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“Cosmo for Jihadists” and pushup bras for 8-year-olds. p. 45


The long and uncompromising career of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson. p. 27

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26 MAIL Reader sez: Unwanted babies grow up to be ungovernable teenagers. Plus FW needs to shelve Jags snarkfest in the interest of the greater good. p. 4

MOVIES Reviews of “Dylan Dog” and “Thor.” p. 22


ARTS Gary Monroe lectures on visionary artists, Mark Estlund shows at Nullspace. p. 34

NEWS The Times-Union loses a foremost advocate of public records access with the departure of Joe Adams. p. 6 Education professors speak out against the legislative broadside of public education. p. 9 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Amid the GOP rift over Hogan, Jacksonville becomes ground zero for Red baiting. p. 7 COVER STORY Searching for Dr. Detox: Jacksonville’s most high-profile psychiatrist is also its most bizarre. p. 10 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 21

MUSIC The Deftones, Kris Kristofferson and J’ville’s own Memphibians. p. 26

EYE Of dogs and man: Pics from the Dog Wood Park spring party. p. 39 NEWS OF THE WEIRD Cosmo for jihadists, pushup bras for 8-year-olds. p. 45 BACKPAGE St. Augustine’s Foot Soldiers Monument is a high point in local civil rights commemorations. p. 50 SPORTSTALK p. 17 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 18 HAPPENINGS p. 38 DINING p. 40 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 46 I SAW U p. 47 CLASSIFIEDS p. 48 MAY 10-16, 2011 | folio weekly | 3

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Baby Alive

This is in response to Mike Devine’s comment about “Voices Against Choices” (Mail, April 19). I’m curious if you’re going to be there for these children after birth? Are you going to look at them as a burden to society later? Are you going to allow your children to hang out with them if they live in a lowincome environment with an abusive parent (or their numerous partners)? Are you going

You say unborn babies have been abandoned by everyone. How about the children already here? Why don’t you spend time with these children instead of picketing? to be there when their parents are strung out on drugs or alcohol or just like to party? Do you even care if they have decent clothes, food or proper supervision? You say unborn babies have been abandoned by everyone. How about the children already here? Why don’t you spend time with these children instead of picketing? The system, including politicians and you — yes, you — cares nothing about these children after they’re born, and the cutbacks in school funding and sports programs are great examples. I wonder if you talk badly about these children later and sneer at them when they fail in school or sell drugs, because no one cared about them throughout their lives except to make sure they came out of their mother’s womb – then it was fend for yourself! You’re a hypocrite! Susan Bell Via email

To Have and Have Not

Curt Lee, a retired tax attorney, says about public service employees, if they don’t like it, they are welcome to find other jobs (Backpage Editorial, April 26). Right there, any reader who suspected his anti-public service employee leanings had their suspicions confirmed. You know what outrages me more than a public service worker who after 30 years of service retires with a good pension? It’s how poorly we treat those who paid into Social Security after 40 or more years. $28,000 is what those at the top get and most get a lot less, yet we expect our seniors to live on this and with barely any cost of living increases, too!? We should be outraged by this, not by our firefighters and police who put their lives on the line. The answer should not be to tear down from the top; the answer should be to build up from the bottom and make sure our seniors are taken care of. And when the top 400 earners — none of whom were firemen or police officers — make an average of $345 million, we have billion-dollar corporations who don’t pay any taxes and take jobs overseas, we give billions in oil subsidies to companies making billions in profit, and we have people on Wall Street who take billions in bailouts one year and give millions in bonuses the next, I know right where we can start. 4 | folio weekly | mAY 10-16, 2011

Mr. Lee is right. We have a greed problem, but it’s not our police and firefighters who are acting thusly. Mr. Lee, can you now tell us a bit about your pension? Somehow I suspect you are doing better than both the top Social Security contributor and our police and firemen. Chris Guerrieri Jacksonville via email

In reply to the piece by a retired attorney, “A Change of Plans,” it would be well to point out that the factors of retirement plans he finds so objectionable were negotiated over 20 years of different administrations. The struggle by public employees to obtain and keep a fair retirement seem to have escaped the author of that article (like mismanagement of funds in the 1960s). All city employees contribute to their pensions, just as the city does, in almost the same proportions as the federally funded system known as Social Security, to the tune of 7 or 8 percent. All benefit changes derived from pension funds have been voted on by the sitting City Council at the time, closely scrutinized by actuarial studies. Another fact missing from this piece is that the city failed to fund the pension correctly for more than 20 years, causing any unfunded issues that still exist today. Very few police officers or firefighters have historically retired younger than the age of 50 as stated. But statistically, police and fire retirees do live fewer years after retirement than those with less stressful occupations. All of these facts are available to the author, at, as he well knows but chooses to ignore. Demonizing of public employees is the latest “Flavor of the Month” for those who always seek to misdirect attention from actual issues that truly require hard choices. Robin Gainey Taxpayer, pension payer, proud public employee Via email

A Fanboy’s Notes

As a regular Folio Weekly reader, I was reading Sportstalk this morning and found it very interesting about Weaver and Hogan and their connection. As I have lived in Jacksonville for only a few years, I do not know who all the big hitters are in the political world yet. I have also become quite a Jaguar fan since I have moved here. I found it very strange how you wrote about the team. As I understand it, the Jaguars help bring millions of dollars a season into the struggling economy of Northeast Florida. I think that it’s odd that you as a mass media writer would say or do anything to discourage people from [supporting] the team. If the Jaguars are to lose support and no longer be in Jacksonville, it will dramatically harm our economy and take many people out of their jobs, possibly you and me. So it seams odd that you would write anything but positive notes on them as a football team. The political affiliation of the owner does not sell or discourage ticket sales, but your dwelling on the negatives of the team and STILL bringing up Tebow does. Please try to write more positively about OUR football team, and try to encourage economic growth in out city through your small sports column. Will Magill Jacksonville via email

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Fire Away

Duval County Public Schools is in a huge mess. Board member Fred Lee says he is tired of excuses. Th en he and his counterparts should not use the budget cuts as an excuse for this mess of a school system. Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals has been in his job for several years and the district lacks vision, contributing greatly to the school system’s falling apart. The superintendent recommended to the School Board that a third-party management organization do his job of running four “public” schools — Jackson, Raines and Ribault high schools and North Shore K-8. For more than a decade, Pratt-Dannals has negated his responsibilities in key administrative positions that directly oversee these schools. Now he is calling on a group of “traditional” community leaders to carry the torch of leading our students to nowhere. Where is the justice for our students? The graduation rate in Duval County is barely 67 percent and well over two-thirds of the students need remedial courses by the time they enter a post-secondary institution. Huge racial gaps continue to exist among students in the graduation rate and collegeentrance exams scores. FCAT scores are drastically declining. Last year, 43 schools dropped at least one letter grade. Reading continues to be a challenge for students. Stanton’s reading proficiency in 2007 was 94 percent; today it is 84 percent. To solve these problems adequately, the School Board needs to hold the superintendent accountable and listen to the

To solve these problems adequately, the School Board needs to hold the superintendent accountable and listen to the community that elected them to “serve.” community that elected them to “serve.” The board may govern the system’s affairs but all board members should be accountable to their constituents. In addition, we need a leader who is not a member of the great network that is massively prevalent in this city; one who will introduce new ideas that will move us into the 21st century. Bottom line: It is time for the removal of Pratt-Dannals and his administration. Change is long overdue.  Bradford Hall Ribault High School grad Jacksonville via email

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Playing Chicken

Mayor’s race offers clear choices, high stakes outcomes and potentially a huge platter of regret Perhaps you were too busy. Perhaps you had to pick up your kid late from daycare, or were rushing to hit the grocery store, or just didn’t feel like braving traffic to fulfill some vague civic duty you were pretty certain wasn’t going to make a difference anyway. So you didn’t vote. Thanks a lot. Thanks to you, nonvoters, our current governor won election by a paper-thin 1 percent margin last November (a race in which 52 percent of registered voters didn’t bother to even cast a ballot), and our already-majorityRepublican legislature returned to Tallahassee with a “mandate” to do the Tea Party’s bidding. Some of you nonvoters have begun to regret your non-participation. A full 48 percent of those polled in April (the same percentage that voted in November) disapproved of Gov. Scott’s performance. And while the full impact of his policies are months or even years away, his imprimatur is all over the recent legislative session, which cut public school funding by $540 per student (going have to move a lot of Rice Krispie Treats at the next bake sale, yo!) even as it handed out corporate tax breaks of $1,100 per business and some $300,000 in tax cuts overall. The legislature also budgeted $20 million to pay legal fees in a lawsuit fighting a voterapproved ballot measure that outlawed gerrymandered districts. That’s right: They’re using taxpayer dollars to fight the will of voters. Of course, the recent session didn’t just focus on money matters. The legislature also approved mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients. They eviscerated environmental safeguards, financially spanked teachers and state employees, and limited the amount of “pain and suffering” a family member can claim when their loved one is killed by neglect in a nursing home to $250,000. Oh! And they also outlawed having sex with animals and wearing droopy pants to school. So: well done, nonvoters. Whether it was laziness, disillusionment with the political process or an inability to “get excited about”

any of the candidates (which is so totally important!), you helped deliver a government both tone-deaf to the needs of state residents and prepared to cater to corporate interests at all costs* (*as long as they are absorbed by taxpayers). Does that sound harsh? Does it sound like I blame you? Well, I do. But as a strong believer in second chances, here’s a shot at redemption: May 17. That’s Election Day in the Jacksonville mayor’s race, but in fact, any day between now and then is a fine time to vote, thanks to something known as early voting, which is offered at any one of 10 locations (your choice!) around Jacksonville ( If you’ve not done your research on candidates Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan, you can read previous Folio Weekly pieces on the race (“Sheeple Power,”, “Hogan’s New Clothes,”, “It’s My Party” Alternatively, you can ask advice from the one friend of yours who pays attention to such things, or simply fire up your laptop and spend a few minutes checking out the candidates’ websites. Whatever you do to prepare, however, know that there is no excuse for checking out of this election. It is disingenuous to say that voting is inconvenient, and simply false to claim the candidates are interchangeable. Jacksonville will be one place in four years if Hogan wins, and will be a very different place if Brown does. Which future the city ultimately has is yours to determine. Still undecided? We’ll give the last word to writer and humorist David Sedaris, who had this to say about undecided voters: “To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. ‘Can I interest you in the chicken?’ she asks. ‘Or would you prefer the platter of sh*t with bits of broken glass in it?’ To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.”  Anne Schindler MAY 10-16, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 5

“This is a more open local government and state government because of Joe Adams [pictured],” says T-U Editor Frank Denton.

Goodbye Sunshine

The Times-Union loses a foremost advocate of public records access with the departure of Joe Adams


acksonville is the murder capital of Florida because of Joe Adams. Before the longtime Times-Union editorial writer crunched the numbers, most people in the state thought Florida’s ultraviolent heavyweight was Miami, with its cocaine cowboys, Russian mobsters and rush-hour robberies of tourists in traffic. But when Gov. Jeb Bush issued a press release in 2005 announcing the state’s crime rate had fallen to its lowest level since the 1970s, Adams began to wonder how Jacksonville itself was doing. After some data mining comparing the consolidated city not to other cities (as had traditionally been done), but to other counties, he discovered it had the highest murder rate in the state. Not only that, the city’s total number of homicides had increased 40 percent since 1998 and Jacksonville had held the murder capital title for the previous 17 years. Adams shared the information with the Times-Union newsroom and they turned the news into a doublewhammy: his editorial, accompanied by a front page story on the trend. It was just one story that Adams followed in his 17 years at the T-U and his 29 years in journalism, a career defined by asking deeper questions and refusing to accept easy answers. But at a time when the tenets of journalism seem as uncertain as the future of the newspaper industry, Adams has checked out of the business. Adams resigned his job as an editorial writer for the Times-Union last month, and on May 5 began his new career as communications specialist for University of Central Florida President John Hitt. The public relations position marks the first time Adams has worked a writing job outside journalism, and he certainly wasn’t eager to leave. But as the main breadwinner in his family, Adams says he felt pushed to find a job with more secure benefits in an industry experiencing less turmoil. Times-Union Editor Frank Denton says Adams’ departure is a huge loss for the newspaper and for the community. “Joe was a freedom-of-information institution in Florida,” Denton says. “He was so deeply knowledgeable and so deeply committed to the Sunshine Law. He advised reporters and

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editors, and he set a tone on public records and public meetings and on government in the Sunshine.” Adams was lured to the Times-Union from the Tampa Tribune in part because the newspaper promised to help him publish a layman’s book on accessing public records, “The Public Records Handbook.” (Adams was prompted to write it after he and his wife used public records to avert a bad real estate purchase.) Once there, he taught fellow reporters about public records laws, taught classes for the Society of Professional Journalists on open government, and managed a blog,, where he posted stories from other newspapers in the state that utilized public records. Adams’ work earned him the prestigious national Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award in 2007. “We wish him the best,” says Denton, “but it is a real loss to Jacksonville and to journalism overall. His work benefited Folio Weekly and other media in town as well, as it is a more open local government and state government because of Joe Adams.” In January 2006, Adams began pulling a thread that led to a series of investigative reports in 2007 detailing how Jacksonville City Councilmembers were holding meetings all over town, including some where they discussed city business, without giving notice for the meetings or taking minutes, as required by open meetings laws. Though the series didn’t necessarily endear the T-U to city officials, Adams maintained a good relationship with the folks inside City Hall. According to Mayor Peyton’s spokesperson Misty Skipper, he also lobbied the city to begin making information available online, including audio of Jacksonville Journey meetings and video of City Council meetings. “He has been a great resource with his expertise in public records, open access and transparency,” says Skipper. “I could call him and ask if he’d seen things in other areas that were working well and he would pass information on to us about what was being done in other areas.” Despite the challenges the industry faces,

News Adams believes the newspaper business will figure things out. And he encourages young people with a passion for reporting to get in now. He observes that they will be able to solidify leadership roles in a changing industry, and will eventually become its brain trust. “The power of the press continues to be the major reason that we are not under some dictator and we are not in danger of losing our way of life and our freedoms,” Adams says. “The press is still an incredibly, amazing resource for good in our society. We are all in trouble without a free press.” While he’s sad to be leaving the daily, Adams is proud of the changes his work

helped effect. The crime rate stories prompted by Adams’ research helped galvanize Mayor Peyton to organize the Jacksonville Journey and examine how societal, economic, environmental and educational factors contributed to the crime rate. “We started the ball rolling,” says Adams. “The mayor could have just as easily turned his head, and the sheriff also could have decided not to focus on the issue,” he says. “If you don’t have people step up and tackle an issue, those words just lie on the page and they don’t really amount to much.”  Susan Cooper Eastman

Bouquets to Joel Beckham, owner of Fernandina Beach Cycling & Fitness Center, for giving wheels to people trying to get back on their feet. Beckham refurbishes used bikes donated to the Adult Bikes for Barnabas project (a collaboration of the Barnabas Center, Amelia Island Trail Project Team and Beckham’s bike shop), which then gives those bikes for free to people in need of basic transportation. Bouquets to UNF music major DeSean Kirkland for demonstrating that a little help is all some underprivileged kids need to truly excel. Last week, Jacksonville Commitment awarded Kirkland a college scholarship that will cover four years of tuition, books and meals for the pianist. Kirkland, whose father was murdered when he was a child and who grew up in low-income housing, said college and his dream of pursuing his love of music would’ve been out of reach without the scholarship. Bouquets to Jacksonville architect and native son Robert Broward (a distant relative of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward) for a career of heartfelt and soulful work. Broward, 83, has been creating architecture professionally in Jacksonville for 54 years. Last week, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed upon a practitioner of the profession. Broward was apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright, and later championed the local work of Henry Klutho. He also designed many homes and commercial buildings, including the Unitarian Church in Arlington and Wesley Woods retirement community on Julington Creek.

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NewsBuzz Red Baiting, Part II Red Baiting, Part I “Jacksonville is the heartbeat of the Republican Party in Florida.” — Chris Verlander, a senior vice president of Associated Industries of Florida, on why the statewide business lobby decided to donate to a Jacksonville mayoral race for the first time in its history. The local GOP chair echoed this sentiment. “We’re going to send a message,” Duval party chair Lenny Curry told the Times-Union, “that Florida is red.”

Ride of Their Life “Two fat fortysomethings and their moody 12-year-old.” — How Jason and Tammy Warren of Spring Hill describe themselves and their daughter Nema as they embark on the National Bicycle League’s BMX bike race circuit from Tampa to Louisville. The family, which closed their events business because of the recession, arrived in Jacksonville on May 4. They say the reason for their epic trip is to “remind everyone that life is what you make it.” The family blogs at

“If she chooses to don a hat, I’ll have one available.” — Ponte Vedra Youth Librarian Anne Crawford, discussing the upcoming storytime appearance by Florida First Lady Ann Scott. Crawford says she will be wearing a straw farmer’s hat when Scott reads “Cows in the Kitchen,” a children’s book in which farm animals take over a household while Farmer Tom naps. Scott reads the socialist tract at 4 p.m. on May 10.

Movies en Plein Air Anchor Boutique in St. Augustine will screen films by several Florida filmmakers (including FSU film grads) on the three-story concrete wall behind its St. George Street store on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. For more information on Back Alley Film Fest, check out the Facebook page at

Eat Right and Remain Seated The Florida House of Representatives passed the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act last week, a bill to improve nutrition in Florida schools. That’s ironic, since House and Senate leadership also reached an agreement last week to slash $1 billion from public schools, cuts that school districts say will force them to discontinue most after-school sports (assume football will somehow be spared!) and all physical education programs.

Political Post Mortem “I wonder how many more dead people are registered?” — Darlene Yordan, former personal representative for the now-deceased Michael A. Bernunzio, commenting on the new voter registration card issued to her client by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office on March 31 — more than five years after his death. Yordan, who still manages the couple’s estate, says Bernunzio lived and voted in Volusia County, and never sought to vote in Duval County. And according to state statute, transferring voter registration from one county to another in Florida requires that an application be submitted. Not only did Bernunzio not do that, Yordan says, but Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is refusing to remove the dead man from Duval voter rolls unless Yordan submits an official death certificate.

The names of 60 fallen Jacksonville police officers, who died in the line of duty since 1840, are read during the Police Memorial Day Observance ceremony on Bay Street, May 4.

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“We saw our schools and teachers being attacked,” says UNF assistant professor John Wesley White (right) on why he and fellow academics (like UNF associate professor Katrina Hall, left) felt compelled to speak out against school reforms.

A Show of Force

Education professors speak out against the legislative broadside of public education


hile the Florida Legislature has been focused on overhauling education policy, those who actually know something about the subject — education professors — have been largely ignored. But a group of academics in Jacksonville isn’t waiting to be invited into the discussion. The Education Policy Forum, a group of Jacksonville college professors with an interest in public education, aims to become a resource for local media and educational organizations interested in getting a different perspective on high stakes testing and school privatization. Worried that too many parents are buying into policies that have more to do with ideology and profits than with what’s good for children, the group is reaching out to the public in hopes of slowing, stalling and, ultimately, reversing the damage of these so-called “reforms.” According to UNF assistant professor John Wesley White, the group (which includes UNF associate professor Katrina Hall, FSCJ political science professor Robert Hall, UNF literacy professor Wanda Hedrick and UNF assistant professor Brian Zoellner) was formed in part as a defensive measure. “We saw schools and teachers being attacked … and some of our concern was there didn’t seem to be a public voice for education professionals.” The group is particularly troubled by Florida’s move toward private school vouchers, as well as charter schools, many of which are run by for-profit companies using public money. One for-profit outfit, CharterSchoolsUSA, is currently taking applications for its Baymeadows Road location in Jacksonville. CharterSchoolsUSA’s national organization is headed up by John Hage, who has worked for two conservative political think tanks: the Heritage Foundation and Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future. On May 1, the St. Petersburg Times reported on a Western Michigan University study that found many forprofit charters, including CharterSchoolsUSA, fail to achieve adequate yearly progress, a metric created by the No Child Left Behind Act. Only 37 percent of CharterSchoolsUSA’s schools have met the standard, compared to 67 percent of public schools, according to the report. But it’s not just charter companies or so-

called Education Management Organizations that stand to profit from recent changes to education policy, says FSCJ’s Professor Hall. “The testing service companies have something very large to gain,” he says. Once a state embraces a standards-based approach, he explains, “you’re looking for something to measure.” In addition to providing the measurements, UNF professor White adds, many of those same private companies “also provide the curriculum.” The professors’ views are borne out by recent news. As reported by The New York Times on April 27, textbook company and testing giant Pearson has teamed with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates’ foundation on a joint venture to create online reading and math courses aligned with national “common core standards.” Gates’ foundation has underwritten teacher evaluation research in Hillsborough County while Pearson administers the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Pearson’s most recent contract with the state also includes developing “end-of-course exams,” one of several controversial education changes adopted by the current legislature. Pearson’s dominance of the educational testing market appears to parallel the ascent of its K-12 testing officer, William Piferrer, who moved quickly from being “travel aide” to former Gov. Bush at age 24, through a series of positions with the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office before taking a position with NCS Pearson in 2007. Regardless of who profits from privatization and testing, though, the Education Policy Forum believes students ultimately lose. The Student Success Act, passed this year, ties 50 percent of a teacher’s pay to student FCAT scores or end-of-course exam data. White’s concern about these tests transcends fairness issues for teachers. At bottom, he says, policymakers are issuing tests that amount to little more than “checklists” for students. “They want to have a checklist of what students have learned at any given time,” White explains. “[A]nd when they say ‘learned something,’ they mean, ‘are you familiar enough with it to answer a question on a test?’

