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Cash goes up in smoke at Wiz Khalifa concert for fans taken by counterfeit tickets. p. 12
Two local fishermen head out for a new season of reality TV with “Swords: Life on the Line.” p. 7
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GUEST EDITORIAL Fears of child abductions figure into the news cycle far more than they exist in real life. p. 4 NEWS Two St. Augustine fishermen head out for a new season of reality TV with “Swords: Life on the Line.” p. 7 Jacksonville’s bookman Ron Chamblin celebrates 35 years of literary distinction. p. 10 Cash goes up in smoke at Wiz Khalifa concert for fans taken by counterfeit tickets. p. 12 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Local surfer makes journalistic waves. Plus T-U reporter David Hunt reflects on his career highlights. p. 8 SPORTSTALK Fake Sheik stripped of fake belt. Is this news? p. 13
7 MUSIC Yankee Slickers, and Pow Wow Festival with 311. p. 22 ARTS Southlight Gallery teams up with St. Johns Riverkeeper for Bluegrass & Barrels. p. 30 THE COVER Local cartoonist and haiku master Birdie Birdashaw lives life in 17 syllables. p. 31 BACKPAGE Longtime educator reflects on the potential — and pitfalls — of the modern classroom. p. 47 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 14 HAPPENINGS p. 34 DINING GUIDE p. 36 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 42 I SAW U p. 43 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 44 CLASSIFIEDS p. 45
OUR PICKS Get out of the house, slug! p. 17 MOVIES “The China Syndrome” and “Harry Potter.” p. 18 Cover Illustration by Birdie Birdashaw JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 3
Guest Editorial Monsters, Inc.
Fears of child abductions figure into the news cycle far more than they exist in real life
n his excellent new book “Bringing Adam Home,” Florida writer Les Standiford chronicles the 27-year battle to solve the murder of Adam Walsh, the boy who was kidnapped from a South Florida shopping mall in 1981. It was a crime that changed America, or at least changed the way parents viewed the presumptive safety of suburban, middle-class living. Six-year-old Adam was at a Sears store in Hollywood, Fla., with his mother and began playing a video game while she stepped 50 feet away to look at lamps. When she returned a few minutes later, he was gone. Standiford’s book tells the story of how Hollywood police botched the investigation from day one. In hindsight, detectives should have been able to determine within months that the perpetrator was serial killer Ottis Toole, who confessed to the crime at least 25 times and left a trail of physical evidence that would have made any doubt unreasonable. The case, by the way, had strong connections to Jacksonville: Toole was from this area, and spent a good bit of time here after the crime, which led to evidence being collected here. The most gruesome? A luminal-enhanced photo
slowly began to fade into history, along with seesaws, rope swings and candy cigarettes. The 24-hour news cycle feeds the fear. By now, a handful of abhorrent, despicable crimes have led to media circuses that have made household names out of its unfortunate victims. Jaycee Dugard. Elizabeth Smart. And now, the horrific case of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Hasidic Jewish boy abducted and dismembered on his way home — for the first time by himself — from summer camp. In all cases, the media’s obsession has led to a public obsession about the safety of a child, and terror that if it could happen to someone else’s child, it could happen to mine. And of course it could happen to anyone’s child. But statistics show that’s unlikely, particularly for children of middle-class parents. Kids are far more likely to die in swimming pools and car crashes, or because of abuse, neglect, even cancer than due to kidnappings or abductions by strangers. Yet the outcry about motor vehicle safety remains muted. Parents who are terrified of allowing their children to play unattended in the backyard think nothing of leaving the bleach in an unlocked cabinet. (Guilty!) And child-abuse victims seldom
Despite the fact that children living in America are among the safest in the world, intense media scrutiny and an obsession with the details of a child’s pain and suffering make us doubt the security of our relatively insular world.
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of the floorboard of Toole’s car showing the imprint of a young boy’s bloodied face. Similar technology was used in the recent Casey Anthony trial. Investigators found what they believe was a bodily fluid stain in the trunk of Anthony’s car — a stain in the shape of a small child curled into a fetal position. It’s perhaps the major commonality in the two cases. For while Adam Walsh was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a complete stranger who happened to spot him outside a Sears store, little Caylee Anthony, according to police, died at the hands of her own mother. (She was recently acquitted of the crime, though found guilty of lying to investigators.) Children are killed by their parents or caretakers every single day in this country. What made the case so sensational is that, initially at least, there was fear that Caylee, too, had been abducted by a stranger. Despite the fact that children living in America are among the safest in the world, intense media scrutiny and an obsession with the details of a child’s pain and suffering make us doubt the security of our relatively insular world. The Walsh case, many believe, begat an era in which parents began to believe their children weren’t safe anywhere. Mothers stopped letting their kids walk to a neighbor’s home unattended; childhood traditions like riding bikes to local stores to buy candy became rare. The days of parents shooing their youngsters out of the house and telling them to be home for dinner
garner more attention than a single line of news. Clearly, the media is torn when it comes to cases like that of Adam Walsh. It’s journalists’ responsibility to report the news. But it should also be their job to add context, and to remind readers and viewers of the woes that truly threaten children: Sexual abuse. Malnutrition. Neglect. Illiteracy. Accidents with guns. Without that perspective, people entranced by the very rarity of stranger kidnapping cases end up using those instances to lock out the world around them. It’s difficult to not focus on the unspeakable details of child abductions. We hold our children closer in the wake of such horror. Clearly, such incidents should force us to scrutinize the steps we take to keep our children safe. And for the families involved, no amount of perspective can heal the wounds left by the loss — the stealing — of a child. Perhaps we should use such occurrences to foster strength and independence in our children rather than fear and uncertainty. It’s true that this world is a dangerous place. It’s true that we need to prepare our kids for difficulties ahead. But let’s arm them for the battles they’re likely to face, and not the demons they probably won’t. Tricia Booker email@example.com
Booker is a writer and fitness instructor who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach. She blogs at mylefthook.com.
Graham vs. Crackers
Re: “Bring it on home: Songs That Celebrate (and Slander) Northeast Florida, July 12, http:// bit.ly/oK6qwD). How did you miss this one? “I’ll Never Play Jacksonville Again” by Graham Parker (as in Graham Parker and the Rumor). I read somewhere that he was booked into some local club that usually featured totally different music. It rained in massive quantities all day and into the night. There were 35-40 people on hand for the warm-up band, but when they were done, they all left. He played for between zero and five people. After that he wrote the song. The complete lyrics are at http://bit.ly/pcOfbl Steve Murphy Via email
Down on Downtown
The Florida Times-Union and television news shows are aflutter with the imminent initiation of the aggrandizement of the downtown area. Years of propaganda seem to have made the public numb and unresponsive to a massive transfer of wealth from the citizens to the business and property owners downtown. Rational argumentation was not part of the propaganda that made Jaxons acquiesce. Look at this sentence from John Peyton’s transition report: “The majority of local citizens recognize the value and significance that a healthy downtown has to a city’s overall economic vitality.” That’s a nicesounding sentence which has no meaning. “The majority of local citizens” has made no announcement of desire for a “healthy” downtown. What is a “healthy” downtown? The only way to determine if citizens wanted to pay a significant part of their taxes for the prosperity of the downtowners was to put a question on a ballot at election time. That did not happen. In Peyton’s report, there is also a sentence which declares that a city “is defined by the impression downtown gives its visitors.” “Defined”? Cities are defined — for a dictionary? Another vacuous sentence. So, the “lesson” which vested interests have been trying to “teach” us is this: The splendiferous instauration of downtown is supposed to do something which makes us all feel really good about ourselves, somehow. Don’t think about it. Just believe it. Don’t think about the flood of taxpayers’ dollars, which will be used for the actual purpose of making life beautiful for the business and property owners downtown. Dexter T. Mann Atlantic Beach via email
I am not one to write replies to most letters I read in your paper, but felt the need to do so this time. This rebuttal is about Mr. Dunn’s narrow-minded and tunnel-vision view of this country and its founding fathers (Mail, July 12). Yes, most of them believed in a higher power or God, but most of them were not Christian at all, but deists. Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Monroe, John Adams and Thomas Paine were all deists and not Christians. And for every quote you can come up with saying
they were Christian men, I can come up with one stating that they were not — and were very fearful of this nation becoming so. John Adams himself was not sworn into office on a Bible, but a law book. And Thomas Paine even wrote a book, “The Age of Reason,” which disputes and challenges every story in the Bible as false. Then there is “The Jefferson Bible,” which omits the mention of God and Jesus and just relates the stories within. There is a very simple and obvious reason why the name God is NOT mentioned in the Constitution of these United States, as they wanted to make sure no one religion controlled the government of this country. Just because some people keep repeating the so-called fact that this is a Christian nation does not make it so. If it were not for the infinite wisdom of our founding fathers, we might all be subject to the will of the church
There is a very simple and obvious reason why the name God is NOT mentioned in the Constitution of these United States, as they wanted to make sure no one religion controlled the government of this country. Just because some people keep repeating the so-called fact that this is a Christian nation does not make it so. instead of the people, and that would make us as bad, if not worse, than all those countries that allow the church to run the state of affairs in those countries. Personally, I would like to see an amendment to the Constitution stating that we are not only to have freedom of religion, but the freedom FROM religion! No matter how many times some people repeat a lie, it will never be the truth, and if you want to know more about the subject, I suggest reading those books I mentioned, as they will inform you as to how most of our founding fathers felt about Christianity. Don’t just believe what others tell you, look for the real truth yourself. David Markert Jacksonville Via email
Another day, another Christian zealot screaming about how not everyone in our country blindingly adheres to his Christian dogma. According to Mr. Norman Dunn, this is the root of our “moral decay.” I’m sure this explains why other industrialized democracies with a GREATER percentage of atheists and agnostics tend to have fewer teenage pregnancies,
better quality of life, less violent crime, better performance in education, etc. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget other tidbits, like in America, Christians have a HIGHER rate of divorce than atheists. Or that so-called red states, perceived bastions of Christian moral discipline, tend to have HIGHER rates of teenage pregnancy. But of course, zealous Christian chestbeaters, as always, love to paint themselves at martyrs, typically using the sinister ACLU as a bogeyman. Never mind Mr. Dunn’s claim that such organizations that are ‘waging a war against Christianity’ is really just pissiness over how such actions simply seek to eliminate government endorsements of Christianity. For all of Mr. Dunn’s quotemining of our Founding Fathers, he seems to forget that the law of our land, the U.S. Constitution, never mentions Christianity. Furthermore, the First Amendment forbids the endorsement of one religion over any other. It was my understanding that America was built on principles of equality and equal opportunity for all. Yet folks like Mr. Dunn seem dead-set to elevate their religion over all other faiths, and people of no faith, in an effort to pump themselves up with an undeserved sense of superiority. Jeremy Racicot Via email
Allowing any dumping into our American Heritage River that isn’t clean enough for fish and fowl is irresponsible, unconscionable. Don’t allow this to happen. If you cannot swim in it, do not allow dumping. Require using the technology in existence to clean the water before dumping it, nothing less. To them it is just a business expense; to everyone else, it is life or death. Contribute to the pride of our American Heritage River, not its pollution. Do the right thing! Keith Myers Jacksonville via email
AG Gancarski, every time I read your articles, you slam the amateur sports around town. You wrote one about the new ABA, Lingerie Football, and I am sure you do not have anything good to say about the MMA events or the new soccer team or the roller derby, or even rugby. The fact is, AG, I did a three-year study in Jacksonville, and the reason why amateur sports do not do well here is that the media do not want to bring crews out to cover them. So the only way you find out about the sports is through Facebook, sometimes Folio Weekly list events or does an article, but even they have limits on what they will publish. I have an idea for you, AG: Why not get an amateur network together and show it live on national TV, get fans involved, then the big boys can take a lesson. Micheal Tomsik Via email
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It seems to me like golf was just a convenient wrapping for his nationalistic, xenophobic tirade that eroded into cheap shots at international finance and global community. “the best player in the world” (he is now at his highest-ever world ranking: 4). It seems to me like golf was just a convenient wrapping for his nationalistic, xenophobic tirade that eroded into cheap shots at international finance and global community. I am a scratch golfer, huge fan of the sport, an experienced writer, self-employed (personal trainer/massage therapist/yoga instructor) and have many opinions to go with my facts. If you ever need an article about golf that sticks to reality and doesn’t peter out into an antisocial rant, feel free to send me the assignment. On the other hand, bravo for keeping it fair and balanced! Jay Farmer Jacksonville via email
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Reel Life Adventurers: fishermen Lucas Smith (left) and Matt Wren.
his August, Matt Wrann can expect a nearconstant shower of frigid 10- to 20-foot waves. He will be exhausted, hungry and likely smelling like a can of yesterday’s anchovies. He can’t wait. Wrann, a St. Augustine resident, is headed back out on the 60-foot longline fishing vessel, known as Big Eye, to the middle of the North Atlantic — just south of Nova Scotia, Canada. A cast member on the Discovery Channel’s popular reality show, “Swords: Life on the Line” (similar to “Deadliest Catch”), Wrann is starting his second stint with the program, which is in its fourth season. The show follows four boats, their captains and crew as they fish for swordfish in the open waters of the North Atlantic. Wrann, who was a lowly greenhorn last season, will return this time as a fullfledged crew member. Today, it’s 88 degrees, humid and sunny. The 26-year-old stands at an Intracoastal commercial fishing dock off Riberia Street in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood of St. Augustine. He’s brought along his bright orange raingear and his Xtratuf rubber marine boots, on which “Big” and “Eye” have been scrawled in permanent marker. “I always say, never buy blue slickers,” Wrann jokes, explaining that if someone were to slip or fall into the North Atlantic Ocean, the last color they’d want to be wearing is blue. There are a few boats at the dock. Sea Hawk, a large swordfishing boat, rumbles its engine as seagulls squawk about looking for scraps from the day’s catch. Wrann doesn’t know the captains at the dock, but he wonders aloud if any of them recognize him from the show.
Wrann’s only got a few weeks left on dry land. Season four of “Swords: Life on the Line” starts shooting in early August and will last a little more than two months, with short fueling stops at fishing villages along the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Born in Sacramento, Calif., Wrann was just 12 when his family moved to Northeast Florida. “I come from hippies and Yankees,” he says, with a mom from California and a dad who’s a native New Yorker. Wrann attended First Coast Technical College (formerly First Coast Technical Institute) to study culinary arts, but discovered pretty quickly that it wasn’t for him. So at age 19, Wrann decided to stop cooking fish and
chance.” It didn’t go well. “I was completely seasick for four days,” he admits. “I didn’t even eat a cracker in four days.” While the crewmembers bet Wrann that he would never make it in commercial fishing, Wrann proved them wrong. “I’d say about one in every 50 greenhorns makes it past the first season,” he says. “I not only made it past the first season, but by the end, I was running the entire boat.” Wrann subsequently found work with Capt. Chris “Chomps” Hanson of Big Eye, one of the four boats featured on the already-established Discovery Channel reality show dubbed “Swords.” “It was really weird at first,” Wrann says of being followed around by cameras. “But
“I was completely seasick for four days,” Matt Wrann admits. “I didn’t even eat a cracker in four days.” start catching it. For the next four years, he ran Devil’s Elbow Fishing Resort on A1A in St. Augustine. “I had been fishing in the Intracoastal since I was a kid, so this seemed like a good job for me,” Wrann says. One day, a good friend from culinary school called him to say that the town he was living in — Charleston, S.C. — would be an ideal place to start commercial fishing — something Wrann had always wanted to do. “So I moved up to Charleston and went to all of the docks, telling them my story and how I had pretty much no commercial fishing experience,” Wrann remembers of his time in South Carolina. “Finally, someone gave me a
it became super comfortable toward the end.” Wrann’s good friend, Lucas Smith, joins us at the dock to chat about the show. The two guys met years ago while working at The Bunnery Bakery & Café on St. George Street in downtown St. Augustine, and next month, Smith will join Wrann on the Big Eye. Wrann helped get him the job of greenhorn. Though Smith has experience commercial fishing on the open water, he admits he’s a bit nervous. “The ocean can kill you,” he says, naming hazards like squalls and rogue waves. “This isn’t pork-rinds-and-Budweiser fishing.” Kara Pound firstname.lastname@example.org July 26-August 1, 2011 | folio weekly | 7
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News Highlights “Interviewed Tony Hawk, nearly fell on Cindy McCain boarding the Straight Talk Express, chronicled a murder case based on deer DNA, started an award-winning political blog.” — Former Florida Times-Union reporter David Hunt, who resigned last week to take a job with Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. He joins former T-U business columnist Abel Harding, who is Mayor Brown’s communication director.
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Brickbats to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford for continuing to push his agency into a posture of reduced transparency and disregard for public disclosure. Rutherford, who’s previously been criticized for overcharging for public records access and refusing to respond to media inquiries, announced last week that he was recalling the police scanners once issued to keep reporters informed about local incidents. Though the sheriff cited cost as a reason, he refused offers from media outlets to pay to keep the devices. Because police-issued scanners 2011are the only devices that can pick up police communication frequencies, local news outlets will have to rely on tips from the public, and will likely miss important news valuable to the local community.
Bouquets to Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine for organizing Harley hogs into a benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project. Before Toby Keith’s performance at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on July 21, Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine hosted a ride from its store at 2575 S.R. 16 to the Amphitheatre. Proceeds from the $10-per-rider event benefited the charity. Bouquets to St. Augustine City Commissioner Bill Leary for recognizing the city’s 450th celebration as an opportunity for more than just a party. Rather than spending a lot of money on a one-time celebration, Leary has proposed focusing on broad beautification efforts. He’s seeking involvement from businesses owners, community members and civic leaders, with an eye toward independent commitments, rather than a large outlay of taxpayer dollars. 8 | folio weekly | July 26-August 1, 2011
NewsBuzz The Big Bay The Jacksonville Arboretum boasts two of the largest loblolly bay trees in the United States, including the country’s champion loblolly. But Nassau County urban forester Dave Holley and urban planner Lad Hawkins, who both volunteer at the gardens, believe another loblolly bay 150 feet from the current National Champion is even bigger. They’re sending her measurements to the National Register of Big Trees for official certification.
