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Magnificent ‘Mud’ p. 23

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7 22 38 EDITOR’S NOTE Can a judge take away a student’s right to public education? p. 4 NEWS Two sides are vehement in their positions on medical marijuana. p. 6 DEEMABLE TECH Should I fix my older printer or buy a new one? p. 7 THE SPECKTATOR Find out how to fill your daily hug prescription. p. 7 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Aqua Grill owner Cary Hart, St. Johns County Fire Rescue and Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. and the Clay County School Board. p. 7 BUZZ New Jaguars uniforms, a good potato crop, the homeless day center, former prison chief released, a new home for Green Cove Springs police and a Kickstarter campaign for a local comic. p. 8 ON THE COVER Duval County’s new superintendent of schools wants struggling students to know that help is on the way. p. 10 OUR PICKS Dancing with the Stars Jacksonville, Gamble Rogers Festival, MargaritaFest, The Players Championship, Shrimpfest and Wavemasters Surf Tournament Pro-Am. p. 18 MOVIES “Iron Man 3”: Despite a lot of moving parts, film avoids trilogy fatigue on talents of Robert Downey Jr. p. 22

“Mud”: Set on the Mississippi, Matthew McConaughey’s fugitive receives help from two boys to contact his true love. p. 23

MUSIC Styx vs. REO Speedwagon: Two hardworking Illinois bands that enjoyed massive success in the ’70s and ’80s face off. p. 28

Jam-band icons and festival favorites Donna the Buffalo thunder on. p. 30 Boz Scaggs’ influences shape his latest album, ‘Memphis.’ p. 31 ARTS Clearly Jacksonville and Harbinger want you to love signs more. p. 40

Philadelphia artist best known for his ‘Portraits of Iraqis’ series brings a new exhibit to Flagler College. p. 41 SPORTSTALK Jonathan Papelbon joins the team of professional loudmouths. p. 49 BITE-SIZED Avondale favorite Orsay continues to impress. p. 57 BACKPAGE We need you to write about what’s on your mind. p. 63 MAIL p. 5 THE EYE p. 24, 34 MOVIE LISTING p. 25 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 35 ARTS LISTING p. 42 HAPPENINGS p. 46 DINING GUIDE p. 50 CLASSIFIEDS p. 58 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 60 I SAW U p. 61 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 62

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Editor’s Note Is Public Education a Right? And can a judge take away that right?



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wo Oceanway Middle School students were friends, but then came name-calling, hurt feelings — pretty normal stuff for the eighth grade. That’s how Duval County schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti described the situation. But then it took a serious turn for the worse. Police said one girl lured the other to a store off campus where she beat her up. Investigators said two other girls helped, one by luring the victim to the store and the other by recording what happened on her cellphone. The victim was hospitalized with a skull fracture. The victim’s mother sought an injunction to keep the suspect, who was given a 10-day out-of-school suspension, away from Oceanway Middle School for good, but Circuit Judge Henry Davis banned the 14-year-old from attending any public school in Duval County. “It’s landmark, that’s for sure,” John Phillips, who represents the victim’s mother, told The Florida Times-Union. “When we heard it, it seemed a little much, but I was honored that he went for that.” A little much? That’s an understatement. “It’s basically a life sentence for her,” said Trey Csar, president of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. “We know that students who aren’t in school, the die is cast for them.” “The judge’s ruling is unconstitutional,” Vitti said. “You can’t deny a child a public education.” That’s the same thing Vitti said in earlier coverage of the case. Phillips shot back in a 2013 Times-Union guest column saying Vitti was more concerned about the bully than the victim. “Children shouldn’t need lawyers, but I guess in Duval County, the bullies don’t just lurk in the hallways,” Phillips wrote. “I want to be clear, I, in no way, am justifying or excusing the behavior of the perpetrator,” Vitti said. Phillips wrote “the evidence was clear and uncontradicted that this attacker was a ‘serial bully’ who victimized children time and time again.” Vitti said there was no history of reported bullying between the two girls, but Phillips is using the sensitivity surrounding bullying to exaggerate this case and condemn Duval County employees who work to prevent it. “It’s not as if we’re throwing up our hands and saying kids are going to be kids,” Vitti said. “In this situation, no one dropped the ball.” Bullying is a serious issue and one Vitti said the district is taking steps to combat, such as placing in-school suspension teachers in all middle and high schools, training teachers and parents, revisiting the code of conduct to incorporate a progression of discipline, and increasing the number of guidance counselors. But it clouds the real issue in this case, which is the right to a public education. Attacking a superintendent for supporting that right is like attacking a supervisor of elections for supporting voting rights. “One of my responsibilities is to advocate for children,” Vitti said. “That’s how I view my role as a superintendent.” Public education is for everyone. It’s easy to lose sight of this simple fact in the cloud of

charter schools and private school vouchers. These selective schools can accept or kick out students whenever they like. But public schools must be there for everyone. Without them, we would see more incarceration and more illiteracy. “That’s the beauty and the beast of public schools: We work with all students,” Vitti said. “We have students who commit heinous crimes, and they’re still provided a public education through DJJ [Department of Juvenile Justice],” Vitti said. Attorney W.C. Gentry said that when he ran for the Duval County School Board, he believed in a zero tolerance policy for students who break the law. “Then you hear the stories of these children, and it’s a different story,” said Gentry, who represented District 3 for four years. He described the case of a child who was a good student but was being terrorized by kids in his neighborhood because he was trying to make something of himself. The child started carrying a gun in his backpack to and from school because he felt threatened. It wasn’t loaded, and he didn’t intend to harm anyone, but it was found on campus. The district had no choice but to expel him. “That was one of the hardest decisions I had to make,” Gentry said. That child was allowed to attend an alternative school. In time, he was able to return to a traditional school, although not his original school. Shouldn’t this Oceanway student be given the same opportunity? “If the attacker went to a different middle school, do we have evidence here or a track record that shows this student would put other students in harm’s way?” Vitti asked. “No. There’s not enough evidence to say that.” “To prevent a child from a public education is an extreme punishment,” Gentry said. But he said he believes Davis was not presented with all of the relevant options. If the School Board were to consider this case, it might end up expelling the student. It comes up a few times a year, and it’s not taken lightly. But even then, the student has options for receiving a public education. “As a former teacher, as a former principal, as an assistant superintendent, I’ve had to make tough decisions,” Vitti said. “I think one fight is too many fights, but kids have been fighting for years. That doesn’t mean they’re expelled from school.” “What is the right body to make those types of decisions?” Csar asked. “The School Board elected by the citizenry of Duval County.” You have to protect the student who was attacked and restore order to school. But there are intermediate steps available, which still allow this girl to receive a public education. Vitti said the suspect, who’s criminal case is still pending, is appealing the judge’s decision to ban her from Duval County public schools. “The odds are long for anybody who doesn’t have a high school diploma,” Csar said, “regardless of the reason.”  Denise M. Reagan

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s medicinal marijuana the miracle painkilling panacea offering relief to the sick and dying or does it open a Pandora’s box, unleashing other problems on society including widespread drug use, impaired driving and increased medical costs? There is enough evidence on both sides to leave the issue confused. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have approved medical marijuana, but possession of marijuana is a federal offense and in some states, including Florida, it can land you in jail. Many people swear by the drug’s pain relieving qualities, claiming it often works when nothing else will. John P. McDonough, a University of North Florida professor and director of the Nurse Anesthetist Program, strongly supports the use of marijuana for those terminally and severely ill. “I think in certain circumstances, the data is very clear that some people can benefit greatly from medical marijuana,” McDonough said. He speaks from experience. His daughterin-law was suffering from constant and severe nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy for cancer. Nothing seemed to work. As a resident of Colorado, a state that allows medicinal marijuana, she agreed to try it at her husband’s suggestion and her doctor’s blessing. “It did work. It worked like a charm,” McDonough said. As a result, his son opened up a store that sells medicinal marijuana in Colorado. When he was securing marijuana for his wife’s condition, he felt most of the stores looked more like head shops than pharmacies. Medical marijuana can be smoked like tobacco, but it is also available in brownies, candies and lollipops, McDonough said. “As an anesthetist, I understand pain management,” McDonough said. Well-known attorney John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan, which has offices in Orlando and Jacksonville, has agreed to lead an effort to get the medical marijuana issue on the 2014 Florida ballot. Organizers of his group, United for Care: People United for Medical Marijuana, must collect 683,149 valid signatures from Florida voters. The deadline for having signatures verified to get on the November ballot is Feb. 1, 2014. Constitutional amendments must receive 60 percent of the vote to be approved. Morgan’s prestige, money and political

FLORIDA’S MARIJUANA LAWS • Possession of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. • Possession of more than 20 grams is a felony, punishable five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. • Growing more than 25 plants is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. • There are enhanced penalties for sale and cultivation of large amounts of marijuana and sales within 1,000 feet of a school, college or park. Source: Florida statutes

contacts should help the effort, and he’s hired Ben Pollara, a veteran in Florida political affairs and advocacy, to manage the campaign. Jon Mills, dean emeritus of the University of Florida Law School and an expert on constitutional law as well as being former speaker of the Florida House, is drafting new language “so that when we get to the state Supreme Court we have the best chance possible of standing up to any challenge,” Pollara said. In an email, Pollara said he wanted to build a volunteer “Army of Angels,” before a re-launch of the petition drive in early June and hopes to collect nearly 1 million signatures. On its Web page, United for Care states, “Studies have shown that many patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other debilitating illnesses find that marijuana provides relief from their illnesses.” A recent poll taken by the organization shows that 70 percent of Floridians support the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida. A national poll taken in March by the Pew Research Center finds that 52 percent of 1,501 adults polled said marijuana should be legal. Forty-five percent said it should be illegal. In addition, 72 percent said the federal government’s efforts against marijuana “cost more than they are worth.” Morgan, who did not respond to a request by Folio Weekly for comment, told The Orlando Sentinel that he was motivated to try to legalize medicinal marijuana by his father’s suffering from emphysema and cancer prior to his death. Marijuana gave him some relief, Morgan said. “It was a very painful death,” Morgan told the Sentinel. “My brother was able to get him some marijuana, which enabled him to be able to Continued on page 8



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Wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce anxiety and stress, lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease, and help build your immune system without medication, exercise or even visiting the doctor? According to researchers, you can, and it’s as easy as opening your arms and giving someone a hug. Sponsored by the Hugs for Health Foundation (HHF), National Hug Week, May 6-12, was created to “increase hug abundance on the planet.” In celebration of this heartwarming holiday, I aim to fill my “daily hug prescription,” as suggested by HHF (four for survival, eight for maintenance and 12 for growth), every day next week. Whether you’re a friend, relative, acquaintance or “other,” you are officially on notice that, if you see me during National Hug Week, you’re probably going to get hugged (I say “probably” because I intend to abide by HHF’s proper hug etiquette.) Even if you don’t see me, I’ll virtually hug you via email, text or social media with one of the seven hug emoticons I found online. To learn more about National Hug Week and how you can participate, visit I’ll also be posting a recap of my experience – hug-by-hug.

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Bouquets & Brickbats Bouquets to Aqua Grill owner Cary Hart for raising $12,000 for the Child Cancer Fund during the 25th anniversary of his restaurant. Some 500 people braved bad weather for the event held April 14 at the restaurant located in Ponte Vedra Beach. The restaurant opened in 1988. “We chose the Child Cancer Fund as the recipient because it is a locally run charity directly supporting Jacksonville families who have children battling cancer,” Hart said. Brickbats to Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. and the Clay County School Board for their continuing squabbles. The latest chapter of this ongoing sniping resulted in Van Zant filing a lawsuit against the School Board over its decision to set job requirements for a district position and not accept his recommendations. School officials say his actions could cost the school system about $100,000. It would seem that Van Zant and the School Board ought to be able to come up with a solution without spending dollars that would better be spent educating students. Is this any way for public officials to act? Bouquets to Greta Hall and the other members of the St. Johns County Fire Rescue for its program to teach each of the 3,000 graduating seniors in the St. Johns County schools how to perform hands-only CPR and use an automated external defibrillator. With the help of the American Heart Association, a 45-minute course was developed, and students were given booklets to take home to their friends and family. Firefighters and rescue workers traveled to each high the county’s seven high schools from November 2012 to April to teach the courses. Hall is the department’s coordinator with the American Heart Association Volunteer instructors came from the St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the St. Augustine City Fire Department, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Park Medical Center and SafetyNet. MAY 1-7, 2013 | | 7


Jags’ New Togs Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said the new black uniforms for the 2013 season are “sharp, fast and aggressive.” The uniforms, which are mostly black, with accents of teal and gold, were unveiled April 23 and modeled by several players. Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Nike Football and Vice President and Creative Director Todd Van Horne, said a military flair was added to the uniform with a Jaguars patch placed on the jersey, directly over the heart. Nike, which is the official uniform supplier of the NFL, said the new uniform is lighter, stronger and includes integrated lightweight padding. The new helmet color fades from gold to black in the front and features the new Jaguars logo on the sides.

Comic Kickstarter Campaign Jacksonville artist Ryan Black was instantly hooked when he discovered his first “X-Men” comic book on a rack at Lil’ Champ in the 1980s. Now, Black seeks funding through the crowdfunding website for “Tension,” a modern mythology comic book featuring real-world obstacles. “I’m creating something with a lot of heart; this is not an ironic hipster book. There are no unicorns with mustaches here,” Black said. In the story, Eric Evans (aka WitchHammer) is told by his boss to hunt down and neutralize his telepathic best friend Jessica Jane. Jane is being blamed for an event in Prague that left 12 people dead and hundreds injured. Evans is employed by a government-funded black-ops agency called The American Bureau for Special Defense (A.B.S.D.), which employs super humans like Evans and Jane to defend America from super-powered terrorists. WitchHammer’s power isn’t revealed yet, but he has the ability to absorb and harness dark matter, Black said. The campaign begins May 4 for National Free Comic Book Day at Black Hive Comics in Riverside. Black is trying to raise $2,500 in 30 days to publish the first two issues of “Tension.” Afterward, he plans to invest the profits into publishing other issues. Bonnie Mulqueen

Funding for Homeless Day Center Wells Fargo contributed $70,000 in seed funding for the construction of the Jacksonville Day Resource Center for the homeless. The challenge grant was announced by Mayor Alvin Brown and Wells Fargo Regional President Scott Coble to encourage other businesses and community members to contribute to the center. The money will go toward an estimated $180,000 in construction costs. The JDRC is expected to open at the end of the summer at the annex of the City Rescue Mission as a one-year pilot project. The project had been scheduled to open in January, but the center needed more renovation work than expected. The center will be open three days a week and is the result of a collaboration among the Brown Administration, City Rescue Mission, Sulzbacher Center, Clara White Mission, Salvation Army, Trinity Rescue Mission and ICARE.

Former Prison Chief Released James Crosby, former secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections who was sent to prison for taking kickbacks, is again a free man. He was released from prison April 17. His sentence was reduced last 8 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013

year because of his help in getting the Gainesville businessman he took kickbacks from convicted, The Florida Times-Union reported. In 2007, Crosby was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to taking $130,000 from American Institutional Services, a company which received a deal to sell snacks and sodas to visitors at state prisons. The company was formed by Eddie Dugger, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in 2012 and was sentenced to 26 months in prison. An associate of Dugger, Joseph Deese, received 15 months.

Green Cove Police Will Get a New Home A combination police station and emergency operations center will be built in Green Cove Springs. The City Council voted 4-1 to accept the low bid of $3.9 million from Batson-Cook Construction of West Point, Ga., The Florida Times-Union reported. The council also voted to borrow $2.4 million to help fund the project. The 14,000-square foot structure is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Construction is projected to take 300 days. Police have operated in a 104-year-old renovated house since 1999; it was supposed to be a temporary facility.

Continued from page 6 be settled down and have a serenity he had not enjoyed until that time. I’ve seen it firsthand.” Two Florida lawmakers, Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Sunrise, also have filed bills seeking to legalize medicinal marijuana. They have named their bill for pro-pot activist Cathy Jordan, who uses the drug to mitigate the symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease. In February, Manatee County sheriff ’s deputies, wearing ski masks and with guns drawn, raided Jordan’s home, confiscating 23 marijuana plants, including two mature plants she uses to ease her pain. They made no arrests. The bill, which has little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Legislature, which ends May 13, would allow people with 24 different ailments, including “chronic pain” to possess 4 ounces of marijuana or grow eight plants at a time. There are strong opponents of the issue, including University of Florida professor Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy institute. Located in the Department of Psychiatry, the institute’s mission is to provide “policy-relevant material to lawmakers and the general public in the field of substance abuse and addiction.” Sabet was a senior adviser to President Obama’s drug czar from 2009-2011. He said the Obama administration “determined a policy of marijuana legalization would pose too many risks to health and public safety.” “Do the potential benefits of legalization outweigh the potential risks? After reviewing the evidence, the answer we came to was an emphatic ‘no.’ ” “If marijuana were legal, and more people used it, we’d have more people driving high, growing marijuana in their own home, using underage and violating all sorts of new regulations,” Sabet wrote in an article in The Fix, a blog dealing with addiction and recovery. Less than 2 percent of the people using medicinal marijuana have cancer, HIV and glaucoma, Sabet said. He likened those seeking

medical marijuana to those who use pill mills to get pain medications. “A vast majority have a history of drug abuse,” he said. Sabet said he could understand people wanting to alleviate their pain, but he doesn’t believe medical marijuana is the answer. “People have a natural compassion for the sick and dying. A vast majority have a chronic illness, not a terminal illness,” he said. Sabet favors a special compassionate program to provide experimental drugs and drugs approved in other countries to those dying and suffering, while safe and effective alternatives to medical marijuana are developed and approved in this country. “The current system is rife with abuses,” he said. A UF Policy Primer on Medical Marijuana produced by the Drug Policy Institute, said smoking marijuana is not an acceptable treatment for dealing with the pain of serious illness and that “very few people have cancer, HIV or other serious illnesses.” Seattle attorney Hilary V. Bricken, who received her undergraduate degrees in philosophy, English and Spanish from Jacksonville University, before receiving her law degree from the University of Miami in 2010, works for the CannaLaw Group, which advices marijuana businesses how to operate under state laws in Washington. Bricken, who has written several articles on the issue, expects Florida will eventually legalize marijuana. Washington and Colorado voters last year approved the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, even though the drug remains illegal under federal law. “More and more states will begin to deal with the issue, or at least the decriminalization of cannabis, as public opinion continues favoring legalization on a larger scale,” Bricken said. “It is only a matter of time before Congress does something meaningful on the federal law regarding cannabis.”  Ron Word

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Duval County’s new superintendent of schools wants struggling students to know that help is on the way. Story by Julie Delegal / Photos by Dennis Ho

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti (center) has a personal stake in the quality of Duval County Public Schools – his family: Marcello, 6; Giancarlo, 4; wife, Rachel; Lorenzo, 9; and Cecilia, 7. 10 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013

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ith fewer than three months on the job, Duval County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Nikolai Vitti, went public with personal information that illuminated his education policy priorities. Vitti told First Coast News anchor Jeannie Blaylock about his battle with dyslexia — a struggle that at least one of his children has inherited. The revelation sparked overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Web among advocates for people with dyslexia. According to his wife, Rachel Vitti, the Blaylock video went viral. And while his disclosure received a quieter reception locally, his dyslexia — and that of his oldest son, Lorenzo — impact his career in a manner that shouldn’t be underestimated. Already, Vitti and his executive director for exceptional education, Mason Davis, have taken steps to begin training teachers in multisensory approaches to teaching reading. Dyslexia can be mitigated when children who

of Lorenzo learning about the letter “D.” “He needs to write ‘D’ with his finger. That activates the neurons that don’t naturally click.” When Vitti pitched his plan to train teachers in multisensory techniques at a school board committee meeting, he noted that failing to implement that approach was a disservice to children, including his own son. “It’s personal,” Vitti said. “When I go out to schools, when I see kids … I see me.” The man with a doctorate from Harvard was once a child who struggled in school. “I was bright as a kid, but I didn’t think I was bright,” he said. “I sweated to death,” he added, recalling times in elementary school when students were asked to take turns reading aloud. “I’d be looking at the clock, thinking maybe we’d run out of time before my turn.” The nervous clock-watcher grew up to help lead the Miami-Dade school

“It’s personal. When I go out to schools, when I see kids ... I see me.” have it not only see letters and words, Davis said, but also when they hear, pronounce and touch the concepts being taught. “It’s really best practices for all children,” Davis said. Multisensory approaches can be simple, the superintendent added, giving the example

district to win a coveted national prize for school improvement. Vitti was assistant superintendent and chief academic officer in 2011 when Miami-Dade landed among the top tier of urban districts in both fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores. The Broad Foundation named MiamiDade “most improved” in 2012 for outstanding performance among Hispanic students in particular, citing a 14 percent increase in the graduation rate for both black and Hispanic students. Broad awarded the district more than $500,000 in scholarships. These accomplishments don’t surprise Rachel Vitti, who says her husband is a “great thinker who has found his accommodations.” “Dictation, secretaries — these are accommodations,” she said. A warrior-mother who has studied dyslexia, she ticked off a list of highly successful people who have the disorder: Walt Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Charles Schwab.

Learning to Be Smart itti said he was a slow reader and often mispronounced words. “The kids would laugh at me,” he shared. Asked how he managed to get through school, he said, “I was polite. I wasn’t a troublemaker, and there wasn’t something called standardized testing.” “Athletics was my escape,” he added. As he made his way through high school, though, he experienced a remarkable transformation: The more complex school became, the better Vitti performed. “I started to come alive,” he said, “in classes where I could debate.” The shift from mere rote learning to subjects where he could apply his critical thinking skills woke him up to the possibility that he could be smart, after all. “I was interested in politics, which always seemed to confuse people,” he said, grinning. Vitti’s own experiences anchor his belief that classroom learning should “link to what students’ interests are.” Though he always suspected he might have the disorder, the official diagnosis of dyslexia didn’t come until he was well into college. By that time, however, Vitti’s coping


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“That was elbow grease. The work ethic I saw in my mother, my grandmother, my uncle — I applied it to my studies. I spent hours laboring through.”

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Decoding Sounds & Symbols eople with dyslexia have a neurological difference, and it’s largely genetic. Dyslexia interferes with the brain’s ability to decode phonemic sounds from written language, and sometimes those processing problems extend to mathematical representations as well. Dyslexia is estimated to affect between 5 and 20 percent of the population. The Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia reports that once a standardized definition of the disorder was developed, the National Institutes of Health estimate grew to 17 percent. Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization that maintains an audio library, uses the 20 percent figure. On April 16, Learning Ally launched a “1 in 5” public service announcement campaign to promote awareness of dyslexia. According to Davis, about 5,500 of the district’s 125,000 students have a specific learning disability, which is the category under which dyslexia falls for purposes of


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Nikolai Vitti said as a child he was a slow reader and often mispronounced words. “The kids would laugh at me.” His son Lorenzo has had access to services that helped him deal with his dyslexia from an early age.

“The best thing about it is my mother says I can pick things up better than other people can.” federal law. “Most of those [5,500] students have dyslexia,” he said. Adult literacy proponents estimate that between 50 percent and 80 percent of adults who seek reading classes have a learning disability, according to Sharon Jaskula of Learn to Read Jacksonville. Though no precise measures of Jacksonville’s literacy rate have ever been made, the last local study that spotlighted literacy was conducted in 1993. It estimated that 47 percent of the city’s adults were functionally illiterate — or unable to read above a fourth-grade level. “We are all so excited that Dr. Vitti recognizes the importance of teaching decoding — and teaching it well — before expecting children to comprehend challenging texts,” Jaskula said in an email. “Nearly every adult who walks into our programs benefits from this type of instruction — imagine if they had been exposed to it earlier.” Jaskula echoed Vitti’s thoughts on

teaching literacy. “It’s not just about me,” he insisted. ”It’s about what the research says.”

The Quicker Picker-upper hen asked about how it feels to have a brain difference, 9-year-old Lorenzo Vitti didn’t miss a beat. “The best thing about it is my mother says I can pick things up better than other people can,” the aspiring tackle-football player said. “He’s a perceptive kid,” his mother said. “Lorenzo has a very good recollection of his own experiences. His goal is to find connections and go from there.” Those connections are what make the synapses in a child’s brain “pop,” Rachel Vitti said. The worst thing, Lorenzo said, is having to read passages and answer questions about things like “main idea.” His favorite subjects are recess, PE and science. It’s the experiments Lorenzo likes best about science, “but we barely do that,” he lamented.


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Rachel Vitti said she isn’t surprised by her husband’s accomplishments despite his struggles with dyslexia. She said her husband, like many successful people who have the disorder, has developed ways to deal with it. “Dictation, secretaries — these are accommodations,” she said.

'I'm Not Some Crazy Parent' espite her husband’s meteoric rise from Bronx high school teacher to Harvard graduate to Florida Department of Education bureau chief and beyond, Rachel Vitti said her oldest son’s educational path in Florida has not been easy. “They had great services in Massachusetts,” she said, “but Florida didn’t have wonderful early child services.” She first suspected that Lorenzo might need special attention when he skipped


attends a high school in Duval County. “We’ve had to fight the system along the way. Had we not had the resources to have her privately tested, she would have failed,” Stallings said. “Even in fourth grade, they [Duval County] wouldn’t test her, even though the teacher recommended it.” Davis understands why parents often get upset with the exceptional education process. “They should be angry,” he said. “Systematically, we looked at the IEP [Individual Education Plan] as a piece of paper.”

“As a teacher, I knew he should have been developing automaticity.”

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crawling and went straight to walking at age eight months. “He knew if he could stand, he could go,” she said. A regular visitor to, Vitti kept track of developmental milestones. She learned that skipping the crawling stage might be an indication of future language problems. Lorenzo, who now shows no speaking problems, took speech and language therapy sessions three times a week in Massachusetts. The family’s experience with Florida’s educational services, however, was different. By the time Lorenzo finished kindergarten without mastering his alphabet sounds, Rachel Vitti became concerned about dyslexia. “As a teacher, I knew he should have been developing automaticity,” she said. School personnel in Tallahassee told her that her son was fine. “And I’d say, ‘no, no, there’s a bigger issue.’ ” Rachel Vitti’s story sounds familiar to Sandy Stallings, whose daughter has dyslexia and

The goal, he said, is to look at each IEP as a “child who needs resources.” Davis is not shy about sharing how poorly Duval County has served exceptional students. While the district met all Florida DOE compliance indicators for serving exceptional children, that is, the paperwork requirements, it met zero outcome-based indicators for those children. In other words, doing the paperwork didn’t help the children make the gains they needed to make. Rachel Vitti knows the frustration of parents who are ignored or who are shut out of conversations about their children’s special needs. “I kept hearing he was well-behaved, that he wanted to learn.” She explained that these statements have nothing to do with whether a child has a learning disability. Neither does being gifted, as Lorenzo is. The couple paid for a private therapist to work with him when Nikolai Vitti was employed by the Florida Department of

DYSLEXIA • It is a phonologically based, developmental reading disability. • It appears in children as an unexpected problem in word recognition, spelling, language comprehension and reading comprehension. • Practitioners diagnosing dyslexia must rule out vision problems, as well as deficiencies in the child’s educational experience. • Up to 20 percent of the total population, or 1 in 5 people, are affected. • It is recognized as a specific learning disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which states that all children with disabilities are entitled to a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE). • It is inherited. • While there is no cure, most children with dyslexia can be successful in school with specialized education programs, tutoring and emotional support. • Early signs are late talking, learning new words slowly and trouble with rhyming words. Sources:

LOCAL RESOURCES The DePaul School, Steele Gudal Campus 3044 San Pablo Road S., Intracoastal 223-3391, aboutdyslexia.html Lindamood-Bell Center in Jacksonville 7645 Gate Parkway, Ste. 104, Southside 642-1917, Nemours BrightStart! Prescreening for 3-5 year olds; referrals for diagnosis 10140 Centurion Parkway N., Southside, 697-3118, brightstart.html The International Dyslexia Association, Florida Branch 3750 San Jose Place, Ste. 35, San Jose, Exceptional Education and Student Services Duval County Public Schools 1701 Prudential Drive, fourth floor, Southbank 390-2071, parents/getinvolved/ese/contact.asp MAY 1-7, 2013 | | 15

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Mason Davis, DCPS executive director for exceptional education, said the goal is for all children to be exposed to a multisensory curriculum during the early grades.

