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Flogging Molly hearts Jacksonville, Wilco’s excited for St. Auggie, and Beach House loves the U.S. of A. The music starts on p. 27 A room of his own: Local artists create a posthumous ofﬁce for Jax poet Alan Justiss. p. 10
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27 NEWS Stadium bidding draws friends-of-the-mayor, influential lobbyists and an all-too familiar storyline. p. 7 A room of his own: The Posthumous Office of Alan Justiss. p. 10 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS After the Bomb, Baby! gets buggy, and parody Twitter accounts savage the Jags. p. 7 & 8 MONEY JUNGLE “Stand Your Ground” runs aground in the Marissa Alexander case. p. 11
MUSIC Journeyman guitarist Nels Cline leads Wilco’s three-guitar attack. p. 27 Celtic punkers Flogging Molly deliver anthem rock for the working class. p. 28 Beach House creates ethereal sonic getaways for the heart and soul. p. 29 ARTS Pioneering rock and roller Buddy Holly comes to life in a raucous musical revue. p. 36
SPORTSTALK Worst. Draft. Ever. p. 13
THE EYE Photographic evidence from Folio Weekly’s Beer & Music Festival, and the Taste of St. Augustine. p. 41 & 43
ON THE COVER Jacksonville musician Patrick Evan comes full circle with an album of soul for the hip-hop generation. p. 15
BACKPAGE Newly enforced park closing times fly in the face of city precedent, local history and the demands of beach-loving residents. p. 54
OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 21
MAIL p. 5 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 14 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 31 ARTS LISTING p. 37 HAPPENINGS p. 39 DINING GUIDE p. 43 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 49 I SAW U p. 51 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 50 CLASSIFIEDS p. 52
MOVIES “The Raven” drains the mystery out of Poe’s stories and resigns itself to creepy scenery. p. 22 “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a worthy treasure from the makers of “Wallace and Gromit.” p. 25
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Madness in the Spring
There’s such a thing as overstepping nature’s bounds – even in Florida
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visited De Leon Springs in western Volusia County for the first time recently and, as with most ventures into “Old Florida,” was struck by the uncomfortably close quarters between “nature” and “nurture.” Whether it’s the DMZ that separates the Everglades from the patios of Pembroke Pines, or the sprawl of suburban bungalows that border the manatee haven of Blue Springs, the proximity of Florida’s vaunted natural environment to its suburban contours is the very model of uneasy coexistence. Perhaps that’s why you hear the term “Old Florida” used interchangeably to refer to the state’s exquisite environmental treasures and the 1960s-era development that snuffed it out. De Leon Springs encapsulates this fraught relationship, starting with the park’s entrance sign, a painting of Ponce de Leon with a bathing beauty on his arm and the words, “Nature’s Cameraland.” The park itself is a tribute to good intentions, and is in some ways a refreshing throwback to a simpler time. The natural springs has been transformed as it would never be today, shaped into a large, circular, concrete-rimmed pool, and surrounded by a manicured green lawn. A 500-year-old cypress tree, dubbed Old Methuselah, towers a short distance away, off an asphalt nature trail. Oh, and if you’re craving pancakes? The “Old Sugar Mill” restaurant is on site, where pitchers of batter are sold for customers to self-cook on tableside griddles. For the record, De Leon Springs is a swell family outing — weird, fun, beautiful. But it typifies a kind of natural encroachment that is anachronistic and vaguely unsettling. The magnificent thing has not been destroyed, but it has been changed, even harmed, as it’s celebrated. The same might be said of downtown Jacksonville’s imposing Treaty Oak (the salvation of which is a proud piece of local lore, but which is narrowly hemmed in by an unsightly parking garage), or of local beaches where driving is still permitted. History matters in Florida, of course, and precedent. Even when there’s little question that
tradition has done harm, undoing it is a long slog (witness Rodman Dam). Pending threats are a different matter. After years of fierce drought and over-pumping of groundwater, some of state’s springs are at 50 percent flow and exponentially more vulnerable to pollution. This is particularly true around Silver Springs, another great natural attraction imperiled by those who claim to love it. Already, the springs are polluted with fertilizers that breed algae, and the fear that the crystal clear water might turn into slime flows is very real. That fear been compounded by a proposed permit to withdraw 13.3 million gallons of water a day for a 30,000-head cattle farm and slaughterhouse operation just a couple miles from the springs. The proposed consumptive use permit — enough to service the entire town of Ocala — was sailing through the St. Johns River Water Management District until community outrage coalesced. Progress on the permit has slowed, but stopping it is another matter. The ranch has promised some 150 jobs, and Marion County officials are fairly salivating at the prospect. Which is proof, if such were needed, that county commissioners make lousy environmental stewards. Destroying an iconic natural springs system in a vacation destination like Florida seems shortsighted, at best. But the permit isn’t just a recreational concern. The springs are a window into the Floridan Aquifer, which is where 90 percent of the state’s drinking water comes from, and which (water planners assure us) will already far short of servicing future demands. Like a lot of Florida’s “wild” places, Silver Springs has endured a heavy human footprint. But a tipping point has been reached. Any more pressure, and it will be crushed. The Adena Ranch permit is the focus of a discussion in Jacksonville this week hosted by the St. Johns Riverkeeper and featuring Dr. Robert L. Knight of the Florida Springs Institute, who has studied Silver Springs since 1979. The discussion is held May 15 at 6 p.m., at the Hyatt, and is free to the public. For more information, go to stjohnsriverkeeper.org Anne Schindler email@example.com Twitter @schindy
Diary of a Madman
Ted Nugent is insulted over the fact that he has a show canceled because he said if President Obama is reelected he would move to Canada or be in jail? All his concerts should be canceled. Natalie Mains of the Dixie Chicks spoke for a lot of us when she said at a concert in London, “We are ashamed that President Bush came from Texas.” Amen Natalie. Since America could not handle the truth, the Dixie Chicks were blackballed. Ted Nugnet is on the far side of radical right. No doubt Mr. Nugent was not old enough or intelligent enough to feel the shock, hurt and anger those of a certain age felt when President Kennedy was assassinated, followed soon after by his brother Bobby and Martin Luther King. That was the first time, but not the last time, I felt ashamed to be an American. As I grew and became aware of the world around me, I realized that America tactfully supported many assassinations around the world if they thought it would benefit the U.S. This has strengthened my beliefs that we are not the pro democracy country that the government would like us to believe we are. If you want to move to Canada, Mr. Nugent, I will help you pack. Rick Mansfield Ponte Vedra via email
Mr. Mark Hemphill suggested that homeless shelters stay open for 24 hours to give the homeless a place to stay rather than being turned out to the street during the day. He wrote, speaking of homeless shelters, that “the homeless and needy are their customers” (Mail, April 17). Customers pay. The homeless do not pay, so they are not “customers.” To remain open all day, shelters would have to pay security guards
Churches today generally do not have enough money to fund these additional costs. That is because so many “so-called Christians” prefer to drink alcohol and eat at restaurants on Sundays rather than attend church and tithe. for 24 hours and pay higher electricity, water and sewer charges. They do not have enough money for that. Churches could open their fellowship halls to the homeless during the day, but they, too, would face higher electricity, water and sewer charges as well as the difficult job of cleaning up after the influx of people. Churches today generally do not have enough money to fund these additional costs. That is because so many “so-called Christians” prefer to drink alcohol and eat at restaurants on Sundays rather than attend church and tithe. These “so-called Christians” will be judged on
the day of judgment spoken of in the Bible. Perhaps Mr. Hemphill should volunteer his services at a homeless shelter rather than attempt to solve the problems that society faces because of homeless people on the street during the day, from the comfort of his office or home, via letter. Allen R. Hill Jacksonville via email
Re: The recent article on red light cameras (“Redflex Menace,” http://bit.ly/KoL6Z1). Thanks for a well-rounded article. I would make a couple of comments. 1. There have been 24 votes so far on ticket cameras, and the cameras lost 23 of those votes. Cameras won only in East Cleveland, where the city sent off duty police officers in uniform, in marked patrol cars, to go door to door asking people to vote to retain the cameras -- with the threat that if the revenue from the cameras was lost, the city would lay off another 36 police officers, 14 firefighters and 10 other city employees. The naked blackmail worked and the cameras narrowly survived the vote. 2. If the cameras were truly successful to prevent most red light violations, something they were never designed to do, the industry would quickly go bankrupt from a lack of sufficient revenue. The cameras are usually billed at $4,000+ per month per camera and require a lot of violations to just pay their own costs of operation. Redflex, ATS and the other camera vendors don’t bid to install the cameras in places where the violation rates are low enough that it would make them money losers. 3. Have you noticed that the videos of terrible angle and T-bone crashes that the camera companies use to “sell” city councils and the public on the “need” for the cameras are taken by red light cameras that did NOT prevent the violations? Most terrible intersection crashes are caused by impaired or distracted drivers who enter after the light has been red for two to five or more seconds. The cameras do not usually affect those drivers, since they never recognized that the light was red. Almost every red light camera ticket is given to a driver who accidentally enters during the first second of red AND clears the intersection during the short all-red phase before the cross traffic can arrive, so they present almost zero risks to cause a T-bone crash. This invalid apples-to-oranges sales pitch may 8-14, 2012 | folio weekly | 5
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camera intersections use a calculated yellow interval with a well-accepted engineering formula, PLUS one full “extra” second of yellow. When this law took effect, the violations dropped by 70 to 80 percent, so the revenue stream dropped drastically, and most cameras were taken down. When cameras lose money, almost no venues will retain them. 5. Florida law requires cities to not ticket safe, slow-rolling, right-on-red turns, and this sharply limits the (legal) ways that the cameras can turn a profit. Therefore in Florida, camera vendors and their business-partner cities have to rely primarily on yellow intervals set too short for the actual approaching traffic speeds to issue thousands of tickets. 6. The Florida Department of Transportation issues rules on the minimum timing for yellow intervals. Prior to 2011, the rule required the yellow intervals to be timed for “the posted speed limit or the 85th percentile speed of vehicles, whichever is higher” (emphasis added). In 2011, FDOT removed the “whichever is higher” portion of the rule. This change specifically allowed cities to time yellows to posted speed limits set far below the safety-optimum 85th percentile speeds of vehicles. As one example, if the actual 85th percentile speed is 45 mph, the yellow should be at least 4.3 seconds. If the © 2012 posted limit is 35 mph (a VERY common example of the difference between posted limits and actual travel speeds), then the yellow can be timed at 3.6 seconds with the new FLDOT rules. The difference of 0.7 seconds is more than enough to make that camera very profitable because about 60 percent of all red light violations occur in the first 0.5 seconds. 7. I have talked off the record to some city engineers in Florida and many indicate that FDOT wants them to use the formulas for calculating yellow intervals as both the minimum and the maximum. FDOT discourages the addition of “extra” yellow time using engineering judgment, something engineers could legally do to drastically reduce the violation rates. But that would also drastically reduce the revenue stream. 8. The state of Florida takes $83 right off the top of each $158 ticket and does not have to pay any part of the costs of running © 2012 the cameras that are paid to the camera vendors. Do you think this revenue-split that massively favors the state could have anything to do with the change in the FLDOT rules allowing shorter yellow intervals than are safe and proper for the actual traffic speeds?
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NewsBuzz What’s the Stadium Dealio?
Friends-of-the-mayor and influential lobbyists: This is beginning to sound familiar
T It didn’t bomb – it killed! Local electro poppers After the Bomb, Baby! provided the soundtrack for filmmaker David C. Montgomery’s short film, “Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque.” The six-minute short features a surreal exploration and anatomical description of the titular insect as the synth-happy quintet’s tune “Work” jams in the background. “Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque” won the Experimental Grit award at the recent Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, S.C. The film can be seen at: http://bit.ly/K2nAEq
Salt in the wound The parody Twitter account @NotSportCenter has found the hapless Jaguars an irresistible target of late. Here are a few recent culls from the thread: Hologram Tupac performed this week. The Jags will use this technology to create an illusion of fans in their stadium. @FauxMCuban Printable schedules will be available for every Jaguars fan. They will include an “L” next to every game on schedule @FauxChrisBerman The NFL games and TV schedule has been released. Jaguars games will be broadcasted this year, just on Comedy Central @FauxCowherd Sources: Jacksonville trades up 2 spots, Tampa Bay gets their first round pick a bag of Munchos and McDonalds coupon book @simplydustind
he public/private partnership — or “P3”— is the ad nauseum catchphrase of Alvin Brown’s nascent mayorship. But as a swirl of special friendships, hurt egos and exclusive restrictions gets thicker around the Brown Administration’s first big contract award, some are raising questions about what other ingredients are going into the P3 soup. “There is some funky stuff going on with this contract,” says longtime City Councilmember Bill Bishop. The deadline for companies interested in placing bids to manage the city’s sports and entertainment venues — EverBank Field, Veterans Memorial Arena, the TimesUnion Center and four others — is May 16. There are basically only three major players on the national and international scene — companies with the financial wherewithal and the combination of promotion, booking and management skills to do the job: SMG, Global Spectrum and AEG. All three have expressed an interest in submitting bids to the city. Once they do, a procurement subcommittee will open all the bids, dismiss those that don’t qualify, rank the rest and forward those rankings to Mayor Brown to pick a winner. He isn’t required to choose the highest-rated company, only the one he thinks will be the best. That’s how professional services contracts are handled. Neat, clean, decisive. No messy vetting by the City Council. The exclusion of the legislative branch doesn’t sit well with local lawmakers, however. Councilmember E. Denise Lee was on the council when it awarded the original management contract to SMG in 1992, and subsequent councils have given SMG four no-bid contract extensions, totaling 20 years. Lee notes that the City Council originally recommended privatizing city facilities, and
In the Pink “The month-long program, sponsored by the Florida Beef Council, is aimed at building awareness of beef as a highly versatile and affordable commodity.” — From a press release last Thursday from the Florida Cattleman’s Association announcing their goals during “Beef Month” Interestingly, the PR angle did not prioritize building awareness of beef as a “food.”
Ronnie Belton, the city’s CFO, sued the Jags ownership years ago after he was squeezed out as an investor. He will now help choose the stadium’s management company.
helped rank the bids for then-Mayor Ed Austin. She believes the council should have a voice in the current contract “I’m not opposed to bidding out the William Gray contract,” says Lee. III, who spoke “But I am definitely at the mayor’s opposed to taking recent Interfaith the legislative branch Celebration, is a close friend of out of that process, Alvin Brown and when it was the a lobbyist for legislative branch Comcast, which that made the owns Global Spectrum — an decision to privatize advantage some [management of city believe amounts to facilities] in the first an inside track. place. … [We need to] make sure it is fair, and that it is a good deal.” Most other councilmembers who spoke to Folio Weekly agreed. But concerns about the contract process go beyond the lack of a public vetting. One worry is the fact the people who will make the decision appear to have conflicts. The most glaring is the longtime and close friendship between Mayor Brown and William Gray III, a congressional lobbyist for Comcast, the company that owns Global Spectrum. According to lobbying reports filed with the U.S. Senate, Comcast paid Gray’s companies GrayLoeffler and Global Gray Advisors between $330,000 and $440,000 annually since 2009. Before he was a lobbyist, Gray was an influential Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, who served as Majority Whip and chair of the House Budget Committee. He later headed the United Negro College Fund and served as co-chair of the $20 million Bush/ Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund. Alvin Brown worked as the fund’s executive director. Gray and his family later donated $2,000 to Brown’s mayoral campaign, and Brown recently invited Gray to be the keynote speaker at his Interfaith Celebration on April 20. Locals may recognize Gray’s name for being linked to a Florida Bar investigation of Alvin Brown regarding $27,600 in donations that Alvin Brown made between 2005-’10 to various political campaigns. The campaign records listed him, erroneously, as attorney for the Law Office of William Gray. Neither man is an attorney. (The Bar dismissed the complaint last July, saying there was “insufficient evidence” that Brown deliberately impersonated a lawyer, a felony offense.) Gray isn’t registered as a lobbyist with the city of Jacksonville, nor does Comcast or Global Spectrum appear as a client of any registered lobbyist, but some critics wonder if Comcast needs to hire a lobbyist at all when Gray already has an inside track. “That doesn’t pass the smell test,” Bishop tells Folio Weekly. “There may be nothing to it … but it does make people wonder.” City Councilmember Richard Clark, who
is running for the U.S. Congress, was more circumspect, but also concerned. “I would never say anybody made a decision based solely on a friendship,” he says. “I think that’s not how it works. But we have to make sure the decision is beyond reproach … especially on something of this magnitude.” Another issue of concern is a seemingly arbitrary contract restriction that cuts the competition from three companies to only two. As Folio Weekly reported on April 3 (“In It To Win It,” http://bit.ly/Hei1Cq), the bid documents stipulate that qualified bidders must have managed a “professional football stadium” in the past three years. That disqualifies AEG, which, although it built and owns the STAPLES Center in L.A. where the Lakers play, and manages musical tours as diverse as Justin Bieber and Leonard Cohen, does not manage an NFL facility. When Folio Weekly asked Chief Deputy General Counsel Karen Chastain why the pro football language was inserted into the Request for Proposals, she claimed that the city’s Gator Bowl contracts with the universities of Florida and Georgia require it. In fact, the contracts only require that the stadium be managed by a “nationally recognized sports facility management company.” The battle for the multi-million contract may also become a battle for dominance between two heavyweight lobbyists — the nationally influential Gray and local puppet master Paul Harden. Harden works for both SMG (the company that manages the football stadium) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (the company that uses it). As it happens, the two corporate entities have had a mutually beneficial business relationship dating back to 1991 — before the NFL awarded a team to Jacksonville and before SMG won the facilities management contract. That year, SMG loaned $300,000 to the ownership group Touchdown Jacksonville, Inc. so that they could woo the NFL. In return, the local powerhouses behind Touchdown Jacksonville promised to open doors for SMG to help it get the lucrative facilities management contract. may 8-14, 2012 | folio weekly | 7
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Jags gave Touchdown Jacksonville’s principals about $130,000 a year, according to documents obtained by Folio Weekly. It was not clear if those payments have continued since Shahid Khan bought the team in November, but Harden remains the team’s lobbyist.) While SMG has been in the catbird seat for the past 20 years, that could change. City Chief Financial Officer Ronnie Belton has an acrimonious history with the Jags ownership — and, by default, SMG — that could hinder that company’s bid aspirations. In 1990, Belton joined Touchdown Jacksonville, Inc., the original group formed to bring an NFL team to Jacksonville. He and another member of that original group filed two lawsuits in 1995 saying they were squeezed out when the other owners, including Tom Petway and Wayne Weaver, formed a new company, “Touchdown Jacksonville Limited.” (The parties settled out of court, the court records were destroyed in 2006, in accordance with state policy.) Belton apparently didn’t know about the payments that SMG made to his former business partners. When asked about the annual payments at bid meeting in March, he replied “I’d find that most interesting.” But he denies that his acrimonious relationship with his former investment partners would affect 2012 the current bid process. Even though he helped write the RFP and sits on the subcommittee that evaluates bidders, he told Folio Weekly, “I don’t have anything to do with that.” Belton said he was rushing to a meeting and would call back, but he did not call, and could not be reached for comment, despite numerous attempts. There is final cross connection among the
various players. William Gray’s son, Justin Gray, is president and CEO of his father’s lobbying firm, Gray Global Advisors. He is involved in the redevelopment of Laura Street Trio, a signature historic mixed-use project in downtown Jacksonville, which Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has offered to help finance. Asked about the apparent conflicts, Mayor Brown’s director of communications David DeCamp declined to address the matter directly. In an email response, he wrote, “Whichever qualified bidder provides the best return on investment for taxpayers will win.” Bishop, Clark and councilmembers John Crescimbeni and Bill Gulliford have also questioned the rush to award a contract. When the city first put out the Request For Proposals, companies had 30 days to respond. The deadline has been extended to May 16, which is still tight. But the RFP also requires the winning company be up and running by July 1, in time for the NFL preseason game against the New York Giants on August 10. It would seem only SMG, who understands the specifics of this job and is already on the ground, could manage that. “No way can a company come in and perform in that amount of time,” says Clark “I don’t care who you are or how much experience you have.” Of course, Clark himself has a morethan-cordial relationship with stadium folk; his janitorial service company holds the contract to clean the Jags corporate offices. Given all the drama, Councilmember Bishop said he expects the City Council to do something to insert itself into the decision, though he doesn’t know yet what that might be. “The whole thing can become a soap opera,” predicts Bishop. “You are talking a lot of money a lot of big egos.” Susan Cooper Eastman firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @SusanEastman
Brickbats to Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown for his administration’s barefaced disregard of the state’s Sunshine Law. Times-Union reporter Timothy Gibbons asked daily for “a copy of any draft” or any “working copy” of the city budget for days before the administration’s May 1 budget deadline. Under Florida public records law, there is no question that budgets and the working papers used to draft them are public records. But David DeCamp, former Times-Union reporter and now chief of communications for Mayor Brown, told Gibbons late in the day on April 30 that no drafts of the city’s billion-dollar budget existed.
Bouquets to Jacksonville resident Lynn Corley for wanting city treasures to be enjoyed by everyone. Corley fought for more than a decade to see a grand 2012 mural depicting the landing of French Captain Jean Ribault in Mayport 450 years ago available in a public place. The original piece, by acclaimed Jacksonville nature painter Lee Adams in 1965, hung in the downtown Sears Ribault Room. After Sears closed, it languished in a box for years. When it was restored in 2000, the city hung it in the new LaVilla School of the Arts, but Corley thought it should be displayed publicly. On the May 1 anniversary of Ribault’s landing, Corley watched as the mural, newly restored by Jacksonville artist Jim Draper, was hung one a long wall on the fifth floor of Jacksonville’s Main Library.
