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Indie hip-hop group Atmosphere shares two decades of progressive rhymes with Northeast Florida. p.18 Hero of the Underground: Film dude Tim Massett looks to crowdsource his Jacksonville movie theater dreams. p. 6
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EDITOR’S NOTE p. 5 BUZZ, BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Local recyclers try to put a little bling in their biz. Plus U of F makes douchiest colleges list. p. 6 NEWS Film dude Tim Massett looks to crowdsource his Jacksonville movie dreams. p. 6 Unstung heroes Mark Butcher and David Scalise bring honey from their backyard hives to the Sawgrass table. p. 9 I ♥ TELEVISION From shtupping the mayor’s daughter to converting college students to homosexuality: What I ♥ Television: The Game would look like. p. 11 OUR PICKS Reasons to leave the house this week. p. 13 MOVIES Two remakes that work! “Fright Night” and “Conan the Barbarian.” p. 14 MUSIC Minneapolis indie hip-hop group Atmosphere celebrates two decades plus of progressive rhymes. p. 18
Classically trained flutist Emily Hay blows an ethereal, improvisational wind. p. 20 ON THE COVER Artist Steve Williams plugs into the realm of social media for his latest performance piece. p. 29 ARTS Club TSI’s monthly cross-dressing extravaganza has managed to turn a drag into a really good time. p. 28 BACKPAGE The corporate takeover of America’s schoolchildren has prompted a grassroots pushback. p. 46 MAIL p. 4 SPORTSTALK p. 10 HAPPENINGS p. 32 DINING GUIDE p. 34 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 41 I SAW U p. 42 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 43 CLASSIFIEDS p. 44
Northeast Florida native and indie renaissance man John Vanderslice goes it alone for his current solo tour. p. 19 Cover photo by Natalie McRay AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 3
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How dare these assholes do this crap! I was annoyed already with the robo-calls from the energy survey people and then the ones from Dictator Rick Scott, bragging on his latest accomplishment, but this one was over the top. I got a recorded message from some wench who said her name was Sara. She said that I would be receiving a card in the mail soon so I could change parties and jump on the Tea Party Republican bandwagon. It felt like home invasion. I am a Democrat and I will die a Democrat. Who do these people think they are, trying to push themselves into my life? I was so damn mad that my wife grabbed the phone, then did a call back on the 800 number. Guess what she got? Another robo-message telling her that since they are a political party, they are exempt from the no-call lists and it is their legal right to do it. I know from experience and from my parents and grandparents that the Repugs are for the rich, the Democrats are for the poor. That’s the way it’s always been and probably always will be. Yes, the Democrats don’t always get it right, but damn it, they’re trying — which is more than I can say for the Republicans and their rich friends. They look out for each other and don’t give a shit about the little guy. You want a Tea Party? How about a “rebel yell” party? Don’t invade my home and MY privacy with this bullshit they’re trying to sell. I’d like to find the source of where THIS phone call came from. If I can find an actual person to talk to, they’re gonna need a hearing aid when I’m done with them. Nicholas Powell Jacksonville via email
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The debt ceiling is our country’s limit to spending and is clearly different from our deficit; one is yearly, the other overall. The blame for the debt is clearly shouldered by the lack of recognition that we are not primarily a free enterprise society. We are not agricultural, we are agribusiness, we are not manufacturing, we are primarily importers of manufactured goods. We are a consumer society with 70 percent of our economic health determined by purchasing, and without jobs, purchasing is at a standstill. When the housing push started, and people were encouraged to take out second mortgages on their homes and use their houses as ATMs. Many people were misled. Housing has never been a liquid asset — it is worth what people are willing to pay and no more — that’s why they use “comparables” to assess your home’s value. Without regulation and oversight, banks gambled with our futures, won big — then lost and we bailed them out and they won again. Under Pres. Bush, the rich got substantially richer, regulation languished and we got a whole lot closer to plutocracy. Wars off the books, unfunded mandates, prescription drugs at market prices for the millions of people in our health system, education on the ropes, no child left behind — indeed. Republican and Tea Party people are underinformed or misinformed about our so-called job creators. Democrats are not much better, but have people rather than just profits and party contributions in their sights. Remember, China does our jobs cheaper and more Chinese speak English than Americans do. What we need is investment in our service industries, infrastructure, education and
energy. We need R&D and the Arts, not lower taxes for the rich or corporations. Gilbert Mayers Jacksonville
Michelle Bachman claims that she is a jobmaker. Then, she talks about the negative effect of increasing taxes. What does not make sense is that she was an IRS tax lawyer. She made her money by siding with the IRS and fighting people. Without the government money and support giving to her, she would not be able to open any business, and she would not even afford campaigning for the presidential election. At the end, all the nominees want to get away with Medicare and Social Security, and when any of them claim to the press that they want to reform them to save them, they are contradicting everything they have been saying and writing. The common thing among all the nominees is that they all are disagreeable, unconcerned about the people and racist. Therefore, they only want to attack the president more than debating or giving their own point. Nader Andrews Jacksonville via email
A couple response letters in Folio Weekly (July 26) trashed Norman Dunn’s patriotic submission that had appeared in the July 12 issue. Both letters of David Markert and Jeremy Racicot asserted that America was never founded as a Christian nation. That’s true to a certain extent. Church dogma was not to be a responsibility or function of government. At its founding (1776), America was to secure freedom and liberty for all law-abiding citizens. Most of the founders believed that personal integrity and applying Christian principles was the only way to make a free society work. It takes good people to make a good nation. Make sense? Mr. Dunn’s use of quotations from America’s founding fathers documented well their wise leadership in a budding nation. With good reason, I support the viewpoint of Mr. Dunn. I suggest there’s a generational gap that helps cause differing conflicting views with Markert and Racicot. Apparently Mr. Dunn and I grew up in an America where prayer and daily Bible-reading was still an accepted practice in our public schools just as it had been since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. However, in 1963, atheist Madeline Murray O’Hare succeeded in persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to ban prayer and Bible-reading from public schools. Markert and Racicot reflect that atheist antagonism now imbedded throughout our American educational system. Another atheist and communist person assassinated Pres. John F. Kennedy that same year. Was it just a coincidence? I don’t think so. America finds herself on a slippery slope every time our government leaders make decisions that violate the principles of faith found in the Holy Bible and upheld by the U.S. Constitution. William H. Shuttleworth Jacksonville via email If you would like to respond to something that appeared in Folio Weekly, please send a signed letter (no anonymous or pseudonymous mail will be printed) along with address and phone number (for verification purposes only) to email@example.com or THE MAIL, Folio Weekly, 9456 Philips Highway, Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.
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Gov. Scott’s public records bungle violated the law and the constitution. But it didn’t surprise anyone
e already know that Gov. Scott disdains public broadcasting, public opinion, public housing, public education and public employees. So we should not be surprised that he’s equally dismissive of public records laws. Yet Scott’s admitted destruction of two months of emails from his administration’s transition — the period between Election Day to his lavish $2.5 million inauguration party — shocks even jaded observers. Scott’s team allowed as many as 50 email accounts to be erased from the computer server of the private company used to host communications during his transition — a crucial (and revealing) time in any administration, during which policy is crafted and hiring decisions made. Those emails — like any documents generated by elected officials on policy matters — are public records, and must be retained,
public records requests. (It does not.) Given the Scott Administration’s tendency to hide, destroy or avoid creating public records, one might not expect to find all that much of interest in its communications. But that hasn’t stopped officials from doing everything in their power to avoid complying with public records requests. First Amendment Foundation Director Barbara Peterson noted as much in a conversation with Folio Weekly last week. One of their early tricks was to claim that the only person who could review emails to determine if they were public record was the “custodian” of the records — i.e. the same highly paid staffers that created or received them. Because of that, Scott’s staff charged Peterson an hourly rate, based not on the lowest-paid staffer capable of reviewing records — the standard at virtually every other public
Longtime Florida political reporter Ralph De La Cruz puts it bluntly: “Gov. Rick Scott has seemed about as comfortable with public records as Rick Perry might at a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ screening.” archived and provided to the public if sought. That didn’t happen. Not even close. Despite warnings in late January from the transition team’s online communications firm* that the accounts would be “shutting down Jan. 31” and urging team members to “take time the rest of this week and weekend to copy any of the data you will need,” Scott and his staff made no attempt to copy and preserve the hundreds if not thousands of public record emails. The email purge is bad enough, but the Scott Administration compounded the wrong by lying about it about it for at least four months. Reporters began asking for transition emails in January, right around the time they were deleted. But the Scott camp, which says it didn’t determine until April that the email accounts were gone, delayed telling reporters that until August. Even then, they hedged. After admitting the email accounts were deleted, administration officials tracked down a few dozen emails from staffers’ home computers — 147 emails total — and then claimed they’d recovered “most” of the missing emails. Considering that the transition team used 50 email accounts over a two-month period, one can only assume they used digital communications about as often as their counterparts in 1994. In fairness, Scott himself eschews email, precisely because he knows it creates a public record, and he doesn’t want the scrutiny. His former top lieutenant, Mary Ann Carter, took her boss’ aversion a step further, refusing to answer emails on her work account, believing (incorrectly) that her personal email account would shield official communications from * Harris Media, whose VP of marketing and business development is Scott’s daughter, Ann.
agency in Florida — but on Mary Ann Carter’s $200,000 a year salary, for instance, or Brian Burgesses’ $147,000 a year salary. Another trick is to force up-front payment for records, and then not produce them. Peterson is still waiting for records she requested and paid for in the first week of March. In some cases, she’s still awaiting a fee estimate, without which the administration won’t even begin processing a records request. “The law says we have a reasonable right of access to public records,” says Peterson. “Is it reasonable to wait three months — for emails?” It’s not reasonable, but it’s a seemingly congenital defect in this administration. The St. Petersburg Times dubbed the scandal “another public records affront” by the governor, one that showed “signs of a cover-up.” Longtime Florida political reporter Ralph De La Cruz puts it more bluntly: “Gov. Rick Scott has seemed about as comfortable with public records as Rick Perry might at a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ screening.” Scott did ask the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the email destruction, an announcement he made on a Friday evening in late August — the absolute nadir of media attention. But there’s not much he can do to repair his rep as a transparency-averse governor, one who has failed rather spectacularly to live up to his promise of accountability. “What’s upsetting me the most is I don’t see anybody taking responsibility for it,” comments Peterson. “I haven’t heard anybody say, ‘I’m sorry we violated the law, it’s my responsibility.’ I hear them going, ‘Oops!’ When we’re talking about an admitted violation of state law, and of our constitutional right to access, and they’re going oopies? That’s disturbing to me.” Anne Schindler email@example.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 5
Bottoms Up “WHISKEY” — The port condition label that the Coast Guard applied to Jacksonville last week in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Whiskey is at the lower end of the Coast Guard’s four named port hurricane preparedness rankings — Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee and Zulu — but clearly a customer favorite. It’s any port in a storm, right? — or any beer, wine or mixed drink.
Lunch Line “It was kind of a covert, friendly little conversation over lunch, but it felt like a mutiny.” — One of 10 Jacksonville Area Legal Aid board members who attended a luncheon at Holland and Knight at the invitation of two attorneys from the firm. The board member says she was disturbed that the topic of the day appeared to be firing JALA Executive Director Michael Figgins and getting rid of foreclosure defense attorney April Charney, who was described as “a loose cannon.” After Folio Weekly posted an item about the meeting on flogfolioweekly.com, the blogs Naked Capitalism (bit.ly/nhmWJk) and 4closurefraud. com (bit.ly/pDcpF1) posted stories about the luncheon and rallied support for Charney.
Where You Belong Trailblazer? Navigator? Green Thumb? The Trust for Public Lands has created a “What’s Your Park Personality?” quiz as a guide to the nation’s parks. Find out your own park personality by taking the quiz at bit.ly/nbJ3CO
Animal Dreams While Jacksonville Animal Care and Control faces budget cuts that will force it to shut its Mandarin Adoption Center on Sept. 30, an animal rescue group hopes to take over the facility as a no-kill shelter. First Coast No More Homeless Pets is conducting a fundraising drive to raise the $200,000 it will need annually to operate the adoption center. The city shelter found homes for 800 animals last year. To donate, go to bit.ly/ mUb81j
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Future Projections: Film whiz Tim Massett.
Never Say Die
“The Return of the Prodigal Film Guy” meets “Tim Massett’s Big Adventure”
elative to cities of similar size and populace, Jacksonville suffers from a troublingly shallow underground scene. Random house concerts, clandestine body art exhibitions, makeshift B&D dungeons and private sex parties have all come and gone. But in a community as vast, disparate and often disengaged as the one scattered about Northeast Florida, maintaining a viable underground has proved elusive. There was, however, a moment — from 2002-’08 — when a small, unassuming Riverside warehouse was the locus of true underground culture. The dank confines and parking lot of what came to be known as The Pit, located on an otherwise deserted corner at Chelsea and Forest streets, was at various times home to DIY punk and art shows, a pirate radio station and, most notably, a long-running micro-cinema run by film wiz Tim Massett. Massett’s grubby little theater was the only place film freaks could sate their appetite for indie and experimental films. There Massett refused to show DVDs, relying on his
for Duluth, Minn., to manage a theater there. “I felt my time in Jacksonville had run out,” he says. Massett and his wife, Shana David-Massett, still live in Duluth, but they’ve trained their sights on Jacksonville once again, specifically the 5 Points Theatre. The historic theater, located on Park Street in the heart of 5 Points, made the switch from nightclub back to movie house about two years ago when the Shad family purchased it and renovated the interior to once again accommodate a film audience. Manager Jack Shad now brings in first-run and indie films, hosts midnight movies and a children’s summer movie series. But Massett sees even more potential in the classic venue. “We began looking for available theaters without much start-up cost involved, and we saw the online ad that Mike Shad placed.” Low start-up cost is a relative term, since Massett must raise $95,000 for improvements, retrofitting and staffing. It’s not impossible, but since Massett has decided to crowd-source his fundraising efforts rather than look for
Massett’s grubby little theater was the only place film freaks could sate their appetite for indie and experimental films, including the most unusual and provocative titles. astonishing reel archive and connections in the distribution biz to bring the most unusual and provocative titles to The Pit — from “Fame Whore” to “American Mullet” to “Who is Bozo Texino?” (the last about hobo railriders culture). For a guy steeped in the underground, Massett nonetheless understood the value of a commercial venue. As associate programmer for the Jacksonville Film Festival, he helped build a reputable roster of films for the 2002-’06 festivals. As programmer for the 2007 fest, he brought in his own Talkies series, during which directors offered live running commentaries of their films. And though he tried a few times to buy his own venue, the deals never panned out. He settled for programming films at San Marco Theatre, where he also hosted a popular midnight movie series. In September 2008, Massett left Jacksonville
private investors, the road ahead is, at the very least, uncertain. (Their fundraising site is ulule.com/5pointstheatre/) Massett has some visible supporters. Jack Shad has endorsed the deal, Riverside Arts Market founder Wayne Wood and downtown development maven Antonio Allegretti have pledged sizable donations and word is spreading via social networking channels. The Ulule account was more than 12 percent funded at press time, with less than a month left in the fundraising effort. While Massett is aware of the challenge, he prefers to focus on his plan for the theater, including buying a D-Cine projector (“sadly, 35mm exhibition is headed out the door”) and expanding into the retail space next door to allow for a second screening room. “I plan on bringing the Best of the Flex Film
Assuming he’s able to purchase and renovate the theater, Massett has a personal dream he’d like to see come true: A “Goonies” installment of The Talkies series. “I produced two Talkies in Minneapolis with John Cameron Mitchell and Guy Maddin. We are shooting to do four of these a year. I keep dreaming of a ‘Goonies’ cast reunion all chatting it up.” In the immortal words of Sean Astin: “Goonies Never Say Die.”
Fest, which is run by my pal Roger Beebe down in Gainesville,” he says. “We will also be doing themed dinner-and-movie events — screening films with a menu directly tied to the film, such as screening of ‘White Christmas’ with a Christmas Feast (vegan option available).” Massett also promises to crack down on texting during screenings. Their custom-made “No-Talking” trailers, which outline what will happen to anyone talking, texting or using their phone, will screen before each film (one trailer is available on the Ulule site).
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Go Gators! No. 10 — Position of the University of Florida on the list of Top 10 Douchiest Colleges, a humorous ranking by GQ. The piece described the average students’ “douchey affectations,” including “Baggy cutoff camo shorts; pristine all-white Nike Air Force 1’s with ankle socks poking out just so; Tim Tebow jersey,” and forecast that those students in a decade will become one of the following: “Professional football player; professional basketball player; some rich farmer’s chosen politician propping up land values on dying orange groves with center-right state legislation. Or managing a string of Chipotles.”
Krispy Kreme, Cassat Avenue, Jacksonville, August 16
Bouquets to Dave McDaid, owner of paddle apparel company Irish Water Dogs in Jacksonville, for using his outdoor expertise to give wounded warriors a day of goofing off. Once a month, the business takes local wounded veterans on a free kayak fishing trip. McDaid says it’s a way to give the former soldiers moments of peace and calm, allowing them to battle toward recovery some other day. Bouquets to Caroline C. Emery, Court Counsel for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, for her ongoing efforts to promote civility and professionalism in the legal community. Emery recently received the Jacksonville Bar Association 2011 Professionalism Award in recognition of her years of efforts organizing symposiums and opening avenues of dialogue to ensure that lawyers, state and federal judges, and professors are all part of a civil and evolving dialogue. Bouquets to St. Augustine City Commissioner Bill Leary for proposing stiffer vandalism penalties in the wake of several high-profile graffiti defacings. After the irreversible spray-paint damaging of the Castillo de San Marcos, and the reparable but still-damaging painting of one iconic Bridge of Lions’ statue, Leary has proposed an ordinance that would increase fines up to as high as $500, and require as many as 1,000 community-service hours, depending on the severity of the damage. The city will consider the proposal on Sept. 12. AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 7
NewsBuzz Caffeinated Contributions “If you order your usual 6-pump venti half-skinny, halfsoy, quasi-decaf, half-iced, partially blended, 8-shot no foam cappuccino/macchiato hybrid with half-dark and half white chocolate syrups and 2 and 1/3rd Splendas, and you want it in 15 seconds, you may get a blank stare, or even a giggle.” — How Alva Richcreek differentiates his Five Points Coffee & Spice Company on Lomax Street from coffeehouse chains. After learning that Richcreek’s shop was in the red and facing possible closure, a group of customers kicked off a fundraising effort with a concert and auction with the hope of raising $3,000. To donate online, go to the ChipIn donation site bit.ly/pihMkI.
