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Photographer Mary Atwood zooms in on local landmarks and the stories that develop. p. 37 Post-storm tree mutilation by JEA infuriates Atlantic Beach residents and prompts the city to halt the project. p. 10
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9 NEWS Against Me! performs its first postbombshell headlining club gig in the heart of Middle America. p. 7 Tree mutilation by JEA infuriates Atlantic Beach residents and prompts the city to halt the project. p. 10 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz gets a lawsuit threat from Jacksonville’s own Angela Corey. Plus local bread-bakers get kicked out of their kitchen. p. 8 SPORTSTALK Blackmon Blackout: Another Jag WR can’t hold his liquor. p. 12 ON THE COVER Loved by aristocrats and immortalized in literature, Denham Fouts remains virtually unknown in his own hometown. p. 14 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 21 MOVIES Charlize Theron and deft direction give life to the classic fairytale in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” p. 22 The latest installment of the animated “Madagascar” series is visually rewarding family fare. p. 25
MUSIC Solo folkie Ben Prestage offers a truly singular musical experience. p. 26 After two decades, Bouncing Souls have still got the jump on the pop-punk scene. p. 27 Bubblegum pop maestro Tommy Roe serves up a confectioner’s blend of rock and roll. p. 28 ARTS Grown-up Comedian Tom Green still delivers wisecracks up close and personal. p. 35 Photographer Mary Atwood zooms in on local landmarks and the stories that develop. p. 37 BACKPAGE Islamic Center’s board member addresses controversy after Imam’s departure. p. 50 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 11 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 29 ARTS LISTING p. 36 HAPPENINGS p. 38 DINING GUIDE p. 40 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 45 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 466 I SAW U p. 47 CLASSIFIEDS p. 48
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A tribute to a life well lived, and not nearly long enough
nne Johnson is dead, and as a longtime newswoman, she’d be the first to tell me not to bury the lede. Death is hardly the most important thing about Anne, of course — a woman of estimable talents, boundless generosities and a desire to pull the ripcord on life’s myriad adventures. But death has been the focus of Anne’s narrative for the past year and a half, ever since she was diagnosed with ALS. For those not familiar with that three-letter illness, it’s shorthand for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — a disease so grim that its almost unpronounceable moniker is somehow fitting. Nobody wants to speak those words, or have anyone they love ever hear them. Sometimes called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” for the baseball Hall of Famer who died of it at age 36, ALS is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease that gradually destroys muscle function.
links to cyanobacteria, a neurotoxin better known as blue-green algae. Others think the trigger may be a variety of environmental agents, including pathogens and pesticides. But solutions or cures remain frustratingly out of reach. ALS afflicts about two in every 100,000 people, or about 30,000 Americans at a time. With no known treatment for the paralysis, 50 percent of ALS patients die within three years. Anne, for all her fight, made it less than two. She never welcomed death into her home. She kept its shadow at bay with her own strong will, and the devoted help of her family and friends. But her fundamental pragmatism was her greatest defense against the horrors of ALS. “Despite my regrets at not having a shot at a longer life, I am curiously OK with the diagnosis,” she wrote in her first ALS piece for Folio Weekly, soon after her diagnosis, “I turned 63 last week and realized I have led a
Anne did not submit; not to the diagnosis, or depression or the platitudes that some use to ward off unpleasant truths. Instead, she worked and laughed and traveled. She fought for every breath that the disease tried to steal. full and satisfying life; I have pretty much done all the important things I set out to do. I mean, we all have to die of something, and knowing of what and about when is somewhat comforting; it kind of takes the fear and mystery out of the downhill portion of life. It allows you to quit putting off all those things you planned to do ‘someday’ …. It allows you the luxury of taking slow walks through the park, knowing next year you may not be able to walk at all, to leave behind recordings of your voice, in case you can no longer speak; to buy and sign birthday cards for your family for the next 10 years and leave them in a lovely box.” Anne Schindler email@example.com
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It often begins, as it did with Anne, with a strange seizing of muscles and a tendency to drop things. It advances with awful speed to the loss of basic functions: speaking, walking, swallowing, breathing. As Anne brusquely noted in her November 2011 cover story for Folio Weekly, “The Bitter End,” “There is no mystery about death with ALS. It is slow starvation, suffocation and suffering.” Anne worked at Folio Weekly two decades ago, as well as at The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Business Journal, and her name is familiar in local journalism circles. But her memory, to be celebrated by friends and family on June 16, will always be shaped by her courageous — even insurrectionist — battle against ALS. For she did not submit; not to the diagnosis, or depression or the platitudes that some use to ward off unpleasant truths. Instead, she worked and laughed and traveled. She fought for every breath that the disease tried to steal. Even at the end, in hospice care at home, when doctors doled out morphine in stingy three-day supplies, she cracked jokes about their lack of faith in her staying power. Tapping out words with her one good hand on the keyboard that allowed her to communicate, she wrote, “Give me some credit.” The small, precious window of existence that each of us gets closed for Anne Johnson last Monday, June 11. But, true to form, she plans to defy end-of-life prescriptions. She bequeathed her body to science, determined to hurl her small frame and formidable DNA into the effort to understand, and hopefully cure, ALS. Like a lot of neurological diseases — and those that share some of its symptoms, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s — its cause remains a mystery. Some research has shown
Read Anne Johnson’s Folio Weekly Backpage Editorial about her ALS diagnosis, “Life Sentences,” at http://bit.ly/tjSj7s. Read her Cover Story, “The Bitter End,” at http://bit.ly/rQ130E. Donate to ALS research in Anne’s memory at http://bit.ly/MQRCPH.
Brick by Brick
Ah, just as the sweet smell of my last bouquet had faded ... wham! I got a brickbat (Brickbats and Bouquets, May 22). I did want to clarify, regarding the bill I introduced reappropriating funding for an aquatics center to a road project and a rail study. That funding originally came from the JIACRA, before I was in office. That funding transfer was a deal struck between my predecessor and Mayor John Peyton. I actually met with the CRA board last month and they declined to vote on the bill because it isn’t CRA funding. I will also point out, the pool location would be outside the JIACRA. The road location is inside the CRA. My intent is to use the funding on projects that will benefit the CRA. That road project is listed as the JIACRA No. 1 priority project.
English.’ ” He asked about the outcome (Mail, May 29). Here’s what happened: First, the “developer” is (was) South Philly legend Joey Vento, an Italian immigrant. In 2006, the Philadelphia Human Rights Commission charged Vento with violating the city’s Public Accommodations ordinance. In 2008, the commission finally decided in favor of Vento 2-1 and determined that he never violated the ordinance. In the interim, Vento spent $100,000 defending himself and his company against a frivolous and vexatious charge. Apparently, the stress from the ordeal was overwhelming and in 2010, Vento died of a heart attack at age 71. (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer) Lesson learned — diversity can be fatal! Paul Bunting Jacksonville via email
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Everything in Folio Weekly’s May 29 article, “Get Up, Stand Up” was beautiful and the truth, but I was insulted by Lydale Richardson’s statement in the last paragraph, where he says he is going to do what white folks do and
Rastas do not advocate racism or separation or discrimination. What we advocate is truth and righteousness and justice. [financially] “screw you in the ass.” That is not what a Rastaman or Rastawoman would say or do, and it doesn’t reflect the Rasta tradition. We would never, never, never make that type of remark to anyone. It was just the wrong thing to say, especially when we had a white jury and white lawyers. I would like to apologize to the jurors and to attorneys Mr. Sheppard and Mr. DeMaggio, because his statements do not reflect what a Rastaman or Rastawoman would say or even contemplate. Rastas do not advocate racism or separation or discrimination. What we advocate is truth and righteousness and justice. And that is what won this case — truth and righteousness and justice. “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.” We don’t want to hurt anyone. Although you treat me wrong, it doesn’t mean we want to go back and hurt you. We don’t want anybody to feel pain or suffering. What we want them to feel is love. The way I view what Lydale Richardson said is that it is contributing to racial disharmony. What Rastamen or Rastawomen are about is one love and justice, for all nationalities. Ras Leroy Mobley Jacksonville
Steak and Ail
Re: The letter from Roderick T. Beaman in which he refers to “... one of the developers of the famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwich when he posted a sign ‘Please order in
Distilling the Truth
Orwellian doublespeak is alive and flourishing. As a longtime resident of the downtown area discussed in the May 29 News article, “Smells Like Craft Spirits,” that title raised my ire — and should raise the ire of other residents. The article might have been better titled “Smells Like Drug Dealers.” Phil McDaniel and Dave Pickerell, speaking in down-home folksy and flowery euphemisms about “Craft Spirits,” “Craft Distillery,” “distilling classes,” “artisan spirits,” “Master Distiller,” and so forth, paint a phony-baloney warm-and-fuzzy image of an educational and tourism “green” enterprise. According to them, the St. Augustine Distillery Co. will be a boon to local agriculture and socially beneficial to the city. Nothing could be further from the truth! Let’s drop the doublespeak and get real! The reality is that it will be, if allowed, just another state-sanctioned parasitic alcohol and tobacco cartel operation for creating “designer” drugs of enslaving addiction and subsequent human destruction. The deceptive sales cloaking is very similar to that of the pretentious and outrageously inconsiderate and noisy San Sebastian Winery, operated by Gary, Carole and Charles Cox, where the marks are conned into believing that they are highly sophisticated connoisseurs of grape horticulture. The underlying reality is that it is addiction, death and pain, wrapped in phony-baloney. Alcohol and tobacco products combined (they are psychologically related addictions) kill over 500,000 Americans yearly and leave their loved ones, and countless millions more, grieving and in emotional pain. The U.S. alcohol and tobacco cartel, through its ATF gangster muscle, is also involved in the scam “War on Drugs,” which is in reality a war on competition in the general
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The reality is that it will be, if allowed, just another state-sanctioned parasitic alcohol and tobacco cartel operation for creating “designer” drugs of enslaving addiction and subsequent human destruction. ©
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and all other concerned citizens, have a great 2012 opportunity here to nip this parasitic and destructive evil in the bud. Raise Cain with the city and put pressure on FPL to not allow parking for drug dealers. Write it on your electric bill. “No drug dealer parking on Riberia Street in St. Augustine.”
Warren Celli St. Augustine via email
Congratulations on the artwork of Judge Merrett; it looked just like him, judicious and wise (Cover Story, “Judicial Review,” May 15). It clashes so with the hateful article you wrote about a good man. He is a man of the people, notwithstanding your shallow view of “the humanity that moves through his courtroom.” Shame on you! He is an officer of the law, has the responsibility to stop altercations in his courtroom, or for that matter, anywhere, should it occur. Shame on you! He is the recipient of the mercy of our Lord and you mistake mercy for your flawed sense of justice. Shame on you! He is a free-born citizen of the United States of America and he has the good sense to criticize a Pakistan-born defendant preying on our youths. Shame on you! Shame on you! I close with the admiration to Suzanne Bass, accountability applies to her life also. I do not know her, but I shall learn if she measures up. Charles B. Adams Jacksonville via email
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Against Me! now performs with Laura Grace (second from left) behind the mic.
Somewhere in the Middle
Against Me! performs its first post-bombshell headlining gig in the heart of Middle America
f there is to be a change in how Against Me! is received by its diehard fans, then there is probably no better early proving ground than Omaha, Neb. The band has collected a rabid cult of followers in a Midwestern city where the cultural pulse is more about bookish indie rock than cathartic punk-pop, and where the surrounding suburbs are packed with megachurches and hordes of values voters. The band’s Thursday night show at the Slowdown in Omaha was the first headlining club gig since Against Me! singer and St. Augustine resdient, formerly known as Tom Gabel, revealed in Rolling Stone a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria. Having taken the name Laura Jane Grace, she has begun transitioning to life as a woman and is now undergoing hormone therapy. Earlier in the week, the band began a run of dates supporting the Cult during a series of bigger summer shows. But the Against Me! show in Omaha was the band’s first headlining foray back into smaller clubs. The band was met by 400 or so fans — a number roughly equal to the attendance at their previous headlining gig here — on a night when it seemed gender didn’t matter as much as the fact that the Against Me! on stage that night was the same Against Me! that’s stormed the Slowdown stage several times in the last few years. To that end, all of the usual trappings of an Against Me! show were present. As the band ripped through a tight set of two dozen songs, a mostly male throng of fans thrashed, moshed, crowd-surfed, stage-rushed and then, with the helping hands of the band’s road crew, dived from the stage back into the crowd again. Once again, the band seems to have elevated into a sleeker, harder-hitting group of punk-pop warriors, giving both basement-bred venom and anthemic lift to a cross-section of songs from 2010’s “White Crosses” release (a CD full of references to St. Augustine, where Grace lives with his wife and daughter) to fan-favorites tracing back to when Against Me! was little more than Tom Gabel and a guitar. But it was supposed to be a night when everything these fans knew about the band was in flux. Mike Farhart, a 45-year-old Omaha music fan who has seen Against Me! three other times in town, bought his ticket before the news of Grace’s transition became public. The news
didn’t shake his thoughts about the band or attending the show. “I don’t see it as a problem,” he says. “I always thought that we don’t have a decision about who we are when we are born.” Farhart says Grace’s punk mindset and her rebellious lyrical history should be enough to keep the fans. If the music still has the same types of messages, then the gender of Grace is ultimately irrelevant. “It’s still a punk show,” Farhart says. “[Grace] will always have the mentality of a punk rocker.” Toni Smalley and her friend, Tony Galbraith, both 21 and seeing the band for the third time, were similarly unswayed from their fandom. Galbraith says he isn’t concerned about Grace’s stage appearance or what other changes may occur as she undergoes all the work to transition to female. Grace’s attire just doesn’t come up when Galbraith is in the pit at the show. “She’s dressing as her,” he says. Farhart notes that Grace’s voice may change from the gritty baritone/low tenor range that the band’s fans know, especially if Grace undergoes tracheal shaving. That’s the only real change he thinks will happen to the music because of the transition. But Grace’s news isn’t even Galbraith’s main concern. Instead, he’s worried that the venue’s staff may not let him enjoy the Against Me! set to his maximum capacity. “I can’t get rowdy and crowd-surf,” he laments prior to the show, only to be passed on top of the crowd to the stage nearly a dozen times during the performance. “It’ll still be Against Me!, but in a different form,” Smalley says. Galbraith says Grace’s own struggles speak to the struggles of a lot of kids who are into the band’s music. “Kids with broken homes and broken souls go to punk rock shows,” he says. Tom Gabel last played in Omaha back in April, on the Slowdown’s smaller “front room” stage, as part of Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour. He took the stage this night with the same shoulderlength hair he had back then. The only difference in her appearance this time was a slightly tattered black tank top that dropped below the hips and two semicircles of eyeshadow around her eyes. It was a fitting appearance, showing that a male-to-female transition isn’t tied to some clichéd drag-show-and-Donna-Summer gay nightclub narrative. Transgendered friends of
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Hail Mary Rep. Aaron Bean is in a tough race for State Senate against Mike Weinstein, with the two prominent Republicans battling for money and high profile endorsements. Recently, Bean decided to appeal to a higher power. On Sunday, June 3, he joined the altar call at First Baptist Church, the downtown megachurch that’s the heart and (saved!) soul of conservative Northeast Florida. Can’t guarantee it’s a path to heaven, but it’s a helluva good way to score political points. Walter Coker
Getting Drilled It wasn’t just us regular Joes who knew nothing about a regional meeting held on April 16 by the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss offshore oil exploration and drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. According to an email from St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick, county officials weren’t told squat, either. “Interestingly, we were never contacted by the Federal Government,” Wanchick wrote St. Johns County environmental activist Pat Hamilton. “Thanks for your assistance, we’re now following the process closely.” Read the county’s formal response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management at http://bit.ly/KsipYR.
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Grain of Untruth “They told me it is safe as sand.” — Middleburg property owner Steve Johnson, speaking to First Coast News reporter Ken Amaro last week (http://fcnews.tv/L8tMsC). It’s the same thing he told Folio Weekly in our March 20 cover story, “Road Trip” (http://bit.ly/L8tnqb). Johnson (pictured) spread 16 tons of coal ash-based gravel on his 30-acre property bordering Black Creek because JEA reps told him the product was safe. After finding high levels of arsenic and other toxins on his property, Johnson wants JEA to remove the product it markets as EZBase.
have chosen, I would have been born a woman/ My mother once told me she would have named me Laura,” the crowd cheered its approval, while Grace gripped the microphone and slightly swiveled at the hips. “I just want to say thank you so much for coming out and supporting us right now,” she said at the song’s conclusion. “I appreciate that so f*cking much. Thank you.” After the closing salvo of “Sink Florida Sink” and “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong,” the encore break was surprisingly quiet. A few minutes later, the night’s pinnacle moment occurred. “What we’re about to do is pretty predictable if you’re a fan of this band,” Grace said as the band retook the stage for the first of the set’s final four songs. “First of all, I’m a transsexual,” she said. “Second of all, I’m a huge Replacements fan.” Then the band launched into “Androgynous,” off the Replacements’ 1984 album “Let It Be.” The mid-tempo rock band version owed a bit to Joan Jett’s 2006 cover, as well. Its inclusion was a fitting way to show that Grace sees light and happiness on her journey now. Chris Aponick email@example.com
Aponick is a music editor at the Omaha, Neb. altweekly The Reader. He covered this concert for Folio Weekly.
“It broke my heart. I cried several times. Sobbing tears. It was a nice thing, a good thing, a positive thing. As far as I’m concerned, Satan was using someone because [he or she] couldn’t be happy for someone doing a positive thing for our world.” — Murray Hill Baptist Church cook Lydia Manns, relating how upset she was to have to tell the two young women using the church’s kitchen for their subscription bread-baking business they could no longer use it. Manns said that after Folio Weekly’s story on the Community Loaves bike-delivery bread biz appeared on May 29 (see “On the Rise” at http:// bit.ly/L8rg5F), someone complained to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The agency told Manns the women could use the church kitchen only if Murray Hill Baptist Church accepted liability for the business. Manns said the church couldn’t do that. But don’t worry, carb lovers, Community Loaves co-founder Sarah Bogdanovitch says they’ve moved their bread-baking enterprise to the kitchen at Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points.
mine have also shown that you can be beautiful in a shirt, skinny jeans and a little bit of makeup. It’s something my boyfriend and I both think shows you can embrace all of you when you also embrace your true gender. There was an easiness to Grace’s delivery, as she cut into familiar songs with a familiar band surrounding her on stage. The band kicked off with two new songs, “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.” “Trans Soul Rebel” starts with bassist Andrew Seward’s woowhoos, before Grace hits the anthemic chorus — “Who’s gonna take you home tonight? Who’s gonna take you home?” It’s a song that splits the difference between Against Me!’s Sire Records albums and the music of fellow Floridian Tom Petty. Meanwhile, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” cranks as a more traditional punk-rock pummeler, but still carried by a swaggering pop swing. By the end of those opening songs, the crowd was already moshing. By the end of the night, Grace was smiling big, even as overzealous fans took the microphone after surfing their way on stage. Another new song, “Dead Friend,” was dedicated by Grace to “all of our collective dead friends,” she told the crowd. The song itself is a slightly more uplifting vibe than the classic deadpunk-kids anthem, “People Who Died” by the Jim Carroll Band. As “The Ocean” built to the line “If I could
Brickbats to Jacksonville City Councilmember Don Redman for once again showcasing his ignorance at the expense of the city’s reputation. Redman, who famously addressed a Muslim board appointee saying, “I’d like to ast you to say a prayer to yer god” (http://bit.ly/yourgod) last week told a lesbian who recalled at least 30 incidents of being threatened or attacked of encouraging the incidents through her “behavior.” Redman also asked, “Do you consider yourself male or female?” To read about Redman’s behaviorial issues, check out Folio Weekly’s 2007 cover story at http://bit.ly/LlTFcJ. Bouquets to Green Room Brewing part-owner Mark Stillman for stepping up to help others whose pets are in need of costly medical treatment. Stillman’s dog Diamond was something of a mascot at the Jacksonville Beach brewery, before he died April 27 after a long battle with cancer. On May 31, the brewery hosted a fundraiser in Diamond’s memory and donated money raised to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, a pet rescue and advocacy group. Brickbats to the Duval County Health Department for failing to inform the public about a tuberculosis outbreak among the city’s homeless population. When Folio Weekly wrote on Dec. 6 about a TB outbreak at a Jacksonville homeless shelter (Cover Story, http://bit.ly/rRYadX), the Health Department declined to address it. After someone last week emailed the Times-Union a copy of a draft Health Department report calling the outbreak the “largest in the nation,” the agency grudgingly admitted there has been a 16 percent increase in cases among the homeless in the past year.
