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Ancient City Con 5 offers a good time for gamers, geeks and newbie freaks. p. 30

Yacht rock and Boomer nostalgia: Michael McDonald brings the quiet noise. p. 22

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22 30 EDITOR’S NOTE p. 4 MAIL JPEF argues its “ONE in THREE” campaign is not intended to call attention to the city’s one-in-three dropout rate. p. 5 NEWS Longtime St. Augustine tourist attraction draws fire from neighbors over explosions and expansions. p. 7 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Stinky beagles, political slights and John Thrasher’s real estate burden. p. 8 Cover Story 3.5 miles across the St. Johns, with nothing but a Speedo and a mission to save the river. p. 13 OUR PICKS Go do something, slug! Folio Weekly’s suggestions for a good time. p. 17 MOVIES Reviews of “Green Lantern” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” p. 18

MUSIC Michael McDonald with Boz Scaggs, The Psychedelic Furs and Winterus. p. 22 ARTS Ancient City Con 5 welcomes gamers, geeks and newbie freaks. Plus the St. Augustine Sculpture Garden is finally in place. p. 30 NEWS OF THE WEIRD How equine herpes brought down Utah cowgirls. Plus — finally — long-distance face-sucking via the Internet. p. 42 BACKPAGE New guidelines for Pre-K programs are setting the standard for early childhood education. p. 47 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 10 SPORTS p. 12 HAPPENINGS p. 34 DINING p. 36 I SAW U p. 43 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 44 CLASSIFIEDS p.45 JUNE 28-JULY 4, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 3


Legal Challenge

The largest pension scandal in city history deserves to be investigated, not forgotten

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ob Sugarman is a pension expert who has practiced law in Florida for 40 years and represents dozens of municipal pension boards around the state. But he’s never seen anything like what occurred in Jacksonville. “He thought I was crazy,” says attorney Mark Bogen, who told Sugarman about the city’s practice of denying thousands of employees entrée into the city’s pension plan. “He thought no city could blatantly violate the law like that.” Strong language. Deservedly so. As Folio Weekly reported last week, the Peyton Administration began radically and illegally reshaping the city’s pension system in 2003, instituting a policy of exclusion that kept thousands of employees out of the pension plan. Although the city’s own charter requires city employees to be enrolled in the plan, top city officials — up to and presumably including Mayor Peyton — simply decided not to follow

But a financial rationale isn’t the same as a moral or legal one. And when the city realized its gambit was going to draw a lawsuit, it scrambled to reverse course. Pension officials drafted letters to the rejected employees, reminding them of their “obligation” to join the pension plan and suggesting they get another physical. They subsequently offered all employees a chance to buy into the plan, purchasing the years they had been excluded at 8 percent of their salary. Of course, the city’s offer doesn’t account for the 6.2 percent those employees paid into Social Security each year, money that cannot be recovered. And the city’s offer conveniently ignores the fact that few low-wage civil servants have a pile of cash at the ready to buy back something that should have been theirs all along. The class-action suit may ultimately force the city of Jacksonville to foot the bill for employees to buy back their time. If that

When city laws are broken by city officials, the responsibility for investigating falls to the state attorney and the grand jury.

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the law. Instead, they rejected those employees whose physical exams raised red flags of one kind or another — overweight, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol — and shunted them into the federal Social Security system instead. This decision wasn’t explained to employees, who often didn’t realize why they’d been rejected, or that being denied meant losing out on a significant part of their total compensation. Pension plans are a dying breed, but they offer a far better retirement than Social Security — as much as 80 percent of an employee’s pre-retirement salary, compared to roughly 40 percent with Social Security. For civil servants, pensions are a prime reason to seek or keep city jobs. And while city pensions may soon be a thing of the past, as long as they exist, they must exist equitably. It’s city law. But the city broke that law. Willfully. At the height of the city’s Policy of Exclusion, at least 2,200 employees were being kept out of the pension plan — a full 25 percent of the city’s workforce. “I’ve never seen what was happening in Jacksonville happening anywhere else in the United States,” says Bogen, who now represents those employees in a massive class-action lawsuit. “Never were people diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, obesity and then told: therefore, you can’t be in the pension plan. It’s crazy.” Crazy, but not irrational. The city’s contribution to the pension fund fluctuates, based on the health of the fund (and the economy). Some years, the city’s obligation was as low as 7 percent of an employee’s salary. But as the economy collapsed, the city’s obligation jumped to 13.5 percent (and it may yet reach 17 percent). Eliminating 2,200 employees from the plan saved the city upwards of $10 million a year — a figure that offers some explanation as to why the Peyton Administration did what it did.

happens, the costs will reach into the tens of millions, and will be borne by taxpayers. As Folio Weekly reported last week, this story has received almost no attention from local media, and has yet to elicit any formal response (much less an apology) from the Peyton Administration. Having violated its own charter, attempted to cover up the wrong, and put taxpayers on the hook for millions in legal expenses, the architects of this disaster are moving on to other careers, unencumbered, unpunished and apparently unrepentant. City residents deserve better from their government — and they shouldn’t have to rely on private attorneys or class-action lawsuits to right the wrong. When city laws are broken by city officials, the responsibility for investigating falls to the state attorney and a grand jury. State Attorney Angela Corey has an opportunity to prove that she takes municipal corruption as seriously as she does crime — and to make sure those responsible are held to account.  Anne Schindler themail@folioweekly.com

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Butting Eds

I wanted to correct and clarify some of the misinterpretations about the Jacksonville Public Education Fund that were printed in a June 14 story, “Double Visionary.” The article misrepresented the purpose of the “ONE in THREE” exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens scheduled to open in September. The exhibit and subsequent engagement campaign are not intended to highlight the dropout rate. The exhibit is a call to action for the community, and the campaign will seek to engage thousands of voices and unifying their ideas in order to find solutions for moving our school system into the 21st century. For examples of this model, we are looking to Mobile, Ala., where thousands of community members united behind the Mobile Area Education Foundation’s “Yes We Can” campaign nearly 10 years ago to better fund and improve its educational system. The academic improvement in Mobile schools has been nothing short of tremendous, and the district is now significantly outperforming every other major urban district in the state. Those who see the students’ photos and read their stories in ONE in THREE will be left not depressed, but inspired to follow their example: They overcame obstacles in order to succeed educationally, and so can we. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund seeks to help Duval County Public Schools in their efforts to improve, including strong support for their new Read It Forward Jax Initiative. Our recent policy paper sought to highlight the very need that Read It Forward is addressing. In addition, the article implies that the Jacksonville Public Education Fund was involved in the creation of the Professional Educator’s Network (PEN), which is simply not true. We are a relatively young organization, and we believe in the coming months, the community will come to know us as what we are: A strong voice for education, and leading the efforts to make it a system that everyone believes in. Trey Csar President, Jacksonville Public Education Fund Via email

I, like most reasonable people, want to have a better education system. This is what I believe I have in common with Gary Chartrand and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). I do not think that anyone wants our students or our schools to fail. While I admire Mr. Chartrand’s cause and his intentions, I disagree with his tactics. For too many education advocates, education reform is something that is akin to a war. Reform, in their minds, requires declaring war on the very people who should be their allies and not their adversaries. Underneath his rhetoric about building better schools, Mr. Chartrand is picking unnecessary fights with the teachers unions. With all of the money that he spent on organizing an alternative union to challenge Duval Teachers United, Mr. Chartrand could have developed partnerships to seek better ways to work with educators to improve public and charter schools. Instead, he chooses to marginalize many good men and women who he believes are standing in his way. If Mr. Chartrand does not “have any animosity for anyone,” as he insists, why does he only engage in negative stereotypes when he speaks of educators and their constitutionally protected right to negotiate with the school system? Why does he ignore DTU’s efforts to better train new teachers, to mentor teachers

who want to be National Board Certified and to provide ongoing professional development to veteran educators? And why does he believe that reform is best dictated from upper management and foisted upon the lower echelons who he believes should have the same job security as an office temp? I agree with Mr. Chartrand that there indeed are ways that we can encourage educators to bring out the best in our students. I also know that our much-maligned teachers unions wish to do the same. I, however, do not believe that education reform should entail rampant abuses and harassment in the pursuit of naked partisanship. John Louis Meeks Jr. Jacksonville via email

Ding Dong Ditch

How can the heads of the Democratic Party be such hypocritical elites? They demanded that Rep. Weiner resign and, under this pressure, he did so. My question is, when did showing pictures of your crotch rise above getting a blowjob in the Oval Office? Not one of the people who suggested Weiner’s resignation demand Clinton’s resignation, so I guess a slick Willie tops a slick Weiner when it comes to vulgarity. But wait a minute, vulgarity has been taken out of the dictionary and replaced with porn, which is all right and protected by the First Amendment. The Weiner debacle shows how the news media can make a mountain out of a molehill — something as insignificant as someone taking a picture of his own crotch with his own camera and sending it on to someone else with his own device. I couldn’t care less what Mr. Weiner does outside of the Congress arena as long as he doesn’t do it in the Capitol building. Get a life, left-wingers — the world is passing you by. Art Cape Jacksonville via email

Happily Board

Re: “Shape Shifters” (Cover Story, June 7). Fell into heaven in the late 1960s. I was one of the Avondale surfers. It was the Days of Rozo, Roland, Miniard and Clelland. We did not enter competitions, just enjoyed the peace of the sport. One could be in the water alone back in the day. Richard (Ricky) Wall was in our clan. The Heaven part is that George Miller’s Surf Shop opens three blocks from my home in Avondale. I lived there every afternoon after school, sweeping up foam and watching the shop while George shaped. Miller was only 24 years old and already had his own shop, shaped for Dewey Weber in California for two years and at the Daytona Surf Shop. George would shape boards and glass all week, day and night. Even being so young, I remember he always had new areas of thought outside the box. I was with George recently in Miami. He was inducted last year into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame in the “Pioneers” category. Still way ahead of his time, funny, sharp and just a leader in the sport. Showed me one of his new adventures, building Dory boats. Lucky, I knew a shaper back in the day. Hope the new young surfers buy from a shaper, getting a work of love and art, not just a toy. Neil Rushing Jacksonville

Dumping Double Standard

Posted on Jacksonville’s storm drains are

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signs with the words, “No Dumping, Drains to River,” accompanied by an idyllic picture of a fish. As good citizens and stewards of the St. Johns River, we are not to dump anything harmful into the river. Excepting itself from this practice, GeorgiaPacific is seeking to build a pipeline that would dump about 25 million gallons of the paper mill’s polluted effluent into the middle of the river daily. So much so that spilling a can of oil into a street sewer would be, by comparison, like a thirsty man spitting into the river. Thus, the conscientious and responsible citizens who are asked to do the right thing are trumped, and the double standard by which some corporations are often allowed to operate is once again exposed. Of course, there have been both DEP and Georgia-Pacific studies that deem diverting the current effluent and its chemical cocktail from Rice Creek into the river is a viable solution because the effluent will be sufficiently diluted so as to not propose a health hazard to the river’s ecology and Jacksonville’s population. However, Georgia-Pacific appears to have chosen the most cost-effective solution to disposing its wastewater, which is also the least environmentally sound solution. This is the real issue, as it has been determined that the effluent contains dioxins and possibly other legacy toxins such as mercury and PCPs. Georgia-Pacific’s premise is not unlike saying that if exhaust from jets is harmful to a specific neighborhood in a flight path, then the solution is to create multiple flight paths to spread the pollution out over a wider area. If Georgia-Pacific is allowed to proceed with the permit to build the pipeline, then mayor-elect Alvin Brown’s first act to save the city money should be to cease printing any more of those cute public-awareness signs to protect the river. Michael Bernos Jacksonville via email

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The $3.1 million restoration project for Friendship Fountain replaced broken concrete areas surrounding the fountain with natural grass surfaces, added seating opportunities for passive recreation and installed new sidewalks, lighting and trees. Additionally, the project includes refurbishment of the fountain infrastructure, including the pumps, piping and electrical systems, to restore it to its iconic state. Seems like typical engineers that don’t have a clue. The city’s Powers That Be decide to restore a decades-old fountain that takes (I can only guess) 1,000 horsepower to jet spray enormous amounts of water into the sky, then filter/chemically treat, bleed-off and add thousands of gallons of make-up water every day. Toss in the fancy light show and you can bet the JEA meters and crews to keep it going are very busy. Can you say ENERGY HOG? Shame they did not make a water garden or come up with a more ecologically passive use for the fancy cement pond.  Robert Hawxhurst Jacksonville via email

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Walter Coker

Shot Heard Round the ’Hood

Longtime St. Augustine tourist attraction draws fire from neighbors over planned expansion

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very hour on the hour, seven hours a day, six days a week, the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine fires a cannon — and Jason Fort’s three dogs bark like mad. It gets worse on the weekends, when the Castillo de San Marcos fires its cannon every half-hour, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Depending on which way the wind is blowing and how much gunpowder is used, the blast can set the windows in Fort’s Water Street home shaking in their frames. “It’s like living in Beirut,” says Fort. His partner, Ginny Stopelli, adds, “It’s like there is a war going on … and our neighborhood is stuck in the middle.” When the Fountain of Youth attraction began daily cannon firings in 2008 as part of its living history displays, surrounding residents

shows him explaining that they no longer shoot three pounds of gunpowder because “the neighbors go nuts when we do that. … It shatters windows. We hear that dogs pee on themselves.” The crowd laughs uneasily. (Watch the video at flogfolioweekly.com) Fraser’s family has been operating the Fountain of Youth since 1927, having bought it from a woman who’d been operating it since 1901. (Guest book signatures go back to 1867.) And he emphasizes that the attraction has always had good relationships with neighbors. But planned expansion has evoked fresh concerns. The Fountain of Youth plans to build a 600-foot-long dock across the marsh (the attraction owns some 50 acres of the marsh), out to the navigable portion of Hospital Creek,

Depending on which way the wind is blowing and how much gunpowder is used,the cannon blasts can set neighbors’ windows shaking. “It’s like living in Beirut,” says Jason Fort. complained. In the intervening years, Fort says, the roseate spoonbills and other shorebirds that once roosted in the black mangroves near the property have abandoned the area. Chad Smith, who lives on the marsh north of the Fountain of Youth, is also bothered by the sound, and so is his dog, who runs in the bathroom and hides. Fountain of Youth owner John Fraser says his company has tried to work with neighbors bothered by the cannon fire. He says they installed baffling on the south and north walls of the 15-acre property and greatly reduced the amount of gunpowder loaded into their cannons. He points out that St. Augustine Police took noise-meter readings and determined the noise is within legal limits. “When anything is brought to our attention, we will try to minimize the impact on our neighbors and their way of life,” he says. “We work with neighbors. Anybody who has a problem can pick up the phone and call me.” Still, the complaints are so frequent, they’ve almost become part of the tourist attraction’s patter. A videotape taken of a cannoniere preparing to fire the cannon

and then place an 85-foot-long T-shaped platform at the end. Neighbor Chad Smith worries what boats the new dock will attract, and envisions pirate crews like those on the city’s pirate boat attraction spouting dubious history, leading their passengers in pirate songs. Fraser says he’s not planning to conduct tours from the dock though he would like to bring in a replica of a Spanish galleon to add to visitors’ experience of what it was like to sail from Spain to St. Augustine in 1653 and 1655. Fraser has already secured permission for the dock from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection, and last week got permission from the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. But Smith and Long are circulating petitions opposing the dock’s construction. Smith points out that the 15-acre Fountain of Youth, located on St. Augustine’s prettiest street, is situated in a decidedly residential area. Magnolia Avenue is zoned CL1, for low intensity commercial property near neighborhoods. The zoning designation doesn’t allow for tourism — not even by special exception. The business has been

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grandfathered in, since it’s been there so long, but Smith argues that zoning laws prohibit any non-conforming business from expanding. He suggests that docking a boat and shooting off a cannon seven times a day is an expansion of Fraser’s tourist attraction. The city’s Planning and Zoning Board did add a restriction to its approval of the dock, prohibiting commercial uses, but some neighbors aren’t comforted. “They just feel … that [the dock] will lead to the next horrible thing,” says Fort. “We already have all these tacky tourist elements. We don’t need to add to that. Based on what they are already doing at the Fountain of Youth, we have no reason to believe that they wouldn’t do something to add to that equation

of tackiness, something to rip another dollar out of somebody’s pocket.” Not all neighbors object to the attraction. Melinda Rakoncay, who is president of the neighboring Nelmar Terrace Neighborhood Association and a living history volunteer at Castillo de San Marcos, says, “You’re calling the wrong person to get a complaint about the cannons. It’s part of life here.” In fact, she thinks the occasional boom may be a good thing. “Considering how hard it is to get kids interested in history any more,” she says, “the things the re-enactors do to get people and especially children interested in history far outweighs a bang once an hour.”  Susan Cooper Eastman sceastman@folioweekly.com

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Bouquets to incoming Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown on the occasion of his inauguration as the city’s first African-American mayor. The staff of Folio Weekly wishes you good luck, promises close coverage and offers fair warning of the possibility of a Brickbat from time to time. Bouquets to the Jacksonville Humane Society for pitching in to help pets displaced by tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. Three JHS employees traveled to Joplin to help reunite animals with their owners, to process adoptions and to care for the more than 1,300 pets recovered in the aftermath of the massive tornadoes that killed more than 150 people on May 26. Bouquets to Paxon School for Advanced Studies 10th-grader Benzell Lang for leadership both academic and athletic. In addition to being named the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation’s George M. Sopher Student Athlete of the Year, Lang was awarded one of the foundation’s three $5,000 college scholarships this year. Since it was founded in 1997, the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, in partnership with other organizations, has awarded more than $500,000 to its tennis students.


NewsBuzz Exclusive-Lee “It makes me wonder, does Stephen Joost have a personal problem against Denise Lee as a minority or does he just have a personal problem?” — City Councilmember Lee commenting on the fact that, despite having 22 years experience on the council, she won’t serve on a single committee under the leadership of incoming City Council President Stephen Joost. Joost, who has been very testy with Lee publicly, removed her as chair of the standing Rules Committee and as chair of special Redistricting Committee. Although he appointed her to sit on the Land Use and Zoning Committee, she is unable to serve because she has a regular personal appointment during the meeting times.

Put That in Your Pipe The St. Johns River Alliance didn’t return a telephone call last week asking for its position on the Georgia-Pacific pipeline into the St. Johns River. The nonprofit’s stated goal is “preserving, protecting and promoting America’s heritage river,” but one of its big supporters is G-P, which wants to dump its paper mill effluent into the river. The relationship is so tight that someone trying to support the Alliance by purchasing a river-nature calendar from the group’s website gets bounced to a G-P site explaining the environmental benefits of the pipeline.

