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9 EDITOR’S NOTE Is the deal struck by the Mayor’s Office and Police & Fire Pension Fund good for taxpayers? p. 4 NEWS Will a new death penalty law awaiting the governor’s signature speed up or slow down executions? p. 6 BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Black Creek Outfitters President Joe Butler, the Florida Legislature and Jacksonville University Professor Stephen Baker. p. 7 BUZZ Retirement reform, JaxPort woes, Spinnaker kudos, new JU doctorate and tattoos and blood donation. p. 8 DEEMABLE TECH What makes a secure password? p. 8 THE SPECKTATOR The Jaguars need an anthem to match their new attitude. p. 8 ON THE COVER Northeast Florida’s top users have weaned off water compared to previous years, but they’re still slurping more than their share. p. 9 OUR PICKS Alan Jackson, The Stereofidelics, “Traces,” Never Quit Beach Fest, Whole Wheat Bread and Wild Amelia. p. 16 MOVIES “The Source Family”: Documentary delves into the utopian, vegetarian, rock ’n’ rollin’ Father Yod and his 1970s disciples. p. 18 MUSIC North Carolina bluegrass quintet Steep Canyon Rangers blends the old-fashioned


30 with the contemporary – and relishes playing a supporting role for Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. p. 21 Hannah Aldridge blends Alabama past and Nashville present into rootsy, emotionally resonant singer-songwriter fare. p. 22 ARTS Bandleader Poncho Sanchez’s love of Latin jazz and conga keeps him energized after four decades as a performer. p. 30

“Murder Among Friends”: Loretta Swit stars in a comedic thriller of double-crossing cads. p. 31 BITE-SIZED Vegan venue Dig Foods offers organic, locally sourced dishes. p. 35 SPORTSTALK The bravery of LeRoy Butler. p. 44 BACKPAGE Has Florida simply created more needless stress, anxiety and heartache for the sake of an education reform movement that’s run off its rails? p. 47 MAIL p. 5 MOVIE LISTING p. 20 THE EYE p. 23 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 25 ARTS LISTING p. 32 HAPPENINGS p. 34 DINING GUIDE p. 36 CLASSIFIEDS p. 42 CROSSWORD p. 43 I SAW U p. 45 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 46 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 46

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Shady Pension Reform

Is the deal struck by the Mayor’s Office and Police & Fire Pension Fund good for taxpayers?


nce again, the Police & Fire Pension Fund has done its work in secrecy. This time, it teamed up with the mayor’s administration behind closed doors to hammer out pension reform — or “retirement reform,” as the city is strangely calling it. Alvin Brown’s administration had fought negotiating pension benefits with the PFPF, saying that bargaining should take place with the unions. But a federal lawsuit filed by police and firefighters to validate the PFPF’s role in negotiating retirement benefits led the parties to court-ordered mediation. So the city ended up bargaining with PFPF Executive Director John Keane anyway, out of the sunshine that normal collective bargaining would require — a way of doing business that the pension fund leadership seems to prefer. The city said the new agreement will save taxpayers approximately $1.1 billion over 30 years, including almost $50 million in the next fiscal year. Where will that $50 million in savings come from? The PFPF will use $21.3 million of money it receives from the state — which is meant to shore up benefits for public safety workers — to lower the contribution from the city for the next fiscal year. But that’s a one-time payment. Also, the pension agreement keeps the expected rate of return at the current 7.75 percent for the next two years before gradually lowering it to 7 percent by 2017. In March, the PFPF board took steps to lower the rate to 7 percent, which meant the city would have needed to contribute even more money next year.

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So the city is sort of saving money there. We’ll see what the city auditor has to say. The long-term savings aren’t coming from current police officers and firefighters — they’ll keep all their benefits, including the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), which allows them to deposit retirement checks into a personal account at a guaranteed 8.4 percent rate of return while still collecting pay for the last five years of their careers. Could this status quo deal for current public safety employees have anything to do with Brown coming up for re-election 2015? Maybe not, but the mayor did back down on several of his tough negotiating stances. The real savings in this deal are from police officers and firefighters hired after Oct. 1. New employees would be able to retire after 30 years instead of 20, be vested in 10 years instead of five, have an employee pre-tax contribution of 10 percent instead of 7 percent, earn a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase three years after retirement instead of 3 percent starting three months after retirement, and have an accrual rate of 2.5 percent for all years of service with a maximum of 75 percent instead of 3 percent per year for first 20 years and then 2 percent per year for 10 years with a maximum of 80 percent. Final average compensation for retirement benefits would be based on the average of the last five years of pay, not the last two years. Also, the DROP program would be eliminated. Is this a good deal? It remains to be seen. The City Council must now examine the proposal, with public scrutiny, and calculate

Editor’s Note whether the city can afford to pay more than $100 million into the pension fund each year for the foreseeable future. However, some councilmembers may have little appetite for taking on the police and firefighter unions when they face re-election as well. It seems every time the PFPF makes a decision, it’s done in secret and it costs money — a lot of money. At the end of 2012, Keane sold back 1,200 hours of leave time for $163,400. The PFPF board approved this move unanimously, Chairman Bobby Deal told The Florida TimesUnion, because the sale of unused time was allowed under Keane’s contract. Just to put 1,200 hours into perspective: That’s 30 weeks of vacation time. Most city employees can accrue up to 480 hours of unused leave, which they can sell back only when they leave city employment. Public safety employees are allowed to sell back unused leave annually. Keane’s annual salary is $291,000. He receives six weeks of vacation a year. “To compensate someone as well as he is compensated and then give him that kind of leave — it’s an insult to the hard-working people of Jacksonville,” City Councilmember Bill Gulliford told the Times-Union. Add that to a laundry list of questionable PFPF decisions: a $44,000 raise for Keane last year; the purchase of a new $43,500 Ford Expedition in June 2012, trading in a 2011 Ford Flex with 25,591 miles on it; a Senior Staff Voluntary Retirement Plan that could pay Keane $200,000 a year when he retires again, on

top of the roughly $60,000 pension now being paid yearly for his service on the force; $300,000 in legal fees to fight a six-year battle to reduce a disabled firefighter’s benefits which the PFPF lost; more than $300,000 in legal fees fighting a public records request from citizen watchdog Curtis Lee. Then there’s Richard Cannon, the police officer convicted of child molestation, whose pension remains intact because the PFPF board said he didn’t use his power as a police officer to commit those crimes. The PFPF spends more than $8 million a year on expenses, which is twice the norm for pension funds of similar size, according to Lee, a retired attorney and pension fund manager. This kind of spending shows a lack of care for the money the PFPF is charged with overseeing. Much of that money is supplied by taxpayers. The purpose of that money is to provide benefits to public safety employees who perform difficult jobs for the public good — not for the people who administer it. Curiously, the new pension deal also includes provisions for selecting future pension fund administrators after Keane retires. The new executive director must have five years of pension or institutional investment experience, advanced degrees and preferably experience directing a retirement system — requirements that would leave Keane out of the pool of qualified candidates.  Denise M. Reagan

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Rights Can Be Abridged

The Editor’s Note about the Oceanway Middle School case [“Is Public Education a Right?”, May 1] is seriously flawed. In our legal system, individuals who are guilty of serious misconduct can be deprived of “rights” which they would otherwise enjoy. One example: Convicted felons are deprived of their constitutional “right” to keep and bear arms. I applaud Circuit Judge Henry Davis for his courageous decision, which follows both the law and common sense. The victim in this case was left with a fractured skull, which may cause medical problems for the remainder of her life. No other public school student should be exposed to the same risk from a known bully. Gary E. Eckstine Jacksonville

Is Public Education a Right?

Thank you for bringing up this question. It is one I have been pondering since the birth of my children. It may be a “right” currently, but I most certainly advocate for it being a “privilege.” I have two normal children, a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old. They have no idea that it’s OK to fistfight and hurt others. It would be a complete shock to them, and I am sure they would be fearful in an environment like that. Adults would never work in such a hostile environment. How can we expect children to? I have never been able to understand that the majority of adults seem to think the kids need to go out there and toughen up. What? Children are being killed by their peers, or killing themselves out of fear. All of these bogus ADD diagnoses and drugging the children to help them cope with the chaotic environment of public schools. When will we listen? We don’t need to drug children and keep trying to figure out what is wrong with them. The system is not safe, it’s chaotic, it’s unhealthy. It needs to change. If the children are acting out, breaking the rules and, most of all, being violent — cracking another’s skull? — they should be expelled for life. Oh, and we’re concerned they will be incarcerated? That’s where they belong. We need to begin by educating parents and protecting children from the many violent and unhealthy environments they are born into. Once they are damaged, we cannot allow them to make school unsafe for my children and those of parents who are doing a good job and raising peaceful children. That young lady and her friends should be expelled without a doubt and sent to a rehabilitation center. We have to

protect the children. I am in fear of my girls going to public school out of financial necessity this year. But I would go on welfare and homeschool before I will allow them to be bullied or hurt by anyone. Time will tell. Cristina Maduro Jacksonville

Teaching Distracted by Discipline

The court of appeals reversed Circuit Court Judge Henry Davis’ injunction barring a student from Duval County Public Schools, but an ongoing dialogue about student safety should continue for the sake of students and their families. According an American Federation of Teachers survey, 17 percent of respondents lost four hours or more of instruction each week due to disruptive behavior in the classroom. This means many educators spend a minimum of 19 out of 180 days playing police officer instead of teaching. It would be safe to say that there is no college of education graduate who wishes to go into the field of teaching to waste important time on behavior problems. This may help explain why approximately half of all new teachers quit within their first five years. They end up tempering the educational theory that they learned with the daily reality of students who disrupt the classroom. Teachers are not the only ones heading to the exits. Families are increasingly aware of their education options. They choose private, charter, parochial or home schools because they often see a public school system that is painfully ill-equipped to protect their children from harm. They believe the public schools are willing to compromise general safety to protect the rights of a few whose behavior is reckless and harmful. The fact that a judge stepped in and felt it necessary to ban a student from attending any public schools in the district is a serious indictment of a school system that has its challenges assuring the community that it can be trusted with their children. He intervened because there’s an apparent need for justice in Duval County Public Schools to ensure the world-class education that they were elected to provide. John Louis Meeks Jr. Jacksonville

Is U.S. the Greatest Country?

Is the United States truly the greatest country in the world? First, let me say I love this country and do not have any desire to leave, but I was just

reflecting recently and wanted to share some of my observations. Do we Americans have more personal and civil rights than many other countries? Yes, no doubt. We have the right to criticize our government. The right to a fair trial. The right to get mad at something or someone and walk into a gun shop and buy a pistol or assault rifle and take justice into our own hands. We have the right to be poor and allow the government to provide food, housing, etc., for us and our families. Plus other rights. Let’s talk about our government. It is a democracy rather than a dictatorship, communist [country] or others. Democracy means that we the people elect a person or persons from our local area or city to represent our wishes and views regarding how this great country of ours is governed. Unfortunately, this is broken and the rest of the world is looking at us now and wondering why democracy is supposed to be a good thing. I think maybe we need an overhaul of our Constitution. I mean each state gets two senators and X number of representatives based on the population. That means there are 100 members in the Senate and 435 members in the House of Representatives, and a majority of these people have to agree before any legislation or law is passed. You know how difficult it is to get a local School Board or City Council to agree on anything — and we’re talking about a lot fewer people with smaller egos. I’m thinking one senator and one representative from each state, and that’s still 100. The other thing we should do is have electronic voting. Certain legislation or new bills should be decided directly by the people of the country and not by our elected officials. How can an issue like background checks for firearms have a 90 percent approval rating by citizens and yet get voted down by those representing those citizens? What about our education system? Do we have the greatest education system in the world? No. In many major areas, like math and science, we are way down the list — behind many countries we would describe as small and less fortunate than the United States. Why is this? Could it be that we adults have become too “busy” to be parents for our children? When is the last time you spent an hour or two observing in your child’s classes? When is the last time you volunteered to be a chaperone on your child’s field trip? When is the last time you actually reviewed your child’s homework? When is the last time you talked to your child about his friends and what they like to do together? Remember, sometimes it’s the little things in a child’s life that make the biggest difference. It’s not the number or value of gifts or presents we buy them. No, all they want to know is that you really love and care for them — and believe it or not, money cannot buy their love. Is our future hopeless? No. Can we do something about this mess we’ve let our country slide into? Yes. If this article has made you stop and think of ways you can begin to make a difference, then there is still hope. Let’s all go make a difference!  Don Nolan Jacksonville

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Fast-tracking Executions

Will a new death penalty law, awaiting the governor’s signature, speed up or slow down executions?

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hen Larry Eugene Mann was executed April 10, he had been on Florida’s death row for 32 years, more than three times as long as his victim, 10-year-old Elisa Nelson, had lived. A new law, known as the Timely Justice Act of 2013, is designed to reduce the time between conviction and execution to less than 10 years. Currently awaiting the signature of Gov. Rick Scott, the measure was approved by the Senate 84-34 and the House 28-10 in late April. The bill is being blasted by death penalty opponents and the American Civil Liberties Union as being unfair to inmates who may have been wrongly convicted and need time to prove their cases. It comes at a time when other states are doing away with capital punishment. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee and sponsor of the bill, said it's designed to correct flaws within the current system. “The death penalty system is broken in Florida. It is justice delayed for the inmates and justice denied to the victims,” he said. At this time, there are 155 inmates on Death Row who have been waiting for execution for more than 20 years, Gaetz said. The last five convicted killers who were executed waited an average of 26.8 years for their deaths, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. The average time between conviction and execution in Florida is about 13 years; the national average is 14.8 years. Gaetz said his bill “reduces the number of frivolous motions” that don’t speak to guilt or innocence. Inmates can still challenge their convictions and sentences with new evidence, new witnesses and DNA, he said. A key provision of the legislation requires the governor to sign death warrants within 30 days for all inmates who have exhausted all their appeals and clemency. Gaetz said he understands there are 13 inmates who are “warrant ripe.” “I don’t think any governor enjoys death warrants,” Gaetz said. “This transitions it from a purely subjective process to a ministerial process.” Stephen Harper, who heads the Death


Penalty Clinic at Florida International University’s College of Law, said the changes in the law could result in challenges to it. “Whenever you tinker with the system in this kind of way, you risk litigation and slow it down,” Harper said. Harper noted it would be bad precedent for Scott to sign a measure that limits gubernatorial power. Currently, the governor reviews the inmate’s status and considers other relevant information before signing a death warrant, but the timing is somewhat up to him and his legal staff. The Timely Justice Act seemed to gain momentum after Mann’s April 10 execution. Mann was convicted of the 1980 abduction and killing of Elisa Vera Nelson as she rode her bicycle to school in Palm Harbor. “It is glaringly apparent that there is something fundamentally flawed with a justice system that takes 32 years to bring to justice a pedophile who confessed to kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl,” Jeff Nelson, the victim’s brother, who was 12 when the slaying occurred, told the Tampa Bay Times. Leading the charge against the bill is Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a coalition of individuals and organizations united to abolish the death penalty in Florida. FADP claims that curtailing the appeals process means innocent inmates could be executed. “It is not about justice, being smart or tough on crime, or wise use of taxpayer dollars — it is about political posturing,” Mark Elliott, FADP executive director, said of the bill. Florida has had a history of wrongful convictions, which has resulted in the freeing of 24 inmates previously on Death Row. Many were freed after being held there more than 10 years. “It seems both tragic and ironic that the state that sends the highest number of wrongly convicted people to Death Row is attempting to speed up executions,” Elliott said. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Florida leads all states in exonerations with 24, followed by Illinois at 20 and Texas at 12.

“If the point is to reduce the stay on Death Row to less than a decade, it’s the wrong focus. The real problem is sloppy justice, cases where evidence is hidden, for instance, and current state rules that allow judges to impose the death penalty without even a unanimous jury vote.” The American Civil Liberties Union is also opposed to the new law. “Do we really want a law that, requiring the governor to sign a death warrant on a ‘timely basis,’ will at some point mean that an innocent person has been put to death? There is no fixing a wrongful execution — once someone has been executed, there is no remedy,” Carlos Ivan Ramos, director of the Northeast Florida Region of the ACLU of Florida, said in a statement. With four death sentences last year, Duval County is tied with Riverside County in California for second among U.S. counties with the most death sentences in 2012. Only California's Los Angeles County had more with six, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Since 2009, 15 defendants have been sentenced to death in Duval County, 12 of whom are black, according to Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Harper expressed concerns about the new law. “My worry [is], it will speed up the death penalty process and hurt a lot of people, innocent people,” said Harper, who worked for 17 years in the public defender’s office in Miami-Dade County. The Miami Herald urged the governor to veto it. “If the point is to reduce the stay on Death Row to less than a decade, it’s the wrong focus. The real problem is sloppy justice, cases where evidence is hidden, for instance, and current state rules that allow judges to impose the

death penalty without even a unanimous jury vote,” the Herald wrote in an April 29 editorial. Florida’s action goes against the tide of states choosing to abandon the death penalty. Maryland is the latest, with Gov. Martin O’Malley signing a bill on May 2 to abolish the death penalty. It became the 18th state to repeal capital punishment. New Mexico and Connecticut have also voted to abolish the death penalty. “Other parts of the country are slowing it down,” Harper noted. In a statement released by his office, O’Malley explained his reasoning behind signing the bill eliminating the death penalty. “Maryland has effectively eliminated a policy that is proven not to work. Evidence shows that the death penalty is not a deterrent, it cannot be administered without racial bias, and it costs three times as much as life in prison without parole.” Both Elliott and Gaetz characterized Florida’s current system as broken; Elliott said some change is needed, but not this. “Florida’s system of state executions is like a rickety old public bus that costs millions of dollars to operate,” Elliott said. “The brakes are shot and the steering is out and it's constantly crashing into innocent people. The answer shouldn’t be to pack in more passengers, hit the gas and go faster.”  Ron Word

Bouquets & Brickbats Bouquets to Joe Butler, president of Black Creek Outfitters, for his support of the St. Johns Riverkeeper. Over the last six years, the company has donated more than $30,000 to the nonprofit organization that fights for a cleaner river. Brickbats to the Florida Legislature for finishing the session without dealing with the problem of a million uninsured Floridians. While the lawmakers were busy making it illegal to dye bunnies and chickens different colors, they should have been considering that many of their constituents are in dire straits without health insurance. We agree with Sen. Bill Nelson that a special session is needed to address the issue. Bouquets to Jacksonville University Professor Stephen Baker, retiring after teaching political science for 28 years. Baker has been widely quoted in the media for his insight into America’s political scene. He won’t be gone completely from JU: He continues as a part-time teacher at JU’s Public Policy Institute. MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 7


NewsBuzz Retirement Reform – Finally At Jacksonville City Hall, officials were touting an agreement for retirement reform as “historic” and “financially sustainable.” Mayor Alvin Brown announced May 8 that the city had reached an agreement with the city unions that will save $1.1 billion over the next 30 years and save the city about $50 million it would’ve had to put in the pension fund in October. The agreement, which covers the Fraternal Order of Police, the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters and the Jacksonville Police & Fire Pension Fund, will modify retirement benefits for police and fire employees hired after Oct. 1. Current police and fire employees still pay into the fund and keep their current benefits. A key point states the provisions for selecting administrators to the Police Fire & Pension Fund after current administrator John Keane retires. Future administrators must have five years of pension or institutional investment experience and advanced degrees; retirement system directing experience preferred.

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In the last year, Shad Khan has made big strides toward building a football team the fans deserve – one of which we can truly be proud. Personnel changes, new coaching staff, bold signings (and cuts) have all set the stage for change, but it wasn’t until the unveiling of the updated logo and uniforms that the city began to feel the “new attitude” Khan wants to create. While I applaud him on everything he’s done thus far, I believe there’s one crucial element still missing if we’re to take the team, in the words of Mayor Alvin Brown, “to the next level”: an official Jaguars anthem. Fortunately, multiplatinum recording artist/producer – and Jacksonville native – (aka Van Bryant) of 69 Boyz has “Show Up Show Out” all cued up and ready to go. All he needs is someone in Jaguars HQ to declare it the official anthem. That said, go to, listen to the song, then sign the petition to make it happen. And while you’re there, check out videos of other contenders, which I can only describe as “cat-astrophic.”

In the words of Lewis Carroll, things are getting “curiouser and curiouser” at JaxPort. The Jacksonville Transportation Board thought it had nailed down a new executive director, but he decided to stay in Miami, so it was back to square one to find a port leader. Then, JaxPort board member Reggie Gaffney learned he’d lost his non-paid seat when The Florida Senate failed to confirm his appointment. It never got out of the Senate Committee on Ethics & Elections, which unanimously voted in favor of appointing John Falconetti, president of Drummond Press who’s served on Jacksonville Library Board, Jacksonville Aviation Authority and Enterprise Florida. Falconetti was confirmed by the Senate.

Dr. Biz Want to impress your friends and amaze your bosses? Jacksonville University is offering a Doctorate in Business Administration starting in fall 2014. JU said it expects an initial class of 12, mostly experienced professionals wanting to add intense research tools and cutting-edge analytics to their portfolios. At full-speed, up to 40 students will be enrolled in the three-year program. For application information, go to, click on the DBA application link.

READ THE SPECKTATOR BLOG Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events around the First Coast and beyond. She’s the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she’s got that going for her. Contact her at

Tattoos Welcome at Blood Alliance From now on, your tats won’t prevent you from donating blood at the Blood Alliance in Jacksonville. Blood is now accepted from donors who got their tattoos at licensed facilities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Recent regulatory changes requiring licensing of establishments and artists in Florida now allow folks to donate blood. Previously, there was a one-year deferral period because of concerns about hepatitis. For details, go to

Kudos for Spinnaker Digital The online version of University of North Florida’s student newspaper is a finalist for the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2013 Online Pacemaker Award. This the second time Spinnaker Digital has been a finalist for the honor, often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism; it was a finalist in 2009. The Spinnaker’s one of 54 finalists chosen from 277 entries. The winner is announced at the National College Media Convention in New Orleans Oct. 23. 8 | | MAY 15-21, 2013


ewis B. Walker finally made it to No. 1 on our top 50 list of residential water users. In other words, he’s the Top Water Hog in Northeast Florida. Walker’s property on Timuquana Road on Jacksonville’s Westside has been on the list for six of the seven years we’ve been outing the major water consumers in Northeast Florida. This year, Walker spent $9,061 for 1.48 million gallons of water, according to records obtained from the JEA. Walker’s telephone number was not listed, and he did not respond to a letter from Folio Weekly. The Water Hog information was compiled from a list Folio Weekly obtained, for $175, from the JEA under a public records request. The list contained the customer’s name, home address, county, gallons of water sold in the 2011-’12 fiscal year and the annual amount of each customer’s bill. We also looked up the property on the databases of property appraisers’ offices in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties for information on the size of properties, square footage of each house and its market value, and records of recent sales. The information from JEA shows the top 50 users consumed 53,428,817 gallons of water in the past year, with the top 29 users consuming more than 1 million gallons of water each. The other 21 on the list all used more than 900,000 gallons each. Those are amazing amounts, considering the average customer uses about 6,000 gallons a month (or 72,000 gallons a year) for home use, and irrigation adds an estimated 3,000 gallons a month (36,000 gallons a year), according to Gerri Boyce, JEA’s media relations coordinator. We mailed letters to the top 20 Water Hogs, but only a handful responded. One woman was so embarrassed that her name appeared on the list, she called three times apologizing for heavy water use and saying it must be a mistake. Another woman called and asked that her name be removed from the list, while a man called and attributed his heavy use to his having “three daughters.” Seven of the top 50 Water Hogs live on Ponte Vedra Boulevard in St. Johns County. Some of the homes along that stretch of road near the ocean are new construction, requiring lots of water for irrigating new lawns or filling swimming

pools, while some have reported broken or leaking irrigation systems. The biggest water users also live on what used to be called “silk stocking row.” Four of the top 15 live in houses with a market value of more than $1 million — the average market value of the top 15 is $692,433. In 2012, the median value of a single-family home in Duval County was $115,642, according to the Property Appraiser’s annual report. On a positive note, our top Water Hogs have become a little less piggish. The amount of water used by the top 15 has continued to decline over the years, from 28 million gallons in 2007 to 18.7 million gallons this year. Last year’s top 15 Water Hogs also did better for fiscal 2011-’12. That group, minus homes sold or where information was not available, saved more than four million gallons of water over the previous year. Of that group, only Lewis Walker increased his water use by 128,950 gallons, from 1.358 million gallons to 1.483 million gallons. In some cases, JEA customers used more water but had lower water bills than some of the other big water uses. Boyce said there are a number of factors that contribute to that, including adjustments for broken pipes. In the past, JEA did not notify customers if they were running up huge water bills by high usage. Now, JEA is launching the JEA Tracker, an online tool for customers to keep track of both their water and electric usage. JEA customers who log onto their accounts at will have access to the service. As part of the tracker, customers can set limit notifications, so if they hit that limit, they will be notified. Customers can also go online and see how much water they’re using on a daily and monthly basis. Our goal for running this annual survey is to make everyone aware of use and misuse of this precious resource. Please see the box on water conservation tips and websites that offer more information.  Ron Word

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Walker Residence Timuquana Road, Westside

Market value: $97,723 Lot size: 74,923 square feet Water used: 1,483,950 gallons Annual water bill: $9,061 Explanation: Walker has been in our top Water Hog listings for six of the seven years we’ve been outing the region’s top water users. Since we started Water Hogs in 2007, Walker has used more than 8 million gallons. Previous years on list: No. 13 in 2008, No. 36 in 2009, No. 26 in 2010, No. 2 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012


Cusack Residence Saxon Lake Drive, Intracoastal West


Smyrles Residence

Shipwatch Drive, Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club

Market value: $473,296 Lot: 24,829 square feet Water used: 1,418,904 gallons Annual water bill: $9,737 Explanation: A newcomer to the list, Cusack was able to finish a close third. Previous years on list: None

Market value: $1,380,512 Lot: 73,181 square feet Water used: 1,309,905 gallons Annual water bill: $9,713 Explanation: The Smyrles used 125,095 gallons less last year than the previous year’s total of 1,435,000 gallons, but they moved up one spot on our list. Property records show the four-bedroom, 5,069-square-foot home includes a pool and a spa. Previous years on list: No. 5 in 2012, No. 16 in 2009

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Stewart Residence

Marsh Harbor Drive North, Intracoastal West

Market value: $661,121 Lot: 23,956 square feet Water used: 1,442,122 gallons Annual water bill: $10,289 Explanation: The Stewarts used 246,000 more gallons this year than last year, climbing 15 places in the rankings. Previous years on list: No. 17 in 2012


McKissick Residence

Margate Hills Road, Deercreek Country Club, Southside Market value: $1.5 million Lot: 34,848 square feet Water used: 1,300,922 gallons Annual water bill: $8,967 Explanation: McKissick is a bishop and senior pastor at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. His home, built in 1996, has a total living area of 5,575 square feet and has a pool and a spa. A woman identifying herself as Mrs. McKissick called and asked if she could be removed from the list. “It was our irrigation system. Our grass was ruined, and we had to run it a lot to get our grass back up.” Previous years on list: None



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Levy Residence

Courtyards Place West, Deerwood Country Club, Southside Market value: $1.27 million Lot: 46,609 square feet Water used: 1,276,888 gallons Annual water bill: $9,038 Explanation: This home has six bedrooms, sixand-a-half baths and 8,348 square feet, plus a pool and spa. Previous years on list: None


Walker Residence

Southern Hills Circle West, Hidden Hills, Arlington Market value: $276,819 Lot: 18,209 square feet Water used: 1,187,929 gallons Annual water bill: $8,751 Explanation: The home, with five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, is about 3,482 square feet. It also has a pool. Previous years on list: None