and not ‘do you understand the concept?’” This approach leads to teaching to the test, scripted curricula and strict pacing guidelines, all of which hurt kids, the professors say. White says that current education policy tells teachers not to deviate from scripts even if they have a better way of teaching the material. As for expanding virtual education, Katrina Hall cites the research of Richard Allington, et al, in their book, “Schools That Work: Where All Children Read and Write,” that shows most of the published studies that claim virtual ed words are “usually authored by the software developers.” But lack of rigorous research about what’s best for children didn’t stop the legislature from authorizing broad expansion of “virtual charter schools.” This move worries Hall, who says that while it may give homeschoolers and charter schools a good way to access curriculum, it could short-circuit critical social development in youngsters. “Children need to interact with each other in real-time, same-space situations,” Hall says. Laws that push virtual education on younger children, much like policies that overemphasize paper-and-pencil tests for preschoolers and kindergartners, all ignore what child development research says: Young children learn through play. “One of the things that is difficult to measure, that you want to build in order for a child to be a learner, is that natural curiosity; that persistence — staying with something — in exploration and wondering. The research coming out [says] that we need all these qualities in children in order to have great minds develop.” The Education Policy Forum has begun networking with other local education groups, and is working to bring education testing opponent Diane Ravitch to town to speak. But it ultimately hopes to become an alternative think tank, using educational research and members’ collective experience as educators to advocate for a different vision for public education. To learn more, go to the group’s website,  Julie Delegal MAY 10-16, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 9

Northeast Florida’s most high-profile psychiatrist is also its most bizarre


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n the spring issue of San Marco Magazine, Jacksonville psychiatrist Mohamed Saleh ran a full-color ad on the back cover of the pocketsized circular. The ad shows a tawny blonde pulling down the corner of her white lace bikini, revealing a crescent of white flesh. At the bottom of the page, just a nudge from her crotch, is a headshot of Dr. Saleh, eyebrow cocked, handsome — along with the number and address to his San Marco psychiatric office. “Natural looking results GUARANTEED,” the ad promises. “Latest technology in spray tanning.” If spray tans seem an odd enterprise for one of the city’s highestprofile psychiatrists — until recently, he ran six local psych wards — well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Dr. Saleh is also a dedicated magician who trains in Las Vegas and has built an elaborate magic theater adjacent to his 8,775-square-foot home. His website ( advertises a stupefying array of enterprises: custommade men’s suits, a preschool devoted to teaching kids Chinese, manicure and pedicure services (via his Le Figaro Du Seville salon in San Marco, formerly his psychiatric offices, not yet open) and a Zen “meditation garden” (not yet constructed). All that is in addition to Dr. Saleh’s outpatient addiction treatment services, with offices in Jacksonville and Las Vegas, and traditional psychiatry practices at River Point Behavioral Health, Northwest Mental Health Case Management Agency and the ARC of Jacksonville. Getting from one disparate obligation to the next is doubtless facilitated by the shiny yellow Hummer that Saleh drives, emblazoned with a giant scripted “S.” But keeping up with all of his endeavors is a challenge. Even Saleh admits being something of an entrepreneurial “addict,” unable to resist the lure of a moneymaking startup. “My addiction is finding new ways to make money,” he says. “But my problem is, once I achieve a goal, I lose interest.” While Dr. Saleh appears to have enough money to finance his various enterprises, he’s also got a suitcase of financial obligations. He’s currently embroiled in several lawsuits, including suing his fertility doctor for failing to tell him about a procedure 99.9 percent guaranteed to

produce boys (he had twin girls). He’s involved in a messy divorce with his third wife and in the midst of ongoing disputes over the couple’s five daughters. He’s just emerged from a malpractice lawsuit brought by the husband of a patient who committed suicide after she was discharged from the hospital where he is medical director. And he’s at the tail end of a serious disciplinary review by the state Department of Health. In September, State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros signed a formal complaint recommending that Saleh’s medical license be revoked or suspended, after state regulators found he failed to properly track what he’d done with 1,410 Suboxone pills — pills used to treat methadone withdrawal that are themselves addictive — that he dispensed over a two-year period. The Department of Health’s assistant general counsel has since backed away from the license revocation request, citing the fact that Saleh subsequently submitted missing drug logs that accounted for many of the pills. He plans to ask that the case be closed at a hearing before the Medical Board on June 17. It may all shake out for Saleh — the professional challenges, the business initiatives, the personal strife. But right now, there’s no question that the man who calls himself “Dr. Detox” has a full freaking plate.


ohamed Saleh was born in Ethiopia in 1953, one of 10 children of an Ethiopian lawmaker. According to his online biography, Saleh left Africa for Italy in 1971 on a full scholarship from the University of Bologna. After graduating with a degree in medicine in 1979, Saleh moved to the United States for residencies at the University of Florida and Columbia University. He built his Jacksonville psychiatric practice from the ground up after moving here in 1987, investing in or working at many of the nonprofit community mental health clinics for the city’s poor. He became a U.S. citizen in 1990, and either is or has been the medical director at a slew of facilities: Northwest Mental Health Case Management Agency, Community Rehabilitation Center, Keepsafe Day Treatment Program, Quality of Life Center, Ten Broeck Hospital (now River Point Behavioral Health) and St. Clair Medical Center. He also consults with the ARC of Jacksonville, Dayspring Village ALF

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Whether he’s levitating his (now estranged) wife (far left), modeling custom-made suits for his Couture Saleh business (left) or hustling in his H2 to another magician’s gig, Dr. Detox is a man always on the go. He calls himself “Jacksonville’s International Man of Mystery.”

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in Nassau County and Sutton Place of Nassau County, and was elected Director of Psychiatry seven times by his colleagues at Baptist Hospital. Saleh says he doesn’t know how much money he earns annually (he jokes his accountant tells him his income is “zero”) but his website says that all the mental health facilities he works for pay him “an honorarium.” For a time, Saleh’s income sources included a lucrative relationship with the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which paid him $3,000 per appearance to speak about the antipsychotic and mood-stabilizer Seroquel. He’s operated a private psychiatric practice on San Marco Boulevard since 1988. And in 2005, he opened a second clinic in Las Vegas. (He says that after traveling there monthly to study magic, he realized the city was swimming in addicts.) But despite all of his success, today Saleh is dismantling the architecture of his professional life. He says he wants to spend more time with his daughters, not patients. He has resigned his supervisory role at all clinics except Northwest Mental Health Case Management Center, ARC and River Point. He’s also cut back on the number of patients he treats, preferring to cater to what he characterizes as “VIP patients” at River Point — people who fly in for private treatment — while overseeing the charts of the other doctors there. Another reason for cutting back on his professional obligations is that Saleh is working on even grander schemes. In addition to Couture Saleh and the Wonderkids preschool, Saleh ultimately wants to build an addiction treatment program in Jacksonville for celebrities and high rollers flown in from Vegas. He will offer 30-day detox and addiction treatment for a flat fee of $20,000 — half of what it would cost in Las Vegas, he says. Saleh plans to rent four homes in discreet locations in Jacksonville to house 24 patients, netting $480,000 a month. After an initial medical evaluation, Saleh says, patients will be driven to River Point for morning therapy. Then they will visit a Zen garden he’s going to create for meditation, and enjoy a catered lunch.

In the afternoon, they’ll be ferried to Le Figaro Du Seville, his former-psych-office-turned-spa in San Marco for pedicures, massages, spray tans, Botox, highlights, shoeshines and laser treatments at no extra cost. Beyond treating addiction clients, Saleh is focused on spray tans. He notes that there are 40,000 people who earn $100,000 or more within a quarter-mile of his San Marco

her, her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and the children, if she ever left him,” according to incident reports. In the same report, she added that after they had arguments, Saleh practiced throwing knives to intimidate her, a story the couple’s two older daughters confirmed. (One of the officers noted that Saleh had a knife-throwing board painted with the slogan, “Live by the Sword, Die by

Dr. Saleh is embroiled in several lawsuits, including a case against his fertility doctor for failing to tell him about a procedure 99.9-percent-guaranteed to produce boys (he had twin girls). office. If he can persuade just one-quarter of one percent of them to sign up for unlimited spray tan memberships at $100 a month, he says, he’ll net $100,000 a month on spray tans alone. “Tanning is key,” says Saleh of his marketing strategy. “Appearance is so critical.”


n his website, Saleh describes his wife Graciela as the “single most important element of my life.” Today he calls her a “trophy wife,” and says despite 15 years and five children, the marriage was bad from the beginning. For sure, by late 2010, the marriage was in shambles. The Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office was called to the Salehs’ home twice that year, with Saleh and his wife alternately claiming to be the victims of threats of violence. On Sept. 12, a month before Saleh filed for divorce, Graciela told police that her husband had “made numerous threats to kill

the Sword.” Saleh told police knife-throwing was merely part of his burgeoning magic act.) When police were called again in November, Saleh told officers his wife drew a knife on him and taunted him. Repeated attempts to contact Graciela Saleh were not successful. But if Dr. Saleh hopes to excise his wife from his life, he’s going to have to do a lot of scrubbing. She’s everywhere — in his advertising, on his car, on the elaborate murals in his magic theater. Though his wife signed prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, Saleh isn’t optimistic about the divorce proceedings. He believes the court will be sympathetic to her. “I have an accent. I’m black. My name is Mohamed. I’m the underdog. And I have an attitude some people don’t like.” Saleh also exhibits behavior that sometimes seems inexplicable. At the end of a recent interview, Saleh attempted to print some emails from his wife, which he said showed how she’d insulted him. Struggling to use his new MacBook Pro, and after several

failed attempts, Saleh prints the document. He holds the paper in his hands and stares at it for a long time. Minutes tick by. He ignores a question about the content of the email. He ignores a second question, staring mutely at the paper. After a full three or four minutes, Saleh lifts his hand toward his face as though he might lick his thumb to flip a page. His thumb brushes past his chin ineffectually, as Saleh continues to stare blankly at the page. Finally, the doctor seems to shake his reverie. He looks up and hands the email across the desk. Such momentary lapses don’t slow down Dr. Saleh’s internal momentum. His plans seem ever more elaborate and fantastic. Although he and Graciela are splitting up, Saleh hasn’t given up on having a son. He says he will artificially inseminate a Chinese woman with the 99.9-percent-guaranteed-boy method. He needs a son to pass on a sword that has been in the Saleh family since the 14th century, but he wants a second son, so he’ll have “an heir and a spare.” He says his Chinese-African sons will be raised to be bilingual, which he says will open the doors of Chinese commerce to his five daughters. But these days, Saleh can’t catch a break with his children. He has custody of the three youngest girls — twin 3-year-olds and a 6-year-old — while his oldest daughters, 11 and 13, live with his estranged wife. Saleh complains that the older girls try to turn the younger children against him, and when they visited his psychiatric office in January, he decided to send them to his home. According to a report that Saleh’s assistant sent to the Department of Children and Family Services, part of the voluminous divorce file, Saleh’s second-oldest daughter was angered at being asked to leave. The report states that she turned to her father in his own psychiatric office, pointed her finger and shouted, “You are mentally ill.”



hen Saleh explains his study of magic, it’s not the story of an amateur dabbling in a hobby. He has made monthly flights to Las Vegas for years to become a master magician at the storied McBride’s Magic & Mystery School. Interested in magic since childhood, he became passionate about it after 9/11. He was so rattled by the ordinariness of the day that he began to think a lot about death. After reading “The Myth of Tomorrow: Seven Essential Keys for Living the Life You Want Today,” by Jacksonville psychologist Gary Buffone, he spent 10 sessions with the author. One of Buffone’s techniques was to ask Saleh to imagine he had a brain tumor,

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ixing sobriety houses, Zen gardens and spa services might seem an odd mashup, but they’re actually all pieces of an idea Saleh was forced to put on hold. In 2008, Saleh planned to transform a two-acre lot on University

Boulevard into an addiction treatment center, complete with spa and meditation garden. He planned to put up patients at the nearest Hilton, then bring them to the facility he dubbed “Zen City” during the day. Assuming, as he does today, that Vegas would form his primary customer base, he planned a billboard that would read, “From Sin City to Zen City.” Saleh ran into trouble, however, when he sought to change the property’s zoning from residential to a commercial PUD. Neighbors complained that addicts would be roaming around their homes, and they were incensed that Saleh pretty much clear-cut the property before he made his plans known, while it was zoned residential (and therefore free of more restrictive tree-removal laws). Residents contacted district City Councilmember Don Redman, who pressured city staff to fine Saleh. They didn’t, but the city’s Planning Department recommended denial of the rezoning anyway. Saleh says neighbors fought the facility because of racist assumptions about him as an African. “I hate to use the word racial, but that was it,” he says. “Don Redman is the biggest redneck KKK guy around.” Saleh says he’s going sue the city for derailing his plans, and promises it will be a spectacular legal takedown. “It will have all the drama and excitement of a Las Vegas production,” he predicts.

Dr. Saleh’s income and self-mythologizing have given him impressive access, as this fundraiser photo for Barack Obama shows. “I’m the high priest of medicine,” Saleh says.

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and had just six months to live. Saleh says he came away with two goals: learn to snow ski and learn magic. Today, Saleh is in the process of building an elaborate magic theater in his front yard. It includes an underground room, a light board so complicated he hasn’t figured out how to work it, a stage and seating for 20. The ceiling is adorned with murals of Saleh in a white turban, his wife Graciela as an angel and his

by murals of swirling purple planets and an Egyptian magic eye. Saleh’s answering service accepted telephone calls, but generated no callbacks. The number to his Las Vegas clinic was disconnected, and a reporter for the alt newsweekly Las Vegas CityLife said the clinic is now an interior design firm. (Contact was eventually made with the doctor who works with Saleh in Las Vegas, who explained the

“Tanning is key,” says Saleh of his marketing strategy. “Appearance is so critical.” office had moved and they weren’t accepting new patients at the moment.) After the reporter left business cards with Saleh’s nanny, called his cell phone, left messages with his answering service and walked around his neighborhood talking to neighbors, Saleh eventually sent instructions for Folio Weekly to call him on his cell phone during an assigned three-hour window. After speaking on the phone, he agreed to meet the following morning at his Campbell Avenue home. A little after the assigned 10:30 a.m. meeting time, the children’s nanny met a reporter at the entrance to the sevenbedroom home. (Waterfalls and koi ponds outside the front door were reminders that the Salehs were on Folio Weekly’s annual list of Water Hogs for the last two years.) She led the way past sculptures of panthers and elephants, up a flight of stairs and down a hall where the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” was one title on a crammed bookshelf. The destination, a great room outfitted with two modular leather sofa sets, a movie projection screen and a bar, also featured pictures of the Salehs in more magical times. In one, Saleh (dressed in doctor whites) appears to levitate his wife — an image he’s used in a series of medical magazine “articles” purchased in Health Source magazine in 2006. (“I should have cut her in two,” he jokes in one phone call.) In another photo, taken during the couple’s wedding in Eritrea in 1996, Saleh is dressed in a white turban and robes, the family sword in a sheath at his side. The great room overlooks the front yard.

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daughters as cherubs. He hopes to install pulleys so his 6-year-old daughter Vanessa can fly across the stage. As part of his theatrical vision, Saleh has created a narrative magic show about his birth in Ethiopia, his emigrating to the United States, his marriage to Graciela and the birth of their five daughters. It begins with a card trick in which Saleh characterizes himself and his brothers as four African kings. It ends with flags waving and an older daughter dressed as the Statue of Liberty, while “We Are The World” plays on loudspeakers. Saleh says they performed it at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for O.J. Simpson. “It’s Las Vegas!” he says. “Ta-da!” Saleh’s offstage persona is no less dramatic, full of the promotional flair that is the hallmark of magical theater. He dresses in custom-tailored suits with silk ties. He refers to himself in advertisements as “Jacksonville’s own International Man of Mystery.” His bright yellow Hummer H2 features a color photograph of Saleh and Graciela on the back, and bold lettering advertising a list of drugs on which he helps people overcome their dependence (but which sort of reads like an addict’s wish list): Oxycontin, Lortab, Methadone, heroin, cocaine. For all his outsized presence, however, Saleh was remarkably elusive when initially contacted by a reporter. His San Marco Boulevard psychiatric office was locked on multiple occasions. The portion slated to be transformed into Le Figaro Du Seville was also closed, with only a life-sized cutout of Dr. Saleh leaning against one wall, surrounded

Saleh’s magic theater, built adjacent to his 8,775-square-foot home, is the staging ground for a show he wrote about the story of his birth, starring all of his family members. According to Saleh, they performed the act for O.J. Simpson at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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Saleh’s neighbors complain of his antisocial nature, and he doesn’t deny that relations have been tense. At one point, he says, he threatened to get an AK-47 and shoot his neighbor in the ass.

In addition to the magic theater, there’s a life-sized rearing black stallion, and a hollow wooden door painted with a human outline for knife-throwing practice. Saleh says he plans to incorporate knife-throwing into his magic act by popping balloons, but most of the knives thus far have landed on the outline’s chest area, where a large hole has blistered through the surface.


aleh arrives about an hour late for his interview, wearing a blousy linen shirt and slacks. A loose thread dangles from one of the side seams and he shuffles his feet when he walks. His cell phone is attached to his slacks by a black coiled cord. Saleh speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Ethiopian fluently, but his Eritrean accent is thick and at times difficult to understand. As he settled into the blue sofa leather,

he says, without a trace of modesty. But there are some in professional circles who wonder if he isn’t spread too thin. In 2010, he settled a malpractice lawsuit that raised some concerns about how well he’s able to juggle his many responsibilities. Over a five-year period, Saleh delegated considerable authority to his former nurse practitioner, Dan Malcolm. In 2008, Malcolm treated residential patients at Ten Broeck (now River Point) for Saleh, as well as clients at Community Rehabilitation Center and at Saleh’s psychiatric office. When Yvonne Johnston was admitted to Ten Broeck on Jan. 19, 2008, she was admittedly suicidal, according to court documents from a subsequent malpractice lawsuit. Saleh examined her on Jan. 20 and 21, according to his responses to a series of interrogatories from Johnston’s attorney, and noted that her husband was upset that she had been hospitalized. The following day, Malcolm signed papers to discharge her. Two

Saleh ultimately wants to build an addiction treatment program in Jacksonville for celebrities and high rollers from Las Vegas. Saleh told the nanny to fetch his three youngest daughters. They arrive, each dressed in pastel, Chinese-style slacks and tunics, hair braided into a single plait in the back. As they scramble onto the sofa, Saleh says something to them in Chinese to which the girls reply, “Ni hao,” an informal greeting. Saleh says he is studying Chinese with his daughters so they will all be prepared for China’s dominant role in the future U.S. economy. (Pointing to a photograph of Chinese soldiers marching in lockstep, he marvels, “It’s so perfect. Th at would never happen in the United States.”) Saleh promotes himself as super doctor with growing practices, and something of an overachiever — “I’m a Renaissance man,”

days later, the Mayo Clinic RN killed herself. Both Malcolm and Saleh were named as defendants in the malpractice lawsuit. (A separate state Department of Health investigation found no probable cause for a malpractice claim.) Lawyers for the plaintiff homed in on the fact that Malcolm had been placed on a threeyear probation by the Florida Board of Nursing on May 9, 2007, while he was an employee of Dr. Saleh’s, and was still on probation when he signed Johnston’s discharge papers. According to the state Department of Health, Malcolm was on probation for fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs. He was subsequently suspended for failing to comply with the requirements of a nursing board-mandated drug intervention program. MAY 10-16, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 15

“Smile You’re on Camera.” (His license was later reinstated with conditions.) Saleh has spray-painted a serial message on When lawyers asked Saleh about Malcolm’s his driveway to anyone who begins the drive probation, he declined to answer their down it. “Do Not. Cross. The White Line.” interrogatories, saying that was “privileged After the message, he’s sprayed a white line. confidential information afforded to Saleh says he’s merely protecting his daughters, substance abuse records.” Saleh also cited but the neighbors take the security as an insult “psychotherapist-patient privilege.” — and a sign that something is amiss. This last claim of a doctor/patient When it comes to neighborhood relations, relationship appears to suggest that Malcolm in fact, something is wrong. One neighbor, wasn’t just Saleh’s employee, but his patient as who complained well. Saleh says that work crews no — that he was damaged adjacent merely extending properties when confidentiality to constructing Saleh’s someone whose magic theater, medical progress hammered stakes he was privy to. into the ground (Reached by phone to prevent further at his current damage. Saleh told nursing job, the crew to drive Malcolm declined over them, noting to discuss his the property in probation or the question was a circumstances that city right-of-way. lead to it. “I’ve tried When the neighbor to move on with came into his yard my life,” he said.) to discuss it, Saleh There’s no says he told him evidence drug he was going to go abuse played a get his role in Malcolm’s Knife-throwing is part of Dr. Saleh’s burgeoning magic act, but it also made an appearance in a 2010 police report, in which AK-47 and shoot decision to his wife complained he practiced knife-throwing after the two the man in the ass. discharge Yvonne argued, as a form of intimidation. Other neighbors Johnston. Today, tick off a list of Saleh blames the complaints. One says Saleh’s wife drives down hospital (under new ownership since then) the road at speeds of 50 mph or more. Another for not getting his required signoff before says the family ignores all invitations to block discharging a patient. That’s not what Saleh’s parties. A third complains he hears Saleh lawyer argued in response to the lawsuit, throwing knives in his driveway at 4 a.m. All however. In court documents, Saleh said he believe that something is going on behind the agreed with the discharge because Johnston Salehs’ gate. didn’t exhibit signs she was suicidal, was “If you find the right person, I’m sure doing well on her medication and had excellent family support. you’ll get an earful,” promised one woman The legal settlement is not a matter of who declined to open the door. public record, though some in the legal In response to his neighbors’ criticisms, community believe Saleh’s portion was Saleh retorts that not one of them has ever about $1 million. Saleh himself declined said hello. He says one neighbor told him her to comment about it, other than to say the dog doesn’t like colored people. “They don’t hospital was ultimately to blame. Although he know anything about me, so they make up was responsible for Malcolm, he says, the staff rumors,” he says. “I’m a gangster. I’m Mafia. didn’t follow his orders or hospital bylaws that I’m a drug dealer.” state a patient should not be released without Saleh has no plans to abandon his private written orders of the attending physician. oasis, however. In fact, he says, he plans to be “If my lawyer had pushed hard, I would cremated and buried in the yard — and, quite have been exonerated,” says Saleh, adding that possibly, haunt his neighbors forever after. “Maybe I will have someone walk up and he should have gone to Johnston’s lawyer and down the street, throwing my ashes up and asked to testify on behalf of the plaintiff. He down the road.” would, he contends, have been “a star witness.” Such irreverence is as much a part of Saleh’s DNA as his apparent contradictions: A psychiatrist who champions superficial beauty, a detox doctor whose passion is illusion, an elusive aleh lives on a street shaded by live figure who is also a shameless self-promoter. oaks and draped in Spanish moss, near And while Saleh was initially hard to contact, he where Pottsburg Creek, the Arlington proved remarkably open in conversation, willing River and the St. Johns River converge. to discuss almost anything. Neighbors say it’s a quiet place where folks He admits to being something of an watch out for each other. But Saleh’s property oddball. “I’m not a traditional psychiatrist,” doesn’t fit that mold; it’s instead an eyesore he says. “I’m eccentric, yeah. I’m vain and I of aggressive privacy. He’s built a seven-foot have no problem saying it.” white plastic privacy fence across his front But Saleh’s faith in his own ability is yard and part way down the drive, and the unshakable. Calling himself an “idealistic oak trees outside the fence are posted visionary,” Saleh adds, “I’m the high priest with signs: of medicine.”  “Keep Out” “Private Property” Susan Cooper Eastman “Beware of Dog”


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Sportstalk Dreaminess sells jerseys to fat men and cute girlfriends, and Blaine Gabbert is nothing if not dreamy.