Bouquets to UNF President and former Mayor John Delaney for expending some of his considerable political capital to fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Delaney joined forces with several other prominent figures, including Baptist Health CEO Hugh Greene and Haskell CEO Steve Halverson, in calling for the passage of a new city ordinance that would outlaw firing, retaliation and discrimination based on sexual preference – something that 46 of the country’s 50 largest cites already prohibit. The strong stance by a popular former mayor should give current Mayor Alvin Brown political coverage he needs to do the right thing and support the bill. 8 | FOLIO WEEKLY | MAY 8-14, 2012
NewsBuzz Protected by Viper, stand back “Jax Human Rights Ordinance organizers off to a strong start. Already dominating the traditional snake-hole that is the TU online comment section.” — Tweet from Democratic political activist and adviser Ryan Andrew Clarke following a story in the Times-Union about plans to introduce an ordinance to make discrimination of gays illegal, as it is in 46 of the country’s 50 largest cities. Clarke tweets @ryanaclarke.
Ride, Sallye, Ride Jacksonville honors educator and civil rights activist Sallye B. Mathis on what would have been her 100th birthday on May 18. Mathis was elected to the City Council in 1967, one of the first African Americans to win a seat since 1905. The Urban League and other groups have programs honoring Mathis from May 13-19. For information call Brooke Stephens at 718-812-7433 or email her at StephensB@aol.com.
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A Room of His Own The posthumous office of Alan Justiss
ead poets may have societies, but they don’t often get their own offices. One poet, however — local legend Alan Justiss, who passed away over a year ago — currently has his own office in University of North Florida’s English Department. As part of a project initiated by artist and writer Nestor Armando Gil Jr., most of Justiss’ poems, letters, typewriters and other personal items have been placed inside the office. It’s not merely for storage purposes. The items are arranged as if Justiss were actually using the academic space. I recently spoke with Gil about the inspiration behind the instillation.
Mark Creegan: Describe how the project was made possible. Nestor Gil: Through the kindness of the University of North Florida English Department and specifically the work of professor Clark Lunberry and David Mackinnon, the department manager. They have provided me the space to work on this project when I am in Jacksonville. Once in the space, surrounded by all these pieces of Alan, it began to occur to me that the office is not mine at all, but his. There is a humorous quality, in that Alan would never have had an academic office during his lifetime and seeing his stuff spread out in that space is funny. I believe Alan and his work to be subjects worthy of academic attention. This project was made possible by the labor of several others: Walter Coker, Troy Lukkarila, Mark Creegan, Al Letson, Joe Gaskin, Kareem Ghori … people who have helped locate and collect Alan’s materials after he died. M.C.: As an artist and as a friend of Alan’s, what does it mean to you to have taken on this project? N.G.: It’s an interesting question. I have the good fortune of counting some very gifted, creative people among my friends, but I do not feel compelled to produce art about them and their work. So to that extent, that we were friends, does not play into my impulse to take on this project. Part of the overall agenda of being Alan’s friend, however, for
Nestor Gil stands next to a stack of Justiss’ poems in the poet’s new UNF “office.”
me always involved a sense that this man was living a singular life, one worth looking into and responding to. As an artist, taking on this project means a reimagining of the relationship between poetry and visual art as process and product, and thinking about ways to translate into visual forms the pieces of this writer’s life and work that resonate most with me. For most of my young adulthood, I self-identified as a poet, not a visual artist. But now, that’s what I do. Alan always said he thought that was curious, so it’s neat to come at his work from that place. M.C.: Is this a collaboration between you and Alan, then? N.G.: Yes, I think that would be a fair way to put it. I do think collaboration often demands
“Part of the overall agenda of being Alan’s friend always involved a sense that this man was living a singular life, one worth looking into and responding to.” more real-time dialogue between participants, and I think some of what I am doing might meet with Alan’s disapproval — for example, taking pieces of his poems out of context an applying them to work in visual art might be something he wouldn’t love! But I am trying to respect the
man I knew for 20 years and respond to the impressions of him I gathered during that time, while taking liberties — since he is not here to get pissed about it! M.C.: This is a temporary work. What happens to the work later? N.G.: It’s my hope that the manuscripts themselves will be taken into a special collection and preserved. That’s more long-term. In the meantime, a few things are happening. This autumn, the Karpeles Manuscript Museum will host an exhibition — curated by you, Mark — that will include artworks responding to Alan and his life, as well as a reading of a selection of Alan’s poems by some of his associates and friends. I would also like to make the office portable — perhaps in a six-by-10-foot camper like the one where Alan lived when we met in 1991 — and travel in it as an installation to other venues. M.C.: How important is it to preserve his works in Jacksonville? N.G.: Alan was loved and hated in Jacksonville; but loved or hated, it was in Jacksonville that he found purchase, produced this huge body of work, and influenced a great many young writers, artists and musicians. I think the meaning of this effort to preserve his work would be somewhat lost in another town. Jacksonville was his home. That said, opening up his work to a larger audience is also important to me, because I think there is something there beyond just its mass, something that proclaims in a voice that is brutal and gentle at once, what he was, and in a bigger sense, what Jacksonville is: Jacksonville and Alan both possess — as do many great people and places — that quality that shifts from engaging and energized to repellent and scary. His poems — and his life — speak to that. M.C.: How do you think Alan would feel about all of this? N.G.: He’d be laughing most of all. Beneath that laughter, though, I imagine there would be that same sense Alan always had that what he did was important, that it had value and that it was worthy of consideration. But, yeah, mostly he’d think it was a hoot. Mark Creegan
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Justiss at work in his Westside trailer in 1994.
Creegan is a Jacksonville visual artist and a visiting instructor of art at the University of North Florida. Nestor Gil is a Jacksonville native, currently teaching art at Lafayette College in Eaton, Penn. Watch a short video of Gil and Troy Lukkarila compiling Alan Justiss’ poems at folioweekly.com.
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“Stand Your Ground” runs aground in the Marissa Alexander case.
arissa Alexander owned a 9mm semiautomatic handgun for nearly five years prior to March of 2010, and by the time most of you are reading this, she will have already begun serving a 20-year prison term for the only shot she ever fired with it. What she thought was a “warning shot” to stop her abusive boyfriend from coming toward her was, in fact, a lethal error that has destroyed her life, and that of her three children. Had she just killed the guy, she would probably be walking free under terms of “Stand Your Ground,” and that is why her case has suddenly attracted such attention in the wake of L’Affair Trayvon. Members of Alexander’s family, flanked by supporters, have been holding rallies on her behalf; the most recent in the courthouse parking lot on May 30. It was booked for 6 p.m., but crowds had already gathered an hour earlier on the Riverwalk, 100 yards away. Turns out they were there for “Yacht Week.” If the mezzosoprano following our anthem with “God Save the Queen” was no clue, the wall of pinched white faces was. This reporter was, in fact, the only point of overlap between the two groups. Local news crews, having already done their remotes for the 6 p.m. broadcast, were nice enough to stick around for a while, turning their cameras on here and there. The two cameramen, a teacher from FSCJ and my bike-riding bartender friend were the only Caucasians in a crowd numbering almost 50, which is to be expected. There were hymns, prayers, lots of nice words and good Christian fellowship, none of which will save Marissa Alexander. Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, May 10. Any mercy, reason or compassion Duval County Judge James Daniel might exhibit is negated by political expediency: Mandatory minimums were designed to win elections, not the fight against crime. Disproportionately high sentences handed down to small-time criminals keep the facilities full and allow pols to play crime-fighter, while the real dirt is done out of public view. Unless the judge accepts the motion for retrial filed by her attorney, Keith Cobbin, it’s a wrap. With stories like these, context flies at you from all directions. Walking down Bay Street, after making a loop around the lot, a headline leapt out from a row of newspaper boxes: “Sluggish Economy Fuels Domestic Violence, Police Report,” from that day’s USA Today. It followed on a survey of some 700 law enforcement agencies by the Police Executive Research Forum; the headline reflects the view of 56 percent of responding agencies that saw an uptick, an increase from 40 percent in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.3 million women are victims of domestic violence every year. These incidents occurred at 111,681 times in Florida in 2011, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but consider CDC’s claim that three-fourth of such incidents don’t even get reported, and we’re talking more like half a million. (With 7,604 reported incidents, Duval County is only thirdworst in the state.) A woman in this country
is attacked by an intimate partner every nine seconds; at least three are killed every day. At least 10 million children have seen this stuff happen right before their eyes, including Marissa Alexander’s; the step-children who saw the shooting are, statistically, twice as likely to become abusers themselves someday. There is an old Chinese saying: “He who will not listen, will have to feel.” That is the story of Marissa Alexander, in a nutshell. The woman’s life was hard enough, but soon it will be ruined beyond repair, simply because she made the same fatal mistake made by countless women over the years — she showed mercy to an abusive man. The fact that she fired into the ceiling instead of into the sternum suggests to some that maybe she didn’t feel so threatened, after all. Had she, in those desperate moments, done what any man would do in her situation — fixed the gun squarely on the attacker’s head and put a bullet between the eyes, we would have never known who she was. At best, her story might have been added to the accordion-file of “good news” about guns, next to all those old-timers who stood up to Hitler, and had no patience for some body bluffin’ street urchin who spent too Alexander
much time listening to the wrong records. I would suggest that Alexander was simply blinded by her emotions. As I write this (and it’s not even 11 am), there’s probably a woman getting her ass kicked in all 67 counties of the state. Over the years, I’ve spoken with many dozens of victims of rape and/or domestic violence, and the vast majority of them never went to the authorities. The social cost of going public is, frankly, punitive, and everyone knows the odds of conviction are slim. Florida now enjoys a national reputation built mostly around pill mills, dead children and mediocre football. Well, games are decided on the field, and addiction fights occur in the mind and soul. The continued abuse of innocents is a slap in the face to every single citizen of the state. Ultimately, the lesson of all this is: Ladies, don’t breed with men who beat you. That such a statement might prove controversial nowadays only reinforces the point. Shelton Hull email@example.com
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Gene Mutation Worst. Draft. Ever.
’ve tried to buy in. I swear to God, I did. I don’t know if it was for the right reasons. But what I do know is this -- that was Gene Smith’s last draft as Jaguar GM. Drafted scared. Let’s trade up, yet again, because it worked so well for Denver Derrick and Blaine Gabbert, who spends more money at the Belk Clinique counter than half of you reading this make. Oh, we needed Justin Blackmon. He was pure fire in that bowl game. He was the mack daddy and the daddy mack. Caught 3 touchdowns. And so what? Y’all want to think he’s Julio Jones? Just because you trade up for a guy doesn’t increase
communist Folio Weekly talked bad about the Jaguars again, and how they’ve been fans since 1996, and the reason that I have nothing good to say is that I’m a mean-mouthed Mr. Grinch. The same crap that always gets said when anyone dogs out this team that hasn’t won since people were getting laid wearing JNCOs, or when people don’t bow down for the aforementioned Tebow. Y’all act like Tebow is your favorite son. Truth is, your id really is Fred Durst. Poser, pop-metal, tattoos in lieu of talent -- the only way you can really get over is to front like your favorite athlete is your proxy stand-in. Remember what Fred
Gene Smith dumps a second day pick on a punter. A punter? What the hell are you thinking? Are you drinking ripple? Drafting according to some obscurantist numerological principles? Doing LSD hits with Roger Sterling? Taking a side deal from some cats in L.A. who want a dummy franchise for their dummy fans? his market value. Ask any of these crinkle-eyed women raising three kids from three different dudes about it. Justin Blackmon has gotten popped for a DUI already in his career. Now, I personally have no opinion on that. But the JSO runs a full court press on diva wideouts who drive drunk and stupid. Mularkey’s had nothing to say about that tub of guts lineman who got his eye taken out in the mean streets of Baymeadows. Yeah, talk about how you want character guys with Stepford Wives, but then you’ve got Rerun Knighton out there whilin’ out like he’s not the real dad on Maury. Order in and chill out; didn’t anyone learn from Collier? Knighton didn’t. Blackmon won’t. The price of Tebow pretty much went on a punter. More holes on the Jaguars roster than I have reasons to live, and Gene Smith dumps a second day pick on a punter. You had Steve Weatherford. Gone, for no real reason. Drafted Podlesh. Not good enough for us, good enough for the Bears. A punter? What the hell are you thinking? Are you drinking ripple? Drafting according to some obscurantist numerological principles? Doing LSD hits with Roger Sterling? Taking a side deal from some cats in L.A. who want a dummy franchise for their dummy fans? Some goobers will write in and talk about how sad it is that the columnist for the
did when he got over? Wore a Yankees cap in the Nookie video. Just like Timmy did at Yankees stadium. Give me Ozzie Guillen anyday. But enough about that. We saw how the Jags handled free agency. They could’ve gotten Laurent Robinson for three discarded Matt Jones credit cards and about a third of a straw, last year. Lee Evans? Or JJ Evans? Or Esther Rolle? Is anyone going to buy tickets for this mess? And there are those who want to put this on Hard Knocks? You want to see what Knighton really was doing at Pure? Jimmy at Voodoo? Reggie spinning out on St. Johns Bluff ? Collier shot up, two blocks from my house? For national exposure? With these players? Blaine needs to be playing catch with his guys until their hands bleed. Enough of this mediocrity. We’ve seen your yacht. We don’t give a rat’s ass. We want a title. This ain’t going to cut it. People think I’m being contrarian? No! I am sick of the sycophant media and the suck-up bloggers who front like they know when all they do is kow and tow, blow the company line like they’re George Michael in 1985. This team does not try hard enough. Will Mularkey make them? Your guess is more optimistic than mine. AG “Happy” Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @AGGancarski may 8-14, 2012 | folio weekly | 13
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treat the internet as if it were a person. Because if it actually were a person, the internet would be my Uncle Charlie who has been medically diagnosed as an “idiot,” but unfortunately controls much of the Humphrey Sales Rep nv fortune — so I pretend to be nice to him. Let’s continue the analogy: Uncle Charlie the Internet is made up of billions of people (like cells in the human body) except each “cell” is fundamentally fawked in the head. That’s why Uncle Charlie the Internet is a monstrosity that does and says terrible things — when it’s not obsessing over cute otter videos. Uncle Charlie should not exist, and if I could, I would murder it… but? I have an inheritance to consider. Anyway, for the past couple weeks, stupid Uncle Charlie has been poop-talking one of my new favorite shows, HBO’s “Girls” (Sundays, 10:30 pm). Created by filmmaker/actress Lena Dunham, “Girls” is about four young women
I’m naturally suspicious of shows that bend over backward to make their characters likable (Oh, hello any CBS comedy from the last 30 years). It’s far better – in my book – to be relatable.
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trying to make it in NYC — and before you utter another syllable, it is the ANTITHESIS of “Sex and the City.” While “Sex” was purportedly about the bonds of sisterhood, it was about as realistic as Sarah Jessica Parker’s nose. On the other hand, “Girls” has the balls (sorry) to portray the lives of mid-20somethings in a much more realistic manner. Lena Dunham’s character Hannah is brilliant, yet self-obsessed, petty, and most of all, hilariously LAZY. Her best friend Marnie (played by NBC’s Brian Williams’ daughter Allison) is driven to success, but is also an uptight, controlling FREAK. Along for the ride are thoughtless globe-trotting chainsmoker Jemima (Jessa Johansson) and wildly insecure virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). Thoroughly unlikable people, yes? And yet? I LOVE THEM ALL. I’m naturally suspicious of shows that bend over backward to make their characters likable (Oh, hello any CBS comedy from the last 30 2012years). It’s far better — in my book — to be relatable, and that’s where “Girls” excels. It’s perfectly normal to be an awful, narcissistic, thoughtless little b-hole when you’re 24 years old. I sure as hell was. (And sure as hell still am.) And yet? Uncle Charlie the Internet apparently hates “Girls,” and has brought the show up on a number of criminal charges including being anti-feminist (because it’s a 30-minute comedy’s job to accomplish what Gloria Steinem did in a lifetime), pretending to be the “voice of its generation” (its four main characters may be pee-holes, but only an actual pee-hole would think the show is singling them out), and nepotism (I don’t care if these actresses are the children of famous people does Brian Williams care if his daughter is a
TV pee-hole?). Uncle Charlie the Internet? Shut your idiot mouth. If you’re really concerned about feminism, the voice of your generation, and nepotism, then donate money to Planned Parenthood, write a “Catcher in the Rye” sequel (called “Catcher in the Rye? I Don’t Even Chase Her in the Rye!”), and don’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Stop picking on the hilarious, smartly-written stuff, and turn your attention to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” All that being said, I’d still like my inheritance, and will happily massage your bunions.
TUESDAY, MAY 8 8:30 ABC COUGAR TOWN Sometimes I just feel the need to promote Cougar Town. So… Cougar Town!! 9:00 FOX NEW GIRL Season finale! One of the roomies threatens to move out! Please don’t let it be Schmidt! (Unless he’s getting a spin-off.)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
9:30 ABC DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APT. 23 James Van Der Beek decides to launch his own brand of skinny jeans. I want them NOW. 10:00 ABC REVENGE An episode set in 2002, back when Emily was just starting to plot her… REVENGE!!
THURSDAY, MAY 10
9:00 NBC THE OFFICE Season finale! Dwight offers free family portraits to the staff. (Ahem.) IT’S A TRAP!! 9:30 NBC PARKS AND RECREATION Season finale! It’s Election Day, Leslie is running neck-and-neck in the polls, and they’re gonna hand us a cliffhanger aren’t they?
FRIDAY, MAY 11 8:00 FOX FRINGE Season finale! The team must stop a cataclysmic event that threatens life on earth… you know, the yoozsh. 10:00 USA COMMON LAW Debut! A bickering detective team consults a couples counselor to work out their differences while pursuing crooks!
SATURDAY, MAY 12 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Hosted by Will Ferrell (YAY!) with musical guest Usher (YAY!).
SUNDAY, MAY 13 9:00 PBS SHERLOCK Holmes investigates mutant dog attacks (my favorite kind) in “The Hounds of Baskerville.” 10:00 AMC MAD MEN After discovering that his actions may have endangered the firm, Don goes into super competitive mode.
MONDAY, MAY 14 8:00 NBC AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Season premiere! Featuring new judge Howard Stern who will either make this show less or more boring. 8:30 CBS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season finale! Lily goes into labor while Marshall whoops it up in Vegas, because… of course. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey email@example.com
he most important thing that happened on May 3, 1965 was the very first use of a geospatial satellite to relay broadcast transmissions — an innovation that would ultimately transform the world and the way we see ourselves in it. However much his fans would swear otherwise, the birth of singer Patrick Evan McMillan must still rank a distant second, in terms of prominence, though the impact he’s made in his sphere has been almost equally decisive. Patrick Evan has been singing in musical groups around Northeast Florida for nearly 20 years, in the process becoming an epicentric figure on the scene, one of those common threads linking this region’s diverse and decentralized talent pool. Probably no other musician has introduced more musicians to each other — often right onstage, mere moments before a show starts. In a career now deep into its third decade, Patrick Evan has appeared on a number of recordings by artists on every level of the music industry, and released albums by groups he’s worked in like Aerial Tribe, Big Band Theory and Spooney. But, remarkably, 2012’s “Soul Power” is the first album ever released under his own name. That small shift in branding is part the broader, deeper transition into middle age and what could be considered the third phase of his career. “Soul is something that comes from an expression of the past that we carry in our gene pool,” he says, by way of definition, “meaning struggle, you know, jazz, rap, Southern rock particularly.” It’s a good album, and highly-anticipated by music fans in Northeast Florida and elsewhere. More importantly for our purposes, the song titles are perfect jumping-off points for a more detailed discussion of the artist.
“Top Lock” opens the album. It’s also the lead single, and the first of several songs made into videos by Rebecca Miller, part of a family of art patrons, and herself an artist working in digital animation. “I’m her guinea pig,” he says. The video’s bare-bones style (http://bit.ly/K4q4VD) gives it a whimsical touch, while keeping the focus of the music. Miller also made a video for “Higher Fire,” (http://bit.ly/ITDZLB) but Evan’s vibe is perhaps best captured in his impromptu performance of the Ray Charles classic “I’ve Got A Woman” with Clark Creamer and Paul Miller(http://bit.ly/K4pO8Y).
Patrick Evan McMillan was born in the Grand Park section of Jacksonville’s Northside on May 3, 1965. His father died just three days later. Arthur Myles McMillan was a singer himself, a soloist in the chorus at the historic Bethel Baptist Church downtown and a boyhood friend of Pastor Rudolph McKissick Sr., whose own son now tends that particular flock. “For a man who had his faults, his character was impeccable,” the elder McKissick told him, years later. Like so many creative artists, Arthur Myles battled the bottle for years; the demon liquor pushed his diabetes over the top. With his youngest son eight months in utero, Myles McMillan fell into a diabetic coma from which he never emerged, dying in the same hospital where his son was born. The father and son never met, never even saw each other’s faces. While that obviously had an effect on our
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“Because Of You”
That week of his birth was, no doubt, unspeakably difficult for Patrick Evan’s mother, who was born Vera Parrish in April 1931. Rarely is childbirth the least-painful thing to happen in a given week; less rarely is a woman able to bear such pain and persevere, with no external signs of depression or dysfunction. But Vera Parrish McMillian was a Duval Girl, old-school, a child of “hustlers” from an era long-gone. By the time her youngest child was born, Vera McMillan had already lost two — a daughter, 10, and a two-year-old son — to an outbreak of polio that hit this region in the 1950s. Her name, Vera, is Russian for “faith,” another example of why names matter, and why faith matters, too. She died just short of her 60th birthday, in 1991; she beat breast cancer, but cervical cancer killed her. By that point, Patrick was in New York, working with Mariah Carey. He’s billed as “Patrique McMillan” (his given name is Patrick Evan McMillan) on Carey’s 1991 album “Emotions” and her 1992 release, “MTV Unplugged,” which together sold some 14 million copies worldwide; some of his stuff also ended up on “No. 1’s,” Carey’s first compilation album in 1998, which moved 17 million units. As part of her touring group, Evan worked “Soul Train,” “The Arsenio Hall Show” and the American Music Awards. He even attended Carey’s ill-fated wedding to label boss Tommy Mottola. Walter Coker
Almost reluctantly, Evan pulls out a photo album from that era, and it’s like stepping into a time-capsule. He’s got pictures with people like Al B Sure, Color Me Badd, Lisa Lisa, Coolio, James Ingram, Natalie Cole, Wilson Phillips, and Diana Ross. My favorites: 1) Patrick Evan shirtless in a club, flanked by Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Gibson; 2) Him on a couch, covered by Carey (we should all be so lucky). He also claims to have helped old friend and fellow Marleyite Lauryn Hill book her first recording session, in the background
Evan’s most talked about gig may have been Ariel Tribe’s run at the Voodoo on Forsyth Street at the turn of the century. Ani Difranco came to watch one night; Chaka Khan sat in on drums on another. of a Mica Paris record. This is the kind of stuff a lesser man would be a big deal of, but he wields that album like most people would their prom photos.