Merrill Residence

Highview Drive, Hidden Hills, Arlington

Market value: $487,054 Lot: 19,166 square feet Water used: 1,182,947 gallons Annual water bill: $9,026 Explanation: The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has about 4,716 square feet. Previous years on list: None MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 11

WHERE THE WATER GOES Since Folio Weekly started compiling the list, the amount of water used by the Top 50 Water Hogs generally has decreased, as is the case with the the overall numbers reported by JEA. But the Water Hogs’ use is still way out of proportion with the average amount of water used by a JEA customer in a single year: 108,000 gallons. 2012 Top 50 Water Hogs 8




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Mills Residence

Sweetwater Branch Lane, Fruit Cove Market value: $309,224 Lot: 3,047 square feet Water used: 1,181,952 gallons Annual water bill: $7,778 Explanation: The house, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, has 3,047 square feet. Previous years on list: No. 7 in 2009


Robinson Residence

Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach


Kuester Residence Marsh Lakes Drive, Fernandina Beach

Market value: $930,000 Lot: 53,130 square feet Water used: 1,167,950 gallons Annual water bill: $6,216 Explanation: The oceanfront home has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, marsh views and a third-story deck. Previous years on list: No. 29 in 2008, No. 39 in 2009, No. 20 in 2011

Market value: $1.49 million Lot: 56,625 square feet Water used: 1,162,894 gallons Annual water bill: $6,876 Explanation: Kuester’s water usage keeps climbing. He used 1.097 million gallons in 2008 and 1.215 million gallons in 2012. Previous years in list: No. 50 in 2008, No. 16 in 2012 MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 13

12 Lane Residence

Ortega Boulevard, Ortega

Market value: $1,097,000 Lot: 74,923 square feet Water used: 1,150,409 gallons Annual water bill: $8,286 Explanation: Helen Lane, widow of E.W. Lane, was distressed about being a Water Hog. “I am sick about it. I am disturbed about it,” said Lane, who said she was on the St. Johns Riverkeeper Board of Directors. She said she was contacting JEA about the large amount. Her 8,369-square-foot home has three bedrooms and five bathrooms. Previous years on list: None


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

102 South 7th Street • (904) 445-9034

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

614 Ash Street • (904) 277-1604


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

13 Jason Residence

Hunters Grove Road, Baymeadows

227 South 7th Street • (904) 277-0500



Lennar Homes LLC

Field Crest Drive South, St. Augustine

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

98 South Fletcher Avenue • (800) 772-3359


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

103 S. 9th Street • (904) 277-2328

Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville. 14 | | MAY 15-21, 2013

Market value: $869,700 Lot: 34,412 square feet Water used: 1,150,394 gallons Annual water bill: $8,271 Explanation: This 7,598-square-foot home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Previous years on list: None

15 D.R. Horton Inc.

Bluff View Circle, Yulee Market value: $165,000 Lot: 15,370 square feet Water used: 1,141,926 gallons Annual water bill: $7,533 Explanation: New home built in October 2010, sold to Jonathan Sprow on May 24, 2012. Previous years on list: None

Market value: $261,000 Lot: 12,196 square feet Water used: 1,148,935 gallons Annual water bill: $7,418 Explanation: New home built in April 2011. Previous years on list: None

WATER HOGS VII WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A look at how last year’s Top 15 are doing

16. Dilorenzo Residence Glen Kernan Parkway East, Intracoastal West Water used: 1,131,941 gallons Previous years on list: None

17. Klempf Residence Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 1,130,908 gallons Explanation: Klempf attributed his high water use to having three daughters. The home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool and a spa. Previous years on list: No. 22 in 2011, when usage was 966,000 gallons of water

18. Matire Residence Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 1,102,911 gallons Previous years on list: None

Water used: 1,015,888 gallons Previous years on list: None

Water used: 938,957 gallons Previous years on list: None

28. Weaver Residence

40. Standard Pacific of Florida

Hollyridge Road, Baymeadows Water used: 1,009,883 gallons Previous years on list: None

Kirkland Court, Oakleaf Plantation, Orange Park Water used: 938,949 gallons Previous years on list: None

29. Campion Residence Delfino Drive, Island at Queen’s Harbour Water used: 1,000,906 gallons Previous years on list: None

20. Cheiken Residence Forest Point Court, Beauclerc Water used: 1,096,942 gallons Previous years on list: None

21. Stratton Residence East Seneca Drive, St. Johns Water Used: 1,078,953 gallons Previous years on list: None

22. Marinatos Residence Swilcan Bridge Lane North, Intracoastal West Water used: 1,068,907 gallons Previous years on list: None

23. Geddes Residence Yacht Club Road, Ortega Water used: 1,065,900 gallons Previous years on list: None

24. Locher Residence Wekiva Lane, Baymeadows Water used: 1,032,890 gallons Previous years on list: None

25. Holmes Residence Shipwatch Drive East, Queen’s Harbour Water used: 1,031,881 gallons Previous years on list: None

Hollyridge Road, Baymeadows Water used: 991,983 gallons Previous years on list: No. 25 in 2012, when he used 1,173,000 gallons of water

42. Mussallem Residence

31. Ravis Residence

43. Finchem Residence

Ortega Forest Drive, Ortega Water used: 990,890 gallons Previous years on list: None

Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 931,903 gallons Previous years on list: No. 8 in 2011, when they used 1,245,000 gallons; a water meter problem was blamed

32. Vickers Residence Point La Vista Road West, San Jose Water used: 988,841 gallons Previous years on list: No. 19 in 2010; usage was 1,033,000 gallons of water

33. CF Knight Inc. Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 982,865 gallons Previous years on list: None

34. Kuehn Residence Tortuga Point Drive, Queen’s Harbour Water used: 976,297 gallons Previous years on list: No. 22 in 2010, when he used 1,003,000 gallons

Clifton Avenue, Arlington Water used: 934,955 gallons Previous years on list: No. 33 in 2011, when he used 892,000 gallons

Ashton Oaks Drive, Mandarin Water used: 929,936 gallons Previous years on list: None

45. Randolph Residence Shipwatch Drive East, Queen’s Harbour Water used: 924,917 gallons Previous years on list: None

46. Hale Residence Yacht Club Road, Ortega Water used: 908,924 gallons Previous years on list: None

47. Williamson Residence

36. Lohse Residence

48. Brown Residence

Wexford Club Drive East, Southside Water used: 970,134 gallons Previous years on list: None

Brodick Court, Intracoastal West Water used: 901,953 gallons Previous years on list: None

37. Rowe Residence

49. Coggin Residence

Moss Creek Drive, Intracoastal West Water used: 956,034 gallons Previous years on list: None

Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 900,936 gallons Previous years on list: 34 in 2012; usage was 1,060,000 gallons

Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used: 940,917 gallons Previous years on list: None

27. Allen Residence

39. Bales Residence

Ortega Forest Drive, Ortega

Montgomery Place, Riverside

Point La Vista Road South, San Jose Water used 2012: 819,000 gallons Water used 2011: 1,354,000 gallons Change: 535,000 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

2. EverBank Final Corp. Ortega Boulevard, Ortega Water used 2012: Property sold March 16, 2011, to Paul and Joy Jones. Water used 2011: 1,585,000 gallons Previous years on list: None

3. Makarov Residence Chelsea Lakes Place, Deercreek Country Club, Southside According to Duval County Property Appraiser records, the house where Makarov pays the water bill is owned by Eaglestar Intertrade, a marketing firm, a subsidiary of Itera Timberland & Development Strategies LLC, which is a subsidiary of the Russian natural gas company Itera Group. The huge place is really two homes connected by a covered driveway. State corporation records show Makarov is a director of Itera and several other companies. Water used 2012: 553,000 gallons Water used 2011: 1,578,000 gallons Change: 1,025,000 gallons decrease Previous years on list: No. 6 in 2007, No. 44 in 2008

9. Kondaur Capital Corporation San Lorenzo Boulevard, Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club, Intracoastal West Matthew Boren purchased the five-bedroom home Oct. 19, 2012, for $575,000. Water used 2011: 1,347,000 gallons Previous years on list: None

10. Gabriel Residence Ortega Boulevard South, Ortega Gabriel told Folio Weekly last year that the problem was the “sinking” swimming pool on the property purchased from former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. Service shut off Aug. 13, 2012; premises vacant. Water used 2011: 1,317,000 gallons Previous years on list: No. 2 in 2010

11. Simmons Residence James Island Trail, Deerwood Country Club, Southside Water used 2012: 972,887 gallons Water used 2011: 1,311,000 gallons Change: 338,113 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

12. Walker Residence 4. GreenPointe MF LLC East Auburn Oaks Road, Northside Water used 2012: 344,000 gallons Water used 2011: 1,440,000 gallons Change: 1,095,000 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

Timuquana Road, Westside Water used 2012: 1,483,950 gallons Water used 2011: 1,266,000 gallons Change: 129,950 gallons increase Previous years on list: No. 13 in 2008, No. 36 in 2009, No. 26 in 2010, No. 2 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012

5. Smyrles Residence

13. Crocker Residence

Shipwatch Drive, Queen’s Harbour Water used 2012: 1,398,905 gallons Water used 2011: 1,435,000 gallons Change: 36,095 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

Skylark Drive, Mandarin Stopped service Sept. 8, 2011; new tenant started Feb. 19, 2012 Water used 2011: 1,261,000 gallons Previous years on list: None

6. Amlie Residence

14. Nobles Residence

San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach Water used 2012: 603,000 gallons Water used 2011: 1,413,000 gallons Change: 810,000 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

Richmond Street, Avondale Purchased Sept. 9, 2011, by Aubrey Edge Water used 2011: 1,256,000 gallons Previous years on list: No. 12 in 2008

15. Spadaro Residence 7. Florence Residence

James Island Trail, Southside Water used: 972,887 gallons Previous years on list: No. 11 in 2012; usage was 1,311,323 gallons

Trimpe Lane, Westside Water used: 1,025,949 gallons Previous years on list: None

8. Hannon Residence

Charter Court East, Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club Jimmy Smith, a former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, moved back home to Jackson, Miss., selling his house for $1.3 million in September, taking a $23,571 loss. Water used 2012: 982,865 gallons Water used 2011: 2,041,000 gallons Change: 1,058,135 gallons decrease Previous years on list: No. 36 in 2008, No. 5 in 2009

44. Largura Residence

35. Simmons Residence

38. Chartrand Residence 26. Drees Homes of Florida

Wekiva Way, Baymeadows Water used: 935,890 gallons Previous years on list: None

30. Skinner Residence

19. Edge Residence Richmond Street, Avondale Water used: 1,100,899 gallons Previous years on list: None

41. Groover Residence

1. Smith Residence

Leafy Lane, Arlington Water used: 906,957 gallons Previous years on list: None

50. Jackson Residence Hollyridge Road, Baymeadows Water used: 900,907 gallons Previous years on list: No. 33 in 2008, with 1,213,000 gallons; No. 9 in 2009 with 1,394,000 gallons

Hala Court, Pablo Creek Reserve, Intracoastal West Water used 2012: 691,000 gallons Water used 2011: 1,362,000 gallons Change: 671,000 gallons decrease Previous years on list: None

Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach Purchased Aug. 8, 2012, by Gregory & Amy Wong Water used 2011: 1,237,000 gallons Previous years on list: None

WATER CONSERVATION TIPS • Letting water run while you wash your car can waste 150 gallons of water. Use a shutoff hose nozzle or turn the water off when you’re not using it. • If you have a lawn irrigation system, set it to run no more than twice a week from April through October and no more than once a week November through March. Check with the laws applicable to your neighborhood. • Install a monitor to turn off your sprinkler system when it’s raining. • Check the irrigation system to make sure there are no leaks. If an area of the lawn feels damp or spongy, there may be a leak. • Install a high-efficiency shower head. • Make sure the rubber flapper in your toilet tank forms a tight seal to keep water from leaking into the bowl. Leaks can add 50 percent or more to your water bill. • Don’t use cleaning tablets in the toilet tank. They can corrode the rubber flap and cause it to leak. Source: JEA

RESOURCES • St. Johns River Water Management District: • JEA:

• Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

• University of Florida IFAS extension service:

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Our Picks Reasons to leave the house this week


Lead vocalist Aaron Abraham, drummer Joseph Largen and bassist Will Frazier describe their sound as “Dirty South punk rock.” However you slice it, WWB grew up and formed here and have played Coachella, Bamboozle and Warped Tour. Whole Wheat Bread brings punk, crunk, reggae and rap that’s good for you, with support from IllFx, Atoms Alike and an onstage Douglas Anderson reunion with Frazier, Ben Harper, Randall Karikker and Alan Leavell. 8 p.m. May 19, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496, Photo: Fighting Records


Lead vocalist and drummer Melissa McGinley and guitarist Chris Padgett seek a blast from the ’70s art-rock band past. Citing influences of Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin among others, the energetic duo followed their first album “You Are Having a Wonderful Time” with “Dynamite Fist” this year. Their stop here is one of more than 45 over three months. 9 p.m. May 17, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, $5, 277-8010.



The fourth annual festival brings a special guest to Jax Beach – Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack, then returned to pro surfing. The film based on her book, “Soul Surfer,” screens twice during the event. A 5K and 1-mile runs, Warrior Challenges, Battle for the Beach, a U.S. SpecialOps parachute team, a world-record try for the largest yoga class on the beach and live music are featured. Expo is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 17-18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19; “Soul Surfer” screens 8 p.m. May 17-18 for Never Quit participants, SeaWalk Pavilion, 11 First St. N., Jax Beach, 887-9595, (206) 551-8704, Photo: Courtesy

Lari Gibbons’ work reflects on humans’ reverence, alteration and destruction of the natural world in an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The University of North Texas associate professor’s art is held in many collections, including the Beijing Natural Culture Center and the New York Public Library. “Traces No. 7” (letterpress monoprint, pictured) is among the works on display. Reception and lecture, 6-8 p.m. May 23; exhibit continues through Aug. 8, MOCA’s UNF Gallery of Art, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, regular admission on most days, 366-6911,


Country superstar Alan Jackson arrives in Northeast Florida shortly after the death of a close friend, country legend George Jones. Earlier this month, Jackson performed “He Stopped Loving Her Today” at Jones’ funeral. On this tour, Jackson’s proving he can still deliver. After an April concert, the Birmingham News said Jackson is “aging gracefully and his singing remains mighty fine.” The two-time Grammy winner performs with support from Gloriana. 7:30 p.m. May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., $60.50-$86, 209-0367, 16 | | MAY 15-21, 2013


Nature lovers can tour on foot, by kayak, paddleboard, sailboat or bike – even on Segway – at the seventh annual festival, held in Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch, Fort George and Amelia Island. Besides the eco tours, Wild Amelia has the popular sea turtle release (pictured), photography classes, kids’ activities, nature hikes, birding and an EcoExpo. Two new events are at the Jacksonville Zoo: dinner and a behind-the-scenes tour and a private photography shoot and brunch. May 17-19, fees vary by event; EcoExpo events are free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18, Atlantic Recreation Center, 251-0016, Photo: Kathy Brooks

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Movies Co-director Jodi Wille says the filmmakers were “incredibly lucky” to have Isis Aquarian’s elaborate scrapbooks and photos, including this one of the Source Family. Photo: Isis Aquarian

Far Out-Sourced

Documentary delves into the utopian, vegetarian, rock’n’rollin’ Father Yod and his 1970s disciples THE SOURCE FAMILY ***G Not Rated

9 p.m. May 20, Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors/students


hen someone says California cults, Charles Manson and his deranged band This is a copyright protectedof homicidal proof © followers immediately come to mind. But “The Source Family,” a 98-minute documentary about Father Yod and his Source Family followers, who lived, loved and ate tions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 111312 vegetarian in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, R PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 frames the excesses and intrigues of this Produced by cs Checked by particular Sales radical Rep cjsocial experiment in a much SE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION more positive light. The film, co-directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos, begins with Ohio native Jim Baker, a Marine in World War II who moved to Hollywood in the 1950s to become a stuntman. Baker fell into the restaurant and bar business, but after tiring of his hard-drinking, unhealthy lifestyle, he was turned on to a vegetarian diet, Kundalini yoga, Vedanta religion and other esoteric Eastern teachings. In 1969, Baker, now calling himself Father Yod or Ya Ho Wha, opened The Source Restaurant, one of America’s first organic eateries, on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip — and bought a Hollywood Hills mansion to house his employees and followers. With the restaurant generating upward of $10,000 a day in revenue, Father Yod and his family were free to live a life dictated by free love, natural health and utopian visions of a remade society. Yes, Father Yod was a mystical, patriarchal figure who took 13 wives and spawned countless children — but that’s about where the maniacal manipulations ended for the Source Family. Instead, Yod organized a psychrock band, YaHoWha 13, which cut several far-out jam sessions on vinyl, and urged his followers to explore occultism, nudism, tantrism and pioneering raw-foods vegetarianism. In the mid-’70s, local and federal authorities were examining Source Restaurant’s finances, so the entire Source Family split for Hawaii; in 1975, Father Yod died in a freak hang-gliding accident, and the commune dispersed. But the story of Father Yod and the Source Family lives on, mostly thanks to Isis Aquarian, group archivist who wrote the 2007 book “The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod.” The book’s publisher, Jodi Wille, became obsessed with the group’s archive, and voilà — the idea for a fascinating documentary was born.

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Folio Weekly: How did you two first decide to make this documentary? Jodi Wille: In 1999, I came across a box set of YaHoWha 13 records put out by a Japanese label, and my jaw dropped — I’ve been a researcher of fringe religious groups for 20 years, and a book publisher on ’60s and ’70s

counterculture for 15 years, and I didn’t know about this cult from Los Angeles! Five years later, my husband found this student fi lm about the Source Family, and we were amazed at how articulate, interesting and funny the family members were. So, I got ahold of Isis Aquarian, who wrote me back right away and said, “My brother Electricity and I just finished the book we’ve been writing for seven years.” We collaborated on and expanded the book… That’s when I realized this would be an extraordinary fi lm. And I knew if I didn’t do it, someone else would. Maria Demopoulos: The Source Family has an extraordinary story. It’s got sex, music, rock ’n’ roll … And the archive — oh my God. F.W.: What makes their archive better than that of other cults? J.W.: We were incredibly lucky that Isis Aquarian had the tenacity and forethought to take pictures and maintain elaborate scrapbooks and diaries. She was obsessive about it, and she had some really rough years when she lugged those boxes with her wherever she went. Plus, the Source Family members were such attractive people: so over the top, outlandish and beautiful. We were doubly blessed. F.W.: The family members interviewed in the fi lm refer to their years with Father Yod as some of the best of their lives. Is that common among former cult members? J.W.: In my experience working with other experimental spiritual communities, the participants often have a very different view from what we’ve been told by the mass media. I’m not saying that the Manson family was a picnic. But the really bad scenes tend to overshadow the groups that provided powerful, transformative experiences for hundreds of thousands of young people. M.D.: That’s not to say that a lot of bad shit didn’t happen. [Laughs.] But many Source Family members credit that time as the most extraordinary and meaningful in their lives. F.W.: Do either of you think a modern-day Father Yod could emerge? M.D.: This story has a lot of relevance to our current culture, so it is possible. But it would be different if it did happen. J.W.: The days of the all-powerful, charismatic leader are over, just because of the Internet. But the collective impulse that drove a lot of people back then is still around. “The Source Family” seems to be getting a lot of traction because people are very dissatisfied with what’s happening in our country right now. It’s time for new ideas from people who are willing to think outside the box to build a better world.  Nick McGregor

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42 ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach, Regal River City Marketplace Jackie Robinson played baseball in a time in America when we were patting ourselves on the back for winning WWII (the big one) and being the good guys. Robinson, who wore No. 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, took us a long way toward recognizing the right of everyone to be equal. This film is beautifully acted by Chadwick Boseman as Jackie, Harrison Ford as Dodgers VIP Branch Rickey and Nichole Begarie as Jackie’s regal wife Rachel. THE BIG WEDDING **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace When Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were married, they adopted a son. They’ve been kaput for ages, and now son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is getting married. The unhappy couple pretend they’re still blissfully wed when Alejandro’s uptight biological mother attends his wedding. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP **G@ Rated R • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. After a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) IDs him as a member of the radical ‘60s Weather Underground, Jim Grant (Robert Redford) has to keep one step ahead of the law. Directed by Redford, the thriller’s all-star cast includes Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Sam Elliott and Brendan Gleeson. THE CROODS **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace A family of missing links is forced from their cave and into a whole new way of life – with fire, tools and shoes. The animated comedy’s cast voices include Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. DISCONNECT ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Regal Beach Blvd. The drama, directed by Henry Alex Rubin, examines the dangerous games users play on the Internet – from gambling online to affairs and identity theft to online pranks. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Nyqvist and Paula Patton. EVIL DEAD **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park In the remake of a 1981 horror film, kids in a remote cabin in the woods read the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead), calling forth demons – who just happen to be in the same woods – out to possess them. G.I. JOE: RETALIATION **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues Despite the charismatic Dwayne Johnson, this comic book takeoff is just too overwrought for its own good. Good action scenes, though, which should be seen in 3D. Co-starring badass Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum. GO GOA GONE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Even Bollywood is getting in the zombie fad – during a wild rave in Goa, the shuffling darlings of the dirt arise to do their ravenous best to zombify (we know – not a word) the ravers. The action-comedy is in Hindi. THE GREAT GATSBY **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace It’s 1922, and humble, naïve Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a

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bond salesman in New York City, lives on Long Island next door to the sprawling mansion of ominous Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Jay’s using Nick, whose Cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) was once Jay’s love – he hasn’t seen her in five years. Daisy’s married to Tom (Joel Edgerton), a philandering millionaire whose affair with crazy golddigger Myrtle (Isla Fisher) is well known. At 143 minutes, it’s 20 minutes too long, and it’s also a drag to have boring Nick narrate. He’s not a compelling character, his innocence has little perspective of value, and Maguire is forced to play down Nick’s charisma because he knows the focus is on Daisy, Tom and Jay. It’s a shame, too – lost in the ennui are fine performances from Edgerton, Mulligan and especially DiCaprio. Unfortunately, the flaws make the final verdict not so great. IRON MAN 3 ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace, San Marco Theatre, Sun-Ray Cinema After saving the world in “The Avengers,” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) suffers from anxiety. More villains are lining up to challenge him, including The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who likes to kill innocent people, and scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Downey keeps the story grounded and the action soaring as Stark/Iron Man, a genius casting decision that’s carried four films. JURASSIC PARK 3D **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. In 1993, Steven Spielberg transported us to a land where prehistoric man-eating – and plant-eating – beasts roamed free, thousands of years past their prime. Twenty years later, we’re invited back to “The Lost World” – in 3D! KING’S FAITH **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency This film tackles tough subjects: gangs, foster kids who “age out” of the system, and youth’s eternal struggle with fitting in. Brendan King (Crawford Wilson) is a gang member who embraces a new direction in life, but still has challenges. Co-starring Kayla Compton, who was raised here in Jacksonville. MUD **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Two 14-year-old Southern boys, Ellis and Neckbone (think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn), find a boat stuck in a tree and claim it as their hideaway on the Mississippi River. The boat, though, is home to Mud (a brilliant Matthew McConaughey), a fugitive hiding until he can meet with the love of his life, Juniper (an under-used Reese Witherspoon). Though Neckbone is suspicious of the worn-out, ragged man, Ellis feels immediate sympathy for Mud and agrees to help him get food and such – with the promise that the boys eventually get the boat. OBLIVION ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a veteran soldier, is sent to the distant planet Earth to salvage some of the last remaining resources. When he meets Beech (Morgan Freeman), the charismatic leader of an insurgency, Harper begins to question everything he thought he knew about his mission and the planet. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) is held hostage in the White House during a terrorist attack. Lucky for him, former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is also trapped in the building. With his inside knowledge of the layout of the place, badass Mike is Asher’s – and the nation’s – only hope of surviving. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Regal Avenues Sam Raimi directs this adventure to the Land of Oz to see how the Midwestern magician became the great wizard. Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a two-bit circus performer, is hurtled to a place where fortune and treasures abound. He meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and

Spock (Zachary Quinto, left) and Kirk (Chris Pine, right) face their toughest test – a dangerous villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) who attacks Star Fleet from within. Photo: Paramount Pictures Glinda (Michelle Williams), witches of dubious morality. PAIN & GAIN **@@Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Michael Bay directs this film based on a true story about three bodybuilders (dumbbells pumping dumbbells) in Florida, Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) and Anthony Mackie (Adrian Doorbal), who become involved in a crime gone wrong. PEEPLES Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) arrives at the Peeples’ annual family reunion in The Hamptons, seeking permission to marry Grace (Kerry Washington). When Tyler Perry has a production credit, expect uproarious surprises. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism joins Perry to “present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out … but bind us together with love.” Isn’t that sweet? THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES **** Rated R • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. Carny motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling) finds out he has a son and vows to provide for the child, only he robs banks instead of getting a real job. This gets the attention of Avery (Bradley Cooper), a good cop trying to survive in a dirty police department. Critics argue that Cooper and Gosling give the best performances of their careers. SCARY MOVIE V *@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace The latest installment of this franchise is about a couple who set up home surveillance when they find out a demon lives within (cue diabolic laughter). The parody stars Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson, Snoop Lion, Ashley Tisdale and Lindsay Lohan. SHOOTOUT AT WADALA **G@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Bollywood action crime drama, based on a true story, stars John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee and Sophiya Chaudhary. In Hindi. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace, World Golf Village IMAX With months of speculation over the villain’s identity (is it or isn’t it Khan?), “Star Trek” fans can finally see for themselves. All Paramount Pictures and director J.J. Abrams have told us is that this time, it’s personal for Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) as the crew is “propelled into an epic chess game of life and death.” Joining Spock (Zachary Quinto),

Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Sulu (John Cho) and Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) are Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) and that elusive snake Khan, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. TEMPTATION *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency A marriage counselor gets restless in her relationship, obsessing about another man, who just happens to be a billionaire. Tyler Perry’s film explores the intrigue and risks of infidelity. Co-starring Vanessa Williams, Jurnee SmollettBell and Lance Gross, who isn’t.


FLORIDA WILDLIFE CORRIDOR EXHIBITION The North Florida Land Truck premieres “Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition” on May 16 with a reception at 6 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. and panel discussion at 8:15 p.m. at Main Library Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, free; for reservations: 285-7020 or wildlifecorridorjax. THE SOURCE FAMILY The 98-minute documentary, about Father Yod and his Source Family followers, who lived, loved and ate vegetarian in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, frames the excesses and intrigues of this radical social experiment in a positive light. Directed by Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille, and starring Father Yod and the Source Family, the film is screened 7 p.m. May 20 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., $9 for adults; $7 for seniors/ students, 359-0047, WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE “Star Trek Into Darkness: An IMAX 3D Experience” is screened along with “The Last Reef 3D,” “Flight of the Butterflies” and “To The Arctic 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theatre, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX, POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Safe Haven,” “Amour” and “Searching for Sugar Man” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 829-3101.


CLOUD ATLAS Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving and based on British author David Mitchell’s award-winning 2004 novel, the film takes six different stories and weaves them into a single experience. It can’t be labeled as drama, mystery, comedy, thriller or science-fiction; it’s all of them at once. “Cloud Atlas” is a commitment at almost three hours long, and the complex plotting and storytelling demand constant attention, but the payoff’s worth the effort. TEXAS CHAINSAW Leatherface is back for another round in 3D, sure to excite horror fanatics wanting to see another massacre. This time, a young woman seeks her inheritance in Texas, but the chainsaw-wielding maniac awaits. Doh! 