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wo words: Franchise Quarterback. All the great teams have them: Manning. Brady. Rivers. Ryan. Brees. Garrard. Yeah, scratch that last one. He never got to that level in Jacksonville, and last month’s NFL draft confirms he never will. General Manager Gene Smith and the rest of the Jags’ brain trust were not exactly subtle about it. Not when they traded away the second round to move up six spots and get the quarterback from Missouri. Not everyone is sold on Blaine Gabbert. The talk radio hordes lament that he threw for only 16 TDs last year; one for every 30 passes. Never mind that his team started the season with seven straight wins, capped off by a Homecoming victory against then-top-ranked Oklahoma. Never mind that his team never scored less than 14 points in a game — and that was a win, a shutout. People would rather criticize than admit the Jags chose the best prospect that remained on the board. Folks have been concerned about finding the next Matt Ryan, but they might be better off focusing on the virtues of the first Blaine Gabbert. He got a 42 on the Wonderlic. He’s good at making reads, and will provide a much-needed break from the checkdown offense so often run here. Virtually all of the local sports media agreed, leading up to this pick, that the Jags would pick a defensive end, Kerrigan from Purdue. There were solid reasons for this, such as the fact that the national draft experts had Kerrigan going to Jacksonville. It was a done deal! Mock draft after mock draft agreed on the Jags’ 16th pick. But it wasn’t to be. Kerrigan will be a solid player, but — as I argued before the draft — quarterback had to be addressed. As I noted previously, Garrard was “unpopular and linked to mediocrity in popular perception.” We can pretend that marketing decisions don’t come into play during the NFL draft, but Weaver needed someone to drive jersey sales. Even today, with Matt Jones retired from football, I still see his old replica jersey around town. Now, there are differences between Jones and Gabbert. Jones had his run-ins with the law for substance issues, and didn’t really stretch the field as a wideout. Gabbert? His criminal

record is clean, and his personal life is nothing Sportscenter worthy. That said, like Jones, he’s telegenic. 6’4”, and with a chiseled jaw. Blaine is dreamy. And dreaminess sells those jerseys, to fat men and little kids and cute girlfriends, who like them in pink. The position of NFL quarterback in itself is a fantasy. And David Garrard? He was no one’s idea of a dream quarterback, as his third-rate endorsement deals indicated. Florida Telco Credit Union, The Florida Forum and the like are respected institutions, but it’s telling that Garrard never had a national endorsement deal in his whole career. Even though he backdoored his way into the Pro Bowl a couple of years back, the perception was that he was a run-of-the-mill guy. Run-of-the-mill isn’t enough in 2011 — not when we see increasing evidence of a gap between the large-market teams and squads like the Jaguars, who struggle to fill seats and find corporate sponsors. The Jaguars needed a knight in shining armor, a white dude on a white steed. And Blaine Gabbert looks the part. One veteran Jaguars offensive lineman told me he thought Gabbert was “a very good pick” who would have “time to grow his first few seasons,” but that he “wouldn’t think” Gabbert could challenge Garrard immediately. “Unless he shows something special, he will have to sit and learn,” the veteran said. “Don’t ruin his career before it starts, you know?” While I see the lineman’s logic, the aggressiveness of the move lets us know Gabbert’s future is now. Of course, we remember the last time the Jags traded up in the draft. Derrick Harvey. That didn’t work out so well. Could very well be we’ll have the same feeling about Gabbert in a few years. But it’s a lot easier to get your defensive end or safety in free agency than it is to find a franchise quarterback. Because if a dude can play, and he’s not a headcase, a team will do what it takes to lock him down. The Jags might have that guy now; we can agree that two weeks ago, whatever the Jags had in Garrard, it wasn’t taking them beyond the second round of the playoffs.  AG Gancarski MAY 10-16, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 17

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n a week filled with crappy season finales, there is one TV show I hate — yet “hate” to see go. Yes, this week brings the final episode EVER of “Smallville” (CW, Friday, May 13, 8 p.m.). As a young TV columnist, I grew up with this hilariously operatic teen drama featuring postpubescent hunky hunkster Clark Kent (played by the muscley-hot if not particularly talented Tom Welling). I’ve written at least umpteen columns about “Smallville,” all of which devolved into lengthy, practically unreadable essays involving Welling repeatedly whipping off his shirt, accompanied by intense descriptions of the height, circumference and hue of his nipples. Well, those days are nearly kaput, my friends — and not because my earlier columns landed me on several pedophile watch lists. Just as Superboy has grown into a SuperMAN,

Where once these pecs were a model of structural perfection, they are now discolored and drooping in unceremonious defeat. ARE WE TO BELIEVE THESE ARE THE NIPPLES OF A SUPERMAN?? I, too, have matured. No longer do I drool like a hormonal tween at a Justin Bieber concert — because frankly? Tom Welling is like 34 years old now (!!) and his nips look like it. The show lost my interest a few seasons ago — thanks to deteriorating story lines and the departure of Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) and maniacally hot Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang). In fact, I wasn’t even upset when Welling stopped taking his shirt off, because, as mentioned earlier, his chest is a national embarrassment. Where once these pecs were a model of structural perfection, they are now discolored and drooping in unceremonious defeat. ARE WE TO BELIEVE THESE ARE THE NIPPLES OF A SUPERMAN?? “Hey, hey, Humpy! Easy on Tom Welling’s nipples, already!” I hear you cry. “You’re no spring chicken. I seriously doubt your nipples are much better!” OH, YOU WANT TO SEE MY NIPPLES, DO YOU? Well, here! WHOOSH! (That’s the sound of me yanking my shirt up, btw.) Observe the chest of a god!! As you can plainly see, MY nippolinis are the stuff ancient sculptors would spend their lives trying to recreate. My areolas? A hot 25 mm in diameter. The color? A perfect blend of eumelanin (brown pigment) and pheomelanin (red pigment) or in layperson’s terms, the color of a glorious sunrise. And my nipples? Look up “perky” in the dictionary, and you’ll see their picture! They rise (majestically, I might add) to a whopping 14mm — long enough to hang your average hat on or serve in a ring-toss competition. They often cause those who are five-foot-four to receive ocular damage. Why, yes — they DO have the

ability to cut glass. And if I fall forward, it’s unnecessary for me to put my hands out to catch myself — THAT’S how perky my nipples are! That being said, I will absolutely watch the final episode of “Smallville.” I’m interested in the return of Rosenbaum as Luthor, Lois and Clark’s wedding (which will be ruined, I assume), and, of course, what we’ve all been waiting for: Clark finally donning his Superman suit. (For which I’ve graciously volunteered my services as Welling’s “nipple double.” NO NEED FOR THANKS. Just wear eye protection.)

TUESDAY, MAY 10 8:00 FOX GLEE It’s prom time, and the kids wonder who will be king and queen (or drag queen and king). 10:00 MTV WORST. PROM. EVER. — Movie (2011) Three kids seek revenge on the prom dates who dumped them in this made-for-MTV movie.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 8:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL Only four more contestants! Our national nightmare is almost at an end! 9:00 ABC MODERN FAMILY Phil and Claire change their “good cop/bad cop” roles to “not unfriendly cop and Bad Lieutenant.”

THURSDAY, MAY 12 8:00 NBC COMMUNITY Season finale! A paintball war inspires the study group to put less important things aside. (Seriously, do these guys ever study?) 9:00 NBC THE OFFICE They’re the four words no one EVER wants to hear: “Dwight … Schrute … acting … manager.”

FRIDAY, MAY 13 8:00 CW SMALLVILLE Series finale! Lex Luthor drops by to “congratulate” Clark on his wedding, and challenge him to a “nipple-off.” 10:00 DSC SWAMP BROTHERS Debut! In this reality show, hillbilly swamp brothers wrassle gators, snakes and (sooooooweeeee!) each other.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Hosted by Ed “The Office” Helms and musical grandmaster Paul Simon.

SUNDAY, MAY 15 8:00 CBS SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND Season finale! The final eight compete to see if anyone in America still gives a crap. (Spoiler alert: WE DON’T.) 10:00 AMC THE KILLING Sarah and Holder gather new evidence while screwing over the FBI (#win/win).

MONDAY, MAY 16 8:00 NBC CHUCK Season finale! Chuck and Sarah’s wedding is endangered by an evil mastermind, and the fact that they shouldn’t be getting married. 9:00 CW GOSSIP GIRL Season finale! Guest starring “Gossip Girl” author Cecily von Ziegesar — in case you think you couldn’t care less.  Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

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Reasons to leave the house this week Springtime is here and that dulcet thwacking of club meeting ball (mixed with “teed off” curses) can mean only one thing: The 2011 Players Championship. Phil Mickelson and all the dudes are on hand daily, from a practice round on Tuesday, May 10 through the final competitive round on Sunday, May 15. Tickets range from $20-$135 (kids accompanied by adults are free). For a full schedule, check out


After selling a few gazillion records, taking home 25-plus awards, and being one of the top-grossing touring acts in country music, megastar Chesney shows no signs of hanging up his signature cowboy hat. The 43-year-old pride of Johnson City, Tenn., just re-upped his global dominance with a No. 1 hit, “Live a Little,” and let’s be honest — it doesn’t hurt that the ladies love a little Kenny. Chesney brings his “Goin’ Coastal” tour, with Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker, to town on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $24$78.50. 630-3900.


Southern Cali indie rockers Dawes dig deep into the musical history of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon of the ’70s, mining their sound from the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. The quartet has been known to jam out with like-minded members of vintage-loving bands like The Black Crowes and Wilco, even appearing with The Band’s Robbie Robertson on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” They perform with Matt Butcher on Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door. 460-9311.

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Northeast Florida music lovers have a chance to hear two American singer-songwriter legends in one night when Kris Kristofferson and John Prine perform Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Both of these Baby Boomer troubadours have lived lives as storied as their songs. Known for penning such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Kristofferson was a Rhodes Scholar and cohort of fellow honky tonk outlaws Townes Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings. Prine has helped reinvent the American songbook by composing classics like “Angel from Montgomery” and “Paradise,” while being praised by fellow tunesmiths like Johnny Cash and even Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. Tickets range from $41-$71. 355-2787.


Football fanatics get their spring pigskin fix when the Jacksonville Sharks take on the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. At five wins and one loss (we wuz robbed!), The Sharks are currently ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division and intend to take a bite out of the Barnstormers’ (2-4) collective behind. Tickets range from $15$128. 630-3900.


Though he’s best known as the stern and highly flatulent dad in Ice Cube’s “Friday” film series, comedian and Detroit native Witherspoon has enjoyed a decades-long career including starring roles on TV and in feature films, while honing his stand-up chops with pals Robin Williams and David Letterman. He appears at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at The Comedy Zone, located inside the Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. MAY 10-16, 2011 | folio weekly | 21

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return in a prequel while “Thor” and “Captain America” are poised to make their big-screen debuts. Beating all the Marvel superheroes to the punch, however, is another little-known comic book hero named Dylan Dog, a privateeye who specializes in the stuff of nightmares, played by none other than Brandon Routh, the actor who resurrected the Man of Steel five 2011 years ago in “Superman Returns.” Originally created in the mid-80’s in Italy by Tiziano Sclavi, Dylan Dog is reportedly the biggest-selling comic book in that country today. And get a load of this high praise: Umberto Eco, the noted Italian author of “The Name of the Rose” and “Foucalt’s Pendulum,” was quoted as saying, “I can read the Bible, Homer or Dylan Dog for several days without being bored.” On this side of the Atlantic, several collections of Dylan Dog’s adventures were reprinted by Dark Horse Comics in the late 1990s. Finally the inevitable movie was undertaken by Platinum Studios, an independent company whose 2006 graphic novel, “Cowboys and Aliens,” was picked up by DreamWorks Studios and will be released in a few weeks with Harrison Ford and Daniel © 2011 Craig in the starring roles. Though it is the first such film out of the starting gate this summer, “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” unfortunately lives up to its title. Despite the impressive pedigree, the movie is both a dud and a howler. Co-written by the two writers who thoroughly botched Ray Bradbury’s classic tale, “A Sound of Thunder,” in 2005, the new movie is lifelessly directed by Kevin Munroe whose previous effort was the 2007 animated version of “TMNT.” With these guys behind the camera, Brandon Routh and company don’t have much of a chance. The setting of the original comic book is moved from Europe to New Orleans, the idea being that the Big Easy is the natural hangout for vampires, werewolves and zombies. Given the film’s obvious budgetary restrictions, the switch makes sense, but like so much other potential the film might have once had, New Orleans ends up being sadly under-utilized.



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Dylan Dog (Routh) is a retired P.I. whose clients once upon a time included the undead. His business card reads “No Pulse, No Problem!” Alone among normal humans, Dylan keeps company with the living dead and their ilk, preserving the peace among the various species while keeping them away from ordinary mortals. Called back into the business by a distraught young woman whose father was killed by a werewolf, Dylan enlists the aid of zombie sidekick Marcus (Sam Huntington). Their goal: trying to prevent Armageddon by finding an obscure artifact coveted by Vargas (Taye Diggs), the local vampire lord. Mixed in the brew are a hulking giant zombie, a werewolf clan headed by Peter Stormare, and a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

“Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” unfortunately lives up to its title. Despite the impressive pedigree, movie is a howler. ripoff who is out to destroy them all. “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” is clearly influenced by numerous and better precedents (“Buffy,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland”). Unlike them, “Dylan Dog” strains for laughs. Most of those come from Huntington (Jimmy Olsen, curiously enough, in “Superman Returns”) in his role as Dylan’s unwitting, unhappy and undead partner. The horror elements are also weak, basically retreads of everything we’ve seen before. In his first major role since “Superman Returns,” Brandon Routh certainly looks great. He even wears blue and red, the signature colors of Dylan Dog in the comic books. Despite his efforts, however, the new film remains grounded by a nearly incomprehensible plot and pedestrian direction. Floundering along from one episode to another, Routh is required more to re-act than act, the better lines going to his various co-stars, particularly Huntington and Diggs. Under the guidance of Bryan Singer in “Superman Returns,” Routh was totally believable both as the bumbling Clark Kent as well as his mighty alter ego. In “Dylan Dog,” he only seems woefully miscast, muzzled by a silly story and collared by one howlingly bad film.  Pat McLeod

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knew it! I knew Kenneth Branagh was a geek. Oh, sure, he got famous for all that snooty Shakespeare stuff, but deep down, he’s mad for comic books and superheroes and all that pulpfiction stuff. He’s a dork. This is totally clear from “Thor,” the latest installment in Marvel’s attempt to dominate the summer with every kind of masked, caped or just plain supernaturally talented goodie-two-shoes. Branagh walks a fine line here between appeasing the strict fanboy contingent that doesn’t want to see its stuff messed with, and doing something fresh, which is a heroic a feat indeed. It’s a measure of how much I respect Branagh’s previous work, in which he made Shakespeare modern and relevant, that I hoped — anticipated, even — that he’d bring some of the Bard’s timeless mojo to comic books. And Branagh succeeds with “Thor,” masterfully melding of classic storytelling and highfalutin’ language with a pulp-fiction tale of murderous betrayal, love-hate brother relationships, and awesome babes who totally dig guys that express their deep emotional anguish and secret neediness through violence. And the results are pure heaven, or in this case Asgard, the mythical, celestial home where these Norse gods like to chill. I didn’t fall in love with Asgard, or with Thor — though Aussie up-and-comer Chris Hemsworth is supernaturally delicious as the god of thunder. My affections for “Thor” stem from the fact that the movie isn’t much more than a whole lotta uncomplicated fun that doesn’t insult your geek brain yet still engages in quite a few moments that look nothing like what you’ve seen in previous superhero flicks. Case in point: the way Branagh and his FX team tickle your visual cortex with the novel depiction of Asgard, a place where gravity just works differently since it’s a flat plane floating in the infinite void. Did I mention the wormholes? Hardly a new concept in science fiction, but there’s something grand and, well, heavenly about them here, a sort of suggestion that advanced technology is indistinguishable from divinity. Science? Religion? No need to

reconcile them here — they’re one and the same. And these gods kick ass and not always in a nice way. Odin (Anthony Hopkins, natch) has to boot out his son, Thor, for being a “vain, greedy, cruel boy” — I’ll also add arrogant, stupid, and totally hot — for launching an illadvised attack against one of the other universal realms. So Thor ends up on Earth, aka the realm of Midgard. The blonde hammering hunk is made mortal in the process, where hopefully he’ll get some lessons in humility and the like. But Thor mostly ends up getting tased by nervous ladies who think he’s weird and having other amusing you’re-not-a-god-anymore stuff perpetrated upon him. Much of which involves an unexpectedly gentle and human sense of humor on the film’s part. I’m not sure which of the five credited screenwriters (not counting those whose comic-book work this is based on) is responsible for this funny stuff. But I’m also pretty sure it’s because there are five — Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, J. Michael Straczynski, and Mark Protosevich — that too much of the film can feel calculated and selfconsciously constructed as a setup for future Marvel movies, rather than working as a standalone story in its own right. Maybe that means that Thor’s brother Loki (the movie-stealing Tom Hiddleston) will actually get to go to town in a sequel with some complicated, is-he-orisn’t-he-evil backstory? That plot undercurrent gets shoved aside in favor of some ass-kicking action, but “Thor” would have surely benefited from a Loki soliloquy while he skulks around the halls of Asgard, “Hamlet” style. It may just be par for the comic book course that the supposed villain is so much more intriguing than the actual hero that you wish the whole movie were actually about him. But still, a Jeremy Renner cameo! And Natalie Portman’s astrophysicist Jane (who studies wormholes when not falling in love with Thor) plus assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings) equals two lady characters talking about things other than their men! Like astrophysics and wormholes! Hoorah! Add in Clark Gregg wisecracking his way through a thankless role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (surely dropping by as an “Iron Man” reference) and “Thor” is a solid, blockbuster action flick that hammers the current big screen competition.  Mary Ann Johanson

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INSIDIOUS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star in this supernatural thriller that gives big chills up to the halfway point, when “Saw” filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Wannell submit to fear and fall back on tried-and-true (and tired) formulaic scares.

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“The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead … ” Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Godwin playfully relive the magic of Gordon Lightfoot’s 1976 feel-good hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” in the rom-com “Something Borrowed.”


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Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Angela Bassett star in this rom-com about a young corporate lawyer whose upper-class family questions her choice of a blue-collar fiancé. MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY **@@ 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. Loretta Devine, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss and Cassi Davis star in this latest ensemble-driven family comedy/drama from Tyler Perry. PROM **@@ 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. This teen comedy follows the stories of a group of kids (including costars Aimee Teegarden, Siu Yin Chang and Thomas McDowell) as they navigate their biggest night of the year, Prom Night. RAMMBOCK ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park A feel-good zombie movie? Sure. In German with English subtitles. RIO **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre

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St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This birdbrained animated flick coasts along on the star power of its cast (featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway), but its unoriginal story keeps it caged in clichéd family fare. SCREAM 4 **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Beach Blvd. Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson join forces for the fourth attempt in the popular slasher series featuring gore celebs Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox. SOMETHING BORROWED **@@ 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 rom-com, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Kate Hudson, is the story of a love triangle among good friends turned romantic rivals. SOUL SURFER **@@ 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. True-life story of surfer girl Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) and her fight for survival after a vicious shark attack off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

SOURCE CODE **@@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan star in an overwrought sci-fi flick about time travel and amnesia, programmed to be forgotten immediately after viewing. THOR ***@ 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 Reviewed in this issue. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS **@@ 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 adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon as a couple who find romance and danger in a traveling circus.

WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Thor 3D” is screened along with “Born To Be Wild 3D,” “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D” (featuring Kelly Slater), “Hubble 3D” and “Under The Sea 3D,” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX.

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY GREEN HORNET Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz star in director Michel Gondry’s film adaptation of a superhero story about a masked vigilante and trusty sidekick Kato.

OTHER FILMS THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE Memorial Presbyterian Church presents this film festival during May at its Fellowship Hall, 32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. “Why We Fight” is screened at 7:30 p.m. on May 14, “The Fog of War” is on May 21 and “Solider of Conscience” is on May 28. A discussion follows each film. 829-6451. BACK ALLEY FILM FEST Short films by Florida filmmakers are shown at 8 p.m. on May 14, on the concrete block walls in the alley behind Anchor Boutique, 201 St. George St., St. Augustine. Trey Edwards’ photography exhibit is also featured. 808-7078. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Movies at Main presents the Jack Nicholson-Shirley MacLaine ’83 dramedy (parts of which will make you sob) at 5:45 p.m. on May 12 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 630-2366.

SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT The deluxe edition of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 comedy (starring Eva Dahlbeck) about the romantic hilarities that ensue during a weekend at a country manor, features a restored print, the original theatrical trailer, and interviews and commentary with Bergman film scholars.

POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Blue Valentine,” “Just Go With It,” “Of Gods and Men,” “Limitless” and “Company Men” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101.

THE DILEMMA Ron Howard’s so-so return to comedy stars Vince Vaughn as Ronny, who catches the wife of his best friend (Kevin James) doing the deed with someone else. Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder costar in this predictable but fun flick.