Old City Life Drunken tourists, shady T-shirt vendors, datil pepper poisonings, Xtreme sunburns — Some of the potential episodes to be captured by a new History Channel documentary-style show about rookie officers with the St. Augustine Police Department. According to Police Chief Loran Lueders, the channel (which has produced such shows as “Ice Truckers,” “Ax Men” and “Deadliest Catch”) approached the city about shooting segments here. Lueders and City Attorney Ron Brown assured city commissioners that the program would not put the Oldest City in a negative light.
Environmentally Bedazzling “All things eco-friendly are typically ugly.” — Erika Jackson, one of two self-professed “ravishing recyclers” who have founded a local business accessorizing reusable shopping bags. Entrepreneurs Jackson and Danielle Eldredge bedazzle bags with a crown above the words, “Queen of Conservation” (conservationqueen.com). Observes Jackson, “You shouldn’t have to miss out on style to be conscious of the environment … You should be able to save the world and look good doing it.”
Market Forces The bookish and introverted are finally given a day of recognition and celebration: Riverside Arts Market presents Literary Day on Sept. 7, with more than 20 local authors on hand to talk books, tell stories and host workshops on the craft. RAM is held every Sat. under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue in Riverside.
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Catching a Buzz
Unstung heroes Mark Butcher and David Scalise bring honey from their backyard hives to the Sawgrass table
efore he disturbs the 100,000 or so bees humming inside the three boxes next to him, Mark Butcher lights a flame in a metal can rigged with bellows, and puffs clouds of smoke into the hives. Smoke disables the warning sensors of the guard bees. If the guard bees don’t alert a danger, the other bees don’t attack. Smoking the hives is one of the tricks that Butcher learned at the University of Florida’s Bee College at Marineland. The food-andbeverage manager of Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Butcher joined Executive Chef David Scalise in creating the hives in April. Initially, both wore full beekeeping gear — jumpsuits, gloves and faceguards. Four months later, they’re so comfortable among the bees that the only protection they wear is a cloth hat fitted with a veil. Butcher has been stung just five times. He calls Scalise “the reigning Champion of the Unstung.” Butcher and Scalise are among a growing number of Floridians who’ve taken up beekeeping in the past five years. Nationally, wild honeybees have suffered from colony collapse, but backyard and commercial beekeeping have undergone something of a renaissance. Five years ago, there were about 700 beekeepers registered in Florida. Today there are 2,154. According to Jerry Hayes, chief of the apiary section of the Florida Department of Agriculture, the numbers in just Northeast Florida have grown, from 150 beekeepers five years ago to more than 400 today. “This is the first time I’ve seen this amount of interest in my entire career,” says Hayes, who’s been an apiary inspector with the state for more than 30 years. “It’s phenomenal.” For Scalise, beekeeping is a natural outgrowth of an emphasis he places on locally sourced foodstuffs, particularly at The Augustine Grille, where the menu lists the ingredients in a particular dish, and describes the farm where the lettuce or tomato was grown. Butcher says the pair started out doing guerilla gardening, planting datil peppers and rosemary in the resort’s landscaping. Now they buy much of their produce from local farmers. “You just can’t match what was picked by a farmer that morning,” says Scalise. “There’s no getting any fresher than that.” The more they learned about the farm-to-table movement, the more they wanted to be part of it. Hence the beekeeping. Says Scalise, “I’d be raising pigs out here if they’d let me.” Butcher and Scalise set up their hives in an
Honey, I’m Home: Executive Chef David Scalise checks the health of his hive.
overgrown clearing near the resort’s townhomes. The abandoned parking lot is covered in knee-high grasses, wild blackberry bushes, wildflowers and large clumps of passionflower vines. The hives contain Italian honeybees, known for their gentle disposition, wide-range foraging and for storing more honey than they need. Scalise and Butcher supply the bees with
Grille and the resort’s spa will use the palm honey to create its own sugar scrubs. The honey will also be bottled for sale. When orange trees blossom next spring, the pair plan to transport their bees to forage on orange blossoms on a farm near St. Augustine, from which they will also buy fruit and vegetables — Butcher calls that a 360-degree relationship
Nationally, wild honeybees have suffered from colony collapse, but backyard and commercial beekeeping have undergone something of a renaissance. Five years ago, there were about 700 beekeepers registered in Florida. Today there are 2,154. a simple syrup infused with lemongrass, to make sure they have enough nectar as the hive becomes source-established. They also dust the bees with confectioner’s sugar so the bees will clean themselves and remove any parasites clinging to their bodies. The original hive has now grown to three boxes. In each, the bees have diligently created a web of six-sided pockets that cover each of the 10 slats, filled each pocket with honey and then sealed it. Each one of the full honey boxes weighs about 100 pounds. Over the next couple of weeks, Scalise and Butcher will harvest their first crop of honey. Scalise will serve a honeycomb dripping with palm honey in a fruit salad at The Augustine
with the farm. They also provide vegetable scraps and fryer oil for Twinn Bridges farm in Macclenny, to feed their chickens and to create bio-diesel fuel for their delivery truck. Last year, Slow Foods First Coast awarded Sawgrass Marriott with one of its Snail of Approval awards — a sign of the restaurant’s commitment to increased connectivity to local food sources. Scalise says the push is nothing new, and is not simply a trend. “This is the direction customers are beginning to go,” he says. “They are going back to the roots of what real food is.” Susan Cooper Eastman email@example.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 9
Sportstalk Sugar Daddy
The unvarnished heroism of Nevin Shapiro
Shapiro gets called many things in the media. The Chicago Tribune said he was a “fraudster,” former ’Canes coach Jimmy Johnson dubbed him a “jock-sniffer wannabe.” Local treasure Gene Frenette blasted Shapiro as a “scumbag [who] was clearly one Big Rock Candy Mountain for the Hurricanes.” Harsh words! But Shapiro, in the eyes of mainstream sports media so dedicated to maintaining those hoary fictions about the integrity of college sports, had to be set up as Public Enemy No. 1. Why, sometimes he even ran out of the tunnel with the players — those disadvantaged products of hellholes like Belle Glade and Liberty City, whom he helped when no one else would! He apparently issued bounties on Chris Rix and current Broncos’ depth Yahoo! Sports
ack during the old rave days, when I’d occasionally DJ late nights, there was a song that never failed to fill the floor while it was hot — “Sugar Daddy,” a tune by the nowforgotten British “progressive house” act Secret Knowledge, with its chanteusy vocal hook, “I love you, Sugar Daddy/I just can’t take this crazy life.” I hadn’t thought of that song for years — until the latest University of Miami scandal came to light. Just like the memories of previous Hurra-scandals, the song came back to me; everything old is new again. The choruses of condemnation came forth, so familiar from the bad old days when every white boy who came from a broken home sported a fake gold front and a UM T-shirt in an approximation of street cred. Different complainers, of course. Whereas back in the day, we might hear Brent Musburger editorialize during interstitial moments of whatever game he called, now we have access to far more media, through the Internet, myriad syndicated sports talk shows on TV and radio, and so forth. The chorus of cavillers is louder now from this scandal than it was when Miami football obeyed no law and ruled the world. The current Miami squad? Not so good. They’ve won one bowl game in the last five years. This can be said about
Nevin Shapiro (right) and former ’Canes tight end Kellen Winslow.
Shapiro wanted to be the BMOC. But he never could, until he bought his way into the structure — like a malevolent version of Rodney Dangerfield in “Back to School.” A weird dream. A twisted dream. But still, a distinctly American dream.
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three-quarters of college football teams, given the proliferation of BS bowl games in December. But the way that team was assembled and financed — not to mention who one of their primary financiers was? Epic! Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro, had he been around 150 years ago, would’ve been lionized as having a Horatio Alger-style “rags to riches” story. You know the type. A relatively poor kid in a rich-kid high school; 5’6” in a tall man’s world. All the seeds were planted for Shapiro to develop the so-called Napoleon Complex early on. He learned the financial fraud game from a master; after graduating from University of South Florida, Shapiro moved home to live with his mother and her new husband, who happened to be a Ponzischeme pro. Stepdaddy went to jail, but not before giving Shapiro some inspiration for his own Ponzi efforts, marketed as “grocery brokerages,” which, according to one media outlet, promised “impossible returns.” Remember those? They seem like a pipe dream now, but a few short years ago, they were all the rage, with people flipping houses and expecting Dow 36000 and all the rest. Back then, we were all going to live like Cash Money Millionaires. Little did we know what grim realities were just around the bend.
quarterback Tim Tebow! The unmitigated gall! And once, reportedly, he even had a dust-up with UM’s NCAA compliance director in a press box. Shapiro was never big enough to be a baller, never rich enough to roll with the elite. Until he made his money and did his thing. In that sense, he’s a lot like other American icons —future Miami Mayor Luther Campbell, aka “Luke Skyywalker,” and Tony Montana from “Scarface.” Like those cats, fictional or otherwise, Shapiro made his bones selling gullible dupes on a vision of reality that clearly could not exist. Shapiro wanted to be the BMOC. But he never could, until he bought his way into the structure — like a malevolent version of Rodney Dangerfield in “Back to School.” A weird dream. A twisted dream. But still, a distinctly American dream. In all probability, the NCAA will drop the hammer on the University of Miami. Rest assured, though, the school’s administrators will still get paid no matter what. Just as in real business, some power structures remain intact, inured to almost any scandal. A.G. Gancarski firstname.lastname@example.org
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Game ON! Editor’s Note: Wm.™ Steven Humphrey is lazy and on vacation. Enjoy this old-timey column from the “I Love Television™” crappy column vault, circa 2007.
ou know, the really interesting thing about television is … is … GodDAMMIT! Can you please put that video game controller down and listen to me? It really hurts my feelings when I try to pretend I know something about television, and YOU’RE mashing buttons on a stupid video game machine. Don’t you understand? I have feelings! I have needs! And … NO, I will NOT move from in front of the screen! Why don’t you MOVE OUT? OF OUR HOUSE? Need help carrying your bags? Well, ask your friend Donkey Kong! I SAID, GET OUT! And … scene. Hello, everyone. I’m Wm.™ Steven Humphrey, and what you just witnessed was a short skit about the dangers of videogame addiction. Videogame addiction can strike anyone, anytime. Think only pimply-faced boys play videogames? Think again. A recent study showed women over 40 actually spend more time per week playing online games than men and TEENS. You hear that, Mom? Get your ass BACK in the kitchen and heat me up a Hot Pocket!!
Think only pimply-faced boys play videogames? Think again. A recent study showed women over 40 actually spend more time per week playing online games than men and TEENS. You hear that, Mom? Get your ass BACK in the kitchen and heat me up a Hot Pocket!! Just kidding. My mother’s dead — but here’s my point: With menopausal women shoving teens and emotionally stunted men off the couch to play videogames, there’s LESS time for you and me to watch TV! And videogame makers are actually making things WORSE by catering to these women. According to a recent news story, Buena Vista Games is coming out with a game based on ABC’s dumbfoundingly inane show, “Desperate Housewives.” (I wish I were kidding.) The “Desperate Housewives” game is due out in September, and it’s a lot like The Sims. In the game, you are a new housewife moving to Wisteria Lane, which means you have one job: Gossip, lie, steal, sleep with someone else’s husband and possibly commit murder. (“Boring people to death” is another “DH” hallmark, but they’re not advertising that.) You can also fully customize your character’s home (selecting furniture, upgrading appliances) and even how you look, choosing from “hundreds of facial features, body types and clothing options.” NOW
WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE! Finally I can cross-dress without getting all those dirty looks from my mother — in heaven. (Gawd! Why can’t she mind her own business??) Plus players can compete in “mini games,” like a cooking competition and gardening challenge. WOW. Don’t forget the “suicide challenge” when you realize you’re playing a game even more boring than your ACTUAL LIFE. For the love of Keeee-rist, can’t these videogame designers pick a more interesting subject … like, oh, I don’t know … ME? In the I Love Television™ game, players would LOOK JUST LIKE ME, and compete in these events: 1) Shtupping the Mayor’s daughter. 2) “Borrowing” cars and not returning them. 3) Converting college students to homosexuality. 4) Fighting aliens and 5) watching a little TV. You know, JUST LIKE REAL LIFE!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 9:00 FOX RAISING HOPE Maw Maw meets a sexy new gentleman caller at the daycare center … played by Jerry Van Dyke! 10:00 TLC BIG SEXY Debut! Plus-sized models try to break into the New York fashion scene. Snap those toothpick models in half, girl!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 8:00 CBS BIG BROTHER The housemates begin to wonder if the entire world has forgotten they’re in there. (Spoiler alert: We have.) 9:30 TLC I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT A woman can’t understand why she can’t lose weight … and why is her vagina screaming?
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 10:30 FX LOUIE Louie’s niece comes to visit and … let me guess: She’s depressed and contemplative? (BE MORE FUNNY, LOUIE!!) Midnight TOON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Season finale! The staff is visited by a local news station … and what happens may surprise you!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 8:30 TOON THUNDERCATS Lion-O is shocked and suspicious when he finds another cat’s hairball in his bed. 9:00 DSC MAN, WOMAN, WILD Season premiere! The pair are lost at sea … thanks to somebody being a raft backseat driver!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 9:00 BBCA DOCTOR WHO A little boy is terrified of creepy green dolls living in his cupboard. KILL THEM WITH FIRE!!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 9:00 DSC DINOSAUR REVOLUTION Debut! A new documentary series about which dinosaurs made the cut and which bit the dust! 10:00 HBO CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Larry develops an unhealthy relationship with Mister Softee (which is an ice cream and not his junk, btw).
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 9:00 FOX HELL’S KITCHEN It’s down to the last six chefs, which means only six more chances to call them “f*cking donkeys.” 10:00 ANI HILLBILLY HANDFISHIN’ A new group of city slickers are taught to catch giant catfish by hand (instead of letting illegal immigrants do it). Wm.™ Steven Humphrey email@example.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 11
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Reasons to leave the house this week JAMMED UP CHROMA
The trio Chroma first began playing together while still in junior high. Since then, these Jacksonville jam band kings have torn up local clubs and the national festival circuit, delivering their eclectic take on everything from psychedelic funk to roots music, sharing the stage with heavyweights like George Clinton, Keller Williams, Donavon Frankenreiter and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Chroma plays along with Bobby Lee Rodgers and Bonnie Blue on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 246-2473.
BLUES ROCCO BLU
Northeast Florida music lovers feeling a little overheated this summer can cool down to the bluesy sound of Rocco Blu on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. at Mojo No. 4 Urban Whiskey Bar, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville. This fiery four are local music festival faves and have shown their true-blue colors with original tunes and their personal take on blues and rock greats like Etta James, Koko Taylor and The Allman Brothers Band. 381-6670.
SPORTS JAX SUNS
Batter Up! Baseball lovers have five more chances to see the Jacksonville Suns before they wrap up their 2011 season, when our dudes take on the Jackson Generals at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 and at 3:05 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846.
COMEDY DON “D.C.” CURRY
While he’s best-known for his role as Ice Cube’s horndog Uncle Elroy Jones in the 420-friendly comedies “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” (“I’m about to show y’all who the real Puff Daddy is!”), journeyman comedian, writer and radio personality Don “D.C.” Curry has enjoyed a decades-long career, smoking the competition on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comic View,” and being a repeat customer on “The Chris Rock Show,” “Grace Under Fire” and “The Roseanne Show.” Curry performs on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at The Comedy Zone, located in Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242.
FILM WEST SIDE STORY
What can one say about a film that made the American street fight downright musical?! The 1961 film “West Side Story” took home a whopping 10 Academy Awards after the musical and lyrical team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim turned Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” into a turf war on the mean-yet-melodious streets of 1950s Manhattan. Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn delivered career-defining roles in this classical production, which screens on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50. 355-2787.
Summertime offers full license to expose as much skin as possible and one thing locals like to rock is some crazy, mad ink! We’re talkin’ tattoos, people, so whether you sport a modest petunia on your tuchus or a fully locked and loaded Justin-Bieber-as-Conan tramp stamp, the seventh annual Jacksonville Tattoo Convention has something to satisfy everyone’s body-art need. The three-day event features tattoo artists, body art seminars, live music by Fusebox Funk, appearances by the Bada Bing Babes and Kane Hodder (aka Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”) and more tats than a Westside bingo parlor! The convention is held on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m.-midnight and Sunday, Sept. 4 from noon-8 p.m. at Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. Admission is $15; $35 for three-day pass. Seminar prices vary. 940-8000. conventionpros.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 13
Point of purchase: Jason Momoa shows off his latest score from shopping at “Bed, Bath & Barbarian” in the fun fantasy romp “Conan the Barbarian.”