Jail Bait $10,000 — Amount alleged con man Donald Heflin Mitchell got women to give him, even as he sat in jail. Mitchell was arrested for bilking at least eight people out of $100,000 after apparently feigning wealth and investment skills, while driving a Bentley.
Morton’s Surfhouse Local surfer Zander Morton, 27, has worked to build a career as a surf journalist while traveling the world as a pro surfer. Now his efforts are paying off. Last week, TransWorld Surf magazine hired Zander as an associate editor. Zander, son of Tom Morton, one of the founders of A1A Aleworks and Ragtime Tavern, began surfing local beaches at age 5. In his last year at St. Augustine High School, he won the Eastern Surfing Association junior men’s division, and he snagged his first assignment for Eastern Surf Magazine. Since then, he’s written for Surfer, Surfing and TransWorld Surf magazines.
Steps Bakerwards “The trend is certainly not good.” — Ali Mokdad, a professor of Global Health at University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, commenting on news that life expectancy rates in Baker County have actually declined since 1986, one of only six counties in the nation to experience a decline in men’s life expectancy.
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My Back Pages
Jacksonville’s bookman Ron Chamblin celebrates 35 years of literary distinction
hen Ron Chamblin was in his 20s, he set about achieving an objective he deemed Project Liberation. An ex-Navy man, it was perhaps fitting that he would frame his life’s ambition as a military operation, like Desert Storm or Operation Urgent Fury. For Chamblin, Project Liberation meant, chiefly, that he was going to be his own boss. After learning electronics © 2011in the service, dabbling in electrical engineering, teaching small-engine mechanics at FCCJ, writing repair manuals for manufacturers, managing a motorcycle shop and slowly working on a B.A. in history at University of North Florida, Chamblin took a leap. He opened a small usedbook store in a 1,300-square-foot storefront on Herschel Street in Jacksonville’s Avondale area. That was 35 years ago. Today, Chamblin Bookmine is a sprawling labyrinth of new and used books, stacked floor to ceiling in the mothership store, a 23,000-square-foot space on Roosevelt Boulevard — with 1.4 million volumes — for which a map is provided to help visitors navigate the maze-like aisles. But that space wasn’t enough. In 2008, Chamblin opened Chamblin’s Uptown, a 12,000-square-foot store on Laura Street downtown, steps from the new public library, where he’s stacked another 600,000 tomes. Chamblin is rosy on the future of his book empire. Sales are up at the downtown store and holding steady on Roosevelt Boulevard, where he plans to add parking and a café like at the downtown shop. It’s been a long road: Since the day he opened for business in 1976, Chamblin has taken just three vacations, of a week apiece — one in 1978, one in 1999 and one in 2001. “I couldn’t afford to be complacent,” he says. If there were good books on the market, he’d snatch them up so a competitor wouldn’t get them. His commitment paid off. As competitors went under, Chamblin’s thrived. Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon crushed most independent bookstores, but not Chamblin’s. “Heck, we’ve been so fortunate, we’ve grown many times over,” he says. “I bought out five stores in the past five years.” Ron Chamblin was still scouting sites for Project
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Liberation when he settled on buying out all the stock in a used-book shop on Herschel Street. Chamblin thought he could make the business pop, and offered to clear out the man’s stock. But the night before he was to claim the books, a group of kids set fire to the building. Chamblin rescued 15 smoke-damaged boxes, which he then hauled to a nearby storefront, at 4148 Herschel St. He opened Chamblin’s Bookmine on July 20, 1976, with that stock and a large banner sign offering credit for trades. He soon filled his shelves, as people brought him boxes of books. He’d wait on customers during the day and price books and build shelves at night. He offered more lucrative trade deals than his competitors, and would even pay a percentage of a credit voucher in cash. The strategy worked. Chamblin dropped out of UNF and never looked back. “I’ll be honest with you,”
Carroll, Gertrude Stein or Diane di Prima. It’s a spot where an aspiring chef can browse through classic cookbooks covering everything from Women’s Clubs favorite recipes to Diane Kennedy’s “The Art of Mexican Cooking,” find both volumes of Julia Child’s “The Art of Mastering French Cooking,” or delve into the food writing of M.F.K. Fisher. Chamblin even keeps on hand a used copy of the complete 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary. Despite well-reported threats to independent bookstores from chains, eBooks and dwindling attentions spans, Chamblin believes his stores will survive as long as they give the customer an experience he or she can’t find anywhere else. (Indeed, when Huffington Post ran a readers’ poll of the best independent bookstores in the United States in December 2010, Chamblin ranked fourth, above City Lights in San
“There will always be some who’ll want ... their walls decorated with books — with their friends,” Ron Chamblin says. “I think there will be places like this for a good long while. I’m not worried about it.” he confides. “Within nine months, I was making more damn money than I ever made in my entire life.” Today Ron Chamblin, nearing 70, is a 6-foot-1-inch, gray-haired patriarch who presides over an empire of new and used paperback and hardcover books — more than 3.6 million volumes, including 1.6 million stored in three warehouses. His determination to buy when the books are on the market has led to a mind-boggling collection which didn’t change just Chamblin’s life, however; the entire venture has forever altered Northeast Florida’s literary landscape. His bookstores serve as landmarks, even pilgrimages, to newcomers hungry for Jacksonville culture. They’ve also been succor to generations of Northeast Florida artists, poets, writers and readers in search of books by Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, Jim
Francisco and The Strand in New York City.) “There will always be some people who will always want to have their walls decorated with books — with their friends, so to say,” Chamblin says. “I think there will be places like this for a good long while. I’m not worried about it.” Until he joined the U.S. Navy, Chamblin wasn’t much of a reader. He screwed around in high school at Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest high schools, he says, “wasting my time.” He was in boot camp two weeks after graduation. After training as a Navy pilot, Chamblin discovered reading in his downtime. He remembers the first book that captured his imagination. He was browsing through the library at Naval Air Station Midway when he picked up “Roots of the Western Tradition:
A Short History of the Ancient World” by historian Charles W. Hollister. It opened his eyes to a lifelong pursuit of history. “After wasting all your high school time and not wanting to even look at a book, you say, ‘Hey, maybe there is something in these books for me,’ ” he says. Running Chamblin Bookmine has been lucrative as well as elevating. Chamblin has owned a $170,000 private airplane (since sold) and a home in Fleming Island that was worth more than $1 million before the crash, but he’s seeking material simplicity as he ages. He doesn’t even live in the riverfront home. He’s happiest burrowed into his store. Out of a storeroom on the second story of Chamblin’s Uptown, he built an apartment at the end of the horror fiction aisle, with a living room, washer and dryer, kitchen, and a trapdoor down to a vault which is now a bedroom. After he and his girlfriend, Jennifer O’Donnell, close the store, Chamblin says he gathers the six or so books he’s reading (currently on 18th-century Enlightenment) and unwinds. Sometimes he sits at a table in the café. People walking by at night often see him sitting there reading, he says. It’s an unusual life, Chamblin admits, but he says he’s found satisfaction in the almost ascetic existence. “Some people think, ‘Boy, I would want to get away from books after I worked in a bookstore all day.’ But that’s my pleasure,” he says. “As long as I have a hot shower, a clean bed, clean clothes, a hot meal and books — to hell with everything else.” Chamblin says the reason for his success is that he “listens to the customers and gives them what they want.” Recently, that has meant expanding the graphic novel section of his store to encompass a 30-foot-wide wall of titles. He’s also cemented customer loyalty by doing things like sending an extra payment to someone if the book he bought from them sold for more than he thought it would. He’s recently sent a woman a check for $40 and he sent another a check for more than $400. “I call it being reasonable,” he says. “If you do that when it’s valid and the word gets around, then it’s like advertising.” Chamblin isn’t so focused on business that he’s afraid to ruffle feathers. The Age of Enlightenment engrosses him because it’s a period when the power of the church and the power of the monarchy were challenged by the secular world of intellectuals. He’s especially fond of French priest Jean Meslier whose writings questioned God’s existence, and says he sees an analogy in the overwhelming influence that First Baptist Church has to that of the Church in the 1700s. In order for the city to gain vitality, Chamblin says, it has to have freedom, it needs to be free of church control. Chamblin’s book list is more than just eclectic. He says his most expensive volume is probably a first edition of “Trumpet Major,” a three-volume work by Thomas Hardy. The book includes a letter from Hardy to his publisher. Chamblin has the book listed for $17,000. Those kinds of books don’t sell often, but others turn over quickly. Chamblin needed to open his second location just to move his vast book inventory along. He says he buys twice as many as he sells, and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse is almost full. The move downtown was a risk, but one that has paid off. Though friends told him he should open a store at the Beaches area instead of downtown, Chamblin balked. “I told them I’d be bored to death,” he says. “I like downtown. It’s interesting.”
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to your favorite band, but at an extremely elevated cost. Ryan Murphy, general manager of the Amphitheatre, says he recently had a music fan come up to him and complain about the high price of tickets for the upcoming Matisyahu show at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in August (St. Johns County runs both venues).
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“He found tickets online for $76 each and was upset that Matisyahu and the venue would charge so much,” Murphy explains. “I told him that we had tickets available directly from the box office for around $30, but the damage was already done. He had a bad taste in his mouth for the musician and for the venue.” With some big-name acts coming to the Amphitheatre this summer, its staff is worried about a repeat performance of the Wiz Khalifa debacle. “Selena Gomez and Further are two shows that I’m really worried about,” admits Murphy. “The shows are sold out and people are desperate to get tickets. Those people are instant prey.” Larson agrees, estimating that between 80 and 90 percent of attendees at the Selena Gomez show will be first-time Amphitheatre guests (she’s dating Justin Bieber; ’nuff said) — making them more susceptible to buying fake or extremely expensive tickets. The staff says that although the Wiz Khalifa incident is regrettable, it might help get the word out about unscrupulous ticket sellers. “We want to work on ways to make sure we get tickets in the hands of fans first, not scalpers who mark up the ticket,” Larson says. “We just need to educate people on the best practices on buying tickets and the potential hazards if you buy them the wrong way.” Kara Pound firstname.lastname@example.org
Fake Sheik stripped of fake belt. Is this news?
nce upon a time, back when local hero Don Curtis was promoting matches downtown at the Coliseum, Jacksonville was a wrestling town. Not so much anymore. The Tampa promotions try to get things going up here, but they never seem to get traction, relying on the Internet to promote events, and failing to sell enough seats to come back a second time. A few of the old guys — Brian Blair, Dusty Rhodes — tried as promoters to get this market going in recent years, with limited success. In the most recent instance of such, we saw something here that used to be the Holy Grail for wrestling fans back when folks believed the action they saw was “real” – a changing of hands of the National Wrestling Alliance’s World Heavyweight title. The same time-honored strap — or a facsimile thereof — that men like Jack Brisco and Terry Funk carried over the years, defending it on a weekly basis in local shows. The belt, alas, doesn’t mean anything anymore. The National Wrestling Alliance doesn’t sell out arenas these days. There is no wrestling show drawing the way “Championship Wrestling from Florida” did on TV 17 on Sunday afternoons. If you want to watch these shows, try cable access, YouTube or podcasts. A 37-year-old Syrian-born wrestler, Joe “The Sheik” Cabibbo, won the world title here a couple of months ago. At the Sin City entertainment complex, in the picturesque Arlington area on
It’s logical — his attempt to capitalize on having the belt and the notoriety this rented prop brings him. And sure enough, he was made the world champion of a mid-level Japanese indie promotion upon his arrival, despite the drama regarding his NWA title reign. For all we know, he’s renting that title, too. The NWA expected the Sheik to drop his title on July 31 in Ohio, but the Sheik apparently refused to make the date, claiming that he wasn’t scheduled. This is where things Kelly Kelly and Gancarski
Of course, working for WWE has its own problems — as local product and WWE Divas Champ Kelly Kelly could tell you. Kelly is still reeling from the comments of WWE performer Randy Orton, where he implied she had slept with no fewer than 10 men in the company. scenic St. Johns Bluff Road, Sheik beat a wrestler named Colt Cabana. The result was not without controversy among those who care about superannuated wrestling titles. There were some who believed that, as meaningless as the NWA title was, it was devalued further by this so-called Sheik winning it. This Sheik, of course, wasn’t a Sheik at all. He’d been wrestling under that moniker for about three years, having jacked the ring name of another who made big money with it during the NWA’s heyday decades ago. It was a mystery how he got the world title. Until word started leaking, from those in the know, that the Sheik paid an undisclosed sum for his title reign. He rented the belt like one might rent a bouncy house for a child’s birthday party. And this is how it has often been done. Struggling promotions often lease the title to a mark willing to pay the ransom. Just as they are willing to run “sold shows,” where they supply the talent for a show for $5,000 or $10,000, and leave the money mark to promote the thing, without a real clue how he intends to do it. The Sheik paid the NWA for the belt. And then he decided to capitalize on that claim, by booking a tour in Japan where he’d get $4,000 for a series of appearances as the NWA Champ.
get business exposing. The NWA, three weeks before the desired match, stripped Cabibbo of the title for refusal to perform. The NWA went so far as to make overt claims that Sheik agreed before winning in Jax to drop the belt “on or before July 31, 2011.” Unprecedented. The first rule of a business is to never let the “mizarks” know how the game is actually run. The NWA rented out its belt, but the fact that the Sheik absconded with it overseas points to how unprofitable pro wrestling is in this country. Aside from WWE, virtually no promoter has figured out a way that pays its wrestlers a living wage. Of course, working for WWE has its own problems — as local product and WWE Divas Champ Kelly Kelly could tell you. Kelly is still reeling from the comments of WWE performer Randy Orton, where he implied that she had slept with no fewer than 10 men in the company. He backed down from the comments on Twitter soon enough, but her situation delineates how sexualized the women performers in WWE ineluctably are. Orton intended for people to wonder: Did she sleep her way to the top? AG Gancarski email@example.com JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 13
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ook, I have nothing against “Shark Week.” Indeed, this annual weeklong television tribute to those finny, ass-chomping murderers of the deep is just as anticipated in the Humpy household as Christmas, Easter and all those other made-up holidays. HOWEVER! All I’m saying is that Discovery Channel could devote the occasional week to a far more frightening animal — for example, the weenie dog. DON’T YOU DARE LAUGH AT MY PHOBIA!! The weenie dog is, statistically speaking, the far more dangerous animal of the two, and here’s my three-pronged proof: Proof One! Unless you’re that dick Aquaman, how much time do you, the average joe, spend in the ocean? Maybe 20 minutes a year, tops? Comparatively, how many times a year do you pass a weenie dog? I dunno … maybe 125? Therefore, your ankle’s chances of being mauled by a weenie dog are 125 times greater than a similar attack from a shark.
inexplicably started attacking Australians like crazy. (This does not make sharks racist — everyone hates Australians.) • “Killer Sharks” (Tuesday, Aug. 2, 9 p.m.) In 1957, tourists flock to a posh South African beach, but according to the press release, “it’s not long before the white sands are clogged with dead bodies and the sapphire waters run red with blood.” (That could easily be the inner monologue for any weenie dog.) • ”Rogue Sharks” (Monday, Aug. 1, 9 p.m.) An study of why sharks sometimes go “rogue” and develop a taste for humans. A “rogue” weenie dog would be considered friendly, obedient and might even develop a taste for … oh, I don’t know … Alpo in a can?
TUESDAY, JULY 26 8:00 G4 G4’S PROVING GROUND The hosts try to replicate a Star Trek “away mission.” Here’s hoping the “aliens” know how to administer “wedgies.” 9:00 ABC 101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW Season finale! Losers leave the show shot out of a WWII cannon into a tank of angry sharks.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 10:00 E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY The life and times of “Jersey Shore” gal Snooki. BECAUSE YOU NEED TO KNOW. 10:00 LIF DANCE MOMS An absolutely horrible mom forces her kid to dance even though she has a hip injury. Hope somebody gets some pudding afterwards!
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(Note: this statistic was pulled directly from my butt, but it’s still scientifically sound.) Proof Two! Weenie dogs are the worst. The worst dogs, yes. But also the worst anything. Weenie dogs are ugly, misshapen, unnecessarily angry and racist. YES, RACIST!! Because of their German descent, not only do they despise Jews and homosexuals, they hate ALL races — except the weenie dog race. There’s only one weenie dog race I love … and that’s when 20 weenie dogs race together around a horse track. It’s HILARIOUS!! (Racists racing are always funny. I can still hate them, though.) Proof Three! Weenie dogs are clinically insane. Are sharks insane? NO. When they take a bite out of a seal, surfer or sex-crazed teenager, it’s usually because they’re damn hungry. Conversely, weenie dogs take a bite out of people’s ankles for any one of these reasons: 1) Weenie Dog God told them to. 2) The person’s ankle reminds them of a Jew. 3) They believe their teeth are miniature diamond-encrusted robots that will teleport them to weenie dog heaven if constantly coated in human blood and cat feces. In short, WEENIE DOGS ARE BATSHIT CRAZY! That being said, Discovery Channel does not have a “Weenie Dog Week,” it has a “Shark Week” — so we’ll all just have to be satisfied with a week devoted to a less frightening, less violently bonkers animal. Here are a few documentary highlights: • “Summer of the Shark” (Monday, Aug. 1, 10 p.m.) In the summer of 2008, sharks
9:00 LIF PROJECT RUNWAY Season premiere! Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return to give nine mentally unbalanced designers scissors. 10:00 MTV JERSEY SHORE: FROM THE FIRST FIST PUMP A fond, greasy look back at the gals and Guidos of “Jersey Shore.”
FRIDAY, JULY 29 8:00 TOON THUNDERCATS Debut! A sexy reboot of the classic ’80s kids’ cartoon featuring Lion-O, Tygra and Cheetara! MEEEE-OW! 11:00 G4 IRON MAN ANIME Debut! A Japanesed restyling of “Iron Man” (as if a guy flying around in a tin can needs to get weirder).