5 POINTS THEATRE “Potiche” screens at 7:15 p.m. on May 10, 11 and 12 at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. “Atlas Shrugged” screens at 5:30 p.m. on May 10, 11 and 12. “The Deadbeats” screens at 9 p.m. on May 13. “Jane Eyre” opens on May 20. 359-0047.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Sergio Leone’s 1968 classic Western about revenge and prairie justice features an ensemble cast including Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards and the exquisite Claudia Cardinale. This deluxe edition of the cinematic classic features a restored print in widescreen viewing mode. 

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emember Korn? Staind? Linkin Park? While 2011 those ’90s nu-metal neophytes are still ©©2010 folioweekly flailing today, their white-boy cornrows and comic-book aesthetics don’t hold a candle to Deftones. Rather than surging in mainstream popularity and suffering the inevitable backlash, this Sacramento, CA, five-piece has quietly built a worldwide following for a thinking-man’s blend of alternative metal, hardcore, dream rock and electronica. Since releasing six albums full of what lead singer Chino Moreno calls “aggressive overtones and lush openness,” the aggro quintet has earned a Grammy award, along with two Platinum and two Gold certifications. They’ve also maintained the respect of fans and critics alike for 23 years — all while signed to various incarnations of Warner Brothers Records. Folio Weekly recently chatted with Deftones keyboardist/turntablist Frank Delgado about life on a major label, the importance of live shows and one particularly hot ass Jacksonville gig.


Folio Weekly: In a 2003 interview, Chino said, “We told motherf*ckers not to lump us in with nu-metal, because when those bands go down, we aren’t going to be with them.” What’s allowed Deftones to persevere? Frank Delgado: The camaraderie and friendship that we share. Being able to cope with situations like any dysfunctional family. And taking chances — no one in the band is worried about how we’re perceived.

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F.W.: The band has been on a major label since the beginning of its recording career. Has that

always been a comfortable existence? F.D.: Not always comfortable, but creative freedom has always been there. It’s a curse and a blessing — a blessing when you’re 17 and the label’s giving you money to travel outside of your city and build a fan base. But at the same time you sold your soul for however many years and however many records. It’s definitely a love-hate relationship. F.W.: Compared to Korn, Limp Bizkit, or Hed PE, you’ve earned a solid fan base that’s stuck with you through thick and thin. What’s the secret? F.D.: It’s about playing — first amongst yourselves, and then in front of people. That’s

“At The Milk Bar in Jacksonville, I remember the air conditioning coming down on us and one of our techs getting naked.” how you find your way, figure out your sound, and get better at your craft. With social networking, sure, you could probably never play a show in your life. But you have to really build a foundation. That’s what we did early on in our career, and that’s why the label came looking for us, because we were already selling places out. F.W.: Where did the band’s far-flung musical influences come from? F.D.: In the ’80s, things were really open. If you were a punk rock kid, you couldn’t hide from early hip-hop. It’s a very West Coast thing —

you weren’t really segregated, especially in early youth street culture, skateboarding, sh*t like that. Everything blended from different places and different influences. F.W.: Your debut album “Adrenaline” came out in 1995. It was certified gold in 1999 and platinum in 2008. Describe that unusual trajectory. F.D.: I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but there are a lot of young faces at shows lately, and I’d like to believe they’re delving back into the catalog. It definitely says something about our body of work. F.W.: The release date for “Diamond Eyes” was moved up after the album leaked online. What’s your take on the digital revolution? F.D.: It comes back to touring and playing live — that’s how most bands make a living. Today, your record is more like a calling card for your show, something that’s going to spark emotion in your fans and convince them to get off their couches and come together at a show. The record industry is going to have to change the way they do their thing. But change is good. F.W.: Any good memories from playing in Jacksonville? F.D.: We played a radio show somewhere in Florida that was one of the most disastrous shows ever. We woke up on the bus, started drinking in the morning, smashed like four guitars on stage, and tried to fight someone in the crowd. And then, at The Milk Bar in Jacksonville, I remember the air conditioning coming down on us and one of our techs getting naked. That was years ago, but we always have a good time in Florida.  Nick McGregor

Rogue Scholar: musical legend Kris Kristofferson appears along with John Prine at their upcoming Florida Theatre show.

American Beauty

A look at the long and uncompromising career of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson KRIS KRISTOFFERSON with JOHN PRINE Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville Tickets range from $41 to $71 355-2787


veryone knows his songs. Tunes like “Me And Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “Help Me Make It Through The Night” are timeless compositions, all No. 1 hits for other artists. Yet those masterpieces barely scratch the surface of Kris Kristofferson’s career. Born the son of an Army general on June 22, 1936 in West Texas, Kristofferson excelled at rugby, football and track while attending California’s Pomona College in the ’50s, eventually studying at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He served his own stint in the Army as a helicopter pilot, nearly taking a job as an English lit professor at West Point before moving to Nashville in 1965 to pursue songwriting full-time. In the ensuing years, Kristofferson swept the floors at Columbia Studios during Bob Dylan’s epochal “Blonde On Blonde” sessions, delivered songs to Johnny Cash by landing a helicopter in the Man In Black’s front yard, and dated Janis Joplin, Barbara Streisand and Joan Baez in quick succession. He’s even credited with growing the first beard in country music. At 35, Kristofferson took up acting, appearing in Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie,” and winning a Best Songwriting Grammy in ’72 for “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” Subsequent albums “Jesus Was A Capricorn” and “Full Moon” both hit the top of the country charts, before Kristofferson teamed up with infamous director Sam Peckinpah to steal scenes in “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid” and “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.” Before ’74 was over, he had also starred as a wayward rancher in Martin Scorsese’s first studio production, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” cementing his role as a bona fide American icon — part James Dean, part Bob Dylan, part Marlon Brando, all rolled into one intelligent, masculine package. Much of that allure undoubtedly stemmed from his starring role alongside Streisand in 1977’s “A Star Is Born,” which earned Kristofferson a coveted Golden Globe for Best Actor — possibly because of how close his harddrinking character cut to the real-life bone. “I had a half-gallon of Jose Cuervo in my trailer and they never let it empty,” he told the UK Guardian in 2008. “I don’t know how much I was

drinking, but it was a lot. Doctor said my liver was the size of a football … I had a new little daughter, so I just went cold turkey. It was probably harder on the people around me than on myself.” The late ’70s and early ’80s were also rough on Kristofferson’s country music career, particularly because of his left-wing political leanings. In 1979, he performed at the Havana Jam in Cuba; he was an early critic of the Reagan administration’s role in Nicaragua’s civil war; and he appeared in controversial 1987 documentaries “Amerika” and “What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy.” But old age hasn’t affected his liberal heart — his website ( even features the quote “God bless Obama. God bless America. And God bless the others outside our borders,” emblazoned at the top of every page. “Back when I was doing those things in the ’80s, a lot of people were mad about it because they didn’t agree with me,” Kristofferson told Aquarium Drunkard in 2009. “I’ve had audiences where 300 of ’em wanted their money back, and [luckily] it doesn’t happen that way anymore. Maybe it’s because more people have been exposed to the same news that I was, or maybe they’re just more tolerant of the old guy up there. They aren’t as rough on me as they used to be.” Kristofferson rocketed back to mainstream stardom in 1985 as one-quarter of The Highwaymen, the country supergroup that also included Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. A star turn in the 1996 Western mystery flick “Lone Star” also put Kristofferson back on the movie industry’s radar, with further projects like the “Blade” trilogy, “Payback” and “Planet of the Apes” only reinforcing his deep silverscreen résumé. A fresh record deal with New West led to bare-bones albums “This Old Road” in 2006 and “Closer To The Bone” in 2009, both of which charted well and garnered widespread critical acclaim. And Kristofferson keeps on selling out shows, with audiences young and old eager to have at least one live encounter with the man many consider the greatest songwriter still kicking. “Something [is] making a direct communication with the audience,” Kristofferson said in 2009. “I guess it must be down to the essence of the songs, because God knows there’s better guitar players and singers [out there]. But it seems to be working with my material — just me and the song.”  Nick McGregor

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Frog Baseball Team: Local rockers Memphibians knock one out of the park with their new release.

Intracoastal Slaughter Way

Memphibians kill the local competition with a watermark achievement in indie rock thuggery MEMPHIBIANS with RENEE IS A ZOMBIE, KEVIN LEE NEWBERRY Wednesday, May 11 at 10 p.m. Shantytown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville 798-8222

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learning the song while the tape is rolling. Like a visit by an angel, the song is over way too soon and leaves with the same heralding blast of Peavey amp feedback. “Lord of the Near and Close” is apparently a baleful ballad to angstinduced halitosis, the metallic breath of cheap beer, plant-based combustibles and antibiotics delivered in a pleasant, Sonic Youth-style chuga-lug. The band is the waddled foundling of Infintesmal Records founders-enablers Nicklaus Schoeppel and James Arthur Bayer III who are joined by Kathleen D’Elia, Stephen Ezell (of locals Dig Dog) and Bradley Metz. The core quintet is supported on “How to…” by Jordan Terrell and recordist Jeremiah Ezekiel Johnson. Other than that, the CD itself is void of any information, barring an innocuous picture of the band that could be taken at any of the local Buprenorphine-based reconditioning camps. One dude in the photo is sporting a Misfits-style “devil lock,” which could either be an occult signifier or just a matter of the wind changing direction. And just as The Beatles had Ringo, the Memphibians have “Sky Songs (pt. 2)” the wilted fifth track on an otherwise solid assortment that succumbs to the dreaded Pavement Paradigm, wherein bands lacking the hey-nanny-nannies to steal from The Fall will freely emulate Stephen Malkmus and da boyz micro beer fueled poetry. Yawnsville, kids. But anyone who hangs out in the strobe lights long enough will eventually benefit from a seizure or two and Memphibians are no exception. “Miniature Suns” sounds like a maniac recounting his encounter with some DMT-hawkin’ machine elves at a Cassat Avenue pawnshop. The band is also adept at a form of musical synesthesia, using economically strapped production methods to both temper and trick the ear. “Batteries” either has a guest horn player or benefits from someone playing a comb on wax paper, or as free jazz titan Albert Ayler once called it, “Bullwinkle Saxophone.” That same cut also features the drummer clicking a four count on his sticks at the end of the song. Warm up that Grammy Award! “Midwest Creation” and album closer “The Black Hills” are refreshingly creepy approaches to psychedelia, rendered by scab-covered derelicts mistaken for churlish hippies. Memphibians have recently been touring the U.S. so their upcoming gig at Shantytown Pub should find them in rare form: de-loused, turned on, tuned up and ready to afford both skinhead and deadhead alike the chance to dive into their inviting pool of noxious indie rock regurgitations.  Dan Brown


KELLIE PICKLER The “American Idolâ€?-discovery and popular country singer performs at 6 p.m. on May 10 at Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk Concert Hall, 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 356-1110. CATALEPSY, DECEPTION OF A GHOST, AMONGST THE FORBIDDEN, IN BETRAYAL, FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Orlando thrashheads Catalepsy hold a CD release party at 6 p.m. on May 10 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. SLEEPLESS IN PERIL, NEWBORN RANSOM, NIGHTSHADE, HESTER PRYNNE, WATERSHIP DOWN, COME WHAT MAY The area heavy-hitters take the stage at 6 p.m. on May 11 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 223-9850. LEE KELLY The rocker performs at 6 p.m. on May 11 at Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, 714 St. Johns Ave., Palatka. (386) 325-5454. CLOUD 9 The popular area rockers perform at 6:30 p.m. on May 11 at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. 270-0025. HEAVY CREAM, THE COUGS, CHICKEN & WHISKEY This night of indie rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on May 11 at CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Advance tickets are $5; $7 at the door. 460-9311. THE WHIGS, THOSE DARLINS’, SON OF A BAD MAN Athens, Ga., garage rockers The Whigs perform at 8 p.m. on May 11 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. RUCKUS The Alive After Five series presents this country act at 5 p.m. on May 12 at The Markets at St. Johns Town Center, 4850 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville. 998-7156. KENNY CHESNEY, BILLY CURRINGTON, UNCLE KRACKER Country megastar Chesney performs at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $24-$78.50. 630-3900. BURNSTITCH, REVENGEFUL HATE, TRANSPOSE, CRIMSON CITY ROMANCE, WARNER DRIVE This evening of local rock kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. SHAI HULUD, FOUNDATION, ENDWELL, LIONS LIONS,

VENIA, ALL TEETH, HARDSIDE The HC and thrash kick off at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Unit 6, 1890 Wambolt St., Jacksonville. Admission is $10. DAWES, MATT BUTCHER L.A.-based indie rockers Dawes perform at 8 p.m. on May 12 at CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door. 460-9311. PLAIN WHITE T’S, PARACHUTE, ANDY GRAMER Pop rockers Plain White T’s perform at 8 p.m. on May 12 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-2473. OTIS GIBBS, GRANT PEEPLES These indie Americana singers perform at 8 p.m. on May 12 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $13. 399-1740. HEAVY CREAM Nashville garage rockers Heavy Cream perform at 8 p.m. on May 12 at Shantytown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 798-8222. ZOOGMA, CHROMA The jam rock starts at 8 p.m. on May 12 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-7496. ONE NIGHT STAND These local rockers play at 8 p.m. on May 12 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. ERIC LINDELL Blues artist Lindell performs at 10 p.m. on May 12 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $12; $15 at the door. 247-6636. FOURTH ANNUAL PURPLE HATTER’S BALL with EMANCIPATOR, RUSSELL BATISTE BAND, DUBCONSCIOUS, GREENHOUSE LOUNGE, THE MALAH, PAPADOSIO This three-day fest of “420â€?-friendly jams is held May 13-15 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak. Advance tickets including camping fee are $45; $60 at the gate. (386) 364-1683. For a full list of bands and times, visit TROPICO STEEL DRUMS Music in the Courtyard presents this steel drum group at 7 p.m. on May 13 at 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-1026. JEFFERSON STARSHIP These classic rockers perform at 7 p.m. on May 13 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $40 and $55. 209-0367. FIVE BY SEVEN This local combo plays at 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at Cliff’s Bar

& Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. PSYCHOTICA, DAKHEAD, CRIMSON CITY ROMANCE, PRIDELESS The indie rock starts at 8 p.m. on May 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. DEE DEE LAUX This singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. on May 13 at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. LIFT These local rockers perform at 9 p.m. on May 13 at Your Place Bar & Grill, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. 221-9994. They also perform at 9 p.m. on May 14 at Caribbee Key, 100 First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Crimson City Romance performs at 10:30 a.m., Diane Durrett at 11:30 a.m. and Florida Conservatory of Music performs at 2 p.m. on May 14 at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. 554-6865. AUDZIO, A SOUND BELOW, NORTHE, HOLIDAZED, PRIDELESS, SIR REAL Local rockers take the stage at 7 p.m. on May 14 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. RELENTLESS, BURNHEART, PONDEROSA This night of local rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on May 14 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-2473. OSCAR MIKE CD RELEASE CONCERT with KISS THE VOID, SUPERSTAR RUNNER Local act Oscar Mike celebrate an album release at 8 p.m. on May 14 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JOHN PRINE These legendary singer-songwriters perform at 8 p.m. on May 14 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $41-$71. 355-2787. THE PAT MURPHY TRIO The blues rockers perform at 8:30 p.m. on May 14 at Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, 714 St. Johns Ave., Palatka. (386) 325-5454. GOLIATH FLORES This multi-instrumentalist performs at 1 p.m. on May 15 at Three Layers Cafe, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, TEN AFTER TWO, COME WHAT MAY, DECODER, SLEEPLESS IN PERIL, THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS Dallas, Texas-based rockers Memphis May Fire perform at 5 p.m. on May 15 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850.


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TERROR, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, TRAPPED UNDER ICE, CLOSE YOUR EYES, YOUR DEMISE L.A.-based punkers Terror perform at 8 p.m. on May 15 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $15. 398-7496. PICKERS AND PLAYERS Local musicians hit the stage at 8 p.m. on May 16 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Ste. 2, Jacksonville. 645-5162. BOB REYNOLDS, SCOTT GIDDENS, JUSTIN VARNES These singer-songwriters perform at 8 p.m. on May 17 at European Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $15.50. 399-1740. CROW’S FOOT, TALK SICK EARTH These crust punk and thrash bands play at 10:30 p.m. on May 17 at Shantytown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. Admission is $3. 798-8222.

JIMMY THACKERY June 3, Mojo Kitchen WITCHAVEN, BLOODCRAFT, HALLELUJAH, VOMIKAUST, REMAINS June 4, Lomax Lodge JUNIP June 13, Underbelly SOL DRIVEN TRAIN June 16, Mojo Kitchen KEITH URBAN June 17, Veterans Memorial Arena KYMYSTRY, ROSCO CAINE June 18, Freebird Live MILE TRAIN, ROCCO BLU June 18, Mojo Kitchen YELLOWCARD, RUNNER RUNNER June 25, Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk Concert Hall ZACH DEPUTY June 25, Freebird Live APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (Guns N Roses tribute) July 1, Freebird Live COREY SMITH July 2, Freebird Live PSYCHEDELIC FURS July 3, Freebird Live CHRIS THOMAS KING July 16, Mojo Kitchen WIZ KHALIFA July 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre FURTHUR featuring BOB WEIR & PHIL LESH July 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE, ALLSTAR WEEKEND July 31, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION, JERRY DOUGLASS Aug. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MATISYAHU Aug. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DELBERT McCLINTON Sept. 10, The Florida Theatre TAYLOR SWIFT Nov. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena

Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. The 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. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s, Hupp & Rob in Palace every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s every Sat. BSP Unplugged every Sun. Cason every Mon. All shows at 9:30 p.m. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SEABREEZE SPORTS BAR, 2707 Sadler Rd., 277-2300 Karaoke with Daddy’O every Wed. DJ Roc at 9 p.m. every Fri., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. SLIDER’S 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 Stevie Fingers on May 10. Richard Smith on May 12. Andy Haney on May 13 & 16. Gary Keniston on May 14. Gary Stewart on May 15. Kent Kirby on May 17. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.

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. DJ Dave Berg spins every Sat. DJ Alex Pagan spins every Sun. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, funk, soul & old-school every Thur. Live music every weekend. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every 1st & 4th Sat. Patrick Evan & Co-Alition every Industry Sun. 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 Albert Adkins spins house every Wed. DJs spin progressive & electro house every Thur. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins electro COCO MONTOYA May 18, Mojo Kitchen house & progressive breaks every Sat. NEON TREES, LIMOUSINES May 18, Freebird Live MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Road, THE LOVE LANGUAGE May 19, CafÊ Eleven 737-5299 THE DEFTONES, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN May 20, Plush Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. ARLINGTON, REGENCY DAVE MATTHEWS TRIBUTE BAND May 21, Freebird Live OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 CAGE THE ELEPHANT May 21, Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Concert Hall TERA NOVA, 8206 Philips Hwy., 733-8085 Karaoke every Thur. MINUS THE BEAR May 22, Freebird Live DJ Jose de la Soul spins salsa & freestyle every Latin Thur. DJs MEEHAN’S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076 OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW May 23, Mavericks Rock N’ hip hop every Fri. DJs Leland & Marc-E-Marc spin top 40 Produced PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORTspin ASK FOR ACTION Karaoke every Wed. Live music every Fri. Honky Tonk Concert Hall & house every Sat. DJ Leland McWilliams spins for South Beach MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 VAMPIRATES May 24, Shantytown Pub Friday every 2nd Fri. Reggae Fanatic is held every 3rd Fri. Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. ROBERT LESTER FOLSOM May 24, Dos Gatos TONY D’S NEW YORK PIZZA & RESTAURANT, 8358 Point AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH PLUSH, RAIN, LEOPARD LOUNGE, 845 University Blvd. N., CLUTCH, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER TOUR Meadows Dr., 322-7051 BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech St., 277-3662 John 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs May 26, Freebird Live Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. Springer every Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph spin Latin every Fri.; house & techno in Z-Bar every Fri. JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL with HERBIE HANCOCK, every Sun. TONINO’S TRATTORIA & MARTINI BAR, 7001 Merrill Rd., NATALIE COLE, GEORGE DUKE, MARCUS MILLER May 26-29, BEACHES DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Claiborne Ste. 45, 743-3848 Harry & Sally from 6:30-9 p.m. every Wed. Downtown Jacksonville (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) Shepherd on May 12. Great State on May 13. Candy Lee on Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every TAPROOT May 27, Brewster’s Pit Produced Fri. bySignature JW String Checked by Sat.Sales Rep rl promise of sUpportMay 14 Ask for Action THE ATLANTIC, 333 N. First St., 249-3338 Quartet every MUSHROOMHEAD, HEDbenefit PE May 27, Plush The Infader spins every Wed. DJ Wes Reed spins every Thur. DJ GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., SIDEREAL, CRAZY CARLS, TASTE BUDS May 27, Freebird Live Jade spins old wave & ’80s retro, SilverStar spins hip hop every 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. BONNIE PRINCE BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG May 27, Push AVONDALE, ORTEGA Fri. DJ Wes Reed spins ’80s, old school, remixes & mashups, GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Push Salon BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Capone spins top 40 & dance faves every Sat. Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend FACE TO FACE, STRUNG OUT May 30, Freebird Live Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley DANCELL June 3, Freebird Live Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. Kurt Lanham sings classical island music every Fri.-Sun. Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankie’s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every MUSIC CITY HIT-MAKERS, June 3, T-U Center’s Moran Theater


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Raise the roof! Local heavy-hitters Lift perform at 9 p.m. on May 13 at Your Place Bar & Grill, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. 221-9994. Lift also performs at 9 p.m. on May 14 at Caribbee Key, 100 First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940.