Hollywood successfully resurrects Robert E. Howard’s sword-and-sorcery hero of yore Conan the Barbarian ***@
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hen asked to declare “what is best in life,” Conan the Barbarian (a steroid-enhanced Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 version) 2011 replied with his usual heavy accent, “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women.” That line elicited chuckles from even the original film’s admirers, but it seems downright eloquent compared to a similar avowal by the new Conan (the non-steroid buffed Jason Momoa) in the remake. To a similar inquiry, he grunts dismissively: “I live. I love. I slay. I am content.” When writer-director John Milius’s film hit the big screen in the early ’80s, it was notable for its spectacular violence as well as for making Schwarzenegger an undeniable star, in his first major role. With James Earl Jones as the villainous Thulsa Doom and the lithe, athletic Sandahl Bergman (formerly a dancer) as his sidekick Valeria, Schwarzenegger was in his element (except when he had to talk). Basil Poledouris’ throbbing operatic score further enhanced the grandiose stature of the former pulp hero’s adventures. Directed by Marcus Nispel, the German filmmaker whose prior efforts include remakes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th,” the new “Conan the Barbarian” adds more of everything to the original recipe, for better and for worse. The violence is more graphic, the sex a bit randier, the dialogue even more clunky. As it was in 1982, the plot is basically a tale of vengeance. After a grisly birth scene on a battlefield (nearly ridiculous in its extremity), young Conan is raised by his father Corin (Ron Perlman) to kill, a proclivity he demonstrates from a young age. When his father is killed by the ruthless Khamar Zym (Stephen Lang, the bad guy from “Avatar”) and his weird witchdaughter, Marique (Rose McGowan), young Conan vows revenge. Years later, he gets his chance. Looking for a “pure blood” princess in Tamara (Rachel Nichols), whose blood will restore a magic mask as well as resurrect his dead witch-wife, Zym and Marique cross paths with the Cimmerian tough
guy. Together, Conan and Tamara get in and out of trouble. Conan may be a sexist oaf, but the princess finally manages to touch the man behind all the hair and scars, unsurprisingly giving Nichols the opportunity to flash her breasts and Momoa his butt. Then we get the final showdown. Whereas the original “Conan” featured three to four major battle scenes, the new film is basically one extended action sequence. As a writer, John Milius attempted to establish some character development, primarily in the relationship between Conan and Valeria and Conan and sidekick Subotai (surfer Gerry Lopez). For the most part, this “Conan” avoids such niceties except for the villains (Lang and McGowan). As a consequence, they are easily the most interesting characters in the film, particularly McGowan who is a stand-out as the sadistic witch-girl Marique. Sporting an odd coiffure, she wears a Freddy Kreuger-like bladed glove with which she has lots of fun, generating sorcery and mayhem. Unlike Nichols’ portrayal of the film’s heroine, McGowan’s work brings real vitality and energy to her disturbing character. Nichols, on the other hand, mostly just looks good. She does get to swing some swords and knives, but her sudden ability with the weapons (given that she’s been in a monastery up to this point) is ludicrous. But what the heck! This is “Conan the Barbarian,” after all. Graduating from television (“Baywatch,” “Stargate: Atlantis”) to the big-screen, Jason Momoa is a credible slaughterer of bad guys and girls. Less physically imposing than Arnold, he’s also a bit more believable. Watching him, in contrast to the former bodybuilder, one notices more than the muscles. The script calls for Momoa (and/or his stand-in) to do considerably more difficult physical feats than just flex, which is mostly what Arnold did in the first film, albeit very convincingly. Benefiting from impressive production designs and nearly non-stop R-rated action sequences, the new “Conan the Barbarian” is a worthy re-imagining of Howard’s mythic hero, in some ways more true to the books than the original. Like Schwarzenegger, Jason Momoa will never be doing Shakespeare, but he does make a good Barbarian, and in the process helps hammer new life into this classic fantasy tale. Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloody Good Fun
This tasty remake of the ’80s vampire flick both honors and parodies its undead forefathers Fright Night ***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.
t’s difficult to recall any recent scary movie that contains as potent a mix of humor, suspense, gore and genuine jolts as “Fright Night.” This redo of the much-loved 1985 horror-comedy is skillfully and stylishly directed by Craig Gillespie (“Mr. Woodcock,” “Lars and the Real Girl”) from a script by Marti Noxon, a key contributor to ’90s television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Noxon doesn’t hesitate to toss in references to her old show, as well as a nod to ’60s horror soap opera “Dark Shadows” (re-emerging next year on the big screen, thanks to Tim Burton). Younger viewers ought to know up front that the bloodsuckers of “Fright Night” bear no resemblance to the pretty-boy neck biters of the “Twilight” movies, a franchise casually mocked by one of the new film’s characters. Also, a caveat about the 3D: While occasionally effective in underscoring the blood and amping up some action sequences, in “Fright Night” the effect is mostly a wash, as it tends to cast an unintended murkiness over several scenes. The setting this time has been shifted from the heartland to the Las Vegas suburbs, a magnet for gamblers, transient workers and, apparently, the undead. There, it’s not uncommon for those who work the graveyard shift — yes, intended — to darken their windows, the better to sleep all day, undisturbed by sunlight. That’s a plus for vampires, as teenage striver Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a former nerd now dating oversexed hot girl Amy (Imogen Poots) and hanging out with the cool-kids set, learns from his still-nerdy boyhood pal Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The two once worked together on ambitious Legos projects, dressed up like twisted superheros, and videotaped their exploits for posterity, but Charley is more than ready to dump his old pal. Lately, Ed has poured his energies into possibly paranoid fantasies
about neighborhood nightstalkers, wondering aloud about mysteriously absent classmates and, just in case, assembling a vampire-killing kit. Charley, meanwhile, is beginning to be concerned about his new neighbor, a handsome, virile guy who seems to be unusually attentive to both Charley’s girlfriend and his mom Jane, played by Toni Collette. Then there’s the matter of those late-night screams, and the visitors next door who keep disappearing. Stopping by to borrow a six-pack, Jerry, uninvited into the Brewster home, won’t cross the threshold. Is Jerry a vampire? If not, he’s an awfully creepy new would-be friend, a slithery menace as played by a never-better Colin Farrell. “There are a lot of bad people out there, Charley,” Jerry warns. You can’t keep a good vamp down, as Charley learns, and what appears to be an unexpectedly early finale is actually the film’s midpoint, a cacophony of car chases, explosions and special effects livening the encounters between the lead vampire and the trio of folks he most wants to bite. That means more screen time for Peter Vincent (David Tennant), a celebrated dark-arts illusionist who comes off as a very funny mix of Russell Brand and Criss Angel. On stage, he’s vaguely scary, gothed-out and surrounded by undulating she-demons. Outside his stage show, he’s a deeply cynical entertainer with a legitimate passion for vampire history and a secret childhood tragedy. Vincent, as it turns out, holds the key to the destruction of the vampires, and Charley needs his help. The vampires in “Fright Night” do indeed have supernatural powers, but none turn into bats, and none sleep hanging upside down. The chief villain here, in fact, is described as a snacker, nibbling on his victims and keeping them in a concrete bunker — not unlike in stories of real-life serial killers — until he’s ready to finish them off and/or turn them into one of his own kind. It’s the kind of quirky extra touch that helps director Gillespie’s movie beat the living daylights out of its horror movie competition. Philip Booth email@example.com
Lethal Hickey: Suave vampire Jerry (Colin Farrell) prepares to deliver one killer smooch in “Fright Night.”
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Chris Evans stars in this excellent big-screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics Universe story about a patriotic WWII-era soldier-turned-superhero who battles evil leader Red Skull and his renegade Nazi faction, Hydra. CARS 2 ***@ Rated G • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues This animated flick pits Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) against foe Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) in the World Grand Prix. Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Michael Caine co-star. THE CHANGE-UP ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Endearing performances from Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds keep this otherwise cliché idea (“Freaky Friday,” “Vice Versa”) from becoming another raunchy gross-fest mistaken for an original comedy.
COLOMBIANA **@@ 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. Zoe Saldana stars as Cataleya, a Bogotá-born contract killer seeking revenge for the death of her parents, in this bilingual action-thriller from director Olivier Megaton.
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
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
CONAN THE BARBARIAN ***@ 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. Reviewed in this issue.
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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Woody Allen’s film stars Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter on vacation in Paris who’s inexplicably transported to the City of Lights … in the 1920s. The rom-com co-stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Martin Sheen and Rachel McAdams.
COWBOYS & ALIENS **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) directs this sci-fi-meets-oater-actionyarn, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, about an outlaw and sheriff who join forces to battle a gaggle of intergalactic varmints plum near ready for global domination! CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this insane little rom-com about a group of lonely hearts navigating the dating world of 21st-century Los Angeles. THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE ***@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Based on a true story, this well-received drama tells the story of Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) who spent his life as the decoy of Uday Hussein, Saddam’s playboy, psychopathic son.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK ***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. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes star in this horror film, written by Guillermo del Toro, about Sally (Bailee Madison), a little girl being tormented by evil creatures in her family’s new home. FINAL DESTINATION 5 *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The franchise has five editions now — you’d think the Grim Reaper would’ve grown weary of killing attractive teenagers. Guess not. This DOA latest (and last — hope, hope) installment of the gory series features Nicholas D’Agosto, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and other soon-to-be-forgotten scream starlets.
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“Dude … this Wavy Gravy Orange Pekoe 420 Face Melt has amazing overtones of cinnamon and truffles with just a hint of Bubblegum Skunk and White Widow and stuff.” Adam Scott and Paul Rudd enjoy a spot of tea in the slacker comedy “Our Idiot Brother.”
FRIGHT NIGHT 3D ***G Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency
THE GUARD **@@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle star in this dark comedy about a foulmouthed Irish cop and a straitlaced FBI agent who take on a drug-trafficking ring in rural Ireland. GLEE THE 3-D CONCERT MOVIE **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. OMG! This film catches the “Glee”-lightful cast of the immensely popular TV show in live performance like during their like recent summer like tour and stuff, you know. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues This documentary celebrates the famous heavy metal icon, with plenty of candid and live footage of Ozzy and his family, along with interviews featuring peers and fans like Paul McCartney and Tommy Lee. HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., WGHoF IMAX The final installment of this immensely popular series delivers a spellbinding farewell through flashback scenes, solid storytelling and powerful battle sequences, with solid curtaincall performances by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes, as the malevolent Lord Voldemort. THE HELP **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in this tale set in 1960s Mississippi, about a young woman who collects the stories of African-American women in her town who’ve spent their lives working for white families — and publishes them in a sensational book. HORRIBLE BOSSES ***G Rated R • Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The comedy, about offing your superior in the workplace, has a clever plot and vulgar-rich performances by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.
ONE DAY **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. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in this summer romance flick as two life-long, lovelorn friends who discover that true romance might be closer than they imagine. OUR IDIOT BROTHER ***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. After getting busted for possession of pot, sweet-natured slacker Ned (Paul Rudd) realizes he needs help from his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) in this goofy, light-hearted comedy from director Jesse Peretz. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Director Rupert Wyatt’s take on the classic sci-fi story of man versus monkey swings along with killer performances by James Franco and Andy Serkis as the reluctant ape-turnedsuper-ape Caesar. Tasteful special effects help “Rise” climb to the top of the summer blockbuster list. SARAH’S KEY ***@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine Kristin Scott Thomas stars in this engaging drama about a modern-day journalist who investigates the story of a young girl’s experiences in occupied Europe during WWII. THE SMURFS ***G Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St.
this is a copyright protected pro Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, Jeff Foxworthy, George Lopez, B.J. Novak and Jonathan Winters (yay!) lend their voices to these beloved little blue dudes and dudette. When archenemy Gargamel (Azaria) chases them from their home, The Smurfs are transported to our world, where they meet Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris). SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD **@@ 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. Jessica Alba plays Marissa, a retired spy who juggles raising a family and battling the evil villain Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) when he tries to take over the world. SUING THE DEVIL **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square This faith-based comedy, about a law student who decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion, stars Malcolm McDowell and Tom Sizemore. TABLOID **G@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. This latest offering from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (“Fast, Cheap and Out of Control”) chronicles the true story and weird life of beauty-queen-turned-kidnapper Joyce McKinney. 30 MINUTES OR LESS *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This lackluster bank robbery comedy from director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari, tests the patience of the most loyal comedy lovers by robbing them of 90 minutes of their lives. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON @@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square Director Michael Bay’s addition to this cinematic traffic jam moves along like a 20-car pile-up of special effects and bad acting. WINNIE THE POOH **@@ Rated G • Regal Avenues Disney’s update on A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s story about honey-guzzling Pooh and the rest of the gang in Hundred Acre Wood who play detective when a pal goes missing. ZOOKEEPER *G@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park Kevin James is lonely zookeeper Griffin, who learns the ways of courtship from the caged animals in his care; still a felony in most states.
ANASTASIA ISLAND LIBRARY “Il Postino” is screened at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine. “Prom” is shown at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. 209-3731. SABRINA Summer Movie Classics series concludes with the 1961 musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” starring
Natalie Wood and Russ Tamblyn, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50. 355-2787.
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Keaton, Meryl Streep and Mariel Hemingway, screens at promise of benefit 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. A reception, featuring martinis and a performance by pianist John Thomas, is held at 6 p.m. Admission is $5; any amount more than $5 is matched by an anonymous donor to WJCT, to support arts in the community. “New York, New York” screens on Sept. 7. 209-0367. wjct. org pvconcerthall.com
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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Movies at Main screens this award-winning musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 630-1741. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Midnight in Paris,” “The Hangover 2” and “The Tree of Life” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. 5 POINTS THEATRE “Thespians” screens at 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 30, followed by a Q&A with composer Scott Borland and music producer Kyle Weeks at 5 Points Theatre, 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. “Repo: The Genetic Opera,” “SXSW: Myth of the American Sleepover,” and “Point Blank” are also screened; check 5pointstheatre.com for showtimes. 359-0047.
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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. “The Wildest Dream” starts on Sept. 2. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
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SOMETHING BORROWED Based on Emily Giffin’s popular novel, the rom-com’s ensemble cast includes Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Godwin and John Krasinki, thirtysomethings falling in and out of love, 21st-century style. YOUR HIGHNESS Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel star in this ultimately brain-cell-killing, stoner-friendly spoof of sword-and-sorcery films.
ALL ABOUT EVE “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Bette Davis and Anne Baxter star in director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 classic about the tempestuous relationship between an aspiring actress and a Broadway superstar. The deluxe edition of this winner of six Academy Awards (including Best Picture) features commentaries, interviews and the original theatrical trailer. AN AMERICAN FAMILY This groundbreaking 1971 PBS documentary chronicled the lives of the Loud family, including son Lance, the first openly gay character on TV (and future lead singer of NYC ’70s punk legends The Mumps). The anniversary edition features interviews and extra footage celebrating the 12-part series that forever changed American reality TV.
Extreme “Like”: Zoe Saldana shows why you should never get between a hitwoman and her Facebook in the crime thriller “Colombiana.”
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Life’s a Gas: DJ Ant (Anthony Davis) and rapper Slug (Sean Daly) front the pioneering hip-hop group Atmosphere.
Minneapolis indie hip-hop group Atmosphere celebrates more than two decades of progressive rhymes ATMOSPHERE with BLUEPRINT, EVIDENCE Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach Tickets are $22 All ages show 246-2473
he most rewarding moment when interviewing a musician is when they drop the stock responses, stop caring what their publicist is going to say and offer something honest and real. Sean Daley, aka Slug — frontman for Minneapolis-based, indie hiphop group Atmosphere — takes the cake for being the realest of real. Atmosphere makes a rare Northeast Florida stop at Freebird Live in support of their seventh official studio album, “The Family Sign,” released last April on Daley’s record label, Rhymesayers Entertainment. Formed in 1989, Atmosphere consists of rapper/lyricist Daley (Slug) and DJ/ producer Anthony Davis (Ant), along with keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis. Known for revealing lyrics, working-class empathy and a rare (in hip hop) lyrical feminism, Atmosphere has managed to advance the cause of underground rap in an era defined by bling-centric hip-hop. Folio Weekly recently caught up with Daley via telephone to chat about creepy fan sites, improvisational rapping and if blood is really thicker than water. Folio Weekly: Have you played in Northeast Florida before? Sean Daley: Yeah, a long time ago on the Warped Tour, but not since 2004.
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F.W.: Atmosphere is one of the most commercially successful and long-lived independent hip-hop groups. Why do you think you have made it while others haven’t? S.D.: I think it’s because of my winning smile. [Laughs.] I don’t know what it is, man; luck plays a huge role in it, I’m sure. And probably
the constant touring. It definitely has nothing to do with our songs. F.W.: Sarcasm. S.D.: Your meter is broken — that was not sarcasm, but it’s all good. F.W.: Did you know there’s a Tumblr site dedicated to you — the tagline is “the sexiest piece of ass in hip-hop”? S.D.: This I did not know. F.W.: Does it creep you out or flatter you? S.D.: I don’t know. I haven’t seen it. But the idea of it is kinda weird and I’m definitely not that attractive. Maybe they made it a long time ago? We had a baby a year-and-a-half ago and I picked up some pregnancy weight along with my wife and I kinda stopped paying attention to how I dress. I’ve kind of let myself go intentionally, just out of comfort. So that’s just weird — that’s just f*cking weird. F.W.: What’s the strangest fan interaction you’ve ever had? S.D.: You mean barring that Tumblr site you just told me about? One time, a fan gave me a live rabbit at an in-store. I can’t remember what city that was in. I remember I gave it to a young lady that worked at the store. It was at a meetand-greet and I ended up giving it to a young woman that worked there — a customerservice representative … Have we met before? Me and you? F.W.: I don’t think so. No. S.D.: You have a certain — I don’t know if it’s your voice — there’s something about talking to you that seems way too familiar. F.W.: You probably say that to all of the 30-year-old lady journalists. S.D.: No, no. I’m not hitting on you. I’m literally saying that there’s something really familiar with — I feel really comfortable right now, I guess.
F.W.: Well, that’s good. S.D.: Let’s use it to our advantage. Let’s make this [interview] rock. F.W.: OK. Your latest album, “The Family Sign,” is about family and other people in your life. Do you believe that blood is thicker than water or is “family” just the people you choose to surround yourself with? S.D.: Both. My siblings and me have a connection that goes beyond what I guess me and my friends have. My two brothers — I would definitely lay down my life for either of them. The same goes for my children. And so I do believe that blood is thicker than water, but I also do believe that I have a small group of friends that I would include into that as well. It’s just not stated. It’s not something that has to be acknowledged. F.W.: How much of your live rapping is improvisational? S.D.: There’s always that moment when you forget a lyric and so you’ve got to make some up. And sometimes when you start to make a few up to cover that space because you forgot what was really supposed to go there. I’ve been doing this long enough that I can improv it and keep it on topic and keep it in range. F.W.: A song like “The Last To Say” is so raw and honest. How much of your lyrics are based on personal experience? S.D.: Generally, 100 percent of my lyrics are personal and real. However, 95 percent of my songs are fictional. It’s just that I take my experiences and I change the story or I change the parts that I need to change to make it into a song. I’ve learned that if you put [in] too much truth, it’s very possible to hurt somebody else’s feelings. I’m not allowed to use my songs or my pen — if you want to be more metaphorical — to hurt people except for me. Kara Pound firstname.lastname@example.org
21st-Century Schizoid Man: Indie rock polymath John Vanderslice performs at Café Eleven on Sept. 3.
