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NEWS New bike-baker business delivers our weekly bread with fresh enthusiasm. p. 7
MUSIC Political punks Rubrics kick off a 37-day tour that includes a pit stop in the Ancient City. p. 22
St. Augustine Distillery Co. aims to put the Ancient City on the leading edge of libation trends. p. 10
River City Extension keep their signature indie folk sound on the road. p. 23
BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Councilmembers leave, or sleep, during discussion of city’s proposed Human Rights Ordinance. (Except Kimberly Daniels, who won’t shut up.) p. 7 & 8
Prog power trio DigDog takes a bite out of rock and raises its leg on the competition. p. 24 ARTS Veteran comedian Bobby Collins keeps the laughs coming. p. 30
SPORTSTALK In or out of minicamp, Maurice Jones-Drew’s running out of time. p. 12
ON THE COVER Gregg Allman’s no angel, as his memoir clearly shows. p. 33
NEWS FEATURE Denied service for being black, a group of Jacksonville plaintiffs celebrate a fresh victory for civil rights. p. 13
BACKPAGE The power of humility in building a stronger community. p. 46
OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 17 MOVIES The special effects-heavy action of “Battleship” leaves moviegoers with a sinking feeling. p. 18 A vampire-hunting Abe Lincoln, an “Alien” prequel and a post-apocalyptic rom-com are just a few of this summer’s cinematic offerings. p. 21
EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 11 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 25 ARTS LISTING p. 32 HAPPENINGS p. 34 DINING GUIDE p. 36 NEWS OF THE WEIRD EIRD p. 41 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY OLOGY p. 42 I SAW U p. 43 CLASSIFIEDS p. 44
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Failure to Thrive
From camel prompts to grading on a curve, this year’s FCAT is the disaster that proves the rule
he worst sentences I’ve come across this year haven’t been in the pages of the much-reviled mommy porn (which I’ve admittedly not read) or the fumbling, transcribed speeches of Gov. Rick Scott (which I, grudgingly, have). Rather, they’ve been in the proscribed FCAT pretests of my capable, obedient third grader. The pretests, which we were given to review after a midterm convo with our son’s teacher, dealt with birds and their habitats. Not everyone cares about birds, of course, but as grandson and daughter of an avid (read: obsessive) birder, my kid and I might be expected to land in the 7 percent of readers even mildly interested in the subject. Or not. The reading portion of the FCAT is to good literature as a car owner’s manual is to driving a Porsche Cayman. Inferior doesn’t begin to describe it. The test isn’t written by anyone with writing skill, or even one who evinces pity for the reader. To the contrary, it appears written by someone who finds dictionary entries entirely too chatty, and who thinks effective learning
The DOE’s decision to change the scores wasn’t about logic – it was about averting a full-fledged revolt by parents.
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entails drudgery over drama. The truth is that the reading comprehension portion of the FCAT isn’t designed by authors trying to engage readers, or even educators trying to engage students, but by test-makers trying to ease the work of the test-scorers. So if you missed the fact that the red bird landed in the tree moments before the black bird chirped — if you even read that far before your eyes glazed — then you can kiss your test score (and, possibly, your hopes to advance to the fourth grade) goodbye. The foibles of the test aren’t news to the teachers forced to administer the FCAT and shape their lessons to its “logic.” But this year’s test cycle was revealing to a lot of parents — and not just those of us with FCAT first-timers. In fact, the biggest shock came to parents of fourth, eighth and 10th graders, whose kids overwhelmingly failed the test’s writing portion. Or at least they initially failed. Turns out, this high-stakes, all-consuming, stress-
inducing annual exam that state education officials consider the measure of a school and its teachers is entirely fungible. In an emergency meeting scheduled just hours after disastrous FCAT Writes scores were released, the state Department of Education voted to scrap the 2012 scoring system and replace it with an earlier, easier one. Why would the DOE throw out its own scoring matrix? It’s the state, after all, that requires the test to be administered, and considers the scores the key to education “accountability.” Changing outcomes is like Major League Baseball eliminating stats for poorly performing players. But the DOE’s decision wasn’t about logic — it was about averting a full-fledged revolt by parents. Before panicked state officials changed the scores, only 27 percent of fourth graders passed the writing portion of the exam, down from more than 80 percent last year. The results were roughly the same for eighth and 10th graders. State education officials knew that Florida parents weren’t about to put up with that degree of mass failure. They may ignore the erosion of state funding for schools, as they largely have, and even the “failure” label when it applies to someone else’s kid. But the broadbrush designation got their attention —and had some seeing FCAT in a whole new way. Maybe it isn’t good to have so much riding on a single, high-stakes exam. Maybe giving kids a 45-minute test that’s graded in 45 seconds isn’t the surest measurement of their capabilities. Maybe asking them to “suppose you or someone else had a chance to ride a camel” — this year’s prompt — isn’t the best way to elicit good, expository writing. The DOE decision to scrap the scores averted an uprising, but the FCAT fallout continues. Reading scores for the state’s third graders also dropped precipitously, and passage is required for third graders to advance. As the Tampa Bay Times reported, the news hit San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin like a body blow. Only 48 percent of third graders scored at grade level, and the day the results were announced, Principal Monika Wolcott emailed her staff asking them to hug the third-grade teachers. “They’re sad today,” she said. “It really attacks your self-worth.” If teachers felt bad, one can imagine how the students felt. Around the state, 36,577 third graders scored too low to advance to the fourth grade. Failed? In every way. Anne Schindler email@example.com Twitter @schindy
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In AG Gancarski’s article in the May 15 edition of Folio Weekly, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” it seems he begins to uncover the big-picture issue facing cyclists in this city, and others around the U.S.: the battle of Car vs. Bicycle. Whenever I hear people talk about why they
Do I think Jacksonville could be the next Copenhagen? No, not right now, and probably not for another 50-plus years. But a girl can dream, can’t she? don’t ride bicycles, interacting with cars is usually what deters them. When Gancarksi says that “a solution seems out of reach,” I would love for him point out that there are cities around the world where bicycling is a very safe, effective and normal mode of transportation — Copenhagen, Boston, Portland, New York City. If you take a closer look at those places, you’ll see that the solution to the problem of cars and bicycles interacting poorly can be found in dedicated separated bicycling infrastructure. In cities where separate cycle paths and bike lanes exist — in places that make sense, which move people from point “a” to point “b” — more people choose to ride bikes for transportation, and fewer accidents occur, period. Locally, cyclists of all ages, abilities and types enjoy the Riverwalk, S-line and Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail because interaction with cars is minimized, and riders can focus on how fun riding a bike really is. Do I think Jacksonville could be the next Copenhagen? No, not right now, and probably not for another 50-plus years. But a girl can dream, can’t she? In the meantime, I’ll continue to ride my bike to work, the grocery store, the library and everywhere else in between. Koula Redmond Jacksonville via email
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This is in response to the “Rights, and Wrongs” piece by the Folio Weekly editor (Editor’s Note, May 15). I dare you to print this response. You seem to have a problem with the Bible and followers/believers and where they have learned right from wrong. Have you read in Second Timothy 2:15, rightly dividing the word of truth. Also, what God says about vile affections in Romans 1:2428? By the way, how and where did you learn right from wrong? You never printed that in your Editor’s Note. Nan Chitty St. Johns via email
RE: Anne Schindler’s “Rights, and Wrongs.” I read Folio Weekly for my weekly dose of leftist schizophrenia. Schindler’s column calling for an anti-LGBT ordinance filled the bill for its issue. [Editor’s note: The ordinance is not “anti-LGBT.” It would prohibit discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered.] To equate the movement for racial civil rights with this is ludicrous. Race is obvious; homosexuality, etc. far from it. Barry Goldwater voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill on the grounds that it would lead to quotas, for which he was roundly vilified by the liberal hive. Hubert Humphrey said if it did, he’d eat a copy of the bill on the Senate floor. It did, but Humphrey’s diet remained unchanged.
To equate the movement for racial civil rights with this is ludicrous. Race is obvious; homosexuality, etc., far from it. No amount of legislation will ever change the hate in a man’s heart; that has to come from his relationship with God, not the government. Numerous blacks said at the time that they didn’t want to go where they weren’t wanted, but those things have been forgotten in the interim. Today we have situations such as these: 1. In The People’s Republic of Massachusetts, an unwed heterosexual couple applied to rent housing from a landlord who refused them because their unmarried status offended him. They sued; 2. In Philadelphia, another landlord advertised a rental as being within walking distance of a synagogue which would make it attractive to Jewish tenants who adhered to the tradition of walking to services. He was investigated by the human rights commission; 3. The same human rights commission investigated one of the developers of the famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwich when he posted a sign “Please order in English.” While I don’t know the outcomes, they all had to be defended at an uncompensated cost, much of it likely legal. The civil rights struggle revolved around misappropriated government power which has now been inverted to require favoritism to liberals’ approved aggrieved groups, including the aged, disabled and others, ad nauseam. We are not benighted if we lag behind
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I have been reading Folio Weekly for a few years now, but until this last issue, for some reason, I had never read the article “I Love Television.” Steven Humphrey seems to think he is an authority on how other people should vote. He insults people who do not believe the way he does and does not do it to an individual but hides behind a desk to spout his drivel. I actually feel sorry for people like Humphrey who think their poop don’t stink, but their pottymouth gives them away. He also believes that the majority of people believe the way he does, but has no polls to verify that. He uses curse words and vulgarity in an effort to bang his point across. Vulgarity and cursing are the linguistic crutch used by inarticulate idiots.
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I, for one, am not against same-sex marriage any more than I am against a man marrying a cow or a woman marrying a bull. I am against same-sex unions strictly from a scientific point of view. The theory of evolution prohibits samesex union as it is an unnatural act. Darwin’s teachings say that the sole purpose of any species is to propagate that species. This cannot 2012 be accomplished by male-on-male or femaleon-female. If this was the normal instead of the exception, the species would eventually die off. If you believe in evolution, you cannot believe in same-sex union [unions]. If you believe in creation, you are also against same-sex union [unions] because of moral reasons. Either way that you believe, same-sex union is unnatural and nothing can change that.
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Expanding Waste Line A Chevy Suburban “These days, we can’t afford that kind of waste.” — Gov. Rick Scott, speaking in a commercial that also stars Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford, touting a recently passed bill aimed at reducing auto insurance fraud. In the ad, Scott drives a Chevy Suburban, which has a fuel efficiency of approximately 10 miles per gallon.
Not a Fan “What have you done in 3.5 years? You’ve destroyed the office, filled it with political appointees (you created the position of ‘communications director’ and gave it to your oldest childhood friend at $80 thousand a year … what on earth does he do all day other than book your social calendar and update your Facebook page??)” — Email to Public Defender Matt Shirk, signed by “Assistant Public Defender” declining an invitation to a Shirk get-together. “Dear boss,” it begins. “This is what I’d like to say to your face, but you’re always hiding from us regular guys and gals inside your locked, inaccessible office. So I’m writing this email instead. I won’t be attending your little party, I’m voting for Chuck.” Shirk has one opponent in his re-election bid, Republican criminal defense attorney Chuck Fletcher. The P.S. addresses Fletcher, who was copied on the email. “Chuck, I added you to this email to let you know that we all support you. Kick Shirk’s skinny little ass. Good luck!!!!!”
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“That’s outside my area of expertise.” — Wayne Parker Blackburn, president of the local chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PLFAG), responding to a question from Jacksonville City Councilmember and bigot-ofrecord Kimberly Daniels, on whether a bill protecting a person from discrimination based on sexual orientation might also protect people who practice bestiality. Daniels spoke during comments on a pending Council bill that would amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She also asked if the bill would outlaw discrimination against necrophiliacs, repeating a debunked rumor that Egyptian lawmakers passed a law making sex with dead bodies legal (http://bit.ly/KyDxhU). “I would have to defer to legal on that,” said Blackburn. “I’m not an attorney.”
Fully baked: Marcelle Fernee and Sarah Bogdanovitch prepare the day’s fresh bread delivery.
On the Rise
New bike-baker business delivers our weekly bread with fresh enthusiasm
wenty-four hours before Sarah Bogdanovitch and Marcelle Fernee loaded up their bicycles with 37 crusty and still-warm loaves of bread, and then pedaled them to customers in Ortega, Avondale, Riverside, San Marco and Springfield, they had to decide what kind of bread they wanted to bake. The two women settled on their own version of olive bread, mixing four quarts of kalamata olives prepared by Riverside Arts Market pickler Olive My Pickles, and 30 pounds of organic unbleached white flour in an industrial mixer at Murray Hill Baptist Church. After letting the giant glob of dough rest overnight, they separated it into loaves, letting them rise in the church’s kitchen, before popping them in the oven to bake. “Working with bread is working with a living thing,” explains Fernee. “It’s not the sort of thing you can walk away from.” The olive loaves were just the most recent offering from Community Loaves, which the two 23-year-olds formed in November. The subscription bakery offers a weekly loaf of freshly baked organic bread, delivered by bicycle to the historic neighborhoods around downtown Jacksonville. Customers pay $24 a month for a loaf a week or $12 a month for a loaf every other week. The idea of a subscription service appealed to the business partners, in part because they could decide what kind of bread they would bake based upon whatever ingredients looked good. They’ve made granny apple sourdough bread with fermented green apples substituting for the yeast, prepared a seven-grain hot cereal that they’ve folded into the dough, and baked rosemary whole-wheat bread with herbs from Maggie’s Herb Farm in St. Johns County.
“We are free to experiment,” says Bogdanovitch, her blonde hair tied up with a scarf and wearing a modified Starbucks apron, with the mermaid logo covered by flowered fabric. “We gather up our ingredients each week, and what we find dictates what we make each week depending on what is good, what is fresh and what we are inspired to do.” From the beginning, says Fernee — the organizational and graphic talent of the pair — “everything has been just crazily synchronistic.” Bogdanovitch had daydreamed for a while about creating a bakery delivery business based upon the model of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where farmers sell a share of their crop to customers who
“We gather up our ingredients each week, and what we find dictates what we make each week depending on what is good, what is fresh and what we are inspired to do.” then receive a weekly bag of fresh produce. But it was something she figured she’d do sometime in the future since, until last November, she was living 10 miles outside of Homer, Alaska. When her boyfriend Jonah Pierre accepted a job teaching music at LaVilla School of the Arts, Bogdanovitch agreed to move to here — but she assumed it would
be just long enough to convince Pierre to move somewhere else. Instead, she quickly found a community of like-minded people and an urban fabric that could be navigated by bicycle. When she met Fernee and told her about her bread subscription idea, Fernee jumped on board. She had worked as a baker for the wholesale Maria’s Bakery on the Southside, and for Bakery Moderne after she moved to Riverside. At the time, she had a job she loved at St. Johns Flower Market in Avondale, but she wanted to do something extra in her down time. The prospect of starting a small batch organic bakery with locally sourced ingredients seemed like the ideal enterprise. The pair approached members of Murray Hill Baptist Church about using their kitchen for their bakery, and church nursery school cook Lydia Manns decided it was a good fit. They call her their “kitchen mother” and she calls them her “hippies.” “To me, what they are doing is part of the very thing that we do,” says Manns. “They want to improve the lives of people in their corner of the world.” As the olive bread dough reached its peak, Fernee slid the bakery sheets into the oven, while Bogdanovitch stood by with an aluminum pitcher of water. When all the loaves were in, she opened the door and tossed water on the oven’s edges. It sizzled and evaporated into a puff of steam, which gives the bread a nice crust and adds to the rise as it bakes. After about 35 minutes, the loaves had turned a honey-brown and the smell of fresh-baked bread wafted from the oven. She pronounced them done after pulling a loaf from the oven and hearing a hollow sound when she rapped it with her knuckles. There have been a few sacrifices to the may 29-June 4, 2012 | folio weekly | 7
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Oberlin College, and she’s been trading work at Down to Earth Farm in Middleburg for a weekly produce share, learning about organic agriculture. She also works in the kitchen of Sun Ray Cinema in Five Points. Fernee thought she’d study sustainable agriculture at Appalachian State University, so she’d have the skills she needed to revive her family’s farm in northeastern Spain. Now both are learning skills they couldn’t have anticipated needing before launching their business last winter. “There are a lot of ways to get the skills and the tools you need to live a happy life,” says Fernee. “That’s our motto,” adds Bogdanovitch. “That’s what we tell ourselves every day.“ Susan Cooper Eastman email@example.com
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program that originated in Wisconsin, between Elm and First streets on South Fifth Street. The library consists of a wooden box about the size of a mailbox; patrons can pick a book from those stacked inside and then return it when they’ve finished. There are Little Free Libraries in 24 states and eight countries. Bouquets to St. Augustine City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline for understanding how much the quality of life of a city can be improved by something as simple as bike lanes. At Sikes-Kline’s behest, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization hired Sprinkle Consulting to develop a bike plan for St. Johns County. Consultants returned with a plan for 108 bicycle parking locations and bike lanes on almost 50 miles of roads. Brickbats to Turner Construction for delivering one more stinker in a long line of contracting disappointments. The city fire marshal announced last week that the opening of the long-awaited Duval County Courthouse may be delayed because the fire alarm, smoke removal and sprinkler systems did not pass inspection. The courthouse was previously plagued by massive flooding caused by a Turner-installed sprinkler system failure. Turner Construction has also had to repair extensive masonry and structural problems at the Veterans Memorial Arena that kept it from meeting basic building code standards.
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NewsBuzz Money Where Their Moutfitters $8,500 — Amount of money kayak sales and touring company Black Creek Outfitters donated to St. Johns Riverkeeper last Wednesday. Black Creek Outfitters has donated one percent of the sales of kayaks and kayaking accessories annually since the company was founded in 2007. To date, Black Creek has given $25,000 to the Riverkeeper.
Dirty Dozen The Jacksonville Historical Society released its list of most endangered properties last week. The list, dubbed “12 Worth Saving,” for the first time includes the Mayport Ferry, which is slated to shut down Sept. 30, barring a new funding source. It also includes the trio of shotgun houses on North Jefferson and West Church, dating to 1890 (pictured), and the 1965 Haydon Burns Library. Historical Society President Emily Lisska says the list is “one of our methods to ensure we have promoted the importance of the structures, and our concern that they could be lost to us.”
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Absent Without Leave Jacksonville City Councilmember Bill Gulliford fell asleep on the City Council dais as the discussion on the city’s Human Rights Ordinance dragged on for more than four hours, but at least he remained in his seat. Other City Councilmembers, including Johnny Gaffney, Ray Holt and Richard Clark, left the chambers shortly after the commentary began. Mayoral Chief of Staff Chris Hand and Council Liaison Jessica Deal also left when the bill was brought to the floor.
Chronic masturbator George Hager of Clay County was arrested again last week for failing to keep it in his pants. As part of a sting operation, Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies would periodically pass or jog by Hager’s Fleming Island home to see if he was, yet again, spanking the proverbial monkey. He invariably was. With 16 similar arrests, the 50-year-old is considered a habitual criminal, but is not a sex offender or predator, because his crimes are misdemeanors.
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Phil McDaniel and former Maker’s Mark master distiller Dave Pickerell stand in front of the deco building on Riberia Street they plan to turn into Northeast Florida’s first craft distillery.