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“Mr. Pfenning … thank you for your very kind telephone call and your email yesterday. As always, it is indeed a pleasure to hear from such an outstanding Clay County citizen as yourself. Your demeanor, public comments and telephone attitudes are ‘always’ a joy to experience … The Department of Revenue, yesterday, I am told, also had the pleasure of experiencing your very kind remarks and professional demeanor. That’s why they had you escorted out of their facility.” — Clay County Clerk of Courts (and U.S. Congressional candidate) Jimmy Jett, in a decidedly tongue-in-cheek email to good ol’boy gadfly Stanley F. Pfenning. In response to Jett’s sarcastic promise to Pfenning to “keep you in my prayers,” a furious Pfenning responds, “I hereby demand that you cease and desist praying for me … I don’t want or ‘need’ your prayers. I am quite capable of speaking to God on my own.”
Students and alumni from Florida State College at Jacksonville and some students from University of North Florida will give a one-night performance of excerpts of the rock opera “La Caroline,” which puts to music the founding of a French settlement at Jacksonville’s Fort Caroline. FSCJ professor Jennifer Chase wrote the musical to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the French settlement. Before the production heads to Nantes, France, there will be a performance held at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at FSCJ’s Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, 1190 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.
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The cruelest cut: JEA handiwork on a lone tree on Sturdivant Street directly behind the McDonalds’ on Atlantic Boulevard.
Cut It Out
Post-storm tree mutilation by JEA infuriates Atlantic Beach residents and prompts the city to halt the project
nlike much of Florida, Atlantic Beach hasn’t butchered most of its native vegetation. Instead of the Fantasy Florida landscape that predominates elsewhere, the city can boast that its yards and public rights of way contain native magnolias, live oaks, cypresses and the Florida State Tree, the native sabal palm. Some likely predate development, others planted during Atlantic Beach’s first land boom in the early 1900s, but the city is proud of its trees and strives to protect them. Which is why Atlantic Beach native David Pridgen was especially chagrined when he © 2006 folioweekly pulled into his driveway the first weekday after Tropical Storm Beryl blew through and saw a JEA subcontractor feeding a large pile of tree limbs into a wood chipper. Pridgen, a University of Florida Master Naturalist, understands the importance of the city’s native trees, and is especially sensitive to specimens like the 60-inch-diameter sweet bay magnolia in front of his family’s home, which has been there since his dad built the house in 1960. “They just went at it,” says Pridgen, 60. “They over-pruned it, they didn’t cut it at the joints. I think it was rash. I do, indeed.” In the past, when JEA needed to trim Pridgen’s tree limbs away from power lines, © 2012 the utility left a notice on his front door and gave him an opportunity to meet with a utility arborist to discuss how the tree would be trimmed. That didn’t happen this time. And Pridgen’s house wasn’t the only place where the tree-trimming caused alarm. Although JEA cleared the tree-trimming project in advance with city Public Works Director Rick Carper, he says he expected workers to trim no more than 4 to 6 feet of branches. In fact, in several cases, they cut as much as 10 feet. The scalped appearance prompted Carper to order the JEA subcontractor to stop work on Thursday, May 31 and for JEA to suspend all tree-trimming efforts. Like all electric companies with wires on telephone poles, JEA regularly prunes trees under its lines to protect the power grid. In storms, according to the JEA website, 99 percent of power outages are caused by trees damaging power lines. Although JEA
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says its tree maintenance is done “under the close direction of JEA’s foresters and certified arborists,” that does not appear to be the case. Carper says crews hacked palm trees, leaving just a sprout of fronds, contrary to arborists’ guidelines for healthy trimming. After stopping the project, Carper rode around the city with JEA for two hours on Friday, June 1, noting where trees had been over-pruned or improperly pruned and discussing how repruning could save the trees. If the trees can’t be saved, Carper says, the city of Atlantic Beach will require JEA to pay to replace the trees. “Some of the trees may have been trimmed so severely that they will need to be taken out,” he says. Assessing the damage early last week, Carper says that he thinks the trees will survive their amputations. Though the contractor and crew started on the west side of the city, they pruned trees along one of the city’s main corridors — First Street (or Ocean Boulevard) from Ahern Street north, including a stand of sabal palms near the former City Hall, Pridgen’s magnolia and his neighbor’s red cedar. Carper says JEA pruned 100 to 200 trees and had that many more still to do. Pridgen says the pruning on his property was severe enough that he fears the magnolia may die. If that happens, he notes, it will cost the city $12,000 to $13,000 to have it removed. A JEA arborist has promised to meet with Pridgen to look at how the tree can be doctored and pruned to keep it healthy. His willingness to consider how to save the tree satisfied Pridgen. “I’m waiting for him to get back to me,” Pridgen says, “and I trust he will. He fully admits they over-pruned and he’s going to come out here with a crew and try to save my tree.” But for him, the tree pruning is a metaphor that speaks to the relationship that the consolidated city of Jacksonville should respect when dealing with the independent city of Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach isn’t Jacksonville, he notes, and the city-owned municipality JEA needs to remember that. “If they continue doing this kind of stuff, pretty soon they will just keep encroaching and taking more and more from us.” Susan Cooper Eastman firstname.lastname@example.org
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efore I get started, a quick message to the Pope: You, sir, are a JERK. I’ve been reading in the newspapers about how you’re currently feuding with American nuns — something about how they’ve become “radical feminists,” refusing to parrot the party line when it comes to human sexuality, and how they need to be “reined in.” Umm … what? NOBODY REIGNS IN OUR NUNS, MY FRIEND. Look, pal. Maybe the nuns in the Vatican buy into all your “infallible” hooey — but here in AMERICA, our nuns follow the Catholic doctrine AND think for themselves … capiche? Reminder: You’re a creaky old homophobe who sits atop a golden throne, turning a blind eye to pedophile priests and creeping everyone out because you look like Emperor Palpatine from “Star Wars.” What you are NOT is somebody who can tell AMERICAN nuns what to do! So why don’t you shut your holy pie-hole,
You’re a creaky old homophobe who sits atop a golden throne, turning a blind eye to pedophile priests and creeping everyone out because you look like Emperor Palpatine from “Star Wars.” mind your own beeswax, and leave our nuns alone — unless you want to see what damage a real American can do with that pointy hat of yours! U-S-A! (Nuns.) U-S-A! (Nuns.) Sincerely yours, Wm.™ Steven Humphrey Anyway, speaking of “girls,” there are two quite different yet notable “girl” shows this week. First, there’s “Girls,” the thoroughly enjoyable Lena Dunham comedy on HBO that’s having it’s first season finale (10 p.m., Sunday, June 17). Then there’s the debut of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” (Lifetime, Tuesday, June 19, 10 p.m.). YOU SHOULD WATCH BOTH OF THESE. Here’s why: While it may have gotten off to a shaky start, HBO’s “Girls” is probably the best sitcom on TV right now. There’s never been anything like it, and despite what its detractors say (Shut UP, detractors!), creator Lena Dunham has carved out a revolutionary show that crackles with honesty, and perfectly captures what the “mid-20s crisis” is all about. And while it’s certainly not perfect (Booo, Team Jessa! Yayyy, Team Shoshanna!), Dunham’s Hannah is the best-written character on TV — and I’ll punch anyone’s face off (especially the Pope) who says different! So watch it now, or be a jerk (like the Pope) forever! And then there’s Bristol Palin. The “abstinence” cheerleader and daughter of Sarah Palin, Bristol’s new reality show will document her move from hometown Wasilla, Alaska to new home Los Angeles, where she’ll “singlehandedly” raise her toddler son Tripp, while trying to figure out whose life she’s going to ruin next. OMG, this is going to be TERRIBLE!
And I’m gonna love it!! This show makes “Keeping up with the Kardashians” look like “Downton Abbey.” In fact? I think the Pope should also watch both of these shows. It might do him some good to see two wildly divergent views of womanhood — one, maybe a bit smutty and ugly, but real, while the other is a fake, hollow shell of a show that’s really about a girl imprisoned by her overbearing family, poor past choices and immoral “morality.” Better yet, how about a reality show about the Pope? He could call it, “Pope Benedict: I’m a Big Dumb JERK.” Wm.™ Steven Humphrey email@example.com
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FRIDAY, JUNE 15 9:00 ABC HIGHWIRE OVER NIAGARA FALLS LIVE! Daredevil Nik Wallenda tries to tightrope walk over Niagara, and … hey! Stop shaking the wire! 10:00 IFC COMEDY BANG! BANG! Scott and Reggie welcome special guest Amy Poehler (who may or may not be wearing a wig).
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 8:00 LIF BLUE LAGOON: THE AWAKENING (Movie) (2012) Mismatched highschoolers are stranded on a deserted island in this update of the classic corny flick! 9:00 SYFY PIRANHACONDA (Movie) (2012) Q: What happens when you cross a piranha and an anaconda? A: I don’t know, but look down, because half your ass is missing.
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Sportstalk Blackmon Blackout
Another Jag WR can’t hold his liquor
ne of the things I pride myself on in Sportstalk is the ability to predict the future. It’s a nice gift to have, since many other sports columns can’t even explain the past. The most recent example of this peerless prognostication dealt with the Jaguars’ firstround draft pick, Justin Blackmon. A few weeks
He’s number 1. . . and number .24.
ago, I suggested the Jaguars bought into the hype by trading up in the draft — as the team did during the Shack&Jack era, with less-thanawesome results — to pick up the mercurial wideout. I went on to make note of Blackmon’s DUI history, suggesting he needed to be more careful, as the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office had a history of intercepting wideouts who were drunk (or whatever) and disorderly. Turns out Sportstalk was almost right on that one. Blackmon didn’t get his first DUI of 2012 here in Jacksonville. Rather, in Stillwater, Okla.,
unconstitutional. Prosecutors often just move on the simple DUI charge. So that’s good news for Blackmon. The bad news? This is Blackmon’s second offense. More from Hunsucker: “If you have a prior conviction for DUI from a court of record [District Court or Oklahoma City and Tulsa Municipal Courts] within the prior 10 years of your new DUI charge, you can be charged with felony driving under the influence. Depending on prior convictions, felony DUIs carry a minimum of one year up to either five, 10 or 20 years in the state penitentiary … . The sentence can be deferred or the jail time can be suspended.” What would you do as an Oklahoma judge? Luckily, it looks like his previous DUI has been reduced to a lesser charge, which likely means the new incident won’t be treated as a second offense. Even more encouraging for fans of drunk driving: At least Blackmon wasn’t dabbling with demon weed and thus supporting international terror syndicates, like some SEC student-athletes. According to ESPN, which apparently has Joe Friday, Harry Anslinger or Bill Bennett writing its columns on this subject, the SEC has been “lenient” in its “pot penalties.” “In the most successful league of the BCS-era, players routinely get third, fourth and even fifth chances before they’re booted from the team; failed drug tests administered by the NCAA result in the automatic suspension,” claims the report. The article details how athletic departments and coaches have countenanced their rosters turning into virtual Choom Gangs, indulging in the sticky icky as if they were unaware that just one hit of marijuana could drive them to suicide, homicide, jaywalking and loose behavior.
Given the severity of the DUI, arrest may have been the best-case scenario. He didn’t wrap his car around a telephone pole, total it crashing it into a building, T-bone another motorist or any of the other delightful outcomes incurred by drinking and driving.
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where his blood alcohol level was a staggering — literally — .24. This was Blackmon’s second DUI offense, clocking in well over Oklahoma’s threshold for “aggravated” DUI, which is .15. What does this mean? It’s likely Blackmon was driving in a blacked-out state, exhibiting the kind of maturity one might expect from a college junior who left school early for that NFL money. He obviously didn’t learn anything from his first DUI and the one-game suspension it earned him back in school. It also means, especially given the severity of the DUI, that the best-case scenario might be what happened to him. He didn’t wrap his car around a telephone pole, total it crashing it into a building, T-bone another motorist or any of the other delightful outcomes incurred by drinking and driving. There are questions about the legal soundness of the aggravated DUI statute; according to Oklahoma defense attorneys, the Hunsucker Defense Firm, at least one judge has ruled it
Never mind that medical herb is legal everywhere but in the South — the region with the most prisons per capita and the most minorities to warehouse in those prisons. As we know, marijuana has no salutary medical benefits. Good thing we figured that out. For millennia, societies were wrecked by cannabis, and now we’re in position to build a utopia here with prohibition, right? So yeah, whatever Justin Blackmon did, at least what he was imbibing was legal. His only problem? He liked a little bit too much legality, probably at 80 proof or so. The Jaguars have picked three first-round wideouts in franchise history — R. Jay Soward, Matt Jones and Reggie Williams. If there were a Mount Bustmore planned to depict these players, we could finally have our fourth. AG Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @AGGancarski
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enham Fouts was late, very late, to the welcome home party thrown for him at his Paris apartment. His sugardaddy Peter Watson, English heir to the oleomargarine fortune, was first amused, then furious. The champagne toasts to “Denny,” who was returning after waiting out World War II as a conscientious objector in California, became progressively drunker. The French actor Jean Marais, one of Fouts’ lovers, grew tired of waiting and left, as did all the other wealthy men and their expensive-looking toy friends. The only person still there was the young English painter Michael Wishart. Suddenly the door swung open, revealing a young man who looked like the most handsome boy at a West Coast college. “He wore nothing but cream-coloured flannel trousers and had the torso of an athlete,” wrote Wishart, who recorded his affair with Fouts in his 1978 autobiography “High Diver.” “Along his beautiful shoulders and golden forearms ran snow-white mice with startled pink eyes, which he stroked gently with the backs of his hands. He had the air of a sleepwalker and for some time stood silently in the doorway, as if accustoming himself to the light. He seemed unaware of my presence.” Within an hour of first taking in this surreal vision, Wishart was in love — and smoking opium — with Fouts, “attracted by his total disinterest in me.” It changed Wishart’s life forever: “I loved him so much that I only wanted to die in his shadow.” These things tended to happen to Denny Fouts, who grew up in Jacksonville. Denny Fouts (1914-1948) was handsome, charming, witty, entertaining and moody. He didn’t have money himself, but lived luxuriously off the wealth and infatuation of others. He played a starring role in the pre-war aristocratic bohemian scene in Europe, where the fun was extravagant and being gay was just fine. Denny amazed and inspired such literary greats as Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Christopher Isherwood, Somerset Maugham and Gavin Lambert, and his personality sparks the fiction, memoirs, diaries and letters of the most noted authors and artists of his day.
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Sixty-four years after his death, Denny Fouts is a cult figure in gay culture, best known by the sensational titles pinned on him. Capote dubbed him “The Best-Kept Boy in the World” (also the title of an upcoming book about Denny by Arthur Vanderbilt II). Isherwood and others repeated Denny’s reputation as “the most expensive male prostitute in the world.” But this black sheep from Riverside was more than a switchhitting gigolo, who parlayed his Southern charm and sexual prowess into a succession of glamorous free-rides. A more complex Fouts can be found in the literature, and in the insights of his living relatives, which have never before been published. Alice Denham, Denny’s 79-year-old cousin who lives in New York City and is working on a book about her family and Denny, insists: “He wasn’t a male prostitute. Denny had arrangements. You couldn’t say I’ll give you this much money and he’d go with you.” He wasn’t just a hustler; he was an icon of and an influence on the acceptance of gay culture. “Fouts was not walking the street. He had longtime lovers whose attraction for him went far beyond the sexual,” says Nick Harvill, an expert on literary references to Fouts who also assembles content-based libraries for private individuals, many in Hollywood. “Denham Fouts was a male version of the courtesan. He is one of the greatest enigmas of the 20th Century.”