The last song on “Soul Power” was written for a woman who was there from the very beginning of his career. Patrick Evan cites Chaka Khan as his single-greatest musical influence — his first record was one of hers, and she was one of his first major contacts in New York. While her name pops up repeatedly at intersections along the musical road he’s traveled, it’s perhaps ironic that she also precipitated the biggest mistake he ever made in the business, by inviting him to one of her shows. Problem was, he had a studio gig that same night, and his plans to do both were imperiled by equipment issues. Eventually he just left and went to the show — and got himself effectively blackballed from the studio scene. He continues working with Carey, but as she changed her sound leading into the “Daydream” album, he became expendable.
Evan began picking up trash around Jacksonville, including here in Riverside Park, a few times a month. His efforts were recognized with a “Keep Jacksonville Beautiful” award from Mayor Peyton in May 2010.
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(Clockwise from far left) Evan with Cyndi Lauper at Mariah Carey’s birthday party in New York City in 1992; with Diana Ross and Trey Lorenz at the Grammys in NYC in 1991; with Coolio at a Grammy party in L.A. in 1992; and with Mariah Carey and members of Color Me Badd in France in 1992.
“It’s All Right”/ “Open Arms”
The second phase of Patrick Evan’s career began upon returning to Jacksonville, chastened but still hungry to perform. There’s simply no way to list all of the musicians Patrick Evan has worked with, name all the names his bands have been billed under and all the places they
Head Sundays” featured his band up front, DJ Therapy (Paten Locke) spinning hip-hop in the back room, and a motley crew ranging from club kids to hustlers to Jaguars players. Ani Difranco came to watch one night; Chaka Khan sat in on drums on another. The club known simply as 618 was rolling hard back
Almost reluctantly, Evan pulls out a photo album from that era, and it’s like stepping into a time-capsule. He’s got pictures with people like Al B Sure, Color Me Badd, Lisa Lisa, Coolio, James Ingram, Natalie Cole, Wilson Phillips and Diana Ross. have played, but suffice it to say coming home, he’s performed with at least 100 different musicians, with about three dozen at the core of his best working bands — Soul Heads, Big Band Theory, Ariel Tribe, Color Blind, CoAlition. VibElement had a long residency at Partners in Avondale (now The Brick); Patrick Evan and the Starlite House Band held down Wednesday nights there for a couple years; Co-Alition helped open up Elevated Avondale, above the Blue Fish. His bands have been a fixture at Burrito Gallery since almost the beginning, especially during ArtWalk, which together usually equate to heavy business. Unfortunately, most of these shows were never recorded, a frequent and lamentable error among musicians. Evan’s most talked about gig may have been Ariel Tribe’s run at the Voodoo on Forsyth Street at the turn of the century; “Soul
then, just across Forsyth Street, and people went back and forth; the intersection held more trouble than just the traffic. Fellas frying fried food from their trucks would take home more money than most people did in a week (worth every penny). The Greyhound station was a block over, and passengers would stop in on their layover and stay for, like, a year, while others would leave the club, go buy a ticket, leave and never come back — and both for pretty sensible reasons. The Soul Head concept originated as a group Patrick had with Jamie Bailey and Michael K. Williams, a multitalented actor/ musician/dancer/ best-known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” and Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire.” He later held court at the “Soul House” in San Marco, a musical and spiritual salon frequented by folks like Aliade Bryan, Big Band Theory leader Caron
Marcelous, bassist Travis Morton, producer Mo Ricks and others; “Soul Head Sunday” was their attempt to transfer that heady vibe to the stage. Perhaps the only thing Evan likes as much as singing is talking about singing. About the late Whitney Houston, he says, she “was like Mt. Shasta. She ain’t just big — she’s got UFO activity coming in and out of her. To me, that was how unique her voice was. People sound like her, she doesn’t sound like anybody else.” The discussion moves to other favorites like Billie Holiday, Mariah, Dinah Washington and, of course, Skynyrd. Evan’s current duet partner singer/guitarist Bert Mingea: “I want to hear more crazyass melodies, like I’m learning in these jazz standards. Why don’t I hear more melodies like these?” Patrick: “We’ve got to write them! The universe is giving us a great opportunity.”
“My Mind Keeps Changing”
It’s a different Patrick Evan displayed on “Soul Power.” Longtime fans — and this writer, for the record, is one having seen him sing at least 200 times over the years — should not come expecting 20-minute jams on gems like “Pusher Man” and “Superman Lover,” nor intensive instrumental runs while the leader walks around greeting people, like a preacher welcoming people to church. The experience can border on religious; his bands are about holding down that groove and stacking layers upon it. It’s a sound designed to defy distractions and background noise with enough power to cut through the fog induced by the kind of drinking cats get done in Duval, yet smooth enough to keep the girls dancing all night. This album keeps things tighter than
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The experience can border on religious; his bands are about holding down a groove and stacking layers upon it. It has enough power to cut through the fog induced by the kind of drinking cats get done in Duval, yet smooth enough to keep the girls dancing all night. bells on, literally. LeRoy handles most of the percussive duties, augmented by Montgomery and the brilliant Dorian Lopez.
The title originated from a comment by DJ Mat Smith of the Hater Free crew, with whom he performed several times last year. “When I finished writing the song, I realized that it was really inspired by a song I heard on the Disney album called ‘Jungle Fever,’ when I was a kid. I wish I could find a copy, but I could sing it down right now. You don’t realize how much this stuff inspires you.” Few songs evoke a particular mood as ably as this one, with its walking bass and sleazy, back-alley horns. It almost conveys menace, but not quite, for Patrick Evan’s music is about love — love of self, love of other people, love of nature, love of love for its own sake. He makes music for dancing to, especially the women.
“Child Of Life”/“Higher Fire”
In Patrick Evan’s personal musical pantheon, Bob Marley ranks nearly as high as Chaka Khan herself, but for him the music is less important than Marley’s moral code, which reinforced the impact of his art and helped it resonate within diverse cultures — much like
hair and I did not. The shearing of his locks, a few years ago, was a cultural event that, at first, had his friends a little worried. Losing the locks, which he threw into the St. Johns, helped inaugurate the next phase of his career, which “Soul Power” documents. In performance, “Child Of Life” often turns up as a down-tempo digression in the middle of “Higher Fire.” It’s a surprise to hear that mentioned, because that serendipitous linkage was purely accidental, as will happen in largely-improvised contexts. If any song could be singled out as an anthem for the circles that coalesce around him, it would be this; people tend to start cheering from the first notes. It’s definitely one of the best songs ever written about Moses.
Patrick Evan currently alternates between the family home in Grand Park and the place where the third phase of his career has developed. The “Goodwin Café” is actually the residence of his friend Jason Counter, which he shares with Haitian-born painter Overstreet Ducasse. Patrick moved into the room vacated by artist/musician Clark Creamer, who introduced him to Counter and Ducasse. “Clark Creamer is like glue — he brings people
— well, you can imagine. No song clocks in over 4:38, and none below 2:58. The energy expended so expansively in the live setting is focused inward and wrapped around the melodies, all composed by the singer and his colleagues. He straddles genres like Rush Limbaugh on a question of morality. While the album is notable for the absence of singer/guitarist Bert Mingea and drummer Josh Green, nearly two dozen others do appear. “Soul Power” originated with a phone call from former Ariel Tribe drummer Ryan LeRoy, who now produces records of his own. It took over a year to record, in part because of Evan’s exacting nature, in part because there’s a different lineup on each track. Soul man: Evan performs with the band The album features guitarists Jesse Co-alition at the Burrito galery during Cruce, Eric Herrin and Jeremy last week’s ArtWalk. Kairalla; bassists Ian Kelly, Jared May, Shawn Tillis and Stan Piper (whom I call “Godzilla” for his large hands and an even earlier influence, Bruce Lee. Evan long commanding presence on the bandstand); guys planned to become a martial artist before the like Teddy McClellan, Will Montgomery, Mike call of music drew him to New York instead of Spotswood and Paul Creel on piano, keyboard, Los Angeles. For him, as for millions of others, clavinet and Fender Rhodes; a horn section that Marley’s graceful manner always stood out in includes reedmen Kenny Hamilton, Richard a genre traditionally defined by violence and Payne and Adam Evans, and trumpters Alex tragedy, and his calm under pressure struck Maetos, Jason Anderson and Mike Spotswood. him as something worth emulating. Backing vocals are provided by Rain Wilson Evan wore a loose box-fade in New York, (an old friend dating back before the New York with a spit-curl. He’d grown dreadlocks by years) and Jessica Gay, who can be seen dancing the time his bands started working Duval; we at almost every gig; she is always there with sometimes joke that, when we first met, he had
together”, he says. Goodwin Café has become a salon of sorts for his circles, where new projects are thought up and developed over rum, cigarettes and beer. “This is the first time I’ve lived with people who are so good with their hands.” Evan’s refined approach to his own artistry has been adopted by the restless talents he surrounds himself with; their hustle reinforces his own, and vice-versa. He’s learning slowly to be more aggressive about business, those tedious, tiresome technical matters that most musicians eschew, to their detriment. Patrick’s peers from the New York days, many of whom should be millionaires today but aren’t, have shared the kinds of horror stories only Tribe Called Quest fans can truly appreciate. For Evan’s part, money’s always an issue. He’s washed dishes at Metro Diner, flipped meat at Jenkins BBQ, even did some house-painting. At the same time, he’s taken a renewed interest in his role as a role model, stepping up his involvement with the community. Patrick Evan has always been fascinated with the “Red Caps”, a group of people who cleaned up Northside streets in the old days, and has sought to carry its values into the 21st century. He adopted a section of Kings Road and cleaned it himself, lugging trash bags on his bike. He also began volunteering at the historic Clara White Mission, with the St. Johns Riverkeeper and the city’s “Clean It Up, Green It Up” program. His efforts were recognized with a “Keep Jacksonville Beautiful” award from Mayor Peyton at his Environmental Luncheon in May 2010. With his 47th birthday coming this May 3, Patrick Evan has the physical and mental health of a man half his age, thanks mainly to extensive bicycling. The ride from Goodwin Café to Grand Park — which he makes at all times of day or night, in summer or winter, in sideways rain or heat-stroke weather — is the definition of hardcore. If you can make that ride, you’re not someone to be accosted, put it that way. Unless you’re a young musician, looking for a gig, it’s best just to leave him be. Shelton Hull firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reasons to leave the house this week MUSIC AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER FEST
Now in its 11th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival offers an eclectic array of classical, bluegrass, cabaret and contemporary music by small combo ensembles of acclaimed musicians. The festival starts with the Concert in the Park: String Cheese Fling featuring violinists Philip Pan and Aurica Duca, violist Clinton Dewing and cellist Christopher Rex on Sun., May 13 at 4 p.m. at Amelia Park Concert Pavilion, Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. The festival continues through June 8 at various locations. Many events are free; ticket prices vary for others. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit aicmf.com. 261-1779.
GET DOWN! FUNK FEST
Lovers of old school funk and New Jack-era jams can get their fill at this year’s Funk Fest which features scheduled performances by New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Special Ed, Erykah Badu (pictured), Ledisi, Loose Ends and Doug E. Fresh. It’s held on Fri., May 11 at 6 p.m. (gates at 4 p.m.) and Sat., May 12 at 5 p.m. (gates at 3 p.m.) at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45; $65 for two-day pass. VIP packages start at $125. For a full schedule and to nab tickets, check out funkfestconcerts.com. (800) 745-3000.
COUNTRY LADY ANTEBELLUM
When it comes to popularity and catchy tunes, country superstars Lady Antebellum are hotter than Georgia asphalt! Since 2006, the Nashville three-piece of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have wowed fans and critics alike on the strengths of hit songs like “Love Don’t Live Here,” “American Honey” and “Need You Now,” while racking up scads of awards ranging from Grammys and CMAs to Teen Choice Awards. Lady Antebellum performs along with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on Thur., May 10 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $24-$68.50. 630-3900.
CLASSICAL BEETHOVEN’S NINTH
Completed in 1824, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125,” is one of the best-known pieces of classical music, considered to be among the greatest pieces ever written, which is all the more remarkable, considering Beethoven was completely deaf when he composed his signature masterwork. The composition was the first instance of a major composer using voices in a symphony, most famously in the closing movement’s anthemic “Ode to Joy,” and the opus influenced Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms, Mahler and Dvorák. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” on Thur., May 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Fri., May 11 and Sat., May 12 at 8 p.m. at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$70. 354-5547.
Savvy music fans have availed themselves of a few mental vacations to the chilled-out sounds of the dream pop duo Beach House. Their 2006 eponymous debut was released to nearly universal acclaim, and Baltimore native Alex Scally and French-born Victoria Legrand have released four albums, including their forthcoming “Bloom,” featuring dark, hypnotic tunes that owe as much to The Velvet Underground or Galaxie 500 as they do peers like Cat Power or Parker and Lily. Beach House plays with Zomes on Thur., May 10 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20. Read our interview with the band on page 29. 246-4273.
TEED OFF THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Golf lovers, what are you waiting “fore”? The 2012 Players Championship happens daily from the first round of competition on Thur., May 10 through the final round on Sun., May 13 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets range from $55-$140. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out pgatour.com/tournaments/r011. 285-3700.
BEAT DOWN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
“Pacifist? Yeah, I’ll pass a fist right through your face!” If the springtime weather is making you slaphappy or just happy to get slapped, it’s time to crack those knuckles and check out the Art of Fighting on Fri., May 11 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. This mixed martial arts throwdown features 15 bouts including David Yost vs. Boban Simic, Jesse Lawrence vs. Koa Ramos and John Mahlow (pictured) vs. Dominique Robinson. Tickets range from $15-$60. That’s just a dollar an ass-whipping! 630-3900. may 8-14, 2012 | folio weekly | 21
Slay Anything: Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) sets his sights on a serial killer in the macabre yet dull crime thriller of “The Raven.”
“The Raven” takes all of the mystery out of Poe’s stories and resigns itself to creepy scenery The Raven **@@
Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.
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he mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe, found raving on the streets of Baltimore in 1849 at the age of 40, has provided an almost endless supply of speculative fodder for biographers, historians and fiction writers. One of the first to take advantage of Poe’s death was his one-time rival, Rufus Griswold, who wrote an early and extremely influential biography of his literary enemy that was masterful in its deliberate and scurrilous distortion of Poe. In “The Raven,” Rufus Griswold suffers the grisliest of ends at the hands of a mysterious killer, who is targeting a variety of victims. Each death is orchestrated according to one of the gruesome short stories by the disreputable but inspired Mr. Poe. Along the way, the maniac kidnaps Poe’s fiancée and buries her alive, leaving clues to her whereabouts (and the killer’s next victims) from the author’s own works. Allying himself with Detective Fields from the Baltimore Constabulary, Poe spends the last week of his life in a desperate attempt to unmask the killer and unearth the girl. It’s a great concept, and the film’s trailers looked terrific. But don’t they always? Unfortunately, and not for the first time, the movie itself fails to deliver on its promise. So what goes wrong? Just about everything but the visuals. “The Raven” looks appropriately gothic and creepy in its evocation of 19th century dark-lit streets and mist-filled woods, and the killings are suitably gory enough to earn an R-rating. So the look and feel of the film as a both a period and a genre piece are extremely effective, except for the anachronistic howler of “SERIAL KILLER” in the Baltimore headlines, well over a hundred years before the term was first coined. But then there’s the script, penned by newcomer Ben Livingston and sometime TV scribe Hannah Shakespeare (who has probably gotten enough grief already over her name). There is absolutely nothing wrong with playing fast and loose with the facts in a film like this, much like the recent “Anonymous” in regard to
the earlier and more famous Shakespeare. It’s a neat idea, in fact, having a serial killer baiting Poe with his own works. But once past the premise, the film fails to sustain any credibility, resorting instead to special effects and swirling camera work to dampen the brain cells and hasten the story. Don’t even bother, for instance, trying to figure out how the killer managed to construct his gruesome killing pendulum or hide his lair. The latter is particularly problematic since everyone is looking for it in order to rescue Poe’s sweetheart. Its actual location, however, is borrowed, perhaps unintentionally, from Poe’s “The Purloined Letter,” the third of three stories featuring Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin, the forerunner of Sherlock Holmes. The other two Dupin stories, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget” are directly referenced in the film as models for the murderer. Whereas Poe’s “Purloined Letter” is a masterpiece of logical deduction, the villain’s hiding place in “The Raven” is utterly ludicrous. John Cusack certainly looks the part as Edgar Allan Poe, but the usually reliable actor seems out of his depths here as the fanciful protagonist, here imagined as a frustrated, alcoholic, lovesick author in the throes of writer’s block. Like the adjectives in the preceding sentence, there is just too much baggage attached to this version of Poe to make the character believable. Cusack gives it a good try, but seems reduced either to shouting or moping in search of conviction. Luke Fields (Apollo and Zeus respectively in “Clash of the Titans” and “Immortals”) doesn’t fare much better as the stalwart Detective Fields while Alice Eve (as Poe’s fiancée Emily Hamilton) is largely restricted to looking pretty and endangered, both of which she does well. Like the character of Poe himself, however, the characters in “The Raven” merely function to spur the plot, which in this case turns out to be a pretty flimsy affair, especially in retrospect. Director James McTeigue had much better material to work with in “V for Vendetta,” with which “The Raven” bears a superficial resemblance. Unfortunately, just about everything in “The Raven” turns out to be superficial. Pat McLeod email@example.com
Fire it up! Scarlett Johansson stars as The Black Widow in writer-director Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.”
FILM RATINGS **** ARTHUR LEE ***@ BRUCE LEE **@@ SARA LEE *@@@ GENERAL LEE
NOW SHOWING AMERICAN REUNION *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, Regal Beach Blvd. This needless and, one hopes, final chapter of the raunchy teen comedy franchise features the return of regulars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy. Years after graduating from high school, the whole crew comes back for a reunion that features the expected bits on boobs, masturbation, booze and other philosophical quandaries. THE AVENGERS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre, Sun-Ray Cinema When Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) younger brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) suddenly possesses an unstoppable power, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D, assembles a supergroup of superheroes, including Thor, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), to stop him, in the latest from writer-director Joss Whedon (“The Cabin in the Woods.”) THE CABIN IN THE WOODS ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The innovative horror film from director-writer Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield”) and co-writer Joss Whedon (“Firefly,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) uses the clichéd premise of teens on a weekend getaway in the woods to virtually reinvent the genre. While much of the excitement about “Cabin” is based on audiences not giving away any spoilers, an able cast and excellent script keep it from being gimmicky. “Cabin” is an original and much-needed shot in the arm to the teen horror film industry.
CHIMPANZEE **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This tame documentary from Disney and attempts to focus on the similarities between humans and chimpanzees and sadly both species come out at as losers. Sorry, but directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield get “no Banana” for this visually “a-peeling” but ultimately dull film. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS **@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach Blvd. At the decidedly testosterone-driven campus of Seven Oaks College, the trio of pionnering coed students Violet (Greta Gerwig), Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Heather (Carrie MacLemore) try to level the playing field for women. After recruiting the wall flower Lily (Analeigh Tipton) for their cause, the quartet become romantically entangled with four college dudes and love seems like it just might threaten their mission in this rom-com from director Whit Stillman (“The Last Days of Disco.”) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park The adaptation of Theodor Geisel’s work features the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms and Danny DeVito. In Thneedville, everything’s made of plastic; teenager Audrey (Swift) wants to see a real tree. When smitten 12-year-old Ted (Efron) accepts the challenge, he meets The Once-ler (Helms) who tells the story of The Lorax (DeVito) and the fate of the trees. While the movie benefits from deft animation and good performances, its heavy-handed environmental tone is more like a distraction, especially for younger viewers. THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Whenever newly engaged lovebirds Tom Solomon (Jason Segel) and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt) try to tie their knot, some disaster seems to come up, unraveling their matrimonial intentions! And as more time passes, the harried pair begin to wonder if maybe their nuptials are not meant to be. Rhys Ifans, Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling, Alison Brie and David Paymer co-star in the new rom-com from Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”)
AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike Amelia Island 7, 1132 S. 14th St., 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 NORTHSIDE Hollywood 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 Fleming Island 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., 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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THE HUNGER GAMES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre Writer-director Gary Ross’ big-screen adaptation of Susan Collins’ popular book series is a tour de force of contemporary sci-fi cinema. In a dystopian future, the country of Panem (formerly North America) holds a tournament where two chosen adolescents must fight to the death. Initially antagonists, contestants Katniss Evergreen (the superb Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) soon wonder if they want to be pawns in this brutal game. An original, engaging story (author Collins worked on the film’s script) and worthy performances by the costars including Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci makes “The Hunger Games” a must-see.
THE RAVEN **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue.
WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: ON THE 7TH DAY **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square Based on the writings of self-help guru Bishop T.D. Jakes, this drama stars Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal and Nicole Beharie as the Ames family and the horrifying week they spend after their daughter is kidnapped.
SAFE **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After cage fighter Luke Wright (Jason Statham) throws a fixed match, the Russian mob retaliates by murdering his family. But when Luke tries to save a young Chinese girl (Catherine Chan) from the same homicidal thugs, the fists and bullets fly and the trigger-happy discovers the girl holds a secret others would like to possess – dead or alive.
