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53 EDITOR’S NOTE You could be on the list of the new disenfranchised. p. 4

MUSIC It’s years of musical highs and lows with celebrated crooner Joe Cocker. p. 43

NEWS Nancy Soderberg faces tough GOP opponent Aaron Bean. p. 7

One-man-band Zach Deputy delivers multicultural sound with a Southern-centric heart. p. 44

BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Paul McElroy, JaxPort and University of North Florida’s Military & Veterans Resource Center. p. 9

ARTS “The Color Purple”: The celebrated book and film are reinvented again for regional theater. p. 50

BUZZ Tebow comes homes, a Mellow Mushroom compromise, a Kmart closes, red light cameras in Orange Park and Jacksonville’s military lobbyist. p. 9 SPORTSTALK Shad Khan’s style can’t cure talent deficiencies. p. 12 TOP CHEFS’ FALL MENU GUIDE p. 13 ON THE COVER Trace the origins of ingredients for these entrées. p. 15 DINING GUIDE p. 22 OUR PICKS Strut Your Mutt, Leon Russell, Keiko Matsui, “Big River,” Colt Ford and Megan Cosby’s “Display.” p. 37 MOVIES “Trouble with the Curve”: A predictable plot, dull dialogue and one-dimensional characters. p. 38

Tony Rodrigues and Mark George join forces for a new show. p. 53 BACKPAGE A piece of identification takes a sentimental journey. p. 62 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TV p. 11 LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS p. 45 ARTS LISTINGS p. 51 HAPPENINGS p. 54 THE EYE p. 56 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 57 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY OGY p. 58 I SAW U p. 59 CLASSIFIEDS p. 60 Cover photo illustration by Aaron Bromirski Cover photos by Walter Coker

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Full-Court Suppression

You could be on the list of the new disenfranchised


his election year, several groups have targeted people they would rather not show up at the polls. • African Americans • Latinos • Former felons • Students • Low-wage earners • The elderly In other words, a whole lot of people who might vote Democratic. This has been happening all over the country, but Florida has been particularly fertile ground for what opponents are calling “voter suppression.” When the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Rick Scott made more than 80 changes to state voting laws in 2011, some saw the changes as a way to disenfranchise many voters. After the chaotic and contentious 2000 presidential election, many states adopted reforms to make voting more convenient. That’s when early voting was born in Florida. But it worked too well in 2008, when about a third of those who voted did so in early voting, helping presidential candidate Barack Obama win Florida. Then legislatures in 18 states started passing laws to make voting more difficult, particularly if you are in one of the groups above. “I think what’s going on around the country is really a step back,” Bob Brandon of the Fair Elections Legal Network told NPR in April 2011. “They’re really turning back the clock to darker days when there was an effort to really stop people from voting.” In Florida, the new law reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to eight and eliminated early voting on the Sunday before Election Day. It made it nearly impossible for people with past felony convictions to regain voting rights, affecting an estimated one million Floridians. It undercut absentee ballots by making them illegal if the voter’s signature on the certificate does not match the signature on record. Those suffering from arthritis, strokes or other ailments that affect their handwriting could be out of luck if they fail to update their signatures in time. It eliminated a provision that allows people to change their address or name at the polls. For four decades, Florida allowed those with proper photo ID whose name or address had changed due to marriage, divorce or a move by a military family to update that information on Election Day. Now those changes are allowed only for voters moving within the same county. It aimed to ferret out thousands of possible noncitizens on the registration rolls. Last year, Florida officials said they found 180,000 possible noncitizens registered. After checking against a federal immigration database, the number is closer to a few hundred. It required groups that registered voters to turn in completed forms within 48 hours or risk penalties; previously, they had 10 days to submit forms. Several organizations stopped registering voters in the state, and the number of new registrations dropped, particularly for Democrats. The Florida Times-Union reported in August that the number of registered Democrats had increased by only 11,365 from 4 | | SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012

July 1, 2011, to Aug. 1, 2012. That’s compared to nearly 159,000 new Democrats registered in that period in 2004 and nearly 260,000 in 2008. A judge blocked this part of the law a few weeks ago, and registration drives got back into swing, but much of the damage had already been done. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan, an appointee of President George W. Bush, heard arguments last week in a lawsuit filed in July by U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Jacksonville and others who want to strike down the 2011 state statute that changed early voting. The lawsuit states that the changes target African-American voters, 54 percent of whom voted early in 2008, according to research by University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith. Corrigan questioned why lawmakers changed the number of days, saying there was little evidence in the record on what prompted legislators to act.“This was a resolution in search of no problem,” Corrigan said during the hearing. On Aug. 16, a three-judge tribunal published an opinion that affected five South Florida counties that have been under federal jurisdiction since 1975 because of past discrimination. It authorized a compromise of eight 12-hour early voting days, resulting in the 96 hours required in past elections. Thirty-two of the 62 remaining counties, including Duval, will offer the 96 hours of early voting that the lawsuit requested. Corrigan’s decision is expected soon. These barriers to voting were put in place ostensibly to block fraud, but skeptics could see other motives. Those motives are clear if you believe former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer when he testified he was at a December 2009 meeting where party officials talked about preventing blacks from voting. In an interview with Folio Weekly, Greer said if they could do away with early voting completely, the Republican leadership would. “They hate early voting, and they don’t win on early voting.” (Greer resigned, facing felony charges that he funneled money from the party to a private company he owned.) One presidential candidate dismissed 47 percent of the population as deadbeats who don’t pay their taxes and “will vote for the president no matter what.” It’s not a stretch to think he might want to keep those same people from going to the polls. As Timothy Noah wrote on The New Republic’s website, “If 47 percent of the population doesn’t like you, it’s worth wondering why.”  Denise M. Reagan

Voter Assistance Hotline The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. The League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund created a hotline, 1-855-358-6837, so callers can find out how changes in Florida’s election law affect them.

Title IX Consequences

Nancy Hogshead-Makar [“Policy of Truth,” Sportstalk, Sept. 11] was a great swimmer and her achievements as an attorney and law professor are admirable. Those two accomplishments by one person are astounding. To have done either would be an achievement. Her efforts on behalf of women’s sports are also commendable. For far too long, women’s sports seemed limited to cheerleading. But everyone should remember that Title IX has not been an unmixed blessing. Numerous men’s athletic programs have had to close to comply with Title IX balance

requirements. Providence College’s baseball team qualified for the College World Series the same year it ended the program due to Title IX. There have been many similar casualties of this government dogma. Increased opportunities for one group should not mean decreased opportunities for another. I doubt whether this was what she and other women’s groups wanted. Roderick T. Beaman Jacksonville via email

Walking Downtown

You rightly pointed out in the discussion of the parking issue for The Jacksonville Landing and the planned garage for the SunTrust building [“A Plaza to Praise,” Editor’s Note, Sept. 18], that there is plenty of street parking available for the Landing if people want to walk a couple of blocks. For those of us who live in the corridor between the river and I-95, there is another alternative. There is surface parking available for about 200 cars at King Street Skyway Station for 25 cents an hour. If all of that is taken, the King Street Garage is about one-anda-half blocks from the station. After a free ride on Skyway to Central Station, the Landing is only one-and-a-half blocks farther. If someone from the area wants to visit MOCA or the Main Library, they can also take the Skyway to Hemming Plaza station; this is a one-block walk to these locations. Walking a few blocks is healthy and unless the individual is severely handicapped, it’s an option everyone should consider. Bruce A. Fouraker Jacksonville via email

Supporting Clean Water

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for spreading the word about the inaugural Clean Water Music Fest [“Every Little Drop,” Aug. 21] through your amazing publication! The fest was so much more

successful than we could have ever imagined. We ended up raising more than $11,000 — four times our initial goal — which will soon give more than 500 people access to clean, safe drinking water. We’ve had numerous people tell us that they loved the article. A lot of people showed up because they read about the Clean Water Music Fest in Folio Weekly! We couldn’t have made this possible without your support. We’ve already set a date for the second annual Clean Water Music Fest: Aug. 10, 2013. We hope that you will cover the event again next year and will be able to attend. Our campaign is over, but you can still visit to fund water projects. Again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We hope this reaches you well. Jordyn Jackson and Shawn Fisher of Flagship Romance Jacksonville Beach

The fest was so much more successful than we could have ever imagined. We ended up raising more than $11,000 – four times our initial goal – which will soon give more than 500 people access to clean, safe drinking water. Enough Is Enough

I’ve had it! Jacksonville has seen its share of violent crime among our black youth. It’s virtually every day. The black community has somehow lost focus on the issues and, in my opinion, has thrown up its hands and walked away. Granted, the economy has forced people out of work, and finances are tight, but when did violent crime become the answer to that problem? Gangbanging, murders, robbery and assault are on the rise within the black community. How do we expect our children to succeed if we continue to ignore what is going on around us? This is a black issue that needs to be addressed by black leadership within our city. The cry has gone out on several occasions, but somehow fizzles out until the next crime or murder takes place. We need consistent advocacy and crime prevention messages within the black community. Marches and rallies are great, but seem to be ineffective in this city. SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 5

My solution to this problem is to regain trust in our communities by making black issues a priority for black people. We have been told or promised so much by our elected officials, activists and even our president, only to be disappointed. Poverty, poor schools, substandard housing, joblessness and racism are real issues that the black community faces every day; without real-time results, it’s nearly impossible to break the generational curse that ultimately destroys our children. Self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, education and plain old reaching back are the real solutions. The truth is most of our successful black athletes, entertainers, CEOs and politicians

Poverty, poor schools, substandard housing, joblessness and racism are ADVERTISING PROOF This is a copyright protected proof © real issues that the black community faces every day; ions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 092512 without real-time results, R PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 Produced by cs Checked by Sales cj impossible to E OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION it’s Rep nearly break the generational curse that ultimately destroys our children. have been impacted by the very same issues that exist today. Why do we continue to pretend that it’s not our problem just because we think we’ve made it out? It’s the fear of our own people and their environment that holds us back from addressing these issues. Somehow, we believe that if we don’t present ourselves black enough, we will not be taken seriously. How absurd! Black children respect the very presence of a black man; God has ordained the male image to be powerful from creation. If the black men stand up, the boys will sit down. Let us forget about popularity and money for once and save the very ones who will change the world. I am calling on all men of color to challenge those who hold the resources and power — whether it be our mayor, Congressmembers, Senators, councilmembers or the president of the United States — to help change the conditions that our children face on a daily basis. It’s our children we’re talking about; let’s stand up, stand out and stand strong against violence in the black community!  Ken Stokes Executive Director of Project Youth-Link Jacksonville via email

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Nancy Soderberg, the Democratic Party candidate for the State Senate District 4 seat, talks with some potential voters in a photo released by her campaign.

Uphill Battle

Nancy Soderberg faces tough GOP opponent


he gerrymandered map taped to a painting in Nancy Soderberg’s oceanfront condo depicts a State Senate district drawn for one candidate — her opponent in the upcoming election, former State Rep. Aaron Bean. Republican leaders drew the map to help ensure that Bean, who has been waiting in the wings to return to Tallahassee after a reputed deal several years ago with Sen. John Thrasher, would have the best chance to win the race so he could give his support to the leadership cabal in the State Senate. However, Bean’s spokesperson, Sarah Bascom, who earlier worked for Thrasher, said Bean withdrew from a race to replace the late Sen. Jim King, who died in 2009, and there was no deal with Thrasher for later support, even

she was amazed at the vicious and seemingly endless television attack ads between the two Republican hopefuls. She launched into campaign mode as the final votes of the GOP primary showed Bean the decisive winner. “I speak for a lot of folks in saying that we are very glad to see one of the most bitter, partisan primary seasons ever in Northeast Florida come to an end,” she said in a statement on election night. “My two opponents have fought tooth-and-nail to see not who had better ideas for Florida, but rather to see who could be the most extreme. We deserve better.” After years on the national and international stage, Soderberg is making her first run at public office as a Democrat, running in a

“I do not like partisan politics. I am not a politician,” Soderberg said. “I am just someone who brings strong negotiation, leadership, common sense and understanding what this state needs.” though the heavily Republican district includes Bean’s hometown. The district map resembles a kindergartener’s drawing of a jellyfish, with all of Nassau County at the top, a tentacle of voters on Jacksonville’s Westside and another tentacle dangling into the cities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. In the Aug. 14 Republican primary, Bean annihilated Jacksonville’s Mike Weinstein in a name-calling war saturating TV airwaves. When the smoke cleared after a fight over who was the most conservative, Bean had pulled in 31,269 votes, or 64.18 percent of the vote, to Weinstein’s 17,451 votes, or 35.82 percent. Campaign finance reports show the candidates and their electioneering committees spent about $4.5 million to win the Republican nomination for a Senate seat that pays less than $30,000 a year. For Republicans, the seat was about control of the Florida Senate leadership. “The election was not about two candidates. It was about who had the most power and access to money out of Tallahassee,” Weinstein said in his concession speech. Watching from above the fray was Nancy Soderberg, the Democratic candidate. She said

district that’s 47 percent Republican and 32 percent Democrat. Soderberg, a professor at the University of North Florida, teaches classes called “Global Issues” and “The Real World“ and heads the Public Service Leadership Program, which places students in internships in Washington, D.C., and several foreign countries. Soderberg held the third-highest-ranking office on the United Nations Security Council from 1993-’97 and served as U.S. Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, holding the rank of ambassador. She was a key adviser to President Bill Clinton during the negotiations in the Northern Ireland peace process. She is the author of two books on foreign policy, president of her own international trade company and chairperson of the Public Interest Declassification Board, a panel appointed in January by President Barack Obama to declassify documents. She counts Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as personal friends and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright as a friend and mentor. Mr. Clinton and Albright hosted fundraisers for her campaign.

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jobs, education and health care,” she said. “They are failing on making health care affordable, failing on education. As a UNF professor, I see students coming in from the public school system who are not prepared for college. They can get a great education from UNF, but they can’t get a job when they get out of here,” she said. “If you are going to attract first-class businesses here, you need a first-class education system,” she said. Her background, she said, will allow her to take on the Tallahassee establishment. “I don’t think it matters if you are conservative or a liberal, if a solution makes sense,” she said. “Negotiating with tough dictators around the world has prepared me well for the challenges of Tallahassee.” Another of her concerns is women’s issues. She has been endorsed by the Jacksonville Area National Organization for Women. Many of her former students, who participated in a program helping students find internships around the world, are among her biggest supporters and campaign workers. Brett Waite, 25, a former student who graduated last year with a degree in political science, is helping with her campaign. “She was an amazing teacher. She was the best I have ever had,” said Waite, who took a class dealing with real-world problem-solving. “It was energizing to solve problems and then discuss them with people in Washington.” Soderberg continues to raise money for what could be a costly campaign against a well-financed opponent. Her campaign finance reports from July 17 to the middle of September show she has collected about $100,500. That includes $15,000 of her own and $25,000 from the Florida Democratic Party. Her Florida committee of continuous existence, Principled Leadership of Florida, which can accept donations greater than the $500 individual limit, has collected $32,500, mostly from New York and Washington, D.C.-area donors. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given a $10,000 check to her fundraising group, The Florida Times-Union reported. In 2008, Soderberg served as a foreign policy adviser to Bloomberg. The group also received a $1,000 donation from 2000 Democrat presidential candidate Al Gore, who was Clinton’s vice president. Soderberg understands that Northeast Florida is under a political spotlight, especially in the upcoming presidential election. Obama came close to winning Duval County in 2008, and last year, Jacksonville elected Democrat Alvin Brown as mayor. “There is a lot of interest in this district, because Florida is a large part of who will be the next president of the United States,” she said. Political consultant John Daigle, who’s run local campaigns for more than two decades, said despite her intelligence and highpowered friends, she could face insurmountable odds. “It’s going to be a hard sell. She’s a Democrat running in Duval County,” Daigle said. Aaron Bean, (center) the Republican candidate, and state Sen. John “She definitely cannot win Thrasher (left), talk to a potential voter about Bean’s campaign for state Senate District 4. Nassau County,” Daigle said. “She’s

“Nancy Soderberg has a big brain, great instincts, a sack full of courage, and the willingness to do things that are unpredictable in a good way,” Bill Clinton said in his endorsement. “We need more public officials like that. Nancy will stand up against what’s wrong, and work for what’s right. She will work with the Democrats, the Republicans and the independents to try to build a consensus that I saw her build for the American position that eventually unified Republicans and Democrats in making peace possible in Northern Ireland. I’m honored to endorse her.” Soderberg, in an interview at her 10thstory Jax Beach condo, said she believes she can appeal to Republican moderates who were turned off by the bitter campaign. “I think Aaron Bean is more conservative than Jacksonville,” she said. “I’m not naïve and I know it’s a tough district,” said Soderberg. She said she believes her background and skills as a diplomat could translate into effectiveness in the Legislature. “I do not like partisan politics. I am not a politician,” she said. “I am just someone who brings strong negotiation, leadership, common sense and understanding what this state needs.” “I want to try to use my leadership skills to improve this area,” said Soderberg, a native of Nantucket, Mass., who graduated from Vanderbilt University and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Serve at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Recent polls have her trailing Bean by a huge margin, 57 to 34 percent, with 8 percent undecided. Bean turned down a request from Soderberg for a series of five debates. Bean’s campaign said there are enough joint appearances and forums and there is no need for more in a State Senate race. “This is clearly a blatant political ploy designed to get more free press for a lesserknown candidate,” said Sarah Bascom, a spokesperson for Bean’s campaign. So why is Soderberg running against a popular Republican politician despite the demographics of the district? “I decided to run because I am fed up with Tallahassee, and I want to address the issues that are important to North Florida, such as

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Tebow Comes Home No, not the former University of Florida and now New York Jets quarterback, but a mixed Chihuahua and Jack Russell terrier. On Sept. 7, Middleburg resident Susan Wango stopped at a Walmart, leaving her dog in her locked car with the windows slightly rolled down. Another shopper, who reportedly became annoyed with the dog’s barking, allegedly reached into the car and freed the dog. Clay County resident Doug Frampton said he picked up the friendly dog and took him home, while searching for the dog’s owner. He saw the dog’s picture and story on on Sept. 18, and now Tebow is back home. But it was not a happy ending all around. Brian Dolinger, the 30-year-old Middleburg man who allegedly opened the car door to let the dog out, is facing charges of auto burglary and grand theft. He faces an Oct. 10 court date. Clay County Sheriff’s spokesperson Mary Justino said setting the dog loose is considered grand theft, and entering a person’s car without their permission is auto burglary.

got a huge challenge.” Nassau County is Bean country. It’s where he lives, owns an insurance business and a miniature golf course and where he was mayor of Fernandina Beach. It’s the area he represented in the Florida House from 2002-’10. Attorney Wayne Hogan, a Democrat who lost an election to U.S. Rep. John Mica in 2002, buys Soderberg’s argument that Senate District 4 voters, fed up by the vicious campaign between Bean and Weinstein, could turn to her. “The millions of dollars they spent turned people off,” Hogan said. The assumption is that if Obama carries Duval County, other Democrats could ride to office on his coattails. “We need some kind of change. She

this is a copyrigh can make a difference in the state Senate,” said Hogan, noting Soderberg’s contacts in Washington could be used to improve the port Forbring questions, please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. rU and jobs to Northeast Florida. Marcella Washington, science AT 268-3655 FAX YOUR PROOF aIFpolitical POSSIBLE professor at FSCJ, believes Soderberg needs to Produced by ks promise sUpport Ask for Action do whatever sheof canbenefit to raise her visibility. She believes Soderberg should have been hitting the campaign trail hard while the two Republicans were fighting for the nomination. “He [Bean] is a conservative candidate, that’s all he has to offer,” she said, noting there are so many other issues Northeast Floridians are concerned about, such as unemployment, crime and development.  Ron Word

A Mellow Compromise With a lot of measuring and number-crunching, Mellow Mushroom Avondale has come up with a plan to provide parking for thee patrons and employees es of the restaurant projected to open at Shoppes of Avondale. Parking is a real issue in the popular Riverside/Avondale area. By cutting the number of seats from 220 to 206 and planning to hire 14 employees, Mellow Mushroom determined it needs to provide 22 parking spaces, which are being placed at the rear of its lot. Mellow Mushroom is taking its latest plan to The Jacksonville Planning Commission Sept. 27. “Note that unlike practically every other restaurant in the Shoppes of Avondale, Mellow will not require an administrative deviation for parking,” stated a news release from the restaurant.

No More Blue Light Specials A going-out-of-business sale will be held mid-October for the 43-year-old Kmart store on Beach Boulevard, scheduled to close by mid-December, said Kimberly Freely, a Sears Holding spokesperson. She said Kmart isn’t renewing its lease for the building. The store, which opened in 1969, employs 71 people, most of whom work part-time, she said. They can apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart stores. There are four Kmart stores in Jacksonville and one in Orange Park, while Sears has stores at Regency Square, Orange Park and The Avenues malls and outlet stores on St. Johns Bluff Road South and Mandarin Riverplace Shopping Center in.

Fort Clinch, Amelia Island, September 17

Bouquets to new JEA CEO Paul McElroy for turning down a $400,000 salary offer. The JEA Board offered McElroy the same salary it offered Pittsburgh executive Joseph Belechak, who turned down the job on Sept. 4. According to The Florida Times-Union, McElroy told the Board he thought the pay was too high for the Jacksonville market; he’ll earn $381,000 annually. He also feared the larger salary would’ve been a distraction at a time when JEA is trying to rebuild customer satisfaction. It’s still a big bump from his current CFO $215,010 salary, and he’ll receive nifty perks like bonuses, allowances and a company car and phone. Brickbats to JaxPort’s audit committee for raising CEO Paul Anderson’s pay by 5 percent to $336,000 and giving him a $50,000 bonus. Anderson has been at JaxPort since January 2011; this is his first raise since being hired at a $320,000 salary. The raise and bonus were given after a 20-month review of his work, said Nancy Rubin, port spokesperson. His predecessor Rick Ferrin was paid $255,000 a year. City General Counsel Cindy Laquidara said a quorum of the entire Jacksonville Port Authority Board must still vote on the compensation package. While we aren’t saying Anderson is not worthy of the hike, some moderation may be in order in these tight economic times. The bonus alone is more than the salary of most Northeast Florida workers. Anderson’s pay comes from JaxPort revenue and is not tied to the economic conditions of city government, Rubin said. Bouquets to Ray Wilkstrom, director of University of North Florida’s Military & Veterans Resource Center. UNF was chosen as a 2013 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the fourth consecutive year the school has received the honor. The Military Friendly Schools roster honors the top 15 percent of colleges and trade schools doing the most to embrace military service members, spouses and veterans as students to ensure their success on campus. More than 180 veterans have graduated from UNF in the last two years. SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 9

Yellow Light, Red Light, $158 Ticket Like Green Cove Springs to the south and Jacksonville to the north, the city of Orange Park is getting its first red light camera. The City Council, on a 3-2 vote, approved an agreement with American Traffic Solutions, the same company that supplies five cameras in Green Cove Springs (see Folio Weekly story, The first camera will be installed near the intersection of U.S. 17 and Kingsley Avenue and should be operational next spring. If the cameras catch a motorist running a red light, it will cost the driver $158.

Hot Ticket? “Three came to see ‘Cosmopolis’ at 3 today. At 3:20 the first patron left. At 4:30 the second. And FIVE minutes before the end of the film, the last one walked out the door. Phew!” Sept. 19

Military Lobbying Might Jacksonville would like more ships, planes and military personnel at two area military bases, and it has received a $95,000 state grant to hire a Washington, D.C., lobbyist to advocate for increases in military spending in the area. Jacksonville is one of 11 Florida cities getting a Defense Reinvestment Grant from Enterprise Florida, the state economic development organization. Okaloosa County, home to Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, will receive $125,000, the largest chunk of the $850,000 fund.

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Mac & Cheese Pizza? VOTE NO! F

or some weird reason, I’ve never been invited to moderate a presidential debate. The first of three debates between President Obama and “Golden Mittens” Romney is scheduled for Oct. 3 (9 p.m., all major networks), and if I were asked to moderate, I’m purrrr-etty sure I’d have a lot to offer! The way I see it, I’d bring up important subjects rarely discussed in the realm of political debate. SUCH AS: 1) What is UP with the new Tony’s frozen “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza”? Have you seen this? IT’S A REAL THING. It’s a grocery store pizza, except instead of toppings, it’s covered with frozen macaroni and cheese. And I think I speak for the rest of America in saying, THAT AIN’T RIGHT. Now, I’m not saying this “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” is worse than the Holocaust — because that would be insulting.