Man vs. Myth
eparating fact from fiction regarding Denham Fouts is all but impossible. A good deal of misinformation has been written about Fouts and repeated in various forms. Fouts himself liked to make up stories about his life and exploits, and to say things to shock people. But an intriguing sketch (abbreviated here) can be drawn from the literary record. Christopher Isherwood first met Fouts in 1940 in Hollywood’s Brown Derby restaurant, and included this account of that encounter in his “Diaries, Volume I:” “[His clothes were] sinister because they were intended for laughing, harmless boys, not as a disguise for this tormented addict, this wolflike inverted monk, this martyr to pleasure. His good-looking profile was bitterly sharp, like a knife edge; his
Floridian drawl seemed a sinister affectation. Goodness, was he sour! For a while, his sourness was stimulating; then you began to feel as if you were suffering from quinine poisoning.” Isherwood once told Fouts, “You’re a rather vulgar little not-so-young boy from the most unpleasant state in the Union, whose chief claim to sophistication is having been thrown out of a few European hotels.” Yet he also said the months he spent living with Fouts in California, “were some of the happiest of my whole life.” Isherwood, whose relationship with Fouts was nonsexual, nonetheless appreciated his roommate’s geisha-like quality. “He really understood how to give pleasure,” he wrote, “to make daily life more decorative and to create enjoyment of small occasions.” The novelist Glenway Wescott described Denham Fouts as “absolutely enchanting and ridiculously good-looking,” who drew attention wherever he went. Evan Morgan, the British Lord Tredegar, took him to China, where Fouts discovered opium, ushering in an addiction that would dog him until his early death at age 34. He was also once pictured in Time Magazine, according to his cousin, with an aristocratic lover hunting lions in Africa (ironic, since as a 12-year-old in Jacksonville, Fouts had a letter published in that same magazine, condemning cruelty to animals). He went sailing on the Aegean with lover Daisy Fellows, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune, and traveled on the yacht of Greek’s Prince Paul. (The lovers eventually got matching tattoos over their hearts.) After a dust-up about Fouts allegedly snorting cocaine in a Swiss hotel, they parted ways, but Paul (then King) still sent Fouts birthday telegrams, which Fouts showed off as proof of his storied past. Denny Fouts was potently sexy. Watson, his longtime lover and font of money, said he got an erection every time the man walked into the room. Fouts preferred his sex in public places, in danger of getting caught — with man or woman. He was arrested in Portugal once for a public sex act, but immediately released at the request of a cabinet minister. He was more discreet with teenaged boys, a preference several writers recorded. When Isherwood tried to teach him how to meditate, Fouts demurred. “I’d end up by jacking myself off.” More than
Sixty-four years after his death, Denny Fouts is a cult figure in gay culture, best known by the sensational titles pinned on him. Truman Capote dubbed him
“The Best-Kept Boy in the World.”
once, he claimed to have had such strenuous sex, “I broke a blood vessel and bled.” Fouts also liked to court scandal. Once, when a Paris waiter reacted disdainfully to the mascara Fouts’ boyfriend was wearing, Fouts ordered a glass of sperm just irk him. In his later opium/heroin/cocaine era, he often wore an American sailor’s uniform or white tie and tails to chic Paris clubs. He frequently went out in Sulka silk pajamas, and fell asleep in them so many times at clubs that he earned the nickname “The Beautiful Sleeping Beauty.” Morning generally began for Denny Fouts at 6 or 7 in the evening. His connections were as extravagant as his habits. During World War II, Fouts socialized with Isherwood’s crowd of Hollywood moviemakers, actors, and such writers as Berthold Brecht, Tennessee Williams and Aldous Huxley. (Huxley thought enough of Fouts to dream of him 11 years after his death: Denny was riding a white horse next to a cliff and fell into a cave, hurt and in pain.) Fouts once shot flaming arrows from the Paris apartment of writers Paul and Jane Bowles onto the ChampsElysées, scaring the daylights out of their guests. And the gifts bestowed upon Fouts ranged from Picasso’s “Girl Reading,” which hung over his sofa in California, to suitcases decorated by Salvador Dali. Fouts’ intimacy with the rich and famous is perhaps best summed up by one anecdote. At noon one day, Fouts and Isherwood popped in on Denny’s lover Lena Horne, before she was even out of bed. “Lena darling,” Denny announced, “I’ve brought a friend to take a shower.” Horne thought it a perfectly natural request. Sophisticated and spoiled by the finer things in life, Fouts was also scrappy and compassionate. In Los Angeles, he got drunk with Mexican gang members, slicing his arm to become their blood brother, and taking a
DUI rap to cover for their accident while joyriding. He saved the lives of three men fighting a wildfire in California while interred in conscientious objector camp, and accompanied Isherwood on charitable trips to Okie camps. He brought a black friend to Los Angeles restaurants where blacks weren’t allowed. He also got in several fights with soldiers, because, as he said, “If you start taking shit from a Marine, or any kind of serviceman, it’s the end.”
The Invisible Icon
enny Fouts built his reputation in pre-war Europe, right after he left Jacksonville at age 16 or 17. “Europe in those days was full of gay people, Berlin and Paris especially,” says Fouts’ cousin Alice Denham, who was born in Jacksonville in 1933 and lived on Herschel Street until she was six. “All the gay guys went to Berlin and all the gay women went to Paris. Then, once things got bad in Germany, everybody went to Paris. People weren’t as narrow as they are now. They weren’t so oriented to sexual judgments — they just accepted it.” Fouts’ fame got the attention of gay literary greats, and ultimately made him part of the gay culture’s great coming-out in the U.S. “World War II was a big turning point,” says Christopher Bram, the gay author of the novel “Gods and Monsters,” made into an Academy Award-winning movie, as well as the recent book on gay literature, “Eminent Outlaws.” “Gay people from all over the U.S. were thrown into the army and discovered they were not alone. Straight people noticed: ‘Who are these strange creatures among us?’ At the same time, lots of books and plays came out about gays. And the Kinsey Reports came out, showing how much sex was out there, and what kind of sex. People were talking about gay life like never before.”
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Bram says, and others agree, that books like those featuring Denny Fouts made it easier for existing gays to come out. “They thought, ‘Oh, I am not alone.’ These books made gay culture more visible.” Fouts was more than a plot point for gay novelists. His influence ran deeper. It wasn’t obvious because it was so private, says Nick Harvill. ”He didn’t publish; he didn’t paint. He had no need for publicity to fan the flames. He remained a private figure, known by those on whose beneficence he depended but anonymous to the masses, which seemed to suit him just fine.” Fouts did live life on his own terms. “Which, in a sense, is the most important work of art there is.” At the same time, he was a character so outsized, many appropriated his likeness. “That’s why all of these great authors took notice,” Harvill notes. “It was an added bonus that they could copy from him freely without concerns of plagiarism.”
remember much about it. But she says Denny was no bumpkin: His paternal grandfather was a railroad vice president, and his maternal grandfather was a powerful Jacksonvillian — Thomas P. Denham, who started Atlantic National Bank and founded Timuquana Country Club. For several years, Fouts’ family lived with his uncle’s family in the Thomas P. Denham home on Lomax Street in Riverside. “It was a big house, with five chimneys,” says Cunningham, but it’s no longer there. “In 1992, that three-story house was moved down to the river and floated to a beach lot in Ponte Vedra.” As a girl, Cunningham spent summers with her grandparents, Denny’s parents, when they lived at 4165 McGirts Blvd., in Ortega. She would ride in a small boat with her Grandfather Louie, up and down the St. Johns, as he told stories about the family. “I get the feeling that Denny’s father wasn’t all that successful. … I don’t think he ever measured up to my grandmother’s expectations.” She added that Denny’s father later killed himself, possibly because of painful stomach operations that may have been caused by cancer from the asbestos in his factory. Both Cunningham and Alice Denham say no one ever talked about Denny being gay. “I didn’t even know that he was gay until I was sitting in the dentist’s office reading [an Esquire excerpt of] Truman Capote’s ‘Answered Prayers’, ” says Cunningham, “and I about dropped the damn magazine right on the floor.” “I asked Denny’s brother Freddie if he knew Denny was gay, and he said, ‘Everyone knew Denny was gay.’ They just didn’t talk about it,” says Alice Denham. “My cousin Middy Warren said that Louie [Denny’s father] was cruel to him and beat Denny. He probably found out that Denny was gay and that may have been the impetus for him to run away from home. Many in the family speculated that’s what it was.” I can’t prove it,” she adds, “but nobody can prove anything about Denny.”
Described as “ridiculously good looking,” Denny was also potently sexy. Watson, his longtime lover, said he got
an erection every time Denny walked into the room.
On the Home Front
Over (and Out)
he young Denham Fouts left Jacksonville without telling anyone, but made a splash as soon as he arrived in New York. His German cosmetics tycoon showed him the city, and later took Fouts to Paris and Europe. “He got in with a lot of rich people fast, and those were the German’s connections,” says Alice Denham. “Then Denny dumped him.” So began the legend of Denham Fouts. Back home in Jacksonville, his mother was worried. The family only knew that he was running
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enham Fouts’ relationship to © 2012 Jacksonville and his family is usually reduced to a couple of pithy, inaccurate lines. According to Truman Capote in his mean-spirited, unfinished novel “Answered Prayers,” Denny was 16, “living in a Florida crossroads cracker town and working in a bakery owned by his father.” Capote characterized him as an unpolished beauty, “who talked as though his mouth was busy with a pound of Alabama corn mush.” According to that story, Denny Fouts was picked up at the bakery by a cosmetics tycoon in a “built-to-order 1936 Duesenberg convertible,” and whisked 100 miles away to Miami. Of course, Miami isn’t nearly that close, and Denny was 16 in 1930, making the tycoon’s ’36 Duesenberg an incredible time machine. “That’s stupid Truman Capote,” says Alice Denham, who knew the writer. “Denny’s father wasn’t a baker or an ice cream worker, as some people have written. His father had an asbestos awning business [Fouts Manufacturing, at 555 Stockton St.]. We were in Jacksonville upper society and Denny was in it himself. He was well-reared and well-spoken.” Fouts was born May 9, 1914, in Boca Grande, Fla., where his father, Edwin Louis Fouts, a 1910 Yale graduate, worked in his father-in-law’s bank. The family moved to Jacksonville soon afterward, and in 1920, Edwin was employed by the Florida Broom Company. Diane Cunningham, Denny’s niece, says in 1943 or ’44 her mother (Denny’s sister) took her to spend a day on the beach with Denny in Santa Barbara, where he had an apartment. She was about five at the time, and doesn’t
around Europe. “He sent continual postcards home from all over the world,” says Denham. “Sometimes he would send photos of him with a glamorous woman or a handsome man: ‘Traveling here with Lady So-and-So in Malaga. She thinks she’s Marlene Dietrich, and so do I!’ But he never would give anybody an address to write back.” Fouts did come home at least once, during the war in Europe, possibly in 1940 before going to California, or in 1941 when he came back East to work on a Quaker farm in Pennsylvania, an occupation he hated. It also could have been after the war, in late 1946 or ’47, when he lived briefly in the East before returning to Europe. “Relatives in Monticello, Florida, said he dropped by on the way to Jacksonville to see the family,” says Denham. “They thought he was a Nazi spy. Denny was photographed in Time Magazine once with Lord Somebodyor-Other. And this Lord was head of the British pro-German league that wanted to resist Britain going into the war.” (This may have something to do with Capote’s claim that if Denny had given in to Adolph Hitler’s advances, World War II might have been averted. The claim is dismissed by experts as fantasy, though Denny’s lover Lord Tredegar did run with some well-known Nazis in the ’30s, before he worked for British intelligence in WWII.) Fouts‘ family was undoubtedly split over his lifestyle, whether or not they knew he was gay. Even today, they’re split on their opinions of the famous Fouts. Denny’s great-nephew Jay Cunningham, a school principal in San Francisco, said he didn’t learn about Fouts until he was coming out himself in his 20s. He’s not exactly a fan. “That’s where Alice [Denham] and I disagree,” says Jay Cunningham. “She sees the value of what he did for the gay community, like using his influence to get Horizon Magazine published.” (Horizon was a highly
Denny Fouts’ fame earned the attention of gay literary greats, and ultimately made him part of gay culture’s great coming out. Others saw books featuring Denny, says Christopher Bram (pictured), the gay author of the novel “Gods and Monsters,” and “they thought, ‘Oh, I am not alone.’ ”
Pinup and author: Denham as Playboy’s Miss July 1956 and at work on one of her novels.
Kissing Cousin “Sex was my great adventure.”
— Alice Denham, cousin of Denham Fouts, in her 2006 memoir “Sleeping With Bad Boys: A Juicy Tell-All of Literary New York in the Fifties and Sixties.”
enny Fouts’ cousin Alice Denham was desirable, photogenic and famous in her own right. Raised in Jacksonville until 1939 when she was six, Alice Denham later attended the University of North Carolina and later the University of Rochester before moving to New York City and immersing herself in the writing life. Her New York friends included luminaries like James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac and James Dean — her occasional lover whom she says liked to nuzzle. She zeroed in on writers at parties thrown by her friend Norman Mailer, and took good mental notes: Joseph Heller, hot kisser; Philip Roth, “on fire”; James Jones, small penis but compensated in other ways; William Gaddis, “a fine centerpiece.” Kiss-andtell aside, most of “Sleeping With Bad Boys” is about literary criticism and life in the era of the big novel. Denham was working as a model and pinup girl because, “I had a master’s degree and couldn’t even get a [job] interview. Women were supposed to be secretaries.” When she noticed that Playboy magazine reprinted fiction, “I told them that if they would reprint my published short story, ‘The Deal,’ I would consent to be their naked lady.” To this day, Denham is the only Playmate to have her fiction printed in the same issue as her centerfold (July 1956). An early feminist, Denham says she both loved and hated her Playboy centerfold appearance, but at least it attracted publishers.
Her first novel, “My Darling from the Lions,” is a story of obsessive love, and her second, “AMO: The Feminist Centerfold from Outer Space,” is a cult classic. Denham was also a founding member of the National Organization
“I had a master’s degree and couldn’t even get a [job] interview. Women were supposed to be secretaries.” for Women, a frequent abortion rights demonstrator, and a participant in the 1970 feminist takeover of Ladies Home Journal. Alice Denham is in Mexico this summer, writing a memoir about her family. Denny Fouts has a whole chapter dedicated to him and will be rippling throughout the book, which she hopes to sell soon to a publisher. “I was finding out about Denny all through my life. I thought we were kindred spirits,” says Denham. “I admire Denny because he lived his life very much on his own terms. He was a sexual adventurer, and so was I. It never occurred to me to be sexually inhibited.” R.W.
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regarded literary journal founded by Fouts’ lover Peter Watson.) “When I talked to Don Bachardy, Isherwood’s boyfriend, he had nothing but positive things to say about Denham — that he was intelligent and funny, and everyone in Isherwood’s circle loved him. [But] my experience of Denham is as the ‘best-kept boy in the world,’ and that’s not how I would want to be remembered. Just to say straight out, I’m not sure how I feel about him.”
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he far-flung Fouts spent the war years in California, a meditating, reforming sexaholic who abstained from sex for quite some time. He lived with and became close friends with Christopher Isherwood, who was doing some screenwriting in Hollywood. Isherwood wrote fiction and nonfiction about these years and this side of Fouts in the most detailed, accurate accounts of the boy legend. At first, Fouts was called the “drunken yogi” by some of his Hollywood friends. But he later excelled at his disciplined attempt at a spiritualized life. He told Isherwood he was seeking a better understanding of himself and of life. He even said he loathed sex. He quit drugs, drinking and smoking and became a vegetarian. He also got up in the actual morning — not the afternoon — to meditate.
Fouts earned conscientious objector status through recommendations from Isherwood’s pacifist friends, whom he’d impressed. He spent 1941 through ’43 in the conscientious objector camp administered by Quakers in San Dimas, where he helped run the kitchen (Isherwood loved Denny’s cooking). But his old ways evidently started to reappear, and he was accused of smuggling liquor and marijuana into the camp, and having sex with some of the men. He was released after it was discovered that he had a malformed heart. Fouts lost interest in mysticism. He told Isherwood, “I’ve decided to hold onto the things I can see.” He stayed in Southern California and threw himself into school, earning his GED and taking medical school classes at UCLA with the hope of becoming a psychoanalyst. His partying friends couldn’t pull him away from his books. But only for a while. He sold his Picasso for $9,500 to finance his comeback in Europe. Vidal, Capote, Isherwood and the young Michael Wishart all visited Fouts at his Rue du Bac apartment in Paris — and all witnessed his return to drugs. Wishart the painter wrote a grim account of those times: Denny doing opium, heroin and cocaine. Fouts, with curtains drawn, sharing opium with his dog, Trotsky. Fouts passed out on the bathroom floor, hypodermic needle stuck in his arm. Fouts, with eyes blackened after the electric shock treatment he took to try to cure
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Denny’s 79-year-old cousin Alice Denham (pictured here in her pinup days) insists, “He wasn’t a male prostitute. Denny had arrangements.”
his addiction. Wishart learned to avoid Fouts until he’d had his evening breakfast of cereal and apple brandy, which made Denny’s touch-down to a very transient reality endurable. “As tombs go, ours was not bad,” Wishart wrote of Fouts’ “synthetic Eden” apartment. He thought Fouts was committing suicide in slow motion, mocking the threat of maturity. Fouts became fearful and paranoid. He stopped smoking his beloved opium because it left a smell in the air, and made do with cocaine and heroin. Fouts’ paranoia pushed him to Rome, where he had heard that heroin was plentiful and cheap, according to Wishart (other writers’ accounts vary). Not long after, Fouts’ heart failed when he was on the toilet in his apartment, during a party. “He died pretty much like Elvis,” says his niece Diane Cunningham. Some in the family started wondering about Fouts’ wealth, she says, but, “Of course, he didn’t have any money.” “I heard the tail end of an argument that he’d left all his money to a newspaper boy he met in Rome.” Denny Fouts’ cousin Alice Denham disagrees with accounts that he was on drugs when he died. She says he wasn’t involved in drugs at the end, having taken another cure. A friend saw him right before his death and wrote to Isherwood that Fouts was clean, having shown “extraordinary willpower” in sticking to the treatment. “The terrible things said about him are not true — that he was totally dissolute at the end and things like that,” says Denham. “After Denny’s last cure worked, he was supposedly going to come home to write. He sent a bunch of manuscript pages to his mother, and then he died of a heart attack. She read it, discovered he was gay, and burnt every page. I know that happened.” Visiting Denny Fouts’ grave in Rome years later, Michael Wishart wondered, “What had become of the scorpion tattooed on his groin that I had kissed so many times?” He fretted that “the plain grave looked so cold and just as so often when Denham had passed out, I used to pull the covers over him, so I longed to spread across his grave a blanket of his favorite primroses. “But,” Wishart continued, “I left his grave as I found it: bleak, forsaken, separated from the rest. And a long, long way from Jacksonville, Florida.”
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Reasons to leave the house this week MOVING PICTURES 48-HOUR FILM FEST Mere days after dozens of Northeast Florida filmmakers decide to forgo sleep, possibly abuse energy drinks and spend one frantic weekend scrambling to create a short film, The Florida Theatre screens the Jacksonville 48-Hour Film Project Screening Group A’s films on Tue., June 19 at 7 p.m. at 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Screenings continue on June 20 and 21, with the audience voting each night until a winner is chosen. Admission is $15; $10 for students. A three-night pass is $35; $25 for students. 355-2787.
SPORTS RUGBY Rugby football was named after the school where it began in England, and since the 19th century it’s become incredibly popular in the rest of Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and even the Polynesian archipelago of Tonga. In 2006, Northeast Florida got in on the action when the Jacksonville Axemen expansion team for the American National Rugby League was born, winning the championship within four years. Last June, the Axemen expanded the sport’s popularity in America by joining with a half-dozen teams to form the USA Rugby League. The Jacksonville Axemen take on the Washington, D.C. Slayers on Sat., June 16 at 5 p.m. at University of North Florida’s Hodges Arena, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is $5; free for 12 and younger. Don’t miss it — where else can a bloke say “scrum” without raising eyebrows? Proceeds benefit Holiday Helpers’ programs for children effected by HIV and the AIDS virus. 536-7501. jaxaxe.com
INDIE LOST IN THE TREES
Charlotte, N.C. band Lost in the Trees first rose to national prominence with 2010’s “All Alone in an Empty House,” an impressive collection of tunes by frontman Ari Picker delivered by a skillful ensemble combining heady, introspective lyrics through a spell-binding prism of orchestral pop. Praised by media outlets NPR and Rolling Stone, in January 2011, the band played a memorable show at the former Underbelly in 5 Points. Since then, the band’s released the equally haunting album, “A Church That Fits Our Needs,” which Picker wrote as tribute to his mother, who died in 2008. The band returns to Northeast Florida when Lost in the Trees performs with Daytona on Thur., June 14 at 7 p.m. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. lostinthetreesatunderbelly-autohome.eventbrite.com
CLASSICAL RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS The acclaimed Ritz Chamber Players present their season finale concert on Wed., June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. The program includes works by Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven and Hailstork. The artwork of local artist Cecilia Ann Washington Carr is displayed during the concert. Tickets are $20; $5 for students. 354-5547.
CRASH THE SATELLITES
Crash the Satellites first began orbiting the Jacksonville music scene in 2003, becoming local favorites on the indie circuit and releasing their first album, “Learning to Land,” in 2005. After surviving lineup changes and (gulp!) parenthood, the band has put forth the new self-titled record and now celebrates with an album release party on Sat., June 16 at 8 p.m. at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222.