LOCKOUT *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square The new film from the mind of producer-writer-director Luc Besson shamelessly rips off “Demolition Man,” “Star Wars” and most directly “Escape from New York,” yet the paint-bynumbers sci-fi wastes such blatant thievery on 90 minutes of predictable dreck. After the president’s daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace) is stranded on an orbiting prison satellite, it’s up to wrongfully accused (natch) anti-hero Snow (Guy Pearce) to save her from the resident psycho convicts and get her back to Earth. The even greater crime in “Lockout” is the wasted talent of Pearce, who comes across like a third-rate Schwarzenegger/Stallone clone.
THINK LIKE A MAN **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Based on the best-selling romance guide by comedian Steve Harvey, this rom-com stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J and Romany Malco, as young men who contend with a little love trouble when they find out their respective partners (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Wendy Williams) are following Harvey’s suspect advice on relationships.
WRATH OF THE TITANS **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues A decade after destroying the Kraken, warrior Perseus (Sam Worthington) has retired, living a simple life as a fisherman and single father. But when the gods (Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Rosamund Pike) are threatened by an attack from the monstrous Titans, Perseus must procure a magical spear and save the day. Director Jonathan Liebsman’s (“Battle Los Angeles”) take on Greek mythology is heavy on special effects but light on story, making “Wrath” an unoriginal fantasy film experience.
THE LUCKY ONE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This romantic drama stars Zac Efron as U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault, who returns home after his third tour of duty in Iraq to try to track down a mysterious North Carolina woman (Taylor Schilling) whose photograph — which he believes was his good luck charm — has been his prized possession during the war. Co-starring Blythe Danner. MIRROR MIRROR *@@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine Lily Collins stars as Snow White and Julia Roberts is the Evil Queen in director Tarsem Singh’s lackluster retelling of the classic fairy tale. While the film is visually impressive, a dull script and questionable direction keeps “Mirror, Mirror” from achieving any real movie magic. Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane also star. THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS ***G Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue.
Foot, Thou Art Loosed! Sun-Ray Cinema features a screening of “Freak Dance,” followed by a Q&A with writer-director Matt Besser, on May 11 at 11:55 p.m. Besser’s latest comedy “Freak Dance” is a spoof of ‘80s dance flicks and stars Besser, Michael Cassady, Megan Heyn, Amy Poehler and Tim Meadows. Besser was a founding member of the improv group The Upright Citizens Brigade. Tickets are $10. 359-0047. sunraycinema.com
THE THREE STOOGES **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The Farrelly Brothers take on the beloved (well, by dudes) comedy trio of the 1930s with uneven results. When Moe, Larry and Curly (Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso) try to save their childhood orphanage, they run afoul of a group of murderous knuckleheads and (natch) wind up on a reality TV show. Jennifer Hudson, Larry David and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi also star in this enjoyable if predictable nyuk-fest. TITANIC 3D ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Epic Theatre St. Augustine With this spring season re-issue, movie lovers (and Leo lovers!) may now witness James Cameron’s 1997 re-telling of the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic — which wracked up 11 Oscar wins and made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet megastars — in 3-D. 21 JUMP STREET *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV show that suffers from a serious case of arrested development. When rookie cops Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) go deep undercover into a high school to break up a drug ring, we discover the worst dope is the brain-rotting garbage being pushed onscreen as a cop-buddy picture.
OTHER FILMS LATITUDE 30 CINEGRILLE “The Vow” is currently running at Latitude 30’s new movie theater CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555. SUN-RAY CINEMA Sun-Ray Cinema features a screening of “Freak Dance,” followed by a Q&A with writer-director Matt Besser, at 11:55 p.m. on May 11. Tickets are $10. “A Mama’s Day Steel Magnolia Brunch” features a southern-style brunch and screening of the 1989 film at 11 a.m. on May 13. Tickets are $45; $10 for film only. “The Avengers” is currently running daily. The theatre is located at 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. Call 359-0047 for showtimes. sunraycinema.com FREE WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” screens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Albert Nobbs,” “The Artist,” “Friends with Kids” and “This Means War” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “The Avengers” is screened along with “To The Arctic 3D,” “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” “Forces of Nature,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Rescue 3D,” “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” “Born To Be Wild 3D” and “Hubble 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY HAYWIRE MMA fighter Gina Carano makes her film debut as the lethal Mallory in director Steven Soderbergh’s latest. Espionage, double-cross and a whole lotta roundhouse kicks are delivered in a story that finds Mallory trying to figure the good guys from the bad, one ass whipping at a time. While the film’s storyline is nothing to get too excited about, an impressive supporting cast (including Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Mathieu Kassovitz) makes “Haywire” a thriller worth checking out. JOYFUL NOISE God help us all! Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in this comedy as two members of a small town church choir that are having a real devil of a time (pun) in trying to see past their differences and help their group win an upcoming national competition. NEW YEAR’S EVE Director Garry Marshall’s latest rom-com celebrates the city of Manhattan and those who choose to live and love there with a series of Robert Altman-style, intertwined vignettes featuring an ensemble cast including the likes of Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer,, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro and Jon Bon “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” Jovi! GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD Martin Scorsese’s excellent documentary chronicles the life of “the quiet Beatle” from his childhood in Liverpool to this global fame as a member of The Fab Four, his solo career and pursuit of a spiritual path. Along with candid footage of Harrison, this must-see for music lovers also features interviews with Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Olivia and Dhani Harrison.
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Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) and the rest of the rascally crew deliver a swingin’ time in the animated fun of “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”
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The latest pirate-themed bounty from the makers of “Wallace and Gromit” is a worthy treasure The Pirates! Band of Misfits ***G
Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.
or truly inspired silliness on the big screen, you can’t do much better right now than “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” The latest from Aardman Productions, the British Animation studio responsible for the top-notch Wallace and Gromit films, the new movie is the studio’s first feature-length film utilizing stop-motion animation since 2005’s “Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” Other good news is the fact that Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman, returns as director for the first time since “Chicken Run” (2000). If those previous titles mean anything to you, you can guess what kind of a treat is served up in “The Pirates!” If you are unfamiliar with Wallace and Gromit and the others, then you have been missing out on some of the recent masterpieces in stop-motion animation — technically amazing productions featuring clever concepts, witty scripts, and boundless imagination. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is more of the same. Based on two children’s novels by Gideon Dafoe, who also wrote the screenplay, the movie is known in its native England as “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists,” which is also the title of the first book. Imagine Monty Python doing a PG-movie, and you have a sense of what’s in store. The protagonist, known as Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant in his first such effort), is in avid competition for Pirate of the Year Award, an honor that has eluded him by fathoms for the past 20 years. His chief rivals for the muchenvied honor include Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek), both of whom bring considerable more booty and prestige to the competition. Nonetheless Pirate Captain, the laughing stock of the scalawag fraternity, retains his dream that he means to realize with the assistance of his motley but devoted crew. The latter include the Pirate with Gout, the Pirate with a Scarf, the Albino Pirate
and the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate. You get the picture. Despite numerous abortive misadventures attempting to waylay the unwary, the Pirate Captain and his crew eventually come to loggerheads with none other than Charles Darwin (David Tennant), the hapless researcher who is in search of a discovery that might net him a girlfriend. Lo and behold, the nerdish Darwin realizes that the Pirate Captain’s beloved parrot Polly is actually a Dodo bird, the last of its species. After some connivance, Darwin convinces the Captain to return to England with him in order to present the Dodo to Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), for whom Darwin harbors a secret crush. Alas for the Captain and Polly, skullduggery is afoot. Betrayed by Darwin and rebuffed by the pirate community, the Captain sets forth on an attempt to restore his piratical honor, rescue Polly from the diminutive but ferocious Queen Victoria, and maybe, just maybe win the Pirate of the Year Award. No one parodies the Brits better than themselves, and “The Pirates!” is simply awash in laughs at the expense of the grand old empire and its dusty paragons. The characters of Darwin and Victoria are comic gems: the former, a lovelorn nerd; the latter, a saber-toting shrew with a culinary sweet tooth for endangered species. Her bizarre gustatory inclinations lead to the film’s climactic battle which is stunning and riotous in itself, absolutely remarkable when you realize that the animation is almost entirely stopmotion rather than digitized. (By the way, here’s a curious bit I came across researching the real-life Darwin. The real Charles Darwin, in his student days at Cambridge, belonged to the Gourmet Club whose members indulged themselves in items not found on typical menus — like parakeets and owls. So much for survival of the fittest!) “The Pirates!” makes one thing clear: No longer does Johnny Depp monopolize silliness on the high seas. There’s a new captain on the big screen, and he’s got a winning band of misfits on board. Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 8-14, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 25
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Roger That! Wilco are (left to right): Nels Cline, Pat Sansone, Mikael Jorgenson, Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt.
WILCO with PURLING HISS Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A Blvd., St. Augustine Tickets are $46 209-0367
ew American rock bands have navigated as circuitous a musical path as Wilco. Formed from the ashes of seminal Midwestern altcountry outfit Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy and company maintained their hell-raising ways on the rowdy 1995 debut “AM.” Wilco then spiked its straight Americana brew with stronger psych-pop on ambitious double-album “Being There.” 1997’s morose if forward-thinking “Summerteeth” showed further maturity, before their now-legendary 2001 magnum opus “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” defined the indie rock concept album. 2003’s “A Ghost Is Born” went off in even more experimental directions, but earned Wilco its first and only Grammys (so far); consider 2005’s mellow, understated “Sky Blue Sky” their easygoing hangover. Since then, Wilco’s incessant personnel problems, substance-abuse issues and majorlabel hassles have subsided. But the Chicago sextet is not going gently into that good night. Their last two records, 2010’s “Wilco (The Album)” and last year’s “The Whole Love,” are both highly successful hard rockers that have successfully married the band’s many disparate threads. If Wilco really does represent “dad rock” as so many critics contend, consider each of the aforementioned eight albums as distinct half-decades in the life of the coolest fortysomething dad you know. One person who makes that sound even cooler is guitarist Nels Cline, who in his threedecades-plus-long career has jammed with everyone from Charlie Haden and Mike Watt to Sonic Youth and Willie Nelson. Signing on
with the band in 2004, Cline’s versatility has been crucial in balancing the band’s songbased nuances with their ever-increasing sonic explorations. Folio Weekly chatted with Cline about the band’s blustery evolution, his own reputation as a legendary axeman and the joys of performing in Northeast Florida. Folio Weekly: All of Wilco’s upcoming tour dates come in short bursts. Is that the way you “dad rockers” prefer to roll these days? Nels Cline: I certainly do, and I would imagine that my bandmates who have kids — four of six people in the band — really appreciate it. It’s humane the way Wilco tours. F.W.: Does that extend to the live show? Is it predictable each night, or are you required to improvise? N.C.: Jeff [Tweedy] does the set list most of the time. Right now, we’re playing a good chunk of “The Whole Love,” but Jeff also tries to put a couple of songs from every record in if possible. He also looks at what we played in that territory on previous tours, so that except for the four or five songs that always get played, we’re doing new songs. F.W.: You didn’t join the band until 2004, exactly a decade after it started. Were you a Wilco fan before coming aboard? N.C.: That’s a funny question — sort of yes and sort of no. I was really only familiar with “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” And even if I had been aware of every Wilco song, I couldn’t have been prepared [Laughs.] … meaning that Jeff and the band don’t really operate in any predictable way. F.W.: Many have praised 2011’s “The Whole Love” as possibly the most cohesive of Wilco’s career. N.C.: I’m especially happy with it; I think it
captures a lot of Wilco’s rock power, a musical power that also has nuance and detail. That combination of power, dynamics and flexibility is what differentiates this band from previous Wilcos. F.W.: As a lifelong guitarist, how interesting is it playing in a three-guitar band? N.C.: It’s really satisfying. I always love more guitar — the more, the better in rock ‘n’ roll. Sometimes I wonder how I fit into this fabric, but the results are always so satisfying that I don’t have any real worries. I’d like it if people were more excited to check out what Pat [Sansone] plays on guitar — he’s really good. That goes for Jeff, too. I’d like Jeff to take a few more solos. [Laughs.]
FEEL LIKE VENTING,
ELUCIDATING, OR JUST
F.W.: Were you honored when Rolling Stone named you one of its Top 20 New Guitar Gods? N.C.: I can’t take that stuff too seriously. They do these lists to sell magazines, and my mind always goes to all the guitarists that aren’t included. That said, there are certain things that came from playing with Wilco that I would never have anticipated. And that’s one of them. F.W.: You guys have only played a handful of shows in Northeast Florida. Are you excited to hit a new venue, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, this time around? N.C.: Very excited. I’ve played Jacksonville twice with Wilco, and also toured Florida with the Geraldine Fibbers and Mike Watt in the ’90s playing amazing venues like Einstein A Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach. The people in Florida are always so grateful because it’s a geographically difficult state to tour in. And I like playing for people who want to hear the music. Frankly, I don’t have any other desire.
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Rock Hard: Flogging Molly perform on May 21 at Mavericks.
FLOGGING MOLLY with DEVIL MAKES THREE Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Mavericks, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown Tickets are $25 356-1110
long with The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys, Los Angeles septet Flogging Molly belongs to the holy trinity of Celtic punk. But Flogging Molly has always split the difference between the former band’s volatile inebriation and the latter’s blue-collar street punk. Since forming in 1997, Flogging Molly — so named because they played L.A. institution Molly Malone’s two times a week for two years — have scored two No. 1 albums and platinum certification for their 2006 acoustic/live/ DVD combo “Whiskey on a Sunday.” Their latest album, “Speed of Darkness,” details the economic decline of both Europe and the United States, as Flogging Molly frontman Dave King and his wife, violinist Bridget Regan, split time between two hard-hit areas: Ireland and Detroit. Folio Weekly chatted with guitarist Dennis Casey about the necessity of that album, Flogging Molly’s legendary live reputation and smarter drinking in their old age. Folio Weekly: Flogging Molly just returned from Japan. What’s it like for an Irish-American band touring the Land of the Rising Sun? Dennis Casey: Japan’s always great for how appreciative they are that you come all that way. It’s really incredible to me that a culture so different from Ireland or America can like our music so much and understand it so well. F.W.: Your live show is what you’re all about, right? D.C.: Yes. Since Day One, we’ve prided ourselves on being a live band. We cut our teeth playing in a pub for years before we even made a record, and we shine the most live. The kinetic energy of putting that vibe out there and getting it back — creating this whirlwind between you and the audience — is pretty infectious.
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F.W.: The band’s latest record, “Speed of Darkness,” tackles the economic upheavals rocking America and Europe. What inspired that subject matter? D.C.: Before setting aside time to make that record, our singer Dave [King] and violinist Bridget [Regan] bought a house in Detroit right when the economy started collapsing. People
losing their jobs and factories closing around him at such a rapid pace affected Dave, who’s our principal songwriter. Then, during the writing process, he and Bridget went to Ireland where they also have a home, and in their little village in Ireland, everybody was talking about losing their homes and jobs. I’ve heard Dave say many times that he couldn’t not write about it. So it turned out to be a record we had to make. F.W.: Very few bands have connected with the common man like that. D.C.: I appreciate that. I come from a very working-class background — I was a house painter for much of my life — and I never forget where I came from. All of the band members have that grounded nature that keeps us in touch with our roots. F.W.: As Flogging Molly has gotten older, have you tempered your hard-partying ways? D.C.: We’re definitely older, but I think we just do things smarter. Plus our tolerances are so high right now... Back in the early days, we didn’t have any money so we’d get a case of beer, which doesn’t go far with seven people, you know? [Laughs.] Now it’s three bottles of whiskey, four cases of beer, a bottle of vodka, and you’re like, “Man, where does all that go?” We’re better at it, I think. F.W.: How about your fans? Have you noticed them mellowing out with age? D.C.: Oh, it’s still a free-for-all at Flogging Molly shows. And it’s incredible to see people grow up in front of you. We’ve had fans for 15 years now, some of whom were 16 when they started liking us, which means they’re 30, with a job and a family. When we go out and talk to people after the show, we’re seeing generations — Mom and Dad in the back and the kids up front. And I think the same amount of energy is there. F.W.: Flogging Molly must love coming to Florida — you played a one-off in Orlando in February, and now have a one-off in Jacksonville in May. D.C.: We have a few really hardcore fans in Florida; I think of Alexis and Margaret in particular whenever Jacksonville comes up. They’re the types of fans who’ve been with us since Day One, and we’ve had some rowdy times with them throughout the years. And Florida, gosh, we would have never imagined the state doing so well for us. We try to play Orlando and Jacksonville once or twice a year. Nick McGregor email@example.com
Beach House creates ethereal sonic getaways for the heart and soul BEACH HOUSE with ZOMES Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach Tickets are $20 246-2473
ver the last eight years, Baltimore-based duo Beach House has come to fully embody the sensual potential of male-female indie pop. The band’s sound has evolved from muddled and lo-fi to hazily narcotic to epically lush, with vocalist Victoria Legrand’s soaring pipes and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally’s luxurious arrangements working together in perfect harmony. The two aren’t romantically involved, but their 2010 album “Teen Dream” married the sensibilities of a grand musical statement and a modern-day make-out classic. “Bloom” looks to expand on that intimate yet extravagant atmosphere. Lucky for us, Beach House visits Northeast Florida less than a week before Sub Pop Records unleashes this highly anticipated album on a fawning listening public. Folio Weekly chatted with French native Legrand about the listening experience, Beach House’s natural evolution, and her love of the United States. Folio Weekly: Beach House last visited North Florida in 2010 as the opening act for Vampire Weekend. Are you excited to be headlining this time around while also playing venues a bit smaller than that last arena-and-amphitheatreheavy tour? Victoria Legrand: Yes, 500 to 1,200-seat rooms are still our ideal size — it’s intimate but still a show. We make sure that we play places that we feel comfortable in, and not places that are super huge. We don’t need or want to do that because it ends up sucking for the audience. F.W.: The press release for your new album “Bloom” says that it “is meant to be experienced as an ALBUM [that] offers a singular, unified vision of the world.” That’s pretty unusual in today’s mp3-driven world. V.L.: We don’t want to dictate anything — that’s just a way for us to remind people that there are awesome ways of experiencing music. We work hard putting years of our lives into creating something that we believe in, and
what happens after that is the most beautiful part. So I encourage people to take time out for themselves when listening to the record. And that goes for all music, too. F.W.: How do you think “Bloom” expands on Beach House’s aesthetic? V.L.: The evolution has been very natural for us because we’ve just been working steadily, making music, touring, creating artwork, building stuff for stages … we’re always working on something. From an outsiders’ point of view, it might seem like “Teen Dream” was some kind of breakthrough, but for us it was just our third record that happened to do well. So I think “Bloom” represents a definite progression, but a lot of the elements of Beach House are still there — how instinctual we are when we work together, how passionate we are about things, how we’re not that analytical while we’re recording. All that said, you’re always changing as a person and an artist, and music is always going to be a reflection of those changes. F.W.: Perhaps the word “Bloom” represents you and Alex embracing your role as artists and fully coming into your own? V.L.: I agree, but we’re not the kind of artists that are going to change our sound drastically to please people — we have nothing to prove. We just make what we love, believe in what we do, and leave the rest up to fate. We’re very adamant about natural growth and not forcing ourselves down anyone’s throats. F.W.: As a native of France, do you prefer touring overseas versus touring here in the U.S.? V.L.: Actually, I love touring in the U.S. — I don’t have to fly anywhere and it’s all on wheels, just get in the van and go. Europe is always interesting, but it’s a different country, city and culture every day. We’ve had great shows in Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, France and Germany, but for me there will never be anything like touring the U.S. Beyond all the problems this country has, the types of landscapes are just amazing. It’s really like many, many countries in one. I think that’s the way we should approach the U.S. Nick McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Wind: Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are Beach House.