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

ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-3101


Graham Sharp (from left), Nicky Sanders (standing), Woody Platt (seated), Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Charles R. Humphrey III (standing) and Mike Guggino (seated) have 46 tour dates scheduled from May through July. Photo: Lotos Nile

Modern-Day Holler

North Carolina bluegrass quintet blends the old-fashioned with the contemporary – and relishes playing a supporting role for Steve Martin and Edie Brickell STEVE MARTIN and STEEP CANYON RANGERS FEATURING EDIE BRICKELL 7 p.m. May 26 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine Tickets: $39.50-$89.50 209-0367,


housands of young musicians all over the South have grabbed the bluegrass torch passed down by their hill-country forebears. What makes the Steep Canyon Rangers, a quintet of four North Carolina natives and one California transplant, stand out is that they didn’t embrace the foot-stomping, hell-raising music until college. But rather than fully give themselves over to an overly nostalgic, traditionalist recreation of bluegrass’ storied past, Woody Platt, Charles R. Humphrey III, Nicky Sanders, Mike Guggino and Graham Sharp did the most logical thing a regular band (and the most sacrilegious thing a bluegrass band) could do — they started writing originals. Today, the Rangers are that rare act that can bridge the fierce divide between revivalist and modernist pickers — equal parts rumpled establishment and bearded hipsters. The band appeals to mainstream audiences, too, a fact certainly attributable to its regular role collaborating and touring with comedian, actor and author Steve Martin, who’s a damn fine banjo player himself — he won a Grammy in 2010. Though Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2011 album with Martin was nominated for a Grammy (the band’s solo record, released the following year, won), on May 19, they’ll appear at St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Martin and female folk-rock icon Edie Brickell, with the focus on Martin and Brickell’s new album, “Love Has Come for You.” Folio Weekly chatted with Steep Canyon Ranger Woody Platt about relishing that supporting role. Folio Weekly: What can we expect from a

bill that features Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell? W.P.: We were involved in recording two or three of the tracks on Steve and Edie’s album, “Love Has Come for You,” and the way the show is going to be structured is, it’ll be half us and Steve Martin doing our normal set, and the other half will be us doing songs off the record with Edie and Steve. So it’ll be a nice mixture of music and comedy. We’re excited to work with Edie — she’s such a great singer and a wonderful artist. F.W.: Steve and Edie hit it off musically at a dinner party. Didn’t the same thing happen between Steve and the Rangers? W.P.: Yes, we met Steve informally four or five years ago at a dinner party in North Carolina and had a little informal jam session. We got along really well right off the bat, and the music we played seemed to come real natural, so Steve invited us to do a few shows here and there before eventually deciding he wanted to go on tour — and we got the job [as his backing band]. It’s been really great exposure for the Steep Canyon Rangers, both playing in front of larger audiences and learning from an entertainer like Steve. It’s a nice mixture of a challenge, an opportunity and a learning experience, and we’re just honored to have the gig. F.W.: Besides being a great dinner-party guest, Steve is a technically adept banjo player too, right? W.P.: He’s a great player, really melodic with a very unique style, which is incredibly important in this genre of music — and incredibly hard. He can play fast and with emotion, and he can play three-fi nger and clawhammer style. He’s a real inspiration. F.W.: You all discovered bluegrass relatively late in life. Were you avoiding it when you were kids?

W.P.: Sort of. Being from North Carolina, that’s the kind of music you’re exposed to a lot. In college, something clicked — we didn’t really know how to play bluegrass, which gave us a new desire to learn. It felt like we should have been playing it our whole lives, you know? So we learned a lot really quickly to catch up about 10 or 12 years ago and never looked back. And we’ve totally enjoyed every minute of it. F.W.: Why didn’t you go the traditional, revivalist route? W.P.: All the traditional bluegrass songs have been done very well, so it was intimidating to try to recreate those. It made sense to start writing our own songs right off the bat. All of our records have contained mainly original compositions written with the band. F.W.: But you don’t seem to take yourselves too seriously, like many avant-garde progressive bluegrass players. W.P.: This music is supposed to be played as a group for fun, and we just want to keep it that way. There’s no doubt that we’re a bluegrass band, but also no doubt that we’re different from other bluegrass bands. We’re fine with progress and growth, as long as the music’s roots aren’t forgotten. We really like the progressive side, and we love the traditional side, too. F.W.: The Steep Canyon Rangers have 46 tour dates scheduled between now and July. That’s pretty heavy for a band of your stature. W.P.: It’s hard to constantly be on road, but it’s so rewarding, too, especially playing these wonderful venues with Steve. And it is a sustainable tour schedule; we can be out on the road a lot and still have a family life. Being home refuels the tank to go back out and do it again.  Nick McGregor MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 21


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Her Father’s Daughter

Hannah Aldridge blends Alabama past and Nashville present into rootsy, emotionally resonant singer-songwriter fare HANNAH ALDRIDGE 8 p.m. May 30 The Original Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach Tickets: $10 460-9311,


amily ties run deep in the South, but singersongwriter Hannah Aldridge, daughter of famed Muscle Shoals songwriter Walt Aldridge, presents a compelling case study: a talented offspring who followed in her father’s footsteps while staying true to her own heart. Aldridge, now 25 years old, didn’t start singing until age 21, when she took a commercial songwriting class at Middle Tennessee State University, on a lark in an effort to break up her sound engineering studies. But the singing bug bit her good and hard, and she’s since pursued a grassroots career as an Americana artist, while fulfilling publishing deals with popular TV shows like “Hart of Dixie.” Though Dad didn’t initially approve of Hannah’s new career path, he eventually came around, producing her debut album, “Born to be Broken,” due for release this summer. Folio Weekly chatted with Aldridge, who performs with her husband, Word Strickland, at The Original Café Eleven May 30. She spoke about her songwriting evolution, her independent ethos and coming to terms with being a performer.

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Folio Weekly: You have a new full-length record coming out this summer, Hannah. How does it differ from your fi rst two EPs? Hannah Aldridge: Totally different. [Laughs.] When I released the fi rst EP, “Wanderer,” two years ago … man, I was a baby. I wasn’t

even intending on being a musician. So, we went in and cut another acoustic EP, just something that people could take home with them that would sound a little more like what Word and I do live. In the meantime, I worked for a year writing a great album in terms of songs. My dad actually produced it and really whipped me into shape — he did not let any crap get put on that album. He was a great fi lter; his motto was, “If you have really great songs, the production will be the icing on top.” F.W.: You were a late bloomer as a musician. Didn’t your dad influence you to pursue the craft when you were growing up? H.A.: It’s funny, my mom was actually the one who really pushed me to take music lessons and do talent shows. And even up until he started producing the new album, my dad was very hesitant about the whole thing. People assume that he stood over me with a whip saying, “Play your scales on the piano!” But actually it was the complete opposite — he really discouraged me from being a musician because he knew how hard it was. I wanted to be in the music industry, but a performer? No way. Then I started writing songs that got good reactions, and at some point, it made sense to go out and play those songs. That developed into touring … but honestly, my dad had nothing to do with it. F.W.: Muscle Shoals is a big hub for Americana music, but Nashville is a whole other beast. How have you dealt with life in Music City?

H.A.: I went to school with the intention of learning everything I could about the music industry, so I know how disheartening and destructive it can be for a musician living in Nashville. The best thing for me has been to step away from it as much as possible and create my own plan. But Nashville is great because it’s so humbling. F.W.: Have you ever been humbled on stage? H.A.: Oh, yes. I’m still not comfortable in front of a crowd. [Laughs.] I can remember one show in Ireland on New Year’s Eve 2011, and I stepped out in front of the crowd and almost freaked out — thought I was going to pass out on stage and forget my lyrics. But at that moment, I had this revelation: “You don’t have that option. These people are here to listen to you, and you’re going to do the best that you can. Music is what you’re choosing to do, and you’re going to have to fi nd a way to enjoy it; otherwise, it’s not the right career for you.” So I’ve slowly started to gain a little confidence on stage. But it’s hard. The type of music I play is really personal. F.W.: Will it be hard for you to have critics reviewing your upcoming album? H.A.: Feeling deflated? I’ve got a whole lot of that coming my way in the next couple of months. [Laughs.] I have to give the album to people who matter in the music industry in some form or fashion and have them say they hate it or love it, which I guess just comes with the territory. But that’s OK. They don’t all have to love my music.  Nick McGregor




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housands showed up May 12 to watch The Players Championship on TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. Most of the crowd was vocally supportive of Tiger Woods, who was at the top of the leaderboard most of the day. The weather was great, and the final day of play had plenty of drama. Woods ended his winning round by hoisting the trophy for the second time in his career — he won in 2001, 12 years ago. 


Text and photos by Marty F. Nemec 1. Will Magill, John Pollard 2. Josh Berg, Shawen Ilaria, Ryan Cantville 3. Judy and Mike Smith 4. Kelli Dawson, Will Koutney 5. Robbie Purvis 6. Heidi Anderson 7. Parker and Melissa Brennan 8. Laura Grandy 9. Ashley Jenkins, Attila Locsi 10. Brittney and Clint Biggs 11. Mark and Leigh Ann Powell, Mark and John Mark Seagle



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Live Music

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The Down Home Band – bassist Stephen Hopkins (from left), drummer Griffin Criste, vocalist Jeff Estes and guitarist Rob Havill – comes home May 18 to Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach. Photo: Shaun Marshall Higgins


LAUREN MANN & THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK Folk music, 8 p.m. May 15, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. JIMBO MATHUS & THE TRI-STATE COALITION Blues-rock, 8 p.m. May 15, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, $10, 353-6067. RYAN BINGHAM, THE WILD FEATHERS Folk-rock, 7 p.m. May 15, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $20, 246-2473. ANA POPOVIC Blues rocker from Memphis, 9 p.m. May 15, Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-6636. DOUGLAS ANDERSON SONGWRITERS/RECORDING ARTISTS Student CD “Locked Inâ€? release concert, 7:30 p.m. May 15, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Rd., San Marco, $10 (includes CD), 346-5620. MUSIC BY THE SEA: LEISURE MAN Free concert series 7-9 p.m. May 15 at Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. LaStrada Italian Restaurant offers samples, 347-8007, LARRY MITCHELL Guitarist and singer-songwriter, 10 p.m. May 16, Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-6636. JOSHUA BOWLUS TRIO, LISA KELLY The trio goes on 7:30 p.m. May 16, European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, $10, 399-1740. TWIN SISTER, LEVEK, THE DEWARS Indie band from Long Island, 9 p.m. May 16, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $12, 342-2187. RAT BASTARD Hard rock cover band, 8 p.m. May 16, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH Legendary soft rock harmony group, 8 p.m. May 17, The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $61-$126, 355-2787. THE MOHAWK LODGE, THE FIGHT Indie rock, 8 p.m. May 17, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown, $5, 677-2977. ON GUARD, THE BARLETTAS Local alternative indie rockers, 8 p.m. May 17, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. NAPPY ROOTS, MR. AL PETE, MR. LOW, WES PIPES


Southern rap, 9 p.m. May 17, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St., Downtown, $15. BRET MICHAELS Poison frontman, 8 p.m. May 17, Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, $20, 645-5571. THE STEREOFIDELICS Alternative rock band for Attic Community Playground, 9:30 p.m. May 17, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, $5, 277-8010. U2 BY UV, STONE BONE U2 tribute band, 8 p.m. May 17, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $10, 246-2473. THE ORIGINAL WAILERS, SOULO LYON & DA BEAT, DE LIONS OF JAH, IVIBES Legendary reggae band, 7 p.m. May 17, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $15-$20, 342-2187. GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Local bluegrass band, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 17, Friday

Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside, free, 355-7584. ALAN JACKSON, GLORIANA Country superstar singer, 7:30 p.m. May 17, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., $60.50-$86, 209-0367. LITTLE MIKE & THE TORNADOES Blues group from Alachua, 9:30 p.m. May 18, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, $5, 277-8010. ASKMEIFICARE, PINEMOUNT KINGS, PRANAYAM, SIMPLENATURAL Northeast Florida bands, 8 p.m. May 18, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. DOWN HOME BAND, BRYCE ALASTAIR BAND Southern rock, 8 p.m. May 18, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach, $8, 246-2473. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: UNF Percussionists, Lauren Fincham & Mike Pearson, Pine Forest School of the Arts May 18, River Stage, 715 Riverside Ave., free, 554-6865. FREDDY ROSARIO Gospel, 7 p.m. May 18, Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood






















Live Music 4pm-8pm


6-21:   Anberlin (full band acoustic) 6-22:    Papadosio 6-23:    Dirty Heads/Expendables 6-26:    Mike Pinto/Natty Vibes/3LF 7-5:     Alter Eagles (Eagles Tribute) 7-8:     Relient K 7-10:    Authority Zero/Ballyhoo 7-12:    Ghost Owl (ex P-Groove) MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 25

Ave. S., Murray Hill, $10, 388-7807. ZOSO: THE ULTIMATE LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE Led Zeppelin tribute band, 8 p.m. May 18, The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $20, 342-2187. SCARFACE, TOO SHORT Houston Rapper, 9 p.m. May 18, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., Arlington, $40, 223-9850. GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Local alt-bluegrass trio, 10 p.m. May 18, Mojo No. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 381-6670. NATURAL CHILD, RIVERNECKS, QUEEN BEEF, DJ DOTS Nashville rock band, 9 p.m. May 19, Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 547-2188. WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, ILLFX, ATOMS ALIKE Jacksonville punk group, 8 p.m. May 19, Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, $8, 398-7496. KRISTI STICE CD Release, REBECCA ZAPEN, SHAWN LIGHTFOOT Local singer-songwriter, 9 p.m. May 20, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067, SEAN RENNER Alternative folksinger, May 22, Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010. MUSIC BY THE SEA: Navy Pride Free concert series continues 7-9 p.m. May 22 at Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Coquina Beach offers samples, 347-8007,


Florida Folk Festival Kickoff: DEL SUGGS, KORT McCUMBER, JAMES MOORS May 23, European Street Café San Marco SPACE CAPONE, JASON LAMAR & THE RIG May 23, 1904 Music Hall DYLAN FEST: Robert Lester Folsom, Mama Blue, Arvid Smith, The Dewars, Jesse Montoya, New Strangers, Pretty to Think So, Laura Minor, Real Job, The Shylights, The Idiots, The Michelles, Kate Grace Helow May 23, Underbelly STILL RISE, XHONORX May 23, Brewster’s Pit JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL: BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown), Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez, Yellowjackets, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy May 23-26, Various locations Downtown Jacksonville FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL: The Bellamy Brothers, Ben

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Prestage, Frank Thomas, Ed Cotton, Bing Futch, Jubal’s Kin, Passerine, Moors & McCumber, Doug Gauss, The Currys, Rachel Carrick, Mindy Simmons & the Hot Pockets, Billy Dean May 24-26, Stephen Foster State Park SEVENDUST, POP EVIL May 24, Brewster’s Roc Bar SOUL GRAVY May 24, Dog Star Tavern BLACK CAT BONES May 24, Mojo No. 4 JJF OFF JAZZ: BRIAN McKNIGHT, AVANT May 24, The Florida Theatre MUDTOWN, COON DOGGIN OUTLAWS, IN REAL LIFE, JD COOK May 24, Shantytown Pub MAMA’S LOVE May 25-26, Dog Star Tavern RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: Dixie Rodeo, Red Afternoon, SideTrack May 25, River Stage CRONIN, JACK & JERRY, MickeEel, THE LOOLAH JAMES BAND May 25, Jack Rabbits WRECKFEST II May 25, Brewster’s Roc Bar SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES (AC/DC tribute) May 25, The Standard STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS, EDIE BRICKELL May 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DROWNING POOL, EYE EMPIRE May 26, Brewster’s Roc Bar BRYAN STARS, DEEFIZZY May 27, Jack Rabbits ROCK ON THE RIVER: Coheed & Cambria, New Politics, RDGLDGRN, The Virginmarys, The Features, IAMDYNAMITE, Breaking Through May 27, The Jacksonville Landing MUSIC BY THE SEA: Those Guys May 29, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS May 30, European Street Café San Marco HANNAH ALDRIDGE May 30, Original Café Eleven SHAUN HOPPER May 30, Underbelly OLD YOU May 30, Dog Star Tavern ROSANNE CASH, JOHN LEVENTHAL May 31, The Florida Theatre LOT 44, THE LIGHT WITHIN May 31, Jack Rabbits SPADE McQUADE May 31, Mojo No. 4 BANANA CREAM DREAM, QUEEN BEEF, WET NURSE May 31, Nobby’s BROTHER DEGE & THE BRETHREN May 31, Yesterday’s BOUKOU GROOVE May 31 & June 1, Dog Star Tavern TYLER DENNING CD Release, NORTHE, BRAD LAURETTI May 31, Freebird Live FRAMPTON’S GUITAR CIRCUS: Peter Frampton, Robert

Cray June 1, St. Augustine Amphitheatre FACE TO FACE, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, BLACKLIST ROYALS, JOSHUA BLACK WILKINS June 1, Freebird Live FIRST COAST MUSIC FEST: Fusebox Funk, Breaking Through, DANKA, The Pinz, Black Drum, Solid Gold Thunder June 1, 1904 Music Hall SUB X June 2, Jack Rabbits OURS, LUNA ARCADE, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE June 3, Jack Rabbits BATTLE FOR MAYHEM FEST June 3, Brewster’s Roc Bar DIRTY NAMES June 4, Burro Bar JOHNATHON SCALES FOURCHESTRA, ALEX VANS & THE HIDE AWAY, JACKSONVEGAS June 4, 1904 Music Hall TAJ MAHAL June 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PETER BROTZMANN, JOE McPHEE June 4, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum GOO GOO DOLLS June 5, The Florida Theatre AS I LAY DYING, MISS MAY I, AFFIANCE June 5, Freebird Live HEROES X VILLAINS, KENNEDY JONES, June 5, Pure Night Club MUSIC BY THE SEA: Amy Alyssia & the Soul Operation June 5, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion BIG BOI & KILLER MIKE June 6, Brewster’s Roc Bar THE FRONT BOTTOMS, WEATHERBOX, R-DENT June 6, Brewster’s Pit TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC June 7, Mojo No. 4 SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Beech Street Blues Band June 7, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR: LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul June 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DOPAPOD, DR. FAMEUS June 7, Freebird Live CORBITT BROTHERS June 8, Freebird Live FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, HUNDREDTH, UPON THIS DAWNING, WOLVES AT THE GATE, SWORN IN June 8, Brewster’s Roc Bar SUNCHASE DRIVE, THE PULSE June 8, Maharlika Hall & Sports Grill GOIN’ COASTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: Zach Deputy, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, kLoB June 8, Central Park, Fernandina Beach THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT June 10, Freebird Live BLACK TAXI June 11, Jack Rabbits BILLY IDOL June 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre NIGHT BEDS, JENNY O June 12, Jack Rabbits MUSIC BY THE SEA: Funk Shui June 12, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion DONAVON FRANKENREITER June 13, Freebird Live THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH June 13, Original Café Eleven 7TH STREET BAND June 14, Mojo No. 4 DAVID WAX MUSEUM June 14, Underbelly LEGIT, JUSTICE, SO SERIOUS, BLAINE BITCHES, PINKYKILLA, June 14, Jack Rabbits BREAD & BUTTER June 15, Mojo No. 4 THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, 1975 June 15, Jack Rabbits A BEACH FOR EVERYBODY BENEFIT: Leah Sykes & Arbor Park June 15, Murray Hill Theatre CAT POWER June 16, The Florida Theatre DRAGONETTE June 17, Jack Rabbits SHANA FALANA June 17, Burro Bar TWO GALLANTS June 18, Original Café Eleven KENDRICK LAMAR June 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre CAPITAL CITIES June 19, Jack Rabbits MUSIC BY THE SEA: Rob Peck & Friends June 19, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion GRANDCHILDREN June 20, Jack Rabbits EARTH, WIND & FIRE June 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE June 21, Dog Star Tavern ANBERLIN, STARS IN STEREO, CAMPFIRE OK June 21, Freebird Live BLACK CAT BONES June 21, Mojo No. 4 LESS THAN JAKE, HOSTAGE CALM, PENTIMENTO June 21, The Standard

Live Music Pier & Pavilion STEELY DAN Sept. 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MUSIC BY THE SEA: Top Secret Band Sept. 11, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Albert Castiglia Sept. 13, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach MUSIC BY THE SEA: Beach Street A Go-Go Sept. 18, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion REBELUTION, COLLIE BUDDZ, ZION-I Sept. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE CHOP TOPS Sept. 24, Jack Rabbits MUSIC BY THE SEA: Navy Dixieland Jazz Sept. 25, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion COLIN HAY Sept. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CITY AND COLOUR Oct. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Ben Prestage Oct. 4, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach AARON CARTER Oct. 14, Jack Rabbits THE PIANO GUYS Nov. 7, The Florida Theatre MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER, MARTINA McBRIDE Nov. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena

CLUBS Jacksonville singer-songwriter Kristi Stice, a graduate of UNF’s jazz program, releases her CD with support from Rebecca Zapen and Shawn Lightfoot May 20 at Underbelly in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Scott McCormick ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE June 22, Morocco Shrine Auditorium ASTRONAUTALIS, WILIE EVENS JR., BIG BUCK$ CREW June 22, 1904 Music Hall THE REND COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENT June 22, Murray Hill Theatre GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE June 22, Mojo No. 4 GUTTERMOUTH, PINHOLE June 22, Jack Rabbits THE DIRTY HEADS, THE EXPENDABLES June 23, Freebird Live MIKE PINTO, NATURAL VIBRATIONS, THREE LEGGED FOX June 26, Freebird Live MUSIC BY THE SEA: Steam the Band June 26, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion GENERATIONALS June 27, Underbelly JACUZZI BOYS, QUEEN BEEF June 27, Nobby’s CANON, DJ WILL June 27, Murray Hill Theatre SCREAM OUT LOUD, LOST YEARS June 27, Jack Rabbits GONZALA BERGARA QUARTET June 28, Original CafÊ Eleven OVID’S WITHERING, SIRENS June 29, Burro Bar ALESANA, THE COLOR MORALE, UPON THIS DAWNING, LIONS LIONS, MEGOSH July 2, Jack Rabbits THE RICH HANDS July 3, Nobby’s MUSIC BY THE SEA: The Falling Bones July 3, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC July 5, Mojo No. 4 ALTER EAGLES (Eagles tribute band), July 5, Freebird Live KATIE & THE LICHEN, OK VANCOUVER OK July 6, Burro Bar BIG TIME RUSH July 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MRS. SKANNOTTO July 7, Jack Rabbits MAC MILLER, CHOO JACKSON, THE COME UP July 7, Brewster’s Megaplex AUTHORITY ZERO, BALLYHOO, VERSUS THE WORLD, IMPLANTS July 10, Freebird Live MATT POND July 10, Jack Rabbits MUSIC BY THE SEA: Restless Kind July 10, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion 7 STREET BAND July 12, Mojo No. 4 WE STILL DREAM, ON MY HONOR, ENGRAVED, VICES, WINTER WAVE, DEAD LEAVES July 12, The Standard GHOST OWL July 12, Freebird Live

BREAD & BUTTER July 13, Mojo No. 4 GRAVITY A, FORMER CHAMPIONS July 13, 1904 Music Hall THE MAINE, A ROCKET TO THE MOON, THIS CENTURY July 14, Freebird Live MUSIC BY THE SEA: Grapes of Roth July 17, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, EVE TO ADAM July 18, Jack Rabbits GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE July 19, Mojo No. 4 ANDREW McMAHON July 19, Freebird Live SUBLIME with ROME, PENNYWISE July 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE ARISTOCRATS July 21, 1904 Music Hall TOAD THE WET SPROCKET July 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SOJA, JOHN BROWN’S BODY July 24, Maverick’s MUSIC BY THE SEA: Bush Doctors July 24, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion THE MONKEES July 26, St. Augustine Amphitheatre LAWLESS HEARTS July 27, Freebird Live MUSIC BY THE SEA: Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg July 31, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion SOUNDS ON CENTRE: Boukou Groove Aug. 2, Centre Street, Fernandina Beach JUSTIN BIEBER Aug. 7, Veterans Memorial Arena MUSIC BY THE SEA: Mid Life Crisis Aug. 7, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion LOUDERPALOOZA 2 Aug. 8, Burro Bar ALABAMA Aug. 9, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BLUE SUEDE SHOES: THE ULTIMATE ELVIS BASH Aug. 10, The Florida Theatre MUSIC BY THE SEA: Jimmy Parrish & The Ocean Waves Aug. 14, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion VICTORIA JUSTICE Aug. 16, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MUSIC BY THE SEA: Smokin’ Mirrors Aug. 21, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion SLIGHTLY STOOPID, ATMOSPHERE, THE BUDOS BAND, THE GROUCH & ELIGH, TRIBAL SEEDS Aug. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MUSIC BY THE SEA: Big Lonesome Aug. 28, St. Augustine Beach Pier & Pavilion MUSIC BY THE SEA: ET Swing Sept. 4, St. Augustine Beach


CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Kady Allstars 8 p.m. May 15. Lingo 9 p.m. May 16. The Stereofidelics 9:30 p.m. May 17. Little Mike & The Tornadoes 9:30 p.m. May 18. Sean Renner May 22. Working Class Stiff with real vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend HAMMERHEAD BEACH BAR, 2045 S. Fletcher Rd., 491-7783 Lance Neely May 19. Buck Smith & Jim Barcaro every Thur. MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Open mic, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur. O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll

Wednesday Billy Bowers Thursday Lyons Friday & Saturday Al Naturale Sunday RedBeard & Stinky E Atlantic Blvd. at the Ocean "UMBOUJD#FBDIr MAY 15-21, 2013 | | 27

7:30 every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Lance Neely 9:30 p.m. May 16. The Fostones 9:30 p.m. May 17. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. May 18 & 19. Josh McGowan 9:30 p.m. May 20. Wes Cobb 9:30 p.m. every Wed. DJs every Fri. & Sat. Schnockered 9:30 p.m. every Sun. Buck Smith Project Band 9:30 p.m. every Tue. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Ace Winn May 15. Live music May 17 & 18


AJ’S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Still Rise, Xhonorx May 23, Pit. Scarface, Too Short 9 p.m. May 18, Roc Bar. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.


BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Piano bar with various musicians 9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Rhythm Remedy 10 p.m. May 17. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine 10 p.m. May 18. Black Cat Bones May 24. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke every Sat.


COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz

& Chris Zachrich spin every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. GATORS DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Karaoke with DJ Tom 9 p.m.-mid. every Tue. MY PLACE, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 The Monster Fool May 16. Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan, Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.