Into the Great Wide Open
Northeast Florida native and indie renaissance man John Vanderslice goes it alone for his current solo tour JOHN VANDERSLICE with GOSPEL MUSIC and HOLOPAW Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach Tickets are $10 460-9311
ith apologies to Walt Whitman, John Vanderslice contains multitudes. As an accomplished singer/songwriter, Vanderslice has released eight full-length albums of innovative dream pop that have been heralded by indie fans as well as mainstream media outlets like NPR, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. Vanderslice is also an in-demand producer and recording studio owner, a professed gear geek, an avid amateur photographer and a hip-hop promoter who throws festivals in skate parks. Oh, and he’s known in the business as The Nicest Guy in Indie Rock — a title he may be growing sick of, but is doubtless too nice to challenge. Vanderslice’s latest full-length, “White Wilderness,” differs from his previous efforts with its inclusion of orchestral arrangements from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra. After performing the album in its entirety backed by the 25-piece orchestra in June, Vanderslice flipped the script and booked himself a solo fall tour. Folio Weekly caught up with the Northeast Florida native to talk homestate roots, his recent Phono Del Sol festival and the new digital music service Spotify.
Folio Weekly: How are you, John? John Vanderslice: I’m great, just doing a little rehearsal and hanging out with my cat. The shit I usually do every day. F.W.: On recent tours, you’ve been backed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra, but on your upcoming jaunt to Florida, you’re flying solo. What made you decide to mix things up? J.V.: I’ve really found that the more that I vary the presentation of my songs, the more challenging and exciting it is. My drummer Jason Slota and I have gone to Europe as a duo, a trio and a quartet, and I toured the U.S. on [2009’s] “Romanian Names” as a quintet. It’s so interesting how different my role is as a bandleader with different players and different arrangements. It really keeps me open-minded, and as a guy who has to re-envision the songs, it’s made me rethink a lot. I’ve put out eight records, and many of them are heavily layered, so I just look at the material as very raw stuff
that anything could happen to. Touring solo is also the most extreme difference. When you’re with one other person, it’s definitely different when you add an orchestra on top. But it’s not as different as if you were to go from a duo to being solo. Just traveling solo is so intense, especially For questions, please call your in North Florida where I grew up. It’s definitely a very unfiltered experience.FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE
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F.W.: Maybe one that will even inspire a new album? J.V.: Absolutely, I’ve definitely gotten inspiration that way. I wrote a song called “Gainesville, Fla” on 2001’s “Time Travel Is Lonely,” which I still get a lot of requests for. Sometimes traveling solo is the only time that you have complete solitude, and that’s very important to be creative. On this tour I’ll see my mom and other relatives, which is very intense. That’s really essential for me, to get a rental car and my camera and just drive around and take photos and play shows. It’s kind of thrilling — you show up 15 minutes before doors, and before you even set your bags down you’re playing.
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F.W.: I noticed on your Twitter feed that you’re a vociferous defender of new digital music service Spotify. J.V.: I love the cloud idea, that there’s music accessible at a very low cost to everyone. The honest truth is that BMI, ASCAP and major labels have been skimming tons of money from artists forever. So artists that are worried about not getting paid royalties, well, they should have started that dialogue 80 years ago. The whole point of this enterprise is to be heard as artists — if we wanted to make money, we would have been better off opening a corner liquor store. F.W.: But you must be making some money with your in-demand Tiny Telephone studio, right? J.V.: My love of recording and studios preceded my desire to write songs. As a kid, I was really obsessed with the idea that a studio could have a lot to do with the sound and impact of a record. So yeah, Tiny Telephone has been booked for the past 14 years. We just opened a B-room, though, so that initial debt load is burying my wife and I. If you’re ambitious, you just take whatever profits you have and dump it into something new, and I’m glad we have another great resource for bands. But it’s definitely going to be hurting me for the next four years, I’d say. Nick McGregor email@example.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 19
Winds of Change
Classically trained flutist Emily Hay blows an ethereal, improvisational wind EMILY HAY, BRAD DUTZ and WAYNE PEET with JILL BURTON & JAMISON WILLIAMS
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Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Nullspace Gallery, 109 E. Bay St., Jacksonville 716-4202
F.W.: When you’re improvising, are you trying build a sense of form or do you just surrender? E.H.: Well, usually I’m letting it go, but depending on the scenario and the players, a lot of the time I will come back around to the first theme. If the other players decide to wander off, I go with them.
he career of improvisational musician Emily Hay has been as adventurous as her sonic explorations. The Virginia-born multiinstrumentalist received her BFA from Bard College in New York City, where she studied under legendary free jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd. After an equally crucial tutelage with jazz gurus Karl Berger and Dave Holland, Hay headed West, where she snagged an MFA in music at CalArts. At that esteemed school, the flutist-vocalist-pianist rubbed shoulders with heavies like bassist Charlie Haden and studied everything from African drumming to This is a copyright protectedBalinese proofand ©Indian music. And it was there that she encountered between-the-cracks players like Vinny Golia, brothers Alex and ns, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 083011 Nels Cline, and other likeminded musicians who navigate the blurry lines between PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 contemporary composition, free jazz and Produced by ab Checked by electro-acoustic Sales Rep rlmusic. OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION For the last three decades, Hay (emilyhay. com) has been active in the international improv scene, organizing concerts, performing around the globe, appearing on an array of critically lauded recordings and even finding time to co-host the radio show (kxlu.com) “Trilogy.” The upcoming Nullspace gig has Hay playing with longtime cohorts, percussionist Brad Dutz and keyboardist Wayne Peet. In recordings like “Hay/Dutz/Peet” (pfmentum.com), the trio surrenders to a sort of call-and-response playing as influenced by Sonny Stitt’s swing as Karlheinz Stockhausen’s conceptual stomp. Folio Weekly spoke to Hay at her L.A. home; she told us about her roots, her destination for improv and how to play (with) the horses.
Folio Weekly: How did you begin playing improvisational music? Emily Hay: When I was studying at Bard College, [trombonist] Roswell Rudd was teaching jazz and improvisation. I was a classical flute player and I wandered down to see what his class was like. I get there and everyone in the room is jamming. Then Rudd points to me and says, “Solo!” I’d never improvised in my life. I started playing and everyone just stopped and started laughing their asses off. I asked, “Why are you guys laughing at me?” and they told me it sounded like French classical flute music. I told them it was the only thing I knew how to play. Rudd put his arm around me and said, “Honey, there’s a lot more out there than just that.”
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F.W.: You seem to familiar with everything from Mozart to Albert Ayler. At some point, did all the influences collide, or just vanish altogether? E.H.: Quite frankly, I got tired of classical music. I was playing in a lot of orchestras and it was more competitive than about the music. A lot of it was about the ego and I really didn’t dig that. I had lived in the country outside L.A., so when I moved into downtown, I started creating a concert series. And that’s when I met a bunch of players and even composers who were in the same boat. So being in that environment really
F.W.: You’ve had a long musical relationship with Brad Dutz and Wayne Peet. Has that familiarity diluted the explorative aspect of playing with someone for the first time? E.H.: Actually, they are both such great players that I trust them not to just play riffs that they know! [Laughs.] [But] I would say we do have moods or tonal centers that we might go to that seem to work. F.W.: Are you looking for a certain experience in playing music? E.H.: The truth of the matter is that I go into a kind of weird trance. Maybe not a trance, but I’m inside of my head and I’m seeing patterns of sounds and relationships of things and I’m trying to use my instrument to get things out of them. Then I close my eyes and don’t really see the audience or am aware of where I am or how much time has passed. [Laughs.] I won’t remember what we’ve played. I don’t know whether that is spiritual or not, but it is a place where the sound overcomes everything. And for me, that’s usually when the best performances seem to occur. F.W.: Onetime SoCal resident and jazz legend Eric Dolphy used to take his flute to the beach and play with the birds. Have you ever found yourself playing along with any L.A. traffic jams or gang wars? E.H.: I recently stayed out at the Southern Sequoias at a place that had its own private meadow, surrounded by its own forest, and the acoustics were amazing. The property I was staying at had horses, and as I was playing, they started going along with me, responding to me. It was pretty magical and the sound was bouncing off of everything. Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Free Spirit: L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist Emily Hay.
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TIM KASHER with FULL BAND, AFICIONADO, BEST OF SYNTHIA Cursive frontman Kasher performs at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 at CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $10. 460-9311. BEN BEDFORD, LIS and LON WILLIAMSON This night of original music kicks off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 at European Street CafĂŠ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. BRYAN RIPPER Singer-songwriter Ripper performs at 9 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. JENNIFER CHASE Singer-songwriter Chase performs at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Pizza Palace, 920 Margaret St., 5 Points, 598-1212. Chase also performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Pizza Palace, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815. NORTHWEST CALLING CARD, THE VALLEY THE STORM, CONNOR PLEDGE, ALAN WILLIS, MELANIE MARTINEZ The faith-based rock kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville. Admission is $8. 388-3179. GARY WINGARD Singer-songwriter Wingard performs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. TAY DIZM, YOUNGBLOODZ, A.C.E. THE BEAST Rapper Tay Dizm performs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. The rapper stages an all-ages show at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit. Tickets for each show are $10. 223-9850. AL MONTE Music in the Courtyard presents this eclectic singer-songwriter at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-2922. FOURPLAY These contemporary jazz greats perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $35 and $40. 355-2787. DUNE DOGS BAND These locals bark onstage at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. CHANNING & QUINN Indie rock fills the air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. MAS APPEAL with TOUGH JUNKIE, MALECULE, ARSUN F!ST, DJ LUMINOUS Mas Appeal celebrates the release of his
album â€œThe Departedâ€? with a farewell gig at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4692. DiCARLO THOMPSON Singer-songwriter DiCarlo â€œD-Loâ€? Thompson performs at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. SPANKY THE BAND These rockers play at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 3 at Cliffâ€™s Bar & Grill, 3033 Monument Road, Jacksonville. 645-5162. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Mike Bernos is on at 10:30 a.m., Red Afternoon at 11:45 a.m. and Jerry Maniscalo plays at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Riverside Arts Market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. 554-6865. NOT UNHEARD BAND This area group is, ironically, heard at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. ARLYNN, CIVIL PARISH, 4:35 ON A THURSDAY, CHRISTOPHER NOYES, GRAHAM CRAINSHAW AND JESSE HARTMAN These faith-based acts perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door. 388-3179. JOHN VANDERSLICE, GOSPEL MUSIC, HOLOPAW Indie singer-songwriter Vanderslice performs at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at CafĂŠ Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Tickets are $10. 460-9311. JEREMIAH CLARK Singer-songwriter Clark plays at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. LARRY MANGUMâ€™S SONGWRITERâ€™S CIRCLE with PARADOX This singer-songwriterâ€™s roundtable kicks off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 398-1717. MY FIRST CIRCUS These rockers perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. BOBBY LEE RODGERS, BONNIE BLUE, CHROMA The sweet jams kick off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $10. 246-2473. JIMMY SOLARI Singer-songwriter Solari plays at 9 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville. 854-6060. CUPIDâ€™S ALLEY The local rockers play at 9 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Park Avenue Billiards, 714 Park Ave., Orange Park. 215-1557. ROCCO BLU These bluesy locals perform at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Mojo No. 4 Urban Whiskey Bar, 3572 St. Johns Ave.,
Jacksonville. 381-6670. TEMPLE VEIL This faith-based acoustic duo performs at 11 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1423 Eighth Ave. N., Jax Beach. 249-5418. GOLIATH FLORES Multi-instrumentalist Flores performs at 1 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville. 355-9791. BILLY BOWERS Singer-songwriter Bowers performs at 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at European Street CafĂŠ, 992 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 249-3001. LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE These darkwave rockers are in at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, VIFOLLY, JUST LIKE GENTLEMEN This night of emo and punk delights kicks off at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 398-7496. RICE, WILD LIFE SOCIETY, BASTOGNE, AFTER THE BOMB, BABY! The indie rock Labor Day party is at 4 p.m. on Sept. 5 at The Atlantic, 333 N. First St., Jax Beach. Admission is $5; $8 for ages 18-20. 249-3338. THE LIFE WE KNEW, PROVE THEM WRONG These local rockers perform at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Brewsterâ€™s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 223-9850. ALAN DALTON The bluegrass banjo player plays at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Clay County Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. 278-3722.
TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC Sept. 7, Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant GUTTERMOUTH, TNT, SYNCODESTROYO, POOR RICHARDS Sept. 8, Jack Rabbits THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, THE TOUCH OF GRASS Sept. 8, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JERROD NIEMAN Sept. 8, Mavericks BETH McKEE BAND Sept. 8, European Street CafĂŠ DUSTIN EDGE, RICKOLUS, DELETED SCENES Sept. 8, Burro Bar DAYS OF THE NEW Sept. 9, Brewsterâ€™s Pit TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC Sept. 9, Mojo Kitchen DELBERT McCLINTON Sept. 10, The Florida Theatre CHRIS CAGLE Sept. 14, Whisky River MAT KEARNY Sept. 14, Murray Hill Theatre
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WISHING WELL, CHRIS MILLAM Sept. 15, European Street PAT TRAVERS Sept. 16, Brewsterâ€™s Pit CHRIS DUARTE Sept. 16, Mojo Kitchen DAN ANDRIANO (ALKALINE TRIO) Sept. 16, CafĂŠ Eleven AMELIA ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL Sept. 16 & 17, Fernandina Beach QUIET RIOT Sept. 17, Brewsterâ€™s Pit FLEET FOXES, THE WALKMEN Sept. 20, The Florida Theatre ATMOSPHERE Sept. 20, Freebird Live TAB BENOIT Sept. 20, Mojo Kitchen ELVIS COSTELLO Sept. 21, The Florida Theatre FUEL Sept. 21, Whisky River INCUBUS Sept. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BLACKWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL with THE FLAMING LIPS, BUCKETHEAD, STS9, EOTO Sept. 22-24, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park THE LEGENDARY JCâ€™s Sept. 24, Mojo Kitchen SEAN McGUINNESS, KEITH HARKIN Sept. 22, Culhaneâ€™s Irish Pub JJ GREY SOLO ACOUSTIC Sept. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MATT POND PA, ROCKY VOLOLATO Sept. 24, CafĂŠ Eleven LUPE FIASCO, TINIE TEMPAH Sept. 24, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 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 3 DOORS DOWN, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, POPEVIL Oct. 5, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS, GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE Oct. 7, Mojo Kitchen JUNIOR BOYS Oct. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PETER FRAMPTON Oct. 7, St. Augustine Amphitheatre GLITCH MOB Oct. 7, Freebird Live DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Oct. 7, The Florida Theatre RALPH STANLEY Oct. 8, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall IRATION, TOMORROWS BAD SEEDS Oct. 8, Freebird Live WANDA JACKSON Oct. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DURAN DURAN, NEON TREES Oct. 13, St. Augustine Amphitheatre GALEN KIPAR, SALTWATER GRASS Oct. 13, Mojo Kitchen AN HORSE Oct. 15, Underbelly JACKâ€™S MANNEQUIN Oct. 15, Freebird Live NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Oct. 16, Freebird Live
REV. HORTON HEAT, SUPERSUCKERS Oct. 17, Freebird Live ELECTRIC SIX, KITTEN Oct. 19, Jack Rabbits UNDEROATH, COMEBACK KID Oct. 19, Freebird Live REGINA CARTER Oct. 20, The Florida Theatre BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE Oct. 21, Jack Rabbits HEAVY PETS Oct. 21, Mojo Kitchen SHANE DWIGHT, ERIC CULBERSON Oct. 22, Mojo Kitchen EASTON CORBIN Oct. 27, Mavericks COREY SMITH Oct. 28, The Florida Theatre ZAC BROWN BAND Oct. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena THE GIN BLOSSOMS Oct. 29, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MOMMIES LITTLE MONSTERS Oct. 29, Freebird Live YOUTH BRIGADE, OLD MAN MARKLEY Oct. 31, CafĂŠ Eleven SOCIAL DISTORTION Nov. 1, Plush NIGHT RANGER Nov. 3, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall QUEENSRYCHE Nov. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall TAYLOR SWIFT Nov. 11, Veterans Memorial Arena THE NIGHTHAWKS Nov. 11, Mojo Kitchen BEAR CREEK MUSIC FEST Nov. 11-13, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park NNENNA FREELON & EARL KLUGH Nov. 11, Church of the Good Shepherd JOHN FOGERTY Nov. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THE FAB FOUR Nov. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall AGNOSTIC FRONT Nov. 17, Brewsterâ€™s Pit RIDERS IN THE SKY Nov. 18, The Florida Theatre FUSEBOX FUNK Nov. 19, Mojo Kitchen CRO-MAGS Nov. 19, Brewsterâ€™s Pit TRAPPED UNDER ICE Nov. 22, Brewsterâ€™s Pit MAC MILLER, PAC DIV, CASEY VEGGIES Nov. 23, Florida Theatre LEGENDARY JCâ€™s Nov. 23, Mojo Kitchen COL. BRUCE HAMPTON Nov. 23, Mojo Kitchen SKILLREX, 12th PLANET, TWO FRESH Dec. 11, Freebird Live JJ GREY & MOFRO, YANKEE SLICKERS Dec. 29, Mavericks MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Feb. 2, The Florida Theatre
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every Sun. CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Live music every weekend GENNAROâ€™S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend INDIGO ALLEY, 316 Centre St., 261-7222 Dan Voll & the Alley Cats at 8 p.m. every Sat. Frankieâ€™s Jazz Jam at 7:30 p.m. every Tue. Open mic at 7 p.m. every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Oâ€™KANEâ€™S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELDâ€™S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess, Hupp & Rob every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffieldâ€™s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Cason at 2 p.m. at the tiki bar every Sat. & Sun. THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Andy Haney on Sept. 2 & 5. Gary Stewart on Sept. 3. Richard Smith on Sept. 6. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.