“Elementary” stars Jonny Lee Miller as recovering addict Holmes, and Lucy (“Charlie’s Angels”) Liu as his sober assistant Dr. Joan Watson. In a related story, Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” tried to imitate a real pizza … with unfortunate results. Therefore, Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” is NOT worse than the Holocaust. 2) What do you, as the potential next leader of the free world, plan to do about this Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” problem? Do you plan to a) launch a nuclear strike on the Tony’s pizza factory, b) increase production of these frozen abominations and airdrop them into Iran, or c) buy one from your grocer’s freezer, take it home, bake it, and eat it? OH! Or d) all of the above? 3) Which of the following new TV shows debuting this week should be poisoned to death by a Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza”: a) “Last Resort” (ABC, Thur., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.) Andre Braugher is the captain of a U.S. nuclear sub ordered to bomb Pakistan — but when he refuses? The government tries to sink him! (Umm … ’scuse me, but nobody sinks Andre Braugher!!) Obviously, there’s nothing else to do except invade a tiny island where Andre sets up his own benevolent dictatorship and … OMG, THIS IS THE WEIRDEST IDEA FOR A SHOW EVARRRRRR! I’m sure its creator ate the newest Tony’s frozen pizza (“Macaroni & Cheese & Crank”). b) “Elementary” (CBS, Thur., Sept. 27, 10 p.m.) Not at all based on the success of the extremely awesome British series “Sherlock” (because why would it be?), “Elementary” stars Jonny Lee Miller as recovering addict Holmes, and Lucy (“Charlie’s Angels”) Liu

as his sober assistant Dr. Joan Watson. In a related story, Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” tried to imitate a real pizza … with unfortunate results. c) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Nickelodeon, Sat., Sept. 29, 11 a.m.) A reboot of the fun Ninja Turtle franchise from the struggling kids’ network Nickelodeon. In their defense, while the Ninja Turtles love pizza, even they think Tony’s “Macaroni & Cheese Pizza” is a “Cowabungle.” (GET IT?!? Oh, I’m funny!!) Presidential debate committee? I await your invitation. 

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Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert passed for 260 yards and was sharp against the Vikings, but the offense couldn’t get anything going against the Texans in the regular-season opener.

The End of the Affair

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ver the last few years, I’ve gotten some things less than correct about the Jaguars. I gave up on Maurice Jones-Drew last year, right before he won the rushing title. I advocated the Byron Leftwich pick. I seem to remember saying nice things about the potential of Matt Jones to be a slash-type player who could do for the Jaguars what Kordell Stewart had done for the Steelers. One of the reasons you don’t see many books of collected sports columns is that the analysis is necessarily ephemeral. So it goes. Here it comes again. After four preseason games and three regular season games, we have a fairly good idea of where this team stands. The team looked promising during the first two preseason games; however, when the real blitzing and complex defensive schemes were fired up during the third outing, we saw the offense looking more like it did last year. The team looked solid against a sorry Vikings squad, then came home and let the Texans do whatever they wanted for three agonizing hours. The victory over the Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, had a couple of big plays. But the Colts are still among the worst teams in the league as quarterback Andrew Luck settles in. It’s important to put that home opener 2012 into a context that goes beyond the box score and the fact that Blaine Gabbert had negative passing yards in the first half. For all teams, home openers set the tone for the season. For this team, the opener had a superimposed significance. The first game for owner Shad Khan needed to be a statement game. This fanbase is so hungry it’s forgotten what it is to eat, and appetites can’t be sated by any food truck. Losing to the AFC South favorite Texans – not a big deal. Losing the way they did? It hurts in ways we don’t even understand yet. Going into the game, Gabbert appeared to have made some progress, but never quite as much as he gives himself credit for. After the preseason game against New Orleans, Gabbert gave Yahoo! Sports insight into what makes him tick: “I think that’s part of our job description: Deal with the crap,” Gabbert said. “But for people to say [I’m scared], I just don’t understand it. They’ve never played in the NFL. They really don’t know what goes on or what happens. So that argument, I think,


is just a cop-out for people to make because they’re — I don’t want to necessarily want to say jealous — but they couldn’t do my job. And that’s the truth. They can’t do my job. There are 31 other guys that can do my job, and that’s it.” Words like that sound great when they’re being said, but the problem is, they create legacy costs. Maybe there are only 31 other guys who can be starting QBs in the NFL — but I doubt it. Every year, we see new quarterbacks come in and actually do well. Gabbert, coming off a 260-yard passing game against a Vikings team that will post doubledigit losses this year, looked replaceable the very next week. He had one drive where he appeared crisp; it lasted two plays and started in Texans territory. Gabbert might be a bit thin-skinned, but maybe that’s because he’s been beaten into it, given the pitiful pass protection he’s gotten so far. People used to complain about Khalif Barnes at tackle but, I swear on a stack of Bryce Paup trading cards, the worst tackle in the history of the Jags has to be Guy Whimper. He never has any dirt on his jersey. He just stands there and watches as the defensive end gets around his sorry fat butt and jumps on Gabbert like an excited Great Dane. And worst of all, dude has a tendency to throw cheap shots at the end of the play and can’t even hide his dirty work from the replacement refs. I would need a much longer column than possible here to delineate the Jaguars’ talent deficiencies. But at position after position, the tally is subpar talent. The best draft pick of the Gene Smith era — arguably — is punter Bryan Anger, though even with him, the question is: why a punter in the third round? NFL protocol says a general manager is given a season grace period after a new coaching staff is brought in. The problem with Smith’s position is that he hasn’t really delivered a solid roster and the team has underachieved with the worst of them in recent years. There are only so many promotional gimmicks — like $20 tickets and a liberalized food policy — at Khan’s disposal. If this current roster doesn’t coalesce and at least look competitive, its architect has to go.  AG Gancarski

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NAME: Gazmir Broci RESTAURANT: Al’s Pizza BIRTHPLACE: Shkoder, Albania

NAME: Mike Ayres RESTAURANT: Monkey’s Uncle Tavern BIRTHPLACE: Huntington, W. Va.

NAME: Jason Bajalia RESTAURANT: The Casbah Cafe BIRTHPLACE: San Francisco

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That is the question, and our next several pages have the answer. Peruse menus from some of Northeast Florida’s tastiest places. Then you can head to a restaurant already knowing what you’re going to order. Hungry? Start reading!

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Slow Food First Coast Snail of Approval Certified Restaurants 13 Gypsies Anastasia Kitchen Bakery Moderne Bistro AIX Blue Bamboo Café Nola Checkers BBQ & Seafood

low Food. It’s not a commentary on bad service. It’s a restaurant philosophy that connects diners to a local network of farmers and herders who take pride in producing the freshest foods grown with care. In 2007, St. Augustine resident Richard Villadoniga founded Slow Food First Coast, a chapter of Slow Food USA, after he and his wife Lisette returned from a cross-country voyage. The Villadonigas traveled more than 14,000 miles and visited countless farms, restaurants and farmers markets across 27 states to document America’s endangered foods. “I was left in awe with the wonderful things that were taking place across the country in terms of progress on food issues, and I knew I needed to do something here in Northeast Florida, which was lagging behind at the time,” he says. He says the Slow Food Movement connects local and regional food producers with consumers who demand food produced in a manner that’s better for their health, better for the environment and better for our communities. Slow Food First Coast runs a local Snail of Approval program, featuring an online directory of chefs, restaurants, artisans and farmers ( We’ve listed a few of the area restaurants that focus on locally sourced food and the ingredients of some featured entrées.

Denoel French Pastry Shop & Café Flagler Fish Company The French Pantry Gaufres & Goods The Hyppo Café Mi Carnal Mexican Restaurant The Present Moment Café Restaurant Orsay Taverna 29 South...Eats The Augustine Grille bb’s

Bistro de Leon Café Atlantico Casa Maya Corner Taco Edgewood Bakery The Floridian Gas Full Service Restaurant The Good Food Company Marker 32 Mustard Seed Café Purple Olive Royal Palm Village Wine & Tapas SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 15

OVEN-ROASTED VEGGIE SALAD Eggplant, squash and zucchini from Twinn Bridges Farm Organic mixed greens from Blue Buddha, which receives them from Bee Heaven Farm Goat cheese infused with Herbs de Provence (lavender, marjoram, thyme and chervil) blended by Green Man Gourmet in Avondale Mushrooms from Bee Heaven Farm Housemade balsamic glaze

Tapa That pledges that at least 50 percent of ingredients are sourced locally, sustainably or organically. The owners insist all seafood is caught fresh the same morning, and they never purchase more than they can use immediately. Co-owner and food and beverage director Michael Coutu, along with his sister and executive chef Arielle Coutu, buy from farms primarily in Central Florida towns in and

Tapa That

820 Lomax St., Five Points, 376-9911

around Gainesville. Michael calls Slow Food USA an invaluable resource for his restaurant in having discovered these farms. Tapa That uses Cognito Farm for its grass-fed beef and Black Hog Farms for pork and poultry. “The most important element to us is the only one we can control, which is freshness,” he adds. Cheeses come from as far north as Georgia’s Sweet Grass Dairy, and are often infused with local herbs. Variety is the spice of life, especially with an ever-changing menu. “Different farms are better for certain items or grow certain items in larger quantities, so having options is wonderful,” Michael says. “The best part is that the farmers are as excited about having their food showcased as we are to serve it, so once they figure out that they have a market for some of the more exotic produce, they can’t wait to call and tell us about it. You simply can’t get red-leaf spinach or lemoncucumbers from those national distributors. Since our menu changes daily, we’re especially excited about unique, even unheard-of products.”

Corner Taco

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Chris Dickerson of Corner Taco has a passion that lies in his custom 1965 Airstream trailer, home to his food truck. Dickerson, the son of Le Clos restaurant’s chef and owner on Amelia Island, and his partner Heather Douglas, place great emphasis on using only natural ingredients aboard the truck. “We will not, under any circumstances, sell anything that we wouldn’t put in our bodies,” Dickerson says. That includes high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. “I like to buy local because I prefer to interact with people who are passionate about what they do,” Dickerson says. Sometimes it’s the little things that go unnoticed. For instance, Corner Taco prepares fresh croutons using bread from a local restaurant and bakery, The French Pantry. “We use French Pantry for four reasons: They have the best bread in town, they use ingredients I can pronounce, I like chatting with Tim [Felver, co-owner] and the cost is about the same as inferior, preservative-laden bread.” Another example: Early each morning, Dickerson and Douglas craft fresh corn tortillas from scratch using just four ingredients: maseca (corn flour), water, unsalted butter and kosher salt. No preservatives. All sauces and dressings are housemade, including their signature bottled Fresh Thyme Vinaigrette. Freshness counts, and ingredients for daily or weekly specials are chosen based on what’s seasonal and available. “Peaches were beautiful a few weeks ago. They were so sweet that I felt like drinking port with them,” Dickerson explains. “Beef brisket also looked good at the time. We combined them to make a braised brisket taco with port and guajillo chile.” As far as being comfortable with fresh fish, Dickerson has learned a lot from his purveyors. “Domestic fish that’s line-caught is usually better in quality than the less-expensive stuff that’s imported. This is because the lines tend to be shorter, so the fish are pulled up more quickly.” Ultimately, decisions are based on

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SALAD, TOPPED WITH TEMPEH Tempeh from Artie’s Tempeh, Gainesville Croutons made from bread from The French Pantry, Powers Avenue Housemade bottled Corner Taco Fresh Thyme Vinaigrette

FRIED MAYPORT SHRIMP TACO WITH WHITE CORN PURÉE Mayport shrimp from Safe Harbor Seafood in Mayport Village White corn from Twinn Bridges Farm, Tegan Farms, Jacksonville Farmers Market or Blue Buddha Asparagus is not local, since it doesn’t grow here in summer

practicality. While the folks at Corner Taco don’t use much organic produce aside from lettuce, they do like to know if “reasonable farming” practices are used. Many local farmers cannot afford the expensive USDA Certified

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Organic designation, even though they might be employing qualifying practices. “I would like to have all local and organic, but I would have to raise prices on some items so much that I don’t think folks would buy them.”

Native Sun Natural Foods Market 10000 San Jose Blvd., 260-6950 11030 Baymeadows Road, 260-2791

When Native Sun Natural Foods Market opened in 2006, there weren’t a lot of local companies and farms from which to source, explains owner Aaron Gottlieb. Now there are a wealth of choices. “[Native Sun] uses the local foods in our deli and juice bar, but not exclusively. If kale is all coming from our local farm, then it is being used in the deli and juice bar. If local grouper is bought in seafood, then we use it in the hot bar. So, local is all over our store,” Gottlieb explains. Some of the suppliers include Shakti Life Kitchen, The Present Moment Café, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Bold City Brewery, Wainwright Dairy, local pasture eggs, Hoover Farms, KYV Farms, Spring Song Organic Farm, Cowboy Meats, Flat Creek Cheese, Life’s Healthy Pleasures cookies and Sweet Water Coffee. Shrimp and seafood are sourced locally when available. Native Sun’s two locations carry only 100 percent organic produce, preferring to offer chemical- and pesticide residue-free items. All meat, fresh or frozen, is free of nitrates and nitrites, preservatives found in processed meats. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are prohibited from all products. The same goes for growth hormones, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners.

Christopher’s Take Out & Catering 2021 St. Augustine Road, Ste. 8, 396-0330

Christopher Holmes, a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Jacksonville’s culinary school, models his lunch service after the Slow Food concept. He wants to create quality carry-out and pre-cooked dinners for today’s busy lifestyles. “Not everyone has the time to cook or the budget to go out every night.” Holmes grows his own organic collard greens and most of his fresh herbs, some of which are planted right outside the restaurant’s front door. “I really like the fact that guests can see the freshness when they walk in,” he says. The greens are grown at home, sans pesticides. “I grow items that I enjoy and incorporate them into my recipes. What is most important to me are quality ingredients at an affordable price.” By using his own sustainably grown ingredients, he stays more in control of quality and taste. “As soon as you bite into a dish using fresh herbs, you can immediately taste it.” He says the quality from local farmers is superior and lasts longer than grocery chain produce. By supporting the Beauclerc Village Arts & Farmers Market in Mandarin and Riverside Arts Market, he says he feels better connected to the ingredients and farmers. SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 17


© 2012 ClamsFolioWeekly and shrimp from Seafood Shoppe or St. Augustine Shrimp Company, steamed in a white wine

and garlic butter Steamed onions and bell peppers from Fresh Start Hydroponics Farm Zucchini (cut into linguini-like strips) from Local Fare (which gathers from many area farms and delivers throughout Northeast Florida) and Fresh Start Heirloom cherry tomato and bell pepper salsa with basil and parsley, all from Fresh Start Toasted baguette from The French Pantry on Powers Avenue

The Floridian 39 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 829-0655

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Genie McNally, along with her husband Jeff, opened The Floridian two years ago. The restaurant’s name reflects the fact that Genie is an eighth-generation Floridian and Jeff is a native St. Augustinian. “Jeff has always had an interest in sustainable agriculture, and we even entertained the idea of interning on farms and restaurants on the West Coast, or in the Northeast, where farm-to-table food is not so much a question as it is a given,” Genie McNally says. “We saw instead the need to address these issues on our home turf and decided that the best way to highlight the burgeoning ‘local food’ movement was to put our ideals into action.” The duo feels that the more they can do to support people who are doing things ethically and responsibly in our region, the better. “Bringing food and how it is grown, harvested, caught, raised, etc., back into focus highlights key environmental, social and political issues,” Genie McNally says. The Floridian sources as much as possible from Northeast Florida and South

Georgia, but based on the constraints of weather extremes, their buying habits occasionally extend to South Florida and as far north as Tennessee when the season demands it. All proteins come from within a 100-mile radius. Genie says it’s more important to know your farmer’s sustainable growing practice than to seek organics exclusively. “We’re fortunate to have a few great farms to source from,” she says. These include Fresh Start Hydroponics, KYV Farms, S&J Farm and Local Fare. Seafood is sourced locally from the Seafood Shoppe or St. Augustine Shrimp Company and free-range chickens and sausages come from Abundant Acres in Live Oak, which raises and processes chickens just for them. Every cut of beef and pork is from livestock that was fed a hormone- and antibiotic-free diet, starting with grass and finishing with grain. “We know that the care each farmer puts into the raising, care and conditions of the animals is in line with our ideals, and that these folks are working to make a difference in their industries,” Genie McNally says. “This is then passed along to our customers, and the movement is able to continue to grow. We’re just trying to do our part in the chain.”



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Mediterranean Bread & Dip SM .......... $9.00 LG ......... $12.00 (Dip our own Fresh Baked Bread into our tangy & flavorful Mediterranean Dip of Feta Cheese, Fresh Diced Tomatoes & Black Olives in Olive Oil)

(Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Black Olives, Greek Peppers, & Feta Cheese)

Antipasto* SM ...........$6.50 LG ...........$8.90 (Lettuce, Tomatoes, Black Olives, Greek Peppers, Ham, Salami, & Mozzarella Cheese. Served with Garlic Bread)

The Boss Salad ....................$6.50 * Greek and Antipasto Salads served with our homemade Italian style dressing.

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(Pizza Crust loaded with thin sliced Steak, Mushrooms, Onions & Mozzarella Cheese)

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(Pizza Crust loaded with Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese)

(Pizza Crust loaded with Tomatoes, Green & Black Olives, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil, Plenty of Feta & Mozzarella Cheese)

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(Pizza Crust loaded with Grilled Chicken, Spinach, Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese & Fresh Garlic)


Served with Garlic Bread and a Dinner Salad

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Eggplant Parmigiana with Spaghetti ............................$11.50 Meat Ravioli ...................... $11.00 Ravioli Florentine ............. $11.00 Cheese or Meat Tortellini ..$10.00 Cheese Manicotti............... $10.50

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Bistro AIX

1440 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-1949

The farm-to-table trend is not new to Bistro AIX. Thirteen years ago, Chef Tom Gray helped open the restaurant with a simple sourcing mantra: flavor first, and look for sustainable or organic ingredients whenever possible. “The most important element to a successful dish is letting the ingredients speak for themselves,” Gray says. “Fresh, flavorful ingredients will become flavorful dishes if you let them.” Many of his herbs and produce varietals come from Twinn Bridges Farm in Macclenny, less than 50 miles from Bistro AIX’s San Marco location. Owners Scott Francis and his wife Denise purchased three acres of farmland in Baker County 15 years ago. While the farm isn’t certified organic, it uses a soap-and-vegetableoil solution instead of harsh chemicals on some of the plants to keep the bugs away. Gray chooses Twinn Bridges’ greens exclusively when they’re available, noting that one can clearly taste the flavor difference. “The arugula, for example, is bigger and carries a fantastic assertive flavor. The soil, nutrients and growing methods contribute to this.” “Chef Tom Gray is a huge supporter of ours and gives us inspiration with his adamant approach to local and sustainable practices,” Scott Francis explains. “Keeping him informed of harvest schedules and seasonal changes is

how he creates his menu, and many changes are made because of crop bounties or failures.” This goes both ways. “When you get to know your farmer, you get to know your food,” Scott adds. “Everybody is excited to hear what the next harvest will bring.” Becoming certified organic is an ongoing process that’s costly, time-consuming and arduous. All of that adds to the cost of the produce, and with a relationship like the one Gray and the Scotts share, trust replaces a certification. AIX includes a note on its menu about which purveyors it uses, creating transparency for its patrons. Meat and seafood can be more challenging. In the past, Gray used seafood from Hawaii, but its huge carbon footprint began weighing on him. Today, he uses a vendor in Maine and raves about its incredible fish and mussels. “Beef is very tough to source locally,” Gray explains. “We are very selective about the sources we buy from.” He uses Cowboy Meats’ grass-fed beef in the AIX Burger, a popular lunch item. Because grass-fed beef used for This is a copyright protected proo steaks can be on the tough side, Gray prefers to select a more tender, juicy steak by sourcing beef that’s initially grass-fed finished on please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 092512 Forandquestions, both corn and grains. He conducts regular FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 blind taste tests with kitchen and restaurant staff to ensure he’s using the best-tasting Sales PROMISE OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Produced by CS checked by sustainable products available. 


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HAND-ROLLED POTATO-PARMIGIANO GNOCCHI WITH BASIL, SMOKED TOMATOES, SCALLIONS, LOCAL SWEET CORN AND CORN PURÉE Gnocchi handmade with Idaho potatoes, flour and eggs from hens at Twinn Bridges or Black Hog Farm Sweet corn and tomatoes from Black Hog Farm Basil purée from basil grown at Twinn Bridges Farm Scallions from Twinn Bridges Farm

Local Food Sources Mentioned in Story Abundant Acres, Live Oak Artie’s Tempeh, Gainesville Black Hog Farm, East Palatka Blue Buddha, Jacksonville Bee Heaven Farm, Miami Cognito Farm, Starke Cowboy Meats, Glen St. Mary Fresh Start Hydroponics, St. Augustine Jacksonville Farmers Market, Beaver Street

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(In Fernandina Beach unless otherwise noted.) BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ F At the foot of Centre Street, the upscale restaurant overlooks Harbor Marina. Daily specials, fresh Florida seafood and an extensive wine list. FB. L & D, daily. 1 S. Front St. 261-2660. $$$ BRIGHT MORNINGS The small café offers freshly baked goods. B & L daily. 105 S. Third St. 491-1771. $$ CAFÉ KARIBO F Eclectic cuisine, served under the oaks in historic Fernandina, features sandwiches and chef’s specials. Alfresco dining. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat.; L, Sun. & Mon. 27 N. Third St. 277-5269. $$ CHEZ LEZAN BAKERY F European-style breads, pastries, croissants, muffins and pies baked daily. 1014 Atlantic Ave. 491-4663. $ 8TH STREET DINER F Familiar diner fare and specialties, including Italian Wedding Soup, teriyaki chicken wrap and The Best BLT. CM, D. 17 S. Eighth St. 491-0330. $$ GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO F Southern Italian cuisine: pasta, gourmet ravioli, hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties are margharita pizza and shrimp feast. Bread is baked on-site. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 5472 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-1999. $$ HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL F Owners John and Bretta Walker offer sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Plenty of TVs show Sales Rep st nearly every sport imaginable. BW. L & D, Wed.-Mon. 320 S. Eighth St. 321-0303. $ HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFE & BBQ Pulled pork sandwich, chicken salad and walnut chocolate chunk cookie, served in a laid-back atmosphere. BW. CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7 S. Third St. 321-0707. $$ JACK & DIANE’S F Casual cafe offers steak & eggs, pancakes, Cajun scampi, etouffée, curry pizza, vegan black bean cakes, shrimp & grits, hand-carved steaks. FB. B, L & D, daily. 708 Centre St. 321-1444. $$ KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Teppanyaki masters create your meal; plus a 37-item sushi bar. BW. D, Tue.-Sun. Amelia Plaza. 277-8782. $$ KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFE F She crab soup, salads, fried green tomatoes, sandwiches and wraps are served indoors or out on the patio. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 19 S. Third St. 432-8213. $ LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE F An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood. Nightly specials. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations recommended. 11 S. Seventh St. 432-8394. $$ MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFE Locally owned and operated, with specialty coffees, fruit smoothies. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee. 225-3600. $ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax winner. Northern-style pizza by the pie or the slice. Choose from more than 20 toppings. Owner-selected wines and a large beer selection. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 925 S. 14th St. 321-3400. $ THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE Organic eatery and juice bar. An extensive menu offers vegetarian, vegan items. Daily specials: local seafood, free-range chicken, fresh organic produce. CM. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 833 TJ Courson Rd. 277-3141. $$ PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA F The family restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 520 Centre St. 272-2011. $$ PLAE *Bite Club Certified! In Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Spa & Shops, the cozy venue offers an innovative and PLAEful dining experience. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, nightly. 277-2132. $$$ SALT, THE GRILL Best of Jax 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. $$$$ THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL The brand-new spot offers waterfront views. Local seafood and produce create signature dishes, like broiled oysters and oyster po’boys. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12 N. Front St. 277-3811. $$-$$$ SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL F Oceanfront dining; local seafood, shrimp, crab cakes, outdoor beachfront tiki & raw bar, covered deck and kids’ playground. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 277-6652. $$ THE SURF F Dine inside or on the large oceanview deck. Steaks, fresh fish, shrimp, nightly specials. Late-night menu. FB. L & D, daily. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. $$ TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES F The name pretty much says it all. Tasty’s offers burgers (Angus beef, turkey or veggie) and fries (like cheese fries, sweet potato fries), along

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with dogs, shakes, floats and soup. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, BW. 710 Centre St. 321-0409. $ TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK This new casual seafood restaurant features local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials. L & D, daily. CM, BW. 21 N. Third St. 310-6550. $$ T-RAY’S BURGER STATION F A favorite local spot; Best of Jax winner. Grilled or blackened fish sandwiches, homemade burgers. BW, TO. B & L, Mon.-Sat. 202 S. Eighth St. 261-6310. $ 29 SOUTH EATS F Part of historic Fernandina Beach’s downtown scene. Award-winning Chef Scotty serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. L, Tue.-Sat.; D, Mon.-Sat.; Sun. brunch. 29 S. Third St. 277-7919. $$


CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE F Locally owned and operated, Cleota’s offers authentic, homestyle Southern cuisine, like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp & grits, mac & cheese. Gourmet desserts. L & D, Tue.-Sun. TO. 2111 University Blvd. N. 800-2102. $ 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. $$$ LA NOPALERA Best of Jax winner. See Intracoastal. 8818 Atlantic Blvd. 720-0106. $ NERO’S CAFE F Traditional Italian fare, including seafood, veal, beef, chicken and pasta dishes. Weekly specials are lasagna, 2-for-1 pizza and AYCE spaghetti. CM, FB. L, Sun.; D, daily. 3607 University Blvd. N. 743-3141. $$ REGENCY ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR Generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Fresh fish, specialty pastas, fresh oysters and clams. BW. L & D, daily. 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S. 720-0551. $$ UNIVERSITY DINER F The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches: wraps, BLTs, clubs, melts. Daily specials. BW. B & L, Sat. & Sun.; B, L & D, Mon.-Fri. 5959 Merrill Rd. 762-3433. $


BISCOTTIS F Mozzarella bruschetta, Avondale pizza, sandwiches, espresso, cappuccino. Revolving daily specials. B, Tue.-Sun.; L & D, daily. 3556 St. Johns Ave. 387-2060. $$$ THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Fresh seafood, steaks and more are served in a casual atmosphere. Half-portions are available. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 3551 St. Johns Ave., Shoppes of Avondale. 387-0700. $$$ BRICK RESTAURANT F Creative all-American fare like tuna tartare, seaweed salad and Kobe burger. Outside dining. FB. L & D, daily. 3585 St. Johns Ave. 387-0606. $$$ THE CASBAH F Best of Jax winner. Middle Eastern cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere. BW. L & D, daily. 3628 St. Johns Ave. 981-9966. $$ ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE F Gauchos carve the meat onto your plate from serving tables. FB. D, Tue.-Sun., closed Mon. 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40. 388-4884. $$$ THE FOX RESTAURANT F A local landmark 50+ years. Ian & Mary Chase serve classic diner-style fare, homemade desserts. B & L daily. 3580 St. Johns Ave. 387-2669. $ GINJO SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT New at Shoppes of Avondale, Ginjo serves traditional Japanese fare and sushi. Sake, BW. L & D, daily. 3620 St. Johns Ave. 388-5688. $$ GREEN MAN GOURMET Organic and natural products, spices, teas, salts, BW. Open daily. 3543 St. Johns Ave. 384-0002. $ MOJO NO. 4 F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 3572 St. Johns Ave. 381-6670. $$ ORSAY Best of Jax winner. The French/American bistro focuses on craftsmanship and service. FB. D, Mon.-Sat.; Brunch & D, Sun. 3630 Park St. 381-0909. $$$ TOM & BETTY’S F A Jacksonville tradition for more than 30 years, Tom & Betty’s serves hefty sandwiches with classic car themes, along with homemade-style dishes. CM, FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4409 Roosevelt Blvd. 387-3311. $$


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 8060 Philips Hwy. 731-4300. $ ANCIENT CITY SUBS Locally owned-and-operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, the St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, now in Baymeadows, serves gourmet subs – toasted, pressed or cold – and salads. CM, TO. Mon.-Sat. 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207 (at Baymeadows Rd.). 446-9988. $ BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA F Family-owned&-operated NYC-style pizzeria serves hand-tossed, brickoven-baked pizza, traditional Italian dinners, wings, subs. Delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3. 519-8000. $$

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CAFE CONFLUENCE F The European coffeehouse serves Italian specialty coffees and smoothies, along with paninis, salads and European chocolates. Outdoor dining. BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 8612 Baymeadows Rd. 733-7840. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F Chicago-style deepdish pizzas, hot dogs, Italian beef dishes from the Comastro family, serving authentic Windy City favorites for 25+ years. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy. 731-9797. $$ DEERWOOD DELI & DINER F The ’50s-style diner serves malts, shakes, Reubens, Cubans, burgers, and traditional breakfast items. CM. B & L, daily. 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-4877. $$ THE FIFTH ELEMENT F Authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes made with artistic flair. Lunch buffet includes lamb, goat, chicken, tandoori and biryani items. CM. L & D, daily. 9485 Baymeadows Rd. 448-8265. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 8650 Baymeadows Rd. 448-0500. $$ INDIA RESTAURANT F Best of Jax 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. $$ LARRY’S GIANT SUBS F With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s piles subs up with fresh fixins and serves ’em fast. Some Larry’s Subs offer B & W and/or serve breakfast. CM. L & D, daily. 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9 (Goodby’s Creek), 737-7740; 8616 Baymeadows Rd. 739-2498. $ LEMONGRASS F Upscale Thai cuisine in a metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s innovative creations include roast duckling and fried snapper. BW. R. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd. 645-9911. $$ MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE *Bite Club Certified! F The Lebanese restaurant offers authentic cuisine: lahm meshwe, kafta khoshkhas and baked filet of red snapper. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd. 646-1881. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax winner. The organic supermarket offers a full deli and a hot bar with fresh soups, quesadillas, rotisserie chicken and vegan sushi, as well as a fresh juice and smoothie bar. 11030 Baymeadows Rd. 260-2791. $ OMAHA STEAKHOUSE *Bite Club Certified! Center-cut beef, seafood, sandwiches served in an English tavern atmosphere. Signature dish is a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. Desserts include crème brûlée. FB. L & D, daily. 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Embassy Suites Hotel. 739-6633. $$ PATTAYA THAI GRILLE F Traditional Thai and vegetarian items and a 40-plus item vegetarian menu served in a contemporary atmosphere. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1. 646-9506. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 3928 Baymeadows Rd. 527-8649. $$ STICKY FINGERS F Memphis-style rib house specializes in barbecue ribs served several ways. FB. L & D, daily. 8129 Point Meadows Way. 493-7427. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd. 641-7171. $


(In Jax Beach unless otherwise noted.) A LA CARTE Authentic New England fare like Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, haddock sandwich, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. TO. L, Fri.-Tue. 331 First Ave. N. 241-2005. $$ AL’S PIZZA F Serving hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, calzones and Italian entrees for more than 21 years. Voted Best Pizza by Folio Weekly readers from 1996-2011. BW. L & D, daily. 303 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-0002. $ ANGIE’S SUBS F Best of Jax winner. Subs are made-toorder fresh. Serious casual. Wicked good iced tea. 1436 Beach Blvd. 246-2519. $ BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET F The full fresh seafood market serves seafood baskets, fish tacos, oyster baskets, Philly cheesesteaks. Dine indoors or outside. Beach delivery. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 120 S. Third St. 444-8862. $$ BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP F South Philly’s Bongiorno clan imports Amoroso rolls for Real Deal cheese-steak, Original Gobbler, clubs, wraps, burgers, dogs. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach. 246-3278. $$ BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q F Baby back ribs, fried corn, sweet potatoes, wide varieties of barbecue. BW. L & D, daily. 1307 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 270-2666. 1266 S. Third St. 249-8704. $ BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE F This new local coffee shop café features fresh, locally roasted Costa Rican organic coffee and espresso, as well as freshly-baked-in-house muffins, breads, scones and cakes. Breakfast, lunch and vegan options available. CM. B, L, Br., daily. 235 Eighth Ave. S. 241-2211. $ BUDDHA THAI BISTRO F Authentic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 301 10th Ave. N. 372-9149. $$

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BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS F Best of Jax winner. The Gallery’s kid sister at the beach each is mostly take-out; same great chow, fast service. 1333 N. Third St. 242-8226. $ CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA F Homemade-style Mexican items are fajitas, enchiladas and fried ice cream, plus margaritas. FB. D, nightly. 127 First Ave. N. 249-3322. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax winner. See Springfield. 2429 S. Third St. 372-9000. $ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 320 N. First St. 270-8565. $$ CRAB CAKE FACTORY JAX *Bite Club Certified! F Chef Khan Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. FB. L & D daily. 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza. 247-9880. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax winner, serving burgers, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and cheese fries. 319 23rd Ave. S. 270-0356. $ CULHANE’S IRISH PUB *Bite Club Certified! Four sisters own and operate the authentic Irish pub, with faves Guinness stew, lamb sliders and fish pie. L, Fri.-Sun.; D, Tue.-Sun.; weekend brunch. FB, CM. 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. $$ DICK’S WINGS F The casual NASCAR-themed place serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features halfpound burgers, ribs and salads. BW, TO. L & D daily. 2434 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, 372-0298. 311 N. Third St., 853-5004. $ DWIGHT’S The Mediterranean-style bistro features fresh local seafood, filet mignon, mixed grill and an extensive wine list. D, Tue.-Sat. 1527 Penman Rd. 241-4496. $$$$ ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY F The Best of Jax winner serves gastropub fare: soups, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches, like BarBe-Cuban and beer dip. Craft beers made onsite, too. Daily specials. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217. 249-2337. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax winner. See San Marco. 992 Beach Blvd. 249-3001. $ THE FISH COMPANY *Bite Club Certified! F Fresh, local seafood is served, including Mayport shrimp, fish baskets and grilled tuna and there’s an oyster bar. L & D, daily. CM, FB. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach. 246-0123. $$ HOT DOG HUT F Best of Jax winner. All-beef hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, crab cakes, beer-battered onion rings and French fries. B. L, daily. 1439 S. Third St. 247-8886. $ ICHIBAN F Three dining areas: teppan or hibachi tables (watch a chef prepare the food), a sushi bar and Westernstyle seating offering tempura and teriyaki. FB, Japanese plum wine. L & D, daily. 675 N. Third St. 247-4688. $$ LYNCH’S IRISH PUB The full-service restaurant offers corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips. 30plus beers on tap. FB. L, Sat. & Sun., D, daily. 514 N. First St. 249-5181. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax winner. See Southside. 1080 Third St. N. 241-5600. $ METRO DINER F Best of Jax winner. See San Marco. 1534 N. Third St. 853-6817. $$ MEZZA LUNA F A Beaches tradition for 20-plus years. Great food, from gourmet wood-fired pizzas to contemporary American cuisine. Inside or patio dining. Extensive wine list. CM, FB. D, Mon.-Sat. 110 First St., Neptune Beach. 249-5573. $$$ MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR F Best of Jax winner. Traditional slow-cooked Southern barbecue served in a blues bar. Faves are pulled pork, Texas brisket, slow-cooked ribs. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1500 Beach Blvd. 247-6636. $$ MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN F For 25-plus years, Monkey’s has served pub grub, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1850 S. Third St. 246-1070. $ NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE F Best of Jax winner. Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. FB. L & D, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 2309 Beach Blvd. 247-3300. $$ NORTH BEACH BISTRO *Bite Club Certified! Casual dining with an elegant touch, like slow-cooked veal osso buco; calypso crusted mahi mahi with spiced plantain chips. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach. 372-4105. $$$ OCEAN 60 A prix fixe menu is offered. Continental cuisine, with fresh seafood, nightly specials and a changing seasonal menu. Dine in a formal dining room or casual Martini Room. D, Mon.-Sat. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 247-0060. $$$ THE PIER CANTINA F Best of Jax winner. The new oceanfront place offers a Mexican menu. Downstairs Sandbar bar & patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 412 N. First St. 246-6454. $$ PHILLY’S FINEST F Authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks made with imported Amorosa rolls. Hoagies, wings and pizza ... cold beer, too. FB. L & D, daily. 1527 N. Third St. 241-7188. $$

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POE’S TAVERN F An American gastropub that offers 50-plus beers, craft and local/regional selections. Gourmet hamburgers, handcut fries, fish tacos, quesadillas, Edgar’s Drunken Chili and daily fish sandwich special. L & D, daily. FB, CM. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. $$ RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL F Best of Jax winner. The Beaches landmark serves grilled seafood with a Cajun/ Creole accent. Hand-crafted cold beer. FB. L & D, daily. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. $$ SAKANA F Eclectic contemporary Pan Asian dishes and signature sushi. Dine indoors, on an oceanfront patio, or in Blue Bar Lounge. FB. L, Sat. & Sun.; D, nightly. 111 Third Ave. N. 595-5355. $$ SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK F Best of Jax winner. Specialty menu items include signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos, local fried shrimp. Casual, trendy open-air space. FB, TO, CM. L & D, daily. 1018 N. Third St. 372-4456. $$ SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE F Best of Jax winner. 111 Beach Blvd. 482-1000. $$ SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD *Bite Club Certified! F Eclectic American fare, art deco décor with an authentic diner feel. FB. L & D, daily; Sun. brunch. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. 241-8221. $$ TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA F Fresh, Baja-style Mexican fare, with a focus on fish tacos and tequila, as well as fried cheese, bangin’ shrimp and verde chicken tacos. Valet parking. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 1183 Beach Blvd. 249-8226. $$ URBAN FLATS See Ponte Vedra. FB. L & D, daily. 131 First Ave. N. 595-5263. $$ THE WINE BAR The casual neighborhood place has a tapas-style menu, fire-baked flatbreads and a wine selection. Tue.-Sun. 320 N. First St. 372-0211. $$


(The Jacksonville Landing venues are at 2 Independent Drive) BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD Continental cuisine features fresh fish, lobster, crab, chops, Midwestern beef. Signature dishes include chef’s tuna, Benny’s crab cake, rack of lamb. Dine inside or on the riverview patio. CM, FB. L & D daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 175. 301-1014. $$$ BURRITO GALLERY & BAR F Best of Jax winner. Southwest cuisine, traditional American salads and burritos. FB. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-2922. $ CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCA JAX Located on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts. FB. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Thur. 333 N. Laura St. 366-6911 ext. 231. $$ CASA DORA ITALIAN RESTAURANT F For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Chef Sam Hamidi have been serving genuine Italian fare, including veal, ribeye steaks, seafood, pizza and sandwiches. Homemade-style salad dressing is a specialty. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. 108 E. Forsyth St. 356-8282. $$ CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. The Jacksonville Landing. 354-7747. $$$ DE REAL TING CAFE F Authentic Caribbean lunch buffet Tue.-Fri. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 128 W. Adams St. 633-9738. $$ FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT New location. Casual dining with an uptown Irish flair, including fish & chips, Guinness beef stew and black-and-tan brownies. FB, CM. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176. 374-1247. $$ INDOCHINE Best of Jax winner. Serving Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the core of downtown. Signature dishes include favorites like chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. BW, FB, TO. L, Mon.-Fri., D, Tue.-Sat. 21 E. Adams St. 598-5303. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE Family-owned-andoperated. Jenkins offers beef, pork, chicken, homemade desserts. L & D, daily. 830 N. Pearl St. 353-6388. $ KOJA SUSHI F Best of Jax winner. Sushi, Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Indoor and outdoor dining and bar. FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing. 350-9911. $$ NORTHSTAR SUBSTATION F This place features brickoven-baked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, custom sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. FB, 27 beers on draft. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 119 E. Bay St. 860-5451. $ OLIO MARKET F Fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, entrées. In Churchwell Lofts building, Olio partners eclectic tastes with Old World ambiance in a casual renovated space. L, Mon.Fri.; late Art Walk. 301 E. Bay St. 356-7100. $$ SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER Weekday lunch includes salad bar, hot meals and a carving station. L, Sun. upon request. FB. 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3550. 791-9797. $$ TRELLISES HYATT REGENCY American cuisine includes a breakfast buffet with a made-to-order omelet station, a la carte items. Signature lunch and dinner entrees: grouper salad, Angus burgers, Reubens, French onion grilled cheese, seafood, steaks. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 225 East Coast Line Dr. 634-4540. $$$ VITO’S ITALIAN CAFE F Best of Jax winner. Authentic Italian oven-baked pasta dishes, pizza, veal, chicken and

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seafood items made with fresh ingredients. CM, FB. L & D, daily. The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 174. 355-0064. $$ ZODIAC GRILL F Serving Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites, with a popular lunch buffet. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 120 W. Adams St. 354-8283. $


CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILLE F See Baymeadows. 406 Old Hard Road, Ste. 106. 213-7779. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F See Riverside. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 1915 East West Pkwy., 541-0009. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax winner. See Intracoastal. 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100. 215-2223. $ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS F Best of Jax winner. See Southside. 1800 Town Center Pkwy. 541-1999. $ MOJO SMOKEHOUSE F Best of Jax winner. FB. L & D, daily. 1810 Town Ctr. Blvd. 264-0636. $$ TAPS BAR & GRILL F See Julington. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145. 278-9421. $$ WHITEY’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax winner. The renowned seafood place, family-owned since 1963, offers AYCE freshwater catfi sh. Also steaks, pastas. Outdoor waterfront dining. And you can get there by car, boat or bike. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2032 C.R. 220. 269-4198. $


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 14286 Beach Blvd. (at San Pablo Rd.) 223-0991. $ AROY THAI FUSION The new restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. Daily happy hour, FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40. 374-0161. $$ BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT F The family-friendly casual sports place has wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get a Puppy Chow menu. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 551-3059. $$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS F Authentic New Yorkstyle pizza, Italian pastas, desserts; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36. 223-6913. $ CASTILLO DE MEXICO F The authentic, extensive menu includes a weekday lunch buffet. FB. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square. 998-7006. $$ CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL F Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, steak, seafood, homemade pizza and daily specials. FB. L & D, daily. Smoking permitted. 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza. 645-5162. $$ EL RANCHITO Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. BW, CM, TO. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22. 992-4607. $$ ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE F A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. BW. L & D, daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26. 220-9192. $$ JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE F The menu includes wings, hamburgers, Ahi tuna and handcut steaks. CM, FB. Daily. 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22. 220-6766. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax winner. Family-owned-andoperated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine, like tamales, fajitas, pork tacos, in a casual family atmosphere. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 14333 Beach Blvd. 992-1666. $ MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Homemade Italian cuisine, breads, pizzas, calzones and specialty dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 646-9119. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A. 821-9880. $ THAI ORCHID F The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4. 683-1286. $$ TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL F Wings, gourmet pizza, fresh seafood and specialty wraps. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5. 223-6999. $$


BLACKSTONE GRILLE The menu blends flavors from a variety of cultures and influences for modern American fusion cuisine, served in a bistro-style setting. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri., D, Sat.; Sun. brunch. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 102. 287-0766. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F See Intracoastal. 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove. 287-8317. $$ PIZZA PALACE F See San Marco. 116 Bartram Oaks Walk. 230-2171. $ TAPS BAR & GRILL F Taps’ chefs prepare every dish, including beef, chicken and shrimp, with the freshest ingredients. Large selection of premium beers on tap. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Johns. 819-1554. $$ VINO’S PIZZA With four Jacksonville locations, Vino’s makes all their Italian and American dishes with fresh ingredients. L & D, daily. 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103. 230-6966. $ WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE F The fine dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full


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sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108. 230-6688. $$


AL’S PIZZA F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 11190 San Jose Blvd. 260-4115. $ AW SHUCKS F The seafood place offers an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings, pasta. Faves: ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd. 240-0368. $$ THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE F A Maryland-style crabhouse featuring fresh blue crabs, garlic crabs, and king, snow and Dungeness crab legs. FB, CM. D, Tue.-Sat.; L & D, Sun. 3057 Julington Creek Rd. 260-2722. $$ BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE Authentic Brazilian dishes include steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20. 880-3313. $$ BROOKLYN PIZZA F The traditional pizzeria serves New York-style pizza, specialty pies, and subs, strombolis and calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 11406 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, 288-9211. 13820 St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020. $ CLARK’S FISH CAMP F Best of Jax winner. Clark’s has steak, ribs, AYCE catfish dinners, 3-pound prime rib. Dine in, out or in a creek-view glass-enclosed room. FB. D, Mon.-Fri.; L & D, Sat. & Sun. 12903 Hood Landing Rd. 268-3474. $$ DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT F Authentic Mexican dishes prepared daily from scratch, served in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 12373 San Jose Blvd. 268-8722. $$ ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Family-owned, Enza’s offers fine Italian dining, featuring veal and seafood dishes. Daily specials. FB, CM, TO. D, Tue.-Sun. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing. 268-4458. $$$ GIGI’S RESTAURANT Breakfast buffet daily, lunch buffet weekdays. The Comedy Zone (Best of Jax winner) has an appetizer menu. FB. B, L & D, daily. I-295 & San Jose Blvd. (Ramada Inn). 268-8080. $$ (Fri. & Sat. buffet, $$$) HALA CAFE & BAKERY F See Southside. 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd. 288-8890. $$ HARMONIOUS MONKS American-style steakhouse features a 9-oz. choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-oz. gourmet burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, wraps, sandwiches. FB. L & D, Mon.Sat. 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30. 880-3040. $$ LeGRAND’S THE STEAK & SEAFOOD PLACE F Locally owned and operated, LeGrand’s offers aged beef cured onsite in the dry aging room and cut in-house, as well as seafood, chicken and a variety of sides. FB, CM. L & D, daily; Br. Sun. 11290 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-3663. $$$ MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 11105 San Jose Blvd. 260-1727. $$ MANDARIN ALE HOUSE Laid-back atmosphere; 30-plus beers on tap. FB. L & D, daily. 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 19. 292-0003. $$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax winner. See San Marco. 12807 San Jose Blvd. 638-6185. $$ NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET F Best of Jax 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. $$ POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA F See Orange Park. 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Outback Plaza. 503-2230. $$ RACK ’EM UP SPORTS BAR F This cigar & hookah lounge offers bar food and more than 200 beers, imported and domestic. D, nightly. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 262-4030. $ THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA & GRILL This casual, familyfriendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12. 683-3773. $$ TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. CM, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23. 351-8265. $$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. L & D, daily. 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr. 268-6660. $ WHOLE FOODS MARKET F Offering 100+ prepared items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, soup bar, dessert bar. Made-to-order Italian specialties from a brick oven pizza hearth. L & D, daily. 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22. 288-1100. $$

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ARON’S PIZZA F The family-owned restaurant offers eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizza. BW, CM, TO. L & D daily. 650 Park Ave. 269-1007. $$ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F For 18-plus years, the sportsthemed family restaurant has served wings, ribs, entrees, sandwiches. FB. L & D, daily. 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd. 425-6466. $$ THE HILLTOP CLUB She-crab soup, scallops, prime beef, wagyu beef, chicken Florentine and stuffed grouper. Chef Nick’s salmon is a favorite. FB. D, Tue.-Sat. 2030 Wells Rd. 272-5959. $$ JOEY MOZARELLAS The Italian restaurant’s specialty is a 24-slice pizza: 18˝x26˝ of fresh ingredients and sauces made daily. CM, TO. L & D, daily. 930 Blanding Blvd. 5794748. $$ PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR F Family-owned-andoperated. Gourmet pizza, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper. The pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, calzones, linguini, ravioli, made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. CM, BW, sangria. 1930 Kingsley Ave. 2769551. 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 Authentic traditional Thai fare made with fresh ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Curry dishes and specialty selections include crispy duck, praram, pad Thai and seafood. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Sat. & Sun. 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A. 272-8434. $$

PONTE VEDRA, NE ST. JOHNS AL’S PIZZA F See Beaches. BW. L & D, daily. 635 A1A. 543-1494. $ AQUA GRILL Upscale cuisine: fresh seafood, Angus steaks, Maine lobster, vegetarian dishes. Outdoor patio seating. FB. L, Mon.-Sat.; D, nightly. 950 Sawgrass Village Dr. 285-3017. $$$ THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! Chef Brett Smith’s global cuisine is seasonal and local. Selections include prime steaks, New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon. FB, CM. D, nightly. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott. 285-7777. $$$ BRUCCI’S PIZZA F Authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas, paninis, desserts. Family atmosphere. CM. L & D, daily. 880 A1A, Ste. 8. 280-7677. $$ CAFFE ANDIAMO Traditional Italian cuisine: fresh seafood, veal, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza prepared in a copper clad oven. An extensive wine list is offered in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dine indoors or out on the terrace. L & D, daily. 500 Sawgrass Village. 280-2299. $$$ 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. $$ MULLIGAN’S PUB F The new Irish gastropub, at Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. FB. D, daily. 45 PGA Tour Blvd. 280-1661. $$ NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS In Sawgrass’ Tournament Players Club, Nineteen features more than 230 wines and freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served inside or al fresco on the verandah. L & D, daily. 110 Championship Way. 273-3235. $$$ PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE *Bite Club Certified! F Freshly prepared Caribbean cuisine, including red snapper Ponte Vedra Jamaican grilled pork ribs and barbecued salmon tower. Tropical rum drinks include Pusser’s Painkiller. FB. L & D, daily. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100. 280-7766. L, $$; D, $$ RESTAURANT MEDURE Chef Matthew Medure offers eclectic cuisine of local and imported seafood with Southern and Asian influences. F/B. D, Mon.-Sat. 818 A1A N. 543-3797. $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Best of Jax 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. $$