(All venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Incognito 5:30 p.m. May 15. Billy Bowers 5:30 p.m. May 16. Dune Dogs 6 p.m. May 17. Kurt Lanham 1 p.m., Beau & the Burners 6 p.m. May 18. Billy Bowers noon, 4Play 4:45 p.m. May 19. Live music Wed.-Sun. BLUE WATER ISLAND GRILL, 200 First St. N., 249-0083 Charlie Walker 10 p.m. May 18. Uncommon Legends May 19 BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 Cody Nixx 7 p.m. May 15 & 22. Barrett Jockers 7 p.m. May 16. DJ Hydro 10 p.m. May 17. DJ Silence 10 p.m. May 18. Be Easy 2 p.m. May 19. Jazz 6 p.m. every Tue. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Karaoke with Hal 8 p.m. every Sat. John Thomas Group Jazz 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 BNB 8 p.m. May 16. Hoffman’s Voodoo May 23. Live music every Thur. EVA’S GRILL & BAR, 610 S. Third St., 372-9484 The Angel Evon Experience with Tangee Renee May 17. Hope Clayton, Jack Pierson, Fran Coraggio May 18. Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Songwriters every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb Thur. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Ryan Bingham, The Wild Feathers 7 p.m. May 15. U2 By UV (U2 tribute), Stone Bone 8 p.m. May 17. Down Home Band, Bryce Alastair Band 8

Indie rockers The Mohawk Lodge, with frontman Ryder Havdale, stop by May 17 with support from The Fight, at Burro Bar in Downtown Jacksonville. Photo: Paul Goertzen p.m. May 18. Live music every weekend GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Clayton Bush May 15. D-Lo Thompson May 16. Lance Neely May 17. Billy Buchanan May 22. Matt Collins May 23. Live music every Wed.-Sat. KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Trevor Tanner May 17. DiCarlo Thompson May 18. Spade McQuade 8-11 p.m. May 22. Live music every Wed., Fri. & Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Lawrence App May 17. Live music 7 p.m. May 18 LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Gootch 9 p.m. May 17 & 18. Dirty Pete May 19. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Be Easy every Mon. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Bradley Clampitt Duo May 15. The Fuzz May 16. Sovereign Vine May 17. SPORE May 18. Mark O’Quinn May 19. Sean Renner May 22. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Ana Popovic 9 p.m. May 15. Larry Mitchell 10 p.m. May 16. MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams Karaoke 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Cloud 9 May 15. Chillakaya May 16. TJ Brown Duo May 17. Domenic, Billy Greer Duo May 18. Randy Smith, Jimmy Parrish May 19. Les B. Fine May 20. Dean May 21. Darren Corlew Duo May 22. Reggae every Thur. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Kurt Lanham 7 p.m. May 16. Dan Coady 7:30 p.m. May 17. Richard Smith 7 p.m. May 18. Live music Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Katie Fair every Wed. Javier Perez every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Be Easy every Sat. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers 7 p.m. May 15. Lyons May 16. Al Naturale May 17 & 18. RedBeard & Stinky E May 19. Live music every Thur.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Open mic with Paul Haftel May 15. JBBA May 16. Evan Michael May 17. Paxton Stark May 18. Open mic with Chad & Sarah May 22


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1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Nappy Roots, Mr. Al Pete, Mr. Low, Wes Pipes 9 p.m. May 17. Space Capone, Jason Lamar & The Rig May 23. Open mic every Tue. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 677-2977 Garrett on Acoustic 5:30 p.m., Rat Bastard 8 p.m. May 16. The Mohawk Lodge, The Fight 8 p.m. May 17. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m., Billy Greer 8:30 p.m. May 17. Savannah Jack 8:30 p.m. May 18JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Mr. Natural 8 p.m.-1 a.m. May 17. Full Throttle 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

May 18. George Aspinall Band 2-6 p.m. May 19. Kip Moore, Stephen Carey, Navy Band Southeast Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. May 23. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house, gospel, deep, acid, hip-hop, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins Top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Neck Deep May 18. Live music every Fri. & Sat. UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition 8 p.m. May 15. Dylan Fest: Robert Lester Folsom, Mama Blue, Arvid Smith, The Dewars, Jesse Montoya, New Strangers, Pretty to Think So, Laura Minor, Real Job, The Shylights, The Idiots, The Michelles, Kate Grace Helow 8 p.m. May 23. Old Time Jam 7 p.m. every Tue. Fjord Explorer & Screamin’ Eagle every Ritual ReUnion Thur. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Pappa Crawdaddy May 16. DJ BG May 17. Pierce in Harmony May 18. Live music Wed.-Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Schnockered 10 p.m. May 15. DJ Ty spins every Thur. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Open mic May 16. One Night Stand 9:30 p.m. May 17. Remains 9:30 p.m. May 18. DJ BG May 20. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m. every Sun.


BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford 6:30 p.m. every Sat. & Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Big Engine May 16. Schnockered 9 p.m. May 17. Ozone Baby 9 p.m. May 18. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Top 40 every Mon. & Tue. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Karaoke Dude every Wed. Live music every Fri. & Sat. SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402 Live guitar music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. & Sat.


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


BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke

Live Music 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. LIVE BAR & LOUNGE, 2223 C.R. 220, 290-1733 Open mic with Ernie & Debi Evans 7 p.m. every Tue. POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA, 2134 Park Ave., 264-6116 Live music 7:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Cupid’s Alley 10 p.m. May 16 & 17. Live music 9 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.


DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Kelly Richey 5 p.m. May 19. Sybil gage 4 p.m. May 25. Country music every Fri. Acoustic Circle 2 p.m. every Sat. Blues jam 5 p.m. every Sun.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 8342492 Mark O’Quinn May 15. Bret Blackshear May 16. Live music May 17. John Austill May 18. Jennifer Coscia May 22. Clayton Bush May 23. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 6 p.m. May 16. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly 6 p.m. every Mon., 11:30 a.m. Sun. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Aaron Koerner 6-10 p.m. May 16. Dennis Fermin Spanish guitar 8 p.m.-mid. May 17. Mark O’Quinn 8 p.m.-mid. May 18. Pili Pili 4-8 p.m. May 19. SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun. SUN DOG BREWING CO., 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852 Live music every Wed.-Sat.


HAPPY HOURS, 952 Lane Ave. N., 683-0065 Karaoke 4 p.m. every Sun. HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Live music every Taproom Tuesday KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., DJs Wes Reed and Josh Kemp spin for PBR Party every Thur. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM Piano Bar, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., 3887807 Ascension Worship’s Untitled Tour 7 p.m. May 17. Freddy Rosario 7 p.m. May 18. Live music Fri. & Sat. RASCALS, 3960 Confederate Point Rd., 772-7335 Karaoke 8 p.m. every Thur. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET, 715 Riverside Ave., 554-6865 UNF Percussionists, Lauren Fincham & Mike Pearson, Pine Forest School of the Arts May 18, River Stage YESTERDAY’S, 3638 Park St., 223-3822 Southern Feather Band, Gen. Tso’s Fury, The Tom McGees 8 p.m. May 18


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Live music May 16, 17 & 18. Live music every Thur.-Sat. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Collapsible B 8:30 p.m. May 17. Folkin’ Up the ’80s 8:30 p.m. May 18. Bret & Kathleen 3 p.m. May 19. Open mic with Smokin’ Joe 7 p.m. every Tue. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Sentropolis 7 p.m. May 17. SMG 2 p.m., Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg 7-11 p.m. May 18. Vinny Jacobs 2 p.m. May 19 THE CONCH HOUSE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Deron Baker 3 p.m., Sex Machine Gun 8 p.m. May 17. 418 Band 3 p.m., Ken McAnlis 7:30 p.m. May 18. De Lions of Jah 3 p.m. May 19. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. DOS COFFEE, 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421 Taylor Roberts & Co. every Fri. The Residents spin every Sat. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6 p.m. May 22. Live music every Fri. KINGFISH GRILL, 252 Yacht Club Dr., 824-2111 The Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 5-8 p.m. every Salsa Sunday MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam night, house band every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Passerine 9 p.m. May 17 & 18. John Winters 1 p.m. May 19. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Aaron Esposito every Thur. Go Get Gone 9 p.m. every Mon. Vinny Jacobs 9 p.m. every Tue. MOJO BBQ OLD CITY, 5 Cordova St., 342-5264 Live music every Fri. & Sat. NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 Natural Child, Rivernecks, Queen Beef, DJ Dots 9 p.m. May 19

PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM, 60 Charlotte St., 825-4100 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar 3-6 p.m. every Mon. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Chillula 9 p.m. May 16. Billy Bowers 4 p.m., Root of All 9 p.m. May 17. Kaylee Rose noon, Brady Reich 4 p.m., Sentropolis 9 p.m. May 18. Clayton Bush noon, Colton McKenna 7 p.m. May 19. Jeremy Austin 8 p.m. May 21. Chase Rideman 9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Mon. THE STANDARD, 200 Anastasia Blvd., 342-2187 Twin Sister, Levek & the Dewars 9 p.m. May 16. The Original Wailers, Soulo Lyon & Da Beat, De Lions of Jah, Ivibes 7 p.m. May 17. Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience 8 p.m. May 18. Country every Thur. Reggae Sun. Indie, dance, electro Tue. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Live music every Fri. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Dennis Fermin Spanish Guitar Band 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Sat. Bossa Nova with Monica da Silva, Chad Alger 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Spanky May 17 & 18. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick 5 p.m. every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas Band 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat.


BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Live music every Tue.-Sun. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music 5 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m. Thur.-Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Joe Bachman 7 p.m. May 16. Bret Michaels 8 p.m. May 17. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat.


ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ Manus spins top 40, dance every Sat. Open mic King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Joshua Bowlus Trio, Lisa Kelly 7:30 p.m. May 16. Florida Folk Festival Kickoff: Del Suggs, Kort McCumber, James Moors 8 p.m. May 23. Jazz 8 p.m. every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk 8 p.m. May 15. On Guard, The Barlettas 8 p.m. May 17. Askmeificare, Pinemount Kings, Pranayam, Simplenatural 8 p.m. May 18. Whole Wheat Bread, Illfx, Atoms Alike 8 p.m. May 19. Live music 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., 398-2299 Pop Muzik 8 p.m. May 18. Live music every Fri. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on

the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance 9 p.m. every Are Friends Electric Wed. DJ Hal spins Karaoke every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake every other Fri. DJs Rogue & Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic: The Foxes 8 p.m. every Tue., George every Thur. Live music every Fri. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Live music every Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Bryan Ripper May 15. Billy Buchanan May 16. Bill Rice May 17. Kevin Ski May 18. Brenna Vick May 22. Aaron Kyle May 23. Live music Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke every Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Charlie Walker 8 p.m. May 16. Be Easy May 17. Wes Cobb May 18. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. every Fri. TAVERNA YAMAS, 9753 Deer Lake Court, 854-0426 A DJ spins 8:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Shotgun Redd 9 p.m. May 17. Party Train May 18. DJ Frazetta every Thur. David Luthra 5 p.m. every Fri. Live music Fri. & Sat. YAMAS HOOKAH, 9753-B Deer Lake Court, 389-2077 Live music 8:30-10:30 p.m. every Thur.


SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin, Cool Running DJs every Tue. & first Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Al Poindexter for open mic 7 p.m. May 16. Jacob Creel 8 p.m. May 17. CJ Fluharty 8 p.m. May 18 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. TUCKERS HWY. 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Black Creek Rizin’ May 16. Live music every Fri. & Sat.  Get your band or solo act listed: send band name, time, date, venue, street address, city, admission price, and a contact number we can print, to A&E Editor David Johnson, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday eight days before publication.

The Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso rises May 18 at The Standard in St. Augustine. Photo: Courtesy Montauk Music

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JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL LINEUP The festival features four days of jazz – May 23-26 – on three main stages at Main and Monroe streets, at Hemming Plaza and at The Jacksonville Landing. General admission is free; VIP passes are $70-$80 for one day, $175-$240 for four-day festival; 630-3690; Additional events include JJF Off Jazz Concert with Brian McKnight and Avant, 7 p.m. May 24 at The Florida Theatre, $38.50, and Jazz After Dark events 10 p.m.-2 a.m. May 24-26 at participating clubs and bars Downtown.

MAY 23 A pre-festival Jazz Piano Competition features five finalists competing for an award, a cash prize and a guaranteed performance during this year’s festival, 7 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $10, 355-5661.

MAY 24 Festival is open 5-11 p.m.; music starts at 5. Swingin’ Stage at Main and Monroe streets Yellow Dog Jazz Band, 5-6:30 p.m. Doug Carn, 7-8:30 p.m. Najee, 9:15-10:45 p.m. Breezin’ Stage at The Landing Just Jazz Quartet, 5-6:30 p.m. Gary Starling, 7-8:30 p.m. Jazz Jam Session, 9-10:30 p.m. Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Plaza John Ricci Quartet, 5-6:30 p.m. Von Barlow’s Jazz Journey, 7-8:30 p.m. Elisha Parris, 9-10:30 p.m.

MAY 25 Festival is open 1-11 p.m.; music starts at 2. Swingin’ Stage at Main and Monroe streets Piano competition winner, 2-2:30 p.m. AMP Trio, 3-4:30 p.m. BWB, 5-6:30 p.m. Rachelle Ferrell with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, 7-8:30 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 9:30-10:45 p.m. Breezin’ Stage at The Landing Marcus Printup with UNF Jazz Ensemble 1, 2:30-4p.m. St. Johns River City Big Band, 4:30-6 p.m. The Katz Downstairz, 6:30-8 p.m. The Tropic of Cancer, 8:30-10 p.m. Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Plaza Youth talent showcase first round, 1-2:30 p.m. Youth talent showcase finals, 2:45-4 p.m. Ya’Gozo, 4:30-6 p.m. Euge Groove, 6:30-8 p.m. Yellowjackets, 8:30-10 p.m.

MAY 26 Festival is open 1-8 p.m.; music starts at 2. Swingin’ Stage at Main and Monroe streets Firecracker Jazz Band, 2:30-4 p.m. Gregory Porter, 4:30-6 p.m. Gerald Albright, 6:30-8 p.m. Trombone Shorty, 8:30-10 p.m. Breezin’ Stage at The Landing Akia Uwanda, 2-3:30 p.m. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars, 4-5:30 p.m. Noel Freidline, 6-7:30 p.m. Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Plaza Linda Cole & The Joshua Bowlus Quartet, 2-3:30p.m. Freddy Cole, 4-5:30 p.m. Poncho Sanchez, 6-7:30 p.m. Source: City of Jacksonville 30 | | MAY 15-21, 2013

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Return of Rhythm

Bandleader Poncho Sanchez’s love of Latin jazz and conga keeps him energized PONCHO SANCHEZ & HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND 6-7:30 p.m. May 26 Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Plaza Admission is free 630-3690,


mong the many artists making encore appearances at this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the celebrated conga player, composer, vocalist and bandleader Poncho Sanchez. Sanchez has long been a festival favorite, enthralling audiences with his signature blend of Latin jazz that mixes elements of bebop, R&B, funk and other genres. Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1951, to a large Mexican-American family, Sanchez grew up in a Los Angeles suburb where he listened to straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. He taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, but then, inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaría, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Sanchez remained with Tjader until the bandleader’s death in 1982. That year, he signed with the Concord record label for his debut solo album, “Sonando,” which marked the beginning of a musical partnership spanning more than 25 years, yielding more than two dozen recordings. In addition to his numerous

Grammy nominations, in 2000, Sanchez and his ensemble won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for “Latin Soul.” Last year, Sanchez was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy. The much-respected Sanchez is regarded as one of the top American percussionists working today. Among the performers with whom Sanchez has worked are Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power. Sanchez’s scheduled performance with Terrance Blanchard at last year’s festival was canceled — along with many others — due to Tropical Storm Beryl. He returns with his Latin Jazz Band in support of the album “Live in Hollywood.” Folio Weekly: You started your early music career as a multi-instrumentalist. What was it about the congas that became the impetus for your nearly lifelong association with them? Poncho Sanchez: I got a pair of congas in the 10th grade. I’m self-taught. The thing that grabbed me was the ritmo or rhythm, the feel and sound of the conga drum, combined with the bongos, timbales, maracas and all the Latin percussion instruments. Also, the fact that I’m the youngest of 11 kids, with six sisters. They were into the first wave of the mambo that came to L.A. by way of Cuba, Miami and [New York]. That was in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and they were really into the mambo and cha-cha-cha music. I grew up listening to this music every day, and I would see them dancing to the rhythms, and would watch them groove to it all day long.

… We loved this music so much. Th at’s what attracted me and put me in there fi rst. Then, I started learning about it more in depth, gaining greater understanding of what it was all about. Some of the main patterns in my music are the mambo, cha-cha-cha, guaguancó, merengé, bolero … Those are the basic Latin jazz rhythms. F.W.: You’ve had a prolific career. To what do you attribute your consistent creative output? P.S.: First of all, my love of Latin jazz and authentic salsa, black rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop and bebop. I grew up listening to Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Cal Tjader, the Motown sound, I was reared on all that stuff. What keeps me going is I adapt a lot of those genres to my band, to my music and the way I live. Of course, there’s the energy and rhythm in just playing the music. F.W.: You’ve said you learned much from your mentor, and later bandleader, Cal Tjader. What were some things he instilled in you? P.S.: I was with him the day he died, in Manila in the Philippine Islands. He died on Cinco de Mayo, 31 years ago. I learned so much from just being around him; he was a wonderful, beautiful human being. In addition to what he taught me about music, I learned much from him about the music business, and also how to conduct myself in front of an audience, and so much more. Maybe one day I’ll write a book about it. [Laughs.]  Robert Kaye

Arts These Relationships Are Murder Loretta Swit stars in a comedic thriller of double-crossing cads MURDER AMONG FRIENDS 6 p.m. through June 9; matinees Saturdays and Sundays Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside Tickets: $46-$53 641-1212,


t’s New Year’s Eve in New York. Aging Broadway star Palmer Forrester and his wife, Angela, one of the wealthiest women in the country, have lost the romantic spark in their marriage and are no longer in love. Angela (Loretta Swit) is having an affair with Palmer’s young agent, Ted Cotton (Sean Coughlin), and the two of them concoct a plan to murder the unsuspecting Palmer (Tony Lawson). Although paranoid about the upcoming

turn of events. Angela’s past is brought into question, and Palmer proves to be less and less trustworthy. Two more colorful characters are added to the story: Marshall and Gert Saidenberg, played by David Titus and Krista Severeid. These two add verve to the production through their diverse yet complementary personalities. Marshall is a kind, seasoned Broadway producer who meshes well with his young, ditzy wife. Titus and Severeid’s chemistry adds charm to the comedy. Swit, the star of the show, is known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan from the 1970s award-winning TV show “M*A*S*H.” At 75, she plays the part of a stylish, conniving woman quite well. Swit’s Angela is seemingly a nervous wreck throughout the entire story while, in contrast, Palmer is

Mystery and drama are skillfully intertwined with just enough comic relief to leave the Alhambra guests laughing PROMISE at the end. OF BENEFIT murder, Angela happily looks forward to one day marrying Ted, who assures her that their plan is guaranteed to work. Ted hires a hit man (David Marmanillo) to pose as a burglar; he even picks out witnesses to divert any suspicion that could trace back to him and Angela. Bob Barry’s “Murder Among Friends” is a complex puzzle that drops big surprises just when you think you have it figured out. Relationships get complicated, and one character dies unexpectedly in a mysterious


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suave, pompous and calm. The play’s complex storyline is a bit hard to follow during the second half, yet manages to maintain a light tone throughout the comedy. The show is geared toward an older audience but still has appeal for the younger viewers with its sexual innuendo and comical lines. Mystery and drama are skillfully intertwined with just enough comic relief to leave the Alhambra guests laughing at the end.  Cassidy Roddy

Angela Forrester (Loretta Swit, center) devises a plan to murder her husband Palmer with Palmer’s agent Ted, who’s having an affair with her in “Murder Among Friends,” staged at Alhambra Theatre & Dining through June 9. Photo: Tiara Photography

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AMERICAN IDIOT The Broadway hit and 2010 Tony nominee for Best Musical, billed as “emotionally charged” by The New York Times, is staged 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, $27-$102, 442-2929, MURDER AMONG FRIENDS Loretta Swit, of “M*A*S*H” fame, stars as Angela Forrester in the comedy murder mystery, staged 6 p.m. May 15-18, 2125, 28-31, June 1-2 and 4-9. Matinee shows – doors at 11 a.m. or noon – are May 18-19, 23, 25-26, June 1-2 and 8-9 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $46-$53, 641-1212, RED John Logan’s play, on the relationship between an artist and his creations, is staged 7:30 p.m. May 16-18 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $15, COMEDIA! The Saint George Players perform 16th-century short comic plays 8 p.m. May 18 at The Spanish Bakery, 42 Saint George St., St. Augustine, $10 for adults, $5 for children for play and tapas selections, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre stages Tennessee Williams’ drama, 8 p.m. May 17-18 and 24-25 and 2 p.m. May 19 and 26 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $15, 249-7177, PECHA KUCHA 25 Originating in Tokyo in 2003, Pecha Kucha’s format allows presenters to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds – with the images cycling automatically. The Pecha Kucha 25 presents Amy Zaborek Pomar, Carey Hepler, Patty Tracey, Shawn Jasmin, Francesca Taylor and Taryn Warwood, 7 p.m. May 21 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067. DREAMGIRLS The Tony Award-winning musical, about a fictional ’60s and ’70s girl group, is staged 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the T-U Center’s Moran Theater, $42-$72, 442-2929, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL The 1953 Broadway drama that became a 1985 hit film is staged 8 p.m. May 23-25, 30-31, June 1 and 6-8, and 2 p.m. May 26 and June 2 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach, $20, 249-0289,


DANCING IN ARLINGTON Ballroom dance lessons are held 7:30 pm. May 16 and 23, $6; bop, shag and swing dancing is 8 p.m. May 17 and 24, $10; country music with free two-step lessons, 6:30 p.m. May 25; and free ballroom dancing lessons, 3 p.m. May 26 at Club Savoy, 6354 Arlington Road, Arlington, 745-7725. ARTFUL APPLICATIONS ON RUBBER STAMPING Artist Christy Hawkins demonstrates how rubber stamping can be used in collage, background objects and texture as well as the focal point of a piece for the Society of Mixed Media Artists, 10:30 a.m. May 18 at Southeast Branch Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside, 982-7377, THE GREAT GATSBY PARTY Boleros hosts a 1920s costume party 8 p.m. May 18 at Boleros, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 721-3399, POETIC VOICES OF JACKSONVILLE Local poets share original work – submitted to this poetry showcase – then discuss their work with scholars, 3 p.m. May 19 at Jacksonville Main Library, Hicks Auditorium, 303 Laura St. N., Downtown, free. MAYSE-TURNER FESTIVAL FOR ANGLICAN HYMNODY The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd presents the third annual festival led by organist Bruce Neswick, 6 p.m. May 19 at the church, 1100 Stockton St., Riverside, free, 387-5691. ACTING WORKSHOPS Adult actors at all experience levels may sign up for Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre workshops held until May 19 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, $160, 316-7153, NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTO SHOOT The St. Augustine Art Association offers a photo shoot exclusively for artists submitting work for the “Nature & Wildlife” exhibit, noon-7 p.m. May 23 at 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, $10 to cover professional photographs and an image CD of work, 824-2310, CALL FOR OUTSIDE/IN EXHIBIT The Art Center Premiere Gallery and Art Guild of Orange Park present a collaborative juried exhibit, “Outside/In.” Submission deadline is May 23. The exhibit runs May 30-July 11 at Art Center Premiere Gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757, SPARK GRANT PROGRAM The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville invites artists in

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Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties to apply for the Spark Grant Program. As many as seven grants for arts and cultural projects in any discipline planned for the Spark District – spanning the riverfront north to Duval Street with east/west borders of Liberty and Hogan streets – from a pool of $60,000 in year one. The deadline for applications, which must be submitted online, is May 30. Funded projects must be executed from Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014, FREE DANCE CLASS FOR KIDS Dance classes for children, ages 7-11, are held 4:30-5:15 p.m. every Wed. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, free, 246-4600, BEGINNERS’ DANCE CLASSES These classes are held 5:45-6:45 p.m. every Wed. and Mon. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach, first class is free, 246-4600, BELLY DANCING Belly Dance with Margarita 4 p.m. every Thur. and 10:30 a.m. every Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 721-3399. K.A.R.M.A. CLASS A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Registration is requested, but not required, 322-7672, JAX CONTRA DANCE A live band and caller lead folk dancing at 8 and 11 p.m. every third Fri. of the month at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., $7, 396-1997. ART THERAPY CLASSES Art classes are held 6-9 p.m. every Tue. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown, $30 includes supplies, 586-2088, email ST. AUGUSTINE CHORUS AUDITIONS Auditions for singers for “On Broadway! Act II” are held 6:50-9 p.m. every Tue. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. Music distributed during the first few weeks of rehearsals at 6:30 p.m., membership fee: $25, 808-1904, JAZZ, DANCE AND TECHNIQUE The classes continue every Tue. at Dance Trance, 1515 San Marco Blvd., 390-0939, DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers several styles of classes for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside, 527-8694, DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach, fees vary, 249-0289. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park, fees vary, 322-7672, MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES Energetic art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, at a fee of $20 per class or $100 for six weeks, 568-2146, MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill; adult fee is $80; $50 for kids, 677-2787, JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email


LINDEN STRING QUARTET The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents the quartet 7 p.m. May 15 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, $40 (includes post-concert courtyard reception), 261-1779, BETH NEWDOME FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS SHOWCASE The showcase is part of the AICMF, 1 p.m. May 16 at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island, 1900 Amelia Trace Court, Fernandina Beach, free, 261-1779, ROBERT MCDUFFIE & FRIENDS Robert McDuffie & Friends perform for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, 7 p.m. May 17 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, $50, 261-1779, CHORAL SPECTACULAR The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs with the symphony chorus and Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, 8 p.m. May 17-18 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $25-$70, 354-5547, MCDUFFIE CENTER SHOWCASE The showcase is part of the AICMF, 11 a.m. May 18 at Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, free, 261-1779,

Christie Thompson Holechek’s works — including “Portland Light” (top to bottom), “Soundscape Composition I,” “Soundscape Composition II” and “Window Seat” — are featured in May on Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout Jacksonville. THE HERITAGE SINGERS OF JACKSONVILLE The Heritage Singers perform choral works on “The Wisdom of the Poets,” 3 p.m., May 19 at Riverside Presbyterian, 849 Park St., Riverside. Poems first read by Jim Goodell, and poetry contest winner to be announced, donations accepted, 434-4625, TWO TITANS OF CLASSICISM Soloists from St. Augustine Community Chorus are featured 3 p.m. May 19 at Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, $25, 484-4960, JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA The youth orchestra performs a spring concert, 5 p.m. May 19 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown, $5-$10, 354-5547, ROMANTIC VIRTUOSI Beer & G Strings: Romantic Virtuosi is part of the AICMF, 7 p.m. May 19 at Palace Saloon, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, $50, 261-1779, HAND BELL CHOIR The Orange Park United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir performs a spring concert 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, free, 278-3722. CHRISTIANIA TRIO Christiania Trio with a Licorice Stick is part of the AICMF, 1 p.m. May 21 at Café Karibo, 27 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach, $25, 261-1779, TIME FOR THREE The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Time For Three violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer joining cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, 7 p.m. May 22 at Walker’s Landing, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, $40, 261-1779, TIME FOR THREE FAMILY CONCERT The festival continues with a family concert, “Time for Three,” featuring violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer at the Boys & Girls Club, 4 p.m. May 23 at 907 S. 11th St., Fernandina Beach, free, 261-1995, FEEL THE VIBE JAZZ Comedian Shay Clemons emcees a show featuring jazz

saxophonist Dayve Stewart and The Vibe 8 p.m. May 23 at Ultra Lounge, 7707 Arlington Expressway, Arlington, $10, (347) 762-6368. LET FREEDOM RING The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs the annual Memorial Day weekend event, 7 p.m. May 23 at First Baptist Church, 1600 S. 8th St., Fernandina Beach, $20, 261-0105, JACKSONVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL The festival lineup includes Poncho Sanchez, Najee, Yellowjackets, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown as well as the John Ricci Quartet, Linda Cole & the Joshua Bowlus Quartet and more than 20 other acts, May 23-26 on three main stages – the Swingin’ Stage (Main and Monroe streets), the Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Plaza and the Breezin’ Stage at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown. General admission is free; VIP passes: $70-$80 for one day; $175-$240 for four-day festival, 630-3690, ’ROUND MIDNIGHT JAZZ JAM SESSION The Kelly/Scott Quintet (Lisa Kelly, JB Scott, Joshua Bowlus, Dennis Marks and Danny Gottlieb) perform at this open jam session, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 25 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown Jacksonville. CONCERT ON THE GREEN: Fabio Mechetti conducts the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Clay County performance which also includes fireworks, kids’ activities, local bands and skydivers – 8 p.m. May 26 at 3670 Clubhouse Drive, Green Cove Springs, $12 for adults; $10 for students under 18 in advance; $15 for adults and students under 18 at the gate, free for children younger than 5, 278-9448, JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 825-0502. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551.