AJâ€™S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed. Karaoke every Thur. MEEHANâ€™S TAVERN, 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 5, 551-7076 Karaoke every Wed. Live music every Fri. Open mic every Wed. MVPâ€™S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. PLUSH, RAIN, LAVA, 845 University Blvd. N., 745-1845 DJ Massive spins top 40 in Rain every Wed., DJs spin Latin every Fri.; house & techno in Z-Bar every Fri. TONINOâ€™S TRATTORIA & MARTINI BAR, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams at 6 p.m. every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198
Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. Reggae every Thur. Live music every Fri. Old school jams every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun.
BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Goliath Flores and Sam Rodriguez every Thur. Bush Doctors every 1st Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every 1st & 4th Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition every Industry Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Rocco Blu at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3. Live music every Fri. & Sat. TOM & BETTYâ€™S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.
THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Roy Luis spins new & vintage original house at 9 p.m. every Thur. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri. TONY Dâ€™S NEW YORK PIZZA & RESTAURANT, 8358 Point Meadows Dr., 322-7051 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri.
(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) THE ATLANTIC, 333 N. First St., 249-3338 Rice, Wild Life Society, Bastogne and After The Bomb, Baby! on Sept. 4. The Infader spins every Wed. DJ Wes Reed spins every Thur. DJ Jade spins old wave & â€™80s retro, SilverStar spins hip hop every Fri. DJ Wes Reed spins â€™80s, old school, remixes & mashups, Capone spins top 40 & dance faves every Sat.
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A day of rest and local jams! A Labor Day party with live music by RICE, Wild Life Society (pictured), Bastogne, After the Bomb, Baby! as well as DJs spinning crazy jams is held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 5 at The Atlantic, 333 N. First St., Jax Beach. Admission is $5; $8 for ages 18-20. 249-3338. BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings classical island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLYâ€™S BOATHOUSE, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Incognito at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. Park Street at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2. Live music on Sept. 3. Incognito at noon, Dune Dogs at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Benn for open mic every Wed. BLUES ROCK CAFE, 831 N. First St., 249-0007 Live music every weekend. THE BRASSERIE, 1312 Beach Blvd., 249-5800 Live music every Wed. & Thur. BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ Anonymous every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Live music every Wed. DJ IBay every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Sun. CARIBBEE KEY, 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach, 270-8940
Peter Dearing from 9 p.m.-mid. on Aug. 30. Mark Oâ€™Quinn on Sept. 1. Pili Pili on Sept. 2 & 3. Paul Lundgren Band on Sept. 4. Mark Oâ€™Quinn on Sept. 5 CASA MARINA, 691 First St. N., 270-0025 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic on Sept. 7. Cloud 9 on Sept. 14 COPPER TOP, 1712 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 Karaoke with Billy McMahan from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Open mic every Wed. THE COURTYARD, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Al Monte at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 247-9880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANEâ€™S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Dune Dogs at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2. Not Unheard Band at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. John Thomas Jazz Group at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6
DICKâ€™S WINGS & GRILL, 311 Third St. N., 853-5004 Live music at 9 p.m. on Sept. 4. Open mic every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Reggae every Sun. Karaoke every Mon. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. EUROPEAN STREET, 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 Billy Bowers from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 4 FIONN MACCOOLâ€™S IRISH PUB, 333 First St. N., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sun. FLYâ€™S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Nate Holley every Mon. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. King Eddie reggae every Sun. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Bobby Lee Rodgers, Bonnie Blue and Chroma on Sept. 3 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Clayton Bush on Sept. 1. Matt Collins at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. Brady Reich at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 LILLIEâ€™S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. LYNCHâ€™S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 The Sweet Low Down on Sept. 2 & 3. Wits End on Sept. 4. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Nate Holley Band every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Video DJ & Karaoke every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Live music at 3 p.m. every Sun. Open mic at 5 p.m. every Wed. DJ Jason hosts Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Delta Dave on Aug. 30. Lucky Costello on Aug. 31. Wits End on Sept. 1. Three on Sept. 2. Darren Corlew Band on Sept. 3 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil 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 Toots Lorraine & the Traffic at 10 p.m. on Sept. 9 MONKEYâ€™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 Live music nightly NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat.
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OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Live music every weekend THE PIER RESTAURANT, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew from 2-7 p.m. every Sun. RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Billy Bowers on Aug. 31. Midlife Crisis on Sept. 1. Paul Lundgren on Sept. 2 & 3. A1A North on Sept. 4 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 Live music every Wed.-Mon. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Mas Appeal, Tough Junkie, Malecule, Arsun F!St and DJ Luminous on Sept. 2. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins synthpop, dance punk, neo-pychedelia, dream pop, lo-fi, shoe-gaze, post-punk, emo, indie-electronica, glam electro, electro-punk, noise rock and garage every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. DJ Chef Rocc spins hip hop & soul every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Live music every Tue. & Thur. Smooth Jazz Lunch at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. CLUB TSI, 333 E. Bay St. Live music every weekend DE REAL TING CAFE, 128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 DJs Mix Master Prince, Pete, Stylish, Big Bodie play reggae, calypso, R&B, hip hop and top 40 every Fri. & Sat. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones spins every Wed. DJ Scandalous spins every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Boomsong Singalong from 8-10 p.m. on Sept. 7 THE IVY ULTRA BAR, 113 E. Bay St., 356-9200 DJs 151 The Experience & C-Lo spin every Rush Hour Wed. DJ E.L. spins top 40, South Beach & dance classics every Pure Sat. MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every
Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 356-1110 Jerrod Niemann on Sept. 8. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. Saddle Up every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 John Earle on Sept. 1. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Nu Next Level at 9 p.m. on Sept. 1. Tony Neal at 5 p.m., Supernatural at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. Fats Lewis at 5:30 p.m., Supernatural at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. De Lions of Jah Reggae on the deck at 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. DJ BG every Mon.
BREWSTER’S PIT, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Tay Dizm, Youngbloodz and A.C.E. the Beast on Sept. 2 & 3. Ludovico Technique on Sept. 4. The Life We Knew and Prove Them Wrong on Sept. 6 BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Spanky the Band on Sept. 2 & 3. DJ Jack for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Two3 for ladies nite every Wed. DJ Two4 every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke with DJ Jack at 9 p.m. every Sun. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic
Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Rocco Blu on Sept. 2. The Karaoke Dude at 8 p.m. every Mon. Live music outside for Bike Night every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat.
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HAPPY OURS SPORTS GRILLE, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 101, 683-1964 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with John O’Connor from 7-10 p.m. every Wed. Cafe Groove Duo, Jay Terry & John O’Connor, from 8-11 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. THE NEW ORLEANS CAFE, 12760 San Jose Blvd., 880-5155 Jazz on the Deck 7-10 p.m. with Sleepy’s Connection every Tue. Open mic with Biker Bob at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Les B. Fine at 1 p.m. every Reggae Sun. Creekside Songwriters Showcase at 7 p.m. on the last Wed. each month RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Craig Hand every Sat. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri.
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Tallahassee-based hip-hop artist Tay Dizm (pictured) performs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 (which is an all-ages concert) at Brewster’s Pit, 14003 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Dizm (aka Artavious Smith) has recorded with rappers like Dolla, T-Pain and Young Cash. Tickets for each show are $10. 223-9850.
on Sept. 1, 2 & 3. DJ Waldo every Tue. DJ Papa Sugar every Wed. Buck Smith Project every Mon.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Thur. Garage Band at 8 p.m. every Fri. Jam & open mic at 4 p.m. every Biker Sunday.
NINETEEN at SAWGRASS, 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 Time2Swing at 6 p.m. every Thur. Strings of Fire every Sat. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., 280-5515 High Tides of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. Live music on Sept. 2 & 3. Darren Corlew every Tue. 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. LOMAX LODGE, 822 Lomax St., 634-8813 DJ Dots every Tue. Milan da Tin Man every Wed. DJ Christian every Sat. DJ Spencer every Sun. DJ Luminous every Mon. METRO, 2929 Plum St., 388-8719 DJ Chadpole every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke with KJ Rob every Sun., Mon. & Tue. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Northwest Calling Card, The Valley The Storm, Connor Pledge, Alan Willis and Melanie Martinez at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. Arlynn, Civil Parish, 4:35 On a Thursday, Christopher Noyes, Graham Crainshaw and Jesse Hartman at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 PIZZA PALACE ON THE PARK, 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 Jennifer Chase from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 WALKERS, 2692 Post St., 894-7465 Jax Arts Collaborative every Tue. Patrick & Burt every Wed. DJ Jeremiah every Thur. Acoustic every Thur.-Sat. Dr. Bill & His Solo Practice of Music at 5 p.m. every Fri.
A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Neil Freestone on Sept. 1. The Grapes of Roth on Sept. 2 & 3 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Smokin Joe
on Aug. 30. Colton McKenna at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. Colabsible B at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. Karaoke at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 & 3. Open mic night with TJ on Sept. 5 CAFE ELEVEN, 540 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311 Tim Kasher with Full Band, Aficionado and Best of Synthia at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30. John Vanderslice, Gospel Music and Holopaw at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 The Committee at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. Kenny & Tony at 2 p.m., The Committee at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on Sept. 4 CHICAGO PIZZA & BAKERY, 107 Natures Walk Pkwy., Ste. 101, 230-9700 Greg Flowers hosts openmic and jazz piano from 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Fri. CONCH HOUSE LOUNGE, 57 Comares Ave., 829-8646 Brad Newman at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1. LoriAnn at 3, Jerry Melfi at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. Humanzee & Preston Pohl at 3, Alex & Jim at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3. Pili Pili from 3-7 p.m., DJ Gibz at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4. Chubby McG at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5. Brad Newman every Thur. Live music at 3 p.m. every Sat. CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Stu Weaver every Mon. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 Mike Sweet from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. KOZMIC BLUZ PIZZA CAFE & ALE, 48 Spanish St., 825-4805 Live music every Fri., Sat. & Sun. MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at noon every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Vinny Jacobs every Tue. Todd & Molly Jones every Wed. Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Will Pearsall at 9 p.m. every Mon. THE REEF, 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 Richard Kuncicky from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Sun. SANGRIAS PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., 827-1947 Soul Searchers every Wed. Jim Asalta every Thur. Jazz every Fri. The Housecats every Sat. Sunny & the Flashbacks every Sun. SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex hosts Karaoke every Mon. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Hooch at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 & 3. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur. ZHANRAS, 108 Anastasia Blvd., 823-3367 Deron Baker & Soulo every Tue. DJ Cep spins ’80s & disco every Sun. Vinny Jacobs open mic every Mon.
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AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 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. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 2-7 p.m. 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 Bryan Ripper on Sept. 1. DiCarlo “D-Lo” Thompson on Sept. 2. Jimmy Solari on Sept. 3 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Tim O’Shea on Aug. 31. Charlie Walker on Sept. 1. Nate Holley on Sept. 2. Ron Rodriguez on Sept. 3. Billy Buchanan on Sept. 4. 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 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 Chris Cagle on Sept. 14. 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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ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Ben Bedford, Lis & Lon Williamson at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1. Don Handy on Sept. 6. 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 Channing & Quinn on Sept. 2. My First Circus on Sept. 3. Hawthorne Heights, Vifolly and Just Like Gentlemen on Sept. 4. Nekromantix and The Brains on Sept. 7 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger at 7 p.m. every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 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 Larry Mangum & Paradox at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 Rockin’ Roke at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1. Boogie Freaks at 8:30 p.m., VJ Shotgun at 11 p.m. on Sept. 2. Jamaru at 8:30 p.m., VJ Josh Frazetta at 11 p.m. on Sept. 3. 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 Cowford County Band on Sept. 2 & 3. Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. with DJ Dave. Open mic every Wed. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Big Engine every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL, 13141 City Station Drive, 696-0802 A1A Band at 9 p.m. on Sept. 9 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 Gary Wingard at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. Jeremiah Clark at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. Goliath Flores at 1 p.m. on Sept. 4 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic at 8 p.m. every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music at 8 p.m. every Sat. To be included in the live music listing, send all the vitals — time, date, location with street address, city, admission price and contact number — to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email events@ folioweekly.com. Live music listings are included on a spaceavailable basis.
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A Walk on the Wild Side: Performers and attendees at a recent DRAGstravaganza strut their stuff.
Kings of Queens
Club TSI’s monthly cross-dressing extravaganza has managed to turn a drag into a really good time DRAGSTRAVAGANZA “DRAG TO THE FUTURE” Friday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. Club TSI, 333 E. Bay St., Jacksonville Admission is $5; $7 for 18-20 ©ages 2011 Clubtsi.com
ortheast Floridians looking to spice up an otherwise bland Friday night should consider taking that wig down off the shelf — and join the scene at DRAGstravaganza. The monthly showcase, which features the city’s best amateur and professional drag queens in all of their dazzling glory, was the brainchild of Matthew Birmingham (aka Urethra Franklin) and April Leigh (aka Glitz La Leigh). The pair got the idea for the event earlier this year after a disappointing experience at a local drag show. “It cost a ridiculous $10 to get into, and we noticed that a lot of the people were dressed in drag, but only the typical pageant style we’ve all seen,” says Birmingham. “Even worse, only the queens performing got any limelight.” The pair contacted friend Jason Grimes, who owns Club TSI, and asked if they could stage their own weirder, more affordable drag night at his club. For Grimes, the idea seemed perfect for TSI. “Over the last two years, we’ve really moved into diversification for the club in terms of music and lifestyles,” he says. “For all the different people that come through downtown, we wanted the club to be as diverse as possible. And DRAGstravaganza is a really interesting mix of faces and people.” DRAGstravaganza kicked off its first show in May and has become a monthly staple at TSI. The event on Sept. 2 will feature emcee extraordinaire ISIS and performances by Gigi La Fleur, Bizarrika LeStrange, Twinkie, Keisha Kandi, Lola Naomi and DJ John Brown. Each
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show has a theme, with this month’s edition billed as “Drag to the Future.” Birmingham, a 24-year-old Jacksonville native, says he got hooked on cross-dressing during the summer between seventh and eighth grade, he was greatly influenced by Marilyn Manson and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “Before I knew it, I was crossdressing at least once a week,” he says. “I’ve
Cochrane didn’t really get involved in the Jacksonville cross-dressing scene until he met local drag superstar Siren at Park Place in Riverside five years ago. “She became my Fairy Drag Mother,” he says. had over a dozen different drag personas in the years I’ve been performing. Now, [his persona] Urethra Franklin is the Queen Bitch!” With DRAGstravaganza, Birmingham says, the people of Jacksonville can “break from the norm and enjoy a night that celebrates the underground performance art movement.” Each month features a DJ along with rapping and live music, a hookah bar, light shows and, raves Birmingham, champagne specials. When co-founder Leigh moved to Atlanta, Birmingham teamed up with cross-dressing
rapper Carl Cochrane (aka Twinkie) to assist with the planning and promotions for the monthly event. Cochrane, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., moved to Jacksonville 10 years ago. Through the character of Twinkie, the 31-year-old has been pursuing his musical career as a hip-hop artist. “Twinkie is the perfect character for me to get myself out there,” he says. “There are definitely gay rappers out there, but none of them have crossed over. I would love for the masses to hear Twinkie’s music and realize that cross-dresser or not, the bitch can flow!” Cochrane started cross-dressing at 16 when he attended a Halloween party dressed as Tina Turner. But he didn’t really get involved in the Jacksonville cross-dressing scene until he met local drag superstar Siren at Park Place in Riverside five years ago. The chance meeting changed Cochrane’s life. “She became my Fairy Drag Mother. She invited me to perform at her event that very Sunday night in Riverside. The crowd loved me. I was sold.” Though both openly gay, Birmingham and Cochrane emphasize that DRAGstravaganza is not a gay-only event. “The whole idea behind the event is to promote inclusion for everyone,” says Cochrane. “I would love for people who maybe have never been to a gay bar to come out and realize that gay, straight, transgender or bi, that we can all relate and have a good time.” Birmingham concurs. “We’re aiming to bridge the gap between the gay and straight communities. I hate the fact that there is even a separation between the two in the fi rst place. We want everyone to be a part of our party.” Damian K. Lahey email@example.com
Mixed-Media Mogul: 1) Artist Steve Williams and some pieces from his recent “Currency” collection, including 2) “Banco Central de Cuba” 3) “Grant” and 4) “Jackson.”
Artist Steve Williams plugs into the realm of social media for his latest performance piece
teve Williams is a shape-shifter. For the past two decades, this longtime Northeast Florida resident has been in a state of near-constant motion, guided by personal inspiration, community-minded projects and quite possibly a higher-realm case of ADHD. Mixed-media artist, curator, gallery owner, graphic designer, father of three and company prez — the hyperkinetic yet humble Williams delivers on all roles with a discerning creative drive and refreshing sense of humor. Earlier this year, the fortysomething Williams’ collection, “Currency,” explored the aesthetics and symbols of the international world of cold hard cash. His latest work, “Pound,” is a performance piece centered on the ultimate palette of momentary and ephemeral ideas: social media. During the upcoming First Wednesday Art Walk, “Pound” places Williams in a real time interactive collaboration with both the Art Walk and Twitter audiences (@_SteveWilliams already boasts nearly 8,000-plus followers) to explore what he calls the “unpredictable nature” of a world of streaming feeds, “likes” and carefully cultivated profiles. Prior to the event, Williams will announce his location via @_SteveWilliams and with the tag #pound. When people arrive, he will incorporate the various social media platforms into his live performance. What will ensue — a mix of art and chaos — is impossible to predict. But it will certainly be art in the moment. Fittingly, Williams (stevewilliamsstudio. com) answered Folio Weekly’s questions via email and text while benched in Puerto Rico, as that island paradise was being whipped by the rainy winds of Hurricane Irene.