“We are all so excited that Dr. Vitti recognizes the importance of teaching decoding — and teaching it well — before expecting children to comprehend challenging texts.” Students Affected These are the numbers of students in the 2012-’13 school year identified as having a specific learning disability (SLD), which includes dyslexia. Of Florida’s 2.7 million students, more than 134,000 have a specific learning disability.

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Education in Tallahassee. It wasn’t until their son entered second grade, after the couple relocated to Miami, that Rachel Vitti’s suspicions were validated by a teacher who also detected something different about Lorenzo. “I said, ‘Thanks for recognizing that I’m not some crazy parent,’ ” she recalled. Lorenzo’s second-grade year was the Vitti family’s first experience with keeping data and monitoring progress for their son. Like many mothers before her, Rachel Vitti spent hours doing research and working on Lorenzo’s IEP goals with her child’s school. Asked if her husband — then a high-ranking district official in Miami — understood the extent of the service gap that can exist between the law and what schools are willing to do, she said, “It was an evolution.” “You don’t know what you don’t know,” she added. “Had we not gone through this IEP process, he might have eventually figured it out — but [now] he has firsthand knowledge.” Though Rachel Vitti won’t talk about the details of obtaining services for her son here in Jacksonville, she did share that she made phone calls on Lorenzo’s behalf as soon as it was apparent that the family might move here. Using her maiden name, she found it difficult to get her questions about DCPS’ exceptional education services answered. “It was … inefficient,” she said, searching for the most diplomatic word. “As a regular mom calling about services for my child, it was inefficient.” Stallings, however, was blunt about her daughter’s luck with DCPS’ exceptional education services. “They tried to do away with her accommodations because she was succeeding,” she said. “Isn’t that the whole point of accommodations — for children to succeed? They don’t understand that she works harder.” An experienced social services practitioner who has worked in the juvenile justice system, Stallings has seen the consequences of allowing children to fail. “Once you tell children they’re failures, that’s another set of problems you’re creating,” she said. A lot of the kids she saw on probation or parole were probably gifted, she said, “but their educational needs weren’t addressed.” Stallings said she is very thankful for the teachers and exceptional education coordinators who have helped her daughter along the way.

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he key is to focus on the deficiency, and to provide the right interventions,” Superintendent Vitti said. “There are some teachers who understand it, but it’s not happening on a systemic level.” Vitti and Davis agree that DCPS currently suffers from “a culture of compliance,” in its approach to both exceptional and nonexceptional students. “Duval is fixated and obsessed with benchmarks,” Vitti said. When testing takes over, he explained, the remedy offered tends to relate to the test, instead of to the child’s individual needs. But no matter how many exercises you give a child to master a single concept on a test, like “main idea,” he said, if the child can’t read, it won’t help. “Everyone wants the quick fix and the silver bullet, but the way to create better readers is to

go deeper,” the superintendent said. “Interventions are not strong at the K through 2 level,” he told school board members on March 14. He said that the district would be “putting children in harm’s way” by providing inadequate approaches to addressing students’ individual reading deficiencies. Vitti also acknowledged that the district’s deficits in serving dyslexic students could result in more lawsuits. Vitti’s plan is, first, to have Hope Haven practitioners directly serve a pilot group of 120 students who have been identified as struggling readers. This direct, multisensory instruction will take place in under-enrolled schools yet to be determined. Second, Hope Haven will train teachers in multisensory approaches to teaching reading. The project will cost $150,000. Vitti and Davis expect the district to build its own capacity to train teachers without Hope Haven’s assistance within a year and a half. “It’s our job as a district to provide those types of supports to the teachers,” Davis said, “because they’re the ones who see the kid every day.” The goal is for all children to be exposed to a multisensory curriculum during the early grades.

Hope for the Future tallings said she believes the Hope Haven plan is mostly good news. “I hope that teachers will have better training … that accommodations will be easier to get. And technology is better now. That helps.” Stallings and Rachel Vitti both sing the praises of Learning Ally, a company that offers books with accompanying audio recordings. Lorenzo also benefits from the “Reading To Go” program for the iPad, which highlights words as he reads, and has an audio component as well. But Stallings said she worries about an inevitable shift from a multisensory curriculum in the early grades to books and written work in later grades. The answer to Stallings’ concern might be found in a Vitti family anecdote. Lorenzo’s little sister, Cecilia, has already informed her teacher that they won’t need books for long, because her daddy is planning to give everyone an iPad. “It’s coming,” Vitti said. “It’s all about what’s going to turn on a kid.” 


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OTHER RESOURCES Learning Ally (formerly Recordings for the Blind) The Institute for Multisensory Education “Overcoming Dyslexia,” Sally Shaywitz, 2003, Vintage Books

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Pros, amateurs and even semi-retired surfers – can a surfer ever really retire? – ride the waves for cash, prizes and pride at the 30th annual WaveMasters Surf Contest. More than 200 surfers are expected to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes with a raffle raising money for youth and environmental charities. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5 on the south side of the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Entry fees to compete: $30-$75, Photo: Jim Walker


The 40th annual week of The Players Championship celebrates its Military Appreciation Day with country star Dierks Bentley (pictured) performing May 8 on the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn. The Players attracts the best field in the world, chasing a purse of $9.5 million with more than 150,000 fans over the course of the week. Gates open for practice rounds 7:30 a.m. May 6-8, competition rounds 6:30 a.m. May 9-10, 7:30 a.m. May 11-12 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Practice round tickets: $15, $25; daily competition round grounds tickets: $58; weekly grounds tickets: $150; free admission for active and retired military and free parking for vehicles containing four or more passengers (vouchers required, available online), tournaments/the-players-championship.html.


This festival kicks off Cinco de Mayo early – no complaints here – and honors that most popular of tequila-based cocktails. Admission includes unlimited sampling of margaritas, entertainment and appetizing treats from popular Northeast Florida restaurants. More than 50 margarita flavors available. 7-10 p.m. (VIP ticket holders get in at 6 p.m.) May 3 at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, Southside. General admission: $25 in advance, $30 at door; VIP: $30 in advance, $35 at door. Tickets sold at Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Southside; Anjo Liquors, 9928 Old Baymeadows Road, Southside; and Monkey’s Uncle Tavern, 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach,


It’s that time when well-known Jacksonville citizens try to dance their way into your hearts without waltzing off the stage. This year’s participants in Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars include the mayor’s Director of Communications David DeCamp, who was given sage advice by an unnamed source to take his dancing to the next level. WJXT’s Melanie Lawson and Curtis Dvorak (aka Jaxson De Ville) serve as emcees. Folio Weekly blogger Kerry “The Specktator” Speckman and dance professional Zeljko “Jake” Lukic, last year’s champions (pictured), join Alhambra Theatre & Dining owner Craig Smith as judges for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus benefit. 8 p.m. May 3 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $30-$90, 353-1636, 18 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013


The 18th annual festival celebrates the eponymous folk singer and the importance of storytelling in song. Performers include the Claire Lynch Band, Laney Jones, The New 76ers (pictured), Flagship Romance, Ben Prestage, Sam Pacetti, Moors and McCumber and more than 30 other Americana acts performing over three days. 5-10 p.m. May 3 at St. Augustine Marina, 111 E. Avenida Menendez; noon-10 p.m. May 4 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S.; and beginning noon May 5 at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Pavilion, St. Augustine, $10-$40, Photo: Gail Carson

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aims to protect those closest to him – obviously Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) – while trying to save the world in “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black. Photo: Walt Disney Studios

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his Tony Stark suffers from anxiety. He’s saved the world a few times now, most recently in “The Avengers” when he flew in and out of a wormhole – but don’t mention that word or he might hyperventilate. Granted, living up to Marvel’s current momentum at the multiplex is a lot of pressure, but “Iron Man 3” blasts off as the fun-filled, CGIloaded blockbuster that moviegoers now demand of summer. Certainly, writer/director Shane Black risks heading down that perilous path of superhero trilogies with more villains, more heroes, more storylines, more Hollywood clichés – even more endings. What keeps the story grounded and the action soaring remains Robert Downey Jr. as Stark, a genius casting decision that’s carried four films, and the screenplay by Black and Drew Pearce. In “Iron Man 3,” our hero is more vulnerable, cherishing his girl, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and knowing that the villains are lining up to take him and his suit apart. Most prominently, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) seems to enjoy killing innocent people and taunting the president. Meanwhile, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a scientist who Stark jilted way back before the turn of the millennium, is in control of a powerful technology called Extremis. He has the help of a wildcard: Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), who has a romantic past with Stark and the brains to challenge him. Stark isn’t too focused on any of it – until one attack hits close to home. In this journey, Downey and Black (writer for “Lethal Weapon,” “The Last Boy Scout” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight”) succeed in returning Iron Man to his roots as the genius billionaire always ready to get his hands dirty and always quick with a one-liner. His response to a boy whose father abandoned him is priceless – showing Stark won’t even treat kids with kid gloves. Iron Man receives a hand from that kid sidekick and Iron Patriot – the new politically correct name for War Machine (Don Cheadle). More significantly, Paltrow’s lovely Ms. Potts gets a chance to dirty her hands, giving the film a needed jolt. Comic traditionalists might have the biggest complaints. The film borrows from a dozen “Iron Man” storylines while remaining irreverent to

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nearly all of them. One major change in a key villain will rankle many longtime fans, even if it proves entertaining to the average moviegoer. The Neptune Beach resident sitting next to me in the preview owns every “Iron Man” title from the past 45 years. He was entertained and unbothered by the irreverence to the comics. The film might remind moviegoers of other classics, including “Terminator 2” (the villains) and “Lethal Weapon” (the banter between Iron Man and Iron Patriot). Ms. Potts catches Stark flirting with her while working at the same time in a scene reminiscent of “Watchmen,” and the ending might remind some viewers of “Titanic” – not in a good way. As with many action films, questioning the plot is easy. Even if most decisions by the heroes and villains made sense, why didn’t Iron Man just ring up the other Avengers for back up? We’re not supposed to think that much. Leave all the thinking to the billionaire genius in the suit. This time, more than ever, Stark shows his mettle by often working without the suit – the better to show Downey’s face and hammer home the hero’s vulnerability. The overwrought emotional elements might be the film’s biggest weakness. However, “Iron Man 3” could have run into more trouble. The Mandarin looked like a one-note villain in the trailers and on paper, but Kingley’s talents were not wasted. The action set pieces deliver – especially the one involving Air Force One – but the film doesn’t let the action run away with the story. With all these moving parts, Iron Man continues to work with different directors, villains and sidekicks for one major reason: Downey’s screen presence. In delivering all those one-liners, another actor might come across as a jerk. Downey proves endearing. That’s a pretty great super power.  David Johnson


Mud (Matthew McConaughey) receives help from Neckbone (Jacob Lofland, left) and Ellis (Tye Sheridan) in trying to reunite with the woman he loves in “Mud,” directed by Jeff Nichols. Photo: Roadside Attractions

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t’s a hell of a thing: a boat in a tree.” It sure is, and in “Mud,” a boat in a tree is the catalyst to launch a well-rendered story that is ultimately about love. Two 14-year-old southern boys, Ellis and Neckbone (think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn), discover a boat lodged in a tree and claim it as their own special hideaway off the banks of the Mississippi River. The boat, however, is the home of Mud (a brilliant Matthew McConaughey), a fugitive hiding out until he can meet up again with the love of his life, Juniper (an underused Reese Witherspoon). Though Neckbone is suspicious of the worndown and ragged man, Ellis feels immediate sympathy for Mud and agrees to help him get food and such with the promise that the boys will eventually get the boat. The setting is perfectly rendered: a poor little fishing town, where the classes are established as the townies and those who work and live on the mighty river. It is set in modern times but it could just as easily be set 10, 20, 40, 60 years ago with little variation. This is important because, in an age where we have tracked down criminals and terrorists around the world, there is still a part of America that is almost inaccessible — a place where a fugitive is able to hide and not be found. But Mud isn’t evil. McConaughey develops him as a superstitious lover, whose chivalry and sense of justice lead him to kill the man who physically abused the woman he loved. The love he feels for Juniper, a hot and cold romance, is what draws Ellis to sympathize with him. Ellis’ own parents admit to falling out of love and consider a divorce. Ellis needs to know that love is real, and he wants to help Mud in order

for that to be proven. Besides McConaughey’s brilliant performance, the true star here is Tye Sheridan, who plays Ellis with resolved confidence. He lives in a world where to his parents and elders it is “Yes, sir. No, ma’am,” but he does not allow shyness or embarrassment to prevent him from asking a girl four years his senior to be his girlfriend or from striking out against bullies and adults who are mistreating the women he meets. The real treat in Sheridan’s performance are the moments when he gets exactly what he’s looking for and his “did-that-really-justhappen” grin. He’s a subtle performer and that works perfectly here. At 14, he is already unsurprised by the badness in the world, but he still clings to the notion of love. Witherspoon, on the other hand, underplays her minimal role. She is more an item, someone with whom you can’t connect. While that is not entirely her fault, she still plays the role with too much reserve. Following her recent arrest in April on disorderly conduct charges, her performance will likely receive added scrutiny. Some might ask whether this is the beginning of the end of her A-list career. The rest of the cast, though, turn in strong portrayals of various, fully-figured and motivated characters, such as Michael Shannon’s sex-fueled man-boy uncle/caretaker of Neckbone and Sam Shepard’s reclusive hunter Tom Blankenship. Ultimately, “Mud” works in the same way “Cool Hand Luke” or “Great Expectations” worked. You feel for the fugitive. You want him to escape justice thanks to the performances by Sheridan and McConaughey. Nearly all the rest of the supporting characters are fully realized and solid, which helps drive the relatively simple but strong story forward.  Josh Walbert MAY 1-7, 2013 | | 23

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THE BIG WEDDING **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace When Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were married, they adopted a son. They’ve been kaput for ages, and now son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is getting married. The unhappy couple must pretend they’re still married and happy when Alejandro’s uptight biological mother decides to attend his wedding. THE CALL *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. When 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) gets a call from Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin), a girl who has just been abducted, Turner must face a man from her past to save the young girl. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. After a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) identifies him as a member of The Weather Underground, a radical ’60s organization, Jim Grant (Robert Redford) has to keep one step ahead of the law. Directed by Redford, the thriller has an all-star cast that includes Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Root, Sam Elliott and Brendan Gleeson. However, many critics contend the story doesn’t live up to the talent drawn to this project.


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 Regal River City 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., 829-3101

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Divorced couple Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) attempt to be civil at their adopted son’s nuptials in “The Big Wedding,” directed by Justin Zackham. Photo: Lionsgate

THE CROODS **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace A family of missing links (really!) is forced from their cave and into a whole new way of life – with fire, tools and shoes. The animated comedy’s cast voices include Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. DISCONNECT ***@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown The drama, directed by Henry Alex Rubin, examines the dangerous games users play on the Internet — from gambling online to affairs and identity theft to online pranks. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Nyqvist and Paula Patton. EVIL DEAD **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace In the remake of a 1981 horror film, five friends hole up in a remote cabin in the woods. They read from the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead), calling out a slew of dastardly demons – who just happen to be in the same woods – out to possess the kids. With Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Despite the commanding presence of a charismatic Dwayne Johnson, this comic book takeoff is just too overwrought for its own good. Good action scenes, though, which should be seen in 3D. Co-starring eternal badass Bruce Willis and a gaggle of rugged he-men, especially Channing Tatum – yum! HOME RUN **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown Pro baseball player Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) is forced to return to his hometown to enter rehab for his alcoholism. With the help of his agent Helene (Vivica A. Fox), Brand gets a job coaching a youth baseball team, which paves the way for his transformation and redemption.

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THE HOST G@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. From the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” action-sci-fi-thriller “The Host” is also a love story about Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) who’s up against an invisible entity that wants to occupy humans, physically and mentally. Apparently, Melanie believes that love is all we need to keep from becoming pod persons. IRON MAN 3 Rated PG-13 • Opens May 3 Reviewed in this issue. JURASSIC PARK 3D **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace, WGV IMAX Theatre In 1993, Steven Spielberg transported us to a land where prehistoric man-eating – and plant-eating – beasts roamed free, thousands of years past their prime. Twenty years later, we’re invited back to “The Lost World” – in 3D! THE LORDS OF SALEM **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues Here’s a cheery little film to lift your spirits – JK! Rob Zombie wrote and directed this creepy horror tale of a radio DJ tortured by the noise between the grooves of a vinyl record played backward. Wait a sec … is Paul dead again? MUD **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues Reviewed in this issue. OBLIVION ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark, Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a veteran soldier, is sent to the distant planet Earth to salvage some of the last remaining resources. When he meets Beech (Morgan Freeman), the leader of an insurgency, Harper begins to question everything he thought he knew about his mission and the planet. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia

Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) is held hostage in the White House during a terrorist attack. Lucky for him, former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is also trapped in the building. With his inside knowledge of the layout of the place, badass Mike is Asher’s – and the nation’s – only hope of surviving. ON THE ROAD ***@ Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema The Brazilian-French adventure drama, directed by Walter Salles, and is based on Jack Kerouac’s 1957 classic novel about his travels in the U.S. in the 1940s. The all-star cast includes Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Alice Braga and Kirsten Dunst. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Sam Raimi directs this adventure to the Land of Oz to see how the Midwestern magician became the great wizard. Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a two-bit circus performer, is hurtled to a place where fortune and treasures abound. He meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), witches of dubious morality. Can he tell good from bad and save the land? PAIN & GAIN Not Rated • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Michael Bay directs this film based on a true story about three bodybuilders (dumbbells pumping dumbbells) in Florida, Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Anthony Mackie (Adrian Doorbal), who become involved in a crime gone wrong. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES **** Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Carny motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling) finds out he has a son and vows to provide for the child, only he robs banks instead of getting a real job. This gets the attention of Avery (Bradley Cooper), a good cop trying to survive in a dirty police department. Critics

argue that Cooper and Gosling give the best performances of their careers. REALITY ***G Rated R • Sun-Ray Cinema Matteo Garrone’s 2012 Italian drama received 2012’s Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival. Starring Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Claudia Gerini and Ciro Petrone, it’s about a fishmonger on the Italian version of reality TV show “Big Brother.” “Reality” got rave reviews – The New York Times wrote “the ending is lit with a mystifying sense of wonder.” ROOM 237 ***G Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema This documentary explores the hidden meanings and theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film “The Shining,” based on Stephen King’s truly scary novel. Los Angeles filmmaker Rodney Ascher gives voice to the film’s fans, who believe they have decoded symbols and messages. The documentary played at the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. SCARY MOVIE V *@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace The latest installment of the “Scary Movie” franchise is about a couple who set up home surveillance in their house after they find out a demon lives within (cue diabolic laughter). The movie parodies “Paranormal Activity,” “Black Swan” and “The Evil Dead,” among others, and features Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Ashley Tisdale and Lindsay Lohan. TEMPTATION *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace A marriage counselor gets restless in her relationship and becomes obsessive about another man, who just happens to be a billionaire. Tyler Perry’s film explores the intrigue and risks of infidelity. Hey, can’t be all bad – Kim Kardashian’s in it! Co-starring Vanessa Williams, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Lance Gross, who isn’t. UPSTREAM COLOR ***@ Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema The lives of Jeff (Shane Carruth) and Kris (Amy Seimetz) become intertwined as they try to hold on to their identities

Movies despite mind-altering drugs, brainwashing and mind games. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January and played at South by Southwest last month.

OTHER FILMS ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS The story of singer Jeffrey Kagel, would-be Blue Oyster Cult frontman, who gave up the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of sex, drugs and … the rest, and became Krishna Das, a world-renowned vocalist specializing in the Indian devotional music Kirtan. 7 p.m. May 1 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $10, 359-0047, MOSH SCI-FI WEEKEND Sci-Fi Day at MOSH was a hit last year, so it’s now Sci-Fi Weekend. Pre-events before the weekend include a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 7 p.m. May 2, followed by a film discussion. “The Future of Architecture,” presented by Wayne Wood, is 7 p.m. May 3, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, Both pre-events are $10. The Sci-Fi Weekend events continue May 4-5 at the museum. PLAYIN’ HOOKY WITH TONY STARK Sun-Ray Cinema screens the first two “Iron Man” movies and “The Avengers” in 3D, starting at 1:30 p.m. May 2, $20 for all three films. “Iron Man 3” in 3D opens at 9:15 p.m. May 2, requiring a separate paid admission. “Iron Man 3” runs in 2D and 3D, May 3-23 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, MOVIES IN THE PARK Downtown Vision Inc. concludes the sixth annual popular series with “Brave” screened at dusk (about 8 p.m.) May 3 on Wyndham Riverwalk’s riverfront lawn, 1515 Prudential Dr., San Marco. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic; well-behaved pets are welcome, free, 634-0303, RIVER LIVES DOCUMENTARIES Created by University of North Florida students in Jillian

Smith’s film class, the documentary short series “River Lives” examines the relationships of people — including activists, artists, disabled adaptive rowers, distance swimmers, permaculture farmers, shrimpers and a Mayport Ferry deckhand. The film series is screened 3 p.m. May 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, 366-6911, WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE “Iron Man 3: An IMAX 3D Experience” opens May 2; “The Last Reef 3D” is screened along with “Flight of the Butterflies” and “To The Arctic 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theatre, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX, POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Safe Haven,” “Amour” and “Searching for Sugar Man” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 829-3101.


BROKEN CITY Ex-cop-turned-private-investigator Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) gets hired by New York City’s Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to spy on his cheating wife (Catherine ZetaJones). Taggart encounters trouble and uncovers a much larger scandal. THE GUILT TRIP Inventor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is forced to take his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), on a road trip to sell his latest invention. The mother-son comedy breaks down on the trip, with corny jokes and a predictable plot. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Pat (Bradley Cooper) leaves a mental institution under dubious circumstances. He was there after flipping over his wife’s adultery, but he means to fix the marriage. Problem is, he isn’t allowed to contact her, and he knows his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) are keeping secrets. He meets Tiffany (Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence), a recovering sex addict who says she’ll get a message to Pat’s wife if he’ll take dance lessons with her. 

Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks the color barrier in Major League Baseball in “42,” directed by Brian Helgeland. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Music STYX with REO SPEEDWAGON and TED NUGENT 6 p.m., May 3 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine Tickets: $39.50-$89.50 209-0367,


f you love cutting-edge indie rock or underground dance music, life as a music fan in Florida can be downright dreary — especially in spring and summer. But if you grew up in the ’70s and love classic-rock radio, this time of year is a veritable cornucopia of soaring power ballads, ill-fitting leather jackets and bombastic guitar solos. Leading the charge into summer package-tour bliss is Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, who’ve reconvened for their second annual “Midwest Rock ’n’ Roll Express.” The two Illinois bands have sold more than 70 million records between them and sound-tracked countless suburban make-out sessions with epic love jams like “Lady” (Styx) and “Keep On Lovin’ You” (REO Speedwagon). That might make them seem like an odd fit with the hell-raising “Uncle Ted” Nugent, Detroit’s most prolific six-string slinger and a fiery anti-liberal, pro-gun loudmouth with his own line of ammunition. But given the misperceptions and immediate eye-rolls that often precede any conversation about Styx and REO Speedwagon, we thought we’d provide a tale of the arena-rock tape to sum up their respective careers. Read on — and show up at St. Augustine Amphitheatre on May 3 — to see who has the edge in this power-pop showdown.

BEST LEAD SINGER Styx: Dennis DeYoung, who was with the band from 1961-1984, 1990-1992 and 1995-1999 REO Speedwagon: Kevin Cronin, who was with his band from 1972-1973 and 1976-present Edge: Since REO Speedwagon bounced through three lead singers in three years before allowing Cronin to settle in for good in 1976, we’ll give Styx and DeYoung the first point. His penchant for overblown stage theatrics and confounding concept albums is often cited as the main reason Styx broke up not once, not twice, but three times; in 1999, when DeYoung contracted a viral illness that made him temporarily sensitive to light, he asked the band to postpone touring. But they kicked their original member — part of the band since 1961 — to the curb and carried on without him. Today, the Styx website doesn’t even mention DeYoung. MOST FAMOUS POWER BALLAD Styx: 1975’s “Lady” REO Speedwagon: 1984’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” Edge: REO Speedwagon by a mile — those sappy keyboards, Kevin Cronin’s precious falsetto vocals, excruciatingly bad lines like “’Cause I feel so secure when we’re together” … Oh, and when your song is included on the soundtrack to everything from “South Park” to “King of the Hill” to “Horton Hears A Who!” you know you’ve got yourself a bona fide karaoke hit. LONGEST WINNING STREAK Styx: Five consecutive platinum albums between 1977 and 1983 REO Speedwagon: Seven consecutive gold albums between 1977 and 1987 Edge: The first close call. We’ll go with REO 28 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013

Classic Rock Clash

Two hardworking Illinois bands that enjoyed massive success in the ’70s and ’80s face off Styx – Chuck Panozzo (from left, standing), Ricky Phillips, Todd Sucherman, James Young (from left, sitting), Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan – dumped lead singer Dennis DeYoung in 1999.

Speedwagon, though — not only because the first album in their streak, 1977’s “Live: You Get What You Play For,” was a live album, but because, if 1979’s “Nine Lives” and 1987’s “Life As We Know It” ever break the platinum threshold, the band will have seven consecutive platinums to Styx’s five. PINNACLE OF CAREER Styx: 1981 album “Paradise Theatre,” which has sold more than 3 million copies and hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts REO Speedwagon: 1980 album “Hi Infidelity,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and spawned four Top 25 hits, in addition to hitting No. 1 on the Billboard charts Edge: REO Speedwagon, for purely mathematical reasons — “Hi Infidelity” is one of the biggest-selling albums of all time and was also the band’s true breakthrough hit, while Styx had already enjoyed considerable success before “Paradise Theatre.” QUINTESSENTIAL OPENING LINE Styx: 1977’s “Come Sail Away”: “I’m sailing away/Set an open course for the virgin sea.” REO Speedwagon: 1980’s “Take It on the Run”: “Heard it from a friend who/Heard it from a friend who/Heard it from another you been messin’ around.” Edge: Styx by a nose. Kevin Cronin’s “heard it from a friend” riff packs a deceptively insinuating punch, but the song never takes off from there. Dennis DeYoung’s sensitive, pianobacked (and chortle-inducing) lyric, on the other hand, only sets the stage for a bombastic, kaleidoscopic guitar-and-synthesizer journey that elevates this tale of angels, starships and personal freedom right into the Great American Songbook. MOST UNDERRATED MOMENT Styx: 1975 song “Suite Madame Blue” REO Speedwagon: Naming their 1978 album “You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish” Edge: Kudos to REO Speedwagon, a band that seemed to lose its sense of humor by 1980, for coming up with one of the funniest album titles in rock history. But in all seriousness, Styx has to win here — “Suite Madame Blue” still stands as one of the finest prog-rock epics of all time, slotting in easily with similarly hard-edged, quasi-mythological gems by ’70s kingpins Led Zeppelin, Kansas and Jethro Tull.