Arts JAZZ IN MANDARIN Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-0006. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Road, Arlington, 743-3848. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE The House Cats play 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Sat. at Stogies Club & Listening Room, 36 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 826-4008. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 240-1009,


MID-WEEK MARKET Arts and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. May 15 and every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach, 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 and every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 353-1188. NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. May 23 and every third Thur. of the month, at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222. FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held June 5 and the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. For an events map, go to; FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held June 7 and the first Fri. of every month, with more than 15 galleries participating, 829-0065.


AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378, “Shrimp Festival: 50 Years and Counting,” an exhibit celebrating the local festival held since 1964, is on display through June. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor. CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196, Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM Flagler College, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530, “Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring,” an exhibit of works by Daniel Heyman, is on display through June 14. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857, “Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile” – an exhibit of drawings from the collection of Jean S. and Frederick A. Sharf in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – is on display through Sept. 8. Featured along with these two-dimensional works are classic automobiles, organized by Bill Warner, founder and chairman of Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “La Florida,” presenting native and Spanish colonial artifacts celebrating 500 years of Florida art, runs through Oct. 6. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101, The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nauticalthemed art, books, documents and artifacts. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992, jaxfrm.html. Local artist Helen Hoffman’s exhibit of oils, pastels and giclees is displayed through June 28. “The Boy Scouts in America,” an exhibit of original manuscripts on the history of the Boy Scouts, is on display through Aug. 27. “The Great Depression,” an exhibit of original manuscripts on the Depression of the early 20th century, is on display through Aug. 27. The permanent collection includes other rare manuscripts. LIGHTNER MUSEUM 75 King St., St. Augustine, 824-2874, The permanent collection features relics from America’s

Gilded Age exhibited on three floors. MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784, Exhibits regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display, as well as works by Mandarin artists. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911, mocajacksonville. com. “Traces: Recent Work by Lari Gibbons” runs through Aug. 18 at MOCA’s UNF Gallery of Art. A reception is held 6-8 p.m. May 23; Gibbons discusses her work 7 p.m. in the museum’s theater. “Inside/Out” – an exhibit of selected works from MOCA’s Permanent Collection, including Alexander Calder’s mobile “Red Triangles” and “Polygons” and Melanie Pullen’s “Full Prada” – is on display through Aug. 25. Sarah Emerson’s mural, based on her imaginary interpretation of Aokigahara, Japan’s suicide forest, concludes the second season of Project Atrium and is on display through July 7. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555, ritzjacksonville. com. “Through Our Eyes” celebrates 20 years of AfricanAmerican art with the exhibit “20/20 Perfect Vision,” featuring works of 20 artists, through June 30.


ABSOLUTE AMERICANA ART GALLERY 77 Bridge St., St. Augustine, 824-5545, absoluteamericana. com. Romero Britto’s sculptures and limited-edition prints are featured. ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828, aspx?NID=158. Donna Woulfe displays her watercolor, acrylic and celebrity photos in pencil through June 3 with a reception during art walk, 5-9 p.m. May 16. THE APARTMENT EXHIBITION 1854 Euclid St., Avondale, Artists Thony Aiuppy, Sterling Cox, Lily Kuonen and Edison William explore transparency, ownership and security while showcasing visual and performance art in a shared space in “The Apartment Exhibition,” curated by Staci Bu Shea. The exhibit is on display through June 2 at the garage apartment in Avondale. Other events include “Sunday Kind of Conversation” by Lily Kuonen, 7-7:45 p.m. May 15; “Waffles” by Thony Aiuppy, 10 a.m. May 26. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757, The juried exhibit “Landscapes: A Panoramic View” runs through May 29. “Outside/In,” a collaborative juried exhibit of works by members of the Art Center and Art Guild of Orange Park, is on display May 30-July 11. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Riverside, 855-1181. “Letterpress Poster Exhibition” opens with a reception 6 p.m. May 18 and continues through July 14. CLAY & CANVAS STUDIO 2642 Rosselle St., Ste. 6, Riverside, 501-766-1266. Works by artists Tiffany Whitfield Leach, Lily Kuonen and Rachel Evans may be viewed by appointment. THE CLOSET 51 Cordova St., Ste. E, St. Augustine, 810-5699. “Iconic Expressions,” an exhibit of works by artist Kari Marquardt, runs through May. CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, corkartsdistrict.tumblr. com. Nadine Kalachnikoff exhibits her spring collection “Butterflies,” on display through May 17. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Riverside, 388-8205, corsegalleryatelier. com. Permanent works on display feature artists Kevin Beilfuss, Eileen Corse, Miro Sinovcic, Maggie Siner, Alice Williams and Luana Luconi Winner. ETHAN ALLEN DESIGN CENTER 4939 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 292-1700. The Northeast Florida Sculptors’ juried exhibition “in situ” is on display through June 7. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928, The 11th annual Sea Turtle Show showcases artwork in clay, metal and glass, as well as jewelry and photographs by national, regional and local artists, with a reception held 7-9 p.m. May 24. The exhibit is displayed May 23-July 1. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845, The exhibit “Post,” featuring works by street artist Swoon and the art collaborative MILAGROS that include pieces made from materials mined and repurposed from Harbinger recycling bins, continues through May 31. THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO 8780 Perimeter Park Ct., Ste. 100, Southside, 642-6677, The gallery features painting, art glass, photography, wood crafts, pottery and sculpture.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joins the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for “Choral Spectacular” with conductor Fabio Mechetti and chamber orchestra conductor Grant Cooper – featuring Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” – May 17 and 18 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville. GEORGIA NICK GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348, georgianickgallery. com. The artist-owned studio displays Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local work by oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. HASKELL GALLERY AND DISPLAY CASES Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., Northside, 741-3546. Laird’s “Cphace Series” – infrared captures printed on archival metallic paper – are on display through June 30 in Haskell Gallery. Hiromi Moneyhun’s threedimensional paper-cut art is on display in the connector display cases (before security). HIGHWAY GALLERY Christie Thompson Holechek’s work is featured through May on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. The campaign is a collaboration among Harbinger, Florida Mining Gallery, Clear Channel Outdoor and Clearly Jacksonville. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235, The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed yearround in the main lobby. PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY 701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584, The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative processes, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. PLUM GALLERY 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069, Works by Claire J. Kendrick (“Botanical Series” oil paintings), Mary L. Gibson, Thomas Brock and Tony Gill are on display for the spring theme exhibit, through June 30. PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER 1000 Water St., Downtown, 630-4000, venues/prime-f-osborn-iii-convention-center. A preview of the exhibit “PhotoVoice Project” is displayed in the Haskell Building 6-7:30 p.m. May 16 and 9-11 a.m. May 18. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614, “Chosen Pathways,” an exhibit of works by Sherrie Pettigrew and John Tilton, is displayed through May 24. REDDI ARTS 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161, The Members Show, an exhibit of paintings by local and regional pastel artists from the First Coast Pastel Society, runs through June 28. REMBRANDTZ GALLERY 131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065, The award-winning art gallery displays Murjani Grace jewelry, original art, glass and pottery. Open late for First Fridays. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 808-7330, “Water Lines,” an exhibit of Dan Famiglietti’s works inspired by coastal waters, runs through July 2. SEVENTH STREET GALLERY 14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330, Susan Henderson’s paintings are on display through May. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTH GALLERY Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 646-2023, campuses/wilson-center/venues/gallery.php. “Book of Days,”

an exhibit of Donald Martin’s works in drawing, book arts, sculpture, painting and prints inspired by daily devotionals in Europe in the late Middle Ages, opens with a reception held 5-7:30 p.m. May 16 and is displayed through June 20. The artist appears for a discussion 1:30 p.m. May 22. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361, Works in painting, photography and other media by 29 local artists and photographers are featured. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838, Artist Chip Southworth’s exhibit “Deeper: New Art Works to Benefit Rikki” is on display through May 24. Sarah Emerson is the featured artist June 7-July 31. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310, The eighth annual American Glass Guild Conference is May 15-19 with events at St. Augustine Art Association, Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel, and Sisters of St. Joseph Architectural Glass Studio as well as an excursion to the Morse Museum in Winter Park. A live auction of contemporary glass, artwork and books is held 7 p.m. May 17 at the art association. “American Glass Now: 2013,” a juried exhibit featuring works by stained-glass artists, is displayed through May 29. “Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge” is a juried art exhibition, on display through June 2. “Ancient City Mosaic,” a juried exhibit of 450 pieces depicting impressions of St. Augustine, is featured at all six St. Johns County Public Libraries through June 4. After June 4, the pieces will be strung together and hung in grid format, displayed June 15-Aug. 10 at the St. Augustine Art Association. The permanent collection features 16thcentury artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR CENTER 10 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 825-1000. “Picasso Art & Arena,” an exhibit showcasing 39 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work from the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal in Málaga, Spain, is on display through Aug. 11. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 561-2146. The permanent collection features works by members Jim Smith, Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain, Mark S. Williamson and Mark Zimmerman. UNF GALLERY OF ART 1 UNF Drive, Bldg. 2, Ste. 1001, Southside, “Florida-Twenty Seven: Two Decades of Watching” – an exhibit of Florida photography by Bob Willis – is displayed through July 2; a reception is held 5-7 p.m. May 16. “Commute” – an exhibit of recent work by UNF graduate and realist painter Scott Bell – is on display June 3-July 3; a reception is held 5-7 p.m. June 6. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 819 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2535, Works by local artists Henry Von Genk III, John Tassey, Dante De Florio, Sergei Orgunov, Millie Martin and Shawn Meharg are displayed. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770, This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/ upcycled items.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email The deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, nine days before publication.

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GIRLS’ RIGHTS WEEK Girls Inc. of Jacksonville honors local girls 6 p.m. May 16 at a reception at the Haskell Building, 111 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $25. 731-9933. COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES The series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America,” features Prof. Leslee Keys, 10 a.m. May 17 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St, St. Augustine. Keys discusses “The Modern Wonder of the Ancient City: The Myth and the Marvel of the Hotel Ponce de Leon.” $5. Reservations are required. 819-6282. WILD AMELIA NATURE FESTIVAL The seventh annual festival, held May 17-19 throughout Fernandina Beach, Ft. Clinch, Amelia Island and Ft. George, features ecotours, a sea turtle release, kids’ activities, paddleboard tours, nature hikes, birding and bike ecotours. Zoo photo classes, a sunset shoot and dinner and a zoo tour are also featured. Fees vary per event. 251-0016. RIDING INTO HISTORY The 14th annual event is held May 17-18 at World Golf Village, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. Vintage motorcycles, the Concours d’Elegance charity ride and a Grand Marshal’s dinner are featured. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project. 677-9760. MIRACLE ON ASHLEY STREET The annual fundraiser is held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 at Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley St., Downtown. Celebrity chefs and servers are featured. $25. 354-4162. ST. BALDRICK’S Volunteers shave their heads in solidarity for kids with cancer, 11 a.m. May 18 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. Proceeds benefit childhood cancer research. (888) 899-BALD. TASTE & TOAST Nassau Humane Society fundraiser pairs food with wine or beer, 7-9 p.m. May 18 at Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. A silent and live auction and music by Dan Voll and Michele Bid are featured. $50. RIPPLES ON THE RIVER The sixth annual event is held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18 at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute on the riverfront. The first 200 kids get a free rod and reel. Live music, Capt. Don Dingman’s fishing clinic, tours of the new Gentry Boardwalk & Nature Preserve, seafood, hot dogs, Sweetwater Beer samples, a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission critter touch tank and MSRI tours are featured. $10 adults; kids free. 2567095. BOOTLEGGER’S BALL Riverside Avondale Preservation holds its second annual fundraiser 7 p.m. May 18 – the site’s a secret, revealed when you buy a ticket. The speakeasy-styled party features cocktails, live music by The 77ds, and a silent auction. $60. 389-3449. FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY CONFERENCE The annual conference is held May 16-19 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 21000 Alumni Drive, Southside. The conference logo features local artist Jim Draper’s “Large Passion” (oil on canvas, 48”x60”). Field trips, workshops, speakers, a plant sale, book signings, silent auction and raffles are featured. To register, go to A SAVORY TASTE The second annual fundraiser is held 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 18 at Woman’s Club, 201 Jean LaFitte Ave., Fernandina Beach. Food, beer and wine and music from Gabriel Arnold are featured. $40; proceeds benefit Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center. 491-6364 ext. 204. TASTE OF THE BEACH Area restaurants offer samples at the eighth annual fundraiser noon-5 p.m. May 19 at Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Taste tickets are $1. Kenyon Dye performs. Proceeds benefit Betty Griffin House. 347-8007, 471-1686. BEACHES FINE ARTS SERIES TRIATHLON The first triathlon is held 7 a.m. May 18 at Naval Station Mayport, featuring a quarter-mile swim, 16.8-mile bike race and 3.4-mile run. Proceeds benefit BFAS programs. 270-1771. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are iPop 7 p.m., Laseropolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m. and Laser Vinyl 10 p.m. May 17 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062.

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JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. JACKSONVILLE YOUNG DEMOCRATS The politically engaged young professional and student group meets 7 p.m. May 22 and every fourth Wed. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown.


MEET THE AUTHORS FWA Clay County Writers presents local authors Kathleen Walls, “Finding Florida’s Phantoms,” Melanie Pronia, “Journey of Souls” and Linda Schilling Mitchell, “Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter…” 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. 644-8480.

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University of North Florida archaeology professor Keith Ashley discusses “Mounds, Middens and Missions: A New Look at the Timucua” 6:30 p.m. May 16 for Mandarin Museum & Historical Society’s Third Thursday at Mandarin Community Club.


REX NAVARETTE The Filipino-American comedian appears 7 p.m. May 19 at Maharlika Hall & Sports Grill, 14255 Beach Blvd., Southside. Tickets are $25. 699-0759. JIM NORTON Comedy Showcase is 8 p.m. May 15. Norton appears 8 p.m. May 16, and 10 p.m. May 17-18 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE Al Jackson appears 8:04 p.m. May 16, 8:34 p.m. May 17 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. May 18 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277.


TALBOT ISLANDS A park ranger leads a nature hike, 2 p.m. May 18 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. littletalbotisland JACKSONVILLE SHARKS The successful hometown football team takes on the San Jose Sabre Cats 7 p.m. May 18 (Military Appreciation Night) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900. ECO GEEK SERIES Learn about environmental research technology 3 p.m. May 15 at GTM Research Reserve’s Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., South Ponte Vedra. Free with paid entrance. 823-4500. A guided beach exploration is 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Guana South. $3 parking fee. 823-4500. JACKSONVILLE SUNS The Suns play a homestand against the Birmingham Barons, 7:05 p.m. May 23 (Elvis Himselvis, Thursday Throwdown), at Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Games continue 7:05 p.m. May 24 (Faith Night, Fireworks), May 25 (European St. wieners & sandwiches, AYCD draft beer, soda, water, Miracle League Baseball), and May 26 (Military Salute) and 1:05 p.m. May 27 (Kids Run the Bases). Tickets $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. DINOTREK AND TIGERS New exhibits are open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission. Open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. Check out the Land of the Tigers, too! 757-4463.


JACKSONVILLE SUNS BASEBALL CAMP The camp is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 11-12 for kids ages 7-12 at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Camp fee of $90.95 includes lunch both days, a T-shirt, ball cap and ticket to a game. 358-2846. RAMONA QUIMBY TheatreWorks presents this kids’ production 10 a.m. and noon May 16 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 353-3500. Tickets are $7.50 in advance; $8 at the door. 353-3550 for reservations.


FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The group meets 6:30 p.m. May 20 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. David Jaffee, University of North Florida sociology professor, discusses “Understanding the Economic Crisis: A Neo-Marxist Perspective.” 419-8826. 




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Vegan venue offers organic, locally sourced dishes DIG FOODS AT UNDERBELLY 113 E. Bay St., Downtown 885-1495,


t’s 2013, and times are changing. To some, meat is out and vegetables are in. Hoping to cater to this growing demographic, Dig Foods opened its doors Downtown in mid-April. Dig Food’s first permanent spot is inside music venue Underbelly. Previously, Chef Sean Sigmon crafted his popular vegan fare on-thego at already established venues like Intuition Ale Works, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, CoRK Arts District and Downtown’s First Wednesday Art Walk. For a while, it was rumored that Sigmon might start a food truck featuring his vegan offerings. Sigmon’s ever-changing menu focuses on organic and local ingredients. Even the bread is made locally by Community Loaves, and since everything is vegan, that means no meat, dairy or animal products are used. At a noon Tuesday lunch, almost all of the tables were filled. You place your order, pay and seat yourself. Your food is brought out to you by a server, but it may not arrive at the same time as your companions’ orders, as it’s all made-to-order. My lunch was surprisingly filling, despite being meatless. And for $13, I was able to try three different menu items. The first was a grilled kale and roasted carrot salad atop protein-packed fluffy quinoa and drizzled with a light parsley vinaigrette. I’d never had grilled kale and found it interesting in both texture and flavor. My second item was a generous portion of roasted balsamic cauliflower, which had a slight tanginess that I enjoyed. My third choice was the half-sized portion of potato

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gnocchi with a flavorful tomato sauce and strips of roasted butternut squash. It seemed more like a fall item than spring, but it worked. I had a few bites of the colorful beet, grapefruit and basil side salad topped with a divine dollop of cashew cream that looked just like crème fraîche. The grapefruit segments were tart and complemented the earthy flavors of perfectly cooked red beets. Thin ribbons of fresh basil completed the dish that was simple but packed a lot of flavor. I washed down vegan goodness with an iced jasmine green tea served in a Mason jar. Dig is still working out its menu and experimenting with new items each week, so there aren’t any dessert options yet. My sweet tooth (OK, teeth) eagerly await the addition of a few treats. Dig is currently open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. There’s plenty of street parking nearby, so bring your quarters. If you’re in a hurry or have only one quarter, call ahead to place a to-go order.  Caron Streibich Folio Weekly Bite Club host

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Taste Food Studio’s Steven Rodriguez and Chef Chris Walters offer an upscale American dining experience, serving spinach salad and a traditional burger with fries at the restaurant located near Tinseltown on Southside. Photo: Dennis Ho

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29 SOUTH EATS 29 S. Third St., 277-7919. F In historic district, Chef Scotty Schwartz serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. $$ L Tue.-Sat.; D Mon.-Sat.; R Sun. BARBERITO’S 1519 Sadler Rd., 277-2505; 463867 S.R. 200, Ste. 5, Yulee, 321-2240. Southwestern fare, made-to-order burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos. $  �  L D Daily BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ 1 S. Front St., 261-2660. F Upscale on the water in historic area. Southern hospitality; daily specials, fresh local seafood, aged beef. $$$  L D Daily BRIGHT MORNINGS 105 S. Third St., 491-1771. Small cafÊ behind Amelia SanJon Gallery. $$  B R L Thur.-Tue. CAFE KARIBO 27 N. Third St., 277-5269. F In a historic building, family-owned spot serves homemade veggie burgers, fresh seafood, made-from-scratch desserts. Karibrew Pub. $$  �  L D Tue.-Sat.; L Daily CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY COMPANY 1014 Atlantic Ave., 491-4663. F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins, pies; most breads without fat or sugar. $ B R L Daily DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 802 Ash St., 310-6049. Fine-dining place serves New York strip, ribeye, Dover sole, Chilean sea bass. $$$  D Nightly HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Owner Jon Walker 320 S. Eighth St., 321-0303. Sports bar fare: onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. $  L D Daily THE HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ 7 S. Third St., 321-0707. F Historic district spot has sandwiches, pulled pork, smoked turkey, ribs. $  �  L Mon.-Sat. JACK & DIANE’S 708 Centre St., 321-1444. F In a renovated 1887 shotgun home. Jambalaya, French toast, mac-n-cheese, vegan and vegetarian selections. $$  � B L D Daily KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 1147 Amelia Plaza, 277-8782. Certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood all MSG-free. Sushi bar, teppanyaki grill. $$   D Tue.-Sun. KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFÉ 19 S. Third St., 432-8213. In historic district, family-owned-and-operated spot serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, vegetarian options and down-home favorites, like fried green tomatoes. $  � L D Mon.-Sat. LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE 11 S. Seventh St., 432-8394. F Po’boys, seafood little plates served in a historic house. Fresh local seafood, Fernandina shrimp. Reservations recommended. $$  R Sun.; L D Tue.-Sat.

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MOON RIVER PIZZA 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400. F See Riverside. 2012 BOJ winner. $   L D Mon.-Sat. MURRAY’S GRILLE 463852 E. S.R. 200/A1A, Yulee, 261-2727. Seafood, pastas and barbecue; hand-cut steaks, grouper Elizabeth and homemade Key lime pie. $  L D Daily THE MUSTARD SEED CAFÉ 833 TJ Courson Rd., 277-3141. Snail of Approval winner; casual organic eatery and juice bar in Nassau Health Foods has all-natural, organic items, smoothies, veggie juices, coffees and herbal teas. $$  B L Mon.-Sat. PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL CANTINA 530 Centre St., 277-2011; 96096 Lofton Square Court, Yulee, 491-6955. F This casual, family-friendly restaurant features daily specials. $$  � L D Daily PLAE 80 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, 277-2132. Bite Club certified. In the Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the bistro style venue offers whole fried fish and duck breast, artistic dÊcor. $$$  D Nightly SALT, THE GRILL 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 491-6746. 2012 BOJ winner. Chef de Cuisine Richard Laughlin offers cuisine made with simple elements from the earth and sea in a contemporary coastal setting. $$$$  D Tue.-Sat. SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL 12 N. Front St., 277-3811. ICW view from second-story outdoor bar. Owners T.J. and Al offer local seafood, Mayport shrimp, fish tacos, po’boys and the original broiled cheese oysters. $$  L D Daily SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6652. F Oceanfront, Caribbean-style spot serves handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood, fried pickles. Kids’ beachfront area, openair second floor and balcony. $$  � L D Daily THE SURF RESTAURANT & BAR 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711. F Oceanview dining, inside or out on the deck. Steaks, fresh fish, nightly specials; Sunday lobster special. $$  B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES 710 Centre St., 321-0409. F In historic district. Fresh meat, hand-cut fries, homemade sauces and soups and hand-spun shakes. $  � L D Daily TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK 21 N. Third St., 310-6550. F Casual seafood place features fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish, oysters, blackboard specials. $  � L D Daily T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310. F 2012 BOJ winner. This spot in an old gas station is known for its blue plate specials. $   B L Mon.-Sat.


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

Dining Cigar and hookah lounge has a full kitchen. $  D Nightly THE STEAKHOUSE AT GOLD CLUB 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr., 645-5500. F 2012 BOJ winner. Daily lunch and dinner specials, free happy hour buffet Thur. & Fri. $$$  L D Daily UNIVERSITY DINER 5959 Merrill Rd., 762-3433. Breakfast and lunch: meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. $$  B L Daily


BAGEL LOVE 4114 Herschel St., 634-7253. F Bagels, sandwiches, subs, bakery items. $  B R L Daily BISCOTTIS 3556 St. Johns Ave., 387-2060. F 2012 BOJ winner. Innovative pizzas, dessert selection. $$$  B R L D Daily THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700. F Fresh seafood, steaks, chops, small plates in a casual place. Gluten-free entrÊes, oyster bar. Reservations recommended. $$  �  R Sun.; L Mon.-Sat., D Nightly BRICK RESTAURANT 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606. F Soups, sandwiches, burgers, lamb chops, seafood entrees, veggie burger, desserts. $$$  L D Daily THE CASBAH CAFE 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966. F 2012 BOJ winner. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine on the patio or in hookah lounge. $$  L D Daily ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40, 388-4884. F Celebrating five years, the churrascaria features gauchos who carve the meat to your plate from serving tables. $$$  D Tue.-Sun. FLORIDA CREAMERY 3566 St. Johns Ave., 619-5386. Premium ice cream, waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes, Nathan’s hot dogs. Low-fat, sugar-free items. $ �  L D Daily THE FOX RESTAURANT 3580 St. Johns Ave., 387-2669. F Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh diner fare, homemade desserts. Breakfast all day; burgers, meatloaf, fried green tomatoes. $$  � L D Daily THE FRINGE EATERY 934 Edgewood Ave. S., 402-6446. Steampunk gallery and performance space serves soups, wraps, coffees and teas. $$  Tue.-Sun. GREEN MAN GOURMET 3543 St. Johns Ave., 384-0002. F Organic, natural products, spices, teas, salts. $   Daily MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southern blues kitchen has pulled pork, Carolina barbecue, chicken-fried steak, Delta fried catfish, shrimp & grits. $$  �  B L D Daily ORSAY 3630 Park St., 381-0909. 2012 BOJ winner. French/ American bistro serves steak frites, mussels, Alsatian pork chops; local organic ingredients. $$$  R D Mon.-Sat. SAKE HOUSE #5 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 3620 St. Johns Ave., 388-5688. See Riverside. $$  L D Daily TERRA 4260 Herschel St., 388-9124. Comfy spot serves local, sustainable and world cuisine in a simple, creative style. Small plates include chorizo stuffed mushrooms, pork belly skewers; entrÊs include lamb chops, seared tuna and ribeye. Lunch menu features sandwiches. Craft beers. $$  L D Mon.-Sat. TOM & BETTY’S 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311. F 40+ years; the car-themed menu has sandwiches, burgers, pot roast. $  � L D Tue.-Sat.