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batch roasted specialty coffees from its certified organic roastery and brew bar, including lattes, local pastries, craft beers. BW. 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1 & 2. 855-1181. $ CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE F The Italian eatery offers pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas, appetizers, classic Italian dishes (calzone, stromboli, subs, panini) and microbrews served in a casual atmosphere. BW, CM, TO. 2677 Forbes St. 387-1400. $$ COOL MOOSE F Classic sandwiches, eclectic wraps and desserts. An extensive gourmet coffee menu with Green Mountain coffees and frozen coffee drinks. B & L, daily. Sun. Br. 2708 Park St. 381-4242. $ EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ F Best of Jax winner. See San Marco. 2753 Park St. 384-9999. $ GATOR’S DOCKSIDE F See Orange Park. 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135. $$ GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET F A deli, organic and natural grocery, and juice & smoothie bar offers teas, coffees, gourmet cheeses; natural, organic and raw items. Grab-andgo sandwiches, salads and sides. Craft beers, organic wines. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat.; L, Sun. 2007 Park St. 384-4474. $ HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET F Dine inside or on the patio. Mediterranean entrées include lamb, and beef gyros. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 2005-1 Park St. 381-9394. $ JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILL F A Riverside tradition, serving 60+ fresh deli and grill items, including hot sandwiches. L, Mon.-Fri. 474 Riverside Ave. 356-8055. $ KICKBACKS GASTROPUB F Best of Jax winner. Neighborhood spot serves favorites 20 hours a day, every day. 655+ bottled beers, 84 on tap. CM. 910 King St. 388-9551. $$ MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homemade-style sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw, collards. BW, CM. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4838 Highway Ave., 389-5551. $$ MOON RIVER PIZZA F Best of Jax winner. See Amelia Island. 1176 Edgewood Ave. S. 389-4442. $ MOSSFIRE GRILL F Southwestern menu with ahi tuna tacos, goat cheese enchiladas and gouda quesadillas. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 1537 Margaret St. 355-4434. $$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT See St. Johns Town Center. 1661 Riverside Ave., Ste. 128. 900-1955. $ O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB F Innovative Irish fare and traditional faves are offered, like lambburger with Stilton crust, Guinness mac & cheese, Shepherd’s pie and fish-nchips — plus 18 beers on tap. L, daily except Mon.; D, daily. CM, FB. 1521 Margaret St. 854-9300. $$ PELE’S WOOD FIRE At this new restaurant, Chef Micah Windham uses a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. CM, FB, TO. L & D, daily; Br., weekend. 2665 Park St. 232-8545. $$ PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE F Traditional Italian fare with fresh sauces and dough made from scratch daily. Large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2. 378-8131. $ PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS F Upscale billiards hall has burgers, steak, deli sandwiches, wings. Family-friendly, non-smoking. BW, CM. L & D, daily. 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 738-7645. $ SAKE HOUSE #1 F Japanese grill and sushi bar features sushi, sashimi, katsu, tempura, hibachi and specialty rolls. CM, BW, sake. L & D, daily. 824 Lomax St. 301-1188. $$ SUMO SUSHI F Authentic Japanese fare, traditional to entrees and sushi rolls, spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumpling), tobiko (flying fish roe), Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, Calif. roll). BW, CM. L & D, daily. 2726 Park St. 388-8838. $$ SUSHI CAFÉ F A variety of sushi, including popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. BW. Dine indoors or on the patio. L & D, daily. 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, Publix Plaza. 384-2888. $$ TAPA THAT This new place puts a modern spin on traditional tapas-style service, using locally/organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. CM, BW. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 820 Lomax St. 376-9911. $$ TWO DOORS DOWN F Traditional faves: hotcakes, omelets, burgers, pork chops, liver & onions, fried chicken, sides and desserts. CM, TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 436 Park St. 598-0032. $


A1A ALE WORKS F The Ancient City’s only brew pub taps seven hand-crafted ales and lagers. A1A specializes in innovative New World cuisine. FB. L & D, daily. 1 King St. 829-2977. $$ AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT F A family-owned-andoperated Italian restaurant offers traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach. 461-0102. $$ ANN O’MALLEY’S F Fresh handmade sandwiches, soups, salads and perfectly poured Guinness. Favorites include

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Reubens and chicken salad. CM, BW, Irish beers on tap. L & D, daily. 23 Orange St. 825-4040. $$ BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE This new Irish bar and pub in historic downtown offers burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. BW. L & D, daily. 48 Spanish St. 547-2023. $$ BARNACLE BILL’S F For 30-plus years, this family restaurant has served seafood, oysters, gator tail, steak and fried shrimp. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily; 14 Castillo Drive, 824-3663. $$ THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes in a casual atmosphere. FB, CM. L & D daily. 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza. 547-2723. $$ BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS F Specialty pizzas are Borrillo’s Supreme (extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage), white and vegetarian pizzas. Subs and pasta dinners. L & D, daily. 88 San Marco Ave. 829-1133. $ CAFÉ ATLANTICO Traditional and new Italian dishes served in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish, in a parmesan cheese basket. BW. D, nightly. 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-7332. $$$ CAFÉ ELEVEN F Serving eclectic cuisine like feta spinach egg croissant, apple turkey sandwich, pear-berry salad. Daily chef creations. BW. B, L & D, daily. 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 460-9311. B, $; L & D, $$ CAP’S ON THE WATER F The Vilano Beach mainstay offers coastal cuisine – tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar – indoors or on an oak-shaded deck. Boat access. FB. L, Fri.-Sun., D, nightly. 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach. 824-8794. $$ CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE F Best of Jax winner. Authentic New York style brick-oven-baked pizza, fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats & cheeses, salads, calzones, strombolis and sliced pizza specials. BW. L & D, daily. 146 King St. 494-6658. $$ CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR *Bite Club Certified! 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 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. $$ GYPSY CAB COMPANY F Best of Jax winner. International menu features large portions, reasonable prices. FB. L & D, daily. 828 Anastasia Blvd. 824-8244. $$ HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE F In a historic, twostory house, the New Orleans-style eatery has fresh seafood, steaks, jambalaya, etouffée and shrimp. FB. L & D, daily. 46 Avenida Menendez. 824-7765. $$ HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches; Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. B & L, daily. 8 Granada St. 824-7898. $ KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB F Authentic Brit pub serves fish & chips, Cornish pastie and steak & kidney pie. Tap beers are Guinness, Newcastle and Bass. BW. L & D, Wed.-Sun. 6460 U.S. 1 (4 miles N. of St. Augustine Airport.) 823-9787. $$ THE MANATEE CAFÉ F Serving healthful cuisine using organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes. B & L, daily. 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, Westgate Plaza. 826-0210. $ MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL F Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist: coconut shrimp and fried plantains. BW, CM. Outdoor dining. 700 A1A Beach Blvd., (A Street access) St. Augustine Beach. 461-1077. $$ MILL TOP TAVERN F A St. Auggie institution housed in an 1884 building, serving nachos, soups, sandwiches and daily specials. Dine inside or on open-air decks. At the big mill wheel. FB. L & D, daily. 19 1/2 St. George St. 829-2329. $$ OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK F Just a block from the ocean, with a tropical atmosphere and open-air deck. Steamed oysters, crab legs, burgers. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 4000 A1A & Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach. 471-3424. $ THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ Best of Jax winner. The cozy café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes – all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic BW. TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 224 W. King St. 827-4499. $ PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO F Family-ownedand-operated, offering specials, fresh artisan breads. Soups, salad dressings and desserts made from scratch. BW. D, Tue.Sat. 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach. 461-1250. $$ RAINTREE Located in a Victorian home, Raintree offers a menu with contemporary and traditional international influences. Extensive wine list. FB. D, daily. 102 San Marco Ave. 824-7211. $$$ Continues on page 34

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Continues from page 30 THE REEF RESTAURANT F Casual oceanfront place with a view from every table. Fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes, daily chef specials. Outdoor dining. FB, CM, TO. L & D daily. 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, Vilano Beach. 824-8008. $$ SARA’S CREPE CAFE Crêpes, both traditional European style and with innovative twists, are served along with Belgian waffles in the historic district. Dine indoors or out in the openair courtyard. B, L & D, daily. 100 St. George St. 810-5800. $$ SOUTH BEACH GRILL Located off A1A, the two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on a beachfront deck. FB. B, L & D daily. 45 Cubbedge Road, Crescent Beach. 471-8700. $ SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE In the historic district, Spy features James Bond-themed sushi and Mediterraneaninfluenced global cuisine on the seasonal menu, including fresh – never frozen – Hawaiian seafood. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Upstairs lounge, too. Great selection of chilled sakes. BW, CM. D, nightly. 21 Hypolita St. 819-5637. $$$ SUNSET GRILLE Seafood-heavy menu, consistent Great Chowder Debate winner. Specialties are baby back ribs, lobster ravioli, coconut shrimp, datil pepper wings. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 421 A1A Beach Blvd. 471-5555. $$$ THE TASTING ROOM, WINE & TAPAS Owned by Michael Lugo, the upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. L, Wed.-Sun.; D, nightly. 25 Cuna St. 810-2400. $$


BAHAMA BREEZE ISLAND GRILLE Fresh seafood, chicken, flame-grilled steaks and hand-crafted tropical drinks made with flavorful ingredients inspired by the Caribbean. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10205 River Coast Dr. 646-1031. $$$ BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta, chicken, flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 4840 Big Island Dr. 345-3466. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax winner for Best Burger in St. Augustine and OP/Fleming Island. Burgers made with fresh ground beef and there’s a wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, Kosher hot dogs and soft drinks, too. L & D, daily. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 401. 996-6900. $ LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN F Authentic NYC pizzeria serves Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce, along with third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-fromthe-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. L & D, daily. 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1. 402-8888. $$ MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET F A changing menu of more than 180 items includes cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon and seared salt-and-pepper tuna. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Ctr. 645-3474. $$$ MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT Best of Jax winner. Non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurt is served in flavors that change weekly. Toppings include a variety of fruit and nuts. 4860 Big Island Dr. 807-9292. $ RENNA’S PIZZA F Renna’s serves New York-style pizza, calzones, subs and lasagna made from authentic Italian recipes. Delivery, CM, BW. 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center. 565-1299. $$ SAKE HOUSE #3 Grand opening of the brand new location. See Riverside for description. 10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste. 119. 996-2288. $$ WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR F Authentic cuisine, teppanyaki shows and a full sushi menu. CM. L & D, daily. 10206 River Coast Dr. 997-6528. $$ WHISKY RIVER F Best of Jax winner. At St. Johns Town Center’s Plaza, Whisky River features wings, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and burgers served in a lively car racingthemed atmosphere (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s the owner). FB. CM. L & D, daily. 4850 Big Island Drive. 645-5571. $$


ATHENS CAFÉ F Serving authentic Greek cuisine: lamb, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. BW. L & D, daily. 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7. 733-1199. $$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1. 737-2874. $ DICK’S WINGS F NASCAR-themed family style sports place serves wings, buffalo tenders, burgers and chicken sandwiches. CM. BW. L & D, daily. 1610 University Blvd. W. 448-2110. $ MOJO BAR-B-QUE F Best of Jax winner. Pulled pork, brisket and North Carolina-style barbecue. TO, BW. L & D, daily. 1607 University Blvd. W. 732-7200. $$


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.

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674-0190. $$ bb’s F Best of Jax winner. A bistro menu is served in an upscale atmosphere, featuring almond-crusted calamari, tuna tartare and wild mushroom pizza. FB. L & D, Mon.-Fri.; Br. & D, Sat. 1019 Hendricks Ave. 306-0100. $$$ BISTRO AIX F 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. $$$ CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD F Chef Art Jennette serves barbecue, seafood and comfort food, including pulled-pork, fried white shrimp and fried green tomatoes. L & D, Mon.Sat. 3566 St. Augustine Rd. 398-9206. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax winner. Big sandwiches, soups, desserts and more than 100 bottled and on-tap beers. BW. L & D, daily. 1704 San Marco Blvd. 398-9500. $ THE GROTTO F Best of Jax winner. Wine by the glass. Tapas-style menu offers a cheese plate, empanadas bruschetta, chocolate fondue. BW. 2012 San Marco Blvd. 398-0726. $$ HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE *Bite Club Certified! F Authentic Latin American fine dining: picadillo, ropa vieja, churrasco tenderloin steak, Cuban sandwiches. L & D, Mon.-Sat. CM, FB. 2578 Atlantic Blvd. 399-0609. $ 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. $$$$ METRO DINER F Best of Jax winner. Historic 1930s diner offers award-winning breakfast and lunch. Fresh seafood and Southern cooking. Bring your own wine. B & L, daily. 3302 Hendricks Ave. 398-3701. $$ THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE F Homestyle healthy plates include hummus, tebouleh, grape leaves, gyros, potato salad, kibbeh, spinach pie, Greek salad and daily specials. L & D, Mon.-Fri. 1705 Hendricks Ave. 396-2250. $$ PIZZA PALACE F All homemade dishes from Mama’s award-winning recipes including spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. BW. L & D, daily. 1959 San Marco Blvd. 399-8815. $$ PULP F The juice bar has fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas and coffees; 30 smoothies, with flavored soy milks, organic frozen yogurt and granola. Daily. 1962 San Marco Blvd. 396-9222. $ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Consistent Best of Jax winner. Serving Midwestern prime beef, fresh seafood, in an upscale atmosphere. FB. D, daily. 1201 Riverplace Blvd. 396-6200. $$$$ SAKE HOUSE #2 See Riverside. 1478 Riverplace Blvd. 306-2188. $$ SAN MARCO DELI F Independently owned & operated classic diner serves grilled fish, turkey burgers. Vegetarian options. Mon.-Sat. 1965 San Marco Blvd. 399-1306. $ TAVERNA Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizzas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. BW, TO. L & D, Tue.-Sat. 1986 San Marco Blvd. 398-3005. $$$ VINO’S PIZZA F See Julington. This location offers a lunch buffet. L & D, daily. 1430 San Marco Blvd. 683-2444. $


AROMAS BEER HOUSE Faves include ahi tuna with a sweet soy sauce reduction, backyard burger, triple-meat French dip. FB. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 928-0515. $$ BISTRO 41° F Casual dining features fresh, homemade breakfast and lunch dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. TO. B & L, Mon.-Fri. 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. 104. 446-9738. $ BLUE BAMBOO Contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine includes rice-flour calamari, seared Ahi tuna, pad Thai. Street eats: barbecue duck, wonton crisps. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 3820 Southside Blvd. 646-1478. $$ BUCA DI BEPPO Italian dishes are served family-style in an eclectic, vintage setting. Half-pound meatballs are a specialty. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 10334 Southside Blvd. 363-9090. $$$ CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR F Casual fine dining. The menu blends modern American favorites served with international flair. FB. L & D, Tue.-Sun. 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1. 619-1931. $$$ CRUISERS GRILL F Best of Jax winner. See Beaches. 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 11. 646-2874. $ CUPCAKE HEAVEN 77 F The family-owned spot offers freshfrom-scratch cupcakes, cake pops, cakes and deli-style lunch boxes. Tue.-Sun. 9475 Philips Highway, Ste. 4. 257-5778. $ EUROPEAN STREET F Best of Jax winner. See San Marco. 5500 Beach Blvd. 398-1717. $ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 9039 Southside Blvd., 538-9100. $ THE FLAME BROILER Serving food with no transfat, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, brown or white rice, with grilled beef, chicken, Korean short ribs. CM, TO. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103. 619-2786. $ GREEK ISLES CAFE Authentic Greek, American and Italian fare, including gyros, spinach pie and Greek meatballs.

Homemade breads, desserts. House specialties are eggs benedict and baklava. BW, CM., TO. B, L & D, Mon.-Sat. 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 116. 564-2290. $ HALA CAFE & BAKERY F Since 1975 serving housebaked pita bread, kabobs, falafel and daily lunch buffet. TO, BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4323 University Blvd. S. 733-5141. $$ ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR F Best of Jax winner. Upscale tropical vibe. Walk-in humidor, pairing apps and desserts with 25 wines, ports by the glass. 220+ wines by the bottle; draft, bottled beer. L & D, daily. 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115. 854-6060. $$ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 2025 Emerson St. 346-3770. $ JOHNNY ANGELS F The menu reflects its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet, Elvis special combo platter. Shakes, malts. B, L & D, daily. 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120. 997-9850. $ LA NOPALERA F Best of Jax winner. See Intracoastal. 8206 Philips Hwy. 732-9433. $ LIME LEAF F Authentic Thai cuisine: fresh papaya salad, pad Thai, mango sweet rice. BW. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, Mon.-Sat. 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Stes. 108 & 109. 645-8568. $$ MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS *Bite Club Certified! F Best of Jax winner. Tossed spring water dough, lean meats, veggies and vegetarian choices make up specialty pizzas, hoagies and calzones. FB. L & D, daily. 9734 Deer Lake Court (at Tinseltown). 997-1955. $ OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE F Family-owned with an open sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. Dine indoor or out. FB, CM, TO. L, Mon.-Fri.; D, nightly. 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122. 854-0485. $$$ SAKE SUSHI F Sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi, soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue, Fat Boy. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000. $$ SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY F Innovative menu of fresh local grilled seafood, sesame tuna, grouper Oscar, chicken, steak and pizza. Microbrewed ales and lagers. FB. L & D, daily. 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Tinseltown. 997-1999. $$ SOUTHSIDE ALE HOUSE F Steaks, seafood, sandwiches. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 9711 Deer Lake Court. 565-2882. $$ SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE F The gastropub has Southern-style cuisine with a modern twist: Dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. FB. L & D, daily. 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16. 538-0811. $$ SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL F Best of Jax winner. Located in Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. FB. L & D, daily. 10370 Philips Hwy. 365-5555. $$ TAVERNA YAMAS *Bite Club Certified! The Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood and traditional Greek wines and desserts. FB. L & D daily. 9753 Deer Lake Court. 854-0426. $$ TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA F Premium New York-style pizza from a brick-oven — the area’s original gluten-free pizzeria. Plus calzones, soups and salads; Thumann’s no-MSG meats, Grande cheeses and Boylan soda. BW. L & D, Mon.-Sat. 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2. 565-1999. $$

URBAN ORGANICS The local organic produce co-op offers seasonal fresh organic vegetables and fruit, as well as greenhouse and gardening supplies. Mon.-Sat. 5325 Fairmont St. 398-8012. $ WATAMI ASIAN FUSION F AYCE sushi, as well as teppanyaki grill items. Rolls include the Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and soft-shell crab. FB, CM. L & D, daily. 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C. 363-9888. $$ WILD WING CAFÉ F 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs, platters and burgers. FB. 4555 Southside Blvd. 998-9464. $$ YUMMY SUSHI F Best of Jax winner. Serving teriyaki, tempura, hibachi-style dinners, sushi and sashimi. Sushi lunch roll special. BW, sake. L & D, daily. 4372 Southside Blvd. 998-8806. $$


BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR *Bite Club Certified! F A full menu of sportsbar faves is served; pizzas till 2 a.m. Dine inside or on the patio. FB, TO. L & D, daily. 13070 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace. 751-7499. $$ CASA MARIA F Best of Jax winner. The family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and seafood. The specialty is tacos de azada. CM, FB. L & D, daily. 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104. 757-6411. $$ FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Best of Jax winner. See St. Johns Town Center. 13249 City Square Dr., 751-9711. $ JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE See Downtown. 5945 New Kings Rd. 765-8515. $ JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT F Gourmet pizzas, pastas. Authentic Italian entrees. BW. L & D, daily. 7316 N. Main St. 765-0335. $$ MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE F Locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse with choice steaks from the signature broiler, and seafood, pasta, Millhouse gorgonzola, homemade desserts. CM, FB. D, nightly. 1341 Airport Rd. 741-8722. $$ SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA F Southwest cuisine made from scratch; family atmosphere. CM, BW. L & D, daily. 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, River City Marketplace. 696-4001. $ SAVANNAH BISTRO Low Country fare Mediterranean and French inspired, in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Favorites are crab cakes, NY strip, she crab soup, mahi mahi. CM, FB. B, L & D, daily. 14670 Duval Rd. 741-4404. $-$$$ SWEET PETE’S All-natural sweet shop offers a variety of candy and other treats made the old-fashioned way: all natural flavors, no artificial anything. Several kinds of honey, too. 1922 N. Pearl St. 376-7161. $ THREE LAYERS CAFE F Best of Jax winner. Lunch, bagels, desserts. Adjacent Cellar serves fine wines. Inside and courtyard dining. BW. B, L & D, daily. 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. $ 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL F Salads, sandwiches, pizza, fine European cuisine. Nightly specials. 2467 Faye Rd., Northside. 647-8625. $$ UPTOWN MARKET *Bite Club Certified! F In the 1300 Building at corner of Third & Main, serving fresh fare made with the same élan that rules Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast, lunch and deli selections. BW, TO. 1303 Main St. N. 355-0734. $$ 

WINE TASTINGS ANJO LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Thur. 9928 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-2656 AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR Call for schedule. 4372 Southside Blvd., 928-0515 BLACK HORSE WINERY 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 2-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sun. 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480 BLUE BAMBOO 5:30-7:30 p.m., every first Thur. 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478 DAMES POINT MARINA Every third Wed. 4518 Irving Rd., Northside, 751-3043 THE GIFTED CORK Tastings daily. 64 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 810-1083 THE GROTTO 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 MONKEY’S UNCLE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 OCEAN 60 6-8 p.m every Mon. 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 PUSSERS CARIBBEAN GRILL 6 p.m. every second Fri. 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7766 RIVERSIDE LIQUORS 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 1035 Park St., Five Points, 356-4517

ROYAL PALMS VILLAGE WINES & TAPAS 5 p.m. every Mon., Wed. & Fri. 296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, 372-0052 THE TASTING ROOM 6-8 p.m. every first Tue. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 TASTE OF WINE Tastings daily. 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Atlantic Beach, 246-5080 TIM’S WINE MARKET 5 p.m. every Fri., noon every Sat. 278 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra, 686-1741 128 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0060 III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 5-6:30 p.m. every Mon. 9822 Tapestry Circle, Ste. 111, SJTC, 928-9277 TOTAL WINE & MORE Noon-6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. 4413 Town Center Pkwy., Ste. 300, 998-1740 THE WINE BAR 6-8 p.m. every Thur. 320 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0211 WINE WAREHOUSE 4-7 p.m. every Fri. 665 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-6450 4434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6782 W90+ 4-7 p.m. every Thur. 1112 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 413-0027. 5-8 p.m. every Fri. 3548 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 413-0025 

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Reasons to leave the house this week JAZZ KEIKO MATSUI

The Japanese contemporary jazz pianist and composer is both elegant and prolific, with 20 albums produced over a three-decade career. Matsui dazzles with a sound keying on jazz fusion, smooth jazz and new age. 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $42, $49. 209-0399. Photo: Bobby Quillard


The Northeast Florida artist’s new exhibit, “Display,” features fi gurative paintings influenced by fashion design and art. Other pieces of her work are displayed at Stellers Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Violet Boutique in Riverside. Cosby’s art in the “Display” exhibit is showcased within interior design settings. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Crosby Designs for Hugo’s Interiors, 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 4, Avondale. Canary in the Coalmine perform. Free. 683-8683.


From professional golfer to country rap musician, Colt Ford has certainly covered a lot of ground. But he can’t decide if he’s just an average Joe or “Mr. Goodtime.” 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. $10. (21 and older.) 645-5571. Photo: Average Joes Entertainment


You know he’ll sing a song for you and maybe one for a sweet little angel or a Delta lady. Gravelly voiced Leon Russell has played with the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra over a five-decade career. Now, the grand old man of rockin’ blues comes to Northeast Florida. 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. $27, $37. 355-2787.


Lessons are learned in an adventure that brings considerable joy and considerable trouble. This toe-tapping rendition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” tells its story with bluegrass and country music. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6, and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. $10-$25. 825-1164.