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NED EVETT This local rocker plays at 8 p.m. on May 8 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. HEâ€™S MY BROTHER, SHEâ€™S MY SISTER, CANARY IN THE COALMINE, WETLANDS These indie rockers play at 9 p.m. on May 8 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. LIVE AT THE LOT with CAMERON WILLIAMS and RANDOLPH TURNER, PINOCCHIO KNOWS This fundraiser for the Monique Burr Foundation features live music by Cameron Williams and Randolph Turner and Pinocchio Knows at 5 p.m. on May 9 at parking lot 11 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. The event also features food and drink. Tickets range from $75-$125. Proceeds benefit anti-bullying and child abuse prevention programs. 5621844. liveatthelottpc.com. 562-1844. WHITECHAPEL, MISS MAY I, AFTER THE BURIAL, WITHIN THE RUINS, THE PLOT IN YOU Heavy hitters Whitechapel play at 6 p.m. on May 9 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $16. 246-4273. CLAYTON BUSH Singer-songwriter Clayton Bush plays at 8 p.m. on May 9 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 108 First St., Neptune Beach. 372-0943. SLASH Former Guns Nâ€™ Roses guitarist Slash plays at 8 p.m. on May 9 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $31-$41. 355-2787. LIONS OF JAH This reggae group plays at 6 p.m. on May 10 at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. THE MONSTER FOOL This local group plays at 6 p.m. on May 10 at Luluâ€™s Waterfront Grille, 301 Roscoe Blvd. N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 285-0139. The band also plays at 7 p.m. on May 11 at Aw Shucks, 9743 Old St Augustine Road, Jacksonville. 240-0368. LADY ANTEBELLUM, DARIUS RUCKER, THOMPSON SQUARE Country faves Lady Antebellum play at 7 p.m. on May 10 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $24-$68.50. 630-3900. SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS, LOUD
SOUP MUSIC Brooklyn-based soul rockers Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds play at 8 p.m. on May 10 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. BRADY REICH Singer-songwriter Brady Reich plays at 8 p.m. on May 10 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 108 First St., Neptune Beach. 372-0943. BEACH HOUSE, ZOMES Dream pop duo Beach House plays at 8 p.m. on May 10 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20. 246-4273. GRETCHEN PETERS Americana singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters plays at 8 p.m. on May 10 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 399-1740. WHETHERMAN Indie folkie Whetherman plays at 10 p.m. on May 10 at Poeâ€™s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. TRAVELLING RIVERSIDE BAND The Alive After Five series presents these rockers at 5 p.m. on May 11 at The Markets at St. Johns Town Center, 4850 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville. 998-7156. CARPENTER, ROTH and SABO This trio of local singer-songwriters plays at 6 p.m. on May 11 at Creekside Dinery, 160 Nix Boat Yard Road, St. Augustine. 829-6113. CHUCK NASH DUO, THAT 80â€™s SHOW Chuck Nash Duo plays at 6 p.m. and That 80â€™s Show plays at 10 p.m. on May 11 at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. FUNK FEST with NEW EDITION, ERYKAH BADU, CHARLIE WILSON, LEDISI, LOOSE ENDS, DOUG E. FRESH This two-day funk and soul extravaganza features live performances by Special Ed, Charlie Wilson and New Edition at 6 p.m. May 11 and features Doug E. Fresh, Loose Ends, Ledisi and Erykah Badu at 5 p.m. on May 12 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45; $65 for two day pass. VIP packages start at $125. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets check out funkfestconcerts.com. (800) 745-3000. CATIE CURTIS Singer-songwriter Catie Curtis plays at 8 p.m. on May 11 at CafĂŠ
Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Advance tickets are $15; $18 at the door. 460-9311. ENTER SHIKARI, LET LIVE, AT THE SKYLINES These indie rockers play at 8 p.m. on May 11 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 398-7496. THE MOSQUITOS These local rockers buzz onstage at 9 p.m. on May 11 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Jacksonville. 365-5555. BILLY BUCHANAN Singer-songwriter Billy Buchanan plays at 9 p.m. on May 11 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 108 First St., Neptune Beach. 372-0943. GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE Bluegrass badasses Grandpaâ€™s Cough Medicine play at 9 p.m. on May 11 at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. RUCKUS Local rockers Ruckus perform at 9 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. THE MOSIER BROTHERS BAND Progressive bluegrass heads The Mosier Brothers Band play at 9 p.m. on May 11 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. HANGDOG HEARTS, GO AWAY GHOST These indie rockers play at 9 p.m. on May 11 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. SLICKWATER Local rockers Slickwater play at 10 p.m. on May 11 at The Wine Bar, 320 N First St., Jax Beach. 372-0211. SHAWN LIGHTFOOT AND THE BRIGADE Local tunesmith Lightfoot plays at 10 p.m. on May 11 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. BREAD & BUTTER Bread & Butter, the all-covers alter ego of local jam faves Chroma, perform at 10 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at Fionn MacCoolâ€™s, 333 First St. N., Jax Beach. 242-9499. The band also plays at 10 p.m. on May 13 at Ragtime Tavern, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Paul Allen Christopher plays at 10:30 a.m., John Carver Band are on at 11:45 a.m. and Jacksonville Concert Band play at 2:30 p.m. on May 12 at the weekly market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. 554-6865.
May 10 Billy Buchanan
May 11 & 12 The Committee
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Miss May I/After the Burial Within the Ruins/The Plot in You THURSDAY MAY 10
BEACH HOUSE ZOMES FRIDAY MAY 11
Northe/Stageblue SATURDAY MAY 12
Effen/Kilo-Kahn FRIDAY MAY 18
(members of Dream Theatre/Disturbed)
KILL DEVIL HILL
(members of Black Sabbath/Pantera)
A NEW DECREE SATURDAY MAY 19
KY MY S TRY SUNDAY MAY 20
Through the Roots
The Best Live Music in St. Augustine!
WEDNESDAY MAY 9
FRIDAY MAY 25
Bangarang presents the final show of,
Menâ€™s Night Out Beer Pong 7pm $1 Draft $5 Pitchers Free Pool ALL U CAN EAT CRABLEGS
Texas Hold â€™Em STARTS AT 7 P.M.
Bar Bingo/Karaoke ALL U CAN EAT WINGS KIDS EAT FREE FROM 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT
DJ Marce Marc w/Cornhole Tournament Bass Tournament 2 FOR 1 DOMESTIC DRAFTS, WELLS AND HOUSE WINE Yummy 9:30pm 1/2 PRICE APPS-FRI (BAR ONLY) 4-7PM DECK MUSIC 5-9 P.M.
Yummy 9:30pm DECK MUSIC 5-9P.M.
MOTHERâ€™S DAY BUFFET 11:30 am-7:30pm Reggae: Rezolution 4-8pm
w/THE DRAMA SUMMER & BOOGER DJ MASON MASTERS spinning all night SATURDAY MAY 26
ONE/SONS NOt BEggarS Red seas MONDAY MAY 28
RadioNOW 97.9â€™s Last Summer Ever Jam
BREATHE CAROLINA NEON HITCH Wallpaper FRIDAY JUNE 1
JOHN BRANDON PROJECT Sweet Lu/James Love SATURDAY JUNE 2
JOHN BRANDON PROJECT SATURDAY JUNE 9
Put N Crawl afterparty
SOMETHING DISTANT UPCOMING SHOWS 6-18: Bouncing Souls, Mezingers/Luther 6-24: Sweetwater Brewery presents Railroad Earth 7-13: Trevor Hall 7-19: Anders Osborne 7-21: Badfish (Sublime Tribute)
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riversideartsmarket.com ACOUSTIC SHADE, DOMENIC Acoustic Shade plays at 2 p.m. and Domenic plays at 6 p.m. on May 12 at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. BRIE CECIL Singer-songwriter Brie Cecil plays at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. MOBILE DEATHCAMP, DEVASTATION’S EDGE, HEMLOCK, CHERISH THE FLAME, REVENGEFULHATE, NEWBORN RANSOM This night of metal kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. JAMIE DeFRATES and SUSAN BROWN These singer-songwriters play at 8 p.m. on May 12 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. HE IS WE, SOUTH JORDAN, WINDSOR DRIVE, QUIET SCIENCE Tacoma, Washington indie poppers He Is We play at 8 p.m. on May 12 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 398-7496. JOHN AUSTILL Singer-songwriter John Austill plays at 9 p.m. on May 12 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 108 First St., Neptune Beach. 372-0943. T.I. Rapper T.I. performs at 9 p.m. on May 12 at The Compound, located in Club Live, 1770 St Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $33. 318-5588. CANARY IN THE COALMINE Americana band Canary in the Coalmine play at 9 p.m. on May 12 at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. TOM BENNETT BAND Keyboardist Tom Bennett leads his band at 9 p.m. on May 12 at 1904 Bar, 17 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville. 356-0213. RONNIE PITTMAN & DAKOTA ROSE BAND These rootsy rockers play at 9 p.m. on May 12 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Jacksonville. 365-5555. GOSPEL MUSIC, OPIATE EYES, PERSONNES Owen Holmes, bassist for The Black Kids, leads his indie rock band Gospel Music at 9 p.m. on May 12 Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams
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St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. BLACK CAT BONES Blues rockers Black Cat Bone play at 10 p.m. on May 12 at Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. 381-6670. BE EASY Local faves Be Easy play at 10 p.m. on May 12 at Poe’s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. FUSEBOX FUNK, GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Funk faves Fusebox Funk play at 10 p.m. on May 12 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15; $20 for ages 18-20. 247-6636. NICHOLAS WILLIAMS, JIMMY PARRISH Nicholas Williams plays at noon. and Jimmy Parrish plays at 3 p.m. on May 13 at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. GOLIATH FLORES The local musician plays at 1 p.m. on May 13 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. DORY DRIVE Local rockers Dory Drive play at 7 p.m. on May 13 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. J.C. BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND These neo-soul rockers play at 8 p.m. on May 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-7496. THE ROCKETBOYS, FOR THE FUTURE These indie rockers play at 9 p.m. on May 13 at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 799-7123. BERMUDA Fort Worth, Texas rockers Bermuda play at 6 p.m. on May 14 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. GAL HOLIDAY and THE HONKY TONK REVUE This country group plays at 8 p.m. on May 14 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS, HERD OF WATTS Indie troubadour Chuck Prophet plays at 8 p.m. on May 14 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 398-7496. EATS CAMERON FOLKCORE, ANTIQUE ANIMALS, THE
VALLEY THE STORM These indie rockers play at 9 p.m. on May 14 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. ALLEN STONE, SUGAR & THE HI LOWS, ZZ WARD Indie soul man Allen Stone plays at 8 p.m. on May 15 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496.
THE KOFFIN KATS May 16, The Phoenix Taproom WILCO May 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JANE’S ADDICTION May 16, The Florida Theatre ADAM SAMS May 17, Jack Rabbits HUNTER HAYES May 18, Mavericks APPALACHIAN DEATH TRAP, PAWN TAKES KING May 18, Burro Bar JOHN EARLE BAND May 18, The Markets at St. Johns Town Center SID WILSON (SLIPKNOT) May 18, Brewster’s Pit THE 77 D’s May 18, Mojo No. 4 BE EASY, GREENHOUSE LOUNGE May 18, Nippers Beach Grille FIVE BY SEVEN May 18 & 19, Cliff’s Bar & Grill ACOUSTICANA MUSIC FAIR: CHERYL WATSON & WATERTOWN, LARRY MANGUM, BACK FROM THE BRINK, TRINITY RIVER BAND May 19, Faith United Methodist Church UNCLE KRACKER, SONIA LEIGH, TY STONE May 19, Mavericks IN WHISPERS, GHOSTWITCH, THE HOLIDAZED, PRONOUNCED A LYNYRD SKYNYRD TRIBUTE, FRIENDS OF BLAKE May 19, Bikini Beach PINE FOREST SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, MAZZ SWIFT, REBECCA ZAPEN, WIND ON THE WATER May 19, Riverside Arts Market GRANT PEEPLES May 19, European Street Southside MASTERS OF MOTOWN May 19, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts REBECCA DAY, RHYTHM CURE BAND May 19, Nippers Beach Grille JULIAN MARLEY, TRIBAL SEEDS, THROUGH THE ROOTS May 20, Freebird Live MOON HOOCH May 20, Jack Rabbits DOMENIC, MANGO FEVER May 20, Nippers Beach Grille FLOGGING MOLLY, DEVIL MAKES THREE, BROTHER OF BRAZIL May 21, Mavericks LUCERO May 23, Café Eleven PILI PILI May 24, Nippers Beach Grille EDGAR WINTER BAND May 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL: SONNY ROLLINS, CHICK COREA, STANLEY CLARKE, LENNY WHITE TRIO, PATTI AUSTIN, JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA May 24-27, Downtown Jacksonville SON OF A BAND MAN, MAN ON EARTH, JACOB JEFFRIES BAND, HOMELESS HILL May 25, Jack Rabbits ROCCO BLU May 25, Mojo No. 4 42 (COLDPLAY TRIBUTE) May 25, The Markets at St. Johns Town Center CUPID’S ALLEY May 25, Cliff’s Bar & Grill HELLO DANGER May 25, Freebird Live BREAD AND BUTTER May 25 & 26, The Brick CHUCK NASH May 25 & 26, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub ROD PICOTT, AMANDA SHIRES May 26, European Street Café San Marco SHO’ NUF May 26, Cliff’s Bar & Grill CANA, FOOT SERVANTS, ERIC BOWDEN May 26, Riverside Arts Market THE JOHN EARLE BAND May 26, Mojo No. 4 ONE, SONS NOT BEGGARS May 26, Freebird Live LARRY LAMIERRE, CHILLULA, DARKHORSE SALOON May 26, Nippers Beach Grille NEW KINGSTON May 26, Jack Rabbits ATLAS, CROOKED LOOK, INSIDE THE TARGET CAR May 26, Burro Bar 9th WONDER, PHONTE May 26, 1904 Bar COLBIE CAILLAT, GAVIN DEGRAW May 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KEVIN SKI, JIMMY & OWB May 27, Nippers Beach Grille BREATHE CAROLINA, WALLPAPER, NEON HITCH May 28, Freebird Live 418 BAND May 28, Nippers Beach Grille BLACK COBRA, GAZA, DETHLEHEM May 30, Burro Bar JOHN BROWN’S BODY May 30, Jack Rabbits WHO RESUED WHO May 30, Nippers Beach Grille LIONS OF JAH May 31, Nippers Beach Grille BARRY GREENE May 31, European Street Café San Marco FRAMING HANLEY June 1, Brewster’s Pit ORANGE AVENUE June 1, The Markets at St. Johns Town Center CELERITAS, MILO June 5, Burro Bar LARRY MANGUM, MIKE SHACKELFORD, JAMIE DEFRATES June 6, European Street Café Southside TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN June 6, Burro Bar JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS June 7, European Street Café San Marco
CMA Award-winning singersongwriter Gretchen Peters performs on May 10 at 8 p.m. at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Artists such as Martina McBride, Etta James, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill have covered Petersâ€™ songs. Tickets are $15. 399-1740. ZZ TOP, 3 DOORS DOWN, GRETCHEN WILSON June 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DAVE MATTHEWS TRIBUTE BAND June 8, The Markets at St. Johns Town Center SMILE EMPTY SOUL, THE VEER UNION June 9, Brewsterâ€™s Pit STEPHEN SIMMONS June 14, European Street CafĂŠ San Marco THE FAMILY STONE June 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall FIREWATER TENT REVIVAL June 15, Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub ROD MacDONALD June 16, European Street CafĂŠ Southside
TOMMY ROE June 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SHATTERMAT, XGEEZER, SONS OF YOUNG June 17, Burro Bar JACKYL June 17, Brewsterâ€™s Pit BOUNCING SOULS, MEZINGERS, LUTHER June 18, Freebird Live THE VOODOO FIX June 21, Brewsterâ€™s Pit BEN PRESTAGE June 21 & 22, Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub LONG MILES June 22, 1904 Bar RAILROAD EARTH June 24, Freebird Live
JEREMY AKIN June 25, Burro Bar TECH N9NE, MACHINE GUN KELLY June 28, Plush IVARDENSPHERE June 28, Brewsterâ€™s Pit RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND June 29, St. Augustine Amphitheatre COREY SMITH June 29, Mavericks CHROMA July 6, Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub POTLUCK, KUNG FU VAMPIRE July 6, Brewsterâ€™s Pit DANIEL LEVI GOANS July 8, Burro Bar THOSE DARLINS July 8, Jack Rabbits ABK, DJ CLAY July 13, Brewsterâ€™s Pit 311, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, THE AGGROLITES July 18, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BADFISH (SUBLIME TRIBUTE) July 21, Freebird Live THE DUKES OF SEPTEMBER RHYTHM REVUE (DONALD FAGEN, MICHAEL McDONALD, BOZ SCAGGS) July 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre YES, PROCOL HARUM July 28, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LITTLE FEAT July 31, The Florida Theatre POWERBALL, THE PINZ, SHATTERMAT Aug. 4, Burro Bar AARON NEVILLE Aug. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE GRASCALS Aug. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TAMMERLIN Aug. 25, European Street CafĂŠ Southside SUBLIME WITH ROME Aug. 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre TRAIN, MAT KEARNEY Sept. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BUILT TO SPILL, HELVETIA, SISTER CRAYON Sept. 9, Jack Rabbits IAN ANDERSON (Jethro Tull) Sept. 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DARRYL WORLEY, DAVID LEE MURPHY, BO BICE Sept. 22, Thrasher-Horne Center KEIKO MATSUI Sept. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center
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courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 The Mosier Brothers Band at 9 p.m. on May 11. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin actual vinyl at 8 p.m. every Tue. for Working Class Stiffs GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess, Hupp & Rob every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music Tue.Sun. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.
AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LAVA, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri. STARBUCKS, 9301 Atlantic Blvd., 724-4554 Open mic with Starbucks Trio from 8-11 p.m. every other Fri. TONINO’S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae every Thur. A DJ spins Old School every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun.
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BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZi-Rok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St, Johns Ave., 381-6670 Shawn Lightfoot and The Brigade play at 10 p.m. on May 11. Black Cat Bone plays at 10 p.m. on May 12 MUDVILLE GRILLE, 1301 Monument Rd., 722-0008 Live music every Sun. from 2-6 p.m. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.
THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Roy Luis spins new & vintage original house at 9 p.m. every Thur. GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band at 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.
(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Live music from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on May 9. Incognito from 5:309:30 p.m. on May 10. Live music from 6-9 p.m. on May 11. Live music from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on May 12. Dave Pooler from noon-4 p.m. on May 13 BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 2479880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Live music every weekend DICK’S WINGS, 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107, 853-5004 Big Jeff at 8 p.m. every Thur. Live music at 9 p.m. every Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. FIONN MacCOOL’S, 333 N. First St., 242-9499 Bread & Butter perform at 10 p.m. on May 11 and 12 FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Grandpa’s Cough Medicine on May 11. Songwriters Nite every Tues. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Whitechapel, Miss May I, After the Burial, Within the Ruins and The Plot In You on May 9. Beach House and Zomes on May 10 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Clayton Bush on May 9. Brady Reich on May 10. Billy Buchanan on May 11. John Austill on May 12. Live music every Thur.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music every Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Kickin Lassie on May 11 & 12. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Live music at 3 p.m. every Sun. Open mic at 5 p.m. every Wed. DJ Jason hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Big Daddy Love on May 9. Chillula on May 10. Brian Earnst on May 11. The Great State on May 12. Tropic of Cancer on May 13. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Fusebox Funk and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine at 10 p.m. on May 12 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Lions of Jah at 6 p.m. on May 10. Chuck Nash Duo at 6 p.m. and That 80’s Show at 10 p.m. on May 11. Acoustic Shade at
2 p.m. and Domenic at 6 p.m. on May 12. Nicholas Williams at noon and Jimmy Parrish at 3 p.m. on May 13. Reggae on the deck every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sun. Live music every third Wed. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Neil Dixon from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on May 11. Ron Perry from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on May 12. Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every weekend POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Whetherman at 10 p.m. on May 10. Be Easy at 10 p.m. on May 12 THE PIER RESTAURANT, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew and Johnny Flood at 7 p.m. every Thur. DJ Infader every Fri. Nate Holley every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 2417877 Pat Rose on May 9. The Splinters on May 10. Cloud 9 on May 11 & 12. Bread and Butter on May 13 RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Billy Buchanan on May 9. Billy & Trevor on May 10. Mr. Natural on May 11 & 12. Story Tellers on May 13. Live music every Tue.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Slickwater from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on May 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat.
1904, 19 Ocean St., 356-0213 Tom Bennett Band on May 12 BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Canary in the Coalmine and Wetlands at 9 p.m. on May 8. Hangdog Hearts and Go Away Ghost at 9 p.m. on May 11. Gospel Music, Opiate Eyes and Personnes at 9 p.m. on May 12. The Storm plays at 9 p.m. on May 14. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Jazz at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Live music every weekend THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Live music from Spanky the Band from 6-10 p.m. on May 10. Hipp Street plays from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on May 11 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Hunter Hayes at 7 p.m. on May 18. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed.
THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 DJs Al Pete & Gene Dot spin for The Glossary at 10 p.m. every Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Wit’s End on May 10. The Lift on May 11. Papa Crawdaddy on May 12. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on May 9. DJ BG on May 10. Yummy at 9:30 p.m. on May 11 & 12. Rezolution at 4 p.m. on May 13. Deck music at 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.
BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Ned Evett at 8 p.m. on May 8. Mobile Deathcamp, Devastation’s Edge, Hemlock, Cherish the Flame, Revengefulhate and Newborn Ransom at 7 p.m. on May 12. Dory Drive at 7 p.m. on May 13. Bermuda at 6 p.m. on May 14 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Ruckus at 9 p.m. on May 11 and 12. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Live music every Tue. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music every Fri.
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HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 The Monster Fool at 7 p.m. on May 11. Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Live music at 6 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri.-Sun. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Reggae with Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Sat. & Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. last Wed. every month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun.
Cat in the Top Hat: Hard rock guitar hero Slash performs on May 9 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $31-$41. The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist is touring in support of his latest release, “Apocalyptic Love.” 355-2787.
rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 3 45-3466 Live music from 2-7 p.m. every Sun. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally from 7-9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Randy Jagers on May 9. Matt Collins on May 10. Tim O’Shea on May 11. Brady Reich on May 12. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Ryan Crary on May 9. Be Easy on May 11. Dog Dynamite on May 12. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music from 9 p.m.mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Travelling Riverside Band for Alive After Five on May 11. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 X-Hale on May 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Wed.
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New Grass: Progressive bluegrass heads The Mosier Brothers Band play on May 11 at 9 p.m. at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. SUNBURST STUDIOS, 12641 San Jose Blvd., 485-0946 Open mic with My Friendz Band at 8:30 p.m. every Mon. Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. with DJ Tom Turner every Tue.
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG
CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music every Thur.-Sat. DJ Jason every Tue. DJ Israel every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Local talent every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.
ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 D-Lo Thompson on May 9. Tim O’Shea on May 10. Jimmy Solari on May 11. Billy Buchanan on May 12. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool at 6 p.m. on May 10. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.
ALPHADOG GRILL, 2782 Park St., 374-8715 Karaoke every Sat. & Mon. FLA RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, 243 S. Edgewood Ave. DJ DreOne spins every Wed. for open mic nite HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 The Great Commission, We Are Defiance, City In Peril, Serianna, Convictions, City In Peril, Refuge and Forever Our War at 6:30 p.m. on May 11. The City Wide Prom is held at 7 p.m. on May 12. PIZZA PALACE, 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 Jennifer Chase at 6:30 p.m. every Fri. YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 Rotating DJs spin for Pro Bono electronic music party from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sun.
A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Billy Buchanan on May 10. The Committee on May 11 & 12.
AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic on May 8. Adam Lee at 6:30 p.m. on May 9. Folkin’ Up the 80’s! at 8:30 p.m. on May 11. Strumstick at 8:30 p.m. on May 12. Colton McKenna at 2 p.m. on May 13 BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 48 Spanish St., 547-2023 Live music Fri. & Sat. THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on May 11 CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 Catie Curtis on May 11 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Humanzee at 7 p.m. on May 11. Preston Pohl at 2 p.m., Mojo Roux at 7 p.m. on May 12. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on May 13 CREEKSIDE DINERY, 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 C.R.S. (Carpenter, Roth & Sabo) at 6 p.m. on May 11 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty Cowell at 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Ty Cowell from 6-9 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 \Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler from noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Live music on May 11, 12 & 13. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex are in for Karaoke every Mon. SIRENS, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 Live music every Fri. DJs spin every Sat. Live music from 3-6 p.m. every Biker Sunday SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every Fri.-Sun. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys at 9 p.m. on May 11 & 12. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.