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St. Augustine Distillery Co. aims to put the Ancient City on the leading edge of libation trends
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he bumper stickers are everywhere in St. Augustine: “A quaint drinking village with a fishing problem.” In addition to being clichéd, the sentiment is outdated, since there’s nothing quaint about the city’s newest alcohol-related venture. St. Augustine Distillery Co. is the brainchild of marketing executive and former St. Johns County Cultural Council President Philip McDaniel. 2012 And by next year, he hopes Northeast Florida’s first craft distillery will be up and running in the historic Ice Plant building on Riberia Street. With $3.5 million in planned renovations and distilling legend Dave Pickerell of Maker’s Mark fame on board, booze fans can expect unique small batches of whiskey, rum, gin and vodka, created using corn from Hastings, wheat from the Panhandle and sugar cane from South Florida. McDaniel, 54, says the business plan will ride a surge of national interest in craft distilling. “There’s phenomenal growth happening right now, similar to the wine industry in the ’70s and the craft beer industry in the ’80s,” he says. “People around the country are recognizing the opportunity to use local agriculture as the source ingredients to produce really fabulous craft spirits.” McDaniel hopes the distillery will build a following through education and tourism, offering a 30-minute tour that will show visitors who the partner farmers are, demonstrate how craft spirits are made and ultimately allow them to taste the product. Pickerell lends some bona fides to the venture, having worked in the beverage industry since 1989; he spent 14 years as vice president of operations and master distiller at Maker’s Mark Distillery. More recently, Pickerell has overseen WhistlePig Whiskey, the highestrated rye in the world; George Washington’s Distillery, which faithfully replicates the first president’s 18th-century operation in Virginia; and several transcontinental Scotch and American whiskey experiments. But Pickerell, who lives in Louisville, Ky., insists that his work at St. Augustine Distillery, including equipment installation, hiring and recipe formulation, will be a distinctly local enterprise. “Virtually all innovation in American spirits is happening at the craft level,” he says. “And since the barrier to innovation is so much smaller — craft distillers consider 100 cases a success
versus 25,000 to 50,000 cases for conglomerate producers — we can add our own twist or degree of specialty by sustainably sourcing everything possible from local ingredients.” So far, the city of St. Augustine has gone along with the distillery’s plans, both as part of its ongoing Riberia Street Improvement Plan and its 450th birthday in 2015. “From a tax standpoint, that nearly 100-year-old building has sat fallow for a long time, so our capital improvements will raise the property valuation, which means more revenue for the city,” says McDaniel. “I think they recognize that we’re trying to bring something cool to St. Augustine.” Of course, plans are still tentative. McDaniel hopes to close on the property by July and is still waiting on a parking agreement with Florida Power & Light, which operates a substation west of the proposed distillery. Purchasing Americanmade craft stills could take another five to six months. And locals excited about a hip new downtown night spot might be disappointed to learn that state laws prohibit the on-site retail sale of distillery spirits. However, rumors of a complementary business located in the building — possibly a bar that could sell and serve alcohol — have been floating around. McDaniel left those rumors unconfirmed, though, and declined to reveal other principal investors in the business. (Ryan Dettra, owner of St. Augustine indie rock club Café Eleven, was originally a principal in the company, but resigned in December, according to documents filed with the Florida Division of Corporations.) McDaniel and Pickerell are nothing but optimistic at this point. Pickerell insists it’s “a marvelously interesting time” to open a craft spirits distillery in St. Augustine, and adds, “So long as Philip will have me, I’ll be involved, if for no other reason than I’m a friend and I want to see the distillery succeed.” For his part, McDaniel hopes that upwards of 100,000 people will visit the distillery in its first year, and he already has plans to develop distilling classes to complement the tasting and tours. “There’s so much creativity in this industry right now, which is full of people who are truly artisans,” he says. “It’s a wide-open field and we’re stoked to be first ones in the area to get in on it.” Nick McGregor email@example.com
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here are three great inventions of the modern era: 1) Totino Pizza Rolls 2) Corporate sponsorship of crappy TV columns [Thanks again, Totino Pizza Roll company!] and 3) … the Internet! Now, I’m old enough to remember the dark days of humanity before the Internet was born. Like, if I needed to publish a “fact,” I’d either make it up or go to the library. (HA! Right. “The library.”) If I wanted porn, I’d rent it from a skeezy adult shop, and suffer through several minutes of boring exposition (usually involving pizza deliveries, suspicious job interviews or weekend getaways) before the action began. And before the Internet, there wasn’t a public forum for videos involving hilarious and crippling trampoline accidents. HOWEVER! Now that the Internet’s here, I get what I want when I want it. Example: Imagine I’m interested in hearing what a totally boring person had for lunch today.
Now, I’m old enough to remember the dark days of humanity before the Internet was born. Like, if I needed to publish a “fact,” I’d either make it up or go to the library. (HA! Right. “The library.”) Hello, Twitter! Or perhaps I need an annoying high school acquaintance to stalk me. Hello, Facebook! (By the way, that’s the last time I buy 500 shares of you.) And let’s say I was a TV columnist forced to watch every single new fall show (even the terrible ones) and offer my thoughtful opinion. Well! Now the networks are releasing easy-toreview-and-ridicule trailers for new shows on the Internet, thereby letting me rate and deliver final judgment without even seeing a full episode! That means I now have all the time in the world to pursue loftier goals. (Hello again, Totino Pizza Rolls!) Anyhoo. What follows are a few reviews of this fall’s new TV show trailers — each accompanied by its own nonsensical and unfair rating system. YOU’RE WELCOME, NETWORKS! “THE FOLLOWING” (FOX) Here’s a new serial killer/cop show starring Kevin Bacon — but instead of everybody cuttin’ “Footloose,” somebody’s cuttin’ up young women! (I wish that joke had gone better.) Bacon is a retired FBI agent who’s lured back into the biz after a convicted serial killer decides to pick up where he left off — and by “pick up,” I mean pick up a knife, slashity-slash-slash! (Sorry. My wit’s bleak today.) Anyway, I give this show three clumsily amputated thumbs waaaay up. “THE MINDY PROJECT” (FOX) Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) created and stars in this no-laugh-track-thank-god sitcom about a lady gynecologist. It was originally titled “It’s Messy,” before they realized that’s sort of inappropriate. Anyway, it’s full of smart, snappy lines, has lots of great guest stars, and
if you’re a dude, you may hate it. But your girlfriend’s gonna love it! That’s why I’m giving it five speculums waaaay up. “ELEMENTARY” (CBS) Here’s my impersonation of a CBS network executive: “Duurrrr … Hey! The BBC network over in London, France had a hit with their reboot of ‘Sherlock,’ so let’s do the same thing! Except different, so they can’t sue us.” Hello, “Elementary,” starring a modern NYC Sherlock Holmes and ex-Angel Lucy Liu as Watson. I give this three donkey plops waaaay down. In fact, I’m going to airlift the donkeys over the CBS studios so it’ll be easier to donkeyplop them. (Follow the donkeys on Twitter! @ CBSdonkeyplop) Wm.™ Steven Humphrey firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, MAY 29 8:00 CW THE CATALINA Debut! A new reality show about the staff and shenanigans of a fancy Miami hotel. 8:00 ABC COUGAR TOWN Season finale! The funniest show with the most terrible title ever (but best episode names ever! Thanks, Tom Petty songs!) ends its season, before moving to TBS.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 8:00 CBS DOGS IN THE CITY Debut! Another “dog whisperer” advises unruly city pooches and their owners. 9:00 CW AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Season finale! Panic attacks during the Covergirl shoot and a “hologram” final runway?? SIGN ME UP!!
THURSDAY, MAY 31 8:00 CW BREAKING POINTE Debut! A new reality series goes behind the scenes of a ballet troupe … because CW viewers just love ballet. 10:00 HIS MOUNTAIN MEN Debut! Outdoorsmen who live and survive in the mountains. Yeee-haw!
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 8:30 NBC BEST FRIENDS FOREVER Season finale! The gang goes to Atlantic City for a gaming convention, and the girls’ eyes roll out of their heads. 9:00 HIS NATIONAL HISTORY BEE Like a spelling bee, except with actual “facts” (not made up ones like in this column).
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 9:00 G4 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR Honkies compete in the most insane-iest Japanese obstacle course ever!
SUNDAY, JUNE 3 9:00 HBO GAME OF THRONES Season finale! Little people with hairy feet try to recover a magical ring with the help of a wizard. Wait … is that right? 9:00 MTV 2012 MTV MOVIE AWARDS Comedian Russell Brand hosts this award show for “The Hunger Games” and maybe other films.
MONDAY, JUNE 4 8:00 ABC THE BACHELORETTE Emily escorts her 13 boyfriends to Bermuda, where there should really be laws against stuff like this. may 29-June 4, 2012 | folio weekly | 11
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once had a job in which expectations started off at a reasonable level, but as time progressed and I was increasingly taken for granted, more was expected of me and compensation stagnated. My situation was by no means unique. It’s one reason there are so many workplace comedies that resonate with viewers the way that they do. Think of the enduring popularity of “Dilbert,” either version of “The Office,” “Office Space” or the more-recent “Horrible Bosses.” Chances are, if you have ever worked a day in your life, you already know. Theoretically, we should instinctively sympathize with the proletariat in labor disputes. Karl Marx would’ve bet 10,000 rubles on it. Many of us, however, eschew identification with the working class, even if we are, like Palmolive’s Madge, soaking in it. We’ll do anything to avoid being seen as poor — max out our credit cards and mortgage our souls. We are like serfs, so ashamed of who we are that we find hope and change and belief in agents of the capital class. You’ll hear people who live on government assistance even saying they intend to vote for Romney, oblivious to the fact that he’d cut the programs on which they rely. We see this instinctive adherence to the interest of capital in pro sports, too. If a player holds out, rubes call Pete Prisco or some such and rip the guy to shreds for advancing his economic interests. “Abide by the contract,” they say, because they have nothing specialized to offer and their entire working life has been one of take-it-or-leave-it contracts of adhesion. Maurice Jones-Drew, of course, has something very specialized to offer, but he’s an old 27 by football standards at a time when running backs are seen as fungible commodities. When he chose to skip Jaguars’ organized team activities, callers and hosts of sports radio shows alike opined that Run-MJD had lost a step the year before. Well, yes. That stands to reason. Jack Del Rio ran him into the ground for most of his career. He was most effective platooning with Fred Taylor; while he has piled up the numbers, he hasn’t finished the last two seasons. He came back from knee surgery almost as good as new. Has he earned the right to skip voluntary activities? You bet. The media folks who rip into him for not being there to start off right with the new coach miss that somehow. They think that a player doesn’t need downtime. They think Jones-Drew hasn’t proven the ability to train himself. Check him out in August on that 100-degree practice
field, when he’s doing drills in sweatpants, and tell me how unconditioned he is. What if Jones-Drew had gotten hurt in OTAs? Fact is, he’s playing for one last fouryear deal. His playing style is not one that’ll keep him healthy unless the Jags and the fans let Drew be Drew, and show up when it’s time to show up. The 9-to-5 crowd doesn’t appreciate off-the-clock overtime, and NFL players don’t dig it, either. Who would’ve thought? Perhaps the greatest irony in this trumpedup controversy is that Jaguars Coach Mike Mularkey understands quite well why MJD would skip OTAs. “He’s talked about trying to get an extension for his contract, which I think everybody’s aware of,” Mularkey said. “I’m on the coaching end of those matters. I talk to him about football and what I can do for him on the field and in the locker room.” What Mularkey doesn’t say is what all dispassionate observers must know. The harder MJD works, the more tread he wears from his tires, the more injuries he incurs, the less likely he is to get another deal from Shahid Khan. Consider that first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon got hurt in rookie minicamp; the team downplayed the injury, but what happened to Terrell Suggs can happen to any player at any time. Those of you who pay attention to runningbacks’ salaries know that as a player pushes
The harder MJD works, the more tread he wears from his tires, the more injuries he incurs, the less likely he is to get another deal from Shahid Khan. 30, the deals get shorter, with less money guaranteed. The fact is, it’s not in the Jaguars’ long-term interest to give Jones-Drew a longterm deal. I expect he’ll be back in the fold before preseason games begin, but not with any material alteration to his contract. Especially with rookie salaries held down, it’s easier to replace him than to hope for the best. AG Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org twitter @AGGancarski
“It stunned me,” says Michael Evans (far left), with Greg Evans and Leroy Mobley.
ydale Richardson learned about the Civil Rights Movement from his grandparents. When protesters in Georgia and Mississippi had to go into hiding because the Klan was trying to kill them, some came to Leonard and Eliza Atwater’s Northwest Jacksonville home. The Atwaters also gave money to the NAACP to bond demonstrators out of jail. And they became prominent figures on the local Civil Rights scene. Asked if he remembered the Atwaters, Jacksonville Civil Rights pioneer Alton Yates says, “I will never forget them as long as I live.” So there was plenty that Richardson, 29, and his cousin Joey Atwater, 28, learned while growing up about the importance — and cost — of standing up for your rights. Leroy Mobley, 65, grew up inside the gilded prison of Jim Crow, the son of a man who owned his own gas station, worked in a paper mill and invested in real estate to make sure his family never wanted for anything. While a student at Raines High School, Mobley got a job as a busboy at the Sea Turtle Restaurant in Atlantic Beach. He was allowed to work there, but he couldn’t eat there, or even take a walk on the beach when his shift ended. When he was 15, Mobley joined other teens on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, marching in downtown Jacksonville and daring to sit at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. Fifty-four years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, on a warm July night in 2010, Mobley pulled his van into the Shell gas station at Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road. He’d been at the beach with Richardson and Atwater, and three other friends, Robby Cohen, 33, Michael Evans, 47, and Evans’ disabled brother, Greg, 58. They’d watched the full moon rise, shared a pineapple and talked about politics — how Obama was being blamed for the economic mess when he hadn’t been in office long enough to cause so much mayhem. A couple of them discussed applying for jobs to clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Although a generation separated Mobley from some of the
others, all six are spiritual adherents of the Rastafari movement and share a common view of the world. They listened to Mobley’s take on things as an elder. “He was talking spiritual and wisdomlike life stuff,” recalls Richardson. Michael Evans remembers a similarly sublime night. “We walked on the beach and enjoyed each other’s company and the beauty of the moment,” he says. “It’s like a baptism. When things are clouding your mind, if you come out and look at the water or look at the stars and the moon, it helps to regroup.” So when the men pulled into to the Shell station to buy gas and drinks and snacks, they were feeling inspired and at peace. They were greeted by the face of racial prejudice, as familiar and ugly as ever. According to police reports and testimony in a subsequent federal civil rights lawsuit, Mobley pulled up to the east side of the tiny stucco convenience store at around 11:45 p.m., and tried the door. It was locked, and though he saw white customers inside, he just figured the store had closed for the night. There were a couple of white guys outside who couldn’t get in, either. So Mobley walked back to the van, revved it up and prepared to pull back onto Atlantic Boulevard. While he sat there waiting to merge into traffic, one of the white guys hollered to him that the clerk had reopened. So Mobley pulled back around to the pump, and he and four of the others headed to the door on the western side of the building, where the clerk had just let the two white guys in. (Greg Evans, who is disabled, waited in the van.) As the men rounded the corner, the station’s clerk, Said Bouassria, suddenly rushed out from behind the counter and locked the door. He made gestures at Mobley and the others to shoo them away. After the white men completed their transactions, Bouassria unlocked the door, let them out and then quickly locked it again. The men couldn’t believe what they’d seen. “It stunned me,” says Michael Evans. “It was like a void came down. Everything
was standing still. It was unbelievable.” Truly incredulous, Evans says his first thought was, “ ‘Wait a minute. This can’t be happening in America. This can’t be real. These things don’t happen.’ ”
ow often these things happen is a matter of perspective, and that perspective is usually based on race. Most whites will tell you the vestiges of Jim Crow have been erased. For young blacks accustomed to being trailed by clerks in clothing stores or stopped by police while driving, reality is somewhat different. The first law to make discrimination illegal, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, outlawed discrimination in contracts — including implied contracts, like retail transactions, and the sale of real or personal property. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart put the purpose of the laws in plain language when he wrote an opinion on challenges to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law meant “that a dollar in the hands of a Negro will purchase the same thing as a dollar in the hands of a white man.” Bryan DeMaggio, the attorney who represented the six men in a federal civil rights lawsuit earlier this year, explained the reasoning behind the 146-year-old law when he addressed the all-white, seven-member jury. “Just because you freed blacks and they were on their own doesn’t mean that white people treated them right,” he told Folio Weekly. DeMaggio is an attorney with Sheppard, White & Kachergus, a law firm with a reputation for fighting civil rights battles. The firm takes credit for desegregating Jacksonville Beach nightclubs, restaurants and motels in the 1970s and for forcing Domino’s Pizza to deliver pies to the historically black American Beach on Amelia Island in 1998. DeMaggio and attorney William Sheppard say the case against the Neptune Beach Shell station is an example may 29-June 4, 2012 | folio weekly | 13
Attorneys Bryan DeMaggio and William Sheppard say the case is the kind that must be fought. “A case like this can reverberate around the community,” Sheppard says. “Not so much for the white community — but for the black community.”
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the vestiges of racial privilege. Checked by “A Sales Rep case like thisrlcan reverberate around the community,” Sheppard says. “You’d be surprised what an article about this will do — not so much for the white community — but for the black community.” He adds, “It shows that the god-darn law works.” For this case — DeMaggio’s first in federal court — the attorney used his degree in history and the testimony of the six men themselves to persuade the jury that a gross injustice had occurred that night. The jury agreed. On April 3, 2012, jurors found that the men were denied service because of their race, and that their treatment that night was unconstitutional and illegal under U.S. and Florida law. It wasn’t a huge judgment — the jury awarded each man a mere $1,500 in damages and fined the store clerk $500, in addition to requiring the defendants to pay the plaintiff ’s legal fees. But it’s not the size of the payout that’s the point, says Sheppard. It’s the message that it sends. “This is a bigger payout to me, personally, than if we had a million-dollar verdict,” Sheppard says. “We said, ‘By God, you can’t do this,’ and seven white jurors agreed with us.” The fact that the judgment covered attorneys’ fees helps, but it isn’t the reason the firm took the case. “Everybody who ever worked in this firm over the years would have reacted the same way and done it for the principle of it,” says Sheppard. “If you get paid, Hallelujah! It makes it easer to take the next case that walks in the door. And if we win that one, too, Hallelujah!”
vans’ first instinct that night was to leave. He tried to persuade his friends to forget about it, to find another convenience store on the
way home. “My inclination is to move away from negativity,” Evans explains. “I saw it. I felt it. I’d say he’s discriminating, but I’d move away.”
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The others weren’t similarly inclined. Mobley told the clerk all he wanted was some gas, and that he wasn’t there to steal anything. “I told him that I’m a Vietnam veteran. I fought for this country — for his freedom,” recalls Mobley. “But he didn’t want to hear it.” Robby Cohen instinctively pulled out his cell phone to visually record the dispute. Richardson says his friend was bluffing because the phone’s battery was dead, but Cohen thought that if the clerk believed he was being taped, he’d let them in. (Bouassria, through his attorney, declined to
“This is a bigger payout to me, personally, than if we had a million-dollar verdict,” Sheppard says. “We said, ‘By God, you can’t do this,’ and seven white jurors agreed with us.” comment for this story.) By this point, Mobley was on the phone calling the Neptune Beach Police. That worried Richardson. He plead guilty twice in 2008 to felony drug possession, and although adjudication was withheld in one of the cases and he’d gone back to school and gotten serious about finding a good job, his criminal record hampered job opportunities. He didn’t want to risk trouble with the police. Mobley was adamant, however. “They were fully aware our rights were being violated,” says Mobley of his companions. “But by us being black, anything might come up. That’s why some of them said, ‘Let’s go.’ They were trying to avoid trouble. But I told them, ‘It’s not trouble. We’re not being treated fair.’ ” Robby Cohen agreed with Mobley. He
runs a convenience store on Main Street, and he knows you can’t deny someone service because of the color of their skin. He told the others, “It’s wrong what’s going on. We’ve being discriminated against. He’s not supposed to be locking us out. We ain’t going anywhere.” Around this point, Neptune Beach police office B.A. Waldrep noticed the dispute from his squad car and called dispatch. The operator told him that Bouassria had already called, citing a disturbance with a group of customers. Five cop cars soon descended on the station. The officers talked to Mobley and his friends, and ran their IDs (with “negative results,” one officer noted). One officer noticed a bulge in the front of Michael Evans’ shirt and asked him to raise his shirt to see he had a weapon. Evans did so, and explained that he’d brought the two knives attached to his belt for the pineapple they’d sliced up on the beach. Davis says one of the cops sniffed the knife and said it “smelled like blood,” not pineapple, before arresting him for carrying a concealed weapon. (The State Attorney’s Office subsequently dropped the charges, but Davis spent two weeks in the Duval
changed by adding symbols and lines to an “r,” which looks like it might have originally been written, “nigerrs in crowd.” Bouassria told the police he locked the doors because he was closing and he was afraid because the group of men “rushed both doors pulling on the handles and demanding that he re-open.” In his statement, he said one of the men told him, “We’re not a gang, we’re not going to steal anything.” In a subsequent deposition, Bouassria said he was merely trying to get them all to use a night window, but they refused — a claim Richardson flatly disputes. “Trust me, we’re from the Northside,” he says. “At a certain time of night, all of the places have a window. If there was a window open, trust me — I’m using it.” Though Mobley chose to call the police, he was leery of how that decision would play out. When the sergeant handed him the victim’s statement to read, Mobley told the officer he had to get his eyeglasses out of the van. As he began reach for them, though, he suddenly stopped. “He might have said when I was reaching in the van, I was reaching for a
“At the end of the day, you can’t get around the fact that this guy was serving two white people while you got five black people standing outside,” says DeMaggio. “What happened to them was just atrocious.” County jail before got the money together to pay his $2,508 bond.) At first, Richardson says, the officers told the men they needed to leave. But the police “had a football huddle” with a sergeant and changed their minds. Richardson says the sergeant told the group that the police didn’t want to get sued for forcing them off the property when they were being discriminated against. Mobley says he suggested they hire a lawyer. The sergeant also asked everyone if they wanted to prepare written statements, and they all did. Bouassria wrote that he was afraid “when I saw those people,” then wrote a word that he
weapon,” Mobley remembers thinking, “So I jumped back.” Once the supervising sergeant realized he was a Vietnam veteran and understood what had happened, though, he thanked Mobley for his service to the country and agreed that what had happened was wrong. The officer explained that the police had seen them on the beach earlier, and they knew they weren’t doing anything wrong. Instead of questioning why police had been watching them, Mobley says he was reassured. “You never know what can happen,” he says. “But that night I looked at them as my
guardians. They were watching out for us.” Before Mobley left the station sometime after midnight, the sergeant took $20 from him and paid Bouassria for gas. They never did get their drinks or snacks.
ttorney Bryan DeMaggio wasn’t certain how an all-white jury would view what happened that night — or how its members might be affected by the appearance of his Rastafarian clients. (Mobley, for instance, hasn’t clipped his dreadlocks in more than 40 years.) But he had faith that the claim of discrimination could not be denied. “At the end of the day, you can’t get around the fact that this guy was serving two white people while you got five black people standing outside,” says DeMaggio. “What happened to them was just atrocious.” Plaintiff Michael Davis is glad they won, but says the case didn’t feel like a victory. He’s discouraged that such blatant prejudice still exists in America, he says, and even more upset that the bias is coming from a recent immigrant, like the Moroccan-born Bouassria. It’s not like he was a white person who raised in the South, he says, and possibly brought up in a racist environment; the store clerk has been in this country only three years. Civil rights leader Alton Yates agrees that seeing newcomers embrace centuries-old prejudices is upsetting. “That really stings,” he says. But the case has motivated Lydale Richardson, who feels a certain kinship with his grandparents because of it, and has in turn become a kind of Civil Rights warrior. He’s also changed his view of how one should fight for one’s rights and hold others accountable. “I’m going to fight fire with water,” says Richardson. “I’m going to extinguish it. I could get hostile and cuss you out, but I’m going to do what white folks do. I’m going to screw you in the ass. I’m going to hurt your pocket. Because when you hurt their pockets, they tighten up [act right] real quick.” Susan Cooper Eastman email@example.com
As the men rounded the corner, the station clerk rushed out from behind the counter and locked the door. He made gestures at Mobley and the others to shoo them away.