The mutts are strutting all over the USA. In Jacksonville, it’s a dog-meet-dog world in Riverside, but Best Friends Animal Society also hosts events in New York City, Portland and Austin, Texas, the same day. A dog walk, doggie contests, entertainment and refreshments are part of the local event, a fundraiser for First Coast No More Homeless Pets. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 29 at Riverside Park, 753 Park St., Riverside. $35, $60. SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 37

Clint Eastwood plays a stubborn curmudgeon again, and Justin Timberlake provides some of the best moments as a burned-out pitcher in “Trouble with the Curve.” Photo: Warner Bros Pictures

Three Strikes

A predictable plot, dull dialogue and one-dimensional characters TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE *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.


n recent years, baseball movies have come to be judged by the Kevin Costner standard. His love of baseball resulted in “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” and “For Love of the Game” — all memorable baseball movies. Measured by the Costner yardstick, “Trouble with the Curve,” falls short. It lives up to its name only to the extent that this film never throws us a curve and can’t hit the fastball. “Trouble” seemed filled with promise, featuring Clint Eastwood in a role he’s quite comfortable with these days: a cantankerous old man unwilling to let go of how things used to be. He plays Gus Lobel, an aging talent scout for the Atlanta Braves who’s been one of the game’s great

If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy some of the banter between Timberlake and Adams, but you’d be better off rewatching one of Costner’s classics. advance men, but he’s been on a cold streak of late, has developed vision problems and may be at the end of his career and out of job. Gus is on a collision course with young league exec Phil (Matthew Lillard), who thinks scouting can be done more effectively by computer. Gus, of course, has no idea how to use a computer and sneers at the notion that it can replace real baseball men with the eye for spotting talent and sorting out the posers. Pete (John Goodman), the director of scouting and Gus’ best friend and ally, is running interference between Phil and Gus. He calls in Gus’ daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), who was raised around baseball but now has

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little time for her father. She’s a successful, driven lawyer trying to make partner at her male-dominated firm, which requires her to work harder and be better than her testosterone-laden colleagues. If this sounds predictable, rest assured … it is. The irony of the movie’s message about computers not being good for everything is that every single plot twist and turn in the movie appears to have been mapped out by a scriptwriting program. There’s never a moment when we’re wondering what happens next. Lacking an original plot, the film needs strong characters and dialogue, but it’s riddled with stereotypes and the actors are given few opportunities to overcome the ho-hum storyline. Lillard is the protypical narrowminded bad guy who gets his comeuppance in the end. Robert Patrick is given very little to do as the Braves’ general manager, except to choose between old school and new school. Goodman is largely wasted as Pete. Adams, the queen of light-hearted fantasy (“The Muppet Movie,” “Enchanted”) does her best with the wholly unoriginal character of Mickey. Justin Timberlake, as burned-out Major League pitcher turned rookie scout Johnny “The Flame” Flanagan, fares the best; his character is likeable and has the most clever lines. The film’s best moments are when Timberlake trades barbs and baseball trivia with Adams, though their romance never overcomes the predictable nature of the film. You have to wonder how such a group of high-quality actors, who have created many memorable film characters, got finagled into signing on to make “Curve,” doomed by its complete lack of originality. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy some of the banter between Timberlake and Adams, but you’d be better off rewatching one of Costner’s classics. If you’re a fan of light-hearted romance, check out Adams in “Leap Year.” And if you’re a Clint Eastwood fan and want to see him as a gruff old goat trying to adapt to a world that’s changing faster than he has, there are a half-dozen better choices.  John Hoogesteger

Cranky Clint Clint Eastwood evolved from being a heartthrob cowboy TV star (Rowdy Yates on “Rawhide”) to action film star of the ’60s and ’70s (“Dirty” Harry Callahan) to gruff old man. Here’s Clint at his cranky best, oddly, named Frank in most of them: HEARTBREAK RIDGE Tom, an aging gunnery sergeant, is given one more chance to train a platoon of young men for combat.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE The Secret Service is ready to put Frank out to pasture, but the rigid agent is determined not to retire until he saves the president from one last threat. SPACE COWBOYS Frank, one of four mature, cantankerous astronauts, is brought out of retirement to save the world.

MILLION DOLLAR BABY Frankie, a washed-up boxing coach, gets one last chance to take a boxer all the way – but this time his “boy” is a woman. GRAN TORINO Walt, a retired Detroit autoworker, has to adjust to his once all-white, safe suburb becoming not only multiracial, but increasingly violent.

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Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) – with the combined power of judge, jury and executioner – fights criminals in Mega City One, with Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) along for the ride in “Dredd 3D.” Photo: Joe Alblas, Lionsgate

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2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The documentary on President Barack Obama offers the tagline: “Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.” Director Dinesh D’Souza has been a critic of the president, and he frames the film on where he believes the U.S. will be if Obama wins a second term. BARFII **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square The Bollywood film blends romance, comedy and mystery. Co-starring Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. THE BOURNE LEGACY **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Much like Jason Bourne in the original, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is at odds with a government that’s suddenly trying to kill him. This action thriller entertains, but it doesn’t top its predecessors. THE CAMPAIGN **G@ Rated R • AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) pull out every dirty old trick and some new ones in fighting for a seat in Congress. As political satire, it’s not substantive, but as a ridiculous Ferrell comedy, it delivers. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach This one has it all: great storytelling, well-edited action, solid performances, a rousing score and a thematic depth perfectly reflecting society’s concerns in 2012. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS **@@ Rated PG • Regal Avenues Eighth-grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), on summer break, is bored. So he resorts to fighting with his brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), lying to his parents (Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris) and hanging with best pal Rowley (Robert Capron).

DREDD 3D ***@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This dark, super-violent remake proves more entertaining than the Sly Stallone original and closer to the source material. This Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is all mouth under the iconic helmet, and he serves as judge, jury and executioner, fighting in the futuristic Mega City One. Oldschool action fans should find much to like. END OF WATCH ***@ 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. PROMISE OF BENEFIT The chemistry works with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young police officers targeted by the country’s most dangerous drug cartel. David Ayer, the writer of “Training Day” and “Harsh Times,” delivers a riveting thriller that overcomes cop movie clichés.


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THE EXPENDABLES 2 *@@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Sylvester Stallone’s havoc-wreaking all-stars – including Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Jason Statham – return and get help from Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. FINDING NEMO 3D ***G Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The darlings of the deep are back! Nemo (Alexander Gould) has been netted and is then tanked, in an Australian dentist’s office. His dad Marlin (Albert Brooks) sets off to rescue the lad, meeting Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) and schools of other new friends (voiced by Brad Garrett, Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush). And now it’s in 3D, which means those sharks get mighty close up and personal! HEROINE **@@ Not Rated • AMC Regency Square The Bollywood production follows the highs and lows of fame with a glimpse behind the glitz, glamour and scandal of celebrity in India. HOPE SPRINGS ***@ Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Married 31 years, Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) are just going through the motions. They turn to renowned marriage counselor Dr. Feld (Steve Carell) in a film that takes an insightful look at the subtle easy-to-miss ways that a marriage can disintegrate.

AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike 7, 1132 S. 14th St., Fernanddina Beach,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 Sun-Ray Cinema@5Points, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 GREEN COVE SPRINGS Clay Theatre, 326 Walnut St., 284-9012 NORTHSIDE Hollywood 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880

ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 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

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HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET **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. In this thriller/horror film, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, who moves with her mother Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) into what seems like their dream house. Elissa befriends Ryan (Max Theriot), the boy next door, whose sister years ago killed their parents then disappeared. As Elissa finds out, this neighborhood is still plenty dangerous. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues The prehistoric pals are back – Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) – this time facing icebergs and Continental shelf shifts. Co-starring the voices of Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage and Simon Pegg. LAST OUNCE OF COURAGE *@@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Beach Blvd. Teenager Christian (Hunter Gomez) has never known his war-hero father, killed in battle. Given a chance to connect with his grandfather Bob (Marshall R. Teague), he blows it. Co-starring Jennifer O’Neill and … Bill O’Reilly! LAWLESS **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. Business goes bad for the bootlegging Bondurants when authorities seek a share of the profits in this Prohibitionera gangster film set in Virginia. John Hillcoat directs an impressive cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL **@@ Not Rated • Cinemark Tinseltown Six young kids are growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, experiencing the ups and downs we all went through. In Telugu. THE MASTER **** Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema Philip Seymour Hoffman excels as scientist Lancaster Dodd — rumored to be modeled on L. Ron Hubbard — who starts a religious cult called The Cause. Joaquin Phoenix (welcome back!) plays Freddie quell, a Navy veteran who’s felt disconnected post WWII until he meets Lancaster. The film was shot in 70mm, so watching the fallout from this miasma is even more gripping. Co-starring Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Patty McCormack. Should be Oscar nods all around. THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency

Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. After being told they’re unable to conceive, a couple (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton) dreams up their ideal child. Then, a 10-year-old named Timothy (CJ Adams) arrives at their doorstep, but he’s even more special than he first seems to be. Starting with those vines on his legs. PARANORMAN ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The kid in this tale (Kodi Smit-McPhee) doesn’t just see dead people — he also talks to them, in this beautifully animated stop-motion adventure-comedy. He takes on zombies, ghosts, witches and grownups to save his town from an old curse. THE POSSESSION *@@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. In this horror movie, an antique box carries the curse of an ancient spirit. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) must try to stop the evil force from destroying their daughter. RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. This sequel stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, a badass warrior who fights against Umbrella Corp. and various zombies. ROBOT & FRANK ***G Rated PG-13 • Regal Beach Blvd. Cranky former jewel thief Frank (Frank Langella) is getting older. His son Hunter (James Marsden) gets him a robot (Peter Sarsgaard) that’s programmed specifically to tend to him. Just a matter of time before the two buddies plan a caper. Co-starring Liv Tyler and Susan Sarandon. SPARKLE *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Hollywood River City Set in 1968, at the height of Motown’s glory, sisters Delores (Tike Sumpter), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) are the girl group on top, with all the highs and lows fame and success bring. This is the late Whitney Houston’s last film. STOLEN *G@@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Nic, Nic … WTF? We loved you in “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Raising Arizona”! Try a low-action snarky comedy again, dude. Call John Goodman or even Cher. Sheesh. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming

Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre Reviewed in this issue. UNCONDITIONAL *G@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown After her husband is killed, Samantha Crawford (Lynn Collins) begins to lose her faith and will to live. She rebuilds her life and her belief after a reunion with her oldest friend Joe (Michael Ealy), who cares for kids in his struggling neighborhood. THE WORDS **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Novelist Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) faces the consequences of stealing another man’s work, but he’s just a character in Clay Hammond’s new novel “The Words.” Confused? Don’t worry, because the film’s not nearly as deep as it aspires to be. Ironically, the main problem in this suspense drama is the writing.


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL Movies at Main screens the pirate film, starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Admission is free. 630-1665. THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS This documentary is shown 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine, 2487 A1A S., St. Augustine. $5 donation. 461-3541. LATITUDE CINEGRILLE “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Avengers” screen at Latitude 30 CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555. SUN-RAY CINEMA The Ramones cover band Teenage Lobotomy plays a set before a Push Play Series presentation of its favorite film, 1979’s musical comedy, “Rock ’n’ Roll High School,” 11:45 p.m. Sept. 29. “The Master” runs through Oct. 11 at SunRay Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside. Call 359-0047 for showtimes. FREE WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES “Playing Smart Against Invasive Species: How to Enjoy and Protect the Great Outdoors” screens 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. POT BELLY’S CINEMA “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” “To Rome With Love” and “The Watch” are shown at Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine. 829-3101. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “Galapagos 3D” is screened along with “To The Arctic 3D,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Born To Be Wild 3D,” “Rescue 3D” and “Deep Sea 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX.


THE CABIN IN THE WOODS The innovative horror film from director-writer Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield”) and co-writer Joss Whedon uses the clichéd premise of teens on a weekend getaway in the woods to virtually reinvent the genre. With an able cast and excellent script, “Cabin” is an original. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL This sweet comedy-drama from director John Madden features an ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Tom Wilkinson, as a group of retirees who are lured to India with the promise of staying at a luxurious resort but instead discover a decrepit hotel that’s a shell of its once former glory. Based on the novel “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach and shot on location. Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence right) and her recently divorced mother (Elisabeth Shue) move to a new house in a rural town. Elissa forms a tender friendship with a boy (Max Theriot) who survived after his sister murdered their parents, then disappeared, in “House at the End of the Street.” Photo: Relativity Media

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THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLAND Director Rob Reiner offers this nice little film about a wheelchair-bound author trying to get his mojo back. Co-starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen. 

JOE COCKER with DAVE MASON 7 p.m. Sept. 30 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine Tickets range from $39.50-$79.50 209-0367


or music fans who came of age in the ’80s, Joe Cocker will forever be tied to his two biggest hits, 1974’s “You Are So Beautiful” and 1982’s “Up Where We Belong,” tender pop masterpieces, sparse instrumentation supplementing epically romantic lyrics and Cocker’s irresistibly rough-and-tumble voice. Both songs are now pop-culture icons in addition to chart-topping hits; few American weddings have commenced without a fatherdaughter dance to “You Are So Beautiful,” while “Up Where We Belong” rocketed to No. 1 chart status after soundtracking the climactic scene in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” when Richard Gere, impeccably dressed in his Navy whites, literally sweeps Debra Winger off her feet. But Cocker hasn’t always been every babyboomer’s favorite crooner. He first tried his hand at a musical career under the stage name Vance Arnold, performing Ray Charles and Chuck Berry covers in his native Sheffield, England. Decca Records attempted to sell the listening public on Arnold’s working-class roots, but the conceit didn’t fly. So Cocker dropped the pseudonym, plied the bluesy pub-rock trade with The Grease Band for a few years and eventually found his footing in 1969 as a full-throated powerhouse with a now-legendary cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The single, recorded with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, became an international hit, whipping the crowds gathered on the final day of the Woodstock Festival into a frenzy on Aug. 17, 1969. Paul McCartney,

George Harrison and John Lennon were even impressed with the rendition, calling Cocker down to their Apple Studios and granting him permission to record similarly soulful interpretations of “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and “Something.” Cocker had hits with Leon Russell’s “Delta Lady” (’69) and The Box Tops’ “The Letter” (’71). Even though Cocker built a career covering other musicians’ material, his unpredictable reputation was all his. In the early ’70s, his 30-member Mad Dogs & Englishmen backing band toured the world and partied nonstop; in 1972, Cocker and six other bandmates were arrested by Australian authorities for marijuana possession and assault. Alcohol and heroin addictions followed, which Cocker eventually kicked by 2000. But several bad business deals dogged him for decades, at one point leaving him millions of dollars in debt to several record labels. Onstage, however, is where Cocker shines. He’s been alternately celebrated and skewered for his uncontrollable, spastic arm flailing on stage, which is part and parcel of his famously contorted facial tics and legendary air-guitar performances. In countless interviews, Cocker admits he’s been self-conscious of his physical behavior for years. But when he sang “Feelin’ Alright” on “Saturday Night Live” in 1978, he played right along with John Belushi impersonating him to devastating effect, right down to offering the hard-living singer an onstage can of beer. “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” then, mellowed Cocker’s image into that of a lovably quirky soul-shouter with legit classic-rock bona fides. “Up Where We Belong” won the rare Grammy/Golden Globe/Academy Award trifecta, and Cocker’s newfound softer side scored gigs at George H.W. Bush’s

inauguration in 1989 and Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. In 2007, the workingclass bloke even earned an Order of the British Empire medal. Even with all those honors, Cocker has scored only two Billboard Top 10 albums out of 30-plus releases; his greatest hits and live records routinely sell far more than their studio-based counterparts. And with few original compositions to rake in the royalty payments, Cocker remains a reliably successful live draw, touring the world with the energy of a performer half his age while still living up to his reputation as a spontaneous interpreter of the great American and British Songbooks. “I try and reinvent [my hits] every time I go out,” Cocker told SoundSpike in 2009. “The nature of my material is R&B, so my phrasing doesn’t have to be locked in to one set motion.” When not on the road, Cocker leads a quiet life in rural Colorado with his wife Pam Baker; the couple runs the Cocker Kids’ Foundation, donating nearly a million dollars over the last 15 years to area education, recreation, arts and athletics. And even though he now lives on the Mad Dog Ranch, complete with a 17,000-square-foot English castle, Cocker’s last album, “Hard Knocks,” represents a stark summation of the peaks and valleys of his career. “I’ve spent more time on the streets than being educated,” he said in press for the record. And in an NPR interview last February, Cocker opened up even more about his difficult path to stardom. “By the early ’70s, the drugs and the booze [had taken] their toll,” he said. “It was a long road back. A lot of times when you’re young and carefree, you don’t realize when you tip over the edge how difficult it is to climb back in.”  Nick McGregor SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 43

Singer-songwriter Zach Deputy creates the full-band effect using technical proficiency and beat-boxing music that also mixes reggae, folk and blues. Photo: UFO Music

‘Gospel Ninja Soul’

One-man band delivers multicultural sound with a Southern-centric heart ZACH DEPUTY with LOVECHUNK 8 p.m. Sept. 28 Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach Tickets are $15 246-2473


ach Deputy’s acoustic guitar-grounded, beat-boxing music is fun, upbeat and infectious — like a little dose of easy, breezy summer in a bottle. The South Carolina native operates in the vein of musicians like Keller Williams, manning an electronic loop table that allows him to layer bluesy vocal riffs, reggae-influenced instrumentation and jammy, folksy guitar lines on top of one another; in fact, to further the mish-mash quality, Deputy himself calls it “island-infused drum ’n’ bass gospel ninja soul.” And while Deputy’s technical oneman-band proficiency is powerful, it’s that multicultural, Southern-centric heart-and-soul he pours into his music that’s most impressive.

Folio Weekly: You grew up in South Carolina, which most people think of as the Deep South. But I understand your upbringing was quite diverse. Zach Deputy: I went to middle school and high school in Hilton Head with people from all walks of life. It’s a very diverse place, because people from all over the world move there. My mom’s from the Virgin Islands and my dad’s from North Carolina, so I had a wide array of culture from my parents, growing up. F.W.: Were they the ones who first pushed you to start playing music? Z.D.: I don’t think anybody pushed me; if anything, it was those people trying to convince me to do other things, like get a real job. [Laughs.] Music’s always been with me, though. Even if I didn’t tour and record, I wouldn’t be home watching TV — I’d be home playing guitar.

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F.W.: Your last album, 2011’s “Another Day,” threw some people for a loop. It’s far more introspective than your lighter, more partyoriented material — and you even recorded it with a full band. Was that your way of stepping outside the box? Z.D.: I don’t think of it as stepping outside the box. I think management tried to advertise things that way for people to accept. But for me, I was just making another album — just recording songs that I wrote and letting the chips fall where they may.

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F.W.: How hard has it been perfecting the loop table, one-man-band image that you promote so well? Z.D.: I’ve been doing it for so long, but I never practice offstage — I only practice live. It’s been a very slow process of learning and growing as I perform. But I’ve played a lot of gigs in 10 years, so that’s how I’ve perfected it. It’s been very gradual over time. F.W.: Do you prefer playing live over recording in the studio? Z.D.: Yeah, but it can work for or against you. You’re definitely affected by the crowd’s energy, and you can use that energy to take you to the next level. When you’re playing live, you don’t have a chance to think, “Was that cool?” You just have to keep going. Performing live is a moment that we share, and it’s more natural for me as I’ve spent way more time in front of people. F.W.: You mentioned management. Have you always been a fiercely independent artist? Z.D.: Definitely. I didn’t have an option. On the last album, my manager at the time kept going, “Are you sure this is what you want to do?” I don’t want to spend that much time thinking about it. And that goes for my audience, too. If they woke up tomorrow and said, “This dude sucks,” I wouldn’t care. I wouldn’t change what I do. I do it because I believe in my songs. That’s my integrity. You have to be honest about what you like and what you feel to be true. Musicians have that responsibility to reveal the truth in life and cut through the bullshit. F.W.: Which you seem to do really well, both live and on record, I must say. Z.D.: My problem is that any money I make, I put right back into a bigger and better show. I don’t want to take out loans to make albums because they don’t make any money — they just cost money. I don’t want to quit making albums, but at the same time, I want to spend time with my family and do things other than touring. F.W.: Looking at your past tour itineraries, you definitely love playing in Florida. Z.D.: I have a good fan base there, and Florida’s really close by. Plus, it was one of my launching pads. The second festival I ever played was Bear Creek [at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak]. Florida’s always represented a good beginning for me.  Nick McGregor 200 N. 1st St., Jax Beach, FL • 904.246.BIRD (2473)


STEVIE NICKS The singer-songwriter, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. 209-0367. $62.50, $90. BEN SOLLEE The cellist/singer-songwriter kicks off the Saucer Series, mixing folk, bluegrass and jazz, 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $20-$25. 209-0399. ADAM ANT, BROTHERS OF BRAZIL The new wave legend performs 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $25. 246-2473. WEAVING THE FATE The soulful rockers play 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $8. 398-7496. WILD LIFE SOCIETY Local eclectic musicians are on 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Intuition Ale Works, 720 King St., Riverside. 683-7720. COLT FORD The country rap musician performs Sept. 26 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center. 645-5571. LEON RUSSELL The gravelly voiced singer-songwriter legend performs 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. $27, $37. 355-2787. WILL PEARSALL The dobro player appears Sept. 26 at Ragtime Tavern, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. THE GREEN, STICK FIGURE, TASTE BUDS The reggae musicians perform 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $15. 246-2473. HALF MOON RUN, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE, LUCIO RUBINO The indie rockers go on 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $18. 398-7496. AGENT RIBBONS The alt-rockers play Sept. 26 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. 353-6067. BRAD PAISLEY, THE BAND PERRY, SCOTTY McCREERY, JANA KRAMER The country star and guitar wizard Paisley performs 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. $24-$48.75. SARAH McQUAID The singer-songwriter plays 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at European Street CafÊ, 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 398-9500. SEVEN SPRINGS The indie rockers mix folk and alternative Sept. 27 at Poe’s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637.

ASCEND THE HILL, ASCENSION WORSHIP The Christian rock bands perform 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Westside. $10. 388-7807. AER, YONAS, DAVID DALLAS Indies play 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $12. 398-7496. THINGUINS, PERHAPS Math and progressive rock fun Sept. 27 at Phoenix Taproom, 325 W. Forsyth St., Downtown. ZACH DEPUTY The one-man jam band is on 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. $15. 246-2473. KEIKO MATSUI The fusion keyboardist/composer performs Sept. 28 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $42, $49. 209-0399. HED PE, ILL NINO Metal 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $12. 223-9850. MAC DeMARCO, UNCLE MARTY & FRIENDS, SLOUGH LORIS The rockers perform 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Present Moment CafĂŠ, 224 W. King St., St. Augustine. $6. 827-4499. CLOUD 9 Popular locals play 9 p.m. Sept. 28 & 29 at Ragtime Tavern, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7877. SPADE McQUADE & THE ALLSTARS The Celtic rock band performs 10 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. YANKEE SLICKERS The local Southern rock band plays Sept. 28 at Taps Bar & Grill, 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Augustine. 819-1554. KARL DAVIS & FRIENDS Soulful local favorite plays Sept. 28 at Green Turtle Tavern, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324; Sept. 29 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. REJOICE THE AWAKENING, FROM THE EYES OF SERVANTS, MY MAKER and I, WAKE UP ATLANTIC, I AM THE WITNESS “Set Freeâ€? CD release is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Westside. $10. 388-7807. WAMPO Experimental electronic composer plays 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at +SoLo Gallery, 107 E. Bay St., Downtown. THE GOOTCH The funk heads perform Sept. 29 at Fionn MacCool’s Jax Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, Downtown. 374-1247. BRANCH & DEAN, ALEXANDRA DEMETREE, 3RD WHEEL The country music duo from Macclenny plays Sept. 29 at Mavericks, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. 356-1110. THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS The folkies play 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside. 398-1717. WADE WILLIAMS The soulful country musician performs Sept.

29 at Riverside Arts Market, Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville. TOE IN THE TRIGGER The punk rockers perform Sept. 29 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 353-4686. NICKELS and DIMES Folk-rockers play Sept. 29 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. 353-6067. JAX PIPE & DRUMS The group performs traditional Irish and Scottish music Sept. 29 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. A CALL FOR KYLIE, LOFTLAND, THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS, VELAGATO The alternative indie rockers appear 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Westside. $10. 388-7807. DOMENIC PATRUNO The singer-songwriter plays Sept. 29 at Green Room Brewing, 228 N. Third St., Jax Beach. 201-9283. JOE COCKER, DAVE MASON The legendary rock starts 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. $39.50-$79.50. 209-0367. MODERN ENGLISH New wave band 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. $15. 398-7496. THE ROCKETBOYS The indie rockers from Texas play Oct. 1 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Downtown. 353-4686. BORN OF OSIRIS The death metal band plays 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Brewster’s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. $18. 223-9850.