SATURDAY, JULY 30 9:00 BIO CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES This week: Keisha Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”). (Who was once haunted by Cliff Huxtable’s sweater!! EEEEEE!!) 11:00 BBCA OUTNUMBERED Debut! Check out this hilariously cynical Britcom about a family that’s more screwy than yours.
SUNDAY, JULY 31 9:00 DSC GREAT WHITE INVASION Note: This is a “Shark Week” documentary and not a movie about IKEA customers. 10:00 ANI HEIDI FLEISS: PROSTITUTES TO PARROTS Another thing scarier than sharks: Whore parrots!
MONDAY, AUGUST 1 8:00 ABC THE BACHELORETTE Season finale! Ashley makes her final decision: Will it be suave, genteel herpes? Or rugged ne’er-do-well gonorrhea? 9:00 OXY THE BAD GIRLS CLUB Season premiere! A brand new group of bad girls arrives, which means no weave is safe! Wm.™ Steven Humphrey firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reasons to leave the house this week SERIOUS MOONLIGHT MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
The Museum of Science & History has teamed up with Friday Musicale to present MOSH After Dark: Music Under the Stars, an evening of star-gazing and wine-tasting with some luscious live jazz from saxophonist John Ricci and guitarist Taylor Roberts (pictured) on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. A live star show is held in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, followed by the jazz and wine-tasting on the museum’s rooftop. Tickets are $10; $5 for members. 396-6674. themosh.org
Hey brah! Beach bud, surfer-singer-songwriter and all-around chill dude Donavon Frankenreiter returns to Northeast Florida for what has become a seasonal tradition: a two-night run of shows with opener Seth Pettersen on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Known as much for his signature moustache as for his onstage wisecracks, the 38-year-old Hawaii-based über-dude released his latest album, “Glow,” on his new Liquid Tambourine Records. Tickets for each show are $20. 246-2473.
Based on John Waters’ popular 1988 film of the same name, the musical “Hairspray” is a celebration of a bygone era, when JFK was in the White House, the Civil Rights Movement was marching into our nation’s consciousness and mod chicks teased their hair into bouffant beehive behemoths! Since the ’02 musical adaptation, this story about one brassy teen’s campaign to integrate a 1962 Baltimore TV dance show has won eight Tony awards on Broadway and is an international crowd-pleaser. The sixth annual High School Musical Theatre Experience stages “Hairspray” on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $20. The show is also staged on Aug. 5, 6 and 7. 632-3373.
REGGAE ROMEO BERES HAMMOND
Since the mid-’70s, the smoky smooth stylings of Beres Hammond have been pleasing reggae fans who like a little romance blended with their rocksteady. While acknowledging the early influence of singers like Otis Redding, Jamaicanborn Hammond has cultivated a following on the strength of hits like “They Gonna Talk” (1997). For the last decade, the 55-year-old “lovers rock” lothario has worked with fans-turned-peers like Maxi Priest and Wyclef Jean, releasing the album “Just a Man” last year. Hammond performs with Sharon Tucker, Wayne Wonder, De Lions of Jah and DJ Ian on Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at Plush, 845 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $24.99. 743-1845.
EXTREME TICKLE GLOBAL CAGE FIGHTING
Fans of Mixed Martial Arts and competitive ass-whippings need look no further when Global Cage Fighting presents The Road to GCF 2 on Saturday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville. There’s enough action in 15 bone-cracking bouts of controlled combat to satisfy even the most jaded adrenaline junkie. Tickets are $20. 642-5200.
SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE
Teenybopper kingpins and platinum-selling artists Selena Gomez & The Scene have ascended the Mount Olympus of feel-good ditties on the strength of synth-driven jams like “Love You Like a Love Song” and their latest chart-climbing rocker, “Falling Down.” At the grand old age of 20, Gomez has dominated both the silver screen and TV screen, while also finding time to create her own clothing line and be a spokesperson for both UNICEF and Borden Milk. And for the moment, she’s the “Yoko” to Justin Bieber’s “John.” In your face, Kanye! These paragons of pop perfection perform with Allstar Weekend and Christina Grimmie on Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets range from $25-$75. 209-0367. July 26-August 1, 2011 | folio weekly | 17
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint react to witnessing Lord Voldemort in his true form — spoiler alert! — it’s Charlie frickin’ Sheen, in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
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f you’ve not been a particular fan of author J.K. Rowling’s international phenomenon and haven’t read the books at all, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” could well be the “Harry Potter” movie with which you begin and end. This is simply a great flick: emotionally powerful, profoundly resonant, scary, funny, intense and wholly enrapturing. Even if you have no idea what a Horcrux is and have never 2011 even heard of Lord Voldemort, there’s no way to avoid getting buried under a sense of danger, of a deep and terrible knowledge of everything
know what these beings are called to feel the smack of dread in how Yates shows them. The sight of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) strolling through the aftermath of a horrific disaster, his bare feet wet and red with the blood of the dead … this is the sort of primal imagery previous “Potter” films have ignored in favor of less visceral exposition. Nothing up to now, across all eight films, has better imparted the sense of malevolence that He Who Must Not Be Named evokes in the inhabitants of Harry’s world than this brief, sickening visual. The centerpiece here is what can only be called the Battle of Hogwarts, a sequence that will rank with those of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy for making fantasy warfare so utterly graphic and shocking. (This film must be right at the edge of a PG-13 rating.) I was blasted back into my seat by the ferocity of it, and stunned by
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that is at stake. (In this age of information, I presume you at least know that Harry Potter is a teenaged wizard in a world just slightly off to the side of our own, where magic is real.) There is powerful drama and deep intrigue here, and it’s all of a personal, secret sort. As the film opens, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) interviews the goblin Griphook (Warwick Davis) about a magical artifact of vital importance — the quietness and the intimacy of the scene is what gives it menace. It’s not about why evil wizard Voldemort must be defeated or why the Horcruxes are so necessary or even why Harry Potter is so vital for that – it’s simply about the magic of storytelling. This opening sequence creates a concentrated sense of drama the rest of the film follows beautifully. Almost ironically, for the first (and now last) time, it’s a “Harry Potter” film that feels less like a theme park attraction and more like an actual movie. Returning director David Yates deploys some simple imagery to wonderfully potent effect, like the army of ghostly, ghastly Dementors besieging a mist-enshrouded Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You don’t need to
the casual reality of battle it does not ignore. But the bits that really sting are the personal ones. The flashback in which we learn that Harry’s story has, all along, also been the story of another key yet misunderstood character is absolutely heartbreaking, and a beautiful little short film in its own right. As the film reaches its endgame, Harry comes to terms with what it means that he in particular has been tasked with the job of destroying Voldemort. Sometimes Hollywood — damn it all — gets it right. Even better is when that fantasyland makes up for past transgressions. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” isn’t just a transporting movie experience; it isn’t just a movie so effective and moving, it’s actually better than the book from whence it came. It’s a capper to a series that has endured wild ups and downs of quality and storytelling success, and it’s so damn good at wrapping it all up that its past failures and disappointments are all forgiven. Summer moviegoers are in for a magical experience indeed. MaryAnn Johanson email@example.com
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You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Or how we learned to stop worrying and love the Hollywood apocalypse “The China Syndrome” Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville Tickets are $7.50 355-2787
hen The Florida Theatre screens the 1979 thriller “The China Syndrome” this weekend, local movie fans have the chance to relive one of the most pressing concerns of the mid-to-late 20th century: “What will happen if we suffer a nuclear meltdown and/or attack?” Upon its release, this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride about the volatile situation at a nuclear reactor and possible cover-up by authorities (i.e., “The Man”) was both a box office and critical smash. Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas starred in this Academy Award-winning film that seemed to touch a collective nerve in the American psyche. In the aftermath of the nuclear meltdowns that occurred in Japan following this year’s March earthquake and tsunami, unfortunately, the reality of director James Bridges’ nail-biter of a flick has become all too real. But “The China Syndrome” has a few cinematic peers in the dramatic “what if?” — films like Mike Nichols’ “Silkwood” or even the teen favorite “Wargames,” both in 1983. It’s a good thing Hollywood deals in uncut fantasy, realizing that the reality of nuclear radiation is more palatable when denial is cranked up to 11 – or at least filtered through crazed fantasy. Folio Weekly decided to dig through the rubble of some of the weirder atomic-era films that explore and exploit our fears in radiant, radiation-rich Technicolor (and ash-colored black-and-white).
“On the Beach”
Director Stanley Kramer’s 1959 film, which chronicled the world in the aftermath of WWIII, has it all: alcoholism, tips on child euthanasia, possible religious zealotry and even Fred Astaire! An incredibly depressing film, “On the Beach” was based on Neil Shutes’ equally despairing novel of 1957, while in 1974, Neil Young got in on this giggle party by using the title for a real wrist-slasher of an album.
Mass destruction never looked so fun in director Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 tour de farce that rubbed our collective noses in the atomic nightmare in the form of the Doomsday Machine. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden and Slim Pickens gave career-defining performances
(Sellers was cast in three mind-bendingly brilliant roles). Perhaps the funniest part of this radiation romp is that the story satirized the actual military strategy of MAD, or Mutual Assured Destruction. In essence, MAD theorizes that since both sides would ultimately be destroyed in the event of a nuclear strike, those opposing sides are then, in fact, less likely to push the red button. Sleep tight!
“A Boy and His Dog”
What do you get when you throw together sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison, The Firesign Theatre, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, a telepathic dog and Jason Robards? No, not the finalists at a bean-eating contest at Orson Welles’ ashram, but rather a few of the disparate elements that helped create L.Q. Jones’ 1975 flick that starred a young, pre“Miami Vice” Don Johnson, who wandered a post-apocalyptic wasteland with his aforementioned mutt as they sought out food, sex and general mirth.
“The Day After”
On Nov. 20, 1983 an estimated 100 million Americans watched this made-for-TV film that told the story of Midwesterners trying to survive the impact of a full-tilt nuke strike. The chilling effect of watching the scabby survivors pick through the rubble was almost as dire as enduring a cast of nebbish ’80s types like Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow and JoBeth Williams, whose careers have since been pulverized back to atomic matter. Most tellingly, Jason Robards pops up again in this iconoclastic film, which makes Folio Weekly wonder if the gravel-voiced Oscar-winner set off Geiger counters or happened to glow in his sleep.
At the mythical intersection where science, speculation and stupidity meet is a place called “Damnation Alley.” Featuring the tagline “An Adventure You’ll Never Forget!” Jack Smight’s 1977 sci-fi epic was forgotten almost immediately upon release. But there’s no accounting for taste, as this B-movie masterpiece has stars Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard and Paul Winfield battling radioactive hillbillies and “flesh-stripping” cockroaches as they travel across a treacherous post-nuked America to the new Shangri-La: Albany, New York. Fans of all of the above will be thrilled to learn this lost classic is finally available on Blu-ray disc. Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 19
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. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in this rom-com about two platonic pals who don’t think that a little hanky-panky will ruin their good friendship. Yeah, right. And the check’s in the mail. GREEN LANTERN **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square This Marvel Comic-turned-movie is light on originality but delivers bright thrills with special effects and a decent performance by Ryan Reynolds as the ring-sporting, green-suited hero, though it won’t help his career. Costarring Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett and Peter Sarsgaard. THE HANGOVER PART II **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park Lowball comedy sequel to the ’09 hit is a “Gross Encounter of the Second Kind” that has Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis and (yep) a monkey waking up with boozeinduced amnesia in Thailand.
“Well, I ultimately believe that both William James and Krishnamurti would’ve liked ‘Dick in a Box’.” Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake get metaphysical in the summer rom-com “Friends with Benefits.”
AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike Amelia Island 7, 1132 S. 14th St., 261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 NORTHSIDE Hollywood River City 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880
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NOW SHOWING BAD TEACHER **G@ 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. Cameron Diaz gives movie-lovers some lessons in raunchy comedy as teacher-from-hell Ms. Halsey in director Jake Kasdan’s new film. Co-starring Justin Timberlake and Jason Segal. A BETTER LIFE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square Director Chris Weitz’ family drama about an illegal immigrant gardener (Demián Bichir) living in East L.A., struggling to keep his son (José Julián) from the gang life while trying to stay one step ahead of immigration enforcement agents. BRIDESMAIDS *G@@ Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine This vapid, unholy marriage of bad jokes and a weak cast stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square,
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ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike Fleming Island 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-3101
Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This latest adaptation of a classic Marvel Comic is the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who wants to be a soldier but is turned down — so he signs up for a top secret program that transforms him into Captain America, tasked with defending our nation from the diabolical Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). With Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones and Derek Luke. CARS 2 ***@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This latest road-worthy animated flick from the gang at PIXAR pits Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) in a face-off (grill-off?) with his four-wheeled foe Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) in the World Grand Prix. Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Michael Caine lend their voices to this high-octane, summer thrill ride. COWBOYS & ALIENS **@@ Rated PG-13 • Opens on July 29 Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde star in an inventive sci-fi-oater about a lone cowboy who must join forces with the lawman who wants him dead to defend an Arizona town from a UFO invasion. Wait … what? CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE **@@ Rated PG-13 • Opens on July 29 Steve Carell stars as Cal, a guy who seems to have it all until wife Emily (Julianne Moore) decides to call it quits. Ryan “Abs” Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon star in this humorous take on the American male midlife crisis. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS **@@
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., WGHoF IMAX Theatre Reviewed in this issue. HORRIBLE BOSSES ***G 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. This fun comedy about offing your superior in the workplace surely earns its “R” rating with a clever plot and vulgar-rich performances from an ensemble cast including Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx and a nearly unrecognizable Colin Farrell. LARRY CROWNE **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, 5 Points Theatre, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Director-star Tom Hanks and costar Julia Roberts seem to be acting-by-the-numbers in this decent but unremarkable film about a man who receives an education in love and life after he returns to college. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ***@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, San Marco Theatre 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. MONTE CARLO **@@ Rated PG • Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Teen-geared fare starring 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. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS **@@ Rated PG • Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This family-geared flick about millionaire Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) and the flock of penguins he inherits from his late father never really takes flight. Co-starring Ophelia Lovibond, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll and Angela Lansbury, and a whole bunch of adorable penguins. PHASE 7 **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park In the near future, a husband and wife battle killer-plagueinfested neighbors trying to break into their apartment, in this funky Argentinean horror import from writer-director Nicolás Goldbart.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Johnny Depp is Capt. Jack Sparrow in this swashbuckling yet predictable film. Also starring Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush and Keith “I don’t really need the money” Richards. THE SMURFS Rated PG • Opens on July 29 Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, Jeff Foxworthy, George Lopez, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Paul Reubens, B.J. Novak (Ryan on “The Office”) and Jonathan Winters (yay!) lend their voices to the big-screen debut of these beloved little blue dudes and dudette. When their archenemy Gargamel (Azaria) chases them out of their village, The Smurfs are transported to our world, where they meet Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris). Look for partygoers Tim Gunn, Julie Chang, Liz Smith and Joan Rivers. SUPER 8 ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, 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. 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 addition to this cinematic traffic jam moves along like a 20-car pile-up of mandatory special effects, bad acting and a slippery story. WINNIE THE POOH **@@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Disney’s latest update on A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s story sticks to the tried and true about a honey-guzzling bear named Pooh and the rest of the gang in Hundred Acre Wood who now must play detective when one of their own goes missing. Think of it as CSI: DISNEY. ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square When one of a trio of pals becomes engaged, they all take off on one last dream vacation. ZOOKEEPER *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This goofy comedy stars Kevin James as Griffin, a lonelyhearted zookeeper who learns the ways of courtship and love from the caged animals in his care; still a felony act in most states. Co-starring Rosario Dawson, Donnie Wahlberg and the voices of Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, Sly Stallone, Cher, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love and Don Rickles.
BEFORE MY EYES This film, shot locally, premiers at 7:30 p.m. on July 30 at University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville. Krystal Michele, Jacoby Freeman, Papa Duck and writer and director Gin X appear. 881-0026. mdsent.net THE CHINA SYNDROME Summer Movie Classics series continues with this 1979 thriller starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas, at 2 p.m. on July 31 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50. 355-2787. WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Movies at Main screens this Agatha Christie murder mystery starring Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power and Charles Laughton at 5:45 p.m. on July 28 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 630-1741. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Everything Must Go,” “The Hangover 2” and “Water for
Elephants” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. 5 POINTS THEATRE “Submarine” screens at 7 and 9 p.m. on July 26 and 27 and at 9 p.m. on July 28 at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. Check 5pointstheatre.com for showtimes. “Whale Warrior” runs at 6 p.m. on July 28. Classic Silent Comedies feature Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2. 359-0047. WGHOF IMAX THEATER “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2, An IMAX 3D Experience” is screened along with “Born To Be Wild 3D,” “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D” (featuring Kelly Slater), “Hubble 3D” and “Under The Sea 3D,” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT This supernatural thriller about a detective (Brandon Routh) who investigates paranormal weirdness in New Orleans should appeal to fans of the much-loved comic book, but delivers less bite to more discerning film fans. TRUST Clive Owen and Catherine Keener star in this surprisingly deep, edgy story from director David Schwimmer (c’mon, it’s Ross!) as a couple that must deal with the dark reality of a sex offender who has lured their daughter into his dangerous world. DONNIE DARKO Jake Gyllenhaal made angst-filled teenagers totally cool again (yay!) in writer-director Richard Kelly’s ’01 cult fave about fate, keggers and one creepy bunny with a killer ’80s soundtrack. This 10th anniversary edition is a four-disc boxed set that features deleted scenes, commentaries and enough extras to keep the lithium levels balanced. HIGH AND LOW Based on an Ed McBain novel, this 1962 crime caper classic from master director Akira Kurosawa tells the story of a wealthy industrialist pulled deep into the darker side of humanity when a gang kidnaps his son. This deluxe edition features a restored print and soundtrack, original theatrical trailers and video interviews with lead actors Toshiro Mifune and Tsutomu Yamazaki.