Folio Weekly: How would you describe “Pound”? Steve Williams: “Pound” is about pounding out the feed, it’s about pounding on the pavement, it’s a pound of flesh, it’s a pound of money, it’s a pound cake … it’s, it’s a pound of my work. “Pound” covers so many mediums that have come together for me. Digital clips will be broadcast, combining something that is moving and active with still pieces and sounds bites. F.W.: How central are Twitter and Facebook in your own life? S.W.: Those social utilities have permeated
F.W.: How has social media affected your work? S.W.: I am able to keep in contact and build a personal relationship with a community of art-interested people that I could never maintain through gallery shows and mailers. It’s [also] been a vehicle for me to release a more poetic voice than by what’s available by sight alone. When I was just starting to work on “Currency” and experiment with formats, I posted a piece to kind of put my feelers out. I know when I’ve done something that satisfies my creative urge, but as an artist, it’s easy to get too much in your own head. I got a lot of supportive and constructive feedback
“There are plenty of purists out there who have a narrow focus of what art is made of. If it isn’t paint from a tube that’s brushed on a canvas, chiseled marble or a clay sculpture they think it is just crappy crafts. I think that our world is bigger and broader than that.” my life on every level. Forget about what it has done for me professionally for a minute and focus on how it has revolutionized people’s relationships. Yeah, there is a part of it that can get all creepy and stalker-y (we’ve all gone there at 2 a.m.), but for the average person, I would guess that it has brought them closer to friends and family and has been a platform for sharing their life. Being able to read a Twitter feed or see someone’s info page answers a lot of questions that never have to be asked. I think it’s amazing.
that let me know that what I was trying to accomplish was translating and what I needed to work on or magnify. It certainly gave me the mental energy and encouragement to push forward. F.W.: Do you think that, in some regard, digital tools and media have ruined your use of classical materials (i.e., paint, pencil, ink …)? Is it hard to go back to candles after clicking on the halogens? S.W.: There are plenty of purists out there who have a narrow focus of what art is made
of. I’m not talking about the objectivesubjective angle; I’m talking materials. If it isn’t paint from a tube that’s brushed on a canvas, chiseled marble or a clay sculpture, they think it is just crappy crafts. I think that our world, and in large part to what technology has brought to the table, is bigger and broader than that. I don’t want to confine myself or be limited by the way things have always been done. F.W.: While technology has literally redefined what artists can do and how they work, does it concern you that its very impermanent nature is almost “anti-legacy”? S.W.: I don’t think that the role technology plays is in any way anti-legacy. It may morph and change, but isn’t that wonderful? What’s happening now is fast-paced and reflective of how we live. F.W.: Do you think that visionary painter and S&M nut Francis Bacon would’ve been more of a Twitter freak or Facebook head? S.W.: I think that the celebrated artists of eras gone by would be floored by what’s possible now. If Francis Bacon were alive today and had a cell phone with unlimited texting, I’m pretty sure he’d be organizing flash mobs of selfdestruction left and right, and at the same time obsessing over which Facebook friends didn’t send him any birthday greetings. Dan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Williams’ mobile/internet performance piece “Pound” happens on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 5-9 p.m. Williams’ Twitter account is mobile.twitter.com/_stevewilliams.
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Works by photographer Ken Barrett Jr. are on display from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Anastasia Books, 81C King St., St. Augustine. Barrett’s photographs have been featured in books published by Pineapple Press and University of Florida Press. 827-0075.
ANGEL STREET Fernandina Little Theatre stages this Scotland Yard mystery at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 6 and at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $12.50. 206-2607. THE LONESOME WEST Players by the Sea presents Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about two Irish brothers at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2 and 3 at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors, military and students. 249-0289. OUR TOWN Theatre Jacksonville presents Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of small-town America at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 and at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 3 at 2032 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. 396-4425. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents this hilarious dark comedy, about a pair of con men who get a little comeuppance, at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 1-4, at 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 4 at 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $42$49. 641-1212. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER St. Augustine Murder Mystery Dinner Theater stages 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.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
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RITZ YOUTH GROUP SEEKS MUSICIANS The Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers auditions vocalists and musicians ages 12-18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis. St., Jacksonville. Musicians should be prepared to play major scales; vocalists should prepare to sing one stanza of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” along with a personal selection that shows vocal range. Participants must have at least a 2.0 GPA. 632-5555. CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE SEEKS ARTISTS This Riverside pizzeria seeks 15 neighborhood-based artists to create original work on the walls and floors of the eatery. Artwork must be themed around equality, acceptance, peace, neighborhood, unity, etc. Deadline for portfolio submission is Sept. 1. 387-1400. JCAAA CALL TO ARTISTS The Art Center Cooperative seeks works for its juried show, “Images of Dignity”; works should reflect positive figures or events in African-American history. Entry fee is $25 for up to three works of art. Pieces can be dropped off from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 2 and from 10 a.m.noon on Sept. 3 at 229 Hogan St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $25; free to members. 537-3364. jcaaa.blogspot.com “5 X 500”: COMMUNITY CAMERA PHONE PROJECT PHOTOJAX 2011 accepts entries for inclusion in “5 x 500,” a community-response art project showcasing camera phone imagery. Submit images taken locally from a cell phone utilizing the theme “River City, Sand and Sea.” 500 winning entries are projected for five seconds, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. Submissions include image title, type of cell phone used, name, address and phone number. Images must be 72 dpi. Send to email@example.com CALL TO ARTISTS The Jacksonville Fine Arts Festival seeks original poster artwork for its festival to be held in Avondale’s Boone Park on March 24 and 25, 2012. The winning submission gets a free 10x10 exhibitor’s space. Send 300 dpi
submissions, including name and media, to firstname.lastname@example.org CALLING ALL SHAG DANCERS The First Coast Shag Club, for beginners and intermediate, meets every Wed. at 7 p.m. at River City Brewing Company, 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. 398-2299. firstcoastshagclub.com HAND DRUM CLASSES Amber Hall teaches hand drum rudiments every Fri. at 7:30 p.m. at Midnight Sun, 1055 Park St., Jacksonville. Class fee is $10. 358-3869. VINTAGE PLAYERS SEEK NEW MEMBERS This theatrical troupe for ages 50-plus seeks new members. 737-1541 or 645-3374. DANCERS WANTED Braided Light Dance Project auditions male and female dancers at 1 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Barbara Thompson School of Dance, 8595 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Bring a recent résumé and $10 audition fee. braidedlightdanceproject.org CALL FOR YOUTH ARTISTS The Adrian Pickett Gallery seeks children artists ages 8-17 for its Jr. JAX Art Expo program, to teach kids about the business of art. The expo is held on Oct. 22. The gallery also needs volunteers and sponsors for this inaugural event. 962-2540. adrianpickett.com FIRST COAST CHORALE SEEKS SINGERS This community vocal group auditions all vocal ranges in Gregorian chant, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and 20th-century styles, from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 3976 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. 535-4779.
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
SATURDAYS AT JAZZLAND Vocalist Carole Freeman joins the Scott Giddens Trio at 9 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. 240-1009. JOHN THOMAS COMBO Pianist Thomas leads his combo at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. DOC HANDY This jazz percussionist leads his combo at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 at European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Advance tickets are $10. 399-1740. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts perform at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio performs at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum performs at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ AT GENNARO’S Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano features live jazz at 7:30 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 5472 First Coast Highway, Fernandina Beach. 491-1999. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie features live jazz nightly at 7 p.m. at 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.
ART WALKS & FESTIVALS
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK This self-guided tour features 25 participating galleries from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 2 in downtown St. Augustine. 829-0065. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on
Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. RAM hosts Literary Day on Sept. 7 with more than 20 local authors on hand to talk books, tell stories and host workshops on the craft. Admission is free. 554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com
CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. Drop-In Art, a weekly art class held from 5-6 p.m. on Aug. 30, gives kids ages 4-10 the chance to explore the galleries and create their own art. Fee is $5 per child. The class “Painting Fundamentals” is held from 1:30-5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7. All levels welcome. Class fee is $188; $168 for members. The education-themed exhibit “One in Three: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis” is on display through Dec. 20. “New View: Interpretations of the Cummer Gardens,” featuring works by students from DASOTA, is on display through Oct. 1. The exhibit, “Ralph H. & Constance I. Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain,” is displayed through Dec. 31. The restored Tudor Room gallery is open through Dec. 31. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. Jim Smith’s “Eureka! Steampunk at the Karpeles” is on display through Sept. 30 and features 20 surreal assemblages. The permanent collection features a variety of rare manuscripts. Open Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. Photographer Melanie Pullen’s exhibit, “High Fashion Crime Scenes,” is featured in Project Atrium through Nov. 6. Family Fun Free Day is held from noon-4 p.m. every Sun. Open Tue.Sun. mocajacksonville.org RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. Auditions for the youth group RSVP are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 30. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. “Lift Ev’ry Voice in LaVilla,” an exhibit of African-American history in Jacksonville, is on permanent display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
ADELE GRAGE CULTURAL CENTER 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-5828. Painter Diana Patterson’s exhibit “Not So Long Ago” is on display through Sept. 8. ANASTASIA BOOKS 81C King St., St. Augustine, 827-0075. Works by photographer Ken Barrett Jr. are on display from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 2. AVONDALE ARTWORKS 3568 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. The opening reception for Keith Doles’ exhibit “Metropolis” is held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 2. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. BUTTERFIELD GARAGE ART GALLERY 137 King St., St. Augustine, 825-4577. The opening reception for the latest works by painter Dane Julian and ceramicist Jerry Peters is held from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 2. The exhibit is on display through Sept. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. Painter Diantha York-Ripley’s “Reflections” is on display through Oct. 10. GALLERY 1037 Reddi-Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 398-3161. Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou and Mary St. Germain are the featured artists through Oct. 31. THE GROOVE CAFE 128 SeaGrove Town Center, St. Augustine Beach, 547-2740. Rita Kenyon is the featured artist through Sept. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The juried theme show “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” is on display through Sept. LUFRANO INTERCULTURAL GALLERY One UNF Drive, Student Union Bldg. 58 E., Ste. 2401, Jacksonville, 620-2475. Photographer John Vriesema’s show, “After 9/11 A Few Days Later, We Will Not Forget,” is on display through Sept. 28. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 730-2100. An exhibit featuring works by the Jacksonville Camera Club is on display through Sept. 21. W.B. TATTER STUDIO GALLERY 76 A San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-9263. Painter Katherine Marsh’s “Feathers” is the featured exhibit through Sept. For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to Dan Brown, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email email@example.com. Events are included on a spaceavailable basis.
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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 Sept. 15 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-1273. ALHAMBRA CELEBRITY WEEK CHARITY Local celebs appear in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville with ticket sales benefiting their charity of choice. T-U columnist Ron Littlepage kicks off the week on Aug. 30 in a performance benefiting the St. Johns Riverkeeper Fund. Bruce Hamilton (WJXT-TV4 Morning Show) “acts” for The Hope Chest on Aug. 31; Sharon Wilbur (Fox30 Action News) performs to benefit the Forsaken Generation Project on Sept. 1; Mike Barz (Action News) performs for his Pat Barz Scholarship for Nursing Excellence on Sept. 2. For the Sept. 3 matinee, Patricia Crosby (First Coast News) appears on behalf of The HEAL Foundation, and the evening performance features former Jaguar Tony Boselli acting for his Boselli Foundation. The event wraps up with Robbie Rose (WQIK-FM 99.1) on stage for the Camp Tracy Children’s Home. A bonus donation to the organization will be made on behalf of the celebrity who draws the biggest crowd. 641-1212.
9/11 COMMEMORATION The city of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue and OneJax hold this ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, downtown. The free event, honoring those who died, features stories from people who were there. 630-2489. JACKSONVILLE TATTOO CONVENTION The annual convention is held on Sept. 2, 3 and 4 at Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village, Exit 323 off I-95, St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 each day; $35 for a threeday pass. Artists, vendors, live entertainment by Fusebox Funk, seminars, contests and activities are featured. conventionpros.com UNION GARRISON Living history interpreters recreate life during the War Between the States on Sept. 3 and 4 at Ft. Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Artillery demonstrations, marching drills and encampment life are depicted. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES The Community Lecture Series “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Glory: An Interdisciplinary Evaluation of War” presents Tracy Upchurch at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6 in the college’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Upchurch discusses “Friends of the Old Flag: Unionists in Civil War Florida.” Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 819-6282. SOUNDS ON CENTRE A free community concert, featuring the band Beech Street Blues Band, is held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 2 in downtown Fernandina Beach, between Second and Front streets. Bring a chair. downtownfernandina.com CRAFT BEER TASTING Taste more than 50 craft beers including Shipyard, Magic Hat, Leinenkugel’s and Sea Dog, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 295 Royal Palm Drive, Atlantic Beach. Local restaurants, including North Beach Bistro, offer samples of beer-friendly foods. Admission is $10. 246-8343. JAGUARS KICKOFF LUNCHEON The annual luncheon is held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Admission is $45 per person; a $450 corporate table of nine includes a Jaguar player, coach, staff or ROAR Cheerleader (randomly assigned) in the 10th seat. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the entire team and coaching staff, The Roar and Jaxson De Ville are on hand. 366-6600. myjaxchamber.com MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series continues with Triple Rock Blues Band from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 31 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 Farmers play at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 under the oaks at Plaza de la Constitución, located between Cathedral Place and King Street, St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Jazz Society wraps up the series at 1 p.m. on Sept. 5. Bring lounge chairs. staugustinegovernment.com/sites/concerts-plaza COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Lasermania at 5 p.m., Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 7 p.m. and Pink Floyd: Best of the Wall at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET Mike Bernos appears at 10:30 a.m., Red Afternoon at 11:45 a.m. and Jerry Maniscalo plays at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Riverside Arts Market, held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, downtown. Local and regional artists and a farmers market are featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com
HOMEOWNER ENERGY UPDATES Homeowners within 200 percent of the poverty guideline can receive free energy efficiency updates to their homes through the Weatherization Assistance Program offered by St. Johns Housing Partnership. Residents interested in the program need a Social Security card, driver’s license, proof of home ownership, current utility bill and proof of income in order to fill out the application. Contact the St. Johns Housing Partnership at 824-0902; in Clay County, call 215-1229. FloridaCommunityDevelopment.org/WAP FIRST COAST BLOOD DRIVE It’s a blood drive with bigger perks than OJ and a cookie: Everyone who registers to donate blood is entered to win a 2012 Honda Civic LX from Lucas Honda, an iPad2, tickets to a Veterans Memorial event and a chance to go to the Jags/ Colts game in a private suite. The drive is held from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., downtown Jacksonville. To make an appointment, go to igiveblood.com or call 888-998-2243. ALCOHOL VENDOR TRAINING The Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition, Fernandina Beach Police Department and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco offer a free, two-hour course for restaurants and bars on the moral and legal responsibilities associated with alcohol abuse, from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 6 and from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 28, at Fernandina Beach Police Department, 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach. The retail stores course is offered from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 8 and from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 29. 277-7342. VA HOMEBUYERS WORKSHOP The Military Assistance Network offers this workshop, for anyone considering or in the process of obtaining a VA loan, from 6:30-7:30 on Aug. 30 at Best Western, 4580 Collins Road, Orange Park. Space is limited; register at MilitaryAssistanceNetwork.org. (855) 822-7747. 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
POLITICS & ACTIVISM
BOOKS & WRITING
REDISTRICTING MEETING A meeting to discuss the Jacksonville City Council’s proposed district changes is held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Florida State College at Jacksonville campus, Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Room B1204, Jacksonville. 724-1955. 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 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
RON WHITTINGTON Whittington reads and signs copies of his book, “Second Strike,” from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Anastasia Books, 81C King St., St. Augustine. Proceeds benefit The Arc of the St. Johns nonprofit. 827-0075. BOOK CLUB Anastasia Island Book Club gathers at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine. The book is Tracy Chevalier’s “Remarkable Creatures.” 209-3731. COMMUNITY READ Jacksonville Public Library and Community Connections are
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encouraging city residents to read “The Power of Half — One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back,“ by Kevin Salwen and his daughter Hannah. The Community Read will culminate with an Oct. 20 appearance by the author at the Main Library in the Hicks Auditorium. Visit jaxpubliclibrary. org for more info.
COMEDY LATITUDE 30 COMEDY Comedians are featured at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2 and 3 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Tickets are $13. 365-5555. DON “DC” CURRY The Comedy Zone features All Stars at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 31. Don “DC” Curry appears at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 3 at 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Janet Williams (The Tennessee Tramp) and Dan Whitehurst appear on Sept. 2 and 3 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $15. 461-8843.
UPCOMING SESAME STREET LIVE “ELMO’S SUPER HEROES” Sept. 16, 17 & 18, T-U Center HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL Oct. 1, Palencia Club, St. Augustine CELTIC THUNDER Oct. 9, T-U’s Moran Theater FOLIO WEEKLY’S OKTOBERFEST Oct. 15 28TH ANNUAL CARING CHEFS Oct. 23, The Avenues Mall DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Nov. 8-13, T-U Center’s Moran Theater A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS Nov. 30, The Florida Theatre
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS JAGUARS VS RAMS The Jacksonville Jaguars’ last preseason home game, against the St. Louis Rams, is played at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Jacksonville. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000. jaguars.com
JACKSONVILLE SUNS The final homestand, against the Jackson Generals, starts at 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games are also played at 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 2, 3 and 4 and at 3:05 p.m. on Sept. 5. Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com JAX GIANTS GOLF TOURNAMENT The inaugural tournament is held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Deercreek Country Club, 7816 McLaurin Road N., Jacksonville. Admission is $400 per foursome. Proceeds benefit the 26.2 Donna Foundation. 355-6531. jacksonvillegiants.com JUNIOR PLAYERS The fifth annual Junior Players Championship is held Aug. 31Sept. 4 at TPC Sawgrass, 100 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Admission is free. ajga.org THE BEAR RACE The 13th annual Beach Extreme Adventure Race is held at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Bayard Conservation Area, J.P. Hall Preserve, Green Cove Springs. Teams compete in paddle, climb, swim, bike, run and orienteering. 285-1552. performancemultisports.com WOMEN’S RUGBY The team will be holding fall practice from 7-9 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. starting Sept. 6 at 9A/Baymeadows Regional Park, 8000 Baymeadows Road E., Jacksonville. No experience is necessary. jaxwomensrugby.com 5K RUN WITH F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The 5K Run/Walk is held at 9 a.m., the 1-mile Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Selva Marina Country Club, 1600 Selva Marina Drive, Atlantic Beach. Proceeds benefit the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Christian Cancer Care programs. 241-4211, ext. 427. friendsccg.com ENDLESS SUMMER TRAINING CAMP The mini-camp, prep for the run/walk to be held on Sept. 17, is held at 7 a.m. on Sept. 3 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. endlesssummerrun.org FLORIDA SEA TURTLES A ranger discusses the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures at 2 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the multi-use trail pavilion, south beach area on Little Talbot Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org TALBOT ISLAND TEMPORARY USE CHANGE The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, will periodically close the Bluffs recreational area during construction of the next segment of the Timucuan Multi-Use Trail. The work will last about three weeks. Beach access on Big Talbot Island will be provided by Black Rock Trail. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org 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.