BILLY’S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Mr. Sunshine at 5:30 p.m. on May 11. The So & Sos at 5:30 p.m. on May 12. beau Knott & the Burners at 6 p.m. on May 13. 4Play at 5:30 p.m. on May 14. Kurt Lanham at noon, Dune Dogs at 4:30 p.m. on May 15 THE BRASSERIE, 1312 Beach Blvd., 249-5800 Live music every Wed. & Thur. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940 Lift at 9 p.m. on May 14. Live music every Thur.-Sun. CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 Cloud 9 on May 11. Johnston Duo on May 18 COPPER TOP, 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-4776

Blistur on May 12. Mike Shackelford on May 13. Rick Arcusa Trio on May 14. Reggae SWAT Team on May 15. Karaoke with Billy McMahan from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. THE COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Tropico Steel Drums at 7 p.m. on May 13. Live music every Fri. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Just Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. on May 10. Don’t Call Me Shirley at 8:30 p.m. on May 13. Johnston Duo on May 14. Indigo Blu on May 17. Live music every weekend DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 311 Third St. N., 853-5004 Milos on May 13. Yancy Clegg Band on May 14. Pili Pili on May 15. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Reggae every Sun. Karaoke every Mon. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337

Kurt Lanham on May 12. Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Stephen Carey at 5 p.m. on May 15 FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sun. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Plain White T’s, Parachute and Andy Gramer on May 12. Relentless, Burnheart and Ponderosa on May 14. Neon Trees, The Limousines and Eastern Conference Champions on May 18 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Live music at 9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley Band every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Video DJ & Karaoke 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 Bread & Butter on May 11. The Great State on May 13. Brown Bag on May 14. The Fritz on May 17. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE, 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 270-1030 DJ Dennis Hubbell spins & hosts Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. & Fri. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Eric Lindell on May 12. Coco Montoya on May 18 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke every Wed., Sat. & Sun. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060


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Latin Quartet on May 13. Mr. & Mrs. Smith on May 14 PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL, 333 N. First St., 208-5097 Live music at 9 p.m. every Thur. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Pat Rose on May 11. Yankee Slickers on May 12. Cloud 9 on May 13 & 14. Vinnie Keleman on May 15. Live music every Wed.-Sun. RITZ LOUNGE, 139 Third Ave. N., 246-2255 DJ Jenn Azana every Wed.-Sat. DJ Ibay every Sun. 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 Buck Smith on May 11. Skip Towne on May 12. Mr. Natural on May 13 & 14. Bread & Butter on May 15. Chad Mo on May 16. Live music every Wed.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


CAFE 331, 331 W. Forsyth St., 354-1999 Acoustic open mic 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Tue. Live music at 9 p.m. every Wed. & Fri. Factory Jax’s goth-industrial 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. Underground 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Mon. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, old school, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. A DJ spins classic R&B, hip hop & dance every Saturdaze. Live reggae & DJs spin island music every Sun. Joel Crutchfield for open mic every Mon. Live music every Tues. DE REAL TING CAFE, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 DJs Mix Master Prince, Pete, Stylish, Big Bodie play reggae, calypso, R&B, hip hop and top 40 every Fri. & Sat. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 DJ NickFresh spins every Tue. Indie Lounge. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thur. DJ Trim spins top 40, dance & rock every Fri. DJ Shanghai spins top 40, dance & rock every Sat. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Bay Street at 7 p.m. on May 13. George Aspinall Band from 2-6 p.m. and Big Engine at 7 p.m. on May 14 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat.

MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Massive spins top 40 & dance every Velvet Fri. DJ Shotgun spins top 40 & dance every BayStreet Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Kellie Pickler at 6 p.m. on May 10. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. 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 Lil John Lumpkin, Stefano DiBella & Lawrence Buckner every Wed. & Fri. UNIT 6, 1890 Wambolt St., Shai Hulud, Foundation, Endwell, Lions Lions, Venia, All Teeth, Hardside at 7 p.m. on May 12 ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Eric Carter and DJ Al Pete every Fri.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 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. ROCKIN RODZ, 2574 C.R. 220, 276-2000 Live music every Thur.-Sat. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Road, 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 Country Night with Diamond Back at 8 p.m. on May 12. Tiny Neal at 5 p.m., A1A at 9:30 p.m. on May 13. Alex Affronti at 5 p.m., A1A at 9:30 p.m. on May 14. Live music on the deck at 5 p.m. on May 15. DJ BG every Mon.


BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Catalepsy, Deception of a Ghost, Amongst The Forbidden, In Betrayal and For What It’s Worth on May 10. Sleepless In Peril, Newborn Ransom, Nightshade, Hester Prynne, Watership Down and Come What May on May 11. Burnstitch, Revengeful Hate, Transpose, Crimson City Romance, Warner Drive on May 12.

Audzio, A Sound Below, Northe, Holidazed, Prideless and Sir Real on May 14. Memphis May Fire, Ten After Two, Come What May, Decoder, Sleepless In Peril and That’s Outrageous on May 15 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Throwback Tue. ’70s, ’80s & top 40. Open mic with CBH 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. Brucci’s Live open mic with Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILLE, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 One Night Stand at 8 p.m. on May 12. Five By Seven at 8 p.m. on May 13 & 14. Pickers & Players at 8 p.m. on May 16. Karaoke every Tue. DJ Kevin for ladies nite every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 p.m. every Sun. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Mr. Natural on May 12. Lucky Stiff at 8:30 p.m. on May 13. Zero N at 8:30 p.m. on May 14. The Karaoke Dude at 8 p.m. every Mon. Live music outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., 221-9994 Lift at 9 p.m. on May 13. Chuck Nash every Tue. Simply Righteous every Wed.


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


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry and John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Sat. BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE, 3057 Julington Creek Rd., 2602722 Live music on the deck every Sun. afternoon CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Jazz on the Deck 7-10 p.m. with Sleepy’s Connection every Tue. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Reggae Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. on the last Wed. each month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. THE TREE STEAKHOUSE, 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 The Boril Ivanov Biva Jazz Band from 7-9 p.m. every Thur. David Gum at the piano bar from 7-10 p.m. every Fri.


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. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 The Whey on May 12. Sweet Low Down on May 13. Mighty Mad Vans on May 15. Buck Smith Project every Mon. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. SENOR WINGS, 700 Blanding Blvd., 375-0746 DJ Andy spins for Karaoke every Wed. DJ Tammy spins for Karaoke every Fri. Live music every ever Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Lee Kelly at 6 p.m. on May 11. Karaoke at 8 p.m. on May 12. Garage Band open mic & jam on May 13. Pat Murphy Trio at 8:30 p.m. on May 14. Jim Perry Blues Jam at 4 p.m. on May 15


AQUA GRILL, 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017 Moirai Vibe Reggae on May 22 NINETEEN AT SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Jazz Thur. Strings of Fire from 6-9 p.m. ever every Sat. PUSSER’S C CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Braxton at 8 p.m. on May 13. Caribbean Legends at 8 p.m. on May 14. Pili Pili at 4 p.m. on May 15 URBAN FLA FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on May 12. Evans Bros. at 7:30 p.m. on May 13. Darren Corlew Band on May 14. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.


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& the Falling Bones at 7 p.m. on May 14. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on May 15 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Soulo from 3-7 p.m. on May 15. Brad Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. CREEKSIDE DINERY, 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 Live music on deck Wed.-Sun. 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. THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655 Live music every Fri. & Sat. HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Stu Weaver every Mon. HURRICANE PATTY’S, 69 Lewis Blvd., 827-1822 Those Guys every Tue. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Wed. Billy Buchanan every Thur. Dewey Via every Sun. Alt-country troubadour Grant Peeples (pictured) performs with fellow Americana JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 singer-songwriter Otis Gibbs at 8 p.m. on May 12 at European Street Café, 1704 San A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Peeples’ latest release is the critically acclaimed “Okra and Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Ecclesiastes.” Advance tickets are $13. 399-1740. Peeples also plays at 9 p.m. on May Sat. Live music every Thur.13 and 14 at Mill Top Tavern, 19 1/2 St. George St., St. Augustine. 829-2329. Sat. JOHNNY’S, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., 829-8333 Montage features electro, dance & indie every Mon. Waylay plays every Thur. Live music & DJ Lavo spinning hip hop, KINGFISH GRILL, 252 Yacht Club Drive, 824-2111 rock, reggae, punk; Caden spins house, techno, breaks, drum & Chubby McG at 6 p.m. on May 11 & 18. Dewey & Rita at 6 p.m. bass at 9 p.m. every Flashback Fri. on May 12. Ivey Bros. at 7 p.m. on May 13. Jimi Graves & Ken HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Mussleh at 7 p.m. on May 14. Heartstrings at 4 p.m. on May 15 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. Dave Massey every Tue. Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk LOCAL HEROES CAFE, 11 Spanish St., 825-0060 every Sun. Glam punk rock dance party Radio Hot Elf with DJ Dylan Nirvana THE LOFT, 925 King St., 476-7283 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Fri. DJs Wes Reed & Josh K every Thur. MARDI GRAS, 123 San Marco Ave., 540-2824 LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian last Sun. every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 METRO, 2929 Plum St., 388-8719 Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Chadpole every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke with KJ Rob every Sun., MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Mon. & Tue. Chelsea Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Amy MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ, 4838 Highway Ave., Hendrickson every Sun. & Wed. 389-5551 MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George Bluegrass Nite every Fri. St., 829-2329 THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Grant Peeples at 9 p.m. on May 13 & 14. John Winters at 1 p.m. Man Apart, Nobody On Land, Favoretta, A Call for Kylie and on May 15. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Marginal Reality at 7:30 p.m. on May 13. MHT 13th annual Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 Citywide Prom at 8 p.m. on May 14 p.m. every Mon. WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Jax Arts Collaborative every Tue. Patrick & Burt every Wed. DJ Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. Jeremiah every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo RHETT’S PIANO BAR & BRASSERIE, 66 Hypolita Practice of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri. St., 825-0502 Live jazz at 7 p.m. every night ST. AUGUSTINE SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz every Fri. The Committee on May 12, 13 & 14 The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the Flashbacks every Sun. AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. DJ Echo hosts Karaoke every Mon. Amy Hendrickson every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Smokin Joe from 7-10 p.m. on May 10. Elizabeth & Ryan at Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. 6:30 p.m. on May 11. SMG at 8:30 p.m. on May 13. Alex & Jim every Sun. at 8:30 p.m. on May 14. Karaoke at 8 p.m. on May 15. Live ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 music every Fri. & Sat. Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic every Mon. with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on May 13 & 14. Jukebox nite on May 15. Open mic night with Christi Harris at 8:30 p.m. on ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, May 16 TINSELTOWN CAFE ALCAZAR, 25 Granada St., 825-9948 Live music daily AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 201, 928-0515 460-9311 Heavy Cream, The Cougs and Chicken & Whiskey W. Harvey Williams every Tue. DJ Royal every Wed. & Thur. DJ on May 11. Dawes and Matt Butcher on May 12 Benz every Fri. DJ T-Rav every Sat. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 826-1594 Live music every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology The Mix at 7 p.m. on May 13. Deron Baker at 2 p.m., Rick Levy

spins from 5-9 p.m. every Thur. ISLAND GIRL Wine & Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Jazz every Wed. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Charlie Walker on May 12. Nate Holley on May 13. Simply Righteous on May 14. Tim O’Shea on May 15. Open mic nite every Tue. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Latin Wave at 7 p.m. on May 10. C’Nergy at 9 p.m. on May 12; 7:30 p.m. on May 13. Kings County at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Alive After Five with Ruckus on May 12. Josh Thompson at 7 p.m. on May 18. Down Theory every Mon. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Peter Dearing Band every Wed. DJ Chad spins dance every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 Paten Locke spins classic boombox, hip hop & tru school every Thur. DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Reggae every Sun. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Grant Peeples and Otis Gibbs at 8 p.m. on May 12. Bob Reynolds, Scott Giddens and Justin Varnes at 8 p.m. on May 17. Jazz every 2nd 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. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 The Whigs, Those Darlins and Son of a Bad Man on May 11. Zoogma and Chroma on May 12. Psychotica, Dakhead, Crimson City Romance, Prideless on May 13. Oscar Mike CD release party with Kiss the Void and Superstar Runner on May 14. Terror, Stick To Your Guns, Trapped Under Ice, Close Your Eyes and Your Demise on May 15 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur.


BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. & every first Sun. Live music at 8 p.m. every Fri., at 6 p.m. every Sat. & at 5 p.m. every Sun. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 The Riverside Guitar Quartet at 8 p.m. on May 14 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat.


BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. Live music every weekend DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Cowford County Band from 3-7 p.m. on May 14. Billy Bowers at 3 p.m. on May 15 FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SHANTYTOWN PUB, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Heavy Cream at 8 p.m. on May 12. Crow’s Foot and Talk Sick Earth at 10:30 p.m. on May 17 SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 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 DeeDee Laux at 7 p.m. on May 13. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on May 15. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Tue. 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Road, 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be in this listing, send all the vitals (time, date, location with street address, city, admission price, contact number) to or

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1) Photographer and author Gary Monroe chronicles the works of outsider artists including 2) Purvis Young 3) Robert Roberg and 4) Milton Ellis.

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Gary Monroe celebrates the lives and works of The Sunshine State’s outsider artists GARY MONROE PRESENTS THE LECTURE AND BOOK-SIGNING FLORIDA’S VISIONARY ARTISTS Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. MOCA Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St. Admission is $8; $5 for seniors, military and students 366-6911

© underlying 2010 folioweekly here must be some human compulsion to root for the underdog. Hollywood has built an empire on the motif, of course, but everyone loves a good story where the outsider makes good despite adversity from the establishment. “Self-taught art” is the accepted term for what was once called “outsider art” — works created by individuals unschooled in the finer points of art history, perspective, and form. These same folks create art with a naïve disregard and even plain indifference to the “accepted” principles of fine art. Currently, MOCA is hosting the show “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of the Reverend Finster,” the late Georgia-based painter of sacred art and the quintessential outsider artist. As part of a series of lectures designed to help frame the exhibit, MOCA presents educator and photographer Gary Monroe on Thursday, May 19 to discuss his book “Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida’s Self-Taught Artists,” a study highlighting the visionary artists of The Sunshine State. “Many people nowadays call themselves outsider or self-taught artists, when they are not,” Monroe explained in an recent e-mail exchange with Folio Weekly. The Daytona Beach resident believes many self-professed “outsider” artist are too self-conscious, or simply following trends. Most true outsider


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artists create organically, almost compulsively, living on the fringes of society. “The recognition of this creative expression was first noted with mentally ill patients,” says Monroe. “Being mentally ill is not a prerequisite, of course. But it helps [with many being] charmingly eccentric.” Monroe is an accomplished documentary photographer who has delivered more than 300 lectures around the world about Florida’s self-taught art movement. The Miami Beachnative has penned numerous articles about the subject in publications including Smithsonian Magazine, and continues to publish books promoting Florida art. In 2009 he published

represents a range of Florida artists, all equally disinterested in any kind of artistic “movement.” Their art is simply an extension of their identity. Monroe’s lecture at MOCA will focus on artists living in towns from Key West to Pensacola to Gainesville. Monroe discovered most of the artists through an ardent investigation, relying heavily on wordof-mouth references, but also contacting regional cultural institutions when necessary. Some remain stubbornly hard to find, which Monroe acknowledges is part of the very nature of their inspiration. “A decade ago academics ruled against the ‘outsider’ referent,” says Monroe, adding that

“This creative expression was first noted with mentally ill patients,” says Monroe. “Being mentally ill is not a prerequisite, of course. But it helps.” “Florida’s American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region,” celebrating the work of establishment and non-establishment artists in this area. Monroe’s 2001 book, “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters,” featured a generation of African-American landscape painters highly regarded as outsider artists. The book helped generate a growing interest in all national folk art, showcasing what some refer to as the last great art movement of the 20th Century. In “Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida’s Self-taught Artists,” Monroe highlights 62 artists, each represented by a color reproduction of his or her work, a photo-portrait and a brief essay. The book

such establishment biases further “marginalized these already marginalized.” After spending decades studying these great unknowns, Monroe doesn’t think that most outside art can be judged by typical museum standards. “Most of the artists could care less about museum certification,” he says. “Working in a vacuum was essential to each of them and their [artistic] identity.” However unknown some may be, though, they aren’t immune to the forbidden fruits of celebrity and fame. “With acclaim comes conformity,” concedes Monroe. “And many have bit into the apple.”  Keith Marks

Estlund creates art made of gutted antiques juxtaposed with dead insects or fur, as in this piece, titled “Mother.”

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Jacksonville artist Mark Estlund looks below the surface to uncover beautiful new realities MARK ESTLUND EXHIBITS SEQUENCE VARIATIONS Nullspace Gallery, 109 E. Bay St., Jacksonville 716-4202 A closing reception is held on Wednesday, June 1 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit is on display through June 3


hile many artists are inspired to create by their natural surroundings, sculptor and installation artist Mark Estlund digs into the skeletal framework of momentary experience, attempting to rewire the clockwork of his reality. Gutted antiques keep company with pieces of fur and dead insects, juxtaposed materials pushed to the point of deliberate mutation. The 35-year-old Riverside resident creates these chimerical objects in his Springfield workshop-cum-laboratory in an effort to mirror what Estlund believes humans seem to naturally do: Manipulate the inevitability of both life and death. “When I was a young kid, I was very interested in the details of life and objects,” explains the Philly-born self-taught artist. “I felt strongly that there was something deep going on.” As a teen in Jacksonville, he doubted his nascent creative abilities. But after being grounded by his parents for almost an entire school year, he retreated to the family garage, where he began making “weird” objects. He bypassed the standard beginner projects of a clay ashtray or hammered belt buckle. “I tried to make a laser, and a ‘Predator’ helmet,” he says, referring to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi flick. “I had some weird idea about how to make a prism suit but couldn’t figure out how to make such a thing.” In his early 20s, Estlund hit the road with $800 and a mattress in the back of his truck, in search of “real life.” After several months of wandering, he wound up west of Boulder, living in the Colorado mountains, cooking over a fire, bathing in a stream and living in a tent. “I found real life,” he says. Upon returning to Jacksonville, the reenergized Estlund met artist Lee Harvey, who encouraged him to stay on the creative path. “Lee was the first person to recognize that what I was doing was contemporary art,” says Estlund. After surrendering to more wanderlust and a brief residency in San Francisco’s Bay Area, Estlund again returned to Riverside and

began to create. He likens the process to the way he once heard a mathematician describe his approach to a complex problem. “He said that when he is solving an equation, it is like the universe has opened up its doors to reveal all the secrets it has to offer.” The latest clandestine portals that Estlund has uncovered are on display as the installation “Sequence Variations” at Nullspace Gallery’s new location in downtown Jacksonville. The show is inspired by the realm of equations. “There is the DNA Sequence equation and then there are the variations.”

“The art scene [in Northeast Florida] is totally unobscured by who’s hot and who’s not.” Estlund describes his show as a blend of science and mythology. Sculptures like his latest piece “Der Erlkonig” marry fact with fantasy, as a staid-looking grandfather clock sprouts bullhorns, its doors filled with blue-tinted glass. While Estlund finds it hard to pinpoint the timeline in creating each piece, he admits this latest endeavor was no small feat, taking more than a year to complete. “I was tortured by it.” Estlund is hardly a tormented madman, toiling alone in frustration. Along with wife and fellow artist Shannon, Estlund also navigates the art of parenting in the house they share with their two daughters, ages 4 and 1. He has shown locally in venues ranging from onetime Riverside art-punk haunt The Pit to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Along with painter Harvey, he also gives props to local arts impresario Cabeth Cornelius, “who is a bad ass and pretends like she’s not.” Estlund finds solace in the area arts community, a “grassroots” scene that’s helped encourage his own signature style of assembling a new reality. “The art scene [in Northeast Florida] is totally unobscured by who’s hot and who’s not,” says Estlund, who also sees that same self-support creating a scene that’s “super tight.” Yet there’s always room for exposure, and Estlund has already solved one equation that would benefit all involved: “Fund the arts.”  Dan Brown

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DIVIDING THE ESTATE Players by the Sea present Horton Foote’s story of a dysfunctional Texas oil clan at 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for students, seniors and military. 249-0289. THE JASON BISHOP SHOW The evening of magic and illusion starts at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. Tickets range from $20-$30. 276-6750. CATSKILLS MEMORIES The Borscht-Belt-style comedy and Catskills-themed reminiscing are presented from 3-6 p.m. at Bartram Springs Clubhouse, 6191 Wakulla Springs Road, Jacksonville. Admission of $18 includes deli-style meal. 880-4014. BOOKSTORE ABET presents this musical comedy at 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $20. 247-5828. THE CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE STAKES Theatre Jacksonville presents Bruce Graham’s comedy about growing old, as seen through the eyes of a gambler at the race track, at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 and 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors, military and students on Thur. and Sun. 396-4425. THE GOOD DOCTOR Neil Simon’s comedic tribute to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is staged at 7:30 p.m. on May 12, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on May 15 at The Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. HARMONY: THE MUSIC OF LIFE Brigham Young University Ambassadors present an evening of song and dance at 7 p.m. on May 11 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $23.50 and $28.50. 355-2787. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Alhambra Theatre & Dining stages the raucous Western musical at 8 p.m. on May 10-15 and 17, at 1:15 p.m. on May 14 and 2 p.m. on May 15 at 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $45 and $49. 641-1212. SHREK THE MUSICAL The beloved green ogre hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. on May 10-12, at 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14, at 2 p.m. on May 14 and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on May 15 at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $43-$63. 632-3373. MAD COWFORD IMPROV This local comedy troupe performs at 8:15 p.m. on May 13 at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 860-5451.


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LECTURE BY CUMMER CURATOR The Cummer Museum of Art & Garden’s curator Holly Keris discusses the museum’s current collections of rare porcelains at 6:30 p.m. on May 17 at Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. 273-0495. AMATEUR NIGHT AUDITIONS The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum holds auditions at 5 p.m. on May 12, for its upcoming monthly Amateur Night, at 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. 632-5555. THE ANONYMOUS SOCIETY OF ARTISTS This burgeoning arts collective holds its inaugural BYOP (Bring Your Own Pencil) gathering and informal discussion at 5 p.m. on May 13 in the building just west of Anne O’Malley’s Pub, 23 Orange St., corner of Orange and Cordova, downtown St. Augustine. Admission is $5; $2 for participating artists. 635-0941. DASOTA SEEKS ACTORS FOR STUDENT FILM The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Cinematic Arts Department seeks two female actors for lead roles in an upcoming student film production. The characters are a 23-year-old “Joan Jett”-type rocker and a 19-year-old country girl. Musical skills a plus. 346-5620, ext. 154; 742-4908. CALL TO ARTISTS The Art Center seeks artists for its City Sounds Juried Show to coincide with this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Submissions are accepted from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 17, 18 and 19 at 31 W. Adams St. and from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on May 17 at 229 N. Hogan St. Cash awards given for first, second and third place. Entry fee is $20 for up to three entries; $25 for non-members. IMPROV COMEDY CLASSES AT LIMELIGHT Scott Abrams teaches all levels of improvisational comedy every Sat. from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (ages 16 and older) and from 1-3 p.m. (ages 12-15) through May 21 at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 495-3725.