“Everybody, listen to me and return me, my ship. I’m your captain, I’m your captain … ” Chris Evans fights for justice and the right to rock the Grand Funk Railroad in the action of “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
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Funky numbers: 311 bring their inaugural Pow Wow Festival to Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.
311 invite a few friends and their fans to go primitive POW WOW FESTIVAL featuring 311, SUBLIME with ROME, DEFTONES, G-LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, SOJA, REEL BIG FISH, MIX MASTER MIKE, MURS Thursday, Aug. 4-Saturday, Aug. 6 Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak Advance 3-day tickets are $145 (includes three nights of camping); $160 at the gate (386) 364-1683 For a full line-up and schedule, visit 311 powwowfestival.com
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he term powwow is an Anglicized word that derives from the Algonquian word pauau, meaning the gathering of medicine men and/or spiritual leaders. A powwow is described as an event where Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize and honor American Indian culture — lasting anywhere from five hours up to a week. In early August, American reggae-infused rock band 311 is hosting its own version of the ancient tradition — the first-ever Pow Wow Festival, a three-day, two-stage music and camping festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. The festival website explains, “A powwow is many things. It’s a time of celebration. It’s a homecoming, a gathering of friends and families. And so much more.” The inaugural lineup is an eclectic mix of reggae, socially conscious rap, a turntablist, alternative metal, blues and Latin-influenced rock and includes Mix Master Mike, MURS, Sublime with Rome, Full Service, The Movement, Shinobi Ninja, Deftones, G. Love, SOJA, The Dirty Heads, Reel Big Fish, Ozomatli, Streetlight Manifesto and 311 headlining the main stage on Friday and Saturday with two sets each night, including
the album “Transistor” in its entirety. The three-day festival begins Thursday, Aug. 4 with a 7:30 p.m. set by MURS, aka Nick Carter, a socially and politically conscious rapper from Los Angeles. MURS, an acronym with multiple meanings including “Making Underground Raw Shit,” gigs mostly solo, but has also joined forces with Jacksonville’s own Whole Wheat Bread to form the punk fusion band The Invincible(s). Thursday night’s set caps with an hour-anda-half set by the Deftones, a Grammy Awardwinning alt-metal band from Sacramento, Calif. Formed back in the late ’80s, Deftones have a half-dozen albums under their belt with popular tunes like “Diamond Eyes,” “Change,” “Rocket Skates” and “Elite.” Another Pow Wow Festival act to look out for is Friday night’s set by Sublime with Rome, a revised version of the punk-reggae trio consisting of original Sublime members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh and singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, brought onboard to take the place of late frontman Brad Nowell, who passed away in 1996. The guys just released their debut album, “Yours Truly,” on July 12 and have been touring the country with 311 as part of their Unity Tour 2011. Next up is 311, the festival organizer and two-night headlining act. Formed in 1988 in Omaha, Neb., the band currently comprises Nick Hexum (vocals/rhythm guitar), Chad Sexton (drums), Aaron “P-Nut” Wills (bass), Tim Mahoney (lead guitar) and Doug “SA” Martinez (vocals/turntables). The group just released its 10th studio album, “Universal Pulse,” in mid-July on 311 Records/ATO Records. Look out for old-school tunes like “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Come Original” and “Amber,” as well as the 1997 album “Transistor” to be played in its
entirety for the first time on stage. The thing about attending a music festival at Spirit of the Suwannee is that when you’re completely hungover, sunburned, smelly and you need a break from pulsing beats and jam band guitar riffs, you can always lounge on one of the park’s 500 acres along the tea-colored Suwannee River. There’s hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, a bat house, miniature golf, disc golf, much-needed showers and bathhouses and even a country store. When you’re ready to get back to the action, check out Saturday’s early evening performance by Ozomatli on the Main Stage. Formed in Los Angeles in 1995, Ozomatli is a Grammy Award-winning, seven-to-10-piece hip hop and Latin-fusion outfit known for playing a wide array of music styles. No stranger to the festival circuit, Ozomatli has appeared at Coachella, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, South by Southwest, Jamcruise 3 and WOMAdelaide. Another must-see, if you can stay up for it, is Mix Master Mike’s reeeeally early Sunday morning set from midnight to 1:30 a.m. As the Beastie Boys’ resident DJ, this esteemed turntablist has appeared on massive Beastie jams like “No Sleep till Brooklyn,” “Girls,” “Hey Ladies,” “Brass Monkey” and “Paul Revere,” as well as on the newest disc, “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.” Mix Master has collaborated with artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee, Rob Zombie and Joss Stone. After three days of rap, rock, metal and all the hybrid strains among them, the Pow Wow Festival should satisfy the musical tastes of everyone from jaded jam-band fan to nerdy newbie, regardless of your rocker tribe of origin. Kara Pound email@example.com
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Tombstone Shadow: Brothers Jason (left) and Paul Ivey of Yankee Slickers keep cool with their hip update on Southern rock.
Greasy Does It
Down-home rockers Yankee Slickers keep it real by keeping it in the family YANKEE SLICKERS with GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE Saturday, July 30 at 9:30 p.m. Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach Tickets are $10 247-6636
rothers, guitarists, songwriters and vocalists, Jason and Paul Ivey have been playing music around Northeast Florida for well over a decade. As a result, their sound is almost as familiar as their signature long hair, bushy beards and fashion sense, which favors corduroy, floral button-downs and vintage jeans. Recently, older brother Paul, 37, and younger brother, Jason, 33, decided to rebrand
easier now with the new technology.” A lot of Yankee Slickers’ gigs feature original material written by the Ivey brothers. But sometimes, like when they have a four-hour show, they look to classic covers of songs by musicians like Willie Nelson and Steely Dan to fill the time. “We tend to do older cover songs from the ’60s and ’70s,” Paul explains of the sounds of Southern rock, boogie, soul and funk. “We try to cover songs that go along with our original music — songs that we like.” The pair carry on the musical tradition of now-legendary siblings associated with Northeast Florida, where surnames like Allman, Van Zandt and Trucks are tantamount to local royalty.
“We were always best friends. We grew up in the country, and if you got in a fight with each other, you didn’t really have anyone else to play with.” their Jacksonville-based, neo-Southern rock outfit Yankee Slickers, renaming it Brethren. “We thought we would add some freshness with a new name,” Jason says of the band they originally formed in 2005. “We just didn’t realize how many bands were already out there with the name Brethren.” For now, then, the guys — joined by bassist Mark David and drummer Mike Romine — remain Yankee Slickers. A “revised Yankee Slickers,” as Jason likes to say, with the mission of “making sweet music for your earholes.” Born and raised in Maxville (they attended Middleburg High School), the brothers have always been close. “Paul would let me hang out with him and his friends,” Jason says. “We were always best friends. We grew up in the country and if you got in a fight with each other, you didn’t really have anyone else to play with.” Today, the Yankee Slickers crew performs gigs at the 2011 Springing the Blues Festival and at local venues all over Northeast Florida like Mellow Mushroom, Ragtime Tavern in Atlantic Beach, The Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach and Wild Wing Café on Southside Boulevard. In August 2008, the brothers released their debut, self-titled album and say they’re currently working on recording a new disc of all original material. “We’ve been doing some self-recording,” Paul explains. “It’s so much
Yet no matter how obvious the brothers’ intent might be for their love of old-school Southern rock, some revelers just don’t get it. “We actually had people ask us if we know any Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga to play,” says Jason in disbelief. “We either say, ‘No, sorry’ or ‘No, but we’ll try’ and then just play whatever we want.” When Paul and Jason aren’t with the full band, they sometimes play simply as a duo as The Ivey Brothers. During a phone interview, Paul breaks out into singing the Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers song, “Just the Two of Us,” before explaining their sometimes pragmatic performance decisions. “We also do solo gigs when the money’s not there to bring in another musician.” Both Paul and Jason are full-time musicians — they sold their lawn care business about five years ago to concentrate on music — and are the principle songwriters for Yankee Slickers (though drummer Mike Romine’s been getting in the mix). “When we’re artists, we’re artists,” Paul Ivey says of songwriting. “That’s the blood, sweat and tears of playing music.” “We try and keep our music as honest as it can be,” explains younger brother Jason Ivey. “I guess our gimmick is that we’re brothers and I don’t think you can get as honest as being brothers.”
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The Mustard Seed Cafe
Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, 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
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
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
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AFTER THE BOMB, BABY! The local indie rockers perform at 4 p.m. on July 26 at the Main Libraryâ€™s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-2417. DEATH OF PARIS, THE TELL TALE HEART These local rockers play at 6 p.m. on July 26 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. EYES LIPS EYES Utah-based indie poppers play at 9 p.m. on July 26 at Dive Bar, 331 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 359-9090. DERRYCK LAWRENCE PROJECT The reggae rockers perform at 6:30 p.m. on July 27 at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant, 691 N. First St., Jax Beach. 270-0025. THE GRAPES OF ROTH The Music by the Sea free concert series presents this popular local group at 7 p.m. on July 27 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers meals for less than $10. The series continues each Wed. through Sept. 28. 471-1686. staugbchcivicassoc.com BERES HAMMOND This reggae romance artist is on at 8 p.m. on July 27 at Plush, 845 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $24.99. 743-1845. AARON SHEEKS Local artist Sheeks performs at 9 p.m. on July 27 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. MEMPHIBIANS, POLYAMOROUS This classy evening of psychotic rock kicks off at 10 p.m. on July 27 at Shantytown Pub, 22 W. Sixth St., Jacksonville. 798-8222. SIR REAL, A NEAR CHANCE, TYRANNY, HOLIDAZED, SIESTA FIESTA, FORGETTING FERA, AMONGST THE FORGOTTEN The local music kicks off at 6 p.m. on July 28 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. BUCKSMITH PROJECT The local singer-songwriter performs at 6 p.m. on July 28 at Pusserâ€™s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. ANCIENT CITY SLICKERS Concerts in the Plaza presents this local group at 7 p.m. on July 28 under the oaks of Plaza de la ConstituciĂłn, located between Cathedral Place and King Street, St. Augustine. Bring lounge chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. staugustinegovernment.com/sites/concerts-plaza THE BOXCARS, ERNIE EVANS & THE FLORIDA STATE BLUEGRASS BAND The roots music starts at 7 p.m. on July 28 at Flamingo Lake RV Resort, 3640 Newcomb Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 886-8378.
MARTHAâ€™S TROUBLE, KIMBERLY PAIGE Americana duo Marthaâ€™s Trouble perform at 8 p.m. on July 28 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $11. 399-1740. JIMMY SOLARI Northeast Florida singer-songwriter Solari plays at 9 p.m. on July 28 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. BLISTUR These local rockers pop onstage at 9 p.m. on July 28, 29 and 30 at The Roadhouse, 231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. 246-0611. SAM RODRIGUEZ Music in the Courtyard presents this night of Latin-tinged percussion at 7 p.m. on July 29 at 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-2922. ALIEN ANT FARM, ME TALK PRETTY, A SOUND BELOW, ROLL OUT THE GUNS, MANNA ZEN, DOWN THEORY Modern rockers Alien Ant Farm perform at 7 p.m. on July 29 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12 and $50. 223-9850. LAUREN FINCHAM The popular singer-songwriter is on at 7 p.m. on July 29 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. FRONTIERS (JOURNEY TRIBUTE) â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believinâ€™â€? this Journey tribute act will hit the stage at 8 p.m. on July 29 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. 246-2473. KALEIGH BAKER Bluesy chanteuse Baker appears at 9 p.m. on July 29 at Dive Bar, 331 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 359-9090. THEE HARMONIOUS FIST These local rockers play at 10 p.m. on July 29 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4692. DiCARLO THOMPSON Area artist Thompson performs at 9 p.m. on July 29 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. THE RIDE These local rockers cruise onstage at 9 p.m. on July 29 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Rd., Jacksonville. 645-5162. THE FRITZ Jam band faves The Fritz perform at 9 p.m. on July 29 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. BOOGIE FREAKS Funky favorite Freaks play at 9 p.m. on July 29 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Caitlin Nicole Eadie appears at 10:30 a.m. and Ruby Beach performs at 11:45 a.m. on July 30 at Riverside Arts Market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. 554-6865. FURTHUR These former Grateful Dead dudes play at 6:30 p.m.
on July 30 the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets range from $39.50-$59.50. 209-0367. ALAINA COLDING Singer-songwriter Colding performs at 7 p.m. on July 30 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. TYLER BRYANT, REDLIGHT KING Blues rocker Bryant shreds at 7 p.m. on July 30 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. DONAVON FRANKENREITER, SETH PETTERSEN Surfing singer-songwriter Frankenreiter performs at 8 p.m. on July 30 and 31 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $20 for each show. 246-2473. BRAXTON ADAMSON Area artist Adamson is on at 8 p.m. on July 30 at Pusserâ€™s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. THE AFTER PARTY, MATT MUSTO The real party starts onstage at 8 p.m. on July 30 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8. 398-7496. ROD MacDONALD This much-loved folkie performs at 8 p.m. on July 30 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. LUCKY COSTELLO These local spaced-out dub rockers appear at 9 p.m. on July 30 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. CHRIS C4MANN Local musician C4Mann is on at 9 p.m. on July 30 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. BLACK CREEK RIZINâ€™ These JVille rockers try to get a rise out of the audience at 9 p.m. on July 30 at Park Avenue Billiards, 714 Park Ave., Orange Park. 215-1557. YANKEE SLICKERS, GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE Southern rockers Yankee Slickers perform at 10 p.m. on July 30 at Mojo Kitchen, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 247-6636. GOLIATH FLORES Versatile musician Flores plays at 1 p.m. on July 31 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. CARIBBEAN LEGENDS The steel pan is struck at 4 p.m. on July 31 at Pusserâ€™s Caribbean Grille, 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. 280-7766. JK WAYNE This Irish folkie plays at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE, ALLSTAR WEEKEND, CHRISTINA GRIMMIE This night of teenybopper pop kicks off at
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7 p.m. on July 31 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets range from $25-$75. 209-0367 FULL OF HELL, VICES Sludge rockers Full of Hell play at 10 p.m. on July 31 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4692. 100 MONKEYS These L.A.-based funk rockers, featuring â€œTwilightâ€? star Jackson Rathbone, perform at 8 p.m. on July 31 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $12. 398-7496. REPTAR The Athens-based indie rockers play at 9 p.m. on July 31 at Dive Bar, 331 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. 359-9090. 10 YEARS, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER, ECHOES THE FALL, SHOTGUN HARBOUR The heavy-hitting rock kicks off at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Advance tickets are $15. 246-2473. NOT IN THE FACE! The Texas party rockers play at 10 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4692. BJ (AMERICAN AQUARIUM), REBELS & ROGUES, AQUAVEEDA This night of emo and indie starts perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $12. 398-7496.