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Reasons to leave the house this week Alin Dragulin
COMEDY BOBBY COLLINS
You can’t get more old school than funnyman Bobby Collins. Named after his dad’s favorite entertainer, Bob Hope, this New-York-born-andbred comedian cut his teeth on The Big Apple’s comedy circuit of the ’70s and ’80s, opening for such heavyweights as Tony Bennett, Cher and the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra. Inspired by heroes ranging from Red Skelton to Richard Pryor, Collins delivers witty wisecracks that fall somewhere in between. Bobby Collins performs on Fri., June 1 at 8 p.m. at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Terry Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $30 and $40. 633-6110. Read our exclusive interview with Collins on page 30.
THEATER SUMMER IN SANCTUARY
Al Letson, poet, playwright and host of NPR’s “State of the Re:Union,” presents his new original work “Summer in Sanctuary” on Fri., June 1 and Sat., June 2 at 8 p.m. and Sun., June 3 at 2 p.m. at Museum of Contemporary Art’s MOCA Theater, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Through monologue, songs, poetry and multimedia, “Summer in Sanctuary” tells the story of one man’s attempt to work and connect with disadvantaged youths at Sanctuary on 8th Street, the local community center celebrating its 20th anniversary. Admission is free, but donations to the center are encouraged. Mature audiences only. 366-6911. mocajacksonville.org
MUSIC QAWWALI CONCERT
The roots of the Sufi devotional music Qawwali can be traced back to eighth-century Persia, in the area now known as Iran and Afghanistan. Centered around the wailing call-and-response of vocalists over a sparse yet hypnotic instrumentation of harmoniums and hand drums, Qawwali music is a joyous song of praise to Allah that can be enjoyed by believer and non-believer alike. Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the 38-year-old nephew of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who helped popularize the music in the West, carries on the family tradition and enjoys a success in contemporary Bollywood film soundtracks. Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performs on Wed., June 6 at 7 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets start at $52.50. 355-2787.
Hidden behind her boutique Anomaly in Riverside’s Five Points, Emily Moody’s outdoor club Underbelly staged memorable alfresco indie rock shows and art exhibits to a loyal audience. After about an 18-month residency, during which Underbelly presented everything from a Jim Draper painting exhibit to a Lost in the Trees gig, Moody’s landlord sent her packing. But rejoice! Underbelly has resurfaced in downtown Jacksonville’s urban core. And once again, Moody’s bringing cutting-edge acts to the area. Portland, Ore.-based electro pop kings Yacht have released five albums of slinky rock that’s been praised by tastemakers like Pitchfork and NME, while openers Onuinu (pronounced on you in you) deliver their own digital dose of heady electronic funk. Yacht and Onuinu perform on Sun., June 3 at 8 p.m. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $18. yachtatunderbelly.eventbrite.com
OUTDOORS MUSIC BY THE SEA
Surf’s Up! The Music by the Sea Summer Concerts kicks off its season with a performance by The Big Lonesome on Wed., May 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. This family-friendly event is held every Wed. through Sept. 26 and features food from a different local eatery each week. Bring coolers, blankets and beach chairs. 347-8807.
Hate the game, not the player, foolish knave! Self-professed role-playing geeks Dethlehem combine old school metal with Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs for a humorous and potent blend of medieval imagery. The Pittsburgh five-piece released the trilogy, “The Ghoruselam Codex, Vols. 1-III,” a three-album set full of tales about buxom maidens, gaming “hit points” and other nerdy concerns. Dethlehem plays with Black Cobra, Gaza and Nisroch on Wed., May 30 at 8 p.m. at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $9; $12 at the door. 353-4686.
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The new exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art,” is a retrospective of paintings, prints and photographs by artists working on both sides of the border – American and Mexican-American – starting from the Mexican Revolution (1910’20) to present day. The collection includes works by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham, and the museum has scheduled a variety of events, ranging from a tequila tasting to a dinner with local Mexican Consul Alberto Fierro. “Miradas” is on display from June 5-Sept. 16. The museum is at 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. For “Miradas” events, go to cummer.org. 356-6857. may 29-June 4, 2012 | folio weekly | 17
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either the first nor the last movie to be based on a board or video game, “Battleship” is also not the best or the worst of the bunch. It’s one of the new film’s great misfortunes to follow “The Avengers” to the silver screen, the proximity of their release dates underscoring the fact that spectacular special effects alone cannot make a good movie. Both flicks pack loads of similar technical wizardry, but only one has a decent story with interesting characters, as may be evident from their titles alone. “Battleship” is about hardware; “The Avengers” is about characters. However, when “Battleship” quits pretending to be something other than a slugfest between extraterrestrial invaders and the U.S. Navy, it’s a cinematic guilty pleasure. Alien machines wreak havoc, missiles fly all over the place and explosions abound — just like in “The Transformers,” another Hasbrobased franchise. Unfortunately, the makers of the new film felt it necessary to have some sort of story upon which to base all the f/x mayhem. And that’s where “Battleship” goes belly up. A brief prologue establishes the groundwork for the alien invasion. The discovery of an 2011 Earth-like planet in deep space prompts a radio signal from Earth’s scientists to the distant world. Only one of the project’s initiators, scientist Cal Zapata, seems to have any misgivings about the endeavor, warning his colleagues, “This could be like Columbus and the Indians. Except we’re the Indians.” Since he’s a nebbish anyway (played by Hamish Linklater in the film’s most likable performance), we know that Zapata’s right and that no one else is going to pay any attention to him. Before the aliens attack, however, there is a way-too-long introduction of the film’s major character and his preposterous relationships with everyone else. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a beach bum whose older brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) is setting him up with birthday drinks in a bar while he argues for some direction in the younger brother’s life. Stone, you see, is a straight-arrow Navy
commander, and he threatens Alex with naval enlistment if he doesn’t straighten up, too. But Alex only has eyes for a sexy blonde at the bar — Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), who just happens to be the daughter of one Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Too stupid for words, much less a movie, the plot quickly puts Alex in jail for a drunken prank, then in love with the blonde, then in the Navy and finally in command of the sole operational ship combating an alien invasion. Just before the fireworks start, he’s trying to build up the courage to ask the Admiral if he can marry his daughter. Since Alex is a total screw-up, the Admiral is not having any of it — unless, of course, Alex can save the world. You get the picture, even if you can’t believe it. The “human” story in “Battleship” is utterly preposterous, from beginning to end. On the other hand, the action sequences are quite nifty, in a “Transformers” sort of way. The aliens land in the Pacific, practically right on top of the U.S. Navy’s fleet, projecting some sort of energy shield to keep everyone else out. Just how far this shield extends is confusing, since at times Alex’s ship seems stationary, but then he’s able to maneuver all the way to the island of Oahu. Meanwhile, there’s mayhem galore as the armor-clad invaders proceed to wreak havoc in the vein of typical alien invaders. When the actors don’t have to say anything, they’re at least adequate to the cause. However, screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber have written dialogue that is, for the most part, dumber than the plot, enfeebling the actors’ efforts to be taken seriously. Rihanna (in her first film) does manage to look sexy and sassy as weapons specialist Cora Raikes, blowing away the invaders. However, Skarsgard (TV’s “True Blood”) is almost totally wasted, and Neeson just growls through his minimal screen time. You have to feel sorry for Taylor Kitsch (from TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), who now has the dubious distinction of starring in the year’s two biggest financial disasters so far. (Just before “Battleship,” he was battling aliens on Mars in “John Carter.”) Maybe he’ll have better luck on terra firma, battling drug cartels in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” later this summer. For now, alas, he’s left to founder with his costars in the wreckage that is “Battleship.” Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
A Light Touch: Will Smith reprises his role as Agent J in the sci-fi comedy “Men In Black 3.”
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NOW SHOWING THE AVENGERS ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre, Sun-Ray Cinema This latest adaptation of Marvel Comics Universe proves Joss Whedon zealots have been on to something all along. The mastermind behind such sci-fi/fantasy favorites as TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” wrote and directed this estimable yarn about a half-dozen superheroes assembled to stop the evil Loki from opening a portal to another dimension that would mean certain destruction for planet Earth. An able ensemble cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo (who shines as Bruce Banner/ The Hulk), Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, combined with a tight storyline and deft direction, help Whedon’s “The Avengers” raise the bar on the comic-book-turned-movie genre. BATTLESHIP **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. BERNIE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Regal Beach Blvd. The newest from director Richard Linklater (“School of Rock” and “A Scanner Darkly”) tells the true crime story about the 1996 murder of 81-year-old East Texas millionaire Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) and her murderer and former assistant Bernie Tiede (Jack Black). Matthew McConaughey and Veronica Orosco also star in this dark comedy that’s created some controversy for its
humorous approach to a brutal crime that once rocked that small town of Carthage, Texas. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This sweet comedy-drama features an ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Tom Wilkinson, as a group of retirees who are lured to India with the promise of staying at a luxurious resort but instead discover a decrepit hotel that’s a shell of its once former glory. Based on the novel “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach and shot on location, the new film from director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) is a surefire early summer bet for the Baby Boomer set. CHERNOBYL DIARIES **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After a group of young tourists (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley) hire an extreme-tour guide to take them to the abandoned village of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant, they wind up stranded and alone. But hey, kids! It’s OK! Apparently there’s a bunch of murderous mutants around to keep you company! CHIMPANZEE **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park This tame documentary from Disney and attempts to focus on the similarities between humans and chimpanzees and sadly both species come out at as losers. Sorry, but directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield get “no Banana” for this visually “a-peeling” but ultimately dull film. DARK SHADOWS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The latest from director Tim Burton is a humorous adaptation of the late ’60s/early ’70s daytime vampire soap opera of the same name. After waking from a 200year slumber, vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp)
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discovers his beloved Collinwood mansion is now home to his dysfunctional descendants (including Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moritz and Jonny Lee Miller) and his old nemesis, the witch Angelique (Eva Green), and he’s now returned to seek a little vengeance. Burton tries to resurrect the playful tone of his former glories like “Beetlejuice” and “Ed Wood,” but this one comes across as a light, cash-inon-the-current-vampire-craze, and though the cast tries their best, the weak storyline of “Dark Shadows” leaves moviegoers with little to sink their teeth into. DARLING COMPANION **@@ Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach Blvd. Diane Keaton stars as Beth Winter, wife of surgeon Joseph (Kevin Kline), who’s emotionally distant. Beth rescues a stray dog from the road, naming it Freeway (too cute!). The animal’s presence in the family’s life begins to work wonders on their love life — until Joseph loses the dog and a frantic search ensues to recover the wayward hound. The latest pet-friendly rom-com from director Lawrence Kasdan (“The Big Chill” and “Mumford”) also stars Sam Shepard, Dianne Wiest, Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. THE DICTATOR **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. British comedian and all-around media gadfly Sacha Baron Cohen (aka “Ali G,” “Borat” and “Bruno”) tackles global politics in this comedy about a ruthless despot who gets some much-needed comeuppance. Since age six, Admiral General Aladeen (Cohen) has ruled the fictitious, oil-rich North African country, Republic of Wadiya, with an iron hand. While on a political visit to New York City, the stern leader is kidnapped and, through a madcap adventure, winds up working as a lowly store clerk as he plots his revenge to regain power. Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris and Horatio Sanz co-star in this latest from director Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Religulous”). And look for a slew of familiar faces popping up in uncredited cameos. THE HUNGER GAMES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Writer-director Gary Ross’ big-screen adaptation of Susan Collins’ popular book series is a tour de force of contemporary sci-fi cinema. In a dystopian future, the country of Panem (formerly North America) holds a tournament where two chosen adolescents must fight to the death. Initially antagonists, contestants Katniss Evergreen (the superb Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) soon wonder if they want to be pawns in this brutal game. An original, engaging story (author Collins worked on the film’s script) and worthy performances by the costars including Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci makes “The Hunger Games” a must-see. THE LUCKY ONE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues This romantic drama stars Zac Efron as U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault, who returns home after his third tour of duty in Iraq to try to track down a mysterious North Carolina woman (Taylor Schilling) whose photograph — which he believes was his good luck charm — has been his prized possession during the war. Co-starring Blythe Danner.
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MEN IN BLACK 3 **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre, Sun-Ray Cinema “MIB” and “MIBII” stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return, along with newcomers Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson, to the new installment in the popular sci-fi comedy series about a clandestine government agency that makes sure assorted UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors refrain from becoming outright alien invaders. When alien Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) travels back to 1969 and kills Agent K, faithful sidekick Agent J (Smith) has to chase him, back in time to that landmark year, to save the younger version of Agent K (Brolin, in an impressive Jones impersonation) from certain death. Barry Sonnenfeld (who has a cameo) returns to the director’s chair and Steven Spielberg retakes the reins as executive producer for this surefire blockbuster and special-effects merry-go-round. Co-starring Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, and featuring cameos by Justin Bieber, Tim Burton and Lady Gaga (typecasting?).
MIRROR MIRROR *@@@ Rated PG • AMC Regency Square Lily Collins stars as Snow White and Julia Roberts is the Evil Queen in director Tarsem Singh’s lackluster retelling of the classic fairy tale. A dull script and questionable direction keeps this from achieving any real movie magic. Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane also star. THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS ***G Rated PG • AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues This new animated family fare from the creators of “Wallace and Gromit” in “Chicken Run,” a swashbuckling tale set upon the high seas, tells the story of The Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) and his hapless crew and their attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. Along the way, the ragtag crew of rogues encounter Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) and an enterprising young naturalist named Charles Darwin (David Tennant). “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a sure-fire early summer crowdpleaser for scallywags of all ages. THINK LIKE A MAN **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Based on the best-selling romance guide by comedian Steve Harvey, this rom-com stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J and Romany Malco, as young men who contend with a little love trouble when they find out their respective partners (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union and Wendy Williams) are following Harvey’s suspect advice on relationships. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Based on the bestselling pregnancy guide, this romcom from director Kirk Jones (“Waking Ned Devine,” “Everybody’s Fine”) features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick, in a humorous story that follows five Atlanta couples as they face pregnancy and impending childbirth.
THE GIFT The film is screened accompanied by a live soundtrack of experimental music by Yellow Crystal Star and Mastress of Ceremonies, Nicci Edmunds, Koas, Andrew Quitter and Voids, at 8 p.m. on June 3 at + SoLo, 107 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. sologallery.org LATITUDE 30 CINEGRILLE “21 Jump Street” and “Mirror Mirror” are currently running at Latitude 30’s movie theater CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555. SUN-RAY CINEMA Sun-Ray Cinema screens “Men in Black 3” at 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. “Real Genius,” featuring a popcorneating contest (the prize is free popcorn for life!) screens
at midnight on June 2. Call 359-0047 for showtimes. sunraycinema.com FINDING NEMO Movies at Main screens this Pixar animated maritime comedy, starring the vocal talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe and Brad Garrett, at 5:45 p.m. on June 14 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 630-1741. FREE WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES “Bees: Tales From the Hive” screens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “The Artist,” “Friends with Kids” and “A Separation” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Men in Black 3: An IMAX 3D Experience” is screened along with “To The Arctic 3D,” “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” “Forces of Nature,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Rescue 3D,” “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” “Born To Be Wild 3D” and “Hubble 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY The animated family fare features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and David Henrie. Arrietty (Mendler) and her family are tiny beings who live in the recesses of a suburban home. When she befriends 12-year-old human Shawn (Henrie), the two young people fear their new relationship could spell trouble for the building’s smaller inhabitants. THIS MEANS WAR This lightweight rom-com stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as two CIA agents locked in a heated battle over the affections of Reese Witherspoon. Nothing against any Witherspoon loyalists (and who doesn’t love Elle and Bruiser?), a superficial story and mediocre performances from the cast make “This Means War” a losing crusade for most movie lovers. MAN ON A LEDGE A so-so crime thriller toes the line between being a watchable cop flick and predictable big-screen fare. When ex-cop-turned-fugitive Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington of “Avatar”) is trapped on a ledge in midtown Manhattan, crisis counselor/cop Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) wonders if she’s dealing with a suicide attempt or a largescale criminal caper. Ed Harris and Jamie Bell also star in this entertaining albeit unoriginal movie that walks a pretty predictable path. ACT OF VALOR It’s both action film and patriotic saga that tells the story of Bandito Platoon, an elite team of Navy SEALs who are set on a global manhunt to topple a deadly terrorist plot. A cast including Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano and actual Navy SEALs star in this rip-roaring thriller.
“Now, how do you say ‘homicidal radiation mutant’ in Russian, again?” The cast of the horror flick “Chernobyl Diaries” bones up on the native tongue.
Incoming! This season’s blockbuster films include 1) “Prometheus” 2) “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” 3) “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and 4) “Madagascar 3.”