Experimental rockers Man Man are known as much for their live show as their four full-length releases, especially considering their unique instrumentation including everything from Moog synthesizers to xylophones, marimbas and even sousaphone. The Philly-based quartet has toured with the likes of Modest Mouse (Man Man frontman Ryan Kattner also plays in indie “doom wop” band Mister Heavenly with Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer) and permeated pop culture with songs that shift from cacophony to melody at will. They’ve been featured in the popular Nike TV ad campaign with Rainn Wilson and the 420-friendly cable show, “Weeds.” Man Man plays with Raleigh Moncrief on Thur., June 14 at 7 p.m. at Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $15. 460-9311. June 12-18, 2012 | folio weekly | 21
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familiar Snow White story that unwisely chose a broad comic approach to the fairytale. Unfortunately, nothing was too funny in the painfully inept film, which disappeared from theaters quickly. “Snow White and the Huntsman,” on the other hand, takes a radically different, considerably darker approach to the story, in the process giving Charlize Theron the opportunity to nearly steal the show as the wicked, treacherous, diabolical queen with a nonetheless very human subtext. Good as Ms. Theron is, however, there is much more to admire and enjoy about the new film which, despite some awkward scripting miscues, is visually stunning and worlds more interesting than its frivolous predecessor. The initial premise sticks to the basics. The preadolescent Snow White, beloved by her father the King and his subjects, falls prey to the jealous cruelty of her beautiful but vicious stepmother Ravenna (Theron). After discovering her father’s murder at the hands of his brand new wife, Snow White is imprisoned in the castle tower while Ravenna and her equally vile brother Finn (Sam Spruell) ravage the kingdom. In addition, Ravenna continuously drains the life forces of various young women in order to maintain the good graces of the Mirror Mirror on the Wall. (An early example of the film’s surprising originality is the way the mirror is portrayed, and I don’t just mean the usual special effects. It’s suggested that, despite the Queen’s real powers of sorcery, the mirror just might be a projection of her own subconscious.) Snow White, all grown up into Kristen Stewart of the “Twilight” franchise, plots her escape from the castle and her oppressive stepmother, and flees into the dark forest (like Harry Potter’s, home to all kinds of genuine creepiness). In pursuit are the Queen’s brother and assorted henchmen, including the less-thanwilling Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, “Thor” and “The Avengers”) who quickly switches loyalties. After encountering a disgruntled troll, the two wayfarers find themselves in league with the dwarfs and other victims of the evil Queen’s tyranny. There’s the bit with the poisoned apple
(again, not depicted in the manner we expect), love’s true kiss (ditto re: expectations), and a final pitched battle between the forces of Good and Evil, led by Snow White, now a cross between Joan of Arc and the armored Alice from Tim Burton’s take on Wonderland. Director Rupert Sanders segues effortlessly from the world of commercials into his first feature film without wallowing in the familiar morass of special effects. Don’t get me wrong — “Snow White and the Huntsman” depends mightily on its technical wizardry and digital magic, but Sanders utilizes the medium to much the same effect as Peter Jackson in the “Lord of the Rings” films. The images are arresting, but we’re not allowed to forget the characters which, despite their traditional fairytale trappings, are rendered anew. In fact, visuals and narrative both are strongly influenced by the “Lord of the Rings” films, positively on the first point but less effectively on the second. The major problem with the script is the clunky introduction of two male leads for Snow White’s romantic interest, which winds its way to some unlikely narrative twists and a disappointingly unresolved conclusion. In addition to Hemsworth’s Huntsman (a scruffier, less-blonde version of Thor), we have Snow White’s old childhood chum William (Sam Claflin, Orlando Bloom’s sub in the last “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie). A heck of an archer, William might well have been modeled on Bloom’s Legolas from “LotR,” while Hemsworth is much more like Aragorn. One of the film’s real casting coups, needless to say technical achievements, is having the dwarfs played by an outstanding group of full-sized British actors, including Bob Hoskins, Ian MacShane and Toby Jones. “Twilight” haters have been fairly vocal in dissing Stewart’s performance in “Snow White,” but the young actress acquits herself quite well, especially when she’s not brandishing the unlikely sword. Of course, she’s up against Theron, who won an Oscar making herself look grubby and ugly as a serial killer in “Monster.” In “Snow White,” the actress reverses the approach, rendering the Queen a gorgeous monster. Moreover, she endows the villainess with some real depth (credit the screenwriters as well as the actress). Put your “Twilight” bias aside, and enjoy the new “Snow White” for what it is — a dazzling hybrid of romance, adventure and fairytale. Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Leaping space balls! Guess there isn’t a bikram yoga studio or kirtan concert in these menacing alien ruins!” Logan Marshall-Green (left) and Michael Fassbender grow weary of Noomi Rapace’s Mind-Body-Spirit philosophy in the sci-fi thriller “Prometheus.”
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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre 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, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine After a group of American and Scandinavian tourists (including Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney and Nathan Phillips) hire Russian guide Uri (Dmitri Diatchenko) to take them to the outlying area of the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl, they wind up stranded in a spooky village and then they’re attacked by murderous mutants. The first half of this horrorthriller from director Bradley Parker and writer Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”) uses the admittedly creepy setting of the deserted town of Pripyat to chilling effect, but soon succumbs to paint-by-numbers horror fare. DARK SHADOWS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues 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 200-year slumber, vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) 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-in-on-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. THE DICTATOR **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, 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.
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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. FOR GREATER GLORY **G@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Peter O’Toole, Ruben Blades and Eva Longoria star in director Dean Wright’s epic telling of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country. THE HUNGER GAMES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. 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. MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. 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. “MIB” and “MIBII” stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return, along with newcomers Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson, to the third 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. Costarring Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, and featuring cameos by Justin Bieber, Tim Burton and Lady Gaga (typecasting?). THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS ***G Rated PG • AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues This animated family fare, 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 efforts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. Along the way, the ragtag rogues encounter Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) and enterprising young naturalist Charles Darwin (David Tennant).
girl who’s convinced this same reluctant hero is her father. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN ***@ 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. THINK LIKE A MAN **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square 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 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.
OTHER FILMS 48-HOUR FILM FEST The Florida Theatre screens the Jacksonville 48-Hour Film Project Screening Group A’s films at 7 p.m. on June 19 at 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Screenings continue on June 20 and 21, with the audience voting each night until a winner is chosen. Admission is $15; $10 for students. A three-night pass is $35; $25 for students. 355-2787. THE FLYING ACE As part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Conference, the Norman Studios’ film is screened at 7:30 p.m. on June 19 in the Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The movie is one of the earliest featuring African-American actors playing positive, non-stereotypical roles. Admission is free. normanstudios.org STICKY SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT The MOCA Jax Contemporaries group presents “Office Space” at 7:30 p.m. on June 14 at the museum, 333 N. Laura St., downtown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and beat the heat in the air-conditioned Atrium. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with brews from SweetWater Brewing Company and fare from Hovan Mediterranean Gourmet. Admission is free for Contemporaries members; $10 for non-members. Proceeds benefit MOCA programs. 366-6911. LATITUDE 30 CINEGRILLE “Mirror Mirror” and “The Lucky One” are currently running at Latitude 30’s movie theater CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. “Dr. Seuss’ Lorax” starts on June 15. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.
SUN-RAY CINEMA Sun-Ray Cinema screens “Prometheus” at 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. Summer Kids screens “The Iron Giant” at 10 a.m. on June 13 and 16. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” screens at midnight on June 15 and 16. 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 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 “Cabin in the Woods,” “Friends with Kids,” “Safe” 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 SAFE HOUSE Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in this enjoyable albeit predictable action flick from director Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” films). Rookie CIA operative Matt Weston (Reynolds) has finally hit the big time after nabbing rogue agent Tobin Frost (Washington). But when a gang of killer mercenaries attacks the agency’s South African “safe house,” Weston and Frost are on the run and the agent discovers that justice and loyalties aren’t always so secure. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Luiz Guzman and Michael “I needed the money, mate” Caine star in this familygeared adventure film about a teenager’s travels to a remote island in the South Pacific. MACHINE GUN PREACHER Gerard Butler (“300,” “The Bounty Hunter”) stars in this hit-or-miss big-screen adaptation of the true-life story of Sam Childers, a former American biker-junkie-turnedoutspoken-activist for the orphans of war-torn African country of Sudan. Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon and Kathy Baker also star in the latest from director Marc Foster (”Monster’s Ball.”) JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME This indie comedy, from the team of writer-director siblings Jay and Mark Duplas, stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms as two brothers, Jeff (Segal), hiding from life in his parents’ basement, and Pat (Helms), facing his own struggle with a failed marriage. Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer and Rae Dawn Chong also star. Not to be confused with the upcoming Folio Weekly biopic, “Dan, Who Can Get Morbidly Depressed and Moved Back into his Parents’ Garage.”
PROMETHEUS ***@ 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., Sun-Ray Cinema In this latest sci-fi epic from director Ridley Scott (the “Alien” films, “Blade Runner”), at the end of the 21st century, the crew of spaceship Prometheus (including Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron) travels to a distant planet where they hope to discover the biological and, possibly, spiritual origins of Earth. Yet what they find in this foreign and advanced civilization may well lead to the destruction of their home planet.
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ROWDY RATHORE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha star in this Bollywood action-comedy about a harried con man trying to save a village from a malicious politician while dealing with a young
“I’ve discovered many things here in India, like the belief that Christ and Krishna are essentially one — and you should never eat saag paneer and then go bungee-jumping in Kolkata.” Judi Dench drops a little spiritual insight on Tom Wilkinson (left) and Bill Nighy in the quirky comedy-drama “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
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The latest installment of the popular animated series is visually rewarding family fare Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ***@
Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.
e’re barely into the summer film season and some moviegoers are already experiencing 3D-induced trauma. So it’s a good thing “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is an unexpected delight featuring notably spectacular 3D animation — no small feat, since nearly every action or animated movie seems to be released in that big-money technology. The colors jump, the screen has depth and clarity, and the predictable story is enjoyable enough to make this a treat for the whole family. And while the latest offering from DreamWorks doesn’t break any new ground as far as storyline, visually it charges along in an entertaining way. If you haven’t seen and/or have little recollection of the first two “Madagascar” movies, no worries — this film easily stands on its own. The story: Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (the always-hilarious Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are abandoned in Africa by those pesky penguins Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Chris Knights), who’ve gone to Monte Carlo. Undeterred, the foursome (inexplicably) gets to Monte Carlo, believing it’s the next step in trying to return home to their beloved New York City zoo. But after a daring escape from animal control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand, in her first-ever animated voiceover role), Alex and his furry friends join a travelling circus with the hope that a promoter will discover their talents and send them back to New York. Problem is, they don’t have any distinct talents or performance skills, but that’s just a simple obstacle that comes with the territory of
children’s movies. While with the circus, they befriend Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), a tiger who’s lost his big-top mojo, goofy but lovable sea lion Stefano (Martin Short), and sultry jaguar Gia (Jessica Chastain) who catches Alex’s attention. Aside from the penguins, King Julien the lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen), Maurice the Aye-Aye (Cedric the Entertainer) and Mort the mouse lemur (Andy Richter) also return, adding even more pizzazz to the inevitable onscreen animal antics. Since nearly all of the characters have familiar and obvious story arcs, directors Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon (yes, it’s quite unusual to have three directors on one movie) bring very little originality or evolution plot-wise. In all other ways, however, their efforts are top-notch, and the actors clearly have fun playing up their characters’ silliness. Add to this some good laughs and a cheery selection of pop tunes — highlighted by a nice use of Katy Perry’s “Firework” — and there’s never a dull moment as you watch characters you like, care about and root for. Best of all, though, is the animation, which is bright, detailed and beautiful. In 3D, the destructive action scenes in Monte Carlo are clear and crisp, which gets things off to a good start. From there, the story moves to Rome and London, and all throughout the 3D pops, leaps, jumps and splashes with faces, feathers, fingers and even a fish flying at our faces (in a fun way). There’s also great depth in most scenes: When the action gets high-flying in Monte Carlo, note the detailed images of the skyline, or the similarly clean skyline details and depth when Marty gets shot out of a cannon in the mountains. The animation is gorgeous, arguably more so than any other animated movie thus far. Far from being yet another money-grab sequel, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is a visually splendid, wonderful treat — a worthy summer contender for family film fun.
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THE ElIZABETH POINTE lOdGE AmElIA ISlANd The Pointe is situated on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Focusing upon individualized attention with a staff that wants to exceed your expectations, The Pointe offers a complimentary full breakfast, Wi-Fi, beach equipment, a morning newspaper and parking. Room service and concierge assistance are available 24 hours. And it’s only a short bike ride to the historic seaport of Fernandina. Custom packages available.
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Beautiful antebellum Inn with spacious guest rooms boasting the modern amenities guests love while safekeeping the old world charm. Romantic working fireplaces, antiques from around the world, private baths, whirlpool tubs, spa robes and fresh flowers are a few of the luxuries you may expect. Enjoy our beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and our sweeping verandahs. Feast on a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning and sip wine ‘neath 500-year-old oak trees. All your worries will drift away.
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Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville. The Life Aquatic: The popular critters return for more animated adventures in “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”
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Beardism: Indie folkie Ben Prestage performs at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub on June 21 and 22.
BEN PRESTAGE Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 at 9 p.m. Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach 246-4293
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ressed in his signature railroad hat, plaid button-down and jeans, it’s hard to tell what Ben Prestage would look like without an enormous mountain-man beard covering his face. A Florida native who makes his living as a one-man-band, Prestage frequently performs at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach and other Northeast Florida venues. Now 33, Prestage grew up on a 14-mile dirt road near Indiantown (which his website describes as “panther, gator and cottonmouth country”) and currently lives in retirement hotspot Vero Beach. His musical heroes include Hank Williams Sr., R.L. Burnside, Bukka White, Fred McDowell, Doc Watson, Dock Boggs and “newer stuff” by Tom Waits and Junior Brown. A multi-instrumentalist in every sense of the word, Prestage is a finger-style guitarist who also plays cigar-box guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap steel guitars, fiddle, resonator guitar and foot drums. When Prestage isn’t touring Florida as a one-man-band, he can be found traversing the rest of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa. “I find the one-man-band a musical medium that has not reached its full potential,” Prestage tells Folio Weekly. “I feel like I have more freedom musically, and generally than I do working with other musicians.” Prestage was born into a musical family: His great-grandmother was a vaudeville musician who toured with Al Jolson (once dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”) and performed in medicine shows. His grandfather, a
Mississippi sharecropper, taught Prestage about the sound of the blues. But it was a neighbor in Florida who turned the young musician on to the banjo and bluegrass. As a young man, Prestage spent a few years busking in Memphis, Tenn. There, he found that adding the rhythmic element of a drum kit to his singing and guitar-playing really grabbed people’s attention. As a multi-instrumentalist with a newfound big sound, he experienced an organic evolution toward becoming a oneman-band. Over the years, Prestage has worked hard honing his craft. He’s taken part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for three consecutive years — snagging fourth, third
bands that were nominated and the judges included Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Joshua Redman, among others.” Prestage was also nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 33rd annual Blues Music Awards hosted by the Blues Foundation. Again, he didn’t win, but felt honored to be grouped among estimable players and “modern blues heavyweights” like multiinstrumentalist Otis Taylor, violinist Lionel Young, mandolinist Rich Del Grosso and the winner, lap steel guitarist Sonny Rhodes. Now 33, Prestage has a lot of musical years left in him. For now, he’s spending his summer on various European and North America tours. Prestage is also working on two new albums he
“I find the one-man-band a musical medium that has not reached its full potential,” Prestage tells Folio Weekly. “I feel like I have more freedom musically, and generally than I do working with other musicians.” and second place awards. He is also the only two-time recipient of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for Best Diddley-Bow Player for his prowess on the homemade, one-string folk instrument. And his original, contemporary songwriting take on the folk idiom has earned him the designation of The Most Unique Performer at the Songwriters Showcases of America. Most recently, Prestage’s sixth full-length album since 2002, “One Crow Murder” (2011/ indie), was nominated for an Independent Music Award. Though he didn’t win, Prestage notes the nomination was “quite an honor.” He continues, “There were some other great
expects to complete over the next 12 months. One is an old-timey disc that will feature the banjo and fiddle, the other a blues-based CD of all-original music. “There’s no telling what the future holds,” Prestage admits. “But I think within the next few years, I may be able to win an Independent Music Award and/or a Blues Music Award. I just gotta get the right album out there. So far, I’ve performed in a dozen countries and I will continue to travel anywhere that wants to book me.” Kara Pound email@example.com
Jersey Devils: The Garden State’s Bouncing Souls bring their raucous sound to Freebird Live.
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After two decades, Bouncing Souls have still got the jump on the pop-punk scene THE BOUNCING SOULS with THE MENZINGERS and LUTHER Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach Tickets are $16 246-2473
unk rock’s aversion to change can be viewed as a negative or a positive. Critics deride the genre for hewing to the standard threechord line. But devoted punk fans treasure consistency above all else. That’s why New Jersey quartet The Bouncing Souls has thrived since the late 1980s. Incubated in the notorious basement scene of New Brunswick, the band has changed members only once, parting with original drummer Shal Khichi in 1999. They’re even still traveling in “White Castle,” the junky Ford box truck that’s clocked well over 300,000 miles on the road. The Bouncing Souls have changed things up ever so slightly this year, recording “Comet,” their ninth studio album, with celebrated punk producer and former The Descendents and Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson. “Comet” is still full of The Bouncing Souls’ upbeat, energetic, fist-pumping anthems — and that’s fist-pumping in the original hardcore sense of the word. After all, The Bouncing Souls have been plying their punk-rock trade since The Situation was still in diapers. Folio Weekly caught up with bassist Bryan Kienlen to talk self-released material, waving the Garden State flag and living in the moment.
Folio Weekly: You just got back from Europe and then played The Bamboozle Festival in your New Jersey backyard. That must have been a nice prelude to the crazy summer tour you have planned. Bryan Kienlen: It was great. That was our second time overseas this year, and we’re going back at the end of the summer. We’re maniacs. But man, I wish I could ride my beach cruiser to every show like we did at Bamboozle. F.W.: Your new album, “Comet,” was recorded with acclaimed producer Bill Stevenson in Colorado. What was that experience like? B.K.: Inspiring from start to finish. I don’t know how we went this long without working with Bill. He’s an absolute genius, and part of his genius is how he’s assembled a few other geniuses working symbiotically in his studio. We were able to get
a lot done in a short amount of time because we set out to make a simple, direct punk record — nothing extravagant, no over-bloated budgets, just real, DIY, simple and old-school. F.W.: Most Bouncing Souls albums have been released on the band’s own label, Chunksaah Records. But you’re doing “Comet” jointly as well with Rise Records. Why? B.K.: We just want as many people as possible to know about and hear this record. They’re very well equipped at spreading the word, so it feels like a really great partnership. F.W.: In the early days, was self-releasing all about just getting your music out to fans without waiting on label support? B.K.: I couldn’t have said it better myself. We didn’t want too many hands in the pot telling us what to do. Early on, we realized we were wasting our time waiting on help. So we just borrowed money from friends and did it ourselves. F.W.: Long before “Jersey Shore” mucked up the Garden State’s reputation, you guys were vocal adherents of your New Jersey stomping grounds. Have you had to disprove stereotypes from the get-go? B.K.: Even as far back as the beginning of The Bouncing Souls, we were catching sh*t about being from New Jersey. So you create that attitude: “Yeah, I’m from Jersey — f*ck you.” You get tired of people thinking about only Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. It’s a lot of fun representing New Jersey. Telling people to f*ck off fits like a glove. F.W.: The Bouncing Souls have been at this for almost 25 years. Is there an endpoint in sight? Or do things feel just as fresh as they did at the beginning? B.K.: We get the same rush from every show that we’ve always gotten — that’s what we keep coming back for. As long as we keep having fun, we’ll keep doing it. Our whole deal has been never spending too much time dwelling on the future. We try to make the most of the moment — if the moment’s good, we go. “Comet” is like a big gust of wind in our sails that’s going to carry us through the next year or two. We’re stoked to spread the word about this record and just play it like a motherf*cker.