What Remains Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America” — Music that blares from loudspeakers at the new Friendship Fountain, accompanying a nightly water show with red, white and blue lighting. At the June 18 rededication of the fountain, Mayor John Peyton said he’d restored the 1965 “vision of Jacksonville architect Taylor Hardwick.” In reality, Hardwick’s original vision included a large park (since occupied by River City Brewing Company) and numerous architectural elements, including shady concrete mushrooms and a repeating circle design (see photo above). Today, all that remains is the fountain.

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Me, Patriotism and You M

y Fellow Americans: Every year at this time — despite my editor’s heavy sighs of exasperation — I shove aside my usual nattering about TV to expound on a subject you obviously don’t give two plops about: PATRIOTISM!! (Warning: You’re about to be on the business end of a stern lecture. It’s best if you just sit there attentively and take it, rather than interrupt with back sass. Seriously, that behavior will just extend my lecture by at least two hours — so shut your stupid mouth, glue your eyes on me and LISTEN.) While probably not a shock, your “patriotism score” is at an all-time LOW, therefore forcing me to give you a grade of “UNSATISFACTORY.” In comparison, my patriotism score is through the roof (as usual), which is why I’m awarding myself a grade of “A+++++ Awesomely Excellent!” Why are your scores so low? THREE REASONS: 1) You are lazy and ungrateful. 2) You hate America and all she stands for. 3) You didn’t eat enough breakfast and now you’re suffering from low blood sugar. Wait … there’s a fourth reason! YOU’VE LOST TOUCH WITH THE PATRIOT INSIDE. Remember your youth? When you recited the Pledge of Allegiance every day, waved flags on the Fourth of July and were told at every conceivable opportunity that America kicks all kinds of ass? This may have been sort of inaccurate — but that’s beside the

Since you probably haven’t repeated the Pledge of Allegiance since you turned 13, started smoking pot and piercing body parts, I’m forced to bombard you with patriotic imagery, until your brain returns to its original, pre-cynical, America-drooling state.

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point! Remember this phrase, my friends, because it’s the only true thing you’ll ever hear: PERCEPTION IS REALITY. You perceived that America was the ass-kickingest country in the world, and the Soviet Union sucked, and therefore America WAS the ass-kickingest country in the world. However, now your perception is that WE are the ones who suck — thanks almost entirely to idiot war-mongering Republicans, as well as sad-sack do-nothing Democrats — and that’s an entirely incorrect perception (that is, unless you enjoy sucking, which is certainly your right as an American)! THEREFORE! If perception is indeed reality, you need to snap out of your antiAmerican funk, and get some good, oldfashioned jingoistic pro-USA brainwashing up in that noggin of yours! AND I’M HERE TO PROVIDE JUST THAT! Since you probably haven’t repeated the Pledge of Allegiance since you turned 13, started smoking pot and piercing body parts, I’m forced to bombard you with patriotic imagery, until your brain returns to its

original, pre-cynical, America-drooling state. Ready? OK … just relax … make your mind a blank slate … AND LET’S DO THIS! America! Red, white and blue! Fireworks! ATVs! The perceived existence of God! 40-ounce malt liquor! John Wayne! Giving the finger to the British! Rodeos! Scalping Nazis! Majestic watercolor paintings of bald eagles! Terrycloth tube tops! Uncle Sam pointing at things! Internet porn! Hot dogs! Laughing at Canada! Donkeys high-diving into shallow pools at low-rent carnivals in strip-mall parking lots! And … the Statue of Liberty … costume that unemployed people wear when they’re standing on the side of the road and waving signs advertising mattress company liquidation sales. Phew. You’re welcome, America. Everybody else? Suck it. 

TUESDAY, JULY 5 9:00 ABC 101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW Tonight’s losers are thrown through a burning wall or off a cliff in the back of a pickup. Their choice! 10:00 MTV TEEN MOM Debut! This is a spin-off of “16 and Pregnant,” not (as I hoped) a spin-off of “Teen Wolf.”

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 10:00 ABC NIGHTLINE: BEYOND BELIEF An investigative report into appearances of the Virgin Mary in windows, tree stumps and cans of Coors Light. 10:00 NBC LOVE IN THE WILD The couples are challenged to navigate a challenging ropes course, as well as use banana peels instead of condoms.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 10:30 FX LOUIE Louie expounds on “the futility of existence,” ruining yet another potentially awesome first date. Midnight TOON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Things start to look a lot better around the hospital when a pediatric plastic surgeon joins the staff.

FRIDAY, JULY 1 8:00 NBC FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Budget cuts affect the team’s playoff chances, and … OMG. This show is even more boring than “Glee”! 8:00 NICK BUCKET & SKINNER’S EPIC ADVENTURES Debut! A new tween show about two surf rats navigating high school and bathing rituals.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 8:00 BBCA BATTLESTAR GALACTICA This “Battlestar” repeat features sexy Boomer trying to explain why Cylon detonators were found on her ship. HMMMMM …

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here are some who have wondered over the years: What would happen if The Onion tried its hand at a daily sports edition? My response is, check out any given copy of the Times-Union’s sports section, and then ask this: How much of it is “real” and how much reads like parody? Case in point: the T-U’s recent last goodbye to the Peyton Administration. I read it online, of course, having an aversion to paying for aged, mostly syndicated, clichéd, trite crap, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if the newsprint had been covered by Enjoli perfume in the June 20 edition, in which appeared a puff piece — aptly titled “A Team Player Leaves” — by the grizzled NFL correspondent Vito Stellino. Stellino’s rep among Jag fans is that he’s too negative in his reportage, but those fans — as usual — have it less than half-right. The vast majority of Stellino’s reportage is repurposed, according to the crawler at the bottom of his

What is there to say? Behold the Weavers’ cynical PR plays this year — everything from playing both sides in the mayoral election to getting this puff piece planted, even as the NFL owners shake down their labor forces while simultaneously expecting customers to buy tickets as if the talent weren’t being locked out. They’ve worked the marks, along with the Mayor’s Office, along with the local paper, and continue in their charade. That whole business of “moving to L.A.” a couple of weeks ago? A phantom rumor, planted solely so Weaver could disclaim it. No reason to move to L.A., when Jacksonville’s mayor is so easily buffaloed. Peyton, for his part, kisses the ring long after his last formal negotiation is over. “I’ve joked with Wayne in the room, ‘I don’t know what was more difficult during my term, building a courthouse or negotiating with Wayne Weaver,’ ” Peyton said. “Clearly, he is a

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so-called “NFL Confidential” column, from wire services and other sources, including journalists from other cities. It’s not enough that our major daily gets most of its material from last week’s AP feed; even the so-called original journalists are in on the act. But not on this day. Not in “A Team Player Leaves.” It’s no wonder that Stellino got as many quotes as he needed, from Wayne and Peyton and whoever else. There was nothing approaching an adversarial question or tone in it. Stellino made Larry King look like Jack Webb shaking down a shaky perp in “Dragnet.” I’ve seen infomercial hosts with more objectivity. And why would it be any other way? He knows who butters his bread. Don’t we all? It’s the trickle-down theory. The Peytons and their peeps get pizzaid, and we? We get a condo, bought right at the crest of the bubble that will only be sellable if the Chinese guvmint decides to turn Jacksonville into an Autonomous Economic Zone, and brings 200,000 souls here to fill up the surplus housing stock. So, of course Peyton’s the savior of the Jaguars. “He has been an extremely strong advocate for the NFL and the Jaguars,” sez Wayne Weaver, who “can’t say enough about his passion and advocacy of the NFL and the Jaguars.”

tough negotiator with a great deal of leverage, but at the end of the day, I think we’ve struck good deals for the team, for the taxpayer and our friendship has deepened over the years.” As long as the friendship deepened, that’s the main thing, right? You can disagree without being disagreeable, after all! Remind me, again, of any major concessions the Jags made to the city during the eight years Peyton was in office? Just like with the corporations that came to town this decade, the Jaguars went into any negotiation knowing they had the leverage. They could always threaten to walk. But they never had to, because Jax will always cut a deal and beg them to stay. There’s a clinical name for that: BFS, or Battered Fan Syndrome. It’s just a football team in a football league. If they don’t like it here, let them find a better deal. If Jacksonville isn’t it, then the Jags must quit. Jacksonville will still be here whether the Jags leave or not. But no one in public life can say that, including the new mayor, for fear of the consequences of broaching that third rail. And that illustrates the problem. Because Weaver owns the Jags, he owns our leaders. And ultimately, us.  AG Gancarski themail@folioweekly.com


3.5 miles across the St. Johns, with nothing but a Speedo and a mission to save the river By Kara Pound • Photos by Walter Coker

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t’s just 10 a.m. at Fleming Island Marina in Orange Park and the thermometer has already hit 90 degrees. The humidity is compounded by the fog of smoke wafting from dozens of wildfires, making for a leaden, oppressive atmosphere. The air quality is poor, as is the visibility across the St. Johns River, but Jim Alabiso doesn’t seem to mind. “Don’t ash on my parade,” he cracks, referring to the cinders that coated him and his Moped on his morning ride to Fox Restaurant in Avondale — his daily destination for an egg white, black bean, spinach and mushroom omelet. The haze may not worry him, but Alabiso isn’t exactly relaxed, either. “I’m always nervous before going in,” he admits, as he puts on an American flag-emblazoned swim cap, nose clips and a navy blue Speedo. “No matter how many times I do it.” The river he’s standing in front of — the mighty northward-flowing St. Johns, the longest in the state — is a comfortable 78 degrees. His good friend, Charles Prentice, floats in a bright yellow two-person kayak, about 10 yards

from the dock. When I ask if pre-swim anxiety is normal, Prentice looks at me and simply says, “Before birth, we were in water. After birth, we are on land.” And with that, Alabiso lowers himself from the dock into the water.

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n 1765, William Bartram described the St. Johns as “a true garden of Eden.” Two hundred years later, Florida author Harry Crews described it as “the dirtiest river in the country … smelling of garbage, gasoline and raw human waste.” Vigorous efforts have been made to clean up the river, including removing all 77 raw sewage streams that once flooded it daily and cleaning up most of the remaining effluents dramatically. In 1977, Mayor Hans Tanzler even water-skied across the river to demonstrate how clean it was. But swimming in it? Well, that’s a bridge too far for most people. Alabiso isn’t an ordinary swimmer, however. He’s made it his mission to raise awareness about both the beauty of the St. Johns River and the environmental peril it still faces. And he plans to

do so by making a 3.5-mile, solo, open-water swim that will start at the Fleming Island Marina on the west side of the river and end in Mandarin, at the county dock at Walter Jones Park on the east side. The swim — scheduled for Sunday, July 17 and expected to take about two hours — is, coincidentally, the same length as the wastewater pipeline Georgia-Pacific plans to build from its Palatka paper mill to the middle of the St. Johns River. The St. Johns River is 310 miles long and weaves in and out of 12 counties; Jacksonville is the largest urban area through which it flows. As the St. Johns Riverkeeper website notes, “Shortly after Florida became part of the United States, a handful of men laid out Jacksonville to be on the river. The river meant transportation: carrying goods and passengers upstream into the state, and downstream for coastal trading and across the sea and facilitated commerce, enhanced security and provided food and recreation for tourists.” The river allowed for rapid development, which in turn brought rapid pollution. Nearly a century-and-a-half later,

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A decade ago, Jim Alabiso weighed nearly 250 pounds and smoked a pack a day. Today, he’s in the best shape of his life.

in 2008, the St. Johns was included on a list of America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers by American Rivers, a national nonprofit conservation organization. Between fertilizerand pesticide-laden runoff from lawns, industrial polluters and still-huge volumes of treated sewage, the St. Johns River is choked with nitrogen and phosphorus, which cause harmful algal blooms and the occasional white mystery foam (like the one that coated the river’s surface last year). While the river is often used for recreational boating, few people would ever dream of going for a swim in it. Jimmy Orth, executive director of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, a privately funded, independent river advocacy organization, hopes to change both the perception and the health of the river. “Yes, our river is sick,” says Orth, a Jacksonville native. “But it’s not dead. We’re not on life support yet; we can still save it.” The ultimate goal of Riverkeeper is to restore the river to being “fishable and swimmable.” It’s not quite there yet. And it’s not getting any closer. In recent weeks, the Department of Environmental

involved and take action.” Orth first heard about Alabiso when he called to say he planned to swim the river and wanted to involve the Riverkeeper. Orth was wary. Although it sounded like something that would create buzz, it also sounded, well, crazy. So Orth met Jim Alabiso for breakfast at Fox Restaurant, and the two began planning. By the time Alabiso had finished his omelet, the Swim Across the St. Johns was beginning to come together.

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decade ago, Jim Alabiso weighed nearly 250 pounds, 35 percent of which was body fat. He smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and suffered from high blood pressure. Today, at 56, he is tan, fit and muscular. “I was never an athletic kid,” he admits of his growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and then South Florida. “I’m probably in the best shape of my life.” At 16, Alabiso was badly injured when the driver of a motorcycle he was riding on pulled out in front of an off-duty police officer going 55 mph, and they were hit broadside. The accident left him with plates in his right

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Protection has made clear that it intends to allow the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Palatka to move ahead with its plans to shift its wastewater discharge from Rice Creek, where the effluent currently violates water quality guidelines, to the middle of the St. Johns — pumping another 20 million gallons of wastewater into the heart of the St. Johns. “It’s so ironic that the distance is almost the same,” says Orth of the length of Alabiso’s swim and the pipeline. “I definitely think there is an alternative to this pipeline, and all of us have to use our talents, like Jim is doing, to get

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leg, and it took nearly a year-and-a-half to recuperate. He missed a lot of high school and never really felt like he fit in, whether in the Northeast or South Florida. “There was just always this constant change, and we moved all the time,” Alabiso remembers. “It was really tough.” After high school, Alabiso attended school at Florida Junior College at Jacksonville (FJC, subsequently FCCJ and now FSCJ), where he studied guitar. He still plays and completed an instrumental album last year that he hasn’t really shared with anyone, but he ended up


By the time he makes his first solo run dropping out of college to focus on a career in Johns River and land at the same spot. “Everyone kept telling me that I would on Sunday, July 17 — the one he hopes will software development. die from skin disease,” Alabiso says. “So I garner a lot of attention for the St. Johns “I chose to make money rather than spend called the city of Jacksonville to talk to an Riverkeeper — he will have made the river it,” he laughs. “In retrospect, I would make the environmental scientist and ask if the water swim three times. After the solo swim, the same decision again. It served me well, because was healthy enough to swim in. And, in short, JumpingFish team plans to host The Race I rode the wave of the computer revolution.” she said, ‘Yes.’ ” Across the St. Johns River on Oct. 15, a A turning point in Alabiso’s career and In open water, swimmers have zero competitive race open only to experienced life came after he moved to Alaska to work as control over environmental conditions like open-water swimmers and triathletes. an independent contractor for Crawford & strong currents, tides, a relentless sun, cold Alabiso is looking forward to the swims. Company, an international insurance services upwellings and pollution. That’s why it takes a But he also hopes they remind people of what firm. The company was hired by Exxon right lot of planning and test runs to pull off a 3.5an extraordinary resource the river is, and after the 1989 Valdez oil spill. It was Alabiso’s mile solo swim across Florida’s longest river. what it could be if cleanup efforts continue. In responsibility to help develop software to settle Alabiso’s JumpingFish team includes his essay, he writes movingly about the river, claims filed by local fishermen, so they could be nearly a dozen other open-water swimmers, and how it continues to inspire him. “I looked paid as quickly as possible. a navigator, a photographer, a GPS expert, out over the water watching the mullets slide in Alabiso wrote an essay in April — an a paramedic on standby, a unit captain, and out of water in great leaps. It reminded me exploration of his motives for doing the swim — that he agreed to show Folio Weekly. Until now, he says, he’s only shared it with his partner and fellow swimmer, Candice Davis. In it, he writes, “Things changed again when I moved to Alaska to work on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. I had a chance to do something good. It was in Valdez that the seed of environmental awareness was planted.” He continues, “I was there for three years. One of my fondest memories of that time was my good friend Frank taking me and Alabiso’s partner’s mom, Joan Davis, of a time in Alaska with Frank in the Russian to the Russian River teaching me how to who pilots the spotting boat across the St. River. The fishing was not the main attraction. fly fish. Catch and release. That’s a good Johns. The team has already completed five I loved the River. I loved being surrounded by thing. Although I didn’t care so much about expeditions, with the sixth slated for June 27. her — a very expansive babbling brook, like catching fish. What I loved was being in the Each expedition is planned with a half-mile being with a constant childhood friend.” River, with Frank, with my waders …” He continues, “I knew at that moment, In 2004, Alabiso suffered another physical trajectory in mind — the distance from one looking west across the St. Johns, that I would setback, after a nasty bicycle accident required side of the river to the other. When all is be swimming across this River — immersing hip replacement surgery and another yearsaid and done, however, the current drifts myself and reaching out like I had never plus recovery. He began swimming to gently the swimmers away from land and the path done before. At the time, I didn’t know rehabilitate his physical and mental health. “I widens to more than three-and-a-half miles. where I would start the swim, but I knew decided to reinvent myself,” Alabiso explains. “I Alabiso compares it to “landing a spaceship.” became happier the moment that I realized that Today, Alabiso determines the strong the destination was County Dock, where the only constant in life is change.” southerly current to be about six knots JumpingFish was born. A wind of change came Alabiso, by then a divorced father of (roughly 7 mph). Pointing to his friend over the St. Johns, telling me I had the power. four, committed his nights and weekends to Prentice manning the kayak, “He’s here to The sun was setting on my previous life. Time keep me safe so I don’t end up in Palatka,” to do the work. To transform.”  swimming laps in his neighborhood pool. Alabiso says. “We like safe. I’ve learned to Today, Alabiso is a lifeguard, SCUBA diver Kara Pound and swim coach, even as he continues working respect the current.” themail@folioweekly.com as a software developer. In 2008, he started seriously training as an open-water swimmer — basically defined as any kind of swimming that takes place in outdoor bodies: oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs. “What’s so crazy about open-water swimming is that there’s no visual stimulation like in running or cycling,” Alabiso explains. “The challenge is, ‘What do I think about?’ ” He admits that sometimes his mind will wander to unwelcome subjects, like sharks or alligators, but the trick is to “live in the moment and think about each stroke.” Last year, Alabiso was standing on the county dock by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, trying to decide on a name for his new swim coaching business, when a mullet jumped out of the water. He took it as a sign, and JumpingFish was born. At that same moment, Alabiso vowed he would As Jim swims, his good friend Charles Prentice paddles alongside him the whole way. someday swim across the St.

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Overheated classic rock fans still wondering “which one’s Pink?” while looking for a cool (and admittedly trippy) way to chillax should check out the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium’s Cosmic Concerts on Friday, July 1 when this state-of-the-art planetarium presents “Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here” at 6 p.m., “Dark Side of the Moon” at 7 p.m. and “Best of the Wall” at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Tickets for each show are $5; laser glasses are $1. Possible flashbacks? Priceless. 396-6674.