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A vampire-hunting Abe Lincoln, an “Alien” prequel and a post-apocalyptic rom-com are just a few of this summer’s offerings
eighed against the incredible box-office success of “The Avengers,” just about every potential blockbuster film of this summer is likely to prove a disappointment — at least in terms of financial returns. On the other hand, Hollywood bookkeeping is its own black hole of funny money, where success or ruin sometimes has little to do with ledger books. So putting the dollar signs aside, let’s look ahead to what’s in store in terms of quality and expectation. June opens with “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a fantasy thriller based on the fairytale which looks vastly more appealing than the recent, ill-conceived “Mirror, Mirror.” I’m betting Charlize Theron (as a very wicked witch indeed) will put Julia Roberts’s misconceived comic version to shame. Summer’s first month concludes with another comic book sequel, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” with Channing Tatum returning from the not-bad 2009 film, this time in the company of tough guys Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. In between the fairytale and the comic book films, we have Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” one of the most anticipated science fiction films in some time from the filmmaker whose two previous efforts in the genre — “Alien” and “Blade Runner” — effectively set the templates for countless imitations. The fact that “Prometheus” is a prequel of sorts to “Alien” makes it even more intriguing. Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, who got his start in his native country with vampire epics “Nightwatch” and “Daywatch,” now arraigns the bloodsuckers against an American legend in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” It
sounds preposterous, I know, but the film is based on the bestselling book by mashupnovel master Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” And Bekmambetov is a real talent in the genre; his first American film was the successful “Wanted” (2008) starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy as comic book assassins with near-superhuman abilities. I can guarantee we’ve never seen Honest Abe like this. July promises two of the summer’s most anticipated films, starting off with “The Amazing Spider-Man” in which Andrew Garfield steps in for Tobey Maguire with a whole new origin tale pairing Spidey with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) against Rhys Ifans’ The Lizard. Then there’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final Batman film from Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale. Since “The Dark Knight” was the single best superhero film ever, expectations are quite high for the sequel, in which Batman’s in league with Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) against Bane (Tom Hardy). In comic book parlance, ’nuff said. Summer is always rife with animated treats for the kids, and the best four this season look to be “Brave” (the new Pixar effort, about a Scottish princess), “Madagascar 3,” “Ice Age 4” and “ParaNorman.” The “Madagascar” and “Ice Age” films are a franchise, so we can be sure we’ll be getting more of the same in the sequels — not necessarily a bad thing. “Brave” and “ParaNorman,” however, have the promise of uniqueness and individuality, the first coming on the heels of Pixar’s only disappointment (“Cars 2”) and the other from the makers of “Corpse Bride” and “Coraline.”
Outside the summer movie mainstream, we can look forward to “Rock of Ages” in June. Based on the Broadway musical from the same production team responsible for “Hairspray,” the movie’s a valentine to ’80s rock … and what a cast, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand and Tom Cruise as tattooed rocker Stacee Jaxx! Speaking of phenomenal casting, Woody Allen’s back in front of the camera, as well as writing and directing, in his new one, “To Rome with Love.” Opening in limited release in June (who knows when we’ll see it around here?), supporting players include Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni. Sounds like the kind of follow-up to his Oscarwinning “Midnight in Paris” that only Allen could pull off. Also launching in June is “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in a romantic comedy about the apocalypse. July marks the return of Oliver Stone with “Savages,” an action thriller about pot growers trying to rescue a girlfriend from a Mexican cartel. The cast alone is interesting: Look for John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, Emile Hirsch, Salma Hayek and Taylor Kitsch (“Battleship”) in the leading role. August offers yet another good franchise reinvented in “The Bourne Legacy” with Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in “The Avengers”). On the other hand, there’s “The Expendables 2” with Sly Stallone and his macho pals. In this case, more than ’nuff said. Pat McLeod email@example.com MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 21
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Tree People: Agitprop punkers Rubrics play at Nobby’s in St. Augustine on June 6.
from, for college. Kerri Beth and I met RUBRICS with BURNING BRIDGES, © 2012 FolioWeekly both through the DIY shows I’ve been doing here for NOAH EAGLE, THE RESONANTS and about seven years, and Adam and I had played FOUR WORD LETTER Wednesday, June 6 at 9 p.m. Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine Tickets are $4 547-2188
together in bands like The Map Says We’re F*cked and This Mountain Is Man. With the addition of Kerri, we became really tight, so we started touring as Rubrics in the fall of 2010.
F.W.: What are your musical inspirations? R.S.T.: Definitely a cross of classic political skate-punk bands like Propaghandi and Fifteen, and doom and stoner metal like Kylesa and Dystopia. We’re very diverse, but as long as music’s got passion and honesty, we’re into it.
olitical punk bands are typically antiestablishment, anti-capitalist, and antijust about everything. But for all of the fiery radicalism espoused by DIY Greenville, S.C., trio Rubrics, singer/guitarist Ryan SantangeloTalty is actually a friendly fourth-grade teacher and co-owner of a not-for-profit record label. And his wife, Kerri Beth, plays bass. Though Rubrics tour mainly during the summer, they do so with a positive vengeance, lining up week after week of free or ridiculously affordable shows at all-ages venues or communal houses. And though Rubrics’ subject matter is serious, © 2011 their main goal, as Santangelo-Talty asserts, is just to make as many friends as possible along the way. Folio Weekly chatted with the Rubrics’ frontman about the band’s question-everything ethos, its devotion to DIY and its abiding love of St. Augustine.
Folio Weekly: You are a fourth-grade teacher — is that why Rubrics’ upcoming tour starts in June and ends in July? Ryan Santangelo-Talty: Yeah, the first show is on my last day of school, we go out for 37 days, and the day we get back, I have to start teaching summer school. I’m really trying to cram it in there.
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F.W.: So how does a teacher from South Carolina end up in a politically charged punk band? R.S.T.: I’m from Buffalo, N.Y., where I got into punk music. I moved to Greenville, where our bassist, Kerri Beth, and drummer, Adam, are
F.W.: Is the DIY ethos a defining aspect of Rubrics? R.S.T.: Absolutely. That’s our main mission. Greenville’s never had any sort of independent punk scene, and one goal is to spread the
“Question where you get your sense of the world. Unravel what TV tells you. Be a little bit more reflective.” city’s message. We do really good shows with turnouts of 60 to 70 people, and touring bands that come through can make decent money. F.W.: What releases does the band have to its name? R.S.T.: We have a seven-inch out on Sidejar Records, which was run by our friend Anthony Poynter, who recently passed away. We wanted to carry on his legacy, so we started our own label called Get Better! Records with Alex Lichtenauer of New Hampshire band Burning
Bridges, who we’re touring with this summer. In April, we released a split seven-inch with a band from Tampa called Criminal Culture, and we also have our full-length, “Stay Crucial,” coming out June 4. That will come with a book that talks about our lyrics and has articles about everything from radical politics to funny stories to how DIY music has influenced our lives. F.W.: The lyrics on “Stay Crucial” cover so much ground. To you, what’s the most important message? R.S.T.: Question where you get your sense of the world. Unravel what TV tells you. Be a little bit more reflective about the environmental and personal choices you make and the way you treat one another. F.W.: You have been coming to St. Augustine for years, right? R.S.T.: Since I started playing and touring. In fact, it was one of the first cities we visited, and everybody has always been so welcoming: the 165 MLK house, PJ Famicom, Charlie Solana, the guys in Tubers, Andrew Virga. Everywhere we go in Florida, everyone is stoked to have shows in their town. That energy is really inspiring for us, and that’s why we’re starting this tour, which is the biggest we’ve ever done, with six dates in the state. F.W.: Do you foresee Rubrics ever hitting the big-time? Or are you happy teaching and playing music on the side? R.S.T.: You never know. We’d like to tour the whole world for a year, but I don’t know how realistic that is. Right now, we just enjoy traveling, making as many friends as possible and then bringing them back to Greenville. That networking is the biggest thing for us. I just want to know people in every part of the country and every part of the world. Nick McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
Eightfold Path: New Jersey folk octet River City Extension swing through Café Eleven on their current tour.
River City Extension keeps its signature indie folk sound on the road RIVER CITY EXTENSION, THE DROWNING MEN and RIVERNECKS Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach Tickets are $10 460-9311
or all the gym-tan-laundry jokes and other unfortunate “Jersey Shore” stereotypes, New Jersey has an illustrious musical history: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem, to name a few, all got their start in the Garden State. Toms River folk-rock eight-piece River City Extension are seizing their rightful place in New Jersey’s musical pantheon with the ambitious sophomore album, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger,” recorded with legendary producer Brian Deck (of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine fame) at Chicago’s Engine Studios. Lead singer/songwriter Joe Michelini’s intensely personal compositions reach epic heights, backed by the band’s orchestral organ, horn and string arrangements. And as wonderful as the album (due out June 5) sounds, it’s a cathartic journey best enjoyed live, where River City Extension’s eight members reach a cacophonous crescendo unmatched by lesser contemporaries. Folio Weekly recently chatted with Michelini about his emotionally far-flung songwriting, the challenges of touring with an eight-person band and the random nature of success. Folio Weekly: How does River City Extension’s sophomore album differ from the band’s debut? Joe Michelini: It’s only our second time making a full-length record, so our perspective on the differences is limited. But it feels like a natural process of growth; I think we sound more like River City Extension. The message is more direct. We also experimented with a lot of Americana and ’50s country influence, whereas the last record was more influenced by world music. F.W.: What motivates your songwriting? J.M.: I don’t really sit down to write an album — I just write as things are happening, so all of the songs are like snapshots. Some are about things getting better, some are about things getting worse, some are about moving on from bad things, and some are about realizing that something you thought was good for you isn’t good for you anymore. F.W.: A lot of the song titles reference places:
Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Oregon. Were you inspired by a romantic vision of America? J.M.: No, it’s just the fact that we’ve been touring nationally for the past two years, and that’s new for us. So as part of my new life experience traveling America, I wanted to write about it. F.W.: The band’s tour promo video makes traveling the country in a van crammed with eight people look fun. But it must be hard, right? J.M.: Absolutely. Touring isn’t fun; if it were, everyone would do it. Playing music is fun. Traveling is fun. That’s why groups of people get caught up partying a lot on tour. But the actual concept of squeezing in a van with that many people and being with them 24 hours a day, getting no personal space or time? We do it because we love playing music, which inspires some really phenomenal moments out on the road.
F.W.: You’re based in Asbury Park, N.J., which has a thriving music scene. Is that community important to the band? J.M.: I didn’t grow up here going to shows or listening to Bruce Springsteen. I love Bruce Springsteen and I love Asbury Park, but we’ve only been here for three years, and we didn’t grow up having this scene influence our music. All I can say is that I’m endlessly grateful for everything everyone in Asbury Park has done for us. We’re lucky to have supporters here who’ve championed us. F.W.: Are you already thinking about the next project? J.M.: I’ve come to terms with the fact that so much about what makes music “successful” is really out of the musician’s hands. We did the best job that we could with this record, and now it’s up to you and everyone else who listens to it, along with marketing and all that stuff. And if those things come together in a magical vortex of success, then we’ll make another record. You hope it becomes less and less about chance over time, but the bottom line is, it is chance — a lot of great records have been ignored and a lot of really mediocre records have been marketed down the throats of everyone with an open mouth. So realizing that I have almost zero control over it, what we’re going to do is go out and play like we mean it and share this record with anyone who’s willing to listen. And if that leads to another year of touring and putting out records, then we are very lucky. Nick McGregor email@example.com MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 23
Prog power trio DigDog takes a bite out of rock and raises its leg on the competition
olish off that Jaxxy Award! … Wait one Oxycontin™-pickin’ minute! You mean to tell me that no such award for excellence in Northeast Florida Music exists? Balderdash! If there is any justice in this world, “Early Reiser,” by local rock hounds DigDog, wins Album of the Year in this year’s nonexistent Jaxxy Awards! Allow me elucidate my literary ejaculations with some much-needed specificity. “Early Reiser” tackles such contemporary concerns as love, pet ownership, God, sandwiches, pachyderms, begging and even Black Magic — swaying along like a wobbly hive of drugged bees, clocking in under a spellbinding 20 minutes. Remember those afternoons when you were a mere child, mesmerized by the dust motes floating languidly in the light cutting through the Venetian blinds? Remember how you used to frantically chase those chickens at your grandma’s house — the one that had originally been a coal station, and had a cellar entrance leading right into that eerily gaping coal mine? You would flap your arms, cawing and bucking like a crazy person trying to distract yourself from the magnetic pull compelling you to run beanie-first into that black chasm, never to return. For that matter, can you recall those sinister visits by Pachinko the Stuffed Frog,
Pound Puppies: DigDog (Stephen Ezell, Jack Ringca and Brad Metz) chew it up onstage.
bathe in “actual water,” have a “job” and can look another human “in the eye.” The healing starts here, ya honyock! The first cut, “Lagen Horse,” trots along like a stoned pony, with lyrics like “looking for love in all the wrong holes,” leaving no doubt that these pups are cunning wordsmiths in the same syntactical realm as Denton “On Da Pipe” Welch, Thomas “Cool Jerk” Chatterton
“Early Reiser” tackles such contemporary concerns as love, pet ownership, God, sandwiches, pachyderms, begging and even Black Magic – swaying along like a wobbly hive of drugged bees, clocking in under a spellbinding 20 minutes.
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hoping it was just a bad dream, even though the mysterious yellow bruises on your neck and body told a different story? Even later, can you recollect how you suddenly realized in a blinding flash that author-hermit-protean weirdo J.D. Salinger was really hawking Vedanta spirituality by way of f*cked-up WASP kids from New England? If you nodded your head at any of these things, dumbfounded by Folio Weekly’s terrifying skills at clairvoyance and predestination, then this is the album for you. There’s a sucker reborn every minute — “Early Reiser” is your Sermon on the Mount. Listening to “Early Reiser” (digdog. bandcamp.com/album/earlyreiser) is like being awakened by an invisible alarm clock filled with chirping crickets and powered by the tears of defiant angels. It’s the auditory equivalent of saving untold thousands of dollars on unnecessary therapy with so-called “experts” who think they’re better than you because they
and, dare I say, Francois “Priest Killer” Villon! The song roars away like a gang of bikers who’ve found the Gnostic Christ and are giving each other fist-bumps as they roar down a hair-covered highway of devotional drool. The song “Why Have a Dog?” is all about eating rainbow-colored cobwebs and wearing licorice-flavored assless chaps, mining the same creepy-crawly, goo-goo-ga-ga-I-hang-out-in-agiant-crib style of rockery “Love It to Death”era Alice Cooper navigated. As with the band’s previous excellent release, 2010’s “Phatty Reiser,” DigDog once again profiles as an essentially prog rock band, though we doubt if Gong, Magma or even Patto ever released a song called “You Owe Me a Dollar.” Admittedly, in these trying economic times, that tune’s title could be misconstrued as both a question and demand. But the music therein is indicative of DigDog’s most menacing kind of math-rock treachery, shifting metronomic gears while defying the laws of
gravity, melody and quite possibly hygiene. If DigDog is operating on any mind-altering chemicals like their art rock ancestors, these local blue-collar louts are running on liquid G.E.D.-25 rather than Tibetan Giggle Sticks. Cuts like “Captain Computer,” “Your Mom’s House” and the inevitable British football anthem “It Made Me Happy, When That Elephant Killed All of Those People” carry on where “Phatty Reiser” tunes like “Slaw Dog” and “Brown” saved countless lives (and quite possibly put an end to faith-based cornhole tournaments. Praise them!) The band on “Early Reiser,” including Stephen Ezell (bass, vocals and beard), Brad Metz (guitar and vocals) and Joe Hassan (drums), plays tighter than Dick’s hatband, but has enough discernment to make the album a one-size-fits-all affair. Hassan has since left the band, to be replaced by local able skinsman Jack Ringca. And since Ezell recently moved to California (“where they sleep out every night,” like the Jimmie Rodgers ditty), DigDog has now gone bicoastal, thus making them the Steely Dan of Springfield. The trio is gearing up for a fall tour and yet another slab of musical finery slated for 2013. “Early Reiser” is the 29th (!) release on Infintesmal Records, that local purveyor of esoteric pawnshop meditations and dollar-store skullduggery. Label head-honcho-slash-mystic Jimmi Bayer tells Folio Weekly that DigDog and the label have parted ways due to “creative and philosophical differences, as well as an inner overhaul of the label.” Yeah, right! Oooh baby, can you hear the shotguns angrily pumping? Before the bullets fly and these sickos hold court in the streets, possibly ruining the events surrounding the (at press time) still nonexistent Jaxxy Awards, get with the pack and grab a copy of “Early Reiser.” Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
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CONCERTS THIS WEEK k.d. lang & THE SIS BOOM BANG, JANE SIBERRY Alt-country great k.d. lang performs at 8 p.m. on May 29 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $36 and $45. 355-2787. WHO RESCUED WHO The local rockers play at 6:30 p.m. on May 30 at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. THE BIG LONESOME Music by the Sea Summer Concerts presents this local group at 7 p.m. on May 30 at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. The family-friendly event is held every Wed. and features fare from a local eatery each week. Bring coolers, blankets and beach chairs. 347-8807. SUNJAMMER These local rockers play at 6 p.m. on May 30 at Buffaloâ€™s Southwest CafĂŠ, 6055 Youngerman Circle, Orange Park. 778-1101. The band also performs at 7 p.m. on June 1 at Dickâ€™s Wings and Grill, 1610 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville. 448-2110. YOUâ€™LL LIVE, BETTERMENT, GIRAFFRICA, SOCIAL SCIENCE and FOUR LETTER WORD This night of punk and indie rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on May 30 at Nobbyâ€™s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. 547-2188. JOHN BROWNâ€™S BODY and TASTE BUDS The reggae sounds are smokin at 8 p.m. on May 30 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 398-7496. DETHLEHEM, BLACK COBRA, GAZA and NISROCH All the underground metal you can stand starts at 8 p.m. on May 30 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $9; $12 at the door. 353-4686. CHARLIE WALKER Singer-songwriter Walker plays at 9 p.m. on May 30 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. DE LIONS OF JAH This popular reggae group appears at 6 p.m. on May 31 at
Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300. THE DRIFTWOODS Concerts in the Plaza presents this local group at 7 p.m. on May 31 under the oaks of the Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn, between Cathedral Place and King St., St. Augustine. The free concerts run through Sept 3. Bring lounge chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. staugustinegovernment.com/sites/concerts-plaza FIRST COAST STEEL This local band plays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 31 at the new Tides Beach Bar, Hampton Inn, 1515 First St. N., Jax Beach. 241-2311. GHOST LIGHT ROAD Americana group Ghost Light Road plays at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. ROBIN RĂœTENBERG & FRIENDS Indie singer-songwriter RĂźtenberg plays at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. THE VALLEY THE STORM, GABRIEL THE MARINE, CHRIS ALVY BAND and THE MONSTER FOOL This night of indie and hard rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. KINGS OF HELL CD release party with WES COBB Rockabilly band Kings of Hell plays at 10 p.m. on May 31 at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. GYPSIES GINGER This local group plays at 9 p.m. on May 31 at Poeâ€™s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. GREENHOUSE LOUNGE and SIR CHARLES Jam band heads Greenhouse Lounge plays at 9 p.m. on May 31 at 1904 Bar, 19 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville. 356-0213. ORANGE AVENUE The Alive After Five series presents Orange Avenue at 5 p.m. on June 1 at The Markets at St. Johns Town Center, between Whisky River and Suite, 4850 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville. 998-7156. FRAMING HANLEY Emo rockers Framing Hanley play at 7 p.m. on June 1 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850.
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JAMES COVE | Sweet Lu JOHN BRANDON PROJECT SATURDAY JUNE 2
JUGGERNAUT | Lift FRIDAY JUNE 8
Indie folkies Robin RĂźtenberg & Friends kick off their East Coast tour with a show on May 31 at 8 p.m. at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. THE JOHN BRANDON PROJECT, JAMES COVE, SWEET LU Local rockers The John Brandon Project appears at 8 p.m. on June 1 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-4273. ALOOLALUNA, ROAMER, AG DAVIS, JAMISON WILLIAMS The experimental and improv artists play at 8 p.m. on June 1 at + SoLo, 107 E. Bay St., downtown Jacksonville. sologallery.org BREATHING THEORY and SHOTGUN HARBOUR These local hard rockers are on at 8 p.m. on June 1 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. THE LOOTERS Jam band The Looters hit the stage at 9 p.m. on June 1 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. JAY GARRETT Singer-songwriter Garrett plays at 9 p.m. on June 1 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE Local bluegrass greats Grandpaâ€™s Cough Medicine play at 9 p.m. on June 1 and June 2 at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293.
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DJ BG w/Cornhole Tournament Bass Tournament 2 FOR 1 DOMESTIC DRAFTS, WELLS AND HOUSE WINE Captain Hook 9:30pm 1/2 PRICE APPS-FRI (BAR ONLY) 4-7PM DECK MUSIC 5-9 P.M.