CORNIEST LYRIC Styx: “I’m sailing away/Set an open course for the virgin sea” from “Come Sail Away” REO Speedwagon: “It’s time to bring this ship into shore/And throw away the oars, forever” from “Can’t Fight This Feeling” Edge: Both bands earn points for predating the current nautical craze by a good 20-30 years. But still, we cringe far more thinking about the creepsters who used Styx’s lyrics as a naughty pick-up line than about the lonely rock groupies who longed for their men to dock in the same port for eternity. WHEN THEY JUMPED THE SHARK Styx: 1983’s “Kilroy Was Here,” a rock opera concept album about a futuristic world where rock ’n’ roll is banned by a tyrannical evangelist REO Speedwagon: After Alan Gratzer retired in 1988, leaving Neal Doughty as the sole remaining original member Edge: Styx, strictly on the strength of “Kilroy” single “Mr. Roboto,” a hilariously cornball stab at electro New Wave à la Devo. Google the video, which features band members dressed as silver-skinned robots before Dennis DeYoung breaks free to jam out in a lavender jumpsuit. BIGGEST SHRED OF STREET CRED Styx: Naming themselves after the River Styx; releasing their seventh album, “The Grand Illusion,” on 7/7/77 REO Speedwagon: Naming themselves after the real REO Speed Wagon, a commercial

flatbed truck, produced by Ransom E. Olds of Oldsmobile fame, from 1915 to 1953 Edge: A tough call — on the one hand, you have Styx, which named itself after the river in Greek mythology that damned souls must sail on their to the Underworld. On the other, you have REO Speedwagon honoring the forgotten ancestor of the pickup truck. For sheer music-geek minutiae, though, we’ll go with Styx’s grand numerological gesture. MOST UNLIKELY HONOR Styx: Being accused by the Parents Music Resource Center of back-masking Satanic messages into their 1981 anti-cocaine anthem, “Snowblind” — and then actually embedding hidden messages about God in 1983’s “Heavy Metal Poisoning” REO Speedwagon: Earning love from highprofile publications for their 2009 video game “Find Your Way Home,” the first “downloadable casual game” produced with a rock band Edge: REO Speedwagon released a video game? That was considered a success? Easy win here, even up against Styx’s compelling mix of drugs, the devil and pedantic critics. THE FINAL TALLY Winners Styx got six points; REO Speedwagon earned four points, which makes sense, because Styx is scheduled to be the closer at the St. Augustine show.  Nick McGregor

REO Speedwagon – Bryan Hitt (from left), Bruce Hall, Kevin Cronin, Dave Amato and Neal Doughty – had seven consecutive gold albums between 1977 and 1987.

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Donna the Buffalo is David McCracken (from left), Mark Raudabaugh, Jeb Puryear, Tara Nevins and Kyle Spark. Photo: John D Kurc

Ya Herd?

Jam-band icons and festival favorites Donna the Buffalo thunder on DONNA THE BUFFALO with HINDU COWBOYS 8 p.m. May 5 Freebird Café, 200 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach Tickets: $17 246-2473,


n the crowded orbit of American jam bands, Donna the Buffalo’s star shines brightly. And it’s not just because of their eminently enjoyable, good-vibes combination of Americana, fiddle, Zydeco, rock, reggae and country music. The band’s hardcore fans, lovingly dubbed “The Herd,” also appreciate New York natives Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, along with supporting members Dave McCracken, Mark Raudabaugh and Kyle Spark, for their socially conscious lyrics, fiercely independent ethics and string of wildly successful festivals, including the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival in New York, North Carolina’s Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in Florida. Folio Weekly chatted with singer, guitarist, accordionist and fiddle-player Tara Nevins.

Folio Weekly: Donna The Buffalo performs often in Florida. What is it about our state that you love so much? Tara Nevins: We have a great time any time we come down there. We get a lot of support from radio there and have a lot of friends and fans in Florida who mean a lot to us. We also play SpringFest and MagFest in Live Oak, which is an hour from Jacksonville, every year. So, Florida is one of those states that kind of feels like home to us. We even have our own festival, Virginia Key, in Miami. 30 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013

F.W.: Fans are still raving about your

SpringFest performance in March, when you played through heavy rain. Do you thrive playing outdoors compared to theaters? T.N.: They’re different animals — apples and oranges. Festivals are probably my favorite because I like being outside — in nice weather — they have a wonderful vibe, and you tend to get the most exposure there. But we also play some great theater shows that are more intense and intimate in an enclosed space. And that’s cool, too.

experience — you come up with things in your head, play them and they’re gone. They only exist in the moment. People do tape, but live is a very different, visceral, in-the-moment experience. But recording is a one-to-one experience, too, between the person listening and the record. You’re driving in your car, or sitting in your home, or playing your iPod, or walking … no matter what, you’re definitely under more of a microscope. You hear everything, and it’s all there forever.

F.W.: You mix nearly every sub-genre of Americana into your sound: Cajun, blues, funk, jam, roots, bluegrass and more. Has that always been an easy task for the band? T.N.: Well, it’s not hard to see why: Our drummer’s from Atlanta; our keyboardist is from Greenville, N.C.; Kyle, our bass player, is from South Carolina; and Jeb and I both come from a traditional, old-time fiddle background. We’ve been in lots of bands that have played only that kind of music — Donna the Buffalo is our only real electric foray.

F.W.: Your fans are notoriously diehard, even dubbing themselves The Herd. Did that following spring up right away? T.N.: It took time, but only a matter of time. We’re honored and grateful to have such a loyal following.

F.W.: Were you and Jeb both raised around string-band purists? T.N.: He had it easier because he heard it from people that played in his town. I always loved fiddle music in high school, and then went to college, it turned out that my roommate played it in a band. And now we just play it because we love it. F.W.: Donna the Buffalo will release its 10th studio album, “Tonight, Tomorrow, Yesterday,” on June 18. But it’s your first record in nearly five years. As a thriving live band, do you find it challenging to go into the studio? T.N.: Live, you play and it’s gone. It’s a group

F.W.: Much of that comes from being a fully independent band — a jam-band brand, really, unto itself. T.N.: Well, we have a great manager, booking agent, merchandise person and publicist; we own our own bus and have a bus driver; we have great fans; and we’re on Sugar Hill Records. We have it pretty good, I’d say. But we are not as dependent on the machine. And that’s good, especially when so many bands are hurting. We’re kind of like that person in the neighborhood who has a really good generator and, when there’s a big storm or blackout, is doing OK. We’re very self-sufficient — a self-reliant organization in a way. We’ve done everything ourselves from the ground, so we only have ourselves to rely on. We’re great at standing on our own two feet.  Nick McGregor


Rooted in Soul

Boz Scaggs’ influences shape his latest album, ‘Memphis’ BOZ SCAGGS 8 p.m. May 7 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown Tickets: $40, $55 355-5661,


&B and soul have been at the heart of much of the music Boz Scaggs has made over his 45-year recording career. Some of his biggest hits — “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle” and “Dinah Flo” — have been strongly influenced by those styles. So for Scaggs to make an album called “Memphis” — the city most closely identified with soul and R&B and home to such legendary soul labels as Stax and Hi Records — would seem like destiny. Except “Memphis,” in some ways, isn’t at all the album that one might expect, given its title and his musical roots. Most notably, “Memphis” isn’t really a collection of songs about the music that was born and raised in that city. You won’t see covers of hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave or any of the legendary artists who recorded for Stax (though Scaggs does cover “So Good To Be Here,” a tune by Al Green, the biggest name on Hi Records’ roster). In fact, some songs on “Memphis” come from artists not at all identified with Memphis or its soul history, including “Pearl of the Quarter” (Steely Dan), “Cadillac Walk” (new wave pop-rocker Moon Martin) and the country/blues standard “Corrine, Corrina.” But there are other obvious reasons Scaggs named his new album for the place that birthed the blues. It was recorded in Memphis at Royal Studio, where many Hi Records acts created their most famous works. Some of the players on “Memphis,” including Willie Weeks, Charles Hodges and Ray Parker Jr., are among the city’s best and most storied musicians. And yes, the album is strongly rooted in soul and R&B — and is perhaps as flavored by those styles as any album Scaggs has made in a career that dates back to 1965 and includes a run of four albums from 1974 to 1980 that went gold or platinum, including his 1976

quintuple-platinum blockbuster, “Silk Degrees.” “Memphis” was also one of the most effortless releases Scaggs has made. Working with producer Steve Jordan, it took all of three days to cut the album. “I really love this record,” Scaggs said in a phone interview. “It really came from a very natural place. I love working with Steve Jordan and these musicians. It just seemed that any song was going to work.” Scaggs has good reason to like what he hears on “Memphis.” Its strong selection of cover tunes includes Willy DeVille’s “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl,” which gets an easygoing R&B treatment with a bit of a roll and tumble to its rhythm; “Love on a Two-Way Street,” a terrific sleek soul song that was a big hit for Sylvia and Joe in 1970; and “Cadillac Walk,” which Scaggs turns into a snaky bit of grooving R&B. Topping things off are two excellent originals — “Gone Baby Gone,” a smooth R&B tune that could have fit on “Silk Degrees,” and the soulful piano ballad “Sunny Gone.” Scaggs went into the studio without any theme in mind. He said he just wanted to do songs he likes singing, ones he thought his fans might like to hear. “I’ve been liking a lot of these R&B songs for various reasons,” he said. “First of all, it’s my first love. This is the kind of music that I’ve always listened to. This is where I draw all of my influences. This is where I live as a musician. Secondly, perhaps it has something to do with working with the Dukes of September.” The Dukes is a touring group that has fronted for Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Scaggs. The trio did tours in 2010 and 2012, and a good number of songs in its repertoire had a distinct soul/R&B flavor to them. “Among Mike McDonald and Donald Fagen and me, we’ve looked at a lot of songs, like hundreds of songs, over the last two years as we looked for repertoire for the Dukes to do,” Scaggs said, “so I just had a lot of material around that I’ve been thinking about.”  Alan Sculley MAY 1-7, 2013 | | 31

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CONCERTS THIS WEEK JANIS IAN Singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. May 1, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, $32, 209-0399. SUWANNEE RIVER JAM: Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Rodney Atkins, Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Aaron Tippin, LoCash Cowboys, Josh Thompson, Adam Sanders, Jared Ashley, Tobacco Rd. Band, The Sweeney Family Band, Steele Bridge Band, Justin Case Band Country/ Americana music, May 1-4, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, $40-$85, (386) 364-1683. ELIOT LIPP, VLAD THE INHALER, LEGINGE, TRILLUCINATION, BIG BUCK$ CREW Electro-funk, 10 p.m. May 2, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $10. CELTIC WOMAN World music, 7:30 p.m. May 2, T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $38-$124, 633-6110. SHRIMP FEST PREVIEW CONCERT: Swamp Cabbage, Parker Urban Band Roots and Americana, 6-9 p.m. May 2, Riverfront Stage, Fernandina. DJ BMF Orlando DJ, 8 p.m. May 2, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. MINGO FISHTRAP Soul and funk, 10 p.m. May 2, Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, $10, 247-6636. GAMBLE ROGERS FESTIVAL KICKOFF: Larry Mangum, Bob Patterson, Jim Carrick, Charlie Simmons Local artists, May 2, 8 p.m. European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 399-1740. JUICY J, A$AP FERG Rap and hip-hop, 8 p.m. May 2, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $25-$60, 223-9850. THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Alternative rock band, 7 p.m. May 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, $29.50-$49.50, 209-0367. STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, TED NUGENT Classic arena rock, 6 p.m. May 3, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, $39.50-$89.50, 209-0367. TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC Blues, 10 p.m. May 3, Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 381-6670. GREENHOUSE LOUNGE, BIODIESEL, SPACE JESUS Electronic music, 8 p.m. May 3, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473. THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS, A CALL FOR KYLIE, MICHAEL GIBSON, MY FUTURE SOMETHING Indie bands, 8 p.m. May 3, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. HURT, SMILE EMPTY SOUL Alternative rock, 7 p.m. May 3, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $12-$40, 223-9850. TASTE OF TALENT: Chroma, Yellow Dog Jazz, Bella Voce Cabaret, Michelle Huang Riverside Fine Arts Association, 6:30 p.m. May 3, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, $25-$200, 389-6222, PARKER URBAN BAND Local jam band, 9:30 p.m. May 3-4, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. GAMBLE ROGERS FESTIVAL: Claire Lynch Band, Flagship Romance, Laney Jones, Ben Prestage, Rachel Carrick, Cracker the Box, The New 76â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers, Sam Pacetti, Nouveaux Honkies, Moors & McCumber, Charlie Simmons, Scott & Amanda Anderson, Small Potatoes, Grant Peeples, Gove Scrivenor, The Driftwoods, Passerine, Wild Shiners, Rod McDonald, Tammerlin, Jim Carrick, Garrison Doles, Paradox, The Ashley Gang, Al Poindexter, Katherine Archer, Mike Howard, Lucky Mud, Bob Patterson, Chris Kastle, Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards, The Morse Family Band, Brian Smalley, Larry Mangum, Collapsible B, Joe Mark, The Sweetest Punch, The Dunehoppers, Maja Gitana, Hart Line, Bill & Eli Parras, Jamie DeFrates & Susan Brown, The Rubies, Ancient City Slickers Acoustic Americana, 5-10






Rapper and Academy Award winner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hard Out Here for a Pimpâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Juicy J grabs the mic with support from A$AP Ferg May 2 at Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megaplex in Arlington. Photo: Musashi Ono p.m. May 3 at St. Augustine Marina, noon-10 p.m. May 4 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, noon May 5 at St. Augustine Beach Pier, St. Augustine, $10-$40, DOUGLAS ANDERSON GUITAR STUDENT RECITAL Student recital, 8 p.m. May 4, European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside, $5, 399-1740. DEAD CONFEDERATE, ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR Hard rock, 8 p.m. May 4, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Redheads Britta-NBrooke, Robbie Hazen, Spencer Scholes Local favorites, May 4, Riverside Arts Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Stage, Downtown, free. THE BLACK CANVAS, SUMERLIN, ADELAINE, PAMELA AFFRONTI Local rock bands, 7:30 p.m. May 4, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, $8-$10, 388-7807. BREAD & BUTTER Local laidback rock, 10 p.m. May 4, Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 381-6670. LITTLE OZZY, FAMILIAR SIN Metal, 8 p.m. May 4, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473.

NIC COWAN & THE REMEDY Atlanta rock band, 8 p.m. May 4, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $11-$12, 342-2187. PAPER CITY MUSIC FEST: Molly Hatchet, Jimmie Van Zant, Blackfoot Legendary Southern rock bands, 1 p.m. May 4, Putnam Fair & Expo Center, 118 Yelvington Rd., Palatka, $15-$40. WENDY WALTERS BENEFIT: Syntenic, The Stimulus Package Rock bands, 6 p.m. May 4, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $15. A SELFLESS LOT, THE ELECTRIC CHURCH, LAUREN SLYMAN Rock bands, 8 p.m. May 4, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. DONNA THE BUFFALO Folk rock, 8 p.m. May 5, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $17, 246-2473. BOB DYLAN, DAWES Legendary folksinger-songwriter and former Traveling Wilbury, 7 p.m. May 5, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, $39.50-$59.50, 209-0367.

















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Swamp Cabbage – Walter Parks (from left), Jagoda and Jim Devito – hit the stage with the six-piece gospel-roots Parker Urban Band for the Shrimp Boat Sunset Celebration, a free Shrimp Fest preview concert, May 2 at the Riverfront Stage in Fernandina. Photo: Blake Schneider CLIFF EBERHARDT Folksinger-songwriter, 8 p.m. May 5, The Original Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, $18, 460-9311. FORTUNATE YOUTH, INNA VISION Reggae, 8 p.m. May 5, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $10-$15, 342-2187. BOZ SCAGGS Guitarist and singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. May 7, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $40-$55, 355-2787. RENO DIVORCE, THIRTEEN22, GROSS EVOLUTION Denver rock band, 9 p.m. May 7, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. TERA MELOS, THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS Experimental rock, May 8, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $9, 398-7496. BLACK FRANCIS (aka FRANK BLACK), REID PALEY Pixies frontman, 8 p.m. May 8, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $25, 353-6067.


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AMERICAN AQUARIUM May 9, Jack Rabbits WALTER PARKS, ARVID SMITH May 9, Underbelly BROWN BAG SPECIAL May 9, Dog Star Tavern SAN AGUSTIN SOL LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL: Eddie Palmieri, Claudia Villela, Nachito Herrera of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra May 9-10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre COLLIE BUDDZ, CRIS CAB, NEW KINGSTON May 10, Freebird Live BEACH DAY May 10, Burro Bar AFTER NATIONS, TREE OF LIFE, TOMMY HARRISON GROUP, EDENFIELD, THE AIDS May 10, 1904 Music Hall THE WISECRACKERS May 10, Dog Star Tavern 7TH STREET BAND May 10, Mojo No. 4 TYLER DUNCAN DUO May 10, Murray Hill Theatre CONRAD OBERG CD Release May 10, Mojo Kitchen LAWLESS HEARTS, WHISKEYFACE, TREES SETTING FIRES May 10, Jack Rabbits PURPLE HATTER’S BALL: Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Quantic, Dubconscious, The Malah, Nigel Hall & Roosevelt Collier’s Sunday Gospel Surprise, Greenhouse Lounge, Catfish Alliance, Trial by Stone, Sir Charles, Chroma, Profit, Stone Street, Lucky Costello, Antique Animals, Flt Rsk, Major Shed, Cherry Royale,

The Scott Campbell & Avis Berry Band May 10-12, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park IMAGINE DRAGONS May 11, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JAYMAY May 11, Jack Rabbits FLANNEL CHURCH May 11, Dog Star Tavern 16TH ANNUAL CITY WIDE PROM May 11, Murray Hill Theatre MOORS & McCUMBER May 11, Freebird Live TIM AND MYLES THOMPSON May 11, European Street Café Southside RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED May 11, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts BOUNDARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Johnny Cakes, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, The Embraced, Black Drum, JacksonVegas, Tom Bennett Band, DJ Chef Rocc May 11, Underbelly RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: Cathedral Arts Project, Underhill Rose, Rebecca Day May 11, River Stage GOAT WHORE May 12, Brewster’s Roc Bar LAUREN MANN & THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK May 15, Jack Rabbits JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION May 15, Underbelly RYAN BINGHAM, THE WILD FEATHERS May 15, Freebird Live ANA POPOVIC May 15, Mojo Kitchen LARRY MITCHELL May 16, Mojo Kitchen JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO May 16, European Street Café San Marco TWIN SISTER May 16, The Standard RAT BASTARD May 16, Burro Bar CROSBY, STILLS & NASH May 17, The Florida Theatre THE MOHAWK LODGE, THE FIGHT May 17, Burro Bar BRET MICHAELS May 17, Whisky River THE STEREOFIDELICS May 17, Dog Star Tavern U2 BY UV (U2 tribute) May 17, Freebird Live THE WAILERS, SOULO LYON & DA BEAT, DE LIONS OF JAH, IVIBES May 17, The Standard ALAN JACKSON, GLORIANA May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES May 18, Dog Star Tavern DOWN HOME BAND May 18, Freebird Live RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: UNF Percussionist, Lauren Fincham & Mike Pearson, Pine Forest School of the Arts May 18, River Stage FREDDY ROSARIO May 18, Murray Hill Theatre ZOSO: THE ULTIMATE LED ZEPPLIN EXPERIENCE May 18, The Standard SCARFACE, TOO SHORT May 18, Brewster’s Roc Bar

Live Music GRANDPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUGH MEDICINE May 18, Mojo No. 4 NATURAL CHILD, RIVERNECKS, QUEEN BEEF, DJ DOTS May 19, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, ILLFX, ATOMS ALIKE May 19, Jack Rabbits SEAN RENNER May 22, Dog Star Tavern Florida Folk Festival Kickoff: DEL SUGGS May 23, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco SPACE CAPONE, JASON LAMAR & THE RIG May 23, 1904 Music Hall STILL RISE, XHONORX May 23, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL: BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown), Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez, Yellowjackets, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy May 23-26, Various locations Downtown Jacksonville FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL: The Bellamy Brothers, Ben Prestage, Frank Thomas, Ed Cotton, Bing Futch, Jubalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kin, Passerine, Moors & McCumber, Doug Gauss, The Currys, Rachel Carrick, Mindy Simmons & the Hot Pockets, Billy Dean May 24-26, Stephen Foster State Park SEVENDUST, POP EVIL May 24, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar SOUL GRAVY May 24, Dog Star Tavern BLACK CAT BONES May 24, Mojo No. 4 JJF OFF JAZZ: BRIAN McKNIGHT, AVANT May 24, The Florida Theatre MUDTOWN, COON DOGGIN OUTLAWS, IN REAL LIFE, JD COOK May 24, Shantytown Pub MAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOVE May 25-26, Dog Star Tavern RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: Dixie Rodeo, Red Afternoon, SideTrack May 25, River Stage WRECKFEST II May 25, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, EDIE BRICKELL May 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DROWNING POOL, EYE EMPIRE May 26, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar BRYAN STARS, DEEFIZZY May 27, Jack Rabbits JB SCOTTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWINGINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALLSTARS May 30, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco HANNAH ALDRIDGE May 30, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven OLD YOU May 30, Dog Star Tavern SPADE McQUADE May 31, Mojo No. 4 BANANA CREAM DREAM, QUEEN BEEF, WET NURSE May 31, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BOUKOU GROOVE May 31 & June 1, Dog Star Tavern FRAMPTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GUITAR CIRCUS: Peter Frampton, Robert Cray June 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre FACE TO FACE, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, BLACKLIST ROYALS, JOSHUA BLACK WILKINS June 1, Freebird Live OURS, LUNA ARCADE, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE June 3, Jack Rabbits BATTLE FOR MAYHEM FEST June 3, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar DIRTY NAMES June 4, Burro Bar JOHNATHON SCALES FOURCHESTRA, ALEX VANS & THE HIDE AWAY, JACKSONVEGAS June 4, 1904 Music Hall TAJ MAHAL June 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PETER BROTZMANN, JOE McPHEE June 4, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum BIG BOI & KILLER MIKE June 6, Brewsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roc Bar TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC June 7, Mojo No. 4 SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Beech Street Blues Band June 7, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR: LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul June 7, The St. Augustine Amphitheatre DOPAPOD, DR. FAMEUS June 7, Freebird Live CORBITT BROTHERS June 8, Freebird Live THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT June 10, Freebird Live BILLY IDOL June 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DONAVON FRANKENREITER June 13, Freebird Live

Sheryl Crow headlines Suwannee River Jam with performances by Florida Georgia Line, Rodney Atkins, Eli Young Band and more than a dozen others May 1-4 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH June 13, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven 7TH STREET BAND June 14, Mojo No. 4 DAVID WAX MUSEUM June 14, Underbelly BREAD & BUTTER June 15, Mojo No. 4 CAT POWER June 16, The Florida Theatre TWO GALLANTS June 18, The Original CafĂŠ Eleven KENDRICK LAMAR June 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre CAPITAL CITIES June 19, Jack Rabbits GRANDCHILDREN June 20, Jack Rabbits EARTH, WIND AND FIRE June 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre GRANDPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUGH MEDICINE June 21, Dog Star Tavern BLACK CAT BONES June 21, Mojo No. 4 LESS THAN JAKE, HOSTAGE CALM, PENTIMENTO June 21, The Standard ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE June 22, Morocco Shrine Auditorium THE REND COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENT June 22, Murray Hill Theatre GRANDPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUGH MEDICINE June 22, Mojo No. 4 GUTTERMOUTH, PINHOLE June 22, Jack Rabbits THE DIRTY HEADS, THE EXPENDABLES June 23, Freebird Live MIKE PINTO, NATTY VIBES, THREE LEGGED FOX June 26, Freebird Live GENERATIONALS June 27, Underbelly JACUZZI BOYS, QUEEN BEEF June 27, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CANON, DJ WILL June 27, Murray Hill Theatre SCREAM OUT LOUD, LOST YEARS June 27, Jack Rabbits OVIDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WITHERING, SIRENS June 29, Burro Bar THE RICH HANDS July 3, Nobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC July 5, Mojo No. 4 KATIE & THE LICHEN, OK VANCOUVER OK July 6, Burro Bar BIG TIME RUSH July 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MRS. SKANNOTTO July 7, Jack Rabbits AUTHORITY ZERO, BALLYHOO, VERSUS THE WORLD, IMPLANTS July 10, Freebird Live MATT POND July 10, Jack Rabbits

7TH STREET BAND July 12, Mojo No. 4 BREAD & BUTTER July 13, Mojo No. 4 GRAVITY A, FORMER CHAMPIONS July 13, 1904 Music Hall THE MAINE, A ROCKET TO THE MOON, THIS CENTURY July 14, Freebird Live GRANDPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COUGH MEDICINE July 19, Mojo No. 4 ANDREW McMAHON July 19, Freebird Live SUBLIME with ROME, PENNYWISE July 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE ARISTOCRATS July 21, 1904 Music Hall SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Boukou Groove Aug. 2, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach

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JUSTIN BIEBER Aug. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena LOUDERPALOOZA 2 Aug. 8, Burro Bar ALABAMA Aug. 9, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BLUE SUEDE SHOES: THE ULTIMATE ELVIS BASH Aug. 10, The Florida Theatre VICTORIA JUSTICE Aug. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SLIGHTLY STOOPID, ATMOSPHERE, THE BUDOS BAND, THE GROUCH & ELIGH, TRIBAL SEEDS Aug. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre STEELY DAN Sept. 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Albert Castiglia Sept. 13, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach THE CHOP TOPS Sept. 24, Jack Rabbits COLIN HAY Sept. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CITY AND COLOUR Oct. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Ben Prestage Oct. 4, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach AARON CARTER Oct. 14, Jack Rabbits THE PIANO GUYS Nov. 7, The Florida Theatre


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 Phat n’ Jazzy, DJ BMF 8 p.m. May 2. Kort McCumber 5 p.m., ParkerUrban Band 9:30 p.m. May 3. ParkerUrban Band 1 and 9:30 p.m. May 4. Chubby 1 p.m. May 5. Reno Divorce, Thirteen22, Gross Evolution, 9 p.m. May 7. The Wisecrackers 9:30 p.m. May 10. 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 DJ Heavy Hess and Dopelimatic May 5. Buck Smith & Jim Barcaro every Thur. MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 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 Schnockered 9:30 p.m. May 2 & 5. Milltown 4:30 p.m., Face For Radio 7 p.m., DJ 9 p.m. May 3. Ace Winn 10:30 a.m., Schnockered 11 a.m., Chuck Nash 3:30 p.m., Split Tone 6:30 p.m., Dirty Pete 8 p.m. May 4. Wes Cobb 9:30 p.m. every Wed. DJs every Fri. & Sat. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. every Sun. Buck Smith Project Band 9 p.m. every Tue. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Nick Bryant May 3. Brenna Vick May 4


AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Juicy J, A$AP Ferg 8 p.m. May 2. Hurt, Smile Empty Soul 7 p.m. May 3. Fear Factory 8 p.m. May 9. 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 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic 10 p.m. May 3. Bread & Butter 10 p.m. May 4. 7th Street Band 10 p.m. May 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.

Electronic musician Eliot Lipp of Brooklyn arranges the beats with support from Vlad the Inhaler, Leginge, Trillucination and Big Buck$ Crew May 2 at 1904 Music Hall in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Courtesy of Hilarious Arson


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. GATORS DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Karaoke 9 p.m.-mid. every Tue. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan, Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.