Grin and Bear It: The annual Bear Race features teams competing to kayak (5-10 miles), climb, bike (15-25 miles), swim and trek (15-20 miles) along the surprise course before the event’s 10-hour time limit is up. The grueling 13th annual Beach Extreme Adventure Race is held at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Bayard Conservation Area, J.P. Hall Preserve, Green Cove Springs. performancemultisports.com
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396-7062. “The Shell: 530 Million Years of Inspired Design“ runs through Sept. 18. “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” runs through Oct. 30. themosh.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. BIKE RIDE ON THE BEACH This fundraiser is held at 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 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
BUSINESS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The Government Affairs Committee of the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce meets at chamber headquarters, from 8:309:30 a.m. on Aug. 31 at 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. The committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting chamber members. 261-3248. WOMEN’S EXPO The St. Augustine Chapter of the Women in Business Network holds the expo from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the main conference rooms at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine. Local women in business showcase products and services and door prizes and giveaways are featured. Proceeds benefit Flagler Health Care Foundation Inc. 631-1662, 819-4494. wibnetwork.org SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB The annual Military Appreciation Luncheon is held at noon on Aug. 31 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.
KIDS LEGO BRICK CLUB This kids’ club meets from 3:30-5 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine. 209-3731. STORY TIME This free program is held from 10:30-11 a.m. every first and third Sat. at Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach. 261-7378. JAX ZOO Rescued penguins are housed in the Tuxedo Coast exhibit, and endangered wood storks’ nests are alive with chicks at Jacksonville Zoo’s Play Park, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville.
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CLASSES & GROUPS DANCE CLASSES Dance classes and clinics, fitness workouts and aerobic dance instruction are offered at 8286 Western Way Circle, Ste. C2B, Jacksonville. For dates, times and fess, call 476-3569. firstname.lastname@example.org PING PONG TOURNAMENT Tournaments are held at 7 p.m. every Mon. at Blues Rock Inn 831 N. First St., Jax Beach. 249-0007. AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP This group meets at 7:30 p.m. on every fourth Wed. each month, at Baptist Hospital, Function Room C, 800 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 355-5451. BELLY DANCING CLASS Kawakeb offers classes in how to make a belly dancing costume and how to belly dance balancing a sword and other objects from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Ponce de Leon Mall’s Dance Theatre Studio, Ste. 29, 2121 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. Fee is $30. (917) 293-0503. 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 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. 3586262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RE-STORE The store, packed with great bargains such as furniture, building materials, appliances and all kinds of household items, is located at 2745 Industry Center Road, Ste. 8, St. Augustine, just off S.R. 16, west of Four Mile Road. 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 and 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 space-available basis.
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Mon.-Sat. 833 T.J. Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ O’KANE’S IRISH PUB F Rustic, genuine Irish pub up front, eatery in back, featuring daily specials, fish-n-chips, and soups served in a sourdough bread bowl. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sun. 318 Centre St. 261-1000. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PICANTE GRILL ROTISSERIE BAR F Picante offers flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and homestyle empanadas. BW, CM, TO. B, L & D daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee. 310-9222. $$ PLAE In Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 2010 winner. Elegant dining featuring local seafood and produce, served in a contemporary coastal setting. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island. 491-6746. $$$$ SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT & MARINA F Dine inside or on the deck. Snow crab legs, fresh fish, shellfish dishes. FB. L & D, daily. 9716 Heckscher Dr., Ft. George Island. 251-2449. $$ 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. $$ SNAPPER’S BAR & SEAFOOD GRILL The Amelia Island restaurant offers traditional bar-and-grill fare, including tacos, wraps, sandwiches, soups and burgers, as well as fish, shellfish and steaks. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 960062 Gateway Blvd. 491-6888. $$ 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. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax 2010 winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$
ARLINGTON, REGENCY EAST COAST BUFFET F A 160+ item Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian buffet. Dine in, take out. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat.; Sun. brunch. 9569 Regency Sq. Blvd. N. 726-9888. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL See Mandarin. 9070 Merrill. 743-2662. $$ KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Steak & shrimp, filet mignon & lobster, shrimp & scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10055 Atlantic Blvd. 724-8883. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $$ 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. $$ NERO’S CAFE F Nero’s serves traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ 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 DINERF The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch items like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $
AVONDALE, ORTEGA BISCOTTIS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Halfportions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ 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. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Middle Eastern
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BAYMEADOWS AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned-andoperated New York-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, and traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Dine-in or delivered. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$ CAFE CONFLUENCE F This European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHA-CHA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT F Owner Celso Alvarado offers authentic Mexican fare with 26 combo dinners and specialty dishes including chalupas, enchiladas, burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd. 737-9903. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F The first four elements are earth, water, air and fire — but here they prepare authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Extensive menu of entrées, clay-oven grilled Tandoori specialties and chicken tandoor, fish, seafood and korma. L, Mon.-Sat., D, daily. 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8. 620-0777. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. larryssubs.com $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE F This Lebanese restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ 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. $$ ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS F The menu includes hot dogs with slaw, chili cheese, sauerkraut; and small pizzas. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4. 733-0588. orangetreehotdogs.com $ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. B/W. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$
PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ UDIPI CAFE Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. L & D, Tue.-Fri. 8642 Baymeadows Rd.promise 402-8084. $ of benefit VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $
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(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Subs are madeto-order fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACH BUDS CHICKEN F The family-owned place serves marinated fried or baked chicken: family meals (kids like Peruvian nuggets), giant tenders, in box lunches and as MiniMe sandwiches, along with gizzards, livers, 15 sides and fried or blackened shrimp, fish, conch fritters, deviled crabs. TO. L & D, daily. 1289 Penman Road. 247-2828. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets and Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ 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. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheesesteak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ 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. $$$ BUDDHA’S BELLY F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$ BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 Third St. N. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CARIBBEE KEY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AmerCaribbean cuisine includes seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Open-air deck bar upstairs; outdoor dining downstairs. FB. L & D, daily. 100 N. First St., Neptune Beach. 270-8940. $$ CASA MARIA F See Springfield. 2429 S. 3rd 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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB Four Culhane sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, featuring Guy Fieri’s (“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”) fave items — Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ CYCLONES TEX-MEX CANTINAF This new place offers freshly made Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas,
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tacos, burritos, tamales and taco salad. Lunch combos include Mexican rice and beans. FB. L & D, daily. 1222 Third St. S. 694-0488. $$ DICK’S WINGSF This NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2010 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F This Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Daily specials, too. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT Casual dining with uptown Irish flair, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 333 N. First St. 242-9499. $$ 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. $$ IGUANA’S CANTINA This new Mexican place offers traditional favorites at moderate prices. CM, FB. Free Wifi and outdoor dining. L & D, daily. 1266 Beach Blvd. 853-6356. $$ 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. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE F A Beaches tradition for 20+ years. Favorites are Szechwan ahi tuna, lasagna Bolognese and wood-fired pizza. Inside or patio. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ 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 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 dinner items and daily drink specials. CM, FB. D, daily; L & D, weekends; brunch, Sun. 412 First St. 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 tapasstyle 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. $ 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. $$$ KOJA SUSHIF Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ OLIO MARKET F The newest addition to the downtown scene offers freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées in an open contemporary environment. Located at the bottom of the Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in the casual renovated space. L, Mon.-Fri.; late nite for Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Mon.-Fri.; L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ ZODIAC GRILLF Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $
FLEMING ISLAND CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ HONEY B’S CAFE Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, French toast. Lunch offers entrée salads, quiches, build-yourown burgers. Peanut butter pie is a favorite. Tea parties every Sat. B & L, daily. 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 8. 264-7325. $$ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$
WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, specializes in AYCE freshwater catfish. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. Come by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $
INTRACOASTAL AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL See Mandarin. 14035 Beach Blvd. 992-9294. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Family-ownedand-operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$ TKO’S THAI HUT F The menu offers Thai fusion 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. $$ ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Traditional Mediterranean family recipes blend in Spanish, French, Italian and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Harbour Village. 221-7066. $$
JULINGTON, NW ST. JOHNS BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ 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. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, including a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$
MANDARIN AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ 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,
Seasonal European cuisine and an assortment of tapas, small plates, and wood-fired pizzas await diners at the upscale yet rustic Taverna, on the square in San Marco.
out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax 2010 winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) GOLDEN CORRAL Family-friendly place offers a legendary buffet featuring a variety of familiar favorites as well as new items. B, L & D, daily. 11470 San Jose Blvd. 886-9699. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS The American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT The fusion-style sushi restaurant offers oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. BW & sake. L & D, daily. 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8. 288-7999. $$ 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. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Organic supermarket with full deli and salad bar serving wraps, quesadillas, chopped salads, vegetarian dishes. Fresh juice and smoothie bar. Indoor and outdoor seating. Mon.-Sat. 10000 San Jose Blvd. 260-6950. $ PICASSO’S PIZZERIA F Specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 10503 San Jose Blvd. 880-0811. $$ 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. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F 100+ prepared items at a fullservice and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Madeto-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$
ORANGE PARK ARON’S PIZZA F This family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ BLU TAVERN F This restaurant has an upscale feel with a casual atmosphere. Favorites include bread pudding and Orange Park salad. Blu also serves pasta dishes, burgers, seafood, pork, beef and steaks. CM, FB. L & D, daily; B, Sat. & Sun. only. 1635 Wells Rd. 644-7731. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sports-themed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL See Mandarin. 582 Blanding Blvd. 272-0755. $$ 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, fettuccine, lasagna, ziti, calzones, linguini, tortellini, 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. $$
PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS AL’S PIZZA F Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, Homemade breads, pizza, white pizza, calzones and Italian entrees. Voted Best Pizza in Jax by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2010. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine includes fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$
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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. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 2010 winner. See San Marco. 8141 A1A. 285-0014. $$$$ 619 OCEAN VIEW Dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. FB, CM. D, Wed.-Sun. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Cabana Beach Club. 285-6198. $$$ 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. $$
RIVERSIDE, 5 POINTS, WESTSIDE AJ’S ON PARK STREET F AJ’s is a casual barbecue spot serving smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket, seafood and dishes made with a Latin touch. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 630 Park St. 359-0035. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax 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 F 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. $$
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COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Brunch, Sun. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ CROSS CREEK See Springfield. 850 S. Lane Ave. 783-9579. $$ 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. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HJ’S BAR & GRILL Traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. CM, FB. L & D, Sat. & Sun., D, Mon.-Fri. 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1. 317-2783. $$ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JACKSONS GRILL The locally owned spot’s original menu has fried pickle chips, Rockin’ Ranch burgers, gumbo, sandwiches. BW, TO. B, L & D, daily. 1522 King St. 384-8984. $$ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-n-chips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ 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
NAME: Donald Fagen Jr.
RESTAURANT: Sliders Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach BIRTHPLACE: St. Augustine YEARS IN THE BUSINESS: 35 FAVORITE RESTAURANT (other than my own): Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa FAVORITE COOKING STYLE: Floribbean FAVORITE INGREDIENTS: Garlic, mango and shrimp. IDEAL MEAL: Porterhouse steak with crab, stuffed shrimp and sauce Americana. WOULDN’T EAT IF YOU PAID ME: Oysters in July. MOST MEMORABLE/CRAZY RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE: Working around construction, like we’re doing at Sliders now. INSIDER’S SECRET: Stay open-minded. CELEBRITY SIGHTING: Bobby Cremins. CULINARY GUILTY PLEASURE: Heath Bar crumbs.
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entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ This café near Five Points features a variety of sushi, including the popular Monster Roll and the Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave. 384-2888. $$ TASTI D-LITE Health-conscious desserts include smoothies, shakes, sundaes, cakes and pies, made with fresh ingredients with fewer calories and less fat. More than 100 flavors. Open daily. 1024 Park St. 900-3040. $ TWO DOORS DOWN F 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. $$
ST. AUGUSTINE A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ 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 F For 30 years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and the popular fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F 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. $$ CARMELO’S PIZZERIA F Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, fresh salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. BW. Mon.-Sat. 6 Aviles St. 827-9055. $$ CREEKSIDE DINERY Creekside serves beef, chicken and seafood, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Outdoor deck with a fire pit. FB. D, nightly. 160 Nix Boatyard Rd. 829-6113. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 3 St. George St. 824-6993. $ THE FLORIDIAN The downtown restaurant serves innovative Southern fare, made with local farmers’ local food. Signature items: fried green tomato bruschetta, ’N’grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 39 Cordova St. 829-0655. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax 2010 winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, two-story house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ KINGFISH GRILL At Vilano Bridge’s west end, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and on the deck, featuring fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 252 Yacht Club Drive. 824-2111. $$ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are
Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.-Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront restaurant has an ocean view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ 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. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE AND TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, this upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$ ZHANRAS F Art-themed tapas-style place has small plate items in a casual, contemporary space. Entrée portions available. CM, FB. D, daily; Sun. brunch. 108 Anastasia Blvd. 823-3367. $$
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER, TINSELTOWN BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ 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. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax 2010 winner. 13249 City Square Dr. 751-9711. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. fiveguys.com $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ THE GRAPE BISTRO & WINE BAR F More than 145 wines, along with a tapas menu of gourmet fare to pair with the wine list. A wide selection of beer is also served. L & D, daily. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 642-7111. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-theoven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ 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. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax 2010
Grassroots Natural Market offers take-away organic wraps, sides, sandwiches and salads, as well as fresh smoothies and juices, on Park Street near Five Points.
winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. mellowmushroom.com $ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F Featuring seafood, an everchanging menu of more than 180 items includes cedarroasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE F The recipes, unique to the Pancake House, call for only the freshest ingredients. CM. B, L & D, daily. 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr. 997-6088. $$ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned steakhouse has an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ 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. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F Serving up 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-WING (9464). $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi & sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$
SAN JOSE 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. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F Best of Jax 2010 winner. NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. dickswingsandgrill.com $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax 2010 winner. The Southern Blues kitchen serves pulled pork, brisket and North Carolinastyle barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK BASIL THAI & SUSHI F Offering Thai cuisine, including pad Thai and curry dishes, and sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. L & D, Mon.-Sat. BW. 1004 Hendricks Ave. 674-0190. $$ b.b.’s F A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; brunch & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F Best of Jax 2010 winner. French, Mediterranean-inspired fare, award-winning wines, wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, steaks, seafood. Indoor, outdoor dining. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 1440 San Marco Blvd. 398-1949. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ 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. $$ MATTHEW’S Chef’s tasting menu or seasonal à la carte menu featuring an eclectic mix of Mediterranean ingredients. Dress is business casual, jackets optional. FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 2107 Hendricks Ave. 396-9922. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax 2010 winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL F Mediterranean homestyle healthy plates, including hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, Mediterranean potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad and daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F At Pizza Palace, it’s all homemade from Mama’s award-winning recipes: spinach pizza and chickenspinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd.
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399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, coffees; 30 kinds of smoothies, some blended with flavored soy milks and organic frozen yogurts and granola. B, L & D, daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F 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 wood-fired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This newest San Marco location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $
SOUTHSIDE AROMAS BEER HOUSE Aromas offers customer favorites like ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, and triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes 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. $$$ CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT F An extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts, ice cream, at its all-you-can-eat buffet. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 5601 Beach Blvd. 345-2507. $ EL POTRO F Family-friendly, casual, El Potro cooks it fresh, made-to-order – fast, hot, simple. Daily specials and buffet at most locations. BW. L & D, daily. 5871 University Blvd. W., 733-0844. 11380 Beach Blvd., 564-9977. elpotrorestaurant.com $ EUROPEAN STREET F See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ GENE’S SEAFOOD F Serving fresh Mayport shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, gator tail, steaks and combos. L & D, daily. 11702 Beach Blvd. 997-9738. $$ GOLDEN CORRAL See Mandarin. 4250 Southside. 620-0600. $$ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F A local institution since 1975 serves house-baked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. Best of Jax 2010 winner. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax 2010 winner. See Intracoastal.
8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F This stylish gastropub has 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 no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$ URBAN ORGANICS The local produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Open Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. WASABI JAPANESE BUFFET F Best of Jax 2010 winner. AYCE sushi and two teppanyaki grill items are included in buffet price. FB. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$
SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR F A full menu of sportsbar faves; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees like eggplant parmigiana, shrimp scampi. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F A locally-owned-andoperated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ RIVERCITY ISLAND GRILL & CHILL F This new Northside place offers casual fare: seafood, wings, burgers. 10 highdef TVs, drink specials and club nights complete the cool vibe. L & D, daily. 13141 City Station Dr. 696-0802. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Lunch, bagels, desserts, and the adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F The menu features popular favorites: salads, sandwiches and pizza, as well as fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET F In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third & Main, Uptown serves fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$
WINE TASTINGS 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 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
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In he town of McGehee (pop. 4,200) in southeastern Arkansas, a black girl (Kym Wimberly) who finished first in her senior class was named only “co-”valedictorian after school officials changed the rules to avoid what one called a potential “big mess.” In an ironic twist on “affirmative action,” the highest-scoring white student was elevated to share top honors. Said Kym’s mother, “We [all] know if the tables were turned, there wouldn’t be a co-valedictorian.” In July, the girl filed a lawsuit against the school and its protocol-changing principal.
In July, Roy Griffith, 60, John Sanborn, 53, and Douglas Ward, 55, were arrested in Deerfield Township, Mich., charged with stealing a 14-foot-long stuffed alligator from a barn, dragging it away with their truck, and using it to surf in the mud (“mudbogging”). When the gator’s owner tracked down the three nearby, they denied the theft and insisted theirs was an altogether-different 14-foot-long stuffed alligator. Ward’s blood-alcohol reading was 0.40. When deputies in Monroe County, Tenn., arrested a woman for theft in August, they learned one item stolen was a 150-year-old Vatican-certified holy relic based on the Veil of Veronica (supposedly used to wipe Jesus’ face before the crucifixion). The painting had been stolen from the closet of a trailer home on a Tennessee mountain back road, where a local named “Frosty,” age 73, had kept it for 20 years with no idea of its significance.