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Jam Up, Jelly Tight: Tommy Roe (right foreground), Chris Montez and four hopeful lads from Liverpool, on tour in 1963.
Bubblegum pop maestro Tommy Roe serves up a confectioner’s blend of rock and roll AN EVENING WITH TOMMY ROE Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach Tickets are $38 and $46 209-0399
n the ’60s, recording artists from Marvin Gaye to Creedence Clearwater Revival issued musical field reports on everything from the Civil Rights Movement to the war raging in Vietnam. Yet there was a parallel movement geared toward delivering pure distraction and good-time escapism, ideally in the time it took for a 45 rpm single to spin. This genre was called Bubblegum Pop — and Tommy Roe was considered its king. Like many of his Southern musical peers, the Georgia-born Roe originally started playing in a fairly underground scene, essentially the white person’s extension of the deep blues. Yet after his self-penned, Buddy Holly-style rocker “Shelia” hit the charts at No. 6, the then-20-year-old musician never looked back, honing his songwriting skills into pop gold. Roe originals like 1966’s “Sweet Pea,” the next year’s “It’s Now Winter’s Day,” “Dizzy” (1968) and 1970’s “Jam Up and Jelly Tight,” helped satisfy the sweet tooth of many ’60s music fans while paving the way for the soft rock and the blue-eyed soul of bands like The Archies, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Ohio Express and even The Monkees. Tommy Roe (tommyroe.com) has a new album finished and performs at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on June 17. The now-70-year-old Roe spoke to Folio Weekly from his longtime home in Beverly Hills, about the power of three-minute songs, the “bubblegum” tag and his lesser-known connection to The Allman Brothers.
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Folio Weekly: When you started out, singles were the currency of the industry. Now with the advent of downloads, that’s come full circle. Do you think that’s a good or bad thing? Tommy Roe: It’s really amazing what has happened today. When I was making records in the late ’50s and early ’60s, the whole thing was about … trying to sell a song. First, you had to sell it to the DJ to even get it played. I was what they called a formula writer, trying to write a three-minute, little story for a single record. Albums weren’t really considered saleable at all. So now it has somehow gone back to that same experience, and I think that’s kind of cool. People are primarily just downloading certain songs instead of albums. I think it’s
really great because, to me, the secret of the record business has always been the songwriter. Without a good song, there is nothing there. F.W.: Even though you were labeled a “bubblegum pop” musician, you had already spent time playing rockabilly and harder stuff. Did that label kind of irk you? T.R.: At first, I took as a kind of dig. But if you think about it, I was really one of the only ones doing that kind of music in the ’60s. And I think that was why I was so successful, because I managed to write these kinds of softer rock
“The secret of the record business has always been the songwriter — without a good song, there is nothing there.” songs and people seemed to dig them. F.W.: So like that old Liberace line, you were “crying all the way to the bank”! T.R.: There ya go! [Laughs.] Absolutely! F.W.: Before he was a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, you gave bassist Berry Oakley his first big break as member of your backing band, The Roemans. T.R.: Well, actually, The Roemans were already together down in Florida — but they were still spelled “Romans.” When I went down to do shows in Clearwater, they were usually on the bill with me. I wound up hiring them to tour as my backing band and they agreed to changing the spelling of the name to “Roeman.” We were touring in the Midwest and our bassist, Joe Pappalardo, was informed that he was getting drafted and had to go back to Florida. So Joe just disappeared on us one night [Laughs.], leaving the band without a bassist. We went to a club, I think in Appleton, Wis., and Berry was playing guitar in the band onstage. So we stole Berry from them. To make a long story short, he joined the band, came down to Florida and was in the band for about a year and a half. Berry was a really, really talented guy. And he was surely very instrumental in The Allman Brothers Band being such a great group. Dan Brown email@example.com
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CONCERTS THIS WEEK
DAY OF VENGEANCE, PHINEAS and ALL I LOST This night of metal and hard rock gets into gear at 7 p.m. on June 13 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. THE FALLING BONES Music by the Sea Summer Concerts continues with the local rockers The Falling Bones at 7 p.m. on June 13 at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. This family-friendly event, held every Wed. through Sept. 26, features samplings from a local restaurant each week. Bring coolers, blankets and beach chairs. 347-8807. ORGONE These indie rockers play at 8 p.m. on June 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. DEVOURING PLAGUE, TAKEN INTO EXILE, RED SEAS, SHAG HARBOR The hard-edged bands appear at 6 p.m. on June 14 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. BIG PINEAPPLE Concerts in the Plaza celebrates its 22nd season with free concerts, this week featuring local act Big Pineapple at 7 p.m. on June 14 under the oaks of the Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn, located between Cathedral Place and King Street, in historic downtown St. Augustine. The free concerts are held at 7 p.m. every Thur. through Aug. 30. Bring lounge chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. staugustinegovernment.com/sites/concerts-plaza THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED These local rockers play at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Urban Flats, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-5515. MAN MAN and RALEIGH MONCRIEF Avant musicians Man Man perform at 7 p.m. on June 14 at CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $15. 460-9311. KIX BROOKS Country singer Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn fame, performs at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. Tickets are $10. 645-5571. LOST IN THE TREES and DAYTONA Orchestral indie poppers Lost in the Trees appear at 7 p.m. on June 14 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 353-6067. lostinthetreesatunderbelly-autohome.eventbrite.com THE HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR: THE TURTLES featuring
FLO AND EDDIE, MICKY DOLENZ, GARY PUCKETT, THE BUCKINGHAMS and THE GRASS ROOTS These â€™60s rock superstars perform at 8 p.m. on June 14 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $35 and $45. 355-2787. THE MALAH and LUCKY COSTELLO This night of sweet jam band action starts at 8 p.m. on June 14 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-7496. STEPHEN SIMMONS & MOLLY JEWELL The singer-songwriters perform at 8 p.m. on June 14 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. CHUCK NASH Singer-songwriter Nash plays at 8 p.m. on June 14 at Fionn MacCoolâ€™s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, downtown. 374-1247. LUMAGROVE and OPPOSITE BOX Electronica band Lumagrove is on at 9 p.m. on June 14 at 1904 Bar, 19 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville. 356-0213. JAVIER MENDOZA Singer-songwriter Mendoza plays at 9 p.m. on June 14 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. THE HOLIDAZED These local rockers hit the stage at 10 p.m. on June 14 at Bikini Beach Lounge, 2840 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $5. 241-5454. GIVING UP, LIFE PARTNER and THUNDERHOOF These punkers tear it up at 11 p.m. on June 14 at Nobbyâ€™s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $3. 547-2188. BRAXTON ADAMSON and THE DIRTY GRINGOS Braxton Adamson plays at 5:30 p.m. and The Dirty Gringos play at 9 p.m. on June 15 at Fionn MacCoolâ€™s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, downtown. 374-1247. GHOST RADIO Local group Ghost Radio performs at 7 p.m. on June 15 at Dames Point Marina, 4542 Irving Road, Jacksonville. 751-3043. THE OUIJA BROTHERS The local players channel some fine tunes at 7 p.m. on June 15 in the Courtyard at 200 First Street, Neptune Beach. 241-1026. JACOB CREEL Singer-songwriter Creel performs at 7 p.m. on June 15 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. THE FAMILY STONE The Family Stone, featuring former members of Sly Stoneâ€™s band,
are on at 7 p.m. on June 15 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $46 and $56. 209-0399. ANTIQUE ANIMALS and OPIATE EYES These local indie rockers play at 8 p.m. on June 15 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 353-6067. SIDEREAL, ARTOFFICIAL, NORTHE, THE OVIBES and STORIES OF THE SWINGS This night of local rock action kicks off at 8 p.m. on June 15 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 398-7496. FISH OUT OF WATER The local combo appears at 8:30 p.m. on June 15 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. ROSCO CAINE These Northeast Florida favorites play at 9 p.m. on June 15 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. MR. AL PETE CD Release Party with JASON PLUS ONE, THE IGIVE, JUST WILL and DJ NOFAME Rapper Mr. Al Pete releases his new album, â€œFish in the Forest,â€? at 9 p.m. on June 15 at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. FIREWATER TENT REVIVAL These roots musicians play at 10 p.m. on June 15 at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 Sailfish Drive E., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Summer More Than Other performs at 10:30 a.m., Lon & Lis Williamson play at 11:45 a.m., Cheap & Easy are on at 2:30 p.m., Zach Tremblay plays at 4 p.m., Shawn Lightfoot & the Brigade at 6 p.m. and The Committee wraps it up at 8:30 p.m. on June 16 at the weekly arts market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com kLoB and DOMENIC kLoB performs at 4 p.m. and Domenic plays at 8 p.m. on June 16 at Green Room Brewing, 228 N. Third St., Jax Beach. 201-9283. A TRIBUTE TO STEVE IRVINE with CUTTER, DANNY DELVES & THE DEADLY NIGHTSHADES, DILLINGER, GREG WHITE, MOJO ROUX, MERCURY LACED, PARK STREET BAND, ROCCO MARSHALL and more Local bands honor the late proprietor of Yesterdayâ€™s Social Club with live music starting at 5 p.m. on June 16 and 17 at 3638 Park St., Jacksonville. 223-3822. JOHNSTON DUO This acoustic group plays at 6:30 p.m. on June 16 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595.
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THE DOYLE DUO The acoustic twosome performs at 7 p.m. on June 16 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. SUNJAMMER These sunny local rockers play at 7 p.m. on June 16 at Dick’s Wings and Grill, 10391 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. 880-7087. PAWN TAKES KINGS and ALL NIGHT WOLVES The hard rockers appear at 8 p.m. on June 16 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. GUITAR REDD The popular player is on at 8 p.m. on June 16 at Dames Point Marina, 4542 Irving Road, Jacksonville. 751-3043. ROD MacDONALD The folksinger plays at 8 p.m. on June 16 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. POOR RICHARDS, ALL IN, SOUNDRISE, FFN This evening of raucous punk begins promptly at 8 p.m. on June 16 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $8. 246-4273. CRASH THE SATELLITES and RICKOLUS Local indie rockers Crash the Satellites celebrate the release of their new CD at 8 p.m. on June 16 at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. WES PIPES & SINSAY, STRIFE ANNUNAKI LEWIS, TOUGH JUNKIE, D.A.R.Y.L. and more This evening of hip hop kicks off at 9 p.m. on June 16 at The Fat Kat, 1187 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 374-9264. SOMETHING DISTANT These local rockers play at 9 p.m. on June 16 at Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, downtown. 374-1247. LIFT This band, featuring guitar shredder Alfredo Linsangan, performs at 9 p.m. on June 16 at 3 Lions Sports Pub & Grill, 2467 Faye Road, Jacksonville. 647-8625. GOLIATH FLORES The multi-instrumentalist plays at 1 p.m. on June 17 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. MR. NATURAL The local faves play at 4 p.m. on June 17 at Dames Point Marina, 4542 Irving Road, Jacksonville. 751-3043. JK WAYNE The singer-songwriter plays at 5 p.m. on June 17 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. JACKYL, ROSCO CAINE, THE MONSTER FOOL and DUDES ON A RUG Southern rock metal heads Jackyl are on at 7 p.m. on June 17 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 223-9850.
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TOMMY ROE Bubblegum pop king Tommy Roe relives your past and celebrates his future at 8 p.m. on June 17 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $38 and $46. 209-0399. THREE BAD JACKS, BEAU & THE BURNERS These rockabilly and rootsy rockers play at 8 p.m. on June 17 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. SHATTERMAT, XGEEZER and SONS OF YOUNG This night of local punk and rock kicks off at 9 p.m. on June 17 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St. Jacksonville. 353-4686. AMONGST THE FORGOTTEN, UNEXPLAINABLE, TOWARDS ALASKA, XHONORX, SETTING FIRES, RAISED BY ZOMBIE WOLVES These punk and metal bands play at 7 p.m. on June 18 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. BOUNCING SOULS, THE MEZINGERS, LUTHER New Jersey punks Bouncing Souls play at 7 p.m. on June 18 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $16. 246-4273. SONS OF YOUNG, WETLANDS, UNCLE MARTY These adorable punk scamps hit the stage at 9 p.m. on June 18 at Nobby’s, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $4. 547-2188. ENGLAND IN 1819, SHAWN LIGHTFOOT & THE BRIGADE and SHONI This night of innovative indie rock kicks off at 9 p.m. on June 19 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St. Jacksonville. 353-4686.
SCOTT McCREERY June 21, Whisky River THE VOODOO FIX June 21, Brewster’s Pit THE IVEY BROTHERS June 21, Fionn MacCool’s The Landing ARS PHOENIX, OS OVNI, NATIONAL DAIRY June 21, Burro Bar BEN PRESTAGE June 21 & 22, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub AMI DANG June 21, The Present Moment Café SPANKY THE BAND June 22 & 23, Cliff’s Bar & Grill LONG MILES, QUINCY MUMFORD & THE REASON WHY June 22, 1904 Bar BRAXTON ADAMSON and C4X BAND June 22, June 21, Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing ILCASOVELLE, ROBBIE HAZEN, HOOBIEU and JACOB CREEL June 23, Riverside Arts Market ONE NIGHT STAND June 23, Mayport Tavern
TOMMY TALTON June 23, European Street Café Southside THE GOOTCH June 23, June 21, Fionn MacCool’s, The Landing PORTER, ELDER and HOLLOW LEG June 23, Burro Bar SLICKWATER June 23, Billy’s Boathouse Grill MIDSUMMER EVE SPIRIT GATHERING with TROPIC OF CANCER, KATIE GRACE HELOW, BROWN BAG SPECIAL, OUIJA BROTHERS June 23, Karpeles Manuscript Museum RAILROAD EARTH June 24, Freebird Live JEREMIAH AKIN June 25, Burro Bar ERIC JOHNSON June 27, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TECH N9NE and MACHINE GUN KELLY June 28, Plush ROAD LESS TRAVELED June 28, Urban Flats Ponte Vedra Beach CHRIS C4 MANN June 28, Fionn MacCool’s, Jacksonville Landing IVARDENSPHERE June 28, Brewster’s Pit THE RIDE June 29 & 30, Cliff’s Bar & Grill RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND June 29, St. Augustine Amphitheatre RAMBLE ON (LED ZEP TRIBUTE) June 29 & 30, Mayport Tavern BRAXTON ADAMSON and C4X BAND June 29, Fionn MacCool’s, The Jacksonville Landing COREY SMITH June 29, Mavericks THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS June 29, Freebird Live TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAIN KILLERS June 29, Mojo Kitchen BLUEMINGRASS, ROAD LESS TRAVELED and HOKU-LOA POLYNESIAN DANCE June 30, Riverside Arts Market PARTY TRAIN June 30, Fionn MacCool’s, Jacksonville Landing SLICK RICK June 30, Skyline Sports Bar FREEDOM FESTIVAL: MOLLY HATCHET, J. COLLINS BAND and 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. and SHORTSTAKK June 30, The Phoenix Taproom HEAVY PETTY (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE) and MUSA FARMAND June 30, Freebird Live MARIE MILLER, ADAM SAMS, COREY KILGANNON, GROUP THERAPY and others July 1, First Baptist Church of Orange Park CHROMA July 6, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub POTLUCK and KUNG FU VAMPIRE July 6, Brewster’s Pit GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, WET NURSE, TIGHT GENES and THE MOLD July 6, Nobby’s DANIEL LEVI GOANS July 8, Burro Bar THOSE DARLINS July 8, Jack Rabbits THE NESKIMOS July 9, Nobby’s ABK and DJ CLAY July 13, Brewster’s Pit TREVOR HALL, ANUHEA, JUSTIN YOUNG July 13, Freebird Live FRESH MUSIC FESTIVAL July 13, Veterans Memorial Arena FREE PHAZE, DIOPTRICS, PREZ CRICKET, MEGATRON and RIC DOLORE July 13, 1904 Bar JOHN CARVER BAND CD RELEASE July 14, Freebird Live WHETHERMAN, THE GREAT STATE July 14, 1904 Bar 311, SLIGHTLY STOOPID and THE AGGROLITES July 18, St. Augustine Amphitheatre ANDERS OSBORNE July 19, Freebird Live THE HOLY SH*TS, THE RESONANTS July 19, Nobby’s WHETHERMAN, CANARY IN THE COALMINE and ANTIQUE ANIMALS July 20, Freebird Live BADFISH (Sublime Tribute), SCOTTY DON’T and FULL SERVICE July 21, Freebird Live DAMON FOWLER July 21, Mojo Kitchen WAYLON THORNTON & THE HEAVY HANDS July 21, Nobby’s THE DUKES OF SEPTEMBER RHYTHM REVUE (DONALD FAGEN, MICHAEL McDONALD and BOZ SCAGGS) July 27, St. Augustine Amphitheatre YES and PROCOL HARUM July 28, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KINGS OF HELL July 28, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub VACATION CLUB and NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ July 30, Nobby’s LITTLE FEAT July 31, The Florida Theatre ZOOGMA and SIR CHARLES Aug. 1, Freebird Live UNCOMMON MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 1, The Florida Theatre POWERBALL, THE PINZ and SHATTERMAT Aug. 4, Burro Bar FORMATTA Aug. 4, Freebird Live GIRL’S ROCK CAMP SHOWCASE Aug. 4, The Florida Theatre AARON NEVILLE Aug. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall NEON TREES and WALK THE MOON Aug. 8, Freebird Live JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and RACHEL FARLEY Aug. 9, Veterans Memorial Arena LESS THAN JAKE Aug. 10, Freebird Live BRET MICHAELS Aug. 10, Whisky River U2 BY UV (U2 TRIBUTE) Aug. 11, Freebird Live COMING THIS FALL CD RELEASE Aug. 17, Freebird Live WET NURSE Aug. 18, Nobby’s REBELUTION, THE EXPENDABLES and 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 TIGHT GENES Aug. 25, Nobby’s SUBLIME WITH ROME Aug. 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DAVID DONDERO, SCREAMIN’ EAGLE Aug. 30, Nobby’s TRAIN and MAT KEARNEY Sept. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre CHEAP TIME and SEXCAPADES Sept. 8, Nobby’s 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
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.