NEAL MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY Oct. 3, Murray Hill Theatre VICTOR WOOTEN Oct. 4, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ARPETRIO Oct. 4, 1904 Music Hall CRAIG LIESKE & SERSON BRANNEN Oct. 4, +SoLo Gallery ALGEBRA BLESSET Oct. 4, Cuba Libre SKELETONWITCH, HAVOK, HOWL Oct. 5, Blues Rock Cafe 12 STONES, THE LETTER BLACK, KALIYL CD Release, LETTERS FROM THE FIRE Oct. 5, Murray Hill Theatre ADULT CRASH, EVERYMEN, CORAL CASTLE Oct. 5, Burro Bar CHARLIE WALKER Oct. 5, Music in the Courtyard, Neptune Beach THE EARLY GRAVES Oct. 5, Brewster’s Pit EOTO Oct. 6, Freebird Live CHROMA Oct. 6, Riverside Arts Market KEVIN GREENSPON Oct. 6, +SoLo Gallery FLORIDA BLACK EXPO GOSPEL BEST SHOWCASE Oct. 6, Prime Osborn Convention Center







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SOCIAL DISORTION/ NIRVANA/RAMONES TRIBUTES BY KINGS OF HELL/ HEARTSHAPED BOX/THE PINZ UPCOMING SHOWS 10-27:  Tornado Rider/Catfish Alliance 10-28:  The Expendables/Iration 11-7:   Dr. Dog/Cotton Jones 11-9:   All Time Low/The Summer Set 11-13:  Dance Gavin Dance 11-14:  Donavon Frankenreiter 11-16:  Bobby Lee Rodgers 11-17:  Artilect CD Release Party 12-1:   Perpetual Groove 12-5:   Geoff Tate of Queensryche 12-8:   Papadosio/Greenhouse Lounge 12-14:  Passafire 12-22:  Sweet Lu CD Release Party 1-17:   Galactic

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SOUL GRAVY Oct. 6, Dog Star Tavern NIKKI TALLEY Oct. 6, European Street Café Southside TEENANGER, THE SOUPCANS, HUNGRY GAZE Oct. 7, Nobby’s RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, COBRA SKULLS Oct. 7, Jack Rabbits TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, HONEYHONEY Oct. 8, Freebird Live LIVE AUDITION SHOWCASE Oct. 8, Sliders Seaside Grill BIG TICKET BATTLE 2012 MINDSLIP, MASTER RADICAL Oct. 8, Jack Rabbits BEATS ANTIQUE Oct. 9, Freebird Live PHIL WICKHAM, THE ROYALROYAL, TRAVIS RYAN Oct. 11, Murray Hill Theatre DEATH ANGEL, THREAT SIGNAL, BONDED BY BLOOD, WRETCHED Oct. 11, Brewster’s Roc Bar LANGHORNE SLIM Oct. 11, Underbelly FALL PALATKA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Oct. 11-13, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch GAINESVILLE DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL CONCERTS Oct. 12-14, Stages from City Hall to Hippodrome State Theatre HOLLOW LEG, SHROUD EATER, HOLLY HUNT, PORTER, NISROCH Oct. 12, Burro Bar O.A.R. Oct. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre DEAN DEMERRIT JAZZ TRIBE Oct. 12, Dog Star Tavern CHRIS CAB Oct. 12, Jack Rabbits OCEAN IS THEORY, ABANDON KANSAS, THE INVOCATION Oct. 12, Murray Hill Theatre TINSLEY ELLIS Oct. 12, Mojo Kitchen THOSE GUYS Oct. 12 & 13, Tradewinds Lounge FLOBOTS, ASTRONAUTALIS Oct. 13, Jack Rabbits D5, NEW DAY, FACE4RADIO, DYSTIL Oct. 13, Freebird Live GREAT WHITE Oct. 13, Brewster’s Roc Bar ALEX CUBA with HOT SHOCK BAND Oct. 16, Jack Rabbits DOPAPOD Oct. 16, 1904 Music Hall ANI DIFRANCO Oct. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall GIN BLOSSOMS Oct. 17, Whisky River THE TOASTERS, HOLIDAZED Oct. 18, Jack Rabbits A ROAD LESS TRAVELED Oct. 18, Urban Flats Ponte Vedra GEORGE CLINTON Oct. 18, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall HOWLE MOSELY Oct. 18, Dog Star Tavern MAGNOLIAFEST ANDERS OSBORNE, JJ GREY & MOFRO Oct. 18-20, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO Oct. 19 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE WOBBLY TOMS Oct. 19, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub SWAMP CABBAGE Oct. 19, Dog Star Tavern GHOST LIGHT ROAD Oct. 19, Burro Bar

GARRETT ON ACOUSTIC Oct. 19, Freebird Live THE NEW DIVIDE, THE MOTHER BAND, JENNI REID Oct. 19, Murray Hill Theatre GOLDEN PELICANS, BROWN PALACE Oct. 20, Nobby’s FOLIO WEEKLY’S OKTOBERFEST with PAPERKUTT Oct. 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SWAMP CABBAGE Oct. 20, Café Eleven Classic Albums Live ABBEY ROAD Oct. 20, Thrasher-Horne BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR, JEFFREE STAR Oct. 20, Freebird Live BEN MILLER BAND Oct. 20, Jack Rabbits JON SHAIN, LOUISE MOSRIE Oct. 20, European Street Southside DEVILDRIVER, CANCER BATS, KILO KAHN Oct. 21, Burro Bar ESPERANZA SPALDING Oct. 21, The Florida Theatre RIVER CITY PRIDE FESTIVAL: BLAKE LEWIS, GINA GLOCKSEN, DAVID HERNANDEZ, SYESHA MERCADO, SUNBEARS, AERIAL TRIBE Oct. 21, Riverside Artists Square ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Oct. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PENNYWISE Oct. 24, Brewster’s The Edge ICE NINE KILLS, WOLVES AT THE GATE Oct. 24, Jack Rabbits BLACKBERRY SMOKE Oct. 25, Mavericks ZAC BROWN BAND Oct. 26, Veterans Memorial Arena ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE FRITZ Oct. 26 & 27, Dog Star Tavern KING TUFF, THE INTELLIGENCE, FOUR LETTER WORD, THEE HOLY GHOSTS Oct. 26, Nobby’s GENITORTURERS Oct. 26, Brewster’s Roc Bar REGGAE SWAT TEAM Oct. 26 & 27, A1A Ale Works BLUES TRAVELER Oct. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ELI YOUNG BAND Oct. 28, Mavericks THE EXPENDABLES, IRATION Oct. 28, Freebird Live JILL SCOTT Oct. 28, St. Augustine Amphitheatre WHITE COLLAR SIDESHOW Oct. 31, Murray Hill Theatre FIREFLIGHT, KJ-52, SPOKEN, WAVORLY, SEVENTH TIME DOWN, GEORGE MOSS Nov. 1, Murray Hill Theatre HEART, SHAWN COLVIN Nov. 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KINGS OF HELL Nov. 2, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub RYAN CABRERA, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, LAKEVIEW DRIVE Nov. 3, Murray Hill Theatre JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO Nov. 5, Burro Bar CARRIE NATION & the SPEAKEASY Nov. 8 & 9, Dog Star Tavern ALL TIME LOW, THE SUMMER SET, THE DOWNTOWN FICTION, HIT THE LIGHTS Nov. 9, Freebird Live RICKIE LEE JONES Nov. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

STEVE FORBERT, CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Nov. 10, P.V. Concert Hall NEEDTOBREATHE Nov. 10, The Florida Theatre BUDDY GUY, JONNY LANG Nov. 10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre PETRA, OCTOBER GLORY Nov. 10, Murray Hill Theatre COL. BRUCE HAMPTON Nov. 10, Dog Star Tavern CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE Nov. 10, Mayport Tavern OLD CITY MUSIC FEST: .38 SPECIAL, CRAIG MORGAN, GLORIANA, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND Nov. 11, St. Augustine Marketplace DR. DOG, COTTON JONES Nov. 11, Freebird Live kLoB Nov. 11, Square One SHADOWS FALL Nov. 11, Brewster’s UZI RASH GROUP Nov. 11, Nobby’s DONAVON FRANKENREITER Nov. 14, Freebird Live ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY Nov. 15, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Nov. 16, Thrasher-Horne Center FLANNEL CHURCH Nov. 16, Dog Star Tavern PAINT FUMES, BAZOOKA, NEW COKE Nov. 17, Nobby’s SONiA Nov. 17, European Street Café Southside ST. JOHNS RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL with MATT MURPHY Nov. 17-18, Downtown Palatka ZION I, MINNESOTA Nov. 18, Jack Rabbits CHUBBY Nov. 21, Dog Star Tavern ERNIE & DEBI EVANS Nov. 23, Whitey’s Fish Camp THOSE GUYS Nov. 23 & 24, Tradewinds Lounge EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center MEN WITHOUT HATS Nov. 24, Jack Rabbits TOMMY TALTON Nov. 26, Dog Star Tavern DAVID BAZAN Nov. 27, Café Eleven FREDDY’S FINEST Nov. 27, Dog Star Tavern PERPETUAL GROOVE Dec. 1, Freebird Live MR. GNOME, HEY MANDIBLE Dec. 5, Jack Rabbits SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS Dec. 6, Cafe Eleven IRIS DEMENT Dec. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PHIL KEAGGY Dec. 8, Murray Hill Theatre PAPADASIO, GREENHOUSE LOUNGE Dec. 8, Freebird Live TYRONE WELLS Dec. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DAN DEACON Dec. 9, Underbelly JOE BONAMASSA Dec. 9, The Florida Theatre PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS with RICK BRAUN, MINDI ABAIR Dec. 12, Florida Theatre TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Dec. 13, Veterans Mem. Arena ERIC CHURCH, JUSTIN MOORE, KIP MOORE Dec. 14, Veterans Memorial Arena PASSAFIRE Dec. 14, Freebird Live SWEET LU CD Release Party Dec. 22, Freebird Live FLANNEL CHURCH Dec. 28, Burro Bar TOM RUSH Jan. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MARCIA BALL & HER BAND Jan. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall SONNY LANDRETH Jan. 17, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DON WILLIAMS Jan. 17, The Florida Theatre SIMPLY SINATRA Jan. 19, Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts MARSHALL CRENSHAW & THE BOTTLE ROCKETS Jan. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall LEON REDBONE Feb. 7, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHRIS KAHL Feb. 10, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts SCOTT COULTER Feb. 15 & 16, Thrasher Horne Center JIM BRICKMAN Feb. 17, The Florida Theatre CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Feb. 17, P.V. Concert Hall CELTIC CROSSROADS Feb. 23, The Florida Theatre THE HIT MEN Feb. 24, The Florida Theatre LEO KOTTKE Feb. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall


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CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010 Karl W. Davis Sept. 28. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin actual vinyl 8 p.m. every Tue. for Working Class Stiffs GENNARO’S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend O’KANE’S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band 8:30 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELD’S, 117 Centre St., 491-3332 Buck Smith Project 9 p.m. every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffield’s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat.

It’s time well wasted when Brad Paisley caps off a night of country music with The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery and Jana Kramer Sept. 27 at Veterans Memorial Arena. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music Tue.Sun. DJ Roc 5 p.m. every Wed.


BREWSTER’S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 Michael Angelo Batio Sept. 29 MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. TONINO’S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams every Fri. Dino Saliba every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198 Karaoke 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae every Thur. A DJ spins Old School every Sat.


BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZi-Rok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip-hop, R&B, old-skool every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry every Sun. MOJO NO. 4, 3572 St. Johns Ave., 381-6670 Who Rescued Who 10 p.m. Oct. 6 TOM & BETTY’S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke 8 p.m. every Sat.


THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins house every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin dance every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat. GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.


(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted)

200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Dixie Rodeo 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28 BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Live music 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for St. Johns Riverkeeper Waterway Wednesday benefit. Live music Sept. 27-30 BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 247-9880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 Live music very Fri. & Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste.

217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Spade McQuade & the Allstars 9 p.m. Sept. 28 & 29. Songwriters Nite every Tue. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Adam Ant and Brothers of Brazil Sept. 25. The Green, Tastebuds and Stick Figure Sept. 26. Zach Deputy and Lovechunk Sept. 28. Ketchy Shuby 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Band of Skulls Oct. 5 GREEN ROOM BREWING, 228 N. Third St., 201-9283 Mark O’Quinn Sept 28. Domenic Patruno Sept 29 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Doug Macrae Sept. 26. Job Meiller Sept. 27. Matt Collins Sept. 28. John Austill Sept. 29 KC CRAVE, 1161 Beach Blvd., 595-5660 Billy Bowers 9 p.m. Sept. 27. Trevor Tanner Sept. 28 & 29. Live music every Thur.-Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Who Rescued Who Sept. 27. Roger That Sept. 28 & 29. Split Tone 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Big Engine 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Confluent 10 p.m. Sept. 28. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson 6 p.m. every Thur. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 Kim Reteguiz & the Black Cat Bones 10 p.m. Sept. 29. Damon Fowler Oct. 5 MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Reggae on the deck every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sun. Live music every third Wed. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Live music every Thur.-Sat. OCEAN 60, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Wade Williams 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Pop Muzik Sept. 29 THE PIER CANTINA & SANDBAR, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew and Johnny Flood 7 p.m. every Thur. DJ Infader every Fri. Nate Holley every Sat.

POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Seven Springs Sept. 27. Whetherman Sept. 28. Be Easy Sept. 29 RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Will Pearsall 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Rough Mix Sept. 27 & 30. Cloud 9 Sept. 28 & 29. Live music every Wed.-Sun. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Live music every Tue.-Sun. TIDES TIKI BEACH BAR, Hampton Inn, 1515 First St. N., 241-2311 Live music every Thur. & Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Whetherman 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Live music every Fri. & Sat.


1904 MUSIC HALL, 19 Ocean St., Sonic Spank 8 p.m. Sept. 26. The Garage 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Open mic every Mon. BURRO BAR, 100 E. Adams St., 353-4686 Merauder Sept. 25. Toe in the Trigger, The 2416 and The Vices Sept. 29. Bearcat, The Rocketboys, Opiate Eyes and Movements Oct. 1 CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip-hop & R&B every Wed. Jazz 11 a.m., Latin music 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Professor Kilmure 8 p.m. Oct. 1. Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ NickFresh every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson 5-8 p.m., The Gootch 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 28. Bay Street 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 29 THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 DJ Scott Dro 10 p.m. Sept. 27. Sugar Bear 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 28. Lisa & the Mad Hatters 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 29. Madison Rising 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Roy Luis spins house soulful, gospel, deep, acid, hip, Latin, tribal, Afrobeat, tech/electronic, disco, rarities 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. every Wed. DJ Vinn spins top 40 every Thur. DJ 007 spins ultra house & Top 40 dance every Fri. DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 The Rip Currents and Wild Plum in Thee Wreck Room Sept. 26. Branch & Dean, Alexandra Demetree and 3rd Wheel

6 p.m. Sept. 29. Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. Country party every Sat. MIDTOWN DELI & CAFE, 100 N. Laura St., 350-2600 Fedora Blue 8 p.m. every first & third Fri. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451 Open mic night 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. Karaoke every Fri. THE PHOENIX TAPROOM, 325 W. Forsyth St., 798-8222 Touche Amore Sept. 25. Thinguins and Perhaps 8 p.m. Sept. 27. The 77d’s and Molotov Cocktail Party for Professor Whiskey’s Roaring 20s Pre-Prohibition Party 9 p.m. Sept. 28 +SOLO, 107 E. Bay St. WAMPO Sept. 29 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Home Body 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Nickels and Dimes Sept. 29. Fjord Explorer and Screamin’ Eagle every Troubadour Thursday ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.


MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 Swerved 10 p.m. Sept. 28 & 29. DJ Ty spins every Thur. 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 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145, 8278-9421 Pop Muzik 8 p.m. Sept. 28 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke Sept. 26. DJ BG Sept. 27. Out Of Hand 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Bad Assets 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Lamar 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Deck music 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.


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 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Medicine Bowl Sept. 26. 5 Story Sept. 28. Rosco Caine Sept. 29. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Live music Tue., Wed., Fri. & Sat. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic

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SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Live music every Fri. & Sat. HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS, 12795 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 16, 260-8338 Sweet Scarlett 7 p.m. Sept. 29


AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 The Monster Fool 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Open mic with Diamond Dave 7:30-11 p.m. every Wed. Live music every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz 7-9 pm., Karaoke 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff Fri. & Sat. RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Open mic night with Randy Jagers 9 p.m.-1 a.m. every Wed. Karaoke 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri.


BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music 6-9 p.m. every Fri., 2-6 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite PREVATT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, 282-1564 Live music every Fri. & sat. THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music Thur.-Sat. DJ Jason spins every Tue. DJ Israel spins every Wed.


ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Jennifer Cosica Sept. 26. Clayton Bush Sept. 27. Michael Munn Sept. 28. Aaron Koerner Sept. 29. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Tony Novelly

6-10 p.m. every Mon. PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 Live music 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27. Billy Buchanan 8 p.m.-mid. Sept. 28. Braxton Adamson 8 p.m.-mid. Sept. 29. SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515 Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.


HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic 8 p.m. every Wed. INTUITION ALE WORKS, 720 King St., 683-7720 Alex E. of Wildlife Society Sept. 25. Live music every Taproom Tuesday KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor 9:30 p.m. every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM PIANO BAR, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins 10 p.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins 10 p.m. Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins 10 p.m. Sat. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Ascend the Hill and Ascension Worship Sept. 27. Rejoice the Awakening, Set Free CD release party, From the Eyes of Servants, My Maker and I, Wake Up Atlantic and I Am the Witness Sept. 28. Jenni Reid, A Call for Kylie, Loftland, Colton and Think Happy Thoughts Sept. 29 YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 Open mic 8 p.m. Thur. Rotating DJs spin 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sun.


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 Will Pearsall Sept. 27. The Mix Sept. 28 & 29 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Piano bar with Kenyon Dye 5-9:30 p.m. every Sun. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 My Girl My Whiskey & Me 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Smokin’ Joe 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28. John Dickie Sept. 29. Colton McKenna 2 p.m. Sept. 30 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Chillula 7-11 p.m. Sept. 28. Jesse & Leroy 2-5 p.m., Mojo Roux 7-11 p.m. Sept. 29. Vinny Jacobs 2-5 p.m. Sept. 30 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 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty Cowell 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers 6-10 p.m. Sept. 26 & Oct. 3. Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat. 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 every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 David Russell & John Peyton 9 p.m. Sept. 28 & 29. Shane Billette 1 p.m. Sept. 30 PRESENT MOMENT, 224 W. King St., 827-4499 Mac DeMarco, Uncle Marty & Friends and Slough Louris 9 p.m. Sept. 28 TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Yankee Slickers 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sept. 28 TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Red River Band 9 p.m. Sept. 28 & 29. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth 1 p.m., Mark Hart 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin 1 p.m., Wade 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.


AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed.

Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice every Sat. BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 DiCarlo Thompson 9 p.m. Sept. 29. Live music 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally 7 p.m. Wed. Karaoke 7 p.m. Sat. ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, 854-6060 Billy Buchanan Sept. 26. Jimmy Solari Sept. 27. D-Lo Thompson Sept. 28. Randy Jagers Sept. 29 MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Colt Ford 7 p.m. Sept. 26. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 Sunset Circus 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Karaoke every Wed.


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 Sarah McQuaid 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Weaving the Fate Sept. 25. Flagship Romance, Half Moon Run and Lucio Rubino Sept. 26. Cobra Skulls and Riverboat Gamblers Sept. 26 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke 9 p.m. every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake 6 p.m. every other Fri. DJs Rogue and Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.


BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Rosco Caine 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Open mic with The Foxes 7-11 p.m. every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Tannahill Weavers 8 p.m. Sept. 29 LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell Sept. 25. VJ Frazetta 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27. ME Band 8:30 p.m., DJ Jeff Bell 11:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Who Rescued Who 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29


DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Road, 751-3043 Rough Mix 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Black Creek 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Miletrain 5 p.m. Sept. 30 SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Jacob Creel 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Caesar Cardona 8 p.m. Sept. 29 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. TUCKERS HWY. 17 TAVERN, 850532 U.S. 17, Yulee, 225-9211 Black Creek Ri’zin’ 8 p.m. Sept. 28. 

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Those familiar with the film or book might recognize the dialogue in “The Color Purple,” but the musical numbers were composed specifically for the Broadway production. Stage Aurora director Daryl Reuben Hall says the production remains faithful to the source material.

The Power of Purple

The celebrated book and film are reinvented again for regional theater THE COLOR PURPLE 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5; 2 and 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6; 3 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14 and 6 p.m. Oct. 13 Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, 5188 Norwood Ave. (Gateway Town Center) Tickets range from $15-$25 252-6879


aryl Reuben Hall balks at the notion of a distinct African-American tradition in the theater, even as he labors to keep that tradition alive. As the director of Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Hall has overseen more than 70 productions since its inception in 2003. He said the latest effort is by far the most challenging yet. From almost the moment it was published in 1982, Alice Walker’s classic novel “The Color Purple” has been part of the canon. Estimates vary, but it has reportedly sold 5 to 10 million copies in more than 25 languages. It was, without question, one of the most important pieces of literature in American history, the beginning of a new era in black culture. The resulting film, directed by Steven Spielberg, was notable for helping launch the acting careers of stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. Released in 1985 and nominated for 11 Oscars, the film won none in what was perceived as a deliberate snub. A similar situation happened 20 years later, when the musical opened on Broadway in 2005. It earned 11 Tony nominations,

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earning only a single victory in a much more competitive field. Bringing the musical to Florida offers the men and women of Stage Aurora a chance to give back to the business and the community. Hall went from Raines High School band to the Florida A&M Marching 100. He later transferred to University of Florida, singing in the choir and dabbling in dance before graduating with a degree in architecture. He went to New York City to start a diverse career that included gigs ranging from Disney cruise ships to Radio City Music Hall, as well as a tour of Europe and stints working for Aretha Franklin, Eartha Kitt and Debbie Gibson. “Everything I’ve done to this point has really strengthened me to bring high-quality productions to the city of Jacksonville,” he said. “I knew I wanted to do ‘The Color Purple,’ ” said Hall, who read the book and watched the movie back in the day, and has seen the Broadway production a half-dozen times. It was a scorching-hot ticket that year, but he had the inside track courtesy of Angela Robinson, a fellow Raines grad and theater buff. “She was the one who really pushed me to go to New York in the first place,” he said. Robinson was cast as Shug Avery, a role made famous in the film by Margaret Avery. The role is crucial in the musical, because Shug is a singer, and serious chops are required. “One of the main challenges is not to try to copy the film version, to create your own character,” Robinson said. “If you try to copy, it will always look like a copy and not an

authentic portrayal of the character.” Robinson owned the role on Broadway, then toured with it around the country. “The character evolved constantly,” she noted. “The audience, the other actors and my personal growth and development all play a role in the evolution of the character.” Now, as Stage Aurora’s artistic consultant, her input is crucial to ensuring the authenticity of what will be the first licensed production of this material in Florida. Those who know only the film or the book will be treated to a unique experience. “The audience will recognize a lot of the dialogue,” says Hall, as it stays quite faithful to the story. The musical numbers, however, were composed specifically for the Broadway production (by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, with a book by Marsha Norman), which add a whole new dimension to the narrative. The show has a cast and crew of more than 40, including the choreography of LaTrisa Harper and vocal direction by John Gripper. Hall cites the costumes, designed by Sandra Levy-Donawa and Valerie Bellamy-Bailey, as being the most tricky, expensive and timeconsuming aspect. Hall even reached out to Harlan Penn in New York City to design the sets, a job the former architecture major has always done himself. “It’s been really quite a journey,” laughed Hall, “and it’s not finished yet.”  Shelton Hull


REMEMBER ME “Three’s Company” star Joyce DeWitt headlines “Remember Me,” a romantic comedy about a couple in their early 50s in a content but tired marriage, 8 p.m. Sept. 25-30 and Oct. 2-7; 1:15 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6; and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $42-$59. 641-1212. ANOTHER SIGN The musical, examining homelessness from multiple perspectives, is staged Sept. 25-30 at FSCJ’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside. $30. 646-2222. AVENUE Q Human actors interact with puppets in this musical for mature audiences, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29, Oct. 4, 5 and 6 and 11, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 on Players by the Sea’s Main Stage, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. $25. 249-0289. MAD COWFORD IMPROV The local comedy troupe performs 8:15 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 and every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451. BIG RIVER The bluegrass and country musical, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is staged 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 and Oct. 4, 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets range from $10-$25. 825-1164. DEATH TRAP The thriller/comedy of murder and mayhem is staged Sept. 27-Oct. 13 at Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. $20. 261-6749. ELEEMOSYNARY The dramedy is staged 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco. $12. 346-5620 ext. 122. THE COLOR PURPLE The play, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel and Steven Spielberg’s film, is staged Sept. 28-Oct. 7 at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave., Gateway Town Center. $25. 765-7372.