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THE DRAMA SUMMER A Heroes Fate FRIDAY JUNE 29
New oRLeaNs susPeCts SATURDAY JUNE 30
HEAVY PETTY (Tom PETTY TribuTE)
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JOHN CARVER BAND CD Release Party UPCOMING SHOWS 7-19: 7-20: 7-21: 7-28: 8-1: 8-8: 8-10: 8-18: 9-7: 9-26: 9-28:
Anders Osborne Whetherman/Canary in a Coalmine Badfish (the Sublime Tribute) Allele Zoogma Neon Trees/Walk the Moon Less Than Jake Coming this Fall CD Release Corbitt Brothers/Bonnie Blue The Green Zach Deputy
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TOURN Rockers Tourn play at 10 p.m. on June 1 at My Place Bar & Grill, 9550 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. 737-5299. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Rob Irie & The Village Naturals perform at 10:30 a.m., Ray Callendar plays at 11:45 a.m. and Terrill plays at 2:30 p.m. on June 2 at the weekly market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com RED SEAS, TREES SETTING FIRE, NEUROTIC NOVEMBER, AMONGST THE FORGOTTEN, A DANGER TO MYSELF and THE DOS APOLLO This night of local rock kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 2 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. WORDS LIKE VINES, JUST LIKE GENTLEMEN, NOBODY ON LAND, COREY KILGANNON, GREENBEAUX and JORGINA The innovative indie rock starts at 7 p.m. on June 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. PORTER, HOT GRAVES, OCCULTIST, RHYTHM OF FEAR and NAKHIEL This night of metal commences at 8 p.m. on June 2 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. LARRY MANGUM, MIKE SHACKELFORD, JAMIE DeFRATES This singer-songwriters’ circle starts at 8 p.m. on June 2 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. JUGGERNAUT and LIFT The Northeast Florida heavy rock bands play at 8 p.m. on June 2 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 246-4273. THAT 80’s SHOW This ’80s covers band performs at 9 p.m. on June 2 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. N.E.S. (NEVER ENDING STRUGGLE), T-DUB, SONNY REASON and ACE JOHNSON The awesome hip hop kicks off at 9 p.m. on June 2 at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Admission is $7. 798-8222. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist Flores performs at 1 p.m. on June 3 at
Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. YACHT and ONUINU The indie electro pop musicians hit the stage at 8 p.m. on June 3 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $18. yachtatunderbelly.eventbrite.com “THE GIFT,” featuring a live soundtrack by YELLOW CRYSTAL STAR and MASTRESS OF CEREMONIES, NICCI EDMUNDS, KOAS, ANDREW QUITTER and VOIDS This night of experimental music starts at 8 p.m. on June 3 at + SoLo, 107 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. sologallery.org LEFT & RIGHT and AC DEATHSTRIKE These indie rockers play at 8 p.m. on June 3 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. RIVER CITY EXTENSION, THE DROWNING MEN and RIVERNECKS These indie folk groups kick it off at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $10. 460-9311. RUSSIAN TSARLAG, JEFF ZAGERS, KEVIN LEWIS, KOAS and BRIGHT ORANGE These experimental and improv acts appear at 8 p.m. on June 4 at + SoLo, 107 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. sologallery.org BOXWOOD Indie rockers Boxwood play at 8 p.m. on June 4 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. CELERITAS and MILO This night of innovative rock starts at 9 p.m. on June 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St. Jacksonville. 353-4686.
UPCOMING CONCERTS TODAY THE MOON, TOMORROW THE SUN June 6, Burro Bar RUBRICS, BURNING BRIDGES, NOAH EAGLE, THE RESONANTS, FOUR WORD LETTER June 6, Nobby’s THE GREAT STATE, 8-TRACK SWEETHEARTS, LUCKY COSTELLO June 6, 1904 Bar JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS June 7, European Street Café San Marco
ZZ TOP, 3 DOORS DOWN, GRETCHEN WILSON June 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DAVE MATTHEWS TRIBUTE BAND June 8, The Markets at St. Johns Town Center SMILE EMPTY SOUL, THE VEER UNION June 9, Brewster’s Pit SOMETHING DISTANT June 9, Freebird Live TOURN June 9, Your Place Bar and Grill LOOKING FOR ALASKA, VOIDS June 10, Jack Rabbits TREVOR HALL June 13, Freebird Live LOST IN THE TREES, DAYTONA June 14, Underbelly STEPHEN SIMMONS June 14, European Street Café San Marco THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED June 14 & 28, Urban Flats Ponte Vedra THE FAMILY STONE June 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall FIREWATER TENT REVIVAL June 15, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub MR. AL PETE CD RELEASE PARTY with JASON PLUS ONE, THE IGIVE, JUST WILL, DJ NOFAME June 15, The Phoenix Taproom ROD MacDONALD June 16, European Street Café Southside TOMMY ROE June 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SHATTERMAT, XGEEZER, SONS OF YOUNG June 17, Burro Bar JACKYL June 17, Brewster’s Pit BOUNCING SOULS, MEZINGERS, LUTHER June 18, Freebird Live ANDERS OSBORNE June 19, Freebird Live THE VOODOO FIX June 21, Brewster’s Pit BEN PRESTAGE June 21 & 22, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub AMI DANG June 21, The Present Moment Café LONG MILES June 22, 1904 Bar RAILROAD EARTH June 24, Freebird Live JEREMY AKIN June 25, Burro Bar ERIC JOHNSON June 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TECH N9NE, MACHINE GUN KELLY June 28, Plush IVARDENSPHERE June 28, Brewster’s Pit RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND June 29, St. Augustine Amphitheatre COREY SMITH June 29, Mavericks SLICK RICK June 30, Skyline Sports Bar FREEDOM FESTIVAL: MOLLY HATCHET, J. COLLINS BAND, NAVY BAND SOUTHEAST June 30, Orange Park Mall RITTZ, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY G’Z, MR. LOW, O.S.M.G., LIL ROACH, BENJI P., SHORTSTAKK June 30, The Phoenix Taproom CHROMA July 6, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub POTLUCK, KUNG FU VAMPIRE July 6, Brewster’s Pit DANIEL LEVI GOANS July 8, Burro Bar THOSE DARLINS July 8, Jack Rabbits ABK, DJ CLAY July 13, Brewster’s Pit FRESH MUSIC FESTIVAL July 13, Veterans Memorial Arena 311, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, THE AGGROLITES July 18, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BADFISH (Sublime Tribute) July 21, Freebird Live THE DUKES OF SEPTEMBER RHYTHM REVUE (DONALD FAGEN, MICHAEL McDONALD, BOZ SCAGGS) July 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre YES, PROCOL HARUM July 28, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KINGS OF HELL July 28, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub LITTLE FEAT July 31, The Florida Theatre POWERBALL, THE PINZ, SHATTERMAT Aug. 4, Burro Bar AARON NEVILLE Aug. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN, RACHEL FARLEY Aug. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena REBELUTION, THE EXPENDABLES, PASSAFIRE Aug. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE GRASCALS Aug. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DEAD PREZ Aug. 24, 1904 Bar TAMMERLIN Aug. 25, European Street Café Southside SUBLIME WITH ROME Aug. 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre TRAIN, MAT KEARNEY Sept. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BUILT TO SPILL, HELVETIA, SISTER CRAYON Sept. 9, Jack Rabbits CITIZEN COPE Sept. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall IAN ANDERSON (of Jethro Tull) Sept. 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DARRYL WORLEY, DAVID LEE MURPHY, BO BICE Sept. 22, Thrasher-Horne Center KEIKO MATSUI Sept. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE WOBBLY TOMS Oct. 19, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center
• CLUBS • AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech, 277-3662 John Springer every Fri. & Sat., every other Thur. Barry Randolph every Sun. CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Charlie Walker at 9 p.m. on May 30. The Looters at 9 p.m. on June 1.
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ARLINGTON, REGENCY AJâ€™S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MVPâ€™S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LAVA, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri. STARBUCKS, 9301 Atlantic Blvd., 724-4554 Open mic with Starbucks Trio from 8-11 p.m. every other Fri. TONINOâ€™S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae every Thur. A DJ spins Old School every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun.
Itâ€™s a Psychobilly Freakout! Local rockabilly hotshots Kings of Hell (pictured) celebrate their new CD release with Wes Cobb on May 31 at 10 p.m. at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin actual vinyl at 8 p.m. every Tue. for Working Class Stiffs GENNAROâ€™S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend Oâ€™KANEâ€™S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELDâ€™S, 117 Centre St.,
491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess, Hupp & Rob every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffieldâ€™s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music Tue.-Sun. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.
BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry Sun. MUDVILLE GRILLE, 1301 Monument Rd., 722-0008 Live music every Sun. from 2-6 p.m. TOM & BETTYâ€™S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.
BAYMEADOWS THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins house every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin dance every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. GATORâ€™S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band at 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Tourn at 10 p.m. on June 1. Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.
(All clubs and venues are in Jacksonville Beach unless otherwise noted) BEACHES TOWN CENTER COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-1026 Sweet Scarlett from 7-10 p.m. on June 1 BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLYâ€™S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Billy Bowers from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on May 30. Live music from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on May 31. 4Play from 6-10 p.m. on June 1. Dune Dogs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on June 2. Billy Bowers from
Wednesday Ron Perry Thursday The Splinters Friday & Saturday Something Distant Sunday Ron Perry Connection
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noon-4 p.m., 4Play from 4:45-8:45 p.m. on June 3 BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 247-9880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 John Thomas Group from 6-8 p.m. on June 5 DICK’S WINGS, 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107, 853-5004 Big Jeff at 8 p.m. every Thur. Live music at 9 p.m. every Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. FIONN MacCOOL’S, 333 N. First St., 242-9499 Live music every weekend FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Kings of Hell CD release party with Wes Cobb on May 31. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine at 9 p.m. on June 1 & 2. Songwriters Nite every Tues. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 James Cove, Sweet Lu, Sidetrack and The John Brandon Project at 8 p.m. on June 1. Juggernaut and Lift at 9 p.m. on June 2. The Great State and Something Distant on June 9 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Randy Jagers at 8 p.m. on May 30. Brady Reich at 8 p.m. on May 31. John Austill on June 1. Billy Buchanan on June 2. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Who Rescued Who at 10 p.m. on May 31. Retro Katz at 9:30 p.m. on June 1 & 2. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Live music at 3 p.m. every Sun. Open mic at 5 p.m. every Wed. DJ Jason hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Charlie Walker at 8 p.m. on May 30. Cowboys & Indians from the Future at 8 p.m. on May 31. Rob Irie at 9 p.m. on June 1 & 2. Kurt Lanham on June 3. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Who Rescued Who from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on May 30. De Lions of Jah from 6-10 p.m. on May 31. Reggae on the deck every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sun. Live music every third Wed. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every weekend THE PIER CANTINA & SANDBAR, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew and Johnny Flood at 7 p.m. every Thur. DJ Infader every Fri. Nate Holley every Sat. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Gypsies Ginger at 9 p.m. on May 31 RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Ron Perry on May 30. The Splinters on May 31. Something Distant on June 1 & 2. Ron Perry Connection on June 3 RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Jason & Tony on May 30. Billy & Kurt from 8 p.m.-mid. on May 31. Mr. Natural on June 1 & 2. Bread & Butter on June 3. Live music every Tue.-Sun. TIDES BEACH BAR, Hampton Inn, 1515 First St. N., 241-2311 First Coast Steel from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 31. Live music every Thur. & Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
DOWNTOWN 1904 BAR, 19 Ocean St., 356-0213 Greenhouse Lounge and Sir Charles at 9 p.m. on May 31 BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Dethlehem, Black Cobra, Nisroch and Gaza at 8 p.m. on May 30. Ghost Light Road at 8 p.m. on May 31. Porter, Hot Graves, Occultist, Rhythm of Fear and Nakhiel at 8 p.m. on June 2. Left & Right and AC Deathstrike at 8 p.m. on June 3. Boxwood at 8 p.m. on June 4. Celeritas and Milo at 8 p.m. on June 5. Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun on June 6. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Jazz at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Jamaru at 9:30 p.m. on June 1. Gootch from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on June 2. Braxton Adamson from 5:308:30 p.m. on June 6. Live music every weekend THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Lisa & the Madhatters on June 1. Lakeshore Middle School Band on June 5 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Corey Smith on June 29. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. THE PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 N.E.S., T-Dub, Sonny Reason and Ace Johnson at 9 p.m. on June 2 POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 DJs Al Pete & Gene Dot spin for The Glossary at 10 p.m. every Sat. + SOLO GALLERY, 107 E. Bay St., sologallery.org Aloolaluna, Roamer, AG Davis and Jamison Williams on June 1. Yellow Crystal Star, Mastress Of Ceremonies, Nicci Edmunds, Koas, Andrew Quitter and Voids on June 3. Russian Tsarlag, Jeff Zagers, Kevin Lewis, Koas and Bright Orange on June 4
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UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St. Yacht and Onuinu at 8 p.m. on June 3 ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
FLEMING ISLAND MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Band on the Run at 8 p.m. on May 31. The Lift at 9 p.m. on June 1. State of Mind on June 2. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on May 30. DJ Marce Marc on May 31. Weaver at 9:30 p.m. on June 1. Bad Assets at 9:30 p.m. on June 2. Reggae with Mango Fever at 4 p.m. on June 3. Deck music at 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.
INTRACOASTAL WEST BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Framing Hanley at 7 p.m. on June 1. Red Seas, Trees Setting Fire, Neurotic November, Amongst The Forgotten, A Danger To Myself and The Dos Apollo at 6 p.m. on June 2 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Billy Bowers at 6:30 p.m. on June 2. Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Jay Garrett at 9 p.m. on June 1. That 80s Show at 9 p.m. on June 2. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Live music every Tue. & Wed. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Live music every Fri.
JULINGTON CREEK, NW ST. JOHNS SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MANDARIN AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis
Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Live music at 6 p.m. Tue. & Wed., Fri.-Sun. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Reggae with Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Sat. & Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. last Wed. every month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. SUNBURST STUDIOS, 12641 San Jose Blvd., 485-0946 Open mic with My Friendz Band at 8:30 p.m. every Mon. Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. with DJ Tom Turner every Tue.
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., from 2-6 p.m. every Sun. BUFFALO’S, 6055 Youngerman Circle, 778-1101 Sunjammer at 6 p.m. on May 30 CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music every Thur.-Sat. DJ Jason every Tue. DJ Israel every Wed.
PALATKA DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Martini at 6 p.m. on May 30. Tim & Bridget at 8:30 p.m. on June 2. Local talent every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.
PONTE VEDRA ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Domenic Patruno at 8 p.m. on May 30. Tim O’Shea at 8 p.m. on May 31. Evan Paluszynski on June 1. Jimmy Solari on June 2. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.
RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE FLA RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, 243 S. Edgewood Ave. DJ DreOne spins every Wed. for open mic nite
Hip-hop groups N.E.S. aka Never Ending Struggle (pictured), T-Dub, Sonny Reason and Ace Johnson perform on June 2 at 9 p.m. at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Admission is $7. 798-8222.
997-1955 Brian Ernst on May 30. Charlie Walker at 8 p.m. on May 31. Paul Haftel on June 1. Wes Cobb on June 2. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Orange Avenue for Alive After Five on June 1. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Wed.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
Name Changer: Who Rescued Who, formerly known as The John Earle Band, performs on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Nippers Beach Grille, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 247-3300.
HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Nine Lashes, Wolves at the Gate, I Am Endseeker and A Call for Kylie at 7:30 p.m. on June 1. The City Harmonic, Man Apart and Patrick & Brittany at 7:30 p.m. on June 2. Garret Harbinson, Andy Jacobs, Alan Willis and Alexis Rhode on June 8 YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 Rotating DJs spin for Pro Bono electronic music party from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sun.
ST. AUGUSTINE, ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards on June 1 & 2 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with Smokin’ Joe on May 29 & June 5. Colton McKenna at 6:30 p.m. on June 1. Ivan Smith at 8:30 p.m. on June 2. Colton McKenna at 2 p.m. on June 3 BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 48 Spanish St., 547-2023 Live music Fri. & Sat. THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on June 1 CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 River City Extension, Drowning Men and Rivernecks at 8 p.m. on June 4. CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 The Committee at 7 p.m. on June 1. Deron Baker at 2 p.m., The Committee at 7 p.m. on June 2. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on June 3 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty Cowell at 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers at 6 p.m. on June 6. Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Ty Cowell from 6-9 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike
every last Sun. of the month MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler from noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Live music at 9:30 p.m. on June 1 & 2 and at 1 p.m. on June 3. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 You’ll Live, Betterment, Giraffrica, Social Science and Four Letter Word at 9 p.m. on May 30. Rubrics, Burning Bridges, Noah Eagle, The Resonants and Four Letter Word on June 6 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex are in for Karaoke every Mon. SIRENS, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 Live music every Fri. DJs spin every Sat. Live music from 3-6 p.m. every Biker Sunday SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every Fri.-Sun. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Hooch at 9 p.m. on June 1 & 2. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Clarence Wears every Tue. Selwyn Toby every Wed. Barry O at 4 p.m., Laree App at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Laree App at 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby at 8 p.m. every Fri. Barry O at 4 p.m., Laree App at 8 p.m. every Sat. Selwyn Toby at 4 p.m., Laree App at 7:30 p.m. every Sun. Clarence Wears at 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby at 7:30 p.m. every Mon. Caribbean music on the patio nightly BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally from 7-9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Billy Buchanan at 8 p.m. on May 30. Jimmy Solari on June 1. The Druids on June 2. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1,
ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Barry Greene at 8 p.m. on May 31. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 John Brown’s Body and Taste Buds on May 30. The Monster Fool, The Valley The Storm, Garbiel the Marine and The Chris Alvy Band at 9 p.m. on May 31. Breathing Theory and Shotgun Harbor at 8 p.m. on June 1. Words Like Vines, Just Like Gentlemen, Nobody On Land, Corey Kilgannon, Greenbeaux and Jorgina at 7 p.m. on June 2 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 at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula at 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom at 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance at 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake at 6 p.m. every other Fri. DJs Rogue and Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.
SOUTHSIDE BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes from 7-11 p.m. every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 1610 University Blvd. W., 448-2110 Sunjammer at 7 p.m. on June 1 EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Larry Mangum, Jamie DeFrates and Mike Shackelford at 8 p.m. on June 2 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell at 7 p.m. on May 29, at 8:30 p.m. on May 31. Robin Rütenberg & Friends on May 31. VJ Professor Jeff at 8:30 p.m., DJ Fellin at 11 p.m. on June 1. VJ Josh Frazetta at 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu at 11 p.m. on June 2. DJ Jeff Bell at 7 p.m. on June 5
SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Wed. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SHANTYTOWN, 22 W. Sixth St., 798-8222 Chieforia on June 3 SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic with Al Poindexter on May 31. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on June 3 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. To get your band listed here, send the vitals — band name, time, date, venue location, with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email email@example.com. Deadline: 4 p.m. Tue. for next week’s issue. Listed on a space-available basis.
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Grammy Award-nominated funnyman Bobby Collins performs at the T-U Center on June 1.
f it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, then comedian Bobby Collins should live to a ripe old age. A veteran of the Manhattan comedy scene of the ’70s and ’80s, Collins has opened for everyone from Dolly Parton to Tony Bennett to Frank Sinatra. His career, which spans three decades, includes three DVDs and six CDs, as well as a Grammy nomination for his second CD, “Out of Bounds.” The now-60-year-old Collins still maintains a comedic pace that would fell a lesser entertainer, performing more than 200 standup shows each year. Folio Weekly caught up with him to chat about his experiences with Northeast Florida bling, staying funny on his feet and enjoying the ride. Folio Weekly: Have you spent much time in Northeast Florida? Bobby Collins: No. No. But there was a comedy club there years ago. When we were coming up, we used to work it. What the hell was the name of it? In Jacksonville — it was in like a motel or a hotel.
F.W.: The Comedy Zone? Yeah, it’s still there. B.C.: Yeah, yeah. Oh, my God! You got a lot of wealthy people living there in Jacksonville. I did a private party there for a guy that has a lot to do with the Jaguars. And I’m his favorite comedian, so he had a private party at that club — rented it out and wanted to have me perform for his friends. It was fun — good people. I like Jacksonville. I think it’s a beautiful area.