Upper and Lower Case of Soul! kLoB performs on June 16 at 4 p.m. at Green Room Brewing, 228 N. Third St., Jax Beach. Led by singer-keyboardist Kip Kolb (pictured), the eclectic quintet has produced its new release, â€œExaggerate the Follow-Through.â€? 201-9283. DARRYL WORLEY, DAVID LEE MURPHY and BO BICE Sept. 22, Thrasher-Horne Center BLONDIE, DEVO Sept. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KEIKO MATSUI Sept. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE WOBBLY TOMS Oct. 19, Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BLUES TRAVELER Oct. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center
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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 Javier Mendoza at 9 p.m. on June 14. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin actual
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.
BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat.
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THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZi-Rok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry Sun. MUDVILLE GRILLE, 1301 Monument Rd., 722-0008 Live music every Sun. from 2-6 p.m. TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.
THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins house every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin dance every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band at 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.
(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 610-7461 Acoustic Night on June 17 BEACHES TOWN CENTER COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-1026 Ouija Brothers from 7-10 p.m. on June 15. Kelly Green on June 16 BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BIKINI BEACH LOUNGE, 2840 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 241-5454 The Holidazed at 10 p.m. on June 14 BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt Lanham from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on June 13. David Pooler at 5:30 p.m. on June 14. Green Tea Logic at 6 p.m. on June 15. 4Play at 5:30 p.m. on June 16. Kurt Lanham from noon-4 p.m., Slickwater from 4:45-8:45 p.m. on June 17
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 Sho Nuff at 7 p.m. on June 12. Fish Out of Water at 8:30 p.m. on June 15. Johnston Duo at 6:30 p.m., Karaoke at 10 p.m. on June 16. JK Wayne at 5 p.m. on June 17. Indigo Blue Jazz at 7 p.m. on June 19 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, 410 N. Third St., 242-9499 Live music every weekend FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Firewater Tent Revival at 9 p.m. on June 15. Canary in the Coalmine on June 16. 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 Poor Richards, All In, Soundrise and FFN at 8 p.m. on June 16. Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers and Luther on June 18. Bobby Lee Rodgers on June 22 GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 kLoB and Domenic at 4 p.m. on June 16 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Brady Reich at 8 p.m. on June 13. Mark O’Quinn on June 14. Evan Paluszynski on June 15. John Austill on June 16. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 2492922 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Shady Nasty at 10 p.m. on June 15 & 16. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Uncommon Legends 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 Shot Down (AC/DC tribute band) at 9:30 p.m. on June 16. DJ Buster every Wed. & Fri. Hoobieu with Jacob Creel every Thur. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Charlie Walker on June 13. J2K on June 14. Confluent on June 15. Brady Clampett on June 16. Red Beard & Stinky E on June 17. 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 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. 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 Canary in the Coalmine on June 14. Chroma on June 15 RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers at 7 p.m. on June 13. Mark Williams on June 14. Cloud 9 on June 15 & 16. Mr. & Mrs. Smith on June 17 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 Bucksmith on June 13. Fish Out of Water on June 14. Retro Katz on June 15 & 16. Ron Perry Duo on June 17. Live music every Tue.-Sun. TIDES BEACH BAR, Hampton Inn, 1515 First St. N., 241-2311 Live music every Thur. & Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
mid. on June 14. Braxton Adamson from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dirty Gringos at 9 p.m. on June 15. Something Distant from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on June 16. Live music every weekend THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Lyons from 6-10 p.m. on June 14. Warehaus Katz from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on June 15. The Ride 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on June 16 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 Mr. Al Pete, Jason Plus One, The IGive, Just Will and DJ NOFAME at 9 p.m. on June 15. Crash the Satellites and Rickolous at 8 p.m. on June 16. Live music most weekends UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Lost in the Trees and Daytona at 7 p.m. on June 14. Antique Animals and Opiate Eyes at 8 p.m. on June 15 ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Simply Righteous at 8 p.m. on June 15. Confluent at 9 p.m. on June 16. 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 June 13. DJ BG on June 14. Boogie Freaks at 9:30 p.m. on June 15 & 16. Reggae with Rezolution at 4 p.m. on June 17. Deck music at 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.
BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Day of Vengeance, Phineas and All I Lost at 7 p.m. on June 13. Devouring Plague, Taken Into Exile, Red Seas and Shag Harbor at 6 p.m. on June 14. Jackyl, Rosco Caine, The Monster Fool and Dudes on a Rug at 7 p.m. on June 17. Amongst The Forgotten, Unexplainable, Towards Alaska, Xhonorx, Setting Fires and Raised By Zombie Wolves at 7 p.m. on June 18 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Rosco Caine at 9 p.m. on June 15 & 16. 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.
YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., 221-9994 Live music every weekend
JULINGTON CREEK, NW ST. JOHNS
SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & 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. DICK’S WINGS, 10391 Old St. Augustine Road, 880-7087 Sunjammer at 7 p.m. on June 16 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., 880-515 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. 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.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Garage Band at 8 p.m. on June 15. Knight Roxx at 8:30 p.m. on June 16. Banjii Evans at 4 p.m. on June 17. Local talent every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.
ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Bryan Ripper on June 13. Randy Jagers at 8 p.m. on June 14. Domenic Patruno at 8 p.m. on June 15. D-Lo Thompson on June 16. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 Billy Bowers from 7-10 p.m. on June 15. Mike
1904 BAR, 19 Ocean St., 356-0213 Lumagrove and Opposite Box at 9 p.m. on June 14 BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Shattermat, XGeezer and Sons of Young at 9 p.m. on June 17. England in 1819, Shawn Lightfoot & The Brigade and Shoni at 9 p.m. on June 19. 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 Chuck Nash from 8 p.m.-
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Rapper Mr. Al Pete (pictured) performs with Jason Plus One, The IGive, Just Will and DJ NOFAME on June 15 at 9 p.m. at The Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. The show is a CD release party for Mr. Al Pete’s latest effort, “Fish in the Forest.” 798-8222.
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 Brian Rogers at 8 p.m. on June 13. Jimmy Solari on June 14. Billy Buchanan on June 15. Randy Jagers on June 16. Live music every Wed.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Ryan Crary on June 13. Charlie Walker at 8 p.m. on June 14. Dave Hendershott on June 15. Be Easy on June 16. 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 Kix Brooks and Jared Ashley at 8 p.m. on June 14. x for Alive After Five on June 15. Scotty McCreary on June 21. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 X-Hale on June 15. ’80s night with Pop Muzik on June 16. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Wed.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
More Baby Boomer Rock for Your Buck! The Happy Together Tour presents The Turtles with Flo and Eddie (pictured), Mick Dolenz from The Monkees, Gary Puckett, The Buckinghams and The Gras Roots, on June 14 at 8 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $35 and $45. 355-2787.
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., Ste. 208, 280-5515 The Road Less Traveled from 7-10 p.m. on June 14. Evans Bros. on June 15. Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.
THE FAT KAT, 1187 Edgewood Ave., 374-9264 Wes Pipes & Sinsay, Strife Annunaki Lewis, Tough Junkie, D.A.R.Y.L. and others at 9 p.m. on June 16 FLA RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, 243 S. Edgewood Ave. DJ DreOne spins every Wed. for open mic nite HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Coming This Fall, Velagto, Love Cunningham and Brice Davis at 7:30 p.m. on June 15. Battle of the Bands for Scream the Prayer with Me & the Trinity, Refuge, City in Peril, Returners, Words Like Vines and Day of Vengeance at 7 p.m. on June 16 YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 A Tribute to Steve Irvine with Cutter, Danny Delves & The Deadly Nightshades, Dillinger, Greg White, Mojo Roux, Mercury Laced, Park Street Band, Rocco Marshall and more at 5 p.m. on June 16 & 17. 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 Billy Bowers at 8 p.m. on June 14. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine on June 15 & 16 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 June 12. Rusty Bluegrass at 8:30 p.m. on June 15. Huskey Burnette at 8 p.m. on June 16. Colton McKenna at 2 p.m. on June 17 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 15 CAFE ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 Man Man and Raleigh Moncrief at 7 p.m. on June 14 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg at 7 p.m. on June 15. Kenny & Tony at 2 p.m., Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg at 7 p.m. on June 16. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on June 17 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty
Cowell at 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Ty Cowell from 6-9 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 8254805 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 Mike Hart Trio at 9:30 p.m. on June 15 & 16. John Winters at 1 p.m. on June 17. 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 Giving Up, Life Partner and Thunderhoof at 11 p.m. on June 14. Sons of Young, Wetlands and Uncle Marty at 9 p.m. on June 18 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Billy Bowers from noon-4 p.m. on June 17. 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 Spanky at 9 p.m. on June 15 & 16. 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.
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 Stephen Simmons and Molly Jewell at 8 p.m. on June 14. 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 Orgone at 8 p.m. on June 13. The Malah and Lucky Costello at 8 p.m. on June 14. Sidereal, Artoffical, Northe, The Ovibes and Stories of the Swings at 8 p.m. on June 15. Pawn Takes King and All Night Wolves at 8 p.m. on June 16. Three Bad Jacks and Beau & the Burners at 8 p.m. on June 17 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.
BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes from 7-11 p.m. every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Rod MacDonald at 7:30 p.m. on June 16 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell at 7 p.m. on June 12. VJ Josh Frazetta at 8:30 p.m. on June 14. The Ride at 8:30 p.m., DJ Jeff Bell at 11:30 p.m. on June 15. Ronnie Pittman Band at 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu at 11:30 p.m. on June 16
BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Wed. DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Road, 751-3043 Ghost Radio on June 15. Guitar Redd on June 16. Mr. Natural at 4 p.m. on June 17. Open mic every Wed. DJ Steve spins every Thur. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic with Al Poindexter on June 14. Jacob Creel on June 15. The Doyle Duo at 7 p.m. on June 16. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on June 17 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Lift at 9 p.m. on June 16. Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. To get listed, send band name, time, date, venue location, street address, city, admission price, contact number to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline 4 p.m. Tue.
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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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In Your Face
Shocking News: Tom Green makes four appearances this week at The Comedy Zone.
Grown-up Comedian Tom Green still delivers wisecracks up close and personal TOM GREEN 8 p.m. on Thur., June 14 and Fri., June 15; at 8 and 10 p.m. on Sat., June 16 The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville Tickets are $20 and $25 292-4242
n the late 1990s, Tom Green — a littleknown Canadian with his own cable-access show — was signed to MTV. Though the show had aired in his hometown of Ottawa, Americans were unaware of his brand of in-your-face idiot humor. But “The Tom Green Show” was an instant hit, with Green tormenting his parents in their bed and strangers on the street with tasteless antics and bizarre performance-art skits. Though he went on to a successful career in film, and eventually documented his own surgery for testicular cancer in “The Tom Green Cancer Special,” his groundbreaking guerrilla-style comedy has always been his trademark. Before all the madness, though, Green was a stand-up comic. A few years ago, Green returned to his stand-up roots. He recently spoke to Folio Weekly about his career, the media and what reality TV isn’t.
Folio Weekly: What brought you back to stand-up? Tom Green: I started doing stand-up when I was 15, you know, 25 years ago — not to date me, or anything — but it was something I was doing very much as a young kid who was just excited about the possibilities of doing comedy. That was my first step in exploring the world of show business up in Canada. I was very young, so I was treated almost like a “mascot” of the comedy clubs in a way. They really were very encouraging. I went and did many other things after that. … but three years ago — I was doing this web talk show that I’ve been doing, which became virally successful online — and I said this would be a good time to get back and really focus on what I never really stopped and really focused on. Specifically on stand-up. So about three years ago, I started really concentrating on it full-time. I stopped working on other things, and have been on the road ever since.
Talking about our addiction to technology and how the world was better before Facebook, and how marriages suffer from Facebook and how we’re addicted to our text-messaging and how we’re not communicating with each other the same way any more. This is a theme that I love to talk about. I also talk about the media. I’ve had a unique experience in life. I was doing this public access show as a kid. I got picked up by MTV and thrust into the mainstream American pop culture and got to do amazing things — like host the David Letterman show and “Saturday Night Live” — and be in the middle of a media experience that not a lot of people get to have. And because of that, it has given me a bit of perspective. I started out with my show, poking fun at television. I always liked to go out and make a goof of the mainstream establishment. I would do such outrageous things on my show, and it wasn’t just to shock people. It was to make this point that, “Hey, look, you’ve never seen this on television” — whether it was me humpin’ a dead moose or painting crazy pornography on my parents’ car — they were shocking things, but it was to make this point, you know, look, television is a very controlled medium. I don’t
“I always liked to go out and make a goof of the mainstream establishment. I would do such outrageous things on my show, and it wasn’t just to shock people.”
F.W.: What kind of material are you doing? T.G.: I’ve had a lot of fun comparing what the world was like before to what it’s like now.
think a lot of people realized that. F.W.: You’re seen largely as a goofball, but your stand-up seems a bit more critical. T.G.: I always have [been a critic of media]. It’s just the media, or people, haven’t focused on that aspect. If you go back and look at my early shows on MTV, there were tons of moments at the desk — obviously it wasn’t “The Daily Show” — but it also wasn’t just gross-out comedy. F.W.: It was more “reality TV” than what passes for reality TV today. T.G.: It was absolutely more real. The No. 1 priority was to maintain this authenticity to the reactions that we got from people. That involved people not having a light in their face or being tipped off or knowing in advance that they were going to be on TV or being signed onto the show as a cast member and getting a paycheck. F.W.: Does your improvisational style translate to your stand-up shows? T.G.: It’s always very spontaneous. That’s what I love about doing stand-up. [I’m] up in front of an audience — who’s never seen me do stand-up, generally, so they don’t know what to expect. And I begin speaking about all sorts of different things that are hopefully important to them — and they react. It’s the way people react which then leads me to instantly decide where I’m gonna go next. That’s what’s fun about it. John E. Citrone email@example.com June 12-18, 2012 | folio weekly | 35
LA CAROLINE Students and alumni from FSCJ perform excerpts from Jennifer Chase’s original rock opera, a musical telling of a French settlement at Jacksonville’s Fort Caroline, at 8 p.m. on June 15 at Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation. 632-3373. BELLE OF AMHERST Sinda Nichols stars in William Luce’s one-woman play based on the life and writings of Emily Dickinson at 1 p.m. on June 16 at the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 Laura St. N., Jacksonville. 630-2665. THE LIVES AND WIVES OF HENRY FLAGLER The Limelight Theatre presents this dinner theater performance about the Northeast Florida tycoon at 6 p.m. on June 14, 21 and 28 at Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95. 825-1164. THE WIZARD OF OZ Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents its theatrical adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s classic fantasy about Dorothy, Toto, a few magical friends, the Wicked Witch and one sharp pair of red shoes, at 7:30 p.m. on June 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19 at 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. The show is staged through July 22. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. TROJAN WOMEN Players by the Sea presents Euripides’ classic Greek drama about the aftermath of war and those left behind at 8 p.m. on June 14, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on June 17 at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. The play is staged through June 23 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289. CAROUSEL Orange Park Community Theatre presents Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical about the lives and loves of folks in 19th-century small-town Maine at 8 p.m. on June 15 and 16 and at 3 p.m. on June 17 at 2900 Moody Avenue, Orange Park. The show runs through June 28 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets are $20. 276-2599. STEEL MAGNOLIAS Robert Harling’s comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Louisiana women is staged at 8 p.m. on June 14, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on June 17 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. The production runs through June 23 with evening and matinee performances. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749. HOT MIKADO Theatre Jacksonville presents this musical comedy, a humorous send-up of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” at 7:30 p.m. on June 14, at 8 p.m. on June 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on June 17 at 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. The show runs through June 23 with evening and matinee performances. Ticket prices are $25 on Fri. and Sat.; $20 for seniors, military, students on Thur. and Sun. 396-4425. BINGO THE WINNING MUSICAL The audience gets to play along as they follow the adventures of three women intent on getting to the bingo hall in this musical-comedy staged at 7:30 p.m. on June 14, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on June 17 at The Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. The play is staged through July 1 with evening and matinee performances. 825-1164. AMATEUR NIGHT SEMI-FINALS AT THE RITZ The Ritz Theatre & Museum presents its Amateur Night semi-finals at 7:30 p.m. on June 15 at 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville. Admission is $7.50. 632-5555. MAD COWFORD IMPROV This local comedy troupe performs at 8:15 p.m. on June 15 and 16 and every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
GEM SHOW SEEKS ARTISTS The 24th annual Gem & Mineral Show seeks artists working in the fields of gems and minerals, lapidary, fossils, glass, metals or any earth science-inspired work for its upcoming event held Sept. 21, 22 and 23. jaxgemandmineral.org PLAYERS BY THE SEA SEEKS ACTORS PBTS seeks actors to fill roles for six men and six women (late teens to early 50s) for its production of “Sordid Lives,” a “black comedy about white trash.” Auditions are held at 11 a.m. on June 16 at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Actors should prepare for a cold reading from script. The show runs Aug. 24-Sept. 8. 249-0289. ABET SEEKS ACTORS Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre is seeking actors for its upcoming production of the musical revue, “Jerry’s Girls.” The casting is for three women (18 and older) with strong voices. Those auditioning should prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song and bring sheet music. An accompanist is provided. Be prepared to learn a short dance combination. Auditions are held at 4 p.m. on June 24 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-7177.
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JAX CHILDREN’S CHORUS SEEKS HELP Jacksonville Children’s Chorus seeks a part-time coordinator for various programs and tasks related to the choir. A cover letter, résumé and three references may be sent to Darren Dailey, Artistic & Executive Director, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, 225 E. Duval St., Jacksonville FL 32202 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 353-1636. THEATRE SEEKS INSTRUCTORS Limelight Theatre seeks dance instructors for children, teens and adults, and 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.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS SEASON FINALE The Ritz Chamber Players perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven and Hailstork at 7:30 p.m. on June 13 at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts’ Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. The work of local artist Cecilia Ann Washington Carr is displayed during the concert. Tickets are $20; $5 for students. 354-5547. KELLY GREEN Jazz artist Green performs at 7 p.m. on June 16 in the Courtyard at 200 First Street, Neptune Beach. 241-1026. FATHER’S DAY AT UNITARIAN Cee Cee Severin joins folksingers Ken and Tom Connors in a concert at 10:45 a.m. on June 17 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. FLORIDA YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra hosts the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras in a performance of works by Bizet, Sibelius and Saint-Saëns at 2 p.m. on June 17 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. 354-5547. JAZZ VESPERS St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church holds candlelight Jazz Vespers at 5:30 p.m. on the third Sun. of each month, including June 17, at 37 Lovett St., St. Augustine. 829-8828. 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
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
The Art Institute presents its Portfolio Show, featuring work by graduates including Courtney Caldwell (pictured, “Fisher”) on June 14 from 5-8 p.m. at 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville. Industry professionals, prospective students and art lovers: Don’t miss this important exhibit. 486-3000. 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 Highway 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. CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Philip and Mark Estlund: Born of the Sun” is on display through June 22. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The exhibit “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art” is on display through 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 photography exhibit, “First Coast Reflections,” is on display through June 29. “The Ending of the Civil War” is on display through Aug. 28. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. The comedy “Office Space” is screened at 6:30 p.m. on June 14. Admission is $10. 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 semi-finals are held at 7:30 p.m. on June 15. Admission is $7.50. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 910-8925. The exhibit “Infinite Compositions,” featuring recent works by Brittany Acocelli and Carolyn Porras, is featured through June. ANCHOR BOUTIQUE 210 St. George St., Ste. C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. Jewelry designers Deanna Ashley and Claire Summers Buck are the featured artists for June. THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. An exhibit by The Turning Arts Group is featured through June. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 3551757. The group show “Toes and Hands” runs through June 28.
AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. An exhibit of recent work by painter Susan Strock is on display through June. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St. # 1, Jacksonville, 855-1181. “Spaces – a Collection of Photographs by Dennis Ho” is on display through July 22. CAMPUS GALLERY FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, 6323310. Painter Arlen Tabor’s exhibit, “North Side Inspirations,” is on display through July 27. CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville. The exhibit “Dark Nature: Eric Gillyard and Crystal Floyd” is displayed through June. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. The exhibit “Paint & Stone,” featuring recent works by painter Marilyn Antra and sculptor Lurah Patrick, is on display through July 13. 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. GALLERY GROUP AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, 486-3000. The Portfolio Show is held from 5-8 p.m. on June 14. 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. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. Pat Hitchcock presents an exhibit of horse paintings during June. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. The opening reception for the exhibit “Creative Visions: Art by the Youth of St. Johns County” is held from 8:15-9 a.m. on June 19. The exhibit runs through Sept. 21. 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 featured artists through June. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. An exhibit of recent work by Shaun Thurston is on display through July 31. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. Glass artist Helen Cowart is the featured artist for June. 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. 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 email@example.com. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tues. for the next week’s issue. Events are included on a space-available basis.
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Pictures of Home: 1) ”Paradise Lost” and 2) “The Wood Burner” (both black-andwhite, 15”x20” prints) 3) Mary Atwood describes her current photographic project. 1
The Place and the Time
Photographer Mary Atwood zooms in on local landmarks and the stories that develop
eople who believe that every picture tells a story should meet Mary Atwood. While that adage might be true, there is a certain benefit in having someone behind the lens who knows how to capture the tale. The Jacksonville-based photographer’s passion is evident as she describes both her impetus and the stories behind her latest exhibit, “First Coast Reflections.” The collection of 27 black-and-white images chronicles various historic landmarks in the Northeast Florida area. The exhibit is currently featured at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, a fitting venue whose own historical significance and natural lighting enhance Atwood’s work. “I look for a story,” Atwood explains, as she guides a writer through the collection of 15'' x 20'' prints lining the walls. “I look for something in the way these people lived and what they went through.” Atwood started her endeavor a little over a year ago. A subsequent Art Ventures grant from the Community Foundation helped make the project come to light. “The concept behind doing this project, and the reason I wanted to do it,” Atwood says, “is because I have a deep, abiding love for the history of this area.” A native of Hixon, Tenn., Atwood’s father was a military photographer who taught her to use a Kodak Brownie when she was a child. The family moved to Jacksonville when she was 10, the same year she was given her first camera, a Polaroid Swinger. By age 13, Atwood had moved on to shooting 35mm prints and a year later was developing the images in her darkroom. “It’s a passion and something I have
always loved,” she says. Shooting only in available light, Atwood uses a Nikon D300 digital camera, taking upwards of 400 shots to get her final image. That attention to detail helped drive her search for historic sites. “The tiniest little thing will set me off searching on the Internet for days about investigating a single detail.” Atwood hopes the exhibit will focus much-needed attention on these landmarks, which she fears are being forgotten in the
“Every single person has contributed to history in some way,” Atwood says. “It may seem small and not really that meaningful until you really step back and look at it.” media age. “So many of these places are really, really struggling,” she says, citing an experience of trying to venture upstairs at the Kingsley Plantation, but being turned away because the flooring was too weak to support anyone. “Anything I can do with my artwork to get people to just go and visit and maybe, as they are leaving, donate an extra $5, or do something to try to really support these historic treasures.” Atwood points to one particular image she personally finds “very moving” — a still
life of a wood-burning stove taken at the Chesser Island Homestead, on the eastern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. “My first thought was, ‘Here we are in the Okefenokee, where it gets blazing hot at the drop of a hat and this woman is raising seven children and cooking for them on a wood-burning stove.’ The sacrifice of that just moved me.” Some images are more playful, such as that of a very uncomfortable-looking sleeping garment from the 19th century. “Can you imagine trying to wear this in St. Augustine?” she marvels. “I can’t, but that was an era when modesty was more important than comfort.” A work in progress, the exhibit was numbered at 13 when displayed at the Museum of Science & History and 17 prints when featured at JaxPort. The collection is next scheduled for display at the Main Library in July and then moves to Orange Park’s Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in September. Atwood would like to eventually collect the images in a book. Until then, she plans to continue her creative campaign to shed light on the wealth of local lore and the people behind the tales. “Every single person has contributed to history in some way,” she says. “It may seem small and not really that meaningful until you really step back and look at it.” Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Atwood’s exhibit, “First Coast Reflections,” is displayed through June 29 at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. For more information and to view Atwood’s work, visit maryatwoodphotoart.com.
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PETER DUNBAR Local attorney Dunbar presents “A Son Discovers His Father’s War” at 2 p.m. on June 17 at Jacksonville Historical Society, 317 Randolph Blvd., downtown. His father, Carl, was an aviator with the Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-214 in the unit later known as Black Sheep under the command of Pappy Boyington. Admission is free; however, sign up in an email to email@example.com. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows include Laser Beach Boys at 7 p.m., Laser Spirit at 8 p.m., Laser Country at 9 p.m. and LaserMania at 10 p.m. on June 15 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA The 22nd annual series continues with Big Pineapple performing from 1-5 p.m. on June 14 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 The Falling Bones from 7-9 p.m. on June 13 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers its fare. 347-8007. staugbchcivicassoc.com FERNANDINA FARMERS MARKET Local farmers and business owners offer farm-direct fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of organic products and specialty foods, gourmet baked goods and plants from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the corner of Centre and Seventh streets, Fernandina Beach. fernandinafarmersmarket.com FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce, homemade chai tea and San Marco local honey are offered from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., corner of LaSalle and Hendricks, in Swaims United Methodist Church parking lot. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
ASK A LAWYER The Jacksonville Bar Association and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid hold this free “Ask-A-Lawyer” event from 9 a.m.-noon on June 16 at NJCDC Corporate Offices, 3416 Moncrief Road, Ste. 200, Jacksonville. Attorneys conduct individual, 10-to15-minute consultations to provide guidance regarding family law matters, employment, landlord/tenant, wills and estates, bankruptcy and foreclosures. jaxlegalaid.org SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB A candidate forum for School Board seats is held at 11:30 a.m. on June 13 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. UNF SMALL BUSINESS CLASS “Marketing 101” is held from 6-9 p.m. on June 12 at the Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. The fee is $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. Nonprofit Strategic Planning is held from 9 a.m.-noon on June 15; the fee is $40. 620-2476. sbdc.unf.edu Government Contracting 101 is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 13 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. For reservations, call 265-4700 or go to bsecenter.net. 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 debut novel, “Hurricane” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 16 at San Marco Bookstore, 1971 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 396-7597. STEVE BERRY New York Times bestselling author Berry signs copies of his new thriller, “The Columbus Affair,” at 7 p.m. on June 15 at The Bookmark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.
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TOM GREEN Comedy Zone All Stars appear at 8 p.m. on June 12 and 13. Tickets are $6 and $8. Drew Barrymore’s ex-hubby Tom Green appears at 8 p.m. on June 14 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on June 15 and 16 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians from 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffeehouse, 1602 Walnut St.,
Yak it Up! 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, along with canoe or kayak rentals to explore the marshes on your own. Kayak Amelia, 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. 251-0016. kayakamelia.com Springfield. 355-9791. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Mike Rivera and Ben Bergman appear at 8:30 p.m. on June 15 and 16 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. LATITUDE 30 Richy Lala and Doug Almeida appear at 8 p.m. on June 15 and 16 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 365-5555.
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL June 21-23 & June 28-30, Cathedral Basilica, St. Augustine VOICEPLAY A CAPPELLA CONCERT July 3, World Golf Village MOSH’S MASCOT TONCA’S BIRTHDAY BASH July 14, Museum of Science & History EDDIE GRIFFIN July 28, T-U Center’s Moran Theater WWE RAW WORLD TOUR Aug. 3, Veterans Memorial Arena
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
LIFEGUARD COMPETITION The third annual Jax Beach Paddle Challenge is held at 8 a.m. on June 16 at the JB Lifeguard Station, on the ocean where Beach Boulevard meets the sand, Jax Beach. Divisions include 6-mile surf ski, 6-mile surf dory, 6-mile standup paddle, 6-mile paddleboard, 2-mile longboard and 1.5-mile short board contests. Registration is $40; go to active.com ROLLER DERBY DOUBLEHEADER River City Rat Pack skates against the Vero Beach Vandalettes at 6 p.m. and Duval Derby Dames skate against South Florida Roller Girls at 8 p.m. on June 16 at Jax Indoor Sports, 3605 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door; kids younger than 10 are admitted free. 3993223. jacksonvillerollergirls.com TEACHERS ON THE ESTUARY WORKSHOP GTM Research Reserve hosts a Teacher on the Estuary workshop from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 13 at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. The goal of the research and fieldbased teacher training initiative of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System is to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of the environment. Course content/ activities are aligned with Florida Sunshine State Standards. For reservations, go to gtmnerrtote.eventbrite.com or call 823-4500. TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARK A park ranger discusses the different songs of Talbot Island’s feathered residents at 2 p.m. on June 16 at the multi-use trail pavilion, south beach area on Little Talbot Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. 2512320. floridastateparks.org JACKSONVILLE SHARKS The other hometown football team takes on the Philadelphia Soul at 7 p.m. on June 16 (Halloween in June) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900. JACKSONVILLE SUNS The local Southern League team plays the Tennessee Smokies at 7:35 p.m. on June 21 (Thursday Night Throwdown) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 7:05 p.m. on June 22 (Saved by the Bell’s Mr. Belding Appearance, Family Fireworks), at 6:05 p.m. on June 23 (ARod Bobblehead Giveaway), at 3:05
p.m. on June 24 (Military Appreciation) and at 1:05 p.m. on June 25 (Camp Day No. 1). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com MARINELAND LECTURE SERIES GTM Research Reserve’s Oyster Reef Project Coordinator Lauren Flynn offers “oyster visual demonstrations” from 1011 a.m. on June 19 at Marineland field station, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., off A1A. Local oyster reefs have significantly decreased in size and number due to various factors, but oysters play an important role in the coastal marine system, filtering pollutants from the water, helping maintain water quality. For reservations, go to gtmnerrmarinelandlecture. eventbrite.com or call 823-4500. 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 offer stand-up paddle board minilessons 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
SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP Become a scientist! Build space robots! A new adventure awaits each week at the Museum of Science & History’s Summer Adventure Camps, held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. through Aug. 10 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. In addition to handson instruction, planetarium programs and science shows, campers explore the museum’s exhibits, including the new T. rex Named Sue! Camps are offered for Pre-Kindergarteners (Pre-K Camps are half-day or full day) through sixth graders. Extended-care is available. For details and fees, call 396-6674, ext. 226 or register online at themosh.org. THEATRE CAMP A two-week musical theater camp, for kids ages 5-16, is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri., June 18-22 and 25-29 at Lisa Allen Danceworks, 10880 Coilerain Road, St. Marys. Call for details, (912) 673-9161. ladanceworks.net SUMMER ARTS CAMPS The Performers Academy offers dance, theater, acting, creative builders, guitar, art, music and baby dance camps held from now through Aug. 3 at 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Camp times and fees vary. Extended hours are available; lunch and snacks are included. For details, call 3227672 or go to theperformersacademy.com GIANTS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP The ABA National Championship Jacksonville Giants offer summer basketball camp June 11-14 at Indoor Sportsplex, 3605 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. Kids ages 8-18 receive instruction from Giants players and coaches, as well as a Giants T-shirt, skills evaluation and tickets for a Giants game for their family. 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com JACKSONVILLE ZOO Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens presents a new 4-D ride theater,
this is a copyright protected proof © featuring Happy Feet Mumble’s Wild Ride, open from 9:30 a.m. to a half-hour before closing, daily. The ride can fit up to 18 people per ride. Cost per ride is $3 for Zoo members and $4 for general public; riders must be at least 42” tall. The Zoo is located at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. jacksonvillezoo.org 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 the largest, most complete and bestpreserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered: 42 feet long and 12 feet tall. 396-6674. themosh.org
BIKERS FOR THE CURE The inaugural Motorcycle Ride & Poker Run is held at 9 a.m. on June 16 starting at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Proceeds benefit the North Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Registration is open online at komenpokerrun.com. 448-7446. JCCI SUMMER SERIES Jacksonville Community Council Inc. presents a community inquiry, “Am I My Parents’ Keeper?”, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 14 at 2434 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. The sessions are held every Thur. through July 26. 396-3052. jcci.org KEEP THE FERRY FUNDRAISER Green Room Brewing celebrates its first anniversary with the release of Secret Spot Ale, live music and a roast pig on June 16 at 228 Third St. N., Jax Beach. Proceeds benefit the Keep the Ferry Organization. 254-2700. IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK The Betty Griffin House organization holds an informational presentation and one-hour tour to see programs firsthand at 5:30 p.m. on June 18 at the St. Augustine Outreach Center facility. Call 808-9984 for directions and reservations. FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on June 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. Karla Pierce, M.A., adjunct philosophy instructor, FSCJ and Jacksonville University, discusses “What Would Socrates Ask?” 419-8826. firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org
CLASSES & GROUPS
ARBORIST CERTIFICATION EDUCATION The Duval County Extension Office/UF IFAS offers a prep class for those who would like to take the arborist certification test and become a certified Arborist. This four-part series is held from 5-9 p.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and July 5 at the Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. Class fee is $50. To register, call 255-7450 or go to eventbrite.com/ event/3404048601.
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NAACP MEETING The monthly membership meeting is held at 7 p.m. on June 14 at 1725 Oakhurst Ave., Ste. 401, Jacksonville. 764-7578. promise of benefit firstname.lastname@example.org DILL PICKLING CLASS The Duval County Extension Office/UF IFAS holds a workshop on making dill pickles from 9 a.m.-noon or from 1-4 p.m. on June 12 at the Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. Class fee is $20. To register, call 255-7450. GARDEN PLANNING 101 get the most out of your garden with discussions about basics of garden planning and hands-on activities, from 10 a.m.-noon on June 16 at Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center, 376 Fourth St. S., Jacksonville Beach. Admission is free, but space is limited. To register, call 270-9205 or email email@example.com. LEARN TO MEDITATE The meditation class, “Meditations for a Kind Heart,” is held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 16 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach. Donation is $20 ($15 for students). 222-8531. MeditationInJacksonville.org MEN’S WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT PROGRAM Have you tried every diet known to man? Have you successfully lost weight only to gain it back? We are a group of men with similar experiences who get together at 9 a.m. every Sat. and 7 p.m. every Wed. at 12001 Mandarin Road, Rm. 9, Jacksonville. There are no fees or dues. Call 217-7904 for info. Affiliated with Overeaters Anonymous. COMMUNITY HOSPICE Community Hospice of Northeast Florida offers support groups and grief workshops held at various times throughout the area. For details and reservations, call 407-6330. communityhospice.com 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. 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. 3586262, 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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A Roaring Good Time: The inaugural Motorcycle Ride & Poker Run, Bikers for the Cure, is held on June 16 starting at 9 a.m. at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville and ends at Riverside Arts Market. The event features live music and proceeds benefit the North Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Registration is open online at komenpokerrun.com. 448-7446. June 12-18, 2012 | folio weekly | 39
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(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. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT A contemporary sports lounge. Burgers, sandwiches, wings, nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The RitzCarlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy. 277-1100. $$ 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. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island vibe. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drivethru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery, juice bar. Extensive menu features vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$
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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. $$
EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ 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 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. $$
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $
ANCIENT CITY SUBS Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, now in Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows Rd.). 446-9988. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ 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 Brand new in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Timoti’s Fry Shak focuses on malts, shakes, Reubens, fresh local seafood — fried, or grilled for tacos, salads or sandwiches — ready for Cubans, burgers, and traditional carry-out or to enjoy out on their tin-roofed patio. breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Rd. 641-4877. $$ Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ (In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Extensive shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Subs are made(Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. to-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club 444-8862. $$ Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesered snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. steak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. 646-1881. $$ L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet 2011 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and potatoes, wide varieties of barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 249-8704. bonosbarbq.com $ 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO F Authentic Thai dishes made with OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2011 Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian 242-8226. $ items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. CASA MARIA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Springfield. 527-8649. $$ 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX *Bite Club Certified! F Chef D, Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd. 402-8084. $ Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood
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handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili and daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood a promise ofwith benefit Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ 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. $$
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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ For questions, your ofadvertising representative at the first floorcall of the Museum CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Onplease Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 of benefit sUpport Ask for Action ext. 231.promise $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ 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. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brick-ovenbaked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées. In the Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
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NAME: Arielle Coutu RESTAURANT: Tapa That, 820 Lomax St., Riverside BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville YEARS IN THE BIZ: 8-plus FAVORITE RESTAURANT (besides mine): 13 Gypsies on Stockton FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Traditional Spanish. FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic and shallots. IDEAL MEAL: Filet mignon and King crab legs with truffle mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Raw onion. INSIDER’S SECRET: It all starts with your knife – become friends. CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT TAPA THAT: Dave Chappell. GUILTY PLEASURE: Velveeta shells & cheese.
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 seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$
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BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ VINO’S PIZZA With four Jacksonville locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$
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. $$
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AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on
the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine of local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS See St. Johns Town Center. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$
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AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery has classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, made from scratch, including petit fours, custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6. 389-7117. $ BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS The new spot offers artisan-crafted, small-batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery has pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ 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. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT This new place puts a modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, using locally/organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $
A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ 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. $$
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BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Burger in St. Augustine and OP/Fleming Island. Burgers made with fresh ground beef and there’s a wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, Kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-the-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ 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. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax 2011 winner. Nonfat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The popular recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest
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ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ 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. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2011 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racing-themed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$
ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2011 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$
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. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax winner. Wine by the glass. Tapasstyle menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo,
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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. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade from Mama’s award-winning recipes: spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 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. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Bd. 306-2188. $$ 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. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual El Potro has fresh, madeto-order fare. Daily specials, buffet most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd.,
564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax 2011 winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2011 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ 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
ROYAL PALMS VILLAGE WINES & TAPAS 5 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri. 296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, 372-0052 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 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
The (Cockroach) Social Network
No insect is in greater need of a public relations boost than the cockroach, and Dr. Mathieu Lihoreau of Rennes, France, provided it in a recent issue of the journal Insectes Sociaux. Roaches are highly social, suffer when isolated, recognize members of their own families and appear to make “collective decisions for the greater good” of their community, according to a review of the research in May by BBC Nature. They act in “emergent forms of cooperation” — “swarm intelligence.” Functioning mostly through chemical cues, they advise their homeboys where to find food and water, where the good crawl-into cracks are for sleeping and how to stay attached to their social networks.