YOUNG COUNTRY COREY SMITH

Honky-tonk hotshot Corey Smith grew up listening to bands ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Nirvana. After cutting his musical teeth in the Athens, Ga., bar scene, he cracked the country charts with his fake-ID anthem “Twenty One.” Between his rabid following and booze-happy tunes, Folio Weekly anticipates this cult favorite taking on Jimmy Buffett-like status. Only time will tell if that’s a good or bad thing! Smith performs along with Matt Stillwell on Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $22. 246-2473.

COMEDY TIM STATUM

Birmingham, Ala.-born Tim Statum puts a delightfully risqué spin on the genre of Redneck Humor. (It’s a real thang, Cooter! Look it up on your “Hee Haw” app!) The new-school Southern storyteller has opened for folks like George Jones and Hank Williams Jr. while tackling such key issues as football, children cussing, beer and the side effects of smoking weed while watching football. He performs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, Thursday, June 30, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6 and $8 for June 29 and 30; $10 and $12 for July 1 and 2. 292-4242.

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Local music fans first tuned into the frequency of Richard J. Colado when he fronted faves The Julius Airwave. Since that band’s demise, Colado has performed as Rickolus and issued last year’s sweet, dream pop on the album “Youngster.” He performs with The Deleted Scenes (from Washington, D.C.), The Pauses (Orlando) and fellow local singersongwriter Alex E. of Wild Life Society on Friday, July 1 at 9 p.m. at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 353-4692.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an acrobat in blue tights performing some crazy midair contortions! Cirque du Soleil: Alegria takes its name from the Spanish word for “joy” and merrily carries us on a journey through circus acts, dance and a musical score featuring a blend of international influences. Since 1994, the show has staged 5,000 performances for 10 million spectators in 65 countries. That’s a lotta back flips! This crowd-pleasing production is held on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$95. The show is also staged June 30-July 3; check jaxevents.com. 630-3900.

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The Florida Theatre kicks off its Summer Movie Classics with a screening of John Hughes’ 1986 classic comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. This much-loved story about the ultimate day of playing hooky launched the careers of both Matthew Broderick (pictured) and Ben “Bueller … Bueller” Stein, and it even features a cameo by a young criminal named Charlie Sheen. Tickets are $7.50; $45 for a pass for all 10 films in the series. 355-2787. june 28-july 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 17


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erhaps more than any of its competitors from the DC or Marvel arenas, “Green Lantern” plays on the big screen like a comic book. That observation could sound like a criticism, but it isn’t meant that way. “Green Lantern” could certainly have been better, but it might also have been a lot worse. It’s not in the same category as the “SpiderMan” or “Dark Knight” flicks, or even the “X-Men” for that matter. Its closest comparison might be to either one of the Fantastic Four films, both of which emphasized the goofy fun of comic book characters rather than the “sturm und drang” of “V for Vendetta” and “Watchmen” or the angst of

looking for revenge against his captors, the Green Lantern Corps. All you need to know about them is that they are the good guys and gals from literally hundreds of different species, united to protect the universe from cosmic thugs like Parallax. The GLC were originally formed by the Watchers, a group of blue-skinned, big-brained Immortals who sit on the planet Oa like the Knights of the Round Table, keeping an eye on things. (This is the kind of comic book nonsense that plays a lot better on the page.) Back on Earth, a cocky test pilot named Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) suddenly finds himself chosen to become the next Green Lantern. Donning a green power ring, Hal is introduced to its considerable powers and soon enough has a nifty green costume, replete with mask. His first appearance, like Christopher Reeve’s in “Superman,” entails a high-stakes rescue. From there, he goes on to confront his two major

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tortured, misunderstood superheroes like Spidey, Bats and the X-guys. The new film’s visuals are staggering, reflecting the rumored $300 million budget. That figure is really hard to believe (like the movie’s plot), and it may very well be exaggerated. However, the spectacular art design and dazzling effects, which are the real highlights of “Green Lantern,” are also indicative of its major weakness. Somewhere in the vast cosmos and beyond, through which the Green Lantern flies effortlessly and frequently in the film, the screenwriters (at least five of them — never a good sign) forgot that what makes a good story really fly is a cohesive plot and interesting characters. On this front, “Green Lantern” is a bit dim. Unlike the other superheroes I’ve mentioned, Green Lantern’s origin is of a cosmic nature. True, Superman comes from Krypton, but once he gets to Earth, both he and his movies stick to terra firma, except for when he’s flying through the atmosphere. Even then, Superman prefers Earth’s atmosphere, whereas Green Lantern is all over the place, faster even than a speeding bullet, and much farther. The movie opens in a galaxy far, far away where an ominous cosmic creature named Parallax escapes from a planetoid prison (like Zod and his crew in “Superman II”) and goes

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villains found in the roiling, broiling mass that is Parallax and a depraved scientist, Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who might have a few superpowers of his own. Green Lantern’s damsel-in-distress is one Carol Ferris, played fetchingly by Blake Lively (who was impressive in last year’s Ben Affleckdirected crime thriller, “The Town”). Also on hand to add heft to the credits (and little else) are Tim Robbins as the manipulative Sen. Hammond (dad of evil Hector) and Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller, yet another scientist to fill the scenery. No one in the cast other than Reynolds and Lively is really notable except for Sarsgaard, who is practically unrecognizable beneath his makeup. Directing the ultra-dimensional mayhem is Martin Campbell, who fared well in the past with two other superheroes of sorts — James Bond (“Casino Royale” and “GoldenEye”) and Zorro (the two Antonio Banderas versions). “Green Lantern” is weak on substance if not on powers, but the drawback is more the fault of the writers and their comic-book cosmos than the director and his cast. If there is a sequel (which is highly likely in this galaxy), here’s hoping the action is a little more believable and the characters are more down-to-earth.  Pat McLeod themail@folioweekly.com


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transformed from cozy, cosmopolitan ambiance to a penthouse turned funhouse igloo. And the reluctant bird owner is changed from a greasy smooth talker, intent on buying famed NYC eatery Tavern on the Green from spunky old Mrs. Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury), to a caring, sensitive guy who now understands how to care for others. Carrey keeps the smiles coming even if he’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but there’s only so much he can do with penguins to keep us entertained. Lovibond, however, makes us smile every time she’s on screen, with her mastery of the tongue-tying dialogue; the way her storyline is resolved is also pitch-perfect. The filmmakers allegedly traveled the world looking for the right penguins to play Captain, Lovey, Bitey, Nimrod, Stinky and Loudy (so named for their distinctive traits). I wouldn’t even know where to begin in an attempt to criticize the penguins’ performances. In short, they’re cute, for the most part real and not animated;

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“Why, boys, I believe you’re right. These bald eagle fajitas really do taste like condor quesadillas!” Millionaire Manhattanite Thomas Popper (Jim Carrey) reconsiders his Low Carb High Extinction Rate Diet in the family comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”

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“You know, that’s a pretty good ‘Forrest Gump’ impersonation, but now lemme hear your ‘Sling Blade.’” Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks play a round of “Sensational Sentimental Simpletons of Cinema” in the romantic comedy “Larry Crowne,” opening July 1 at Five Points Theatre and other local theaters.

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THE ART OF GETTING BY **@@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts star in this teen romance flick about a free-spirited girl who helps a dark, brooding dude to lighten the hell up. BAD TEACHER **@@ 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. Class is disgusted when foul-mouthed, wasted teacher Ms. Halsey (Cameron Diaz, in brilliant type-casting) is behind the desk in this raunchy comedy that also stars Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. BRIDESMAIDS *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Discerning moviegoers will be unwilling to divorce themselves from their hard-earned cash to see this vapid, unholy marriage of bad jokes and a weak cast starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. CARS 2 **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre The second in the high-octane, animated series drives our hot-rodded heroes into international espionage as they race in the World Gran Prix! This surefire summer fave features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Emily Mortimer and Michael Caine. FAST FIVE *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson star in the latest installment of the popular car-driven series that spins out into predictable action-flick fare.

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GREEN LANTERN ***@ 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.

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THE HANGOVER PART II **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This lowball comedy sequel to the ’09 hit is a “Gross Encounter of the Second Kind” that now has Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis and (yep) a monkey waking up with booze-induced amnesia in Thailand. JANE EYRE **@@ Rated PG-13 • 5 Points Theatre Director Cary Fukunaga’s staid take on Charlotte Brönte’s gothic love story stars Mia Waskikowska and Michael Fassbender. JUDY MOODY & THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This pre-teen fare based on Megan McDonald’s popular book series about the adventures of a girl and her wacky aunt stars Jordana Beatty and Heather Graham. JUMPING THE BROOM **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Paula Patton, Laz Alonso (“Avatar”) and Angela Bassett star in this rom-com about a young corporate lawyer whose upper-class family questions her choice of a bluecollar fiancé. KUNG FU PANDA 2 ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This high-steppin’ sequel about animals who happen to be martial arts experts delivers some real kicks with the voices of Jack Black, Gary Oldman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan. LARRY CROWNE **@@ Rated PG-13 • 5 Points Theatre; Opens on July 1 in most theaters After Larry (Tom Hanks) loses his job due to corporate downsizing, he decides to go to back school where he hopes to become teacher’s pet to instructor Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING ***G Not Rated • Checks theaters for times: AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues In theaters only on June 28, this extended edition includes a personal introduction from director Peter Jackson from the set of his current film and “Rings” prequel “The Hobbit,” immediately followed by the feature presentation including nearly an hour of additional feature footage selected under Jackson’s supervision.


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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Woody Allen’s latest stars Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter on vacation in Paris who’s inexplicably transported to the City of Lights … in the 1920s. This well-received romantic comedy features an ensemble cast including Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Martin Sheen and Rachel McAdams.

YELLOWBRICKROAD **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park promise benefit Seventy years after a New Hampshire town vanished,of a group investigating the disappearance discovers more than they bargained for in this decent indie horror flick that benefits from emphasizing imaginative suspense over campy gore.

MONTE CARLO **@@ Rated PG • Opens on July 1 in most theaters This teen-geared fare stars Selena Gomez (OMG!) and Katie Cassidy as adventurous young women who spend summer vaca looking for fun, romance and a good deal on a yacht in Monte Carlo.

STICKY SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT The MOCA Jax Contemporaries group presents “O Brother Where Art Thou?” at 7 p.m. on June 29 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 p.m. with spiked lemonade, popcorn and fare from Sweet Pete’s. The Fritz performs. Admission is free for Contemporaries members; suggested $10 donation for non-members. A $5 donation gets you an entry to win an original artwork by local artist Jack Allen. Proceeds benefit MOCA programs. 366-6911.

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS **@@ 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. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES **G@ 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., WGHoF IMAX Theatre Johnny Depp’s return performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in this popular swashbuckling series keeps an otherwise predictable film afloat. Also starring Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush and Keith “I don’t really need the money” Richards. SUPER 8 ***@ 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. J.J. Abrams’ kid-geared UFO romp doesn’t reach the dazzling heights set by his mentor/producer Steven Spielberg, but “Super 8” still soars on the strengths of a fun story and likeable cast. THOR ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square Kenneth Branagh’s winning adaptation of Norse mythology by way of Marvel Comics is a thunderous affair, featuring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON **@@ 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. Director Michael Bay’s latest in this popular sci-fi series puts the Autobots and evil Decepticons in a race against time to discover a secret hidden on the surface of the moon. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS **** 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. Director Matt Vaughn’s excellent addition to this much-loved Marvel Comics adaptation delivers a parallel history of the ’60s that splices JFK, the Bay of Pigs missile crisis and mutant DNA into one bang-up action flick.

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UNKNOWN After surviving a car accident, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens to a world that doesn’t recognize him and mysterious assassins who want him dead. Aidan Quinn and January Jones co-star in this enjoyable thriller. THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU Matt Damon stars in this sci-fi action yarn (based on a story by Philip K. Dick) about a man pursued by a group of beings that seem to control the very fate of this world. THE EAGLE Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell star in this historical drama about the strange disappearance of an entire Roman legion in 140 A.D., and the search party led by a young centurion sent to solve the mystery. BAD COMPANY: LIVE AT WEMBLEY Feel like makin’ love? This 2010 concert filmed at a sold-out show in London’s Wembley Stadium shows that diehard fans “Can’t Get Enough” of the hard-rockin’ ’70s sounds of original band members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke. 

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“I don’t have a drug problem. My doctor like prescribed these for my back and stuff.” The permastoned Ms. Halsey (Cameron Diaz) always takes her 80,000 mg Oxycontin as prescribed in the raunchy comedy “Bad Teacher.”

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Mellow Maven: Expect Michael McDonald to deliver some laid-back jams at his upcoming St. Augustine performance on July 10.

Michael McDonald brings four decades of soft soul to the Oldest City MICHAEL McDONALD with BOZ SCAGGS Sunday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach Tickets range from $44.50-$79.50 209-0367

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h, Michael McDonald, you honey-voiced fox, you. After 40 years, the blue-eyed, silvermaned singer-songwriter and keyboardist is still something of a heartthrob, but the main draw is his voice. In 2008, The Village Voice called it “Ubiquitous … inescapable,” and added, “Like top-shelf vodka, his bubbly, mushmouthed yodel (wherein murdered consonants ascend to heaven and are awarded 72 virgin vowels) enhanced and intoxicated whatever you mixed it with.” It’s the unmistakable sum of all things “yacht rock” — and its slightly ironic renaissance has provided the aging McDonald with a golden chance to cash in on babyboomer nostalgia trips. McDonald’s laundry list of cheesy, keyboard-drenched hits — “What a Fool Believes,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “I Keep Forgettin’ ” — are the kind of FM-radio hits you might not know by name, but you’ll definitely recognize. Heck, even hip-hop heads will be jamming along to “Forgettin’ ” — sampled by rapper/producer Warren G for his iconic 1994 single “Regulate.” After working as a backing vocalist for jazz-rock titans Steely Dan, McDonald was recruited by The Doobie Brothers in 1975 to temporarily fill in for founding member Tom Johnston, who’d fallen ill. But McDonald’s bushy-haired presence was so powerful that he was immediately hired on as a full-time replacement, relegating Johnston and his backseat rock classics “Listen To the Music” and “China Grove” to musical purgatory. McDonald was the soft-rock yin to Johnston’s dirty blues yang, and the new frontman immediately and irredeemably changed the Doobie aesthetic. In 1974, Patrick Simmons scored the band’s first

No. 1 hit with the Stax-horns-backed “Black Water” (“I wanna hear some funky Dixieland/ Pretty mama come and take me by the hand”). One short year later, McDonald was gently caressing lite-rock chords on his piano, sharing in a barely understandable croon about how “You don’t know me, but I’m your brother/I was raised here in this living hell,” for “Takin’ It to the Streets.” Like rap-metal or Auto-Tune, the “McDonald Sound” eventually became so pervasive, the whole micro-genre imploded in on itself. His omnipresent back-up work with everyone from Toto and Kenny Loggins to Christopher Cross saturated America’s synthoverdosed eardrums, while other wannabe pop

McDonald’s sound is unmistakable “yacht rock” — and its slightly ironic renaissance has provided him with a golden chance to cash in on baby-boomer nostalgia trips. stars began copying the keyboard-and-croon kitsch. By 1982, with no original members left, The Doobie Brothers disbanded, refusing to even serve as McDonald’s back-up band. Of course, that was after McDonald had won four Grammys, which led to successful collaborations with Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, and gospel royalty The Winans. This honey-throated troubadour snagged another Grammy in 1984 for the offbeat Jimmy Ingram duet of “Yah Mo B There.” And he popped up in ’87 in Billy Crystal’s hit cop/buddy movie with Gregory Hines, “Running Scared,”

pumping his single “Sweet Freedom.” Joining Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen on the early ’90s New York Rock & Soul Revue inspired McDonald to resurrect his career interpreting Motown classics and doing soul covers. His 2003 effort “Motown” went platinum and earned two Grammy nods, while 2004’s “Motown Two” broke the Billboard Top 10 and went gold. Most importantly, McDonald embraced his slightly corny role in the eyes of our hyperkinetic pop culture. He’s appeared on “American Idol” and “30 Rock.” Allowed his back-up image to be sent up on “The Family Guy” and in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” He even scored some indie street cred by recording with Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost! And there’s no way to tell for sure, but how could McDonald not love the parody of his sulking genius in Channel 101’s hilarious “Yacht Rock” Internet series? Episode No. 1 features McDonald stumbling on the inspiration for “What a Fool Believes,” before a mustachioed John Oates breaks in with, “Shut the f*ck up … Hall and I will not stand idly while you California vagina sailors stab the American airwaves in the balls with your sh*t music” (bit.ly/g2aNhn). But who cares what hipsters think when your adult-contemporary icon status allows you to make ladies of a certain age weak in the knees, while selling out big-ticket venues? This summer’s St. Augustine stop with fellow blue-eyed soul progenitor Boz Scaggs is an outgrowth of last year’s wildly successful “Dukes of September” tour with Scaggs and Fagen. As McDonald humbly put it to Billboard.com in 2010, “For us, it’s … a luxurious opportunity to do what we would have the most fun doing. We have fun going out as Steely Dan or Boz or Michael McDonald … but this is more fun for us, and hopefully not too self-indulgent.” Indulge, smooth brother, indulge.  Nick McGregor themail@folioweekly.com


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here are a slew of bands that defined the playlists of America in the ’80s, making this country great in all of its pastel legwarmerwearing glory. And much of those culturalshaping sound were heard in the soundtracks to now-classic Reagan-era movies. The 1983 film “Valley Girl” starred Nicolas Cage as New Waver Randy, who won back the heart of preppie Julie (Deborah Foreman) to the strains of Modern English’s 1981 strum-along hit “I Melt with You.” Alex Cox’s cult fave “Repo Man” (1984) featured Emilio Estevez navigating the funky world of ’80s L.A. to a soundtrack of punk hits including Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized.” The late John Hughes (1950-2009) was the master of matching argyle-heavy visuals with hip, Cold War-era sounds, leaving a legacy of well-chosen song placement. Hughes’ goofy teenage updated take on Frankenstein in “Weird Science” (1985) was carried along by the title song by New Wavers Oingo Boingo. Many still remember his film “The Breakfast Club” primarily due to Simple Minds pleading “Don’t You (Forget About Me)“ over the film’s closing credits. And no tune epitomizes the period more than the title track of Hughes’ 1986 offering, “Pretty in Pink.” While that movie’s Molly Ringwald-as-Cinderella story is well-loved, just as adored is the film’s subtly dark anthem by London’s post-punk, vaguely New Wave band, The Psychedelic Furs. The song “Pretty in Pink” originally appeared on the band’s classic 1981 album, “Talk Talk Talk,” and it was updated and revamped (with sax added) for the iconic GenX flick. “Pretty in Pink” became the proverbial golden goose for the Furs, but it wasn’t their

first or final success. Inspired by the likes of David Bowie, Bob Dylan and The Sex Pistols, The Psychedelic Furs began their music career in 1977, with their eponymous debut appearing three years later. Led by Richard Butler, former art-school student turned raspy-voiced troubadour, the Furs blended a New Wave romanticism lyrically, à la Roxy Music, with a style just coarse enough to huff the dying fumes of England’s punk movement. After 1981’s “Talk, Talk, Talk,” The Furs were at the forefront of a new British Invasion, along with fellow marauders Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division and The Smiths. The following year brought “Forever Now,” deftly produced by power-pop king Todd Rundgren and featuring another ’80s classic, “Love My Way.” But 1986 would be the band’s big-break year, as Hughes’ soundtrack thrust the title song front and center. The Psychedelic Furs suddenly found themselves appearing on TV, all over the radio, and all over the world. Their popularity — already heightened in Europe and Australia — boomed in America. The band continued to pump out albums til the early ’90s, spawning further hits like “All That Money Wants” and “Heaven.” After The Furs went on an extended hiatus, Richard Butler and his brother and band bassist Tim Butler formed 1992’s Love Spit Love, cranking out a couple of albums and spawning the hit “Am I Wrong” from the awesome 1995 sleeper teen movie, “Angus.” Nowadays, the Butler Bros. are back as The Psychedelic Furs, touring extensively and enjoying the ongoing ’80s revival. They are currently on the road doing two-set shows; one set is a performance of their “Talk” album, with the second set covering the best of the rest. And we blush to think that they may even play “Pretty in Pink” twice. 