UNCOMMON MUSIC with STEPHEN CAREY, JORDYN JACKSON & SHAWN FISHER, SAM PACETTI, SUNBEARS! Aug. 3, The Florida Theatre POW WOW FESTIVAL with 311, SUBLIME, DEFTONES, G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, SOJA, MIX MASTER MIKE, MURS Aug. 4-6, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park THE HENCHMEN, THE LIMIT Aug. 4, Jack Rabbits ROD PICOTT, AMANDA SHIRES Aug. 4, European Street CafĂŠ POOR RICHARDS, AMMO NATION, CAFFIENDS, FFN Aug. 5, Jack Rabbits MATT BUTCHER, ROB PECK Aug. 5, CafĂŠ Eleven BERT QUARTET Aug. 9, European Street CafĂŠ COL. BRUCE HAMPTON with DUANE TRUCKS Aug. 12, Mojo Kitchen JUSTIN MOORE Aug. 17, Whisky River ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION, JERRY DOUGLASS Aug. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre PAUL GARFINKLE CD Release Party Aug. 20, European Street CafĂŠ SLIGHTLY STOOPID, REBELUTION, SHWAYZE, CISCO ADLER Aug. 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
MATISYAHU Aug. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE CHOP TOPS, THE ROCKETZ, THE STRIKERS Aug. 24, Jack Rabbits TAMMERLIN Aug. 25, European Street CafĂŠ APPLESEED CAST Aug. 26, Jack Rabbits TIM KASHER, AFICIONADO Aug. 30, CafĂŠ Eleven FOURPLAY Sept. 2, The Florida Theatre MIRANDA COSGROVE Sept. 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre POLYGONS CD Release Party Sept. 3, Jack Rabbits JOHN VANDERSLICE Sept. 3, CafĂŠ Eleven HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS Sept. 4, Jack Rabbits GUTTERMOUTH, TNT, SYNCODESTROYO, POOR RICHARDS Sept. 8, Jack Rabbits BETH McKEE BAND Sept. 8, European Street CafĂŠ DELBERT McCLINTON Sept. 10, The Florida Theatre WISHING WELL, CHRIS MILLAM Sept. 15, European Street CafĂŠ DAN ANDRIANO (ALKALINE TRIO) Sept. 16, CafĂŠ Eleven AMELIA ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL Sept. 16 & 17, Fernandina Beach ERYKAH BADU, THE Oâ€™JAYS, RICKY SMILEY Sept. 17, Veterans Memorial Arena FLEET FOXES, THE WALKMEN Sept. 20, The Florida Theatre ELVIS COSTELLO Sept. 21, The Florida Theatre MATT POND PA, ROCKY VOLOLATO Sept. 24, CafĂŠ Eleven LANGHORNE SLIM, WOBBLY TOMS Sept. 27, CafĂŠ Eleven ENTER THE HAGGIS Sept. 28, CafĂŠ Eleven LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Oct. 3, The Florida Theatre TAPES â€™N TAPES, HOWLER, SUNBEARS!Oct. 5, CafĂŠ Eleven PETER FRAMPTON Oct. 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre RALPH STANLEY Oct. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall AN HORSE Oct. 15, Underbelly REV. HORTON HEAT, SUPERSUCKERS Oct. 17, Freebird Live ELECTRIC SIX, KITTEN Oct. 19, Jack Rabbits REGINA CARTER Oct. 20, The Florida Theatre BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE Oct. 21, Jack Rabbits THE GIN BLOSSOMS Oct. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall YOUTH BRIGADE, OLD MAN MARKLEY Oct. 31, CafĂŠ Eleven TAYLOR SWIFT Nov. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena NNENNA FREELON AND EARL KLUGH Nov. 11, Church of the Good Shepherd JOHN FOGERTY Nov. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre RIDERS IN THE SKY Nov. 18, The Florida Theatre MAC MILLER, PAC DIV, CASEY VEGGIES Nov. 23, The Florida Theatre
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Brothers at 5 p.m., Al Naturale at 9:30 p.m. on July 29. Tony DE REAL TING CAFE, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 DJs Mix Neal at 5:30 p.m., Al Naturale at 9:30 p.m. on July 30. Live Master Prince, Pete, Stylish, Big Bodie play reggae, calypso, reggae on the deck at 5 p.m. on July 31. DJ BG every Mon. R&B, hip hop and top 40 every Fri. & Sat. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Eyes Lips Eyes at 9 p.m. on July 26. Kaleigh Baker at 9 p.m. on July 29. Reptar at 9 p.m. INTRACOASTAL WEST on July 31 BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins Death of Paris and The Tell Tale Heart on July 26. Sir Real, A Near every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins rock, rockabilly & roots Chance, Tyranny, Holidazed, Siesta Fiesta, Forgetting Fera and every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall spins Amongst The Forgotten on July 28. Alien Ant Farm, Me Talk Pretty, Karaoke every Mon. A Sound Below, Roll Out The Guns, Manna Zen and Down Theory THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 on July 29. Tyler Bryant Band and Redlight King on July 30 The First Coast 22 Experience from 6-11 p.m. on July 28. Party BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Train from 7 p.m.-mid. on July 29. Stevie Fingers from 4-8 pm. Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every on July 31 Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Live MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn music on July 28. The Ride on July 29 & 30. Karaoke every Tue. spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every DJ Kevin for ladies nite every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. p.m. every Sun. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. MAVERICKS ROCK N’HONKY TONK, The Jacksonville JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Landing, 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Smoke’n’Mirrors at 7:30 p.m. on Saddle Up every Sat. July 28. Str8Up at 8:30 p.m. on July 29. Rocco Blu at 8:30 p.m. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 on July 30. The Karaoke Dude at 8 p.m. every Mon. Live music Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & 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. DOWNTOWN CREEK, ST. JOHNS ZODIAC GRILL, 120Ask W. Adams 354-8283 Eric Carter and Produced byJULINGTON ab Checked by NW Sales Rep nv promise of benefit sUpport forSt., Action BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Thee Harmonious HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, DJ Al Pete every Fri. Fist at 10 p.m. on July 29. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. every Tue. Devin Balara, Jack Diablo & Carrie Location every SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 FLEMING ISLAND Thur. Live music every Fri. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. DJ Chef Rocc spins hip John Earle on July 27. Wits End on July 28. Wes Cobb on July hop & soul every Sun. MANDARIN 29. Nate Holley on July 30. Live music every Fri. & Sat. CAFE 331, 331 W. Forsyth St., 354-1999 Acoustic open MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine mic 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Tue. Live music at 9 p.m. every Wed. ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. & Fri. Factory Jax’s goth-industrial 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sat. Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry and John O’Connor, from Underground 9 p.m.-2 a.m. every Mon. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Sat. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE, 3057 Julington Creek Rd., spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Tue. Wed., Fri. & Sat. 260-2722 Live music on the deck every Sun. afternoon & Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. Supernatural for Country Night at 9 p.m. on July 28. Reeves Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. CLUB TSI, 333 E. Bay St. Live music every weekend
Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Yankee Slickers and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine on July 30 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 The 418 Calypso Band from 7-10 p.m. on July 27. Live music nightly NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every weekend RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers on July 27. A1A North on July 28. Cloud 9 on July 29 & 30. Mark Williams on July 31 RITZ LOUNGE, 139 Third Ave. N., 246-2255 DJ Jenn Azana every Wed.-Sat. DJ Ibay every Sun. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Open mic on July 26. Buck Smith on July 27. Park Street on July 28. Mr. Natural on July 29 & 30. Live music every Wed.-Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
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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 Arrows Are Deadly: Missional Tour with Showbread, Ascend the Hill and The Ember Days on July 27. For What It’s Worth, Beware the Neverending, Virtues, City in Peril, Me & the Trinity and What’s Mine Is Yours at 7 p.m. on July 30 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.
A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Neil Freestone on July 28. Crabgrass on July 29 & 30 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 4610102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Smokin Joe on July 26. Kevin Bender at 6:30 p.m. on July 27. Chelsea Saddler on July 30. Colton McKenna at 1 p.m., Karaoke at 8 p.m. on July 31 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on July 28 & 29 and Aug. 4. Open mic night with TJ on Aug. 1 CAFE ELEVEN, 540 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 Matt Butcher and Rob Texas Tornado: Blues shredder Tyler Bryant (pictured) performs Peck at 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 with Redlight King on July 30 at 7 p.m. at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. Local music fans who King St., 826-1594 Humanzee at 7 p.m. on July 29. missed Bryant’s May gig when he opened for Jeff Beck at The Domenic Patruno at 2 p.m., Ray Love Band at 7 p.m. Florida Theatre should check out this 20-year-old’s take on electric on July 30. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on July 31 blues. 223-9850. 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. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. every Mon.-Thur. Dennis Brad Newman at 6 p.m. on July 28. Reggie lee Lester at 3 p.m., Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. Jerry Melfi at 7:30 p.m. on July 29. Badman Emery Llaneza at 3 THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 p.m., Ken McAnlis at 8 p.m. on July 30. Pili Pili from 3-7 p.m. on Jazz on the Deck 7-10 p.m. with Sleepy’s Connection every Tue. July 31. Brad Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Les B. Fine at CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music 1 p.m. every Reggae Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. p.m. on the last Wed. each month FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE, 46 Avenida Menendez, SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 824-7765 Stu Weaver every Mon. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. Wed.-Sat. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Black Live music every Fri. & Sat. Creek Rizin’ at 9 p.m. on July 30 MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Blistur on Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at July 28, 29 & 30. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every noon every Sun. Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 TwoThirds at 9 p.m. on July 29 & 30. Live music at 1 p.m. on July 31. Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly PALATKA Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. (386) 325-5454 Chip Vandiver at 6 p.m. on July 27. Keith Gay at THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 8 p.m. on July 29. Shelby & the Mustangs at 8:30 p.m. on July Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. 30. Ranger at 4 p.m. on July 31. Live acoustic music from 6-9 SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Soul p.m. every Wed. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. Garage Band at 8 Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz every Fri. The p.m. every Fri. Jam & open mic at 4 p.m. every Biker Sunday. 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. PONTE VEDRA THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova NINETEEN at SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Thur. Strings of Fire every Sat. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Live music at PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 8:30 p.m. on July 29 & 30. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open 280-7766 Bucksmith Project at 6 p.m. on July 28. Chris mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth C4Mann at 8 p.m. on July 29. Braxton Adamson at 8 p.m. on Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 July 30. Caribbean Legends from 4-8 p.m. on July 31 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 Deron Baker & at 7:30 p.m. on July 28. Evans Bros. at 7:30 p.m. on July 29. Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every Sun. Vinny Barrett Jockers Band on July 30. Darren Corlew every Tue. Jacobs open mic every Mon. Soulo & Deron Baker at 6 p.m. every Wed.
HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. THE LOFT, 925 King St., 476-7283 DJs Wes Reed & Josh K every Thur. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue.
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AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. & Wed. Live music every College Nite Thur. Piano bar with Will Hurley from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. in Main Lounge; DJ in Ice Bar every Fri. Guitarist Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. Salsa every Sun. THE GRAPE, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-7111 Live music every Fri. & Sat. John Earle every Mon. DJ Mikeology every Thur. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the
Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Aaron Sheeks on July 27. Jimmy Solari on July 28. DiCarlo Thompson on July 29. C4MAN on July 30 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Delta Dave on July 27. Charlie Walker on July 28. Nate Holley on July 29. Wes Cobb on July 30. Billy Buchanan on July 31. 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 Marvel at 10 p.m. on July 29. Dirty at 10 p.m. on July 30 & 31. Live music every Tue.-Sat. 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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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 Martha’s Trouble & Kimberly Paige at 8 p.m. on July 28. Rod Picott & Amanda Shires on Aug. 4. Jazz every 2nd Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. DJ Omar spins dance every Fri. DJs Harry, Rico & Nestor spin salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 The After Party and Matt Musto on July 30. 100 Monkeys with Uncle, Jerad Anderson, Jackson Rathbone, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson on July 31. BJ of American Aquarium, Rebels & Rogues and Aquaveeda on Aug. 2. The Henchmen and The Limit on Aug. 4 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.
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 Rod McDonald at 8 p.m. on July 30. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Blue Monday at 9 p.m., VJ Shotgun at 10 p.m. on July 29. Sugarbear at 8 p.m., Josh Frazetta at 10 p.m. on July 30. Josh Frazetta on July 31. Your Jax Music open mic every Wed. Whyte Python every Flashback Fri. Live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat.
BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., Ste. 7, Oceanway, 647-7798 Cutter on July 29 & 30. 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 Flipsyde at 5 p.m. on July 30. Livid at 4 p.m. on July 31. Live music every Fri. & Sat. FLAMINGO LAKE RV RESORT, 3640 Newcomb Rd., 886-8378 The Boxcars, Ernie Evans & The Florida State Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. on July 28 FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. HAMMERHEADS GRILL, 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., 240-0373 Cupid’s Alley on July 29. Chrome Heart on July 29. Live music every Fri. & Sat. RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL, 13141 City Station Drive, 696-0802 Pat Marino & Reggae Swat Team at 9:30 p.m. on July 29 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 Karaoke at 7 p.m. on July 26. Open mic night with Al Poindexter at 7 p.m. on July 28. Lauren Fincham at 7 p.m. on July 29. Alaina Colding at 7 p.m. on July 30. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on July 31 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.
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Natural Selections: Pieces from Southlight Gallery’s upcoming Bluegrass & Barrels silent auction include 1) Alison Watson’s “Hibernia Morning” 2) “Home” by Michael Dunlap and 3) a St. Johns Riverkeeper rain barrel.
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Southlight Gallery teams up with St. Johns Riverkeeper for an eco-friendly creative endeavor BLUEGRASS & BARRELS Friday, July 29 from 5-9 p.m. Southlight Gallery, 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville Live music by Grandpa’s Cough Medicine Silent auction ends at 7:30 p.m. 553-6361 southlightgallery.com stjohnsriverkeeper.org
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hen local landscape artist Jim Draper was looking for a way to fuse his passion for art with his passion for the environment, he pushed to think outside the studio. Draper, a longtime board member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper and a member of its public relations committee, eventually focused on rain barrels. “Historically, in Florida, we see so much water around us that we think it is neverending,” Draper explains. That’s why the St. Johns Riverkeeper, a privately funded organization aimed at maintaining clean and healthy waters in the St. Johns River, its tributaries and wetlands, launched its Rain Barrel Project in March — an initiative of its River Friendly Campaign. The project recruited local artists and used their work to wrap rain barrels, roughly 55-gallon drums that collect rainwater for household chores like watering plants and washing cars. To help garner attention, the barrels were displayed at 60 area businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Florida. “We received a lot of interest from people who want to buy one of the barrels that we wrapped with photographs from local photographers,” explains Jimmy Orth, executive director of the Riverkeeper. The Rain Barrel Project was so successful, the Riverkeeper was looking for a fun way to celebrate its achievement. Draper suggested teaming up with a few of his friends —
Southlight Gallery and the Atlantic Beachbased bluegrass band, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine. The Riverkeeper will auction the barrels at the event, which also features artwork by Draper, painter Paul Ladnier, photographer Doug Eng and landscape artist Allison Watson, all featured artists at downtown Jacksonville’s Southlight Gallery. “We hope that this will be a way for the public to learn more about being ‘river
“While we all have an impact on the river, we can all make a difference by the decisions we make and the actions we take.” friendly’ in a fun and entertaining way,” Orth says. “The arts and music are such powerful tools for inspiring action and promoting the conservation of our natural world in a positive, uplifting and nonthreatening manner.” Northeast Florida features a diverse panorama of beach, swamp, forest and river, providing a healthy supply of oak trees, desert palms, cow lilies and the like for area landscape artists. Pam Zambetti, director of marketing for Southlight Gallery, says the gallery is excited to host the inaugural Bluegrass & Barrels event. In 1977, Jacksonville architect Michael Dunlap founded Southlight as a collaborative for local photographers to get together, discuss their work and occasionally hold exhibits. Throughout the ’80s, the group hosted exhibits in unoccupied buildings around town. From 1988 to 1992, they founded Available Light, a
cooperative gallery in Five Points. Then, two years ago, Dunlap organized a reunion show with former Southlight members. It was a success. In October 2009, he opened the new Southlight Gallery on North Laura Street. Today, the space features 25 artists who work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture (Enzo Torcoletti) and fine art (St. Augustinebased Maribel Angel and Sydney McKenna). Volunteers and student interns from University of North Florida and Jacksonville University run the gallery Tuesdays through Fridays. Southlight is also a member of Downtown Jacksonville’s Off The Grid program, which offers affordable studio space in vacant downtown buildings to area artists. Southlight is the largest gallery on the OTG circuit. “Southlight’s primary goal is to present a diverse selection of work from both established and emerging local fine artists through our ongoing exhibitions,” explains Zambetti. For Bluegrass & Barrels, the gallery expands its mission to include environmental awareness. According to the Riverkeeper website, the average person living in the watershed of the St. Johns River uses approximately 140 gallons of water a day, with more than 50 percent of that going toward outdoor use. And since an inch of rain produces 625 gallons of runoff from a 1,000-square-foot roof, one can easily conserve hundreds of gallons of water with every inch of rain that’s in the barrels. “Using a rain barrel is one way we can be river-friendly,” says Orth. “While we all have an impact on the river, we can all make a difference by the decisions we make and the actions we take. [Rain barrels] serve as a symbol for the numerous ways we can take personal responsibility for our river.” Kara Pound email@example.com
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f it’s true that “good things come in small packages,” then the poetry of haiku takes that maxim to its miniature extreme. This humble art form began with auspicious roots. During the 9th and 12th centuries, the most respected form of Japanese poetry was called a tanka. Structuring their works around five lines with a set count of syllables, acclaimed poets of the day attempted to impress political and religious leaders (and one another) with their efforts at minimalist beauty delivered with maximum brevity. Poets would then string verses of tanka together to form a larger, collaborative work called a renga. The opening stanza — or hokku — was expected to grab the reader’s attention within three lines and a measured syllable count of 17 (respectively 5, 7 and 5). Eventually this haiku became an honored form in its own right. This deceptively simple yet expressive style appealed to naturalists, Buddhists, royalty and workers alike. Haiku poets usually strived to capture moments in nature or the changing seasons in impressionistic sketches. Perhaps the most famous of the classic haiku poets was Matsuo Bashō (1644-’94), whose masterful efforts at describing life around him remain the ultimate example of the potent power in this imagist world: “the first cold shower/ even the monkey seems to want/ a little coat of straw.” In the centuries since Bashō’s passing, the strictness of syllable-counting has lessened but the haiku’s allure has enchanted such modern figures as beat writers Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder, pioneering African-American author Richard Wright and even that Zen Buddhist scallywag, Alan Watts. Local cartoonist Birdie Birdashaw (thehaikulife.com) chronicles his life through digitally rendered drawings inhabited by characters that speak in haiku form. Honoring his ancestors, Birdashaw tackles such contemplative issues as drinking beer, the meaning of life, his dealings with other creative denizens and even crying cashiers he’s encountered at the supermarket. His upcoming book, “Manly Bubble Baths!” collects some of his self-professed “17-syllable outlook on life.” The 30-year-old Riverside resident ceded to Folio Weekly’s request that he be interviewed in the classic 5-7-5 style: Folio Weekly: All souls must begin Surely you took form as well Where are you from, dude? Birdie Birdashaw: Born in Florida but raised in Colorado and other places.
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I lived in Japan but Riverside is my home it’s too beautiful. F.W.: Why did you decide To write only in haiku? Drug addict drunkard? B.B.: College challenges, capturing honest moments with minimal space. Sometimes regretful but wonderful exercise always a challenge! F.W.: Venerable form Yet haiku is hardly cool Any luck with chicks? B.B.: I’ve had my fair share lovely girls love poetry even tiny ones! The luster wears off drinking fuels my best writings and my worst moments. F.W.: Sweet confinement style Writing in fixed syllable How long does it take? B.B.: Only mere seconds after 12 years of practice they come quite easy. F.W.: Bashō, Kerouac Known for practicing this style. Christopher Walken? B.B.: I love Bashō’s work never read Kerouac though I should read him soon. My fav’rite poet Is Robert Frost or Rilke they motivate me.