AL’S PIZZA 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 105, 731-4300. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily ANCIENT CITY SUBS 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207, 446-9988. F Owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, St. Augustine-themed shop serves gourmet subs toasted, pressed or cold. $ �  L D Mon.-Sat. BOWL OF PHO 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-4455. Fresh Thai, Vietnamese dishes, authentic ingredients; egg rolls, grilled pork, chicken, lotus root salad, fried rice. Boba. $$ L D Daily BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 519-8000. F Family-owned-and-operated Italian place serves calzones, stromboli, brick-oven-baked pizza, subs, desserts. $$  �  L D Daily DEERWOOD DELI & DINER 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd., 641-4877. F ’50s-style diner serves burgers, Reubens, shakes, Coke floats. $ �  B L Daily IZZY’S PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR Owner Javier Roldan 8206 Philips Hwy., 731-9797. Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs and a variety of Italian dishes. $$  � L D Daily THE FIFTH ELEMENT 9485 Baymeadows Rd., 448-8265. F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese fare, lunch buffet of lamb, goat, chicken dishes, tandoori, biryani items. $$  � L D Daily GATORS DOCKSIDE 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500. Sports-themed family restaurant serves grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$  �  L D Daily INDIA’S RESTAURANT 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777. F 2012 BOJ winner. Authentic Indian cuisine, lunch buffet. Curry and vegetable dishes, lamb, chicken, shrimp, fish tandoori. $$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498. F 2012 BOJ winner. They pile ’em high and serve ’em fast. $ �  B L D Daily LEMONGRASS 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd., 645-9911. F Thai

cuisine; Chef Aphayasane’s creations include crispy whole fish with pineapple curry reduction, and The Amazing. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN LEBANESE CUISINE 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-1881. F Bite Club certified. Owner Pierre Barakat offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, OF BENEFIT charcoal-grilled lamb kebab. $$  PROMISE L D Tue.-Sun. MEDITERRANIA RESTAURANT 3877 Baymeadows Rd., 731-2898. Family-owned-and-operated Greek/Italian place. Fresh seafood, veal, lamb. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI 11030 Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791. F 2012 BOJ winner. Fresh, organic; vegetarian, vegan, raw food, gluten-free, sandwiches, deli, hot bar dishes, chopped salad bar, wraps, baked goods. Juice, smoothie & coffee bar. $  � B L D Daily OMAHA STEAKHOUSE 9300 Baymeadows Rd., 739-6633. Bite Club certified. English tavern in Embassy Suites Hotel; center-cut beef, fresh seafood, sandwiches, signature 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. $$  L D Daily ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4, 733-0588. 2012 BOJ winner. Hot dogs w/ slaw, chili, cheese, onion sauce, sauerkraut; pizzas. $  L D Mon.-Sat. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506. F Traditional Thai, vegetarian, new-Thai, curries, seafood, noodles and soups. $$  L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE 3928 Baymeadows Rd., 527-8649. F See San Marco. $$   L D Daily SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE 8133 Point Meadows Dr., 519-0509. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sports bar fare; 20+ beers on tap. $  � L D Daily STICKY FINGERS 8129 Point Meadows Way, 493-7427. F Memphis-style rib house smokes ribs, barbecue, rotisserie chicken over aged hickory wood. $$  L D Daily STONEWOOD GRILL TAVERN 3832 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 739-7206. See Beaches. $$  L D Daily THREE F(X) ICE CREAM & WAFFLES 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 6, 928-9559. Ice cream made-to-order. Milk: whole, soy, almond; toppings; in taiyaki Asian waffles. $ � B R L Daily TONY D’S NY PIZZA & RESTAURANT 8358 Point Meadows Dr., 322-7051. Authentic New York pizza, pasta. $  �  L D Daily VITO’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 3825 Baymeadows Rd., 737-9236. 2012 BOJ winner. Family-owned. Grouper Francesco, New York and Chicago style pizzas, surf-and-turf, rack of lamb. Tiramisu, cannoli. $$  L D Tue.-Sun.


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(Venues are in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.)

1ST OCEAN GRILLE 333 First St. N., 595-5965. F Modern American fare features seafood, steaks. $$$  B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily A LA CARTE 331 First Ave. N., 241-2005. Authentic New England fare: Maine lobster rolls, Ipswich clams, crab cake sandwich, shrimp basket, clam chowdah. $$  L Thur.-Tue. AL’S PIZZA 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-0002. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily ANGIE’S SUBS 1436 Beach Blvd., 246-2519. F Home of the original baked sub, hot or cold subs, fresh ingredients, for 25+ years; blue-ribbon iced tea. $   L D Daily BAGEL WORLD 2202 Third St. S., 246-9988. F 2012 BOJ winner. Cozy place has a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese), coffees and juices. $  B L Daily BEACH HUT CAFÉ 1281 Third St. S., 249-3516. F 25+ years. Breakfast all day; hot plate specials. $ � B R L Daily BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET 120 Third St. S., 444-8862. F Full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, daily fish specials and Philly cheesesteaks. Open-air upstairs deck. $$  �  L D Daily BLUE WATER ISLAND GRILL 205 First St. N., 249-0083. This casual spot features American fare with a Caribbean soul. $$  � L D Tue.-Sun. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1266 Third St. S., 249-8704; 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 270-2666. F See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE 235 Eighth Ave. S., 241-2211. F Casual spot has baked goods, espressos, coffees; vegan and gluten-free options. $  �  B R L Daily BUDDHA THAI BISTRO 301 10th Ave. N., 712-4444. F The proprietors are from Thailand, every dish is made with fresh ingredients from tried-and-true recipes. $$   L D Daily BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS 1333 Third St. N., 242-8226. F 2012 BOJ winner. See Downtown. $   L D Daily CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322.F 2012 BOJ winner. Chili rellenos, tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream. $$  � D Nightly CASA MARIA 2429 Third St. S., 372-9000. F See Springfield. 2012 BOJ winner. $  � L D Daily CASA MARINA RESTAURANT 691 First St. N., 270-0025. Tapas, crab cakes, Kobe sliders, burgers, tacos. Penthouse Lounge. Verandah. oceanfront courtyard. $$$  R Tue.-Fri.; D Nightly CINOTTI’S BAKERY, DELI & BOUTIQUE 1523 Penman Rd., 246-1728. Since 1964. Cakes, pies, breads, desserts, bagels, chicken salad, sandwiches. $ � B R L Tue.-Sat. CRUISERS GRILL 319 23rd Ave. S., 270-0356. F 2012 BOJ winner. Locally owned & operated 15+ years. Half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches, award-winning cheddar fries. $  � L D Daily

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CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. Bite Club certified. Upscale Irish gastropub. Shepherd’s pie, corned beef. $$  � R S/S; D Tue.-Sun. D&LP SUBS 1409 Third St. S., 247-4700. Subs, gourmet salads, wings, pizza, pasta. $ �  L D Daily DAVINCI’S PIZZA 469 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2001. Family-owned-and-operated. $$   L D Tue.-Sun. DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 2434 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. NASCAR-themed place has 365 varieties of wings, half-pound burgers, ribs, salads. $  �  L D Daily DIRTY REDS 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 372-9438. F This new spot serves casual Cajun/Creole/Southern fare: shrimp & grits, po’boys, smoked ribs & brisket, red beans & rice. Sides include mac-n-cheese, collards, corn maque choux, candied yams, smoked baked beans. $$  � D Tue.-Sun. DWIGHT’S MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO 1527 Penman Rd., 241-4496. Hand-rolled pasta, grilled vegetables. Owner/ Chef Dwight DeLude uses an exhibition kitchen. Reservations suggested. $$$$  D Tue.-Sat. EL POTRO 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910. Everything’s fresh and made-to-order. Daily specials, buffet. $  L D Daily ELEVEN SOUTH 216 11th Ave. S., 241-1112. New American eclectic cuisine, a mesquite grill and courtyard dining. $$$  L Tue.-Fri.; D Daily ELLEN’S KITCHEN 1824 S. Third St., Pablo Plaza, 246-1572. F Since 1962. Breakfast all day; sandwiches. $  B L Daily ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337. F Gastropub fare: soups, flatbreads, specialty sandwiches. $  � L Tue.-Sun.; D Nightly EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 922 Beach Blvd., 249-3001. F 130+ imported beers, 20 on tap. Classic Reuben, sandwiches. $  � L D Daily EVA’S GRILL BAR 610 Third St. S., 372-9484. F Eva’s blends Greek and Italian, with American influences, served in a friendly atmosphere. $$  � L D Tue.-Sat. THE FISH COMPANY RESTAURANT 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 246-0123. F Bite Club certified. Oyster bar. Fresh local seafood, Mayport shrimp, oysters, crabs, lobster. Oyster Nights Tue. & Wed. $$  � L D Daily THE HALF MOON RAW BAR 1289 Penman Rd., 372-0549. Oysters, shrimp, clams, crawfish, daily chef’s specials. And they open your oysters. $$  � L D Sat. & Sun.; D Tue.-Fri. HOT DOG HUT 1439 Third St. S., 247-3641. F Dogs, sausages, burgers, beer-battered onion rings, fries. $   B L Daily ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 675 Third St. N., 247-4688. F Three areas: teppan or hibachi tables, sushi bar; Westernstyle seating. Tempura, teriyaki. Plum wine. $$  D Nightly JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 30 Ocean Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 270-1122. F Familyowned-and-operated. Pasta, gourmet pizzas, veal. $$   L D Daily LANDSHARK CAFE 1728 Third St. N., 246-6024. F Locally owned and operated. Fresh, right-off-the-boat local seafood, fish tacos, houseground burgers, wings, handcut fries and tater tots; daily specials. $$  � L D Daily; R Sun. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922. F Locally roasted coffee, eggs, bagels, flatbreads, desserts. $$   B L D Daily KC CRAVE 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660. Chris Jones and Andy Viola offer American fusion: shareable fine fare expertly served in a polished-casual atmosphere. Buzzworthy bar, specialty drinks. $$  R Sun.; D Tue.-Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 514 N. First St., 249-5181. F Corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish & chips. $$  L D Daily MARIO’S AT THE BEACH 1830 Third St. N., 246-0005. Familyfriendly spot has New York-style pizzas, stromboli, pasta, , veal, shrimp, vegetarian dishes. $$$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly MARLIN MOON GRILLE 1183 Beach Blvd., 372-4438. F In the old TacoLu. Fresh crab cakes – owner Gary Beach’s from the Eastern Shore – and fresh-cut fries. $$  �  D Wed.-Mon. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, 241-5600. F Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. Gourmet pizzas, hoagies. Mighty Meaty pizza to vegetarian Kosmic Karma. $  �  L D Daily METRO DINER 1534 Third St. N., 853-6817. F 2012 BOJ winner. The upscale diner serves breakfast, plus meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. $$ R B L Daily MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA RISTORANTE 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573. F Near-the-ocean eatery. 20+ years. Casual bistro fare: gourmet wood-fired pizzas, nightly specials. $$$  � D Mon.-Sat. MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636. See Avondale. F 2012 BOJ winner. $$  �  B L D Daily MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070. F Burgers, sandwiches, seafood, wings. $   L D Daily M SHACK 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2599. F Burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes. $$  L D Daily NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300. 2012 BOJ winner. Dishes with a Caribbean flavor, overlooking the ICW. Tiki deck. $$  � L D Wed.-Sun.; D Mon. & Tue. NORTH BEACH BISTRO 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105. Bite Club certified. Casual neighborhood eatery serves hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, tapas menu. $$$  � R Sun.; L D Daily NORTH BEACH FISH CAMP 100 First St., Neptune Beach,

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Epik Burger’s Chaundrea Clarkins and Renee Kah show off some of the Intracoastal West restaurant’s all-natural food – the chicken burger, onion rings and the signature Epik Burger with Crown Royal BBQ sauce and cheddar.

KANKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE/SUSHI BAR 2009 East-West Pkwy., 269-3003. Teppanyaki tables, sushi tables, sushi bar. Steaks and seafood. $$  �  D Nightly MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. $  �  L D Daily MERCURY MOON GRILL BAR 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999. F Wings, signature sandwiches, Philly cheesesteak, fried fish sandwich, half-pound Moon burger. $  D Nightly MOJO SMOKEHOUSE 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, 264-0636. F See Avondale. 2012 BOJ winner. $$  �  B L D Daily TAPS BAR & GRILL 1605 C.R. 220, 278-9421. F Burgers, sandwiches and entrees. $$  � L D Daily WHITEY’S FISH CAMP 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198. F Gator tail, freshwater catfish, daily specials, on Swimming Pen Creek. Tiki bar. $  �  L D Tue.-Sun.; D Mon. YOUR PIE 1545 C.R. 220, Ste. 125, 379-9771. F Owner Mike Sims’ concept: Choose from three doughs, nine sauces, seven cheeses and 40+ toppings and make your own pizza pie. $$  �  L D Daily

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


(Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive)

BENNY’S SANDWICH SHOP 121 W. Forsyth St., 634-1525. For 27 years, Benny’s – in an old bank vault – has made everything from scratch. Favorites: taco salad, creamy potato soup. $  B L Mon.-Fri. BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Ste. 175, Jacksonville Landing, 301-1014. Continental cuisine. Signature dish: Filet Christian. $$$  � L D Daily BIG PETE’S OLD STYLE PIZZERIA 118 N. Julia St., 356-2680. All from scratch: pizza, calzones, baked ziti, wraps. Barbecue. $$  L D Mon.-Fri. BRAZILIAN CORNER 100 E. Forsyth St., 633-9028. Authentic fare: churrasco misto (steak & sausage), muqueca de peixe (fish in coconut milk), plus burgers, subs, paninis, sandwiches. Brazilian coffee. $   L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BURRITO GALLERY & BAR 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southwestern cuisine. Burritos: ginger teriyaki tofu and blackened mahi. $   L D Mon.-Sat. CAFÉ NOLA 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911. Museum of Contemporary Art. Shrimp & grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, desserts. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Thur. & ArtWalk CASA DORA 108 E. Forsyth St., 356-8282. F Owner/chef Sam Hamidi has served Italian fare for 35+ years: veal, seafood, pizza. Homemade salad dressing. $$  � L D Mon.-Sat. CHOMP CHOMP 106 E. Adams St., 762-4667. F This spot has eats at moderate prices – most under $10. Chef-inspired street food: panko-crusted chicken, burgers, chinois tacos, bahn mi, barbecue. $ L Tue.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat. CURRENTS LOUNGE 225 E. Coastline Dr., Hyatt Regency, 634-4043. Apps, cafÊ fare, desserts. $$  B L D Daily DE REAL TING CAFÉ 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738. F Caribbean place features jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters, curried goat and oxtail. $   L Tue.-Fri.; D Fri. & Sat. EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS 225 E. Coastline Dr., 634-4579. See Arlington. $  B L Daily FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB/RESTAURANT Ste. 176, Jacksonville Landing, 374-1547. 2012 BOJ winner. Casual fare in an uptown Irish atmosphere: fish and chips, Guinness lamb stew, black-and-tan brownies. $$  � L D Daily INDOCHINE 21 E. Adams St., Ste. 200, 598-5303. 2012 BOJ winner. Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine; signature dishes are chicken Satay, soft shell crab, sticky rice. $$   L D Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 830 N. Pearl St., 353-6388. For 56+ years, family-owned Jenkins Barbecue has served down-home barbecue. Drive-thru. $  L D Daily KOJA SUSHI Jacksonville Landing, 350-9911. F 2012 BOJ winner. Sushi, sashimi; Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine; hard-to-find items like baby octopus salad. $$  L D Daily LE SHEA’S HOMESTYLE EATERY 119 W. Adams St., 354-5685. Southern and soul food: meat loaf, fried chicken, burgers, spaghetti, sides. $  L Mon.-Fri. NORTHSTAR PIZZA BAR & SUBSTATION 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451. Brick-oven-baked pizza, grinders, wings, cheesesteaks, sandwiches. 27 beers on tap. $   L D Mon.-Sat. OLIO MARKET 301 E. Bay St., 356-7100. F Made-fromscratch soups, sandwiches; they cure their own bacon and pickle their own pickles. $$   B R L Mon.-Fri. PHO A NOODLE BAR 117 W. Adams St., 353-0320. Authentic Vietnamese and Thai dishes: egg rolls, potstickers. Pho bowls: standard, vegan, pho tom yum, sukiyaki, kelp noodle substitute. Boba, teas, coffee. $ L Mon.-Fri. D Wed.-Sat. THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 4200, 791-9533, ext. 241. On Bank of America’s 42nd floor, this cafe offers a riverview. $$   L Mon.-Fri. TRELLISES RESTAURANT 225 E. Coastline Dr., Hyatt, 634-4540. American à la carte dining: original fresh seafood, regional dishes, buffet, breakfast. $$$  � B L Daily ZODIAC GRILL 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283. F American and Mediterranean favorites in a casual spot; panini, vegetarian. Daily lunch buffet. Espressos, hookahs. $  L Mon.-Fri.


ABE’S PIZZA GRILL 12192 Beach Blvd., 425-3983. Italian dishes, lasagna, parmigiana, pizza, subs, pasta, wings. $$  �  L D Daily AL’S PIZZA 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, 223-0991. F Celebrating 20+ years and seven locations, Al’s offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas, salads. $  �  L D Daily AROY THAI FUSION Owner/Chef Vithoon Khamchareon 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, 374-0161. Authentic Thai cuisine, pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. $$   L D Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly BITTER SWEET BAKERY & EATERY 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 29, 223-0457. Desserts, sandwiches, breakfast to-go. $$  B L Tue.-Sun. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 3303 San Pablo Rd. S., 223-1391. F See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, desserts, family spot. $  �  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CASTILLO DE MEXICO 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, 998-7006. F An extensive menu served in authentic Mexican dÊcor. Weekday lunch buffet. $$  L D Daily CLIFF’S ROCKIN BAR-N-GRILL 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, 645-5162. F Burgers, wings, seafood, pizza, daily specials, handcut 12-ounce New York strip. $$   L D daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 14286 Beach Blvd., 223-0115. See Beaches. $  �  L D Daily EL RANCHITO 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22, 992-4607. F Authentic – really – Latin American cuisine: dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. $$  �  L D Daily EPIK BURGER 12740 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 105, 374-7326. Burgers made from grass-fed beef, ahi tuna, all-natural chicken and vegan are created with innovative recipes; gluten-free options. $ � L D Mon.-Sat. FIRST WATCH 13470 Beach Blvd., 223-0909. French toast, eggs, pancakes, crepes, waffles, sandwiches. $ � B L Daily FUJI SUSHI 13740 Beach Blvd., 992-8998. Fuji Sushi offers dine-in and take-out Japanese fare. $  L D Daily iPHO 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, 330-0309. New, familyowned spot has curry dishes, noodle bowls, rare beef salad. Everything’s homemade-style. $ L D Tue.-Thur. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766. F Hand-cut steaks, wings, burgers. $  � B Sat. & Sun.; L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 39, 992-1666. F See San Marco. 2012 BOJ winner. $$  �  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 14, 642-6980. F See Baymeadows. BOJ winner. $ �  B L D Daily MAHARLIKA HALL & SPORTS GRILL 14255 Beach Blvd., Ste. E, 699-0759. This Filipino-American restaurant and market features popular items like pancit bami, lumpia, turon strudle and halo halo with ice cream. $-$$ �  R L D Daily MAMA MIA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12220 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1122. Lunch specials. Veal, seafood, New York-style and Sicilian-style pizzas. $   L D Tue.-Sun. MAMBOS CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9, 374-2046. 2012 BOJ winner. Authentic ropa vieja, bistec, pollo, picadillo, lechon asada. $$  �  R L D daily MARKER 32 14549 Beach Blvd., 223-1534. ICW view. American eclectic: fresh, local seafood, shrimp & Andouille fettuccini, broiled oysters, yellow fin tuna poke. $$$  � D Mon.-Sat. MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 21, 646-9119. Casual, family-owned. Homestyle Italian fare, New York-style pizzas, veal, baked dishes. $$  �  L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 3238 Hodges Blvd.,

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821-5687. See Southside. $$  � L D Daily MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE 12777 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, 221-1090. F Wings, burgers in a sporty atmosphere. $  L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A, Intracoastal, 821-9880. See St. Johns Town Center. Daily. PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL CANTINA 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 1, 221-2300. F Casual, family-friendly place features daily specials. $$  � L D Daily SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46, 992-8402. F Authentic, fresh Mexican fare made from scratch. Daily specials. $$$  � L D Daily SHANE’S RIB SHACK 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, 992-0130. Burgers, pork, ribs, chicken tenders, wings, beans, fried okra, corn, collards, Brunswick stew. $$ �  L D Daily SIENA’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26, 220-9192. Italian cuisine: lasagna, calzones, stuffed shells, pizza and wraps. $$  L D Daily TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, 223-6999. F Locally-owned-and-operated. Hand-tossed pizzas, wings, specialty wraps. $$  L D Tue.-Sun.; D Sun. & Mon. VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd., 647-6575. See Julington. $   � L D Daily XTREME WINGS 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 108, 220-9464. F Family sports grill has wings, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. $  �  L D Daily


BENITO’S ITALIAN CAFE & PIZZERIA 155 Hampton Pt. Dr., 230-8292. Family spot. Authentic Italian cuisine, veal, seafood entrÊes, pasta, specialty pizzas. $$   � L D Daily BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102, 287-0766. Modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistrostyle setting. $$$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 100 Bartram Oaks Walk, Fruit Cove, 287-7710. See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove, 287-8317. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. $  �  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CLARK’S FISH CAMP 12903 Hood Landing Rd., 268-3474. F Gator, turtle, steak, ribs and daily all-you can-eat catfish dinners. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in a glass-enclosed room. $$  � L D Daily JENK’S PIZZA 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 112, 826-1555. Familyowned-and-operated. Subs, New York-style pizzas, calzones, Italian dishes. $  �  L D Daily THE NEW ORLEANS CAFÉ 12760 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek, 880-5155. Creole-style cafe. French bread po’boys, muffalattas. On Julington Creek. $  �  L D Tue.-Sun. PIZZA PALACE 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171. F See San Marco. $$   L D Daily TAPS BAR & GRILL 2220 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 314, 819-1554. F 50+ premium domestic, import beers on tap. Starters, burgers, sandwiches, entrees. $$  � L D Daily VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103, 230-6966. F Hand-tossed New York- and Sicilian-style pizzas. Baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings, wraps. $   � L D Daily WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108, 230-6688. F Fine dining; authentic cuisine, full sushi menu, curries, pad dishes. $  � L D Daily


AL’S PIZZA 11190 San Jose Blvd., 260-4115. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily ATHENS CAFÉ 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, 733-1199. Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), favorites, Greek beers. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. AW SHUCKS 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368. F Seafood place has an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta.

Favorites: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas, kabobs. $$  � L D Daily THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE 3057 Julington Creek Rd., 260-2722. F Fresh Maryland-style steamed blue crabs, crab legs, steamed or fried oysters. Covered deck; daily specials. $$  � L D Tue.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 12620 Bartram Park Blvd., 652-2989; 9820 San Jose Blvd., 268-2666. F See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20, 880-3313. F Authentic dishes: steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers, hot sandwiches. $$  B L D Mon.-Sat. BROOKLYN PIZZA 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211; 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Bartram Park, 880-0020. F Brooklyn Special is a favorite; calzones, white pizza, homestyle lasagna. $   L D Daily DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT 12373 San Jose Blvd., 268-8722. F Friendly, family-oriented service, with a touch of Old Mexico. $  � L D Daily ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing, 268-4458. Family-owned place offers casual fine dining, Italian cuisine, veal, seafood. Daily specials. $$$  �  D Tue.-Sun. FIRST WATCH 11111 San Jose Blvd., 268-8331. See Intracoastal. $  � B L Daily GIGI’S RESTAURANT 3130 Hartley Rd., 694-4300. In the Ramada; prime rib and crab leg buffet Fri. and Sat., blue-jean brunch on Sun., daily breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner buffets. $$$  B R L D Daily HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30, 880-3040. F American steakhouse features a 9-ounce choice Angus center-cut filet with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-ounce burgers, ribs, wraps, sandwiches. $$  � L D Mon.-Sat. KANKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE/SUSHI BAR 11154 San Jose Blvd., 292-2400. Teppanyaki and sushi tables, sushi bar, steaks and seafood. $$   D Nightly KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, 288-7999. Fusion-style sushi place has oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass. Sake. $$  L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN 11700 San Jose Blvd., 288-0175. F See San Marco. BOJ winner. $$  �  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 674-2945. See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $ �  B L D Daily LET’S NOSH 10950 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 36, 683-8346. Authentic Jewish deli has a full-service deli counter, Vienna Beef meats. Real New York water bagels, bread baked onsite, desserts. $ �  B L D Thur.-Sat.; B L Daily MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE 11105 San Jose Blvd., 260-1727. MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine made to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai dishes. $$  �  L D Daily METRO DINER 12807 San Jose Blvd., 638-6185. F 2012 BOJ winner. In a historic 1930s building, the upscale diner serves meatloaf, chicken pot pie, homemade soups. $$ R B L Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19, 292-0003. See Southside. $$  � L D Daily MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 10503 San Jose Blvd., 260-1349. F See Beaches. $   L D Daily NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI 10000 San Jose Blvd., 260-6950. F 2012 BOJ winner. Fresh, organic ingredients in vegetarian, vegan, raw food and gluten-free options, gourmet artisan sandwiches, deli and hot bar dishes, chopped salad bar, gluten-free baked goods. Juice, smoothie and coffee bar. $   � L D Mon.-Sat. PICASSO’S PIZZERIA 10503 Blvd., 880-0811. F Hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, New York-style cheesecake, pasta. Fresh local seafood, steaks. $$  �  L D Daily POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, 503-2230. See Orange Park. $$   L D Daily RACK EM UP BILLIARDS 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Ste. 205,

262-4030. This cigar and hookah lounge has a full kitchen, subs. 200+ imported, domestic beers. $  D Nightly THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 683-3773. F Casual, family-friendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials, pasta dishes. $$$  � L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, 292-2300. F See Beaches. $$  �  L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 12485 San Jose Blvd., 288-7928. F See Riverside. $  �  L D Daily TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23, 351-8265. F Owned and operated by the Tankersleys. Madefrom-scratch Southern-style fare. $$  � B L D Tue.-Sat. TIJUANA FLATS 13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., 262-0484. See Baymeadows. $  �  L D Daily VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., 268-6660. F See Julington. $ � L D Daily WHOLE FOODS MARKET 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22, 288-1100. F Prepared-food department offers 80+ items; full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar, soup bar, dessert bar; pizza, sushi and sandwich stations. $$  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 46, 262-3955. F See Orange Park. $  � L D Daily

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG (Venues are in Orange Park unless otherwise noted.)