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Heaven Minus Five: Black metal group Winterus.

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Michigan black metal maniacs Winterus give the devil his due WINTERUS with CONVALESCENCE and BLOODCRAFT Tuesday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville Admission is $5. 353-4692

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he traditional 19th-century nursery rhyme, “What Are Little Boys Made Of?” informed us that while girls were made of “sugar and spice/and everything nice,” their male counterparts were composed of “frogs and snails/and puppydog tails.” Nearly two centuries later, one must wonder if the anonymous author was prophesying the future of angry dudes making animal sacrifices in the name of Satan, powered by the unholy roar of black metal. The logical, wicked offspring of hard rock and metal, that Lucifer-lovin’ genre found its roots in the late ’70s and early ’80s sacrilegious thrash of bands such as Venom, Bathory and Celtic Frost. The ’90s Nordic malevolent metal of bands like Mayhem and Burzum raised the bar on ear-blasting blasphemy, with an infamous rash of church-burnings and even rival band homicide making Norwegian newspapers’ headlines. In that grand style of demonic bliss comes Winterus. Formed two years ago in Battle Creek, Mich., the quintet recently issued “In Carbon Mysticism” on Germany’s Lifeforce Records (lifeforcerecords.com) and the album’s already generating a serious buzz in the underground metal scene. The current lineup (myspace.com/ winterus) includes vocalist Christopher Erich Neu, guitarists Dominic Simmons and (the appropriately named) Les Paul, and the rhythm section of bassist Donovan Bates and drummer Kollin P. The band is currently on a 40-date, nationwide tour that brings them to Northeast Florida’s Burro Bar on July 5. Folio Weekly contacted vocalist Neu via email, and he chatted about the band’s decidedly “down with Jesus” life approach, cornflakes and Amy Grant. Folio Weekly: What does the name “Winterus” mean? Christopher Erich Neu: It’s just a name that we felt was descriptive of pain, depression and [being] cold.

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F.W.: You’ve said, “There is nothing wrong with

acting ‘Christ-like’ but there’s a lot wrong with Christianity.” Can you elaborate? C.E.N.: I’ve met a very small percentage of people that actually understands the philosophy of Christianity and don’t take it literally. It means to be “of Christ” or “Christlike” and I’m not signing up for a title that puts me on a pedestal of automatic hypocrisy. In general, I wouldn’t really consider myself a person that needs a title to be able to walk through life. F.W.: Why do you feel like Christianity in particular must be destroyed? What about Tibetan Buddhists? Aren’t they getting kinda trendy? C.E.N.: Christianity preys on innocent teenagers and children, telling them that they are lost and broken with images of delusion and fairy tales. They have done nothing but destroy, kill and desecrate people, art and our evolution as humans. F.W.: Many Florida black-metal bands were formed because it’s so damned hot, they had to hide out in garages. And it’s freezing-ass cold in Michigan. Do you think extreme weather forces young people to isolate, hate God and make metal? C.E.N.: The weather definitely contributes to people’s activities and motivation, but you can’t hate god when he isn’t real. F.W.: Winterus is from the same area that spawned the Battle Creek Sanitarium (and eventually Kellogg’s cereals). Is there a cornflake/Satan connection? C.E.N.: They closed down most of the tourist aspect and whittled down everyone’s jobs in the Kellogg’s area of Battle Creek. It’s like “Ghost Flakes” now since they left all the old, closeddown buildings in Cereal City. F.W.: Why is it so many right-wing Christian groups boycott metal concerts yet you never see a dude in a Mayhem shirt chanting incantations in front of a Jars of Clay or Amy Grant concert? Isn’t it time for a little payback? C.E.N.: We’re going to beat the shit out of some Christians on tour. The Black Circle is coming for them!  Dan Brown dbrown@folioweekly.com


CONCERTS THIS WEEK

JOHNSTON DUO This local group performs at 7 p.m. on June 28 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. COPE, PUMPKIN CITY Indie rockers hit the stage at 8 p.m. on June 28 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. IRISHMAN LEE KELLY Kelly performs Irish and Americana at 6 p.m. on June 29 at Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, 714 St. Johns Ave., Palatka. (386) 325-5454. THE RESTLESS KIND The Music by the Sea concert series presents this local group at 7 p.m. on June 29 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-1686. A LIGHT DIVIDED, REVENGEFULLHATE, TRANSPOSE These hard rockers hit at 7 p.m. on June 29 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. DiCARLO THOMPSON The local singer-songwriter plays at 9 p.m. on June 29 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. DECEPTION OF A GHOST, LAST CHANCE TO REASON, AFFIANCE Local heavyweights Deception of a Ghost perform at 8 p.m. on June 29 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. BUCK SMITH This singer-songwriter performs at 6 p.m. on June 30 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. FORTY WINTERS, VICES, WORN OUT, PEACEMAKER, SWEAR JAR This night of punk and hard rock kicks off at 7 p.m. on June 30 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. JOHN LONGBOTTOM, ROGER BULL, CATHY LEE These area singer-songwriters perform at 8 p.m. on June 30 at European Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10.50. 399-1740. OVERSIZED LOAD This local band performs at 9 p.m. on June 30 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Rd., Jacksonville. 645-5162. AARON SHEEKS Singer-songwriter Sheeks plays at 9 p.m. on June 30 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. CLAIBORNE SHEPHERD The singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. on June 30 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. JIMMY PARRISH & THE OCEAN WAVES Sounds on Centre presents these local Parrothead faves at 6 p.m. on July 1 at 100 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. 321-1605. BEFORE THE ANCIENTS, ARMAGEDDON III, SYOPSIS,

ABIOTIC, WORMWOOD PROPHECY This evening of metalgeared mayhem starts promptly at 7 p.m. on July 1 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. EVANS ACOUSTIC TRIO The unplugged group performs at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (Guns N’ Roses tribute) This GN’R tribute act welcomes you to the jungle at 8 p.m. on July 1 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $10. 246-2473. LOSING SEPTEMBER, HIGH ORDER The modern rockers hit the stage at 8 p.m. on July 1 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. DANNY KENT The singer-songwriter plays at 8 p.m. on July 1 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. RAWMYST The local rockers play at 9 p.m. on July 1 at Mudville Grille, 1301 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 722-0008. RICKOLUS, THE DELETED SCENES, THE PAUSES, ALEX E. The local and national indie rock kicks off at 9 p.m. on July 1 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 353-4692. CIGARS FOR HEROES FUNDRAISER with MICHAEL MUNN Island Girl Cigar Bar holds this fundraiser, to send cigars to troops overseas, from 4-8 p.m. on July 1, with Michael Munn performing at 9:30 p.m. at 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. Raffle tickets for a gas grill are available. 854-6060. OUT OF HAND The popular band plays at 9 p.m. on July 1 and 2 at The Roadhouse, 231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. 246-0611. BLISTUR The local rockers get the crowd a-poppin’ at 9 p.m. on July 1 and 2 at Cliff’s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Rd., Jacksonville. 645-5162. BUCKY COVINGTON, COWFORD COUNTY “American Idol� favorite Covington performs at 6 p.m. on July 2 at Maverick’s Rock ’N Honky Tonk, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Advance tickets are $12 and $20. 356-1110. YOGURT SMOOTHNESS, ALL IN, THE REAL, CAROLINE, CONNER PLEDGER Local acts hit the stage at 7 p.m. on July 2 at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. COREY SMITH, MATT STILLWELL Feel-good country singer Smith performs at 8 p.m. on July 2 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $22. 246-2473. BRAXTON ADAMSON Local artist Adamson performs at 8 p.m. on July 2 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766.

CELLDWELLER, DEATHFACE, LUCKY COSTELLO These heavy acts play at 8 p.m. on July 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $12. 398-7496. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET David Woodworth at 10:30 a.m., Tropic of Cancer at 11:45 a.m. and T&C at 2:30 p.m. on July 2 at Riverside Arts Market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. 554-6865. CHILLAKAYA The reggae rockers perform at 4 p.m. on July 3 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. BENEATH THE UNKNOWN, AMONGST THE FORGOTTEN, WHAT’S MINE IS YOURS, IN TOO DEEP, WILD ZERO, NEAR CHANCE, SAINTS AMONG THIEVES, A FAREWELL TO ARMS, STRANGERS HAVE THE BEST CANDY, BEYOND THE RISE, SCARVER Brewster’s Pit presents the hard rock, punk and metal music starting at 4 p.m. on July 3 at 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. PSYCHEDELIC FURS The New Wave legends perform their entire “Talk Talk Talkâ€? album and other hits at 8 p.m. on July 3 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $25. 246-2473. CHUPA TILL I DIE, THE GROYNOODLE These local rockers celebrate Independence Day at 10 p.m. on July 4 at Ring of Fire Honky Tonk, 113 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Admission is $5. 460-2641. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist Flores performs at 1 p.m. on July 3 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. WINTERUS, CONVALESCENCE, BLOODCRAFT This evening of black metal starts at 8:30 p.m. on July 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 353-4692.

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BEECH STREET GRILL, 801 Beech St., 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 Claiborne Shepherd on June 30 GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankie’s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat.

O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess in Sheffield’s, Hupp & Rob in Palace every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SEABREEZE SPORTS BAR, 2707 Sadler Rd., 277-2300 Karaoke with Daddy’O every Wed. DJ Roc at 9 p.m. every Fri., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. SLIDER’S SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Brian Linski on June 28. Early McCall on June 30. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.

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BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 J Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940 Peter Dearing from 9 p.m.-mid. on June 28. Mark O’Quinn on June 29. Alex Seier on June 30. Boogie Freaks from 10 p.m.1:45 a.m. on July 1 & 2. Live music from 8 p.m.-mid. on July 3 CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic on July 6 COPPER TOP, 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 DJ Neesounds on June 29. Southbound on June 30. Cloud 9 at 7 p.m. on July 1. Karaoke with Billy McMahan from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. THE COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music at 7 p.m. on July 1. Live music every Fri. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Johnston Duo at 7 p.m. on June 28. Evans Acoustic Trio at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 311 Third St. N., 853-5004 Live music at 9 p.m. on July 3. Open mic every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Reggae every Sun. Karaoke every Mon. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste.

217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Live music at 5 p.m. on July 3 FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sun. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Appetite for Destruction (GnR tribute) and Hornit on July 1. Corey Smith and Matt Stillwell at 8 p.m. on July 2. Psychedelic Furs at 8 p.m. on July 3. U2 By UV on July 9 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Live music on weekends LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 2492922 Jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Sweet Low Down on July 1 & 2. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley Band every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Video DJ & Karaoke every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach,

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Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. DJ Chef Rocc spins hip hop & soul every Sun. CAFE 331, 331 W. Forsyth St., 354-1999 Acoustic open mic 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Tue. Live music at 9 p.m. every Wed. & Fri. Factory Jax’s goth-industrial 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. Underground 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Mon. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Tue. & Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. A DJ spins classic R&B, hip hop & dance every Saturdaze. Live reggae & DJs spin island music every Sun. Joel Crutchfield open mic every Mon. DE REAL TING CAFE, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 DJs Mix Master Prince, Pete, Stylish, Big Bodie play reggae, calypso, R&B, hip hop and top 40 every Fri. & Sat. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Americana Coffeehouse with Dave Hendershott on June 28 and July 5 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins rock, rockabilly & roots every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall spins Karaoke every Mon. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Mike Bernos Band from 7 p.m.-mid. on July 1. George Aspinall Band at 2 p.m., Plan D at 7 p.m. on July 2 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Bucky Covington and Cowford County at 6 p.m. on July 2. Mark Wills on July 9. David Allen Coe on July 10. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. POPPY LOVE SMOKE, 112 E. Adams St., 354-1988 Lil John Lumpkin, Stefano DiBella & Lawrence Buckner every Wed. & Fri. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Eric Carter and DJ Al Pete every Fri.

FLEMING ISLAND

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Wes Cobb on July 1. 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 Live music for Country Night at 9 p.m. on June 30. Bambi Shoots Back at 9:30 p.m. on July 1 & 2. Live reggae with Jah Elect on the deck at 5 p.m. on July 3. DJ BG every Mon.

INTRACOASTAL WEST

BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 A Light Divided, Revengefullhate and Transpose on June 29. Forty Winters, Vices, Worn Out, Peacemaker and Swear Jar on June 30. Before the Ancients, Armageddon III, Syopsis, Abiotic and Wormwood Prophecy on July 1. Yogurt Smoothness, All In, The real, Caroline and Conner Pledger at 7 p.m. on July 2. Beneath the Unknown, Amongst the Forgotten, What’s Mine Is Yours, In Too Deep, Wild Zero, A Near Chance, Saints Among Thieves, A Farewell to Arms, Strangers Have the Best Candy, Beyond the Rise and Scarver at 4 p.m. on July 3 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Throwback Tue. ’70s, ’80s & top 40. Open mic with CBH every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. Brucci’s Live open mic with Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Oversized Load on June 30. Blistur on July 1 & 2. Street Legal on July 7. Karaoke every Tue. DJ Kevin for ladies nite every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 p.m. every Sun. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Boogie Freaks Duo at 7:30 p.m. on June 30. Lucky Stiff at 8:30 p.m. on July 1. Yankee Slickers at 8:30 p.m. on July 2. The Karaoke Dude at 8 p.m. every Mon. Live music outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat.

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HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri.

SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.

MANDARIN

AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry and John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Sat. BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE, 3057 Julington Creek Rd., 260-2722 Live music on the deck every Sun. afternoon CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 8803040 TBA Big Band from 7-9 p.m. on July 4. Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. every Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Jazz on the Deck 7-10 p.m. with Sleepy’s Connection every Tue. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Reggae Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. on the last Wed. each month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. THE TREE STEAKHOUSE, 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 The Boril Ivanov Biva Jazz Band from 7-9 p.m. every Thur. David Gum at the piano bar from 7-10 p.m. every Fri.

ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG

CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Blistur on June 30. Out of Hand on July 1 & 2. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon. SENOR WINGS, 700 Blanding Blvd., 375-0746 DJ Andy spins Karaoke every Wed. DJ Tammy spins Karaoke every Fri.

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DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave.,


every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology every Thur. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Michael Mann from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on July 1 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Charlie Walker on June 30. Nate Holley on July 1. Bread & Butter on July 2. Billy Buchanan on July 3. Open mic nite every Tue. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Parkway N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Latin Wave on June 28. Marvel and Hook’d at 9 p.m. on June 30, at 7:30 p.m. on July 1. Nova and Micah & the Reason at 7:30 p.m. on July 2 URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Mon.

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PONTE VEDRA

NINETEEN at SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Thur. Strings of Fire every Sat. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Buck Smith on June 30. Danny Kent at 8 p.m. on July 1. Braxton Adamson at 8 p.m. on July 2. Chillakaya at 4 p.m. on July 3. BuckSmith Project at 6 p.m. on July 7 URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on June 30. Evans Bros. at 7:30 p.m. on July 1. Barrett Jockers Band on July 2. Britt Shuttlesworth on July 5. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.

RIVERSIDE, WESTSIDE

FATKATS NIGHT CLUB, 1187 S. Edgewood Ave., 994-5201 Waylay plays every Thur. Live music & DJ Lavo spinning hip hop, rock, reggae, punk; Caden spins house, techno, breaks, drum & bass at 9 p.m. every Flashback Fri. 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 Dave Massey every Tue. Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., 476-7283 DJs Wes Reed & Josh K every Thur. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. METRO, 2929 Plum St., 388-8719 DJ Chadpole every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke with KJ Rob every Sun., Mon. & Tue. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Honor Society, Action Item, Katelyn Tarver, I Love Monsters, The Drama Summer and The Real at 6:30 p.m. on July 1. Battle of the Bands with A Hope for Tomorrow, Convalesce, For What It’s Worth, Nausicaa and Seizing the Final Victory at 7:30 p.m. on July 2 WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 Jax Arts Collaborative every Tue. Patrick & Burt every Wed. DJ Jeremiah every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo Practice of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri.

ST. AUGUSTINE

A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Domenic on June 30. Grapes of Roth on July 1 & 2 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with Smokin Joe from 7-10 p.m. on June 28. Brookes Cullum at 6:30 p.m. on June 29. Tony Paul Neal at 8:30 p.m. on July 1. Irish by Marriage at 1 p.m., Colabsible B at 8:30 p.m. on July 2. Colton McKenna at 1 p.m., Karaoke at 8 p.m. on July 3. Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on June 30, July 2 & 7. Whisky Richard at 9:30 p.m. on July 1. Reggae Sunday with KC on July 3 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 The Committee at 7 p.m. on July 1. Lyons & Baker at 2 p.m., The Committee at 7 p.m. on July 2. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on July 3 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts open-mic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Brad Newman at 6 p.m. on June 30. Lorianne at 3 p.m.,

Jerry Melfi at 7:30 p.m. on July 1. Humanzee at 3 p.m., Sex Machine Gun at 7:30 p.m. on July 2. SouLo from 3-7 p.m., DJ Gibz from 4-8 p.m. on July 3. Chubby McG at 2 p.m., DJ Raggamuffin at 6 p.m. on July 4. Brad Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. THE FLORIDIAN, 39 Cordova St., 829-0655 Live music every Fri. & Sat. HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Stu Weaver every Mon. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY’S, 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., 829-8333 Montage features electro, dance & indie every Mon. KINGFISH GRILL, 252 Yacht Club Drive, 824-2111 Chubby McG at 6 p.m. on June 29. Dewey & Rita from 6-9 p.m. on June 30 KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at noon every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 The Don David Trio at 9 p.m. on July 1 & 2. Live music at 1 p.m. on July 3. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. PRESENT MOMENT CAFE, 224 W. King St., 827-4499 Aslyn & the Naysayers at 8 p.m. on July 1 THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. RHETT’S PIANO BAR & BRASSERIE, 66 Hypolita St., 825-0502 Live jazz at 7 p.m. every night RING OF FIRE HONKY TONK, 113 Anastasia Blvd., 460-2641 Chupa Till I Die and The Groynoodle at 10 p.m. on July 4 SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz every Fri. The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the Flashbacks every Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex hosts Karaoke every Mon. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Hooch at 8:30 p.m. on July 1 & 2. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur. ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic every Mon.