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(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Open mic May 1. Kurt Lanham May 2. ShoNuff 6 p.m. May 3. Billy Bowers 1 p.m., 4Play 6 p.m. May 4. Incognito noon, Dune Dogs 4:45 p.m. May 5. 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 Dune Dogs 7:30 p.m. May 3. Karaoke with Hal 8 p.m. every Sat. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. EVA’S GRILL & BAR, 610 S. Third St., 372-9484 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 Greenhouse Lounge, Biodiesel, Space Jesus 8 p.m. May 3. Little Ozzy, Familiar Sin, Lawless Hearts 8 p.m. May 4. Donna the Buffalo, Hindu Cowboys 8 p.m. May 5. Collie Buddz, Cris Cab, New Kingston 7 p.m. May 10. Live music every weekend GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Brenna Vick May 8. Live music every Wed.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Spade McQuade May 1 & 8. Billy Buchanan 9 p.m. May 3. DiCarlo Thompson 7:30 p.m. May 4. Live music every Thur.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 2492922 Live music 7 p.m. May 4 LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Mystic

Dino May 3 & 4. Dirty Pete May 5. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Be Easy 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 FireWater May 2. Jivey, Orange Juice, Magic Beans May 3. Slickwater May 4. Mark O’Quinn May 5. 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 Mingo Fishtrap 10 p.m. May 2. Conrad Oberg CD release party 10 p.m. May 10 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 Live music May 3 & 4. Reggae every Thur. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Job Meiller 7 p.m. May 2. Rebecca Day 7:30 p.m. May 3. Terry Whitehead 7:30 p.m. May 4. 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 Chelsea Saddler 9 p.m. May 4. Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Live music every Thur.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Open mic with Cody Nixx May 1. Big Backyard May 2. Trent & Derek May 3 & 4. Open mic with Derek Maines May 8


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Rachael Warfield May 1. Eliot Lipp, Vlad the Inhaler, Leginge, Trillucination, Big Buck$ Crew 10 p.m. May 2. Wendy Walters benefit with Syntenic, The Stimulus Package 6 p.m. May 4. After Nations, Tree of Life, Tommy Harrison Group, Edenfield, The Aids 8 p.m. May 10. Open mic every Tue. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Thomas Wynn & the Believers May 3. Dead Confederate, Roadkill Ghost Choir 8 p.m. May 4. Beach Day 8 p.m. May 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat.

Live Music 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. May 3. Live music Fri. & Sat. JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Lisa & the Madhatters 8 p.m. May 3. Sugar Bear 8 p.m. May 4 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house, gospel, deep, acid, hip-hop, 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, 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 Live music every Fri. & Sat. UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Belmont & Jones May 2. Matthew Bistok, Fall on Purpose, Waylay May 4. Black Francis (aka Frank Black), Reid Paley 8 p.m. May 8. Walter Parks, Arvid Smith 8 p.m. May 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 Papa Crawdaddy May 2. DJ BG May 3. Pierce in Harmony May 4. Jay Decosta May 10. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Schnockered 10 p.m. May 1. DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 DJ BG May 2. Spanky the Band May 3 & 4. 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 Live music May 1. Upper Limit 9 p.m. May 3. 5 Story Band May 4. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Top 40 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.


APPLEBEE’S, 14560 St. Augustine Rd., 262-7605 Michael C 9:30 p.m. every Sat. AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave every Wed. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7-9 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. RACK EM UP, 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030 Live music, DJs, Karaoke and open mic


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 Live music 7:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 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 River City Blues Band 8:30 p.m. May 4. Big Time Juke & the Joints 5 p.m. May 5. 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, 8342492 Brenna Vick May 4. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. May 4. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m.

every Fri. Tony Novelly 6 p.m. every Mon., 11:30 a.m. Sun. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music 8 p.m. May 3 & 4. 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 Tuesday 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 The Black Canvas, Sumerlin, Adelaine, Pamela Affronti 7:30 p.m. May 4. Tyler Duncan 8 p.m. May 10. Live music Fri. & Sat. RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET, 715 Riverside Ave., 554-6865 The Redheads Britta-N-Brooke 10:30-11:30 a.m., Robbie Hazen 11:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m., Spencer Scholes 2:30-3:30 p.m. May 4 YESTERDAY’S, 3638 Park St., 223-3822 Black Sheep Blues Band 8 p.m. May 3


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Live music May 2, 3 & 4. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Chance Gardner 8:30 p.m. May 1. Root of All 8:30 p.m. May 4. Open mic with Smokin’ Joe 7 p.m. every Tue. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Blues Band 7-11 p.m. May 3. Jim Asselta 2-5 p.m., The Committee 7-11 p.m. May 4. Vinny Jacobs 2 p.m. May 5 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 p.m. May 8. Live music every Fri. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco, 823-8806 Open jam night, 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 every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 David Russell & John Peyton 9 p.m. May 3 & 4. Sam Milner 1 p.m. May 5. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Go Get Gone 9 p.m. every Mon. Vinny Jacobs 9 p.m. every Tue. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Live music every Fri. & Sat. 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 Chillula 9 p.m. May 2. Katherine Archer 4 p.m., Oh No! 9 p.m. May 3. Amy Vickery noon, Kaylee Rose 4 p.m., Danka 9 p.m. May 4. John Winter noon, Colton McKenna 7 p.m. May 5. Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. May 7. Chase Rideman 8 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Mon. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Nic Cowan & the Remedy 8 p.m. May 4. Fortunate Youth, Inna Vision 8 p.m. May 4. Country every Thur. Reggae Sun. Indie, dance, electro 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 Hooch May 3 & 4. 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. THE ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd.,

460-9311 Cliff Eberhardt 8 p.m. May 5


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. Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Paul Miller May 2. Be Easy May 3. Paul Haftel May 4. 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. every Fri. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Love & Theft 9 p.m. May 9. Bret Michaels May 17. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 XHale 9 p.m. May 3. DJ Frazetta every Thur. David Luthra 5 p.m. every Fri. Live music Fri. & Sat.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ Manus spins top 40, dance every Sat. Open mic King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Gamble Rogers Festival Kickoff with Larry Mangum, Bob Patterson, Jim Carrick, Charlie Simmons 8 p.m. May 2. B.E.R.T. Quartet 7:30 p.m. May 9. 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 Think Happy Thoughts, A Call for Kylie, Michael Gibson, My Future Something 8 p.m. May 3. A Selfless Lot, The Electric Church, Lauren Slyman 8 p.m. May 4. Tera Melos, This Town Needs Guns 8 p.m. May 8. American Aquarium May 9. Lawless Hearts, Whiskeyface May 10. Live music Fri. & Sat. 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. RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 Tony Paul Neal 5 p.m. May 3. 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: The Foxes 8 p.m. 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 Douglas Anderson Student Guitar Recital 8 p.m. May 4. Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Live music 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.


SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT, 9716 Heckscher Dr., 251-2449 Live music Sat. & Sun. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin, Cool Running DJs every Tue. & first 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. May 2. Live music May 3 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.  Get your band or solo act listed: send band name, time, date, venue, street address, city, admission price, and a contact number we can print, to A&E Editor David Johnson, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@folioweekly. com. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday before the next Wednesday publication.

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Signs by Design

Clearly Jacksonville and Harbinger want you to love signs more #SIGNLOVE Through Oct. 28: Post #signlove images on Instagram and Twitter. Clearly Jacksonville and Harbinger will highlight some on their social media sites @ClearlyJax, @FloridaMining, floridamining. Nov. 15: Online exhibit goes live. Florida Mining Gallery, 5300 Shad Road, Southside 425-2845,


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he average person is bombarded daily with signs — from designs on disposable coffee cups to images plastered on billboards along the highway and advertisements stretched across city buses. This sign overkill has led to sign neglect. #Signlove is the new social media-based public art campaign launched by Jacksonville sign company Harbinger and Clearly Jacksonville, a volunteer community advisory committee to create sign awareness. The campaign encourages the public to upload images of signs, graphics or brands they encounter to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #signlove. Steve Williams, president of Harbinger

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and principal of the Florida Mining Gallery, said the idea emerged from the desire to connect people with their surroundings and each other. “We’re always trying to think of ways to get people to look at signs differently,” Williams said. “There’s been a lot of activity with people posting signs to social media and we just kind of wanted to formalize that in a curated exhibition.” Images submitted by Instagram and Twitter users will be posted by Clearly Jacksonville and Harbinger on their social media sites and the Florida Mining blog through Oct. 28. The campaign will officially end with an online gallery exhibition on the Florida Mining Gallery website, set to go live Nov. 15 and remain available through December. The online exhibit will feature a minimum of 24 images chosen by a jury from the #signlove entries. It has not yet been decided what criteria will be used. The chosen images will also be displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor’s digital billboards as part of the Highway Gallery, a citywide public art campaign. “Our goal is to allow billboards, which are

seen by millions each month, to serve as the canvas and gallery for local artists, amateur or professional, to display their work and reach the public,” Clearly Jacksonville board member Ennis Davis said. Williams said he hopes the campaign will make people think of signs more positively and stray away from their “visual pollution” reputation. Williams is interested in seeing more signs designed well, and follow standards set by groups such as the Society for Environmental Graphic Design. In Jacksonville, Williams said he’s proud of the signs displayed by the restaurant Black Sheep and Burro Bar, which are good examples of someone having an interest in design working with architecture. “There are people who are concerned about positive, beautiful aesthetics of signs,” Williams said. “We want to encourage people to think about good design when they think about signs.” There are already more than 900 images with the #signlove hashtag on Instagram.  Jade Douso


“Fall: Artist Eats Pho,” a 53-inch-by-71-inch self-portrait, shows Heyman enjoying Vietnamese noodle soup in a Philadelphia shop. Photos: Courtesy of the artist and Cade Tompkins Projects

Self-Portraits for All Seasons

Philadelphia artist best known for his ‘Portraits of Iraqis’ series brings a new exhibit to Flagler College DANIEL HEYMAN: “SUMMER, FALL, WINTER, SPRING” Walkthrough with artist 4 p.m. reception 5-9 p.m. May 3, during First Friday Art Walk; exhibit runs through June 14 Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 819-6282,


hiladelphia-based artist Daniel Heyman makes his way to the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College for “Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring,” an exhibit featuring four large-scale selfportraits based on the seasons. This is Heyman’s first showing in Florida. The exhibit also features a group of gouache portraits from the artist’s “Military Assault” series. Originally from Long Island, the 49-year-old earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. Known mostly as a painter and printmaker, Heyman has shown work at Laband Gallery at Loyola Marymount University, California, List Gallery at Pennsylvania’s Swarthmore College, and Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton University, University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

American lawyers already had? D.H.: Neither one. I went with the lawyers to the Middle East. Not to Iraq, but to Jordan first and then to Turkey. And the Iraqis came up from Iraq for three or four days for the interviews. The lawyers did the interviews, and I sat in on the interviews and did the [art] work during the interviews. So, there was no recording of anything. The lawyers took notes … and they invited me to come in and sit in on their initial interviews with their witnesses.

that there are a lot of people who would like to understand it better.

F.W.: Was it hard to concentrate on your artwork during these interviews? D.H.: I think that art is something that’s supposed to get deep down into some emotions because it really helps us process things that are difficult in a way. So, listening to the testimony and doing something at the same time was actually not difficult. It actually made it easier. So the tragedy — it was in the paper again today — American soldiers torturing people in Iraq and Afghanistan and Guantanamo and whatever, it’s a deep scar in our country, and I think

F.W.: Now, you get to talk about yourself. That’s even scarier. D.H.: Well, yes and no. There are four seasonal self-portraits, and each one has a season: summer, fall, winter and spring. Each one is obviously me, and each one’s out of a different material or the material is used differently. And each one of them kind of has a secondary story and a third — a tertiary story. So, if you look at them as a whole, they’re seasons. They’re also life cycles. 

F.W.: For your exhibit in St. Augustine, the main portion of your work is the four seasons as self-portraits. D.H.: Yes, I’m so excited that it’s not about the Iraqis. I mean, I’ve done many many shows about the Iraqis, and I’m really interested in this new work, so I’m very excited that Flagler [will] put it on.

Kara Pound

Folio Weekly: You show a lot at colleges and universities. Is that on purpose or by chance? Daniel Heyman: You know, a lot of colleges and universities are interested in my work because it can tie in — in all different ways — to curriculum. One thing that happens with university galleries and college galleries is that they’re not driven by sales in any way. So my work, which is not necessarily very sellable, it’s not an impediment, whereas in a commercial gallery, it might be somewhat of an impediment. F.W.: Tell me a bit more about your “Portraits of Iraqis” project. Did you conduct the interviews of Iraqi detainees yourself or did you listen to recordings that the detainees’

“Summer: Artist Sleeps,” a 48-inch-by-72-inch self-portrait, depicts artist Heyman shutting his eyes to the outside world.

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“Lunch with a View” (pictured) by Richard Lundgren is among the pieces on display for the opening reception of the First Coast Pastel Society’s members’ show on May 5 at Reddi Arts in San Marco. The exhibit is on display through June 28.


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HOW TO (DIS)ASSEMBLE A NINJADOLL Jacksonville Dance Theatre presents 20-minute performances, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. May 1 as part of First Wednesday Art Walk at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s Atrium Gallery, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, CRAZY FOR YOU The musical comedy, winner of the 1992 Tony for Best Musical, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, is staged 6 p.m. May 1-5. Matinees are May 4 and 5 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $46-$59, 641-1212, THE UGLY DUCKLING The kids’ play about a duckling with a heart of gold is presented 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $9, 641-1212, PASSING STRANGE A young musician travels to Amsterdam and Berlin in this musical performed May 2-4 at Players by the Sea’s Studio Stage, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, $25, 249-0289, TEA AND SYMPATHY Robert Anderson’s drama is staged May 2-4 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $25, 396-4425, ’TIL BETH DO US PART The comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is presented 7:30 p.m. May 2-4 and 9-12 and 2 p.m. May 5 and 12 on Limelight Theatre’s Matuza Main Stage, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, $25, 825-1164, JACKSONVILLE’S DANCING WITH THE STARS Eleven local celebrities show off their moves in Jacksonville’s Dancing with the Stars, organized by A Social Affair dance studio, with proceeds benefiting Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, 8 p.m. May 3 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown Jacksonville, $30-$150, 633-6110, DOUGLAS ANDERSON DANCE DEPARTMENT SPRING CONCERT The spring concert for the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts’ Dance Department with guest artist Jade Pool Treadwell is 7:30 p.m. May 3 at the DA Theatre, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, $10-$15, 346-5620, THE THREE MRS. FLAGLERS The dinner theater show, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Hotel Casa Monica, is staged 6:30 p.m. May 9 and June 13 at the hotel, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, $49 (reservations required), 827-1888, CROWNS Stage Aurora Theatrical Company presents the story of Southern churchwomen, staged 7 p.m. May 10, 2 and 6 p.m. May 11 and 3 p.m. May 12 at Stage Aurora Performance Hall (in Gateway Town Center), 5188 Norwood Ave., Northside, 765-7372, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre stages Tennessee

Williams’ drama, 8 p.m. May 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 2 p.m. May 19 and 26 at ABET, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $15, 249-7177, RED The play by John Logan on the relationship between an artist and his creations is staged 7:30 p.m. May 11, 14, 16-8 and 2:30 p.m. May 12 at the Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $15, AMERICAN IDIOT The Broadway hit and 2010 Tony nominee for Best Musical, billed as “emotionally charged” by The New York Times, hits a Northeast Florida stage, 7:30 p.m. May 14-15 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, $27-$102, 442-2929,


HERITAGE SINGERS’ POETRY CONTEST Enrolled students may submit poems intended to be set to music for the Heritage Singers of Jacksonville’s poetry contest. Three winners’ poems are read at HSJ concerts. The deadline is May 1 to send to Juliet Johnson at, 217-3749. FREE DANCE CLASS FOR KIDS Dance classes for children, ages 7-11, are held 4:30-5:15 p.m. May 1 and every Wed. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, free, 246-4600, BEGINNERS’ DANCE CLASSES These classes are offered 5:45-6:45 p.m. May 1 and 6 (and every Mon. and Wed.) at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, first class is free, 246-4600, ST. AUGUSTINE HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT Butterfield Garage Art Gallery’s fundraiser and art raffle benefits the St. Augustine Humane Society, 5-9 p.m. May 3, 137 King St., St. Augustine, free, 501-0757, TEEN BALLROOM CLASS Teenagers learn basic ballroom dance moves, 2 p.m. May 4 at Regency Library Community Rooms A & B, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Regency, free, 415-8611. JAZZ, DANCE AND TECHNIQUE The class continues 7 p.m. May 7 and every Tue. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., 390-0939, CALL TO ARTISTS Auditions for “Drood” are held 2 p.m. May 11, with roles for 10 men and three women, plus townspeople, at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7177, COMMUNITY HU SONG These Community Hu Songs last 30 minutes, 11 a.m. May 12 at Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Road, Arlington, 725-7760, and 7 p.m. May 29 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 472-4272. MAYSE-TURNER FESTIVAL FOR ANGLICAN HYMNODY The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd presents the third annual festival led by organist Bruce Neswick, 6 p.m. May 19 at the church, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, free, 387-5691.

ACTING WORKSHOPS Adult actors at all experience levels may sign up for workshops held until May 19 at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $160, 316-7153, CALL FOR OUTSIDE/IN EXHIBIT The Art Center Premiere Gallery and Art Guild of Orange Park present a collaborative juried exhibit, “Outside/ In.” The submission deadline is May 23. The exhibit runs May 30-July 11 at Art Center Premiere Gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757, YOUTH ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS Auditions for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra are held May 28-31 and June 1-2 at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus. Musicians are placed into ensembles based on talent and ability, not age. Each ensemble rehearses once a week, either Sunday or Monday. Dues for accepted orchestra members are $300-$475, depending on placement. Scholarship assistance is available, based on financial need. FSCJ South Campus, Bldg. M2, large ensemble room, first floor, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 354-5479 ext. 221. Audition guidelines and timelines: CALL TO ARTISTS Artists may submit works to show on the Clear Channel Outdoor Jacksonville Digital Billboards. At least one and up to four works will be available at Florida Mining Gallery from July 19-Sept. 20. The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. June 19, 268-4681, ART CONTEST An art contest for the best design of race T-shirts for Anastasia State Park’s 10th annual Endless Summer 10K is open to all ages; design size limited to 8-inch-by-10inch paper and four colors. The deadline is June 30; free, Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine, 461-2033, 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 are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill; adult 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.

Arts BELLY DANCING Belly Dance with Margarita 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 several styles of dance classes 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., $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,


ART WALK CONCERT Ken Trimmins plays the trumpet and Mimi Noda plays piano, along with faculty artists from Albany State University, 7 p.m. May 1 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-2665. ST. AUGUSTINE ORCHESTRA’S SPRING CONCERTS Conductor William McNeiland and orchestra perform 3 p.m. May 5 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte

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Vedra, $10, FRIDAY MUSICALE CHORUS The chorus performs its annual spring concert 11 a.m. May PROMISE OF 355-7584, BENEFIT 3 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside, free, TASTE OF TALENT The Riverside Fine Arts Association’s annual fundraiser includes performances by Chroma, Yellow Dog Jazz, Bella Voce Cabaret and Michelle Huang on the piano, doors 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, $25-$200, 389-6222, PETER AND HELEN MORIN The two play piano and violin at 2 p.m. May 5 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, free, 797-2800, PICNIC AND POPS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is in concert 8 p.m. May 5 at Central Park at Town Center, 2 Commerce Blvd., Palm Coast, free, 386-263-2991, FEEL THE VIBE JAZZ Jazz saxophonist Dayve Stewart and The Vibe perform in a show hosted by comedian Shay Clemons, 8 p.m. May 9 and 23 at Ultra Lounge, 7707 Arlington Expressway, Arlington, $10, (347) 762-6368. SCHOLARSHIP LAUREATES IN CONCERT The up-and-coming musicians perform 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside, free, 355-7584, HAND BELL CHOIR The Orange Park United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir performs a spring concert 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, free, 278-3722. 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 Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551.



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The Northeast Florida Sculptors’ juried exhibition “in situ” is on display, beginning with a reception May 3, at Ethan Allen Design Center in St. Johns Town Center on the Southside. The exhibit is judged by Florida A&M instructor Deborah LaGrasse (“Fire with Pyrite,” pictured).

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The juried exhibit “Landscapes: A Panoramic View,” which includes Randy Pitts’ piece (pictured), is on display through May 30 at The Art Center Premiere Gallery in Downtown Jacksonville. 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 & Listening Room, 36 Charlotte St., 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,


FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held May 1 and the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. For an events map, go to; MID-WEEK MARKET Arts and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. May 1 and every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach, 247-5800. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held May 3 and the first Fri. of every month, with more than 15 galleries participating, 829-0065. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3 and every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 353-1188. 5 POINTS SPRINGFEST The festival features music by Celinda Pink, Oscar Mike, November, Tropic of Cancer and Smokestack, fire dancing by Rhythm & Flow, other street performers, a dog costume contest, shopping, arts and crafts and food from local restaurants and food trucks, 2-10 p.m. May 5 in Five Points. NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. May 16 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.


AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, “Shrimp Festival: 50 Years and Counting,” an exhibit celebrating the local festival held since 1964, is on display through June. 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

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vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Flagler College, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 819-6282, “Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring,” an exhibit of works by Daniel Heyman, opens May 3 with a walkthrough led by the artist 4 p.m., and a reception held 5-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit continues through June 14. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, “La Florida,” presenting native and Spanish colonial artifacts celebrating 500 years of Florida art, runs through Oct. 6. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101, The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nauticalthemed art, books, documents and artifacts. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992, jaxfrm.html. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. Local artist Helen Hoffman’s exhibit of oils, pastels and giclees opens with a reception 5:30 p.m. May 3 and continues through June 28, LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, The work of Edwin Augustus Moore is on display through May 1. The permanent collection features relics from America’s Gilded Age exhibited on three floors. 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, mocajacksonville. com. Sarah Emerson’s mural, based on her imaginary interpretation of Aokigahara, Japan’s suicide forest, concludes the second season of Project Atrium and is on display through July 7. “Traces: Recent Work by Lari Gibbons” opens May 7 and continues through Aug. 18 at MOCA’s UNF Gallery of Art. A reception is held 6-8 p.m., Lari Gibbons discusses her work 7 p.m. May 23 in the museum’s theater. 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.


ABSOLUTE AMERICANA ART GALLERY 77 Bridge St., St. Augustine, 824-5545, absoluteamericana. com. Romero Britto’s sculptures and limited-edition prints are featured. ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828, aspx?NID=158. The works of watercolorist (and former Neptune Beach mayor) Dick Brown and expressionist painter Marsha Hatcher are on display through May 1. AMIRO ART & FOUND GALLERY 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 824-8460, amiroartandfound. com. Pieces by 15 Flagler College students – Grace Shipman, Brielle Jenkins, Sean Cusick, Stephanie Marotta, Maja Jydbom,

Pernilla Stellgren, Gabrielle Hekhuis, Chryssha Guidry, Douglas Stearns, Eileen Pagan, Rachel De Cuba, Andrew Hollingsworth, Alex Jackman, Alexander McNutt and Camille Seiler – are on display for First Friday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. May 3. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 3551757, The juried exhibit “Landscapes: A Panoramic View” continues through May 29. “Outside/In,” a collaborative juried exhibit by members of the Art Center and the Art Guild of Orange Park, is on display May 30-July 11. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, The gallery’s fundraiser for the St. Augustine Humane Society, featuring Diane Travis’ oil paintings, is held 5-9 p.m. May 3 during First Friday Art Walk. CLAY & CANVAS STUDIO 2642 Rosselle St., Ste. 6, Riverside, 501-766-1266. Works by artists Tiffany Whitfield Leach, Lily Kuonen and Rachel Evans may be viewed by appointment. THE CLOSET 51 Cordova St., Ste. E, St. Augustine, 810-5699. “Iconic Expressions,” an exhibit of works by artist Kari Marquardt, is on display 5 p.m. May 3 for First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit runs through May. CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, corkartsdistrict.tumblr. com. Nadine Kalachnikoff exhibits her spring collection “Butterflies” with a reception held 6-9 p.m. May 4. The exhibit is on display through May 17. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Riverside, 388-8205, corsegalleryatelier. com. Permanent works on display feature artists Kevin Beilfuss, Eileen Corse, Miro Sinovcic, Maggie Siner, Alice Williams and Luana Luconi Winner. DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, “Senior Show,” an exhibit from the school’s visual arts seniors is on display through May 10. ETHAN ALLEN DESIGN CENTER 4939 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 292-1700. The Northeast Florida Sculptors’ juried exhibition “in situ” is on display May 3-June 7. An opening reception is held 6-8:30 p.m. May 3. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845, floridamininggallery. com. The exhibit “Post,” featuring works by street artist Swoon and the art collaborative MILAGROS that include pieces made from materials mined and repurposed from Harbinger recycling bins, continues through May 31. GALLERY725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach, 345-9320, “The Elements: eARTh,” an exhibit featuring works by 14 artists including Gary Mack, Tonsenia Yonn, Linda Olsen, Sid Earley and Matthew Winghart, is displayed through May 10. 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, georgianickgallery. com. The artist-owned studio displays Nick’s sea and

Arts landscape photography, along with local work by oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. HIGHWAY GALLERY Christie Thompson Holechek’s work is featured through May on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. The campaign is a collaboration among Harbinger, Florida Mining Gallery, Clear Channel Outdoor and Clearly Jacksonville. LUFRANO INTERCULTURAL GALLERY University of North Florida Student Union, 1 UNF Dr., Southside, 620-2475, The BFA Art & Design Senior Exhibition continues through May 3. 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, Betty Jane Canerday’s watercolor art on Yupo paper and Luigi Bresciani’s hanging and standing sculptures are featured through May 5. PLUM GALLERY 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069, Works by Claire J. Kendrick (“Botanical Series” oil paintings), Mary L. Gibson, Thomas Brock and Tony Gill are on display for the spring theme exhibit, through June 30. PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER 1000 Water St., Downtown, 630-4000, venues/prime-f-osborn-iii-convention-center. A preview of the exhibit “PhotoVoice Project” is on display in the Haskell Building 6-7:30 p.m. May 16 and 9-11 a.m. May 18. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, “Chosen Pathways,” an exhibit of works by Sherrie Pettigrew and John Tilton, is displayed through May 24. REDDI ARTS 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161, An opening reception for the Members Show, an exhibit of paintings by local and regional pastel artists from the First Coast Pastel Society, is held 2-4 p.m. May 5. The exhibit runs through June 28. 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. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 808-7330, “Water Lines,” an exhibit of Dan Famiglietti’s work inspired by coastal waters, opens with a reception held 8:15-9 a.m. May 7. The show runs through July 2. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330, Susan Henderson’s paintings are on display through May. The exhibit’s opening reception is held 5-8 p.m. May 11. 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, Works in painting, photography and other media by 29 local artists and photographers are featured. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838, Artist Chip Southworth’s exhibit “Deeper: New Art Works to Benefit Rikki” is on display through May 24. Sarah Emerson is the featured artist June 7-July 31. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, “American Glass Now: 2013,” a juried exhibit featuring works by stained-glass artists, is displayed May 3-29. “Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge” is a juried art exhibition, on display May 3-June 2. An opening reception is held 5-9 p.m. May 3. “Ancient City Mosaic,” a juried exhibit of 450 pieces depicting impressions of St. Augustine, is featured at all six St. Johns County Public Libraries May 3-June 4. After June 4, the pieces will be strung together and hung in grid format, displayed June 15-Aug. 10 at the St. Augustine Association. The permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. 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 Aug. 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 permanent collection features works by members Jim Smith, Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain, Mark S. Williamson and Mark Zimmerman. TRENDS 3919 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 346-1738. New works by artist Francesca Tabor-Miolla are on display through May 4. 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. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770, This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/ upcycled items.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is 4 p.m. Mon., nine days before publication.

“Jafar” (pictured), an oil painting by Diane Travis, is featured during the St. Augustine Humane Society benefit on the May 3 First Friday Art Walk at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St. Augustine.