RIGHT WHALE FEST SEEKS POSTER ART The third annual Right Whale Festival seeks artwork for its Nov. 19 event in Jax Beach. Submissions must be 11”x17” and include a rendering of a right whale mother and calf with correct physical characteristics and the RWF logo. Deadline is May 13. Email entries to jkoelsch@sea2shore. org. JAX ART UNLEASHED First Coast No More Homeless Pets accepts works in a variety of media for its June 23 Jax Art Unleashed fundraiser and juried art show. Deadline is May 30. Artwork may be dropped off or mailed to 6817 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville FL 32208. 520-7900. CORSE GALLERY WORKSHOPS Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at Corse Gallery & Atelier, 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 388-8205. WEST AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE A drumming class is held at 5:30 p.m., and an African dance class is held at 6:45 p.m. every Fri. at St. Johns Cultural Arts Center, 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. Each class is $10. 315-1862. 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.


AMELIA JAZZ FEST PREVIEW PERFORMANCE The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz All Stars, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, are joined by this year’s AIJF Jazz Scholarship winner, 18-year-old tenor saxophonist John Sheard, at 7 p.m. on May 12 at the Amelia Community Theater, 209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $25. 504-4772. ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA William McNeiland directs SACO in a concert, featuring works by Franz von Supp, Johann Strauss and Frederick Delius, at 8 p.m. on May 13 at the Lightner Museum, 75 King St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10. 824-2874. An encore performance is held at 3 p.m. on May 15 at Switzerland Community Church, 2179 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 287-2883. RIVERSIDE GUITAR QUARTET This combo performs an eclectic repertoire at 8 p.m. on May 14 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $11. 399-1740. SCHUMANN, RAVEL AND STRAUSS The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is joined by pianist Leon Fleisher in a concert featuring Ravel’s “Concerto for the Left Hand” at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 and 8 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at the Times-Union Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $26-$66. 354-5547. CHARLOTTE MABREY PERFORMANCE UNF professor and Jax Symphony percussionist Mabrey presents a performance and workshop at 11 a.m. on May 14 at Ronan School of Music, 1763 Geraldine Drive, Jacksonville. 647-7957. JAZZ DUO AT UNITARIAN Jason Anderson and Sean Tarleton perform at 10:45 a.m. on May 15 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 355-7584. HANDBELL AND ORGAN CONCERT Daniel Francabandiero directs the Riverside Park United Methodist Church handbell choirs along with The First Coast Ringers and organist Rodney Cleveland at 3 p.m. on May 15 at 819 Park St., Jacksonville. 355-5491. JAZZ VESPERS St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church holds candlelight jazz vespers at 5:30 p.m. on the third Sun. of each month, including May 15, at 37 Lovett St., St. Augustine. 829-8828. SOLEMN EVENSONG The Church of the Good Shepherd performs works by Stanford, Moger, Stewart and Gardiner at 6 p.m. on May 15 at 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. 387-5691. EXULTATION MASS Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church presents this premiere performance of Kyle T. Jones’ “Exultation Mass” at 7 p.m. on May 16 at 4001 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 396-7745 ext. 333. JAZZ AT THE BRASSERIE Live jazz is featured at 7 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-5800. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina

Young Lion: The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz All Stars, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, are joined by this year’s AIJF Jazz Scholarship winner, 18-year-old tenor saxophonist John Sheard (pictured), at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Amelia Community Theater, 209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $25. 504-4772.

Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.


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, downtown. 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. SECOND SATURDAY ARTRAGEOUS ART WALK The galleries of downtown Fernandina Beach are open from 5:30-8 p.m. on May 14 for this self-guided tour. 277-0717.


CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The exhibit, Ralph H. and Constance I. Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, is on display from May 13-Aug. 14. “The Cummer Legacy” runs through May 22. The class Art for Two: Dragon Invasion offers children ages 3-5 and an adult the chance to create a scale for a dragon to be hung in the museum’s “Art Connections” interactive area. The cost per child is $15; $10 for members. “Mrs. Cummer’s Legacy” is on display through May 23. The restored Tudor Room gallery is open through Dec. 31. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. Andy Warhol’s “Four of Andy’s Most Beautiful Women” (1964) and an excerpt from “Empire” (1964) are screened at 7 p.m. on May 12. DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOUSES 149 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 823-9722. Artist Kathryn Arango’s “Jungle Series” is on display through May 29. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. The opening reception for Overstreet Ducasse’s exhibit, “Mixed Media,” is held from 6-8:30 p.m. on May 14. The show is on display through July 28. The permanent collection features a variety of rare manuscripts. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874. Art, decorative arts and large collections of everything from china to seashells are on permanent display. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Open daily. MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Jacksonville, 355-1101. The permanent collection includes steamboats and various nautical-themed art. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. The adults-only all-night drawing event, “Drawdown,” is held from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. on May 13. Gary Monroe discusses “Florida’s

Visionary Artists” at 7 p.m. on May 19. Christina West’s exhibit, “What a Doll: The Human Object as Toy,” opens on May 19. “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster” runs through Aug. 28. Rob Creegan’s “Modern Art with a Human Face” runs through May 11. Family Fun Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.-Sun. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. Amateur Night auditions are held at 5 p.m. on May 12. The exhibit “Through Our Eyes” runs through May 21. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.


display through May. FSCJ KENT CAMPUS 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-2300. The Best of Duval County Elementary Art is on display through May 19. NULLSPACE 108 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, 716-4202. “Sequence Variations – New Work by Mark Estlund” is on display through June 3. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. John Thompson’s “Alice in Wonderland” or “Alice Meets Biker World” exhibit “Down the Rabbit Hole” is on display through May. SALTWATER GALLERY 81 King St., St. Augustine, 669-5099. Designer Jason Fort’s exhibit, “Deviations – A Focus on Chaos,” runs through May. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. Painter Robert Leedy is the featured artist on May 4. SOUTH GALLERY FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-2023. The opening reception for the exhibit, “Ann Holloway Williams: A Celebration of Joy & Color, 19262010,” is held from 5-7:30 p.m. on May 12. The show is on display through June 23. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. Works by Dennis Campay are featured through May. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville. This co-op space features works by Mary St. Germain, Tony Wood, Terese Muller, Robert Leedy, Paul Ladnier, Joyce Gabiou and Doug Eng. VAULT GALLERY 121 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 535-7252. Jeff Whipple’s “Spasms in The Vault” runs through May 27. VILLAGE GALLERY AND FRAMING 358B Stiles Ave., Orange Park. 264-7151. The Society of Mixed Media Artists’ juried show, “Small Works-Small Treasures,” runs through June 4. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 5047 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. Watercolorist Sue Farrior Harden’s works are displayed through May. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. Works by Val Lucas are featured through May. WOMEN’S CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE 5644 Colcord Ave., Jacksonville, 389-7749. The exhibit “Lasting Impressions” runs through July. 

ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Watercolorist Lois Newman’s latest works are on display May 10-June 10. ANCHOR BOUTIQUE 210 Saint George Street, C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. The Back Alley Film Fest, featuring films by Ronald Johnson, Drew Miller, Lighthouse Music and The Peninsula Holding Company, is held at 7 p.m. on May 14 with a live musical performance by Nickcommoditie featured at 9 p.m. ARCHWAY GALLERY & FRAMING 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Atlantic Beach, 249-2222. Vicky Lennon is the featured artist through May. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. Susanne Schenke is the featured artist for May. TAC II 229 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The fourth annual Children’s Juried Art Show, “Wishes and Dreams,” is on display through May 28. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. Ben’h Usry’s exhibit, “Water Days,” is on display through May. The show is a tribute inspired in part by the aftermath of the BP oil spill. BEE GALLERY AND STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, |(727) 207-3013. Marty Moore is the featured artist for May. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY/BUTTERFIELD GARAGE TOO 137/137-C King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577, 829-0078. Glass sculptor James Stanford’s display, “Cave Paintings of the 21st Century,” runs through June 1. CAMPUS GALLERY FSCJ North Campus, Rm. C-122, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, 632-3310. Sara Ebrahimi’s exhibit, “Dance of Color,” runs through May 24. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. Sculptor For a complete list of galleries, log on to Jenny K. Hager’s installation, “Rust and Satin,” is on display To list your event, send time, date, location (street address, through May 24. city), admission price and contact number to print to Dan FIRST STREET GALLERY Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit or email JPEGs must be at least “Artistic Metal – Sculpture and Jewelry” is featured through 3”x5”, 300 dpi to be considered for publication. May 23. GALLERY L Modis Bldg., 2nd floor, 1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. 731-4971. The Jacksonville Watercolor Society’s “Spring Show” is on display through June 4. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. A collection of art kites by Melanie Walker and George Peters of Airworks Studios is on display through June. Commissioned work by the pair is shown in JIA’s Connector hallway. HOUSE OF STEREO 8780 Perimeter Park Ct. Bldg. 1, Jacksonville, 642-6677. JCVA Spring Arts Show is on display through May 21. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The gallery celebrates the grand opening of its Art Education Center from 4-9 p.m. on May 13. Demonstrations by various artists are featured beginning at 11 a.m. on May 14. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, Latest paintings and handmade toys by self-professed Pop Surrealist Marty 357-3052. The latest works by Moore are on display through May at Bee Gallery & Studio, The Jacksonville photographer Kirk Chamberlain Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, downtown. (727) 207-3013. and painter Anthony Whiting are on

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SKATEBOARD COMPETITION The sixth annual Atlantic Beach Skateboard Competition is held starting at noon on May 14 at Oceanside Rotary Skate Park, 800 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach. Admission is free. Registration is $25, which includes a T-shirt. 247-5828. TASTE OF THE BEACH Area restaurants offer samples from their menus at the sixth annual Taste of the Beach from noon-6 p.m. on May 15 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Taste tickets are $1. Kenyon Dye performs. 347-8007. WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM The Women’s Center of Jacksonville presents Gertrude Peele at 5:30 p.m. on May 10 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Peele discusses “A Purpose Filled Journey.” Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit Expanded Horizons, the Women’s Center’s literacy program. 722-3000. RIVERKEEPER PICNIC Ananda Kula Yoga presents PB&J (Party, Benefit & Jam) Picnic in the Park is held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 14 at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., downtown. Local restaurants donate special dishes. Proceeds benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper. 680-7344. FLETCHER ALL-CLASS REUNION The fifth annual Duncan U. Fletcher All-Class Reunion is held from 6:30-11 p.m. on May 14 at Beaches Museum & History Center, 380 Pablo Ave., Jax Beach. Live music, dancing, food from local restaurants and a cash bar are featured. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members. 241-5657. EVENINGS AT WHITNEY “The most dangerous animal on Earth: The special biology of the mosquito” is the topic when Dr. Paul Linser speaks as part of the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience lecture series at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Whitney Lab Center, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. Admission is free. 461-4004. BOB HAYES COMMUNITY CENTER Opening ceremonies for the Legends community center in Bob Hayes Park are held at 9 a.m. on May 14 at 5130 Soutel Drive, Jacksonville,. Activities include a shoot-around with the Florida Lady Knighthawks basketball team, free health screenings, and tour of the facility’s fitness center, indoor suspended walking track and computer labs. For info on the new facility’s hours and fees, go to FREE FAMILY CONCERTS The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival offers free family-friendly concerts, including the McDuffie Center Showcase, featuring Mercer University students studying at the McDuffie Center for Strings, held at 11 a.m. on May 21 at the Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Additional concert info available at GROWN-UPS PLAY DAY All kinds of adult activities are offered from 5-8 p.m. on May 15 at O2B Kids, 1821 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. Principal tricycle rides, games, wing-eating contest, food, beer and wine are featured. Proceeds benefit Teachers and classrooms in Clay County. 264-4202. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Crimson City Romance, Diane Durrett and Florida Conservatory of Music perform on May 14 at Riverside Arts Market, held beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. The water taxi service is now running. The Arts Market features local and regional artists, performers, bands and a farmers market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449.


FAIR TAX MEETING Volunteers for FairTax meet from 10-11 a.m. on May 14 at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. CITY MEETINGS The Jacksonville City Council’s Budget Savings Review committee meets at 2 p.m. on May 10 in the Lynwood Roberts Room, First Floor, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., downtown. The full council meets at 5 p.m. in City Hall chambers. The Redistricting Committee meets at 2 p.m. in chambers. The Rules Committee meets at 10 a.m. on May 16 in chambers. The Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee meets at 2 p.m. in chambers. The Recreation & Community Development Committee meets at 4 p.m. in chambers. The Finance Committee meets at 10 a.m. on May 17 in chambers. The Public Health & Safety Committee meets at 2 p.m. on May 17. The City Council Seaport & Airport Special Committee meets at 4 p.m., Conference Room A, Ste. 425, City Hall. Land Use & Zoning Committee meets at 5 p.m. in chambers. 630-1404 THE JACKSONVILLE WATERWAYS COMMISSION MEETS AT 9 A.M. ON MAY 11 AT CITY HALL, IN CHAMBERS. North Florida Transportation Planning Organization meets at 10 a.m. on May 12 at 1022 Prudential Drive, Southbank, 306-7500. The Duval Soil & Water Conservation District holds its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on May 11 at Duval County Agriculture Center, 1010 McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. 266-0088 ext. 3. PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL St. Johns Legal Aid Office presents a free seminar, “Landlord/ Tenant Law,” at 4 p.m. on May 10 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. “Juvenile Issues, Courts and Schools” is discussed at 4 p.m. on May 17. 827-9921. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on May 19 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273.


TEEN TALK IT OUT This new local TV show (on Comcast Cable channel 7) tapes live from 2-6 p.m. on May 14 at Cuba Libre, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $5 which includes food. 613-9581. MARTY 5K WALK/RUN The second annual Marty 5K Walk/Run is held at 8 a.m. on May 14 at First Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville. The 1-mile Fun Run is at 9 a.m. Registration for the 5K is $25 in advance, $30 day of race; the Fun Run is $12. Proceeds benefit Memories of Love, a nonprofit founded in memory of Marty Gottlieb, a local philanthropist and businessman who died in 2004. 731-3676. DINE ON THE WILD SIDE The St. Augustine Alligator Farm hosts the annual fundraising dinner for HAWKE’s wildlife rehab and education program from 5-9 p.m. on May 14 at, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Vegetarian dinners are available. A guided tour of the rookery and a live bird-of-prey show are featured. Tickets are $45 for adults, $30 for ages 5-11. 692-1777. KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE The 17th annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America winds up locally from 6-8 p.m. on May 13 at Amelia Dream Cars, 232 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach. Riders include NFL great Herschel Walker and NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine. A $50 donation includes beverages, snacks and a live auction. 206-5600, 432-8001. SENIOR EXPO The 15th annual Senior Expo & Health Fair is held from 9


Bestselling author and conservationist Monroe (“The Beach House, Swimming Lessons”) signs copies of her new book, “The Butterfly’s Daughter,” at 4 p.m. on May 10 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. Monroe also appears at 9 a.m. on May 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach as part of the Wild Amelia Nature Festival. Tickets are $50. 38 | folio weekly | mAY 10-16, 2011

a.m.-3 p.m. on May 11 and 12 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Seminars, health screenings and live entertainment are featured. Admission and parking are free. 630-4000. ANTE UP FOR CHILDREN Play poker for a good cause from 6-9 p.m. on May 12 at St. Johns Greyhound Park, 6322 Racetrack Road, St. Johns. Admission is $60 at the door. Proceeds benefit Voices for Children of the First Coast. 434-5915. LETTER CARRIERS’ FOOD DRIVE The U.S. Postal service in St. Johns County collects nonperishable food items on May 14, for distribution to local food banks. 829-9721 or 285-2606. BANDS & BARBECUE Amelia Arts Academy and Kayak Amelia present this family fundraiser event at 6 p.m. on May 14 at 1303 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. Live music and dancing are featured, and dinner is available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children. 277-1225, BENEFIT FASHION SHOW Fashions from Patchington, H.W. Davis, the Sunshine Shop & Saks Off 5th Avenue are featured at noon on May 15 at River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Council on Aging. 209-3685. VETERANS BENEFIT SEMINAR A free informational seminar is held from 2-3 p.m. on May 13 at Augustine Landing, 10141 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. 880-1116. “THE CUT” AT THE PLAYERS This party to benefit The Boselli Foundation is held from 6-10:30 p.m. on May 13 at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, just behind the 17th tee. Dinner, drinks and live music by Jupiter Coyote are featured. Tickets are $75. 718-4637. FASHION ON THE FAIRWAY A cocktail reception and fashion show to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are held from 6-9 p.m. on May 12 at Sawgrass Resort & Spa, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $50 at the door. INTERFAITH FORUM All Saints Episcopal Church holds a moderated community interfaith forum to discuss “Promoting Peace Through Understanding” at 6:30 p.m. on May 19 in the church’s sanctuary, 4171 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. Email questions to Admission is free. 737-8488. HEALTH BENEFITS SEMINAR Speakers from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration and Florida Elder Affairs discuss medical, insurance and healthcare options at 9 a.m. on May 16 at American Legion Post 137, 5443 San Juan Ave., Jacksonville. Admission is free. (800) 810-9025 or email healthbenefits@ EARTH WORKS SPRING SEMINARS The care of exotic and unusual plants is discussed at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Earth Works Garden Center, 12501 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 996-0712.


MARY ALICE MONROE Bestselling author and conservationist Monroe signs copies of her new book, “The Butterfly’s Daughter,” at 4 p.m. on May 10 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. Monroe is also on hand at 9 a.m. on May 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Wild Amelia Nature Festival. RON WHITTINGTON Local author Whittington signs copies of his book, “Second Strike,” from 4-7 p.m. on May 12 at Cap’s on the Water, 4325 Myrtle St., St. Augustine. Proceeds benefit The Arc of the St. Johns nonprofit. 824-8794. POETRY OPEN MIC Fantastic Open Mic is held at 6:30 p.m. on May 11 at Chamblin’s Uptown Café, 215 N. Laura St., downtown Jacksonville. 674-0870. WAYNE PACELLE Author and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States Pacelle presents his book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” at 7 p.m. on May 12 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. ED OFFLEY Military reporter and author Offley presents his book, “Turning the Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-Boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic,” at 7 p.m. on May 17 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.


FIRST LADY READS The First lady of Florida Ann Scott leads storytime at 4 p.m. on May 10 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Admission is free. 827-6950. JAX ZOO Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens holds a Family Water Safety Fair at the Splash Ground from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on May 14 at 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Interactive water safety exhibits, games and a visit from zoo mascot Jazoo are featured. This event is free with regular zoo admission. 757-4463. MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT-MAKING Kids make a 3D card for Mom at 3:30 p.m. on May 10 at Hastings Branch Library, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings. 377-7200. LEGO CLUB This club for tweens and teens (grades 4-7) is held from 4-5 p.m. on May 11 at Ponte Vedra Branch, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950. MIGRATORY BIRD DAY International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. Mr. Karl & Krew of the Jacksonville Zoo present birds, bird expert Mr. Audubon is on hand, and Ms. Meret demonstrates bird banding. 827-6900. AMELIA ARTS ACADEMY Amelia Arts offers camps and summer workshops for kids 4-11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, June 20-Aug. 12 at 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach. Activities include painting, storytelling, band, clay working, global art and music. 277-1225. ICE SKATING CAMPS & CLASSES Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside, offers Hockey Camp for ages 6-14, Summer Learn to Skate Camp for kids ages 6-14, and Figure Skating Academy Level for ages 8-16. Public sessions are half-price while students are enrolled in Learn to Skate & Learn to Play classes. 399-3223.


JOHN WITHERSPOON The Comedy Zone features All Stars on May 10 and 11. John Witherspoon appears at 8 p.m. on May 12, and at 8 and 10 p.m. on May 13 and 14 at 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 3 Blonde Moms appear at 6 p.m. on May 14; tickets are $12 and $15. Hal Sparks appears May 19, 20 and 21. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Pedro Lima and Tom Murphy appear on May 13 and 14 at the Comedy Club, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $12. Open mic contests start on May 12. 461-8843. LATITUDE 30 COMEDY “America’s Funniest People” and Comedy Central’s Al Yountz appears on May 12, 13 and 14 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Tickets are $10 and $13. 365-5555.


RIDING INTO HISTORY MOTORCYCLE CHARITY May 20 & 21, World Golf Village THOMAS SAVES THE DAY May 21, T-U Center STEVE HARVEY & KIRK FRANKLIN May 21, Veterans Memorial Arena NEVER QUIT 5K & BEACH FEST May 21, Jax Beach BILL MAHER May 27, The Florida Theatre BUDDY VALASTRO “THE CAKE BOSS” June 5, T-U Center MARTIN LAWRENCE June 23, T-U Center FOLIO WEEKLY’S BEER FEST June 24, Morocco Shrine Auditorium STRAIGHT NO CHASER Dec. 21, The Florida Theatre


WHITE OAK LUNCH & LEARN White Oak Conservation Center holds a luncheon and tour at 11 a.m. on May 14 at the center, 581705 White Oak Road, Yulee. The white rhino is discussed. Tickets are $75 for nonmembers, $50 for members. 225-3396. KAYAK FISHING CLASSIC This eco-friendly contest is held at first safe light on May 14 at many Northeast Florida inshore waterways; see for rules. The awards banquet is held at 4 p.m. at St. Ephrem Syriac Catholic Church, 4650 Kernan Blvd. S., Southside. NATURE TRAIL WALK A field trip through University of North Florida’s nature trails is held at 7 a.m. on May 14 at UNF, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Meet in the trails parking lot, the first right turn on campus from 9A. JACKSONVILLE SUNS The hometown Suns — 2010 Southern League Champs — continue a homestand against the Mobile BayBears at 7:05 p.m. on May 10 (Family Feast Night!) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 7:05 p.m. on May 12 and 13, and at 11:05 a.m. on May 11. General admission is $12.50. 358-2846. JAX GIANTS FREE AGENT TRYOUTS The Jacksonville Giants and Head Coach Kevin Waters hold tryouts on May 14. Registration is $150. Call 355-6531 for details. TALBOT ISLANDS ANIMAL SIGNS A ranger guides a hike on a quest to characterize critters’ tracks, at 2 p.m. on May 14 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. No reservations are needed and the program is free. 251-2320.