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AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house
ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Gretchen Peters plays at 8 p.m. on May 10. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds at 8 p.m. on May 10. Enter Shikari, Let Live, At the Skylines at 8 p.m. on May 11. He Is We, South Jordan, Windsor Drive and Quiet Science at 8 p.m. on May 12. J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound at 8 p.m. on May 13. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express and Herd of Watts at 8 p.m. on May 14. Allen Stone, Sugar & The Hi Lows and ZZ Ward at 8 p.m. on May 15 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula at 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom at 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance at 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake at 6 p.m. every other Fri. DJs Rogue and Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.
BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes from 7-11 p.m. every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Jamie DeFrates and Susan Brown play at 8 p.m. on May 12. Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Revue play at 8 p.m. on May 14 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ 007 Vic Jones at 8:30 p.m. on May 10. DJ Jeff Bell at 10:30 p.m. on May 11. DJ Josh Frazetta at 11:30 p.m. on May 12
BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Wed. DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Brie Cecil at 7 p.m. on May 12. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on May 13 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. To get your band listed here, send all the vitals — band name, time, date, location of venue, with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email email@example.com. Deadline: 4 p.m. Tues. for the next week’s issue.
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Not Fade Away: Luke Darnell, Todd Meredith, Joe Cogen and Scott Moss are Buddy Holly and The Crickets in “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.”
BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY “Buddy” is staged nightly Tue.-Sun. at 8 p.m. with matinee performances every Sat. at 1:15 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Tickets range from $42-$49 The show runs through June 3 641-1212
lvis Presley is considered by many to be the King of Rock and Roll, but if there is a crown prince to that title, it is surely Buddy Holly. The Texas rock and roller’s reign was a prolific yet brief eighteen months, though – and sadly, Holly is known as much for his early death as his musical legacy. Holly was one of the first rock and rollers to pen his own material, and subsequently one of the genre’s first artists locked in litigation over royalties. In January of 1959, a cash-strapped Holly signed on for the “Winter Dance Party,” a three-week tour of the Midwest. In the early hours of Feb. 3, a plane carrying J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly crashed near Mason City, Iowa. Buddy Holly was 22, and left behind a pregnant wife, thousands of grief-stricken fans and a musical legacy that is still being mined for inspiration. The day became forever known as “The Day the Music Died” and Holly inadvertently became another first in rock – that of the musical martyr. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Holly and his band The Crickets stormed the charts beginning in 1957 with tunes like “Oh Boy!,” “Peggy Sue” and the No. 1 hit of “That’ll Be the Day.” Following their initial success, Holly and the band worked at a feverish clip, issuing other soon-to-be classics including “Think It Over,” “It’s So Easy,” “Maybe Baby” “Words of Love” and the sequel tune of “Peggy Sue
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Got Married.” Buddy Holly and The Crickets were one of the first rock acts to perform live on both “The Arthur Murray Party” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They were also one of the first rock groups to bridge the racial gap, performing at The Apollo Theatre in 1957. Holly’s influence has been pervasive. While it may seem almost quaint today, even his decision to wear his “birth control” black plastic frame glasses was a then-radical move. Yet it was Holly’s musical vision that made him among the first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While a 17-year-old in Minnesota, Bob Dylan saw Holly perform and later acknowledged it as a pivotal moment. “Buddy Holly was a poet,” said Dylan at the 1998 Grammy Awards, and “way ahead of his time.” The Beatles insectinspired name was partially an homage to The Crickets, and Paul McCartney later estimated that the first 40 songs the Fab Four wrote were Holly-influenced. And perhaps as the ultimate fan-boy acquisition, McCartney has owned the Buddy Holly song catalog for many years. A short list of artists that have covered Holly’s music and sang his praises includes The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Blind Faith, Humble Pie, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and M. Ward. Don McLean immortalized the plane crash that killed Holly with “American Pie,” and the 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story” featured a star-making turn by Gary Busey. Bruce Springsteen acknowledged Holly’s all-encompassing influence thusly: ““I play Buddy Holly every night before I go on; that keeps me honest.” In the ‘90s, Weezer issued their paean “Buddy Holly” on September 7, 1994 – a day that would have been Holly’s 58th birthday. And as far as the ubiquitous eyewear? Elton John once admitted, “as a result of wearing them all the time to try to look like Buddy Holly, I became genuinely nearsighted.” Never being
one who struggled with words, John Lennon was even more succinct about his adolescent fixation: “I was Buddy Holly.” It was a love of The Beatles that led 28 year old actor-musician Todd Meredith to discover Buddy Holly. Meredith stars in “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story,” the Tony Award-nominated musical currently being staged at The Alhambra Dinner & Theatre. While Meredith admits to enjoying bands ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, he has a soft spot for what he calls “the oldies.” “When I took on the role is when I really began to research Holly,” Meredith tells Folio Weekly, “and it was interesting to sort of hear the source that influenced all of the ‘60s music that I love.” Meredith’s rock and roll investigation has paid off. Over the course of two and half hours, “Buddy” features Meredith and the rest of the cast performing two dozen Holly tunes while chronicling the Texas rocker’s music, life and untimely passing. “What blows my mind is that I didn’t even know what I wanted to do at 22,” laughs Meredith, who has been performing in the role for five years, “and Buddy knew exactly what he was doing!” The cast of “Buddy” (including The Crickets -- Scott Moss, Joe Cogen and Luke Darnell) perform Holly’s music live, at times accompanied by a talented pick-up horn section that includes local sax phenom Jarell Harris. And while the subject matter is surely geared towards Boomers, Meredith has a simple approach to keeping the man and the myth alive. “I just go out there and try to remind myself that this was a real person who wrote some amazing music,” says Meredith “and I want to try and share that with the audience every night.” Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Legendary vocalist K.J. Yesudas performs on May 13 at 3:30 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. The critically acclaimed 72-year-old Yesudas sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music and has recorded over 50,000 songs in 17 different languages. Tickets range from $30-$250. 355-2787, 955-2211.
DANCE PERFORMANCE OF NTOZAKE SHANGE PLAY Dance Central stages Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” at 8 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at AT&T Tower, 301 W. Bay St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. 557-4706. dancecentral.webstarts.com MARJORIE KENNAN RAWLINGS PLAY A Classic Theatre, Inc. presents “Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments,” Deborah D. Dickey’s play that chronicles the relationship between the author Rawlings and her husband, at 7:30 p.m. on May 14, 15 and 16 at Flagler College’s Flagler Room, located in Ponce de Leon Hall, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 829-5807. THE WIZ This Tony Award-winning musical that reinterprets “The Wizard of Oz” with a mixture of dance, rock, gospel and soul is staged at 7 p.m. on May 11, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 12 and at 3 p.m. on May 13 at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. 765-7372. “THE COMPANY” AND SHAKESPEARE Orange Park Community Theatre presents this theatrical fundraiser featuring the OPCT company players in a variety of monologues, soliloquies, solos, and instrumental music at 7 p.m. on May 12 at 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. The evening also features wine and refreshments and a silent auction. Tickets are $25; $10 for students. Dress is semiformal. 276-2599. AFTER ASHLEY ABET presents Gina Gionfriddo’s dark comedy about an adolescent boy navigating the joys and terrors of growing up at 8 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at the Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, military and students. 249-7177. CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Limelight Theatre presents Mark Medoff’s romantic drama, about the relationship between a deaf student and her teacher, at 7:30 p.m. on May 10, 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. on May 13 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Players by the Sea stages Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, about the turbulent relationships of a Mississippi plantation family, at 8 p.m. on May 10, 11 and 12 at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289. BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY The Tony-winning musical, chronicling the pioneering rockand-roll legend, is staged at 8 p.m. on May 8-13 and 15, at 1:15 p.m. on May 12 and at 2 p.m. on May 13 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. The show runs through June 3. 641-1212.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
WRITERS WORKSHOP AT CHAMBLIN Eric Cravey presents the writing workshop “Father Work: A Look Into The Archetypes of Dad” from 6-8 p.m. on May 9 at Chamblin’s Uptown, 215 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. The workshop focuses on work by Rick Bragg, Harry Crews, Roy Blount, Jr., and J.R. Moehringer and their use of paternal figures for different literary effects. Fee is $25. 674-0868. For more information, contact Cravey at email@example.com FW ART SHOW SEEKS SUBMISSIONS The Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibit seeks submissions of original works of art (paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures, mixed media) from May 21-June 10. Submit no more than three (3) pieces. Works are not to exceed 6’ tall x 4’ wide. Signed, hard copies or in-person
deliveries will not be accepted. Digital images of the completed work of art, with artist information (email/mail/ phone, along with title/dimensions/media/date for each piece), must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The show is held Aug. 24-Dec. 2 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. 260-9770 ext. 128. DECORATIVE PAINTERS MEETING The Society of Decorative Painters holds a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. on May 12 at the clubhouse at Colonial Point Apartments, 5201 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. Lunch is provided. 781-7028. decorativeartistsofjacksonville.org JAX JAZZ COMPETITION SEEKS PIANISTS The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition accepts CD submissions for possible inclusion in this year’s competition, to be held on May 24 at The Florida Theatre. For details and guidelines, visit jaxjazzfest.com JAX IDOL Registration for Jax Idol Season 9 auditions is held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 12 at Lillian’s Sports Grille, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. For details, email email@example.com. AUDITIONS FOR COMEDY Limelight Theatre auditions for the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” at 6 p.m. on June 3 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Cast calls for four female (ages 20s-60s) and male (20s-60s) roles. Prepare a one-minute comedic monologue and a cold reading. 825-1164. THEATRE SEEKS INSTRUCTORS Limelight Theatre seeks children, teen and adult dance instructors, vocal coaches, yoga instructors, aerobics instructors and acting coaches to fill its education calendar for summer and fall. For details, call 825-1164, ext. 16. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes in several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. thedanceshack.com MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES The Murray Hill Art Center offers six-week art classes for adults and children and is located at 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville. Adult classes are $80; $50 for kids’ classes. 677-2787. artsjax.org DRAMATIC ARTS AT BEACHES Players by the Sea offers classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels Mon.-Fri. at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” at 7:30 p.m. on May 10 and at 8 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$70. 354-5547. FLETCHER HIGH SCHOOL BAND FUNDRAISER The Duncan U. Fletcher High School Band performs at 7 p.m. on May 11 at the school’s auditorium, 700 Seagate Ave., Neptune Beach. All proceeds go towards buying the band new uniforms. Admission is $5. 247-5905. MUSIC AT UNITARIAN CHURCH A Mother’s Day concert featuring sopranos Jaime and Skye Sanborn and pianist Sharon Scholl is featured at 10:45 a.m. on May 13 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. CLASSICAL AT LIBRARY Baritone Hugh Patterson performs at 2:30 p.m. on May 13 at the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-2665. INDIAN MUSIC CONCERT Hindu devotional, classical and pop musician K.J. Yesudas
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plays at 3:30 p.m. on May 13 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $30-$250. 355-2787, 955-2211. RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS The Ritz Chamber Players present a Mother’s Day Recital at 4 p.m. on May 13 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 355-7584. AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER FEST This annual music fest kicks off with the Concert in the Park: String Cheese Fling featuring violinists Philip Pan and Aurica Duca, violist Clinton Dewing and cellist Christopher Rex at 4 p.m. on May 13 at Amelia Park Concert Pavilion, Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. The festival continues through June 8 at various locations. Many events are free; ticket prices vary for others. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit aicmf.com. 261-1779. POPS AT THE BEACH Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra present their annual Mother’s Day performance at 6 p.m. on May 13 at Sea Walk Pavilion, Jax Beach. Multi-instrumentalist Goliath Flore is also featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink are available for purchase. 247-6100 ex. 3. JAZZ ON THE SOUTHSIDE The Jazzland Café features live music every Thur. from 6-9 p.m. and every Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 249-1009. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano, 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Zac Chester performs at 6 p.m. on May 8, 15 and 16; Jim Geiger plays at 6 p.m. on May 9; Jonathan Hooper plays at 6 p.m. on May 10 and 14 ; Phil Morrison, Zac Chester and Jason Anderson play at 5:30 p.m. on May 11; Juan Unzueta, Sam Clein, Eric Riehm and Zac Chester play at 5:30 p.m. on May 12; Jason Anderson plays at 6 p.m. on May 13 at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.
Michael and Dr. Linda Fisher Collection,” is on display through June 9. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Philip and Mark Estlund: Born of the Sun” is on display through June 22. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The exhibit “Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art” is on display through May 6. “Richard Chamberlain: The Year of the Sheep” is displayed through July 8. “Beyond Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints and their influence on Western Art” runs through Aug. 9. “50 Forward: New Additions to the Permanent Collection” is on display through Aug. 15. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Jacksonville, 355-1101. The opening reception for the exhibit “Sails of Reformation,” featuring works by Barbara Fryefield, Meredith Fordham Hughes, Joanelle Mulrain and Deborah Reid, is held from 5-8 p.m. on May 2; it’s on display through July. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats and various nautical-themed art. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. The opening reception for Mary Atwood’s “First Coast Reflections” is held from 5:30-8 p.m. on May 11 and is on display through June 29. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. The exhibit “ReFocus: Art of the 1970s” is displayed through Aug. 26. Painter Carrie Ann Baade’s “Solar Midnight” is displayed through May 27. The exhibit “Rainbow Artists,” featuring works by autistic children from MOCA’s Rainbow Artists program, is featured through May 27. “Project Atrium: Mark Licari” runs through July 8. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 396-7062. A mural by artist and architect Elmer Grey, which illustrates the impact of Spanish and French colonization on Northeast Florida, is unveiled at 10 a.m. on May 11. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
ART WALKS & FESTIVALS
LIVE STREET ART AT CORK The show “Paint, Paper, Pencil” features live painting demonstrations by Shaun Thurston, Tommy Armageddon, Noli Novak, Duval Destroyer, PorG05, Jax Laridae and Urbismus in styles and media ranging from graffiti to stenciling and wheat pasting at 6 p.m. on May 12 at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville. Works by the artists are also displayed in CoRK’s West Studio. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET This market features arts & crafts, produce, community services and kid’s activities from 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Hwy. - A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses over A1A). For more information and to rent vendor booths, contact Linda Arnold at 910-8386. MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured every Wed. from 3-6 p.m. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com
ANCHOR BOUTIQUE 210 Saint George Street, C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. Heather Gabel is the featured artist for May. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. The surrealist Susanne Scheunke is the featured artist from 3-5 p.m. on May 12. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. Beth Haizlip is the featured artist for May. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY
Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 3551757. The group show “Toes and Hands” runs from May 17-June 28. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. An exhibit of recent works by the Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts is on display through May 25. THE ART STUDIO 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 209-3730. The community arts project “The Square Root of Library Art” is featured from 6-9 p.m. on May 12. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Wild Florida,” featuring works by wildlife photographer Michael Cenci, is displayed through May 14. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville. 535-7252. The exhibit “Floridians,” featuring recent works by Mark Creegan, Lily Kuonen, Rachel Rossin and The Church of Holy Colors, is on display through June 15. J. JOHNSON GALLERY 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, 435-3200. The exhibit “Tripping the Line Fantastic,” featuring drawings by Tony Orrico and sculpture by Barbara Sorenson, is on display through June 8. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. Elio Beltran is the featured artist for May. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. David Montgomery and Tonsenia Yonn are the guest artists for May. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. Mitch O’Connell’s exhibit “Good Times” is displayed through May 30. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The “Nature & Wildlife Exhibition” is on display through May 27. ST. JOHNS CULTURAL COUNCIL 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-9980. “Music Movement and Signs” is on display through May 22. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. An exhibit of recent paintings by Laura Lacambra Shubert and Sabre Esler is featured through May 14. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. Ceramicist Myra Schick is the featured artist for on May. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. The exhibit “Remembering Sue Burdan” is on display through May. Proceeds benefit the artist’s family and St. Johns County Horse Council. For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tues. for the next week’s issue. Events are included on a space-available basis.
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The exhibit “The Election Collection” runs through June. The permanent collection includes artifacts from Nassau County’s Spanish Mission period. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 241-5657. The Fletcher High School all class reunion is held from 6-10:30 p.m. on May 12. The exhibit “Jean Ribault and the French in 16th Century Florida: Rare Engravings and Historic Maps from the
Street Art: The show “Paint, Paper, Pencil” features live painting demonstrations on May 12 at 6 p.m. at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville. Artists including Shaun Thurston, Tommy Armageddon, Noli Novak, Duval Destroyer, PorG05, Jax Laridae (work pictured) and Urbismus work in styles and media ranging from graffiti to stenciling and wheat pasting. Works by the artists are also displayed in CoRK’s West Studio.
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THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE Save Our Springs! The St. Johns Riverkeeper, Silver Springs Alliance, and Florida Springs Institute present the IMPERILED WATERS FORUM to address current threats to Silver Springs and the declining health of many Florida springs, lakes, and rivers in North Florida at 6 p.m. on May 15 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive, downtown. 256-7591. stjohnsriverkeeper.org
IMPERILED WATERS FORUM The St. Johns Riverkeeper, Silver Springs Alliance, and Florida Springs Institute present this forum addressing the current threats to Florida’s lakes and rivers, including an in-depth discuss about Adena Springs Ranch and the significant impact that this large-scale cattle operation could have on Silver Springs. The discussion begins at 6 p.m. on May 15 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive, downtown. 256-7591. stjohnsriverkeeper.org CELEBRATE ASIA This event is held on May 12 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, downtown and features traditional Asian cuisine, music, ballroom dancing, festive dragon dances and celebrities. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and celebrates the cultural heritage of the estimated 15 million Asian Americans. Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased at celebrateasia. net. 372-3321. CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF SALLYE B. MATHIS A commemoration ceremony in honor of the 100th birthday of Sallye B. Mathis is held at 5:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Jacksonville Urban League Office, 903 W. Union St., downtown featuring reminiscences about Mathis by alumni of Matthew Gilbert High School, Frank Lyons, Deacon McRae and Alton Yates. Events continue through May 19 in honor of Mathis (1912-1982), who was a civil rights activist, educator, businesswoman, member of the League of Women Voters and one of the first women and African-Americans elected to the Jacksonville City Council. For more information on the various events of the celebration, please contact Brooke Stephens at (718) 812-7433. THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP The 2012 Players Championship happens daily from May 10-13 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets range from $55-$140. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out pgatour.com/tournaments/r011. 285-3700. CITY WIDE PROM The Murray Hill Theatre hosts “Once Upon A Time,” the 15th annual City Wide Prom at 7 p.m. on May 12 at 932 Edgewood Ave S., Jacksonville. The event is for students in grades 9-12 who are home schooled, attend private schools or don’t have prom options. Festivities include food, dancing and door prizes. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. 388-3179. murrayhilltheatre.com CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST TO SPEAK Freedom Rider J.T. Johnson speaks about the St. Augustine connections to Civil Rights movement from 5-7 p.m. on May 18 at SSJ Stained Glass Studio, 2745 Industry Center Road, St. Augustine. The event features work by stained glass artist Sister Diane Couture in a gallery show and silent auction. Proceeds support the outreach ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 669-5388. ssjstainedglass.com RIDING INTO HISTORY The 13th annual Riding Into History takes place on May 18-19 and features between 300 and 400 vintage motorcycles, the Concours d’Elegance charity ride, cycle celebrities, a Grand Marshal’s dinner and more. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Admission is $10 for Concours. Ticket prices vary for other events. The World Golf Village is located at 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. 677-9760. Ridingintohistory.org COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows include The Beatles Laser Collection at 7 p.m., Laser U2 at 8 p.m., Laser Led Zeppelin at 9 p.m., and Laser Metallica at 10 p.m. on May 11 in BryanGooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
NEW COURTHOUSE PARKING MEETING Downtown Vision, JTA and Metropolitan Parking Solutions present this overview meeting focusing on the impact that the new County Courthouse will have on downtown transportation and parking options at 9 a.m. on May 17 at Olio, 301 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. To attend, please RSVP to Amy Harrell at 634-0303 ext. 224. GOP RALLY AT LANDING Republican Congressman Allen West speaks at 11 a.m. on May 11 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 398-1446. duvalgop.org AIFBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Cathy Hagan, Certified Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center at UNF, is available to meet with business owners one-onone to discuss business planning, marketing and cash flow management from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 9 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. 261-3248. aifby.com SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Joie Chitwood, of the Daytona International Speedway is the featured speaker at 11:30 a.m. on May 9 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. UNF SMALL BUSINESS CLASS The class Tax Facts is held from 6-9 p.m. on May 8 at Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. Cost is $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. Government Contracting 101 is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 9; cost is $40. 620-2476. sbdc.unf.edu JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on May 17 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. FAIRTAX MEETING The Northeast Florida chapter of this alternative taxation group holds their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on May 12 at Player’s Grille, 4456 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. flfairtax.org PONTE VEDRA CHAMBER BREAKFAST Jon Awad of Awad Wealth Management is the featured speaker at this business breakfast meet-and-greet at 7:30 a.m. on May 9 at The Player’s Café, 262 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Bring business cards and brochures. Price is $10; $7.50 for members. 285-2004.
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JENNIFER BARNES MAGGIO Author and motivational speaker Maggio talks about and signs copies of her new book, “Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom” at 10 a.m. on May 12 at Celebration Church, 10302 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. DOROTHY K. FLETCHER Local author Fletcher signs copies of her new book, “Growing Up Jacksonville: A ’50s & ’60s River City Childhood,” from noon-3 p.m. on May 12 at The BookMark, 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. WRITERS WORKSHOP AT CHAMBLIN Eric Cravey presents the writing workshop “Father Work: A Look Into The Archetypes of Dad” from 6-8 p.m. on May 9 at Chamblin’s Uptown, 215 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. The workshop focuses on work by Rick Bragg, Harry Crews, Roy Blount, Jr., and J.R. Moehringer and their use of paternal figures for different literary effects. Fee is $25. 674-0868. For more information, contact Cravey at email@example.com
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JOHN WITHERSPOON Allstars at 8 p.m. on May 8 and 9. John Witherspoon appears at 8 p.m. on May 10 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB James Yon and Kevin White appear at 8:30 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word at 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004.