IDEAS AND IMAGES LECTURE David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, speaks about Sandro Botticelli 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and Austrian painter Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Free. 819-6282. JACKSONVILLE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY FSCJ professor Stephanie Sipp discusses using the sketchbook as a preliminary tool for watercolor images 7-9 p.m. Sept. 25 at FSCJ Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Southside. Free. FLAGLER COLLEGE LECTURE Brazilian-born artist Romero Britto, who has work displayed in galleries and museums in more than 100 countries, speaks 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Free. 819-6282. AUDITION FOR MALE SINGERS The Big Orange Chorus is auditioning singers for its men’s barbershop and an a capella chorus 6:45-7:20 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, 7860 Southside Blvd., Southside. 880-4687. DANCE WORKSHOPS Egyptian belly dancer Kawakeb offers a fan veils lesson 1-4 p.m. Sept. 29, at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, A84 Theatre Drive, Ste. 300, St. Augustine. $75. 819-1889. ART TRADING CARDS Local Artists Coming Together seeks original works of art set to the theme of “Heroes.” Twentyfive submissions will be selected to create the second series of collectible artist trading cards. The deadline is Sept. 30; no entry fee. Submit to NOVEL-WRITING WORKSHOP Florida International University professor John Dufresne offers a novel-writing workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Flagler College’s Kenan Hall. $75. 325-9954. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY EXHIBITION The university announces a call to artists for a curated exhibit to be held Nov. 16. Each artist selected will mount three to five works. The deadline is Oct. 1; no entry fee. 256-7345. Submit to TACTILE ART SHOW The St. Augustine Art Association seeks touchable art submissions that appeal to the blind and sighted. Submissions are received noon-7 p.m. Oct. 2 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 3. An opening reception is held 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28. ARGENTINE TANGO CLASSES The beginners’ level class is held 6-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Absolute Dance Studio, 9850 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 9, Mandarin. $10. 262-9709. AUDITIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL Flagler Playhouse auditions for roles in the holiday classic 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. (386) 586-0773. JACKSONVILLE MUSIC VIDEO REVIVAL Bands and directors

may drop off music video submissions through Oct. 15 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St. Submissions must be highquality .mov format, burned to DVD, with the director’s name, band and song name written on the disc. The winner of the Emerging Music Video Director’s Award is announced at Jax Film Fest, held Nov. 1-4. PONTE VEDRA CLASSES, WORKSHOPS The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers art classes and workshops Oct. 31-Dec. 16 at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614 ext. 204. LIMELIGHT SEEKS INSTRUCTORS Limelight Theatre seeks dance instructors for children, teens and adults, and vocal coaches, yoga instructors, aerobics instructors and acting coaches to fill its education calendar. 825-1164 ext. 16. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes in several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and children are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids’ classes. 677-2787. DRAMATIC ARTS AT BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email


THEODORE BAERG Baritone Baerg joins pianist Denise Wright in a performance 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at University of North Florida’s Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878. SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra opens its season 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25-$70. 354-5547. MR. JACK DANIEL’S ORIGINAL SILVER CORNET BAND The recreation of the small-town band performs turn-of-the20th-century songs 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. $30. 797-2800. KALICHSTEIN LAREDO ROBINSON TRIO The pianist, violinist and cellist perform 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jax Beach, and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at UNF Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 270-1771, 620-2878. CHRISTMAS CANTATA The Gracias Choir presents the Christmas story 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. Free. 402-2377. JOHN THOMAS JAZZ GROUP The jazz musicians perform 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. JAZZ IN ARLINGTON Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Thur. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N. 240-1009. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Rd., Arlington. 743-3848. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.


FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK The self-guided tour, themed Hispanic Heritage, is held 5-9 p.m. Oct. 3 in Downtown Jacksonville, spanning a 15-block radius of galleries, museums, bars and eateries. 634-0303 ext. 230. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5. A free art walk trolley begins pickup 6 p.m. at AGOSA member galleries. 829-0065. AMIRO FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK New artwork, including paintings, sculpture and mixed-media collages, are on display 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Amiro Art & Found, 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 824-8460. MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800.

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DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held 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. Studio 1014 Dance (10:30-11:15 a.m.), Wade Williams (11:45 a.m.-2:10 p.m.) and Scott Jones Dancers (2:45-3:30 p.m.) play on the River Stage. 554-6865, 389-2449. NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386. GAINESVILLE DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL & ART SHOW The 31st annual festival presents work by more than 250 artists and music on three stages in Downtown Gainesville from City Hall to Hippodrome State Theatre 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14.


CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM 5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Free. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibit, a juried show of local artists’ works, runs through Dec. 2. “Leonard Baskin: Works on Paper,” an exhibit of prints and watercolors, continues through Nov. 11. “Histories in Africa,” an exhibit featuring 20 years of photography by Elizabeth Gilbert, continues through Dec. 30. FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The collaborative exhibit “Before and After 1565: A Participatory Exploration of St. Augustine’s Native American History” runs through Oct. 19. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats and various nautical-themed art. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 256-7371. “Work of Varick Rosete and Ed Smith,” an exhibit of Rosete’s traditional print media and web design and Smith’s media drawings and etchings, runs through Sept. 26. The opening reception for “The Artist as Engineer,” an exhibit of works by sculptors John Douglas Powers and Jason Kofke is held 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4. The exhibit continues through Oct. 31. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. The exhibit “To the Hawks Lend Your Heart: Reflections of Alan Justiss,” featuring readings of Justiss’ poems, is displayed through Sept. 29. “The Adams Family” exhibit features original letters pertaining to John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Samuel Adams and runs through Dec. 29. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. Free. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. “Refocus: Art of the 1980s,” an exhibit highlighting major figures of contemporary art of the decade – including David Salle, Jean MichelBasquiat, Keith Haring and Eric Fischl – continues through Jan. 6. University of North Florida Art & Design faculty’s exhibit “Rendering Italy,” works reflecting contemporary responses to the beauty, history and culture of Italy, is on display through Oct. 7 at the UNF Gallery at MOCA. “Project Atrium: Tristin Lowe” is on display through Oct. 28. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: AfricanAmerican Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.


233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 217-7470. Shows change monthly and the gallery remains open late for First Friday Art Walks. THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The juried exhibit “Patterns” continues through Nov. 1. AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY 3562 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, 384-8797. Jane Seymour, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress appears at a reception Oct. 5 for an exhibit of her original artwork. The actress appears again 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6. The exhibit opens Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 6. Proceeds benefit St. Vincent’s Healthcare’s Kids Together Against Cancer Program. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Jacksonville, 855-1181. An exhibit of new work by Mark Creegan, curated by Staci Bu Shea, continues through Nov. 11.

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Pianist Joseph Kalichstein (left), violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson perform as the Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jax Beach.

CORK ARTS DISTRICT 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside, 655-6856. The exhibit “Seen and Unseen: Exploring a Variety of Approaches to Painting in the Contemporary Art World,” continues through September. The exhibit “Femme” opens with a reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 and continues through Oct. 31 at CoRK West Gallery. CROSBY DESIGNS 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 4, Jacksonville, 683-8683. An opening reception for Megan Cosby’s “Display,” an exhibit of figurative paintings, is held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 27. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. “Color and Form,” an exhibit by S. Barre Barrett and Khamil Ojoyo, continues through Oct. 19. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “Alternative Views” continues through Oct. 22. FLORIDA MINING GALLERY 5300 Shad Road, Jacksonville, 425-2845. Betsy Cain’s exhibit “Selections” runs through Oct. 31. Artist Lily Kuonen is the featured artist for September on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. GALLERY 1037 at Reddi Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3161. The exhibit “Just the Three of Us,” works by sculptor Yolanda Bosworth, watercolorist Ingrid Lederer and contemporary expressionist Francesca Tabor-Miolla, is on display through Oct. 31. GREAT HANG UPS GALLERY 1650 Business Center Drive, Fleming Island, 541-1555. “Helping The Hungry With Art,” an exhibit benefiting the nonprofit Waste Not Want Not, continues through Sept. 29. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Rd., 741-3546. Recent works by Thomas Hager and Christina Foard are on display through September. Works by Louise Freshman Brown and Dustin Harewood are in the Concourse art display cases. ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION 18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The juried show “World of Books” is displayed through Oct. 7. JACK MITCHELL GALLERY Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. The exhibit of works by Mary Atwood and John O’Conner continues through Dec. 9. JUICE, A JEN JONES GALLERY 1 Independent Drive, Wells Fargo Center, Jacksonville. Live jazz, a historic filmography and photography presentation, and paintings and sculptures are featured. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES 4615 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the main lobby. Moises Ramos, an art and photography teacher in Duval County schools, worked with the children. METACUSP STUDIOS 2650 Rosselle St., Jacksonville, (813) 223-6190. The opening reception for “Fixations,” an exhibit of figurative paintings by Jeff Whipple, is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28.

The show continues through Oct. 20. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTH GALLERY 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. “Renaissance Man: A Thomas Glover W. Retrospective” continues through Oct. 2. SOUTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900. Original oil paintings by Francoise Lynch are on display through September. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. Doug Waterfield’s exhibit, “Doomstown,” runs through September. An exhibit of Bev Hogue’s work opens on Oct. 5 and continues through Nov. 30. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. The annual members show is on display through Sept. 27. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. This working studio and gallery space features the work of Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Bill Yates, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain and Tony Wood. UNDERBELLY 113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 353-6067. The opening reception for the exhibit of Andre Gruber’s work, “LoveDove presents: MRK,” is 5-9 p.m. Oct. 3 with music by New Strangers, Antique Animals and Gilligan’s Island Group. The exhibit is displayed through Nov. 3. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA 1 UNF Drive, Southside, 620-1000. “Artistic Migrations,” an exhibit of art by UNF Art and Design students and recent graduates from a study abroad trip is on display through Oct. 12. Jerry Domask’s “Reflections – Vietnam War 45 Years Later,” an exhibit of mixed-media paintings, is on display through Dec. 7 at the Student Union’s Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. The Wellspring Sculpture by St. Augustine sculptor and glassblower Thomas Long is on display in the new Biological Sciences building. VANDROFF ART GALLERY Jewish Community Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 730-2100. An exhibit of Ruben Sandoval’s works runs through Sept. 27. An exhibit of Steve and Karen Leibowitz’s work opens Sept. 28 and continues through Oct. 24. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items. WORLEY FAVER GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 304-2310. This artist-owned studio features pottery and works by Dena and Worley Faver.  For a complete list of galleries, log on to To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to David Johnson, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next week’s issue. Events are included on a space-available basis.


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he collaborative process can be the ultimate dice throw of the creative practice. Artists are, if nothing else, by their very nature selfcentered beings, attempting to describe the universal experience of life through highly personal expressions. When two or more artists join forces on a singular piece of work, variables such as personality, integrity, resiliency, similarities and even differences are pushed to the forefront. If ego overtakes the unified vision, the partnership can soon crumble under the strain of false pride, insecurity and even resentment. Yet if that pair can find a middle ground and surrender to the intent, the total of this shared power can result in provocative art. Countercultural icons William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin explored this concept in their seminal cut-up method of juxtaposing images and text, mixing aberrant metaphors and signifiers into an at-times jarring blend of ideas that gradually revealed an almost comforting alien logic. These notions were fully explored in their 1978 book, “The Third Mind,” a work that proposed the theory that when two minds work in tandem as one, the titular “third mind” is then created, tapping into an ineffable force that Burroughs sardonically described as “a project for disastrous success.” Locally based artists Tony Rodrigues and Mark George might not deal in the extremes of their Beat Generation forefathers, but their passions for delivering captivating art conjured by this “third mind” are no less noteworthy. The resulting imagery leans more toward success than disaster. Their new show, “Teeny-Tiny, Big-Time!” is what Rodrigues describes as a “modest grouping” of recent collaborations between these longtime friends and cohorts. Both Rodrigues and George create work based on a sense of “found imagery”; Rodrigues ( makes visually provocative paintings generated from ideas culled from a century of appropriated images, and George ( is known for creating neo-Pop Art style works that resemble billboards from a dreamy, noir realm. “Teeny-Tiny, Big-Time!” features a halfdozen original 18-by-24-inch, mixed-media pieces and works on paper, as well as T-shirts featuring their collaborative images. The show’s title is two-fold; “Teeny-Tiny” refers to the space hosting the show, the cozy headquarters of Tact Apparel (co-owned by Rodrigues with spouse Wendy C. Lovejoy), and “Big-Time” is an interjection that’s key to George’s personal vernacular. The show originally stemmed from

Mark George and Tony Rodrigues’ “Untitled Collaboration Scenario 4” is among the works in the “Teeny-Tiny, Big-Time!” show at Tact Apparel through Nov. 1.

a recent Tact shirt design that George was invited to create. “Mark and I both borrow freely from pre-existing imagery,” Rodrigues said, citing that the real skill in utilizing such a screengrab-style of images is in making “your work recognizable in a way that is your own.” These recent pieces benefit from the pair’s respective maturity as artists. The piece “Untitled Collaboration Scenario 4” features an image rendered by George of a woman sobbing into her clenched fists; Rodrigues then layers his own signature style of graphics of a smiling couple embracing as two Rolex watches seem to dance across the surface. A loose narrative from these disparate ideas is born more by accident, along with the artists’ familiarity with their materials and each other. “I don’t want to over-simplify it, but we’ve had some practice at this and know what to expect from each other,” Rodrigues said. “Some scenarios present themselves through juxtaposition.” George was equally direct in demystifying their cooperative approach. “Sometimes, projects like this work out best when they are unplanned.” George explained that his and Rodrigues’ greatest strengths are in allowing their friendship to blossom, as these spontaneous attempts at joining forces seem to produce worthy work. “As a result, you have an honest, nonpretentious piece that is not made because you had an assignment or some project like life usually hands us,” George said. “Instead,

you have two people doing exactly what they want, where the only direction is coming from each other.” Twenty years have passed since the duo first began acknowledging that shared sense of direction and mutual guidance. Rodrigues and George first met in 1991 in the same nascent DIY Riverside arts galaxy that pulled in like-minded denizens like Lee Harvey and Mark Cooper, aka Cooper Coop, a lesserknown yet influential person on many local artists. “Life has a way of showing you people you have things most in common with,” George said. Cooper, Rodrigues and George became an ersatz Three Musketeers of punk rock art, sharing 12-packs of cheap beer and a fascination with “mid-century imagery.” They scoured the periodicals section of the old Haydon Burns Library (“They would actually let us touch the magazines back then, unattended,” Rodrigues said) and plugged dimes into the copier to liberate images from those old rags. At the time, George had wandered away from illustration and was obsessed with Dadaist-inspired assemblages. Years into their friendship, one born of and sustained by a shared love of art, George is blunt about his friend’s encouragement. “Tony really got me back into painting.” Rodrigues is equally gracious about his longtime friend’s presence in his life. “I would describe his best work as clever, deliberate and understated.”  Dan Brown SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 53


“FILL THE BOOT” FOR MDA Members of the St. Johns County Local No. 3865 are out in the community to fill their fire boots with donations to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Sept. 25 and 26 at Publix Markets on A1A, at Cobblestone, Old Moultrie Square, Sawgrass Village Drive, C.R. 210, S.R. 13 and S.R. 16, and Racetrack Road, Walmart on U.S. 1, and Winn-Dixie on South Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Johns County. 296-7434. MOSH AFTER DARK The brewmasters of Intuition Ale Works discuss the science of beer-making at this adults-only beer-brewing workshop 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. General admission is $15; $10 for MOSH members. 396-6674, ext. 226. ON THE WILD SIDE North Florida Land Trust’s fundraiser is held 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. The Mike Bernos Band and Slumgully and a comedy performance by Gwen Templeton are featured. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit local land conservation. 285-7020. MDA LOCK-UP 2012 The Muscular Dystrophy Association locks up business executives on the Southside 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Maggiano’s RUN DATE:Little Italy, 10367 Midtown Parkway, St. Johns Town Center. Proceeds from bailing out these nefarious individuals benefit MDA. 296-7434. HUNGER BENEFIT CONCERT The Hunger Benefit Concert, featuring Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters and Joey & Jeanie, is held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at ab CJ by ____ ____St., Fernandina Sales Rep La Tierra Checked Prometida, 312by S. Eighth Beach.____ Tickets are $40 and $50. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Dinner Network, which serves free meals to anyone in need in Nassau County. 491-4900. FLORIDA FORUM LECTURE SERIES The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital presents biographer Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and chairman of the board of Teach for America, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. Proceeds benefit the Freeman Behavioral Health Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Series tickets start at $200. 202-2886. MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series concludes with All Star Band 7-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers its fare; this week it’s Sunset Grille. 347-8007. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows are Laser Spirit at 7 p.m., Laser Jimmy Buffett at 8 p.m., Laser Country at 9 p.m. and Laser Retro 10 p.m. Sept. 28 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. JACKSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET Northeast Florida’s largest farmers’ market is also its oldest. Nearly 200 year-round vendors and farmers offer everything from live chickens and homemade honey to lemongrass and locally grown blueberries. There’s a restaurant, Andy’s Farmers Market Grill, onsite. Navigable aisles, indoor and outdoor stalls, parking; open dawn to dusk, daily, year-round. 1810 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. 354-2821. AMELIA FARMERS MARKET The new market is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. Award-winning farmers, food artisans and plant growers offer produce, organic products, baked goods, tropical and landscaping plants and flowers. 491-4872. FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce, homemade chai tea and San Marco local honey are offered from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., near the corner of LaSalle Street and Hendricks Avenue, in Swaims United Methodist Church parking lot. 607-9935. ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET The new community market is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. Local produce, arts & crafts are featured. st.johnsriverfamersmarket

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The brewmasters of Intuition Ale Works discuss the science of beer-making at this adults-only beer-brewing workshop Sept. 27 at Museum of Science & History. Island. The committee works to increase awareness of regulatory and legislative issues affecting chamber members. 261-3248. OCCUPY JACKSONVILLE This nonprofit organization that fights for economic and social justice gathers 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Murray Hill Branch Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill. 955-8100. SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Mike Dungey hosts the Car Expo Panel 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20. 396-5559. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown. 630-7306.


MICHAEL MARTONE The Flagler College Writers in Residence lecture series continues with professor and short-story author Martone 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the college’s Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Admission is free, but seating is limited and is on a firstcome, first-served basis. 819-6339. RON WHITTINGTON Local author Whittington signs copies of his new Parker Glynn mystery, “Dopplegänged,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center of Nassau County Florida, Head Start, Big Brothers & Big Sisters. MURRAY HILL BOOK SALE Friends of the Murray Hill Library hold the annual book sale 4-8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Murray Hill Baptist Church, 4300 Post St., Murray Hill. Admission is free. 384-1523. MEG HASTON Local children’s book author Haston talks about and signs copies of her new book, “How to Rock Break Ups and Make Ups,” 7 p.m. Oct. 6. at The BookMark, 200 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026. FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP The Bard Society holds this workshop 7-9:30 p.m. every Wed. at 1358 Tiber Ave., St. Nicholas. Those willing to share their insight into the craft of fiction are welcome. Egos are checked at the door. 250-6045. CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP The Callahan Creative Writing Workshop is held 6:15 p.m. every Tue. at Nassau County Library branch, 450077 S.R. 200, Ste. 15, Callahan. Nancy Lee Bethea is group moderator. 403-4360. BOOK GROUP The reading group gathers 7 p.m. every second Tue. of the month at Books Plus, 107 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. 261-0303. LIBRARY CARD SIGNUP September is Library Card Signup Month at all St. Johns County Public Libraries. A bonus for having a library card: discounts at local businesses. During September, these St. Augustine businesses offer discounts when you present your St. Johns County Library card: Great Wraps, 1835 U.S. 1, Ste. 115, 827-1670; Marble Slab Creamery, 1053 A1A Beach Blvd., 461-3536; Anastasia Mini-Golf, 701 Anastasia Blvd., 825-0101; Dragon Café, 3915 A1A S., Ste. 101, 461-9488; Mission of Nombre De Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., 824-2809; Adventure Landing, 2780 S.R. 16, 827-9400; Buy the Book, 4255 U.S. 1 S., Ste. 3, 797-3388. Check out for activities at each library location during September.


BILL BURR All Stars appear 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26. Tickets are $6 and $8. Boston Comedian of the Year Burr appears 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and at 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Mandarin. Tickets are $25 and $30. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Matt Bergman and Dee Langston appear 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. MICHELLE HARRINGTON North Carolinian Harrington appears 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffeehouse, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. 306-9004.


KEVIN HART LET ME EXPLAIN TOUR Oct. 12, T-U Center JACKSONVILLE BULLIES VS. NEW JERSEY RASCALS Oct. 13, Veterans Memorial Arena DOGTOBERFEST Oct. 13, Metropolitan Park SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW Oct. 18-21, Prime Osborn Convention Center JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO Oct. 19, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall FOLIO WEEKLY’S FOURTH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST Oct. 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre MARSE ROBERT FILM EVENT Nov. 4, Sun-Ray Cinema


PGA MS 150 BIKE TOUR The 26th annual Cycle To The Shore is held Sept. 29 and 30, with a start and finish at the St. Augustine/St. Johns County airport, U.S. 1, St. Augustine. Riding options vary. Proceeds benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society programs. Call for times and options, 332-6810 or 1-800-FIGHTMS. JAGUARS VS. BENGALS The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Cincinnati Bengals 4:05 p.m. Sept. 30 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Jacksonville. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45. 633-2000. FLORIDA STATE PUTT-PUTT CHAMPIONSHIPS The annual event, featuring three levels of professional, amateur and novice, is held Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at Putt-Putt, 6 N. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach. 753-0517. WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT The tournament, featuring four levels of Outlaw, Advanced, Intermediate and Grom, is held 8 a.m. for SUP and 10 a.m. for wakeboard Sept. 29 at Outback Crabshack, 8155 C.R. 13 N., St. Augustine. Register at either Aqua East location. Cash and prizes are awarded. 522-0500. TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARK A park ranger discusses the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the multi-use trail pavilion, south beach area on Little Talbot

Island, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. No reservations are needed; the program is free with regular park admission. 251-2320. JACKSONVILLE BULLIES LACROSSE The next home game for the new local lacrosse league team against the Reading Rockets is 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Individual game tickets start at $10. 425-8905. CYCLOCROSS TRAINING The series kicks off 6:40 p.m. (6 p.m. registration) Sept. 27 at Boone Park, 3700 Park St., Riverside. Training is held every Thur. through Oct. 25. Helmets are required. For details and fees, call 636-7772.


HEALTH CARE COUNCIL The AIFBY Chamber’s council meets 8 a.m. Sept. 25 at Amelia Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine, 96279 Brady Point Road, Fernandina Beach. The Chamber launched the council as a way to raise awareness of health care services in Nassau County as well as develop professional contacts among local health-related organizations. 261-3248. WEST NASSAU HISTORICAL SOCIETY Gray Chandler, of Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution, discusses “Railroads of the Civil War” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at West Nassau Museum of History, 45383 Dixie Ave., Callahan. 879-3406. TM LECTURE A free introductory Transcendental Meditation talk is held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville. 726-5142. IN MY SPIRIT This Christian comedy play is staged 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Lawtey Community School, 22703 Park St., Lawtey. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 782-3477. MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY Fleming Island Friends of the Library present The River City Dulcimers and Friends 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. 278-3722. JOB CLUB The Rosanne R. Hartwell Women’s Center offers a free workshop series for job seekers 2-3 p.m. every Wed. through Nov. 28 at FSCJ Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Room G-1708, Jacksonville. 256-6982. news/press-releases/view/job-club-weekly-series-at-fscjdeerwood-helps-seekers-refine-job-search-str


SESAME STREET LIVE “ELMO MAKES MUSIC” Jenny the Music teacher and all the Muppets are on hand 7 p.m. Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts’ Moran Theater, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $19.45, $42.70 and $71.65. 633-6110.


SPIRITUAL WORKSHOP Kevin G. Graunke, a prayer-based healer using the Christian Science system of healing, discusses “Real Security — Without the Blanket,” 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1505 Second St. N., Jax Beach. 635-8653. YOUNG SURVIVORS Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email mail@ PERFORMERS ACADEMY Fall classes for kids include Recording Made Easy (14 and older), Acting for Tots, Young Performers Theatre, Fundamentals of Acting for Teens, Acting Without Agony with Dwight Cenac, as well as workshops and drop-in courses. 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 322-7672. FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452. MARINE VETERANS GROUP The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. the first Tue. of each month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. The organization supports Toys For Tots, Canes for Veterans and other community programs. 461-0139. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683., NAR-A-NON This group meets 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040.  To get an event included here, email time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to or click the link in our Happenings section at Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next week’s issue.

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efocus: Art of the 1980s kicked off at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville with a preview party for members on Sept. 14. The exhibit examines this memorable era with works by artists such as David Salle, Jean Michel-Basquiat and Eric Fischl, who rose to prominence during the ’80s, while established artists Andy Warhol and Frank Stella influenced a younger generation. About 300 people toured the exhibit, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Café Nola and grooved to ’80s tunes. Refocus runs through Jan. 6 at MOCA, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown. 366-6911. 

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What Were You Doing at Age 14?

• Among the students featured in Popular Science’s September list of young inventors was Fabian Fernandez-Han, 14, of Conroe, Texas, who invented a bicycle that, when pedaled, also desalinates seawater (via reverse osmosis) from replaceable 15-gallon canisters. One hour of pedaling produces 20 gallons of drinkable water. Jack Andraka, 15, from Maryland, created a test for pancreatic cancer that’s demonstrably much faster and more accurate than current diagnostics (using carbon nanotubes that can be specially activated by applications of the signature pancreatic-cancer protein, Mesothelin).

Can’t Possibly Be True

• School officials in Grand Island, Neb., told Hunter Spanjer that the way he signs his name violates the schools’ anti-weapons policy and that he’ll have to abandon it. Hunter is three-and-a-half years old, deaf, fluent in the language Signing Exact English, and uses a hand flourish as his unique signature (registered with SEE). Officials say the flourish looks like Hunter’s threatening with a weapon. At press time, the little boy’s parents were still negotiating with officials. • An unidentified mother of twins was photographed at Thanksgiving Point Deli in Lehi, Utah, in September apparently toilettraining her toddlers at a table. Another patron witnessed the mother’s bringing in what at first glance looked like booster seats, but then the mom undid the kids’ jumpsuits and placed them on the potties. A spokesperson for the deli (located 10 miles south of Salt Lake City) said the incident was over by the time it was reported to her, but the witness put a photo on the Internet (picked up by TV stations) so millions could disapprove of the mother’s parenting. • Police in Seneca Falls, N.Y., arrested Dawn Planty in August and charged her with statutory rape. Planty came to officers’ attention when she called 911 to ask if the dispatcher knew the age of consent in the state because she had had sex with a 15-year-old boy recently and wanted to clear her conscience.