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FARM TO TABLE The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers Sales Rep _ro cooking classes, lunch & learns through May 4, and holds a celebrity chef dinner 6 p.m. May 2 at Nocatee’s Crosswater Hall. A farm, food & art market is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4 at the Cultural Center. The events showcase fresh produce from local farmers, vendors selling organic and all-natural products and original art from artistmembers, as well as area restaurants featuring cuisine based on locally grown, seasonal ingredients and prepared by local chefs. For dates, times, fees and other details, call 280-0614 or go to SHRIMP FESTIVAL The 50th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features a shrimp boat sunset concert with Parker Urban Band and Swamp Cabbage, 6 p.m. May 2 at Riverfront Stage, Centre Street, downtown Fernandina Beach. Concerts, live marine sea circus, kids’ fun zone and the Miss Shrimp Festival 2013, a pirate invasion, and fireworks are featured 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. May 3. The festival continues 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 4, with a 5K run/walk, pirate invasion and putt-putt doubles tournament; it all wraps up 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5. A blessing of the fleet is held 2 p.m. May 5. The festivities are held along Centre Street and the bayfront. Arts & crafts, antiques, kids’ activities, and lots of shrimp are also featured. IDEAS & INSPIRATION HOME SHOW The Ideas & Inspiration Home Show is held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Matt Fox and Shari Hiller are on hand, along with artists, decorating and home improvement professionals. The O.C. Band, Albert Simpson and Back From the Brink perform. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, $3 for seniors May 3. Parking for the event is $5. 415-0363. BEACH COMIC-CON The inaugural Beach Comic-Con invites comic book enthusiasts and nerds don superhero costumes 2-5 p.m. May 4 at Beaches Branch Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Local comic book creators James Greene, Aaron Hazouri and Henry Gonzalez display their works and answer questions. Contests with cool prizes are held for best comic book character costume, comic trivia, and for creating an original comic book page on a provided library form. Winners’ comics are exhibited at the library in May. Comic book-inspired art by librarian Tony Miller and University of North Florida student Michael Slayton is displayed, as well as Branch Manager Tamera Branam’s comic book collection. “The Avengers” is screened. 2411141. 630-2665. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY/NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY These dual events are celebrated noon-5 p.m. May 4 at Universe of Superheroes, 1124 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0400; and Black Hive Comics, 2724 Park St., Riverside, 389-3312. Storm Troopers, free food, costume contests and local comic artists and writers, including Aaron Hazouri, Ryan Gunwitch-Black, Josh Rudloff, Jason Wright, Rachel Pandich, Adam Wollet, Jummy Stetler and Al Letson. MOSH SCI-FI WEEKEND Nebula award-winning science fi ction writer Walter Jon Williams (“Hardwired,” “Voice of the Whirlwind”) headlines The Museum of Science & History’s Sci-Fi Weekend, which also includes engineer Carl Sheldon (an impersonator of James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in “Star Trek”) and actor John Broughton, Capt. Carter from “Starship Farragut.” The event includes Storm Troopers

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from the 501st Legion and Florida Garrison, Roxy the Rancor, Cosplay panels, Farragut Film sets, a recreated Tardis from “Dr. Who,” a cosmic concert and Planetarium programs narrated by science fi ction actors. Pre-events: Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 7 p.m. May 2, followed by a film discussion. “The Future of Architecture,” presented by Wayne Wood, 7 p.m. May 3. Sci-Fi Weekend: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4, noon-5 p.m. May 5 at 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Pre-events: $10 each; many weekend activities included in museum admission ($10 for adults), additional fees for some. VIP Q-Continuum pass (guarantees access to all programs): $125. 396-6674, RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRASIER Panache owner Kristy Weeks and salon and spa staff members offer a haircut, purple feather, nail polish and eye shadow application, noon-6 p.m. May 4 at Bartram High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy., St. Johns. Donation proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. For more information, 209-1320. ST. JOHNS COUNTY UTILITY: CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP The Northeast Florida Sierra Club presents St. Johns County Director of Utilities Bill Young 6 p.m. May 4 at Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Young discusses the past, present and future regarding the utility’s commitment to conservation, technology and strategic partnerships. 537-6047. SUNSET CELEBRATION It happens every day, but this one’s a big deal. Vendors, live music, local arts & crafts and activities are featured 3 p.m.-dusk May 4 at Vilano Beach Town Center, 115 Vilano Road, Ste. A, St. Augustine. Free. 540-0402. BARKING IN THE STREETS The K9s for Warriors program hosts the street party with a raffle, music by Something Different, family activities and food trucks. The event raises money for K9s for Warriors, 1-6 p.m. May 5 at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, $10. THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP The pro golf event is held May 6-12 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Daily grounds tickets (Thur.-Sun.) are $58 per day. Practice round tickets are $15 per day (Mon. and Tue.) and $25 (Wed., including Military Appreciation Day and a Dierks Bentley concert). Weekly grounds tickets are $150. Parking passes for Thur.-Sun. are $25 per day for general lot, $45 per day for preferred parking near Nicklaus Gate. Park for free in the general parking lot Mon.-Wed. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out 285-3700. FREE MS SEMINAR MS Views and News, a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization, holds a free informative Multiple Sclerosis educational program 9:45 a.m. May 11 at Southpoint Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road, Southside. Victor Maquera, MD, Tina Butterfield, RN., and Connie Easterling, MSN, ARNP, discuss “Treatment Strategies, Symptom Management, MS Relapse, MRI, and info for the newly diagnosed,” followed by a Q&A. Registration is required; go to or call 203-550-7703. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The inaugural RAMi-Con, celebrating all things sci-fi/ fantasy/cosplay/comics/anime and gaming, is held on May 4, with costume contest finals at 2 p.m. on the River Stage. The Redheads Britta-N-Brooke 10:30 a.m., Robbie Hazen 11:45 a.m., Spencer Scholes 2:30 p.m. May 4 at the market, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Happenings every Sat. Free. 389-2449 . JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL The second annual Jewish Food Festival is held 11 a.m. May 5 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Brisket sliders, corned beef, hot dogs, matzah ball soup, potato pancakes, spinach pie, pickles, bagels, lox, kasha varnishkes, tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, kugel and macaroons are available. Bubbe’s Bake Off cooking contest judges include Judy Wells, freelance food and travel writer, and Belinda Hulin, food writer and cookbook author. The L’Chaim Wine Wall is also featured. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 733-7078. WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM The third annual speaker series wraps up with Madeline Scales-Taylor 6:30 p.m. (reception 5:30 p.m.) May 7 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. Scales-Taylor discusses how retirement can impact women as they transform the “me” generation into the “we” generation. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Expanded Horizons, a Women’s Center of Jacksonville literacy program for women. 722-3000. 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. Arthur Vanden Houten discusses “Faith, Fortune and Empire: Henry Flagler, Florida Politics and the Rise of America’s Global Ambition” 10 a.m. May 7 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St, St. Augustine. Tickets are $5 for a single lecture; $15 for four. Reservations are required; space is limited. 819-6282. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Best of the Wall 7 p.m., Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Laser Dark Side of the Moon 9 p.m., Laser The Wall 10 p.m. May 3 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE Fresh baked goods, organic vegetables and jellies, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at North Seventh Street, Fernandina Beach, 557-8229, AMELIA FARMERS MARKET Farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET Local produce, arts and crafts 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, 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, held noon-4 p.m. every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.


JACKSONVILLE YOUNG DEMOCRATS Politically engaged young professional and student group meets 7 p.m. May 22 and every fourth Wed. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. jaxyoungdems MONEYWI$E WEEK The St. Johns County Public Library System and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants present the second annual Moneywi$e Week financial planning workshops for adults 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; on May 1 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950; May 2 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900; and on May 4 at Bartram Trail Branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, 827-6960. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306.


CHARLES MARTIN New York Times bestselling author and Jacksonville native Martin debuts, discusses and sign copies of his new novel, “Unwritten,” 7 p.m. May 7 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.


ERIK RIVERA The charming Rivera appears 8 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, and 8 and 10 p.m. May 4 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $10-$14. 2924242. COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE Vince Morris appears 8:34 p.m. May 2, 8:04 p.m. May 3 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. May 4 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Chris Gay is also featured. Tickets range from $6-$25. The Improv Effect is 7:15 p.m. May 2. 646-4277. THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB Ted Holum and Pat Duax appear 8:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843. 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. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.


MERMAID MILES 5K BEACH WALK/JOG/RUN This fundraiser starts 9:30 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) May 4 at Butler Park East, 5860 A1A S., St. Augustine. Early

Jacksonville Public Library Circulation Assistant Terry Welch, dressed as Rita Goodbook, won’t be the only “hero” in costume for the Beach Comic-Con event May 4 at the Beaches Branch Library in Neptune Beach. In addition, comic book stores throughout Northeast Florida will celebrate Free Comic Book Day, which this year falls on National Star Wars Day — also known as May the 4th Be With You. Photo: Courtesy of Jacksonville Public Library

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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.

A drum circle meetup is scheduled May 3 and every Friday through the summer at 18th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach.

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

Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville. 48 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013

registration is $25; day of the event registration is $30. Proceeds benefit St. Augustine Youth Services. 669-1207. TALBOT ISLANDS A park ranger leads a guided hike through different Florida ecosystems on a quest to characterize tracks left by an assortment of critters, 2 p.m. May 4 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. UNION GARRISON EVENT The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Clinch State Park hosts a Union Garrison event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and 9 a.m.-noon May 5 at the park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Living historians re-enact life in the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers in period dress perform in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies promenade in Civil War-era dresses, sutlers display their wares and drummer boys … well, drum … bringing the era to life. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle; $2 per person Fort admission. 277-7274. JACKSONVILLE SHARKS Uniforms-shmuniforms. The other hometown football team — one that’s quite successful — takes on the Arizona Rattlers at 7 p.m. May 4 (Education Appreciation Night) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900. EVENING NATURE PROGRAM Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing; the next one is held May 4. Programs, included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle, are held at open-air pavilions at at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Times vary. For information, call 461-2035; MARINELAND BEACH WALK GTM Research Reserve volunteers lead a beach walk at its Marineland location 9-10:30 a.m. May 2 at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at River to Sea Preserve entrance (1,000 feet south of GTM Marineland Office parking lot). Reservations required; call 823-4500. A guided cultural hike is held 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 4 at GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam. Learn about Guana Peninsula’s cultural history. Wear comfy closed-toe shoes. $3 parking fee. 823-4500. ROLLER DERBY The fast-moving women skate against another regional team 7 p.m. May 5 at Mandarin Skate Station, 3461 Kori Rd., Mandarin. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 399-3223. JACKSONVILLE SUNS The Suns begin a homestand against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 7:05 p.m. May 7 (Folio Weekly Fifty Cent Family Feast) at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 1:05 p.m. May 8 (Businessperson’s Special), 7:05 p.m. May 9 (Nurses Night, Thursday Throwdown), 7:05 p.m. May 10 (Blood Drive, Fireworks) and 7:05 p.m. May 11 (Scout Campout). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. DINOTREK AND TIGERS New exhibits are open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. Check out the new Land of the Tigers, too! 757-4463.


JOHN WITHERSPOON May 10 & 11, The Comedy Zone ST. JOHNS SUP RUSH June 8, Rudder Club of Jacksonville KEVIN JAMES June 9, The Florida Theatre DREW CAREY July 12 & 13, The Comedy Zone


CLICK, CLACK, MOO TheatreWorks presents this kids’ production 10 a.m. and noon May 3 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 353-3500. Tickets are $7.50 in advance; $8 at the door. 353-3550 for reservations. ICE SKATING CAMPS Kids of all skill levels learn to skate or work on ice-skating skills at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex Skating Academy, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside. On and off ice skating instruction, age-appropriate activities, a lunch program, and extended care available. Campers receive a swag bag. Camp themes are Movie Madness June 3-9; ToonTown, June 10-14; Star Wars Celebration, June 17-21; Disney Magic, June 24-28; Motown Mania, July 15-19; Princess & Super Heroes, July 22-26; Divalicious, July 29-Aug. 2 and Music Explosion, Aug. 12-16. 399-3223. KUMON ACADEMIC CAMP Kumon offers academic enrichment programs help children move beyond grade levels. 2039 Park St., Riverside, 381-1200; 9978 Old Baymeadows Road, Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 642-9566; 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Mandarin, 268-8861; 280 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7775; 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 27, Arlington, 744-2445.


FRIDAY NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE A drum circle is held 5:30 p.m. every Friday all summer at 18th Avenue North, Jax Beach, on the beach. jaxdrumcircle GEARS FOR YEARS Keep It Together Florida Inc. and St Johns County present this program, which collects bicycles for kids in need. They need donations – children’s bikes, spare parts, tire tubes, chains seats, handle bar grips, bike locks and new helmets – and volunteers to help refurbish bikes and help at the June giveaway. 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 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.


OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Overeaters Anonymous hosts a Big Book Oasis Weekend May 3-4 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4087 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. 477-6313. Information and registration online. BEACH FITNESS The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park and Friends of Anastasia offer a Beach Fitness Workshop 8-9:30 a.m. every Sat., through May 25 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Fee is $60. To register, call 461-2035. SENIORS DANCE Seniors dance to a 3-piece band 7:30 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 Stowe Ave., Orange Park. $5 donation. 260-8061. YOUNG SURVIVORS Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email mail@  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 Wednesday for the next Wednesday publication.


Hot Air Athletes

Jonathan Papelbon joins the team of professional loudmouths


onathan Papelbon and I have a couple of things in common. We both went to Bishop Kenny High School, so chances are he, too, has a collection of white shirts, blue pants and maroon ties. Chances are he saw “Star Trek” in a religion class — assuming Sister Edith’s curriculum hasn’t changed. And he has a habit of saying whatever he thinks. This habit revealed itself — yet again — recently. Papelbon is best known for his relief stint with the 2007 Boston Red Sox, where he looked like he might be a once-in-ageneration closer along the lines of a Goose Gossage. His time in Boston ended soon enough, but his predilection for explosive quotes remains — thank goodness. In what was intended to be an anodyne interview with regional sports network CSN Philadelphia, Papelbon made some comments regarding the incident at the Boston Marathon, stoking a fire of national controversy. “Today’s day and age has gotten so crazy. Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. You got all this stuff going on; it’s just a little bit insane for me, man. I’m not sure how to take it,” said the pitcher. Compared to former Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker’s comments in 1999, at the height of his career, criticizing the diversity of New York City (“It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.”), those comments seem relatively sane, I guess, but what wouldn’t? Still, when one’s being measured against Rocker (who’ll be here on June 6 as a special attraction at a Jacksonville Suns game), that’s a red flag. And when one deconstructs Papelbon’s sentiment, it’s just as insipid. Let’s start with the first sentence. “Today’s day and age has gotten so crazy.” Really, Jon, you don’t say. What day and age hasn’t been crazy? From tribal wars documented in the Old Testament onward to the tribal wars of today, every day and age has been replete with wanton destruction. Yes, what happened in Boston was horrible by any measure, but was it necessarily anomalous, on a global scale? Not so much. “Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything.” Considering the ahistorical nature of Papelbon’s first statement, it might be nice

if Obama actually did take the guns away and replace them with history books. When reading and hearing statements like that, I always wonder who “our” actually are. Why all This is a copyright protected proo gun owners are essentially equated — I wonder that too. “You got all this stuff going — it’s just a please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 042413 For on questions, little insane for me, man. I’m not sure how to FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 take it.” Is it really insane? As capitalism as we know by 2012 Sales R PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by CS Checked © it enters its final spin cycle, familiar patterns take shape. Immense wealth redistribution toward the top 1 percent and the corporate class. The destruction of the middle class and its purchasing power that, say 50 years ago, allowed one-income families to thrive far better than they do today. Why wouldn’t we expect the kind of incidents we saw in Boston, where (as the current narrative holds) two brothers from Chechnya failed to assimilate, despite living in Cambridge and going to a school that facilitated diversity? What galls me about Papelbon’s statement isn’t the right-wing shock-jock rhetoric. Been there, done that. What galls me is the utter myopia of it. We all had reactions to what happened in Boston, and many people said many things in the heat of the moment that mercifully will be elided from the historical narrative. Papelbon’s words will be forgotten soon; the people of Philadelphia, where he pitches now, have little interest in political correctness — this is the city where Michael “Bad Newz Kennels” Vick successfully completed his path of personal redemption after a career in which he embodied almost every stereotype of an overpaid thug athlete. Papelbon doesn’t fit that bill. He’s more like Ryan Lochte, the Florida Gators swimmer who medaled 11 times in the Olympics, a quip machine who says illadvised frat-boy things. Or like Chipper Jones, the former Braves third baseman and Bolles School alum, who in response to Rutgers’ Mike Rice getting fired for physically abusing his players, tweeted, “Apparently mine and some people’s views of what verbal and physical abuse is, differs. That’s ur right. This is my twitter account.” This world is one of double standards, where the rantings of half-informed white males will always be protected or encouraged. Just bros being bros. 



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Average Entrée Cost: $ = Less than $8 $$ = $8-$14 $$$ = $15-$22 $$$$ = $23 & up  = Beer, Wine  = Full Bar  = Children’s Menu  = Take Out B = Breakfast R = Brunch L = Lunch D = Dinner *Bite Club Certified! = Restaurant hosted a free Folio Weekly Bite Club tasting. Join at 2012 Best of Jax winner F = FW distribution spot

AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE (Venues are in Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.)

29 SOUTH EATS 29 S. Third St., 277-7919. F In historic district, Chef Scotty Schwartz serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. $$ L Tue.-Sat.; D Mon.-Sat.; R Sun. BARBERITO’S 1519 Sadler Rd., 277-2505; 463867 S.R. 200, Ste. 5, Yulee, 321-2240. Southwestern fare, made-to-order burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos. $    L D Daily BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ 1 S. Front St., 261-2660. F On the water in historic district, it’s Southern hospitality in an upscale atmosphere; daily specials, fresh local seafood and aged beef. $$$  L D Daily BRIGHT MORNINGS 105 S. Third St., 491-1771. A small café hidden behind Amelia SanJon Gallery. $$  B R L Thur.-Tue. CAFE KARIBO 27 N. Third St., 277-5269. F In a historic building, family-owned spot serves homemade veggie burgers, fresh seafood, made-from-scratch desserts. Karibrew Pub. $$    L D Tue.-Sat.; L Daily CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY COMPANY 1014 Atlantic Ave., 4914663. F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins, pies; most breads without fat or sugar. $ B R L Daily DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 802 Ash St., 310-6049. Fine-dining place serves New York strip, ribeye, Dover sole, Chilean sea bass. $$$  D Nightly HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker 320 S. Eighth St., 321-0303. Sports bar fare: onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. $  L D Daily THE HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ 7 S. Third St., 321-0707. F Historic district spot has sandwiches, pulled pork, smoked turkey, ribs. $    L Mon.-Sat. JACK & DIANE’S 708 Centre St., 321-1444. F In a renovated 1887 shotgun home. Jambalaya, French toast, mac-n-cheese, vegan and vegetarian selections. $$   B L D Daily KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 1147 Amelia Plaza, 277-8782. Certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood all MSG-free. Sushi bar, teppanyaki grill. $$   D Tue.-Sun. KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFÉ 19 S. Third St., 432-8213. In historic district, family-owned-and-operated spot serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, vegetarian options and down-home favorites, like fried green tomatoes. $   L D Mon.-Sat. LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE 11 S. Seventh St., 432-8394. F Po’boys, seafood little plates served in a historic house. Fresh local seafood, Fernandina shrimp. Reservations recommended. $$  R Sun.; L D Tue.-Sat. MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee, 225-3600. Locally owned and operated. Specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Drive-thru. $  B L Mon.-Sat. MOON RIVER PIZZA 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400. F See Riverside. 2012 BOJ winner. $   L D Mon.-Sat. MURRAY’S GRILLE 463852 E. S.R. 200/A1A, Yulee, 261-2727. Seafood, pastas and barbecue; hand-cut steaks, grouper Elizabeth and homemade Key lime pie. $  L D Daily THE MUSTARD SEED CAFÉ 833 TJ Courson Rd., 277-3141. Snail of Approval winner; casual organic eatery and juice bar in Nassau Health Foods has all-natural, organic items, smoothies, veggie juices, coffees and herbal teas. $$  B L Mon.-Sat. PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL CANTINA 530 Centre St., 277-2011; 96096 Lofton Square Court, Yulee, 491-6955. F This casual, family-friendly restaurant features daily specials. $$   L D Daily PLAE 80 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, 277-2132. Bite Club certified. In the Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the bistro style venue offers whole fried fish and duck breast, artistic décor. $$$  D Nightly SALT, THE GRILL 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 491-6746. 2012 BOJ winner. Chef de Cuisine Richard Laughlin offers cuisine made with simple elements from the earth and sea in a contemporary coastal setting. $$$$  D Tue.-Sat. SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL 12 N. Front St., 277-3811. ICW view from second-story outdoor bar. Owners T.J. and Al offer

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Located in Five Points, Black Sheep servers Donnie Shea and Lauren Benson carry containers of their always fresh hibiscus ruby sipper, jasmine green tea and assam black tea. Photo: Dennis Ho local seafood, Mayport shrimp, fish tacos, po’boys and the original broiled cheese oysters. $$  L D Daily SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652. F Oceanfront, Caribbean-style spot serves handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood, fried pickles. Kids’ beachfront area, open-air second floor and balcony. $$   L D Daily THE SURF RESTAURANT & BAR 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711. F Oceanview dining, inside or out on the deck. Steaks, fresh fish, nightly specials; Sunday lobster special. $$  B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES 710 Centre St., 321-0409. F In historic district. Fresh meat, hand-cut fries, homemade sauces and soups and hand-spun shakes. $   L D Daily TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK 21 N. Third St., 310-6550. F Casual seafood place features fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish, oysters, blackboard specials. $   L D Daily T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310. F 2012 BOJ winner. This spot in an old gas station is known for its blue plate specials. $   B L Mon.-Sat.


AJ’S BAR & GRILL 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060. Burgers, wings. $$  L D Daily CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE 2111 University Blvd. N., 800-2102. F Locally owned and operated. Southern fare in a family spot: fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese, gourmet desserts. $  L D Tue.-Sun. COTTEN’S BAR-B-QUE 2048 Rogero Rd., 743-1233. Fred Cotten Jr. has been making pit-cooked barbecue for 25+ years. $    L D Daily GRINDERS CAFE 10230 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 8 & 9, 725-2712. 20+ years of homestyle veggies, burgers, meatloaf, pork chops, seafood and desserts. $   B L Daily THE HOT DOG SPOT & MORE 2771 Monument Rd., Ste. 32, Regency, 646-0050. Sausages, all-beef hot dogs, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, all cooked to order. $   L Daily KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 10055 Atlantic Blvd., 724-8883. Steak, filet mignon, lobster, shrimp, sushi, teppanyaki, traditional dishes. $$$    L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 1301 Monument Rd., 724-5802. See Baymeadows. BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S., 720-0551. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, oysters, clams. $$   L D Daily THE MUDVILLE GRILLE 1301 Monument Rd., Ste. 1, 722-0008. Friendy family sports spot serves steaks, wings, burgers. $  L D Daily NERO’S CAFÉ 3607 University Blvd. N., 743-3141. F Traditional Italian-style fare, nightly dinner specials, veal, seafood, pasta, New York-style pizzas. $$    D Nightly RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS 1825 University Blvd. N., 745-0335. Cigar and hookah lounge has a full kitchen. $  D Nightly THE STEAKHOUSE AT GOLD CLUB 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr., 645-5500. F 2012 BOJ winner. Daily lunch and dinner specials, free happy hour buffet Thur. & Fri. $$$  L D Daily UNIVERSITY DINER 5959 Merrill Rd., 762-3433. Breakfast and lunch: meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. $$  B L Daily


BAGEL LOVE 4114 Herschel St., 634-7253. F Bagels, sandwiches, subs, bakery items. $  B R L Daily BISCOTTIS 3556 St. Johns Ave., 387-2060. F 2012 BOJ winner. Innovative pizzas, dessert selection. $$$  B R L D Daily THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700. F Fresh seafood, steaks, chops, small plates in a casual place. Gluten-free entrées, oyster bar. Reservations recommended. $$    R Sun.; L Mon.-Sat., D Nightly BRICK RESTAURANT 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606. F

Soups, sandwiches, burgers, lamb chops, seafood entrees, veggie burger, desserts. $$$  L D Daily THE CASBAH CAFE 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966. F 2012 BOJ winner. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine on the patio or in hookah lounge. $$  L D Daily ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40, 388-4884. F Celebrating five years, the churrascaria features gauchos who carve the meat to your plate from serving tables. $$$  D Tue.-Sun. FLORIDA CREAMERY 3566 St. Johns Ave., 619-5386. Premium ice cream, waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes, Nathan’s hot dogs, Florida décor. Low-fat, sugar-free items. $   L D Daily THE FOX RESTAURANT 3580 St. Johns Ave., 387-2669. F Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh diner fare, homemade desserts. Breakfast all day; burgers, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes. $$   L D Daily THE FRINGE EATERY 934 Edgewood Ave. S., 402-6446. Steampunk gallery and performance space serves soups, wraps, coffees and teas. $$  Tue.-Sun. GREEN MAN GOURMET 3543 St. Johns Ave., 384-0002. F Organic, natural products, spices, teas, salts. $   Daily MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southern blues kitchen has pulled pork, Carolina barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish, hummus, shrimp & grits. $$    B L D Daily ORSAY 3630 Park St., 381-0909. 2012 BOJ winner. French/ American bistro serves steak frites, mussels, Alsatian pork chops; local organic ingredients. $$$  R D Mon.-Sat. SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 3620 St. Johns Ave., 388-5688. See Riverside. $$  L D Daily TERRA 4260 Herschel St., 388-9124. Comfy spot serves local, sustainable and world cuisine in a simple, creative style. Small plates include chorizo stuffed mushrooms, pork belly skewers; entrés include lamb chops, seared tuna and ribeye. Lunch menu also features sandwiches. Craft beers. $$  L D Mon.-Sat. TOM & BETTY’S 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311. F 40+ years; the car-themed menu has sandwiches, burgers, pot roast. $   L D Tue.-Sat.


AL’S PIZZA 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 105, 731-4300. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily ANCIENT CITY SUBS 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207, 446-9988. F Owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, St. Augustine-themed shop serves gourmet subs toasted, pressed or cold. $   L D Mon.-Sat. BOWL OF PHO 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-4455. Vietnamese and Thai dishes of authentic ingredients, made fresh; egg rolls, grilled pork, chicken, lotus root salad, fried rice. Boba, too. $$ L D Daily BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 519-8000. F Family-owned-and-operated Italian place serves calzones, stromboli, brick-oven-baked pizza, subs, desserts. $$    L D Daily DEERWOOD DELI & DINER 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd., 6414877. F ’50s-style diner serves burgers, Reubens, shakes, Coke floats. $   B L Daily THE FIFTH ELEMENT 9485 Baymeadows Rd., 448-8265. F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese fare, lunch buffet of lamb, goat, chicken dishes, tandoori, biryani items. $$   L D Daily IZZY’S PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR Owner Javier Roldan 8206 Philips Hwy., 731-9797. Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs and a variety of Italian dishes. $$   L D Daily GATORS DOCKSIDE 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500. Sportsthemed family restaurant serves

grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$    L D Daily INDIA’S RESTAURANT 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777. F 2012 BOJ winner. Authentic Indian cuisine, lunch buffet. Curry and vegetable dishes, lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish tandoori. $$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498. F 2012 BOJ winner. They pile subs high and serve ’em fast. $   B L D Daily LEMONGRASS 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd., 645-9911. F Thai cuisine; Chef Aphayasane’s creations include crispy whole fish with pineapple curry reduction, and The Amazing. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN LEBANESE CUISINE 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-1881. F Bite Club certified. Owner Pierre Barakat offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, charcoal-grilled lamb kebab. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. MEDITERRANIA RESTAURANT 3877 Baymeadows Rd., 731-2898. Family-owned-and-operated Greek/Italian place serves fresh seafood, veal, lamb. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI 11030 Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791. F 2012 BOJ winner. Fresh, organic; vegetarian, vegan, raw food, gluten-free, sandwiches, deli, hot bar dishes, chopped salad bar, wraps, baked goods. Juice, smoothie & coffee bar. $   B L D Daily OMAHA STEAKHOUSE 9300 Baymeadows Rd., 739-6633. Bite Club certified. English tavern in Embassy Suites Hotel; center-cut beef, fresh seafood, sandwiches, signature 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. $$  L D Daily ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4, 733-0588. 2012 BOJ winner. Hot dogs with slaw, chili, cheese, onion sauce, sauerkraut; personal pizzas. $  L D Mon.-Sat. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506. F Traditional Thai, vegetarian, new-Thai, curries, seafood, noodles and soups. $$  L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 527-8649. F See San Marco. $$   L D Daily SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE 8133 Point Meadows Dr., 5190509. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sports bar fare; 20+ beers on tap. $   L D Daily STICKY FINGERS 8129 Point Meadows Way, 493-7427. F Memphis-style rib house smokes ribs, barbecue, rotisserie chicken over aged hickory wood. $$  L D Daily STONEWOOD GRILL TAVERN 3832 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 739-7206. See Beaches. $$  L D Daily THREE F(X) ICE CREAM & WAFFLES 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 6, 928-9559. Ice cream made-to-order. Milk: whole, soy, almond; toppings; in taiyaki Asian waffles. $  B R L Daily TONY D’S NY PIZZA & RESTAURANT 8358 Point Meadows Dr., 322-7051. Authentic New York pizza, pasta. $    L D Daily VITO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3825 Baymeadows Rd., 737-9236. 2012 BOJ winner. Family-owned. Grouper Francesco, New York and Chicago style pizzas, surf-and-turf, rack of lamb. Tiramisu, cannoli. $$  L D Tue.-Sun.