Challenging Business Models
Dr. Jason Burke rolled out his “Hangover Heaven” medical bus fleet in Las Vegas in April, offering revelers a faster, clinically proper recovery from a night of excess drinking for a $90-$150 fee. After giving their medical history, “patients” receive intravenous saline, with B and C vitamins and whatever prescription or over-the-counter drugs are appropriate, says Burke, a licensed anesthesiologist. No drunks are served; the patient must be in the “hangover” stage. One M.D., who hosts a radio show, told CBS News, “I think many doctors are kicking themselves because they didn’t think of this first.” No Trademark for You: A restaurant set to open in April in West Palm Beach, Fla., named with a Japanese word suggesting “good fortune, wealth and prosperity,” was denied a trademark by the Florida Division of Corporations. The name in question: the Fuku. In April, Alabama’s alcoholic beverage control agency rejected Founders Brewing Co.’s request to sell its Dirty Bastard beer in the state, even though Founders pointed out the state already permits another company to sell Fat Bastard wine. The agency acknowledged the similarity, but said Fat Bastard was approved years ago and no one at the agency now recalls why. In April, Taiwan tabloid Apple Daily profiled a 27-year-old man who said he’s tripled his earlier salary by becoming a public snitch, turning in videos of litterers and spitters violating Taipei laws that reward informants a fee of one-fourth the amount of any fines. In the last two years, the man (“Chou”) said he’s had 5,000 cases result in fines, for which he’s been paid $50,000. He said he now teaches snitching classes.
Science on the Cutting Edge
Researchers Need to Believe: Surely the world’s longest-running science experiment is the 85-year-old continuing project to visually ascertain whether “pitch” (a tar) is liquid. Begun at England’s Cambridge University, the project is now housed at Australia’s University of Queensland, where the custodian believes the next drop (the ninth ever) will fall in 2013. The previous teardrop-shaped bead descended in 2000. Researchers know dung beetles can roll perfectly made balls with their back legs and can periodically mount the balls, pirouette and climb down and be on their way. Emily Baird of Sweden’s Lund University explained why in the journal PLoS One’s January issue:
The beetles are gathering celestial readings to help shepherd their balls home, away from predators. Baird’s specialty is learning how animals with tiny brains perform complex tasks, and to test the dung beetle, she patiently watched 22 of them guide their balls through an obstacle course her team created. People with the condition Alternating Gender Incongruity (AGI) say they periodically, but repeatedly, sense themselves as of the opposite gender, sometimes imagining to have “phantom genitalia” of that gender. University of California San Diego’s Center for Brain & Cognition Professor Vilayanur Ramachandran tested 32 previously undiagnosed AGI sufferers and found mild correlations with multiple-personality disorder, bipolar disorder and, oddly, ambidexterity. His research appeared in April in the journal Medical Hypotheses and was reviewed by Scientific American.
Leading Economic Indicators
Only about 16 percent of stock market transactions consist of what most people think of as buying or selling of company or mutual fund shares (“real” investors, interacting with actual brokers). The rest, according to analysis by Morgan Stanley’s Quantitative and Derivative Strategies group, covering Oct.-Dec. 2011, were performed by computers acting automatically, at staggeringly high frequency, using software algorithms, buying or selling mindlessly, based on what trading firms needed to fill out their portfolios’ profitably on a second-by-second basis. Two homeless, penniless men in Fresno, Calif., are setting a high bar for frequency, and expense, of ambulance trips to the hospital. A 41-year-old who says he has “a major problem with my liver” and a 51-year-old allegedly seizure-prone man called for a combined 1,363 trips in 2011, which at the market rate would’ve cost them $545,000 (apart from hospital evaluations, which would’ve cost more than $500,000), according to a February Fresno Bee investigation. Taxpayers and the insured foot the bills (reduced somewhat because the ambulance company and the hospital take lower fees). Neither the ambulance company nor the hospital can refuse to serve the men, and efforts to talk them out of the trips are either futile or too laborious for emergency technicians to try.
The expense of caring for a pet, at least among the affluent, appears to be recession-resistant, amounting to about $50 billion in the U.S. for 2011, according to a trade association. Much of that is spent on advanced medical services like bone marrow transplants at North Carolina State University (65 already performed) and stent procedures to open clogged bladders or kidneys (630 last year) at New York City’s Animal Medical Center. Said one man, who’d paid about $25,000 to treat his 10-year-old dog’s lymphoma, “I wondered if I was doing this for selfish reasons. I asked myself, ‘If I were a 10-year-old dog, would I want to go through this?’ ” (Unfortunately, considering dogs’ short life spans, cancer remissions are almost always short-lived.) Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net June 12-18, 2012 | folio weekly | 45
ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s time for your right hand to find out what your left hand’s been doing lately, and vice versa. They’ve been attending to their separate agendas for a while, and now it’s wise to have them work together more closely. As they get reacquainted, a bit of friction is understandable. You may have to be a mediator. Try to get them to play nice before jumping in to negotiate how best they can cooperate in the future. And be firm: no slapping or fighting allowed.
he meant that if you’re not always pushing to make your life better, you must not have very high standards or passionate goals. I can see the large grains of truth in that, but I don’t think it applies in all cases; like for you now, for example. During the upcoming grace period, it makes sense to be perfectly content with the state of your life just as it is. It won’t make you lazy and complacent. Just the opposite, in fact: It charges your psychic batteries and creates a motivational energy reservoir for the second half of 2012.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Some relationships you call “friendships” may be little more than useful connections, status boosters or affiliations to enhance your power and influence. There’s no shame in that. But it’s also smart to make sure that at least some of your alliances are rooted primarily in pure affection. Exchange energy with folks who don’t serve your ambitions so much as they feed your soul. The weeks ahead are an excellent time to cultivate friendships like that. Take good care of those you have, and be alert for a possibility of a new one.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): 24-year-old actress Annalynne McCord has rebelled against what she calls “Hollywood’s perfection requirement.” Lately she’s been brazenly appearing in public with no makeup. She’s even encouraged paparazzi to snap photos of her in her natural state. “I’m not perfect,” she says, “and that’s OK with me.” I nominate her for your role model in the weeks ahead. You’ll be able to stir up useful blessings by being loyal to raw truth. You gain power by not hiding anything. Yes, I know that’s in conflict with core Scorpionic philosophy. I guarantee it’ll be fun to be free of unrealistic images and showy deceptions.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do you remember what you were doing between July 2000 and June 2001? Think back. Did anything happen then that felt like a wild jumpstart, a series of epiphanies or a benevolent form of shock therapy? Were you forcibly dislodged from a rut by an adversary who was eventually an ally? Did you wake from a sleepy trance you didn’t even know you’d been in? I’m guessing some of those experiences return in the months ahead, but on a higher octave this time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Author Steven Covey describes your “circle of concern” as everything you’re concerned with or worried about. Your “circle of influence,” on the other hand, is anything within your ability to change now. Like, you may have general long-term questions or anxieties about the future of your health. That’s your circle of concern. But your circle of influence has specific actions to take to affect your health today, like eating good food, getting enough sleep and exercising. What do I see? The weeks ahead are a great time to spend less time in the circle of concern and more in the circle of influence. Stop dreaming about what may happen, and take charge of the details. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a wild zoo about two hours northwest of Seattle. After paying the fee, you can drive your car through acres where large animals roam free. When I took the tour, I stopped my rented Dodge Stratus by the roadside to get a better look at a humongous buffalo with a humped back and a long woolly beard. It lumbered over to where I was and for the next five minutes thoroughly licked my windshield with its enormous purple tongue. My head was just inches away from its primal power, and yet I was safe, relaxed and quite amused. Don’t be surprised if you have a similar experience soon. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In the Biblical book of Genesis, Jacob dreamed of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. Try to incubate a similar dream, or do some meditations in which you visualize that scene. It’ll help prime your psyche for one of this week’s top assignments: Be adaptable as you go back and forth between very high and very low places. Heaven and Earth need to be better connected. So do the faraway and the close-at-hand, as well as the ideal and the practical. And you’re the right person for that. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Thomas Edison said something to the effect that a person who’s thoroughly satisfied is probably a failure. I guess 46 | FOLIO WEEKLY | JUNE 12-18, 2012
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): 19th-century Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev once called fellow novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky a “pimple on the face of literature.” But more than 100 years after that crude dismissal, Dostoyevsky is much more highly regarded than Turgenev. Use this as inspiration if you have to deal with anyone’s judgmental appraisals of you in the days ahead. Their opinions say more about them than you. Refresh your understanding of the phenomenon of “projection,” in which people superimpose fantasies and delusions on realities they don’t see clearly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take a few deep breaths. It’s important not to get overly worked up about your recent diversion from the Truth and the Way. It’s not like you sold heroin to high school kids or dumped toxic waste in a mountain stream, right? True, you’ve incurred a minor karmic debt that ultimately has to be repaid. And you’ve been reminded you can’t let yourself lower standards even slightly. But I doubt any of it matters in five years — especially if you atone now. So give yourself a spanking, make a definitive plan to correct your error and start cruising toward your life story’s next chapter. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Have you ever tried to drink from a fire hose? The sheer amount and force of the water shooting out the end makes it hard to actually get any moisture in your mouth, let alone enjoy the process. On the other hand, it’s kind of entertaining, and it does provide a lot of material for funny stories later. But are those good enough reasons to do it? I say no. That’s why I advise you, metaphorically speaking, to draw sustenance from a more contained flow in the week ahead. Cultivate a relationship with a resource that gives you what you really need. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The week ahead’s an excellent time to declare independence from anything that depresses, obsesses or oppresses you. You’ll attract help from unexpected sources if you take that brave action. At the same time, it’s a perfect moment to declare your interdependence with anything that fires up your imagination, stirs up smart hope or fills you with a desire to create masterpieces. Be adventurous as you dream about blending energies with the best influences. Rob Brezsny firstname.lastname@example.org
SAW YOU AT RAGTIME 6/2 You had light curly hair and were with a friend with black hair sitting on bar stools directly across from me. I bought you a couple of rounds of drinks and had the waiter deliver a note to you. You came and hugged me to say thank you. I was with a group of friends and couldn’t get to you. I’d love to talk with you and see you again. When: June 2. Where: Ragtime Tavern. #1359-0612 BEST SMILE EVER You: The hottest cowboy there. I’d love to be your 10 at 2 and your 10 at 10. You and tequila make me crazy. Me: You had me from hello. When the sun goes down, no shoes, no shirt, no problem. I can’t see you being anything but mine. I can see myself always being lucky with you. When: May 23. Where: Whisky River, Chris Cagle. #1358-0612 D@P You: Sequin purse, fantastic dancer. The night was yours. Me: Mesmerized by your voice, intrigued with every detail of your personality, and stunned by your kiss. Number exchanges too cliché for us. Take me to the beach with your sequin dress! When: June 2. Where: Riverside. #1357-0612 JAY NINJA Chalk on the sidewalk, zig-zags in the grass, tabouleh in a bowl, wine in your glass. Sticky note #27-22, a Happy Birthday I wish to you. Dinner? Drink? Just to cheer, you know where to find me, I’ll always be here. When: Recently. Where: United States. #1356-0612 BARTENDER WITH COOL NAME We both have different names. You said I have a “cool moustache.” There was a girl at the bar reading I Saw U ads in Folio Weekly. You questioned their legitimacy. Now you know they are real. And you are beautiful. When: June 2. Where: Applebee’s Town Center. #1355-0612 SPARKLING REDHEAD LEFT ME GASPING You: dazzling redhead. Bikini covered by cute white beach dress, on your way to the beach. I wanted to join you. You looked at me from the end of the aisle and gave me the most amazing smile. Me: helped you find that beach chair and get it down. You took my breath away and I can’t get it back. Come back and see me... please? When: June 2. Where: Palm Valley Publix. #1354-0612 LOVER OF THE CORAL NAILS I Saw U from afar sitting @ the bar. I looked up & there you were. Smoking your hookah playing on your computer, not me. My heart fluttered. Then I saw your beautiful coral nails, the same as mine. I knew it was meant to be. I have seen you many times since. Please look up & smile or wave. I’m in such need. When: May 21. Where: Casbah of Avondale. #1353-0612 BLACK CORSET You were wearing a sexy black corset with a nice pair of blue jeans, drinking a Tequila Sunrise. I see you there just about every Wednesday night, very cute and attractive! I wore a Breaking Through shirt, messing around on my computer. You sat next to me, I was kind of nervous. When: May 30. Where: My Place Bar & Grill. #1352-0605 BEAUTIFUL GREEN EYES, BLACK DRESS Beautiful blond with green eyes, in black short dress, sitting alone with dog. Our eyes meet again we should have coffee together. When: May 29. Where: Coffee shop, Baymeadows. #1351-0605 RUBY FROM OHIO, LOST PHONE # Ruby! I met you at Kickbacks, you said you moved down from Ohio. Cute girl with also cute friend, I bought you and friend a beer. I lost your number, phone did not save. Please get back to me, I won’t lose it again. When: May 23. Where: Kickbacks Gastropub. #1350-0605 SEXY WHITE CHOCOLATE WITH DREADS I just arrived at beach. You were walking back to your area of beach. Our eyes locked, we couldn’t stop smiling at each other. My legs were like bricks, I tried to walk to you but couldn’t move. I watch you fade away:-( BIG MISTAKE! You: Nice smile, neat and clean dreadlocks, blue shorts, white tank top, with two little boys. Me: Beautiful black woman, SAD I LET YOU OUTTA MY SIGHT. When: May 19. Where: Jax Beach. #1349-0605 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
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Keeping the Faith
Change at mosque stirs passions, but doesn’t alter the Islamic Center’s mission
lans to construct an Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City stirred passion by confounding the truth. The memories from that summer of discontent flashed back while reading an article by Fatima Hussein on Folio Weekly’s blog Flog, lamenting the voluntary departure of Joe Bradford as the Imam of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida (“So Long, Imam Joe,” flogfolioweekly.com). Once again in the passion of the moment, the writer, who is neither a member nor an active participant at the Islamic Center, neglected to verify facts before making false claims about cronyism and sexism against a storied institution in the city of Jacksonville. The Islamic Center of Northeast Florida (ICNEF) has a three-decade history of serving the educational, spiritual and social needs of its members while also actively promoting better relations with its neighbors. Misunderstandings about Islamic houses of worship in America abound — not only among people of other faiths but also, sadly, although not surprisingly, among Muslims. Such misunderstanding is primarily due to a lack of first-hand knowledge. During the so-called Ground Zero mosque protests, most of those ranting had never set foot inside a mosque. A few well-known Muslim personalities, such as Zuhdi Jasser and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have become celebrities by being critical of Muslims. Their sensationalist criticisms always find some ready ear, despite the fact that the accusations are based on very little personal knowledge about the governing challenges of a young, mostly immigrant, and yet a highly educated minority community that is struggling to preserve its faith identity. Such efforts rhetorically have the effect of standing on the edge of a pond while throwing stones into it. Surely the stones will create a ripple in the pond, but they will fail to clean up any of its life-stifling algae. On average, nearly 600 people worship at ICNEF every Friday and several thousand attend the bi-annual Eid services. Since its inception, the number of worshippers and active members has been on a steady rise. This mirrors a national trend across America. And yet most Islamic Centers, ICNEF being no exception, are mostly managed by volunteers. Although clergies play an important role, Islam does not require the formalism of an ordained clergy to conduct religious services. Lay-members can and often do pick up the pieces when clergy is not available. Between the years 2006-’10, ICNEF did not have an Imam and managed to not just survive but thrive, offering more services and increasing its membership ranks. Consistent with nationwide models of
governance at other mosques, ICNEF is a democratic institution at which dues-paying members elect their Board of Trustees as their apex decision-making body. Since its inception, ICNEF has kept its Board meetings open to its membership. In the last election for the Board of Trustees, conducted only eight months ago, a record number of candidates (over 25, including four women) vied for 11 Board positions, with 80 percent voter turnout. This democratic ethos is further reflected in the views of its leadership, which mirrors national trends showing nine out of 10 mosque leaders wanting Muslims to be more involved in American civic and political life. Internal governance of mosques also echoes this civic consciousness. Interestingly, seven out of the 11 elected to ICNEF’s Board were first-timers, demonstrating a commitment by the membership to infuse new blood into leadership while preserving the wisdom of the founders. Also, the election of a lone woman has sparked an internal debate on how best to preserve the democratic nature of the institution while increasing gender diversity at the highest levels of decision-making. Strikingly, after two centuries of experimentation, we Americans are also struggling with the same dilemma for our high elected offices, such as the U.S. Congress. Although Islam unequivocally supports gender equity, its practice is an evolving issue in American mosques. A decade ago, the Mosque Study Project reported that nearly half of the mosques in America required men and women to pray in separate prayer areas. However, since its beginning, ICNEF has never excluded women from worshipping or sitting in any area of the mosque they may
According to a recently released Hartford Seminary study, “The American Mosque 2011,” the number of mosques in the United States has grown from 1,209 a decade ago to 2,106 in 2011, an increase of nearly 74 percent. Despite this nationwide trend, ICNEF, along with the Jacksonville Masjid of Al-Islam, remain the only two major and active mosques in the city, a great testament to their ability to successfully absorb the growing ranks of worshippers. In addition, ICNEF is religiously nonsectarian and ethnically diverse. It may be the most diverse religious institution in the city of Jacksonville. This is both a challenge and an opportunity. Think about it this way:
Misunderstandings about Islamic houses of worship in America abound – not only among people of other faiths but also, sadly, although not surprisingly, among Muslims. choose to, as long as the norms of Islamic congregational prayers are properly followed. The inclusive nature of the institution is further illustrated in the fact that women head both the full-time Islamic School and the Arabic language school at ICNEF. Most of the teachers in those schools are also women. The same is the case for the completely volunteer-run weekend Sunday School. Most of the social activities are also women-led, such as the very popular Empty Bowls project, highlighting the institution’s commitment to issues of hunger and poverty in the society at large.
While conservative and liberal Jews often worship in different synagogues and while the Southern Baptists and the Episcopalians have separate churches, the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida — since its inception — has accommodated diehards from both the right and the left, Arabs and South Asians, Africans and African Americans, Latinos and whites, all under one roof! An African American, an Arab and a South Asian were among the past Chairmen of the Board. ICNEF is not only a beacon for Muslims in Jacksonville, it’s also welcoming of others. Visit the Center on any given Friday and you are
likely to bump into visitors from all walks of life. Students from FSCJ and UNF are among the most frequent guests, trying to learn about Islam beyond their textbooks. Even greater numbers attend the Annual Sharing Ramadan event, where people of other faiths join Muslims to break the day-long fast with dates and a sip of cold water. A year earlier, when ICNEF hosted its Evening of Gratitude event, in attendance were three mayors of Jacksonville — the past (John Delaney), present (John Peyton) and future (Alvin Brown). The benediction was led by clergy from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Such efforts are not only consistent with the founding values of the institution, they also reveal a desire by the membership to strive toward a better relationship with its neighbors. ICNEF, in more ways than not, reflects the best traditions in Islamic communitarianism and American exceptionalism. The 2007 Pew Survey succinctly captured this spirit best, stating, “Muslim Americans are … decidedly American in their outlook, values and attitudes.” And yet like America itself, the institution is less than perfect and remains on a continual journey toward a more perfect union. Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D
Ahmed teaches Finance at University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and a member of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission. He answers questions about Islam and Muslims on exploreislamtoday.com
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