RIDING INTO HISTORY May 18 & 19, World Golf Village ONEJAX HUMANITARIAN AWARDS DINNER May 24, Hyatt Regency BOBBY COLLINS June 1, Terry Theater, T-U Center EDDIE GRIFFIN July 28, T-U Center’s Moran Theater
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS The Art of Fighting offers 15 MMA matches at 7 p.m. on May 11 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $15-$60. 630-3900. PARS FOR PAWS The fifth annual Nassau Humane Society Pars for Paws Classic is held at 1 p.m. on May 14 at Amelia Island Club at Long Point, 6800 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. Entry of $150 per player includes golf, cart, treat bag, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, wine and one guest for evening festivities at the new clubhouse. The event also features a cash bar, silent auction. All proceeds benefit Nassau Humane Society. 261-2217. nassauhumanesociety.com/events.html TOUR DE CURE This fundraising cycling event is held on May 19 and features five routes including a 5-mile family fun ride along with 30, 50, 70 and 100-mile routes. Check in is at 9 a.m. for fun ride; 6 a.m. for all other rides. All rides begin at England-Thims & Miller, 14775 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. All proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. Registration fee is $35; fundraising minimum per rider is $150. 730-7200 ext. 3061. diabetes.org/tour SECOND SATURDAY TRAIL WALK GTM Research Reserve host a 1.5 mile trail walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on May 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Meet at the trailhead pavilion. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations are requested; call 823-4500. SALT MARSH HIKE A Park Ranger leads this informative hike along the salt marsh that focuses on the importance of estuarine systems on our the indigenous plant and animal life at 2 p.m. on May 12 at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. Bring bug spray and bottled water. 251-2320. BEACHES FINE ARTS SERIES RACES BFAS presents the first of three triathlons at 7 a.m. on May 19 at Mickler’s Landing, Ponte Vedra Beach. Each race features a .25 mile swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Registration fees start at $65. Packet Pickup Day for the race is from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on May 18 at Trek Bicycle Store, 1313 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Late packet pickup the day of the race is from 5:30-6:45 a.m. onsite. The next triathlons are held on June 9 and July 14. 247-6570. bfasracing.org LOW TIDE BIKE RIDE The ride is held at 2:30 p.m. on May 19 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. The ride is free with paid park admission. 461-2035. floridastateparks.org JACKSONVILLE SUNS The local Southern League team play the Mobile Baybears at 7:05 p.m. on May 8 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 1:05 p.m. on May 9 and at 7:35 p.m. on May 10. Tickets are $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com CANDLELIGHT TOURS AT FT. CLINCH Ft. Clinch State Park offers candlelit tours after sundown every Fri. and Sat. night starting May 11 through Labor Day weekend at 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Reservations are required. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch GUIDED NATURE TRAIL WALK GTM Research Reserve hosts a trail walk from 8:30-11 a.m. on May 8 at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. Meet in the parking lot of the River to Sea Preserve, on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland; wear comfortable closed toe shoes. A directional “NERR” road sign will be at the entrance. For reservations, call 823-4500.
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The new traveling exhibit, A T. Rex Named Sue, from Chicago’s Field Museum, is now open at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. It features a cast skeleton of largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered: 42 feet long and 12 feet high. 396-6674. themosh.org
THE AFTER PAR-TEE YMCA of Florida’s First Coast presents this Mardi Gras-themed event featuring food and drink, dancing and live music with The New Orleans Suspects from 5:30-10 p.m. on May 10 at The Lot at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Proceeds benefit YMCA summer camp programs. Tickets are $75; $150 for VIP. 280-7960. To purchase tickets, visit firstcoastymca.org “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” MOTHER DAY BRUNCH Sun-Ray Cinemas offers a “Mama’s Day Steel Magnolias Brunch” at 11 a.m. on May 13 at 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. 359-0047. The event features a screening of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias” along with a brunch featuring items such as fried chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage, summer squash soufflé and red velvet cupcakes. Tickets for brunch and the screening are $45 and includes one mimosa, soft drink or sweet tea; $10 for screening and beverage only. Tickets available at sunraycinema.com MOTHER’S DAY AT THE ZOO The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m.noon on May 13 at 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Tickets are $28.95; $24.95 for members. Children tickets are $12.95; $9.95. Mothers also get in for free that day with a coupon available from the Zoo’s website at jacksonvillezoo.org. 757-4463. MAGGIE’S HERB FARM FESTIVAL Maggie’s Herb Farm celebrates their 29 annual celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 12 at 11400 C.R. 13 N., St. Augustine. The event features vendors selling products ranging from herbs and plants to handmade soaps, dried spices, birdhouses, gourd art and pottery. Live music and raffles are also featured. 829-0722. maggiesherbfarm.com FLETCHER ALL-CLASS REUNION BLOCK PARTY All Alumnus, Students, and the Public are welcome to celebrate the 75 year legacy of Duncan U. Fletcher High School from 6-10:30 p.m. on May 12 at The Beaches Museum & History Park, 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. The event features live music, food and drinks, and a tribute to faculty. Ticket price of $25 includes one drink; $10 for current students with student ID. 241-5657. beachesmuseum.org HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR Operation New Hope presents this day of free screenings, evaluations, testing and information on many health related issues from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 12 at A. Philip Randolph Heritage Park, 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Activities also include painting, a live DJ, a bounce house, fire truck, complimentary snacks and a raffle for gift cards. 354-4673. operationnewhope.com ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FAIR The Love of the Earth health fair is held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 12 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park and features vendors selling products related to natural healthcare and wellness. 644-8101. DONATE LIFE DAY Donor and transplant-related organizations are featured during this celebration of life that includes live music, family-friendly activities, and local celebrities. The event hopes to encourage organ donor registration and awareness and is held from 4 p.m.-midnight on May 12 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. 353-1188. JacksonvilleLanding.com FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR SENIORS This day-long seminar for senior citizens is held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 12 and covers topics including social security, estate and tax planning and investing at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. 209-3730.
CLASSES & GROUPS
ORGANIC VEGGIE GARDENING Tree Hill Nature Center presents this class on organic gardening techniques at 1 p.m. on May 12 at 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville. 724-4646. Class fee is $10; $5 for members. treehill.org LEARN TO ROW Jacksonville Rowing Club offers classes in sweep rowing starting on May 5 at 9 a.m. on Sat. and Sun. No experience or equipment is necessary. Adult memberships and youth programs available. 304-8500. jaxrow.org NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. alcoholicanonymous.org NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna. org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. o DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 616-6264 or 294-5720.
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wenty five restaurants battled it out to be crowned champion at the 16th annual Taste of St. Augustine (or ToStA) awards on April 28 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Among the offerings were shrimp fajita taco salads from La Cocina, crunchy maple bacon bourbon popcorn from Pop-n-Off Popcorn, and tabouli and falafel from The Falafel Queen. Kids feasted on the mini frosting cups and cupcakes from Luli’s Cupcakes. Local brewery A1A Ale Works served cold beers while Sebastian Winery offered locally made vino. Gas Full Service took home a victory in the Family Dining division for its Philly cheesesteak empanada. Present Moment Café scored a win in the Ethnic category for its raw and vegan collard wrap with almond ginger dipping sauce. The Fudge Lady’s crustless coconut pie was
a fan favorite and winner in the Best Dessert division. In the upscale division, Coquina Beach Surf Club nabbed a win with its Cajun chicken egg roll with cilantro and a spicy baja sauce, and the People’s Choice award went to La Cocina. Live music was provided on the amphitheatre stage by several local bands and fans cast secret ballots to vote for their favorite. The winner of the Battle of the Bands competition was Hooch, who was up against Da Lions of Jah, LoveChunk, Matanzas, Captain Hook, Beau Knott & The Burners. ToStA benefits nonprofit Epic Community Services, serving St. Johns County residents for more than 38 years. Caron Streibich fwbiteclub.com facebook.com/FolioWeeklyBiteClub Twitter @fwbiteclub For more photos from this and other events, check out the Eye link at folioweekly.com.
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Mark Bailey, Alecia Jones John, Nicholas & Jennifer Zambrano Nancy Macri, Sherry Stoppelbein, Karen Cockroft Dessert tray from Raintree (winners) Lindy Loose, Gas Full Service, Family Dining; Susan Musgrove, The Fudge Lady, Dessert; Christopher Tur, La Cocina International, People’s Choice; Andrea Tedder, Coquina Beach Surf Club, Upscale Dining; Yvette Schindler, Present Moment Café, Ethnic Dining Jericho Guarin, Brian Bellisario, Melissa Braddock, Christie Brennan, Joanne Somera, David Combs Steffan Jongerling, Missy Feit, Rich Grigsby, Monica Dorado Coquina Beach Surf Club cajun egg roll Crystal Kling, Al Restrepo, Matt Cornelison, Shannon Williams Gillianne Duffy, Tyler Clevenger, Laura & Liv (baby) Devlin, Nate Evans, Kyle Linsly The Mojos Tacos posse Ryan Ripko, Nicole Miller Food from Present Moment Cafe Yvette Schindler, Haley Welsh MAY 8-14, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 41
The Mustard Seed Cafe
Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, freerange chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’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. nassauhealthfoods.net 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
Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711
Halftime Sports Bar and Grill
The place to be on the island for sports TV — NCAA, MLB, NFL and all your favorites. Starters feature pulled pork cheese fries and soon-to-be-famous wings. The roster includes our famous All-star fish tacos, an impressive Angus burger and Gourmet quarter-pound hot dog. Try out our draft beer line-up of the best domestic and craft selections. Stop by, hang out & click halftimeameliaisland.com. 320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303
Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub — the only one on the island — offers on-site beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269
29 South Eats
This chic, neighborhood bistro has it all — great ambience, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The eclectic menu offers traditional world cuisine with a modern whimsical twist and Chef Scotty Schwartz won Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s 2007 Best of Jax readers poll. Open for lunch Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thur., till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 29southrestaurant.com 29 S. Third Street 904-277-7919
Brett’s Waterway Café
Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660
T-Ray’s Burger Station
T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving Beer & Wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310
Jack & Diane’s
The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444
Sliders Seaside Grill
Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652
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00 ice-cold beers. Delicious food from some of Jacksonville’s favorite restaurants. Live music from local band Split Tone. A dunking booth with a Beer Garden out back. What better way spend a Friday evening than the 19th Annual Folio Weekly Beer & Music Festival at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium? Hordes of young professionals and seasoned beer drinkers alike were eager to fill and refill their beer cups. As for the all-important question of which beers to try? All of them, of course! Everything from fruity ciders to India Pale Ales to gluten-free offerings were poured. No beer drinker was left behind. Local breweries Bold City Brewery in Riverside and the Beach’s Engine 14 Brewing Co. and Green Room Brewing were on hand to pour copious amounts of their craft brews. Meanwhile, The Casbah Cafe had sample hookahs and Jacksonville Scene brought its finest beer pong tables. Both Poe’s Tavern and Tijuana Flats passed out colorful beer coozies, because no one likes a warm brew (and everyone loves free coozies). The food wasn’t your typical pub fare: Fionn MacCool’s served up cider braised pork belly, Libretto’s Pizzeria had penne with vodka sauce and Cupcake Heaven 77 offered petite cocktailinfused cupcakes. Poe’s Tavern served chili and Engine 15 had nachos, queso and chili. The winner of the $500 People’s Choice Award for best food, decided by secret ballot was awarded
to Mojo BBQ, which served pulled pork sliders and ribs, along with creamy butterbean hummus and pita chips. For those looking to continue the fun, the official after party was at The Pier at Jacksonville Beach. And for those who overdid it a wee bit? Free cab rides courtesy of Folio Weekly. If you missed the fun, relax. It’s only a few weeks until Folio Weekly’s annual Margarita Fest, on June 22! Caron Streibich fwbiteclub.com facebook.com/FolioWeeklyBiteClub Twitter @fwbiteclub 1. Brema Ebbing, Candy Keane and Bridget Maloney 2. Gary Washington and Tance Gonder 3. Shelley Graham, Stacie Hinson and Abigail Stewart 4. Glenn Vopper, Josh Carpenter and Mike Maulsby 5. Dustin Sims and Lauren Petroff 6. Taylor Gilfus and Grace Kennedy 7. Velma and Earl Small 8. Cassie Vichozsky, Chris Nall, Chad and Brooke Axler 9. Nina Handzo and Glen Bacolor 10. Morgan Smith and Brittany Lehman 11. Alexa Rooney, Kelsey Latham and Arianne Heaton 12. Katharine Bevill, Amanda B and Tracie Romasko 13. Ryan Bader and Emily Kirn
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AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE
(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, fresh gelatos. Dine inside or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL F Sports bar fare includes onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, daily. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drivethru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery, juice bar. Extensive menu features vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR F Flavors of Peru and Latin America are in the dishes served in a modern
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atmosphere. Authentic Peruvian cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. L & D tue sat. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2011 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp, nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F The name pretty much says it all. Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ Bistro Aix features French and Mediterranean-inspired fare, along with an award-winning wine list in their upscale digs on T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite Jacksonville’s San Marco Boulevard. local spot; Best of Jax 2011 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3572 CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves 2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a ORSAY Best of Jax 2011 winner. The French/American bistro traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$ vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 8060 726-9888. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, ANCIENT CITY SUBS Locally owned-and-operated by Andy contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & and Rhonna Rockwell, this St. Augustine-themed sandwich Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ shop, newly relocated to Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. — toasted, pressed or cold — and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 527-8649. $$ 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207. 446-9988. $ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-ownedbarbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are &-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, brick-oven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd. 402-8084. $ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and 519-8000. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $ pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepand blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: dish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $ CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ BISCOTTIS F Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Subs are madesandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. 641-4877. $$ to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Halfincludes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows 444-8862. $$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna Rd. 448-0500. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheeseL & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and steak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Middle Eastern chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. bonosbarbq.com $ closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & BUDDHA THAI BISTRO F Authentic Thai dishes made with Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, larryssubs.com $ B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan GINJO SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT New at Shoppes of BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include Avondale, Ginjo serves traditional Japanese fare and sushi. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus 384-0002. $ lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ Walter Coker
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this is a copyright protected proof © CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX *Bite Club Certified! F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ CYCLONES TEX-MEX CANTINA F Freshly made Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, tamales and taco salad. Lunch combos include Mexican rice and beans. FB. L & D, daily. 1222 S. Third St. 694-0488. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The casual NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F The Best of Jax 2011 winner serves gastropub fare: soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 1534 N. Third St. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Great food, from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar. Faves are pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. FB. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 208-5097. $ THE PIER RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The oceanfront place offers fresh, local fare. Downstairs bar and patio offer casual items, daily drink specials. CM, FB. D, daily; L & D, weekends; brunch, Sun. 412 N. First St. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50+ beers with an emphasis on craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet hamburgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili and daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a
Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax ’11 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. promise 1018 N. Third St. $$ of372-4456. benefit SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD *Bite Club Certified! F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ VOO-SWAR RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Traditional soul food includes smothered ork chops, collard greens, meatloaf, barbecue, pulled pork. FB, CM. L & D, MOn.-Sat. 51 Roberts St., Atlantic Beach. 713-5551. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$
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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. promise ofbuffet. benefit Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches, AYCE wings FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT New location. See Beaches. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2011 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY The American cuisine restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station and a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood and steaks. Wed. night Pastabilities. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coastline Dr. 634-4540. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
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CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$
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A WEEKLY Q&A WITH PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT BIZ NAME: Micah Windham, Executive Chef Walter Coker
RESTAURANT: Aron’s Pizza, 650 Park Avenue, Orange Park BIRTHPLACE: Ankara, Turkey YEARS IN THE BIZ: 10 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Haca Baba (in Ankara, Turkey) FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Italian, French FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic, artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes IDEAL MEAL: a nice medium-rare steak grilled to perfection with steamed veggies on the side, and of course a glass of white merlot WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Pigs feet INSIDER’S SECRET: The special sauce that made us famous CELEBRITY SIGHTING: None yet!! GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate cake
WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. And you can get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION The new restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ GOOD FOOD COMPANY The fine-dining restaurant and full-service catering company emphasizes using quality raw ingredients to create menus based on local, seasonal and organic products, served in an elegant atmosphere. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 13475 Atlantic Blvd. 329-2407. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A. 821-9880. $ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$
JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS
BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine,
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served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA Vino’s Pizza – with four Jacksonville locations – makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, including a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2011 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi
restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd. 683-2542. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, the barbecue place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$
ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$
PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS
AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and
freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine of local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS See St. Johns Town Center. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$
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AJ’S ON PARK STREET F AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ ALPHADOG GRILL F This fun place in Riverside features gourmet hot dogs — like Ragin’ Cajun (andouille sausage covered in jambalaya) and The Hippie (veggie dog) — and sausages, grilled chicken wraps, soups, salads, appetizers and wings. L & D, daily. BW. 2782 Park St. 374-8715. $ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery has classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, made from scratch, including petit fours, custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 389-7117. $ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS The new spot offers artisancrafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery has pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-andgo sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. Outdoor seating. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 2665 Park St. 955-1278. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-
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smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ A variety of sushi, including the popular Monster Roll and the Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$
A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE This new Irish bar and pub in historic downtown offers burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30 years, the family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good
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hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2011 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes — all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh — never frozen — Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$
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BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Burger in St. Augustine and OP/Fleming Island. Burgers made with fresh ground beef and there’s a wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, Kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Nonfat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SUITE Best of Jax 2011 winner. St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offer chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$
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The family-owned Casa Maria serves an authentic Mexican menu, including their house specialty tacos de azada, near the River City Marketplace on Jacksonville’s North Main Street.
WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$
ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$
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BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F Best of Jax 2011 winner. A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, awardwinning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.
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2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad, daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s award-winning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt, granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $
AROMAS BEER HOUSE Customer faves are ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual El Potro has fresh, made-to-order fare. Daily specials, buffet most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. $
THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. mellowmushroom.com $ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F The restaurant offers sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi and noodle soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue and Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The stylish gastropub has Southern-style cuisine with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ THE THIRSTY IGUANA CANTINA TAQUERIA Classic Mexican fare includes quesadillas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas and fajitas, as well as some killer nacho choices, made with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. TO, FB, CM. 7605 Beach Blvd. 647-7947. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style
pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s noMSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN FLATS F Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Rd. 642-1488. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$
BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ SAVANNAH BISTRO Low Country Southern fare with a twist of Mediterranean and French inspiration, offered in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Favorites include crab cakes, NY strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. 741-4404. $-$$$ SWEET PETE’S This all-natural sweet shop offers a variety of candy and other treats made the old-fashioned way: all natural flavors, no artificial anything. Several kinds of honey, too. 1922 N. Pearl St. 376-7161. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Lunch, bagels, desserts, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F Salads, sandwiches, pizza, fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$
ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLACK HORSE WINERY 2-7 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 2-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sun. 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 DAMES POINT MARINA Every third Wed. 4518 Irving Rd., Northside, 751-3043 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 O’KANE’S IRISH PUB 6:30 p.m. every third Tue. 318 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-1000 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m. every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766
RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Tastings daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TIM’S WINE MARKET 5 p.m. every Fri., noon every Sat. 278 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, 686-1741 128 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0060 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5-6:30 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 URBAN FLATS 5-8 p.m. every Wed. 9726 Touchton Rd., Tinseltown, 642-1488 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 6 p.m. every Thur. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-1100 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 1188 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, 389-9997 4085 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-9900
The Ultimate Gated Community
Condo developer Larry Hall is already onequarter sold out of the upscale doomsday units he is building in an abandoned underground Cold War-era Atlas-F missile silo near Salina, Kan. He told an Agence France-Presse reporter in April that his 14-story structure would house seven floors of apartments ($1 million to $2 million each, cash up front), with the rest devoted to dry food storage, filtered-water tanks and an indoor farm, which would raise fish and vegetables to sustain residents for five years. The 9-foot-thick concrete walls (built to protect rockets from a Soviet nuclear attack) would be buttressed by entrance security to ward off the savages who were not wise enough to prepare against famine, meteors, nuclear war and the like. Hall said he expects to be sold out this year and begin work on another of the three silos he has options to buy.
Can’t Possibly Be True
Dan O’Leary, the city manager of Keller, Tex. (pop. 27,000), faced with severe budget problems, was unable to avoid the sad job of handing out pink slips. For instance, he determined that one of Keller’s three city managers had to go, and in April, he laid himself off. According to a March Fort Worth Star-Telegram report, O’Leary neither intended to retire nor had other offers pending, and he had aroused no negative suspicions as to motive. He simply realized the city could be managed more cost-effectively by the two lower-paid officials. Herman Wallace, 70, and Albert Woodfox, 65, have been held in solitary confinement (only one hour a day outside) since 1972 in the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, after being convicted (via flimsy evidence and a convenient prison snitch) of killing a guard. A third convict for the murder, Robert King, who was in solitary for 29 years but then released, explained to BBC News in an April dispatch what it’s like to live inside 54 square feet for 23 hours a day, for over 14,000 straight days. The lawyer working to free Wallace and Woodfox said the soul-deadened men were “potted plants.”
That Sacred Institution
A federal court magistrate in Melbourne, Australia, decided to split a divorcing couple’s assets in half in February after listening to tedious details of their 20-year marriage. The “couple” lived apart except for vacations and kept their finances separate, constantly “invoic[ing] each other,” according to the Daily Telegraph, for amounts as trifling as a $1.60 lightbulb.