(Venues are in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) 1ST OCEAN GRILLE 333 First St. N., 595-5965. F Modern American fare features seafood, steaks. $$$  B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily A LA CARTE 331 First Ave. N., 241-2005. Authentic New England fare: Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab cake sandwich, shrimp basket, clam chowdah. $$  L Thur.-Tue. AL’S PIZZA 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-0002. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily ANGIE’S SUBS 1436 Beach Blvd., 246-2519. F Home of the original baked sub, hot or cold subs, fresh ingredients, for 25+ years; blue-ribbon iced tea. $   L D Daily BAGEL WORLD 2202 Third St. S., 246-9988. F 2012 BOJ winner. Cozy place has a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese), coffees and juices. $  B L Daily BEACH HUT CAFÉ 1281 Third St. S., 249-3516. F 25+ years. Breakfast all day; hot plate specials. $  B R L Daily BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET 120 Third St. S., 444-8862. F Full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, daily fish specials and Philly cheesesteaks. Open-air upstairs deck. $$    L D Daily BLUE WATER ISLAND GRILL 205 First St. N., 249-0083. This casual spot features American fare with a Caribbean soul. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1266 Third St. S., 249-8704; 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 270-2666. F See San Marco. $    L D Daily BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE 235 Eighth Ave. S., 241-2211. F Casual spot has baked goods, espressos, coffees; vegan and gluten-free options. $    B R L Daily BUDDHA THAI BISTRO 301 10th Ave. N., 712-4444. F The proprietors are from Thailand, and every dish is made with fresh ingredients from tried-and-true recipes. $$   L D Daily BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS 1333 Third St. N., 242-8226. F 2012 BOJ winner. See Downtown. $   L D Daily CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322.F 2012 BOJ winner. Chili rellenos, tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream. $$   D Nightly

Dining CASA MARIA 2429 Third St. S., 372-9000. F See Springfield. 2012 BOJ winner. $   L D Daily CASA MARINA RESTAURANT 691 First St. N., 270-0025. Tapas, crab cakes, Kobe sliders, burgers, tacos. Penthouse Lounge. Verandah. oceanfront courtyard. $$$  R Tue.-Fri.; D Nightly CINOTTI’S BAKERY, DELI & BOUTIQUE 1523 Penman Rd., 246-1728. Since 1964. Cakes, pies, breads, desserts, bagels, chicken salad, sandwiches. $  B R L Tue.-Sat. CRUISERS GRILL 319 23rd Ave. S., 270-0356. F 2012 BOJ winner. Locally owned & operated 15+ years. Half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches, award-winning cheddar fries. $   L D Daily CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. Bite Club certified. Upscale Irish gastropub. Shepherd’s pie, corned beef. $$   R S/S; D Tue.-Sun. D&LP SUBS 1409 Third St. S., 247-4700. Subs, gourmet salads, wings, pizza, pasta. $   L D Daily DAVINCI’S PIZZA 469 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2001. Family-owned-and-operated. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 2434 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. NASCAR-themed place has 365 varieties of wings, half-pound burgers, ribs, salads. $    L D Daily DIRTY REDS 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 372-9438. F This new spot serves casual Cajun/Creole/Southern fare: shrimp & grits, po’boys, smoked ribs & brisket, red beans & rice. Sides include mac-n-cheese, collards, corn maque choux, candied yams, smoked baked beans. $$   D Tue.-Sun. DWIGHT’S MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO 1527 Penman Rd., 241-4496. Hand-rolled pasta, grilled vegetables. Owner/ Chef Dwight DeLude uses an exhibition kitchen. Reservations suggested. $$$$  D Tue.-Sat. EL POTRO 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910. Everything’s fresh and made-to-order. Daily specials, buffet. $  L D Daily ELEVEN SOUTH 216 11th Ave. S., 241-1112. New American eclectic cuisine, a mesquite grill and courtyard dining. $$$  L Tue.-Fri.; D Daily ELLEN’S KITCHEN 1824 S. Third St., Pablo Plaza, 246-1572. F Since 1962. Breakfast all day; sandwiches. $  B L Daily ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337. F Gastropub fare: soups, flatbreads, specialty sandwiches. $   L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 922 Beach Blvd., 249-3001. F 130+ imported beers, 20 on tap. Classic Reuben, sandwiches. $   L D Daily EVA’S GRILL BAR 610 Third St. S., 372-9484. F Eva’s blends Greek and Italian, with American influences, served in a friendly atmosphere. $$   L D Tue.-Sat. THE FISH COMPANY RESTAURANT 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 246-0123. F Bite Club certified. Oyster bar. Fresh local seafood, Mayport shrimp, oysters, crabs, lobster. Oyster Nights Tue. & Wed. $$   L D Daily THE HALF MOON RAW BAR 1289 Penman Rd., 372-0549. Oysters, shrimp, clams, crawfi sh, daily chef’s specials. And they open your oysters. $$   L D Sat. & Sun.; D Tue.-Fri. HOT DOG HUT 1439 Third St. S., 247-3641. F Dogs, sausages, burgers, beer-battered onion rings, fries. $   B L Daily ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 675 Third St. N., 247-4688. F Three areas: teppan or hibachi tables, sushi bar; Westernstyle seating. Tempura, teriyaki. Plum wine. $$  D Nightly JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 30 Ocean Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 270-1122. F Familyowned-and-operated. Pasta, gourmet pizzas, veal. $$   L D Daily LANDSHARK CAFE 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024. F This locally owned and operated casual place serves fresh, rightoff-the-boat local seafood, fish tacos, houseground burgers, wings, handcut fries and tater tots, and daily specials. $$   L D Daily; R Sun. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922. F Locally roasted coffee, eggs, bagels, flatbreads, desserts. $$   B L D Daily KC CRAVE 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660. Chris Jones and Andy Viola offer American fusion: small plates, slow-roasted meats, creative toppings; Tap Room. $$  R Sun.; D Tue.-Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 514 N. First St., 249-5181. F Corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish & chips. $$  L D Daily MARIO’S AT THE BEACH 1830 Third St. N., 246-0005. Family-friendly spot has New York-style pizzas, stromboli, pasta, , veal, shrimp, vegetarian dishes. $$$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly MARLIN MOON GRILLE 1183 Beach Blvd., 372-4438. F In the old TacoLu. Fresh crab cakes – owner Gary Beach’s from the Eastern Shore – and fresh-cut fries. $$    D Wed.-Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, 241-5600. F Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. Gourmet pizzas, hoagies. Mighty Meaty pizza to vegetarian Kosmic Karma. $    L D Daily METRO DINER 1534 Third St. N., 853-6817. F 2012 BOJ winner. The upscale diner serves breakfast, plus meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. $$ R B L Daily MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA RISTORANTE 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573. F Near-the-ocean eatery. 20+ years.

Casual bistro fare: gourmet wood-fired pizzas, nightly specials. $$$   D Mon.-Sat. MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636. See Avondale. F 2012 BOJ winner. $$    B L D Daily MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070. F Burgers, sandwiches, seafood, wings. $   L D Daily M SHACK 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2599. F Burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes. $$  L D Daily NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300. 2012 BOJ winner. Dishes with a Caribbean flavor, overlooking the ICW. Tiki deck. $$   L D Wed.-Sun.; D Mon. & Tue. NORTH BEACH BISTRO 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105. Bite Club certified. Casual neighborhood eatery serves hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, tapas menu. $$$   R Sun.; L D Daily NORTH BEACH FISH CAMP 100 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-3474. Oceanview roof-top bar. Creative Southern fare, fresh seafood and bread pudding. $$ L Wed.-Sun.; D Nightly OCEAN 60 RESTAURANT, WINE BAR & MARTINI ROOM 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060. 2012 BOJ winner. Continental cuisine, fresh seafood, dinner specials, seasonal menu. $$  D Mon.-Sat. THE PIER CANTINA & SANDBAR 412 N. First St., 246-6454. Casual oceanfront place has a Mexican-influenced menu. Downstairs Sandbar. $$$  L D Daily POE’S TAVERN 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637. F American gastropub. 50+ beers. Gourmet burgers, handcut French fries, fish tacos, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. $$   L D Daily RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877. F 25+ years.Blackened snapper, sesame tuna, Ragtime shrimp. $$  L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 592 Marsh Landing Pkwy., 273-3113. F Casual New York-style pizzeria has calzones, antipasto, parmigiana. By the slice or full pie. $$    L D Daily ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach, 372-0052. F Locally owned and operated. 1,200+ fine wine, 200 bottled beers, 15 microbrewed drafts pair with tapas. $$  D Mon.-Sat. SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK 1018 Third St. N., 372-4456. F 2012 BOJ winner. Signature tuna poke bowl, sushi, tacos, local fried shrimp, in an open-air space. $$    L D Daily SEAFOOD KITCHEN 31 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach, 241-8470. 20+ years, no-frills atmosphere. Fresh local seafood. $   L D Daily SINGLETON’S SEAFOOD SHACK 4728 Ocean St., Mayport Village, 246-4442. F Casual spot by the Mayport ferry since the ’60s. Fried shrimp, blackened or grilled fish. Enclosed riverfront porch. $    L D Daily SLIDERS SEAFOOD GRILLE 218 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 246-0881. F Beach-casual. Fresh fish, fish tacos, gumbo, Key lime pie, ice cream sandwiches. $$   D Nightly SMASHBURGER 630 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-2666. Do-it-yourself burgers and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, sides and fries. $    L D Daily SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE 111 Beach Blvd., 482-1000. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sportsbar fare, 20+ beers on tap. $   L D Daily SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 387-9394. BOJ winner. Soups, sandwiches, seafood, vegetarian/vegan items. $  L D Daily STONEWOOD GRILL TAVERN 950 Marsh Landing Pkwy., 285-2311. Classic American menu. $$  L D Daily SUN DELI 1011 S. Third St., 270-1040. F 2012 BOJ winner. Reubens, corned beef, salami, liverwurst. Radical Side (tuna salad, egg salad, cheese) or 9.0 (Philly steak, cheese, chopped bacon, pepperoni, blackened seasoning). $  L D Mon.-Sat. TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-8226. F 2012 BOJ winner. In the old Homestead, Baja-style. Mexican fare: fish tacos, Bangin Shrimp, verde chicken tacos and fried cheese that isn’t fried. $$   R Sat. & Sun.; L D Tue.-Fri. 3RD STREET DINER 223 Ninth Ave. S., 270-0080. F Greek/ American fare served Yankee style for 11+ years. A variety of quality, homestyle dishes: gyros, ribs, lamb, liver & onions. $    B L D Daily TOMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT 1253 Penman Rd., 372-4369. F Fresh, authentic, upscale, Japanese-owned. Handmade sushi, hibachi grill items, homemade-style dishes. $   D Nightly WIPEOUTS GRILL 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508. F Casual, beachy sports spot serves burgers, wings, fish tacos. $    L D Daily ZETA 131 First Ave. N., 372-0727. Brand-new place features tapas and sharing plates, flats, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Late-night upscale urban fusion. $$  L Sat. & Sun.; D Tue.-Sun.


(Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BENNY’S SANDWICH SHOP 121 W. Forsyth St., 634-1525. For 27 years, Benny’s – in an old bank vault – has made everything from scratch. Favorites: taco salad, creamy potato soup. $  B L Mon.-Fri.



NAME: Nedal Mardini RESTAURANT: Maza New American Cuisine, 725-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than mine): Blue Bamboo FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: French with a modern twist FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic, onion, foie gras, bread and oil IDEAL MEAL: Beef tenderloin, mushroom risotto with foie gras and port reduction WON’T EAT IF YOU PAY ME: Pickled eggs MEMORABLE DINING EXPERIENCE: Moto Chicago INSIDER’S SECRET: Dedication and urgency CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Jim Furyk CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Fat

BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Ste. 175, Jacksonville Landing, 301-1014. Continental cuisine. Signature dish: Filet Christian. $$$   L D Daily BIG PETE’S OLD STYLE PIZZERIA 118 N. Julia St., 356-2680. All from scratch: pizza, calzones, baked ziti, wraps. Barbecue. $$  L D Mon.-Fri. BRAZILIAN CORNER 100 E. Forsyth St., 633-9028. Authentic fare: churrasco misto (steak & sausage), muqueca de peixe (fish in coconut milk), plus burgers, subs, paninis, sandwiches. Brazilian coffee. $   L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BURRITO GALLERY & BAR 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southwestern cuisine. Burritos: ginger teriyaki tofu and blackened mahi. $   L D Mon.-Sat. CAFÉ NOLA 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911. Museum of Contemporary Art. Shrimp & grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, desserts. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Thur. & ArtWalk CASA DORA 108 E. Forsyth St., 356-8282. F Owner/chef Sam Hamidi has served Italian fare for 35+ years: veal, seafood, pizza. Homemade salad dressing. $$   L D Mon.-Sat. CHOMP CHOMP 106 E. Adams St., 762-4667. F This spot has eats at moderate prices – most under $10. Chef-inspired street food: panko-crusted chicken, burgers, chinois tacos, bahn mi, barbecue. $ L Tue.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat. CURRENTS LOUNGE 225 E. Coastline Dr., Hyatt Regency, 634-4043. Apps, café fare, desserts. $$  B L D Daily DE REAL TING CAFÉ 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738. F Caribbean place features jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters, curried goat and oxtail. $   L Tue.-Fri.; D Fri. & Sat. EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS 225 E. Coastline Dr., 634-4579. See Arlington. $  B L Daily FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB/RESTAURANT Ste. 176, Jacksonville Landing, 374-1547. 2012 BOJ winner. Casual fare in an uptown Irish atmosphere: fish and chips, Guinness lamb stew, black-and-tan brownies. $$   L D Daily INDOCHINE 21 E. Adams St., Ste. 200, 598-5303. 2012 BOJ winner. Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine; signature dishes are chicken Satay, soft shell crab, sticky rice. $$   L D Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 830 N. Pearl St., 353-6388. For 56+ years, family-owned Jenkins Barbecue has served down-home barbecue. Drive-thru. $  L D Daily KOJA SUSHI Jacksonville Landing, 350-9911. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sushi, sashimi; Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine; hard-to-find items like baby octopus salad. $$  L D Daily LE SHEA’S HOMESTYLE EATERY 119 W. Adams St., 354-5685. Southern and soul food: meat loaf, fried chicken, burgers, spaghetti, sides. $  L Mon.-Fri. NORTHSTAR PIZZA BAR & SUBSTATION 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451. Brick-oven-baked pizza, grinders, wings, cheesesteaks, sandwiches. 27 beers on tap. $   L D Mon.-Sat. OLIO MARKET 301 E. Bay St., 356-7100. F Made-fromscratch soups, sandwiches; they cure their own bacon and pickle their own pickles. $$   B R L Mon.-Fri. PHO A NOODLE BAR 117 W. Adams St., 353-0320. Authentic Vietnamese and Thai dishes: egg rolls, potstickers. Pho bowls: standard, vegan, pho tom yum, sukiyaki, kelp noodle substitute. Boba, teas, coffee. $ L Mon.-Fri. D Wed.-Sat. THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 4200, 791-9533, ext. 241. On Bank of America’s 42nd floor, this cafe offers a riverview. $$   L Mon.-Fri. TRELLISES RESTAURANT 225 E. Coastline Dr., Hyatt, 634-4540. American à la carte dining: original fresh seafood, regional dishes, buffet, breakfast. $$$   B L Daily ZODIAC GRILL 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283. F American and Mediterranean favorites in a casual spot; panini, vegetarian. Daily lunch buffet. Espressos, hookahs. $  L Mon.-Fri.


KANKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE/SUSHI BAR 2009 East-West Pkwy., 269-3003. Teppanyaki tables, sushi tables, sushi bar.

Steaks and seafood. $$    D Nightly MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. $    L D Daily MERCURY MOON GRILL BAR 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999. F Wings, signature sandwiches, Philly cheesesteak, fried fish sandwich, half-pound Moon burger. $  D Nightly MOJO SMOKEHOUSE 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, 264-0636. F See Avondale. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    B L D Daily TAPS BAR & GRILL 1605 C.R. 220, 278-9421. F Burgers, sandwiches and entrees. $$   L D Daily WHITEY’S FISH CAMP 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198. F Gator tail, freshwater catfi sh, daily specials, on Swimming Pen Creek. Tiki bar. $    L D Tue.-Sun.; D Mon. YOUR PIE 1545 C.R. 220, Ste. 125, 379-9771. F Owner Mike Sims’ concept: Choose from three doughs, nine sauces, seven cheeses and 40+ toppings and make your own pizza pie. $$    L D Daily


ABE’S PIZZA GRILL 12192 Beach Blvd., 425-3983. Italian dishes, lasagna, parmigiana, pizza, subs, pasta, wings. $$    L D Daily AL’S PIZZA 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, 223-0991. F Celebrating 20+ years and seven locations, Al’s offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas, salads. $    L D Daily AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, 374-0161. Authentic Thai cuisine, pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. $$   L D Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly BITTER SWEET BAKERY & EATERY 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 29, 223-0457. Desserts, sandwiches, breakfast to-go. $$  B L Tue.-Sun. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 3303 San Pablo Rd. S., 223-1391. F See San Marco. $    L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, desserts, family spot. $    L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CASTILLO DE MEXICO 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, 998-7006. F An extensive menu served in authentic Mexican décor. Weekday lunch buffet. $$  L D Daily CLIFF’S ROCKIN BAR-N-GRILL 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, 645-5162. F Burgers, wings, seafood, pizza, daily specials, handcut 12-ounce New York strip. $$   L D daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 14286 Beach Blvd., 223-0115. See Beaches. $    L D Daily EL RANCHITO 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22, 992-4607. F Latin American cuisine: dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. $$    L D Daily FIRST WATCH 13470 Beach Blvd., 223-0909. French toast, egg dishes, pancakes, crepes, waffles, sandwiches. $  B L Daily FUJI SUSHI 13740 Beach Blvd., 992-8998. Fuji Sushi offers dine-in and take-out Japanese fare. $  L D Daily iPHO 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, 330-0309. New, familyowned spot has curry dishes, noodle bowls, rare beef salad. Everything’s homemade-style. $ L D Tue.-Thur. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766. F Hand-cut steaks, wings, burgers. $   B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 39, 992-1666. F See San Marco. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 14, 642-6980. F See Baymeadows. BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily

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The Mustard Seed Cafe

Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, 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.

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-youcan-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout.

3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711

Halftime Sports Bar and Grill

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

Cafe Karibo

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

27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269

The Salty Pelican

Overlooking the Sunset and the Intracoastal Waterway from our upstairs bar, The Salty Pelican offers oneof-a-kind 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

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

1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652

320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303 Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville 52 | | MAY 1-7, 2013, 2013


Chef Bryan Kolb of Restaurant Medure, located in Ponte Vedra, prepares a delectable cinnamon ice cream in the restaurant’s open kitchen. Photo: Dennis Ho MAMA MIA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12220 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1122. Lunch specials. Veal, seafood, New York-style and Sicilian-style pizzas. $   L D Tue.-Sun. MAMBOS CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9, 374-2046. 2012 BOJ winner. Authentic ropa vieja, bistec, pollo, picadillo, lechon asada. $$    R L D daily MARKER 32 14549 Beach Blvd., 223-1534. ICW view. American eclectic: fresh, local seafood, shrimp & Andouille fettuccini, broiled oysters, yellow fin tuna poke. $$$   D Mon.-Sat. MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 21, 646-9119. Casual, family-owned. Homestyle Italian fare, New York-style pizzas, veal, baked dishes. $$    L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 3238 Hodges Blvd., 821-5687. See Arlington. $$   L D Daily MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE 12777 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, 221-1090. F Wings, burgers in a sporty atmosphere. $  L D Daily PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL CANTINA 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 1, 221-2300. F Casual, family-friendly place features daily specials. $$   L D Daily SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402. F Authentic, fresh Mexican fare made from scratch. Daily specials. $$$   L D Daily SHANE’S RIB SHACK 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, 992-0130. Burgers, pork, ribs, chicken tenders, wings, beans, fried okra, corn, collards, Brunswick stew. $$   L D Daily SIENA’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26, 220-9192. Italian cuisine: lasagna, calzones, stuffed shells, pizza and wraps. $$  L D Daily THAI ORCHID 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4, 683-1286. Authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients; pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. $$  L D Daily TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, 223-6999. F Locally-owned-and-operated. Hand-tossed pizzas, wings, specialty wraps. $$  L D Tue.-Sun.; D Sun. & Mon. VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd., 647-6575. See Julington. $    L D Daily XTREME WINGS 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 108, 220-9464. F Family sports grill has wings, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. $    L D Daily


BENITO’S ITALIAN CAFE & PIZZERIA 155 Hampton Pt. Dr., 230-8292. Family spot. Authentic Italian cuisine, veal, seafood entrées, pasta, specialty pizzas. $$    L D Daily BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102, 287-0766. Modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistrostyle setting. $$$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 100 Bartram Oaks Walk, Fruit Cove, 287-7710. See San Marco. $    L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove, 287-8317. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. $    L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CLARK’S FISH CAMP 12903 Hood Landing Rd., 268-3474. F Gator, turtle, steak, ribs and daily all-you can-eat catfish dinners. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in a glass-enclosed room. $$   L D Daily JENK’S PIZZA 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 112, 826-1555. Familyowned-and-operated. Subs, New York-style pizzas, calzones, Italian dishes. $    L D Daily THE NEW ORLEANS CAFÉ 12760 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek, 880-5155. Creole-style cafe. French bread po’boys, muffalattas. On Julington Creek. $    L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171. F See San Marco. $$   L D Daily TAPS BAR & GRILL 2220 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 314, 819-1554. F 50+ premium domestic, import beers on tap. Starters, burgers, sandwiches, entrees. $$   L D Daily VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103, 230-6966. F Hand-tossed New York- and Sicilian-style pizzas. Baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings, wraps. $    L D Daily

WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108, 230-6688. F Fine dining; authentic cuisine, full sushi menu, curries, pad dishes. $   L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA 11190 San Jose Blvd., 260-4115. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily ATHENS CAFÉ 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, 733-1199. Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), favorites, Greek beers. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. AW SHUCKS 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368. F Seafood place has an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Favorites: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas, kabobs. $$   L D Daily THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE 3057 Julington Creek Rd., 260-2722. F Fresh Maryland-style steamed blue crabs, crab legs, steamed or fried oysters. Covered deck; daily specials. $$   L D Tue.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 12620 Bartram Park Blvd., 652-2989; 9820 San Jose Blvd., 268-2666. F See San Marco. $    L D Daily BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20, 880-3313. F Authentic dishes: steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers, hot sandwiches. $$  B L D Mon.-Sat. BROOKLYN PIZZA 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211; 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Bartram Park, 880-0020. F Brooklyn Special is a favorite; calzones, white pizza, homestyle lasagna. $   L D Daily DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT 12373 San Jose Blvd., 268-8722. F Friendly, family-oriented service, with a touch of Old Mexico. $   L D Daily ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing, 268-4458. Family-owned place offers casual fine dining, Italian cuisine, veal, seafood. Daily specials. $$$    D Tue.-Sun. FIRST WATCH 11111 San Jose Blvd., 268-8331. See Intracoastal. $   B L Daily GIGI’S RESTAURANT 3130 Hartley Rd., 694-4300. In the Ramada; prime rib and crab leg buffet Fri. and Sat., blue-jean brunch on Sun., daily breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner buffets. $$$  B R L D Daily HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30, 880-3040. F American steakhouse features a 9-ounce choice Angus center-cut filet with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-ounce burgers, ribs, wraps, sandwiches. $$   L D Mon.-Sat. KANKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE/SUSHI BAR 11154 San Jose Blvd., 292-2400. Teppanyaki and sushi tables, sushi bar, steaks and seafood. $$   D Nightly KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, 288-7999. Fusion-style sushi place has oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass. Sake. $$  L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN 11700 San Jose Blvd., 288-0175. F See San Marco. BOJ winner. $$    L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 674-2945. See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily LET’S NOSH 10950 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 36, 683-8346. Authentic Jewish deli has a full-service deli counter, Vienna Beef meats. Real New York water bagels, bread baked onsite, desserts. $   B L D Thur.-Sat.; B L Daily MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE 11105 San Jose Blvd., 260-1727. MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine made to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai dishes. $$    L D Daily METRO DINER 12807 San Jose Blvd., 638-6185. F 2012 BOJ winner. In a historic 1930s building, the upscale diner serves meatloaf, chicken pot pie, homemade soups. $$ R B L Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19, 292-0003. See Arlington. $$   L D Daily MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 10503 San Jose Blvd., 260-1349. F See Beaches. $   L D Daily NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI 10000 San Jose Blvd., 260-6950. F 2012 BOJ winner. Fresh, organic

ingredients in vegetarian, vegan, raw food and gluten-free options, gourmet artisan sandwiches, deli and hot bar dishes, chopped salad bar, gluten-free baked goods. Juice, smoothie and coffee bar. $    L D Mon.-Sat. PICASSO’S PIZZERIA 10503 Blvd., 880-0811. F Handtossed gourmet pizza, calzones, New York-style cheesecake, pasta. Fresh local seafood, steaks. $$    L D Daily POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, 503-2230. See Orange Park. $$   L D Daily RACK EM UP BILLIARDS 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205, 262-4030. This cigar and hookah lounge has a full kitchen, subs. 200+ imported, domestic beers. $  D Nightly THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 683-3773. F Casual, family-friendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials, pasta dishes. $$$   L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 292-2300. F See Beaches. $$    L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 12485 San Jose Blvd., 288-7928. F See Riverside. $    L D Daily TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23, 351-8265. F Owned and operated by the Tankersleys. Madefrom-scratch Southern-style fare. $$   B L D Tue.-Sat. TIJUANA FLATS 13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., 262-0484. See Baymeadows. $    L D Daily VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 268-6660. F See Julington. $  L D Daily WHOLE FOODS MARKET 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22, 288-1100. F Prepared-food department offers 80+ items; full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar, soup bar, dessert bar; pizza, sushi and sandwich stations. $$  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 46, 262-3955. F See Orange Park. $   L D Daily


