is also mother to two young children, a celebrated author and kids’ musician, and an in-demand actress and voiceover talent.

Folio Weekly: You threw the music world a curveball with “No Fairy Tale,” working with a punk-rock producer, recording songs by outside collaborators like Tegan & Sara, and recording some of the most upbeat tunes of your career. Are you happy with how the album turned out? Lisa Loeb: Yes, and I had such a great time during the process of making the record. As you get older, you realize the process is important to the end product. So, I’m really proud of it and excited that everybody has responded so positively for the most part. F.W.: What first inspired you to pick up music as a child? L.L.: Everyone in my family was encouraged to play instruments. My older brother is a classical pianist and conductor, my younger sister makes music, and my younger brother has a recording studio where he does postproduction. So we’re all involved in the arts, which was a big part of our household. F.W.: You went to Brown University in Rhode Island. Is that where you began to take music seriously? L.L.: Well, I had a lot of encouragement to start playing original music in high school. But playing with Elizabeth Mitchell in college as Liz & Lisa allowed us to develop a great following, and we took that to New York City with us and expanded on it when we graduated.

F.W.: What was the New York music scene like in the early ’90s? L.L.: We met some interesting folks, and there was a loose-knit group of us who hung out a lot: Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton, other musicians. It was a really encouraging and fun atmosphere because we were all transitioning from being indie artists to being welcomed into the commercial world, where we actually got paid for what we do. F.W.: Was Elizabeth Mitchell your inspiration to start recording kids’ music? L.L.: I’d always wanted to make kids’ music because, when I was a kid, summer camp songs and records like Carole King’s “Really Rosie” inspired me. They sounded like grown-up records, so I felt really cool as a kid listening to them. So when I was encouraged by Barnes & Noble to do a record that was different, I decided to do a kids’ record, and I asked Elizabeth Mitchell to produce it because her records featured real people playing real music, and that’s what I also wanted to make. F.W.: Your Camp Lisa nonprofit supports children’s education, too. L.L.: It actually helps raise money to send kids to summer camp. While school is really important, I think it’s also important to develop outside of school. And summer camp is a great place for that. It helps you develop as a person, a member of the community and a leader, and it helps you have fun and place value on things that are more important than just getting grades. F.W.: You’ve also pursued tons of work outside the music realm. Have those opportunities arisen naturally? L.L.: Yes. Acting, which I studied growing up, led into voiceover work, which I love. It’s a wonderful additional career as a mom living in Los Angeles who still wants to see her kids. Just now, I ran out to do an audition for 45 minutes, and now I’m heading home to put my kids down for their naps. Whether I’m doing TV shows, making records or starting an eyewear line, they all stem from things I love to do. I’m just glad that the industry now welcomes that kind of diversity. Balance is important.  Nick McGregor

102 South 7th Street • (904) 445-9034

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.

614 Ash Street • (904) 277-1604


Elegant 1885 Italianate villa. Luxury-class inn with upscale amenities. Large rooms, suites, private cottages, Jacuzzis, fireplaces. Gourmet breakfast, evening social hour. Romance Packages, Girls’ Getaway. Smoke-free!

227 South 7th Street • (904) 277-0500

THE ELIZABETH POINTE LODGE AMELIA ISLAND The Pointe is situated on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Focusing upon individualized attention with a staff that wants to exceed your expectations, The Pointe offers a complimentary full breakfast, Wi-Fi, beach equipment, a morning newspaper and parking. Room service and concierge assistance are available 24 hours. And it’s only a short bike ride to the historic seaport of Fernandina. Custom packages available.

98 South Fletcher Avenue • (800) 772-3359


Beautiful antebellum Inn with spacious guest rooms boasting the modern amenities guests love while safekeeping the Old World charm. Romantic working fireplaces, antiques from around the world, private baths, whirlpool tubs, spa robes and fresh flowers are a few of the luxuries you may expect. Enjoy our beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and our sweeping verandahs. Feast on a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning and and sip wine ‘neath 500-year-old oak trees. All your worries will drift away.

103 S. 9th Street • (904) 277-2328

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Pinback’s Rob Crow (left) says Zach Smith, doesn’t care about lyrics. On the other hand, Crow jokes that he’ll “write like a novel on some dumb thing.” Photo: Drew Reynolds.

Impossible to Pin Down

San Diego’s Pinback rejects categorization as well as critics’ push for duo to evolve PINBACK with JP INC. 8 p.m. March 14 Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach Tickets: $15 246-2473,


inback is a tough nut to crack. The San Diego duo takes its name from a John Carpenter sci-fi flick, and band members Robertdale Rulon “Rob” Crow Jr. and Armistead “Zach” Burwell Smith IV exhibit all the characteristics of musicians who should be fronting hopelessly obscure nerd-metal bands. They have genteel names, diehard gaming addictions, an obsession with self-recording and producing and a penchant for dismissing nearly all media attention surrounding Pinback. But Pinback’s sumptuous sound over the course of five full-length albums hasn’t wavered; instead, it’s solidified into a sonically pure, achingly beautiful brand of multitextured indie rock. Many critics like to tear into Pinback’s auditory reliability, or its thorny relationship with the music press. But you can’t fault a band for 15 years of consistency — especially when the result, no matter how similar to past work, still takes listeners’ collective breath away. That’s what Pinback’s lush, subtly powerful last album, “Information Received,” does — and that’s what the band, backed live by drummer Chris Prescott, does on stage, as well.

Folio Weekly: Do you and Zach have a lot of experience bringing Pinback to Florida? “Rob” Crow Jr.: Yeah. But it takes a while to get there and back. F.W.: Have songs from the most recent album, “Information Received,” been fully integrated into Pinback’s current set list? R.C.: Well, we play for about an hour and a half, so there’s a mix of everything. And everybody seems happy. F.W.: Reading past interviews with you, it seems like the music press’ efforts to categorize Pinback’s music don’t make you happy. R.C.: Those things don’t affect what I like, and I’m not going to change what I listen to based on people’s characterizations or definitions. So why should I change what I make?

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F.W.: You’ve talked in some of those interviews about prog-rock and heavy metal as your major influences. Is that what you listened to when you were younger? R.C.: Oh, yeah — I was never into the radio or anything like that. But it wasn’t on purpose;

that music just sounded so great to me. It sure didn’t help to not fit in with the other kids. F.W.: Your music — and especially your lyrics — have connected with so many kids just like that, though. R.C.: I usually spend a lot of time on the lyrics. Zach and I are different people; he’s not so much into lyrics. He maintains that he doesn’t care about lyrics in other people’s songs, so why should he [care about them in Pinback’s songs]? He writes one small sentence that gets repeated over and over, and I’ll write like a novel on some dumb thing. [Laughs.] But it means a lot to me to set a mood or a scene for something to take place in. F.W.: Does it mean much to you that critics often accuse Pinback of not evolving? Of playing music that seems to essentially sound the same? R.C.: I don’t see anything wrong with doing that. We’ve created a sound, so we’re always going to sound like that sound. That’s just who we are and how we make music when we get together. To try to do something different on purpose only to be truly reactionary would be wrong. Obviously, we could make other kinds of songs, but these are the ones that sound good to us and are fun to play. I think people say those things purely to try and get a rise out of us. Those are the people that like Black Sabbath’s third singer. [Laughs.] F.W.: You live in quite possibly the sunniest city in the United States, yet you make dark, atmospheric music. Is the contrast significant? R.C.: It’s only sunny if you leave the house. F.W.: Pinback’s reach is legendary in the indie-rock world. Have you ever run into any younger bands that directly cite you two as influences on their music? R.C.: I guess so, but I try not to think about it. For me, that’s a scary realm to let the mind wander into. What’s the best-case scenario of thinking about things in that way? “Oh, I’m great!” [Laughs.] I’m still learning. F.W.: What about Pinback’s fans, who are notoriously obsessed with every detail of the band? Do they scare you a little bit, too? R.C.: I’m very appreciative of every minute piece of acceptance that we’ve ever had. Very, very thankful — there are a lot of people way better than us that nobody ever hears.  Nick McGregor



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he Riverside Arts Market fifth anniversary 4 season opening was celebrated by thousands of faithful Northeast Florida arts, entertainment and shopping lovers March 2. The Stanton College Preparatory Blue Devils Marching Band led the opening parade through the lines of bustling vendor booths. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown thanked civic leaders and RAM founder Wayne Wood for their vision and dedication in creating and sustaining the popular Saturday destination. Wood said the market was “something bigger than all of us” and promised that it would continue to grow 5 and thrive for years to come. The Navy Band Southeast’s TGIF Dixieland Band and popular local band Antique Animals entertained market-goers throughout the afternoon, as others visited the market’s 162 booths.  Text and photos by Melody Taylor 1. Aaron and Brooke Schachter, Brittany Byers 2. Hillary and Jason McDonald of Fresh 3. Hope Frost 4. Mayor Alvin Brown with the Stanton Blue Devils Marching Band 5. Lisa Paulger of The Blue Moon Bazaar 6. Lynda Linkswiler of Lynda’s Glass Garden


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The Mustard Seed Cafe

Cafe Karibo

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Paul Maley’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

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

833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141

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

11 S. Seventh Street 904-432-8394

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

80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132

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

925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400

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

3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711

27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269

The Salty Pelican Overlooking the Sunset and the Intracoastal Waterway from our upstairs bar, The Salty Pelican offers one-of-akind views, an outdoor atmosphere, and features local, fresh seafood. This casual restaurant offers fish tacos, broiled oysters, oyster and shrimp po’ boys, meaty wings, and a delicious hamburger. Join us to watch all the games on our 14 TV’s, live entertainment on the weekends, or enjoy a draft beer — we have 17 on tap. Open 11 a.m. to midnight Mon.-Sat., Sun., open at 10 a.m. for Sunday Brunch.

12 N. Front Street 904-277-3811

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

Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660

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

202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310

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

708 Centre Street 904-321-1444

Sliders Seaside Grill

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

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

320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303

1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652

Halftime Sports Bar and Grill

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Live Music 200 N. 1st St., Jax Beach, FL 904.246.BIRD (2473)


TRAPT, DOWN THEORY Hard rock, 7 p.m. March 6, Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $12-$30, 223-9850. THE NERVOUS TICKS, THE MOLD, SMALL HOUSES, PSEUDO KIDS Indie rockers, 8 p.m. March 6, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. CURRENT SWELL, WILL ERICKSON Roots rock band from British Columbia, 8 p.m. March 6, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $8-$10, 342-2187. A PAST UNKNOWN, WITH LIFE IN MIND, TO THE WIND, THIS WINTER Hardcore rock, 7 p.m. March 6, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $5, 388-7807. JUDY COLLINS, LEDFOOT Social activist and eclectic singersongwriter, 8 p.m. March 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $45-$65, 209-0399. CUSSES, CLOUDEATER Savannah indie-rock, 8 p.m. March 7, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. LONG MILES Philadelphia jam-band, 8 p.m. March 7, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $5, 342-2187. GREG BATES, JOE BACHMAN Country star, 8 p.m. March 7, Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Dr., Ste. 3, Southside, $5, 645-5571. MOUNT MORIAH, CHELSEA SADDLER North Carolina gospel-rock band and local songbird, 8 p.m. March 7, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. BEEBS & HER MONEYMAKERS, FUSEBOX FUNK Funky Orlando band, 9 p.m. March 7, Original Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, $10, 460-9311. THE CANDY HEARTS, ALLISON WEISS, PENTIMENTO Indie rock, 8 p.m. March 7, Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, $10, 798-8222. DREW NELSON Traditional roots-rock, 8 p.m. March 7, European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 399-1740. CHRISTOPHER MARTIN Jamaican hip-hop artist, 8 p.m. March 7, Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $30-$80, 223-9850. BEEBS & HER MONEYMAKERS, FUSEBOX FUNK High-energy Orlando band, 9 p.m. March 7, Original Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, $10, 460-9311. THE CANDY HEARTS, ALLISON WEISS, PENTIMENTO New York pop-punk band, March 7, Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, 798-8222. STELLAR KART, ABANDON, 7EVENTH TIME DOWN Christian pop-punk, 8 p.m. March 8, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $8-$10, 388-7807. SISTER HAZEL Upbeat alternative rock band from Gainesville, 8 p.m. March 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $27.50, 209-0399. THE CONSTELLATIONS, DAVID LANE BAND, TOMMY HARRISON GROUP, DIRTY AUTOMATIC Blues-rock, 8 p.m. March 8, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. J DASH, EVOL Jacksonville hip hop artist famous for “WOP,” 9 p.m. March 8, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $6-$10, 342-2187. REBECCA DAY Country-pop singer-songwriter, March 8, Seven Bridges Brewery, 9735 Gate Parkway N., Southside, 997-1999. ADULT CRASH, PLUSH MONSTERS, THE SWEETEST PUNCH Indie bands, 8 p.m. March 8, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. PLIES Hip hop, 9 p.m. March 8, Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $25, 223-9850. SOMETHING DISTANT Popular local band, 8:30 p.m. March 8, Fionn MacCool's, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 353-1188. SLIPPERY WHEN WET Bon Jovi tribute band, 8 p.m. March 8, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473. FREDDY’S FINEST R&B band, 9 p.m. March 8 and 9, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, free, 277-8010. (HED)P.E. California rapcore, 7 p.m. March 9, Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $10-$30, 223-9850. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Bluemingrass 10:30 a.m., Donna Frost 11:45 a.m., John Longbottom 1:15 p.m., Pine Forest School of the Arts 2:45 p.m. March 9 at the market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. 1964 Beatles tribute, 8 p.m. March 9, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $33.50-$43.50, 355-2787. SECRET STATE, SUBTERRANEAN, HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE Indie-rock, 8 p.m. March 9, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $8, 246-2473. THE KOPECKY FAMILY, LEAGUES Nashville indie-rock band, 8 p.m. March 9, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067. EXTREMELY ROTTEN Jacksonville death-metal album release, 8 p.m. March 9, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. RICKOLUS, MASSEYVIBE Experimental indie rock, 8 p.m. March 9, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. MARTIN SEXTON, FIELD REPORT, SWEAR AND SHAKE, SUGAR & THE HI-LOWS, HENRY WAGONS Natural Life Music Festival, 11 a.m. March 10, Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Downtown, free.