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F.W.: Fan of the death poem Japanese call it “Jisei.” Any predictions? B.B.: Casey Anthony the Republican Party and Lord Voldemort. F.W.: Asian fixation? A family tradition? “Pokémon” damage? B.B.: Greatest influence discovering bushido the samurai code. F.W.: Upcoming book, eh? Can’t do Oprah (RIP) Media blitz plans? B.B.: Making a press kit working on the second book and lots of writing. Plus daily comics I am always occupied so I guess that’s good. I pray for the day that NPR’s Terry Gross comes calling for me. F.W.: What does future hold? Maybe bust out some sonnets? Whole new trip, homeboy. B.B.: Writing children’s books and producing more comics and epic poems. I’ve written sonnets contemplated limericks might practice my prose. Thought about grad school working for some more degrees be Dr. Birdie! Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org July 26-August 1, 2011 | folio weekly | 31
HAIRSPRAY The sixth annual High School Musical Theatre Experience stages this popular musical based on John Waters’ film about civil rights and massive bouffants at 8 p.m. on July 29 and 30 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $20. The show is also staged on Aug. 5, 6 and 7. 632-3373. THE WHO’S TOMMY Players By The Sea presents this musical tale of the Pinball Wizard at 8 p.m. on July 28, 29 and 30 at 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. Tickets are $25. The show also runs on Aug. 4-6. 249-0289. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER St. Augustine Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents nightly performances of “Murder at Café Noir” at 6:30 p.m. at Ramada in Historic Downtown, 116 San Marco Ave. Tickets are $43.15; $35.15 for children. 671-2508. ALMOST ABBA Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents this Canadian ABBA tribute group at 8 p.m. on July 28-31 and Aug. 2 and at 2 p.m. on July 31 at 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42-$49. 641-1212. MURDER IN THE OLDE CITY The Limelight Theatre presents this dinner theater whodunit at 6 p.m. on July 31 at The Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95. 825-1164. MAD COWFORD IMPROV The comedy troupe performs at 8 p.m. on July 29 and every Fri. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
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and creative types to paint utility boxes and public buildings. Supplies provided. For more information, call 247-5828, 5142388. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org ART INSTITUTE JOB FAIR The Art Institute invites prospective employers to this meetand-greet with students enrolled in a variety of creative programs, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 3 at 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville. Lunch is provided. 496-3004, 486-3070. CALL TO ARTISTS TAC seeks sculptors and photographers for its juried Inter-dimensional Photography & Sculpture show. The entry deadline is Aug. 18; entry fee is $25 for three entries; $20 for members. The opening reception is held on Aug. 25. For details and application, go to tacjacksonville.org/call.html THEATRICAL CLASSES Acting classes for all ages in improvisation, musical theater, audition techniques, monologue and scene work are offered at Players By The Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach. 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.
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MIKE ULMER JAZZ This combo performs at 7 p.m. on July 26 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS The Museum of Science & History presents a night of stargazing, wine-tasting and a concert by John Ricci and Taylor Roberts at 7 p.m. on July 28 at 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10; $5 for members. 396-6674. FRIDAY MUSICALE YOUTH CONCERT Friday Musicale presents its Emerging Young Artists concert
featuring young musicians performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Milhaud, at 7:30 p.m. on July 29 at 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 355-7584. VON BARLOW & LONGINEAU PARSONS Von Barlow’s Jazz Journey, featuring Parsons, plays at 8 p.m. on July 30 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15. 240-1009. VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITAL Violinist Likai He and pianist Bonita Sonsini Wyke perform at 10:45 a.m. on July 31 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. 725-8133. JAZZ WITH JAHAAN SWEET Pianist Sweet performs with bassist Stan Piper and drummer John Lumpkin at 6 p.m. on July 31 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. 355-7584. JB SCOTT’S SWINGIN’ ALLSTARS Trumpeter Scott leads his combo at 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 at European Street Café, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. JOHN THOMAS GROUP Pianist Thomas leads his band at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Culhane’s Irish Space Truckin’: The opening reception for the exhibit “Emergent,” featuring Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic recent works by Mark Moran (pictured, “Trolling for Planets,” 6"x8.5", digital Beach, 249-9595. collage), D. Lance Vickery and Troy Eittreim is held on July 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. The show is on Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. display through Sept. 2. 280-0614. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM JAZZ AT GENNARO’S 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. Jim Smith’s Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. “Eureka! Steampunk at the Karpeles” is on display from every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Aug. 1-Sept. 30 and features 20 surreal assemblages. Beach. 491-1999. “Spiritualism,” featuring manuscripts of Harry Houdini’s JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, is on display through Aug. 27. Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 Overstreet Ducasse’s “Mixed Media” is on display through p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. 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 SHOW SOME HEART ART SHOW 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. Photographer G.R.E.A.T. Rescue presents its inaugural Show Some Heart Melanie Pullen’s exhibit “High Fashion Crime Scenes” silent auction from 7-10 p.m. on July 30 at LIT Downtown, is featured in Project Atrium through Nov. 6. Christina 11 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville. The auction features West’s exhibit, “What a Doll: The Human Object as Toy,” golden retriever-themed art by local artists as well as gift runs through Aug. 28. “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of certificates and dog goodie baskets. Admission of $10 Reverend Howard Finster” runs through Aug. 28. Family Fun benefits local golden retriever rescue services. 501-6899. Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.greatrescue.org Sun. mocajacksonville.org DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent celebrating local African-American athletes and sports Drive. 353-1188. figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. “Lift The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling Open Tue.-Sun. performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free. ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE AND TREASURE MUSEUM 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com 12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, (877) 467-5863. The UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT museum houses one of the largest collections of authentic Galleries, antique stores and shops are open from 5-9 p.m. pirate-related artifacts in the world, including the 17th on July 30 in St. Augustine’s San Marco District. 824-3152. 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 AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY Glover, Marianne Lerbs and other area artists. 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The exhibit ST. PHOTIOS NATIONAL SHRINE “Fernandina Through Our Eyes,” featuring photography by 41 St. George St., St. Augustine, 289-2805. An exhibit of local youths, is on display through Aug. Byzantine-style icons by Fernando Arango-Fernandez runs BEACHES MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER through Sept. 25. 413 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-5657. Diana Patterson’s “Acrylics and Old Photos” is on display through Aug. 2. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. Drop-In Art, a 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Heather and weekly art class held from 5-6 p.m. on July 26, gives kids Holly Blanton’s exhibit “Peace and Textures” is on display ages 4-10 the chance to explore the galleries and create through Aug. 12. their own art. Fee is $5 per child. “The Neighborhood ANCHOR BOUTIQUE as Art: Celebrating the Riverside Avondale Area” runs 210 St. George St., C2, St. Augustine, 808-7078. The ink through July 31. The exhibit, “Ralph H. & Constance I. Wark illustrations and digital collages of Mai Ly Degnan are Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain,” is displayed through featured in July. Dec. 31. “On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE GALLERY Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce” is on display through 31 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. Kenny Balser is the Aug. 14. The restored Tudor Room gallery is open through featured artist for July. Dec. 31.
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AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. This gallery currently features works by more than 70 artists including Charlene Cross, Ted Head and Trace Turner. AVONLEA ANTIQUE MALL 8101 Philips Highway, Jacksonville. 636-8785. Works by Florida Highwaymen artists are on display through July. BEE GALLERY 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 108, Jacksonville, (727) 207-3013. The gallery features work by Brenda Kato, Heather Gabel, Pat Lally and Marty Moore through July. 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. CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER 4144 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 388-8205. Paintings by Kevin Beilfuss, Sherry O’Neill and Romel de la Torre are on display through July. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. The opening reception for the exhibit “Emergent,” featuring recent works by Mark Moran, D. Lance Vickery and Troy Eittreim, is held from 6:30-8 p.m. on July 29. The exhibit is displayed through Sept. 2. CYPRESS VILLAGE 4600 Middleton Park Circle E., Jacksonville, 223-6100. Acrylic artist Robert Gryb’s exhibit, “It’s a Wonderful World,” is on display through Sept. 9. ELEMENTAL GALLERY & STUDIO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 110, 302-6102. Donna Grasso and Helen Cowart are featured through July. FABLIS BOUTIQUE 45 W. Adams St., Jacksonville, 359-0359. This gallery boutique features works by Sim Malden through Sept. 1. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Birdsong Brothers,” featuring the latest works by Jeff and John Birdsong, is on display through Aug. 22. GALLERY 725 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. 345-9320. The Buddhist-inspired art of Tonsenia Yonn’s “Oceans of Dharma” is on display through Aug. 17. GALLERY 1037 Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3161. Works by the Hisshin Chapter of the Sumi-e Society as well as Washi doll-making by artist Yuki Shimizu are on display through Aug. INDIGO ALLEY WINE BAR 316 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7222. Painter Brian Barnard is the featured artist through Aug. 31. JAXPORT GALLERY 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3052. “Painting with Light: The Missionary Diaries of Tom Baggs” runs through Aug. 26. MOON RIVER PIZZA 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville, 389-4442. New works by James Hance are on display through Aug. NEXT GALLERY 203 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 707-0030. Artists Caroline Daley, Bruce Musser and Sharla Valeski exhibit their work in a footwear-themed show, “Shoe Fly Shoe,” on display
through July. P.A.ST.A FINE ARTS GALLERY 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. “Summer in St. Augustine” 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. PLAYERS BY THE SEA 106 Sixth St. N., Jax Beach, 249-0289. A collection of ADDY award-winning art by Brunet-Garcia is on display in the theater lobby through Aug. 16. PLUM ART & DESIGN 9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. Recent works by Holly Draper, Thomas Brock and Patrick Gabriel are 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. SMART GALLERY 1990 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 396-9555. The group show “Still Life/Interiors,” featuring works by 16 artists, runs through Aug. 15. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 100 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. The gallery presents its Barrels & Bluegrass fundraiser, featuring live music by local faves Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, from 5-9 p.m. on July 29. Proceeds benefit the St. Johns Riverkeeper. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The second annual juried Judith Ryan Williams Nature & Wildlife Exhibit is on display through Aug. 28. STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA 240 A1A N., Ste. 13, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. Marry Garrish is the featured artist for July. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville. Sculptor Pablo Rivera is the featured artist for July. promise of benefit VAULT GALLERY 121 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 535-7252. The group show, “Tomorrow is Now,” is displayed through July. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. “A Flock of Artists Create an All-Chicken Show” opens from 5-9 p.m. on July 30. 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. WOMEN’S CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE 5644 Colcord Ave., Jacksonville, 389-7749. The exhibit “Bright Ideas” runs through Sept. 30. ZODIAC GRILL 128 E. Adams St., Jacksonville, 353-8283. Recent works by Deborah Reid are on display in this popular downtown eatery. All proceeds from sales benefit JALA.
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PARTY BENEFIT & JAM COUNTY FAIR This community activist group presents its inaugural County Fair from 3-10 p.m. on July 30 at Intuition Ale Works & Taproom, 720 King St., Jacksonville. Live music is performed by The Homesteaders, Katie Grace Helow and Something Distant. A cornhole tournament and Hairiest Man contest are featured. Proceeds benefit Forsaken Generation programs to end child homelessness. Admission is free; $1 from each beer sold goes to the effort. 683-7720. jaxpbj.org intuitionaleworks.com BEACH BASH This fundraiser is held from 6-10 p.m. on July 29 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. A silent auction, live music by local bands, raffles, prizes, kids’ games and free food are featured. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids younger than 13. Proceeds benefit the In Lak’ech Project, to help the people of Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. 347-9906. mexicoclinic.org MUSIC UNDER THE STARS MOSH After Dark features stargazing, wine-tasting and live music from 6-9 p.m. on July 28 at Museum of Science and History’s Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Admission is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. 396-7062. themosh.org GRAND OPENING FUNDRAISER Nippers Beach Grille holds its grand opening gala fundraiser for the Hook the Future Foundation, a local organization that helps kids learn life lessons through the sport of fishing, from 7-10 p.m. on July 27 at 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Six chefs offer their specialties and the 418 Calypso Band performs. A silent auction is also featured. Tickets are $100. 247-3300. hookthefuturefoundation.com ROAD TO GLOBAL CAGE FIGHTING 2 This Mixed martial Arts event is held at 5 p.m. on July 30 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Tickets are $23. 642-5200. MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series continues with The Grapes of Roth from 7-9 p.m. on July 27 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 CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA Ancient City Slickers play at 7 p.m. on July 28 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 COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Laser Spirit at 5 p.m., Laser Vinyl at 6 p.m., Laser X at 7 p.m. and Metallica at 8 p.m. on July 29 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Caitlin Nicole Eadie and Ruby Beach Band perform on July 30 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
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FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM DISCUSSION learn about the landmark federal health care reform legislation from 5:30-7 p.m. on July 26 at Aloft Tapestry Park, 4812 Deer Lake Drive W., Jacksonville. Admission is free for IMPACTjax members, $10 for nonmembers. myjaxchamber.com IMPACTJAX SERVICE Members of IMPACTjax serve meals to the homeless starting from 3-7 p.m. on July 30 at I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, 611 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. myjaxchamber.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce committee meets from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on July 27 at the chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. 261-3248. REDISTRICTING WORKSHOP Find out more about redistricting and what the impacts could be for Nassau County at this informative workshop, facilitated by former state representative Aaron Bean, held from 9-10 a.m. on July 27 at the Amelia Island-Fernandina BeachYulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Admission is free for members, $25 for nonmembers. 261-3248. LEGAL AID FREE CLINICS Jacksonville Area Legal Aid offers free clinics, with no appointment necessary, at 126 W. Adams St., Jacksonville. Topics are: Bankruptcy at 5 p.m. on the first Thur. each
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month; Consumer Rights at 5 p.m. on the first Wed. each month; Emancipation at 5 p.m. on the first Wed. each month; Child Support Modification at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thur. of each month; Dissolution of Marriage at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thur. of each month. Small Claims Court at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tue. of each month at Duval County Courthouse, 330 E. Bay St., Room 505, Jacksonville. The Foreclosure and Home Ownership clinic requires a sign-up, call 356-8371 ext. 362. In Nassau County, a Consumer Law Clinic is offered at the Nassau County Courthouse in Yulee. A sign-up is required; call (904) 356-8371, ext. 307. jaxlegalaid.org JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273. IMPACTJAX 101 Members mingle from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, 3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free. myjaxchamber.com
WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP St. Johns County holds a free workshop, offering residents, businesses and community leaders an opportunity to learn about the growing field of wind energy, from 4-5:30 p.m. on July 28 at Wind Mitigation Bldg., University of Florida IFAS Extension, 3111 Ag Center Dr., St. Augustine. 827-6806. Dr. Pramod Jain, founder and president of Innovative Wind Energy Inc., and author of “Wind Energy Engineering,” discusses technology, cost of projects, incentives, cost of electricity produced and other project development considerations. sjcfl.us DNA LIFEPRINT CHILD SAFETY EVENT This free child safety event is held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 30 at Ryland Homes PineRidge community, 4735 Pine Lake Drive, Middleburg. Parents receive a free FBIcertified Biometric 10-digit fingerprint profile, a Home DNA Identification Kit, a high-resolution full-color digital photograph of the child and a Child Safety Journal, which will provide law enforcement officials the necessary vital information should the child be reported missing. 282-0092. JOB FAIR This job fair is held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 3 at The Art Institute of Jacksonville, First Floor, 8775 Baypine Road, Jacksonville. JAI students are on hand to be interviewed for employment. To register, call 486-3004 or 486-3070. NAVY BAND CONCERT Navy Band Southeast’s TGIF seven-piece, New Orleans style Dixieland group performs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. Admission is free. 278-3722. DINING WORKSHOP The Women in Business Network and Soli’s Etiquette Company offer a Dining Workshop for young ladies, between high school and college, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Copper Top Restaurant, 1712 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Students learn the basics of table manners. Admission is $40 to register; $15 for moms or sponsors. 285-9949. 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
ADULT SUMMER READING CONTEST St. Johns County Public Library System holds its second annual novel destinations contest through Aug. 5. Folks write reviews about books they’ve read for a chance to win prizes. Review forms can be picked up at any library branch or from the bookmobile. sjcpls.org FRIDAY 5 O’CLOCK WHISTLE TALKS Children’s author Jim Rooker (“Paul the Baseball”) appears from 5-6:30 p.m. on July 29 at Beaches Museum & History Center, 380 Pablo Ave., Jax Beach. 241-5657.
LATITUDE 30 COMEDY Comedians are featured at 8 p.m. on July 28, 29 and 30 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Tickets are $13. 365-5555.