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AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, 928-0515 W. Harvey Williams every Tue. DJ Royal every Wed. & Thur. DJ Benz every Fri. DJ T-Rav every Sat. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music

BASIL THAI & SUSHI, 1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190 Live music every Sat. ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 Paten Locke spins hip hop & tru school every Thur. DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Reggae every Sun. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Karl Weismantel Trio with Billy Thornton and Peter Miles on June 28. John Longbottom, Roger Bull and Cathy Lee on June 30. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Cope and Pumpkin City on June 28. Deception of a Ghost, Last Chance to Reason and Affiance on June 29. Losing September and High Order on July 1. CellDweller, Deathface and Lucky Costello at 8 p.m. on July 2. Rabbit at 8 p.m. on July 6 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square & Band of Destiny at 8 p.m. every Mon. John Earle Band every Tue. DJs Wes Reed & Matt Caulder spin indie dance & electro every Wed. Split Tone & DJ Comic every Thur.

SOUTHSIDE

AROMAS, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. & Wed. Live music from 8-11 p.m. every Thur. Piano Bar with Will Hurley from 9 p.m.1 a.m., a DJ spins till close every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. Salsa every Sun. BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic from 7-11 p.m. with Chris Hall every Tue. & every first Sun. Live music at 8 p.m. every Fri., at 6 p.m. every Sat. & at 5 p.m. every Sun. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall at 8 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717 Joshua Bowlus at 8 p.m. on July 5 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Boogie Freaks at 8 p.m., VJ Shotgun at 10 p.m. on July 1. Josh Frazetta at 10 p.m. on July 2; also on July 3. Your Jax Music open mic every Wed. Whyte Python every Flashback Fri. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat.

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BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. with DJ Dave. Open mic every Wed. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. DAMES POINT MARINA, 4518 Irving Rd., 751-3043 Billy Bowers at 7 p.m. on July 1. Ghost Radio at 5 p.m. on July 2. Mango Fever at 4 p.m. on July 3. Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR & LOUNGE, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic night with Al Poindexter at 7 p.m. on June 30. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on July 3 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat.  To be included in the live music listing, send all the vitals — time, date, location with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@folioweekly.com. Live music listings are included on a space-available basis.

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Entertainment derangement! 1) Belle of the Poké Ball: World-renowned Pokemon collector PikaBelleChu (seen here, at left, with her celebrity date, Pikachu) is scheduled to appear at this year’s Ancient City Convention. 2) The Real O.G. (Original Gamer): Pioneering British novelist H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is credited with inventing the modern role-playing game. 3) Goliath Flores is featured at Ancient City Con 5.

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Ancient City Con offers a good time for gamers, geeks and newbie freaks ANCIENT CITY CON 5 The convention is held Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville Admission is $20 for Saturday; $15 for Sunday. A two-day badge is $30 233-1234 ancientcitycon.com

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et’s set the record straight — Folio Weekly was down with role-playing gaming back when it was cool. Well, it was never cool, but as our complexion has cleared up and our genitals have become increasingly less ambiguous, we have learned to hold our heads high and be proud of our love of swords, unicorns, the film “Beastmaster” and medieval hallucinogens. And so, for the sake of the reader, we shall unravel the scroll of geekdom and reveal the story of contemporary role-playing games. Before the online phenomenon of “World of Warcraft,” there was simply a map and the 20-sided die, cast by cloaked figures in garages, basements and rec rooms throughout the land. Yet the saga of gaming is older than that, born in a magical land inhabited by creatures with weird customs, strange accents and even stranger teeth: a realm called Britain. Role-playing games (or RPGs) originally appeared in 1913, when British novelist H.G. Wells created Little Wars, a homegrown amusement now considered the original roleplaying game (or “O.G.” RPG). The author of such innovative novels as 1895’s “The Time Machine,” “The Invisible Man” (1897) and “The War of the Worlds” (1899), Wells is considered to be the Father of Science Fiction.

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He was also a pioneering geek. Little Wars contained the basic elements that many RPGs use to this day, including the most famous of all RPGs, Dungeons and Dragons. While D&D is considered by many to be the pinnacle of geekdom, the game has been played by some 20 million people, generated more than $1 billion in revenue and counts celebs like Stephen Colbert, Vin Diesel and

This two-day event offers nonstop gaming, vendors, workshops and a “nerdcore” concert including locals Shawn Lightfoot and Goliath Flores. geek-auteur Kevin Smith among its devoted legions. It has also inspired countless other RPGs such as LARPS (live-action role-playing games), MUDS (multiuser dungeons and/or domains), MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and the everpopular AVIHCEP (adult virgins in Hobbit cloaks eating pizza). Local RPG freaks can answer the clarion call of the gamemaster when Ancient City Con 5 kicks off in early July. This two-day event offers nonstop gaming, vendors, workshops, a “nerdcore” concert including locals Shawn Lightfoot and Goliath Flores and RPG celebs like PikaBelleChu, a young

woman featured in the ’09 Gamers Edition of Guinness Book of World Records, for having the World’s Largest Pokemon Collection. Take that, Alexander the Great! Main organizer and convention director Christopher Gabaldon told Folio Weekly that ACC expects 1,000-plus RPG-heads at this year’s event. “Attendees can expect anything under the umbrella of all things sci-fi and fantasy,” promises Gabaldon. While comic books, anime and steampunk will also be represented, Gabaldon is certain the biggest draw is for the gaming. Newcomers (or “noobs”) are encouraged to attend. “Many games are set up to teach beginners with no experience or materials how to play,” he says. At 37, Gabaldon is practically an old-timer — with 26 years of gaming experience — and survived the stigma attached to gaming in the geek-bashing ’80s. “You just really didn’t talk about it to people who weren’t into it,” he recalls. “There was no point of reference back then making it easy to explain.” But with the immense popularity of now cultural norms like online gaming and film series “The Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and their ilk, Gabaldon believes the dark ages of gaming are finally over. “These games are socially based,” he offers, explaining that contrary to some misconceptions, RPG gaming is all about interaction with others, rather than the stereotypes of the lonely, broadsword-wielding geek. “We play these games like some people play golf,” he explains, “to get away for few hours and have some fun with our friends.”  Dan Brown dbrown@folioweekly.com


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But most of Glover’s work is in stone and frompromise steatite, theoflarge equine sculpture takes marble, like his pieces installed in the garden. its name from a story by Virginia Edwards Placed amid dozens of native Florida plants that Lerbs found in the local library. “She is an like cabbage palm, muhly grass, loblolly bay, absolute master of form and texture,” Glover spartina grass and blue plumbago, Glover’s fondly explains of his wife’s work. work is currently getting patched up, cleaned After a 14-year-long journey, Glover and off and ready for the official garden opening. Lerbs are excited to officially unveil the St. “I’m responsible for laying the egg,” he says of Augustine Sculpture Garden to the public. The facilitating the project. “But I didn’t sit on it.” pair hopes the garden will be accepted and Glover is happy to give credit to the St. loved by everyone in the community. “The idea Augustine Beach Beautification Committee was born in St. Augustine,” he says. “And we as well as friends like MacDougall, Kevin always wanted to keep it here.”  Lang, Harold Lock and Glover’s wife and Kara Pound fellow artist, Marianne Lerbs, who donated themail@folioweekly.com three of her pieces. The garden has been appraised at roughly $750,000 and is adjacent The St. Augustine Sculpture Garden is located at to the police department and City Hall — a Lakeside Park, 2340 A1A S., St. Augustine. location that conveniently provides a sort of 829-0873. st-augustine-sculpture-garden.org onsite security system. “The format for public art, in my opinion, is [that it’s] safe art. It does not in any way create controversy, not even for a second,” says Glover of most community works. “There is great value in public art,” he continues, “but we’re all going to have to loosen our bootstraps,” referring to the seeming abundance of animals, war heroes, politicians and abstract shapes as used subject matter. © 2011 Born in Italy and adopted by an American family, Glover gives his work a decidedly European quality. Many of his pieces feature naked men and women tangled up in each other’s bodies and have titles like “Angle Pleasure,” “Cleopatra’s Bedroom” and “Leg Up.” Glover’s pieces in the garden are much of the same. His website explains the erotic tilt of many of his creations: “Eroticism is a tension between contrary forces. It is a spark and I am a flood plain of gasoline. Ignition throws me into exotic worlds — places were many artists fear to travel. Sculpture is a personal firestorm.” Glover moved to St. Augustine about 20 years ago, and says, “I was immediately attracted to the arts We Will Rock You: A piece by sculptor Alvin Felch, on display at the St. Augustine Sculpture Garden. community.” The original site for the

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PERFORMANCE

CLASSICAL & JAZZ

CIRQUE DE SOLEIL: ALEGRIA This innovative production, combining acrobatics, dance and music, is staged at 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 30, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on July 1 and 2 and at 1 and 5 p.m. on July 3 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $35-$95. 630-3900. ASSASSINS The Limelight Theatre stages Stephen Sondheim’s dark comedic musical at 7:30 p.m. on June 30, July 1-3 and 7-10 and at 5 p.m. on July 3 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors, military and students. 825-1164. WILLY WONKA Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story about the reclusive “Candyman” at 7:30 p.m. on June 28 and 29, July 1-3 and 5-8, at 1:15 p.m. on July 2 and at 2 p.m. on July 3 at 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212.

MERCURY’S REFRAIN This jazz duo — vocalist Nancy Hamilton and keyboardist John Crider — performs at 7 p.m. on June 28 at The Brasserie, 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-5800. KARL WEISMANTLE TRIO The jazz combo is featured at 8 p.m. on June 30 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 399-1740. CUMMER INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT The St. Johns River City Band performs at 7 p.m. on July 4 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. 356-6857. JOSH BOWLUS TRIO The jazz trio plays at 8 p.m. on July 5 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 399-1740. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.

CALLS & WORKSHOPS “THESPIANS” TRAINING CONTEST The makers of the locally produced documentary “Thespians” and the Broadway Dreams Foundation are accepting video submissions (ages 13 and older) uploaded to their Facebook page (facebook.com/thespiansthemovie) through July 15. The categories are monologue, dancing or singing. The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid weeklong drama retreat in August. CONSERVATORY SUMMER STRINGS The Northeast Florida not-for-profit music school offers beginning string instruction from 6:30-8 p.m. every Mon. through Aug. 8. Intermediate string lessons are held from 6:30-8 p.m. every Thur. through Aug. 11. Class fee is $120. The school invites area players to join its community band every Mon. from 6:30-8 p.m. at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Bldg. 200, Jacksonville. 374-8639. nfconservatory.org THEATRICAL CLASSES Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, offers year long acting classes for all ages in improvisation, musical theater, audition techniques, monologue and scene work. Each class culminates with a showcase. Fees vary. 249-0289. ADULT ART CLASSES Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, photoshop, drawing, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra. Fees vary. 280-0614. ccpvb.org CORSE GALLERY WORKSHOPS Beginning and advanced acrylics, watercolors, oil painting and portrait painting classes are held Mon.-Sat. at Corse Gallery & Atelier, 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 388-8205. corsegalleryatelier.com WEST AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE A drumming class is held at 5:30 p.m., and an African dance class is held at 6:45 p.m. every Fri. at St. Johns Cultural Arts Center, 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine. Each class is $10. 315-1862. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com DANCE INSTRUCTION Braided Light Dance Project offers adult intermediate ballet classes from 6:15-7:45 p.m. every Wed. and from 1-2:30 p.m. every Sat. at Barbara Thompson School of Dance, 8595 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Each class is $10. 997-0002.

ART WALKS & FESTIVALS 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. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour features 25 participating galleries from 5-9 p.m. on July 1 in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065. 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

MUSEUMS BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. The Lee McDonaldcurated show, “Seasons and Conservation in Our Coastal Region,” is on display through July 2, featuring environmentally themed works in various media. Diana Patterson’s “Acrylics and Old Photos” is on display through Aug. 2. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. “Drop-In Art” offers children ages 4-10 the chance to explore the galleries and create art from 5-6 p.m. on June 28. Fee is $5. The St. Johns River City Band performs at 7 p.m. on July 4. Bring blankets, chairs, food and alcoholic beverages. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. “The Neighborhood as Art: Celebrating the Riverside Avondale Area” runs through July 31. The exhibit, “Ralph H. & Constance I. Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain,” is displayed through Dec. 31. “On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce” is on display through Aug. 14. The restored Tudor Room gallery is open through Dec. 31.

The painter Ernest Lee is the featured artist from 5-9 p.m. on July 1 at Anastasia Books, 81C King St., St. Augustine. The Gainesville-based Lee was mentored and inspired by one of the original Highwaymen, S.M. Wells. 827-0075.

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Have a jazzy Fourth of July! The St. Johns River City Band performs an Independence Day concert on July 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Bring blankets, chairs, food and beverages. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door. 356-6857.

KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. “Spiritualism,” featuring manuscripts of Harry Houdini’s and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, is on display through Aug. 27. Overstreet Ducasse’s “Mixed Media” is on display through July 28. The permanent collection features a variety of rare manuscripts. Open Tue.Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. Christina West’s exhibit, “What a Doll: The Human Object as Toy,” runs through Aug. 28. “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster” runs through Aug. 28. Family Fun Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.Sun. mocajacksonville.org RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” opens July 1. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun. ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE AND TREASURE MUSEUM 12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, (877) 467-5863. The museum houses one of the largest collections of authentic pirate-related artifacts in the world, including the 17th century treasure chest of Capt. Thomas Tew. ST. AUGUSTINE SCULPTURE GARDEN Lakeside Park, A1A South and 11th Street, St. Augustine, 829-0873. This park features public works of art by Thomas Glover, Marianne Lerbs and other area artists. ST. PHOTIOS NATIONAL SHRINE 41 St. George St., St. Augustine, 289-2805. An exhibit of Byzantine-style icons by Fernando Arango-Fernandez runs through Sept. 25.

GALLERIES ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. “Trifecta Artist Exhibit,” featuring works by Tim Bullard, Roseann Egidio and Tonsenia Yonn, is on display through July 14. ANASTASIA BOOKS 81 C King St., St. Augustine, 827-0075. Ernest Lee is the featured artist from 5-9 p.m. on July 1. His works are on display through the month. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. New works by Beth Haizlip and MacTruque are on display through June. BEE GALLERY 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, Jacksonville, (727) 207-3013. Jennifer Woodall Graham is the featured artist for June. BETHEL GALLERY Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 285-7241. The faith-based show “God’s Creation” features works inspired by the Book of Genesis through Aug. 7. BRILLIANCE IN COLOR 25 King St., St. Augustine, 810-0460. “American Impressionists,” featuring works by Leonard Wren, Mary Dolph Wood and Stephen Shortridge, is on display through July 8. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577. The opening reception for the exhibit “Photographic Art,” by Glenn Hastings and Tom Tibbitts, is held from 5-9 p.m. on July 1. The exhibit runs through July 28.

FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The opening reception for the exhibit “Birdsong Brothers,” featuring the latest works by Jeff and John Birdsong, is held from 7-9 p.m. on July 1. The show is on display from June 29-Aug. 22. FSCJ WILSON GALLERY Wilson Center for the Performing Arts, FSCJ’s South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 646-2023. The opening reception for the juried Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists Summer Show is held from 5:30-7 p.m. on June 30. The exhibit runs through July 27. GALLERY 1037 Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3161. The gallery features works by the Hisshin Chapter of the Sumi-e Society as well as Washi doll-making by artist Yuki Shimizu; on display through Aug. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. A collection of art kites by Melanie Walker and George Peters of Airworks Studios is displayed through June. Commissioned work by the two designers is shown in JIA’s Connector hallway. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3052. Fred Schloth is the featured artist through July 15. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. An opening reception for the exhibit “Summer in St. Augustine” is held from 5-9 p.m. on July 1. The exhibit is displayed through July. PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY 94 Amelia Village Circle, Fernandina Beach, 432-1750. The exhibit “Suddenly Spring” is on display through Aug. PLUM ART & DESIGN 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. The gallery celebrates its one-year anniversary with a reception featuring newer works by Holly Draper, Thomas Brock and Patrick Gabriel from 5-9 p.m. on July 1. The exhibit is on display through Sept. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. David Ouellette’s exhibit, “Fruits of Eden,” runs through Sept. 23. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The second annual juried Judith Ryan Williams Nature & Wildlife Exhibit opens from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on July 1 and features dancing, music and a Cajun buffet. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit local conservancy and arts education programs. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 28. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA CARPENTER GALLERY 1 UNF Drive, Rm. 12-1301, Jacksonville, 620-1533. Images from Jaxport’s recent “Faces of the Port” and “Women of the Port” are on display through June 30. WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY 5047 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. The gallery features works by Marlene Deutcher, Pat Haley and Charbach, through June. WILLIAMS-CORNELIUS GALLERY Daryl Bunn Studios, 643 Edison Ave., Jacksonville. 525-3368. Photographer Daryl J. Bunn’s exhibit, “Playing with Fire,” is on display through Aug.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send 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 dbrown@folioweekly.com.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS

FOURTH OF ZOO-LY JAMBOREE An Independence Day jamboree, with a $2 off General Admission coupon available from the Zoo’s website at jacksonvillezoo.org, is held July 2, 3 and 4 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Stingray Bay re-opens; the DinoAlive exhibit is closing. The St. Johns River City Band performs from noon-3 p.m. on Sat. and the Stevie Fingers ensemble performs from noon-3 p.m. on Sat. in the Range of the Jaguar. Prizes, a water slide, a dunk tank, Uncle Sam and lion mascot Jazoo are featured. 757-4463. FREEDOM FESTIVAL This family-friendly festival offers bounce houses, games, exhibits, concerts and a fireworks finale from 5-9 p.m. on July 2 at Orange Park Mall, JCPenney parking lot & lawn, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park. Live music includes The Navy Band at 5 p.m., Sunset Circus at 6 p.m. and Branch & Dean at 7:30 p.m. 269-9413. simon.com FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS The nation’s Oldest City holds a Fourth of July celebration that starts with traditional patriotic favorites at 6 p.m. on July 4 at Plaza de la Constitución, St. George and King streets, St. Augustine. Fireworks over Matanzas Bay follow at 9:30 p.m. 825-5088. WGV COMMUNITY FIREWORKS The annual Red, White & Blue fireworks display is featured at dusk on July 1 around the Walk of Champions at World Golf Village, located off I-95, exit 323, St. Augustine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking is limited; a parking fee is required. Dinner & a Movie packages, including a buffet dinner at Fairways Café and an opening-day screening of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience” are available. 940-4123. WorldGolfHallofFame.org WHISKY RIVER To honor U.S. Armed Forces, a celebration featuring DJ Tos, food and drink specials, is held on July 3 and 4 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Ste. 3, St. Johns Town Center. A discount on food is offered for all military with a valid I.D. 645-5571. ALL AMERICAN FOURTH Live entertainment, food and drink and a fireworks display are featured from 2 p.m.-2 a.m. on July 4 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. Navy Band Southeast and the 5x7 Band perform. 353-1188. jacksonvillelanding.com STARS & STRIPES FREEDOM FESTIVAL This kid-friendly festival is held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4 in Central Park, Fernandina Beach. A Touch-a-Truck public safety display, a pie-eating contest and other kids’ activities are featured. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at Buccaneer Field, followed by a concert and fireworks at the marina at 9:30 p.m. 277-0717. LIBERTY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS The annual event is held from 4-9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Sea Walk Pavilion, 11 First St. N., Jax Beach. Live music and fireworks from the pier are featured. jacksonvillebeach.org APPLE PIE CELEBRATION The 11th annual Apple Pie Celebration 4th of July is a familyfriendly event starting at 11 a.m. on July 4 with a parade, music by the U.S. Navy Band, Street Legal, Al Naturale and Molly Hatchet with Abby Thompson, as well as food, activities and fireworks. Local notables are the targets in the piethrowing contest. The parade runs from the Kennel Club to Moosehaven, 1701 Park Ave., Orange Park, along River Road. 264-0520. orangepark4thofjuly.com DECK-LARATION PARTY This party is held from 7-11:30 p.m. on July 4 at on the River Deck at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville. Live music by Spanky is featured. Admission is $10 for Hyatt guests, $20 for non-guests. 360-8621. CELEBRATION AT CASA MARINA The celebration is held at 6:30 p.m. on July 4 in the Penthouse at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant, 691 N. 1st St., Jacksonville Beach. Full bar service and a tapas menu are featured. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call 270-0025. casamarinahotel.com BEACHES CLEANUP Volunteers are needed for the annual clean-up day held at 7 a.m. on July 5 at the oceanfront at Atlantic Boulevard and Beach Boulevard, and on 16th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach. Bags and gloves are provided. 630-3420 or 696-4347.

EVENTS

LANDMARK CENTENNIAL The Mandarin Store and Post Office holds its Centennial Celebration (1911-2011) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 2 at Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. Historical re-enactors, music, tours, food — RC Cola, Moonpies — kids’ activities, antique cars and a parade at 11 a.m. are featured. Admission is free. 268-0784. mandarinmuseum.net FILL THE BOOT FOR MDA Jax Beach firefighters are on hand for the annual Fill the Boot Community Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 3 at Engine

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15 Brewing Co., 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Live music, free eats, fire trucks and a car wash are featured. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters are also collecting for MDA at intersections throughout the beaches during the weekend of July 1, 2 and 3. 249-2337. STICKY SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT The MOCA Jax Contemporaries group presents “O Brother Where Art Thou?” at 7 p.m. on June 29 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 p.m. with spiked lemonade, popcorn and fare from Sweet Pete’s. The Fritz performs. Admission is free for Contemporaries members; suggested $10 donation for nonmembers. A $5 donation gets you an entry to win an original artwork by local artist Jack Allen. Proceeds benefit MOCA programs. 366-6911. CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA The Driftwoods play at 7 p.m. on June 30 under the oaks at Plaza de la Constitución, located between Cathedral Place and King Street, St. Augustine. The free concerts continue through Sept. 5. Bring lounge chairs. staugustinegovernment. com/sites/concerts-plaza MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series continues with The Restless Kind from 7-9 p.m. on June 29 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers meals for less than $10. The series runs each Wed. through Sept. 28. 471-1686. staugbchcivicassoc.com COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Laser Spirit at 5 p.m., Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 7 p.m. and Pink Floyd: Best of The Wall at 8 p.m. on July 1 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET David Woodworth, Tropic of Cancer and T&C perform on July 2 at Riverside Arts Market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, downtown. Local and regional artists, a water taxi and a farmers market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com

POLITICS & ACTIVISM

RUBIO’S STAFF PUBLIC APPEARANCE Members of Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff are on hand to assist businesses with federal issues at the North Florida Mobile Office from 9-11 a.m. on June 30 at Amelia IslandFernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Amelia Island. 398-8586, 261-3248. islandchamber.com CIVICS AT THE BEACH Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education is presented by Florida Bar members Meade Coplan and Justin McCarthy from 7-8 p.m. on June 29 at Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. Test your knowledge and meet other civic-minded neighbors. Admission is free; reservations are requested. Call 247-5828 or visit coab.us PLANNING & ZONING BOARD The St. Augustine P&Z Board meets at 2 p.m. on July 5 in City Hall’s Alcazar Room, 75 King St., St. Augustine. 825-1060. FAIR TAX IMPACTjax gathers to discuss “Evaluating the Benefits and Drawbacks of a Fair Tax System” from 5:30-7 p.m. on June 28 at Déjà Vu Wine Bar, 1827 N. Pearl St., Springfield. Admission is free for IMPACTjax members, $10 for nonmembers. impactjax.com JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on July 21 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273. LEGALLY SPEAKING Megan Wall of St. Johns Legal Aid discusses seniors’ legal issues from 10:45-11:45 a.m. every first Fri. at River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. On July 1, Wall discusses “Do You Need a Will?” 827-9921.

COMMUNITY INTEREST

TEEN SUICIDE PROGRAM The Adolescent Suicide Awareness & Prevention Project offers parents and educators two free interactive workshops to help identify and respond to the warning signs and risk factors of teenage suicide, from 9-10 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m. on June 30 at daniel’s Southside campus, 4203 Southpoint Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 296-1055 ext. 2319. For more information about the ASAP Project, or if you are concerned about a youth between the ages of 10-24, call 296-1055. danielkids.org MICKLERS LANDING VAN SHUTTLE St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department tests a pilot program to shuttle beachgoers to and from Micklers Landing Beach Park, where the parking lot is usually overflowing on weekends, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 2, 9 and 16. Beachgoers may park in the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall parking lot, then take a van to a the beach. The van runs

The Flames of Philanthropy! Jax Beach Fire Fighters hold their Fill the Boot Community Day on July 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Engine 15 Brewing Co., 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Live music, free eats, fire trucks and a car wash are featured, with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters are also collecting for MDA at intersections throughout the beaches during the weekend of July 1, 2 and 3. 249-2337.

every half-hour. The shuttle is free during the pilot program. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located less than one mile from Mickler’s Landing Beach Park north on State Road A1A. 209-0322. CIGARS FOR HEROES This fundraiser is held from 4-8 p.m. on July 1 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Southside. Raffle tickets for a gas grill are available. Proceeds benefit a program that sends cigars to troops overseas. 854-6060. islandgirljax.com SPEED-DATING Speed-dating for African-American professionals is offered from 7-11 p.m. on June 30 at Aloft Wxyz Lounge, 4812 Deer Lake Drive W., Jacksonville. For tickets, visit jaxurbanspeedating.eventbrite.com or call 738-1560. ENERGY EFFICIENCY EDUCATION SERIES St. Johns County holds workshops on how to save money and energy from 4-5 p.m. every Thur. at Wind Mitigation Bldg., University of Florida IFAS Extension, 3111 Ag Center Dr., St. Augustine. 827-6806. sjcfl.us TOILETRY DRIVE The annual toiletry drive is held through the summer at the Sulzbacher Center, 611 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. The center is in need of soap, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, bug spray, sunscreen, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and lip balm. Volunteers are also needed to conduct toiletry drives at businesses and/or civic groups. 359-0457. sulzbachercenter.org

BOOKS & WRITING

SAMUEL PEARCE Author Pearce signs copies of his book, “Rediscovering the Constitution in the 21st Century,” from 5-8 p.m. on July 1 at Anastasia Books, 81C King St., St. Augustine. 827-0075. RONALD A. WHITE Local author and playwright White signs copies of his book, “Centurion Justice,” from 5-7 p.m. on June 30 at Mambos Cuban Bistro, 311 Third St. N., Jax Beach. 298-1399. ADULT BINGO FOR BOOKS Win new adult fiction and non-fiction books by playing Bingo at 3:30 p.m. on June 30 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Admission is free. 827-6950. KATHLEEN DAUTEL Local children’s author Dautel signs copies of her new book, “Come Follow Me,” at 3 p.m. on July 2 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. FRIDAY 5 O’CLOCK WHISTLE TALKS Children’s author Linda Brandt (“Henry’s Life as a Tulip Bulb”) appears from 5-6:30 p.m. on July 8 at Beaches Museum & History Center, 380 Pablo Ave., Jax Beach. 241-5657. BOOK CLUBS Ponte Vedra Library Book Club discusses Neil White’s “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” at 3 p.m. on June 28 at 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. 827-6950. The Southeast Book Club gathers at 6:45 p.m. on June 30 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. Helen Simonson’s “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” is discussed. 827-6900.

KIDS

JAX ZOO Rescued penguins are housed in the Tuxedo Coast exhibit, and endangered wood storks’ nests are alive with chicks this month. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org

JACKSONVILLE SUNS BASEBALL CAMP The camp is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 29 and 30 for kids ages 7-12 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Camp fee of $85 includes lunch both days, a T-shirt, ball cap and ticket to a game. 358-2846. INSPIRING MINDS SUMMER CAMP This camp, for kids who want to get ahead in life, is held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri., through July 29 at Dinsmore United Methodist Church, 10604 Iowa Ave., Jacksonville. Activities include math, science, literacy, leadership and workforce development. Camp fee is $75 a week. Extended care is available. Breakfast and lunch are included. To reserve a spot, call 859-2497; ask for Tiffany. PGA TOUR JR. SUMMER CAMPS Providing young people of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their game, the PGA TOUR Golf Academy’s annual Junior Camps are held through August at World Golf Village, St. Augustine. 940-3600. touracademy.com ST. JOHNS COUNTY LIBRARY Reptile Experience is held at 10 a.m. on June 28 at Hastings Branch Library, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, 827-6970, and at 2 and 3 p.m. on June 28 and 30 at Ponte Vedra Branch, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950. The snakes and lizards are on hand at 10 a.m. on June 29 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900, and at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on June 29 at Anastasia Branch, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730. The creatures return at 10 a.m. on June 30 at Switzerland Community Church, 2179 S.R. 13, Switzerland, 827-6960. Teen Summer Book Club meets at 6 p.m. on June 30 at Bartram Trail Branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, 827-6960. Teens tie-dye T-shirts at 3 p.m. on July 1 at Main Branch, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 827-6940. The teen photo project starts at 2 p.m. on July 1 at Hastings Branch. “Gnomeo & Juliet” is screened at 2:30 p.m. on July 1 at Anastasia Branch. sjcpls.org GIRLS INC. SPECIALTY CAMP Leadership and Community Action specialty camp is held from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., through Aug. 5 at Riverside Baptist Church, 2650 Park St., Jacksonville. Three 2-week sessions focus on leadership skills and community involvement. 731-9933. girlsincjax.org P.A.L. SUMMER CAMP Police Athletic League summer camp is held from 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. through July 29 at 3450 Monument Rd., Arlington and 2165 W. 33rd St., Northside. Indoor sports, life skills, JSO presentations and field trips for ages 6-14. Camp fee is $100 per child per week, with a $50 registration. Lunch is provided. 854-6555. jaxpal.com SUMMER EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM Why Not Me Campaign presents this program for teens 1419, through Aug. 17 at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville. Teens are supported through mentorship and empowered with access to information, meet twice a week for career building workshops and diverse career seminars. 371-9903. wnme.org DANCE CAMP Douglas Anderson School of the Arts offers a summer dance intensive for kids in grades 6-12, from 9 a.m.-3:10 p.m. June 27-30 at 2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville. Call for fees and details, 390-2971. da-arts.org AMELIA ARTS ACADEMY Camps and summer workshops for kids 4-11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, through Aug. 12 at 516 S. 10th St.,


Fernandina Beach. Painting, storytelling, band, clay working, art, music. 277-1225. ameliaartsacademy.org

COMEDY

JARROD HARRIS, JAKE HEAD Comedians Harris and Head appear at 9 p.m. on June 29 at The Dive Bar, 331 E. Bay St., downtown. Admission is $3. 359-9090. TIM STATUM The Comedy Zone features Tim Statum at 8 p.m. on June 29 and 30 and July 1 and 2 at 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$12. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Joe DeLion and Tom Allan appear on July 1 and 2 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $12. 461-8843.

UPCOMING

CHRIS TUCKER July 15, T-U Center JAX SHARKS VS SPOKANE SHOCK July 9, Veterans

Augustine Beach, ending back at the pier for the free concert. Proceeds benefit the Gratitude Leadership Program. 347-5301. gratitudetraining.com

BUSINESS

CHAMBER AFTER HOURS Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach/Yulee Chamber of Commerce gathers for Taste of the Tropics from 5-7 p.m. on June 30 at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island, 1900 Amelia Trace Court, Fernandina Beach. Ricky Starr performs. Admission is $5 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 321-0898, 261-3248. SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB A representative from the Wounded Warrior Project is the featured speaker at noon on June 29 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. CHAMBER AFTER HOURS Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce meets at 5:30 p.m. on June 29 at Sawgrass Beach Club, 9755 Summer Place, Ponte Vedra. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. 285-2004.

Memorial Arena

JAGUARS vs. FALCONS Aug. 19, EverBank Field 28TH ANNUAL CARING CHEFS Oct. 23, The Avenues Mall

NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS

JACKSONVILLE SUNS The 2010 Southern League Champs continue a homestand against the Birmingham Barons at 7:05 p.m. on June 28, 29 and 30 and July 1, 2 and 3 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com MARINE TURTLE LECTURE The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve holds a lunch lecture from noon-1 p.m. on July 1 at the Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. Scott Eastman, GTM biological scientist, discusses Atlantic marine turtles. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 823-4500. SEA TURTLES A ranger discusses Florida sea turtles at 2 p.m. on July 2 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. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org COMBAT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2 This MMA fight is held at 5 p.m. on July 2 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. More than 10 matches are featured. Tickets are $20 and $30. 644-7571. caxfc.com SAVAGE ANCIENT SEAS This exhibit features fossils of marine animals from the collection of paleontologist Mike Triebold at Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 396-7062. themosh.org SHARKS VS DALLAS VIGILANTES The Jacksonville Sharks — with only one loss at press time — take on the Vigilantes from Big D at 7 p.m. on July 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $15-$128. 630-3900. BIKE RIDE ON THE BEACH This fundraiser is held at 5:45 p.m. on July 6 and every other Wed. departing from Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St.

CLASSES & GROUPS

ZUMBA FITNESS Classes are held from 7-8 p.m. every Mon. and Wed. at Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd. N., Jacksonville. The fee for the 7-week session is $55. Proceeds support Duval County Schools. 349-4790. DEPRESSION/BI-POLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets every Thur. from 6-7:30 p.m. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 616-6264. COMMUNITY HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUPS Bereavement Support is held every Tue., from 6:30-8 p.m. through July 12 at Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville; and every Wed., from 6:30-8 p.m. through July 13 at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring of Community Hospice, 5450 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville. Support group participants must meet with a Community Hospice bereavement counselor before joining a group. To learn if a Community Hospice therapeutic support group might be right for you, call Roxanne Miller, LCSW, manager of bereavement and community grief, at 407-6330. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU Classes are open to men, women and children, beginning, intermediate and advanced, from 7-9 p.m. every Mon.-Thur., and from 10 a.m.-noon every Sat. at East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 7035 Philips Highway, Ste. 7, Jacksonville. The first lesson is free. 554-7800. JAX JUGGLERS Future jugglers gather outside at local parks in the summertime; check the website for details. Admission is free. jaxjugglers.org  To list an event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to events@ folioweekly.com or click the link in our Happenings section at folioweekly.com. Listings are included on a spaceavailable basis.

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

614 Ash Street • (904) 277-1604 www.addisononamelia.com

THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE

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

227 South 7th Street • (904) 277-0500 www.fairbankshouse.com

ElIZABETH POINTE lOdGE Oceanfront, charming rooms, soaking tubs, country breakfast, short bike ride to historic seaport. Porches, rockers and sitting by the fireplace. Treat yourself!

98 South Fletcher Avenue (904) 277-4851 www.elizabethpointelodge.com

AmElIA ISlANd WIllIAmS HOUSE

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.

103 S. 9th Street • (904) 277-2328 www.williamshouse.com

HOYT HOUSE

Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast Inn, built in 1905, is an intimate, elegant and luxurious boutique hotel that will exceed your expectations with five-star amenities, top-shelf breakfast and exceptional customer service. We offer: • 10 En-Suite Guest Chambers • Located in the Historic District • 3-Course Gourmet Breakfast • English Tea Wed.-Sun. 12:30-3p.m. • Heated Pool & Spa • Amelia Lounge & Bar • Complimentary Bicycles • Complimentary Cocktail Hour • Secure off-street Parking • Weddings & Meetings Welcome

804 Atlantic Avenue • (904) 277-4300 www.hoythouse.com

“Why, back in my day, Priority Mail was sent by way of an angry mule!” The Mandarin Store and Post Office hosts its Centennial Celebration (1911-2011) on July 2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. Historical re-enactors, tours, food — including RC Cola and Moonpies! — and a parade at 11 a.m. are featured. 268-0784.

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.