The Beatles tribute band 1964 channels the work of the Fab Four, March 9 at The Florida Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Courtesy 1964 ROSCO CAINE, SCARKROW, OZONE BABY, LA GUNS Joey Sable Benefit, 3 p.m. March 10, Brewster's Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $10-$25, 223-9850. SPARKS THE RESCUE, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, JIMMY DEEGHAN, RIVAL SUMMERS, TIDEWATER Pop-rock, 5 p.m. March 10, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, $10, 388-7807. BLACK TAXI, THE HOWLING WIND, THE ROMMELS Experimental punk-rock, 8 p.m. March 10, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. BASSHOUSE 8 p.m. March 10, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. DOC MOCCASIN, DOWN THEORY, KOSTIC LAW, MANNA ZEN Rockville Rumble 2013, 7 p.m. March 11, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496.

KISHI BASHI, ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT, FOUR FAMILIES Violinist and indie rock, 8 p.m. March 12, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. ORGY, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE, DAVEY SUICIDE Metal band from Los Angeles, 7 p.m. March 12, Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $10-$20, 223-9850. ASG North Carolina rock band, 9 p.m. March 12, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $10-$12, 342-2187. VICES Hardcore band from Sydney, Australia, 8 p.m. March 12, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. GET THE LED OUT Led Zeppelin tribute, 8 p.m. March 13, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $29-$63. CHRIS TOMLIN Contemporary Christian artist, 7 p.m. March 13, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, $35-$45, 630-3900.

















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EFFEN, WAKE THE LIVING, NOCTURNAL STATE OF MIND, PRIDELESS Rockville Rumble 2013, 7 p.m. March 13, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $10, 398-7496. ECHO BASE, EUROPA, REVERIES, THINGUINS Indie rock, 8 p.m. March 13, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. WHETHERMAN, FJORD EXPLORER, SLICKWATER Folk and Americana, March 13, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown.


WIL MARING, ROBERT BOWLIN March 14, European St. San Marco PINBACK, JP INC. March 14, Freebird Live AARON CARTER, JENNI REID, PATREL, NIKKI FLOREZ March 14, Jack Rabbits YOUR 33 BLACK ANGELS, THE VELDT March 14, Burro Bar REBECCA DAY March 14, Mellow Mushroom Southside LISA LOEB, NINE STORIES March 15, The Florida Theatre JUAN SIDDI FLAMENCO THEATRE COMPANY March 15 & 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SOUL GRAVY March 15, Dog Star Tavern SLICKWATER March 15, Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach SUNSET CIRCUS CD RELEASE PARTY March 15, Mavericks at the Landing GENERAL TSO’S FURY, NIGHTSWIM, RUNNING RAMPANT March 15, Jack Rabbits FRANK HANNON, FASTER PUSSYCAT March 15, Brewster’s Roc Bar TAKE ONE CAR, RUSHOLME RUFFIANS March 15, Burro Bar THE FRITZ, LUCKY COSTELLO March 15, 1904 Music Hall CONVALESCE, ME & THE TRINITY, REFUGE, XHONORX, AFTER ME THE FLOOD, SKYBURNER March 15, Murray Hill Theatre PRIME TREES March 15, Freebird Live MIRANDA LAMBERT, DIERKS BENTLEY, LEE BRICE March 16, Veterans Memorial Arena LOOK RIGHT PENNY, MALAYA March 16, 1904 Music Hall THE HEAVY PETS, S.P.O.R.E. March 16, Freebird Live LARRY MANGUM March 16, European Street Southside RISING UP ANGRY March 16, Brewster’s Roc Bar YANKEE SLICKERS March 16, Dog Star Tavern AWOLNATION March 16, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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The Get Right Band, out of Asheville, mixes blues and dance party vibes March 11 at Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach. Photo: Rita Aguila MASTA KILLA March 17, Burro Bar MATCHBOX TWENTY March 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JOE BROOKS, CHELSEA SADDLER March 18, Jack Rabbits PERIPHERY March 18, The Standard SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, CONDITIONS, DANGER KIDS, LIONS LIONS March 18, Brewster’s Pit ADRENALINE MOB, NOTHING MORE March 18, Brewster’s Roc Bar STICK TO YOUR GUNS, ROTTING OUT March 18, Phoenix Taproom BACKWOODS PAYBACK, WHISKEY DICK March 18, Burro Bar OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA March 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PEACH KELLI POP March 19, Nobby’s

THE ROCKET SUMMER, SEVEN SPRINGS March 19, Murray Hill Theatre RADICAL SOMETHING March 19, Jack Rabbits CHELSEA GRIN, ATTILA, BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, BURIED IN VERONA, WITHIN THE RUINS March 19, Brewster’s Roc Bar HONOR SOCIETY March 20, Jack Rabbits AVOLXBLUE, STEREO TELESCOPE, ANDRE March 20, Underbelly RELIGIOUS GIRLS, OMEBI, KOASASA, GAME SHOW, BURNT HAIR, GLITTER PISS March 20, Burro Bar NATTY VIBES March 20, Freebird Live JAKE SHIMABUKURO March 20, The Florida Theatre CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!, HANDGUNS, STATE CHAMPS, CITY LIGHTS March 20, Brewster’s Roc Bar PIERCE THE VEIL, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, LETLIVE, ISSUES March 21, Brewster’s Megaplex KING OF PRUSSIA March 21, Burro Bar CARAVAN OF THIEVES March 21, Original Café Eleven AMERICA March 21, The Florida Theatre TWENTY ONE PILOTS, NEW POLITICS, FIVE KNIVES March 21, Jack Rabbits JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO March 21, European Street San Marco ZACH DEPUTY March 21, Dog Star Tavern ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN: GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS March 22, The Florida Theatre BILLY CURRINGTON March 22, Mavericks at the Landing JOHNNY MATHIS March 22, T-U Center WATSKY, DUMBFOUNDED March 22, Jack Rabbits HOUSE OF HEROES, THIS ARMISTICE, STEALING VANITY March 22, Murray Hill Theatre BANG TANGO, PSYCHOSTICK March 22, Brewster’s SENTROPOLIS March 22, Dog Star Tavern HEY OCEAN! March 22, Phoenix Taproom HAR-DI-HAR March 22, Burro Bar RUN DMT March 22, The Standard AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE: ALL STARS March 23, T-U Center THE WONDER YEARS, FIREWORKS, HOSTAGE CALM, MISSER March 23, Brewster’s Roc Bar THE FRITZ March 23, Dog Star Tavern BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE, CITY IN PERIL, SHALLOW ADDICTION March 23, Murray Hill Theatre CHUCK RAGAN, ROCKY VOTOLATO, JENNY OWEN YOUNGS March 23, Jack Rabbits TONY FURTADO March 24, Original Café Eleven EMPEROR X March 24, Burro Bar OTEP March 24, Brewster’s Megaplex MINUS THE BEAR, CIRCA SURVIVE March 25, Freebird Live ERIC CLAPTON, THE WALLFLOWERS March 26, Veterans Memorial Arena LOMA PRIETA, YTH MNSTRY, NISROCH, CAPTIVE BOLT, GOODTIME BOYS March 26, Burro Bar BOMBADIL, ANTIQUE ANIMALS March 27, Burro Bar INDIGO GIRLS, THE SHADOWBOXERS March 28, The Florida Theatre JERRY FELS & THE JERRY FELS March 28, Burro Bar LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS March 28, European Street Café San Marco PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, BRYNN MARIE March 29, The Florida Theatre JACKSONVEGAS, WILLIE RANDOLF March 29, Underbelly CARNIVORS AT GRACE March 29, Burro Bar KITTY PRYDE March 29, Jack Rabbits SLICKWATER March 29, Billy’s Boat House ADEMA, NERVER March 29, Brewster’s Roc Bar TRIBAL SEEDS, STICK FIGURE, THE MAAD T-RAY March 29, Freebird Live

Live Music REBECCA DAY CD RELEASE PARTY March 30, Seven Bridges Brewery JUSTIN ACOUSTIC REUNION March 30, European Street Southside DR. DAN MATRAZZO & THE LOOTERS March 30, Dog Star Tavern BAY STREET March 30, Mojo Kitchen BUBBA SPARXXX, HARD TARGET March 30, Brewster’s Roc Bar VAMPIRATES, SELF EMPLOYED, 1322 March 31, Burro Bar MAROON 5, NEON TREES, OWL CITY April 1, Veterans Memorial Arena JOSIAH LEMING, ONE LOVE, JENNI REID April 1, 1904 Music Hall THE STORY SO FAR, MAN OVERBOARD April 1, Brewster’s Roc Bar HAWK NELSON, THE WRECKING, HYLAND April 2, Murray Hill Theatre YES April 3, The Florida Theatre YO MOMMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND April 3, The Standard PIERCE PETTIS April 4, Original CafÊ Eleven RITA HOSKING April 4, European Street CafÊ San Marco THE PASSENGER, FOREIGN TRADE April 5, Burro Bar DEFUNK April 5, Dog Star Tavern LEE LESSACK April 5 & 6, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts TAMMERLIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT April 6, European Street CafÊ Southside MANAFEST, TRICIA BROCK, JE’KOB, DAVID DUNN April 6, Murray Hill Theatre SLICKWATER April 6, River City Brewing Co. CHICAGO April 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre EL TEN ELEVEN April 7, Original CafÊ Eleven FRAMING HANLEY April 7, Brewster’s Roc Bar THE YOUNG RAPIDS April 7, Burro Bar SUCH GOLD, REAL FRIENDS, MAJOR LEAGUE April 8, Phoenix Taproom THE VILE IMPURITY, BYLETH, THE NOCTAMBULANT, DENIED UNTIL DEATH April 8, Burro Bar HYMN FOR HER April 9, Original CafÊ Eleven SCHEMATIC, ASKER, RUSHOLME RUFFIANS, COIN April 10, Jack Rabbits HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, RADIOLUCENT, STACEY BENNET April 10, Burro Bar UMPHREY’S MCGEE, BREAK SCIENCE April 11, Freebird Live MATT MAHER, CHRIS AUGUST, BELLARIVE April 11, Murray Hill Theatre MURIEL ANDERSON April 11, European Street CafÊ San Marco FOREVER CAME CALLING, HEART TO HEART, TROUBLED COAST April 12, Phoenix Taproom CHATHAM COUNTY LINE April 12, Underbelly JASON MILLER April 12, Mavericks ALLEN COTE April 12, Burro Bar TAB BENOIT April 13, Mojo Kitchen PANSPERMIA, NISROCH, YAMA, WHISKEY DICK April 13, Burro Bar THE CAVE SINGERS April 13, Original CafÊ Eleven THIRD DAY, COLTON DIXON April 14, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BRAZOS THE RAT, HONEY CHAMBER, SHONI, BUNNY DULL April 14, Burro Bar WEIRD AL YANKOVIC April 16, The Florida Theatre THE LACS April 17, Original CafÊ Eleven DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE April 17, The Standard ONE SPARK KICKOFF PARTY: SLINGSHOT, FRAMEWORKS, WINTER WAVE April 17, Burro Bar WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL: ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, WIDESPREAD PANIC, TEDESCHI-TRUCKS BAND, GOV’T MULE, LEON RUSSELL, MACEO PARKER, DIRTY DOZEN

Grammy-nominated Christian rock musician Matt Maher takes the stage March 9 at Prime Osborn Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville. BRASS BAND April 18-20, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park TIM GRIMM April 18, European Street CafÊ San Marco DAVID BENOIT, BRIAN CULBERTSON April 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BIG FREEDIA April 19, Jack Rabbits ANDY GRAMMER, PARACHUTE April 19, Freebird Live THE O’JAYS April 20, The Florida Theatre CARRIE UNDERWOOD April 20, Veterans Memorial Arena MARY-LOU, TAMMERLIN April 20, European Street Southside FOURPLAY April 21, The Florida Theatre RED LAMB, DAN SPITZ April 21, Brewster’s Roc Bar


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CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Freddy’s Finest 9:30 p.m. March 8 & 9. Karl W. Davis Invitational 8 p.m. every Wed. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend HAMMERHEAD BEACH BAR, 2045 S. Fletcher Rd., 491-7783 Buck Smith and Jim Barcaro every Thur. MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Local bands play open mic, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Wes Cobb 9 p.m. every Wed. DJs every Fri. & Sat. Schnockered 9 p.m. every Sun. Buck Smith Project Band 9 p.m. every Tue.

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PLAE, 80 AMELIA CIRCLE, AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 DJ Roc 5 p.m. every Wed. Richard Smith every Fri. Live music Tue.-Sun.


AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTERS MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Trapt, Down Theory 7 p.m. March 6. Christopher Martin March 7. Plies March 8. (Hed)P.E. March 9. Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Davey Suicide March 12. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.


BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZi-Rok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Piano bar with various musicians 9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.


COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed.

Orgy, an L.A. alternative metal band, takes the stage with support from Vampires Everywhere and Davey Suicide, March 12 at Brewster’s Roc Bar in Arlington. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan, Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.


(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Fish Out of Water 5:30 p.m. March 7. 4Play 6 p.m. March 8. Upper Limit 5:30 p.m. March 9. Incognito noon March 10. Live music Wed.-Sun. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Ruby Beach 7:30 p.m. March 8. JK Wayne 6:30 p.m. March 10. Dublin City Ramblers 7 p.m. March 12. Karaoke with Hal 8 p.m. every Sat. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Bread & Butter March 7. Live music every Thur. EVA’S GRILL & BAR, 610 S. Third St., 372-9484 Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Songwriters every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb Thur. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute) March 8. Secret State March 9. Pinback, JP Inc. March 14 Live music every weekend GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Pam Affronti March 8. DiCarlo Thompson March 9. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Mark O’Quinn March 6. D-Lo Thompson March 7. Aaron Kyle March 8. Evan Michael March 9. John Austill March 13. Live music every Wed.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Live music every Thur.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Gootch March 8 & 9. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Sun. Mikee Magners & Dirty Pete every Mon. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Dirty Pete March 6. Ginormous March 7. Wes Cobb March 8. Corbitt Brothers March 9. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Kim Reteguiz and The Black Cat Bones 10 p.m. March 8 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams Karaoke 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Reggae on the deck every Thur. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Billy Bowers 7:30 p.m. March 8. Live music Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Katie Fair every Wed. Javier Perez every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat.

POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers 7 p.m. March 6. Live music every Thur.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Open mic with Cody Nixx March 6. Chad & Sarah March 8. Billy Buchanan March 9


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Whetherman, Fjord Explorer, Slickwater March 13. Open mic every Tue. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 The Nervous Ticks, The Mold, Small Houses, Pseudo Kids March 6. Cusses, Cloudeater March 7. Adult Crash, Plush Monsters, March 8. Extremely Rotten Album Release March 9. Black Taxi, The Howling Wind, The Rommels March 10. Vices March 12. Echo Base, Europa, Reveries, Thinguins March 13. Your 33 Black Angels, The Veldt March 14. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m., Something Distant 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. March 8. AA Duo 8 p.m.-mid. March 9. Live music Fri. & Sat. JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Trop Rock Music Weekend: John Friday 5-7 p.m., Tropical Soul 8-11 p.m. March 8. George Aspinall Band noon-4 p.m., John Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves 7 p.m.-mid. March 9 KALA, 331 E. Bay St., 356-6455 DJs Miguel Alvarez & Robert Goodman March 8. DJ Robert Goodman every Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house, gospel, deep, acid, hip, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 The Candy Hearts, Allison Weiss, Pentimento March 7 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Joshua Worden, Modern Rivals, Grammar Tree, Universal Green March 8. The Kopecky Family, Leagues March 9. Old Time Jam 7 p.m. every Tue. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Ritual ReUnion Thur. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 The Whey March 8. Jay Decosta March 9. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145, 278-9421 Kevin the Human Jukebox 9 p.m. March 8 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Live music 9:30 p.m. March 8 & 9. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m. every Sun.


BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford 6:30 p.m. every Sat. & Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Upper Limit March 8. Bold City Band March 9. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Top 40 music every Mon. & Tue. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri. & Sat. SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402 Live guitar music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. & Sat.


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR, 9743 Old St. Augustine, 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave every Wed. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7-9 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. RACK EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030 Live music, DJs, Karaoke and open mic


BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. LIVE BAR & LOUNGE, 2223 C.R. 220, 290-1733 Open mic with Ernie & Debi Evans 7 p.m. every Tue. POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA, 2134 Park Ave., 264-6116 Jose LeBron 7:30 p.m. March 8. W. Harvey Williams 7:30 p.m. March 9 THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Midnight Shift March 9. Albert Castiglia March 16. Country music every Fri. Acoustic Circle 2 p.m. every Sat. Blues jam 5 p.m. every Sun.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Southpaw March 6. Ron Rodriguez March 7. Doug McRae March 8. Kevin Ski March 9. Jr. Fites March 13. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. March 9. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly 6-10 p.m. every Mon., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun. SUN DOG BREWING CO., 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852 Live music every Wed.-Sat.


HAPPY HOURS, 952 Lane Ave. N., 683-0065 Karaoke 4 p.m. every Sun. HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Live music every Taproom Tunesday

KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., DJs Wes Reed and Josh Kemp spin for PBR Party every Thur. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM Piano Bar, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins 10 p.m. Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 388-7807 A Past Unknown, With Life in Mind, To the Wind, This Winter 7 p.m. March 6. Stellar Kart, Abandon, 7eventh Time Down March 8. Sparks the Rescue, Rookie of the Year, Jimmy Deeghan, Rival Summers, Tidewater March 10 RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Billy Buchanan March 7. The Committee March 8 & 9. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Chance Gardner 8:30 p.m. March 6. Open mic with Smokin’ Joe 7 p.m. every Tue. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Vinny Jacobs 2 p.m. March 10 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6-10 p.m. March 13. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco, 823-8806 Open jam nite, house band every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Deaux Oh 9 p.m. March 8 & 9. Colton McKenna 1 p.m. March 10. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Sam Pacetti 9 p.m. every Mon. Vinny Jacobs 9 p.m. every Tue. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic 10 p.m. March 8. Humanzee 10 p.m. March 9 PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar 3-6 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Chase Rideman 9 p.m. March 6 & 13. Humanzee 9 p.m. March 7. Kaylee Rose 4 p.m., Chillula 9 p.m. March 8. Gentlemen of the Groove 9 p.m. March 9. Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. March 12. Karaoke 9 p.m. every Mon. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Current Swell, Will Erickson 8 p.m. March 6. Long Miles March 7. J Dash, Evol March 8. ASG March 12. Country every Thur. Reggae every Sun. Indie, dance, electro every Tue. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Live music every Fri. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Sat. Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva, Chad Alger 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys 8:30 p.m. March 8; 9 p.m. March 9. Mark Hart every Mon.Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick 5 p.m. every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas Band 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 Beebs & Her Moneymakers, Fusebox Funk March 7


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Live music every Tue.-Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Charlie Walker March 7. The Barefoot Movement March 8. Paul Haftel March 9. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur., 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Greg Bates, Joe Bachman 7 p.m. March 7. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Bobby Scott March 8. Schnockered March 9


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ Manus spins top 40, dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Drew Nelson March 7. Jazz 8 p.m. every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Mount Moriah, Chelsea Saddler March 7. The Constellations, David Lane Band, Tommy Harrison Group, Dirty Automatic March 8. Rickolus March 9. Rockville Rumble: Doc Moccasin March 11. Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Four Families March 12. Rockville Rumble 2013: Effen, Wake The Living, Nocturnal State Of Mind, Prideless March 13. Aaron Carter, Jenni Reid, Patrel, Nikki Florez March 14 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance 9 p.m. every Are Friends Electric Wed. DJ Hal spins Karaoke every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake every other Fri. DJs Rogue & Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.


BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes every Tue., George every Thur. Live music every Fri. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Clayton Bush March 6. Bryan Ripper March 7. Brenna Vick March 8. Jimmy Solari March 9. Aaron Kyle March 13. Live music every Thur.-Sat. TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Court, 854-0426 A DJ spins 8:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. YAMAS HOOKAH, 9753-B Deer Lake Court, 389-2077 Live music 8:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur.


SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin, Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Al Poindexter for open mic 7 p.m. March 7 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. TUCKERS HWY. 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Live music every Fri. & Sat. 

33 Black Angels – Dan Rosato (from left), Jon Reeve, Josh Westfal, Steve Sunshine, Adam Gerard, Grant Anderson – appear March 14 at Burro Bar in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Benji Kast

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“The Bull” (top left), “Bull in the Arena” (bottom left) and “Bull’s Head, Turned to the Right” are among the 39 pieces by Pablo Picasso in “Picasso Art & Arena.” Photos: Image property of 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso, Artists Rights Society, New York

Picasso in the Ring

Ceramics and illustrations focus on legendary Spanish artist’s bullfighting obsession PICASSO ART & ARENA 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 11 Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for ages 7-12 825-1000,


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ablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso, once said, “When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” Arrogant? Maybe — but Picasso earned a plethora of bragging rights as one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century. A painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist who spent most of his adult life in France, Picasso’s signature work is a combination of cubism and surrealism — figures and forms with twisted, off-kilter facial features. On Feb. 1, as a signature event of the city of St. Augustine’s 450th commemoration, “Picasso Art & Arena” opened at the Visitor Information Center on West Castillo Drive. The exhibit features 39 pieces, including ceramics, graphic art and illustrated books created by Picasso between 1929 and 1961. The show focuses on Picasso’s obsession with bullfighting. “[Picasso] is arguably the greatest Spanish painter ever,” said Dana Ste. Claire, director of St. Augustine’s 450th Commemoration. “We brought this collection to the city to help infuse more Spanish culture and elevate the awareness of St. Augustine. There’s also an economic impact variable.” The St. Augustine Record reported that the city spent up to $150,000 in an exhibit fee to Fundación Picasso, Museo Casa Natal of Málaga, Spain, the museum that owns the artwork, in addition to marketing and security costs. City officials hope to recoup the money through ticket sales, merchandising and

private rentals. “The pieces are borrowed, but the exhibit is ours,” Ste. Claire said. “We’ve created an immersive exhibit symbolizing a bullring, with pocket galleries to show one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting.” The signature series on display comprises 11 lithographs by Picasso from December 1945 to January 1946. “It presents a simplification of a bull’s profile, beginning with a realistic and traditional representation of the animal and gradually reducing the elements to a simplified form,” according to exhibit press materials. “The sequence demonstrates his innovative

to have as many people as possible view the Spanish masterpieces. “We offer self-guided and docent-led tours in a bilingual format,” Alvarez said. “This has been a great opportunity for Spanish classes and other students to learn about Spanish art in a Spanish manner.” As of Feb. 14, more than 3,500 people had seen “Picasso Art & Arena.” The exhibition, which is curriculum-related, is free to all students in St. Johns County schools, kindergarten through college. Teachers who want to take their classes to see the work are given a resource guide with

“[Picasso] is arguably the greatest Spanish painter ever, we brought this collection to the city to help infuse more Spanish culture and elevate the awareness of St. Augustine. There’s also an economic impact variable,” Dana Ste. Claire said. process and variety of creative options of working with one subject.” “Picasso started these right after World War II,” exhibit chief curator Maria D’Adamo said. “All of the pieces [in the lithograph series] came from the same stone and they demonstrate his contribution to technique.” The artist spent decades experimenting with brush-scraping, crayon, dry point, etching, engraving, lithography, linocut and wash-drawing. In addition to engravings, Picasso expressed his fascination for bulls through illustrated books. For example, the illustrations he created for French novelist Honoré de Balzac’s book, “Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu,” are also on display at the Visitor’s Center. What’s impressive about this collection, whether you’re a fan of Picasso’s work or not, is that it’s the first time these pieces have been shown in America. It’s the aim of Ste. Claire, D’Adamo and associate curator Nikole Alvarez

activities for the students to do before and after visiting the exhibit. A companion exhibit, “Hanging with Picasso,” features select works of St. Johns County students. Some community critics have said that the exhibition’s cost to taxpayers isn’t justified. Others have commented that the city has more British or Native American history than Spanish. The city responded by explaining the link between St. Augustine history and the Spanish cultural and artistic traditions that were introduced to Florida by Juan Ponce de León in 1513 and to St. Augustine by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. Whatever your take on the politics, take advantage of this chance to see 39 pieces of art, all touched by the hand of the Spanish master, being displayed in the United States for the first time — maybe even once in a lifetime.  Kara Pound


Screwtape, played by Brent Harris for the shows staged locally, tempts his “patient” down the “soft, gentle path to hell.” Photo: Scott Suchman

Devil’s Work

‘Screwtape’ creator says production proves entertaining regardless of audience’s religious background THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS 4 and 8 p.m. March 9 The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown Tickets: $39-$59 630-3900,


n a morally inverted world, where God is the “enemy” and Satan is “Our Father below,” the devil’s psychiatrist, Screwtape, tempts souls into spending an eternity in hell. In 2005, Max McLean adapted C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” for the stage, and it ran for six months in Chicago before playing 309 performances at New York City’s Westside Theatre in 2010. The production received positive reviews from The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe, which called the show: “A none-to-subtle allegory on behalf of Christianity … loaded with clever commentary on human foibles.” McLean has taken the show on tour, starting in January in Los Angeles and scheduled to hit more than 50 cities nationwide. “Screwtape” is performed here with back-to-back shows at the TimesUnion Center for Performing Arts on March 9. McLean was born in Panama City, Panama, moving with his family to New York when he was 4. McLean’s theater career began in 1975 in college, where he attended drama school in London. He returned to New York for regional theater and one-person shows in the ’80s and ’90s. McLean is founder and president of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts (FPA), whose mission is to produce theater from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. Previously, the FPA produced a theatrical adaptation of the Gospel of Mark that won the Jeff Award, Chicago theaters’ highest honor. It also adapted the Book of Genesis into a play that ran for months off-Broadway and toured the country. McLean has a few other productions in the works: an adaptation of Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” and the story of Lewis’ spiritual journey from atheist to devout Christian. “I was a fan of Lewis, now kind of on the verge of idolatry. Actually, I think Lewis is one of the authors who make our mission relatively easy,” McLean said. “He spends more time than almost any other writer, certainly of the last century, peeling back the material curtain and having the audacity and the imagination to give us a glimpse of what he thinks the supernatural world might look like.” McLean attributes the success of “The Screwtape Letters” in part to the subject matter of the devil. When most people picture Satan, McLean says, they see either a caricature, complete with pitchfork, horns and tail, or a

demonic being reminiscent of images from “The Exorcist.” Lewis wrote him as a smart, subtle and patient man who understands the inner workings of human nature. “In the play, he’s quite likable, and he’s very good at his job,” McLean said. Screwtape, the demonic psychiatrist, mesmerizes the audience as he lures his unsuspecting “patient” down the “soft, gentle path to hell.” At his feet is Screwtape’s assistant, Toadpipe, a grotesque demon who transforms her elastic body into the paragons of vices and characters Screwtape requires to keep his patient away from the “enemy.” McLean originated the role of this production’s Screwtape, but the character has been portrayed by a handful of actors over the years. Brent Harris plays the demonic psychiatrist in the Jacksonville performance, fresh off his role as Scar in the production “The Lion King.” Aside from making the character of Screwtape charming, confident and relaxed so that he’s believable, the most challenging part of adapting the play from the book was the density of ideas. “When you’re reading the book, you can kind of take your time and figure it out, but on stage they come pretty fast and furious,” McLean said. “So we had to edit in a way that maintains Lewis’ style of writing, but thin it out a little bit so the audience could get it more quickly.” Adding drama to scripture allows the audience to better understand and glean more from theological literature. Scripture has imaginative power that McLean said translates well to the stage. “The show is really hard to get to the bottom of, in the sense that the constellation of ideas that it projects and communicates is deep. It’s been the most challenging role that I’ve ever played. The reason that we’re still playing it is not that we’re pushing the issue; it still finds an audience wherever it goes,” McLean said. According to McLean, the show is just as entertaining to those who come from different religious backgrounds as to viewers with no religious background at all. He argues that human nature stays the same regardless of place, culture or belief system. The humor in the play comes from Lewis’ ability to hold a mirror up to the audience, which makes people more self-aware. It can be uncomfortable, however. “We tend to let ourselves off the hook pretty easily,” McLean said. “This production makes you look at yourself objectively. I think that’s a profound thing.”  Nick Garnett MARCH 6-12, 2013 | | 29


World-class jazz saxophonist Chris Potter holds a free master class March 8 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall in Arlington, then performs with Mica Bethea Big Band March 9 at the Times-Union Center in Downtown Jacksonville.