On Feb. 1st, the New Jersey Honor Legion — a civic association with more than 6,000 members in law enforcement -- nominated Frank DiMattina as “Citizen of the Month” for offering his catering hall in Woodbridge, N.J., numerous times for gatherings of police and firefighters. The nomination came three weeks after DiMattina (also known as “Frankie D”) was convicted of shaking down a rival bidder for a school-lunch contract in New York City. Federal prosecutors told the New York Daily News that DiMattina is mobbed up — an
associate of the Genovese family’s John “Johnny Sausage” Barbato.
Unclear on the Concept
Emanuel Kuvakos, 56, was arrested in April and charged with sending two Chicago sports team executives emails that threatened them with violence for having stolen his “ideas” for winning “championships.” One of the victims was a former general manager of the Chicago Cubs, a team that famously has not won a National League championship in 66 years, nor a World Series in 103. In April, Arizona (recently the home of cutting-edge legislation) almost set itself up for the impossible task of trying to prohibit any “annoy(ing)” or “offen(sive)” or “profane” language on the Internet. The state House passed the bill, which was endorsed 30-0 by the state Senate, ostensibly to make an anti-stalking telephone regulation applicable to “digital” communications. (Just as the bill was about to go to the governor for signature, sponsors please call your For questions, suddenly realized the futility of the bill’s FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE directives, and on April 4, withdrew it.)
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Finally, a nationally prominent judge has taken on prison “nutriloaf ” as a constitutional issue. In March, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner reinstated a dismissed lawsuit by a Milwaukee County Jail inmate who claimed that the mystery meat gave him an “anal fissure.” Posner wrote that the lower courts needed to rule on whether the food of indeterminate content is “cruel and unusual punishment,” since (citing a Wikipedia entry) an anal fissure seems “no fun at all.” Gay Rights in Limbo: The Missouri House of Representatives, after several times rejecting “sexual orientation” as one of the legally prohibited categories of discrimination, managed to find another category in March (to join “race,” “religion” and so forth) that is deserving of special protection: licensed concealed-weapons carriers. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in April that Joshua Coman, convicted of having sex with a dog, does not have to register as a sex offender. Activists had urged that the sodomy law on which Coman was convicted be declared unconstitutional, since it appears to equate human-animal sex with man-man and woman-woman sex. However, the Court declined, instead noting that Coman had been convicted of a misdemeanor and that only felons are required to register.
People With Issues
In March, West Des Moines, Iowa, police opened an investigation, with video surveillance, of a 59-year-old employee of the state’s Farm Bureau on suspicion of criminal mischief. According to police documents cited by the Des Moines Register, the man would look through the employee database for photos of attractive female colleagues and then visit their work space after hours and urinate on their chairs. Not only does the man allegedly have a problem, but the Farm Bureau figured it is out $4,500 in damaged chairs. Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net MAY 8-14, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 49
ARIES (March 21-April 19): In one of your past lives, I think you must have periodically done something like stick your tongue out or thumb your nose at pretentious tyrants -- and gotten away with it. At least that’s one explanation for how confident you often are about speaking up when everyone else seems unwilling to point out that the emperor is in fact wearing no clothes. This quality should come in handy during the coming week. It may be totally up to you to reveal the truth about an obvious secret or collective delusion. Can you figure out a way to be relatively tactful as you say what supposedly can’t or shouldn’t be said? TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus actor Daniel Day Lewis will star as American president Abraham Lincoln in a film to be released later this year. Hollywood insiders report that Lewis basically became Lincoln months before the film was shot and throughout the entire process. Physically, he was a dead ringer for the man he was pretending to be. Even when the cameras weren’t rolling, he spoke in the cadences and accent of his character rather than in his own natural voice. It might be fun for you to try a similar experiment in the coming weeks, Taurus. Fantasize in detail about the person you would ultimately like to become, and then imitate that future version of you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The idea of a housewarming party comes from an old British tradition. People who were moving would carry away embers from the fireplace of the home they were leaving and bring them to the fireplace of the new home. I recommend that you borrow this idea and apply it to the transition you’re making. As you migrate toward the future, bring along a symbolic spark of the vitality that has animated the situation you’re transitioning out of. CANCER (June 21-July 22): My friend Irene has a complicated system for handling her cats’ food needs. The calico, Cleopatra, demands chicken for breakfast and beef stew at night, and all of it absolutely must be served in a pink bowl on the dining room table. Caligula insists on fish stew early and tuna later. He wants it on a black plate placed behind the love seat. Nefertiti refuses everything but gourmet turkey upon waking and beef liver for the evening repast. If it’s not on the basement stairs, she won’t touch it. I’m bringing your attention to this, Cancerian, because I think you could draw inspiration from it. It’s in your interests, at least temporarily, to keep your loved ones and allies happy with a coordinated exactitude that rivals Irene’s. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The moon’s pale glow shimmers on your face as you run your fingers through your hair. In your imagination, 90 violins play with sublime fury, rising toward a climax, while the bittersweet yearning in your heart sends warm chills down your spine. You part your lips and open your eyes wide, searching for the words that could change everything. And then suddenly you remember you have to contact the plumber tomorrow, and find the right little white lie to appease you-know-who, and run out to the store to get that gadget you saw advertised. Cut! Cut! Let’s do this scene again. Take five. It’s possible, my dear, that your tendency to overdramatize is causing you to lose focus. Let’s trim the 90 violins down to ten and see if maybe that helps. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “We all need a little more courage now and then,” said poet Marvin Bell. “That’s what I need. If you have some to share, I want to know you.” I advise you to adopt his approach in the coming days, Virgo. Proceed on the assumption that what you need most right now is to be braver and bolder. And consider the possibility that a good way to accomplish this goal is by hanging around people who are so intrepid and adventurous that their spirit will rub off on you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the Byrds’ 1968 song “Fifth Dimension,” the singer makes a curious statement. He says that during a 50 | folio weekly | may 8-14, 2012
particularly lucid state, when he was simply relaxed and paying attention, he saw the great blunder his teachers had made. I encourage you to follow that lead, Libra. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now would be an excellent time for you to thoroughly question the lessons you’ve absorbed from your important teachers -- even the ones who taught you the best and helped you the most. You will earn a healthy jolt as you decide what to keep and what to discard from the gifts that beloved authorities have given you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What are the most beautiful and evocative songs you know? What are the songs that activate your dormant wisdom and unleash waves of insight about your purpose here on earth and awaken surges of gratitude for the labyrinthine path you have traveled to become the person you are today? Whatever those tunes are, I urge you to gather them all into one playlist, and listen to them with full attention while at rest in a comfortable place where you feel perfectly safe. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need a concentrated dose of the deepest, richest, most healing emotions you can tap into. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Tourists rarely go to the South American nation of Guyana. That’s mostly because much of it is virgin rain forest and there are few amenities for travelers. In part it’s also due to the reputation-scarring event that occurred there in 1978, when cult-leader Reverend Jim Jones led a mass suicide of his devotees. Last year, after travel writer Jeff Greenwald announced his trip to Guyana, his friends responded with a predictable joke: “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!” -- a reference to the beverage Jones spiked with cyanide before telling his followers to drink up. But Greenwald was glad he went. The lush, tangled magnificence of Guyana was tough to navigate but a blessing to the senses and a first-class adventure. Be like him, Sagittarius. Consider engaging with a situation that offers challenging gifts. Overcome your biases about a potentially rewarding experience. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “You have more freedom than you are using,” says artist Dan Attoe. Allow that taunt to get under your skin and rile you up in the coming days, Capricorn. Let it motivate you to lay claim to all the potential spaciousness and independence and leeway that are just lying around going to waste. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you have a sacred duty to cultivate more slack as if your dreams depended on it. (They do!) AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you’ve been tuning in to my horoscopes during the past months, you’re aware that I have been encouraging you to refine and deepen the meaning of home. You know that I have been urging you to get really serious about identifying what kind of environment you need in order to thrive; I’ve been asking you to integrate yourself into a community that brings out the best in you; I’ve been nudging you to create a foundation that will make you strong and sturdy for a long time. Now it’s time to finish up your intensive work on these projects. You’ve got about four more weeks before a new phase of your life’s work will begin. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Is your BSdetector in good condition? I hope so, because it’s about to get a workout. Rumors will be swirling and gossip will be flourishing, and you will need to be on high alert in order to distinguish the laughable delusions that have no redeeming value from the entertaining stories that have more than a few grains of truth. If you pass those tests, Pisces, your reward will be handsome: You’ll become a magnet for inside information, valuable secrets, and unusual but useful clues that come from unexpected sources. Rob Brezsny firstname.lastname@example.org
DRUNKEN KIDNAPPER/WEIRD START I wasn’t with your work party... you accosted me at the bar and asked me if I wanted to motorboat you... I obliged. You kidnapped me and really scared me with your driving skills and church parking lot antics. I wish I had met you years ago. Please abduct me again. Me: beer beard. You: owl weed. When: A Monday 2 months ago. Where: Your work party at the bar. #1314-0417 DEEP V TOOK MY BREATH AWAY You: Smoking a cigarette in front of SunDog when I was captivated by the plunging neckline of your tee. Me: Couldn’t compose myself to come say hello. Dying for another chance to introduce myself. Your T-shirt read “I am not a whore.” I’m hoping that’s not true ;) When: April 9. Where: Atlantic Beach. #1313-0417 BITCHIN’ TRUCK You drive the black and pink “Bitchin’” truck. Radiant smile and a sparkle in your eyes that is impossible to ignore. Me: Sitting next to you at the bar. Care to share some more coconut tequila? When: March 9. Where: Tacolu. #1312-0410 CLEAN CUT DAD WITH SONS Pushy mom always on the lookout for nice man for her daughter. I saw you at McDonald’s on a Saturday with your two sons. You were sitting at the stools facing the playground and I told my daughter you were handsome. My daughter pretended not to notice but I could tell she thought so, too. If you noticed us (I have grey hair, red glasses; she’s 40something with dark hair and had her young daughter at the table front of you). If interested, write back. When: March 3. Where: McDonald’s Collins & Blanding. #1311-0410 DELICOMB!! You tall, black hair, fun looking, gorgeous man, stepping out of his BMW. Me: gorgeous ;) petite brunette, having breakfast outside. Loved that smile and the way your jeans look on you! Call me so we can enjoy a deli-comb together! When: March 30. Where: Delicomb! #1310-0410 SAW YOU WITH YOUR SON And I was with my son. I was hoping we could play together like our kids did. You: dark brown hair, nice legs, beautiful eyes. Me: medium build, early 30s, tattooed. If you see this I’ll be up there this weekend ... ttyl xoxo. When: 3 weeks ago. Where: Parental Home Rd. #1309-0410 HELLO DVM! I almost forgot why I was even there when you entered the room. You called my pup handsome, helped his eye, and made my day. I couldn’t stop watching you talk. I’d like to talk some more... maybe a trip to the dog park?? When: March 28. Where: Animal Emergency of St. Johns. #1308-0410
-eternally your muse in another life.- MW When: March 17. Where: Outside of a bar. #1304-0403 YOU CAUGHT MY EYES I Saw u at MHC, and my heart couldn’t stop racing, u were so cute with your long brown hair and pretty smile I just wanted to hold you in my arms. U had on orange shirt and black pants at the front desk, we started talking and I didn’t want to stop, but u had to leave on a trip to JFK, I wanted to at least get your name and number so we can talk. I couldn’t stop thinking of u. Email me please if we can talk. When: March 28. Where: MHC. #1303-0403 CUTIE ON A NINJA You: black Kawasaki Ninja. Me: black Honda Shadow, diggin your style. Us: hair blowing in the wind while we cruise down beach blvd on our sweet rides. Pesky light cut our chit chat short. Let’s get together and ride to the beach. See you on campus! When: March 27 @ 9:30 p.m. Where: Beach & Kernan. #1302-0403 SWING DANCING MAN You had a gray plain t-shirt, with a shark tooth surf necklace, blue jeans with nice fade, and black dancing shoes, and stunning brown eyes. You move amazingly well, very impressive. Me: with Black t-shirt with palm trees and jeans. I sure would love to take private lessons, and dance with you. Hope to see you again. When: March 23. Where: Orange Park/ Beyond Just Dance. #1301-0403 GROCERY SHOPPING DAD You: Handsome with dark hair and beautiful blue eyes, grocery shopping with your daughter. I first saw you in the produce department looking at me. We eventually exchanged a few flattering words and like the cart you were pushing, you raced off. Me: petite brunette, with brown eyes and pink cheeks from being slightly embarrassed. I was wearing gym clothes. Regretfully leaving without exchanging numbers. When: March 9. Where: Publix World Golf Village. #1300-0403 BRUNETTE PIXY AT LAYLA’S I saw you at Layla’s Tuesday night. I was leaving and you ripped off my clothes with those sexy eyes of yours. When: March 6. Where: Layla’s in San Marco. #1300-0327 TOTALLY FLOORED!!! First saw you sitting on the floor in the chips aisle... then again outside... (around 8:15 am) You were wearing a light blue polo shirt & shorts... I’m kicking myself for not getting your number... If you are reading this, what was I wearing &/ or driving? When: March 11. Where: Walmart on Philips Hwy @ 8:15 am. #1299-0320 YOBE FROZEN YOGURT At 8 p.m. went in looking crazy with my white polo hoodie
on covering my head, pink FSCJ shorts and flip flops. Me and my kiddie bop grabbed some frozen yogurt and I saw your handsome face, with slick black hair. You had on shorts with a plaid blue and white button-up; your friend wore a cap. You two decided to eat outside. Don’t know if you noticed but I sure was looking from the corner of my eyeball lol. When: Feb. 29. Where: Orange Park Yobe Frozen Yogurt. #1298-0320
Let’s have a beer. When: April 27, 2012. Where: Folio Beer Fest. #1333-0508
HANK WILLIAMS JR. CONCERT You were hanging out behind the guy in charge of the lights. You were also wearing a t-shirt that read Georgia across the front. I had long blonde hair and you were amused that I hunt in Georgia. I left in a hurry. Don’t let me get away, lol. When: March 3. Where: Hank Williams Jr. Concert. #1297-0320
CHOCOLATE CHEVY/CHOCOLATE LAB We locked eyes as we sat in traffic at the exit of 95/JTB on Wed. afternoon. I waived goodbye as I exited onto Southside Blvd. Chocolate Chevy, Chocolate Lab in the passenger seat, your white chocolate may be right here... When: April 24, 2012. Where: 95/JTB Exit Ramp. #1331-0508
MUSCULAR MOUNTAIN MAN You: tall blonde grizzly hunk who comes to the gym on his lunch break. Me: big rack with a bigger back. I’ve seen you get into a black older model f-150 with window decals on the back. Also I know we share a love for the Avett brothers. I hope that one day we can lie underneath a tree together, play guitar, sip some apple pie moonshine and listen to the birds. Will you be my Tim Tebow? When: About twice a week during lunchtime. Where: Athlete’s Choice N. Main St. #1296-0313
EMT AT BAPTIST PEDIACTRIC ER You: Female EMT at Baptist Pediatric Emergency. Tall, thin with brown hair. You were working with some of the nurses. I was across the room wearing a black fleece shirt and tan cords. We caught each others eyes a few times. Lets have coffee. When: April 26, 2012. Where: Baptist Pediatrics Emergency Room. #1330-0508
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Newly enforced park closing times fly in the face of city precedent, local history and the demands of beach-loving residents
n March 27, I was surprised and shocked to find a parking citation from the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office on my windshield. I was parked in a legal, marked space in the northernmost lot in Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park -- known to most as the Poles parking lot. The remarks on the citation stated, “Park closed 6 p.m.” As an avid surfer and frequent park visitor since the 1970s, I can attest that whether the park officially closed at sunset, 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., park visitors have always been allowed to enjoy the sunset hours on the beach, and exit the park without harassment. After 40 years of historical precedent, this has abruptly changed. Since late March 2012, JSO have been aggressively ticketing beachgoers remaining in the park after 6 p.m. Easter Sunday, new signs were erected at the entrance, stating, “Park closes at 6 p.m. If you are in the park after 6 p.m. you may receive a parking citation.” On that day, April 8, as the 6 p.m. deadline approached, with the sun still high in the sky, in a show of intimidation, JSO officers rolled through the Hanna Park parking lots crowded with families enjoying their Easter afternoon at the beach. Shortly after 6 p.m., JSO began issuing parking citations to anyone remaining in the park. The oceanfront property called Hanna Park was donated to the city of Jacksonville by a private citizen, Winthrop Bancroft, for the sole purpose of establishing Hanna Park, so the citizens of Northeast Florida would have permanent and continued access to this pristine beach. It is quite ironic that after 40 years, suddenly, access has been restricted during daylight hours, and beachgoers and park visitors now may receive parking tickets or have their vehicles towed in exchange for the pleasure of enjoying the waning hours of the day on the beach. This attempt to limit public access comes, not from a developer or private property owner, but from Hanna Park management and the city of Jacksonville. Tera Meeks, chief of waterfront management and programming said, “Hanna Park has temporarily extended the 6 p.m. closing time. We expect to be able to extend park hour to 8 p.m. in early May. When the park hours are extended to 8 p.m., the front gate will close to day-use visitors at 7:30 p.m. and all day-use park visitors will be required to exit the park by 8 p.m.” Kenneth Berk, Hanna park manager, said, “For the protection of public safety, Park facilities and camper’s security, as well as city liability, it is necessary to close the park to day-users before we leave.” Mr. Berk seems more concerned with the time he gets off work and leaves the park than as acting Park Manager, serving the needs of park guests. In the April 13 Florida Times-Union, City Parks spokesperson Pam Roman said “the city isn’t restricting access and there is no ‘policy change.’ The current hours are only a temporary setback.” As of April 30, the new sign at the Hanna
Park gate states park hours, “8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” accompanied by a new threat: “VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED AFTER HOURS” I understand it is Ms. Roman’s job to defend the position of the administration, but there has indeed been a radical and abrupt change in operation and policy at Hanna Park. City government needs to be accountable to the citizens who elect, fund and are represented by that government. For the past 40 years, Hanna Park guests have always been free to enjoy the ocean and sunset in the waning hours of the day, without threat of civil penalty. Park guests have never been tracked down and verbally told to exit the park immediately after “closing time,” much less suffer harassment or threat of civil infraction, or having their vehicles towed. Florida, as well as many other oceanfront states, has special laws protecting public access to its beaches. Florida judges have repeatedly cited the “doctrine of custom,” which first arose in medieval England, to protect Floridians from the loss of beach access. In the 1974 case, City of Daytona Beach v. Tona-Rama, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the right of access: “The beaches of Florida are of such a character as to use and potential development as to require separate consideration from other lands with respect to the elements and consequence of title. The sandy portion of the beaches are of no use for farming, grazing, timber production, or residency —the traditional uses of land — but has served as a thoroughfare and haven for fishermen and bathers, as well as a place of recreation for the public. The interest and rights of the public to the full use of the beaches should be protected. The propriety of protecting the public interest in, and right to utilization of, the beaches and oceans of the State of Florida. No part of Florida is more exclusively hers, nor more properly utilized by her people than her beaches. And the right of the public of access to, and enjoyment of, Florida’s oceans and beaches has long been recognized by this Court.” Prior to the early 1970s, access to this portion of the beach from Seminole Road through what was known as Seminole Beach was free. In the early 1970s, Seminole Road was closed at the park border, a gate was erected on Mayport Road, and Hanna Park started charging 50 cent admission. Currently the fee is $3. In the 40 years since, beachgoers have been allowed to enjoy the beach until dark, under no threat of penalty. At the park exit, there is an electronic gate which opens automatically for vehicles to exit the park. This dramatic change in policy is having a devastating effect on the quality of life on the beach-loving, taxpaying citizens of Duval County, especially Arlington, Wonderwood and Mayport Road area residents. Beach access from Mayport Road to Atlantic Beach is extremely limited. Anyone wanting to enjoy the ocean after work, or in the late afternoon when it’s not too hot, must now travel miles south to Atlantic Boulevard to access the nearest beach.
Park visitors to Huguenot Park, the other oceanfront park located on the north side of the St. Johns River, and also operated by the city of Jacksonville, are having similar problems with park management. Park hours have been constricted, visitors have been threatened with arrest by JSO for being on the beach at closing time. Park management has allegedly threatened to “ban for life” visitors who have not left the park by the posted closing hour. Park management at both Huguenot and Hanna parks have created a hostile and stressful situation for what has been a traditionally peaceful and relaxing way for the citizens of Northeast Florida to unwind on weekends and after work. Surfers have been enjoying the special conditions created by the St. Johns River jetties in Hanna and Huguenot parks areas for over 50 years. Swells are magnified and sandbars are created and groomed by structures such as river mouths, jetties and piers. The surf is larger and much better formed around these structures. For Duval County surfers, the Jacksonville Beach Pier and Hanna Park are pretty much the only options for premium waves south of the St. Johns River. The pier has groomed sandbars but only for about 100 to 150 yards on either side. Hanna Park is unique. The combination of the river mouth and the jetties magnify the swells and have created about a mile of premium sandbars, a wide expanse for Northeast Florida surfers. The jetty also blocks wind and current, particularly during nor’easters. These conditions have made Hanna Park a destination for surfers from all over Florida as well as up and down the Eastern Seaboard, particularly during hurricane season. Sun worshipers love the heat of the midday sun. Many people including surfers, bikers and hikers enjoy the early morning hours, and the late afternoon hours, when it’s cooler, the wind is lighter, watching the sunrise and sunset. In these tough economic times, is the park in the position to sustain the loss of revenue from the loss of late afternoon and twilight guests? Northeast Florida beach lovers, hikers, bicyclists, kite boarders and surfers at both parks are frustrated with these new policies and are beginning to organize. Florida courts have ruled consistently against anyone or any entity limiting public beach access. In 2004, St. Johns County lost a lengthy and expensive legal battle with Surfrider Foundation over beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach. If accesses to these beaches are not returned to their traditional hours and policies, lawsuits are inevitable. Not only will it be a waste of taxpayer dollars, but an embarrassment for the city of Jacksonville. Ed Wilson Surfer and Folio Weekly contributing writer Ed Wilson calls Jacksonville Beach home. He has spent some of his time the last several decades helping to make Jacksonville a more fun-filled, interesting place to live.
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