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AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE (In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining is offered in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Awardwinning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 An Italian kitchen and wine bar. Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENERAL STORE F This new store has a little bit of everything. Breakfast includes hot rope sausage, lunch features the Redneck Reuben. Deli meats, cheeses, chicken, fish, pizzas and pasta, too. BW. B, L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 310-6080. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5 S. Second St., 261-9400. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO Elegant island atmosphere. NY strip steak with sauces, Maine crab cakes, seafood fricassee and roast chicken penne pasta. BW. CM. D, nightly. 14 S. Second St. 321-2558. $$$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp every Thur.); nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, serving specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar. Extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Wraps, sandwiches, soups. CM. B & L, Mon.Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front,

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eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR Picante offers flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. B, L & D daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2010 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ 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. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp and nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2010 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. $$

ARLINGTON, REGENCY

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. $$ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 6132 Merrill Rd. 744-2333. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F 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. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. MEEHAN’S TAVERN F This Irish pub and restaurant serves beef and Guinness stew, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, traditional lamb stew and jalapeño poppers, made fresh onsite, in a comfy atmosphere. Wifi, HDTVs, non-smoking. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5. 551-7076. $$ NERO’S CAFE F Nero’s serves 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. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F Hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese, sauerkraut; small pizzas. L & D, Mon.Sat. 9501 Arlington Expwy., Regency Sq. 721-3595. (orangetreehotdogs.com) $ PITA EXPRESS Philly, chicken fajita, falafel, chicken Caesar salad and eggplant parmigiana pitas, plus omelets and pancakes. CM. B, L & D, daily. 2754 Trollie Lane. 674-2637. $ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ 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 items 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. $

AVONDALE, ORTEGA

BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 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. $$$

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DINING GUIDE KEY

Rock ‘n roll, Monster roll, and Dynamite roll are just a few of the sushi options at Sushi Cafe, on Riverside Avenue near Five Points.

THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2010 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 Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Fox has been a Jacksonville landmark for 50-plus years. Owners Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax 2010 winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Tues.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ RUAN THAI F The elegant Avondale restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 3951 St. Johns Ave. 384-6665. $$$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$ ’town F Owner Meghan Purcell and Executive Chef Scott Ostrander bring farm-to-table to Northeast Florida, offering American fare with an emphasis on sustainability. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3611 St. Johns Ave. 345-2596. $$

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AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned-andoperated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE F This European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F The first four elements are earth, water, air and fire — but here they prepare authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily.

9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F This Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE F Traditional Indian items include tandoori specials, South Indian, Indo-Chinese, vegetarian, biryani and thali style dishes. BW. L & D. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 10. 448-5999. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE Center-cut beef, fresh seafood and sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. The signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$

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(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Subs are made-toorder fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F This cozy, family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as Mini-Me sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos,


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D, Tue.-Sun. 1312 Beach Blvd. 249-5800. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 712-4444. $$ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CASA MARIA See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F The menu features favorites from The Homestead, like fried chicken, homemade-style biscuits and cornbread, served in a family atmosphere inside a cozy log cabin. CM, FB. Sun. brunch; D, daily. 1712 Beach Blvd. 249-4776. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX F Chef Kahn Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. The Factory’s Ashley Hayek is a 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Bartender. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) fave items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DICK’S WINGS F This NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F This new Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ THE FISH COMPANY F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets, grilled tuna and an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY Authentic Middle Eastern favorites include gyros, shwarma, pita bread, made fresh daily. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 1451 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 249-2212. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 Third St. S. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare your food), a sushi bar and Western-style seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Best of Jax 2010 winner. The full-service restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechuan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd.

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247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25 years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ Produced by jw Checked by Sales promise of benefit sUpport Ask for Action NORTH BEACH BISTRO Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2010 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ PARSONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT F The family-style restaurant has an outdoor patio and an extensive menu, including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ THE PIER RESTAURANT This brand-new oceanfront restaurant offers fresh, local fare served on two floors — upstairs, it’s Chef’s Menu, with stuffed flounder, pork tenderloin and appetizers. The downstairs bar and patio offer casual lunch and dinner items and daily drink specials. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 445 Eighth Ave. N. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks are made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Handcrafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic For questions, 062811 Beach. 241-7877. $$ please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK An array of specialty menu items, FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655For questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. rU including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. PROMISE OF BENEFIT ab RE SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced 372-4456. $$ by ____ CheckedAsk by for ____Action Sales Rep ____ Produced by jw promise of benefit sUpport SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THAI ROOM RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Dine in an intimate setting as Chef Thepsouvanh prepares Thai cuisine like crispy duck or pan-seared Chilean sea bass. BW. L, Mon.Fri. D, Mon.-Sat. 1286 S. Third St. 249-8444. $$$ TWO DUDES SEAFOOD PLACE F Up-to-the-minute-fresh Mayport seafood, including shrimp, scallops, snapper and oysters in sandwiches or baskets, grilled, blackened or fried. B, TO. L & D daily. 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-2000. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapasstyle menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$

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(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. L, Mon.-Fri. 126 W. Adams St. 475-1400. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $4 CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ CITY HALL PUB 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. $$ DE REAL TING CAFE F The popular restaurant offers a Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $ INDOCHINE Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ JULIETTE’S & J-BAR Serving dinner before (or dessert after) a show. Breakfast buffet. J-Bar serves bistro-inspired small plates. FB. Daily. Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water St. 355-6664. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The

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Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. BW. B & L, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $

FLEMING ISLAND

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

INTRACOASTAL

AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 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. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ TKO’S THAI HUT F The menu offers Thai fusion, curry

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dishes, chef’s specials, steaks, healthy options and sushi. Hookahs are available. Dine inside or on the covered patio. FB. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 647-7546. $$ ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Traditional Mediterranean family recipes blend in Spanish, French, Italian and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Harbour Village. 221-7066. $$

JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS

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. 2870766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA BAKERY & PUB F Transforms from family restaurant to pub serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. CM, FB. D, Tue.-Fri., L & D, Sat. & Sun. 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700. $$ HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE F Wings, big salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Sports events on HDTVs. CM, FB. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101. 683-1964. $ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $

MANDARIN

AL’S PIZZA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd. 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd. 880-0020. $ CASA MARIA F See Springfield. L & D, daily. 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. 619-8186. $$ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$)

NAME: Lisa Jones RESTAURANT: Jack and Diane’s, 708 Centre St., Amelia Island BIRTHPLACE: California YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 3 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Palace Café, Santa Barbara, Calif. FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: World fusion. FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic and curry. IDEAL MEAL: Curry soup, garlic greens salad with tomato vinaigrette dressing, Thai chicken over sweet sticky rice, spicy veggie medley and lemon-vanilla mousse. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Sea urchin. MOST MEMORABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: Making a bet with customers about who could eat the most Thai peppers. I let them go first and win, bought their dinner and we’re still friends today.

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HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS This American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, as well as 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps and sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ 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. $$ LET’S NOSH F The authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch, brunch and full-service deli counter. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts. CM. B & L, daily. 9850 San Jose Blvd. 683-8346. $ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F 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. $$ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$

ORANGE PARK

ARON’S PIZZA F This family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ BLU TAVERN F This restaurant has an upscale feel with a casual atmosphere. Favorites include bread pudding and Orange Park salad. Blu also serves pasta dishes, burgers, seafood, pork, beef and steaks. CM, FB. L & D, daily; B, Sat. & Sun. only. 1635 Wells Rd. 644-7731. $$ 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. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 5794748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F This family-owned-andoperated restaurant offers gourmet pizzas, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper and (of course) pastas: spaghetti, fettucine, lasagna, ziti, calzones, linguini, tortolini, ravioli, all made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 276-9551. D, nightly. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F Pizzas are baked in coal-fired ovens. Popular pizzas include Health Choice and Mozzarella. Coal-fired sandwiches and wings, too. BW. L & D, daily. 2134 Park Ave. 264-6116. $$ THE ROADHOUSE F Burgers, wings, deli sandwiches and popular lunches are served. FB. L & D, daily. 231 Blanding Blvd. 264-0611. $ THAI GARDEN F Traditional Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections with authentic Thai flavors. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

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AL’S PIZZA F Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine features fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza

prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or Out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE F On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by car or by boat. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes with a sophisticated flair. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 301 N. Roscoe Blvd. 285-0139. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks feature Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers his eclectic cuisine featuring local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2010 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ SIMPLE FAIRE F Breakfast and lunch favorites, featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses served on fresh bread. Daily specials. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3020 Hartley Rd. 683-2542. $$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ URBAN FLATS Ancient world-style flatbread is paired with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches and entrées, served in a casual, urban atmosphere. An international wine list is offered. FB. L & D, daily. 330 A1A N. 280-5515. $$

RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE AJ’S ON PARK STREET AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 598-0188. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE The brand-new Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO, delivery. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-andgo sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JACKSONS GRILL The locally owned spot’s original menu has fried pickle chips, Rockin’ Ranch burgers, gumbo, sandwiches. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1522 King St. 384-8984. $$ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and


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fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, nonsmoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON THE PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS This nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$

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A1A ALE WORKS F The city’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S BEACHSIDE, BARNACLE BILL’S DOWNTOWN F For 30 years, these family restaurants have served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak, and popular fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. Downtown location, L & D daily; beach location, D nightly. 451 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2434. 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ 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

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parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ promise of benefit sUpport CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F This Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine — tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar — indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Authentic New York style brickoven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups,

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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 Casual oceanfront restaurant has an ocean view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SCARLETT O’HARA’S Best of Jax 2010 winner. Serving Southern fare, barbecue and seafood. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 70 Hypolita St. 824-6535. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, south of the S.R. 206 bridge, this two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SUNSET GRILLE Casual Key West style and a seafood-heavy menu — it’s a consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties include baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp and datil pepper wings with bleu cheese dressing. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ ZHANRAS F Art-themed tapas-style place has small plate items in a casual, contemporary space. Entrée portions available. CM, FB. D, daily; Sun. brunch. 108 Anastasia Blvd. 823-3367. $$

ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN 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. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2010 winner. 13249 City Square Dr. 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. fiveguys.com $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, along with a tapas menu of gourmet fare to pair with the wine list. A wide selection of beer is also served. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-the-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ mellowmushroom.com MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F Featuring seafood, an everchanging menu of more than 180 items includes cedarroasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned steakhouse has an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 7860 Gate Parkway. 253-3314. $$ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves up New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. rennaspizza.com $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$

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SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches and desserts. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ STEAMERS CAFE F Steamers’ menu has all-natural and organic items, including wraps, sandwiches, subs, soups, steamer bowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Daily lunch specials. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 106. 646-4527. $ SUITE The St. Johns Town Center premium lounge and restaurant offers chef-driven small plates and an extensive list of specialty cocktails, served in a sophisticated atmosphere. FB. D & late-nite, nightly. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 493-9305. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS This Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ URBAN FLATS F See Ponte Vedra. CM. FB. L & D, daily. 9726 Touchton Road. 642-1488. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Authentic Japanese cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$

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

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BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French,

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

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AROMAS BEER HOUSE Aromas offers customer favorites like ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, and 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

WINE LISTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Best of Jax 2010 winner. Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 CIRCLE JAPAN “Sake 101” 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 12192 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, Southside, 710-5193 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GRAPE 5-7:30 p.m. every Wed.; 1-4 p.m. every Sat. 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Ste. 119, SJTC, 642-7111 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 NORTH BEACH BISTRO 6-8 p.m. every Tue. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR 4-6 p.m. every Tue. 1930 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-9551 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m., every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517

THE GIFTED CORK 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, till 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5-6:30 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, St. Johns Town Center, 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. 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 6 p.m. every Thur. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-1100 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 1188 Edgewood Ave. S., Riverside, 389-9997 4085 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-9900 ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 6-8 p.m., every first & third Wed. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal W., 221-7066 

rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F The neighborhood comfort spot offers Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT F City Buffet offers an extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts, ice cream, at its all-youcan-eat buffet. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-3507. $ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. The Fresh Bar offers fine wine, cocktails, martinis. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CURRY POT F This new restaurant offers authentic Northern Indian cuisine, including vegan, vegetarian and traditional menu items, as well as a buffet. L & D, daily. 7035 Philips Hwy., Ste. 3. 400-6373. $$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order — fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 winner. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This stylish yet simple gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Located inside the new entertainment complex Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$

SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE

BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees like eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch, served in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Lunch, bagels, desserts, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F This modern restaurant’s menu features popular favorites: salads, sandwiches and pizza, as well as fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F Located in the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main, Uptown serves fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 


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, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Lisa Harter’s impeccable style. Popular items are ginger chicken salad, falafel pitas, black bean burgers and Asian noodles with tuna. 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. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132

Cafe Karibo

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

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

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

The Surf

Jack & Diane’s

Picante Grill Rotisserie Bar

Sliders Seaside Grill

Moon River Pizza

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 Brand-new Picante offers the vibrant flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and home-style empanadas. An extensive selection of boutique South American wines and craft brew beers are offered. A children’s menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee 904-310-9222

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

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

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 june 28-july 4, 2011 | folio weekly | 41


Giddyup!

When a strain of equine herpes led to a temporary quarantine at central Utah horse farms, sponsors of the Davis County Mounted Posse Junior Queen contest in May had a dilemma. Instead of canceling the competition in which cowgirls show their skills on horseback, they decided to conduct the show with the girls “riding” stick “ponies” to get style points. Former queen Savanna Steed told KSL-TV the change would be good because it would better test riders’ knowledge of the routines instead of relying on their horses to make the moves.

Latest Religious Messages

Unclear on the Concept: India’s Ganges River has become famously polluted, in part by reverent Hindu pilgrims who toss “offerings” (clothing, statues and loved ones’ cremains) into it with the hope of prosperous lives and holy afterlives. Hindu immigrants in New York City, with no access to the Ganges, have turned to Jamaica Bay this is a copyright protected proof © as a stand-in. The formerly quiet waters beside JFK International Airport now ebb and flow with similar offerings that ultimately litter the bay’s our advertising representative at 260-9770. rUn dAte: 050311 federal recreation area shoreline. Area Hindu community leaders, with only mixed success, BLE AT 268-3655 urge greater environmental sensitivity. Produced by jw Checked by Sales Rep nv sUpport Ask for Action From time to time, clever rabbis suggest ways to bypass ancient Talmudic laws restricting observant Jews’ behavior on the Sabbath (a day of “rest”). In April, Rabbi Dror Fixler, an electrooptics expert at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, © 2011 said he could foresee a day when even driving a car may be allowed on the Sabbath. The driver would wear an encephalography helmet to catch brain signals and transmit them to a car’s operating and steering system, removing the need for “action” on the driver’s part (thus theoretically keeping him “at rest”).

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Mattel revealed its best-selling fashion doll in 2010, for the age-6-and-up market, has been the teen werewolf “Monster High” model, Clawdeen Wolf, who comes with heavy makeup, a short skirt and high boots, who supposedly spends her time “waxing, plucking and shaving.” Says Clawdeen, in promotional materials, “My hair is worthy of a shampoo commercial, and that’s just what grows on my legs.” Though Mattel claims the doll celebrates girls’ imperfections, a counselor told Fox News she was appalled the company tells young girls they “need to sculpt, tweeze, wax and ... change their bodies” to attract men. Cyber Making-Out: Tokyo’s Kajimoto Laboratory has created a tongue-kissing machine to enable lovers to suck face over the Internet, according to a May CNN report. At separate locations, the pair place special straws in their mouths and mimic a deep kiss, which is recorded and transmitted to each other’s straws. Researcher Nobuhiro Takahashi sees profit in “celebrity” tongue-kissing applications, but said more work is needed to establish individual taste, breathing and tongue moistness. Tacky: Columbus, Ohio’s school board accepted principal Kimberly Jones’ resignation in May following revelations by The Columbus Dispatch that she, though earning $90,000 a year, swore on federal forms she made just $25,000 — so her own two children would qualify for reduced-price school lunches. Prime Healthcare Services, with a reputation for rescuing financially failing hospitals, reported

two new California acquisitions, in Victorville and Redding, somehow curiously experienced rates about 40 and 70 times the state average in patients with a rare Third World Ghanian sickness that, conveniently, qualified the hospitals for enhanced Medicare reimbursements.

Fine Points of the Law

In a pre-trial motion in a Chicago court case in May, the defense lawyer for Exotic Motors Inc., being sued over car repairs, complained about plaintiffs’ lawyers’ unusual decision to permit a female paralegal to sit at their courtroom table, especially since she’s a “large-breasted woman.” Her “sole purpose” at the table, lamented defense lawyer Thomas Gooch, was “to draw the attention of the jury,” presumably in favor of the plaintiffs. Gooch later told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin he was concerned only with her “qualifications” to sit at the table.

Questionable Judgments

The recent Memorial Day weekend was a time of reflection for Long Island’s Shelter Island residents, honoring a soldier from the neighborhood who’d recently been killed in Afghanistan. The local American Legion placed new, heavy-duty American flags on telephone poles along a parade route, but only afterward was informed Long Island Power Authority, which owns the poles, is required by state law to charge an unwaivable rental fee for the poles. Principal Terry Eisenbarth apologized to parents and children at Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in May and promised to stop his ritual “whammies,” in which he summons kids on their birthdays to his office, sings “Happy Birthday” to them, and ceremonially spanks the child’s backside with a cushioned hockey stick (with the number of whacks equaling the child’s age).

Creme de la Weird

In May, based on five women’s complaints, Virginia Beach, Va., police arrested restaurateur Henry Fitzsimmons, 54, for abduction and sexual assault for harshly beating them as punishment for violating the terms of the “scholarship” he supposedly offered them. The women claim Fitzsimmons is a devotee of the “Spencer Plan” of orderly discipline, in which contracting parties adhere to agreed-on roles, at a cost of being physically disciplined if they fail. Fitzsimmons acknowledged his fascination with Spencer Plan, but denied the assaults, pointing out that he’d fired one of the women and the other four were helping her retaliate.