Jam on it! Community activist group Party Benefit & Jam hold its inaugural County Fair on July 30 from 3-10 p.m. at Intuition Ale Works & Taproom, 720 King St., Jacksonville. This fundraiser features fun events like a Hairiest Man contest, cornhole tourney, live music by The Homesteaders, Katie Grace Helow (pictured) and Something Distant, and plenty of frosty suds! Admission is free and $1 from each beer sold benefits Forsaken Generation programs to end child homelessness. 683-7720. jaxpbj.org intuitionaleworks.com
EARTHQUAKE The Comedy Zone features All Stars at 8 p.m. on July 26 and 27. Earthquake (HBO’s Def Comedy) appears at 8 p.m. on July 28 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on July 29 and 30 at 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Ted Holum and Rico Sita appear on July 29 and 30 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $12. 461-8843. NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION Mad Cowford Improv comedy troupe performs at 8:15 p.m. on July 29 and every Fri. at 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
WORLD BATON TWIRLING FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL CUP Aug. 4-7, Hyatt Regency Riverfront JAGUARS VS. FALCONS Aug. 19, EverBank Field FOLIO WEEKLY’S OKTOBERFEST Oct. 15 28TH ANNUAL CARING CHEFS Oct. 23, The Avenues Mall A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS Nov. 30, The Florida Theatre
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
JACKSONVILLE SUNS The 2010 Southern League Champs kick off a homestand against the Montgomery Biscuits at 6:05 p.m. on July 31 (Dog Dayz, Kids Run the Bases), at 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 1 (St. Johns County Night), Aug. 2 (Folio Weekly 50¢ Family Feast Night), Aug. 3 (Christmas in August) and Aug. 4 (Thursday Night Throwdown) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com TALBOT CRITTERS A ranger discusses the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of Northeast Florida at 2 p.m. on July 30 at the multi-use trail pavilion, south beach area on Little Talbot Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free with regular park admission. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME The Slammer & Squire and King & Bear golf courses, located off I-95, exit 323, St. Augustine, are offering several special golf programs through August. Special twilight pricing will also be available at both courses. For details and pricing, call 940-4123 or visit WorldGolfHallofFame.org. ROWING The Jacksonville Rowing Club offers adult and youth rowing programs; no experience or equipment is necessary. Monthly learn-to-row classes are offered. Coxswain training is also offered. 304-8500. jaxrow.org 92 AT THE ZOO When the temperature is predicted to be higher than 92 degrees, guests can get half-off admission with a coupon from jacksonvillezoo.org, through Aug. 31, at The Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. If two of the three local weather authorities predict the weather to be a high of 92 degrees or more, a coupon is posted. 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 BEACH HORSEBACK RIDING Country Carriages offer daily one-hour rides (weather and tides permitting) from Surfside Park on Vilano Beach. The cost is $75 per person. For reservations (a must) and more information, call 826-1982. BIKE RIDE ON THE BEACH This fundraiser is held at 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 3 and every other Wed. departing from Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, ending back at the pier for the free concert. Proceeds benefit the Gratitude Leadership Program. 347-5301. gratitudetraining.com
TECHNOLOGY & ENTERTAINMENT A&E Business Solutions and Technology on Demand LLC present Technology and Entertainment, sponsored by Microsoft, from 2-6 p.m. on July 27 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. Free food and live entertainment, along with the latest cutting-edge technology, are featured. 428-3841. bsecenter.org CHAMBER AFTER HOURS The Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce gets together at 5:30 p.m. on July 27 at Ponte Vedra Chiropractic Medicine & PT, 240 Ponte Vedra Park Drive, Ste. 150, Ponte Vedra. Admission is free for members. 285-2004. SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Greg Driskell is the featured speaker at noon on July 27 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559. CHAMBER QUARTERLY LUNCHEON AIFBY Chamber holds its quarterly luncheon from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. on July 26 at Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island. Nassau County School Superintendent Dr. John L. Ruis discusses “Paying for the Future: How Nassau County Public Schools are Funded.” Admission is $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Call 261-3248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
ESTUARIES SCIENCE CAMP Friends of the GTM Research Reserve offer this camp from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., through July 29 at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. The program is designed for students who are interested in learning about the plants, animals and environments around the estuary and some of the sciences, scientists and techniques employed in the study of the estuary. Camp fee is $140. 823-4500. gtmnerr.org CHOCOLATE DAY CAMP Chocolatiers ages 8 and older learn how to dip and decorate their own chocolate confections from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on July 26 and 28 and Aug. 2 at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 1427 Sadler Road, Ste. 16, Fernandina Beach. Cost is $45 per person. Lunch and dessert are included. Campers need to wear a hat or have their hair pulled back. For reservations, call 277-0162. 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 TEEN FINANCIAL LITERACY The St. Johns County Public Library System and local organizations offer a free Teen Financial Literacy Series, held
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 30 at Anastasia Island Branch, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730; on Aug. 6 at Hastings Branch, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, 827-6970 and on Aug. 13 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900. Discussions include budgeting, saving, using credit and avoiding identity theft. Call the branch to register. sjcpls.org ABELLAâ€™S SCHOOL OF DANCE The fundamentals of ballet, jazz tumbling, conditioning, choreography, and musical and dance history are offered at the school, 1765 Tree Blvd., St. Augustine. For details and a schedule, call 810-5670. PGA TOUR JR. SUMMER CAMPS Providing young people of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their game, the PGA TOUR Golf Academyâ€™s annual Junior Camps are held through August at World Golf Village, St. Augustine. 940-3600. touracademy.com 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 ICE SKATING CAMPS & CLASSES Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside, offers Hockey Camp for ages 6-14, Summer Learn to Skate Camp for kids ages 6-14, and Figure Skating Academy Level for ages 8-16. A lunch program and extended care are available. Public sessions are half-price while students are enrolled in Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Classes. 399-3223. For dates and prices, go to jaxiceandsportsplex.com 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 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
CLASSES & GROUPS
FREE MEDITATION Simple guided meditations to rejuvenate inner and outer self with Buddhist teacher Joanna Ching are held from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Aug. 2, 9 and 16 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. 222-8531. meditationinjacksonville.org
YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat teaches gentle yoga on the fourth Sun. of each month. Sessions are free and are held on the boardwalk, at the Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, beginning at 9 a.m. Bring a mat or blanket. karenroumillat.com 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. 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 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RE-STORE The new store is located at 2745 Industry Center Road, Ste. 8, St. Augustine, just off S.R. 16, west of Four Mile Road. The store is packed with great bargains such as furniture, building materials, appliances and all kinds of household items. Proceeds benefit the building of decent, affordable homes for families in need in St. Johns County. Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Thur., Fri. and Sat. 829-6916. SCRABBLE CLUB This Jacksonville group gathers at 1 p.m. every Wed. at Golden Corral, 11470 San Jose Blvd., and every Thur. at Barnes & Noble, 11112 San Jose Blvd. For times, email email@example.com. All levels are welcome. 733-1565. HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEERS The St. Augustine Humane Society recruits and trains volunteers 17 or older for a variety of services including spay shuttle operations, fundraising and building renovations. The necessary forms are found at staughumane.org. 827-8817. YOGA AT THE GRANARY A yoga class with certified professional level kripalu teacher Anita Sanci, E-RYT500, is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tue. at The Granary, 1738 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. Classes are $12 each. 264-5443. 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.
Surrender to the moment, dude: Buddhist teacher Joanna Ching leads a guided meditation on Aug. 2 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. Meditation practitioners claim this simple practice benefits physiological, mental and spiritual well-being. Ching also leads classes on Aug. 9 and 16 at the library. 222-8531 meditationinjacksonville.org
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AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA BEACH, YULEE (In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) THE BEECH STREET GRILL Fine dining is offered in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes fresh local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes created with a variety of ethnic influences. Award-winning wine list. FB. L, Wed.-Fri.; D, nightly; Sun. brunch. 801 Beech St. 277-3662. $$$ BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks the Harbor Marina. The menu includes daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ 4750 An Italian kitchen and wine bar. Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup, clam linguini, panatela bruschetta and fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. FB. B, L & D, daily. 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ EIGHT Contemporary sports lounge offers burgers, sandwiches, wings and nachos. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Fri. & Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 277-1100. $$ ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS Traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, tapas and paella served in a cozy atmosphere. BW, CM. D nightly. 22 S. Fourth St. 261-7700. $$$ FERNANDELI F Classics with a Southern touch, like a onethird-pound devil dog, Reubens and pulled pork. Sandwiches and wraps built to order from fresh cold cuts, tuna, egg and turkey salads. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 17B S. Eighth St. 261-0008. $ GENERAL STORE F This store has a little bit of everything. Breakfast includes hot rope sausage, lunch features the Redneck Reuben. Deli meats, cheeses, chicken, fish, pizzas and pasta, too. BW. B, L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 310-6080. $ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5 S. Second St., 261-9400. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ 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. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, serving specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Northernstyle pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar. Extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken and fresh organic produce. Wraps, sandwiches, soups. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$
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O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR 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. $$ SNAPPER’S BAR & SEAFOOD GRILL This new Amelia Island restaurant offers traditional bar-and-grill fare, including tacos, wraps, sandwiches, soups and burgers, as well as fish, shellfish and steaks. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 960062 Gateway Blvd. 491-6888. $$ 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. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2010 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$
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. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F The menu includes hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese, sauerkraut; and small pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9501 Arlington Expwy., Regency Sq. 721-3595. (orangetreehotdogs.com) $ PITA EXPRESS Philly, chicken fajita, falafel, chicken Caesar salad and eggplant parmigiana pitas, plus omelets and pancakes. CM. B, L & D, daily. 2754 Trollie Lane. 674-2637. $ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ 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. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch items like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $
BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-
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Fresh seafood, steaks and pasta dishes join an award-winning wine list in the casual but cozy atmosphere of Beech Street Grill, on the corner of Beech Street and A1A in Fernandina Beach. portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 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. $$
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-ownedand-operated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brick-oven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ 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. $$ VINO’S PIZZA See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $
(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F This cozy, family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as Mini-Me sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs.
TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BLUES ROCK CAFE This blues rock venue offers an oceanfront dining experience, featuring an all-American menu, including crab cakes and wings, served in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of the Beaches. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 831 N. First St. 249-0007. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers and dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. bonosbarbq.com $ THE BRASSERIE & BAR French/European-style bistro and bar offers coq au vin, French onion soup, fritto misto, Moroccan-style lamb shank. FB. D, Tue.-Sun. 1312 Beach Blvd. 249-5800. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 712-4444. $$ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CASA MARIA See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F (Formerly The Homestead) The menu features Southern favorites like fried chicken, collards, biscuits and cornbread, as well as fresh seafood, steaks, burgers and chops, served in a family atmosphere inside a cozy log cabin. CM, FB. Sunday brunch; L & D, Tue.-Sun. 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, DriveIns & 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. $$ DICK’S WINGS F This NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F This Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ 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 Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB Best of Jax 2010 winner. The full-service restaurant offers corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips. 30+ beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechuan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$
MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar atmosphere. Favorites are pulled pork, Texas brisket and slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25 years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NORTH BEACH BISTRO Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 Best of Jax 2010 winner. A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ PACO’S MEXICAN GRILL Serving Baja-style Mexican cuisine, featuring carne asada, tacos, burritos, fish tacos and shrimp burritos. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 333 First St. N. 208-5097. $ PARSONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT F The family-style restaurant has an outdoor patio and an extensive menu, including the mariner’s platter and the Original Dreamboat. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 904 Sixth Ave. S. 249-0608. $$ THE PIER RESTAURANT This brand-new oceanfront restaurant offers fresh, local fare served on two floors — upstairs, it’s Chef’s Menu, with stuffed flounder, pork tenderloin and appetizers. The downstairs bar and patio offer casual lunch and dinner items and daily drink specials. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 445 Eighth Ave. N. 246-6454. $$ 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. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK An array of specialty menu items, including signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, in a casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 Third St. N. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ THAI ROOM RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Dine in an intimate setting as Chef Thepsouvanh prepares Thai cuisine like crispy duck or pan-seared Chilean sea bass. BW. L, Mon.-Fri. D, Mon.-Sat. 1286 S. Third St. 249-8444. $$$ TWO DUDES SEAFOOD PLACE F Up-to-the-minute-fresh Mayport seafood, like shrimp, scallops, snapper and oysters in sandwiches or baskets, grilled, blackened or fried. B, TO. L & D daily. 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-2000. $ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$
(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. $$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads. Burritos and more burritos. Onsite art gallery. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX On the first floor of Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ 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. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-and-operated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $
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JULIETTE’S & J-BAR Serving dinner before (or dessert after) a show. Breakfast buffet. J-Bar serves bistro-inspired small plates. FB. Daily. Omni Hotel, 245 W. Water St. 355-6664. $$$ KOJA SUSHI F Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. BW. B & L, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
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. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $
AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ 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
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seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ TKO’S THAI HUT F The menu offers Thai fusion dishes, curry dishes, chef’s specials, healthy options and sushi. Dine inside or on the covered patio. FB. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 46. 647-7546. $$ 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. $$
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BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA BAKERY & PUB F Transforms from family restaurant to pub serving Chicago-style deep dish pizza. CM, FB. D, Tue.-Fri., L & D, Sat. & Sun. 107 Nature Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700. $$ 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. $ VINO’S PIZZA Vino’s Pizza — with four Jacksonville locations — makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $
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. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet
NAME: Eric Searles RESTAURANT: Sunset 30 Tavern & Grill, at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside BIRTHPLACE: Peoria, Illinois YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 18 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Avanti’s Ristorante, Peoria FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Italian and/or Southern. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Local vegetables, local fish, grilled or smoked meats. IDEAL MEAL: Anything passed down for generations – family recipes – regardless of what type of cuisine. I’m a sucker for grilled meat, potato and salads most days. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: “Big John’s” squirrel at Thanksgiving.
INSIDER’S SECRET: Fresh is best.
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CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Jags players, Jerome Bettis and Michael Winslow. CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Sweets.
weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ 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. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ VINO’S PIZZA See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ 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. $$
ARON’S PIZZA F This family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ 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. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine, stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS This Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18”x26” of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 579-4748. $$ 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. $$
PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS AL’S PIZZA F Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$
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. 359-0035. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 1620 Margaret St. 388-8384. $ BAKERY MODERNE F The neighborhood bakery offers classic pastries, artisanal breads, seasonal favorites, all made from scratch, including popular petit fours and custom cakes. B & L, daily. 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside. 389-7117. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE The Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — wings, and microbrews in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ 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. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos,
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goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare is prepared with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily, along with a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ PIZZA PALACE ON THE PARK F See San Marco. Outdoor seating. 920 Margaret St., 5 Points. 598-1212. $$ SAKE HOUSE F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Former Tad’s owner offers traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $ WALKERS This nightspot has a tapas menu plus a wide variety of wines, served in a rustic, intimate atmosphere. BW. Tue.-Sat. 2692 Post St. 894-7465. $ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F AYCE buffet. Sushi bar, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, steak, seafood. BW. L & D, daily. 1014 Margaret St., Ste. 1, 5 Points. 301-1199. $$
A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ 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. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$
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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.of 88 benefit promise San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F 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. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed
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oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ 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. $$
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BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ 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-fromthe-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ 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 $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N. 997-1999. $$ 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,
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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 COPPER TOP SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE Wine Down 6-8 p.m. every Wed. 1712 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-4776 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 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
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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. NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 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. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO Fine dining in the heart of San Marco. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, served inside or outside on the hookah and cigar patio. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat.; D, Sun. 2016 Hendricks Ave. 398-4610. $$ 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. $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE A consistent Best of Jax 2010 winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ 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. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This newest San Marco location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $
AROMAS BEER HOUSE Aromas offers customer favorites like
ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, and triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ 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 of benefit promise includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BOMBA’S SOUTHERN HOME COOKING F The neighborhood comfort spot offers Southern homestyle fare, featuring fresh veggies. Outside dining is available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8560 Beach Blvd. 997-2291. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT F City Buffet offers an extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts, ice cream, at its all-you-can-eat buffet. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-3507. $ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. The Fresh Bar offers fine wine, cocktails, martinis. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ 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. $$ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order — fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 PROMISE OF BENEFIT serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 winner. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ 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. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s noMSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$
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his milestone 3,000th major league hit in July, and Steiner Sports Marketing of New Rochelle, N.Y., was ready (in partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball). Dozens of items from the game were offered to collectors, including the bases ($7,500 each), 30 balls used during the game ($2,000 each, unsigned), and even Jeter’s sweaty socks ($1,000). Steiner collected five gallons of dirt (under supervision, to assure authenticity), and überfans can buy half-ounce containers of clay walked on by Jeter during the game (from the shortstop area and the right-hand batter’s box) — for a not-dirt-cheap $250 each.
Military veteran Joshua Price, 26, was arrested in March when police in a Chicago suburb found child pornography and 1,700 photos of dismembered women on his computer. At a May court hearing, Price explained his photos were a necessary escape from war-related trauma. Price told prosecutors that were it not for the distracting photos, his stress disorder would surely have caused him to kill his wife and two daughters. Prosecutors accepted that Price’s crime was a “cry for help,” but the judge, less impressed, quadrupled Price’s bail, to $1 million. Unclear on the Concept: The initial explanation by Melvin Jackson, 48, upon his arrest in June for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Kansas City, Mo., was to deny he’d ever do such a thing. Rather, he said, “I thought the lady was dead.” The initial explanation by Thomas O’Neil, 47, upon his arrest in Wausau, Wis., in June for criminal damage to property (breaking into a neighbor’s garage and defecating on the floor) was to claim that he thought he was in his own garage.
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Emerging democracies typically exhibit growing pains as they develop stability. For example, in July in Afghanistan’s parliament, one female legislator attacked another with her shoe (and then dodged the second lady’s flying water bottle before colleagues separated them). Older democracies, however, act more maturely — except maybe in California, where in June, an Italian-American legislator got into a shoving match with a colleague whom he thought had made a “Sopranos”-type slur about recent legislation. In the mature Wisconsin democracy in June, one state Supreme Court 2011 justice was accused of roughing up another (though who started it is in dispute) as the justices privately discussed a case.
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Budget cuts forced the closure of two of the three firehouses in Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 22,000); that station failed a state fire marshal’s inspection in March. Because the station’s alarm system was broken, the chief was required, until the new system is installed, to assign one firefighter per shift to be on full-time patrol at the station, walking around the grounds constantly, upstairs, downstairs, looking for fires. Run That By Me Again: In New Orleans in July, Thomas Sanders, 53, pleaded guilty to murdering a 12-year-old girl. According to the neighboring state of Mississippi, Sanders has been dead for 17 years, having been ruled so in 1994 on petition of his parents, brother and ex-wife.
In July, the city of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a lawsuit in which six people claim they were strip-searched unlawfully by police. Four of the six were stripsearched during a raid at Biggins Gentleman’s Club, where they work as strippers.
Norris Sydnor III’s $200,000 lawsuit against Rich’s Nail Salon of Landover, Md., for “humiliate[ing]” him last December is scheduled for trial as NOTW goes to press. Sydnor is upset that males pay $10 for a manicure but females only $9. John Luckett filed lawsuits on 11 different complaints earlier this year against Las Vegas arcade Pinball Hall of Fame, claiming he was wrongfully barred from the premises for obnoxiously complaining about out-of-service machines, especially “Xenon,” which he says he’s mastered so well, he can play almost indefinitely on an initial 50 cents. Among damages requested, Luckett is demanding $300 for each “therapy” session he may have to undergo to overcome ejection trauma. Luckett’s filed more than 40 lawsuits in his role of, as he put it, avenging people’s attempts to “screw” him.