DRIVING MISS DAISY The drama, starring Michael Learned of “The Waltons” and Lance Nichols of HBO’s “Treme,” is staged for evening and matinee performances through March 28 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$59. 641-1212. STAND-UP COMEDY & SPOKEN WORD Comedic and poetic duo CoMeTry (Iggy Mwela and Chad Songy) performs 6:30 p.m. March 6 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Rd., Rm. E235, Northside. Free. RSVP: 766-6785. THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT The story is based on the 1911 New York City fire that raged at Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killing 146 workers – mostly women – who couldn’t escape. The play, presented in partnership with the nonprofit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, is staged 8 p.m. March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2 p.m. March 10 and 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 14 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. $25. 396-4425. THE RAINMAKER The play, written by N. Richard Nash and set in Depressionera American, is staged 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, 12, 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30 at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $25. 825-1164. MOON OVER BUFFALO Orange Park Community Theatre presents the comedy March 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24 at the theatre, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. $15. 276-2599. CREATIVE INTUITIONS JacksonVegas performs at 6 p.m., Braided Light Dance Project presents a modern dance program 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King St., Riverside. Live music, an open dance floor and a silent auction are featured. $20. 351-6683. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS A funny adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel is staged 4 and 8 p.m. March 9 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $39-$59. 630-3900. BROADWAY OUR WAY The Amelia Community Theatre Guild stages the musical revue with more than 40 singers performing favorites from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Chess” and “Les Miserables,” 8 p.m. March 14-16 and 21-23 at ACT’s Studio 209 Theatre, 209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. $15. 261-6749. BIG. BOLD. DANCE! The FSCJ Dance Faculty, guest dancers and one selected student performer present danceWORKS’ 16th annual Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m. March 15 and 16, at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. $10. 646-2222. PHANTOM Dance Alive National Ballet performs “Phantom,” based on the novel “Phantom of the Opera,” 2 p.m. March 24 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Tickets: $30. 797-2800.


AUDITIONS AT ABET Auditions for “A Streetcar Named Desire” are held 7 p.m. March 6 at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 715 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Roles are for six men, five women. 249-7177. MICHAEL AURBACH LECTURE Vanderbilt University professor of sculpture Aurbach discusses his work, much of which is commentary on death, satire, social issues and white-collar fraud, 7 p.m. March 7 at Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s theater, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, in conjunction with his show for Barbara Devereux Visiting Artist exhibit at MOCA’s UNF Gallery. 366-6911.

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EXCURSIONS INTO THE WILD Artist and environmentalist Jim Draper leads an exploration into natural habitats, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 at Willie Brown Trail, 13165 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Fort Caroline. Ages 13 and older. Bring a lunch. $115. 355-0630. ROWITA AWARDS CEREMONY St. Johns Cultural Council holds the fifth annual Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA awards ceremony, 6 p.m. March 10 in Limelight Theatre’s Black Box, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 825-1164. GARDENING WITHIN THE NATURAL ORDER Local artist Jim Draper and Cummer Director Hope McMath discuss being a participant rather than a possessor while tending a garden, 7 p.m. March 12 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Free. 899-6038. ART FUNDAMENTALS Glendia Cooper offers clay hand building classes involving coil and slab work to ages 13 and older 5:30-8 p.m. March 12 and 19 in Cummer Museum’s Green Studio, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $110 for members, $125 for non-members; $55 for active docents. 356-6857. BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR STORY Bosom Buddies and Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks present a breast cancer survivor story 11 a.m. March 13 at FSCJ North Campus, Room E235, 4501 Capper Road, Northside. Mature audiences. Free. RSVP: 766-6785. ART ON THE GREEN The Jacksonville Artists Guild displays original art, jewelry, photography, clay and mixed media works 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16 on the grounds of St. Marks Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave., Ortega. Ronan School of Music students perform; food trucks are onsite. 388-2681. ORANGE PARK CALL TO ARTISTS Artists interested in exhibiting their work at “Art & About: A Neighborhood Art & Music Event” held 10 a.m. April 6 at Orange Park Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park, must apply before March 23. 215-8329. EXCURSIONS INTO THE WILD Artist and environmentalist Jim Draper wraps up a series of explorations into natural habitats 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 23 at Julington/Durbin Creek Preserve. Ages 13 and older. Bring a lunch. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres follow at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. $140. 355-0630. DISCOVERING THE LAYERS Artist Jim Draper leads a gallery discussion related to his exhibit, “Feast of Flowers,” 1 p.m. March 24 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave. Reservations required. 899-6038. EARTH DAY POSTER CONTEST Duval County students from kindergarteners to high school seniors may submit entries for an Earth Day poster contest with the theme “Shades of Green.” Submissions are due 5 p.m. April 1 at the Environmental Protection Board, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown. 255-7213. GREEN ART POSTER CONTEST Concert on the Green is calling all student artists for this year’s poster contest. The deadline for submissions is March 1. No entry fee. Apply online at CALL TO ARTISTS Artists may submit their impressions of St. Augustine in this community-based art project, until April 15. Registration is $10, which includes the canvas. PONTE VEDRA ART CLASSES The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers workshops in watercolor, acrylic and oils, for artists of all skill levels, with most class series running through early March. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614 ext. 204. THEATER WORKSHOP Orange Park Community Theatre offers a spring theater workshop for students in grades 2-8. Classes are held 4:306:30 p.m. every Mon.-Thur. through April 21 at 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and

dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Fees vary. 322-7672. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES Energetic art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, at a fee of $20 per class or $100 for six weeks. 568-2146. ART THERAPY CLASSES Art classes are held 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown. $30 includes supplies. 586-2088, email MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. BELLY DANCING Belly Dance with Margarita is offered 4 p.m. every Thur. and 10:30 a.m. every Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. 721-3399. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles of dance, for all ages and skill levels, every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside. 527-8694. K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672. JAX CONTRA DANCE A live band and caller lead folk dancing, at 8 and 11 p.m. every third Fri. of the month at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $7. 396-1997. ST. AUGUSTINE CHORUS AUDITIONS Auditions for singers for “On Broadway! Act II” are held 6:50-9 p.m. every Tue. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. Music distributed during the first few weeks of rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Membership fee: $25. 808-1904. STETSON UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR As part of its 2013 Spring Tour, the concert choir performs 7:30 p.m. March 8 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 E. Church St., Downtown. 356-5507.


ART WALK CONCERT Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students perform 7 p.m. March 6 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Free. 630-2665. MASTER CLASS WITH CHRIS POTTER Jazz saxophonist Potter offers a master class 3 p.m. March 8 at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington. Free. 256-7457. GARDEN CONCERT The Noel Freidline Quintet plays 7 p.m. March 8 at the Cummer Museum, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $25. ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA’S WINTER CONCERT The St. Augustine Orchestra and the Ancient City Brass Band perform dueling brasses 8 p.m. March 8 at Lightner Museum’s Courtyard, 75 King St., St. Augustine; $15. An encore performance is held 3 p.m. March 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra; $10. 699-0194. TANGO QUARTET The Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet appears 7:30 p.m. March 8 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 Fifth St. N., Jax Beach. Free. 545-6085. JAZZ AT THE TIMES-UNION CENTER World-class saxophonist Chris Potter performs in concert with Mica Bethea Big Band 7 p.m. March 9 at the Times-Union Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $20. 633-6110. LISA KELLY JAZZ COLLECTIVE The jazz group performs 8 p.m.-midnight March 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Cobalt Lounge, Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine. 810-6810. ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY CHORUS The chorus performs selections from Broadway musicals of the ’50s, 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 10 at St. Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. Adults: $20-$25. TIERNEY SUTTON BAND Riverside Fine Arts Series presents Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton Band 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Downtown. 389-6222.

DOVER STRING QUARTET The quartet performs 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. ORANGE PARK CHORALE Community musicians perform 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 245 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, and 3 p.m. March 17, Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park St., Riverside. 273-4279. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Calendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside. 388-9551. JAZZ IN MANDARIN Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 262-0006. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Road, Arlington. 743-3848. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE The House Cats play 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Sat. at Stogies Club and Listening Room, 36 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine. 826-4008. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 240-1009.


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FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and For questions, please call your advertising representative at businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held March 6 and the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. For IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 FAX YOUR PROOF an events map, go to MID-WEEK MARKET PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Arts and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. March 6 and every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 8 and every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. 353-1188. FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE The market offers fresh baked goods, organic vegetables and jellies, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9 and every Sat. at North Seventh Street, Fernandina Beach. 557-8229. AMELIA FARMERS MARKET Farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9 and every Sat. at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. March 9 and every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386. NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. March 21 and every third Thur. of the month, at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222. ARTBREAKERS FEST Derek St. Holmes, the original lead vocalist of the Ted Nugent Band, performs at the fourth annual Artbreakers Music & Art Festival, a benefit for the nonprofit Artbreakers, which supports St. Johns County cancer patients. A silent auction and a Back to the ’70s costume contest are featured. 5:3010 p.m. March 23 at The Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets: $10. 599-2551. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held April 5 and the first Fri. of every month, with more than 15 galleries participating. 829-0065.

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AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. “Freedom Comes to Fernandina,” a black history exhibit running through March, highlights the achievements of AfricanAmericans. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor. CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

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Diane Bradley (pictured), Debbie McDade, Patti Rang, Mary Siess and Wendy Tatter are the honorees at the fifth annual Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA awards ceremony March 10 in Limelight Theatre’s Black Box, in St. Augustine.

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CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857. “Feast of Flowers,” Jim Draper’s new series, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, continues through April 7. “Cultural Fusion,” an exhibit of archival material about two vital community leaders, Eartha White and Ninah Cummer, continues through April 14. The exhibit “200 Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs” continues through April 27. “La Florida” presents native and Spanish colonial artifacts, celebrating 500 years of Florida art. The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY “Pulp Fiction,” an exhibit of work by paper artists Denise Bookwalter, Charles Clary and Lauren Clay, is on display through March 13. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992. “Nursery Rhymes,” an exhibit of original illustrations and manuscripts of classic nursery rhymes, is on display through April 28. “Divergence!” – an exhibit featuring the works of local artists David Engdahl and Barbara Holmes Fryefield – has an opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 8. The exhibit is displayed through April 26. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784. Exhibits regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display, as well as work by Mandarin artists. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911. Ian Bogost’s Project Atrium installation continues through March 10. “Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film” continues through April 7. “First Coast Portfolio: A Juried Art Educators Exhibition” features art by local educators on the First Coast through March 31. Sculptor Michael Aurbach, a Vanderbilt professor, is the featured artist at the fourth annual Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Exhibition, lecture and workshop, through April 28 at MOCA’s UNF Gallery of Art. The exhibit is held concurrently at UNF and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674. The exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” – a traveling exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association – tells the story of race through the frameworks of science, history and contemporary experiences. The exhibit is displayed through April 28. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555. “Through Our Eyes” celebrates 20 years of African-American art with the exhibit “20/20 Perfect Vision,” featuring works of 20 artists, through June 30.


AMIRO ART & FOUND GALLERY 9c Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460. “Boho Blvd, Bohemian Inspirations with a Twist” is on display in March. Lori Hammer takes vintage materials and gives them new life as jewelry, belts and accessories. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757. “Through the Lens,” a juried exhibit of photography, opens with a reception held 5-7 p.m. March 7 and is on display through April 18. ART INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE GALLERY 8775 Baypine Road, Southside, 486-3000. A reception for “What Those Who Teach Can Do,” the second annual Art

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Educators’ Appreciation Show, is held 5-7 p.m. March 7. The exhibit is on display through April. CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside. “Cut-Paint-Draw,” an exhibit featuring cut paper by Hiromi Moneyhun and Sharla Valeski’s acrylic paintings, is paired with mixed media drawings by Bruce Musser. The opening reception is held 6-10 p.m. March 9. The exhibition is displayed through March 31. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Riverside, 388-8205. Permanent works on display feature artists Kevin Beilfuss, Eileen Corse, Miro Sinovcic, Maggie Siner, Alice Williams and Luana Luconi Winner. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. “Cultural Center Curatorial Committee Exhibition,” featuring works by David Engdahl, Sydney McKenna and Jan Miller, is on display through April 6. “Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts” runs through March 22. CYPRESS VILLAGE ART LEAGUE 4600 Middleton Park Circle, Southside, 223-6100. The exhibit “WOW,” featuring paintings by Atlanta’s Linda Copeland, continues through April 11. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. “Iconic Palms” is a photography exhibit, featuring Florida palm trees, by local photographer Melinda Bradshaw, on display through April 8. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. “Manifest: Select Photographs” is on display through March. The featured photographers are Bobby Davidson, Jessica Yatrofsky, Chang Kyun Kim, Allen Frame and Emma Wilcox. The exhibit ranges in process and production while exemplifying the clarity of digital shooting and printing. GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. “Local Exposure,” an exhibit of photography by local amateurs and professionals, continues through March 10. GALLERY 1037 Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161. Judith Patterson, Moises Ramos, Arlene Tabor and Emine Zander’s work is featured for March and April. THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO 8780 Perimeter Park Ct., Ste. 100, Southside, 642-6677. The gallery features painting, art glass, photography, wood crafts, pottery and sculpture. GEORGIA NICK GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348. The artist-owned studio displays Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local work by oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. HIGHWAY GALLERY Architect and artist Cameron McNall’s work is featured through March on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. McNall’s exhibit, “Sale: A Campaign to Sell Itself, Which is Nothing,” is on display in the citywide campaign – a collaboration among Harbinger, Florida Mining Gallery, Clear Channel Outdoor and Clearly Jacksonville. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The IAA members’ show “Colorful Island” opens with a reception held 5-8 p.m. March 9, and runs through March. J. JOHNSON GALLERY 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 435-3200. Javier Marín’s sculpture, classical and contemporary with a blend of Western Europe, Asia, pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican and modern Mexican civilization influences, is exhibited through April 26. JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Lois Greenfield’s work is on display through April 6.