F.W.: Do you tailor your shows for the different regions you perform in? B.C.: Absolutely. Absolutely. On the whole, you keep things structured — you keep it together. But yes, you have to because one night last month, I was in Birmingham, Alabama — at a big theater — and I had never been there. And I really had no desire, but it was sold out. I was a little insecure. “Do
how much is figured out ahead of time? B.C.: I know pretty much what I want to do. You know, I’ve been doing this for so long that I know what to pull out and what not to. In other words, I’m not going to do the political stuff so much down in the South, even though I really base my whole act on two things — educate and entertain. Make them laugh, open them up and then throw in some things that
“I’m not going to do the political stuff so much down in the South, even though I really base my whole act on two things – educate and entertain. Make them laugh, open them up and then throw in some things from a different angle.” you have people coming here?” Then, when I walked out on stage, some lady on the balcony hollered, “Hey, Bobby, how come you never come here?” And I go, “Look at you. It looks like a damn pirate ship landed.”
they’ll take a look at like the same pictures, but just from a different angle. We’re sharing this world with a lot of different people — I mean we got to send out the hurt. The gene pool could use some chlorine.
F.W.: You have a big following on SiriusXM Radio, so you reach areas where maybe before you didn’t even know you had a fan base. B.C.: Right. In other words, people know of my name because of television and stuff in the past — they know you’re an established comedian — they don’t ever think you’re going to go to their area. Like Springfield, Massachusetts — I did a place there and it was jammed. I was like, “Oh my God.” And they’re like, “We’ve been sold out for quite a while.” And I’m thinking, “Well, why didn’t you add another show?”
F.W.: When you pursued comedy in the ’80s, did you ever think the ride would last this long? B.C.: No. [Right out of college] I got a job in the Garment District in New York and, Jesus, I hated that so bad. So at night, I was going out to the comedy clubs and performing. [During the day] the clothing buyers from around the country would come in and I’d ask them what they were doing that night and they’d say, “Oh, we got to write up orders.” And I’d say, “Why don’t you come catch some comedy?” — and it would be jammed.
F.W.: How much of your show is improv and
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The Mustard Seed Cafe
Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, freerange chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. nassauhealthfoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141
Lulu’s at The Thompson House
Lulu’s owners, Brian and Melanie Grimley, offer an innovative lunch menu, including po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in the gardens of the historic Thompson House. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp is the focus every Thursday), and nightly specials. An extensive wine list and beer are available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations are recommended. 11 S. Seventh Street 904-432-8394
PLAE Restaurant & Lounge
Located in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE serves bistro style cuisine. The full bar lounge at PLAE has become an instant classic, with artistic décor and live entertainment nightly. Now you can PLAE during the day, too! Open for lunch Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132
Moon River Pizza
Moon River Pizza treats customers like family. Cooked in a brick oven, the pizza is custom-made by the slice (or, of course, by the pie). Set up like an Atlanta-style pizza joint, Moon River also offers an eclectic selection of wine and beers. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Dine in or take it with you. 925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400
Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711
Halftime Sports Bar and Grill
The place to be on the island for sports TV — NCAA, MLB, NFL and all your favorites. Starters feature pulled pork cheese fries and soon-to-be-famous wings. The roster includes our famous All-star fish tacos, an impressive Angus burger and Gourmet quarter-pound hot dog. Try out our draft beer line-up of the best domestic and craft selections. Stop by, hang out & click halftimeameliaisland.com. 320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303
Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub — the only one on the island — offers on-site beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269
29 South Eats
This chic, neighborhood bistro has it all — great ambience, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The eclectic menu offers traditional world cuisine with a modern whimsical twist and Chef Scotty Schwartz won Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s 2007 Best of Jax readers poll. Open for lunch Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thur., till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 29southrestaurant.com 29 S. Third Street 904-277-7919
Brett’s Waterway Café
Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660
T-Ray’s Burger Station
T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving Beer & Wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310
Jack & Diane’s
The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444
Sliders Seaside Grill
Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652
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SUMMER IN SANCTUARY Al Letson’s new play, about one man’s attempt to work and connect with disadvantaged youths, is staged at 8 p.m. on June 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. on June 3 at Museum of Contemporary Art’s MOCA Theater, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. This original work was written in honor of Sanctuary on 8th Street, the local community center celebrating its 20th anniversary. Admission is free; donations to the center are accepted. Mature audiences only. 366-6911. mocajacksonville.org I DO … FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE? This musical chronicling the ups and downs of contemporary love is staged at 8 p.m. on May 31, June 1 and 2 at Boleros Dance Sport Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. 721-3399. BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY The Tony-winning musical, showcasing the pioneering rock-and-roll legend, is staged at 8 p.m. on May 29, 30 and 31 and June 1 and 2, at 1:15 p.m. on June 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. on June 3 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. MAD COWFORD IMPROV This local comedy troupe performs at 8:15 p.m. on June 1 and 2 and every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451. AMATEUR NIGHT Local talent competes for the audience’s winning vote at 7:30 p.m. on June 1 at The Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5.50. 632-5555.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
UNF SEEKS ACTORS FOR ORIGINAL PLAY University of North Florida’s Department of English holds auditions from 6-8 p.m. on May 29 and 30 at the school’s Student Union, Bldg. 58, Rm. 2704, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Roles include seven African-American males, five African-American female ages 20-60 and two AfricanAmerican teens ages 11-15, as well as other ethnicities. 444-4295 or 314-3156. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org BEACHES PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB This monthly shutterbug group features discussions by Roger Nelson and James Brady at 6 p.m. on June 4 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. 240-8835. TEEN BANDS NEEDED Jacksonville Main Public Library seeks teenaged musicians (ages 12-18) performing in any genre to compete in its seventh annual Battle of the Bands to be held on June 23. Submissions must be received by May 31. Entry forms are available at jaxpubliclibrary.org. 630-2665. FW ART SHOW SEEKS SUBMISSIONS The Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibit seeks submissions of original works of art (paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures, mixed media) through June 10. Submit no more than three (3) pieces. Works are not to exceed 6’ tall x 4’ wide. Signed, hard copies or in-person deliveries will not be accepted. Digital images of the completed work of art, with artist information (email/mail/phone, along with title/ dimensions/media/date for each piece), must be submitted to email@example.com. The show is held Aug. 24-Dec. 2 at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. 260-9770 ext. 128. AUDITIONS FOR COMEDY Limelight Theatre auditions for the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” at 6 p.m. on June 3 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. The cast calls for four female (ages 20s-60s) and male (20s-60s) roles. Prepare a one-minute comedic monologue and a cold reading. 825-1164. THEATRE SEEKS INSTRUCTORS Limelight Theatre seeks children, teen and adult dance instructors, vocal coaches, yoga instructors, aerobics instructors and acting coaches to fill its education calendar for summer and fall. For details, call 825-1164, ext. 16. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes in several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.Fri. at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. thedanceshack.com MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES The Murray Hill Art Center, at 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville, offers six-week art classes for adults and children. Adult classes are $80; $50 for kids’ classes. 677-2787. artsjax.org DRAMATIC ARTS AT BEACHES Players by the Sea offers classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels Mon.-Fri. at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289.
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The opening reception for an exhibit of recent paintings by Shaun Thurston (pictured, “Earth Goddess”) is held on June 1 from 5-11 p.m. at space:eight gallery, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. Thurston was featured in our Sept. 27, 2011 cover story “Where the Wild Things Are” (http://bit.ly/KfUTDJ). The show runs through July 31. 829-2838.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION Pianist Orli Shaham, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cellist Christopher Rex perform works by Messiaen and Mussorgsky at 7 p.m. on May 31 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $40. 261-1779. aicmf.com BARRY GREENE Jazz guitarist Greene performs at 8 p.m. on May 31 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. THE OLD CITY STRING QUARTET Violinists Bryan Lee and Joel Link, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw perform works by Bach, Mozart, Gliere, Handel and Halverson at 1 p.m. on June 1 at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island, 1900 Amelia Trace Court, Fernandina Beach. 261-1779. aicmf.com BEER & G STRINGS III HOEDOWN: DANCING FIDDLE The April Verch Band (violinist April Verch, guitarist Clay Ross and bassist-banjoist Cody Walters) performs at 7 p.m. on June 2 at Walker’s Landing, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $45. 261-1779. aicmf.com BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s masterwork at 8 p.m. on June 2 at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $16-$70. 354-5547. CURTIS IS HERE! The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents the Old City Quartet (violinists Bryan Lee and Joel Link, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw) joined by cellist Christopher Rex and violist Roberto Diaz performing works by Hayden, Schumann and Brahms at 5 p.m. on June 3 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20. 261-1779. aicmf.com JAZZ FOR A CAUSE AT CULHANE’S The John Thomas Group performs at 6 p.m. during the Crohn’s and Colitis Benefit Show on June 5 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. The event is held from 5-8 p.m. and features door prizes and raffles. Admission is $5. 249-9595. JAZZ ON THE SOUTHSIDE The Jazzland Café features live music every Thur. from 6-9 p.m. and every Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 249-1009. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano, 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.
ART WALKS & FESTIVALS
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour features 25 participating galleries from 5-9 p.m. on June 1 in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065. JACKSONVILLE 48-HOUR FILM PROJECT This annual DIY film organization holds its Meet & Greet, before the June 16 competition, at 6:30 p.m. on May 30 at River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 993-7897. MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured every Wed. from 3-6 p.m. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh
Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET The market features arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities from 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386.
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The exhibit “The Election Collection” runs through June. The permanent collection includes artifacts from Nassau County’s Spanish Mission period. BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. The exhibit “Jean Ribault and the French in 16th Century Florida: Rare Engravings and Historic Maps from the Michael and Dr. Linda Fisher Collection,” is displayed through June 9. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Philip and Mark Estlund: Born of the Sun” is on display through June 22. “The Other F Word” is screened at 8 p.m. on May 31. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The exhibit “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art” is on display from June 5-Sept. 16. “Richard Chamberlain: The Year of the Sheep” is displayed through July 8. “Beyond Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Prints and their influence on Western Art” runs through Aug. 9. “50 Forward: New Additions to the Permanent Collection” is on display through Aug. 15. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Jacksonville, 355-1101. The exhibit “Sails of Reformation,” featuring works by Barbara Fryefield, Meredith Fordham Hughes, Joanelle Mulrain and Deborah Reid, is on display through July. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats and various nautical-themed art. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. Mary Atwood’s “First Coast Reflections” is on display through June 29. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. The exhibit “ReFocus: Art of the 1970s” is displayed through Aug. 26. “Project Atrium: Mark Licari” runs through July 8. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. Amateur Night is featured at 7:30 p.m. on June 1. Admission is $5.50. An exhibit celebrating local AfricanAmerican athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
ANCHOR BOUTIQUE 210 St. George St., Ste. C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. Jewelry designers Deanna Ashley and Claire Summers Buck are the featured artists from
6-10 p.m. on June 1. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. Beth Haizlip is the featured artist for May. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The group show “Toes and Hands” runs through June 28. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. The opening receptions for an exhibit of recent work by painter Susan Strock are held from 6-8 p.m. on June 1 and from 3-5 p.m. on June 2. The show runs through June. CAMPUS GALLERY FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, 632-3310. The opening receptions for an exhibit of painter Arlen Tabor’s “North Side Inspirations” are held from 1-4 p.m. on June 3 and from 6-8 p.m. on June 7. The show is on display through July 27. JOAN DORRILL ART STUDIO 900-I Lighthouse Plaza, Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 392-6630. The gallery features mixed media work and photos from 4-7 p.m. on June 1. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The 10th annual Sea Turtle Show is on display through June 18. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville. 535-7252. The exhibit “Floridians,” featuring recent works by Mark Creegan, Lily Kuonen, Rachel Rossin and The Church of Holy Colors, is on display through June 15. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3052. The “River Art Mentorship Exhibit,” featuring maritime-themed work by local middle school students, is on display through June 22. J. JOHNSON GALLERY 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 435-3200. The exhibit “Tripping the Line Fantastic,” featuring drawings by Tony Orrico and sculpture by Barbara Sorenson, is on display through June 8. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. Pat Hitchcock presents an exhibit of horse paintings during June. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. David Montgomery and Tonsenia Yonn are the guest artists for May. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. Mitch O’Connell’s exhibit “Good Times” is displayed through May 30. The opening reception for an exhibit of recent work by Shaun Thurston is held from 5-11 p.m. on June 1. The show runs through July 31. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. Ceramicist Myra Schick is the featured artist in May. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 620-2534. The exhibit “Passion to Abstraction – the Paintings of Dottie S. Dorion” is displayed through Aug. 3. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. The exhibit “Remembering Sue Burdan” runs through May. Proceeds benefit the artist’s family and St. Johns County Horse Council. 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 folioweekly.com. To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tues. for the next week’s issue. Events are included on a space-available basis.
Gregg Allman’s no angel, as his memoir clearly shows
he Allman Brothers Band spent so much time around these parts in the late ’60s and early ’70s, it’s common to hear locals claim to having known them — or at least having seen them play. Some may even swear they smoked with Duane, or shot with Gregg — whatever. It certainly seems plausible. Gregg Allman’s new bestLaid Back: Rocker selling memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” Gregg Allman in details his drug use, sexual exploits his ’70s heyday. and metamorphosis from awkward teen into one of the best bluesrabidly reporting their every move, warts and rockers of all time — and it gives credence to all. Still, they look pretty good together. any Northeast Florida wannabe trying to boost Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner his or her own starf*cker rep. Allman delivers his life lessons in a matter-ofAllman’s book, produced with rock writer Alan Light (Spin, VIBE), is teeming with all the fact, almost apathetic manner, including the terrible loss he (and the rock world at large) tragedies (his father was murdered, his brother suffered when Duane died, his recovery from Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in addiction and his ongoing battle with hepatitis Macon, Ga., he himself almost died from drug C. Even his now-sober walk is reported without overdoses several times) and joys (phenomenal fanfare, though we do get the dirt about his success as a founding member of a band with a heroin and alcohol addictions, his multiple unique sound, marriage to a pop megastar and marriages and miscellaneous progeny. (He’s the a career reboot in his 60s) one would expect father of five, by five different women — four of from the grand old man of the Southern-rockhis kids are musicians, the fifth is a nurse.) jam-band-blues-group. Yet the often-riveting Death figures prominently throughout, and narration feels unfinished. You kept expecting not just that of his brother Duane. The book to hear how Gregg felt about what he’d just will introduce a new musician, roadie, manager described — getting his first guitar, getting or girlfriend, and then Allman will wrap up the his virginity taken, smoking weed for the first discussion with that person’s death, recent or time — or at least hear his perspective as a long ago, and how much he misses his friend. survivor. But there aren’t many musings, just a This particular man, in his sixth decade, is reporting and a terse comment or two — like bound to have some folks in his life pass on, the many asides that reveal his obvious hatred but even still, percentage seems remarkably for guitarist Dickey Betts, who was with the band from start to finish. When Betts discussed high. All that death has surely taken a toll. Of all the onerous woes Allman has racked the breakup (the first one) in Rolling Stone in up, it’s still not clear which particular one is 1976, he’s quoted as having said, “I’ll never play his “cross to bear.” He regrets the millions of onstage with Gregg Allman again.” Allman dollars just pissed away on drugs and other writes: “No problem, brother! I just wish we excesses, he regrets the legal troubles of various had held him to that.” band members and roadies (though he doesn’t The band reformed many times, with really cop much blame) and he regrets not diverse lineups, until finally regrouping as having been more involved with his children. the Gregg Allman Band — without Betts. The It may be that Gregg Allman is carrying two musicians had serious artistic differences, the burden of lost joy. When he and his mostly due to Betts’ tyrannical ego and Allman’s clashing personality. Betts claimed brother Duane first began to make music he was “fired by fax,” but the document in together, the happy bond they forged was question was, in essence, a letter of intervention evident. As the trappings of fame and fortune from the band regarding Betts’ own out-ofbegan to take over, that joy vanished. It control demons. seems Allman has regained his bliss in his If the autobiography is light on reflection, sobriety, which has a ripple effect into every aspect of his life now. He’s playing music with it doesn’t skimp on photos. There’s a great one founding ABB members Butch Trucks and of the young brothers, chubby in their military school uniforms in 1957, and onstage, awkward Jaimoe Johnson — with an annual standing gig at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, where in their matching jackets, high-schoolers The Allman Brothers Band first appeared in frugging before them. There’s also the now1989 — he’s connecting with his kids, he’s classic and darkly prophetic image of the two doing book signings, he’s learned how to pray. brothers Allman sporting those signature Trouble no more, indeed. sideburns, shoulder-to-shoulder and nodding out in their tour bus at the height of their fame. Marlene Dryden Most chapters open with a black-and-white email@example.com shot of whichever iteration of the ABB follows, with the exception of Chapter 12, simply titled Gregg Allman appears at a book-signing at 6 “Cher.” It was that union that launched the p.m. on May 31 at Books-A-Million, 1910 Wells modern celebrity couples mania, with tabloids Road, Orange Park. 215-2300.
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EVENTS JACKSONVILLE RECORD & CD SHOW Rare vinyl LPs and compact discs, from 15 vendors, are available from 4-8 p.m. on June 3 at Birdie’s, 1044 Park St., Riverside. 356-4444. JACKSONVILLE FOODFIGHT The 22nd annual Foodfight is held at 6:30 p.m. on June 7 at EverBank Field’s Touchdown Club, 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville. More than 50 area restaurants are featured, along with live music and raffles. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest North Florida food bank. Advance tickets are $60; $100 VIP. 739-7074. jacksonvillefoodfight.org COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows run at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. on June 4 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org SOUNDS ON CENTRE The Historic Fernandina Business Association presents a free community concert, featuring Instant Groove, from 6-8 p.m. on June 1 in downtown Fernandina Beach, between Second and Front streets. Bring a chair. downtownfernandina.com CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA The 22nd annual series continues with The Driftwoods performing from 1-5 p.m. on May 31 at Plaza de la Constitución, downtown St. Augustine. Bring a chair or blanket. Concerts continue at 7 p.m. every Thur. through Labor Day. 824-1004. MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series continues with Big Lonesome from 7-9 p.m. on May 30 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers its fare. 347-8007. staugbchcivicassoc.com
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Matt Shirk, of the City of Jacksonville Public Defender’s Office, is the featured speaker at 11:30 a.m. on May 30 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. UNF SMALL BUSINESS CLASS The Disaster Experience is held from 8 a.m.-noon on June 1 at Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. The fee is $40. Business Plan Basics is held from 6-8 p.m. on June 5; cost is $40. GSA Schedule is held from 9-11:30 a.m.
on June 7; cost is $40. The free course, Bulletproof Your Business, is held from 9-11 a.m. on June 1 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. For reservations, call 265-4700 or go to bsecenter.net. 620-2476. sbdc.unf.edu JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on June 21 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306.
BOOKS & WRITING SUE WELLS KIRWAN Local author Kirwan signs copies of her new novel, “Hurricane,” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 2 at Avonlea Antique Mall, 8101 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. 636-8785. ENNIS DAVIS, ROBERT MANN Authors Davis and Mann sign copies of their latest book “Reclaiming Jacksonville” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 2 at San Marco Bookstore, 1971 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 396-7597. LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE The open house is held from 5-8 p.m. on June 1 at Hastings Branch Library, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings. Teen gaming, kids’ crafts, e-reader petting zoo, a photo booth and hot dogs, drinks and chips for sale are featured. Proceeds benefit library programs. 827-6970. SISTERS IN CRIME The Florida Sisters in Crime get together from 10 a.m.noon on June 2 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. Award-winning author Vic DiGenti is the featured speaker. Admission is free. floridasistersincrime.com
COMEDY BOBBY COLLINS Comedian Collins appears at 8 p.m. on June 1 at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Terry Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $30 and $40. 633-6110. ticketmaster.com TREVOR NOAH Trevor Noah appears at 8 p.m. on May 30 and 31 and June 1 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on June 2 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets range from $10-$17. 292-4242. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians from 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffeehouse, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.
Calling all Vinyl Fans! The Jacksonville Record Show features 15 vendors selling rare vinyl LPs, compact discs and memorabilia on June 3 from 4-8 p.m. at Birdie’s, 1044 Park St., Riverside. 356-4444.
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The 26th annual historical re-enactment of Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 Raid on St. Augustine is presented throughout the city on June 2 at 10 a.m. at Fountain of Youth Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. Displays of arms, armor, crafts and Colonial lifestyles are featured, along with a staged sacking and burning the city in the plaza. 829-9792.
JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Renee Bray and Alicia Reese appear at 8:30 p.m. on June 1 and 2 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word at 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004.