Least Competent Gun-Handling

Former Camden, N.J., police Sgt. Jeffrey Frett pled guilty in May in a scheme to qualify for early retirement, arranging to be shot in the leg (to be attributed to random street violence). The plan deteriorated, police said, when Frett’s wife (the designated shooter) missed his leg, merely ripping a hole in his uniform pants. Ryan Martin, 29, and Erica Clayburn, 20, were charged with reckless endangerment in Derry Township, Pa., in April when Martin was shot in the jaw. The couple played a game like “Marco Polo” with a loaded handgun, as an eyes-closed Clayburn firing when Martin shouted “Gun!” Martin was to duck out of the way before Clayburn pulled the trigger.  Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net


KNIGHT RIDER GIDDY UP! Me: Chocolate Thunder across the bar. You: Blue-eyed, sexy white boy serving up drinks and all the jokes. And yes, I smoked with cigarettes. Settling for your sandwich was just not enough. Let’s get together and see what you’re having tonight... When: June 17, 2011. Where: Ritz. #1148-0628 TALL BLONDE DREAD HEAD HOTTIE I first noticed your beautiful blonde dread locks tied in a ponytail. You wore cute black square glasses. You came in with your parents maybe? I sat you and took small glances of you, casually walking by. You were busy talking and I’m too shy, but maybe we could talk and even make some pancakes together sometime? ;) When: June 21, 2011. Where: Original Pancake House at Town Center. #1147-0628 BROKEN FOOT? SHORT BLONDE DREDS I see you once in a while when I do the morning jog thing while visiting St. Augustine. I haven’t really seen your face. Curiosity rises... When: June 20, 2011. Where: St. Augustine Beach. #1146-0628 5 POINTS CORNER SATURDAY NIGHT You were tallish with blondish hair wearing a colorful sundress standing on the corner of 5 Points with a friend. I crossed the street, tall with long hair wearing black jean jacket. I checked you out, we exchanged smiles. I should have turned around. Want to have a smile contest? When: June 18, 2011. Where: 5 Points in front of the Derby restaurant. #1145-0628 SALESMAN THAT CAUGHT MY EYE Tall, handsome, and a gorgeous smile with green eyes. Kia of Orange Park. I test drove a car. You shook my hand and we gazed into each other’s eyes. Best moment of my life. You know who you are. Thanks for the business card. I’ll be keeping in touch. When: March 4, 2011. Where: Kia of Orange Park. #1144-0621 MISSING INGREDIENT FROM BURRITO GALLERY You are more interesting than most. Always with a determined demeanor, pleasant smile, and generous tip. You order the same thing every day for months on end. I admire your consistency, but am full of various recipes that could spice up your life. I hope you’ll come back soon and try something new. Perhaps a fish taco? When: June 1, 2011. Where: Burrito Gallery. #1143-0621 HOT AND SULTRY You: sweaty, sexy, and sultry with nice moves! Me: can’t keep my eyes off you, you pull me to the dance floor. End the night with a romantic walk to the beach. I just have to find you! When: June 10, 2011. Where: Sun Dog. #1142-0621 YOUR SMART DOG IS A BONUS! :-) June 14: Four P.M., at ATM behind Publix on Baymeadows Rd. You: next in line. Gray SUV, originally from Ohio via California, new to Jax. We discussed smoky air, heat and your intelligent dog. Any chance we could continue over dinner? drinks? (I’ll try to untie my tongue, if you’ll give me a chance!) When: June 14, 2011. Where: ATM behind Publix on Baymeadows Rd. #1141-0621 AN ELEGANT TOMBOY You: friendly smile, brunette, 40ish in golf shirt and black slacks. Me: portly and buttoned-down in khakis, Oxford and topsiders. I winked, you smiled. “Do you date immature men?” I asked. “Almost exclusively,” you responded. Can you love a fool? I never got your number. When: June 13, 2011. Where: Doctors Express Urgent Care. #1140-0621

WALLY WORLD CUTIE Walking out of Walmart with my family, I ran into you and yours. You have nice dark hair and you were wearing a JU (Jacksonville University) shirt. I felt something when we locked eye contact. AMAZING... When: June 8, 2011. Where: Walmart on Hodges. #1136-0614

for shoes. You didn’t buy any... but I did. You said I should exchange the tags and then everything I wanted would be on sale. Wish we had exchanged phone numbers instead of tags. When: May 30, 2011. Where: Belk’s Regency. #1129-0607

STRONG SOUTHERN MAN WANTED Workout at the gym. You: popular appearing man talkative (hottie), with a Southern drawl, sounded ignorant, brown hair, workout gloves. We spoke of anti-religion and anti-politics, both topics you should never mention to a hottie. But u didn’t mind. I’d like to meet again. man on man. You can spot me ; ) I spotted you. When: June 1, 2011. Where: Just Fitness in Mandarin. #1135-0614

YOU: GUY ON RED HARLEY Me: girl on black Kawasaki. You asked me about my bike. The light turned green. I could swear I saw you look back after I turned. I wanna check you out without the helmet on! When: May 16, 2011. Where: Roosevelt Blvd. #1128-0607

MINNESOTA LOVIN’ You: green shirt, blond hair, glasses outside Yobe in Avondale talking about Minnesota and Graceland. Me: hanging with friends and family and discussing turning 30. Hope we can see each other and get lost in conversation... Maybe we could trek through Minnesota together. You were with a guy, can I make you change your mind? When: June 6, 2011. Where: Yobe in Avondale. #1134-0614 YOU SAW ME A LONG TIME AGO I saw your ad in I Saw You many years ago. Was in a relationship at that time but no longer. You saw me in front of a store near the old Walmart on Beach Blvd. We watched a baby learning how to walk and we smiled at each other. Now I’m looking for you. Let’s see if we can do a lot more smiling. When: 7 Years Ago. Where: Old Walmart on Beach Blvd. #1133-0614 MOVIES … JUST US NEXT TIME? You: hot dad, red shirt, 2 adorable sons. Me: blue shirt, crazy kids, 5 seats down in same row. Would love to formally meet you! When: June 2, 2011. Where: Carmike Cinemas Fleming Island. #1132-0614 HOT PORTUGUESE HONEY First time I laid eyes on your beauty in nearly two decades and my heart was pounding so hard I could barely speak. I never thought I could feel that again. Maybe you felt the same rush at the sight of me ;) This soldier will be in town in Nov. so you can let me know. When: April 5, 2011. Where: Denny’s on Atlantic and 9A. #1131-0614 LET’S FLY AWAY TOGETHER I Saw U at Jacksonville International Airport saying what appeared to be a final farewell to a guy, sad tears. You glanced my way – I’ll never forget your look. You: slender, dark hair, red lipstick. Me: Tall, dark & handsome. We belong together. When: March 22, 2011. Where: JIA. #1130-0607 BELK’S MEMORIAL DAY SHOE SALE! It was Memorial Day and you and your daughter(?) were in Belk’s shopping

BOHEMIAN BLONDE BOND GIRL I got a quantum of solace from your rendition of “Love and Marriage,” too bad the horn player only knew one riff per song. You’re far too beautiful to be hidden behind a bulkhead, guess everyone on the boat knows how I feel about that now. Won’t miss the cobblestones, but had fun shopping with you in the peanut gallery. When: May 1, 2011. Where: Riverside. #1127-0607 TALL, DARK AND TATTOOED You: tattooed, sexy man beast. Me: Blue eyed, pouty lipped rock vixen. Lost you in the masses before I could get your name. When: Any Given Saturday. Where: Ritz or Brix at the beach. I want to rock your sox off. When: May 8, 2011. Where: Rockville. #1126-0607 MEMORIAL DAY HOTTIE We both pulled in to get gas. You are bald with goatee, black sunglasses and covered in ink. You fed a tan truck with skull sticker. The sight of you was memorable, sure hope to see you again! When: May 30, 2011. Where: Gate Station on San Jose Blvd. #1125-0607 TALL AND DASHING REDHEAD You bought me a double whiskey diet at The Players Championship. I saw you at a wedding the next weekend and brought you a drink from the open bar. You talked about politics and history, but for some reason I really want to see you again. Your turn to provide the drinks! When: May 14, 2011. Where: The Players Championship. #1124-0531 CHOCOLATE BEAUTY WITH RED WIG Me: 5’8”, dark, chocolate lover searching for some hair supplies. You: medium-skinned trying on wigs. Your friends said it looked good but you don’t need a wig, you’re perfect the way you are. I wanna put my relaxer in your hair, let’s meet? When: May 19, 2011. Where: JC’s Beauty Supply. #1123-0531 HOTTIE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS You, hottie with tattoos, signing autographs for underage fan-girls. Me, more than a fan-girl, wanting more than an autograph, but unable to do anything but stare at your hotness. I will do anything to prove I am your number one fan-girl. When: May 6, 2011. Where: Mayport Base. #1122-0524

PERFECTLY ROUND SHAVED HEAD Beside each other at Winn Dixie on Sunday evening. I noticed your perfectly round shaved head, nice eyes and a tat on your left arm. You waited to leave in your silver x-terra until I was leaving...should’ve said something. When: April 10, 2011. Where: Winn Dixie, Old St. Augustine. #1121-0524 REMEMBER MY UNIQUE NAME? You: Cute manager at the new Mojo’s in Avondale with the beard and Castro cap. Me: Dark red hair, Smiths T-shirt. You came by our table to check on our food and we had a lengthy talk about our distaste for tequila and the Killers. Said you got off too late to hang out that night. When do you get off early? When: May 7, 2011. Where: New Mojo’s. #1120-0517 MOTHER’S DAY POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA You, a beautiful blonde with a green backpack beach chair. Your attire consisted of an eye-catching black-and-white striped dress with an aesthetically pleasing smile! The orchestra was excellent but ended too quickly. Wish we could have been together longer. Cheerio. When: May 8, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Beach Pavilion Lawn. #1119-0517 MARCH OF DIMES WALK Me: Standing at the Publix tent in my tan hat. You: wearing a red shirt walking for Wells Fargo, you walked up to me and said “Hello” like you knew me. Wish I would have talked to you more! Would like to get to know you! When: May 7, 2011. Where: March of Dimes Walk. #1118-0517 OOPS You: Ritz bartender off work. Me: black curls, green eyes, soft lips. We started making out (for some reason), I paused long enough to ask if u had a gf (OOPS), u said no and we kept going at it. Somehow I have pics of the hot makeout session thanks to my roommate. Good times, I want more! When: April 17, 2011. Where: Ritz. #1117-0510 CUTE GUY ON THE PHONE I first saw you walking around the library, you were wearing a blue shirt, you had a blonde shaved head, Khaki shorts, Then as I was leaving you were on the phone outside, we made eye contact and shared a smile. When: May 4, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Public Library. #1116-0510 WHICH END WAS UP? Your laughter, a melody at my manchild ways. Me, a blubbering idiot for a simple jappy Jew. Let’s sit together forever and watch the world go by. Took loosing each other, too find each other again. Forever after starts now.... When: March 25, 2011. Where: Everywhere. #1115-0503 WE LOCKED EYES I fell hopelessly in love with you the moment I laid eye so on you id do anything to just glace one more time into your eyes an kiss your soft lips I have and I always will. When: April 25, 2011. Where: Our special place by the dumpster. #1114-0503

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FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): When astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back on the spacecraft Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labor ever — far worse than what you’ve had to endure in your storied career. Keep Aldrin’s story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. I hope it helps keep you in an amused, spacious and philosophical frame of mind; the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): After meditating on your astrological omens for the rest of 2011, I’ve picked the guiding words to best suit your needs. They’re from mythologist Joseph Campbell: “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Here’s a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: “Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road — you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Emma Goldman (18691940) was a charismatic activist whose writing and speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travelers, she wasn’t a dour, dogmatic proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation celebrating beauty and joy. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution,” she’s alleged to have told a sourpuss colleague. As you contemplate radical transformations you’d like to cultivate in the months ahead, adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, humorous elements. Have some fun with the metamorphoses. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A while back, I asked readers to propose a new name for your sign. “Cancer” has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many suggested “Dolphin” as a replacement, which I like. But the two ideas that most captured my imagination were “Gateway” and “Fount.” I may not be able to convince the astrological community to permanently adopt either uplifting designations, but I encourage you to try out them; see how they feel. It’s a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of “Gateway” and “Fount.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The year’s half over. Let’s talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. My astrological omen analysis suggests it’s an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline in detail what you need to carry it out. For inspiration, here’s a pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: “An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, ‘Will I remember this well on my death bed?’ If you have a big dream, you’ll probably find that to accomplish it requires a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “The passion to explore is at the heart of being human,” said Carl Sagan. “This impulse — to go, to see, to know — has found expression in every culture.” Steven Dutch, a University of Wisconsin professor, disagrees. He says there’ve been lots of societies with little interest in exploration. Africans never discovered Madagascar or the Cape Verde archipelago, for example. Few Asian cultures probed far and wide. During 1,000 years of history, ancient Romans ignored Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and made 44 | FOLIO WEEKLY | JUNE 28-JULY 4, 2011

only minimal forays to India and China. Where do you fit on the scale of human exploratory urge? I bet you’re on the move in the months ahead. Your hunger for novelty and unfamiliarity should be waxing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the months ahead, it’s likely you will experience more action than usual — some of it quite expansive — in your astrological eighth house. Traditional astrologers call this the sphere of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but I say it’s the realm of deep connection, altered states of awareness and lyrical interludes that educate and enrich emotional intelligence. Are you ready to have your habit mind rewired, certainties reworked and pleasures reconfigured? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I hope that in the first half of 2011 you’ve been doing some devoted work on tidying up messy old karma interfering with the free flow of grace into your intimate relationships. If there’s still work to be done on that noble task, throw yourself into it now. The renaissance of togetherness will begin soon and last for many months. You don’t want any lingering ignorance, self-deceit or lack of compassion to gum it up. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1498, Leonardo da Vinci completed one of his masterworks, the mural “The Last Supper.” The paint had begun to flake off 19 years later, and by 1556 Leonardo’s biographer considered the whole thing “ruined.” Over the centuries, further deterioration occurred, even as many experts tried to restore and repair it. The most recent reclamation project, finished in 1999, lasted more than two decades. I hope in the months ahead, you’ll show a similar dedication to the high art of regeneration. Work long and hard to bring vitality back into what’s fallen into decay or stagnancy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In a horoscope last year, I asked if you ever obsessed on your longing to such a degree that you missed opportunities to actually satisfy it. In response, reader John G. sent this message: “We Capricorns comprehend the futility of too much longing. We understand it can be a phantasm that gets in the way of real accomplishment. It’s like a telephone that keeps ringing somewhere but can’t be found. We don’t waste energy on dreamy feelings that may or may not be satisfied, since that energy is so much better funneled into mastering the details that will bring us useful rewards.” I tell you, the months ahead are an excellent time to make use of the capacities he describes. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you,” sang Bob Marley. “You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” How are you doing on that? Have you been discerning in picking out allies whose value is so high, you’re willing to deal with their moments of unconsciousness? Have you created a family and community that bless you far more than they drain you? The next 10 months are an excellent time to concentrate on refining this part of your life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Any minute now, you may start learning at a faster rate than you have since 2000. Any day now, you’ll be less bored than you’ve been since 2006, and any week now, you’ll be expressing more spontaneity than you have since early 2010. Any month now, you’ll be able to access more of your visionary intelligence than you have since maybe 2007. What does it all mean? You may not feel an amazing, spectacular, extraordinary degree of personal unity tomorrow, but you’ll soon begin building toward that happy state. I bet by December, you’ll enjoy an unprecedented amount.  Rob Brezsny freewillastrology@freewillastrology.com


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tepping out of the corporate world five years ago into the directorship of an early childhood education program, I was amazed at the lack of standards for the education of our preschool children. Although I enjoyed the freedom of creating my own curriculum and policies, I saw a need for standards to be in place to protect our children and provide them with a quality education. As I researched, I found that each program had its own curriculum and assessment methods with no system of checks and balances to ensure that the programs were effective. Kindergarten teachers in our district could instantly tell if a child was prepared for school depending on which program a child attended, and that will always be the case, because some programs are better than others. But now the Department of Education has commissioned its Early Learning Coalition (ELC) to bridge the gap between programs. The ELC has implemented the use of the Infant/ Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), which are assessment tools administered yearly by impartial assessors to ensure that a certain standard is met by all programs accepting subsidized or Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) children. This program is not required, however, for programs that are strictly private-pay facilities. The ITERS and ECERS assessments follow a point system from the lowest 1 to the highest 7, with partial scores in between, in categories ranging from space and furnishings to program structure. The assessments were designed to ensure that children were in a warm and nurturing environment that was developmentally appropriate. When the assessments were first implemented about four years ago, the minimum score required was a 3 out of 7, but within the past year, the minimum score has been increased to 3.5 out of 7. The minimum score seems low on paper, but with all the categories and subcategories involved, it has become apparent that many centers could not successfully meet a 5-7 score every year. With that in mind, the ELC, Florida Department of Education and the ITERS and ECERS administrators have created a program that will ensure that all centers involved will be able to score at or above the 3.5 minimum acceptable score. Each participating center was provided a coach whose job was to ensure that each classroom had the proper materials, and that each teacher in the program was receiving the proper training and support to teach the children in an age-appropriate manner. The program’s coach would be able to recognize safety and health hazards, while working with the center’s teachers and director to create an environment conducive to learning. Once the coach has had an opportunity to work with the center for 4 to 6 months, the center receives a pre-assessment, usually in the fall, to determine if the center has been putting the coach’s suggestions to use. The score from the pre-assessment is shared with the center by the coach and a plan is created to get the center on the right level.

The ELC would provide materials to get the program’s classrooms up to the standards and to ensure that the children would not be lacking learning materials because of the center’s financial situation. The assessor returns again later, and the score obtained is recorded for the center. If the center meets or exceeds the minimum score, then it is not assessed again until the next school year. If the center doesn’t meet the standard again, a new action plan is put in place and another assessment is done. The center can be placed on probation and even lose its state VPK subsidy if its staff doesn’t

— first learning to recognize letters, numbers and shapes, and then making the transition to reading and writing when they leave our pre-K class — really makes this job very rewarding. My center has become successful in the program, but it is not without the help of our coaches and the support of the ELC. Our coaches have changed over the years, but each one of them has provided invaluable assistance and guidance to my staff and me. The ELC does an outstanding job of offering training classes and seminars for directors and staff, which provides us with curriculum

One of our biggest challenges has been parental involvement. As a parent myself, I cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of and involved in what your children are learning. follow the corrective action plan and improve. My center has been in the program from the beginning and I have seen a significant improvement in the efforts of my teachers to provide a quality education for the children. Our most recent scores were 4.27 for the ITERS (infant and toddlers) assessment and 4.09 for the ECERS (pre-K) assessment. In the categories of listening and talking, activities and interaction, the infant/toddlers scored in the 5-7 range, which is extremely important, because this age group is learning language and social interactions at a very fast pace. I stress to my staff that positive interactions and productive activities are imperative for the children’s development, and I am thrilled with the progress that my staff has made. The pre-K classroom scored in the 5-7 ranges in listening and talking, interaction, activities and program structure categories, which includes language development, discipline and academic centers. This score is difficult to achieve because it takes a creative and comprehensive curriculum that has to be taught by a teacher who can individualize it to fit the needs of each child. Running the program is both a challenge and extremely exciting. Watching the children grow

assistance, budgeting ideas and ways to engage parents in the educational process. One of our biggest challenges has been parental involvement. Some of the techniques taught by the ELC has helped us, but we are still working to improve participation from our parents. As a parent myself, I cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of and involved in what our children are learning, because it will determine what type of people they grow up to be. Involvement can be as simple as asking a child about their day and listening, or reading a book with them. Either way, it is extremely helpful to their development. The ITERS and ECERS programs have truly been a help to the centers in my district to get our children prepared for their school careers and, as an educator, I can say that this program should be implemented as standard practice nationwide to create a better foundation for our children. For more information about the ITERS and ECERS assessments and other environment rating scales, go to http://ers.fpg.unc.edu.  Raelyn Hardeman

Hardeman is the director of Tomorrow’s Leaders Learning Center.

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