(Venues are in Orange Park unless otherwise noted.) ARON’S PIZZA 650 Park Ave., 269-1007. F Family-owned restaurant has eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. $$    L D Daily BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1765 Town Center Blvd., Eagle Harbor, 269-8870. See San Marco. $    L D Daily BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL BAR 1940 Wells Rd., 215-4969. F Buffalo-style wings, 14 sauces (mild to better-beready blazin’), wraps, burgers, ribs. $$    L D Daily CAMICAKES 1910 Wells Rd., 541-1099. Gourmet cupcakes: sweet potato, red velvet, mint chocolate and The Elvis, banana, peanut butter, chocolate frosting. $$  Daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 1540 Wells Rd., 269-2122. F See Beaches. $    L D Daily GATORS DOCKSIDE 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd., 425-6466. F Sports-themed family restaurant has grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$    L D Daily THE HILLTOP 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959. New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib, she-crab soup. Homemade desserts. $$$  D Tue.-Sat. HOOTERS 1749 Wells Rd., 215-5858. F Wings, steamed shrimp, oysters, burgers, seafood, sandwiches. $$   L D Daily HURRICANE GRILL WINGS 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 1, 644-7315. See Avondale. $    L D Daily JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 410 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 9, 272-0037. Wraps, subs, sandwiches. $   L D Daily JOEY MOZZARELLA’S 930 Blanding Blvd., Ste. D, 579-4748. F Calzones, stromboli and lasagna are customer favorites; pizza pies available stuffed. BYOB. $$   L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 9734 Crosshill Blvd., Argyle, 908-4250; 2024 Kingsley Ave., 276-2776; 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223. See San Marco. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 1330 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 165, 276-7370; 1545 C.R. 220, 278-2827; 700 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 15, 272-3553; 1404 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-7789. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 1756 Wells Rd., Ste. A, 278-4600. See Arlington. $$   L D Daily NEW YORK BRICK OVEN PIZZA 2225-B C.R. 220, Middleburg, 278-1770. Hand-tossed pizza by the slice, stromboli, baked dinners. Homemade desserts; lunch specials. $$  L D Daily NIRVANA CAFÉ 1910 Wells Rd., 278-5880. F Sandwiches, homemade-style paninis, European specialties and freshsqueezed juices. $$   B L D Daily PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR 1930 Kingsley Ave., 276-9551. Family-owned-and-operated place has gourmet pizzas, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. Pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, ziti, calzone, linguini, ravioli. $$    D Nightly POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 2134 Park Ave., 264-6116. Family-owned-and-operated; pizzas made in coal-fired ovens. Espresso, cappuccino. $$   L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, 771-7677. F See Beaches. $$    L D Daily THE ROADHOUSE 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611. F Sandwiches, wings, burgers, quesadillas. 75+ import beers. $  L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 1976 Kingsley Ave., 272-4606. F See Riverside. $    L D Daily

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SWEET TOMATOES 1625 Wells Rd., 269-6116. Salad bar has four tossed salads, vegetables and deli items, pasta salads, dressings, soups, pizza and desserts. $  L D Daily TEXAS ROADHOUSE 550 Blanding Blvd., 213-1000. F Steaks, ribs, seafood and chops. Daily specials. $  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 950 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, 272-1419. F Barbecue plates, barbecue salads and pulled pork sandwiches. All-you-can-eat specials. $    L D Daily


619 OCEAN VIEW 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., 285-6198. Fresh seafood, steaks, nightly specials. $$$   D Wed.-Sun. AL’S PIZZA 635 A1A N., 543-1494. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily AQUA GRILL 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017. Fresh local seafood, aged prime steaks, vegetarian entrées. Climatecontrolled lakefront patio seating. $$$  L D Daily THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-7777. Bite Club certified. Steaks, New York strip, lamb, lobster Napoleon, Hawaiian tuna. $$$   D Nightly BOGEY GRILLE 150 Valley Circle, Ponte Vedra, 285-5524. Wings, quesadillas, chicken, burgers. $$   L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 880 A1A, Ste. 8, 280-7677. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts. $    L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CAFFE ANDIAMO 500 Sawgrass Village Dr., 280-2299. Fresh seafood, veal, steak and pizza made in a copper wood-burning oven; daily specials. $$  L D Daily FOX’S PIZZA DEN 4360 Palm Valley Rd., 285-1292. F Family-owned-and-operated. The Wedgie sandwich on a pizza crust, and sandwiches, pizzas, stromboli. $$   L D Mon.-Sat. JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980. Authentic French cuisine. The scratch kitchen has fresh soups, stocks, sauces and pastries. $$    L D Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, Ponte Vedra, 273-3993. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., Palm Valley, 285-0139. F On the ICW, get there by land or water. Fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, burgers. Screened waterfront porch. $$    L D daily MULLIGAN’S PUB 43 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-1506. F At Hilton Garden Inn. Favorites and Irish dishes. $$  D Nightly NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS 110 Championship Way, 273-3235. American, Continental fare, local seafood. $$$  L D Daily PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP 229 N. Roscoe Blvd., Palm Valley, 285-3200. F The Groshell family serves dishes made with fresh ingredients; daily specials. $$$    L D Tue.-Sun. PUSSERS BAR & GRILLE 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766. Bite Club certified. Caribbean cuisine and regional favorites: Jamaican grilled pork ribs, Trinidad smoked duck, lobster macaroni & cheese dinner. $$    L D Daily RESTAURANT MEDURE 818 A1A N., 543-3797. Chef David Medure creates dishes and small plates. $$$  D Mon.-Sat. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 814 A1A N., Ste. 103, 285-0014. BOJ winner. Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, fresh seafood, live Maine lobster. Reservations,. $$$$  D Nightly SUN DOG BREWING CO. 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852. F Lobster dip, turkey-bacon-and-brie sandwich, char-grilled meatloaf sandwich. $$-$$$    R Sun.; L D Wed.-Sun. TABLE 1 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515. Upscale, casual restaurant offers appetizers, entrées. $$$  L D Daily WOK N ROLL 3791 Palm Valley Rd., Ste. 203, 543-7666. Authentic Chinese cuisine. $  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 226 Solana Rd., Ste. 1, 280-1110. F See Orange Park. $   L D Daily


(Venues are in Riverside unless otherwise noted.) 13 GYPSIES 887 Stockton St., 389-0330. 2012 BOJ winner. Mediterranean peasant cuisine updated for American tastes: tapas, blackened octopus, coconut mango curry chicken. $$  L D Tue.-Sat. AL’S PIZZA 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, Five Points, 388-8384. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT 1534 Oak St., 355-3793. American favorites with a Southern twist, locally sourced ingredients. Rooftop bar. $$$  R Sat. & Sun.; L Daily; D Mon.-Sat. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chief Coffee Guru & Operations Manager Zack Burnett 869 Stockton Street, Stes. 1 & 2, 855-1181. F 2012 BOJ winner. Bold Bean features organic and fair trade coffees. $   B L Daily BONO’S BAR-B-Q 5229 Jammes Rd., 772-0050; 705 S. Lane Ave., 783-1404. F See San Marco. CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE 2677 Forbes St., 387-1400. F Pizza by the slice, classic Italian dishes – calzone, stromboli, subs, panini. Craft beers, microbrews. $$    B L D Daily

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COOL MOOSE CAFE & BISTRO 2708 Park St., 381-4242. F New England-style café. Full breakfast, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups. Gourmet coffee. $$  R L D Tue.-Sun. COZY TEA CAFE 1023 Park St., Five Points, 329-3964. Afternoon tea: scones, soups, teas. Indian nights Fri., Sat. $ L Mon.-Sat. CRAZY EGG 954 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 524-8711. Burgers, sandwiches, steaks, prime rib, pork chops, shrimp & grits, specials; of fresh, local, organic ingredients. $   B L D Wed.-Fri.; B L Sat.-Tue. DERBY ON PARK 1068 Park St., 379-3343. Michael Williams and Zack Nettles offer burgers, sandwiches, steaks, fish & chips, meatloaf. $$-$$$  L D Tue.-Sun., R Sat. & Sun. DICK’S WINGS 5972 San Juan Ave., Westside, 693-9258. See Beaches. $    L D Daily DOMO CREPES ETC. 813 Lomax St., 619-2540. Cappuccino, crepes, soups and flatbreads. $$   B L D Daily GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET Deli Supervisor Nicole Gurgiolo 2007 Park St., 384-4474. F The juice bar uses certified organic fruits and vegetables. Artisanal cheeses, craft and imported beers, organic wines, organic produce, meats, vitamins and herbs, wraps, sides, sandwiches, and raw, vegan items. $   B L D Daily EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 2753 Park St., 384-9999. F See Beaches. $   L D Daily GATORS BBQ 8083 Baymar St., Westside, 683-4941. F Award-winning barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, turkey and sausage. $   L D Mon.-Sat. GATORS DOCKSIDE 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. F Sports-themed family place serves grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$    L D Daily HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET 2005 Park St., Ste. 1, 381-9394. F Traditional Mediterranean fare: fresh hummus, baba ghannoush, gyros. Hookahs. $  L D Mon.-Sat. JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 1615 Hendricks Ave., Riverside, 399-5006. See Orange Park. $   L D Daily JOHNNY’S DELI 474 Riverside Ave., 356-8055. F Breakfast; grilled wraps, gyros, grilled chicken salad. $  B L Mon.-Sat. KICKBACKS GASTROPUB 910 King St., 388-9551. F 2012 BOJ winner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner 20 hours a day; more than 655 bottled beers, 84 on tap. $$    B L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 1509 Margaret St., 674-2794; 7859 Normandy, 781-7600; 5733 Roosevelt, 446-9500; 8102 Blanding, 779-1933; 6331 Roosevelt, Ste. 6, NAS Jax, 854-0057. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q 4838 Hwy. Ave., Westside, 389-5551. Wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, ribs. Homestyle sides: green beans, baked beans, mac-n-cheese and collards. $$    L Mon.-Sat.; D Thur. & Fri. MOON RIVER PIZZA 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442. F 2012 BOJ winner. Northern-style pizzas, 20+ toppings, served by the pie or the slice. $   L D Mon.-Sat. THE MOSSFIRE GRILL 1537 Margaret St., 355-4434. F Southwestern dishes: fresh fish tacos and chicken enchiladas. $$   L D Daily O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB 1521 Margaret St., 854-9300. F Traditional Irish fare: shepherd’s pie with Stilton crust, Guinness mac-n-cheese and fish-n-chips. $$    L D Daily PELE’S WOOD FIRE 2665 Park St., 232-8545. Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. $$    R L D Daily PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2, Westside, 378-8131. Family-owned. Traditional fare, homemade sauces, lasagna, desserts. $    L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 824 Lomax St., 301-1188. F Traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki and hibachi. $$  L D Daily THE SALTY FIG 901 King St., 337-0146. Gastropub’s New American Southern fare: shrimp & grits, bourbon fig glazed quail, made with locally sourced produce, meats, seafood. $$  L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 1923 S. Lane Ave., 786-0081; 4434 Blanding Blvd., 777-0730. Beef, pork, chicken, ribs cooked in a wood-fired pit; Vidalia onion rings, corn nuggets, beans, slaw. AYCE specials daily. $    L D Daily SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE 1526 King St., 387-9394. F See Beaches. 2012 BOJ winner. $  L D Daily SUMO SUSHI 2726 Park St., 388-8838. F Authentic Japanese dishes: entrees, sushi rolls, sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumplings), tobiko (flying fish roe). $$   L D Daily SUSHI CAFE 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888. F Sushi: Monster Roll, Jimmy Smith Roll, Rock-n-Roll, Dynamite Roll; hibachi, tempura, katsu, teriyaki. $$  L D Daily SWEET THEORY BAKING CO. 1243 King St., 387-1001. Small batch, all-natural, organic, allergy-friendly items made with no egg, dairy, soy or peanuts. Gluten-free options. $  Tue.-Sat.

TAPA THAT 820 Lomax St., Five Points, 376-9911. Locally, organically grown ingredients; duck confit spring rolls, Cuban rice & beans cake. $$   L D Tue.-Sat. TASTI D-LITE 1024 Park St., 900-3040. A gazillion flavors, in cones, cups, shakes and smoothies. $  Daily TREECUP CAFE 829 Riverside Ave., Cummer Museum, 356-6857. Lunch, locally roasted coffee, espresso drinks.$   L Tue.-Sun. TRES LECHES Owner/GM Eddie Sweda 869 Stockton St., 551-4375. F Quiches, empanadas, arepas, bocadillos, sandwiches, soups and baked goods; chocolate marquesa, Caribbean lime pie and tres leches. $$  B L D Mon.-Sat. TWO DOORS DOWN 436 Park St., 598-0032. F Hotcakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches, chops, liver & onions, Southern fried chicken, desserts. $$   B L Mon.-Fri.


95 CORDOVA 95 Cordova St., 810-6810. In Casa Monica Hotel. The cuisine blends Moroccan, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and European influences. $$$  R Sun.; B L D Daily A1A ALE WORKS 1 King St., 829-2977. F Two-story brew pub, Bridge of Lions view, has six kinds of beer and serves New World cuisine, inside or on the balcony. $$  L D Daily A1A BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP 114 St. George St., 823-1229. Baja-style tacos, vegetarian bean burritos, fish tacos, hormone-free meats, homemade guacamole. $  L D Daily AL’S PIZZA 1 St. George St., 824-4383. F See Intracoastal. $    L D Daily ANN O’MALLEY’S PUB 23 Orange St., 825-4040. F Soups, sandwiches. Porch dining. Irish beers on tap. $$   L D Daily AVILES RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 32 Avenida Menendez, 829-9727. Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Progressive global cuisine. $$$   B L D Daily BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ 40 S. Dixie Hwy., 824-0227. Caribbean-style wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, fresh, local seafood, in an 1896 building. $   L Sun.; L D Mon.-Sat. BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 48 Spanish St., 547-2023. Historic downtown pub has burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash. $$   L D Daily BARNACLE BILL’S 14 Castillo Dr., 824-3663. F Family spot has seafood, gator tail, steak, shrimp. $$    D Nightly THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL 504 Geoffrey St., 547-2723. Fresh, local seafood, steaks, pasta. $$   L D Daily BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 2420 U.S. 1 S., 794-9424. See San Marco. $    L D Daily BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS 88 San Marco Ave., 829-1133. F John Zappa’s New York-style spot serves subs, pasta dishes, and pizzas by the pie or slice. $    L D daily CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA 146 King St., 494-6658. F 2012 BOJ winner. New York-style brick-ovenbaked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, stromboli, garlic herb wings. $$   L D Daily CASA MAYA 17 Hypolita St., 217-3039. Mayan fare, vegetarian and meat. Juice bar, daily specials. $$  B L D Wed.-Sun. CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR 6 Aviles St., 827-9055. Bite Club certified. Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light fare. $$  Daily CONCH HOUSE RESTAURANT 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646. Signature dishes: Cracker combo platter, St. Augustine fried shrimp. Tiki huts over Salt Run. $$$   D Nightly CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113. Beef, chicken, seafood, low-country cooking. Outdoor deck, fire pit. $$   D Nightly CRUISERS GRILL 3 St. George St., 824-6993. F 2012 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $    L D Daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 4010 U.S. 1 S., 547-2669. See Beaches. $    L D Daily DOS COFFEE & WINE 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421. F Handcrafted pourovers, Convive Roastery beans. Pressed sandwiches, build-your-own cheese boards. $$  B L Daily FLAVORS EATERY 125-C King St., 824-4221. Quesadillas, pizza, smoothies. Indoor/outdoor dining. $  L D Mon.-Sat. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81 St. George St., 829-0397. Scallops, shrimp, gator tail. $$   L D Daily THE FLORIDIAN 39 Cordova St., 829-0655. Southern fare, with fresh ingredients from area farms: fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish cornbread stack, grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. Vegetarian options. $$$    L D Daily GAS FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT 9 Anastasia Blvd., Ste. C, 217-0326. F Fresh, local and homemade casual fare: meatloaf, veggie, traditional burgers, seafood, steaks, daily specials, desserts. $$    L D Tue.-Sat. GYPSY CAB COMPANY 828 Anastasia Blvd., 824-8244. F 2012 BOJ winner. Local favorite spot. Signature dish: Gypsy chicken; also seafood, tofu, duck and veal dishes. $$  R Sun.; L D Daily HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765. F New Orleans-style fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée, shrimp. $$   L D Daily

HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE 8 Granada St., 824-7898. F Freshly baked items, coffees, sandwiches, Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. $  B L Daily THE KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB 6460 U.S. 1 N., 823-9787. F Ann Dyke serves British draught beers and ciders in 20-ounce Imperial pints, plus Cornish pasties, fish & chips. $$   L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 155 Hampton Point Dr., 230-7879. See San Marco. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    L D Daily THE MANATEE CAFÉ 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, 826-0210. F Organic, vegetarian meals. Chef Cheryl Crosley has omelets, tofu Reubens, miso, hummus, tabouli. $  B L Mon.-Sat. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB SEAFOOD HOUSE 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923. F Burgers, seafood, raw bar, steak O’Shay’s, Dubliner chicken, Irish Benedict. $$$   Daily THE MILLTOP TAVERN 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329. F Homemade soups, sandwiches, daily specials. Dine under trees on two-story porch. $  L D Daily MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 5 Cordova St., 342-5264. F See Avondale. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    B L D Daily MOJO’S TACOS 551 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 829-1665. F Family-owned spot offers double-decker-style tacos, burritos. $   L D Daily NALU’S TROPICAL TAKE-OUT 926 Santa Maria Blvd., 794-0405; 1020 Anastasia Blvd., 501-9592. F Fresh island-style beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian tacos, burritos. $  L D Daily NED’S SOUTHSIDE KITCHEN 2450 U.S. 1 S., 794-2088. F Casual islandy spot has Mediterranean dishes, tacos, shrimp & grits, vegetarian options. Drive-thru. $   L D Mon.-Sat. OUTBACK CRABSHACK 8155 C.R. 13 N., 522-0500. Crabs, shrimp, gator tail, conch fritters, steaks. $$  L D Daily PACIFIC ASIAN BISTRO 159 Palencia Village Dr., Ste. 111, 808-1818. F 2012 BOJ winner. Chef Mas Liu creates authentic sushi: Crazy Girl (shrimp tempura, asparagus, salmon); Mango Tango (salmon, crab, tuna, flying fish egg, mango sauce). Sake, sashimi. $$-$$$  L D Daily PIZZALLEY’S 117 St. George St., 825-2627. F 2012 BOJ winner. Wings, pizza. $$   L D Daily PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100. Homemade Italian ristorante fare. $$   L D Daily THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ 224 W. King St., 827-4499. F 2012 BOJ winner. Organic, vegan, vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus, milkshakes; made without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. $$   B L D Mon.-Sat. RAINTREE RESTAURANT 102 San Marco Ave., 824-7211. Steak and seafood. Reservations accepted. $$  D Nightly RHETT’S PIANO BAR & BRASSERIE 166 Hypolita St., 825-0502. Freshly made-to-order items include American espresso-rubbed filet, pistachio-crusted lamb chops. A petite menu is also offered. $$$$  D Tue.-Sun. SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 1720 U.S. 1 S., 824-3220; 2720 S.R. 16, 824-3315. See Riverside. $    L D Daily THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS 25 Cuna St., 810-2400. Upscale contemporary Spanish place pairs tapas with wines. $$$  Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 135 Jenkins St., Ste. 106, 819-8880. See Orange Park. $   L D Daily YOGURT MOTION 163 Palencia Village, Ste. 102, 610-2220. Non-dairy frozen yogurt (with no table sugar, lactose, chemicals or preservatives) in a variety of flavors. $  Daily


(Venues are in St. Augustine Beach unless otherwise noted.) A1A BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP 671 A1A Beach Blvd., 217-7451. F See St. Augustine. $  L D Daily AMICI 1915B A1A S., 461-0102. F Family-owned-andoperated. Pasta, veal, steak, seafood. $$   L D Daily CAFE ATLANTICO 647 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-7332. Traditional, new dishes. Chef Paolo offers risotto alla pescatora: shrimp, scallops, shellfish in a cheese basket. $$$  D Nightly CAP’S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach, 824-8794. F Coastal cuisine: fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar. Boat access. $$   L D Daily FA CAFÉ 303 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-2006. F Daily specials: jerk fish and mango wrap. $   L D Tue.-Sun. THE GROOVE CAFE 134 Sea Grove Main St., 547-2740. Steaks, fresh local seafood. $    L D Tue.-Sun. HURRICANE GRILL WINGS 4225 S. A1A, Ste. 13, 471-7120. See Avondale. $    L D Daily JACK’S BBQ 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100. Old-fashioned pit barbecue. Tiki bar, deck. $    L D Daily MANGO MANGOS 700 A1A Beach Blvd., 461-1077. Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp, fried plantains. Outdoor seating. $$   L D Daily THE ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311. F Coffee drinks, vegetarian meals, Southern comfort dishes. $  B L D Daily PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, 461-1250. F Family-owned-and-operated. Local seafood, prime beef, lamb, pork, vegetarian. Artisan breads. $$  D Tue.-Sat. THE REEF 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008. F Casual oceanfront place has fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and chef specials. $$$    R Sun.; L D Daily SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbedge Rd., Crescent Beach, 471-8700. Two-story beachy spot has casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. $  B L D Daily

Dining STEPHEN’S SOUL FOOD 101 A1A S., Crescent Beach, 471-7000. Slow food made with fresh, local ingredients: fried perch with grits and fresh tomato. $  B L Tue.-Sat. SUNSET GRILLE 421 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-5555. Key Weststyle place serves fresh local seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air counters. $$$    L D Daily


BAHAMA BREEZE 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031. Caribbean-inspired: lobster quesadillas, beef patties, Creole baked goat cheese, tropical drinks. $$$    L D Daily BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466. Classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta and flatbread sandwiches. $$$   R L D Daily CANTINA LAREDO 10282 Bistro Dr., 997-6110. Authentic Mexican dishes, daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks. $$   R L D Daily THE CAPITAL GRILLE 5197 Big Island Dr., 997-9233. Dryaged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood, with local, seasonal ingredients. 350 wines. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1, 402-8888. F Authentic NYC pizzeria has Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce; classics, calzone, desserts. $$  L D Daily MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 10367 Midtown Pkwy., 380-4360. Italian-American fare, pasta, steaks, seafood, chef’s specials, desserts made in a scratch kitchen. $$$    L D Daily MIMI’S CAFE 10209 River Coast Dr., 620-0660. Signature quiches, salads, sandwiches, chicken pot pie, beef bourguignon and roasted turkey breast are served in a French cottage-themed spot. $    B L D Daily MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 5205 Big Island Dr., 645-3474. The changing menu has 180+ fresh items: cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon, kung pao calamari and seared rare salt-andpepper tuna. $$$    L D Daily P.F. CHANG’S 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 137, 641-3392. 2012 BOJ winner. Traditional chicken, duck, pork, beef, lamb dishes, vegetarian plates, gluten-free items. $$    L D Daily THE PITA PIT 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 5, 579-4930. See Beaches. $  B L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, 565-1299. F See Beaches. $$    L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, 996-2288. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily SEASONS 52 5096 Big Island Dr., 645-5252. Grill and wine bar has a seasonally changing menu. $$   L D Daily SEASONS OF JAPAN 4413 Town Center Pkwy., 329-1067. Japanese and hibachi-style fare, sushi. $$   L D Daily WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 10206 River Coast Dr., 997-6528. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows, sushi. $  L D Daily WHISKY RIVER 4850 Big Island Dr., Ste. 3, 645-5571. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southern hospitality centers on burgers, hot wings, pizzas and pulled pork. $   L D Daily


CRUISERS GRILL 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1, 737-2874. F See Beaches. 2012 BOJ winner. $    L D Daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 1610 University Blvd. W., 448-2110. F See Beaches. $    L D Daily EMPEROR’S GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Chef Jonathan Reap 4923 University Blvd. W., 739-6966. The upscale steakhouse features steaks, burgers, seafood and wings. $$  L D Daily FUSION SUSHI 1550 University Blvd. W., 636-8688. F Brand-new upscale sushi spot serves a wide variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki and kisatsu. $$  L D Daily JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 2025 Emerson St., 346-3770. Family-owned place serves down-home barbecue, smoky chicken, crinkle-cut French fries. Drive-thru. $  L D Daily MOJO BAR-B-QUE 1607 University Blvd. W., 732-7200. F See Avondale. 2012 BOJ winner. $$    B L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 5097 University Blvd. W., 737-4906. See Riverside. $    L D Daily STEAMIN’ 9703 San Jose Blvd., 493-2020. Classic diner serves steam burgers, fat dogs and chili, more than 50 craft beers. $  B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily


BASIL THAI & SUSHI 1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sushi, Thai cuisine, ginger-infused salad, Pad Thai, curry dishes, ebi roll, sashimi, daily specials. $$  L D Mon.-Sat. bb’S 1019 Hendricks Ave., 306-0100. F Changing selection of fine cheeses, espresso martinis. $$$  R L D Mon.-Sat. BEACH ROAD CHICKEN DINNERS 4132 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 398-7980. Since 1939. Fried chicken, okra, sweet

corn nuggets, country-fried steak, gizzards and livers, peas, slaw, biscuits, cobbler, fish, shrimp. $   L D Tue.-Sun. BISTRO AIX 1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949. F Frenchand Mediterranean-inspired fare in an urban-chic atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally. $$$  L D Daily BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 4907 Beach Blvd., 398-4248. F Slowcooked meats, sauces, for 60+ years. Baby back ribs, barbecue salad and chicken breast sandwiches. $    L D Daily CHART HOUSE 1501 River Place Blvd., Southbank, 398-3353. Fresh fish, seafood and prime rib. $$$$  D Nightly CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD 3566 St. Augustine Rd., 398-9206. F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood, comfort food: Trailer Trash Special is a pulled-pork sandwich, 15 fried shrimp, fries and fried green tomatoes. $   L D Mon.-Sat. CURRENTS RIVERVIEW BISTRO 841 Prudential Dr., 306-9512. Breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, soups, quesadillas, burgers, cheesesteaks, daily hot entrée specials. $  B L Mon.-Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500. F See Beaches. $   L D Daily FIRST COAST DELI & GRILL 6082 St. Augustine Rd., 737-7477. Diner fare: pancakes, sandwiches, burgers. $   B L Daily THE GROTTO WINE & TAPAS BAR 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726. 2012 BOJ winner. Tapas, cheese plates, empanadas, bruschettas, cheesecake. 60+ wines by the glass. $$$  Tue.-Sun. HAVANA-JAX CAFE/CUBA LIBRE BAR 2578 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 399-0609. F Bite Club certified. Cuban sandwiches in a clean, bright café. Black beans and rice, plantains, steaks, seafood, chicken and rice, roast pork. $   L D Daily HIGHTIDE BURRITO COMPANY 1538 Hendricks Ave., 683-7396. F Locally-owned-and-operated. Salsas, marinades, tortillas, beef, pork, fish, burritos, tacos, tortas. $    L D Daily PROMISE OF BENEFIT LA NOPALERA 1631 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768. F 2012 BOJ winner. Tamales, fajitas, pork tacos. $$    L D Daily MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY 2004 San Marco Blvd., 398-1004. Pulled pork, fried chicken, bacon; goat cheese, dill pickles, pepper jelly, collards, fried eggs, on a fresh biscuit, sauces, gravies, dressings. $  B L Mon.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat. MATTHEW’S 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922. Chef Matthew Medure’s flagship restaurant offers fine dining in a refined, European-style atmosphere. Artfully presented cuisine, small plates. Reservations recommended. $$$$  D Mon.-Sat. METRO DINER 3302 Hendricks Ave., 398-3701. F 2012 BOJ winner. Upscale diner serves meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. $$ B R L Daily THE MUDVILLE GRILLE 3105 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas Plaza, 398-4326. Family sports place; steaks, wings. $  L D Daily THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 1705 Hendricks Ave., 396-2250. F Homestyle plates, hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, Greek salad. $$  L D Mon.-Fri. PIZZA PALACE GM Hala Demetree 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815. F The family-owned restaurant serves homestyle cuisine: spinach pizza, chicken spinach calzones, ravioli, lasagna, parmigiana. Outside dining. $$   L D Daily PULP 1962 San Marco Blvd., 396-9222. The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees, smoothies with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurts and granola. $  B L D Daily RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza, Southbank, 396-6200. 2012 BOJ winner. Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, fresh seafood and live Maine lobster. Reservations suggested. $$$$  D Nightly SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 1478 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 101, 306-2188. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily SAN MARCO DELI 1965 San Marco Blvd., 399-1306. F 2012 BOJ winner. Independently owned and operated. Grilled fish, turkey burgers, vegetarian options. $  B L Mon.-Sat. THE SOUTHERN GRILL 800 Flagler Ave., Southbank, 858-9800. Veggie platters, sandwiches, melts, wraps, omelets, egg combos and pancakes. $$$ B L Mon.-Sat. TAVERNA 1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005. European cuisine influenced by the flavors of Italy and Spain. Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, home-style pastas, entrées. $$$   D Sat. & Sun.; L D Tue.-Sun. VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 1430 San Marco Blvd., 683-2444. F See Julington. $   Daily


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BAYARD CAFE 12525 Philips Hwy., Ste. 201, 551-3026. Casual, family-owned spot has breakfast all day, soups, daily specials, desserts, lattes, espressos. $   B L Daily BISTRO 41° 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104, 446-9738. F Breakfast and lunch in a relaxing spot. $  B L Mon.-Fri. BLUE BAMBOO RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478. Southern specialties, Asian comfort food by owner/chef Dennis Chan. Red curry shrimp & grits, Singapore street noodles. Saketinis. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 10065 Skinner Lake Dr., JTB Gate Pkwy., 998-1997; 10645 Philips Hwy., 886-2801; 5711 Bowden Rd., 448-5395. F See San Marco. $    L D Daily

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BUCA DI BEPPO 10334 Southside Blvd., 363-9090. Fresh Italian fare in three generous sizes served family-style in an old-Italy setting. $$$    L D Daily THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, 112806619-1931. F Casual fine dining blends modern American favorites with international fl air. $  L D Daily EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717. F See Beaches. $   L D Daily THE FLAME 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. by Sales RepBROILER ll 103, 619-2786; 7159 Philips Hwy., 337-0007. F Healthy, inexpensive fast food with no transfats, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, beef, chicken, short ribs. $   L D Mon.-Sat. GREEK ISLES CAFE 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 116, 564-2290. Authentic cuisine, breads, desserts, Italian dishes, seafood. $    B L D Mon.-Sat. III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 111, 928-9277. Classic steakhouse, with a savvy menu of USDA prime beef, seafood, local favorites. $$$$   D Mon.-Sat. JOEY BROOKLYN FAMOUS PIZZERIA 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 107, 683-8737. Fresh dough , cheeses, meatsc toppings. Wings, Italian dishes. $$   B L D Daily JOHNNY ANGEL’S 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850. F ’50s-style décor. Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter, burgers and hand-dipped shakes. $    B L D Daily LIME LEAF 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109, 645-8568. F Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, seared ahi tuna, crispy duck, mango sweet rice. $$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly MANGIA ITALIAN BISTRO & BAR 3210 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 551-3061. F Chef/owner Tonino DiBella offers authentic fine Italian dining: seafood, chicken, veal, steaks, pasta, New Yorkstyle pizza, desserts. $$$    L D Mon.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. $    L D Daily MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q 10771 Beach Blvd., 996-7900. F Smoked meats: wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homestyle sides: green beans, baked beans, mac-n-cheese and collards. $$    L D Daily NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE 9047 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1, 527-2402. F Sandwiches, salads, homemade-style dressings, California-style pizzas, desserts. $    L D Daily OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 7860 Gate Pkwy., Stes. 119-122, 854-0485. F Sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. $$$    L D Daily SAKE SUSHI 8206 Philips Hwy., 647-6000. F Sushi, © 2013 hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi, noodle soups. Popular rolls: Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue and Fat Boy. $$   L D Mon.-Sat. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999. F Local seafood, steaks, pizzas and awardwinning ales and lagers. $$  L D Daily SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811. F Gastropub pairs dishes with international wines, beers, craft, IPA brews. $$  L D Daily TASTE FOOD STUDIO 9726 Touchton Rd., 415-2992. Highend, high quality, scratch-made upscale dishes with a new twist on global cuisine, American favorites. $$$    L D Daily TAVERNA YAMAS 9753 Deer Lake Ct., 854-0426. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. Char-broiled meats, seafood and traditional Greek specialties, desserts. $$   L D Daily TILTED KILT PUB EATERY 9720 Deer Lake Court, 379-8612. Pub fare, wings, salmon and shepherd’s pie. $$  L D Daily TOMBO’S BACKPORCH BARBECUE 8929 Philips Hwy., 363-0990. F Southern comfort items, barbecue salad, full breakfast menu. $ B L Mon.-Sat.