UPCOMING ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL June 21-23 & June 28-30, Cathedral Basilica, St. Augustine MOSH’S MASCOT TONCA’S BIRTHDAY BASH July 14, Museum of Science & History EDDIE GRIFFIN July 28, T-U Center’s Moran Theater
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS NATIONAL TRAILS DAY This nationwide event is celebrated with a hike at 10 a.m. on June 2 at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. The program is free with regular park entrance fee of $2 per person on bicycle, $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $5 per vehicle, up to eight people. (386) 446-6783. ROLLER DERBY The inaugural Day-Glow Fun Bout includes Tri-County Rolling Militia, Palm Coast Roller Derby, Space Coast Roller Girls and Dub City Roller Girls at 6 p.m. on June 3 at Orange Park Skate Station, 238 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit Catty Shack Wild Life Sanctuary. tcrmrollerderby.com JACKSONVILLE SHARKS The other hometown football team takes on the Tampa Bay Storm at 7 p.m. on June 2 (Star Wars Night) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900. FT. CLINCH UNION GARRISON Living history interpreters recreate Civil War life on June 2 and 3 at Ft. Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Artillery demos, marching drills and everyday chores are featured. 277-7274. floridastateparks. org/fortclinch BROWN BAG LUNCH LECTURE The GTM Research Reserve offers a free lunch lecture from noon-1 p.m. on June 1 at the Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. Claudia McLeroy, GTM Research Reserve Environmental Specialist II, discusses non-point source pollution’s impact on the estuarine environment. Bring your lunch. For reservations, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrbrownbag.eventbrite.com.
JACKSONVILLE SUNS The local Southern League team plays the Mobile BayBears at 7:05 p.m. on May 29 (Fifty Cent Family Feast Night) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 1:05 p.m. on May 30 (Businessperson’s Special), at 7:35 p.m. on May 31 (Thursday Night Throwdown) and at 7:05 p.m. on June 1 (Scout Campout and Hurricane Preparedness Night). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com GUIDED KAYAK EVENTS Kayak Amelia offers all manner of guided kayak events, including firefly paddles, full moon paddles, bike tours and yoga kayak, held throughout the area, with expert instruction and supervision. Or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the marshes on your own. Kayak Amelia, 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 251-0016. kayakamelia.com PADDLE BOARD EVENTS Black Creek Outfitters holds a free stand-up paddle board demo day at 9 a.m. on June 3 at the end of Atlantic Boulevard at the ocean, Atlantic beach. Black Creek also offers stand-up paddle board mini-lessons every other Tue. throughout the summer, as well as stand-up paddle board yoga, kayak trips to many of Northeast Florida’s most beautiful waterways and SUP demos on the ocean. Call for times, dates and fees. Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Drive, Southside. 645-7003. blackcreekoutfitters.com CANDLELIGHT TOURS AT FT. CLINCH Ft. Clinch State Park offers candlelit tours after sundown every Fri. and Sat. night through Labor Day weekend at 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Reservations are required. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch LEARN TO ROW Jacksonville Rowing Club offers classes in sweep rowing at 9 a.m. every Sat. and Sun. No experience or equipment is necessary. Adult memberships and youth programs are available. 304-8500. jaxrow.org
KIDS KAYAK AMELIA SUMMER CAMP Summer camp offers hiking, kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boards), swimming and exploring nature at Kayak Amelia, 13030 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville. Kids keep journals and create an art project. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; Week 1 for ages 10-14 is held June 18-22; Week 2 for ages 6-9 is held June 25-29 and Week 3 for ages 10-14 is held July 9-13. Camp fee is $225 a week. To register, call 251-0016 or go to kayakamelia.com KAYAK LESSONS Black Creek Outfitters offers kayak sessions throughout the summer. Classes are primarily for beginners, and kayakers must know how to swim. For more information, call 645-7003. T. REX EXHIBIT AT MOSH The new traveling exhibit, A T. Rex Named Sue, from Chicago’s Field Museum, is now open at Museum of
Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. It features a cast skeleton of largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered: 42 feet long and 12 feet tall. 396-6674. themosh.org
COMMUNITY INTEREST KRISPY KREME 3-MILE CHALLENGE What a concept: Complete a mile run and eat four Krispy Kreme donuts in 45 minutes. For teams of three, each member runs a mile and eats four donuts in less than 40 minutes. The inaugural racing madness takes place at 7 p.m. on June 1 at Yates Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Registration is $20 in advance, $35 day of race for individuals; $40 in advance, $60 day of race for teams. Awards and T-shirts are also featured. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 316-8122. PLANT CLINIC St. Johns County master gardeners discuss plants and lawns from 10 a.m.-noon on June 2 at Bartram Trail branch library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Small soil samples for pH testing are accepted. 209-0430. HALE & HEARTY 7K The Hale & Hearty 7K is held at 8 a.m. on June 2, starting and ending at the Riverside Arts Market, beneath the Fuller Warren bridge, running through Memorial Park and Riverside Park. Proceeds benefit the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida’s regional health care utilization research. haleandheart7k.org hpcnef.org RAINES SPORTS HALL OF FAME The Raines Vikings Athletic Booster Club holds the annual reception and awards banquet at 6 p.m. on June 2 at Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water Street, Jacksonville. Tickets are $60. 612-5266. ETA PHI BETA FOUNDERS DAY LUNCHEON This sorority celebrates its 70th national anniversary and 50th local anniversary at 11:30 a.m. on June 2 at Crowne Plaza Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville. Dr. Norma S. White is the keynote speaker. For tickets, call 304-4779 or 713-8118. CASINO NIGHT New Leaf Foundation’s annual Casino Night is held at 6 p.m. on June 2 at University of North Florida’s Student Union Auditorium, Bldg. 58W, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Roulette, blackjack and other games start at 7 p.m., along with hors d’oeuvres, raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit New Leaf Foundation’s scholarships to children with special needs whose families have demonstrated an economic need. Tickets are $50. newleaffoundation.org CROHN’S & COLITIS BENEFIT The John Thomas Jazz Group performs at 6 p.m. on June 5 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach.
Door prizes and raffles are also featured. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. 249-9595.
CLASSES & GROUPS FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga at 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. Bring a mat. 287-0452. INVENTORS & INNOVATORS This group gathers at noon on May 30 at Golden Corral, 11470 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Jonathan Smith, an intellectual property attorney, discusses patents, copyrights and the Constitution. Admission is free; pay for your own lunch. For reservations, email email@example.com NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. alcoholicanonymous.org NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 322-4040.
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The 19th annual Anastasia Beach Bash is held on June 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Anastasia State Park, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. The family-geared celebration includes information booths, ranger programs and prizes for a "Treasure of Anastasia" scavenger hunt and sandcastle-sculpture contest. 461-2033. floridastateparks.org/anastasia
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DINING GUIDE KEY
AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE
(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, fresh gelatos. Dine inside or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT This contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL F Sports bar fare includes onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, daily. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery, juice bar. Extensive menu features vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$
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EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ TREY’S DELI & GRILL F Fresh food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Burgers, Trey’s Reuben, deli sandwiches, pork, steaks, seafood, pies. Prime rib specials every Fri. night. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 2044 Rogero Rd. 744-3690. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $
BISCOTTIS F Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GINJO SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT New at Shoppes of Avondale, Ginjo serves traditional Japanese fare and sushi. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2011 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than
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PLAE *Bite Club Certified! In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2011 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp, nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F The name pretty much says it all. Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK This casual seafood restaurant features wild caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2011 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$
Nippers Beach Grill serves innovative cuisine in a colorful, tropical island atmosphere on Beach Boulevard at the Intracoastal Waterway in Jax Beach. 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ ANCIENT CITY SUBS Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, now in Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows Rd.). 446-9988. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brick-oven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax
2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & D, Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd. 402-8084. $ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $
(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, wide varieties of barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. bonosbarbq.com $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$
CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX *Bite Club Certified! F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ CYCLONES TEX-MEX CANTINA F Freshly made Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, tamales and taco salad. Lunch combos include Mexican rice and beans. FB. L & D, daily. 1222 S. Third St. 694-0488. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The casual NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features halfpound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F The Best of Jax 2011 winner serves gastropub fare: soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Craft beers made onsite, too. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 1534 N. Third St. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Great food, from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar. Faves are pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. FB. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 208-5097. $ THE PIER CANTINA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The new oceanfront place offers a Mexican menu. Downstairs Sandbar bar & patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 412 N. First St. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks
made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ POE’S TAVERN F American gastropub offers 50+ beers, craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet hamburgers, For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili and daily fish sandwich special. LFAX & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL FPROMISE Best of Jax 2011 OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by bg winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax ’11 winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD *Bite Club Certified! F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$
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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILLFor The lunch spot serves wraps, questions, please call your advertising representative at including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. promise of benefit sUpport Ask for Action Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB A sports bar vibe: 16 big-screen HDTVs. Angus burgers, dogs, sandwiches, AYCE wings buffet. FB. Free downtown area lunch delivery. L & D, daily. 234 Randolph Blvd. 356-6750. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT New location. See Beaches. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax 2011 winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY The American cuisine restaurant offers a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station and a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood and steaks. Wed. night Pastabilities. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coastline Dr. 634-4540. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brickoven-baked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
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A WEEKLY Q&A WITH PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT BIZ Walter Coker
NAME: Konstantinos Roussopoulos RESTAURANT: Greek Isles Café, 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116, Southside BIRTHPLACE: Athens, Greece YEARS IN THE BIZ: 42 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Athena Restaurant, in St. Augustine FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Mine. FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic and olive oil. IDEAL MEAL: Greek-style flounder. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Worms. INSIDER’S SECRET: I won’t tell. CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Telly Savalas. GUILTY PLEASURE: Everything I cook!
seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$
BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA With four Jacksonville locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$
CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F 2011 Best of Jax winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. And you can get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION The new restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A. 821-9880. $ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh
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AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2011 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB.
L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd. 683-2542. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, the barbecue place offers made-fromscratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F Offering 100+ prepared items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, soup bar and dessert bar. Made-to-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$
ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18˝x26˝ of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemadestyle. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$
PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza
prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine of local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS See St. Johns Town Center. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$
RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE
AJ’S ON PARK STREET F AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery has classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, made from scratch, including petit fours, custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 389-7117. $ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS The new spot offers artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery has pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. Outdoor seating. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and
fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this new restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 2665 Park St. 955-1278. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $
A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE This new Irish bar and pub in historic downtown offers burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30 years, the family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2011 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable
prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, twostory house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax 2011 winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes – all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh – never frozen – Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Burger in St. Augustine and OP/Fleming Island. Burgers made with fresh ground beef and there’s a wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, Kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-the-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Nonfat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The popular recipes,
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A grocery store with an emphasis on healthy and organic fare, Grassroots Natural Market serves ready-made sandwiches, salads, smoothies and fresh juices on Park Street in Five Points. unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SUITE Best of Jax 2011 winner. St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offer chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$
ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F Best of Jax 2011 winner. A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, awardwinning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club
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Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates: hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad, daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s awardwinning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt, granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $
AROMAS BEER HOUSE Faves include ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $
EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual El Potro has fresh, made-to-order fare. Daily specials, buffet most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ GREEK ISLES CAFE Serving authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs. Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. mellowmushroom.com $ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi, soups. Popular rolls: Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The gastropub has Southern-style cuisine with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS *Bite Club Certified! The Greek
restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s noMSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN FLATS F Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Rd. 642-1488. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi, sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$
BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F Locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ SAVANNAH BISTRO Low Country Southern fare with Mediterranean and French inspired, offered in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Favorites include crab cakes, NY strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. 741-4404. $-$$$ SWEET PETE’S All-natural sweet shop offers a variety of candy and other treats made the old-fashioned way: all natural flavors, no artificial anything. Several kinds of honey, too. 1922 N. Pearl St. 376-7161. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Best of Jax winner. Lunch, bagels, desserts. Adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F Salads, sandwiches, pizza, fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$
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ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLACK HORSE WINERY 2-7 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 2-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sun. 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 DAMES POINT MARINA Every third Wed. 4518 Irving Rd., Northside, 751-3043 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m. every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517
THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Tastings daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TIM’S WINE MARKET 5 p.m. every Fri., noon every Sat. 278 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, 686-1741 128 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0060 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5-6:30 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 URBAN FLATS 5-8 p.m. every Wed. 9726 Touchton Rd., Tinseltown, 642-1488 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 6 p.m. every Thur. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-1100 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 1188 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, 389-9997 4085 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-9900
Fatty Fatty Intube-ivore
Laziness Made Us Fat & Laziness Will Make Us Slim: Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., is a leading prescriber of “K-E diet” that offers desperate people drastic shortterm weight loss by threading a feeding tube through the nose to the stomach and dripping a protein-fat solution, as clients’ only “meals,” for 10 straight days. “Within a few hours,” Dr. Di Pietro told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in April, “your hunger and appetite go away completely.” Fat is burned through “ketosis,” he said, and a loss of 10 to 20 pounds in 10 days is possible. Such short-term loss may be important, for example, for a woman prepping for her wedding day. One client said she doesn’t have “all of the time on the planet” just to exercise, “so I came to the doctor.”
Government in Action!
The late Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha was a Capitol Hill powerhouse, and among his legacies is the federally funded airport in his district that largely served him and local companies going to D.C. to lobby for government contracts. By contrast, the Pittsburgh airport is nearly 60 miles away. Murtha died in 2010, but the airport (which cost $150 million in earmarked funds to build, upgrade and maintain) still, according to an April Yahoo News item, handles only three flights a day, all from Washington. About $100 of every passenger’s ticket is subsidized by the federal government. Officials in Burnsville, Minn., have brought the full force of the law to bear upon Mitch Faber, who was arrested, forced to pay a high bail and released under electronic monitoring, only on condition of drug testing. Faber has been charged with the crime of not putting proper siding on his house. According to a March report on KSTP-TV, Faber said he started re-siding, but when the economy turned bad in 2008, he stopped, assuming the worst he’d suffer would be a fine.
The city of Chiang Rai, Thailand, has big plans for a massive Buddhist temple priests aim to make among the most beautiful structures in the world. They’ve entrusted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat to design it in all-white with glittering glass and arrangements of “rich symbolism derived from Buddhist and Hindu traditions.” If Kositpipat has his way, according to an April Huffington Post item, the temple will have images of Superman, Batman and (from the film “The Matrix”) Neo. Kositpipat said they all further Lord Buddha’s “message.”
In March, Jose Romero-Valenzuela, 34, in a rush to get to the Oregon City, Ore., courthouse for a hearing on drug charges, managed to pick up three speeding tickets on I-84, one right after the other within an hour. A sheriff ’s deputy and two separate state troopers charged him with speeds in excess of 92 mph. Another trooper, specifically monitoring Romero-Valenzuela after the third stop, reported that, finally, he obeyed the speed limit. William Todd got to Nashville, Tenn., on April 9 via Greyhound bus and faced a nine-hour layover. According to police, Todd committed at least 11 felonies during that time, one after another, with more charges
still possible. Among Todd’s alleged activities: shooting up a restaurant, setting it on fire, robbing four people at a bar, carjacking, breaking into a law office and defecating on a desk, trolling hotel rooms for theft opportunities, and stealing a taxi and robbing the driver. Said a police sergeant, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” He was at last nabbed at Opryland, where he’d hidden, submerging himself in water up to his nose. Suspicions Confirmed: In March, WTNHTV in New Haven, Conn., obtained an “internal” police memorandum referencing a challenge from state troopers in one barracks to “outperform” colleagues in another barracks in writing traffic tickets. The memo, from Lt. Anthony Schirillo, refers to the need “to issue at least 60 infractions/misdemeanors each shift.” “One day Troop F issued 301 tickets. Troop G responded by issuing 345 … We can do better. … I am asking everyone, myself included, contribute to this effort. … Note: If we happen to issue 350 tickets in one day that would be stellar.” The station spoke to Lt. Paul Vance of Connecticut state police, who denied quotas are given. Crime Does/Doesn’t Pay: Convicted embezzler Antoinette Galluzzo, who admitted stealing more than $50,000 from a city youth agency in Englewood, N.J., was ordered in April to pay “restitution,” but the amount Judge Eugene Austin settled on was $10 a month — and only during the period of probation (three years). On the other hand, in federal court in New York City in April, Kerry Haggard, 47, was sent to prison for six-and-a-half years on one count of selling fake movie lobby posters.
Least Competent Criminals
Didn’t Think It Through: Eric King, 21, was leaving a store in Eagan, Minn., in February when a police officer in the parking lot noticed his pronounced waddle. King was arrested when the cop found a shoplifted 19-inch television in his pants. In March, a 34-year-old Lithuanian-born man led police in Wiltshire, England, on a nighttime foot chase after he aroused suspicion. Thermal imaging equipment was used from a helicopter to spot the man in the dark. He was arrested “hiding” face-down in a manure pit. Though he fled at first, there was little evidence against him. He was released.