“Here’s another little ditty I wrote about golf.” Darius Rucker performs at 5:30 p.m. on May 11 at TPC Sawgrass clubhouse lawn during this year’s The Players Championship at 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. The event also features a performance of the National Anthem by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus from Ft. Bragg (N.C.). Practice round tickets are $20. 273-3235.

FRIENDS OF GTM RESERVE BOARD MEETING The Friends of the GTM Reserve gather at 5 p.m. on May 10 at Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4527. BIKE NIGHT Adamec Bike Night is held from 6-9 p.m. on May 12 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Free bike parking, $10 bike washes, on-site tattooing, live entertainment and prizes are featured. MARINELAND NATURE WALK GTM Research Reserve volunteers lead a nature walk at its Marineland location from 8:30-10 a.m. on May 14 at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at River to Sea Preserve entrance (1,000 feet south of GTM Marineland Office parking lot) Reservations required; call 823-4500. SAVE OUR COAST “A Call to Action: Southeast Alliance to Save Our Coast” is discussed from 10-11 a.m. on May 17 at GTM Research Reserve Marineland, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. 823-4500. JAX SHARKS VS IOWA BARNSTORMERS The other local football team takes on the corn-fed squad at 8 p.m. on May 13 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown. It’s also Military Appreciation Night. Tickets range from $10-$128. 621-0700.


ALIVE AFTER FIVE Jacksonville Business Exchange gathers from 4-8 p.m. on May 12 at BlackFinn American Grille, 4840 Big Island Drive, Southside. JEWISH BUSINESS NETWORK This group gathers at noon on May 10 at The Liberty Center, MetLife, 7077 Bonneval Road, Ste. 550, Jacksonville. Ken Jacobs is the featured speaker. Admission is $10. JOB FAIR A job fair is held from 4-8 p.m. on May 12 at The Lakeview & Stepping Stone alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, 1900 Corporate Square Blvd., Jacksonville. Tour the facilities, meet the staff and learn about the field of addiction treatment. 446-1041. SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Michael Gullion, Action-Graphix, is the featured speaker at noon on May 11 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559 or e-mail UNF ALUMNI JOB FAIR Coggin College of Business holds this job fair from 4-7 p.m. on May 10 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $300 for businesses, $200 for government and nonprofit agencies.


THE LEARNING COMMUNITY Thai cuisine class is held at 6 p.m. on May 12 at 626 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach. A Girls’ Night Out class is held at 7 p.m. on May 14, followed by Moroccan cuisine class at 4:30 p.m. on May 15. 430-0120. LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP Drumming from the heart is held at noon on May 10 at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave.,

Jacksonville. 722-3000. FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY The Sea Oats Chapter of the FNPS gets together at 7 p.m. on May 17 at City Hall, 2200 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Daniel Hayes, St. Johns River Water Management District, discusses “Conservation and Future Water Needs for Floridians.” 692-3927. FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION Buddhist teacher John Jones offers these classes at 7 p.m. on May 19 and June 2 and 16 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Drive, Atlantic Beach. Resident teacher Carol Lutker offers stress-reducing meditations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 14, donation is $25. 222-8531. COMMUNITY HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUPS Bereavement Support is held every Tue., from 6:30-8 p.m., May 24-July 12 at Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville; and every Wed., from 6:30-8 p.m., May 25-July 13 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring of Community Hospice, 5450 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville. Support group participants must meet with a Community Hospice bereavement counselor before joining a group. To learn whether a Community Hospice therapeutic support group might be right for you, call Roxanne C. Miller, LCSW, manager of bereavement and community grief, at 407-6330. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RE-STORE The new store is located at 2745 Industry Center Road, Ste. 8, St. Augustine, just off S.R. 16, west of Four Mile Road. The store is packed with great bargains such as furniture, building materials, appliances and all kinds of household items. Proceeds benefit the building of decent, affordable homes for families in need in St. Johns County. Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Thur., Fri. and Sat. 829-6916. HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEERS The St. Augustine Humane Society recruits and trains volunteers 17 or older for a variety of services including spay shuttle operations, fundraising and building renovations. The necessary forms are found at 827-8817. YOGA AT THE GRANARY A yoga class is held at 10:30 a.m. every Thur. at The Granary, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. Classes are $12 each. 264-5443. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683., NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU Classes are open to men, women and children, beginning, intermediate and advanced, from 7-9 p.m. every Mon.-Thur., and from 10 a.m.-noon every Sat. at East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 7035 Philips Highway, Ste. 7, Jacksonville. The first lesson is free. 554-7800. SCRABBLE CLUB This Jacksonville group gathers at 1 p.m. every Wed. at Golden Corral, 11470 San Jose Blvd., and every Thur. at Barnes & Noble, 11112 San Jose Blvd. For times, email All levels are welcome. 733-1565. JAX JUGGLERS Future jugglers gather from 6-7 p.m. every second Tue. and every fourth Mon. at San Marco Library’s Balis Center, 1514 LaSalle St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 



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Megan Ludwick and Riley Chris Carter and Loki Kaylee Dickerson and Maya Pat and Jim Runge and dogs Trump (Bijon) and Tucker (poodle) Eddy Fernandez and Jill Renka with Brinkley and Macy (German shepherd) Isis Zometa with Chikee Tammy Arnold and Jaxson, Marcia Smoak (standing) and Roxy, Melissa Griffith and Nala Norma Brizzi with Eddie and Julian


here was just enough chill in the early evening air to keep the dogs romping happily while their human counterparts munched on pizza and veggie trays at the bi-annual party for the members of Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville on April 1. The members separated into pods based on dog size — small, medium and large — inside three areas of the park. A raucous group of German shepherds, labradors and akitas roughhoused at the entrance to the 10-acre Bartram Woods, then bolted down one of the trails just for the joy of it. Dog Wood Park is located on Salisbury Road South and requires a paid membership to access 25 acres of fenced park, lakes and hills. UNF senior Kaylee Dickerson brought her sheba inu Maya to the party and read “The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis” while Maya chased an airedale. On the trail to the party, she passed one of several sayings posted on trees throughout the park, this one by Will Rogers: “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Seen partying with their pets were Theresa Khiyama, Patrice London, Mehmet Hasue and Catlett Brian. Susan Cooper Eastman

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AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE (In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining is offered 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. $$$ BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB F Signature wings, burgers and sandwiches. BW. TO. L & D, daily. 1916 S. 14th St. 261-0555. (For more locations, visit $$ 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 An Italian kitchen and wine bar. Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, 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, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella are served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ 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. $ GENERAL STORE F This new store has a little bit of everything. Breakfast includes hot rope sausage, lunch features the Redneck Reuben. Deli meats, cheeses, chicken, fish, pizzas and pasta, too. BW. B, L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 310-6080. $ 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. 5 S. Second St., 2619400. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ 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. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp every Thur.); nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, serving specialty coffees and fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar. Extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan

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items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Wraps, sandwiches, soups. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. 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. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR Brand-new Picante offers flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. B, L & D daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2010 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. Bakery Moderne is a neighborhood bakery offering classic pastries, artisanal breads and seasonal favorites all made fresh daily on Stockton Street in Riverside. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, BEETHOVEN’S BAGEL BISTRO All-day breakfast with French BOWL OF PHO F This restaurant offers traditional covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. toast & bagels. Lunch is deli, wraps, Reubens, paninis; dinner Vietnamese noodle soup and authentic favorites like spring 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ offers paella, chicken & dumplings. CM, BYOB. B, L & D, Wed.rolls, shrimp wraps and egg rolls. Big portions and a laidTHE SURF F Dine inside or on large oceanview deck. Sat.; B & L, Sat. & Sun. 5917 Roosevelt Blvd. 771-6606. $$ back atmosphere. 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-4455. $$ Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Mozzarella CAFE CONFLUENCE F This European coffeehouse serves menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, of Jax 2010 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado St. 261-6310. $ seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas and burritos. downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepMon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$ tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. dish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Middle Eastern CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., Rd. 641-4877. $$ oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F The first four elements are earth, 6132 Merrill Rd. 744-2333. $$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The water, air and fire — but here they prepare authentic Indian, KABUTO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI BAR F This Fox has been a Jacksonville landmark for 50-plus years. South Indian and Indochinese dishes with artistic flair. Lunch restaurant offers steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, Owners Ian and Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional featuring homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. Ave. 387-2669. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 724-8883. $$$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2010 winner. The French/American bistro Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.-Sat. 3630 INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Extensive 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. Park St. 381-0909. $$$ menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and MEEHAN’S TAVERN F This Irish pub and restaurant RUAN THAI F The elegant Avondale restaurant offers chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, serves beef and Guinness stew, Philly cheese steak authentic Thai cuisine, including curries and pad dishes. CM, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ sandwiches, traditional lamb stew and jalapeño poppers, FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 3951 St. Johns Ave. 384-6665. $$$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast made fresh onsite, in a comfy atmosphere. Wifi, HDTVs, TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em non-smoking. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 9119 Merrill Rd., years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. Ste. 5. 551-7076. $$ themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Orange Tree serves hot dogs Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ with slaw, chili cheese or sauerkraut, as well as personal ’town F Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan size pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9501 Arlington Expwy., Regency Ostrander bring farm-to-table to Northeast Florida at the new atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include Square. 721-3595. ( $ Avondale restaurant, offering American fare with an emphasis roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, PITA EXPRESS Philly, chicken fajita, falafel, chicken Caesar on sustainability. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ salad and eggplant parmigiana pitas, plus omelets and 345-2596. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F This Lebanese pancakes. CM. B, L & D, daily. 2754 Trollie Lane. 674-2637. $ restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine: lahm REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE F Traditional Indian items include Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ tandoori specials, South Indian, Indo-Chinese, vegetarian, BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-ownedTREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed biryani and thali style dishes. BW. L & D. 9551 Baymeadows and-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, Rd., Ste. 10. 448-5999. $$ brick-oven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ 2010 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a Walter Coker





hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, fresh seafood and sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Serving traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu in a contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ ATOMIC FLYING FISH SEAFOOD TACO GRILL Beach-casual with Cali-style fish, steak, blackened gator tacos and sides. L & D, daily. 309 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 372-0882. $$ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F This cozy, family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as Mini-Me sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno family imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers and dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ THE BRASSERIE & BAR French/European-style bistro and bar offers coq au vin, French onion soup, fritto misto, Moroccan-style lamb shank. FB. D, Tue.-Sun. 1312 Beach Blvd. 249-5800. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 712-4444. $$ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CASA MARIA See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F The menu features favorites from The Homestead, like fried chicken, homemade-style biscuits and cornbread, served in a family atmosphere inside a cozy log cabin. CM, FB. Sun. brunch; D, daily. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-4776. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX F Chef Kahn Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. The Factory’s Ashley Hayek is a 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Bartender. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) fave items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DICK’S WINGS F This NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings. 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 This new Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban

and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh,promise local seafood of is served, benefit including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Best of Jax 2010 winner. The full-service restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechuan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MIMI’S SPORTS GRILLE East meets West: Every dish is infused with Asian style and ingredients, including lumpia, yaki tori and several kinds of sushi. FB. L & D daily. 1021 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 270-1030. $$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25 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. $ NORTH BEACH BISTRO Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2010 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ PARSONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT F The family-style restaurant has an outdoor patio and an extensive menu, including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks are made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F 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. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK An array of specialty menu items, including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THAI ROOM RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Dine in an intimate setting as Chef Thepsouvanh prepares Thai cuisine like crispy duck or pan-seared Chilean sea bass. BW. L, Mon.-Fri. D, Mon.-Sat. 1286 S. Third St. 249-8444. $$$ TWO DUDES SEAFOOD PLACE F Brand new, serving up-tothe-minute-fresh Mayport seafood, including shrimp, scallops, snapper and oysters in sandwiches or baskets, grilled, blackened or fried. The Dudes’ salad and a Caesar salad are also available. B, TO. L & D daily. 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-2000. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$

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CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches and buildyour-own burgers. Peanut butter pie is a customer favorite. Tea parties are held every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MERCURY MOON F Appetizers, sandwiches, desserts. Daily specials. TO, FB. L & D, daily. 2015 C.R. 220. 215-8999. $$ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F This renowned seafood place, familyowned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ 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 2010 winner. The family-ownedand-operated restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas and pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, including breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ TKO’S THAI HUT F The menu offers Thai fusion, curry dishes, chef’s specials, steaks, healthy options and sushi. Hookahs are available. Dine inside or on the covered patio. FB. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 647-7546. $$ ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Traditional Mediterranean family recipes are blended to create Spanish, French, Italian and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 13475

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including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $4 CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB On the Trolley route. A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches & sides, AYCE wings buffet, soup-n-salad. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ INDOCHINE Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ JULIETTE’S & J-BAR Serving dinner before (or dessert after) a show. Breakfast buffet. J-Bar serves bistro-inspired small plates. FB. Daily. Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water St. 355-6664. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. BW. B & L, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $

Taverna features seasonal European cuisine, including tapas, wood-fired pizzas, craft beers and wines in an upscale setting, on the Square in historic San Marco.

Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Harbour Village. 221-7066. $$


BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA BAKERY & PUB F Transforms from family restaurant to pub serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. CM, FB. D, Tue.-Fri., L & D, Sat. & Sun. 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Features 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. $


AL’S PIZZA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ 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. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet served daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ 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. $$ LET’S NOSH F The authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch, brunch and full-service deli counter. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts. CM. B & L, daily. 9850 San Jose Blvd. 683-8346. $ 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. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE A laid-back atmosphere with 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 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 Picasso’s specializes in handtossed 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. $$ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Made-to-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$


ARON’S PIZZA F This 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. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is the 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F This family-owned-andoperated restaurant offers gourmet pizzas, veal, chicken and mussels, shrimp and grouper dishes and (of course) pastas: spaghetti, fettucine, lasagna, ziti, calzones, linguini, tortolini and ravioli, all made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS AL’S PIZZA F Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones

and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine offers fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ KARMA This homey place offers favorites from here and abroad, including burgers, wings, pastas, salads and apps, prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Outdoor dining is available. Brunch menu on Sat. & Sun. CM, FB. L, Sat. & Sun.; D, daily. 822 A1A N., Ste. 105. 834-3942. $$ 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 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 his eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2010 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Simple Faire offers breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd., Ste. 110. 683-2542. $$ 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. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$

RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE AJ’S ON PARK STREET 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. 598-0188. $$

Advertising proof AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE The brand-new Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO, delivery. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F 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. $ JACKSONS GRILL The locally owned spot has an original menu of fried pickle chips, Rockin’ Ranch burgers, gumbo and sandwiches. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1522 King St. 384-8984. $$ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON THE 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. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS This nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$


A1A ALE WORKS F The city’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S BEACHSIDE, BARNACLE BILL’S DOWNTOWN F For 30 years, these family restaurants have served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak, and popular fried

shrimp. FB, CM, TO. Downtown location, L & D daily; beach location, D nightly. 451 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2434. 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ BEACH STREET PIZZA New York and Chicago style pizzas, calzones and homemade pasta dishes, all made from fresh ingredients., served in a beach-theme atmosphere. CM. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 4171 A1A S. 461-0910. $$ THE BISTRO AT CULINARY OUTFITTERS Locals on promise oflunch benefit crab cakes, chicken burritos, hamburgers, wraps and soups, made with fresh ingredients. BW, TO. L, Mon.-Fri. 9 S. Dixie Hwy. 829-2727. $ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Brand-new Black Molly Grill serves fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F This 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. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Authentic New York style brickoven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ 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. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ 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. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, twostory house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HURRICANE PATTY’S F Casual waterfront seafood place features lunch specials, nightly dinners. Dine inside or on the deck. L & D, daily. 69 Lewis Blvd. 827-1822. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN F Eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE The restaurant, in a Victorian home, offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT Casual oceanfront restaurant has an ocean view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SCARLETT O’HARA’S Best of Jax 2010 winner. Serving Southern fare, barbecue and seafood. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 70 Hypolita St. 824-6535. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, south of the S.R. 206 bridge, this two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out

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ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken and flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2010 winner. 13249 City Square Dr. 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ THE FLAME BROILER THE RICE BOWL KING Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, along with a tapas menu of gourmet fare to pair with the wine list. A wide selection of beer is also served. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-fromthe-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F Featuring seafood, an everchanging menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned steakhouse has an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 7860 Gate Parkway. 253-3314. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and desserts. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ STEAMERS CAFE F Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups, steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE The St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offers chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS This Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS F See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$

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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-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Burgers, sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


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. $$ b.b.’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French, Mediterraneaninspired fare, award-winning wines, wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ KIRIN SUSHI F On San Marco Square. All-new sushi menu. Dine under neon in a cool atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 1950 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1. 399-3305. $$. LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ PIZZA PALACE F It’s all homemade from Mama’s awardwinning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, froyo (frozen yogurt), teas, coffees made one cup at a time, along with 30 kinds of smoothies. B, L & D, daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE A Best of Jax 2010 winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F The independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers and lunch meats roasted daily in-house. Vegetarian options, including tempeh, too. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$


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. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F The neighborhood comfort spot offers Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty.

CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT F City Buffet offers an extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts, ice cream, at its all-you-can-eat buffet. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-3507. $ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. The Fresh Bar offers fine wine, cocktails, martinis. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order — fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 7330844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 winner. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This stylish yet simple gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Located inside the new entertainment complex Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s noMSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner.


on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style and a seafood-heavy menu — it’s a consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties include baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp and datil pepper wings with bleu cheese dressing. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ ZHANRAS F Art-themed tapas-style place has small plate items in a casual, contemporary space. Entrée portions available. CM, FB. D, daily; Sun. brunch. 108 Anastasia Blvd. 823-3367. $$

AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR 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. $$ CASA MARIA F The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees like eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch, served in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F 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 This modern restaurant’s menu features popular favorites: salads, sandwiches and pizza, as well as fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F Located in the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main, Uptown serves fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$  NAME: Paula Hart RESTAURANT: The Flame Broiler, 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103, St. Johns Town Center BIRTHPLACE: Ladysmith, Wisc. YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 1 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Castillo de Mexico, off Kernan Boulevard FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: On a char-broiler FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic, olive oil and basil IDEAL MEAL: Pizza and wine WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Liver and onions MOST MEMORABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: Waiting for over an hour for my meal, only to learn they were out of what I’d ordered. INSIDER’S SECRET: Tenderize all meats. CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Matt Pinfield (video DJ) CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Cookie dough

WINE LISTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Best of Jax 2010 winner. Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 CIRCLE JAPAN “Sake 101” 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 12192 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, Southside, 710-5193 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GRAPE 5-7:30 p.m. every Wed.; 1-4 p.m. every Sat. 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, SJTC, 642-7111 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 NORTH BEACH BISTRO 6-8 p.m. every Tue. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR 4-6 p.m. every Tue. 1930 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-9551 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 GIFTED CORK Call for details. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 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. 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515 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 ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 6-8 p.m., every first & third Wed. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal W., 221-7066 

Eating Disorder in the Court

Equal justice under the law might depend simply on whether a judge’s stomach is growling. According to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University for an April journal article, judges are increasingly stingy with parole as a morning or afternoon session wears on. Dramatic spikes in generosity took effect immediately following lunch or a snack break, however. The lead researcher, Columbia professor Jonathan Levav, expressed satisfaction with the scholarship but disappointment “as a citizen” with the findings.

Recurring Themes

NOTE: From time to time, News of the Weird reminds readers that bizarre human adventures repeat themselves again and again. Here are some choice selections of previous themes recently recurring: • “Man’s best friend” sometimes isn’t, as when a playful dog hops onto a gun on the ground, causing it to fire a round. John Daniels, 28, took a bullet in the knee from his dog, for example, in Raleigh, N.C., in January. Dogs betray in other ways, too. Motorist Joel Dobrin, 32, was pulled over in a traffic stop in February in Moro, Ore., and rushed to hide his alleged drug stash, which was in a sock. However, his dog intercepted the sock for an impromptu game of dog-tug-of-war in the car. Dobrin won but lost his grip, and the sock flew out the driver’s window, right in front of the officer. Dobrin was cited, and later indicted, for drug possession. • At least three jihadist groups in recent years have published full-color Arabic magazines lauding the Islamist struggle, with articles and essays to recruit fighters and offer personal advice for women on the importance of raising proper families and catering to mujahedeens’ needs. The latest, Al-Shamikha (“The Majestic Woman”), which surfaced in March, featured interviews with martyrs’ wives and advised women to stay indoors, both for modesty and a “clear complexion” (advice that earned the magazine its nickname “Jihad Cosmo”). • Prevailing medical authority 20 years ago warned that few humans could survive blood-alcohol readings above .40 (percent), but in recent years, drivers have rather easily survived higher numbers (curiously, many from Wisconsin, such as the man in February in Madison, Wis., with a .559). (In 2007, an Oregon driver was found unconscious, but survived, with a .72 reading.) The plethora of high numbers might indicate mistaken medical teaching, or nonstandard machine measurements — or an evolutionary hardiness in American drinkers. • Snowmobilers fall through thin ice every season because the ice’s thickness is difficult to estimate, especially at night. Less understandable is that every season, when other snowmobilers come to rescue the downed snowmobiler, they drive their vehicles as close as they can to the spot of the fall — which, of course, is right at the lip of thin-icebreak, thus virtually assuring that their vehicle, too, will fall in, such as the four people who fell through the ice in a pond near Holyrood, Newfoundland, in February.