ARON’S PIZZA 650 Park Ave., 269-1007. F Family-owned restaurant has eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. $$  �  L D Daily BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1765 Town Center Blvd., Eagle Harbor, 269-8870. See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL BAR 1940 Wells Rd., 215-4969. F Buffalo-style wings, 14 sauces (mild to better-be-ready blazin’), wraps, burgers, ribs. $$  �  L D Daily CAMICAKES 1910 Wells Rd., 541-1099. Gourmet cupcakes: sweet potato, red velvet, mint chocolate and The Elvis, banana, peanut butter, chocolate frosting. $$  Daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 1540 Wells Rd., 269-2122. F See Beaches. $  �  L D Daily GATORS DOCKSIDE 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd., 425-6466. F Sports-themed family restaurant has grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$  �  L D Daily THE HILLTOP 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959. New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib, she-crab soup. Homemade desserts. $$$  D Tue.-Sat. HOOTERS 1749 Wells Rd., 215-5858. F Wings, steamed shrimp, oysters, burgers, seafood, sandwiches. $$   L D Daily HURRICANE GRILL WINGS 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 1, 644-7315. See Avondale. $  �  L D Daily JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 410 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 9, 272-0037. Wraps, subs, sandwiches. $ �  L D Daily JOEY MOZZARELLA’S 930 Blanding Blvd., Ste. D, 579-4748. F Calzones, stromboli and lasagna are customer favorites; pizza pies available stuffed. BYOB. $$ �  L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 9734 Crosshill Blvd., Argyle, 908-4250; 2024 Kingsley Ave., 276-2776; 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223. See San Marco. 2012 BOJ winner. $$  �  L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 1330 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 165, 276-7370; 1545 C.R. 220, 278-2827; 700 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 15, 272-3553; 1404 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-7789. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $ �  B L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 1756 Wells Rd., Ste. A, 278-4600. See Southside. $$  � L D Daily NEW YORK BRICK OVEN PIZZA 2225-B C.R. 220, Middleburg, 278-1770. Hand-tossed pizza by the slice, stromboli, baked dinners. Homemade desserts; lunch specials. $$  L D Daily NIRVANA CAFÉ 1910 Wells Rd., 278-5880. F Sandwiches, homemade-style paninis, European specialties and freshsqueezed juices. $$   B L D Daily PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR 1930 Kingsley Ave., 276-9551. Family-owned-and-operated place has gourmet pizzas, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. Pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, ziti, calzone, linguini, ravioli. $$   � D Nightly POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 2134 Park Ave., 264-6116. Family-owned-and-operated; pizzas made in coal-fired ovens. Espresso, cappuccino. $$   L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, 771-7677. F See Beaches. $$  �  L D Daily THE ROADHOUSE 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611. F Sandwiches, wings, burgers, quesadillas. 75+ import beers. $  L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 1976 Kingsley Ave., 272-4606. F See Riverside. $  �  L D Daily SWEET TOMATOES 1625 Wells Rd., 269-6116. Salad bar has four tossed salads, vegetables and deli items, pasta salads, dressings, soups, pizza and desserts. $  L D Daily TEXAS ROADHOUSE 550 Blanding Blvd., 213-1000. F Steaks, ribs, seafood and chops. Daily specials. $  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 950 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, 272-1419. F Barbecue plates, barbecue salads and pulled pork sandwiches. All-you-can-eat specials. $   � L D Daily

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619 OCEAN VIEW 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., 285-6198. Fresh seafood, steaks, nightly specials. $$$  � D Wed.-Sun. AL’S PIZZA 635 A1A N., 543-1494. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily AQUA GRILL 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017. Fresh local seafood, aged prime steaks, vegetarian entrÊes. Climatecontrolled lakefront patio seating. $$$  L D Daily THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-7777. Bite Club certified. Steaks, New York strip, lamb, lobster Napoleon, Hawaiian tuna. $$$  � D Nightly BOGEY GRILLE 150 Valley Circle, Ponte Vedra, 285-5524. Wings, quesadillas, chicken, burgers. $$  � L D Daily BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 880 A1A, Ste. 8, 280-7677. F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts. $  �  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly CAFFE ANDIAMO 500 Sawgrass Village Dr., 280-2299. Fresh seafood, veal, steak and pizza made in a copper wood-burning oven; daily specials. $$  L D Daily FOX’S PIZZA DEN 4360 Palm Valley Rd., 285-1292. F Familyowned-and-operated. The Wedgie sandwich on a pizza crust, and sandwiches, pizzas, stromboli. $$   L D Mon.-Sat. JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980. Authentic French cuisine. The scratch kitchen has fresh soups, stocks, sauces and pastries. $$  �  L D Mon.-Sat. LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, Ponte Vedra, 2733993. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $ �  B L D Daily LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., Palm Valley, 285-0139. F On the ICW, get there by land or water. Fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, burgers. Screened waterfront porch. $$  �  L D daily MULLIGAN’S PUB 43 PGA Tour Blvd., 285-1506. F At Hilton Garden Inn. Favorites and Irish dishes. $$  D Nightly NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS 110 Championship Way, 273-3235. American, Continental fare, local seafood. $$$  L D Daily PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP 229 N. Roscoe Blvd., Palm Valley, 285-3200. F The Groshell family serves dishes made with fresh ingredients; daily specials. $$$  �  L D Tue.-Sun. PUSSERS BAR & GRILLE 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766. Bite Club certified. Caribbean cuisine and regional favorites: Jamaican grilled pork ribs, Trinidad smoked duck, lobster macaroni & cheese dinner. $$  �  L D Daily RESTAURANT MEDURE 818 A1A N., 543-3797. Chef David Medure creates dishes and small plates. $$$  D Mon.-Sat. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 814 A1A N., Ste. 103, 285-0014. BOJ winner. Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, fresh seafood, live Maine lobster. Reservations,. $$$$  D Nightly SUN DOG BREWING CO. 822 A1A N., Ste. 105, 686-1852. F Lobster dip, turkey-bacon-and-brie sandwich, chargrilled meatloaf sandwich. $$-$$$  �  R Sun.; L D Wed.-Sun. TABLE 1 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515. Upscale, casual restaurant offers appetizers, entrÊes. $$$  L D Daily WOK N ROLL 3791 Palm Valley Rd., Ste. 203, 543-7666. Authentic Chinese cuisine. $  L D Daily WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 226 Solana Rd., Ste. 1, 280-1110. F See Orange Park. $  � L D Daily

RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE (Venues are in Riverside unless otherwise noted.)

13 GYPSIES 887 Stockton St., 389-0330. 2012 BOJ winner. Mediterranean peasant cuisine updated for American tastes: tapas, blackened octopus, coconut mango curry chicken. $$  L D Tue.-Sat. AL’S PIZZA 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, Five Points, 388-8384. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT 1534 Oak St., 355-3793. American favorites with a Southern twist, locally sourced ingredients. Rooftop bar. $$$  R Sat. & Sun.; L Daily; D Mon.-Sat. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS Chief Coffee Guru & Operations Manager Zack Burnett 869 Stockton Street, Stes. 1 & 2, 855-1181. F 2012 BOJ winner. Bold Bean features organic and fair trade coffees. $   B L Daily BONO’S BAR-B-Q 5229 Jammes Rd., 772-0050; 705 S. Lane Ave., 783-1404. F See San Marco. CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE 2677 Forbes St., 387-1400. F Pizza by the slice, classic Italian dishes – calzone, stromboli, subs, panini. Craft beers, microbrews. $$  �  B L D Daily COOL MOOSE CAFE & BISTRO 2708 Park St., 381-4242. F New England-style cafÊ. Full breakfast, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups. Gourmet coffee. $$  R L D Tue.-Sun. COZY TEA CAFE 1023 Park St., 5 Points, 329-3964. Afternoon tea: scones, soups, teas. Indian nights Fri., Sat. $ L Mon.-Sat. CRAZY EGG 954 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 524-8711. Burgers, sandwiches, steaks, prime rib, pork chops, shrimp & grits, specials; of fresh, local, organic ingredients. $   B L D Wed.-Fri.; B L Sat.-Tue.

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DERBY ON PARK 1068 Park St., 379-3343. Michael Williams and Zack Nettles offer burgers, sandwiches, steaks, fish & chips, meatloaf. $$-$$$  L D Tue.-Sun., R Sat. & Sun. DICK’S WINGS 5972 San Juan Ave., Westside, 693-9258. See Beaches. $  �  L D Daily DOMO CREPES ETC. 813 Lomax St., 619-2540. Cappuccino, crepes, soups and flatbreads. $$   B L D Daily GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET Deli Supervisor Nicole Gurgiolo 2007 Park St., 384-4474. F The juice bar uses certified organic fruits and vegetables. Artisanal cheeses, craft and imported beers, organic wines, organic produce, meats, vitamins and herbs, wraps, sides, sandwiches, and raw, vegan items. $   B L D Daily EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 2753 Park St., 384-9999. F See Beaches. $  � L D Daily GATORS BBQ 8083 Baymar St., Westside, 683-4941. F Award-winning barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, turkey and sausage. $ �  L D Mon.-Sat. GATORS DOCKSIDE 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. F Sports-themed family place serves grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches. $$  �  L D Daily HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET 2005 Park St., Ste. 1, 381-9394. F Traditional Mediterranean fare: fresh hummus, baba ghannoush, gyros. Hookahs. $  L D Mon.-Sat. JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 1615 Hendricks Ave., Riverside, 399-5006. See Orange Park. $ �  L D Daily JOHNNY’S DELI 474 Riverside Ave., 356-8055. F Breakfast; grilled wraps, gyros, grilled chicken salad. $  B L Mon.-Sat. KICKBACKS GASTROPUB 910 King St., 388-9551. F 2012 BOJ winner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner 20 hours a day; more than 655 bottled beers, 84 on tap. $$  �  B L D Daily LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 1509 Margaret St., 674-2794; 7859 Normandy, 781-7600; 5733 Roosevelt, 446-9500; 8102 Blanding, 779-1933; 6331 Roosevelt, Ste. 6, NAS Jax, 854-0057. F See Baymeadows. 2012 BOJ winner. $ �  B L D Daily MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q 4838 Hwy. Ave., Westside, 389-5551. Wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, ribs. Homestyle sides: green beans, baked beans, mac-n-cheese and collards. $$  �  L Mon.-Sat.; D Thur. & Fri. MOON RIVER PIZZA 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442. F 2012 BOJ winner. Northern-style pizzas, 20+ toppings, served by the pie or the slice. $   L D Mon.-Sat. THE MOSSFIRE GRILL 1537 Margaret St., 355-4434. F Southwestern dishes: fresh fish tacos and chicken enchiladas. $$  � L D Daily O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB 1521 Margaret St., 854-9300. F Traditional Irish fare in a casual pub: shepherd’s pie with Stilton crust, Guinness mac-n-cheese and fish-n-chips. $$  �  L D Daily PELE’S WOOD FIRE 2665 Park St., 232-8545. Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with an inventive, modern twist. $$  �  R L D Daily PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2, Westside, 378-8131. Family-owned. Traditional fare, homemade sauces, lasagna, desserts. $  �  L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #1 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 824 Lomax St., 301-1188. F Traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki and hibachi. $$  L D Daily THE SALTY FIG 901 King St., 337-0146. Gastropub’s New American Southern fare: shrimp & grits, bourbon fig glazed quail, made with locally sourced produce, meats, seafood. $$  L D Daily SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 1923 S. Lane Ave., 786-0081; 4434 Blanding Blvd., 777-0730. Beef, pork, chicken, ribs cooked in a wood-fired pit; Vidalia onion rings, corn nuggets, beans, slaw. AYCE specials daily. $  �  L D Daily SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE 1526 King St., 387-9394. F See Beaches. 2012 BOJ winner. $  L D Daily SUMO SUSHI 2726 Park St., 388-8838. F Authentic Japanese dishes, entrees, sushi rolls, sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumplings), and tobiko (flying fish roe). $$  � L D Daily SUSHI CAFE 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888. F Sushi rolls: Monster Roll, Jimmy Smith Roll, Rock-n-Roll, Dynamite Roll; hibachi, tempura, katsu, teriyaki. $$  L D Daily SWEET THEORY BAKING CO. 1243 King St., 387-1001. Small batch, all-natural, organic, allergy-friendly items made with no egg, dairy, soy or peanuts. Gluten-free options. $  Tue.-Sat. TAPA THAT 820 Lomax St., Five Points, 376-9911. Locally, organically grown ingredients; duck confit spring rolls, Cuban rice & beans cake. $$  � L D Tue.-Sat. TASTI D-LITE 1024 Park St., 900-3040. A gazillion flavors, in cones, cups, shakes and smoothies. $  Daily TREECUP CAFE 829 Riverside Ave., Cummer Museum, 356-6857. Lunch items, locally roasted coffee, espresso drinks.$   L Tue.-Sun.

TRES LECHES Owner/GM Eddie Sweda 869 Stockton St., 551-4375. F Quiches, empanadas, arepas, bocadillos, sandwiches, soups and baked goods; chocolate marquesa, Caribbean lime pie and tres leches. $$  B L D Mon.-Sat. TWO DOORS DOWN 436 Park St., 598-0032. F Hotcakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches, chops, liver & onions, Southern fried chicken, desserts. $$ đ?–˘  B L Mon.-Fri.


95 CORDOVA 95 Cordova St., 810-6810. In Casa Monica Hotel. The cuisine blends Moroccan, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and European influences. $$$  R Sun.; B L D Daily A1A ALE WORKS 1 King St., 829-2977. F Two-story brew pub, Bridge of Lions view, has six kinds of beer and serves New World cuisine, inside or on the balcony. $$  L D Daily A1A BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP 114 St. George St., 823-1229. Baja-style tacos, vegetarian bean burritos, fish tacos, hormone-free meats, homemade guacamole. $  L D Daily AL’S PIZZA 1 St. George St., 824-4383. F See Intracoastal. $  �  L D Daily ANN O’MALLEY’S PUB 23 Orange St., 825-4040. F Soups, sandwiches. Porch dining. Irish beers on tap. $$  � L D Daily AVILES RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 32 Avenida Menendez, 829-9727. Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Progressive global cuisine. $$$  � B L D Daily BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ 40 S. Dixie Hwy., 824-0227. Caribbean-style wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, fresh, local seafood, in an 1896 building. $  � L Sun.; L D Mon.-Sat. BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 48 Spanish St., 547-2023. Historic downtown pub has burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash. $$  � L D Daily BARNACLE BILL’S 14 Castillo Dr., 824-3663. F Family spot has seafood, gator tail, steak, shrimp. $$  �  D Nightly THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL 504 Geoffrey St., 547-2723. Fresh, local seafood, steaks, pasta. $$  � L D Daily BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 2420 U.S. 1 S., 794-9424. See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS 88 San Marco Ave., 829-1133. F John Zappa’s New York-style spot serves subs, pasta dishes, and pizzas by the pie or slice. $  �  L D daily CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA 146 King St., 494-6658. F 2012 BOJ winner. New York-style brick-ovenbaked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, stromboli, garlic herb wings. $$   L D Daily CASA MAYA 17 Hypolita St., 217-3039. Mayan fare, vegetarian and meat. Juice bar, daily specials. $$  B L D Wed.-Sun. CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR 6 Aviles St., 827-9055. Bite Club certified. Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts, light fare. $$  Daily CONCH HOUSE 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646. Signature dishes: Cracker combo platter, fried shrimp. Tiki huts over Salt Run Creek. $$$  � D Nightly CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113. Beef, chicken, seafood, low-country cooking. Outdoor deck, fire pit. $$  � D Nightly CRUISERS GRILL 3 St. George St., 824-6993. F 2012 BOJ winner. See Beaches. $   � L D Daily DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 4010 U.S. 1 S., 547-2669. See Beaches. $  �  L D Daily DOS COFFEE & WINE 300 San Marco Ave., 342-2421. F Handcrafted pourovers, Convive Roastery beans. A variety of pressed sandwiches, build-your-own cheese boards. $$  B L Daily FLAVORS EATERY 125-C King St., 824-4221. Quesadillas, pizza, smoothies. Indoor/outdoor dining. $  L D Mon.-Sat. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81 St. George St., 829-0397. Scallops, shrimp, gator tail. $$  � L D Daily THE FLORIDIAN 39 Cordova St., 829-0655. Southern fare, with fresh ingredients from area farms: fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish cornbread stack, grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. Vegetarian options. $$$  �  L D Daily GAS FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT 9 Anastasia Blvd., Ste. C, 217-0326. F Fresh, local and homemade casual fare: meatloaf, veggie, traditional burgers, seafood, steaks, daily specials, desserts. $$  �  L D Tue.-Sat. GYPSY CAB COMPANY 828 Anastasia Blvd., 824-8244. F 2012 BOJ winner. Local favorite spot. Signature dish: Gypsy chicken; also seafood, tofu, duck and veal dishes. $$  R Sun.; L D Daily HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765. F New Orleans-style fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffÊe, shrimp. $$  � L D Daily HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE 8 Granada St., 824-7898. F Freshly baked items, coffees, sandwiches, Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. $  B L Daily THE KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB 6460 U.S. 1 N., 823-9787. F Ann Dyke serves British draught beers and ciders in 20-ounce Imperial pints, plus Cornish pasties, fish & chips. $$  � L D Daily LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 155 Hampton Point

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


(Venues are in St. Augustine Beach unless otherwise noted.)

A1A BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP 671 A1A Beach Blvd., 217-7451. F See St. Augustine. $  L D Daily AMICI 1915B A1A S., 461-0102. F Family-owned-andoperated. Pasta, veal, steak, seafood. $$  � L D Daily CAFE ATLANTICO 647 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-7332. Traditional, new dishes. Chef Paolo offers risotto alla pescatora: shrimp, scallops, shellfish in a cheese basket. $$$  D Nightly CAP’S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach, 824-8794. F Coastal cuisine: fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar. Boat access. $$  � L D Daily FA CAFÉ 303 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-2006. F Daily specials: jerk fish and mango wrap. $  � L D Tue.-Sun. THE GROOVE CAFE 134 Sea Grove Main St., 547-2740. Steaks, fresh local seafood. $  �  L D Tue.-Sun. HURRICANE GRILL WINGS 4225 S. A1A, Ste. 13, 471-7120. See Avondale. $  �  L D Daily JACK’S BBQ 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100. Old-fashioned pit barbecue. Tiki bar, deck. $   � L D Daily MANGO MANGOS 700 A1A Beach Blvd., 461-1077. Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp, fried plantains. Outdoor seating. $$  � L D Daily THE ORIGINAL CAFE ELEVEN 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311. F Coffee drinks, vegetarian meals, Southern comfort dishes. $  B L D Daily PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, 461-1250. F Family-owned-and-operated. Local seafood, prime beef, lamb, pork, vegetarian. Artisan breads. $$  D Tue.-Sat. THE REEF 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008. F Casual oceanfront place has fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and chef specials. $$$  �  R Sun.; L D Daily SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbedge Rd., Crescent Beach, 471-8700. Two-story beachy spot has casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. $  B L D Daily STEPHEN’S SOUL FOOD 101 A1A S., Crescent Beach, 471-7000. Slow food made with fresh, local ingredients: fried perch with grits and fresh tomato. $  B L Tue.-Sat. SUNSET GRILLE 421 A1A Beach Blvd., 471-5555. Key Weststyle place serves fresh local seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air counters. $$$  �  L D Daily


BAHAMA BREEZE 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031. Caribbean-inspired: lobster quesadillas, beef patties, Creole baked goat cheese, tropical drinks. $$$  �  L D Daily BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466. Classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta and flatbread sandwiches. $$$  � R L D Daily CANTINA LAREDO 10282 Bistro Dr., 997-6110. Authentic Mexican dishes, daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks. $$  � R L D Daily THE CAPITAL GRILLE 5197 Big Island Dr., 997-9233. Dryaged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood, with local, seasonal ingredients. 350 wines. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Nightly LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1, 402-8888. F Authentic NYC pizzeria has Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce; classics, calzone, desserts. $$  L D Daily MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 10367 Midtown Pkwy., 380-4360. Italian-American fare, pasta, steaks, seafood, chef’s specials, desserts made in a scratch kitchen. $$$  �  L D Daily MIMI’S CAFE 10209 River Coast Dr., 620-0660. Signature quiches, salads, sandwiches, chicken pot pie, beef bourguignon and roasted turkey breast are served in a French cottage-themed spot. $  �  B L D Daily MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 5205 Big Island Dr., 645-3474. The changing menu has 180+ fresh items: cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon, kung pao calamari and seared rare salt-and-pepper tuna. $$$  �  L D Daily MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT 4860 Big Island Dr., 807-9292. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurts, including tart and non-tart flavors; 40-plus toppings. Daily. P.F. CHANG’S 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 137, 641-3392. 2012 BOJ winner. Traditional chicken, duck, pork, beef, lamb dishes, vegetarian plates, gluten-free items. $$   � L D Daily THE PITA PIT 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 5, 579-4930. See Beaches. $  B L D Daily RENNA’S PIZZA 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, 565-1299. F See Beaches. $$  �  L D Daily SAKE HOUSE #3 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, 996-2288. F See Riverside. $$  L D Daily SEASONS 52 5096 Big Island Dr., 645-5252. Grill and wine bar has a seasonally changing menu. $$  � L D Daily SEASONS OF JAPAN 4413 Town Center Pkwy., 329-1067. Japanese and hibachi-style fare, sushi. $$  � L D Daily WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 10206 River Coast Dr., 997-6528. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows, sushi. $ � L D Daily WHISKY RIVER 4850 Big Island Dr., Ste. 3, 645-5571. F 2012 BOJ winner. Southern hospitality fare features burgers, hot wings, pizzas and pulled pork. Drink specials. $  � L D Daily


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


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

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


BAYARD CAFE 12525 Philips Hwy., Ste. 201, 551-3026. Casual, family-owned spot has breakfast all day, soups, daily specials, desserts, lattes, espressos. $ �  B L Daily BISTRO 41° 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104, 446-9738. F Breakfast and lunch in a relaxing spot. $  B L Mon.-Fri. BLUE BAMBOO RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478. Southern specialties, Asian comfort food by

owner/chef Dennis Chan. Red curry shrimp & grits, Singapore street noodles. Saketinis. $$  L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 10065 Skinner Lake Dr., JTB Gate Pkwy., 998-1997; 10645 Philips Hwy., 886-2801; 5711 Bowden Rd., 448-5395. F See San Marco. $  �  L D Daily BUCA DI BEPPO 10334 Southside Blvd., 363-9090. Fresh Italian fare in three generous sizes served family-style in an old-Italy setting. $$$  �  L D Daily THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, 619-1931. F Casual fine dining blends modern American favorites with international flair. $  L D Daily EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717. F See Beaches. $  � L D Daily THE FLAME BROILER 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103, 619-2786; 7159 Philips Hwy., 337-0007. F Healthy, inexpensive fast food with no transfats, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, beef, chicken, short ribs. $ �  L D Mon.-Sat. GREEK ISLES CAFE 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 116, 564-2290. Authentic cuisine, breads, desserts, Italian dishes, seafood. $  �  B L D Mon.-Sat. III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 111, 928-9277. Classic steakhouse, with a savvy menu of USDA prime beef, seafood, local favorites. $$$$  � D Mon.-Sat. JOEY BROOKLYN FAMOUS PIZZERIA 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 107, 683-8737. Fresh dough , cheeses, meatsc toppings. Wings, Italian dishes. $$   B L D Daily JOHNNY ANGEL’S 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850. F ’50s-style dÊcor. Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter, burgers and hand-dipped shakes. $  �  B L D Daily LIME LEAF 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109, 645-8568. F Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, seared ahi tuna, crispy duck, mango sweet rice. $$  L Mon.-Sat.; D Nightly MANGIA ITALIAN BISTRO & BAR 3210 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., 551-3061. F Chef/owner Tonino DiBella offers authentic fine Italian dining: seafood, chicken, veal, steaks, pasta, New Yorkstyle pizza, desserts. $$$  �  L D Mon.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955. F See Beaches. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. $  �  L D Daily MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 9711 Deer Lake Court, 565-2882. Generous portions, friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Customer favorites: fresh fish, specialty pastas, oysters, clams. 32 draft beers. $$  � L D Daily MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q 10771 Beach Blvd., 996-7900. F Smoked meats: wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homestyle sides: green beans, baked beans, mac-n-cheese, collards. $$  �  L D Daily NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE 9047 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1, 527-2402. F Sandwiches, salads, homemade dressings, California-style pizzas, desserts. $  �  L D Daily OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 7860 Gate Pkwy., Stes. 119122, 854-0485. F Sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. $$$  �  L D Daily SAKE SUSHI 8206 Philips Hwy., 647-6000. F Sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi, noodle soups. Popular rolls: Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue and Fat Boy. $$  � L D Mon.-Sat. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999. F Local seafood, steaks, pizzas and award-winning ales and lagers. $$  L D Daily SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811. F Gastropub pairs dishes with international wines, beers, craft, IPA brews. $$  L D Daily TASTE FOOD STUDIO 9726 Touchton Rd., 415-2992. High-end, high quality, scratch-made upscale dishes with a new twist on global cuisine, American favorites. $$$  �  L D Daily TAVERNA YAMAS 9753 Deer Lake Ct., 854-0426. Bite Club certified. 2012 BOJ winner. Char-broiled meats, seafood and traditional Greek specialties, desserts. $$  � L D Daily

TILTED KILT PUB EATERY 9720 Deer Lake Court, 379-8612. Pub fare, wings, salmon and shepherd’s pie. $$  L D Daily TOMBO’S BACKPORCH BARBECUE 8929 Philips Hwy., 363-0990. F Southern comfort items, barbecue salad, full breakfast menu. $ B L Mon.-Sat. TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, 565-1999. F New York-style, brick-oven-cooked gluten-free pizzas, calzones, sandwiches made to order, with Thumanns no-MSG meats and Grande cheeses. $   L D Mon.-Sat. TOSSGREEN 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 12, 619-4356. F Custom salads, burritos, burrito bowls of fresh fruits, vegetables, 100% natural chicken breast, sirloin, shrimp, tofu, nuts, cheeses, dressings, sauces, salsas. Frozen yogurt. $$  � L D Daily WATAMI ASIAN FUSION 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C, 363-9888. F Buffet: all-you can-eat sushi, 2 teppanyaki items. Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab rolls. $  � L D Daily WHICH WICH? 4352 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 527-1999. 51 sandwiches, vegetarian, Weight-Watchers, buffalo chicken, grinder, gyro and black bean patty. $ �  B R L Daily WILD WING CAFÉ 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464. F 33 wings, soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, burgers. $$   L D Daily YUMMY SUSHI 4372 Southside Blvd., 998-8806. F Teriyaki, tempura and hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi, 30+ specialty rolls. Lunch roll specials Mon.-Fri. Sake. $  L D Daily


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eRoy Butler is as local as Famous Amos, the Pecan Park Flea Market and sclerotic traffic on I-95 North. The Lee High School grad had a standout career as a defensive back at Florida State University, then went on to play a complete career helming the strong safety spot with the Green Bay Packers. Like former Packers defensive player (and long-deceased) Reggie White, Butler is a committed Christian. Getting beyond that, though, there are certain differences in the way they approach witnessing for the Lord. One such difference has to do with the Packers’ respective understandings of homosexuality, and how it factors into the Christian life. White opposed gays’ civil rights struggles. During a 1998 address before the Wisconsin Legislature, White rejected comparisons of the gay rights movement to the civil rights movement, saying, “Homosexuality is a decision. It’s not a race.” White’s position is not an unfamiliar one, especially to those of us who have spent significant time in places where the culture is determined by evangelical Christian churches. The old “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” canard — if you took a drink every time you heard that, you’d be pickled by noon. In the 15 years since White courted controversy and endeared himself to a moralistic swath of the Christian right, we have a much greater understanding of sexual orientation, as 2012 well as an understanding that sexual identity is not a matter of conscious choice on the level of “I’d rather go to Carrabba’s than Olive Garden.” Butler was booked by a Wisconsin church to speak to a youth group on the subject of bullying and was to receive $8,500 for his efforts. All would have been fine had he avoided tweeting about Jason Collins’ decision to become the first openly gay male athlete currently in American major team sports. The tweet was an innocuous message of congratulations; the firestorm that followed, ironically, is far more instructive, in that it shows the parameters of the current “debate” on whether someone has the right to be gay in American sports — and if someone has the right to support one’s decision to go public. “[T]his is what bothers me the most,” Butler told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “They said, ‘If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don’t congratulate [Collins], then we’ll let you do the engagement and get the speaker’s


fee,’ and I said, ‘I’m not doing that.’ ” It’s clear Butler won’t be bullied by the unidentified church. “Every gay and lesbian person will say, ‘You know, LeRoy doesn’t speak up for the weak or the silenced. He doesn’t stand for anything as a man, and he did it for money.’ Why would you ask me to reduce my integrity like that?” Let’s ruminate on that question a minute. When churches extend speaking fees, there are expectations — one of which is that the “official” position of the pastor will be shared by the speaker. This is what has gotten local hero Tim Tebow into trouble with the occasional speaking engagement at a controversial church. One might wonder if Butler really understood the nature of the church that had booked him before agreeing to speak. That aside, for Butler, there was a salient reason not to rescind his congratulatory tweet. As he said recently on “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Some 16-year-old kid is somewhere in a closet with his father’s gun that he found, and he’s thinking about putting it to his head because he’s been tormented in school every single day because they might have found out he is gay, or they suspected he’s gay. He doesn’t have a voice right now. You’re asking me to take all that back, so he doesn’t have a voice. I won’t do that. “That’s taking my dignity, my respect away. I want that young man to come out of the closet, put the gun down, and you’re a part of society. When did we get to this, starting to judge who gets to be a part of what society? It just bothers me. And I told the pastor to blame it on my mom, because my mom brought me up to love everybody.” On May 4, the Journal-Sentinel reported that another Wisconsin church invited Butler to speak to a youth group about bullying. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Madison announced Butler would be there on June 16, church rector Miranda Hassett told the newspaper. The church is seeking sponsors to cover Butler’s speaking fee. Kudos to LeRoy Butler for standing up for all who have been castigated for not fitting society’s convenient molds of sexual identity. Not all pro athletes make great role models, but this man’s character, however, is beyond dispute.  AG Gancarski