Arts LEE ADAMS FLORIDA ARTISTS GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Ellen Diamond’s work is on display through April 6. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed yearround in the main lobby. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative processes, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. PLANTATION ARTISTS GUILD & GALLERY Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 94 Village Circle, Amelia Island, 310-6106. “March into Spring” continues through March 9. PLUM GALLERY 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. The exhibit “Plum Jam(med)” by assemblage artist Barbara J. Cornett, gourd artist Mindy Hawkins, glassblower Thomas Long, nontraditional painter Deedra Ludwig, figurative artist Sara Pedigo and photographer Theresa Segal, continues through March 31. REMBRANDTZ GALLERY 131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065. The award-winning art gallery displays Murjani Grace jewelry, original art, glass and pottery. Open late for First Fridays. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330. A reception for Paul Massing is held 5-8 p.m. March 9, featuring the expressionist artist’s pieces rich in color and vibrant in energy. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361. The gallery features a variety of works by 29 local artists in various media. Belton S. Wall’s exhibit “Hearts” runs through March 6 in the One Show Room. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “Negro Y Blanco,” an exhibit of new work in black-and-white by Anthony Ausgang, is displayed through March 29. ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR CENTER 10 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 825-1000. ”Picasso Art & Arena,” an exhibit showcasing 39 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work from the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal in

Málaga, Spain, is on display through May 11. “Hanging with Picasso” features select works of St. Johns County students hanging alongside Picasso’s work through May 11. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 561-2146. The gallery’s permanent collection features works by members Jim Smith, Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain and Mark Zimmerman. The collages of Louise Freshman Brown are on display through March. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. TAPA THAT 820 Lomax St., Riverside, 383-5650. “Local Artists Presents: An Artful Evening,” featuring original artwork presented in a multimedia format, is held 6-10 p.m. March 10. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY OF ART 1 UNF Dr., Bldg. 2, Rm. 1001, Southside, 620-2534. Michael Aurbach is the featured artist for the fourth annual Barbara Ritz Devereux Visiting Artist exhibit, through April 29. The exhibit is held concurrently at UNF and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. VILLAGE ARTS FRAMING & GALLERY 1520 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-4925. “Stepping Out” features oil paintings by Laurel Dagnillo at a reception, held 4-6:30 p.m. March 21. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 819 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. Works by local artists Henry Von Genk III, John Tassey, Dante De Florio, Sergei Orgunov, Millie Martin and Shawn Meharg are displayed. 233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 217-7470. “Human Follies” is an exhibit featuring the work of Peter A. Cerreta. Cerreta’s charity event is held 6:30-8 p.m. March 27; proceeds benefit Community Hospice of Northeast Florida’s Bailey Family Center for Caring. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email The deadline is 4 p.m. Tue., eight days before publication.

“Iconic Palms,” a photography exhibit of Florida palm trees by Northeast Florida resident Melinda Bradshaw, is on display through April 8 at First Street Gallery in Neptune Beach.

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Standup comedian Neil Hamburger, aka Gregg Turkington, tries to prove he’s America’s funnyman March 10 at Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points.


SHERIFF’S ROAST The fourth annual roast is held 5:45 p.m. March 7 at Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Northbank. A reception, dinner and a silent auction are featured. Proceeds benefit programs of the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville Inc. Wally Lee, Jax Chamber president, is the honoree. Tickets are $125; $75 for ages 35 and younger. 854-6555 ext. 214. GUMBO COOK-OFF & FEST PHiNS Parrot Heads Club holds its eighth annual event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville. Raffles and voting for gumbo are featured. Bands include John Friday 5-7 p.m., Tropical Soul 8-11 p.m. March 8; George Aspinall Band noon-4 p.m., John Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves 7 p.m.-mid. March 9. Unlimited Gumbo servings for $10 each. Proceeds benefit Gleaners Dispatch, an organization that gathers fresh food and distributes it to those in need. FREE ORCHID SHOW Flower displays, a raffle, a door prize and exhibits are featured at “What’s New in Orchids?” held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 and 10 at The Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave., Riverside. VFW WOMENS’ CELEBRATION A free “Celebration of Service for Women Veterans” is held 3 p.m. March 9 at VFW Post 1689, 3409 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin. Amber Putnam, VFW Department of Florida Surgeon, is the featured speaker. RSVP: 525-6734. JAX TALENT Locals compete for cash prizes at two rounds of auditions held 10 a.m., check-in at 9:30 a.m., March 9 at The Florida TimesUnion building, 1 Riverside Ave., Downtown. GATE RIVER RUN The 36th annual Gate River Run, which is the U.S. 15K national championship, kicks off at 8:24 a.m. March 9 with the top 25 seeded women’s 15K, followed by the open 15K at 8:30 a.m., along with the 5K for Charity, starting on Gator Bowl Boulevard between EverBank Field and Metropolitan Park. The celebration starts 9:15 a.m., featuring food, drink, beer and live music by The Rick Arcusa Band and The Legal Limit Horn Section. The 1-mile Junior River Run is 11 a.m. on Duval Street. A Diaper Dash is held 11 a.m. left of the stage area at Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Entry fees start at $45 for the 15K, $35 for the 5K and free for the Junior Run and Diaper Dash. No day of race registration. Proceeds benefit local charities. 731-3676. ORGANIC WINE TASTING Alex Elman, the “Blind Wine Chick,” offers samples of her organic, sustainably produced wines 2-5 p.m. March 9 at Nassau Health Foods and Mustard Seed Café, 833 TJ Courson Rd., Fernandina Beach. 277-3158. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Bluemingrass 10:30 a.m., Donna Frost 11:45 a.m., John Longbottom 1:15 p.m., Pine Forest School of the Arts 2:45 p.m. March 9 at the market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. FRONT PORCH SERIES Mandarin Museum & Historical Society wraps up the series with longtime Mandarin resident Billy Barwald 2-3 p.m. March 10 at the museum, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Barwald discusses his WWII experiences. 268-0784. MISS AGGIE AWARDS The annual Miss Aggie Day is held noon-4 p.m. March 10 at the 1911 Store and Post Office, 12471 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. Miss Aggie Jones was the proprietor and postmistress of the old Mandarin Store and Post Office for more than 40 years; the 2013 award honors Emily Retherford Lisska. 268-0784.

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COSMIC CONCERTS iPop 7 p.m., LaserOpolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m., Laser Vinyl 10 p.m. March 8 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. Saturday shows are held noon and 5 p.m. 396-7062. COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with its 2013 Community Lecture Series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.” Dr. Alan Woolfolk discusses “The Rise of the WASP Establishment,” 10 a.m. March 12 in the Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 819-6282. BOSOM BUDDIES Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks, a breast cancer survivor, is the featured speaker 11 a.m. March 13, FSCJ North Campus, Rm. E235, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville. Free. RSVP: 766-6785. AUTISM SYMPOSIUM Wolfson Children’s Hospital presents the fifth annual symposium 8:30 a.m. March 13 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. Autism experts address medical evidence about autism causes and treatments. Admission is $50, which includes lunch. 202-6039. FARMERS & ARTS MARKET This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635. ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900. FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce is offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is the third Sat. 607-9935. ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET An open-air farmers market, noon-4 p.m. March 10 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.


SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Don Harris, Downtown Investment Authority, is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. March 6 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. TPC’s Matt Rapp is the speaker on March 13. 396-5559. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. March 21 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306.


RANDY WAYNE WHITE New York Times bestselling author White talks about and signs copies of his new Doc Ford book, “Night Moves,” 7 p.m. March 9 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. MELANIE NEALE Local author Melanie Neale discusses and signs copies of her new book, “Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, & Fiberglass,” 7 p.m. March 12 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.

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RUMBLE IN THE ANCIENT CITY March 16, Ketterlinus Gym YO GABBA GABBA LIVE: GET THE SILLIES OUT! March 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre GABRIEL IGLESIAS March 24, Moran Theater, T-U Center JAX BEER WEEK April 1-6, Jax Urban Core ROCK OF AGES April 2, T-U Center DISNEY ON ICE: DARE TO DREAM April 4, Veterans Memorial Center MIKE EPPS April 12, T-U Center GUNS-N-HOSES April 13, Veterans Memorial Arena ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL May 3-5, Fernandina Beach KEVIN JAMES June 9, The Florida Theatre


HENRY CHO Cho says the fact that he’s an Asian with a Southern accent is funny in itself. Cho appears 8 p.m. March 7 and 8, and 7 and 9 p.m. March 9 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. Comedy Zone All Stars 8 p.m. March 12. 292-4242. Karen Mills is in March 13-16. COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE IMPROV Effect 7 p.m. March 7, $8. Collin Moulton appears 8:34 p.m. March 7, 8:04 p.m. March 8 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. March 9 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$15. 646-4277. NEIL HAMBURGER Neil Hamburger, aka Gregg Turkington, appears 10 p.m. March 10 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047. MAD COWFORD Mad Cowford Improv performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451.


DINOTREK AT THE ZOO The new exhibit is opens at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays starting March 2, through Labor Day. 757-4463. ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE TALBOT ISLANDS A park ranger discusses the rich cultural history that dates back more than 5,000 years, 2 p.m. March 9 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320.


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


SMALL SCALE POULTRY PRODUCTION WORKSHOP Duval County Extension Office, Standard Feed & Seed, Dinsmore Feed & Supply and Purina Animal Nutrition offer a free Small Scale Poultry Production Workshop 6-8:30 p.m. March 12 at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. To register, call 255-7450. MEMORY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM Learn simple strategies that focus on cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. 729-9535. DEBTORS ANONYMOUS 12-Step meetings are held 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010. COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298. MARINE VETERANS GROUP The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. on first Tue. of the month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. 461-0139. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821.  To have your events or club meetings listed here, email time, date, location (street address and city), admission price and contact number to print to or click the link in our Happenings section at Deadline is 4 p.m. Wed. for the next Wednesday publication.

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Warm turkey meets creamy brie and crisp green apple slices on homemade bread with garlic and sesame seeds. The sandwich pairs nicely with freshly hand-cut fries. Photos: Caron Streibich

When in France …

Or at this French restaurant, savor the cuisine and save room for dessert JJ’S BISTRO DE PARIS 7643 Gate Parkway, Southside, 996-7557

JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 273-7980


plane trip to France may be too far away for lunch or dinner, but JJ’s Bistro, with two area locations, is a good way to get your French fix. Upon entering the Gate Parkway location, JJ’s Bistro de Paris, my eyes grew wide as I noticed the huge dessert case. These tempting goodies, which include pastries, tarts, tortes, éclairs, cheesecakes and other sweets, are all created fresh. Breads are also baked in-house. We were quickly greeted and seated, passing by a tall metal replica of Paris’ famous landmark Eiffel Tower. I’ve been in © 2006 the real folioweekly tower twice, so this was nostalgic for me. Despite being located in a strip mall, JJ’s puts great detail in its mood-setting décor: A large painted mural of a Paris city street scene spans the main wall, and high ceilings and striped awnings over the doorways further enhance the Parisian feel. I started my lunch with a cup of JJ’s French onion soup, which didn’t disappoint. Peeling back the melted cheese layer unveiled piping hot soup with thin caramelized onions and pieces of cheese-covered soaked baguette. The menu boasts several French favorites, like salad niçoise, croque-monsieur, © 2013 bouillabaisse, escargot and moules provencales et frites (mussels and fries), so there’s truly something for your inner-Parisian.

With two locations — one on Gate Parkway between 295 and JTB, and one in Ponte Vedra — it’s easy to cure your craving for French cuisine.

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Several daily specials are listed on a small chalkboard at the table. We went with two from the list: a warm turkey, brie and green apple sandwich on brioche with raspberry aioli and chicken Florentine crêpes tarragon, topped with sun-dried tomato cream sauce and almonds. Each comes with a side, so when our waiter explained that the French fries are hand-cut and made fresh, we ordered those and a side salad. The fries were thin and crispy, and we gobbled them up quickly. The sandwich won us over: creamy brie melting over tart green apple slices on bread topped with sesame seeds and aromatic garlic. The two thinly rolled crêpes were good, but the almonds were inside (not outside as described) and added too much crunch. The cream sauce and sun-dried tomatoes on top, however, were delicious. Both locally owned JJ’s spots offer a vast assortment of authentic homemade-style French desserts. We selected a slice of the cookies-and-cream torte, presented on a black plate which contrasted the beautiful sprinkle of white powdered sugar — a simple but noticeable detail. Tortes differ from cakes in that they’re usually filled with alternating textured and creamy layers like whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jams and fruits. Often, tortes are made with ground nuts or breadcrumbs instead of flour, finished with a sweet icing. I expected ours to be très riche, but it was lighter and full of flavor and texture. So when you’re yearning for French cuisine, head to JJ’s. Just save plenty of room for a dessert — or two.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host



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BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT See Ponte Vedra. 960030 Gateway Blvd. 277-3700. $$-$$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. Daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic district; sandwiches, chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun., Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE The brand-new fine dining restaurant offers Dover sole, Maine lobster, steaks and seafood, served in an upscale atmosphere by an attentive waitstaff. FB. D, nightly. 802 Ash St. 310-6049. $$$$ FLORIDA HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT Southern-style fare features fried chicken, shrimp ’n’ grits, burgers and salads, served in this 1850s house in the historic district. CM. FB. L, Thur.-Sun. 22 S. Third St. 491-7251. $$ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza, shrimp feast. Bread baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker F Owners John and Bretta Walker offer sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ F Favorite items include a pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a casual, laidback atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F The casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, and hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Teppanyaki masters create your meal. 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F Innovative lunch menu offers po’boys, seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., Br. Sun. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, offering specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar offers an extensive menu offers vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! The cozy venue offers an

innovative, PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax ’12 winner. Elegant dining features a menu offering local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL Chef T.J. Pelletier F The cozy new spot offers waterfront views. Local seafood and produce create signature dishes, like broiled oysters and oyster po’boys. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12 N. Front St. 2773811. $$-$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Fresh fish, shrimp, steaks and nightly specials. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK F The casual seafood place features local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The favorite local spot serves grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$


CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F Locally owned and operated, Cleota’s offers authentic, homestyle Southern cuisine, like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese. Gourmet desserts. L & D, Tue.Sun. TO. 2111 University Blvd. N. 800-2102. $ THE STEAKHOUSE @ GOLD CLUB Chef Gregg Rothang F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Steakhouse offers daily lunch and dinner specials, wings, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and seafood; happy hour buffets Thur. and Fri. FB. L & D, daily. 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr. 645-5500. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Friendly service in a nautical setting. Fresh fish, oysters, clams, specialty pastas. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Sq. Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $


BAGEL LOVE F This spot serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, salads, gluten-free baked goods, freshsqueezed orange juice. CM. B & L, daily. 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121. 634-7253. $ BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, espresso, cappuccino. Daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR F Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH CAFE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Middle Eastern dishes – ryders, a variety of pita choices and wraps – are served in a friendly atmosphere. Hookahs available. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GREEN MAN GOURMET F Organic and natural products,

A casual dining experience, 29 South in Fernandina Beach offers reasonably priced fare in a cozy atmosphere where “slow food” is taken to the next level. Photo: Walter Coker spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2012 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR New at Shoppes of Avondale. See Riverside. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ ANCIENT CITY SUBS F Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows). 446-9988. $ BOWL OF PHO The new spot’s varied menu of Vietnamese and Thai dishes has authentic ingredients, prepared fresh, including egg rolls, grilled pork and chicken, lotus root salad, and salted fish fried rice. Boba is also served. L & D, daily. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ INDIA’S RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F Best of Jax winner. All over town, Larry’s piles ’em high and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s have B & W and/or breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9, 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant has authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$

ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012. See Intracoastal West. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. $ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. L & D, daily. 8133 Point Meadows Dr. 519-0509. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ THREE F(X) ICE CREAM & WAFFLES Here’s a new concept: Ice cream made-to-order, right before your eyes. Your choice of milk (whole, soy, almond, lowfat), toppings (oodles) and flavors (20+), all quick-frozen to fill a taiyaki – Asian waffles in a dozen flavors. At about 170 calories, it’s a no-brainer. Fillings available in breakfast and lunch options, too. CM. B, L & Br., daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 6. 928-9559. $ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Al’s has been serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones, salads and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Subs are made-to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BAGEL WORLD F Best of Jax. Cozy spot has a breakfast special (eggs, ham & cheese) and a variety of cream cheese, coffee, juice. B & L, daily. 2202 S. Third St. 246-9988. $ THE BEACH RESTAURANT F Shrimp, fresh fish, chicken, burgers, burritos, Chicago-style pizza are served at this new oceanfront place. L & D, daily. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F Full fresh seafood market has seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoor or out. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE F The spot has fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee, espresso, fresh-bakedin-house muffins, breads, scones, cakes. Vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO Chef Guy Boonsanong F This popular bistro serves an authentic Thai menu offering dishes made with fresh ingredients, using tried-and-true recipes. Curries, kra pow, prix pow and Kalua ribs. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $

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fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and killer cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness lamb slidersby and fishSales pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; _ptfstew,Checked Rep mp_ weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F Gastropub fare includes soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Innovative craft beers made onsite. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFE F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ EVA’S GRILL & BAR Locally owned eatery Eva’s serves a varied menu of Greek, Italian, French, Cajun/Creole and Old Southern-style cuisine, made from all original, classic recipes. CM. FB. L & D, Tue.-Fri.; D, Sat. 610 S. Third St. 372-9484. $$ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Call for hours and menu. D, Thur.-Sat.; L, Sat.; Br., Sun. 177 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. $$ HOT DOG HUT F All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. Beer. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-3641. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ KC CRAVE The new restaurant, in the former Giovanni’s building, features New American cuisine – small or sharing plate style. Upscale bar offers handcrafted libations; upstairs tap room. FB. D, Tue.-Sun.; Sun. Br. 1161 Beach Blvd. 595-5660. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MARKER 32 Established in 1992, Marker 32 offers an innovative American eclectic menu, featuring fresh, local seafood served overlooking the ICW. Customer favorites include shrimp & andouille fettuccini, herb-grilled local fish with hoppin’ john and basil pesto rice, broiled oysters and yellow fin tuna poke. FB, CM. D, Mon.-Sat. 14549 Beach Blvd. 223-1534. $$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 1534 Third St. N. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar, like pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s Uncle has been serving locals and visitors pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ M SHACK F Brothers David and Matthew Medure opened this new beaches joint, featuring burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and more at moderate prices. Dine indoors or out. BW. L & D, daily. 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Beaches Town Center. 241-2599. $$ NEW SIAM THAI & WINE This restaurant serves authentic Thai fare, including pad Thai, prog pow and ram Thai delight, along with an extensive wine selection. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, daily. 798 S. Third St. 372-4328. $$ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the waterfront tiki deck. FB, CM. L & D, Wed.Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2012 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made

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with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50-plus beers, craft and area selections. Gourmet burgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS F Locally owned and operated. Creative tapas selections: warm prosciutto dates, balsamic glaze; pork & black bean empanadas, salsa fresco. 200+ wines, 15 rotating draft microbrew beers. D, Mon.-Sat. 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach. 372-0052. $-$$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas, wings, steak, prime rib and surf n turf. L & D, daily. FB. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Riverside. 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0906. $ SUN DELI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Classic deli fare and a build-your-own menu: corned beef, salami, pastrami, turkey and liverwurst, and signature creations like the Radical Side. 1101 S. Third St. Mon.-Sat. 270-1040. $ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This innovative casual place has moved down the street to the former Homestead site – but it’s still serving fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, plus fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp, and tacos: royale, brisket and verde chicken. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ TOMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT Fresh, authentic, upscale Japanese cuisine – it’s Japanese-owned. Fresh handmade sushi, hibachi grill items and homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. D, daily. 1253 Penman Rd. 372-4369. $$$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Daily. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Continental cuisine features fresh fish, lobster, crab, chops, Midwestern beef. Signature dishes include chef’s tuna, Benny’s crab cake, rack of lamb. Dine inside or on the riverview patio. CM, FB. L & D daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 175. 301-1014. $$$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CASA DORA ITALIAN RESTAURANT F For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Chef Sam Hamidi have served genuine Italian fare: veal, ribeye steaks, seafood, pizza, sandwiches. Homemade-style salad dressing is a specialty. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. 108 E. Forsyth St. 356-8282. $$ CHOMP CHOMP F Chef-inspired street food includes bahn mi, panko-crusted chicken, jerk chicken, burgers and tacos. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 106. E. Adams St. 762-4667. $ DE REAL TING CAFE This casual spot serves an authentic Caribbean lunch buffet as well as a variety of favorite dishes inspired by the Islands. Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $$ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Best of Jax 2012 winner. Casual dining with an uptown Irish flair. Fish & chips, Guinness beef stew, black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées. In Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$

TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY American cuisine includes a breakfast buffet, made-to-order omelet station, a la carte items. Signature entrees: grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood, steaks. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coast Line Dr. 634-4540. $$$ ZODIAC GRILL F This spot serves busy Downtowners a variety of Mediterranean cuisine choices and American favorites, as well as a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, Mon.Fri. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $


LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ TAPS BAR & GRILL F See Julington. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145. 278-9421. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfi sh. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon The new restaurant offers a menu of authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and a variety of traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO F Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. Buffet features familiar faves. B, L & D, daily. 14035 Beach Blvd. 992-9294. $ GUMBO YAYA’S This locally owned casual restaurant offers New Orleans/Cajun-style fare, including a variety of po’boys, muffuletta, jambalaya, gumbo and beignets. Low country crab and shrimp boil on weekends; prepared items to go, too. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 101. 223-0202. $$ iPHO This new, family-owned spot offers curry dishes, noodle bowls and rare beef salad. Everything’s homemade-style. L & D, Thur.-Tue. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 330-0309. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE European cuisine: lamb, beef, chicken dishes, pizza, wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA Popular spot offers a variety of dishes with an authentic Cuban taste: tostones, empanadas, palomilla, pollo al ajillo, lechon asado, zarzuela de Mariscos, plus wraps, pizzas, sandwiches, baked goods. L & D, daily. 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9. 374-2046. $$ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual spot has been serving a variety of hot dogs since 1968. Toppings include onion sauce, chili, slaw and sauerkraut. Personal pizzas, fries and drinks, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3. 551-3661. $ SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Authentic, fresh Mexican fare prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. Daily specials. Dine indoors or on the large patio outside. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 992-8402. $$$ SHANE’S RIB SHACK Shane’s serves Southern barbecue: ribs, chopped pork, beef brisket, chicken tenders – all made fresh daily. Sides, too. CM. L & D, daily. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1. 992-0130. $$ THAI ORCHID Authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh


NAME: Tony Bazan RESTAURANT: Pizza Palace II, 1959 San Marco Blvd., San Marco BIRTHPLACE: Acapulco, Mexico


FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than mine): Longhorn Steakhouse, Southside FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Italian FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic, jalapeño, cilantro IDEAL MEAL: Juicy T-bone steak, medium-well, with a big baked potato smothered in butter WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Anything with anchovies! INSIDER’S SECRET: My lips are sealed! CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Jacksonville Jaguars players CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: A fresh salad

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, in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. Br. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ TAPS BAR & GRILL F Taps’ chefs prepare every dish: beef, chicken and shrimp, with the freshest ingredients. Large selection of premium beers on tap. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Johns. 819-1554. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F With four locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ ANATOLIA GRILL & BAR F This Turkish restaurant serves authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, including flatbreads, calzones, pasta dishes, shishkabobs, seafood, wraps, salads. Musakka, falafel and lamb shank are house specialties. BW. CM. L & D, daily. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 329-1336. $$ AW SHUCKS The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE F Authentic dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers, hot sandwiches. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad, yucca flour with bacon) every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Family-owned, Enza’s offers fine Italian dining, featuring veal and seafood dishes. Daily specials. FB, CM, TO. D, Tue.-Sun. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing. 268-4458. $$$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL See Intracoastal. 11470 San Jose. 886-9699. HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS F American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D,

Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ LEGRAND’S THE STEAK & SEAFOOD PLACE F Locally owned and operated, LeGrand’s offers aged beef cured onsite in the dry aging room and cut in-house, as well as seafood, chicken and a variety of sides. FB, CM. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-3663. $$$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA See Orange Park. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Outback Plaza. 503-2230. $$ RACK ’EM UP SPORTS BAR This cigar & hookah lounge offers bar food and more than 200 beers, imported and domestic. D, nightly. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 262-4030. $ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL F Casual, family-friendly eatery has pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials, pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q F Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$


ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family place has served wings, ribs, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 582 Blanding Blvd. 272-0755. $ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a hit. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ NIRVANA CAFE F Homemade-style paninis, sandwiches, European specialties and fresh-squeezed juices. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1910 Wells Rd. 278-5880. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR Family-owned-and-operated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, popular lunches. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. Open daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian items. Outdoor patio dining. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT Made-from-scratch, homestyle Southern fare features local seafood – especially crab cakes and she-crab soup. Meat loaf, pot roast, sandwiches and salads, too. L & D, daily. B, L & D, Sat. & Sun. FB, CM. 15 S. Roscoe Blvd. 280-7522. $$-$$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine: fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The Irish gastropub at Hilton Garden Inn offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP This intimate restaurant, owned by the Groshells, is the real deal – local seafood served by a professional crew, right on the Intracoastal Waterway. Popular items are the shrimp & grits, blackened mahi with tasso gravy and bread pudding. BW. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun.; D, nightly. 299 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-3200. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks include Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch; fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ TABLE 1 The upscale, casual restaurant has a variety of items, from appetizers to entrées to salads, as well as a wine bar featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$$


AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT Orsay’s sister restaurant serves new American favorites with a Southern twist, made with locally sourced ingredients. Rooftop bar. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. Br., Sun. 1534 Oak St. 380-3091. $$$ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chief Coffee Guru & Operations Manager Zack Burnett F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Bold Bean offers artisan-crafted, smallbatch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, and craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery offers pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Sun. Br. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ COZY TEA CAFE It’s moved down a few spots, and is again serving weekend Indian dinners, along with weekday lunches. 1023 Park St. 329-3964. $$ DERBY ON PARK New owners, space and menu. Dine indoors or out. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; Br. Sun. 1068 Park St. 379-3343. $$ EDGEWOOD BAKERY F Best of Jax 2012 winner. For nearly 65 years, the espresso and pastry café has served fresh breakfast pastries, petit fours and pies, sandwiches, smoothies and soups. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill. 389-8054. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $

GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET Deli Supervisor Nicole Gurgiolo F Organic and natural market with juice & smoothie bar. Wide selection of organic produce, gourmet cheeses, humanely raised meats. Grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas, gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips – plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this innovative restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern (Hawaiian!) twist. CM, FB, TO. L & D, daily; Br., weekend. 2665 Park St. 232-8545. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS Burgers, steak, sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ THE SALTY FIG This brand-new Southern gastropub offers New American Southern fare, including shrimp & grits and bourbon fig glazed quail, made with locally sourced produce, meats, seafood. An extensive beer selection includes 10 local drafts. FB. L & D, daily. 901 King St. 337-0146. $$-$$$ SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. This casual place offers good-for-you soups, sandwiches and salads without the usual fat and salt – hot and cold gourmet seafood and meat dishes, vegetarian, vegan dishes. Take-out fresh/frozen soups. L & D, daily. 1526 King St. 387-9394. $ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, California roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ F A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT A modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, with local/organic items. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ 13 GYPSIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. The intimate bistro serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine, specializing in tapas, blackened octopus, risotto of the day and coconut mango curry chicken. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 887 Stockton St. 389-0330. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ TRES LECHES Owner/GM Eddie Sweda F The bakery and café offers quiches, arepas, empanadas, cachitos, eggplant lasagna, omelets, sandwiches, as well as specialty desserts, including cakes, pies, tarts and coffee cakes, served in a casual atmosphere. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 551-4375. $$


A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven handcrafted ales and lagers. Innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$

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AL’S PIZZA F New location offering a balcony view overlooking Matanzas Bay. See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 1 St. George St. 824-4383. $ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE Irish bar and pub in historic district has burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30-plus years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive. 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes are served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats & cheeses, salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR *Bite Club Certified! Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, 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. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE F Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB & SEAFOOD HOUSE F This pub, just south of the old fort, offers burgers, traditional pub fare, seafood and a raw bar, along with signature dishes including steak O’Shay’s, Dubliner chicken and Irish Benedict. CM. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. & Sun. 20 Avenida Menendez. 810-1923. $$$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Aug institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ MOJO OLD CITY BBQ F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. FB. L & D, daily. 5 Cordova St. 342-5264. $$ MOJO’S TACOS F This cozy, casual spot serves doubledecker tacos, burritos and salads; they’re known for fresh mahi and shrimp tacos. Beer. L & D, daily. 551 Anastasia Blvd. 829-1665. $ PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, artfully crafted sushi, sashimi and classic rolls. Best Chef Mas Liu creates authentic sushi – Crazy Girl (shrimp tempura, asparagus, salmon); Mango Tango (salmon, crab, tuna, flying fish egg, mango sauce). Traditional dishes, too. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 159 Palencia Village Dr., Ste. 111. 808-1818. $$-$$$ PIZZALLEY’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Fresh, prepared onsite, gourmet pizza is offered by the pie or the slice at this restaurant in the historic district. Hot subs, wings and salads, too. L & D, daily. BW. 117 St. George St. 825-2627. $$ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes – all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ RAINTREE In a Victorian home, Raintree offers fare with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ SARA’S CREPE CAFE Crêpes, traditional European style or with new twists, and Belgian waffles. Dine inside or in the open-air courtyard. B, L & D, daily. 100 St. George St. 810-5800. $$ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and

Mediterranean-influenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh – never frozen – Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$ YOGURT MOTION This brand-new spot offers a healthful, nutritional cool treat in a non-dairy frozen yogurt (with no table sugar, lactose, chemicals or preservatives) in a variety of flavors. Open daily. 163 Palencia Village, Ste. 102. 610-2220. $


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S. 461-0102. $$ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-7332. $$$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access). 461-1077. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd. 471-3424. $ ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6. 461-1250. $$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes, daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$


BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. Burgers made with fresh ground beef; wide topping selection, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, and third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Traditional chicken, duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes, plus vegetarian plates and gluten-free selections. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 137. 641-3392. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125,


Overlooking Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE offers a unique culinary experience for those seeking upscale cuisine served in a luxe interior Photo: Walter Coker St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F New location. See Riverside. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 996-2288. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Authentic cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$


ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Authentic Thai cuisine at Basil Thai includes pad Thai, a variety of curry dishes and sushi, served in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ bb’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F The varied menu features French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, woodfired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Dine indoors or out. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO Best of Jax 2012 winner. Wine by the glass. The innovative tapas-style menu at The Grotto offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta and chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $

MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie and Greek salad, along with daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE GM Hala Demetree F All of the Pizza Palace locations feature a variety of homemade dishes made from Mama’s awardwinning recipes, including spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas and coffees; 30 smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt and granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2012 winner. Ruth’s serves Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR F See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $


AROMAS BEER HOUSE Faves include ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining – fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes are served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with

international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Ctr. 9039 Southside Blvd. 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER F Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. 7159 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 337-0007. $ GREEK ISLES CAFE Authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs. Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MANGIA ITALIAN BISTRO & BAR F Chef/owner Tonino DiBella presents authentic fine Italian dining – fresh seafood, chicken, veal, steaks, pasta, New York-style pizza and homemade-style desserts. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3210 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S. 551-3061. $$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax 2012 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies, vegetarian choices for specialty pizzas, hoagies, calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Ct. 997-1955. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ See Riverside. 10771 Beach Blvd. 996-7900. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Serving sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu and soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This gastropub serves Southern-style fare; dishes pair with international wines and beers, including a selection of craft , IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ 360° GRILL F Latitude 30’s 360° Grill serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TASTE FOOD STUDIO TASTE specializes in high-end, higher quality, scratch-made fare, creating upscale dishes with a TASTEfully new twist on global cuisine and American favorites. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Rd. 415-2992. $$$ TAVERNA YAMAS Best of Jax 2012 winner. *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D

daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven – the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Calzones, soups, salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses, Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ TOSSGREEN F The new “fast-casual” restaurant has custom salads, burritos or burrito bowls with fresh ingredients: fruits, vegetables, 100% natural chicken breast, sirloin, shrimp, tofu, nuts, cheeses, dressings, sauces, salsas. Popular items include Sunshine Shrimp and Chopped Royale. Frozen yogurt, too. CM. L & D, daily. 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 12. 619-4356. $ URBAN ORGANICS Local organic co-op has seasonal fresh organic produce. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WATAMI ASIAN FUSION F AYCE sushi, as well as teppanyaki grill items. Rolls include the Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Serving teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves is served; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2012 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2012 winner. See St. Johns Town Ctr. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ GOLDEN CORRAL Best of Jax 2012 winner. See Intracoastal. 7043 Normandy Blvd. 378-3688. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F Locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS Best of Jax 2012. See Intracoastal West. 840 Nautica Dr., River City Marketplace, Ste. 125. 751-6006. $ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THE SAVANNAH BISTRO F The varied menu features Mediterranean and French-inspired Low Country fare including crab cakes, New York strip steak, she crab soup and mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. Crowne Plaza Airport. 741-4404. $-$$$ THREE LAYERS CAFE F This cozy place serves lunch, bagels, desserts. Adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ UPTOWN MARKET *Bite Club Certified! F At corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 

WINE TASTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLACK HORSE WINERY 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 2-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sun. 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30 p.m. every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 THE GIFTED CORK Daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GROTTO 6 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 OCEAN 60 6 p.m. every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517 ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINES & TAPAS 5 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri. 296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, 372-0052

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Sales Rep ARIES (March 21-April 19): Maybe you’re not literally in exile. You’ve not been forced to leave your home, you haven’t been driven from your power spot. Still, you may feel banished or displaced. Could be due to a condition storyteller Michael Meade names: “We may experience exile as a lack of recognition, a period of transition, an identity crisis, a place of stuckness or else having a gift and no place to give it.” Any of that describe your problem? Good news, Meade says – exile can shock you awake to the truth about where you belong, rousing your irrepressible motivation to get back to your rightful place. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do you have a recurring nightmare plaguing you? If so, I suspect it recurs soon. This time, though, you beat it. You trick, escape or defeat the monster chasing you. Or else you outrun molten lava, disperse the tornado or fly up from the ground until the earth stops shaking. Congratulations on the epic shift. Forever after you have more power over the scary thing that’s had so much power over you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This advice request appeared on “My identical twin is stuck in an alternate dimension and she can only communicate with me by appearing as my own reflection in mirrors and windows. How can I tell her I don’t like what she’s done to her hair?” It’s a variant of a type of dilemma many Geminis are experiencing now, so I’ll respond. I’m happy to say you soon get an unprecedented chance to commune directly with your alter egos. Evil Twin is more available than usual to engage in meaningful dialog. So are your doppelganger, shadow, mirror self and stuntperson. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Usually I advise Cancerians to draw precise borders and maintain clear boundaries. I’m a Crab, I know how important it is for our well-being to neither leak our life force all over everything nor allow others to leak theirs all over us. We thrive on making definitive choices and strong commitments. We get in trouble when we’re wishy-washy about what we want. OK. Having said that fatherly stuff, I grant you a partial, temporary license to get a little wild and fuzzy. Don’t overdo it, but explore smart fun you can have by breaking some of your rules and transgressing some limits.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While formulating his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin read many books. He developed a rather ruthless approach to getting what he needed from them. If there was a particular part of a book he didn’t find useful, 2012 he simply tore it out, cast it aside and kept the rest. I recommend this for your general strategy next week. In every situation, figure out what’s most valuable and home in on it. Forget irrelevant, extraneous stuff.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here’s a passage from Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”: “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Judging from astrological omens, your life may be like that in the days ahead. The emotional tone could be sharply mixed, with high contrasts between vivid sensations. The nature of opportunities may seem warm and bright one moment, cool and dark the next. If you see this as interesting rather than difficult, it’s not a problem, it’s an adventure. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I worked as a hair stylist in Chicago’s Gold Coast for 20 years with some of the most gorgeous woman and men in the world,” writes sculptor Rich Thomson. “Once 42 | | MARCH 6-12, 2013

I asked a photographer who shot for the big magazines how he picked out the very best models from among all these great-looking people. His response: ‘Flaws. Our flaws are what make us interesting, special and exotic. They define us.’ ” Your challenge? Meditate how your supposed imperfections and oddities are essential to your unique beauty. It’s a perfect moment to celebrate – and make good use of – idiosyncrasies. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Leonardo da Vinci’s genius was partly fueled by his buoyant curiosity. In his work as an artist, musician, inventor, engineer and writer, he drew inspiration from almost everything. He’s your role model next week. Assume you’ll find useful cues and clues all over. Act as if the world is full of teachers with revelations and guidance meant for just you. Advice from da Vinci himself: “It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which, if you consider them well, you may find really marvelous ideas.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Ready for a reality check? Time to assess how well you know fundamental facts about where you’re located. Do you know which direction north is? Where does the water you drink come from? What phase of the moon is it today? What was the indigenous culture that once lived where you are now? Where’s the power plant generating your electricity? Can you name any constellations currently in the night sky? What tree species do you see daily? Start with these as you deepen a connection with your specific spot on planet Earth. Get grounded! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I know a writer whose work is brilliant. Her ideas are fascinating. She’s a champion of political issues I hold dear. She’s well-read and smarter than I. Yet her speech is careless and sloppy. She rambles and interrupts herself. She says “uh,” “you know” and “I mean” so often, it’s hard to listen, even when she’s saying things I admire. I considered telling her, but decided against it. She’s an acquaintance, not a friend. Instead, I resolved to clean up my own speech, to make sure I don’t do anything like she does. Your strategy? Identify interesting people not fully living up to potential, and change yourself in the ways you wish they’d change. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The German word Verschlimmbesserung refers to an attempted improvement that actually makes things worse. Be on guard against this. I fear as you tinker, you may try too hard. I’m worried you’ll be led astray by neurotic perfectionism. To be sure your enhancements and enrichments are successful, remember: 1. Think how to make things work better, not just look better. 2. Be humble and relaxed. Don’t worry about saving face, don’t overwork. 3. Forget about short-term fixes; serve long-range goals. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen,” says musician/businessman Derek Sivers. Many studies show that when you talk about a great new idea before you actually do it, your brain chemistry gives you the feeling you’ve already accomplished the great new idea – thereby sapping your willpower to make the effort needed to accomplish it! Moral of the story: Don’t brag about what you’re going to do someday. Don’t entertain folks at parties with your fabulous plans. Shut up and get to work. This is very important advice now.  Rob Brezsny

GOING HOME You: Lemon St., beautiful brunette. Me: Helping mate find lost item. You left me speechless. Chatted w/ you and your girl while holding up traffic, tried to loop around and get a number, damn. Tell me what type of vehicle we were in, and maybe the item we were looking for and I’ll describe what you were wearing. go go go! When: Feb. 24. Where: Lemon St. Atlantic Beach. #1201-0306 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? MAYBE MY LOVE? ISU waiting for the bus, wearing a red hat, holding a baseball glove, tall with brown hair, looking around intensely. Me: Blonde, sunny disposition. Would love to tell you something true ;) When: Feb. 15. Where: Neptune Beach Library bus stop. #1200-0306 GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE You are tall, handsome, changed my $20 and asked about my day and plans later, but I, slender, brown, was too shy about not having any and to ask you what you suggest. When: Feb. 23. Where: Publix @ Normandy Crossing. #1199-0306 MEOW! You: Uniform. Me: Suit. When I hear your keys jingling through my office, everyone and everything disappears except you. I’m not satisfied until you flash your dazzling brown eyes my way. I beg you to stroll by and make my day complete. When: Jan. 13. Where: Camp Chowenwaw Park. #1198-0306 SEXY SUSPENDERS You: Suspenders, yellow hat, high-rise jeans. My 22nd birthday; ISU bustin moves; laughed aloud, want more. We shared a moment over Sir MixALot. Me: Blonde, petite, all about you. My birthday wish? Get your number, you as midnight present, but you disappeared. Let’s meet. What moves will you put on me. Interested? Call me maybe? (or text) Birthday Girl. When: Feb. 4. Where: ShimSham Room. #1197-0306 IS THAT FREEDOM ROCK? WELL TURN IT UP! Me: On a bicycle, with back pack. You: Beautiful lady, in a fast Cadillac, thumping the new new “I hope you’re a doctor” album very loudly. I wanna party with you, cowgirl. When: Dec. 21, 2012. Where: Riverside. #1196-0227 HANDSOME MALE SALT & PEPPER HAIR ISU, like always, going in physical therapy. You no longer wear your arm sling! Now you can wrap them around me?? Married? Single? Coffee? Tea? Me? Let’s at least be friends. Respond... you won’t be disappointed. When: Jan. 21. Where: 5 Star Therapy. #1195-0227 TALENTED PITA-STUFFER You: Dark haired and scruffy face with adorable laugh. You invited me to your 21st birthday and wrote your name on the wrapper. I lost the number but I don’t want to lose you! Me: Shorter blonde who couldn’t stop smiling at you. You handled my pita well, but can you handle all of me? When: Jan. 2013. Where: Pita Pit @ Beaches. #1194-0227

saying anything. Single? I wish I’d invited you to sit with me. Maybe I’ll see you again? Same time, same Chipotle! When: Feb. 12. 6:30 p.m. Where: Chipotle, Town Center. #1190-0220 MY CARMELIZED LATIN GODDESS ISU reading I Saw U. You said hello; I knew right then and there you are the one. I want to take you back to my studio apartment and share a romantic evening of World of Warcraft, while sipping cold bubbly Zimas and playing with my 12 cats. You complete me. When: Feb. 11. Where: Metro under JOI building. #1189-0220 TALL DARK AND GORGEOUS IN WALMART Me: Curvy brunette; grey pants/black shirt. You: Tall, dark, gorgeous; jeans, green T-shirt. We locked eyes by the paints; I realized you were behind me at checkout! I said a prayer that you’d catch up outside, but you disappeared! You took my breath away with chocolate skin tone, manly presence. Be my Valentine? When: Jan. 28. Where: Walmart @ Beach/Hodges. #1188-0213. MONARCH OF THE SEAS We were on a Bahamas cruise together on the Monarch of the Seas, Jan. 14-18. We talked at Windjammer Café, met again on a Nassau street. You were with traveling companion. I wanted to know you better; there wasn’t time/opportunity! ISU with cool tattoos at the pool! I’m from Arlington, VA; like to connect. When: Jan. 14-18. Where: Monarch of the Seas cruise. #1187-0213 HEY K I saw you dancing alone like you meant it. Your red hair was so beautiful. You looked at me a few times, my heart felt alive. I was the dark-haired gentleman drinking a New Castle. Let’s do this again. Every Thursday. When: Jan. 30. Where: Birdies. #1186-0213 YOU DON’T CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY ISU at Roosevelt Publix shopping with a little girl. I overheard you tell her you didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It made me a little sad. If you’re upset, I wish you wouldn’t be. You’re a pretty lady; you seem like a nice mom, too. I just wanted you to know that. When: Jan. 23. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt. #1383-0206 BLONDE STUD AT MARY’S You: Teal T-shirt and white sunglasses; hot chick with a birthday party crowd. Me: Sitting in the corner behind you with my girls. I was too shy to interrupt but maybe grab a drink and show at Mary’s soon?? When: Jan. 26. Where: Hamburger Mary’s. #1384-0206 SEXY MALE WITH A BROKEN WING ISU leaving weekly physical therapy appointment. You: Taller, grayish hair, driving a truck. Black sling on right arm/shoulder. I watch you come and go through my office window. Single? Love to meet for coffee or happy hour one day. Me: 30-ish, petite brunette, shapely. Admiring you from afar... When: Jan. 21, 23. Where: 5 Star Therapy. #1385-0206