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TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, 565-1999. F New York-style, brick-oven-cooked glutenfree pizzas, calzones, sandwiches made to order, with Thumanns no-MSG meats and Grande cheeses. $   L D Mon.-Sat. TOSSGREEN 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 12, 619-4356. F Custom salads, burritos, burrito bowls of fresh fruits, vegetables, 100% natural chicken breast, sirloin, shrimp, tofu, nuts, cheeses, dressings, sauces, salsas. Frozen yogurt. $$   L D Daily WATAMI ASIAN FUSION 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C, 363-9888. F Buffet: all-you can-eat sushi, 2 teppanyaki items. Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab rolls. $   L D Daily WHICH WICH? 4352 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 527-1999. 51 sandwiches, vegetarian, Weight-Watchers, buffalo chicken, grinder, gyro and black bean patty. $   B R L Daily WILD WING CAFÉ 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464. F 33 wings, soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, burgers. $$   L D Daily YUMMY SUSHI 4372 Southside Blvd., 998-8806. F Teriyaki, tempura and hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi, 30+ specialty rolls. Lunch roll specials Mon.-Fri. Sake. $  L D Daily


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace, 751-7499. F Bite Club certified. Pizzas, pasta, wings, burgers and steak. $$    L D Daily CASA MARIA 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104, 757-6411. F 2012 BOJ winner. Family-owned-and-operated. Authentic Mexican fare: fajitas, seafood dishes, hot sauces. $   L D Daily JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 5945 New Kings Rd., 765-8515. For 56+ years, family-owned Jenkins has served barbecue. Drive-thru. $  L D Daily JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7316 N. Main St., 765-0335. F Family-owned-and-operated for 57 years. Pasta, gourmet pizzas and veal entrées. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 12001 Lem Turner Rd., 764-9999. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $   B L D Daily MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE 1341 Airport Rd., 741-8722. F Locally-owned-and-operated. Choice steaks from the signature broiler, seafood, pasta dishes and Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. $$   D Nightly RENNA’S PIZZA 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 117, 714-9210. F See Beaches. $$    L D Daily SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace, 696-4001. F Southwest fare made from scratch daily. $   L D Daily SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT 9716 Heckscher Dr., 251-2449. On the St. Johns. Seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta. Deck. Seafood buffet every Wed. $$  R Sun.; L D Daily SAVANNAH BISTRO 14670 Duval Rd., 741-4404. F Low Country Southern fare, with a twist of Mediterranean and French inspiration, crab cakes, New York strip, she crab soup and mahi mahi. At Crowne Plaza Airport. $$$   B L D Daily STICKY FINGERS 13150 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace, 309-7427. F Memphis-style rib house, ribs, barbecue and rotisserie-smoked chicken. $$  L D Daily THREE LAYERS CAFE 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791. F Desserts, pastries, light lunches, bistro salads. $   B L D Daily UPTOWN MARKET 1303 Main St. N., 355-0734. F Bite Club certified. Innovative breakfast and lunch dishes, deli selections. $$   B L Daily 

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question I get asked regularly: “What are your three favorite restaurants in Jacksonville?” Without missing a beat, I rattle off my favorite, Avondale’s very own Orsay. (The other two require a bit more thought.) I often take out-oftown guests, co-workers and friends for there drinks, dinner or special occasions. From the moment I walk through the door, to the last morsel of homemade ice cream I devour, Orsay never fails to provide a fantastic experience. A tough day can quickly be forgotten upon entering Orsay, with its dim lights, flickering white candles, modern wallpaper, exposed rustic wood rafters and hip music wafting through the air. Creative cocktails and a ridiculously awesome happy hour don’t hurt, either. It’s rare that I order an entrée (and I can’t order lunch beacause the spot’s only open for dinner and weekend brunch) because I crave so many of Orsay’s appetizers. Evenings begin with a cheese plate and oysters. Sometimes I opt for raw oysters, other times I gravitate toward the roasted oysters with salty bacon, spinach and melted parmigiano-reggiano cheese — perfectly smooth and smoky. The escargots (yes, that’s French for snails), served in the shell, with a garlicky butter and thick, sautéed portobello mushroom slices, are a savory delicacy. They’re served with crusty bread, perfect for

Chef Brian Siebenschuh’s carnivalesque caramel popcorn ice cream is a perfect marriage of salty, sweet and creamy.

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sopping up the extra garlic butter. The crunchy haricots vert (pronounced “airicovair,” not “hair-ih-cots verts”) are thin French green beans. Together with roasted hazelnuts, ripe halved grape tomatoes and a tangy crème fraiche vinaigrette, they make for a light salad too good to pass up. In my opinion, the combo of chefs Jonathan Insetta (also of Black Sheep Restaurant) and Brian Siebenschuh creates “Top Chef ” quality. The steak frites — a perfectly cooked hangar steak with a salty, seared crust, served with a tower of thinly cut crisp frites fried in duck fat for extra flavor — are an Orsay dinner staple. Many hearty menu options abound: lobster pot pie, bouillabaisse, cassoulet, sea scallops, duck breast and pork shank, to name a few favorites. I recommend a side of the earthy truffle cavatappi mac ’n’ cheese (served in a small, cast-iron cauldron) as some of the tastiest in town. The cocktails are top-notch, using freshly squeezed juices and muddled herbs. There’s an extensive wine list and there are always plenty of beers, including a few local favorites, on draft. Desserts change seasonally, so ask what’s new. The rotating homemade ice cream and sorbet flavors are creative and fun. The carnivalesque caramel popcorn ice cream is a perfect marriage of salty, sweet and creamy. The formal dining room, the casual lounge area, the private dining room or outside patio space all exude a feeling of class without stuffiness. Folio Weekly readers agreed and voted it Best Restaurant to Impress a Date for the past three years. It also won the highly acclaimed title of Best Restaurant.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host MAY 1-7, 2013 | | 57


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you afraid you lack a crucial skill or aptitude? Have a goal you’re worried might be impossible to reach because of this? If so, now’s a good time to make plans to fill in the gap. If you formulate an intention, you attract a benevolent push from the cosmos. Why spend another minute fretting about consequences of your ignorance when you have more power than usual to correct that? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Imagine you’re in a large room full of costumes. It’s like a masquerade store at Halloween plus a storage area where a theater troupe keeps the apparel its actors wear in a wide variety of historical plays. You have free reign here; try on masks, wigs, disguises and get-ups. Envision living in different eras as various characters. Go out into the world wearing alternate identities. It’ll stimulate good ideas about new selfimages you may want to wear in real life. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In his tune “Empty,” Ray LaMontagne sings: “I looked my demons in the eyes. Laid bare my chest and said, ‘Do your best to destroy me. I’ve been to hell and back so many times, I must admit you kind of bore me.’ ” It’s OK to deliver a message like that to your demons – with one caveat: Leave out the “Do your best to destroy me” part. Just peer into the glazed gaze of those shabby demons and say, “You bore me; I’m done with you. Bye-bye.” And walk away from them for good. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I know a Tibetan Buddhism devotee who got a heavy message from her teacher. He said she’s made such exemplary progress in her quest for enlightenment, she’s earned the ultimate reward. When she dies, she’ll enter nirvana! She’ll have no further karmic obligation to reincarnate in the future, and will be forever excused from the struggle of living in a material world. Though her teacher meant this as good news, she was heartbroken. She wants to keep reincarnating. Her joyous passion is to help relieve her fellow humans’ suffering. Yes, she’s a Cancerian. Many of you have an odd, challenging choice between selfishness and selflessness.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Lawyer John Keogh filed an application with the Australian 2012 Patent Office for a “circular transportation facilitation device.” His claim was approved. He thus became the owner of the world’s first and only patent for the wheel. So far, he’s not tried to collect royalties from anyone using wheels. He’s your role model, to inspire you to stamp your personal mark on a universal archetype or put your unique spin on something everyone knows and loves.


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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Why should we honor those that die upon the field of battle?” asked Irish poet William Butler Yeats. “A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” A woman may show similar bravery, of course. In my astrological opinion, that’s the noble adventure beckoning: a dive into the depths of your inner workings. I hope you go there; don’t take your stouthearted struggle out to the world around you. The best action is in the fertile hub – your “soul.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Historical records suggest ancient Greek philosopher Democritus went blind late in life. There are different stories about why. One account says he did it to himself, gazing too long at the sun. It was his perverse way to solve a vexing problem: The torment of having to look at gorgeous women no longer interested in or available to him because of his advanced age. Don’t do anything like that. Take the opposite tack: Keep focused on things that stir your deep attraction, even if you think you can’t have them. Valuable lessons and unexpected rewards emerge. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Search your memory and recall a time when you pushed yourself to the limit working a task you loved. Working with extreme focus and intensity, you weren’t bored or resentful about the enormous effort you made. You loved this test of willpower, stretching your resourcefulness and compelling you to grow new capacities. What was the epic breakthrough? Once you know, move on to the next exercise: Imagine a new assignment that fits this description, and plan to bring it into your life soon. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is home to more than 3,000,000 urbanites. A few minutes’ drive from the city center, there’s a 45-square-mile national park teeming with wildlife. Against a backdrop of skyscrapers, rhinos and giraffes graze. Lions and cheetahs pounce. Wildebeests roam, hyenas skulk. Borrow the spirit of that scene for your life. Be highly civilized and smartly sophisticated part of the time; be wild and free the rest of the time. Be ready to jump between the two with grace and ease. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A wild tiger’s diet is all meat. The big cat loves to feast on deer, wild boar and other animals. The hunt is always solitary – that’s why the tiger’s success rate’s so low. A tiger snags its prey only about five percent of the time. At times, it goes two weeks between meals. Yet a tiger rarely starves. When it gets what it’s after, it can devour 75 pounds of food in one sitting. My astrological analysis says you’re like a tiger now. Not a lot of lucky strikes lately, but you’ll soon hit the jackpot. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The French word flâneur is a meme that refers to one who leisurely strolls around a city, exploring whatever catches her imagination. To some, the flâneur may seem a lazy time-waster with nothing important to do, but she’s motivated by a noble emotion – pure curiosity – and is on a quest to have novel experiences, arouse fresh insights and new meaning. Congratulations! You’re the Zodiac’s Flaming Flâneur for the next two weeks. Go meander!  Rob Brezsny

UPS DRIVER You used to deliver packages to my place of work but then got transferred to a different area in JAX. We never really talked (just smiled and waved) but then saw each other at Jimmy Johns where we did. I have no idea if you are single but if you are and interested, I hope you reply. When: April 1, 2013. Where: Jimmy Johns @ Riverside. #1230-0501 THAT MOMENT CAN LAST A LIFETIME I like pizza, I love beer and wine, good company, the love of my familyand the love of my friends the look in my children eyes, and the way my grandchildren call me, I love to travel and good restaurants or really good food, a good book, hiphop and the look in your eyes that will last me lifetimes I’ll see you in my dreams. Love is freedom. When: April 1, 2013. Where: At a fair. #1229-0501 AUBURN WOODWIND CUTIE You said they wouldn’t allow your kind, but you can add jazz to my symphony any time. You: red hair, clarinet. Me: blonde fuzz, red bull buzz. I just couldn’t ask then. When: April 20, 2013. Where: JCA of Jacksonville. #1228-0501 LITERATE IGGY POP Pushing poems downtown, you’re more fun than the boneshaker and twice as interesting. Happy to have met you. When: April 18, 2013. Where: One Spark. #1227-0501 WHITE TRUCK & SUSPENDERS You: some sort of tall cowboy/ 1960s BABE wearing a white t-shirt, khakis and suspenders. Me: awestruck, mildly homeless looking girl in an extremely large wool sweater and glasses. I saw you early this morning at my friends’ rainy garage sale. If you come back, you can take all of this shit to the Goodwill for us! Sexy! When: April 20, 2013. Where: Davis St. @ Neptune Beach. #1226-0501 MUFFIN FOR THE MUFFIN TOP You bought bagels and laughed at my muffin top comment, and we talked about “Eat Pray Love.” You in jeans and flipflops with great personality and wildly handsome. Me blonde with orange shirt & jeans and unforgettable laugh. You drive a Silver Mazda. Don’t know why I didn’t give you my card - I was captivated! I know we’d have big fun! When: April 19, 2013. Where: Panera @ South Beach. #1225-0501 DRIVING ME WILD ISU driving others around in a golf cart. I’d like to give you a ride you’ll never forget. Your bearded face has been doing donuts in my mind all day! If I made your heart race like you made mine, let’s take a joyride sometime soon! When: April 13. Where: St. Johns Town Center. #1224-0424 YOU WERE MY CASHIER I have a reddish-blonde ponytail and I wore a visor, tank top and bermuda shorts. We talked about Bob Dylan on “The Voice,” “American Idol” singing, the theater, California, and the importance of family. If you are single, maybe we could get together. When: April 9. Where: Marshall’s @ Jax Beach. #1223-0424

HANDSOME SMILE MADE MY DAY You: Medium height, dark hair, brown/tan shirt and shorts. Me: Long dark brown/auburn hair, blue top and jeans. Exchanged smiles in passing, at checkout and glances in the parking lot. Maybe next we can exchange hellos. When: April 6. Where: Orange Park Walmart. #1219-0410 SUBWAY BEAUTY You: Beautiful blonde bombshell, wearing your military uniform and with a friend. Me: Black slacks, black shoes, orange T-shirt. I really would like to go back and give you my number. Tell me what your friend was wearing and what branch of the service you’re in and we can go from there. When: March 29. Where: Oakleaf Subway. #1218-0410 BEHIND YOU CHECKING OUT Watched you check out at the register about 6 p.m. You paid half cash with a few single bills and used your card for the balance, then you made a joke with the cashier (what was the name on that card). Wish I would have asked your name. Me: bald and wearing a black shirt and a big smile. When: March 25. Where: Winn-Dixie. #1217-0403 HAIL TO THE CHIEF You: Standing with all your friends at the I Hope You’re a Doctor show. You were wearing a throwback Jacksonville Bulls shirt and some faded blue jeans. I see your face every time I hear Miami Tree on the radio. XOXO. When: Dec. 2012. Where: Riverside. #1216-0403 SEXY MOTORCYCLE MAN I can remember the roar of your bike as you crossed my line of sight. It’s so stuck in my head, can’t wait till next time we rendezvous! Happy birthday xoxo. When: March 24. Where: San Pablo. #1215-0403 17 We met at Jax Beach, after a brief tour of Beach Blvd. You: Blue eyes, beautiful hair, genuine smile, wearing all black with a bird on your arm and your heart on your sleeve. I fell for you instantly. Me: Curvy, long untamed hair, also in all black, a kindred spirit. I’m in love with you. Let’s take another tour. When: Sept. 17, 2012. Where: Jax Beach. #1213-0327 SUN AND STARS OF APOLLO You tried to engage me at the bar but I shied away from the sun. Kitties are drawn to the light, though, even if you sing like a Creep. You had me at linguistics. I hope to be the moon of your life, shekh ma shierak anni. Will you accept a new TittyTat to play with? When: Feb. 22. Where: European Street San Marco. #1212-0327 YOU CAN BACK MY BAR Sexy bar back at Miranda Lambert concert. Delicious shaved red head with spider tattoo on

neck. I was wearing cowboy boots, in pigtails, looking for a country boy. I want to ride on your big red tractor. When: March 16. Where: City Hall Pub. #1211-0327 LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS I saw you a few years ago, ready to ship out. Saw you again this weekend, wearing a glorious pink rag of a suit; guess you made it! :) Take me for a drive in your yellow car sometime? I’ll make you a mint julep after. ;) When: Feb. 24. Where: Mezza Luna Restaurant. #1210-0320 DIAMOND IN THE SKY I saw you and knew I could wait this lifetime and the next to be with you. You’re worth the wait. Your smile, your touch, were created for me. You: Unforgettable. Me: A sincere first mate. When: March 10. Where: Museum. #1209-0320 EGYPTIAN PRINCESS ISU Natural Life Festival. You sat on the grass in front while Martin Sexton played. Slender, red patterned dress, straight raven black hair, a female friend with long blonde hair and a male friend sat to your left. Wanted to talk to you but had to leave early. Please tell me who you are! When: March 10. Where: Metro Park. #1208-0320 BEAUTIFUL SOUL You: Prettiest woman in the building. Me: Wearing an American flag vest. When I hear your laugh, I know heaven’s key. I want you to want me. I’ll even buy you a Hannah Montana Skateboard. Be my lady luck? When: March 5. Where: Dwight Yoakam concert @ The Florida Theatre. #1207-0320 I HELPED YOU AT RAM I’m the person in the knit dress who put a flyer in your backpack for you. I wanted to tell you how beautiful you are, but I was too shy. I hope you see this eventually. See you at next RAM? When: March 7. Where: Riverside Arts Market. #1206-0320 GASLIGHT ANTHEM SHOW You: Cute, dark hair, glasses, sweater. You stood by me during Gaslight’s set. Think I overheard you’re from Jax? Hope so! <3 Me: Leather jacket, black hair/bangs, red lipstick. Drunk girl by us kept flipping her hair, we laughed. Unfortunately, you left before we could talk after show. When: March 7. Where: The Masquerade, Atlanta. #1205-0320 HANDSOME COOK AT BG You: Tall, thin, gorgeous, bearded man with glasses, a sword tattoo on wrist. Me: Short, thin, brunette with sleeves tattooed on both arms, facial piercings. I saw your Bayside shirt, then caught your beautiful eyes as you walked from back, around corner. You smiled at me. Single? I hope. When: Feb. 23. Where: Burrito Gallery. #1204-0313

LIFEGUARD WITH SPARK You: Tall, sweaty, dirty blonde, fit man weightlifting in ocean rescue shirt, blue shoes. Me: Tall, tan, shy man doing pullups nearby. ISU, hard at work in gym. So cute when you lift, need a spotter? You’re a lifeguard; I’d drown to have you save me with big arms, tight glutes. Eye contacts; I felt a spark. Work on bodies together? Where: LA Fitness Atlantic Beach. When: Jan. 2013. #1203-0313 BREEZY BUM Me: Long, dark hair, black bikini. You: Shaggy hair, beach bum skateboarded up lookin sexy. We reached for same coffee, hands touched, we laughed! I like my men like I like my coffee: dark, rich, BOLD. I’ll ride your skateboard anytime. Pick up at Breezy any Saturday; I go at 11 a.m. ;) When: Mar. 2. Where: Breezy Coffee Shop. #1202-0313 GOING HOME You: 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 Street 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, hi-rise jeans. My 22nd birthday; ISU bustin moves; laughed aloud, more! We shared a moment over Sir MixALot. Me: Blonde, petite, all about you. 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

WE TALKED AND SIGNED You: Blonde, glasses, buying roses for your daughter. Me: Long, blonde hair, chatty. Wrote my number on a scrap of paper, easy to lose. Would still like a drink with you while talking about Florida School for Deaf and Blind, or tell me that you’re involved? When: March 27. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt. #1222-0417 GORGEOUS UNDER A LIGHT Although upset, the light shined on your radiant skin illuminating a sight the world will never see again. I’m offering peace, love, assurance and protection. Signed: I Only See You. When: April 10. Where: The Guest Bedroom. #1221-0417 LIMPING AT THE DOG PARK I Saw U limping into the dog park, with unparalleled grace and beauty. In your hand a pink leash with the most noble and elegant dog I’ve ever seen. After the dog park, I encountered several “Bad Habits” with you. Since that fateful day I cannot get you off my mind. When: March 9. Where: Dogwood Park. #1220-0410

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NewsNews of theof Weird the Weird The Precocious Tots of Finland

A University of Kansas professor and two co-authors, researching an upcoming issue of the Journal of Finance, found that children age 10 and younger substantially outperformed their parents in earnings from stock trading in the few days before and after rumors swirled on possible corporate mergers. A likely explanation, they said, is that parents or guardians were buying and selling for their children’s accounts using illegal insider information they were cautious about using in their own accounts, which would more easily arouse suspicion. While the parents’ accounts had nice returns, the kids’ accounts (including those held by the very recently born) were almost 50 percent more profitable. The study, reported by NPR in April, covered 15 years of trades in Finland, which was chosen because it collects age data the U.S. and other countries do not.

Fresh Chocolaty Breath

A fluoride-free cocoa extract toothpaste “proven” to strengthen teeth and regenerate enamel is now sold in limited U.S. markets. Theodent (active ingredient: “rennou”) is also available in mint flavor, said its New Orleansbased inventor, Tetsuo Nakamoto.

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One of the 12 Canadian foods chosen to go with Canada’s International Space Station astronaut in December is the limited-issue dry cereal noted for its fiber, organic buckwheat and various nontraditional ingredients. “Holy Crap” cereal is sold in Canada and 19 other countries.

Golf in Grimsstadir

“Even to Icelanders accustomed to harsh weather and isolation,” reported The New York Times in March, the city of Grimsstadir “is a particularly desolate spot.” Still, Chinese billionaire land developer Huang Nubo has announced he’ll build a luxury hotel and golf course there for his countrymen seeking “clean air and solitude.” Since snowfalls often run September to May, locals are skeptical of Huang’s motives, but he’s still seeking a longterm lease covering about 100 square miles for a project estimated to cost about $100 million.

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Since gastrointestinal noroviruses are so infectious and can be fatal in countries with marginal hygiene, scientists at the U.K. government’s Health & Safety Lab in Derbyshire needed to study the “reach and dispersion” of human “vomitus,” especially its aerosolizing. Working with nauseated patients would be impractical; so researcher Catherine Makison created “Vomiting Larry,” a puke-hurling robot with a range of almost 10 feet. According to a University of Cambridge researcher, one can be infected by fewer than 20 norovirus particles, each droplet of puke can contain 2 million particles, and the virus is active on hard surfaces for 12 hours.

Fairer Fish Friends

Research published in February by Britain’s Royal Society science association found that male guppies in mating mode prefer to congregate with plainer, less colorful males, probably to look better by comparison. Said Italian researcher Clelia Gasparini, “You want

to impress [a female potential mate].” Would you “look more attractive in comparison with [the dowdy, awkward comic star] Mr. Bean or George Clooney?”

Moles with Moves

Hottentot golden moles live underground — not so bad because they’re blind and navigate by smell and touch. Still, some scientists spend years studying them, and in a recent Mammalian Biology issue, South African researchers disclosed females choose mates mostly by penis size. While some human females also favor this particular “pre-copulatory mechanism,” scientists hypothesized the moles’ reliance on touch leaves them no alternative.

Inauthentic Ambulances

Wealthy Russians recently found a way around the nation’s horrid traffic jams: fake ambulances, outfitted with plush interiors and specially trained drivers using unauthorized lights and sirens to snake through busy streets. In March, London’s Daily Telegraph reported “ambulance” companies charge about $200 an hour for these taxis.

Watch Out, Wall Street

After a trial on fraud charges, the Iranian judiciary sentenced four bankers and their collaborators to death in February, and several others to public floggings for forging loans to buy government properties. The total amount involved reportedly was about $2.6 billion — tiny compared to losses suffered since 2008 by investors and customers of large American banks’ illegality, money-laundering and cornercutting, for which no one has yet been jailed for even a single day.

Failed to Free Him of Flatulence

In April, Romanian lawyer Madalin Ciculescu, 34, said the next stop for his lawsuit is the European Court of Human Rights after two Romanian courts turned down his claims against Orthodox bishops who failed to exorcize demons causing his flatulence. He sued the archdiocese because at least two exorcisms (one at work, one at home) were useless and harmed his business and made his home life unpleasant. An archdiocese spokesman said the exorcisms were done properly, by the book.

Dodgeball Targeted

The Windham, Mass., school board voted in March to ban popular, ubiquitous dodgeball from the district’s curriculum because the game treats players as “human targets.” Dodgeball (played these days with a foam ball) also features “eliminating” players as the game goes on — which an education professional warned made them less active than the good players.

Cutting Pancake Corners

The Castle View School in Britain’s Essex County issued a specific ban in March against serving popular “triangle-shaped” pancakes after one was thrown at a pupil. Not affected, reported London’s The Independent, were “rectangle-shaped” pancakes, even though those, of course, have four firm corners instead of three.  Chuck Shepherd

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