“GETTING IN THE WAY” OF MY DERBY DAY You: At Derby Park wearing turquoise, serving. Get in my way one more time and I’ll have to ask you your name. When: May 4. Where: Derby Park. #1233-0508 BEAUTIFUL BLOND ISU sitting at the end of the bar reading Folio Weekly’s ISUs. I was with my daughter and son-in-law. When you got ready to leave, you stopped by me and whispered in my ear “You’re hot!” I felt the same way toward you and would love to get together and have some fun. Look forward to hearing from you. I’m sure we could. When: March 16. Where: Landshark Cafe. #1232-0508 BACONALIA MAN You: Green T-shirt and ripped pants, excited about eating bacon, dropping it on your shirt which left a stain. Me: Watching you and smiling about your carefree style. I loved you from the minute I saw you. Can picture us growing old, enjoying our breakfasts for dinner while reading the newspaper together. When: April 24. Where: Denny’s @ Atlantic Blvd. #1231-0508 UPS DRIVER You used to deliver packages to my place of work but then got transferred to a different area in JAX. We never really talked (just smiled and waved) but then saw each other at Jimmy Johns where we did. I have no idea if you are single but if you are and interested, I hope you reply. When: April 1, 2013. Where: Jimmy Johns @ Riverside. #1230-0501 THAT MOMENT CAN LAST A LIFETIME I like pizza, I love beer and wine, good company, the love of my familyand the love of my friends the look in my children eyes, and the way my grandchildren call me, I love to travel and good restaurants or really good food, a good book, hiphop and the look in your eyes that will last me lifetimes I’ll see you in my dreams. Love is freedom. When: April 1, 2013. Where: At a fair. #1229-0501 AUBURN WOODWIND CUTIE You said they wouldn’t allow your kind, but you can add jazz to my symphony any time. You: red hair, clarinet. Me: blonde fuzz, red bull buzz. I just couldn’t ask then. When: April 20, 2013. Where: JCA of Jacksonville. #1228-0501 LITERATE IGGY POP Pushing poems downtown, you’re more fun than the boneshaker and twice as interesting. Happy to have met you. When: April 18, 2013. Where: One Spark. #1227-0501 WHITE TRUCK & SUSPENDERS You: some sort of tall cowboy/ 1960s BABE wearing a white t-shirt, khakis and suspenders. Me: awestruck, mildly homeless looking girl in an extremely large wool sweater and glasses. I saw you early this morning at my friends’ rainy garage sale. If you come back, you can take all of this shit to the Goodwill for us! Sexy! When: April 20, 2013. Where: Davis St. @ Neptune Beach. #1226-0501

WE TALKED AND SIGNED You: Blonde, glasses, buying roses for your daughter. Me: Long, blonde hair, chatty. Wrote my number on a scrap of paper, easy to lose. Would still like a drink with you while talking about Florida School for Deaf and Blind, or tell me that you’re involved? When: March 27. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt. #1222-0417 GORGEOUS UNDER A LIGHT Although upset, the light shined on your radiant skin illuminating a sight the world will never see again. I’m offering peace, love, assurance and protection. Signed: I Only See You. When: April 10. Where: The Guest Bedroom. #1221-0417 LIMPING AT THE DOG PARK I Saw U limping into the dog park, with unparalleled grace and beauty. In your hand a pink leash with the most noble and elegant dog I’ve ever seen. After the dog park, I encountered several “Bad Habits” with you. Since that fateful day I cannot get you off my mind. When: March 9. Where: Dogwood Park. #1220-0410 HANDSOME SMILE MADE MY DAY You: Medium height, dark hair, brown/tan shirt and shorts. Me: Long dark brown/auburn hair, blue top and jeans. Exchanged smiles in passing, at checkout and glances in the parking lot. Maybe next we can exchange hellos. When: April 6. Where: Orange Park Walmart. #1219-0410 SUBWAY BEAUTY You: Beautiful blonde bombshell, wearing your military uniform and with a friend. Me: Black slacks, black shoes, orange T-shirt. I really would like to go back and give you my number. Tell me what your friend was wearing and what branch of the service you’re in and we can go from there. When: March 29. Where: Oakleaf Subway. #1218-0410 BEHIND YOU CHECKING OUT Watched you check out at the register about 6 p.m. You paid half cash with a few single bills and used your card for the balance, then you made a joke with the cashier (what was the name on that card). Wish I would have asked your name. Me: bald and wearing a black shirt and a big smile. When: March 25. Where: Winn-Dixie. #1217-0403 HAIL TO THE CHIEF You: Standing with all your friends at the I Hope You’re a Doctor show. You were wearing a throwback Jacksonville Bulls shirt and some faded blue jeans. I see your face every time I hear Miami Tree on the radio. XOXO. When: Dec. 2012. Where: Riverside. #1216-0403 SEXY MOTORCYCLE MAN I can remember the roar of your bike as you crossed my line

of sight. It’s so stuck in my head, can’t wait till next time we rendezvous! Happy birthday xoxo. When: March 24. Where: San Pablo. #1215-0403 17 We met at Jax Beach, after a brief tour of Beach Blvd. You: Blue eyes, beautiful hair, genuine smile, wearing black with a bird on your arm and your heart on your sleeve. I fell for you instantly. Me: Curvy, long untamed hair, also in all black, a kindred spirit. I’m in love with you. Let’s take another tour. When: Sept. 17, 2012. Where: Jax Beach. #1213-0327 SUN AND STARS OF APOLLO You tried to engage me at the bar but I shied away from the sun. Kitties are drawn to the light, though, even if you sing like a Creep. You had me at linguistics. I hope to be the moon of your life, shekh ma shierak anni. Will you accept a new TittyTat to play with? When: Feb. 22. Where: European Street San Marco. #1212-0327 YOU CAN BACK MY BAR Sexy bar back at Miranda Lambert concert. Delicious shaved red head with spider tattoo on neck. I was wearing cowboy boots, in pigtails, looking for a country boy. I want to ride on your big red tractor. When: March 16. Where: City Hall Pub. #1211-0327 LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS I saw you a few years ago, ready to ship out. Saw you again this weekend, wearing a glorious pink rag of a suit; guess you made it! :) Take me for a drive in your yellow car sometime? I’ll make you a mint julep after. ;) When: Feb. 24. Where: Mezza Luna Restaurant. #1210-0320 DIAMOND IN THE SKY I saw you and knew I could wait this lifetime and the next to be with you. You’re worth the wait. Your smile, your touch, were created for me. You: Unforgettable. Me: A sincere first mate. When: March 10. Where: Museum. #1209-0320 EGYPTIAN PRINCESS ISU Natural Life Festival. You sat on the grass in front while Martin Sexton played. Slender, red patterned dress, straight raven black hair, a female friend with long blonde hair and a male friend sat to your left. Wanted to talk to you but had to leave early. Please tell me who you are! When: March 10. Where: Metro Park. #1208-0320 BEAUTIFUL SOUL You: Prettiest woman in the building. Me: Wearing an American flag vest. When I hear your laugh, I know heaven’s key. I want you to want me. I’ll even buy you a Hannah Montana Skateboard. Be my lady luck? When: March 5. Where: Dwight Yoakam concert @ The Florida Theatre. #1207-0320

I HELPED YOU AT RAM I’m the person in the knit dress who put a flyer in your backpack for you. I wanted to tell you how beautiful you are, but I was too shy. I hope you see this eventually. See you at next RAM? When: March 7. Where: Riverside Arts Market. #1206-0320 GASLIGHT ANTHEM SHOW You: Cute, dark hair, glasses, sweater. You stood by me during Gaslight’s set. Think I overheard you’re from Jax? Hope so! <3 Me: Leather jacket, black hair/bangs, red lipstick. Drunk girl by us kept flipping her hair, we laughed. Unfortunately, you left before we could talk after show. When: March 7. Where: The Masquerade, Atlanta. #1205-0320 HANDSOME COOK AT BG You: Tall, thin, gorgeous, bearded man with glasses, a sword tattoo on wrist. Me: Short, thin, brunette with sleeves tattooed on both arms, facial piercings. I saw your Bayside shirt, then caught your beautiful eyes as you walked from back, around corner. You smiled at me. Single? I hope. When: Feb. 23. Where: Burrito Gallery. #1204-0313 LIFEGUARD WITH SPARK You: Tall, sweaty, dirty blonde, fit man weightlifting in ocean rescue shirt, blue shoes. Me: Tall, tan, shy man doing pullups nearby. ISU, hard at work in gym. So cute when you lift, need a spotter? You’re a lifeguard; I’d drown to have you save me with big arms, tight glutes. Eye contacts; I felt a spark. Work on bodies together? Where: LA Fitness Atlantic Beach. When: Jan. 2013. #1203-0313 BREEZY BUM Me: Long, dark hair, black bikini. You: Shaggy hair, beach bum skateboarded up lookin sexy. We reached for same coffee, hands touched, we laughed! I like my men like I like my coffee: dark, rich, BOLD. I’ll ride your skateboard anytime. Pick up at Breezy any Saturday; I go at 11 a.m. ;) When: Mar. 2. Where: Breezy Coffee Shop. #1202-0313 GOING HOME You: Beautiful brunette. Me: Helping mate find lost item. You left me speechless. Chatted w/ you and your girl while holding up traffic, tried to loop around and get a number, damn. Tell me what type of vehicle we were in, and maybe the item we were looking for and I’ll describe what you were wearing. go go go! When: Feb. 24. Where: Lemon Street Atlantic Beach. #1201-0306 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? MAYBE MY LOVE? ISU waiting for the bus, wearing a red hat, holding a baseball glove, tall with brown hair, looking around intensely. Me: Blonde, sunny disposition. Would love to tell you something true ;) When: Feb. 15. Where: Neptune Beach Library bus stop. #1200-0306

MUFFIN FOR THE MUFFIN TOP You bought bagels and laughed at my muffin top comment, and we talked about “Eat Pray Love.” You in jeans and flipflops with great personality and wildly handsome. Me blonde with orange shirt & jeans and unforgettable laugh. You drive a Silver Mazda. Don’t know why I didn’t give you my card - I was captivated! I know we’d have big fun! When: April 19, 2013. Where: Panera @ South Beach. #1225-0501 DRIVING ME WILD ISU driving others around in a golf cart. I’d like to give you a ride you’ll never forget. Your bearded face has been doing donuts in my mind all day! If I made your heart race like you made mine, let’s take a joyride sometime soon! When: April 13. Where: St. Johns Town Center. #1224-0424 YOU WERE MY CASHIER I have a reddish-blonde ponytail and I wore a visor, tank top and bermuda shorts. We talked about Bob Dylan on “The Voice,” “American Idol” singing, the theater, California, and the importance of family. If you are single, maybe we could get together. When: April 9. Where: Marshall’s @ Jax Beach. #1223-0424

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Free Will Astrology

Predicting Baby’s Potty

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the alternate universe of Marvel comic books, there’s a mutant superhero, Squirrel Girl. She has the magic power to summon hordes of cute, furry squirrels. Under her guidance, they swarm all over the bad guy she’s battling and disable him with their thousands of tiny chomps and thrashing tails. She and her rodent allies have defeated arch-villains like Dr. Doom, Deadpool and Ego the Living Planet. She’s your role model for the weeks ahead. The combined force of many small things is the key to victory. Like Squirrel Girl’s, your adversaries’ overconfidence may be a factor. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’ve arrived at the edge of reality. Or rather, to be exact, you’ve arrived at the edge of what you think of as reality. Here’s where things get interesting. On the other side of that edge you’re brushing up against, there’s much more reality – a vast territory barely imagined, let alone believed in or explored. Feeling brave? If you’re willing to find out about stuff you didn’t even know you’d love to experience, slip across the border and wander the other side. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A character in Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel “A Game of You” says: “Everybody has a secret world inside of them … No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them.” You’re not dull and boring on the outside. That may be why your secret inner worlds are even frothier and sparklier than most. Lately, some secret inner worlds have been a bit shabby and dank. Time for a deep cleansing. Don’t wash just your brain; wash your wild heart and funky soul, too. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time,” said writer Charles Bukowski. “All else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” Make that one of your guiding principles next week. Translate high ideals into actions to make a practical impact on certain humans and animals. Instead of merely talking about what good things you want to do, actually do them. Be sure every detail of your daily life reflects your vision of ultimate truth and beauty. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you were a fledgling savior, now’s a propitious moment to begin a messianic mission. If you were a musician hoping to leap to the next level of career success, it’d be prime time to plan an extensive tour. If you invent the Next Big Thing, get a marketing campaign in gear. And if none of those fits your situation, see them as apt metaphors to use. How do you spread the word about what’s most important to you? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Queen’s lead singer, Virgo Freddie Mercury, used his four-octave range with flamboyant showmanship and breathtaking technique. Many critics say he’s one of the greatest vocalists in pop music’s history. Freddie joked he was perfect except for one glaring flaw: an overbite. His upper jaw had four extra teeth, so it protruded, but he didn’t have surgery because he suspected it would change his singing voice in unpredictable ways. Do you have something like this? A so-called flaw seemingly entwined with a beautiful asset? Be like Freddie. Accept, embrace and celebrate the paradox – and move on. 46 | | MAY 15-21, 2013

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): 14th-century poet Dante was a major influence on 20th-century novelist James Joyce. “I love Dante,” wrote the author of epic “Ulysses.” “He is my spiritual food.” Yet Joyce felt he had to absorb Dante in small doses. “Dante tires one quickly,” he said. “It is as if one were to look at the sun.” Do you have an influence like that? Judging from astrological omens, it’s time to get as much exposure to that glorious source as you can. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Greek poet Sappho was renowned in antiquity. Her nine books were so esteemed, historian Strabo wrote, “in this whole span of recorded time we know of no woman to challenge her as a poet even in the slightest degree.” Yet little of her work survives. In 2004, there were just 264 fragments and three complete poems – then a fourth complete poem emerged, written on papyrus wrapped in an Egyptian mummy’s casing. The mummy had been stored for years in a backroom at Germany’s Cologne University until someone found it. Seek a similar recovery. Search for a part of the past still beautiful and useful, even if it leads to unlikely, obscure places. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When I turn my psychic attention to you, I smell smoldering smoke. I interpret that as your internal fire burning with less than maximum efficiency. Do you know why? Not enough kindling? Wood too green? Ground too wet? Find out. You can’t have sputtering flames, sooty light and spotty warmth. You need a steady blaze radiating brilliant light and strong heat. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Very few of us are totally uninhibited about expressing who we really are. Most are shy about revealing even one facet of his or her identity. Why? Maybe because we’re afraid folks will judge us harshly for being different from what they think we should be. Or maybe our secret side is at odds with our self-image, and we hesitate to admit it even to ourselves. How are you still in the closet about a truth, quality or event central to your character? Talk to yourself about it. You may not be ready to tell the world, but now may be a good time to consider giving it more room to play. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I absolutely forbid you to be a slave of happiness, victim of pleasure or prisoner of love. Wait. Sorry. I take that back. What gives me the right to forbid you from doing anything? It’s your life. You’re boss. Let me rephrase: Don’t be a slave of happiness, victim of pleasure or prisoner of love. None of life’s good things give you what you need if you make yourself crazy or sick while pursuing them. That’s the cautionary news. The encouraging news? In the next five weeks, you’ll be able to cultivate a graceful relationship with happiness, pleasure and love. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t be like ducks floating on Phoenix Lake near me. They’re feeding wholly on the surface, happy to skim a few insects from the top of the placid waters they’re drifting on. Be more like the frogs diving for morsels below. Your astrological cycle’s in a phase when the quest for more variety deepens your perspective and provide better nourishment.  Rob Brezsny

Caribou Baby, a Brooklyn, N.Y., “eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store,” has recently hosted gatherings at which parents exchange tips on “elimination communication” — the weaning of infants without benefit of diapers (as reported in April by The New York Times). Parents watch for cues, like a certain “cry or grimace” that supposedly signals the tot urgently needs to be hoisted onto a potty. Eventually, they say, the potty serves to cue the baby. Dealing with diapers is so unpleasant, they say, cleaning an occasional mess becomes tolerable. The little darlings’ public appearances sometimes call for diapers, but can be handled by taking the baby behind a nearby tree. One parent even admitted, “I’ve absolutely been at parties and seen people putting their baby over the sink.”

School Allows Autistic Student to Cut

The principal and head teacher at a Godalming, England, special-needs school were reported by employees in March for allowing a student with self-harm issues to cut herself, under staff supervision. (Unsted Park School enrolls kids ages 7-19 who have high-functioning autism.) Teachers were to hand the girl a sterilized blade, wait outside a bathroom while she acted out, checking on her at two-minute intervals, and then dress the girl’s wounds when she finished. The school reportedly abandoned the policy six days after implementation.

Unethical Auto Dealer

Last year, according to Chicago’s WBBM-TV, Palmen Motors in Kenosha, Wis., sold a brandnew GMC Terrain SUV to an elderly couple, 90 and 89. The husband was legally blind and in hospice care on morphine, and the wife had dementia and could barely walk. According to the couple’s daughter, her brother, David McMurray, wanted the SUV but couldn’t qualify financially. He drove his mom from Illinois to Wisconsin to sign the documents while a Palmen employee went to Illinois to get Dad’s signature (three weeks before he died, it turns out). An attorney for Palmen Motors told the TV station the company regretted its role and would buy the vehicle back.

Who Is That Masked Councilman?

by definition a child had been abused in the creation of the image, but that reasoning was no relief for New Zealander Ronald Clark, sentenced to three months in jail in Auckland in April for watching pornographic cartoon videos of short-statured elves and pixies. A child-protection activist acknowledged no child was harmed in the making of the Japanese anime artwork, but insisted it was still injurious because “it’s all part of that spectrum.” Clark said he wondered if he’s also be convicted for viewing sexual stick-figure drawings.

Guessing Where Gangs Will Grapple

California street gangs stage fights whose locations can be accurately predicted using the same algorithm anthropologists use to predict where lions and hyenas will fight in the wild to protect their territories. A UCLA researcher, using the standard “Lotka-Volterra” equation on 13 equal-sized criminal gangs in the Boyle Heights neighborhood in East Los Angeles, produced a table of probabilities showing how far from each gang’s border any fights were likely to be. From 1999-2002, the formula correctly showed about 58 percent of shootings were within 0.2 miles of the border, 83 percent within 0.4 miles and 97 percent within 1 mile.

Outlawing Animal Abuse Videos

Animal-rights activists have had success in recent years making covert videos of abuses on farms and in slaughterhouses, showing defenseless animals cruelly mistreated in patterns unlikely to be caught by government inspectors making orderly, rare visits. However, as The New York Times reported in April, legislators in Iowa, Utah, Missouri and almost a dozen other states think the greater problem is that such videos “defame” operators of these farms and slaughterhouses. The states propose to criminalize the activists’ conduct, which might be “trespassing,” since they gain access only by subterfuge, for example, pretending to apply for jobs. The typical state legislation would also require any such video must immediately be turned over, not to government or the media, but to the operator — allegedly, so the abuse could be dealt with, but coincidentally denying activists their most valuable tool.

The Oita, Japan, city council refused to seat a recently elected member because he refused to remove the mask he always wears in public. Professional wrestler “Skull Reaper A-ji” said fans wouldn’t accept him as authentic if he strayed from character. Some masked U.S. wrestlers, and especially popular Mexican “lucha libre” wrestlers, feel the same. At press time, the Oita issue was apparently still unresolved.

Too Sexy for Riyadh

Politician Blows It

Kent Hendrix heroically rushed to the aid of a female neighbor being assaulted by an acquaintance on their residential street in Millcreek, Utah, in April and scared the man off (though he soon turned himself in). Hendrix is a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and, more to the point, a black belt in karate, and even more to the point, was aiming his favorite samurai sword at the attacker. Said Hendrix, “His eyes just got huge … that he was staring down 29 inches of razor.” 

At a Jan. 8 public meeting, Cooper City, Fla., Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi, annoyed with local activist (and former commissioner) Gladys Wilson, told her (according to video and audio of the meeting), “blow me.” Wilson, 81, said later she didn’t understand what the phrase meant; Mallozzi said later she meant only that she needed to blow her nose.

Pornographic Pixies

Passive possession of child pornography is not a victimless crime, authorities say, because

In April, a newspaper in the capital city of Riyadh reported three men from the United Arab Emirates were booted from a religious festival by Saudi morality police because they were thought to be “too handsome” and would make Saudi women improperly attracted to them.

Super Sword-wielding Mormon

Chuck Shepherd

Backpage Editorial The Snakes of May Has Florida simply created more needless stress, anxiety and heartache for the sake of an education reform movement that’s run off its rails?


ay is here, with all the banquets, end-of-year concerts and graduation plans thereunto appurtenant. For parents, May is a nutty, frenzied, loaded-calendar month rivaled only by December. This year in Florida — thanks to the new end-of-course exams, or EOCs — it just got nuttier. Parents with students in the Duval County school system have seen the “end-of-course” exam scores in a column on their children’s report cards. Most of us have asked ourselves, “Why does that score seem so uncorrelated with my child’s classroom performance?” Until now, we could let that question go. We could presume that the score discrepancy meant that the tests were still in development, or that they were simply bizarre aberrations. Now, though, some of those tests are going to count as disproportionately high percentages of our children’s grades, and they’ll determine passage or failure for algebra I, geometry and biology students. Cut-off scores on a single test could doom 14- and 15-year-olds to repeat the course for credit — even if the student has otherwise shown mastery of the curriculum in the form of terrific grades. The Florida Department of Education tells us it’s implementing the new test because it wants our children — yours and mine — to be “competitive in the global economy.” Forgive me if I don’t send my thank you note just yet. I’m all for raising the mean in student performance. Pulling everyone up, wherever they are in relation to the original mean, and pushing them forward is an honorable goal. But are end-of-course exams reasonably related to that honorable goal? Or has Florida simply created more needless stress, anxiety and heartache for the sake of an education reform movement that’s run off its rails? What is the real point of all this additional testing? Why is Florida imbuing the new tests with so much weight? And for what purpose do the Florida Legislature and the DOE continually shift the goalposts on an increasingly uneven playing field? Over the past 14 years, Florida has experimented with numerous education reform strategies — with varying results. Standardsbased education, coupled with standardsbased accountability (read: tests), have yielded some measurable gains, albeit using those same tests as yardsticks. Privatization policies, though, which have grown a voucher school system with no apples-to-apples accountability and a charter school system

that’s only about 60 percent accountable, have yielded distinctly mixed results. One objective academic researcher reports that when the socioeconomic status of students is taken into consideration, the numbers show that poor students — the very targets of propaganda tools like “Waiting for Superman” and “Won’t Back Down” — do significantly worse in charter school settings than in traditional school settings. (See So why are so many lawmakers still ga-ga over so-called market-based reforms? The answer starts when we begin to understand their shtick. The first thing out of any education reformer’s mouth has to do with preparing students to be “competitive in the global economy,” followed by statistics about

Let’s assume that most educators and advocates do want poor children to have the same shot at success as affluent children. (Shocking!) Engage your education reformer for a moment longer, and he’ll describe a study completely comprising poor children, a study in which “good teachers” were found to make the difference in a child’s academic achievement, as measured by standardized tests. We’ll let it pass that he uses the words “good teacher” instead of “good teaching,” as if professional skills are something one is born with, and not acquired. We’ll even let it pass that the definition of “good teaching” is a tautological concept defined by the correlation between some teachers and “higher test scores.” What we cannot let pass, however, is that test

This year, the shift emerges in the form of high-stakes end-of-course exams which, the Florida Department of Education readily admits, will absolutely yield more “failing” schools. our nation’s international education rankings. It all sounds very dire, these rankings that emanate from the PISA test, until one takes the time to look at another number, i.e., the poverty rates of nations. While academics await access to the 2012 PISA database, a look at the 2009 numbers clue us in to what happens when researchers control for poverty: The United States not only starts looking better in the rankings, it actually leads the world. (See Bring up poverty to a reformer, though, and the retort will be swift. You might even get accused of practicing the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” “Don’t you think we should have high expectations for every child, regardless of the family’s income?” the reformer will undoubtedly ask. And this is where the counter argument risks falling apart; it’s where advocates and educators say, “Well, of course,” thereby allowing the reformers to drone on about “bad teachers” and the “evil” unions that delight in ruining the profession. Then, they’ll drone some more about “competition and choice,” sans objective research, while ignoring our shameful poverty statistics and the stubborn barriers that must be overcome to bring impoverished children up to par with their more affluent peers.

scores alone are not a reliable predictor of whether those same teachers will continue to be “good.” None less than an in-movement leader, Bill Gates, acknowledges this reliability problem, and cautions about the over-reliance on test scores. (See So why are politicians choosing an unreliable marker of good teaching (test scores) as the largest component of teacher evaluations? They do it because it’s easier for them to listen to lobbyists who can help them get re-elected than it is to read research. The distasteful question of poverty gets sugarcoated and camouflaged in a delectable educationreform concoction that feeds several goals. First, the prevailing reform movement creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure among a growing number of public schools via a high-stakes testing game, the goalposts of which are always shifting. This year, the shift emerges in the form of high-stakes end-ofcourse exams which, the Florida Department of Education readily admits, will absolutely yield more “failing” schools. This increased “failure,” in turn, comes in handy for selling privatization to families, who may or may not have gotten the research memo. Fortunately, more than a million Florida advocates stopped the charter school “trigger” legislation this year, which

no doubt had its barrel aimed squarely at the soon-to-be-christened “failing schools.” Thank God someone is reading the research. Second, the policy package enables politicians to wrap their anti-union agenda in sheep’s clothing, i.e., for the alleged benefit of students. Third, it creates, sustains and grows lucrative industries in the fields of testing, remediation, edu-tech and school privatization. Making money’s no sin, mind you, so long as it serves the children. So far, it doesn’t. Set aside all the industry lobbying dollars that, in election years, become campaign dollars. The privatization-testing-edutech industrial complex is the love child conceived between national ambition and the man who was once governor. She’s the daughter that John Ellis Bush parades around, not only in the halls of the Florida Legislature, but also on his well-established national speaking circuit/ national campaign infrastructure. Court the policy passionately, lawmakers believe, and by the virtue vested in the GOP-ordained default governor, he’ll pronounce you a “political ally.” For a man who might end up in the White House, it’s no small pronouncement. Meanwhile, 2.7 million children in Florida are subjected to high-stakes tests of questionable validity; capital dollars that should go to our public schools go instead to the charter industry; the most vulnerable children in the state aren’t being helped by privatization; and the reformers still pretend that poverty simply doesn’t matter. Poverty should not matter, we all agree. But believing it does not make it so, not without a whole lot of work. Study after study has proved that the work of bringing poor children up to par has nothing to do with the publicprivate school distinction, and it has nothing to do with whether a teacher belongs to a union. Where challenged schools have been successful, they’ve had great leadership and they’ve mastered the art of high expectations, along with the science of detecting academic “potholes” and filling them. We have words for a market-based product that’s peddled to true believers but, in the end, doesn’t deliver research-proven results: snake oil. And if we continue to ingest snake oil, while devaluing and defunding science-based teaching methods in the public schools, what will we be left with in the end?  Julie G. Delegal

Delegal, a Jacksonville mother, advocate and writer, is pleased to contribute to Folio Weekly.

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