Cuddly Geopolitics

• The Washington Post, reporting in August the existence of a newly declassified communication between a cooperating Guantanamo Bay detainee and his lawyer, revealed the “high-value” prisoner had, without explanation, been rewarded with a pet kitty cat. • On July 4, two peace activists who own a small advertising agency in Malmo, Sweden, pulled off their most audacious stunt yet by hiring a small plane to drop 800 teddy bears emblazoned with democracy-promoting messages over the capital of Belarus. The country’s strongman president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, later fired two generals for their inability to prevent the breach of the country’s airspace.


• Many Americans are still outraged that no major banking officials were punished for the malpractices that produced the 2008 financial collapse. However, in July, Richard Eggers, age 68 and with an otherwise-unblemished record, was fired by Wells Fargo — only because of a

49-year-old conviction for attempting to rig a Laundromat machine by making a “dime” out of cardboard. Wells Fargo said its hands were tied by a new federal law requiring dismissal of anyone with past convictions for “transactional crimes” aimed at identity theft and money-laundering. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which administers the law, has a waiver procedure, but the process is complicated; Wells Fargo said it feared being fined if it didn’t terminate Eggers promptly.

Least Competent Criminals

• Not Ready for Prime Time: Two robbers who walked into an Arlington, Va., 7-Eleven in August apparently neglected to coordinate in advance and thus left empty-handed. As the first man pulled a gun and demanded money, the second, a few steps behind, threw a firecracker on the floor, apparently to intimidate the clerk. But it scared the gunman, who dropped his pistol and ran out. • A 40-year-old man swiped a cell phone while visiting a patient at Uganda’s Kagadi Hospital in August. The facility is treating the country’s Ebola virus outbreak, and the phone was in an Ebola patient’s room. Doctors urged the thief to return to the hospital for treatment.

Unclear on the Concept

• In August, a 30-year-old man told Providence, R.I., police he was the victim of sexual assault, and police are investigating. The man said he’d gone to North Main Street Spa for a professional massage and was unable to avoid a sex act administered by his “masseuse,” “Yo Yo.” The Providence Journal didn’t publish his name because he claims to be a sex crime victim. • In July, Labor Party councillors in the Netherlands demanded weather forecasters be punished for incorrect predictions, since poor weather drives down resort business, resulting in slower hiring. One Hoek van Holland hotelier lamented the forecasters, ironically, were getting worse “[d]espite having more forecasting tools than ever before.” A week before that, tourist managers in Belgium reportedly called for “less pessimistic forecasts,” and one urged meteorologists “to pay as much attention to sun as they do to rain.” • In a lower-level Norwegian soccer league match in May, player Talat Abunima was ejected for arguing with a referee who’d just given him the benefit of a penalty. He was not fouled, he insisted. “[I] tripped over my own feet,” he said later. “It was unbelievably clumsy of me and ... I felt I had to speak out.” The referee first warned Abunima (a yellow card) for complaining and finally red-carded him, telling a local newspaper later, “It was a clear penalty. The player got it all wrong. I don’t think the players know the rules properly.” • Sounds Like a Joke: The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported in July that vandals wrecked a pen reptile farmer David Driver used to confine his herd of 1,600 turtles — and that they’d all fled. • Apparently at their wits’ end trying to get their rare Chilean flamingos to mate, handlers at Drusillas Zoo Park in East Sussex, England, began piping in music at night, including songs by that human seduction machine, Barry White (“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”).  Chuck Shepherd SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012 | | 57

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here’s a curious message I derived from current astrological configurations: It’s one of those rare times when a wall may actually help bring people together. How? Why? The omens don’t reveal specific information; they only tell me that what seems like a barrier may end up as a connector. An influence that, in other situations, may cause separation will likely to promote unity here. Capitalize on this anomaly. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In my first dream last night, I gave you a holy book you left out in the rain. In my second dream, I made some chicken soup you didn’t eat. My third dream was just as disturbing. I assigned you homework that would’ve helped you discover important clues about your emotional health. Alas, you didn’t do it. In the morning, I woke feeling exasperated and worried. Later, I began to think maybe they weren’t prophecies, but helpful warnings. Be alert to the gifts you’ve ignored and take advantage of healing opportunities you’ve neglected. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s a good chance your rhythm in the days ahead resemble a gentle, continuous orgasm. It won’t be stupendously ecstatic, though. I’m not predicting massive eruptions of honeyed bliss that keep blowing your mind. Rather, it’ll be more like a persistent flow of warm contentment. You’ll be constantly tuning in to a secret sweetness thrilling you subliminally. Over and over, you slip into a delicious feeling that everything’s unfolding exactly as it should. Warning! There are two factors undermining this blessing: 1. if you scare it away with blasts of cynicism; 2. if you get greedy and try to force it to be bigger and stronger. Don’t do those things! CANCER (June 21-July 22): Philosopher Jonathan Zap ( provides the seed for this week’s meditation: “Conscious reflection on the past can deepen the soul and provide revelations of great value for the present and future. On the other hand, returning to the past obsessively out of emotional addiction can be a massive draining of vitality needed for full engagement with the present.” So which is it? One way or another, you’re likely to be pulled back toward old days and old ways. Re-examine your history and extract useful lessons instead of wallowing in dark nostalgia and getting lost in fruitless longing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Picture a TV satellite dish on the roof of a peasant’s shack in rural Honduras. Imagine a gripping rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played on a mandolin. Visualize the Dalai Lama quoting Chris Rock a bit out of context but with funny and dramatic effect. Got that? Next, imagine these scenes are metaphors for your metaphysical assignment next week. Need another hint? OK. Think about how you can make sure nothing gets lost in the dicey translations you’re responsible for making. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Ways to get more respect: 1. Do your best in every single thing you do — communicating precisely, upholding the highest possible standards at your job or taking excellent care of yourself. 2. Maintain impeccable levels of integrity in everything you do — being scrupulously honest, thoroughly fair-minded or fiercely kind. 3. On the other hand, don’t try so compulsively hard to do your best and cultivate integrity that you get self-conscious and obstruct your natural intelligence flow. 4. Make it your goal that no later than four years from now you’re doing what you love at least 51 percent of the time. 58 | | SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2012

5. Give others as much respect as you sincerely believe they deserve. 6. Give yourself more respect. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller liked to have rotting apples in his desk drawer as he worked; the scent inspired him. Agatha Christie said many of her best ideas came to her while washing dishes. And Beethoven sometimes stimulated his creativity by pouring cold water on his head. What about you? Are there odd inclinations and idiosyncratic behaviors that have roused your original thinking? Try them all this week, then see if you can dream up at least two new ones. You’re officially in brainstorming season. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s expensive for the U.S. to hold prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba: $800,000 a year for each detainee. That’s 30 times more than it costs to incarcerate a convict on the mainland. According to the Miami Herald, Gitmo is the most expensive prison on the planet. How much do you spend on locking stuff up? What does it cost, not just financially but emotionally and spiritually, for you to keep secrets hidden, unruly passions bottled up and naughty urges suppressed? The weeks ahead are a good time to make sure the price you pay is reasonable, not Gitmo-like expensive. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What time is it, boys and girls? It’s Floods of Fantastic Gratitude Week! A perfect chance to express passionate appreciation for everything you’ve been given. Get out there and tell folks how much you’ve benefited from what they’ve done for you. For best results, have fun as you express your thanks. There’s a fringe benefit to this. By celebrating blessings you already enjoy, you generate future blessings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Telling the whole deep truth and nothing but the whole deep truth isn’t necessarily a way to be popular. It may provoke chaos and disruption. In an institutional setting, displays of candor may even diminish your clout and undermine your ambitions. Disregard this info for a while. It’s one of those rare times when being profoundly authentic works to your supreme advantage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Show me the money” is a meme that first appeared in the 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire,” and been uttered about a hundred trillion times since. Have you ever said it in earnest? If so, you were probably demanding to get what you’d been promised. You were telling people you wanted to see tangible proof that they valued your efforts. Use a variation on this theme. What you need now is less materialistic and more marvelous. Try this for your mantra: “Show me the magic.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My acquaintance Jacob fell for a woman who also professed ardor for him. In the midst of their courtship, as the mystery was still ripening, she suddenly left the country. “I’ve got to go to Indonesia,” she texted him one night, and she was gone the next day. Jacob was confused, forlorn, dazed. He barely ate for days. On the sixth day, a FedEx package arrived from her. It contained a green silk scarf and a note: “I wore this as I walked to the top of a volcano and said a five-hour prayer to elevate our love.” Jacob wasn’t sure how to interpret it, though it seemed a good omen. What happened next? I haven’t heard. I predict you’ll soon receive a sign like this. Don’t jump to conclusions about what it means, but assume the best.  Rob Brezsny

I FELT LIKE CHICKEN LITTLE I thought the sky was falling but it was just a floral Febreeze can. I looked to the sky and saw something sparkle. It wasn’t a star, it was your smile. I’d take the time to smell your roses. When: Sept. 15. Where: Riverside. #1426-0925 ARLINGTON SALVATION ARMY FRIDAYS 2X I’ve seen you & I know you’ve seen me. Haven’t seen you for 3 wks! Hope you’re OK! You’re handsome & dangerous to me, I know from deep within. You: Aviators. Me: Jackie O’s. Sparks fly! When: Aug. 17 & 24. Where: Salvation Army Arlington. #1425-0925 LIL EXOTIC BEAUTY ON THE BEACH You were down from the pier hangin’ solo, think we both sprained our necks checking each other out(; You: Cute dark skin lil’ hottie; Me: Sexy surfer guy...came back & you were gone?! See ya again soon? When: Sept. 14. Where: Jax Beach. #1424-0925 WORLD MARKET CUTE SHOES I commented about your shoes and you commented on my scooter. You were very pleasant and attractive. I’d like to see you again. When: Sept. 13. Where: World Market. #1423-0925 PAINT ME A BIRMINGHAM? You were a kind-eyed, bearded sweetheart putting your own twist on that Tracy Lawrence song. I was the dork correcting you. I’d like to hear you sing some more. Second time’s a charm. When: Sept. 10. Where: Moon River. #1422-0918 CUPCAKE WINE You: Cashing out before me with food and cupcake wine for a party, in blue workout shirt, black yoga pants. The cashier, having a bad day, said she needed a smile. You gave her a gorgeous smile that brightened her day and convinced me you’re the type of person I want in my life. Share coffee so I can learn who you are? When: End of August. Where: Yulee. #1421-0918 SEXY SEA TURTLE Me: Brunette sitting on the beach in a sundress with my dog HoneyBooBoo. You: Cutie, tan, blue-eyed blonde, came in from the ocean on your SUP; you paddle that thing like a sexy sea turtle! You walked by looking for sharks’ teeth; we exchanged smiles. I’m an excellent chef; would love to cook you dinner sometime and see if we make a love connection. If so, get matching tattoos! Are you my soulmate? When: Sept. 5. Where: Beach near The Ritz in Amelia. #1420-0918 HOT SLIM TAN CHICK You: Shopping at Teacher’s Aid off JTB, wearing short bluejean shorts, white polka-dot shirt, flip-flops, hot pink toenails around 1:45 p.m. I love your long black hair. Me: Shy Latino Papi, kept looking at you. Would love to chat and see what’s up. When: Sept. 3. Where: Teacher’s Aid. #1419-0918 HELP ME COOL OFF You: Delivering ice, short hair, tattoos. Me: Blond hair, blue shirt. We kept staring at each other and you finally asked me for my number. Wish you would call me! If single, please contact me again. When: July 2012. Where: Gate on Collins Road. #1418-0918

BEAUTIFUL BRUNETTE ON BEACH CRUISER You: Long brown hair, bikini top, jeans shorts. Looked amazing cruising First Street Neptune Beach with friends. Me: Brown hair, blue eyes. Blue/white board shorts, shirtless. Our paths crossed twice. First time, I’m on foot at Lemon Street. Our eyes met. Second time, in my black Land Rover,Magnolia Street. We smiled as you cruised by. Next time let’s cruise together. When: Sept. 3. Where: First Street, Neptune Beach. #1414-0911 LANDING ESCALATOR I leaned against a railing facing escalator. You and a friend got on it; you looked at me; I looked, too. Halfway down, you looked up; I met your eyes again… again & again. I waved bye, looking at you in green shirt, blonde hair. You came back and didn’t see me; I was there; someone was in the way. I hope you think to look here. I was in a dress; brown hair, blue eyes. Please respond. When: Sept. 2. Where: Jacksonville Landing. #1413-0911 BALLOONS, BALLOONS, BALLOONS AND PENGUIN? Saw you at the bar celebrating what seemed to be your birthday. You opened a gigantic present with an endless balloon supply. Tried to buy you a drink, but a guy in a penguin suit beat me to the punch. Would love to be your Happy Feet and day of the week! When: Aug. 31. Where: Miller’s Alehouse. #1412-0911 UPS GUY You: Obviously on a break of some sort, tall with your brown locks of luscious glory swaying about your face as you sport the UPS name tag. Me: Short, black hair, obviously too dumb to read your name on the tag and too shy to go next door and say hi. When: Aug. 9. Where: Starbucks in Riverside. #1411-0911 POINTE MEDICAL @ BAYMEADOWS Me: Cute, blonde chick, green polo work shirt. You: Tall, slim guy, red polo work shirt. You were locked in conversation with a guy in the lobby, but complemented my Hepburn sunglasses. Before I could speak I was called back for my appointment. Would love to be the one locked in a convo with you. When: Nov. 2011. Where: Pointe Medical Services. #1410-0904 MUSTACHE MAN AT URBAN I saw you at work the other day. I was straightening the T-shirts as you tried on those fake reading glasses in your blue button-up. I don’t care if they’re not prescription, you look fine anyway. See you soon. When: Aug. 24. Where: Urban Outfitters. #1409-0904 NAVY GUY PUBLIX SUB GIRL Me: Cute with clover earrings. You: Hot Navy guy; 5 years left, always in a cap, and those blue-ish eyes. We talk about the environment, you leave in March; I’d have given my number but my boss was there. Those eyes and that smile are stuck in my head. Come back; I’ll give you more than a sub. When: 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Where: Publix @ Beach & San Marco. #1408-0904

SOUL SURFER You: Cute, blonde surfer girl, in white bathing suit/grey rash guard, riding a soul fish. Me: Brown-haired, brown-eyed boy who swam up to you. A storm washed us away, but I hope our waves will crash together again soon. Searching for my soul surfer... When: Aug. 9. Where: Jax Beach @ 6th Ave. S. #1407-0904 REDHEADED HOSTESS AT BLUEFISH You were the somewhat melancholy-looking hostess at The Blue Fish in Avondale, and all the black wasn’t helping. You said you liked my glasses, and I told you to smile. I’d love to see you in color some time. When: July 19. Where: The Blue Fish. #1406-0828 TATTOO L__ SIGHTING I spotted Tattoo L__ in her chariot on Old Kings Rd. N. around noon, she is quite the looker and oh so easy to admire and dream about... When: Aug. 17. Where: Old Kings Road North. #1405-0828 HOT CHICK RIDING ORANGE FIXED-GEAR You: Slim chick on orange fixed-gear bike, with black tights, backpack, your hair in a ponytail, on San Jose around 5 p.m. Me: Handsome Latino bike messenger passed you on city bus. Would love to meet you. When: Aug. 13. Where: San Jose. #1404-0828 NAME STARTS WITH A B I saw you first at Britney Spears concert, then you remembered me a year later when you ran into me at the Ritz… Sorry I couldn’t remember your name. I really wish I did (kicking myself now). But I’d love to know your name :) When: Aug. 11. Where: Ritz. #1403-0821 EATING RIBS, WEARING WHITE You and kids, eating ribs at Sticky Fingers. You: In a ball cap, white pants. I couldn’t keep my eyes off you; you caught me and smiled. We kept glancing at each other all night. Your car was parked next to mine. I hope you remember me. I’d love to see you again. When: July 26. Where: Sticky Fingers Baymeadows. #1402-0821 GREEN TRUCK ON ARGYLE FOREST Heading to work around 7:30 a.m., driving east on Argyle. You in a green truck, me in a beige Toyota with damaged front fender. We flirted, smiled, waved. You turned right on Blanding, I turned left. I wouldn’t mind seeing that smile again. When: July 26. Where: Argyle Forest. #1401-0821 HOTTIE AT RIVERSIDE JIMMY JOHNS You: Tall, dark and handsome, looking so good making sandwiches. Me: Tall, nice girl dying to talk to you. I’m there once a week; always too shy to talk. Today I asked a worker who you were; are you single? I’d love to get to know you! When: Aug. 8. Where: Jimmy Johns on Park. #1400-0814 SEXY BALD MAN WALKING PUGS You: Sexy, tall man, white T-shirt, Adidas shorts, walking adorable pugs in Woodhollow Apts. Me: Short hair, redhead in a Honda Si passing by. Thought about stopping to say hi but you were

struggling with the dogs. Can I help you walk them sometime? When: Aug. 7. Where: Woodhollow Apts. #1399-0814 MORE OF YOUR SMILES You smiled, you smiled again. You stopped on your way out to say hello. I think you’re attractive, too. “Ditch the Guy.” Come back alone, same time. Culhane’s. When: Aug. 4. Where: Culhane’s, Atlantic Beach. #1398-0814 LOVE YOUR TATTOO I am guilty of eavesdropping. You have a very passionate opinion on life and have great hair, with a tattoo that reads “kindness.” Who are you, and where did you come from? Me: Girl wanting to be your friend. When: July 30. Where: Starbucks. #1397-0814 FUTURE PAL & CONFIDANT You: sunglasses, security? Me: Grey shirt, bare feet. I shuffled past to the beach, but you were too focused on the route to notice. Next time let’s connect so we may travel down the road and back again. When: July 28. Where: PV Beach. #1395-0807 IN YOUR EYES Me: Standing behind you in Starbucks line. You turned around and looked at me. We spoke briefly; the entire time, you looked into my eyes! I felt like the LEADING Lady to your LEADING Man: beautiful movie moment. Our meeting ended with a hug. When: July 27. Where: Starbucks Town Center. #1394-0807 FRIENDLY SMILE, BLUE FATIGUES Early last Thursday about 7 a.m. You: Getting gas, probably going to NAS. Me: tall, long, dark brown hair, white sweater, jeans, in white Civic. You: In dark gray Toyota truck. We caught each other’s eye so many times. I got nervous; regretfully drove away. Still thinking about that! When: July 19. Where: Daily’s Roosevelt. #1393-0807 CRASH INTO ME You in a black Speedo with your friend in white tropical shorts. You swam in the surf and left the beach when the seagulls got bad. You swam beautifully; I wish I was one of those waves to crash into you. When: July 18. Where: Jax Beach. #1392-0731 BEAUTIFUL PAINT EXPERT You: Gorgeous brown eyes, beautiful smile, even better personality. Me: You gave me wrong directions to your store but it was worth the trip and the bad taste the Milky Way left in my mouth :) Hope to be in the presence of that smile again soon. When: July 22. Where: Sherwin Williams. #1391-0731 THE BLUE CRAB Spunky-sexy hair, flirty smile behind the bar at The Blue Crab. Saw your picture in the paper and had to come see you. Sat at the bar with you all night. Curious about your team? When: July 15. Where: The Blue Crab. #1390-0731

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Lost & Found

A piece of identification takes a sentimental journey


his is about the kindness of a stranger, a person whom I’ll never meet, but who did one of those small, random acts that makes me realize the world has some terrific people in it. Here’s what happened … actually, it’s best to start with my fridge door and a fading 2006 cartoon stuck to it with a magnet. The cartoon shows a grumpy old fart wheeling his skinny-tired bicycle out the front door. He’s wearing Lycra shorts, a fitted jersey and a crash helmet. His wife, standing with her hands on her hips and an accusatory look on her face, says, “Take some identification

was the name, address and phone number of our family doctor. The tag came with a ball chain that I could wear around my neck, like a military dog tag. My children couldn’t stop laughing the first few times they saw me wander out on the public roads, riding my bicycle and wearing those far-from-subtle bicycling clothes. Eventually, though, they got used to it, stopped staring and laughing, and finally just ignored their father’s out-of-the-ordinary way of exercising. Always, though, I wore the ID tag.

Every time I rode along that way, I’d slow down looking for something glittery in the road. The heavy rains came and went. Eventually, I decided that the tag had been washed down a storm drain and was either embedded in some trash or on its way to the St. Johns River. with you in case you die.” That’s me, sort of. I mean my wife is far from a shrew — she’s an all-around wonderful person who makes my life complete — but 20 years ago or more, when I first started riding a bike for exercise, she insisted that I carry some sort of identification with me. She didn’t use the words “in case you die,” but she didn’t have to. In fact, she went out and bought a stainless steel ID tag that she had engraved with my name, address, phone number, blood type and the fact that I’m allergic to bee stings and penicillin. On the other side of the tag

Over the years, it became a talisman, a part of my riding ritual. Like a baseball player who goes through the same routines before every game, putting that ID tag around my neck was something I did almost automatically. I wore it on hot, humid, sweaty days; on bitter cold days; in heavy rain storms and light drizzles; on relatively short rides of 15 or 20 miles and on long rides of 50 to 100 miles. In all that time, I crashed only once, back in the last century, and it was my own stupid fault. In October 1999, I was close to home, finishing a 30-mile ride, and thinking about something else as I pedaled at 17 miles an

hour or so into a mushy area that was part of street rebuilding project. When I tried a sharp turn to get out of the mush, the bike and I went down. My helmeted head banged hard on the pavement. The helmet cracked. My pride was hurt, my left arm and left leg had oozy abrasions, and I was sore for a few days. But my skull was intact. After a week or so, I bought a new helmet and started to ride again. That’s been the only crash — so far. Maybe it’s my conservative riding style that has kept me upright. (I ride in the mornings when drivers are generally sober; I stay to the right, usually stop at red lights, and don’t challenge cars). Maybe it’s just dumb luck. Or maybe it has something to do with the ID tag’s aura. I’m not particularly superstitious. Then again, you never know. The information on the tag has remained remarkably current. We’ve lived in the same house and had the same phone number for 30 years. I’m still allergic to penicillin and bee stings. My blood type hasn’t changed. Our family doc retired long ago, so that part’s outdated, but I figure if there’s a crash, the EMTs will zip me off to an emergency room somewhere anyway. Last month, everything changed. I was chugging along Hendricks Avenue, near the Oaklawn graveyard, heading home from a ride, when the ID tag chain around my neck broke. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was 20 years of sweat that corroded a link in the chain or maybe the tag caught in my jersey zipper or maybe I broke it when I leaned down to get a water bottle or stood up on the pedals. Whatever the cause, the ID tag disappeared. It took me a few minutes to realize it was gone and all that remained was the chain dangling around my neck. I was appalled. My ID gone? I slowed and thought about trying to turn back, but the traffic was picking up. Walking back was not a possibility because my special cycling shoes with cleats on the bottom that lock into the pedals aren’t made for walking. When I got home, I told my wife what had happened and that I was going to drive back to see if I could find the tag. She said she’d go with me and help in the search. We wandered slowly up and down the Hendricks Avenue sidewalk, a mile or more, staring at everything that caught our attention in the parking lane: glittery asphalt chunks, bottle caps, nearly invisible glass shards, bits of wire, paper scraps, a Cheetos bag, odd bolts that must have fallen off cars or trucks. At storm drains, we poked in the pine straw, dead

leaves and other stuff that had built up at the entrance. No luck. After a long, slow walk, we gave up. “Well, I hate that it’s gone,” I told my wife. “Especially because you bought it and I’ve had it so long.” We agreed that probably it’s just one of those sentimental attachments, that it needed to be replaced anyway, that the best thing to do was go ahead and order another one fairly soon. They don’t cost too much, after all. But it wouldn’t be the same. A week or so went by. Every time I rode along that way, I’d slow down looking for something glittery in the road. The heavy rains came and went. Eventually, I decided that the tag had been washed down a storm drain and was either embedded in some trash or on its way to the St. Johns River. Let it go, I told myself. Ten days after I lost the tag, it came back to me in the mail. The envelope was hand-addressed in black ink. There was no return address, and the postmark was too blurry to read. I opened the envelope and pulled out a piece of paper. Scotch-taped to the paper was my ID tag, scuffed and pock-marked as if a car or two had run over it. Just below the tag, a note written in the same black ink stated, “We found this in the street. Thought it should be returned! God’s Blessings.” Goosebumps jumped up on my arms. My wife and I looked at each other and could only smile. The ID tag has a new chain. Every time I put it around my neck, as part of my pre-ride ritual, I say thanks.  Robert Blade

Blade is a Jacksonville writer and editor. His first book, “Tupelo Man: The Life and Times of George McLean, a Most Peculiar Newspaper Publisher,” will be released in November by the University Press of Mississippi.

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