• Young girls “grow up” prematurely, often aided by hungry retailers such as the U.S.’s Abercrombie & Fitch and the British clothiers Primark and Matalan, each of which this spring began offering lines of padded bras for girls as young as 7 (8 at Abercrombie & Fitch for the “Ashley Push-Up Triangle”), with Matalan offering one in size “28aa.” Child advocates were predictably disgusted, with one Los Angeles psychologist opining that permissive mothers were trying to compensate through their daughters for their own lack of sexual appeal. • In 2002 News of the Weird mentioned a theme park near Mexico City in which potential emigrants to the U.S. could test their survival skills in an obstacle course mimicking the rigors one would endure sneaking across the border. Recently, Owlchemy Labs, a Massachusetts technology company, announced plans to release an iPhone/iPad app, “Smuggle Truck,” a video game in which players compete to drive a pickup truck full of illegals over rocky terrain from Mexico into the U.S. without too many passengers bouncing out (and with in-game “additions” consisting of pregnant women giving birth enroute). Special “green cards” are awarded to winners. (Update: At presstime, Apple rejected the app, and Owlchemy said it would alter the game to one of animals escaping from a forest.) • Chutzpah! Thieves usually pick out easy jobs, but occasionally they go bold — for example, breaking into the prison at New Plymouth, New Zealand’s North Island, in March (carrying off a large TV set) or breaking into a police station in Uddingston, Scotland, in April (carrying off uniforms and radios). • Local councils that govern life in the United Kingdom seem overly frightened of liability lawsuits — even from criminals who might get hurt while committing crimes. London’s Daily Telegraph and the Surrey Mirror reported in February that police in the counties of Kent and Surrey had been advising homeowners and merchants to avoid using wire mesh on windows because burglars could seriously gouge themselves while climbing through. Also, electrical engineer David Bishop said police seemed especially concerned that burglars could be electrocuted if they broke into his workshop and thus advised him to post a warning sign outside that could be seen in the dark.


• In 2007, Australian Wayne Scullino, then 30, quit his job in Sydney and somehow convinced his wife they should sell their house and move to Wisconsin for the sole purpose of rooting for the Green Bay Packers, about which he had enjoyed an inexplicable fascination since age 15. Said Scullino, “At some point, you’ve got to ... start living the life you want to.” After one season, the Scullinos returned home, but in February 2011, Wayne Scullino was back in the U.S.A., in Dallas for the Packers’ victory in Super Bowl XLV. Scullino says his Australian friends are still bewildered, by his obsession. “I try to talk to them about it,” he said, “but they just don’t get it.”  Chuck Shepherd MAY 10-16, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 45

FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): Imagine this scene, as described by Seattle-based video artist Michael Douglas. “Sometimes a tree falls down in a field of cows, and the cows walk over to it and stare at it. There’s something different in the field and the cows start to hang out around the tree and watch it like it’s television, attracted to the rupture in the order of things. They gather around it for months, even after they completely forget why they started doing it.” I think there’s a comparable scene going on in your life right now, Aries. People you care about are in a daze, seemingly hypnotized by a certain “rupture in the order of things” that took place some time ago. In my opinion, it’s your task to wake them up, gently if possible, and motivate them to move on. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’re an animal! And I mean that in the best senses of the word. Your vitality is heading toward peak levels, and your body is as smart as it gets. If you were ever going to act as if every move you make is a dance, now would be the time to do it. If you ever wanted to explore the righteous blending of grace and power, this is a perfect moment. Give yourself permission to be a fluid bolt of ingenious fun, Taurus. Play hard and sweet, with sublime ferocity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Make the invisible dark force beautiful.” That was the first line of the horoscope I wrote for you in my dream last night. Here’s what came next: “Create a song out of your moans. Brag about your wounds. Dance reverently on the graves of your enemies.” Does any of this make sense to you so far? It all seemed perfectly reasonable and helpful in my dream. “Sneak © 2011 a gift to your bad self. Dissolve the ties that bind you to hollow intelligence. Seek the angel near the funky gulley that winds through no man’s land. Dig for treasure in the muddy puddle where the single lily grows.” That’s it, Gemini — my dream of your horoscope. If you can align yourself with its spirit, I bet you’ll be primed for the waking-life opportunities that are headed your way.

the lingering sense of loss and liberating you to rise again. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If given the choice between having our lives change or keeping our lives the same, many of us would choose the status quo. We tend to feel that even if the current state of things is uncomfortable, it’s still preferable to having to deal with the uncertainty and fear that come from transformation. But I don’t think you fit this description right now, Libra. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you’re the one that’s most receptive to shifting the mood and experimenting with the rules. It’s easier than usual for you to imagine different ways of doing things. Take advantage of this superpower. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Hugo Chavez is the socialist president of Venezuela, not an astronomer or New Age philosopher. And yet he recently speculated that the planet Mars once had a thriving civilization that met its doom because of the excesses of capitalism. I love it when notable people go off-message and freestyle wacky fantasies, so I applaud Chavez’s improvisation. May I respectfully suggest you consider indulging in your own version of this art form? According to my reading of the astrological omens, it would be downright healthy for you to depart from your usual raps and unveil some unpredictable self-expressions to anyone who thinks they have you all figured out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Symmetry and equilibrium are not all that valuable right now. They’re certainly not worth obsessing over or having screaming fights about. In fact, I recommend that you cultivate a jaunty knack for stylish lopsidedness. Appreciate the beauty of irregularity. Be alert for the way incongruous details and crooked angles reveal fresh, hot truths that provide you with exactly what you need. Even so-called flaws and mistakes may lead to lucky accidents.


CANCER (June 21-July 22): Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, psychologist Richard Bentall proposed that happiness be reclassified as a “psychiatric disorder” — a pathology that should be treated with therapy. “Happiness is statistically abnormal,” he argued. It “consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.” If he’s correct, Cancerian, you may have a problem. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re about to be besieged by a massive influx of good feelings. It may be hard for you to fend off surges of unreasonable joy, wellbeing, and gratitude. So let me ask you: Are you prepared to enter into rebel mode as you flaunt your abnormal bliss? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Two British men, Jack Jones and Chris Cuddihy, pulled off an epic deed in 2009. They ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. Each marathon was over 31 miles. (More info here: I’m not recommending that you try something as ridiculously excessive as they did, Leo, but I do want to note that you’re now in a phase when your capacity for amazing feats is bigger than usual. Do you have any ideas about what you could accomplish that’s beyond your expectations? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What have you had to relinquish in the past ten months, Virgo? What were you forced to sacrifice or surrender? Whatever it is, I predict you will be compensated for it over the course of the next 12 months. And the process begins soon. It’s not likely that the incoming blessing will bring an exact replacement for the dream that got away. Rather, you will be awakened to an unexpected new source of excitement, thereby dissolving 46 | FOLIO WEEKLY | MAY 10-16, 2011

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “It was better for me when I could imagine greatness in others, even if it wasn’t always there,” said Charles Bukowski, a generally cranky writer not renowned for his optimism. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this strategy will also work wonders for you in the coming days. Trying to see what’s great about other people will tend to activate your own dormant greatness, and will just generally make you feel good. So ask yourself: What’s beautiful, smart, interesting, and successful about the people you know? Fantasize aggressively. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The income gap between the richest and poorest sections of society has always been large, but in recent years it has grown absurdly, grotesquely humongous. From an astrological perspective, Aquarius, it’s an excellent time for you to raise your voice against this inequity. Furthermore, you’d be wise to dramatically shrink the discrepancy between the haves and have-nots in your own personal sphere. You might start the healing by asking yourself how the rich aspects of your psyche steal from the poor parts. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There’s a good chance you will soon utter the smartest words you have ever said in your life. It’s also possible that you will generate two of the top five thoughts that have popped into your brain in the last decade. That’s how in tune I expect you to be with your inner sources of wisdom. And that’s how closely aligned you’ll be with the Divine Intelligence formerly known as God. Now here’s the surprise ending to my message for you, Pisces -- the unexpected outcome: Your brilliant insights and cogent statements may tempt you to be wilder and freer than you’ve been in a long time.  Rob Brezsny

OOPS You: Ritz bartender off work. Me: black curls, green eyes, soft lips. We started making out (for some reason), I paused long enough to ask if u had a gf (OOPS), u said no and we kept going at it. Somehow I have pics of the hot makeout session thanks to my roommate. Good times, I want more!! When: April 17, 2011. Where: Ritz. #1117-0510 CUTE GUY ON THE PHONE I first saw you walking around the library, you were wearing a blue shirt, you had a blonde shaved head, khaki shorts. Then as I was leaving you were on the phone outside, we made eye contact and shared a smile. When: May 4, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Public Library. #1116-0510 WHICH END WAS UP? Your laughter, a melody at my manchild ways. Me, a blubbering idiot for a simple jappy Jew. Let’s sit together forever and watch the world go by. Took losing each other to find each other again. Forever after starts now. When: March 25, 2011. Where: Everywhere. #1115-0503 WE LOCKED EYES I fell hopelessly in love with you the moment I laid eyes on you. I’d do anything to just glance one more time into your eyes and kiss your soft lips. I have and I always will. When: April 25, 2011. Where: Our special place by the dumpster. #1114-0503 NATIVE PRINCESS When I met you the blueprint was written. The hair, the curves and the wit are making me smitten. Now I totally know what I want my Robot Girlfriend to look like. So, thanks, Panda. When: Heaven. Where: April 23, 2011. #1113-0503 LEGALLY LUSCIOUS I was enjoying my coffee when your sexy sculptured physique caught my eye. You told me about recently graduating law school. That’s good because I am building a case against you for stealing my heart. I’d love to talk some legal jargon and ride your bike. I’ll be careful popping the wheelies. Do you object? When: April 19, 2011. Where: Starbucks in Riverside. #1112-0503 GIGGLING GATOR & GYM You: tall, blonde, wearing a Simpsons/FamilyGuy? shirt. Me: oversized yellow shirt. We met once before at a scummy bar, but my wing(wo)man flailed on me & you forgot my name. The second incident was the gym, but I choked. You offered me a place to crash initially, maybe I’ll take you up on that next time? When: April 20, 2011. Where: The Giggling Gator/ Gym. #1111-0503 HOTTIE IN THE GARDEN You, lounging on your foldout in the middle of your Forbes Street yard. I stopped back by in my jeep and you were diggin in the dirt. I think you said your name, but all I can remember is beautiful. When: April 1, 2011. Where: Riverside. #1110-0426 STRAWBERRY MOJITO After we harassed the waiter for strawberry mojitos, it sounded pretty tasty, so you ordered one. Care for another? When: April 19, 2011. Where: Mossfire. #1109-0426

black hair, glasses. You did something to me. When: April 14, 2011. Where: My Workplace in Orange Park. #1106-0426 BEAUTY AND THE BANK You looked a bit flustered at the ATM. Your beautiful curly locks, mesmerizing emerald eyes, and even your faint, perfectly placed freckles made my heart beat frantically. I hope whoever put that ring on hand fi lls you with the magnitude of joy you fi lled me with in those brief seconds of bliss! When: March 22, 2011. Where: Chase Bank ATM. #1105-0426 I SAID HI You were passing me at the register that evening, with a white shirt, and your beautiful eyes reached mine and I said hi. Wish I could have said more. But the smile you gave me with those eyes sold me. Wish I could see you again. When: April 11, 2011. Where: Kangaroo on Southside near Avenues Mall. #1104-0419 NAVY OFFICER BEACH BEAUTY Sorry I thought you worked at Walmart, but my point was I wanted to ask you out. I could use a little Naval discipline. When: April 10, 2011. Where: Jax Beach. #1103-0419 HANDSOME AT LOFT THURSDAY You: Handsome, tall, wearing a black DC shirt outside The Loft on Thursday. Wanted to talk to you, will I get the chance? When: April 7, 2011. Where: The Loft. #1102-0419 I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD I saw you under the pier, lying stiff as a board and it looked like you weren’t breathing. I poked you and you jumped up at me like a crazy person, but that’s the fastest my heart has ever beat. I hope you read this and remember me, maybe we can talk someday. When: April 5, 2011. Where: Under the pier. #1101-0412 WHITE FEDORA, TOP AND PANTS Hat with black band set off your olive skin, your toes were the only other color besides your beautiful eyes. Got you dancing, dreaming, my Queen, I’ve found her! Hoping he’s just a date? A beautiful smile and the face of an angel. Meet me: grey shirt, black hair, for more good music, dancing, smiles, Baymeadows’ My Place, Fridays. When: Sunday after Blues Fest. Where: Atlantic after Blues Fest. #1100-0412 UNDERWATER BANANA HAMMOCK I was taking a dive in the deep end, and swam past the most beautiful humpback whale. You may not be a whale, but I think you know what I want to do to your back. It’s true what they say, “Abyss” was the greatest movie of the ‘80s. Let’s make bubbles. When: March 30, 2011. Where: Underwater. #1099-0412

HEY, I SAW U! I saw you strutting your stuff at some wings n a boat place. Think you’re a fly chick. I know where to fi nd you. Wanna play? When: March 29, 2011. Where: Buffalo Wild Wings. #1098-0405 SOUTHSIDE FENDER BENDER Oops! Sorry about that. You: tall, hot, unshaven, driving a truck. Me: flustered blonde on my way to work. Even though there was no damage, wish we would have exchanged info. When: Feb. 2011. Where: Southside Blvd. #1097-0405 INTRIGUED AT BONEFISH We talked briefly at BoneFish. You are a PT. We never got a chance to finish our conversation. You definitely piqued my interest. Would love to chat more and see where it goes if you are up for it. When: March 24, 2011. Where: BoneFish Jax Beach. #1096-0405 DID YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR? We were both looking at DVDs in the library. Hope you did not have to see your chiropractor! When: March 36, 2011. Where: Library. #1095-0405 ST. PATRICK’S AROUND MIDNIGHT You: blond, young, attractive, next to me at the bar. Neither of us said a word. You kept caressing my arm. I should have said hello, or at least bought you a drink. When: March 17, 2011. Where: Lynch’s Irish Pub. #1094-0405 WHAT DOES MP MEAN? You have an Irish name but don’t look Irish. You asked about my goofy foot tattoos. Then you left. Sad face. See you next time, maybe. When: March 17, 2011. Where: BCB. #1093-0329 I’LL LET YOU DO DINNER HUMOR We sat across the same table at a networking meeting. You, tall dark & handsome. Me, trying to catch your attention. I tried to make you laugh and in your deadpan ways you told me you’ll do the humor. I know I’ll win you over. Care to share business cards? When: Feb. 28, 2011. Where: San Jose Country Club. #1091-0322 EXCITEDLY SEEKING HOT FILIPINO You were a hot enthusiastic Filipino; a total flirt. It was Feb. 9. I think you understand why I can’t say exactly how we met, but I was the super sexy redhead w/ the great personality. We talked about Hawaii and your hand. I want to know if you were serious about us going out! When: Feb. 9, 2011. Where: Cambridge Medical Institute. #1090-0322 HOTTIE ON HARLEY You were checking out my pollen-covered black car and flirting? with me and my grandson in his car seat of course.

You: man. Me: woman. When: Feb. 24, 2011. Where: Southside Blvd. #1089-0322 BABY GOT SAUCE Our friends kind of hung out upstairs during the G. Love show. We ended up having our picture taken together by a stranger but I left without finding out your last name. I had a blast. Maybe we can catch another show. When: March 10, 2011. Where: Freebird Live. #1088-0322 HARLEY GUY AT RICH’S BARBEQUE I see you a few times a month at Rich’s Barbeque between noon and 1 pm. You are dark-headed with greying hair, usually wear black jacket or black Harley shirt, you drive black Ford, eat from salad bar. I love your eyes but they look sad. I am petite crazy blonde, drive a red Chevy. Let’s have lunch. When: March 5, 2011. Where: Rich’s Barbeque, North Main Street. #1087-0322 TEXTING MOCHA GODDESS AT COMETRY You: Butter-pecan tan beauty in black top, fitted jeans with wide cuff and heels. Me: Chocolate hunk in white/yellow/ green striped shirt, tan pants wearing glasses sitting at next table. I noticed you all night, but mind was too cloudy to approach because bartender made a great drink. I am sober minded now — I would love to converse. When: March 15, 2011. Where: Square One. #1092-0322 KIDS TEMP, STARBUCKS RIVERSIDE I was at Starbucks Riverside with my mom. We laughed about the barista’s lack of concern for publicly preserving your tough, manly image. No need to be shy about your preference for lukewarm coffee. I have a feeling that preference doesn’t translate into the other facets of your life. p.s. Cute Ray Bans. When: Feb. 25, 2011. Where: Starbucks Riverside. #1080-0308 ORTEGA RIVER RUN RACE PACKET While walking toward St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, you asked me where to pick up your Ortega River Run packet. I showed you, and when you had it you found me and thanked me. Me: Black shorts, ‘10 Gate River Run shirt, talking with friend. You: Long brown hair, black shorts. I wish you hadn’t run away so quickly — would love to train with you sometime. When: Feb. 26, 2011. Where: Ortega River Run. #1079-0308   LATE FOR CLASS We never really talked the first half of the semester, but you were always on my wavelength. Class never really started until we arrived. Now that I know you live down the street, I’m hoping you’ll stop by and bring your High Lifes and PBRs. Because I can tell that we are gonna be friends. When: Fall 2010. Where: FSCJ Kent Campus. #1076-0222

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ecent years have seen a marked shift in how Southern cities remember the Civil Rights Movement. Cities from Birmingham to Greensboro to Nashville have built civil rights museums and learning centers. The National Park Service now maintains more than two dozen civil rights sites. St. Augustine has been progressing along this same path. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, corporations and government offices have all helped shed light on our segregated past and the activists who opposed it. This month, St. Augustine will hit a high point in these efforts. On Saturday, May 14, the Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project unveils a monument dedicated to the activists of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement. These “foot soldiers” were the men and women on the frontline of the Civil Rights Movement. They protested segregationist laws, were beaten and arrested, and ultimately advanced the civil rights cause. St. Augustine was one of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement hotspots. The protests and violent resistance began in 1960 and became more intense in 1963 and ’64. Foot soldiers were arrested for their peaceful protests. Political forces, including St. Augustine Mayor Joseph Shelley, local judges and law enforcement, denounced and intimidated the protesters. And some white citizens openly attacked them. As one of the protest signs read, “Vacation in Florida, but avoid St. Augustine: Nation’s Oldest Segregated City.” All the while, the St. Augustine foot soldiers stood before the injustice of Jim Crow racism and suffered ridicule, arrest and beatings in order to continue the march for freedom. Activists from New York and other parts of the country began to come to St. Augustine to join protesters, and by 1964, St. Augustine had become so central to the struggle that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference arrived to offer support and guidance. Andrew Young, later elected to Congress, was among the national leaders who came, only to be beaten by segregationists while police looked on. The courage of foot soldiers in the presence of such brutality motivated Pres. Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964, outlawing racial segregation in all public places and facilities. This history, sadly, had little voice in St. Augustine for 30 years. But this voice has been rising in recent years. Friends of Excelsior School opened the Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center, St. Augustine’s first AfricanAmerican history museum. Two other citizenrun nonprofits, the Civil Rights Memorial Project Committee (chaired by Gerald Eubanks) and 40th ACCORD (with the financial support of Northrop Grumman Corporation for its Freedom Trail), have each erected dozens of civil rights historical markers throughout the area.

Flagler College has made great strides in the past couple of years to commemorate civil rights history, including holding the first Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month Series, with six events that featured local and national contributors. The college also hosted the premiere screening of Andrew Young’s documentary, “Crossing in St. Augustine.” After the screening, the Andrew Young Foundation donated the unedited footage from the documentary to the college’s library, which is now creating a digital archive that will be

St. Augustine foot soldiers stood before the injustice of Jim Crow racism and suffered ridicule, arrest and beatings in order to continue the march for freedom. available to the public. Flagler’s student clubs have also been active in examining history and working toward justice. The Social Sciences Club won a grant to bring Vanderbilt professor Dr. Larry Isaac to campus to present his powerful research on the Nashville Civil Rights Movement. The Human Rights Advocates Club began to work with local churches, organizations and politicians to help bring cleaner water to predominately black West Augustine. Individuals working outside organizations have also made great contributions. Artist and filmmaker Jeremy Dean, a Flagler College graduate, produced “Dare Not Walk Alone,” an award-winning documentary about the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement and the city’s persistent inequality. St. Augustine high school teacher Ivonne Diaz and her students raised funds for three historic markers in the late 1990s. Local activist Ed Slavin has started an online petition encouraging the city to incorporate the Civil Rights Movement into its 450th celebration in 2015. On the government side, both St. Augustine and St. Johns County passed resolutions designating February as “Black History Month” and “St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Month.” More recently, the city announced it will

finance and install a monument to Young’s crossing. And after a worker at the St. Johns County Sheriff ’s Office recently found Dr. King’s fingerprint from his 1964 arrest, Sheriff David Shoar donated it to the Excelsior Museum. Now city officials are discussing the idea of opening a civil rights museum. After all these small and great steps, we are coming to a milestone in this movement to recognize the city’s past. The Foot Soldiers Monument will be unveiled in the Plaza de la Constitución. Barbara Vickers, a veteran of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, approached Mayor George Gardner in 2005 about establishing such a monument. The mayor established a Senior Advisory Council, and shortly after that, the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project was formed. Over the course of six years, the nonprofit Project raised more than $70,000 from private citizens. The fundraising efforts were greatly advanced by a $20,000 donation from resident Nena Vreeland and more than $30,000 raised at an event organized by Philip McDaniel, Patrick Canan, state Sen. Tony Hill and County Commissioner Ken Bryan. The monument honors all the foot soldiers, young and old, black and white, who came from all over the nation to be part of the civil rights struggle in St. Augustine. Its four figures represent an older black man and woman, a white college student and a black teenage girl. The backdrop depicts civil rights sites and marchers in the Plaza. These were activists who protested and were beaten and jailed, whose homes were terrorized by segregationists, and who helped one another face the hardships of racism and oppression. The statue will be installed next to the Old Slave Market and face the site where the old Woolworth store once stood, where demonstrators were arrested in now-historic lunch-counter protests. The St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project invites everyone to this momentous unveiling. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the Plaza de la Constitución. Speakers will share the history of the 1960s events, and bands will provide entertainment. Following the ceremony, there will be a public reception at A1A Ale House at 1 King St., St. Augustine. Free drinks and food will be provided. This is a rare opportunity to meet and celebrate with many of the people involved in a great turning point in U.S. history. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page, email or call 826-8544.  Casey Welch

Dr. Casey Welch is an associate professor of sociology and criminology at Flagler College and a member of the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project.

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