Creme de la Weird
“Weekend at Bernie’s” and More: Thomas Parkin inherited real estate from his elderly mother before she died, but quickly lost it in a risky business venture. To get the deed back, according to New York City prosecutors, he concocted a scheme to pretend Mom was still alive (it would actually be Thomas in a dress) and still owned the land (thus the current deedholder was a fraud). Lawyers arranged a meeting with “Mother” (in a darkened room because of Mom’s “recent cataract surgery”), at which she mostly remained silent. Parkin improbably stayed in character, according to a trial dispatch on the Daily Beast, and jurors apparently kept straight faces as Parkin testified recent “communications” between him and his mother were “mostly one-sided.” In May, Parkin was convicted on 11 counts; at press time, he awaits sentencing. Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net may 29-June 4, 2012 | folio weekly | 41
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Let’s waltz the rumba,” said jazz musician Fats Waller, suggesting a seemingly impossible mix of two types of dancing. That’s a clue to follow up on. In the week ahead, you’ll have an unusual aptitude for hybridization. You may do folk dancing and hip-hop moves simultaneously. It makes sense to cha-cha as you disco and vice versa. You have a knack for bringing the spirit of belly dance to the tango, and breakdance while you do the hokey-pokey. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Have you had a warm fuzzy feeling in your money chakra? I hope so. The cosmos recently authorized you to get a fresh flow of what we might call financial kundalini. Your insight into money matters should increase, with your ability to attract information and influences needed to refine your relationship with prosperity. It may even be that higher levels of economic luck operate near you. I’m not saying you’ll strike it rich, but you may strike it richer. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your core meditation this week is Oscar Wilde’s belief that disobedience is a primal virtue. Be ingeniously, pragmatically and cheerfully disobedient! Harness disobedience to generate outbreaks of creative transformation to improve your life. For inspiration, read this by Robert Anton Wilson: “Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and progress, everything on Earth that’s man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of someone’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant and the intransigent.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Some people tell me I’d invented the sounds they called soul,” said musician Ray Charles, “but I can’t take any credit. Soul is just the way black folk sing when they leave themselves alone.” Experiment with this. In my astrological opinion, you need to whip up a fresh, hot delivery of raw soul. One of the best ways to do so? Leave yourself alone; don’t badger yourself. Don’t pick scabs and second-guess enthusiasms and argue yourself into a knot. Create a nice big space for your original self to play.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Where’s the most 2012 convenient place to discover a new species?” asks The Second Book of General Ignorance. What do you think the answer is? The Amazon Rainforest? New Guinea’s high mountainous forests? Northwest Siberia? None of the above. In fact, the best place to find a previously unidentified life form is in your garden. There are hundreds of thousands of species science still has no knowledge of, and many of them are near you. A similar principle is true for your life in general. You’re most likely to connect with fascinating exotica, unknown influences and far-out adventures close to home.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Now and then, my readers try to bribe me. “I’ll give you $1,000,” a Virgo woman wrote in a recent email, “if you’ll write a sequence of horoscopes predicting I’ll get the dream job I’m aiming for, which will make me so attractive to the guy I’m pursuing, he’ll beg to worship me.” My first impulse was to reply, “That’s all you’ll pay for a prophecy of two events to supercharge your happiness and change your life?” But in the end, as always, I flatly turned her down. Truth is, I report on the music of the heavenly spheres, but I don’t write the music myself. Still, I sort of admire her feisty resolve to 42 | folio weekly | may 29-June 4, 2012
manipulate the fates. Borrow some of her ferocity in the week ahead. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and blocks much of its light from our eyes. On a personal level, a metaphorical equivalent is when something obstructs our ability to see what nourishes us. Like, you’re in the habit of enviously comparing your situation to that of a person you imagine is better off than you. This may blind you to some of your actual blessings, and diminish the ability to take full advantage of your talents. You’re in an especially good time to detect any way you might be under an eclipse’s spell — and take dramatic steps to get out. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some secrets dribble out. Other secrets spill forth. Still others may shoot out and explode like fireworks. You won’t be bored by this week’s revelations. Others’ camouflage may be exposed, hidden agendas revealed and not-quite-innocent deceits might be uncovered. That’s the weird news. The good news: If you maintain a high level of integrity and treat the brouhaha as entertainment, you may capitalize on the uproar. That’s your specialty, right? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you go to a psychotherapist, she may coax you to tell what went wrong in your childhood. Seek a chiropractor’s opinion and he may tell you most of your problems have to do with your spine. Consult a psychic and chances are she’ll say you messed up in your past lives and need a karmic cleansing. And if you ask me what you most need to know, I may slip in advice about accessing your untapped reserves of beauty and intelligence. The moral of the story: Be discerning as you ask for feedback and mirroring. The info you get will always be skewed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Kansas has a state law that’s more confusing than helpful: “When two trains approach each other at a crossing, both shall come to a full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone.” From what I can tell, a similar situation has popped up in your life. Two parties are in a stalemate, each waiting for the other to make the first move. At this rate, nothing will ever happen. Take the initiative. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Should you kneel and beg for love and recognition? No! Should you give yourself away without seeking much in return? Don’t do that, either. Should you try to please all in an effort to be popular? Definitely not. Should you dilute your truth so as not to cause a ruckus? Hope not. What do I suggest you do? Ask this question about every possibility: “Will this help me master myself, deepen my commitment to what I want most and gain more freedom?” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do you know why flamingos have that distinctive orange-pink color? It’s due to the carotene in the shrimp and other food they eat. If they alter their diet, their feathers turn dull grey. That’s a dramatic example of the adage, “You are what you eat.” Make it a prompt to contemplate all the stuff you take into your body’s holy temple. Not just sandwiches, candy bars and alcohol, but images, sounds, ideas, emotions and energy you get from others. Is the cumulative effect of all that giving you the shape, color and texture you want? If not, it’s a good time to adjust your intake. Rob Brezsny firstname.lastname@example.org
VWS, BIG TA-TAS, ZOMBIES For a while now I’ve seen you often on my drive to work between 8:30-9 a.m. I have a crush. You: Black Bug. Me: Silver Jetta. We apparently both love: red hair, VWs, our big ta-tas, zombies. What else do we have in common? Let’s find out. Coffee, wine, drink, ice cream: my treat? When: May 24. Where: South on University Blvd. #1348-0529 YOU TOOK MY BREATH AWAY Beautiful blond with short skirt, blue top and legs to the moon. I was waiting at the prescription counter when I saw you walk in. I think/hoped we made eye contact a few times. You were with a friend. I dreamed of you last night as I’ll dream of you tonight … I saw no ring so I’m taking a shot in the dark here. Maybe lunch, dinner, a dog and brew at the ball park. Where: Publix @ Roosevelt. #1347-0529 BRIDGE MY GAP Me: Purchasing my weekend wine at Vino Del Grato. You: Driving over bridge hot in red needing a coolie. We should figure the rest out together. You in? When: May 23. Where: Bridge of Lions. #1346-0529 BIG BLUE EYED GIRL You: Skinny brunette sitting at the bar drinking Angry Orchard. You were making funny faces and had the most adorable laugh I’ve ever seen. Me: I just want to let you know you’re beautiful. When: May 22. Where: The Norm. #1345-0529 DUNKIN DONUTS DELIGHT You: Tall, handsome, blue-eyed coffee god who knows how I take my coffee. Me: Dark curlyhaired girl who likes her coffee black, iced and hazelnut. I used to look forward to my daily visits to Dunkin Donuts in Atlantic Beach until you quit. Where can I see you now that you don’t work at my favorite coffee spot? When: Many. Where: DDAB. #1344-0529 FLATBED FORD GIRL We talked a bit, saw your awesome truck pictures and would like to sail away with you. Your Eye Guy! When: May 16. Where: The Corner Bistro. #1343-0529 HOT FOR 4TH GRADE TEACHER You: Beautiful brunette wearing a green T-shirt in line behind me at the Post Office, needing of a pen. I could tell and offered mine. Me: 5’9” wearing a gray Volcom T-shirt. We had some friendly chitchat and you left before me. I’d be interested in after-school activities. When: May 7. Where: Post Office on Blanding. #1342-0522 SEXY COP I saw you and can’t stop thinking about you. Hottest cop I’ve seen. Got into car #1487. Couldn’t get the full name but it was A.K. something. You can pull me over anytime. Hot redhead in blue Altima. You said hi. I saw stars :) When: May 14. Where: Gate gas station Southside Blvd. #1342-0522 PRETTY SMILE AT PUBLIX While ordering my sub at Publix on Beach Blvd. and Kernan around 11:15, I hear some faint footstep behind me. I turn my head only to see the most beautiful smile ever so I smile back. She wore nothing but black and her work nametag while her mom ordered a sub, too. I’ll never forget that smile and hope to see it again in the near future. When: May 15. Where: Publix on Beach and Kernan. #1341-0522 PRETTY LADY AT SHOOTING I saw you at the corner wearing white pants. You were smoking a cig and dropped to the sidewalk as the bullets rained down at Park Place. Amidst all the gunfire, I saw your pretty eyes twinkle as you ran for your life. You had me at “Bang!” Let me be your bulletproof vest? When: May 4. Where: Corner of Park Place. #1340-0522 FINE LADY IN BLACK DRESS I saw you at around 8 a.m. After you entered the building, you graciously turned around and held the door open for me. Hoping I can open the door for you one day soon, my dear. When: May 8. Where: Southpoint Office Building, JTB. #1339-0522 HOTTIE WITH QUEEN SHIRT @ THE LANDING Your friends noticed my sister and I were twins, and I noticed how sexy you were! You had on a Queen shirt and said something to me when I walked by you, inside The Landing, during Art Walk. I really wish I would’ve talked to you because you’re the finest piece of dark meat I’ve ever seen! Holla Back! When: May 2. Where: The Landing, during Art Walk. #1338-0515 BEARS FAN … YUCK Opening of the beaches parade. Me: Flip-up green sunglasses chilling in the kiddie pool. You: Comcast employee who promised me the MLB network. Let’s meet
at the tiki bar so that we can arrange a method of payment. When: April 29. Where: Cody’s Tiki Bar. #1337-0515 BLONDE PHARMACIST BEACHES You: Tall, blonde hair and gorgeous smile. Me: Dark hair, Pharmaceutical Rep. I come by every week and buy a Diet Coke just to see your smile. You use to have a ring on your left hand – now you don’t. Are you single? Would love to get to know you outside of work! When: March. Where: Baptist Pharmacy Beaches. #1336-0508 CAN I HAVE SOME COFFEE? You in a Boston Red Sox tee. Me in a light white tee. I was drinking coffee, you walked by and asked, “How U like that cup of joe?” I responded, “It’s an amazing cup of coffee.” You repeated the word coffee in your sexy accent. You admired my star tattoos “baby come be the moon to my stars.” When: April 30. Where: Applebee’s. #1335-0508 MOHAWK MAN WITH TODDLER Covered in tats, snakebites, holding your precious angel, her name tatted on your skull. When u left you mouthed the words: you are so beautiful: to me ... why didn’t u come back to ask for my number? When: April 30. Where: KFC/Taco Bell. #1334-0508 SULTRY REDHEAD FOLIO WEEKLY BEERFEST You, amazingly sexy redhead. Blue and white striped dress. Looked like you were ready to jump on a table and start dancing but there was some guy with you. Me, couldn’t get away from my friends to talk to you... and maybe a little shy. Let’s have a beer. When: April 27. Where: Folio Weekly BeerFest. #1333-0508 DOES LIFE/BRUSSELS GRIFFON I saw your picture, winked at you with no response. I think that we have a lot in common and would love to meet you. Be adventurous! Let’s get a coffee sometime:) When: April 23. Where: Saw a Picture of. #1332-0508 CHOCOLATE CHEVY/CHOCOLATE LAB We locked eyes as we sat in traffic at the exit of 95/JTB on Wed. afternoon. I waved goodbye as I exited onto Southside Blvd. Chocolate Chevy, chocolate lab in the passenger seat, your white chocolate may be right here... When: April 24. Where: I-95/JTB Exit Ramp. #1331-0508 EMT AT BAPTIST PEDIATRIC ER You: Female EMT at Baptist Pediatric Emergency. Tall, thin with brown hair. You were working with some of the nurses. I was across the room wearing a black fleece shirt and tan cords. We caught each other’s eyes a few times. Let’s have coffee. When: April 26. Where: Baptist Pediatrics Emergency Room. #1330-0508 FAMOUS AMOS ON NORMANDY Pretty waitress whose name rhymes with a president caught me reading I Saw U. You recommended strawberry pie. You said you love food but your figure says otherwise. Not a hookup attempt here (you’d be
bored to tears and you’re too respectable anyway) but thought you might be tickled pink to see yourself here since you read this too. :) When: April 26. Where: Famous Amos on Normandy. #1329-0508 PIERCING STUD You got my attention with your eyes; your smile and personality are added bonuses. But I fell for you with just one poke. And keep coming back for more. Glad I was your first! When: April 19. Where: Old School Electric Tattoo. #1328-0508 WHISKEY BLONDE LOOKING FOR PUSS I saw you in the neighborhood, all distraught and panicked looking for your lost kitty, Puss. I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time. Got your Wing House centerfold on my wall from back in the day. Let’s get together and pet your kitty. When: April 16. Where: Aqua Vista Court. #1327-0508 TICKET HOLDER TO THE BOUNCE HOUSE You were selling tickets to the bounce houses at the blues festival, on my third visit to you, you told me that I was really making your day. I was too shy to reply with anything more than a smile and a thank you but would love to make a longer lasting second impression :) When: April 15. Where: Blues Festival. #1326-0508 PORTIONS FOR FOXES To the hot sound guy at CrackHabits with strong hands and a penchant for Jameson: the thought of you makes my heart go all aflutter. I want to write bad checks with you, in the wee hours of every morning. Please forgive my lunacy, but “unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously”. Your LBP1 is waiting for you in the land of wombats. When: Not often enough. Where: The Spacebed. #1325-0501 RIVERSIDE PARK VW MOMMY I Saw U at Riverside Park with your daughter, my heart wouldn’t stop racing, u were so sexy with your long dark hair and pretty smile. Our 2 little monkeys played together on the bridge. U had on white pants and black sunglasses, we started talking and I didn’t want to stop, but u had to leave early for a pizza party. I wanted to at least get your name and number so we can talk. You left and I couldn’t stop thinking of u. Hope this works and I see you next Tuesday! When: April 24. Where: Riverside Park. #1324-0501 KNIGHT ON A SHINING HARLEY When I see you, my knees weaken and my breath quickens; still after all this time. I hope one day you will reach out and ask me to hang with you. TSS. When: April 20. Where: Jax Beach. #1323-0501 LONG HAIR WITH SPARKLES AROUND YOUR NECK You: Curvy, cute, adorable laugh, long brown hair. Me: Tall, skinny and wearing Express. We talked about our favorite store and how your necklace fell in the perfect place. I have seen you since but I am too shy to say “Hi”. Let me take you out and you won’t regret it. When: March 30. Where: TSI. #1322-0501
THAT ATTORNEY IS HOT HOT HOT I see you walking in front of The Loop almost every day, and secretly wish you would loop right into my arms. I hope you aren’t too tired at your law office, since you are constantly running through my mind. Me: shy woman watching you. You: tall, dark and handsome; always in a fresh suit and dark luscious hair perfectly placed atop your perfect head in a cut that looks like it’s worth a million bucks! Find me so you can represent me in the court of love. When: April 20. Where: The Loop, San Marco. #1321-0501 RUNNING IN THE RAIN You ran in from the rain to get a fatfree, sugar-free vanilla latte. Our eyes met and I fell out of my chair. You giggled and ran away, too fast for me to catch. You left an impression Like Nothing Ever Before. When: Feb. 14. Where: Starbucks at the Beach. #1320-0424 HERE’S HOPING New Hire, red hair, a would-be Goddess amongst mortals. Easier done than said. Hoping you’re getting your legs in the “bidness” and out walking around so we can meet. I’ll keep my head in the clouds with hopes of seeing you. When: April 10. Where: San Jose Blvd. #1319-0424 GATE STATION ON STOCKTON You: Grey pants, black top, blue car, walked by me twice, I stared both times. Me: Polo shirt and slacks, wishing I knew what to talk about at a gas station. Or maybe you tongue-tied me, but let’s grab a drink and find out. When: April 13. Where: Gate Station on Stockton, Riverside, lunchtime. #1318-0424 YOU MOVED :) Over 100 were there. You were one of 6 or 7 that moved on the main floor. Thanks :) When: April 14. Where: Ben Folds Concert. #1317-0424 BEER WENCH WITH PIGTAIL BRAIDS You, in all black with rainbow eyes, your beer knowledge moved me. You liked my pigbuns and my tights. I laughed at all the sarcastic jokes you made and no one else seemed to get. Let’s get together and make fun of people over a couple pints? When: April 13. Where: Kickbacks Gastropub. #1316-0424 DRUNKEN KIDNAPPER/WEIRD START I wasn’t with your work party. you accosted me at the bar and asked me if I wanted to motorboat you; I obliged. You kidnapped me and really scared me with your driving skills and church parking lot antics. I wish I had met you years ago. Please abduct me again. Me: beer beard. You: owl weed. When: A Monday 2 months ago. Where: Your work party at the bar. #1314-0417 DEEP V TOOK MY BREATH AWAY You: Smoking a cigarette in front of SunDog when I was captivated by the plunging neckline of your tee. Me: Couldn’t compose myself to come say hello. Dying for another chance to introduce myself. Your T-shirt read “I am not a whore.” I’m hoping that’s not true ;) When: April 9. Where: Atlantic Beach. #1313-0417
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Pride goeth before a truly strong community can emerge
hat makes a strong community?” It’s a question I asked each of 11 key people within a large urban area in the Southeastern United States. As they took a moment to prepare their answers, some longer than others, I thought of the research I had done on each person and the answer I expected to receive from them. In a well-developed documentary, the research on the front end will save a lot of time (and sometimes embarrassment) on the back end when you are actually sitting across the camera from your interviewee. I expected quite a bit of self-acclamation from each interviewee. After all, if you’ve ever held a camera in a crowd, have you noticed how many people will walk by just to throw up some fingers or wave or in some way try to steal the show? I expected each interviewee to state the merits of his or her office, and perhaps to even discredit other parties in the community as not reflecting the core values that he or she did in their role as so-and-so. What I did not expect was humility. To my surprise, every one of the 11 interviewees deferred credit for what makes a strong community to another leader in the community. For instance, the mayor deferred to the Chamber of Commerce for bringing in businesses that provided jobs and supported a strong tax-base for growth. The Chamber of Commerce credited the public school system for providing the quality education that attracted businesses not only to educate the families of their employees, but also the future employees themselves. The school superintendent praised the leaders of the diverse, smaller communities for promoting the importance of education. And so forth. If I could put down on paper what these responses looked like, with very little exception, every community leader would have a line drawn to another one, and no two would be the same. To find the ONE characteristic of a successful community, according to these leaders, I would have to chase my tail back and forth endlessly among them. And this was not scripted. None of the other interviewees knew who else had been contacted for our documentary. This was simply how business was done in a community that valued shared success over individual praise. The nature of the documentary is to look at a city that had experienced explosive growth over the last half-century but which had, through various efforts, managed the growth and avoided many of the negative effects of uncontrollable growth. But this was a proactive, rather than reactive municipality. This was a city that looked to the year 2050 instead of the year 2012. This was a collection of individuals with a common interest connected together in a way to ensure mutual success. This was,
collectively defined, a community. And the insight I have gained in the process has been one in which I am very tempted to move to raise my family there, if I cannot somehow become involved in the change that is needed to improve my own community here in Jacksonville. I am certainly not as active in Jacksonville as I should be. In fact, for one person to be as involved as necessary in order to “fix” a city like Jacksonville, one would never have enough time or resources. So I will not assess particular blame to the functioning of our community. Some of these things may be happening, to some degree, within our city and I am just not aware of it. I
I don’t want to leave my hometown. I do not want to accept that the problems facing Jacksonville are unique and can’t be resolved through a little creativity and cooperation. would like to highlight several observations I made concerning what seems to work in a city even more culturally diverse than our own. 1. Leaders accept responsibility for shortcomings, and pass along the praise. For instance, a follow-up question I always asked was, “So if things seem to be so great, what are some issues you see facing [the city] and what role do you as [job title] have in ensuring that this doesn’t become a bigger issue?” Each leader provided such a thorough report card of himself or herself that I almost felt bad for asking the question. I knew that what they were doing was working. Everyone in the community was talking about their greatness, except for them. They were aware of and talking about their need for improvement, and they sought it honestly (and even admitted on camera). 2. Leaders meet on a regular basis, in small groups or large, and are almost always cross-referenced as members of each other’s decision-making boards. For instance, this particular community had several colleges and universities and technical schools in which the presidents of each would
meet on no less than a monthly basis with the superintendent to discuss how the school system could better prepare its students for the college courses. Further, these college and university presidents would meet at least monthly with the Chamber of Commerce and other significant businesses in the area to determine what needs the businesses foresaw in a workforce, to be able to adjust and tweak their programs to keep a steady flow of workers into the workforce. Connecting the dots, essentially a kindergarten student in the public school system was already being groomed for the ability to attend post-secondary education and/ or directly enter the workforce and remain in the community as a productive citizen. As a former educator, that one knocked my socks off ! 3. Leaders see their city in the year 2050, not in the year 2012, and make decisions that reflect forward-thinking, not responsive damage control. For instance, leaders knew the demographics of their city down to which neighborhoods were more heavily inclined to particular socioeconomic and cultural influences. But instead of accepting that certain parts of the city would remain socially and geographically isolated, leaders within each community formed their own “Chambers” of sorts to promote cross-cultural diversity and exchange of best practices. In essence, the leaders knew that America was going to be even more culturally diverse in the year 2050 and they weren’t going to allow their community to struggle to meet the changing diversity, but rather to lead the way to effectively managing change. 4. Leaders didn’t want the citizens to leave, but remain and grow with the community. Instead of watching parts of the community degenerate and have its citizens cross county or state borders, business leaders formed “Community Improvement Districts” (CID) in regional areas in which they self-imposed higher taxes to provide for the specific needs of that particular region. Whether it was repairing roads and providing better lighting, increasing security or restoring storefronts, the CID operated within the larger community in a way to provide incentive and value to its residents to stay. Further, an emphasis was placed on the
community’s parks and recreational services to ensure people were not just moving into a house and going to work. There was great pride in the way each community leader spoke of the city as being a place where people come to “live, work and play.” 5. Leaders are committed to his or her community according to Biblical principles that are most often associated with love (such as patience, unselfishness, not being easily provoked, not acting unbecomingly, not boasting, etc.) because leaders truly love their communities. For instance, many Chamber of Commerce members had been raised in the community and rather than seek cheaper labor, distribution, and so forth for their businesses, they looked at the entire range of what was working well within the community and chose to stay. And because members communicated voluntarily on such a frequent basis (as with the chain of educational leaders) miscommunication was limited, humility was second nature and decisions were made jointly in the best interest of the community. I realize it sounds like I’m idealizing a community in which there were faults, such as a struggle to meet many of the same issues every community faces in tough times (urban sprawl, high foreclosures, traffic congestion, budget cuts). In reality, I was fortunate enough to see a community in which the faults were not emphasized as much as the successes, where the challenges were met as cooperative teams, and where anyone would have a sense of feeling at home. And, were it not for the fact that there is no ocean backed up next to the city, I could very easily find myself leaving Jacksonville. But I don’t want to leave my hometown. I do not want to accept that the problems facing Jacksonville are unique and can’t be resolved through a little creativity, cooperation and sense of what’s in the best interest of the community. So while every community leader gave me a different answer, I realized that perhaps the most important characteristic of a strong community is simply humility. Christopher Harvey
Harvey is a former teacher of the year and retired educator who now makes documentary films.
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