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According to a bailiff, convicted car thief Thomas Done, 33, spent almost a half-hour at his June sentencing “shucking and jiving” Ogden, Utah, Judge Michael Lyon before finally finagling probation (instead of 15 years in prison) — by expressing parental love for his young daughter and blaming his recidivist criminality on his girlfriend’s infidelity. Literally seconds after Judge Lyon announced probation, Done, seeing his girlfriend in the courtroom, made a gun-triggering motion with his thumb and fingers and said, “Boom, bitch.” A bailiff reported the gesture to the judge, who declared Done in violation of his brand-new probation and ordered him re-sentenced. Initially, all Jay Rodgers wanted was for the fellow Atlanta gas station customer to say “thank you” when Rodgers held the door for him, but the man said nothing, and Rodgers pressed the issue, confronting him and even following the man out to his car — where the man pulled a gun and shot Rodgers in the abdomen, sending him to the hospital for nine days. Interviewed on WSB-TV in May, Rodgers resumed nagging the man, urging him to “do the right thing” by turning himself in.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become an increasingly larger and more permanent part of the ocean — plastic and other floatables, and concentrations of chemical sludge, estimated to measure from 0.4 percent to 8 percent of the whole Pacific, responsible for disruptions of the food chain affecting various species of aquatic life. Now, thanks to the March tsunami near Japan, the estimated 25 million tons of debris from cars, homes, appliances, shipping containers, chemicals, etc., from coastal Fukushima that washed back out to sea will soon be caught in the same Pacific swirls, in what a French environmental group forecast would be a pair of ocean-navigating journeys that will last at least 10 years, gradually breaking off and joining (and substantially enlarging) the two distinct legs of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net
IN THE SHOE ROOM!! I saw you in the shoe room at my work, you’re so sweet and sexy that I can’t ever stop thinking about you. Let me in, you won’t regret it! Love you … me! When: July 15, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Beach. #1162-0726 POOLSIDE CHRISTINA COX LOOK ALIKE Me, polka dot shirt and aviator sunglasses. You, board shorts and awesome shoes. Our eyes met & in case you were wondering, yes, I like girls. I would have tried to talk to you but I was working. You reminded me of Kim from Better Than Chocolate. Let me be your Maggie. When: July 17, 2011. Where: Pablo Bay Pool. #1161-0726 LUNCHTIME MEDITATION … OH MAN! I was in the back row, red shirt, cargo shorts, black hair; you sat to my right, light brown skin, skinny jeans, beautiful smile. I couldn’t pay attention to my breath! I promised I’d talk to you but I’m way too shy. I left, came back, passed you in the spirituality section and you smiled but I still wussed out! When: July 12, 2011. Where: Jacksonville Public Library Southeast Region. #1160-0719 THE ATLANTIC ATLANTA BRAVES HAT Let’s just say fireworks were not just going off in the sky. I gave you my 15 second intro in a minute and a half. I think we were making googly eyes, but never made it to the beach as planned. You: Tall, cute smile, Braves Hat. Me: Pink dress, light brown hair, fast talker. Want to go down to the beach? When: July 4, 2011. Where: The Atlantic. #1159-0712 FIREWORKS ON INTRACOASTAL You: Sexy, bald speed demon pedaling over the intracoastal on your beach cruiser. Me: Ginger with a soul. Fireworks exploded when my eyes met your sweaty bod. Can a girl get a tow? When: July 4, 2011. Where: Atlantic Blvd. Intracoastal. #1158-0712 WE SHOULD HAVE WALKED TOGETHER You were paying as I was walking in the store. You gave me a smile that made me forget to talk. I asked the cashier if I could use the restroom because I had a couple of miles to walk to get where I was going. You said you had to do the same. Me: black hat/tattoo sleeve. When: June 28, 2011. Where: Best Choice Store at Oak and Stockton. #1157-0712 BEARDED BRITISH GUY WITH GREAT SMILE At Kickbacks. You in black tee and jeans. Me in yellow shirt and jeans. You were discussing with your friends why you can’t tip in British strip clubs (the pound is a coin, not $ bill). I asked you to hold my table while I went inside. You smiled and I just couldn’t muster the strength to say anything else. Another chance? When: July 1, 2011. Where: Kickbacks Gastropub. #1156-0712 MY HERO You came marching in as dozens of families waited anxiously to be reunited. I waited nervously for the first time. I saw you standing tall and handsome. Tan and well built. I walked to you in a coral dress and when our eyes met my heart fluttered. When you smile it jumped, and when you told me I was beautiful it melted. When: June 12, 2011. Where: AFB Moody. #1155-0712 FSCJ CAMPUS AMAZING GIRL You: Blonde haired lady at FSCJ. Your hair is always straight and you wear sexy flats. Me: Guy at FSCJ, always sitting with water jug. Maybe one day you can hydrate my lips. When: Every day. Where: FSCJ Campus. #1154-0712 TURKISH DELIGHT You: Sexy Turkish man with cowlick making pizza. I was looking at your nose when you said, “Hey honey, why you make face?” Will you be my white horse? Ya Rock! Me: Filipino who wants to be your girlfriend. When: June 9, 2011. Where: Al’s Pizza. #1153-0712 HERE IS YOUR CHANCE … We talked in front of the Bargain Outlet store on Dunn Avenue and you asked me to give you a chance and I told you that I was spoken for. Well, not now. So if you still want the chance, then pay the $5 and get the chance to be my Romeo. I just may be your Juliet. Let’s see … When: March 23, 2011. Where: Dunn Avenue Bargain Outlet. #1152-0705 MISSING VEST, WORKING THE STRIPES You: Server at Biscottis, blk shirt & making stripes look better than ever. Medium to long hair. Me: sat in corner table, ordered a pizza. You gazed in my eyes while refilling my water. I want more
pizza and stripes in my life. When: June 28, 2011. Where: Biscottis. #1151-0705 PETITE BLONDE HAIRDRESSER You were a beautiful blonde hairdresser from Orange Park. I was a retired Navy diver and we played a game of who was what. I can’t get you out of my thoughts. I would love to take you out on a date. When: May. Where: The Metro. #1150-0705 GIRAFFE TONGUED BLONDE LASS I do so enjoy our stare-offs, although I have to confess to getting lost in those gorgeous Irish eyes of yours. While I know you have a thing for older men, I must admit to becoming intoxicated by your loveliness, or maybe it’s just those Mirrer Rites. When: Always. Where: Birdies. #1149-0705 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 HOTTIE IN THE VILLAGE She was tall, long dark hair, beautiful smile and awesome laugh. She was working and looking o so beautiful. I was there with the kids having some pie; love that pie. When: June 13, 2011. Where: Village Inn. #1139-0621 TATTOOED You were at the bar with a buddy; you were drinking red bull and wearing a blue t-shirt. I couldn’t help but notice all the tattoos. I was on business lunch and couldn’t stop to chat... When: June 13, 2011. Where: Benny’s at the Landing. #1138-0621 MY GREEN-EYED EVERYTHING I saw you at the Bagel shop on Beach Blvd. eating an everything bagel, your wavy brown hair, beautiful green eyes; it looked like you were eating with your brother, he had eggs and a bagel. Me: tall, bald and slim, getting coffee and smiling at you; you said good morning. Would love to meet you. When: June 5, 2011. Where: Bagel Shop. #1137-0614 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
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 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 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
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FreeWill Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): I love how the poet Rachel Loden describes her impressions of Daniel Borzutzky’s “The Book of Interfering Bodies.” She says reading it is like “chancing upon a secret lake full of trembling lilies that projectile vomit both poems and petroleum.” I call this imaginary scene to your attention because I’m wondering if you may encounter a metaphorically similar landscape in the week ahead. The astrological omens suggest you’re attracted to that kind of strange beauty, surreal intensity and tenderness mixed with ferocity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This is an excellent time to ripen and fine-tune your independence. Are you willing to try some experiments in self-sufficiency to inspire you to love yourself better? Is there anything you can do to upgrade your mastery of taking good care of yourself? By working on your relationship with yourself, you’ll set in motion a magic to make you even more attractive to others than you already are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Even if you don’t usually consider yourself a matchmaker, you could be a good one in the week ahead. That’s because you’ll have more insight than usual about combining things in harmonious, evocative ways. In fact, I suspect you’ll possess a sixth sense about which fragments fit together to create synergistic wholes. Take maximum advantage of this knack. Use it to build connections between parts of your psyche and elements of your world not in close enough touch lately. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You already know what you need to know to make the dicey, spicey transition. Even more amazingly, you already have what you need. But for some reason, you don’t trust what you know and don’t believe you have what you need. So you’re still in a fretful mode, hunting far and wide for the magic key you think still eludes you. Stop gazing longingly into the distance and stop assuming help is far away. Look underfoot. Check what’s right in front of you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): During my years as a singer in rock bands, I’ve had a theatrical approach to performing. On some occasions, I hit the stage from the back of the club. Dressed in leather, rags and witchdoctor finery, with a rainbow of fake eagle feathers splayed from my coiffure, I get in a grocery cart, stand up like a politician giving the V for Victory sign with my outstretched arms, and have my bandmates wheel me through the crowd. I highly recommend you arrange to make an equally splashy entrance in the near future. Picture yourself arriving at work or class or favorite cafe in resplendent glory, maybe carried on a litter or throne (or grocery cart) by your entourage. It’s an excellent way to get yourself in rapt alignment with this week’s flashy, self-celebratory vibes. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When I was 19 years old, I was wounded by a shotgun-wielding assailant on the campus of Duke University. A few years ago, I revisited the scene of the crime. For two hours, I sat meditating on the exact spot where I’d been shot. Among the questions I pondered was: Had there been any benefits from that difficult event? The answer was a definitive YES. I identified several wonderful developments that happened specifically because of how my destiny was altered by the shooting. For instance, I met three lifelong friends I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered. My challenge to you? Think back on a dark moment from your past and do what I did: Find the redemption. (Read my full story: bit.ly/StrangeBlessing.) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In her multi-platinum song “Tik Tok,” pop star Ke$ha claims she brushes her teeth with whiskey — Jack Daniels, to be exact. In interviews, she’s said this isn’t a glamorous fiction or 44 | FOLIO WEEKLY | JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2011
rhetorical device; she really does it. “Jack Daniels is an anti-bacterial,” she told Vanity Fair. You may want to experiment with rituals like that. At least for the next two weeks or so, it wouldn’t be totally crazy to keep yourself more or less permanently in a party mood. Why not prep for unfettered fun from the moment the day begins? From an astrological perspective, you need and deserve a phase of intense revelry. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): English raconteur Quentin Crisp told the story of a veteran Hollywood film actor giving advice to a younger actor just starting out. “You’re at a level where you can only afford one mistake,” the wise older man said. “The higher up you go, the more mistakes you’re allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.” This perspective is perfect for you to meditate on. The time’s ripe to fuel your ambitions and gain more traction in your chosen field. One goal driving you should be the quest for a greater freedom to play around and risk making blunders. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I have regular intimate communion with the Divine Wow (aka “God”). Whether I “believe” in my Dear Companion is irrelevant; just as I don’t need to “believe” in a juicy Fuji apple while I’m eating it. That’s why atheists seem to me like goofy kooks, as fundamentalist in their way as evangelical Christians. They have absolute, unshakable faith that there’s no such thing as our Big Wild Friend. Agnostics I understand better; they’re like pre-orgasmic virgins who are at least open to the possibility of getting the full treatment. This is a prelude to my prediction: You’ll soon have a good chance to get up close and personal with the Divine Wow. If that offends because you’re an atheist, no worry. Nothing bad will happen if you turn it down. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For more than 11 years, a New Jersey man named Jesus Leonardo earned an annual salary of about $45,000 by gathering and cashing in horse-racing tickets accidentally thrown away by the people who bought them (tinyurl.com/ScrapTreasure). I suggest we make him your role model and patron saint for the weeks ahead. Like him, you’re in line to capitalize on discarded riches and unappreciated assets. Be on the lookout for the treasure hidden in the trash. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re now in a phase of your long-term cycle when life is extra responsive to your vivacious curiosity. I encourage you to ask riveting questions. Ask whom? God, if that’s your style; your higher self, if that works better; or sources of wisdom and vitality you respect, if you prefer. Four queries to get you started: 1. “What’s the most magnificent gift I can give to life in the next three years?” 2. “How can I become more powerful in a way that’s safe and wise?” 3. “How can I cultivate my relationships so they thrive even as my life keeps changing?” 4. “What can I do to help me get all the love I need?” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I was considering the possibility of getting my family members and me those GPS devices that allow you to locate your car if you’ve forgotten where you parked it. Then I had second thoughts. Wouldn’t that be one additional thing encouraging us to let our memories atrophy? The conveniences technology provides are wonderful, but at a certain point, do they start threatening to weaken our brain functions? Meditate on this. It’s time to have a talk with yourself about anything — gadgets, comforts, habits — dampening your willpower, compromising your mental acuity or rendering you passive. Rob Brezsny email@example.com
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A longtime educator reflects on the potential — and pitfalls — of the modern classroom
or the majority of my adult life, I have been involved in education, in one way or another. In the ’90s, I began my teaching career as a wide-eyed, middle-school geography teacher and then moved on to be a “tough love,” all-subjects high school teacher for high-risk, inner-city kids. After a few years of teaching children (and as ANY veteran teacher will tell you — it is NOT the kids, it’s everyone else), I transitioned to teaching adults and, for the past 10 years, I have taught at several proprietary (for-profit) schools, community colleges and now universities. I love teaching because I love learning. I love teaching so much that I went back to school to learn more about it and earned my doctorate in educational leadership. Now, I teach teachers (and others involved in the teaching/training profession). As teachers, we want all of our students to succeed and achieve to their fullest potential. I have often wondered if an individual in our society, given the freedom of life choices, would truly live up to their fullest potential. Moreover, could our society effectively function if everyone realized the dream of their fullest potential? Yes, I want each person to have every opportunity available to them to live their life in the manner in which they choose (as a productive and responsible member of society, of course). Yet I still want someone to serve me burgers and French fries with a smile, someone to remove my garbage once a week, and someone to collect (cordially) my coins at the tollbooth. This state of affairs is not a problem if we have enough people who aspire to work at McDonald’s, collect garbage and count coins. However, I have a nagging suspicion that we do not have enough people in our society who, given the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential, would choose to work these types of jobs. The reality is that some people might opt to work these types of jobs — while aspiring toward greater opportunities. Whether or not these opportunities present themselves is in great part a reflection of the individual’s ability to succeed within our educational system. I have grappled with this dilemma throughout my experiences in education. As teachers, we are advised to hold high expectations for all students. As students, we are told that we can do whatever we want if we study really hard and do our very best in school. Nevertheless, the relationship of a student’s achievement in school steadfastly points to one consistent indicator: the socioeconomic status of his or her family. For this reason, it is not the intelligence of the student that determines his or her ultimate success in life, but the environment in which he or she resides. Because of this fact, I look at the structure of our society as the primary
attribute of student success, not intelligence or even persistence on the student’s (or teacher’s) behalf. As much as we do not want to admit it, the vast majority of us are of average intelligence — mathematically, around 70 percent of all human beings are within 40 IQ points of one another, despite the number of idiots driving on Butler Boulevard at any time of the day. (I know that IQ tests are norm-referenced tests, but for the sake of my argument, the natural difference in intelligence among humans is relatively modest.) With this in mind, I have
select the neighborhood in which he wishes to reside, and other factors that contribute to success within society. Entrances to most universities are norm-referenced assessment tests (such as the SAT, ACT and GRE), not criterion-referenced assessments, due to the discrepancy of what is valued by teachers, school districts and states. Because normreferenced tests are calculated by comparison, standards may vary from year to year, depending on the quality of the cohort. Critics argue that standardized tests do not adequately measure what each
As much as we do not want to admit it, the vast majority of us are of average intelligence — mathematically, ADVERTISI This is a copyright around 70 percent of all human beings are within 40 IQ points of one another, despite For thequestions, number please of idiots driving call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DA on Butler Boulevard at FAX anyYOUR timePROOF of theIF POSSIBLE day. AT 268-3655 often wondered if it is logical that we levy a grade to determine the learning outcome of a student while in the classroom. I mean, really: Do we measure effort, mastery, knowledge gained or a combination of these and other factors? How is grading even possible when each student comes to the classroom with a unique set of different demands, obstacles and agendas, but with relatively equal amounts of intelligence? In classrooms across the country, students at all levels are asked to perform a broad range of similar tasks. A few students are excellent at all tasks, most are good at some or most of them and a few, sadly, are good at none. Students who are good at nothing because of a plethora of issues outside of the classroom — economic, developmental, societal — either quit trying or are unable to succeed and receive failing grades. This unfortunate reality complicates the idea of fairness when our grading is done on outcomes, not the amount of learning that has occurred. Some argue that we should not measure the learning outcome but the amount of learning that was acquired by the student in the classroom; however, I argue that while this might be fair to the student, it is not fair to society. Do you really want a surgical procedure performed by the heart surgeon who tried his hardest in medical school or the best student in the class? Need I say more? We use letter grades and ordinal numerical test scores as the universal statistic for measuring academic achievement and intelligence. The weight and power that these letters and numbers hold determine whether or not an individual will enter college, secure a good job (or at least have the ability to choose),
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student knows and learned, and that highstakes tests are less desirable than more continuous assessments like letter grades. In addition, grading encourages comparing variables, in quantitative terms, that are similar only at a basic level of qualitative measurements. Grading is subject to improper methodological manipulation and can create a pretense of quantitative accuracy. Grades are also subject to weak assumptions about an appropriate distribution that should be expected from the grading process. As teachers, we are warned that unless we provide a measure of accomplishment to each one of our students, they will no longer try in a particular subject or feel like they even belong in school at all. Some have argued that the only way to define excellence as achievable by all is to reduce the definition of excellence to a level achievable by even the weakest students. How can we as teachers possibly make sense of these demands — to not only teach our students, but to ensure that they learn and that our grading of them will truly reflect their competence and mastery of the material? My philosophy as a teacher (and as a mature student) is to think of grading as a way of “gatekeeping”; grades must be used to guard and to monitor the student’s passage to the subsequent level. However, as a gatekeeper, grades must ensure that each student has a reasonable chance to master the material and demonstrate competence through both criterionreferenced and norm-referenced assessments. To grade any other way is doing a disservice to not only the student, but to society.
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