RIDING YOUR MTB ON PHILIPS HWY. I was stuck in traffic and we kept passing each other, me in an SUV and you on a sweet hardtail Specialized mountain bike. I like your daring in riding down Philips Highway in rush hour. You obviously live dangerously. Bike ride sometime? When: Jan. 22. Where: Philips Hwy. #1182-0130 SECURITY CHECK-IN Long, dark hair, blue jeans, many bags. Beautiful face and smile. Think French speaking. Would love to talk. Disappointed I didn’t see you again. When: Jan. 13. Where: Geneva Airport. #1181-0130 BEAUTY HIDDEN IN THE FOLDS Saw you in the VIP section at Pure and walked up to you when we first locked eyes. I thought you were beautiful. Long-haired brunette dancing with her friends wearing a black dress. I asked you if you were with anyone twice and you told me no. When: Jan. 11. Where: Pure Night Club. #1179-0116 RED LIPS HOTTIE IN THE HARLEY SHIRT Hey girl, I saw you from afar eating that taco and disgusting beer; couldn’t help but wonder who you were. I’ve seen you around town. Maybe I’ll see you at the Terror, H2O show. I love Harley Davidson. When: Jan. 2. Where: Burrito Gallery Downtown. #1179-0116 STARBUCKS, LEATHER JACKET, BEAUTIFUL This is more of a saw you once, then had coffee. You: Wearing awesome black leather jacket, boots that could’ve laced up to your knee, and your hair down. I walked by once, forgot why I was there or who I was meeting. I introduced myself; we spent two hours walking and talking. Will you see me again? When: Jan. 7. Where: Starbucks @ Casa Monica. #1178-0116 D.R. 4 EVER 2008 I saw you in your snap on truck. You are the love of my life. When: January, 2013. Where: Southside. #1177-0116 MOONWALKING BY THE RIVER You: Beautiful blue-eyed blond dressed up like the Thriller video walking down by the river on Christmas day. Me: ’Stophee Davis’ trying to keep up with you and missing your angry mornings. Maybe you’ll let me be your breakfast king one last time? Omelets are waiting. When: Dec. 25. Where: San Marco. #1175-0109 CUTE CHEF You: Cute, short-haired, Spanish man with tattoo down one arm. Me: Leggy, long dark brown hair, with an hourglass body. I’ve jogged by your restaurant every afternoon and seen you a few times and wanted to tell you that though you are taken, you are SEXY. When: Oct. 2012. Where: Soups On @ Riverside. #1175-0109 GORGEOUS @ LSJH You: Stunning beautiful sandy blonde hair, lost trying to find the cafeteria for orientation. Me: Guy that helped you find your way and got you the packet of

papers. Would love you to get lost again, in my arms? When: May 2012. Where: Lakeside Junior High. #1174-0109 YESTERDAY’S Open mic night Thursday. You: Playing guitar and singing the sweetest songs. Can’t get your voice out of my head! Me: Baby-faced nerd in the corner with too many pitchers deep to compliment you. You can serenade me any Thursday! When: Dec. 27. Where: Yesterday’s. #1173-0109 LIQUID COFFEE COURAGE I come in to your job for the joe, but stay hoping to catch your name. You: Bearded blue-eyed babe with a pony tail. Me: Red-haired honey latte drinker, with a friend who chatted with you about squash soap. I wish I was bolder, but I’m a shy bean. When: Dec. 29. Where: Bold Bean. #1172-0109 SUN IS SHINING DOWN Looked across to see those beautiful eyes wishing for a new day to see those again as they once were. You are the one and will always be. How many more days can you hold out? Let’s see those eyes again. When: Dec. 24. Where: Jerry’s. #1171-0109 GOOD LOOKIN’ AND BBQ COOKIN’ You: White coat, black sling backs, and a killer smile looking stylish while you ordered a 90% unsweet/10% sweet tea. Ha. Me: Tall, curly and funny, with an extra jacket. We shared a laugh over a crazy bag lady. Maybe we can meet again for a 90/10? When: Dec. 14. Where: Bono’s @ Town Center. #1170-0109 PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE & FOLIO WEEKLY We sat at the same table and you said you were cold. I let you borrow my jacket and you warmed up. We ended up doing a crossword puzzle together and had a really good time. Maybe do some more sometime? When: Dec. 28. Where: Starbucks @ Southside & Atlantic. #1169-0109 CAUGHT MY EYE AT NEW TOWN CENTER LOOP You: Tall, dark haired, thirty-something guy dining alone on Christmas Eve. Me: Meeting a friend for dinner. We exchanged glances, but nothing more. You’ve got me wondering. When: Dec. 23. Where: The Loop @ Town Center. #1159-0102 IS YOUR CAT YOUR DRIVER? Filling up; I saw a cute orange cat behind the wheel. You: Long blond hair, really cute smile. We wished each other a Merry Christmas before you left. Can’t get you off my mind. I’d like to see you again in 2013. When: Dec. 23. Where: Gate Gas Station. #1158-0102 BLUE SMURF! You: In suit, piercing, blue eyes. Me: Coral dress with my twin. I loved you the first moment ISU, or second, third or fourth? I remember the first moment ISU walking toward me; the world vanished when I was with you. When: April 20. Where: Cummer Museum. #1168-1225

LOVE IN FLIGHT see you even when I don’t for what I feel for you will last lifetimes. We talk all the time without words. And whenever I see you I’m at a loss for words for air for space. You: beautiful, deep expressive eyes and that killer smile. Me: the really nice guy. When: Every day. Where: Willowbranch Park. #1193-0227 YOGI-BICYCLIST, BE MY VALENTINE? Early Valentine’s Day morning (like before 8 a.m. early), you rode your bicyle on Southside Blvd. confidently through rain, guarding your gaze under a big straw hat. Glasses, scruff intrigued; yoga mat strapped to the back caught my eye. Me: Casual Jeep driver I doubt you noticed. Let’s take yoga class; get limber together. When: Feb. 14. Where: Southside by JTB. #1191-0220 PURPLE PANTS You: Purple pantsed goddess with the gift of gab and a love of whiskey. Me: Too shy guy who loves BBQ. How come you never called? Would love to pull some pork together sometime. When: Dec. 2012. Where: Mojo No. 4. #1191-0220 BURRITO EATING BOY You: Red shirt, half-sleeve, tall, handsome. Me: Long red hair, reading. We made eye contact while you waited in line. I instantly regretted leaving without

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Guilt That Lingers

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A Tolerance for Stupidity

March 17, 2013 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join other volunteers to collect litter and debris from multiple sites around the city. There will be site staff on hand to register volunteers and provide trash bags, gloves and tickets. Advanced registration is not required. Volunteers 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


After the cleanup, volunteers will gather at Riverside Arts Market from noon to 2 p.m. where tickets can be redeemed for refreshments and T-shirts (while supplies last). To learn more, visit, keywords “St. Johns River Celebration” or call Keep Jacksonville Beautiful at 630-3420 Keep Jacksonville Beautiful... belongs to you!

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A 61-year-old man in southern Sweden beat a DUI charge in February even though his bloodalcohol was five times the legal limit. The man told the judge he’s a hearty daily drinker, usually starting even before work, with “no effect” on performance. According to the Skanskan newspaper, that must have impressed the judge, who was so awed, he tossed out the charge.

Kids Make Me Sick

A longtime high school teacher of French and Spanish is suing the Mariemont, Ohio, school district for having pressured her to resign in the 2013 face of what she calls her phobia, a “fear of kids” disorder, which she says should be protected by disability-discrimination law. Maria WaltherrWillard, 61, had been reassigned to teach junior high students, but doctors said she suffered hypertension, nightmares, chest pains and vomiting when around younger children.


Dirty Rotten Lawyer

Lisa Biron’s recent biography shows her to be a licensed lawyer in two states, practicing in Manchester, N.H., and affiliated with a group of volunteer lawyers advocating “religious liberty, the sanctity of life and marriage and family,” and issues warnings about the “homosexual agenda.” She recently represented a church in Concord, N.H., and served on a Manchester Christian school’s board of directors. In January, Biron was convicted in federal court in Concord on nine counts involving taking her teenage daughter to Canada and creating child pornography.

Forever Finding Fault

In September 2010, a speeding, intoxicated driver ran a stop sign near Dade City, Fla., careened off a highway, and rammed two trees along a private road, instantly killing himself and his passenger. In January, the passenger’s estate filed a lawsuit for wrongful death, charging residents along the private road with letting trees grow in a dangerous location where they could be easily hit, especially since residents failed to light the area adequately. “How it’s our fault, I have no idea,” said one surprised resident, who noted the whole neighborhood mourned the strangers at the time of the sad, traumatic collision.

Alcohol Ruined Their Lives

Keith Brown and four other inmates at Idaho’s Kuna prison filed a December lawsuit against eight major beer and liquor manufacturers for having sold them alcohol at an early age without warning of its addictiveness — thus responsible for the men’s subsequent lives of crime. Brown, 52, said he’s been locked up a total of 30 years and is now serving time for manslaughter. The Oglala Sioux tribe sued beer distributors and the state of Nebraska for enabling access to beer even though it’s banned on the reservation. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional issues, but the tribe may refile.

Whipper Snapper

Jason Starn, formerly a law student at the Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton, Calif., filed a lawsuit recently against three Stockton-Modesto-area “head shops” that sold him Whip-It nitrous oxide, which led him to overindulge and eventually suffer spinal-cord degeneration. Starn’s attorney told the Sacramento Bee, “At first, he felt a little embarrassed about” filing the lawsuit (but managed to overcome the shame in order to warn all the other nitrous-oxide abusers).

Not Snail Mail

A 53-year-old Rosenheim, Germany, postal worker was relieved of criminal charges in January when a judge ruled him innocent of discarding mail (as jealous whistle-blowers charged) after concluding the carrier finished routes early simply because he worked faster. Though the charge was dropped, he was reprimanded for taking unauthorized (i.e., simpler) routes.

A Heavy Story

After a 400-pound woman broke both arms accidentally falling through a sidewalk in New York City in January, doctors told her that a thinner woman might have died from the same fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me.”

Misplaced Faith

Faith healer Ariel Ben Sherman, 78, died in November in a South Carolina hospital after suffering respiratory arrest while being treated for small-cell cancer. He’d been found guilty in May 2012 of neglect in the cancer death of a 15-year-old girl (of whom he had accepted the title of “spiritual father”) for his insistence that the girl’s mother reject medical care and treat the girl only with prayer.  Chuck Shepherd

Backpage Editorial

Education’s Uneven Playing Field

Let me count the ways that charter schools aren’t public schools


eople who like charter schools and want to speed up their proliferation always say charter schools are public schools. They say this not because it’s true, but because they think this will ease the mind of the community as they seek to privatize public education. Well, friends, charter schools are not public schools, and let me count the ways. Many in the Florida Legislature are looking to exempt charter schools from the Student Success Act (SSA). In case you didn’t know, the SSA ended tenure-like protections, said 50 percent of teacher evaluations had to be based on test scores, and called for, but didn’t fund, merit pay. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, while attempting to have his cake and eat it, too, said in the Orlando Sentinel that the law “was never meant to cover charters.” He said that because charter school teachers are all “at will” employees — without the tenure-like protections that some traditional school employees enjoy — the law wasn’t meant to govern their work. However, if you are following along, something the representative obviously hasn’t been doing, the SSA ended tenurelike protections. Then, Senate President Don Geatz said it’s OK to exempt charter school teachers — not public school teachers — from the odious Student Success Act. “I’ve been in business for 30 years. I’ve never asked for an even playing field,” Geatz said, reported by State Impact ( “You can’t make everything equal.” This is what National Alliance for Public Charter Schools says about them on its website: Charter schools are always public schools. They never charge tuition, and they accept any student who wants to attend. Charter laws require that students are admitted by a random lottery drawing in cases where too many students want to enroll in a single charter school. Charter schools must also meet the state and federal academic requirements that apply to all public schools. Recent studies have shown charter schools, despite claiming to be bastions of fairness, often pick and choose whom they accept. Reuters just did a comprehensive piece

showing how many charter schools prohibit ESOL students, poor academic performers and students whose parents are involved less than they like. State Impact reported how charter schools exclude disabled students, saying more than 86 percent of the charter schools do not serve a single child with a severe disability — compared to more than half of district public schools which do. In Duval County, just one student enrolled in a charter school has a severe disability. Duval district schools educate more than 1,000 severely disabled students. There’s not a single child with a severe disability in charter schools in Pinellas County, the nation’s 24th-largest school district. The majority of charter school students with severe disabilities are concentrated in a handful of schools that specialize in those disabilities, often autism. Public schools are required to try to educate all students who show up on the doorstep, whether they’re disabled, speak a different language, aren’t academically inclined, have frequent discipline problems or have absentee parents. If charter schools are public schools, shouldn’t they be required to do the same? Charter schools also get rid of kids at a faster and far greater rate than public schools do. All schools have some degree of mobility, but a Statewide Analysis of Student Mobility in the District of Columbia reported essentially no overall attrition from regular public schools. Expulsion undoubtedly counts for some of the charter school losses, but low-performing kids being counseled out also undoubtedly plays a role. Public schools, not charter schools, take all the kids who arrive at their door and do their best to educate them. Furthermore, charter schools don’t have the same financial accountability measures, and this has led to massive malfeasance. Leslie Postal wrote in the Orlando Sentinel that, according to an August report by the state auditor general, a third of state charter schools had accounting problems, legal violations or other problems in their 2011 audits. One-third! Could you imagine if onethird of public schools came back with the same types of reports? The State Legislature would be looking to chop heads even more

than it is now. This is the same industry that allowed the operator of a failed charter school to take home $890,000 over a twoyear period. To give you some scale, the new Duval County Schools superintendent, who oversees some 170 schools, 14,000 employees and a billion-dollar budget, makes $275,000. Some people might say: So what? The long waiting lists for charter schools prove the public wants them. Well, friends, even that’s a lie. Miami-Dade official Iraida MendezCartaya testified before the Florida Legislature that in her district, students are likely to appear on more than one waiting list — an obvious reason for such inflated numbers. Finally, don’t even get me started about how study after study says charter schools don’t perform any better than their public school counterparts. At the end of the day, charter schools don’t follow the same laws, they don’t have the same admission standards, they get rid of students that public schools wouldn’t, and they don’t have financial accountability. How could anybody possibly mistake a charter school for a public school? It is high time we stopped referring to them that way. I have no doubt there are some fine charter schools where kids are getting a wonderful education. The problem is that this rush to privatize has created too great of an opportunity for charlatans and corporations looking to make a buck. Charter schools as parent-teacher driven laboratories have a role to play in education. Charter schools as a replacement for public schools do a disservice to both the children who attend them and the public that finances them. Charter schools are not public schools, and the only reason people like former governor Jeb Bush and Geatz say they are is because it gives their privatization agenda some cover. It’s time we woke up and said, “Enough” — not because there are two many poor performing charter schools out there that should be closed but, simply, enough.  Chris Guerrieri

Guerrieri is a teacher who also writes a blog about education issues called Education Matters (

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