Government in Action!
Of the 1,500 judges who referee disputes as to if someone qualifies for Social Security disability benefits, David Daugherty of West Virginia is the current soft-touch champ, finding for the claimant about 99 percent of the time, compared to judges’ overall rate of 60 percent. As The Wall Street Journal reported in May, Daugherty decided many cases without hearings or with brief questioning, including many cases brought by the same lawyer. He criticized his less-lenient colleagues, who “act like it’s their own damn money we’re giving away.” A week after the Journal report, Judge Daugherty was placed on leave, pending an investigation. Gee, What To Do With All This Stimulus Money? The Omaha, Neb., Public School system spent $130,000 of its stimulus grant recently to buy 8,000 copies of the book “The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change” — one for every employee, from principals to building custodians. Alarmingly, wrote an Omaha World-Herald columnist, the book’s “riddled with gobbledygook,” “endless graphs” and tedium like “cultural proficiency continuum” and the “disequilibrium” arising “due to the struggle to disengage with past actions associated with unhealthy perspectives.” Once hired, almost no federal employee leaves. Turnover’s so rare that, among the usual reasons for going, “death by natural causes” is more likely than “fired for poor job performance.” In July, USA Today reported the fed termination rate for poor performance is less than one-fifth the private sector’s; the annual retention rate for all federal employees was 99.4 percent; for white collar and upper-income, more than 99.8 percent. Government defenders said the numbers show excellence in initial recruitment.
promise of benefit Bats’ Rights: In January, Alison Murray purchased her first home, in Aberdeen, Scotland, but was told in August she has to relocate, temporarily, because the house has become infested with bats, which can’t be disturbed once they settle in, under Scottish and European law. Conservation officials advised she could probably move back in November, when bats leave to hibernate.
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In June, Five Guys Burger & Fries restaurant in White Plains, N.Y., was robbed by five guys (really, four men, one woman). One guy worked at Five Guys. All five “guys” were arrested. Catch-22: NYPD officer James Seiferheld, 47, still receives a $52,365 annual disability pay despite relentless efforts of the department to fire him. He’d retired in 2004 on disability, but was ordered back to work when investigators found him doing physical work inconsistent This is a copyright protected proof © with “disability.” Seiferheld couldn’t return to work, though, because he repeatedly failed drug screening for cocaine. Meanwhile, his Fordenial questions, call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: xxxxxxx appeal of the disability went to theplease state FAX found YOURa procedural PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Court of Appeals, which error and ordered Seiferheld’s “disability” Produced by Checked by Sales Re BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION benefits continue, even PROMISE though the OF city’s proved he’s physically able, and a substance-abuser. Unclear on the Concept: In April, Robert Williams conscientiously completed his San Diego police officers’ application, answering truthfully, he said, questions 172 (yes, he’d had sexual contact with a child) and 175 (yes, he’d “viewed or transacted” child pornography). © 2011 Three weeks later, the police not only rejected his application, they arrested him. Williams’ wife, Sunem, said the police department has “integrity” problems because “telling the truth during the hiring process brings prosecution. ...”
NOTW has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls made in fine detail with human features, as different from plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is from rotgut. An early progenitor of the exquisite dolls, according to new research by Briton Graeme Donald, was Adolf Hitler, who worried he was losing more soldiers to venereal disease than to battlefield injuries, and ordered his police chief, Heinrich Himmler, to oversee development of a meticulously made doll with blonde hair and blue eyes. Donald says the project ended in 1942; all research was lost in the Allies’ Dresden bombing. Among those who’d heard of Hitler’s interest, he says, were creators of what later became the Barbie doll.
In his signature performance art piece, John Jairo Villamil depicted both the excitement and danger of Bogota, Colombia, appearing on stage with a tightened garbage bag over his head and his feet in a bucket of water, holding a chain in one hand and a plant’s leaf in the other. At a May show at Bogota’s Universidad del Bosque, Villamil, 25, fussed with the tightened bag and soon collapsed to the floor, stirred a little and then was motionless. The audience, likely assuming the collapse was part of the performance, did not immediately render assistance. Villamil lost consciousness and died in a hospital five days later. Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 41
CUTIE AT QUEST DIAGNOSTICS (DUNN) You: Girl with red shirt, hat. Me: Guy with blue shirt, long hair, goatee. We exchanged words and laughs inside the waiting area until the doc called me. Gosh, you had a beautiful smile. I said I wished I’d made an appointment. I really wish I’d made an appointment with you. Love to go out sometime. When: August 24, 2011. Where: Quest Diagnostics, Dunn Ave. #1177-0830 TIMING IS EVERYTHING I sat next to you listening to Big Engine. You told me I should dance. Then you said we should dance but that my date wouldn’t like it. ME: Blonde, tan, black jeans & halter. YOU: Handsome, shorts, tee and new white tennis shoes... LET’S MEET. When: August 21, 2011. Where: Redneck Yacht Club. #1176-0830 WHERE ELSE… But Terry’s Country Store. You: green shirt, ball cap, very mysterious. I bought an oatmeal cookie, chocolate syrup, orange soda, and mac n cheese. I’d love to get together sometime. When: August 19, 2011. Where: Terry’s Country Store. #1175-0830 BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN GODDESS I used to see and talk to you very often. You were the most beautiful girl I have ever known. Last time we talked you said that you were confused. I still think about you all the time. I know you read these often and I know you don’t like phones but call me sometime. When: June 19, 2011. Where: Jacksonville. #1174-0823 NAVAL ENCHANTRESS @ MAVERICKS We met @ Mavericks on 7/21. You’re an IT specialist whose recent work is stunning but it was your face that caught my eye. Helen of Troy had nothing on you. We talked upstairs. Let’s meet for a bite. When: July 21, 2011. Where: Maverick’s. #1173-0823 SEXY WHISKY RIVER VIXEN You: HOTT, Brunette, Bartender. Dark skin, long legs, brown eyes. I heard a waitress call you “Cocoa.” I wanted to say hello but you seemed very intimidating. Those jean short shorts had a playa feeling like woah. Me: chocolate thunder from down under. Wanna play in the rain? When: August 6, 2011. Where: Whisky River. #1172-0823 HANDSOME GUY IN OHIO HAT We caught an elevator together at the Downtown Library. You told me my daughter reminded you of your niece. What a great way to break the ice. You said you were new in town from Ohio and I would love to show you the city. When: August 2011. Where: Downtown Library. #1171-0816 BEER DELIVERY GUY Me: Hot blonde in red Jeep. You: Hot guy in Budweiser truck. We locked eyes at the light in River City Market Place, it was love at first sight for me. Was it for you? Let’s meet and have a beer. When: August 8, 2011. Where: River City Market Place. #1170-0816 THORNTON PARK HOTTIE You were walking past my friends and I as we were headed toward the pool. You were wearing a pink shirt and shorts on the second floor of building seven of Thornton Park. We smiled at each other and I wish we could get to know each other more. When: August 8, 2011. Where: Thornton Park, Building 7. #1169-0816 ADAM LEVINE LOOK ALIKE Everyone made me feel awful about not talking to you after you left because you’re “so my type.” You were in on Saturday with your family wearing a black tee and a tattoo sleeve, I was the shy brunette server with a nose-ring running around. Let’s get matching tattoos? Would love to see you again. When: August 6, 2011. Where: Al’s Pizza Ponte Vedra. #1168-0816
you what life on the Island is really like. :) When: July 29, 2011. Where: Hurricane’s at Fleming Island. #1165-0809 DANCING OR SEIZING? I couldn’t tell what you were doing, but I liked it. I see you all the time in 5 Points. You: darkhaired party queen. Me: don’t know what to say. Maybe you can show me some moves? When: July 26, 2011. Where: Lomax Lodge, Birdies. #1164-0809 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 LOOKALIKE 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
sandwich was just not enough. Let’s get together and see what you’re having tonight... When: June 17, 2011. Where: Ritz. #1148-0628
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
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
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
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 HOW TO RESPOND TO AN I SAW U LISTING (COST IS $5 PER RESPONSE)
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WILD HAIRED BLONDE Wild, sexy blonde hair and a huge smile. Saw you at GC with guy, but not sure if you were together or not? In passing, I said how you put the girls that work there to shame. I would love for you to work for me?? When: July 26, 2011. Where: Towncenter. #1166-0809
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engaging in this purge, they’re better able to summon positive emotional states in the ensuing days and weeks. It’s a perfect time to carry out your own Unhappy Hour. For inspiration, listen to my version: bitly.com/UnhappyHour. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The computer game “Age of Mythology” invites players to strategically build up their own civilization and conquer others. There are, of course, many “cheats” to help you to bend the rules in your favor. For instance, the “Wrath of the Gods” cheat gives you the god-like powers of lightning storms, earthquakes, meteors and tornadoes. With “Goatunheim,” you turn your enemies into goats. “Channel Surfing” lets you move armies over water. But the cheat I’d recommend, whether you’re playing “Age of Mythology” or the game of your own life, is Wuv Woo, a flying purple hippopotamus that blows rainbows out its back end and blasts lovey-dovey hearts from its mouth. (P.S. Using it will make other good cheats easier to access.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Of all the zodiac tribes, Sagittarius is most skilled at not trying too hard. That’s not to say you’re lazy or lax. I mean, when it’s time for you to up the ante and push toward your goal with more force and determination, you know how to cultivate a sense of spaciousness. You’ve got an innate knack for maintaining at least a touch of cool while immersed in the heat of the struggle. Even when the going gets tough, you can find oases of rejuvenating ease. In the week ahead, make an extra effort to draw on these capacities. You’ll need them more than usual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Wild mountain goats in northern Italy have been photographed moseying up and across the near-vertical wall of the Cingino Dam dam. (To see photos, go here and scroll down seven rows: tinyurl.com/GoatTrick.) It looks impossible. How can they outmaneuver the downward drag of gravity, let alone maintain a relaxed demeanor while doing it? They’re apparently motivated to perform this feat because they enjoy licking the salty minerals coating the face of the dam. I foresee you with a comparable power in the weeks ahead. Rarely have you been able to summon so much of your mountain-goat-like power to master seemingly unclimbable heights. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Phrygia was an ancient kingdom in what’s now Turkey. In its capital city was the Gordian Knot, a revered icon symbolizing its ruler’s power. According to legend, an oracle predicted that whoever could untie this intricate knot would become king of all Asia. Early in his military career, Alexander (who’d later be Alexander the Great) visited the capital and tried to untie the Gordian Knot. He was unsuccessful, but then changed his tack. Whipping out his sword, he easily sliced through the gnarled weave. Some saw this as the fulfillment of the prophecy, and Alexander did in fact go on to create a vast empire. Others say he cheated — didn’t really do what the oracle specified. And the truth is, his empire fell apart quickly. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned? Untie the knot, don’t cut through it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day,” sings Leonard Cohen in his song “Good Advice for Someone Like Me.” I think you already know that. Of all the zodiac signs, you’re the top expert in simulating the look and feel of an ocean. But even experts sometimes need tune-ups; even professionals can learn more about their specialty. This is one of those times when you’ll benefit from upgrading your skills. If your intentions are pure and methods crafty, you just may reach a new level of brilliance in the art of living oceanically. Rob Brezsny email@example.com AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 43
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On The March
The corporate takeover of America’s schoolchildren has prompted a grassroots pushback
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ike the characters in the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” who felt an unexplained calling to a distant destination of historic significance, I was one of perhaps 60 or more Floridians who felt compelled along with thousands of others across this nation to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Save Our Schools and Day Of Action demonstration and march to the White House on Saturday, July 30. The 5,000-plus Washington demonstrators, who weathered a triple-digit heat index, know as I do that high-stakes testing is a farce, that it is part of a money-motivated agenda by Wall Streeters and the corporate sector to discredit public education, punish teachers and dismantle schools so they can be privatized. At least six of some 60 Florida marchers were from Jacksonville, including Colleen Wood, a parent education activist, founder of 50th No More, and executive director of Save Duval Schools; and Donna Mace Yates, an elementary schoolteacher who launched the website wearredforpubliced.com encouraging teachers to wear red in the classroom on Tuesdays to show their support for public schools. Actor Matt Damon, one of a dozen who spoke from a stage on the grounds of the Ellipse (site of the national Christmas tree) during a three-hour program before the march, summed it best when he recalled what his mother, an expert on early childhood development, told public school officials: “My kid ain’t taking that [test]. It’s stupid, it won’t tell you anything and just make © it’ll 2011 him nervous.” Hundreds of signs carried by demonstrators, as they listened to speeches from national education giants including best-selling education authors Diane Ravitch and Jonathon Kozol, reflected their anger and concerns about the Business Roundtable school reform agenda that uses high-stakes tests to close so-called failing schools and replace them with charter schools or private management companies. It is a formula embraced by both Bush Administrations and Pres. Barack Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan, one that many see as part of a larger effort to destroy organized labor and turn schools into for-profit enterprises. One sign, “Philanthro-Pirates: No Corporation Left Behind,” refers to the billionaires and millionaires who are financing the dismantling of public education through foundations and multimillion-dollar grants that allow them to frame school reforms in recipient school districts. The article “How Billionaires Rule Our Schools” by Joanne Barkan, in the February 2011 issue of Substance, provides an in-depth look at failed school reform efforts funded through foundations of “philanthropirates” Bill Gates, Eli Broad and Walton (Walmart) family members. Several of Duval County’s own school officials have been “schooled” by Broad. (The lengthy article is also posted online at bit.ly/o13Ywl)
What those who gathered in Washington know from firsthand experience, numerous studies and growing bodies of evidence is that charter schools and vouchers programs that expand when public schools are labeled “failures” don’t deliver a better educational bang for the buck than public schools. A Times-Union story printed just a week after the march provided additional confirmation. “Of the 32 [Florida] traditional and charter schools that received F grades this year, half were charter schools,” the Aug. 7 article noted. Only one of the 13 Duval County charter schools operating last year received an A grade based on test scores, the story said. The first year score for the highly touted KIPP Impact Academy, a chain of schools supported by the hedge fund industry, got the only F. Despite the less than impressive performance of Duval charters, five more will be opening in the coming school year. Organizers of the march (saveourschoolsmarch.org) see the event as a launching point and a networking opportunity for people from all corners of the nation to grow into a much larger grassroots movement against testing and a corporate takeover of America’s children. A week later in Jacksonville, there was evidence that idea was taking root. A few days after the trip, I reconnected with a Jacksonville marcher who organized a group of people well educated on education issues and school reforms. We discussed defensive strategies against the corporate agenda for public education and actions to educate the Northeast Florida community. The group included educators with Ph.D.s and several education writers and activists. We share a concern about the education corporatists who now surround and advise newly elected Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, and whether the mayor will be pressured to break his inaugural address promise of allegiance to public schools, which he described as the backbone of democracy. Some of Brown’s new friends are the same people who, a little more than a year ago, unsuccessfully tried to amend the city charter to do away with the elected Duval County School Board and turn over control to the Mayor’s Office, as has been done in Chicago and New York — with less than spectacular results. Brown’s campaign pledge was to also grow jobs in Jacksonville, and many of us recall in the 1990s the education summit called by Lou Gerstner, former head of IBM, in which he issued a warning that communities that don’t go along with the corporate agenda for education will be snubbed by industries looking to relocate or expand. One of the members of this new public education defense group came armed with staggering figures on Florida’s corporate tax credit — money lost last year to the state’s general revenue fund and paid instead for
vouchers to private schools. The preliminary study indicates some $214 million was lost in just eight Northeast Florida county school districts alone. Is it any wonder why school boards are scrambling to plug budget shortfalls? Exactly a week to the day of the march, at the dinner banquet of the Florida Democratic Party Small County Coalition Conference held at a World Golf resort hotel, a woman sitting a seat away identified herself as a fellow Washington marcher. Susan Smith of Odessa, Fla., is deeply involved with the Florida Progressive Coalition, a group working to counter the “extremists ideologies that are in stark opposition to the progressive values that the majority of Floridians support.” It interfaces with dozens of other grassroots groups, which it lists on its website. Just a few days back from Washington, Smith hosted a screening of a film featured at the Save Our Schools Conference, “An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman.” It is the antidote to the lies and myths in another much-publicized film, “Waiting for Superman,” that promotes the corporatist education agenda. “The Inconvenient Truth” film notes that “In Finland, a system that now ranks No. 1 in the world, ALL students are given an equitable education with small class sizes and no highstakes standardized test” … and 98 percent of the teachers belong to the teacher union. Smith regularly Tweets about education reforms and legislation churned out by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group composed of the some of the largest corporations in the world. On Aug. 3, as many of the Washington marchers were recovering from their long trip, ALEC was meeting in New Orleans behind closed doors for yet another round of crafting bills to fatten corporate profits at the expense of average taxpayers. ALEC-drafted bills circulated in state legislatures across the country have influenced voting ID laws to make it more difficult for the poor and elderly to vote; and laws that promote privatization of Medicare, Medicaid, prisons and public schools. On Aug. 6, Smith helped finalize the charter of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, a group under the umbrella of the Democratic Party that will work to support lawmakers who support public education and who don’t support corporate-scripted school reforms. Those who showed up in Washington, D.C. represent just the tip of the iceberg. The march to save public schools and prevent a corporate takeover of America’s schoolchildren has really just begun. Billee Bussard
Bussard is a retired Jacksonville journalist and Democratic Party activist. A longer version of this article is available at bit.ly/nlERJd
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Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711 Brand-new Picante offers the vibrant flavors of Peru and Latin America, served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes authentic Peruvian cebiche and home-style empanadas. An extensive selection of boutique South American wines and craft brew beers are offered. A children’s menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 464073 S.R. 200, Ste. 2, Yulee 904-310-9222
The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444
Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652
Amelia Island is 13 miles of unspoiled beaches, quaint shops, antique treasures and superb dining in a 50-block historic district less than one hour north of Jacksonville AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 | folio weekly | 47
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